District School News

Posted: Wednesday, February 07, 2001

Aurora Borealis Charter School

Jan. 31 was the 100th day of school. Kindergartners ate 100 things for snack, counted 100 people, made 100 pictures and made a necklace of 100 cereal loops.

The first- and second-grade class is studying Egypt. The children have enjoyed learning about other cultures. All of the children also are learning Latin.

Mr. Severson is coaching eight students from his class in Boys and Girls Club basketball. Because the class is in the middle of a basketball unit in physical education, it is almost like an extended PE class. The students are learning many skills and having fun at the same time.

In class, the students are working hard on forensics projects, and they will have a classroom competition Feb. 15. The school is picking out many different selections for the students to practice. It's a fun and creative way to show expression.

Mountain View Elementary

Congratulations to Hannah Heath in Mrs. Ermold's class for winning the Mountain View spelling bee. Brian Denesen in Mrs. Jackson's class was second.

Mrs. Ermold's classroom fund-raiser has closed. She thanks everyone who purchased Tupperware from the class. The merchandise should arrive in about two weeks for the students to deliver.

The combined Kenai Middle School-Mountain View Elementary Talent Show was Jan. 30. First place went to Kris Larson; Michael Morin received second; and third place went to Cassie Harris. The Judges' Choice Award went to Dylan Wannamaker.

The school thanks the Public Health nurses, staff, parent volunteers, parents and students for making the immunization clinic such a success.

Mr. Emmerich's fourth-graders are learning rescue breathing from nurse Campbell. The lessons support the class' study of the human body.

Friday will be Hat Day.

Nikiski Elementary

The third- and fourth-grade Battle of the Books team, named the "warriors," consisted of Antonya Loomis, Rachel Romans, Sarah Ralston, Elizabeth Hammond and Josie Oliva. The fifth- and sixth grade "funky monkeys" were Jessica Bowlin, Joel Ribbens, Mike Wicker, Jeremy Narlock and Tyler Payment. The school selected additional coaches for this team. The coaches will grill the team members on the books and be available as alternates for team members. The coaching team is Leora Olsen, Billie Rae Parrish, Amber Herrmann and Keyna Quinn.

The first Fly Tying Club meeting will be Thursday from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. in room 3. Permission slips are due before 3:30 p.m. today, and you must have a ride home.

The PTA is seeking people to serve on the board next year. All positions are available. If you have any questions or are interested, contact Julie Williams, Nora Ribbens, Nan Weaver or Annie Kendall at 776-4132. The PTA will hold its monthly meeting Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. in the library. A baby-sitter and refreshments will be provided.

The all-school forensics competition will be Thursday at 1 p.m.

Redoubt Elementary

Return parent-teacher conference forms to your child's teacher as soon as possible.

Jacob Walgenbach won the Redoubt spelling bee. The winning word was "courageous." Sam Evanoff placed second. Delbert Leavitt was a classroom winner whose name was accidentally omitted from last week's newsletter.

Karen Senette placed first and Blaine Carver took second in the state Elks Hoop Shoot competition.

Parent judges and time keepers are needed for the school forensics meet Feb. 15 and 16. If you can help, contact the school office at 262-9006.

The fourth-graders had their first recorder lessons. Learning to play the recorder is an important part of fourth-grade music, helping students get ready for fifth-grade band.

Soldotna Elementary

The Soldotna Elementary Title I Planning Committee met Jan. 30 to discuss the 2001 Title I plan. Meeting the needs of at-risk students in the area of comprehensive literacy has been proposed by the committee as the program's goal at Soldotna Elementary. The next meeting will be Feb. 27 at 3:45 p.m. For information about Title I, contact any member of the committee: Gayle Buben, Kathy Thompson, Carolyn Cannava, Melissa Bettencourt, Bob VanDerWege, Carol VanDerWege, Marge Mullen, Tracy Erwin, Jean Drobnick and Susan Day.

Come to the first PTA Books for Bingo Family Night on Thursday. Pizza, ordered in advance, will be served from 5:30 to 6 p.m. and book bingo will be played from 6 to 7 p.m. There will be door prizes. All students must be accompanied by a parent.

The Fun Buck winners of the week are Devan Kincaid, Dillon Henrie, Lexie Kersch, Chris Works, Brittany Webb, Ashton Burdine, Ryan Harris, Theresa Ramponi, Jose Gomez and Colten Bennett.

Tustumena Elementary

The school's new basketball backboard support hardware has arrived. Due to the Boys and Girls Club basketball practices, the school may delay installation until the season ends.

Did you miss kindergarten registration? Registration packages are still available for children reaching age 5 before Aug. 15.

The fourth- through sixth-grade spelling bee will be 9:30 a.m. Friday.

