News from schools around the district

Posted: Wednesday, April 11, 2001

McNeil Canyon Elementary

There will be an immunization clinic April 25. If your child missed the first set of shots, they can get them at the clinic. Students also can receive the second set of shots. Permissions are required and available in the office. For more information, call the school nurse.

Homer Electric Association Inc. is offering an Electrical Safety Poster Contest for third- and fourth-grade students in the Kenai district. Contestants will receive a certificate of participation and have the opportunity to win other prizes.

Family math and science night will be today from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the gym. This is an annual event that provides experiments, interesting math puzzlers and a dessert potluck.

Congratulations to the students who had perfect attendance during the third quarter: Parker Sorenson, KC Altman, Jesse Altman, Maya Goodoni, Annie Linner, Heather Schade, Jessica Goodoni, Courtney Stage, John Sheldon, Colleen Turkington and Megan Wiard.

Mountain View Elementary

Third-grade teachers Monica Heath and Kellie Wannamaker visited second-grade and multi-age classrooms at Sears Elementary last week. The teachers observed students using mental math and developmental math strategies through interactive and written activities. They met with the Sears teachers to discuss a smooth transition for students next fall.

DARE graduation will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. for fifth-grade students.

The PTA sponsors the spring book fair coming April 23-27. It also will be Turn Off TV Week, so buy a book and read.

Parent placement request forms for next year must be turned in by Thursday. Forms are available at the office.

The lost and found bins are overflowing and will be dumped Monday.

Mrs. Steward had a parent meeting for those interested in helping with outdoor camp. If parents would like to help, call the school.

Students in Mr. Knudsen's and Mr. Vedders' class have been observing and keeping data on their coho salmon incubation project for 197 days. The alevin are now turning to the next stage, free-swimming fry. The classes will go on a field trip to a land-locked lake to release the fry in May.

Nikiski Elementary

The Green Star Committee will sponsor an Earth Day Celebration. Poster contest prizes will be awarded in each class. Morning announcements will include "Earth Day Facts," and an Earth Day party will be April 18. If you can help or attend, contact Mr. Hufford, Ms. Jones, Mrs. Showalter or Ms. Eddy at 776-8553.

The Kenai Health Center returns April 25 to offer hepatitis immunizations. If your child participated in the first series in March, another one is due. If they missed the first clinic and you have not signed a permission form, get one at the office. Forms are due April 20. For more information, call Elaine Lehl at 776-4136.

Kindergarten round-up will be Monday through April 20. Parents and prospective kindergartners are welcome. Sign up children by coming by or calling the school at 776-8553. Children will visit in groups of five once during the week from 9:15 to 11:15 a.m. Parents will attend a workshop with the principal, head secretary and teacher Miss Lodge for 15 minutes each. Parents will meet April 24 at 6:30 p.m. about academic and social preparation for kindergarten.

A morning breakfast program has started, with aid from the site council and local churches. Students will get free breakfast each Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Redoubt Elementary

In the light of recent tragedies in schools, Redoubt Elementary School reaffirms the priority of health and safety for all students. Consequently, the school will err on the side of safety any time verbal threats are made at school by students. Mr. Meacham visited classrooms last week to discuss this issue. Assist Redoubt by talking to your child about the seriousness of verbal threats.

There will be no newsletter this week.

Redoubt volunteers are invited to a reception in their honor Tuesday from 4 to 5 p.m. in the library. Come for an afternoon of refreshments, door prizes and conversation in your honor.

Some students are coming to school without lunch or lunch money. Charges are not allowed. Assure that your child has a lunch or lunch money. If you need assistance providing lunch for your child, contact Mr. Meacham or nurse Donna.

Videos of Redoubt's spring concert, "Bugz," are available at The Music Box for $15 each.

The Redoubt Talent Show will be April 20 at 2 p.m. in the gym.

Title I will sponsor a summer activity fair for Redoubt parents and students April 27 in the gym. Representatives from local youth organizations will provide information about summer youth programs and how to get children involved.

Sears Elementary

There is another RIF book giveaway Thursday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Parent request forms are available in the office if you wish to request a specific teacher for your child next year.

OMSI Science Circus will present a schoolwide assembly Monday. Parents are invited to attend.

The volunteer lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. April 24. All school volunteers are invited.

