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Posted: November 10, 2013 - 8:14pm  |  Updated: November 11, 2013 - 10:19am

School board to meet

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. at 148N. Binkley Street in Soldotna (unless otherwise noted).

For more information, call 907-714-8888 or visit http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/board.aspx?id=28035. 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 dtressler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us no later than three business days before the meeting date.

■ December 2, 2013

■ January 13, 2014

■ February 3, 2014

■ March 3, 2014

■ April 14, 2014

■ May 5, 2014 (at Seward High School)

■ June 2, 2014

■ June 3, 2014 (Board Planning Session)

Early release dates for KPBSD schools

Six times throughout the academic year, on a Wednesday, schools will meet the minimum day, leaving teachers with approximately ninety minutes of additional time to work on improvement strategies. On these early release dates, school will end ninety minutes (1.5 hours) earlier. Bus transportation will be adjusted by ninety minutes.

November 20; January 22; February 26; April 16

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.

Upcoming Academies for the 2013-2014 school year include: Emergency Trauma Technician, Personal Care Attendant, Welding and Construction.

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.

There is a Personal Care Attendant (PCA) academy starting January 13th at 3:30pm in room C106 at Skyview High School. This first day is a mandatory meeting. Academy schedule TBD by students and instructor. This academy is open to Juniors and Seniors only. The PCA course is a state program. Students will learn Personal Care Services, Employability Awareness, Earn First Aid & State Certification, and participate in Job Shadowing.

There will also be a construction academy starting in January at Skyview High School and one in February at Workforce Development Center. Dates and times to be announced.

To sign up go to http://onestop.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/ For more information call Debbie Pearson at 283-2145 or see your counselor.

The Study

The Study is offering its next Pilot Ground School Course (non-credit course) starting Nov. 7 from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

The next Research Based Reading Intervention Course starts Nov. 5 Tuesday and Thursdays from 2-3 p.m.

Connections Home-school Program

■ Tuesday Houghton Mifflin Curriculum Presentation @ Sports Center 11:30-1:00

■ Nov. 15 High School Eligibility Due by noon; RSVP For Encounter Earth by today

■ Nov. 20 High School Senior Meeting @ Soldotna Connections Office 1:30-2:30pm

■ Nov. 25: Safe Sitter Class

■ Nov. 26 Encounter Earth @ Challenger Learning Center 9am-12pm; Safe Sitter Class

■ Dec. 5 Payment Due for non-refundable Kenai Fjords Trip in May 2014

Connections will host an activity and presentation by Hougton Mifflin curriculum specialist Shannon Cullip on Tuesday at the Soldotna Regional Sports Complex from 11:30 a.m. to approximately 1 p.m. We will have bingo for prizes, pizza and beverages, and lots of samples from Houghton Mifflin Curriculum, including Science Fusion, Write Source, Math in Focus, Saxon, plus some great high school options by Holt McDougal, and more. Please rsvp to: lee@kpbsd.k12.ak.us

High School Senior Meeting: On Nov. 20 at 1:30 -2:30 p.m. we will have a senior meeting at the Soldotna Connections office. We will discuss the graduation ceremony, college applications and post high school opportunities. Advisors will be available to complete individual student credit checks. All seniors and their parents are encouraged to attend. Please RSVP with your advisor.

On Nov. 26, 9 a.m.-noon. Connections students were invited by the Challenger Learning Center to beta-test the newest Encounter Earth Mission on November. All students in grade sixth- through eigith may attend, but there is a maximum number, so please RSVP with your advisor right away to reserve your spot. The deadline to RSVP is Nov. 15, or until all the slots are filled. RSVP with your advisor to reserve your spot, there is limited space.

The Kenai Fjords Marine Science Explorers is five hour trip which may include the following stations: Seawater Analysis, Plankton Analysis, Seabirds and Marine Mammal Adaptations, Fjord Ecosystems, navigation, geology, or weather. All Homeschoolers (Grades 3-12) and parents are welcome. We must pay Kenai Fjords by Dec. 5. This fee is non-refundable. We apologize that if you commit to this trip that we will not be able to refund your money. If you have any questions, please contact Wendi at 714-8880 or wdutcher@kpbsd.k12.ak.us

IDEA Home-school program

IDEA welcomes enrollment in our home schooling support program. To learn more or enroll please visit our office in The Red Diamond Center on K-Beach Road or call 907-260-7555.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences

It is getting colder outside so please send children to school with the proper gear for the weather. They do go outside for recess if it’s not pouring rain or colder than -10 degrees.

