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:

■ Nov. 3;

■ 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

■ Oct. 30-31 — Parent-teacher conferences, no school for students;

■ 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 schools

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:

■ Oct. 29;

■ Nov. 26;

■ Feb. 4;

■ March 27;

■ May 1.

Career and tech training offered

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 Jan. 6, running every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30-4:30 p.m. Students will be learning Oxy-Acetylene Cutting, torch safety and set up, cutting torch free hand, interpret welding symbols and much more. In January we will be offering 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 2014 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 (dates and times to be announced). During this meeting class times will be set depending on student 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 half 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 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.

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 highschool 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 6, running every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30-4:30 p.m.. Students will be learning Oxy-Acetylene Cutting, torch safety and set up, cutting torch free hand, interpret welding symbols and much more. In January we will be offering 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 2012 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 (dates and times to be announced). During this meeting class times will be set depending on student 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 ½ 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 Program

Dates To Remember:

■ 10/28 – Scholastic Book Club Order Due

■ 10/30 – Math Tutoring @ the Soldotna Office every Thursday 2:30-4:00 p.m.

■ 10/30 – Homer Coastwalk 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

■ 10/31 – Free Fly Tying Workshops @ Soldotna Office – 2:00-3:30 p.m.

■ 11/06 – Picture Retakes – Homer – 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. @ Paul Banks Elem. Gym

■ 11/13 – High School Eligibility Due

■ 11/13 – Pictures Retakes – Soldotna – 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. @ Borough Building Assembly Room

■ 12/16 – 1st Semester Grade Reports Due

Battle of the Books!

Connections is currently seeking any students that might be interested in participating in Battle of the Books. Battle of the Books is a fun and meaningful way to nurture a student’s love of reading, improve reading comprehension, and have a blast in the process! Please contact Mark Wackler ( 714-8880) for more details, or to sign up and join in the fun! Math Tutoring Every Thursday Soldotna Office: The Soldotna Connections office is offering free math help for all students and parents. Our highly qualified math team will have textbooks, manipulatives, and direct instruction to help you understand difficult math concepts. If you are a Homeschool student or parent that would like a little extra help in math every now and then, please join the Connections staff at the Soldotna Connections office every Thursday from 2:30-4:00.

Free Fly Tying Workshops – Soldotna Office: Please come and join the Connections staff and local fly tying experts for four more weeks of our fly tying workshop. We welcome all ages and any homeschool student from any program. These workshops are designed for beginners to intermediate fly tying students. Connections will provide the fly tying materials, the tying vises, and professional instruction. Please come join us and share your fishing stories, network with other home school families and leave with a new skill. RSVP’s requested but not required.

When – Every Friday from 2:00-3:30 p.m., Where – Connections Soldotna Office, Who – All homeschool families of any age and skill level. October 28 – Scholastic Book Club Order Due: Encouraging reading is one of the most important things we can do to help your child succeed. It can be tough finding the right books to keep them interested, which is why we are so excited that Connections will be participating in Scholastic Reading Club this school year. See the attached flyer for more information on how you can be a part of this exciting opportunity!

Coastwalk – Homer: Oct 30 10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Love long walks on the beach? Hate to have your stroll in nature ruined by plastic, Styrofoam, and other garbage? Come join the annual Connections Coastwalk event with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies! After a quick introduction on the state of garbage in our oceans we’ll head to an “adopted” beach to clean up debris left by tides and visitors. Connections will then provide hot cocoa and hot lunch before heading to a workshop to create “art with trash”. Please RSVP with Derek Bynagle at or call the Homer office at 907-226-1880.

IDEA Homeschool

IDEA Homeschool has several fun family events planned to celebrate fall!

