District School News

Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2002

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Mrs. Tobin's class will create bulletin boards and interactive presentations on the systems of the human body. This study is meant to be a lead in to first aid classes that students will take during outdoor education camp later this month. Another exciting event is an upcoming field trip to Agrium.

Congratulations to Mrs. Wohlers on her recent graduation from the University of Alaska Anchorage, and thanks for student teaching in Mrs. Tobin's class.

K-Beach will hold its last book fair of the school year through Thursday. It is a two-for-one sale, so be sure to stop by and get some good books for summer reading.

The end-of-the-year barbecue will be May 22 during students' lunch time, 11:10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This will give each student the opportunity to participate and also provide a hot lunch for everyone. Parents and family are welcome to join their children.

Teacher request forms for next year will be available starting today and must be picked up at the front office. They must be returned by 3:30 p.m. May 24.

K-Beach will have its RIGS (Reading is Great in Summer) kick-off assembly Monday at 8 a.m. in the gym.

Field Day will be Monday and Tuesday. Volunteers are needed to help with this activity, so call Gretchen Bagley at 262-1463 to sign up.

More school news can be found at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/kbeach.

Mountain View Elementary

Micah Lillard and Dustin Moore gave an educational presentation about their experiences at the 2002 Arctic Winter Games to Mr. Knudsen's third-grade class. These two athletes traveled to Baffin Island and helped Alaska's hockey team secure a bronze ulu at the games.

Thank you to all the parents and the PTA board for everything they did for Teacher Appreciation Week. Mountain View staff truly appreciates you.

Fifth-grade field day was Tuesday. Today will be field day for the fourth-graders and Thursday will be for the third-graders.

There are many end-of-the year field trips going on. Make sure all permission slips are turned in on time. The fifth-grade classes all took the Kenai Fjords trip last Thursday and Friday. Today, Mrs. Heath and Mr. Vedders will take their third-grade classes to the Nikiski pool and Captain Cook State Recreation Area. Mrs. Jackson's fourth-grade class will leave Thursday for a campout at Hidden Lake Campground and return Friday.

Don't forget to send cold lunches with your students on May 17, 20 and 21. The PTA is sponsoring a picnic lunch for the last day of school, May 22.

Nikiski Elementary

Mr. Boyle's and Mr. Floyd's fifth- and sixth-grade students just completed their outdoor education camp to Solid Rock. They were joined by Mrs. Zinck's sixth-graders from North Star. There the students continued environmental studies that had been started in the classroom. Also, several presenters, including a state Parks ranger, state Fish and Game biologist, state Forestry fire-fighting crew, water quality presenter and great horned owl presenter from the Bird Treatment and Learning Center made presentations in their fields of expertise. Several parents and 18 Nikiski Middle-Senior High School student counselors provided the much-needed assistance to make the camp a success.

Congratulations to the the Accelerated Reader contest winners. Dolly Barrett, Kristen Heazlett, Kelsey Williams, Carra Dixon, Alex Rodriquez, Amy Wicker, third-grade teacher Elizabeth Hufford and Title I math specialist Tyson Cox won a helicopter ride around Nikiski, courtesy of Unocal and Era Helicopters. Leora Olsen, Lilly Barrett, Dylan Holloway, Dylan Bellow, Teralynn Holstrom, Dennis Hamilton and Title I reading specialist Kristin Morrow won limousine rides to their homes, driven by Superintendent Donna Peterson. Cody Graham, Jazz Phelps, Jessica Callahan and Tekoa Dixon won a firetruck ride around Nikiski, courtesy of the Nikiski Fire Department. Adrianna Trenton, Krystle Bormann, Sayyid Hammad and William Chapman won an Alaska State Trooper ride around Nikiski, courtesy of DARE Trooper Steve Stanton. James Fidler and Dyann Leuret were chosen as alternates in case a student is absent the day of their prize ride.

The teachers and staff members would like to express their sincere appreciation to all of the school volunteers this year. As of May 1, there have been more than 2,400 hours logged, and field trips are just beginning. These hours include all of the help with the breakfast program and classroom volunteers. A special thanks to pastors John Henry and Denver Copeland for their consistent support of the breakfast program.

This year the school district is offering a summer school program for the month of June. Students in grades two through six may be eligible for a program directed at reading remediation. If you are interested in helping your child in this area, contact your teacher or the office.

