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Posted: Wednesday, May 02, 2001

Aurora Borealis Charter School

The kindergartners just finished studying South America. They enjoyed making their own weavings. At the end of the unit, they had a visit from a real live alpaca. The class thanks Cindy Haralson and Stuart Prisk for bringing Abednego, the llama, to visit.

To finish their study of changing matter, the first- and second-graders made coffee can ice cream. Ice cream ingredients were put in a small coffee can, which was put into a large coffee can and packed with rock salt and ice. Students then rolled the cans and turned the liquid into delicious ice cream.

The enrollment lottery for the the upcoming school year was April 10 and supervised by personnel from Mikunda, Cottrell and Co., certified public accountants.

The lottery results are posted on the wall by the school office door. Parents with students on the waiting list should have been notified of their lottery results. For more information, call the school at 283-0292.

Currently the waiting list averages about 25 students per grade. Though Aurora Borealis regrets that many on the waiting list cannot be placed this year, the school would like to thank them for their interest in the program.

Cooper Landing School

Events for the "Windows to the Past" project are coming up. The school will host a community potlatch with students, parents, community members, tribal and council members from the Kenaitze Indian Tribe and personnel from the U.S. Forest Service at noon Friday at Cooper Landing Elementary. This is to celebrate a year-long cooperative project and whole school, multi-grade study about the ancient Dena'ina. The students will install interpretive signs at the K'beq site after the potlatch. If weather is good, everyone will take the food over to the K'beq site and have the potlatch there. Students will install the signs after eating. Everyone is welcome to bring a dish and join them.

Thursday at 6:30 p.m. will be the Young Authors' Tea at the school. Parents and community members are invited to meet the authors and view their exciting new publications.

Students in kindergarten through grade eight will participate in a mock dig at the school Monday, Tuesday and May 9. Parents and community members are welcome to stop in to watch or help for awhile.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Mr. Daniels' class is looking forward to swimming May 10. Students are learning how to transplant trees and will take their knowledge and sleeping bags to Captain Cook State Park to help reforest the camping area.

A two-for-one book fair runs through Thursday. Stock up on great deals for your summer reading. Volunteers are needed.

Boys' basketball started last week. Practices are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays after school.

Students in Good Standing will go to the Orca Theater to watch "Emperors New Groove" Friday. Volunteers are welcome.

Mrs. Carter's sixth-grade class will visit the Anchorage Museum of History and Arts Friday, and Mrs. Cowart's sixth-grade call will visit the Anchorage Museum of History and Arts Tuesday.

The sixth-grade class will visit Soldotna Middle School Monday.

For up-to-date school news, check out the Web page at: www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/kbeach/News/default.html

The school calendar can be accessed at: calendars.kpbsd.k12.ak.us:81/kbeach.

Mountain View Elementary

Mr. Vedders' class is publishing a class yearbook. Students have had fun writing autobiographies, taking digital photos, manipulating images and inserting images into drawing documents.

Students from Mrs. Gustkey's fifth-grade class and Mrs. Wannamaker's third-grade class participated in multi-age activities led by drama coach Mr. Gustkey at Soldotna Middle School Wednesday. Under his enthusiastic guidance, the 50 students spent two hours writing and performing skits.

Mrs. Wannamaker's third-graders enjoyed a visit to the Kenaitze greenhouse April 25. The students culminated their study of plant life by replanting flowers, mixing soil and arranging flower boxes. Many thanks from the class go to Mr. Cubby for sharing his expertise and giving students the chance to "play in the dirt."

Author Debbie Miller will visit Mountain View Friday afternoon. Ms. Miller is known for her science books featuring Alaska animals, such as "A Caribou Journey," "Polar Bear Journey," "Flight of the Golden Plover" and "A Woolly Mammoth Journey." She will share a slide presentation with the students, answer questions and sign students' books. Look for information in students' take-home packets about purchasing Ms. Miller's books for signing.

Nikiski Elementary

The year's last PTA meeting will be Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. with installation of the new board members.

Mrs. Kendall's sixth-grade class thanks the community for supporting its car wash, bake sale and garage sale last weekend. Students raises money for their end-of-the-year marine biology field trip to the Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies in Peterson Bay this week.

Mr. Floyd's and Mrs. Durrant's fifth-graders will take their field trip Thursday through Saturday at an outdoor camp at Solid Rock.

