Last hot meal approaches

Posted: Wednesday, May 11, 2005

The last hot lunch to be served in district schools this school year is May 19.

School board to meet in June

The next Kenai Peninsula Borough School District board meeting will be June 6. A board planning session will be held June 7.

Aurora Borealis Charter School

Congratulations to the Polar Bears Robotics Team. they competed in the No (Physical) Limits First Lego League World Festival in April in Atlanta. Mrs. Phillips and Mr. Chadwick coached Alex Kaufman, Logan Haralson, Zac Kooly, Maya Chay, Marquee Lucas, Dillon Ball, Delissa Severson, Jacqueline Pepper and Renetta Hensler.

Congratulations to district forensics competitors: Duncan Brewer — first in humorous poetry; Daniel Flores and Garron Lucas — first in multiple poetry; Freya Chay, Brandi Wagoner and Haylee Swanson — second in multiple prose; Kaylee Tanner — first in nonhumorous prose; Lydia Chadwick — first in storytelling; Colton Anderson — third in humorous poetry; Brooke Jackson and Lizzie McDermid — third in multiple prose; Autumn Ball — third in non-humorous poetry; Abigail Chadwick, Hannah Coffman, and Allie McGahan — third in multiple prose; and Megan Gordon — first in storytelling.

The primary grades spring musical program, "Old MacDonald's Farm," is at 7 p.m. Thursday at Soldotna Bible Chapel. There will be a silent auction for a quilt made by the third-grade class.

Parents are welcome to visit the wax museum from 10:45 to 11:15 a.m. in the gym, where Mrs. Hagen's fifth-graders will portray the characters.


Instructional variation defines Mrs. Demers fourth- and fifth-grade field trip to Peterson Bay. Students enjoyed forest ecology, tide pool inquiry and bird species identification during this two-day trip. Mrs. Windows music students will have a spring concert at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The eighth-grade graduation at Chapman is at 7 p.m. May 24.

Five teachers attended a two-day workshop on six-trait writing to further enhance their professional practice.


Final Scholastic book orders are due in by May 20.

Second semester reports are due in by May 26.

Connections is enrolling kindergarten through grade 12 students for the 2005-06 school year. Call 714-8880 for an enrollment appointment.

The science exam for grade nine students is available through Friday. Contact the adviser for further information.

Cook Inlet Academy

Music awards were presented at the "Tales and Top Hats" concert. Congratulations to Female Vocalists of the Year, Jenna Zufelt and Tanna Alsworth; Male Vocalist of the Year, Spencer McAuliffe; and Praise and Worship Jazz Band Musician of the Year, Zack Cialek. The choir presented Mrs. Rehm with "funny glasses" to help her sing the correct notes during practices, and a scrapbook that included notes of thanks and encouragement from preschool through high school students. Also recognized was choir accompanist, Mrs. Nesbitt, for her talent and devotion. The parents and staff thank Mrs. Rehm, Mrs. Nesbitt and those who assisted with the music programs this year.

Students of the Week are Reva Lovett, Sarah Baktuit, Kayla Moore, Meghan Powers, Joe Murphy, Tanner Fowler, Keven Powers, Chemaine Yarnes, Nicole Tieaskie, Kiana Beddow and Blake Taplin.

High school track regionals are Friday and Saturday at Susitna Valley High School.

There will be no sub salad, pizza and McDonald's lunches beginning Monday, May 16.


Congratulations to the Battle of the Books participants for the annual Home School Competition. The super IDEA readers are: Alisha Kress, Natalie Kress, Hannah Kress, Kristen McBride, Chelsea Murdoch, Holly Page, Jeremiah Hilbish, Richard Arnold and Rachel Mackie.

Thanks to the families who participated in the March of Dimes WalkAmerica. Remember to sign up to walk with the IDEA team for Relay for Life.

Steve Hackett's Roadside Geology Week is full, but call the office to be on the waiting list. Steve said the families will travel the road system of the Kenai Peninsula while he teaches about local geology.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences

You are invited to celebrate the retirement of Sears Elementary principal Mick Wykis. Join the staff and students today to honor and celebrate Mick's retirement. There will be a special program at 2:15 in the gym with a reception following after school from 3:45 to 5 p.m. in the library.

