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Posted: Monday, November 29, 2010

School board to meet

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. at 148 N. Binkley St. in Soldotna (unless otherwise noted.)

For more information, call 714-8888 or visit The agenda and packet items are posted on Wednesday afternoon prior to the date of the Board meeting.

Persons with disabilities who need accommodations to participate at School Board meetings should contact Sally Tachick at 907-714-8836, or e-mail no later than three business days before the meeting date.

* Dec. 6;

* Jan 10;

* Feb 7;

* Feb 21;

* Mar 7;

* Apr 4;

* May 2 -- (at Seward High School;

* June 6;

* June 7 -- (Board planning session).

School closures

Public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed the following dates:

* Dec. 17 -- Inservice day and end of quarter; and

* Dec. 20-Dec. 31 -- Winter break.

American Essay Contest open

High school students and their teachers are invited to compete for nearly $115,000 in prize money by participating in the Bill of Rights Institute's fifth annual Being an American Essay Contest. Top prize winners and their teachers will also receive all-expenses paid trips to the nation's capital.

The contest is administered by the Bill of Rights Institute, a non-profit educational organization in the Washington, D.C. area devoted to educating children about the Constitution and Founding principles. The sponsors include the History Channel and the Stuart Family Foundation.

Specifically, students are asked to share their thoughts on American citizenship by answering the following question: "What civic value do you believe is most essential to being an American?"

The top three student winners and their teachers from each of the nine geographical regions will be announced at a special Washington, D.C. Awards Gala in the spring of 2011, where they will be awarded cash prizes of $5,000 (First Place), $1,000 (Second Place), and $500 (Third Place). The winning students will also explore the nation's capital, meet contemporary American heroes and national leaders, and visit national landmarks.

Additionally, the contest will award 126 honorable mention prizes of $100 to seven students and their teachers from each region.

Deadline for essay submissions is Dec. 1. All essays must be submitted by a high school teacher. Web site and contest guidelines can be found at

Winners of VFW-sponsored Patriot's Pen Scholarship Program announced

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post #10046 and its Ladies Auxiliary is pleased to announce the local winners in this year's national Patriot's Pen Essay competition. Students in Grades 6-8 including homeschooled students had the opportunity to compete in the VFW's annual essay competition to earn monetary awards, U.S. Savings Bonds and a trip to Washington, D.C. in March 2011.

Congratulations to Haley J. Harden, a seventh-grade student at Aurora Borealis Charter School, the first place winner. She will receive $500 for her winning essay. Ellery Steffensen, an eighth-grade student in the Connections Program, was the second place winner and will receive $250. The first place winner's entry will be forwarded to the State competition in Anchorage to be held in December.

The first place State winner will receive a $250 U.S. Savings Bond and her/his essay will be forwarded to Washington D.C. for National competition to be held in January. Forty-six students will receive additional awards there and the 1st place National winner will receive a $10,000 U.S. Savings Bond plus a trip to Washington, D.C. with a parent/guardian in March 2011.

Workforce Development Center offers after-school training

The Workforce Development Center is offering free after school academies. High school students may attend any of the academies at any of the schools.

* Academies at Skyview High School:

It's not too late to sign up for the construction academy that is taking place now. Students are constructing a classroom portable with Mr. Gordon. Class days are Tues. and Thurs. from 3-5 p.m. This class runs thru March 3. If a student needs the practical art credit they will also have to do the 10 hour online OSHA safety course to meet the 60 hour academy criteria as this class began Oct. 26.

A PCA class is available for juniors and seniors only and will teach students how to physically care for people of all ages in a multitude of different situations. Once students complete this class they will get a certificate from the state. Textbooks will be provided, however they are available to purchase for $35 if a student chooses to keep their book. There is a mandatory meeting in the nursing lab at 3:30 p.m. on Wed. Jan. 5. During this meeting, class times will be set depending on student and instructor's schedule.

