Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Students of the Month announced

The following students were named January Students of the Month at Nikiski Middle-High School:

High school: Jessica Bowlin, US. history; Dustin Couch and Holly Heazlett, language arts; Danielle DeShong, study skills; Tony Kaser, practical writing; Jonathan Lehman, prealgebra; Sarah Ralston, geometry; and Tasha Thompson, biology.

Junior high: Eli Ward, science and social studies; and Nelson Williams, science.

Free health screenings set

Frontier Community Services Early Intervention, in conjunction with the Kenai Public Health and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Childfind Program will offer free vision, hearing and developmental screenings for children ages birth through 5, but not yet in kindergarten. Immunizations will be available at some sites.

The screenings will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the following locations: Friday at the Kenai Public Health Office; Monday at Sterling Head Start; March 23 at Tustumena Elementary School; March 28 at the Nikiski Recreation Center; and March 31 at Christ Lutheran Church in Soldotna.

Applications also will be available to apply for the Sterling Head Start, Kenaitze Head Start and the Nikiski North Star prekindergarten program for the 2006-07 school year. To make an appointment, call Renie at 714-6647.

Scholarships available

· The Kenai River Sportfishing Association is accepting applications for The Senator Ted Stevens Scholarship Program. It will award seven full-tuition scholarships. The three scholarship categories are: Two scholarships to students attending or planning to attend Kenai Peninsula College. Students must be pursuing an associate of arts or associate of applied science degree with intentions of either going on to a four-year degree program in the sciences, or hoping to land an entry level technician job in fisheries or natural resources; four scholarships will be awarded to students with more than 60 college credits (sophomore or junior standing in the year of application) pursuing a bachelor of science degree at any University of Alaska campus; and one scholarship to students pursuing a bachelor of science degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Anchorage or Alaska Southeast.

For complete information on requirements, deadlines and other scholarships the Kenai River Sportfishing Association has to offer, ask your high school counselor for its brochure, visit www.kenairiversportfishing.com or stop by its office at 224 Kenai Ave., Suite 102, in Soldotna.

· Kenai Borough Employees Association is offering three $500 scholarships. Scholarships are open to all 2006 graduates of the Kenai Peninsula Borough schools, including public, private schools and home-schooled students.

Applications and instructions are available from Kenai Peninsula Borough high school counselor offices, at the Borough Building and at www.borough.kenai.ak.us.

Applications must be delivered or postmarked by March 31. Applications may be mailed or dropped off at the Kenai Peninsula Borough, KBEA Scholarship Committee, 144 N. Binkley St., Soldotna, AK 99669.

Aurora Borealis Charter

On March 24, the Polar Bears Robotics Team will present its first place state competition research project — “How Does Stream Turbidity Affect the Ocean Food Chain” — at the Kachemak Bay Science Conference in Homer. Presenters will be Alex Kauffman, Will McDermid, Logan Haralson, Crystal Coombes, Autumn Ball, Anton Krull, Lizzie McDermid and Colton Anderson.

The school will conduct its 2006-07 enrollment lottery at the school. Mikunda, Cottrell and Co. will supervise the lottery. It is open to the public. Lottery results will be posted at the school after April 17. For more information, call Debbi at 283-0292 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.

Connections

Congratulations to the state champion Battle of the Books team for the third- and fourth-grade. Team members were are Emily Lynch, Ellery Steffensen, Jordan Wendt and Paul Steffensen. The staff would like to thank coach Terry Myrick.

Fifth-, seventh- and ninth-graders are asked to call and schedule an Analytical Writing Assessment test time at 714-8880. Testing continues today through Friday and Monday through March 23.

Standards-based assessments will be April 4, 5 and 6 for students in grades three through nine. The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam also will be held on those dates for students in 10th grade and retakes for 11th- and 12th-graders who need to pass one or more sections of the test. The No Child Left Behind legislation mandates participation and holds the schools accountable if the specified participation rate is not met.

Cook Inlet Academy

Congratulations to Kaitlyn Barkman, Hilary Domke and Danielle Rehm for their performance on the school’s first junior high cross-country ski team. The team finished its season at the borough meet in Homer with Rehm finishing in sixth place and Domke finishing 21st. Varsity cross country skiers, Janine Ray and Lars Arneson, finished their season by participating at the state meet in Anchorage.

