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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 kpbsd.k12.ak.us. 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 dtressler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us no later than three business days before the meeting date. The board will meet:

■ June 1;

■ June 2 (Board planning session).

Holidays and vacation days scheduled

May 20 — Last day of school.

Free Training for High School Students

KPBSD Career and Tech Department is offering free after school academies to train students in the welding, construction and medical field. Listed below are upcoming academies:

A summer construction academy will be taking place at the Workforce Development Center (located behind KCHS). Students will be constructing a greenhouse and a shed. Class days will be May 27-30 and June 1-4 from 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Also offered this summer is an Emergency Trauma Technician (ETT) academy. The academy will be taking place at the Workforce Development Center (located behind KCHS). Academy days will be May 27 – June 5 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. This course will cover all areas required to receive certification as an Emergency Medical Technician. The last week of class will be for review and the final exam. If you pass the exam you’ll receive your certification and an ETT patch.

Any high school student is able to participate in any of our academies. If a student successfully completes the 60 hour academy they will receive a ½ practical art credit.

To sign up students can see their counselor, call Tiffany Eck at 714-8884 or go to 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:

■ 05/18 – 2nd Semester Reports Due

■ 05/21 – Connections Graduation @ Soldotna High School 4:00 p.m. (practice @ 2:00-3:30)

April: Re-Enrollment for 2015/2016 School Year Starts – Please call your Connections Office to make an appointment! Unexpended student allotments at the end of this school year (June 30, 2015) will be rolled over to the 2015-2016 school year provided the following conditions are met:

■ Students must complete the enrollment process with Connections prior to August 30

■ Connections encourages families to reenroll by May 29

■ Previous grade reports must be submitted

■ Students must maintain continuous enrollment with Connections

Our office is open all summer with the exception of Memorial Day and July 3. We do close for lunch from 12:00-1:00 p.m. If you need assistance you can call our Soldotna office at 907-714-8880. Have a great summer!

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Monday, May 18

■ 9:20 am Mrs. Stephens’ Class is walking to Bernie Huss Trail, please make sure students have a sack lunch and dress for the weather.

■ Summer Day-come dress in your summer attire, following school dress code. (sun glasses, flip flops, board shorts, Hawaiian shirts, etc.)

Tuesday, May 19

■ Science Day rotations for all grades

■ 5:30 p.m. – Mrs. Harper’s, Mrs. Hurst’s and Mrs. Stephens’ classes will meet at the Kenai Park

Wednesday, May 20

■ Last day of school for students – no hot lunch will be served.

■ School wide beach day. Please check with teachers for the time that your child’s class will be heading down to the beach.

Reminders

■ The school website at http://kaleidoscope.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us provides you with 2015-2016 Class Supply List, office newsletters, lunch menus, the school calendar, PTA and APC information, plus more!

■ The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Friendship: To make and keep a friend through mutual trust and caring.

Kenai Central High

The KCHS community would like to offer our Seniors congratulations for reaching this mile stone in their lives. The administration and staff would like to thank you for the many contributions that you have made to KCHS over the last four years and to wish you the best of luck in the next chapter of your life.

Graduation practice is this Monday, May 18 at 7:45 a.m. All seniors that are planning on walking during the ceremony later that evening need to be at practice that morning. The Graduation Ceremony will start at 6:30pm that night in the Renee’ C Henderson Auditorium.

The 2014-2015 school year is coming to an end. Thank you students and staff for making this year at KCHS, GREAT. The bell schedule will be different this week to accommodate the students that are taking finals.

June 5 will be the last full day when a secretary or an administrator will be working at the school until August 3rd. If you have any business to take care of please don’t wait until the last minute.

Have a great summer!

This Week’s Events

■ Track Regions at KCHS Friday – Saturday

■ Softball vs Bartlett Friday – 2,4,6

■ Baseball vs Soldotna – 10, 1

Monday May 18, 2015 (periods 1, 4 & 6 meet)

7:45 a.m. – 8:40 a.m. Advisory/Study/Review Time

8:45 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. 1st period finals

10:20 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break Time

10:35 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. 4th period finals

12:10 p.m. – 12:40 p.m. Lunch

12:40 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. 6th period finals

Tuesday May 19, 2015 (periods 2, 5 & 7 meet)

7:45 a.m. – 8:40 am Advisory/Study/Review Time

8:45 a.m. – 10:20 a.m. 2nd period finals

10:20 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Break Time

10:35 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. 5th period finals

12:10 p.m. – 12:40 p.m. Lunch

12:40 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. 7th period finals

Wednesday, May 21

Last Day of School

1st Period 7:45 – 8:23 (38 minutes)

2nd Period 8:28 – 9:06 (38 minutes)

3rd Period 9:11 – 9:49 (38 minutes)

Locker Cleaning 9:49 – 10:14 (25 minutes)

4th Period 10:19 – 10:57 (38 minutes)

5th Period 11:02 – 11:40 (38 minutes)

6th Period 11:45 – 12:23 (38 minutes)

LUNCH (BBQ on front lawn) 12:23 – 1:00

Activities 1:00 – 2:15

Kenai Middle School

KMS students will be attending Mini Courses today and tomorrow. All fees must be paid prior to attending.

