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District School News

Posted: Wednesday, April 03, 2002

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

There will be an immunization clinic at K-Beach from 3 to 5 p.m. April 9. Many students are due for their third hepatitis B or second hepatitis A. Check your child's record to see if any are needed. Volunteers are needed that day.

Mrs. George's kindergarten class is beginning to learn about science. The most important thing is that all -- girls and boys -- can be scientists. Students learned about "chemical reactions" while making volcanos. They learned about properties or characteristics of things and to observe or look at things carefully. They will sort things using observation and properties. They also will be studying plants and writing science journal charts.

The last Sign Club will be Thursday.

Mr. Daniels and Ms. Tylers class are doing another readers theater on the planets. The students will make costumes for the play. They are learning about animals and doing oral and written reports about them.

Mountain View Elementary

Mr. Knudsen's class has been doing morning stretches, and before spring break they began learning a Tai Chi move called "hands float like clouds." School nurse Mary Lou Klauder has been instructing the class.

Student Council initiated a fun idea for April 1 known as Teacher Exchange Day. Teachers traded classrooms for a short lesson in the morning.

Mountain View's school-wide spelling bee will be from noon to 1 p.m. April12.

The Student of the Month luncheon will be at 11:35 a.m. April 16.

Mountain View's third-grade classes will have their Spring music program April 16 at 6 p.m.

Fifth-grade parents will have a parent orientation at Kenai Middle School April 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Nikiski Elementary

The quarterly awards assembly will be Friday. Primary grades will begin at 10 a.m. and intermediate grades at 11 a.m. Parents are invited to attend.

Mrs. Kendall and her students would like to express their sincere appreciation to the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward and the many parents who attended this overnight educational field trip.

This year's Nikiski Elementary Memory Book has been ordered. Be sure reserve your copy by sending $10 to the school office. There were only a limited number of books ordered, so reserve a copy as soon as possible.

The Nikiski Elementary PTA is 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 Tuesday meeting.

Mr. Floyd's students are selling McDonald's peeler card sales again this year. 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 classes to attend outdoor camp. In addition, 10 percent goes to the Ronald McDonald House. To purchase a card, call Mr. Floyd at 776-8533.

The school has invited a mime to pub on an all-school assembly and workshop for students April 11. Watch for additional information to come home about this program.

North Star Elementary

North Star Elementary's recent food drive was tremendously successful with more than 1,804 pounds of food collected. Mrs. Moon's class won in the lower wing with 226 pounds and Mrs. Matson's class won in the upper wing with 306 pounds.

On April 11 at 6:30pm Mrs. Matson and Mrs. Zinck's fifth and sixth grade classes will present "We Haz Jazz," a mini-musical that will explore the history of America's own music -- jazz. The show will start at 6:30 p.m. April 11 and features music in the styles of jazz greats Artie Shaw, Sarah Vaughan, Thelonious Monk and Billie Holiday.

Redoubt Elementary

Pre-registration forms for the 2002-03 school year for current Redoubt students are being sent home this week. Please complete the form and return it to school as soon as possible. There will be prizes for the first classes to return 100 percent of their forms.

Fun Fest for Redoubt students will be April 12 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Cost is $4 per child ($8 per family maximum). Students must return their permission slips and money by the morning of Fun Fest in order to stay. Children must be picked up at their classroom at the end of Fun Fest.

Students are reminded that lunch charges are not allowed. Be sure your child has a cold lunch or adequate lunch money every day.

Congratulations to basketball spirit poster winners. Sponge Bob won for the girls and the Butterfinger Basketballs won for the boys. These team members will have pizza lunch with Mr. Withrow this week.

A spring craft fair for kindergarten through sixth grade will be held April 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Soldotna Middle School. This event is sponsored by the Soldotna High School National Honor Society and Soldotna Community Schools.

Redoubt Elementary is offering an academic scholarship to graduating high school seniors in the amount of $500. Complete information and application forms are available at the counselors' offices at Soldotna High School and Skyview High School. Applicants must have attended Redoubt Elementary a minimum of three years.

