Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Aurora Borealis Charter School

Mr. Severson’s fourth-grade class went on a field trip to Seward. They took the Kenai Fjords Marine Explorer Science tour, which included marine science classes. They saw a humpback whale, dall porpoises, sea lions and sea otters. They went to the Seward Museum for an Alaska/Seward history scavenger hunt for information. They finished the day doing the Nocturne program at the Alaska SeaLife Center, which included two classes — bioluminescence and aquanauts. On May 8, they went to Lowell Point Beach for beachcombing and football. At Exit Glacier they had a park ranger-conducted tour.

Today through Friday, the junior high will make its annual trek to Homer. On Wednesday they will camp on the Spit; take a marine debris/pollution class at the Oceans Center; and go bowling. On Thursday, they will travel to Jackalof Bay for tide-pooling, and then go swimming back in Homer. On Friday, they will visit Bishop’s Beach.

On Friday at 9 a.m. the third through sixth grades will participate in the Hershey Games at Nikiski Middle-High.

On Monday the fifth grade will take a field trip to Anchorage.

On Monday and Tuesday the sixth grade will go camping at Palm Beach.

On May 23 the school will host a picnic at the park strip at 11 a.m. Families are welcome.

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the week are Madilyn Barkman, Jersey Truesdell, Hallie Symington and Jonathan Hawkins.

NHS Students of the week are Josh Holly and Kyle Kjeldson.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — Preschool graduation;

· Friday and Saturday — Track regions at Nenana;

· Friday — Hershey Track and Field at Nikiski; and

· Sunday — Graduation at 3 p.m.

Track season is winding down. The school would like to thank coaches Heath Faulk and Trish Kopp and the many parent helpers. The varsity girls have placed high as a team in the last few meets. Congratulations go to the individual winners as well.

Connections Home-school

The office is located at 152 Park Avenue in Soldotna. Call 714-8880 to enroll for the 2007-08 school year, 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. The computer tech will not be in the office from May 29 through June 1.

Second-semester grade reports are due in the office no later than May 23.

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

Summer hours will be from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Mondays 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.

Grace Lutheran

Eighth-grade graduation will be held Tuesday at the school at 7 p.m. Graduates are Amanda Austin, Kathryn Love, Brittany Mercier, Sasha Nery, Nick Pokryfki, and Blake Taplin. Each graduate will deliver a short speech. The preschoolers who will be entering kindergarten next year will also receive a certificate. Students will sing two vocal selections. An ice cream social will follow the ceremony.

As a culmination to their study of vertebrates the kindergartners visited the Jensen farm in Sterling and the pet store to study the five classes of vertebrates first-hand.

The kindergartners and preschoolers hosted their Moms at a Mother’s Day Tea/luncheon last Friday. The children made invitations, decorations, helped prepare food and provided entertainment.

The school will host its second annual Open House/Fun Fest at the school on Ciechanski on Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Meet a teacher, check out the curriculum, and tour the school’s facilities. Activities include laser hunting, face painting, carnival games, a duck pond, and the Dinojump. Hotdogs will be served and prizes will be given away every half hour. This event is free and open to the public. Children are to be accompanied by an adult.

The last day of school is May 23. The end of the year all school picnic will be held at noon that day followed by the traditional student vs parents softball game.

The first-fourth graders would like to thank Mrs. Lorraine Croft for coming to school weekly during the past school year to listen to them read.

On Friday, the lower grade children who are not participating in the Hershey Track Meet will tour the Kenai Fire Department, Carrs/Safeway, and the Kenai Police Department.

In religion class, the upper grader classroom is finishing up its study of the book of Acts and the lower graders are finishing up the year by seeing how the disciples began carrying out the Great Commission after Christ’s ascension into heaven.

Registration for next year is in progress. The school offers a 3-year-old and 4-year-old preschool program in addition to kindergarten through eighth grade. Call 283-9551for information or to set up an enrollment appointment.

IDEA Home-school

Enrollment for the 2007-08 school year is open. Go to or call 260-7555 for more information.

New families and families on rotation to get a new computer will have the option of getting a laptop or a desktop. Call Michael for details.

Summer activities are posted in the office. Stop by or call your contact teacher for details.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The spring math bowl was held at Seward Elementary School on May 4. Students participated in team problems, team puzzlers and the lightning round. The following students partcipated: Kierstyn Mathews, Gage Stewart, Cheyanne Laber, Mika Morton, Matthew Bullerdick, Jacob Worsfold, Jelly Nolden, Sam Janorschke, Jonathan Granger, Travis Perkovich, Kyle Stropes, Heidi Westerman, Joseph Rife, Johnathon Kreider, Jacob Lawson and Preston Penrod.

The Brilyont Idiots team of Heidi Westerman, Joseph Rife, Johnathon Kreider, Jacob Lawson and Preston Penrod came in first place in the lightning round and tied overall for third place.

