Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Aurora Borealis Charter

Mrs. Uponen’s second-graders are studying birds. They will go on a field trip to the Islands and Oceans Visitor Center in Homer to participate in a hands-on workshop about seabirds.

Mr. Severson’s fourth-grade class held its 10th annual Business Day. Businesses included: dino jump; beat the clock obstacle course and waffles; puppet theatre with popcorn; beauty shop for hair coloring and fingernails; pillow fights; cake walk; video games; ring toss; jail; malt shop; hamburger/hot dog stand; contests for Lego building, paper airplane making, shooting baskets; and raffles for picnic bench, a basketball, bubble blowing kit, and fast food certificate.

The Future Problem Solving state bowl was hosted by Soldotna High School. The topic was elder care. Connor Haralson, Lucas Bruxvoort, Freya Chay, Brandi Wagoner, placed first in skit and second in written packet; Danie Jackson, Ashley Epperheimer, Ian Haralson, Bristol Walton placed second in skit and second in written packet; Freya Chay, Brandi Wagoner and Ashley Epperheimer placed first, second and third, respectively, in the individual division. In the intermediate division team members Autumn Ball from Kenai Middle School, Dillon Ball and Will McDermid from Soldotna High School, Logan Haralson and alternate, Lizzie McDermid, from ABCS, placed first in skit and written packet. Winners are invited to the International Conference in Fort Collins, Colo., May 31 thorough June 3. Julie Ball was the coach.

Connections home-school

The program is enrolling for the 2007-08 school year.

Students in grades 10 through 12 are invited to listen to UAA President Hamilton speak today at 8:50 a.m. at Nikiski High School or at 1:30 p.m. at Soldotna High School.

The program’s Masonic Achievement Award recipient is Lucas McDaniel.

Reimbursements are due in the office no later than Monday.

Dibels and CBM testing for kindergarten through third grade will take place through Friday. Call the office at 714-8880 to make an appointment.

Computer exchanges for students who have re-enrolled for the 2007-08 school year are taking place. Call Ken at 714-8911 for more information.

The programs Web site is

IDEA home-school

Enrollment for the upcoming school year is open. Visit or call 260-7555 for more information.

The 10th annual curriculum fair will be held today from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Workshops for home-school parents will also be given.

New families and families on rotation to get a new computer will have the option of getting a laptop or a desktop. Call Michael the computer tech for details.

The Intermediate Future Problem Solvers team, Rachel Mackie, Chelsey Murdoch, Samantha Wolfe, Lauren Countryman, and Michael Dunn, took fourth place for their Future Scene Problem Solving writing and also placed fourth for their skit presentation of the Future Scene solution at the state bowl. Team members received medals for participation as well as T-shirts. There will be two more meetings, May 8 and May 22, at 3:15 p.m. New members are welcome.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The school would like to congratulate the fifth-graders, all of whom graduated from the DARE program. Special thanks are extended to Officer Garcia. The students had a roller skating party last Thursday.

The first grade is awaiting the hatching of chicken eggs in a week. They are also studying geometric solids such as spheres and cones.

The Scholastic Book Fair continues in the commons today and Thursday. Every book is buy-one-get-one free. Those who volunteer will receive a free book for helping.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday -- Kindergarten registration, sixth grade orientation at Soldotna Middle School;

· May 15 -- Sixth grade graduation; and

· May 23 -- End of Year barbecue.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The school will hold a volunteer tea at 3:45 p.m. the library Friday. Babysitting will be provided.

Registration for new students was held last week. Students accepted but not yet enrolled are asked to do so this week. Kindergartners and students new to the district need to bring their birth certificate and their shot record to the school.

Kindergarten visitation will be held Monday through May 4. Fall kindergarteners are invited to sign up for a 55 minute visit. Call the office at 283-0804.

On May 1, Mrs. Knudsen’s, Mrs. Shelden’s and Mrs. Stroh’s classes will spend the day at Johnson Lake for the Salmon Celebration.

Kenai Central High

Today is Administrative Assistant Day and the school would like to take this opportunity to thank its administrative assistants for the job they do. Their hard work is very much appreciated.

Student body elections will take place today. The school will be on an afternoon assembly schedule with speeches and voting beginning at 1:40 p.m. in the auditorium.

On Thursday, the foreign language classes will hold their annual cultural fair at 5 p.m.

Dates to remember:

· May 8 -- Pops concert;

· May 10 -- class officer elections;

· May 16 -- April Student of the Month luncheon;

· May 17 -- May Site Council Meeting.

Kenaitze Head Start

The Moose and Bear Class would like to thank the parent volunteers who went to the Nikiski pool with them.

