School briefs

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 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:

June 2;

June 3 (Board Planning Session).

Summer break approaching

The last day of school for students is May 21. The last day for teachers is May 22

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. There will be a summer construction academy at the Workforce Development Center (located behind KCHS). Students will be constructing a greenhouse and a shed. Class days will be May 28-30 and June 2-6 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Also offered this summer is an Emergency Trauma Technician (ETT) academy. This academy will take place at Nikiski High School from June 4-25, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m.-3 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 ∏ practical art credit. To sign up students can see their counselor, call Debbie Pearson at 283-2145 or go to Funding for the Alaska Construction Academies comes from a grant from the Ak Dept of Labor and Workforce Development, The Ak Dept of Commerce and Economic Development and The AK Youth First Program.

Connections Home-school

Here are some upcoming dates that may be of interest to you:

Semester reports are due Monday — please submit promptly by Monday. Our staff leaves for the summer and we need to have all reports/grades entered.

We are enrolling students next year and our Soldotna office is open during the summer. Call 714-8880 today for an appointment to enroll for next year if you haven’t enrolled yet.

Connections graduation will be Thursday at 4 p.m. at the Soldotna High School auditorium.

In preparation for next school year we’d like to see if there are any parents who would be interested in coordinating activities or field trips. Please let us know if you would be interested in helping put together some activities for the students.

Seniors — Please turn in grades as soon as possible.

We hope everyone had a great school year and we wish you a safe and fun summer!

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

■ Monday — 6 a.m.-6 p.m. 5th and 6th graders are going to Seward for a trip with Kenai Fjords. Please have your student at the school no later than 6 a.m. with the following supplies: cold lunch, snacks, water/juice in plastic bottles, winter coat, rain pants, hat and gloves. Please, no pop or energy drinks.; 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 3rd and 4th graders will be walking to the Visitor Center and Kenai Library. Please make sure your child has the right gear for walking, a cold lunch, snack, water/juice in plastic bottle.

■ Tuesday — 9:30 a.m.-2:45 p.m. 1st and 2nd graders will be going to the Nikiski Pool. All students will need appropriate swim wear, towel, sack lunch, snack and a water/juice in plastic bottle.; 5:30 p.m. 5th and 6th graders will be camping out at the park; 7-7:30 p.m. Celebration for the Graduating 6th graders

■ Wednesday — Last day of school; 5th and 6th graders will be coming back from their camp out. Parents are asked to pick up camping stuff up from park at 9:30 a.m.; Beach Day-Kaleidoscope kitchen will be closed. Please send in cold lunch, no microwaves will be available.


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

■ Mark your calendars for August 18 at 4 p.m. is the APC meeting in the library; 5 p.m. is Meet the Teacher; 6 p.m. is the Back to School BBQ.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Mr. Daniels would just like to say thank you to his parent volunteers and others that have supported the class this year. We have had a fun year full of learning. Mr. Daniels says that most important one thing you can do this summer to keep your skills sharp for next year is read, read, read! Be safe around water, campfires, and roads this summer.

The 6th grade Continuation Ceremony will be Monday at 6 p.m. in the K-Beach Gym. Students should be at the school by 5:45 p.m. Parent volunteers have planned the evening’s agenda. The theme chosen by the students for this year is “At the Beach”. Suggested attire is sundresses, T-shirts, shorts, sunglasses, and flip-flops.

Kenai Central High

■ Tuesday — 6 p.m. is Kenai Central High School’s annual Awards Night Ceremony to recognize our students’ academic success. The Awards Ceremony will be held in the Renee’ C Henderson Auditorium. If you have any questions, please contact Patti Lawyer at the KCHS Counselors Center.

■ Wednesday — Congratulations to all of the seniors. Graduation practice is at 7:45 a.m. All seniors that are panning on walking during the ceremony later that evening need to be at practice that morning. The Graduation Ceremony will start at 6:30 p.m. that night in the Renee’ C Henderson Auditorium.

The 2013/2014 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.

