Peninsula Clarion - Schools

Posted: Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Kenai Peninsula College Council meeting set

The Kenai Peninsula College Council will meet at 6 p.m. on Thursday in Room 156 at the Kenai River Campus in Soldotna. It is open to the public.

For further information or a copy of the agenda, contact Pam Olson at 262-0318 or e-mail

KPC hosts College Goal Sunday

The third annual College Goal Sunday event is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday in the Ward Building at Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus in Soldotna. Students and their families can obtain on-site assistance in completing financial aid application forms — specifically the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

College Goal Sunday is a national program designed to help students and families, particularly low-income and first-generation college goers, clear the paperwork hurdle when applying for college financial aid. For the Alaska event, financial aid professionals from Alaska’s institutions of higher education and the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education will join other volunteers to fan out to key community hubs across Alaska to help families fill out the FAFSA, the universally required financial aid application.

For additional Information about College Goal Sunday, contact the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education at (800) 441-2962 or For more information about the event at KPC, contact Carrie Burford at 907-262-0331.

There will be a similar event at the Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer at the same time. For more information about the event on that campus, contact Kim Frost at 235-1658.

Aurora Borealis Charter

Due to Parent-teacher conferences, there will be no school for students Thursday and Friday. There will be a Scholastic book fair held during conference time in the music/art room.

School sweatshirts are available for $22 for child sizes or $25 for adult sizes. Order forms are in the school office and deadline to order is Friday. Payment is required with order.

An enrollment lottery will be held March 29. It will be supervised by an accounting firm. Applications and lottery procedures are available at the school office. All enrollment applications for the 2007-08 school year must be delivered in person to the office no later then 3 p.m. on March 6. The lottery results will be posted the following week at the school. Students’ siblings who are entering kindergarten next year need to sign up for the lottery. If your child 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 changed telephone numbers, notify the school office.

Connections home-school program

The school is enrolling for the next year. Interested parents may stop by the school office for more information.

There will be a senior meeting at 1 p.m. Tuesday in borough conference rooms A and B located in the basement of the building across the street from the school. The graduation ceremony, catalogs for caps and gowns, an information survey about yourself, and transcript information will be discussed.

High school students are invited to attend a workshop at the school’s computer lab at 11 a.m. or 2 p.m. Feb. 27. Marie English from the Job Center will share information about jobs that are in demand for Alaskans in the future, including carpenters, mechanics, welders and heavy equipment operators. Career exploration materials are available online for students to look at; interest assessments, resume and interviewing tips and classes; and information about labor exchange system. Space is limited. Call the school at 714-8880 to sign up.

The February book order specials are available online or flyers are available in the office. February orders are due Feb. 28.


The February Fun Day will be Friday from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at the AlaskaLanes Bowling alley in Kenai. Families are asked to call or e-mail the office to sign up for the event.

The Math Olympiads will meet at the office Monday and Feb. 19.

The Burnout Busters and Kids Art Appreciation Day will be announced next week.

The school would like to thank the readers for participating in the district Battle of the Books. Team members participating were Sarah Loehr, Sawyer Gillilan, Isaac Titus and Sarah Newberry. Sarah Newberry earned a spot on the state battle of the books team for the third- and fourth-grade battle.

Students who participated in the geography bee were Lauren Countryman, Olen Danielson, Jacynne Collver, Leif Danielson and Jeremiah Hilbish. The bee was won by Leif Danielson, who moved on to take the state test.

The spelling bee participants were Elsa Simmons, first place; Reanna Bell, second place; and Victoria Cisek, third place.

The February holidays provide learning opportunities for families. The library has books on the presidents and kits full of activities and books.

The school is enrolling new students for the 2007-08 school year. For more information, call 260-7555 or visit

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

School tours are available for families who want to enroll. Tours are offered from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. Mondays through March 5. The deadline to submit an application for enrollment for fall is March 6. If a lottery is necessary, it will be held March 30. Parents new to the school need to attend one of the parent informational meetings scheduled for 4 p.m. Feb. 20, 6:30 p.m. Feb. 22 or at 1 p.m. Feb. 24.

