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Posted: Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Infant, preschooler screening available

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Childfind Program and Frontier Community Services Early Intervention will offer free screenings for children ages newborn through 5 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Jan. 20 at Frontier Community Services, 4335 Kalifornsky Beach Road. Screenings include infant and toddler development, motor skills, speech, early learning concepts, vision and hearing. Children will be seen by appointment only. To make an appointment, call Renie at 714-6647.

Youth summit planned

Alaska Youth for Environmental Action, a program of the National Wildlife Federation, will hold its sixth annual Civics and Conservation Summit April 14 through 18. Teens from around the state will learn to become effective voices for change, learn how to talk to and meet media, legislators and fellow peers. The pplication deadline is Feb. 15. The cost is $200. Limited scholarships are available.

For more information, call Polly Carr or Wiley Cason at (907) 339-3907. Applications are available at

Nursing scholarships available

The Kenai Peninsula Nursing Education Consortium is taking applications for its scholarship program that makes $500 to $1,000 scholarships available to nursing students. Applications are available at Heritage Place and on the Central Peninsula Hospital’s Web site,, under community programs.

First preference will be given to applicants from the Kenai and Soldotna area enrolled at a Kenai Peninsula College campus. Second preference will go to students studying at University of Alaska or AVTEC and third to those in other nursing programs. The deadline is Jan. 30. Recipients will be notified of awards about Feb. 15. All applications should be mailed or delivered to Heritage Place at 232 Rockwell Ave. in Soldotna.

Flag poetry contest begins

The Ladies Auxiliary to Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 in Soldotna is sponsoring an American flag poetry contest for elementary and junior high students.

Poems must be an original creation about the American flag and be composed solely by the student with no corrections in spelling or punctuation marks and handwritten by the student. Typewritten poems will be accepted only from handicapped, blind, etc., children.

Student’s name, address, school, grade and teacher’s name must be on the back of entry or the poem will be disqualified.

Complete information including prizes is available at area elementary and junior high schools.

Entries from home-schooled students may be submitted directly to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary, Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046, 134 N. Birch St., Soldotna, AK 99669. Deadline to enter is March 1. For more information, call 262-1262.


Dibels and CBM testing for students in kindergarten through third grade will start today and continue through Jan. 19. Call the office to schedule an appointment.

First semester grade reports are due to advisors Monday.

There will be a tour of the Kenai Airport at 10:30 a.m. Jan. 19. The tour will focus on the information stations and safety systems and will include a tour of the air control tower. Lunch will be at McDonalds after the tour.

The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will host a Homeschool Alaska Mammal Environmental Education Program on Jan. 19 for grades three through six. Pre-register by Jan. 18. To sign up call Michelle Ostrowski at 262-7021.

Four one-hour time slots are offered with a maximum of 15 students each.

The spelling bee for grades four through eight will be held at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 22 at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Building Assembly Room. Books with spelling bee words are available in the office.

To sign up for activities or for more information, call the office at 714-8880 or visit

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the week are Ellie Nelson, Kayla Moore, Kody Knowles, Caleb Streiff, Anna Nisler, Trinity Palm, Isaac Estes, and Braden Chumley.

Mrs. O’ Dell’s class decided to try their hand at journalism.

Travis Knutson is the new boy’s basketball coach.

Miss Becky organized the annual elementary Christmas caroling.

The volleyball team broke a three-year losing streak. The team placed eighth in the regions. Amie Smithwick and Sadie Arneson earned spots on the All-Academic team. They have 4.0 grade point averages.

The basketball classic included Ninilchik, Tri-Valley and Lumen Christi.

Upcoming Events can be found at

· Basketball at Seldovia on Thursday;

· School board meeting Saturday;

· Basketball vs Nikolaevsk at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Grace Lutheran

Friday is the end of the second quarter. Report cards will be handed out next Thursday.

Welcome to Jessica Roper who joined the fifth-grade class last week.

The preschoolers will learn about the letter “O” this week and begin their shape unit by studying squares. After learning about the wise men, the children are studying about Jesus in the temple.

