District School News

Posted: Wednesday, April 17, 2002

Mountain View Elementary

Mrs. Steward and her class would like to thank Phillips Petroleum for paying for their "Rendezvous with a Comet" expedition at the Challenger Learning Center today. The students have been learning all about comets in anticipation of today's field trip.

Last week Mrs. Heath took 16 of her former students (now fourth-graders) to the Kenai Municipal Airport. They were there to witness the "official hanging" of the community quilt they made and presented to the City Council last year. Stop by the Kenai Airport and check it out -- they are very proud of it.

There is a PTA meeting on Thursday at 3:45 p.m.

Thursday is gum and sports day.

Nikiski Elementary

Hershey Track forms are due back to the office by Monday. Parents must sign the form or the student is not eligible to participate. Volunteers are needed by North Peninsula Recreation to help with Hershey Track Day. Call Rachel Parra at 776-8800.

Congratulations to Dolly Barrett, our Masonic Award Winner. There will be a Masonic Award Presentation Thursday at 7 p.m. at Kenai Central High School.

Kindergarten Round-up will be Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Parents should bring their preschoolers into the school so they can spend the day with our current kindergarten class. Mrs. Lodge will work with both students and parents on what to expect next year. Mr. Norgren and Mrs. Morrow also will speak with parents about the coming school year. Parents should be expected to complete the necessary paperwork 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. RSVP with the office at 776-8533.

Mrs. Durrant, Mr. Floyd, Mr. Boyle and Mrs. Kendall's classes will be participating in Jump Rope for Heart again this year during their P.E. lesson. The goal is to raise at least $1 per student and to give both the money raised and the possible prizes back to the Heart Foundation. Last year, two students raised more than $70 each. It is heart warming to know that the students want to continue the tradition of donating it all to the foundation. The final goal is to surpass last year's total of $320. Students will be given a sponsorship form during the week.

This year's "Volunteer Tea" will be April 26 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the school library. This is an effort by the staff at Nikiski Elementary school to say thank you for all the help our volunteers give from their busy lives. If you are a volunteer at Nikiski Elementary, come and enjoy yourself at the tea.

Get out your sandals, shorts and sunglasses and come to the beach. The Beach Party Surfin' the Web Family Fun Night, sponsored by our PTA, will be April 25 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Nikiski Elementary School. Play beach volleyball, learn how to keep your kid safe when surfing the web, find out what you need to know when purchasing a computer and enter the hula-hoop contest. Door prizes, lots of information, and fun. Hope to see you there for door prizes, lots of information and fun -- and don't forget to dress for the beach.

North Star Elementary

There will be a Science Fun Fest at North Star on Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Activities will include making and flying kites, balloon races, playground physics, boat races and making your own face paint.

North Star's Kindergarten Orientation and Registration is scheduled for Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. Parents are asked to bring their child with them to enjoy lots of fun activities. They should also bring their child's current immunization records, birth certificate and any legal custody papers. Kindergarten students must be 5 years old by August 15 to enroll for next year.

Aislinn Fox recently represented North Star Elementary at the Alaska Geography Bee on April 5 in Anchorage! Only a certain number of students from around the state who scored high on a qualifying test were invited to the state bee competition. Congratulations Aislinn.

Redoubt Elementary

Please return preregistration forms and school pictures or money by Friday.

Our school takes hours. It takes time to run an excellent school. Redoubt staff members, including teachers, administrators and support staff, logged more than 300 extra hours this week grading papers, planning lessons, organizing classrooms, working with students during lunch time, meeting with and talking to parents and working at Fun Fest. Redoubt volunteers logged approximately 20 hours per day, totaling 100 hours last week, assisting throughout our school. Parents and teachers were busy last Friday with an after-school Fun Fest mini-carnival for our students. We salute the tremendous staff and parent effort and the many extra hours spent making our school an excellent place for children to learn and parents to visit.

Redoubt Elementary is offering a $500 scholarship to graduating high school seniors. Complete information and application forms are available at the counselors' offices at Soldotna High School and Skyview High School.