Battle of the Books was held last week. The school’s team came in seventh overall. The school would like to congratulate the students who participated.

There will be a PTA meeting from 3:45 until 4:50 p.m. today at the Willow Street location.

There is no school Thursday or Friday due to parent-teacher conferences

Scholastic Book Fair is being held all week in the Sears Elementary library. It is a fundraiser for the school. The fair is open before and after school and during conference times Thursday and Friday.

The APC will meet at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Willow Street.

Yearbook order forms have been sent home. The deadline to preorder is Feb. 16. The cost is $15. A loveline or business ad is available for purchase to help support the school in keeping the cost down.

Enrollment questionnaires are due by Feb. 16. This information will help with projections and the lottery for next year.

Family Fun Night “Bingo for Books” is scheduled for Feb. 20. More details will be sent home soon.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The 21st Century Program celebrates Valentine’s Day by inviting families for dinner and games from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 16. Families are asked to bring their favorite board games to share.

The first-graders have begun their annual transportation unit. Students and their families are asked to build a mode of transportation that the student can wear in a parade. These are due Feb. 23, and families are invited to a parade of vehicles at 8 a.m. in the gym.

Rose Beardsley will facilitate a parent forum meeting from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at the school. The topic will be communication.

A conflict resolution forum will be held at 7:30 a.m. Feb. 20 and at 6 p.m. Feb. 27 at the school.

There will be no school Thursday and Friday due to parent-teacher conferences

The PTA will meet Tuesday in the teachers’ lounge after school. Babysitting is provided.

Kenai Central High

The boys and girls varsity basketball teams leave today for a four-game trip to southeast Alaska.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. Parents are asked to attend and discuss your student’s progress in all of their classes.

Friday there is no school for students as it is an in-service day for teachers.

On Feb. 15, the January Student of the Month Luncheon will be held.

Schedules for activities at the school are available at

January Students of the Month are: Rotary, Taylor Lovett; chamber, Brittney Sparhawk; Elks, Aaron Agosti; weight training, Thomas Hammelman; language arts 9, Mollie Cox; study skills, Morgan Rudy; language arts 10, Quintun Pribbenow; health, Randy Jackson; work experience, Alyssa Subera; advanced algebra, Brian Denesen; performing arts/choir, Kierstin Carlson; photography, Cadence Turkington; vocational education, Shaugnessey Nylander; band, Daniel Popp; algebra I, Caitlin Gonzalez; and AP U.S. history, Lucas McDaniel.

Dates to remember:

· Feb. 20 — site council meeting;

· Feb. 26 and 27 — District honor band; and

· Feb. 28 — Job Shadow Day for juniors.

Activities for the week:

· Today — Boys and girls varsity basketball at Juneau;

· Thursday — Boys and girls varsity basketball at Mt. Edgecumbe, hockey state at Wasilla, no school for students;

· Friday — Boys and girls varsity basketball at Sitka, hockey state at Wasilla, girls junior varsity basketball at Nikolaevsk tournament and cross-country skiing regions at Soldotna; and

· Saturday — Boys and girls varsity basketball at Sitka, hockey state at Wasilla, girls junior varsity basketball at Nikolaevsk tournament and cross-country skiing regions at Soldotna.

Kenaitze Head Start

The Raven and Eagle class will go to the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska on Friday. Many activities are planned and families are welcome. The children will make pink collages and mix colors to create pink paint, too. The letters to study this month are “L,” “U” and “V.”

The Whale and Salmon Class: Today Miss Fluoride will visit Head Start from Dr. Hu’s office to talk to the kids about good dental care. On Thursday, Miss Corey visits from the Kenai Community Library to read to the classes. On Friday, the class will go to the Challenger Center of Alaska for the Alumni Event. Miss Diane and Miss Emily would like to thank the parent and community volunteers for the time they contribute to the class.

The Moose and Bear class participated in the pancake breakfast Monday. The class would like to thank the families who attended.