Concert band members said it was exciting performing with the boroughwide mass band Feb. 24. The group played “Russian Sailors Dance,” “The Voyagers” and “Yorkshire Ballad” in mass, and the school’s band performed “Maxium March” and “Ascentium.” The band students and Mrs. Rehm would like to thank Mr. Lyons for his hard work assisting with the band program.

Parent-teacher fellowship is March 27.

Students of the Week are Kelsie Leaf, for faithfulness to excellence; Kateland Farrell, for completing her work; Caleb Spence, for asking probing questions; Kody Knowles, for finishing the quarter well; Zach Taplin, for working hard on schoolwork; Kristen May, for published artwork; and Bethany Estes and Skyler May, for excellence in reading.

Grace Lutheran

In Christlight lessons the children learned about Hannah and her faith in God. She prayed to God, asking him to give her a child. God did so and her son Samuel became a prophet for Israel.

In science, the seventh- and eighth-graders continue their studies of the atmosphere.

In history, the fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders are studying the Mongols and Ancient Chinese.

In geography, students have added Europe to their mastery checklist and are now moving east to Asia.

At the end of March the third FROGS gathering will be held. The students will perform Forensics. They are working on their pieces now.

There will be an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Refreshments and craft activities will be available for children while their parents talk to teachers and tour the facility.

IDEA

Students participated in statewide Battle of the Books competition in Anchorage and were state champions in two age brackets. All teams advanced to the championship round, and two of the teams are state champions — high school and fifth- and sixth-graders. Congratulations to those students who participated in Battle of the Books.

Overall statewide results are, high school, first place; seventh and eighth grade, second place; fifth and sixth grade, first place; and third and fourth grade, fifth place.

Standards-based assessments will be April 4, 5 and 6. Students are reminded to call your teacher for assistance in getting ready for the test.

Enrollment for the 2006-07 school year is open. Call 260-7555 to enroll your student or to get more information.

IDEA offices are open.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Spring pictures will be Thursday. Proofs will arrive in two-weeks for viewing.

March 24 is the last day of the third quarter. It is an in-service day with no school for students.

The deadline to apply for the 2006-07 school year is March 31. Kindergarten through third grade is being offered. If a lottery is necessary, it will be held April 13.

The Imaginarium will be at the school March 30 and 31. More information will be sent home.

Mountain View Elementary

An advisory council meeting will be held at 3:45 Thursday.

Hat Day will be Friday.

Spring portraits will be taken Tuesday. Prepayment is not necessary.

Nikiski Middle-High School

The high school’s Academic Bowl was held March 2. The class of 2006 won, team members were Robert Zinck, Josh Ball, Tatiana Butler, Justin Vance, JR Cox and James Barrett.

Redoubt Elementary

Kindergarten and new student registration for fall 2006 will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 3 through 5.

Spring photos are scheduled for Monday.

School forensics competitions are scheduled for Tuesday and March 22. Volunteers are needed and asked to call the school.

Congratulations to the trash ball spirit poster winners, the Blastin Bananas and the Firemen, and to the Big G Boxtops winner, James Wysong.

A draft of the proposed Kenai Peninsula Borough School District wellness policy will be sent home Friday. The district is soliciting input from parents. Comments may be sent to Dean Hamburg or Paula Christiansen, KPBSD, 148 N. Binkley St., Soldotna, AK 99669 by May 1. There also will be opportunities to address the policy at future school board meetings.

Ridgeway Montessori Preschool

Mrs. Kruse has offered new extensions to the younger children’s work, building on their knowledge of spatial relationships with lessons.

Older students are working on continent books.They study the continents, learning the shape and characteristics,and exploring encyclopedias to discover the life inhabits these places. Students are being presented lessons on Antarctica. They will experiment with “blubber” to learn how animals can live in the frigid temperatures, and the children will make their own thermometer.

Spring open house will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today. It is open to the public.

The school has an open enrollment policy. For more information, call 262-2699.

Sears Elementary

Miss. Fischer’s class has been playing with rhyming words and discovering Dr. Seuss. The kids made rhyming list for everything from their names to their favorite pets. Students created a variety of characters in art using a push technique with crayons. The pictures provided a starting point for using their imagination to write fictional stories.