Upcoming events: October 29 – School House Rocks Live in Anchorage!! Alaska Junior Theater is presenting this Emmy Award winning cartoon series live on stage! Be prepared to rock out to music that teachers history, grammar, math, science and politics through clever tuneful songs! Get ready to unpack your adjectives and do the circulation! Have a student who loves to read? Battle of the Books sign ups are happening now! Check out the IDEA website to sign up. There is a list of books to choose from for grades 3rd- high school. The books are available to check out at the IDEA office or can be purchased out of allotment. Practice questions are available in the office.

Speaking of reading, IDEA is hosting the annual Scholastic Book Fair. It will be at the IDEA office on November 3-6 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Allotment money can be used if the books follow your ILP. What a fun way to encourage your child’s love of reading! It’s picture time here at IDEA! Each fall we make available to our families the chance to have pictures taken at the office. Photography is done by Marrian McNeil and she has a variety of packages which include individual, family or holiday cards. You can email Omie at or call her at 260-7555 to set up an appointment. First quarter work samples are due on November 14. This is an excellent time for your students to show off all their hard work!

Always feel free to call the office at 260-7555 or to check out the website at to find out more details!

Kenai Middle

This week is Red Ribbon Week at KMS. Monday is- Cigarettes are out – Mustaches Are In Day. Wear something red and your favorite ‘stache! Tuesday is Duck Out On Drugs Day. Wear Camo! Wednesday is Drugs Are Scary Day! Wear your Halloween costume, there will be a costume contest during lunch. A Intermediate and Beginning Band Concert is scheduled for Tuesday the 28 at KMS. Please join us in supporting the talents of these budding musicians! The concert will begin at 7:00pm. Wednesday the 29th is also an Early release day. Our school day ends at 12:57. Buses will be the same as usual, just earlier.

Parent/ Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday the 30, arena style, in the gym at KMS. They begin at 12:00 and continue to 4:00. They will start again at 5:00 and continue until 7:00. Friday conferences are by appointment only. Please call to schedule. The Girls basketball A team will practice at KMS from 2:30 – 4:00 this week. The Boys A team will practice from 4:00 – 5:30, staying for study group until 4:00. The Girls B team will take a bus to the Kenai Rec Center and practice from 3:00 – 4:40. Parents are responsible for picking up students at the Rec Center following practice. The Boys B team will practice with the Boys A team for this week.

Kenai Central High

The Kenai Kardinals recognized Breast Cancer Awareness this month. The students helped to raise money to fund cancer research. Students and staff are wearing pink on Wednesdays in order to show their support for the fight against cancer. Reminder that there is a study hall from 2:30 – 3:30, Monday – Thursday. This is a time for students to work on homework and projects or make up work from absences. Parent teacher conferences are on Thursday, October 30 from 12:00-3:00 p.m. and 5:00-8:00 p.m.. We hope to see all Kardinal parents; this is a great way to show your child that you are concerned about their academic success.

Activities for the Week: Tuesday, October 28: Volleyball vs Nikiski 3:00, 4:00, 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 29: Assembly: KCHS will hold a school-wide assembly at 1:40 p.m. to recognize: Swimmers, Volleyball players, and All-Borough Honor Choir Members. Football Banquet at 6:30 in the cafeteria, Thursday, October 30: Parent teacher conferences from 12:00-3:00PM and 5:00-8:00PM, Friday, October 31: Parent teacher conferences by appointment, Saturday, November 1: Volleyball vs. Sohi (Senior Night)12:00, 1:00, 2:30 p.m.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Mr. Daniels’s class is learning about our positive assets and staying drug free this month. We are using the Great Body Shop magazines to make the learning fun and interesting. Parent conferences are coming soon, so make sure you have communicated with your teacher to set up a meeting time. Thank you Debbie Harris, our district art liaison, for making awesome art kits for teachers! We created a super paper art display using positive and negative space.

