Schools around the peninsula

Posted: Wednesday, January 31, 2001

Aurora Borealis Charter School

The kindergarten class has been studying space this week. Students have especially enjoyed learning about the moon.

The first- and second-graders are studying Egypt. In addition to reading about Egypt, the students will make Egyptian paper beads and scarab beetle stamps.

The following students placed in the Elks Hoop Shoot in January: Kendra Lucas, third, for ages 12-13; Cadee Turkington, second, for 10-11; and Karissa Risung, second, for 8-9. Caleb Gordon, Jedediah Schlung and John Rysdyk also participated in the event.

The fifth- and sixth-grade science class is studying populations and ecosystems. They reconstructed rodent skeletons from remains found in owl pellets and discovered that each owl would eat more than 1,000 mice per year, on the average.

Each month the school will host a social event for all ABC students and families. This week the event was at Great Skate and Goldstrike Lanes. For more information, call the office at 283-0292.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Mr. Daniels' class "waved" goodbye to studying sound and will be rocketing off to study space. They are going to start a six-week mission from Space Explorers called Orbital Laboratory, where they will grow plants alongside real astronauts and compare the growth of the plants in a micro-gravity environment to the growth in the classroom. Students may even chat with live astronauts via the Internet.

Check for lost and found items before they are donated to charity.

Students in Good Standing activities will be Friday. Students will tie dye. Be sure to bring one item to decorate.

The school thanks all the Foster Grandparents who come in each day to read with students.

Mountain View Elementary

The school spelling bee was Friday. Officer Carver was the pronouncer and Mary Estes and John DeVolld judged. Results will be in next week's school news.

The forensics tournament will be Feb. 13 and 14 at 9 a.m. Any students wanting to participate must register with Mrs. Ermold by Feb. 9.

The Hepatitis A and B immunization clinic that the Public Health Department is providing for Mountain View students is scheduled for Friday morning. If you want your student to participate, return the signed permission slip as soon as possible. For more information, call the nurse's office at school.

Mr. Knudsen's class has enjoyed learning about chemical changes. Amber Galley's grandma, Frances Luckett, demonstrated making bread from scratch in front of the class. Several students were able to help knead the dough, and everyone enjoyed eating fresh "school made" bread.

Mr. Vedders' class celebrated kindness last week. The class keeps a kindness journal and records acts of kindness. When a child commits an act of kindness they receive a visit from Jake the Drake. Every five acts of kindness add up to one check on the chart to earn a popcorn party. The students have made school a positive place for learning.

Nikiski Elementary

Family Fun Night will be Thursday at 6:30 p.m. featuring author David Greenberg. Refreshments will be served and autographed copies of Greenberg's books on sale.

Fourth- through sixth-graders still can sign up for Mr. Hufford's Fly Tying Club. The first meeting will be Feb. 8 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Stop by the office and pick up a permission slip, make arrangements to be picked up from school at 4:30 p.m. and bring your fly-tying attitude.

Perfect attendance awards go to Dolly Barrett, Lillie Barrett, Amber Bayes, Dustin Bayes, Emily Birkholz, Krystle Borman, Anthony Brower, Anthony Coveyou, Kayln Croom, Wilie Dillon, Jepson Dixon, Andrea Dols, Jacob Dols, Michael Gibson, Elizabeth Hammond, Julien Harris, Kristen Heazlett, Taylor Holloway, Valerie Irizarry, Flossie Jorgensen, Jordan Kernan, Antonya Loomis, Alecia Mullin, Jennifer Nunley, Will Oliva, Angie Parrish, Heather Penhale, Krysta Pharris, Danica Quinn, Caitlin Reid, Lucas Salonen, JD Schurosky, Cory Smith, Henry Smith, Cody Stephenson, Kobie Talbott, Ivory Trenton, Mike Wicker and Nick Whitaker.

Dylan Bellew, Dylan Holloway, Evan Holloway, Marjorie Holmes, Justin Smith and Samuel Winters were honored as outstanding students.

Lillie Barrett, Jessica Callahan, Kayln Croom, Antonya Loomis, Jake Oliva, Josie Oliva, Sarah Ralston, Rachel Romans, Jalee Stewart and Justin Wik were honored for outstanding behavior.

Jessica Bowlin, Jacit Conright, Dallas Derflinger, Cierra Graham, Elizabeth Hammond, Heather Hoke, Taylor Holloway, Flossie Jorgensen, Antonya Loomis, Cheyenne Maal, Ashely Monroe, Tyler Payment, Joel Ribbens, Rachel Romans, Logan Tuttle, Christy Weaver and Justin Wik were honored for academic excellence.

