School news around the district

Posted: Wednesday, May 23, 2001

Aurora Borealis Charter School

Mrs. Ball's kindergarten class is preparing for its African play. The children are busy finishing the scenes. Mrs. Uponen's first- and second-grade class had its "under the sea" puppet show. The children didn't clam up when they shared some of their favorite songs with the parents.

Some children showed off their knowledge of Latin, taught by Ms. Hinkle.

Mr. Severson's class studied the American presidents. In the hall children have displayed reports on many presidents.

Mr. Palm's class went to Hidden Creek Trail on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. They enjoyed a barbecue lunch together.

Mrs. Phillips' class prepared the eighth-graders' yearbooks. Each child picked out special pictures to scan, and print. Graduation was Friday. The school thanks Soldotna Bible Chapel for the use of their facility.

The school also celebrated Teacher Appreciation Week. The Parent Teacher Council made sure that the staff knew they are important people. Ms. LeDoux is special, too.

Check the lost and found items. Any items left at the school will be donated to a charity.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The PTA end-of-the-year picnic is from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. today. All K-Beach families are invited for food, fun and prizes.

Marian Nelson supplied classroom quantities of The Milepost, J.C. Penny in Kenai supplied catalogs and the chambers of commerce in Soldotna and Kenai donated quantities of phone books so students could learn to use indexes and areas on the Kenai peninsula.

Fred Meyer supplied prizes for the Easter egg decorating contest and the kite building contest in the library.

Parents need to pick up medication they may have for their children in the nurse's office.

Letters will go home in report cards for students who need hepatitis injections prior to the next school year.

Teacher request forms must be picked up from the school office and returned no later then 4 p.m. today. No late requests will be considered.

If you owe for lunches, settle up with the PTA.

Books not turned in were listed on students' check-out forms. Report cards will be held for those who still owe fees. The office will be open until June 1 for students to return books and pay fees.

Mountain View Elementary

The PTA is sponsoring a picnic for the school today.

Mrs. Heath's third-grade class enjoyed its overnight trip to the Alaska SeaLife Center. Students learned about seals, bioluminescence and other animals at the center. The school thanks the parents and the staff who helped. The class enjoyed another field trip to the visitors' center. Ricky Gease gave a wonderful presentation of the "2001 Fish Odyssey." Students and staff at Sears allowed Mountain View students to share stories with them.

Mrs. Ermold's class thanks Jackie Garcia for her help with desserts for their dessert theater. The evening was a wonderful success, with desserts served by students followed by the performance of the original play, "The Case of the Video Game Ransom" written by fifth-grader Ian Uponen.

Mr. Vedders' class earned another popcorn party for acts of kindness. Ten students attended a special pizza party for perfect classroom behavior.

All fifth graders participated in the marine science field trip by the Kenai Fjords Tours. Students studied the relationship of water chemistry, adaptations of marine organisms and the role of plankton in the Resurrection Bay ecosystem.

Mountain View thanks families who got hepatitis immunizations and reported them to the nurse's office. Mrs. Campbell appreciates the help with the details involved in complying with new immunization laws.

Redoubt Elementary

Congratulations to the Lakers, boys' basketball champions. Team members are Dallas Christopher, Kory Spooner, Chet Syverson, Mario Gomez, Paul Blacklock, Josh Borden, Ryan Helminski and Elliott Frazier.

Redoubt Elementary Scholarship recipients are Daniel Houglum, who received $500, and Lucas Petersen, who received $250. Scholarships were presented to them at the Soldotna High School Awards Night by Mrs. Hagen and Lauren Senette.

Mr. Sam Evanoff was recognized at the annual Phi Delta Kappa awards dinner as an outstanding parent volunteer.

Students must return all library and textbooks or pay for them if they are lost or damaged.

Redoubt would like to thank Safeway, which sponsored an ice cream and cake party to celebrate the end of the math challenge. Mr. Meacham diapered a goat at this event as well. Mr. Mills fourth-grade students and Mr. Gossard's third-graders won a movie at the Orca Theater for logging the most math challenge hours in the primary and intermediate grades.

Redoubt has a beautiful new pavilion on its grounds thanks to the PTA. The school thanks Jay Rohloff and Scott Brown, who donated many hours to this project.

Sears Elementary

Students are celebrating the end of the year by having picnics on the beach and at the park today.

The bike rodeo was a great success. The Kenai Police Department taught safety rules to all who participated and everyone's bike was registered with the city.

The PTA would like to thank all who sent in the wonderful food for the teacher appreciation luncheon.

The lost and found is overflowing. If you lost something this year, be sure and check the lost and found today.

Sears would like to thank the parent volunteers this year for the hundreds of hours of volunteer time. It could not be done without you.

