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Posted: Wednesday, March 07, 2007

Aurora Borealis Charter

Congratulations to Kara Kauffman! In the state spelling bee she made it to the fifth round to finish in the top 16 out of 142 competitors.

At the forensics school assembly the following top classroom winners performed:

Second grade: Jrew Daniels and Ian Mercado, “Boa Constrictor”; Tessa McGahan, “I Put the Cat Out”; Cody Arbelovsky and Baxter Cox, “Who”; Kalvin Daniels and Josh Jackman, “True Story”; Brittany Bucho, Jillian Kindred, and Jessica Villa, “Sleepover”; Third grade: Aaron Villa, “Mixed Up”; Toby Randall, “Calvin and Hobbes”; Kit Lucus and Josh Darrow, “Haunted”; Luke Johnson and Raymon Machen, “Turn Off the T.V.”; Bernard Villa and Dennis Anderson, “I Have a Dozen Dragons”; Fourth grade: Jonathan Torkelson, “Peanut Butter Sandwich”; Alyeska Krull, “Ladies First”; Allie Ostrander, “The Cave Beast Greets a Visitor”; Fifth grade: Elan Krull, “Last Chance to Dance”; Nate Narlock and Jordan Jackman, “Little Red Riding Hood and the Big Bad Wolf had a Friendly Conversation”; Danie Jackson, Kara Kauffman, and Justice English, “Giggle, Giggle, Quack”; Sixth grade: Lydia Chadwick, “Choc latina”; Garren Lucas and Duncan Brewer, “Nauseous Nocturne”; Junior High: Haley Coffman and Lizzie McDermid, “Because a Little Bug Went Kachoo!”; Colton Anderson, Travis Semmens, Jordan Jones, and Dagen Walton, “Self-Defense Against Fresh Fruit” with a Special Performance by Mr. Moore and Makenzie Moore, “A Peach”.

The enrollment lottery to be conducted on March 29 will be supervised by an accounting firm. Lottery results will be posted the following week at the school.

Connections home-school

Stop in and visit with the Connections principal to learn about all of the great things that the Connections Homeschool Program can offer your children. Connections is now enrolling for the 2007-08 school year.

Connections will host home-school ice skating on today from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center. Any and all homeschool program students are invited. Stop in and meet the Connections principal and learn about the exciting things that will happen for the 2007-08 school year.

Congratulations to Garret Mayer and Justin Oleson for being chosen to play in the All North West Band in Portland, Ore. Way to go!

There will be a two hour Reading Comprehension Workshop titled “Strategies That Work: Teaching Comprehension to Enhance Understanding” for parents on March 15 at 3 p.m. It will be taught by KPBSD reading teacher Karl Kircher at Soldotna Middle School in Room 7. Please contact the Connections office at 714-8880 if you plan to attend.

Grades five, seven and nine will take the Analytical Writing Assessments through March 16. Each student will need three 45 minutes sessions. Time slots are 1:15, 2:15, and 3:15 each afternoon. Testing will be in the Connections Computer Lab. Please call the office at 714-8880 to schedule your student’s testing.

Mark your calendar for testing on April 3-5 for all students in grades 3-10.

March book order specials are available online or flyers are available in our office. March orders are due on March 30.

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the Week are: Adaya Pollock, being kind to classmates; Elizabeth Daily, great attitude; Skyler May, creatively loosing a tooth; Madilyn Barkman, obedient in class; Michael Tovar, reading the most books in the first grade; Lacey Cashman, excellent attitude; Haley Miller, outstanding reading; Charley Ross, being a great friend; Hallie Symington, being a messenger of great news; Cody Moore, reading the most pages in the first grade.

Dates to remember:

· Today through Saturday — basketball regions at Homer;

· Thursday — party club at 3 p.m.;

· Monday — banquet;

· Tuesday — board meeting; and

· March 16 — End of the quarter.

Volunteers are needed for the spring carnival April 10. For more information, call Mrs. Nelson.

The school would like to thank the junior high student council for organizing the winter formal, held last week at Mykels, Kelsie Leaf, Michael Horton, Kelsey Brush, Cody Munn, Tiffany Smith and Mrs. Dutcher.

The school would like to congratulate honor band participants Dani Rehm, Hilary Domke, Scott Litchfield and Krikkit Holly.

The school calendar is available online at

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The first grade has begun to study Captain Bill Pinkney’s Journey. They will study his journey over the next few weeks using maps and learning about different countries and continents. The transportation parade was a big success last Friday. The classes celebrated Dr. Suess’s birthday with “The Cat in the Hat,” Thing One and Thing Two.

