Around the District

Posted: Tuesday, December 18, 2007

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. 14;

* Feb. 4;

* Feb. 18;

* March 3 Homer High School;

* April 7;

* May 5 Seward High School; and

* June 2.

Christmas holiday closures

Public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed Monday through Jan. 4 for the Christmas holiday. School will resume Jan. 7 at the regular time. Families with students in private schools will need to verify closure dates by calling your child's school.

Second quarter ends Friday

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools second quarter ends Friday and is a minimum day. Parents should check with their school for its early dismissal time.

Aurora Borealis Charter

Winners in the school spelling bee are eighth-grader Haley Coffman, first place; fifth-grader Aaron O'Brien, second place; and sixth-grader Kara Kaufman, third place. The state bee will be held Feb. 15 and 16 in Anchorage.

The robotics team of Anton Krull, Ian Haralson, Fox Michaud, Ricky Villa, Daniel Flores, Garren Lucas and David Swedberg will compete at the state competition in Anchorage on Jan. 12. The theme is "Power Puzzle." The team has to research current energy sources and do an energy audit on a building, proposing renewable energy sources and building modifications to improve efficiency. In addition, the team has to build and program a robot to perform assigned tasks.

Box Tops for Education should be turned in with student's name and grade on the back by Wednesday. Winners for the individual race will be drawn Friday.

Students will be dismissed at 1:45 p.m. Friday.

Connections home-school program

First semester grade reports are due Friday.

The Soldotna office will be closed Monday, Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. The office will be closed from noon to 1 p.m. during Christmas break.

Advisers will not be in the office Monday through Jan. 4.

The Kenai office will be closed from Monday through Jan. 4.

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the week are Kearstin Yarnes, Adam O'Guinn, Sophie Thomas, Shandra Cutsforth, Paul Kopp and Johnny Smithwick.

Dates to remember:

* Wednesday through Saturday basketball Classic (volunteers needed); and

* Saturday Alumni Night following the basketball games. Snacks and fellowship in room 1. Participants are asked to bring finger foods to share.

The schools sports schedule is available online at

CDs are available at of the all-state choir at and photos are available at

Grace Lutheran School

Rehearsals for the Christmas Eve concert will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and at 10:30 a.m. Saturday for preschool to eighth grade students.

The annual Christmas luncheon will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. School families are invited. After the luncheon the Kenai Performers will sing, and Carol Ford will tell the story of "The Grinch."

The first- thorugh eighth-grade students will carol at the Kenai and Soldotna senior citizens centers Friday.

Openings for youth ages 3 to 5 will be available in January. For more information, call the school office at 283-9551 or visit

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The fourth- and fifth-grade classes held a canned food drive. They met their goal of 1,000 cans for the Christmas drive and the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

There will be a Read-A-Round on Wednesday. Students and staff may wear pajama pants or sweats.

The band concert will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday.

The PTA Family Fun Night will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Rock, Rally and Roll Skating Rink in Soldotna. The cost is $5 per family.

On Friday, Carol Ford will perform "The Grinch" for the school at 10:45 a.m. and The Kenai Carolers will perform at 11:15 a.m.

Students will be released at 2:40 p.m. Friday. The buses will run one hour earlier than normal.

The PTA will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 8.

The APC will meet at 6 p.m. Jan. 14.

A parent reflection meeting will be held Jan. 24 to answer questions about the school.

Kenai Central High

The school will take finals Wednesday during periods one, three and five and Thursday periods two, four and six.

Friday will be a minimum day for the school with an early release time of 1:15 p.m. The school will send the kids off with a Christmas assembly beginning at 12:45 p.m.

The basketball booster club will host its annual alumni basketball games Dec. 28. Kenai alumnus interested in playing are asked to call Pam Saltzgiver at 262-2899.

Dates to remember:

* Thursday Hockey vs Soldotna: junior varsity at 3:30 p.m. in Kenai.

Kenai Middle

The school will hold a volleyball camp from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 3 and 4. The cost is $80 and includes a T-shirt and water bottle. There are 10 spots available. Students from Soldotna Middle, Cook Inlet Academy, Aurora Borealis Charter and Nikiski Junior High schools may participate. Registration forms are at the schools' offices or online at

The Character Counts winners are Michael Hughes and Larry Smithwick. They received a pizza for lunch.

