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Posted: Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Boyle fundraisers continue

The following fundraisers are planned by school employees and students to help defray the cost of cancer treatment for Gabe Boyle, a fourth-grader at Mountain View Elementary.

Gabe was diagnosed with AML (leukemia) and is undergoing treatment in Seattle Children’s Hospital for six to nine months.

· Ongoing — Gabe bracelets. Orange bracelets with Gabe’s name written on them. They are available at the following schools: Mountain View Elementary, Kenai Middle, Nikiski Middle-High and Sears. The cost is $1. each.

· Mountain View Elementary — The school will host the following sales: Mondays, popcorn and PowerAde; and Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: cookies and cupcakes. All items are sold at lunch time. The cost will be $.50;

· Monetary donations may be made at First National Bank to the Friends of Gabe Boyle account No. 30513667.

Aurora Borealis Charter School

The Future Problem Solving State Bowl was held at Soldotna High School on April 17 and 18. Four teams, coached by Julie Ball, competed. Awards were as follows: first place juniors division team winners were Freya Chay, Connor Haralson, Brandi Wagoner and Lucas Bruxvoort; first place Intermediate Division Individual, Dillon Ball; second place Intermediate Division Individual, Will McDermid; third place Intermediate Division Team, Dillon Ball, Logan Haralson, Alex Kaufman and Will McDermid; first place Skits Juniors Division, Freya Chay, Connor Haralson, Brandi Wagoner and Lucas Bruxvoort; second place Skits Juniors Division, Autumn Ball, Brooke Jackson and Lizzie McDermid; third place Skits Juniors Division, Kaylee Tanner, Ashley Epperheimer and Duncan Brewer; second place Intermediate Division Skit, Dillon Ball, Logan Haralson, Alex Kaufman and Will McDermid. Congratulations to the first place winners who have been invited to compete at the international conference in Colorado.

The results of the National Latin test taken by the sixth through eighth grade students are back. Seventeen percent of the students scored at Cum Laude (the national average) or above. Silver medals were presented to Alex Kaufman and to Bradi Anderson. The school’s first gold medal was presented to Will McDermid. Latin is taught by Lee Moore.

Testing for new kindergartners continues today.

Numerous field trips and events are planned for May.


The deadline for reimbursements is Friday.

Grades seven through 12 can register for the Alaska Coastal Ecology Field Trip with the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies. The trip will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 12. The cost of admission is $52 per person. There are a limited numbers of spots. For more information, call 714-8880 or the Homer office at (907) 235-3260.

Dibels and CBM testing for grades kindergarten through third is continues through Friday. Call the office at 714-8880 to schedule an appointment with your adviser.

For information, upcoming events or to check out the schools online forum visit

Cook Inlet Academy

Zac Cialek, Brooke Forsi and Melissa Moffis were inducted into the National Honor Society on April 18. Kenny Leaf was chosen as Staff Member of the Year and Krikkit Holly was chosen Student of the Year. NHS sponsor, Rhonda Orth, also was recognized for her dedication to the society.

Congratulations to Jake Zufelt for being awarded the Distinguished Christian High School Student Award by the Association of Christian Schools International. The award recognizes students outstanding in community service, academics, fine arts, athletics, and leadership. Zufelt was among 104 students worldwide who received honors in all five categories.

Top finisher’s in the junior high track meet in Homer were Ivy O’Guinn, second place in the 800 meter and one mile; and Amy Smithwick, third place in the 100 meter.

Top finisher’s in the high school meet in Wasilla were Brooke Forsi, first place in the 400 meter; Holly Kopp, third place in the two mile; and Sharon Lindow, Ashley Michel, Brooke Forsi, and Holly Kopp, third place in the girls relay.

The next meet for the high school track team is Saturday in Homer.

Preschool and kindergarten visitation is Friday. Call 262-5101 to attend.

Students of the Week are John Grossl, Kati Dutcher, Paige Chumley, Isaac Estes, Joe Murphy, Jiabao Leaf, Tim Smithwick, Elias McConnell, Mariah Wall, Nicole Moffis, Krikkit Holly and Colton Vann.


The school is accepting enrollments for the 2006-2007 school year. Interested families can apply online at, by calling 260-7555 or stop by the Resource Center in the Red Diamond Center.

