Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, February 08, 2006

School closures set

Public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed Thursday and Friday for parent-teacher conferences. Parents are reminded to check with their child’s school to see which day conferences will be held.

Many private schools also will be closed. To verify closure dates, call your child’s school.

Help available with college applications

Alaska’s College Goal Sunday event will take place at Kenai Peninsula College at 2 p.m. in Room 101 of the Ward Building. The event provides free assistance with completing applications for college aid to students and their families. For more information, call 262-0331.

Scholarships offered to high school seniors

· The Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 in Soldotna is offering the Vickie Webb Nelson Memorial Scholarship. The recipient must be a graduating Alaska high school senior or an Alaskan enrolled in a home-study program with a desire to further his or her education. Citizenship, leadership and financial need will be considered. Monetary awards will be given to local winners, who will have the chance to compete for the $1,000 scholarship to be awarded to the statewide winner.

The deadline for applications is Feb. 15. For more information, call 262-9220 or 262-1262 or see your school counselor.

· The Soldotna Rotary Club will award five $1,000 scholarships to college-bound high school seniors in the Soldotna area. Criteria for the Service Above Self scholarships is based on community service that has been completed during the applicant’s high school career. For more information or an application, call your area high school counseling office or Leonor at 262-4949. Deadline for submission is March 1.

· The Kenai River Sportfishing Association is accepting applications for The Senator Ted Stevens Scholarship Program. It will award seven full tuition scholarships. The three scholarship categories are: Two annual tuition scholarships to students attending or planning to attend Kenai Peninsula College. Students must be pursuing an associate of arts or associate of applied science degree with intentions of either going onto a four-year degree program in the sciences, or hoping to land an entry level technician job in fisheries or natural resources; four annual tuitions will be awarded to students with more than 60 college credits (sophomore or junior standing in the year of application) pursuing a bachelor of science degree at any University of Alaska campus; and one annual tuition scholarship to students pursuing a bachelor of science degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Anchorage or Alaska Southeast.

For complete information, requirements, deadlines and other scholarships the Kenai River Sportfishing Association has to offer, ask your high school counselor for its brochure, visit or go into its office at 224 Kenai Av., Suite 102 in Soldotna.

· Kenai Borough Employees Association is offering three, $500 scholarships. Scholarships are open to all 2006 graduates of the Kenai Peninsula Borough, including public schools, private schools and home-schooled students.

Applications and instructions are available from Kenai Peninsula Borough high school counselor offices, at the Borough Building in Soldotna and online at

Applications must be delivered or postmarked by March 31. Applications can be mailed or dropped off at the Kenai Peninsula Borough, KBEA Scholarship Committee, 144 N. Binkley St., Soldotna AK. 99669.

Aurora Borealis Charter

On Jan. 27, the junior high students traveled to Anchorage on their annual Performing Arts Center trip. First they had dinner at Clair D’Loon, then attended the Shanghai Circus performance. To prepare for the field trip, on Jan. 6 the seventh- and eighth-graders had an etiquette lesson at Mykel’s Restaurant in Soldotna. They sampled a dessert as they practiced table manners taught to them by Mary Krull.

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

Parents are asked to remember to send in box tops.

The schools enrollment lottery for the 2006-07 school year continues. Applications must be hand delivered to the school office no later than 3 p.m. March 1. To pick up applications and have questions answered, call Debbi at 283-0292 Tuesday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mikunda, Cottrell and Co., will supervise the lottery April 11.


Alaska Jr. Theatre will have a free performance of “PHONK!” by Scrap Arts Music at 1 p.m. Monday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium. Seating is limited. Call Doug Hogue at 714-8880 or e-mail him at

Home school roller skating will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday at Alaska Great Skate in Soldotna.

Book orders for February are available at the office and online. Orders are due March 1. Call Tanya for more information.

Standards Based Assessments will be April 4, 5 and 6. The No Child Left Behind legislation mandates participation and holds the schools accountable if the specified participation rate is not met.

The Standards Based Assessments item samplers and practice tests for grades three through nine are available on the assessment Web site at Samplers.html.

For information on the Space-Explorers Web site, practice tests for state testing, or the Accelerated Reader Program, call your adviser at 714-8880.

