Peninsula Clarion - Schools

Posted: Wednesday, January 17, 2007

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 Avenue in Soldotna.

Patriotic art contest winners announced

The winners in the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10046 Ladies Auxiliary Creative Pariotic Art program are:

· First place — ninth-grader Chelesa Wilbanks from Soldotna High School. Wilbanks will be awarded $500 and her entry forwarded to the state competition to be held in Palmer in April.

· Second place — ninth-grader Alek Ronatz from Soldotna High. Ronatz will receive $350.

· Third place — Matt Furguson from Kenai Central High School. Furguson will receive $150.

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.

Students name, address, school, grade and teachers 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.

Aurora Borealis Charter

The Lego Robotics competition was held Dec. 9 at Mirror Lake Middle School in Eagle River. This year’s research topic was nanotechnology. The Polar Bears, Garren Lucas, Michael Flores, David Swedberg, Justice English, Callie Kant, Logan Haralson, and Daniel Flores, did a Star Trek skit which focused on removing magnetic nanoparticles from the bloodstream using external chelation. The Glacier Bears, Mac Kimbrell, Matthew Peterson, Anton Krull, Jacquie Pepper, Ricky Villa, Shaylie Kooly and Elena Villa, presented research on the use of DNA manipulation using nanotechnology. The Glacier Bears won first prize in robot design. The coaches were Shannon and Suzanne Phillips.

On Monday, the seventh- and eighth-grade classes made and served Christmas lunch for the staff. Thank you to the parents who assisted: Teri Ostrander, Marlene Meyer, Leslie Gordon, Trish Coffman, Kelli Brewer, Monica McGahan and Mary Krull.

The spelling bee winner is Kara Kaufman, who will compete in the statewide spelling bee next month in Anchorage. The runner-up was Justice English.

The second-graders are studying space. They have been following the story of Pluto and how it is no longer one of the main planets. One of the unit activities was to write a persuasive letter from Pluto to the astronomers trying to convince them to change their minds.

The next APC meeting is scheduled for Thursday.

Next week watch for enrollment lottery information.

Connections Home-school

Dibels and CBM testing for kindergarten through third grade continues through Friday. Call the office to schedule an appointment.

The spelling bee for grades four through eight will be held Monday. Call the office at 714-8880 for more information.

A tour of the Kenai airport will be Friday. Tour the information stations and learn about the safety systems and the control tower. Call the office a 714-8880 to sign up.

On Friday, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will host a home-school Alaska mammal environmental education program for grades three through six. Pre-register by Thursday. To sign up, call Michelle Ostrowski at 262-7021. Four one-hour time slots are offered with a maximum of 15 students each.

The Soldotna Police Department will host a D.A.R.E. class for fifth- and sixth-graders. The class will be held at the Soldotna Police Department at 1 p.m. on Thursdays beginning this week. To register, call Principal Lee Young at 714-8880 or Officer Tony Garcia at 262-4455. Terra Nova Testing for grades five and seven will take place Jan. 30 and Feb. 1 and 2 at the Kenai River Center on Funny River Road in Soldotna.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The PTA will meet at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Willow Street location. Ideas are needed for fundraising activities.

Monday was the end of the second quarter. Report cards will be sent home Monday.

Kaleidoscope Korner will celebrate its January birthdays with smoothies Jan. 26.

Parent teacher conferences are scheduled for Feb. 8 and 9. There is no school on those days. More information will be sent home with student’s scheduled conference day and time.

Spring break is March 19-23.

Mrs. Shelden and Mrs. Stroh are making plans for their end of the year field trip. The classes will go to the SeaLife Center in Seward on April 18 for an over night trip of various learning activities. They will leave Kenai around 3 p.m. April 18 and return April 19 in time to catch the buses. Parents are welcome to attend.

Children will have outdoor recess unless the wind chill is colder than minus 10 degrees. A doctor’s note is needed in order for a child to stay indoors. Parents are reminded to send winter clothing, including a hat, gloves and boots, to school each day with your child.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Last week, students researched New Year’s customs from around the world. The public is invited to view the results of their research hanging on their bulletin board. This week they looked at the properties of magnets and the civil rights movement.

The school spelling bee winner was Serena Prior, and the runner-up was Kyle Stropes, both from Mrs. Davis’ fifth/sixth-grade class.

Mr. Faris’ class applied for and received a Target field trip grant to visit Kachemak Bay. They plan on visiting the Oceans and Islands Center and investigating tide pools this spring. The class has been studying Martin Luther King Jr. and will write about his dreams and ideas. The class was represented in the school spelling bee by Amber Hamar and Christopher Hamilton.

