District School News

Posted: Wednesday, May 22, 2002

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Parents, be sure to get your teacher request forms for next year into the office no later than Friday.

If you have any outstanding PTA lunches or library books, be sure to get them taken care of, so that you may pick up your student's report card.

Don't forget about the Reading is Great in Summer program this summer. Let's see if anyone can beat Mrs. Peterson's time from last fall.

K-Beach would like to wish a special farewell to retiring staff this year: Principal Trena Richardson, Celia Colvin, Sue Crane, Bev Edwards and Sally Kishbaugh.

Their many years of dedication and hard work are greatly appreciated and they will be missed. Also, welcome to new incoming principal Sylvia Reynolds.

Mountain View Elementary

Mrs. Steward would like to thank all the parents who were able to drive to Seward and all the other field trips this year. The kids did an excellent job with their I-Search presentations last week.

The third-grade students in Mrs. Heath's and Mr. Knudsen's classes enjoyed reading their stories to the students at Sears Elementary. During this school year each third-grader wrote, edited and illustrated several non-fiction and fiction stories, which they were able to share.

Mr. Knudsen's third-graders toured the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. Local artist, Debbie Harris, gave an educational presentation to the students prior to their art-based scavenger hunt. Several students are interested in attending the art workshops, which will be sponsored by the visitors center this summer. Mrs. Heath's class also loved the art show. Thanks to Mr. Gease and Mrs. Harris.

Mrs. Heath's class also would like to thank the staff at the Fireweed Gift and Garden for helping students select some beautiful flowers to plant under the Mountain View sign.

Students do not need a cold lunch today as the PTA is sponsoring a picnic lunch.

Nikiski Elementary

Mrs. Kendall's sixth-graders spent three days at the Alaska Center for Coastal Studies in Peterson Bay studying forest ecology and marine biology.

They discovered marine invertebrates during two minus tides, did oceanography lab experiments, hiked and enjoyed the ride across Kachemak Bay on the Jackpot.

Special thanks to chaperones Rita Davenport, Shelley Bormann, John Henry and Peggy Jones, as well as to Unocal who supported our science field trip with a generous donation.

Nikiski sixth-graders celebrated their graduation on Tuesday. Students received certificates of graduation and then enjoyed cake and punch with their families.

The PTA will host its annual end-of-the-year picnic lunch today. Hot dogs, chips, beverages and popsicles will be served. If you can help serve today, please feel free to stop by.

North Star Elementary

North Star Elementary is selling its Macintosh computers on a first-come, first-served basis. Those interested in purchasing a computer for $25 and a printer for $10 cash need to see Kellie Kelso in the North Star office.

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

Any unclaimed lost and found items will be given to charity Thursday.

A competitive youth swim team is being organized in Nikiski. For more information, call Ann at 776-8113 or Tammy at 776-5597.

Redoubt Elementary

The awards assembly for primary students will be from 9 to 10 a.m. and for intermediate students from 10 to 11 a.m.

The student picnic is from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Parents are welcome to bring a sack lunch and join their child.

Congratulations to battery recycling winners Alissa Garcia, Krikkit Holly, Jessica Jackson, Braden Lichty, Emmanuel Middleton, Brendan Baalke, Jonathon Knight, Maddie Wilcox and Christian Carrico. Thanks to all students who recycled batteries.

The 2001-02 yearbooks will be delivered in September and will be distributed as soon as they arrive. If you are moving over the summer, contact the school office with your new address.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the 2001-02 school year a success.

Report cards will be sent home today. Class lists for the 2002-03 school year will be posted on Aug. 19.

Grade-level supply lists for the 2002-03 school year will be available in the foyer Aug. 12.

New-student registration will be Aug. 8 and 9. All students who attended Redoubt this school year have preregistered and do not need to attend this registration.

Incoming kindergartners who registered this spring are also preregistered and do not need to attend.

Kenai Middle School

Report cards will be mailed on May 28. Report cards will be held if a student owes a fee. If you do not receive a report card, call the office. It will be open until June 6.

