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Posted: Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Aurora Borealis Charter

On April 19, Mr. Severson’s fourth-graders held their annual Business Day, culminating their economics unit. Students learned about marketing strategies, buying and selling, the law of supply and demand, the handling of money, and how to set up and run a small business. Each student established their own business, and as a class they opened for business during school for a couple of mid-day hours. There were entertainment, food, and service businesses available. The students, parents, and friends of the school were the customers.

Eighth-grade graduation will be held Thursday at Peninsula Grace Church. Lee Moore will speak. Graduates are Abby Chadwick, Hannah Coffman, Michel Flores, Megan Gordon, Logan Haralson, Renetta Hensler, Tyler Johnson, Mac Kimbrell, Allie McGahan, Brett Meyer, Jacquie Pepper, Matthew Peterson, Kai Risung and Delissa Severson. Delissa Severson, Matthew Peterson, and Logan Haralson have attended the school since kindergarten. Some of the parents will host a party afterwards.

Dates to remember:

· Tuesday -- fifth grade Wax Museum in the gym from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; and

· May 16-18 -- junior high to Homer.

Connections Home-school

The office is located at 152 Park Avenue in Soldotna. For more information on enrollment call 714-8880 or visit

Computer exchanges are taking place for students who have re-enrolled for the 2007-08 school year. Computers need to be returned or exchanged by May 25. Call Ken at 714-8911 for more information.

Second-semester grade reports are due in the office by May 23.

Graduation will be held at the Soldotna High School Auditorium on May 24 at 1 p.m.

Summer hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursdays and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays. The office will be closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch.

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the Week are Ray Chumley, Kailyn Tachick, Mariah Mattfield, Issac Estes and Keefe O’Dell.

The school would like to congratulate the track and field participants.

Starting Monday after school, the school will sell old athletic uniforms, warm-ups, bags, etc. Prices will vary. Selection is limited.

Miss Becky is asking parents to check and see if they have one of her car seats and to return it as soon as possible.

The school is accepting matriculation fees for the next school year.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday and Friday -- Track boroughs at Skyview High School;

· Monday -- board meeting;

· Tuesday -- Awards Banquet; and

· May 17 -- Preschool graduation.

Grace Lutheran

Last Saturday, the fifth- through eighth-grade students took a trip to Anchorage to participate in the Faith Invitational track meet.

On May 18 students will participate in the local Hershey track meet. They have been training for it in their physical education classes.

An all-day trip to Homer will take place May 21. The students will learn about the Alaska marine animals, the people of Kachemak Bay and the difference between the salt water and fresh water wetland habitats.

The lower grade classroom will tour various Kenai businesses May 18.

The first- through fourth-grade classroom would like thank Mr. and Mrs. Charles and Susan Alvarez, for letting them visit their private goat farm.

The school will host a Fun Fest May 21. Games, face painting, crafts and food will be free and open to the public.

Kenai Central High

Class officer elections will take place Thursday. The school will be on an afternoon assembly schedule with each grade level meeting in a designated area at 1:40 p.m. for speeches and voting.

The annual spring band concert will be held Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.

May 16 will be the April Student of the Month luncheon and open house for Kim Foley who is retiring at the end of the school year. The open house will be from 3 to 5 p.m. in the library.

Schedules for activities at the school are available at

Dates to remember:

· Friday and Saturday -- Track boroughs at Skyview High School, hosted by Kenai and boys and girls soccer vs Skyview at 4 and 6 p.m.;

· Saturday -- Boys and girls soccer vs Soldotna at 2 and 4 p.m.;

· Tuesday -- Boys and girls soccer and Seward at 4 and 6 p.m.;

· May 17 -- Site council meeting;

· May 20 -- Bacculaurete at Soldotna High School;

· May 21 -- Finals in periods two, four and six;

· May 22 -- Finals in periods one, three and five; and

· May 23 -- Last student day and graduation.

Kenai Middle

The school would like to congratulate Saul Grimsley, KC Rupe and Frank Pearson for being selected as Character Counts Students last week.

Yearbooks are available for $30.

The eighth-grade farewell will be held May 18 at 8 a.m. in the gym.

Mini courses will be held May 21 and 22.

The schoolwide barbecue and awards assembly will be held May 23.

