Around the District

Posted: Monday, December 07, 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.

* Today;

* 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:

* Dec. 18 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.

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

Connections Home-school program

THe H1N1 vaccinations will be offered to home schooled students from 1-4 p.m. with a second clinic from 5-8 p.m. which will be open to everyone. Both clinic times will be held Tuesday at the Alaska Army National Guard Armory at 105 North Forest Drive, Kenai. For more information about the H1N1 flu, visit or call the Kenai Peninsula Borough hotline for H1N1 at 714-2428.

First Semester Grade Reports are due by Dec. 18.

A recycling program is available for used printer cartridges. Bring these to the Soldotna Office.

For information and activities, visit

Grace Lutheran School

"Christmas for Kids" is Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.

Kids age three through 6th grade are invited to learn the Christmas story, do a Christmas craft, sing carols, play games, and enjoy a hot dog lunch at the school on Ciechanski Road, one block off Kalifornsky Road, is free to the public, but canned goods for the food bank will be accepted.

Parents are encouraged to come to the school at 1 p.m. to listen to the closing concert.

Preregistration is suggested, but not required. To preregister, call 293-6297.

The students will present a Christmas program on Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. Parents, please have your children at the school by 6:40 p.m.

School will be dismissed at 3:30 p.m. Dec. 22 for the Christmas recess. This date differs from the public school calendar. Classes will resume Jan. 3.

The last day to bring food items to benefit the food bank is Dec. 18.

Keep saving Campbell's labels, Boxtops for Education, and aluminum cans.

For information about preschool or kindergarten through 8th grade, contact the school office at 283-9551.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Young Shopper Club is being held this week.

The canned food drive ends Thursday. Keep sending in those cans as the goal is to collect 1,200. Cans donated will go to help support the school's Christmas drive.

Students in grades first-sixth have been working on the Christmas program slated for Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Kenai Central High School. Students will ride buses to KCHS Tuesday morning for their dress rehearsal.

The first band concert of the year will be Dec. 14 at 6 p.m. in the gym. It will be repeated for the students Dec. 15, during a band assembly at 9:30 a.m.

Family Fun Night will be Dec. 17 from 6 to 7. The school will decorate sugar cookies and have a cookie exchange. Then "The Grinch That Stole Christmas" will be preformed by coach Jeremy. Watch your Friday folders for more information.

There will be a number of activities happening between now and Christmas break. Read your student's Friday folder for the dates.

Kenai Central High School

The Student of the Month Lunch is Thursday. During this lunch prepared by the Culinary Arts Class, the following students will be recognized -- Thomas Briggs -Rotary; Lee-Ann Magiera -Chamber; Elks - Lexi Beeson; Susan Nabholz -Staffer of the Month; Averee Amend -Card of the Deck; Kailey Mucha -Earth Science; Kyle Rogers & Avery Amend -Physical Education; Alex Springer- LA 10; Tierra Cloud-Biology; Natalya Oskolkoff -Study Skills; Molly Cox -Performing Arts / Music / Choir; Daniel Schaeffer -Advanced Algebra; Caroyln Knackstedt -AP U. S. History; Rusty Young -LA 11; Breanna McCarter - Geometry; Thaddaeus Rodriguez - Career and Technical, Metals 1; Vanessa Anderson- Dept. of World Languages, Spanish 2; Misty Bondy - Foods; Freya Chay - Geometry; Nikki Matula - Algebra.

The Student Council is hosting a dance on Saturday. The cost is $3. All proceeds raised from this dance will help provide Christmas for a local family. If you would like to help chaperon, contact Justin Carr at 283-2119.

Dates to remember:

Thursday -- Varsity Hockey vs. Homer at 7 p.m. and J.V. Hockey vs. Kenny Lake at 3 p.m.;

Friday -- Varsity Hockey vs. South at 6 p.m. and State Wrestling at Chugiak; and

Saturday -- Varsity Hockey vs. Eagle River at 2 p.m. and J.V. Hockey vs. Kenny Lake at 10 p.m.

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. Thank you.

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, please call the office at 283-1700.

The canned food drive is also in full swing at KMS. Take the time to look in your cupboards and support those families in need.

Nurse Pam is looking for used pillow cases in good condition for the office.

Dates to Remember:

Tuesday -- BBall - 1st Round of Boroughs

Thursday -- Choir Concert @ KCHS 7 p.m.

Friday -- Christmas Donation Forms Due.

Saturday -- Boroughs BBall @ Seward 10 a.m.

Sunday -- Band Concert @ KCHS 3 p.m.

Mountain View Elementary

Character Counts winners were Zachery Moran, Daemon Duniphin, Shay Smith, Michael Turner, Taylor Conaway, Sarge Howell, Charnchon Nammoon, Ryan Boxler, Cory Lupsin, Jarin Miller, Kara Law and Karissa Halstead.

If you would like to sponsor a child or a family for the Christmas Drive 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 1 hat or headband, First and second Grade - 1 pair mittens or gloves, third and fourth Grade - 1 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 Christmas Concert for Kindergarten, first and second Grade is scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the gym.

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

The Title 1 Preschool will start Jan. 18. Those parents that have returned a "Parent Survey Form" will be contacted by phone before Christmas Break.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Beginning today we will be offering the Young Shoppers Club in the library. It will be open all week. Call the school at 776-2600 for more information.

Tonight is the Pre-K thru second-grade holiday show and the band performance at the Nikiski High School auditorium at 7 p.m.

Mrs. Zimmerman's fourth-graders will be set up at the Kenai McDonald's to conduct their annual Pictures with Santa from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 19. All proceeds go to Spring field trips.

