Peninsula Clarion - Schools

Posted: Wednesday, January 24, 2007

School district hosts budget forums

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will hold two budget forums to discuss the 2007-08 school year budget with the public. A budget forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday in the Little Theatre at Kenai Central High School, and Tuesday at 7 p.m. the Homer High School library.

Nursing scholarships deadline looms

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 Tuesday. 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.

Scholarships for seniors offered

· Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 Vicki Webb Nelson memorial scholarship is offered to a high school graduating students with a desire to further their education.

Citizenship, leadership and financial need will be considered. Monetary awards will be given to local winners with an opportunity to compete for the $1,000 scholarship awarded to a statewide winner. Deadline for application is Feb. 15.

Applications should be mailed to the VFW Ladies Auxiliary,134 N. Birch St., Soldotna, AK 99669. For more information or to obtain an application, call your school counselor, the VFW auxiliary chair at 262-9220 or the VFW Ladies Auxiliary President at 262-1262.

· AAA Alaska, a AAA MountainWest Club, is offering an academics, athletic and arts scholarship to graduating Alaska high school seniors. To be eligible, seniors must maintain at least a 2.75 grade point average, actively participate in academics, athletics, and the arts, as well as attend a college or accredited technical school in Alaska, Montana, or Wyoming during the 2007-08 school year.

To download eligibility requirements or an application visit

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 first-place winner in the geography bee was eighth-grader Hannah Coffman. The runner-up was seventh-grader Anton Krull.

Mr. Severson’s fourth-grade class won a pizza party for its outstanding behavior. One-hundred percent of the students had a green card for the second quarter.

Parents are reminded to send students prepared with winter gear for recess.

Terra Nova testing for students in grades one through eight is Tuesday and Feb. 9.

The school will conduct an enrollment lottery March 29. An accounting firm will supervise the lottery. Applications and copies of the enrollment and lottery procedures are available at the school office. All applications for enrollment for the 2007-08 school year must be delivered in person to the school’s office no later than 3 p.m. March 6. Charter schools do not charge tuition. The lottery results will be posted the following week at the school. If your child currently has a lottery number, you will not need to go through another lottery. If you no longer want to be on the waiting list or have had a change of telephone numbers, call and notify the office.

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the week are: Lexie Lee, great at-home reading; Cody Dutcher, service during chapel; Meijan Leaf, being a happy helper; Johnny Peterson, math improvement; Kailyn Tachick, good work on Bible memorization; Abbie Turner, coming back to school; Claire Rawley, excellent painting; and Kevin Michaelson, service during chapel.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — junior varsity basketball vs Nikolaevsk;

· Thursday thorough Saturday — varsity basketball tournament in Dillingham;

· Friday — no school and Day of Prayer (open to the public); and

· Monday through Feb. 2 — Missions Week.


The school would like to thank the students who participated in spelling bee, geography bee and the district Battle of the Books this month. Results are sent by e-mail, will be posted in the school news and are posted on the billborad in the office.

The January Fun Day was at the Nikiski Pool. The February Fun Day will be a family bowling time at the bowling alley in Kenai. There will be an announcement and sign-up sheet coming soon.

The school would like to wish its problem solvers team luck as they present their final challenge.

The library is open to families to check out books, videos and kits.

There will be a computer workshop for parents and high school students at the office from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday for more information, call the office at 260-7555.

The school is enrolling new students for the 2007-08 school year. For more information, call 260-7555 or come by the office in the Kalifornsky Beach Red Dimond Center. Information is available on our Web site at

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Friday is Pajama Day for all classes. Students may wear pajamas or other clothing to school but are asked to remember to send outdoor gear as students will still have outdoor recess. Students also are welcome to bring a blanket or small stuffed animal, along with their favorite books.

Friday night is Family Fun Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Board games are the planned activities. Families also may bring games.

The February Family Fun Night will be Bingo for Books to celebrate the Love of Reading month.

Report cards were sent home with students Monday.

PTA will meet at 7 p.m. Feb. 7 at Willow Street.

Feb. 8 and 9 will be parent-teacher conferences. There will be no school for students on those days.

The kindergartners in Mrs. Bryson’s class will host a Wintry Night program at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15. Students will share poems and stories.

On Feb. 17 the Kenai Peninsula Reading Carnival will be held from noon to 4 p.m. The school will offer toss for titles game and a homemade play-dough table. The school is seeking volunteers for two hour shifts; contact Mrs. Knudsen or the office.