The following students were nominated for April Students of the Month: Lindsay Pabst, Kyle Phillips, Sage Klauder, Briana King, Kierra Isham, Amanda Blum, Marina Rosenbaum, Brittany Cupp and Richie Ziehmer. These students were treated to pizzas for lunch.

Registration will be held Aug. 10 from noon to 6 p.m. Incoming sixth-grade students need to attend. Seventh- and eighth-graders may pick up a schedule and fill out necessary paperwork. Volunteers are needed for registration. If you can volunteer call 283-4896.

Dates to remember:

· Friday and Saturday -- Track boroughs at Skyview High School;

· Tuesday -- Sixth-grade camp;

· May 18 -- Student checkout and leadership lock-in;

· May19 -- Leadership lock-in;

· May 21-22 -- Mini-Courses;

· May 23 -- Student’s last day, barbecue and Wacky Olympics; and

· May 24 -- Teacher’s last day.

Kenaitize Head Start

Welcome to Miss Tina.

The Raven and Eagle class has been learning about the letter “Q” this week by cutting paper quarters and putting Q-tips on the letter Q. The students also made purple gak to celebrate the color of the month.

The Salmon and Whale class went swimming and would like to thank the volunteers who helped out. The class has been learning about the letter “Q” and “X” and will review shapes, letters and numbers.

The Bear and Moose class has been going outside and spent time planting seeds, digging in dirt, looking for bugs and making homes for bugs. They made dirt cake to eat for snack.

The Otters and Caribou students have taken the learning process outside to the playground.

Students will have additional days of classes on Monday and May 21. Class will start for students at 9:30 a.m. and end at 11:30 a.m. The normal schedule will remain in effect for the rest of each week.

Registration for the 2007-08 school year continues. Call Jeanette at 283-0707 for more information regarding registration.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Students are working on cooperation.

Mrs. Knudsen’s, Mrs. Boersma’s, Mrs. Sheldon’s and Mrs. Stroh’s classes went to Centennial Lake last Tuesday. Then they went on to Johnson Lake where they had a salmon celebration and completed stations that were set up by Fish and Game.

Mrs. Knudsen’s class went on a walking field trip to No Name Creek last Thursday. They were looking for changes in the water and life forms that live there.

Shala Dobson, artist, will be at the school beginning Monday. She will go to Bishops Beach in Homer with the students. They will create found item art.

Today is Nurses Day and Custodians Day. The school would like to thank Bekkie, Kate, Barb and Janine for their hard work.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday -- Science camp;

· Friday -- field day;

· May 17 -- Field trip to Bishops Beach;

· May 21 -- 22 - bike rodeo;

· May 22 -- all school picnic; and

· May 23 -- field trip to Kenai Beach and last day of school.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

First-graders got to watch chicks hatch from eggs. The chicks have hatched and have gone to the farm. Students are studying story elements by reading folktales. In math, they are studying subtraction. May 17 is the Reading-At-Home pizza party. May 21 is the end of year barbecue and field trip. Parents interested in volunteering should contact the school.

The fifth-grade had a Salmon Celebration and released salmon fry into Centennial Lake. Mr. Vedders and Mrs. Chambers would like to thank the volunteers for that field trip, as well as the staff of Alaska Fish and Game.

Mrs. Chambers’ class raffle raised enough money to fund their Kenai Fjords Tour set for May 16. The biggest seller was Megan Bear.

Mrs. Worsfold’s fourth grade will hold an end-of-year Reflection Party on Friday at 11:45 a.m. Parents are welcome. The class is seeking drivers for its field trip to the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on Monday.

Mrs. Clark would like to thank the PTA for donating $340 in Scholastic Book Fair vouchers to the library.

Mrs. Bagley is seeking volunteers for Field Day on May 21 and 22. Please contact her at the school for information.

Ninilchik School

Sixth-grader Amber Mahoney won a $250 money order from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. As part of a school project she entered the Federal Junior Duck Stamp contest. She was awarded the Betsy Whitehill Determination Award for her pencil drawing of a Green-winged Teal. To see her drawing, visit the school’s Web page and then go to the news section.

The prom, a Red Carpet Affair, was a success due to the hard work of the junior class girls and all the students who attended the affair.

Mrs. Wardas’s fifth- and sixth-graders will head for Homer before school starts Monday. Parents are asked to review the Peterson Bay checklist. Students need to arrive at school by 8 a.m. and will return the following evening at 5:30. Prior to departure from Homer Harbor they will tour Beluga Lake and Slough to explore coastal wetlands. At Peterson Bay they will explore intertidal and coastal forest ecosystems.

