School News around the District

Posted: Wednesday, March 07, 2001

Aurora Borealis Charter

The school had a school spelling bee Thursday.

Tuesday the school held a forensics assembly and 22 students presented their selections in front of the student body. This is a wonderful opportunity for the children to practice their public speaking skills. The children enjoyed listening to their peers perform.

Aurora Borealis Charter School is holding registration for the enrollment lottery. For more information, call the school at 283-0292 and ask for Debbie or Anita.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Friday is Student in Good Standing Day. The students will go roller skating.

The spring music program will be March 15.

Mr. Daniels' class designed, constructed and launched scale models of NASA rockets this week. The class will travel to Kenai Central High School for a show, go roller skating and learn about the Iditarod next week.

Students are practicing for the Jump Rope for Heart. This is an annual event to increase awareness of the benefits of lifelong heart-healthy lifestyles. Some will seek donations to help the American Heart Association. This money goes toward cardiovascular research and education programs that directly benefit the school. The event will be during physical education. Contact Mrs. Bagley if you can help turn ropes for the younger children. The school is interested in donations of small items to give as door prizes during the event.

Third-graders in Mrs. Colvin's class drew names of mushers this week and will follow the Iditarod. They will learn about its history, the mushers and regions the Iditarod passes through.

Mrs. Peterson's class is working on a biography unit. They also are finishing up a unit on weather. The students are making books on the most interesting facts they have learned.

Mountain View Elementary

The fifth-grade music program, "Johnny Appleseed," will be presented Monday at 7 p.m. at the school. Students need to be in their classrooms by 6:45 p.m.

Parent placement requests for next year are due by April 12. Forms are available at the office.

The second hepatitis immunization clinic for Mountain View students will be Friday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, call the nurse's office.

Mrs. Ermold's class needs field trip drivers for March 15 from noon to 3:15 p.m. to go to the Challenger Learning Center.

Mr. Daniel's class is actively seeking lost space probes as part of a project called "The Great Solar System Rescue."

Mrs. Bird's, Mrs. Frates', Mrs. Baxter's, Ms. Angie's, Ms. Koreena's and Mrs. Jackson's classes are taking their students to Anchorage for the Special Olympics Winter Games. The students will cheer for assigned countries. The students are learning about their countries, making posters and writing poems to present to athletes. The students can watch the figure skating and visit Olympic Town at the Egan Center.

Mr. Knudsen's and Mr. Vedders' classes are watching coho eggs metamorphose from the "eyed egg" to the "alevin" stage. Fritz Kraus from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game will come this week to do presentations and distribute fish food.

Nikiski Elementary

A PTA meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. with conversation and coffee. Elections will be at the March meeting. If you are at all interested in a position, contact Dawn at 776-4132 or 776-7083. Refreshments and a baby-sitter will be provided.

Congratulations to Jeremy Narlock for taking first place in the school spelling bee. Jeremy will represent the school in Anchorage in a statewide competition.

The PTA welcomes three new members: Kimberlee Schaeffer, Charlie and Joanne Hardesty.

Elaine Lehl, the school nurse, reminds parents that hepatitis A and B immunizations will be required for all students attending school next fall. The Kenai Health Center has offered to come out and hold a free clinic at Nikiski Elementary Tuesday from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Information and permission packets were sent home in the last newsletter. If your child still needs some of these series and you choose to use this service, sign and return the form to the school nurse. The parent is not required to be there if the form is signed and returned before Tuesday.

Redoubt Elementary

The kindergarten through grade three will present the spring musical, "BUGZ," Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Soldotna High School Auditorium.

Spring school photos will be taken March 14. Group photos will be taken of all classes. Group order forms will go home prior to picture day. You do not need to prepay for individual photos. If you do not want your child to be photographed individually, send a note.

The parking lot at the left end of the school is for buses only and is closed to all other vehicles from 8 to 9 a.m. and from 3 to 4 p.m. daily. Students may not be picked up or dropped off in this parking lot.

A bicycle rodeo planning meeting will be Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. in the Redoubt lounge. Dr. McCord will discuss safety issues and bicycle helmets. The school needs volunteers to help. The regular PTA meeting will follow. Students receive a free ice cream when their parents attend PTA meetings. Refreshments and baby-sitting will be provided.

Congratulations to Tyler Dobson, William McDermid and Nick Marquardt, the Campbell's Soup label drawing winners, and to Sarah McLeod, Josh Harvey and Jenna Redford, the Big G box tops drawing winners.

Sears Elementary

The students will travel to Kenai Central High School Thursday to see the Circus Comedia Performance.

The kindergarten classes had a "splash" during beach day Friday. Who says you can't have fun at the beach in March?

Mrs. Porter's class has been learning geometry and how to tell time. Mrs. Thomas' class learned about George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.