Special recognition was given to these students at the 21st Century Awards Celebration: Trent Saner, Molly Paul, Morgan Espey, Harley McDonald, Brenner Furlong, and Dakota Stevens for making significant growth. Mrs. Hanley thanks Robin Fisk and Sue Hoysington for volunteering.

Mrs. Davis’ fifth- and sixth-grade class participated in an oceanography field trip to Kachemak Bay on May 10. Their Great Egg Drop was held Monday.

Mr. Faris’ class has been studying tide pools and the rocky shore environment. The class will go to Petersen Bay and China Poot Bay to explore the plants and invertebrates. They also will go to Slikok Creek with Mrs. McBee’s class to learn about stream ecology.

Mrs. McBee’s class is hatching goose eggs.

The first grade has been writing folktales and learning to subtract 10 from a number. They will go to the Diamond M Ranch and to Farnsworth Park on Monday. Permission slips are due Friday.

Mr. Daniels’ class is going on a three-day campout at Solid Rock Bible Camp from today through Friday and to Nikiski pool Tuesday. They are studying simple machines and have finished studying the human body and demonstrated handmade gliders in the gym. Tyler H.’s glider went the farthest.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The staff would like to thank parents and families for their support. Many activities and events would not have been possible without them.

Artist Shala Dobson is working with the students this week for the Artist in Residence. Students are learning to design with found objects. Shala will go with the students to Bishop’s Beach Thursday. A reception will be held Friday from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Sears Elementary School location and from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Willow Street location.

Monday was the last day for students to borrow lunch money. If your child has an outstanding balance, your repayment is appreciated in order to keep this program operating. Hot lunch will be served through May 23. Thursday an all-school trip to Bishop’s Beach in Homer is planned. The buses will leave at 6 a.m. and return by 3 p.m. If you are able to chaperone, you are encouraged to have your child ride with you as bus space is limited.

The bike rodeo will be held Monday and Tuesday. Officer George will present bicycle safety in the classrooms on Monday. Tuesday, the students are encouraged to bring their bicycles and helmets to school to practice their skills. Bicycles can be registered with the city of Kenai Police Department. Safe Kids is promoting the use of helmets by offering them for $5 each. Money needs to be sent in before Tuesday.

Tuesday is the all-school picnic.

May 23 is a walking trip to the Kenai Beach for another picnic on the last day of school.

June 9 and 10 is the Kenai River Festival held at the Soldotna Creek Park. The school will have a tent with science and art activities. If you would like to volunteer, call Misty at 262-1490.

Kenai Central High

Today is the April Student of the Month Luncheon at 11:53 a.m. in the library. All visitors need to check in at the office before proceeding to the library.

The school will be on an afternoon assembly schedule Thursday. The assembly will be to honor track and soccer athletes and will begin at 1:40 p.m. in the gym.

The site council will meet Thursday at 5 p.m. in the lounge. If you would like to place something on the agenda or have any questions, call Alan Fields at 283-2105.

The Baccalaureate service for all the local high schools will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Soldotna High School.

Next week is the last week of school for students and teachers.

On Monday the students will have finals in periods two, four and six and Tuesday they will have finals in periods one, three and five. Students’ last day of school is May 23. Graduation will also be on this day. Graduation practice will take place at 7:45 a.m. and the ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

You can access schedules for all activities at

Dates to remember:

· May 25 and 26 — State track and soccer regions; and

· May 31-June 2 — State Soccer.

Kenai Middle

Congratulations to Todd Kruger and Jessica Calvin for being selected as Character Counts Students last week. These students received a pizza for lunch.

Yearbooks are available for $30. Please come to the office for an order form.

Mini-courses are on Monday and Tuesday. Turn in field trip forms and fees in this week.

The school would like to thank all the volunteers that helped out this year.

Dates to remember:

· Today and Thursday ?— sixth grade camp;

· Friday — Farewell Ceremony at 8 a.m.; student checkout;

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

· May 24 — Teacher’s last day.

Kenaitze Head Start

Yaghali Du (is it well with you) from Head Start. The Salmon and Whale class will have a Monday Fun Day at the beach with the other classes. The students have been riding outside on tricycles. They’ve been working on giving others honor and respect.

The Moose and Bear class had story hour with Miss Corey from the Kenai Community Library. They’ve been exploring the world of bugs indoors and outdoors.

The Raven and Eagle class have planted beans. They have set up a flower shop in class to make gifts for their mothers for Mothers’ Day. They look forward to joining all students on the last day of school picnic held May 23 at noon.

Otter and Caribou after-school program classes are continuing to develop problem solving skills and leadership skills by helping each other.

The After School Program is accepting applications for its Summer Camp Program for kindergarten though second-grade students. Contact Charmaine at 283-0707 for more information.

Applications are being accepted for Head Start. Call Jeannette at 283-0707 for more information.

