District School News

Posted: Wednesday, April 09, 2003

Aurora Borealis Charter

Eighth-grader Taylor Moore was selected as the school's Masonic Student of the Year. She exemplifies the model student and young person, excels in academics and enjoys forensics, drama, dance and sports. Most of all, she is a cheerful helper and friend to all. Congratulations to Taylor and her parents, Pam and Lee Moore.

In Mr. Severson's class, four students finished the Iditaread trail. To finish, the students needed to log 25 hours of at-home reading beginning three weeks prior the the end of the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race. The winners were Abigail Chadwick, first; Logan Haralson and Michael Flores, tied for second; and Dakota Tuttle, fourth.

The fourth-graders are preparing for the annual "Business Day" on April 16. Everyone is invited, and details will be forthcoming.

Aurora Borealis moms are invited to a Mom's Night Out at 6 p.m. Friday in Suzi Phillips' classroom. Participants can learn how to decorate Russian Easter eggs. Participants are asked to bring a plate of sandwiches, cookies or a bag of chips, as well as two or three raw eggs and $2 to cover the cost of materials. This is a child-free evening, but anyone who needs a babysitter in order to attend can call Lesly Gordon at 262-6089. If enough families need child care, a teen-ager will be hired to babysit.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Fifth-grader Jasmine Woodland placed third in the junior division of the Future Problem Solving scenario writing contest. She will receive her award at the state bowl in Soldotna later this month.

The talent show will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday. There will be a practice from 2:30 to 4 p.m. today.

The spring carnival will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday in the gym. It will include games and activities, and the public is welcome to attend.

Mr. Daniels' class is continuing the NASA space plant project, finding some surprising results. The class also is studying the Southwest region of the United States; teeth, gums, good posture, eyes and ears; and weather and measurements. Students also are writing to pen pals in Kentucky, building an invention, studying long division and multiplication and learning about simple machines.

Mrs. Hayward's Title I reading class started a "300 Club." March members -- who read 300 or more minutes last month -- are Howard Batt, Davina Schultz, Bryan Hahn, McKenzie Hansen, Emily Mattfield, Alex Rodriguez, Rae Jackson, Stephanie Fox and Richard Reyn.

Students in Good Standing will host an all-school assembly from 1 to 2:15 p.m. Thursday. The assembly will feature K-Beach style "Fear Factor" competitions with teachers competing in five events with their study buddies. The Skyview cheerleaders will attend to help get students excited, and Alex Jackson will be the emcee.

This is Library Week. The school wishes to thank its librarian, Mrs. Clark.

Montessori Charter

The kindergarten class is studying Australia. Students also constructed a butterfly pavilion and are watching the larvae in their various stages. They also are learning to care for plants and soon will plant seeds.

The first- through third-grade class is studying Europe, including the names of the countries and capitals. The students also are looking at famous buildings and formal gardens. Spring projects have begun, and students have painted some pictures and will begin ceramic work this week.

Spring photos will be taken Thursday afternoon. For more information, call Mrs. Dehlbom.

The enrollment lottery was held March 29, and the school welcomes its new students and parents. There will be a meeting for the parents of newly enrolled students at the school April 17.

Nominations for the academic policy board are open, and new board members will be elected at the May 13 meeting. For more information, call Teresa Brown.

Mountain View Elementary

Mr. Daniels' class wrapped up its investigation of the solar system by using spectral analysis to figure out what some burning elements were. Then, students discussed how astronomers can use spectral analysis to figure out what elements may be in the atmosphere or surface of an object in space. The students are starting to see how all the different subjects they have studied in science fit together.

The fifth-grade classes are preparing for their D.A.R.E. graduation ceremony, which will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the multipurpose room.

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

Artists in the Schools family night is from 6 to 7:30 Thursday. Mountain View families are invited for an evening of art projects.

Friday is pajama day.

Nikiski Elementary

Lifetouch spring picture packets have been sent home. Families who want to keep the pictures should send a check to the office. Those who do not want their pictures should return the packets to the school.

The fifth-graders are selling McDonald's Peeler cards to raise money for their spring field trip. Anyone interested in purchasing a card can call Mr. Floyd at 776-8533.

Nikiski Elementary will host a summer school for students who need to catch up on their reading or math skills. For more information, contact your child's teacher.