February is National Heart Month. To show concern about heart disease, the school annually participates in the Jump Rope for

Heart program sponsored by the American Heart Association. Students will carry white Jump for Heart envelopes to collect donations. As part of this project, Mr. Chase will help students build healthy hearts in gym classes using jump rope skills and activities. This is the only community service program that Tustumena participates in as a whole school. For more information, contact Mr. Chase.

Parents of intermediate Title I students are needed for the planning committee. For more information, contact Joy Jones or Janet Matson at 262-4844.

Parent volunteers are needed for the book swap week starting Monday. If you can help, let your child's teacher know now.

The site-based council is accepting nominations for this year's outstanding volunteer award, to be selected during its monthly meeting March 26. March 15 is the deadline.

Kenai Middle School

The bus drivers request that everyone use the proper entrance and exit driveways to the school for the safety of your children.

This is the last call for yearbook pictures. If you have pictures of field trips, classroom or extracurricular activities, send them in to the office.

Twelve Kenai Middle School students joined other students at Solid Rock Camp for Friendly Helper Training. These students plan Red Ribbon Week, teach the Character Counts program to the sixth grade and help new students. This year's trainees were Sara Diamond, Nate Nelson, Lane Koester-Backstrom, Caleb Rankin, Jared Akin, MacKenzie Boyle, Landon Mishler, Elizabeth Fischer, Isabel Cantil, Charlene McCurdy, Sammy Johnson and Jalissa Stonecipher. Pamela Howard is the group adviser.

Congratulations to Mrs. Bird and the KMS-Mountain View students for another successful talent show. KMS winners were Paul Morin on violin, first; Carly Sounart with a dance, second; and Synneva Hagen-Lillevik doing a vocal solo, third.

Today is counselors' day. The school appreciates the work done by Lisa Lybrand and Sheryl Cook as counselors at the school.

Wrestlers will participate in a tournament in Nikiski Saturday and the cross-country skiers will travel to Seward.

PTA will meet in the library at 2:30 p.m. Monday.

Seventh- and eighth-graders are invited to a Valentine's Dance sponsored by student council Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Soldotna Middle School

Dairy Queen Winners of the Week are student Tim Hopper and staff members Barb Booth and Joel Burns.

Soldotna Middle School sponsored an ice cream social for the December and January Students and Citizens of the Month, as well as the honor roll students for the first semester. There were more than 280 honor roll students and more than 100 Students and Citizens of the Month.

Wrestling will travel to Nikiski, and the cross-country skiers will go to Seward Saturday. Volleyball camp begins Monday.

The school spelling bee will be Monday during first and second hours.

If you have not received your student's report card, call the school. Library books or fees may be due.

The school has collected more than 900 Pepsi "Notes." Save these and send them to school with your student because time is running out to redeem them. They can be redeemed for new band equipment and instruments. Have the student's name and first-hour teacher written on the back for drawings or gift certificates from Fred Meyer. The school thanks the PTSA and Fred Meyer for helping.

The PTSA will meet Feb. 15 at 5 p.m.

There will be a Fortnight from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 16.

Kenai Central High School

Kenai Central is on assembly schedule today to recognize the cross-country ski, hockey and Academic Decathlon teams.

Congratulations to the Academic Decathlon team for placing second at the year's borough competition. This year's team members are Nik Gray, Ashley Trux, Aaron Rahlfs, Joe Shaw, Josh Simenstad, Jen Luton and Sephra Daniel.

The KCHS student council is selling school T-shirts for $10. They are available to anyone in all sizes, so support your Kenai Kardinals and buy a shirt.

Plans for prom are under way, and the junior class still is looking for parents to help with after-prom activities. If you want to help, have something to donate or can chaperone, call Liana Bigham at 283-7524.

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

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

The middle school will have a dance from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday.

The site-based council will meet Tuesday at 5 p.m.

The Jazz Band, Chamber Choir Dessert Concert and Swing Dance will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Yearbooks are still on sale for $55. For a personalized cover, the price is $60. Yearbooks are sold Wednesdays and Fridays in the school bookstore. After spring break, they will no longer be available.

The drama debate team won 13 awards in January in a competition at East and competed Friday and Saturday at Bartlett, both in Anchorage.

Ninilchik School

This week is School Counselor Week and Battle of the Books week.

PTO will meet today in the library at 3:45 p.m.

Future Problem Solving will meet with Gail Moore on Thursday from 9 to 11:30 a.m.

The school spelling bee is scheduled for Feb. 15 at 1 p.m.

The Ninilchik Basketball Tournament will run from Feb. 15 through 17. There will be a homecoming dance following the last game of the tournament.

