Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Aurora Borealis Charter School

Eighth-grader Alex Kaufman is the 2006 Masonic Student. The school said he is an excellent student and a role model. He has participated in Future Problem Solving, MathCounts, and First Lego League Robotics. He was a leading member of the Robotics team which placed internationally. He has been awarded medals for the National Latin and Mythology Exams. Congratulations to Alex and his parents, Jim and Lois Kaufman.

On the National Mythology exam, silver awards went to Will McDermid, Logan Haralson, Alex Kaufman; bronze to Bradi Anderson and Dillon Ball.

The following students have logged 12 miles of running: kindergarten: Kendra Denney, Tehya Naylor, Hannah Cole, Joel Brower, Delaney Jensen, Blake Johnson, and Roman Lott; second-graders: Haley Harden, Hallie Riddall, and Braden Swanson; third-graders: Kiana Harding and Wren Norwood. The following students have logged 22 miles of running: fourth-graders: Coty Earll, Kelsey Krause, and Elan Krull; fifth-graders: Ashley Epperheimer, Daniel Flores, Garren Lucas, Collin Morse, Haylee Swanson, Kaylee Tanner, Elena Villa, and Bristol Walton; sixth graders: Colton Anderson, Autumn Ball, Michael Lott, Lizzie McDermid, and Dagen Walton; seven-graders: Logan Haralson, Brett Meyer, Delissa Severson, and Matt Silver; eighth-graders: Alex Kaufman, Will McDermid, and Jeff Narlock.

Mr. Palm video taped the May 16 spring music program “Paul Bunyan and the Fabulous Flapjack” put on by the fourth- and fifth-graders and the schools choir consisting of the sixth through eight grades. For a sixth grade fundraiser, DVD copies can be purchased for $5.

The annual school meeting will be held at 8:15 a.m. Thursday in the gym.

Cook Inlet Academy

Congratulations to Spencer McAuliffe for being chosen for the command performance at the State Solo and Ensemble Music Festival on May 13. McAuliffe earned the first place male vocalist award with his performance of “Non Piu Andrai” by Mozart.

First place finishers at the region II track meet at Susitna Valley High School were Holly Kopp, for the girls 3,200 and 1,600 meters; Brooke Forsi, for the 400 and 200 meters; the girls 400 relay team, consisting of Sharon Lindow, Ashley Michel, Brooke Forsi and Holly Kopp; and Nate Byrd, for discus.

The parents and staff would like to thank track coach Trish Kopp and her assistants for their work and dedication.

The school bids farewell to teacher and youth pastor, Gary Leiter. The students, parents and staff said they will miss him and wish him well in his academic pursuits at Corban College.

The parents and staff also thank Karen McGahan and Greg Bell for their hours of service and sacrifice as school board members for the past six years.

The next school board meeting is at 7 p.m. June 26 in the library.

Jake Zufelt, Charley Michel, Claire Rowley, Kim Minogue and Will Tieaskie were elected to student council for 2006-07.

The Students of the Week are the graduating seniors. Congratulations and best wishes to Lindsay Bauder, Marcus Brown, Steven Burger, Alyse Cialek, Jeremy Franchino, Adam Gu, Mike Kytonen, Stephanie McNutt, Valerie Olson, Josiah Warren and Sara Wood.

Grace Lutheran

Preschool and eighth grade graduation exercises were held Monday. Speeches were given by graduates, Jennifer Austin, Ryan Burow, Chelsea Mansfield and Jessiah Stang. Grades one through eight sang several musical selections. The kindergartners and three- and four-year old preschoolers joined the graduating preschoolers, Alexus Coray, Wyatt Denna, Kiera Duby, Carolyn Morton and Treava Schmitter-Schrier, in singing “Did You Hear the News-Jesus Loves You So” and “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands.”

Last Friday the lower grade classroom went on a field trip to the Kenai airport and the Coldstone Creamery while the kindergarten class visited the animals at Our Best Friends pet store.

Congratulations to the athletes who participated in the Hershey Track Meet.

The end of the year school picnic and annual softball game will be held from noon to 3:30 p.m Thursday.

In Christlight, the children finished up the year by seeing how God protected the three men in the fiery furnace and Daniel in the lion’s den when the Christians continued to worship the true God rather than bow down and worship false gods.

Registration for 2006-07 is under way. Call Mr. Leckwee at 283-9551 for more information or to set up an appointment or Joanne Love at the same number for preschool for next year.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Second-graders went to the Fjords last week. The experience allowed the students to see whales, sea lions, a bear, mountain goats, sea birds, eagles and swans.

