Around the District

School board to meet

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets at 7 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 disabilities who need accommodations to participate at the School Board meetings should contact Debbie Tressler at 907-714-8836 or email no later than three business days before the meeting date. The board will meet:

■ Dec. 1;

■ Jan. 12;

■ Feb. 2;

■ March 2;

■ April 6;

■ May 4 (at Seward High School);

■ June 1;

■ June 2 (Board planning session).

Holidays and vacation days scheduled

Nov. 27-28 — Thanksgiving; Dec. 19 — End of second quarter, no school for students; Dec. 22-Jan. 2 — Winter vacation; Jan. 19 — Martin Luther King Jr. Day; Feb. 5-6 — Parent-teacher conferences, no school for students; March 6 — End of third quarter, no school for students; March 9-13 — Spring Break; April 3 — Good Friday; May 20 — Last day of school.

Early release dates for KPBSD students

Six times throughout the academic year, schools will meet the minimum day so that teachers may have approximately 90 minutes of additional time to work on improvement strategies. On these early release dates, schools will end 90 minutes earlier. Bus transportation will be adjusted by 90 minutes. Upcoming early release dates are: Nov. 26; Feb. 4; March 27; May 1.

STEAM Ahead at Challenger

The Challenger Learning Center is now accepting registration for the upcoming sessions. STEAM Ahead for up to a semester of science for grades K-8th. First session begins Dec. 16 at 10 a.m. Challenger is an approved direct pay vendor for IDEA and Connections. For more information:, 907-283-2000, or

Free Training for High School Students

KPBSD Career and Tech Department is offering free after school academies to train students in the welding, construction and medical field. Listed below are our upcoming academies.

Nikiski High School will be offering a welding academy beginning January 6th, running every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30-4:30. Students will be learning Oxy-Acetylene Cutting, torch safety and set up, cutting torch free hand, interpret welding symbols and much more.

In January there will be a Personal Care Attendant (PCA) class that is limited to juniors and seniors only. This class will take place at the Workforce Development Center. Students will learn how to physically care for people. Students who are close to the age of 18 by May 2015 will receive a State Certificate after passing the exam. The class is limited to 12 students. Textbooks will be provided, however they are available to purchase for $35 if a student chooses to keep their book. There will be a mandatory meeting on Tuesday January 13th at 3:30 at the Workforce Development Center (located behind KCHS in the Votec building). During this meeting class times will be set depending on the students and instructor’s schedule.

Any high school student is able to participate in any of our academies. If a student successfully completes the 60 hour academy they will receive a ∏ practical art credit.

To sign up students can see their counselor, call Debbie Pearson at 283-2145 or go to MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from “” claiming to be http://onestop.kpbsd.k12.Alaskaus/.Funding for the Alaska Construction Academies comes from a grant from the Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development and The Alaska Department of Commerce and Economic Development.

Connections Home School Program

Dates to Remember:

■ 11/24 & 11/25 – Homeschool Safe Sitter Class

■ 11/25 – POP into Soldotna Connections Office for a Thanksgiving Treat!

■ 11/27 & 11/28 – Thanksgiving Holiday – Office Closed

■ 12/01 – My HomeR Art Submissions Due

■ 12/01 – Deadline for the Kenai Fine Arts Student Art Show

■ 12/03 – Tutoring: Secondary Connection @ the Homer Bookstore Wednesdays 10am-Noon

■ 12/04 – Math Tutoring @ the Soldotna Office every Thursday 2:30-4:00 p.m.

■ 12/16 – 1st Semester Grade Reports Due

■ 12/16 – Challenger Learning Center: S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Program

■ 12/19 – Elk Lodge Americanism Contest Entries Due

■ 01/17 & 01/18 – Kenai NWR Wilderness First Aid Course

POP into Soldotna Connections – Thanksgiving Celebration:

It’s a POPPING good time to come check in with your Soldotna Connections advisor.

Pop into our office and receive a balloon. Each balloon pop has a sweet treat! The big prize is a Thanksgiving cake; treats also include cupcakes and cookies. Come in, pop a balloon, and see your prize! * When: Tuesday, November 25, all day * Where: Soldotna Connections

Kenai NWR Wilderness First Aid Course:

The Kenai NWR will be hosting a Wilderness First Aid course January 17th and 18th, 2015. Cost is $175 plus $25 if you want CPR too. Call Michelle at 260-2839 to register or want more information. Deb Ajango with SafetyEd in Eagle River will be facilitating the course. Limited to 18 people and you must be 16 or older to take the course.