An all-school swim is scheduled for Friday. Watch for information and permission slips to come home. Remember your swimsuits and towels.

The site base council will meet Monday at 3:45 p.m. in the school library.

Nikiski Elementary will hold its fourth annual authors' fair Tuesday. Students in kindergarten through sixth grade are working on writing projects, which will be displayed to celebrate their written work from this school year. This is not a contest, but a chance for students, parents and community members to view the diverse writing accomplished by students. The authors' fair and student art work will be on display in the gym during the evening starting at 6:30 p.m. A band concert will begin at 7 p.m.

North Star Elementary

The North Star annual variety show entry forms are available from Mrs. Pilatti. The show will be May 15 at 1:30 p.m. The forms are due to the office, with a parent signature, on Friday. No lip sync acts are allowed. All acts must perform for Mrs. Pilatti, Mrs. Matson and Mr. Zinck during a lunch recess Monday, Tuesday, May 9 or 10.

The Fun Fest Science Festival will come to North Star from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday. Various activities will be offered. The Science Club for Girls will run the activities, but parent support is needed for a smooth festival.

The Hershey Track and Field Meet will be May 18 at the Nikiski Middle Senior High School track. Volunteers are needed to help run the meet. If you can help, call Rachel Parra at the North Peninsula Recreation Center at 776-8800.

Redoubt Elementary

Parents are needed to help with a special lunch for the staff for Teacher Appreciation Week. If you can help, call Anne Bixby at 262-9473.

Redoubt's Math Awareness Challenge began Monday. Help your child discover that math can be fun and useful. Math challenge sheets and information were sent home. The school goal is 400 hours by the end of the challenge Friday.

Safeway will host a cake and ice cream party for the school if the 400-hour goal is met. If they exceed 500 hours, Mr. Meacham will milk a goat. The primary and intermediate classes that turn in the most math challenge slips will win a free movie at the Orca Theater.

There are no intermurals this week due to the planetarium visit.

Congratulations to Madeline Jelenik, the Big G box tops drawing winner, and Kaitlyn Young, the Campbell's Soup label drawing winner.

Help your child locate library books. Students may not get report cards until all library and text books are returned or paid for.

Mr. Robert Forgit and Mr. Curtis Smith of KTUU Channel 2 news and weather visited Redoubt Thursday. Students enjoyed their visit and learned much about newscasting, reporting and weather.

Sears Elementary

Third-grade teachers Monica Heath and Kellie Wannamaker visited second grade and multi-age classrooms at Sears in early April. The teachers observed students using mental math and developmental math strategies through interactive and written activities. They also met with the Sears teachers to discuss instructional goals and teaching techniques to facilitate a smooth transition for students next fall.

Mrs. Atkinson's and Mrs. Newton's kindergarten concerts are Thursday at 1:45 p.m. Mrs. Bryson's, Mrs. Jackson's and Mrs. Thomas' kindergarten concerts are Friday at 1:45 p.m.

The Sears carnival will be Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. Come and have fun at the carnival and support the wonderful Halibut Cove field trips.

Mrs. Atchley's and Mrs. Sorenson's classes will go to Halibut Cove Tuesday; Mrs. Hanson's and Mrs. Porter's classes will go May 9; and Mrs. Green's and Mrs. Shelden's classes will go May 10. Mrs. Bryson's class is studying sea animals in preparation for their field trip to Homer May 9.

Author Debbie Miller will visit the Sears library Thursday.

Soldotna Elementary

The school thanks students who did good deeds this week. Congratulations to Camila O'Toole, Rebecca Holt, Brenden Couch, Maryah Showalter, Justice Elson, Rachel Hanke, Paige Blackburn and Jacqueline Comeaux. Their names were chosen from Fun Bucks, and they received a T- shirt or their book of choice.

The site council will meet Thursday at 4 p.m. in the library. The meeting is open to the public.

Joe McCullough of Alaska State Parks for presented boating safety classes to students in grades three through six. Students received valuable information to be safe this summer on the water, and thank "Ranger Joe" for sharing his expertise.

Dr. Byron McCord will talk to students about bike safety Monday at a school assembly. He is chairing a bike safety rodeo sponsored by the Redoubt and Soldotna elementary PTAs to be held at Redoubt

May 10 from 5 to 7 p.m. All students are invited to bring their bikes to this special event.

