Around the Peninsula

Posted: Monday, December 15, 2008

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. 12;

* Feb. 2;

* Feb. 16;

* March 2 at Homer High School;

* April 13;

* May 4 at Seward High School;

* June 1; and

* June 2 (board planning meeting.)

KPBSD holidays, end of quarter announced

Public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District have end of second quarter and minimum day on Friday

Public schools in the KPBSD will be closed on the following dates:

* Dec. 22-26, 29-31 and Jan. 1 and 2 -- Christmas, New Years (school resumes Jan. 5.)

School's section takes a break

The Peninsula Clarion's School section will not be printed on the following dates: Dec. 22, 29 and Jan. 5.

The first Schools section of the new year will be Jan. 12. For more information, call 335-1241.

School Web sites available

Web sites for public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District are available at Click on the schools tab then choose school.

Awards program deadline today

Soroptimist International of Kenai Peninsula is offering the "Violet Richardson Awards Program" to young women between the ages of 14 and 17. The award honors young ladies for their volunteer actions, such as fighting drugs, crime and violence, cleaning the environment and/or working to end discrimination and poverty.

Soroptimist International of Kenai Peninsula will present a $200 cash award, as well as contribute $200 in honor of the winner to her volunteer organization. Club level winners then become eligible for state and national awards.

Applications for the award program are available at local high and middle schools, or by calling Rosanne Van Ray at 262-4339. Applications must be received by today.

Construction academy planned

The Kenai Peninsula School District has been provided a grant to deliver free basic construction skills training to high school students, with the Kenai Peninsula after school construction program.

The training will be conducted at area high schools and the Workforce Development Center. Students from Razdolna, Voznesenka and Kachemak-Selo may participate in training that takes place at Homer High School. Nikolaevsk and Seward are offering academies at their high schools. Central peninsula students will have a choice of locations depending on what area of training they are interested in.

The academy will begin after winter break at the following locations: Homer High School -- construction/framing; Kenai Central High School -- welding; Nikiski Middle/High School -- basic framing and construction electrical; Nikolaesvk -- basic framing/construction; Seward High School -- welding; Skyview High School -- basic framing/construction electrical; Soldotna High School --basic Framing/construction and welding.

If a student takes and successfully completes two courses or 90 hours of training they will be eligible for a 1/2 practical arts credit. They also may participate in a 10 hour safety training course and receive a nationally recognized safety card upon completion.

The courses will teach several basic skills an employer will look for when hiring workers in entry level positions.

To sign up or for more information, call Leanne Abendroth at 283-2145 or e-mail

Local scholarship offered

The Kenai Peninsula Central Labor Council will offer four $500 scholarships to Kenai Peninsula High School graduates from union families. To be eligible, applicants must have significant improvement in grades; graduate in the 2008-09 school year; and attend an accredited school.

Applications must be postmarked no later than April 1 to be considered. Mail applications to Kenai Peninsula Central Labor Council, P.O. Box 1162, Kenai, AK 99611.

Aurora Borealis Charter

Students will be dismissed a 1:35 p.m. Friday. Parents are reminded to pick their child up early that day.

Students are reminded to write their name and class on the back of their Box Tops for Education coupons. There is an individual contest running through Thursday.

Connections Home-school program

First semester grade reports are due by Friday.

The Kenai office will be closed Saturday through Jan. 4.

The Soldotna 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.

Movie, reading challenge continues -- Students may sign up to read the book "Inkheart" by Cornelia Funke (Connections can order it for you.) Students are asked to read it over the next month, then go to the office to take a short comprehensive test on it. If they get an 80 percent or higher on the test, Connections will pay their admission fee to see the movie by the same title and for their popcorn and drink. The movie will be hosted by Connections. To enter e-mail Doug at, or call him at 714-8880. For a preview of the movie, go to

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the Week are: Kristopher St. Luise, Michael Marks, Andrew Barlow, Elizabeth Daily, John Grossl, Charlie Ross, Kyle Caligan and Ellie Smith.

Winners for the annual Thanksgiving feast coloring contest are Julie Litchfield, Robbie Smithwick, Alexia Noel and Sadie Arneson. Their artwork is on display on the glass entry door.

The Christmas program for elementary grades, under direction of Mrs. Emery will be held at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the gym.

