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:

■ April 4;

■ April 5 (Worksession);

■ May 2 (Seward High School);

■ June 6;

■ June 7 (Planning Session);

Scholarships for students

■ Kenai Historical Society to award Scholarship

Kenai Historical Society will award a $1,000 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.

Connections Home School Program

If families haven’t reenrolled their student for next year please call the Connections office for an appointment:

– Homer: 226-1880

– Seward: 224-9080

– Soldotna: 714-8880

Dates To Remember:

■ April 5 – Kenai Rec Center Gym Time

■ April 6 – Homer Rock Climbing at the Bay Club at 1:30 p.m. Contact Jake Parrett ( ) for more information

■ April 6 – McNeil Canyon Nordic Ski Session at 3:30-4:30 p.m. Contact Derek Bynagle ( ) for more information

■ April 8 – Homer Rock Climbing at the Bay Club at 3:30-5 p.m. Contact Jake Parrett ( ) for more information

■ April 12 – KPBSD Child Find Screening, Homer Area (more info below)

■ April 14-15 – Peterson Bay Field Trip

■ April 15 – High School Eligibility Due

■ April 19 – Connections Talent and Art Show at SoHi 5-6:30 p.m.

■ April 29 – Last day to submit reimbursement

■ May 3 – Kenai Fjords Trip in Seward

■ May 5 – Middle School Math Meet at Homer Middle School at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (more information below)

■ May 11 – Salmon Celebration – Save The Date.

Also check out the Connections website:

( for numerous student activities, contests and more.

Peterson Bay Field Trip:

Come experience unforgettable, interactive programs where students discover the ecology of Kachemak Bay. Don’t watch a movie about the fabulous four marine phyla, find them and observe their amazing adaptations to life in the intertidal zone. Don’t miss this amazing learning opportunity.

– Open to all Connections students in grades 6th through 10th.

– Departure by boat from Homer Spit on April 14 at 8:30 a.m. and return late morning on April 15.

– Cost for the trip is $120 per person Space is limited (the maximum is 30 students) so call now.

For the trip the school needs a 6:1 student to adult ratio, so parents are welcome to attend by paying their way out of pocket while the student fee can be deducted from the student allotment if the student has a class on their ILP related to this activity. There is also a $10 per person fee for food that will be prepared and served on site – this fee needs to be paid out of pocket for all and is non-refundable. All fees are due by March 25. Please notify an advisor of any interest in this trip as soon as possible. In the event that there are more than 30 people interested in participating, students will have priority once we have enough chaperones. For more info please contact:

– Homer Area — Derek Bynagle – 226-1880

– Central Pen Area—Mark Wackler – 714-8888

Connections Talent and Art Show:

The Connections Talent Show has become an event the school looks forward to each school year. This year the school has added an art exhibition to accommodate the many artistic students in our program! Staff enjoy seeing the work and success astudents are finding outside of the academic realm, and love giving them an opportunity to show those talents each spring.

If a student has a talent or art piece they wish to share, please register with show coordinator, Mark Wackler, at The show is held at Soldotna High School in the auditorium on April 19 from 5-6:30 p.m. School staff look forward to seeing all families at the 2016 Connections Talent Show.

Middle School Math Meet:

The Middle School Math Meet will be held at Homer Middle School on Thursday, May 5 and will run from around 10 a.m until 2 p.m. All advanced math students in 6th through 8th grade are welcome.

Participants will compete in two individual rounds, a team round, and a gameshow style countdown round with a chance to win competition and door prizes.

Please contact Derek at 226-1880 or for more information and example questions. If there is interest Derek will also hold practice sessions leading up to the meet in Homer; for Central Peninsula inquires please contact Wendi Dutcher

Interior Distance Education of Alaska

IDEA Homeschool is now enrolling for the 2016-2017 school year. Check out the website Click enroll now. Families are always welcome to come visit the staff at the 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.

IDEA’s 18th Annual Curriculum Fair is on May 4 at Kalifonsky Christian Center.

There will be a buffet breakfast and Keynote Speaker – Carol Simpson, presenting:

“How to Make the Most of This Season of Life”

Life consists of many seasons. One of the most difficult — and most rewarding — is the child-rearing and homeschooling season. How do people get through the days when they feel over-whelmed? How do they take the long view when their days are filled with seemingly meaningless tasks that will have to be done again tomorrow? How do they make the most of this season before these days are gone? Carol has raised seven children and homeschooled for the last thirty years. Humorous and encouraging, she has practical tips to help families get the most out of this special season in life. Tickets are $12 at the IDEA office for the keynote breakfast.