The Raven and Eagle students have been focusing on the letter “R” and have been hunting around the classroom for the letter; they’ve also been playing in rice, counting raisins and making creations with rectangles.

In keeping with learning about the letter “R” the Salmon and Whale students painted rainbows. The students thank Mr. Glen who visited about his job as a correctional officer. Salmon and Whale students joined the other classes in celebrating Earth Day at the Family House.

The After School Program students have finished painting their birdhouses. They’ve played games like Connect Four and Jumping Monkeys and transplanted the seeds they have been growing.

Classes made artwork to display at the annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon. Thanks to many volunteers from parents to community members that make Head Start program a success.

Applications for the 2007-08 school year are available from Jeannette at 283-0707.

Mountain View Elementary

Classes had a water safety class taught by Ranger Jacqui Erion and assisted by her technician, Sam Caswell. Students learned about the Alaska state law that says all children under the age of 13 must wear a personal floatation device. Students also learned two techniques to use in case they are in a boat that capsizes. Younger students watched a video about Bobber the water safety dog, who showed why it is important to wear a U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal floatation device. The fifth-graders watched a video on the dangers of people boating under the influence which was a follow-up to the DARE program. The students were given a guide to boating safety and told about Web sites to visit:;;

Dates to remember:

· Today -- Title I committee meeting at 5:30 p.m.;

· Thursday -- Kenai Fjords Trip for Keating, Daniel and Dikes;

· Friday -- Turn of the TV Night from 5:30 to 7 p.m.; and

· May 3 -- Volunteer luncheon at noon.

Ninilchik School

Yearbooks are available for $50. Call Tammy Bear at 567-3716.

Mrs. Wardas’s fifth- and sixth-grade class is studying sea creatures and making Power Point presentations in preparation for a trip to Peterson Bay in May. They will tour Beluga Lake and Slough to explore coastal wetlands and intertidal and coastal forest ecosystems.

The school would like to congratulate intermediate Future Problem Solving Team who competed at the State Bowl at Soldotna High School and placed third. Their topic was: Caring For Our Elders. Team members were Sam Bennett, Eric Skjold and Brianna Goins.

Tickets for the May 5 prom are available from Tera Schnabl or Reyna Wood. For more information contact sponsors Tim Helvey or Joel Hilbrink.

For details about the rocket contest see Mr. Skjold.

Service Hanshaw Middle School band will be at the school May 4 to perform.

For current scholarship information see Mr. Story or Mrs. Leman.

Nikiski Middle-High

Josh Love is the Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month for April. Josh, the son of Mike and Joanne Love, is a senior. He has a cumulative grade point average of 3.385. He has participated in soccer and football and is active in his church’s community service activities such as spring break day camp and vacation bible school. Josh enjoys the outdoors and is an avid hiker and fly fisher. He works at the Kambe theatre. Josh’s future plans include Navy basic training in the fall. He wants to be a Navy medic.

The Alaska 2007 Future Problem Solvers State Bowl final awards are: Individual -- third place, Kayleen Hansen, (middle school); short story -- first place, Caitlin Reid (middle school); first place, Tristin Rutherford (high school); skit competition, second place, Serena Woodin, Kayleen Hansen, Camron Lotti, Cydney Spurgeon and Caitlin Reid.

On April 19, the school honored the many volunteers who give their time with a luncheon. The school would like to thank community members and parents who take time to give to the school and students.

Nikiski North Star

Mrs. Zinck’s second-graders are conducting a study of how people use rocks and soil. They started the rock tumbler to tumble rocks to use as decorations. Students have used soil is in making objects from clay. The finished clay pots will be part of a gift. Using Mohs Scale of Hardness students will identify rocks and minerals common in Alaska. Later, students will travel to the beach to collect and identify rocks.

The school is holding its annual Kindergarten Roundup at 9:30 a.m. today. The roundup offers an opportunity for parents with children who will turn five before Sept. 1 to learn more about the schools kindergarten program. Parents may register at the roundup or anytime during the week. To register parents will need to bring their child’s birth certificate, immunizations and legal documentation for special custody arrangements. Call Kellie at 776-5575 for more information.

The school will have a delayed start Monday as staff members will be involved in professional development. School will start for kindergarten through sixth grade at 10:30 a.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Prekindergarten will run 9 a.m. to noon and special education buses will pick up at the normal time. Buses will run 1 hour and 30 minutes later. If parents need to drop off students prior to the start time there will be programs and supervision available for students. For more information, call the school at 776-5575.