Connections Talent Show:

If your student has a talent they may wish to share at our talent show this year, please contact our talent show coordinator, Mark Wackler, at <> . At this time we are mostly just trying to gather interest and help students begin preparing for the show, so your response is not an obligation to have your student perform. Most of our acts are musical (i.e. singing, piano, dance, etc.) but we welcome and encourage a wide variety of different types of talents, so get creative! Please contact Mark with all your questions or to express interest. A date has not yet been set, but mid to late April is when the show is typically scheduled. We look forward to seeing you at the 2015 Connections Talent Show!

Connections Spelling Bee:

We are pleased to announce that Connections Homeschool is enrolled in the National Spelling Bee this year, continuing with a great tradition. All Connections students in grades 3-8 are encouraged to participate in order to build confidence, increase vocabulary and improve spelling skills. Our local Spelling Bee will be (tentatively) held on Thursday, January 22, 2015 at the Soldotna Public Library. The 2015 Alaska State Spelling Bee will be held on Friday, February 16, 2015 at the Center for the Performing Arts in Anchorage (PAC). For word lists and information, contact Carole Nolden at 714-8880 or cnolden@kpbsd, . The school looks forward to hearing back!

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Tuesday, November 25:

■ Jane with Safe Kids will be visiting our lower grade classrooms.

Wednesday, November 26:

■ EARLY RELEASE – School ends at 2:10 p.m. Six days throughout the academic year, students will meet the minimum day requirement, leaving teachers with approximately ninety minutes of additional time for planning/training. The length of the school day will be reduced by ninety minutes, for a total of nine hours during the 2014-2015 school year. On these early release dates, school will end ninety minutes (1.5 hours) earlier. Bus transportation will be adjusted by ninety minutes.

Thursday November 27:

■ Thanksgiving Holiday-No School

Friday, November 28:

■ Thanksgiving Holiday-No School


■ December 1st starts the Kaleidoscope food drive. Please bring in any nonperishable food items that will be donated to our Christmas Drive families and to the Food Bank.

■ The Holiday Concert for students in grades 1-6 is December 16 at 7:00 at KCHS.

■ If your child will be absent from school or arriving late, please call by 10:30 a.m. Otherwise, the office will call to confirm your child’s absence from school to keep attendance records accurate.

■ Please call the office by 2:30 if you need to make a change to your child’s after school plan (283-0804).

■ The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Flexibility: To be willing to alter plans when necessary

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

K-Beach Elementary sent six students to compete in the district Elks Hoop Shoot contest, and we are proud to say that all six students placed in their age groups! Way to go K-Beach!

■ 8-9 boys: Keagan Medina – 2nd place

■ 8-9 girls: Delaney Smith – 1st place

■ 10-11 boys: Nathaniel Tanape – 2nd place

■ 10-11 girls: Mikayla Leadens – 3rd place

■ 12-13 boys: Zac Conrad – 3rd place

■ 12-13 girls: Drysta Crosby-Schneider – 2nd place

Mr. Daniels’s Class is getting buggy! We are studying structures of animals for support, protection, and movement. In order to accomplish this, Mr. Daniels purchased a tub of crickets. We will observe, draw, analyze, compare, and classify the crickets throughout our study. Mr. Daniels will use the class digital microscope to look even closer at these structures. We are also growing grass to determine what effects the growth and health of a plant the most: light, heat, water, soil, or air.

Mrs. Romatz’s third graders are busy working on their digital storytelling projects. They have written stories or reports, are illustrating them, and will soon add their dramatic voice and music recordings to make their movies. They are very excited to bring home their own DVD recording of their first movie written and directed by themselves. We are also working on publishing our own class book of the ABC’s of Alaska. Each student has chosen a letter of the alphabet and a coordinating Alaskan themed item that begins with that letter. They are researching and writing reports about them and will illustrate them accordingly. Then we will send it off to the publisher and have it bound into a real hardcover class book. We are working hard to read informational text in order to learn and share facts about the Great State of Alaska!

■ November 26 – Early Release Day, school will let out at 12:55 p.m.

■ November 27 and November 28 – No school due to Thanksgiving Break

■ December 4 – Band Concert in the K-Beach gym at 6:30 p.m.

