School news around the district

Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2001

Aurora Borealis Charter School

The first- and second-grade students studied tide pools in Homer. The class found many different sea creatures, objects and treasures. The class also is finishing up its "reading caterpillar." The children have been writing each book they have read onto a paper circle. All of the circles will be combined together to form a long caterpillar. All the children are motivated and excited to complete their project.

The fifth- and sixth-grade students are preparing for a physical and educational experience at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. They also are preparing for finals.

The seventh grade is busy with graduation plans for the eighth grade, which will leave Aurora Borealis. The graduation holds many surprises and memories for all.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The end-of-the-year barbecue is at 5:30 p.m. May 23.

Mr. Daniels' class will go camping Friday. Terry from the Alaska Department of Parks and Recreation will visit to show how to properly transplant a tree.

Mrs. McCoy's second-graders are studying insects. The class will drive to Ninilchik Friday to go swimming with pen pals.

Mrs. Carter's students released the salmon fry they nurtured and raised from eggs.

Mrs. George's class will visit the beach with two other kindergarten classes for a sea life study.

The school thanks the PTA for donating books from the book fair and the money to buy a new set of World Book Encyclopedias.

The school encourages students to read all summer. The Soldotna Public Library offers a special summer reading program. Monday, a special assembly will explain this program.

Tyler Arndt, Brittany Hegwer, Breanna Giles and Nichole Daniels won the library kite contest last month. All students who return books by Tuesday will receive red licorice.

The school is looking for a summer home for a hamster and a snake. They can be separated. For more information, contact the school library.

Nikiski Elementary

Mrs. Durrant's and Mr. Floyd's fifth-grade students returned from camp, where Smokey the Bear made an appearance. Mr. Floyd would like to thank the many parents and high-school students who helped. McDonald's peeler cards are still available by contacting Mr. Floyd. Money earned by the sales will help offset the cost of the camp and food.

The last awards assembly for the school year will be Monday. Intermediate grades will convene at 11 a.m. and primary students at 11:30 a.m. Parents and family members are welcome to attend.

Sixth-grade graduation will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. Family members are invited.

Mr. Boyle's fourth-grade students will travel to Homer, Mrs. Hufford's class will go roller skating in Soldotna, and the kindergarten students will hold their annual picnic celebration Tuesday.

The PTA will host its annual end-of-the-year picnic May 23. Hot dogs, fruit, vegetables, chips, juice and root beer floats will be available for $1. Be sure to send your children with sack lunches if they are not going to purchase the hot dog lunch.

Redoubt Elementary

The school picnic will be May 23 at 11:30 a.m. Students need to bring picnic items to classrooms starting Friday. Parents may bring a lunch and join in. If you can help with the picnic, call Beth Hickey at 262-2446.

Fuzzy Wuzzy are the girls' basketball champions. Team members are Jamie Edwards, Christa Kennedy, Rosemary Houglum, Shelly Barker, Ashley Kline, Brittany Dukowitz, Alyssa Godes, Jayme Herline and Lydia Ames.

Hunter Hollenberg, Holden Hollenberg, Brandon Bixby, Belinda Bowlin, Tyler Brown, Emily Brown, Tony Dombovy and Jonathon Knight received ice cream for wearing their bicycle helmets.

Students must return all library and text books or pay for lost or damaged ones. The first class to return all their library books will be treated to an ice cream party.

The staffing for next year is: Janice Delaney, Judy Cox and Lynne Elliott, kindergarten; Cathy Carrow, first and second grade; Candy Goldstein and Sandra Lewis, first grade; Lynn Dusek and Patti Walker, second grade; a new staff member, second and third grade; Amy St. Onge and Tom Gossard, third grade; Heidi Harding and John Mills, fourth grade; Sheila DeVolld, fourth and fifth grade; Leonard Ball, fifth grade; Zada Friedersdorff, fifth and sixth grade; and Chuck Chavka and Joy Hagen, sixth grade. This staffing could change, depending on new student enrollment. Parent requests for teachers must be received by Monday.

The deadline for the school cookbook is extended to Monday.

Monday is Tropical Day. Tuesday is Field Day and Sport Spirit Day, with intermediate grades from 9 until 11:15 a.m., and primaries from noon to 2 p.m. Wear comfortable, athletic type clothing and dress for the weather.

The end-of-year awards assemblies will be May 23. Primary grades will be at 9 a.m. and intermediate grades at 10 a.m.

