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Posted: Monday, December 06, 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 http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/school_board.aspx?id=13414. 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 stachick@kpbsd.k12.ak.us 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.

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:

A Personal Care Attendant 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. This class size is limited to 12 students. 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 be held Jan. 3 -- March 9, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 3 to 6 p.m. Students will be constructing a gazebo. Students will learn basic construction skills.

* Academies at Soldotna High School:

A Medical Terminology for Health Professions will be held Jan. 11 -- May 5, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 5 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 Emergency Trauma Technician class will be held Jan. 5 -- Feb. 26, Mondays and Wednesdays, from 5 to 8 p.m., and an occasional Saturday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. 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 dpearson@kpbsd.org. 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 Home-school Program

Scholastic Book Fair will be held December this week. Stop by the Soldotna office to check for those last minute Christmas gift ideas!

There will be an Intro to Criminal Justice, Personal Care Assistant, and Medical Terminology Class offered to juniors and seniors beginning in January. Classes will be held at KCHS (dates and times TBA). Please contact your advisor if you would like to attend.

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 eyoter@kbpsd.k12.ak.us 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 www.closeup.org.

Cook Inlet Academy

Today at 6:30 p.m. there will be an Athletic Committee meeting.

Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m. will be the Elementary Christmas program.

Dec. 16 -- 18 is the CIA Classic Basketball Tournament.

Dec. 17 is the end of 2nd Quarter. This is a half day and school will be dismissed at noon. School will resume on Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2011.

Dec. 20 -- 23 will be Hoops for the Holidays Elementary Basketball Camp at CIA.

Jan. 7, 2011, all unpaid Jog-a-Thon, Bike-a-Thon, Work-a-Thon activity fees are due.

Hoops for the Holidays! Parents of kindergartners through 6th graders, ask your child to see their flyer about Basketball Camp over Christmas Break! This is a great way to keep your children active, give you time to do some Christmas shopping, and support our Varsity Basketball Teams all at the same time!

PEP BAND! Our Varsity Boys Coach, Mr. Justin Franchino, has put in a special request to our Band Director, Mr. Mike Lyons, for a pep band at our home basketball games this winter! Mr. Lyons would be happy to accommodate this request if there are some parents/staff who would be willing to dust off the old instruments and join the cause! Students will be involved too, but most of the student musicians also play ball, making it impossible to have a pep band without adult participation! If you would like to be involved, please call Mr. Lyons at 398-9160 by Dec. 10!

5th/6th Grade Artwork is on display at Coffee Roasters in the Red Dimond Mall! Check it out as you enjoy the best coffee in town!

Open gym for all high school students every Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Yearbooks for Sale! $35.00 for your hardcover yearbook. Order by Dec. 17 as prices will increase after that time. Order by stopping at the office, filling out an order form, and paying your $35 either with cash or a check made out to CIA today.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary School

The Young Shoppers Club will be open Dec. 7 -- 10, from 8 a.m. -- 2 p.m. Students will have an opportunity to shop for family members.

The students have voted and our next Caribou Celebration will be root beer floats! The floats will be provided by the PTA on Friday, Dec. 10, during lunch time.

Mr. Daniels students are learning how to harness the wind to drive a vehicle. Each student is creating a "wind gizmo" at home, which basically consists of a large sail and whatever frame and wheels they can create. When all the construction comes to a halt, each student's gizmo will be put to the ultimate test in the school gym. The gizmos will be placed in front of a huge industrial fan; all will be watching in anticipation when the switch is turned on. Which gizmo will go the farthest? Only time, the creativity of Mr. Daniels' students, a high powered fan, and a lot of ingenuity will tell.

"Christmas at the O.K. Corral" rehearsal schedule: Monday -- 2:30-3:15 p.m.; Tuesday -- 2:30-3:15 p.m.; Wednesday -- 2:30-3:15 p.m.; Thursday -- 2:30-3:30 p.m.; Friday -- 2:30-3:30 p.m. The performance will be Monday, Dec. 13, at 7p.m. at the SoHi auditorium. K-3 students will be bussed to SoHi in the morning for rehearsal. Please be sure you have turned in your student's permission slip. Extras are available in the office. If you have any questions, please call Mr. Houglum at 260-1343.

