Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, February 27, 2002

Aurora Borealis Charter School

Second-graders finished their study of Japan and China with a Chinese lunch at the New Peking Restaurant and a Japanese tea at The Vintage Moose Tea Room. Students enjoyed using a Venn diagram to compare the two countries and studied their art, history, geography and literature.

The Aurora Borealis Charter School spelling bee champion is eighth-grader Trevor Kauffman. Trevor won with the word "pugilist" in the 26th round and will continue on to the state spelling bee in Anchorage March 11 and 12.

Aurora Borealis will conduct an enrollment lottery April 9. Personnel from Mikunda, Cottrell and Company CPAs 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. weekdays. 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.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Jump Rope for Heart will be during physical education classes the week beginning Monday. Mrs. Bagley is looking for a few volunteers and door prizes for the event.

The K-Beach PTA and artist Mark Anderson will host an opening reception for "Kids and Colors," an exhibition of K-Beach student work from primary grades. Bring the family out to a special exhibition of kids' paintings. It will be at 7 p.m. Friday at the Kenai Fine Art Center, 816 Cook St. in Old Town Kenai. Artists in Schools is a program of the Alaska State Council on the Arts with funding and support from the Alaska State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional funding was by Kalifornsky Beach PTA.

Congratulations to Rae Jackson, a second-grader in Mrs. McCoy's class, for collecting the most pledge money ($134.50) for the St. Jude's fund-raiser.

Ben Woodland is the Caribou spelling champion. Zach Misner is runner-up. The Anchorage spelling bee will be March 11 and 12.

For Love of Reading Month, K-Beach will host a reading bingo night Thursday.

Nominations are being taken for next year's PTA board members. Call Kelly at 260-4010.

Lost and found will be on display in the commons area this week. Parents and students need to claim their items.

Mountain View Elementary

Congratulations to the Mountain View third-fourth grade Battle of the Books team. It placed third in the district's battles. Way to go, Ben Gilman, Iris Schaumann, Kristina Taylor, Lincoln Wensley, Morgan Cunningham, Natalie Kurzendoerfer, Rachael Quiriarte, Saul Grimsley, Stuart Emmerich, Victoria Bounds and Lindsey Kaufman. The coaches were Monica Heath, John DeVolld, Dave Knudsen and Bill Vedders.

Another hepatitis clinic will be from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Friday. Contact nurse Mary Lou with any questions.

Friday will be Twin Day.

Mr. Knudsen's and Mr. Vedders' students are excited by the changes in the salmon incubation tank. Be sure and stop by and see the silver salmon alevin. They will soon use up all the nutrients in their yolk sacs. After they "button up" they will swim to the surface to gulp some air for their air bladder. This instinctive behavior is an amazing display. Once they achieve buoyancy, they are ready to start feeding.

Nikiski Elementary

Congratulations to Josie Oliva, grade five, who won first place in the school spelling bee. Anthony Brower was runner-up. Josie will go on to compete in Anchorage.

This week students are participating in Love of Reading activities. Students have been working on decorating their classroom doors with book covers and should be completed. On Monday they designed their own T-shirts and participated in an all-school parade to show off their projects. Today is Accelerated Reader Day, and school staff are encouraging students to wear red.

A forensics assembly will be held in the gym Friday beginning at 11 a.m. This assembly will announce the forensic winners for the school. Those winners will go on to compete boroughwide in March.

North Star Elementary

Congratulations to Tasha Thompson, the 2002 North Star Elementary spelling bee champion. Hunter Gallien and Tanner Thompson were the runners-up. Other classroom representatives included Lacey Kintz, Bobby Hime, Ben Heaverley, Elisha Chenault, Dalton Driver, Tyler Mabrey, Taylor Key, Jennifer Nickel and Sky Gabel.

Redoubt Elementary

The lost and found will be emptied Monday. Check for missing items.

Individual and class photos will be taken for kindergarten through third grade today and for grades four to six Thursday. Individual photos are on a preview basis. Class photos are on a prepay basis.

