Schools around the District

Posted: Wednesday, March 26, 2003

Aurora Borealis Charter

Caleb Gordon, the winner of the Aurora Borealis geography bee, passed the National Geographic qualifying test and will represent the school at the state bee in Anchorage on April 4.

Ken Lucas made a presentation to the fifth- and sixth-grade class about the oil industry in Cook Inlet. He covered the history of oil and gas development in the inlet and described the process used to find oil and gas, drill for it and extract it and bring it to market. Later, he gave the class an overview of the economic value of the oil industry to the region and finished up by discussing the future of the oil industry and some of the changes occurring within the industry in the inlet.

Parents and students are reminded that Mr. Drury offers extra tutoring time in his classroom from 3 to 4 p.m. every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

The parent-teacher committee will meet at 3 p.m. Thursday to discuss eighth-grade graduation, the spring musical and the end of the school year picnic. All parents are welcome to join in the planning.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Fifth- and sixth-grade boys basketball started Monday and will run through April 17. Ms. Blossom will coach the boys, and practices will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Report cards will be sent home with students Friday.

Individual and class pictures will be taken this week. Kindergartners through third-graders will be photographed Thursday, and fourth- through sixth-graders will have pictures taken Friday.

Mountain View Elementary

Mountain View Elementary School will have artist Shala Dobson at the school this week through April 11. She will teach drawing and painting classes for students. Each class will meet with her three times during her stay.

There will be a family night April 10, with student artwork on display and art activities available for the entire family.

Parent volunteers are needed during the art residency. To volunteer, call Megan O'Neill at 283-8462.

Donations are being accepted for construction of an outdoor climbing wall.

Nikiski Elementary

Families still can order a class picture from Lifetouch Photography. Order forms are available in the office, and payments must be made by April 2.

The PTA meeting has been rescheduled. It will be at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in room 10. Door prizes and snacks will be available.

The BoxTops Blast continues. Families are encouraged to continue collecting box tops and send them to school with students.

Redoubt Elementary

Congratulations to Turn Off Your TV Week winners, Mrs. Gossard's third-grade class and Mrs. Harding's fourth-grade class. The two classes had the highest percentage of participation for the week and will have a pizza party. In addition, Safeway will host a cake and ice cream party in April for all students who turned off their TV at least one night.

Volunteers are needed in the library to help shelve books and perform other tasks. No experience is needed. To volunteer, call Miss Cox.

Report cards will be sent home Thursday.

School photos will be Monday for grades kindergarten through two and Tuesday for grades three through six. Both individual and class pictures will be taken. Order forms will be sent home with students.

Kindergarten registration for students starting school this fall will be Tuesday through April 4. Children must be 5 years old by Aug. 15, 2003. Parents are reminded to bring their child's immunization record and birth certificate to register.

Preregistration forms will be sent home with current students next week. Families are asked to update and return these forms as soon as possible.

Redoubt Elementary is offering a $500 scholarship to a local graduating senior. Applications are available at the school or from high school counselors' offices.

The chess club meets from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursdays in Mrs. Romberg's room. All ages and levels are welcome. Students are responsible for arranging their own transportation home.

Sears Elementary

The Sears Elementary School Spring Carnival will be May 2.

Mrs. Hurst, Mrs. Stroh and Mrs. Shelden's class enjoyed the Battle of the Books. Students now will begin studying birds.

Mrs. Lafferty and Mrs. Knudsen's class enjoyed its field trip to the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska and the Peninsula Clarion before spring break.

Soldotna Elementary

The Future Problem Solving team has been invited to the state competition. Theresa Romponi, Teslin Hughes and Monica Maryott will compete in the state bowl April 13.

Fun Buck winners were Jordan Wallis, Elizabeth Maguire, Dawson Shangin, Jacob Ansel and Devin Hutchings. Thank you, students for doing your "good deeds."

