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School News

Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2000

Mountain View Elementary

The Mountain View Elementary PTA is conducting its annual membership drive. Forms were sent home and additional forms are at the office. Consider becoming a PTA volunteer -- you are needed.

Remember, the school still is collecting Campbell's Soup labels and Box Tops for Education.

Students in Mrs. Keating's fifth grade are busy electing members of the job selection committee, who will interview and select students best qualified for class jobs. Students are deciding on team names and cheers. Each student designed a puzzle piece that fits into a class jigsaw puzzle. In addition, they have been making Venn diagrams to illustrate their pets and siblings.

Nikiski Elementary

Open house Thursday night was a great success. Thank you to all the families for stopping by to meet the teachers, meet the new principal and enjoy the ice cream social.

Students are now selling Innisbrook gift wrap and candies. This is a fund-raising event. The money earned will purchase new books for the library. Students have the opportunity to win prizes for selling. Friends and family can order Innisbrook products from the school on the Internet at www.innisbrook.com. The school code is No. 103236. If you are interested in seeing a catalog, stop by the school office or call 776-8533. The due date for returning the packets is Sept. 15.

Redoubt Elementary

It was great to see returning and new students and their families at the open house.

Redoubt offers ice cream treats for sale to students each Friday for 75 cents. This fund-raiser lets the school give students a free ice cream treat on their birthday and other special occasions. Proceeds also support the Redoubt Elementary Scholarship Fund.

Red Kool-Aid and other red beverages will stain carpet permanently. If you bring beverages for school parties, do not bring red.

Redoubt has an intramural program throughout the year for grades four through six. This year soccer began Tuesday. The first games will be Monday. Students have complete information and parent permission slips. Students must have a form on file with Mr. Withrow to participate.

Redoubt will be hiring two noon duty supervisors-teacher aides. They will assist with lunch and recess duty. The pay is $11.16 per hour. If you are interested, apply through the KPBSD Human Resources office.

Sears Elementary

The back-to-school barbecue will be Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. This is a great chance to meet other Sears families. Cost is $2 per person. Sears open house and annual ice-cream social will be Sept. 19.

The PTA fall fund-raiser will kick off next week. Information will come home in your child's folder.

New faces: Kelli Stroh has joined Sears after six years teaching for Sterling Elementary. Mrs. Stroh is married and has two children; she has lived in Alaska most of her life. She will be job sharing with Mrs. Shelden.

Lora Moiles comes from Mountain View; she is married and has three children. She is the part-time attendance secretary.

Sears has two student teachers: Susan Rorrison was born and raised in Alaska. Although being a mom keeps her busy, she managed to return to school and fulfill her dream of being a teacher. She is with Mrs. Atkinson in kindergarten. Al Garcia, after raising his own children, decided he loved being around children so much that he went back to school to become a teacher. He is working with Mrs. Green.

Soldotna Elementary

The Soldotna Elementary Site-Based Improve-ment Council will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday in the school library. All are welcome and encouraged to come.

A workshop for parents interested in helping their children succeed in school will be at 7 p.m. Monday in the Soldotna Elementary library. Through humor and real life scenarios, Simone Vilandre will help parents see themselves and how they deal with homework in the home. "Setting the Stage for School Success" is a workshop that will give you specific guidelines for how to establish a home environment to help children succeed in school. More than 70,000 parents have benefited from Vilandre's approach to dealing with homework problems. Registration is required. To reserve a spot, call 262-4919.

Principal Carolyn Cannava and reading teacher Janet Boyce met with senior citizens at the Soldotna Senior Center to promote this year's Foster Grandparent Program. Soldotna Elementary needs seniors age 60 and older interested in working one-on-one with a student at the school on reading. A stipend and travel funds are provided; both students and seniors benefit from this partnership. For more information, call Janet Boyce at 262-4919.

Sterling Elementary

Bus evacuation drills were scheduled for this morning before school began. The Sterling Falcons wants to thank the school bus drivers from Laidlaw for their professionalism and care for the children. The bus drivers are the first and last school personnel children see each day. Their support and care set the tone for the entire school day.

Cub Scouts meet today at 7 p.m. for boys in grades two through six. For information, contact Brandy Nelson at 260-3117.