The school would like to congratulate the students in preschool through eighth grade who participated in the Christmas service. Thanks also to the students for preparing and serving the Christmas luncheon to over 100 people.

The kindergartners finished their unit on the five senses by having a popcorn party where they experienced first-hand how the five senses work together.

This week in Christlight students in grades K-4 are studying John’s account of how Jesus showed loved to a man who was born blind.

For more information about the school or preschool, call 283-9551.


There will be a spelling bee Tuesday. The results of the spelling bee and the geography bee that took place last Thursday will be posted at later date.

The January Fun Day will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at the Nikiski Pool for a fun break from the cold winter days. Families are asked to sign up at the IDEA office before that day and prepay.

Presentation Day will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday at the Kenai River Center. The event is a chance to show off that musical talent, projects, or anything else you would like to show other students, parents and teachers.

The Burnout Busters and month by month art will be Tuesday.

The office is open daily from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The Library and Resource Rooms are available to families to check out books, kits or look at curriculum samples. We have kits for most areas of study, these kits have books, videos, games and much more.

For information and upcoming events families may check the Web site and on-line calendar at or call the IDEA office at 260-7555.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The “Being There” experience at the Challenger Center was an exciting way to begin the new unit. The fourth-graders participated in the Rendezvous with a Comet mission. Workshops for the other grades included Simple Machines, Astronomy, Rocketry and Robotics.

Monday is the end of the second quarter. This is an inservice day so the students do not have school. Report cards will be sent home Jan. 22.

PTA will meet Jan. 18 at 6 p.m. at the Willow Street location. They are looking for fundraising ideas.

Remember that the children have outdoor recess if it’s warmer than minus-10 degrees. A doctor’s note is needed in order for a child to stay indoors. Please send winter clothing, including a hat, gloves and boots, to school each day with your child.

Kenai Central High

This is the last week of the first semester. The students will take finals in periods one, three and five today and periods two, four and six Thursday. Friday will be a normal day of classes.

There is no school for students Monday. It is a work day and inservice day for teachers.

The December Student of the Month luncheon is scheduled for Jan. 18.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — Boys and Girls junior varsity and varsity basketball vs Delta Junction at 3 p.m.;

· Friday — Junior varsity hockey vs Soldotna High School at 3 p.m. at the Kenai Rink; varsity hockey vs West at 8:45 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center; and boys and girls junior varsity and varsity basketball at Homer at 3:30 p.m.; and

· Saturday — Wrestling at Dimond; cross-country skiing hosts the Kenai Classic; boys and girls C team, junior varsity and varsity basketball vs Wasilla with the C team girls at 10 a.m. and the rest to follow; and varsity hockey vs Bartlett at 6 p.m. at Soldotna Sports Center.

Parents can access schedules for all activities at the school at

Kenai Middle

The school would like to congratulate Paul Fairbanks, Carolyn Kiefer and John Subera for being selected as Character Counts students in December. These students received a pizza for lunch.

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the library there will be a community information meeting to inform parents and interested individuals about the Signs of Suicide Program. The program’s goal is to help students identify the signs of suicide and to teach students where to turn for help. Parental permission is necessary for students to participate in the program. Parents should have received permission letters last week. Parents who do not want their children to participate need to sign and return the permission letter. For more information on the program call, Mark Manuel at 283-4896.

Ericka Reynolds, a sixth-grader, was recently diagnosed with Leukemia. The school will have several fundraisers to help defer costs for medical treatment.

· There is an account set up at Well’s Fargo called the ‘Ericka Reynolds’s Fund’ and the account number is 5229072326;

· “ERICKA” bracelets cost a $1 and all proceeds will go toward her fund; and

· “Ericka” ID dogtags sell for $10. For more information, call 283-4896.

Those wishing to send her a card may do so at: Children’s Hospital and Regional Medical Center, Ericka Reynolds, Room 2143, 4800 Sandpoint Way NE, Seattle, WA 98105-0317.