Mrs. Worsfold’s fourth-grade class was represented by Bernice Hughes and Annie Worsfold in the school spelling bee, and Dani McCormick was the alternate.

Mr. Vedders’ fifth-grade class would like to thank “Dan the River Man” from the Kenai Watershed Forum for sharing his knowledge and scientific equipment with the class. The reports from the Slikok Creek water monitoring project continue to exceed Alaska state standards for dissolved oxygen, pH, conductivity and turbidity. The next creek visit will be Thursday. Parents wishing to join are welcome.

Ms. Chambers’ fifth-grade class was represented by Daniel Rosin, Cheyanne Laber, and alternate Jeneen Leopold in the spelling bee. On Friday, the SeaLife Center Outreach will present a cephalopod lab in which the class will dissect squid. Ms. Chambers would like to thank class presidents Jazmine Henry and Samantha Hall. Next week’s president will be Tristen Eastham.

Kenai Central High

The December student of the month luncheon will be held at 11:53 a.m. Thursday in the library. All guests need to check in at the office before heading to the library.

On Saturday the junior class will host a winter dance from 8 to 11 p.m. in the cafeteria. All guests need to be signed up by Thursday or they will not be allowed to attend.

The Kenai Middle School will hold its annual talent show at 7 p.m. Jan. 24 in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.

Schedules for activities at the school area available online at

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — junior varsity hockey vs Palmer at 3 p.m. at the Kenai Rink, varsity hockey vs Palmer at 5:45 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center;

· Friday — junior varsity Hockey vs Wasilla at 3 p.m. at the Kenai Rink, varsity Hockey vs Wasilla at 8:15 p.m. at the Sports Center, wrestling at Homer;

· Saturday — wrestling at Homer, junior varsity Hockey vs Colony at noon at the Kenai Rink, varsity Hockey vs Colony at 3:30 p.m. at the Sports Center, cross-country skiing at Seward, boys and girls, junior varsity and boys C basketball vs Grace at 10:30 a.m.

· Tuesday — boys and girls junior varsity and varsity basketball at Nikiski at 3 p.m.

December Students of the Month are: Rotary, Amanda Sassi-Reilly; chamber, Justin Gabriel; Elks, Devon Copple; U.S. government, Brad Fusaro; chemistry, John McKenna; honors English 10, Hannah Delaney; English 12, Danielle Little; foods, Morgan Mena; anatomy, Leah Stephens; performing arts/music/choir, Tyler Smith; English 11, Jeff Vincent; study skills, Chelsea Goss; algebra, Chris Osbekoff; algebra A, Irene Reed; Spanish four, Brandy Martinez; work experience (coop), Madison Moe; and world history, Jasper Dix.

Kenai Middle

Because of the overcrowding that is occurring on route 21 (Recreation Center bus), the school is closing route 21 to new bus passes, permanent and temporary.

All existing permanent passes as of Jan. 8 will remain in effect until the end of the school year on a space available basis. Since the school is the last pick-up location on the afternoon route, school administrators have the flexibility to temporarily place students on bus 21, based on available space. Parents must be prepared to make other transportation arrangements if no seats are available on the day travel to the Recreation Center is requested.

The school’s geography bee champion is Michelle Klaban. James Watkins placed second and Shaina Aho placed third. The school would like to thank the official timer, Mrs. Barkman, and official judge, Mr. Felchle, and the audience. Michelle will take a test for the state final in Anchorage.

Congratulations to Tyler Cooper and Joe Garber, who were picked as Character Counts! students. These students received pizza for lunch.

Ericka Reynolds, a sixth-grade student at the school, was recently diagnosed with Leukemia. The school will have several fund raisers 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. The school is also selling “ERICKA” bracelets to represent her fight against cancer. The cost is $1 and all proceeds will go towards her fund. We also have “Ericka” ID Dog tags for sell for $10.

On Feb. 16 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., the school will have a carnival to benefit her. The carnival will be a joint effort put on by student council, leadership, and the sixth-grade classes. For more information, call 283-4896.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — Site council at 5:30 pm;

· Friday — Club schedule, first day of clubs; and wrestling at the school at 3 p.m.; and

· Saturday — cross-country skiing at Homer at noon.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start

The children are doing activities with the colors black and white, the letters “J,” “O” and “Y,” and rectangles.

The theme for the month is snow and the value is respect for others and other cultures.

