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Posted: Wednesday, May 02, 2001

District offers summer reading help

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will host two reading programs this summer.

The first will be the Primary Literacy Institute, from June 4 to June 15, for students with reading difficulties going into grades one, two or three. Teachers will work one-on-one with the children.

The second session will be the Intermediate Literacy Institute, from June 18 to June 29, for students with reading difficulties going into grades four through eight.

Both institutes will be at Soldotna Elementary School and open to children and teachers throughout the district. They are free for students; teachers pay a registration fee based on college credits available. Class sizes are limited.

For more information or to sign up a child, call 262-9805, ext. 247.

Bus 'Road-e-o' coming to town

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and Laidlaw Education Services are sponsoring both the local and state bus "road-e-o" this month.

The peninsula event, which focuses on driving skills and fun, will be Saturday at the Soldotna Airport with competition starting at 10:30 a.m. Observers are welcome.

The top five winners plus two rookie drivers will go on to the state competition. This year, it will be May 19 and 20 at Homer High School.

Skyview students sing in Hawaii

The Skyview Swing Choir traveled to the island of Oahu last week to participate in a music festival sponsored by The Performing Arts Consultants Co.

The swing choir is directed by Mim McKay. Choir members include Taylor Adams, Amanda Bauer, David Chesney, Ryan Childers, Neil Darling, Tanica Hutchison, Rachel Larson, Katie Lockwood, Beth Massey, Kate Maxwell, Wayne Maxwell, Micah Mohler, Chris Rice and Maghan Simpson.

The festival took place at the Brigham Young University Hawaii Campus in Laie, where 23 choirs competed in several categories.

Skyview's students performed well and brought home a first-place trophy in the show choir category. They also performed at several other locations on their trip, including aboard the U.S.S. Missouri at Pearl Harbor.

National Teacher Day honors educators

Tuesday will be National Teacher Day, an opportunity to thank and recognize teachers for their role. It is part of Teacher Appreciation Week, which begins Monday.

This year's theme is "Quality Teachers ... Achieving Students ... Outstanding Classrooms." The day has been celebrated annually on the second Tuesday in May since 1985 under the sponsorship of the National PTA and the National Education Association.

NEA President Bob Chase said the day is an opportunity to express concern about the nation's current teacher shortage and stress the need to make teaching a viable career option for the next generation.

"Of all the ingredients for good schools, a sufficient quantity of talented teachers is the most basic," said Chase in a press release. "We cannot afford to allow the trend to continue where newly minted college graduates ignore the teaching profession or leave it altogether."

The median age of U.S. teachers is 42, according to an NEA research report, "Status of the American Public School Teacher." Moreover, new teachers tend to leave the field. Twenty percent leave teaching within three years, it said.

Despite concerns, school dropout rates are down, SAT and ACT scores are rising and more young people continue to college and earn degrees, the NEA reported.

School board meets Monday in Seward

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Board of Education meets Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Seward High School Auditorium. All school board meetings are open to the public.

Agendas are available at the meeting or at the district's Web site at

KMS announces Students of the Month

Kenai Middle School has announced its Students of the Month for April: Myron Andrews, Brandi Baughman, Brad Brown, Dakota Craig, Norman Dedrick, Seth Hallstead, Daisy Kyress, Ryan Manzek, Kelliann McCune, Ivan Schoolcraft, Stephanie Trux and Mistie Williams. These students were treated to lunch at Burger King recently.

SoHi announces Students of the Month

Soldotna High School has announced its Students of the Month for March and April.

March students were: Emily Daly, math; Ivy Weeks, art; Darin Marker, world history; Kathryn Becker, Russian; Jared Carlson, vocational education; Daniel Harro, physical education; Candice Rysdyk, health; Rica Howarth, Spanish; Shaun Williams, music; Chris Bower and Mary Hall, geology; and Travis Bass, film as literature.

April students were: Jennifer McCard, English; Janna Schaafsma, A.P. U.S. history and math; Norman Orr, health; Ben Winn, physical education; Mandi McKay, music; Erika Jackson, photo; and Terra Kendirick, anatomy.

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.

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