Don't forget to order your Redoubt yearbook for $20.

DARE graduation for Redoubt sixth-graders and their parents will be held April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Soldotna High School auditorium. If you would like to help with this event, contact Officer Kant or Officer Landeis at 262-4455, or Trooper Aye at 260-2709 or 262-4453.

Congratulations to Jordan Love, Redoubt's Masonic outstanding student of the year. This honor is awarded each year to a sixth-grade student who exemplifies citizenship, character, academic achievement and leadership. Jordan will represent Redoubt at the Mason's Annual Student Awards program April 18. Redoubt had a fine group of applicants this year which included Delainie Burford, Kailie Nelson, Dakoda Riddle, Jessica Oglesbee, Sierra Ball, Krikkit Holly, Rosemary Houglum, Seth Dimick, Paul Blacklock, Brit Emery and Jordan Love. A reception honoring all applicants and their parents will be held in April.

Sears Elementary

Katy Bethune will conduct an assessment training Thursday at 6 p.m. Everyone is invited to come and learn more about assessing students.

Kindergarten orientation will be Monday from 7 to 8 p.m. Babysitting will be provided. This is an informational hour for parents of next year's kindergartners. There will be sign-ups for kindergarten visitation which will be the week of April 15.

The next PTA meeting will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. New PTA officers for the 2002-2003 school year will be elected and Mr. Dawson, Principal of Mountain View will be there to talk to second-grade parents about the transition to Mountain View next year. If you are interested in being a PTA officer next year, call Amy at 283-8413.

On April 12, storyteller Brett Dillingham will be at Sears to tell stories to the students.

Don't forget that there is no school April 19. Have a great three-day weekend.

There will be another fun fest in April. Watch your child's Friday folder for more information.

Mark your calendars for the spring carnival May 3. There will be lots of fun for the whole family.

Soldotna Elementary

The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the library. Everybody is welcome and urged to come to work together on activities for students.

The Spring Band and Choir Concert will be April 11 at 6 p.m. in the gym. All members of the fifth- and sixth-grade band will perform as will the sixth-grade choir.

The fourth- through sixth-grade music program will be April 18.

Sterling Elementary

The Annual Spring Carnival sponsored by the PTA will be Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. Come to have fun, play games and enjoy this community event. Money raised at this event will be used for programs at the school. The final planning will be done at the PTA meeting Thursday at 4 p.m. in the library. For more information or to volunteer your time to help at the carnival please call the school.

Officers are still needed for next year. If interested, contact the school.

The monthly awards assembly will be Friday. This will be the last monthly assembly for this school year until the final awards assembly that will be held the last week of school in May.

Ms. Hoffman and Mr. Wheat's classes will be going to the Challenger Learning Center next week.

Bake Sales this month: Ms Hoffman's class Friday, Mr. Wheat's class April 12 and Ms. DeVolld and Mrs. Lawrence's class April 26.

Reminder to parents, there will be no school on April 19.

Mara Mohler was named the Outstanding Student. She will be honored with other outstanding students from across the district on April 18. Congratulations to Mara and her parents Eric and Paula Mohler.

Tustumena Elementary

Tustumena's Site Council met Monday. The next meeting will be April 29 at 4 p.m.

PTO Bingo will be Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. There will be lots of great prizes, so come by the join the fun.

Mrs. Knopf's sixth-grade class has been selling raffle tickets for a quilt. This year the theme is "American Stars." This year's winner will be determined by the drawing on April 15.

Tustumena students will be demonstrating their music skills during the spring concert at 2 p.m. April 30. The concert theme this year is "Patriotism." Instructors Amber Fischer and Amy Kruse have done an excellent job with the children since stepping in at the beginning of the semester. Due to changes in music instructors during the year, there will not be an evening talent show this year.

Thanks to the PTO, new lettering has been ordered for the front eaves of the entry into Tustumena School. When the snow get piled high, the sign on the front of the building is covered.

