Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2001

No school Friday

Students will have vacation Friday, which is Good Friday preceding Easter Sunday.

'Science Circus' comes to town

A science presentation, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry's traveling "Science Circus: the Physics of Fun" outreach program will visit five central Kenai Peninsula elementary schools Monday and Tuesday.

Students will explore Newtonian physics through juggling, acrobatics and "the irresistible force of levity," according to a press release from OMSI. Kids will discover how ordinary objects used in extraordinary ways demonstrate physics at work around us each day.

Rhys Thomas of OMSI will visit Sears Elementary in Kenai, Redoubt and Kalifornsky Beach elementary schools in Soldotna and North Star and Nikiski elementary schools in Nikiski.

OSMI has one of the largest outreach programs in the nation, bringing science and technology education to schools in the Northwest. Programs explore science through hands-on activities and interactive demonstrations. Schools interested in more information should call (503) 797-4649.

Girl Scouts invites home schoolers

An informational gathering for parents and students regarding Girl Scouting for home schoolers is scheduled for 1:30 to 3 p.m. April 18 at the Soldotna City Hall council room. Joyce Cox will make a presentation.

This is open to the public and will emphasize scouting opportunities for home schoolers. Those interested may call Tanya at 262-6315 or Joyce at 262-5996.

School board meets Monday

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Board of Education meets Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Borough Building in Soldotna. All school board meetings are open to the public.

Agendas are available at the meeting or at the district's Web site at

Tropical trip hits high note for KCHS band

Traveling to the Bahamas and Florida over spring break was enough to keep the Kenai Central High School Band members on their toes.

The group of 59 people, consisting of KCHS students, privileged Kenai Middle School students, director Debbie Sounart and chaperones, journeyed through Florida on a tour bus visiting national parks, Disney World, a county fair and the beach.

The concert and jazz bands performed at serveral different places, including a state festival competition where they were rated and judged on three different pieces and their musicianship.

The last four days of the excursion were devoted to the Fantasy cruise ship. The group lived aboard and visited two of the Bahama islands. For many students, that was the highlight of the trip.

"The trip was awesome, the cruise was the best and I wouldn't trade it for anything," said junior Wendy Wiles, who plays the baritone saxophone.

Wings hosts Christian school convention

Wings Christian Academy hosted two other schools for the Alaska Regional Convention of the School of Tomorrow. Students competed in events including academics, arts, photography, sewing, athletics, public speaking and Web page design. The diverse contests ran the gamut from checkers to reciting psalms.

Students from Banner Christian Academy and North Anchorage Christian came to Kenai for the convention Friday and Saturday. The sponsor was School of Tomorrow, a Christian curriculum network that started in Texas and is now in many schools throughout the world.

Winners from Wings were: Billy Soares, first, and Brandon Burger, third, in checkers; Eben Spilman, first, and Jessica Boutwell, third, in chess; Tammy Johanson was second in poetry writing and fourth in female solo vocals; Jessica Davis was first in color scenics and embroidery, and third in art pastels, color wildlife and color character portraits; Marcia Dutton was first in female solo vocals and second in embroidery; Katie Sutton was third in female solo vocals; Tara Dunbar and Tammy Johanson were third in female duets; Justin Ruffridge, Brandon Ruffridge and Marcia Dutton were first in mixed trio vocals; Justin Ruffridge was first in musical composition; Brandon Ruffridge won the Golden Apple Award for reciting psalms; and the Wings team of Isaac Dutton, Brandon Ruffridge, Justin Ruffridge, Billy Soares and Eben Spilman came out on top in the basketball competition.

KCHS announces Students of the Month

Kenai Central High School has announced its Students of the Month for April: Jose Araya, business; Joe Shaw, creative arts; Rachelle McIntyre, English; Jayme Taylor, foreign language; Mike Retone, home economics and health; Yumiko Iguchi, mathematics; Julianne Awrey, music; Justin Hogue, physical education; Nathan Holcomb, special services; Josh Simenstad, vocational education; Brett Morris, Elks; Ross Baldwin, Rotary; Julianne Awrey, chamber of commerce; and Elliot Hampton, Kard of the Deck. Mrs. Foley was selected as super staffer.