The week of April 22-28 is Turn Off TV Week. This is an excellent opportunity to read and play games with your kids.

Mrs. Sorenson and Mrs. Atchley's classes have begun their study of germs. They have done some interesting experiments.

Miss Ralston's class celebrated Mickey Mouse Day Monday. Miss Mae and Miss Fran, two special grandmothers, dressed up as Minnie and Mickey and read stories. The class even received a call from Mickey Mouse from Disneyland in California. Mickey reminded students to work hard on reading, writing and math. They made Mickey Mouse waffles, pancakes and decorated a Mickey cake.

Mrs. Thomas' class learned about friends and using good friendship skills.

Mrs. Lafferty's and Mrs. Knudsen's classes participated in Battle of the Books. The students did an excellent job remembering details and answering questions about the books.

Soldotna Elementary

The school thanks all staff and PTA members who participated in the fantastic fun fest Friday. More than 170 students were involved in activities after school. The school staff especially thanks Becky Vandehey for her leadership.

Fun buck winners for the week include Cyril Zufelt, Carl Ulman, Phillip Bennett, Spencer Walgenbach, Blake Thibodeaux, Miranda Zufelt, Sarah Musgrove and Heather Meadows.

Kindergarten through second-grade students will see the Carpet One Magic Carpet Time Tour Monday. The program, which is being underwritten by Four D Carpet One, was developed with the help of reading specialists. It combines creative storytelling with live theater to turn kids toward reading.

Class photos will be Tuesday. Information will go home regarding purchasing photos.

Kindergarten round-up is scheduled for April 20. Parents who have not already done so may register their students today and receive more information.

Tustumena Elementary

The sixth-graders will attempt to defeat the staff at basketball Thursday at 2 p.m. Parents are invited to attend.

DARE graduation is today at 7 p.m.

A hepatitis clinic will be held Thursday starting at 9 a.m. You must have parent permission to get the vaccine.

The PTO will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The volunteer appreciation dessert social will be after school in the library April 19.

The yearbook staff at Tustumena has put a lot of work and fun into this year's memory yearbook. One hundred copies are available. To reserve one, fill out and return the envelope to your child's teacher. The cost is $5 before May 4 and $7 after. Checks should be made out to Tustumena PTO. The yearbooks will be out May 22.

Results for the Pinewood Derby are in. Jared Penning was the overall winner for the fastest and best looking car. Anthony Shell won first for the first grade. Jess Russell was first, Zack Misner second, and Jesse Shell third for the third grade. Jared Penning was first, Cameron Foister second, Michael Moerlein, third, and Thomas Kircher, fourth, for the fourth grade.

Homer Middle School

Homer High School counselors will visit Homer Middle School April 23 and Chapman Elementary in Anchor Point April 25 to register eighth-grade students for ninth-grade classes. For more information, call the office at (907) 235-8186.

The following students were selected as Athletes of the Month for March: Jolene Clark, Royce Holm, Danica High, Neal Kuipers, Sara Thompson, Corey Boone, Joy Epley and Channing Setterquist.

The following were selected as Students of the Month: LeeAnn Ellis, English; Zephron Christenson, science; Llosh Winne, applied biology; Melanie Clay, biology; Dan Rainwater, pottery; Nick Fuller, chemistry; Ellen Bauer, French I; and Hannie Schwiesow, psychology.

The spring band and choir concert will be in the Mariner Theatre Tuesday at 7 p.m. The cost is $3 for adults, $2 for students and $10 for a family.

Soldotna Middle School

This week's Dairy Queen Student and Staff of the Week are Mabel Marinkovski, a seventh-grader, and Mr. Carson, a math teacher.

Lance Larion participated in the state hockey tournament last week.

Mabel Marinkovski spent her Gold Card Day Off with Ms. Pfitzner's sixth-grade class at Soldotna Elementary. She helped with science experiments and had fun with the students. More than 60 SMS students participated in Gold Card Day Off. To take the day off, students must receive Gold Cards from all seven classes. To receive one in the class they may have no more than three excused absences, no more than one tardy, and maintain a "B" average.

Project Spartan is an incentive program for students who show a high attendance percentage, good citizenship and excellence in academic achievement.

Track season has begun. The first meet will be April 20 with relays at Soldotna High.

