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Posted: Wednesday, August 29, 2001

Schools close for Labor Day

Schools will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day. Classes will resume Tuesday.

Parent, student signatures needed

Public school students received the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Parent/Student Handbook the first day of school. The first page should be signed by both parent and student and returned to the school office to acknowledge receipt of the book.

Parents should familiarize themselves with the handbook, which replaces the student handbook of individual schools.

Battle of the Books list available

The Alaska Association of School Librarians has released its preliminary list of titles for the Battle of the Books academic competition. They are:


"Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock," by Eric A. Kimmel

"Babushka's Doll," by Patricia Polacco

"Frog Girl," by Paul Owen Lewis

"Moe the Dog in Tropical Paradise," by Diane Stanley

"Tikki Tikki Tembo," by Arlene Mosel

First grade:

"Eye of the Needle," by Teri Sloat

"George Washington's Mother," by Jean Fritz

"Moose Tales," by Nancy Van Laan

"Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig," by Eugene Trivizas

"Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge," by Mem Fox

(also the kindergarten titles)

Second grade:

"Aurora," by Mindy Dwyer

"Flight: The Journey of Charles Lindbergh," by Robert Burleigh

"Josefina Story Quilt," by Eleanor Coerr

"Pinky and Rex and the Spelling Bee," by James Howe

"Ruby the Copycat," by Peggy Rathmann

(also the kindergarten and first-grade titles)

Third and fourth grades:

"Bunnicula," by James Howe

"Chameleon Wore Chartreuse," by Bruce Hale

"Dawn's Early Light," by Steven Kroll

"Friendship," by Mildred Taylor

"Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles," by Julie Andrews Edwards

"Marvin Redpost, Alone in His Teacher's House," by Louis Sachar

"My Brother's Keeper -- Virginia Diary -- Gettysburg PA 1863," by Mary Pope Osborne

"Plant that Ate Dirty Socks," by Nancy McArthur

"Snot Stew," by Bill Wallace

"Stay Away from Simon!" by Carol Carrick

"Stickeen," by John Muir

"Trail of Tears," by Joseph Bruchac

"Trolls," by Polly Horvath

"Trumpet of the Swan," by E.B. White

"VanGogh Cafe," by Cynthia Rylant

Fifth and sixth grades:

"Adventures at the Bottom of the World/Top of the World," by Shelley Gill

"Backward Bird Dog," by Bill Wallace

"Black Cauldron," by Lloyd Alexander

"Case of the Lion Dance: Chinatown Mystery #2," by Laurence Yep

"Flying Solo," by Ralph Fletcher

"Green Book," by Jill Paton Walsh

"Landry News," by Andrew Clements

"Letters from a Slave Girl," by Mary Lyons

"Midwife's Apprentice," by Karen Cushman

"Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIHM," by Robert O'Brien

"My Side of the Mountain," by Jean Craighead George

"My Teacher is an Alien," by Bruce Coville

"My Life in Dog Years," by Gary Paulsen

"Titanic Crossing," by Barbara Williams

"Williwaw," by Tom Bodett

Seventh and eighth grades:

"Among the Hidden," by Margaret Peterson Haddix

"The Dark is Rising," by Susan Cooper

"Ballad of Lucy Whipple," by Karen Cushman

"Face on the Milk Carton," by Caroline B. Cooney

"Jason's Gold," by Will Hobbs

"Lord Kirkle's Money," by Avi

"Lost in the Barrens," by Farley Mowat

"Murder for her Majesty," by Beth Hilgartner

"Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World," by Jennifer Armstrong

"Transall Saga," by Gary Paulsen

"Wolf by the Ears," by Ann Rinaldi

High school:

"Bean Trees," by Barbara Kingsolver

"Lottery Rose," by Irene Hunt

"Christy," by Catherine Marshall

"Cry, the Beloved Country," by Alan Paton

"Ender's Shadow," by Orson Scott Card

"Fine and Pleasant Misery," by Patrick F. McManus

"Hart's War (Title under reconsideration)," by Jon Katzenbach

"Running Loose," by Chris Crutcher

"Squashed," by Joan Bauer

"Testament," by John Grisham

"Timeline," by Michael Crichton

"Two Old Women," by Velma Wallis

Peninsula students score in contest

Teams from Redoubt Elementary School, Skyview High School and Soldotna High School helped represent Alaska at the International Conference of Future Problem Solving in Athens, Ga., on June 7-10. A total of 22 students and nine adults from Alaska attended.

Redoubt students made it to the world finals in two categories. Amy Hundertmark placed sixth out of 25 entrants in the junior individual competition. The Redoubt Junior Team of Lauren Senette, Zach Walgenbach, Brent Griffin and Kelsey Cain placed 10th out of 58 teams. The students involved are now seventh-graders. Their team coach was Cyndi Romberg.

The Alaskans taking top honors were from Cordova. First place in the category of Community Problem Solving, Environmental Concerns went to Cordova Middle School, for a project called "Slugging It Out in Cordova." Confronting an infestation of black slugs that have been introduced from outside of Alaska, the students researched and developed methods to help gardeners control these disgusting and harmful critters. They made this information available to their community.

Future Problem Solving competitions encourage creativity and analytic thought through questions, writing, skits and projects. Students in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Quest program for gifted and talented students take part. The district organizes and hosts the state championship every spring in Soldotna.

Math lessons available online

Publisher Macmillan/McGraw Hill offers free math lessons through an online service for teachers of prekindergarten through sixth grades. The free math lessons are sent each month via e-mail, according to a report from the federal National Education Goals Panel.

McGraw-Hill's free online programs link with the "themes, concepts and objectives in McGraw-Hill Mathematics," notes the publisher's Web site. Web-linked lesson plans offer student worksheets and teacher answer keys. Another section, Math on the Walls, offers bulletin board ideas.

A MathTalk forum lets teachers share ideas and consult other teachers for answers to questions and problems in the classroom. The site also offers links to other sites for teachers searching for ideas on how to, for example, teach fractions, use manipulatives or find examples of real-life math applications.

For more information, visit Macmillan/McGraw Hill at The publisher's main page, at, has other free resources for teachers, parents and students.

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