Around the District

Posted: Tuesday, December 04, 2007

School board meetings slated

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

* Jan. 14;

* Feb. 4;

* Feb. 18;

* March 3 Homer High School;

* April 7;

* May 5 Seward High School;

* June 2; and

* June 3 board planning session.

School district committee members needed

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education is soliciting members of the community interested in participating in the review of board bylaws and protocols. Specifically, three temporary subcommittees (conduct and ethics, structure, and accountability) have been formed to look at how the board of education conducts its business.

The meetings will be held at 5:30 p.m. each evening prior to regular school board meetings, beginning Jan. 14 and are expected to be completed by the spring. For more information, call Sally Tachick at 714-8836.

The deadline to apply is 4 p.m. Dec. 14. Submit the following information via e-mail to, via phone, or in person at the school district office: name, contact information (including e-mail address, phone number and mailing address), reason for wishing to participate and subcommittee interest.

Christmas holiday closures

Public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 4 for the Christmas holiday. School will resume Jan. 7 at the regular time. Families with students in private schools will need to verify closure dates by calling your child's school.

School Web pages available

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools information is available online through the district's Web site at Find your school and click on the name to be linked to its site.

Up-to-date information, sports schedules, grade and contact information are listed.

Aurora Borealis Charter School

The winter music program will be held at 7 p.m. today at Soldotna High School. Junior high students will sell Cold Stone Creamery cake certificates at the concert as a fundraiser.

Students have been participating in the St. Jude's Math-a-thon. Money earned needs to be collected and turned in to the school as soon as possible.

The second quarter ends Dec. 21. Students are encouraged to read for their accelerated reading points.

Connections home-school program

The Soldotna and Kenai offices will be closed from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

There will be a workshop from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 13 for students and parents at the Soldotna Sports Center. Bingo, pizza, ice skating, cookie exchange and a parent workshop with conversation on different offerings and activities for home-schooling are planned. For more information or R.S.V.P., call 714-8880 or visit the school's Web site.

The Space Explorers mission patch contest deadline is Dec. 14. Visit for details.

December Scholastic book club orders are due Wednesday. To order online, call the office for login and password at 714-8880, or drop by the offices with the order and payment.

Grace Lutheran School

Rehearsals for the school Christmas Eve concert will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday and Dec. 12.

School will let out Dec. 22 for Christmas break. It will resume Jan. 7.

The school is accepting students. For more information, call Dennis Leckwee at 283-9551. The school's Web site is

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Fourth- and fifth-graders are sponsoring a food drive through Dec. 14. Their goal is to collect 1,000 cans.

Items are needed for the school's Christmas drive. Call Linda in the office to make a donation. The students are asked to bring in a package of socks, a pair of gloves, a hat or a scarf.

T-shirts and jackets have arrived and will be sent home this week unless you have made other arrangements with Christie with the PTA.

The PTA will meet Jan. 8.

The winter concert will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium. Students will take buses to Kenai Central High School for a morning rehearsal.

A fifth-grade band concert will be held at 3 p.m. Dec. 20.

The PTA will hold a Family Fun Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Rock, Rally and Roll Skating Rink in Soldotna. The cost is a minimum $5 donation per family.

The last day of the second quarter is Dec. 21. School will be dismissed at 2:40 p.m.

Kenai Central High

The school will be on a afternoon activity schedule Wednesday. An assembly will begin at 1:40 p.m. in the gym to honor the wrestling team and the drum line.

National Honor Society will meet at lunch Thursday in Mrs. Herring's room. It also will sponsor a blood drive Thursday in the Green Room. It is open to the public.

On Saturday the senior class will put on a winter ball from 8 to 11 p.m. Community members interested in helping chaperone, may call Jim Beeson at 283-2163.

On Sunday the concert band, drum line and Kenai Middle School bands will hold a concert and dessert and art auctions. Auctions begin at 2:30 p.m. The concert begins at 3 p.m. There is no charge for concert admission.