The Curriculum Fair will be May 4 at the Soldotna Sports Center. The educational workshops and curriculum displays will be available in the main exhibit area beginning at 10 a.m. IDEA families or families in the process of enrolling with IDEA are admitted free to workshops and fair displays. Others may purchase admission tickets at the door. Andrew Pudewa, a nationally recognized writing expert, will deliver the keynote address at a catered breakfast beginning at 8:30 a.m. Tickets for the breakfast may be purchased at the Resource Center in the Red Diamond Center. For more information on this event call 260-7555.

Students are invited to participate in a poster contest. Prizes will be awarded in various age categories. Call the Resource Center for more information.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences

The volunteer luncheon will be held from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. today in the library.

An artist reception will follow the luncheon from 1 to 4 p.m. The finished ceramic murals will be available for viewing and attendees can meet artist Ann Wilson who worked with the students on the mural.

First graders in Mrs. Casiano’s and Mrs. Lafferty’s classes are going to Islands and Ocean’s in Homer on Friday.

The State Charter School conference will be held Thursday through Saturday in Anchorage. Parents interested in attending can pick up brochures from the office. Cost for one day is $25 or $50 for the conference.

Mrs. Sheldon’s and Mrs. Stroh’s classes will go to Johnson Lake on Tuesday for the Salmon Celebration.

The school carnival will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. May 5. Proceeds will help fund end of the year field trips. If you would like to help with the carnival, call your child’s teacher.

Yearbooks will arrive and be sent home soon. If you have not prepurchased one, you may send in $15 to add your name to the list to buy an extra copy. They will be sold in order that money is received.

If you have not yet paid for your child’s pictures, or returned their picture packet, send it to school. Lifetouch is providing ice cream sandwiches to all students, if all packets or money is returned.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The buy-one, get-one free book fair continues today and Thursday.

Tonight’s 21st CC Parent Forum topic will be “Helping the Quiet Child,” at 7 at the school.

Parent Volunteer Recognition will be at Friday’s morning meeting. Parents who have volunteered in their child’s classroom are invited to attend.

The sixth-graders will visit Soldotna Middle School on Friday.

Mrs. Bagley is seeking volunteers for Field Day, call her at the school for more information.

Dates to remember:

· May 8-12— Teacher Appreciation Week; and

· May 25 — All-school barbecue at 6 p.m.

Kenai Central High

Student body elections are taking place today. There will be an assembly at the end of the day in the auditorium. Seniors will have a regular class meeting in the little theatre.

There is a KPSAA meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday at DMC.

The Kenai Peninsula College graduation will be held in the Reene C. Henderson Auditorium on Tuesday.

The annual foreign language department cultural fair will be at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the school.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — Soccer at Skyview, varsity girls and junior varsity boys at 4 p.m. and varsity boys and junior varsity girls at 6 p.m.;

· Friday — track vs Kodiak and soccer at Houston;

· Saturday — track at Homer and Soccer at Wasilla; and

· May 3 — soccer vs Juneau, varsity girls at 3 p.m. and varsity boys at 5 p.m.

Kenai Middle

Congratulations to the following students for being selected student of the month for March: Jennifer Kohler, Jimmy Starkloff, Casey Crowder, Levi Lacey, Kara Colton, Cameron Rupe, Esther Hamilton, Faren Calix, Shaynee DeVito, Isabella Jukic, Dylan Shaw. These students were treated to a pizza lunch last week.

Correction on honor roll from last week: Ryan Travelstead made the 3.0 honor roll for the sixth grade.

Title VII and Salamatof tutors will offer after school tutoring Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays through May 17. Bus ended April 13. Call Kelly Brewer for CARTS rides if your student needs help with transportation. Title VII contact number is 283-1748.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — site council at 5:30 p.m. in the library;

· Friday — track at Soldotna Middle at 3 p.m. and mini-course fees and permissions due;

· May 5 — borough track at Skyview High School;

· May 6 — borough track at Skyview;

· May 12 — schoolwide dance;

· May 15— band concert at Kenai Central High School at 7 p.m.;

· May 22— farewell at 8 a.m.;

· May 23 — mini-courses;

· May 24—mini-courses; and

· May 25 —school barbecue and last day of school

Kenai Montessori School

Last Friday the students observed Earth Day by picking up garbage around downtown Kenai. The students worked in small groups and were supervised by teachers and volunteer parents. After they were done the students returned to the school to discuss the types of garbage they had found and why it is important not to litter. Each student made a book about recycling and how to help save the planet from pollution.