■ Saturday — “Swing Into Summer” with the KCHS Jazz Band and the Lyon’s Pride Jazz Band from 8-11 p.m. at the KCHS Auditorium. Live swing dance with two jazz bands! Tickets are $10 per person; available at the door.

■ Monday — Finals 1,4,6

Morning Announcements — 7:40-7:45 a.m.

2nd periods ­— 7:45-9:35 a.m. (110 minutes)

Break — 9:35-9:50 a.m. (15 minutes)

4th periods — 9:50-11:40 a.m. (110 minutes)

Lunch — 11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m. (45 minutes)

6th periods — 12:25-2:15 p.m. (110 minutes)

■ Tuesday — Finals 2,5,7

Morning Announcements 7:40-7:45 a.m.

1st periods 7:45-9:35 a.m. (110 minutes)

Break 9:35-9:50 a.m. (15 minutes)

3rd periods 9:50-11:40 a.m. (110 minutes)

Lunch 11:40 a.m.-12:25 p.m. (45 minutes)

4th periods 12:25-2:15 p.m. (110 minutes)

■ Wednesday — Last Day of School

1st Period — 7:45-8:23 a.m. (38 minutes)

2nd Period — 8:28-9:06 a.m. (38 minutes)

3rd Period — 9:11-9:49 a.m. (38 minutes)

Locker Cleaning — 9:49-10:14 a.m. (25 minutes)

4th Period — 10:19-10:57 a.m. (38 minutes)

5th Period — 11:02-11:40 a.m. (38 minutes)

6th Period — 11:45 a.m.-12:23 p.m. (38 minutes)

Lunch (BBQ on front lawn if nice, BBQ in cafeteria if rainy) 12:23-1 p.m.

Activities — 1-2:15 p.m.

Kenai Middle 

Mini courses will be held today and Tuesday with the last day of school on Wednesday. There will be an awards assembly and a lunch BBQ for all students.

4.0 Honor Roll for the 2013/2014 year is as follows: 8th Grade – Ithaca BergHoltz, Riana Boonstra, Karl Danielson, Dareena Doyle, Brenna Eubank,Brittany Gilman, Jian Hayes, Devynn Heath, Maria Maes, Jakeb O’Brien, Alisa Posey-Schave, Raleigh Van Natta; 7th Grade – Derek Brown, Brittany Burcham, Jaycie Calvert, Paulynne Catacutan, Kiera Duby, Connor Felchle, Sarah Foutty, Maddison Galloway, Faith Ivy, Kyaran Matturro, Travis McKinley, William Morrow, Molly Nusbaum, Emily Olson, Delbrian Parfitt, Raven Patrick, Damien Redder, Maria Salzetti, Brooke Satathite; 6th Grade – Candice Bowers, Elizabeth Hanson, Chelsea Plagge, Kassandra Renfrow, Mekhai Rich

Perfect Attendance Awards for the school year go to: Alden Bookey, Derek Brown, Ashley Hamilton, Alisa Posey-Shave, Yareth Santana, Ning Wangnoi, Jarrett Wilson.

Congratulations to our character-counts winners last week: Kylan Lakshas and Kiera Duby! Great job ladies!

Have a great summer!

Mountain View Elementary

Please check the Lost and Found outside the school office before the end of the school year. There are a lot of coats, hats, and gloves just waiting to be claimed.

Wednesday is the last day of school. Students will be participating in field day activities. We will be having a picnic for the students with chips, cookies, and juice provided by the PTA and hot dogs being provided & cooked by the Kenai Moose Lodge.

Please try to repay borrowed lunch money before school is out. There will no more borrowing from the lunch fund this last week of school.

Nikiski Middle-High

After multiple hours of combing resumes, interviewing, and checking references, Nikiski Middle High School will have four new certified staff members for the 2014-15 school year and two other additions from around the district. The new additions are: Megan Fowler: intensive needs; Jennifer Hornung: 6th grade math/science; Darren Zibell: HS SS/LA; Barry Hartman: welding/CTE; Nicole Gaunt: full time counselor; Gary Wertz: half-time counselor. Welcome new staff members, we look forward to having you on board for 2014-15!!