Redoubt Elementary

Fun Fest will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Friday. The $4 charge per student includes all activities. Students will need to bring extra money if they wish to buy snacks from the concession stand. Students planning to stay must have permission slips turned in before lunch Friday. For safety reasons, parents pick up students at their classrooms at the end of Fun Fest.

Pre-registration forms for the 2007-08 school year have been sent home. Parents are asked to complete and return these forms as soon as possible.

Parent input for class placement for next year will be accepted through Friday only. The form is available at the office and on Edline. Questions can be directed to Mr. Pothast.

A variety of school shirts are available for purchase at the office.

The spring musical, “Readin’, Writin’, and Rockin’,” is available to view online. Visit: mms://

Recorded copies of the program may be purchased at The Music Box.

The lost and found is overflowing and will be emptied May 4. Remaining items will be donated to charities.

A fifth- and sixth-grade band concert will be held at 6 p.m. May 3 in the gym.

Library books should be returned to the library by May 4. Students should see Ms. Carrow or Mrs. Hale regarding lost library books.

Sears Elementary

Ms. Ralston’s first-graders are learning about living and non-living things, animal coverings and working on their research project for their trip to the Anchorage Zoo.

In math, the students worked on double-digit addition, subtraction and time.

In art, the students created pictures to go with one of the stories they read in class.

In reading, the students are working on sequencing, main characters, the setting, the problem and the solution to the story.

Students learned titles and authors from a variety of books and applied their lifelong guidelines and life skills while participating in a rotation for “Battle of The Books.”

The school wants to thank students and parents for their involvement in the program.

Today there will be a PTA meeting in the library at 5 p.m. If you are interested in serving on the PTA board next year call the office.

On Friday there will be an all-school picture at 11:15 a.m. Students need to bring their school T-shirts for the photo.

The Fun Fest will be held after school May 3. Admission is $3 per student with a variety of snacks available for sale.

May 7 will be an early dismissal for students. Students will be dismissed at 1 p.m. This will be an inservice for staff. Buses will transport students home approximately two and a half hours earlier than normal.

The closing ceremony for the school will be held May 18 with a barbecue from 5 to 6 p.m. and a ceremony from 6 to 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend. There will be more information coming soon.

Steering committee meetings are held every Tuesday from 4 to 5 p.m. at Mountain View Elementary. The public is invited to attend.

Skyview High School

Prom will be May 5. Tickets are currently being sold for $30 each. Promenade will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Skyview Gym, the cost of admission for those wishing to watch is $2. Prom will begin at 8 and go until 11:30.

Brooke Zuber-Jasky recently returned from Juneau where she attended a state conference on environmental issues. Brooke was chosen from students from across Alaska. Her development of the recycling program at Skyview was a big reason she was chosen. The program is part of the Alaska Youth for Environmental Action or AYEA. While in Juneau, Brooke attended conferences, seminars and youth activities to promote environmental awareness. Brooke is the founder of the Skyview recycling club and is anxious to incorporate many of the ides she brought home with her. She also plans to take her ideas to the City of Soldotna to broaden her efforts at raising awareness of recycling possibilities.

Kent Peterson, band, choir and guitar teacher, was selected as one of five BP Teachers of Excellence for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. He will be recognized at a celebration dinner on May 17. The award is in recognition of not only teaching music in the school, but also Kent’s involvement in coaching cross country running and nordic skiing. The Teachers of Excellence program also encourages community involvement. Kent has been teaching an adult band class through Soldotna Community Schools for three years and has also become a regular guitar performer at a variety of functions and at The Crossing Restaurant in Soldotna.

The Skyview Band held a solo and ensemble competition last Tuesday. Tammy Matturro listened and evaluated a variety of groups and solos and recommended the following students to the state level festival: Britton Anderson (xylophone solo), Nathaniel McClure (snare drum solo), Tashina Wortham-Turnbull (clarinet solo), Taylor Karnikis (bagpipe solo), Alex Cox, Rusty Singleton, Ben Wild, Britton Anderson and Tashina Wortham-Turnbull (percussion ensemble), Tashina, Sophia Taeschner, Chris Nichol, Justin Marsh, and Rusty Singleton (clarinet ensemble) and the jazz ensemble. The following students also participated in the event: Tom Osterman (french horn solo), and Alex Cox, Greg Parker, Anthony Guth and Patrick Parker (saxophone quartet).

The Skyview drama, dance and music departments woud like to offer a huge thanks to all singers, dancers, musicians, choreographers, set painters, servers, sound, lighting and stage managers, and staff members who helped set up, perform and clean up the 1950’s Sock Hop. Special thanks go to Barb Massey and Joel Isaak who shared their choreography and expertise. It was a Skyview first to see parents, students and their younger siblings all dancing, hand jiving, and doing the limbo together on the dance floor! Thank you to everyone who helped make this dance and show such a success!

