Schools around the district

Posted: Wednesday, January 22, 2003

Aurora Borealis Charter

Mr. Drury's third-grade class is starting a unit in history and learning about Canada.

Mrs. Uponen's second-graders have been studying the making of the U.S. Constitution. They learned about the original constitutional convention, then had their own convention and wrote and ratified a class constitution and bill of rights.

Aurora Borealis will hold a Math-A-Thon on Tuesday to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Students will raise funds for the internationally recognized hospital to help it in its ongoing fight against diseases such as cancer, AIDS and sickle cell anemia. If you would like to make a pledge, call the office at 283-0292.

Congratulations to the Aurora Borealis Hoop Shoot winners.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Report cards will be sent home Friday. Parents are reminded to pay any PTA lunch charges.

The school has purchased a floor tile for the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska's new Saturn V rocket mural. This is the final floor mural that will be done at the center. If any families would like to purchase their own tile, call Linda Hibberd at 283-0624. The deadline is Jan. 31.

The PTA is looking for a SIGS chairperson for next year. Thanks to Chrissy and Kerstin who have done the job this year. If you are interested in the position, call Monica Musgrove at 262-2665.

Ms. Tyler's fifth-grade class is designing a brochure for K-Beach Elementary. The brochure will include the mission statement, school facts, philosophy, highlights, goals and administrative contact information.

The spelling bee was Friday, and the winner was Spring Sibayah. The runner-up was Aspen Love.

Mrs. Bagley is in need of parents to help with tumbling over the next month. Both morning and afternoon help is needed. If interested, contact the school or Mrs. Bagley.

The sixth-graders are engaged in space camp, a four-week intense science and math unit where they will learn the concepts and skills necessary to complete a mission at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska on Jan. 29 to 31. The adventure will be paid for by a grant from the center.

Mrs. George's class has been doing a science unit on sound. The class did several experiments and made oboes from straws. The class also is continuing to study Alaska history and the Kenai Peninsula. Students continue to ad to their Alaska notebooks, and the class created a Kenai Peninsula time line and made up a song to go with it.

Mountain View Elementary

The Kenai Middle School-Mountain View Elementary School Talent Show will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Kenai Central High School.

Congratulations to classroom spelling bee winners: DK Morgan, EJ Ismael, Taylor Ross, McKenna Dunn, Joe Sandahl, Markayla Shipps, Megan Isaac, Olivia Fair, Shane Cowie and Ryan Travelstead, third grade; Zack Sonnichsen, Jennifer Lackey, Connor Hamman, Catherine Johnson, Lincoln Wensley, Kenny Mayer, Saul Grimsley and Chanta Spain, fourth grade; and Laura Means, Dominick Eubank, Mariah Fruichantie, Shawnee Hunter, Travis Nikolas, Skylar Giordano, Maya Johnson, Cody Anderson, Molly Graves and Averee Amend, fifth grade.

Fifth-graders studying early explorers with Mrs. Springer-Hann learned this week about what early sailors ate during their long voyages around the continents. The small groups made hardtack, a biscuit-like food.

Nikiski Elementary

Congratulations to spelling bee winner, Caitlin Reid. Elizabeth Hammond placed second, and Calvin Williams came in third.

Second- through sixth-graders will take the EduTest this week, and the fifth-graders will take the Analytical Writing Assessment.

The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in room 10. There will be refreshments and door prizes.

Arts and crafts class will be offered at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in room 12. For more information, call Rachel at 776-8800.

The Boys and Girls Club After the Bell II program at Nikiski is accepting applications for 2003. For more information, call Ann at 776-4132.

Redoubt Elementary

Bingo for Books will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. today. The event is open to all Redoubt students and staff and their families. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Book donations still are being accepted and may be dropped off at the school office.

Redoubt has started a foster grandparent program. There will be a free informational luncheon at noon Thursday in the library. Representatives from Kenai Peninsula College will provide complete information. Anyone interested in reading with children, a possible monthly stipend and an unlimited supply of hugs, call Sharon Hale at 262-9006.

Sears Elementary

Students at Sears Elementary will attend the Alaska Rep Theatre performance Feb. 3. Students will bring home permission forms for parents to sign. Students will be transported by Laidlaw school buses.

Today is School Nurses Day. Stop by and thank Bekkie Jackson.

The Sears-Mountain View-Kenai Middle School Christmas Drive committee would like to thank everyone who made donations to support the drive this holiday season.

Mrs. Bryson's class will have a beach day Friday. Students are invited to wear their swimsuits under their clothes. The students in Bryson's class also have been learning letters and their sounds.

Miss Fischer's class finished learning about action reading characters and sounds and started to read comprehension exercises. The students also are continuing to study space.

Mrs. Hurst's class has been learning about space, the sun and the moon. The students also made moon flip books.