Report cards were mailed out Friday. If you do not receive your student's report card, call the office to see if class fees are due or library books overdue.

Kenai Central High School

Interviews for the position of the Kenai Central High School principal will be held in the Little Theater Thursday afternoon. The meeting is open the public.

Monday through April 20 is Public School Volunteer Week. The staff and students of KCHS would like to thank the many parents and community members for volunteering their time and talents to provide excellent educational activities for the school. They invite the community to join them for a volunteer dessert Monday at 6:30 p.m.

National Honor Society inductions will be Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

Soccer parents will meet April 19 at 7 p.m. in the teachers' lounge.

Prom tickets are on sale for $40 per couple and $25 for singles. Buy your ticket at lunch in the commons. Prom will be April 28 from 8 p.m. to midnight. Promenade begins at 8:30 p.m.; line up for promenade begins at 8.

The choir will host an Easter carnival from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Peninsula Center Mall in Soldotna. It is for ages 12 and younger with a special egg hunt for ages 3 and under. Games and refreshments are included, game tickets are 25 cents each.

Skyview High School

Awards were given out at the basketball banquet Monday, including: Josh Rowell, Most Valuable Player; Nolan Rose, Offensive Player of the Year; Storman Norman and Matt Burdick, Defensive Players of the Year; Nolan Rose, Mr. Basketball 2001; Courtney Kier, Most Valuable Player; Amanda Bauer, Offensive Player of the Year; Sheena Demaris, Defensive Player of the Year; Katie Kier, Inspirational Player of the Year; and Sam Carlon, Coaches Award.

Students placing at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Fine Arts Show were: Katie Verba, first place, open, and best of show; Jinnie Hanson, second place, drawing, and honorable mention, ceramics; Greg Landford, second place, open; Melissa Bixby, first place, mixed media; Tiffany Helfer, third place, functional ceramics; Elya Shendera, first place, sculpture; Carter Rice, second place, photography; David Quartley, honorable mention, photography; Jamie Blake, honorable mention; Emily Berezin, honorable mention; and Chris Pipkin, honorable mention.

Soccer and track athletes will get team and individual photos April 18 at practice.

Petitions for executive board positions for 2001-02 are available and due Thursday. Elections will be April 19.

All Skyview news is available the Web at or contact John Andrews, director of athletics and activities, at 260-2315.

Soldotna High School

Due to school support and enthusiastic student response, After the Bell is introducing new opportunities for Soldotna High School students. A tutor will be available Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. starting this weekend in the Dell lab. Aside from the availability of the Dell lab Monday through Thursday after school, the library will now be open Monday, Tuesday and Thursday after school. The math tutors will be in the library where there are more tables and a quiet atmosphere. Snacks are provided at all After the Bell activities.

The second and final weekend performances of "Annie Get Your Gun" will be April 19 through the 22. Tickets are available at many locations in Soldotna and Kenai.

The executive board campaigns start today. Any SoHi sophomore or junior interested in a student body office should see Mrs. Moock for details. Executive board elections will be April 25.

All sophomores, juniors and seniors will participate in the National Geography Olympiad Thursday. Students will take a 50-question comprehensive geography test during their social studies class. The top 10 scores from SoHi will be submitted to the National Geography Olympiad testing center as a team score.

For more information about Soldotna High School activities, calendars, counseling and special services, look on the Web at www.kpbsd.k12.ak/sohi.

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the Week are Ian Orth, Lars Arneson, Dakoda Bender, Braden Chumley, Brook Furlong and Michael Horton.

The Peru mission team returned, just in time for the week of standardized testing, which began Monday. Immediately after the tests, Friday, the Russia team leaves.

The Peru team traveled to Lima, Machu Picchu and Ayacucho, serving both Chakiqpampa Ministry and Cuchipaampa School.

The Russian team has orphanage and coffee house ministry and basketball clinics. They will travel to the world's largest church in Seoul, Korea, for Easter, then to Vladivostok and Birobidzhan.

The school supports missions not only to benefit the visited country, but for the change in attitude and perspective for those attending. Cook Inlet Academy students go where people are happy with few perks of material possessions. They learn the importance of more relationships and less possessions. Mission trips teach students how to touch lives.

