Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, March 29, 2006

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 screening for children ages birth through 5, but not yet in kindergarten. Immunizations will be available at some sites.

The screening will be held from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Friday 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 annual tuition scholarships to students attending or planning to attend Kenai Peninsula College. Students must pursue 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 annual tuitions 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 annual tuition scholarship to students pursuing a bachelor of science degree at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Anchorage or Alaska Southeast.

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

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

Applications and instructions are available from high school counselor’s offices, at the Borough Building in Soldotna and at

Applications must be delivered or postmarked by Friday. 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

A forensics assembly will be held at 12:30 today in which the top performers in each class will give their forensics pieces. The borough competition for fourth- through sixth-graders takes place Saturday. Representing the school are: fourth-graders Elan Krull and Jason Daniels; fifth-grader Freya Chay; and sixth-graders Anton Krull, Colton Anderson, Lizzie McDermid and Brooke Jackson.

Study hall meets in Mrs. Hagen’s and Mr. Drury’s room from 3 to 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Future Problem Solving Club meets in Mrs. Ball’s room from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday and Monday.

Mrs. Uponen’s second grade class Iditaread ends Friday. Records must be turned in by Monday.

Math Counts competition takes place in Homer on Friday.

Connections Home school

Orders for the 2005/06 school year must be submitted by Friday.

Saturday is last day to order March book orders. Book choices are available online or brochures are available in the office. If you need the Web site and password, call Tanya at 714-8880.

Standards Based Assessments tests will be Tuesday through April 6 for students in grades three through nine.

The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam will be held Tuesday through April 6 for students in 10th grade and also retakes for 11th and 12th graders who need to pass one or more sections of the test. Testing is mandatory. The No Child Left Behind legislation mandates participation and holds the schools in the nation accountable if the specified participation rate is not met. There will also be a Book Fair held during the same week.

Day Light Savings time begins Sunday. Parents are reminded to set their clocks ahead one hour.

For information on the Space-Explorers Web site, practice tests for state testing, or the Accelerated Reader Program, call your adviser at 714-8880.

For information, upcoming events or to check out the schools online forum visit

Cook Inlet Academy

Standards Based Assessments tests will be held Monday through April 7. Parents are encouraged to help students be on time, attend all day and be well rested.

The spring carnival will be held at 6 p.m. April 11 in the gymnasium. Students have been asked to sell 10 raffle tickets each at $10 per ticket. Prizes include a fly in fishing trip for two, two trips for one on an overnight double limit halibut trip, a day at the spa and numerous bucket prizes. Volunteers and anyone wishing to provide donations should call Kerri Nelson at 262-9642 or 262-5101.

The parents and staff would like to thank coach Greg Bell and the varsity boys basketball team. Congratulations to Marcus Brown, Steven Burger, Jeremy Franchino, Mike Kytonen, John Forsi, Spencer McAuliffe, Will Tieskie, Jake Zufelt, Nathan Byrd and James Libert for a hard fought season.

Students receiving superior ratings at the regional speech meet were Kellsi Ulrich, Hanna Udelhoven, Jamie Fenton, Emma Seldon and Kelsie Leaf. The parents and staff would like to thank Mrs. O’Dell for her help.

Students of the Week are Mackenzie Miller, Richele McGahan, Keefe O’Dell, Sarah Baktuit, Julie Litchfield, Ray Chumley, Drew Fowler, Hanna Udelhoven, Branden Chumley, Coel Nelson and Kendra Brush.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Colton Sterling and Cierra King were the winners in Dr. Bauder’s coloring contest. Dr. Bauder rewarded the students for their posters with a special toothbrush bag and pizza party.

Interviews for the Kaleidoscope principal position begin at 5 p.m. today. There are two interviews today with one more at 5 p.m. Monday. Parents will have the opportunity to observe the interviews and provide written feedback to the interview committee at the end of each one.

The Imaginarium will be at the school at 6:30 p.m. Thursday for a presentation for students and parents. Afterwards, there will be a science fair for students to share the projects they have developed and researched.

