District School News

Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2002

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

PTA will meet Tuesday at 2:45 p.m.

The site council will meet Feb. 25 at 2:45 p.m.

Mrs. Murphy has a class Web page at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/kbeach/staff/murphy/.

Both Battle of the Books teams did well. Unocal supported participants, and each will receive a Battle of the Books T-shirt and certificate. Nan Misner's hard work made this possible.

The school forensics competition is today. Winners will go to district competition in March. The winners also will showcase their talents for the school Feb. 25.

Classroom volunteers are needed to help out with the Artist in Residence. If you can help, contact your child's teacher.

Mrs. Murphy's fifth- and sixth-grade class competed in a Super Bowl Read-A-Thon contest. The Spunky Monkeys read the most and won pins, certificates and sweet treats. Mercedies Piersee, Jonathon Loveall, Christopher McCown and Ashley Owen were the team. MVP awards went to Tanner Abendroth, Josh Partridge, Sean Holladay, Mercedies Piersee and Daniel Evans.

Mr. Daniels' and Ms. Tyler's class are doing sound machines in class. Each student is creating something that makes noise.

The third annual first grade transportation parade was Monday. Students researched a mode of transportation and built models at home. They have rockets, tanks, airplanes, convertibles and more. Students will be in the St. Patrick's Day Parade March 17 in Soldotna.

Mountain View Elementary

Congratulations to Students of the Month for January. Third grade: Kendall Soares, Ben Gilman, Richie Ziehmer, Catherine Johnson and Michael Wallace. Fourth grade: Dante Diaz, Miranda Rizzo, Sammy Hull, Jackie Keetah and Jen Kohler. Fifth grade: Rachel Tyson, Rachael Hall, Wesley Bushnell, Kiy'a Wilshusen and Kaylee Grant. Congratulations to Brittany Kiser and Molly Watkins, band students.

Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Springer-Hann enjoy teaching their after-school dance class to fourth- and fifth-grade girls. The girls will show off what they have learned in a performance today at 4 p.m. in the gym.

The Mountain View fifth-grade team competed Feb. 5 in Battle of the Books. Team members were Molly Watkins, Catherine Hoisington, Kristi Louthan and Jillian Corr, alternate. Out of 48 questions, they answered 44 correctly. Unfortunately, four other district schools managed to get 47 correct. Mrs. Keating, team coach, is proud of the hard work they put in for practicing daily to prepare. She also wants to thank the practice team of Gabe Haunold, Amanda Duniphin, Kiy'a Wilshusen and Stacy Edgmon for being faithful for all the practices.

Nikiski Elementary

Schedules for parent-teacher conferences were sent home. If you cannot attend the scheduled time, contact your teacher to reschedule.

Education funding is the No. 1 priority for Alaska's children and our future. Do your part by contacting legislators and talking to your friends and neighbors.

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

February is Love of Reading Month. Take a few minutes each day to sit and read with your children.

The site-based council will meet Feb. 21 in the library.

The school forensics competition will be Feb. 22. Fourth- through sixth-grade students will perform spoken pieces in the following categories: humorous and nonhumorous poetry, humorous and nonhumorous prose, storytelling and interpretive reading. School winners will compete in the borough competition March 9 at Soldotna High School. In addition, school winners will present their pieces in a schoolwide assembly March 1 at 11 a.m. For more information, see your classroom teacher or Mrs. Kendall.

Time is running out to get those box tops in for the education program. Bring them to the office by Friday.

All computers are sold or reserved. Pick-up dates are today from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. and Thursday from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m.

North Star Elementary

The spelling bee is today at 1:30 p.m. in the gym.

North Star Elementary's cross-country ski club began last week. Students ski Mondays and Wednesdays around the North Star area. Students interested in joining or adults interested in volunteering should see Mr. Anderson.

Shanda Chenault, Tasha Thompson, Whitney Doty, Sam Taylor, Bob Seater and Adrian Currasco recently competed in the annual Elks Hoop Shoot. They won their age group at North Star and represented the school during the competition. Shanda placed second in her age group, and Tasha was third. Whitney took third, Bob won his age group, and Adrian was in a shoot-out for fourth.

