School news

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:

• April 6;

• May 4 (at Seward High School);

• June 1;

• June 2 (Board planning session).

Career and technical 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:

There is a welding academy at Nikiski High School. The students will be building a snow machine trailer. Class days will run March 17th-May 14th, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-4:30.

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 27th-30th and June 1st-4th from 8:00am-4:00pm.

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 27th – June 5th 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 MailScanner has detected a possible fraud attempt from “onestop.kpbsd.k12.ak.us” claiming to be http://onestop.kpbsd.k12.Alaskaus/

Scholarships available

— The Soldotna Rotary club is offering several $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors from Cook Inlet Academy, Soldotna and Ninilchik High Schools as well as homeschool graduates. The Soldotna Rotary scholarships are based on the motto of “service above self.” Recipients will be picked based on community service performed during their high school careers. Applications are available at school counselor’s offices or the office of Foster Construction, 265 Wilson Ln. Applications must be received by April 13. GPA or parental financial information is not required. Submit applications and two letters of recommendation to: Soldotna Rotary Club Scholarships, P.O. Box 303 Soldotna, Alaska 99669.

— The Kenai Borough Employees Association scholarship committee is accepting applications for four scholarships of $500. The scholarships are available to all 2015 graduates of the Kenai Peninsula Borough including public, private and home-schooled graduates. Applications and instructions are available from any Kenai Peninsula Borough High School counselor’s office or on the borough’s website at www.borough.kenai.ak.us. Applications can be mailed or dropped off at the Kenai Peninsula Borough, KBEA Scholarship Committee, 144 North Binkley Street, Soldotna. Applications must be postmarked or delivered by March 27.

— The local chapter of the Interational Organization of Philanthropic Educational Opportunities, PEO, is looking for women who are returning to further their education and looking for scholarships for the 2015-16 school year. Applications are available at the financial aid office of Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus. PEO’s purpose is to help women reach their goals to improve their lives and the lives of their families through education. The scholarships are offered for a wide range of students including high school graduates to masters and doctorate level education as well as grants and loans. If you are a woman returning after at least one year of college classes, you would be eligible to apply.

— Applications for the Cody Honrud Memorial Scholarship must be received at the Soldotna High School counselors office by April 15. The recipient must be graduating this 2014-2015 school year from Soldotna High School. The student must be accepted as a full-time student by either a business/trade school, apprenticeship program or vocational/technical school in 2015-2016 and carry at least a 2.0 gpa. Pick up an application today at the counselors’ office at Soldotna High School. The winner will be announced April 30.

— The Central Peninsula Hospital Auxiliary has released the application packets for its 2015 High School Senior Scholarships. There will be 2 scholarships awarded at $4,000 each. To be eligible, you must be a member of the Auxiliary, or a dependant of a CPH employee. You must be a senior in high school, and have at minimum a 2.5 GPA. You must also be majoring in a medical career. For more information or an application please come to the Central Peninsula Hospital Gift Shop or call Jim Childers at 907‐714‐4543. The deadline to submit an application is April 17.

Connections Home School Program

This Week:

• 04/06 – TODAY: Soldotna Connections Egg Drop @ 1:30 p.m. (more info below)

• 04/10 – Soldotna Birch Ridge Golf Assoc. Hook A Kid on Golf Applications Due

Upcoming Activities:

• 04/16 – High School Eligibility Due

• 04/17 – Kenai Golf Assoc. Hook A Kid on Golf Applications Due

• 05/06 – Salmon Celebration @ Johnson Lake in Kasilof from 10:00am-2:00pm (more information coming at a later date)

• 05/07 – Talent Show @ SoHi Auditorium @ 5:00 p.m.

• 05/14 – Barren Island Trip

Upcoming Events- Look:

April: Re-Enrollment for 2015/2016 School Year Starts – Please call your Connections Office to make an appointment!

Today @ Soldotna Connections Egg Drop:

We have some very egg-citing news! Monday, April 6, starting at 1:30 p.m. Soldotna Connections will be hosting an egg drop! See attachment for specific rules and requirements. The Easter Bunny will be visiting to drop the eggs from the Connections’ roof! We will also have treats for all the students that participate. Please contact Shelli Furlong: sfurlong@kpbsd.k12.ak.us, if you would like other Egg-citing Eggs-periments!

Hook A Kid on Golf:

The hook a Kid on Golf annual clinic is starting up in the Kenai and Soldotna areas. Attached are applications with more information. This program is for youth age 8-15 years who have never played golf before and do not own a set of clubs. Participants will receive free training along with golf balls, tees, cap, shirt, bag and clubs. There is no cost to participants but there is a limit of 24 students per class. If you would like more information please call Jane Stein at 262-2659.

