District School News

Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2002

Aurora Borealis Charter School

ABCS fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students recently took the National Latin Exam. All participating students did well and eighth-grader Trevor Kauffman earned an Achievement Certificate for his exceptional score.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

There is a volunteer tea today from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. in the school library.

First-grade students were tested in reading. Look for your child's progress sheet to come home this week.

Students in Ms. Daniels' class will visit the tidepools in Homer on Saturday.

The sixth grade will be visited by the Soldotna Middle School staff who will hand out packets in preparation for middle school. Classes will visit them on May 3. There will be a special sixth-grade parent meeting on May 2 at SMS.

The annual beach ecology field trip to Peterson Bay is coming up. Ms. DuFloth's class will go May 7 and 8; Mrs. Carter's class will go May 8 and 9; and Mrs. Murphy's class will go May 9 and 10.

The Salmon Celebration will take place at Johnson Lake Campground on May 7. Mrs. Carter's class will serve as experts and host the dozens of other classes who will attend the event to learn more about salmon and its critical role in our lives.

The sixth-grade continuation ceremony is scheduled for May 16 at 7 p.m.

Nikiski Elementary

This year's Volunteer Tea will be on Friday 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.

Get out your sandals, shorts and sunglasses and come to the beach. The Beach Party Surfin' the Web Family Fun Night, sponsored by the PTA, will be Thursday 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. There will be door prizes, lots of information and fun. Hope to see you there -- and don't forget to dress for the beach.

Trooper Stanton held the DARE Graduation for Nikiski fifth-grade students Tuesday. Congratulations fifth-graders.

A Tri-Site Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Nikiski Elementary School.

Redoubt Elementary

Parents and community members are encouraged to vote in the school mascot election through Friday. Ballot choices are the Ravens, Red Salmon, Road Ravens, Roadrunners (the current school mascot) or Volcanoes. Students will vote in their classrooms this week. Votes will be tallied and the outcome announced May 3.

Redoubt will hold its annual volunteer reception May 6 from 4 to 5 p.m.

Congratulations to Antheny Slater who won "most humorous" in the HEA 2002 Electrical Safety Poster Contest.

Mr. Gossard's class is having a bake sale Thursday and May 2 during lunch. A variety of goodies will be available for $.10 to $1. Students must bring money from home for the bake sale. They cannot withdraw money from their lunch/snack account.

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. Applicants must have attended Redoubt a minimum of three years.

We need volunteers to shelve books and perform other library tasks. No experience is necessary. Call Miss Cox at 262-9006.

It's not too late to order your Redoubt Yearbook for $20. We also have Redoubt Cookbooks available for $10 each.

A cheerleading camp for first- to sixth-graders will be sponsored by the Skyview High School cheerleaders on May 4. Call Skyview High School for more information.

Next week will be the start of the intramural basketball tournament. This tournament will be a single elimination format.

Sears Elementary

The PTA will present a special gift to the staff and honor them with a staff appreciation luncheon Thursday at 11:25 a.m. Kindergarten parents are asked to send desserts; first-grade parents are asked to send toppings for baked potatoes; and multi-age or second-grade parents are asked to send a salad for this luncheon. The PTA will provide baked potatoes, bread, rolls and drinks.

If you are interested in volunteering to help set up and decorate for the luncheon call Amy at 283-8413.

Thursday is the volunteer appreciation luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the library. Plan to be there.

On May 8 the second-graders will visit Mountain View and take a tour. The parents of second-graders are invited to a luncheon at Mountain View beginning at 11 a.m.

Kindergarten concerts are May 2 and 3 at 1:45 p.m. in the gym. The annual Sears carnival is May 3 from 5 to 8 p.m. Raffle tickets are available for some great prizes. Call the office if you are interested in buying or selling raffle tickets. If you can help set up or donate materials for the carnival, call the office.

Soldotna Elementary

There will be a summer school at Soldotna Elementary School to address elementary reading. More information to come.

