Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Students of the Month announced

The following students were named January Students of the Month at Skyview High School:

English — Anna Bonebrake and Aon Phon-Amart; social studies —Wyatt Merritt, Sammi Jo Kelly and Ariel Mercier; math — Amanda Skinner and Bradley VanRaden; science — Joanna Graves and Kendra Merkes; performing arts — Erick Romig; fine arts — Dusty Pederson; physical education — Alex Rodgers and Donna House; world languages — Zach Byford; health — Josh Fine; business technology — Richard Hartman; vocational education — Cameron Foister; Rotary — Katie Thornton; and Soldotna chamber — Ryan McMilin.

Scholarships offered to high school seniors

· The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 in Soldotna is offering the Vickie Webb Nelson Memorial Scholarship. The recipient must be a graduating Alaska high school senior or an Alaskan enrolled in a home-study program with a desire to further his or her education. Citizenship, leadership and financial need will be considered. Monetary awards will be given to local winners, who will have the chance to compete for the $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to the statewide winner.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 15. For more information, call 262-9220 or 262-1262 or see your school counselor.

· The Soldotna Rotary Club will award five $1,000 scholarships to college-bound high school seniors in the Soldotna area. Criteria for the Service Above Self scholarships is based on community service that has been complete during the applicant’s high school career. For more information or an application, call your area high school counseling office or Leonor at 262-4949. Deadline for submission is March 1.

· The Kenai River Sportfishing Association is accepting applications for The Senator Ted Stevens Scholarship Program. It will award seven full tuition scholarships. The three scholarships categories are: Two annual tuition scholarships to students attending or planning to attend Kenai Peninsula College. Students must be pursuing an associate of arts or associates of applied science degree with intentions of either going onto a four-year degree program in the sciences, or hoping to land an entry level technician job in fisheries or natural resources; four annual tuitions will be awarded to students with more that 60 college credits (sophomore or junior standing in the year of application) pursuing a bachelor of science degree at any University of Alaska campus; and one annual tuition scholarship to students pursuing bachelor of science degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Anchorage or Alaska Southeast.

For complete information, requirements, deadlines and other scholarships the Kenai River Sportfishing Association has to offer, ask your high school counselor for its brochure, visit or go into its office at 224 Kenai Avenue, Suite 102, Soldotna.

Aurora Borealis Charter

Forty-eight students participated in the St. Jude Math-a-thon. The students reached a new high in fundraising with $3,758 raised to help the hospital continue its research and charitable work. The top fundraisers were Alyeska and Elan Krull, who raised $654 together. Thanks to all the students and families who participated, as well as the members of the community who supported the endeavor.

The school will conduct its annual enrollment lottery April 11. Mikunda, Cottrell and Co. will supervise the lottery. Applications and copies of the enrollment and lottery procedures are available at the school’s office from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. Enrollment applications for the 2006-07 school year must be delivered in person to the school’s office no later than 3 p.m. March 1. Lottery results will be posted at the school April 17. If your child has a lottery number, you do not need to go through another lottery. If you no longer want to be on the waiting list, call Debbi at 283-0292 Tuesdays through Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


The Nikiski office will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. The office is in the gray portable behind Nikiski Middle-Senior High School.

January book club orders are due Friday. Call the office for more information.

The school is sponsoring a Homeschool Day at H2Oasis in Anchorage from 3 to 9 p.m. Friday. The cost is $9 for grades kindergarten through six and $12 for grades seven through 12 and adults. Families are welcome to attend. Call the office to sign up.

There will be a kids’ craft fair from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 28 at Soldotna Middle School. Students in grades kindergarten through six may attend. The event is free.

The school would like to thank spelling bee participants and their parents. Congratulations to Jessica Countryman, winner, and Hillary Bogard, runner-up.

Terra Nova testing for grades five and seven will be held Feb. 2, 3 and 6 at the Kenai River Center. Call the office at 714-8880 for more information.

Stop by the office to look at test preparation and testing material. Now is the time to order materials so it will arrive before testing. Materials are located in the second building.

Cook Inlet Academy

The school would like to thank the volunteers who helped with the Cook Inlet Classic Basketball Tournament. Thanks also to Carmen Franchino and Jeannie McNutt for scheduling, arranging travel and organizing the tournament.

