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  • By Kelly Sullivan
  • Sunday, January 25, 2015 7:15pm
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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:

■ Feb. 2;

■ March 2;

■ April 6;

■ May 4 (at Seward High School);

■ June 1;

■ June 2 (Board planning session).

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.

Connections Home School Program

Dates to remember:

■ Fridays: Soldotna Battle of the Books Grades 5th & 6th Mtg @ 11:00 a.m.

■ 01/05-01/30 – AIMS K-5 (please make appointments with your local office) ; Ed Performance Testing 6-8

■ 01/28 – Homer Connections: Senior Mtg from 3:00-4:00

■ 02/04 – Central Pen Senior Mtg @ Soldotna Connections 2:00 p.m.

■ 02/09-03/06 – Welding Academy @ Kenai

■ 02/13 – Deadline for Science Fair Registration

■ 02/18 – Salmon in the Classroom Sport Lake Ice Fishing @ 11:10-12:10

■ 03/30-03/31 – Soldotna Safe Sitter Class (see below for more information)

■ 05/07 Talent Show @ SoHi Auditorium @ 5:00 p.m. UPCOMING EVENTS:

Senior Meetings: Central Pen & Homer:

Hello Connections graduating seniors! Please join us for the following Senior meetings:

■ Homer Connections: Wed, Jan. 28 – Homer Connections Office 3:00-4:00 p.m.

■ Soldotna Connections: Wed, Feb. 4 – Soldotna Connections office @ 2:00-3:00 p.m.

We will discuss the graduation ceremony, diploma orders, college applications and post high school opportunities. Advisors will have individual student credit checks. This meeting is especially valuable to students that plan to walk in the graduation ceremony but all seniors are welcome to attend the meeting. Please call your advisor to RSVP, if you have any questions or are unable to attend but would still like graduation information. Attached you will find the 2015 senior packet, please take some time before the meeting to review this document.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you! Connections Home School Advisors

Safe Sitter Course:

Do your children babysit siblings or other children? Connections and Central Peninsula General Hospital are partnering together to offer the Safe Sitter class for homeschoolers. This is a two day class and will be offered March 30 and 31 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Children need to be between the ages of 11 and 13 to attend.

The cost is $50 and may be reimbursable by Connections. For more information go to or click on quick links, go to community programs and click on safe sitter. Please register ASAP to attend the January session. For more information, or help registering, please contact Marcia Knowlton 598-0950 (Instructor/Parent contact) or Sheila or Roberta 714-4775(Hospital contacts). Please register with the Hospital Cashier to reserve your child’s seat today!

Connections Talent Show:

The Connections Talent Show has become an event we look forward to each school year. We enjoy seeing the work & success our students are finding outside of the academic realm, and we love giving them a chance to put those talents on display each spring. If your student has a talent they may wish to share at out talent show this year, please contact our talent show coordinator, Mark Wackler, at . The show will be held on May 7th at the Soldotna High School Auditorium at 5:00pm. We look forward to seeing you at the 2015 Connections Talent Show!

Sport Lake Ice Fishing:

Alaska Dept. of Fish & Game is inviting our 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 February 18th. The time slot for Connections homeschool students is from 11:10 – 12:10. All equipment is provided; participants over 16 need a fishing license. Please remember to dress warm and bring a snack if you plan on staying a while. If you have any questions please call the Connections office at (907) 714-8880.

Connections Homeschool Science Fair:

It’s time again for the Connections Homeschool Science Fair! Attached to this email is a registration form that needs to be submitted by all students interested in participating in the science fair by February 13th. Once you fill out the registration form we will send you several other documents (How To Set Up A Display Board, Judges Scoring Sheet, Project Planner Check off List and the Scientific Method Flow Chart).

Projects will be displayed in the office for 1 week (February 23-27) and each student that submits a project will be awarded a small prize. Our science fair is not meant to be competitive, but rather an opportunity for students to gain scientific knowledge and also practice using the scientific method while completing a meaningful, hands-on project. Central peninsula students will submit their registration forms and projects to the Soldotna office, and southern peninsula students will submit their registration forms and projects to the Homer Office. If you have any additional questions please contact advisor Mark Wackler at or 714-8880.

Kenai Central High

Information for the school news from Kenai Central High School:

We will have our second set of Parent/Teacher conferences on February 5. Teachers will be available that after-noon to meet with parents from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the auditorium commons. Students will not have school the 5 or 6 due to the conferences.