A construction academy will begin Jan. 4th and run thru Mar. 10th. This class will be on Mon. and Wed. from 3-6pm. Students will be constructing a gazebo. Students will learn basic construction skills.

* Academies at Soldotna High School:

A Medical Terminology for Health Professions will begin on Jan.11 and run thru May 5. Class days will be Tues. and Thurs. from 3:30-5:00 p.m. This class is available for juniors and seniors who must have had or are in anatomy with a grade B or better. This class will teach students the medical language. Students will earn high school and college credit for this class.

A ETT class will be starting Jan. 5 and run thru Feb. 26. Class days are Mon. and Wed. from 5-8 p.m. and an occasional Sat. from 9-4:30. This class will cover all areas required to receive certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. The last week of class will be for review and the final exam. Those who pass the exam will receive a certification and an ETT patch.

* Academies at Kenai High School:

A welding academy starting in Jan. dates and times TBA. Students will learn the basics of welding: oxy-acetylene cutting, torch safety and set up, cutting torch (free hand), interpret welding symbols and much more.

A Intro to Criminal Justice starting in Jan. dates and times TBA. Students will learn all of the different careers in the criminal justice pathways: Probation Officer, Parole Officer, Police Officer, Dispatcher, Criminal Justice Technician and more.

If a student successfully completes any of the 60-hour academies they are eligible to receive a half practical art credit.

Transportation may be provided if needed.

To sign up contact your counselor or call Debbie Pearson at 283-2145 or email her at These academies are possible thanks to funding from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, the Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development and the Alaska Youth First Program.

Connections Homeschool Program

Battle of the Books, grades K-2, will begin meeting Dec. 2, from 2 -- 3 p.m. with Shelli Furlong.

Scholastic Book Fair will be held Dec. 6-10. Stop by the Soldotna office to check for those last minute Christmas gift ideas!

Connections Science Fair projects will be displayed Jan. 10 -- 21, 2011. Registration forms need to be turned in by Dec. 10. For questions or more information, please call Mark Wackler 714-8880.

First semester grade reports are due Dec. 17, 2010. Please make sure these reports are turned in to the advisors on or before this date.

Connections will be hosting a program Hoop Shoots basketball free-throw competition. Participants must be enrolled full time in the Connections program and be between the ages of 7 and 13 on or before April 1, 2011. Winners will compete at regional, states and nationals competitions and could represent your state at the national competition held in the Basketball Hall of Fame, Springfield, Mass. Contact Riley or Reubin at the Soldotna Connections office for more information.

Connections Homeschool will be participating in a local Spelling Bee in January and the State Spelling Bee in March. For those students grades 3-8 who are interested, contact Lennie Yoter at 714-8880 or at to receive the word study lists.

Connections is organizing a program field trip to Washington, D.C. For those interested in obtaining more information about the Close Up Program offered for grades 7-12, contact Riley Justis at 714-8880 or visit their website at

I.D.E.A. Homeschool program

I.D.E.A. Homeschool Program is located in the Red Diamond Center on K-Beach Road, for information call 262-7555.

Winter Holiday Party will be Dec. 17 at Solid Rock Bible Camp. This will be a family sledding and social event from 1 -- 4 p.m.

Terrific Tuesdays will continue with activities scheduled for Nov. 30, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14.

Future Problem Solvers will continue working on their current topic doing research and coming up with challenges and solutions.

Ancient Civilizations Club will continue studying Ancient China with the wrap-up meeting on Dec. 7.

Book Club participants are currently reading "Nate the Great" and "Snow Treasure."

Robotics teams are working hard on their robots and presentations for competition.

Math is Fun Club meets twice a month.

Those families who had pictures taken on Nov. 20 will be notified when they are ready and be able to pick them up at the IDEA office.

For questions about the IDEA Program, enrollment or activities call the IDEA office at 262-7555 or check our website at

K-Beach Elementary School

Beginning today the drop off-lane in the front of the school will be closed from 1:50 -- 2:30 p.m. to accommodate busing needs. Please be patient as this is a temporary change until the end of the semester, Dec. 16. We greatly appreciate your cooperation.