Sears Elementary

The final PTA meeting will be today at 3:30 p.m. in the library. Come and meet the new officers for the next school year and find out what they have planned.

The memory book will arrive soon, and it's not too late to get your copy. If you haven't ordered a book yet, the cost is $6.40.

Title I will host a cake and ice cream party Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. for all Title I children and their families.

The bike rodeo is Monday. Bikes can be dropped off and picked up at the school that day, but no bikes are allowed on the buses.

Mrs. Sorenson's and Mrs. Atchley's classes had an authors' tea Monday evening to celebrate the great books their students wrote. They also had a slumber party at Kenai Middle School Friday, where they had fun climbing the rock wall and in-line skating.

Mrs. Bryson's class had two chicks and two ducks hatch, and Mrs. Thomas' class had two ducks and five chicks hatch.

Miss Ralston's class is studying sea life and went clamming at Ninilchik Beach. As students cleaned their catch they learned about the different parts and were able to find them on the sea creatures.

The second grade and multi-age field day is Thursday. First grade field day is Friday.

Soldotna Elementary

Soldotna Elementary would like to thank the Soldotna High School band and Mr. Schneider for an outstanding concert held at Soldotna Elementary last week. The concert featured the SoHi Jazz Band and a band salute to "The Jungle Book" for students.

Volunteers were honored at the school's volunteer tea Tuesday.

Students in Anne Pfitzner's class recently participated in an overnight field trip to Peterson Bay. Students studied marine life to meet grade level science standards.

The annual awards assembly will be at 9 a.m. Tuesday, and the fun day will be May 23. The PTA is planning an all-community picnic for May 23. Check the Soldotna Sentinel for items to bring. Everyone is welcome.

Tustumena Elementary

At the state wrestling tournament in Anchorage, Candace Penrod placed third, Nathan Penrod, second, and Preston Penrod, first, in his age-weight class. Preston was undefeated for the season, and Lance Kitchen placed second in a Greco-Roman competition and fourth in free-style competition.

Volunteers are needed for the field day May 23.

A retirement reception will be May 24 at Tustumena Lodge. This no-host event will honor Richard Fraser and Janie MacAulay beginning at 5 p.m. There will be a prime rib dinner at 6 p.m.

Primary student awards will be given out Monday, and intermediate awards Tuesday.

The Soldotna Middle School band will perform at 1 p.m. Monday.

A concert from 9:30 to 10 a.m. today features the Tustumena fifth- and sixth-grade bands. The bands will perform group selections. Instrumental soloists also will be featured.

The school thanks the volunteers who made the last hepatitis clinic possible: Sonja Nisler, RN, Kasey Cooper, RN, Kathy Holt, JoEllen Fowler, Sherry Karnikis, Sue Culhane, Judy Johnson, Lynda Blake and Valerie Lewis. Tustumena also would like to thank the Kenai Public Health for being at the school.


Letters went home regarding due dates for reports, turning in materials, books and returning computers. If you plan to enroll for next year and have not yet done so, you will need to bring or send in the applications or call for an appointment before May 31. Enrollment for 2001-02 is under way. Students seeking enrollment after May 31 may be placed on a waiting list.

The school will be open in the summer but on a limited schedule, which will be posted toward the end of May.

For students not re-enrolling next year, reimbursement forms were due Tuesday; May 25 is the last day to turn in final quarterly reports and the last day to return books and materials. Computers must be returned by May 29. If you are not enrolling again and are taking correspondence courses not completed by the end of May, contact the office.

For students already enrolled for next year, the new computer exchange will be Monday through May 25, and May 25 is the last day for final quarterly reports and the deadline to arrange for book and material return. June 15 will be the last day for reimbursement forms.

Connections thanks families for their effort and energy invested in educating their children this year.

Kindergarten through eighth-grade students enjoyed a tour of the state Forestry facility and of its helicopter last week.

Kenai Middle School

The eighth-grade farewell takes place Friday at 8 a.m. Parents of eighth-graders are invited to attend this event and the reception that will follow in the commons.

Lunch will be provided on the last day of school for all students at the schoolwide barbecue.

The annual awards assembly will be May 23 at 9 a.m.

The school would like to thank Kelly Gifford for providing creative bulletin boards at the school each month.

The Ladies Auxiliary VFW Post No. 10046 announced the winners of the American Flag Poetry Program. Jessica White placed first, Kelsey Dunn took second, and Chelsie Harris received third place. Congratulations to these students, who were chosen from 70 entries.

