Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Aurora Borealis Charter

On May 8, eighth-graders who will attend Soldotna or Skyview high schools in the fall were invited for visitation. The staff would like to thank Lois Kaufman for chauffeuring students back to school.

The Math League competition drew participants from over 1,000 schools nationwide. This week’s recognition goes to the seventh grade team of Hannah Coffman, Delissa Severson, Abby Chadwick, Kai Risung and Allie McGahan. Regionally (Alaska, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico and North Dakota), they placed third.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday - Mrs. Hagen’s fifth-graders will present a Wax Museum in the school gym from 10 to 11:20 a.m. Parents are welcome to come and see the character displays. At 6 p.m. Mrs. Uponen’s second-graders will perform two fractured fairy tales for their parents at the end-of-the-year program in their classroom;

· Friday — eighth grade graduation will be held at 7 p.m. at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road;

· Monday — Mrs. Hagen’s fifth-graders will travel to Anchorage to visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center and to explore the Imaginarium; and

· Tuesday and May 24 — Mr. Palm’s sixth-graders will overnight at Palm Beach.


Enrollment for the 2006-07 school year has begun. Call the office for an appointment with an adviser at 714-8880.

The schools Nikiski office will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in the gray portable behind Nikiski High School.

New computers have arrived. Parents of students who have re-enrolled for next year may come in to exchange them. If you have not yet re-enrolled make an appointment to come in. Parents are reminded to bring in only the computer; the school will not exchange the monitors or printers. If you are not re-enrolling for next year, return your computer, monitor, printer, and all components no later than May 25. Call 714-8880 for details.

Semester two grade reports are due to advisers no later than May 25. Parents are asked to contact their adviser before May 25 if classes are not yet completed, late reports may affect future materials purchases and/or reimbursements.

Parents are asked to let advisers know what types of workshops or training would be beneficial to have for the 2006-07 school year.

For information, upcoming events or to see the schools online forum, visit

Cook Inlet Academy

Many high school students recently had the opportunity to serve in the mission field. One group finished building a pastor’s house, and provided Vacation Bible School, testimonies, and music to two villages and an orphanage in the Mexicali area. Another group built a house for a family in Juarez, Mexico.

The basketball banquet held May 8 honored athletes and volunteers participating in the program. Awards were given to: James Libert, most improved; Melissa Moffis, free throws; Chelsea Hardcastle, Brooke Forsi, Nathan Byrd and Jeremy Franchino, rebounds; Melissa Moffis and Mike Kytonen, leadership; Chelsea Hardcastle, Kaitlan White and Steven Burger, defense; Jeremy\ Franchino, offense; Madison McConnell, inspiration; and Marcus Brown, sportsmanship.

Congratulations to Bryce Horton, who was chosen as a 2005-06 Pop Warner Honorable Mention All-American Scholar. The award recognizes Horton as one of the top three percent academically among Pop Warner participants.

Choir awards were presented at the spring concert May 9. Congratulations to Claire Rowley, most improved; Alyse Cialek, outstanding female vocalist; Marcus Brown and Spencer McAuliffe, outstanding male vocalists; and Jake Zufelt, serving the Lord through music.

Preschool graduation will be held at 7 p.m. Friday at Soldotna Bible Chapel.

The high school graduation will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at CIA Memorial Gymnasium.

There will be no school Tuesday for an inservice day.

Awards chapel and the last school day are May 24.

Grace Lutheran School

On May 6, the fifth- through eighth- graders traveled to Anchorage to participate in Faith Lutheran School’s track meet. Congratulations to the first place finishers Ryan Burow in the 1600 meter and the junior high girls 4 by 100 relay team made up of Amanda Austin, Sasha Nery, Brittany Mercier and Kathryn Love. The school will participate in the Hershey track meet Friday in Nikiski.

Grades one through eight spent last Thursday and Friday in Anchorage for the end of the year outing. Events included a tour of KTUU’s facilities and a trip to the Imaginarium where the group focused in on earth science and reptiles, as well as exploring the museum. Thanks to the drivers and chaperones for making the trip possible.

On May 5, the kindergarten class took a field trip to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge where they learned about Alaskas animals, how animals use their five senses and hiked to the lake.

The school would like to thank the moms and grandmas who attended the preschool and kindergarten first annual Mother’s Day Tea. The classes spent the week making invitations, decorations, name tags, gifts, and food for the occasion. The children presented several musical selections for entertainment including “We Thank You, God, for Mothers’ Dear.”

Thanks to those who recycled their aluminum cans and helped the school win first place in the Great Aluminum Can Round-up. Families are asked to continue saving cans, Campbell Soup labels and Box Tops for Educations this summer.

