Around the District

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 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:

■ Feb. 1;

■ Feb. 2 (Worksession);

■ March 7;

■ March 21;

■ April 4;

■ April 5 (Worksession);

■ May 2 (Seward High School);

■ June 6;

■ June 7 (Planning Session);

Holidays and vacation days scheduled

■ Feb. 4-5 — Parent-teacher conferences, no school for students;

■ March 11 — End of third quarter, no school for students;

■ March 14-18 — Spring Break;

■ May 18 — Last day of school.

Connections Home School Program

Dates To Remember:

■ Feb. 2 – Kenai Rec Center Gym Time

■ Feb. 3 – Soldotna: Battle of the Books 3:30-4:25 p.m.

■ Feb. 11 – Soldotna Connections Fly Tying Club at 1:30 p.m.

■ Feb. 17 – Sport Lake Fishing With Alaska Department of Fish & Game – more info below

■ Feb. 19 – AVTEC Guided Tour in Seward for High School Students (more info below)

■ Feb. 26 – Johnson Lake Ice Fishing with ADF&G for South Peninsula Students (more info below)

Also check out our Connections website for numerous student activities, contests and more.

Soldotna Connections Fly Tying Club:

The Soldotna Connections office is offering a Fly Tying Club – six weeks of free fly tying instruction for students third through twelfth grade. Meetings will be held at the Soldotna Connections office from 1:30-3 p.m. each Thursday, with the first meeting on Feb. 11. Vices and fly tying materials will be provided. This is an introductory class and all ability levels are welcome to attend. Please RSVP with Mark Wackler at

Sport Lake Fishing With Alaska Department of Fish & Game:

Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game is inviting students to spend one hour on the ice fishing for rainbow trout and Chinook salmon at Sport Lake. Students learn proper fishing techniques, catch and release etiquette, ice fishing regulations, and safety on the ice. This is an annual event held on Feb. 17. The time slot for Connections homeschool students is from 10-11 a.m. All equipment is provided; participants 16 and over need a fishing license. Please remember to dress warm and bring a snack if planing on staying a while. If families have any questions please call the Connections office at 714-8880.

AVTEC Guided Tour in Seward:

All Connections High School Students are invited to attend a free guided tour of AVTEC in Seward on Friday Feb. 19. AVTEC is Alaska’s Institute of Technology and offers post high school programs ranging from the Alaska Culinary Academy to Energy and Building Technology. This really is an exciting and valuable opportunity for high school students interested in a career in the trades, commercial fishing or hospitality industry.

Please take a few minutes to visit the link If interested, RSVP and share at least two departments of interest in touring to Reubin Payne: or call Connections at 714-8880. Parents are welcome, and staff will provide lunch at the AVTEC cafeteria for Connections students taking the tour. The school would like to meet at Connections office at 8:30 a.m. or in Seward at the AVTEC Campus at 10 a.m. (If transportation is an issue for any of our students, please call Reubin between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.). The tour should last until approximately 2 p.m.

Johnson Lake Ice Fishing with ADF&G for South Peninsula Students:

Alaska Department of Fish & Game is inviting south peninsula students to learn more about salmon by spending time on the ice, fishing at Johnson Lake. This location will cut down on the driving time for those coming from the Homer area. Students learn proper fishing techniques, catch and release etiquette, ice fishing regulations, and safety on the ice. The time slot for Connections homeschool students is from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. All equipment is provided; participants 16-years-old and older need a fishing license. Please remember to dress warm and bring a snack if families plan on staying a while. Please RSVP or if families have any questions please contact Derek at or 226-1880.

Interior Distance Education of Alaska

IDEA Homeschool is now enrolling for the 2016-2017 school year! Check out the school Click enroll now. Families are always welcome to come visit the school office in the Red Diamond Center. Come check out the library, Resource Room, used curriculum, and speak with a certified teacher. IDEA staff is here to serve families in their homeschooling journey. The office expansion is complete! The school says ‘Thank you’ to all who came to the Grand Opening Party! If a family missed it, they can still come visit and get a tour.

■ Feb. 12 – Spelling Bee: Once again, IDEA-Kenai will be holding the annual Scripps Spelling Bee. This competition is for students in third through eight grade. All students participate in one and the same bee, that is, there are no grade specific bees. The winner of the local bee will represent IDEA-Kenai at the Alaska State Spelling Bee to be held at the Performing Arts Center in Anchorage on Tuesday, March 22. The local event will be held at 1:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12 at the IDEA office. Staff will have cookies and certificates for all participants. Families may learn more about the Scripps National Spelling Bee by going If families have questions or to sign up contact Marian Werth at the Kenai office (260-7555) or via email ( Families can find the spelling words study list on the Region K Blog.

