Around the District

Posted: Monday, November 30, 2009

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. 7;

* Jan. 11;

* Feb. 1;

* Feb. 15;

* March 1;

* April 5;

* May 3 (at Seward High School);

* June 7; and

* June 8 (board planning session.)

School closure dates slated

Public Schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed on the following dates in 2009:

* Dec. 20 through Jan. 3 -- Christmas break.

Clarion Schools section takes a break

The Peninsula Clarion Schools section will not be printed Dec. 21 and 28 and Jan. 4. It will resume Jan. 11. For more information, call 335-1241.

How to volunteer in district schools

Editor's note: This information was taken from the school district's Web site at

At Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, we take very seriously our responsibility to safeguard students while they are in our care. Unfortunately, in this day and age, not everyone's intentions are genuine, and the District cannot in good conscience overlook the possible threat to student safety that could be posed by people in the school building. Anyone interested in being a school volunteer needs to complete a form online and agree to a background check. The form should only take a few minutes to complete, and all information gathered will be kept confidential.

Volunteers are anyone who will be in the school on a regular basis. School visitors do not need to complete the form.

Visitors would be guest speakers, those attending a large group function or parents visiting just their own student, for instance to have lunch with them.

Information from the screening and background check is not released to the schools or school administrators.

Only a few members of the District's Human Resources department will have access to the information, and safeguards are in place to ensure its security.

The volunteer background check only looks for criminal history, not financial (credit rating), medical history, or civil matters.

The school's principal will be notified if there is a problem with a background check, but the specifics of an offense will not be released to the school.

To complete the screening process, visit our Employment Openings page.

When you reach the employment page, click on "Volunteer" category link, and choose one of the schools on the following page.

Click on the "Apply" button to start the volunteer application process.

KPBSD appreciates your assistance in helping us be better stewards of children. Please contact your school administrator if you have questions regarding this matter.

District pandemic preparedness statement

Editor's note: This information was taken from the school district's Web site at

The risk of serious illness appears to be greatest for infants and young children, pregnant women, young adults through age 24, and persons with underlying health problems. If you or your child have or develop symptoms of influenza, please notify your health care provider.

For important information from the CDC, State of Alaska and KPBSD, we strongly encourage you to visit our Pandemic Preparedness page at

Workforce opportunities offered

The skills learned at Workforce Development Center benefit students for part time jobs, long term careers, or simple hobbies. Classes are offered in building trades, welding fabrication& power mechanics. Online classes are offered in employability skills and drafting.

After School Construction Academies, funded by the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, and the Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development are on going throughout the school year and at no cost to the student. The Youth First Grant makes it possible to offer medical academies throughout the year as well. If a student successfully completes an academy they will also receive a half practical arts credit.

Transportation is provided to students from all schools for all of these programs. For more information, call welding fabrication, Steve Schoessler at 283-2140 or e-mail him at; building trades, Mike Boyle at 283-2144 or e-mail him at; or power mechanics, Peter Brazil at 283-2109 or e-mail him at

For more information on the WDC, call Leanne Abendroth at 283-2145 or e-mail her at .


Scholastic book orders for November/December are available in the Soldotna office. Orders need to be turned in by Wednesday for mid-December delivery. Online ordering is also available at . There will also be a book fair Dec. 7-11 at the Soldotna Office. Contact Shelli Furlong for further information.

First semester grade reports are due by Dec. 18.

A recycling program is available for used printer cartridges at the Soldotna Office.

For information and activities, visit .

Grace Lutheran

To receive a pizza certificate for November, students must turn in their November calendars to their classroom teacher by Tuesday. December reading calendars and goals will be handed out today.

The students will participate in a food drive to benefit the local food bank. Nonperishable food items can be brought to any classroom between now and Dec. 20.

The school will sponsor its annual "Christmas for Kids" from 9:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Dec. 12. Children 3 years old through sixth grade are invited to learn the Christmas story, do a Christmas craft, sing carols, play games, and have a hot dog lunch. This event is free to the public, but canned goods for the Food Bank will be accepted. The event will take place at the school on Ciechanski Road, one block off Kalifornsky Road. For more information or to preregister, call 283-6297.

Have your aluminum cans to the school by Friday for the next collection date.

Applications are being accepted for preschool classes. Class size is limited. Call Joanne Love at 283-9551 for more information.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Fun Fest will be Tuesday from 3:45-5 p.m. Remember to return Fun Fest permission slips to teachers before that date. The cost is $3 to attend plus there will be snacks available for purchase. Proceeds will go toward funding end of the year field trips.

Twin or triplet day is Tuesday. Find a friend or two and have fun being the same for a day.