Congratulations to the varsity boys basketball team for finishing second at the tournament and for winning the Sportsmanship Award. Jeremy Franchino, Nathan Byrd and Melissa Moffis made the All-Tournament Team. Jeremy Franchino also won the Scholar Athlete Award.

The staff would like to thank room moms for coordinating field trips, class activities and learning opportunities for the students. Room moms are Jodi Hanson, Kristi Felchle, Roxie Miller, Kirsten Moore, Laura Chumley, Gayle Udelhoven, DeeDee Fowler, Jody Fenton, Robbyn Michel, Jan Fenton, Brenda Uchtman, Jan Powers and Jill Johnson. The staff also thanks Dan Michel and Greg Bell for serving on the school board and working on the school facilities.

Students of the Week are Mitchel Daugherty, Caleb Spence, Corbin Streiff, Vince Brown, Kelsey Tachick, Liam Selden, Reva Lovett, Julie Litchfield and Hunter Phillips.

The varsity basketball teams have games at Lumen Christi on Thursday and at Barrow on Friday and Saturday.

Parent-teacher fellowship is at 7 p.m. Monday.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The school has an integrated, thematic approach to education, with arts and science as the focus of the curriculum. The school is taking applications for the 2006 -07 school year.

Report cards will be sent home Monday.

Mrs. Shelden’s and Mrs. Stroh’s classes will walk to No Name Creek today. They will go ice fishing at Sport Lake on Friday.

The visiting artist will begin her residency Monday. Potter Ann Wilson will work with students to create a permanent tile installation with a river theme. Community volunteers are welcome and appreciated. If you would like to have a part in this project, call Linda at 283-0804.

The school currently has artwork displayed at Kaladi Brothers in Soldotna.

There has been a price change in the drinks that are sold for lunch. Capri Sun is now 65 cents, juice cups are 50 cents, milk is 60 cents, and Riptide is $1.25. Chocolate milk will not be available Wednesdays.

Parents are reminded to monitor area radio stations for the latest reports on school closures .

Kenai Central High

There is a job shadow meeting at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the library. Job shadow is less then a month away, so everyone interested should attend.

A site-council training session will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — Varsity hockey at Palmer at 6 p.m., and boys and girls C team basketball versus Soldotna at 5 and 6:30 p.m.;

· Friday — Boys and girls junior varsity and varsity basketball at Nikiski starting at 3 p.m., JV and varsity hockey at Wasilla at 5:30 and 7 p.m., wrestling dual meet at Homer at 6:30 p.m., and cross-country skiing in Homer;

· Saturday — JV and varsity hockey at Colony at 4:15 and 5:45 p.m., and wrestling dual meet at Skyview; and

· Tuesday — JV hockey against Skyview at 4 p.m. at the sports center.

Kenai Middle

Conferences will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 9. There are no conferences Feb. 10.

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

An assembly for Ken Felchle will be held in our gymnasium at 1:45 p.m. Jan. 26. The public is welcome to attend this event but must check in at the office.

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

Congratulations to the following students for winning the Character Counts pizza drawing last week: Jade Collins and Dixie Renfrow.

Kendra Ashwell and Logan Sutton won the Box Top drawing last week. They received a coupon to spend at the school store.

The annual KMS/Mountain View Elementary talent show will be held Tuesday.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — Site council in the library at 5:30 p.m.;

· Friday — Clubs begin, wrestling at Soldotna Middle School at 3:30 and volleyball lock-in from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m.;

· Saturday — Skiing at Skyview at noon;

· Tuesday — Student of the Month lunch;

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

· Jan. 28 — Skiing at KMS at noon.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start

The Whale and Salmon class had its classroom rearranged. The class is focusing on taking care of things. The children have been taking care of books in the classroom and the library.

The little fish will go swimming Thursday. Volunteers are needed and appreciated on field trips and in the classroom.

The Ravens and Eagles will continue to study dinosaurs next week. The paleontologists glued bones on a dinosaur and acted as archeologists putting bones together to see what dinosaurs looked like.

The children also will learn about snow. The class will work with patterns, learning how to make and read them.

The little calves and cubs in the Moose and Bear class have eased back into the school routine after the holiday season. The class swimming trip was postponed due to the volcano alert.