On Feb. 14 a Valentine’s Day party is planned for all of the classes. Families are invited to join the students.

The after-school kindergarten though second-grade class has been going outside to play. The children were able to explain and discuss relationship problems without adult intercession. The children also were able to look at each other and use the person’s name and label the issue and then resolve the problem. The students have been painting, building skills on the computer and playing with a cornstarch suspension. Every week the children are reading new books.

The preschool with Miss Lynn is getting ready for parent-teacher conferences and preparing a “post office” center for February.

Kenai Middle

The school would like to congratulate Arnold Sipes and Zack Zulkanycz for being selected as a Character Counts! students. They received a pizza for lunch last week.

January Students of the Month are Mason Mount, Katherine Zuniga, Haylee Hunter, Virginia Richards, Joe Sandahl, Terry Kassaiuli, Zack Weisz, Chelsy Loveland and Makenzi Magiera. These students received pizza for lunch.

The Title VII Indian Education Program is an entitlement grant funded by the federal government. The supplemental tutoring program is available for certificated Title VII students at the school. Tutoring is provided in reading, language arts, math and other subjects as needed. Tutoring begins right after school and ends at 4:30 p.m. in room 21C. Students may be picked up by their parents or ride the bus to the location nearest the student’s home. For more information on the tutoring program, call Kelly Brewer or Yolanda Schrader at 283-4896. For information about the purpose of the program in the school or district, call Norma Holmgaard at 714-8892, ext. 8866.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — conferences;

· Friday — Inservice, no school;

· Tuesday — volleyball at Ninilchik at 4 p.m.;

The following students were named to the honor roll for the second quarter. Parents of students listed below may stop by the school’s office to pick up an honor roll bumper sticker.

4.0 — Sixth grade: Addison Cheek, Chelsea Chess, Madison Cunningham, Ivy Howland, Sage Klauder, Mikailynn Lee, Makenzi Magiera, Mason Mount, Kyle Phillips, Josette Renken, Cassie Ross, Joy Wannamaker and Madison Westover. Seventh grade: Brad Bible, Rylee DeVito, Russell Dukowitz, Evening Ferguson, Alice Han, Haylee Hunter, Briana King, Kaden Phillips, Bo Reilly, Keegan Remsen, Virginia Richards, Joe Sandahl, Kenley Scarlett and Morgan Wensley. Eighth grade: Amanda Blum, Sarah Bressler, Demetri Bruner, Shaylee DeVito, Esther Hamilton, Michelle Klaben, Natalie Kurzendoerfer, Margaret McDaniel, Zachary Sonnichsen, Ella Stephens, James Watkins and Lincoln Wensley.

3.5 — Sixth grade: Canyon Bowers, Brittney Boyes, Joe Bressler, Jenna Calhoun, Chase Colton, Austin Daly, Rebecca Elliot, Jake Gilman, Kaitlyn Louthan, Chelsy Loveland, Sarah Rawson, Duane Reitter, Molly Rowley, Leah Sandahl, Darian Schaffner, Robert Spalding, Emily Thomas, Kelsey Williams and Katherine Zuniga. Seventh grade: Vanessa Anderson, Amber Bundy, Gwen Bundy, Tyler Cooper, David Dormady, Sarah Evenson, Christianna Garcia, Trevor Howard, Alicia O’Bien, Olivia Pfeifer, Mitchell Rubalcava, Kyle Scarlett, Lauren Schams, Tyler Tankersley, Jonathon Wilson Eighth grade: Adam Agosti, Shana Aho, Kendra Ashwell, Shaele Bryant, Casey Crowder, Isaac Cryer, Morgan Cunningham, Brittany Cupp, Matthew Deatherage, Kendra Dukowitz, Ben Gilman, Dylan Lawrence, Smantha Little, Sierra Millington, Mary Pat Mills, Dedra Ming, Zach Moore, Aundrea Moulton, Andrea Olsen, Courtney Parker, Kendall Soares, Tyler Spalding, Kristiana Taylor, Analise Theisen, Shelby Toombs, Zack Weisz and Richie Ziehmer.