A learn to ski program is starting up for cross-country skiers of all levels. The group will train with Skyview High School skiers, under the direction of Coach Eric Arneson. Some gear is available for use.

A notification system for changes to the sports calendars has been instituted to save confusion about game times and practices. To receive automatic update notices for each sport, visit and set individual preferences under the school's listing. If you need help with this, call Jill at the office.

The school board will meet at 6:30 p.m. today.

Grace Lutheran School

On Friday, students will host a Christmas luncheon at noon for family and friends at the school.

Christmas vacation begins at 3:30 p.m. Friday. Classes will resume Jan. 5.

"Book-it" reading calendars for December should be turned in by Jan. 5.

The preschool through eighth-graders will participate in the Christmas Eve program at 7 p.m. Dec. 24. Students are asked to be at the school by 6:40 p.m.

Cans for the Great Aluminum Can Round-up may be dropped off at the school anytime.

Applications are now being accepted for the second semester 3 and 4-year-old preschool programs. 3 year old classes are held Tuesday and Thursday and 4 year old classes are held Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Call Joanne Love at 283-9551 for more information.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The line dancers from the Kenai Senior Citizens Center will perform for students during lunch today. Parents may attend.

The fifth and sixth grade band concert will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the school. Band members are asked to arrive at 5:30 to warm up and set up the gym. The band will perform for the school at the 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at an assembly.

The Family Fun Night sledding party/cookie exchange will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday. Families are asked to make sure to have their name on their sleds and extra sleds will be welcome. There will be a cookie exchange so families may bring a dozen and take home a dozen. Cookies may be dropped off in the gym to be sorted during the sledding party.

On Friday there will be a free Fun Fest, a sing along assembly, the Victorian Carolers will perform and a visit from the Grinch are planned.

School will be dismissed one hour early Friday at 2:40 p.m.

Report cards will be sent home Jan. 12.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The primary grades will present a winter program at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Soldotna High School Auditorium. The performance will feature the kindergarten classes singing holiday songs and the first-, second- and third-graders will present the holiday musical, "A Penguin Christmas."

Elks Hoop Shoot winners are Andi Reilly, Brooks Furlong, Makenna Rosin, Trevor Waldon, Bailey Blumentritt, Melia Miller, Jenna Hanson, Destiny Wilson, Dawson Baker and Elijah Friedly.

The following students represented their classes in the school spelling bee: Jordan Peck, Dylan Schultz, Alternate: Brenner Musgrave, Austin Craig, Haley Miller, Alternate: Andi Reilly, Chris Hamilton, Taylor Johnson, Lavendar Burns, Jayden Zimmer, Alternate: Alexis Baker, Megan Barrett, Harley McDonald, Alternate: Kayla White, Mason Cannon, Andrew Agosti, Alternate: Ashley Pietro, Alexis Terra, Michale Meyers, Alternate: Ethan Brown, Jessica Segura, Keegan Dubendorf, Alternate: Kayla Bauter, Anna Aley, Bechler Metcalf, Alternate: Jenna Hansen, Delaney Johnson, Danny Fowler, Melia Miller, Nathaniel Patat, Conner Fowler, Alternate: Cheyenne Vroman. The winner was Taylor Johnson, who will participate in the state spelling bee in Anchorage. The alternate was Austin Craig.

Kenai High

* Tuesday -- Site council meets, if you have any questions about this or would like to see an item on the agenda or for meeting time, call Jim Beeson at 283-2163;

* Wednesday -- finals periods one, three and five;

* Thursday -- finals periods two, four and six and girls varsity basketball at Kenai Tipoff at 4 p.m. vs Cordova;

* Friday -- Friday is an early release day with students getting out of school at 1:15 p.m., Christmas assembly also will be held and girls varsity basketball at Kenai Tipoff at 5:30 p.m. vs Houston;

* Jan. 6 -- grades due at 8 a.m.;

* Jan. 19 -- in-service;

* Jan. 22 -- December Student of the Month lunch;

* Jan. 25 -- Hockey steak feed; and

* Jan. 26-27 -- honor band.

Kenai Middle

Volleyball camp will be held Dec. 22 and 23. The cost is $80 and it is open to fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth grade boys and girls from all schools. Forms are available at the office. Volleyball starts Jan. 5.

The after school tutor program is available for seventh and eighth grade students from 2:35 to 4 p.m. Contact the office for a sign-up form. Limited bus service will be provided to these students.