Wednesday, May 20th is the last day of school for students! Congratulations on your successful year of Middle School. We are so happy to have spent this past year with you and look forward to seeing returning students next year. There will be Assemblies, Field Activities, and a last Day B-B-Q for all students.

Congratulations to the following students for maintaining a 4.0 GPA for the 1st Semester and the 3rd Quarter.

8th Grade

Aguilar, Sharmaine; Anderson, Shanna; Burhcam, Brittany; Calvert, Jaycie; Catacutan, Paulyne; Felchle, Connor; Foutty, Sarah; Galloway, Maddison; Holmes, Melissa; Ivy, Faith; Jones, Kylie; Kaaihue, Sam; McKinley, Travis; Nusbaum, Molly; Patrick, Raven; Plumridge, Courtney; Redder,Damien; Salzetti, Maria; Satathite, Brooke

7th Grade

Beck, Hunter; Bowers, Candice; Bravo-Moe, Catalina; Budyanu, Catalina; Dukowitz, Nya; Foster, Joshua; Jackson, Hudson; McKibben, Kai; Orth, Virginia; Pitsch, Braedon; Plagge, Chelsea; Renfrow, Kassandra; Richards, Katelin; Shelden, Anna; Streiff, Jaiden

6th Grade

Baisden, James; Beck, Vanessa; Calvert, Nia; Cox, Kaya; Dunham, Maison; Hamar, Arielle; Koppes, Connor; Kruse, Patience; Moffett, Abigail; Morrow, Grace; Morrow, Hannalore; Mullet, Emma; Pierce, Taylor; Pitsch, Rachael; Rolph, Owen; Sorensen, Sorin; Tunseth, Lucas; Vann, Tucker; Walluk, Haven

Save the Date:

KMS Registration will be held on Friday, August 7 from 12-6.

Next year’s first quarter Leadership Students should plan on attending a WAK orientation on August 11th from 8:00- 11:30.

On August 14th, KMS holds a Welcoming All Kids (WAK) day for any student new to KMS next year, from 8:00- 12:00. Locker decoration will be held from 12:00-3:00 for ALL KMS students.

Mountain View Elementary

We have a limited number of yearbooks for sale at the office for $18 each.

Please try to pay back all lunch money owed to the office before the last day of school.

Please be sure to check lost & found. There are a lot of coats, hats & gloves just waiting to be found!

If you have any Library books checked out please turn them in as soon as possible.

Wednesday, May 20th is the last day of school. Students will enjoy a picnic lunch provided by the Mt. View PTA and the Moose Lodge.

Congratulations to Taylor Huett for receiving the “Masonic Student of the Year” award for Mountain View. Taylor spends time thinking of others and what she can do to make their day better. She volunteers and looks for opportunities to participate in community service activities. She is dedicated, self-motivated, hardworking, kind, friendly and honest. She is the outstanding student of the year at Mountain View.

Nikiski Middle-High

Nikiski Middle High School will have two new teachers next year.

Sierra Ward will be taking the reins in the physical science world; she heads out north after teaching in Ninilchik for the past couple of years. She also brings experience as a mechanical engineer to our school. Welcome Sierra!

Eli Porter will be handling things in the high school math realm. He has been teaching in Washington state for the past 10 years at both the middle and high school level. For those of you who don’t know Eli, he is a former graduate of Nikiski High School and will finally make his way back home. Welcome Eli!

Upcoming Dates:

Wednesday May 20 Graduation at 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday May 20 Last day of School

Thursday May 21 – Saturday May 23 High School Soccer at Regionals in Wasilla

Friday May 22 – Saturday May 23 High School Track at Regionals in Kenai

2015 – 2016 School Year

New Student Registration Dates for 2015-2016 school year – August 10 and August 11.

Fall Sports Start Dates:

HS Cross Country Running and HS Football – July 29

HS Volleyball – August 5

MS Cross Country Running and MS Soccer – August 20

First Day of School for Students – August 12

Nikiski North Star Elementary

We have many exciting events happening at NNS on this final week of the school year!