The third- and fourth-grade Battle of the Books team did an excellent job Feb. 4. Members included Cassie Johnson, Madeline Knoll and Morgan Olson, with Megan Hansen as the alternate. The fifth- and sixth-grade team scored so high it made it to the final round. After both teams posted perfect scores in the battle, Chapman went on to win the second tie-breaker question. Tristin Rutherford, Jennifer Nickel, Tasha Thompson and alternate Elisha Chenault placed second in the district. Others who participated in were Cheyenne Grant, Shelbie Locher, Karl Buchholz, Sky Gabel, Travis Hamilton, Stefan Krogseng, Samuel McClure, Ashley Diamond and Cassie Kendall.

There will be a book fair this week in the North Star library.

Redoubt Elementary

The book fair will be open throughout parent-teacher conferences Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Love of Reading activities continue. James Welker, Angela Arp and Mr. Gossard were "caught" reading by Mrs. Hale. James and Angela receive free ice cream Friday. Students will decorate classroom doors with favorite book covers.

The school needs parents to help with school forensics Tuesday through Feb. 21. If you can help, call Mrs. Hagen at 262-9006.

After the Bell Clubhouse members are invited to a recreation day at Soldotna Middle School from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. The cost is $5. Get permission slips from Tammy Hanley, clubhouse director, at 262-5412. ATB will be closed Thursday and Friday.

The school's Battle of the Books teams were third- and fourth-graders Hannah Romberg, William McDermid, Katrina Truesdell and Cameron Sinz and fifth- and sixth-graders Ryan Helminski, Rosemary Houglum, Tiffany Aure, Danielle Haselow and Tom Blacklock, second alternate.

The box tops drawing winner was Kelci Benson, and Brandon Bixby won the Campbell's Soup label drawing. The battery recycling drawing winners were Anthony Bunch and Ashlea Simmons.

Congratulations to the boys' volleyball champions, the Cheerleaders, and the girls' champions, the Shoe Laces.

Order your Redoubt yearbook for $20 and purchase your school cookbook for $10.

Sears Elementary

The Teddy Bear Parade is today at 11 a.m. Students may bring teddies or stuffed animal to school today.

The Fun Fest is rescheduled for Feb. 27. More information will go home soon.

Sears has an entrance and an exit. Follow the signs and use the appropriate driveway.

The school staff thanks families who donated gloves, hats and socks to the Christmas drive. Those items are much needed during winter months.

Check your child's backpack each night and dry wet snow clothes. It makes you child more comfortable the next day at recess.

Mrs. Porter's class is working with money in math. Build these skills by asking you child to count your spare change with you.

Miss Ralston's class had a visit from Alaska State Trooper Jesse, who talked about his career. They even got to look inside his patrol car.

Mrs. Anderson's class wrote name and treasure stories. The children shared their special treasure with the class.

Mrs. Sorenson's and Mrs. Atchely's classes are working on their sense of place unit by reading stories about each other's families. They even built their families out of marshmallows, pretzels and gum drops.

Mrs. Jackson's class is beginning a unit called "All About Me." It will explore how to make friends, how to be a friend and qualities of a positive friendship.

Soldotna Elementary

Congratulations to the Battle of the Books students for their great work representing Soldotna Elementary. Jamie Sinclair, Brandon Phipps, Kahlia McDermott Johnson and Elora Hammer represented the fifth and sixth grades. Christina Tachick, Angela Ramponi, Amanda Dillon and Teslin Hughes battled for the third and fourth grades. These students read a long list of books and were ready to answer questions about their reading.

Fifty-six parents and students came together to relax and read during Family Reading Night with pajamas, pillows and good books. PTA president Lauri Lingafelt was a guest reader and shared "The Resting Place" with everyone.

Miss Kim's and Miss Kathy's preschool class at Soldotna Elementary finished a unit on Alaska animals. They learned about many animals that live in the state. After making animal footprints, the children visited the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge in Soldotna, where Ms. Nicole hosted a movie on Alaska's coolest animals. The school thanks Ms. Nicole for a wonderful field trip.

The fun buck winners for this week were Tyler Morgan, Hunter Goff, Devin Hutchings, John Wynkoop, John Gomez, Logan Showalter, Dustin Poppin and Raven Cervantes.

Sterling Elementary

Congratulations to the following Students of the Month for January: William Sinclair from Mrs. Harrison's class; Levi Barsis, Mr. Shapley; Sean Dean, Ms. DeVolld and Mrs. Lawrence; Shana Powell, Ms. Dierick; Sydney Smith, Ms. Wimmer; Sierra Conner, Mr. Wheat; Brian Willis, Mr. McCard; and Daniel Geller, Ms. Hoffman.

