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:

■ 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

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

■ March 14-18 — Spring Break;

■ May 18 — Last day of school.

Child Find Preschooler Screenings

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Child Find Program will be offering free screenings for children not yet in Kindergarten (3- to 5-years-old).

The screening will be held in Ninilchik at the Ninilchik School on Friday, March 25, 2016, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Program staff will screen a child’s motor skills, speech, early learning concepts, vision and hearing.

Children will be seen by appointment only. To make an appointment, please call the Ninilchik School at 567-3301. For more information contact Robin Evans at 714-8930.

Scholarships for students

— KBEA Scholarships for year 2016:

The Kenai Borough Employees Association (KBEA) Scholarship Committee is currently accepting applications for four scholarships of $500 each. The scholarships are available to all 2016 graduates of the Kenai Peninsula Borough (including public, private, and home-schooled). Applications and instructions are available from any Kenai Peninsula Borough High School counselors’ office or on the Borough’s web site at under “Hot Topics”.

Applications must be delivered, or postmarked by March 31. Applications can be mailed, or dropped off at the Kenai Peninsula Borough, KBEA Scholarship Committee, 144 North Binkley Street, Soldotna, Alaska 99669.

— Kenai Historical Society to award Scholarship:

Kenai Historical Society will award a $1000 scholarship to a 2016 graduating Senior in the KCHS attendance area,including home schooled students.

The funding for the scholarship is a bequest from a member who was especially interested in education as well as the History of Kenai. Requirements for the scholarship include enrollment in an accredited post-secondary industrial, technical or academic program for 2016-17, community service activities, evidence of leadership and maturity, and an essay about how living in Kenai influenced future goals. An interview will also be conducted. More information and the application form are available at the KPBSD website.

Click the Onestop logo at the top of the page and scroll to Kenai Historical Society Scholarship. The deadline for applications is April 15.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

■ Feb. 29 – PTA gear orders are due.

■ March 1 – 8:35 a.m. PTA meeting in the art room.

■ March 3 – Spring Pictures at 9:30 a.m., sibling pictures are from 12-1 p.m.

— End of Quarter Celebration and Science Night at 6 p.m., more information will be coming home.

■ March 4 – Fifth graders are walking to the Shqui Tsatnu Creek with Mr. Dan

— APC Bios are due at 4 p.m.

— Lottery Application Deadline at 4 p.m.

Upcoming Events

■ March – APC Work Session 4 p.m.

■ March 10 – Twin Day (Student Council sponsored spirit day)

■ March 11 – In-service-No School

■ March 14-18 – Spring Break


— The Life Skill the school is focusing on this week is Pride; Satisfaction from doing one’s personal best.

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

— If a parent 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 families 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

This week’s Box Tops winners are Irene White and Abigil Semaken. Way to go, Caribou!

■ March 10 – Spring Pictures

■ March 11 – Inservice Day, No School

■ March 14-18 – Spring Break, No School

■ April 1 – Early Release Day. Kindergarten Visitation 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Kenai Central High

February 2016 Student of the Month: Rotary – David Beck, Chamber – Madeleine Michaud, Elks – Blake Patrick, Biology, Study Skills, Algebra Readiness – Jerrik Carlstrom, Anatomy & Physiology – Attison Machen-Gray, Algebra 2 – Damien Redder, Choir – Henry Guillemette, LA 12 – Emily Hamilton, Study Skills – Jack Niblack, Life Activities – Raven Patrick, Alaska Studies – Donalen Bowers, Algebra – Kristen James (K-Paul), LA 11 – Felix Harting, Chemistry – Jakeb O’Brien, U. S. History – Phillip Rhodes, Welding – Tristin Dell, Spanish II – Max Dye, Foods II – Megan Moses

■ March 5 – Boys C-Team J.V. & Varsity Basketball at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 and 4:30 p.m. at Soldotna High School

— Girls C-Team J.V. & Varsity Basketball at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. at Soldotna High School

Kenai Middle

Congratulations to the Character Counts winners- Nevaeh Olson and Taylor Andrew.