Aaron Sterling was cited for outstanding effort.

Jessica Bowlin, Jacit Conright, Miki Dodge, Holly Heazlett, Flossie Jorgensen, Kaitlin Oliva, Tyler Payment, Haley Ping, Joel Ribbens, Christy Weaver and Mike Wicker were honored for great behavior.

Dustin Bayes, Kris Bayes, Jess Boye, William Chapman, Kayln Croom, Matt Emerson, Cody Graham, Jeff Harris, Holly Heazlett, Lorissa Mobbs, Danica Quinn, Angie Parrish, Maddie Ralston, John Rolbiecki and Patrick Sterling were honored as most improved.

Top readers were Bonnijean Dobson, Billie Rae Parrish, Caitlin Reid and Lynessa VanLoan. Will Oliva was top speller.

Subject honors went to Andrea Dols, science and health; Leora Olsen and Shawna Sanders, language arts; Justin Phelps and Lucas Salonen, outstanding math; Bonnijean Dobson and Evan Holloway, social studies; Alina Eldredge, Shayna Mullins, Jeff Narlock, Calvin Williams and Brando Wik, 100 percent homework completion; and Grant Clark, Alina Eldredge, Michael Gibson, Deanna Roza and Robert VanLoan, good citizenship.

North Star Elementary

The school would like to thank all the parents and staff for help during the bus evacuation drills. State regulations require that school districts conduct at least three each school year in safe boarding, exiting and emergency procedures for all students enrolled in the school.

The improvement council approved the decrease in published school newsletters.

School newsletters now will go out the first and third Monday of each month.

Congratulations Hannah Burnett, whose name was left off the perfect attendance award list published in last week's newsletter.

Redoubt Elementary

February is Love of Reading Month.

Author David Greenberg visited Redoubt students Tuesday.

Redoubt's spelling bee will be Thursday.

Congratulations to the boys' volleyball champions, the Big Dogs. Team members are Patrick Moore, Brandon Baer, Matt Lewis, Ben Stalker, Holden Hollenberg, Jason Moody, Zach Oakley, Luke Lanyon and Kraig Chapman.

The girls' champions, the Star Gazers, are Christa Kennedy, Amy Hundertmark, Brittany Boulette, Belinda Bowlin, Delainie Burford, Danielle Haselow, Carissa Young, Youree Kim and Shelly Barker.

Emma Miles was the Big G box tops winner and Sarah McLeod was the Campbell's Soup label winner.

The Fun Fest will be from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday.

The Redoubt Site-Based Council will add a parent representative to serve on the council through this school year.

All students will need Hepatitis A and B immunizations for school entry next fall. If you are interested in your child receiving these immunizations at a clinic at Redoubt, contact nurse Donna at 260-4306. The school plans to have a clinic if interest is sufficient.

Brownie Troop 207 needs new or like new books for 5 year olds. A collection box is in the school foyer. Books will be donated to the Kenai Health Center. Each entering kindergartner will get a book when they get their five-year booster.

Sears Elementary

Artists Susan Share and Rona Levinthal are visiting Sears recently doing workshops as well as book making and storytelling with students. This has been a treat for all the children and has been made possible by the Alaska State Council on the Arts, PTA Reflections Art Program and the Sears PTA.

Levinthal will hold a parent workshop Thursday at 6 p.m., but for pizza come at 5:30 p.m. Information went home in Friday's folder regarding the cost. She will tell stories and give parents helpful hints on reading to children at home. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn and have fun. Baby-sitting will be provided.

Author David Greenberg will visit today. Mr. Greenberg will perform for the children by reading poetry and conducting a writing workshop.

Feb. 7 will be the next Fun Fest. You will receive more information in your child's Friday folder.

The school sends out a thank you to Mr. Cheeseman and Alaska Sure Seal. Mr. Cheeseman recognized the need to have the school playground sanded. He contacted Alaska Sure Seal, which kindly donated a sanding.

Soldotna Elementary

Each month, a student at a different grade level is selected to be Elks' Student of the Month. The students are chosen for their hard work, positive attitude and good citizenship. For December, they honored Teslin Hughes from third-grade and for January, they chose second-grader John Gomez. These students will receive a U.S. Savings Bond from the Elks Club. In addition, their classes got a pizza party to help students celebrate this honor.