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 mwackler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us . The show will be held on May 7 at the Soldotna High School Auditorium at 5:00 p.m. We look forward to seeing you at the 2015 Connections Talent Show!

Barren Island Trip with Rainbow Tours May 14:

Visit the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge, and the Barren Islands. Located in the middle of Kennedy Entrance numerous species of wildlife call these islands home during our summer months and will be arriving starting the beginning of May. This is a great opportunity to view pelagic seabirds, whales and more during this over-100 mile round trip. Oceanography, geology, and marine biology will be discussed along the way.

Cost: $150/person with a minimum of 15. This can be deducted from the student allotment if the student has a class on their ILP related to this activity. Parents are welcome but would need to pay out of pocket.

When: Thursday May 14th. Departure is at 7 a.m. with a return of 6 p.m.

Who: This trip is open to High School Connections’ students and their parents with good sea legs.

Please notify Derek Bynagle in the Homer Connections (dbynagle@kpbsd.k12.ak.us <mailto:dbynagle@kpbsd.k12.ak.us> ) office of your interest in this trip as soon as possible or if you have specific questions or concerns.

*Please note that trips can be cancelled in the morning due to rough seas at the Barrens. A possible reroute to Port Chatham would be considered depending on conditions.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The Kenai Peninsula Orchestra is giving out free student tickets for their upcoming Pops Concert on April 10th at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium. They will be playing Star Wars, Pirates of the Caribbean, and much. This is a great way to introduce your kids to the symphony! Pick up as many student tickets as you would like at the K-Beach office.

K-beach fourth -sixth graders are doing a guitar unit for the next few weeks. If you have a guitar at home and want your child to use it at school, they are welcome to bring it to music class.

• April 10 – Spring Pictures

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Monday, April 6

• Spring Picture Day-Pictures will begin at 9:15 with sibling pictures from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Only students who have purchased a package will have their pictures taken. Information was sent home over the past 2 weeks with your child and also in the weekly emails.

• Harper, Hurst and Stephens classes are participating in the State of Alaska AMP testing.

Tuesday, April 7

• Harper, Hurst and Stephens classes are participating in the State of Alaska AMP testing.

Wednesday, April 8

• Harper, Hurst and Stephens classes are participating in the State of Alaska AMP testing.

Thursday, April 9

• Harper, Hurst and Stephens classes are participating in the State of Alaska AMP testing.

• 5:00 -6:30 p.m. – Kindergarten Math Night and Potluck.

Friday, April 10

• Harper, Hurst and Stephens classes are participating in the State of Alaska AMP testing.

Reminders

• State testing occurring for all students in grades 3-6 from March 30-April 17. By requirement, we must test every enrolled child. Please be in attendance daily. Also, volunteers are welcome in the building except where students are testing for test security purposes provided by the state.

• Registration for next year for all new students is April 13-17. If you have a child that will be new to our school district and will be enrolling in Kaleidoscope, please be sure to bring the shot record and birth certificate with you during that week of registration.

• The school website at http://kaleidoscope.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us provides you with newsletters, lunch menus, the school calendar, PTA and APC information, plus more!

• If your child will be picked up early from school or will be arriving late to school, please be sure to sign your child in or out of school as appropriate using the computer on the office front counter.

• The Life Skill we are focusing on this week is Active Listening: To listen with the intention of understanding what the speaker intends to communicate.

Kenai Central High

The junior class would like to thank all of the parents and business that donated items and time to help make this year’s prom and after prom event a huge success.

On Wednesday, April 15th, the National Honor Society is a blood drive that is open to the community. If you would like to donate blood, please make arrangements to stop by KCHS or contact Mrs. Bergholtz for more information

April, 9th and 10th grade students will be taking the new state assessments called the Alaska Measures of Progress. It is extremely important that students attend school these days and do their best on the exams. Students and schools are being judged based on their participation and performance.

Thanks and have a great week!

GO KARDS!

Kenai Middle

Track begins today. There will be an informational meeting after school until 3:30 in the KMS Library. 7th and 8th grade students interested in track should bring their paperwork and payment to the meeting. The cost is $60.00.

Congratulations to our March Students of the Month: James Baisden, Onaca Daniels, Maddison Galloway, Isabelle Harris, Gabriella Hunt, Faith Ivy, Jordan Knudsen, Virginia Orth, and Linnea Renken. These students will receive a pizza tomorrow for lunch.

AMP testing for 7th and 8th graders will continue this week with the Math portion. Please make sure your student gets a good night’s rest, eats a healthy breakfast, and arrives on time all week. There will be snack of muffins and juice to begin the week of testing on Tuesday morning.