Coming up this semester are our College Goal Alaska events which are a part of the national College Goal Sunday program. This is an effort to increase Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) completion and is meant to be a community event. I encourage you to inform your students to attend these event. Join us at KCHS.

February 6 from 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. in the computer lab

March 19 from 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. in the library

Kardinal Athletics Home Events

Go Kards!


Steak Feed in the cafeteria Jan 25 5-8 p.m.

vs SOHI Jan 31


JV vs SOHI Jan 26

Boys and Girls vs Palmer Jan 30

Mountain View Elementary

The Library will be holding a book fair February 2 – February 6 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, February 4 is an early release day for students. Students will be dismissed at 1:55 PM.

Parent/Teacher conferences will be held on Thursday and Friday, February 5 and 6. There will be no school for students.

Nikiski Middle-High

Jan. 26

■ HS JV Basketball game at Kenai @ 3:00 /4:30

Jan. 27

■ HS C Team Basketball Home game @ 4:00 /5:30

Jan. 29

■ HS Basketball at ACS @ 3:00/4:30/6:00/7:30

Jan. 30

■ MS X-Country Skiing @ Seward Invite

Jan. 31

■ HS Basketball at Grace @ 10:00/11:30/1:00/2:30

■ MS Wrestling VS. Skyview @ 10:00

■ MS Volleyball at Kenai Middle Jamboree

■ HS X-Country Skiing @ Seward Invite

Feb. 2

■ Hs JV Basketball at SOHI @ 3:00/4:30

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Tonight is family night at NNS. We will be having a ‘Bingo for Books’ event beginning at 5:45 p.m. in the gym. There will be lots of terrific books for prizes along with hot dogs, chips, and a drink. Boys & Girls Torch Club will be selling goodies to benefit their service project. All families are invited to attend. We hope to see you there!

Our annual spelling bee will be held on Friday, January 30th in the school library.

A reminder that parent/teacher conferences will be held on February 5 and 6. All parents/guardians will be receiving a notice to confirm your conference time. Also, during this week the Scholastic Book Fair will be open in the school library. If you have any questions or need further information, please call the school office at 776-2600.

Congratulations to the NNS Elks Hoop Shoot winners who competed at the Kenai Recreation Center in December: Boys 8 – 9 years old, Caleb Litke, (2nd place); Girls 8 – 9 years old, Destiny Langston (2nd place); and Boys 10 – 11 years old, Caleb Griffith (first place). Great job to all participants!

Redoubt Elementary

■ February 4, 2015 – Early Release Day for students – 1:45 p.m.

■ February 5 and 6 2015 – Parent-Teacher Conferences

■ February 5 and 6 2015 – No School for Students

■ February 28, 2015 – Winter Carnival Noon – 4:00 p.m.

Yearbooks are on Sale – $15.00 pre-order yours now, make checks payable to Redoubt Elementary. Yearbooks will arrive in May. Order forms have been sent home with students.

Box Tops Winners last week were: Kaleb Fidai & Jacob Walden. 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.


Thursday, February 5 – 9:00 a.m. –12 p.m., 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Friday, February 6 – 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Redoubt’s Third Annual “Winter Carnival”. Mark your calendar for Saturday, February 28th. This event is open to the community. Come join us for an afternoon of fun. There will be door prizes, raffles, games, and a silent auction.

Don’t miss the opportunity to dunk Mr. Pothast in the dunk tank. If you would like to volunteer to help at the carnival please call the school office. Maybe you own a business and wish to make a donation of goods or services for the auction, if so, please contact the school office. Themed basket items are being collected from each classroom for the silent auction, please contact your child’s teacher for the theme of their classroom basket. A complete list will be printed in the school weekly newsletter. Watch the weekly school newsletter for additional raffles and information about the carnival. Raffle tickets are currently on sale for $20.00 each. First place – iPad 64GB, Second Place – 2 RT tickets to Anchorage on Grant Aviation & Third Place Toshiba Tablet 8GB. Drawing to be held at the Winter Carnival on February 28th. Only 450 tickets will be sold. Stop by the school office to purchase your tickets.

We are looking for volunteers for our Fun Fest and Winter Carnival. If you would like to help with these events we would be happy to have you join us. Please contact the school office for more information.

Skyview Middle

Congratulations to Skyview Middle School Spelling Bee champion Clara Moore and runner-up Brennan Werner! The Statewide Spelling Bee will be held in Anchorage at the Performing Arts Center on Saturday, March 5th at 9:00 am.

Sports Schedule:

■ Saturday, January 31 – Nordic Skiing – Seward Invitational @ Seward – TBA

■ Saturday, January 31 – Wrestling – Nikiski Invitational – 10:00 a.m.