Today the APC will meet at 4 p.m. in the library. There is one action item that will be voted on which is approval the 2014/2015 school year budget.

Today the PTA will meet at 4 p.m. in the Art Room. Please come and support your PTA.

Wednesday the 3rd and 4th grade classes will walk on a study trip to explore and discover Kenai’s history.

On Nov. 13, Gym Activities and Arts & Craft Clubs meet from 3:45-4:45 p.m. for those who have turned in their permission slip forms. Thank you in advance for picking your child up on time.

On Nov. 14, Kindergarteners will be going on a study trip to Kenai Post Office and Kenai Library. Also on Nov. 14, Dance Club is from 3:45-4:45 p.m. for those who have turned in their permission slip forms. Math and Science Club meets at the same time in the library.

On Nov. 14 Kaleidoscope will hold a Goal Meeting at 6 p.m. All parents are invited.

Christmas Drive forms were sent home with every student and are due to the office no later than Nov. 15 at 4 p.m. If you need assistance this Christmas season, be sure to submit your form by that firm deadline. There was also a form included for anyone who would like to contribute to the Drive. We do not solicit from our local businesses so your donation of funds or purchased items is what makes this Drive successful for Kaleidoscope families who are in need. The Student Council will hold a canned food drive the first two weeks in December to support the Christmas Drive so stock up on cans to donate.

The LifeSkill we are focusing on this week is Effort — To do your best

K-Beach Elementary

Mr. Daniels’s Class visited the Forget Me Not Center in Kenai on Halloween day. They had games, prizes, stories, and a special Halloween treat for us. We really enjoyed our time with the seniors there. We especially enjoyed story time when some seniors told us about what it was like when they were kids. We agreed that our elders had it much harder than we do today. The students wrote thank you letters in return for their kindness. When asked if we should go back to visit in the Spring, the kids answered with a resounding, “YES!”

— Nov. 14 – PTA Meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the library.

— Nov. 20 – Early Release Day, students will be released at 12:55.

Kenai Central High School

KCHS Spanish classes are exhibiting their art projects for Día de los Muertos including calaveras, papel picado, flores de papel and a model of an ofrenda. The exhibit will be at Already Read Books on Attla Way in Kenai for the month of November.

In the video conferencing world at Kenai Central High School and Skyview high school, you can see there are many exciting events taking place.

Mr. Carr and Mrs. Raemaeker’s government classes will be participating in a special event Nov. 18 starting at 5 a.m. they will engage in a live discussion with former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden. After the presentation students will debate the topic of National Security vs Privacy with students from a Del Valle High school in Texas.

Students in World History with Mr. Zorbas and Mr. Sparks are working to complete the unit 2 thinking historically organizer. Mr. Zorbas and Mr. Sparks continue a new innovative approach to world history this year that has students working in small groups from both schools. The students use Microsoft lync to video conference and Google docs to work together on their current event and historical example for each unit.

Students from both schools are preparing to start a program called “Youth Talk” This will be an extra-curricular series of video conferences with curriculum. The partner school this year is in the country of Tunisia.

Juniors, seniors & parents — Do you have questions about paying for college or trade school? The counseling department will be hosting an event designed to educate you on all your options and steps that can be taken to help pay for school. There will be information for all income levels and types of school. This event will be held in the Little Theater on Tuesday, Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m. Feel free to contact us with questions. Refreshments will be provided.

Mountain View Elementary

There will be a PTA meeting on Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. in the staff lounge.

Nov. 20 is a “Minimum Day.” Students will be dismissed at 1:50 p.m.

The Site Council will be meeting at 4 p.m. on Nov. 21 in the Library.

Students need to bring warm clothing for recess each day. Students will be going outside unless it is colder than 10 below zero.

Nikiski Middle/High

Upcoming events:

Today: Girls & Boys Middle School Basketball @ Nikiski vs. Soldotna Middle School – 3:00 p.m.