The school will host a community fun fest from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the school on Ciechanski Road. Activities will include carnival games, dyno-jump, laser shoot, prize drawings every half hour, and free hot dogs, pop and cotton candy. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Preschool and eighth grade graduation will be held at 7 p.m. Monday. An ice cream social will follow the services.

The end of the year school picnic will be held at noon May 25, for preschool through eighth grade.

Enrollment for 2006-07 is in progress for preschool, and kindergarten through middle school. A tuition discount is being offered to families who enroll in May. Call Mr. Leckwee at 283-9551 to set up an enrollment appointment.


Math Olympiads, a national problem solving program for students in grades three through six, is completed. Students who participated learned strategies for solving math and worked together on solutions to complex problems. A celebration of another year of math will be held Thursday at the Kenai Resource Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

Congratulations to the home school Battle of the Book participants for third through sixth grade. The children had a jeopardy competition on eight selected books and displayed a prodigious knowledge of literature during the competition. Next years selection of books will be available in June.

The schools families and friends are invited to join in a bike ride beginning at 1 p.m. Tuesday from the Soldotna Sports Center to the IDEA Resource Center in the Red Diamond Center This event will be the kick-off activity to the summer fun series A watercolor class, hiking, bug identification, beach day and rock collecting are some of the planned activities.

Enrollment for the 2006-07 school year is available on the school’s Web site at at Red Diamond Resource Center or by calling 260-7555.

Kenai Central High

Today is the April Student of the Month luncheon in the library. Guests are reminded to check in at the office before going to the luncheon. Also, the APOA annual concert is tonight in the auditorium at 7 pm.

Thursday is the final site council meeting at 5 p.m. in the faculty lounge. Mr. Delaney will give a end of year report on activities and graduation speeches will be discussed.

Gallagher will perform at 7 p.m. Sunday in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday —soccer state at Anchorage and track travels to state in Fairbanks;

· Friday — track state at Fairbanks and soccer state at Anchorage;

· Sunday — track state at Fairbanks and soccer state at Anchorage;

· May 24 — awards night at 7 in the auditorium; and

· May 25 — students last day and graduation at 6:30 p.m.

Kenai Middle

Congratulations to Tanner Gibbons and Lauren Schams for winning the Character Counts pizza drawing.

Registration for the 2006/07 school year will be from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 11. Incoming sixth grade students need to attend. Seventh- and eighth -graders may pick up a schedule and fill out any necessary paperwork. Volunteers are needed for registration. If you can volunteer, call 283-4896.

Fees need to be paid prior to participating in the mini-course activities.

Avery Amend won the Box Top drawing. He received a $1 coupon for the school store.

Dates to remember:

· Monday — farewell at 8 a.m.;

· Tuesday — mini courses;

· May 24 — mini courses; and

· May 25 — school barbecue; last day of school.

Kenai Montessori School

The staff would like to thank the parents who helped provide transportation to and from the performance at the Kenai Senior Center last week. The students will go on a field trip Thursday to learn about wood carving art. Parents are invited to attend and help with transportation.

Saturday will be the annual spring performance and family night at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska. Students need to be at the center no later than 4 p.m. The performance starts at 4:30 p.m.

Enrollment applications for the summer program are being accepted, space is limited and the enrollment deadline is May 25.

Enrollment applications for the 2006-07 school year are being accepted. For more information call 283-0424 or visit

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start

The classes made Mother’s Day gifts.

Officer Kelly George, from the Kenai Police Department, shared a presentation with the children entitled “Stranger Danger.”

Miss Corey from the Kenai Community Library, came and read books to the children. The staff and students would like to thank Officer George and Miss Corey for volunteering in the class.

The children have been planting beans and learning about how seeds sprout and grow into plants. The color of the month is purple and the classes have been dyeing different things purple. The Moose and Bear classes even had purple colored milk.

In the Raven and Eagles classes the children produced a cookbook for their families and dyed carnations different colors as a science project.

The Whale and Salmon classes had their last swimming field trip of the year and will have a beach field trip Friday. Volunteers are needed.

Mountain View Elementary

The advisory council will meet at 4 p.m. today.

Mrs. Brown’s retirement celebration will be held at 4 p.m. Friday in the library. It is open to the public.

Fourth grade Field Day is today and Fifth grade Filed Day will be held Thursday.

Nikiski Middle-High

The last day for students is May 25.

Graduating senior walk practice will be held at 8 a.m. May 25. Seniors are reminded that your attendance is important and that you are on time to practice.

Graduation will be held at 7 p.m. in the schools gym.