Mountain View Elementary

The third-grade classes visited the Seward SeaLife Center last Friday and also toured the town of Seward. Mrs. Stephen’s fifth-graders also went to Seward on Monday for a Kenai Fjords tour and to Quartz Creek for a camp out.

The staff would like to thank the PTA and parents for the food and gifts they received for Teacher Appreciation Week. Thank you also to the student council kids and volunteers who washed all of their cars.

Please come and join us in the Mountain View Library at 4 p.m. today to celebrate Mrs. Gustkey’s retirement.

Fifth graders attended mini-courses this week, biking, scrap-booking and bunco. Thank you to teachers who helped make this happen. Title VII would like to thank parents for their support in helping students to achieve academically.

As part of the school improvement plan this year, one of its goals was to increase the number of proficient third-grade readers by 10 percent. They made their goal. In the fall, 56 percent of third-graders were not proficient in their ability to read 77 words correctly as measured by the district R-CBM.

When tested in the winter, 51 percent of third graders were not proficient in their ability to read 92 words correctly.

When tested in the spring, 43 percent were not proficient in their ability to read 110 words correctly. They have increased the number of proficient readers by 13 percent.

School lunches will be served until the last day of school.

There will be an end of the year barbecue and variety show May 23.

Dates to remember:

· Today — fourth-grade field day;

· Thursday — fifth-grade field day;

· Friday — Student Council sleepover;

· Monday — third-graders to the KCHS pool;

· Tuesday — Mrs. Wannamaker’s class on a bike ride and picnic; and

· May 23 — last day of school.

Nikiski Middle-High

Congratulations to Michael Poulter, the recipient of the Career and Technical Education Scholarship Award. Mike will receive a one-year tuition waiver from Kenai Peninsula College for the 2007-08 school year.

Nikiski High held its annual Senior Awards Night on Tuesday.

Dates to remember:

· May 23 — Last student day, senior walk practice and barbecue;

· May 24 — Last teacher day, graduation in the gym at 7 p.m.;

· Aug. 9 and 10 — student registration; and

· Aug. 22 — first student day.

Ninilchik School

Grades five and six took a trip to Beluga Lake and Slough and Peterson Bay on Monday and Tuesday.

Last Thursday was the K-12 spring music concert. Lisa Nissly directed.

Items for the Wolverine Pride celebration lunch barbecue need to be brought to the school by Friday.

Contact Virginia Johnson for the upcoming summer swim schedule.

Yearbooks are in. You will have a chance to see and purchase them for $50 if you haven’t already. The school would like to thank Tammy Bear and yearbook students, Krista Leman, Tera,Schnabl, Reyna,Wood and Shawna Sherbaun for their work on this project. There will be a supplement coming out as well.

Seniors will graduate at 7:30 p.m. May 23. Seniors are: Kjersten Skjold (valedictorian), Krista Leman (salutatorian), Jennifer Erickson, Danny Roderick, Sean Dwyer, Brandon Nobles, Amanda Smith, Jonathan Klapak, Christopher Rice, Hannah Ehlers, Kelsey Rohr and Jesse Hicks.

Newly elected member Grace Ehlers and new officers will be inducted in the National Honor Society induction ceremony at 2:45 p.m. today.

Last student day is May 23.

Last teacher day is May 24.

Redoubt Elementary

Library books must be returned or paid for before students leave for the summer. Ms. Carrow or Mrs. Hale can assist students and parents.

The school is seeking nominations for a site council parent representative. No experience is necessary and the time commitment is usually one meeting each month during the school year. Parent representatives must have a child attending the school during their term. Interested parents should contact Mr. Pothast or the school office. The election will be held in the fall.

Tashina Wortham was awarded the $500 school scholarship. Tashina attended the school all of her elementary years. The staff said it is proud of her and her many accomplishments and send her best wishes in her future endeavors.

The school lunch program will continue through the last day of school.

Field Day is Monday from 9 to 11:40 a.m. for grades four through six and from 1 to 3 p.m. for grades kindergarten through three. Students should wear comfortable, athletic type clothing and dress for the weather. Many activities will be outdoors. Volunteers are needed and are asked to contact Mr. Withrow at 260-4300.

The school picnic will be May 23, at regular lunch times: grades kindergarten through third at 11:40 a.m. and grades four through six at 12:10 p.m. Students need to bring $2 by picnic day. Parents planning to attend should drop their $2 off at the office. Volunteers are needed to help serve and are asked to contact Mrs. Horton or Mrs. Helminski at 260-4300.

Awards assemblies will also take place the last day of school at 1 p.m. for grades one through three and at 2 p.m. for grades four through six.

The following students received good citizenship awards: Ricky Fiebelkorn, Molly Erickson, Jimmy Fiebelkorn, Courtney Vinzant, Tyler Montague, Brenden Scott, Jayvan Blackwell and James Oglesbee.

Sears Elementary

Ms. Ralston’s first-graders are learning about sea life in science. In art, the students made Mother’s Day gifts. In writing, the students wrote about their Anchorage Zoo trip and then illustrated it with pictures using different media.

