District School News

Posted: Wednesday, April 10, 2002

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Soldotna Middle School will be visiting our sixth-grade classes April 18.

Kindergarten visitation will be April 22 to 25 from 9 to 11 a.m. or noon to 2 p.m. Preregistration is required. Call the school at 262-1463.

The cross-country running season is April 8 to May 2 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Fifth- and sixth-graders only. The Heart Run will be April 27 in Anchorage.

Mr. Daniels' class is finishing up animal research projects and will be presenting them in class. Students are building rockets, thanks to Gayle, from Aero Thermo Technology, Inc. The launch date will be Friday. Students also have been making brochures.

Mrs. Tobin's fourth-grade class, led by student teacher Mrs. Wohlers, is learning about Japan. Mrs. Wohlers has studied Japanese for six years. Her vast knowledge of Japan's culture and language has been a wonderful addition to the class. The study of Japan includes language, art, food, literature and geography. The students are having a wonderful time learning to write their names in Japanese. They have been practicing their multiplication facts by using Japanese numbers and greet each other in the morning with "ohayoo gozaimasu!" Integrating literature, they are reading a journal of a boy who was at Mirror Lake Internment Camp during World War II. The culmination of this unit will be a Japanese food day where the students will have a chance to try some of the unique dishes native to Japan. Sayonara.

Mountain View Elementary

Congratulations to Mountain View's March students of the month: third-graders Courtney Parker, Jared Frates, Rebecca Satathite, Jennifer Lackey, Randi Kaser and Kayla Loffer; fourth-graders Sarah Hamilton, Alexi Beeson, Deandra Latz, Christina Grimsley, Jen Rouse and Miranda Rizzo; fifth-graders Thomas Hammelman, Amber Lorenzo, Christopher Bailey, Andrew Fahnholz and Nadya Matiya; and band students Bryce Boyle and Ashlyn Curry. The pizza luncheon will be Tuesday at 11:35 a.m.

Family Art Night will be tomorrow from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Student printmaking projects will be on display throughout the school and artist Shala Dobson will have art activities set up for the entire family. If you would like to order a pizza for your family, please call Darolyn at 283-6148.

Mrs. Keating's and Mrs. Steward's fifth-graders have been busily preparing their explorer projects. Each student constructed a life-size model of his or her explorer, drew a large map of his explorations, wrote a report about him and presented an oral report to the class.

Don't forget Mr. Uponen's third-grade spring program Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the Mountain View gym.

Current fifth-grade parents will have a parent orientation at Kenai Middle School Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Mountain View's schoolwide spelling bee will be Friday from noon to 1 p.m.

Nikiski Elementary

Hershey Track forms were sent home Tuesday and are due back to the office by April 22. Parents must sign the form for students to participate. Volunteers are needed by North Peninsula Recreation to help with Hershey Track Day. Please contact Rachel Parra at 776-8800.

On Thursday, Pam Pulver will be at the school to spend a day teaching the kids about mime. She will work with kids during the day and perform in an all-school assembly in the afternoon. Parents are invited to attend the assembly.

The Masonic Award Presentation is scheduled for April 18 at 7 p.m. at Kenai Central High School.

This year Kindergarten Round-up will be April 18 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Parents should bring their preschoolers into the school so they can spend the day with the current kindergarten class. Mrs. Lodge will work with both the students and the parents on what to expect next year. Mr. Norgren and Mrs. Morrow also will speak with parents about the coming school year. Parents should expect to complete the necessary paper work and enroll their students during the day with Mrs. Burford and Mrs. Lehl in the office. Be sure to bring a copy of your child's birth certificate and immunization records with you. Please call the office at 776-8533 to let us know if you are coming.

Congratulations to Elizabeth Hammond for taking second place in the Alaska Future Problem Solving Scenario Competition. First-, second- and third-place winners are invited to attend the State Bowl.

The Nikiski Elementary Snowshoe Club completed its first season. A sincere thank you to Wally and Elizabeth Hufford for their time and effort and the Kenai Elks Club for purchasing the snowshoes for the students. The students completed their first season with a potato relay. The members had to race to a pile of potatoes and bring them back one at a time. The team with the fastest time was the winner.