All second- and third-grade parents whose children will attend Mountain View Elementary in the fall are invited and encouraged to attend a lunch at Mountain View today at noon to meet the teachers and learn about the school.

Mrs. Lafferty's and Mrs. Kudsen's classes will walk to the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday.

Mrs. Shelden's and Mrs. Stroh's classes will go on the Kenai Fjords tour Monday.

Spring picture orders are due back to the school by Friday. Fill out the address form that was included in order for Lifetouch to mail picture packets to your home if they arrive during summer vacation.

Today is the last day for students to borrow money for hot lunch.

Third-graders attending Mountain View next year will visit the school Thursday.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The school raised $7,000 for the tsunami relief effort. Thanks to local businesses and Tustumena and Nikiski North Star elementary schools, Nikiski Middle-Senior High School and Kenai Middle School for their partnerships.

Mr. Daniels' class went to Homer to the Islands and Ocean Center and analyzed crab species. The class is having a raffle for a Trek 3700 mountain bike. Tickets are $2. Call Mr. Daniels, Mrs. Tobin or Mrs. Klaben at the school for more information. They are raising money for our outdoor education camp.

Mrs. Tobin's class had its last meeting with their friends from the Forget-Me-Not Center on May 5 in the form of a garden party. Thanks to the Forget-Me-Not Center for hosting all year.

Four hundred and fifty-eight kids participated in the Jump Rope for Heart fund-raiser, raising a total of $3,700. Special thanks to Terri Ellis, personal trainer.

Mrs. McBee's class' ducklings have hatched. Students learned about birds, their habitats and the food web. They will go on a field trip to Homer next week to learn about coastal habitats and ecosystems.

Last day of the 21st Century Community Learning Center is May 19. Thanks to those who helped build the after-school reading, math and homework clubs.

Kenai Central High School

There will be an assembly honoring the soccer and track and field programs today.

The Student of the Month luncheon is Thursday.

The soccer awards banquet is at 6 p.m. Monday.

The first band pops concert is at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.

The final site council meeting of the year is Tuesday.

Class elections are May 18.

The last day of school for seniors is May 19.

Kenaitze Head Start

The classes are learning the letters Q and X. The color for May is purple. The theme is bones and fossils. The value is honor and respect.

All classes are reviewing numbers, shapes and colors they learned all year.

Older students are getting ready for kindergarten.

With Mother's Day, the traditional value of respecting elders and family has been shared.

The school is accepting enrollment applications for next year, which can be picked up at 130 N. Willow St. in Kenai or call 283-0707.

Mountain View Elementary

Sears second-grade parents and Kaleidoscope third-grade parents are invited to a luncheon at noon on Wednesday. Come to meet the teachers and tour the school.

Mrs. Keating's fifth-grade class leaves next week for a three-day, two-night camp at Kachemak Bay Learning Center. Students have sold peelers and kept their grades up in order to embark on this adventure.

Mrs. Jackson retirement open house is from 4 to 6 p.m. May 18 in the school library.

Graham Dane is our Artist in Schools resident artist and will be here for three weeks. Each class will meet with him several times they are working on large paper mache animals and will paint a mural on the ball wall. This program is sponsored by the PTA. Artists in Schools is a program of the Alaska State Council on the Arts, which receives support from the Alaska State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Today is the last day of trash-can ball after school.

Sports Day is Friday.

Redoubt Elementary

Extra copies of the 2005-06 yearbook are available at the school office for $18.

The staff thanks PTA and Redoubt parents for everything they did for to make Teacher Appreciation Week.

All library books are due Friday

Today is School Nurses Day. The staff, students and parents thank Donna Cotman, Redoubt's school nurse, for the many ways she makes the school a better place.

Safeway will host a cake and ice cream celebration for students Friday.

The last day for sew student registration is today. This registration is for students new to Redoubt Elementary this fall. Students currently attending Redoubt already have preregistered for next school year.

Volunteers are needed for many upcoming events: Project Reward on May 19, Farmers Day on May 20, Field Day on May 25 and the school picnic on the last day of school, May 26. Rakes, shovels and wheelbarrows are needed for Farmers Day. Parents who can help are asked to contact the school office.