Children are working on opposites in the Raven/Eagle Room, including black, white, dark, light, and soft and hard. They are painting white on black paper and learning about animals that change their fur to white in the winter such as the arctic fox and the ptarmigan. They are reviewing letters learned in the fall and adding “J” using jewels, jelly beans, jumping and jungle.

Jane Fellman came with Safety Seal last week to teach the children about winter safety.

The after-school program has openings in the preschool Otter class for Native children ages 3 and 4. This program encourages self-confidence, spontaneity, curiosity and self-discipline. The daily hands-on activities enhance skills and stimulate interests. The main goals are to improve social/emotional competencies and pre-literacy skills of Native children in order to prepare them for school success. Cultural enrichment and problem solving are also included in the curriculum. The classes are Tuesday through Thursday from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Spots are available for Native students in kindergarten through second grade. The children spend about an hour with cultural staff working on Native Youth Olympics or cultural dance activities. Then the group spends an hour in the classroom developing social/emotional skills, problem solving and literacy skills. The program is Tuesday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. Bus service is available from Sears, Soldotna Elementary and Nikiski North Star. For more information, call 283-0707.

Mountain View Elementary

Parent teacher conferences will be held Feb. 8 and 9.

The third- and fourth-grade Battle of the Books team members are Joanne Glaves, Hetta Quade, Tabithia Garrett, Hunter Bivins and Jayton Rizzo. District Battle of the Books will be held Feb. 2.

The school would like to congratulate its December Student of the Month kids. There will be a pizza lunch to celebrate at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday.

The Mt. View/KMS talent show will be held at 7 p.m. Jan. 25 at Kenai Central High School.

The school would like to remind families that with the cold and snowy weather kids need to have their cold weather gear at school and for families to make sure that students come to school prepared for the weather.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

The third-grade scientists in Room 9 are doing research on the planets of the solar system. They have formed research teams and have collected facts and data on a specific planet. They will organize their information into a report which will be published and put on display.

Mrs. Hufford’s class has been doing brain gym every day. They use exercise and rhythm to get their brain ready for learning. They have been working on math and reading. They are writing character stories which have several paragraphs.

The Reflections winners are:

· Visual arts, primary — first place, Brady Hammond; second place, Paige Brame; third place, Katelyn Moore.

· Visual art, middle/ junior — first place, Annaleah Ernst.

· Literature, primary — first place, Paige Brame; second place, Brianna Hammond; and third place, Tayalur Moore.

· Literature, intermediate — first place, Laura Hufford; and second place, Hannah Tauriainen.

· Photography, primary — first place, Paige Brame.

· Photography, intermediate — first place, Laura Hufford.

· Musical composition, primary — first place, Paige Brame.

· Dance choreography, primary — first place, Paige Brame.

· Film/video production, primary — first place, Paige Brame.

Redoubt Elementary

Forrest Henry is the school’s geography bee champion. Mason Merriman was the second-place winner and Alyssa Musto and Cole Aaronson tied for third place. Other classroom winners competing were Kelci Benson, Claire Gabler, Juan Rodriguez, Brent Nichols, Connor Schoessler, Nicholas Truesdell, and Rachel Henry. The school would like to thank Mrs. Withrow for coordinating the event; judges, Ms. Roed and Mr. Tomaso; and timekeeper, Mr. Withrow.

The school’s third- and fourth-grade Battle of the Books team members are Ali Dusek, Maddy McElrea, Alexis Smith and, alternate Hannah Pothast. These students will represent the school in the district Battle of the Books competition.

The second quarter ended last Monday. Report cards will be sent home by Monday. Parent conferences will be Feb. 8 and 9. Teachers will send home conference dates and times information prior to conferences.

Funfest is Friday, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Students staying for Fun Fest must return their permission slip and $4 by Friday morning. Parents are asked to arrive on time and should pick up students at their classrooms.

The PTA would like to thank those who attended the January meeting. The meeting notes are posted on edline and on the bulletin board at the school. The next meeting will be Feb. 13, at 3:45 p.m. in the staff lounge.

The Box Tops for Education program provides an opportunity for the school to earn money. Parents may look for Box Tops for Education logo on food items, clip, put their child’s name on the back and deposit in the white tote in the school’s office. A name is drawn each Friday and the winner receives a prize from Mr. Pothast. The PTA will host a classroom competition in February. For more information, call Brenda Bowlin at 262-1420.

Sears Elementary

Ms. Ralston’s first-graders started a unit on day, night and light. The students used flashlights and prisms to discover how light travels. They also acted out the rotation of the earth and moon around the sun. In math the students are working on math families.