Upcoming Dates:

■ Monday–Tuesday — Middle School Campout at Hidden Lake

■ Tuesday — Graduation at 7 p.m.

■ Thursday–Saturday — Region Soccer at Palmer High School

■ Friday—Saturday — State Track at Diamond High School


■ Monday — Seniors official last day of school

■ Tuesday — Walk practice in the gym followed by a BBQ lunch at 8 a.m.; Graduation at 7 p.m.; After Grad party at 9 p.m.–midnight

■ Wednesday — Seniors vs. Staff softball game at 1 p.m.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

■ Monday — is fifth grade promotion at 9:15 a.m. This event will be held in the school gym. Awards will be handed out and there will be a reception for our departing students. The public is invited to attend and share in their special day.

■ Tuesday — Pre-K graduation and reception in the gym at 9:30 a.m.; NNS talent show at 1:30 p.m.; if you need more information, please call the office at 776-2600.

■ Wednesday — last day of school for students. There will be an awards assembly in the morning, followed by an all school picnic. We welcome all NNS families to come and enjoy our end of the year barbecue!

We would like to wish all of our families a wonderful and safe summer. See you in August!

Redoubt Elementary

Band Instruments – Students that rented or borrowed band instruments from the school need to return them to the school this week before summer break.

Redoubt Library books need to be returned to the school library. All library books need to be returned to the school before summer break.

Field Day volunteers are needed for the last day of school on Wednesday. If you have completed the volunteer registration with the school district and would like to help with our school wide picnic and or Field Day please contact the school office at 260-4300.

School Picnic – students are asked to bring in $2 for the school picnic the last day of school. Hotdogs, chips, cookies and a drink will be served at the picnic lunch. Parents are welcome to join us for the picnic. Please notify the school office if you plan to join your child for lunch so that we order enough hotdogs for everyone.

Yearbooks will be distributed the last week of school. If you are still interested in purchasing a yearbook please contact the school office, we have a few extra.

Redoubt’s Third Annual Summer Reading program sponsored by Soldotna Rotary is gearing up. Add reading to your summer activities. Join us in Redoubt’s summer 2014 reading program. Reading calendars will be sent home to keep track of all those summer reading minutes. Prizes will be awarded in the fall.

After 16 years of teaching and promoting music in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, Sue Biggs, band teacher, musician and music teacher at Redoubt Elementary, is retiring. The students and staff at Redoubt would like to congratulate Mrs. Biggs on her recent retirement. Thank you for filling our school with the gift and joy of music. You will be greatly missed.

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imaginationand life to everything.” -Plato

■ Monday — Science Day from 9-11:30 a.m. 6th grade – toothpick bridges in the gym, 5th grade – rockets outside, 4th grade – Egg Drop in the gym

■ Tuesday — Beach Day Grades 4 – 6

■ Wednesday — last day of school — Student Awards in the gym for Grades 4-6 at 9 a.m., Grades 1-3 at 10 a.m.,Kindergarten awards will be presented in their classrooms.; Picnic Lunch cost is $2 per student. Picnic will be at regular lunch times.; Field Day from 1–3 p.m. – volunteers are needed to help with this fun event.

Last week’s Box Tops for Education winners were Taylor Estes, Josiah Burton, Micah Porter and Lydia Fidai. Keep turning those Box Tops for Education. Don’t forget to collect them during the summer.

Boys and Girls Club after school program at Redoubt will close Wednesday and re-open June 2 for the summer.

Congratulations to all of our Redoubt students for being Safe, Respectful and Responsible this school year. Have a wonderful summer.

Skyview High

The boys Track and Field team tied with Homer for 2nd place at Boroughs; Hallie Landess finished 3rd in the 100; Micah Hilbish finished 1st in the 400; Coltin Yancey placed 3rd; Micah was 3rd in the 800; Daniel Shuler was 3rd in the 3200; Logan Hemphill, Coltin Yancey, Sky Schlung and Micah Hilbish won the 1600 relay.