Sixth grade Volleyball and the After School Yoga Club begin Monday and will end March 10. Students cannot participate without a completed sports packet turned in.

The third Quarter Band Recital will be held in the KMS gym on Tuesday, March 1. Beginning band will perform at 5:30 p.m. Intermediate Band at 6:15 p.m., and Concert Band at 7:15 p.m. The school says “We look forward to seeing you there.”

Friday, March 4 is Principal’s Day. The school says “Be sure to take a moment to let Mr. Dosko and Mr. Beck know how much we appreciate all they do to make KMS GREAT!”

Mountain View Elementary

Spring pictures are scheduled for Wednesday, March 2. Order forms were sent home with students last Friday. Only those students returning order forms will have their pictures taken.

■ March 11 is an in-service day. There is no school for students.

Spring break is the week of March 14-18.

Nikiski Middle-High

The DDF team competed at the State meet last week. Congratulations to Ross Halliday for his first place performance in extemporaneous commentary.

On Saturday, February 20 the Middle School wrestlers battled it out in the Borough Tournament at Kenai Middle School. The Nikiski results are as follows:

At 75 pounds Ayden Fleming was 2nd

At 80 pounds Jaryn Zoda was 1st place

At 100 pounds Chase Olsen was 1st place

At 110 pounds Simon Grenier won a hard fought 3rd place

Also at 110 Mason Payne won 1st place

At 115 Koleman McCaughey was 2nd place

At 120 George Napoka was 2nd Place

At 125 Caileb Payne was 2nd

At 155 Jakobee Anderson was 3rd

At 167 Hamilton Cox was 2nd

At 167 Mike Eiter was 1st

The school says “Congratulations wrestlers on the outstanding effort put forth this season.”

Dates to know:

■ March 1 – Spring Concert at 7 p.m.

■ March 2 – High School Soccer Begins

■ March 3 – JV Girls Basketball at ACS at 3 p.m.

— JV Boys Basketball at ACS at 4:30 p.m.

— Varsity Girls Basketball at ACS at 6 p.m.

— Varsity Boys Basketball at ACS at 7:30 p.m.

■ March 4 – JV Girls Basketball at Grace Christian at 3 p.m.

— JV Boys Basketball at Grace Christian at 4:30 p.m.

— Varsity Girls Basketball at Grace Christian at 6 p.m.

— Varsity Boys Basketball at Grace Christian at 7:30 p.m.

■ March 5 – JV Girls Basketball at Houston at 10 a.m.

— JV Boys Basketball at Houston at 11:30 a.m.

— Varsity Girls Basketball at Houston at 1 p.m.

— Varsity Boys Basketball at Houston at 2:30 p.m.

Coming up:

High School Track begins Monday, March 7.

Spring Break begins Friday, March 11 through Friday, March 25 and school resumes on Monday, March 21.

The Region Basketball Tournament is at Grace Christian High School Thursday, March 10-12.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

There will be a PTA meeting on Thursday, March 3 at 3:45 p.m. in the staff lounge.

Congratulations to the following school finalists in the 2016 Nikiski North Star Spelling Bee: Johnny Briner, Braeden Porter, Carter Tennison, James Hemphill, Oliver Parrish, Liam Quiner, Jackson Campion, Kailey Stynsburg, Aryauna Hoeldt, Avery Ellis, Bryce Dedrick, Katelyn Stichal, Kairi Townsend-D’Amico, and Brooklyn Biamonte. Top Finishers are: fourth place (tie) Aryauna Hoeldt, Liam Quiner, and Jackson Campion, third place Katelyn Stichal (top fourth grader), second place Braeden Porter (top fifth grader) and first place Kailey Stynsburg (top third grader). Kailey will get to represent NNS at the state spelling bee in Anchorage later this month.