The sophomores are selling red, white and pink carnations for $2 each. These flowers will be distributed around the school to the various persons on Valentine's Day.

Skyview High School

SAT prep classes started this week to prepare students for the March 31 exam. Students interested need to sign up with math or language arts teachers.

Skyview has homegoing this week to raise spirits and get rid of the winter blahs. Today is Tropical Day, Thursday is Dress like a Teacher Day, and Friday is School Spirit-Class Colors Day. Lunchtime activities include drinking root beer through a baby bottle, finding the hidden jelly belly, duct-taping a classmate and tug of wars between classes. Thursday's assembly will feature a floor hockey game between the state champion wrestling team and the hockey team, plus pies in the face for the principal and assistant principal. The basketball players will host Palmer and Colony Friday and Saturday. The week will end with the Sweetheart Dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Cost is $5, and dress is casual.

The sophomore class is taking orders for roses and messages to be delivered on Valentine's Day to someone special. Students may buy a rose, message, balloon and fortune cookie for $4. They also are selling matchmaker results.

Parents of seniors are asked to attend meetings every Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. in the library to plan the after-graduation party.

Parent-teacher conferences will be Feb. 20 from noon until 7 p.m.

The Borough Honor Band Festival will be March 5 and 6. Skyview's band will visit the University of Alaska Anchorage on Thursday to work with the wind ensemble for a day on the music they will perform at the festival and their concert March 12.

Soldotna High School

SoHi is on assembly schedule today. The hockey and cross-country skiing region assembly will be at 2 p.m. in the gym.

Students and parents of students going with the band to Europe during spring break must attend a meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the band room.

Student council will meet during second period Tuesday. All class officers, executive board members and associate members should plan to attend.

Parent-teacher conferences at SoHi will be from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 5 p.m. Feb. 19. All parents and guardians are encouraged to attend.

For calendars, activities, counselor's corner and the homework hot line, check out www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/sohi.

Cook Inlet Academy

Congratulations to the Students of the Week: Aaron Rowley, helpfulness; Ellie Nelson, creativity; Brooks Furlong, listening; Shane Ashley, science and history; Chester Kimball, handwriting; Janice Scritchfield, spelling; and Kiana Beddow, academics and attitude.

Sixth-graders and Miss Knutson traveled to Alyeska Friday. They studied South American history, American Colonies and stars. Arlyn Query tied for second in the hoop shoot.

The former consumer math class has been upgraded this year to business math, with focus on "How to run a business," savings and checking accounts and stocks and bonds.

Chuck Kopp, board member of the Parent Teacher Fellowship, explained how intellect is important. "Love God with your mind as well as with your emotions. Honor your teachers for the role they play in developing the intellect and nurturing love of God in children. CIA instills a standard in the heart and mind by which to evaluate truth."

Mark Cialek, board member, announced that the goal of the facilities committee is to have two new classrooms available for fall.

Mr. Shields teaches outdoor survival and wilderness safety. Besides recreational uses, these skills will be valuable in the commercial fishing industry. Gary Leiter will teach wilderness education in the summer school program.

Wings Christian Academy

The two smart students who won this month's Quiz-em are Naomi Petty of the lower learning center and Justin Ruffridge of the upper learning center.

The school has been remodeling lately, and the process continues. The learning center is looking good.

Seniors and kindergartners are on a countdown to graduation. Some preparations already are under way. Parents with children graduating need to see Karen Burger for details.

The kindergartners are busy. They recently painted rockets on paper to remember their fun at the Challenger Learning Center. They have been learning the sound "a" as in "armadillo" or "car." In math they have been learning the concept of subtracting 0 and 1 and adding with the sixes family. Their next project will be making homemade dough for baking beads.

Wings high school girls' and boys' basketball teams played Cornerstone Christian and Valley Crusaders in the Palmer gym. Cornerstone won both boys' and girls' games, but the Wings boys' team beat the Valley Crusaders. The boys will play the Rams at Wings at 7 p.m. Friday, and the girls will challenge Cornerstone once again at Wings at 5 p.m. Friday.

Students with the cleanest desks of the week are Krista Michels and Naomi Pettey.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

The Head Start preschoolers will reach for the stars this month as they learn about astronauts and space exploration. The children will learn Dena'ina games, the numbers one through 10 and decorate boxes for their counting cords. Both classes will visit the Challenger Learning Center Feb. 21.

The children performed Dena'ina dances with Maggie Moonin at the recent parent meeting. Miss Maggie also taught the adults how to make dream catchers. The families enjoyed a delicious meal prepared by Miss Gert and went home with dream catchers.

The Head Start Federal Review Team visited the program two weeks ago. The Head Start staff enjoyed the positive feedback it received from the review team members.

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 clarion@alaska.net 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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