School news

Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2001

Aurora Borealis Charter School

The kindergarten class is studying Antarctica. They are especially enjoying learning about emperor penguins.

The fifth- and sixth-grade science class has been preparing to "Rendezvous with a Comet" at the Challenger Learning Center. The classes would like to thank school nurse Marita Parks for teaching students how to take their pulses and blood pressures as training for the mission medical personnel. Students also have been studying comets, chromatography, the Cartesian coordinate system, angles of trajectory, communication and methods of scientific measurement in preparation of the mission.

The school held a spelling bee the week of March 1. The third- through eighth-grade students participated. Congratulations to Trevor Kauffman, who won by spelling the word "reciprocal" correctly. Alex Kauffman was runner-up and Jackie Palm received third place. Trevor will travel to the state spelling bee in Anchorage March 29 and 30. Congratulations to all the students.

The lottery is coming to a close in the near future. For more information, call Debbie or Anita at 283-0292.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The Physical Education Citizens for the Month for February were Coby McKeirnan, Jordan Grant, Ryan McCoy, Ashley Myers, Josh Partridge, Kluane Pootjes, Joey Aho, Chelsea Hardcastle, Jordan Gorake, Jordan Espy, Jonathan Loveall, Elainnaih Lagoutaris, Zach Leslie, Chelsea Tyler, Jesse Faulkner, Jasmine Woodland, Sarah Rife, Megan Williams, Clancy Skipwith and Tyler Arndt.

Jump Rope for Heart, sponsored by the American Heart Association, is today through Friday.

The fourth- through sixth-graders will present their annual spring musical at 7 p.m. at the Soldotna High School Auditorium on Thursday. "Rock the Jukebox" will include songs and dancing from the 1950s to the present. The beginning and intermediate bands will be featured.

Mr. Vincent's class is knee deep in toilet paper rolls and constructing marble mazes.

Mrs. Furlong's class is doing an inventors' workshop. If you have broken-down mechanical things or creative pieces kids could use, bring them to school. The bake sale will be April 10.

Mrs. Carter's class analyzed possibilities of drilling in ANWR and wrote persuasive papers. Copies were sent to President George W. Bush, Sen. Ted Stevens, Sen. Frank Murkowski, Rep. Don Young and Gov. Tony Knowles.

Items remaining in the lost and found Friday will be donated to charity.

The school thanks Regal Interiors, Kenai River Nursery and Soldotna Blockbuster Video for recent donations to the library.

Mountain View Elementary

Several classes attended performances of Circo Comedia at Kenai Central High School. Those attending were the students of Mrs. Heath, Mr. Knudsen, Mrs. Gustkey, Mr. and Mrs. Wensley, Mrs. Cramer, Mr. Vedders, Mr. Emmerich and Mrs. Stephens.

The second immunization clinic at Mountain View was a success. The school thanks the public health nurses, staff, parent volunteers, parents and students for helping run the clinic smoothly.

Friday will be Hawaii Day.

Mrs. Ermold's class will have a parent meeting April 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the classroom. The meeting is to plan for the students' overnight camping trip April 24 and 25.

Mrs. Ermold's class needs supplies for a science unit on classification and chemistry. Items needed include soil, clear two-liter pop bottles, pea gravel, small plant starts, guppies and crickets. If you can donate any of these items, they will be needed starting April 2.

The DARE graduation program will be April 17 at 7 p.m. Students will need to arrive at 6:50 p.m.

Nikiski Elementary

All Box Tops for Education must be in to the school by March 27 in order to mail them in for the 2000-01 school year. Be sure to send them in before spring break. This is an easy way for the school to make some extra money.

The school congratulates its borough forensics winners Lucas Salonen, Tyler Payment, Jacit Conright, Hannah Anderson and Heather Faeo.

North Star Elementary

The Science Club for Girls will meet in room 6 Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Congratulations to Ben Heaverley, the school spelling bee champion. Emily Kennedy was runner- up. Heaverley won with the word "amnesia."

Region winners for the Region 5 PTA Reflections Arts Contest in literature are Kayleen Hansen, first grade, and Clare Bennett, sixth grade. In music composition, the winner is Megan Hansen, third grade, and in photography Elliott Tuttle, fifth grade. The visual arts entry by Sevin-Re Michaels third grade, also went to Seward for judging.

Cinnamon rolls from Mrs. Matson's fourth-grade students will be available for $1.50 each. The rolls will be sold today before school, at noon or after school until 4 p.m. The money raised supports the marine science field trip to Kasitsna Bay.

March preschool at North Star Elementary is today and March 28 from 9 until 10:30 a.m. Reading is the theme this month. To volunteer for any part of this program, contact Shannon Elsey at 776-8313 or Rose Pilatti at 776-5575.