The boys’ soccer team beat Houston 2-0

Tuesday — Skyview Graduation at the Sports Center at 7 p.m.

Finals Week Bell Schedule

■ Monday

7:50–8:45 a.m. — Advisory (Review Time)

8:50-10:25 a.m. — 1st period Final

10:25-10:35 a.m. — Break

10:40 a.m.–12:15 p.m. — 4th period Final

12:15-12:45 p.m. — Lunch

12:50-2:26 p.m. — 6th period Final

■ Tuesday

7:50-8: 45 a.m. — Advisory (Review Time)

8:50-10:25 a.m. — 2nd period Final

10:25-10:35 a.m. — Break

10:40 a.m.–12:15 p.m. — 5th period Final

12:15-12:45 p.m. — Lunch

12:50–2:26 p.m. — 7th period Final

■ Wednesday

7:50-8:25 a.m. — 1st period

8:30–9:05 a.m. — 2nd period

9:10-9:45 a.m. — 4th period

9:50-10:25 a.m. — 5th period

10:30-11:05 a.m. — 6th period

11:10 a.m.-noon — 7th period

noon–2:26 p.m. — Lunch and activities

Soldotna Elementary

May 9, was our Reading Counts Contest Celebration, and did we have fun! First, our assembly was very exciting. The Grand Prize Winners received pins from Senator Micciche, along with their reading certificates. Mrs. Diamond, our Principal, awarded their reading medals which the kids wore with pride for their photographs. Then the winners were escorted onto a fire truck for a ride around town. When the students returned to school, they had a lovely lunch in the library with Mrs. Diamond, Senator Micciche, and their faithful friend and librarian, Mrs. Adamson. Our menu consisted of Bub’s pizza, a fabulous salad (if I do say so myself), soda, and cake which had vanilla mousse filling. These students also received a “Paws” book bag full of books at their reading levels. Many prizes had been awarded during the 16 week contest for the students who earned the most points in their classrooms. This reading program and contest increase reading speed, comprehension, and provide recognition for their determination. Besides, we enjoyed the entire 16 weeks. What a wonderful way to discover the fun of reading! Our thanks to Chief Perkins of CES and Senator Micciche for their time and efforts in helping to make this a memorable experience for our students and staff. You have made a memory they will have forever. Also a heart-felt thank you to the Peninsula Clarion for covering our reading story.

Please make sure all your child’s library books are returned to the school as soon as possible. We need to have those books returned or paid for immediately so the shelves in the library will be full again. This summer the library gets new carpet, but before that happens all the shelving units have to be wrapped and moved out of the library to make space for the work to be done.

Awards Assembly coming up on Tuesday in the gym. The 6th grade graduation will follow the assembly. Please come and help us celebrate the hard work these students have completed.

Congratulations to Fisher Kennamer who won the box top drawing last week!

Our Wolf mascot has a name, finally! Thanks to our PTA (once again) for providing our school with a mascot costume. After the students came up with some amazing names, the staff came up with four favorite choices. The students selected one name from that list. At this time…we would like to announce the winner…of the Mascot contest…Timber! The name Timber entered into the contest by Mr. Coen Braxling from Miss Smith’s class. He will be receiving a pizza lunch along with two of his friends. Congrats, Coen!

Read S’more is our summer reading program which will be starting the first day of summer break. Calendars were sent home last week for your child to record his/her reading minutes, and that calendar needs to be returned to school the first week we’re back. Students reading at least 5 minutes a day or 150 minutes a month will receive a bookmark, certificate, and a book. If they read 300 minutes or more a month, or just 10 minutes a day, they will receive those three items plus a cool T-shirt. It’s so worth it, besides we know how much fun it is to get lost in a great book!

All grade levels, staff and family members are invited to the SOEL PTA-sponsored picnic on the last day of school, Wednesday. We are asking for the following donations from the different classes: Kinders – pkg. popsicles; First – Juice boxes; Second – pkg. popsicles; Third – Hot dog buns; Fourth – Hot dog buns; Fifth – Hot dog buns; Sixth – Hot Dogs. Please have donations at school on Monday. Thank you for your support!!