3.0 — Sixth grade: Katarina Anderson, Rebecca Atkins, Misty Bondy, Tierra Clound, Jena Dull, Marie Goode, Krystal Hamman, Hailey Hoke, Carly Norvelle, Yvonne Waskey, Riley Wik, Abbi Wonser and Steven Young. Seventh grade: Stormi Backus, Bailey Beeson, Krystle Bormann, Jessica Calvin, Cathryn Cox, Jackie Dickawicz, Julie Dickawicz, Jessie Garrett, Colton Hayes, Heidi Hermann, AJ Hull, Kierra Isham, Isabella Jukic, Carolyn Kiefer, Austin Knight, Brandon McCauley, Alison McClain, Kelsey Miller, George Navarre, Michael Rubalcava, Kyle Stuart, Alex Torres, Forrest Vest, Logan Wik and Melanie Wortham. Eighth grade: Josh Barnes, Amber Chapman, Maria Dolosa, Ashlyn Edelman, John Espy, Chyna Fisher, Jean Gray, Carolyn Knackstedt, Jasmine Koster, Taren Kuntz, Madison Murrieta, Kyle Rogers, Dylan Sterling, Larry Dean Tunseth, Chole Wonser and Codi Woodcock.

Nikiski Middle-High

The school will host a scholastic book fair in the school library Thursday and Feb. 12 and 13. The book fair will feature a wide range of books for young teens and adults, including mystery and adventure novels, fantasy trilogies, sports guides, anime, cookbooks, and the latest bestsellers from more than 150 publishers. Parents, children, teachers and the community are invited to attend. For more information, call the school library 776-3456.

January Students of the Month will have breakfast with Mr. O’Brien and Mr. Carstens at 7:30 a.m. today in the conference room.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — No school and parent-teacher conferences will be held from noon to 4 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m.;

· Friday — No school, teacher in-service; and

· Tuesday — Site council meeting at 4 p.m. in the library.

The following students were named to the honor roll for the first semester.

4.0 Honor Roll — Seventh grade: Kayleen Hansen and Serena Woodin; Eighth grade: Ari Bennett, Angie Parrish, Tyler Peek, Madelyn Ralston, Sebastian Strickland, Tanner Thompson and Eli Ward; Ninth grade: Bradi Anderson and Kassandra Johnson; Tenth grade: Zach Alkire, Wiley Bennett, Walker Boyle, Eliza Chadwick, Cassandra Kendall, Peter McKay, Sarah Ralston and Tristin Rutherford; Eleventh grade: Logan Denison, Nick Kellie, Justin Smith and Tasha Thompson; Twelfth grade: Julia Baker, Clare Bennett, Kara Bethune, Jessica Bowlin, Joel Ribbens and Hannah Thompson.

3.5 Honor Roll — Seventh grade: Melinda Hampton, Kaleigh Hansen, Kinsey Martin, Sallee McClure, Cydney Spurgeon, Kaden Spurgeon and Kelsey Williams; Eighth grade: Kovy Harbick, Mandee Jackson, Stefan Krogseng, Thomas Pilatti, Caitlin Reid, Sawyer Skiba, Jayden Tumbaga and Haley Tumsuden; Ninth grade: Alina Eldredge, Samantha Gibbs, Megan Hansen, Jordan Harrison, Miranda Rizzo, Barbara Rorrison and Dylan Seater; Tenth grade: Tyler Bethune, Tiffany Hobbs, Katlin Johnson and Rachel Romans; Eleventh grade: Rachel Bogard, Jennifer Lukassen, Leora Olsen and Kennth Watt; Twelfth grade: Duygu Acar, Chelsey Dorman, Tyler Payment and Ryanna Thurman.

