Peninsula Clarion - Schools

Posted: Tuesday, January 22, 2008

School board meetings slated

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. at 148 N. Binkley St. in Soldotna (unless otherwise noted).

For more information, call 714-8888 or visit

* Feb. 4;

* Feb. 18;

* March 3 Homer High School;

* April 7;

* May 5 Seward High School.

School Web pages available

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools information is available through the district's Web site at

Find your school and click on the name to be linked to its site.

Up-to-date information, sports schedules, grade and contact information are listed.

Aurora Borealis Charter

Geography bee winners are: Colton Anderson, first place; Dagen Walton, second place; and David Swedberg, third place. Other participants were Haley Coffman, Bailey Jones, Tom Randall, Jonathan Bruxvoort, Dennis Anderson, Makenzie Moore and Kara Kaufman.

Kindergarten through eight-grade awards assemblies preceded the bee. Awards are given for perfect attendance, good behavior and academic performance. Mrs. Ball's kindergartners received certificates for completing their math program and moving onto first-grade math. Mrs. Harding's first-graders received certificates for learning phonograms. Spelling bee and geography bee awards also were handed out. Caleb Coombes and Matthew Hinkle from Mr. Palm's class broke the school record for accelerated reading points.

Connections home-school program

Dibels and CBM testing for grades kindergarten through third will continue through Feb. 1. Call the office to set up an appointment.

The program has a mailing list for keeping in contact with other home-schooling families and posting activities. To join the list, parents may go to the programs Web site and look for a link for listserv on the opening page.

The Web-site also has news, information, forms and activities available.

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the Week are Chloe Beller, Johnny Smithwick, Maureena Plate, Benjamin Grossl, Timmy Opheim, John Grossl, Hannah Seldon, Hanna Udelhoven, Libby Turner and Caleb Lyons.

Dates to remember:

* Thursday boys junior varsity vs Ninilchik at 5 p.m.; and

* Saturday boys junior varsity vs Old Harbor at noon.

For additional announcements, updates, eligibility guidelines visit

Registration for summer school is available.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The parent and staff reflection night will be held at 6:30 Monday. It will be an open forum meeting to share thoughts, ideas and to reflect on the progress of the school.

The APC would like to offer childcare to enable parents the opportunity to attend. To volunteer to help with childcare call the office at 283-0804.

The PTA Family Fun Night date has been changed in order to combine it with Science Night. The Family Science Night will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31.

The Reading Carnival will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 2 at Soldotna High School. The school will host two activity tables and are in need of volunteers. Call Christie Holmes at 252-3139.

The school said that its students are doing a great job turning in box tops of education. A drawing for books is held Fridays for box tops with the child's name on the back. The school has earned more than $300 from box Tops.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Students who placed in the Tustumena 200 sled dog race poster contest are Kendra Bass, first place; Serena Prior, second place; and Zoe Zorn, third place.

Kenai Central High

There is a public budget forum at 7 p.m. today in the library. For more information, call Alan Fields at 283-2105.

The December Student of the Month luncheon will be held at 11:53 a.m. Thursday in the library. Visitors are asked to check in at the office before heading to the library.

Also on Thursday the wrestling team will hold its end of the season banquet at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria. For more information, call coach Boyle at 283-2158.

On Jan. 29 the school will be on an afternoon assembly schedule to honor hockey and cross country ski teams. The assembly will be at 1:40 p.m. in the gym.

December Students of the Month are: Callie Martin, rotary; Rebecca Gilman, chamber; Lara Olsen, Elks; Will Hubler, super staffer; Molly Copple, Kard of the Deck; Kylee Bartlett, French one; Amanda Ellis, band; Ian West, foods one; Tyler Loffer, language arts two; Jennifer Sassi, accounting; Samantha Little, algebra one; Meranda Mahan, study skills; Hanna Delaney, AP U.S. history; Kristin Meehan, health; Brady Perkins, choir; Tim Saner, physical science, Michelle Klaben, honors language arts nine.

Kenai Middle

The school is making a few changes to its detention procedures. Detentions will be served at lunch and will happen five days a week. Students will be asked to leave at the end of fifth hour (11:44 a.m.) and report to the detention room with their homework and lunch by the start of sixth hour (11:48 a.m.). Students will stay in the detention room for 60 minutes and then continue on with their day. Teachers will continue to notify parents if their son/daughter has detention. For more information, call 283-4896 and ask to speak with one of the administrators.

