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:

■ 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 17-May 14, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

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.ak.us.”

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 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

March 30-May 1 — Alaska Measure of Progress (AMP) Testing: If you haven’t received information please contact your Connections Office.

April 16 — High School Eligibility Due

April 17 — Kenai Golf Assoc. Hook A Kid on Golf Applications Due

April 30 — Last day to submit Request for Reimbursement forms

May 6 — Salmon Celebration at Johnson Lake in Kasilof from noon-2:00 p.m.

May 7 — Talent Show at SoHi Auditorium at 5:00pm

May 14 — Barren Island Trip

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

The hook a Kid on Golf annual clinic is starting up in the Kenai and Soldotna areas. 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.

On May 6, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Sport Fish Division, will be holding the 15th annual “Salmon Celebration” in Kasilof at the Johnson Lake State Campground. Connections families are welcome from noon to 2:00 p.m. This Salmon Celebration is being held to increase student awareness of salmon and to foster a sense of stewardship towards this valuable natural resource. The “Salmon Celebration” will be open to all K-6 grade students from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Elementary school children will able to release rainbow trout catchables from the William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatchery as part of ADF&G’s lake stocking program between 12:00 and 1:00 at a separate activity/station. Hands-on salmon related activity booths (catch and release, face painting, salmon wheel of misfortune, watershed model, salmon life cycle, macroinvertebrate touch tank, animal tracks, mammal skulls and skins, water safety, water quality tests, juvenile & adult salmon identification, practice spin casting and fly casting, etc.) will be set up for the students to visit during the event. It takes about 1 1/2 – 2 hours to do all the activities. Great lunch locations can be found throughout the campground!

IDEA Homeschool

Now enrolling for the 2015-2016 school year! Please go to www.ideafamilies.org and click enroll now to register! It is also time to re-enroll for our existing families. Please look up your re-enrollment passwords and ID that was sent to your IDEA families webmail.

As always, please feel free to stop by the office in the Red Diamond Center to look at our resource room, library or speak with a contact teacher. We are here to serve you as you educate your children.

Upcoming events to put on your calendar:

April 13 — AMP Math test (grades 3rd-10th)

April 14 — English/Language Arts tests (grades 3rd -10th)

April 16 — Jumpin’ Junction Celebration. Come celebrate the completion of testing with us! We will be at Jumpin’ Junction from 1-3 p.m. This is a free event for all Region K families from Seward to Homer! Bring a snack to share! No need to sign up! Don’t forget socks!

April 20-May 15 — STAR Early Literacy. In addition to AMP testing, the STAR early literacy is a state mandated test for students grades K-2nd. This is a helpful tool that will be conducted at the IDEA office on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Your contact teacher will call you to set up an appointment. This is a computer based test that will generate results while you are in the office. Parents are welcome to stay in the room while their children are testing.

April 29 — Curriculum Fair at Kalifonsky Christian Center. The Fair with all its workshops and vendor exhibitions are free to all IDEA families.

Come early on Wednesday before the exhibit hall opens and enjoy our keynote speaker and breakfast. Tickets must be purchased in advance for this fair opener.

If you have a friend or neighbor that is in not in IDEA, but interested in homeschooling, you can bring them with you and they can get in for only half price by purchasing a Buddy Pass! Just remember, in order for you to spend your next year’s allotment at the fair, you must be enrolled for the 2015/2016 school year, so take care of your re-enrollments soon.

Breakfast tickets are on sale now for $12 at the IDEA office. “Time and Home Management – Managing Life and Home While Homeschooling.” Our keynote speaker is Nancy Bjorkman. Nancy began as the ultimate homeschool skeptic, but now, after 20+ years teaching her own 4 children she has become the resource and information lady for many and a champion of the cause.

May 5 — Come celebrate your graduate locally at Kalifonsky Christian Center at 7:00 p.m. This is for all Region K students who are graduating in 2015! Students are invited to share memories and thank you’s! Can you join us? Please sign up online!

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Monday, April 13

■ Registration for 2015-2016 for all students new to Kaleidoscope 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.

■ 2:00-2:30 is Kindergarten Visitation

■ 4:00 p.m. APC meeting in the library

Tuesday, April 14

■ 1:30-2:00 is Kindergarten Visitation

Wednesday, April 15

■ 10:45-11:15 is Kindergarten Visitation

■ 1:45 pm Kindergartners will walk to the creek with Mr. Dan

Thursday, April 16

■ 1:15-1:45 is Kindergarten Visitation

Friday, April 17

■ 1:00-1:30 is Kindergarten Visitation

Mark your calendars

■ April 22, 8:15 am – New Parent Informational Meeting in the library for parents who have not yet attended this required meeting.