The IDEA Curriculum Fair is open to the public. Tickets are $15 pre-paid or $20 at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the IDEA office in the Red Diamond Center. All currently enrolled IDEA families are free of charge.

The fair provides a time for local educators to advertise a product, lessons or services. Each year, IDEA provides hand-out sacks to attendees. Advertisements could be included in these sacks. The small fee to include an advertisement goes directly to youth groups for their activities. Send 200 flyers and a check for $15 to the address at the bottom, following these guidelines:

— Weight – only catalogs or flyers that weigh less than two ounces each may be sent to be included in these sacks.

— Content – Materials for the hand-out sacks must be homeschool-related. If families are not sure if an item would qualify, please get it pre-approved before printing multiple copies.

— Note to vendors for activities or instruction; no vendor flyer may claim that the vendor is “approved by IDEA.” They may state that they are willing to bill IDEA directly if that is the case.

— Payment – Enclose a $15 check in the box with 200 flyers.

Shipping – Please mail or deliver flyers to the office below so that they arrive by April 15. Please specify “Hand-Out Sacks” on a box.

Mail or deliver to: IDEA, Attn: Hand-Out Sacks

43335 Kalifornsky Beach Rd., Suite 31

Soldotna, AK 99669

Kaleidoscope School of Art and Science

■ April 5 – Kindergarten will walk to the creek with Mr. Dan at 10 a.m.

– PTA meeting at 8:35 a.m.

■ April 7 – Fifth graders will be participating in D.A.R.E.

■ April 8 – Fifth graders will be participating in D.A.R.E.

Families should mark their calendar to attend the Volunteer Appreciation Celebration at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 28.


The Life Skill staff and students are focusing on this week is Active Listening; To listen with the intention of understanding what the speaker intends to communicate.

— 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 parents 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

Mr. Daniels’s class has been electrified! They are studying electricity that is. When anyone asks an average fourth grade student, “where does electricity come from?” they usually get an answer like, “Electricity comes from the wall.” Mr. Daniels is broadening students’ understanding electrical energy for the next two weeks. They will research electricity and learn how it travels and makes things work. Then they will have to work in teams to create circuit board with three working circuits and one that does not. They will trade circuit boards with another group. Finally, they will have to figure out the other group’s circuit paths on their circuit board. They will explore what it takes to turn on a light bulb, a motor, and a buzzer. They will also learn how to integrate a switch in their circuit. This is all part of a larger unit on Energy.

Kenai Central High

March 2016 Student of the Month: Rotary – Allison Steinbeck, Chamber – Tobias Randall, Elks – Keri Ann Leavitt, Super Staffer – Mr. Armstrong, Kard of the Deck – Blossom McGahan, Physical Science – Drew Peterson Mr.Armstrong LA 9 – Brittany Burcham Mr. Beck, Study Skills – Brandon Marcano Mr. Carlson Biology – Kylie Jones Ms. Grossl, US Government – McKinley Sorhus Mr. Lopez Art – Laurel Dunham Mr. Morton, LA 10 – Hope Breff, Ms. Wagoner Physical Training – Ben Pollard Mr. Baker, Geometry – Melissa Holmes Mr. Calvert Health – Sarah Fouty Mr. Hanson, Geometry – Kyaran Matturro Mr. Nyquist World History – Savannah Jones Mr. Zorbas, French 1 – Kaden McKibben Mrs. McCullough Band – Whitney Esteban Mrs. Sounart, Study Skills – Sydney Tyler Ms. Zwink

■ April 4 – Basketball banquet at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria

■ April 5 – KCHS Choir performance at 7 p.m. in the auditorium

■ April 6 – National Honor Society Blood Drive from 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.

– Boys and Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Homer 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

■ April 8 – Boys and Girls Varsity Soccer vs Eagle River 4:00 & 6:00

■ April 9 – KCHS Prom 7:15 p.m. to noon

– Students arrive and line up at 7:15 p.m.

– Promenade at 8 p.m. in the auditorium

– Dance 9 p.m. to midnight in the auditorium commons

Kenai Middle

AMP testing has been cancelled. Contact the school with questions or concerns or follow the school on Facebook for updated info.

Congratulations to the Kenai Middle School MathCounts team of Hayden Hanson, Maison Dunham, Justin Anderson, and Tucker Mueller who competed against the top schools from Southcentral, SE, Interior and the Bush at the State Finals last weekend. They finished First in State. Justin, Maison, and Tucker finished in the top 12 as individuals and competed in the Countdown Round in which Justin got Second Place.