The yearbooks have arrived. Families who ordered yearbooks may pick them up in the office. A few extras are available for sale.

Kindergarten Roundup will be from 10 to 11:45 a.m. April 24. Families who live in the attendance area and have a child who will be 5 by Aug. 15 are eligible for kindergarten enrollment. Call the school for more information.

The annual Author's Fair will include a band performance and the primary musical "BUGS!" The exhibit will be open to the public beginning at 6:30 p.m. May 8 in the gym.

Sears Elementary

Sears' Title I program will hold planning meetings for the 2003-04 school year today and April 23. Meetings will be at 3:30 p.m. in room 129A. Parents and interested community members are welcome to attend.

There will be an orientation night for parents of students beginning kindergarten in the fall from 6:30 to 7:30 Thursday. Parents may sign their students up for classroom visitation sessions Monday and Tuesday and April 16 or 17.

Soldotna Elementary

Congratulations to this week's Fun Buck winners: Caitlin Gamble, Shawna Kowchee, Cindi Hudson, Hydn McDermott-Johnston, Mirandah Smith, Kalea Sloan, Kandace Gibbs and Teslin Hughes.

There will be a PTA bake sale April 17 for students. Donations of baked goods are appreciated. Popsicles also will be sold. Thanks to all parents for their previous support of this PTA fund raiser.

This week, artist Larry Willard will continue teaching students how to make their own paper. This Artist in the School program is sponsored by the Soldotna Elementary PTA and the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

There will be a Celebration of the Arts at 6:30 p.m. April 24, during the first- through third-graders' music program. Student paper creations will be on display, and students will present music under the direction of music teacher Erin Southwick.

The PTA met last week to work on plans for bake sales, box top collections and end of the year activities. Anyone interested in helping with these activities is asked to contact PTA President Lauri Lingafelt.

Tustumena Elementary

The next PTO meeting will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the multipurpose room. Parents are encouraged to attend, as planning has begun for next fall.

The spring bingo night will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the school. There will be games for the children and lots of great prizes to be won by those adults who enjoy playing bingo. As always, there will be a wide variety of food for the whole family.

The site council will meet at 4 p.m. Monday. Discussion will focus on school staffing for the 2003-04 school year.

A reminder to sixth-grade parents: The annual D.A.R.E. graduation is at 7 p.m. April 28 in the Soldotna High School Auditorium. Trooper Vic Aye is coordinating this event.

Ms. DeVolld is preparing a spring music program for the primary classes and both bands. It will be at 2 p.m. April 29.

Also April 29, the school will recognize its many parent volunteers. More information will be available throughout the month.


Enrollment has begun for the 2003-04 school year. For more information about the program or to make an appointment, call 262-6315.

The program will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 23 at the Soldotna office. There will be door prizes, games, handouts, refreshments, a book fair and a surprise for the kids. The open house also will celebrate the opening of the new resource center.

There are a number of upcoming activities and contests open to Connections students, including the following:

Project Learning Tree from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Project Wild from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday. Registration is required. For more information or to sign up, e-mail matt_weaver@dnr. state.ak.us.

Salmon Celebration at Johnson Lake State Campground from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. May 6. Home-school students in kindergarten through eighth grade are invited for hands-on activities, fun booths, fly tying and spin casting. To sign up for the free activity, call Tanya at the Connections office.

Tsalteshi Trails Association's Triathlon is May 26. Entry forms are available at the Connections office or online at www.tsalteshi.org.

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)

There will be a meeting for graduating seniors and their parents at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the IDEA office in the Red Diamond Center. Those participating in graduation should plan to attend. Also, any senior who would like to perform music at the graduation ceremony must submit a tape by Tuesday.

The Hershey Track and Field Meet will be May 9 at the Nikiski Middle-Senior High School track. Applications are available at the office and must be turned in by Monday. Volunteers also are needed for the event.