■ April 23 will be our Volunteer Appreciation recognition

■ April 24 After Testing Fun Night for 3rd-6th grade only

■ April 27th-30th the 3rd through 6th graders will overnight at the Sea life Center with 2 classes each night of the 27th, the 28th, and the 29th.

■ April 29, 9:15 am is a PTA meeting

■ May 1st is an Early Release Day with school dismissing at 2:10

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.

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 No Put Downs: To never use works, actions and/ or body language that degrade, humiliate, or dishonor others.

Kalifornsky Beach

Mr. Daniels’ class wants to thank Andy Veh, who came in to teach us about circuitry last week. He is our science expert and we are lucky to have his expertise at the school. The fact that he is a native German speaker is a bonus too, since we are learning German language this year. Students will be taking the 4th grade AMP state tests this week. Good luck 4th graders!

Yearbooks are in! If you are interested in purchasing one for $20, please see Mrs. Stockton. PTA is currently looking to fill all positions for the 2015-16 school year. If interested, please email Karen Crapps at crappspk@gci.net. The next PTA meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 16th at 2:45.

Kenai Middle

We are beginning this week with a Pancake Breakfast and Testing Assembly for all students. Good Luck to all testers! Sixth graders will start Language Arts AMP testing on Tuesday and continue through Thursday. We will also be collecting aluminum cans on Tuesday through Thursday. Students should bring in a garbage bag full of crushed aluminum cans in order to get first pick at mini courses during sign ups which will happen May 1.

April 15 is National Librarian Appreciation Day. Be sure to take a moment to thank our wonderful and amazing Librarians, Ms. Gann and Ms. Youngren-Brown. The deadline to purchase yearbooks is April 18. Online ordering information is available at the office and on our Facebook page- Kenai Middle School.

Mountain View Elementary

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.

The Site Council will be meeting at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 16 in the Library. 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.

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 at 6:00 p.m. in the Library.

Registered students will be invited to visit a Kindergarten classroom on Tuesday, April 28. Friday, April 24 is “Dress up Day” at Mountain View. Students are invited to wear “fancy” clothes to school. On Tuesday, April 28 the 4th/5th grade will have a Spring Concert at 6:00 in the KCHS auditorium.

Nikiski Middle-High

Tuesday — High school Soccer in Homer, varsity girls at 4:00 and varsity boys at 6:00

Friday — HS Soccer at Peninsula Jamboree – Girls at Kenai and Boys at SOHI

Nikiski North Star Elementary

NNS offers Title 1 Pre-K classes to eligible children who will be 4 years old by September 1, 2015. Screenings will take place on Wednesday, April 15th and all appointments must be made by Tuesday, April 14th. Your screening appointment will be made when your application is received by the school.

The purpose of the screening is to determine Kindergarten readiness. Please call the school office at 776-2600 if you need further information.This week is AMP testing for fifth grade. Testing will be on Tuesday and Wednesday. Please make sure your child gets a good night’s rest, eats a healthy breakfast, and arrives at school on time.

This week is Volunteer Appreciation Week at NNS. We will honor our volunteers with a tea today at 3:45 pm in the school library.

It will be our pleasure to take this opportunity to thank all of our wonderful volunteers here at NNS! Kindergarten registration and orientation will be Friday, April 24th. It will begin at 1:30 pm in the school library. If your child will be five years old by September 1, 2015 bring them along to have some fun while you enroll them at NNS. Please remember to bring immunization records, birth certificate and any legal custody papers.

Redoubt Elementary

Field trip season is just around the corner. All parent drivers, chaperones and classroom volunteers must be registered and approved by the school district. Please make sure that your current vehicle and driver information is on file in the school office. A new application must be submitted each school year. Please call the school office if you have any questions about this process. Please do not wait until the last minute to register. We ask that all paperwork and registrations be done at least two days prior to the day of the field trip.

Title One Pre-K applications for next fall are available in the school office. Students must be 4 years old on or before Sept. 1 of 2015. Screenings will take place April 28.

If you have questions about this program please call Mrs. Oberts at 260-4317. Yearbooks are on sale for $15.00. Pre-order yours now, make checks payable to Redoubt Elementary.

Yearbooks will arrive in May. Only 175 yearbooks will be ordered, reserve yours today. Redoubt’s 4th grade students will be selling ice cream each week to raise money for their upcoming field trip this spring to the Kenai Fjords. Ice cream prices will range from 75 cents to $2.00. Sales will take place after school in the hallway. Redoubt’s 6th grade students will be visiting Skyview Middle School on May 8 fom 10:00-11:15am in preparation for next fall! Students will be transported by bus. All students must have a signed permission slip in order to attend this presentation. Additional information on this visitation will be sent home with students.

