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Posted: Wednesday, March 07, 2001

KCHS performs 'Hamlet'

Kenai Central High School students will present a production of Shakespeare's "Hamlet" Thursday through Sunday at the KCHS Auditorium. Thursday and Friday performances start at 7 p.m., Saturday's show starts at 6 p.m. and Sunday's matinee is at 3 p.m.

Bryan Stocks, Preston Wendt, Katie Campbell, Sarah Stocks, Amber Brown and others will act in this famous drama.

Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students ages 7 through 18. For more information, call the school at 283-7524.

Choir offers dinner concert

The Skyview Swing Choir will hold a gala dinner concert, "A Century of Song," beginning at 6 p.m. Friday. It will be at the Kalifonsky Christian Chapel at Mile 16 of Kalifornsky Beach Road.

The concert will feature song and dance selections from the different decades of the 20th century. The main courses at the dinner will be ham or teriyaki chicken.

The concert is a fund-raiser to help the choir make its performing tour to Honolulu, Hawaii, scheduled for April 18 to 24.

Tickets are $20. They can be purchased at the school, at the door or by calling Shauna Maxwell at 262-7716 or Mim McKay at 283-7160.

Seward principal honored

Malcolm Fleming, principal of Seward Middle-Senior High School, has been named the 2001 Alaska Secondary School Principal of the Year.

Fleming will leave the school at the end of this school year to run the new education program at the Spring Creek Correctional Facility, which he helped establish.

The award is sponsored by the Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals. It has forwarded Fleming's application to the National Association of Secondary School Principals for consideration in the the National Principals of the Year selection process. He will be invited to attend a NASSP National Symposium honoring all state Principals of the Year.

In March, the top four finalists will be invited guests at the NASSP National Convention in Atlanta. The 2002 National Principal will be announced in October.

Fleming will be honored in Alaska at the 35th annual Fall Principals Conference on Oct. 15 at the Sheraton Anchorage Hotel.

Skyview inducts honor society students

Twenty-one students were inducted into the Skyview chapter of the National Honor Society on Feb. 27. These students were chosen for leadership, service, character and scholarship at school and in their communities.

Inductees are: seniors Leon Galbraith, Grant Gephardt, Kimberly Jones, John Lagoutaris and Bonnie Loshbaugh; juniors Anna Barnes, Carrie Collins, Shaina Daris, Desirae Dix, Summer Engler, Angel Hollers, Shari Isaak, Meghan Jameson, Tony Lewis, Mark McGarry, Amanda McKinley, Michelle Smith, Laura Tarbox and Bethany Thornton; and sophomores Lela Wiley and Alecia Wood.

Public invited to planning meetings

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District invites parents, students and others to comment on and contribute to the new long-range plan, which will set the district's direction in years to come. It is holding a series of meetings around the peninsula to discuss priorities and ideas.

The schedule is:

Thursday, 7 to 9 p.m., Soldotna High School library;

Monday, 7 to 9 p.m., Seward Middle-Senior High School library;

Tuesday, 3:30 p.m., Homer High School library;

March 14, 7 to 9 p.m., Kenai Central High School library; and

March 15, 7 to 9 p.m., Nikiski Middle-Senior High School library.

Charter school plans enrollment lottery

Aurora Borealis Charter School, a public school within the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, will conduct an enrollment lottery April 10. The lottery determines the 2001-02 school year placement of students now on a waiting list.

Personnel from Mikunda, Cottrell and Company, certified public accountants, will supervise the lottery. Applications and copies of the enrollment and lottery procedures are available at the school office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

All applications for enrollment for the 2001-02 school year must be delivered in person to the school office no later than 4 p.m. March 16. The lottery results will be posted at the ABCS April 16. If your child has a lottery number, you will not need to go through another lottery. The school asks that if you no longer want to be on the waiting list, you contact Debbi Palm at 283-0292.

Conservation District announces winners

The Homer Soil and Water Conservation District held its annual speech contest Thursday in the Homer USDA conference room. Four contestants from Homer Middle and Homer High schools competed in this year's contest.

The theme was "50 Years of Conservation: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow."

Chase McKinney, a sophomore, took home the first prize of $100, followed by Jennifer Poindexter, a junior, who placed second and received $75. Savannah Bradley, a seventh-grade student, placed third and received $50.

This year's contest was close. Contestants were separated by just one point.

The contest provides an opportunity for students to learn about natural resources and practices conserving them. It also provides students an opportunity to perfect their public speaking skills.

McKinney will travel to Anchorage next weekend to participate in the statewide competition at the spring meeting of the Alaska Association of Conservation Districts. He will compete with winning speakers from the 13 conservation districts throughout Alaska. All the schools in the area were contacted and invited to participate.

West Homer wins technology award

After several interviews throughout this school year, West Homer Elementary Principal Rick Ladd was notified this week that the school has been selected as one of the top 100 wired schools in the nation.

The award was based on statistical measures and projects submitted by the school.

The resources the school committed to hardware, software, and training, plus the creative work done in the school to make technology an integral part of the learning made West Homer stand out from thousands of other schools.

West Homer will be featured in the May 2001 issue of Family PC magazine.

The full text of the award letter is online at whe/pc.html.

Job fair invites students

The Peninsula Job Center will host a job fair March 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Soldotna High School. The job fair will be in the library and is part of the Healthy Communities-Healthy People's sixth annual Village Fair, Health Fair and Safe Kids Fair.

High school and college students, check with your school and college counselors and read school newsletters for more information. Get your resumes and cover letters prepared.

For out-of-state college students returning to the peninsula this summer, e-mail your resume, cover letter, job preferences and schedule to or mail it to the Peninsula Job Center at 11312 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite 2, Kenai, AK 99611.

A list of employers attending the job fair will be furnished to schools in late March. For more information or to sign up for booth space, call 283-2901.

Mountain View honors students

Mountain View Elementary School in Kenai has announced its Students of the Month for February. They are third-graders Laura Means, Taylor Matson, Krystina Luzzo, Tyler Hurley and Kasey McGee; fourth-graders Anthony Handley, Sheena Anderson, Leah Stephens, Christopher Bailey, J.R. Reinhardt, Kyle Wisnewski and Kari Hansen; fifth-graders Matt Sutherland, Jason Green, A.J. Evans, Haley Niederhauser, Megan Sienkiewich and Devin Boyle; and band students Dalton Roberts and Kelcee Bass.

Skyview honors Students of the Month

Skyview High School near Soldotna has announced its Students of the Month for February. They and their parents will be honored at a luncheon Thursday.

They are Sara Martinusen for business; Cassandra Johns and Lisa Johns for English; Shannon Powers for fine arts; James McEwen for health; Eric Malmquist and Jacob Oliver for mathematics; Melina Hutchison for performing arts; Hanna King and David Thornton for physical education; Kristine Harris and Nichole Polzin for science; Christy Mattox and Grant Gephardt for social studies; Stacy Sachwitz for vocational technology; Cassie Pulley for work co-op; Elya Shendera for world languages; and Matt Travers for student aide.

Beth Massey is the Chamber Student of the Month and Micah Mohler is the Rotary Student of the Month.

Bob Ermold is Teacher of the Month and Gretchen Becker is Staff Person of the Month.

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 more information, contact Shana Loshbaugh at 283-7551.

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