The fifth annual IDEA Curriculum Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 24 at the Soldotna Sports Center, with a breakfast and keynote speech starting at 8:30 a.m. There will be workshops all day, as well as more than 60 tables of curriculum and other home school-related items available for sale or order. The keynote speaker at the breakfast will be Jessie Wise, a home education consultant, speaker and writer. She is the author of "The Well-Trained Mind: A Guide to Classical Education at Home" and "First Language Lessons for the Well-Trained Mind," a beginning grammar and writing text. She helped to pioneer the home-school movement in Virginia. For more about Wise or the fair, visit secure.ideafamilies.org:2005/fair2003/ famidea.htm. The sit-down breakfast will be provided and served by the Soldotna Homeschool Group. Tickets are $6, and checks should be made payable to Tonilyn Spring. To order tickets, contact the office at 260-7555 or Carol at (907) 235-5910.

IDEA T-Shirts are available for sale. Sizes range from child's small to adult XXXL. Children's sizes are $7, and adult sizes are $10. For more information, call 260-7555.

Project Learning Tree and Project WILD will be at Soldotna Elementary on Saturday and Sunday. These are hands-on, interdisciplinary, supplementary activities that focus on environmental conservation. Through wildlife and the forest, students can learn concepts and gain skills in core subject areas. 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.

Families interested in enrolling in IDEA for next year can find more information online at www.ideafamilies.org or by calling the IDEA office at 260-7555.

Kenai Middle

Congratulations to last week's Character Counts award winners: Sharon Alexie, Mandy Anderson, Andilynn Bilderback, Jordan Brown, Kierstin Carlson, Core Chidester, Jamie Childers, Kaila Cotler, Ashley Curry-Ross, Shelby Daly, Kara Deakle, Talon Delay, Trisha Fitzpatrick, Brad Fusaro, Delanie Garff, Crystal Hayes, Sharli James, Kirsten Lawrence, Shaleena Marion, Stephanie Miles, Rachel Tyson, Lynn VanDyke and Lacie Wortham. Congratulations to Lynn VanDyke for winning the pizza drawing last week.

Welcome to the future sixth-grade parents and students. Involvement in orientation activities during the next two months will promote a smooth transition from Mountain View to KMS. Fifth-grade students are scheduled to spend the afternoon at KMS on April 22. They will attend classes and small group presentations. Parents of the incoming sixth-graders are invited to an orientation at 6:30 p.m. that night in the school library.

The 2003-04 seventh- and eighth-grade parents are invited to the annual parent orientation program at 6:30 p.m April 24. Parents will have an opportunity to meet staff members and learn more about revised programs that will be offered at KMS.

Volunteers are needed to help keep the library open in the mornings next year. Anyone interested in helping is asked to call 283-4896 so training can be offered this year.

The annual volunteer luncheon will be from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. April 16. Parents are welcome to attend this event, which will include entertainment, door prizes and a lunch provided by the staff. To R.S.V.P., call Carole or Cindy at 283-4896.

Congratulations to Dusty Ward, the school's Masonic Student of the Year. The award focuses on academic excellence, student leadership and character traits. The award presentation will be at 7 p.m. April 24 at Kenai Central High School.

Report cards were sent out March 31. If you did not receive one in the mail, call the office to find out if a fee is owed or an address incorrect.

Dates to remember:

Thursday -- Mini-course fees are due

Friday -- PTA activity night and dance for sixth, seventh and eight grades

April 16 -- Soldotna relays at 3:30 p.m.

April 21 -- Sixth-grade soccer begins

April 29 -- Student of the Month luncheon; mass choir at Soldotna Middle.

Soldotna Middle

Track started this week. The first meet will be the Soldotna Relays at 3:30 p.m. April 17.

Alex West has been selected as the school's Masonic Outstanding Student of the Year. He will receive his award with other school winners at a ceremony at 7 p.m. April 24 at Kenai Central High School. Other nominees from SMS included Lydia Ames, Thomas Wyatt, Alex West, David Blossom, Adam Needs, Tashina Wortham-Turnbull, Marit Hartvigson, Lauren Senette, Kelsey Cain, Patrick Moore, Rachael Maryott, Mikala Smith, Kelsey Skolnick, Kelly Segerman, Chantal Schefers, Micah Perletti, Nicole VanRyzin, Joel Isaak, Jonny Coreson, Ry Baalke, Robert Navarro, Amanda Dallman, Kendra Merkes, Joe Spady and Alyssa Emery.

There are unclaimed art portfolios and masks in the art room. Students are reminded to pick up their work to share it with their families.

