District School News

Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2002

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

There will be a Family Fun Night on Friday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., featuring magician Don Russell, "The Magic Guy." It should be a fun evening, so please join us.

Sixth-grade parents are invited to visit Soldotna Middle School Thursday.

For more information, visit the Web site at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/kbeach.

Mountain View Elementary

Congratulations to the Mountain View Future Problem Solvers team of Molly Watkins, Ben Matson, Catherine Hoisington and Taylor Matson for their participation in the April 14 to 16 FPS State Bowl competition and for their second place team award in the junior skit competition.

Mrs. Keating's fifth-graders learned about comets in anticipation of their Rendezvous with a Comet at the Challenger Learning Center Thursday. They recently visited Phillips Petroleum and learned about LNG. Thanks to Phillips for allowing us to visit and for paying the way to the Challenger Center.

Mrs. Steward's class is really cooking. Students began a new language unit. They will be reading food labels, recipes and cooking safety information. Each Friday they will put their knowledge to use creating a tasty tidbit.

On Tuesday, Mrs. Keating and Mrs. Steward will take their students to the Kenai Wildlife Refuge. May 9 and 10, fifth-grade students will travel to Seward to take a tour of the Kenai Fjords.

Mrs. Cramer's third-graders just finished a science and reading unit on rodents. Students earned Bingos by reading books.

Mr. Daniel's class has really enjoyed having Mr. Craig Schwartz as a student teacher this semester. The students described him as cool, fun and very good at math. The best of luck to him with his new job at Grace Christian School in Anchorage. The students also wish to thank him for helping them to be so well prepared for the the Rendezvous with a Comet Mission they completed at the Challenger Learning Center. The students were so successful in fact, they were able to discover "the unknown object" and name the "new comet" Sonnic-Ziehmer. Thank you, Mr. S., for a great semester.

Nikiski Elementary

Nikiski Elementary is having its annual Authors' Fair and Band Performance night on Tuesday. Student writing and artwork will be showcased, the band will perform, and a hot dog dinner will be served free of charge. The festivities will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the gym.

Teacher Appreciation Week, May 6 to 10, is fast approaching. This is the time of year when we all need to remember how important our teachers and staff members are to the success of our students. The PTA is sponsoring Teacher Appreciation Week by relieving staff members of their lunch duty and providing lunch each day. Take time next week to show your appreciation by volunteering for one hour at lunch and/or bringing in a dish for lunch. If you can help in any way, call Ann Holloway as soon as possible at 776-4132.

Now that it is officially the month of May, teachers will be planning and organizing their end of the year field trips. Watch for permission slips to come home and return them as quickly as possible. This helps out tremendously for planning purposes.

Thank you to the PTA and all those who volunteered to help out with the Family Fun Night Beach Party last week. It was a great success and without the PTA and volunteers, it would not have been possible.

Mark your calendars for the last PTA meeting for this school year. It is scheduled for May 14 at 3:45 p.m. in the library.

Two big accelerated reader assemblies are scheduled for May. At the first, Tuesday, winners will be announced. Prizes include a helicopter tour for six, a limo ride with the superintendent for six, a ride on a big fire truck for four and possibly the opportunity for several students to catch a ride with a state trooper. A total of 20 students will win big prizes and all students participating will receive a ribbon. Watch for a flyer to come home in the May newsletter describing all the crazy and fun celebrations happening next week. Word has it that a number of staff members will end up with a pie in the face May 10 before it is all said and done. So keep encouraging your students to read, read, read.

North Star Elementary

The North Star Variety Show is scheduled for May 14 at 2 p.m. Sign-up forms are available at the office. All acts must have parent signature and must be seen or heard by a committee in advance. There are no lip sync acts. See Mrs. Pilatti with questions.

North Star would like to thank its fantastic volunteer preschool teachers, Cathy Carmody and her daughter Samantha Carmody, Katie Ozhuwan, Jennifer Heazlett and Colleen Wik. These wonderful volunteers gave both their time and creativity to make North Star's free preschool such a success.

Redoubt Elementary

Today is the last day for students to vote in the school mascot election. Votes will be tallied and the outcome announced on Friday. Thanks to all community members and parents who voted.

Friday is Bus Driver Appreciation Day. Help show the bus drivers how much you appreciate the job they do transporting students safely to and from school each day.

Teacher Appreciation Week is next week -- a great opportunity to let your teachers know how much you appreciate them and all they do.

We love volunteers. Redoubt will hold its annual volunteer reception on Monday from 4 to 5 p.m.