Site Council Meeting – 4:00 p.m. in the library

Thursday: High School Wrestling Duals @ Nikiski – Senior Night

— B Team Girls & Boys Middle School Basketball @ Cook inlet Academy – 3:30 p.m.

— High School Volleyball State Tournament in Anchorage

— PTSA meeting in the library – 6:00 p.m.

Friday: High School Wrestling @ Nikiski – Peninsula Duals

— Girls & Boys Middle School Basketball @ Homer Middle School – 3:00 p.m.

Saturday

— High School Wrestling @ Nikiski – Peninsula Duals

The next EARLY RELEASE day will be Nov. 20.

School attendance in the first quarter was outstanding!!! There were 47 Middle School students with perfect attendance and 39 High School students with perfect attendance. Great job students and parents making education a priority. Keep it up for second quarter.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

There will be site council meeting today at 3:45 p.m. in the staff lounge.

Nikiski Neighbors is once again sponsoring the Noel Tree Children’s Program. This program is intended to provide two needed clothing items and one item that matches the interests of the child. All families living north of milepost 15.5 can apply. Applications are due by November 19th and can be found at the Nikiski Post Office, Nikiski High School or Nikiski North Star Elementary.

Winter is officially here so it is time for your child to come to school prepared for the cold weather. Students need to wear warm jackets, boots, hats, gloves and snow pants when the need arises. The KPBSD policy is that all students go outside for recess until the temperature drops below minus ten degrees. If you have questions, please call the school office at 776-2600.

Redoubt Elementary

Tuesday - PTA – Meeting at 5 p.m. child care provided.

Thursday - Site Council Meeting – 3:30 p.m. in the staff lounge.

We would like to wish a Happy Veterans Day to our Redoubt family veterans. Thank you for your service and sacrifice.

Last week’s Box Top winners were: Loretta Maal, Zoe Burns & Emma Hunter. Keep those Box Tops for education coming.

We hope students and parents find Redoubt’s new reception window in the school office a helpful addition. Parents and students will no longer have to come all the way around the hallway to enter the office for assistance. Our goal is to better serve our students and parents. Our office door is always open, so please feel welcome to come inside if you prefer.

Summer Reading Program participants read over 65,822 minutes during their summer vacation. This is an increase over last year of 18,146 minutes. The following twenty eight students spent their summer immersed in books. All students were presented with a Certificate of Participation and T-Shirt during a school assembly. The Summer Reading Program is an annual program that sponsored by Soldotna Rotary Club. This program is open to all Redoubt students. Congratulations to the following students.

Terryn Gomez, Owen Massey, Arianna Steadman, Andrew Arthur, Zac Buckbee, Rebekah Hudson, Corey Lewis, Michael Cornell, Drew Cox, Liam Harris, Kelsie Kenner, Emma Knowles, Blake Lewis, Kali Massey, Sydney Steadman, Riley Stimmel, Quinn Cox, Dylan Davidhizer, Cayden Kelly, Adam Osborn, Emma Craig, Sierra Chapman, Brittany Lewis, Kaitlyn Massey, Trenton O’Reagan, Zach Ulrich, Jamie Kelly, Matthew Lewis.

River City Academy

River City parents mark your calendars, Tad is holding the first Educate training on Thursday, at 6 p.m. here at the school. Please call the school office with any questions.

Also, on Nov. 19 at 5 p.m. the Site Council will meet in Anna’s room. Some agenda items include a review of the ASPI ranking system, and the current Principal’s Cabinet will present their projects. Then right after that at 6 p.m. juniors and seniors and their parents are invited to join counselors LaDawn Druce and Sara Moore for Junior/Senior Transition Night. This is a fantastic opportunity for students and parents to get necessary information needed to make future decisions.

The next minimum day is Nov. 20th and students are planning a waffle breakfast that morning. Call Mary if you can donate.

Skyview High

The volleyball team defeated Nikiski on Friday night and Seward on Saturday to finish their season undefeated! Good luck at Regions this weekend.

The wrestling team tied with Nome for 3rd at ACS tournament. Seth Hutchison finished 1st, Austin Craig was 2nd, Bailey Blumentritt was 3rd, and Sage Hill finished 5th.

The swim team had their region meet this weekend. The girls finished 10th place in the 200 Medley Relay. Mika Morton finished 6th in the 100 butterfly, Liz McGlothen finished 17th in the 200 freestyle, and all swimmers swam season best times in their events.

