Schools around the district

Posted: Wednesday, March 28, 2001

Kalifornsky Beach ElementaryP>

The school musical "Rock the Jukebox" was an awesome show. Special thanks to Mr. Houglum for his instruction and organization and to Tracy and Leanne Drown for the choreography. Their hard work paid off.

Remington West is the school spelling bee winner. Joseph Minkler was runner-up. Everyone at K-Beach wishes them good luck at the state bee in Anchorage Thursday and Friday.

The site-based council will have three positions available with the term to start in August. Available are one staff member, one community member and one parent. This is a good way to be involved in the decisions of the school.

K-Beach will hold an immunization clinic Tuesday from 2:45 to 5 p.m. The Public Health nurses will be at the school to give hepatitis A and B shots. Students must be accompanied by a parent. Information is coming home with students this week. If you have any questions regarding your child's immunization status, call nurse Janie at 262-1463.

Mountain View Elementary

Students in Mrs. Keating's and Mrs. Steward's fifth grades presented projects reflecting their learning of colonial America. Many hands-on projects were completed, such as Mayflower models, food eaten during colonial days and models of typical colonial clapboard homes. Students also decided they are glad not to be living in colonial times. One reason is that all students were required to bring wood to keep the classroom warm. If they forgot, they had to sit far away from the fire. Paddling and wearing a dunce cap were not high on their list, either.

Fifth-grade DARE graduation will be at 7 p.m. April 17 at the school.

The fifth-grade visitation to Kenai Middle School is scheduled for April 18, and fifth-grade parents are invited to KMS April 19 at 7 p.m.

Mrs. Steward's class is selling Papa Murphy's pizza cards. See her if you would like to purchase one.

Upcoming musical programs at Mountain View include the fifth-grade band on April 23, and on May 7 there will be a third-grade program.

Nikiski Elementary

The Alaska PTA is displaying the 2000-01 Reflections art contest finalists at the Loussac Library in Anchorage through April 15. If you are in Anchorage, stop by and view the creativity of the state finalists. Next year's theme is "I hold in my hand ... ."

Kindergartners in Ms. Lodge's class have been astronauts in training. They learned about planets, stars and Earth's moon and took daily "trips" to outer space. They are now the only humans to ever set foot on Pluto and Jupiter and will probably visit all the planets before their space shuttle needs to go back to Florida for repairs. Nora Ribbens is spending lots of time making this year's shuttle awesome.

Carmen Stephl, a dental hygienist, visited several classrooms before break.

Stop by the office and reserve your copy of the new Nikiski Elementary Memory Book. The cost is $10. Books will be back from the printer the second week in May.

Fifth-grader Jeremy Narlock won the spelling bee for the second year in a row. Fifth-grader Billie Rae Parrish was second, and fourth-grader Taylor Key was third. Jeremy will be out of town, so Billie Rae will represent Nikiski in Anchorage on Thursday and Friday.

Jacit Conright placed first in the Alaska Future Problem Solving Short Story Scenario Competition for the junior division, grades four through six. Jacit's story, "Mystery of the Black Water," now gets submitted to the International FPS contest.

Redoubt Elementary

The final Fun Fest of the school year will be Friday. Permission slips and complete information were sent home Monday.

Redoubt Elementary kindergarten registration will be held Monday through April 4 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration is for children who will be 5 by Aug. 15 and will begin kindergarten this fall. Bring your child's birth certificate and immunization record with you. For more information, call the school at 262-9006.

A hepatitis immunization clinic will be held at Redoubt April 5 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Public Health nurses will administer the injections. Permission forms have been sent home. If you have questions or need additional information, call nurse Donna at 262-9006.

Congratulations to Mrs. DeVolld's fifth-graders and Mrs. Dusek's second-graders. They were the first two classes to return all their preregistration forms. They win free ice cream on Ice Cream Friday.

Ms. Carrow's first-graders and Mr. Mills' fourth-graders had the highest participation of students in Turn Off Your TV Week. These classes win an ice cream sundae party.

The lost and found is overflowing. Claim any items that belong to you. All items remaining Monday will be donated to local charities.

Sears Elementary

The PTA will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Jim Dawson, principal of Mountain View, will present a program for the second-grade parents who have children moving to Mountain View next year. Pizza will be served to all PTA members attending.

A Fun Fest is planned April 4.

