District school news

Posted: Wednesday, February 20, 2002

Aurora Borealis Charter School

Aurora Borealis Charter School, a public school within the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, will conduct an enrollment lottery April 9. Personnel from Mikunda, Cottrell and Company CPA's will supervise the lottery.

Applications and copies of the enrollment and lottery procedures are available at the ABCS office from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. All applications for enrollment for the 2002-03 school year must be delivered in person to the ABCS office no later than 4 p.m. March 15.

The lottery results will be posted at ABCS April 22. If your child has a lottery number, you will not need to go through another lottery. If you no longer want to be on the waiting list, contact Debbie Palm at 283-0292.

Cooper Landing Elementary School

Cooper Landing students have been busy. One project everybody participated in and enjoyed was dissecting squid and octopus. Students in grades six to eight taught the younger ones, and everybody thought that it was fun and educational. They even ate cooked squid, prepared by parent helpers Sandy Hawthorne and Terri Tobias.

Congratulations to the Battle of the Books teams. The grade seven and eight team with Sasha Forbes, Emma Westerman and Emily Bellinger took second in the district. The fifth-sixth team did a great job, with team members Marisa Skolnick, Mike Williams and Kirstin Forbes; as did the third-fourth team of Stan Westerman, Fran Daly and Joy Bartlett. The first-second team (Heidi Westerman, Meghan Day, Maggie Daly, Cheyanne Hawthorne, Shelbe Holben and Caitlin Forbes) won an exhibition battle with Moose Pass. Coach Ed Sotelo coordinated the practices and battles.

Parent volunteer Becky Holben has been coming to the school for the past week, helping students with music. Becky spends about a half an hour with each class helping them learn the basics of singing. Such help is appreciated.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Site council will meet at 2:45 p.m. Monday; everyone is welcome to attend.

First-graders had a great finish to the transportation unit. The students did an awesome job at the school parade Monday morning where they shared their transportation vehicles. Parents, remember to save the vehicles for the Soldotna St. Patrick's Day parade March 17.

More news can be found on the Web site at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/kbeach/news.

Mountain View Elementary

Family Reading Night, with various activities, will be Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in place of family math and science night. If you wish to get a pizza for your family, contact Mr. DeVolld at 283-6148.

Mountain View is planning another hepatitis immunization clinic for March 1. For more information, contact school nurse, Mary Lou Klauder.

Hawaii Day is Friday.

Mountain View's schoolwide forensics will be in the library Thursday and Friday.

Mr. Dawson's after-school wrestlers will have their final matches Thursday starting at 3:45 p.m. Parents are welcome to attend.

A musical program featuring fifth-grade classes will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the gym.

Nikiski Elementary

The Recycling Team collects newspaper, office paper and aluminum cans from the classrooms and the teachers' lounge. The school will tally the weights from each class for the Great Aluminum Round-up annual contest. Nikiski Elementary has done well in the past with the help of parents and students. Turn in aluminum cans only. Tin foil and other materials cannot be accepted. Label any bags of aluminum cans you bring in with the name of your student's classroom teacher.

In October the school entered the EconoClad 100 Ways Book Contest. This was a competition open to teachers to have their students write and illustrate a book titled "100 Ways I Love To Read." Ms. Cox worked with students during library classes, and they selected the best 100 submissions. They sent the book off and, although Nikiski Elementary didn't win, it did receive an honorable mention for best paintings. Ms. Cox is proud of the students and all the work they did to create "100 Ways I Love To Read."

The teachers thank parents who attended parent-teacher conferences. If you were unable to attend, contact your teacher as soon as possible to reschedule for a time convenient for you.

The school's forensics competition for grades four through six will be Friday.