The following football players were selected to the All-Conference Football team: 2nd team offense: Bailey Jones – Kicker, 2nd team defense: Bailey Blumentritt – Outside Linebacker, Charles Gibbons – Defensive Back, and Sage Hill – Punter, Honorable Mention: Brandon Rice – Halfback, Bailey Blumentritt – Tight End, and Tim Duke – Utility Player

Four Skyview athletes won events and set new records at the SST competition last Wednesday: Tim Duke in the 40 (4.53 New Record), Heather Tolliver in the I-test (4.69 New Record), Cat Schoessler in the Vertical Jump (27’ New Record), Austin Craig in Fight Gone Bad (13-2 New Record)

Food drive through Nov. 21. Bless families in our community.

“You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”--a readers’ theatre script--will be performed at SoHi auditorium Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 14-16 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 at the door. The show is part of a One-Act Play Festival. Cast members include: Sally--Mika Morton, Charlie Brown--Stockton Jones, Violet--Elizabeth McGlothen, Schroeder--Jeremiah Hudson, Patty--Renee Hinz, Snoopy--Heath Tucker, Lucy--Cora Flake, Linus--Dylan Stockdale and is directed by Terri Zopf-Schoessler.

Attention Juniors and Seniors — If you are considering applying to UAA, you may want to attend UAA Preview Day. On Friday, Nov. 15, your College and Career Guide is taking a bus of students up to Anchorage to participate in admission workshops, mock classes, and campus tours. The trip is free for students, but space is limited; only 15 spots. Permission slips are available in Ms. Cotton’s office (upstairs by the rock wall), so pick yours up today. For further details contact Ms. Cotton, your College and Career Guide.

SENIORS — College Application Week is happening Nov.18 through 22. Talk with your College and Career Guide to find out what you need to be prepared for College Application Week

Soldotna Elementary

An early release day is coming up on Nov. 20. The students will be dismissed at 1:55 p.m., and bus schedules will be adjusted by just 90 minutes. There will be no afternoon class for Mrs. Cannava’s preschoolers.

Our new PTA will be meeting on Nov. 18. Please join us, and remember that childcare is provided.

Congratulations to Tim Cashman who is the box top winner from last week’s drawing. Box tops for Education coupons are located on many food items, and our school earns cash from them. Our beautiful sign out front was funded by this program. Some of the earnings were also used to help purchase playground equipment and classroom smart boards. It’s easy to tear or cut them out of packaging, so remember us before you throw them into the trash.

A huge Thanks to all who recycled cans. Thanks to you, our school was credited with 511.7 pounds of aluminum, narrowly beating another school by 44.7 pounds. Keep saving those cans as there is one more collection day, Saturday, April 26th. The Soldotna Landfill will be accepting cans on that day from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Thanksgiving Day is coming up on Nov. 28th. There will be no school that day or Friday, Nov. 29. Enjoy your holiday time together.

Consider working with your child on a service project this year as the holiday season is fast approaching. The project can be a great gift to your community, and you will be helping others. Plus, you will find that you and your child receive much more than you give. Some ideas include providing gifts to children who may otherwise receive nothing, visit a neighbor who may have difficulty with errands during the cold weather. You could collect canned goods for your local food bank or gather warm clothing for a homeless shelter.

Our students have been busy creating lots of amazing art projects. In our hallways you will find handprint reindeer, gorgeous autumn leaves, the “Who am I?” wall, and our huge tree (still full of autumn leaves) where the students have written so many things for which they are thankful. I don’t believe I saw “my ipad or cell phone” listed anywhere.

TB testing is scheduled for kinders and new-to-district students today and Tuesday. If you have any questions, please call Nurse Tammy. Please make sure your student(s) are at school the following days so the test can be “read”.

Soldotna Middle School

Basketball Schedule this week:

Tuesday – Soldotna Maroon vs. Kenai at Soldotna – 3 p.m.

Tuesday – Nikiski vs. Soldotna White @ Nikiski – 3 p.m.

Thursday – Team Pictures

Friday – Seward vs. Soldotna White @ Seward – 3 p.m.

Upcoming Events:

Nov. 18 – Site Council Meeting @ 4 p.m. in SMS Library

Nov. 20 – early release for students. Students at Soldotna Middle School will end the school day at 12:45 p.m.

