District School News

Posted: Wednesday, March 27, 2002

Mountain View Elementary

Mountain View Elementary is excited to have artist Shala Dobson at the school from this week through April 12. Shala will be teaching students about the art of printmaking. Parent volunteers are needed to help during the art residency.

There will be a teacher/community workshop today from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. Parents and other community members are welcome. Call Megan at 283-8462 if you plan to attend so the artist has enough supplies on hand.

Congratulations to Molly Watkins, Ben Matson, Catherine Hoisington and Taylor Matson for their Future Problem Solving State Bowl qualification. They make up one of the teams invited to the State Bowl in Soldotna April 14 to 16.

The third-graders at Mountain View would like to thank Rick McCrum for sharing his knowledge and expertise about mushing. Mr. McCrum brought two sleds and several items of clothing he used when he was learning to mush in the Northwest Arctic.

Mr. Knudsen's and Mr. Vedders' third-graders learned how to tie four different flies on March 12. Fritz Kraus, The Fishman, came to Mountain View to show the students how to tie these patterns: an egg, an eyed-egg, an alevin and a fry. It was an excellent review of the first four stages in the life of a salmon.

Congratulations to the following students who placed in the school-wide forensics meet:

Third grade: Ben Gilman and Chelsea Hart-O'Hara, first, James Watkins, second, and Ella Stephens, third, humorous poetry; Monique Samson, first, non-humorous poetry; Marisa Guest and Jennifer Lackey, first, Tarver Alexie and Tyler Glidden, second, and Stuart Martinez and Hayden Taylor, third, multiple poetry; Jacob Iverson, first, interpretive reading; Mary Pat Mills, Morgan Tucker and Amber Chapman, first, Jared Frates and Kyle Hayes, second, and Aubrey Rizzo, Alicia Conti and Dylan Lawrence, third, multiple interpretive reading.

Fourth grade: Jen Kohler, first, Molly Copple, second, and Denise Rust, third, humorous poetry: Mariah Howarth, first, Alexi Beeson, second, and Miranda Rizzo and Christina Grimsley, third, non-humorous poetry; Deandra Latz, first, and Brandon Jones, second, non-humorous prose; Molly Graves and LeeAnn Magiera, first, Sammy Hull and Audrey Forrest, second, and Alysha Shaginoff, Maya Johnson and Shelby Gray, third, multiple prose; Dylan Wannamaker and Dalton Chappell, first, Jasmine Klauder and Mariah Fruichante, second, and Alexis Bell, Taylor Matson and Jenna Thomas, third, multiple poetry; Alexia Noel, first, Zach McKenzie, second, and Becca Grassano, third, interpretive reading; Drew Alkire, Sean McDonald, Vinnie Madrid, Justin Herrmann, Christopher Liddelow and Hunter Brinkerhoff, first, Randy Jackson, Ty Fuller, Max Stasek, Erick Trickel, Tyler Strunk and Nick Rouswell, second, and Seth Blumenshine, Rian Jensen, Chris Courtney, Steven Reichel, Mike Morin and Cory Sitsler, third, multiple interpretive reading; Dylan Wannamaker, first, single storytelling.

Fifth grade: Mandy Anderson, first, Travis Smith, second, and Ben Matson, third, humorous poetry; Eliza Chadwick, first, Bethany Blumenshine, second, and Josh Stables, third, non-humorous poetry; Madison Cheeseman, first, humorous prose; Molly Watkins, first, non-humorous prose; Shelby Daly and Leah Stephens, first, Nicholas Perkins, Cameron Heikkila and Thomas Landry, second, and Kenny Kitchen, Jerry Barton, Mikey Howard and Jonathan Reid, third, multiple prose; Charleen Ivanoff and Sammy Bidwell, first, Breauna Blanning and Crystal Hayes, second, and Brittany Kiser and Christina Fischer, third, multiple poetry; Brandon Smith, first, Matt Barrett, second, and Michael Roche, third, interpretive reading; Robert Cissell and Scott Stanford, first, Cindy Kohler and Shannon Alexie, second, and Jordan Brown and Andrew Fahnholz, third, multiple interpretive reading; Catherine Hoisington, first, single storytelling.

Nikiski Elementary

This year's Nikiski Elementary Memory Book has just been ordered. To reserve your copy, please send in $10 to the school office. There were only a limited number of books ordered, so please be sure to reserve your copy as soon as possible.

March 15 was the end of third quarter. Report cards will be sent home this week.

Spring pictures will be taken Tuesday. Sibling pictures will be taken at noon. Look for the information to come home with students this week.

The Nikiski Elementary PTA is currently seeking anyone who might be interested in running for a position on the board for the 2002-2003 school year. Watch for a letter to come home this week to nominate yourself or someone you know. Elections are scheduled to take place at the April 9 meeting.