Mr. Daniels class is studying earthquakes and volcanoes. Students have created models of earthquakes and measured the shift in the plates. We monitored Redoubt Volcano through a live webcam and viewed seismograph readings from instruments located near the volcano. Students have learned that volcanoes form in three main ways. How many ways do you know?

Rehearsal schedule for "Christmas at the O.K. Corral" main cast

Monday - 2:30-3:15

Tuesday - 2:30-3:15

Wednesday 2:30 - 3:15

Thursday - 2:30-3:30

Friday - 2:30-3:30

Kaleidoscope School Of Arts and Science

Our annual Canned Food Drive is in full swing. This is a student sponsored activity and all of the canned foods will go to help families in need this Holiday season. The last day to bring in donations is Dec. 9.

Lil' Shoppers Shoppe will be Dec. 7 -- 10. This is a chance for students to shop for mom, dad, siblings, etc. The majority of the gifts are under $5. Envelopes and shopping guides will be sent home in the Friday Folders.

The Annual Christmas Concert will be Dec. 7, 7 p.m., at Kenai Central High School. Students will be bused to KCHS for dress rehearsal the morning of the 7th. tudents in 1st--6th grade will be performing, but all students are encouraged to attend.

After school clubs are Thursdays from 3:45-4:50 p.m. Prompt pick up is appreciated.

If you signed up to help with this year's Christmas Drive we are asking that all donations be brought to the school on Dec. 9. The Christmas Drive Give-Away is Saturday, Dec. 11, from 10 -- 11 a.m. If you have any questions about the Christmas Drive please call the school at 283-0804.

The 5th and 6th grade bands have been working hard getting ready for the upcoming band concert. The band concert will be held at the school on Dec. 13 at 6 p.m., with an encore presentation on Dec. 14 at 9:15 a.m. for the whole school.

Mark your calendars now for December's Family Fun night, Dec. 16 from 6 -- 7 p.m. We will be decorating cookies and Coach Jeremy will be reading "How The Grinch Stole Christmas."

Kenai Central High

Attention all students that are interested in playing basketball: practice begins today. Girls will practice from 3:00-5:00, and boys will practice from 5:00-7:00. Remember, you must have your physical and paper work turned into Ms. Rustad in order to practice.

Congratulations to the following students for being selected student of the month for November: Rotary - Zachary Moore; Chamber - Shaynee DeVito; Elks - Shaina Aho; Kard-of-the-Deck- Hannah Coffman; Staffer-of-the-Month- Mr. Greg Zorbas; Physical Science - Kaitlyn Louthan; Alaska Studies - Kai Risung; Study Skills - Sierra Sorrels; Anatomy - Colin Morse; Performing Arts/Music/Choir - Daniel Carlson; Algebra B - Shelby Bulot; French 2 - Rebecca Andrew; Life Activities/Physical Education - Holly Boyce; Honors LA 9 - Alyson Quartly; Computer Applications - Veronica Schneider; Language Arts - Alex Henry; Culinary Arts - Natalie Kurzendorfer; World History - Marianne Ketah.

Wrestling fans mark your calendars; the Region III wrestling Championships will be hosted by Kenai on December 3 and 4. This is an excellent opportunity to watch peninsula athletes compete for a chance to wrestle at state.

The Kenai Central High School Leadership class will be hosting its annual Can Drive Saturday. Students will be canvassing the neighborhoods around Kenai Central at approximately 12:00 to take to the food bank. If you would like to help stock our local food bank please have cans ready so that the students may take them on your behalf.

Kenai Middle School

We are in need of hats and gloves for our Kossack Korner. If you would like to donate any gently used clothing items please let us know at the office, 283-1700. Thank you for your help!

The annual Christmas Drive will start the beginning of November. Forms to participate with the Christmas Drive will be mailed out in our November newsletter. If you didn't receive a newsletter last month please call the school to check your mailing address.