The public is invited to attend the annual Juried Student Art Show, which will be on display through April 25 at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, 816 Cook Ave. in Kenai.

Preregistration updates recently were sent to the parents of current seventh-graders. Though the form is not a registration form, it lets the school know whether it needs to make changes to records and whether students will return to SMS in the fall. Parents are asked to send completed forms to the school office immediately.

Counselors will be at the elementary schools at the following times: Kalifornsky Beach Elementary, 8:30 to 10 a.m. April 21; Tustumena Elementary, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. April 22; Soldotna Elementary 1 to 2:15 p.m. April 22; Sterling Elementary, 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. April 23; Redoubt Elementary, 1 to 2:15 p.m. April 23; and Cooper Landing Elementary; 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. May 1.

Elementary students are scheduled to visit SMS from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. on the following days: Kalifornsky Beach Elementary, May 5; Redoubt and Cooper Landing elementary schools, May 6; Tustumena Elementary, May 7; Soldotna Elementary, May 8; and Sterling Elementary, May 9.

There will be a parent night at 7 p.m. May 8.

Report cards were mailed home this week. Families who have not received report cards should contact the office.

Kenai Central High

The Student of the Month luncheon will be at 11:53 a.m. Thursday in the library.

The KCHS spring choir concert will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at the school. Choir members will present the music they performed while on tour in Europe. Admission is free.

The junior-senior prom is Saturday. Promenade will begin at 8 p.m., with the dance going until midnight. There will be a $2 charge to attend promenade. Other donations will be accepted to offset the cost of after-prom activities. Prom pictures will be available between 4:30 and 7 p.m., and those who have their pictures taken at this time will receive 16 free wallet-size photos. Those who have pictures taken during promenade will receive eight free wallet-size photos. Pictures will be taken in the Green Room. After-prom activities will include bowling until 1:30 a.m., followed by an evening of fun and games at the Kenai Recreation Center and a breakfast at the Elks Lodge. Parent chaperones are needed. To help, call Pam Lazenby at 283-4432.

The annual International Culture Fair will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria. Don't miss this chance to taste foods from around the world and experience music, dance and poetry performed by world language students. Students, family and friends are welcome.


The seventh-grade world history-geography class finished its Great Walls of China. Students created their own versions of the Great Wall, which included walls built out of clay, candy, real bricks, wood, rocks and Play-Doh.

The high school tourism and marketing class has begun designing a business for the community. Named Nibbles, the imaginary business consists of a books, baked goods and beverages cafe.

Both junior high and high school track teams have started practices, and meets will begin as soon as the weather warms up. Mr. Clark is coaching the high school team, while Mrs. Records is the junior high coach.

Ninilchik High School's Future Problem Solving Team has qualified for the state competition. Team members A.J. Berger, Brendan Cuffe, Zack Schindler and Katie Moerlein will face other teams from around the state Sunday through Tuesday at Soldotna Bible Chapel.

The high school band and choir will head to Nenana today for the Regional Music Festival. They will perform with the mass choirs and bands on Saturday at Nenana High School.

The elementary art class is beginning a new project, which consists of making whirly gigs out of plastic to hang and twirl in the wind. Ms. Link is looking for new kids to join the class.

Soldotna High

The SoHi drama department will present the original play, "We Were Stardust," on Thursday and Friday. Set in the years 1967 to 1971, the play is the story of four friends working their way through college and facing some of the social and cultural issues of the time. The play, which features a cast of 30 students, will begin at 7:30 each evening. Tickets are $5 for adults and students and $2 for children.

The SoHi track and field team will be at Kenai at 3 p.m. Saturday.

Preparations are under way for the prom, which is scheduled for April 26. All attendees are reminded that prom attire must be appropriate. Any questions should be directed to assistant principal Mr. Howard.

Students planning to attend the after-prom party must have signed permission forms from their parents. Forms are available at lunch daily or may be downloaded from the school Web site.

Cook Inlet Academy

The choir and drama students will host a dessert theater called "Snapshots and Portraits," at 7 p.m. April 17.

There will be no school April 18 and 21 due to in-service.

The fourth- through sixth-graders will provide the entertainment at this month's Parent Teacher Fellowship at 7 p.m. April 28 with a music program.

