Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, January 29, 2003

Aurora Borealis Charter

Mrs. Uponen's second-graders will finish their study of Japan and China with a Japanese tea party and a trip to the New Peking Restaurant.

Students who have earned Student-in-Good-Standing awards went swimming at the Nikiski pool last week. SIGS awards are based on conduct and citizenship and are awarded quarterly.

The following students competed Jan. 11 at the Elks Hoop Shoot: Trent Semmens, Donica Severson (second place for 12- to 13-year-old girls), John Rysdyk, Abby Chadwick (third place for 10- to 11-year-old girls), Cade Foust, and Allie McGahan (third place for 8- to 9-year-old girls).

The school's geography bee was last week. Seventh-grader Caleb Gordon beat fellow seventh-grader Trent Semmens for the title of school champion. Caleb also was the winner of the school spelling bee a couple weeks ago and will represent the school at both the state spelling and geography bees.

Classroom winners and runners-up in the geography bee were Josh Barnes and Logan Sutton, fourth grade; Zac Kooly and Donica Severson, fifth grade; Sheldon Hallmark and Michael Bruxvoort, sixth grade; and Spike Hammond and Karyn Kimbrell, eighth grade.

The school is offering extra study and tutoring time for students. Mr. Drury's room will be open from 3 to 4 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The next academic programs committee meeting will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 10. It is an open meeting.

Montessori Charter

Letter portfolios are being introduced to the kindergarten class so students can practice writing the alphabet.

The first- through third-grade class has some creative snow stories adorning the walls.

Thanks to the parent volunteers who help in needed areas.

The school is accepting enrollment applications for the 2003-04 school year. Enrollment will be granted by a lottery in April.

Mountain View Elementary

The student council sleepover will be Friday. Activities will include movies, swimming, pizza, games and activities at the school. All first semester student council members are invited. Students of the Month also are invited for the activities, but not the sleepover.

Mrs. Cramer's class has been reading, researching and writing about penguins and will have a penguin celebration day Friday.

Congratulations to spelling bee champion Maya Johnson and to runner-up Molly Graves.

The third, fourth and fifth-grade Battle of the Books students will travel to Anchor Point to practice for the competition the first week in February. In addition, students will visit Homer to view the eagles and eat lunch at McDonalds. These students have given up many recesses to be ready for the competition. The school wishes them all congratulations and good luck.

Redoubt Elementary

Congratulations to the winners of the Big G Box Tops collection competition. Mrs. Lewis' class won in the primary wing, collecting 314 box tops. Mr. Gossard's and Mrs. Delaney's classes came in second and third, respectively. Mrs. Harding's class won in the intermediate wing, collecting 308 box tops. Mr. Mills' and Mrs. Cannava's classes came in second and third. Mrs. Lewis' and Mrs. Harding's classes will have a pizza party for their efforts.

Redoubt Elementary has a new web page. Go to www.kpbsd., then click on schools, then Redoubt Elementary. The school Web page includes links to the weekly school newsletter, student news, lunch menus, intramural schedules and much more.

Soldotna Elementary

The school spelling bee winner is Theresa Ramponi and the runner-up is Justice Elson. Both students competed in the bee held Sept. 24. Congratulations to them and to all classroom winners: Cody Vandehey, Roy Lester, John Gomez, Maddie Abbot, Jacob Rahlfs, Jeff Pindras, Cory Ladwig, Jenna Jensen, Keegan Eshleman and Teslin Hughes.

Congratulations to Logan Hutchings for winning the geography bee for the second year in a row. Ethan Garoutte was the runner-up, and Cody Vandehey placed third. Classroom competitions were held prior to the school contest, and winners were David Hollon, Krystal Perry, Christina Tachick, Cody Vandehey, Emily Edwards, Rachel Hanke, Teslin Hughes, Tyler Neeley, Elijah Deatherage, Ethan Garoutte, Logan Huitchings and Eddie Lee.