The Soldotna Site Council will meet 4 p.m. Thursday in the library. All are welcome to attend.

Congratulations to the Fun Buck winners for the week: Joelle Wearly, Chandelle Coleman, Sasha Jones, Hannah Cristiano, Cody Dutcher, Clarissa Turvin, Tasha Waterbury, Garrett Byerly. A.J. Needs and Madison McConnell.

Plan to attend the Family Book Bingo Night on Feb. 8. You will be able to order pizza from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and play bingo for books from 6 to 7 p.m. This will be a special event with lots of books, prizes and family fun.

Sterling Elementary

Ms. Hoffman's sixth-grade class rummage sale was successful, and she plans to hold another one in the spring.

Teagun Coreson in Mr. Wheat's fifth-grade classroom won the geography bee. Teagun will take a written exam to qualify for the state bee in Anchorage.

Sterling Elementary students submitted more than 30 works for the Kenai Art Guild's Children's Art Show. The art will be displayed through Feb. 10 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center in Kenai.

Mrs. Withrow's sixth-grade students submitted a winning design for the Challenger Space Center Patch Contest. The class will receive a space adventure at the center this spring.

Sterling Elementary hosted author David Greenberg for an all-school assembly, classroom workshops and a family writing clinic Monday.

Monday also was Tropical Dress-Up Day. Great school spirit was shown by all.

The student awards assembly will be 2:45 p.m. Friday in the gym.

The PTA will meet Tuesday in the library. The topics will be the spring carnival and who will help out with the Young Authors Week Celebration in February.

The Sterling SBDM Council will meet Feb. 8 in the conference room.

Save your cans for the Sterling Student Council Great Aluminum Can Race.

Tustumena Elementary

Appointment forms for parent-teacher conferences are due Monday.

Students with enough Lynx Tracks points for the second quarter were treated to a morning of ice skating at the sports center last week. The Lynx Tracks Activity Committee plans a movie at the Orca Theater for the third quarter and swimming at the Nikiski pool for fourth quarter.

The Battle of the Books competition is today at 1:30 p.m. for third- and fourth-graders followed by fifth- and sixth-graders at 2:45 p.m.

Preregistration for 2001-02 kindergarten ends today. Bring your child's immunization records and the birth certificate between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Line dancers will perform at 9:30 a.m. Friday.

The PTO board will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The spelling bee for grades four through six will be at 9:30 a.m. Feb. 9.

Brad Blossom finished first in his age group at the borough Hoop Shoot. His score will be compared to winners from around the state.

Kenai Middle School

Students and staff at Kenai Middle School recently have been working on changing the school mascot and colors. If you have feelings or comments about this, call Principal Paul Sorenson at 283-4896.

Many students can participate in the second quarter celebration Friday afternoon. Those with acceptable behavior and good grades chose among ice skating, roller skating, swimming, bowling or activities at school.

Clubs will begin Friday and continue for six Fridays during last period. Students have signed up for such activities as drivers' education, stained glass, acrylic painting, archery and drill team. This is a chance for staff members to get to know different students while sharing their special talents. Parents are welcome to observe.

Congratulations to KMS students who recently competed in the Math Counts competition and scored high enough to represent the school Sunday at the Regional Math Counts competition at Goldenview Middle School in Anchorage. The KMS scoring team includes Jessica Summer, Charlie Brennan, Josh Bennett and Chelsea Baird. The KMS second team includes Tim Amen, Brad Denesen, Dusty Ward and Hannah Watkins. Kimberly Kurzendoerfer is the alternate, and Ms. Manion will sponsor these teams.

The wrestlers will travel to Seward Saturday for a tournament, and Kenai will host a cross-country ski meet -- if there is snow.

Soldotna Middle School

Dairy Queen Winners of the Week are student Alicia Phares and staff member Pat Johnson.

The Pepsi Trivia Question Winner is Cory Hatten from Mr. Tabor's class.

Student Nutrition Services sponsored a pizza taste test. The information will help the school select which brand to serve next year. To show appreciation, the school held a drawing, and Jeff Stoddard won a CD player.

A television crew from Oregon Public Broadcasting will film events around the Kenai Peninsula sometime between Tuesday and Feb. 9. Included will be educational and activity highlights from Soldotna Middle School. The film is scheduled to air within the next year on the Oregon Public Broadcast channel. SMS will inform parents later of specific airing dates. If parents prefer their students not be filmed, contact the school.

