Schools around the District

Posted: Wednesday, February 05, 2003

Aurora Borealis Charter

The fifth- and sixth-grade science class participated in a "rendezvous with a comet" mission last Thursday at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska. Mr. Palm and Mrs. Phillips accompanied the class.

In preparation for the spring musical, upper-grade students begin music classes with Elizabeth DeVolld this week. Music will continue through the spring in lieu of art.

Robotics Club begins Friday. Returning members will meet on odd-numbered Fridays, and new members will meet on even-numbered Fridays. Team members will work with Lego Robotics kits in computer programming and robot construction.

The school will conduct an enrollment lottery April 8. Personnel from Mikunda, Cottroll and Company CPAs will supervise the lottery. Applications and copies of enrollment and lottery procedures are available at the school office, open 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. All applications for the 2003-04 school year must be delivered in person to the office by 4 p.m. March 14. The lottery results will be posted at the school April 21. If your child has a lottery number from previous years, you do not need to go through another lottery. Families no longer interested in being on the waiting list are asked to call Debbi Palm at 283-0292.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

There will be a Family Math and Science Night hosted by K-Beach sixth-graders and the Title I program from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Ice cream will be for sale. Families and friends are invited to come and experience a night of exploration and discovery in math and science, including games, experiments, Radical Reactions and problem solving.

Volunteers still are needed for the gymnastics unit. Help is needed from 8:30 to 10:45 a.m. and from 12:55 to 2:25 p.m. through Feb. 19. No gymnastics experience is necessary. For more information or to volunteer, call Mrs. Bagley at 262-1463.

Mrs. Furlong's class is researching space. Several small groups will present their information in February. The class also is practicing forensics and will present their speeches this month.

The next SIGS will be roller skating Friday.

Math-a-thon pledges are due by Monday.

February is "Love of Reading" month. Students will participate in a door decorating contest this week. Each class will decorate its door to represent a book or character. Next week, the student council will have a spirit week and announce the winners of the contest.

First-graders are continuing their unit on transportation, and families are encouraged to keep working on projects at home. The projects will be shared with the school Feb. 25, and the class will be in the St. Patrick's Day community parade March 17. Projects should be kept at home until at least Feb. 21.

The Sitka Summer Musicians winter concert at K-Beach has been moved to 9:30 a.m. Feb. 12. The concert at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna is Feb. 11.

Mr. Daniels' class is working on its space plant growing project. Things are growing well. Two teams have plants that would rather sleep in, so the class is germinating two more plants. Every student is working on a forensics piece for competition Thursday. Parents judges will be needed.

Montessori Charter

Thanks to Mrs. Bailey for sharing her African experiences with the children.

There will be a parent meeting at 6 tonight, and all parents are encouraged to attend.

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

Mountain View Elementary

Congratulations to all Mountain View students who participated in the Mountain View-Kenai Middle School Talent Show. The winners were: Dylan Wannamaker, first; Michael Morin, second; and Lexi Beeson, Sammy Hull, Shelby Gray, Alysha Shaginoff and Audrey Forrest, third. Lincoln Wensley won the judges choice award. Other performers included Chyna Fisher, Katie Evans, Cole Chase-Cochran, Natalie Kurzendoefer, David Wolf, Mikaila Wolf and Laura Means. Thanks to Mrs. Bird, KMS music teacher, for making the event possible.

Students in Mrs. Keating and Mrs. Steward's classes are learning about electricity. Using Science Court interactive activities, the students are learning how to build complete circuits to light bulbs, add a switch to a circuit and make an electromagnet.

Congratulations to the third- and fourth-grade Battle of the Books students: Olivia Fair, Morgan Wensley, Reade Corr, Keegan Remsen, Alice Han, Briana King, Kyle Dougherty, Tyler Tankersly, Ben Gilman, Russell Dukowitz, Morgan Cunningham, Lincoln Wensley, Zack Moore, Alicia O'Brien, Mellissa Zuke and Victoria Bounds. Thanks goes to the coaches, Ms. Ann, Mrs. Heath, Mr. Vedders, Ms. Flanders and Mr. Knudsen. The students read 15 books to prepare for the upcoming district battles, which will be held Thursday.