Report cards were sent out last week. Families who have not received a report card in the mail, are asked to call the office at 283-4896 to update your address.

The physical education department is looking for a volunteer to sew 65 mesh bags. The bags will be used to hold individual inline skate pads. To volunteer call 283-4896.

Club activities will begin Friday. Club fees need to be paid on that day. Students who have not signed up for a club or cannot pay are asked to call the office.

Character Counts winners for the week are: Jenna Dull, KC Rupe and Matt Souders. They received a pizza.

Dates to remember:

* Friday clubs begin and cross country skiing at 2:30 p.m.;

* Jan. 31 wrestling at 3 p.m.;

* Feb. 7and 8 conferences;

* Feb. 19 volleyball at 3 p.m.; and

* Feb. 21 volleyball at 3 p.m.

Second quarter honor roll

4.0 sixth grade Louis Adam, Carissa Bible, Ruby Fisher, Makayla George, Hanah Hoff, Ashley Thornton; seventh grade Austin Daly, Makenzi Magiera, Collin Morse, Ericka Reynolds, Daniel Schaeffer; and eighth grade Vanessa Anderson, Brad Bible, Rylee DeVito, Eve Ferguson, Olivia Pfeifer, Bo Reilly and Morgan Wensley.

3.5 sixth grade Gabe Boyle, Tyler Brown, Alexi Camp-Bravo, Cody Conaway, Jodi Cook, Garrett Dominick, Karl Grimsley, Ryan Holmes, Keir Johnson, Josie Jones, Miles Jones, Elizabeth Mesa, Dallas Pierren, Alyson Quartly, Raquelle Reynolds, Cheyenne Rodriguez, Nolan Scarlett, Havan Shaginoff, Caitlin Steinbeck and Nathan Zorbas; seventh grade Alex Agosti, Jenna Calhoun, Addison Cheek, Tierra Cloud, Madison Cunningham, Jacob Gilman, Ivy Howland, Lee Kempf, Sage Klauder, Kaitlyn Louthan, Mason Mount, Lindsey Pabst, Cassie Ross, Leah Sandahl and Joy Wannamaker; eight grade Bailey Beeson, Amber Bundy, Gwen Bundy, David Dormady, Russell Dukowitz, Sarah Evenson, Jesse Garrett, Alice Han, Heidi Herrmann, Cody Howard, AJ Hull, Haylee Hunter, Kierra Isham, Carolyn Kiefer, Briana King, George Navarre, Alicia O'Brien, Keegan Remsen, Virgina Richards, Joe Sandahl, Kenley Scarlett, Lauren Schams and Tyler Tankersly.

3.0 sixth grade Bill Ashwell, Kyra Bodnar, Kean Brooks, Kirsten Duran, Shannon Engebretson, Emily Evans, Destany Feik, Sabrina Gibbs, Carolyn Knackstedt, Falon McGahan, Ross Pilatti, Sky Schlung, Dacia Shier, Cory Stuart, Tyler Yamada, Tyla Young. Seventh grade Delainey Bowman, Brittany Boyes, Joe Bressler, Katelyn Craig, Krystal Duran, Rebecca Elliot, Housten Ezell, Sierra Glonek, Krystal Hamman, Mikailynn Lee, Byron Mauck, Lucas Michael, Rebecca Morehart, Matt Morse, Katherine O'Reilly, Ethan Oliver, Ashley Perry, Sarah Rawson, Duane Reitter, Josette Renken, Thad Rodriguez, Kate Schadle, Darian Schaffner, Luke Short, Brad Smithwick, Shilo Stewart, Sydney Taylor, Sasha Thompson, Yvonne Waskey, Kelsey Williams and Abbi Wonser. Eighth grade Jessica Calvin, Ashley Cardenas, Mason Cheeseman, Tyler Cooper, Dakota Cruze, Jackie Dickawicz, Carra Dixon, Kyle Dougherty, Tatiana Edelen, Katie Evans, Kaleigh Hansen, Colton Hayes, Edmar Ismael, Cody Johnson, Isabella Jukic, Liberty Rohn, Mitchel Rubalcava, Kyle Scarlett, Kyle Stuart, Joshua Szymanski, Forrest Vest and Melanie Wortham.