Thank you to everyone who remembered to bring in their aluminum cans. The school has taken more than 400 pounds to the recycling center. Thanks Darrell Moore and Richard Kelso for their help in building and painting the new recycling bin. It is not too late to turn in your cans. Take them to the new green bin which can be found at the end of the parking lot near the dumpsters.

Don't forget to keep your students reading those Accelerated Reader books. The AR Assembly is scheduled for May 10. Prizes include a helicopter tour for six, a limo ride with the superintendent for six and a ride on a big fire truck for four lucky winners. A total of 16 students will win big prizes and all students participating will receive a ribbon.

Watch for a flyer to come home in the May Newsletter describing the crazy and fun celebrations. Word has it that a number of staff members will end up with a pie in the face before it is all said and done. So keep encouraging your students to read, read, read.

Redoubt Elementary

Preregistration forms were sent home last week. Return your child's form as soon as possible.

Fun Fest is Friday 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 -- no exceptions. Students must be picked up at their classrooms at the end of Fun Fest.

There is a spring craft fair at Soldotna Middle School on Saturday from 1 to 3 p.m. for grades kindergarten through six, sponsored by Soldotna High National Honor Society and Soldotna Community Schools. It's free.

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 and purchase your Redoubt Cookbook for $10. They both make great keepsakes. The cookbook is full of excellent recipes.

Visitation for students beginning kindergarten this fall will be held on April 18 from 9 to 10 a.m. Students will visit the kindergarten room while parents attend a get acquainted meeting in the library.

Site Council meets on Thursday at 3:45 p.m. in the school conference room.

Sears Elementary

Storyteller Brett Dillingham will be at Sears on Friday to dazzle the students with his brilliant storytelling skills. Parents are welcome to come and listen, too.

Monday and Tuesday are kindergarten visitation days. In order for your child to attend visitation, they need to be registered for kindergarten next year. At the time of registration, a visitation time will be assigned.

If you missed the kindergarten orientation on Monday, it's not too late to register your kindergartner. You can stop by the office at Sears anytime during school hours and register your child. You will need your child's birth certificate and immunization record to register. If you have any questions call the office at 283-4826.

The last Fun Fest of the year is Tuesday. Permission slips will be coming home in Friday folders. The cost is $3. Don't forget extra money for snacks. It wouldn't be Fun Fest without the snacks.

Mrs. Sorenson's and Mrs. Atchley's classes have begun their science unit on the environment. They will learn how to have a healthy environment and the habitats for different species. They are playing knock-knock in math and counting by grouping with 10s.

Mrs. Bryson's class is beginning its study of sea animals that live in tide pools. Students will make a trip to Bishop's Beach in Homer to see the animals in their habitat.

Mrs. Jackson's class has begun its unit on spring. Students are studying the germination of plants and learning about different kinds of clouds and weather patterns. They are even going to build and fly kites.

Mrs. Knudsen's and Ms. Lafferty's classes have been studying water safety. They had a visitor come talk to them about water safety. Ranger Joe taught the students how to stay warm in the cold waters of Alaska. In math they are working on reading and writing numbers into the hundreds.

Mrs. Hanson's class has been reading tall tales such as Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill and John Henry. Students are also studying light and the author Beatrix Potter.

Mrs. Porter's class has been working on its salmon play. Students are busy putting the finishing touches on the scenery and learning their lines.

Don't forget that there is no school April 19. Enjoy the three-day weekend.

Also, don't forget to mark your calendars for the annual Sears carnival on May 3. It is great fun for the whole family.

Soldotna Elementary

Everyone is invited to the sixth-grade choir and fifth- and sixth-grade band spring concert at Soldotna Elementary Thursday at 6 p.m.

Thanks to Ms. Bobek and her students for teaching other students about the solar system through their display and tours of their models and reports. Fifth-grade students took classes through the solar system and shared valuable information that they had learned.

All students signed up for the Fun Fest will stay after school Friday to participate in activities planned by the staff and coordinated by the PTA.

Every Wednesday in April is Dad's Special Day to eat lunch at Soldotna Elementary. If you can't come on Wednesday, come any day and share time with your child.

Ranger Joe McCullough is visiting each class this month to provide activities and information on boating safety. Mr. McCullough is a park ranger for the Kenai River.

Tustumena Elementary

Student preregistration forms for 2002-2003 were sent home with third-quarter report cards. Parents are urged to return this information as soon as possible.