North Star Elementary

North Star PTO would like to announce the literature and arts contest participants and winners for the theme, "To me, freedom means ..." North Star would like to thank judges Alan Bute and Roger and Marlene Pearson.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Visual arts for third and fourth grade: Bradi Anderson, Shandalyn DeVolld, Elizabeth Hartley, Kassi Johnson, Stefan Krogseng, Tyler Peek and Shelby Rumford;

Visual arts for fifth and sixth grade: Dakota DeVolld;

Visual arts for preschool through second grade: Stephen Hartley;

Literature for fifth and sixth grade: Dasian Langendorfer;

Literature for third and fourth grade: Tyler Peek;

Music for third and fourth grade: Madeline Knoll, Tyler Mabrey and Barbara Rorrison.

Redoubt Elementary

The school would like to thank all parents who attended conferences and visited the book fair.

Redoubt will offer a hepatitis immunization clinic March 8. Nurse Donna is sending home complete information.

School pictures will be taken Feb. 27 for kindergarten through third grade and Feb. 28 for fourth through sixth grades. Individual photos of all students will be taken on a preview basis. Do not send money on picture day for individual photos. You will pay if and when you choose to order photos. Group classroom photos will be taken on the same day on a prepay basis. Send your order and payment for group classroom photos on picture day.

Volunteers are needed to help with school pictures. For more information, call the school office at 262-9006.

District art specialist Celia Anderson arrived at Redoubt Tuesday and will stay through Feb. 28. She will teach a variety of art lessons to all grade levels.

Love of Reading Month continues. Keep reading your books for the reading challenge. Turn Off Your TV Week begins Monday. There will be alternate activities at the school that week.

Fourth- through sixth-grade students will present their musical program, "America Sings" March 12.

Sears Elementary

Dr. Seuss's birthday is March 1. Students will celebrate by reading Dr. Seuss books and eating green eggs and ham.

Shayla Dobson, artist in residence, left printmaking art around Sears. Stop by and view all of the great art pieces displayed on the walls.

PTA will meet Thursday at 5:30 p.m. There will be pizza, baby-sitting and a presentation about multi-age classrooms.

Friday is Storybook Character Day. Sears students are invited to come to school as favorite storybook character.

The Fun Fest will be Feb. 27. Sign a permission slip for your child to stay. Snack money is always appreciated by hungry children.

Mrs. Sorenson's and Mrs. Atchely's classes continue to work on their sense of place unit. They are reading books about mothers and fathers and enjoying stories about each other's families. They are busy writing stories about losing their first tooth and masks they built in class. They also finished their family portraits.

Soldotna Elementary

Soldotna Elementary held its annual spelling bee Feb. 12, featuring classroom spelling bee winners Colten Jensen, Delta Stogner, Theresa Ramponi, Teslin Hughes, Tyler Schneider-Taylor, Rachel Hanke, Shawn Hutto, Ryan Scaggs, Kelli Acton, Cory Ladwig, Raven Cervantes and Kahlia McDermott-Johnston. Kelli Acton placed first, and Cory Ladwig was the alternate. Kelli will go on to represent Soldotna Elementary School in the state competition.

Congratulations to the school secretary Michelle Gabriel and head custodian Patty Rich who were honored Monday night for their dedication to staff, students and parents at the school.

Gayle Buben, a third-grade teacher, and her student teacher, Ann Bower, created an exciting learning experience for their students when it was announced that Ms. Buben had "disappeared" and the students would have to find her. All children had to work together solving math and language arts clues located around the school to discover where Ms. Buben was.

Visit Soldotna Elementary to see the outstanding art on display after wonderful help and inspiration from art specialist Celia Anderson.

Tustumena Elementary

Tustumena welcomes Amber Fischer, the newly hired general music instructor. Amy Kruse will assist her by serving as the director of bands for the remainder of the school year.

The Tustumena third- and fourth-grade Battle of the Books participants are the district champions and are participating in the state Battle of the Books today. This year's team includes Mark Youngren, Erik Skjold and Wesley Matthews. Team alternates are David Laurie and Lydia VanSickle.

Tustumena will conduct its forensics competition for students in grades four through six Thursday.

The next site council meeting will be Monday at 4 p.m.

