School news around the district

Posted: Wednesday, February 28, 2001

Aurora Borealis Charter School

Mr. Severson will take his third- and fourth-grade class on a field trip to Anchorage Friday and Saturday. They will begin an Alaska unit Friday by going to the Alaska Native Heritage Center, the Alaska Discovery Theater and the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. Saturday they will attend the ceremonial start in Anchorage of the Iditarod.

Congratulations to the Aurora Borealis Charter School junior high students for their results in the recent Voice of Democracy Essay contest sponsored by the VFW. Whitney Rysdyk, a seventh-grader, placed first at the district level; Danielle Severson, an eighth-grader, placed third at the state level; and Aaron Lampman-Reid, an eighth-grader, placed first at the state level.

ABC is taking names for its annual enrollment lottery. For more information, call the office for at 283-0292.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The physical education Students of the Month for January were Garrett Williams, Misty Pearcy, Heather Drake, Trey Young, Karl Straume, Lindsey Wood, Tanner Abendroth, Amanda Skaggs, Destiny Turnbull, Tyler McGillivray, Justin Miller, Lindsey Ansotegui, Lora Watson, Hunter Jackinsky, Bleu Schachinger, Johnny Tennison, Kayla Eide, Kraig Mims, Hannah Joy, and Josh Silba.

Winners of the dioramas sponsored by the library are: First place: Chyanne Lewis with "And Thumbelina," first; Rem West with "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire," second; and Ashley Cline with "Mattimeo," third. Ariel Vail and Ashley Huff were the drawing winners.

Marcus Biggs was Teacher of the Day last week. He signed (used sign language) to read "King Bigood's in the Bathtub" for Mrs. Tobin's fourth-grade class.

Helping Kids Succeed, Alaska Style will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the school library. Judy Downs and Bev Edwards will present information to help parents help kids. Each family will receive a free "Assets" book. Free child care and snacks will be provided, too. For more information call Bev at 262-1463

For up-to-date news, stop by the school Web site at

Mountain View Elementary

First-place winners of the school forensics meet will represent Mountain View at the borough meet Saturday. They are Brian Denesen, fourth grade, and Ian Uponen, fifth grade, in humorous poetry; Robert Cissell, fourth grade, and Rebecca Gilman, fifth grade, in humorous prose; Eliza Chadwick, fourth grade, and Nate Saltzgiver, fifth grade, in nonhumorous poetry; Molly Watkins, fourth grade, in nonhumorous prose; Alex Sonnichsen, fourth grade, and Kris Larson, fifth grade, in storytelling; Lynn Ziehmer, fourth grade, and Cody Blomburg, fifth grade, in interpretive reading; Corey Sterling, Madison Cheeseman, Mallina Donovan, Sheena Anderson and Andrew Supple, fourth grade; and Cody Booth, Les Baker, Derrek Harris, Jeremy Dyson and Sean Reamann, fifth grade, in multiple interpretive reading; Christina Fischer and Leah Stephens, fourth grade, and Geanina Judge and Miranda Pollard, fifth grade, multiple poetry; Ben Matson and Wesley Bushnell, fourth grade; and Kyla Steward and Megan Gabriel, fifth grade, multiple prose.

Mr. Vedders' class will tour a museum created by their fifth-grade study buddies in Mrs. Ermold's class. They will learn about explorers from the past and present.

Librarian John DeVolld thanks Cody Anderson, Carisa Rodriguez, Loretta Pearce, Phil Sonnichsen and the PTA for purchasing and donating books from the book fair for the library.

Nurse Marji Campbell reminds everyone of the second immunization clinic March 9. For more information, look in the Tuesday packets or call the nurse's office.

Mr. Knudsen's students received cursive handwriting licenses this week. They celebrated with a trip to Kenai Central High School, where they completed a handwriting-based art project with Mr. Burgener's third-hour art class, listened to children's stories written by Mrs. DeVolld's literature students and interviewed Mr. Stewart, the principal.