Each year the Masons ask the staff to honor sixth-grade students who have exhibited outstanding qualities of leadership, citizenship, caring, academic achievement and activity participation. The following sixth-graders were nominated: Raven Cervantes, Kayln Croom, Madison Abbott, Zayan Aberkane, Bridgett Brooks, Cassie Daigle, Paige Drury, Justice Elson, Ethan Garoutte, Chelsea Habighurst, Eddie Lee, Clarissa Turvin, Aric Williamson, Joe Shirley, Stephen Kendrick, Lisa Evans, Monica Maryott, Theresa Ramponi, Bryan Parson, Gabe Murray, Jessi Stenga, Paige Drury, Kyle Neely, Samantha Seguin and Elijah Deatherage. Finalists were Lisa Evans and Theresa Ramponi. The first runner-up was Monica Maryott. Gabe Murray was chose as the 2003 Soldotna Elementary outstanding student.

FunFest is Friday. It is sponsored by the PTA and open to all students who signed up by March 14.

Ms. Bobek's fifth-grade class took other classes on a tour of the planets in the solar system they created in the hallway. Fifth-graders were able to teach what they had learned and share their expertise with the rest of the school.

Starting this week, artist Larry Willard will teach paper making to all grades as part of the Artist in the School program, sponsored and funded by the Soldotna PTA and the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

Sterling Elementary

The Sterling Falcons made a good showing at the Kenai Peninsula District Forensic Meet. Twenty-four students participated and placed in 11 out of the 18 categories they participated in. Winning students were:

Leah Garsky, third, humorous poetry; Dakota Elsey-Bailey and Cody Warfield, third, multiple poetry; Andrew Shassetz, third, nonhumorous prose; Carly Lund and Megan Parham, second, multiple prose; Matt Fellman, second, interpretive reading; Michael Griffin, second, interpretive reading; Shelby Smith, second, storytelling; Phellisha Dobson, first, nonhumorous prose; Brittany Meyer, first, humorous prose; Melissa Massey, first, interpretive reading; and Matt Grubb, Kevin Garske and Jordon Merkes, first, multiple prose.

The last Falcon Fun Night for kindergarten through third grades will be Friday. Thanks to the student council and Mr. McCard for the hard work put into these fun activities this year.

Friday also will be Hawaii day. Students are encouraged to wear those grass skirts, necklaces and other tropical gear.

Tustumena Elementary

Each year, the Kenai Masonic Lodge No. 11 conducts its Masonic Outstanding Student Award Program. This year is the 36th year to honor a student from each school's exit grade in the school district. Congratulations to those sixth-grade students nominated for this prestigious award. While the number of students nominated from year to year may vary, it is always accomplished via a consensus vote of a committee of school staff. This year's nominees are: Michael Moerlein, Ashley Halverson, Jesse Carlson, Hunter Link, Aaron Chase and Grant Blossom.

The nominees wrote an essay that addresses what it means to be an effective leader, and the winner will be announced Tuesday. The awards ceremony for this year's school winners will be at 7 p.m. April 24 in the Little Theatre at Kenai Central High School.

There will be a planning meeting to discuss Title I services for 2003-04 at 1 p.m. April 7 in the conference room. Parents of children receiving Title I services are invited to attend. Discussion items included prioritizing services, staff development needs, possible revision to the school-parent compact document, evaluating how achievement results are shared with parents and coordinating with other community agencies, such as Head Start. Title I parents not able to attend may contact a Title I committee member to share information during this meeting. Committee members are Ken Halverson, Joy Jones, Carol VanDerWege, Dave Michael, Mike Chase, Kasey Cooper and Alicia Kruse.

Parents wishing to preregister children for kindergarten next fall are asked to contact the school between 9 and 11 a.m. or from 1 to 2 p.m. any school day. Parents should bring their child's immunization record and birth certificate when completing the registration process.


Congratulations to sixth-grader Ashley Cline for participating Battle of the Books with Kalifornsky Beach Elementary. The team placed first in district and second in state.

Enrollment has begun for the 2003-04 school year. For more information, call 262-6315.

The deadline for the Northern Lights and Reading Literacy essay contests is March 31. For more information, visit the Web site or contact Wendi.

Project Learning Tree will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 12, and Project WILD will be from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. April 13. Registration is required. For more information or to sign up, e-mail Matt Weaver at

Connections is working to offer a program that gives parents the freedom and flexibility of home school with all the services and amenities of the local school district. Parents make the decision of which programs and options best meet the students' needs. Connections will hold informational meetings around the peninsula for current and prospective parents at the following times:

Tuesday, 4 p.m., Nikiski Fire Station

Tuesday, 7 p.m., Aurora Borealis Charter School in Kenai

April 3, 4 p.m. Soldotna Senior Citizens Center.