Mrs. Atkinson’s kindergartners learned about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. In art and science students are discovering they can add sparkle and texture to water color by adding sodium chloride. In math, students are working on estimating how many items will fit inside their mittens.

Mrs. Moon’s, Mrs. Hanson’s and Mrs. Miller’s second-graders are learning where snow comes from, and how snow crystals are formed. In reading, the students read the book called “Snowflake Bently.” Then the students went on a being there experience where they used black paper to catch snowflakes and discovered that no two snowflakes are alike just as “Snowflake Bently” explained in the book.

There will be a family sledding party at 1:30 p.m. Friday. Families are invited. There will be hot chocolate and cookies. Roll-up sleds only.

Report cards will go home Monday.

There will be a PTA meeting in the library at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Jan. 26 will be Pajama Day.

Skyview High

The school’s band, under the direction of Kent Peterson, has been awarded a Target field trip grant to attend a performance of “Stomp!” at the Performing Arts Center in Anchorage. “Stomp!” is an eight-member group that uses everything but conventional percussion instruments.

Mr. Sparks’ economics classes would like to thank the representatives of local businesses, and Kenai Peninsula Borough School District central office staff who gave of their time as evaluators for Career Awareness presentations.

Mr. Sparks’ world history students completed their learning centers on the medieval period. The class had everything from burlap clad peasants to roasted chickens to Barbie and Ken doll fashion models on a lit runway, to maces, swords and several diseased people. Students from Mrs. Raemaker’s and Mrs. Zopf-Schoessler’s classes added input as they toured the learning centers and gave feedback to the presenters.

Breakfast is served from at 7:30 a.m. until the bell rings. Two hot items are offered each morning along with many cold items. The price is $1.50 full-pay or 30 cents reduced and if you get free lunch you may also get free breakfast.

Discover Card Tribute Award program is for juniors who have maintained a cumulative 2.75 GPA in the ninth and 10th grade, they must also demonstrate accomplishments in four out of five areas: special talents, leadership, obstacles overcome, community service and unique endeavors. Up to $50,500 in scholarships is available yearly. Applications must be postmarked Jan. 31.

The January Student of the Month luncheon will take place in the library Thursday.

Students of the Month are: English, Sarah Barsis and Courtney Bright; social studies, Krystal Brown and Alex Rodgers; math, Brittney Meyer and Jacob Montgomery; science, Colin Murray and Michaela Hutchison; performing arts, Kaleene Tressler; fine arts, Rebekah Adams; physical education, Antonio Silva and Valerie Gremaud; world languages, Tommy Honer; health, Dennis Fair; foods, Molly Lamborn; business technology, Angela Thomson; vocational education, Jerrod Williams; work co-op, Carol-Ann Wagner; Rotary, Adam “Buck” Kunz; Chamber of Commerce, Jennifer Holland (December) and Tashina Wortham Turnbull (January); Teacher of the Month, Tammy Elyea, Special Services; and Staff Person of the Month, Carol Butler, custodian.

Soldotna Elementary

Congratulations to Dillon Jenson for winning the school geography bee Thursday. Mary Valenzuela was the runner up. Classroom competitions winners are: Savannah Bagnasco, Jennifer Fullenwider, Craig Lott, Jared Briggs, Mary Valenzuela, Hunter Lott, Trey Nicholson, Grey Hanson, Dillon Jensen and Emily Philbert. School winners across the United States will take a written test and up to one hundred of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to complete in their state bee March 31.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — Spelling bee will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday; and

· Feb. 13 — Spring pictures.

The staff and teachers worked on student grades during inservice and completed a mid-year evaluation of learning goals. Instruction can now be adjusted to better meet the learning needs of students.

Soldotna High

The senior class will sponsor a dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday. Admission is $5 per person. New rules for dances were recently adopted and will be in place. The new dance policy, which has been presented twice in advisories, is available for review on the school Web site The rules will also be posted at the dance. Students are reminded that no one will be admitted to the dance after 9 p.m.

On Feb. 5, juniors will attend a “Making Your College Search Count” presentation designed to help students begin thinking about their plans after high school and to share valuable resources. Seniors will attend a “Making College and Career Count” presentation designed to help students with the transition to life after high school.

Eight computer tech/desktop publishing students participated in the dual credit option with Kenai Peninsula College this semester.

Yearbooks can be ordered in Room 76 for $55. Personalization is available until Feb. 2.

The Elks Club is sponsoring at spaghetti feed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 10 as a fundraiser for purchasing weight room equipment for the school. Tickets are $5.

The annual dessert concert will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Jan. 25 each evening.

Discontinued textbooks and publisher samples will be available for students and parents at parent-teacher conferences on Feb. 8.