Nikiski Elementary

Mr. Floyd's fifth-grade class will do the "Rendezvous with a Comet" space mission at the Challenger Center Friday and sing at the Kenai Senior Center afterward.

Congratulations to the students whose Reflection entries will go to state level: Elizabeth Hammond, literature, musical composition and photography; Mike Wicker, literature; Jacit Conright, photography; and Kelsey Williams, visual arts.

A new lunch snack program policy now is in place. Review the new guidelines with your children. Snacks only will be sold Wednesdays and Fridays. Students only may buy two snack items. They must have eaten all their lunch and show the duty teacher their tray, or they will not be eligible for snack. Snacks must be eaten in the gym and are not permitted on the playground or in classrooms. The school hopes changes will ensure that all students receive a healthy meal each day.

Congratulations to the winners of the all-school forensic competition: fourth-graders Anastasia Trenton, Elizabeth Hammond and Jose Oliva; fifth-graders Lucas Salonen, Bonniejean Dobbs, Andrea Dols, Leora Olsen and Billie Rae Parrish; and sixth-graders Michelle Dodge, Heather Hite, Jacit Conright, Heather Faeo, Hanna Anderson, Tyler Payment and Christie Weaver. They will compete at the borough level Saturday.

The site-based council will meet Monday at 3:45 p.m. in the school library. Parents are welcome to attend.

For Love of Reading Month, students decorated T-shirts with the titles of favorite books. Today they are wearing decorated T-shirts.

North Star Elementary

Preschool will meet in the lower activity room from 9 to 10:30 a.m. today. There also will be a Family Fun Night from 3:30 to 5 today.

Tinikling will take place at Nikiski High School on Thursday from 3:30 to 6 p.m. and Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the North Star upper activity room.

The Science Club for Girls will meet in room six from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday and March 8.

The Kenai Health Clinic will hold a free hepatitis immunization clinic Tuesday starting in the morning. Bring in your permission slip to get the shots. More forms are available in the office.

Third- and sixth-grade students will take the benchmark tests through Friday. Fourth-grade students will take the CAT-5 tests through March 9.

Redoubt Elementary

Redoubt Elementary will host a Special Olympics World Games Assembly at 12:45 p.m. Friday.

Soldotna High School will sponsor a community musical, "Annie Get Your Gun." Four Redoubt students are in the production with openings for 12 more. Parents are invited to take part. The school is specifically looking for people to be both Indians in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and townspeople. If you are interested and would like to know more, contact Debbie Griffin at 262-9006.

Intramural basketball games begin Monday. Students will work on team selection and spirit posters this week.

Turn Off Your TV Week begins Friday with evening activities at school during that week. Every student participating will receive a prize. The class with the most students participating will receive an ice cream party.

Family Reading Night is every Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 for all Redoubt students and their families.

The following school winners will represent Redoubt at the borough forensic meet Saturday:

Fourth-graders: Tyler Best, first; Allyson Oberts, second; and Jesse Chumley, third, for humorous poetry. Hannah Delaney, first; Luke Lanyon, second; and Samantha Moeller and Amanda Norris, third, for nonhumorous poetry. Dustin Winters, first, for interpretive reading.

Fifth-graders: Kailie Nelson, first; Amanda Baer, second; and Delainie Burford, third, for humorous poetry. Jessica Oglesbee, first; Hilary Horstman, second; and Ashley Metcalfe, third, for nonhumorous poetry. Garrett Redford, first, for humorous prose. Sierra Ball, first; Paul Blacklock, second; and Shelly Barker, third, for nonhumorous prose. Azzur Hoffman, Mavica McLane and Ethan Waters, first; Melinda Larion, Ariel Berestoff, Danielle Haselow and Samantha Georges, second; and Kara Dolifka and Jaclyn Stafford, third, for multiple prose. Amanda Baer and Jordan Love, first; Jessica Oglesbee and Michelle Siter, second; and Kyle Eckerman, Brandon Bixby and Paul Blacklock, third, for multiple poetry. Danielle Haselow, first; Rosemary Houglum, second; and Brit Emery, third, for storytelling. Wes Stephl, first; Krikkit Holly, second; and Michelle Siter, third, for interpretive reading. Delbert Leavitt, Shelly Barker and Katalia Valencia, first; Todd Burow and Jason Moody, second; and Sierra Ball, Hilary Horstman and Brittany Dukowitz, third, for multiple interpretive reading.