Ms. Ralston’s, Ms. Fischer’s and Mrs. Davidson’s students will have a “Being There” experience at the Ninilchik Beach today. The students are discovering different kinds of sea life and will dig for clams.

Chicks and ducks are hatching. The students are learning about the development of chicks and ducks.

The closing ceremony for Sears Elementary will be held Friday. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. on the playground with a hot dog dinner. At 6 p.m. join past and present staff and students as they reflect on the years of Sears Elementary.

Mrs. Hanson’s, Mrs. Moon’s, and Mrs. Miller’s second-grade classes are exploring the Salamatof Beach today and then swimming at the Nikiski pool.

First- and second-graders will have Field Day on Thursday.

Kindergarten students will have Field Day on Friday. If you are interested in helping with Field Day call the office at 283-4826.

On Tuesday, 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 try to pay this as soon as possible. There will no more borrowing after today.

Teacher request forms are available at the office. Requests are due back by 4 p.m. May 23.

Skyview High

Mr. Ermold has accepted the principal position at Kenai Alternative High School. The school would like to congratulate Mr. Ermold as the new principal/teacher for Kenai Alternative High School beginning next fall. This means they will need to hire a new assistant principal. Dr. Peterson will meet Thursday at 3 p.m. in the library with anyone interested in the selection process of a new assistant principal. Discussion will be for input gathering, timeline, and the process for selecting one.

The following students were selected as Students of the Month for May: BreAnna Giles, aide; Jessica Pugh, business technology; Elizabeth Bacon, fine arts; Kayla West, foods; Luke Lusardi and Nathaniel McClure, health; John Davenport and Amber Mead, language arts; Mariah Martin, math; Sam Kilfoyle, performing arts; Melissa Rawson and Bryce Wilson, physical education; Thomas Coreson and Joel Isaak, science; Amanda Bragg, social studies; Nattanic Mukdasakun, vocational education; Kara Dolifka, work co-op; Amanda Millay and Jordan Merkes, world languages; Chelsea Martin, Soldotna Chamber of Commerce; and Heather Roesing, Soldotna Rotary.

The teacher of the month is Heather Truesdell, language arts, and the staff person of the month is Rachel Hanson, student activities bookkeeper.

Student of the month luncheon will be held today in the library. Andrea Eggleston, Cosmo Mecurio, Roy Mullin, Sue Biggs and Paul Miller are the invited community guests. They were invited as a thank you from the school for being judges at the recent talent show.

Baccalaureate for area high schools will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Soldotna High School auditorium.

Exams for periods one, two and six will be held Monday.

Exams for periods three, four and five will be held Tuesday. Graduation will be held at 7 p.m. May 24 at the Soldotna Sports Center.

The following students were recognized during senior awards night:

Anderson, Britton — Kenai Eagles Auxiliary, $1,000; Peninsula Orchestra Scholarship, $500 and Student of the Year Band, plaque.

Berzanske, Jessica — Prudential Community Service Award, certificate.

Blossom, David — Carroll College, $24,000; and Male Scholar/Athlete of the year, plaque.

Bosick, Greg — Carroll College, $28,528; Tom Thorpe Memorial Scholarship, $100; Warren E. Larson Memorial/Athlete of the year, $250 and plaque; and Wendy’s High School Heisman, certificate.

Brown, Krystal — Snow College, $8,000; WUE; Soldotna Lions Club Scholarship, $500; and Student of the Year Business Education, plaque.

Brown, Tasha - 4.0 Superintendent List, certificate.

Cook, John — 4.0 Superintendent List, certificate.

Cooper, Paris — 4.0 Superintendent List, certificate.

Danielson, Greta — 4.0 Superintendent List, certificate.

Eberline, Camiel — Northern Arizona University, $22,000; Student of the Year English, plaque; UAA Scholars Program, tuition waiver; and Vera Howarth Memorial Scholarship, $1,500.

Fay, Melissa — Clackamas Community College Sports tuition waiver; Warren E. Larson Memorial/Athlete of the Year $250/Plaque.

Grant, Jordan — Southern Virginia University, $24,000.

Hansen, Tanner — Student of the Year Physical Ed (Boys) plaque.

Hibberd, Zachary — 4.0 Superintendent List Certificate.

Holland, Jennifer — 4.0 Superintendent List, certificate; Alaska Aerospace Development Scholarship, $5,000; ConocoPhillips, $5,000; Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Scholarship, $2,000 for two years; Soldotna Elks Lodge, $1,000; U. S. Marine Corp Female Athlete, certificate; UAA Scholars Program, Tuition Waiver; UAF Chancellors Scholarship, Tuition; and Wendy’s High School Heisman, certificate.

Isaak, Joel — CIRI Foundation, $535 Grant; Corban College, $10,000; and UAA Scholars Program, Tuition Waiver.

Jackinsky, Shay — Student of the Year Physical Ed (Girls), plaque.