Congratulations to Mark Youngren, winner of the school spelling bee. Chris Klunder placed second and will serve as alternate should Mark be unable to attend the state spelling bee in the spring.

Love of Reading Week was a huge success. The school would like to thank the following people for their assistance: Tustumena staff, Mr. Halverson, Cosette Kilfoyle, the PTO, Kari Mohn, Lea Shields, Mezzy Hermansen, Mary Lambe, Brent Johnson, Kacey Cooper, Katy Sheridan, Mike Morgan, Karl Kircher, Christine Moerlein and Tammy Clancy. Behind the scenes decorating was done by Deena Guth, Denise Cox and Diane Duncan. Staff coordinators this year included Shellie Worsfold, Katie Blossom, Joy Jones and Karla Barkman.

Kenai Middle School

Kenai Middle School site council meets Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the library.

The cross-country ski team travels to Homer for the borough meet Saturday. Wrestlers go to Nikiski for a meet and volleyball players have a tournament at Ninilchik the same day.

The volleyball team is sponsoring a lock-in this Saturday from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m. Sunday for the first 50 girls who sign up. For more information, contact Ms. McSheehy.

Clark and Eddie Buffington recently competed in the Northwest National Invitational Wrestling Tournament in Oregon. Clark, an eighth-grader at KMS, placed first for his age and weight. Eddie, a sixth-grader, placed third for his age and weight.

Don't forget to check out the KMS Web site at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/kms/ for the February newsletter.

The school appreciates all those parents who attend conferences last week.

Soldotna Middle School

The Soldotna Middle School cross-country ski team has done three races so far this season. Everyone is enjoying the program, which features classic, skate and relay races. Soldotna's team is competing well against other peninsula schools with high finishes in all categories. They had strong showings at Homer and Kenai in 3K classic races and at Nikiski in a 2.2K skate relay race. The next race will be Saturday at Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview High School.

For part of Love of Reading Month, Monday will be Wear A Readable T-shirt Day.

SMS staff received training on the Make Your Day program from the founder of the program. He spent an entire day observing teachers and students and talking with parents. Make Your Day is a citizenship and self-discipline program.

The school is beginning to work on next year's class schedule. It is important to have parent representation and input regarding the school instructional program. If you are interested and available Monday to help scheduling, call Mr. Young at the school. Two parent-representative positions are still available.

The next PTSA meeting is Thursday at 5 p.m. The PTSA plans a chili-bingo night and requests parents to attend the meeting and help make this a great family fun-filled evening.


Connections staff is offering the Student Writing Intensive Workshop, but it's limited to the first 12 students. The workshop will be from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday, Feb. 28 and March 1. This class for grades five through eight allows parents and students to follow Andrew Pudewa's instruction on style and structure. Reserve your spot with Bill Rolph at Bill@kpbsd.k12.ak.us or 262-6315.

February's book and technology club booklets are available for pickup at the Connections office. Orders are due Friday.

The American Flag Poetry Contest entries are due to the Connections office by March 8. For more information, contact Tanya.

The state of Alaska Benchmark Tests for grades three, six and eight; the Terra Nova Achievement Tests for grades four, five, seven and nine and the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam will be given March 5 through 7 at Soldotna Bible Chapel in the central peninsula area or Methodist Church in Homer for south peninsula students. Tests may not be taken at the local school building.

The Soroptimist International is sponsoring its annual Young Women's Conference called "It's Good to be a Girl" for grades six through eight. The registration deadline is Friday with a $10 fee. Scholarships are available. The event will be at Solid Rock Camp March 2 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Applications are available at the Connections office.

Kenai Central High School

This week is Homegoing at Kenai Central High School. Dress-up days for the week include: Pajama Day, Duct Tape Day, Sports Day and Red, Black and White Day. The assembly will be Friday afternoon in the gym, where students will be crowned royalty. The Homegoing game is Saturday against Colony. Since this is the last home basketball game, senior players and cheerleaders will be recognized between the boys and girls varsity games. The Hawaiian dance will be Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. in the cafeteria.