Kenai Middle School

KMS will have its Celebration Party for third quarter grades Thursday from 11:30 a.m. to 2:25 p.m. Activities students may choose to go swimming, roller-skating, ice skating, bowling or participate in activities at the school. There is a charge of $3 to $3.50 for all activities, except those at the school, which include climbing wall, air hockey, basketball and videos.

Congratulations to eighth-grader Siri Larson, who has been selected as the Masonic Award winner for this year. Siri is the daughter of Mark and Elaine Larson.

Sixth-grade basketball began Tuesday. Teams will practice Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through April 25.

Seventh- and eighth-grade track and field began Monday and will end May 10.

Students who bring in ten pounds of crushed aluminum beverage cans will be allowed to sign-up first for mini-courses. Today is the last day to bring cans to the custodial area before school begins. Mini-courses sign-up will be Friday. Mini-courses, teacher-sponsored activities to promote new and interesting student experiences, will be May 20 and 21.

Nancy Wall was the high bidder for the handmade canoe at $800. Thank you Nancy. The KMS Canoe Club would like to thank all of the bidders at this year's auction. It is a very worthwhile and exciting event.

As a thank you to the wonderful volunteers at KMS, anyone who has volunteered in any way at KMS this year is invited to attend the Volunteer Luncheon at 12:30 p.m. April 17 in the KMS library. The KMS staff welcomes this opportunity to show appreciation for all of the special people who help in so many ways during the year. RSVP to Cindy or Pam at 283-4896.

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

The school newsletter and calendar are now being posted on the Web page at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/kms.

Soldotna Middle School

Third quarter report cards were sent home in the mail Monday.

A reminder to parents to please send a note with your son/daughter when they return to school after being absent.

The eighth-grade Family and Consumer Science class is holding a preschool for children ages 3 to 5. It will be on April 10, 11 and 12 from 7:45 a.m. to 9:20 a.m. at Soldotna Middle School. There will be games, books, art activities, snacks and more and it's free. To register, call Mrs. Overturf at 262-4334.

Chili Bingo at Soldotna Middle School, open to SMS families and current 6th-grade students who will attend SMS next year, will be Friday at 6 p.m. Come out for a night of family fun and prizes. For more information, call 262-6768.

The PTSA will meet April 11 at 5 p.m. Topics include planning year-end events and goals for next year. Pizza will be served. RSVP with a note or call the school so enough pizza can be ordered. Childcare will be available for young children. Parents of current sixth-grade students who will be attending SMS next year are encouraged to attend.

Becky Kilfoyle is the March Chamber of Commerce Student of Month. Becky attended the chamber luncheon on Tuesday at the Riverside House.

Kenai Central High School

Class meetings are today. Big topics include prom, graduation and student leadership elections next month.

The KCHS Dance Team presents "An Evening with Dance," Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. in the Renee C. Henderson auditorium. Tickets are $8.

The basketball team banquet will be Monday at 6:30 pm in the cafeteria.

The Spring Choir Concert is Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Renee C. Henderson auditorium.

Prom is April 13. Promenade will begin at 8:30 p.m. in the Renee C. Henderson auditorium. To help offset After-Prom costs, each person who comes to watch promenade will be asked for a $1 donation.

Check out the school calendar at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/kchs/launch/ for information about upcoming events.

Ninilchik School

There will be a Citizen of the Month assembly today at 2:20 p.m.

There will be another blood drive at the school on April 12 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Michael Taylor is arranging the schedule. For more information, call schedule coordinator Michael Taylor at 567-7369. The Blood Bank asks donors to avoid caffeine and have a good meal before donating blood.

Eleventh-graders Kersti Poindexter and Amy Klapak have entered works of art in the school district's art competition. Kersti's is an acrylic painting called "Lucid Addictions of a Nomadic Psyche." Amy entered two pieces, one an oil pastel drawing, "Slought of Despond" and an acrylic painting called "Cerulescent."

Third-graders Hunter Cooper and Kevin Bristow and second-grader Andrea Oskolkoff had their drawings chosen for the Municipal League/Joint Insurance Association Safety Calendar. Each child received a 156-piece artist's case of markers, crayons, paints and other art supplies. The rest of Miss Cruz's students received a class set of markers, paper and certificates.