Kevin Garske won second place in the state for the Fish and Game Regulation Book Cover Contest out of more than 500 entries statewide. You can see Kevin's picture displayed at the Alaska Sportsman's Show in Anchorage in April.

Sterling Elementary recognize the students with perfect attendance for the second quarter: Sara Daigle, Dustin Dean, Maranda Merkes, Kyle Shassetz, Megan Parham, Nanette Daigle, Haili Hoeldt, Shana Powell, Jasmine Clock, Keegan Eshleman, Derrick Parham, Katherine Quelland, Andrew Shassetz, Nicole Collet, Matt Grubb, Steven Burlison, Shea Murphy and Michelle Quelland.

Mark you calendar for a fun art evening with your child Feb. 28 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. There will be several art projects you can make into professionally reproduced full color products. Money raised will buy new art supplies for the school.

Tustumena Elementary

Contact your student's teacher to confirm or discuss your parent-teacher conference time. Conferences are essential to ensure your child is receiving the most appropriate education.

PTO will meet Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Forensics for fourth through sixth grades will be Feb. 21.

If anyone has special school event photos that might be printed in the yearbook, contact Shellie Worsfold, chair of the memory book. For more information, call 262-4844.

February is National Heart Month. Mr. Chase's kindergarten through sixth-grade physical education classes are seeking pledges on a voluntary basis for "Jump Rope for Heart." This is the only community service project Tustumena School participates in each year.

Should a student approach you for pledges for "Jump Rope for Heart," your contribution would be appreciated. Support for this program has been excellent in years past. In the United States, heart disease is still No. 1 on the list of diseases that take the most lives each year.

There was an organizational 4-H meeting Monday with a great turnout. The next meeting will be the first Monday of March in Tustumena's multipurpose room.

Kenai Middle School

It's time to start collecting those crushed aluminum beverage cans. Students who collect 10 pounds and bring them in during the April can drive will be allowed to sign up first for mini courses. Cans will be collected April 2 and 3.

The February newsletter is on the Web page at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/kms/. A hard copy was sent only to people who requested it. Copies also are available at the office.

Conferences will be from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday. If you don't know when your conference is scheduled, call the school at 283-4896.

The school spelling bee will be Tuesday.

Athletes will go to Soldotna Saturday to participate in wrestling, cross-country skiing and volleyball.

The volleyball B team travels to Soldotna Tues-day.

The site council will meet Feb. 21 at 5:30 p.m.

Soldotna Middle School

The Battle of the Books Team took the district's seventh and eighth championship with a score of 637 points out of a possible 640 over five rounds of competition. Representing SMS in its bid for its fifth straight state title are Becky Kilfoyle, Kristina Martin, J. Mohorcich and Marshall Mills, alternate.

For Love of Reading Month, Mr. Gustkey's school-within-a-school class will explore what it is like to not read at all. Thursday they spent four periods going through class work orally with no reading allowed at all.

Kenai Central High School students are visiting health class teaching the PSI program. It encourages teens to postpone sexual involvement and teaches it's OK to say "no."

Reading students went to Redoubt Elementary last week to read to students in kindergarten through third grade. They plan to read together every week.

Mr. Gossard's third-grade class from Redoubt joined middle school students at the Reading Cafe. Students and visitors enjoyed good books while indulging in hot cocoa and cookies. The cafe is open Fridays from 8:40 to 9:20 a.m.; 10:20 to 11 a.m. and 1:20 to 2 p.m. To be a guest reader, contact Virginia Morgan at 262-4344 or at Virginia_Morgan@kpbsd.k12.ak.us.

Parent-teacher conferences are Thursday from noon to 3 and 5 to 8 p.m. Friday they continue from 9 a.m. to noon.


Congratulations to Kristie Hofseth and Andrew Bosela for participating in the Math Counts competition in Anchorage Feb. 2. The competition was open to sixth- through eighth-grade students for both individual and team problem solving.

A student writing intensive workshop is being offered by the Connections staff and is limited to the first 12 students who sign up. The workshop will be Feb. 21, 22, 28 and March 1 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. each day. This 10-hour video class by Andrew Pudewa allows parents and students to follow his instruction on style and structures of writing. The workshop is for grades five through eight. To reserve a spot, e-mail Bill Rolph at Bill@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or call 262-6315.

