District School News

Posted: Wednesday, March 13, 2002

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The fourth- through sixth-grade music program, "Freedom," will be at Soldotna High School at 7 p.m. Thursday. The program will be Web cast. See the school online newsletter at www.kpbsd. k12.ak.us/kbeach/news for more information.

Mr. Daniels' and Ms. Tyler's class's mosaic project was hung permanently on the wall at K-Beach. The class is doing a mural for the Iditarod outside the classroom. The class is tracking the Iditarod and students are writing diaries as if they were actually running the race. They will send those diaries to mushers in hopes that the musher will autograph and return them with notes. The class is exchanging pen pal letters with a third-grade class in Michigan and helping them learn about the Iditarod.

To celebrate Love of Reading Month, the school had a Books for Bingo night Thursday. Godfather's Pizza, Orca Theater, River City Books and Blockbuster Video donated prizes.

The sixth grade is selling raffle tickets for a Sony Mavica digital camera, a $360 value. The tickets are $5 each or five for $20. Tickets can be bought from sixth-grade students and their families or at the school. Money raised will help pay for an overnight science field trip to Peterson Bay in May. The drawing will be March 25. Participants need not be present to win.

Mountain View Elementary

Friday is Pajama Day.

Thursday will be Family Math-Science-Geography-Technology Night from 6 to 7:30. If you wish to order pizza for your family, call John DeVolld at 283-6148.

Spring pictures will be taken March 27.

The students in Monica Heath's and Dave Knudsen's third-grade classes thank Celia Anderson, Melisa Frates, Paulene Rizzo, Chris Watkins, Phil Sonnichsen, Bobbie McGahan and Kathy Taylor for helping them make their "Reading" pillows. This pillow project was one of the culminating activities for Love of Reading Month.

Nikiski Elementary

Staff challenged students to read, read, read and read until they earned 200 points on the Accelerated Reader program. If the students reached the goal, Mr. Norgren, Ms. Cox and Ms. Morrow agreed to dye their hair. Students earned more than 1,000 points. True to their word, not only did the three dye their hair March 1, the whole staff greeted students with new hairdos. The students made a great day and a wonderful Love of Reading Week at Nikiski Elementary.

The school forensics competition winners were: Calvin Williams, Elizabeth Hammond and Anthony Brower, humorous poetry; Lucas Salonen, non-humorous poetry; and Billie Rae Parrish and Leora Olsen, interpretive reading, multiple. They competed in the borough meet Saturday.

The Nikiski Snowshoe Club began meeting Monday. Activities include snowshoe Frisbee tag, Roam and Wander and a potato relay. Snowshoes are provided, but students must bring winter clothing. Membership will be limited. Permission forms are in the office. For more information, contact the Huffords at 776-8533. Future meetings will be from 3:30 to 4:45 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays.

School nurse Elaine Lehl asks parents to use spring break to complete students' hepatitis immunizations. Contact the Kenai Health Center at 335-3400.

Mr. Floyd's students are selling McDonald's peeler card. They cost $10 each. Proceeds help students attend outdoor camp. In addition, 10 percent goes to the Ronald McDonald House.

Redoubt Elementary

Redoubt Elementary kindergarten registration will be April 3-5. For more information, call 262-9006.

Students must bring lunch money or a sack lunch. If your children are having hot lunch, make sure they have funds in their lunch account. Charges are not allowed.

Karen Senette placed fourth at the region hoop shoot competition in Portland, Ore.

Carlee Drobnick, Lottie Barton and Katy Hickey placed first in Showin' Off the Kids lip sync contest and Brittany Rogers placed third.

The school thanks students who participated in Turn Off Your TV Week. The classes with the highest participation were Mrs. St. Onge's third grade and Mr. Chavka's sixth grade. These classes won pizza parties.

Winners of the reading challenge were Mrs. Harding's fourth grade, Mrs. DeVolld's fourth-fifth grade, Mrs. St. Onge's third grade and Mr. Gossard's third grade. These classes win cake and ice cream parties. The staff winner of the reading challenge was Mr. Gossard.