Sixth-graders: Morgan McCall, first; Amy Hundertmark, second; and Dustin Miller, third, for humorous poetry. Lauren Senette, first; Elizabeth Rohloff, second; and Samantha Peterson, third, for nonhumorous poetry. Brittany Boulette, first; Kelsey Cain, second; and Zack Chapman, third, for humorous prose. Chet Syverson, first; Heather Lichty, second; and Eric Shapley, third, for nonhumorous prose. Lydia Ames, first; Rebekah Summer, second; and Patrick Moore, third, for storytelling. Brent Griffin, first; Ethan Parker, second; and Alyssa Emery, third, for interpretive reading. Matt Lewis, Willie Boyles, Jake Ciufo, Kyle Denbrock and Mario Lama, first; and Lydia Ames, April Alvarez, Kelsey Cain and Rebekah Summer, second, for multiple interpretive reading.

Sears Elementary

Remember to turn in your box tops. The March deadline is approaching. The money earned from box tops will purchase new books for the level book room.

Mrs. Anderson's class visited the Kenai Community Library. Does your child have a library card yet? It is a great way to encourage your child to read.

Mrs. Sorenson's class took a trip to the Soldotna Sports Center for ice skating fun and had lunch at McDonald's.

Mrs. Porter's class wrote letters to pen pals in Las Vegas telling them about Alaska.

The PTA thanks the librarian, Mrs. Cowgill. She did a wonderful job with the Artist in the School program. She also received a Reflections grant from the state PTA, which requested a poster about the school's artist program to display at the state PTA Convention in Anchorage in April.

School pictures will be March 27. Family pictures will be offered that evening from 5 to 8 p.m. To make an appointment for a family picture, call the school office. To volunteer to help with picture day, contact Amy at 283-8413. Watch for your child's Friday folder for more information.

Remember to fill out the form to have a message printed to your child in the Memory Book. For information about the Memory Book, contact Loralee at 283-8179.

Soldotna Elementary

Congratulations to J. Mohorcich, the top speller in the Soldotna Elementary School Spelling Bee held Thursday. J. won by spelling the word "oasis" correctly. He will represent the school at the state spelling bee in Anchorage in March. Congratulations also to Gabe Van Zee, alternate winner in the school bee.

Third- and sixth-grade students will take the state benchmark tests this week. Parents, make sure they have a good breakfast, a good night's sleep and a hug so they can do their best.

Congratulations to the recent fun buck winners.

The following students earned thanks for performing good deeds: Cindi Hudson, Caroline Walker, Austin Druce, Brook Hughes, Shalynda Daigle, Ben Piatt, Aubrey Morgan, Adam Trippe, Cierra Vandehey, Rebecca Holt, Kale Shader, Dominique Assign, Logan Hunching, Chile Manyfold, Sierra Madden and Ryan Soli.

The site-based improvement council will meet Thursday at 4 p.m. The meeting is open to the public.

Sterling Elementary

The elementary forensics meet winners in grade six were Nichole Van Ryzin, Kelly Seggerman, Ariel Barker, Kendra Merkes, Brianne Bias, Brittany West, Alecia Smith, Katie Dockery, Shannon Lindley, Vanessa Cleveland, and Nichol Searfus. Winners in grade five were Danika Neal, Mara Mohler, Christina Barnes, Andrea Nichols, Maria Perzechino, Justin Orth, Steve Burlison, Lee Burlison, Ashley Gregory, Marissa Moore, Angie Arp and Briann Lange. Winners in grade four were Austin Struthers, Ramona Walsh, Brittney Meyer, April Heffner, Brittney Smith, Natasha Mallett, Matt Grub and Robert Skuse.