Janorschke, Alexander — 4.0 Superintendent List, certificate.

Karnikis, Taylor — Agrium U.S. Inc., $1,000; Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award, ribbon and medal; Student of the Year Social Studies, plaque.

Kincaid, Jason — Student of the Year Choir, plaque.

Lamborn, Molly — Herff Jones Principal Leadership Award, certificate, Student of the Year Visual Arts, plaque; and UAA Scholars Program, Tuition Waiver.

Lucas, Marquee — 4.0 Superintendent List, certificate.

Martin, Chelsea — Female Scholar/Athlete of the year, plaque.

Massey, Melissa — 4.0 Superintendent List, certificate.

Maxson, Harley — Student of the Year Foreign Languages, plaque.

McMilin, Bethany — 4.0 Superintendent List, certificate.

Mehl, Johanna — Skyview Foreign Exchange Student/Germany, Alaska Flag.

Mercier, Ariel — Martin Luther College, $6,000; Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Scholarship, $2,000 for two years; UAA Scholars Program, Tuition Waiver; and Peninsula Oilers Baseball, $1,000.

Merkes, Kendra — UAA Scholars Program, Tuition Waiver; and XTO Energy, $1,000.

Millay, Amanda — 4.0 Superintendent List, certificate.

Mukdasakum, Nattanichr — Skyview Foreign Exchange Student/ Thailand, Alaska Flag.

Oakes, Chad — 4.0 Superintendent List, certificate.

Penrod, Casee — 4.0 Superintendent List, certificate.

Roesing, Heather — UAA Scholars Program, Tuition Waiver.

Romig, Erick — U.S. Marine Corp Male Athlete, certificate.

Schefers, Chantal — 4.0 Superintendent List, certificate; Student of the Year Student Council, plaque; UAA Scholars Program, Tuition Waiver.

Sohns, Claudia — Skyview Foreign Exchange Student/ Germany, Alaska Flag.

Stewart, Jessica — 4.0 Superintendent List, certificate.

Umstead, Catherine — 4.0 Superintendent List, certificate.

VanRayden, Jennifer — Student of the Year Vocational/Tech Ed, plaque; and Soldotna Lions Club Scholarship, $500.

VanRyzin, Nichole — UAA Scholars Program, Tuition Waiver.

Wagner, Carol-Ann — Student of the Year Work Coop, plaque.

West, Alexandra — 4.0 Superintendent List, certificate; Army Reserve National Scholar/Athlete Award, ribbon and medal; Kenai Peninsula Builders Association, $1,000; Student of the Year Mathematics, plaque; Student of the Year Science, plaque; Tesoro Alaska Company, $2,000; U.S. Marine Corp Scholastic, certificate; and UAA Scholars Program, Tuition Waiver.

West, Remington — 4.0 Superintendent List, certificate.

Wild, Benedict — Skyview Foreign Exchange Student/Germany, Alaska Flag.

Williams, Jerrod — 4.0 Superintendent List, certificate.

Wortham, Tashina — 4.0 Superintendent List, certificate; Alaska Masonic Lodge Outstanding Student, plaque and $50; Kenai Peninsula Administrators Assoc., $350; Redoubt Elementary, $500; Soldotna Elks Lodge, $1,000; Southern Utah University, $10,000; Student of the Year Performing Arts, plaque; Student of the Year Social Studies, plaque; Toyota Community Scholars Program, nominee; U.S. Marine Corp (Music), certificate; Veterans of Foreign Wars Voice of Discovery, $300; Vickie Webb Nelson Memorial Scholarship, $300.

Soldotna High

Baccalaureate will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. in the theater.

Graduation is May 23 at the Soldotna Sports Center.

The following students have been elected to student government for the 2007-08 school year:

Class of 2011 — president, Brittany Rogers; vice-president, Dallin Carlson; secretary, Hailey Oglesbee; treasurer, Carly Drobnick.

Class of 2010 — president, Tanner Link; vice-president, Alek Romatz; secretary, Stryker Mclane; treasurer, Chris Closson.

Class of 2009 — president, Monica Maryott; secretary, Cassandra Nolen; treasurer, Theresa Ramponi .

Class of 2008 — president, Paige Blackburn; vice-president, Sierra Ball; secretary, Rebecca Wharton.

Student body officers — president, Jessica Oglesbee; vice-president, Seth Dimick; secretary, Alan Moiles; activities chairs, Josh Mokracek and Les Baker.

Four students will earn dual credit under the Tech Prep agreement with Kenai Peninsula College: Austin Roberts for computer applications, and Courtney Roten, Hannah Romberg and Melissa Halama for desktop publishing. Next year at least 10 students will be eligible for the advanced computer applications credits. Students need to earn a B or better for two or three semesters for the computer applications credits and a B or better for one semester for the desktop publishing credit.

Kyle Howell has been selected as new hockey coach.

