Around the District

Posted: Monday, December 13, 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.

* 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 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

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

Scholastic Book Fair will continue through this week. Stop by and pick up those last minute Christmas gifts!

The Connections office will be closed Dec. 24 and 31. The office will be open with secretarial staff only during the remainder of Christmas break. No advisors will be available.

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 ASAP. For questions or more information, please call Mark Wackler 714-8880.

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.

Cook Inlet Academy

Tonight will be the Elementary Christmas Program at 6:30 p.m.

Today through Friday, Dec. 17, is Spirit Week:

Monday: Pajama Day -- (Don't take a shower, just roll out of bed! And bring your favorite stuffed animal & blanket).

Tuesday: Travel Back In Time Day -- (Be a pioneer, an old west cowboy, an Indian, or flashback to the '60's,'70's, or '80's -- It's all up to you!).

Wednesday: Wacky Tacky Wednesday -- (Dress in mismatched clothes, dye your hair green and where you socks on your hands -- but EVERTHING must be crazy!).

Thursday: Eagle Pride Day -- (Show your best school spirit and bring out all the Blue & Gold you can find!).

Friday: Ugly Christmas Sweater Day (Christmas Red & Green Day) -- (Pull out your mother's sweater she wore 30 years ago, but if she insists she threw it away, dress like Santa Claus, an elf, A snowman, Mary or Joseph or a Wise Man).

Fabulous prizes will be awarded for best costumes each day, for each grade.

Dec. 16 -- 18: CIA Classic Basketball Tournament.

Dec. 17, 9 a.m. -- noon: High School Christmas Party at the Bauder's House on Sport Lake Road. Bring one White Elephant Gift (valued at $10), snow clothes, sleds and skates (if you have them). Wear your ugly sweater to compete in the contest!

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

Dec. 20 -- 23 will be Hoops for the Holidays Elementary Basketball Camp at CIA. This is open to kindergartners through 6th grade. This is a great way to keep your child active during break, allow time for parents to do some Christmas shopping and support our Varsity Basketball Teams. Please register at the office by Dec. 15.

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

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.

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

Yearbooks for Sale -- $35 for your hardcover yearbook. Order by Dec. 17 as prices will increase after then. 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.

K-Beach Elementary School

The K-Beach Elementary K-3 primary grades will be presenting a winter program of music on Monday, Dec. 13, at the SoHi auditorium at 7 p.m. All primary grade students will be participating. The kindergarten classes will be singing several delightful seasonal songs and grades 1-3 will be presenting the musical, "Christmas at the O.K. Corral." Kindergarten students should wear nice or dressy clothes and grades 1-3 should wear something with a western theme or nice school clothes. Everyone is invited for an evening of family fun!

Congratulations Janna Krieger, K-Beach 2010 Spelling Bee champ! Honorable mention to Levi Rosin our alternate speller.

Our school Christmas assembly is on Dec. 15 at 1:15 p.m., in the gym.

For Friday's inservice, K-Beach staff will be focusing on team building and communication.

To our parents, students and community -- Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

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

The Kindergarten classes will have Family Cookie Sharing on Dec. 16, 11 a.m.

The Kenai Line Dancers will perform for the students during lunch on Dec. 16, noon, and again at 12:30 p.m.

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.

Happy Holidays from our school to yours!

Kenai Central High School

This year is rapidly ending. The end of the semester is Thursday, Dec. 16. Students will be busy taking finals and are hopefully spending time studying at home.

Wednesday, Dec. 15. Finals Day Schedule 1,3,5

* 7:50 a.m. -- 8:15 a.m., Advisory/Study/Review Time

* 1st period finals 8:20 a.m. -- 10 a.m.

* Break Time 10 a.m. -- 10:20 a.m.

* 3rd period finals 10:20 a.m. -- noon.

* Lunch noon -- 12:35 p.m.

* 5th period finals 12:35 p.m. -- 2:15 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 16 Finals Day Schedule 2, 4, 6

* 7:50 a.m. -- 8:15 a.m. Advisory/Study/Review Time

* 2nd period finals 8:20 a.m. -- 10 a.m.

* Break Time 10 a.m. -- 10:20 a.m.

* 4th period finals 10:20 a.m. -- noon

* Lunch noon -- 12:35 p.m.

* 6th period finals 12:35 p.m. -- 2:15 p.m.

The athletic department would like to thank all of the volunteers and community sponsors that helped support our Region III wrestling tournament. The tournament would not have been a success without your help.

The Kenai Kardinals will once again host the Kenai River Challenge Girl's Basketball Tip-off Tournament, Dec. 16 -- 18.

* Thursday -- Kenai vs. Grace Christian, 4 p.m.

* Friday -- Kenai vs. Ketchikan, 5:30 p.m.