The after-grad party will begin at10 p.m. May 26 at the Kenai Elks.

Redoubt Elementary

Site council election ballots for parent representative may be cast until 4 p.m. Friday. Parents are encouraged to vote.

Library books must be returned or paid for before students leave for the summer.

The Boys and Girls Club after school program closes Friday. The summer program will begin May 30. Preregistration is required for the summer program.

A new KPBSD policy requires all students living outside of a school’s attendance area to complete an out of area request form each year. Forms and letters were mailed to affected families last week. Out of area families who did not receive a form should stop by the school office to fill one out.

The lunch room staff will have a drawing for a remote control car and other prizes Monday. Only students who eat school hot lunch that day will be entered in the random drawing. School lunch will be served through the last day of school. Money remaining in accounts at the end of the school year will carry over to next school year. Parents may request a refund from Student Nutrition Services at 714-8890.

Volunteers who can help with Field Day on Tuesday are asked to call Mr. Withrow or Mrs. Horton at 262-9006.

Students need to bring $2 for the school picnic on the last day of school. Parents who wish to attend should bring their $2 to the school office so they may be included in the hot dog count.

Sears Elementary

Barb Ralston is a BP Teacher of Excellence. Ralston is among seven teachers within the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District to receive this award for 2006.

Parents are needed to join the school development planning team. The team will meet on three occasions to identify the academic strengths and weaknesses of the school and to develop an action plan to address those needs.

Field day will be held Thursday. Students will do many activities on the play ground with Ms. Romberg.

On Friday, Mrs. Peless and Ms. Ralston will have a celebration of learning. Parents are invited to come at 2 p.m. and celebrate their student’s accomplishments. There will be a video and a play, as well as works on display. Also on Friday Mrs. Bryson’s class will have a beach picnic.

Monday and Tuesday will be the annual Bike Rodeo. Officer George with the Kenai Police department will be in the classrooms presenting instruction about bicycle safety. On Tuesday, students are encouraged to bring their bikes and helmets to school to practice the skills they learned. Make sure names are on your student’s bicycle. Bicycles also will be registered with the city of Kenai police department during this time. Jane Fellman will have helmets for sale for $5, if students wish to purchase one they will need to bring their money prior to Tuesday. The all-school picnic will be held Tuesday, also.

On May 24, Ms. Ralston, Mrs. Peless, and Mrs. Atchley’s classes will walk to the Kenai Visitor’s Center, the library and the fire station. Check your student’s newsletter for more information.

Soldotna Elementary

Kathy Thompson was selected as one of the BP Teachers of Excellence. Mrs. Thompson teaches a 1/2 blend and was honored last week at the BP dinner for honorees.The staff and students wish to congratulate her.

Thank you to the volunteers who attended the volunteer luncheon help Tuesday. With over 100 volunteers, the school appreciates the work and dedication of everyone.

The Science Fair is Thursday and students have been working on their projects which will be evaluated and displayed Thursday night. It is open to the public.

Congratulations to Trevor Speakman who was this week’s Honor Buck winner because of his commitment to kindness. Trevor received a school T shirt for his efforts.

Soldotna High

Yearbooks will be distributed at 2 p.m. today.

Seniors will observe the following schedule for final exams: Thursday, periods five and six, Friday, periods three and four, Monday, periods one and two.

Finals for underclassmen are Tuesday and May 24.

In the final Spirit Star drawing of the year, Rochelle Forbes won a massage gift certificate from CGPH physical medicine, Cory Davis received an Alaska Railroad package, Alex Story won a Rocky Mountain College stuffed moose, Thomas Kircher was the recipient of a Wells Fargo gift pack, Andy Kircher, Spencer Tachick and Rainy Sirois received $25 Tesoro gas cards, Amanda Hoyt was the winner of Kenai Fjords trip for two, and Matt Mokracek received a round trip travel voucher to Anchorage from Grant Aviation.

Graduation will be held at 7 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center on May 26.

Students interested in debate, drama and forensics competition next year should call Mr. Druce for more information.

Students in Mrs. Syverson’s history classes are presenting their decades projects this week. Each group has been researching different decades of the 1900s and will presenting their findings on political events and people, science, technology, music and cars of the decades.

There will be a student art show displaying work from second semester art students from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday in the Art Room. Students will celebrate and critique their work throughout the day. Visitors may stop by and enjoy the students’ artwork and reception.

Sterling Elementary

Plans are under way for special activities on the last day of school. Volunteers are needed to assist with field day and the picnic. Call the office you are able to volunteer your time.