Parent Input Forms for 2015/2016 School Year – Each spring we provide parents the opportunity to provide input into the classroom placement of their child for the following school year.

This input can be very helpful to the school staff when placing students into classes. So that your input may be considered during the placement process, this form must be returned to the school office no later than Friday, April 17, at 4:00 p.m. Forms returned after that date will not able to be considered in the placement process. Forms are available at the school and at our school website.

Box Top winners last week – Emerson Kapp, Dylan Davidhizar and Daniela Dimitrovski. Keep turning in those Box Tops for Education!

PTA Meeting April 14, 5:00 p.m.; free child care will be provided. All members in attendance will be entered into a drawing to win a $10.00 Fred Meyer gift card.

The term of our current PTA president, vice president and secretary are ending this year. If you are interested in one of these officer positions please contact Angie Kenner at akkenner@msn.com Elections to elect new officers for next fall will be held at the May 12th meeting.

Site Council Meeting April 15 at 3:45 in the staff lounge.

Soldonta Elementary

Mark your calendars: early release day on Friday, May 1st. Students will be dismissed at 1:55, and bus schedules adjusted by 90 minutes. No afternoon classes for Mrs. Cannava’s preschoolers that day, which will make time for the Kinder Round-Up children to visit.

Reading Counts Contest Winners: Aidan Bon, Dalton Cullen, Joey VonHeeder, Abdoulaye Kone, Kaden Williams, Bella Twidwell, Luc Beauparlant, Jillian Gagnon, Ashley Kingrey, and Colby Jones. Great work, Kids! Keep up the reading as we only have a few weeks left. Contest ends May 1st. Stand by for the announcement of our Grand Prize Winners!

Spring Pictures will be on Tuesday, April 14th, between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Only those students with order packets will get their Spring pictures taken. If you have a student in an afternoon class, please make sure to bring their packets in before 1:00 p.m.

Special Congratulations to Miss Abby Radeck, our Masonic Award Recipient! The award ceremony will be held Friday, May 1st, at the KCHS Auditorium at 6:30 p.m. We are so proud of our Abby!!!

Parent Pack Movie Night will be Friday, April 17th. Come and enjoy the fun. The movie will be announced soon. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and the movie will begin at 6:00 p.m. Free admission along with free popcorn. There will also be a concession stand with items to purchase. Please join us in the gym, and… bring your kids.

Pennies For Patients: Our school will be participating in the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s annual fundraiser again this year. We will begin collecting money (any denomination, coins, dollars, checks) today (April 13th) through Thursday, April 30th.

Materials and information was sent home last week. Each classroom will be competing for a classroom party at the end of the event. Last year we raised over $1,100 to benefit children with blood cancers and helped to save lives through research and education. For more information, please visit: www.lls.org.

Yearbooks are now for sale! Order forms went home with students last week. The books are $15 if ordered by April 15th, so you only have 2 more days to save some $$$. After Wednesday, the yearbooks will cost $20.

Last week our 4th graders were taking their AMP tests. This week, our 5th graders will be taking them … so, if you have a 5th grader, please make sure they are well rested and fed before they come to school. A good night’s sleep along with a healthy breakfast are critical for a student to do his/her best work. Be preparing for the following week if you have a 6th grader as they are testing from April 20th through the 24th. Thank you so much, parents, for being supportive of these dear students.

Skyview Middle

Track schedule for this week:

Friday, April 17 – Homer Invitational at Homer , 3:00 p.m.

Upcoming Events:

April 20 – Final Site Council Meeting at Skyview Middle School, 4:00 p.m.

April 21 – Mass Choir Festival – Kenai Central High School, 6:00 p.m.

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!

Congratulation to the award winners at the 26th Annual Borough Art Show at the Kenai Fine Arts Guild in old town Kenai!

Scultpure – 1st place Darby McMillian, 2nd place Sally Hoagland, 3rd place Marlayna Saavedra; Drawing – 2nd place Claudia Calderon, 3rd place Laurel Glaves; Painting – Best in Show Christopher Hogness, 1st place Esther Frederickson, 3rd place Tres Faucher; Functional Ceramics – 1st place Darby McMillian, 2nd place Cloe Milbauer, Teachers Choice Ashlee Heiman, Teachers Choice Kortney Birch. Please stop by before April 30th to see their work.

Congratulations to the Students of the Month for March!

