School Briefs

Posted: Sunday, January 08, 2006


DIBELS/CBM testing for grades kindergarten through third continues through Friday. Call the office at 714-8880 to schedule an appointment.

A spelling bee will be held Wednesday at the Borough Building in Soldotna at 3 p.m. Paideia word guides are available in the office. Let your advisor know if you plan to participate.

A Space Explorers Web Portal training will be held at the computer lab Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Call your advisor at 714-8880 to register.

Semester grade reports are due Jan. 16.

The end of semester activity will be tubing at Solid Rock Bible Camp Jan. 16. Times will be 1 to 3 p.m. and from 3 to 5 p.m. Hot chocolate will be provided. The cost is $5. Call the office at 714-8880 to sign up. There are a limited number of participants that can be on the hill at a time.

For information, upcoming events or to check out the online forum, visit

Cook Inlet Academy

The second semester began this week. Report cards will be sent home Friday.

Mrs. Smith said her kindergarten classes are excelling in their academic achievements, and to provide further opportunities for them the classes are being consolidated from two sessions into one for the second semester. The class will meet every Tuesday through Thursday and will include swimming until April.

Preschool through second-grade classes were treated to the Sir Bookworm play performed by the third-graders. The students thank Mrs. Nelson and the third-graders for their hard work and encouragement to read.

Thanks to all who helped with the Christmas concerts and to those who purchased cookies at the elementary concert to help the fifth-graders provide for a needy family.

Congratulations to the junior high boys basketball team for placing third at regionals and to the girls team for winning the Sportsmanship Award. The school thanks Connie Taplin, Rick Musgrove and Jenny Smithwick for their leadership and dedication.

There will be a school board meeting at 7 p.m. Monday.

There will be no school Jan. 16.


January is starting off with a bang as there are many opportunities for students in the next few weeks.

Math Olympiads will continue to meet the first and third Wednesdays of the month at 2:30 p.m. Students are reminded to bring their notebooks.

Battle of the Books competition for teams begins Monday at 10 a.m. for high school, Tuesday at 10 a.m. for seventh and eighth grades, Wednesday at 10 a.m. for fifth and sixth grades, and Thursday at 10 a.m. for third and fourth grades. All of the competitions will be held at the Kalifornsky Beach IDEA office.

A spelling bee will take place on Friday at the Kalifornsky Beach IDEA office at 10 a.m. The winner will compete at the state level and will represent IDEA.

Progress reports and second quarter work samples are also due on Friday. To assist parents in any paperwork that needs to be completed, the office will be open the Thursday evening. Parents, feel free to stop by for a snack and help with all of your paperwork.

More information on these opportunities is available by calling the office at 260-7555.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

There is one week left in the semester. Students are reminded to study and get work completed before the semester ends.

Mr. Daniels’ class is learning about ecosystems and human impact on them. Students will do hands-on experiments to learn more about the five ecosystems around the world including desert, ocean, coral reef, antarctic and arctic, and rain forest. Students will learn what an ecosystem is, students will take part in making and observing a terrarium, students will chart the growth of a plant, they will classify animals in ecosystems, they will take part in ecosystem investigations online, and they’ll be able to discuss and describe human impact on ecosystems.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences

The school would like to thank everyone for the many donations to the Christmas drive. Sixty-two families were helped thanks to the schools and the generous community we live in.

APC will meet at 4 p.m. Monday in the library.

Kenai Central High

The January site council meeting will be Thursday. If you have any questions about the site council or would like a discussion item placed on the agenda, call Jim Beeson or Alan Fields at 283-7524.

Kenai Montessori Toddler House

In observance of Montessori Education week, the students listened to stories about Dr. Maria Montessori and how she opened the first Montessori school 99 years ago.

The staff and students would like to extend a warm welcome to new students: Elizabeth Grzybowski and Ryan Crapps.

Parents please remember all children need the appropriate winter gear with them everyday to play outside. Copies of the new parent handbook will be available in the office next week. For more information visit:

Kenai Montessori School

This past week as the students returned from their annual winter break, their classrooms were transformed with traditional Asian cultural items because this month the students are studying Asia. Parents please remember all show and share items the students bring in this month should have an Asian theme.

On Friday, the children observed and celebrated the 99th anniversary of the first Montessori school opened by Dr. Maria Montessori in Rome, Italy in 1907.

The staff and student body would like to extend a warm welcome to our new student: Matthew Grzybowski.

For more information visit:

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start

In the Moose and Bear class the children spent the last week before Christmas break doing reindeer activities, making snow globes for idas (Dena’ina word for friends) and a many other Christmas activities. The calves and cubs made foam puppets, paper chains, gingerbread houses and C.D. and snowflake ornaments.