Look for Analytic Writing Assessment results sent home to fifth-grade parents. Soldotna Elementary School students again scored higher than the district average in all writing areas.

Today is Secretary's Day and we thank Michelle Gabriel, head secretary for all she does: her efficiency, her smiles, her caring. Thanks also to Laura Mohorcich who helps with these duties.

Next Monday, at 2:30 p.m., Carpet One will sponsor an interactive reading program that combines creative storytelling with live theater. Children will get their own storybooks courtesy of Four D Carpet One.

Sterling Elementary

The Science Fair will be Thursday. There will be no competition, but parents are invited to see the displays in the gym between 4 and 5 p.m. Students may stay after school to put their displays together with the approval of their parents.

Mrs. Dierick's class will be going to Hidden Lake on Friday. The purpose of this trip is to introduce the students to the role that fires play in Alaska forests.

Sixth-graders will visit Soldotna Middle School on Tuesday from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m. to prepare them for the move up to seventh grade next year.

Tustumena Elementary

Parents should review the Guidelines for Dress and Grooming that have been posted in recent issues of the Tustumena Times sent home each week with students. Any questions and suggestions are welcomed by Principal Halverson.

There has been interest forwarded by two parent volunteers for the Halloween Carnival usually slated for the end of October each year, but more are needed. This is a community and school event that has proven in the past to be a most enjoyable family experience. Whatever time you are able to give may make a difference as to whether or not this event becomes a reality this fall.

It is Volunteer Appreciation Week. There will be an assembly in the gym Thursday at 10:30 a.m. to recognize all those Tustumena parents who have given so much of their time at the school. Band students will play the National Anthem and a few other tunes during the program.

The Site Council meeting is Monday at 4 p.m.

The Spring Music Concert will be Tuesday at 2 p.m.

Registration forms should be sent home in May for those students interested in attending summer school in June. Please contact your child's teacher if you feel this would be of interest to you.

Kenai Middle School

Sixth grade soccer has been canceled due to field conditions.

The first track meet will be held at Kenai on Saturday.

Volleyball players will have their team pizza party in the library from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Friday.

Wrestlers will have their awards night on Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the commons.

Progress reports will be mailed out on Friday. If you do not receive one, call the office at 283-4896.

Leadership will sponsor the last dance on May 3 with a professional DJ and light show. This dance will be for sixth- through eighth-graders. The gym will be open during the dance, but it will not be a full activity night.

The yearbook is for sale for $25. Order forms may be picked up at the office. Yearbooks will be back the at end of May.

Parent orientation for next year's seventh- and eighth-graders will be Thursday 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.

Eighth-grade parents interested in serving on PTSA next year at Kenai Central, call Beth Mishler at 283-6494.

There will be a Title I meeting May 2 at 2:30 p.m. in room 20 to review the overall success of the Kenai Middle School Title I program. Parents, staff and community members are invited to attend. For more information, call April Kaufman, Title I Reading Teacher at 283-4896.

Congratulations to our Students of the Month for April: James Barrett, Steven Eason, Susan Freeman, Kira Getty, Dean Howell, Mercedes Hughes, CJ Kent, KK Massera, Monica Moore, Tyler Smith and Stuart Stretch. They will be treated to lunch at Burger King next week.

Soldotna Middle School

On May 1, SMS eighth-graders will be visiting Skyview and Soldotna High School. Students who are registered to go to the high school in their attendance area will be dropped off at the high school by the morning bus.

If students are attending a high school out of their attendance area, parents will need to be responsible for the transportation that morning. All eighth-graders should be to the high schools by 7:40 a.m. At the end of the visitation, Skyview students will be bussed back and SoHi students will walk back to Soldotna Middle. If you have an other questions or concerns, call Mrs. Dougherty at 262-4344.

The elementary schools will be touring Soldotna Middle from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. the week of April 29 to May 3. A reminder to sixth-grade parents: There will be the sixth-grade parent night at Soldotna Middle May 2 at 7:15 p.m.