For information, upcoming events and the schools online forum, visit

Cook Inlet Academy

The fourth-graders participated in a marble contest/science lesson to see how long they could keep a marble in motion. The students worked in teams using newspaper, tape and brain power to design the marble mazes. The winning time was 12 seconds. The staff would like to congratulate the students for their creative thinking skills.

Students of the Week are Meijan Leaf, Jacob Boudreaux, Riley Thompson, Charlie Ross, Owen Phillips, Kelsie Leaf, Tiana McGahan, Larry Cutsforth, Angie Uchtman, Kristen May, Kendra Brush, Anna Nisler and Hannah Selden.

The high school ski trip to Alyeska is Thursday. Call the office for more information.

Parent-teacher conferences are Thursday and Friday. Parents are asked to use this time to visit lost and found. Any remaining items after the conferences will be donated to The Salvation Army.

The winter banquet for secondary students is at 6 p.m. Friday at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska. The theme is black and white movies.

The varsity basketball teams have home games Monday with Yakutat and Tuesday with Skyview.

The school speech meet is Feb. 15 for grades one through eight.

There is no school on Friday.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The book fair is open. It has a wide selection of books and gifts. It will be open through conferences with the last day being Tuesday.

Parent -teacher conferences are Thursday and Friday. Call the office if you need a reminder of your scheduled day and time. There is no school on those days. Baby-sitting is provided.

Mrs. Romberg is teaching German to Mrs. Knudsen’s class. She will work with Mrs. Lafferty’s class next quarter.

Mrs. Knudsen’s and Mrs. Lafferty’s students are continuing to check out the weather and volcanic activity. They monitor the seismograph readings on the Internet.

Monday morning, students have the opportunity to attend a production by the Alaska Junior Theater. “PHONK!” will be performed by Scrap Arts Music. Students will be transported by bus to Kenai Central High School. There is no admission charge.

The APC will meet at 4 p.m. Monday in the library.

The teddy bear parade is Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. Parents are welcome to watch. Coffee and cookies will be served at 1:30 p.m.

PTA will meet Feb. 23 at 3:45 p.m. in the library.

There is an artist reception Feb. 24 from 2 to 5 p.m. for artist Ann Wilson. The new ceramic murals that students have been working on are available for viewing.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The school will be represented in the third and fourth grade Battle of the Books by Austin Laber, Jacob Worsfold, Jamie Bagley and alternate Matthew Bullerdick.

The first-grade students continue their transportation unit by researching ferries.

Mr. Daniels fourth-grade students created units of linear measurement, calling them papermeter, clipometer and largometer. They found that Mrs. Reynolds is 62 papermeters tall.

The class would like to thank Bradley, Eden and Delaney for taking the big measurements.

Mr. Houglum and the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders are rehearsing for the musical “Annie”, which will be held at Soldotna High School Feb. 23 at 7 p.m.

Family movie night begins at 6:30 today in the gym. The admission is free. Popcorn and drinks will be available for $1.

The Title I parent meeting will be at 2:45 p.m. Thursday in Mrs. Worsfold’s room.

The site council meeting will be at 3 p.m. Monday at the school.

The PTA will meet Tuesday after school. Free baby-sitting is provided. The topics will be activities, Teacher Appreciation Week and new officer elections.

Kenai Central High

Today is Job Shadow Day. Juniors need to report to the cafeteria instead of first period class. Business and community people involved with the activity need to report to the cafeteria by 7:30 am.

Parent-teacher conferences are Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. in the auditorium commons. Parents are asked to plan on stopping by and talking with your student’s teachers.

Feb. 15 will be the January student of the month luncheon in the library. All guests are to check in at the office before reporting to the library.

Activities for the week:

· Thursday — varsity boys and girls basketball at Barrow and State hockey at Fairbanks;

· Friday — varsity boys and girls basketball at Barrow, girls junior varsity basketball at Nikiski at 4:30 p.m., State hockey at Fairbanks and ski regions at Homer;

· Saturday — varsity boys and girls basketball at Barrow, boys and girls C team and junior varsity basketball at Homer, state hockey at Fairbanks; ski regions at Homer and wrestling banquet in the cafeteria at 7 p.m.; and

· Tuesday — C team boys basketball at Skyview at 3 p.m.