Mr. Floyd's students are selling McDonald's peeler card sales again this year. What a great deal -- they cost $10 each (30 buy-one-get-one free stamps) on each card. The sales help fifth- and sixth-grade students from Mr. Floyd's and Mr. Boyle's class to attend outdoor camp. In addition, 10 percent goes to the Ronald McDonald House.

Redoubt Elementary

Redoubt Elementary kindergarten registration will be April 3, 4 and 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. This registration is for children who will be 5 years old by Aug. 15, and will begin kindergarten this fall. Please bring your child's immunization record and birth certificate to registration. For more information, call 262-9006.

This week in intramurals, The Grannies play Little Dribblers, and Sharpshooters play Butterfinger Basketball today. Bubblegum Girls play U.S.A. Pups, and Pencils play Bunnies tomorrow. This week girls play first, from 3 to 3:18 p.m. and boys play from 3:20 to 3:40 p.m.

The third quarter ended March 15 and report cards will be sent home today.

This week's battery recycling winners were Jonathon Knight, Miranda Mareros, Daniel Boone and Jessica Jackson. The Big G Boxtop winner was Emmanuel Middleton. The Campbells Soup drawing winner was Connor Aaronson.

The following students placed in the borough forensics meet:

Fourth grade: Emily Rohloff, third, humorous poetry; Leisha Denison, first, non-humorous poetry; Stryker McLane, first, humorous prose; Rebecca Bowser, third, non-humorous prose; and Jenna Redford, Ryan Lindley, Tahirra Jackson and Betheny Crist, first, interpretive reading multiple.

Fifth grade: Sarah Morris, second, non-humorous poetry; Andy Williams, first, humorous prose; Tom Blacklock, second, non-humorous prose; Hanna Delaney, second, storytelling; and Liberty Pentilla, Allyson Oberts and Jake Stephl, second, prose multiple.

Sixth grade: Rosemary Houglum, second, humorous poetry; Jessica Oglesbee, third, non-humorous poetry; Sierra Ball, first, humorous prose; Brit Emery, second, non-humorous prose; Kioni Garcia, Lyla Marey and Mackenzie McAchran, first, prose multiple; and Krikkit Holly and Erin Simpson, third, poetry multiple.

Sears Elementary

Welcome back to school.

Mrs. Bryson's class is continuing its unit on friends. The children have included pets in their study of friendship. Each child will pick a favorite pet to study. They also will take a field trip to the pet store to get a first hand look at pets.

Miss Ralston's class has been busy working on counting backwards from 100 to 0. This helps the students with their subtraction problems.

Mrs. Porter's class is busy preparing for a fish play. The students have made puppets for the fry scene. They are planning their performance for April 18. They are working on money in math.

The next PTA meeting will be April 9 at 6 p.m. Elections for next year's PTA officers will take place at this meeting. If you are interested in being an officer, contact Amy at 283-8413. Mr. Dawson from Mountain View Elementary also will be there to speak to second-grade parents about the transition from Sears to Mountain View.

Mrs. Bethune will lead an assessment workshop for parents. This workshop is tentatively scheduled for April 4, time to be announced.

The Title I Family Math and Science night is scheduled for Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Watch Friday folders for pizza ordering information.

Kindergarten orientation will be April 8, and kindergarten visitation will be April 15 to 18. Watch for more information soon.

The annual Sears carnival will be May 3.

Soldotna Elementary

Congratulations to Paige Blackburn, Soldotna Elementary's Masonic Outstanding Student for the 2001-2002 school year. First runner up was Colten Jenson and other finalists included Carly Davis, Aaron Andrus and Jack Bryant. Other students nominated included Adam Carpenter, Alyse Staley, Jamie Sinclair, Iris Shangin, Madison McConnell, Erin Jones, Shawn Hutto, Kahlia McDermott Johnson, Eli Holt, Buddy Anderson, Johnny McKenna, Jed Luton, Michelle Turner, Delta Stogner, Cyril Zufelt and Jacob Klumb.

At the borough forensics meet on March 9, Aaron Andrus and Dustin Poppin were awarded first place for their interpretive reading; Paige Blackburn and Andrew Miller, second place for multiple poetry; and Kahlia McDermott Johnson, Maggie Stewart, Jamie Stewart and Alyse Staley, third place for multiple prose. Also participating in borough forensics were Kelli Acton and Monica Maryott who did an interpretive reading.

PTA will meet on April 4 and the site based council will meet Tuesday. Both meetings are right after school in the library. PTA is planning a Fun Fest for students on April 12 and can use help.

Ranger Joe McCullough will be visiting classrooms to discuss boating safety next week, and the spring choir and band performance will be at 6 p.m. on April 11.