Redoubt celebrated Dr. Seuss's birthday to end Love of Reading Month. The entire staff wore Cat in the Hat hats and guest readers visited.

Class photos can be ordered through Friday. Forms are at the office. Individual photo packets are expected the week after spring break.

Remember to order your yearbook, on sale now for $20 each.

Jump Rope for Heart money and forms must be turned in by Friday.

Sears Elementary

This is Battle of the Books week at Sears. Students who have been reading the battle books will get together and share their knowledge of each book.

Miss Fischer's class has been working hard to prepare for Battle of the Books. They retold and acted out a story about Anansi the spider. They also made a TV show to go along with the book "The Three Wolves and the Big Bad Pig."

Mrs. Hanson's class had a great field trip to the New Peking Chinese restaurant during its unit on China. The class will begin studying the Iditarod.

Mrs. Sorenson's and Mrs. Atchley's classes wrote letters to grandparents about their memories with them. They played lots of math games and made a churn dash quilt block. They will begin to put the blocks together to make a class quilt. Thursday they will have a family potluck to present their sense of place projects.

Friday will be Beach Day.

Mrs. Knudsen's and Ms. Lafferty's classes have begun their sound unit in science. Children learned how sound is made and how it travels through air.

Mrs. Jackson's class has begun a unit called "ourselves." They will share special events that happened to them as babies.

Mark your calendars: The school carnival will be May 3.

Soldotna Elementary

Soldotna Elementary welcomes prospective kindergartners and their parents. Registration will be April 3-5. Children need to be 5 years old by Aug. 15. Parents and guardians, bring your child's birth certificate and up-to-date immunization records. Kindergarten round up information will follow.

Kindergartners entertained parents and relatives last Thursday with the annual music program directed by Erin Southwick, music teacher. Children sang action songs and ended with a musical presentation on their back packs. Mrs. Erwin and Ms. Allen provided valuable support.

On April 11, the fifth- and sixth-grade band and choir concert will be held. On April 18, grades three through five will present their spring program.

A wide selection of artwork from students is on display at Kaladi Brothers. Stop in and see the outstanding creations from children working with art specialist Celia Anderson and classroom teachers.

The site-based improvement council will meet April 2, and the PTA will meet April 4. All are encouraged to come to these meetings.

Preregistration forms went home Monday. Review the information closely, make changes as needed and return forms to school ASAP. This information helps staff plan for the next school year.

Tustumena Elementary

Last week students in grades three through six took standardized tests, Alaska Benchmark and Terra Nova. Make-up tests will be administered this week.

Tustumena staff and students have been focusing on schoolwide safety drills this month. Two evacuation drills, where everyone dons winter clothing, have been accomplished, with an upcoming third drill that practices proper behavior in case of an earthquake. Because some emergencies may require hiking to an alternate shelter, proper winter clothing is required for all students throughout the winter months.

Memory book time is here. Parents may expect the class photos and individual photos taken last week to arrive the first part of April. No retakes are scheduled.

Third-quarter report cards will be sent home March 29.

Kenai Middle School

Sixth-grade volleyball is in session. Practices will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m. today, Thursday and March 26-29.

A Title I meeting for KMS will be Thursday at 3:45 p.m. in room 25. Community members, parents and staff are invited. Agenda items include a review of program goals, new opportunities for parent training and involvement, student progress and goal setting. For more information, contact April Kaufman at 283-4896.

Congratulations to the cross-country skiers who skied at boroughs. Clay Nelson took first, Kyle Latz placed third, and Les Krusen took fifth.

Congratulations to the wrestlers. The Kenai Kossack results from the borough tournament were: Papapa Nicholas-Silvira, Clint Keener, Justin Tumbaga and Clark Buffington, gold medals; Stuart Stretch and Michael Dormady, silver medals; Mitchell Canavan, Isaia Faumui, Steven Eason, Dusty Ward and Lizzy Perkins, bronze medals.

The girls' volleyball A team is on a winning streak of six games. March 5, the team won its first round in borough playoffs and went to Seward for final rounds Saturday. The coaches, Robin McSheehy "Mac" and Kristan Warnick, are proud of their team.