Congratulations to fifth-graders who scored above the district average in all areas on recent Analytic Writing Assessments. The results were included in last week's newsletter.

Sears Elementary

Join the Sears Elementary staff and students today to honor and celebrate the retirement principal Mick Wykis. The program will begin at 2:15 p.m. in the gym with a reception following after school from 3:45 to 5 p.m. in the library.

The last day to borrow lunch money from the office is today. If your child owes lunch money, please pay as soon as possible.

The kindergarten concert will be at 1:45 May 19 for Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Thomas' class and at 1:45 p.m. May 20 for Mrs. Bryson, Mrs. Atkinson and Ms. Fischer's class.

Shala Dobson is the artist in residence until May 20.

The Sears and Kaleidoscope students raised $2,539.71 for the American Heart Association doing a Jump-Hoop for Heart during physical education. Thanks to Mrs. Romberg for organizing the event.

Field day for first, second and multiage classes will be from 1:15 to 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.

Field day for kindergartners is from 10:40 a.m. noon May 23.

Skyview High

Juniors in Mr. Carey's U.S. History classes were presented a program by Chuck Stauffer regarding his tour of duty in Vietnam. Mr. Stauffer shared a Power Point presentation of his experience as a combat soldier in the U.S. Army. Sixty-five students learned from and asked questions about Mr. Stauffer's experience.

Boys soccer is off the the Mat-Su valley for regions, and Skyview is hosting the region track meet Friday and Saturday.

In April, freshman Michaela Hutchison won the 108-pound freestyle division at the Women's National Wrestling Championships in San Diego. Her brother, Eli, took first place in the Junior National Championship-Greco Roman in Las Vegas at 132 pounds. In the West Junior Regional Championship, Eli finished third at 130 pounds. In the West Regional Championships, Eli finished second at 130 pounds. Eli has not lost a match in three years at Skyview and was the only wrestler in Las Vegas to enter all four events.

Skyview's faculty thanks all those who participated in teacher abreaction week.

Seniors can pick up their check-out sheets Monday. Project reward forms are due Tuesday.

Soldotna Elementary

Parent Sheila Pothast has been teaching Spanish to Mrs. Vasilie's first- and second-graders this year. To celebrate Cinco de Mayo, the class presented a fiesta and feast program to parents and friends. Muchas gracias to all parents for their support and especially to Mrs. Pothast for her weekly Spanish activities with students.

Hannah Hawkins was honored for her efforts to encourage kindness at Soldotna Elementary and she received a school T-shirt and a free pass to the movies.

Students can buy ice cream Friday afternoon from PTA members and pizza for lunch Thursday, Monday, Tuesday and May 18. PTA members are planning a barbecue for the last day of school and need help. Call the school at 262-4919 if you can help sell pizza to students.

Congratulations to new PTA officers Tonya Gilmore, president; Selena Jordon, treasurer; Debbie Carroll, secretary; and Lisa Groleske, past president. Thanks to outgoing officers Lisa Groleske, Lauri Lingafelt, Venita Walker and Debbie Carroll for their dedication and work for the students at the school.

Soldotna High

Senior finals are Thursday through May 18. Senior awards will be presented at 7 p.m. Tuesday. Yearbooks will be distributed May 18.

Congratulations to the following Rotary Students of the Month: Ellie Miller, Josephine Smart, Sandra Lloyd, Shea Murphy, Rebecca Warton, Jayme Booth, Ben Greiss, Melissa Downs, Michelle Lawerence, Paige Blackburn, Jack Vanvleett, Scott Foster, Eddie French, Uriah Baalke and Sam Engler.

The following students have been elected to the student government executive board: Kelly King, president ; Heather Sinclair, vice president; Katie McKenna, treasurer; Kaylie Helvie, secretary; and Eric Shapley and Britt Andree activity chairs.

Soldotna Middle

Alaska Future Problem Solving hosted a state competition at Soldotna High School on April 18 and 19. The team of Theresa Ramponi, Monica Maryott and Mark Youngren placed third in of intermediate presentations of action plan. Hannah Romberg placed third in the individual category.

Gabe Murray is the chamber Student of the Month for April.

Eighth-grade students will visit high schools from 7:45 to 9:30 a.m. May 20.