There is a spaghetti dinner/auction Saturday at Kenai Central High School to raise money for the family of Ivy Howland with medical expenses. Tickets are available in Kaleidoscope's office for $10 individual or $25 family. The school is also selling Ivy bracelets for $1.

Young Shopper club will be Dec. 8-11. This is a opportunity for students to do a little Christmas shopping for their family and friends. More information will be sent home in the Friday Folders.

The canned food drive ends Dec. 10. Cans donated will go to help support the school's Christmas drive. Students have set a goal of collecting 1,200 cans.

Students in grade first-sixth have been working on the Christmas program. The program will be held Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. at KCHS. The students will take buses to KCHS for a morning rehearsal so send permission slips back as soon as possible.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Tuesday the PTA will meet at 8:15 a.m.

The Caribou Celebration, Cookies and Ornaments will be held Tuesday through Thursday.

Mrs. Linton got a Christmas tree from the Kenai Visitor's Center and it is the schools job as a school to make ornaments for the tree. The PTA has purchased snowflake, and reindeer ornaments for the kids to make. Classrooms will sign up for a time Tuesday through Thursday. The PTA be providing cookies and hot cocoa/milk.

A sign up sheet for Santa's Secret shop, which will be Dec 7-10 will be up soon.

Kenai Middle

We are in need of hats, boots and gloves for the Kossack Korner. If you have of any of these items that are gently used please drop them off at the office.

The annual Mt. View/Kenai Middle School Christmas drive is in full swing. If you are in need of assistance this Christmas or would like to make a donation to this cause, call the office at 283-1700.

Pending on the arrival of the H1N1 vaccine Kenai Middle School will be having our vaccination clinic on Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. Permissions slips must have been returned prior to the clinic in order to receive the vaccine. Parents are welcome to be present during the vaccination of your child. Volunteers are still needed to help out. Call Nurse Pam Howard at 283-1723 if you have any questions.

Dates to remember:

* Friday- Christmas Forms Due at KMS Office;

* Dec. 10- Choir Concert at Kenai Central High School at 7 p.m.;

* Dec. 11- Christmas Donation Forms Due;

* Dec. 13- Band Concert at KCHS at 3 p.m.

Mountain View Elementary

Character Counts winners last week were Christian Kinzel, Hadleigh Budack, Braxton Fischer, Sky Stiers, Dakota Cissell, Savannah Gjovig, Ashlynn Mathieson, Hayden White, Jazmine Munk, Delbrian Parfitt, Matt McEntire, Tekaiya Rich, Cameron Ketah and Elijah Trevino.

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

We are asking each family, if able, to donate one item for the Christmas Drive. Kindergarten students are asked to bring one hat or headband, First and second grade - one pair mittens or gloves, third and fourth grade - one package of socks, and fifth grade - canned goods. Place these items in the large Christmas box outside the office.

Site council will meet Tuesday in the library to discuss student activities.

The 5th grade band concert has been rescheduled for after Christmas break.

The Christmas Concert for Kindergarten, first and second grade is scheduled for Dec. 8 at 6 p.m. in the gym.

Young Shoppers Club will be open Dec. 7-10 in the library. If you would like to volunteer to help students shop, call Loralee Anderson at 283-8179 to schedule a time.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

There will be a PTA meeting on Thursday at 3:45 p.m. in the library.

Sixty-one students in third-sixth grade participated in the American Math Challenge held last week across the U. S. Listed here are the top 10 NNS students: 10th - Ireland Gillies, 7,438 points; 9th - Wyatt Edelen, 8,467 points; 8th - Sam Taurianen, 8,477 points; 7th - Ross Halliday, 9,691 points; 6th - Tirzah Young, 10,677 points; 5th - Braden Ellis, 12,915 points; 4th - Brady Hammond, 15,324 points; 3rd - Brittany Perry, 16,374 points; 2nd - Jeanelee Stock, 18,007 points; and 1st - Zack Tuttle, 20,831 points.

Mrs. Zimmerman's fourth graders will be set up at the Kenai McDonald's on Saturday and Dec. 12 and 19 to conduct their annual pictures with Santa from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds are going to spring field trips. Call 776-2600 for more information.

The Girl Scouts are holding canned and dried food fundraisers to help feed the hungry. Donations are being accepted until Dec. 15. Drop boxes are located at the entrance of the school.

Redoubt Elementary

The school donated a total of 758 pounds of food and $644 to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank last week. A school assembly, featuring special guest Tom the Turkey, was held last Wednesday to celebrate exceeding the school's goal of 500 pounds of food and $500.

