Peninsula Clarion - Schools

Posted: Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Safety poster contest under way

The Soldotna Safety Day Committee is holding a poster contest for students ages 6 through 18. Monetary awards will be given in several categories and the winning poster will be used as the official Soldotna Safety Day 2007 poster.

Students may pick up a copy of the official rules from the city of Soldotna office, your local Schools or the Soldotna State Farm office. Deadline to enter is March 1.

Entries must be mailed or hand delivered to Soldotna State Farm 35202 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite 1, Soldotna AK 99669. For more information call 907-262-4440.

Screenings for infants, preschoolers offered

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Childfind Program and Frontier Community Services Early Intervention will offer free screenings for children newborn through 5 years of age on March 2 at the Kenai Public Health Center in Kenai. Screenings include infant and toddler development, motor skills, speech, early learning concepts, vision and hearing. Children are seen by appointment only. To make an appointment, call Renie at 714-6647.

Aurora Borealis Charter

Mr. Severson’s fourth-graders have been working on wintertime poetry. Cinquains, Haikus, and shape poems about wintertime fun and beauty have been created. They are on display on the class bulletin board.

Last Saturday, junior high students Colton Anderson, Kai Risung, Michael Flores, Hannah Coffman, Delissa Severson, Allie McGahan, Abby Chadwick and Megan Gordon went to Anchorage for the Math Counts competition.

This is Spirit Week. Monday was Tie/Bow Tie Day; Tuesday was Camouflage Day; today is Valentine Color Day; Thursday will be Funky Sock Day; and Friday will be Western Day.

Enrollment applications for the 2007-08 school year must be delivered in person to the school’s office no later then 3 p.m. March 6. Siblings who are entering kindergarten next year need to sign up for the lottery. Parents are reminded if their child currently has a lottery number, they will not need to go through another lottery. If you no longer want to be on the waiting list or have had a change of telephone numbers, notify the school office.

Connections Home-school

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

High school students are invited to attend a workshop at the 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. She can also provide career exploration materials available online for students to look at, as well, as interest assessments, resume and interviewing tips and classes and information about labor exchange system. Space is limited. Call 714-8880 to sign up.

Book Club orders for February are due Feb. 28. New specials flyers for spring reading have arrived and are available in the office to pick up. Parents are reminded that they can order online the top five book clubs with a credit card payment. All other club orders need to be brought to the office with a check made to Scholastic Books.

The school would like to congratulate to Battle of the Books teams: third- and fourth-grade team, Ellery Steffensen, William Lynch and Paul Steffensen, first place; fifth- and sixth-grade team, Hope Steffensen, Emily Lynch and Brenden Baalke, first place; and seventh- and eighth-grade team, Claire-Elise Baalke, Gabrielle Bragg and Christian Carrico, fourth place.

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the Week: Mega Fenton, for Bible memorization work; Cole Stubblefield for being a great helper; Adam Uchtman for having a great attitude; Robert Walsh for being an awesome friend; Jamie Fenton for creative writing; Owen Winfrey for being a great friend; Madison Orth for being a great silent reader; Hannah Selden for doing a great job on vacation homework; Ryan Sholin for having great economics ideas and discussion; Mitchel Daugherty for doing good work on classroom assignments; and Tyler Fenton for awesome writing. These awards are given in Wednesday morning chapel. All are welcome to come and participate.

Upcoming events:

Friday — ACSI Spelling Bee in Wasilla; CIA Speech Meet will be held during school; Basketball at Lumen Christi.

Visit the on-line school calendar at

Grace Lutheran School

The school focused on the story of Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead this past week.

On Feb. 5, the preschool and kindergarten classes sang and danced to songs, the first- through fourth-graders sang “Do-Re-Mi” and the fifth- through eighth-graders put on a play.

The first through third grade have been studying Alaska the past few weeks. The children have labeled mountain ranges, peninsulas, islands, plateaus, and bodies of water on their personal maps. They also have been studying earthquakes and tsunamis.

The kindergarten and first-grade classes have been playing with a parachute during physical education.

The school will have a booth at the Reading Fair on Saturday. Volunteers will run the booth and pass out free items.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The Teddy Bear Parade is today at Sears at 11:15 a.m. Students can bring their favorite teddy bear or other stuffed animal to school. Parents are welcome to come watch the parade.

Mrs. Shelden’s and Mrs. Stroh’s students will celebrate Valentine’s Day today with ice skating at the Sports Center.