■ Monday, May 18- firth Grade Promotion in the gym at 9:15 a.m.

■ Tuesday, May 19 – Pre-Kindergarten Graduation in the gym at 9:30 a.m. and NNS Talent Show at 1:30 p.m.

■ Wednesday, May 20 – Last day of school and the NNS school picnic.

All of our NNS families are invited to the PTA picnic beginning at 11:30 am. The lunch will include a hot dog, chips, fruit, cookies and a drink for $1.00. The PTA will also be selling a limited number of yearbooks for $20.00. If you need more information, please call the school office at 776-2600.

Please check the lost and found if your child is missing any articles of clothing. Any items not claimed by Wednesday will be donated to charity.

We want to wish our students, parents/guardians, our staff and community a safe, enjoyable and restful summer. Thank you for all you do to make our school a safe and wonderful place to learn. See you in August!

Redoubt Elementary

■ May 18 – Science Day, fourth & sixth grade, 9:00-11:30 p.m.

■ May 19 – Beach Day grades 4-6, 9:00-3:00pm

■ May 20 – Awards assembly 9:00am

■ May 20 – School picnic – scheduled lunch times

■ May 20 – Field Day / Last Day of School

Science Day –May 18 – Redoubts fourth and sixth graders will be hosting a toothpick bridge competition and egg drop competition in the gym from 9 a.m.-11:30. Parents are welcome to come and watch.

Beach Day –May 19 – fourth – sixth graders will enjoy a day at the beach May 19 from 9:00-3:00. All participating students must have a signed permission slip tuned in. Volunteers and drivers must be district approved and have current vehicle information on file in the school office.

Awards Assembly May 20 will start at 9:00 a.m. for the fourth – sixth graders. Awards for first-third graders will begin at 10:00 a.m. Parents are welcome to attend the awards assembly.

Help wanted – Redoubt Field Day, May 20. If you would like to help and have fun at the same time please call the school office. We are seeking 18- 20 district approved volunteers to help during field day. This is a fun filled day of outdoor activities! Call – 260-4300

School Picnic – May 20 – Students are asked to bring $2 for the end of the year school picnic. The picnic will be held during student lunch times. We are looking for volunteers to help serve hot dogs and chips.

Yearbooks are on Sale – $15 – there are only a limited number of books available to purchase.

Pre-ordered yearbooks have been distributed to students.

Library Books – All school library books need to be turned in before students leave for the summer.

Boys and Girls Club

Last Day of After School Program: May 20 (regular hours)

First Day of Summer Program: June 1 (7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)

Summer Location: Soldotna Elementary

Registration: Summer is a separate program from After School and has a separate registration and fee. There is no wait list. Questions regarding this program should be directed to Michelle at 260-4342.

Saying Goodbye – “Thank you Mr. Pothast for your dedication and incredible leadership during the past ten years at Redoubt Elementary. The students and staff wish you well and best of luck at your new position as the Director of Secondary Education at the District Office. We will miss you!”

Looking ahead –

Fall registration – August 10 and 11

Open House picnic – August 18 5:30-7:00 p.m. – classroom lists will be available

School Opens – August 20

School supply list for the 2015-2016 school year are posted on our school website.

Skyview Middle

Final Week of School!

Monday, May 18 – Yearbook Assembly

Tuesday, May 19 – Student Locker Clean Out and Textbook Turn In Day

Wednesday, May 20 – Last Day of School for students! Eight grade Celebration of Academic Achievement in the Skyview Middle School Gym – 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. All family and friends are invited to attend. A reception will follow in the commons.

The final Student Council meeting for the school year will be Monday, May 18 at lunch time in the Library. Pizza will be served as we celebrate an awesome year of spirit, service, and success!

Please see Mrs. Pothast if you have any questions.

All library books are due! Please contact Ms. McCabe in the library if you have any questions or concerns.

All track uniforms: Hooded sweatshirt, sweatpants, uniform top and uniform bottom must be turned in to Mr. Dwyer. The cost of $50 will be charged for any lost track item.

Lost/Damage Textbook Charges: Please make sure students have their correct textbooks issued to them at the beginning of the year at school to hand in to their teacher on check out day. Any textbook that is lost cost $125 to replace it. If your book is damaged, the charge will be assessed accordingly. This charge will be added to your fees list that is viewable in Power School. All outstanding fees will carry over to registration if not paid when school is out. If you have any questions, please call the office at 260-2500.

