District School News

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Mountain View Elementary

Tryouts for the Mountain View and Kenai Middle School Talent Show began Monday and will continue today and Friday.

The family math, science, geography and technology night will be Thursday from 6 to 7:30. If you would like to order pizza for your family, call Mr. Devolld at 283-6148.

Mrs. Keating's class still has a number of McDonald's $10 peelers left to sell for the class field trip fund-raiser. If you would like to purchase one, contact Mrs. Keating.

Mr. Vedders' third-grade students have been busy writing. Now they are reading and writing fables, and soon they will be reading and writing tall tales. In science, the class started the study of matter with fun and interesting experiments.

Mrs. Cramer's third-grade class is studying penguins. On Thursday they will have a black and white day to celebrate their unit.

Mr. Daniel's classroom is continuing its investigation into matter by constructing models of atoms. Each team of two students has selected an element and is drawing a diagram to use as the plan of a three-dimensional model. By constructing the models students hope to have a better understanding of how elements are combined during a chemical reaction to produce compounds.

Nikiski Elementary

The school thanks Wally and Elizabeth Hufford and Peggy Jones for heading up the Reflections Program again this year. Congratulation to the following contest winners:

Music Composition: Elizabeth Hammond, intermediate, first; and Kelsey Mechelsen, middle-junior, first;

Literature: Elizabeth Hammond, intermediate, first; Billie Rae Parrish, middle-junior, first; and Amber Herrmann, middle-junior, second.

Photography: Elizabeth Hammond, intermediate, first; Kyle Moore, intermediate, second; and Billie Rae Parrish, middle-junior, first;

Visual Arts: Taylor Holloway, primary, first; Daniel Ribbens, primary, second; Dylan Holloway, primary, third; Elizabeth Hammond, intermediate, first; Evan Holloway, intermediate, second; Cynthia Hemphill, middle-junior, first; and Billie Rae Parrish, middle-junior, second.

The Sky Lab will visit Nikiski Elementary Thursday, Friday, Monday and Tuesday. It will be open to kindergarten through sixth-grade students. Ask your children what they learned when their class visits the Sky Lab.

Redoubt Elementary

Report cards will be sent home Jan. 25. Parent conferences will be held in February.

Congratulations to Wes Stephl, winner of the school geography bee, and runner-up Mavica McLane. As the school winner, Wes completed the qualifying exam for the state geography bee.

Congratulations also to the classroom winners who competed in the schoolwide bee: Emily Rohloff and Gage Harvey (alternate) fourth grade; Hanna Delaney, Jordan Evanoff, Yuzhun Evanoff and Jared Davis, fifth grade; and Azzur Hoffman, Paul Blacklock, Jake Walgenbach, Mavica McLane and Wes Stephl, sixth grade.

Redoubt's Elks Hoop Shoot winners were Evan Withrow, Lottie Barton, Tom Blacklock, Karen Senette, Brandon Bixby and Rosemary Houglum.

Redoubt families are invited to Bingo for Books Jan. 31 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the gym. There will be free refreshments. The school needs books. If you can donate them for children, teens or adults, bring them to the school.

Caitlin Corona was the box tops drawing winner, and Cassy Dobson won the Campbell's Soup label drawing.

School cookbooks are for sale for $10. Yearbooks are for sale for $18 through Jan. 25.

Sears Elementary

It's not too late to help with the memory book. You can assist by taking pictures or helping lay out the book. If you are interested in helping, call Natasha at 283-0878.

The Box Tops for Education program is taking off. Don't forget to clip your box tops and send them to Sears. Proceeds will go to purchase level books and critical incident supplies. You also can contribute to Sears through the box tops Web site.

Sears volunteers are wonderful. The teachers couldn't do it without them. If you are interested in volunteering at Sears, call the school at 283-4826.

School Nurse's Day is Jan. 23. Let Nurse Bekkie how valuable she is.

Sterling Elementary

Malissa Massey won the school's geography bee Friday. Nathan Larson and Sarah Barsis from Ms. Dierick's class, Katherine Quelland and Jessi Stumo from Ms. Wimmer's class, Natasha Mallett and Gregory Parker from Mr. Wheat's class, Massey and Becky Warton from Ms. Hoffman's class and Nick Swain and Darryl Woods from Mr. McCard's class participated. Brittnay McCray and Teagun Coreson were alternates.

The CBM-Dibels testing window opened Monday for grades one through three. The Analytic Writing Assessment begins Monday for fifth grade. Make sure your child comes to school prepared for testing by getting a good night's sleep and nutritious breakfast so they can do their best on the test days. For more information, contact your child's teacher.

The PTA meeting set for last Thursday was postponed and will be held Thursday. Attend and find out how you can help with projects coming up in the next few weeks.

Parents of preschoolers are welcome to bring their children to Sterling Elementary School Thursdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Bring a toy for the kids to share and come meet your neighbors.

Tustumena Elementary

January is School Board Appreciation Month throughout Alaska. Tustumena asks citizens to thank those who serve communities on the Kenai Peninsula.

Tustumena's next PTO meeting will be Tuesday at 4 p.m. in the multipurpose room. The meeting this month is a week later than normal due to Christmas break.