Soldotna Middle

Congratulations to Mrs. Baldwin, Avery Palchikoff and Briana Vinzant for their work at the Lego Robotics Competition in Anchorage. There were 56 teams competing. Their robot scored 100 points (completing three out of four missions) on two of the three table competitions. Special thanks to Mr. Harro for his technical assistance.

The school would like to remind students that proper foot wear is required every day during the winter months and bus riders are to wear coats and have gloves and hats available every day in the event of a bus emergency.

Here are the results of the penny wars between Mr. Truesdell’s and Mr. Carpenter’s homeroom classes for their combined community service project: The seventh-grade jar had more silver in it than pennies and the eighth-grade had more pennies than silver — eighth-graders win.

Dates to remember:

· Friday — wrestling meet with Kenai, Nikiski and Soldotna at the school at 3:30 p.m.;

· Saturday — Nordic ski meet at the Homer Invitational at noon;

· Monday — site base meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the library;

· Jan. 26 — intramural volleyball season ends;

· Jan. 29-Feb. 24 — competitive volleyball season;

· Feb. 6 — NAEP test for eighth-graders on a volunteer basis only. Notify Mrs. Litzenberger if you do not want your student to be assessed. More information is available on edline; and

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

Soldotna Montessori Charter

The school is raising funds for students to attend the Model United Nations in New York City. A public auction and raffle are being planned and items are being collected for the auction. Ideas for donations include, but are not limited to, housecleaning services, guided fishing trips, gourmet meals, computer service, hand-made items, such as quilts, woodcarving, taxidermy, etc. Donations are tax deductible. Call the school for more information or to make a donation.

Students in Mrs. Larned’s first-, second- and third-grade put the finishing touches on their state reports and presented them to an audience. Students from Mrs. Holt’s and Mrs. Atchley’s classes joined the students to learn something about each of the states. The students also worked last week with Mary Strong Armstrong on writing poetry. They have been learning rhyming words and are gearing up to write and recite their own poetry.

Mrs. Watters’ kindergarten students have added a bird watching station to their class work. Students can observe and identify a variety of birds with the help of the binoculars and identification tools. In continuing those observation skills, the “star bag” is also making it’s way through students in the class. Parents are asked to help students record their observations of the night sky in the journal and return the bag as soon as possible, so another family may use it.

Sterling Elementary

Students in grades four thorough six have been competing in classroom spelling bees. Two winners from each classroom went on to compete in the schoolwide bee. Winners of the classroom competition are: Ms. Hoffman’s class, Sidney Roumagoux and Austin Armstrong-Winkler; Mrs. Jones’ class, Madison White and Sara Daigle; Mrs. Boehmler’s class, Ciarra Mahan and Luther Jenson; and Mr. Seims’ class, Daniel Shuler and Emma Landeis.

The school would like to congratulate to overall winner Austin Armstrong-Winkler. Second place went to Daniel Shuler and third place to Sidney Roumagoux. Austin will have the opportunity to travel to Anchorage for the state bee.

Last Thursday, Miss Taylor-Sterlings’ class linked up with Mr. Anderson’s first-grade classroom in Indiana. They are working together to learn about polar animals. In the next few days they will talk to Mr. Miller about his experiences with penguins and Mr. Anderson’s class will learn about polar bears.

The PTA will sponsor a community Contra Dance at from 7 to 10 p.m. Feb. 10. at the school. More information will be coming soon.

The school is sorry to announce the loss of the BIRCH AmeriCorps program and the end of the AmeriCorps sponsored activities at the school. This means in the near future the school will no longer have the evening basketball, hall walking and other evening events that were overseen by the AmeriCorps BIRCH member.

Tustumena Elementary

The school’s geography bee winners are: first place (again this year) sixth-grader, Catherine Wolk. Other participants were: second place, Austin Kruse; third-place tie, Abby Cook and Jeremiah Hudson; Asa Johnson, Daniel McElroy, Haylee Hedger and Willie Mahan. The school would like to congratulate the students for their effort in reaching the school level competition.

Mr. Michael and Mrs. Sinnott plan to begin an intramural cross-country skiing program Tuesday. The preliminary plan is to have skiing sessions Tuesday and Thursday afternoons after school. Student participation will be limited to grades four through six. For more information contact the coaches.

Fifth-grade parents are advised the school’s DARE program with trooper Larry Erickson will begin Jan. 24. Fifth-graders will meet with Trooper Erickson weekly through March. Trooper Erickson will be forwarded more information to the school and then will be sent home with students Jan. 24.

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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