Mrs. Renken’s class has reached their Reading Counts goal for 1st quarter. We are celebrating by going to the Hay Maze! We’re learning about character and emotions in Health this week, “persuasion” in Language Arts (watch out parents!), and multi-digit multiplication in Math. Another busy week! On October 27 – 31 Book Fair has been postponed. More information to come. On October 29 – Early Release Day – school will let out at 12:55 p.m. On October 30 & 31 – No School due to Parent/Teacher Conferences

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Monday, October 27

3:00 p.m. A sculpture celebrating Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science will be unveiled on the front lawn!, 4:00 p.m. Artist reception in the library Fire Safety classroom instruction and Fire House will be here to work with all students this week. Book Fair is open 3:40-4:00 p.m.

■ Tuesday, October 28

Book Fair is open from 8:30 a.m. -9:00 a.m. and again 3:40-4:00 p.m., 6:00 p.m. the first Family Fun Night of the school year

■ Wednesday, October 29

Early Release Day – School is dismissed at 2:10 p.m., 1:30 p.m. Costume Parade, Book Fair is open 8:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m. and again 2:10 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

■ Thursday, October 30

Parent / Teacher conferences – No school

Book Fair is open 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

■ Friday, October 31

Parent / Teacher conferences – No school, Book Fair is open from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

■ Up Coming Events

Families New to Kaleidoscope Informational Meeting is Nov. 3 at 6:00 p.m. This is for parents that are new to KSAS, have a child on our wait list, or are interested in the school and have not yet attended one. You only have to attend a meeting one time. Reminders: The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Creativity: To generate ideas; To create something original or redesign though imaginative skill. Please call the office by 2:30 p.m. if you need to make a change to your child’s after school plan (283-0804).

Mountain View Elementary

The Library will be holding a book fair October 27 – October 31 during school hours and parent-teacher conferences. If you would like to volunteer to help with the book fair please call the office at 283-8600. Wednesday, October 29 is an early release day for students. Students will be dismissed at 1:55 PM. Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday & Friday, October 30 & 31. There will be no school for students.

The annual Mountain View Carnival will be on Friday, November 7 from 5:00 – 8:00 PM and is open to the public. All funds earned will go towards student field trips or student activities, such as artists in schools, for all students. Proceeds may also be used for grade level equipment and supplies. There will be lots of food, games & prizes. Tickets are .25 each and most games cost 2-4 tickets to play. Parents are asked to sign up to help run a booth or to donate a cake or cookies for the cake walk and/or a prize for the prize walk. Parents need to have a background check through the school district to volunteer. Please call the office at 283-8600 if you need help with this process. The 4th & 5th grade choir will be having a concert on Thursday, November 13th at 6:00 PM in the Mountain View gym.

Students need to bring warm clothing for recess each day. Students will be going outside unless it is colder than 10 below zero. 5-k fun run at Mountain View Elementary A 5-kilometer fun run fundraiser will take place Saturday, Nov. 1st at Mountain View Elementary School in Kenai. Registration is at 9:30 a.m., with the race starting at 10 a.m. Proceeds from the event will go toward the fifth grade’s Marine Science Explorers field trip in April. Entry fee is $15 and $10 for each additional family member. Prizes will be awarded for the best costume. For more information, email <>.

Nikiski Middle-High

Congratulations to the following Nikiski High School Students :

New National Honor Society Inductees:

Crystal Epperheimer, Matthew Minium, Savannah Rizzo, Jeanelee Stock, Haley Wik, Calvin Carpenter, Jenna Hansen, Mira Solmonson

They are joining Members:

President: Laura Hufford. Others include Evangeline Cox, Marguerite Cox, Bryce Jensen, Ben Carstens, Katelyn Sexton

Academic letter winners: (All 2 Consecutive)

Sophomores: Crystal Epperheimer, Emily Hensley, Avery Kornstad, Matthew Minium, Savannah Rizzo, Tirzah Young- Juniors: Thomas Cox, Karon Pagcu- Seniors: Michaela Dean-Apted, Isaiah Metcalf, Erin O’Brien- Service Bar Winners: (All 4 Consecutive)- Juniors: Dennis Anderson, Nathan Carstens, Mikaila Colton, Aubrey Coreson, Evangeline Cox, Marguerite Cox, Luke Johnson, Lauren O’Brien, Brittany Perry, Jeanelee Stock, Lorilee Whitcomb, Haley Wik