Soldotna Middle School

Congratulations to this week's Dairy Queen Student and Staff Members of the Week: Matt Faris, Nancy Macvie and student Jeff Kennedy.

Congratulations to the students elected to the student council at Soldotna High School: Jennifer Smola, president; Ali Wykis, vice president; Natashia Seguin, secretary; and Nathan Brazington, treasurer.

The final fortnight of the year will be Friday at 2:30 p.m.

Mr. Gustkey's drama performance will be at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The yearbook assembly will be Friday, and all students who purchased yearbooks will receive them at that time.

Students must have all class fees and library books turned in. Report cards will not be mailed for students who have outstanding fees or books.

The student Gold Card Picnic and prize assembly will be May 23. The school needs volunteers to help. If you are interested, call the school and leave a message.

Kenai Alternative High School

Kenai Alternative High School invites all past graduates to attend its graduation ceremony Friday at 7 p.m. This is the school's 10th anniversary. For more information, call Phyllis at 283-7844 .

Kenai Central High School

The last graduation practice for seniors is 10:30 a.m. today. Graduation is today at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium. Doors will open to guests with tickets at 7 p.m. At 7:20 p.m., vacant seats will be available for open seating. Tickets are given to graduates at their graduation practice.

Congratulations to the Mock Trial team for itsperformance this past weekend at the national competition.

The soccer team banquet is Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria.

Finals in even-hour classes are Monday, and finals in odd-hour classes are Tuesday. Students will have short classes in the morning, followed by a lunch barbecue and activity day May 23. Enstar volunteered its grill, and Charlie Pierce will barbecue.

Students now in grades eight through 11 who need help with basic reading skills are encouraged to register for the High Intensity Summer Reading Course offered June 4 through 29. It's free and students may earn one-half elective high school credit. For more information, call 262-4478.

Check out the school Web site at for a calendar of school events.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

The drama debate and forensics banquet was May 9. Congratulations to all participants.

The awards night for seniors was Tuesday Congratulations to the award winners.

The seniors' last day of school is today. Senior walk practice will be Thursday at 9 a.m. for four hours. Or until there are no mistakes.

Graduation will begin at 7 p.m. Monday. For the seniors planning to attend the after-graduation party, turn your $10 in to Mrs. Nelson as soon as possible. If you are bringing a guest, there will be an additional $10 fee.

The yearbook signing and the senior vs. faculty softball game will be Monday. If you aren't playing, get out there and show your support.

Skyview High School

Senior awards night is today at 7 p.m. in the gym.

Graduation for Skyview seniors will be 7 p.m. Thursday in the gym. Admission is by ticket only. Seniors will receive tickets when they complete their checkout procedure.

The after-graduation party will be from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m. Thursday at the Kenai Recreation Center. There will be lots of games to play and prizes to win, including a new car from Seekins Ford.

Congratulations to next fall's varsity football cheerleaders, recently announced by coaches Lisa Legner and Misti Merriman: Ashley Giles, Jenna Hensler, Chelsea Holden, Erin Hibberd, Kristin Gebhardt, Amber Spaulding, Racheal Grimmer, Kelly Self, Erika Sayre and Jessica Berkhanan. Carlene Allen is the alternate, and Angie Hall is the mascot.

The football boosters are planning a Spring Cleaning Garage Sale Saturday. Donations and workers are needed. For more information, contact Sue Evanson at 283-7002. To hire a football player for work around the house, contact Becky West at 262-5670.

Volleyball camp for grades seven through nine will be at Skyview May 29-31 from 9 a.m. until noon each day. For more information, contact coach Kupferschmid.

Skyview news is available on the Web at: skyview or by contacting John Andrews, director of athletics and activities, at 260-2315.

Soldotna High School

Class officers for the 2001-02 school year are selected. Seniors officers are Brooke Bloomfield, president; Abby Verhelst, vice president; Janna Schaafsma, secretary; and Ben Histand, treasurer. Juniors: Joseph Blanchard, president; Samantha Penner, vice president; Chrystal Carlson, secretary; and Mike Vasilie, treasurer. Sophomores: Karina Petersen, president; Annie Penner, vice president; Tracy Pitts, secretary; and Abby Kiffmeyer, treasurer.