Spring pictures will be taken on Wednesday, March 9. Sibling pictures will be at 1:30 p.m. Please call the school office at 776-2600 for more information.

Redoubt Elementary

Box Top winners last week were Emmett Roetman, Lydia Fidai and Gabby Brower. Keep those Box Tops for education and Labels for education coming, weekly drawings are held so don’t forget to have a child put their name on the back of each Box Top and turn them in at school.

Help earn money for Redoubt. Support Redoubt Elementary while shopping at Fred Meyer. Every time families shop with their linked Rewards Card at Fred Meyer, they are helping Redoubt Elementary earn a donation. And the more families who link their Rewards Cards to Redoubt Elementary the more Redoubt can earn. To link an Rewards account go to:

Fundraiser Art Action to benefit Redoubt’s sixth grade Peterson Bay field trip. Beautiful hand-painted artwork by Redoubt’s sixth grade students is up for auction. The art display and information about the action is located on the bulletin board in the school hallway.

This auction will close Feb. 29.

2016-2017 preschool program – Registration is now open.

Children must be four-years-old by Sept. 1, 2016 and live in Redoubt’s attendance area.

Admission will be based on student need. Complete information and applications are available at the school office. Yearbook order forms have been sent home. Please pre-order by March 31 to be sure to receive one. Please make checks payable to: Redoubt Elementary. Yearbooks will arrive in early May. Cost for yearbook is $15.

Movie – “Minions” and Bake Sale will be happening at 3:30 p.m., Friday, March 4 Sponsored by Redoubt’s third grade students as a Kenai Fjords fundraiser.

Permission slips will be sent home.

Pre-registration forms for next year have been sent home. Parents please make sure to complete the form and return it to Redoubt Elementary as soon as possible.

■ March 11 – No school for students, staff in-service.

■ March 14-18 – No School, Spring Vacation.

Skyview Middle

Only 9 days left in the Third Quarter!

Skyview Middle School Administrator-Counselor will visit local elementary sixth grade students this week!

■ Feb. 29 – K Beach Elementary

■ March 1 – Sterling Elementary and Tustumena Elementary

■ March 2 – Soldotna Elementary and Soldotna Montessori

■ March 3 – Redoubt Elementary

Activity Night – Friday, March 4 from 2:45-4:45 p.m. – Parent volunteers needed! Kenai Peninsula Borough School District volunteer approval is required to attend. Please contact the school at 260-2500 if interested.

Skyview Student Council is sponsoring a “Pawsitive” Panthers Community Building Project, and it looks great! Students and Staff are encouraged to think about ways kindness has been shown to themselves or others and write it on a paw-shaped cutout. The collection of cutouts is displayed in the Skyview Middle School entry way.

Soldotna Elementary

Mark calendars for these upcoming events:

March 2 Soldotna Elementary will celebrate Read Across America Day with many fun events including a special breakfast for students.

School News: Soldotna Elementary is participating in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pennies for Patients fundraiser now through March 4. Please consider sending any spare change with your student to support this cause.

The Reading Counts winners this week are: Brycen Clyde, Brett Haas, Willow Duffy, Connor Knicely-Johns, Wesley Johnson, Tanner Clyde, Ashley Kingrey, and Rhys Cannava. Congratulations and keep reading!

Soldotna High

The Soldotna High School Band, Choir, and Swing Choir will be performing a March Is Music In Our Schools Month Concert at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 3, in the auditorium.

Music will include highlights from “Pirates of the Caribbean” and T”he Lion King,” as well as “Lean On Me” and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.”

Break a leg to those SoHi staff and students involved in Kenai Performers’ “The Music Man”, which runs Feb. 26-28 and March 4-6 at KCHS auditorium.