Dates to remember:

* Friday -- students will be dismissed at 1:27 p.m.; and

* Jan. 5 -- Wrestling and cross country skiing begin.

Mountain View Elementary

Character Counts winners were Braxton Fischer, Demion Calderon, Amanda Parazoo, Alida Stiers, Ashlee Heiman, Sarah Germann, Emilie Hopkinson, Alaska Duero, Damion Alexan, Shawn Isam, Kelsey Wik and Annika Oren.

The Christmas concert for kindergarten, first and second grade will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Kenai Central High School Auditorium. Students need to be at KCHS at 6:30 p.m. Students will be bussed to KCHS on Tuesday morning for rehearsal.

Friday will be is a minimum day for students. Students will be dismissed at 2:25 p.m.

Families, if able, are being asked to donate one item for the Christmas drive. Kindergarten students are asked to bring one hat or headband; first and second grade are asked to bring one pair mittens or gloves; third and fourth grade are asked to bring one package of socks; and fifth grade are asked to bring canned goods. Place items in the large Christmas box outside the office.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Character Counts Students of the Week are Michael Mysing and Jayton Rizzo.

Artist in Residence Terry Inokumo will be at the school for several weeks.

There will be an assembly at 1:30 p.m. Friday in the gym. This is also a minimum day for students and dismissal will be at 2:30 p.m.

Nikiski Middle-High

Dates to remember:

* Tuesday -- Basketball vs. CIA at 3 p.m. girls game and 4:30 p.m. boys game;

* Wednesday -- boys basketball vs. Mt. Edgecombe;

* Friday -- C basketball home vs. Homer at 4 and 5:30 p.m., Hockey vs. Homer at the Jason Peterson Memorial Rink and swing dance at 7 p.m. in the commons.

Tyler Michael Bethune was named the Nikiski Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month. Bethune is a senior and has a 3.84 grade point average. He is the student body president and a member of the National Honor Society. He has served as the 2008 Nikiski Mock Convention co-chairman and is active in the Civil Air Patrol where he has received the Find Award, been cadet commander and a staff Sergeant. Bethune plans on attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks where he plans on studying mechanical engineering.

Redoubt Elementary

Band students will perform from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the gym. It is open to the public.

The spelling bee for grades four through six will take place at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the gym. Parents are invited to attend.

Third grade classes are selling candy cane candy grams for 50 cents each as a fundraiser for the American Red Cross. Orders may be placed through Thursday at the office or in the hallway during lunch. Candy-grams will be delivered Friday.

The Holiday Kindness program made it possible to help 11 of the school's families and 25 children.

The school's Elks Hoop Shoot winners were Jake Marcuson, Jesse Littrell, Drew Fowler, Molly Paul, Kaitlyn Atterberry and Mariah Thompson.

Students will be dismissed one hour early Friday at 2:18 p.m. Lunch will be served and buses will run.

In support of student wellness, the student beverage machine will be permanently removed over winter break. Students who wish to bring water bottles to school beginning Jan. 5 should check with their teacher.

The school continues to collect Big G Box Tops. Box tops deposited in the can in front of the office are included in a prize drawing each week.

Skyview High

The music department will present its Christmas concert tonight at 7 in the commons. The public is invited to attend.

Girls and boys "C" basketball teams host Nikiski at 3 and 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Semester exams for periods one, three and five will be given Wednesday.

Semester exams for periods two, four and six will be given Thursday.

Friday is a minimum day. Students will be dismissed at 1:30 p.m.

Boys basketball will host Homer Jan. 6. C teams play at 3 p.m. JV at 4:30 p.m. and varsity at 6 p.m.

The Peninsula Challenge girls' basketball tournament takes place Jan. 8 through 10. Brackets will be available on the school web site at

Soldotna High

On Wednesday final exams will be given during: period one from 8:50 to 10:25 a.m.; period two from 10:40 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; and period six from 12:50 to 2:25 p.m.

On Thursday final exams will be given during: period three from 8:50 to 10:25 a.m.; period four from 10:40 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.; and period five from 12:50 to 2:25 p.m.

Friday will be a minimum day, ending at 1:25 p.m. Make-up exams will be given, in addition to textbook check-in for single semester classes.