Mackinley Baxter, David Belger, Haven Best, Kortney Birch, Kaitlyn Blache, Cameron Blackwell, Elliana Bruce, Ilysse Cable, Claudia Calderon, Megan Calloway, Gracie Caston, Ernest Childers, Rebecca Clifton, Abigail Croom, Sadie Daly, Ella Dearmore, Wyatt Denna, Kilei England, Porter Evans, Aaron Faletoi, Mykenna Foster, Esther Fredrickson, Cassie Haeg, Aleksander Hansen, Zachary Hanson, Shelby Hardy, Kaliesha Hart, Ryan Hill, Kianna Holland, Sueheidi Hugarte, Holland Jaime, Christian Jaime, Derek Lewis, Mariah Mattfield, Darby McMillan, Hudson Metcalf, Cloe Milbauer, Robert Mize, Clara Moore, Wyatt Nelson, Zackary Ness, Kylie Ness, Korrin Nyren, David Pannick, Daytona Powell, Mackenzie Powell, Carmen Quinones, Ayla Read, Brody Reger, Levi Rosin, Olivia Schwenk, Natalie Shoaf, Samuel Skolnick, Monique Spiers, Seryn Sproul, William Stem, Robert Van Bruggen, Joseph VanHout, Margret Verg-in, Osric White, Kambree Whittom, Makala Whittom, Dallas Wilson, William Wilson, Arieona Woodard, Amanda Wylie

Soldotna High

Congratulations to the following Soldotna High School students, for placing in the 26th Annual KPBSD Student Art Show – Visual Feast:

Painting- 2nd Daisy Nelson; Water color- 1st Kyra McCabe, 2nd Rachel Thomas, Honorable Mention- Stephanie Dolan; Functional Ceramics- 2nd Daisy Nelson; Printmaking- 3rd Ashlyn Branning; Open- 2nd Daisy Nelson; Photography- Honorable Mention Steven Carter; Sculpture- 1st Kaylena Olson, 2nd Raven Eppler; Drawing/Monotone- 1st Georgia West, 3rd Bos Asimakopoulos, Honorable Mention- Rachel Thomas; Mixed Media- 1st Chloe Haas.

You can visit the art show throughout the month of April at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, Wed-Sat, 12-5. Congratulations to all those who participated in the Talent Show. You did a great job and SoHi has many talented young people. Thanks for participating in an evening of fun. The winners for the fine arts category are as follows:

Drawing and Painting — 4th Place: Dustin Buerkel, 3rd Place: Bechler Metcalf, 2nd Place: Kyra McCabe, 1st Place: Karrie Olson. Ceramics/Sculpture/photos/masks — 4th Place: Tyann Reed, 3rd Place: Karli Kitchens, 2nd Place: Rachel Thomas, 1st Place: Makayla Derkervorkian with “No Parking.” The Performing Arts group, who performed on stage received their prizes, but we want to congratulate you for a great performance— Duet: 2nd Place: Sage Link and Mieka Chythlook, 1st Place: Katelyn Earll and Daniel Davis, Solo: 4th Place: Jessie Bose, 3rd Place: Charalabos Asimakopolus, 2nd Place: Sierra Baldwin, 1st Place: Marshall Cameron. Group: 3rd Place-Duet/Dance performance by Haley Whitney, Naomi Green, Rachel Nill and Dylan Stockdale, 2nd- The Band The Truants- with SoHi’s Emily Glaves, Wade VonHeeder and James Gallagher and Jimmy Fieblekorn, 1st Place-The Band-Magnus Opus, with SoHi’s Ryan Reid and Wade VonHeeder, Ben Mattox, Garret Hermansen and Ayden See.

Congratulations to the following performing artists, who need to see Mrs. Raemaeker during advisory for a participation prize and congratulations for a great performance: Drew Golden, Chloe Kincaid, Alexander Lisenby, Gage Norman, James Gallagher, Thank you to the judges (Kent Peterson, Vernel Schneider, Nancy Sailor and Britt Jackson as well as the SOHI staff, administration, Paul Wright and the Tech folks, the custodians, the National Honor Society Students for doing the project, hosting it and putting it on. Also thank you to all the vendors who supplied the awesome prizes.

This year, Cinderella’s Closet provided 58 students with items. Since our program started we have helped a total of 454 young ladies. This year’s students were from Kenai Central High School, Connections, Soldotna High, Nikiski High, Kenai Alternative High, Ninilchik High, and Homer High. A special thank you to Kenai Performers/Curtain Call Consignment, Juan Marquez and Maria Marquez in Barstow, California for collecting items to donate. Michele Clapp with Premier Jewelry Designs donated over $2280 worth of jewelry to the young ladies. The program would not be possible without the help of students from KCHS and Soldotna High School volunteering with the setup, help during, and cleanup. Thank you to the staff at our schools for getting the word out about the program. Finally, to our community for all of your generous donations. Items for Cinderella’s Closet 2016 are being collected now at the Soldotna High School main office. Let’s help make memories for more of our area teens!