The student of the month lunch will be March 26 at Burger King.

Friday will be the last day of clubs.

Soldotna Middle School

The SMS wrestling season ended another year on top with 28 students placing in the top four at the district championship tournament. SMS had eight tournament champions and three wrestlers who ended the season undefeated.

Congratulations to SMS Showin' off the Kids lip sync contest winners Jacob Hagedorn, Jonny Coreson, Lucy Ross and Lacy Bush.

Two teams of students qualified for state Future Problem Solving competition April 14 and 15. One team includes Patrick Moore, Lydia Ames, Sarah Shoemaker and Amy Hundertmark. The other is Lauren Senette, Kelsey Cain, Thomas Wyatt and Zach Walgenbach.

Track and field start April 1.

Junior Achievement has begun in Mr. Hagen's social studies classes this week. Community business people visit and present personal economics to the students.

Mrs. Wyatt's reading classes did a door decoration for Love of Reading Month. The theme was "Rikki Tikki Tavi" by Rudyard Kipling. Each included research as well as the art.

Skyview High School students are coming to SMS Tuesday to put on a health fair for the middle school students. Students will visit booths on various health topics that relate to them. This is the third year Skyview's health classes have come over and put on the health fair.


Thank you, parents, for making sure students attended state-required testing last week. The turnout was great. Robin Coursen, Cindy Rice, Ann Huhndorf and Kathy Hofseth provided helping hands.

Deb Blossom (former Skyview coach) will host a basketball clinic Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. at Healthy Changes. Skills to be taught include ball handling, passing, screening, shooting and more. The cost is $10 per child. Sign up by calling 262-6197.

The borough middle school forensics meet will be held 11 a.m. March 30 at Soldotna Middle School. Students in grades six, seven and eight are eligible to compete. Contact Tanya at 262-6315 for more information.

The Book-It Program, sponsored by Pizza Hut, is drawing to a close. The final certificate is valid through May 1. The goal of the program is to increase student motivation for reading for children in kindergarten through sixth grade. Progress charts may picked up at the office or printed off the Connections Web site. Student may earn one certificate per month for a one-topping personal pan pizza. For more information, call Jane at 262-6315.

Kenai Central High School

The staff at KCHS would like to thank the students who tested last week for working hard and doing their best.

Today is the end of the annual penny drive. Last chance to bring in all those pennies.

The February Student of the Month luncheon is Thursday in the library.

The KCHS band is taking its music on the road and out into the community. The band performed at Central Peninsula General Hospital Monday and performs at Sears Elementary School today.

On March 1, the KCHS Skills USA VICA competed in the 10th annual school district Career and Technical Student Organizations competition at Kenai Peninsula College. Congratulations to: Jimmy Gabriel, fourth place in job interview and third place in keyboarding; Jesse Tapley, second in drafting; Wally Ward, first in extemporaneous speech and second in job interview; and Marcie Woodard, third in culinary arts. April 1-3 the Skills USA club will travel to Anchorage to compete with other schools from around the state. About 12 students will compete in trade and industry contests as well as leadership events.

Track and soccer seasons began this week. Students interested should contact coaches for more information.

Congratulations to Dustin Moore and Micah Lillard who will travel to Greenland to participate in the Arctic Winter Games over spring break.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

Coach Tiger is looking for anyone willing to help with the regional basketball tournament Thursday, Friday and Saturday. You can reach him at 776-3456.

Third-quarter grades will come out March 29.

Nikiski now has the After the Bell program. It is for seventh- and eighth-grade students each Monday through Thursday. Mondays and Wednesdays are devoted to working on class assignments. Tuesdays and Thursdays are for working on the Pass Key program. It costs $20, but students can apply for a fee waiver. Students must sign up and have a signed parent permission form before they can attend. Participants get a snack each day. Talk with the tutors if you have anything particular you want your student to work on.

There also is Pass Key tutoring on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. for ninth- through 12th-grade students who have concerns in math, reading or writing. This program is ideal for students preparing to take the Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Exam. No fee is required and students can drop in at their leisure.