Redoubt will hold a final school mascot election for students the week of April 22. Ballot choices will be the Ravens, Red Salmon, Road Ravens, Roadrunners (the current school mascot) or Volcanoes. A write-in option will also be available. Parents and other community members are invited to vote through April 26. Ballots are available in the school newsletter or at the school office. Votes will be tallied and the outcome announced on May 3.

Can you help in the library? We need volunteers to shelve books and perform other library tasks. No experience is necessary. Please contact Miss Cox at 262-9006 if you can help.

It's not too late to order your Redoubt Yearbook for $20.

Visitation for children beginning kindergarten this fall will be Thursday from 9 to 10 a.m. A meeting for parents will be held in the library at the same time.

A cheerleading camp for first- through sixth-graders will be sponsored by the Skyview

High School cheerleaders on May 4. Registration packets are available at the school office.

Congratulations and thank you to Wes Stephl for representing Redoubt at the State Geography Bee. Wes placed fifth in his group of 20 at the competition.

Congratulations to battery recycling winners, Jessica Jackson and Amanda McDowell, Big G Boxtops drawing winners Emma Miles and Brendan Baalke and Campbell's Soup label drawing winners Danny McIntosh and Olivia Bowen.

Congratulations to Mrs. St. Onge's third-graders, Ms. Walker's second-graders, Mrs. Dusek's second-graders, Mrs. Harding's fourth-graders and Mrs. Friedersdorff's fifth- and sixth-graders. They were the first classes to return 100 percent of their pre-registration forms.

Sears Elementary

Tomorrow night at 6:30 Mrs. Porter's class will present its salmon play. It is going to be a wonderful event.

There is no school Friday. Have a great three-day weekend.

April 24 is Secretary's Day. Please stop by the office and tell Karen, Carol and Kimb how wonderful they are.

On April 25, the PTA will honor the Sears staff with a special gift and luncheon. Kindergarten parents are asked to send in desserts; first-grade parents are asked to send in toppings for baked potatoes; and multi-age/second-grade parents are asked to send in a salad for the luncheon. The PTA will provide baked potatoes, bread, rolls and drinks. If you would like to help at this luncheon, call Amy at 283-8413.

The volunteer appreciation luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. April 26 in the library. It is to honor all of the great volunteers at Sears.

The annual Sears carnival is May 3. Raffle tickets are available now. First prize is a round-trip ticket to Seattle and a two night stay at the Elliott Grand Hyatt. Second prize is a Viper remote car starter. Third prize is $200 in cash. Fourth prize is a one-hour stone therapy massage. If you are interested in buying raffle tickets, contact a Sears student or the office.

Congratulations to the new PTA officers for the 2002-2003 school year. They are Amy Bowen, president; Natasha Johnson, vice president; Ann Hall, vice president; Johnelle McCauley, secretary; and Robin Dix, treasurer.

Miss Ralston's class is starting its animal unit in preparation for its Anchorage Zoo field trip.

Mrs. Thomas' class has been studying dinosaurs. The students made great paper mache dinosaurs, measured dinosaur footprints and went digging for fossils.

Mrs. Sorenson's and Mrs. Atchley's classes are continuing their study of the environment. They discussed natural environments versus manmade environments. They also talked about what is absolutely necessary for survival.

Soldotna Elementary

Come see the framed artwork by Cameron Hawkins, Rachel Amos, Brittany Fabunan, Norman Holt, Angela Ramponi, Colton Carroll and Brooke Hughes on display in the Borough Assembly Room.

Celebrate the arts by attending the Spring Music Program at Soldotna Elementary featuring students in grades four, five and six. Artwork displayed at Kaladi Brothers is displayed and essays about the importance of music are featured on the bulletin boards to integrate writing and music. The music program will be at 6 p.m. in the gym and all are welcome.

Soldotna Elementary will host a kindergarten orientation for 2002-03 kindergartners from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday. Bring your new kindergartner to visit our school.

PDK will sponsor an evening of celebration for "Outstanding Contributions to Education." The banquet will be April 25 at 6 p.m. at the Kenai Merit Inn. Dinner will be catered by "Chase is Over." For more information, call Cindy Hurst at 260-5514.

Thanks to Mrs. Becky VanDeHey for chairing our Fun Fest last week. Students were able to enjoy a variety of crafts and games sponsored by the staff and PTA.