Soldotna Middle School First Quarter Honor Roll 2013-2014

8th Grade 4.0 – Anna Aley, Kellie Arthur, Ethan Bott, Caroline Cho, Rachel Davidson, Austen Eriksson, Derek Evans, Jay Frost, Gavin Goggia, Alice Han, Selby Hill, John Holland, Nicolas Horning, Jaela Hubbard, Madeline Kindred, Javan King, Sarah McConnell, Kamry Meyer, Calvin Mitzel, Tyla Moorleghen, Hannah Noyes, Portia Padilla, Emily Pieh, John Mark Pothast, Cody Quelland, Delaney Risley, Christy Satterwhite, William Selden, Jode Sparks, Shannon Spence, Vanessa Steiner, Ella Stenga, Aurora Suder, Hannah Wells, Hailey Wilkinson

7th Grade 4.0 – Asia Angeles Hanson, Kortney Birch, Brittani Blossom, Haley Buckbee, Rylan Burrows, Kristina Bybee, Hannah Delker, Serena Larrow, Brandon Lee, Darby McMillan, Aliann Schmidt, Danica Schmidt, Benjamin Snow, Cecilia Stewart

8th Grade 3.5 to 3.9 – Garryn Baker, Sarah Baktuit, Kyle Bauter, Trayton Bird, Anthony Carrasco, Cally Christianson, Brandon Crowder, Charis Curry, Cora Davis, Jessica Davis, Noah Deutsch, Erin Dobbs, Nicholas Edwards, Kiernan Escott, Conner Fowler, Korie Gilmore, Grace Graham, Talon Hagen, Brady Hanson, Tristin Hatten, Kealey Hendricks, Kaley Hunter, Kallie Kenner, Elizabeth Lisenby, Anthony Long, Myra Love, Kamala Martin, Savannah McDonald, Samuel McElroy, Maguire Merriman, Richard Metcalf, Charles Meyer, Melia Miller, Michael Moore, Mikala Mudrick, Wessley Petrovich, Josep Pons Vives, Michael Reutov, Tyler Reynolds, Katie Richmond, Andrea Rodriguez, Tre Rybak, Ricci Sackett, Rachel Seneff, Eli Sheridan, Logan Smith, Kevin Tautfest, Luke Trammell, Chance Turvin, Sean Verg-in, Kindle Williams, Benjamin Wilson, Denali Wurst

7th Grade 3.5 to 3.9 – Erika Bennett, Haven Best, Carsen Brown, Thomas Brown, Megan Calloway, Wyatt Denna, Amanda Eby, Porter Evans, Titan Farrell, Laurel Glaves, Cassie Haeg, Ashlee Heiman, Cody Hemphill, Kennedy Holland, Jayden Kemp, Katelynn Kimes, Derek Lewis, Kalyn McGillivray, Cloe Milbauer, Madelyn Miles, Natalia O’Toole, Athalia Quiner, Marlayna Saavedra, Bethani Shepard, Jaida Sturman, Brighton Turvin, Braxton Urban, Gabriel Wackler Murdock, Thomas Wells, Brennan Werner, Aidan Whitney

8th Grade 3.0 to 3.49 – Katrina Bearup, Shayla Blischke, Emily Books, Tovia Bremond Hilton, Gage Burns Hankins, Celina Casares, Reid Casey, Darrion Derflinger, Kami Diehl, Elijah Elsey, Brenner Furlong, Joseph Hensley, Emily Jackson, Delaney Johnson, Quintin Kimball, Samantha Kompkoff, Jeremiah Lindemann, Jake Marcuson, Matt McEntire, Sean McMullen, Cody Moore, Chloe Newby, Cody Nill, Emily Noblin, Nathaniel Patat, Solomon Rasch, Austin Reeves, Logan Schrader, Taylor Speakman, Hunter Thompson, Koby Vinson, Shaylynn Zener