■ Feb. 17 – Ice Fishing – Come join at Sport Lake for some ice fishing. Arrive at Sport Lake parking lot at 11 a.m. The event will finish by 12:15 p.m. This is a wonderful opportunity that AK Fish and Game set up for the school. They provide the poles and drill the holes. Please remember to wear all winter gear and for students and parents 16-years-old and over, bring a fishing license. If parents aren’t fishing, a license isn’t necessary. However, if parents plan on helping children, a license is needed. Families will also need to provide their own bait. This event is limited to 25 fishermen. Please sign up on the Region K Blog.

— Families can get more information about the school programs through the Parent Resources link on the IDEA website. This was designed to help teach and parent children on the journey of homeschooling. Families will find information on grade level skills, time spent on subject matter, temperaments, college planning, ACT and SAT, apprenticeships and more! To access log-in to the family section of the IDEA website and look on the menu to the left for: Parent Resources. The school hopes this information will be useful on the adventure of homeschooling.

Please remember to check webmail or Region K Blog and to sign up for these events.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

■ Feb. 1 – 7 p.m. Kaleidoscope student run Integrated Studios will be presented to the KPBSD Board at 7 p.m. on Feb. 1.

■ Feb. 2 – 8:35 a.m. PTA Meeting

— 12:45 p.m. Kindergarten is going on a study trip to the Wild Life Refuge Center

■ Feb. 3 – 9:30 a.m. Kaleidoscope School Tour for all families interested in Kaleidoscope

— 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 2015-2016 school year. On these early release dates, school will end ninety minutes (1.5 hours) earlier. Bus transportation will be adjusted by ninety minutes.

■ Feb. 4 – Parent Teacher Conferences- No School

■ Feb. 5 – Parent Teacher Conferences- No School

— $55 is due for 5th grade study trip

— Price of the yearbook goes up to $20

Upcoming Events:

— Family Fun Night at 6 p.m. on Feb. 11 at is Bingo for Books

— Re-enrollment forms were mailed Jan. 15 and are due by Feb. 12, 4 Every student must return this form to indicate he or she is returning in the Fall or will not be returning and what school he or she will be attending.


— The Life Skill the school is focusing on this week is Patience; To wait calmly for someone or something.

— If a child arrives after 9:10 a.m., please come in and sign him-her in at the office.

— If families would like to be a volunteer, be sure to complete a background check and volunteer training. Go to and click the link to the background check. Please allow up to two weeks for this to clear. The next link on the page will take viewers to the Online Volunteer Training. These two steps must be completed in order to volunteer at Kaleidoscope. Completed Volunteer Indemnification forms are needed 48 hours before all field trips.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The Box Tops winners for the week are Matthew Karella and Morgan Lemm, both from Mr. Daniels room. Great job bringing in those Box Tops, Caribou!

■ Feb. 3 – Early Release Day, K-Beach will dismiss at 12:55 p.m. Spelling Bee will begin at 8:20 a.m.

■ Feb. 4-5 – No School due to Parent Teacher Conferences

Kenai Central

Juniors at KCHS have started the Job Shadow unit in LA 11. In the Job Shadow unit, students do in-depth research on possible career choices. These students consider factors such as job outlook, wages, working conditions, preparation requirements, and more. Thanks to 21 years of cooperation between KCHS and the Kenai Chamber of Commerce, the class of 2017 will get to culminate this experience by spending a day with workers in the community.

This “Job Shadow Day” is on Wednesday, March 2. After rigorous research, students have already made their top occupation choices. Students and Staff at KCHS look forward to taking the next steps in this process with help from both the Kenai Chamber of Commerce and the Kenai Peninsula community.

What’s Happening at KCHS:

■ Feb. 2 – Boys & Girls C teams at Homer High School 3 and 4:30 p.m.

■ Feb. 3rd – Early Release: at 12:45 p.m.

Assembly for Hockey and Cross Country Skiing at 12:15-12:45 p.m.

Girls Basketball at Dimond Tourney vs East at 6:15 p.m.

■ Feb. 4 – No School: Parent Teacher Conferences at 12-3 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.