Sterling Elementary

Kindergarten registration will continue until Thursday. Children who will be age 5 by August 15 can start kindergarten in August. Please bring a birth certificate, immunization records and social security number to the office and fill out the required paperwork. For more information please call the school at 262-4944.

A big thank you to Mrs. Tinker and the student council members and to Mrs. Biggs and the choir who did a presentation for the school board Monday night. Our very talented students and staff members make us all very proud of the fact that they attend our school.

On April 11, Sterling Elementary had the privilege of hearing the Bartlett High School Band from Anchorage. They were wonderful and were enjoyed by all. Thank you Bartlett Bears.

TuesdayThe sixth-graders who participated in the D.A.R.E. program graduated at SoHi Tuesday evening. Angel Spicer and Becky Warton from Ms Hoffman's class and Marissa Moore and Nick Swain from Mr. McCard's class won the essay contest and received prizes for their accomplishments.

Thanks to Trooper Aye for his classes and encouragment to our students. The final RIF giveaway will be Thursday in the library. Mrs. Evans and Mrs. Lyons, thank you for all the time you put in during the school year to make this RIF program at Sterling Elementary. All students and staff receive three books a year to read and keep in their personal library.

There will be no school Friday.

Thanks to Mrs. Biggs for getting grant money from Unocal to bring Mike Morgon to work with our students. Lots of good music can be heard at Sterling Elementary. Thanks to all who made the band and choir concert such a success on Thursday and remember the next music program will be May 2.

Tustumena Elementary

We would like to thank Christopher Levesque for selecting Tustumena for a $50 donation from Ford Motor Company's "Spirit of Giving" program. Mr. Levesque purchased a vehicle at Nye Frontier Ford in Wasilla.

Soldotna Middle School counselors will be at Tustumena today with scheduling packets for sixth-grade students from 1 to 2 p.m. Sixth-grade students will have the opportunity to visit the middle school they will be attending next year on May 2. Transportation to Soldotna Middle and Ninilchik will be provided.

Mark your calendar for April 26 -- Tustumena will host a special event to recognize parent volunteers at 10:30 a.m. in the gym.

The Spring Fun Fest will be Thursday from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. Students attending must have written parent permission and pay a fee of $3 prior to that day. There is no school Friday.

Are you interested in having anyone in your family attend summer school during the month of June? KPBSD will provide reading instruction for students in grades two through six, and math for grades seven through 12. The number of classes and their school location will be determined by number of students registered by mid-May. Students with reading or math deficiencies will be referred by classroom teachers. Should parents wish to have more information, please contact the school at 262-4844.

If you are interested in signing up to assist in planning Tustumena's Halloween Carnival for the next school year send your name and phone number to the school or call the office to have your name/number added to a list. Volunteers will convene beginning this fall after school begins to organize this community-wide event. To date there has been no response to our search for parent volunteers.

Kenai Middle School

Sixth grade soccer will begin next week.

Mass Choir will be Tuesday at Kenai Central High School.

Track meets are scheduled for Thursday at Soldotna Middle School and April 27 at KMS.

The eighth-grade farewell ceremony will be May 17.

Parent orientation for next year's seventh- and eighth-graders will be April 25 at 6:30 p.m. in the library. You will have an opportunity to meet members of the staff and to learn more about the revised programs being offered at KMS.

The PTA is seeking nominations for all board positions: president, vice-president, secretary and treasurer. You may nominate yourself or another person. The deadline for nominations will be April 22. If you have any questions regarding any position, you may contact Johnelle McCauley at 335-0099 or email mccauleys@gci.net.

Thank you to all the students who brought in aluminum cans. A total of 1,200 lbs. was collected. A special thank you to Ms. Cook, Mrs. Kant's family, Mr. Roser, Mrs. Fusaro, Ray Moore, Thaylene Kent, Charlene McCurdy and Eric Price for showing up at Peninsula Sanitation to go through the bags of aluminum cans.