Mrs. Bryson’s class invites you to attend a “Wintry Night” program Thursday night at 6:30. The kindergartners are excited to share poems and stories with you.

All of the students will be bused to KCHS Friday afternoon for a performance by the Alaska Junior Theater.

Please return the Enrollment Questionnaire by Friday. This information will help with projections and the lottery for next year.

Yearbook pre-orders are due this Friday. Reserve your copy of the yearbook for only $15. Lovelines and business ads are also available.

Saturday is the Peninsula Reading Carnival from noon to 4 p.m. at Soldotna High School. Kaleidoscope will have a Homemade Play-Dough booth. If you are making play-dough, please bring it to school by this afternoon. If you would like to volunteer in the booth, please call the office to sign up.

The next Family Fun Night is Bingo for Books on Tuesday at 6:30. If you have any new or gently used books you would like to donate for preschoolers through adults, they can be dropped off at the office.

School tours are now available for anyone interested in enrolling in Kaleidoscope. They are offered every Monday morning through March 5, from 9:45 to 10:30. The deadline to submit an application for enrollment for next fall is March 6. If a lottery is necessary, it will be held March 30.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Mr. Daniels’ class is doing February Love-of-Reading month. They are also taking part in the forensics competition. Every kid has his or her own part in a play or poem. In science they are studying about the planet Mars. They are also studying the region of the Middle West in Social Studies. This week’s news was contributed by Jace Baker.

Fourth-graders Zoe Zorn, Annie Worsfold, Jordan Theisen and Andi Reilly and third-grader Rebekah Keener made up the third- and fourth-grade Battle of the Books Team this year. Last Friday, the first battle was against Moose Pass with the team earning 72 points. The second battle was against Soldotna Elementary with the team earning 80 points. The final battle was against Connections with the team taking 72 points. There were 20 teams competing in the district. The K-Beach kids tied for eighth place and only lost to the top teams.

Mr. Faris and Mrs. Worsfold want to thank their team for their great dedication and super job.

Mrs. Chambers would like to thank her fifth-grade class presidents: Dakota Bittick for last week, and Megan Bear for this week. They really worked hard helping our class run smoothly, as well as acting as peer tutors in Mrs. Young’s second-grade class. Today, the class is having a read-in and Pajama Day. Their class forensics competition will be held after lunch, which will help them decide who to send to the school competition, and ultimately to the Borough Forensics Meet. Parents are welcome at both the class competition and the school competition.

Upcoming events:

Friday, 6 p.m. at the school — “Take Your Family on a Date” Night, sponsored by 21st Century Grant. Sub sandwiches will be provided. Families are asked to bring their favorite group board game, and double the fun by inviting others to play along.

Kenai Central High

The January Student of the Month luncheon will be held at 11:53 a.m. Thursday in the library. Guests need to check in at the office before heading to the library.

The Alaska Junior Theatre will perform two shows Friday in the auditorium at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

On Saturday, there will be an open house for the work force development program. The open house will be in the vocational building on Lawton Street behind the high school. For more information, call Alan Fields at 283-7524.

On Tuesday, the districtwide VICA/Skills USA competition will be held at the school.

The site council will meet Tuesday at 5 p.m. in the faculty lounge. For more information or to have an item placed on the agenda, call Jim Beeson at 283-7524.

Schedules for activities at the school are available at

Dates to remember:

n Thursday — Boys and Girls junior varsity and varsity basketball vs Homer, junior varsity boys at Kenai Rec Center at 3:30 p.m. and junior varsity girls at the school at 3:30 p.m. with varsity girls and boys to follow;

n Saturday — boys and girls C team, junior varsity and varsity basketball vs Skyview High School at 10 a.m.

Kenai Middle

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.

The school would like to thank everyone who helped with the wrestling meet last Saturday.

The school would like to recognize the hard work of its volleyball teams: A team for having a wonderful game last week and B team in its first game against Ninilchik. The school said they played hard, but came up just a bit short.

The deadline to order yearbooks is March 15. The cost is $25.

The school is the district champions in the Battle of the Books for the seventh- and eighth-grade level. In the semifinal competition round the school won against Moose Pass and Connections to battle Soldotna Middle School in the finals. The school won the final battle with a score of 80 points over Soldotna’s 64 points. The team members were Liberty Rohn, Alicia O’Brien, Alice Han, Russell Dukowitz, Briana King, Faren Calix and Jessie Garrett. Shannon West and Karla Barkman coached the team and the parent volunteers were Sue Dukowitz and Jessica O’Brien.