Parent-teacher conferences will continue the rest of the week. Parents are reminded to check the appointment list in the school lobby for their scheduled conference time. There will be an open house from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. Preregistration for the Summer Explorers Program will close May 25. For more information, visit

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start

The Raven and Eagle classes listened to Eric Carle’s book “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” The children created their own caterpillars and butterflies.

The Salmon and whale classes visited with Miss Laura and Miss Brenda, from the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, who brought canvas bags to all the classrooms to decorate in honor of Earth Day.

The Moose and Bear classes looked at pictures of Alaskan wildlife while learning the Dena’ina names for the animals. They also have been beading and learning the song “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” in the Dena’ina language.

Mountain View Elementary

Today is “Wear a Smiley Tattoo” for Gabe Day at the school. Students may wear their smiley face tattoo. The tattoo were on sale at McDonald’s Tuesday and are for sale at school today for only $1 each.

The school would like to thank those who participated in the “I’m Lovin Gabe Night” at Kenai the McDonald’s. It was a success and the staff said they had a great time working.

The after school “Trash Can Ball” had more than 60 students singed up to play Mondays and Wednesdays during April.

The staff would like to congratulate the students for their tremendous attitudes and behaviors.

Nikiski Middle-High

Two Nikiski Public Forum Debate teams showed off their speaking and research skills as they met in the final round of debate at the Homer DDF meet April 15. Josh Ball and Laura Rooper took on Kara Bethune and Joel Ribbens in a round that was open to the public. Judges included school board and borough assembly members. Also invited to participate were various members of the news media, who asked the debaters questions relevant to the topic — whether the American media works against the best interest of the American public. Media representatives responded to queries from the debaters as well.

The school held a volunteer appreciation luncheon for volunteers for the 2005-06 school year. Thank you to the people who take time out of their busy days and lives to volunteer in the building.

“Gabe” bracelets are available in the kitchen. The cost is $1 each. Proceeds go to help Gabe Boyle and his family. Call the school for more information.

There are still several graduation orders that have not been picked up from the guidance office. Call Mrs. Falk if you have not received your order and make checks payable to Jostens.

On May 4, Nikiski North Star Elementary sixth grade parents are invited to attend the “Step-Up Night” at 6:30 p.m. Parents will be able to meet the teachers students will have next year. The sixth graders will be at the school during that day for their Step-Up experience.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

The site council meets the first Tuesday of every month.

The PTA meets the first Thursday of every month.

The National TV-Turnoff Week continues through Friday. The school is participating. The week is a chance to read, be more physically active, converse, think, create and do, rather than view. Imagine... is the theme.

Congratulations to Margy Cox was selected as the Alaska PTA finalist for her musical composition in the Primary Division and Evangeline Cox was the Alaska PTA Finalist for her writing in the Primary Division for Literature. Only one finalist is chosen statewide in each division to represent Alaska PTA at the national level.

The following students received honorable mentions: Paige Brame and Evangeline Cox, Primary Division Photography; Daniel Ribbens, Intermediate Division Photography; Evangeline Cox, Primary Division Visual Arts; and Tekoa Dixon, Middle/Jr Division Literature.

The National PTA Reflections 2005-06 theme was “I Wonder Why?” Alaska PTA State visual arts and photography state finalists and honorable mentions are on display at the Anchorage Sheraton during the Safeguarding Your Children Conference from Thursday through Saturday.

The 2006-07 Reflections theme is “My Favorite Place...” To learn how to participate in the annual program, e-mail Lynn Hohl in Seward at or call her at (907) 224-7300 or e-mail the Alaska PTA at or call (888) 822-1699. These resources can also provide information on attending the Safeguarding Your Children Conference.

Redoubt Elementary

Parent input for class placement forms for the 2006-07 school year are available on Edline and at the school office. Only completed forms received by 4 p.m. May 5 will be considered in the placement process. Questions regarding the class placement process may be directed to the principal, Mr. Pothast.

The school is looking for a parent representative to serve on its site council for a two year term beginning in the fall. No experience is necessary. Interested parents are asked to submit their names to the school office by May 3. Election will be by ballot May 5 through 19.

The lost and found will be emptied Friday. Unclaimed items will be donated to local charities.

