Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Optional High School to be discussed

Informational meetings regarding the creation of the Peninsula Optional High School will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Tuesday and April 18 in the Borough Assembly Room in Soldotna. Information will be presented explaining the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Standards Based approach to high school. Students, parents, community members, and KPBSD employees are encouraged to attend.

Grace Lutheran

This week is Holy Week and the children are focusing on the death and resurrection of the Lord and Savior in Christ Light classes.

There will be a half day of school Friday.

There is no school Monday.

The school would like to congratulate Kenny Werth for his work on the geography bee in Anchorage. He got four out of eight questions correct in the first round.

The seventh- and eighth-graders wrote a business letter to a company with a product they enjoy.

In science, students are finishing their multiple chapter discussion of the difference in catastrophism and uniformitariam.

Fourth- through sixth-graders are focusing on the different regions of Alaska and learning what towns in southeast, far north, and southcentral Alaska are like.

Student also can identify the countries and capitols with most physical features in the region of Central America.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Masonic Student of the Year is sixth-grader Heidi Westerman. Other nominees were Kyle Stropes, Jonathan Granger, Johnathon Kreider, Alex Agosti, Joseph Rife, Allison Barrett, Sam Janorschke, Travis Perkovich, Jayme Christian, Shane Miller, Jelly Nolden, Olivia Tice, Shelbylyn Rogde, Michael Keener, Kayla Musgrove, Kiara Hauck and Alea Hanley.

Mr. Daniels’ class is learning how to solve big division problems, and line symmetry with geoboards. In language arts they watched a Mars video and are writing an Iditarod story. In science, Robin Sullens, a volunteer, has been teaching about Junior Achievement. They have also finished their Mars colonies, which can be seen at They are reading “Marvin of the Great North Woods.” The raffle made enough money for their field trip to Solid Rock.

The first grade continued its study of Captain Bill Pinkney’s journey to Australia and learned how to label and color maps. They also are learning how to write topic sentences and details. On Friday they made wallpaper bunnies. Parents are reminded to read at home with their children to help them achieve the 40 words per minute goal for the end of the year.

Testing is this week for the third through sixth grade. Parents are asked to feed their children a good breakfast and ensure they are getting good rest during testing. The school is striving for perfect attendance on test days.

The school talent show will be April 19 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the gym. Permission slips to perform are to be turned into the office.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The lottery was held last week to determine placement for next fall. Families who applied will receive a post card in the mail this week to let them know the outcome.

Mrs. Bryson’s kindergarten class is studying dinosaurs and has been doing dinosaur math and been paleontologists. Packets were sent home for a special project to be done with partners. Parents are asked to call if thier child did not bring one home. This week is mini reports. At the end of the unit students will have a dinosaur program. The class needs 400 miles (books) in its “Iditaread” trail.

There will be an APC meeting Monday at the Willow Street location from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. A boardwork session is at 5 p.m. It is open to the public. There is an opening on the APC for a two-year seat. Interested parents should submit a biography of 75 words or less to the office or to Misty Hamilton no later than Friday.

The P.T.A. will meet at Willow Street from 4 to 5 p.m. April 12. The group is seeking new officers for the 2007-08 school year.

On April 17, classes will travel to Captain Cook Park and local beaches. Students will investigate rocks on three beaches.

Children participated in the Soil and Water Conservation poster contest. The theme was Conservation’s Power which connected to the school’s year long social action of recycling. Winners in the poster contest were: kindergarten through first-grade division, Alyssa Knight, first place in the district and state. Her poster will go to the National Competition. Second through fourth-grade division, Madison Knight, second place and Lucas Johnson, third place.