Thank you PTA and parents! For all the wonderful staff treats, flowers, and surprises last week. What a fun week for us! Thank you also for your support of our teachers and staff at Soldotna Elementary, and for supporting your child’s learning through not only this entire year, but each year they are here with us!

Soldotna High

Thank you to Stephanie Cox, Maureen Mokracek, Kita Wilcher, and Soldotna High School students for helping with this year’s Cinderella’s Closet. We provided items for students at KCHS, Soldotna High, Nikiski High, CIA, Skyview High, and RCA. We also were able to donate items to community members in need through Frontier Community Services and Hope for their prom. Our total numbers for this year…54 people were provided dresses and other items. We are at 396 young ladies receiving items in 4 years!!!! Donations are taken during the school year of dresses, shoes, and accessories. Thank you again for helping get the word out on both collecting donations and letting students know. We will see you in the spring!

Yearbook: 2014 Soldotna High School yearbooks will be available for pickup during the last week of school prior to graduation. We have a limited number of extra copies if you haven’t purchased yours yet. The yearbook class is working on a spring event insert for this year’s yearbook. The insert will include all spring sports, prom and graduation. If you are interested in a copy of the insert, they are on sale at the Soldotna High School front office or at the distribution event for $10. Inserts will be available at the beginning of the 2014-15 school year for pickup or will be mailed to graduated seniors upon request.

Looking Ahead to Next Year: Families of incoming seniors (class of 2015) are being offered a 10 percent discount on senior recognition ads if they are purchased before June 1, 2014. Next year’s recognition ad prices will be: $275 for a full page, $200 for a half page, $100 for a quarter page and $60 for a business card size. Recognition ads can be purchased at the Soldotna High School office or by emailing Mrs. McGlothen at 2015 Senior portraits will be required to be head and shoulders portrait with a resolution of at least 300 dpi and are due no later than Oct. 1. We can take either digital or physical copies of photos. Kelly Reilly Photography Studio (907-283-7757) and W.E. Photography (907-947-4282) both do a great job with senior portraits and can be reached at. Thank you for your support.

Robotics: Do you plan to become an engineer after school? Do you like building or tinkering? Do you want to do something creative and fun? Do you need some scholarships next year? 2014/15 Soldotna High School Robotics Club will have an informational meeting in room 76 on Thursday from 10 a.m.–noon. If you are interested in helping with the club, please attend to get more information. We had a very successful year this year and look forward to combining the two schools into one dynamic club next year. Students eligible for the club need to be ages 14-18 during the 2014 year and have transportation to all meetings. Meeting times to be determined based on student availability. I have approximately 15 spaces available. Commitment outside of club meetings will include three overnight tournament trips to Anchorage and the monthly Kids Camp fundraisers. More information about the FIRST family of programs is available at If you can’t attend the meeting, but would still like to be part of the club you can email Mrs. McGlothen at

A huge thank you to our sponsors this year for all your help: Amy and Andy Mitzel, NW Customs, Frosos Restaurant, Sweeny’s, Trust Worthy Hardware, Big Dog Automotive, Bub’s Pizza, & Buckets Restaurant. We couldn’t have been as successful without your assistance. The club is actively looking for both sponsors and mentors for next year.

We will continue to have kids camps next year as a major part of our fundraising. We are taking registrations for any month during the 2014/14 school year. We will offer two camps: Lego Adventures for ages 6-9 and Lego Robotics for ages 10-14. If you are interested in preregistering your student, please email Mrs. McGlothen at Camps will be held on the third Saturday (August-April) each month from 1pm-3pm and cost $35/month or $300 for all nine sessions.

Summer weeklong kids camps will be held during the week of July 21-25 and August 4-8 from 9:30 a.m.-noon. Cost for the each camp is $125. To register please email Mrs. McGlothen at

The track/football area/field is closed until further notice. No cars will be allowed in the area. The utility road between SOHI and SMS will be closed to all traffic!

