Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, March 01, 2006

School closures slated

There will be no school for students at Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools Friday through March 10 due to spring break.

Schools in Kenai, Soldotna, Sterling and Kasilof will have a two-hour early dismissal Thursday and resume two-hours late March 13 due to the Arctic Winter Games. Parents are asked to call their school for exact times.

Private-school parents should check with their schools for closure information.

School budget survey available

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District budget survey is available at or paper copies are available by calling Lassie Nelson at 714-8838. Deadline to complete survey is Friday.

Free health screenings set

Frontier Community Services Early Intervention in conjunction with the Kenai Public Health and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Childfind Program will offer free vision, hearing and developmental screenings for children ages birth through 5, but not yet in kindergarten. Immunizations will be available at some sites.

The screenings will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the following locations: March 17 at the Kenai Public Health Office; March 20 at Sterling Head Start; March 23 at Tustumena Elementary School; March 28 at the Nikiski Recreation Center; and March 31 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.

Applications also will be available to apply for the Sterling Head Start, Kenaitze Head Start and the Nikiski North Star prekindergarten program for the 2006-07 school year. To make an appointment, call Renie at 714-6647.

Scholarships available

· 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. The deadline for submission is today.

· 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 to its office at 224 Kenai Ave., Suite 102, in Soldotna.

· The Kenai Peninsula Chapter of Safari Club International is offering a $4,000 scholarship ($1,000 per year for four years) to a graduating senior from any high school within the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. To be eligible, the student must be accepted into an education program, wildlife management or research curriculum in a related field at an accredited college or university and enroll for a minimum of 12 semester hours or full-time equivalent. A trade school or vocational program in a related discipline also will be considered, future teachers are eligible. Applications and instructions are available from area high school counselors offices. The essay topic is “Should shooting sports be allowed in schools? The deadline to enter is March 10.

· Kenai Borough Employees Association is offering three, $500 scholarships. Scholarships are open to all 2006 graduates of the Kenai Peninsula Borough schools, including public, 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 at

Applications must be delivered or postmarked by March 31. Applications may be mailed or dropped off at the Kenai Peninsula Borough, KBEA Scholarship Committee, 144 N. Binkley St., Soldotna AK 99669.

Aurora Borealis Charter

Mrs. Ball’s kindergartners are studying the Mount Rushmore Presidents.

Mrs. Uponen’s second-graders are studying the solar system. The students also will participate in an Iditaread.

Mr. Severson’s fourth-graders began Iditaread on Monday. The students will race the mushers to Nome. The ultimate goal is to read 25 hours of at-home reading before the racers reach Nome. The first three to make it to Nome go to Pizza Hut with Mr. Severson. Students who reach Nome get a free Scholastic chapter book. The fourth-graders are doing a creative mask making project with Mr. McFarland in art, also.

Mrs. Hagen’s fifth-graders are researching Olympic sports. They would like to thank the parents who helped with the valentine’s brunch.

On Feb. 17, Kelly and Vera Wolf from the Youth Restoration Corps, parents of Justin Wolf, came to Mr. Palm’s sixth-grade class with several Northern Pike, which the class dissected. They also spoke to the class about the impact Pike proliferation could have in the area and with the fisheries.

Eighth-grader Alex Kauffman, seventh-grader Chase (Mac) Kimbrell, and sixth-grader Colton Anderson qualified for the state Reader’s Digest National Word Power Challenge competition.

Applications for the 2006-07 enrollment lottery are due in the office no later than 3 p.m. today.


The third- and fourth-grade Battle of the Books team won the district battle title. They are preparing for the state title Thursday. Team members are: Emily Lynch, Ellery Steffensen, Jordan Wendt and Paul Steffensen.

The school was granted provisional, regional accreditation by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools. The school also was approved by its state accreditation committee for the academic year 2005-06.

The Nikiski office will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday.

The office will be closed from Friday through March 12 for spring break.

Fifth-, seventh- and ninth-graders are reminded to call and schedule an Analytical Writing Assessment test time at 714-8880. Testing will be March 13 through 17 and March 20 through 23.

Standards Based Assessments tests will be April 4 through 6. The No Child Left Behind legislation mandates participation.

Cook Inlet Academy

The kindergartners completed a study of outer space by turning large cardboard boxes into spaceships.

Photographs of the winter banquet are for sale as a fundraiser for the student council. The students would like to thank Melodie Symington for providing the photographs. Students should call Mrs. Burkhart at the front office for details.

Mr. Leiter and his staff are taking orders for year books. Price is $25 and increases to $35 after April 13. The year books will be distributed May 12.

Student teacher, Chelsea Barry, completes her teaching duties tomorrow. Mrs. Rowley and the sixth-graders said they enjoyed working and learning with her, and the parents and staff wish her success in her teaching career.