The staff would like to thank the volunteers who made, donated and served at the barbecue for Kaleidoscope and Sears Elementary School on Tuesday.

The annual bike rodeo was this week. The staff would like to thank everyone involved in making the event a learning experience.

This morning all classes are doing outdoor science centers.

Parents are asked to check their houses for school library books and return them as soon as possible.

All classes will walk to the beach Thursday and spend the day.

The school would like to thank the many volunteers who helped with the school this year.

Dates to remember:

· Aug. 8 — school office opens;

· Aug. 14 — 4 p.m. in the library is the parent orientation for parents who are new to the school and have not yet attended a meeting and an all school picnic at 5:30 at a nearby park;

· Aug. 21 — 4 p.m. classroom visits to meet the teachers and see their rooms; and

· Aug. 22 — the first day of school. Kindergartners will come for a screening the first week and begin full days the week of Aug. 28.

Kenai Central High

Thursday is the students final day of school. Students are asked to make sure and clean out their school and P.E. lockers before they leave for the summer. The student council and school administration is sponsoring a free barbeque for all students Thursday.

Thursday also is graduation. The ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Renee C. Henderson auditorium.

June 9 will be the last full day when a secretary or an administrator will be working at the school until Aug. 1. Parents are asked to not wait until the last minute to take care of end of year business.

Kenai Middle

Congratulations to Ashlyn Edelman and Caitlin Gonzalez for winning the Character Counts pizza drawing.

Registration for school next year will be from noon to 6 p.m. Aug. 11. Incoming sixth-graders need to attend.

Seventh- and eighth -graders can pick up a schedule and fill out necessary paperwork. Volunteers are needed for registration to run smoothly. If you can donate your time call 283-4896.

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

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

The school would like to thank the volunteers who made the school year a big success.

Kenai Montessori

The staff would like to thank the parent volunteers who assisted with the spring performance last Saturday.

Thursday is the last day of the school year. There will be a last day of school picnic from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Thursday. Students and their families are invited to pack a lunch and join their friends for a morning of outdoor games and activities followed by a picnic lunch. There will be grills available for cooking hotdogs and hamburgers.

The schools will be closed from May 26 through June 5. The Summer Explorers program will start June 5. Applications are being accepted for the program. Space is limited. Applications for the 2006-07 school year also are being accepted.

The first day of the 2006-07 school year will be Aug. 21.

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Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start

Seventeen students from Lee University joined the staff for a week. They read stories, gave one on one attention to each child and helped teachers complete the children’s “Me” books.

Friday was the annual beach field trip. The children participated in „pulling in the fish net along side the Tribal Elders. Miss Gert prepared a picnic lunch for the children and the many volunteers who helped out.

Today the children and families finish the school year with a family style pancake breakfast and projects on the playground.

The staff would like to thank the volunteers who have made field trips possible and assisted in the classrooms.

Have a safe summer and keep reading books.

Mountain View Elementary

On Thursday the school will hold its annual PTA all school picnic. Lunch will be provided for students. No hot lunch will be served. Parents are invited to attend.

Mrs. Heath’s class had an overnight trip to the SeaLife Center. The class would like to thank the parents who joined them.

Nikiski Middle-High

Sarah Herrin has announced her intention to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks next season on a basketball scholarship. Herrin helped lead the school to a 24-3 record and the 3A State Championship this past season. She is the two-time, Southcentral 3A Player of the Year and was selected to the All-State 3A first team, her junior and senior seasons. Sarah also was named the 2006 3A Alaska State Player of the Year. She intends to pursue a degree in criminal justice.

The last student day is Friday.

Senior graduation walk practice begins at 8 a.m. Thursday in the gymnasium.

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

Nikiski North Star Elementary

The PTA will sponsor the annual end of the year picnic at noon Friday. The cost is $1 per person, parents and siblings are invited.

Redoubt Elementary

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

The lost and found will be emptied Thursday.

The school picnic also is Thursday. Students need to bring $2. Parents planning to attend should call the school office by Thursday morning.

Awards assemblies also are Thursday from 9 to 10 a.m. for grades four through six and from 10 to 11 a.m. for grades kindergarten through three.

Report cards will be sent home with students on the last day of school.

The staff extends thanks for a wonderful school year and wishes everyone a restful, safe summer.

Sears Elementary

The staff would like to thank the volunteers who made, donated and served at the barbecue for Kaleidoscope and Sears Elementary School on Tuesday.

Today, Ms. Ralston, Mrs. Peless, and Mrs. Atchley’s classes will walk to the Kenai Visitor’s Center, the library and the fire station.