On Friday, the Imaginarium will hold World o’ Water assemblies for students in Kaleidoscope and Sears Elementary.

The deadline to submit an application for enrollment for the 2006-07 school year is Friday. If a lottery is necessary, it will be held April 13.

The Standards Based Assessment testing for third-graders will take place Tuesday through April 6. It’s important for students to be well rested, fed and at school on those days.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Interviews for next year’s principal will be held at the school tonight. Call the school for more information.

The Standards Based Assessment testing will take place Tuesday through April 6 for students in grades three through six grades. Parents are reminded to have their children well-rested and have breakfast on each of those days. PTA will be providing testing snacks in conjunction with room parents. Call Donna Burcham at 262-1463, if you would like to contribute.

District forensics will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Kenai Central High School. The PTA will provide snacks for the event.

Students area asked to check the lost and found for items.

Mr. Faris students’ book reports are on display in the front hall.

Mr. Daniels class has learned a new math game called Rolling for Decimals. They also built scale models of a plain and demonstrated what happens when water changes the land. They will begin their new science project creating vehicles that use wind for locomotion next week. They made a poem about a cook who had a hard time making a dish using main and helping verbs, also.

Kenai Central High

Thursday is the cross-country ski team’s banquet at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Elementary forensics will be take place at the school from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Tuesday is the beginning of spring testing for district students. The high school qualifying exam will be administered Tuesday through April 6 to sophomores and juniors and seniors that have not passed any portion of the test.

Tuesday’s test will be reading, April 5 test will be writing and April 6 test will be math. In addition, the Standards Based Assessment testing will be given to freshmen on each of those days. Regular school day schedule will begin at 10:06 a.m. with four classes being taught each day. Tuesday’s classes will be periods 1, 2, 3 and 4; April 5 classes will be periods 1, 2, 5 and 6; and Thursday’s classes will be 3, 4, 5 and 6. Lunch will be served at its regular scheduled time each day. Students not involved in testing does not need to report to school until 10:06 am.

Non-testing juniors and seniors who are dependent on the bus for transportation to school will ride the bus at the regular time and arrive to school at the regular time. Students will have a choice of going to either Room 3 and watch movies with Mr. Delaney or going to the gym with Mr. Beeson. If you have any questions about either of the tests, you can call the school at 283-7524 and talk to Mr. Fields or Mr. Reese.

Prom will be held April 8. Promenade will be at 8 p.m. with the dance to follow. If you would like to help with prom activities or the after-prom activities, call Jim Beeson at 283-7524.

Kenai Middle

Report cards have been sent out. If you have not received yours, call the office at 283-4896 to verify a correct address. Track season has started for seventh and eighth grade. If your student is interested, fill out the registration packet at the office.

The sixth grade basketball is in full swing. Registration packets are available at the office.

The office is out of lunch money to lend to students. If you owe money to the office it is due Thursday. If your lunch money is not paid back by Thursday, your name will appear on a list and you will no longer be able to borrow from the office.

Dates To remember:

· Saturday — forensics at Soldotna;

· Tuesday — Student of the Month luncheon;

· April 10 — middle school concert band festival in Homer;

· April 11 — orientation for Incoming sixth-graders at 6:30 p.m.;

· April 12 — volunteer luncheon at 12:30 p.m.;

· April 13 — track at the school at 3 p.m.;

· April 14 — inservice, no school;

· April 17 — soccer begins for sixth-graders;

· April 21 — track at Soldotna Middle at 3 p.m.;

· April 25 — mass choir at Kenai Central High School; and

· April 28 — track at SMS at 3 p.m.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start

The Raven and Eagle classes continue to explore the sense of touch. They have been making fingerprints and looking at them with a magnifying glass. The shape to studied in March was a diamond and the color was yellow. The swimming field trip took place. The staff would like to thank the the volunteers who share their time. The school would like to welcome to the new Raven teacher Miss Roxanne.