Items for the Wolverine Pride celebration beach barbecue need to be brought to the school by May 18.

The school would like to congratulate band students, along with Homer’s band, who competed in Orlando, Fla. The combined bands performed in the Music in the Parks Festival and brought home first place trophies in the 1A (schools with 750 or less) Concert Band and Jazz Band divisions, Best Jazz Soloist Award, and overall Esprit D’Corps trophy for best conduct and professionalism.

Grades K-12 will present their spring concert at 6 p.m. Thursday. Concert attire is required. Parents with questions should contact Mrs. Nissly.

Pizza Fridays are back. Order early by calling 398-9085 or 398-9094. Pick up is between 4 and 9 pm. Pizzas are $15 each.

Contact Ginnie Rohr for the summer swim schedule.

Bus Driver Appreciation Day was last Friday and the school would like to thank Vicki Quance, Theresa Sullivan, Sharon Wheeler and Christine Williamans for their dedication and service.

Project Grad Family Night will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday with an elementary parent meeting at 5 p.m.

Nikiski Middle-High

Congratulations to Students of the Month for April at Nikiski Middle/High: Donny Herrick, Adrian Carrasco, Dylan Holloway, Wiley Bennett, Mandee Jackson, Anthony Handley, Tyler Peek, Rose Hardesty, Caty Reid and Jordan Kernan.

The Elks Student of the Year is Tyler Payment. He received a $200 scholarship. Abby Harvey is the recipient of the Elks $1,000 vocation scholarship.

The May Golden Apple Award recipient is Phil Morin. Mr. Morin teaches science and dance. He was chosen for his high standards and deep sense of compassion. He serves on the school Intervention Team and is a strong advocate for students. Morin and the Nikiski Dance Company recently completed a successful dance production. He also received the Caring for the Kenai “Spirit Award.”

Senior Scholarship Awards Night will be held at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium. Parents can check whether their students will receive a scholarship or an award by calling the counseling office. If students have received an award or scholarship via mail from an organization/college call and let the counseling office know. The school is not always informed by the organization/college.

Senior parent after-grad party planning meeting will be held tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the library. Graduation committees need help with the event.

There are still some graduation orders that have not been picked up in the counseling office.

Dates to remember:

· Today through Friday -- Teacher Appreciation Week;

· May 23 -- Senior walk practice and barbecue;

· May 23 -- Last day of school; and

· May 24 -- Graduation at 7 p.m. in the gym.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

As a NASA Explorer School, sixth-grade Quest students recently sent an experiment into space through a rocket launch program called Launch Quest. Flying into space on Launch Quest’s second rocket launch on April 28 were dozens of student experiments from elementary schools to high schools to universities. Launch Quest experiments were placed in small pie-shaped containers.

Mr. Anderson and Mrs. Zinck’s second-grade students want to thank everyone who helped make the Salmon Celebration at Johnson Lake such a wonderful experience. Activities included presentations on a variety of topics related to fish and game, salmon identification, hooking a salmon, tying a knot to hook a salmon, releasing salmon fry, watershed models, water safety, how to cast fly and spin rods and a 3-D bus filled with microscopes for viewing aquatic invertebrates. The students also wish to thank the parents who helped chaperone this event.

Redoubt Elementary

It is Teacher Appreciation Week. PTA has many activities planned to recognize teachers.

Today is National School Nurse Day. Staff and students have activities planned to show Nurse Donna she is appreciated.

Library books must be returned by Friday. Students should see Ms. Carrow or Mrs. Hale regarding lost books.

A bicycle rodeo will be held after school Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. in the parking lot. There will be bicycle safety checks, skills stations, bike helmets for sale and more. It is recommended parents accompany children. There is no charge for this activity sponsored by Redoubt PTA, Dr. Byron McCord and Jane Fellman.

The following students received citizenship awards: Rachel Henry, John-Mark Pothast, Tyler Montague, Bella Fiore, Courtney Vinzant, Logan Parks and James Wysong.

Volunteers are needed to help with field day May 21 and the school picnic May 23. Volunteers for field day are asked to contact Mr. Withrow. Volunteers for the school picnic may contact the office at 260-4300.