Skyview High School

Seniors who have not yet brought in their baby pictures for the senior slide show need to do so. Time is running out. Bring them to Cherise Erickson or Tiana Simpson.

Congratulations to the Mock Trial team for going into the final Supreme Court round and placing second at State on March 9. The team, led by Linda Raemaeker, consisted of Jinnie Hanson, Laura Tarbox, Ryan Staab, David Quartly, Mitchell Burdick, Kris Wilson, Christine Hayes and Emily Berezin.

The Skyview Talent Show is tomorrow at 6 p.m. in the Skyview Commons. Cost is $4 for adults and $2 for students and senior citizens. Canned food donations are appreciated and will be donated to the food bank.

Prom 2002, "Everlasting Memories," is Saturday. Tickets are on sale for $25 single, or $40 couple. Promenade will begin at 8 p.m. in the gymnasium, and the dance will be from 9 p.m. to midnight. The public is invited to watch promenade and the crowning of the royalty. Donations will be taken at the door to help defray the costs of the dance.

Skyview will be hosting the Senior All-Star Basketball game on April 12. Seniors from the various peninsula schools will be participating.

The graduation ceremony for the class of 2002 has been moved from Skyview High School to the Central Peninsula Sports Center. The time and date are still the same; May 20 at 7 p.m.

Don't forget to "Spring Ahead" on Sunday. Clocks need to be set one hour ahead.

Soldotna High School

Congratulations to the March Students of the Month: Danielle Pettijohn, social studies; Na Sairsuwan, art; Jenna Pitts, band; Courtni Brown, physical education; Tess Casswell, world language; Stephan Hutchings, math; Jason Dunagan, work experience; Kaitlin Vadla, Amy Breakfield, Na Sairsuwan, science; and Nathan Brazington, health.

Congratulations to the following SoHi students who were inducted into the National Honor Society March 26: Senior Jason Dunagan; juniors Bobby Utrup, Mark Harro, Peter Kim, Haley Smith, Scott Laurion, Andrea Steadman and David Hernandez; sophomores Sara Karella, Jacquelyn Cowan, Amy Shoemaker, Clyde Folley, Sarah Youngren, Jeremy Kauffman, Annie Penner, Brittany Gardner, Keely Chavka, Sierra Williams, Kaitlin Vadla, Karina Petersen, Tess Casswell, Ryan Myers, Jessica Weimer, Kelsey Cusak, Clay Burman, Amanda Loshbaugh, Jennifer Luckman, Jon Buckhloz, Ricki Jackson, Ryan Walton, Shane Tachick, Daniel Potton, Stephen Severson and Mallory Robb.

SoHi will be on special assembly schedule Thursday. At 1:30 p.m. all students will meet in the auditorium to hear Melvin Adams, a former San Antonio Spurs basketball player. Mr. Adams is inspirational as well as funny. He is a well known speaker who involves students in his presentation.

The SoHi Spring Drama, Romeo and Juliet in Mind, will be presented in the auditorium April 11, 12 and 13 at 7:30 p.m. The community is encouraged to attend.

The SoHi prom will be April 27. Promenade will start in the auditorium at 8 p.m., with the prom to follow. Start planning your outfits and dinner reservations now.

Cook Inlet Academy

Congratulations to Miranda Zindel, junior, the new Senior Division Queen of Alaska National Teenage Scholarship Program. The event, held March 15 and 16 had evening gown, interview, talent and speech components. The ladies were judged on leadership, poise, appearance and communication skills. Lindsey Bauder also participated and was honored as First Runner-up in the Junior Division. In July, Miranda travels to Tennessee for the national scholarship pageant.

On March 27, the CIA Choir joined the much larger choir from Grand Rapids, Mich., at the chapel service held in Peninsula Grace Brethren Church. It was an honor, a challenge and an inspiration to sing with the visiting choir.

Librarian Cheryl Beeson gives weekly lessons in Library Science to the preschool through sixth grades. Each Tuesday, the classes spend time in the library learning how to use it. Plans for the library next year include a computerized card system, which will speed the cataloging of new books. Contact the librarian to volunteer help with cataloging this year.