Kenai Middle

Congratulations to Alice Han, Brad Bible and Russell Dukowitz for making the Battle of the Books competition team. Briana King is the alternate.

The Sparring Team members are Morgan Wensley, Alicia O’Brien, Liberty Rohn, Briana King and Melanie Wortham. The second edition of the school newsletter is available at the office.

The school will send in the yearbook order March 5. If want to reserve a yearbook, make sure you get your payment in before spring break.

Conferences will be Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. only. This will be arena-style conferences where tables are set up and parents rotate through. There are no conferences Friday.

Report cards were sent out last week. If you did not receive one, call the office at 283-4896 to verify your address.

Congratulations to the following students for winning the Character Counts! pizza drawing: Amber Bundy and Heidi Herrmann.

Michael Hughes won the box top drawing last week. He received a coupon to spend at the school store.

Dates to remember:

· Today — dance for seventh- and eighth-graders from 6 to 8 p.m.;

· Tuesday — volleyball A at KMS at 3 p.m.;

· Feb. 15 — volleyball B at Soldotna Middle; and

· Feb. 16 — site council at 5:30 p.m. in the library.

Kenai Montessori

The students are studying the continent of South America this month. They will cover topics including the people, language, customs and rainforest biome.

Book drive update — 300 books have been collected so far.

The kindergarten open house will be Feb. 23 at 6 p.m.

For more information about the school, call 283-0424 or visit

Kenaitze Cuya Qyutanen Head Start

The Whales and Salmon class have been learning about penguins.

There will be a pajama party for Valentine’s Day on Friday. the children’s teddy bears are welcome. The children are going to make valentines for people to show how much they care about them.

The Raven and Eagle class have been making valentine crafts and treats. The little “birds” will have a teddy bear tea party with some of the tribal elders on Valentine’s Day. The children earned an ice cream party for filling the “warm fuzzy” jar.

The Moose and Bear class have been doing projects around the color pink, heart projects and learning the letters “U,” “L” and “V.” The Calves and Cubs have been experimenting with crayon rubbings. The children also have been using different techniques in painting and listening to nonfiction literature.

Mountain View Elementary

The Student of the Month lunch is today at 11:35 a.m.

The book fair will opens Thursday during conferences. Students will have a chance to shop during library time. The fair also will be open Thursday evening from 6 to 7:30 during the Love of Reading Night.

Congratulations to students on third- and fourth-grade Battle of the Books team. The members are Courtney Stroh, Josie Jones, Hanah Hoff, Ali Jones and Caitlin Steinbeck. Their coaches are Mrs. Legg, Mrs. Heath and Mr. Knudsen.

The school would like to thank families for saving cans and asks for continued support. The school has hauled in several pounds — couple truck loads so far. The winnings will be used for things that benefit the students.

Nikiski Middle-High School

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

Congratulations to Raymond Batt for winning a silver medal in the Native Olympics wrist carry competition. Raymond was carried a total of 152 feet. He has been competing in the Native games since 2003 and said he enjoys participating in the one-foot high kick, Eskimo stick pull, toe kick, leg pull and the scissor broad jump.

Thanks to spelling bee participants Tanner Thompson,Thomas Pilatti, Sam McClure, Michael Davis, Caty Reid, Jayden Tumbaga,Shanda Chenault, Tyler Mabrey, Madeline Knoll, Kylee Bartlett and Alina Eldredge.

Kylee Bartlett will go to state bee to represent the school. Caty Reid is the alternate.

Dates to remember:

· Friday — boys and girls varsity state hockey at Fairbanks, boys and girls varsity regions skiing at Homer at 4:30 p.m. and girls junior varsity basketball against Kenai High School; and

· Saturday — boys and girls varsity state hockey at Fairbanks, boys and girls varsity regions skiing at Homer at 1:30 p.m., boys junior varsity basketball against Seward High School at noon, girls junior varsity basketball against Seward at 3 p.m., girls varsity basketball against Seward at 4:30 p.m. and boys varsity basketball against Seward, call the school for time.