Don't forget that May 22 the PTA will host its annual end-of-the-year picnic. The cost is $1 and includes a hot dog, beverage, chips and fruit or veggies. Volunteers are still needed, so stop in between 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. if you can help.

North Star Elementary

Notices will be coming home soon with North Star students who will need hepatitis immunizatons before school starts next fall. Bring in the paperwork as soon as this is done so records are current and these children will not be excluded from school.

Redoubt Elementary

The school picnic will be May 22, the last day of school. All students will need to bring an item for the picnic. Check the school newsletter or with your child's teacher. Parents are welcome to bring a sack lunch and join their child.

The last day for After the Bell is Friday.

All library books must be returned before students leave for the summer. If you have lost a library book, see Miss Cox.

Monday is Tropical Day. Wear your tropical clothing to school. Shorts, sandals and tropical print shirt are just a few ideas. All clothing should be appropriate for school. No swimsuits.

Tuesday is Field Day and Sport Spirit Day. Wear comfortable, athletic-type clothing or your favorite team shirt. Activities will be outside, so dress for the weather. Bring a jacket. We need many volunteers to help with Field Day. If you can help, call the school office or Mr. Withrow at 262-9006.

Congratulations to Big G Boxtops drawing winners Jessica Jackson, Larissa Stewart and Danny McIntosh, and Campbell's Soup label drawing winners Josh Harvey, Melinda Larion and Paul Holmgaard.

Thank you to Tammy's Flowers, Candy Bouquet, Kaladi Brothers Coffee, The Grind Coffee, Papa Murphy's Pizza, Coyote Coffee, Coffee Concepts and Fred Meyer for their donations to the volunteer reception and bicycle rodeo.

Today is the last day to submit parent requests for student placement for the 2002-03 school year.

Soldotna Elementary

Volunteers were honored at the annual volunteer tea Friday afternoon. There were 161 volunteers who helped students at Soldotna Elementary School this year. Especially honored was Amy Woltering for her award from Phi Delta Kappa for her outstanding contributions to education.

The Soldotna Middle School choir will perform at Soldotna Elementary Monday.

Plans are under way for the last day PTA barbecue and Wonderful Wolves day. Everyone is welcome and volunteers are needed to help with the field day activities and barbecue.

The PTA will sell pizza and drinks to students when the hot lunch program ends. Lunch will cost $2, and any proceeds will go to the Soldotna Artist in the School grant matching funds.

Congratulations to Theresa Ramponi and Monica Maryott for being selected to be published in the KPBSD Writing Booklet.

Congratulations to educators Anne Pfitzner and Gayle Buben. Anne has been selected as one of three national winners of an Einstein fellowship and will advise the government on educators matters next year in Washington, D.C. Gayle was selected as one of the BP Teachers of Excellence for the 2002 school year.

Tustumena Elementary

There will be significant change in Tustumena staff next year. Mrs. Fraser, grade three, is retiring after many years of service to the Kasilof community. Mr. Lewis, grade six, will take a one-year leave of absence. Mrs. Barkman, librarian, is transferring to Nikiski Middle-Senior High School, and Mrs. Fowler will not return to her position for personal reasons. These four individuals will be missed by peers and students alike.

All library books were due on Friday. If you don't know if you have any, check with the librarian. It is important they be returned as soon as possible.

The last PTO meeting was Tuesday. Planning for the upcoming school year already has begun. Interested parents always are welcomed. Volunteers do a great service to the students, as well as the entire school district.

On May 22, Tustumena's PTO will serve its traditional picnic lunch during the field day activity schedule. Propane barbecues are still needed for preparing the burgers and hot dogs that day. Call the school if you are willing to loan yours out.

Author Shelley Gill will visit Tustumena Elementary on Friday. She will present to the kindergarten through third-grade classes at 9:15 a.m. and to grades four to six at 10:30 a.m. Lunch with preselected students will be in the library from noon to 1 p.m. Writing workshops will be conducted for students in grades four to six from 1 to 3:30 p.m.

Last but not least, remember to sign up for the Halloween and other committees needed for the coming school year. Your help will be greatly appreciated.

Kenai Middle School

Congratulations to all eighth-graders who ran for freshman class offices. The campaigning was positive, and the speeches outstanding. The election was held Friday, and the results are as follows: Kassi Kiel, president; Brenna Tolly, vice president; Madison Gifford, secretary; and Lindsay Keener, treasurer.