3.0 Honor Roll — Seventh grade: Rosabella Bellamy, Tekoa Dixon, Morgan Farmer, Savannah Griffel, Dylan Holloway, Leuret-Wik, Dyann, Camron Lotti, Dylan Nickel and Doogun Seater; Eighth grade: Chyanne Billman, Jasper Covey, Kristina Handley, Elizabeth Hartley, Alisha (Cramer) Peterson, Aubrey Rizzo and Amy Wicker; Ninth grade: Margaret Braun, Madeline Knoll, Christopher Richter, Brando Wik, Calvin Williams, Chenae Wright; Tenth grade: Danielle Bower, Beau Calderwood, Jessey Denison, Stacy Edgmon, Rachelle Ilgenfritz, Jennifer Nickel and Shalene Peek; Eleventh grade: Elizabeth Barrett, James Cockrell, Dustin Couch, Andria Dols, Arlo Erickson, Amber Ewing, Aislinn Fox, Hunter Gallien, Andrew Gunter, Billie Rae Parrish, Elliott Tuttle and Joshua Vance; Twelfth grade: Aaron Bakk, Kimberly Copeland, Michelle Dodge, Kenneth Fagan, Donna Handley, Kyla Jorgensen, Alexis Mellberg, Jason Moore, Haley Ping, Michael Poulter, Sherra Pritchard, Christy Sacaloff and Nick Whitaker.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Congratulations to the following students who participated as classroom representatives in the school spelling bee: Gregory Brown, Kiana Edgmon, Brady Malston, Lauren Bowden, Levi Hansen, Hannah Halliday, Hannah Tauriainen, Tessa Lewis, Katie O’Brien, Autumn Walters, Ross Halliday, Ireland Gillies and Jeanelee Stock.

The top finishers were: sixth-grader Daniel Ribbens, first place; sixth-grader Lincoln Johnson, second place; sixth-grader Joe Newton, third place; sixth-grader Logan Tuttle, fourth place; and fifth-grader Patrick King, fifth place.

Daniel will represent the school at the state spelling bee next month in Anchorage.

The fourth- and fifth-graders in Mrs. Matson’s class are involved in a Digital Learning Network Challenge involving three live video conferences with NASA scientists at the Ames Space Center. The challenge is an in-depth research and design experience that allows students to explore a topic and present solutions to NASA. Their challenge: Can a Shoebox Fly?! (They will build gliders, starting with a shoebox as their base.)

Mrs. Osborn’s kindergartners and Mrs. Kendall’s sixth-graders are doing a book writing project together. Each pair of reading buddies brainstormed story elements — characters, setting, plot with a problem, events and solution. They collaborated on the story; the final book will be illustrated by the kindergartners. Together the buddies will create a cover on Kid Pics to help the kindergartners develop their technology skills.

Redoubt Elementary

Love of Reading Month continues with students participating in a door decorating contest and a reading challenge. There will be a slumber party read-in in the library Feb. 15. Turn Off Your TV Week begins Feb. 16.

Parent conferences are Thursday and Friday. There will be no school for students. Parents who do not have a conference scheduled are asked to call their child’s teacher.

The library will host a book fair during conferences. Parents and students are invited to stop in and shop.

Intramural trash ball begins Monday.

Yearbooks may be ordered for $15 through Feb. 23. The price after Feb. 23 will be $18. Yearbooks will arrive in May.

Staff members give certificates to students who perform a good deed or an act of kindness through Project Kindness. Students are entered in a drawing for prizes.

School shirts are for sale on a prepay basis through Feb. 16. Order forms have been sent home with students and are on the table in front of the office. Shirts will arrive in March. Posters showing logos, shirt styles and colors, prices, etc. are posted throughout the school. Mrs. Horton in the school office can answer any questions.

There will be a Big G Box Tops classroom contest through Feb. 22. The classroom collecting the most box tops will be announced Feb. 23. Parents can enter to win 10,000 Bonus Box Tops for the school by registering at by Feb. 28.

The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in the staff lounge.

The site council will meet at 3:45 p.m. Feb. 14 in the conference room.

Sears Elementary

Ms. Ralston’s first-graders continue to learn about light. The students used flashlights to discover how light travels. In math the students are learning how to count money and how to tell time to the hour, half-hour and quarter-hour.