Mrs. McBee’s class has begun studying the Iditarod. Each student is tracking the progress of a different musher and learning about the Alaskan communities and checkpoints along the Iditarod trail. Each student will be calculating distances his musher has traveled and keeping track of the number of dogs left on that team. Students will also be studying the Iditarod posters to learn how teamwork is represented in each poster.

Mr. Daniels’ class continues to study Mars in science. They are still working on the Puppy Love Project. They have reached their 100-pound goal of food and toys, so they have set a new goal of 200 pounds. In Social Studies they are studying the Midwest Region. Kim Segura contributed the class information.

The intermediate musical presentation of “Fiddler on the Roof” was held Friday. Mr. Houglum would like to thank all who helped with the production, and congratulate all of the participants.

The March PTA meeting will be Tuesday in the teacher’s lounge. All are invited; free babysitting will be provided.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Students are reading this week and filling in a paw print for each book read. They watch the prints follow the Iditarod trail in the Sears Elementary School hallways. They are racing the mushers to Nome with each paw print being equal to one mile.

Mrs. Knudsen’s students are studying about the force of gravity and Newton’s third law of motion. They also are learning about rocketry, using compressed air as fuel. In math they are learning about geometry and the different types of polygons.

Mrs. Casiano’s class is practicing for a play titled “Vacation on Mars.” The performance will be held March 14. They are also “dreaming” of a field trip to Hawaii’s space observatory.

The school will hold a Family Science Night at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Sears Elementary building. The Imaginarium will bring its science festival program.

There will be no school Friday due to an in-service day.

Jump Rope for Heart will be held March 16. Those students who are participating will need to bring in their money that day.

Kenai Central High

The Region III Basketball Tournament begins today with a coaches meeting at 7 p.m. in the Home Economics room and the cheerleading poster making contest at 7 p.m. in the auditorium commons. Games will be played on Thursday, Friday and Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. and go all day long.

There is no school for students on Friday as it is an in-service day/work day for teachers. Friday also marks the end of the third quarter.

Monday is the first official day for track and field and soccer practices to begin. For information on either of these two sports contact Tim Delaney at 283-2104.

There is an after-prom meeting on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the faculty lounge.

You can access schedules for all activities at KCHS with the follow web address:

Students of the Month for February: Rotary — Brad Fusaro; Chamber — Katie Ford; Elks — Rebekah Summer; Alaska Studies — Caitlin Isham; Chemistry — Mercedes Hughes; Language Arts 9 — Silas Rodriguez; Language Arts 12 — Taylor Brewer; Foods 2 — Danika Summer; Anatomy — Molly Watkins; Performing Arts, Concert Choir — Quinn Stoops; Language Arts 11 — Hector Rivera; Study Skills — Chris Coupchiak; Geometry — Nadyia Mataya; World Languages — Madeleine Devore; Work Coop — Chassie Bernsten; World History — Henry Peif.

Upcoming events:

· March 14 — Assembly at 1:40 p.m., President Hamilton from UAA;

· March 15 — February Student of the Month Luncheon.

Kenai Middle

The Book Fair will be here from March 12-March 16. This book fair is a buy one, get one free special promotion. Come in and purchase several for holidays, or for your child’s summer reading. Come in and take a peak at all the wonderful books we have!

Great Job to the “A” team volleyball players at the Borough Tournament. KMS took fourth place! Congratulations to all the players, parents and coaches!

KMS skiers did a wonderful job this season. Here are the results from the borough meet: Girls — Morgan Wensley, sixth; Carolyn Kiefer, eighth; Vanessa Anderson, 23rd; Olivia Pfiefer, 25th; Briana King, 35th; Boys — Lincoln Wensley, 14th; Aaron Williams, 15th; Tyler Cooper, 19th; Zack Moore, 22nd; Carey Updike, 26th. Congratulations to all our skiers!

Congratulations to all the wrestling for completing an exciting season of wrestling this year! The 2007 Borough Champs are Michael Hughes and Adam Agosti. Second-place winners are: Dylan Sterling, Dalton Connor, Conner Hamman, and Kevin hunter. Placing fourth was Mason Cheesemen and fifth-place went to Devin Carter, William Brighton, Tyler Tankersly, David Dormady and Issac Cryer. Again, congratulations everyone and thank you for an awesome season!

Congratulations to the following sixth-grade students for winning the school forensics competition last month: Storytelling, Joy Wannamaker; Multiple Interpretive Reading, Riley Wik, StevenYoung; Multiple Poetry, Ben Mills, Lyn Mendenhall; Multiple Prose, Kyle Phillips, Ivy Howland, Don Chenault, Madison Westover, Jacob Gilman; Single Non-Humorous Poetry, Sierra Glonek; Single Humorous Poetry, Madison Cunningham; Single Interpretive Reading, Duane Reitter.