The PTA would like to invite everyone to come and get their faces painted at the Kenai River Festival June 9 and 10.

Soldotna Elementary

Congratulations to the fun buck winners for this week: Robert Navarro, Cory Davis, Lisa Evans, Bryan Parsons, John Shirley, Erica Byerly, Chandelle Coleman and Brandon Rice. They did good deeds this week and received the book of their choice from the principal's book shelf.

Elks Club members brought pizza to the sixth-grade classes Friday and presented savings bonds to Elks Club Outstanding Students for April and May. Sierra Madden and A.J. Needs were selected by their teachers as exemplary students and honored for their efforts.

Soldotna Elementary would like to thank Dave Schmidt and his outstanding music students who presented a concert Monday at the school. All students enjoyed both the choir and band and seeing former Soldotna Elementary students perform.

The all-school picnic is today under the direction of the PTA and Mrs. Debbie Carroll. In addition, this is Wonderful Wolves Day, and the staff has planned fun games for each grade level. This effort is chaired by Sherri Baktuit, Lisa Juliussen and Robin Nyce. This day is a chance for all members of the Soldotna Elementary community to come together and celebrate another successful year of learning.

Sterling Elementary

The school would like to thank Dr. Byron McCord for bringing the bicycle rodeo program to Sterling once again this year. Volunteers are needed for the bicycle rodeo which will be from 10 a.m. to noon. Bring your child's bike to the school and join in as the staff teaches necessary skills for a safe summer bicycling. Dr. McCord has made it possible to purchase regular bicycle helmets for $5 and free-style helmets for $10.

The Falcon memory books are in. A few are still left for $12 . For more information, call Barb at 262-4944 to get a yearbook.

The Sterling Elementary School lost and found will be open until June 1. After that items will all be donated. There are plenty of children's clothes left.

Report cards will go home today with students.

Do not allow your children to come back to the school after today to hang around. Teachers are still working and attending in-services. They will be packing Friday and attending to last-minute details prior to starting their summer vacations.

The secretary, custodians and principal will remain working in the school until June 6.

Tustumena Elementary

Lynda Blake was selected as PTO president, replacing Judy Johnson, at the last meeting. For the site council, Kris Cooper was elected for a one-year term replacing Sherry Karnikis, and JoEllen Fowler was elected to a three-year term for the seat vacated by Christine Carlson.

The public is invited to Tustumena Lodge for a retirement reception Thursday. This "no host" event will honor Richard Fraser and Janie MacAulay beginning at 5 p.m. A fine dinner featuring prime rib starts at 6 p.m. You need to call the school by today to reserve a seat.

Kenai Middle School

The annual awards assembly will be today at 9 a.m. The barbecue and outdoor activities will follow.

Congratulations to the KMS track team for winning first in the borough tournament.

Phi Delta Kappa named Mrs. Milli Link as a Parent Volunteer of the Year for her work at KMS.

The district will offer for sale surplus Apple computer equipment at KMS from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 30. The computers are varied models from 8 to 17 years old, in good working order and come with an operating system. These computers are not suitable for Internet use and incompatible with computers being placed in schools next year. Price is $10 for those with a black and white monitor and $25 for those with a color monitor. All sales are as-is, where-is and final, with no warranty or technical support.

Many items are in the lost and found. If you are missing anything, stop by to check any time this week. Whatever is left Friday afternoon will go to charity.

Students checked books in and cleaned out lockers last week. Fees still owed or books not turned in were listed on check-out forms.

Report cards will be held for students who still owe fees. The office will be open until June 1 for returning books and paying fees.

Soldotna Middle School

The Dairy Queen Student of the week is eighth-grader Eric Thomas.

Report cards will be mailed out after today. If you do not receive yours call the office at 262-4344; your student may have outstanding fees or books.

Charlene Allen, Chelsea Kassel, Jessica Humphreys, Leanne Drown, Kris Shedd and Angie Hall were selected for the Skyview football cheerleading squad for 2001-02. Haylee Cox and Emily Azzara were selected for the Soldotna High School football cheerleading squad for 2001-02.

Next year's student council executive officers will be Kelce Burford, Greg Evans, Alyssa Giles and Evan Kubena.

The school thanks the parents who showed support of their student's education by attending the sixth-grade parent night. Highlights of the evening were a performance by the symphonic band and a play by Mr. Gustkey's seventh-grade drama class.

Eighth-grader Marci Mohler broke a record with a mile time of 5 minutes 19 seconds. The old record, set by Mrs. Burns 17 years ago, was 5 minutes 26 minutes.

Congratulations to Mrs. Hallett, who recently received Outstanding Teacher of the Year Award by Phi Delta Kappa.