The Moose and Bear classes have been playing outdoors. The children have been building snowmen and observing the exposed mud for earthworms.The next swimming field trip is scheduled Thursday.

The Salmon and Whale classes had a family pancake breakfast. The swimming field trip is scheduled for Thursday. Volunteers are welcome and appreciated.

Mountain View Elementary

The third grade music program will be at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Friday is 60s and 70’s Day.

The fifth-graders will visit Kenai Middle School April 11.

Student of the Month lunch is at 11:35 a.m. April 12.

Nikiski Middle-High School

On Saturday, promenade will begin at 5 p.m. in the auditorium. The prom theme is “1001 Arabian Nights” and will be held from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Dates to remember:

· April 5 — senior parent meeting for after-graduation party planning will be at 6 p.m. in the lounge;

· April 10 — middle school mass borough band in Homer;

· April 11 — site council at 6:15 p.m. in the library; and

· April 13 — PTSA meeting at 6:30 p.m. in the library.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

The site council meets the first Tuesday of every month.

The PTA meets the first Thursday of every month.

Mr. Anderson and Mr. Zinck’s students will perform in the gym for the second annual evening of the arts at 7 p.m. Friday. The second- and third-grade students will sing North to Alaska and The Iditarod Trail song and other songs with an Alaska theme. Also performing will be guitarist Chris Pepper, the fifth and sixth grade band, sixth-grader Tekoa Dixon will sing and play her guitar and musicians from the community will perform including the staff band. Refreshments will be provided and served by the Boys and Girls Club.

Congratulations to students who participated at the state level of the Reflections Program: Photography, honorable mention — Paige Brame, Evie Cox and Daniel Ribbens; Music, finalist — Margie Cox; visual arts, honorable mention— Evie Cox; literature, finalist — Evie Cox and honorable mention —Tekoa Dixion.

Redoubt Elementary

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

Congratulations to D.A.R.E. essay best in class winner, Jessica Jackson.

The school thanks everyone who helped prepare the school for the Arctic Winter Games and those who helped with school pictures.

School forensics competitions winners were:

· Humorous Poetry (single) — fourth-graders, Xochi Harbison, first place; Camryn Boulette, second place, Brendan Scott, third place; fifth-graders — Morgan Lancaster, first place; Kyra Norris, second place; Jay Ulen, third place; sixth-graders, Quiana McElroy, first place; Codie Williams, second place; and Mickey Nelson, third place.

· Non-Humorous Poetry (single) — fourth-graders, Kylee Wolfe, first place; Colton Young,second place; Jakob Kooley, third place; fifth-graders, Garrett Nikolas, first place; Casey Stevenson, second place; Forrest Henry; third place; sixth-graders, Kelsey VanAntwerp, first place; Sydney Goggia, second place; and Jordann Nelson, third place.

· Humorous Prose (single) — fourth-graders, Kyle Chidester, first place; Jacob Malone, second place; Alissa Garcia, third place; fifth-graders, Daniel Lewis, first place; Michael Keener, second place; DJ Collier, third place; sixth-graders, Lauren Steffy, first place; Courtney Lewis, second place; and Mariah Ulen, third place.

· Non-Humorous Prose (single): fourth-graders, Cajewl Musgrave, first place; Max Conradi, second place; Megan Morse third place; fifth-graders, Cole Aaronson, first place; Robert Bearheart, second place; Anders Pokryfki, third place; sixth-graders, Kylee Woodford, first place; and Chris Spicer, second place.

· Poetry (multiple): fourth-graders, Shaylee Brenton and Morgan Krohn, first place; sixth-graders, Kristen Nagle and Kelsey VanAntwerp, first place; Mariah Ulen and Shannon Wyatt, second place; and Mikael Erickson and Keegan Dotomain, third place.

· Interpretive Reading-(single) fifth-graders, Chet Henson, first place; Nick Gonser, second place;Tennessee Walker, third place; sixth-graders, Shannon Wyatt, first place; Deann Knight, second place; and Mary Hauptman, third place.

