Tustumena Staff Newsletter

Week of 2-18-13

From Parent Newsletter

As I mentioned in an earlier newsletter, there were several Soldotna area schools configuration meetings during the first part of this month. Only Nine people attended the information meeting we held here at Tustumena but several of our parents attended the meeting held at Skyview where there were several dozen patrons. The objective of all the meetings was to inform the public and get input about the possibility of proposing a reconfiguration plan to the KPBSD Board of Directors. The basic elements of the proposal are to direct the students of the Soldotna area schools (Tustumena, Sterling, K-Beach, SO-EL, Soldotna Montessori and Redoubt) into two junior high schools designed for 7th through 9th grade students. These schools would then direct all area students to one high school. Many of the academic details are being worked out by district staff, but social and community type details such as mascots, colors, names, etc. would all be worked out by a representative committee if the overall proposal is accepted by the board. Details of the proposal and committee conversations can be found on the district website: http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/departments.aspx?id=27294

In earlier newsletters, I also proposed the reduction of paper copies of this newsletter. Hard copies will always be available upon request and we will continue to provide them at the post office. The newsletter sent home on February 22, will be the last regular paper copy unless otherwise requested.

We would like to send out a big “Thank you!” to our Tustumena PTO and Rocky’s Café for providing meals for our staff during both of our Parent /Teacher conferences this year. It was very nice to sit down with our peers and share delicious food. We felt very spoiled.

Spring break is only three weeks away (March 11) and right before that is the KPBSD forensics match on March 2nd here at Tustumena. This will be a chance for us to showcase our great facility and community but to pull that off, we need you. If any parent could volunteer to help run the match, it would be greatly beneficial and appreciated. Contact me directly 260-1345, if you are interested.

Another highly anticipated event is the annual Sixth Grade vs. Staff Basketball game. On March 7, at 2pm, all stops will be pulled as this year’s sixth graders try to de-thrown the reigning champions, the Tustumena Staff Basketball team. I am looking forward to guarding the paint as the youthful, fast-footed, (but much smaller) team try to access the goal. It should be a good time and a great way to end the third quarter.

Finally, I understand that it is the tradition of Tustumena to take school pictures in the spring as well as in the fall. In the fall, we are required to use a standard photography company, but in the spring we have options. This year, my wife has volunteered to be the photographer. This means three things: 1- All the profits from the pictures will be given to our building PTO , 2- The picture packets will be less expensive and have an option of having the digital negative instead of the prints, and 3- the turn-around time will be very short. We have scheduled to take the pictures on March 26th. Each student will need to have their picture taken so we can include them in the yearbook even if you do not wish to purchase a set. Mrs. Hayman will be producing the yearbook as well. Thank you Mrs. Hayman.

Minutes and Agenda

Wednesday, Feb. 20th 2013 at 8am

Tustumena Elementary School, 58200 Sterling Highway, Kasilof, AK


Reported on

  • Reading Week
  • Vision Statement (will change the word "teachers" to "staff"
  • Soldotna Area Schools Configuration meeting- go to the meetings and be heard. Teachers are the most influential people in our community.
  • March 8 in-service day agenda = Collaboration style and content
  • FYI Moving stuff out of locker rooms to make room in band room
  • Checking about summer school- more info will be availabe in three weeks
  • Forensics - District on March 2. Need staff members here at 8:30
  • Sixth Grade vs Staff Basketball game - March 7th at 2


  • Check in about Forensics- building level
  • Lynx Tracks decision for 3rd quarter

we are Tustumena... WE ARE TUSTUMENA

At Tustumena, we never stop adapting. It takes talented staff, making thousands of decisions every day to provide an engaging and meaningful education for each individual student to prepare them for their future.

What's coming

  • Feb 15- Mighty Meatball- 5:30-7:30pm
  • Feb 19- PTO Meeting 4pm
  • Feb 25- Site Counsel meeting
  • Feb 26- 6th Grade Parent Night at SMS 6:30
  • March 2- District Forensics
  • March 5- SMS counselors w/6th graders
  • March 7- 6th grade vs staff basketball game 2pm
  • March 8- No School, Inservice- Collaboration
  • March 11-15- Spring Break
  • March 19 PTO Meeting 4pm
  • March 19- Lynx Tracks
  • March 26- Spring Pictures