Our annual canned food drive is on! Please help us collect canned food for our Kenai Christmas Baskets. Last year we provided Christmas for 63 families. We anticipate that number to increase this year so we need your help. Send your child in with non-perishable food items for families that need a little help this holiday season. Thank you for your generosity!

The 6th grade class is having a Pampered Chef fund raiser to help students with the cost of camp. It will begin on Nov. 22 and go through Dec. 1. The items will be here in time for Christmas. If you have any questions please call KMS at 283-1700 and ask for Ms. Steward.


-Dec 1 Pampered Chef Orders Due

-Dec 4 Basketball at Seward 10 a.m.

-Dec 6 Christmas Forms Due

-Dec 7 1st Round of Basketball Boroughs

-Dec 9 Choir Concert at KCHS 7 p.m.

Mountain View Elementary School

Character Counts winners last week were Collins Fleming, Jr., Kyra Dushkin, Kai McKibben, Taylor Pierce, Randee Johnson, Nikki Prior, Aubrey Girves, Abigail Giles, Mabon Williamson, Brittany Jordan, Aaron Halstead, and Justin Carter.

Christmas Drive forms were sent home last week. If you are in need of a Christmas basket, applications must be returned by Dec. 6. If you would like to sponsor a child or a family please call the office at 283-8600.

We are asking each family, if able, to donate one item for the Christmas Drive. Preschool and Kindergarten students are asked to bring one hat or headband; 1st and 2nd Grade -- one pair mittens or gloves; 3rd and 4th grade -- one package of socks; 5th grade -- canned goods. Please place these items in the large Christmas box outside the office.

Young Shoppers Club will be open Monday, Dec. 6 through Friday, Dec. 10, in the Library. If you would like to volunteer to help students shop please call the office at 283-8600 to schedule a time.

The Christmas Concert for 1st and 2nd grade is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. in the KCHS auditorium.

Nikiski High School

Monday Nov. 29: Official Start of High School Basketball. First day of practice.

Friday and Saturday Dec. 3--4: High School Wrestling Team to Valdez for the Conference Championship Meet.

Monday Dec. 6: Christmas Concert at 7p.m.

Congratulations to the Student Council on their recent pre-Thanksgiving Kiss-a-Goat fundraiser. Over $200 was raised for the Student Council. Mr. Bjorkman received most middle school votes and Mr. Bird had the most overall votes -- both graciously agreed to kiss the goat! What great sports.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

There will be a PTA meeting on Thursday, Dec. 2, at 3:45 p.m. in the lounge. Please call the school at 776-2600 for more information.

The top Nikiski student scores in this year's American Math Challenge were: Jakob O'Brien, Lochlan Quiner, Skylar Freeman, Jamie Yerkes, Garrett Ellis (highest 4th grader), Luke Trammell, Amber Hill, Savannah Rizzo, Alex Langseth, Melanie Sexton (3rd overall), and Rylee Jackson (2nd overall -- highest 5th grader). The highest scoring Nikiski North Star student in this year's AMC was Braden Ellis. Over 200 NNS students participated in this year's challenge!

Redoubt Elementary School

Congratulations to our Box Top winners last week, John Mark Pothast & Trenton O'Reagan.

The Elf Shelf Holiday Store is coming Dec. 7 -- 9 PTA sponsors this annual gift shopping opportunity for students. Complete information has been sent home with students.

There will be no PTA meeting or Site Council meeting in December.

Our next PTA meeting is Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2011, 3:45 .m., in the staff lounge. Child care is provided.

Site Council meeting Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011, 3:45 p.m. Staff lounge.

Our Great Grocery Grab event was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who donated food items, cash and time. Redoubt students collected 1,237 pounds of food and $275 in cash for the Peninsula Food Bank. Ms. Schreur's 2nd grade class delivered all cash and food items to the Food Bank on Nov. 22-Edline is a great resoure for parents. You can access school information and news, as well as information specific to your child online by visiting Call or stop by the school office to get your Edline activation code.