Tustumena's next PTO meeting is April 16 at 4 p.m. in the multipurpose room. Developing a spending plan for PTO funds and dress code language for the Student/Parent Handbook are probable agenda items.

DARE graduation will be April 16 at 7 p.m. at the Soldotna High School Auditorium.

Soldotna Middle School counselors will be at the school with scheduling information for sixth grade students.

A Look Ahead: Tustumena's final "Fun Fest" is scheduled for April 18 from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. Students attending must have parent permission and pay a fee of $3.

Reminder to Parents: There is no school April 19.

Jump Rope for Heart this year was a great success and a big thank-you goes out to all who were involved in raising money for the fight against heart disease.

Kenai Middle School

Leadership will be sponsoring an Activity Night on Friday. The theme will be "Flower Power" and will focus on the dress and music of the '60s, '70s and '80s. It should be groovy.

All fees for mini-courses are due on Thursday.

Fifth-grade students from Mountain View will be visiting KMS Tuesday from 12:30 to 2:20 p.m. Parent orientation will be the same day at 6:30 p.m.

Seventh- and eighth-grade parent orientation will be April 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the library. Parents will have an opportunity to meet members of the staff and to learn more about the revised programs being offered at KMS.

The first track meet will be April 18 at Soldotna Middle School.

Congratulations go to eighth-graders Bridget Middaugh and Danielle King, and to seventh-grader Tyler Smith for their participation in the Middle School Borough Forensics Tournament that was held on March 30. Bridget and Danielle performed "Who's on First?" by Abbot and Costello. Tyler performed "What it takes to be No. 1" by Vince Lombardi. Thanks to these students for their commitment and performance.

The 13th annual district art show will run through April 26. The show is at the Kenai Fine Arts Center at 816 Cook Ave., in Old Town Kenai. The gallery is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Come see the prize pieces by our own KMS artists. Eighth-grader Les Krusen earned a first place in painting; seventh-grader Patrick Bailey won second place in painting; eighth-grader Kyra Getty's painting received an honorable mention; eighth-grader Cody Villa received second place in printmaking; and eighth-grader Alee Rowley placed third in sculpture. Eighth-graders Melissa Shaginoff, Jordan Daniel and Marcus Mena and seventh-grader Jared Cleland and Daniel also have great pieces of artwork in the show.

As a thank you to the wonderful volunteers at KMS, anyone who has volunteered in any way at KMS this year is cordially invited to attend our Volunteer Luncheon. This event will take place April 17 at 12:30 p.m. 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. You may nominate yourself or another person. The deadline for nominations will be April 22. If you have any questions regarding any position, call Johnelle McCauley at 335-0099 or e-mail mccauleys@gci.net.

Soldotna Middle School

Miss Cannava's Quest classes will be traveling to Otter Cove, Kachemak Bay May 22 to 24. Unocal has graciously donated funds for this awesome experience involving eight areas of science.

Mrs. Dougherty, the seventh-grade counselor for next year, will be visiting the elementary schools about classes for next year. The schedule will be as follows: Redoubt Elementary, Tuesday, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Sterling Elementary, Tuesday, 1 to 2 p.m.; Soldotna Elementary, April 17, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.; Tustumena Elementary, April 17, 1 to 2 p.m.; and Kalifornsky Beach Elementary, April 18, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.


Congratulations to fourth-grader Kaitlyn O'Neal for winning first place in the Kenai Soil And Water Conservation District poster contest.

Alaska State Parks and the Kenai Central High School's community service class are sponsoring Kids Don't Float boating safety class for kindergarten through fifth grade Tuesday from 3 to 4 p.m. at KCHS. One chaperone must accompany each family. Alaska State Parks will also present boating safety for grades five through nine April 17 from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. at Soldotna City Hall. Parents are encouraged to accompany their children. Both classes are free and open to all home school children. Space is limited to 30 people in each class. Registration deadline is today.

Re-enrollment for school year 2002-03 begins Monday. If your adviser has not already contacted you, please call and schedule an appointment. Open enrollment will begin May 1.

May 1 also is the last day that reimbursement forms will be accepted this school year. All allocations will be frozen on this date.

May activities will include rafting on May 17 and a Kachemak Bay and Pratt Museum tour on May 21.