* Saturday -- Kenai vs. Mt. Edgecombe, 3 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 information contact Debbie Pearson: or your school counselor.

Have a Merry Christmas and don't forget that classes will resume on Monday, Jan. 3, 2011.

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!

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 nonperishable food items for families that need a little help this holiday season. Thank you for your generosity!

We would like to thank everyone for volunteering at KMS this semester. We could not put on all of our programs without your efforts! Please safe a safe and enjoyable holiday season -- Kenai Middle School Staff.

* Dec. 17: End Of Semester, Inservice, no school.

* Dec. 17--Jan. 2: Winter break.

* Dec. 18: Christmas Basket Distribution at Mountain View.

* Jan. 3: School starts.

* Jan. 4: Wrestling, XC skiing, volleyball intramurals begin,

* Jan. 14: Wrestling at KMS, 3 p.m.

* Jan. 21: Skiing at Skyview, 3 p.m.

* Jan. 22: Wrestling at SMS, 9 a.m.

* Jan. 27: Talent show.

* Jan. 29: Wrestling at Nikiski, 10 a.m.; Skiing at Seward, TBA.

Mountain View Elementary School

Character Counts winners last week were Mariah Hernandez, Stephen Hopkinson, Briana Eide, Jonathan McCarthy, Sarge Howell, Jaryn Zoda, Hallee Bachmeier, Brad Chaffee, Melissa Holmes, Isaac McGrane, Bryon Parazoo and Caleb Streiff.

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.

The Christmas Concert for 1st and 2nd grade is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m. in the KCHS auditorium. Students should be at KCHS at 5:30 p.m.

During the staff inservice on Friday, Dec. 17, classroom teachers will be discussing Houghton Mifflin math collaboration, Special Education will be participating in Carol Gray Social Story training, and 4th and 5th grade teachers will work together with Kenai Middle School teachers discussing transitions and academic achievement.

Have a safe and happy holiday. Winter break is Dec. 17 -- Jan. 2. Students return to school on Monday, Jan. 3.

Nikiski North Star Elementary School

The fifth- and sixth-grade band students will perform before school in the foyer as students arrive each day starting this morning through Thursday. They will be playing holiday tunes beginning at 8:35 a.m. and play for about fifteen minutes each morning.

There will be a holiday show in the gym on Thursday at 2:30 p.m. For more information, please call the office at 776-2600.

Congratulations to the following winners of the Elks Hoop Shoot competition recently held at NNS: Boys 8-9 years old: 1st place: Michael Eiter, 2nd place: Chase Longbotham; Girls 8-9 years old: 1st place: Sara Moore, 2nd place: Kelsey Clark; Boys 10-11 years old: 1st place: Jace Kornstad, 2nd place: Zach Tuttle; Girls 10-11 years old: 1st place: Rylee Jackson, 2nd place: Verity Feltman; Boys 12-13 years old: 1st place: Warren Gage, 2nd place: Braden Ellis; and Girls 12-13 years old: 1st place: Avery Kornstad, 2nd place: Ayla Pitt.

Redoubt Elementary School

Mark your calendar for upcoming January 2011 events.

Jan. 14 -- Fun Fest.

Jan. 18 -- Title One Family Meeting, 5:30 p.m., in the school gym.

Jan. 20 -- 4th--6th Grade Winter Musical, at Soldotna High School.

Our Box Top winner last week was Matthew Lewis. Students, bring your box tops! A prize drawing is held weekly.

Students, please make sure that you distribute all Innisbrook fundraiser items to those customers who ordered and paid for items during our fundraiser.

Redoubt's third grade classes are selling candy cane candy-grams to raise money for an upcoming field trip to the Seward Sea Life Center. Third grade classes will be delivering candy cane candy-grams on Thursday, Dec. 16. If you would like to send someone a candy-gram, fill out the holiday delivery form. Message forms can be picked up at the school office.

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 17 Redoubt families and 47 children this Christmas holiday. Thank you for your generosity. Together, we can assure that all Redoubt families have happy holidays.

Congratulations, Elks Hoop Shoot winners for Redoubt Elementary; Nathan Ivanoff, Seryn Sproul, Jackson Blackwell, Molly Erickson, Kyle Marcuson and Alyssa Baldwin.

The staff and students at Redoubt would like to wish everyone a wonderful Christmas and Happy New Year. We will see everyone back at school Monday Jan. 3.

Seward Middle School

Librarian Laura Beck still needs adult volunteers in 1- to 2-hour intervals for Seward Middle School's Scholastic Book Fair. The fair is Dec. 13 -- 16, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., in the middle school library. Call 224-9013 if you have questions. Volunteers can sign up here: ""

School will be closed Friday, Dec. 17, for in-service, and Monday, Dec. 20 through Friday, Dec. 31, for the holidays.