Congratulations to Tyler Cooper and John Subera for being selected as a Character Counts Students last week. These students received a pizza for lunch last week. Again, congratulations to all our students and keep up the great work!

Dates to remeber:

· Thursday — Band Spaghetti Feed Dinner 6-8 p.m.;

· Friday — Inservice, end of quarter, no school.;

· Monday — Basketall for sixth grade begins; Book Fair — buy one, get one free.

Kenaitze Head Start

The Raven and Eagle class enjoyed their first swim trip on Thursday. The weather was very cold, but the water was great and the children had a wonderful time. A special thank you to the parents who helped out. This month the children will be learning the color yellow and the shape is diamond.

The Whale and Salmon class continues to talk about how to have a healthy body by eating right, exercising and preventing the spread of germs. The children are learning how to say that different parts of their bodies hurt in the Dena’ina language by adding the word “egedu” after the name of the body part.

The Bear and Moose class has been busy reading all kinds of Dr. Seuss books this week. Miss Lynn enjoyed reading some of their favorite Dr. Seuss books to the children on the bus.

Mountain View

The third-grade classes will be performing a Spring Program entitled “BUGZ” this Thursday in the gym. Students need to arrive at the school at 5:45 p.m. The program will begin at 6 p.m.

Congratulations to our January students of the month! There will be a student of the month Pizza Luncheon for the kids and there parents on March 28 at 11:35.

Friday is an Inservice day, there will be no school.

Congratulations to our fifth-graders who completed the D.A.R.E program and graduated on Feb. 27. The school has been doing the D.A.R.E. program for our fifth-graders since 1992. Some of the things the students did include skits to demonstrate what they learned, viewing a slide show and essays that students wrote and shared. Thank you to Officer Kelly George and itch Langseth for the great job they do with all the kids!

· Title I committee meeting will be held in the Mountain View library today at 5:30 p.m.

· Engineering Fair will be held Monday and Tuesday.

Nikiski Middle-High

The following Students have been selected and invited to attend the student of the month breakfast today: High School: Logan Denison, Pre- calculus; Josh Hall, Language Arts; Mike Poulter, Environmental Science; Rachel Romans, Biology; Bob Seater, Geometry; Tasha Thompson, Spanish II. Junior High: Danny Bachmeier, Physical Education; Rose Bellamy, Choir; Billy Bliss, Science; Kelsie Green, Read 180; Kaden Spurgeon, Seventh History. Bradi Anderson, Biology, was omitted from the December list.

· Thursday — Nikiski High is proudly sponsoring the 2007 Southcentral Conference 3A Basketball Tournament. Games begin at 1 p.m. here in the Nikiski Gym;

· Friday — No school for students (end of quarter teacher In-service/Work Day); Southcentral Conference 3A Basketball Tournament, 1 p.m.;

· Saturday — South Central Conference 3A Basketball Tournament, games begin at 10 a.m. Championship games 4:30 and 6 p.m.

· Tuesday — Joint Site Council Meeting with Nikiski North Star and Nikiski Middle High at the Nikiski North Star Library at 4 p.m.

Nikiski North Star

Mrs. Zinck’s second-grade students are studying animals. They are using library books, internet sources, and reference books to answer questions about an animal of their choosing. This week, they have completed answering their questions and will begin writing their papers. In the weeks to follow, they will begin working on posters and other visual aids for an oral presentation in which they will teach other students what they have learned about their animal.

Redoubt Elementary

Picture day is today for all sixth-graders and any other students who missed picture day on Feb. 20. Students do not need to bring money. Proofs will be sent home in several weeks and parents may purchase photos at that time.

Redoubt Elementary is offering a $500 scholarship to high school students graduating in May. Applicants must have attended Redoubt Elementary for a minimum of three years. Scholarship applications or additional information can be obtained through Mrs. Horton in the school office.

A total of 139 students participated in Turn Off Your TV Week. Sixty-five students participated for all seven days. Mrs. Harding’s fourth-grade class and Mrs. Goldstein’s first-grade class had the highest number of students participating for the entire week.

Students collected 2,394 box tops in the Big G Box Tops classroom competition. Mrs. Werner’s sixth-grade class placed first with 328 box tops, Mrs. Rolph’s fourth-grade placed second with 259 box tops, and Miss Cox’s second-graders placed third with 229 box tops. The school thanks everyone who contributed box tops.