Dates to remember:

· Monday — Inservice; end of quarter;

· Jan 19 — Wrestling at 3 p.m. at Soldotna Middle;

· Jan 20 — Cross-country skiing at noon;

· Jan 26 — Wrestling at Seward at 3:30 p.m.;

· Jan 27 — Cross-country skiing at noon; and

· Jan 29 — Volleyball, competitive play begins.

Mountain View Elementary

No school Monday for inservice day and Martin Luther King Day.

The school will hold the annual spelling bee at 2 p.m. Friday. There will be two representatives from each class participating.

The annual Mountain View/KMS Talent Show will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at the KCHS auditorium. Try-outs for Mt. View students will be held after school Thursday and Jan. 18. Students can sign up in the office with Mrs. Harding.

The student of the month luncheon will be held at 11:35 a.m. Jan. 23 in the lunch room. Congratulations to our December students of the month.

“Ericka” bracelets are still on sale for $1. You can pick them up at the office or buy one at lunchtime in the lunch room.

Parents, the FY08 Budget Survey can be found on the district Web site for your input until Friday.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

The school would like to congradulate the sixth-grade Quest Lego League Robotics team for their hard work and success at the state tournament Dec. 9 in Eagle River. Their team, the Nikiski Microbes, included Katie O’Brien, Annaleah Ernst, Jesse Ross, Lincoln Johnson, Caleb Alkire, Rebecca Wheeler, and Daniel Ribbens.

The Lego League project theme this year was nanotechnology.

Nikiski Middle-High

Ryanna Thurman is the Nikiski Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month for the month of December. Ryanna, a senior this year at Nikiski High School, moved to Nikiski from eastern Washington last year and has been a wonderful addition to Nikiski Middle/High School. Some of Ryanna’s activities include being cast in “Les Miserable” and “Doll Shop.” She was active in her former high school’s choir and jazz bands and is currently in the Nikiski High Dance Troupe. Ms. Thurman is a member of the Nikiski High Chapter of National Honor Society and has a cumulative GPA of a 3.83. Some of Ryanna’s service projects include raising money and supplies for the Sri Lankan Tsunami and Hurricane Katrina victims and helping out at Friendship Mission. Ryanna hopes to attend Eastern Washington University and study to become a librarian. Congratulations Ryanna!

Dates to Remember:

· Thursday-Saturday — Nikiski Basketball Tip-Off starting at 2:45 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and at noon on Saturday.

· Monday — End of first semester, no school.

Ninilchik School

Monday will be inservice, end of quarter, and eligibility grade check.

Tuesday there will be a blood drive in the school library from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. For information contact Jamie Leman at 567-3722 or check out Appointments or walk-ins welcome.

There will be a Financial Aid night at 6 p.m. Tuesday for seniors and parents of seniors. Contact counselor Paul Story for more info at 235-3260 or 567-3301.

Wednesday there will be games with Seward. For locationsand times, contact Coach Leman at 567-3361.

Thursday to Saturday will be the Nikiski Tip-Off.

Friday there will be basketball games at home with Seldovia starting at 5 p.m.

Redoubt Elementary

The following classroom champions participated in the annual schoolwide spelling bee Dec. 12: Morgan Lancaster, Casey Stevenson, Tyler Dobson, Daniel Lewis, Addy Beller, Malyq McElroy, Max Conradi, Gen Gallagher, Maddy Roberts, Savannah Cartwright, Zach Haselow, Delaney Love, Paul Holmgaard, Nick Truesdell, Logan Parks, Jacob Gough, Rachel Henry, Brenner Musgrave, Melanie Almaraz, Harley Hill, Sadie Fox, Brent Nichols, Justin Dahlgren, Claire Gabler, Jessica Jackson, Dillian Spicer, Amber Haselow, Destiny Watkins, Alena Newgren, Brendan Scott, Bryan Dombovy, and Matthew McDowell. Tyler Dobson took 1st place and will represent Redoubt at the state spelling bee in Anchorage. Daniel Lewis took 2nd place and is alternate. The school thanks Mrs. Arthur for coordinating the event and our judges, Mr. Tomaso, Ms. Roed, and Mrs. Hale.