– Congratulations to the Character Counts winner: Isaac Erwin and Zoe Mason

– Congratulations to March Box Tops for Pizza winner: Valerie Villegas

– Track begins today for sixth, seventh, and eight graders. There will be a meeting after school from 2:30–3:30 p.m. Students cannot participate without a completed sports packet. Paperwork can be picked up at the office.

– Thursday, April 7 is the school’s Site Council meeting at 4:30 p.m.

– Save the Date: Aluminum Can Collection dates are April 12-14

It’s that time again. Time to recognize the hard work of all of students. It takes effort and dedication to make the Honor Roll and Kenai Middle is proud of each of their accomplishments. Congratulations!

Quarter 3 Honor Roll:

4.0 – 8th Grade: Hunter Beck, Candice Bowers, Anya Danielson, Nya Dukowitz, Elizabeth Hanson, Hudson Jackson, Chase Keating, Lydia Marlowe, Wyatt Medcoff, Devin Murphy, Virginia Orth, Chelsea Plagge, Anna Shelden, Jaiden Streiff, Rattanaporn Wangnoi, 7th Grade: James Baisden, Sammy Baker, Vanessa Beck, Erin Blum, Nia Calvert, Kaya Cox, Kukoa Diorec, Maison Dunham, Emmarie Edwards-Dean, Courtney Ellis, Caden Fields, Joseph Freeman, Riley Graves, Matthew Grzybowski, Arielle Hamar, Joshua Katzenberger, Connor Koppes, Rachel Koppes, Abigail Moffett, Grace Morrow, Hannalore Morrow, Jolie Peterkin, Rachael Pitsch, Owen Rolph, Joshua Tree, Lucas Tunseth, Tucker Vann. 6th Grade: Brooke Ashley, Ellen Atchley, Caitlin Crabb, Milena Doyle, Leah Fallon, Summer Foster, Elizabeth Grzybowski, Nathan Haga, Hayden Hanson, Tyler Hippchen, Taylor Huett, Sydney Jeffries, Sydney Johnson, Carson Koppes, Erin Kozickowski, Elizabeth Moffett, Amelia Mueller, Landon Olsen, Nevaeh Olsen, Hadessah Parkki, Koda Poulin, Samuel Roberts, Logan Satathite, Catherine Stockton, Jenna Streiff, Valerie Villegas.

3.5 – 8th Grade: Andrew Bezdecny, Alyssa Bucho, Veronika Budyanu, Elsie Daniels, Gary Dent, Veruca Etcitty-Ramirez, Joshua Foster, Kailey Hamilton, Morgan Mallory, Kai McKibben, Brock Miller, Tucker Mueller, Brooke Nash, Alexandrea Nave, Pierce Peterson, Braedon Pitsch, Kassandra Renfrow, Mekhai Rich, Katelin Richards, Titus Riddall, Abigail Schneiders, Evan Stockton, Kimberly Trefon, Chena Ward. 7th Grade: Khloe Anderson, Shae Breff, Nathan Brown, Brad Chaffee, Lily Coon, Seth Cotler, Jackson DuPerron, Madeline Edelen, Abigail Every, Cloey Followell, Marek Grieme, Gabrielle Hansen, Julia Hanson, Karley Harden, Isabelle Harris, Cheyenne Juliussen, Kaylee Lauritsen, Bethany Morris, Kiara Moses, Herald Ochea, Lanaya Powell, Lylian Puhl, Kylie-Anne Raye, Dulce Santana, Maria Shaginoff, Trevor Slaughter, Sorin Sorensen, River Tomrdle, Riley Updike, Haven Walluk, Zahara Wilshusen. 6th Grade: Xander Amend, Samuel Baisden, Jacob Begich, Denali Bernard, Corvin Bookey, Brandiee Bowers, Alisabeth Dilucchio, Delaney Duck, Marcus Dunham, Olivia Easley, Kaleb Easling, Serena Evans, Kordell Flecha, Amanda Galloway, Brooklyn Gelosa, Cooper Grimm, Krystyana Kalugin, Shannon Murphy, Joslynn Passe, Alexis Pierren, Anika Richards, Nicholas Sloan, James Sparks, Gabriella Tews, Phoebe Thomas.