The Student of the Month luncheon for January students will be Thursday in the media center.

Parents, meet in the teachers lounge Tuesday at 7 p.m. for after-graduation planning.

The last KCHS shot clinic will be March 12. For more information, refer to the February newsletter.

Congratulations to the following hockey players for being selected to all-region teams. First team: Brian Gabriel, defense; Adrian Borchgrevink, forward and Owen Brewer, forward. Second team: Kevin Oberg, forward. Region III Coach of the Year was Brian Gabriel Sr.

The following students placed in this year's VFW essay contest: Heather McIntyre and Melissa Vasilie placed first and second, respectively, at KCHS and within the district high schools. Tiffany Simpson placed third at KCHS and in the area's top eight.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

Prom will be April 27 at the Kenai Senior Center. Tickets purchased before March 1 are $30. After that, the price goes up to $35.

The junior class sells concession cards for $5 and $10. The concession stand is open four times a day.

An After The Bell program has started for seventh- and eighth-grade students Monday through Thursday. Mondays and Wednesdays are devoted to working on class assignments. Tuesdays and Thursdays will be for the Pass Key program. The cost is $20, but students can apply for a fee waiver. Students must sign up and have a parent permission form signed before they can attend. Students get a snack each day. Talk with the tutors if you have anything particular you want your student to work on.

Pass Key tutoring is available Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. for freshman through senior students who have concerns in math, reading or writing. This program is ideal for students that are preparing to take the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam. No fee is required, and students can drop in at their leisure.

Ninilchik School

Homecoming activities filled last week in conjunction with the Ninilchik tournament. Students wore pajamas, dressed as famous people and wore their finest Feb. 13 for the presentation of the royal court. Students introduced their most embarrassing moments, nicknames and plans for the future.

The following students were named to the royal court: Kelsey Rohr and Gregory Bosick, seventh-graders; Kendra Moerlein and John Chihuly, eighth-graders; Maureen McCombs and Connor Cooper, freshmen; Amanda Matson and Jason Schollenberg, sophomores; Whitney Leman and Steven Miller, juniors; and Molly Bosick and John Matson, seniors. Janelle Moerlein was queen and Jessie Hostetter was crowned king. Autumn Records and George Carpenter, first-grade students, were the crown bearers, and Tony Nakjua was the court jester.

Dorothy Gray, director of staff development, will hold a workshop to help children become better writers. The parents of fourth-grade through senior students are invited to attend a meeting today at 7 p.m. in the library.

There are home basketball games this week. Ninilchik JV will play the Nikiski C teams Thursday at 4 p.m. The varsity girls and boys will play Cook Inlet Academy at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The University of Alaska Anchorage coaches clinic is Friday and Saturday.

Skyview High School

Congratulations to the following Students of the Month for February: Roxanne Kotzin and Nicholas Kneba, social studies; Cady Bon and Erin Cooper, language arts; Bren Smith and Cameron Perry, science; Mista Sando and Elise Oskolkoff, math; Chris Ferrell and Brandi Aldridge, physical education; David Jackson, food technology; Zach Rohr, vocational technology; Ty Grenier, performing arts; Steve Powell, fine arts; Arthur Hedberg, work co-op; Nich Byrne, business; Jeremy Bon, world languages; Brittany Shaddy, health; Rachael Grimmer, aide; Katie Lockwood, Rotary Student of the Month; Charisse Keene, Chamber Student of the Month; Dianne Silva, teacher; and Sue Bacon, staff.

The Mr. and Mrs. Skyview contest will be Thursday. For more information, talk to Mr. Zobeck.

The PTSA will meet March 7 at 6:30 p.m.

The high school qualifying exams and TerraNova exam for freshmen will be the mornings of March 5, 6 and 7. Those who already have passed the exams can pick up a form from the office and have their parents sign to release them for those mornings. Those students will have to come to school in the afternoon.

Soldotna High School

Benjamin M. Histand, son of Mr. and Mrs. Stan Histand, and Janna C. Schaafsma, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Schaafsma, are among those selected as National Merit Finalists. Both Ben and Janna are seniors.