Parents should expect to see report cards by Jan. 25.

The Lynx Tracks activity for the second quarter is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 24 and 25. Plans are to bus students in good standing to Solid Rock for tubing. Last year the weather forced cancellation of this event, and it could happen again this year. An alternative activity will be scheduled should snow conditions cause the facility to be closed.

Battle of the Books competition is coming soon. Students in grades three through six have been practicing during lunch breaks with sponsors Ann Fraser, Karla Barkman and Gail Knobf. Tustumena's two teams for the KPBSD competition will be determined Jan. 30. Parents and guests are welcome to attend.

For those people unable to attend the annual Christmas program Dec. 20, videos will be available to purchase. To order a copy, contact the school at 262-4844.

Kenai Middle School

Kenai Middle School thanks David Charlie, the Native Youth Olympics coach of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, for the NYO presentation he made to Ms. Well's sixth-grade social studies class, assisted by his son DJ Charlie, an eighth-grader. Students are studying the Native people of Alaska, and the NYO events fit perfectly into their study of the Inupiat.

The annual KMS-Mountain View Talent Show will be held Jan. 29. Tryouts are being held this week. For more information, see Mrs. Bird.

Congratulations to the winners of the Elks Hoop Shoot: Katie Foley and Nate Saltzgiver in the 12-and-13-age bracket and Becca Ford and JD Gray, age 10 and 11 winners.

Yearbook order forms are available at the office. Yearbooks cost $25.

Student Council is sponsoring a shirt design contest. Entries are due to the office by Tuesday. Students, staff, parents and community members are encouraged to enter. The winner will receive a free T-shirt and a gift certificate. The design may be computer generated or hand drawn and by an individual or a group, but must represent KMS in a positive manner. It may include a Kossack, but that is not required. The design may be altered to meet size requirements. Entry forms are available in the office.

Soldotna Middle School

The deadline for the second hepatitis B immunization was Jan. 7. The Public Health Nurses will offer a clinic at the school from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 8 for all students needing the third hepatitis B and second hepatitis A shots. A permission form must be filled out and given to the school nurse for your student to participate in the clinic.

The following students won the Elks Hoop Shoot: Thomas Wyatt, Brook Carver, Anna Bonebrake and Mikala Smith. These students participated in the competition at SMS Saturday with other students around the district.

Cross-country skiing, volleyball and wrestling are the sports going on now.


The second quarter ends Friday, and reports will be due Jan. 25. The form is available on the Connections Web site. Remember to follow all the steps. Students enrolled in correspondence should be completing classes and need to see an adviser about ordering second semester classes.

CBM and DIBELS testing for kindergarten through third grade continues through Jan. 25. To set up an appointment, contact Jane. Testing will be Thursday in Seward and Friday in Homer.

Grades five, seven and nine will take the Analytic Writing Assessment (AWA) Jan. 23 through 25. Students in these grades must take this test. These tests will not be offered at the attendance area building and must be scheduled through Connections' office. For more information, contact Bill at 262-6315.

High school students thinking about attending a college or university after graduation should check out the Connections scholarship Web page at: http://connect.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/scholarships/hs_scholarships.htm. This site guides you through each high school year, summing up how to prepare for a college education. Many links are available to help you decide a major, choose a college and find scholarships. Connections also has information regarding local scholarships in the office. For more information, call Doug or Wendi at 262-6315.

Interior Distance Education of Alaska

Progress reports were due Saturday. Complete and turn them into your contact teacher. The new forms are user friendly and can be found on IDEA's Web site.

Congratulations to Laura Bosela of Sterling, a sixth-grader, who competed in the IDEA geography bee and was the only student to get all questions correct in the preliminary round. Congratulation to her brother Andrew Bosela for winning the overall IDEA geography bee Thursday.

Home-school bowling meets every Monday from noon to 4 p.m. at Alaska Lanes in Kenai. There is a nominal entrance fee that includes shoe rental.

Battle of the Books for IDEA will be Tuesday through Jan. 24.

Shirley Johnsrud, teacher-counselor, will offer a workshop on "High School Planning and Beyond." She will talk about high school planning, post high school options, financial planning and the application processes. There will be a question-and-answer session, so bring your questions. This workshop will be in Seward from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday in the library.

Science fair packets are available at the IDEA office. Stop by or call and request to pick up one. Registration forms are due in the office by Feb. 1. The science fairs will be in Seward, Feb. 7; Homer, Feb. 13 and Kenai-Soldotna, Feb. 20.

For more information, visit http://www.galenaalaska.org/idea.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

Students need to make sure they get all necessary assignments turned in before the semester ends Friday.

There will be a tri-council meeting in the library Tuesday. All three Nikiski schools will discuss the realignment of the elementary schools. The schools encourage anyone interested to come and get involved. For more information, call the school at 776-3456.

There will be a blood drive Jan. 25 at 8 a.m. at the school.

Parent-teacher conferences will be Feb. 14 from 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m.

Ninilchik School

Wrestling and volleyball are open to sixth-graders as middle school sports. Volleyball practice is at 7 a.m. with Mrs. Link, and wrestling is after school with Mr. Zimmerman.