Registration for sixth-graders and any new seventh- and eighth-graders will be Aug. 9 from noon to 6 p.m. All returning seventh- and eighth-graders are welcome to pick up their schedules during that time as well.

There will be a sixth-grade student orientation on Aug. 19 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Soldotna Middle School

The Soldotna Middle School Parent Teacher Student Organization is looking for a few good people to fill leadership positions for the 2002-03 school year.

The position of president will be shared by a parent of a seventh-grader and a parent of an eighth-grader. The position of treasurer also is open. Call Mary Jo Spotts at 262-5447.

Thanks to all of the businesses and individuals who have graciously donated money to the Future Problem Solvers trip to Connecticut in June.

Mrs. Kiffmeyer's social studies classes just finished a unit on the geography of the United States. Students competed as teams of trucking companies that picked up supplies around the country.

The most successful teams were Kats Trucking Inc., including Tera Heaton, Keegan Birchfield, Stephen Druce and Alexa Walsh; Snoopy Inc., including JJ Bilby, Kelly King and Chrystal Boehmler; T5K, including Paris King, Anthony Kitchen, Matt Madsen and Tiffany Trumbly; Reccos Trucking, including Kelcy Burford, Lisa Anderson, Allyssa Roach and Amanda Black; and Gas Hogs, including Patrick Lybrand, Mike Snyder, Eric Rogers and Justin Leman.

Soldotna Middle School is looking for four soccer coaches for both the two boys and the two girls teams. The season begins Aug. 26 and ends Oct. 5. For more information or to apply for the position, call Lee Young at 262-4344.

If all fees have been paid, report cards will be mailed out by the end of the month. If there are any questions, there is a list of outstanding student fees at the office.

A form with current student information will be mailed to parents of enrolled seventh-grade students this week. Make any corrections to the form and return to school before May 29. If you cannot return the form to school you may mail it to Soldotna Middle School, 426 W. Redoubt Ave., Soldotna, AK 99669.


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

To facilitate having student files up to date with grades and completed transcripts, fourth-quarter reports are due by Friday.

Computers are available for exchange. Call the office to schedule a time. For students not returning in the fall, computers are to be returned to the Soldotna office by Friday. Internet accounts will be terminated this week.

Please return all non-consumable materials by Friday or by special arrangements with your advisers.

Beginning June 1, office hours will be from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Wednesday. The Connections office will be closed from June 20 to July 7. The Connections Web site will be updated regularly throughout the summer. If you have any questions, call the office at 262-6315.

The Connections staff would like to thank parents for all the effort and energy you've invested in your child's education this year.

Kenai Central High School

Thank you to all the teachers and parents who helped make graduation and after-graduation a success.

Today we have an activity day planned with shortened classes in the morning, a barbecue at lunchtime and activities in the afternoon. All students need to have turned in their books, cleaned out their lockers, paid their fines and turned in their completed check-out list to the office by 2:15 p.m.

Congratulations to Dane Myers and Jamie Montgomery, Kenai Central High School Athletes of the Year.

From June 22 to 28, four members of the KCHS Skills USA VICA club will travel to Kansas City, Mo. They were state winners and will compete for a national title.

Students competing are Jimmy Gabriel in job skill demonstration; Jesse Tapley in job interview; Wally Ward in extemporaneous speaking; and Rocky Ward in first aid/CPR.

In their effort to raise funds for travel, they will be doing yard work around the community. Donations also will be accepted. If you would like to help in this effort, call Wally Ward at 283-4796.

The last day to pick up transcripts from the counseling center is May 30. Make sure to get request forms filled out and given to Mrs. Lovett in a timely manner.

The school office will remain open until June 5 and will reopen Aug. 5. The school will be closed due to renovation work over the summer. The pool will be open for swim lessons starting June 6.

The faculty and staff at KCHS send Hank Overturf and Kathe Smith warm wishes as they retire. They will be missed by many community members.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

Nikiski High School would like to thank the following organizations that generously gave scholarships to Nikiski High School seniors during the school's annual awards night May 14.