Scholastic Aptitude Tests are April 8 to 11. It is a good week to be rested and alert.

March 27 to 30, CIA hosted the regional basketball tournament. Teams came from Ninilchik, Unalaska, Lumen Christian, Nikolaevsk, Seldovia, CCS and Bristol Bay.

PTF/Talent Show is April 29. Graduation is May 18. Last day of classes is May 22.

Grace Lutheran School

Students at Grace Lutheran School are back to work after having Good Friday off. As part of the celebration of Jesus' resurrection, many students participated in Easter Sunday services at Grace Lutheran Church by singing a hymn along with the Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary Choir for Mequon, Wisc.

In art class with Mrs. Leckwee, the students in the upper grade room have completed designing custom homes, both interior and exterior. This was the culminating activity to a unit on perspective drawing.

The world travelers of the primary room continue to explore Africa. They greatly enjoyed a display of African objects and a presentation about South Africa by Mike Love.

First-grader Kenny Werth and second-grader Luke Burow both passed their 100 addition facts in five minutes. Congratulations to Alexis Norris for passing her multiplication facts. Third- and fourth-graders have a new math facts challenge. The time allowed for 100 facts was shortened from five minutes to four minutes. Ryan Colc, Dailee Cooper and Nick Pokryfki have made the four-minute mark in addition.

In their study of the Old Testament, students are learning about the kindness and mercy David showed to King Saul, even though the king was trying to kill him. Students see that God wants us to be kind to others, even those who try to hurt us.

The staff and students of Grace are making preparations for the evening open house April 26 at 7 p.m. Anyone interested in learning more about the school is welcome to attend.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

Head Start preschoolers and staff say "Chiginik" to Sharon, Bryan and Justin Nusunginya who brought their auracana chicken and silky rooster to school last week. The boys talked about the care of the birds, which lay brown, green, blue and speckled eggs. They also brought an ostrich and emu egg for the children to see. The children each got to take home a hardboiled egg from the chickens.

The preschoolers will be taking field trips to the Kenaitze Tribe's greenhouses and to the Martin's Diamond M Ranch this month.

Kindergarten teachers from several schools spoke to parents about the transition from Head Start into kindergarten during Monday's Family Night dinner meeting. Parents of graduating students are making plans for graduation May 22.

Family Fun Days will be changed to Monday evenings during April. The Fun Nights are scheduled for April 9, 16 and 30 at the Kenai Recreation Center gym.

Head Start's "Infant and Toddler Time" play group meets from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays in the new Family House building. For more information, call 283-0707.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

Last week, Sloan got the Great Job Award for standing in line quietly and listening to the directions.

This week's helpers are Jrew, Savannah, Andrew and Alex.

Students are studying weather this week. They will learn what thunder and lightening are, make weather mobiles and fly kites if the weather cooperates. Students also will make pinwheels.

The classes have finished the alphabet and will begin learning rhyming words. Most of the students know the letters and their sounds.

Thanks to William for sharing cupcakes and juice for his birthday.

Visitation for fall enrollment is April 24 from 10 a.m. to noon. This is a time to meet the teachers, see the facility and look at the curriculum. To sign up for visitation, call 262-1284 or 262-6442.

Sterling Head Start

Sterling Head Start is accepting applications for the 2002-2003 school year. Children must be 3 or 4 years old by Aug. 15. Priority placement is given to families that fall within the income guidelines determined by the State of Alaska and children who have a recognized disability.

Regardless of income level, interested families are encouraged to apply. The enrollment process consists of a one-page application, proof of immunization and income verification. Applications are available at the Head Start building next to Cook's Corner Tesoro. For more information, call 262-1950 or 260-7446.

During the school year, there are two half-day programs, one in the morning from 9 a.m. to 12:30p.m. and one in the afternoon from 12:30 to 4 p.m. In addition Head Start offers a half-day summer program four days a week. Head Start provides bus transportation to drop-off/pick-up sites.

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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