Redoubt PTA Holiday Kindness Program will be assisting Redoubt families in need this holiday season. Purchase a gift from our angel tree for a Redoubt family. All gifts need to be brought to the school by Friday, Dec. 10. Cash donations in any amount will be greatly appreciated and can be dropped off at the school office. Money will be used to purchase holiday gifts for Redoubt children and their families. Thank you for your generosity. Together, we can assure that all Redoubt families have happy holidays.

Skyview High School

Basketball begins today. Participants must show proof of a current physical and have all paperwork signed and turned in before they can try out or practice.

Thursday is a Super Activity Day and involves some schedule changes. The day will begin with 3rd period and the extended activity period will count as 1st and 7th periods. See Edline for the full schedule.

Final exams for periods 1, 3, and 5 will take place on Dec. 15. Exams for periods 2, 4, and 6 will take place on Dec. 16.

Go to for news, scholarship information and other events and to for updates on sports.

Soldotna High School

The SoHi Drama Department presents the play "Phantom Of The Opera" Dec. 2, 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 per person and may be purchased at the box office each night of the performance.

The Art, Photo and Ceramics classes will be having an end of the semester art show on Dec. 15 -- 16, 8:30 a.m. -- 2:15 p.m., in the art room. Please come enjoy the students' best projects of the fall semester! Refreshments will be served.

The Soldotna High School Child Development course is looking for children ages 2-5 for their free daycare, Thursday Dec. 9 and Friday Dec. 10, from 12:15 -- 2:15 p.m. Snacks, games and activities will be included. Children must be potty trained. Please contact Meggean Bos at or 260-7038 to enroll.

Lifeguard training will be December 20, 21, 22, 23 from 8 a.m. -- 5 p.m. Minimum age 15, training time 32 hours. Cost $150 at the SoHi pool. Pre register and pay in advance to the pool office. For more information call 262-7419 Melissa Eby.

Yearbook art contest -- Enter to win a free yearbook. The theme of the 2010-11 yearbook is "Piecing Together the Future." Your artwork can be no larger than 8.5 by 11" All digital artwork needs to be high resolution. The winning artwork will be on page 1 of the book. The yearbook is all color. We do try to include as many submissions as possible elsewhere in the book. Please submit all completed artwork to Ms. Bartman or Ms. Cox by today.

Senior ad space is available in the yearbook. All ads ought to be in by Wednesday, Dec. 1.

Yearbooks can be ordered online at or in room 76 for $55.

Are you a creative thinker? Are you a problem-solver? Do you participate in community service activities? Do you have the courage to make a difference? We are looking for a SoHi sophomore to represent Soldotna High School at the next Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Conference. You will be able to meet with other students from Alaska during a 3 -- 4-day leadership seminar this spring. In addition, many of Hoby's cooperating organizations offer other benefits to HOBY alumni in the form of trips, scholarships, discounts and other opportunities. See Counseling Office for more information. Application due to Mrs. Treider in the Counseling Office by 3 p.m., Monday, Nov. 29.

The Workforce Development Center is offering free after school academies. High school students may attend any of the academies at any of the schools. Two academies at Soldotna High School are:

Sports information can be found at

Soldotna Middle School

Tuesday: Maroon Boys and Girls Basketball vs. Nikiski at SMS, 3 p.m.

Thursday: Boys and Girls Silver vs. Maroon at SMS, 3 p.m.

Friday: Silver Boys and Girls Basketball vs. Seward at SMS, 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 7: First round Borough Basketball. Times and locations TBA.

Please note this calendar change: Tuesday, Dec. 14: Assembly schedule. Band and Choir concert preview and basketball celebration.

Tustumena Elementary

November 29-December 3 -- Usborne Book Fair

December 3 -- Cash Raffle Drawing

December 8 -- Winter Concert, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

End of Salvation Army Food Drive

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