Kenai Central High

Today is the second day of schoolwide testing. All the sophomores are taking the high school qualifying exam for the first time. In addition, any juniors or seniors who have not passed part of the test will also be taking that particular part of the exam. All freshmen are doing SBA testing. All testing will run through lunch. Any students not required to test, does not need to be at school until 12:28 p.m. on those days. Today will be periods three and four after lunch and Thursday will be periods five and six. There are alternative activities for those students not testing but that have to ride the bus to school. The boys and girls basketball banquet is this Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Incoming Freshman Parent Night is at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Little Theatre. For more infoirmation, call Jon Lillevik at 283-2110.

The cross-country ski team has their end of the season banquet on Monday at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Tuesday is the annual spring choir concert at 7 p.m. in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.

Prom will be held April 14. If you would like to help out with the prom in any way call Jim Beeson at 283-7524.

You can access schedules for all activities at

Dates to remember:

· April 11 --Masonic Awards @ 7 pm in the Auditorium and every 15 Minute Program with an Afternoon Assembly; and

· April 14 --Prom: Promenade at 8 p.m. and the dance at 9 p.m.

Kenai Middle

The school would like to congratulate Joey Kummert and Daniel Ashkenasy for being selected as a Character Counts Students. These students received a pizza for lunch.

Standard Based Assessment testing will take place next week. It is important that students be in school, are well rested and have eaten a healthy breakfast.

Students who bring in 10 pounds of crushed aluminum cans will get to sign up for mini-courses first. The school will start collecting cans this month.

The following event will be held to help Ericka Reynolds: from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, a school carnival event with lots of different games and activities. Mrs. Dixon’s leadership classes as well as the student council are putting on this event. Everyone in the community is invited. The school is seeking silent auction items in good condition!

Students of the Month for March are: Joy Wannamaker, Natalya Oskolkoff, Katarina Anderson, Kelsey Williams, Olivia Pfeifer, Russell Dukowitz, Ken Targonsky, Molly Nyland, Sarah Bressler and Kristina Taylor. These students will receive pizza for lunch.

Third quarter honor roll: 4.0, sixth grade --Addison Cheek, Austin Daly, Jake Gilman, Ivy Howland, Makenzi Magiera, Cassie Ross, Leah Sandahl, Joy Wannamaker and Madison Westover ; seventh grade --Rylee DeVito, Eve Ferguson, Alice Han, Haylee Hunter, Olivia Pfeifer, Bo Reilly, Joe Sandahl and Kenley Scarlett, Morgan Wensley; eighth grade --Sarah Bressler, Demetri Bruner, Shaynee DeVito, Esther Hamilton, Michelle Klaben, Natalie Kurzendoerfer, Margaret McDaniel, Molly Nyland and James Watkins, Lincoln Wensley; 3.5, sixth grade --Joe Bressler, Jenna Calhoun, Madison Cunningham, Jena Dull, Krystal Duran, Rebecca Elliot, Krystal Hamman, Sage Klauder, Mikailynn Lee, Kaitlin Louthan, Cayce Maguire, Mason Mount, Kyle Phillips, Duane Rietter, Josette Renken, Molly Rowley, Darian Schaffner and Robert Spalding; seventh grade —Vanessa Anderson, Brad Bible, Amber Bundy, Gwen Bundy, David Dormady, Russell Dukowitz, Sarah Evenson, Christianna Garcia, Heidi Herrmann, Trevor Howard, Kierra Isham, Briana King, Kelsey Miller, Kaden Phillips, Keegan Remsen, Virginia Richards and Lauren Schams; eighth grade --Adam Agosti, Shaina Aho, Kendra Ashwell, Amanda Blum, Shaele Bryant, Casey Crowder, Isaac Cryer, Morgan Cunningham, Matthew Deathrage, Zarah Dolosa, Kendra Dukowitz, Ben Gilman, Carolyn Knackstedt, Jasmine Koster, Dylan Lawrence, Sam Little, Sierra Millington, Mary Pat Mills, Dedra Ming, Zachary Moore, Zach Sonnichsen, Tyler Spalding, Ella Stephens, Kristina Taylor, Anna lise Theisen, Shelby Toombs, Zack Weisz and Richie Ziehmer; 3.0, sixth grade --Rebecca Atkins, Canyon Bowers, Brittany Boyes, Chelsea Chess, Tierra Cloud, Chase Colton, Nicolette DeVore, Ace Edwards, Wyatt Fitt, Joey Kummert, Chelsy Loveland, Charlie McGahan, Rebecca Morehart, Carly Norvelle, Ethan Oliver, Sarah Rawson, Emily Thomas, Lucas Trux, Yvonne Waskey, Kelsey Williams, Abbi Wonser and Steven Young; seventh grade --Stormi Backus, Jessica Calvin, Tyler Cooper, Catie Cox, Jackie Dickawicz, Julie Dickawicz, Jessie Garrett, Colton Hayes, AJ Hull, Isabella Jukic, Carolyn Kiefer, Alison McClain, Navina McGee, Alicia O’Brien, Mitchell Rubalcava, Kyle Scarlett, Tyler Tankersley, Forrest Vest, Jonathon Wilson and Melanie Wortham; eighth grade --Joshua Barnes, Lee Blough, Amber Chapman, Kara Colton, Brittany Cupp, John Espy, Paul Fairbanks, Jared Frates, Saul Grimsley, Steven Harding, Jennifer Lackey, Jacob McComsey, Aundrea Moulton, Madison Murrieta, Andrea Olson, Kendall Soares, Larry Tunseth, Chole Wonser and Codi Woodcock.