Letters were mailed home to determine enrollment at the school for the next school year. The deadline to return forms is Feb. 16.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Ms. Stavola asks parents picking up their children to wait in the main lobby until the walkers dismissed announcement is given at 2:30 p.m. This will enable students to continue working until the end of the day and ensure a safer environment. She said she appreciates parents assistance and if anyone has questions they may to call her at the school.

The PTA is seeking officers for next year. Those interested may call Donna Burcham at the school.

Mrs. Davis’ fifth- and sixth-grade class will attend StarBase at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai. The students are working together on problem-solving exercises, such as designing a crash-proof cushion for an egg and testing it.

The first grade is studying the author Jan Brett by doing centers with activities about her. They are also working on subtracting two and recently celebrated meeting their reading at home goals with a pizza party.

Mr. Daniels’ class sang “What to do When You Come to an Unknown Word” in the Friday morning meeting. During the meeting, Marlaina Hagen received a principal certificate as a result of a compliment from her teacher. In science, they are making “wind gizmos,” which are little vehicles made from scraps and powered by wind. The gizmos are due Jan. 25. Bailey Rosin contributed Mr. Daniels’ report.

Kenai Central High

Kenai Middle School Talent Show is Thursday at 7 in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.

The school will be on an assembly schedule Thursday to recognize the hockey, wrestling and cross-country ski teams. The assembly will begin at 1:40 p.m. in the gym.

There is a budget hearing scheduled for Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre at the school.

Wrestling regions begin Friday at Skyview High School and will conclude Saturday.

On Jan. 31, there is a district parent group meeting from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Kenai River Center in Soldotna. For more information, call Alan Fields at 283-2105.

Activities for the school are available online at

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — varsity hockey at Homer at 7 p.m.;

· Friday — junior varsity hockey vs Soldotna High School at 3 p.m. at the Kenai Rink, varsity hockey vs SoHi at 7 p.m. at Soldotna Sports Center, wrestling regions at Skyview High School and boys and girls C, junior varsity and varsity basketball at Colony; and

· Saturday — wrestling regions at Skyview, cross-country skiing at Nikiski and boys and girls C, junior varsity and varsity basketball at Palmer.

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.

Congratulations to the following students for being selected as Character Counts! students: Michael Hanson and Carly Norvelle. These students received a pizza for lunch.

Ericka Reynolds, a sixth-grade student at the school, was recently diagnosed with Leukemia. The school will have several fundraisers to help defer costs for medical treatment. There is an account set up at Wells 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 toward her fund. We also have “Ericka” ID Dog tags for sell for $10.

On Feb. 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 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:

· Friday — club schedule, and wrestling at Seward at 3:30 p.m.;

· Saturday — cross-country skiing at Kenai at noon;

· Monday — volleyball, competitive play begins;

· Feb. 2 — club schedule and volleyball at Nikiski at 3 p.m.; and

· Feb. 3 — cross-country at Soldotna.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start

Classes will meet for a half day Thursday and Friday, so teachers can meet with parents at the center in the afternoons.

The Moose and Bears, and Salmon and Whales classes will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Raven and Eagle class will meet from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Childcare will be provided during center visits. Parents are encouraged to check with bus drivers for adjusted drop-off times.

The after-school programs are taking applications for new students. Bus service is available from Sears Elementary, Soldotna Elementary and Nikiski North Star Elementary. For more information, call Charmaine at 283-0707.

Mountain View Elementary

The school would like to congratulate spelling bee participants: winner, Louis Adams; second alternate, Taylor Carlson; and third place, Carissa Bible.

The Mountain View Elementary and Kenai Middle School talent show will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Kenai Central High School.

The third- and fourth-grade district Battle of the Books will be held at 9 a.m. Feb. 2.

The winner will go to the state spelling bee in Anchorage. The spring Book Fair will be the week of Feb. 5-9.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held Feb. 8 and 9, there will be no school for students on these days.

The school will have its spring pictures Feb. 20.

School forensics will be held Feb. 20 for fifth-graders, Feb. 21 for fourth-graders and Feb. 22 for third-graders.

Nikiski Middle-High School

The school would like to congratulate Julie Williams for being the recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Educational Excellence at the school. Mrs. Williams works in the special education department. She received the award for knowing how to motivate students, being dedicated to helping all students become successful, always having a positive attitude and a smile on her face, going beyond the call of duty for students and volunteering in any way she can. Williams also heads up the Bulldog Spirit shop.

The school would also like to congratulate Zach Alkire and Jordan Kernan in Mr. DiMarzio’s vocational classes for designing and building the fastest CO2 cartridge cars in their classes. Zach’s car raced at 53 mph and Jordan’s car raced at over 60 mph, beating Mr. DiMarzio’s car.