Mrs. Lafferty and Mrs. Knudsen's class has been learning about the solar system and about Dena'ina traditions, songs and stories.

Soldotna Elementary

Today is Nurses Day. Thanks to Soldotna Elementary School nurse Tammy Dudley, who is always there to listen, give medical help, provide comfort and counsel parents. Her door is always open to everyone, and the school appreciated her efforts and dedication to the Soldotna Elementary community.

There were 35 students enrolled in the chess club under the direction of fourth-grade teacher Janet Boyce. A second session of the club will be Feb. 7.

Congratulations to Hoop Shoot winners Anthony Griglione, Monica Maryott, Jesse Stenga, Russell Camp, Riley Harvey and Connor Paine.

Fun Buck winners for last week were Stephen Endsley, Colton Herrick, Haley Cunningham, Hunter Goff, Erica Byerly and Matthew Deatherage.

Soldotna Elementary staff worked with colleagues from Sterling and Redoubt elementary schools during the in-service day Tuesday to map curriculum. The maps will allow teachers to plan their entire year to meet all the responsibilities of Alaska State Standards and school district adopted curriculum.

Sterling Elementary

Thanks to nurse Amy for all the things she does everyday, from taking care of bumps and bruises on students who get hurt on the playground to helping with the conflict manager program and keeping the staff happy and healthy. Happy Nurses Day.

Students will participate in the bus evacuation drills with Laidlaw at 3:35 p.m. today. Buses may leave school a little later than normal.

Mrs. MacDonald's class will have a bake sale Friday.

Falcon Fun Night for kindergarten through third-grade students will be from 3:45 to 5 p.m. Friday. Students get in free if accompanied by a parent. The event is sponsored by the Sterling Student Council and will include games, crafts and root beer floats. Money raised by the activities will be used to promote healthy activities at the school.

Report cards will be sent home this week.

Tustumena Elementary

The second quarter Lynx Tracks activity will be ice skating at the Soldotna Sports Center on Thursday or Friday. Written parent permission is required for students qualifying for the trip. There also is a $3 fee.

The school spelling bee participants last week were Cassie Sheridan, Daniel Koch, Brittney Russell and Noah Perry, fourth grade; Chris Closson, Kaile Duncan, Sabastian Beling, Kris Klunder, Kiana Johnson, Sarah Mallette, Justin Marsh and Brendan Webb, fifth grade; and Kristy Mallette, Ashley Halverson, Michael Hicks, Elizabeth Bacon, Hunter Link, Gabrielle Browning, Jesse Carlson and Leslie Meyer, sixth grade. The winner was Jesse Carlson. Chris Closson placed second, and Brittney Russell placed third.

The site council will meet at 4 p.m. Monday to discuss staffing for 2003-04 and current education-related bills before the state Legislature.

PTO bingo will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 7. Kasilof families are encouraged to make plans to attend the evening of fun for the whole family.

Also, Lynx T-shirts and sweatshirts will go on sale in early February. Children and adult sizes will be available.


Connections students in grades five and six are invited to participate in a Mars Mission at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska on Feb. 26. Students in grades seven through nine can participate in a mission Feb. 29. The cost is $50 from the allotment. Educational information to review at home prior to the mission is available. To register, call Tanya at 262-6315.

Family Sledding Day will be from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the Soldotna sledding and snowboard hill. All home school families, from any program, are invited. A parent must attend with each family. Connections will provide hot chocolate.

Progress reports are due Friday. Families with the EduTest option do not have to complete progress reports. Forms are available online at

The second EduTest window will close Jan. 31. For more information, call Doug at 262-6315.

The Analytical Writing Assessment (AWA) is an optional assessment to measure strengths and weaknesses of writing in six areas. The AWA consists of three 45-minute sessions and will be offered from 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday through Jan. 30 in the Connections computer lab. To register, contact a secretary or call Doug Hogue at 262-6315.

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)

There will be a writing workshop from 1 to 3 p.m. today in Homer.

All IDEA teachers and field representatives will be at an in-service training Monday through Jan. 30. The Kenai office will remain open.

All IDEA families are invited to the parent advisory council meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 3.

Mo Sanders will present two workshops at the Kenai office Feb. 7 and in Homer on Feb. 21. To register for a workshop, e-mail Debbie at with the name and location of the workshop and the attendees name. The workshops are:

Hot Tips for Teaching Reading -- Come discover what works and how to use this knowledge with your own children, whether they are just learning to read or are established readers.

Brain Friendly Teaching -- Want to gain fun, family-friendly strategies that make teaching and learning more fun and still boost achievement? Attend this strategy-packed workshop to learn practical and easy tips that can maximize learning in all areas.

Alaska Close Up will be April 14 to 19 in Juneau. This is a fun and exciting way for students to learn more about their local and state governments. All interested students should submit an essay by Feb. 12. For more information, visit the IDEA Web site.