In preparation for the bike rodeo, the PTA meeting for will be May 9 at 3:45 p.m. in the library.

Tustumena Elementary

Kindergarten visitation will be Tuesday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in Mrs. Blossom's and Flanders' class and May 15 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in Mr. Chase's class.

PTO will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Soldotna Middle School and Ninilchik sixth-grade visitation will be May 9.

SMS parent night is May 10.

The staff thanks the students and parents who donated "a penny for your thoughts" to the Nikolas Family Thought Jar. Tustumena Elementary students and community sent 23,175 "thoughts" in change alone. A total of $489.75 was collected.

One hundred copies of the memory yearbook are ordered. To reserve a copy, fill out and return the envelope to your child's teacher. The cost will be $5 if paid before Friday and $7 after. Checks should be made out to Tustumena PTO. The memory yearbook will be out May 22.

Watch for a notice from Nurse Sam about another hepatitis vaccine clinic May 15.

Kenai Middle School

The school thanks everyone who donated for the annual aluminum can collection. Kenai Middle School students collected 2,443 cans, which brought $415 to the school.

The sixth-grade class on the Koppert-Blacklock team will spend time at Camp Carlquist from today through Friday. Students on the Fischer-Green-Kaufman team will participate in this annual event May 9 through May 11.

The KMS concert band will present a concert Thursday at Kenai Central High School at 7 p.m.

The sixth-grade band will present a concert at KMS Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

The school secretaries, Cindy and Terry, would like to thank the staff, students and parents who made Secretary's Week so special for them.

Parents of eighth-grade students are encouraged to mark their calendars and plan to attend the eighth-grade farewell May 18 at 8:30 a.m. A reception will be held after the ceremony.

Students in the Gear Up Program traveled to Anchorage last week to tour the University of Alaska Anchorage. They visited with students at the college, asked questions of professors, saw what a college class was like and toured a cafeteria and dorms.

Soldotna Middle School

This week's Dairy Queen Student and Staff of the week are eighth-grader Jose Salinas and staff members Tammy Newby, Dennis Reger and Viveca Draper.

SMS's Kristin Galvin went with several other students to KSRM to promote the Boys and Girls Club plays "All in One Basket" and "Pinocchio and the Fire Eater." These folk tales were performed in the Kenai Central High School little theater.

The track meet Friday with Soldotna and Homer will be at Nikiski. SMS has an awesome track team this year; come out and see the excitement.

The state of Alaska is requiring all students to have both their hepatitis A and B shots. To help meet this requirement, the Kenai Public Health Center will be at SMS Friday offering a free immunization clinic. Students must have signed parent permission slips to receive the series. For further information call the school nurse, Nancy Macvie, at 262-4344.

SMS and the Kenai River Guide Association have created a "Take a Student Fishing" day. Professional Kenai River guides will take students and their parents fishing for free on May 20. Students can qualify for the trip by doing a good job at school. Contact Principal Lee Young for additional information at 262-4344.

Kenai Central High School

Student body officer elections are today. Students will vote after the afternoon assembly.

The junior class would like to thank the parents for helping with a successful prom. The decorations were beautiful, and many people volunteered their time to put on the event. After-prom was a blast, and the school thanks the community for donations and parents for their chaperoning.

Musical groups are offering fabulous free entertainment. The spring band concert is Thursday at 6:30 p.m. The annual Choir Pop's Concert is Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

The KCHS soccer team garage-bake sale will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Kenai Middle School. Soccer parents, call Pam Lazenby to schedule a time to help. Set up will be at 6:30 p.m. Friday. Donations may be dropped off at KMS Friday during the soccer games or in the evening. Please price items. Baked goods should be individually wrapped if possible.

Mrs. DeVolld invites parents of her seniors to a luncheon in their honor May 15 in the little theater at 11:20 a.m. Come show your support of the graduating seniors.

Monday through May 11 is Teacher Appreciation Week. The school thanks the wonderful staff for making KCHS a safe and enjoyable environment for students to learn.

Skyview High School

Class Elections for 2001-02 are Thursday following speeches by the candidates.

The Skyview cleanup campaign was a success. More than 250 students collected 106 bags of trash while cleaning the campus and the highway leading to the school. Student council contributed $10 a bag to each organization that participated. The football team and girls' soccer team collected the most and received checks for more than $300 each. Skyview hopes that the community will help keep the highways looking as beautiful as they do presently.