Congratulations also to the fifth-grade Battle of the Books team: Sarah Rector, Dylan Wannamaker, Maya Johnson, Molly Graves and Deandra Latz. A special thanks to coach Mrs. Keating. The fifth- and sixth-grade battle is today.

There will be a family reading night Thursday. Families are reminded to order their pizzas and bring a book to read.

The Student of the Month lunch will be at 11:40 a.m. Tuesday. Thanks to the PTA for providing the pizza each month.

Nikiski Elementary

Parents are invited to purchase a "love line" for students in the Nikiski Elementary memory book. Love lines cost $1 per message, and each message is two lines long. All messages must be turned into the office by Feb. 14.

The student council is creating a giant valentine for North Star Elementary School. The council also is planning to capture students reading during the month of February for Love of Reading Month.

The school will sponsor a number of special events and activities for Love of Reading Month. Next week, students will make wall murals about their favorite adventure books; there will be silent reading in the halls from 9:15 to 9:30 a.m. each day; students who receive five "caught reading" coupons will earn a trip to the office for a pencil; and there will be a book exchange.

There also will be special activities each day next week to celebrate reading. On Monday, students will design T-shirts. On Tuesday, students will make a hat. Students are encouraged to wear red for love of reading on Wednesday. On Thursday, students will have time to finish their hats, T-shirts and murals, and on Friday, there will be a T-shirt parade and assembly.

Redoubt Elementary

Redoubt has a new Web page. To access the site, go to, and click on "schools," then on "Redoubt Elementary." The site includes links to the weekly school newsletter, student news, lunch menus and intramural schedules.

Parent-teacher conferences will be Feb. 17 and 18. There will be no school for students either day. Students will bring home notes this week asking parents to confirm conference dates and times.

Thanks to all students and parents who collected box tops. The school raised $321.90 during the first semester.

Students in grades four, five and six are preparing for forensics. Judges and timekeepers are needed. To volunteer, call Mrs. Hagen or the school office at 262-9006. The school competition for sixth-graders will be Feb. 19; fourth-graders will compete Feb. 19; and fifth-graders will compete Feb. 20.

Sears Elementary

Sears Elementary will have its fun fest after school Thursday.

Parents are asked to complete the survey sent home regarding to new magnet classrooms. The Kaleidoscope class is focused on integrating art, music, movement, dance and drama with core subjects such as language arts, math, science and social studies. The science-math-technology class will provide students with extensive instruction in life and physical science, math problem solving and computation and technology implementation appropriate for students in primary grades.

Parents are asked to complete the survey to help the school decide if the programs should be offered next year. For more information on the programs, call Mr. Wykis at the school.

The Teddy Bear Parade will be at 11:15 a.m. Feb. 14.

Parent-teach conferences will be Feb. 17 and 18.

Soldotna Elementary

The fifth-grade band will perform at noon Thursday in the music room. Music teacher Vernell Schneider will conduct the students in their first concert.

The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the library.

Sterling Elementary

The Falcon Fun Night for students in grades four through six and the awards assembly have been moved from Friday to Feb. 14. The assembly will be at 2:30 p.m., and the fun night will be from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m.

Forensics competitions will be held in the classrooms Feb. 14. Winners will go to the boroughwide competition in March.

Congratulations to the students in Mr. McCard and Mr. Shapley's classes for their work on the canned food drive in December. The school held a tower contest to see which class could build the tallest tower in 20 minutes. The two winning classes were treated to a pizza party.

Box Tops for Education has become a classroom competition. Ms. Dierick's class collected the most box tops during the first semester and was treated to a pizza party by the PTA. Box tops will be collected throughout the year, and another winner will be selected for the second semester.