Love of Reading month continues. Teachers, students, families and community members are invited to log on to through Friday to fill out a survey about the book you currently are reading.

Mrs. Dusek's second-graders performed a readers' theater called "Piggie Pie" for Redoubt students and Mrs. Pillifant's seventh-grade class at Soldotna Middle School. Carol VanDerWege helped with this production.

Redoubt's grades four through six will present "America Sings," March 12.

The hepatitis immunization clinic will be March 8. Call nurse Donna with any questions.

Congratulations to Karen Senette who won the state hoop shoot competition for her grade, making 18 out of 25 baskets. She will represent Alaska in the region competition this week in Portland, Ore.

Congratulations to battery recycle drawing winners Tony Dombovy, Jonathon Knight, Amanda Norris and Claire Baalke; Campbell's Soup label drawing winners Nick Marquardt and Kioni Garcia; and Big G box tops drawing winner Braden Lichty and Will McDermid.

Sears Elementary

Today, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., is Fun Fest. Don't forget your child's permission slip and extra money for snacks. Fun Fest is a great after-school experience for your child.

Dr. Seuss's birthday is Friday. Sears students will celebrate by reading his books and enjoying green eggs and ham in the library.

Spring pictures will be Tuesday. Watch your child's Friday folder for more information. Family pictures will be offered in the evening. To schedule a time for family pictures or volunteer to help, call Ann at 283-5956.

The Kenai Central High School band will perform for Sears students at 9:15 a.m. March 12. Parents are welcome to come listen to the band.

March 11-15 is Battle of the Books week at Sears. Students who have been reading the battle books will get together and share their knowledge of each book.

On March 9, Sears PTA will have a sledding party from noon to 3 p.m. on the playground. Come and join the PTA for hot chocolate, cookies and lots of winter fun.

Soldotna Elementary

Congratulations to the Elks Club Students of the Month for January and February, Jeff Pindras and Bridgett Brooks. Jeff is a fifth-grader in Ms. Bobek's class and an inquisitive learner who does extra. He is kind and helps new students feel welcome. Bridgett is a fifth-grader in Ms. Pettijohn's class who is hard working, conscientious and reliable. She is a good, solid student who is kind to everyone.

Fun Buck winners for the week are Lily Zufelt, Nicholas Daigle, Samantha VanHeck, Ashley McCamon, Teslin Hughes, Tayler Hibbert and Samantha Seguin. They each were able to choose a new book from the principal's book shelf.

Check out the art and writing displays at the school. Art specialist Celia Anderson worked with all students to focus on different art standards, and creations are on exhibit in the halls and classrooms.

Outstanding writing by students is featured in the front foyer. As part of our schoolwide focus on writing, selections from each grade level are presented.

Attend the kindergarten music program March 7 at 11 a.m. in the gym. In addition, everyone is invited to the Soldotna Site-Based Council meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the library and the monthly PTA meeting March 7 at 3:45 p.m. in the library.

Sterling Elementary

Thursday from 5:30 to 8 p.m. will be Family Art Night at Sterling Elementary. This is a chance for family members to do creative artwork and have it turned into magnets, note cards, T-shirts, tote bags, aprons, calendars, ceramic mugs, hats, key chains and computer mouse pads. Prices range from $5 to $27. Come with your kids and enjoy the fun evening. Door prizes will be awarded Friday but you must do an art project to win. Money raised from this event will be used to purchase art supplies for the school.

And speaking of art, come see the framed artwork done by the students. You will find things hanging in the halls and the library.

The next awards assembly will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday.

PTA will make plans for the carnival to be held in April. Give a little time to help make this event a special day for the students.

The school still needs a "few good bodies" to be PTA officers for the coming year. The group will train you for the positions.

Tustumena Elementary

Tustumena has conducted the first of three emergency incident evacuation drills this week. The second, next week, is designed to better prepare staff and students for safe and efficient evacuation after retrieving outside clothing. The third drill, in March, will focus on earthquake safety.