Dates to remember:

n Thursday — site council meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the library;

n Friday — Club schedule; volleyball at 3 p.m. and volleyball “B” at 5:30 p.m.;

n Saturday — cross-crountry skiing at Nikiski at noon and wrestling at SMS at 9 a.m.;

n Tuesday — Keep Teens Safe meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the library.

Kenaitze Head Start

The Salmon and Whale class will be taking their first swimming field trip on Feb. 22 to the Nikiski Pool. Parent volunteers are encouraged to attend to make this trip possible. On Valentine’s Day the entire school will be wearing their pajamas to school with a party following lunch. All parents are invited to come. We are also studying health and nutrition this month.

The Raven and Eagle class will be targeting the letter L this week. The children will be doing lemon and lime prints, lacing around the letter L and making a pink collage. The children will be studying lady bugs and making love bugs too. As the children work with play-dough, gak, cornstarch and water along with practicing their cutting the children are working on their fine motor skills.

The Moose and Bear class had an awesome day at the Alumni Reunion participating in all the fun activities at the Challenger Learning Center. Many families and volunteers joined us for a great day. Thanks to everyone who helped!

There is still room for more students in both the K-2 After-School class and the Pre-School group. Please call Charmaine at 283-7348 for information.

Mountain View

The third- and fourth-grade Battle of the Books team of Hetta Quade, Tabitha Garrett, Joanne Glaves, Jayton Rizzo, Hannah Nusbaum and Hunter Bevins and coach Mr. Knudsen would like to thank Mary Estes, Lara Ross and Mrs. Glaves for their help during the battles.

Mrs. Keating’s fifth-graders will go to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Friday for the Wildlife in Winter field trip. They will learn about animal adaptations and snowshoe. They also are preparing Power Point presentations on the planets and practicing their pieces for forensics.

Fifth-grade forensics will be held Tuesday, fourth-grade forensics will be held Feb. 21 and third-grade forensics will be held Feb. 22.

Spring Pictures will be taken Tuesday. Flyers will be sent home to parents in Tuesday packets.

Mrs. Stephens’ class will go to the Kenai Central High School pool from 12:45 to 2:45 p.m. Thursday.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

The school would like to congratulate students who participated as classroom representatives in the school geography bee on Jan. 10, Greg Brown, Seth Carstens, Sherrie Murray, Daniel Ribbens, Annaleah Ernst, Ashley Perry and Ian Eide. The top three finishers in the school bee were: Jesse Ross, third place; Hannah Halliday, second place; and Brady Malston, first place.

Students and staff would like to congratulate Dylan Broussard and Jamie Ward for being selected as Students of the Month for December and January for Character Counts!

The school will host Artist in the School, Margret Hugi-Lewis, through March 2. In addition to the classes Hugi-Lewis will teach for the fourth through sixth grades, she also will offer after school workshops Mondays through Thursdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. beginning Thursday. Parents and community members are welcome. Registration forms are available at the office.

Nikiski Middle-High

Lucas Peless has been chosen as this month’s Golden Apple recipient. Lucas was chosen because he comes to work each day with a cheery, upbeat attitude. He is always willing to take on new responsibilities even after many of colleagues have told him to “Just Say No!” However, “NO” is not in his vocabulary. Lucas is a stable, positive role model to students who may not have one in their own homes. Not only does Mr. Peless teach our students Language Arts, he also teaches them about respect, dignity and self-worth — valuable qualities that are not measurable on a standardized test. Congratulations Mr. Peless.

Dates to Note:

Friday — Basketball vs Grace Christian, 3 p.m.;

Saturday — Boys Basketball vs Heritage Christian, noon;

Tuesday — JV Boys Basketball vs CIA, 6 p.m.


Our school would like to thank everyone who helped make our Ninilchik Invitational tourney a big success.

Congratulations to our Homecoming Royal Court — King and Queen: Danny Roderick and Krista Leman; Senior prince and princess: Brandon Nobles and Jen Erickson; Junior prince and princess: Austin Vanderford and Tera Schnabl; Sophomore prince and princess: Tyler Sutherland and Grace Ehlers; Freshman prince andprincess: Quinn Bennett and Stormy Walkoff; Junior high prince and princess: Hunter Cooper and Michelle Bartolowits.

On Friday our band will be hosting a carnival fundraiser from 5 to 8. Our basketball teams will be going to Seldovia on Friday. Bristol Bay will be here on Tuesday and to Seward on the Feb. 23.