Mrs. Atkinson’s kindergartners published their autobiographies. Mrs. Atkinson demonstrated her autobiography by reviewing her 18 years of teaching kindergarten in Room 148 at the school.

Students celebrated the 100th day of school by collecting 100 objects and sorting the objects by size, weight and shape.

The second-grade classes of Mrs. Hanson, Mrs. Miller and Mrs. Moon had a Junior Achievement group come to class and teach free enterprise as well as economic education.

Allen and Petersen is the artist in residence Tuesday through March 8.

The Imaginarium will be at the school today. Students will investigate the “Ins and Outs of Digestion” — learning how we get energy from food and “Ssssenses” — discovering how snakes and other animals use their senses. They also will present “The Big Chill,” exploring the states of matter as liquid nitrogen puts the freeze on everyday objects.

Parent-teacher conferences will be Thursday and Friday. There will be no school on those days.

The Teddy Bear Parade will take place at 11:15 a.m. Feb. 14. Parents are welcome to watch the parade.

Skyview High

The Valentines dance will be tonight from 8 to 11. The cost is $7 per person.

Volunteers are needed to help out in the library and with clubs, dances, sporting events and other school events. Call the school for more information.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held from noon to 3 p.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday

The school would like to thank Tammy Clancy for running the concessions for the ski team Jan. 20 and 21 when Tsalteshi Trails Association hosted the Besh Cup Race Series No. 3 and No. 4. This brought a lot of people to the peninsula for the weekend. The 300 competitors from all ages and levels of racing experience relied on her and her crew to meet their thirst and food needs. The school would also like to recognize and thank those who donated time to food preparation and businesses who gave food and beverages to the effort, students and parents who helped with setup, serving and putting away of the concessions stand.

Soldotna Elementary

Spring pictures will be taken on Tuesday at Soldotna Elementary School.

An ice cream snack sale will be held on Feb. 16 at 2 p.m.

Parent-teacher conferences are tomorrow and Friday. Please come!

Sweetheart Day is Feb. 14 and students are encouraged to wear red or hearts on that day.

The Peninsual Reding Carnival is Feb. 17 at SoHi from noon to 4 p.m.

Invention Convention will take place on March 1.

Soldotna Elementary students and staff honored Teanna Anderson this week for her acts of kindness to other students. She received a school T-shirt for her caring efforts. Other students honored included Gregory VanVelzor, Angela Nunley, Cameron Harris, Neoma Peterson, AndreAnne Groat, Savannah Bagnasco, Jessy Fullenwider and Pamela Kousen.

Mrs. Vasile will start her after-school reading club for first-graders. She will work with her students to help them become better readers. Snacks will be provided through the PTA.

Thanks to nurse Jane Fellman for bringing the Safety Bear program to the school. Students enjoyed seeing and hearing about winter safety from the big bear.

Soldotna High

Parent-teacher conferences will be held from noon to 3 p.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

The PTSA will meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the staff workroom.

Friday is an in-service day.

The site council will meet at 5 p.m. Monday.

Parents of seniors will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the staff workroom to continue planning after-graduation activities.

The parents of juniors will meet at 6 p.m. Feb. 15 to plan for the after-prom party. The committee is seeking volunteers in order for this event to take place. For more information, call Jenn Barkman at 260-6962 or e-mail her at

On Feb. 16, the junior class will host a dance from 8 to 10:45 p.m.

Yearbooks and personalization can be ordered in Room 76 for $55 until Feb. 16. Prices will go up after this date.

Registration activities for the 2007-08 school year will take place today for current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors. Registration forms for these students will be due in to the counseling office Feb. 16.

Registration for current eighth-grade students will take place at Soldotna Middle School March 5.

A meeting for parents of eighth-grade students will be held in the SoHi library at 6 p.m. March 6.

Seniors are reminded to complete correspondence course work prior to April 15 if they wish to participate in the graduation ceremony.

Soldotna Middle

Mrs. Laber would like to thank Kim Senn for helping with the Battle of the Books team. Team members Carol Clonan, Olivia Fair and Mary Hauptman battled Tuesday. Other team members were Katie Clonan, Mackenzie Senn and Bud Sparks.