The Kenaitze Indian Tribe IRA Native Youth Olympics put on a demonstration for Soldotna students this week. The NYO began as an informal way to have fun and build skills for hunting, fishing, trapping and survival. Items demonstrated included the scissor broad jump, to develop balance and quick reflexes, and the one-hand reach, to test the control of the body and balance on the water.

Kenai Central High School

Congratulations to the KCHS Concert Band. The Disney Music Committee selected it, via an audition package, to perform on stage at the Epcot Center at the "Future World Stage." The performance will be March 17.

KT Peters and Nicole Spence have been nominated as members of the Kenai Chapter of the National Honor Society to compete in the NHS scholarship program. This spring 200 national NHS winners will be chosen from around the country to receive $1,000 in college scholarships.

Mrs. Bergholtz's second- and third-hour earth science classes were guinea pigs Jan. 22 for the Alaska Challenger Learning Center to try a new distance learning mission. Nancy Sturn, from Wheeling, W.V., came in to help. The mission was flown from the classroom, using the Internet hooked up to the flight director in Wheeling. Phil Biggs set up the technical work and Center Flight Director Daniela Martian came to make sure everything ran smoothly.

Plans for prom are under way, and the junior class needs parents interested in helping with after-prom activities. To help plan, to donate something or to chaperone, call Liana Bigham at 283-7524.

Feb. 14 is Job Shadow Day for juniors. The job shadow is a joint project of KCHS and the Kenai Chamber of Commerce.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

The high school mass choir concert will be at noon Monday with another performance at noon Tuesday.

There will be a middle school dance in the commons Feb. 9 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Yearbooks are on sale for $55. The yearbooks are sold Wednesdays and Fridays in the school bookstore. After spring break, they will no longer be available.

The drama debate forensics team will travel to Bartlett on Friday and Saturday.

Skyview High School

SAT prep classes will start Monday. This is to prepare students for the March 31 SAT exam. Students interested need to sign up with math or language arts teachers.

Skyview's homegoing week will start Monday. Dress-up days will be announced next week to the student body, and spirit points will be awarded for the classes that have the most students dressing up those days. The Class of 2003 will sell matchmaker results and flowers throughout the week. In addition, activities will be held during lunch and at an assembly on Thursday to promote school spirit.

There will be home basketball games between Palmer and Colony on Friday and Saturday.

The week will conclude with the Sweetheart dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Feb. 10.

Soldotna High School

The first eligibility check of the third quarter will be Friday.

Soldotna High School students will participate in the Borough Mass Choir on Monday and Tuesday.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will hold a budget work session at SoHi at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The public is encouraged to attend.

Students will participate in the hockey and cross-country skiing region assembly Feb. 7 at 2 p.m. in the gym.

SoHi parents are reminded that parent-teacher conferences will be at the school from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 19 in the commons. All parents and guardians should attend.

The Swing Choir will present a concert at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 in the auditorium. The public is welcome to attend.

Students are reminded to mark Feb. 23 on their calendars for the Mid-Winter Dance.

Cook Inlet Academy

The 10th annual CIA Classic basketball tournament, hosting Tok, Unalaska and Ninilchik, took place over the weekend. The announcing was done through the newly installed and inaugurated sound system. The school thanks people who made the tournament possible: Mr. C., Greg and Kim Bell, Roy and Jeannie McNutt, Carmen Franchino, Ann Adams, Linda Zimmerman, Paul Minelga, Jill Leiter, Donna Zindel, Clint Hall, Pat Williams, Rhonda Orth, Diana Thornton, Peninsula Grace Brethren Church and the Soldotna Nazarene Church.

Students had to think about tests and grades, since it was the quarter's end.

Students of the Week are Katie Coval, Liam Andrus, Alex Schmelzenbach, Albert White and the whole preschool class.

Missions week is Monday through Feb. 9.

Buy cookies for missions. The second- and third-grades are sponsoring a Missions Bake Sale every Thursday and February in March.

Parents of sixth- and seventh-graders operated a concessions booth at the tournament. Their goal was to raise enough money to buy home and away uniforms for the junior high girls' basketball team.

The school needs a rocking chair and a sturdy bookshelf in the preschool room.

Extra parking for games and activities is available behind the school.

To have information published in Schools, please send a description of the event or accomplishment to Shana Loshbaugh 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 Thursday at 5 p.m. for publication in the following Wednesday's paper. For information, contact Shana Loshbaugh at 283-7551.

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