Dates to remember:

· Tuesday — Last date for input on budget survey to district office;

· Feb. 5, 6 — high school borough mass choir at Kenai Central High School; and

· Feb. 8, 9 — parent teacher conferences, no school.

For a complete calendar of events visit

Ninilchik School

The school would like to thank parents and seniors who came to Financial Aid Night on Tuesday, to the school’s counselor Mr. Story for organizing it, and to the representative from Alaska Advantage from Anchorage who made the presentation.

The school would also like to thank Blood Bank of Alaska staff who were at the school for the annual blood drive Tuesday and to everyone who donated or tried to donate. If there is anyone who is interested in assuming responsibility for coordinating future drives, call Jamie Leman at 567-3722. Leman will no longer be heading these up.

The school would like to congratulations the basketball teams for their performances at the Nikiski Tip Off Tourney.

Game times and locations are available online at The Lady Wolverine Web page is at

The SATs will be held at Ninilchik School on Saturday. Call Paul Story for more information, at 567-3301.

Redoubt Elementary

February is Love of Reading Month. The school will celebrate with many activities, including Bingo for Books on Feb. 1, a pajama party, open gym night, a reading challenge, and Turn Off Your TV Week. Complete information will be sent home with students.

Parents are asked to make sure that students attend school every day and arrive on time. Excused absences include those due to illness, appointments, or family emergencies. Students who are late miss academic time and disrupt classrooms. School begins at 8:45 a.m.

Intermediate students are preparing for forensics. The school is looking for volunteers to help judge the school competition. For more information, call Sharon Hale at 260-4300.

Parent conferences will be Feb. 8 and 9. There will be no school for students. Teachers will send home information to schedule conference dates and times prior to conferences. The library will host a book fair during conferences. Parents and students are invited to stop in and shop.

The library has many overdue library books. Parents are asked to help students locate books and return them to the library as soon as possible.

Parents who need help acquiring winter outerwear for their child may call Nurse Donna at 260-4300.

Brianna Shackleton was the Big G Box Tops drawing winner this week. 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

The school held a sledding party last Friday. Hot cocoa and cookies were served.

Ms. Ralston’s first-graders learned about light and where it comes from. The students used flashlights and discovered how light reflects. The students also worked on movement activities using scarves to act out the rotation of the earth and moon around the sun.

Ms. Atkinson’s kindergartners are preparing for Pajama Day by looking at star constellations. They are reading about and listening to traditional lullabies from around the world. In math the students are doing snowball addition and subtraction.

Ms. Fischer’s kindergartners are making snow ice cream, baggie ice cream and churned ice cream as they prepare to have a “being there experience” at the Cold Stone Creamery.

Students may were their favorite pajamas Friday for Pajama Day.

Soldotna High

The second performance of the Jazz Band Dessert Concert is Thursday night at 7.

The following students were named as Rotary Students of the Month for January: Elora Hammer, Kathryn Vengley, Cora Chidester, Lacy Norman, Ryan Christenson, Josh Anahonak, Chris Closson, Garrett Eady, Garrett Redford, Alyssa Rosin, Justin Orth and James Campbell.

Auditions for the spring drama production, “John Lennon and Me”, will be at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the theater. All students are invited to try out.

The next parents of seniors meeting to discuss after graduation activities will be held at 6 p.m. Feb. 13 in the staff work room.

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

Soldotna Middle

The school newsletter can be accessed at pages/Soldotna_Middle/News/Newsletter.

The Battle of the Books team will be Carol Clonan, Katie Clonan, Olivia Fair, Mary Hauptman, Mackenzie Senn and Bud Sparks. They will battle Feb. 6.

Parents are reminded that the second semester has several testing dates in its schedule.

Seventh-graders have Terra Nova tests Tuesday, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. The NAEP Tests for eighth-graders will be held Feb. 6. Notify Mrs. Litzenberger if you do not want your student to be assessed. More information is available on edline. SBAs will be held April 3, 4 and 5 for both grades.

Dates to remember:

· Friday — wrestling vs Chapman, Ninilchik, Seldovia, Homer, Voznesenka at 3:30 p.m.;

· Saturday — Kenai Nordic Ski Invite at noon;

· Friday — last day of intramural volleyball season;

· Monday through Feb. 24 — competitive volleyball season;

· Feb. 6 — PTSA meeting at 6 p.m. in the library; and

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

Soldotna Montessori Charter

New applicants for the school’s lottery must register in the school office by March 6. For more information, call the office at 260-9221.