The Reading is Fundamental book giveaway will be Friday. Be sure and have your child share the book they picked out.

The PTA will host sledding on the playground Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. Don't miss out on the winter fun. If you are interested in becoming a PTA officer next year, call Cheryl at 283-3980. It is a great way to help Sears grow with your children.

If you would like to nominate a Sears teacher for the BP Teachers of Excellence honor, contact Amy at 283-8413 for nomination forms. The deadline for nominations is April 20.

The Sears Title I Committee will meet to review the Title I school plan on Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. Call 283-4826 to add or communicate your ideas.

Soldotna Elementary

Congratulations to Fun Buck winners of the Week: Hydn McDermott-Johnston, Shara Redford, Travis Navarro, Liberty Rohn, Kelli Acton, Tess Hughes, Mike Drobnick and Bryan Hamersley.

Kati Dutcher, a first-grade student in Mrs. Erwin's class, was chosen as the Elks Club Student of the Month. She received a $50 U.S. Savings Bond and earned a pizza party for her class.

A Kenai Public Health hepatitis A and B immunization clinic will be held Friday from 3 to 5 p.m. These immunizations are free, and a parent or adult must accompany students. If a parent is unavailable and a student is accompanied by another adult, a signed permission form is required. These forms are available at the nurse's office. Bring immunization records with you.

The March PTA meeting will be Thursday at 3:45 p.m. in the school library for planning the April Fun Fest for students.

Sterling Elementary

The student awards assembly was Friday. The sixth-grade Falcon All-Star Band performed. The featured guest soloist Ashley Gregory played "The Star Spangled Banner" on her flute.

Citizens of the Month for February were Kyle Cassidy, Mandy Groshart, Joshlynn Brunner, Dailee Cooper, Kassy Ferganchick, Shae Murphy, Anna Kosydar, Melissa Massey and Kendra Merkes.

Falcon Fun Night was also Friday. Almost all third- through sixth-graders attended. The music room was rocking, the gym was rolling and the library was reeling with crafts and games.

The site-based council met Monday to plan next year's classroom configuration with the expected loss of staffing. The council discussed surveying the community about what people would like in the school and how they might help.

Ms. Hoffman's sixth-graders went to the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska Tuesday to continue their study of space exploration.

Ms. Biggs' production of the kindergarten through third-grade musical "E, I, E, I, ... Oops" was performed Tuesday. The children were delightful and the production was a great success. The school thanks all who helped make it possible.

The Skyview drama class will be come Thursday to put on one-act performances. The students love having Panther buddies visit. The school thanks Ms. Zopf-Schoessler for making the arrangements.

Ms. Dierick's, Mr. Shapley's and Mr. McCard's classes will go to the circus performance at Kenai Central High School Thursday. The two-man show promises to be fun filled and entertaining.

Tustumena Elementary

Today is class picture day.

There will be a Lynx track meet Thursday from 9 to noon, and a Fun Fest from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m.

The PTO will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The Tustumena Site-Based Council is accepting nominations for this year's outstanding volunteer award to be selected during the monthly meeting March 26. The deadline for submitting names is March 15. The council would like to emphasize that persons nominated do not need to have children attending school to receive this recognition. The council's selection will be forwarded to the governor's office for consideration in the First Lady's Volunteer Award program. Last year Tustumena's award went to Denise Cox.

Kenai performers production of the musical, "The Music Man" featured fifth-graders Ellen Holt and Tom Osterman, who played lead roles.

The school thanks Mrs. Pearson, Mrs. Eriksen, Mrs. Ely, Mrs. Laurie, Mrs. Link and Mrs. Culhane for making the book swap a success.

If you are willing to serve a one-year term as a PTO officer, contact PTO president Judy Johnson or the school office at 262-4844.

Kenai Middle School

The eighth-grade book club, led by Mrs. Link, recently visited the Kenai Courthouse after reading the book "Monster," about juvenile justice. The book club, sponsored by Ms. Dixon, is open to all eighth-graders. It meets Thursdays during lunch and study hall.

Kenai Middle School will have Spirit Week next week, ending in an assembly to recognize participants in volleyball, wrestling, cross-country skiing and the Special Olympics in Anchorage.

KMS choir classes will present its concert Thursday at 7 p.m. at Kenai Central High School. The show is open to the public.

The deadline to purchase memory books has been extended to Friday. The books are $20; order forms are at the office.

The Title I Reading Program is reviewing goals for next year. To be on the review committee, call 293-4896. The Title I Program supports students according to needs defined, in part, by parents.

Friday, KMS eighth-grader Rob Wilusz received cheers and applause as he carried the Special Olympics torch, The Flame of Hope. Rob is one of two central peninsula athletes who earned a spot on the team. He will compete in the snowshoe event this week in Anchorage. The school thanks Lynn Kocinski for arranging the special event.

