Aurora Borealis Charter

Posted: Wednesday, March 17, 2004

The second-grade class has begun the IditaRead. So far, five students have reached Nome by reading for eight hours. Caleb Coombes and Danielle Jackson tied for first place; Matthew Hinkle was second; and Justice English and Eric Nygard tied for third. All of the second-grade students memorized and recited a poem for forensics. Eric Nygard, Rheaona Shirnberg and Jordan Jackman will perform their selections in the school assembly.

Mr. Severson's fourth-grade class went on the annual Iditarod field trip to Anchorage on March 5. They visited the Anchorage Native Heritage Center. Students were taught how to do an Alaska Native dance and learned about the present and past Alaska Native cultures. Students also watched two Alaska documentary movies at the Alaska Experience theater. At the end of the day they had a tour of the Alaska section of the Anchorage Museum. On Saturday, the students went to the Iditarod race in downtown Anchorage. Before the race, the students went behind the starting line and interviewed their assigned mushers for their musher reports. The students received information, autographs, had pictures taken with their mushers and still had time to meet other mushers such as Dee Dee Jonrowe, Rick Swenson, Jeff King and Martin Buser. In addition to learning a lot about Alaska, they also had a great time.

The annual forensics assembly was held. To begin the assembly, Carol Ford gave a storytelling demonstration for the student body. Each grade level had the two top forensics selections performed by students. The student performers were Rheanona Shirnberg, Jordan Jackman, Eric Nygard, Makenzie Moore, Kaylee Tanner, Brandi Wagoner, Torrey Johnson, Brooke Jackson, Haley Coffman, Elizabeth McDermid, Delissa Severson, Hannah Coffman, Bradi Anderson, Dillon Ball, Maya Chay, Donica Severson, John Rysdyk and Michael Bruxvoort.

The seventh- and eighth-graders traveled to the Phillips homestead March 4 for a lesson in survival. Students learned to construct snow caves on level ground, with existing snow. Hot dogs, cocoa and s'mores finished off the event.

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