The girls basketball team took third place at regionals. The coach gave Janel Franchino a dinner for putting in the 100th point. Other regional awards went to Kristen, Sarah, Chantal, Brittany and Jessica.

The boys basketball team took second place at regionals, earning a trip to the state tournament. Award winners were Chet (Most Valuable Player), Calder, Bryan, Jacob and Justin.

Wings Christian Academy

Wings has no school Monday.

Skate night will be Tuesday from 6 to 8:30. Admission will be $4.50 and skate rental will be an extra dollar.

The school will have a pie auction and barbecue to help raise funds for the international competitions in Missouri. Mr. Cotton will cook barbecue ribs and chicken. Tickets go on sale soon. For more information, call 283-9361.

Wings also will have a car wash to raise money for nationals. It will be April 28 at the Godfather's Pizza in Soldotna starting at 10 a.m.

The merit store is open for students Friday.

The lower learning center is having a party Friday. Its students challenged the upper learning center to a contest on how many box tops they could collect, and they won.

Tara Dunbar and Jessica Saunders won awards for having the cleanest desks of the week.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

The preschoolers are learning how plants grow this month. They planted flower and vegetable seeds and are observing how beans and carrot tops sprout. Head Start will take a field trip to the Kenaitze Tribe's greenhouse next week to see what they have growing.

The children are doing egg activities as well, including counting, sorting, making patterns and more. They will dye Easter eggs and make egg mosaics out of the shells.

They learned about the wild geese that will migrate through the Kenai River flats soon, the Canada geese (nut'aq'i) and the snow geese (ch'iluna). Miss Maggie helped the children sew pouches last week, which they decorated with feathers, beads and colored rice and will take with them to the greenhouse. The Dena'ina used to wear pouches when they traveled, which contained a little bit of dirt from home.

Head Start would like to thank all the families who visited the Little Kids Fair on Saturday and the community agencies that offered information and activities.

School will be closed Good Friday.

Head Start is accepting enrollment applications for next year. For more information, call 283-0707.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

Student helpers this week are Kylie, Mallory, Hannah and Jake.

Happy birthday to Hannah, who turned 5 Tuesday.

Students will celebrate Easter this week by learning about Jesus' death and resurrection, making a stained -glass window and using felt to tell the story.

Students are practicing to write a letter of the alphabet each day. Then they brainstorm words that begin with the letter of the day.

Applications are being accepted for fall enrollment. Visitation for new students will be April 27 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. For more information, call Chris at 262-1284 or Peninsula Grace Brethren Church at 262-6442.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

Congratulations to Shaelyn, the super preschooler.

The school thanks everyone, purchasers and workers, who made the book sale at the Village Fair and at Christ Lutheran Church such a success.

Preschool round-up and registration for next fall is beginning. If your child will be 3 to 5 years old next fall, you can register him or her now and get half off the first two months of tuition. This will only be offered until summer, so take advantage of a discount and hold a place for your child in next fall's classes.

Open visiting at the preschool will be next week. Call the preschool for more information at 262-9149.

The school will have an evening open house for the preschool April 19 from 5 to 7 p.m. Come for snacks and to find how the preschool is run and how you can be involved. Children are welcome.

Sterling Head Start

Last week's Sunshine Kids were Ciarra Mahan and Katelind White. The staff star, Gabi Novak, provided nutritious and creative cooking.

Some exciting events planned for the week include a springtime field trip to a greenhouse and planting flowers.

Last week, the staff attended a two-day training in Kenai on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome sponsored by Frontier Community Services.

At the parent committee meeting last Thursday the election for official positions was held. The positions are: Cindy Boyer, chair; Rosie Pierce, vice chair; Patricia Claypool-West, secretary; Mary Daigle, parent coordinator; and Joe Hart, treasurer. The staff thanks those who volunteered and everyone who attended. Monthly meetings will be held on the last Thursday of each month at 6 p.m. The meetings will be potluck, and the next one is April 26. The topic for the next meeting will be the summer program starting in mid-May. All interested parents should attend.

Volunteers are needed to represent Sterling Head Start at the Sportsmen's Show April 27 at the Soldotna Sports Center. Volunteers will bait hooks and release fish for the kids at the fishing pond from 3 to 8 p.m. To volunteer, call Mary Daigle at 260-3251.

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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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