K-Beach Wrestlers will have their annual dual meet for wrestling families and friends on Dec. 13, from 2:45-4 p.m. in the gym. We had a great group of hard-working wrestlers this year and it's time to show them off. Coach Daniels would like to give a big thank you to Coach Aley for helping us this year, as well as Coach Steffensen and his kids who are refereeing the meet.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The last day to bring in donations for the Canned Food Drive is Dec.9. All cans donated will go to help families in need this Holiday season.

Lil' Shoppers Shoppe is this week, Dec. 7--10. Each classroom has signed up for a time and day to shop during this week. There will be time each afternoon for students to shop that missed their shopping day.

The Annual Christmas Concert will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. Students will be bused to KCHS for dress rehearsal tomorrow morning at 9:10 a.m. and will return to the school at 11:45 a.m. Please make sure to have your student at school on time. All students must have a permission slip to attend dress rehearsal. If you have not signed one yet, please stop by the office today. The students are asked to be at Kenai Central High School Auditorium by 6:45 p.m. for the performance. All Students are to wear their "Sunday Best" unless they have been contacted by Mrs. Larson about other costumes.

If you signed up to help with this year's Christmas Drive we are asking that all unwrapped 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 band concert for 5th and 6th grade 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! It will be Dec. 16 from 6 -- 7 p.m. We will be decorating cookies and Coach Jeremy will be reading "How The Grinch Stole Christmas."

There will be no APC or PTA meeting this month.

Kenai Central High School

The Hockey Booster Club will meet Tuesday at 6 p.m. All parents who are interested in helping the Kenai Cardinal Hockey program are invited to attend.

All students interested: The ASVAD test will be given at Kenai on Wednesday, Dec. 8. If you are interested in taking this test, please see the counselors.

The Student of the Month Lunch is Thursday, Dec. 9.

Thanks to the Pebble Project for talking to the science classes about careers in the mining field. The four guest speakers talked to the Earth Science, Chemistry, Physical Science and Physics classes.

You are cordially invited to attend the annual Holiday Band Concert and Annual Dessert Auction at Kenai Central High School. The concert will include performances from both the Kenai Middle School and Kenai Central High School Bands. The dessert auction began several years ago as a fundraiser to help support the Kenai bands and their need for new music, uniforms and instruments. This tradition will continue this year as we endeavor to bring the gift of music to our youth and our community.

Please join us for a wonderful afternoon of music performed by some of the finest young musicians in our area. The Holiday Band Concert and Dessert Auction is Sunday, Dec. 12. Preview of desserts begins at 2:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 3 p.m. We hope you and your family will come and join us for an evening of fun, music and goodies!

Other Events this Week

Friday, Dec. 10: Varsity Hockey vs. West at 6 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 11: Varsity Hockey vs. Chugiak at 6 p.m.

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 started the beginning of November. Forms to participate with the Christmas Drive were 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!

Season's Greetings! You are cordially invited to attend the Annual Holiday Band Concert and Annual Dessert Auction at Kenai Central High School. The concert will include performances from both the Kenai Middle School and Kenai Central High School Bands. This tradition will continue this year as we endeavor to bring the gift of music to our youth and our community. Please join us for a wonderful afternoon of music performed by some of the finest young musicians in our area. The Holiday Band Concert and Dessert Auction is Sunday, Dec. 13. Preview of desserts begins at 2:30 p.m. and the concert begins at 3 p.m. We hope you and your family will come and join us for an evening of fun, music and goodies!

We would like to congratulate the following students for being a November Student of the Month: Cierra King, Matt Zorbas, Antonio Sanchez, Emily Hamilton, Tia Bodley, Alex Chipman, Kyla Whannel, Dezmond Ticknor, Amanda Anglebrandt, Cole McCubbins, Ty Kenny, Hevyn Hoff, Eddie Caballero. These students will receive a complimentary pizza from Kenai River Pizza for lunch!

December dates

-Dec. 6 -- Christmas Forms Due

-Dec. 7 -- 1st Round of BBall Boroughs

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

-Dec. 11 -- BBall Boroughs at Homer 10 a.m.

-Dec. 12 -- Band Concert at KCHS 3 p.m.