Kenaitze Head Start

The Raven and Eagle class has been working on patterning using Easter eggs. They have also been working on getting their bodies strong through yoga and stretching their “peacock legs”.

A schoolwide spring fling will be held Friday.

The Moose and Bear Class went swimming last week and would like to thank the volunteers that helped out at the Nikiski Pool.

The Salmon and Whale class are looking forward to a springtime full of qak’dni’un (the Dena’ina word for sunshine). The kids will wrap up the month with the letter “I” and activities centered on “insects” and “ice cream”. The class has a swimming field trip planned to the Nikiski pool April 12.

After School Program Students in the Vejex (Caribou) and Otter classes took many walking field trips throughout the community and explored at the airport, where they were able to climb up into the control tower and take a ride on the baggage conveyer belt, the Kenai Public Library, the Kenai Fire Department, Safeway and Kenai River Nursery.

Mountain View Elementary

Students will be testing this week. Please make sure your child is well rested and has eaten a good breakfast. Make up testing will be Friday.

During the month of April the school will have Trash Can Ball program for all grades. Students can pick up a permission slip at the office to take home. It will be held after school on Monday’s and Thursday’s starting this week from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m.

Fifth-grade students will have a visitation at Kenai Middle School on Tuesday. Students will be bused over to the Middle School.

Dates to remember:

· April 11--Title I Bookmaking night;

· April 12 and 13 --Boating Safety; and

· April 20 --No school.

Ninilchik School

The school would like to congratulate the girls basketball team on its region championship and third place at the 2A state tournament. They also brought home the sportsmanship trophy. Krista and Kayleigh were selected for the All-Tourney team and Tera and Kayleigh to the All Sports team. Krista got Player of the Game in the Galena and Selawik games and Kayleigh in the Yakutat game. For complete stats go to:

Elementary basketball began Monday.

Freestyle wrestling continues.

Wednesday is Project Grad family educational technology night in the library. For questions contact Jane Beck.

Welcome back to the Close Up students who spent a week in Washington, D.C., with sponsor Tim Helvey: Emily Oskolkoff, Ashley Bartolowits, Arthur Flores, Heidi Skjold and Alex Walkoff.

The band will perform with Homer High School band at Homer High School on April 16. For information contact Lisa Nissly or a band student.

The school Web site is available at

Nikiski Middle-High

The school would like to congratulate the girls basketball team who placed fourth at the 3A State Tournament in Anchorage over spring break. The girls also brought home the Team Sportsmanship Award. All-State Tournament team members include Hannah Thompson and Becca Carlson. The state champion 3-point shooter is Becca Carlson.