Redoubt Elementary

Door decorating contest winners were Mr. Tomaso’s sixth-graders, Ms. Hurst’s third-graders and Mrs. Dusek’s second-graders.

School pictures will be Tuesday. Students do not need to bring money on picture day. Proofs will be sent home and parents may purchase photos at that time. Parents may request a particular pose by returning the pose selection form which was sent home with students. If parents do not return a pose form, the photographer will help students select a pose.

Love of Reading month continues with a slumber party read-in in the library Thursday.

Turn Off Your TV Week begins Friday.

Students are working on intramural Trash Ball spirit posters this week. Games begin Monday.

Yearbooks may be ordered for $15 through Feb. 23. The price after that date 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.

The last day to order school shirts is Friday. Order forms are available on the table in front of the office. Shirts will arrive in March.

The Big G Box Tops classroom contest ends Feb. 22. The classroom collecting the most box tops will win a prize. Parents may enter to win 10,000 Bonus Box Tops for the school by registering at by Feb. 28.

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

The staff and students would like to welcome Kenai Peninsula Borough School District art specialist, Debbie Harris on Monday. She will teach art at the school Monday through March 1.

Parents who can help with forensics are asked to call Mrs. Hale at 260-4300.

Sears Elementary

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

We are excited to have Allen and Petersen as “artist in residence” at Sears Elementary through March 8. In the first workshop students created nutritious fruit parfaits with fresh fruit, granola and pudding. Classes will use the school district nutrition policy guidelines when making the delicious treats.

District art specialist Debbie Harris will be visiting Sears this week.

Mrs. Hanson’s, Mrs. Miller’s, and Ms. Moon’s second-grade classes have been learning about China. Students are learning about the Chinese culture and lifestyles and finding likenesses and differences with the American culture and lifestyles. They tried Chinese writing and calligraphy and made chop stamps. They have also studied the geography of China and The Great Wall of China. Students will end the unit with a trip to a Chinese restaurant.

Ms. Ralston’s first-graders discovered how light travels and how to make light change directions. Students also made illustrations of how the sun, moon and earth work together to create days, months, and years. In math the students are learning skip counting by 3’s and 4’s. In reading the students are practicing reader’s theater, learning poems, and reading leveled books. The students celebrated Valentine’s Day with the elders at the Forget-Me-Not Care Center by performing a variety of different poems and songs. Students also presented the elders with special Valentine cards which they made.

Mrs. Davidson’s first-graders are working on comprehension skills through Read Naturally. Students are also studying nutrition. Students created their own picture based on the story “It Looked Like Spilt Milk.” Students incorporated symmetry through the art lesson.

On Friday, students will be bussed to Kenai Central High School to attend “Grand Derangement,” a performance by Alaska Junior Theater.

Title I morning coffee will be Friday from 8:30 to 9 a.m. in the Sears Elementary library.

On Monday, there will be a school board meeting where the Kenai Conversation recommendations will be made.

Skyview High

An after graduation party parent meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the commons. The topics will be ideas to create a safe and exciting evening for the seniors.

The school would like to congratulate the our boys ski team on its borough championship. Taylor Karnikis finished second; Tommy Honer, fourth; Kelly Skipwith, fifth; Jordan Merkes, eighth; Harley Maxson, 13th; Lucas Thein, 16th; and Yuzhun Evanoff, 24th.

The girls ski team finished third with Kendra Merkes, third; Heather Roesing,10th; TJ Pfaffe, 20th; Greta Danielson, 22nd; and Sasha Anderson, 25.

The school would also like to congratulate to the following band students for being selected to participate in the borough honor band scheduled for Feb. 26-27: Britton Anderson, Sasha Anderson, Alex Cox, Katie Dockery, Taylor Karnikis, Justin Marsh, Melissa Massey, Chris Nichol, Tom Osterman, Rusty Singleton, Sophia Taeschner, Kaleene Tressler, Ben Wild and Tashina Wortham-Turnbull.

The choir had an outstanding performance at the Mass Choir Festival.

Due to extenuating circumstances, Senior Night for the basketball teams has been moved to Friday when they play Homer.

Registration for eighth-grade students planning to enter the school next year will take place at Soldotna Middle School on March 6.

