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Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2000

State seeks comments on exit exam scores

The State Board of Education and Early Development will meet Friday and Saturday in Anchorage and is soliciting public comment on issues including:

The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam passing scores;


The definition of correspondence study; and

Regulations regarding exceptional children.

The public comment period is Friday, beginning at 10 a.m. You can comment via your Legislative Information Office or at the meeting at 4600 DeBarr Road.

For more information, call Jesse Kiehl at (907) 465-2801.

School board meets Monday

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's Board of Education meets Monday at 7:30 p.m. in the Borough Building in Soldotna. All school board meetings are open to the public.

Agendas are available at the meeting or at the district's Web site at

Students invited to enter poster contest

Frontier Community Services in Soldotna is sponsoring a poster contest to raise public awareness of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, the 100-percent preventable birth defect that devastates many lives in Alaska.

The contest is open to 10 to 17 year olds. A $100 U.S. Savings Bond is the top prize. Second wins $75 and third $50. The entry deadline is Sept. 15.

For an entry form and contest rules, call Renie or Cindie at 262-3144.

Bookworms invited to reading contest

The annual Battle of the Books has announced its list of books for the 2000-01 school year. The contest, sponsored by the statewide association of school librarians, challenges students in any grade and any school or home school to thoroughly read quality books for young people. Tournaments will be held in the spring.

This year's books are:


"Down by the River," by Sara Donkersloot

"Gingerbread Boy," by Paul Galdone

"Jesse Bear, What Will You Wear?" by Lois Ehlert

"Just Another Ordinary Day," by Ron Clement

"No, David," by David Shannon

First grade

"Blueberry Shoe," by Ann Dixon

"Chicken Sunday," by Patricia Polacco

"Henry and Mudge in the Sparkle Days," by Cynthia Rylant

"Lyle, Lyle, Crocodile," by Bernard Weber

"Strega Nona," by Tome De Paola

Second grade

"Arctic Son," by Jean George

"Bringing the Rain to Kapiti Plain," by Verna Aardema

"Golly Sisters Ride Again," by Betsy Byars

"Library," by Sarah Stewart

"Nate the Great and the Missing Key," by Marjorie Sharmat

Grades three and four

"Caribou Journey," by Debbie Miller

"Fudge-a-Mania," by Judy Blume

"Go Fish," by Mary Stoltz

"Hello, Mrs. PiggleWiggle," by Mary MacDonald

"How to Eat Fried Worms," by Thomas Rockwell

"King's Equal," by Katherine Paterson

"Meet Josefina," by Valeria Tripp

"Polar Bears Past Bedtime," by Mary Pope Osborne

"Ramona Forever," by Beverly Cleary

"Seven Kisses in a Row," by Patricia MacLachlan

"Seven Treasure Hunts," by Betsy Byars

"Show and Tell War," by Janice Lee Smith

"Summer Reading is Killing Me," by Jon Scieszka

"Teammates," by Peter Golenbock

"Trouble with Tuck," by Theodore Taylor

Grades five and six

"BFG," by Roald Dahl

"Bridge to Terabithia," by Katherine Paterson

"Chicken Doesn't Skate," by Gordon Korman

"Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone," by J.K. Rowling

"Joey Pigza Swallowed the Key," by Jack Gantos

"Knots in my Yo Yo String," by Jerry Spinelli

"Number the Stars," by Lois Lowry

"Poppy and Rye," by Avi

"Running Out of Time," by Margaret Haddix

"Saving Shiloh," by Phyllis Naylor

"Stone Fox," by John Gardiner

"Wait Till Helen Comes," by Mary Downing Hahn

"Wheel on the School," by Meindert DeJong

"Winter Camp," by Hill Kirkpatrick

"Yolanda's Genius," by Carol Fenner

Grades seven and eight

"Banner in the Sky," by James Ullman

"Beyond the Western Sea," by Avi

"Danny and the Champion of the World," by Roald Dahl

"Dealing with Dragons," by Patricia Wrede

"Devil's Arithmetic," by Jane Yolen

"Distant Enemy," by Deb Vanasse

"Holes," by Louis Sacher

"Marlfox," by Brian Jacques

"Red Scarf Girl," by Ji-Li Jiang

"Sang Spell," by Phyllis Naylor

"Schernoff Discoveries," by Gary Paulsen

"Ship Who Sang," by Anne McCaffrey

High School

"Danger Zone," by David Klass

"The Firm," by John Grisham

"The Hobbit," by J.R.R. Tolkien

"The Perfect Storm," by Sebastian Junger

"Rules of the Road," by Joan Bauer

"Sackett's Land," by Louis L'Amour

"Speaker for the Dead," by Orson Scott Card

"Stotan," by Chris Crutcher

"They Shoot Canoes, Don't They?" by Patrick McManus

"Tisha," by Robert Specht

"Thief of Always," by Clive Barker

"To Kill a Mockingbird," by Harper Lee

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