The Connections office will sponsor a trip to Alyeska Tuesday, weather permitting. This is strictly a recreational get-together, the cost of which must be assumed by Connections parents. Parents will be responsible for transportation, but Connections may be able car pool or secure a school van. If you want to attend, contact Bill.

Interior Distance Education of Alaska

The Alaska State Firefighters Association offers one four-year scholarship to Alaska students each year. Application packets for this scholarship are available at each regional IDEA office and are due March 1.

Chad Sorenson, contact teacher, will conduct a social studies workshop for all grades with the emphasis on grades seven through 12. Bring your favorite social studies curriculum, questions and ideas for an open discussion. The workshops are scheduled for Kenai today from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Kenai IDEA office and in Homer Thursday from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Kachemak Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Shirley Johnsrud, contact teacher-counselor, will lead a workshop on high school planning, parent-designed courses and test-taking skills. The workshop in Kenai will be Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the IDEA office and in Homer Feb. 21 from 2 to 4 p.m.

Alaska Close-Up is a program for high school students to learn about and explore the state's capitol. During the week-long experience, April 7 through 12, students will gain a better understanding of the legislative, judicial and executive branches of government. Those interested in participating should submit an essay to Mary Fowler at wonderfowler@ ideafamilies.org by Thursday.

Kenai Central High School

Mr. Hobart's Principles of Technology class concluded its annual bridge building contest. Bridges must be constructed of flat toothpicks, span a 25-centimeter gap, a minimum of 2.5 centimeters wide and weigh less than 60 grams. Nathan Schmid took first place with a bridge that held 183 pounds. Second place bridges held 123 and 98 pounds, respectively.

Skills USA VICA students will attend the 10th annual Career and Technical Student Organization conference at Kenai Peninsula College March 1 with students and clubs from all over the peninsula. It will include competitions in both leadership events and skill events. KCHS will be represented by 12 students participating in events from job interviews to welding.

All parents interested in helping to plan after-graduation festivities for this year's seniors should come to an organizational meeting Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the teachers' lounge.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

Parent-teacher conferences will be Thursday from 1 to 4 and 5 to 8 p.m. in the commons area. Senior graduation orders from Jostens can be picked up during these times from Ms. Falk.

Ninilchik School

Today is the last chance to buy tickets on the Valentine's Day basket being raffled by the freshmen. Check it out in the front display case.

Parents of elementary students should have received an appointment time for parent-teacher conferences. If you have not, call your child's teacher at 567-3301. Middle and senior high parents can talk with teachers from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. The counselor will discuss the FAFSA program Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in room 215.

The Ninilchik basketball tournament will be Thursday through Saturday, including teams from Seldovia, Bristol Bay and Palmer's JV. The games will start at 3:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 10 a.m. Saturday. The homecoming dance will be after the boy's championship game Saturday evening.

The spelling bee will be Tuesday at 10:45 a.m. in the library.

Feb. 20 is a workshop for parents on how to help children become better writers. Join Dorothy Gray from the school district in the library at 7 p.m.

A University of Alaska Anchorage coaches clinic will be Feb. 22 from 5 to 9 p.m. and the 23 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Forms are available at the office. For more information, contact Bernie Clark.

Skyview High School

Parent-teacher conferences will be Thursday from noon to 6 p.m.

Congratulations to Christine Hayes for receiving a $500 scholarship for the Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Contest. She was one of four students who won at the local level, and her application will go on to state. Other students who submitted applications and will receive $100 scholarships include Angel Hollers, Laura Cooper, Tiffany Helfer and Bethany Thornton.

The region III ski meet will be this weekend at Nikiski.

Soldotna High School

Parent-teacher conferences are today from 4 to 7 p.m. and Thursday from noon to 3 p.m.

Soldotna High School will host the state hockey tournament at the Soldotna Sports Center starting Thursday. The tournament runs through Saturday evening.

The swing choir will host its annual concert Tuesday at 7 p.m. This event raises funds to defray travel expenses for the choir's upcoming performance in southern California. The choir boosters will host a silent auction in the commons prior to the concert. The community is invited to attend the concert and participate in the auction. Tickets for the concert will be available at the door for $5 per person to a maximum of $20 per family.