The book bingo and nacho feed to raise money for the Reading is Fundamental book giveaway was a success, thanks to the many volunteers and staff. Everyone went home with a full stomach and plenty of reading material. Mrs. Lyons and Mrs. Freese took the lead on this one.

Thanks to the PTA, there will be snacks for children to eat during the Benchmark and CAT-5 test days.

Friday is Falcon Fun Night for grades three through six from 3:45 to 6. Come on down and join the fun. The student awards assembly will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday in the gym.

The site-based council will meet Monday after school to discuss the district's planned staff changes for Sterling next year.

Tuesday is the spring music concert. Watch the sign out front and letters home for details.

Tustumena Elementary

Class pictures will be taken March 7.

The PTO is selling shirts and sweatshirts. Order forms have been sent home. The sale ends March 7.

Mrs. Knobf's class is selling raffle tickets for a friendship star quilt made by her class. Tickets are $5 each or three for $10. The money raised will be used for her class to visit the Kenai Fjords. The class thanks Mrs. Ely for helping with the project.

The library could win a set of 2001 World Book Encyclopedias at the Alaska Library Association conference in March. Each library in the state is eligible. $1 donations can be made to the library. These donations increase the chance the library has at winning the encyclopedias.

If you can serve as a PTO officer, call Judy Johnson, PTO president, at 262-4763 or the school office at 262-4844. Each position is a one-year term.

Wrestling practice is every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. For more information, call 260-3448.

Congratulations to the students who qualified to compete at the borough forensic competition: fourth-graders Michelle Martin for humorous poetry and Tammy Gist for nonhumorous poetry; fifth-graders Shyan Ely for humorous poetry, Melissa Blake for nonhumorous poetry, Ellen Holt for humorous prose, Scott Begins and Anthony Silva for multiple poetry, Jacob Lester for interpretive reading, and Olympia Chambers and Christina Strange for multiple interpretive reading; and sixth-grader Taylor Karnikis for interpretive reading.

Kenai Middle School

Congratulations to the Students of the Month for February: Luke Baumer, Elizabeth Fischer, Crystal Goggia, Christina Harman, Eric Katelnikoff, Brandy Martinez, Nolan Schmidt, Sydney Scott, Toshua Wade, Cory Whiteley, Hailey Wisniewski and Ashley Woolley. They were treated to lunch at Burger King Thursday.

Sixth-grade volleyball began Monday. Students need to have their paperwork turned in before they can practice.

A contest was held between study hall classes last week. School staff brought in pictures from younger days and students were to figure out which staff member was in the picture. The class with the most correct answers won an ice cream party during study hall.

Start collecting crushed aluminum cans. Students can turn in their 10 pounds April 3 and 4. Those who bring in cans may sign up first for mini courses April 6.

Yearbooks still may be ordered. The price is $20. Monday is the last day to turn in money for a yearbook.

Bring in General Mills box tops. Students should put their names on the back of the box tops. A drawing is held each Friday morning, and the winner receives a coupon for free candy from the school store.

Soldotna Middle School

Congratulations to the Battle of the Books team, which successfully defended the school's state championship.

The February Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month is seventh-grader Heather Sinclair.

The Dairy Queen winners of the week are student Hannah Anderson and staff member David Boyle.

CAT-5 and Benchmark testing will conclude Thursday. Make-up exams will be Monday through March 7.

There will be a Fortnight Friday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Borough wrestling begins Saturday at home, and the maroon volleyball team will travel to Homer. The silver volleyball team is to be announced.

Soldotna and Skyview high schools will hold orientations for incoming ninth-grade students Thursday at 6:30 pm. at the high schools.

Newsletters were mailed Friday. If you have not received yours, contact the school. In the "Important Dates to Remember" section, the time regarding the high school orientations is incorrect. The letter from the principal and this article have the correct times.