Congratulations to our March BoxTops for Pizza winner Logan Dosko! He received a pizza for lunch last week.

April 18 is the last day to order yearbooks. They should be ordered online. Information regarding ordering can be picked up at the office.

It’s time to start rounding up your aluminum cans! Students that bring in a trash bag full of crushed aluminum cans will have first opportunity at choosing mini courses! Collection days are April 14, 15, and 16.

Save the date: The Volunteer Luncheon will be held April 14 from 12:30 – 1:30 in the KMS Library. Please plan to join us.

Mountain View Elementary

Spring pictures are scheduled for Tuesday, April 7. Only students purchasing pictures will have their pictures taken. Pictures may be ordered online at www.lifetouch.com using our picture day i.d. #AK14860Q0 or by returning the order form to school.

There will be a PTA meeting on Tuesday, April 14 at 3:45 p.m. in the Library.

Applications are available for the 2015-2016 Mountain View Pre-K Program.

Screenings for this program will be held on April 16. In order to be considered, a child must be 4 years old by September 1, 2015, live in the Mountain View attendance area, and have a completed application returned to Mountain View Elementary. Screenings will be scheduled after applications are brought back to the school. For information please call 283-8600.

Mountain View Elementary early Kindergarten registration for the 2015-2016 school year is now open. Students must be 5 years old by September 1, 2015. Registration forms may be picked up at the Mountain View Office. Kindergarten Parent Orientation will be on Tuesday, April 21. Registered students will be invited to visit a Kindergarten classroom on Tuesday, April 28.

Congratulations to our Soaring Eagles for the month of March. They are Koby Anderson, Cooper Arousa, Tait Cooper, Trapper Cottrell, Logan Dawson, Anthony Evon, Kahlea Hulsey, Anastasia Karella, Riley Keith, Jason Mercier, Blake Morris, Isaac Potton, Chris-Jon Reid, Bella Stauss, Layne Todd, Genesis Trevino, Wade Williams, & Mabon Williamson.

We are accepting pre-orders for the yearbook. Yearbooks are $18.00 each and will be available before school ends. Order forms were sent home and can also be found at the office.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

NNS offers Title 1 Pre-K classes to eligible children who will be 4 years old by September 1, 2015. Please contact the school to receive an application. Your screening appointment will be made when your application is received by the school. The purpose of the screening is to determine Kindergarten readiness. Screenings will take place on April 15 and all appointments must be made by April 14. Please call the school office at 776-2600 if you need further information.

This week is AMP testing for fourth graders. Testing days are Tuesday, April 7 and Wednesday, April 8. We ask that your child get a good night of rest, eat a healthy breakfast, and arrive at school on time. The fifth graders will test next week on Tuesday, April 14 and Wednesday, April 15.

Congratulations to our 2015 Masonic Award winner Rylee Ellis! Rylee is the daughter of Ryan and Gina Ellis and a student in Mrs. Baker’s fifth grade class. The following fifth grade students were also nominated for the award: Marcus Dunham, Griffin Gray, Rucca Gray, Ami Olsen, Emily Parnell, Ndea Rollins, Mady Stichal, Adrienne Stynsberg, and Jaycee Taurianen. Congratulations!

Skyview Middle

Track and Field begins today!

Attention 7th grade Student Council Members: Applications are now available for the 2015-2016 Leadership Homeroom Class. Current 7th grade Student Council members in good standing are eligible to apply for placement in the class. Applications can be picked up in Mrs. Pothast’s classroom and are due no later than Wednesday, April 8th. There will be no exceptions made for the deadline. The Leadership Homeroom is essentially the “core team” for the entire Student Council. It is a group that meets daily during Homeroom and is essential for planning events and getting things done.

A well-qualified student demonstrates high academic performance, excellent attendance and the character traits of responsibility, initiative, respect, trustworthiness, positive attitude, and a good work ethic. Please see Mrs. Pothast for an application or with any questions you may have. Thank you!

The 26th Annual Borough Art Show is at the Kenai Fine Arts Guild in old town Kenai until April 30th. Skyview students who will be represented in the Art Show this year are: Sally Hoagland, Laurel Glaves, Tres Faucher, Darby McMillan, Esther Frederickson, Ashlee Heiman, Christopher Hogness, Marlayna Saavedra, Kortney Birch, Asia Angeles-Hanson, Claudia Calderon, Cloe Milbauer. Please stop by to see their work!