The schedule for activities May 25 are as follows: all school assembly from 9 and 10 a.m., field day for the primary wing from 10 a.m. to noon, picnic and recess for grades kindergarten through sixth from noon to 1 p.m. and field day for the intermediate wing from 1 to 3 p.m.

Hot lunch is available for students that day. The main entree will be hamburgers, or students can bring a sack lunch to school. PTA will provide an ice cream dessert. School will end at the usual time of 3:35 p.m. and busses will run as normal.

Tebughna School

Track season is over. Congratulations to Timothy Tyonek “Tiny” Standifer for his 10th place finish in the long jump with a 13 feet 6 inches jump!

Ms. Joachim’s class and Ms. Truesdell’s class are holding a bake sale Friday after school at the Tribal Center to help raise funds for their science field trip to the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska on May 23. Students grades three through high school will participate in two work shops at the center; one is on robotics and the other is small machinery.

Students said they are looking forward to the trip and have been working hard to earn the privilege to attend. Students must have an overall 2.0 grade point average and have had no unexcused absences or tardies. The Tyonek drum will be going along on the science trip and will play with the Kenaitze Indian Tribe drum at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Unity Drum also will be there(we think).

The students said they are looking forward to having two days of education and cultural activities. See Ms. Truesdell for more information concerning the trip or the agenda.

Success for All reading testing will happen today and Thursday. Parents are reminded to send their student to school rested.

Tyonek Cleanup Day begins at 12:30 p.m. May 22. The Tribal Center has prizes for students who pick up the most trash.

Head Start, kindergarten and eighth grade graduation is May 24 in the gym at 6 pm. The parents of these graduates are meeting Tuesday afternoons at 4:30 p.m. at the Tribal Center to work on the graduation details.

Tustumena Elementary

The quest team consisting of Asa Johnson, Dillon Henrie and Catherine Wolk placed third in the school districts Math Bowl held in Seward. This achievement was notable due to the fact this group of competitors were fewer in number, and also were younger than most of the teams competing. Congratulations to these students and their teacher, Ms. Rolph for their outstanding achievement.

The school’s final Lynx Tracks activity for the year is scheduled through Thursday for students in good standing in the schools discipline program. This activity involves a morning of swimming at the Nikiski pool. Parents are asked to make sure written permission, and the fee of $3 per child is forwarded to the appropriate teacher prior to the day of the event.

Awards Assemblies will be held Tuesday for students in grades kindergarten through three, and May 24 for grades four through six. Both assemblies will begin at 2 p.m. Student awards presented by Mr. Chase for Presidential Physical Fitness and Jump-Rope for Heart will be held during a schoolwide assembly at 1:30 p.m. May 25. Parents are invited to attend any or all ceremonies.

The staff would like to thank PTO parents who provided the wonderful treats last week during Teacher Appreciation Week. Your support is appreciated.

Information on Alaska sought

The following students are seeking information for their 50 states reports, including maps, brochures and post cards, magnates, plant samples, old license plates and any type of Alaska items, which may help them, with their studies:

· Alisa Smith, c/o Conway School, Ms del Bosque, 19710 SR 534, Mount Vernon, WA 98274;

· Jordan Liwag, c/o Westminster Academy, Miss Stelle, 1495 Colorado, Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90041; and

· Trevor Giroux and/ or Madison Roberge, c/o Miss Browhers, Inter-Lakes Elementary School, 21 Lakes Lane, Merideth, NH 03253.

Skyview High School awards

· Arestad, Amy — Student of the Year, performing arts, plaque.

· Begins, Scott — 4.0 superintendent list, certificate.

· Berends, Elske — 4.0 superintendent list, certificate; foreign exchange student from Germany received an Alaska Flag; and Student of the Year, choir, plague.

· Bonebrake, Anna — 4.0 superintendent list, certificate; and University of Alaska Scholars Program, tuition waiver.

· Brandt, Ivinnguaq — foreign exchange student from Greenland received an Alaska Flag.

· Brown, Tasha — 4.0 superintendent list, certificate.

· Carver, Ashley — Student of the Year work Co-op, plaque.

· Cassidy, Kelli — University of Idaho, WUE.

· Castro, Hugo — foreign exchange student from Brazil received an Alaska Flag.

· Caswell, Danielle — Student of the Year student council, plaque .

· Clinton, Sarah — Wendy’s High School Heisman, certificate.

· Cook, John — 4.0 superintendent list, Alaska Flag.

· deLichtenberg, Casper — foreign exchange student from Denmark received an Alaska Flag.

· Dolifka, Jeff — Student Athlete of the Year male, plaque and $250; and Student of the Year social studies, plaque.

· Dyment, Elizabeth — Alaska Peace Officers Association, $4,000 for four years.