Second quarter honor roll

4.06-4.00 — Grade 9: Eldon Brown, Paris Cooper, Emily Culhane, Jaci Lamborn, Serena Marquis, Casee Penrod, Jessica Stewart. Grade 10: Zachary Hibberd, Marquee Lucas, Melissa Massey, Elaina Mercier, Christopher Nichol, Jerrod Williams. Grade 11: Tasha Brown, Greta Danielson, Amanda Millay, Remington West. Grade 12: Krystal Brown, Camiel Eberline, Jennifer Holland, Samuel Kilfoyle, Molly Lamborn, Chelsea Martin, Harley Maxson, Kendra Merkes, Chantal Schefers, Nicole VanRyzin, Carol-Ann Wagner, Alexandra West, Tashina Wortham-Turnbull.

3.99-3.50 —

Grade 9: Xavier Allmon, Sarah Barsis, Ryan Burow, Amber Eberline, Dennis Fair, Brandon Jones, David Laurie, Joseph Malatesta, Ryan McMaster, Michael Morris, Chad Oakes, Kathrine Quelland, Jantina Roberts, Jess Russell, William Thomas, Carol Umstead, Margaret Waggoner, Alec Woodvine. Grade 10: Madison Abbott, Brittany Achin, John Cook, Elijah Deatherage, Morgen Fowler, Ashley Halverson, Kenneth Mahan, Jordan Merkes, Brittany Meyer, Leslie Meyer, Jared Penning, Kadie Perletti, Joseph Ramirez, Sophia Taeschner, Michael Thornton, Bailey Walgenbach, Hannah West. Grade 11: Scott Begins, Melissa Blake, Andrea Frank, Joanna Graves, Anthony Guth, Tommy Honer, Alexander Janorschke, Nathaniel McClure, Bethany McMilin, Mallory Millay, Thomas Osterman, Jessica Pugh, Melissa Rawson, Jessica Thomas, Lindy Tikka, Kaleene Tressler, Catherine Umstead. Grade 12: Sasha Andersen, David Blossom, David Cox, Amanda Dallman, Johnnie Dexheimer, Melissa Fay, Valerie Gremaud, Marsea Hansen, Sheyeanne Jackinsky, Adam Kunz, Gavin Marsh, Johanna Mehl, Ariel Mercier, Luke Morse, Nattanicha Mukdasakun, Jeff Nelson, Kimberly Perkovich, Alex Rodgers, Heather Roesing, Kelsey Skolnick, Claudia Sohns, Lisa Spencer, Benedict Wild.

3.49-3.00 — Grade 9: Tiffany Case, Kasselina Ferganchick, Mandy Groshart, Jon Jackinsky, Jessica Jones, Ivy O’Guinn, Andrea Post, Jared Ramm, Andrew Shassetz, Rebekah Stigall, Nicholas Van Bruggen, Lora Watson, Nichole Woodward. Grade 10: Evan Arnold, Danielle Atkins, Benjamin Baldwin, Jessie Bilderback, Amanda Bragg, Keriann Cobb, Trevor Evanoff, Heather Jackson, Ina Lewis, Cristy Matthews, Colin Murray, Gregory Parker, Elan Segovia, Marisa Skolnick, Alec Sweetland, Joclynn Tri-Cobban. Grade 11: Kyle Cassidy, Tiffany Clyde, Thomas Coreson, Kara Dolifka, Erik Dolphin, Kristen Dowling, Briar Fidler, Jacob Fowler, Brooke Jasky-Zuber, Brady Jones, Jacob Lester, Luke Lusardi, Laura McKenna, Sarah Middaugh, Kaija Okkonen, Leticia Pantoja, Patrick Sheridan, Jessica Volk, Jacob Walgenbach. Grade 12: Rebekah Adams, Russell Bacon, Jessica Berzanske, Gregory Bosick, Shawnacee Brooks, Katie Dockery, Jordan Grant, Tanner Hanson, Kirsten Hinz, Joel Isaak, Taylor Karnikis, Jason Kincaid, Bradley Mallette, Brittany Morris, Erick Romig, Russell Singleton, Lucas Thein, Angela Thomson, Jennifer Van Raden, Zachary Walgenbach.

Soldotna Middle

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

The December and January bingo party was held Feb. 2. One hundred twenty-six Students of Character and 68 Students of the Month were invited.

The school would like to thank the parents who attended parent-teacher conferences last week.

The school would like to congratulate the Battle of the Books team on placing second in the borough competition.

Dates to remember:

n Thursday — volleyball Maroon vs. Silver at 3 p.m.;

n Friday — fortnightly dance from 6 to 8 p.m.;

n Saturday — volleyball, Seward vs. Silver vs. Homer at Skyview High School at 10 a.m., wrestling, Soldotna Invitational at 9 a.m., and Nordic skiing at Nikiski Invitational at noon;

n Tuesday — volleyball, Maroon and Silver vs. Nikiski at 3 p.m. at the school; and

The school’s newsletter is available online at pages/Soldotna_Middle/News/Newsletter.