Seniors: Nicasio Castro, Dylan Jackson, Brady Malston, Jasmine Monroe- The Scholar Athletes are: Laura Hufford, Dennis Anderson, Nathan Carstens, Evie Cox, Margy Cox, Avery Kornstad, Savannah Rizzo, Ben Carstens, Dylan Jackson, Bryce Jensen, Brady Malston, Christian Riddall, Luke Johnson, Crystal Epperheimer -3-time Academic Letter Winners:- Seniors: Calvin Carpenter, Benjamin Carstens, Marilynn Davis, Jade Elsey, Laura Hufford, Bryce Jensen, Christian Riddall, Katelyn Sexton, Rachel Thompson.

Tuesday, October 28 – HS Volleyball at Kenai C-team @ 3:00, JV-team @ 4:00 and Var-team @ 5:30, Wednesday October 29 – Early Release day School ends at 12:45pm,

■ Thursday, October 30 – PARENT/TEACHER CONCERENCES – No school for Students: 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

■ Friday, October 31: Teacher In-service/No School for Students, HS Volleyball at Grace C-team @ 4:00, JV @ 5:00, and Var-team @ 6:00pm, HS Wrestling at ACS invite starting 8:00am

■ Saturday November 1: HS Volleyball vs. Houston C-team @ 10:00am, JV-team @ 11:00am, and Var-team @ 12:oopm, MS Basketball @ Skyview Boys@ 9:00am and Girls @ 1:00pm, HS Wrestling continues at ACS

■ Monday November 3: HS Cross Country Skiing Begins, MS Basketball vs. ACS @ 3:00PM

■ Tuesday November 4 – Graduation Parent Meeting 6:30pm in the Library

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Today is the beginning of our Fall Scholastic Book Fair in the library. This event will be open all week during school hours and parent/teacher conferences on Thursday and Friday. The fair will close at noon on Friday. If you have any questions, please call the school library at 776-2630. This Wednesday, October 29th is early release for all students. NNS will dismiss at 2:00 pm. Parent/teacher conferences will be held on Thursday and Friday. Please check with your child’s teacher if you have any questions concerning your conference time. Another reminder to please send appropriate winter gear to school with your child. At this time a warm coat, gloves and a hat are essential to wear especially if it is windy outside. Also, please put your child’s name on their gear since so many children have the same items. Thank you very much!

Soldotna High

Seniors must order their caps/gowns ASAP. Information is available at the front office. Congrats to Ruth Ann Murdock for her winning design for our Class of 2015 senior sweatshirts. Thank you to all of our students who submitted artwork. 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 Library Media Center is open until 5:00 pm Monday – Friday and most Saturdays 8:00-11:30. Tutoring is available. If you would like your student to take a bus home at 4:15 (Monday through Friday only) please contact Tamra Wear at 260.7036 or <> to talk about route availability. Note: there are NO buses running yet at the 4:15 time slot.

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 Fri.

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.

The Soldotna Stars Guitars will be performing at Kaladi Brothers Coffee on Kobuk Street on Tuesday, Oct. 28th from 4:00-6:00 pm. The performance will feature members of the Soldotna High School guitar class in large and small groups. 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 you order your transcript when we are IN second semester,,, you will need to make sure you choose “next grading period” when you go on to Parchment that way your transcript request will wait until the grades are in at the end of the year before it is sent.

Redoubt Elementary School

Happy National Principals Month- The staff and students would like to say thank you Mr. Pothast for all you do to promote a positive learning environment at Redoubt Elementary. The key to student success is a great school, and the key to a great school is a great principal. Thank You! Parent Teacher Conferences – See you at conferences: Thursday, October 30th from 5:00pm – 8:00pm., Friday, October 31st from 9:00am – 12:00pm Box Tops Winners last week were: Scout Wyant, Michael Moran, Kinsey Hanke & Xander Fain. 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.