Please check the Web site or call Tanya at 262-6315 for more details.

Kenai Central High School

Congratulations to the following students for doing so well at the State VICA competition last week: Jimmy Gabriel took first in Job Skill Demonstration, third in Job Interview and was elected as the new state VICA vice president; Jesse Tapley took third in Job Skill Demonstration, first in Job Interview and was on the Quiz Bowl team that placed second; Wally Ward took first in Extemporaneous Speech, second in Job Interview, was on the Quiz Bowl team that took second and was named VICA Outstanding Student of the Year; Rocky Ward took third in Extemporaneous Speech, first in First-Aid/CPR, first in Pin Design and was elected as the state VICA parliamentarian; Dustin Moore took second in Pin Design; and Tyler Goggia, Kevin Oberg and Marcie Woodard were all members of the Quiz Bowl team that took second place. Congratulations, students, for a great job.

There will be a soccer team parent meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. in the KCHS staff lounge.

Prom is Saturday. Promenade will begin at 8:30 p.m. in the Renee C. Henderson auditorium. To help offset After-Prom costs, audience members will be asked for a $1 donation.

National Honor Society inductions will be April 17 at 6:30 p.m. in the Renee C. Henderson auditorium.

Soccer parents: Start collecting your unwanted items. The Soccer team garage sale is April 27 at KMS.

KCHS is online at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/kchs/launch.htm. For more information, contact Cathy Zorbas, activities director, at 283-7524 or e-mail czorbas@kpbsd.k12.ak.us.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

There will be no school on April 19.

There will be a hepatitis clinic on the April 12. A Public Health nurse will be at the school library from 9 to 11 a.m. Most students still needing to complete the series can do so at this clinic. A signed parent permission form must be at the school for your child to receive an injection. Permission forms from last year are acceptable. If your child has received injections not on file at the school, please send a copy to the school. Otherwise we will assume that our records are up-to-date. Permission forms are available at the school office. Any questions, call the school nurse on Tuesdays or Thursdays.

A Nikiski middle school dance will be put on for Nikiski students only on the April 12.

There will be a Parent Teacher Student Association meeting on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the library.

Secretary's Day is April 24. Also, there will be a volunteer appreciation reception April 25 at 2:30 p.m. All parents and community members who donate time or resources are invited.

Ninilchik School

The April 2 assembly for the High School Boys and Girls basketball teams going to state became a game show as two teams of non-basketball players competed in the "Ultimate Trivia Bowl." One student from every grade, kindergarten through 12, made up the teams and had to answer Cindy Schnabl's trivia questions about all the basketball players and coaches. Commercial breaks were given by the elementary classrooms shouting cheers about wolverine power.

Beginning April 17, Jacqui Erion will present a two-day program on boating safety to the kindergarten through seventh grade. The emphasis will be on the importance of life preservers, but will cover all aspects of cold water boating safety.

A contest for art work for the elementary anthology has concluded. Anna Berger drew the winning cover. Each class will have a section page drawn by a fellow classmate. The following students were chosen for their class: Cassie Burkhardt, kindergarten; Marissa Osmar, first grade; Andrea Oskolkoff, second grade; Hunter Cooper and Michelle Bartolowits, third grade; Lindsey Rohr, fourth grade; Adam Byrne, fifth grade; and Nicole Bristow, sixth grade. The anthology will be available before the end of school and will include writing from every elementary student.

Skyview High School

The Skyview High School Mock Trial team placed second in the state competition. The team spends several rounds preparing a prosecution case, then several rounds preparing a defense case.

Team members include mock attorneys Laura Tarbox, Jinnie Hanson and Ryan Staab and mock witnesses Christine Hayes, David Quartly, Mitch Burdick, Kris Wilson and Emily Berezin.

There will be a Site-Based Council meeting tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. in the library.

The Senior Basketball All-Star Games will be Friday beginning at 6:30 p.m. with the girls' game, and the boys' game to follow at 8 p.m. All senior peninsula players will be participating.

Skyview will be hosting the Track and Field Peninsula Relays at noon Saturday.

The basketball banquet will be on Monday at 6:30 p.m.

Soldotna High School

Executive Board campaigns begin today. Any sophomore or junior who would like to run for student body office should see Mrs. Moock for details. The positions available are student body president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer and activity chairs. Applications for those offices must be returned to Mrs. Moock by April 18.