Parent-teacher conferences will be Feb. 17 and 18. Notices were sent home with students to let parents know when they are scheduled.

Tustumena Elementary

PTO bingo will be at 6 p.m. Friday. Kasilof families are encouraged to come join in the fun. Families interested in donating dessert items for the food concession are asked to drop the items off at the school parent room by 4 p.m. Friday.

The district Battle of the Books competition will be this week, with two elementary divisions vying for the right to move on to the state competition. Students representing Tustumena are: Cassie Sheridan, Kaitlyn VanMeter, Alicia West, Erik Skjold and Stefany Malatesta, in grades three and four; and Jesse Carlson, Jess Russell, Lesley Meyer, Emily Culhane and Ashley Halverson, in grades five and six.

Parent-teacher conferences will be Feb. 17 and 18. Appointment times have been issued to all enrolled students, and families are asked to return the confirmation response to teachers as soon as possible.

The PTO will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the multipurpose room.

Kenai Middle

Congratulations to last week's Character Counts award winners: Christina Harman, Sharon Kooyers, Kurt Rosenquist, Sean McGahan, Seth Row-Button, Kyle Simone, Dan Gustkey, Kyle Dendy, Kaylee Stuart, Lynn Zickmer, Angelica Avila, Zach Beeson, Naythen Hansen, Breanna Wright, Brandin Carpenter, Chris Heinrich, Amy Garten, Trevor Schaffner, and Kevin McGee.

The school geography bee was last week, under Mr. Felchle's direction. Sixth-grade representatives will be Beth Blumenshine, Brandon Smith and Rio Aguilar. Alternates are Amanda Duniphin, Leah Stephens and Sharli James.

Thanks to Sammy Bidwell, Derek Crowder, Sean Dougherty, AJ Evans and Brittany Kiser, who explained sixth-grade outdoor and habitat learning activities to the Safari Club. The Safari Club sends teachers for training on the environment, safety, conservation and animals.

KMS student Brian Moon won the 13- to 15-year-old Web design portion of the Boys and Girls Club of Kenai's first Digital Arts Festival Jan. 23. The festival showcased club members' talents in Web design, and art work was judged by age category on artistic merit and technological skills.

Congratulations to sixth-graders, Sharon and Shannon Alexie for bringing home awards from the State Junior Native Youth Olympics competition. Shannon Alexie received second place in the girls scissor high jump competition by jumping 20 feet, 1.5 inches, and her twin sister, Sharon Alexie, received first place in the girls Alaskan high kick, recording a kick of 47 inches. Sharon also received the overall athlete award. Congratulations to all the 151 participates who competed in this statewide event.

Dates to remember:

Friday -- Wrestling tournament at Seward.

Saturday -- Volleyball at Homer at 11 a.m. and cross-country ski meet at KMS

Feb. 14 -- Wrestling at SMS at 3 p.m. and seventh- and eight-grade dance at KMS

Feb. 15 -- Volleyball at KMS at 10 a.m. and cross-country ski meet at SMS at noon.

Soldotna Middle

Volleyball competition teams will be selected this week. The coaches are John Kennedy and Tamra Wear. Practice will begin next week from 2:30 to 4 p.m. for both the maroon and white teams. The first game will be Saturday. The maroon team will play Ninilchik, and the white team will play Chapman.

The Student Aspiration Program is off to a great start this semester. Ten students will meet with their mentors for one hour a week. Thanks to mentors, Annie Berge, Justin Goodman, Ruben Reyes, Wendy Focose and Faith Redden.

Despite the lack of snow, the cross-country skiers have been practicing the classic ski technique in an effort to improve skills before Saturday's race at Nikiski. The race will be a 2.7-kilometer mass start classic race.

Report cards were mailed out this week. If you did not receive your child's report card, contact the office.