Kenai Middle

The school will hold a volleyball camp Jan. 3 and 4. The cost is $80 and includes a T-shirt and water bottle. There are 40 spots available. Students from Soldotna Middle, Cook Inlet Academy, Aurora Borealis Charter and Nikiski Junior High schools are welcome. Registration forms are at the school's offices or online at

Character Counts winners are Briana King and Jacy Marston. They received a pizza for lunch.

Yearbooks are on sale for $30. Yearbook orders are available online by linking to the school's Edline Web site.

The annual Christmas drive has begun. To donate visit A letter with the mailing address is posted along with an application to receive a Christmas basket. For more information, call 283-4896.

Dates to remember:

* Today first round of borough basketball;

* Saturday borough basketball at KMS at 9 a.m.;

* Sunday band concert at KCHS 3 p.m.;

* Dec. 13 choir concert at KCHS at 7 p.m.;

* Dec. 18 and 19 drama presentation; and

* Dec. 21 end of quarter.

Kenaitze Head Start

Head Start and Native Education children will learn the letters D, N and G. The shape of the month is a triangle. The value is sharing and the theme is winter solstice.

The children have been swimming at the Nikiski pool.

Family Fun Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Family House. It is being sponsored by the Head Start Parent Policy Council. Families are invited to make holiday crafts.

Family Literacy Night will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 in the Head Start Building. Holiday stories and crafts are planned.

Mountain View Elementary

Christmas drive forms were sent home with students. Families in need of assistance for the holidays must be turned in by Wednesday. For more information or to sponsor a child or a family, call 283-6148.

The Young Shoppers Club will be open through Friday.

The holiday concert for first- through third-graders will be held at 7 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.

Nick Beeson, Rebecca Miller, Richard Han and Ali Fitt won the hoop shoot. They will participate in the Elks Hoop Shoot on Dec. 15 at the Kenai Recreation Center.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High

Nicholas Kellie was named the chamber of commerce Student of the Month. Kellie, a senior with a a 3.8 grade point average, has been a member of the National Honor Society for three years. He currently serves as vice president. His extra curricular activities include varsity soccer and varsity football. He has been a volunteer middle school soccer coach, middle school soccer referee, wrestling manager and does peer tutoring. He is employed at Alaska Air as a warehouse, maintenance and ramp worker. He plans to go to college to study engineering.

Karla Smith is the November recipient of the Golden Apple. Smith is the nutrition services cashier, she also volunteers around the school and is the PTSA Treasurer.

Dates to remember:

* Friday and Saturday "The Last Vanishing Act" at 7 p.m. in the auditorium;

* Saturday wrestling regions at Nikiski;

* Dec. 11 site council 4 p.m. in the library; and

* Dec. 13 PTSA at 6:30 p.m. in the library.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Pictures with Santa fundraiser will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 15 at the Kenai McDonald's. Proceeds will benefit Mrs. Zimmerman's fourth-grade class spring field trips.

The Young Shoppers club will be open Monday through Dec. 13. Volunteers are needed to help set up and to assist students with shopping. For more information, call 776-5575.

Donations are being accepted for the school's annual Christmas canned food drive. Parents may send items with their child or drop them by the office.

There will be a performance of "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at Nikiski High School. The students are under the direction of music/band teacher Rosemary Pilatti. The primary classes involved in the program are from Ms. Cox, Mrs. Burnett, Mrs. Osborn, Mrs. Thye, Mrs. Shields, Mrs. Darch and Mrs. Heath classes. The fifth- and sixth-grade band also will perform holiday tunes.

Ninilchik School

Dan Spencer, the lead flight director for the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska was at the school. He worked with students in grades three through eight as part of the School Bus to Space program. Students had a variety of hands-on science lessons, including robotics, rocketry and light and energy. He also brought the Star Lab.

The junior class is raising money for the prom. To help, visit fundraiser. Select Ninilchik junior class as the organization and then shop.