Kyle Gauthier, the head secretary at SMS, ran the Boston Marathon April 15. She placed 966 out of 5119 females that finished. She also came in fifth out of all the runners entered from Alaska, and she wore an SMS track uniform. We are so proud of you Mrs. Gauthier.

After the Bell Boys and Girls Club 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 more information, call Rosy Thompson, ATB Site Coordinator at 398-2923.


Enrollment for the 2002-03 school year has begun. Interested parents, 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 fourth quarterly report is due on or before May 24.

May activities will include rafting on the Kenai on May 17 and the Discover Kachemak Bay and Pratt Museum tour on May 21. Prior registration is required. Check our Web site calendar for more details at connect.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/ or call 262-6315 to register.

Interior Distance Education of Alaska

Come join us at the curriculum fair May 4. The IDEA curriculum fair will be taking place at the Soldotna Sport's Center.

Andrew Pudewa, Joan Cotter, Myrna Martin, Janelle McCrackin, Don and Morna Gilbert, Laurie Roberts and Susan Anthony will all be presenting at the curriculum fair. Susan Anthony will be the keynote speaker Saturday morning. Breakfast will be served at the keynote address. Tickets are $5 and may be purchased at the IDEA office.

IDEA families can attend the gair for free and non-IDEA families will be charged a $5 exhibit hall fee or $10 exhibit hall and seminar fee. Additional information is located on our Web site under the "Fair 2002" icon.

There is a home school choir concert Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Sterling Baptist Church.

Senior grades are due May 1 and 2001-02 spring progress reports are due May 25. Turn them in to your contact teacher.

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

Kenai Central High School

Thank you Mrs. Jung, Mrs. Gabriel, Mrs. Burkevich and Mrs. Lovett for all of your hard work. The school would not run smoothly without you. Happy Secretary's Day.

Thank you to all the volunteers who donate their time to help in classes, run newsletters and answer phones in the office.

The annual National Honor Society blood drive is Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the auditorium commons. Members of the community are welcome to come donate blood.

Soccer parents: Start collecting your unwanted items. The soccer team garage sale is Saturday at Kenai Middle School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The annual Cultural Fair, sponsored by the foreign languages department, will be Monday at 6 p.m. in the Little Theater and cafeteria. Come try the food and see the dances and dramas the students perform.

Check out our school calendar at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/kchs/launch/ for information about other upcoming events.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

Today is Secretary's Day. A Volunteer Appreciation Reception will be at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

All parents and community members who donate time or resources are invited.

Prom tickets are still on sale at lunchtime for $35. Prom is Saturday.

Tri-Council meeting will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Nikiski Elementary.

Congratulations to Chris Palm and Chuck Seater for receiving Nikiski's Student of the Month Award for April and May.

Baccalaureate service will be at 3 p.m. May 12 at Kenai Central High School.

The Senior Awards Ceremony will be at 6:30 p.m. May 14.

The last day of school is May 22.

Ninilchik School

It's the field trip time of year and many of Ninilchik's classes are heading outdoors. Sign and return your children's permission slips and be aware of meals and extra preparation that may be needed for your child to attend.

Kindergarten round-up will be May 2. Children who will turn 5 by August 15 are welcome to attend from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Children may ride the bus home.

The fifth- and sixth-graders have received donations of landscape blocks and plans and will build flower beds later this spring.

March Citizens of the Month are Lillian Lee, first grade; Daniel Osmar, second grade; Garrett Bosick and Zabrina Sparkman, third grade; Molly Byrne, fourth grade; Emily Oskolkoff, sixth grade; Noah McWilliams, seventh grade; Samantha Evans, eighth grade; Patrick Tilbury, ninth grade; Argent Kvasnikoff, tenth grade; and Jesse Hostetter, 12th grade.