The football cheerleaders for the 2001 season will be Haylee Best, Gina Ciufo, Kayla Mullican, Megan Hatten, Sarah Todd, Emma Seggerman, Kassie Mealer, Misty Soares, Jennifer Huey, Katie Murphy, Brittany Gardner, Kelsey Cusack and Tracy Pitts, varsity; and Andrea Cordova, Nichole Collinson, Bristol West, Brittany Parson, Haylee Cox, Desiree Mead, Mallory Robb, Kristen Huff and Emily Azzara, junior varsity.

Seniors will enjoy a picnic today on their last day of school. Seniors have a mandatory graduation practice Tuesday from 10 a.m. until noon. Graduation will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Language arts finals are today. Thursday will be social studies and vocational education, and Friday will be world languages and vocational education, plus make-ups for language arts and social studies. Finals continue with math, science and world languages Monday and Tuesday. Students will make up any missed exams May 23.

The sophomore class will sell pizza at lunch Friday through May 23. The student store will be open for snacks.

Cook Inlet Academy

Certified teacher Amy O'Dell will teach a reading and writing workshop June 18-29 in the mornings for students going into grades four through six. This workshop is to enhance creativity and thinking in the areas of reading and writing.

The 10-day session activities will include poetry, literature reading, literature circles, small group and whole group work, a writer's notebook, listening, talking, drama and acting. The focus will be on developing strong reading and writing skills. Class sizes will be 10 students, and the cost is $175. For more information or to reserve a space, call 262-5101.

Cook Inlet Academy, a school committed to supporting each student and family in their quest for excellence in education, nurtured in God's truth, will accept applications after May 23, the deadline for current school families to re-enroll.

Wings Christian Academy

Thursday is the last day for the students to take their tests. Students also need to clean out their desks, lockers and the lost and found Thursday.

School will end at 1:30 p.m. Friday. Wings will have a graduation ceremony at 7 p.m. Friday. Four seniors will be honored this year: Tammy Johansen, Brandon Burger, Justin Ruffridge and Joshua Dutton. Justin Ruffridge will graduate with honors. All the seniors will speak. Four kindergartners also will graduate: Matthew Grant, Matanya Bush, Brandon Saunders and Caleb Burger.

Students participating in the international student convention in Colombia, Mo., will leave Tuesday and return May 31.

The dinner auction fund-raiser went well last week. Many people showed up, and prizes were given out.

The bike-a-thon fund-raiser also went well. Students biked from Bridge Access Road on the new trail on Kalifornsky Beach Road into Soldotna to the Y and back, a total of 25 miles. The Lord kept them all safe, and the students had a blast.

Wings will have a summer school program for three weeks for students who need to catch up on their work. It will be June 11-15, 18-22 and July 9-13.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

Head Start children will visit the Kenaitze Tribe's educational subsistence net on the Kenai River Thursday. They will play on the beach and help pull in a fish net.

Head Start staff would like to thank the Martin family for letting students visit their farm on Kalifornsky Beach Road. The children enjoyed seeing all the farm animals.

Head Start also appreciates Kenai Police Officer Gus Sandahl for talking to the children about stranger danger. The children were intrigued by the things on his belt and the bullet-proof vest.

Children will visit the tribe's K'Beq interpretive site in Cooper Landing next week. The Little Moose will go Tuesday, and the Little Bears will go Thursday.

Head Start graduation will be May 25.

The program is accepting applications for next year. Native and non-Native income eligible families are welcome to apply. For more information, call 283-0707.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

Peninsula Grace Preschool would like to thank all the parents and family members who helped make the field trip to the Alaska SeaLife Center a success.

Students had a Mother's Day dessert Monday and Tuesday with their mothers. Students also gave their mothers special gifts they made. Each mother got a flower to take home.

Thursday is the last day of school. Students will receive certificates and have a picnic style lunch. Students can bring toys for outside play and sharing.

Miss Chris and Mrs. M had a great year with all of their students and wish them a wonderful summer. For more information about enrolling for fall, call Chris at 262-1284.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

The Mother's Day tea was a wonderful experience. The children were excited to shower their mothers with treats and songs. The handprint hearts will forever be treasured mementos.

Friday will be Dads' Day. The children are hoping all the dads can make it.

The end of the year is coming soon. Children are planning to pick up trash with their families with the Unocal cleanup program Saturday.

Monday, the class will celebrate the "summer" birthday children. Sara will be 4, Bryan will be 6, Kierstyn, Haralambous, Annie and Dallas will be 5.

The last day and graduation ceremony for the children going on to kindergarten will be May 23.

For information about the preschool, call Susan at 262-4102 or Jody at 262-7573.

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 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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