The school forensic competition was Thursday. Mr. Cowans coordinated this year's event. Those individuals and teams qualifying for districtwide competition were Joe Malatesta, Jared Penning, Jess Carlson and Thomas Kircher, Ashley Halverson and Morgen Fowler, Melissa Blake, Edna Hagedorn and Ellen Holt, Olympia Chambers, Morgen Banks, Ashley Osmar, Tony Cole, and Jessica Hatten.

Tustumena's PTO elections have been moved up to the March meeting. Get your nominations submitted to the school or a PTO officer as soon as possible. This year's president, Lynda Blake, will not be running for reelection. Electing next year's officers in March, will let them be more involved in determining spending priorities for next year.

Parents with appropriate photos are asked to get them to the yearbook committee soon. The deadline for completing this year's edition is March 8. Contact Shellie Worsfold, Joy Jones or JoEllen Fowler if you have ideas for this year's publication.

Soldotna Middle School

The cross-country ski team has competed in four races. The girls won the fastest ski team award at the meet Feb. 16 and raced Saturday, both at the Tsalteshi Trails behind Skyview High School. The next race will be the borough meet Saturday in Seward.

Atz Kilcher and Clay Stephens will present a concert at 7 p.m. March 8 in the SMS gym to help the SMS soccer teams raise money for new soccer goals. Tickets are $3.

The SMS wrestling team is training for the borough tournament. Almost every wrestler has earned a T-shirt and will display them at the borough meet this weekend. The borough meet will begin at 10 a.m. at Kenai Middle School.

Yearbooks are available until Tuesday for $24.

Seventh- and eighth-grade reading students visit Redoubt Elementary each week to read to students in kindergarten through third grade. The reading students also hosted Sharon Hale as a guest reader at the Reading Cafe this week.

High school counselors will visit and talk with eighth-grade students March 11 from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. They will hand out scheduling information and talk about their schools. That evening both high schools will host eighth-grade parent nights at 6:30.


State of Alaska Benchmark Tests (grades three, six and eight), Terra Nova Achievement Tests (grades four, five, seven and nine) and the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam will be given Tuesday through March 7 at Soldotna Bible Chapel in the central Kenai Peninsula or Methodist Church in Homer. Connections students may not take tests at area school buildings.

For seniors, new scholarships are posted on the Web site at scholarships/local.htm.

This is the last week of the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska's home-school programs for this year. For more information, call the center at 283-2000.

The NASA, IMAGE satellite program is hosting its annual Northern Lights Essay Competition. Students submit essays and are grouped into levels kindergarten to two, three and four, five and six, seven to nine and 10 to 12. The three best essays in each level will earn certificates and the winner gets a $50 prize. Visit and click on "Alaskan Schools" to view last year's winning essays. For more information, contact Sten Odenwald at The competition is open until April 1.

Interior Distance Education of Alaska

Congratulations to region spelling bee champion Rachel Bogard, grade six. Zoe Tollefsrud, grade five, placed second and Sarah Cobb, grade four, took third place.

Benchmark Testing and High School Qualifying exams are scheduled for Monday through March 8. Refer to the dates, location and times below for each grade level:

Tests for Kasilof, Kenai, Nikiski and Soldotna will be at the Soldotna Sports Center starting Monday. Grade three, six and eight check in at 12:30 p.m. Grades 10 to 12 check in at 8:30 a.m.

Tests for Seward and Moose Pass will be at the Seward Community Library starting Monday. Grades three, six and eight test check in at noon. Grades 10 to 12 check in at 8 a.m.

Tests for Anchor Point, Clam Gulch, Fritz Creek, Halibut Cove, Homer, Nikolaevsk and Ninilchik will be at Land's End Quarterdeck in Homer starting Monday. Grades three, six and eight check in at 12:30 p.m. Grades 10 to 12 check in at 8:30 a.m.

For more information, visit

Kenai Central High School

The spring drama production of "Mixed Nuts," a zany comedy about a group of aspiring, young actors in New York, will be presented at 7 p.m. March 7, 8 and 9 and 3 p.m. March 10.

The last KCHS shot clinic is March 12. Permission forms are available in the February newsletter and must be returned by March 11.