Students of the Month were Kjersten Skjold, seventh-grade math; Charlie McWilliams, most improved seventh-grade math; Brianna Leman and Zach Schindler, Web masters; Josh Klapak, ninth-grade English; Jennifer Bartolowits, eighth-grade English; Krista Leman, seventh-grade English; Hannah Chase, seventh-grade health; Travis Tucker, art; Anna Klapak, 12th grade language arts; Kelsey Deimaen, 11th grade language arts; Hannah George and Randi Hall, tenth-grade language arts; Janelle Moerlein and Whitney Leman, yearbook; Azael Loredo, creative writing; Jennifer Bartolowits, eighth-grade math; Argent Kvasnikoff and Randi Hall, geometry; Whitney Leman, algebra II; Patrick Tilbury, algebra I; the eighth-grade class for being the best social studies class Mr. Clark ever had; and volunteers of the month Tera and Lindsey Schnabl, Molly Panhuise and Vincent Kruzick.

Skyview High School

Student Council Executive Board speeches and elections will be Thursday during seventh hour. Students wanting to run need to pick up a petition from the counter or from Mr. Creel.

Congratulations to Laura Tarbox for being chosen as the Masonic Student of the Year for Skyview.

Congratulations to the April Rotary Students of the Month who were honored on April 17 with a pizza lunch compliments of the Soldotna Rotary. Thank you to Bob Lambe and Tom Janz for supporting this recognition luncheon all year.

The students are: Mike Waer, Christina Colvin, Jessica Truesdell, Clay Smith, Toby Hanson, Caleb Becker, Karissa Powers, Jenny Carpenter, Christy Furhman, Mike Thomas, Taylor Magone and Tony Lewis.

Those juniors and seniors planning on taking the advanced placement exam need to pay the $71 test fee to Mrs. Zobeck by May 3.

Soldotna High School

Executive Board elections will be held in the commons at noon today. Any SoHi freshman, sophomore or junior is eligible to vote.

Today is Professional Secretary's Day. The SoHi staff and student body appreciate the efforts of our secretaries, Beth Martin, Kay Gardner, Kim Hiler, and Nelma Cole. Thank you for all you do.

This is Public School Volunteer week. SoHi is lucky to have many volunteers helping the school to succeed.

The band will have a concert at 7 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium. This is the last concert of the year. The public is encouraged to attend.

The final vote for prom royalty will be Thursday at noon. Juniors are reminded that they are needed after school Friday to help decorate for prom. Promenade will be in the SoHi auditorium Saturday at 8 p.m.. Prom will begin right after promenade.

Soldotna High's junior parents are busy planning the After Prom Party that will be from midnight to 3 a.m. at Alaska Great Skate following the prom Saturday.

All junior and senior SoHi students are invited and are allowed to bring one guest. For more information, call Judy Swarner at 262-4056.

There will be a cheerleading clinic May 2 and 3 in the SoHi commons from 3 to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $10 per person. Any students in grades eight to 11 who will attend SoHi next year are welcome. Tryouts for football cheerleading will be May 6 to 8.

SoHi students of the month are: Zack Boll, Leroy Shangin, Lakesha 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.

Cook Inlet Academy

Area students in grades eight through 11 can earn high school science, physical education or elective credit this summer by taking the outdoor environmental studies course offered by Mr. Gary Leiter. Ask at the office or call 262-5101 for the brochure.

Classes for next year are beginning to fill. Call the school to reserve space.

To find out more about enrollment options and CIA's philosophy and mission go to the Web site at www.cookinletacademy.ws. Click on the enrollment link at the bottom.

The Spring Music Program at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church will be Tuesday.

The Awards Program will be a dessert function, held May 3 at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church.

Graduation is May 19. The entire school family is invited to attend, giving honor and encouragement to the graduates.