Soldotna High

UAA president Mark Hamilton will speak to juniors and seniors today during a sixth period assembly.

The comedy “John Lennon and Me” will be presented Thursday through Saturday at 7 p.m. Admission is $5.

Seniors are reminded that scholarship opportunities still exist. Check in the counseling center for additional information.

Eighth-grade visitation is May 8.

Senior awards are at 7 p.m. May 8.

The Advanced Placement Government test is May 7; calculus, May 9; English, May 10; U.S. History, May 11; and Biology, May 14.

Soldotna Elementary

Grades one through three will present a spring musical called the “The Carnival of the Animals” at 6 p.m. May 3 in the gym. Music teacher Erin Southwick will conduct. It is open to the public.

On May 11 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., the school will hold its spring Reading Night in the library. Title 1 reading teacher Katrina Cannava has prepared an assortment of activities.

The school would like to congratulate Future Problem Solving team of Dillon Jenson, Haiden Perkins, Emily Philbert and Cierra Vandehey for placing third in the skit competition of the Future Problem Solving Bowl. The team spent weeks preparing by studying the six problem solving steps and the topic “Caring for Our Elders.”

The final PTA/ Title 1 meeting for the 2006-07 school year will take place Thursday in the library at 3:45 p.m. Volunteers are needed for the end of the year barbecue and childcare is provided.

Taylor Meehan was honored as someone who exemplified kindness and caring and named Honor Buck winner. Taylor will receive a school T-shirt.

Soldotna Middle

The school would like to congratulate April Chamber Students of the Month, T’essa Tovoli and Lacey Moore.

The top five readers in Mr.Kircher’s reading class read a combined total of 78 books so far. These books total 2.2 million words. For a book to be counted as read a student must read at their level, maintain a signed reading log and pass a Reading Counts test. The top five readers are Kelsey Self (613,000 words), Chris Hallford (464,000), ashley Piersee (450,000), Anuilagi Wong (371,000), and Cameron Hensley (320,000).

Ms. Church’s world geography classes will complete the Egyptian unit by displaying their projects Thursday and hold an Egyptian fashion show at 10:20 a.m. May 2.

Dates to remember:

· Friday -- Sixth-graders visit from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. and track meet at 3 p.m.;

· May 3 -- Band and choir concert at 7 p.m. in the gym;

· May 8 -- Eighth-graders visit prospective high schools and sixth grade Parent Night at 6:30 p.m.;

· May 9 -- Last day for student book check-outs from the library. Books will need to be returned by May 17.

The schools newsletter is available at can be accessed at

Sterling Elementary

There will be a band concert today at 2:32 p.m.

Parent input forms for 2007-08 classroom placements will be in Thursday’s newsletter. Forms are due back to the office by May 11.

Miss T. and Mrs. Lyons’ classes are participating in the Tomatosphere project sponsored by NASA and companies interested in a trip to Mars. The students will grow tomato seeds that have been exposed to simulated space conditions and tomato seeds in a control group. They will then compare and record the progress of the plants as they grow. Watching the seeds grow may encourage classroom dialogue about the needs of people on space missions -- food, water, oxygen and what to do with carbon dioxide exhaled by crew members.

Mr. Shapley’s second- and third-grade multiage classroom has been studying air, air pressure and the atmosphere. They built kites last week and took advantage of Thursday’s blustery winds to test-fly them.

Friday is Secretary Appreciation Day. Parents are asked to stop by the school and join in celebrating what Mrs. Mahan does for the school.

Tustumena Elementary

Four of the school’s Quest students competed in the Alaska Future Problem Solving State Bowl competition last week. They won the junior category in this event. The school congratulates Abby Cook, Demery Garrant, Morgan Chesley and Lana Chesley.

The spring band concert for grades five and six will be held at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Sixth-grade students will bus to Soldotna Middle School for the annual visit Friday morning. Students traveling will return by noon. Written parent permission is required to attend orientation.

Most of the school’s classes have field trips planned before school ends. Parents are reminded to look for permission slips that will be headed home in the weeks ahead. The school’s final Lynx tracks trip will be to the Nikiski pool. Parent permission forms will be sent home Tuesday.

Wings Christian Academy

Megan Ruffridge won Cleanest Desk of the Week and Jesse Puletau won Student of the Week.

On May 4, the students will go to the Diamond Center Mall in Anchorage for their third quarter honor roll trip.

Merit store will be held the following Friday.

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