The PTA will assist the school's families in need this Christmas through its annual Holiday Kindness program. Families who need help are asked to let Mr. Pothast know by Friday. Children's wish list items will be added to the angel tree in the foyer. Those wishing to help may purchase items for the angel tree, help coordinate the project, or make a monetary donation. Monetary donations will be used to purchase holiday food and gifts for families in need. All donations are needed by December 10. The Elf Shelf Holiday Store will be open Tuesday through Thursday. PTA sponsors the gift shopping opportunity for students. Complete information will be sent home with students.

First - third-graders present their holiday musical Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Soldotna High School auditorium. All are invited. Volunteers who are able to help with costumes may contact Ms. Biggs at 260-4337.

Students go outdoors daily and should come to school dressed for the weather. Parents who need help acquiring winter outerwear for their children are asked to contact the school.

Skyview High

Basketball begins today. Participants must show proof of a current physical and have paperwork completed and turned in before they can tryout or practice. Girls' practice will be from 3-5:30 p.m. Boys' practice will be from 5:30-8 p.m. this week.

The site council will meet Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.

The National Honor Society induction ceremony will be held Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the commons.

The annual canned food drive continues until Dec. 11. The grade with the most items turned in will receive a prize. All items will be donated to the food bank.

The music department will present its Christmas concert Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. in the commons.

For updates on news and sports information visit or

Soldotna Middle

Tyla Young is the November Chamber Student of the Month.

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

Dec. 11, Fortnight from 6-8 p.m.

Dec. 17, Christmas Choir and Band Concert at 7 p.m.

Soldotna High

Yearbook order forms are available in the commons, outside room 76 and in the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade halls or online at . Order now while prices are still $55.

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) will be given at Skyview and KCHS on the following dates on a space-available basis: Skyview - Dec. 9, KCHS - Dec 10. The ASVAB is a multiple-choice test, administered by military personnel/recruiters. It is the entrance test to enlist in the U.S. Military; in other words, you can't enlist in the military without taking the ASVAB. Contact your counselor to reserve a seat if you are interested.

The H1N1 Vaccine Clinic has been rescheduled for the first weeks of December. We are in need of parent volunteers. Contact Nurse Tracy at 260-7033.

The sophomore class is sponsoring The Snowball dance Friday from 7:30-10:30 p.m. This is a semi-formal dance. Parents interested in chaperoning can e-mail Stephanie at .

December Rotary luncheon is scheduled for Dec. 8.

Child Development Students will have a free daycare Dec. 9, 10, and 11. It will run from 12:15-2:15 p.m. Children need to be potty trained and be between 2-5 years old. E-mail Meggean Bos at for an enrollment form.

There will be a holiday music concert Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

Final exams are scheduled Dec. 16 (hours 1,2,5) and Dec. 17 (hours 2,4,6).

Student Council will have a holiday assembly Dec. 17.

Soldotna Elementary

The annual holiday program featuring students in grades 4, 5 and 6. "Santa's Holiday Playlist," A Christmas musical, will be performed on Thursday at 6 p.m. in the gym. The community is invited to attend.

The deadline to apply for the Christmas Kindness program is Dec. 7. There is no deadline for donating to this assistance program.

There will be a PTA meeting at 3:45 p.m. Thursday and all staff and parents are welcome to attend to plan activities to support the students.

Tustumena Elementary

Canned Food Drive runs through Dec. 7. The goal is 400 items. The school passed that this week with 405 items. Now that we have met our goal, we want to see how far we can go in providing this needed support.

On Saturday the cash raffle drawing will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. Tickets on sale for $20 per ticket with 22 chances to win, plus door prizes, a $2,500.00 grand prize $100 cash prizes, $50 cash prizes, 8G I-Pod, Digital Camcorder, Farm Boss Chainsaw. Must be 18 years old to enter.

Dec. 8 will be the winter concert at 6:30 p.m.

Wings Christian Academy

The Office Of The Week in the Upper Learning Center is Megan Ruffridge

The Office Of The Week in the Lower Learning Center is Victoria Grant.

Christmas Program practices for students will be from 3-5 p.m. today, Wednesday, Dec. 7 and 9.

The Christmas program will be Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. There will be snacks for sale during the intermission.

Proceeds will go to help students attending Internationals in May.

Students will go to the Tyotkas Elder Center on Friday. Students should bring in a gift of a pair of socks to give to the elders by Wednesday.

The gift should be wrapped and labeled as to whether the socks are for a man or a woman.

There are 2010 calendars, greeting cards, and Christmas cards for sale. See a student to purchase one.

Honor roll trip will be Dec. 9.

Merit store is Dec. 14.

Don't forget to bring in $2 each month for the mission project: supporting Enrique and Margot, deaf orphans in Peru.

Students should turn in November's Book- It reading goals and start reading for December.

Keep saving aluminum cans, Campbell's Labels and BoxTops.

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