The children have been exploring creative aspects by making maps, coloring and producing paper creations.

Mountain View Elementary

Mr. Daniel’s class has finished its “shocking” exploration of electricity and is preparing to investigate space and space exploration.

The students will investigate the basic nature of space, planets, galaxies and other celestial objects. They will take part in mock rescue missions of space probes by functioning as experts in various fields of scientific study.

This unit will culminate in a study of the laws of motion and by students applying what they learned to model rockets.

Nikiski Middle-High

Over Christmas break, Josh Ball, J.R. Cox and Tatiana Butler performed in Triumvirate Theatre’s production of “A Christmas Carol.” The production raised money for homeless kids in the area.

Teacher Teresa Zinck from Nikiski North Star Elementary said she appreciates the opportunity of working with Nikiski High School student Holly Cleghorn. Holly volunteers in Zinck’s classroom Mondays and Wednesdays after school. She helps students with math assignments and to finish their daily work.

Justin Tumbaga was selected as the chamber of commerce Student of the Month for January. Justin has a 3.24 cumulative grade point average. He served as the captain of the wrestling team and placed third at state tournament. He also volunteers his skills, abilities and time to the middle school program.

School events and activities can be found online at

The middle school Battle of the Books members are Kassie Johnson, Charlotte Thurman, Caty Reid and Shanda Chenault.

High school Battle of the Books members are Tristin Rutherford, Peter McKay, Ryanna Thurman, Juanita Millyard, Cassie Kendall, Lillie Barrett and Kevin Smith.

District battles will be held Feb. 14 for high school and Feb. 15 for middle school.

Redoubt Elementary

Emergency procedure information for parents is available online at Additional information can be obtained through the district Web site at or

Most a la carte lunchroom prices have increased. The new price for a carton of milk is 60 cents.

Fun Fest is Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Students must return permission slips by Friday morning in order to stay. Parents are required to attend.

Bingo for Books is coming. Book donations may be dropped off at the school library. Volunteers who would like to help are asked to call Sharon Hale.

Yearbooks for 2005-06 are on sale for $15 through Feb. 3. Yearbooks will arrive in May.

Parents are encouraged to sign up for e-Scrip at E-Scrip is a free way to help the school raise money.

Mr. Kaiser, the school’s visiting Artist in Schools resident, will teach stained glass to students through Jan. 27. Parents and community members are invited to observe during his studio times from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Artist in Schools is a program of the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

Ridgeway Montessori Preschool

Students came back from the holidays and settled back into their routines quickly. The staff appreciates the parents’ help with the transition.

The continent of study for January is Asia. The school has students with ties to that area and the staff appreciates the families sharing their heritage.

Show and tell has included a Russian cartoon character and a Chinese outfit. One parent from the Ukraine is planning a Russian art project for the children.

So far, the children have studied ice sculptures and fireworks and made miniature ice castles using colored ice and hot water droppers.

The students began painting fireworks last week, but the project was interrupted by nature’s own fireworks — Mount Augustine erupting. The school used the opportunity to teach the children about volcanoes. Using a model volcano, the kids put vinegar, baking soda and red food coloring making it “erupt.” The students are able to discuss the release of gasses and learn about lava.

On Monday some of the students’ older siblings attended. They helped celebrate the Chinese New Year. The students made a dragon for the parade, with parental help.

Next week students will make tiger collages to hang in the foyer. For more information, call 262-2699.

Sears Elementary

This week Ms. Ralston’s first-graders continue to work on their day and night unit along with their light unit. The students integrated movement, music, art and several different hands-on activities to discover and learn about the unit. Students also have learned several musically aligned songs from the CD “Tools for School-Ready to Go!” to use in their daily lives.

The new drink prices in the lunchroom are Capri Sun for 65 cents, juice cup for 50 cents, milk for 60 cents and Riptide for $1.25. Wednesdays will be white milk only.

On Thursday there will be a volunteer breakfast in the library for all Sears and Kaleidoscope volunteers.

The visiting artist will begin her residency Monday. Potter Ann Wilson will work with students to create a permanent tile installation with a river theme. Community volunteers are welcome and appreciated. If you would like to have a part in this project, call Kimb at 283-4826.