April 3, 7 p.m., Sterling Head Start

April 8, 4 p.m., Chapman School in Anchor Point

April 8, 7 p.m., Homer Connections office

April 10, 6 p.m., Seward High School room 201.

For more information or an enrollment appointment, call 262-6315.

Connections wishes to thank:

Voznesenka Elementary and Nikiski Middle-Senior High schools for allowing Connections students to participate in Mars Missions at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska.

The many volunteers who helped during state testing.

The Soroptimist Club for sponsoring the Young Women's Conference.

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)

The re-enrollment process is under way. The forms are online, and current IDEA families should review their e-mail for instructions and the Web address. For more information, contact your teacher.

Third-quarter samples are due Monday. Submit them to your teacher.

IDEA T-shirts are available for sale at the office. Sizes range from child's small to adult XXXL. Children sizes are $7, and adult sizes are $10. For more information, call 260-7555.

Project Learning Tree and Project WILD will be at Soldotna Elementary School on April 12 and 13. These are hands-on, interdisciplinary, supplementary activities focusing on environmental conservation. Participating students can learn concepts and gain skills in core subject areas while studying wildlife and the forest. Participants receive activity guides and additional support materials. Correlation guides to the Alaska State Content Standards are available to teachers. The cost is $15, and registration is required. For more information or to sign up, e-mail Matt Weaver at or call (907) 269-8481.

Families interested in enrolling in IDEA next year are welcome to contact an IDEA employee. More information is available online at or by calling the IDEA office at 260-7555.

Kenai Middle

Rikki Galley has qualified to participate at the state level of the National Geographic Bee. The bee will be April 4 at First Methodist Church in Anchorage.

The Kossack wrestlers did a great job at the 28th annual Tanana Invitational. Cody Booth took seventh in the 105-pound category; Eddie Buffington, third, 127 pounds; Michael Dormady, fifth, 140 pounds; and Mitchell Canavan, fifth, heavy weight.

Check the Web site at for homework, newsletters and other school information.

Report cards will be mailed out this week. Families with a change of address or phone number, call 283-4896.

The site council will meet 5:30 p.m. Thursday

Soccer tryouts will be Friday.

Soldotna Middle

Students who picked up an out-of-area form to change high schools are reminded to return their paperwork as soon as possible.

Seventh-graders are ahead in the Penny Wars contest. The object of the contest is for each grade to fill their own five-gallon jug with more pennies than silver change and to have more pennies than the other grade. All change will go to benefit the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. The Penny Wars are sponsored by After the Bell at SMS.

The students would like to thank the PTSA, and especially Nelma Cole, for the great snacks they received during testing. Thanks also to the Pepsi company and Three Bears for the donation of drinks and fresh fruit.

Kenai Central High

The site council will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday.

The student of the month luncheon will be Thursday.

The KCHS Academic Achievement Award banquet is at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the cafeteria. This is a banquet to honor the students who have attained a grade point average of 3.5 of above during the fall semester.

There will be a sexual abstinence assembly in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at 9:30 a.m. April 4.

The prom is April 12.

Skyview High

Congratulations to the girls and boys basketball teams for playing hard this season.

The student of the month luncheon will be Thursday.

The band will host a dessert show concert Tuesday. Contact the school for prices and seating availability.

The basketball senior all-star game will be April 3.

The "Red Carpet Affair" prom will be at 8 p.m. April 5.

Cook Inlet Academy

Shawn Taplin has been teaching wrestling to preschool through sixth-grade students. The third- through sixth-graders had their first meet with Mountain View Elementary.

Students of the week were Brook Furlong, for improving her attitude toward schoolwork; Jeffery McNutt, for growing in self-control; Bethany Estes, for persistence in schoolwork; Ivy O'Guinn, for excellence in Bible memorization; Keenan Orth, for sharing with a happy heart; and Chester Kimball, for completing homework while on vacation.

The National Honor Society student of the week was Kaitlan White, for service.

There will be a parent-teacher fellowship at 7 p.m. Monday. The preschoolers through third-graders will host their elementary spring musical program.

DPT boosters now are available at the public health clinics. High school students will need to be current with these shots to enter school next fall. DPT shots need to be administered every 10 years.

Grace Lutheran

Parent-teacher conferences will be Thursday and Friday.