Parents and Guardians: The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District invites you to take a brief online survey regarding the six minimum school days – 90 minute early release for students. The survey link can be found on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District webpage > Students/Parents > Surveys from April 1st – 24th. The district leadership team appreciates your feedback on this subject as they plan for the future. Thank you!

Skyview Middle School Quarter 3 Honor Roll:

7th Grade 4.0 – Brooke Belluomini, Whitney Benson, Cameron Blackwell, Galen Brantley III, Timothy Cashman, Autumn Chumley, Ray Chumley, Eve Downing, Faith Glassmaker, Janna Krieger, Bailey Leach, Jacob McConnell, Clara Moore, MaCady Musgrave, Jersey Truesdell

7th Grade 3.9-3.5 – Mackinley Baxter, Kaitlyn Blache, Ryann Cannava, Trystin Clucas, Kathryn Creglow, Isabella Dearmore, Payton Diehl, Elena Dimitrovski, John Einerson, Kilei England, Esther Frederickson, Zachary Hanson, Ryan Hill, Kianna Holland, Christian Jaime, Holland Jaime, Luke Johns, Trevor Jones, Braden Lemm, Matthew Martinelli, Hudson Metcalf, Sarah Mickelson, Journey Miller, Tyler Morrison, Emma Nash, Kyler Pritchett, Ayla Read, Dylan Richie, Kody Rohr, Levi Rosin, Shane Ray Schneider, Elizabeth Siemion, Victoria Silva, Joseph VanHout, Brayden Vanmeter, Molllee Verba, Riley Vickaryous, Bradley Walters, Tadan White, Alyssa Wilkinson

7th Grade 3.49-3.0 – David Belger, Stevie Berninger, Ilysse Cable, Gracie Caston, Lance Chilton, Rebecca Clifton, Catherine Conner, Wyatt Dement, John Harris, Kaliesha Hart, Destiny Hoffman, Sueheidi Hugarte, Cameron Johnson, Jamie Kelly, Bryan Kingrey, Jacey Kosto, Matthew Lewis, Simon Montague, Kylie Ness, Korrin Nyren, Brandon Partin, Adriane Poulin, James Redmon, Louis Redmon, Iona Reutov, Morgan Reynolds, Renee Rogers, Olivia Schwenk, Elora Shockley, Glory Stitt, James Taylor, Robert Van Bruggen, Margret Verg-In, Elijah Wackler, Lindsay Ward, Madison West, Osric White, Taylor Wilson, Corbin Wirz, Arieona Woodard, Cobe Young, Alexander Zimmerman

8th Grade 4.0 – Asia Angeles-Hanson, Erika Bennett, Kortney Birch, Brittani Blossom, Haley Buckbee, Hannah Delker, Porter Evans, Ruth Frederickson, Cassie Haeg, Caleb Matson, Darby McMillan, Marlayna Saavedra, Aliann Schmidt, Danica Schmidt, Kayli Smith, Aidan Whitney

8th Grade 3.9-3.5 – Donald Bennett, Haven Best, Kristina Bybee, Luis Chicas-Sorto, Tanner Craig, Wyatt Denna, Patricia Doty, Alyson Driskell, Amanda Eby, Mykenna Foster, Mirricale George Mills, Dalton Hatten, Cody Hemphill, Kennedy Holland, Katelynn Kimes, Dorothy Kreider, Jeremy Kupferschmid, Serena Larrow, Derek Lewis, Mariah Mattfield, David Michael, Cloe Milbauer, Katlian Nelson, Natalia O’Toole, Katie Schwartz, Benjamin Snow, Jaida Sturman, Brighton Turvin, Levi Wahl, Thomas Wells, Brennan Werner, Selene Williams, Mikaele Wong

8th Grade 3.49-3.0 – Hali Andersen-Currier, Levi Benner, Chance Brigner, Carsen Brown, Elliana Bruce, Megan Calloway, Cora Carter, Abigail DiPaolo, Madelaine Egdorf, Megan Eskue, Tres Faucher, Joseph Fiebelkorn, Tehya Foust, Christopher Gilbert, Cheyenne Groff, Gabriel Guthrie, Mckenzie Hale, Ashlee Heiman, Jacob Jackson, River Kitchens, Reva Lovett, Amanda McGlothen, Dakota Merculieff, Jordan Merrill, Athalia Quiner, Carson Ratky, Bethani Shepard, Brittany Taylor, Trapper Thompson, Allison Towell, Braxton Urban, Gabriel Wackler-Murdock, Kambree Whittom, Keeley Withrow

Soldotna High

The Media Center is open until 5pm Monday-Friday. There are buses at 4:15 for those students working in the Media Center. If your student were to stay after school and would need a bus home at 4:15 please contact Tamra Wear at 260.7036 or twear@kpbsd.k12.ak.us to give her the bus drop off location for your student.

