Around the District

Posted: Monday, December 14, 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.

* 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:

* Friday 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 .

Connections home-school

First Semester grade reports are due Friday.

The Connections office will be closed Dec. 24, 25 and Jan. 1. The office will be open with secretarial staff only during the remainder of the holiday break. No advisers will be available.

Grace Lutheran School

Preschool through eighth grade students will present a Christmas program

Christmas Eve at 7 p.m. It is open to the public. Parents, 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 resume Jan. 3.

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

The end of the first semester is Dec. 22. Report cards will be handed out Jan. 3.

The students are encouraged to continue reading over vacation to fulfill their December Book-it reading goals.

For more information, call 283-9551.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

A band concert will be held at 6 p.m. today in the school gym. It will be repeated for the students Tuesday, during a band assembly at 9:30 a.m.

The Line Dancers from the Kenai Senior Center will perform for the students during lunches Wednesday.

Thursday will begin with a sing-along assembly. Students will all participate in a mini free Fun Fest in the afternoon.

Family Fun Night will be held Thursday at 6 p.m. Decorating sugar cookies and having a cookie exchange are some of the planned activities. "The Grinch that Stole Christmas" will be preformed by Coach Jeremy. Watch for Friday folders for more information.

The next APC meeting will be Jan. 13.

The next PTA meeting will be Jan. 18.

Kalifornsky Beach

Last week, with the help of the PTA, students crafted ornaments to decorate a Christmas Tree for the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center Christmas Tree Silent Auction. The tree will be on display at the center today through Saturday. The bidding will end at 3 on Saturday. The Caribou Playground Project will receive 50 percent of the auction value and the funds will go to upgrading the playground equipment.

Primary grades will perform their musical Christmas program, "The Littlest Reindeer" on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Soldotna High School auditorium. Admission is free.

Kenai Central High

The end of the semester is Thursday.

Finals Schedule: Wednesday -- Morning announcements, 7:40 - 7:45; 1st periods, 7:45 - 9:35; Break, 9:35 - 9:50; 3rd period, 9:50 - 11:40; lunch 11:40 - 12:25; and 5th Period, 12:25 - 2:15; Thursday -- Morning Announcements, 7:40 - 7:45; 2nd Periods, 7:45 - 9:35; break, 9:35 - 9:50; 4th periods, 9:50 - 11:40; lunch, 11:40 - 12:25; and 6th Period, 12:25 - 2:15.

The wrestlers will have a banquet Wednesday in the cafeteria at 7 p.m.

Thursday-- Varsity Girls Basketball Kenai River Challenge at 4 p.m.;

Friday-- J.V and Varsity Hockey vs. SoHi. At 3 and 7 p.m. and Varsity Girls Basketball Kenai River Challenge at 5:30;

Saturday-- Varsity Girls Basketball Kenai River Challenge Skills Competition at 10 a.m. and game at 3 p.m.

Kenai Middle

On Jan. 4, wrestling, x-country skiing, and volleyball begin. Students need to have the appropriate paperwork turned in prior to practicing. If you have any questions, call 283-1700.

On Thursday students will sign up for one of 20 clubs sponsored by the staff and community members. Starting Jan. 8, for five Fridays during last period, students will attend their selected club. Students will not be missing out on regular core or exploratory classes because each class period has been shortened five minutes to allow for a 40 minute club period. Parents may come and visit a class or spend some time observing a club activity.

November Students of the Month: Zach Koziczkowski, Paul Deda, Hevyn Hoff, Amanda Fischer, Andi Reilly, Caitlin Steinbeck, Hanah Hoff, Kirsten Duran, Ian Ashley and Hetta Quade.

Jan. 4 -- Volleyball, Wrestling and Skiing Begins;

Jan. 14 -- Jabila'ina Dance (During All Lunches);

Jan. 15 -- clubs; Wrestling at 3 p.m.; Skiing at 2:30 p.m.;

Jan. 22 -- clubs; Dena'ina Language Club, 1:47-2:27 p.m.;

Jan. 23 -- Wrestling at SMS, 9 a.m.;

Jan. 28 -- Talent Show, 7 p.m. at KCHS;

Jan. 29 -- cLUBS!; Dena'ina Language Club, 1:47-2:27; Skiing at Homer, 2:30 p.m.; and

Jan. 30 -- Wrestling at Nikiski at 9 p.m.