Family Reading Night – Tuesday, October 28th from 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm in the school library. Bring your family and join us for this fun, free evening of refreshments and special guest readers. The Book Fair will be open for shopping. Redoubt’s Scholastic Book Fair:

Thursday and Friday, October 30th & 31st – during Parent Teacher Conferences. Bake Sale – Redoubt’s 4th graders will be hosting a Bake Sale during Parent Teacher Conferences to raise money for their Kenai Fjords field trip in the spring.

October 29 – Picture Retake Day – 9:00am, Halloween Parade 12:45 – 1:30 in the gym. Parents are welcome to attend., Early Release Day – 1:45. November 2 – Daylight Savings Time – Turn your clocks back one hour.

Soldotna Elementary

Remember: No school for students on Thursday, Oct. 30 or on Friday, October 31. Parent-Teacher conferences will take place those days. Thursday’s conferences are scheduled from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Friday’s conferences are scheduled from 8:15 a.m. until noon. Please make every effort to attend your childrens’ conferences. Last week’s box top drawing winner was Draiden Mullican. You go, Draiden! Keep bringing in those box tops! Thank you and Great Job! Mark your calendar for Fun Fest which will be here on Friday, November 21st. It’s so much fun! More information will follow. Please be sure to send your child with his/her appropriate winter gear. Snow will be here soon, and it’s already very cold in the mornings. Remember the coats, gloves, hats, snow pants and boots.

Parent Pack Meeting coming up on Monday, November 3rd. Join us in the library at 3:45 p.m., and know that childcare will be provided. Thank you! The Book Fair is in the library all week, the 27th through conferences on Friday. Come in and see all the great books, and buy some for your kids! They love new books, and it is a wonderful way to encourage their life-long love of reading.

Site Council meeting will be Tuesday, November 11th at 3:45 p.m. in the library. Please come! All are welcome. If you are interested in being the new Site Council Parent Representative, please contact Miss Michelle or Miss Dana at the office.

A note about elementary school report cards:

■ Are based on Alaska’s standards in English/language arts and math, plus behavior and community skills

■ Use a 0-4 scoring scale in relation to specific achievement and behavior standards

■ Reflect what is expected within each grade level

■ Can reflect above and below grade level achievement, when needed

0= Even with help, I can’t meet any of the standard. 1.0= With help, I can meet part of the standard. 2.0= I can meet part of the standard. 3.0=I am meeting the standard. 4.0 = I have gone beyond the standard.

Our halls are beginning to fill up with Halloween art work! Be sure you notice the projects as you walk your little ones to their classrooms.

Soldotna Prep

Early Release Schedule Wednesday, October 29, 2014: 1st 7:35 – 8:15 (40 min), 2nd 8:18 – 8:58 (40 min), 3rd 9:03 – 9:43 (40 min), 4th 9:46 – 10:26 (40 min), 5th 10:29 – 11:09 (40 min), Lunch 11:09 – 11:39 (30 min), 6th 11:42 – 12:22 (40 min), Adv. 12:25 – 12:45 (20 min) Parent/Teacher conferences will be on Thursday, October 30th from 11:30 to 3 and 4 to 7:30 in the Gym- NO School on Friday, October 31st. Daily announcements, and other important information is available on Soldotna Prep’s blog;

The Study

The Study wants to wish everyone an amazing 2014-2015 school year. The Study is an accredited learning center that partners with the KPBSD, Home School Entities and Private Schools. We offer private tutoring in all subject matters, music, including: voice, guitar and piano, courses for credit, including: Algebra 1 and 2, Spanish, Alaska Studies, Geometry, High School Art, as well as SAT Prep. We’ll be hosting the SAT Prep workshop beginning November 10th, in anticipation for the December test. The Study is also excited to offer an all day Pre-K and Kinder program this year. Check us out on the web at or call us at 262-6227.