Ninilchik School

The girl's basketball team thanks everyone who donated baked good this season for its cake ticket fund raisers.

The elementary classes celebrated Read Across America. Mrs. Boll's classroom was decorated in honor of books about zoo animals; Ms. Cruz's classroom portrayed Howliday Inn; Mrs. Bosick's took you to Where the Wild Things Are; and Mrs. Record's double room was half Jurassic Park and half Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Friday, the kindergartners through third-graders dressed as book characters or authors, and the third through sixth grades made dioramas of books read. The finale will be decorating and eating cakes on room themes.

Vocational education received a Carl Perkins grant, and the equipment arrived in time to use during the first semester. Small engines received a set of new overhead engines to take apart and reassemble. Home economics received tools for the kitchens used during cooking classes, plus every time a visiting team needs food.

The primary grades are collecting food for birthday boxes for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. They are collecting cake mixes, frosting, candles and balloons to fill the boxes.

A new activity board was installed in the hallway into the gym. It will post pertinent information about sports and newspaper articles about area athletes. Thanks goes to John McCombs for building and installing it.

Soldotna High School

SoHi is on regular assembly schedule today. The region basketball pep assembly will be at 2 p.m. in the gym.

The National Honor Society will hold its induction ceremony at 7 p.m. March 26. New members will be notified of their induction responsibilities by Mr. Rife. All current members are expected to attend.

The spring dance will be March 29 from 8 to 11 p.m. This dance will be sponsored by Future Problem Solvers. Sign up on Mrs. Moock's door if you plan to bring a guest. This is the last all-school dance of the year.

Cook Inlet Academy

Thomas Adams won the Kenai Peninsula Youth Court Golden Gavel Award for passing the bar exam with the highest grade. The gavel was awarded at a swearing-in ceremony headed by Diana Fabe, chief justice of the Alaska Supreme Court. Cook Inlet Academy Principal Chuck Crapuchettes, a founder and board member of Youth Court, presented the gavel to Thomas.

Students of the Week for the past two weeks were Kelsey Brush, Adam Agosti, Khelby Kennedy, Mariah Wall, Keefe O'Dell, Jacob Boudreaux, Steven Carter, Madison Orth, Kyle Kjeldson, Kenny McDonald, Adam O'Guinn, Addy Beller, Molly Fenton, Bethany Estes, Michael Horton and Chet Kimball.

A generous donor gave a large supply of books and supplies to the library. Contact the librarian to volunteer sorting the donated items. The library is open Tuesdays.

Chelsea Magee, Scotty Litchfield, Tyler Taplin and Aaron Rowley conducted student interviews and learned the qualities most admired in a teacher: patient, helpful, good at explaining, caring and at least one person liked having a lot of work.

Grace Lutheran School

Last week the children in the lower grades planted cactus seeds. They hope to see progress in a few days. Their study of the world is moving on to the continent of Africa and talking about its fascinating features and people.

Congratulations to Nick Pokryfki. He passed all his division facts last week. Congratulations also to Alan Wentzlaff and Dailee Cooper; they passed all their math facts this year.

In the upper graders' room students use the many vocabulary words they know in Latin, about 120, and apply them to phrases. Making sure the noun and verb agree in number is a bit confusing at first, but they seem to enjoy it. Seventh- and eighth-graders are studying World War II. They are looking into causes of the war and how it was fought. They should be war buffs within the next week or so. Fourth, fifth and sixth grades are advancing in ancient history to the great Roman Empire and all its splendor.

While spending so much time in Europe, it was only right to learn the countries of that continent. Students not only know all the countries, but they can rattle off the capitals, as well.

Spring break is next week at Grace Lutheran School. Enrollment is still open; call Mr. Leckwee for more information at 283-9551.

Wings Christian Academy

Spirit month is happening at Wings. Recently Wings had Backward Day and everyone at school wore their clothes backward. March 22 will be Kids Day. The students and staff at Wings will dress up like little kids. March 29 will be Snow Day. The students will go outside to see who can make the best snowman with the most school spirit.