Kenai Central High

Information for the school news from Kenai Central High School: Nov 24 – 28

The end of the semester is rapidly approaching. If you are behind in your classes, please make plans to receive extra help and attend the afterschool study hall in the library. The study hall is open Monday through Thursday from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, November 25th Kenai Central High School will be hosting the Luke Spruill Duals at 5:00 p.m. Be sure to attend and watch this exciting event and support your Kardinal wrestlers.

Wednesday, November 26th students will be released early at 12:45 for teacher in-service and training.

The staff at Kenai Central High School would like to say thank you for your continued support. We realize that we are blessed to work in a community that supports its local high school. The school would like to thank everyone for all that they do and have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Kenai Middle

Congratulations to our Character Counts winners- Jaryn Zoda and Theodore Luckhurst.

Win a Pizza with Box Tops for Education! Each month, the student that collects the most Box Tops for Kenai Middle School will receive a pizza for lunch! Winter break is a great opportunity to collect box tops from your friends and family. Submit collected box tops to the office labeled with your name and a total count. Submission deadlines fall on the last school day of the month! Contest begins the month of January and will continue subsequent months.

Start clipping and saving those box tops!!

Save the Date: The Holiday Choir Concert is December 9th and the Band Concert is December 11.

There are Boys and Girls, both A and B, Basketball games on November 25th at KMS. Games begin at 3:00 p.m.

November 26 is an Early Release day. The day ends at 12:57 p.m. for students. Buses will run as usual just a little earlier.

There is no school on November 27th and 28th. The school would like everyone to have a wonderful Thanksgiving and here’s hoping the holiday is filled with joy!

Mountain View Elementary

Wednesday, November 26 is an early release day for students. Students being picked up will be dismissed at 1:50 p.m. and all other students will be dismissed at 1:55 p.m.

There will be no school on Thursday and Friday, November 27 and 28 due to the Thanksgiving holiday.

First, Second, and Third grade students will have a winter performance on Monday, December 15 at 6:00 p.m. in the KCHS Auditorium.

Christmas Drive forms were sent home last week. If someone is in need of a Christmas basket, applications must be returned by December 3. If anyone is interested in sponsoring a child or a family please call the office at 283-8600.

Nikiski Middle-High

The Nikiski volleyball team had a fantastic showing at the state tournament, finishing 4th overall. As a team, the girls won the sportsmanship award and Rachael was named to the All- State team. Awesome finish for our girls!! The Bulldog wrestling team had a great showing at our own Peninsula Duals tournament this weekend, going 5-1 in dual meets on Friday and Saturday and placing 3rd overall. The only loss came against the tournament champions, Kotzebue, which was a close match. The school would like to wish the wrestlers they did a great job! The boys and girls Middle School basketball teams came away with a couple of wins each last week vs Skyview 7 and Seward. The middle schoolers also did a good job!

Tuesday, November 25

■ Wrestling @ Kenai Luke Spuril Duals

■ Middle School Basketball @ Kenai Middle School

Wednesday, November 26

■ Early Release – Students will be dismissed at 12:45 p.m.

Thursday, November 27 – Friday, November 28 – Thanksgiving Holiday-No School

Monday, December 1 – High School Basketball Begins

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Wednesday, November 26th is early release day. NNS will dismiss at 2:00 p.m.

Plan now to attend the PTA meeting on Wednesday, December 3rd. There will be many items on the agenda and your input is very valuable.

Remember to like us on Facebook! It is a wonderful way to learn about all of the happenings at the school.

There will not be school on Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving break. The school wishes all families and very safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

Redoubt Elementary

■ November 25th – Early Release Day for students @ 1:45 p.m.

■ November 26th – November 27th No School – Thanksgiving Break

■ December 2nd – 1st-3rd Grade Music Concert 5:30 p.m. at Soldotna High

■ December 3rd – 5th Grade Music Concert 5:30 p.m. at Redoubt Gym

■ December 4th- 6th Grade Music Concert 5:30 p.m. at Redoubt Gym

■ December 9th – PTA Meeting at 5:00 p.m.

■ December 10th – 4th Grade Music Concert 5:30 p.m. at Redoubt Gym

■ December 11th – 5th Grade Band Concert 5:30 p.m. at Redoubt Gym

Box Tops Winners last week were: Brooklyn Howrath, Brittany Lewis, Sienna Howarth & JD Newby. Keep those Box Tops for education coming, weekly drawings are held so don’t forget to have your child put their name on the back of each Box Top and turn them in at school.