Redoubt’s fifth- and sixth-grade Battle of the Books team members are Xochi Harbison, Maddy Roberts, Dylan Smith, Gen Gallagher,first alternate, and Shaylee Brenton, second alternate.

The lost and found will be emptied Friday. All items remaining will be donated to local charities.

The FY08 Budget Survey is available for parent and community input through Friday. A public budget forum hearing will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at KCHS Little Theater. Interested parents may contact Mr. Pothast for additional information.

Site Council meets today at 3:45 p.m. in the staff lounge. The public is invited.

The school is experiencing a number of students who are habitually tardy. Students who are late miss valuable academic time. Parents are asked to make sure that students arrive at school on time. School starts at 8:45 a.m.

All students should bring winter outerwear to school every day during winter months, including a coat, snow pants or snowsuit, hat, gloves, and snow boots. Parents who need help acquiring these items for their children should contact Nurse Donna.

Sears Elementary

Mrs. Thomas’ kindergarten is studying ice, snow, crystals and other frozen things. They will be going on field trips to learn about plow trucks and will visit snow dump sites with the DOT. They will also will take a trip to Cold Stone to see how ice cream is made.

Ms. Ralston’s first-graders are learning about how water changes in the winter. The students went on a study trip and investigated snowflakes. Students are growing edible crystals in their classroom. The students learned that a crystal is formed when atoms join together in a regular geometric pattern.

Mrs. Atkinson’s students are learning about the winter sky. Students investigated the stars, moon and the aurora borealis. Students are charting the daily temperatures and learning about the moon phases. In art the students are working on adding tins of blue to white to produce moon art.

Monday is an inservice day. There will be no school for students on that day.

Sears will have a family sledding party Jan. 19. More information will be sent home soon.

Soldotna Middle

The winners in Mrs. Blair’s children’s story book contest are: Taylor Von Heeder, first place; Lexie Kirsch, second place; and Bud Sparks, third place. Olivia Fair, Megan Neill, Brooke Hughes, and Tyra Rivera received honorable mentions.

Congratulations to Mrs. Reimer’s homeroom class and her aides. They produced 16 fleece blankets to be given as gifts to local community members.

The school would like thank everyone who helped with the Angel Tree.

Cross-country skiing, volleyball, and wrestling started last week. Students who are participating are reminded that their coaches are obligated to stay with them after practice until they are picked up to go home. Pick up time is 4 p.m.

Dates to remember:

· Friday — Intra Squad Scrimmage for wrestling at 3:30 p.m.;

· Monday — no school, teacher inservice day, and last day of second quarter;

· Tuesday — NAEP Test for eighth-graders on a volunteer basis only. (Notify Mrs. Litzenberger if you do not want your student assessed.) More information is available on Edline.; and

· Feb. 8 — Parent- teacher conferences from noon to 3 p.m. and from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The school’s newsletter is available at Soldotna_Middle/News/Newsletter.

Soldotna High

Today and Thursday semester finals will be administered. Classes 1-2-3 will test today on an extended class schedule. Thursday, classes 4-5-6 will test. Makeup exams will be given on Friday.

Thursday, PTSA will meet at 5:30 in the staff workroom.

Parents of juniors will meet at 6 p.m. on Jan. 23 to plan for the after-prom party. Parents wishing to volunteer to serve on this committee may contact Jenn Barkman at 260-6962 or e-mail her at

Parent volunteers are needed to chaperon the Snowball dance on Jan. 19. Interested should contact activities director Mr. Druce.

Parents who would like to serve on the graduation decoration committee should contact Mrs. Syverson or Mrs. Carver.

The band will present its annual dessert concert at 7 p.m. Jan. 23 and 25.

Publishers’ samples and discontinued textbooks will be available free of charge to parents and students at parent-teacher conferences on Feb. 9.