The library is seeking donations of new and gently used hardback books.

The following students received Project Kindness awards last week: Stormy Shields, Jeffery Moore, Adam Vinzant, Shayla Blischke, Ashley Jones, Aaron Malone, and Jake Marcuson.

Third quarter ends Friday, which is an inservice day for teachers. There will be no school for students.

Sears Elementary

Ms. Fischer’s kindergartners are following Dr. Seuss’ examples of using imaginary characters to illustrate stories. The students practiced creating story characters using a “push form” and then putting their imaginations to work writing stories about their characters. Students are using Dr. Seuss books for reading practice.

Students were visited by the “tooth lady” last week. The students learned proper tooth brushing and learned why they need to eat healthy. Students then received a new toothbrush.

Ms. Ralston’s class created “Add A Word Poems” and used the color resist art technique to draw pictures to go along with their poems. The students then displayed them in the hallway. In math the students are working on two column addition, breaking down numbers, money and measurement.

Ms. Atkinson’s kindergartners began an Alaska study. The students created Forget-Me-Not pictures using Q-tips. The students made their own Alaska flags using color resist. Students also brain stormed what they thought mushers would need to carry in their sleds for their trip to Nome. This also included how many booties the dogs would need for the journey.

Dr. Seuss’s Birthday was celebrated by the students. Some of the activities included skits put on by Mrs. Rogers and Ms. Ralston, reading Dr. Seuss books, creating Dr. Seuss hats, recreating favorite Dr. Seuss books and eating green eggs and ham.

Mrs. Miller’s second-graders wrote stories about the presidents and then created drawings of Abraham Lincoln and George Washington. The stories and pictures are displayed in the hallway.

There will be a site council meeting at 4:30 March 14.

The steering committee for the consolidation of Sears and Mountain View elementarys will meet every Tuesday from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Mountain View library. These meetings are open to the public with opportunities to provide public comment.

Skyview High

Skyview is having an Open House for all eighth-grade parents and students who would like to learn more about what we offer at Skyview. Start time is 7 p.m. Come tour our building, meet our staff and enjoy the entertainment. Door prizes will be awarded, too!

Congratulations to Skyview High School for a fourth-place finish in this years 10th annual National Ocean Science Bowl. Representing this year’s team was Amanda Millay, Mallory Millay, Tasha Brown, Thomas Osterman, and Scott Begins. The competition was held Feb. 8, 9, and 10 in Seward. Most valuable award was given to Mallory Millay for her heads-up knowledge in the toss up question rounds. Coach Mark Larson was also awarded for being the only coach representing a team in all of the NOSB competitions since its existence. Students are challenged in multiple aspects of science including chemistry, oceanography, and marine biology. Skyview High School is the only central peninsula school offering Marine Science as well as AP chemistry and principles of technology. Good job Skyview.

National Honor Society induction of new members will take place tonight at 6 p.m. in the Skyview Commons.

The end of third quarter is this Friday. Students will be off from school, while teachers are at school for inservice and planning.

Daylight Saving Time begins this Sunday. Don’t forget to set your clocks to spring forward one hour.

Track and soccer seasons will begin on Monday. Participants need to have a current physical and other paperwork turned in before they can practice.

Judy Hall will be hosting a TRS seminar for any teachers interested in learning more about retirement. The meeting will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Skyview choir room.

Check out all of the latest Skyview information, available on our Edline homepage at

Soldotna Elementary

Students celebrated Dr. Seuss’ birthday on Friday with special stories, door decorations and a Title 1 Seuss Celebration after school in the gym. Students were able to “View a Hoo” under microscopes, play the Seuss Trivia game, decorate Seuss cookies, complete Cat in the Hat crafts and take more Seuss family activities to complete at home. Congratulations to Mrs. Vasilie’s and Ms. Buben’s classes for winning the hall door decoration contest. Thanks to Title 1 teacher Sheila Margaret Pothast for facilitating this exciting event.

Cody Meyer was winner of the Jack Lopshire Award and Matthew Roberts was awarded the Judges Choice Award at the 2007 Invention Convention held at Soldotna Elementary School. More than 150 students entered their creations in this competition and 27 were awarded patents for their inventions: Tanisha Chavez, Sam Deatherage, Brandon Rice, Shay Brammier, Matthew Roberts, Kiana Hendricks, Austin Cunningham, Bree Harrison, Dillon Jenson, Ryder Doxee, Jasmin Hetherton, Jacob Ansel, Pamela Kousen, Coty Balzer, Makenzey Saltz, Hanna Mahaffey, Malena MacMaster, Caitlin Gibbons, Eden Deatherage, Cody Meyer, Ryan Kimball, Stephen Endsley, Brooklyn Kean, Taylor Gilmore, Taylor Wilson, Olivia Hutchings and Savannah Bagnasco.