January Students of the Month: physical education, Tanner Minogue, Michelle Papp, Alicia West and Joel Brence; social studies, Madeline Ransom, Olivia Duran, Deann Knight, Erica Hoyt, Kyle Shassetz, Jared Duncan and Hannah Morgan; language arts, Tyler Enersen, Mariah Ulen, Matthew Boulette and Swan Brooner; science, Mathias Coup, Kylee Feroglia, June Harichantanawong, Patrick Powell, Karissa Iya, Tanner Burcham and Bree Mucha; leadership, Chelsea Winter, Brit Whipple, Tauren Miller, Riley Ellison and Lauren Steffy; algebra, Alex Wilson, Connor Dimick and Briana Vinzant; math, Jenna Randall, Intimayo Harbison, Tamlyn Silva, Shannon Wyatt, Peter Rogers, Cameron Mullan and Melanie Smith; ceramics, Ashlea Ansel; sculpture, Erin Twohy; art, Swan Brooner and Scarlet Campbell; study skills, Justin Wiggins, Breanna Mounts, Michael Cullum Landess and Jordan Bulin; explorations, Sydney Goggia; teacher aide, Dominique Essig, Riley Ellison, Lottie Barton, Brit Wilson, Liana Perzechino, Christina Tachick, Carly Lund, Shay Kurz and Mirandah Smith; reading, Lane Kreider, Kelsey Self, Scarlet Campbell, Joel Brence, Connor Aaronson and Drew Golden; choir: Melissa Trotter; band, Lottie Barton; foods and nutrition, Nathan Penrod, Matthew West; and family and consumer science, Jenna Randall and Tamlyn Silva.

December and January Students of Character: Catherine Afonin, Chelsey Ahlers, Dylan Allen, Jacob Allen, Sarah Anderson, Shelby Anglebrandt, Cheyenne Bagnasco, John Bagnasco, Jenna Randall, Sean Beck, Chelsea Belden, Alisha Berestoff, Chris Berestoff, Tayln Bettencourt, Johnny Bishop, Marshae Blooflat, Gabrielle Bragg, Annita Braun, Joel Brence, Anthony Briggs, Emily Brown, Tyler Brown, Josh Bunch, Megan Christianson, Blaine Cobban, Jay Cook, Mathias Coup, Delana Duncan, Courtney Davisson, Brad Duwe, Shay Dilley, Connor Dimick, Phellisha Dobson, Jessie Duke, Delana Duncan, Rebecca Egan, Theo Eppler, Dominique Essig, Olivia Fair, Allison Farrington, Kylee Feroglia, Olivia France, Tyler Glidewell, Corrie Hagedorn, Zach Hale, Natawni Hammack, Alicia Hamilton, McKenzie Hanson, Jerramy Hatten, Devon Henson, Elilsha Hollers, Devin Hutchings, Angela Idzinski, Jordan Ingels, Megan Janorschke, Josh Jansen, Alex Jicha, Caitlin Jobe, Lindsey Kaufman, Sammantha Kelley, Lane Kreider, Matt Landess, Wendell Larsen, Brittany Lloyd, Carly Lund, Marissa Mahan, Stefany Malatesta, Tyler Marcuson, Paige Marlowe, Heather Matthews, Jack Matthews, Maranda Merkes, Trenton Meyer, Devin Miller, Lacey Moore, Jaimee Morris, Kristopher Morse, Elisabeth Mullins, Austin Murray, Kristen Nagle, Damon Nichols, Kevin Oelrich, Kayla Overpeck, Josh Pavloff, Ashley Piersee, Dusty Poole, Shay Poole, Lauretta Price, Jason Ramirez, Jenna Randall, Maddy Ransom, Alejandro Rodriguez, Peter Rogers, Gunnar Romatz, Monique Samson, Jordan Sass, Ashley Schrader, Janice Scritchfield, Deandra Segovia, Ariel Self, Karlie Self, Kelsey Self, Kaili Sholin, Angela Sibayan, Baruch Silves, Savannah Smith, Chris Spicer, Billy St. Clair, Kevin Stone, Christina Tachick, Mitchell Thompson, James Tikiun, Melissa Trotter, Katrina Truesdell, Mariah Ulen, Bryce Wehrli, Alicia West, Sarah Whitaker, Justin Wiggins, Alexandria Wilson, Kalub Winslow, Chelsea Winter, Bryan Wise, Lagi Wong, Kylee Woodford and Kaitlyn Young.

