Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Students of the Month announced

The following students were named January Students of the Month at Skyview High School.

Jeramy Denner, aide; SammiJo Kelly, business; Mario Latona and Jacob Walgenbach, English; Brittany Morris, fine arts; Jerrod Williams, health; Morgan Sizemore and Ashley DeMoss, math; Alex Cox. performing arts; Ron Krause and Sam Stenglein, physical education; Amanda Millay and Mallory Millay, science; Kevin Culhane and Thomas Osterman, social studies; Dan Jones, vocational technology; Marquee Lucas, world languages; Kelsey Shields,Rotary Student of the Month; and Jesse Kloote, Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month.

Mountain View Elementary.

Ryan Glenzel, Kylie Dimick, Taylor Carlson, Hannah Hoff, Carissa Bible, Alyson Quartly, Sean Kruger, Austin Daly, Jenna Dull, Madison Westover, Joy Wannamaker, Ashley Every, Shaylee Rizzo and Allison Groseclose.

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 today. 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 on to 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.


Congratulations to Eli Hutchison for winning his fourth Alaska state wrestling championship. Eli has never lost a match in his Alaska career. Congratulations to Michaela Hutchison for winning the Alaska state wrestling championship in her weight class. She is the first female wrestler in the nation to win a state wrestling championship. Also, congratulations to Alex Pfaffe for getting the $1,500 Vera Horwath Scholarship.

The Nikiski office will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in the gray portable behind Nikiski Middle-Senior High School.

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 through 6. The No Child Left Behind legislation mandates participation and holds the schools in the nation accountable if the specified participation rate is not met.

For more 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 concert choir participated in the boroughwide mass choir Feb. 7. Four hundred voices presented an evening of classical, patriotic and gospel music. Performing students included Marcus Brown, Alyse Cialek, Chelsea Hardcastle, Holly Kopp, Spencer McAuliffe, Madison McConnell, Claire Rowley, Tyler Taplin, Kaitlan White, Kelsey White and Jake Zufelt.

Alaska Fish and Game representatives assisted third-graders in dissecting salmon and pike. The students located the organs and discovered a pike inside the stomach of another pike that was almost equal in size. The class would like to thank Fish and Game for their help with the project.

Congratulations to students who participated in the spelling bee. Champion Cole Davidson and individual winners Megan Bauder, Kelsie Leaf and Kyle McLeod are eligible to participate in the district meet in Wasilla on March 3. The staff would like to thank the National Honor Society and high school students for help with judging.

The speech meet is today for grades one through eight.

Students of the Week are Tanner Fowler, Ray Chumley, Mariah Wall, Johnny Peterson, Riley Smithwick, Bodie Bergonzini and Conner Leaf.

The teachers thank the prayer group for providing meals for them during parent-teacher conferences.

The varsity basketball teams have a home game at 6 p.m. Friday with Seldovia.

Grace Lutheran

In Christlight lessons the children continue their journey with the Old Testament Israelites and their travels to the Promised Land. In this week’s lesson the children see how God kept his promise and gave the Israelites victory over the kings of Canaan and then blessed them with peace and wealth.

The cold weather has helped cross-country skiing. The fifth- through eighth-graders have been working on their skills and will take a longer journey through one of the area trails.

In grammar the students in Mr. Leckwee’s class have gotten to the pattern three sentence. That is a sentence that includes a direct object and an indirect object.

The seventh- and eighth-graders continue their science study of air. They are experimenting with and studying the many properties it has and its makeup.

The fourth- through sixth-graders are studying the African nations. This week Ghana, Mali and Songhi are the points of study.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The library’s “Read A Book — Be A Winner” program started in January. Students must fill out an entry form for each book they read to be eligible for the drawing. At the end of each month at least six names will be drawn for prizes. The library has more information. January winners are Kiara Hauck, Catie Cox, Breann Huff, Zoe Zorn, Alexis Terra and Naomi Chythlook. There will be a family reading sleepover party from 8 p.m. Friday to 9 a.m. Saturday. Activities for the family will be held from 8 to 11 p.m. and will be capped off by a late-night video with popcorn. Students must turn in a permission slip to attend.

The fifth-grade DARE graduation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Alaska Great Skate.

The fifth- and sixth-grade Battle of the Books will be held Thursday and the third- and fourth- grade will be Friday. The staff and students wish the participants good luck.

A Friday morning meeting will feature the first grade transportation unit parade.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Students and staff are asked to wear their school T-shirts Wednesday. A commercial is going to be filmed. It will air in March.

If you would like to nominate a teacher for the BP Teacher of Excellence Award, applications are available in the office. The deadline is March 3.