The art department will present its annual student art show, critique, and discussion in the art room. Students and the public are welcome to visit and see the semester's student artwork. Refreshments will be served. Showings will be Wednesday from 8:50 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. and Thursday from 8:50 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The annual Tip Off Tournament will be held Dec. 18 through 20.

As a fundraiser, the junior class will sell raffle tickets for an Alaska themed quilt. Tickets may be purchased from any junior class member and the quilt drawing will be held at the Soldotna-Kenai basketball game Jan. 17. The winner need not be present to win.

Soldotna Middle

Friday is a minimum day for students. Lunch will be served that day. Students will be dismissed at 1:15 p.m. and buses will run at that time.

Volleyball, wrestling and cross country skiing will begin after school Jan. 5.

The PTSA will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 5 in the library.

Testing dates for the second semester are: Terra Nova, seventh-graders only on Feb, 2, 3 and 4; NAEP, a random selection of eight-graders on Feb. 24; and SBA for seventh- and eighth-graders April 7, 8 and 9. Parents are asked to consider those dates when scheduling appointments and vacations.

November Students of Character: Keely Abendroth, Terence Albertson, Justin Alexie, Gaeden Ames, Rachel Amos, Savannah Anchinges, Coty Anderson, Jacob Ansel, Wyatt Bartlett, Randy Bass, Howard Batt, Violet Batt, Rachel Beckmann, Addyson Beller, Daniel Benson, Kelci Benson, Christine Blackburn-Long, Rachel Blossom, Natasha Booker, Trace Braxling, Jaide Briggs, Haley Bunch, Daniel Byerly, Hannah Campos, Cory Carver, Delora Chesley, Katelin Christenson, Jayme Christian, Raymond Cole, Peyton Coley, Maxwell Conradi, Abby Cook, Austin Cunningham, Marlee Cunningham, Kendra Currier, Mitchel Daugherty, Zack Davis, Madison Day, Dallas Derflinger, Cerialyndria Dile, Douglas Durst, Ashley Eby, Taran Edmondson, D. J. Elmore, Caelan Elsey, Sierra Estes, Daren Estrada, Brittany Fabunan, Eden Flake, Taylor Forbes, Willa Forrest (Huddleston), Megan Fowler, Noah Fowler, Mason Galbraith, Genevieve Gallagher, Alissa Garcia, Keilani Geronimo, Sabrina Gibbs, Collin Godwin, Justin Godwin, Denali Goodwill, Jonathan Granger, Samantha Hall, Jordan Halterman (Fletcher), Duke Hardcastle, Breeanna Harrison, Amber Haselow, Kiana Hendricks, Katiebeth Hills, Aaron Hinz, Riley Hinz, K.C. Hordemann, Jory Hubbard, Molly Hughes, Victoria Jackson, Samuel Janorschke, Thomas Johnson, David Jones, Katie Joule, Kyle Kanarowski, Jonathan Keenan, Michael Keener, Katelynn Kerkvliet, Jang Kim, Devan Kincaid, Taylor Kishbaugh, Brian Kollm, Shaylie Kooly, Jedidiah Kowchee, Aaoron Krebs, Natalie Kress, Kevin Lang, Jacob Lawson, Shara Leaders, Kyler Ledet, Serena Lee, Taylor Legg, Jeneen Leopold, Daniel Lewis, Derrick Linthicum, Cheyenne Maal, Jeremy Marciniak, Benjamin Mattox, Skyler May, Malyq McElroy, Cassandra McKenzie, Cody Miller, Khelbie Miller, Shayne Miller, Zane Miller, Brittany Moore (Hollers), Paul Moore, Kaycee Munn, Cajewl Musgrave, Alissa Musto, Casey Neill, Angelica Nolden, Terrence North, Iisha Oftedal, Maria O'Toole, Joshua Outzen, Christina Parker, Robert Peak, Conner Pearson, Sarah Pearson, Travis Perkovich, Jonas Perletti, Jason Phipps, Noah Pinske, Anders Pokryfki, Katrina Potter, Dakota Prather, Timothy Price, Serena Prior, Holly Ramsell, Samantha Reynolds, Steve Reynolds, Kiowa Richardson, Laura Ritter, Madison Roberts, Palakiiya Rogers, Daniel Rosin, Raphael Ross, Sidney Roumagoux, Mykaela Rybak, Angela Sabala, Brennan Saul, Catherine Schoessler, Connor Schoessler, Davina Schultz, Brendan Scott, Kayla Scroggins, Emma Selden, Trevor Shirnberg, Chad Simons, Kaitlyn Sipes, Tori Sipes, Kaillee Skjold, Xylonah Stott, Kyle Stropes, Vicky Tachick, Sheila Thayer, Blake Thibodeaux, Nicole Thomas, Kaitlyn Thompson, Derek Thomson, Dillon Tondre, Ryan Toney, Jamie Topp, Daniel Tourtelot, Charles Tuck, Jay Ulen, Mary Valenzuela, Caroline Walker, Shyanne Waters, Destiny Watkins, Heidi Westerman, Cortney Weston, Madison White, Montana White, Madeleine Wilcox, Kylee Wolfe, Catherine Wolk, Dawnrae Wysong, James Wysong, Jesse Yancy, Nicholas Yannikos and Sydney Zoubek.