The Girl Scouts are conducting a canned and dried food drive to help feed the hungry this holiday season. Donations are being accepted until Dec. 15. Drop boxes are located at the entrance of the school.

Nikiski Middle-School

October Students of the Month: Josh Brown, Physical Science; Colleen Dempsey, Art; Koey Dixon, Choir; Annaleah Ernst, Algebra 2; Heather Kaser, World History; Heather Kaser, Algebra A; Heather Kaser, Alternative Education; Makenzie Moore, Biology; Dylan Nickel, Auto Shop; Jayden Tumbaga, Computer Applications; Kerry Ross, Math Fundamentals; Ricky Vollertsen, Math; and Jacob Williams, Science.

Upcoming dates:

Dec 15 - Christmas Concert 7 p.m. in the auditorium

Skyview High

The annual canned food drive continues until Friday. All items will be donated to the food bank.

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) will be given Wednesday in the library during periods 1-4. This is the test one must take before you can enlist in the military.

The Soldotna Rotary Club will treat December Rotary Students of the Month to a pizza lunch Wednesday: Paul Adams, Kade Cooper, Paris Cooper, Emily Culhane, Dallas Derflinger, Kelsea Fowler, Garren Lucas, Wesley Matthews, Jason McKenna, Jacob McComsey, Casee Penrod, and Leif Thul.

Students of the Month of November will be honored Thursday at a luncheon prepared by the National Honor Society. They are: Trace Braxling and Makenna Halverson - language arts; Megan Janorschke, Brandon Jones, and Wesley Matthews - social studies; Merissa Osmar and Chelsea Winter - math; Kade Cooper and Daniel Baldwin - science; Bud Sparks - performing arts; Nina Buhlmann - fine arts; Stefany Malatesta and Jacob Eckerman - physical education; Gabrielle Bragg and Kyle Stropes - world languages; Michael Thomas - business technology; Matt Weber - vocational technology; Kathrine Quelland - work co-op; Tiffany Case, Rachel Estes, and Alec Woodvine - aide; Darren Jones - teacher of the month; and Nicolle Thomason - staff person of the month.

The JV and Varsity basketball teams will host Nikiski Friday, beginning at 3 p.m.

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

Final exams for periods 1, 3, and 5 will be Dec. 16. Exams for periods 2, 4, and 6 will be Dec. 17.

The school will sponsor a blood drive at the Soldotna Blood Bank from Jan. 5-16.

This is a school vs. school competition, with the high school with the most points will get a trophy and be treated to a banquet. Parents, relatives, community members and students may sign up to donate blood on behalf of Skyview during these dates. Students must turn in a signed parent consent form. Appointments are required. Call the school at 260-2300 to sign up for an appointment.

For updates on news and sports information go to or .

Soldotna Elementary

The school is exploring adding to the preschool program in January. If your child was 4 by Sept. 1. Register in the office. You will be contacted with further information.

Each class will fill food baskets for needy families to be given as part of the Christmas Kindness program.

Soldotna High

Yearbook order forms are available in the commons, outside room 76 and in the ninth, 10th, 11th, 12th grade halls or online at The cost is $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 - Wednesday; KCHS - Thursday.

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.

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

December Rotary luncheon will be Tuesday.

Child Development Students will have a free daycare Wednesday through Friday 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 Thursday at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

A student art show will be held in the art room Dec. 16 and 17. Each art and ceramics student will have their best piece of artwork from the semester on display. Parents and community members are welcome to come visit the art show between 8:30 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. daily.

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.

Sports information can be found at .

Soldotna Middle

Friday -- Fortnight, 6-8 p.m.

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

Soldotna Montessori Charter

Upper elementary students will perform in the Annual Talent Show on Thursday from 6:00 to 7:30 in the gym. This event will also include the annual "Cookie Train", a gourmet holiday cookie sale that will take place before the Talent Show.

Upper elementary students are concluding their research and study of ancient civilizations. This study culminates with student presentations of their final projects. Projects include PowerPoint presentations, dioramas, and informational posters.

Students in grades 1 - 3 are continuing work on continent studies with a focus on the continent of Europe. This study will culminate with a family sing-along in the library Dec. 14 for families in Mrs. Holt and Mrs. Larned's class. The sing-along will feature holiday music from the continent of Europe. Students in Mrs. Atchley's class will present a holiday program for parents in the gym Dec. 16.

Kindergartners are completing a unit on nutrition and continue to develop many new practical life skills. One of the favorite practical life activities is the hands-on carpenter's bench in the classroom.

Tustumena Elementary

The canned food drive ends today. The school has passed its goal of 400 items for The Salvation Army, but continues to collect.

Winter concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Wings Christian Academy

Second Quarter Honor Roll field trip is today. Students will be going bowling. Honor Roll students have earned the privilege of either coming in late to school or coming at regular time and playing games, working, or playing in the gym. Students that come in late must be here by 10:45 a.m. Students will be leaving at 11 a.m to go out for pizza then bowling. Honor Roll students may have a non-uniform dress day.

The office of the week in the Upper Learning Center is Jesse Noel.

The office of the week in the Lower Learning Center is Sunny Miller.

Dec. 14 is Merit store.

The Christmas program is Thursday at 7 p.m. There will be an intermission in the middle of the program at which time snacks and drinks will be available for one dollar each. Parents can help by bringing fudge, cookies, candy, etc. to sell. Proceeds will go to help students attending the A.C.E International Student Convention in May.

Remember to keep saving Campbell labels, BoxTops, and aluminum cans. Keep reading for Book-it reading goals.

Last day of school is Dec. 17.

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