Girls Basketball at Dimond Tourney times TBD

Hockey Regions hosted by Kenai at Sportscenter times TBD

■ Feb. 5 – No School for Parent Teacher Conferences and Inservice

Hockey Regions hosted by Kenai at Sportscenter times TBD

Girls Basketball at Dimond Tourney times TBD

Boys Basketball C team J.V. and Varsity at Kodiak High School 4:30, 6 and 7:30 p.m.

■ Feb. 6 – Hockey Regions hosted by Kenai at Sportscenter times TBD

Girls Basketball at Dimond Tourney times TBD

Boys Basketball C team J.V. and Varsity at Kodiak High School at 10 and 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Kenai Middle

Congratulations to our Character Counts winners: Joe Hamilton and Landon Heroff!

Thank you to Mrs. Bird! What a fantastic production she put together for the Annual KMS-Mountain View-Kaleidoscope Talent Show. All the performers were amazing! First Place went to Joshua Foster who played a beautiful piece on the piano. Second Place went to Anya Danielson and her brother Karl for their Vocal and dance performance and Third place went to Tyler Brown for his vocal performance! Judges Choice went to Tristan Summers for his comedy routine. Congratulations to all the students that participated.

The Annual KMS Spelling Bee was held last week. Congratulations to Sorin Sorensen (champion) and Amelia Mueller (alternate) for winning the Spelling Bee today. Sorin will represent Kenai Middle School at the state level on Tuesday, March 22 at The Performing Arts Center in downtown Anchorage. Best of Luck to Sorin!

■ Feb. 3 – Early release day. Students will be released at 12:57 p.m. Buses will accommodate the early release schedule.

Conferences will be held next Thursday and Friday. There will be no school for students. Conferences will be held Thursday from 12-4 p.m. and 5-7 p.m. Conferences are open arena style. If parents cannot attend on Thursday then they are welcome to call their child’s teacher and arrange a meeting time for Friday. The school hopes everyone enjoys the extra-long weekend.

— The week of Feb. 1–5 is National School Counseling week. If anyone see Ms. Johnson be sure to thank her the great job she does here at KMS!

The KMS Volleyball teams will play Tuesday KMS vs. SVMS. Games begin at 3 p.m.

They will also play on Wednesday at Seward. Again, games begin at 3 p.m. Wrestlers will compete at the Homer Invite on Friday beginning at 10 a.m.

Nikiski Middle-High

■ Feb. 1 – C Team Girls Basketball at Nikiski vs. SoHi – 3 p.m.

— C Team Boys Basketball at Nikiski vs. SoHi – 4:30 p.m.

■ Feb. 2 – C Team Girls Basketball at Nikiski vs. Kenai – 3 p.m.

— C Team Boys Basketball at Nikiski vs. Kenai – 4:30 p.m.

■ Feb. 3 – Early Release. Students will be dismissed at 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday.

■ Feb. 4 – No school for students for parent-teacher conferences. No appointments necessary!

— Morning Conferences: 8-11 a.m.

— Afternoon Conferences: 12-4 p.m.

— Evening Conferences: 5-8 p.m.

■ Feb. 5

— No school for students for the teacher inservice day.

— Middle School Wrestling at Homer – 10 a.m.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

NNS will be creating a school garden this spring. A committee of parents and teachers has been meeting to plan this project. The idea of the garden is to provide an opportunity for kids to be directly involved in the food chain and realize all of the other benefits that are involved with planting seeds and watching them grow.

The Spring Scholastic Book Fair begins today in the library. The fair will be open during the school day and parent-teacher conferences. The school will close at noon on Friday.

It is a wonderful opportunity to purchase some amazing books and at the same time support NNS. If families need more information call the school library at 776-2630.

Early release day is Wednesday, Feb. 3. NNS will dismiss at 2 p.m. There will not be school on Thursday and Friday because of parent-teacher conferences. This is an excellent opportunity to have conversation with a child’s teacher and take the time to address concerns. School will resume on Monday, Feb. 8. Please be sure to check the lost and found located near the front office when attending a child’s conference. Items not claimed are donated to charity at the end of each month.

Redoubt Elementary

Box Tops/Labels for Education Winners last week were: Karma Porter and Makayla Eberhard. Keep those Box Tops for education and Labels 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. Help earn money for the school.