Congratulations to Aaric Carlson for winning the school spelling bee. Christina Edelen is the alternate.

Soldotna Middle School

Congratulations to the Dairy Queen Winners of the Week: Kyle Martin, student, and Krista Arthur, staff member.

The Pepsi Trivia Question of the Week winner is Molly Eastham from Mr. McBee's class.

The next fortnight will be Thursday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., when students must be picked up.

Soldotna and Skyview high school counselors will be at the school during lunch today and Thursday to meet with eighth-graders to answer questions. Students must have registration forms back to counselors by Monday.

Soldotna Middle School is looking for the eighth-grade Masonic Student of the Year. Nominated students will be asked to write a short essay, due Thursday. A committee will evaluate nominees.

The wrestling team had six champions from the SMS Invitational: Brandy Goracke, Jimmy Miller, Tyler Cameron, Ben Breakfield, Sean Whitmore and Kurt Romberg . Six wrestlers placed second, four placed third and five students placed fourth.

The cross-country ski team did well at the borough tournament. Ari Goldstein placed first; Jennifer Smola, fourth; Leslie Landess, sixth; Maia Matarrese, seventh; Jamie Miller, eighth; Marci Mohler, ninth; and Anna Blake, 11th for the girls. For the boys, Brennan Best placed third; Forrest West, fifth; Noah King, sixth; Stephan Olendorf, eighth; Jeff Kennedy, ninth; and Jacob Shapley, 12th.

Kenai Central High School

Homegoing Week started Monday. Make sure to dress up for the dress-up days: today is Rest and Relaxation Day, Thursday is Disco Day and Friday is School Spirit Day. The week will end with a pep assembly Friday and a dance Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m.

Mass health screening for ninth- and 11th-graders will be Thursday. Nurse Eagle needs volunteers. If you can help, call the school at 283-7524.

The next after-prom committee meeting for parents of juniors will be March 29 at 7 p.m.

Mrs. DeVolld's advanced American literature classes thank Mr. Daniel, Mrs. Wannamaker and Mrs. Gustkey at Mountain View Elementary for allowing them to read their original children's books to the classes. They also would like to thank Mr. Knudsen's class for coming to the little theater to listen and share their pretzels.

If you are interested in purchasing a class ring, packets are being handed out at lunch in the commons. For more information, ask the junior class officers.

Check out the school's Web site at launch/ for a calendar of school events.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

Great job to all of the participants of the talent show that took place Saturday. The many talents were amazing and entertaining.

Yearbooks are still on sale for $55. The yearbooks are sold in the school bookstore on Wednesdays and Fridays. Yearbooks will not be available after spring break.

Congratulations to the participating students who went to the East Drama Debate Forensics meet. Winners were Tom Lassen and Aurora Zinck, third, and Jenny Miller and Janine Kuehn, fourth, in cross-examination debate; Breanna Butler, fourth in Lincoln Douglas debate; Jenny Miller, second, and Breanna Butler, third, in domestic extemp; Jenny Miller, third in oration; Aurora Zinck, third in expository speaking; Nigel Penhale and Cassandra Williams, third in duo interpretation; Sarah Fletcher, fourth in solo; and Janine Kuehn, Nigel Penhale and Alex Robinson, first in readers theater for their piece, "Cyber Love."

The site-based council will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m.

Ninilchik School

Mrs. Mullikin has a clarinet in her room that doesn't belong to her or any of her students. If someone has lost their clarinet, contact Mrs. Mullikin to pick it up.

The girls-only lock-in at the Challenger Learning Center will be Friday and Saturday. It is opened to Ninilchik girls in grades seven through nine. Space is limited. Flyers went home with information and are posted at the front office. Scholarships are available.

There site-based council will meet Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. in the library.

The time of Ninilchik talent show has been changed to March 14 at 7 p.m.

Ninilchik's shot clinic will be March 15 at 9 a.m. Turn in permission slips prior to March 15.

The music department is raffling off a beautiful quilt. If you would like to purchase tickets, see any one of the band members.

Skyview High School

Students interested in purchasing class rings may do so today and Thursday at lunch in the commons with the Jostens representative.

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

The Skyview Talent Show will be Thursday 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.

Track and field practice will begin Monday from 2:45 to 5 p.m. in the upper gym. Students interested in participating need to have a current physical on file as well as other paperwork.

Skyview parents are invited to the spring band concert Monday at 7 p.m. in the commons.

All Skyview news is available on the Web at skyview/ or by contacting John Andrews, director of athletics and activities, at 260-2315.