Labels for Education – Redoubt has started collecting Campbell soup labels and other participating product labels. Some products include, Goldfish, Post, Swanson, Pop-Secret, V8 and Dannon. For the complete list of products and companies that participate in this program please visit their website at

Our school will earn points that can be redeemed for items such as physical education equipment, classroom supplies and other educational merchandise for our students. Additional information regarding this program will be sent home with students. Students should put their name on the back of each label and turn them in at school for our weekly drawings to win a prize.

Redoubt PTA Holiday Kindness Program Assisting Redoubt families in need this holiday season is underway. Please help this year if you can, purchase a gift or gifts from our angel tree for a Redoubt family. The angel tree will be up by Monday November 25, in time to shop the after Thanksgiving sales! All gifts need to be brought to the school by Monday, December 8th. Cash donations in any amount can be dropped off at the school office. Money will be used to purchase holiday gifts for Redoubt children and their families. Volunteer your time. We need people to assemble the angel tree, shop, and much more.

Does your family need help this holiday season? Please let the school know! Complete the form on the back of Redoubt’s weekly newsletter and return it to Mr. Pothast by December 4. Please call the school office for questions regarding this program.

Redoubt families who need help this Thanksgiving should contact the Peninsula Food Bank as soon as possible.

The Elf Shelf Holiday Store is coming: December 2, 3 and 4. PTA sponsors this

annual gift shopping opportunity for students. Complete information will be sent home with students.

The school fundraiser Items are in. Great American fundraiser items will be sent home with students this week. The school asks “Please make sure that all items are delivered as soon as possible.”

River City Academy

For the week of Nov. 24:

Keep an eye on River City Academy’s school calendar on the district website for upcoming Saturday School dates starting in December. Saturday school is an excellent opportunity for students to get caught up on standards and progressions before the semester break and January Interims are upon us.

Daily elective class switches again on December 1. This round of flag football, ceramics, ELA, Minecraft, Model UN and Distance Foreign Language have been very productive. Ideas and the schedule for the next round of elective is currently under development.

January Interims will be upon us very soon! RCA students will spend the month of January in expanded elective classes. Dawn is currently accepting suggestions for classes and proposals for co-leading classes. Extended PE, Art, Music and technology courses are on the horizon for Interims this year.

■ Nov. 26 – Early release, school is dismissed 90 minutes early

■ Nov. 27-28 – Thanksgiving Vacation, no school

Seward High

Members, Following are a couple of the thank yous we received for the snacks provided (through your efforts & especially Sandy Minden) by Seward PTSA for the staffs of all three schools during parent teacher conferences…

Skyview Middle

Congratulations to 8th grade student Haley Buckbee, November Chamber Student of the Month!

Events this Week:

■ Wednesday, November 26 – Early Release Day – Skyview Middle School students will end the school day at 12:55 p.m.

■ Thursday, November 27 and Friday, November 28 – NO SCHOOL for students and staff.

Sports Schedule – No basketball games this week.

Student Fees for first quarter and second quarter classes can be viewed online. Please log in to PowerSchool > Student Fees for current information. Please contact Mrs. Kircher at 260-2500 with any questions or concerns.

Soldotna Elementary

Thank you to the Hammerle family for their donation of non-toxic acrylic paint for SOEL’s upcoming collaborative art project. We continue to request donations of paint for this project. We will be recreating Holton Rower’s gravity paintings.

Also, Mrs. Cannava’s class will have family activities in her classroom on Wednesday, November 26 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Pre-K students must be accompanied by an adult to attend. We hope to see all of our Title 1 families there!

Remember, it’s a short week as Wednesday is an early release day, and there is NO SCHOOL Thursday or Friday, Nov. 27 and 28. Happy Thanksgiving! No afternoon classes for Mrs. Cannava’s preschoolers on Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Parent Pack meets on Monday, December 1. We will be in the library at 3:45 p.m. Please come!

Note from Parent Pack… A Big Thank You to everyone who helped with the Book Fair. It was a huge success! Thanks to Cat Bras for heading it up. Thanks also to Alycia Cothren, Bruce, A.J. and Jared Briggs, Sarah Hough, Sherri Hingley, Katrina Cannava and Michelle Goans. Thank you, ladies and gentlemen, for all your time and effort. You are greatly appreciated!