Support Redoubt Elementary while you shop at Fred Meyer. Every time families shop with a linked Rewards Card at Fred Meyer, they are helping Redoubt Elementary earn a donation.

And the more supporters who link their Rewards Cards to Redoubt Elementary the more the school can earn. To link to a Rewards account go to:

Yearbooks – Pre-order forms have been sent home with students. Only 175 books have been ordered, so make sure to get an order form and payment ($15) submitted.

Redoubt PTA Winter Carnival will be held Saturday, Feb. 20 12-4 p.m. This event will be open to the public. Raffle tickets are on sale now – $10 each. first prize: GoPro, second Prize: 1 RT ticket to Anchorage via Grant, third Prize: Quad-copter Drone. Volunteers are needed, for more information on how you can help or to purchase raffle tickets please contact Stephanie Belger at

Theme basket items are starting to trickle in. Each grade level will be sponsoring a theme basket that will be used at our Winter Carnival auction.

Pre-Kindergarten—Chocolate Lovers, Kinder— Chocolate Lovers, First Grade—Game Night

Second Grade—Movie Night, Third Grade—Coffee Lovers, Fourth Grade—Fisherman’s Basket

Fifth Grade—Tool Box and Sixth Grade—Sports. There will be carnival games, food, fun, raffles and auctions! The school hopes to see everyone there! Emma Hunter, (fourth grade) was the winner of this year’s Geography Bee. Zach Buckbee, (fourth grade) placed second. Congratulations to Emma and all of the students that competed in this year’s Geography Bee.

Early Release Day – students will be released at 1:45 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 3.

Buses will be running and Boys and Girls Club will be open at 1:45 p.m. Parent Teacher conferences will be this Thursday and Friday. Parents should contact the school if they have questions regarding their conference schedule.

There will be a Scholastic Book Fair in the school library during conferences, Feb. 4-5.

■ Feb. 2 – After school Book Fair – Redoubt Library 3:30-6 p.m.

■ Feb. 3 – Early Release Day – Students will be released at 1:45 p.m.

■ Feb. 4 – Scholastic Book Fair – 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.

■ Feb. 5 – Scholastic Book Fair – 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

■ Feb. 4-5 – Parent Teacher Conferences – No School for students.

■ Feb. 11 – 9:30 a.m. Spelling Bee –Redoubt Gym.

■ Feb. 18 – Bingo for Books – 6:30-8 p.m. – Redoubt Gym

■ Feb. 20 – Redoubt PTA Winter Carnival noon-4 p.m.

■ Feb. 26 – Dress like your favorite book character day.

■ March 2 – Dr. Seuss’s Birthday

Skyview Middle

Events this week:

■ Feb. 1 – School Spelling Bee! – 1:50-2:30 p.m. – Parents are welcome to attend.

■ Feb. 3 – Early Release Day – Skyview Middle School students end the school day at 1 p.m.

■ Feb. 4 – Parent Teacher Conferences! One day only. Conference times are scheduled. Please visit the KPBSD Skyview Middle School Blog > Student/Parent Information > Parent/Teacher Conferences to sign up.

■ Feb. 4 and Friday, Feb. 5 – No School for Students.

Sports schedule this week:

— Wresting – Homer Invitational at Homer – Feb. 5 – 10 a.m.

— Nordic Skiing – TBA

— Volleyball – Kenai B vs. Skyview B at Kenai – Feb. 2 – 3 p.m.

— Volleyball – Kenai vs. Skyview 7th at Kenai – Feb. 2 – 4:30 p.m.

Winner of the Skyview Middle School Geography Bee is seventh grade student, Gabriella Rogers! Congratulations to Gabriella and all the students who participated in the Bee. Gabriella will be taking an on line test created by National Geographic by Feb. 5. Students who score in the top 100 for the state of Alaska, will be invited to the State Geography Bee in Anchorage, on April 1 2016.