Ms. Fischer’s, Ms. Ralston’s and Mrs. Peless’ students went on a study trip to the Ninilchik beach. The students not only dug for clams, picked mussels, and snails but also found many different kinds of sea life. Ms. Fischer’s class cooked the mussels and snails while Mrs. Peless’ and Ms. Ralston’s classes learned how to clean clams and make clam chowder. The students were able to participate in eating what they had brought back and cooked.

Ms. Ralston’s class held its Celebration of Learning. The students did a play called “Big Al,” taught their family members some of their friendship songs, and showed them some of the things they had learned and experienced over the past year.

The annual bike rodeo was this week. The staff would like to thank everyone involved in making the event a learning experience.

Thank you to the parent volunteers and for the many hours they dedicate to helping make the school a great place to learn.

For those wishing to register their students for next year, you may do so this week or open registration will be held Aug. 14 and 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The first day of school for first- and second- graders will be held Aug. 22.

There will be a flexible start up schedule for kindergartners. Kindergarten teachers will call to set up an assessment meeting with each child.

Skyview High

Today will be final exams for periods one, two and 6. Finals on Thursday will be for periods three, four and 5. Students are invited to a free barbecue lunch.

Graduation practice will be held at t9:30 a.m. Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center. Students must be at practice to walk.

Graduation will begin promptly at 7 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center. Parents are reminded that the bridge is scheduled to be closed at 7 p.m.

Seniors needing final transcripts for college must request them by June 2 or wait until Aug. 8.

Mr. Neill and the staff would like to wish everyone a wonderful summer and they look forward to an exciting new school year in the fall.

Soldotna Middle

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The staff would like to recognize the students, Mr. Schneider and Ms. Gillis for their hard work in making the band and choir concert, held last Thursday, a success. Thank you to the PTSA for its successful pie auction held after the concert.

Mrs. Reimer’s 70 seventh-grade students participated in a first aid/CPR training given to them by the students from the paramedic class at Kenai Peninsula College. Thank you to all of the volunteers for making this class available.

The school will host a Celebration of Academic Achievement at 8 a.m. today in the big gym. The school will honor its eighth-grade students and its three retiring staff members, Mrs. Macvie, Mr. Gardner and Mrs. Hallett. Parents, family and friends are invited to attend. A reception for students, retiring staff, family and friends will be held in the little gym immediately following the celebration activity.

On Thursday, the school will hold its first end of the year carnival.

Track ended May 5 and 6 with the borough meet. The girls took first place at and the boys took second place.

Student fees need to paid, classroom and library books also need to be returned, and all check-out sheets returned to the office for students to be completely checked out of school. This will enable a smooth registration when they return in the fall.

Soldotna Montessori Charter

Blue folders will be sent home for the last time today, not on Thursday. They will contain student report cards.

Thursday at 9:05 a.m. will be an all-school assembly. Students will view a slide show featuring photos from the year, including the Otter Cove trip. Graduating sixth-graders also will be recognized at the assembly. Families and siblings are welcome.

The annual picnic and field day will be Thursday at Soldotna Creek Park. Parent drivers will transport the students to the park for an afternoon of games and barbecue. Families and siblings are invited to join the year-end celebration.

Primary students had their last field experience. Students in Mrs. Larned, Mrs. Holt and Ms. McCabes classes visited the SeaLife Center in Seward on Monday and Tuesday. Students built upon their study of periods in the Paleozoic Era while learning about Alaskas ocean communities. Students said they enjoyed the octopus and sea lion exhibits. Students in third grade were members of the Nocturne group, which had an extended, overnight stay at the center.

Artwork from Mrs. Holts class is on display at district office. Five of their invertebrate and vertebrate paintings are hanging in the central office. Parents are invited to stop in and view them.

First-graders invited kindergartners to tour the primary classrooms last week. Fourth-graders also gave a tour to the third-graders. It was a preview for the students moving in to new classrooms next year.

Tustumena Elementary School

The school’s evening custodian, Pauline Hanson is retiring in June after serving 14 years. Hanson was a diligent worker who always treated students and staff with kindness and respect. On behalf of students and staff alike, she is offered a big thank you for all that she did during her years of service.

Class field trips have kept students and teachers busy. Mrs. Blossom’s kindergarten and Mrs. Hopkins first-graders traveled to Soldotna, Mrs. Bosick’s third- and fourth-graders went to Homer. Last Friday, Mr. Cowans fifth grade class traveled to the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, thanks to the support of funding raised by the PTO. The school would like to thank Sheila Garrant, PTO board members, and those who supported the organization by purchasing cash raffle tickets.