Yearbooks are on sale for $30. Yearbook orders are available online by linking to the school's Edline Web site.

Dates to remember:

* Today and Wednesday drama presentation;

* Friday early dismissal students out at 1:27 p.m.; and

* Jan. 7 volleyball, wrestling, and cross country skiing.

Mountain View Elementary

The holiday concert for students in grades first through third will be held at 7 p.m. today at Renee C. Henderson Auditorium. Students need to arrive at Kenai Central High School between 6:35 and 6:50 p.m.

Students will be dismissed at 2:25 p.m. Friday.

The site council will meet at 4 p.m. Jan. 14 in the library.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

The students in pre-kindergarten through second grade will perform "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Nikiski High School Auditorium. The fifth- and sixth-grade band also will perform holiday tunes.

There will be a holiday assembly Friday in the gym.

Also, on Friday students will have early dismissal at 2:30 p.m. The Boys and Girls Club will start immediately after school.

Battle of the books teams for the third through sixth grades continue to practice and study their book lists.

Nikiski Middle- High

The Nikiski Tip-Off Basketball Tournament will be held Jan. 10 through 12.

Ninilchik School

A Christmas concert will be held at 6 p.m. today in the school gymnasium.

The elementary skating party will take place Thursday for a Wolverine Pride reward.

An alumni game will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 29. Admission will be charged.

Redoubt Elementary

Students will be dismissed at 2:18 p.m. Friday. The end of day routine will remain the same.

The school spelling bee will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday in the gym. Parents are welcome to attend.

Mrs. Utecht's third grade will deliver candy canes and holiday messages to students and staff Friday as a fundraiser for the American Red Cross. Cost is 50 cents each. Forms are available on Edline and in the school newsletter. Ms. Utecht's class also will sell them at lunch time.

Skyview High

* Wednesday final exams for classes one, two and six;

* Thursday final exams for classes three, four and five; and

* Friday students dismissal at 1:30 p.m.

Soldotna Middle

The school is seeking parent volunteers. See Edline for updates on upcoming events to help with.

A peninsula volleyball clinic wil be open to area seventh- and eighth-grade students from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in the school's gym. The cost is $30. Attendees should pay fees at the office.

Dates to remember:

* Today concert band, Symphonic band and mixed choir will perform at 7 p.m. in the big gym. The PTSA will have a bake sale after;

* Friday school dismissed at 1:15 p.m. after lunch.; and

* Jan. 7 volleyball, wrestling and cross country skiing begins. Students who have their paperwork in may participate the first day of practice.

Lacey Cashman is the school's Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month.

November Students of Character: Cole Aaronson, Connor Aaronson, Coty Anderson, Shelby Anglebrandt, Krystal Baer, Brittney Beckel, Chelsea Belden, Blair Blades, Swan Brooner, John Brown, Whitney Burcham, Lacey Cashman, Jayme Christian, Tyler Christler, Austin Cunningham, Kayla Davis, Dallas Derflinger, Cerialyndria Dile, Elissia Dobbs, Keegan Dotomain, Olivia Duran, Trevor Earll, Holly Eyre, Claire Gabler, Cierea Giles, Sydney Goggia, Drew Golden, Alea Hanley, McKenzie Hanson, Amber Haselow, Joe Ben Hawkins, Katie Hawkins, Brandon Hefel, Alexandria Hensley, Jazmin Hetherton, Riley Hinz, Aaron Jackson, Josh Jansen, David Jones, Kyle Kanarowski, Jang Kim, Chet Kimball, Devan Kincaid, Deserae Kirsch, Brian Kollm, Johnathon Kreider, Wendell Larsen, Shara Leaders, Daniel Lewis, Stefany Malatesta, Catherine Marckesano, Skyler May, Hydn McDermott, Colt McDonald, Zachary Michl, Ben Miller, Devin Miller, Austin Murray, Alilssa Musto, Phoebe Napolitano, Megan Neill, Mickey Nelson, Angelica Nolden, Brianna Payne, Nathan Penrod, Travis Perkovich, Jason Phipps, Dakota Prather, Lauretta Price, Shelbylyn Rogde, Jamar Rogers, Jordan Sass, Emily Schneider, Kailey Schrader, Davina Schultz, Brittney Sears, Karlie Self, Kelsey Self, Angela Sibayan, Chad Simons, Carolyn Sisson, Vicky Tachick, Marcus Thornburgh, Olivia Tice, Dillon Tondre, Sydney Tonione, Jamie Topp, Jared Tovoli, Michael Tucker, Mariah Ulen, Cierra Vandehey, Layton Vanlier, Trevor Westerlin, Heidi Westerman, Brit Whipple, Ingrid Whitaker, Jordan Wik, Austen Armstrong-Winkler, Chris Works, James Wysong and Nicholas Yannikos.