Skyview Middle School Quarter 2 Honor Roll:

— 8th Grade 4.0 – Mackinley Baxter, Whitney Benson, Cameron Blackwell, Galen Brantley, Autumn Chumley, Ray Chumley, Eve Downing, Casey Earll, Faith Glassmaker, Janna Krieger, Bailey Leach, Jacob McConnell, MaCady Musgrave, Jersey Truesdell, Brayden Vanmeter

— 7th Grade 4.0 – Erika Arthur, Madelyn Barkman, Adison Beck, Zachary Burns, Olivia Davis, Ethan Evans, Carson Fischer, Brayden Gagnon, Kaytee Hackett, Dylan Hogue, Gabrielle Humphreys, Sierra Kuntz, Nicholas McConnell, Joshua Pieh, Abby Radeck, Colton Sorhus, Grace Wahl

— 8th/7th Grade 3.9 to 3.0 – Austin Adlam, Cade Appelhans, Ashlyn Asp, Hayleigh Barnett, Gracie Bass, David Belger, Brooke Belluomini, Stevie Berninger, Hailey Blischke, Foster Boze, Hannah Braden, Heidi Brendtro, Margie Brown, Ryann Cannava, Katelyn Carson, Timothy Cashman, Gracie Caston, Morgan Chace, Lance Chilton, Brandon Christenson, Trystin Clucas, Molly Cook, Kathryn Creglow, Drysta Crosby-Schneider, Aubree Cude, Aidan Culver, Liam Culver, Kiana Dalton-Amend, Isabella Dearmore, Wyatt Dement, Elena Dimitrovski, Rozilynn Dobson, Seraiah Dorman, Nathaniel Downs, Chloe Driskell, Brandon Ducker, Savannah Eberhard, Erika Eberhard, Taylor Edwards, John Einerson, Timothy Elder, Kilei England, Kaylee Fann, Adin Fielden, Autumn Fischer, Dawson Fox, Cheyenne Friedersdorff, Mack Frost, Abbie Fullenwider, McCullen Gaul, Ryder Giesler, Alexis Gomes, Katherine Gross, Gavin Haakenson, Zachary Hanson, John Harris, Tara Heathers, Paige Hegwer, Ryan Hill, Maya Hilton, Destiny Hoffman, Kianna Holland, William Hoover, Alana Houser, Angel Howlett, Thomas Hudson, Holland Jaime, Christian Jaime, Luke Johns, Tyler Johnson, Macayla Jones, Spencer Kapp, Faith Katzenberger, Jaron Kenner, Michal Keyes, Cassidy King, Zacharry Kitchen, Victoria Kitson, Catherine Kline, Mikayla Leadens, Braden Lemm, Brittany Lewis, Ree’Lynn Lisenby, Kylie Loop, Felix Lybarger, Trayce Lyon, Loretta Maal, Roman Maal, Victoria Mariscal, Matthew Martinelli, Austin Matheson, Kaden Matson, Ashley McDonald, Clifford McElrea, Grace McElroy, Lila McKay, Ysabelle Meyer (Soyangco), Sarah Mickelson, Journey Miller, Robert Mize, Simon Montague, Jose Montague, Clara Moore, Tyler Morrison, Taylor Morse, Anchor Musgrave, Kylie Ness, Korrin Nyren, Trenton O’Reagan, Nadia Padilla-Reaume, Denize Pannick-Pootjes, Rileigh Parton, Adriane Poulin, Camron Presley, Kyler Pritchett, Makayla Raemaeker, James Redmon, Louis Redmon, Zachary Renner, Pavel Reutov, Morgan Reynolds, Giovanni Rigutto, Ricardo Rincon, Renee Rogers, Gabriella Rogers, Maxwell Rogers, Kody Rohr, Makenzie Rolenc, Levi Rosin, Payton Rusk, Macie Schroeder – Dalebout, Olivia Schwenk, Elora Shockley, Sha’uri Shockley, Elizabeth Siemion, Estrella Slats, Bailey Smith, Blake Smith, Cameron Sorenson, Derek Spezialy, Kristina Spies, Jordan Spies, Mia Stewart, Laynee Strausbaugh, James Taylor, Dennis Taylor, Harley Thomas, Summer Tugan, Ituau Tuisaula, Tanner Ussing, Kody Van Dyke, Joseph VanHout, Hosanna VanHout, Rayna Varney, Mollee Verba, Riley Vickaryous, Tyra Vix, Elijah Wackler, Trenton Walden, Bradley Walters, Lindsay Ward, Maia Whitney, Makala Whittom, Alyssa Wilkinson, Aiden Willets, Anna Williams, Kaiden Wilshusen, Brayde Wolfe, Arieona Woodard, Shannon Yeskie, Cobe Young

Soldotna Elementary

Mark your calendars for these upcoming events:

■ Feb. 1 The Parent PACK Meeting will be at 3:45-4:15 p.m. in the library.