Yearbooks are on sale for $55. Personalized covers and icons are still available. Today is the last day to order a guaranteed book. After today, no additional orders for yearbooks will be taken, and books only will be available on a wait-list basis. For more information, see Mrs. Bartman.

The Renaissance assembly will be Feb. 20. All students who received all C's or better for their semester grades qualify for Renaissance. Renaissance students will meet in the commons at 2 p.m. for treats and rewards.

Cook Inlet Academy

Mr. Leiter's language class learned about drama by creating it. Students filmed a video of their original works. To prepare, groups of three students chose a topic, formed an outline and wrote a script, which required an introduction, body and conclusion. The finished movies ranged from infomercials to detective stories. So much interest was generated that lots of students want to see films, leading to a modified film festival.

Jake Zufelt's essay placed second from Cook Inlet Academy in the VFW annual youth essay contest.

Janine Ray and Kaitlyn Barkman will compete in Homer at the Alaska Christian Schools Spelling Bee.

The library shelf project continues. To donate shelves or material, contact bees4@pobox.alaska.net.

The lost and found overflows with quality clothing and items. Collect your things before they are donated to charity.

The music program still needs parent helpers to prepare teaching materials.

The Campbell's Soup label contest continues. Eat soup and bring the labels to school.

This year's student council shows strong spiritual and leadership qualities, evidenced by their planning of the retreat. The school thanks Blake Franchino, Miranda Zindel, Vanessa Taylor, Charlotte Hillyer and Catrina Brandon.

The school family sadly mourns the passing of Brian Staton, recent CIA graduate. Brian's spirit and attitude in his struggle was an inspiration to many.

Grace Lutheran School

Grace Lutheran School began the enrollment process for the 2002-03 school year. If you are interested or know someone who is, contact the school minister at 283-9551.

Upper grades at Grace Lutheran are completing a week and a half look at World War I. Children gained an understanding of why the United States went to war and why it began. They also looked at the affects on the United States and the world.

Children in fifth and sixth grade are working on persuasive writings. Seventh- and eighth-graders are working on putting written reports with note cards and outlines together.

Congratulations to Jennifer Werth and Josh Love, who mastered all math facts from one through 10 in subtraction, addition, multiplication and division. In order to compete the testing, they have to complete 100 problems of each kind in three minutes, missing two or less.

Third- and fourth-grade students studied the Grimm brothers' fairy tales and retold them for class. Children now are learning the names of the New Testament books of the Bible from memory.

Kindergartners have gone through all letter sounds of the alphabet, and third- and fourth-grade students are writing two-point paragraphs.

Wings Christian Academy

Wings will be closed Monday in observance of Presidents Day.

The boys' basketball team will play its next two games in Anchorage Friday and Saturday against the Rams at 6 p.m. and Cornerstone in Palmer Saturday at a time to be announced later.

Wings is going to do a children's musical based on the Book of Proverbs. The play will be called "Camp Wise--up." Students involved are Ali Thompson, Lindsay Thompson, Naomi Pettey, Zach Thompson, Kelsey Jose, Megan Ruffridge, Sierra Burger, Melissa Newton, Julianne Pettey, Brandon Ruffridge, Marcia Dutton and Caleb Burger. Practice started for main characters Feb. 5. Rehearsals for other parts will be announced. Parents, help your children to study and memorize their lines.

The cleanest desk of the week awards go to Lindsay Thompson and Melissa Newton.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool

Last week, preschoolers started a unit on health. They put together a book that included the importance of hand washing, using tissues, brushing their teeth and healthy food choices.

Preschoolers also learned about germs and how they can make us sick. Students created germs from art materials. Kylie Hanson made a cavity germ that had yellow, green and blue teeth.

This week preschoolers will learn about the heart and exercise. Students will exchange valentines and send one to their families through the mail.

Kenai Cooperative's See's candy fund-raiser has begun. The preschool has toffee, almond and milk chocolate candy bars available for $1 each.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

This week's helpers are Connor, Jennaka, Savannah and Jrew.

Friendship will be the focus this week in Miss Chris' class. Activities related to Valentine's Day will be a part of the study. Each class will have its own party.

Miss Wilma's class will study volcanoes. Students will learn about what causes a volcano and their different aspects. Books about them will be available in the library center.

To have information published in Schools, 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.

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