Soldotna Elementary

The school geography bee will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the gym. Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade winners have been selected and will compete for a chance to represent the school at the state bee. Bee coordinator Nancy Courtright is working with staff and students to prepare for it.

On Friday, SoHi basketball players will come and read to students in grades kindergarten through third grade. Thus far, football players and National Honor Society students have presented successful reading programs at Soldotna Elementary to promote and model a love for books and reading.

Teachers will be assessing primary student’s growth in reading skills this week with DIBELS and CBMs. Information from these assessments will help the school to plan for individual student learning and to evaluate language arts strategies.

Soldotna Montessori

This year the school will participate in the Montessori Model United Nations program, which is the first-ever elementary student program for Model UN. The project includes a two-day global education simulation experience at the United Nations in New York City that will allow students to learn about the operations of the UN and its role as the world’s largest international peacekeeping and humanitarian organization.

The SMCS fourth- through sixth-grade teachers developed a criteria-based selection process that highlighted skills needed to perform successfully at the UN. Interested students completed a persuasive writing piece and participated in a debate-style performance. Evaluation of the writing pieces and the debate performances were conducted by the students and teachers in each classroom. Students scored anonymous writing pieces and used a rubric as the criteria for scoring speaking and debate skills to help eliminate possible bias.

Students selected to attend the Model United Nations in March from Mrs. Romatz’s class are Caitlin Steinbeck, Katelin Christenson, Ashley Eby, Natalie Chennault, Jory Hubbard, and Wren Norwood. Students selected from Mr. DeVolld’s class are Celestina Castro, Megan English, Leah Reed, Carolyn Sisson, Kelty Fair, and Danny Schaeffer. Students selected from Mrs. Carter’s class are Juliet Bramante, Courtney Stroh, Mickey Squires, Scott Haberman, Matti Silta, and Fletcher Iverson. The SMCS staff was impressed with the high quality of writing and performance of every student participating in the selection process.

A fundraising meeting for the United Nations trip will be held on Thursday at the school.

Sterling Elementary

A school-wide spelling bee for grades four through six will be held at 2 p.m. today. Snowball, the mascot from the Peninsula Winter Games, will come and visit the kids for the first 10 minutes of the spelling bee.

Carol Boehmler’s students connected with NASA through the Digital Learning Network to learn more about the moon, its geology, and how it differs from earth. As part of another science lesson, students used inquiry to classify material from a mystery planet to determine its history and discuss if it could, or had, sustained life.

Title I students and their parents are invited to attend a Family Literacy night at Sterling Elementary from 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday in the library.

The second-quarter Title I committee meeting will be held prior to the literacy night starting at 5:30 p.m. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Drury at Sterling Elementary.

The monthly PTA meeting will be held at 4 p.m. today in the library.

On Jan. 17, the Students of the Month for the first semester are all invited to a special lunch to honor their achievement. Each Student of the Month is encouraged to invite one adult family member to come and share lunch with them. A special table will be set aside for the lunch and Subway sandwiches will be served. Congratulations to all the Students of the Month.

Tustumena Elementary

Mrs. Knobf will again serve as coordinator of the school’s Geography Bee scheduled for Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in the multi-purpose room. Students in grades four through six will be participating, and parents are invited to attend.

The second-quarter Lynx Tracks activity has been scheduled beginning on Friday at the newly named roller skating rink in Soldotna. Parent permission forms, which also provide the date each class is traveling, were sent home last week. Parents who enjoy roller skating may contact their child’s teacher should they wish to attend as well to serve as chaperones.

Snowball, the Peninsula Winter Games mascot, will be at the school on Friday at 3:00pm to meet with students and build their interest in attending this year’s events. The school would like to thank the Games staff for including the school in Snowball’s promotional tour!

To have information published in Schools, send a description of the event or accomplishment to School News at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611. Information will be accepted by e-mail at or by fax at 283-3299.

The deadline for submission is noon on Friday for publication in the following Wednesday’s paper. For information, call 283-7551.

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