Graduation is Monday at 7 p.m. at the Sports Center.

Higher Expectations Greater Success Parent Guide (Alaska Standards for English Language Arts and Mathematics) is now available at the front office. Alaska’s standards in English and math set high expectations for students from kindergarten to grade 12. Students who meet these goals will be ready for success after high school-whether it is in the military, on the job, or in a union apprenticeship, technical school, or college. Your schools will decide how to meet the standards through a local curriculum and teaching methods that respect your community’s cultures.

Soldotna Middle

Team Spartan – Last week of School!

■ Monday — Yearbook Assembly

■ Tuesday — Student Checkout – 7th and 8th Grade

■ Wednesday — Last Day of School for Students! Celebration of Academic Achievement for 8th Grade Students in the SMS large gym at 8 a.m. reception to follow in the SMS small gym. Parents, family, and friends are invited to attend.; 8th Grade Talent Show in the SMS large gym at 9 a.m.; Lunch provided for all students and staff at noon; Field Day Activities at 1 p.m.

All outstanding fees and library materials are due! Please contact Mrs. Kircher at 260-2500 with any questions or concerns.


Congratulations April May Students of the Month!

American History – Emily Noblin, Farra Waldrip; World History – Amanda McGlothen; Science – Carsen Brown, Kristina Bybee, Kealey Hendricks, Jaela Hubbard, Anthony Kitson, Bryan Parazoo, Kayli Smith, Andrew Winslow; Language Arts – Trinity Bower, Sharon Childsdress White, Madelyn Miles, Logan Smith, Jaida Sturman, Selene Williams, Keeley Withrow; Reading – Cody Hemphill, Isaiah Thomas, Benjamin Van Hoose; Health – Asia Angeles Hanson, Carsen Brown, Wyatt Denna, Thomas Wells; Physical Education – Garrett Cadwalader, Samantha Denbrock, Brett Fullenwider, Christian Hames, Shelby Hardy, Travis Howell; Algebra – Selby Hill; Math – Sharon Childsdress White, Titan Farrell, Angel Joseph Matumeak, Loren Melovedoff, Mackenzie Powell, Kevin Schneider, Farra Waldrip, Kambree Whittom, Jacob Wylie; Math Study Skills – Alexandra Carrasco, Emilie Fuhrman, Shelby Hardy, Chelsey Hernandez, Sierra Reid, Samuel Skolnick, Taha Trigg, Christopher VanCuren; Homeroom – Derek Evans, Logan Smith; Aide – Daniel Grubb, Dalton McWhorter, Solomon Rasch; Art Intro – Alyson Driskell, Andreah Walker; 2D Art – Madeline Kindred, Tre Rybak; Ceramics – Jaela Hubbard; Graphic Design 2 – Kealey Hendricks, Chloe Newby; Spanish 1 – Ashley Jones; Spanish 2 – Grace Graham, Samuel Snow; Study Skills – Chelsey Hernandez, Ashley Jones, Cameron Knowlton, Dorothy Kreider, Samuel Skolnick, Sean Verg-In; Business Information – Hali Andersen Currier, Chyanne Turner; Robotics – Derrick Bever, Savanna Davis; Yearbook – Justin Lavender; Choir – Kiernan Escott; Drumline – Talon Hagen; Band – Cody Quelland

Tustumena Elementary

■ Monday — Awards Assembly at 2 p.m.

■ Tuesday — Talent Show at 2:15 p.m.; Egg Drop at 10 a.m., bridge demo at 9:30 a.m.; Picnic K-3

Wings Christian Academy

As the 2013-2014 school year comes to a close, Wings Christian Academy would like to thank all the parents, students, and teachers who were involved in the school. This last school year was a success because of all the hard work that was put into it. Congratulations to the graduating class, Matanya Bush and Salena Peña, as well as the 2nd grade students, Valerie Cázares and Charisma Watkins. Way to go!

Wings is now enrolling for the upcoming school year, K-12. Please call 907-283-9361 for any questions. Space is limited. Have a great summer vacation!

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