Soldotna Middle School

The Make Your Day Task Force has expanded to include two students, Cory Davis and Evan Kubena, and two parents, Sherry Karnikis and Kimberely Jackinsky. There is also a newly formed Student Safety Task force under the leadership of Mrs. Dougherty and Ms. Ruebsamen. This committee has eight student volunteers: Cory Davis, Ashley Rabalais, Brianne Bias, Shay Jackinsky, Jeremy Gorache, Josh Carlon, Heather Sinclair and Evan Kubena. Student Council adopted the proposal that this committee be a subcommittee of the larger body.

The Boys and Girls Club After the Bellproa at Soldotna Middle School is once again sponsoring the "Final Quarter Push" homework assistance program, Monday through Thursday from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. from now through May 16. Registration forms can be picked up at the Soldotna Middle School office or from either school counselor. There is no fee unless the student needs to stay past 4:15 p.m. For further information, call Rosy Thompson, ATB Site Coordinator at 398-2923 or leave a message at the SMS office at 262-4344.

Speech and Language Pathologist Diana Marsh will present a visualizing and verbalizing class at SMS Thurday from 7 to 9 p.m. in room 13. The class will present strategies to assist a student with comprehension of written and spoken language. It can assist the student in test taking as well. Strategies from the Lindamood-Bell Visualizing and Verbalizing will be the focus. Strategies will be practiced during the class. The class is open to students in upper-elementary grades or older and to parents.

Just a reminder that letters for Summer Immunizations have been sent out. Those students needing 10-year Diphtheria/Tetanus booster, hepatitis A No. 2 and/or hepatitis B No. 3 will have all summer to get their immunizations, but will be unable to attend school in the fall without proof of have received them.


Eighth grader Tatiana Butler placed second in the state VFW essay contest, "Is Freedom Really Free?" Congratulations Tatiana.

Alaska State Parks will present 'Boating Safety' for fifth-graders at Soldotna City Hall from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. Parents are encouraged to attend with their child. The class is FREE and open to all home school children. Must call to register.

Re-enrollment for school year 2002-03 has begun. Open enrollment will begin May 1. Interested parents can call 262-6315 for more information. May 1 is the last day that reimbursement forms will be accepted this school year. All non-consumable materials must be returned by May 24 or by special arrangement with your advisor prior to this date. The last quarterly report is due on or before May 24.

May activities will include Rafting on the Kenai today, and tours of Kachemak Bay and the Pratt Museum on April 21. Please check our Web site calendar for more details at connect.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/.

Interior Distance Education of Alaska

Congratulations to Andrew Bosela who represented IDEA at the state Geography Bee contest held in Anchorage. Andrew correctly answered five out of eight questions. He has already started preparations for next year's bee.

Mark your calendars for May 4. The IDEA curriculum fair will be taking place at the Soldotna Sport's Center. Multiple outstanding home school seminars will be offered. IDEA families can attend for free and non-IDEA families will be charged a $5 exhibit hall fee or $10 exhibit hall and seminar fee.

Several workshop opportunities are available to IDEA home school families, including:

Project Learning Tree and Project WILD will be offering their hands-on workshops Friday and Saturday. Register by calling 262-9805 ext. 281. There is a $15 material fee.

The much-acclaimed "Roadside Geology" field trip is scheduled to start on Earth Day, running April 22 to 26. The field trip will take five days to complete and will cover the geological interests from Turnagin Arm to Homer. For more information, call Steve Hackett at 235-9085 or e-mail steveh@ideafamilies.org.

Dan DeRoux will offer a morning elementary art workshop and an afternoon secondary art workshop at Mykel's Restaurant May 6. To register, call Debbie at the IDEA office or e-mail debbie@ideafamilies.org.

The 2001-02 Spring Progress Reports are due May 25. Please turn them in to your contact teacher.

For additional information please contact the IDEA office at 260-7555 or go on-line at http://www.galenaalaska.org/home/default.htm.

Ninilchik School

Melissa Deiman, Katie Moerlein and A.J. Berger will be inducted into Ninilchik's Goluboy and Zolotoy Chapter of the National Honor Society tonight at a special banquet. To earn induction, students had to qualify with grades and required classes, be nominated by 60 percent of the NHS faculty council, submit paperwork, sit through an interview and then receive 80 percent of the council's votes.

The junior class will have its first car wash of the season Friday. Your vehicle is sure to be really dirty from the winter and you'll be helping them raise money for the prom.