Congratulations to the high school boys basketball team, which took second place at state. Congratulations to Coach Vavilov for excellence in his first year of coaching the high school boys varsity team.

Grace Lutheran

Last Monday, the parents and friends of the students enjoyed their first Friends of Grace evening. After a potluck dinner, students performed songs, School Minister Dennis Leckwee gave a report on school happenings and promotional projects, and Pastor Tom Schmidt led a Bible study on Christian parenting.

Students continue to work toward mastering basic math facts. Congratulations to sixth-grader Julie Brown for passing her multiplication and division facts in three minutes. Congrats also to fourth-grader Allan Wentzlaff, who passed his subtraction facts in four minutes and to second-graders Kenny Werth and Joshua McKee, who passed addition facts in five minutes.

This week, students will learn about a time in Jesus' life when he was in Capernaum and took time to preach to the people and make evil spirits come out of a possessed man.

As the new quarter begins, the fourth- through sixth-graders are beginning their study of modern world history, starting with the Renaissance. The seventh- and eighth-graders are starting a quarter of early U.S. history with a unit on the explorers of the New World.

The children continue to progress in their language skills, sharpening their grammar and writing through the Shurley grammar program. Fourth-graders are reviewing possessive pronoun adjectives. Second-graders are mastering article adjectives. The seventh- and eighth-graders are learning about and composing compound and complex sentences. The fifth- and sixth-graders are identifying parts of sentences with direct objects.

For more information about Grace Lutheran School, call School Minister Dennis Leckwee at 283-9551.

READS Primary

All the students at READS Primary have been successful in achieving pizza awards for all six months of the Book-It Program. The kindergartners were consistent in reading the required 20 books each month. The first- and second-graders wrote and presented reports on chapter books, authors and various social studies topics.

This month, the students are looking forward to field trips to Central Peninsula General Hospital, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, the Nikiski pool, Forest Street Park and Kenai beach. Additionally, learning centers and an ice cream social honoring the graduating second-grade class are scheduled.

READS is accepting registration for fall kindergarten classes and for the summer reading program. The summer program will be from June 2 through 19. Two sessions will be offered. For more information, call 283-2848.

Wings Christian Academy

This week, Brandon Ruffridge and Eben Spilman made it to the 2,000's club. Marcia Dutton and Zachary Bargar earned the cleanest desk of the week awards. Troy Consiel's birthday is Thursday. He will be 13.

There will be an honor roll trip Friday. Students will spend the day at the mall in Anchorage.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool

The preschoolers explored different methods of transportation this week. They built railroad tracks and construction sites, explored city streets and dug in a "gravel pit." They also made their own 3-D vehicles and painted roads with wheels.

Thanks to Ron's Rent It Center for the field trip experience. Miss Jocelyn allowed preschoolers to sit in a small tractor and excavator and gave them a tour of the whole shop. Mr. Mark worked the knuckleboom and raised the basket to 41 feet. All the preschoolers agreed they would like to ride in that basket someday.

Thanks also to Kenai Aviation and Mr. Jim for the tour of the small planes. Each child was able to sit in the pilot's seat and "flew" to exotic places such as Disney World and Hawaii. The children had fun working the controls of the aircraft pretending they were pilots and sitting in the baggage compartment pretending to be luggage.

Applications are being accepted for fall enrollment. There will be three visitation sessions for prospective students: from 9 a.m. to noon and from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and from 9 a.m. to noon April 21.

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 continuing with the theme of spring. They have made flowers with finger paint, water colors, construction paper and painted paper. They also made pinwheels.

Students painted big pieces of paper, then cut out fish shapes, stapled them and stuffed them with newspaper.

Students soaked beans and put them in a bag to see if the seeds will germinate. When they do, students will plant the sees in soil and water and observe them.

New student visitation is from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday. This is a time for students and parents to meet the teacher, view the curriculum and ask questions. For more information, call 262-1284.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

This week, the kids are gearing up for Easter. The unit will center around animals that come from eggs. The class will recreate the animals with Play-Doh. Students also will get to look at snake skins.

Projects also soon will be started to take to Heritage Place for the kids' spring show.

Thanks to all the parents at Soldotna Co-op for the help throughout the year.

For more information on the school, call Susan at 262-4102.

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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