The school congratulates Future Problem Solving State Bowl participants: Mariah Ulen, second place and Shannon Wyatt third place in scenario writing.;Courtney Lewis, second place and Shannon Wyatt third place in the individual competition,; and Krystal Baer, Courtney Lewis, Alena Newgren, Evan Withrow and Shannon Wyatt, second place in the team competition.

Soldotna Boys and Girls Club summer program registration continues today from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the school. The club thanks everyone who helped with its recent fundraiser.

Parents are asked to return preregistration forms and school pictures as soon as possible.

The school will host preschool story hour for children ages 3 to 5 from 9 to 9:45 a.m. Fridays through May 12. Snacks will be provided. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Application deadline for the school scholarship is Friday. Complete information and applications are available at area high school counselors’ offices and Redoubt.

Sears Elementary

Today there will be a volunteer luncheon from 11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the library to honor all volunteers.

Also today there will be an artist reception for mural artist, Ann Wilson, and the student artists from 1 to 4 p.m.

On Thursday, Mrs Peles’s and Ms. Ralston’s classes will leave the school at 6:50 a.m. to travel to the Anchorage Zoo. They will return at 7 p.m.

Ms. Ralston’s students have been getting ready for their study trip to the Anchorage Zoo. This week the students created zoo animals out of clay, used different tools to put texture on their animals and will paint them next week. The students also drew their animals on paper showing the environments the animals live in and using a variety of different techniques. In math the students worked on telling time to the quarter hour, writing numbers in sequence past 100, skip counting, and adding two column numbers. Thank you to Mr. Gordy for the wonderful T-stools for the children. The students were very excited to have a T-stool of their very own. Students were able to decorated their the stools and will take them home at the end of the year.

On Friday, Mrs. Bryson’s class will go to Bishop Beach to look for the sea animals they have been studying. Check your student’s newsletter for specific times and for what to pack.

Also on Friday, Lifetouch photography will offer students ice cream sandwiches for bringing in picture packets and, or money for purchased pictures. Have packets and, or money returned to the school by this time.

On May 5 Sears and Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science will have their annual spring carnival from 5 to 8 p.m.

Skyview High School

The talent show will be held at 6:30 p.m. today. Admission price is $3 at the door. Both visual and performing arts categories will be featured.

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week begins Monday.

The school will celebrate Homegoing beginning Monday. Students are reminded to check at the school for dress up days and contests.

On April 14, a group of students from Mr. Weissenbergs, Russian I and II classes participated in the annual all-state American Council of Teachers of Russian Olympiada of Spoken Russian at West High School in Anchorage. The students from West, Bartlet, and South High schools, Chugiak, Unalaska and Juneau completed in oral speech, Russian geography and poetry recitation.

Matt Alexander and Thomas Osterman received perfect scores in poetry recitation and were asked to perform at the awards assembly. In Russian I, Jordan Merkes was one point short from getting an overall perfect score. In Russian II, Ben Woodland was two points short from getting an overall perfect score.

Soldotna High

The National Honor Society new member induction is tonight at 7 in the library.

Fees for AP Exams are due Tuesday. The AP calculus exam will be given May 3; English, May 4; and U.S. history, May 5.

The eighth grade visitation and high school orientation is from 7:50 to 9:50 a.m. May 8. Incoming freshmen will meet in the auditorium at 7:50 a.m.

Junior Marit Hartvigson is featured on the Environmental Protection Agency environmental education Web site for her award winning work in the restoration and protection of Slikok Creek. More information about Marit’s Presidential Environmental Youth Award may be found at

Senior Heather Sinclair has been named by the faculty as the recipient of the Masonic Outstanding Student Award.

The following students took honors in the Future Problem Solving competition: Lydia Ames, Kelsey Cain, and Lauren Senette, third in the senior skit competition; Sheila Oelrich, Spencer Tachick, Nate Gallagher and Kelly King, first in the senior skit competition; Monica Maryott, Theresa Ramponi and Mark Youngren, third in the intermediate skit competition.

In the team booklet competition, Monica Maryott, Theresa Ramponi, and Mark Youngren was first in the intermediate division, and are invited to the international competition in Fort Collins, Colorado in June. Austin Struthers, Mavica McClane, Sierra Ball, and Skyview student Yuzhun Evanoff were second in the senior division. Lydia Ames, Kelsey Cain, Lauren Senette and Amy Hundertmark were first in the senior division and also are invited to participate in the international competition.