■ Feb. 2 The Soldotna Elementary Beginning Band will perform a concert for parents and families 6 p.m. in the gym.

■ Feb. 3 Students will be released at 1:55 p.m. Mrs. Cannava’s afternoon pre-K class will not meet. Students riding the bus will be dropped off 90 minutes earlier than their regularly scheduled time.

■ Feb. 4-5 Soldotna Elementary will hold Parent Teacher Conferences on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8:15 a.m. to 12 p.m. chool for students on these days.

Soldotna High

Soldotna High Yearbooks are still being sold. Order online at (choose Yearbook Tab Deadline Feb. 15 or pick up a form at the SOHI Front Office (Deadline March 10).

The school does not order extra yearbooks.

SoHi Parents of Seniors/After Grad will NOT meet in February. Instead, volunteers are kicking off fundraising efforts for this event. Prospective donor letters as well as the google doc link for tracking donors/donations are available by contacting Sheilah-Margaret Pothast at Please include “After Grad” in the subject line. All Parents of Seniors are encouraged to make three donor contacts to assist with the fundraising for this event.

The next meeting will be Thursday, March 3 in the SoHi Staff Lounge at 6 p.m. The school says “Thank you for your help!”

SoHi PTSA will meet on Thursday, Feb. 11 at 5:30 p.m. in the SoHi Staff Lounge.

Soldotna High School dancers under the direction of Jeannie Young and Terri Zopf-Schoessler will be sending 19 dancers to the Mass Dance concert rehearsal on Wednesday, Feb. 3 and dance concert Friday-Saturday, Feb. 5-6, 7 p.m. at KCHS auditorium. The SoHi and SoPrep dancers who have been working since September towards this show include: Abigail Anderson, Derrick Bever, Afton Carlson, Cara Gibbons, Kayla Haeg, Stockton Jones, Kayli Kitchens, Kaytlynn Malone, Calvin Mitzel, Talon Musgrave, Cody Nill, Rachel Nill, Michael Petrovich, Kyliera Quincy, Sierra Reynolds, Logan Schoessler, Dylan Stockdale, Meghan Ussing, and Halen Wells. The troupe is contributing eight dances to the Mass Dance concert, which will also feature dances from Nikiski High School, Encore, Forever Dance Alaska, Peninsula Artists in Motion, and the Kenai Performers’ Music Man. Tickets are available at the door for $10.

■ Feb. 1-3 and 8-9 the sophomore class will be selling carnations at both buildings. The cost is $2 for one or 3 for $5! These will be delivered on Feb. 11 during fifth and sixth hours at the 10-12 building and advisory at the Prep school.

The SoHi dancers, under the direction of Jeannie Young and Terri Zopf-Schoessler, will be taking six dances to the Mass Dance 2016 concert at KCHS.

Dancers from SoHi, Nikiski, Encore, Peninsula Artists in Motion, Kenai Performers, and Forever Dance Alaska will showcase local dancers Friday and Saturday nights, Feb. 5 and 6, starting at 7 p.m. $10 tickets are available at the door.

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 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Soldotna High School PTSA’s primary fundraiser is the Fred Meyer Rewards Program.

It’s easy to sign up and makes a BIG difference for our PTSA and our school. Visit with your Rewards Program number and select Soldotna High School PTSA.

It’s quick and simple and make a positive impact just by doing everyday shopping! Thank you!

Soldotna Stars Letterman Jackets are available to order at Click on Varsity Jackets, find our school by State, select Soldotna High School, starting at $149 families can personalize it anyway they would like. Any questions contact Heather Parkki, 260-7022. Makes a great Christmas gift!

Every Friday is spirit Friday! Wear SoHi gear for a chance to win gift cards and more!

The SOHI Library Media Center will be open 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday. Contact Ms. Wear at 260.7036 or for information on the 4:15 p.m. bus.

Soldotna Prep

■ Feb. 3 – Early Release day Wednesday,

■ Feb. 4 – 12-3 p.m. and 4-7 p.m.

■ Feb. 5 – No School/Parent Teacher Conferences No School for In-service Day Friday,

■ Feb. 11 The SoHi PTSA will meet on Thursday, at 5:30 p.m. in the SoHi Staff Lounge. All members are encouraged to attend and new members are welcome

Check SOPREP school blog for important information and updates:

Sterling Elementary

February is School Board Recognition month! The school says ‘Thank you to our school board for love of our district and our students!’

■ Feb. 3 – Early release – students dismissed at 2:05 p.m.