· Interpretive Reading-Readers Theater (multiple): fourth-graders, Xochi Harbison, Victoria Oberts, Alissa Garcia and Madison Roberts, first place; Kelci Benson, Camryn Boulette, Paul Holmgaard, Delaney Love, Khelbie Miller and Logan Paul, second place; fifth-graders, Cole Aaronson and Derek Thomson, first place; Kyra Norris and Molly Steffy, second place; sixth-graders, Matt Boulette and Tyler Marcuson, first place; and Savannah Smith and Courtney Lewis, second place.

· Storytelling (single): sixth-grader, Matthew Willis, first place.

Sears Elementary

Battle of the Books were held this week. Students practiced good sportsmanship and cooperation. The students learned the titles, authors and details of a variety of books.

Ms. Ralston’s classroom is putting together a rock collection. Students, parents and other staff members have been bringing in some of their rock collections. The students also have been researching and discovering the different names of the rocks and how the rocks have been used or are used in society. The students had the opportunity to see pictures from the Iditarod checkpoint in Skwentna that Ms. Ralston took. Ms. Ralston got to meet and have her pictured taken with Jeff King, DeeDee Jonrowe and other mushers. Ms. Ralston students received a dog bootie that had been worn on the Iditarod trail.

On Friday, at 6 p.m. there will be a benefit for Gabe Boyle. The cost is $5 at the door. Drop of the Hat Players will do Reader’s Theater performances and there also will be an outcry and silent auction. Proceeds go to help cover expenses for Gabe’s family while he goes through treatment for AML Leukemia at Children’s Hospital in Seattle. Call Kimb at 283-4826 for more information or to make a donation.

Also on Friday is the Imaginarium’s World of Water presentations for Sears and Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science students.

Soldotna High

Thursday through Saturday the drama department will present the comedy “Sarah Sydney takes Hollywood by Storm.” Performances are 7:30 p.m. nightly. Tickets are $5 for students and adults and $2 for children age 12 and under.

Tuesday through April 6 the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam will be administered. Testing will take place each day from 7:50 a.m. to noon. Lunch will be from noon to 12:35 p.m. On Tuesday, first and second periods will meet from 12:40 to 2:25 p.m. On April 5, third and fourth period classes will meet from 12:40 to 2:25 p.m. and April 6, fifth and sixth period classes will be 12:40 to 2:25 p.m.

A copy of the proposed guidelines for student nutrition and physical activity is at

The following students have been selected by the faculty as Rotary Students of the Month Kevin Hammond, Sarah Walton, Max Milliron, Allyson Oberts, Wes Stephl, Angie King, Lawrence Kline, Dan Burton, Jordan Ikerd, Lucas Barkman and Julia Torwick.

The after-graduation party will begin at 11 p.m. May 26 the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai. A $25 (tax deductible) donation is requested from senior families to cover the cost of the party. Checks, made payable to the Soldotna High After Graduation Party, may be submitted to the office or mailed to Soldotna High School, 425 West Marydale, Soldotna, AK, 99669. Individuals who can help with this event are asked to call Mary Jo Spotts at 262-5447 or e-mail Shelly Schoessler at

Students wishing to run for class or student government office may obtain election petitions in Room 74.

Soldotna Elementary

Ms. Bobek’s fifth grade class is studying the Constitutional Convention of 1787. Each student represents one of the 55 delegates like Alexander Hamilton, George Washington and Ten Franklin. They are writing the U.S. Constitution.

March is Music in Our Schools Month. Miss Southwick is hosting the schools annual Invite a Guest to Music Class Week through Friday.

Class pictures will be Thursday.

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

The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. April 6 in the library.

The state mandated Standards Based Assessment tests will be held Tuesday through April 6 for third through sixth grade. Testing will be from 8:45 a.m. to 11 a.m. and from 12:45 to the end of the day. Parents are asked to make sure your student arrives on time, are rested and have a good breakfast. Each day’s test section must be completed that day.