The academic awards banquet will be at 6:30 p.m. March 12 in the cafeteria.

Congratulations to Natalie Carmichael and Denali Tufto, who will represent Alaska in the Arctic Winter Games in Greenland during spring break.

The pool is open throughout the week. Lap swim is from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. Open swim is 7 to 8:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Water aerobics is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 283-7476.

KCHS Spanish classes are looking for volunteers. If you speak Spanish, can demonstrate tortilla making or just have knowledge about Hispanic culture, contact Laura Sievert at or call 283-7524.

Check out the school calendar at for information about upcoming events.

Skyview High School

Those students who already have passed the High School Graduation Qualifying Exams can pick up a form from the office and have their parents sign to be released for the morning of the test. They must come to school for the afternoon. Parents, make sure your students get a good night's rest for the tests.

The Mr. and Mrs. Skyview Contest will be Thursday. Talk to Mr. Zobeck for more details.

Congratulations to the Battle of the Books team for winning the district title and placing third in state.

Congratulations to Linda Raemaeker for receiving the BP Teacher of Excellence Award.

Congratulations to the girls' ski team for taking the Region III championship title.

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

Skyview High School presents "Once Upon a Mattress: The Princess and the Pea," a musical, at 7:30 p.m. March 8 and 2 and 7:30 p.m. March 9 at the SoHi auditorium. Tickets will be $5 at the door.

Eighth-grade parent night will be at 6:30 p.m. March 11 in the Skyview library.

Registration for eighth-graders will be the week of March 11 at Soldotna Middle School.

Soldotna High School

Today at noon February's Students of the Month will be honored with a pizza luncheon in Mrs. Carver's room.

Juniors and seniors who have passed the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam will be on minimum day schedules. Regular classes will begin at 11 a.m. each morning. On Tuesday the school will run periods one through three. On Wednesday, it will run periods four through six. On Thursday, it will run all classes, one through six, on a shortened time schedule. For questions about testing or the schedule for those three days, call SoHi at 262-7411.

The eighth-grade parent information meeting will be in the library March 11 at 6:30 p.m. Any parent or guardian of a student who will attend SoHi in the fall is encouraged to come.

For more information, see the Web at

Cook Inlet Academy

The school's Voice of Democracy essay contest winners were Miranda Zindel, Jacob Peterson and Jenna Zufelt. Sept. 11 heavily influenced the papers. The school thanks Joe Jurco for helping with radio recording tips.

The eighth grade won the contest to bring the most mission bags for donating to children in Mexico and Peru. Students will receive an ice cream party. The first grade came in a close second.

Topics for Missions Week included work in Peru, Child Evangelism Fellowship, Operation Barnabas and Samaritan's Purse. Students also shared their own missionary experiences.

Homer's Community Christian School hosted the Christian schools' spelling bee Feb. 8 and CIA students did well.

First grade: Megan Bauder, first; Kaycee Munn, fourth;

Second grade: Miranda Beller, first; Chemaine Yarnes, third;

Third grade: Cody Munn, first; Lauren Bauder third;

Fourth grade: Kaitlyn Barkman, second; Hilary Domke, third;

Fifth grade: Janine Ray, first; Chelsea Magee, third;

Sixth grade: Brooke Forsi, third; Danny Naburger, fourth;

Seventh grade: Melissa Moffis, second; Chuck Kopp, third; and

Eighth grade: Lindsey Bauder, first; and Alyse Cialek, third.

Lindsey Bauder and Melissa Moffis won overall and will head to regionals in Wasilla.

Students of the Week are Ryan Kimball, Blake Taplin, Jody Kopp, Megan Bauder, Lacey Cashman, Adam Uchtman, Keefe O'Dell, Chelsea Magee, Liam Andrus and Jacob Boudreaux.

Grace Lutheran School

Grace Lutheran School students have been turning up their vocal chords for a special performance at the Soldotna Senior Citizens Center Thursday. All students, kindergarten through eighth grade will be singing a variety of songs they have learned throughout the year.

Tami Schmidt, an elementary education major at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn., is getting classroom experience as she lends a hand with students this week.