SoHi performers include: director/choreographer Terri Zopf-Schoessler, orchestra members Kent Peterson and Tanner Holland, and cast members Hannah Delker, Chase Feagin, Elliot Fuhrman, Tehya Naylor, Cody Nill, Rachel Nill, Kami Martin, and graduate Logan Parks. Tickets are available at the door, River City Books, Charlotte’s, and Curtain Call Consignment.

Anyone interested in purchasing SoHi apparel, SoHi has a new website they can go to and look at the items and order straight from the website. There must be at least six orders of an item before they will print it. They will ship to the school for free. Students can pick up the orders at the school.

Go to the following website and check it out! SoHi Parents of Seniors are fundraising for the After Grad 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 at least three donor contacts to assist with the fundraising for this event.

The next Parent meeting will be at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 3 in the SoHi Staff Lounge. 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 the PTSA and the school. Visit with a Rewards Program number and select Soldotna High School PTSA. It’s quick and simple and every purchase make a positive impact just through everyday shopping! Thank you!

Soldotna Stars Letterman Jackets are available to order Click on Varsity Jackets, find our school by State, select Soldotna High School, starting at $149 students can personalize it anyway they would like.

Any questions contact Heather Parkki, 260-7022. Makes a great Christmas gift!

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

Soldotna High School announces; “Break a leg” to those SoHi staff and students involved in Kenai Performers’ The Music Man, which runs Feb. 26-28 and March 4-6 at KCHS auditorium. SoHi performers include: director/choreographer Terri Zopf-Schoessler, orchestra members Kent Peterson and Tanner Holland, and cast members Hannah Delker, Chase Feagin, Elliot Fuhrman, Tehya Naylor, Cody Nill, Rachel Nill, Kami Martin, and graduate Logan Parks. Tickets are available at the door, River City Books, Charlotte’s, and Curtain Call Consignment. $25 General Admission $20 Students & Seniors.

Check SOPREP school blog for important information and updates:

Sterling Elementary

It’s still February, so it’s still School Board Recognition month! The school wants to say ‘Thank you to our school board for love of our district and our students!’

■ March 1 – Skyview Elementary will be working with sixth graders for seventh grade registration.

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

■ March 4 – Sterling PTA Spring Carnival from 5-8 p.m. The school is asking for extra volunteers! Please call the school office at 262-4944 if families would like to volunteer for the carnival.

■ March 11 – Teacher In-service – No School for students

■ March 14-18 – Spring Recess!

■ April 2 – Sterling Pre-K and Kindergarten Fair! 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. with kindergarten classroom visitations at 11 a.m. Sterling Head Start will also be there!

The school will need aluminum cans! If families have them, staff asks they please bring them and put them in the bin with the red sign next to the trash can!

If the school has the most cans at the Great Aluminum Can Roundup in April, the PTA wins money. If families are coming to the carnival and bring a full trash bag full of cans, PTA will give them 20 free tickets for games and food!

If parents have a child who will be four-years-old on or before Sept. 1, 2016, please call the office and sign up for a Title 1 Pre-K screening. The screening will be held on April 19.

Please remember to drive the speed limit in the 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.

Tustumena Elementary

■ Feb. 29 – Site Council at 4 p.m.

■ March 3 – SEM from 2-3 p.m.

■ March 3 – Family Fun Reading Night & Title I Meeting 3:45-5 p.m.

■ March 8 – Soldotna Band-Choir Tour, at 9:30 a.m.

■ March 10 – 6th Grade vs Staff Basketball game at 2 p.m.

■ March 11 – No school for Students, Inservice Day

■ March 14-18 – Spring Break,

■ March 22 – Sixth Grade Parent/Student Orientation 6:30-8 at Skyview

■ March 22 – PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.

■ March 24 – Lynx Track to Jumpin Junction for Kindergarten, First Grade

March 24 – Lynx Track to Orca Theater for second through sixth Grade

March 28 – Site Council 4 p.m.

April 20 – Sixth Grade Transition to Skyview Meeting at Tustumena in the morning

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