The school’s Memory Book is ready for distribution. Order forms have been sent home. Parents interested in purchasing one may call the school. The cost is $10 and may be purchased through Friday.

The school has forwarded paperwork regarding a summer reading program for returning students. Families may participate in this incentive effort. The school’s staff offers its best wishes to students and their families for a safe, enjoyable and relaxing summer vacation.

Soldotna High scholarships awarded

· Bell, Ashley — Outstanding Senior Students of the Year and Soldotna Lion’s Club.

· Birchfield, Keegan — City of Soldotna , academic scholarship, Soldotna Elks Scholarship-Most Valuable Student, UAF- Chancellor’s Full Tuition Waiver, UA Scholar and Wendy’s Heisman National Nominee.

· Blossom, Brian — UA Scholar.

· Cain, Kevnea — Outstanding Senior Students of the Year, President’s Volunteer Service Award and Prudential Spirit of Community Award - nominee.

· Chatham, Isaac — Kenny Carver Scholarship.

· Denna, Elizabeth — Tesoro Alaska Company Scholarship and UA Scholar.

· Dimick, Kacia — Soldotna Elks Scholarship-Most Valuable Student and UA Scholar.

· Earll, Ashley — SoHi PTSA Scholarship.

· Fischer, Eric — Outstanding Voc-Ed Student of the Year.

· Glick, Deana — Outstanding Work Co-op Student of the Year and Redoubt Elementary Scholarship.

· Hepner, Daniel — Alaska Teacher’s Education Loan, Peninsula Oilers Baseball Club Inc., Redoubt Elementary Scholarship and Soldotna Public Library.

· Herring, Brian — Kenai Peninsula Builder’s Association and Outstanding Math Student of the Year.

· Jensen, Sara — Chamber of Commerce, City of Soldotna - Academic Scholarship, Kenai Peninsula Administrators Association, Outstanding Senior Students of the Year and UA Scholars.

· Kauffman, Trevor — Chamber of Commerce Scholarship, National Merit Scholarship Finalist, Outstanding English Student of the Year and UA Scholar.

· Kircher, Andy — Chamber of Commerce Scholarship and KPC High School Senior Tuition Waiver.

· Lawrence, Michelle — Kenny Carver Scholarship.

· Lee, Josh — Soldotna Lion’s.

· Martin, Nicole — City of Soldotna-Vocational Scholarship.

· Mills, Katherine — UA Scholar.

· Myers, Matt — SoHi PTSA Scholarship.

· Oelrich, Sheila — Spirit of SoHi Award.

· Osland, Britt — Peninsula Art Guild Scholarship and UA Scholar.

· Peter Jr., Samuel — Outstanding Social Studies Student of the Year.

· Pfaffe, Aleksandr — Chamber of Commerce/FNBA -Vera Howarth Memorial Scholarship, Soldotna Elks Scholarship - Most Valuable Student, John Vaughan Memorial Music Scholarship, Kenai Peninsula Orchestra, SoHi Male Athlete of the Year and Tom Thorpe Scholarship.

· Pollreisz, Anthony — Outstanding Student of the Year - Yearbook Editor.

· Porter, Sasha — Kenai Masonic Lodge No. 11 Scholarship, SoHi Female Athlete of the Year and XTO Energy.

· Purugganan, Liana — Outstanding PE Student of the Year and UA Scholar.

· Roach, Allyssa — Eagles Ladies Auxiliary 3525, SoHi PTSA Scholarship and Soldotna Rotary Service Above Self Scholarship.

· Roesch, Tyler — UA Scholar.

· Rysdyk, Whitney — UA Scholar.

· Schoessler, Allie — Chamber of Commerce Scholarship, City of Soldotna - Academic Scholarship, Society of Petroleum Engineers - Alaska Scholarship, Soldotna Rotary Service Above Self Scholarship and UA Scholar.

· Sinclair, Heather — AASA Spirit of Youth Award, Agrium Kenai Nitrogen Operations, Masonic Outstanding Student of the Year, Outstanding Science Student of the Year, Principals Leadership Award , Soldotna Rotary Service Above Self Scholarship, Spirit of SoHi Award, Wendy’s Heisman National Nominee and UA Scholar.

· Velasco, Louis — Soldotna Lions Club.

· Werth, Jennifer — City of Soldotna - Academic Scholarship and UA Scholar.

· Wilbanks, Kory — Glacier Pontiac Buick GMC Broadcast Athlete of the Year.

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