-Dec. 17 -- End Of Semester, Inservice, No School

-Dec. 17--Jan. 2 -- Winter Break

-Dec. 18 -- Christmas Basket Distribution at Mt. View

-Jan. 3 -- School starts

Mountain View Elementary School

Character Counts winners last week were Anne Marie Pienta, Destiny Richie, Pierce Hughes, Kyle Sackman, Cameron Prior, Hana Enders, Katrina Conaway, John Soto, Emily Olson, Delbrian Parfitt, Breanna Pirak, and Kristen Carter.

Christmas Drive forms were sent home last week. If you are in need of a Christmas basket, applications must be returned by Monday, 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 of 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 Middle-High School

December's Golden Apple Recipient is Kelly Brewer for all of her hard work and dedication to Nikiski Middle and High School students in the Title VII Program. Congratulations Kelly!

Tuesday, Dec. 7, First round of Middle School Borough Basketball, Opponent TBD.

Friday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 11th, Nikiski High hosts the ASAA 1, 2, and 3A Alaska State Wrestling Championship meet. More than 50 schools from around the state will be represented.

Friday Session 1: 10 a.m. -- 4 p.m.

Friday Session 2 (Semi Finals): 6 -- 8 p.m.

Saturday Session 1: 9 a.m. --noon

Saturday Session 2 (championship session): 5:15 -- 7:15 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 13, Nikiski Middle-High Christmas Concert at 7 p.m.

The following after school academies are available for students to attend starting in January:

Welding, construction, ETT (Emergency Trauma Technician), PCA (Personal Care Attendant), Intro to Criminal Justice, Medical Terminology. For more info. contact Debbie Pearson: dpearson@kpbsd.org or your school counselor.

Nikiski North Star Elementary School

There will be a site council meeting today at 3:45 p.m. in the staff lounge.

Today is the start of the Young Shoppers Club sponsored by the PTA. This event, which will run through Friday, offers children the opportunity to purchase small gifts for family members. Each class will get a chance for the students to shop. If you have any questions or need assistance with purchases, please call the office at 776-2600.

The fifth and sixth grade band members will perform before school in the foyer as students arrive each day starting on Monday, Dec. 13. They will be playing holiday tunes for about fifteen minutes each morning.

The following students were recognized at our Accelerated Reader awards assembly for earning AR reading points during the first quarter: Brenden Boehme, Sabrena Christoffersen, Devon Cramer, Seth DeSiena, Benjamin Easley, Katelyn Moore, Nathan Osborne, Malachi Padilla, Carlee Rizzo, Cheyanne Wall, Malcolm Yerkes, Hannah Young, Ian Davis, Eric Green, Baker Hensley, Chase Longbotham, Tyler Olsen, Kimberly Schilling, Hallie Taurianen, Ashlee Tiner, Emilee Tiner, Lucas Demars-Meireis, Verity Feltman, Skylar Freeman, Rylee Jackson, Alex Langseth, Tyler Litke, Aaron McCollum, Sarah Nash, Logan Sherk, Donovan Smith, Jack Sullenger, Luke Trammell, Vincent Weldy, Jamie Yerkes, Brenden Harris, Avery Kornstad, Clayton Larson, Isabelle Lopez, Bryan Sledge, Daniel Wolverton, Braden Ellis, Curtis Larson, Ayla Pitt, Lochlan Quiner, Savannah Rizzo, Brianna Vollertsen, Carissa Beckley, Alysa Smith, Zacrye Flynn, Nicholas Gross, Emily Hensley, Ashlynn Herrington, Amber Hill, Dalton Mullins, Jakeb O'Brien, Patrick Perry, Connor Peterkin, Melanie Sexton, Zachery Tuttle, Gavin Wallis and Mark Weathers.

Congratulations to the Character Counts! Students of the Month for November: Alex Langseth, Angela Druesdow, Chase Gilles, Chelsea Plagge, Dalton Lewis, Derrick Henry, Devon Cramer, Jessica Perry, Kyler Howell, Patrick Perry, Rucca Gray, Savanna Stock, Stacy Christoffersen, Wynter Yeager, Zoe Kirschner, Society Spurgeon, Danni Langseth, Emilee Tiner, Connor Chenault and Sam Berry. These students will have a pizza party lunch with Principal Callahan on Friday, Dec. 10, at 12:15 p.m.

Redoubt Elementary School

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. This is a wonderful program that offers students an opportunity to purchase gifts for friends and family at a reasonable cost.