■ Feb. 4-5 – No school for students

■ Feb. 17 – The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is holding a Public Budget Meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Soldotna High School library. Everyone interested is encouraged to attend. If there are questions, please contact Lassie Nelson at 714-8838.

■ Feb. 23 -PTA Meeting – Library – 4 p.m. Child care and snacks provided!

■ March 3 – Site Council Meeting – 4 p.m.

If you have a child who will be 4 years old on or before September 1, 2016, please call our office and sign up for a Title 1 Pre-K screening. Our screening will be held on April 19th.

Please remember to drive the speed limit in our school zone when the lights are flashing! It is a really quick change from 55 to 20 miles per hour on the highway during those times of the day, so be extra vigilant and don’t miss it!

The Study

The Study is excited to announce that it’s expansion in the 2015-16 school year has been an absolute success!

Not only are they offering Academic Pre-K and Kindergarten, but have also added first through third grade! If your little one is not receiving highly academic, direct instruction, call The Study to inquire about how to enroll in their year-long programs.

For the older students, The Study offers the following:

— Homework Club on Mondays & Wednesdays from 4-6 p.m.

— High School Courses for Credit: Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry, Alaska Studies, Government, Art Exploration, Spanish, ASL

— Private & Group Tutoring in all subjects

— Piano, Voice, and Guitar Lessons

— SAT Prep

— A wide variety of workshops, such as Jr. High Math, Mastery of Multiplication, Excellence in Writing, Ground School, Study Skills, and even Summer School

As an accredited private school and learning center, The Study is committed to meeting the educational needs of the Kenai Peninsula.

Mark your calendars on the following dates:

■ Feb. 5 – Parent/Teacher Conferences

Tustumena Elementary

■ Feb. 3 Early Release at 2:05 p.m.

■ Feb. 4-5 No school for students for the Parent Teacher Conferences,

Love of Reading Week:

on Feb. 8 Bookmarks, Feb. 9 Door Decorations, Feb. 10 Pajama-Sweats Day

Feb. 11 Buddy Reading-Book Mark Exchange, Feb. 12 Valentine’s Day Party

■ Feb. 9 Battle of the Books, Grades fifth through sixth

■ Feb. 10 Battle of the Books, Grades third through fourth

■ Feb. 12 Mighty Meatball sixth grade fundraiser

■ Feb. 16 PTO Meeting 4 p.m.

■ Feb. 17, 1:10 p.m. School Forensics

■ Feb. 18 SEM 2-3 p.m.

■ Feb. 25 SEM 2-3 p.m.

■ Feb. 27 District Wide Forensics

■ Feb. 29 Site Council 4 p.m.

■ March 3 SEM 2-3 p.m.

■ March 11 No school for Students for the Inservice Day

■ March 14-18 Spring Break

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King salmon fishing closed on Kasilof starting Monday

The emergency order is being issued to protect returning king salmon, citing weak returns

Soldotna City Hall is seen on Wednesday, June 23, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Soldotna’s city council appropriates funds for FY 2025 capital projects

Improvements are described for streets, police facility, Soldotna Creek Park and Soldotna Community Memorial Park

Gina Plank processes sockeye salmon caught on the first day of Kenai River dipnetting with her table set up on the bank of the Kenai River in Kenai, Alaska, on Wednesday, July 10, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai River open for dipnetting

As of Tuesday, a total of 226,000 sockeye had been counted in the Kenai River’s late run

Assembly Vice President Tyson Cox speaks during a meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly in Soldotna, Alaska, on Tuesday, June 18, 2024. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Assembly won’t pursue further discussion on tabled bed tax resolution

Members say they’re going to work on a new version of the idea this winter

Gov. Mike Dunleavy pictured with members of the House majority after signing the fiscal year 2025 budget bills, Thursday, June 27, 2024, in Anchorage, Alaska. From left to right: Reps. Stanley Wright, Tom McKay, Thomas Baker, Craig Johnson, Kevin McCabe, Julie Coulombe and Laddie Shaw. (Photo provided by Office of the Governor)
Dunleavy signs capital budget with $3.7M in state funding for Kenai Peninsula, vetoes $3.3M

Roughly $90 million in federal funding also allocated to Kenai Peninsula

Alaska State Troopers logo.
Soldotna man arrested Friday after 30-minute police chase

The man had an outstanding warrant for felony probation violation

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