The Bike Rodeo is coming to the Redoubt Elementary parking lot on May 9 from 5 to 7 p.m. Bring your bikes, scooters and skateboards. There will be bike tune-ups, safety videos, an obstacle course, bike helmets for sale, food, door prizes and lots of fun for the whole family.

Mr. Gossard's class is having a bake sale on Thursday during lunch. Students must bring money from home for the bake sale. They cannot withdraw money from their lunch/snack account for the bake sale.

Volunteers are needed to shelve books and perform other library tasks. No experience is necessary. Call Miss Cox at 262-9006 if you can help. All library books are due May 8.

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

Timmy Hills won second place in the district and Craig Hills won first place in the district in the Kenai Soil & Water Conservation "Gift of Trees" poster contest. Congratulations, Timmy and Craig.

Congratulations to Big G Boxtops drawing winners Carlee Drobnick, Claire Baalke and Erica Hoyt and Campbell's Soup label drawing winners Kioni Garcia, Josh Bunch and Tate Syverson.

Sears Elementary

Teacher request forms are available. They are due back to the office by May 15.

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.

The annual Sears carnival is Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Raffle tickets are available for some great prizes. Contact the office if you are interested in buying or selling raffle tickets, setting up the carnival or donating materials.

Volunteers also are needed at the carnival. If you can volunteer, call the office.

It's the season for field trips. Watch your child's Friday folders for more information on class field trips.

Soldotna Elementary

The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the library. Everyone is welcome. Come and plan for the Last Day Picnic and the upcoming Bike Rodeo on May 9 sponsored by both the Soldotna and Redoubt PTAs.

A Bike Safety Assembly featuring Dr. McCord will be held Tuesday to encourage students to take part in the rodeo where they can buy safety helmets and have them fitted, ride a safety course and more.

Summer school applications are available for incoming second- through sixth-graders. Reading will be the focus and classes will meet in the morning during June. This is an outstanding opportunity to get your child extra help with reading. Applications must be in by May 8.

A Spirit Assembly was held last week as part of Spirit Week. Students, PTA and staff members led by Janet Boyce presented a skit to "kick off" the summer reading program, Splash into Summer. Students were challenged to read 1,000 minutes collectively by May 10 and Principal Carolyn Cannava would be "tickled pink."

Students are scheduled to attend an assembly featuring another science visit by the Imaginarium on Tuesday. Some students also will be on field trips on that day to Johnson Lake to learn about and celebrate salmon.

Sterling Elementary

Mrs. Harrison's students have been busy over the last couple of weeks planting bulbs, working on science fair exhibits, sharing recycling ideas and recognizing Earth Day.

Parents of sixth-graders are invited to Soldotna Middle School for parents night Thursday. The time has been moved to 7:15 p.m. so parents and students involved in the music program will have time to get to Soldotna.

The third, fourth, fifth and sixth grades will have a music program Thursday in the school gym. Students should be at school by 5:45 p.m. with the program starting at 6 p.m. This will be the final concert for this school year. A big thank you to Mrs. Biggs for all of the time and love she puts in every performance for the kids at Sterling Elementary.

Mrs. Harrison's class will have a bake sale on Friday -- bring those quarters.

Mike Morgan will be returning to Sterling Elementary on Friday to entertain the students at 9:30 a.m. Parents are always welcome. Student council members also will be a part of this program.

Ms. Dierick will be taking her class of third- and fourth-graders to the Kenai Wildlife Refuge for hands-on activities with wetlands on Friday.

Many classes will be taking trips over the final few weeks of class, and volunteers are always needed to help classes. If you would be interested in helping, call the office at 262-4944.

As the school year comes to an end, the lost and found shelves start looking like a department store with all kinds of items that kids lose during the school year. If you're looking for a particular item of clothing that your child has lost, it may be here. Stop in and check out the selection the next time you're at the school.

Tustumena Elementary

Sea Week began April 29. Classes have different activities planned to explore aspects of the sea, including various types of fishing, marine biology and environmental issues.

Tustumena's sixth-graders will have a visitation opportunity to Soldotna or Ninilchik Middle Schools on Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Bus transportation will be provided. Students attending Kenai Middle School next fall also may travel to Kenai, but transportation must be provided by parents.

Sixth-grade Parent's Night at Soldotna Middle School is Thursday at 7:15 p.m.

The Lynx Tracks activity this quarter is swimming. On May 7, 8 and 16, different classes will travel to the Nikiski Pool between 9:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

The Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Kenai gave a donation of $400 toward the purchase of a new commercial-grade popcorn machine. This will be a nice addition to use at various functions throughout the school year.

Once again we ask that anyone in the community who would be interested in giving a "little" or "a lot" of their precious time to help organize the Halloween Carnival contact the school and leave your name. Six parents have called in thus far, but more are needed.