The children are looking forward to better weather conditions to get outside. It is important for children to get outside for muscle and brain development as well as gross motor skills.

In the Raven and Eagle class the children will do science experiments, art, songs, poems and dances. The colors the class will be studying are black and white. The shapes is rectangle and the letters are “J,” “O,” “Y.” The children also will learn about snow.

Kenai Middle

The staff hopes students had a restful holiday break.

The school newsletter is provided on the Edline Web site at If you’d like to continue receiving it through the mail, call 283-4896.

Indian Education Tutoring is available during and after school Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. If you are interested call Kelly Brewer or Jennifer Ford at 283-1748.

Congratulations to the following students for winning the Character Counts! pizza drawing last week: Morgan Cunningham and Christina Grimsley.

P.J. Laws and Michael Hughes won the box top drawing last week. They each received a coupon to spend at the school store.

Dates to remember:

· Jan. 16 — End of first semester ;

· Jan. 17 — Nurses and Librarian’s Day;

· Jan. 19 — Site Council meets in the library at 5:30 p.m.;

· Jan. 20 — Clubs begin and wrestling at Soldotna Middle School at 3:30 p.m.;

· Jan. 21 — Skiing at Skyview High School at noon;

· Jan. 27 — Clubs and wrestling at SMS at 3:30 p.m.; and

· Jan. 28 — Skiing at the school at noon.

Mountain View Elementary

Dance begins Monday and wresting begins Tuesday. Dance is for fourth- and fifth-grade girls. Dance will be held Mondays and Wednesdays at 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Mrs. Brown is the instructor.

Wrestling is for boys and is held Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Mr. Dawson is the coach. Permission slips are available in the office.

The school would like to thank those who brought in cans and supported the schools Great Aluminum Round-up. The school is still collecting cans.

Nikiski Middle-High

Mr. O’Brien would like to thank Gordy Vernon for sharing his slide show presentation of his 1994 climb of Mt. Everest with classes the week before Christmas.

Date to remember:

· Tuesday — C Team Basketball at Soldotna (girls at 4:30, boys at 6 p.m.) Site Council meeting in the library 6:15 p.m.

Redoubt Elementary

The first- through third-grade musical, “This is Christmas”, was performed Dec. 13. The school thanks the volunteers, performers and parents for their part in making the program a success. Thank you also to music teacher, Sue Biggs, for directing the performance. VHS and DVD copies of the musical are available for purchase through The Music Box. The program also may be viewed online at by clicking on the link “Christmas Musical December 13, 2005” under the “news” heading.

Through the efforts of volunteers and donations, cereal and milk are served to students free of charge in the gym every school day morning. Donations of money and low-sugar cereals are needed to continue the program and may be dropped off at the school office.

Yearbooks will be for sale through Feb. 3 for a special early bird price of $15. After Feb. 3, the price will be $18. Yearbooks will arrive in May.

Parents can help the school raise funds by signing up for eScrip at There is no charge for participating. Additional information is available at the school office.

Sears Elementary

Ms. Ralston’s and Mrs. Peless’ students were busy the week before Christmas break working on projects for the adults they live with. The students made art projects that can to be displayed at home. In math the students worked on sequencing numbers, adding and taking away, missing numbers and learned skip counting with music.

Thank you to everyone for donating hats, gloves and canned goods for the Christmas drive.We were able to help 62 families at Sears-Kaleidoscope, Mountain View and Kenai Middle School.

There will be no school Jan. 16 due to teacher inservices.

Soldotna Middle

The staff and students are back working toward successfully completing the first semester, as it ends Jan. 16.

There will be no school Jan. 16 as this will be a teacher inservice day.

The attendance department has sent out letters to parents who still need to give the school their physical address which is required by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. If you have received one of these letters, call Mrs. Kircher at 262-4344. If your physical address is still undecided, let her know that as well.

Congratulations to all of the basketball teams for another season. The Silver girls as the won their second consecutive borough championship.

Test dates for second semester:

· Terra Nova Testing — Jan. 31, Feb. 1 and 2. All seventh graders will need to be in attendance on these days.

· Standards Based Assessment — April 4, 5 and 6. All seventh- and eighth-graders will need to be in attendance to take the test on these days.

Soldotna High

The PTSA, site council, parents and educators meet, discuss and plan programs that try to positively impact the overall climate and environment at the school. The Star Spirit program is one of those programs. It tries to encourage students to take part in and support the variety of activities offered, such as sports, concerts, theatrical presentations and exhibitions. Students who attend these events are provided the opportunity to enter their names into a drawing.

Recent winners are Leesha Keener, binoculars; Jessica Hintermeister, round-trip railroad ride from Seward to Anchorage; Brian Willis, bank gift bag; Larsen Kohler, hat and goodies; and Chance Rockett, winner of a laptop.