Sears and Kaleidoscope will hold a Fun Fest after school Feb. 1.

Skyview High

The National Honor Society recently held its candlelight induction ceremony and the following students were inducted as members: seniors — Katie Thornton, Rya McMilan, Kyle Essert and Sarah Clinton; juniors — Chantal Scheffers, Nicole Vanryzin, Shawnacee Brooks, David Blossom, Jordan Grant, Kim Perkovich and Ariel Barker; and sophomores — Thomas Osterman, Joanna Graves and Brooke Jasky-Zuber.

Brittney Morris and Jake Fowler were selected to the 2005 National High School Rodeo Association’s Wrangler All-Star Team for Alaska, based on results of the 2005 competitive season, community service, athletics, horsemanship and academics. Jake also was selected as team co-captain. Both students received athletic endorsements from Wrangler and will represent the company throughout 2006.

The Teacher of the Month of January is Terri Zopf-Schoessler. Staff Member of the Month is Brad Nye.

The Wal-Mart Stores Inc. 2006 Sam Walton Community Scholarship is available. The deadline is Friday.

Due to volcanic activity, Wasilla will not travel to the Kenai Peninsula to play Homer or Skyview for basketball.

Soldotna High

The jazz band presents its annual dessert concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday and Jan. 26. Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling Mr. Schneider at 262-7411.

Senior scholarship folders are due Feb. 1. Seniors who submit incomplete folders cannot be considered for scholarship awards. Seniors are reminded to check the bulletin board outside of the counselor’s office for scholarship opportunities.

In February, approximately $60,000 worth of scholarships are available, in addition to several full and partial tuitions. Each scholarship has a deadline. For students interested in Career Academy, AVTEC, APU, Sheldon Jackson, UAS, UAF or UAA, the deadline for full and partial tuition applications is Feb. 1. The Soldotna Rotary Club is offering five $1,000 scholarships. The deadline for these scholarships is Feb. 28.

The PTSA will provide concessions during the Arctic Winter Games and provide snacks to students taking the High School Graduation Qualifying Exams. PTSA also has a partnership with the Soldotna Police Department in its efforts to educate students about the negative consequences of using drugs and alcohol.

With both prom and graduation occurring later this spring, plans to organize safe after-prom and after-graduation activities are under way. Parents and organizations wishing to contribute should call the school.

Soldotna Elementary

Ms. Southwick is organizing a kindergarten through sixth-grade children’s choir to perform at the Arctic Winter Games. Composer Donald Beattie has written “In Alaska,” which will be performed by the choir. Beattie is planing to travel to the Games and hear the choir perform. Interested students can complete a permission slip to join the choir.

Congratulations to Justin Alvey, who was the top speller in the school’s spelling bee. Ceria Dile was the runner-up. Classroom winners included Justin Alvey, Christopher Clements, Hannah Cristiano, Ceria Dile, Willa Huddleston, Tyler Morgan, Jazshe Nushart, Emily Philbert, Taylor VonHeeder and John Wynkoop.

Reece Hanson was honored for his kindness to others by receiving a school T-shirt and being named Honor Buck winner of the week.

Thanks to everyone who attended the Title 1-PTA Book Bingo and Read Naturally training Thursday. Parents learned how to utilize a computer program to encourage literacy and reading skills.

Soldotna Middle

Mr. Gossard’s third-graders from Redoubt Elementary will come to Mr. Gustkey’s seventh-grade drama class to be judges for an impromptu drama contest Feb. 27.

The yearbook staff is still looking for photos of students doing things outside of school. Photos, digital and other, may be brought or sent to Mr. Gustkey.

Winter sports begin the first week of competition. The ski team will host a boroughwide meet at Skyview High School at noon Saturday. The wrestling team will host a tri-meet with Kenai and Nikiski middle at 3 p.m. Friday in the multipurpose room.

Coaches Sara Hepner and Kate Baum Fjelstad announced that eighth-grader Jasmine Woodland won highest honors in the WordMasters Challenge — a national language arts competition entered by 225,000 students. She competed in the Gold Division and earned a perfect score in December’s meet. Nationally, only 86 eighth-graders earned perfect scores. Area students will participate in two more meets in the coming months.

The site-based council will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the library.