Connections will hold a series of informational meetings for developing an educational program that best meets the needs of the children. The program combines elements of home school and cyber school with conventional public school opportunities into an individualized educational experience. The program wants to learn and implement successful, home-based educational programs and ideas. The director of the Connections Program will meet in eight communities as follows:

Thursday, 1:30-3 p.m. at the Challenger Learning Center in Kenai;

Friday, 1:30-3 p.m. at the Nikiski Senior Center;

Tuesday, 1-3 p.m. at the Pratt Museum in Homer;

Tuesday, 4-6 p.m. at Chapman Elementary School, room 23, at Anchor Point;

March 9, 1-3 p.m. at the Borough Building, rooms A and B, in Soldotna;

March 13, 1-3 p.m. at the Seward Senior Center;

March 14, 6-8 p.m. at the Sterling Senior Center; and

March 15, 1-3 p.m. at the Kasilof Community Church.

The CAT-5 tests for grades four and seven will be given at the Borough Building beginning March 8. For further information, contact Bill Rolph.

Kenai Central High School

Congratulations to the hockey team for receiving the academic award at the state competition.

Homegoing week starts Monday. Activities will include dress-up days, locker decorations, an assembly and a dance. Show your spirit for the last home basketball games.

The academic banquet will be Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria for students who earned a 3.5 GPA or above during the fall semester. Judge Charles Cranston will be the guest speaker, and the KCHS jazz band will provide music. The dinner will be a potluck.

Class ring packets are being handed out. If you want one, see the junior class officers at lunch in the commons.

Mass health screening for ninth- and 11-graders is in March. Nurse Richeson needs volunteers with or without nursing backgrounds. If you can help, call the school at 283-7524.

The High School Graduating Qualifying Exam started Tuesday and runs through Thursday. Students taking the tests are all sophomores, any juniors new to the district since fall 2000 tests and juniors who need to retake any of the tests. Juniors uncertain of which tests to take should see a counselor now. Free breakfast for all test takers is in the cafeteria at 7:30 a.m. each day.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

Yearbooks are still on sale for $55 or $60 for a personalized cover. The books are sold in the school bookstore on Wednesdays and Fridays. After spring break yearbooks will not be available anymore. The books will be delivered in May.

The next ACT registration deadline is Friday.

The High School Qualifying Exam tests are this week. Encourage students to prepare for the test by getting plenty of rest and trying their hardest. For more information on the SATs, ACTs or High School Qualifying Exam, contact the school counselor.

A community talent show rehearsal will be Thursday at 3 p.m. The talent show will be Saturday at 7 p.m.

Ninilchik School

Freestyle wrestling is open for boys and girls 6 years and older. Practices will be Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8 p.m. in the hydrogym. For more information, contact Mike Vanderford or Kevin Zimmerman.

Congratulations to Tera Schnabl, Kelsey Rohr and Alex Walkoff, who placed fourth in the district Battle of the Books competition.

Jesse Leman is the school spelling bee winner.

Citizens of the Month for January were Jack Wheeler, Hunter Cooper, Zabrina Sparkman, Molly Byrne, Danielle Henry, John Chihuly, John Paul Russo, Andy Tholberg and Dale Stradford.

The high school band will host a talent show Monday at 7 p.m.

There will be a shot clinic at Ninilchik School March 15 at 9 a.m. Be sure to return your permission slips.

Skyview High School

Congratulations to the Battle of the Books team for winning the state championship.

The Mock Trial Team of Melissa Bixby, Matt Burdick, Paul Shadura, Laura Tarbox, Jinnie Hanson, Sadie Hansen, Amber Kraxberger and Austin MacDonald traveled to Anchorage for their competition over the weekend.

Counselors will visit Soldotna Middle School Thursday to register students coming to Skyview next year. There will be a parent meeting that evening at 6:30 p.m. in the high school library for all parents of eighth-graders who will attend Skyview.

The Class of 2004 will sponsor a spring dance March 10 from 8 to 11 p.m. The cost is $5, and dress is casual.

The Skyview talent show will be March 8 at 7 p.m. in the commons. Tryouts for the 16 spots will be next week. Anyone interested in trying out should see Mrs. Truesdell or Mrs. Lawyer.

Meeting are scheduled every Tuesday night at 6:30 p.m. in the library to plan the after-graduation party. All parents of seniors are asked to attend to make this special evening exciting and safe.