Students of the Week are Kati Dutcher, Justin Wisnewski, Jacob Boudreaux, Cara Davidson, Abbie Turner, Jeffrey McNutt, Levin Rosin, Melia Miller, Joe Murphy, Xander Miller and Elizabeth Siemion.

The final home varsity basketball games are this weekend. The teams play Nikolaevsk at 4:30 p.m. Friday. Senior Night is at 6 p.m. Saturday against Lumen Christi. Regionals will be during Spring Break at Bristol Bay.

Spring Break is Friday through March 10.

Grace Lutheran

Students were reminded of the many abilities and talents God has given them.

The second-graders are beginning cursive writing. The students are learning two to three letters a week.

The second- and third-graders are adding the spelling of states to their spelling lists. Each week they must learn five new states.

The first-, second- and third-graders are beginning social studies. They are learning map skills. After working with these skills, the children will begin to learn about the regions of the country. Every day the children are handed a blank map of the United States which they are to fill within five minutes.

The goal is to encourage independent learning of the states, to increase their knowledge with repetition and to familiarize the children with the country.


The office has new library books.

State mandated testing will take place April 4 through 6. It is mandatory that all students attend. Call or e-mail your teacher for more information.

The school has opened its enrollment for the upcoming school year. If you’re interested in homeschooling with IDEA, call 260-7555.

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School T-Shirts are on sale at the office for $5 each. There are new colors.

The parent advisory committee is looking for new members. Call Debbie Mackie at 260-3158 for information.

For more information, visit

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The play ‘Annie” was a success. The school would like to thank those who worked on the production.

Mr. Daniels’ Class has completed a class president election campaign. The candidates were Demetri, Brittany, River, Austin, Violet and Jeramiah. Students mirrored many of the activities and events candidates would. The science class learned why Mars is red through a hands-on experiment involving making rust.

Students are conducting the 21st Century Program are sponsoring field trips for after-school participants to see an AWG event. If you haven’t already turned in your permission slip, talk to Mrs. Hanley. The program organizers would like to thank Tyler Enerson and Lacey Miles for their leadership as junior volunteers, and Larry Hull and Robin Fisk for their hours of volunteering.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences

Students will celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday and Read Across America on Thursday Storyteller Alton Chung will entertain the students weaving ethnic tales, true stories and legends from many lands.

Students going on the Fjords Tour on May 17 need to turn in their deposit and permission slip by Friday.

Applications for enrollment are available in the office. They must be turned in by March 31. If a lottery is necessary, it will be held April 13.

Yearbooks can be ordered for $15 each. Order forms are available in the office.

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

Kenai Central High

The schedule for Thursday’s early release will be all six classes and lunch dismissal is a 12:15 p.m. Also March 13 is a late start day for students. First period begins at 9:45 a.m.

The varsity boys and girls basketball teams leave for Sitka on Thursday for games on their final regular season games on Friday and Saturday. They will not return until Sunday afternoon.

Next week is spring break for students and staff. Everyone needs to make sure and take anything with them they will need during the break as no one will be allowed back in the building due to the Arctic Winter Games.

Regions basketball tournament will be at Colony High School March 9 through 11.

Kenai Middle

Congratulations to the February students of the month: Lincoln Wensley, Trevor Hallstead, Annalise Thielson, Briana King, Alicia O’Brien, Vanessa Dukowitz, Ella Stephens and Ben Gilman. These students received pizza for lunch.

Dates to remember:

· Today — eighth-grade ice fishing trip.

Kenai Montessori Toddler House

Students are working on improving gross motor skills and expanding their vocabulary.

Several students are beginning to use Spanish words and simple phrases in the proper context.

Parents are reminded to check their mail boxes and the bulletin board daily for completed worksheets.

Parents are reminded to send their child’s snow gear to school so that they can play on the playground.

The staff and students would like to welcome Mrs. Slaughter back and new student Benjamin Spinka.

Applications for the summer program and the 2006-07 school year are being accepted. Re-enrollment forms for existing students are due on or before March 31. For more information, visit

Kenai Montessori

The students finished their South American studies. They learned about the different cultures and customs and a variety of animals that inhabit the continent.

Mrs. Canedo has been working with the full day students on their Spanish in the afternoons three times a week.

The staff would like to welcome Stefanie Bouchard to the school. Miss. Bouchard will take over piano lessons, offer voice lessons and teach a theatrical class.

The students are learning how to care for their violins and proper playing position in Melissa Nill’s group violin lessons.

The winter session of Mike Morgan’s group guitar lessons have ended and the spring session will begin soon. For more information call Mr. Morgan.

Applications for summer programs and the 2006-07 school year are being accepted. Applications can be picked up in the school lobby. Re-enrollment packets were sent home with students in February and need to be returned on or before March 31.