Mountain View Elementary

Character Counts winners were Mabon Williamson, Denali Glenzel, Bethany Morris, Brandi Powell, Katrina Conaway, Jeremy Souders, Mickinzie Ticknor, Wyatt Atchison, Ashleigh Lutz, Nichole Rafferty, Haley Knott and Cameron Cole.

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.

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.

School will resume Jan. 4.

Nikiski Middle-High

October Students of the Month: High School - Dylan Berry, Algebra A; Ryan Cole, Computer Applications; Caite Green, US History; Lincoln Johnson, Biology; Taylor Lawler, Language Arts; Angie Parrish, Language Arts; Bob Seater, Calculus; Junior High -- Ben Carstens, Language Arts; Marilyn Davis, Social Studies; Savannah Freeman, Science; Tanar Jackson, Study Skills; Rachel Thompson, Mathematics; Rachel Thompson, Physical Education; Christian Wall, Most Improved MS.

Tuesday - Choir Concert at 7 p.m.;

Thursday - Last School day before Winter Break and Staff Christmas Play;

Friday - Community Swing Dance 8-11 p.m. in the school commons with lessons from 7 to 8 p.m.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

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. All proceeds go to their spring field trips.

There will be a holiday show in the gym Thursday at 2:30 p.m. Call the school at 776-2600 for more information.

Mrs. Zimmerman is conducting a Music CD fundraiser to raise money for her Spring field trips in April. The cost of the CD's is $10. See Mrs. Zimmerman or a fourth-grader in her class to order. They will be available until February.

Students of the Month are Alison Litke, Braedon Porter, Cailin Yeager, Drew Handley, Ethan Hack, Gavin Wallis, Hallie Tauriainen, Hannah Young, Ian Davis, Jewelia Alex-Velie, Kallie McCaughey, Katherine Darch, Madison Rickert, Margy Cox, Molly Cason, Olivia Easley, Shylea Freeman, Delainia Mullins and Christina Johnstone.

Redoubt Elementary

Redoubt PTA is helping families in need this Christmas through its Holiday Kindness program. Families receiving help will be contacted early this week.

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.

School resumes Jan. 4.

Skyview High

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

Final exams for periods 1, 3, and 5 will be Wednesday. Exams for periods 2, 4, and 6 will be Thursday.

The "C" basketball teams will host Nikiski Thursday at 4 and 5:30 p.m.

The ski team will host a tri-meet Friday.

The junior varsity and varsity basketball teams will host Homer on Jan. 5, with games beginning at 3 p.m.

The "C" teams will host Homer on Jan. 9, with games beginning at 1 p.m.

The school will sponsor a blood drive at the Soldotna Blood Bank from January 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, other 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 visit or .

Soldotna High

Student Council will have a holiday assembly today.

A student art show will be held in the art room Wednesday and Thursday. Each current 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. each day.

Final exams are scheduled Wednesday (hours 1,2,5) and Thursday (hours 2,4,6).

December Rotary Students of the Month are: Cyria Dile: Family and Consumer Science: Lauren Steffy: Child Development, Cameron Mullan: Foods, Dillon Tondre: Language Arts, Corey Ellis: Language Arts, Katelin Christenson: Health, Asa Johnson: Biology, Wade Nelson: Math, Logan Patrick: Library, Kayla Atkins: Ceramics, Alisah Kress: Advisory, Sierra Connor: Aide, Shelby Dykstra: Counseling, Austin Murray: Woods, Zach Jackson: Woods, Nikki Hegge: Yearbook, Ashley Ansel: Language Arts, T'essa Tovoli: Language Arts.

Sports information can be found at

Soldotna Middle

Thursday -- Band and Choir concert at 7 p.m.;

Dec, 21-23 -- Middle school volleyball clinic at Skyview High School, $40 for clinic - Informational flyers available in the commons;

Jan. 4 -- First day 3rd quarter and first day of practice for volleyball, wrestling and cross country skiing;

Jan. 8 -- Fortnightly from 6-8 p.m.

Tustumena Elementary

Jan. 4 -- Student's return from break;

Jan. 19 -- PTO meeting at 4 p.m.;

Jan. 25 -- site council meeting at 4 p.m.

Wing Christian Academy

Volleyball players need to bring in their monetary contribution for the gift that was purchased for the volleyball coach.

The office of the week for the Upper Learning Center is Mathew Grant.

The office of the week for the Lower Learning Center is Chase Miller.

Merit Store is today at 1 p.m.

Student Christmas party is Thursday.

No school on Friday.

School will resume Jan. 5.

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