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

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

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

Redoubt PTA Holiday Kindness Program will be assisting Redoubt families in need this holiday season. 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.

Purchase a gift from our angel tree for a Redoubt family. All gifts need to be brought to the school by Friday, Dec. 10.

Redoubt's 5th graders will be presenting a Wax Museum. You are invited to take an exciting trip through history. Come and meet famous explorers from American History; from the Vikings to the Astronauts, from Christopher Columbus to Lewis and Clark. Friday, Dec. 10, 1 -- 3 p.m., in rooms 21, 13 and the school library. Students and Parents are encouraged and welcome to attend.

Redoubt's 3rd grade classes will be selling candy cane candy grams to help fund their field trip to the Seward Sea Life Center. See the school newsletter for more information on this fundraiser.

Seward Middle School

After school tutoring with Mrs. Craytor every day 2:30 -- 2:50 p.m. Please attend if you need help, are behind on assignments or just need a quiet place to work.

Seward Middle School Yearbooks will continue to be on sale until Dec. 17 for $23. After the New Year, yearbooks will

raise in price to $25. Please make all checks payable to Seward Middle School and turn them into Mrs. Liljemark. If you have any questions please call Mrs. Liljemark 224-9024.

Mrs Wade's classes

The Algebra chapter 4 test is on Wednesday. Your slope cards are a good way to review and they are due on Wednesday at the

start of the test. Course 3, 7th grade math has a test on Chapter 4 on Thursday.

The school hosts a Scholastic Book Fair Dec. 13th -- 16, for reading levels, grade 5 through grade 12, from 8 a.m. to 2p.m. everyday in the middle school library. Librarian Laura Beck needs adult volunteers in 1- to 2-hour intervals so that classes at both the middle and high school, as well as Seward community members can come to browse. All proceeds will go towards the middle school collection. To sign up as a volunteer, go to http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/FVRSHVC, or call Laura Beck at 224-9013.

Basketball ends Dec. 11. Volleyball, nordic skiing, and wrestling begin Jan. 3. Please send in your $60 fee on the 3rd. For volleyball, the fee is $45 for intramurals, and the additional $15 for those who are on the traveling team.

School will be closed Friday, Dec. 17, for in-service, and Monday, Dec. 20 -- Friday, Jan. 3, for the holidays.

Soldotna High School

The Art, Photo and Ceramics classes will be having an end of the semester art show, Dec. 15 and 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 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 its free daycare. The dates are 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 mbos@kpbsd.k12.ak.us to enroll.

The annual holiday concert is Dec. 9, 7 p.m., in the auditorium.

Final exams take place Dec. 15 and 16. An inservice day is scheduled for Dec. 17.

Sports information can be found at www.highschoolsports.net.

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.

Tuesday, Dec. 14: Band and Choir Winter Concert, 7 p.m., community sing-a-long and baked food sale to follow.

Thursday, Dec 16: Last day 2nd quarter, SOM/COM bingo

Friday, Dec. 17: no school for students -- teacher in-service and work day.

Saturday, Dec.18 -- Sunday, Jan, 2: Christmas break.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

The annual SMCS gourmet cookie sale will take place before the Winter Program and Talent Show on Thursday, Dec. 9. Cookies will be for sale in the hallway. Primary classrooms from kindergarten through third grade will perform their musical selections from 5:30 -- 6:30 p.m. Students in fourth through sixth grades will share their talents during the Talent Show from 6:30 -- 7:30 p.m.

The sixth grade band concert will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 16. Primary students will go ice skating at the Sports Center on Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 15 and 16, from 11 a.m. -- 2 p.m. Fifth and sixth grade students will go to the Challenger Center for a Mars Mission on Friday, Dec. 10.

Students from River City Academy delivered 240 pounds of family-sized Bean Soup Kits to the Food Bank. The kits were compiled by students from SMCS and River City Academy.

Students in all grades will be raising money to purchase farm animals for families in Africa. Contributions will be accepted until Dec. 16.

Tustumena Elementary School

Dec. 8 -- Winter Concert, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. End of Salvation Army Food Drive.

Dec. 15 -- Senior Line Dancers, 11 a.m.

Dec. 16 -- Reindeer Games.

Dec. 17 -- Inservice Day, No School, End of Quarter.

Dec. 20 -- Jan. 2 -- Winter Break.



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