Mr. Blacklock and Ms. Koppert will take their classes to Camp Carlquist today through Friday.

Eighth Grade Farewell is scheduled for Friday at 8 a.m. in the gym. Cake and punch will follow at approximately 9:30 a.m. If you are looking for a farewell gift for your eighth-grader, KCHS blankets, stadium seats and hats are for sale in the KMS office or by calling Pam Lazenby at 283-4432.

In celebration of Spirit Week, Thursday will be Hat Day and Friday Dress-Up Day.

Students will participate in mini-courses Monday and Tuesday.

The school newsletter and calendar are now being posted online at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/kms. Take a minute to check out the Web page for important information about KMS this month.

Soldotna Middle School

Quest students will selling pizza-by-the-slice Friday through Tuesday in the lunchroom. On Tuesday, they also will sell cotton candy.

The Soldotna Middle School Academic Pentathalon team competed in five academic areas -- mathematics, science, current events super quiz, speech and essay -- in Anchorage April 26 and 27. The team took first place with 17,147 points. Individual winners in the varsity division included: Sam Gammon, second place in math, third in science and third in super quiz; and Trina Junkert, third in essay, second in science and second in super quiz. Winners in the scholastic division were Amy Arestad, second speech and top 10 placement in science; Kristin Galvin, first in super quiz and top 10 placement in essay and science; and Tyler Roesch, first math, second science and top 10 in super quiz. In the honors division, winners were Kelsey Shields, third in speech, third in essay and top 10 in math; Heather Sinclair, second in speech, third in math, second in super quiz and top 10 in science; and Becky Kilfoyle, first in speech, second in essay, third in super quiz and top 10 in math and science.

Becky Kilfoyle also was the honors division overall winner and received a $200 scholarship savings bond. Kristina Martin was the SMS team alternate and, although she was not allowed to earn a medal, she received a perfect 1,000 points for her speech.

Ms. Church's seventh-grade social studies class is finishing its Egypt unit with the sixth annual Egyptian Fashion Show on Friday and Monday.


All home-school students are invited to participate in the Kenai Peninsula Homeschool Track Meet on May 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Skyview High School track. For more information, call Teresa or Jim Danielson at 262-7761.

Home-school students also are eligible for upcoming field trips. Families must provide transportation and one parent chaperon per family for these events. To register, call 262-6315.

Students in grades kindergarten to 12 can go river rafting on the Kenai, then hike from Skilak Lake to Hidden Creek Trail on Friday. Cost is $40 paid to Alaska Rivers Company.

The Discover Kachemak Bay tour runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon Tuesday. Participants learn history of Homer, information on fishing boats, processing, food chains, nesting and migratory birds and more. Part of the class is a walk on the spit and the other part is aboard Homer Ocean Charter's big boat to Gull Island. The cost is $42.20 per person.

The Pratt Museum tour, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, will focus on the history, natural history and fine arts of Alaska. Featured is the Smithsonian's Arctic Studies Center "Looking Both Ways: Heritage and Identity of Alutiiq People." This exhibit is an introduction to the indigenous people and culture of Alaska's Southcentral coast.

Ninilchik School

Mrs. Bosick's third- and fourth-graders presented the annual Wax Museum last Wednesday. Students chose prominent individuals to research and write about. Judy Garland with ruby slippers, Davy Crockett in a buck-skin jacket, Shirley Temple and her curls and Abraham Lincoln in a black top hat were among the 22 famous people portrayed.

The sixth-grade Quest students went to Kalifornsky Beach Elementary on Friday to join the Quest students from Tustumena, Seldovia and K-Beach for a "Word Master Jeopardy." It was not only a chance to work with the Word Master lists they have learned, but to connect with other children in the program.

Hawaii was the theme for this year's prom. The juniors raised money all year through the concessions stand and various other fund-raisers to pay for the prom. Char Florence, from Ninilchik Traditional Council's Youth Alcohol Program, coordinated an all-night after-the-prom party that ended with breakfast at the Inlet View Cafe.

She also received donations from the American Legion Ladies Auxiliary, Arby's Kenai, Beemun's, Covey and Sons, Fred Meyer, Godfather's Pizza, Happy Valley Cafe, Homer Elks, The Incense Burner, Ninilchik General Store and Sweeney's.