Grace Lutheran School

The public is invited to attend the Open House/Showing Off the Students night Friday at 7 p.m. The evening will feature a little play, a little singing, a little food and a whole lot of fun. This evening is a chance to see what Grace Lutheran is all about. The school is located on Cicchanski just off Kalifornsky Beach Road. For more information about Friday's open house or enrollment for the 2002-03 year, call Mr. Leckwee at 283-9551.

Congratulations to Kathryn Love, Alexis Norris and Josh Love for third-quarter perfect attendance.

Wings Christian Academy

All Wings students are required to come to a dress rehearsal of the Camp Wise-N-Up play Thursday. Remember to wear your costumes. The practice will run from 3:15 to 4:30 p.m.

The play will be Friday. Dinner starts at 6 p.m. The play follows, then the dessert and auction. Tickets are still available for this fund-raising event. Tickets are available through Wings students or at the school, 283-9361. Money earned will support the 11 students and sponsors going to international competition in Flagstaff, Ariz.

Another fund-raiser the students are involved in is the bike-a-thon. The students will be riding 25 miles on the new bike trail. Students need sponsors. The bike-a-thon starts May 6 at 10 a.m. and goes until all the students are done.

The students will have their monthly pizza party on Friday to celebrate all the birthdays in March and April.

The two students with cleanest desks this week are Brandon Ruffridge and Zachary Thompson.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool

Last week preschoolers celebrated a week of camping. Students tie-dyed handkerchiefs, painted pet rocks and made s'mores. There was a tent and fishing pond in the classroom. This week students began a unit on spring. Preschoolers will study butterflies and will have a dad's day. On Monday, the preschool will have an open house for families interested in attending Kenai Cooperative Preschool during the 2002-03 school year. For more information, call 283-4972.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

Head Start children will visit Martin's Diamond M. Ranch on Kalifornsky Beach Road this week, looking at cows, pigs, horses, goats and chickens on the farm. Each of the classes did farm animal activities recently.

The buses also will stop at the Kenai River flats on the way back from the farm to look for migrating birds.

The children have been learning about stewardship this month and taking care of the earth. They picked up trash on the grounds near school and on their playground. The seeds they planted are sprouting. Two classes are doing bug units, with crickets and walking sticks in the classrooms and one class has been doing a birthday unit.

Head Start staff and parents say thank you to the kindergarten teachers from Sears, Aurora Borealis, K-Beach, Nikiski, North Star and Soldotna Elementary schools who attended the kindergarten transition meeting earlier this month. Your participation made the meeting a huge success. "Chiqinik" to all the families who came to the meeting as well, showing how much you value your child's education.

The next Fun Night is Monday in the Kenai Recreation Center gym.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

The Good Job Award went to Zachary for saying the letters of the alphabet and their sounds.

This week's helpers are Ella, William, Hannah and Savannah.

Students will study plants this week. They will learn about the parts of a plant, what a plant needs to grow and they will transplant some plants.

The 5-year-old class will be painting flowers using water colors. The 4-year-olds will be sponge painting flowers.

Students had fun last week painting butterflies and learning about symmetry.

Applications are being accepted for enrollment for the 2002-03 school year for preschool and kindergarten. For more information, call 262-1284.

Sterling Head Start

In the morning class, The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book helped the children uncover amazing facts of one of Mother Nature's unique creatures. The children helped Mrs. Sally Cook Youngberg, the cook at Sterling Head Start, celebrate her birthday in grand form by making cards and presenting her with flowers and a birthday balloon. They also made their teacher, Mrs. Melissa Daugherty a welcome home banner. Both classes visited Sterling Elementary library and received a free book from the Reading Is Fundamental distribution program.

In the afternoon class, last week's theme was shapes. The children used sponges cut out like shapes to paint with, used small tiles to match different shapes and traced around different shaped objects on paper. They also created shape books by cutting pictures out of magazines and matching them to certain shapes.

Students also created a science experiment by using a small ramp and objects from the classroom to see what shape would roll down the ramp the easiest. The children determined that the circular shape rolled the best. The children also used the rubber band board to create common shapes and some of their own design.

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