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

There is an artist reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 24. Parents are invited to meet artist Ann Wilson and view the new ceramic murals made by Kaleidoscope and Sears students.

Due to Arctic Winter Games, school will dismiss at 1:25 p.m. March 2.

Spring break is from March 3 through 12.

The first day back to school after spring break is March 13. There is a delayed start with school beginning at 11 a.m.

Students will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday with Read Across America on March 2.

Kenai Central High

Today is the January Student of the Month luncheon at 11:53 a.m. in the library. Guests need to check in at the office before heading to the library.

Thursday, Friday and Saturday is Northwest Honor Choir. Students involved in this will travel to the Lower 48 to sing.

Monday through Feb. 25 is Homegoing Week. Each class will be in charge of a dress-up day and lunchtime activity. The week will end with an assembly Friday and a dance Saturday.

There will be a basketball booster club meeting in the faculty lounge at 7 p.m. Monday.

On Tuesday, National Honor Society will host a blood drive in the Green Room. Students 16 and older may donate but those who are 16 or 17 must have a signed parental permission form. Community members also are welcome to stop by and donate. If you have any questions, call Kathy Herring or Esther Eagle Richeson at 283-7524.

On Feb. 22, the Prevention Needs Assessment Survey will be given to students in grades 10 and12 who returned their permission slips. This will be done during second period. Parents with questions about this survey can call Alan Fields at 283-7524.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — boys and girls C and junior varsity basketball against Kodiak at 3 p.m.;

· Friday — boys C, junior varsity and varsity basketball at Grace Christian; and

· Saturday — boys and girls C, junior varsity and varsity basketball at Wasilla beginning at 10 a.m.

Kenai Middle

Physical education classes are participating in a Hoops for Heart and Jump Rope for Heart event Friday with prizes. The students are fundraising for the American Heart Association, along with learning fitness concepts and methods for keeping their hearts healthy. Fundraising packets need to be turned in by Friday.

The school newsletter is available at the office.

The school will send in yearbook orders March 5. Payments are due in before spring break.

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

Dates to remember:

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

· Friday — volleyball A and B at Nikiski at 3 p.m.;

· Saturday — wrestling at KMS at 9 a.m. and skiing at Homer at noon;

· Feb. 23 — volleyball first round of boroughs;

· Feb. 25 — volleyball boroughs at KMS at noon, wrestling boroughs at Soldotna Middle School at 9 a.m. and skiing boroughs at Homer at noon;

· Feb. 28 — choir concert at 7 p.m. and Student of the Month luncheon;

· March 1 — eighth-grade ice fishing trip; and

· March 2 — early dismissal.

Mountain View Elementary

Thursday is Read a T-Shirt or Sweatshirt Day.

Love of Reading Night is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday.

Fifth- and sixth-grade Battle of Books also is Thursday.

Book Character Day is Friday. Have your child dress as their favorite book character.

Third- and fourth-grade Battle of the Books also is Friday.

Monday is the school spelling bee in the library starting at 9 a.m.

Tuesday is DARE graduation at 7 p.m.

Mrs. Gustkey and Mrs. Heath’s classes saw the puppet show “Baranov’s Castle” about Alaska history.

Mrs. Heath’s class made pillows illustrating their favorite reading material in honor of Love of Reading Month.

Nikiski North Star

The site council meets the first Tuesday of the month.

The PTA meets the first Thursday of every month.

Redoubt Elementary

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

Students and families are invited to attend open gym and board game night from 6:30 to 8 Thursday. Students attending must be accompanied by an adult.

Sixth grade parents are asked to give permission for their children to participate in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Prevention Needs Assessment. Copies of the survey may be viewed in Mr. Pothast’s office.

Spring break is March 3 through 10. In order to provide set up time for the Arctic Winter Games, students will go home early March 2 at 1:18 p.m. and school will start late March 13 at 10:50 a.m.

Yearbooks are on sale for $18 and will arrive in May.

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

Kindergartners will perform in the gym from 1:15 to 1:45 p.m. Feb. 23.

Sears Elementary

Students in Ms. Ralston’s class are practicing Reader’s Theater scripts. The students also used the Alaska Volcano Observatory Web site to continue to monitor volcanic and seismic activity. The students studied other volcanoes that are in the area.

In art the students read “The Night Flight” by Joann Ryder and created their own piece of artwork dealing with their night flight. Students also learned several new friendship songs and put different movements to them.

Forms to nominate BP Teachers of Excellence are in the office. Deadline for submitting nominations is March 3.

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

On Feb. 24 from 2 to 5 p.m. there will be an open house artist reception for the unveiling of the mural.

March 2 is Read Across the World Day celebrating Dr. Seuss’s birthday.