Congratulations to Adam Byrne, who won the school geography bee.

Part of the daily literacy block uses the Accelerated Reading Program. Students received yearly goals and earn points by reading books at their level and taking computer comprehension tests. Jennifer Bartolowits, Loren Bennick and Alicia Self already met their yearly goal.

Coach Leman designed a shirt to support his championship basketball team. They are on sale at home games for $25 for long sleeve and $20 for short sleeve. The next home game is Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. against Unalaska.

Volunteers are important to Ninilchik School. They keep the library open extra hours, hold the kindergarten students as they learn to swim or help in children's classrooms. Virginia Wilson and Josh Adams help in the pool; Betsey Vanek, Shirley Schollenberg, Tammy Bear and Danielle Nolan volunteer in the library; Shelly Self and Tawny Osmar help in the second and third grade; Ernestine Martin plays piano for the choir; Larry George Matson helps with the sports programs; and Cindy Schnabl, Vicki Quance, Sandy Olson, Waynette Burkhardt and Michelle Alexander volunteer wherever they are asked.

Skyview High School

The students and staff are ready to end the first semester with finals Thursday and Friday.

The Interact Club has elected its officers. Congratulations to Summer Engler, president; Ryan Staab, president elect; Randy Berg, vice president; Bethany Thornton, secretary; and Carrie Collins, treasurer.

Parent-teacher conferences will be Feb. 14. This will be a wonderful time to see how your children are doing in their classes and to meet their teachers.

Soldotna High School

Soldotna High School students are taking their first semester finals. Students needing to add or drop a class are reminded that the deadline is Jan. 23. Students should stop by the counselors' office to pick up a slip, fill it out and take it home to be signed by a parent or guardian. When the form is returned to Mrs. Cole, sign up for an appointment to see your counselor.

Parents of seniors will meet Monday in the staff lounge. Any parent of a senior who would like to help with the after-graduation party is encouraged to attend.

The jazz band will host its annual dessert concert Tuesday and again Jan. 24. For tickets, see a member of the band.

For more information on Soldotna High School, check out the Web site at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/sohi.

Cook Inlet Academy

Cook Inlet Academy welcomes Cindy Rehms, the new music teacher. Mrs. Rehms has two additions planned for the CIA music program. Students in grades five through eight will have band starting the beginning of second quarter. The Orph instruments have arrived for a special new curriculum which uses a xylophone-like instrument to incorporate concepts such as theory and harmony into the lessons. With this program, students will learn how to play and read music.

There is still time to apply for the Global Classroom, which will be held in Paris in June. Classes will be offered in many subjects, including academics and biblical concepts. For information and applications, e-mail to chuck@gci.net.

The parent-teacher fellowship will be at 7 p.m. Jan. 28 at CIA. Parents are welcome.

Missions week will be observed Feb. 4-8.

The Campbell's Soup label collection is in progress. Mail or carry Campbell's, Prego and Franco-American labels to the school office.

January is a big month for basketball. Teams are in Kodiak and have several away games this month.

Wings Christian Academy

Wings now has more students excelling and going into the 1,000's through 3,000's Club. Ali Thompson and Sierra Burger achieved the 1,000's Club. Kelsey Jose and Zack Bargar have made it to the 2,000's Club, and Caleb Burger has made it to the high flying 3,000's Club.

Honor roll students from second quarter will be rewarded with a field trip to the ice skating rink and bowling Friday.

Here are some perfect stats for a few Wings students. Brandon Ruffridge and Jacob Sutton had perfect goal checks for one month, and Eben Spilman for two months. Joel Consiel, Andy Gunter, Julianne Pettey, Brandon Ruffridge and Naomi Pettey all had perfect attendance for the second quarter.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

Head Start children learned about Kwanzaa last week. They made a red, green and black hand print umoja or unity flag for each class. They wove a mkeke (mat) from construction paper.

The classes are learning about snow this month, hoping for more snow to play in outside. The children also will learn about other cultures.

The Kenaitze Indian Tribe's Heyi (winter) program is scheduled for Feb. 4. The children are practicing songs and dances and will make their own rhythm sticks to use.

The education staff will attend the Anchorage Association for the Education of Young Children conference and a staff development conference as well. School will be closed Jan. 24, 25 and 29.

Head Start staff would like to thank Fred Meyer for donating the play house to the program.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

All students did a great job of adjusting to the routine after Christmas break. Everyone was happy to see their classmates.

This week's helpers are Jacob, Hannah, Jennaka and Jillian.

The letter of the week is "R." The Bible story and memory verse for the week will be about God's rainbow after the flood.

The 3-year-old class will be studying the arctic and Antarctica. Students will learn about similarities, differences, animals and weather.

The 4-year-old class will study rodent habitats.

Last week, the students studied patterns and quilts. Children learned about the meaning and history of quilts. Students made their own miniature quilts.

For more information about the school, call 262-1284.

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The deadline for submission is Thursday at 5 p.m. for publication in the following Wednesday's paper.

For information, contact Shana Loshbaugh at 283-7551.

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