Celia Anderson will do art sectionals with each class from April 4-12. Be sure to ask your children what they are learning.

Mrs. Sorenson's and Mrs. Atchley's classes put on space performances. Mrs. Bryson's class visited Our Best Friends Pet Store and learned all about different kinds of pets.

Kindergarten orientation for new fall kindergartners will be April 5 at 6:30 p.m. If you will have a kindergartner attending Sears next year, it is a great session to attend.

The playground is getting sloppy with the melting snow. Make sure your child has the appropriate gear to go outside for recess.

Soldotna Elementary

Congratulations to Sarah Shoemaker, the Soldotna Elementary Masonic Student of the Year. She was chosen on the basis of her citizenship, character, academic achievement, activity participation and leadership. Nominees for their outstanding achievement were Brittany Andree, Tony Besse, Rose Bezilla-Zurfluh, Cory Davis, John DeMalle, Danielle Donaldson, Melissa Fay, Kyle France, Jose Gomez, Samantha Hutchinson, Danielle Little, Rachael Maryott, J. Mohorcich, Aubry Morgan, Emily Myers, Robert Navarro, Adam Needs, Lindsey Sanders, Sarah Shoemaker, Jenni Stenga and Spencer Tachick. Special kudos to finalists Rose Bezilla-Zurfluh, Melissa Fay, J. Mohorcich, Adam Needs and Jenni Stenga.

Fun Buck winners for the week before break were Ryan Sanders, Heather Smallwood, Keaton Hutchings, Capri Lott, Steven Renfrow, Martina Vanvelzor, Kyle France and Bree Harrison.

Registration sheets went out and are needed back at school to plan for next year. Thanks to all parents who have returned them so far.

Fun Fest for students is planned for April 6, and all who sign up by Monday will be able to participate in this PTA activity.

The site-based council will meet April 4 at 4 p.m.

Sterling Elementary

Sterling celebrated the last day before spring break by having Funky Shoe Day on March 16.

Nichol Van Ryzin has been selected the Masonic Outstanding Student for Sterling. Congratulations to her and the other nominees: Kelly Seggerman, Breann Bias, Buck Kunz and Ariel Barker. So many great students attend Sterling School that this year's selection was very competitive.

Spring pictures will be taken Thursday.

Report cards for the third quarter will be sent home Friday.

Kindergarten orientation and registration for next year will be Tuesday from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Parents should bring birth certificates, immunization records and Social Security numbers. The school encourages parents to bring their "new" kindergartners, but make sure they are dressed properly to go outside and play for recess.

PTA will have a crucial meeting April 5 for all people manning booths for the upcoming spring carnival. This is a must-attend meeting after school.

April 6 will be the final Reading is Fundamental book giveaway, and the student awards assembly will take place at 2:30 p.m. in the gym.

Spring carnival will be April 7 from 4 to 8 p.m. in the gym. The theme for the carnival this year will be a Medieval Fair. All are invited.

Tustumena Elementary

The next bingo night will be April 6 at 6 at the school. The proceeds from this evening will be donated to the Charles Nikolas family. Tell your family and friends; organizers are hoping for a large attendance that evening.

Report cards will be issued Monday.

Families need to read the individualized hepatitis vaccination packets sent home with students. Complete and return the forms. The shot clinic will be April 12. If you have questions, call nurse Sam at 262-4844.

Kjersten Skjold is Tustumena's 2001 Masonic Outstanding Student Award winner. This award honors a sixth-grade student with good leadership skills, citizenship, character, high academics and extra curricular activities. She will be honored by the Masons of Alaska at Kenai Central High School April 19.

The Title I planning committee met March 12 to assess needs and draft a plan of services for next school year. It recommended a focus on reading. Federal grant funds will be used to hire additional staff to provide direct services to students in need.

Linda Herr has given countless hours to Tustumena staff and students, making this year's memory book possible.

The Tustumena Talent Show will be April 27. Auditions are Monday, Tuesday and April 4.

Kenai Middle

Students of the month for March are C.J. Henley, Michael Jahrig, Clay Nelson, Michelle Oberg, Evette Villegas and Sarah Washburn. These great students were treated to lunch courtesy of Burger King.

Parents of eighth-graders should plan to attend the freshman parent night at KCHS at 7 Thursday. Material will be presented to help your student make an easy transition to the high school next year.

KMS Site-Based Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Third-quarter report cards will be mailed Friday. Report cards will be held at the office if fees are due. If you do not receive your child's report card by the end of the next week, call the school.