Redoubt Elementary

Conferences are Thursday and Friday. Parents should call their child’s teacher if they have not scheduled a conference.

The schoolwide reading challenge continues through Feb. 28. Classroom prizes will include a pizza party. Students are reminded to turn in their reading forms.

Sixth-grade parents are asked to give permission for their children to participate in the district prevention needs assessment. Copies of the survey may be viewed in Mr. Pothast’s office.

The school would like to congratulate the following students: Spelling bee winner Sydney Goggia and runners-up, Taylor Legg and Kristin Nagle; third- and fourth-grade Battle of the Books team members, Genevieve Gallagher, Patrick McVee, Xochi Harbison, Nicholas Truesdell and Ali Dusek; Elks essay contest winner, Savannah Anchinges and Claire Gabler who took placed third.

Spring break is March 3 through 10 . In addition, students will go home early March 2 at 1:18 p.m. There will be a delayed start time March 13 at 10:50 a.m.

2005 - 06 yearbooks are on sale for $18 and will arrive in May.

The lost and found will be emptied Monday. Parents and students are encouraged to check for missing items.

eScrip is a way to help the school raise funds. Parents and others interested can register online at Call the school office for more information.

Sears Elementary

In Ms. Ralston’s classroom the students created chalk pictures using a variety of different techniques to go with the book “White Bear, Ice Bear,” written by the author Joanne Ryder. The students are working on reading for understanding, fluency and retelling the stories. They read to a learning partner. The students also created a variety of different snowflakes that will be used for the opening ceremonies in the Arctic Winter Games.

The mural is in the process of being fired and volunteers are needed to help with moving and assembling the mural. Thank you to artist in residence Ann Wilson for her creativity and hard work.

The book fair will be held during conferences Thursday and Friday.

Sears will attend the Scrap Arts Music production of “PHONK!” Students will be bussed to Kenai Central High School Monday at 10 a.m. There is no charge for students.

Tuesday will be the teddy bear parade at 2:30 p.m. Students area asked to bring a teddy bear or a favorite stuffed animal. There will be a parent reception in the library with refreshments before the parade from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Soldotna High

Parent-teacher conferences are Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m. in the commons and gym.

PTSA will be Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the staff lunch room.

This is National School Counseling Week. The week is to recognize the role of school counselors in the lives of Alaska’s children. This year’s theme is School Counselors: Changing Lives, Building Futures.

Alaska’s College Goal Sunday event will take place at Kenai Peninsula College at 2 p.m. in Room 101 of the Ward Building. The event provides free assistance with completing applications for college aid to students and their families. For more information, call 262-0331.

Yearbooks area available for $55. The deadline for personalization requests and orders is Feb. 17. After that, yearbooks are subject to availability on a wait list basis only. Senior ad space is available.

Thank you to Mrs. Ingraham for volunteering Wednesdays in the library. The library needs lunch time volunteers the other four days of the week. Call Mrs. Dallman or Mrs. Hibpshman at 260-7036 for complete information.

The following scholarship opportunities are available for seniors during March: Ayn Rand Essay Contest; Colorado State University; Kenai River Sportsfishing, renewable full tuition; National Alliance for Scholastic Achievement; NFIB Free Enterprise; and UAF RAHI Program (11th and 12th grade), all expenses paid. Individuals interested in applying for or learning more about these scholarship opportunities should call Mrs. Treider in the counseling office.

Soldotna Elementary

The staff thanks the fifth-grade parents for getting their students to school and for the Terra Nova testing.

Emily Philbert won a T-shirt for her help to another student. Each week, a student is honored for a kind deed to another student.

A display in the foyer by sixth-grade students is available for viewing. They created three-dimensional displays of the animals with their animal research papers.

Parent-teacher conferences are this week. Check with the office if you need the day and time.

Primary teachers are available to explain about the literacy learning centers that are helping students in grades kindergarten through three with reading and reading readiness.

Soldotna Middle

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Mr. Burns’ aviation classes used Styrofoam meat trays to construct gliders. The gliders were used to investigate the four forces of flight and concepts like center of gravity. Students also experimented with moveable control surfaces to observe how airplanes are able to maneuver.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held Thursday from noon to 4 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m.