The homework hotline is online. To access your student daily homework, visit


Connections students are invited to participate in upcoming Mars missions at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska. A mission for grades five and six will be Feb. 26, and a mission for grades seven through nine will be Feb. 29. To register, call Tanya at 262-6315.

Congratulations to the Math Counts team, Kristie Hofseth and Andrew Bosela, who traveled to Anchorage for the regional competition. Additional recognition goes to Chelsea Magee, McKenzie Akers, Diana Rice and Colten Jensen for participating in the coaching sessions.

Thanks to connections students Noelle and Vienna Schmitter-Schrier, Selia Butler, Olivia Bowen, Ehren Rickman and DeeAnn Martin who, with help from Sawyer Rickman, Eli Butler, and Josiah Martin, performed three different puppet shows at the Peninsula Reading Carnival at Soldotna Middle School last Saturday.

The deadline to register and pay for the Kenai Fjords trip is Feb. 13. There still are a few spots available for the trip, which will be May 12. For more information, contact Wendi at 262-6315 or wdutcher@ This trip is open to families with students in kindergarten through 12th grade in any home-school program.

Kenai Central High

The first eligibility check of the spring semester will be Friday.

The band's spaghetti dinner has been rescheduled for 6 to 9 p.m. March 6.

KCHS Job Shadow Day is Feb. 12. The program puts Kenai students into the community to get a feel for different careers. Thanks to all the businesses and individuals who help with the program.

Parent-teacher conferences will be from noon to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 17. Parents are invited to come talk to their students' teachers.

There will be a site council meeting at 5 p.m. Feb. 13.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High

Students in grades seven and nine with take the Analytical Writing Assessment test today through Friday.

On Friday, the high school will have a Valentine's Day activity sponsored by the freshman class.

The junior varsity and varsity basketball teams will play against Anchorage Christian School on Saturday.

The Nikiski Jazz Dessert and Swing Dance will be at 7 p.m. Monday at the high school commons. The event is free to the public, but seating is limited. Desserts and coffee will be served, and a dance floor will be available. For more information, call Darlene Gehrke at 776-3456.


The high school anatomy and physiology class will travel to Anchorage today to sit in on a gross anatomy lab at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The class also has begun assembling a wolf skeleton at the school. It will be the fourth full skeleton the science department at Ninilchik has assembled, following a porcupine, an otter and a small porpoise.

Patrick Tilbury, a sophomore at Ninilchik, has been given the opportunity to be in the control room during a rocket launch at Cape Kennedy. The man in charge of the launch is a family friend and is going to allow Patrick to witness the spectacle.

Zack Schindler, also a sophomore, will go to Magadan, Russia, during spring break for an exchange program. The trip starts March 14 and continues through April 4. Allan Miller, assistant principal at Skyview, is in charge of the trip and will take 20 students from Soldotna, Kenai, Seward and Ninilchik. Zack is the only student going from Ninilchik.

The elementary art class is raffling off an afghan donated by Sandy Olsen. The drawing will be Feb. 18. Each ticket costs $1, and six tickets cost $5.

The rocket team has been working hard on its project and launched five rockets last Friday. Though a few were not recovered, the test launches helped the student learn many things.

Skyview High

Congratulations to the varsity girls basketball team for winning the Nikiski Tip-Off tournament. Jenny Carpenter and Christina Colvin were named all-tournament players.

Congratulations also to the wrestling team for taking second place at the Diamond-Service tournament.

Congratulations to Stephanie Lambe on winning the girls race at the Kenai Klassic nordic ski meet. The Skyview girls team came in first at the meet.

The following students were selected to go to Magadan, Russia, as part of the Secondary School Partnership Exchange Program: DJ Foister, Rachel Beatty, Nick Byrne, Danielle Glaves, Ali Simpson, Travis Mercier, David Thornton, Chase Carter, Tanya Marquis, Lela Wiley and Alecia Wood. Jesse Grant was selected as an alternate. The students will leave March 14 with nine other students from area high schools to spend three weeks in an academic and cultural activity exchange.