Ms. Eggleston will have a variety of student artwork on display in the library during parent-teacher conferences Thursday. Students who were in art first semester may pick up their work at that time. If you can’t make it to conferences and still have student artwork, parents are to go to the art room sometime after conferences.

The winner in Mr. Gustkey’s social studies class was Joy Bartlett, who beat out Shay Kurz in a sudden-death playoff to win the 50 states and capitals competition.

2007 Yearbooks are for sale through March 1 at the office for $25.

Dates to remember:

· Today — Volleyball, Seward vs. Silver at Seward at 3 p.m. and volleyball, Homer vs. Maroon at Homer at 3:30 p.m.;

· Thursday — Parent-teacher conferences will be held from noon to 3 p.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m.;

· Tuesday — Volleyball, Silver vs. Kenai at SMS at 3 p.m., Maroon vs. Kenai to follow and site base meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the library;

· Feb. 16 — Fortnightly dance from 6 to 8 p.m.; and

· Feb. 28 — Spring pictures.

The school’s newsletter may be accessed at

Soldotna Montessori Charter

The school will host a booth at the annual Reading Carnival from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 17 at Soldotna High School. Volunteers are needed to help. The booth will feature used books for sale and have small hourly raffles. Volunteers will be responsible for overseeing one-hour sessions during the day. Call the office if you can volunteer. Used books in good condition are being collected to be sold at the carnival. Parents are asked to send or deliver donations to the office.

The APC will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the school. Agendas are posted in the school and on the district Web site.

Today is the last day to turn in orders for the kindergarten brownie mix fundraiser. Kindergartners have been measuring, assembling, and packaging the dry brownie mixes to sell. Kits are $5 each and the funds raised will be used to support the kindergarten beach field study in May. The field study is the culminating activity for their study of fish and oceans.

Sterling Elementary

The school would like to thank the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders who performed at the Governor’s ball Saturday, and to Mr. Audette for working so hard with the students to prepare them for the performance.

Parent-teacher conferences are being held today from 4 to 7 p.m. and Thursday from 8 to 4 p.m.

Fourth-graders will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress today from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m.

There will not be a PTA meeting today due to parent-teacher conferences. The PTA will meet Feb. 21.

The PTA will sponsor a contra dance from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday in the gym. Children are required to be accompanied by an adult. The dance is open to the community members and is free. The PTA will sell French fries with sauce, cheese sticks, cookies and ice cream. The new climbing wall will be opened by the Sterling 4-H. For a 50-cent donation to the American Cancer Association families may try scaling the wall.

Tustumena Elementary

Parents are reminded that parent-teacher conferences will be Thursday and Friday. There is no school for students on those days. Appointment notices for conferences have been sent home with students. Parents should contact teachers if they have questions.

Love of Reading Week begins Tuesday. The activities throughout the week will include buddy reading with other classes and Reading Rainbows video stories. Monday’s special activity will be poster making. These posters will represent the student’s favorite book. The students will wear a school appropriate T-shirt and or hat with a message on it for Tuesday’s special activity. On Wednesday, students may wear comfortable clothing such as sweats or school appropriate lounge wear to participate in the schoolwide read-in.

The final awards assembly for the students who participated in the St. Jude’s Math-A-Thon was Friday. The students raised $1,422.35 and the student who raised the most was second-grader Selena Stem.

Wings Christian Academy

Megan Ruffridge received the Office of the Week award.

On Friday, the Eagles basketball team will have an away game with Holy Rosary at 3:15 p.m. and the girls will play the Warriors at 4:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the girls will play Matanuska Valley at 10 a.m. and the boys will play the Warriors at 11:15 a.m.

The spelling bee will be held Thursday at World Harvest in Eagle River at 10 a.m.

The kindergarten class has been learning about the letter “K” and is now up to the number 84.

The school will have a Valentine’s Day party Feb. 14. There will be games, competitions and prizes.

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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