The following students were recognized at the schools awards night:

Lydia Ames — Principal’s Leadership Award- certificate and UA Scholars, full tuition.

Josh Anahonak — American Legion Auxiliary, $500.

Ry Baalke — Agrium Kenai Nitrogen Operations, $1,000; Chamber of Commerce, $2,000; Outstanding Senior Students of the Year, Plaque; Prudential Spirit of Community Excellence Award, certificate; and UA Scholars, full tuition.

Brooke Carver — Outstanding Senior Athlete of the Year, plaque; and UA Scholars, full tuition.

Jake Ciufo — Kenny Carver, $250.

Cayla Cole — American Legion Auxiliary, $500; SoHi PTSA, $500; and Soldotna Rotary, $1,000.

John DeMallie — UA Scholars, full tuition.

Megan Duwe — Soldotna Lion’s Club, $500..

Alyssa Emery — UA Scholars, full tuition.

Samantha Engler — Alaska Teacher’s Education Loan Program, Renewable.

Kelly Eshleman — Women of the Moose, $500.

Sam Evanoff — UA Scholars, full tuition.

Eddie French — Soldotna Lion’s Club, $500.

Caleb Gordon — Outstanding Senior Students of the Year, plaque.

Ben Griess — Kenai Peninsula Builder’s Assoc - Shelby Johnson Memorial, $1,000.

Marit Hartvigson — Chamber of Commerce, $2,000; Conoco-Phillips, $3,000; Homer Electric Association, $2,000; Outstanding Senior Students of the Year, plaque; Soldotna Rotary, 1,000; and UA Scholars, full tuition.

Jessica Hintermeister — Kenai Borough Employess Association, $500; and UA Scholars, full tuition.

Jordan Ikerd — Kenny Carver, $250.

Whitney Ischi — Outstanding Senior Students of the Year, plaque.

Christa Kennedy — Outstanding Senior Students of the Year, plaque; SoHi PTSA, $500; and Wendy’s High School Heisman, certificate.

Abram Marquez — Tesoro Alaska Company, $2,000.

Racheal Maryott — Soldotna Elks Lodge No. 2706 - Most Valuable Student, $1,000; Spirit of SoHi Award, $250; and UA Scholars, full tuition.

Adam Miller — UA Scholars, full tuition.

Max Milliron — XTO Energy , $1,000.

Patrick Moore — BP Principals/Commisioners, $4,000; Chamber of Commerce, $2,000; Soldotna Elks Lodge No. 2706 - Most Valuable Student, $1,000; Peninsula Oilers Baseball Club, Inc., $1,000; Soldotna Rotary, $1,000; Tom Thorpe Scholarship, $100; and UA Scholars, full tuition.

Aubrey Morgan — Outstanding Senior Students of the Year, plaque.

Mike Reed — Wendy’s High School Heisman, certificate.

Jordan Schneider — UA Scholars, full tuition.

Jessie Schneider-Taylor — Outstanding Senior Students of the Year, plaque.

Kelly Seggerman — Glacier Pontiac Buick GMC “Broadcast Athlete of the Year,” $500 to Sohi /Plaque to student.

Lauren Senette — Masonic Outstanding Student of the Year, Plaque, $50, Books; Outstanding Senior Students of the Year, plaque; and UA Scholars, full tuition.

Sarah Shoemaker — Outstanding Senior Students of the Year, plaque; Spirit of SoHi Award, $250; and UA Scholars, full tuition.

Mikala Smith — UA Scholars, full tuition.

Jenni Stenga — Kenai Eagles Ladies Auxiliary 3525, $1,000; SoHi PTSA, $500; and Soldotna Rotary, $1,000.

Chet Syverson — Soldotna Elks Lodge No. 2706 - Most Valuable Student, $1,000; Kenai Peninsula Adminstrators Association, $350; Peninsula Moose Lodge and Family Center, $500; and Soldotna Rotary, $1,000.

Soldotna Middle

The school would like to thank the PTSA for the donation of snacks for testing last month and the barbecue for Teacher’s Day last Wednesday. Diana Tice and Kim Senn counted and organized the snacks for each homeroom for testing. Diana Tice, Kim Senn, Lana Syverson, Jill Christian, Lauri Lingafelt, Laurie Mead, Kelly Griebel, Peggy Barkman, Nancy Anderson, Sue Tonione, Cathy Carrow, Alane Hughes, and Ladawn Druce helped prepare and organize the barbecue.

Dates to remember:

· Friday — yearbook distribution assembly;

· Monday — morning awards assembly;

· Tuesday — Celebration of Academic Achievement for eight-graders, starting at 8 a.m. with parent and eighth-grade student reception and talent show to follow;

· Wednesday — SMS Student Carnival (for SMS students only) , last day of school.

Seventh-grade registration is Aug. 9: last names starting with A through L, 9 to 10:30 a.m.; M through Z, 10:30 a.m. to noon; any seventh grade student, 2 to 4 p.m.