Second quarter honor roll

Seventh grade, 4.0: Sarah Anderson, Jacob Douthit, Riley Ellison, Olivia Fair, Bradley Guth, Kayla Hanson, McKenzie Hanson, Mary Hauptman, Brooke Hughes, Alexandria Kirsch, Matthew Landess, Quiana McElroy, Lacey Moore, Phoebe Napolitano, Megan Neill, Brianne Pearson, John Shirley, Melanie Smith, Robert Sparks, Kevin Stone, Sydney Tonione, Mysteri Turnbull-House and Shannon Wyatt. 3.9: Krystal Baer, Cheyenne Bagnasco, John Bagnasco, Levi Barsis, Garrett Bosick, Matthew Boulette, Swan Brooner, Katherine Clonan, Hannah Cristiano, Shay Dilley, Madeline Fox, Sydney Goggia, Alicia Hamilton, Porapha Harichantanawong, Jerramy Hatten, Erica Hoyt, Joshua Kerkvliet, Courtney Lewis, Aspen Love, Stefany Malatesta, Curtis Martin, Maranda Merkes, Bree Mucha, Kristen Nagle, Nathan Penrod, Dustin Poole, Shay Poole, Madeline Ransom, Peter Rogers, Karlie Self, Angela Sibayan, Paris Silba, Savannah Smith, Melissa Trotter, Mariah Ulen, Kelsey Vanantwerp, Taylor Vonheeder, Evan Withrow, Anuilagi Wong and Kylee Woodford. 3.0-3.49: Catherine Afonin, Shelby Anglebrandt, Calvin Baxter, Brittney Beckel, Chelsea Belden, Joseph Bishop, Blair Blades, Dylan Briggs, Emily Brown, Megan Christianson, Cody Clendenen, Courtney Davisson, Anthony Dombovy, Keegan Dotomain, Jared Duncan, Olivia Duran, Tyler Enersen, Michael Erickson, Allison Farrington, Tanner Fowler, Olivia France, Cierea Giles, Corrie Hagedorn, Joseph Hawkins, Michael Hill, Breann Huff, Devin Hutchings, Jared Lingafelt, Marissa Mahan, Tyler Marcuson, Colt McDonald, Amanda McDowell, Elisabeth Mullins, Jordann Nelson, Briana Norris, Lauretta Price, Destini Riley, Elizabeth Schoessler, Kelsey Self, Lauren Steffy, Matthew West, Britanie Whipple, Sarah Whitaker and Chelsea Winter.

Eight grade, 4.0: Paul Adams, Joy Bartlett, Lottie Barton, Miranda Beller, Olivia Bowen, Annita Braun, Erica Byerley, Dallin Carlson, Cody Carroll, Carol Clonan, Connor Dimick, Jessica Duke, Bradley Duwe, Kylee Feroglia, Intimayo Harbison, Mariah Henson, Elisha Hollers, Megan Janorschke, Eric Johnson, Lindsey Kaufman, Daniel Koch, Shay Kurz, Hannah Morgan, Hailey Oglesbee, Michelle Papp, Angela Ramponi, Rachell Robson, Rebecca Satathite, Ariel Self, Mackenzie Senn, Cassie Sheridan, Kaili Sholin, Christina Tachick, Madelynn Tice, Katrina Truesdell, Alicia West, Brittany Whiteside, Justin Wiggins, Alexandria Wilson, Brittania Wilson and Kaitlyn Young. 3.5-3.9: Tyler Barkman, Tyler Brown, Kali Chilson, Tyler Christian, Marissa Conner, Phellisha Dobson, Carlee Drobnick, Sean Endsley, Matthew Fellman, Vlad Ferderer, Corey Fisler, Leah Garske, Hayley Griebel, Christopher Hallford, Taylor Hanley, Carly Lund, Mariah Luze, Trenton Meyer, Alexis Norris, Megan Parham, Theo Pearson, Breanna Penning, James Porter, Jenna Randall, Daniel Rozak, Deandra Segovia, Cori Shull, Tamlyn Silva, Tyler Solie, Whitney Stettler, Joshua Stinnett, Tate Syverson, James Tonione, Erin Twohy, Cody Vandehey, Kaitlyn Vanmeter, Briana Vinzant and Zack Waters. 3.0-3.49: Connor Aaronson, Ashlea Ansel, Jacob Brown, Tanner Burcham, William Granger, Christin Hodo, Jordan Holly, Brayden Holt, Jeffery Melvin, Tanner Minogue, Jake Norman, Kevin Oelrich, Paige Osenbaugh (Marlowe), Avery Palchikoff, Alea Perkovich, Gabrielle Peterson, Jessica Powell, Nicole Reid, Gabriella Rossini, Colton Schneider, Lindsay Shackleton, Dawson Shangin, Matthew Silver, Mirandah Smith, Tatyana Stott, Mitchell Thompson, Kali Topp, Tessa Tovoli, Jacob Trippe and Cody Warfield.