The school will have an early dismissal for students at 1:25 p.m. March 2. Spring Break will begin March 3.

There will be a two-hour late start March 13. School will begin at 11 a.m.

Skyview High

Teacher of the Month is band and choir teacher Kent Peterson.

Staff Person of the Month is teen recreation coordinator Bill Holt.

The Soldotna Elks scholarship committee completed the Elks National Foundation Most Valuable Student Judging. The committee will forward students Kelsey Shields and Rachel Osterman along with two other students’ applications on to the state level. Shields and Osterman also will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Elks. Rebecca Kilfoyle was selected to receive a $500 scholarship.

The junior class will sponsor a valentines dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Students wishing to bring a guest must sign-up the guest with Mr. Ermold by today. The cost of admittance is $7.

National Thank Your Mentor Day was Jan. 25 and the school would like to thank its Aspirations Advocate program mentors Alex Zerbinos, Cindy Irmen, Marlys Verba, Thelma Antila and Scott Earsley. Dave Carey is the Aspirations Advocate program coordinator and does mentor training.

The Mock Trial team will participate at the state championships Friday and Saturday. This year’s case is a criminal case and the students prepare the prosecution and defense sides. Team members are Rachel Osterman, Amielle Himmel, Devon Henrickson, J.M. Revis, Becky Kilfoyle, Richard Hartman, Brittany West, Sam McKeirnan and Bryson Winslow.

The bands will perform at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the school. The theme is music and literature. The concert will include music inspired by Beowulf, The Bremen Town Musicians and Aesop’s Fables.

Prevention Needs Assessment survey will take place Feb. 22 for grades 10 and 12. Students are reminded to turn in permission slips to the office.

Blood drive will be held Feb. 22. Permission slips must be turned in by Friday.

Senior parents will meet for an after graduation party meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the commons.

Soldotna High

Friday night, the freshman class hosts a dance from 8 to 11 p.m. in the commons. Guests must be registered in advance.

Registration is under way for fall career and technical education courses — computers, construction, drafting, foods, interior design, video editing, welding, woods and yearbook.

Yearbooks may be ordered for $55. Deadline for personalization and orders is Friday. Senior ad space is available.

The winners of the Star Spirit drawings are Joseph Mohorcich, who won a TV/DVD player; Stephen Druce, winner of a Winter Kit; Lacy Bush, recipient of a $25 Gas Card; and April Heffner, who received a Zip/Zap Car.

Applications for the following scholarship opportunities are available in the counseling office: Bishop’s Attic Scholarship, for students attending Kenai Peninsula Catholic Parishes; Credit Union 1, for juniors, seniors and graduates; Kenai Borough Employees Association, essay on your past, present and what you expect your future to hold; Spenard Builders Skills for Alaska, for students enrolled in vocational related training; Kenai Peninsula Builders Association (Shelby Johnson Memorial Scholarship), for students going into a building-related field; Safari Club International, for students planning a career in wildlife management, research or related field; Kenai River Sportfishing Association, one of the requirements of this scholarship is agreeing to assist with the Kenai River Classic.

Soldotna Middle

The school newsletter is available at

Fortnightly is from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Parent Volunteers are needed. Call the school at 262-4344, if you are interested in volunteering.

The site based council will meet at 4:30 p.m. Monday in the library.

The wrestling team travels to Kenai for a triangular meet with Kenai and Seward at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The ski team will travel to Homer on Saturday. The meet begins at noon.

The maroon and white volleyball teams play each other at 3 p.m. Thursday.

The white team will travel to Homer on Saturday. Games begins at 10 a.m.

The white and maroon teams travel to Nikiski for games at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Team pictures for volleyball and wrestling take place here today right after school.

Soldotna Montessori

Primary students began their study of the five kingdoms. Students in Mrs. Holt, Mrs. Larned and Mrs. McCabe’s rooms are beginning the life science unit by understanding how to classify life forms and studying protista.

On Tuesday students had their second Enrichment Day. Students were given the choice of attending a session on scrap-booking, printmaking, card making, checkers, knitting or dancing. These activities were led by teachers with the help of volunteers. It was a way to spend part of the afternoon learning something new and working with a new group of students.

Parents are reminded there will be the music program Monday. Each class will present a musical or dramatic selection. The evening begins at 6 in the gym.

The February APC meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday.

Orientations for those interested in 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.

Lottery applications for new students may be completed at the school office until 4 p.m. March 15. Applications received after that deadline will be placed on the waiting list. Applications must be completed in person at the school, so that each applicant may receive a receipt as proof of enrollment in the lottery.

