Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, August 30, 2000

Labor Day gives students first holiday

The first holiday of the new school year is Monday. Schools will be closed to honor Labor Day.

The school board, which usually meets the first Monday of each month, will meet Sept. 11.

Activity cards offer admission bargains

This year activity cards are on sale for $20 for Kenai Peninsula Borough School District high school students. Admission to all athletic events (excluding regional or state tournaments) at Kenai Central, Skyview, Soldotna, Seward, Homer and Nikiski high schools is free with the card. The sooner it is purchased, the more value the card has. Picture ID is required when showing the card at any event.

Technology advocates praise peninsula district

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is the only one from Alaska featured in a report on school technology by the Education and Libraries Network Coalition.

The coalition is a group promoting affordable Internet access for the nation's schools and libraries. It surveyed users of the E-Rate program, a federal subsidy designed to encourage technology upgrades, to gauge how effective the program has been.

The Kenai district was highlighted for "innovative use of the E-rate to promote our tech plan," according to a note from Jim White, the district's director of data processing.

In a separate instance, the latest issue of "Board and Administrator for Superintendents," a newsletter for school district superintendents, features a cover story on the district. It talks about the district's use of "conference folders," a software package that lets Superintendent Donna Peterson, school board members, principals and other school staff communicate quickly and cheaply around the far-flung district using e-mail.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

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Mountain View Elementary

Open house was a great success. It's great to see all of the returning students and the new third-graders.

School pictures will be taken Sept. 13.

There will be an informational meeting for parents of fifth-grade students Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. Immediately following will be the band meeting for the parents of fifth-graders interested in playing an instrument. A representative from the Music Box also will be available during that time.

Students in Mrs. Gustkey's and Mrs. Ermold's fifth-grade classes need to bring two red apples to school by Friday for use in cooking and art activities.

Nikiski Elementary

Nikiski Elementary will host its annual open house Thursday beginning at 6:30 p.m. The PTA will host an ice cream social. Mr. Norgren, the new principal, is looking forward to meeting all of you and addressing any questions or concerns you may have for the new school year. This also is a wonderful opportunity for you to meet your child's new teacher and tour of the school.

PTA says thank you to all the parents who turned in Box Tops for Education last year. The school earned almost $200. Keep up the good work. Keep an eye out for those box tops and turn them in at the school office on your next visit.

The PTA is on the lookout for a vice president. If you are interested in serving on the board, contact Dawn Brower at 776-4132. The first PTA meeting is scheduled for Sept. 12 at 3:45 p.m. in the school library.

Do you have a kindergarten student enrolled in the morning session and need transportation to the Nikiski Daycare? If at least five students need transportation, then the daycare can provide a van to pick up those students. If you are interested, contact Tonya Silk at 776-5110.

Sears Elementary

Safety is important. Do not block the bus lane and don't drop off your children or park by the portables. This makes it difficult for the bus to get into the bus lane. Sears thanks you for obeying these rules.

The PTA is selling school supply packets. The cost is $8.25 for kindergarten, $7.50 for first grade and $7 for second grade. To buy packets or extra supplies, contact the office.

The third annual back-to-school barbecue will be Sept. 9 from noon to 2 p.m. The cost will be $2 per person and includes one hot dog, chips, one pop and dessert. Additional servings can be purchased.

Remember to join the PTA this year; it has many benefits. Fill out a membership form today and become active in the PTA. The fall fund-raiser will start soon. Check your child's Friday folder for more information.

The Sears Site Council has a vacancy. It is a school-based decision-making council that tackles issues that affect Sears and students. Contact Amy Bowen at 283-8413.

If you have a question on Sears, check the Web site at or e-mail the Sears PTA at

Kenai Central High School

School got off to a great start with a back-to-school assembly and class meetings.

School picture day is today. All students need to have their photo taken for a school ID card. Picture packets also are available and must be paid for at the time the picture is taken. Senior yearbook portraits are due to Mr. Larson by Oct. 20.

Auditions for "Anne of Green Gables," the KCHS fall Drama Club production, will be Sept. 6 and 7 in the KCHS auditorium from 3 to 5 p.m. This heartwarming family play is appropriate for all ages and needs many cast and crew members. All KCHS students are encouraged to try out. For more information, call Shona DeVolld at KCHS.