Congratulations to seventh-grader Amanda Bundy, who spent her spring break in Geneva, Switzerland, with the International ThinkQuest competition.

Congratulations to seventh-grader Jennifer Hancock for winning a regional skating competition recently.

KCHS counselors will meet with eighth-graders from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. today in the library.

The eighth-grade and exploratory staff at Kenai Middle announce that Jessica Summer is this year's Masonic Award winner. Jessica is the daughter of Bob and Mary Ellen Summer.

Soldotna Middle

The Dairy Queen Student and Staff of the week are seventh-grader Kacia Dimick, Mrs. Arthur and Mr. Carpenter.

Students nominated to be the 2000-01 SMS Masonic Student of the Year were Forrest Becker, Virginia Berg, Jacob Blanchard, Jessica Bloomfield, Nick Byrne, Tyler Cameron, Stacey Foster, Arianna Goldstein, Brittany Howard, Lepa Marinkovski, Marci Mohler, Brittany Parson, Jennifer Smola and Ali Wykis. While all these students are winners in the staff's eyes, Ali Wykis was chosen to represent the school.

Heather Sinclair's creative story, "Greenland," received third place in the Future Problem Solving Scenario writing competition. Rachel Beatty, Virginia Berg, Tony Colon (Grundy), Rueben Glaves, Krystin Habighorst, Jaime Miller, Kurt Romberg and Stephanie Van Der Sluis will represent SMS at the state competition April 22-24.

Ruby Baxter was invited to help in Anchorage with the World Special Olympics.

The state of Alaska is requiring all students to have both their hepatitis A and B shots. To help get this done, the Kenai Public Health Center nurses will be at SMS Friday, offering a free immunization clinic. Students must have signed parent permission to receive the series. For more information, call school nurse Nancy Macvie at 262-4344.


Preregistration for next school year begins Monday. If you are curious about the home school program and want to know more, visit the Web site at or call at 262-6315.

Connections encourages students to enter the "What Literacy Means to Me" and squid essay contests. For more information, call Tanya at 262-6315.

Kenai Central High School

Congratulations to KCHS biology teacher Liz Burck for receiving a presidential award for her outstanding teaching.

Congratulations to Wally Ward, Lauren Brewer and Preston Wendt, who were selected to read their original children's books and poetry at the fourth annual Central Peninsula Writers Night.

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

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

Local scholarship applications are available now in the counseling center. Applications are due April 4. Pick up your applications today. Many other scholarships are coming due at this time. Make sure you know when due dates are to get your applications in on time.

Attention parents of eighth-graders: Eighth-grade parent night -- an informational meeting about what your child can expect in high school, will be 7 Thursday in the Little Theater. Counselors, administrators, coaches and activity sponsors will be there to talk about high school life. Your student is encouraged to attend with you.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

High school Students of the Month for March are Adam Barett, reading; Megan Best, algebra; Lynzie Ellis, tri-science; Derek Leichliter, jewelry; Jenny Miller, mathematics; Nick Russell, woodworking; and Chuck Seater, power mechanics.

The middle school Students of the Month are Jenna Anastay, choir; Angie Doty, world history; Kristen Frederic, science; Jenni Garrison, mathematics; Krystal Gladden, physical education; Claire Jones, social studies; and Sharon Miller and Laura Rooper, language arts.

The next testing date for the SAT is Saturday. Don't miss it. If there is any confusion on the SATs, Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Exams, ACTs or graduation information, contact the school counselor.

Ninilchik School

Congratulations to A.J. Berger for taking second place in the Future Problem Solving Scenario contest and to Brendan Cuffe, who now continues on to the state geography bee in Anchorage on April 6.

High school track practice is under way. Any students interested should see Mr. Clark.

The next PTO meeting is scheduled for April 3 at 3:45 p.m. in the library.

Close-Up students will travel to Washington, D.C., April 6-14.

April 10 is the next scheduled site-based council meeting at 3:45 p.m. in the library.

Mo Sanders will hold a parent workshop at 7 p.m. April 10 to discuss Lightspan. For more information, contact Shirley Chihuly at 567-3301.

Ninilchik School will host another shot clinic April 26.

Skyview High School

Soccer practice began Monday. Students interested in participating need to have a current physical on file as well as other paperwork. Track and field is still accepting new participants. See Rob Sparks for more details.