3.0 – 8th Grade: Jaiden Burdick, Ryder Butler, Jordan Knudsen, Parker Mattox, Payton Matturo, Dallin Olsen, Meghan Roney, Seth Segura, Molly Shears, Travis Verkuilen, Savanna Wilson. 7th Grade: Jan Aaronson, Aiden Arness, Tania Cazares, Keegan Coray, Thomas Evarts, Aubrey Girves, Aidan Milburn, Juzsttiniun Miller, Cameron Prior, Sierra Purugganan, Riley Reese, Kaitlin Roumell, Everett Strong, Joseph Sylvester, Madrine Thompson, Cassius Tiepelman-Sours, Kaitlyn Walsh, Sarah Witt. 6th Grade: Lauryn Avery, Maccoy Castillo, Ryan Crapps, Joseph Denison, Angelina Dilucchio, Jake Dukowitz, Daemon Duniphin, Dylan Duniphin, Isaac Erwin, Jonathan Freeman, Denali Glenzel, Joseph Hamilton, Elora Jennings, Cassandre Jusmable, Hermoine Lanfear, Ambrosia Lawrence, Macy Stanley, Layne Todd, Joyce Trenton, Melatina Uta, Talon Whicker, Savanna E. Wilson.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

There will be a PTA meeting in the staff lounge on Thursday beginning at 3:45 p.m. Also, there will be a Nikiski North Star site council meeting on Monday at 3:45 p.m. in the lounge. Everyone is welcome to attend to see what exciting things are happening at Nikiski North Star. Volunteer Appreciation Week is April 11–15. Nikiski North Star will celebrate the wonderful volunteers with an appreciation party on Tuesday, April 12, at 3:45 p.m. in the library. Nikiski North Star is now making screening appointments for Title1 Pre-K for the 2016-17 school year. The screening will take place on Wednesday, April 13. Contact NNS for an appointment by April 12. A screening appointment will be made when an application is received by the school. The purpose of the screening is to determine Kindergarten readiness. Transportation is not provided to and from the Pre-K program. Students must be 4 years old by Sept. 1, 2016. Please call the school office at 776-2600 if families need more information.

Nikiski Middle-High

Congratulations to the Kenai Elks Student of the Month for March, Lorilee Whitcomb.

■ April 4 – Middle School Track Begins

■ April 5 – Basketball Awards Night at 6 p.m.

■ April 8 – Music Department hosts “Quarterly Movie Night” 6–8 p.m.

■ April 9 – Junior and Senior “Phantom of the Opera” Prom at the Triumvirate Theater from 8 p.m. to midnight. Prom tickets are on sale at the office. The Promenade will take place in the NMHS auditorium at 7 p.m. Looking Ahead: “Wizard of Oz” – April 29-30 at 7 p.m. May 6-7 at 7 p.m. $10 adults. $5 students. Graduationwill be at7 p.m., May 16.

Redoubt Elementary

Box Top winners last week were Elijah Burdick, Michael Houser and Kiara Forkner. 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 families shop 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 a Rewards account go to: 2016-2017 Preschool program: Registration is now open. Children must be 4 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. 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.

Registration for students who will be living in Redoubt’s attendance area next fall will be held April 4-6 at the school office.

– Spring Concert Schedule:

■ April 26 – Kindergarten Concert at 2:15 p.m. in the Redoubt Elementary Gym

■ April May 3 – First through third grade concert at 6 p.m. Soldotna High School

■ April May 5 – Band Concert at 6 p.m. in the Redoubt Gym

■ April 12 – PTA Meeting at 5 p.m., child care will be provided.

■ April 13 – Site Council Meeting at 3:45 p.m. in the staff lounge.

■ April 11–15 – National Volunteer Appreciation Week.

Skyview Middle

Track and Field begins today. Any student who wishes to join Track must turn in the required sports forms before participation. Forms must be filled out for each sport. All forms can be picked up at the Front Office or found online at Please complete the forms and pay the participation fee as soon as possible.

Congratulations to Whitney Benson 2016 Skyview Middle School Masonic Student of the Year. Whitney demonstrates outstanding qualities in five areas: Character, Academic Achievement, Extra Curricular Activities, Leadership, and Community Volunteering. She was selected from a group of six exceptional finalists: Cameron Blackwell, Tim Cashman, Ray Chumley, MaCady Musgrave and Ituau Tuisaula. Whitney will be recognized with other KPBSD recipients at the Masonic Lodge Outstanding Student Awards Ceremony on Friday, April 29, at Kenai Central High School Auditorium.

Attention all 8th grade students interested in serving on Student Council at Soldotna High School/Soldotna Prep for the 2016-2017 school year: Applications and Teacher Recommendation forms are due back to Mrs. Pothast by the end of the school day on April 13 at which time the candidate pool will be narrowed down to no more than ten 8th graders. The final ten will be interviewed on Thursday, April 28, by SoHi Student Activities Director, Mrs. Marquez, and members of the SoHi Student Council. Only five members of the Class of 2020 will be selected to serve in Student Council next year. Please contact Mrs. Pothast with questions.