Sterling RurAL CAP Head Start

The Rainbows experienced the theme of Winter by making snow scenes, observing ice and snow with magnifying glasses, dancing to the song “Freeze,” and making guesses about objects in the Mystery Box. The children would like to thank Mr. Con (Abigail’s Daddy) for taking the time to bring in his guitar and sing songs with them.

The Shooting Stars created snowy pictures using shaving cream on the tables. They also made snowmen and played math games on the computers. The children had a lunchtime guest this week, Miss. Ella (Trapper’s sister) who has left to serve in the Air Force. The staff would like to wish her well and thank her for her support of the country.

Wings Christian Academy

Rebekah Wood won for the cleanest desk of the week award for the Learning Center.

Julianne Petty made it into the 2000s club.

The clue for the mystery person is: “I won two of Alfred’s prizes.”

There are two home games, 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. Saturday.

The kindergartners are learning about Australia, which is their last country in their social studies, and they will start their science books soon.

Megan Ruffridge was the Multiplication Bingo winner this week.

Alisha Thompson and Maxwell Walters won Quiz Em for the month.

In box top and Campbell’s label reminder — It takes 40 of them for a denim day and 20 of them for a non-uniform day.

Honor Roll

The following list of students were named to the honor roll at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School:


Seventh grade: Ari Bennett, Kovy Harbick, Angie Parrish, Tyler Peek, Sebastian Strickland, Tanner Thompson and Eli Ward.

Eighth grade: Alina Eldredge, Samantha Gibbs and Kassandra Johnson.

Ninth grade: Zach Alkire, Wiley Bennett, Tyler Bethune, Walker Boyle, Katlin Johnson, Peter McKay, Sarah Ralston and Tristin Rutherford.

Tenth grade: William Denison, Justin Smith and Tasha Thompson.

Eleventh grade: Julia Baker, Clare Bennett, Kara Bethune, Jessica Bowlin, Maria Fuelle and Joel Ribbens.

Twelfth grade: Tatiana Butler, Georgeanna Heaverley, Sarah Herrin, Alexa McClure, Rick Miller and Juanita Millyard.


Seventh grade: Shanda Chenault, Jasper Covey, Thomas Pilatti, Madelyn Ralston, Caitlin Reid, Kyle Rogers, Sawyer Skiba, Jayden Tumbaga and Haley Tumsuden.

Eighth grade: Jordan Harrison, Madeline Knoll and Dillon Smith.

Ninth grade: Jessey Denison, Clayton Kaser, Cassandra Kendall, Shalene Peek and Rachel Romans.

Tenth grade: Rachel Bogard, Elisha Chenault, Holly Cleghorn, Aislinn Fox, Nick Kellie and Joshua Lofquist.

Eleventh grade: Tyler Payment, Sherra Pritchard, Hannah Thompson and Ryanna Thurman.

Twelfth grade: Sasha Auldridge, Camerin Bogard, Joel Brewer, Heather Colton, Christina Fucci, Stacey Griffel, Zechariah Hemphill, Amber Huhndorf, Kayla McCreary, Brittany Olson, Laura Rooper, Justin Tumbaga, Justin Vance and Robert Zinck.


Seventh grade: Kristina Handley, Elizabeth Hartley, Taylor Kelley, Stefan Krogsend, Alisha Peterson, Wesley Smith and Amy Wicker.

Eighth grade: Kylee Bartlett, Shelina Goff, Chanelle Johnson, Teslin Little, Tyler Mabrey, Brandon Riddall, Barbara Rorrison, Jessica Samskar, Dylan Seater, Gabriel Strickland, Calvin Williams, and Chenai Wright.

Ninth grade: Danielle Bower, KC Calderwood, Ashley Diamond, Tiffany Hobbs, Evan Holloway, Stephen Horne, Nina Hunt, Angela Lumetta, Jennifer Nickel, Sheridan Olson, William Olson, Adam Parrish and Matthew Thompson.

Tenth grade: Elizabeth Barrett, Jesse Cook, Paul Delago, Hunter Gallien, Trevor Johnson, Jennifer Lukassen, Lorissa Mobbs, Leora Olsen, Shawna Sanders, Elliott Tuttle and Joshua Vance.

Eleventh grade: Robert Burns, Kimberly Copeland, Michelle Dodge, Chelsey Dorman, Donna Handley, Flossie Jorgensen, Kyla Jorgensen, Joshuah Love, Alexis Mellberg and Nicholas Whitaker.

Twelfth grade: Joshua Ball, James Barrett, Meagen Christensen, James R. Cox, Kaysie Denison, Heather Hunter, Karina Lorenzo, Erica Thye and Mia-Mari Tolonen.

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