The hockey banquet was March 15, and the following athletes were honored: Lukas Fellman, offensive player of the year; Jesse Waltemyer, defensive player of the year; Taylor Adams, most improved player; Brandon Sachwitz, sportsmanship award; Jesse Waltemyer, Sylvia McEwen, David Quartly, Travis Mercier and Brandon Sachwitz, academic excellence awards; Wayne Maxwell, most valuable player; and Mike Woodward, iron man award. Booster president Terri Woodward received a plaque of appreciation for her eight years of contribution to the Skyview hockey program.

Skyview will have a hepatitis A and B clinic on April 6 in the library for all freshmen, sophomores and juniors.

Tickets are still available to Bella Noche Prom 2001 on April 7. Prices are $40 per couple or $25 for singles.

Skyview had two students read their poems at the fourth annual Central Peninsula Writers Night March 15 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Karli Kay read "We Walked Timidly," and Jessica Wiggins read "Fears."

Students will get report cards Friday.

The seventh annual senior all-star basketball game, featuring players from all peninsula high schools, will be at Skyview on April 5. The girls' game will begin at 6 p.m. followed by the boys at 8.

Soldotna High School

Congratulations to the March Rotary Students of the Month: Sara Karella, Kyle Heffner, Matt DeRaeve, Randy Leach, Blade Bush, Isaac Hutchison, Basil Meganek, Sam Penner, Hillary Zobeck and Chris Spiers.

The spring dance will be Friday night from 8 to 11. SoHi students are reminded to sign up their guests in Mrs. Moock's office.

Cook Inlet Academy

The first-grade reading contest results are in. Chet Kimball, Angie Uchtman and Miranda Beller, in that order, read the most books. Miranda Beller, Angie Uchtman and Owen Phillips read the most pages.

Students of the Week for weeks 27 and 28 were Vanessa Taylor, Alex Agosti, Reuben Shea, Keely Powers, Caleb Lyons, John Forsi, Jenna Zufelt, Megan Bauder, Garyn Munn, Tyler Fenton, Dalton Johnson and Jake Zufelt.

The Math Olympics are April 6. Spaces available for entrants are limited; not everyone who wants to attend will be able to.

CIA apparel is now available. Pep club has ordered sweatshirts, vests and T-shirts.

Current events, teen, family and kid-oriented free magazines are available in the school lobby.

The spring musical program will be 7 p.m. Tuesday at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church. Mrs. Rowley's second-third-grade class will sponsor the final bake sale of the year. Proceeds going to missions programs.

Speech meet results: Second-graders Lauren Bauder, Kiana Beddow, Kelsey Brush, Cody Munn earned superior rank; Adam Agosti was excellent; and Kevin Powers was good. Third-graders Hillary Domke, Skyler Laber, Ivy O'Guinn earned superior rank; Amie Smithwick and Sadie Arneson were excellent. Fourth-graders Khelby Kennedy, Holly Kopp earned superior rank; Heidi Hillyer and Janine Ray were excellent. Fifth-grader Brook Forsi was superior; Kelsey White and Kyle Kjeldson were excellent. Sixth-graders Claire Rowley, Kaitlan White, Jake Zufelt, Chuck Kopp earned superior rank; Hunter Clark and Travis Morrison were excellent.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

Last week was spring break for Head Start staff and families. The teachers appreciate the parents who came to school the week before for parent-teacher conferences.

Members of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's Native Youth Olympics team planned to demonstrate the NYO events for Head Start children Tuesday. The children had a chance to try the skills.

A farmer from Matanuska Maid Dairy will visit the school today to talk about what happens on a dairy farm. The children will visit a local farm in April.

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

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

Happy belated birthday to Matthew, who turned 5 this month.

The children had much fun with their study of Alaska and its many wonders. They visited the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, carved "ivory" animals, made bears, porcupines, animal tracks and pine cone bird feeders. They even met Shaelyn's dad, Dusty, who talked with them about snowmachining and the Iron Dog snowmachine race.

This week the children are sharing their favorite books with many fun activities.

Saturday, the Village Fair will be at Soldotna High School. This includes the Safe Kids Fair. The preschool will have a booth. Mrs. Kent will be there with a "make-it-and-take-it" activity for kids, and the preschool will sell Scholastic Books and baked goods. The booth will have information on the preschool and sign up preschoolers for fall.

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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