Sign-up sheets for parent-teacher conferences are in the school hallway. Conferences are scheduled for Feb. 8 and 9. Alternate conference times may be scheduled with individual classroom teachers.

Mrs. Atchley’s first-, second- and third-graders have been reading and discussing Martin Luther King Jr. They have been collecting words and statements about Dr. King and are gearing up to write individual poems about him. The students are preparing for their upcoming Coffee House Poetry Night, which will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 1. The evening will showcase the poetry of their class. Students have written and edited two of their favorite poems, which each will recite. On Friday the class will visit the Soldotna Public Library.

Mrs. Romatz’s fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders are working to finalize their position papers, which reflect the positions of their country, Pakistan, with respect to the topics of concern to the Model United Nations.

These topics range from the climate of peace, to global changes, to the best practices to accomplish the millennium development goals. In micro-society students have worked to complete a job application and are ready for their job interviews, with letters of recommendation in hand. Interviews began Tuesday and will continue through Friday.

Sterling Elementary

The school is working on recycling projects. Parents can look for the big red bin on the west side of the school by the dumpsters. The bin gives the school a place to store aluminum cans so its can raise money in the Great Aluminum Can Round-Up. If you have aluminum cans to donate, just drop them off by the red recycle bin and they will be stored in the bin until the next scheduled drop-off date.

The school is looking for pictures for its yearbook. Parents who were at field trips, parties, sporting events, etc. may send in a CDs or prints to be scanned, or Chris Thorne can take them off the camera’s memory card. Contact Chris at the school for more information.

The PTA is looking for folks who would like to help with the carnival. If you are interested in volunteering call the school.

Friday is a School Spirit day. Students may wear their slippers or sunglasses to participate. Friday also is Reading is Fundamental (RIF) distribution day. RIF will be doing its second distribution of books for the year. Each student will be able to pick one book at no charge to add to their home library.

Tebughna School

The Project Grad Family Night was held Tuesday.

The Tebughna Family Book Club meets Monday evenings from 5:30 to 7. This month’s focus will be learning to write poetry. Rebecca Standifer, Caitlin Duenas, Natalee Smoke, Tshanna Constantine and Leona Stephan completed their first poems and next week their challenge will be to write a poem about Tyonek.

The student body went sledding last Friday. Logan King and Mr. Perzachino had a race. Logan won the race. Staff and students are looking for a rematch at the Project Grad Celebration at 2 p.m. today. Students who saw their reading scores go up will be eligible to go to the sledding and hot chocolate party sponsored by Project Grad.

The Native Village of Tyonek (NVT) is putting together a list of volunteers to help during the school day in classes and for lunch duty. The school would like to thank Elizabeth Standifer for helping organize volunteers and for her work in getting the library organized.

Students in grades one through six are preparing to go the Native Youth Olympics on Friday. Permission slips need to be in this week for students planning to attend. NYO practice is after school Tuesdays and Thursdays through January.

Title I Tutoring is available after school until 5 p.m. and before school from 8 to 8:45 a.m. Students interested in getting extra help with homework or special projects should contact Ms. Patti Truesdell.

Tustumena Elementary

School district art specialist Debbie Harris will be at the school Monday through Feb. 1. She will be presenting art lessons selected by the classroom teacher that address current units of study. The school would like to thank Ms. Harris for sharing her artistic talents with them.

Mrs. Knobf’s fourth- and fifth-grade students traveled to the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska last week to complete a mission entitled, “Rendezvous with a Comet.” Her students employed math reading, science, and language arts skills to successfully construct and launch a probe to an identified comet.

Parents are advised that parent-teacher conferences will be held Feb. 8 and 9. There is no school for students on those days. Appointment notices for these sessions have been sent home with students, and parents should contact teachers should the appointment time need changing.

Wings Christian Academy

Mickelle Water won Office of the Week.

Friday will be Fun Friday.

The kindergarten class has learned the letters “D,” “H,” and “O,” and can count up to the number 64.

In basketball, the high school boys will play against Holy Rosary on Friday and Saturday. The games will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday, and at 10 a.m. Saturday at the school.

The school is began a preschool program Jan. 3 for children ages 3 to 4, but it isn’t too late to sign up. For information, call Audrey at 283-9361. The school is located at Mile 15 Kalifornsky Beach Road.

The school will attend the spelling-bee at World Harvest in Eagle River. The school will first have a spell-off to determine which students will be able to go. The spellers who will participate in the spell-off are Alex Pettey, Alisha Thompson, Mickelle Waters, Naomi Pettey, Matthew Grant, Kyla More, Jesse Puletau, Victoria Grant, Chase Miller and Josiah Fischer.

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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