Skyview High School

Today is the last day of classes for seniors. All check-out sheets must be turned in by Friday in order to participate in the graduation rehearsal at 9:30 a.m. All seniors must be at the rehearsal to walk that night. There will be a class picnic to follow. Graduation is at the Soldotna Sports Center at 7 p.m. Tickets are needed for floor seating only. The bleachers are open seating for the public.

Seniors Award night is Thursday at 7 in the Commons.

Good luck to the track and field and soccer teams competing in the regional meets this weekend.

Congratulations to Clark Fair for being honored by the local chapter of Phi Delta Kappa. He was recognized at the awards ceremony by the Kenai Peninsula Chapter for his unique and significant contributions to education.

Congratulations to the May Rotary Students of the Month. They are Vance Gaddis, Amanda McKinley, Mark McGarry, Jeremy Mercier, Dustin Dreifuerst, Deric Peterson, Jamie Beever, Jesse Grant, Angela Jones, Chase Carter and Ty Pepper.

Finals for the freshmen, sophomores and juniors will be Tuesday for periods one, two and six and May 22 for periods three, four and five.

Seniors last day for final transcript requests is May 29.

The last day of school is May 22. Have a safe and fun-filled summer.

Soldotna High School

The Advanced Placement Government test is being administered this morning. Seniors taking the test will go directly to graduation practice when they complete the test. SoHi seniors will begin practice for graduation at 10:30 this morning.

After practice the seniors will go to Knight Drive to put their handprints on a memory wall that has been facilitated by Mayor Dave Carey and the city of Soldotna. All seniors graduating from SoHi, Skyview, Cook Inlet Academy and other area schools along with first-graders at Soldotna, Redoubt and Kalifornsky Beach elementary schools are invited to put their handprints on this wall. For more information, call the city of Soldotna.

Graduation will take place in the Soldotna High School gym this evening at 7. Graduating seniors are to be at the school by 6 p.m. The public is invited to attend but is reminded that only those with a ticket will be admitted to the gym prior to 6:45 p.m. The after graduation party, sponsored by the Parents of Seniors group, will be held at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Thursday is the last day for lunches provided by the cafeteria. For the remainder of the year, students will need to bring their own lunch or may buy pizza from one of the student organizations.

SoHi will host the Region III Soccer Championships this weekend.

The last student school day is May 22. The first day of school for students next fall will be Aug. 21. New student and freshmen registration will be Aug. 12 and 13, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. each day. Returning student registration will be held Aug. 15 and 16, from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Cook Inlet Academy

The awards banquet, held May 3, honored students for the excellence they have demonstrated throughout the year.

Current National Honor Society members Miranda Zindel and Thomas Adams inducted new members Ramsey Arneson, Jenna Zufelt, Brian Beeson, Alyse Bell, Jessica Hall and Jacob Petersen.

Other awards included: Justin Franchino, NHS excellence in leadership; Brian Beeson and Jenna Zufelt, top VIPs; Courtney McKenny and Brian Beeson, cross country long distance running; Greg Brown, cross country leadership; Charlotte Hillyer, volleyball serving; Elizabeth Shea, volleyball most improved; Mandy Evans, volleyball determination; Alyse Bell, volleyball strength/power; Jessica Hall, volleyball coach's award; Jessica Hall and Miranda Zindel, girls' basketball 100 rebound club; Katy Zimmerman and Mandy Evans, girls' basketball free throw excellence; Chantal Reese, girls' basketball best defense and most inspirational; Justin Franchino, Jacob Petersen and Calder Hillyer, boys' basketball 100 rebound club; Brian Powers and Calder Hillyer, boys' basketball best defense; Luke Meyers, boys' basketball 100 assists; and Justin Franchino, 2A player of the year.

Terri Nettles thanked the Regionals committee volunteers: Mrs. Zindel, Mrs. Franchino, Mrs. Bell, Mrs. McNutt, Mr. and Mrs. Gagriel and Mrs. Leite. Nettles also presented coach Keener the gym floor plaque as a thank you and goodbye gesture.

Greg Bell, on behalf of the school board, recognized coach Keener for his 2A Coach of the Year status and for the 10 years he has contributed to CIA. Keener also received a scrapbook of memories as a goodbye gift from the students.

Track awards will be presented at Awards Chapel on May 23.

Thanks to the banquet committee, Shannon, Brian, Calder, Lindsey and Melissa; Mrs. Taylor for decorations; Mrs. Bauder Mrs. Forsi and Mrs. Olsen for organizing junior high servers; and Ronda Orth and Janet Arneson for helping with details.