Families interested in enrolling in IDEA for next year can be added to the interview list at any time. For more information, visit the Web site at or call the office at 260-7555.

Soldotna Middle

There will be a wrestling meet at 3:30 p.m. Friday at Soldotna Middle School.

School Nurses Day is today. Thanks to nurse Nancy for all she does for the students and staff at SMS.

The school reviewed its critical incident plan during the in-service day Tuesday. Thanks to the Alaska State Troopers and Soldotna police for their help.

The site council will meet at 2:30 p.m. Monday.

There will be a fortnightly from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Feb. 7.

Report cards will be mailed out the next week. Any students with outstanding fees or overdue library books will not receive their report cards.

Students in Mrs. Blair's seventh-grade language arts class recently completed illustrated story books. First place went to Alex Story with his story about how a tracking dog saved a child on a mountain. Second place went to Kevin Culhane with his humorous tale about an evil insurance man. Honorable mentions went to Lyla Marey, Aubrey Lamb, Tony Cole and Hannah Ritter.

Mrs. Wyatt's class is graphing individual progress in reading, as measured by lexile scores, from the beginning of the year to present.

Kenai Central High

Last Friday, KCHS welcomed the Arctic Winter Games selection committee to the Kenai Peninsula. Students attended an assembly and showed enthusiasm and support for the games. Thanks to the student body for their excellent behavior.

Freshmen will take the Analytical Writing Assessments next Tuesday through Jan. 30.

The basketball booster club will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the staff lounge.

Skyview High

The second semester begins today.

Congratulations to the girls and boys junior varsity basketball teams for first place wins at the End of the Road tournament. This week's games will be at Kenai on Friday and at Soldotna High School on Saturday.

The hockey team will face Soldotna at 7 p.m. Thursday, then plays at Nikiski on Friday and Soldotna again Tuesday.

The junior varsity wrestling team will travel to the Service tournament in Anchorage this weekend. The varsity team will host the rescheduled peninsula duel meet at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

The Nordic ski team will race at the Kenai Classic on Saturday.

Soldotna High

Auditions will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. today for the all-school play, "We Were Stardust," an original play by drama teacher Mike Druce. Featuring a cast of about 30 students, the play is set on a college campus during the late '60s and early '70s. Tryouts are open to all students, with or without acting experience. Rehearsals will run from 2:30 to 4:20 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. The play will open in April.

On Friday and Saturday, the Star Sensations will present the dance show "Livin' Luvin' Dancin'" from 7 to 9 p.m. in the theater, with guest performances by Vergine's Dance Studio, the Dance Emporium, North Star Ballet and Kenai Central High School. Admission is $5 per person.

Yearbooks can be ordered for $55, and senior ad space still is available. For more information, contact the yearbook staff.

The junior varsity and varsity hockey teams will travel to the valley to play Wasilla, Colony and Palmer from Thursday through Saturday.

On Friday, all boys and girls basketball teams will play in Homer. On Saturday, all the teams will be at home playing Skyview.

The PTSA will meet at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 30.

Cook Inlet Academy

Parent-teacher fellowship will be Monday.

Students of the week are Alison Kollander, excellent behavior and attitude; Ryan Kimball, neatness in schoolwork; Matthew Titus, respect and obedience; Emily Pugmire, being a great friend and helper; Stephen Webb, being a good example to preschoolers; Hilary Domke, excellent listening and written expression skills; and Kelsey Brush, keeping a positive attitude.

Congratulations to the high school basketball teams. The boys placed first at the Kodiak tournament, and the girls placed second. Eight players made the all-tournament team: Mandy Evans, Miranda Zindel, Jessica Hall, Alyse Bell, Calder Hillyer, Luke Myers, Jacob Peterson and Andy Hall. Calder Hillyer and Mandy Evans also won the three-point contest.

Wings Christian Academy

Lower Learning Center students have started a "goalopoly" for the third quarter. Each time students finish their goals for the day, they get to move their markers one space. The students receive merits and other prizes for getting to various points around the board.

Ashlynn Burger made it to the 1000s club last week. The cleanest desk award went to Jeremy Thompson and Ashlynn Burger. Alisha Thompson celebrated her 12th birthday Tuesday.

The basketball teams will play the Valley Crusaders this weekend. The girls play at 6 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday. The boys play at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 12:30 p.m. Saturday.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

This week at Soldotna Co-op, the students are working on travel unit activities, including building a road, matching vehicles with job and drivers and making airplanes. The unit will end next week.

The children had a great time playing in the indoor gravel pit and using the cars and machinery to move and build.

The preschool will continue to accept new students for the remainder of the school year. Classes are from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and combinations schedules are available. For more information, call Susan at 262-4102.

The deadline for submissions to the Schools section is Friday at 5 p.m. for publication in the following Wednesday's paper. For information, contact Jenni Dillon at 283-7551.

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