District School News

Posted: Wednesday, April 02, 2003

Aurora Borealis Charter

Aurora Borealis students will participate in the St. Jude Children's Hospital research ward Math-a-thon fund-raiser this month. St. Jude's is an internationally recognized biomedical research center dedicated to finding cures for childhood diseases, such as cancer, AIDS and sickle cell anemia. Its work is supported entirely by charitable donations such as those raised through the math-a-thon, and all treatment costs not covered by insurance are provided free. To support ABCS students in their fund-raising effort, call 283-0929.

Students are working on the background and props for the spring musical, "We Haz Jazz," which will be performed April 25.

Mrs. Ball has been coaching a Future Problem Solvers intermediate-level team, which qualified for the state competition. Congratulations to team members Sierra Ball, Eliza Chadwick, Marquee Lucas and Maya Chay.

The second-graders made posters about reading and entered them in a contest at the Kenai Community Library. Connor Haralson won third place, and Brandi Wagoner won second place.

The seventh- and eighth-graders will participate in a "Voyage to Mars" mission at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska on April 10.

The Student in Good Standing (SIGS) program is a success. It has been a motivation for excellent behavior. This month, students will plan a trip to the Kenai bowling alley.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The Jump Rope for Heart program was a great success. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped.

The 2002-03 yearbook order forms are in the office. Anyone who wants to include a Love Line for their student or a sixth-grade parent message should submit them by April 15.

Student placement forms are available in the school office. Forms are due by May 5.

There will be a reception at 3 p.m. Tuesday in the Commons to dedicate the new Artist in Residence murals. These are pictures the fourth- through sixth-graders took last fall. Thanks to Mark Anderson for all the hard work and dedication to the kids.

The regular PTA meeting will follow the reception, and all parents are encouraged to attend. Child care will be provided.

Montessori Charter

Mrs. Larned's first- through third-graders have been presenting individual reports on the Middle East. They will begin studying Europe next week.

The class also began studying various sea animals, with an emphasis on whales. The students have conducted experiments involving water and blubber. Their artistic renditions created with tempera paints have added to the hands-on learning.

The kindergarten class is wrapping up its study of Africa. Students studied the Savannah, the animals that live there and calculations of rain fall. They also made masks, built pyramids, listened to African music and read African folk tales.

Kindergartners currently are bringing plants into the room and will study live butterflies.

A lottery was held this week for 2003-04 enrollment. Notifications will be made next week.

Mountain View Elementary

The Student of the Month luncheon is at 11:40 a.m. today.

Artist in the Schools family night will be from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday. Bring families for a fun-filled evening of art projects.

Friday is pajama day.

Fifth-grade D.A.R.E. graduation will be at 7 p.m. April 15.

Sears Elementary

There will be an orientation night for parents of kindergarten students from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 10. Parents may sign up to have their students visit classrooms April 14, 15, 16 or 17.

Sears will offer two magnet classrooms for the 2003-04 school year. The Kaleidoscope program, integrating art, music, movement and dance will all core subjects, will be offered for students in grades one and two. There will be one multi-age classroom open to 24 students. The Science, Math and Technology magnet will be offered for 24 second-grade students. Both classes will follow all state standards and give students an opportunity to match their interests in these respective areas. Applications will be available at the school office beginning today. The deadline for applications is April 25. A lottery, supervised by Mikundra, Cotrell and Co., will be held May 3 at the school.

The school also will host information nights for parents interested in these programs. Meetings will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Sears, Wednesday at the Kenai River Center and April 14 at the Nikiski Senior Citizens Center.

Enrollment for the programs is open to all central peninsula residents, but transportation is provided only for students in the Kenai attendance area. Call the school for more information.

Fun Fest will be today.

Tustumena Elementary

Sixth-grader Jesse Carlson has been selected as Tustumena's Masonic Outstanding Student of the Year.

District Quest students participated in the annual "Scenario" competition just prior to our spring break. Students are divided into three categories based on age and grade level. Placing second in the junior category was a Tustumena sixth-grade student, Leslie Meyer. She was coached by her instructor, Gail Moore. Congratulations to Leslie and Ms. Moore for their combined effort.

Tustumena has been informed that the school's librarian, Carol VanDerWege was nominated for School Librarian of the Year by the Alaska Association of School Librarians. Congratulations. The winner of this award was Lois Peterson, who is the district librarian for the Bering Strait School District.

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

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)

The parent advisory council will meet at 1 p.m. Monday at the Kenai office in the Red Diamond Center. All IDEA parents are welcome to attend.