Student testing, HSQE and SBA continue today and Thursday. Students need to be at school and be well rested. Breakfast will be provided for test takers.

Friday and Saturday a dance concert will be held at Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

There will be no school April 20.

Prom will be held April 28.

Redoubt Elementary

Kindergarten and new student registration continues. Children beginning kindergarten must be 5 years old by Sept. 1. Parents should bring immunization records and birth certificates to registration.

Pre-registration forms for students currently attending the school will be sent home this week. Parents are asked to return these forms as soon as possible in order to register their child for the upcoming school year.

Parent input for class placement for the 2007-08 school year will be accepted through April 27. Forms are available at the school office or on Edline.

School pictures and/or money should be returned to school this week. The price for class photos is $4 instead of the $8 originally advertised. Parents who overpaid will receive a $4 refund from Lifetouch. Class photos are free when the entire individual photo package is purchased.

Claire Gabler is the school’s Masonic Student of the Year. The Masonic Awards Banquet on April 11.

Fourth- through sixth-graders graders will perform a spring musical, “Readin’, Writin’ and Rockin’” on April 12 at 6:30 p.m. at the Soldotna High School auditorium. Parents wishing to help are asked to contact Ms. Biggs at 260-4300.

The following students received Project Kindness awards: Wednesday Dillon, Josh Anglebrandt, Dylan Smith, Savannah Anchinges, Brian Dusek, Will Rogers, Levi Poquette, Mason Cannon, Richard Ortiz, Jackson Blackwell, Makenna Holly, Ashlyn Johnson, Kodi Snyder, Sydney Treider, and Nicole Tromblee.

The library is seeking donations of new and gently used hardback books.

The PTA will meet Tuesday at 3:45 p.m in the staff lounge.

The site council will meet April 11 at 3:45 p.m. in the conference room.

Ridgeway Montessori Preschool

Students are finished their study of Asia.

Students are studying volcanoes. They erupted a large volcano with baking soda and vinegar and began making books about volcanoes.

Mrs. Dean gives a set of instructions in Spanish and the children follow them.

In language arts several 4-year-olds are reading and the younger students are aware of beginning letter sounds.

The staff added Ms. Cooper and Ms. Post.

Parents are asked to continue sending snowsuits for their children, as this will keep their clothes clean and dry.

The school has an open enrollment policy. It also is registering children up for summer camp. For more information, call 262-2699.

Soldotna Middle

Today through Friday, students will finish taking the SBA tests. Both grades will be tested today and Thursday, and the eighth-graders, only, will be tested in science on Friday. All students need to be on time and well rested so they can do their best.

Track season began Monday the first meet is scheduled from April 19 at Soldotna with Ninilchik and Homer starting at 3:30 pm.

Fortnightly will held from 6 to 8 p.m. April 13.

April 16 through 19 the school will hold a book fair in the library. This will be a two for one sale.

On April 16 the site based council will meet at 4:30 p.m. in the library.

There will be no school April 20.

The Soldotna Middle School Newsletter can be accessed at

Soldotna Montessori Charter

Last Friday was Pajama Day. The students and staff had an opportunity to relax their normal school attire and have a break in the routine. Intermediate students covered with blankets and pillows to take part in the Read-A-Thon. The funds raised will help to defray the costs of their field studies programs. Thanks to all those who sponsored, donated and helped throughout the day.

Many students last week left their classrooms for a tour of the solar system courtesy of Miss Bobek’s fifth grade class at Soldotna Elementary. Visitors were treated to information and a guided tour through the planets, objects and facts about the solar system.

The Academic Policy Committee is seeking three members to fill the vacancies. There are two, three-year terms open and one, two-year term. For more information, call the school.

The APC will meet Monday at 5:30 p.m. at the school.

The Carter/DeVolld parent meeting regarding Peterson Bay is at 5 p.m. Thursday.