For more information, visit

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start

Classes have been focusing on health care and the importance of taking care of ourselves. The children learned songs that encouraged good dental hygiene and had lessons on taking care of their teeth. They each received a comb and instruction on keeping their hair clean and combed as well.

Discussions on the need for daily bathing and exercise also have taken place. Children have been continuing to learn the importance of eating healthy foods and making good food choices.

Parents are reminded that students will need a pair of break up boots and an extra change of clothing and spring gets closer.

Mountain View Elementary

Raquelle Reynolds is the school’s spelling bee champion and will participate in the state spelling bee in Anchorage in March. Dawnelle Saxton is the runner-up. Thank you to Jocelyn McCollum, Linda Frison and Nancy Egbert for judging the contest.

The advisory council will meet at 3:45 p.m. March 17.

Hat Day is Friday.

Spring portraits will be March 21. All students will be photographed.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

The site council meets the first Tuesday of every month.

The PTA meets the first Thursday of every month.

Congratulations to Camron Lotti, the school’s spelling bee champion Cydney Spurgeon was the runner-up and Daniel Ribbens took third place. Congratulations also to the students who represented their classes at the bee: Serena Woodin, Heather Kinslow, Logan Tuttle, Joe Newton, Bailey Buchholtz, Michelle Wittie, Joshua Croze, Levi Hansen, Hannah Halliday, Patrick King, Gage Carmody, Laura Hufford, Calvin Ledet, Gregory Brown, Jade Elsey, Kiana Edgmon and Lauren Bowden.

Nikiski Middle-High

The after-graduation parent meeting will be at 6 p.m. March 16 in the library.The after-grad party committee needs assistance with chaperoning, planning and coordinating activities, decorations and food. Monetary donations and donations of prizes also are needed. Senior parents are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Colleen Vance at 776-5482 or Sarah Holiday at 776-8920.

Dates to remember:

· Friday through March 12 — Spring break;

· Friday — junior varsity basketball at SuValley, girls at 3 p.m. and boys at 4:30 p.m.; varsity basketball at SuValley, girls at 6 p.m. and boys at 7:30 p.m.;

· March 9 through 11 — Varsity basketball regions at Houston;

· March 13 — practice begins after school for soccer and track and field.

Redoubt Elementary

The school will have new student and kindergarten registration from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 3 through 5. Children entering kindergarten must be 5 by Sept. 1. Parents are asked to bring immunization records and birth certificates to registration. For more information, call 262-9006.

Spring break is Friday through March 10. Students will go home early Thursday at 1:18 p.m. and start late March 13 at 10:50 a.m. Changes in the schedule are due to the Arctic Winter Games. Volunteers are needed Thursday between 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to help move furniture and set up bunk beds for visiting athletes. Any amount of help will be appreciated.

Dr. Seuss’ birthday is being celebrated today with reading activities and guest readers.

Spring photos are scheduled for March 20.

School forensics competitions are scheduled for March 21 and 22. Volunteers are needed and asked to call the school office.

The Soldotna Boys and Girls Club talent show is today from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the gym. It is open to the public.

PTA would like to thank those who stopped by the eScrip table during parent conferences. The next PTA meeting is at 3:45 p.m. March 14 in the staff lounge. PTA minutes and notes are available on Edline and on the bulletin board in the school entryway.

Sears Elementary

Mrs. Hanson’s second-grade class finished its study of China. The students worked on comparing and contrasting how families in a different culture have similar needs and concerns. Thank you to Mr. Ron Walden, author and traveler, who came to class and shared pictures and experiences when traveling in China.

In Ms. Ralston’s class, author Joanne Ryder sent students her book, “Will You Be My Hugaroo?” The students have been writing to Ms. Ryder and learning what it is like to be a writer. The students also wrote thank you notes to her.

The story, “Moe the Dog in Tropical Paradise”, provided kindergartners with a backdrop for Beach Day. Classrooms were filled with swimming pools, sandboxes, pool toys and sunshine. Students donned swim suits, sunglasses and beach towels as they spent the day getting away from winter. Students also are busy working on art projects to help with the Arctic Winter Games.

Yearbooks are available for $15.

Thursday is Read Across the World Day celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Storyteller Alton Chung from Vancouver, Wash. will entertain classes by telling true stories, traditional folktales and legends from many lands.

Forms are in to nominate BP Teachers of Excellence. The deadline for submitting nominations is Friday.

There will be a two hour late start March 13. Sears and Kaleidoscope will start at 11 a.m.

Spring picture day is March 16.

Soldotna Elementary

Congratulations to Mrs. Pettijohn’s fifth- and sixth-grade class for winning the PTA sponsored Box Tops pizza party contest. The class collected and turned in a total of 465 box tops.