Eighth grade registration is Aug. 10: A through L, 9 to 10:30 a.m.; M through Z, 10:30 a.m. to noon; any eighth-grade student, 2 to 4 p.m.. New to the district registration is Aug. 13, 9 a.m. to noon.

May Students of the Month are: physical education: Jesse Udelhoven, Shay Kurz, Mirandah Smith and Curtis Martin. Social Studies: Nick Marquardt, Lottie Barton, Olivia Fair, Angela Sibayan, Megan Christianson, Devin Hutchings, Jared Lingafelt, Aspen Love, Marissa Mahan, Stefany Malatesta, Madeline Fox, Ashley Gerola and Maranda Merkes. Language Arts: T’essa Tovoli, Hunter Hollenberg, Dylan Briggs, Allison Farrington, Trenton Meyer and Mickey Nelson, Jason Ramirez. Science: Hunter Hollenberg, Christin Hodo, Dawson Pearson, Tatyana Stott, Madeline Fox, Devin Hutchings, Brittany Lloyd, Lacey Miles, Alicia Hamilton, Brittania Wilson, Madelynn Tice and Tyler Christian. Leadership: Katie Hawkins, Catherine Afonin, Elizabeth Schoessler, Andrea Morgan-Backus, Jesse Udelhoven, Catherine West and Dominic Monson. Algebra: Olivia Bowen, Brittany Rogers, Ty Christian and Cameron Hensley. Math: Krystal Baer, Cody Clendenen, Trenton Meyer, Cierea Giles, Taylor Hanley and Connor Paulk. Reading: Maranda Merkes, Mitchell Davisson and Mickey Nelson. Choir: Quiana McElroy. Band: Mariah Ulen. Explorations: Alexis Norris. Tutoring: Karissa Iya. Homeroom: Matthew Silver, T’essa Tovoli and Allison Farrington. Study Skills: Breanna Mounts, Stephanie Fox, Justin Covey, Mariah Luze, Justin Wiggins, Michael Landess, Emily Brown and Stephanie Fox. Interior Design: Dusty Poole and Kayla Hanson. Digital Photography: Devin Hutchings and Maddy Ransom. Eighth-grade Family and Consumer Science: Wesley Matthews and Jake Norman. Seventh-grade Art: Allison Farrington and Jared Duncan. Eighth grade Art: Chritin Hodo and Capri Lott. Ceramics: John Stenglein. Graphic Design: Chase Lee. Sculpture: Misty Garrett. Teacher Aide: Breanna Penning and Kailey Schrader. Business and Info Systems: Alejandro Rodriguez and Beth Wilson. Keyboarding: Amber Kollom, Tyra Rivera, Shay Dilley, Elizabeth Schoessler and Aspen Love. Digital Storytelling: Capri Lott, Tate Syverson, Stefany Malatesta and Chelsey Ahlers. Digital Yearbook: Trenton Meyer and Mysteri Turnbull-House.

April Students of Character: Ashlea Ansel, Alycia Backstrom, Cheyenne Bagnasco, Brittney Beckel, Chelsea Belden, Miranda Beller, Gabrielle Bragg, Annita Braun, Tyler Brown, David Burger, Erica Byerley, Dallin Carlson, Marie Ceartin, T. J. Checketts, Tyler Christian, Jade Collier, Shay Dilley, Connor Dimick, Heather Duffy, Jessica Duke, Delana Duncan, Olivia Duran, Taliah Earll, Riley Ellison, Dominique Essig, Allison Farrington, Matt Fellman, Corey Fisler, Tanner Fowler, Aandon Fullenwider, Misty Garrett, Ashlee Guzman, Corrie Hagedorn, Tiffany Hall, Chris Hallford, Kayla Hanson, McKenzie Hanson, Intimayo Harbison, Jamie Helstern, Christin Hodo, Brayden Holt, Dominic Howes-Vinzant, Breann Huff, Brianne Husband, Karissa Iya, Megan Janorschke, Eric Johnson, Lindsey Kaufman, Josh Kerkvliet, Deann Knight, Daniel Koch, John LaPlante, Jacqueline Leavitt, Capri Lott, Carly Lund, Stefany Malatesta, Tanner Minogue, Elisabeth Mullins, Austin Murray, Alexis Norris, Kevin Oelrich, Manessah Osborne, Kayla Overpeck, Megan Parham, Brianne Pearson, Ashley Piersee, Lauretta Price, Jason Ramirez, Angela Ramponi, Rachell Robson, Victor Rodriguez, Peter Rogers, Jordan Sass, Colton Schneider, Deandra Segovia, Ariel Self, Karlie Self, Mackenzie Senn, Kalea Sloan, Mirandah Smith, Savannah Smith, Alexis Sorrels, Lauren Steffy, Josh Stinnett, Kaitlin Stropes, Adriana Taylor, Sheila Thayer, Madelynn Tice, Kali Topp, T’essa Tovoli, Bryce Wehrli, Hunter Williams, Alexandria Wilson, Beth Wilson, Britt Wilson, Evan Withrow, Lagi Wong, Alexis Wright and Kaitlyn Young.