Seward Middle School Yearbooks are on sale though Dec. 17 for $23. After the new year, yearbooks will cost $25. Please make all checks payable to Seward Middle School and turn them into Mrs. Liljemark. For more information, call Mrs. Liljemark 224-9024.

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

Skyview High School

The music department will perform its Christmas Concert tonight, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m., in the commons. The concert is free and the public is invited to attend.

The National Honor Society induction ceremony for new members will take place Tuesday, Dec. 14, at 6 p.m., in the commons.

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

Second semester begins Monday, Jan. 3.

The following after school academies are available for students to attend starting in January: at Skyview -- PCA (Personal Care Attendant) and Construction; at SoHi -- Medical Terminology and ETT (Emergency Medical Technician); and at KCHS -- Welding and Criminal Justice. For more information or to sign up contact your school counselor or Debbie Pearson at

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Soldotna Elementary School

All are invited to the Beginning and Intermediate Band Concert on Wednesday, Dec. 15, at 6 p.m., in the music room, under the direction of music teacher Aaron Lohmeyer.

Christmas Kindness assistance forms were due Dec. 9 with no exceptions, although there is no deadline for donating to the Christmas Kindness program. Students and their families are also invited to contribute non perishables for holiday meals for families in need.

Fun Buck winners for last week include Cadence Fischer, Jonathan Gordan, Kyle Beck, Amber Matthews, Rebecca Page, Nathan Haga, Autumn Lay and Vydell Baker.

Soldotna Middle School

Tuesday: Assembly schedule. Band and Choir concert preview and basketball celebration.

Tuesday: Band and Choir Winter Concert, 7 p.m.

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

Friday: No school for students. Teacher in-service and work day.

Saturday, Dec. 18 -- Sunday, Jan. 2: Winter break, no school.

Monday, Jan. 3 -- First day of the third quarter.

Monday, Jan. 3 -- Cross country skiing, volleyball and wrestling begin.

Congratulations to the Students of the Month for November:

Language Arts -- James Honer, Justice Miller, Alyssa Wolfe, Tanner Best, Chloe Haas; Math -- Jonathan Jessup, Anna Coup, Jordan Martin, Seth Freeman; Algebra -- Tanner Best; Science -- Hannah Katzenberger, Hanna Mahaffey, Ila Cobb, Alex Weeks, Tanner Best, Justice Miller, Kylie Dimick; PE- Jacob Conver, Claire McElroy, Isabella Henry, Sabrina Hames, Ruth Ann Murdock, Brent Nichols; Study Skills -- Tyler Witcher, Lukas Patten, Steven Carter; Reading -- Chase Poole, Jesse Scott; Spanish -- Austin Crowder, Russel Yurcina, Skylar Shaw, Christine Alexie, Jacob Conver, Hannah Katzenberger; Business and Info Systems -- Adrian Gomez Dickson, Julia Fields-Jones, Emily Werner, Toma Johnson; Yearbook -- Josephine Harpole, Parker Bates; Robotics -- Shayne Hensley, Rebekah Keener; Digital Photography 1 -- William Mahan, Mikayla Miller; Digital Photography 2 -- Courtney Vinzant, Olivia Farrell; Homeroom -- Claire Kincaid, Ryan Kimball, Montana Landess; World History -- Nathaniel Yannikos; American History -- Anna Marie Sayman; Life Skills -- John Kittleson; Drumline -- Serene Hobbs, Alexander Gottlob; Band -- Emmalee Johnson, Charles Gibbons; Choir -- Allison Ralston, Haley Miller; Tutoring -- Bryce Moeglein.

Soldotna High School

The Soldotna High School Student Council will have their annual holiday assembly for students on Dec. 14 at 1:55 p.m.

Final exams are this week, Wednesday, Dec. 15 and Thursday, Dec. 16. Exams on Wednesday are hours 1,3 and 5. On Thursday exams are hours 2,4 and 6.

There is an inservice day on Friday, Dec. 17.

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

The Sophomore class is sponsoring the Winter Ball on Friday, Jan. 7, from 7:30 -- 10:30 p.m. This is a semiformal dance.

It's time to clean out those closets! We are collecting gently used homecoming/prom dresses for Cinderella's Closet 2011. Last year, SoHi Student Council provided dresses for over 75 local ladies for their prom. This program is open to all area high school girls. The dresses can be dropped off to the main office or contact Meggean at to make arrangements.

Sports information can be found at

Tustumena Elementary School

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

Dec. 16 -- Reindeer Games.

Dec. 17 -- End of quarter, Inservice day, no school.

Dec. 20 -- Jan. 2 -- Winter break.

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