Mrs. Miller's class is selling See's Easter Candy. To order chocolates, let Mrs. Miller or one of her students know. Ordering ends today. The candy will arrive the week before Easter.

Redoubt Elementary

Return preregistration forms as soon as possible. They are used to update student information and reserve a place for next school year. The first two classes to return all their forms will receive a prize.

Report cards for grades four through six will go home Friday.

The hepatitis immunization clinic will be April 5 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Permission slips are required to receive a shot. For more information, call nurse Donna at 262-9006.

Group classroom and individual photos will be taken today. You do not need to prepay for individual photos but you do for class ones. Finished photos will be sent home for selection. There is no obligation to purchase any photos.

Congratulations to Patrick Moore who qualified to participate at the state level of the National Geographic Geography Bee in Anchorage April 6.

Three Future Problem Solving teams qualified to compete at the state FPS bowl April 22-24. Team members are Lauren Senette, Kelsey Cain, Zack Walgenbach, Brent Griffin, Sierra Ball, Mavica McLane, Jake Walgenbach, Jessica Oglesbee, Lydia Ames, Amy Hundertmark, Patrick Moore and Brittany Boulette.

Seth Dimick won the Big G Box Tops drawing and Claire Gabler won the Campbell's Soup label drawing.

Sears Elementary

Students loved the Circo Comedia performance Thursday.

The Reading is Fundamental book giveaway was Friday. Students enjoyed selecting books to add to their bookshelves at home. The school thanks Lori Newton, the PTA and all the volunteers who make RIF possible each year.

Pam Pulver will be at Sears today to perform.

Spring pictures will be March 27. Family pictures will be offered that evening from 5 to 8 p.m. To make an appointment, contact the office. There will be more information coming soon in Friday folders.

Box tops are due today. Box tops provide additional books for the level book room.

Soldotna Elementary

J. Mohorcich, Soldotna Elementary's geography bee winner, qualified for the National Geographic state bee in Anchorage April 6.

Congratulations to Sarah Shoemaker, Aubrey Morgan and J. Mohorcich for earning an invitation to the Future Problem Solving Competition in April.

Preregistration forms for the 2001-02 school year went home Monday and are due back as soon as possible for planning the upcoming school year.

Mark your calendars for the Spring Fun Fest for Soldotna Elementary students April 6. Sign-up sheets will go home March 26. Students will be invited to participate in activities and craft sessions sponsored by the PTA and hosted by the school staff.

Fun Buck winners for the week are Cory Davis, Jamie Sinclair, Taylor Hibbert, Stephanie Almarez, Dakota Dillon, Troy Hope, Kailey Schrader and Arliana Marquez.

Kindergarten Round-up is planned for April 20. All new kindergartners are invited to come to Soldotna Elementary for welcoming activities. More information will be forthcoming.

Tustumena Elementary

Congratulations to the nominees for the 2001 Masonic Award for Tustumena: David Blossom, Hannah Chase, Taylor Karnikis, Gavin Marsh, Chelsea Martin, Luke Morse, Kjersten Skjold and Jennifer VanRaden.

Tustumena's Future Problem Solving team has been invited to the state bowl. Congratulations to Ellen Holt, Patrick Sheridan and Jacob Lester. They will compete against other junior teams from around the state in Soldotna April 22 through 24.

March is Music in the Schools Month. All students are learning many new songs to celebrate this event.

The Tustumena Talent Show will be April 27. Auditions are April 2, 3, and 4.

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

Kenai Middle School

The third-quarter choir concert will be Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Kenai Central High School Auditorium.

Audrey Coon, C.J. Henley, Kira Matiya, Blair Reynolds, JB Swan, Synneva Hagen-Lillevik, Sasha Jackson, Natalie Newton, Jessica Summer and Meghan Thibodeau will travel to Washington, D.C., during spring break. Eighth-grade teacher Bob Summer will travel with the students.

Congratulations to Rob Wilusz, who won gold medals in snowshoeing events in the World Special Olympics last week. A group of students and teachers from Kenai Middle School were there to cheer him on to first place.

The hepatitis A and B shot clinic will be held March 27 starting at 9 a.m. Talk with nurse Pam Howard if you can help with the clinic.

The eighth-graders enjoyed the opportunity to take a great field trip to Summit Lake to take part in an avalanche shoot Thursday.

Soldotna Middle School

The top 10 girls' qualifiers, in order, at the SMS borough ski meet were Ari Goldstein, Jennifer Smola, Leslie Landess, Maia Mataresse, Jaime Miller, Marci Mohler, Anna Blake, Lisa Orth, Katie Mills, Sasha Porter, Brittany Osland, Kim Massey, Ali Wykis, Kelcy Burford, Devin Downs and Amanda Black. The boys placing in the top 10 were Brennan Best, Forrest West, Noah King, Stephan Olendorf, Jeff Kennedy, Jacob Shapley, Rob Berkhahn, Kevin Laurion, Sean Twohy, Dustin Mariman and Jacob Blanchard.