Also, thanks to the representatives from these organizations who came out to present these awards: Agrium, Alaska Peace Officers, American Legion, Coca-Cola, HEA, June Nelson Memorial Scholarship Committee, Kenai Builders "Shelby Johnson Memorial Scholarship," Kenai Elks Lodge, Kenai Kings Hockey, Kenai Peninsula Administrator's Association, Mary Rounds Memorial Scholarship Committee, Masonic Lodge, Peninsula Family Moose Center, Nikiski Fire Department, North Kenai Community Club, North Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, Patrick M. O'Connell Scholarship Committee, Peninsula Art Guild, Peninsula Oilers Booster & Baseball Club, Rotary Club, Tesoro Alaska, Nikiski Senior Center "Thelma McConnell Memorial," Kenai Peninsula Community College, University of Alaska, VFW "Vicki Webb Nelson Memorial Scholarship," Women's Auxiliary of the Eagles and XTO Energy. The total amount of scholarship money offered to Nikiski High School students was $163,325.

Ninilchik School

Today is the annual community cleanup. Be aware of students along the Sterling Highway, Kingsley and Oil Well roads. After a pizza lunch, there will be field events to finish out the day.

The lost and found is on display. Your child's lost clothing may be here.

Check your shelves, closets and under beds to return any library books that your child may not have returned. An incredible number of books are missing.

Mrs. Bosick's class presented the play, "Tom Sawyer, Pirate." In addition to memorizing some very long parts, they did an incredible job speaking in Southern accents.

Eighth-grade Explorations students invited their mothers to tea. Every mother, a few grandmothers and four generations of the Oskolkoff family were present.

The students served dessert on china, gave their mothers roses and listened to classical music.

Thanks to the Ninilchik Traditional Council, the ninth-grade health class experienced taking care of electronic babies for 24 hours.

Students fed the dolls when they cried, changed diaper when they cried, kept their heads from dropping, and wondered, "Why is it still crying?"

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the Week were Eric Bell, Bethany Estes, Tracey Cashman, Molly Fenton, Melanie Shea and Dalton Johnson. The high school choir members also were recognized as Students of the Week for their help with the preschool. The band students recognized were Zack Cialek and Stephanie McNutt for trombone, Sharon Lindow and Heidi Hillyer for flute, Kyle Kjeldson, Holly Kopp, Charley Michel, Khelby Kennedy, Brooke Forse, Samantha McNutt and Janine Ray for clarinet.

The school board thanks Pat Reese and Paul Minelga for their years of dedicated service to the school. Though their terms have expired, both will continue to be involved in other ways.

Newly elected board officers are Greg Bell, president; Chuck Kopp, vice president; Dale White, treasurer; and Mark Cialek, secretary.

Alaska Air National Guard landed a BlackHawk helicopter on school grounds for a student tour and a program about anti-drug use. The message of the day was that if a young person ever wanted to fly "one of these things" or have other exciting and worthwhile opportunities, they should not do drugs.

Enrollment for next year is still open in some classes.

For more information, visit the school Web site at www.cookinletacademy.net or call the school office at 262-5101.

Grace Lutheran School

This week at Grace Lutheran School the children are learning the famous story of Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego who amid the unbelieving Babylonian Empire stood up for their faith, even in the face of death by fire.

In the younger classroom a hearty congratulations goes out to Alexis Norris, Nick Pokryfki, Kenny Werth and Luke Burow for their memorization of the New Testament books of the Bible. Congratulations also to Kathryn Love for completing a compilation of 100 multiplication facts in five minutes. Last Friday the kindergarten through second-graders took a trip to the pet shop and had a wonderful time. Also, the younger children are putting together descriptive paragraphs.

The third- through eighth-graders enjoyed beautiful day at Nikiski High School for the annual Hershey Track Meet.

Enrollment still is open at Grace Lutheran School for children who will be in kindergarten to eighth-grade next fall. For more information, call Mr. Dennis Leckwee.

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