Redoubt Elementary

The PTA is sponsoring the Elf Shelf holiday store for students today through Thursday. Information was sent home. Merchandise can be viewed in the school lobby or Volunteers are needed. For more information, call Patti at 262-0436.

The PTA is accepting monetary donations for its Holiday Kindness program. Today is the last day for families to request help. For more information, call at 260-4300.

Band students will present a concert at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 in the gym.

The PTA will meet at 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11. Child care will be provided.

The site council will meet at 3:45 p.m. Dec. 12.

The PTA is sponsoring a Big G Box Tops classroom contest through Jan. 10. The classroom collecting the most box tops will win a prize. Prizes will be awarded throughout the contest. Students also may also enter a box top in the weekly drawing by putting a box top with their name on it in the collection box in front of the office.

The web cast of the production of "It's Saturday" is available at mms://

Skyview High

* Today blood drive from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., must have a photo ID and have eaten breakfast to participate;

* Thursday volleyball banquet at 6 p.m.;

* Saturday ACT testing at Kenai Peninsula College for those who registered by Nov. 2;

* Dec. 11 band and choir winter concert at 7 p.m.;

* Dec. 19 and 20 final exams for first semester; and

* Dec. 21 end of first semester and Minimum Day for students with dismissal at 1:30 p.m.

Soldotna High

The National Honor Society will hold a blood drive from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. For more information, leave a message for Jordan Love at 260-7000.

On Friday the NHS will host a winter ball from 7:45 to 10:45 p.m. Dress is semi-formal. Admission is $5. Guests from other schools must be registered in advance.

On Dec. 11 the band and choir will present a winter concert at 7 p.m.

Soldotna Middle

The school is seeking parent volunteers. See Edline for updates on upcoming events to help with.

Eighth-grader Shannon Wyatt is the November Student of the Month.

"Terror on the Tundra" short story winners are: Tyler Moody, grand prize; Daniel Diaz and John Shirley, second place; and Oliva Velazquez-Alarcon, poetry winner.

Dates to remember:

* Dec. 14 Fort Nightly from 6 to 8 p.m.;

* Dec. 15 Elk Hoop's Shoot at 9:30 a.m.; and

* Dec. 18 concert band, Symphonic band and mixed choir will perform at 7 p.m. in the big gym. The PTSA will have a bake sale after.

Sterling Elementary

The PTA will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in the library.

The school is a collection site for the Sterling area Christmas baskets for families in need. Families are asked to send new toys, new clothes and nonperishable food items to school or cash donations to purchase necessary perishable items to school by 9 a.m. Dec. 14. Items will be sorted and prepared for distribution to Sterling families in time for the Christmas holiday.

The school is participating in the Great Aluminum Can Round Up. Aluminum cans may be left outside the big red box with the recycling sign painted on it at the far end of the building in the small parking lot.

The school is focusing on emphasizing the character trait of caring and how to demonstrate caring in the community, home and school.

Tustumena Elementary

The Skyview Drama Students will perform Wednesday at the school. There will be performances at 1 and 1:30 p.m. The community is invited to come join the staff and students for this performance.

The school will conduct a canned food drive for The Salvation Army through Friday. Families may donate foods item with an extensive shelf life regardless of type of container.

The school's cash raffle will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday. This is the only fundraiser the school holds. Funds are used for school activities. Tickets are available at the school and may be purchased for $20 each, with the grand prize-winner receiving $2,500.

Wings Christian Academy

Casey McGee won Office of the Week.

Brandon Saunders won the most interesting fact contest. The most interesting fact contest is a weekly competition at the school in which students look for interesting facts in their PACE's and then the student body votes on the most interesting one.

On Dec. 13 the school will hold its annual Christmas program. The Christ play is written and directed by student Melissa Newton.

On Dec. 14 the students will hold their annual Christmas party, including a gift exchange. Students who will participate in the gift exchange are asked to have their present at the school before Dec. 14.

There will be no school Dec. 21.

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