Skyview news is available at or by contacting John Andrews, director of athletics and activities, at 260-2315.

Soldotna High School

Soldotna High School students are currently taking the high school qualifying exam. Today is the second day of three test days. Students are reminded to have a nutritional breakfast each morning before testing.

Parents of eighth-graders who will attend SoHi next year are invited to a parent orientation night Thursday at 6:30 p.m. Sylvia Reynolds, the principal, will host a power-point presentation about Soldotna academics, activities and opportunities. There will be tours of the facility and a question-and-answer period. The meeting will be in the library.

Spring Spirit Week starts Monday. Monday will be "G Day," Tuesday will be Hawaiian Day, March 7 will be Dress-up Day, March 8 will be Mardi Gras-Costume Day and March 9 will be Spirit Day. Activities also will be conducted during breaks and at lunch.

SoHi government students are sponsoring a blood drive March 8 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate. For more information, see Emily Daly.

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Cook Inlet Academy

Congratulations to the Students of the Week: Lacy Cashman, Mariah Huhndorf, Ryan Doyle, Davie Burger and the preschool class. Attitude, behavior, academics, honesty and etiquette are considered for this award.

The soup label project needs only 500 more labels by April to earn a listening center audio set with eight headphones. The total cost of the listening center is 14,000 labels. Campbell's, Swanson, Prego, Franco-American, V-8, Vlasic, Pace, OPM Pit and Milchuck Pickles brand names count for the totals. Save the whole label or lid and bring your collection to the school office or mail it to Mrs. Horton at P.O. Box 2252, Soldotna, AK 99669.

The girls' basketball team played an exciting game last weekend, by taking charge and turning the score completely around.

The speech meet will be Friday in Anchorage, starting at 8:30 a.m.

Wings Christian Academy

The basketball season is up and going. The Eagles played Togiak Friday and Saturday. The Eagles will play Corner Stone on Thursday. The girls game starts at 4 p.m. and the boys game will follow. Friday the girls will play Seldovia at 6:30 p.m. There will be no boys game.

The Eagles traveled to Grace Christian, and the boys won. The boys also played Lumen Christi. The teams did a great job and had a good trip except for some minor bus difficulties and green antifreeze leaks.

Wings students, parents and friends went to Alaska Great Skate as a fund-raiser for internationals. They had a great time. The school thanks Alaska Great Skate for its support.

Many students have earned denim days and nonuniform days for bringing in box tops. Brandon Ruffridge earned two denim days. Kaylee Burger and Andy Gunter each earned one denim day. Megan Ruffridge earned two nonuniform days, and Jessica Sanders, and Melissa Newton earned one nonuniform day.

Austin and Naomi Pettey received the cleanest desks of the week award.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

The Head Start children enjoyed their visit to the Challenger Learning Center with Miss Wendy. They sat at computer screens with headphones and got a bird's-eye view of a space ship's flight to Mars in the mission control center. They watched themselves on a big television screen, took turns at the controls of the space ship and experienced different experiment stations. They saw rainbows through special glasses that detect different gases in space.

The children are learning the names and locations of the planets, making space ships from recycled materials and eating astronaut foods. They also have been doing activities with the letter "M" like counting and examining money, making mashed potatoes and decorating an "M" with macaroni.

Tracy from Dental Project was scheduled to discuss dental health care at the parent family meeting Tuesday.

The children will sing and dance with other tribal dance groups at the Heyi program from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Fort Kenay on March 8.

Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for March 15 and 16.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

This week's helpers are Dani, Kylie, Alex and Ali.

Congratulations to Dezmond on becoming a big brother.

The school would like to thank Teri for keeping the play toys clean. The teachers also thank Haley and Shelby for sharing their birthday treats with the class and Mim for providing muffins for snack.

This week's lesson will be on quilts and patterns. Students will learn what a pattern is, study patterns in quilts and make a small quilt.

The children have enjoyed sliding down the big snow hills during recess in the afternoon.

This week's Bible story is about Jesus walking on water and helping his friends.

For more information, contact Chris at 262-1284.

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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