ATOSS tutoring will start in the Library on August 25 and run until May 4 from 2:30-3:30 p.m.

SoHi Pool Schedule

a.m. Lap swim 5:30-7:30 Mon – Friday

p.m. Lap swim 6-7 Mon, Wed, Fri

p.m. Open swim 7-8:45 Wed and Fridays

Sport Calendar – http://www.arbiterlive.com/Teams?entityId=21192

SoHi will be locking the Parking lot entrance Door during the following hours:

• 7:40 a.m. to 11:55 p.m.

• 12:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m.

Also note that during school hours the only open door will be the Front Entrance Commons/Flag Pole doors. The above is to improve our overall school security.

There are two ways to order a transcript. Each way serves a different purpose.

If you need a transcript sent to a college or NCAA or a similar agency, then you will need to log on to: www.parchment.com to order transcripts to be sent. The request is then forwarded to SoHi. After processing, it then goes through cyberspace… rather than the US mail… to get to its destination, which is much faster! All transcripts that are headed for NCAA, colleges, etc. have to be processed this way!

Final Transcripts! A final transcript is one that shows your second semester grades. If you order your transcript when we are IN second semester, you will need to make sure you choose “next grading period” when you go on to Parchment, that way your transcript request will wait until the grades are in at the end of the year before it is sent.

Soldotna Prep

The following students were selected by the staff at Soldotna Prep as students of the month for the luncheon at SOHI on April 16th. Math-Braeden Tennis, English/LA- Ethan Bott, Science-Michael Reutov, Social Studies- Liam Selden, Art-Skyler Williamson

Woods Elective- Brenner Furlong, PE- Portia Padilla.

Kellie Arthur was selected as the 2015 Masonic Outstanding Student of the Year.

Nick Edwards competed at the Junior Olympics State qualifier in Eagle River. He won Gold Medal Overall Men’s Skeet, and Gold Medal Overall Men’s Double Trap. In age divisions he placed: Skeet-Silver, Wobble Trap-Bronze, Double Trap-Silver. He is now qualified to compete at the National Junior Olympics this July in Colorado Springs, Colorado.

AMP testing begins April 8th through April 23. Tutoring Monday through Friday in Rm 10 during the lunch hour

Chess Club meets during lunch hour Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays in Rm 18. After-School Tutoring Monday through Thursday 2:25-3:25. Girls soccer practice @ SOHI 5:30-7:30 Monday through Friday. Baseball conditioning 2:45-5:00 in Small Gym SOPREP Tuesday through Thursday. Native Youth Leadership Club in Rm. 10 2:15-3:00 the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of every month. Poetry Out Loud meetings in Rm. 10 2:15-3:00 the second and fourth Wednesday of every month. Please check Soldotna Prep blog to stay informed on current activities; http://soldotnaprep.blogs.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/wpmu/

Sterling Elementary

• Like us on Facebook!! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Sterling-Elementary-School/1539759652922903

• Like our PTA page on Facebook! https://www.facebook.com/sterlingelementaryalaskapta?fref=ts

• Sterling Elementary is currently in the midst of testing for the state with the Alaska’s Measures of Progress (AMP). Make sure your children are well-rested and have a great, healthy breakfast every day!!

• April 13 – 18 is Volunteer Appreciation Week!! Thank you for volunteers!

• The PBIS focus for April is the expectations for ALL settings – hallway, bathrooms, classrooms, playground, even the bus!! Any three adults on campus could have the Super Special, Super Big, Super Golden Pompom each day to give to students who are lining up and/ or showing exemplary behavior across the school. Parents are called and students become celebrities for their class. The class with the most golden pompom winners will be the Super Star Class of the Month for April.

• Stop at the front desk and fill out a “Kudos” slip for one of our Sterling Staff members. Every slip for a staff member will be celebrated with a Kudos granola bar and the recognition that someone thanks them for what they are doing!

Tustumena News

April 9 – Pre-K Screening

April 16 – Volunteer Appreciation, 3:50 p.m.

April 21 – PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.

April 27 Spring Concert K-2

April 28 Spring Concert Grades 3-6

April 27- Site Council, 4 p.m. last one for this school year

May 1 – Early Release, 2:05 p.m.

May 6 – Kindergarten Visit for those pre-registered for 2015-16 school year

May 6 & 7 – Sixth Grade to Peterson Bay

May 8 – Sixth Grade visits Skyview Middle School

May 12/13/14 – Lynx Track to Nikiski Pool

May 19 – Talent Show

May 19 – PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.

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