Soldotna High

The Wrestling Banquet will be Thursday evening in the commons. Friday, the juniors will be hosting a Valentine’s dance from 8 to 10:45 p.m. Admission is

$5. Parents are encouraged to attend.

Five SoHi students have roles in the upcoming Kenai Performers production of “Beauty and the Beast”: Kaylene Forbes, Jordan Schneider, Theresa Ramponi, Joe Spady as LeFou, and Sarah Shoemaker as Belle.

Seniors are reminded that numerous scholarship opportunities are available. Applications are available in the counseling center.

Soldotna Montessori Charter

SMCS was the place to be last Tuesday evening as they hosted their annual Family Fun Night. The gym was busy with parents, siblings, students and other family members investigating the fabulous science experiments that the Imaginarium brought with them from Anchorage. The StarLab Portable Planetarium was busy as guests enjoyed a guided view of the night sky often missed by Alaskans in the summer.

Outside of the gym, families and friends gathered in the United Nations Cafe to enjoy great food and stellar snacks. All proceeds from the Cafe support the intermediate classes involvement in the Montessori Model United Nations program, which is coming up very quickly in March. If sweets were the object, families also had the final opportunity to purchase the delicious brownie mixes assembled by the kindergartners. They are a perfect Valentine’s Day treat!

Participants at the Family Night had the freedom to join in a challenging string game, which had pairs of students tangled together — literally. For those seeking a little haven from all the activity, Mrs. Holt’s classroom was open for investigating the Montessori materials used by many students. The event lasted from 5:30 to 7:30, and was enjoyed by everyone there.

Sterling Elementary

This week Mrs. Lyons’, Mrs. Martin’s and Miss T.’s classes linked up through the polycom to visit with scientists from Glenn Research Center to learn about the moon. They discussed life on the moon. Through close up pictures and even video coverage of astronauts walking on the moon, they confirmed what they thought — there is no life on the moon, just rocks, dust, hills, and craters. They saw close-ups of rocks on the moon as the astronauts picked them up to bring back to earth for study. The scientist demonstrated how the moon changes throughout a month. They saw the latest picture of Pluto and it’s moon Charon. They found out that when these students are in high school or early collage, they will see close up pictures of Pluto because of the special camera that was sent into space. They had a great visit with the scientist and learned a lot about the moon and space.

Congratulations to our Battle of the Books teams. The fifth- and sixth-grade team, Dallas Derflinger, Trace Braxling, Ruscia-Lea Colton and Denali Goodwill, came in fifth. Our third and fourth-grade team, Hannah Katzenberger, Shayne Pope, Amy Jenson and Dakota Edin, did not place but they were an awesome bunch and did wonderful for their first year in the program. Congratulation to ALL the kids that read battle books.

Tustumena Elementary

The Future Problem Solving Program International (FPSPI) engages students in creative problem solving. Founded by Dr. E. Paul Torrance, FPSPI stimulates critical and creative thinking skills and encourages students to develop a vision for the future. The FPSPI competition involves over 250,000 students annually from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Malaysia and Russia. Quest students at the school recently participated in this event. Participants were Lana Chesley, Morgan Chesley, Abby Cook and Demery Garrant. The topic was cultural prejudice. Their instructor was Cathleen Rolph. The school would like to congratulate the team for its outstanding work.

The school is participating in an annual community service program to raise money for the American Heart Association. The program, Jump-Rope-for-Heart, is coordinated by physical education teacher, Mike Chase. While all students will jump rope during gym this month, student participation in this fundraiser in voluntary. Participants are gathering pledges among family and friends. The official counting of each child’s jump total will be accomplished during a class period at month’s end.

Mr. Audette will conduct a talent show Friday afternoon at 2. Students have been auditioning their talents during their music classes in order to quality for the show. Parents and families are invited to attend.

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