Yearbooks may be reserved for $60.

Soldotna Elementary

The site based council will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the conference room.

The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. May 4 in the library. It is open to the public. The PTA will plan the last day barbecue and will need help with the end of the year event.

Students is grades three through six are encouraged to begin work on science fair projects. Projects will be judged May 18. Under the direction of sixth grade teacher, Karlene Meyers. The Science Fair will be an opportunity for students to use the scientific process and display results. There will be an awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. May 18. It is open to the public.

Kyra Price was the Honor Buck winner for the week . She encouraged another student and for her efforts, received a school T shirt.

Sixth-graders visited the Kenai Fiord last week with their teacher, Karlene Meyers as part of their science and social studies curriculum studies. They have been studying Alaskan birds and mammals and the diversity and productivity of Alaskan environments. The field trip was designed to heightened the students understanding of the interrelationships of living things.

Soldotna Middle

The school newsletter is available at

Yearbooks are for sale for $25. There are less than 200 left. Also, students can preorder the yearbook companion DVD’s for $5. It will have 30 music videos with pictures from the school year. DVD’s will be delivered the last week of school.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — Ms. Fjelstad’s English classes will host a poetry slam at 7 p.m. in the library and Ms. Church’s World Geography class will be displaying their Egyptian Artifact 3-D Posters in the hallways;

· Friday — track meet at 3 p.m. at the school and feeder sixth grade elementary students will visit the campus from 9:30 to 11 a.m.;

· May 3 — Ms. Church’s World Geography class will host an Egyptian Fashion Show;

· May 4 — sixth grade parent night begins at 6:30 p.m.;

· May 8 —eighth-graders visit the high schools from 7:50 to 9:50 a.m. ;

· May-9 through 11 — the library will host a buy-one, get-one free Scholastic Book Fair;

The staff would like to thank Officer Garcia for coming to Mrs. Reimer and Mrs. McIndoe’s Life Science classes for tobacco and alcohol education. The students said the go cart and driving demonstrations were educational and fun.

Congratulations to Connor Dimick, April’s Soldotna Chamber Student of the Month and to Jenna Jensen, March’s Soldotna Chamber Student of the Month.

Sterling Elementary

This afternoon the school will host a volunteer appreciation tea in the library. Parent and community volunteers are invited to come.

Noted author and illustrator Michael Bania will visit the school today through Friday. She will work with selected classes on how to write and illustrate books based on stories about the Sterling community. Mrs. Bania is well known for her children’s books Kumak’s Fish and Kumak’s House, among others. Her visit is funded through and Artist Access Grant from the Alaska Council for the Arts, and a collection of her books will be donated to the school at the completion of her visit.

Friday will be Pajama Day and each class will be have a read in at some point during the day. Students are invited to bring between one and three used books to school to exchange for other used books at the recycled RIF Book distribution.

Tustumena Elementary

Sixth grade parents are reminded that Friday is the day students will travel to the Soldotna Middle or Ninilchik schools, depending on which school a student will be attending next year. Bus transportation will be provided, but will require signed parent permission in advance.

Parent Night for Soldotna Middle School will be at 6:30 p.m. May 4.

The school has scheduled a public meeting at 4 p.m. Monday in the conference room to discuss its instructional goals through 2008. Interested parents are invited to attend.

The annual Salmon Celebration sponsored by the Alaska Department of Fish and Wildlife is scheduled at Johnson Lake on Tuesday. Primary classes will attend the event in the morning and intermediate classes in the afternoon.

Incoming kindergarten families are reminded that the school’s annual visitation is scheduled for May 3 and 4. Families who have preregistered a child should have received more information in the mail. Families who have not preregistered are encouraged to stop by the school to obtain registration paperwork or call the principal at 262-4844 prior to visitation days.

Wings Christian Academy

This week at Wings, Joel Consiel won the Cleanest Office of the Week Award for the Learning Center.

The Mystery Person clues are: “I was a Native American. My last name and my product go hand-in-hand.”; “My culinary skills changed the french fry. “; “My last name is something you find in the bottom of potato chip bags.”; and “Herman Lay brought my invention to the South when he made Lay’s Potato Chips.”

On Friday, Mrs. Kincade’s music recital will take place, along with Junk Yard Wars.

On Monday, students will take a field trip.

The end of the school year is in18 days.

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