The April Student of the Month luncheon will be Thursday in the auditorium commons.

SMS announces Students of the Month

Soldotna Middle School has announced its Students of the Month for March: Michael Grimes, art; Kyle Ross, business education; Sean Twohy, computers exploratory; Mindy Eastham, home economics; Ashley Wood, keyboarding; Kim Massey and Ashley Earll, language arts; Mike Martin, math; Stephanie Larson, music; Sheila Collins, office aide; Deana Glick and Becky Utrup, physical education; Marsha Dalton-Rivers, rap; John Mormon, reading; Virginia Berg, Lacy Bush, Leif Hagen, Michael Freeman and Katie Mills, science; Noah King, science exploratory; and Karalee Martin, Jesse Kloote and Kelcy Burford, social studies.

Citizens of the Month are: Onya Schouweiler, art; Katy Pankoski, business education; Louis Velasco, computer exploratory; Kelli Cassidy, home economics; Michael Snyder, keyboarding; Angie Hall and Ernestine Donaldson, language arts; Joo Hee Kim, math; Amanda Detavernier, math; Caressa Nichols, office aide; Crystal Boehmler and Cameron Schneider, physical education; Ernestine Donaldson, rap; Michael Martin, reading; Angela Woodward, James O'Guinn, Alex Jauregui, David Powell and Kyle Martin, science exploratory; Keaton Andrus, science exploratory; and Katey Jones, Hannah Anderson and Adrianna Newberry, social studies.

Students of the Month named

Mountain View Elementary School in Kenai has announced its Students of the Month for March. They are third-graders Tori Baughman, Erick Trickel, Jackie Ketah, Rebecca Adams and Nick Rouswell; fourth-graders Kirsten McBride, Mitchell Soares, Bethany Blumenshine, Rachel Tyson and Shannon Moore; fifth-graders Daniel Popp, Jordan Liedes, Hannah Heath, Jaron Dambacher, Derrek Harris, Billy Ritchie and Miranda Pollard; and band students Hailey Strickon and Danyel Isaacs.

The pizza luncheon will be today at 11:25 a.m.

Conference addresses school violence

A state conference in Anchorage next week will focus on response to school violence.

The Alaska Division of Emergency Services is sponsoring an Alaska Emergency Management Conference Tuesday through April 20 at the Anchorage Hilton. The first day and a half will focus on school safety concerns.

Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer will give the keynote address.

Special guests will be a team from Littleton, Colo., discussing the Columbine High School shooting. A panel also will discuss the 1997 shooting at Bethel High School and recent school violence issues in Alaska.

For more information call (907) 428-6031.

Scholarships available for asthmatics

The "Will to Win" Asthma Athlete Scholarship Program offers $35,000 in grants to high school seniors who have excelled in athletics despite asthma. To get an application, call the "Will to Win" hot line at (800) 558-7305. The deadline to apply is April 30.

After the Bell

After the Bell's Summer Clubhouse will take place again this summer. The clubhouse will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday for children who have completed first through eighth grade. The program will be at Soldotna Middle School.

The first session runs June 11 through July 3, focusing on "Nature's Treasures" as a theme for fun hands-on activities, games and field trips. The second session is from July 9 through Aug. 9, with "Aim High, Soar High" as the theme. Morning and afternoon snacks will be provided, but participants must bring sack lunches.

Registration for this program will be April 30 through May 4 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Redoubt Elementary School. Cost is $60 per child per session, with a current Boys and Girls Club membership. The program will be $80 for nonmembers. Field trip fees are not included. Scholarships are available. Registration is limited. For more information, contact Tammy Hanley at 262-5412 or Jeanne Waldren at 260-7085.

To have information published in Schools, please send a description of the event or accomplishment to Shana Loshbaugh at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611. Information will be accepted by e-mail at clarion@ 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 Shana Loshbaugh at 283-7551.

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