The quarterly Friends of Grace (Lutheran) School (FROGS) meeting will be Monday, starting with a potluck at 6 p.m. The students will perform a musical version of "The Little Red Hen" for the evening's entertainment.

The fourth- through sixth-grade science students made animal habitat dioramas and dissected earthworms. The seventh- and eighth-graders took a trip to the Kenai Community Library for information for their animal or person research reports.

The kindergarten students are beginning their study of animals in science. The second-graders just completed their study of the human hearing system, and are taking a trip through the Great Lakes and Plains states for a new social studies unit.

The Evergreen Lutheran High School choir from Des Moines, Wash., presented a concert at Grace Lutheran Church on Friday, and students from Grace Lutheran sang with the choir for one number.

The school is accepting applications for the 2003-04 school year. For more information or an appointment, call Dennis Leckwee at 283-9551.

Wings Christian Academy

The cleanest desk awards went to Troy Consiel and Mickelle Waters.

Eben Spilman and Brandon Saunders won the March Chapel Quiz-Em.

In physical education, the Lower Learning Center is playing basketball and the Upper Learning Center is playing tennis.

Naomi Pettey celebrated a birthday Saturday. Branden Fisher's birthday was Sunday, and Jessica Saunders' birthday is Monday.

The girls and boys basketball teams each placed second in the ACSAA state tournament. The girls team received the Christian Character award. Brandon Ruffridge and Eben Spilman were chosen for the boys All-Tournament team, and Kaylee Burger and Leah Howell made it on the girls All-Tournament team.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool

Thanks to the parents who helped out with and walked in the St. Patrick's Day parade. Leprechauns visited the preschool that week and left glittery dust all over the school. The kids were excited to learn that St. Patrick's Day acknowledges St. Patrick chasing the snakes out of Ireland.

The school had a great space week as preschoolers learned about jet propulsion the solar system and spaceships.

Applications are being accepted for fall enrollment. There will be three visitation sessions for prospective students: from 9 a.m. to noon April 14 and 21 and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. April 14.

There also will be two summer camps: Creep Crawly Camping Week from June 9 to 13 and the Wonderful World of Literature Week from July 7 to 11. For more information, call 283-3100.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

Aspiring young firefighters from Kenaitze Head Start send a thank you to Fireman Isham and Nikiski Fire Station 1 for the uniforms. Also, thanks to the Monfor family for the cowboy hats, ship captain hats and other dress-up clothes.

The Little Moose class had lunch with the Kenaitze elders at Fort Kenay and went swimming at the Nikiski pool last week. Little Ravens students turned their classroom into a zoo to study animals for the week.

The graduation committee is having a garage sale at 120 . Willow on April 4 and 5. Anyone who would like to support this effort is invited to drop garage sale items off at 130 . Willow.

A dinner for families with students transitioning into Sears Elementary School will be held at 5 p.m. April 7, and a dinner for families with students heading to Kalifornsky Beach, Nikiski, North Star and Redoubt elementary schools will be at 5 p.m. April 10. These activities provide parents an opportunity to meet Kenai Peninsula Borough School District principals and teachers.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

Congratulations to James for celebrating a March birthday.

Students are doing spring activities, including matching shapes and flowers, painting and cutting, and sorting and counting.

Applications are being accepted for the 2003-04 school year. Visitation for new students will be from 10 a.m. to noon April 10.

For more information, call 262-1284.

Ridgeway Preschool

The staff at Ridgeway Preschool extends a heartfelt "thank you" to all of the families whose children attend the school. The kind words and support demonstrated by the parents of our students is always appreciated.

Students are learning about the new aquarium and hamsters. Counting fish has proven to be a fun challenge and voting on the names of the hamsters has given students a chance to discuss democracy.

The Ridgeway Summer Program will begin at the end of May. The summer program adds many new faces to those who attend the program during the school year. There still is space for a few more children.

Parents interested in the Ridgeway Montessori-style program for the current school year or the summer program can call the school at 262-2699 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

The students have been learning about Alaska. The kids made fur mittens, snowflakes and northern lights pictures. The whole class participated in traditional Alaska games, including the high kick and the blanket toss.

Now, each student will choose an animal to research and will tell the class what they have learned.

For more information about Soldotna Cooperative Preschool, call Susan at 262-4102.

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