Mountain View Elementary

Character Counts winners are Lance Kramer, James Taylor, Shanna Anderson, Ashlee Heiman, Brendon Gibson, Jarin Miller, Derek Charlie, Kelcei Douglas, Alyssa Nacca, Brooke West, Alexander Chipman and Jonathan Evans.

Parent/teacher conferences will be held Feb. 7 and 8. Conference forms will be sent home. There will be no school for students on conference days.

The site council will meet at 4 p.m. Monday in the library.

Nikiski Middle-High

"The Golden Apple was passed to Marilee Johansen for her 14 years of dedicated service to the students of Nikiski. Marilee is the kitchen manager/cook at Nikiski Middle/High School. She always has a positive attitude. Marilee is a wonderful person to work with and has been a positive influence on multiple students and other staff members that have worked with her over the years. She puts a smile on many people's faces with all the wonderful muffins, brownies and rice krispy treats she makes for all of us. Marilee also strives to teach students to show respect to others and themselves. Congratulations Marilee, We appreciate you," said Margie Warner, school secretary.

Dates to remember:

* Friday Girls C basketball vs East High School at 3 p.m., girls junior varsity basketball vs East High School at 4:30 p.m., girls varsity basketball vs East High School at 6 p.m., and boys/girls varsity hockey vs Hutchison High School at 7 p.m.; and

* Saturday boys/ girls varsity cross country skiing Nikiski relays time to be announced, boys/girls varsity hockey vs Hutchison High School at 10 a.m., girls varsity basketball vs Ketchikan High School at 3 p.m., and boys varsity basketball vs Ketchikan High School at 4:30 p.m.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

The school spelling bee winners are: Hannah Tauriainen, first place; Dylan Jackson, second place; and Gregory Brown, third place.

The school's geography bee winner is Hannah Halliday.

Mr. Bailey coordinated the events.

Today begins CBM testing for grades kindergarten through third. Parents are asked to have their children well rested and ready to do their best on the testing.

The school will hold a Scholastic book fair Feb. 4 through 8. Volunteers are needed. Call the library at 776-2630 to volunteer.

Character Counts Students of the Week are: Benjamin Easley, Robert Armstrong, Brianna Jones and Lauren O'Brien.

Ninilchik School

The writings of eighth-graders Destini Riley and Andrea Oskolkoff have been published in the Analytic Writing Star Booklets.

Caring for the Kenai projects are in full swing. Most students have generated their main topics and are looking to develop and hone their essays.

Astronomy is being taught this semester at the school. The school is seeking resources and or telescopes the community might have. For more information, call Dave Patat.

Parent/teacher conferences will be held Feb. 7. Elementary students will have appointment times sent home with students and junior high and high school student parents may go in at any time.

Feb. 8 will be an in-service day for teachers.

The school is a registered test site for the March 1 SAT. Students wishing to take the test must register online at Early registration deadline is Jan. 29. Late registration deadline is Feb. 7. There will be a notice sent home with students wishing to take this test. Call Mrs. Leman at 567-3717 for more information.

High school basketball and junior high volleyball are in full swing.

The girls' basketball team has a Web page

The junior class fundraiser continues at Select the Ninilchik Junior Class as the group and then shop.

Redoubt Elementary

Parent-teacher conferences will be held Feb. 7 and 8. There will be no school for students. Teachers will be contacting parents to schedule a conference.

Max Conradi the school's geography bee champion. Alex Gottlob is the runner-up. Other participants were Bryan Dombovy, Khelbie Miller, Savannah Cartwright, Gen Gallagher, Brenner Musgrave, Jacob Kooly, Erik Korzon and Xochi Harbison.

Mrs. Utecht's third-grade class won first place in the Big G Box Tops classroom contest by collecting 1,016 box tops. Students collected a total of 5,537 box tops during the two month contest. Students are asked to continue to collect box tops and deposit them in the container in front of the office. Students who put their name and their teacher's name on the back of their box tops will be eligible to win one of three prizes in the weekly drawing from this container.

Parents are reminded that after-school messages for students should be limited to emergencies and unavoidable changes in plans. A note to the teacher is required if students are to go home a different way than usual. Without a note from parents, students are required to go home their usual way.

Skyview High

An after-graduation party meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 31 in the commons.

December Rotary Students of the Month are: Annita Braun, Ryan Burow, Clayton Dempster, David Doremire, Tyler Gochenauer, Daniel Hudson, Jaxon Hill, Stephanie Post, Michael Russell, Daemin Shinew, Alicia West and Hannah West.