Battle of the Books members are Carol Clonan, Amandra Cobb, Skyler Laber and Mackenzie Senn. The district battle will begin Feb. 14.

Sterling Elementary

Falcon Fun Night for students in grades four through six will be held Feb. 20. The cost is $2 and the event runs from 3:45 to 5 p.m. Snacks such as pizza, root beer floats and candy will be available for purchase. If a parent comes and stays with their child, then the entry fee is waived.

Title I and PTA are holding a joint event Jan. 27. Family Fun: Make It and Take It activities will begin at 5:30 p.m. and be followed by a showing of “SkyHigh” at 7 p.m. on the big screen in the gym. The activities are free and open to the public.

Pizzas are available for purchase by pre-ordering them using the forms available at the office and sent home in Thursday folders. Pizzas will be delivered at 5:30 and 7 p.m. so families can choose to eat early or later. Popcorn and drinks also will be available.

Families are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets to sit on in the gym during the movie, but are reminded to make sure the lawn chairs have feet that will not scratch the gym floor.

Tebughna School

Students spent the last week completing a series of assessments including the assessment, SRI reading assessments and DIEBELS. The school would like to thank the students and staff for their hard work. Letters regarding the final scores will be sent out to parents next week.

Congratulations to seventh-grader Brittany Kroto for being the first student to receive a root beer float for the 20/20 Club. Students are to read 20 minutes per day at school and 20 minutes each night at home for 20 days to qualify for the root beer float. Brittany has brought in her reading homework 42 days in a row, giving her two root beers floats.

The Native Youth Olympics is meeting in the gym and the multipurpose room after school until 4:30 p.m. The basketball team is meeting after NYO practice. See Mr. Joachim or Johnny for information on either program.

The school is in need of parent volunteers. Interested parents are asked to talk with their child’s teacher and see what they can do to help. Community members interested in art and music also are needed.

The Read 180 reading class will start a new book Tuesday. The name of the book is “Lucas” and will be part of the next semester’s Read 180 Program. Students will read the book in class as a class reading project.

Tustumena Elementary

The school’s geography bee was completed Jan. 6 for students in grades four through six. Students participating were: fourth-graders Austin Kruse, Abby Cook, Catherine Schoessler and Dylan Webb; fifth-graders Dillon Henrie and Catherine Wolk; and sixth-graders Kendra Ahlers and T. J. Checketts. The winner was Catherine Wolk. Dylan Webb placed second, and Austin Kruse placed third. Congratulations to these students and those who qualified for the event.

Catherine has taken a qualifying exam, which will be submitted to geography bee officials for scoring. School bee winners who achieve the benchmark score on this exam will advance to the state geography bee later this year. The school would like to thank Mrs. Knobf for coordinating the event.

The school’s spelling bee was held Friday for students in grades four through six under the guidance of Mr. Michael. Those representing their class were Sydni Brown, Morgan Chesley, Abby Cook, Demery Garrant, Austin Kruse, Dylan Webb, Makinna Halverson, Dillon Henrie, Catherine Wolk, Chelsey Ahlers, Calvin Baxter and Destini Riley. The winner was Dillon Henrie for the second year in a row. Makinna Halverson placed second and will be the alternate for the state bee, should Dillon be unable to attend. Morgan Chesley placed third. Students are congratulated for their efforts.

The school’s cross-country skiing program will begin Tuesday. Families with children in grades four through six interested in participating should look for more information from Mr. Michael.

Wings Christian Academy

Leah Howell received the cleanest desk of the week award for the Learning Center.

In the mystery person competition, the new clue is: “Yes, I was a man from the East.”

On Friday, the Eagles will have a game against Valley Christian.

Kindergartners are learning long vowel sounds, about Israel in social studies and are writing numbers up to 100.

First-graders are nearing the end of their study of creation. They will have new activities throughout the semester.

One activity is a monthly “Fun Friday.” One Friday every month, students will go out to lunch and play games for the afternoon instead of their normal schoolwork. Another new activity is the “Gopher” campaign. When the students collectively follow the rules, the teacher puts a check mark on the board. When the students get 10 check marks in one day, the gopher gets to move a space. When the gopher moves 10 spaces, the students will have a party. So far the gopher has moved one space.

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 Friday for publication in the following Wednesday's paper.

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