November Students of the Month: language arts Rachel Amos, Michael Tucker, Kelsey Self, Brittany Lloyd and Cerialyndria Dile; physical education Emily Schneider, Skyler May, Megan Neill, Aleigha Davidson and John Shirley; band Caleb Murray; choir Cole Aaronson; math Emily Schneider, Blair Blades and Dillon Jensen; algebra Melanie Smith; science Kalea Sloan, Briana Norris, JoeBen Hawkins, Evan Withrow, Nathan Byerly, Kade Cooper, Robert Bearheart, Kayla Scroggins, Ashley Eby, Caelan Elsey and Kyle Stropes; social studies Sydney Goggia, Kristen Nagle, Sam Janorschke, Emily Philibert, Jacob Daniel, Matti Silta, Mitchel Daugherty, Jack Navarro, Travis Perkovich, Dillion Henrie, Taylor Legg, Liz Baker, Olivia Tice, Angelica Nolden, Dillon Jensen and Robert Bearheart; reading Jessie Bookand Dylan Martin; teacher aide Katie Hawkins, Mary Hauptman, Lauren Steffy and Brooke Hughes; leadership Heidi Westerman, Katelin Christenson, Jonathon Kreider and Mason Merriman; art introduction Olivia Tice; homeroom Amber Haselow, Jonathan Granger, Cheyenne Maal and Jay Ulen; ceramics Alyse Beal; graphic design Jack Matthews; sculpture Patrick Powell; shop one Nick Yannikos; shop II Jonathan Meade; sewing and textiles Amanda Harrison and Drew Golden; digital photography Alexandria Kirsch; foods and nutrition Riley Thompson and Alexander Brown; study skills Michael Tucker, Joel Brence and Mickey Nelson; and tutoring Wendell Larsen.

Soldotna Montessori Charter

An all-school skating party will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday at the Rock, Rally and Roll Skating Rink in Soldotna. The cost is $5 per student to cover the skate rental and use of the facility. Students can bring roller blades from home, but the fee is the same. Parent drivers are needed, with current driver forms on file in the office. Younger siblings are not included.

Montessori Model United Nations students are selling raffle tickets for a Nintendo Wii game console. The cost is $5 each or five for $20.

The winner will be drawn Saturday. Tickets also are available in the office. Proceeds will help defray the costs of the New York trip in the spring.

Battle of the Books has begun. Kindergarten through fourth grade students meet weekly and fifth- and sixth-graders are reminded to read their books and that practice will begin after the winter break.

Books are available for checkout in the school office.

Students will be released at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Report cards will be issued in the Thursday folders in mid-January.

Sterling Elementary

The winter concerts will be held Wednesday. The students in the intermediate grades and the band will perform at a 2 p.m. at an all-school assembly. They also will have a concert from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. It is open to the public.

Parents are reminded that students go out for recess unless it is -10 degrees, and to dress their child accordingly.

Tustumena Elementary

The drawing for the cash raffle was held Dec. 8 with 382 of the 400 tickets sold. The proceeds will benefit the school's activities fund. The winner was Janet Gleason and the student that sold the most tickets was Demery Garrant.

The building and community library will be closed until school reopens Jan. 7.

Wings Christian Academy

Chadley Harley won the Cleanest Desk of the Week contest.

Naomi Pettey won the Most Interesting Fact Contest.

There will be no school Friday.

School will resume Jan. 8.

The varsity boys and girls basketball teams have begun practicing. The season begins in January.

On Thursday, Mrs. Ruffridge's class will holding a story telling event of "Snowman Soup" for the school.

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