Dates to remember:

* Feb. 7 parent/teacher conferences and no school for students;

* Feb. 8 teacher in-service and no school for students;

* March 7 End of third quarter, teacher in-service and no school for students;

* March 17-21 spring break;

* April 1,2,3 and 8 testing dates;

* April 18 vacation day no school; and

* May 21 last day of school and graduation at 7 p.m. at Soldotna Sports Center applications are available.

Soldotna Elementary

Stephen Endsley placed first in the school spelling bee. Stephen will represent the school at the state bee in February. Taran Edmundson is the alternate winner and other classroom winners are Corean Meyer, Taylor Gilmore, Stephen Endsley, Wade VonHeeder, Georgie Forrest, O.T. Stogner, Taran Edmonson and Mary Valenzuela.

Kia Holland was the Honor Buck winner for the week by exemplifying kindness and caring to another student, She received a school T-shirt.

A classroom Box Top contest has begun. The class that collects the most Box Tops for Education by April 15 wins a pizza party. If the box tops are trimmed, the class receives 100 bonus points added to their count.

There will be a planning meeting for a Dr. Seuss Family Reading Night at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in room 312. Call Katrina Cannava at 260-5100 for more information.

Parents are reminded that the traffic lane next to the school building is for pick-up and drop off only and that the school phone is on the answering machine from 3:20 to 3:30 p.m. due to student dismissal.

Soldotna High

January National Honor Society Students of the Month are: Beth Phillips, art and biology; Amanda Cobb, biology; Kari Rohl, U.S. history; Jordan Love, AP English; Eli Holt, metals; and Kimberly England, algebra two.

Tryouts for the spring play will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the theater. Tryouts are open to all students. Rehearsals will be daily from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays. The production will be March 27 through 29.

Dillon Ball, Blaine Carver, Jenna Jensen, Hannah Romberg and Brett Vadla writings were selected for the Analytic Writing Star Booklet.

The last day to order personalized yearbooks or yearbooks only will be Jan. 31 in room 76. After this date, orders will be placed on a waiting list.

Soldotna Middle

Katie Clonan is the January Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month.

The Recycling Club will accept aluminum pop cans Wednesdays at its meeting in the conference room during lunch. The money will be used as a school fundraiser. The school's spelling bee winner is Christopher Dillon Henrie. The runner-up is Mary Hauptman. Henrie will attend the state spelling bee in Anchorage Feb. 29.

Dates to remember:

* Intramural volleyball continues through Feb. 1;

* Friday wrestling vs Nikiski and Kenai at 3 p.m.;

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

* Feb. 12 through 14 Terra Nova Tests for seventh-graders; and

* April 1-3 SBA Tests for all students and April 8 for eighth-graders to take the science portion.

Parents are asked to adjust schedules/vacations to accommodate testing days.

Sterling Elementary

Coltin Yancey won the schoolwide geography bee.

Parents and students of the Title 1 program are invited to attend a meeting from 4 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the library. Baby-sitting will be provided. Check Edline for more information or call 262-4944.

The PTA will sponsor a free sock hop from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday. This event is open to families. The PTA will have hamburgers, french fries and root beer floats available to purchase.

There will be a prize for the best dressed adult and child.

Tustumena Elementary

The school has received a donation of handmade knitted gloves for student use during winter recesses from Goldie Mattson.

The PTO is sponsoring a free sledding party 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at the school. Written parent permission is required.

Mrs. Knobf and Mrs. Werner will be coordinating some fundraising events to offset costs for some of the field trip excursions with their fifth- and sixth-grade classes later this semester.

The initial event is a Valentine's Day Dinner for parents who are looking for a night out on that special day. Tickets for this event will be sold by Mrs. Werner's class.

Wings Christian Academy

James Grey won Office of the Week.

Jared Wood won the most interesting fact contest.

The Eagles will have a home game Friday against Valley Christian School from Palmer.

Also on Friday will be the field trip for students who achieved honor roll status. The students who did achieve either the A or B honor rolls will go to Byron and Shar Moore's house for sledding and other activities. A letter will be sent out in the students' envelopes further detailing the trip.

The schools yearbook staff is Rebekah Wood, editor; Megan Ruffridge, assistant editor; and Alisha Thompson and Alexander Petty, photographers.

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