There will be a band concert at 6:30 p.m. April 12.

Soldotna High

The following members of the Skills USA teams received awards and honors at the annual state competition in Anchorage: Uriah Baalke, first place in tech drafting; Jesse Carlson, third place in tech drafting; Seth Dimick, third place in drafting 1and third place in Quiz Bowl; Aaron Gordon, first place in TV/video and third place in Quiz Bowl; Eddie Lee, first palce in TV/Video and third place in Quiz Bowl; Emma Miles, second place in TV/Video; Alan Moiles, second place in Drafting 1 and third place in Quiz Bowl, Jacob Prokryfki, third place in Quiz Bowl; Savanna Schoessler, second place in TV/Video; Greg VanCuren, second place in Culinary Arts. Tanner Waterbury, Alan Moiles, Jesse Carlson, Seth Dimick and Jacob Prokryfki were all elected to state offices.

Parents of seniors who would like to be a part of the graduation decorations committee are asked to contact Mr. Syverson.

Sears Elementary

Ms. Ralston’s first graders are learning about different kinds of rocks. Students are encouraged to bring in rocks to add to their class collection. Students also are learning how to write different types of letters. Students wrote thank-you letters to their special guests. In math the students are working on two and three column addition and subtraction, counting money, and skip counting. In reading the students are working on sequencing stories, comprehension, and fluency. Don’t forget to mark your calendar! Ms. Ralston’s first graders will take a field trip to the Anchorage Zoo on May 9 and will go clamming on May 16. Families are encouraged to attend.

Mrs. Fischer’s kindergarteners are honing their art, drama and music skills as they create costumes and act out the stories they are reading for Battle of the Books.

Spring has sprung in Ms. Atkinson’s kindergarten class. Students are discovering and creating different types of flowers using a variety of techniques: potato printing flowers, water color flowers, and fabric flowers. In math and science students are observing and recording the growth of different types of seeds.

Today is picture day.

On Tuesday a steering committee meeting will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. at Mountain View Elementary. It is open to the public.

Sterling Elementary

Registration for next year’s kindergarten will be Monday through April 13. Incoming kindergarteners are invited to have a special visit with the current kindergarteners on April 13th from 10:30 to 11:30 p.m.

Congratulations to Catherine House, Dallas Derflinger and Trace Braxling were all nominated as Masonic Outstanding Student. The winner is Trace Braxling. Trace will be recognized at a ceremony honoring the Masonic Outstanding Students from all over the district, he will be given a savings bond, and he will have his name engraved on a plaque that remains in the school trophy case.

On March 15th, Central Emergency Services came and read to Title I students during reading at recess time. The firefighters donated a book to the library.

Miss Hoffman’s sixth grade class finished its Starbase Event. The culmination was a mission at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska called “Rendezvous with a Comet”. Half of the class simulated being on a spacecraft, while the other half was at Houston.

They needed to communicate to collect “aerogel” and discover as much about the comet as they can. Later they simulated the routines it would take to “discover” a new comet.

Tustumena Elementary

School district art specialist, Debbie Harris will be at the school next week to teach pre-selected art lessons to the students. The school would like to thank Harris for sharing her skills with the students.

Katie Sheridan visited Mr. Michael and Mrs. Knobf’s classrooms to present a state sponsored program entitled “Tar Wars”. This program promotes the positive side of non tobacco use. Students in classrooms may opt to participate in a poster contest following the presentation.

Trooper Larry Erickson of the Alaska State Troopers will be at the school Friday to provide an informative video to the kindergarten through third grade classes on the topic of “Bullying” from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Parents are invited to attend.

Wings Christian Academy

Alexander Pettey won the Office of the Week and Jared Wood won the Student of the Week.

No school Monday.

On April 13 the school will have its annual Junk Yard Wars competition.

April 16 through April 20 students will take the Stanford tests.

The kindergartners are learning about the letter “U”, and they are also learning how to count by 10s up to 10.

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