Proposed language for "Dress and Grooming" in next year's Student/Parent Handbook has been printed each week in the school newsletter that comes home to you on Fridays. Parents who wish to offer any input or suggestions are asked to contact the principal before school is dismissed for the summer.

The Covenant Players will visit Tustumena on May 10. Three one-hour programs will be presented between 9 a.m. and noon. These short plays are designed to illustrate effective ways of treating people with respect and tolerance. Parents are invited to attend any of these programs that morning.

Kenai Middle School

There will be a Track and Field Meet at Seward on Saturday and a band concert Tuesday.

Mr. Fischer and Ms. Wells will take their classes to Camp Carlquist on May 8 to 11.

Leadership will sponsor the last dance on Friday with a professional DJ and light show. The gym will be open, but it will not be a full activity night.

The yearbooks are still on sale. They cost $25, but the price may go up after today. Order forms are available in the office.

Congratulations to Kassi Kiel who was also chosen as a Student of the Month for April.

Progress reports were mailed out on Friday. If you did not receive one, contact the office at 283-4896.

There will be a Title I meeting Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in room 20 to review 2001-02 goals and overall success of the Kenai Middle School Title I program. Parents, staff and community members are invited. For more information, call April Kaufman at 283-4896.

"Eighth-Grade Farewell" is scheduled for May 17 at 8 a.m. in the gym.

Any eighth-grade parent interested in serving on KCHS PTSA call Beth Mishler at 283-6494.

The Kenaitze Indian Tribe has two summer camps this year. The Susten Camp will be June 10 through July 3. Twelve college students and two archaeologists from Kenai Peninsula College will work with the campers.

The second is Fish Camp -- an overnight camp held Aug. 12 to 23. Camps are open to students ages 10 to 18, and attendance is limited to 12 people per camp. For more information, call Amber Glenzel at Kenaitze Indian Tribe, 283-3633.

A big thanks to Liana Bigham and her students from KCHS for another outstanding Leadership Seminar for KMS students.

For more information on upcoming events and the school newsletter, visit the school Web page at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/kms.

Soldotna Middle School

The team of Lydia Ames, Patrick Moore, Sarah Shoemaker and Amy Hundertmark won state in the Future Problem Solving intermediate division. They will be traveling to Connecticut in June to compete in the International Future Problem Solving competition. The students are trying to raise money for this experience by performing chores within the community ranging from brushing Fido to washing, waxing and vacuuming your car. These will be done for donations. Contact Kristin at SMS.

After the Bell has sponsored the Penny Wars at SMS during the months of March and April. The five-gallon water jugs are almost three-fourths of the way full. The money raised will go to the food bank to help the community. Food bank representatives will be at SMS today to help After The Bell students count the pennies and "silver change."

Interior Distance Education of Alaska

The IDEA curriculum fair will be at the Soldotna Sports Center on Saturday. Andrew Pudewa, Joan Cotter, Myrna Martin, Don and Morna Gilbert, Laurie Roberts and Susan Anthony will all present. A continental breakfast will be served at 9 a.m., followed by the keynote address titled "Principles of Good Teaching" by Susan Anthony. Tickets for the keynote address are $5 and should be purchased by Thursday at the IDEA office.

Gold will have a table set up at the fair. Gold is a cutting edge comprehensive high school language arts and math program that utilizes the latest research for effective teaching and mastery learning.

The curriculum fair is going to be awesome. 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. Additional information is located on the IDEA Web site under the "Fair 2002" icon.

The 2001-02 spring progress reports are due May 25. Turn them in to your contact teacher.

IDEA families have the opportunity to participate in the Kenai Peninsula Homeschool Track Meet scheduled for May 30 at the Skyview track. Check-in is at 4 p.m. There are events for everyone. For more information, call Teresa or Jim Danielson at 262-7761.

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

Kenai Central High School

Elections for class offices will be May 10.

The KCHS Choir pops concert is Tuesday. Come listen to the incredible music the students produce.

Soccer parents: Start collecting your unwanted items. The soccer team garage sale is May 18 at Kenai Middle School from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mrs. DeVolld's British literature and college prep classes thank the community members who participated in their mock job interviews.

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

Ninilchik School

There's a Citizen of the Month assembly today at 2:20 p.m.

Sixth-graders from Tustumena and Anchor Point are visiting Thursday to check out our junior high program. They will attend classes with the seventh-graders.

In conjunction with a unit about their community, Mrs. Bosick's students will go to the Kenai Visitor's and Cultural Center and Soldotna Homesteader's Museum. They also will take the walking tour of Ninilchik Village to see where the community began.