Special thanks to Mike and Gloria Sweeney for their grant to Soldotna Elementary School to further literacy efforts. The school will be purchasing materials to help primary students with their phonics.

Report cards will be sent home on Tuesday. This is a good time to sit down with your child and discuss his or her learning. If you have questions, call the school to schedule a conference.

Sterling Elementary

Although the Olympic Games are over and all Olympians have gone home Sterling Elementary has its own gold medalist. Johnnalyn Bishop, third grade, competed in figure skating at the Special Olympics 2002 State Winter Games at the Dimond Center in Anchorage. Johnny placed first in overall competition and third in the compulsory moves. Compulsory moves are swizzles (forward and backwards), three turns, one foot glides on each foot and backward wiggles. The freestyle skating routine includes the compulsory moves to music.

Future Problem Solvers will be meeting April 14 to 16. Sterling will send its team with Teagus Coreson, Nick Swain and Becky Warton.

Sterling Elementary was well represented at the KPBSD Elementary Forensic Meet at Soldotna High School on March 9.

Reminder to parents that the hepatitis clinic will be Friday for students who still need immunizations. Call the school and talk to Nurse Amy for more information.

Kenai Middle School

The PTA is seeking nominations for all board positions: president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. Individuals may nominate themselves or another person. The deadline for nominations will be April 22. For more information, call Johnelle McCauley at 335-0099 or e-mail mccauleys@gci.net.

Congratulations students of the month for March: John Bondy, Taylor Brewer, Aislynn DeMello, Michael Dormady, Cody Foust, Adrianna Garcia, Amy Jahrig, Sammie Johnson, Clay Nelson, Diane Nelson, Jennifer Sassi, DJ Tyson and Toshua Wade. These students were treated to lunch at Burger King earlier this week.

Students Phillip Daniel, Steven Eason, Ben Elliott, Duncan Harris and Brendan McGee will be putting the 15-inch woodstrip canoe built during canoe club and after school, in the water (KCHS pool) today. The canoe will be auctioned with the final bids being taken Friday. The canoe builders will have about 70 man-hours in the canoe and about $400 in materials. Contact the school for auction information.

KMS will soon be sporting a new shirt design. The student council sponsored a contest in which students, staff and community were asked to submit a design to be placed on a school shirt. The winning entry was submitted by eighth-grader Justin Tumbaga. He will receive a free T-shirt and a gift certificate. All other entrants will receive a coupon to be used at the school store.

Sixth-grade volleyball will finish up this week with practice today, Thursday and Friday from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.

KMS will have its Celebration Party for third-quarter grades April 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. Students may chose swimming, roller-skating, ice skating, bowling and activities at the school. School activities include the climbing wall, air hockey, basketball and videos. School activities are free. Off-campus activities will cost $3 to $3.50.

KMS is missing lots of borrowed school and classroom books. Please take a look around the house and return any borrowed school books.

Seventh- and eighth-grade track begins Monday along with basketball for sixth-grade students.

Site council will meet Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the KMS library.

Soldotna Middle School

Allie Schoessler is the 2002 Soldotna Middle School Masonic Outstanding Student of the Year.

The report cards are going to be mailed out the first week of April.

Track begins with the first practice Monday.

Following spring break Mrs. Kiffmeyer's social studies classes will begin Junior Achievement which is an economic educational program that is taught to the students by community members. Kathy Sullivan of Seekins Ford, Terry Bryant of the Anchorage Daily News, Cindy Glassmaker of HEA, Diane Thompson of GCI and Gary Hinkle of the Rotary will be the community members involved in this program.

Jake Bauer earned a 3.5 grade point average third quarter, his name was inadvertently left off the honor list.

It's "Chili" Bingo Night at SMS April 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. Come for a bowl or two of chili made by Terry Myrick, the "Cajun Librarian," and Barbara Booth, kitchen manager. Principal Lee Young will be the host and bingo caller. Prizes will be given out. This fund-raiser is sponsored by your SMS PTSA.

Kenai Central High School

Congratulations to Shelah Moreno-Jones for taking third place in the Alaska Future Problem Solving Scenario Writing competition.

Congratulations to the following students who be will inducted into the National Honor Society at KCHS on April 17: Lauren Brewer, Belinda Espy, Kamilla Goggia, Hana Hurley, Kevin Oberg, Terri Berg, Jenna Gabriel, Kelly Thibodeau, Kristen Lazenby, Jacob Madrid, Heather McIntyre, Hope Mishler, Kari Palm and Nicole Stasek.

A big thank you to Mail Boxes Etc. for mailing out the used Christmas cards that NHS collected to send to St. Jude's children's ranch.

The cross country ski team banquet will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria.

KCHS is online at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/kchs/launch.htm. For more information, contact Cathy Zorbas, activities director, at 283-7524 or e-mail czorbas@kpbsd.k12.ak.us.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

Grades will be available Friday.