Soldotna Middle

The school newsletters is at

Mr. Carpenter would like to thank area businesses for volunteering their time to the Junior Achievement Program. They spent last week in his social studies classes speaking about the economics of staying in school.

Congratulations to Casee Penrod for being selected as the Masonic Student of the Year. Casee will attend a ceremony April 20 at Kenai Central High School were she will receive a Certificate of Achievement and a $50 savings bond. Her name also will be engraved on a plaque that remains in the school. Other students nominated for this award were Ryan McMaster, Sarah Rife, Emily Smola, Hannah Romberg, Sara McMaster, Blaine Carver, Chelsea Wilbanks, Jasmine Woodland, Emily Rohloff, Kailey Mucha and Jenna Jensen.

The PTSA will meet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the library.

The fourth quarter ends May 25 on the last day of school.

The Standards Based Assessment Tests will be held Tuesday through April 6. Parents are reminded to have their student get a good night’s sleep, have breakfast and to be on time and at school each day of the testing.

Forensics meet will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday in the library. Call Mr. Whitney at 262-4344 for more information.

Soldotna Montessori Charter

Enrollment lottery results for the 2006-07 school year will be posted today in the office. Families may sign up for the waiting list.

Pictures will be taken today. Students will be photographed and parents may decide whether or not to purchase the photos after the proofs are sent home.

The March academic policy committee meeting will be at 6 p.m. today in Room 412. Agendas are posted on the bulletin board and in the office.

Students in grades three through six will take part in the Standards-Based Assessments tests Tuesday through April 6. Parents are asked to have their student get plenty of sleep and eat breakfast on test days. Nutritious snacks and bottled water will be provided by the APC.

Mrs. Holt’s first-, second- and third-graders will begin a study of Africa. Families are encouraged to help students find information about the continent at home or at the library.

In Mr. Devolld’s third, fourth and fifth grade class is continuing its study of the Civil War and Slavery. They are beginning a slide presentation on slave life and continuing their work in art on Slave Quilts. In science students are creating a class periodic table as well as developing a detailed poster about an element. Students also will be working on atomic models in the coming week.

Sterling Elementary

Parents and guardians are encouraged to watch for the monthly newsletter coming home in Thursday folders.

Third quarter report cards also will be sent home in Thursday folders.

The site council is seeking nominations of new members to serve on the site based decision making council. There are several two-year seats available.

Friday will be hat day. Students are encouraged to wear hats which are appropriate for school to show their school spirit.

The Standards Based Assessment test for students in grades three through six will be held Tuesday through April 6. It is critical that students arrive at school on time to participate in the tests. Parents are invited to send healthy treats to school for classes participating in the testing. Orange wedges, vegetable trays, nuts or other healthy snacks are all encouraged.

The committee planning the Family Fun Day will meet at 4 p.m. April 12 to finalize plans for the April 22 event. Adults are invited to come help plan this PTA sponsored event

Tustumena Elementary

The annual Forensic competition was held last Thursday. The winners will be announced in next weeks Clarion.

The D.A.R.E. graduation was held Tuesday. Trooper Larry Erickson hosted the graduation for Mr. Cowans fifth grade class. The school wishes to thank Trooper Erickson for offering the program to the students.

The sixth grade class is working on the design and the construction of its annual quilt. The quilt is raffled off to raise money for a ocean studies trip which takes place this spring.

Class pictures taken today. Information concerning the pictures were sent home Tuesday. The photographers will take an individual pictures and send home two proofs for parents to look at.

Volunteer preschool begins Monday for students that will start school in the fall. The class will meet from 9:30 to 11:30 Mondays through May 15. Parent are required to be in attendance with their child. Advance registration is required.

For more information or to register, call Heidi Wong at 260-8037.

The School’s page prints every Wednesday in the Clarion. For more information, call 283-7551, ext. 241.

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