December was a busy month for the Social Studies Department: Building on district and state standards and mapped world history curriculum, sophomores are just completing a unit on ancient to modern cultures and philosophies. As such, students have embarked on an in-depth study of Roman, Arab, Indian, Chinese, and African historical groups. In this way, students now have a larger historical horizon upon which to understand the modern world and its peoples. Next up, students will be concluding the unit with projects, such as mask and musical instrument making, based on African themes.

Geo-Journeys have been the order of the day in the geography classes. Students have been taking classmates on a variety of journeys through the world’s countries. Students have introduced each other to the places, people, statistics, attractions, history, foods, documentation requirements, etc., of the many countries of the world. Recently journeys have taken students to Asia, a complex, culturally rich, and very diverse region of our planet. Through the student’s efforts, all have gained a better insight into the world we live in.

Soldotna Elementary

Soldotna Elementary was able to provide Christmas surprises to 21 families from the school community. Christmas elves Patty Rich and Tammy Dudley along with much help from parents, PTA, staff and community organizations helped provide a merrier Christmas and are sent a great “Thank you!” for their efforts and caring.

Parents are invited to learn more about Read Naturally, a computer program which students enjoy and which has shown great student growth in reading.

Everyone is invited to come to the Title 1 Parent Meeting at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday in the computer lab.

The Canned Food Drive was a huge success and Mrs. Vasilie’s first grade won the “can you line up” contest with sixty 6 feet of canned goods while Mrs. Pettijohn’s fifth- and sixth-graders won two out of the three weekly canned food contests.

Recent students who have exemplified kindness to another person at Soldotna Elementary include Austin Cunningham, Craig Lott and Megan Herrick. Each received a Soldotna T-shirt and an Orca movie pass.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

The school wishes to extend thanks to all its volunteers. Parent volunteers have contributed 802 hours so far this year.

Parents are reminded that supervised ice skating is available Mondays and Fridays. Kindergartners must be accompanied by a parent or adult skating companion. Skates must have skate guards and be taken home Mondays and returned Fridays.

Mrs. Holt’s first-, second- and third-grade class has been studying Europe. Students practiced research skills by exploring the countries of Europe and their flags. They also have been comparing their own lives with the children of Europe. In science they investigated whether or not air has weight. Many students said couldn’t believe their eyes as a balloon filled with air tipped the scales as heavier than an empty balloon.

Mrs. Romatz’s fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade class held a bake sale. Students raised close to $200 for the Otter Cove field experience in the spring. As part of their language work, the class went to see the movie, “The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe.” The class read the book and was intrigued to compare it with the new movie.

Sterling Elementary

The student council is sponsoring the second quarter Falcon Fun Nights. Primary night for kindergarten through third-grade will be Friday and intermediate night for grades four through six will be Jan. 20. The cost is $2, unless a parent attends with their child. Falcon Fun Nights end at 5 p.m. and snacks, pizza, root beer floats and candy are available for purchase.

Sterling Head Start

The theme for the week before Christmas at Sterling Head Start was giving, caring and sharing.

Thank you to Carol Grizzel, Wendy Fletcher, Janice English, Orana Horning and Patty Mullins for sharing your time and volunteering. A big thank you to our substitutes Connie Ferguson, Connie Tarbox and Patty Mullins as well.

The morning shooting stars enjoyed a painting project using pine tree branches. The afternoon rainbows enjoyed making doggie treats followed by a field trip to the animal shelter. The rainbows also loved sharing holiday music with our neighbors at the Sterling Post Office.

Both the morning and afternoon classrooms enjoyed a visit from Jane Fellman and Safety Seal. The shooting stars and the rainbows had a fun time making cards for our friends at the Sterling Senior Center. The week before Christmas at Head Start ended with winter celebrations in both classrooms. Friends and families came to watch and hear the children sing the special songs they had learned for the Christmas holidays.

Students of the Month

· The following were named Students of the Month for November at Nikiski High School: , Zach Alkire, drafting; Logan Dennison, biology; Cassie Kendall, geometry; Jennifer Lukassen, accounting; and Samantha Rorrison, home economics.

· Nikiski Middle School: Kassie Johnson, algebra; Teslin Little, study hall; Eli Ward, physical education; and Amy Wicker, choir.

· The following were named Students of the Month for December at Mountain View Elementary School: Isabella Zulkanycz, Kim McClain, Kyle Hunter, Annessia Hubler, Shyanne Williams, Katy Knackstedt, Ryan Holmes, Jacob Gilman, Destiny Watkins, Ryder Doxsee, Shane Spalding, Molly Pellegrom, Kaitlynn Louthan, Larrissa Conaway and Marcus Gray.

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