The fifth annual IDEA curriculum fair will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 24 at the Soldotna Sports Center. There will be workshops all day from exhibitors and vendors, with more than 60 tables of curriculum and other home-school-related items available for sale and order. There also will be a breakfast and keynote speech by Jessie Wise, home education consultant, speaker and writer, at 8:30 a.m. Wise is the author of "The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home" and "First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind." She helped pioneer the home-school movement in Virginia. For more information, visit secure.ideafamilies.org: 2005/fair2003/famidea.htm. The breakfast and speech will cost $6, payable to Tonilyn Spring of the Soldotna Home School Group. Tickets are available at the Soldotna office, 260-7555, or at Carol's home in Homer, (907) 235-5910.

The re-enrollment process is under way. Forms and instructions are online for families already enrolled in the IDEA program. Families interested in joining the program next year can find more information online at www.ideafamilies.org or can call an IDEA employee at 260-7555.

IDEA T-shirts are on sale for $7 for children's sizes or $10 for adult sizes. Sizes range from child's small to adult's XXXL. The shirts are available at the office. 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 activities that focus on environmental conservation. The cost is $15, and registration is required. For more information or to sign up, e-mail Matt Weaver at matt_weaver@dnr.state.ak.us or call (907) 269-8481.

Kenai Middle

Congratulations to last week's Character Counts award winners: Rio Aguilar, Shannon Alexie, Trent Askin, Zach Beeson, Kami Carlson, Jamie Childers, Shelby Daly, Kyle Denbrock, Anthony Diaz, Tommy Eide, Crystal Hayes, Catherine Hoisington, Cody Howard, Julie John, Daniel Kaser, Tyler Loffer, Casey Marion, Anthony Ming, Diane Nelson, D.C. Reid, Kurt Rosenquist, Seth Row-Button and Molly Watkins. Congratulations to Tyler Loffer for winning the pizza lunch.

Congratulations to seventh-grader Quinn Stoops for taking first place in the intermediate division of the State Future Problem Solvers scenario writing competition. Students were challenged to write a 1,500-word story about "worldwide communication" 25 years in the future. His paper will be sent to the international committee for final competition.

Dates to remember:

Friday -- Mini-course sign up

Monday -- Sixth-grade basketball begins, with practices Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays

April 10 -- Mini-course fees due

April 11 -- Activity night and dance

April 16 -- Volunteer luncheon

April 17 -- Soldotna relays at 3:30 p.m.

April 18 -- No school

April 22 -- Sixth-grade student orientation from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; sixth-grade parent orientation at 7 p.m.

April 24 -- Seventh- and eighth-grade parent orientation at 7 p.m.; Masonic award presentation

April 29 -- Mass choir at Soldotna Middle School.

Kenai Central High

There will be a sexual abstinence assembly at 9:30 a.m. Friday in the auditorium.

The Career and Job Fair will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

The KCHS spring choir performance will be at 6:30 p.m. April 10.

The first eligibility check of the quarter will be April 11.

The prom is April 12. Line-up for promenade is at 7:30 p.m., promenade starts at 8, and the dance starts at 9. Decorating will be April 11, and clean-up is April 13.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High

There will be a drama, debate and forensics meet at Nikiski starting at 8 a.m. today.

The Nikiski Dance Troupe will perform at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

The Nikiski girls soccer team will compete at 8 a.m. at the Anchorage Football Stadium.

The state drama and debate tournament will begin at noon April 10 and continue through April 12 at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

The soccer teams will be in Wasilla with games starting at 3 p.m. April 11.

The track team will compete in the Skyview Relays April 12.

There will be a choir concert at 7 p.m. April 12.

Skyview High

The students and staff who traveled to Magadan, Russia, for a three week cultural and education exchange will come home Friday.

The Kenai Peninsula high school all-star games will be at 6:15 and 8 p.m. Friday at Skyview.

The junior-senior prom, "A Red Carpet Affair," will be Saturday. Promenade is from 8 to 9 p.m., with the dance continuing until midnight. The cost of the promenade is $1, and prom tickets are $25 per person or $40 per couple.

The dress-up days for the rest of the week are '70s Day, today; '80s Day, Thursday; and Bum Day, Friday.

Soldotna High

Alaska Committee representative Stowell Johnstone and team members of the Alaska Northwest Association of Schools and Colleges will visit SoHi on Thursday as part of the 2002-03 school accreditation process.

The PTSA meets at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The drama department will present the play, "We Were Stardust," a drama set on a college campus in the late 1960s and early 1970s, at 7:30 p.m. April 10 to 12. Admission is $5 for adults and students and $2 for children.