The National Merit Scholarship Program, one of the nation's most prestigious, selected the finalists from 16,200 semi-finalists. In May, the National Merit Scholarship Corporation will notify about 8,000 finalists that they will receive the merit scholarship awards.

Congratulations also to the February Rotary Students of the Month: Camila Leite, Molly Eastham, Leroy Shangin, Ryan Hughes, Aimee Renne, Hollie Johnson, Ty Mann-Schweigert, Kurt Romberg, Jessica Bloomfield, Tina Chu, Bryan Hupp, Charles Schwab, Chris Fulgham, Michelle O'Brien, Whitney Biggs and Mike O'Brien.

The school is on regular assembly schedule today. The Renaissance assembly will be in the commons at 2 this afternoon.

The University of Alaska Anchorage will host 32 SoHi students Thursday to participate in the annual Alaska Model U.N. The students will spend two days on the campus with others from throughout the state in simulated U.N. committee meetings and general assembly sessions.

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the Week are David Burger, Mariah Wall, Megan Bauder, Kaycee Munn, Garyn Munn, Miranda Twait, Michael Horton, Caleb Lyons Tyler Jensen, Trapper Alsworth, Jeremiah Niederhauser, Michael Bauder and Nikolas Smith.

Megan Bauder and Kaycee Munn were spelling bee champions in the first grade.

Cry of the Eagle, the school newspaper, has two editors who show excellent leadership. Michael Bauder and Nikolas Smith bring new articles and perspectives to print.

Reporters Chelsea Magee, Aaron Julien, Garyn Munn and Aaron Rowley interviewed Max Vavilov, who teaches high school math, Bible, biology and Russian. Leaving his family in Russia and Ukraine, he moved to America in 1994 looking for a Christian education, which he found at Cook Inlet Academy. "Trust God," is Mr. Vavilov's advice to students.

Holly Kopp, Tyler Taplin and Eric Bell report that gift bags for the Peru and Mexico mission trips should be labeled "boy" or "girl" and turned in to Mrs. Ireland's room. Teachers have appropriate bags.

Janine Ray, Lars Arneson, Khelby Kennedy and Reuben Shay surveyed the school on favorite beverage. Root beer won.

The spring program, PTF, is Monday.

Wings Christian Academy

Wings will have a valentine and an end-of-the-month party Friday. It combines a Valentine's Day and birthday celebration for students who had birthdays in December, January and February. Students with birthdays on those months will not have to pay anything. Students, remember to bring your physical education clothes.

The first Quiz-Em contest of the year was held recently at Wings. Becky McCoy of the lower learning center and Marcia Dutton of the upper learning center won.

The boys' basketball teams will have their first home games Tuesday against the Rams at 6 p.m. Feb. 28 they will play against the Valley Crusaders at 8 p.m.

The cleanest desks of the week award went to Brandon Ruffridge and Troy Consiel.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

Jane Fellman from the Safe Kids program will visit Head Start this week to talk about winter safety. Using their five senses, children will learn how they can understand winter conditions and how to dress appropriately. Safety Seal will make a surprise visit.

Miss Amanda brought snowshoes into school this week. She showed students how to use the shoes and why they are an important means of getting around in winter months. The Dena'ina word for snowshoe is "ush."

February is dental month at Head Start, and children are engaged in dental and health activities.

Children had a fun Valentine's craft and game day. The Dena'ina word for heart is, "kuz'in." The word for kindness is "dezhuni."

The next Family Night will be March 4.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

This week's helpers are Jillian, Sloan and Zachary.

Students shared cards during their valentine parties last week.

This week's lessons will be about president George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. Students will learn the important roles these two men played in the history of America. Several art projects will be included.

Next week, Olympics and exercise will be the topic of discussion.

The letter of the week is "W." Most students have mastered writing their names and know the sounds of each letter.

The Bible verse for February has been 1 Corinthians 13:4-13.

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