The Spartan wrestling coaches thank the parents, wrestlers, managers and volunteers who made this a great season. Here are the results from the school ditrict tournament: Anton Vaissenberg, first, 75 pounds; Kyle Martin, first, 80; Elliott Gauthier, third, and Shane Strausbaugh, fourth, 85; Matt Vasilie, second, and Alex Jauregui, third, 90; Jacob Torwick, first, and Fred Norman, third, 95; Scott Hanthorn, third, 100; Jeremy Goracke, second, Casey Foster, third, and Jeremy Carlon, fourth, 105; Zac Aragon, first, and Zac Hernandez, second, 110; Brandy Goracke, first, 115; Jimmie Miller, first, and Joel Jackson, fourth, 120; Tyler Cameron, first, and Jeff Stoddard, third, 125; Ben Breakfield, first, Jacob Howarth, third, and Wade Marks, fourth, 132; Liloa Lavea, second, 138; Nick Warton, third, 145; Sean Whitmore, first, 155; Kurt Romberg, first, 190; and Corey LeMay, second, heavyweight.


Connections invites students and families to the March family activity of bowling at Gold Strike Lanes in Soldotna Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost will be $2.75 for adults and $2.25 for children 12 and under. Shoes will be provided free. If you or your children plan to attend, let the school know at 262-6315 or send an e-mail to bill@connect.kpbsd.

Connections appreciates the school buildings that accommodated its students for the benchmark, qualifying exam and the CAT-5 testing. The staff appreciates the time and effort families put into preparing their children for the tests and in transporting them to and from testing sites.

Early registration for the 2001-02 school year with Connections begins April 2. It is advisable to register early and call for an appointment with an adviser before June. Information and registration can be found at the Web site at or by stopping by the office at 152 Park Ave. in Soldotna.

Kindergarten through third-grade students participated in the Habitat for Life Soil and Water Conservation District's poster contest. Connections students took first and second place. In the kindergarten through first-grade division, first place went to Benjamin Sibley and second place was awarded to Hope Steffensen. For the second- through third-grade category, first place went to Kaitlyn O'Neal.

Kenai Central High School

Congratulations to Amber Brown, Sheila Moreno-Jones and Matt Porter. Their Future Problem Solving team has qualified for the state FPS competition in April.

The track and soccer seasons have begun. If you are interested in participating in either of these sports, contact Mrs. Burck for track and Mr. Delaney for soccer.

The National Honor Society is sponsoring a blood drive March 27 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Community members are encouraged to participate.

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

An eighth-grade parent night will be held March 29 at 7 p.m. in the Little Theater. It is an informational meeting about what your child can expect in high school. Counselors, administrators, coaches and activity sponsors will be there to talk to you about high school life. Your student is encouraged to attend with you.

Check out the school Web site at for a calendar of school events.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

There will be a meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the library concerning long-range planning for the district.

The end of the quarter is just around the bend. Now is the time to turn in late assignments or even get some extra credit work in.

Yearbooks are still on sale for $55. They are sold in the school bookstore on Wednesdays and Fridays. Hurry and grab one, because after spring break they will not be available.

The late deadlines for the SATs and ACTs are just around the corner. Get to the school counselor and sign up. For any further questions or information see Mrs. Cox or Mrs. Falk.

Ninilchik School

Ninilchik will hold a talent show today at 7 p.m. in the gym.

The shot clinic will be Thursday beginning at 9 a.m. All students must have a permission slip from their parents.

Congratulations to Ninilchik's Future Problem Solving team of Brendan Cuffe, Zach Schindler, AJ Berger and Katie Moerlein for being invited to the state bowl in April. AJ placed second in the Future Problem Solving Scenario Contest.

Skyview High School

Track and field practice began Monday, running from 2:45 to 5 p.m. Soccer practice will begin March 26. Students interested in participating must have a current physical on file and other paperwork.

The Nordic ski banquet was Tuesday. Those honored were Jacob Fellman, male skier of the year; Amy Lambe, female skier of the year; Adam Tressler and Erika Edwards, most dedicated skiers; Grant Gephardt and Ailis Vann, most improved skiers; and Micah Mohler and Tara Rich, Panther Pride awards.

The hockey awards banquet will be Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the library.

More than 120 parents attended the March 1 orientation meeting for incoming freshmen. If you could not attend, contact the office or counseling department soon for an update on the registration procedure.