Ms. Wolf is sponsoring the six individuals who will be attending the High School Academic Bowl the April 24. Recommended by the staff and chosen for their different strengths, Kasey Diamond, Katie Schollenberg, Zack Schindler, John Matson, Katie Moerlein and Stephen Miller will be competing against other district high school teams in a not-so-trivial pursuit type game.

Skyview High School

March Students of the Month will be honored at lunch Thursday. Congratulation to: Elisha Tarries and Shane Michael, language arts; Cody Clack and Lia Puspita, social studies; Mike Waer and Bronson Angleton, science; Naomi Miller and Sean Mallette, math; Josh Tonione and Vanessa Williams, physical education; Carlene Allen, food technology; Josh Corr, vocational technology; Glen Fraser, performing arts; Melissa Stone, work co-op; Morgan Lyons, fine arts; Brandon Sachwitz, business; Anthony Quelland, world language; Chris Russell, health; Loren Vromen, aide; Jessika Truesdell, chamber of commerce student; Desirae Dix, Rotary student; Shirley Zobeck, Staff; and Matt Widaman, teacher.

There will be no school Friday.

Next week is Public School Volunteer Week. Thank you to all of the parents and community members that come and give their time and support to our school and help in its success.

Reminder: The graduation ceremony for the class of 2002 has been moved to the Peninsula Sports Center. It will still be May 20 at 7 p.m. This year there will be a limited number of tickets for the floor seating only. The seats in the stands will be open for the public without tickets.

Soldotna High School

Congratulations to the April Rotary Students of the Month: Zack Boll, LeRoy Shangin, Lakeesha Freeman, Jenny Smola, Misty Young, Mark Weinberger, Tom Anderson, Nickey Andree, Pavlo Kashelenko, C.J. Howarth, Christa Martin, Angela Leake, Tally Lewis, Wes Geleide, Jennifer Orth, Alex Turnbull and Dan Walker.

Executive Board speeches will be given Monday and Tuesday during morning announcements. Any student who is running for student body office will be asked to speak to the students at that time. Elections for student body officers will be held at noon April 24. Petitions for office are to be returned to Mrs. Moock no later than 3 p.m. Thursday.

Prom Royalty nominations will be accepted at noon on Tuesday. Nominations will be for Senior King and Queen as well as Junior Prince and Princess. The final vote for Prom Royalty will be held at noon April 25. SoHi's Prom will be held April 27. Promenade will begin in the auditorium at 8 p.m. A small donation is requested from those who attend to watch. Prom will follow in the commons. All students planning on attending Prom are reminded to dress appropriately. Any questions in regard to attire are to be directed to Mrs. Reynolds as soon as possible.

Soldotna High's junior parents are busy planning the After Prom Party that at Alaska Great Skate following the prom April 27. The party will last from midnight until 3 a.m. There are many activities planned, along with food, games, music and great prizes. All junior and senior SoHi students are invited and are allowed to bring one guest. Sohi students and guests must arrive together. Donations will still be accepted from junior parents to fund this activity. For more information, call Judy Swarner at 262-4056.

Cook Inlet Academy

Noah Shields, Trish Kopp, Clint Hall, Tina Knutson and Shawn Taplin will be coaching track this year.

The Most Valuable Player award at the regional basketball tournament went to CIA's Calder Hillyer. Calder and Luke Myers were named to the boys' All-Tournament Team. The boys' Academic Team included Justin Franchino, Brian Beeson and Luke Myers. Chantal Reese and Mandy Evans were named to the girls' All-Tournament Team and Miranda Zindel was on Academic Team.

The following week, the boys won the State Championship. Andy Hall and Blake Gabriel were awarded good sportsmanship awards while Luke Myers and Justin Franchino made the State All-Tournament Team.

Twenty-nine CIA students competed in Math Olympics held at Anchorage Christian School on April 5. Michael Horton won the third-grade first place medal for computation. Cody Munn won third-grade reasoning. Both scored in the top 15 percent for overall score. Kiana Bedow took third in third-grade computation. Melissa Moffis received second place and Claire Rowley received fifth place in seventh-grade computation. In eighth grade, Lindsay Bauder won third for computation and Mike Kytonen third for reasoning.