A clinic for all cheerleaders who wish to tryout for football cheerleading will be held today and Thursday. Tryouts are scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday in the library. Incoming freshman are encouraged to contact the school if they plan to try out. Coaches Lisa Legner and Misty Merriman will schedule a parent meeting following the selection of the squads.

Skyview's spring concert will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Soldotna High School Auditorium.

Yearbooks will be distributed during seventh hour May 10.

All Skyview news is available on the Web at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/skyview or by contacting John Andrews, director of athletics and activities, at 260-2315 .

Soldotna High School

Congratulations to the newly elected executive board officers for the 2001-02 school year: Cason Simpson, president; Jenna Pitts, vice-president, Amy Breakfield, secretary, Hannah Clare, treasurer, and Danielle Pettijohn and Desiree Severson, activity chairs.

Petitions for class officers for next year are due to Mrs. Moock by 3 p.m. today. Elections for sophomore through junior class officers will be on May 10. Incoming SoHi freshmen will elect their class officers today, during their visit to SoHi.

Football cheerleading tryouts will be today and Friday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the commons. Any student interested in tryouts must turn in an information packet at the time of tryouts. Incoming freshmen are encouraged to participate.

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

For more information on SoHi activities see the Web at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/sohi.

Cook Inlet Academy

Summer math camp will be offered by Mrs. Rowley for elementary and junior high students. To register, call the office at 262-5101.

Outdoor education for junior and senior high school students will be taught by Jill and Gary Leiter. High school students can earn credits in science or physical education.

Matriculation fees for the 2001-02 school year are due May 23 to ensure a place in class for students currently enrolled. After May 23, classroom availability will be determined.

Fourth- and fifth-grade students will travel to the Challenger Center Friday.

The Mexico mission team returns Monday.

Preschool visitation and kindergarten visitation times to be announced.

The kindergarten and first-grade classes will travel to Halibut Cove May 11. May 14 through May 16 the junior high camping trip goes to Seward. The sixth-grade Swanson River trip will be May 15 and 16.

Graduation will be May 20.

Visit the Web site and shopping mall at: www.cookinletacademy.org.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

Head Start children will learn about jungle animals this month and the letters J, Q and L. They will take field trips to the Martins' farm and the Kenaitze Tribe's K'beq site in Cooper Landing.

Alaska Blind Child Discovery staff will check children's vision today using photo screening. A Laidlaw bus driver will bring a big bus to Head Start Thursday, so children can walk through the bus and compare it to the small buses Head Start uses.

American Legion representatives will take the children for a short train ride Friday.

Kenai Police Officer Gus Sandahl will visit the school next week to talk with children about stranger danger.

The children saw sandhill cranes, bald eagles and a few Canada geese on their field trip to the Kenai River flats last week.

Head Start families and staff are making plans for graduation May 25.

Head Start is accepting enrollment applications for next year. Native and non-Native income eligible families are welcome to apply.

For more information, call 283-0707.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

Helpers for the week are Ali, Ella, Dani and Haley.

The school will take a field trip to the Alaska SeaLife Center Tuesday. Students will study about sea animals and make a book on sea turtles. They will also learn what animals live in the ocean, doing a counting and numbering page.

Students will make Mother's Day gifts for the Mother's Day Dessert May 14 and 15.

Applications for the fall enrollment will be accepted through May.

For more information, call Chris at 262-1284.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

Congratulations to Dallas, the Super Preschooler.

The children really enjoyed bringing in their pets to school Friday and meeting their friends' pets. This week children are learning more about different kinds of pets and how to take care of them. The seeds the children planted are growing like "Jack's beanstalk." They love the blooming flowers and are learning how to water them.

Registration for next fall's classes is continuing. Come visit Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to noon to see the fun and learning that is happening. For more information, call Evelyn at 262-1298, Susan at 262-4102 or the preschool at 262-9149.

To have information published in Schools, please send a description of the event or accomplishment to Shana Loshbaugh at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611. Information will be accepted by e-mail at clarion@alaska.net or by fax at 283-3299.

The deadline for submission is Thursday at 5 p.m. for publication in the following Wednesday's paper. For information, contact Shana Loshbaugh at 283-7551.



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