7th Grade 3.0 to 3.49 – Darwin Baldwin, Levi Benner, Donald Bennett, Trinity Bower, Luis Chicas Sorto, Sharon Childsdress White, Abigail Cooke, Logan Craig, Tanner Craig, Savanna Davis, Samantha Denbrock, Landen Dewitt, Abigail DiPaolo, Megan Eskue, Tres Faucher, Joseph Fiebelkorn, Mykenna Foster, Brett Fullenwider, Christopher Gilbert, Alexis Giles, Victoria Giles, Mckenzie Hale, Kameron Hanson, Dalton Hatten, Sally Hoagland, Jacob Jackson, Trinity Jones, Angel Joseph Matumeak, Jared Knight, Dorothy Kreider, Jemma Lane, Denali Lombard, Reva Lovett, Bradi Martin, Mariah Mattfield, Kodi McGillivray, Jordan Merrill, Katlian Nelson, Timothy Opheim, Bryan Parmentier, Mariah Parnell, Carson Ratky, Arin Reger, Ethan Schneider, Kayli Smith, Kyla Smith, Donavan Stocks, Brittany Taylor, Koryna Tollison, Allison Towell, Jeffreyna Tubbs, Ashlyn Vehmeier, Levi Wahl, Andreah Walker, Melinda Williams, Selene Williams, Keeley Withrow, Mikaele Wong, Hailey Yoder

Soldotna High School

Soldotna High School is pleased to announce its participation in the statewide College Application Week, Nov. 18 through 22. The goal of College Application Week is to build excitement around the college application process and provide a forum for all Alaskan seniors to complete and file college applications. While the main focus of the event is on helping all seniors apply to college or other post-secondary programs, Soldotna High School will be offering college-focused activities to include freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. To prepare for this week, seniors are encouraged to research their college and program options and to consider characteristics such as location, size, available majors, cost of attendance, available financial aid, and admission requirements when making their decisions. Seniors should also prepare a personal statement and collect documents such as transcripts, SAT/ACT test scores, and letters of recommendation from teachers and community members. For more information, please contact Emily Cotton, Soldotna High School’s College and Career Guide, at ecotton@kpbsd.k12.ak.us.

Soldotna High School is collecting gently used formal dresses, shoes, and accessories for 2014 Cinderella’s Closet. This is a program which helps all area high school ladies with prom attire for free. Please email mbos@kpbsd.k12.ak.us for more info. All donations can be dropped off to the front office 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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

— 7:50 a.m. to noon

— 12:35 p.m. to 2:25 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.

Tustumena Elementary

November 19

PTO Meeting, 4pm

November 20

Early Release, 2:10pm

November 22

Bingo for Turkeys

There are so many things going on here at Tustumena that it is hard to keep track of them all. One of the best things that happened lately was the School Carnival. Our PTO asked me to extend a hardy “Thank you!” to all of the volunteers that helped with setup, tear down, and running of the carnival. It was a record setting event. We had a record number of volunteers and that translated into a record clean up time, and a record amount of fun. All told, we made $4400 that will go right back to supporting your kids.

We would also like to pause and say, “Thank you,” to our veterans. Today is Veteran’s Day and we would not have any of the freedoms we so dearly enjoy without the sacrifices of our Veterans. “Thank you again.”

Send in cash raffle tickets please. We have over 20 students/families that still have Cash Raffle tickets out. Please send all tickets sold or unsold and the cash back to school tomorrow. We must reconcile these tickets and sell any remaining ones soon, so we need everything back to school.

We held our second Early Release/Collaboration Day. During this time I worked with our teaching staff to solidify the science standards we must teach and how we must teach them. Our school is the only school in the district that is working on Science exclusively during the early release time. This is not to say we are not working on all of the other curricular areas, but we are really drilling in on how to best teach the field of Science. Part of the task before teachers is to make Science engaging. To that end, part of our time was spent demonstrating how to teach the Scientific Method through a demonstration of separating oxygen off of hydrogen peroxide. This may sound boring, but now visualize that we used chicken livers to do it.

Wings Christian Academy

No school today, observing Veterans Day.

BEMA Volleyball Tournament was on Monday, Wings placed 2nd.

Office of the Week-ULC: Madison Berga LLC: Zane James

Awards for Student of the Month, August: Madison Berga, September: Charisma Watkins, October: Chase Miller. Will be going out for Lunch with Pastor/Principal on Tuesday. Winners for Book-It month of October: Ethan Berga, Madison Berga, Valerie Cazares, Sam Kuehn, Wade James, and Zane Wade.

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