The third- and fourth-graders continue to work at speeding through their math facts at the rate of 100 facts in five minutes, scoring 98 percent or better. Kudos to Nick Pokryfki, who reached this goal with multiplication facts, and Kathryn Love, who did the same with subtraction facts.

The fifth- and sixth-graders have been delving into the history of ancient Greece. Students researched and reported on a god or goddess of Greek mythology. Meanwhile, the seventh- and eighth-graders have been looking into causes and effects of the Great Depression.

The primary room students are traveling the world once again, this time to the island continent of Australia. They are becoming experts on the Land Down Under, discovering the works of God's creation there from massive Ayer's Rock to amazing marsupials.

Grace Lutheran School is taking enrollments for the 2002-03 school year. For further information, contact school minister Dennis Lockwee at 283-9551.

Wings Christian Academy

Wings will have its annual spirit month for the students. Every Friday of the month of March will be a spirit day. The four spirit days will be PJ Day, Kids Day, Inside-out Day and Snowman Day. On those days the students will dress up and display school spirit. On Snowman Day the students will get off early and go outside to have a contest to see who can make the best snowman with the most school spirit.

The boys' basketball team will play a home game against the Valley Crusaders at 8 p.m. Thursday. They also will play a home game Friday starting at 6 p.m. They will play Cornerstone.

The cleanest desk of the week award goes to Jacob Sutton of the upper learning center and Zachary Bargar of the lower learning center.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool

Last week was Dental Health Week at Kenai Co-op. Preschoolers painted with dental floss and practiced brushing on boiled eggs soaked in coffee and soda. Students brought in and sampled foods that are healthy for their teeth. Harley Oleson and her little sister Hannah brought in a banana and a fresh pineapple from Hawaii.

This week students will have a belated Presidents Day and Chinese New Year Day. Students will learn about money and make mini cherry pies on Presidents Day. On Chinese New Year Day preschoolers will prepare fried rice and eat with chop sticks.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

Head Start staff and families say "chiqinik" to Jane Fellman, from the Safe Kids program, who showed the kids how to dress for winter weather conditions. Safety Seal was a big hit in the classroom, as well.

The staff also appreciates the Kenai Peninsula Reading Council, which sponsored an "eat dessert first" evening to collect new books for the program. The teachers and children love the new books.

Head Start families and friends are invited to Family Fun Day from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturdays in the Kenai Recreation Center gym. This is a free activity for Kenai Head Start families.

Head Start also is offering infant and toddler time from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Mondays beginning this Monday in the new family house building. This is a time for parents and their infants and toddlers, between the ages of 9 months to 2.5 years, to come together in a play group setting. For more information, call 283-0707.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

This week's helpers are William, Ella, Hannah and Savannah. Helpers have been doing a great job being line leaders, handing out papers and saying meal-time prayer.

This week the focus will be on exercise, fitness, health and nutrition. The class will discuss foods that are healthy, how to take care of our bodies by exercising and good personal hygiene.

Students will have their own winter Olympics. Some of the events will include sled pulling, relay, obstacle courses and puck shooting. An awards ceremony will be held at the end of the week.

The Good Choice Award went to Andrew last week for looking at books quietly during library time.

For more information call 262-1284.

Sterling Head Start

Love and friendship was the class theme for the week of Valentine's Day. The school's discovery table was filled with red water and floating Valentine messages.

The morning class held a Valentine's Day celebration with the parents and staff members exchanging valentines, singing songs and playing games.

Last week's theme was music. Actors from the Kenai Performers visited Sterling Head Start and sang songs for the children. The children spent their week experimenting and playing with different kinds of instruments. They also made their own kazoos while learning new songs.

This week the children will go to Sterling Elementary School to participate in the Reading is Fundamental program. The children will be able to pick out a new book they can keep.

To have information published in Schools, please 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 or by fax at 283-3299.

The deadline for submission is Thursday at 5 p.m. for publication in the following Wednesday's paper. For information, contact Shana Loshbaugh at 283-7551.

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