Assistant principal interviews will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 3 in the library. The public is invited.

Ninilchik School

Junior high track begins Monday.

Congratulations to the Ocean Bowl teams for their success at the meet in Seward. Team "Abyss," Kasey Diamond, Victoria Florey, Katie Moerlein and Katie Schollenberg, received first place for their paper and presentation on halibut, and Mr. Hanson received a $1,000 Alaska Sea Grant. The "Siliceous Ooze" team, Janelle Moerlein, Zack Schindler, Crysania Taylor and Patrick Tilbury, placed third in the quiz portion of the meet and received a traveling trophy. Katie Schollenberg and Zack Schindler were chosen most inspirational team members.

The After School Art program has been turning out a variety of art projects, from Japanese folded photo albums to decoupage flower pots and vases. To help defray the cost of supplies the program raffled off a hand-made afghan, which was won by Ila Treat, owner of the local yarn shop.

The 'Gift of Trees' poster contest, sponsored by the Homer Soil and Water Conservation District, had four local winners. Tracy Quance and Bartholomew Olson won third place and received $5 each. Jackie Waldron won second place and $10, and Tera Schnabl's poster won first place for the lower peninsula. She received $15 and her poster will be entered in the statewide competition.

Soldotna High School

Congratulations to the March Rotary Students of the Month: Justin Freestone, Brittany Parson, Ryan Walton, Wes Eveland, Corey Buckingham, Natashia Seguin, Tally Lewis, Dan Spindler, Cymberly Brendible, Joe Lantz, Desiree Aldridge, Cassandra Kennedy, Charlene Collons, Adrienne Gardner and Courtney Hawkins.

The last regular school dance of the year will be Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. Students are reminded to sign up their guests (currently enrolled high school students) on Mrs. Moock's door by 3 p.m. Friday. Attire for this dance is casual and the cost is $5 per student.

Site based council and PTSA will be meeting on April 9 rather than Tuesday. Site based will meet at 5 p.m. and PTSA at 7 p.m. Both meetings will be in the faculty lounge.

For more information about activities, call activities director Sharon Moock at 260-7024 or check the Web at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/sohi.

Cook Inlet Academy

First-grade reading contest winners are Lacey Cashman, Keefe O'Dell and Molly Fenton, for both most pages read and most books read. Lacey read 22 books and 804 pages. Keefe read 19 books and 712 pages, and Molly read 17 books and 506 pages.

Standout performances at the Nenana tournament were Chantal Reese, MVP and all-tournament girls team, and Calder Hillyer, MVP and all-tournament for the boys. Justin Franchino also made the all-tournament team. The regional tournament will be Thursday through Saturday at CIA.

Students of the Week are Albert White, Matthew Titus, Makenna Rosin, Kiana Beddow, Robbie Smithwick, Aaron Julian, Noah Fowler, Braden Chumley and Braden Knowlton.

The National Honor Society local chapter was formed at CIA in 1999. This is a service organization that promotes an example of excellence and well-rounded individuals. Candidates go through and evaluation process of service, academics, leadership and character to determine eligibility. After induction at the awards banquet, NHS members participate in both group and individual service projects. Visitations to Heritage Place made this year's project a rewarding one for both members and residents.

The science fair, held March 11, produced some interesting displays. Some winning projects included Aaron Rowley's "How do the number of windings affect the output of a generator?" and Jessica McNutt's "What is best to feed plants?" Her conclusion was coffee makes the best plant food from the liquids she tested. Ashley Smith studied "Which plants and vegetables make the best dye?" Jake Zufelt wanted to know about "Water quality on the Kenai" and Alyse Cialek studied "Is bottled water really pure?"

CIA's Don Shields has been invited to teach Alaska History at Kenai Peninsula College next year. He is excited about the opportunity to share the state's rich history.

Wings Christian Academy

Many students have achieved perfect attendance for two months and those students are:Julianne Pettey, Lindsay Thompson, Joel Consiel, Andy Gunter and Brandon Ruffridge.

These students have perfect attendance for one month:Jeremy Thompson, Jessica Boutwell and Leah Howell.

Lindsay Thompson, Eben Spilman and Brandon Ruffridge have perfect goals for two months. That means that they have finished all the goals that they have set for every day in one or two months.

And speaking of high goals, Lindsay Thompson has had no demerits for one whole month.

Remember students: There is no school on Monday because of the celebration of the resurrection of our Lord.

Julianne Pettey and Ali Thompson have earned the cleanest desk of the week award.

To have information published in Schools, please send a description of the event or accomplishment to Jenni Dillon at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611. Information will be accepted by e-mail at clarion@alaska.net 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 Jenni Dillon at 283-7551.

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