· Eberline, Camiel — 4.0 superintendent list, certificate.

· Gibson, Anthony — Soldotna Lions Club Scholarship $500; and XTO Energy, $1,000.

· Hartmann, Richard — Battle of the Books, certificate.

· Hernandez, Victor — foreign exchange student from Mexico received an Alaska flag.

· Hibberd, Zachary — 4.0 superintendent list, certificate.

· Himmel, Amielle — U. S. Marine Corp Scholastic, certificate.

· Holland, Jennifer — 4.0 superintendent list, certificate.

· House, Donna — UAA Scholars Program, tuition waiver.

· Hutchison, Eli — Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Award, ribbon and medal.

· Hutchison, Michaela — Army Reserve National Scholar Athlete Award ribbon and medal.

· Jones, Daniel — Kenai Peninsula Administrators Association, $350; and Kenai Peninsula Builders Association $1,000.

· Karnikis, Taylor — U. S. Marine Corp Male Athlete, certificate.

· Kelly, SammiJo — Student of the Year physical education, female, plague.

· Kilfoyle, Rebecca — Alaska Masonic Lodge Outstanding Student, plaque and $50; Kenai Eagles Auxiliary, $1,000; BP Scholarship $4,000\ for four years; National Merit Scholarship Program, certificate; Peninsula Oilers Baseball Club $750; Peninsula Orchestra Scholarship $500; Battle of the Books certificate; Valedictorian, plaque; Soldotna Elks Lodge $50; St. Olaf College $44,000 for four years; Student of the Year band, plaque; Student of the Year English, plaque; U. S. Marine Corp (music) certificate; UAA Scholars Program, tuition waiver; and Vickie Webb Nelson Memorial Scholarship $200 third place.

· Kloote, Jesse — Student Athlete of the Year, female, plaque and $250; and UAA Scholars Program, tuition waiver.

· Krause, Ron — Student of the Year physical education (Boys), plaque.

· Latona, Mario — Student of the Year foreign languages, plaque.

· Lucas, Marquee — 4.0 superintendent list, certificate.

· Martin, Michael — Student of the Year vocational/tech education, plaque.

· Martin,Chelsea — 4.0 superintendent list, certificate.

· Massey, Melissa — 4.0 superintendent list, certificate.

· McDonald, Rosa — Tesoro Alaska Company, $2,000.

· Mercier, Elaina — 4.0 superintendent list, certificate.

· Merkes, Kendra — 4.0 superintendent list, certificate.

· Merritt, Wyatt — Alaska Peace Officers Association $4,000 for four years; Salutatorian, plaque; Student of the Year mathematics, plaque; and UAA Scholars Program, tuition waiver.

· Nichol, Christopher — 4.0 superintendent list, certificate.

· Osterman, Rachel — 4.0 superintendent list, certificate; Herff Jones Principal Leadership Award, certificate; Battle of the Books, certificate; Valedictorian, plaque; Soldotna Elks Lodge, $1,000; Student of the Year, social studies, plaque; and UAA Scholars Program, tuition waiver.

· Phon-Amart, Phongsathep — foreign exchange student from Thailand received an Alaska Flag .

· Roesing, Heather — 4.0 superintendent list, certificate.

· Ross, Lucy — Alaska Broadcasting Association Scholarship $2,000; and University of Idaho WUE.

· Schmidt, Nolan — 4.0 superintendent list, certificate; Agrium U. S. Inc. $1,000; and Student of the Year science, plaque.

· Shields, Kelsey — Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Scholarship $2,000 for two years; 4.0 superintendent list, certificate; ConocoPhillips $3,000; Salutatorian, plaque; Soldotna Elks Lodge $1,000; Student of the Year business education plaque; and UAA Scholars Program, tuition waiver.

· Skinner, Amanda — Vera Howarth Memorial Scholarship $1,500; and Student of the Year health, plague.

· St. Clair, Colette — Soldotna Lions Club Scholarship $500.

· Thornton, Katie — Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Scholarship $2,000 for two years; U. S. Marine Corp Female Athlete, certificate; and UAA Scholars Program, tuition waiver.

· Thornton, Tyler — Toyota Community Scholars Program, acknowledgment, UAA Scholars Program tuition waiver; and Wendy’s High School Heisman, certificate.

· VanRyzin, Nicole — 4.0 superintendent list, certificate.

· Watson, Sara — Student of the Year visual arts, plaque.

· West, Alexandra — 4.0 superintendent list, certificate.

· Westerman, Emma — UAA Scholars Program tuition waiver.

· Williams, Jerrod — 4.0 superintendent list, certificate.

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