Zachary Bargar and Caleb Burger have made it to the 4,000s club for getting 40 100-percent scores on their tests. Naomi is in the 3,000s club, and Zack Thompson is in the 1,000s club.

Skate night will be Tuesday from 6 to 8. Alaska Great Skate lets the students come and have fun.

Wings will be closed April 1 because of the Easter holiday.

March 30 will be a parent work day for the Camp Wise-N-up play. Parents, bring yourselves and your creativity.

The boys' basketball season is coming to a close. The last game will be March 22 at Nikolai.

The cleanest desks of the week award goes to Jeremy Thompson and Zachary Bargar.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool

Last week students at the preschool explored and studied the sea. Students got an up-close look at sand dollars, starfish and shells of all shapes and sizes. Some of the creative activities included finger painting starfish, cutting long tentacles on see-through jellyfish and making sea urchins from play dough. The high point of the week for the students was choosing a favorite sea life animal to put on a T-shirt. The students then painted their T-shirts tie-dye style. Wren Racer Norwood chose a lion fish for his T-shirt.

This week students will learn about the state of Hawaii. Preschoolers will make tropical smoothies and paper leis. They also will take a field trip to the Nikiski pool. The week will end with St. Patrick's Day fun.

Kenai Cooperative will have spring break Monday through March 22.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

Head Start parents are invited to a tea party today from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Family House.

Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday and Friday, and school will be canceled those days. School also will be closed for spring break Monday through March 22.

The next Family Fun Day is scheduled for March 23 from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Kenai Recreation Center gym. This is a free activity for past and present Head Start families.

Head Start's new infant and toddler time play group meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays in the new Family House building. This is a time for parents and their infants and toddlers between the ages of 3 months and 2.5 years to come together in a play group setting. The group will not meet Monday due to spring break.

Head Start once again is offering the Developing Capable Young People series on Fridays from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the new Family House. The six-session training is filled to capacity with parents this time, but it will likely be offered again.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

This week's helpers are Jennaka, Jillian, Hannah and Savannah.

The Good Job Award last week went to Jennaka for saying the alphabet and the sounds.

The Bible verse this month is John 3:16-17. The Bible story this week is on Jesus' death.

This week the classes will focus on zoo animals. The 3-year-old class will read a big book, then singing songs related to the story. The 4-year-old class will make alphabet animals and create new animals by cutting out pictures of animals from magazines and gluing them together.

Students will review the alphabet. After spring break, more emphasis will be on numbers and rhyming words.

Spring break, with no school, will be Monday through March 22.

Visitation for fall will be April 24. If interested, call 262-1284 or 262-6442.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

This month, the children started studying simple machines by using them in the classroom. Everyone knew what a wheel was, but an axle was something new. They rode bikes, built rolling machines and played with spinners. A demonstration with a freight dolly showed how much easier it can be to move things with wheels. The next day saw the invention of a "message machine" using pulleys. To practice using levers, the children cracked nuts, used scissors, pried lids off paint cans and pulled out nails with a hammer. The woodworking will continue as they practice with more tools and simple machines.

The co-op would like to thank everyone who supported its recent dinner and auction. It was very successful and fun.

For more information about the preschool, call 262-9149.

Sterling Head Start

Sterling Head Start has two classes per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, except for the summer session.

The theme for last week's morning class was gymnastics. The morning class visited Northern Elite Gymnastics Academy on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

The theme for last week's afternoon class was dogs. Dogs big and little were shown to the children and they responded to the animals with delight. The week's discussion included the Iditarod, how to care for animals and safety around strange or unfamiliar animals.

The discovery table last week was filled with soft blocks.

Both classes' theme this month will be earthquake safety. Sterling Head Start hopes to have a safety video for parents to view at the parent committee meeting March 28.

Sterling Head Start is accepting applications for summer session. Children must have been 3 years old by last Aug. 15.

Sterling Head Start also currently is accepting applications for fall session 2002-03. Children must be 3 years or older by this Aug. 15 to attend. Preference will go to families that meet income eligibility requirements or have a child with a disability. Sterling Head Start requires income verification and a current copy of a child's immunization records to process an application.

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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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