Students taking initiative to complete good deeds are given Fun Bucks and from these bucks, students are randomly selected to be honored. Thanks to Austin Hibbert, Dakota Conner, Jamie Fenton, Xylonah Stott, Josh Pavloff, Capri Lott, Ethan Garoutte, Eddie Lee, Brittany Cramer, Desi Corbin, Brittany Fabunan, Hunter Lott, Brooke Hughes, Ashley McCaman, Keegan Eshleman and Tasha Waterbury.

Fifth-graders will take the Analytical Writing Assessment during the next two weeks. Parents are asked to help students do their best by making sure the children get a full night's sleep and comes to school on time and ready to learn.

Art specialist Debbie Harris is providing creative art lessons for all grades this week.

Sterling Elementary

Jordan Merkes, a sixth-grader in Ms. Hoffman's class, won the school geography bee. Steven Adams and Matt Smith, both sixth-graders in Mr. McCard's class, placed second and third, respectively.

Friday will be pajama day, sponsored by the student council.

Friday also is RIF distribution day. Each student will get a book to read. Thanks to the Title I teachers, Mrs. Evans and Mrs. Lyons, for their hard work to keep the program going and to the PTA and classrooms who have conducted fund-raisers for the program. The program allows all students and staff members to pick three books each during the school year.

Contestants from the Alaska Junior Miss Scholarship Program will talk to intermediate grade girls Friday about self-worth and goal setting.

Thanks to Carmen the "Molenator" for brining her dental presentation to primary students Monday. Students learned about the importance of good dental hygiene.

Tustumena Elementary

The school will recognize its nurses and custodians with special days for each this week. The services provided by these employees are appreciated by staff and students alike. Thanks to nurses Betty and Tammy, Mr. Dotomain, Mrs. Hanson and Mr. Engelke.

The Battle of the Books competition will be Thursday. Two teams will be selected from the contest to compete in the districtwide challenge Feb. 4 and 5.

Parents are encouraged to check out the displays honoring Tustumena teachers in the front lobby. The teachers currently featured are Mrs. Blossom and Mrs. Hopkins. The displays will feature the rest of the staff by the end of the school year.

Parents with children entering kindergarten this fall are invited to preregister their youngsters beginning this week. Parents should bring immunization records and a birth certificate to complete registration documents.

The cross country ski program begins this week with Dave Michael serving as the coach and supervisor. Participants will be divided into two groups to manage the increase in participants. The first group session will end Feb. 13, and the second group session will run Feb. 18 to March 6.

PTO Bingo will be at 6 p.m. Feb. 7. Kasilof families are encouraged to attend the evening of fun.

Also, Lynx T-shirts and sweatshirts will be on sale starting in February. Children and adults sizes will be available to order.

Soldotna Middle

All student artwork from the first semester can be picked up at parent-teacher conferences. Conferences will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 17 and from 8 to 11 a.m. Feb. 18.

Yearbooks are on sale for $25.

The homework hotline is online. SMS teachers are posting their daily assignments on the Internet, and families can access their students' daily homework by visiting

The Gold Card Day Off is Friday.

Kenai Central High

The Analytical Writing Assessments will be finished Thursday.

Coming up next week will be the mass choir. Choir students from around the peninsula will come to KCHS Monday and Tuesday to practice for the performance, which will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.

There is an eligibility check on Feb. 7.

The KCHS band will put on its annual spaghetti dinner and show at 5 p.m. Feb. 11.

Cook Inlet Academy

The preschoolers will tour the Soldotna post office this week and will chart how many days it takes for a letter to go from the post office to CIA. They also have had fun finger-painting with shaving cream for their art project, which gives them clean hands and tables and a nice smell in the room as a bonus. Preschoolers also will travel to Soldotna High School to help with a child care unit in February. Each child will be assigned to a high school student for fun activities.

The kindergartners are studying impressionistic art. They watched the video, "Linnea," an animated story that takes a real life tour through the Museum of Art in Paris and through Monet's flower gardens and home. The class will travel to watch Mrs. Bowser demonstrated water color techniques in her Soldotna studio and give it a try themselves. They also are learning to put sounds together to to form words and are excited to begin reading.