The SoHi spring drama, "Romeo and Juliet in Mind," will be presented in the SoHi auditorium Thursday through Saturday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets will on sale at the door. Adult and student admission is $3, children under 12 are $1. The play is under the direction of SoHi drama coach Mike Druce. The community is encouraged to attend.

The next Rotary Student of the Month lunch will be April 16.

For more information about activities, call activities director Sharon Moock at 260-7024 or check the Web at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/sohi.

Cook Inlet Academy

Parents interested in the CIA Preschool may join in the preschool visitation on April 22 for 3-year-olds and April 25 for 4- and 5-year-olds. Kindergarten visitation also will be April 25. Prospective students will have an hour in class with Miss Becky or Mrs. Smith to do crafts and get acquainted. Parents may stay and ask questions about the CIA program.

Math whizzes from grades three through eight traveled to Anchorage on April 5 for the Math Olympics at Anchorage Christian School. Competition is held in two categories: computation and reasoning. About 40 CIA students qualified to compete, having attained a steady good work rating on math, identified by a high math grade point average and good scores on tests throughout the year.

Students of the Week are: Cheyanne Laber, Kaycee Munn, Chemaine Yarnes, Sharon Lindow, Khelby Kennedy, Drew Fowler, Tyler Jensen, Danielle Rehm, Colton Vann, Tiffany Smith, Kelsey White, Blake Maier, Paige Chumley, Kyle Kjeldson and Miranda Beller.

Dates to watch: April 12 -- no school (In Service) and April 29 -- Music Program.

Wings Christian Academy

Wings Christian Academy is hosting a dinner, auction and play all on the same night. Students will present Camp Wise-N-Up April 26. All are invited. There will be a dress rehearsal for all students April 18 after school. More information about the final performance will be announced later.

Wings students are taking their TCS and CAT tests this week, so parents make sure your kids get plenty of rest.

An honor roll trip for the A and B honor roll students will be taking place this Friday. The students get the whole day off to go to Anchorage and spend time (and money) at the mall.

Skate night for the month of April will be Tuesday 6 to 8 p.m. Please come out and support the students who are going to international competition in Arizona this year.

Zack Bargar has made it to the 4,000s club, Naomi Pettey has made it to the 3,000s club, Ali Thompson to the 2,000s club and Zach Thompson to the 1,000s club.

Leah Howell and Naomi Pettey are the students with the cleanest desks of the week.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

The students are learning about birds this week. This included painting with feathers, making binoculars to be bird watchers, hearing from a "guest" biologist about the different types of birds and where they live and a trip with the small class on Tuesday to Our Best Friends, the pet store. A big thank you to the people who helped us there -- the kids really enjoyed it.

The preschool is accepting registrations for next year. Call 262-9149 for more information. Also, keep an eye out for announcements about the open house later this month.

Sterling Head Start

Sterling Head Start would like to give a big thank you to Spenard Builders Supply in Soldotna. SBS donated lumber and seeds to Sterling Head Start for its spring vegetable and flower garden. The afternoon class will plant the seeds in small containers until they sprout and then transplant the seedlings outside, after all danger of ice and frost is gone.

Thanks to parents and community members who donated books to the lending library. Your generosity has allowed us to start sending books home with students in both classes on a rotational basis. Students are recording the number of books read on circles and adding the segments to the classroom wiggle worm. The children will be celebrating their reading achievement with parents at the end of the school year.

Sterling Head Start has a table reserved at The Sterling Senior Center for the "Trash and Treasure" garage sale this weekend. The sale will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday. Everyone is encouraged and welcomed to come out and support The Senior Center and Sterling Head Start.

Sterling Head Start has daily bus transportation available for Soldotna residents from our pick-up and drop-off center, Fred Meyer parking lot. This program is available at no cost for participants who are accepted into the program.

Sterling Head Start's Graduation Ceremony is scheduled for May 15 at 6 p.m. at the Sterling Community Club cabin.

Sterling Head Start summer session will begin May 20. The hours will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Enrollment for summer will continue until April 15. Any questions or to sign a child up please call Sterling Head Start at 260-7666 or 260-1950.

Applications for the fall session will be accepted through out the summer.

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