Soldotna Montessori Charter

The school would like to thank staff, parents, volunteers, and students who have helped make this year successful.

The kindergartners have embarked on their annual beach field excursion. The students worked to collect items on their scavenger hunts. Back in the classroom, they cleaned and organizing their collections. On Monday, the kindergartners also toured of the first-, second- and third-grade classrooms.

Monday families are welcome to attend morning All-School Assembly to view the slideshow created by students and also to recognize the volunteers from the school.

On May 23 the school will honor graduating sixth-graders at an assembly at 9:30 a.m. Families are welcome to attend. Later that same day will be the Last Day Celebration school-family picnic at Agrium Park in Soldotna. The picnic will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Families may sign up on the sheets in the hallway to bring picnic fare. Drivers are needed to help transport students to and from the picnic.

Sterling Elementary

The school would like to thank the PTA for its work and food for Teacher Appreciation Week.

The school will serve hot lunch through the end of the school year.

Ms. T and Mrs. Lyons’ classes will go to Homer Thursday. Mr. Seims and Mrs. Martin’s classes will go to Homer on Friday. Ms. Hoffman’s sixth-grade class leaves today for a three-day field trip to learn science, social studies and outdoor survival skills across Kachemak Bay.

Following is the schedule for the festivities on the last day of school, May 23. Volunteers are needed to help with the field day activities, call the office if you can help.

· 9:10 to 10 a.m. — assembly, awards, sixth grade promotion and video;

· 10:45 to 11:45 a.m. — Primary Field Day activities;

· noon to 1 p.m. — kindergarten through sixth grade lunch and recess;

· 1:15 to 2:15 p.m. — Intermediate Field Day activities; and

· 3:35 p.m. — school is dismissed.

Parents who plan to join in for lunch on the last day can bring a sack lunch or buy a hot lunch from the school kitchen. Call or stop by the kitchen no later than Tuesday at 1 p.m. to let them know if you want a school lunch so that they can prepare enough food.

The school would like to thank parents and volunteers for making the 2006-07 school year a success.

Sterling Head Start

Head Start is accepting applications for fall. Children need to be 3 years old by Sept. 1 to be eligible, and no older than 5 by Aug. 31. Limited bus service is provided, with an afternoon bus stop at Fred Meyer. Head Start is a national program that promotes school readiness. Educational, health, nutritional, social, and other services are offered to children and families throughout the program year. For more information, call 260- 7446.

Tebughna School

Fourth-quarter reading achievement scores had 15 students who made their reading goal. They had to beat their best score of the year. Those students are: Jerome Salas, Brandon Giles, Edna Standifer, Rebekka Standifer, Serenity Standifer, Leona Stephan, Logan King, Janie Standifer, Weslee Moon, Jacob Duenas, Caitlin Duenas, Dominick Standifer-Johnson, Christy Moon and Kayla Giles. Every student in Ms. Truesdell’s reading Wings 3.3 improved their reading. Good job and Congratuations to all! The Reading Celebration for this quarter is a walk to the beach and an ice cream cone.

Student of the months for April were Randy Standifer, Randall Jones, and Trinity Standifer.

The Tebughna track team, Ginger Telles, Nick Standifer and Tim Tyonek Standifer, had a good showing last weekend. Tim took fourth place in the long-distance jump with 14 feet, 2 inches.

Preschool, kindergarten, eighth-grade and high school graduation is May 24 at 6 p.m.

The Open Arms POWWOW is Friday and volunteers are still needed for cooking and helping with games, etc. Please contact Brandy Standifer if you can help.

Tustumena Elementary

Ms. Balise’s sixth-grade class will host the annual Egg Drop event Thursday at 1:30 p.m. Parents are invited to attend.

Alaska State Trooper Larry Erickson will be on hand to conduct the D.A.R.E. graduation program for the school’s fifth-grade students Friday. The program will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the multi-purpose room. Parents are invited to attend.

The school’s annual awards assemblies are scheduled as follows: Presidential Physical Fitness Awards (K-6)—Monday at 10 a.m. Grade (3-6) Awards—Monday at 2 p.m. Grades (K-2) Awards—Tuesday at 10 a.m. Parents should note that the awards given by Mr. Chase will be on Monday due to his multiple school assignment. Parent volunteers will be recognized on both days and are asked to attend these ceremonies.

Wings Christian Academy

This week, the Student of the Week competition was changed to the Teacher of the Week competition. All of the teachers won because, according to the principal, “They have all 60 character traits, just pick one.”

Thursday, the school will have its last day for tests, and Friday will be its field day. Students are asked to bring a healthy snack to share with the rest of the school. Friday night will be graduation at 7 p.m. Students are asked to be there at 6:45 p.m.

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