Students of the week are Anthony Agosti, Lauren Bauder, Alex Schmelzenbach, Tanner Fowler, Keenan Orth, Heidi Hillyer and Kristen May.

Grace Lutheran School

The school year is winding down at Grace Lutheran, but activities and learning are still in high gear. The students in grades three to eight are "in training" for the Hershey Track Meet, which will be this Friday in Nikiski.

The lower graders did a terrific job making beautiful floral center pieces for Grace Lutheran's Mothers' Day Brunch.

The seventh- and eighth-graders are studying the laws of motion in science class and concluding their study of grammar by attacking gerunds, infinitives and participles. The fourth- to sixth-graders are enjoying their study of oceanography.

The lower graders are continuing their study of the places and peoples of the world by visiting the western hemisphere. This week they had exciting adventures in Mexico, Panama and Venezuela.

Grace Lutheran still is accepting a limited number of students for the 2002-03 school year. For more information or to set up an appointment, call Mr. Leckwee at 283-9551.

Wings Christian Academy

This is the last week of school for Wings Christian Academy, and it already is halfway over. Thursday night, Mrs. Brigam's students are involved in a music recital starting at 6:30 p.m.

Friday is the last day of school. It is only a half-day for the students at Wings. The first part of the day is field day. The students will have a fun and friendly competition with track and field events. School ends at 1 p.m.

The Wing graduation ceremony starts at 7 p.m. Friday. The three graduates are Isaac Dutton, Melinda Kincaid and Jesse McCoy. Come and witness the accomplishment of these graduating seniors.

Students will leave for international competition Monday at 7 p.m. They will drive to Anchorage, fly to California, then drive to Flagstaff, Ariz.

Zach Bargar and Brandon Saunder have made it to the 5,000s club. Kelsey Jose, Jessica Saunders and Ali Thompson have made it to the 3,000s club, and Megan Ruffridge and Zach Thompson have made it to the 2,000s club.

The cleanest desk of the week award goes to Joel Consiel and Sierra Burger.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

Head Start children and their families will visit the tribe's K'Beq interpretive site in Cooper Landing this week. They will see the house pit and other sites around the boardwalk. They also will have a scavenger hunt for some of the plants used for medicinal purposes and may get a surprise visit from Smokey the Bear.

Head Start graduation for the Little Bears and Little Ravens is set for 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Family House. Graduation for the Little Moose will be at 6 p.m. May 22. A party for all Head Start graduates and their families will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Kenai Recreation Center.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

The students had a great time at the beach collecting rocks and enjoying the fresh air.

Studens have been making gifts for their parents to show their appreciation.

Last Thursday, the school had its end-of the-year picnic at the park. Students had fun playing and blowing bubbles.

Congratulations to the following students who will atteng the four-year-old class: Alex, Charis, Connor, Jennaka, Jillian, Sloan and William. Congratulations to the following students who will attend kindergarten in the fall: Allie, Ellen, Hannah D., Mason, Hannah E., Machaela, Mallory, Megan, Morgan, Taylor, Zachary, Dani, Savannah and Stephan. Thank you Ella, Jrew and Andrew, for being part of the school this year. Thank you, parents, for all the support you gave the students. Your contributions are greatly appreciated.

Applications are being accepted for the 2002-03 school year for preschool and kindergarten. For more information, call 262-6442 or 262-1284.

Sterling Head Start

The morning class had an exciting week with lots of hands on experience while visiting three small farms on Robinson Loop. The class started out at Nina Robinson's looking at her cows, who had new baby twin calves just 2 days old. The next stop was Mary Mize's little farm. There the children had the opportunity to pet a baby pig and baby lambs. The last stop was Marjorie Dempster's home to visit her two horses, goat and chickens. Thanks to these women for taking the time to share their knowledge and farm animals with the students.

The afternoon class also studied farm animals last week. The children painted with animal-shaped sponges, put together wooden puzzles shaped like animals, created farm scenes with the felt farm cut-outs and created pig and cow masks using paper plates and art supplies. They also visited the Soldotna Public Library for story time and listened to farm stories. The children had lots of fun pretending to be farm animals all week.

Sterling Head start recently received a $140 donation from the Methodist church in Soldotna. The donation will go toward the purchase of wood for building a reading loft.

Sterling Head Start still is accepting applications for its summer and winter programs. For more information, call 260-1950 or 260-7446.

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