The after-school tutoring program has begun. The school would like to thank Mr. Gustkey, Ms. Church, Mrs. Wyatt and Ms. Roemhildt, the after school facilitators, for their expertise and time.

Seventh-grade Terra Nova testing is complete.

Library news — Read a book and be a winner, the library holds a monthly drawing. Entry forms are in the library and need filled out for every book read.

Each month the library will draw names for a Blockbuster cards. January winners were Theo Eppler, William Granger, Skyler Laber and Sean Dean.

The staff would like to thank the PTSA for supplying snacks and water for the seventh grade during testing last week.

Fortnightly will be Feb. 17 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Soldotna Montessori

Orientation meeting on enrolling in the school’s lottery and learning more about Montessori education will be held from 5:30 to 6 p.m. Feb. 22 or March 1 at the school. Private orientations also may be arranged by calling 260-9221.

Applications for new students may be completed in person at the school office until 4 p.m. March 15. Applications received after that deadline will be placed on the waiting.

The Imaginarium Family Night found parents, siblings and students participating in activities offered by the Imaginarium, which included science experiments and mini-tours through the Starlab Portable Planetarium.

Mrs. Romatz’s class is in the process of collecting old gadgets, gizmos, clocks or small appliances for their upcoming unit in inventions. Students will take these apart and investigate how they are constructed in preparation for inventing devices of their own. Gadget donations may be delivered to the office.

Orders for the kindergarten brownie fundraiser are due today with payment. Brownie mixes will be available for pick up from the office today or sent home with your child. Funds will support the kindergarten beach field excursion in the spring.

Sterling Elementary

Parent-teacher conferences will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today and all day Thursday. If you need to reschedule your conference, call the office at 262-4944.

Good luck to Battle of the Books team for grades five and six, Bud Sparks, Katie Clonan and Denali Goodwill, and alternates Ruscia-lea Colton and Caitlin Forbes.

The next Reading Is Fundamental book distribution will be Feb. 17. The program provides every child with free books to take home yearly.

The School Bus to Space will arrive at the school Feb. 20 and will remain “docked” at the school through the week. Activities are primarily for students in grades four through six, however, students in grades kindergarten through three will have a day where they can use the program, too.

PTA will meet Feb. 23 at 4 p.m.

A talent show will be held Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. in the gym. Talent show acts will audition with Mr. Audette next week.

The Ocean Explorers Club will have a final meeting followed by a dinner Feb. 27 after school.

The school forensics meet will be held Feb. 28. This meet is for students in grades four though six. See your child’s classroom teacher or Ms. Hoffman for more information.

Sterling Head Start

The theme this week was music. The children in both the morning and afternon classrooms made and played instruments. The kids had the special music presentation by Miss. Laura, who played the violin for them.

Thanks you to Mr. Glen (Jordans grandfather) who brought in homemade pizza for the children and staff. Thank you to the parents who participated in Head Start mealtimes this week.

Tustumena Elementary

The school’s kindergarten through sixth-grade students will travel to Kenai Central High School on Monday for the Alaska Jr. Theatre Production of “PHONK” by Scrap Arts Music. The school thanks its PTO for funding travel costs for this event.

Mr. Audette is coordinating a talent show for 2 p.m. Feb. 17. Auditions for the show will be held during music classes. Parents of those students that have been selected will be notified.

Mr. Chase will conduct a survey of students in grades four through six during their gym classes to assess student interest in cocurricular, intramural, and interscholastic activities. The district is required to conduct this survey every three years to be in compliance with state law and Title IX.

Parent-teacher conferences are on Thursday and Friday. Parents are reminded to call the school if they have not as yet confirmed their conference appointments.

Wings Christian Academy

Jimi Gray won the office of the week for the Learning Center.

Brandon Saunders moved to the 1,000’s club.

The mystery person clue last week was, “ I was born in Poland, but Paris was my home. Pierre was my partner.” And this week’s clue is: “Our work had nothing to do with communication, but it did involve radioactivity.” Call 283-9361 and ask for Melissa Newton if you think that you have the answer.

On Friday and Saturday, the Eagles have an away game to Wasilla Lake.

Kindergartners are learning to add with numbers up to six and are learning about Japan in social studies.

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