The hepatitis A and B clinic for Skyview students will be April 6. Every student in grades nine through 11 will be expected to have this immunization to enroll next fall. For more information, call Betty Miller on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Soldotna High School

Soldotna High School recently was awarded the Alaska State 2001 Technology Award. This award is given to one school in the state that demonstrates use of the Alaska State Technology Standards as an integral part of the curriculum, uses technology as a part of the daily routine and is innovative in use of technology programs that support the learning environment and communication with parents. This award was sponsored by Apple Computers and Hawaiian Vacations.

Today SoHi will hold the Renaissance assembly at 2 p.m. All students who have a C or better grade in each class for their semester grade will be recognized for academic excellence.

SoHi will sponsor a blood drive Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Blood donations will be drawn in the green room. To make an appointment, contact Emily Daly, a senior and drive sponsor.

Today is Cowboy Day, the third day of Spring Spirit Week. SoHi students will have a "guitar-off" at lunch today, class relays Thursday and a pep rally Friday. Thursday's dress-up theme is Mardi Gras or Costume Day and Friday is SoHi Spirit day.

The band will perform its Europe trip concert program Tuesday at 7 p.m. The show is open to the public.

For more information about SoHi, look on the Web at www.kpbsd.

Cook Inlet Academy

Can 8-year-olds teach high school students how to analyze sentences? Using the Shurley Method, the second- and third-graders have learned more grammar in nine weeks than would usually take a year. Jingles and verbal practice prepared them to dazzle the high school with their language skills. The students have made strides in creative writing as well.

The preschoolers are learning the days of the week in a song using rhythm sticks. They go to Soldotna High School to make pretzels and crafts in Mrs. Carver's child development class. This is a mutual benefit because the child development class works on patience, safety and skill measurement.

Leah Swan performed "Little Old Lady from Pasadena" with three others at "Showin' Off the Kids," in category three. Robbie Smithwick did "Johnnie B. Goode" in category one and placed second. Amie Smithwick and Sadie Arneson acted out "Sisters" and placed third in category two.

Students of the Week are Justin Udelhoven, Miranda Beller, Chester Kimball, Lauren Bauder, Chelsea Magee, Claire Rowley, Noah Fowler and Jeffery McNutt.

The Peru and Mexico mission teams will leave Monday. They are collecting school supplies, toys, hygiene supplies and socks to give out at the places of their destination. Donations are being accepted at the office.

The basketball teams will play at home Friday.

Parent Teacher Fellowship is Friday through Monday.

Wings Christian Academy

The basketball season is coming to a close. Wings will travel to Cook Inlet Academy to play Monday. The girls game will start at 4 p.m., and the boys will begin at 6 p.m. The varsity boys will play at Chapman in Anchor Point with Nikolai at 6 p.m. March 16. The regional basketball tournament will be at Homer High School March 22 through 24.

Wings will have a fund-raiser March 20 at the Alaska Great Skate starting at 6 p.m. for students going to the international student convention in Missouri.

Spring break at Wings begins Saturday. School will resume March 19.

There is a tentative lower learning center field trip planned Friday.

Happy 39th birthday to Mrs. Ruffridge March 17.

A representative from Pensacola Christian College will visit Wings Friday at 8:45 a.m.

The kindergartners are learning new sounds. They also are learning how to tell time to the quarter hour.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

The head Start children have been learning about dental hygiene this week. They used toothbrushes and toothpaste to scrub eggs clean that had been soaked in Coca Cola to demonstrate how plaque builds up on teeth. They also looked at an apple with a bite out of it to visualize tooth decay.

The Kenaitze Indian Tribe will host its annual Heyi program from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Fort Kenay. This is a program of singing and dancing to celebrate "heyi", which means winter in Dena'ina. The Head Start children are scheduled to perform first in the program. The Jabila'ina dancers will perform songs with the children and then songs on their own. A presentation of cultural activities for children in fourth through sixth grades will follow the dancing. Cookies and coffee will be served at the end.

The staff thanks Tracy from the Parent Support Program for her presentation Feb. 27 on dental health care. It also appreciates all the efforts of policy council members Donnalee Blackburn Bruce Walters, Laurie Johnson and Jackie Steckel.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

The school would like to thank Ellen, Hannah, Mallory and Morgan for being this week's helpers.

This week the students will study space and the planets. They will learn about the solar system, astronauts and space shuttles. They will make rockets, books and read stories.

This week's Bible story will be about how Jesus loves children.

The letter of the week is "y."

The school thanks Jodi Titus for sharing her beautiful quilts with the children last week.

For more information, call Chris at 262-1284.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

Happy belated birthday to Micah, who turned 5. The "Super Preschooler" is Charalambous. Congratulations to both boys.

The preschoolers are studying Alaska and the weather, animals, geography and many other things that make it so special.

The puppet shows are popular lately. Feel free to stop by and see the wonderful creativity of these children and the fun the parents that are working that day are having.

For more information about the preschool, call 262-9149 or Evelyn at 262-1298.

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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