Ridgeway Montessori Preschool

The children continue their study of Australia. This week, they learned about boomerangs. Mrs. Dean allowed the children to study her genuine boomerang to get ideas for painting their own. They learned about Aboriginal dot painting and symbology.

The children found a caterpillar in the greenhouse and have put it in the butterfly pavilion. As they watch it grow and change, the students will learn about metamorphosis and make their own book.

The children will host Mother’s Day tea today. They will sing and give their mothers a gift.

Ridgeway is enrolling for summer camp, which begins June 4. The school will have alternating two-week sessions on science and art. Visit the school on Spruce and Irons, or call the director, Mrs. Dean, at 262-2699.

Sears Elementary

Ms. Ralston’s first-graders had their “Celebration of Learning.” The students acted out the book called “Big Al” by Andrew Clements Yoshi and did several different friendship songs for their families. Ms. Ralston created a video of their school year and presented it to the students and families.

Ms. Ralston’s, Mrs. Davidson’s and Mrs. Anderson’s students are having a “Being There” experience at the Anchorage Zoo and the Public Lands Building. Students worked on becoming an expert on their animal and creating their research reports.

Title 1 will hold a Bingo night for Title 1 students and parents at 6 p.m. Thursday in the library.

Mrs. Larson and the kindergarten students will present “Animals! Animals! Animals!” during their spring concert Friday at 2 p.m. in the gym.

First- and second-graders will have Field Day on May 17.

Kindergarten students will have Field Day on May 18. If you are interested in helping call 283-4826.

On May 22, the first- and second-graders will participate in a bike rodeo and learn about bike safety. Students may bring their bikes to school and will need to park their bikes outside their classroom window. There will bike helmets available for $5 each.

If your child has borrowed lunch money from the PTA fund please try to pay this before May 16. There will no more borrowing after this date.

Teacher request forms are available at the office. Requests are due back by May 18.

The closing ceremony for will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. May 18. It is open to the public.

Soldotna High

AP exams will be administered on the following days: Calculus, today; English, Thursday; history, Friday; and biology, Monday.

Swing choir spring concert will be Thursday evening at 7 p.m.

Yearbooks will be distributed Friday. The cost is $60. Confirmation lists will be posted outside of room 76.

Baccalaureate is 3 p.m. May 20 in the auditorium. It is open to the public.

Graduation is May 23.

The following students received 4.0 grade point average awards at Tuesday recognition assembly: ninth-graders, Kaitlyn Barkman, Blaine Carver, Christopher Closson, Jenna Jensen, William McDermid, Josiah Moldenhauer, Sara Rife, Emily Rohloff, Hannah Romberg, Quinn Sawyer, Emily Smola, Kaitlyn Wehrli and Stanley Westerman; tenth-graders, Jewell Briggs, Jesse Carlson, Lisa Evans, Monica Maryott, Gabriel Murray, Theresa Ramponi and Thomas Werth; 11th-graders, Taryn Bossert, Colten Jensen, Jessica Oglesbee and Kayla Sawyer; and 12th-graders, Marit Hartvigson and Joseph Mohorcich.

Soldotna Middle

The school will hold interviews for the position of assistant principal Monday at 2:45 p.m. in the library. Interested students, parents and community members may attend.

Parents are asked to check with their students regarding class fees that need to be paid and to see if they have all their textbooks and library books ready to return at the end of the school year.

The school would like to thank Jeff Moore and the band and choir for the excellent performances last Thursday.

Dates to remember:

· Today -- Last day for student book check-outs from the library. All books need to be returned by May 17;

· Friday and Saturday -- Borough Track meet at Skyview High School;

· Tuesday -- PTSA final meeting at 6 p.m. in the library. They will elect officers;

· May 18 -- Yearbook assembly;

· May 21 -- All school assembly;

· May 22 -- Eighth-grade academic celebration at 8 a.m. Student reception and talent show to follow;

· May 23 -- Last day of school and student carnival.

Soldotna Elementary

The school would like to thank everyone who attended the spring concert “The Carnival of Animals” directed by Erin Southwick.

Student interpretations of Van Gogh’s Sunflower painting and Mondrian’s artistic style done by students in the primary and intermediate grades are available for viewing in the hallway. The Mondrian paintings were a product of art curriculum studies and mathematics problem solving.

The year-end picnic will be held May 23 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the gym. More information on the picnic will be in the Soldotna Sentinel.