Homecoming week is Sept. 18 to 23: Be on the lookout for more information.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

Homecoming week is Tuesday through Sept. 9. The homecoming dance will be Sept. 9 from 8 p.m. to midnight.

School pictures will be taken Sept. 8.

Ninilchik School

Ninilchik School staff and students would like to welcome the new junior and senior high school teacher, Moriah Wolf, and school nurses Betty Miller and Pam Howard. The school nurses will be at the school Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Skyview High School

A big welcome to the new faces at Skyview: Renee Merkes, math teacher; Pat Blacklock, special services teacher, Michelle Smith, pool aide; Jim Bennett, Quest coordinator; and, returning after a short leave of absence, Mim McKay, choir teacher, and Allan Miller, assistant principal (former Russian teacher and coach).

All Skyview students who drive must have a parking sticker this year. Stickers are free at the front counter. Students will need stickers for each vehicle they drive to school, and they must be posted and visible.

This year, all Skyview students have received a planner which contains the student handbook rules and other usable information. Parents should encourage students to use this planner to get organized and record homework in them with the goal of being successful high school students.

The first PTSA executive board meeting of the year will be Sept. 13 at 7 p.m.

Skyview's open house is set for Sept. 12 from 7 to 9 p.m. All parents should attend and meet their student's teachers.

All Skyview news is on the Web, and you can access it by this new short cut: or contact John Andrews, director of athletics and activities, at 260-2315.

Soldotna High School

Soldotna High School got off to a great start with an opening day assembly that included SoHi's version of "Who Wants to be a Millionaire." The new assistant principal, Sean Dusek, was one of the contestants. Mr. Dusek learned from his "Millionaire" experience that he has to be very quick to outthink SoHi students. Welcome to SoHi, Mr. Dusek.

Tryouts for the Star Sensation Dance team will be Thursday and Friday in the Green room from 2:30 to 5 p.m. each day. Prospective team members must attend the entire session each day. See Mrs. Kiel for more information and the tryout package.

The swimming and volleyball teams will have team and individual pictures taken after school Friday. Individual student school pictures will be taken Sept. 6. Be sure and return the order packet with a check to assure prompt and accurate delivery of pictures.

Open house will be Sept. 7 at 6:45 p.m. All SoHi parents are encouraged to attend.

Cook Inlet Academy

Students and teachers remained active all summer. Junior Justin Franchino joined 30 other young people nationwide in Operation Barnabas, an inner city ministry. Preschool teacher Miss Becky organized elementary students on bicycles to ride in the Soldotna Progress Days parade under the CIA banner. They won first in the bike division. Their blue ribbon hangs in the office window. Secondary teacher Gary Leiter held outdoor education classes for teens.

The first monthly Parent-Teacher Fellowship was Aug. 21. Board member Chuck Kopp spoke on the value of rooting God's word in children's hearts. Parents show kids what is important by where they focus time, interest and money.

Bleacher capacity is up to 500 seats, due to creative carpentry by Roy McNutt.

Administrator Charles Crapuchettes encouraged parents to be strong, demonstrating, rather than merely talking about, what is right. Teachers and parents must cooperate transferring self-control and discipline to young people by allowing challenges to build character.

The second week of school Parents in Prayer will begin weekly meetings Thursdays at 8:30 a.m., moderated by Trish Kopp and Robin Forsi.

High school students and parents will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday with Miss Tatiana, career and college counselor. Librarian Cheryl Beeson plans to introduce library skills classes this year.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

Welcome back to school. Teachers and students are getting to know each other. The students have made self-portrait paper dolls, dictated a brief summary about themselves, and each class has painted a cardboard playhouse.

A parent orientation and information meeting will be Sept. 7 at 7 p.m. The meeting is a time to explain some of the events that occur during the school year and for parents to ask questions.

Some units the students will study this year are apples, Noah, space and dinosaurs. Field trips are scheduled for each month.

Space is available in the 3-year-old class that meets Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For information, contact Chris at 262-1284.

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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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