The basketball awards ceremony was a sweet conclusion to a great season. Certificates were presented to the junior varsity players by their coaches. Coach Hanson thanked the coaches' wives, the parents who ran the clock and kept the books and all the parents for their commitment. He presented five letters to first-year varsity players. Larry Matson received the game ball for his help with the team. Coach Leman finished with how special this year's team is to him and individual traits of each player. Molly Bosick was chosen for First Team All-State and Whitney Leman is the 2A Player of the Year. The finale was a video produced by Whitney with clips of the seniors' first games in sixth grade.

Mrs. Bosick and Miss Cruz are sponsoring a second/third/fourth lock-in and sleepover. There will be open gym, swimming, movies and a pizza party.

Skyview High School

Today is eighth-grade orientation from 8 to 11 a.m. Students will be brought over from the middle school in the morning and attend a brief assembly in the gym. They then will attend various sessions, including a tour of the school and a presentation of the activities available at the school. This will be a time for the eighth-graders to ask any questions that they may have about high school to high schoolers.

Class elections for the 2002-03 school year will be held Thursday during seventh hour.

There will be a site-based council meeting here Thursday at 6 p.m. Next year's officers will be inducted.

The National Honor Society will have its dessert banquet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. This will be the senior send-off as well as the induction of the 2002-03 officers.

Juniors and seniors taking an advanced placement final exam need to pay the final balance of $71 to Mrs. Zobeck by Friday.

The Spring Choir Concert will be Monday at 7 p.m. at Skyview. Come and see all the singers sing one last time before the year is over.

Reminder: The graduation ceremony for the class of 2002 has been moved to the Soldotna Sports Center. It is May 20 at 7 p.m. Tickets will be needed for floor seating only this year.

Soldotna High School

Congratulations to the April Students of the Month: William Cook, science; Cameron Schneider, health; Todd Ghormley, music; Kyle Foster, PE; Ari Goldstein, English; Tess Casswell, English; Matt Radeck, English; Carly Miller, math; Rueben Glaves, vocational education; Whitney Biggs, social studies; Rica Howarth, world languages; Rachel McCartan, photo; and Nicole Mayer, photo.

This is eighth-grade visitation day at SoHi. Students planning to attend Soldotna High School as freshmen next year will be touring the school, learning about the many activities available and meeting with the administration, counselors, athletic and activities directors and teachers. The staff and students are anxious to meet and welcome their newest stars.

The Spring Choir Concert will be Thursday at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. The community is invited to attend.

Advanced Placement testing begins next week. The AP English Literature test will be held Monday and the AP U.S. History test will be May 10. Good luck to all who are participating.

Cook Inlet Academy

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

Congratulations to Justin Franchino for the honor of Region 2 Player of the Year. Justin's future plans include schooling to be a missionary.

May events for public attendance: Awards Banquet (Dessert), Friday at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church; Preschool Graduation, May 14; Senior Graduation, May 19; and Awards Chapel, May 22.

May student events: Veterinarian trip and second-grade to the Imaginarium, Friday; fifth- and sixth-grade overnight field trip and Swanson River, May 9 and 10; first-grade to State Forestry, May 10; first-grade to Halibut Cove, May 15; junior high trip, May 14 to 17; preschool to Halibut Cove, May 15; preschool to Alaska SeaLife Center, first-grade swimming, fourth- to sixth-grade Hershey Track and Field and second-grade to Seward Fish Hatchery, May 17; and preschool through third-grade picnic, May 20. There is no school May 21.

Enrollments and registrations for next year are continuing. Classes are filling up. Call 262-5101 to reserve a place.

READS Primary School

READS students have done a fantastic job this school year. One hundred percent of the students have received six months of Book It pizza awards for achieving their reading goals.

Congratulations to Kaylee Fisher, Rachael Ross, Tanner Wortham, Ellen Groseclose, Makayla Derkevorkian and Andi Reilly, our prekindergarten students. They have excelled beyond our expectations and have achieved academically and socially throughout this school year.

Second-graders have practiced cursive this quarter as well as their multiplication tables. We will miss our graduating students: Taylor Ross, Bo Reilly, Selia Butler and Aspen Love.

Kindergarten students are reading well and have learned to count by 2's, 5's, and 10's. We are very proud of all our kindergartners: Nolan Scarlett, Eli Butler, Nicole Moffis, Tyler Yamada, Miles Jones, Anne Marie Moore and Skyler Robinson.

First-grade students are reading beyond grade level and have spent the last quarter practicing their grammar skills and practicing time and money in math. Cassie Ross, Forrest Carlson, Elizabeth Dailey, Allison Groseclose, Annaleah Ernst, Addison Cheek, Madison Cunningham and Gretta Kennedy all did a super job.