Family Reading Night will be Friday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Title 1 teacher Katrina Cannava is featuring mysteries and invites students accompanied by parents to attend.

The Volunteer Appreciation luncheon will be May 16 in the library. The school would like to thank the parents and community members who have given their time and efforts to the children from listening to readers, running copies, chaperoning field trips and more.

Soldotna Montessori Charter

Last Friday was the Annual Bean Soup Project. Students assembled soup kits for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. Students were involved in measuring, assembling and marking the kits. This annual event is a way for students to connect with the local community and exercise their role of helping others.

Last week Tuesday students from Mrs. Holt’s, Mrs. Larned’s and Mrs. Atchely’s classes embarked on a day trip to Homer. Students toured the Islands and Oceans Visitor’s Center, took an educational hike to Beluga Slough and an investigative jaunt on the beach. Students learned about estuaries and their ecology. After lunch, the students went to the Pratt Museum, had a scavenger hunt and spent time sketching in their journals.

On Monday families voted in the annual APC elections and saw the work students have put in on the end of the year slide show. Students created a musical slide show recapping the events from the year. Students who attended the Model United Nations Trip also provided a summary of their experience. The evening concluded with a dessert social.

Sterling Elementary

The schoolwide science fair is today. There will be a time for parents and community members to see the science projects the students have made. Call the school for more information.

There will be a site based council meeting today at 3:45 p.m. in the conference room.

On Thursday the Skyview High School drama class will perform for the students. Grades four through six will see the performance from 9:45 to 10:15 a.m. and grades kindergarten through third from10:20 to 10:45 a.m. Parents are invited.

Thursday is Nurses Appreciation Day. The school would like to thank Nurse Betty for all her work.

Parent input forms for next year’s classroom placement are due by Friday.

On Monday Miss Hoffman’s class will participate in a roadside clean-up along Swanson River Road, followed by a cook-out. Parents are invited.

The school will celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week through Friday.

Tustumena Elementary

The school has scheduled several field trips this month thanks to the support of its Parent Teacher Organization.

Mrs. Knobf’s fourth- and fifth-grade class traveled to Seward on May 1 and visit the Kenai Fjords to learn about marine ecosystems via the Marine Science Explorers Program.

Four classes in grades kindergarten through third hiked to Johnson Lake on May 1 for the annual Salmon Celebration event sponsored by the Deptartment of Fish and Game.

On Thursday Mrs. Bosick’s second-graders will visit the Pratt Museum in Homer.

Mr. Cowans’ fifth-graders will experience “Rendezvous with a Comet” at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai on Friday.

Ms. Balise’s sixth-graders will journey to the Outdoor Education Center on Swanson River Road on Tuesday and May 16 to learn from facilitators from the Kenai Watershed Forum, the Alaska State Parks and the Deptartment of Fish and Game.

On May 18 the kindergarten and first-grade classes of Mrs. Blossom and Mrs. Hopkins will travel to Soldotna to visit the fire station and the library.

Parent chaperones and, in some cases, drivers are necessary for these trips. The school would like to thank the adult volunteers for assisting the staff in providing an learning experiences for the students.

Wings Christian Academy

Chase Miller won Student of the Week and Jared Wood won Cleanest Desk of the Week.

Thursday at 6 p.m. the school will have a music recital.

On Monday, the students will attend a field trip to the zoo.

May 17 will be the last day of testing for the students.

May 18 will be field day, and graduation that night at 7.

The kindergarteners have been learning about the letter “Y” and finishing learning about community helpers.

Last week the school had its annual “spirit week” in which the students dressed according to a certain theme for that day. Monday was Pajama Day. Third place went to Naomi Pettey, second place to Victoria Grant, and first place to Jesse Puletau. Tuesday was Crazy Hat Day. Third place went to Amy Wood, second place to Melissa Newton and first place to Kyla Moore. Wednesday was Formal Day. Third place went to Naomi Pettey, second place to Jimi Gray, and first place to Rebekah Wood. Thursday was Costume Day. Third place went to Matthew Grant, second place to Josiah Fischer, and first place to Jared Wood. Friday was School Spirit Day. Third place went to Alisha Thompson, second place to Troy Consiel, and first place to Amy Wood.

The school would like to thank Melissa Newton and Amy Wood for organizing Spirit Week.

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