Report cards will be mailed in June unless there are outstanding fees. Students who may still owe class fees need to pay them before the end of the year. A letter from the office will be sent to parents as a reminder whose students have lost books and overdue fees.

Physical education classes are doing fitness testing this week and the two-mile run is Tuesday.

Yearbooks are for sale at the office. Yearbook DVDs available for purchase at the office.

Eighth-grader Emma Miles will go to Anchorage to take part in a job shadow at KTUU, where she will learn about video and photography.

Seventh-grade drama performances of student-written work will be shown Tuesday and May 18 in the school multipurpose room. Both shows will start at 7 p.m. and are free to the public.

Soldotna Montessori

The first- through third-graders in Mrs. Larned, Mrs. McCabe and Mrs. Holt's classes continue their studies of life on Earth. All three classes are studying and comparing creatures of today to ancient creatures. The students still are working on the large mosaic of Earth. Stop by the school and take a look.

Students learned about salesmanship, safety while selling, collating tickets and counting large sums of money for the annual flower basket sale.

Classes presented end-of-the-year performances at the final Academic Policy Committee meeting.

Parents can check student's blue folders for more information about the year-end picnic and game day.

Sterling Elementary

Congratulations to the Sterling Elementary band students who performed Tuesday with the Skyview band. The school staff is proud of the time and effort put into preparing.

The Student of the Month celebration for all second-semester Students of the Month is from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday. RIF will do its last book distribution for this school year Friday.

The Site Based Management Council will meet at 4 p.m. Monday in the conference room. The council will welcome two new parent members to replace Judy Miller and Connie Ferguson.

School staff will be host a volunteer appreciation tea at 2:30 p.m. May 19.

Love INC will serve breakfast from May 20 to the end of the school year for any child who is hungry.

The last day of school is May 26. In addition to the school awards assembly, there also will be a bike rodeo and a picnic sponsored by PTA. Volunteers are needed to help with the bike rodeo and the spring field day. If you are available, call the school office. Students participating in the bike rodeo must have helmets. Helmets are available for purchase at the school that day. It is strongly recommended that students who bring bikes have a bike lock as some bikes have been stolen in previous years.

Tustumena Elementary

The school thanks Jacqui Erion of the Alaska State Parks for providing its boating safety program for students. This annual program is educational for children as the summer recreation season approaches.

Incoming kindergarten families are reminded of the visitation at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in Mrs. Blossom's classroom. Parents of these children will have a brief meeting with the principal in the school library once these children arrive.

The fourth-quarter Lynx Tracks activity is Tuesday and May 18. Students will go to the Nikiski pool. A fee of $3 per child and written parent permission is required.

Parent volunteers are needed to assist with the school's field day activities on the last day of school, May 26. Adult volunteers may contact the school to sign up. Volunteers may specify which level (primary or intermediate) they would prefer. The school thanks Mrs. Sinnott, Mr. Cowans and Mr. Audette for their efforts in planning and preparing the activities.

Families who attend the awards assemblies are advised to note these dates:

The Intermediate Assembly (grades four to six) is at 2 p.m. May 24;

The Primary Assembly (kindergarten to third grade) is at 10 a.m. May 25.

Wings Christian Academy

The winners for the first day of spirit week, fashion disaster day, were Melissa Newton, Naomi Pettey and Chase Miller; garbage bag and duct tape day — Joel Consiel, Kaylee Burger, Amy Wood and Cassie Sutton. Caden MacLellan, Jesse Puletau and Amy Wood came to school the most beat up on fake an injury day. Amy Wood, Julianne Pettey, David McGee and Jared Wood won cowboy and Indian day.

Upper Learning Center students will leave the school at 9 a.m. for a day on the Seven Lakes Trail on Friday. They will need to use their recently learned skills of reading topographical maps and following a compass to find clues hidden along the trail. They also will get a chance to try their skills at matching animals to their tracks.

There will be a field trip to the Anchorage Zoo on Monday. The students will leave in the bus at 8 a.m.

A music recital for Geri Brigham's music class is at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The speech students also will give a presentation at that time.

Congratulations to Kasey McGee, who recently entered the 2000s club. Naomi Pettey and Kade Foust made it to the 3000s club, while Courtney McGee and Kassidy Foust each entered the 5000s club.

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