READS once again will sponsor a summer reading program for students entering kindergarten or first grade in the fall. The program will run Monday through Thursday, June 10 to 27. Two sessions are available. Enrollment is limited. The cost is $150 per student. Contact the office for further information.

Wings Christian Academy

Wings is having a bike-a-thon fund-raiser for the students who are going to international competition in Flagstaff, Ariz. Students: Make sure to dress for the weather. Helmets are up to parents. Lower learning center students also are allowed to participate in the bike-a-thon but must first earn $100 from willing sponsors. This event will be Monday, so watch out for bikers along Kalifornsky Beach Road.

The international competition will be May 25 to 31. The 11 eighth- through 12th-grade students and their sponsors will leave May 20, so they can visit Disneyland and Six Flags for a little fun before they attend the competition. These students will compete in a variety of events from music to sewing to ping pong and chess.

The last skating fund-raiser for the year will be from 6 to 8 p.m. May 14. Come and have some fun -- and bring a friend.

Naomi Pettey earned the cleanest desk of the week award.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

Head Start children will visit the Kenaitze Tribe's greenhouses this week. They have been growing plants for several weeks and are looking forward to seeing flowering plants.

The children sewed and decorated burlap pouches, which they will bring with them to the greenhouse. Each child will receive a small bag of dirt for his or her pouch. This is a Dena'ina tradition of taking a little bit of home with them wherever they go.

The Kenaitze Tribe's Honors Banquet begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday at the Kenai Senior Center. The Head Start dancers will perform at 6:45 p.m.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

The Great Job Award went to Sloan and Connor for reading quietly during silent reading times. This week's helpers are Andrew, Alex, Savannah and Charis.

The 3-year-olds will be learning nursery rhymes. They will learn the rhymes that most children should be familiar with, such as "Mary Had a Little Lamb," "Jack and Jill" and "Humpty Dumpty." Students will act out the rhymes with music. Other activities are planned as well.

The 4-year-olds will be studying rocks. They will sort, classify and count rocks. Many other math and science activities are planned.

Everyone will go to the beach to gather rocks and play in the sand. Thank you, Kathy, for allowing the school to visit your beach site.

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

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

Last week, the preschoolers got to hear lots of great literature. Monday was the day for three versions of "The Three Bears," and activities included setting the table for the three bears (size differentiation) and a walk-on retelling of the story. Tuesday featured some entertaining counting books and working at various number-related stations. In the spirit of getting into books, Megan and Caitlin decided to "read" every book on the bookshelves. Wednesday was "Monkey Day." The kids had a great time acting out "Caps for Sale" and doing a monkey finger play. They made a monkey that could move all his limbs and tail, which really showed how well their cutting skills are coming along. Then the class read the story of the clever monkey in "The Monkey and the Crocodile." On Friday, there was a pajama party. The children got to come to school in pajamas and bring sleeping bags, pillows and favorite books. There were lots of opportunities for sharing their books with each other, with parent volunteers available read to little groups of kids. Of course, the snack included popcorn.

The last fund-raiser of the year will be a multi-family yard sale on Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Riverside Avenue.

Open house also is coming up Tuesday from 5 to 7 p.m. This is open to anyone interested in finding out more about the preschool for next year. Visitors are also invited to stop by during regular class time (9 a.m. to noon) any day that week except Thursday to see the school in action. The Soldotna Co-op is a nonprofit, parent-operated preschool. It offers unique opportunities to be involved in your young child's learning. Parents as well as children develop friendships in the Co-op. So come check it out.

Sterling Head Start

Thanks to Dr. Pitts and his friendly staff, the morning class toured the Soldotna Dental Clinic. Children took turns giving each other rides on the dental chair, looked at X-rays and learned the proper way of brushing teeth. One morning, Mrs. Toothpaste, (Mrs. Carmen Stephl) had breakfast with the children and taught them about eating healthy food, proper ways of brushing, sugar bugs and baby teeth. After receiving instructions, the children practiced flossing Legos and then flossing their own teeth. Thanks to the Soldotna Dental Clinic for the tour and handouts and to Mrs. Stepl for her volunteer time that made the learning experience fun and exciting.

The children in the afternoon class spent the week studying the caterpillar/butterfly life cycle -- how they look and what they do before turning into that beautiful butterflies. They drew butterflies in their journals and used magnifying glasses to look at the different stages of the butterfly.

In addition, window butterflies were made using crayon shavings and wax paper cut in the shape of butterflies. The students watched as the teacher melted the crayons to produce an original creation.

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