Skyview Middle

Events this week:

■ Monday, October 27 – Competitive Basketball Begins

■ Wednesday, October 29 – Early Release Day – Student day ends at 12:55 p.m.

■ Thursday, October 30 – Parent Teacher Conferences / No School for Students

■ Friday, October 31 – Teacher Work Day / No School for Students

Sports Schedule:

■ Saturday, November 1 – 7th/8th Skyview Boys A Basketball Scrimmage at Skyview Middle School 9:00 a.m – 1:00 p.m.

■ Saturday, November 1 – 7th/8th Skyview Girls A Basketball Scrimmage at Skyview Middle School 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Congratulations to 7th grade student Ray Chumley, October Chamber Student of the Month!

The Skyview Middle School library will host a Scholastic Book Fair Friday, October 24 through Friday, November 7 from 7:30 – 2:45. Funds raised will help purchase books for SMS classrooms and library. Families, faculty, and the community are invited to attend this fun event that helps inspire children to become lifelong readers. The Book Fair offers specially priced books and educational products, including popular series, award-winning titles, new releases, adult bestsellers, and other great reads from more than 100 publishers. This year’s Book Fair will feature our 3rd annual Cake Decorating Contest with entries given away as door prizes during Parent Teacher Conferences. Participants with winning entries will receive Scholastic Book Fair gift certificates. Entries will be accepted Monday and Tuesday, October 27 and 28 from 7:30 – 2:45. For further information please contact librarian Anne McCabe at 260-2546. Our Panther Student Council is sponsoring a Snack Program Donation Drive. Please bring granola bar donations or monetary donations to Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday, October 30th. Donations can be dropped off at the Student Council table in the gym. Adult and Student Council volunteers distribute nearly 250 granola bars EVERY school day to kids who are hungry! We go through nearly 1,000 snacks per week! Thank you for helping Student Council keep this great program going! HUGE thanks to the After The Bell Board for their VERY generous donation to our Six Minute Snack Program! Special thanks to Ginger Steffy and Linda Hutchings and all the members of the After The Bell board for their service to our community’s youth!

Skyview Middle School Student Council would like to thank all those who made the October Activity Night such a success! Congratulations to Limbo Winners Camden Langley, Harley Copenharve, Paige Kruse, Olivia Schwenk, and Alexis Giles. Our Candy Jar guessing contest winners were: Lucas Kline, Zachary Hanson, Judd Miller, and Mackenzie Powell. Many thanks to all of our staff and parent chaperones who made the event possible! And special thanks to decorations coordinators extraordinaire Hannah Delker and Haley Buckbee! Panther StuCo volunteers were awesome and we appreciate you!

Tustumena Elementary

■ October: 10/27-31- Red Ribbon Week, 10/27- Site Council Meeting, 4 p.m., 10/27- Report Cards Sent Home, 10/28 Award’s Assembly, 2 p.m., 10/29- Pumpkin Carving Contest, 10/29- Parade, 1:15 p.m. 10/29- Early Release, 2:05 p.m., 10/30 & 31- Parent Teacher Conferences, 10/31- Trunk or Treat, 5-7p.m., 10/31- Halloween Carnival, 6-8 p.m.

■ November: 18th PTO Meeting, 4p.m., 11/21- Turkey Bingo, 11/24- Site Council Meeting, 4 p.m., 11/26- Early Release, 2:05 p.m., 11/27-11/28 Thanksgiving Holiday

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Ninilchik graduates 5 in 2024 commencement

The school held the ceremony Monday, May 13

Kenai Peninsula Education Association President LaDawn Druce, left, and committee Chair Jason Tauriainen participate in the first meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Four Day School Week Ad Hoc Committee on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2024, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
4-day school week committee adjourns

The committee will deliver recommendations to school board in July

Soldotna Elementary School Principal Dr. Austin Stevenson points out corroded insulation outside of the school building on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022 in Soldotna . (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna Elementary awaits action on approved bond

Almost two years after public OKs bond, borough asking for more time

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