In Ms. Ralston’s class the students worked on measurement. They worked with nonstandard linear measures such as: digit, cubit, pace and hand span. The students also worked with personal foot and standard foot, yard and tape measurements. In science the students worked with prisms and colored flash lights. They discovered why the sky is blue, where color comes from and how rainbows occur.

Yearbooks are available for $15.

Spring picture day is Thursday.

Soldotna Elementary

Congratulations to Michayl Wilshusen, the honor buck winner the week before spring break, for helping two friends resolve a conflict in the classroom.

Kindergarten registration for 2006-07 will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and March 22; There will be a kindergarten round-up at 2 p.m. March 23 for 2006-07 registered kindergartners.

Congratulations to Swan Brooner for being chosen as the schools Masonic Outstanding sixth-grader. Swan will be honored at Kenai Masonic Lodge No. 11 F. and A.M. Awards program at 7 p.m. April 20 in the Little Theater at Kenai Central High School. Jared Lingafelt was the runner-up and Bree Mucha was the finalist.

Soldotna Middle

The newsletter is available at www.edline.net/pages/Soldotna_Middle/News/Newsletter.

Winners in the library’s February contest are, Peter Rogers, A.J. Briggs, Lindsay Shackleton and Kayla West. Each student received a block buster card. Students are encouraged to keep reading.

Track is just around the corner. The season starts March 27 right after school. Practices will be from 2:30 until 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Students are reminded to arrange rides.

Standards-based assessments will be given to seventh- and eighth-graders students April 4, 5 and 6.

End of third quarter is March 24.

Sterling Elementary

Nominations for the site based decision making council are being accepted. The two open seats are ones held by parents of Sterling Elementary students. The term is for two years. Nominations can be made at the school office and will be accepted until March 23.

Spring pictures will be Tuesday

The Title I committee will meet on March 22 at 4 p.m. to discuss plans for the 2006-07 school year. The school has received a smaller Title I budget for next year, and will have to decide how the program will change to accommodate the smaller budget while still meeting the needs of struggling students.

There will be a Falcon Fun Night for all students in grades K-6 on March 23 at 4 p.m. There is no school on March 24 because of the end of the quarter.

If you have taken any pictures of school activities that we can use in this year’s yearbook, please send the pictures to the school office. Also, if you have a sixth-grade student, the school is collecting pictures for the sixth-grade video. Pictures may be dropped off at the office. Make sure your child’s name is on the back of all photos.

Tustumena Elementary

The school has selected its finalists for the Masonic Award which is presented annually to one student in each of the district’s schools from its highest grade level. Those sixth-graders nominated were Calvin Baxter, Jerramy Hatten, Stefany Malatesta and Lagi Wong. Jerramy Hatten was the winner. The school would like congratulate to Jerramy and his family. The Masonic Awards ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. April 20 at Kenai Central High School.

Class pictures will be taken March 29. For more information, call the school. Photographers also will take individual pictures of students and send home two proofs.

The D.A.R.E. program will end Tuesday. The school would like to thank Alaska State Trooper Larry Erickson for his commitment to the program and to the fifth-grade class.

The parent teacher organization will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday. The topic will be election of officers for 2006-07. Those wishing to be nominated for the PTO board are asked to call Sheila Garrant at 262-2133 prior to the date

Wings Christian Academy

Chase Miller won the cleanest desk of the week award.

Kaylee Burger won the office of the week award for the Learning Center.

Alex Pettey made it into the 2000s club.

Alexander Pettey won Multiplication Bingo this month.

The kindergartners are learning how to identify the order of numbers and about how God made weather.

New clues for the mystery person contest are : “There are reflecting telescopes because I reflected on the telescope.” and “My laws of motion are not enforced by the police.”

Last week was Spirit Week where the students dress up differently each day winners are as follows: Crazy Hair Day — Jared Wood, first place, Caden MacLellan, second place and Kyla Moore, third place; Cops and Robbers Day — Josiah Fischer, first place, Caden MacLellan, second place and Matanya Bush, third place; Formal Day — Victoria Grant, first place, Jesse Puletau got second place and Matanya Bush, third place; Nerd Day — Chase Miller, first place, Caden MacLellan, second place and Melissa Newton and Jared Wood tied for third place; and Career Day — Naomi and Julianne Pettey, as a bear trainer and bear, first place, Caden MacLellan, as a French chef, second place and Chase Miller, as a hockey player, third place.

Spring break continues through Friday

There is no school Monday.



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