Please mark your Calendar: Final Site Council Meeting of the 2015-2016 School Year will be on Monday, April 11 at 3:30 p.m.

Soldotna Elementary

■ April 7 – Kindergarten Concert at 6 p.m.

■ April 22 – Kindergarten Round-up from 2:30-3:25 p.m.

■ April 28 – Band and Choir Concert at 6 p.m.

School News: The Reading Counts winners this week are: Alexis Simmons, Tristan Yoncher, Tori Morse, Avery Walden, Jeren Nash, Nels Dahl, Tristan Edmondson, and Theoren Nelson. Congratulations and keep on reading.

Order a Soldotna Elementary yearbook for $20 in the front office.

Soldotna Prep

Soldotna High School/SoPrep PTSA announce they will meet on Thursday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the SoHi Staff Lounge. Officer nominations for the 2016-2017 school year will be taken and they hope families will consider joining them. Need more information? Please e-mail Sheilah-Margaret Pothast at with “PTSA” in the subject line. SoHi Spring play production, “The Giver.” Performances are April 7, 8 and 9. Tickets are $10. Check SOPREP school blog for important information and updates

Soldotna High

SoHi Spring play production, “The Giver.” Performances are April 7, 8 and 9. Tickets are $10.

SoHi Prom tickets will go on sell Monday, April 4. Tickets are $30 each and available for sale through the front office during the regular school day. Students should buy tickets during lunch or break. The last day to buy tickets will be Friday, April 15. No tickets will be sold at the door. This year’s theme is A Night in the Orient.

Parents of Seniors will meet again at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 7, in the SoHi Staff Lounge. Fundraising help is needed. Please email Sheilah-Margaret Pothast at for more information with “After Grad” in the subject line. Parent volunteers planning to help chaperone at the event must be PTSA members for insurance purposes. Membership forms can be picked up at the school office and PTSA dues are $10 annually.

Soldotna High School/SoPrep PTSA will meet on Thursday, April 14, at 5:30 p.m. in the SoHi Staff Lounge. Officer nominations for the 2016-2017 school year will be taken and staff hope families will consider joining them. Need more information? Please e-mail Sheilah-Margaret Pothast at with “PTSA” in the subject line.

Cinderella’s Closet will be on March 31 and April 5 from 2:30-5:30 p.m. at Soldotna High School in the green room (look for the signs). This program is designed to provide free items for local ladies for prom. The school has tons of dresses, shoes, accessories, makeup, and more. Donations can be dropped off at Soldotna High School. All local high school ladies are welcome to attend. To date SoHi has helped over 400 ladies.

Soldotna High School Student Council will be running a drive for students in transition. This is similar to their canned food drive, except they will be collecting personal care items (full size: deodorant, shampoo, body wash, soap, and more). Only full size, unopened items will be accepted. Dental care items are not needed. These items will be given to KPBSD students in need. Items can be dropped off to the main office between 8 a.m. to 2:30 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 school. Visit with a Rewards Program number and select Soldotna High School PTSA. It’s quick and simple and way families make a positive impact just by doing everyday shopping. Thank you.

Tustumena Elementary

■ April 1 – Early Release at 2:05 p.m.

■ April 12 – Pre-K Screening from 12-4 p.m. by appointment

■ April 14 – Volunteer Appreciation at 3:45 p.m.

■ April 19 – PTO Meeting at 4 p.m.

■ April 25 – Site Council Meeting at 4 p.m.

■ April 25 through May 6 – Kasilof Public Library Book Fair

■ April 26 and 27 – Sixth Grade to Kasitsna Bay

■ April 29 – Masonic Award at KCHS Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.

■ May 4 – Early Release

■ May 5 – Pre-Registered kindergarten visitation

■ May 6 – Sixth Grade to Skyview Middle School for visit

■ May 9 – Lynx track to Ninilchik Pool for first graders

■ May 10 – Lynx track to Ninilchik Pool for kindergarteners

■ May 11 – Lynx track to Nikiski Pool for second and fourth graders

■ May 12 – Lynx track to Nikiski Pool for third, fifth and sixth graders

■ May 13 – Kindergarten at first Grade to Soldotna Fire Station from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

■ May 16 – End of year assembly at 10 a.m.

– Sixth Grade Graduation at 2 p.m.

■ May 17 – 6th Grade Bridge/Egg Drop at 10 a.m.

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