The Mass Dance concert featuring Nikiski and Soldotna High School dance troupes as well as invited performers from Encore, Peninsula Artists in Motion, Vergine’s, and Rick Langley was performed at SoHi auditorium Friday and Saturday nights, April 10 and 11.

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.

Soldotna Prep

The Soldotna High Robotics club had a successful season this year. The teams consisted of 10 students from SMS, SPS, Connections and SHS. Our two teams participated in three competitions. The Frost Bots team once again qualified for the state tournament.

The team members spent three months creating, programming, and troubleshooting their student designed and built 18” x 18” metal robots for the FTC Cascade Effects game. The teams were to collect whiffle balls and distribute them to tubes of different heights.

Then they were to place the rolling tube goals in parking zones for additional points. There are both autonomous and driver control periods during the 2:30 minute game period. Our graduating seniors, Brennan Mitzel (2nd year veteran), Brenner Musgrave, and Austin Laber (1st year rookie), will be missed as they move onto another stage of their education.

We wish them the best and hope that their time with us will help them succeed in their future endeavors. Soldotna High Robotics Club interest meeting for the 2015 competition season is April 17, 5-7 p.m. at Soldotna Prep Room 4. The team open to high school students grades 9-12. Robotics Kids Camp open for students ages 6-9 and 10-14 is April 18, 1-4 p.m. in Soldotna Prep Rooms 4 and 5. Registration is $35. Contact Mrs. McGlothen at kmcglothen@kpbsd.k12.ak.us for more information.

Soldotna Prep School Third Quarter Honor Roll

4.00 GPA — Ethan Bott, Derek Evans, William Gross, Alice Han, Selby Hill, Jaela Hubbard, Ashley Jones, Madeline Kindred, Melia Miller, Tehya Naylor, Emily Pieh, Cody Quelland, Jode Sparks

3.99 – 3.50 GPA — Anna Aley , Kellie Arthur, Garryn Baker, Ashlyn Branning, Tovia Bremond-Hilton, Caroline Cho, Dominique Conner, Brandon Crowder, Cora Davis, Noah Deutsch, Kiernan Escott, Megan Fenton, Emilie Fuhrman, Brenner Furlong, Andrew Gross, Jenna Hansen, Kealey Hendricks, Sonya Houser, Blake Jones, Kallie Kenner, Javan King, Kamala Martin, Sarah McConnell,Tyler McDonald, Samuel McElroy, Mathphia McEntire, Richard Metcalf, Charles Meyer, Calvin Mitzel, Portia Padilla, Anna Petersen, John-Mark Pothast, Delaney Risley, Tre Rybak, Ricci Sackett, William Selden, Ella Stenga, Mikala Swedberg, Kevin Tautfest, Cheyenne Vroman, Hannah Wells, Skyler Williamson, Michayl Wilshusen, Denali Wurst

3.49 – 3.00 GPA — Trayton, Bird, Rylee Blakemore-Tester, Cally Christianson, Charis Curry, Darrion Derflinger, Drake Dimick, Erin Dobbs, Nicholas Edwards, Madisen Elder, Jay Frost, Korie Gilmore, Gavin Goggia, Grace Graham, Emily Jackson, Delaney Johnson, Myra Love, Maguire Merriman, Kamry Meyer, Michael Moore, Cole Nelson, Hannah Noyes, Austin Reeves, Michaella Renfro, Michael Reutov, Stormy Sheilds, Taylor Speakman, Caleb Spence, Vanessa Steiner, Alaina Swensen, Luke Trammell, Chance Turvin, Whitney Wortham, Shaylynn Zener

Sterling Elementary

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 Study

The Study is excited to introduce academic pre-k/kindergarten and first/second grade in the 2015/16 school year! It’s not too early to begin enrolling, 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.

Tustumena Elementary

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

April 21 — PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.

April 27 — Site Council, 4 p.m. (last one for this school year)

April 28 — Spring Concert K-3 6 p.m.

April 29 — Spring Concert Grades 4-6 6 p.m.

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/ PTO Meeting, 4 p.m.

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Borough Mayor Charlie Pierce is photographed at the Kenai Peninsula Clarion office in Kenai, Alaska, on Sept. 25, 2020. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
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