School board to meet

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets at 6 p.m. in the borough building at 148 N. Binkley Street in Soldotna (unless otherwise noted). For more information, call 907-714-8888 or visit The agenda and packet items are posted on Wednesday afternoon prior to the date of the Board meeting. Persons with disablites who need accommodations to participate at the school bord meetings should contact ebbie Tressler at 907-714-8836 or emails no later than threebusienss day sbefore the meeting date. The board will meet:

Monday, Sept. 10

First day of school

The 2018–2019 school year opens for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on Tuesday, Aug. 21. School start times are as follows:

Aurora Borealis Charter: 8 a.m

Chapman Elementary: 8 a.m.

Connections office Homer/Soldotna: 8 a.m.

Cooper Landing Elementary: 9 a.m.

Little Fireweed/Fireweed Academy: 7:50 a.m./8 a.m.

Homer High School: 9 a.m.

Homer Milddle School: 9 a.m.

Homer Flex: 9 a.m.

Hope School: 9 a.m.

K-Beach Elementary: 7:55 a.m.

Kachemak-Selo: 8:30 a.m.

Kaleidoscope Charter: 9:10 a.m.

Kenai Central High: 7:40 a.m.

Kenai Alternative: 7:45 a.m.

Kenai Middle: 7:50 a.m.

McNeil Canyon Elementary: 8:20 a.m.

Moose Pass Elementary: 8:45 a.m.

Mountain View Eementary: 8:45 a.m.

Nanwalek Schooll: 9a.m.

Nikiski Middle/High School: 7:40 a.m.

Nikolaevsk Elementary/High School: 8 a.m.

Ninilchik Elementary/High School: 9:05 a.m.

Paul Banks Elementary: 7:50 a.m.

Port Graham School: 9 a.m.

Razdolna School: 8:30 a.m.

Redoubt Elementary: 8:45 a.m.

River City Academy: 7:40 a.m.

Seward ElemntaryL: 8a.m.

Seward High School: 7:50 a.m.

Seward Middle School: 7:50 a.m.

Skyview Middle School: 7:50 a.m.

Soldotna Elementary School: 8:40 a.m.

Soldotna Prep: 7:04 a.m.

Soldotna mOntessori School: 8:40 a.m.

Soldotna High School: 7:40 a.m.

Sterling Elementary: 8:55 a.m.

Susan B. English Elementary/High School: 8:30 a.m.

Tebughna School: 9 a.m.

Tustumena Elementary: 9 a.m.

Voznesenka School: 8:30 a.m.

West Homer Elementary: 8 a.m.

River City Academy KPBSD

Welcome back returning and new students to RCA, hoping everyone had a chance to enjoy the summer break. We are gearing up at RCA for a wonderful school year. There are some significant changes ahead of us and the staff is excited to take them on. School starts up tomorrow, doors will open at 7 am. Parent/Student folders were distributed at our back to school BBQ last week. Please make sure that all completed forms are turned in at the school office. Student contact information forms should be updated, signed and returned to the office. If you did not receive a packet please stop by the school office and pick one up.

River City Academy is thrilled to announce that we are partnering with the Summit Learning Platform. Summit Learning shares the same core values as RCA and provides students with a modern interface for tracking their coursework and progress. Parent education opportunities will be held in September. Learn more about our partnership at

Main Office & Student Common Room: We are pleased to announce that we have relocated our Main Office to the former choir/band room. We have been using this space for morning meeting, group presentations, and other projects for years now. Officially, it is now our main office. In the former music room, we have added additional seating, computer space, and group space to the room. It will be a cozy and productive space for our students to work on their standards.

New Staff: Mary Blossom, our school secretary decided to take a secretarial position at Soldotna Prep. We are grateful for the years that Mary worked at RCA and although she will not be with RCA this year, it is nice to have her right down the hallway. I am happy to announce that I have hired Ms. Haley Earl to be our new school secretary. In the interim time, Mrs. Mary Helminski will be helping to get the back to school paperwork and registrations complete. Other than that change, our staff will remain unchanged this year – Tad DeGray (ELA), Deanne Pearson (Math), Chris Kolischak (Science), Annaleah Karron (History), Tim Wight (Special Education), and Shea Nash (Classroom Aide) will all be with us again. Karen Ruebsamen (Guidance Counselor) will be at RCA on Thursdays. Continuing working with us will be Jordana Engebretsen (Blind and Visually Impaired Program) and Peggy Jones (Vision Aide).

Mark your calendar.

September 4th – Picture Day

Our school offers families the choice of a small, non-traditional, student-centered and performance-based school environment to prepare students for their own futures.

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