The state championship mock trial team is accepting contributions for its trip to the national tournament in May. Contributions may be made by contacting team members Pehr Hartvigson, Matt Meacham, Haley Smith, Jennifer McCard, Justin Johnson, Ryan Myers or coach LaDawn Druce.

Cook Inlet Academy

The winners of the first-graders' reading contest for the most books read were: Meghan Powers, 21 books; Erica McGahan, 20 books; and Julie Litchfield, 19 books. For the number of pages read, winners were Caleb Lyons, 1,017 pages; Julie Litchfield, 786 pages; and Adam Uchtman, 746 pages.

The Russia mission trip has been canceled due to delays and changes in the procedure within Russia. All donations will be returned.

Congratulations to the high school boys basketball team for taking first place at regions and to the girls for taking fourth place.

There will be a fund-raising dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna Elks Club to help Jan Hanrahan raise money for a much-needed new van. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Students of the week were: Zachary Taplin, enthusiasm; Nathan Larson, for choosing to put forth extra effort in schoolwork; Katie Zimmerman, for being a great teacher aide; Lauren Bauder, for having a joyful and pleasant attitude; Kayla Haus, for having a heart for the Lord; and Miranda Twait, for kindness to others.

Also, due to misinformation provided to the Clarion, Brooks Furlong was misidentified in last week's Schools section. He was named student of the week for improvement in writing skills.

Visitation for preschool will be from 1 to 2:30 p.m. April 11. Families who plan to attend are asked to call the school so enough materials can be prepared.

The school will conduct standardized testing this week. Students are reminded to get plenty of rest and eat a healthy breakfast.

Five junior and senior high school students participated in the Miss National Teen-ager pageant. Madison McConnell won Miss Photogenic. She and Claire Rowley also tied for Best Sponsor Letter. Lindsay Bauder won Miss Congeniality, was second runner-up in Speech-Essay and was first runner-up in the overall junior division. Ashley Michel won Most Ads sold. Miranda Zindel passed on her crown as the senior division queen from 2002.

Grace Lutheran

This week, the children are studying the words and love that Jesus showed on the cross. Such things as how he asked God to forgive his murderers, provided for his mother's welfare by putting her in John's care and fulfilled the Old Testament prophecies were discussed.

The kindergartners are learning more phonograms each week. They already have learned 40, as well as 88 spelling words.

All children in kindergarten through fourth grade are writing letters to friends and family and now are getting return letters. Children also are practicing descriptive paragraphs.

In Mr. Leckwee's class, the fourth- through sixth-graders are learning about the Middle Ages, including the feudal system, Bubonic plague and crusades. History seems to be a favorite for these children.

The seventh- and eighth-graders are building up to the Civil War, studying the Missouri Compromise, Kansas-Nebraska Act and Dred Scott case.

Thanks to everyone who attended the FROGS meeting Monday and enjoyed the food and fellowship.

Registration for the 2003-04 school year has begun. Anyone interested in the school may call Dennis Leckwee.

Wings Christian Academy

Ashlynn Burger and Cassie Sutton earned the cleanest desk awards this week. Julianne Pettey made it to the 3,000s club. Jessica Saunders' birthday was Monday.

The Upper Learning Center will have its annual Junk Yard Wars on Friday.

There will be roller skating at the Alaska Great Skate in Soldotna on Tuesday.

The Lower Learning Center has started watching a movie each Monday. Students earn tickets to the movie by getting to one of the four corners of the Goalopoly board.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool

Thanks to the parents who helped out and donated items for the preschool garage sale.

This is dinosaur week. The children made their own dinosaur eggs, made and dug up fossils and painted dinosaur T-shirts and stegasaurus hats. They also learned about herbivores, carnivores and omnivores by making pizzas with the appropriate toppings.

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.

The preschool also will host two summer camps: Creepy 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.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

Students are doing a great job with Bible memory verses. Thanks to the parents for helping children learn these verses.

Students have finished learning the alphabet and will review the letters for the remainder of the year.

The 4-year-old class is doing simple addition and enjoying writing easy three-letter words.

Students will focus on plants this week. They will plant seeds, water the seeds and wait for them to grow and flower. Art projects will center around plants, as will books in the library corner.

New student visitation is from 10 a.m. to noon April 10. To R.S.V.P., call the school at 262-1284.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

This week, students are continuing the study of Alaska and the animals that live here. The kids will choose an animal to study and give a presentation on it.

Thanks to everyone who supported the co-op at the Village Fair.

Enrollment closed Tuesday for this school year, but spots still are open for next fall. Families are always welcome to visit the class. For more information, call Susan at 262-4102. Class times are from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

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 Friday at 5 p.m. for publication in the following Wednesday's paper. For information, contact Jenni Dillon at 283-7551.

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