Summer IXL Math – A letter was sent home inviting all next year’s 7th and 8th grade students to participate in summer IXL math. Please visit the Skyview Middle School KPBSD Webpage for additional information

2015 -2016 Fall Registration Dates at Skyview Middle School:

■ Thursday, August 6, 2015 – 9 a.m. to Noon – NEW to KPBSD and Connection/Home School Students

■ Friday, August 7, 2015 – 9:00 a.m. to Noon – All seventh Grade Students

■ Friday, August 7 2015 – 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. – All eighth Grade Students

Please visit the Skyview Middle School KPBSD Webpage for details. To all Skyview Middle School parents, guardians, volunteers, students and staff – Have a safe, enjoyable summer break!

Soldotna Elementary

We celebrated Happy Nurse’s Day this month. Our own Nurse Tammy is an amazing friend, nurse, and confidant for these students and our entire staff. She loves them dearly, and all of us love her and appreciate the excellent care and compassion she delivers each day. A huge hug and “Thank You!” to you, Nurse Tammy!

The sixth grade parent breakfast is coming up on Tuesday, May 19. An awards assembly will start at 9:00 in the gym with breakfast immediately afterwards in the library. If you are a parent of a sixth grader, please come and celebrate your child’s 6th grade year and the

Last student day is Wednesday! That is this Wednesday, May 20.

Please make sure all library books are returned immediately to the office.

Congratulations to Josh Pieh, sixth grader, for earning the most points since the beginning of our Reading Counts contest in early January. He received 504 points, and I can hardly believe that’s possible. Amazing!

This Wednesday is our School-Wide Picnic. All grade levels, staff, and family members are invited to the SOEL School-Wide Picnic on the last day of school. Invitations are also extended to Central Office staff, School Boad members and supportive community members. We are asking for the following donations from the class levels:

Kinders, please bring packaged popsicles. First Graders, please bring juice boxes. Second Graders, please bring packaged popsicles. Third Graders, please bring hot dog buns. Fourth Graders, we are counting on you for hot dog buns. Fifth Graders, please bring hot dog buns, also. Sixth Graders, please bring hot dogs.

Please have those donations into the office by Monday, May 18. Thank you for your continuing support!

Thanks go out to our fabulous PARENT PACK! We would like to thank the Parent Pack and parents for all the hard work they put in throughout the school year. Thank you for all those wonderfully creative ideas which you bring to fruition like no one else could. We are indeed fortunate that you are here to help!

Mrs. Cannava’s Pre-School Graduation will take place Monday evening, tonight, May 18, at 6:00 p.m. in the SOEL library. Moms and Dads, please remember your cameras. This will only happen once.

Lost and Found has lots of articles, some of which may belong to your household. Please check the next time you are at the school. Everything left after school ends will be donated to good will. Thank you.

Have a wonderful, glorious summer! Be sure those kids are reading every day, and ask them about our Smore’s Summer Reading Program. Hopefully, they will read at least 10 minutes a day (300 minutes a month), and document those minutes on the yellow calendar they are bringing home to you. This helps them start their next school year in the lead instead of always trying to catch up. Thank you so much!

The Study

The Study is excited to offer academic pre-k/kindergarten and first/second grade in the 2015/16 school year! Our rosters are filling up, so call us to reserve your little ones a spot! The Study is an accredited learning center that partners with the KPBSD, home school entities, and private schools. We offer private tutoring in all academic subjects, music (guitar, voice, and piano), and a variety of courses for high school credit. Contact us about all of our summer classes! Check us out on the web at thestudysoldotna.com or call us at 262-6227.

Sterling Elementary

■ Sterling Elementary will hold its first annual Summer Reading Program! Calendars will be provided to students to document the number of minutes read throughout the summer. Registration forms were sent home on Monday. Read everyday!!

■ Kinder registration is ongoing! Our planning for next school year has already started! The sooner we know how many kindergarteners we have, the better we can plan! If you haven’t registered a soon-to-be-kindergartener, come on in today!!

■ Sterling Field Day on May 19! Volunteers needed for the day!

■ Last day of School Festivities: 9:30 am – Awards Assembly, 11:40 – School wide picnic, 1:30 Talent Show. Volunteers needed for the day.

■ Lost and found – Time to clean out the lost and found! All items left as of May 22 will be washed and donated to charity!

Tustumena Elementary

■ May 18 – Fourth Quarter Award’s Assembly 1:15 p.m.

■ May 18 Sixth Grade Graduation 2 p.m.

■ May 19 Sixth Grade bridges at 10 a.m.

■ May 19 – Talent Show, 2 p.m.

■ May 19 – PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.

■ May 20 – Field Day, 9:30-noon

■ May 20 – Last day of school for students

 

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