Tickets went on sale Monday for the "Bella Noche" Prom 2001 April 7. Prices are $40 per couple or $25 single.

The Skyview Talent Show 2001 was Thursday with 17 performances along with art displays. More than $300 was raised for Habitat for Humanity. The top two acts in each category will perform in a schoolwide assembly Thursday. The first-place group was Neil Darling, Jake Satathite, Jenni Toliver and Ryan Phillips in a band performing "Nightime"; second place went to Mark Rozak, Gabe Vanek and Lewis O'Reagan performing "Look." The first-place duet winners were Chris Rice and Neil Darling doing "You Look Wonderful Tonight"; second place went to Travis Barnes and Jake Satathite doing "Come Home." The first-place solo was Tony Whitaker with weird rope tricks; second place went to Stephanie Morrison performing original music and lyrics.

Soldotna High School

Congratulations to Renaissance Teacher of the Year Sandra Miller. She was selected by a committee of her peers for her dedication to excellence in education. She has been teaching math at Soldotna High School for the past 16 years, is the math department chair and has been the chair of the Intervention Team for many years. She also is active with her church and in the community.

Today is the Rotary Student of the Month lunch. Soldotna Rotary recognizes a number of students each month for their outstanding improvement academically, socially and in overall attitude. SoHi sincerely appreciates the efforts of the local Rotary Club on behalf of the students.

Congratulations to the hockey players who were recognized at the hockey banquet for the following awards: Eric Newby, leading scorer; David Newby, star award; Mike McIntosh, most valuable player; Keith Herring, most improved player; Kelly Gee, all-region goalie and Derrick Martin, all-region speed skater. Members of the all-region team include Kelly Gee, John Gleason, Eric Newby and Mike McIntosh.

For more SoHi activities and calendars look on the Web at

Cook Inlet Academy

Congratulations to the Students of the Week: Lance Thornton for attitude; Marcus Brown for Russian writing; Michael Bauder for penmanship; Kaycee Munn for academics; Chloe Nelson for doing her best; Aaron Agosti for assignments; and Adam Agosti for attitude. Special recognition went to the preschool teacher aides.

Senior night, with basketball, was Friday. The theme was, "Thanks for the Memories."

The junior high students got wet taking their test for water survival class. At the Nikiski pool, they tested and learned about different types of personal flotation devices. In preparation for cold Alaska water, the class practiced the "huddle" to warm a hypothermia victim. They learned how to get the person out of the water and into a raft. Mr. Shield's class studied other survival strategies and how to don a survival suit.

Keep those Campbell's Soup and related product labels coming. The deadline is soon. By sending in labels, Cook Inlet Academy can acquire educational and athletic equipment free of charge.

The Peru mission team leaves for Ayacucho Monday, and the Russian team leaves April 12. Students and chaperones go with the goals of extending friendship, help and faith.

Wings Christian Academy

This is spring break. Classes resume Monday.

Wings will have its annual state convention competition April 6 and 7. Many students from School of Tomorrow schools from around the state will participate. If your child is competing, be supportive and help out. This competition has many categories from music to chess, from photography to sewing. Students who place first or second in the categories will qualify for the international competition in Missouri.

The Wings boys varsity team will play Nikolai at Chapman School in Anchor Point Thursday at 6 p.m. The basketball season is coming to a close for Wings. The Regional Basketball Tournament will be at Homer High School March 21-24. All times are to be announced.

Wings will have another fund-raiser at Alaska Great Skate in Soldotna Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m.

Brandon Ruffridge and Naomi Pettey have earned the Cleanest Desk of the Week award.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

The Kenaitze Indian Tribe celebrated its annual Heyi program last week at Fort Kenay in Old Town Kenai. "Heyi" means "winter" in Dena'ina. Head Start children sang and danced the Marching Song, Jumping Song, Mosquito Song, Wolf Song and the Raven Song. The Jabila'ina Dancers performed songs and dances, as well. Head Start appreciates all the families who attended this event.

Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday and Friday. Children will not have school these days. Spring break for Head Start runs Monday through March 23.

Head Start children are learning about farm animals this month. A farmer from Matanuska Maid Dairy will visit the school March 28.

Head Start will host a Little Kids Fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 7. For more information, call 283-0707.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

This week's helpers are Shelby, Sidney, Jake and Dezmond. Helpers do a great job of handing out papers, being line leaders and saying the mealtime prayer.

This week's unit will focus on African animals. The students will make a book about some of the animals, learn about the survival of the animals and learn about animal habitats. They also will take home animal masks.

The Bible story will be about Zacchaeus.

Next week will be spring break with no school.

For more information, call Chris at 262-1284.

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 information, contact Shana Loshbaugh at 283-7551.

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