November/December Students of the Month: Language Arts- Shyanne Waters, Collin Godwin, Paul Moore, David Jones, Michael Keener, Alissa Musto, Daniel McElroy, Rachel Blossom, Kaycee Munn, Olivia Tice, Jonathan Granger, Savannah Anchinges, Emily Schneider, Kade Cooper, Terrence Kayne North; PE- Kaitlyn Groleske,Terrence Kayne North, Sarah Mokracek, Jonathan Granger, Alexandra Overway, Keely Abendroth, Cory Carver, Jayme Christian, Anton Eriksson; Band- Rachel Blossom, Anton Eriksson; Choir- Kiowa Richardson, Kierstyn Mathews; Math- Rachel Blossom, D. J. Elmore, Emily Schneider, Brittany (Hollers) Moore, Daniel Rosin, Megan Fowler, Amanda Hudson, Catherine Wolk, Kaitlyn Sipes, Max Hegge, Jayme Christian, Mason Merriman; Algebra- Trevor Earll, Michael Keener; Science- Haley Cunningham, Genevieve Gallagher, Cheyanne Laber, Brittany (Hollers) Moore, Shaelyn Vanmeter, Michael Keener, Collin Godwin, Paul Moore; Study Skills- Thomas Johnson, David Swanson, James Wysong, Natasha Booker, KC Hordemann, Charles Tuck; Social Studies- Rachel Blossom, Vicky Tachick, Eden Flake, Cole Aaronson, Heidi Westerman, Holly Ramsell, Shelby Rogde, Denali Goodwill, Makinnna Halverson, Jang Kim, Benjamin "Adam" Miller, Taylor Forbes, Paul Holmgaard, Megan Fowler, Destiny Price, Kienan Maximcuk, Jacob Worsfold, Colton Diehl; Art Intro- Juliet Bramante; Ceramics- Ava Buffington; Graphic Design- Thomas Azzara; Sculpture- Josh Carbuccia; 2D Art- Taylor Forbes; Reading- Miranda Donham, James Wysong, Jed Kowchee; Aide- Kaillee Skjold; Drama- Brittany Moore (Hollers); Career Paths- Steven Renfrow, Blake Thibodeaux; Spanish- Jordan White, Greyson Hansen, Joelle Wearly, Jacob Schooley, Lily Zufelt, Joseph Rife; Homeroom- Sydney Zoubek, Justin Alexie, Breeanna Harrison, Makayla Wong, Logan Paul, Bryan Hahn, Sarah Mokracek, Sam Janorschke, Heidi Westerman, Jang Kim, Sidney Roumagoux, Vicky Tachick; Yearbook- Kayla Musgrove; Leadership: Dustin Hunter, Sarah Pearson, Sabrina Gibbs, Nicole Heitzman, Austin Kruse; Business and Info- Samantha Reynolds, Genevieve Gallagher, Katelynn Kerkvliet; and Computer Explorations- Brianna Payne.

Tustumena Elementary

The Elks Hoop Shoot winners are ages 8 and 9 years old, Sam McElroy and Kassidy Oder; ages 10 and 11 years old, Toma Johnson and Lindsey Wong, however Wong can't attend so Claire McElroy will be the second representative; and ages 12 and 13 years old Anthony Anfeldt and Stacy Kowchee.

The Kenai Senior Citizens Center Line Dancers will perform at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.

On Friday students will be dismissed at 2:40 p.m.

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