Students of the week are Reuben Shea, Angie Utchman, Blake Taplin, Julie Litchfield, Sharon Lindow, Brooke Forse, Janine Ray, Khelby Kennedy, Holly Kopp and Samantha McNutt.

Dates to remember: The National Honor Society Luncheon is today; the junior high track meet is Thurdsay; preschool visitation is Monday; and the music program will be April 30.

Wings Christian Academy

Attention students: There will be two dress rehearsals for the entire school for the Camp Wise-N-Up play. The first will be on Thursday right after school. The second will be April 25 at 4 p.m. Remember to bring what you are going to wear for the play. Those two days will be denim days for the whole school.

A slave auction is going on at Wings -- the students want to help you do chores. For a price they will scrub your floors, wash windows, chop wood and whatever else you can think of.

A bid event is going on at Wings April 26 at 6 p.m. There will be a lasagna dinner with salad and bread, followed by the student play, Camp Wise-N-Up. Then dessert will be served and a pie and baked goods auction will begin. There will be door prizes and a grand prize of a weekend get-a-way for two. Tickets for the event are available through Wings students or by calling Immanuel Baptist Church at 283-9361.

The honor roll trip to Anchorage will be moved to this Friday. The students will be going to Anchorage to have some fun at the mall.

The cleanest desk of the week awards go to Brandon Ruffridge and Kelsey Jose.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

Thanks to Detective Kant for teaching the students about safety. Students learned their phone numbers, how to dial 911 and learned their street names.

Students are beginning to read and enjoy sharing this new experience with others.

This week's helpers are Zachary, Hannah, Jennaka and Jillian.

This week's study will be insects. Students will learn what an insect is, the life cycle of a butterfly and symmetry.

The Bible verse for April is Matthew 7.

Visitation for students interested in enrolling for fall will be April 24. For more information, call 262-1284 or 262-6442.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

Making bird houses was a great way to combine some of the things the children have been doing recently in school. Many thanks to Dale Richardson for volunteering for this big project.

Since the unit about simple tools, a workbench has been set up. The children have really enjoyed getting to try their hands at hammering, pulling out nails and building little creations. This project also helped wrap up the study of birds. The students used tools the way that birds use their beaks and enjoyed a listening game with animal sounds.

Then there was a day for silly bird costumes. There are some amazing birds. The new artwork on display are bird collages, where students created the bird they liked and then told about some of its characteristics.

Because Earth Day is this week, Mrs. Kent is teaching about taking care of the Earth through the three Rs -- reduce, re-use, and recycle.

Remember, there is no school Friday.

The preschool is accepting registrations for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds for next year. If you need more information, or would like to set up a time to come visit, call the school at 262-9149, or Susan, at 262-4102.

Sterling Head Start

Last week the morning class learned about rainbows. Students made playdough rainbows, painted watercolor rainbows and experimented with mixing paint colors. They also made rainbow streamers and looked at the rainbow that the prisms made from the sun. Students also are working on two and three color paterns. This week our theme is dental.

The afternoon class also studied rainbows last week. The children used spray bottles to spray water into the sunlight to create rainbows. Thursday the class went to the Soldotna Library for story time and afterwards they spent time exploring the children's section. The children worked on their journals, drawing pictures and writing letters of the alphabet. The children also have been spending time on the playground, which is always a fun activity for the class. The playground was installed late last summer and the children love the slides and swings. It is almost time to bring out the tricycles and wagons.

Mark your calendar: The next Parent Head Start meeting will be Thursday at 6:45 p.m. at the Sterling Head Start Center. Child care will be available.

Sterling Head Start will sponsor some special activities for parents and children who participate in the Read and Run group at Sterling Elementary. The events are planned for 9:30 to 11 a.m. April 25. Teachers Melissa Daugherty and Velvet Heffner have educational and fun things planned for the special guests. The older Head Start students will be helping with the activities. Parents who do not participate in the Read and Run program, but have children who will be 3 by August 15 also are encouraged to attend. If weather permits, they plan to show the playground to the newcomers. Parents please dress your child for indoor fun and bring outdoor gear.

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