Congratulations to Connor Knicely-Johns, the winner of last week’s box top drawing!

Toys for Tots – We have a donation box by Nurse Tammy’s office for new and unwrapped toys for kids of all ages, boys or girls. The toys will be picked up on Friday, Dec. 5.

SOEL and SMCS grades 1-2-3 present “Holidays from Around the World” on Thursday, December 4, at 6:30 p.m. at Soldotna High School Auditorium. See you there!

Soldotna High

Early Release Day 11/26/14, Bells:

■ 7:40 a.m. – 8:20 a.m. 1st Period 40 Minutes *** Extra time: Announcements

■ 8:25 a.m. – 9:05 a.m. 2nd Period 40 Minutes *** No Advisory – 3rd Period

■ 9:10 a.m. – 9:50 a.m. 4th Period 40 Minutes

■ 10:00 a.m. – 10:40 a.m. 5th Period 40 Minutes

■ 10:45 a.m. – 11:25 a.m. 6th Period 40 Minutes

■ 11:25 a.m. – 11:55 p.m. Lunch 35 Minutes

■ 12:00 p.m. – 12:40 p.m. 7th Period 40 Minutes

■ 12:50 p.m. Bus Pickup

Seniors: Please order your caps and gowns. You can go to or call Leona at 907-283-9280.

The Soldotna High Art Club will be exhibiting art work at the Kenai Fine Arts Center (Gallery Too) in Old Town Kenai throughout the month of November. Please contact the KFAC for hours of operation.

Soldotna High School is collecting gently used formal dresses, shoes, and accessories for 2015 Cinderella’s Closet. This is a program which helps all area high school ladies with prom attire for free. Please email <> for more info. All donations can be dropped off to the front office 8am-2pm.

Seniors must order their caps/gowns ASAP. Information is available at the front office.

Senior pics are due December 1. Digital formatting preferred. Billfold Size. 300 dpi. (*.jpg ) File Format. Email to : <>

We are collecting pictures to get a jump start for graduation. For the senior video, we are looking for school activities (sports, academics, etc.). We also need baby pictures/senior pictures for the slide show. The best format is to scan them and send to

The Media Center is open until 5pm Monday-Friday. There are buses at 4:15 for those students working in the Media Center. If your student were to stay after school and would need a bus home at 4:15 please contact Tamra Wear at 260.7036 or <> to give her the bus drop off location for your student.

ATOSS tutoring will start in the Library on August 25th and run until May 4th from 2:30-3:30pm

Pool Schedule:

a.m. lap swim 5:30-7:30am Mon – Friday

p.m. lap swim 6-7 Mon, Wed and Friday

p.m. Open swim 7-8:45 Mon, Wed and Friday

Sport Calendar –

SoHi will be locking the Parking lot entrance Door during the following hours:

■ 7:40 a.m. to 11:55 p.m.

■ 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Also note that during school hours the only open door will be the Front Entrance Commons/Flag Pole doors. The above is to improve our overall school security.

There are two ways to order a transcript. Each way serves a different purpose.

If you need a transcript sent to a college or NCAA or a similar agency, then you will need to log on to: to order transcripts to be sent. The request is then forwarded to SoHi. After processing, it then goes through cyberspace… rather than the US mail… to get to its destination, which is much faster! All transcripts that are headed for NCAA, colleges, etc. have to be processed this way!

Final Transcripts: A final transcript is one that shows your second semester grades… If parents or students order transcripts when the school is in second semester,,, the person who orders the documents will need to make sure to choose “next grading period” when on Parchment… that way the transcript request will wait until the grades are in at the end of the year before it is sent.

Soldotna High School has advanced to Round 2 of the USA Today Best Football Program 2014. Anyone can cast a vote here: .Who has the best football program in the country? USA TODAY High School Sports is giving the fans the opportunity to decide. The next installment of the “Best Of” contest series will be the 2014 Best Football Program. Each state, as well as Washington D.C., will have five representative schools. The contest will start with 255 schools, with the overall strength of all the individual football programs as the criteria for inclusion.

Soldotna Prepatory

Congratulations to the Chamber Student of the month recipients: Jaela Hubbard for November, Mathphia McEntire in October, and Michaella Renfro in September.

Early Release day Wednesday, November 26th. Students will be released at 12:45 with Bus pickup at 12:55. No School on November 27th, and 28th.

Please check school blog daily to stay informed;

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