Thanks to Taylor Wilson who exemplified kindness and caring and was the Honor Buck winner for this week.

The Site Base Council meets today at 4 p.m. in the conference room All are invited to attend.

The classroom Box Top contest ends on Thursday and the winning classroom can pick either a pizza or ice cream party as a treat. Box tops are turned in for cash to put toward our student projects at Soldotna Elementary School.

Soldotna High

Science teacher Bruce Rife has been named as a recipient of the 2006-07 Siemens Award for advanced placement. As one of 50 teachers selected nationally, Mr. Rife received $1,000. The award is in recognition for exemplary teaching and dedication to students and the advanced placement Program.

The school was regionally accredited by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools. Its received its accreditation status by the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools Commission on Schools at its annual meeting in Portland, Ore. The Northwest Association celebrates its 90th year of accreditation in 2007. Soldotna High School was first accredited with the Association in 1980. The school is also approved by its State Accreditation Committee for the academic year 2006-07. it is one of over 1800 in the region and one of over 36,000 schools nationwide to maintain regional accreditation.

Friday marks the end of the third quarter. No school for students. The day will be an in-service for teachers.

Monday through March 16, students government will sponsor Homegoing Week. A variety of activities will planned during break and lunch to celebrate the coming of spring.

Numerous scholarship opportunities are available for seniors with completed scholarship folders.

Soldotna Middle

Borough wrestling champions include

Nathan Penrod, Taylor Hanley, Dusty Poole, Cody Carroll, Keith Porter, Zach Aberkane, Dakota Bailey (Elsey), Josh Bunch, Tyler Marcuson.

The SMS Silver Volleyball Team took second and the Maroon Volleyball Team took third at the Borough Tournament. Coach Abendroth and Coach Kupferschmid would like to thank all the girls for giving 100 precent at all games and practices.

Mark your calendar:

· Thursday — Band/Choir Concert, 7 p.m., SMS Big Gym. PTSA will be selling refreshments after the concert to help fundraise for the music deptartment;

· Friday — end of third quarter, teacher inservice day, no school for students;

· Tuesday — Skyview High School Parent/Student Night for 2007-2008 incoming ninth-graders, 7 p.m. starting in the Library;

· April 3-6 — Students will be taking the SBA Tests. Both grades will be tested April 3-5 and the eighth-graders, only, will be tested in science on the April 6. Please plan ahead so that your student will be in attendance for those four days.

Sterling Elementary

March is school breakfast month. Students eligible for reduced or free hot lunch program are also eligible for the reduced or free breakfast program. The regular cost for breakfast is $1.50.

The PTA will meet March 14. The topic will be the spring carnival that will be held March 31.

The school would like to congratulate students who participated in Saturday’s Borough Forensics meet: Shelby Rea, Trace Braxling, Ryan Winter, Lily Lamson, Kayla Scroggins, Nicole Thomas, Deanna Clark, Allison Ralston, Shira Waldrip, Shaeann Ingels, Sidney Roumagoux and Charlotte Morgan.

The Green Star representatives from fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade have been meeting every Friday to discuss ways to improve recycling at the school. They also have been collecting the paper and plastic from the recycle bins in the classrooms. The group is concentrating on the Great Aluminum Can Roundup until April 21.

Tustumena Elementary

The school has begun the selection process for determining who in grade six will be this year’s Masonic Award recipient. This award is sponsored by the Kenai Masonic Lodge No. 11 and is awarded annually to one student in each school’s highest grade level. Personal qualities considered for selection for this award include those of leadership, citizenship, and scholarship. This year’s finalists will be announced next week!

The cross-country skiing program held its final session on last Thursday after school. Mr. Michael and Mrs. Sinnott were pleased with the progress that the participants made this year. They would also like to thank those parents who assisted in making this a successful activity for those students who participated this winter.

The school’s PTO is in search of parents willing to assume a position of leadership in this organization for the 2007-08 school year. Parents are urged to contact Sheila Garrant at 262-2133 to learn more about what such an obligation will entail.

Parents are reminded that there is no school this Friday due to teacher in-service. Report cards will be sent home with students on March 16.

Wings Christian

Monday through March 16 there is no school due to spring break.

Kasey Magee won Office of the Week.

The basketball tournament will take place in Anchorage at Lumen Christi on March 15 through March 17.

March 19 will be an in-service day. No school for students.

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