Mrs. Erwin’s kindergarten class came in second place by collecting 381 box tops. Their class had a free ice cream on ice cream Friday. A total of 2,365 box tops were turned in. The money from the box tops will be used to purchase new playground equipment. Thanks to all who participated.

On luck of the Irish day, March 17, students are reminded to wear green.

Teacher inservice day is March 24. There will be no school for students on that day.

Spring class pictures are March 30.

Parents are asked to return the 2006-07 preregistration forms.

Soldotna High

Seniors are reminded to check for scholarship opportunities in the counseling office. Each year scholarships are not awarded because students do not apply for them. The following scholarship opportunities have April deadlines: AASA; Ayn Rand Essay; Bishop’s Attic; Credit Union 1; June Nelson Memorial; Presidential Classroom; SoHi PTSA; Spenard Builders Supply; and the Teacher Education Loan Program that offers low interest loans and the possibility of loan forgiveness if the applicant teaches in Alaska. Students are reminded that new scholarship offers are received weekly.

Within the next few weeks, students at SoHi and Soldotna Middle School will receive information about running for student government offices for next year. Candidates must be enrolled in four or more classes and have a grade point average of 2.5 or higher for the previous three quarters. Students wishing to run for a class officer position or a student government executive board office are reminded that student government is a service organization to the school and community requiring leadership skills and the willingness to commit time to the planning and operation of school activities.

Thanks to donations from community members, the networking plus class was able to set up a LAN using Windows XP and Linux.

Two remaining pages are available for senior ads in the yearbook.

The applied communications class recently assisted with the layout and publication of “The Galaxy,” the school’s newsletter. The Galaxy is available online at

Soldotna Middle School

The newsletter is available at

Wrestling, skiing and volleyball teams had a great season. The school would like to thank the coaches, volunteers and athletes who helped make it a success.

The wrestling team will have its annual pizza party and awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. The team will help with Arctic Winter Games set-up prior to the party.

Third quarter Operation Black-Out bonus points will be assigned to math. The guidelines remain the same 30 minutes of silent reading time that is free of interruption of TV, radio, music is worth 20 bonus points. An extra 10 bonus points are available if a parent or guardian reads with or to the student, or the student may read to another family member. To sign up, pick up forms in the office.

Friday through March 12 is spring break. Early release at 12:15 p.m. Thursday and a two hour late start March 13 at 9:45 a.m. The buses will run the same routes, two hours earlier in the afternoon Thursday and two hours later than normal March 13. This is to facilitate the Arctic Winter Games opening and closing.

Soldotna Montessori Charter

The kindergarten brownie fundraiser raised over $400 for the spring beach field excursion. Students continued their study of the night sky by creating constellation paintings, which was tied-in with the study of flags. The students have been able to identify the Big Dipper.

Ms. McCabe’s class kicked off their study of money and decimals with a trip to Wells Fargo Bank. It was a way for students learn about decimals and have them explore with real money.

Tonight is the last orientation for families interested in enrolling in the school’s lottery and learning about Montessori education. The orientation will be held from 5:30 to 6 p.m. in the kindergarten classroom. Private orientations also may be arranged by calling the office at 260-9221.

For new families interested in enrolling, lottery applications 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 delivered in person to the school, so each applicant may receive a receipt as proof of enrollment in the lottery.

Tustumena Elementary

Last week was Love of Reading Week. There were activities each day, culminated by a book swap Friday. The school thanks parent volunteers Diane Duncan, Rebekah Garlock and Alicia Kruse for their assistance in preparing the popcorn for each class and to staff members Katie Blossom, Joy Jones and Lisa Gossett for coordinating the activity.

The Arctic Winter Games mascot, Raven, visited the school last Thursday and distributed coloring books to the kindergartners. The class had an opportunity to hug and exchange high fives with the visitor.

The school has selected its finalists for the Masonic Award which is presented annually to one student in each school from its oldest grade level. Sixth-graders nominated are Calvin Baxter, Jerramy Hatten, Stefany Malatesta and Lagi Wong. The final step in the selection process is a written essay. The school’s winner will be announced following spring break.

The intramural cross country skiing program will conclude this week. Thanks to the dedication of Mr. Michael and Mrs. Sinnott.

Wings Christian Academy

Kyla Moore won the cleanest desk of the week award.

Kyla Moore, Cody Watkins, Jasmyn Foust and Chase Miller made it to the thousands club.

There is a new mystery person, the first clue is: “I was born on Christmas Day. I have nothing to do with cookies.”

On Saturday, the Eagles will have a home game against the Crusaders at 6:30 p.m. The tournament is March 9 through 11 at Peter Creek Gym.

Spirit week continues: today is Formal Day; Thursday is Nerd Day; and Friday is Career Day.

The kindergartners are adding numbers up to seven and are learning about the five senses in their science.

Box tops and Campbell’s labels prices remain at 40 for a denim day and 20 for a non-uniform day.

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