First-graders are having fun taking a cooking class once a month. This month, they will make chocolate no-bake cookies. Parent volunteer, Mrs. Carter, is putting together a cookbook of all 10 of their recipes to be given to each student at the end of the year.

Mrs. Ireland would like to thank her teacher aide, Morgan McConnell, for lightening her homework load.

The volunteer of the month is Russell Rosin with Columbia Paint and Decorating. Someone anonymously donated funds for blinds in the preschool through third-grade classrooms, and Rosin installed the blinds. CIA also thanks the anonymous donor.

Grace Lutheran

Students studied Jesus' parable of the prodigal son, learning about the loving forgiveness of God.

Congratulations to seventh-grader Jacob Pokryfky, the school winner of the National Geographic Geography Bee. He is eligible to take the state bee qualifying exam.

Geographers in the upper-grade room are studying the United States. Upper-grade students also are into their third quarter science studies. Grades four, five and six are studying plants, while grades seven and eight are digging into fossils.

Jennifer Werth gave a presentation on safety and etiquette along the Kenai River for students in the lower-grade room. Preparing and teaching the lesson was part of her entry in the Caring for the Kenai contest, and the younger students learned nine rules of good conduct, played Kenai River bingo and participated in her poster contest.

The upper-grade students have been tumbling in P.E. and are having skills testing at the end of the unit. Lower-grade students have been enjoying outdoor winter games.

The kindergartners began a spelling and writing program this week and are studying President Abraham Lincoln in preparation for President's Day.

Students who were grade-level winners in the Reader's Digest Word Power challenge have advanced to the next level and are eligible to take the state-level test.

Congratulations to Allan Wentzlaff who passed his division facts test, completing 100 facts in four minutes.

The fourth-graders are heading into upper-level division skills, while the second-graders are sharpening their time-telling skills.

Families of Grace Lutheran enjoyed a potluck meal and an evening of student presentations, including a performance of "The Bremen Town Musicians," last Monday.

For more information on enrollment for next year, call School Minister Dennis Leckwee at 283-9551 or 283-7888.

Wings Christian Academy

Lower Learning Center students have memorized 40 states and their capitals.

The creative writing class divided up into teams and each team is working on a narrative story.

Last week, Eben Spilman and Zach Bargar had the cleanest desks. Branden Fisher made it to the 2000s club. Megan Ruffridge celebrated her birthday Tuesday.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

Head Start hosted its third blood drive Friday. Another community activity planned is an "unbirthday party Feb. 10 at the Family House. Participants are requested to bring a "birthday party in a bag," which will be donated to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

Head Start will offer a five-part money management class presented by Jane Stein and a parenting class by the Kenai Public Health Center for families and interested community members. To sign up, call Janet or Kathy at 283-0707.

The Little Moose class went swimming on their field trip.

This month's value is respect for others and culture, and the Dena'ina words for the month are kuych'en'l (six) and yus (snow).

The fund-raising committee met and will plann a salmon recipe contest to be held during the Kenai River Festival, as well as a children's cook sale.

Thanks to the Head Start children who danced for the Arctic Winter Games presentation.

Congratulations to the Nakenu Family Center for its new building.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

Happy birthday to the students with January birthdays: Mason and Tyler.

Last week, students studied shapes. They made books, drew pictures and made pictures using shapes.

This week, students will do themes starting with transportation such as transportation and trains. A train set will be available for students to play with.

Students have been learning to jump rope and bounce and catch a ball during gym time.

Space still is available in the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday class. For more information, call 262-1284.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

This week, the kids will wrap up the unit on machines and go on to buildings. They will study different houses and buildings around the world and draw the house they live in.

The co-op will sell Tupperware and used books to raise funds for the school.

Soldotna Co-op is taking enrollment. Classes are from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. For more information, call Susan at 262-4102.

To have information published in Schools, please send a description of the event or accomplishment to Jenni Dillon at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611. Information will be accepted by e-mail at or by fax at 283-3299.

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