Soldotna Middle School would like to thank all the volunteers that helped this year. They were greatly appreciated.

Kenai Central High School

Today is a barbecue picnic followed by various activities.

Elections are done and a new cast of student officers chosen for the 2001-02 school year. Student body officers are Scott Kornfield, president; Wally Ward, vice president; Ken Butler, secretary; Andrea Richardson, treasurer; and Anna Carlson and Jenn Luton, activity chairs. Senior class officers are Karli Knudson, president; Dane Myers, vice president; Jamie Montgomery, secretary; Laura Rhyner, treasurer; and Claire Mishou, activity chair. Junior class officers are Chris Gregg, president; Heidi Carlson, vice president; Erin Smith, secretary; Catherine Sheldon, treasurer; and Rachelle McIntyre, activity chair. Sophomore class officers are Hope Mishler, president; Kristen Lazenby, vice president; Lilly Babcock, secretary; and Mariah Meeks as treasurer.

The graduation ceremony was wonderful. Ross Baldwin, Kjersta Larson, Ingrid Paskewitz and KT Peters were valedictorians, and Julianne Awrey was the salutatorian.

The school will have a new sprinkler system installed over the summer so it will close after the first week of June for the duration of the summer. No swimming lessons will take place at the Kenai Central High School pool this year.

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

Ninilchik School

Congratulations to AJ Berger, Brendan Cuffe, Katie Moerlein and Zack Schindler on their second place finish in the Future Problem Solving Intermediate Division at the state bowl championship.

Ninilchik School will hold a volleyball camp Friday through Sunday. The cost is $60 per person. To reserve a place, contact Ludy Link at 567-3706 or Susan Chihuly at 567-1022.

The National Federation of Interscholastic Coaches Education Program training clinic will be noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday and 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 30 at the school. For information contact Mr. Clark.

Report cards will be mailed out by June 8.

Soldotna High School

Congratulations to the members of the 2001-02 Star Sensations Dance Team: Jessica Sherman, captain; Sondra Mize, co-captain; Kym Oldring, Jessica Bloomfield, Ashlyn Olsen, Brittany Kvasnikoff, Morgan McConell, Vanessa Bias, Makena Roesch, Bets Pindras, Rebekah Edmunds, Michelle Muller and Aimee Renney.

The Soldotna High School calendar for the 2001-02 school year is posted on the Web at:

Students who have SoHi parking permits on their vehicles should keep them for next year.

Information about student vehicles will be updated at registration, but this year's permits and permit numbers will be used next year.

New student and freshman orientation for next year will be Aug. 20 at 6 p.m. For more information, check the activities page on the Web site.

Cook Inlet Academy

Graduation was Sunday. Six students were honored.

Students of the Week in the elementary classes are: Eric Bell, Chuck Kopp, Keefe O'Dell, Keely Powers, Meghan Powers, Kianna Beddow, Janice Scritchfield, Megan Bauder, Sarah Seynei, Miranda Beller, Owen Phillips, Mark Beeson, Ashley Michel, Stephen Carter and Morgan Krohn.

Katie Coval, a sixth-grader, reported on "The Blue Willow," a book that inspired her classmates to diagrams, horned toads and toad habitats, cotton picking contests, hand-made paper dolls and skits about a little girl who lost her mother but found a friend.

The junior high class took an adventure trip to Resurrection Bay.

The school building will be painted today through May 31. Volunteers with or without paint guns need to see Roy McNutt.

Principal Crapuchettes poses these questions: "What was God saying to me this year? What life situations were part of God's lesson plan for me? What changes can be made in my attitude to leadership, responsibility, accountability and the value of genuine relationships? In what ways can my family life be enriched? How is my hunger and thirst for God and his Word being met, and how does that affect those who mean the most to me?"

The school verse is, "In Christ Jesus lie hidden all treasures of wisdom and knowledge." Colossians 2:3.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

The school year is ending this week.

Head Start staff and parents are preparing for graduation Friday evening at the Kenai Senior Center. Twenty-two children will graduate in caps and gowns and go on to kindergarten next year. The children will sing "Denet Denet Sin Qquya" ("Twinkle Twinkle Little Star").

Head Start children and families went on an all-day outing to the tribe's K'Beq interpretive site in Cooper Landing this week. They appreciate the nature activities and history of the Dena'ina people that Bernadine and Maggie shared.

The staff and children would like to thank Bill Segura for letting them pull in the Kenaitze Tribe's educational net at the mouth of the Kenai River last week. They caught three flounder and had a wonderful day at the beach.

The children and staff appreciate the delicious breakfasts and lunches that Miss Gert has cooked for them all year.

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

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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