The state wrestling tournament is this weekend in Ketchikan.

The hockey team begins post-season play with the regional competition in Wasilla beginning Thursday.

The basketball C team will play at Seward Thursday, then at home against Nikiski on Tuesday. The junior varsity and varsity teams play at Homer on Friday, then at home against Kenai on Saturday starting at 10 a.m.

The nordic ski team has a borough meet at Nikiski on Saturday. The regional tournament will be Feb. 14 and 15.

The site council will meet at6:30 p.m. Feb. 13 in the conference room.

The sophomore class will host a Valentine's Day dance Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. The cost is $5 per student or $8 per couple.

The Rotary Student of the Month luncheon will be Feb. 12, and the Skyview Student of the Month luncheon will be Feb. 13.

Parent-teacher conferences will be Feb. 18.

Terra Nova testing will be March 4 through 6.

Soldotna High

There will be a pep assembly at 2 p.m. today to cheer the wrestling team on to the state tournament and the hockey team on to the regional tournament.

The boys and girls basketball C teams will play at home against Nikiski on Thursday. The junior varsity boys and girls basketball teams will host Seward on Friday and Homer on Saturday.

The cross-country ski team will participate in the borough competition in Nikiski on Saturday, weather permitting.

The site-based council will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the staff lounge.

Customized yearbooks can be ordered for $55 through Feb. 14. After that date, the price will increase to $60 for the yearbook only. Senior ad space still is available. For more information, contact the yearbook sales staff in room 76.

Cook Inlet Academy

This week is missions week. Special guests will visit classrooms to talk to students about missionaries working in other countries and how they can bring the gospel to those around them, wherever they live.

The choir participated in a mass choir performance at Kenai Central High School on Monday and Tuesday. The students joined choirs from Ninilchik, Nikiski and KCHS under the direction of Dr. Pat Patton of Casper, Wyo.

Students of the week were Keenan Orth, for being a great big brother; Hallie Symington, for having a good first week in preschool; Cole Gross, for being a super worker; Megan Bauder, for leadership in the classroom; Robbie Smithwick, for getting all his work in on time this semester; Coel Nelson for excellence in writing; Reed McConnell, for always lending a helping hand; and Chloe Nelson, for being an awesome student.

The high school winter retreat will be Tuesday through Feb. 12 at Alyeska Ski Resort. Students must turn in $10 to the office to reserve a place. The price does not include ski or snowboard rentals or lift tickets.

The CIA school board has chosen Kevin Spence to succeed Chuck Crapuchettes as the new administrator, effective in June. Spence is well-qualified academically and philosophically and has been an administrator and counselor and taught various subjects at all grade levels.

Wings Christian Academy

Cassie Sutton, Naomi Pettey, Ali Thompson, Megan Ruffridge and Zach Thompson made it to the 2000s club this week. Mathew Grant and Matanya Bush made it to the 3000s club.

The cleanest desk awards went to Kaylee Burger and Mathew Grant.

Jacob Sutton and Cassie Sutton each received .5 high school credits for completing Alaska State History. Jacob also earned one credit in English. Leah Howell received .5 credits for French.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

The class is studying building this week. Students painted a castle and explored the homes of the "Three Little Pigs." Block challenges also were built.

Enrollment is open to children ages 3 to 5. Class times are 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For more information, call Susan at 262-4102.

Sterling Head Start

Children studied objects that fly by decorating a large paper airplane, making and flying paper airplanes and taking a field trip to the tower at Kenai Municipal Airport. The students climbed all 69 steps to see airplanes land and take off and watch a helicopter in action.

The students are participating in the Reading is Fundamental program at Sterling Elementary. Children selected a book to add to their personal home library, and also took advantage of the warm weather by playing on the elementary school's playground.

Mrs. Penny, the cook, served tacos and introduced the children to avocados. The children decided to suspend the seed in water and are checking it daily to observe changes.

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