■ Competitive Volleyball begins today! Saturday, January 31 – Skyview 7th and Skyview 8th – Jamboree @ Kenai – 10:00 a.m.

Skyview Middle School Quarter 2 Honor Roll:

7th Grade 4.0 – Mackinley Baxter, Whitney Benson, Cameron Blackwell, Galen Brantley III, Timothy Cashman, Autumn Chumley, Ray Chumley, Faith Glassmaker, Kianna Holland, Janna Krieger, Jacob McConnell, Clara Moore, MaCady Musgrave, Jersey Truesdell

7th Grade 3.9-3.5 – Brooke Belluomini, Stevie Berninger, Ryann Cannava, Trystin Clucas, Kathryn Creglow, Isabella Dearmore, Payton Diehl, Elena Dimitrovski, Dylan Donham, Eve Downing, John Einerson, Kilei England, Esther Frederickson, Avery Gibbs, Zachary Hanson, Christian Jaime, Holland Jaime, Luke Johns, Trevor Jones, Jacey Kosto, Bailey Leach, Braden Lemm, Matthew Martinelli, Sarah Mickelson, Journey Miller, Tyler Morrison, Brandon Partin, Adriane Poulin, Kyler Pritchett, Ayla Read, James Redmon, Kody Rohr, Levi Rosin, Shane Ray Schneider, Victoria Silva, Brayden Vanmeter, Tadan White, Alyssa Wilkinson, Cobe Young

7th Grade 3.0-3.49 – Vydell Baker, David Belger, Lance Chilton, Aubree Cude, Sadie Daly, Wyatt Dement, Caius Hagelund, Jonathan Ham, Tara Heathers, Elexys Herrera, Sueheidi Hugarte, Jamie Kelly, Camden Langley, Kylie Loop, Hudson Metcalf, Judd Miller, Simon Montague, David Pannick, Iona Reutov, Morgan Reynolds, Charles Ross, Olivia Schwenk, Severin Shangin, Elora Shockley, Sha’uri Shockley, Elizabeth Siemion, Mia Stewart, James Taylor, Robert Van Bruggen, Margret Verg-In, Elijah Wackler, Bradley Walters, Maia Whitney, Makala Whittom, Kaiden Wilshusen, Taylor Wilson, Corbin Wirz, Shannon Yeskie, Alexander Zimmerman

8th Grade 4.0 – Asia Angeles-Hanson, Erika Bennett, Kortney Birch, Brittani Blossom, Haley Buckbee, Hannah Delker, Mykenna Foster, Ruth Frederickson, Mirricale George Mills, Katelynn Kimes, Serena Larrow, Caleb Matson, Darby McMillan, Aliann Schmidt, Danica Schmidt, Levi Wahl, Thomas Wells, Brennan Werner, Aidan Whitney

8th Grade 3.9-3.5 – Donald Bennett, Kristina Bybee, Wyatt Denna, Alyson Driskell, Porter Evans, Laurel Glaves, Cassie Haeg, Cody Hemphill, Kennedy Holland, Jeremy Kupferschmid, Denali Lombard, Reva Lovett, Kalyn McGillivray, David Michael, Cloe Milbauer, Natalia O’Toole, Jasmine Prentiss, Athalia Quiner, Carson Ratky, Marlayna Saavedra, Kayli Smith, Jaida Sturman, Keeley Withrow

8th Grade 3.0-3.49 – Levi Benner, Haven Best, Carsen Brown, Elliana Bruce, Megan Calloway, Cora Carter, Tanner Craig, Samantha Denbrock, Patricia Doty, Megan Eskue, Victoria Giles, Gabriel Guthrie, Mckenzie Hale, Ashlee Heiman, Courtney Johnston, Dorothy Kreider, Derek Lewis, Mariah Mattfield, Dakota Merculieff, Jordan Merrill, Katlian Nelson, Mariah Parnell, Mackenzie Powell, Kyla Smith, Benjamin Snow, Cecilia Stewart, Brighton Turvin, Alexander Van De Grift, Colleen Yeskie

Soldotna High

The National Honor Society will be hosting auditions for the annual Talent Show. The show will be on Thursday, April 2 at 6:00 p.m. in the SoHi Auditorium cost is $2. The show will include performing arts in the auditorium as well as the visual arts, which will be on display. Get your acts together along with your talent and your talented friends.

In order to participate, you must fill out and sign a registration form as well as attend the mandatory audition & dress rehearsal, which will be Tuesday, March 31st at 2:30 PM. Art students wishing to enter art pieces need to fill out the forms & category and give it to either Ms. Taylor or Ms. Cox along you’re your art piece. You may get the audition forms from Mrs. Raemaeker (room 88) or at the office. These forms must be turned in either to the office or Mrs. Raemaeker by Tuesday, March 31 at 12:00 noon. It is a great night of music, vocals, dance, theatrical pieces and art displays.

The Annual KPBSD Art teacher art show is at the Fine Art Guild in Kenai. The show will be up through January.

Parent Teacher Conference on Thursday, Feb. 5 from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. and again from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Each week we recognize a teacher at 6 a.m. during Daybreak and again at 6 p.m. during the KTVA 11 Evening News. In addition, we run a :30 promo the whole week on GCI cable and KTVA congratulating the recipient. This is a great way for us to recognize educators in our state while also giving recognition to the schools. Parents, students and teachers can use this link to submit their nomination:

Soldotna High will be participating in the 2015 Youth Risk Behavior Survey. This is for all students at Soldotna High. Students will be bringing home permission slips for parental signatures. Our school has been given a budget of $2,600 to offer incentives for students to turn in their forms and to take the survey. Students will be eligible for drawings for gift cards from the following: The Orca Theatre, Fred Meyer, River City Books, Subway, I Tunes, The Moose is Loose and Kaladi Brother’s Coffee.

Ø We will be administering the survey during 2nd hour on Tuesday, January 27.

Questions regarding the actual content of the survey should be directed to Central Office. Questions regarding the administration can be directed to LaDawn Druce SoHi Counselor. We need at least 60% of our students to bring back their permission form marked “YES” and 60% to be here and take the survey on Jan. 27.

Soldotna Prep

Second quarter honor roll 2015

4.00 GPA

Garryn Baker, Ethan Bott, Derek Evans, Gavin Goggia, William Gross, Alice Han, Selby Hill, Jaela Hubbard, Ashley Jones, Kallie Kenner, Madeline Kindred, Mathphia McEntire, Melia Miller, Tehya Naylor, Emily Pieh, John-Mark Pothast, Cody Quelland, Michael Reutov, Delaney Risley, Tre Rybak, Jode Sparks

3.99 – 3.50 GPA

Anna Aley , Kellie Arthur, Trayton Bird, Ashlyn Branning, Caroline Cho, Charis Curry, Darrion Derflinger, Erin Dobbs, Nicholas Edwards, Elijah Elsey, Austen Eriksson, Kiernan Escott, Megan Fenton, Grace Graham, Andrew Gross, Kealey Hendricks, Sonya Houser, Javan King, Myra Love, Kamala Martin, Sarah McConnell, Samuel McElroy, Maguire Merriman, Charles Meyer, Cole Nelson, Hannah Noyes, Andrea Rodriquez, William Selden, Stormy Shields, Samuel Snow, Taylor Speakman, Caleb Spence, Vanessa Steiner, Ella Stenga, Mikala Swedberg, Kevin Tautfest, Autumn Waggoner, Hannah Wells

3.49 – 3.00 GPA

Sara Baktuit, Zachary Clark, Dominique Conner, Brandon Crowder, JuliAnn DiLucchio, Madisen Elder, Conner Fowler, Jay Frost, Brenner Furlong, Korie Gilmore, Haley Griffin, Patrick Gross, Daniel Grubb, Christian Hames, John Holland, Delaney Johnson, Blake, Jones, Jake Marcuson, Brittany McNeil, Kamry Meyer, Calvin Mitzel, Michael Moore, Chloe Newby, Portia Padilla, Anna Peterson, Austin Reeves, Michaella Renfro, Tyler Reynolds, Alaina Swensen, Brooke Tapia, Luke Trammell, Farra Waldrip, Hailey Wilkinson, Whitney Wortham, Denali Wurst

Early Release Day February 4, 2015

No School / Parent Teacher Conferences Thursday, February 5, 2015 from 11:30 – 3:00 and 4:00 – 7:30 in the big gym

No School Friday, February 6, 2015 In-service Day

Tutoring Monday through Friday in Rm 10 during the lunch hour. Chess Club meets during lunch hour Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in room 18. After-School Tutoring Monday through Thursday 2:25-3:25 in room 15. Native Youth Leadership Club in room 10 2:15-3:00 the first and third Wednesday of every month

Poetry Out Loud meetings in room 10 2:15-3:00 the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. Visit Soldotna Prep blog for current information: The phone number for Soldotna Prep is 260-2300

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