The PTA organizational meeting is Thursday. Come see how you can give a little bit of your time (one hour per month) to help make your child's school experience more wonderful. PTA will give away a new 10-speed bike from a raffle drawing of all new members' names. The drawing will be at the open house Sept. 14.

Monday, the U.S. Air Force Concert Band will give students a concert at 2:30 p.m. It is open to the public.

A student assembly Sept. 13 will kick off the QSP magazine drive fund raiser.

There will be a community open house Sept. 14.

The school extends a special thanks to Leon Merkes for donation of topsoil to the school sign out front.

Kenai Middle School

Parents are invited to attend an open house at KMS from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday. Teachers will be available to meet parents during that time. The PTA will meet from 6 to 6:30 p.m.

School pictures are scheduled for Sept. 14. A packet with picture prices and two different types of student insurance information went home with each student last week.

The sixth grade will have a car wash on Saturday to help raise funds for camp.

The first KMS activity night will be Sept. 15 from 6 to 8. All students are invited.

Eighth-grade student David Brown is a semi-finalist in the North American Poetry Contest. Congratulations to David, whose work soon will be published.

Welcome to new staff at Kenai Middle: Mr. Fred Blacklock and Ms. April Kaufman teach sixth grade; Mr. Clayton Holland teaches special education; and Ms. Lori Manion is the new assistant principal.

Soldotna Middle School

Pictures, by Life Touch Photography, will be taken at Soldotna Middle School on Thursday. Send your child to school with the package you want and the payment. Photos of students will not be printed without payment.

Save our subscriptions. The magazine drive is coming. The magazine subscription fund-raiser that raises money for programs and activities for the students will begin Sept. 15. Tell your friends and relatives they can help out your students by renewing or ordering a new magazine subscription.

Connections

Connections is the home school program of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. The office is open from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information, call 262-6315.

Connections has grown over the summer and added new teacher advisers. Cathy Brothen and Tanya Boedeker are back. The new intermediate 4-6 teacher adviser is Bill Rolph, with 20-plus years of experience in elementary grades, Quest, technology, math and library. Goodbye to Joe Miller, who is now with another district, and welcome to the new high school adviser Rob DeMeulemeester, with expertise in high school, special services and technology. Rob is putting together online programs for students: Introduction to Computer Certification and Programming Languages.

Computers have arrived and are available for pick up. If you have not picked one up yet, call Liz or Dan at the office to schedule a time.

A free workshop Sept. 14 on planning and time management of lessons will help parents develop learning plans for students in grades kindergarten through eighth. For information, contact Bill Rolph at 262-6315.

Online classes will begin Monday, and students who have signed up will be contacted by their teachers. If you have not heard from the teacher by Thursday, call the office at 262-6315.

Homer High School

Parents are invited to Homer High School on Thursday at 7 p.m. for a back to school night. Come and follow your student's schedule.

Kenai Central High School

School pictures were taken Aug. 30. If your student was absent, he or she needs to have a picture taken on the make-up day, Sept. 27. All students need to have photos taken for a school ID card and the yearbook. Picture packets 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 today and Thursday in the auditorium from 3 to 5 p.m. Many cast and crew members are needed. All KCHS students are encouraged to try out. For more information, call Mrs. DeVolld at KCHS.

Homecoming week is Sept. 18 to 23. Classes will meet Thursday to discuss themes and decorating ideas. Catch the spirit of homecoming and come get involved.

Back-to-school night for parents will be Tuesday at 6:30. Parents are encouraged to attend their student's classes. Come meet the teachers and find out more about your student's classes.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

Homecoming is this week with many events and activities. The bonfire will be Thursday evening from 6 to 8 at the head of the running trails. The homecoming game will be Friday starting at 5:30 p.m. The dance will be Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Tuesday, an Air Force band, The Great Landers Show Band, will be at Nikiski High showing off its talent.

The yearbook deadline for senior pictures will be Oct. 1. Seniors will be expected to have their baby pictures and quotes ready at this time, also.

Cross country at ACS will be Friday. Volleyball vs. Kenai will start at 7 p.m. On Saturday, there will be cross country at Palmer, followed by middle school cross country at Skyview. Middle school soccer also will be Saturday vs. Soldotna. A volleyball game against Skyview will start noon Tuesday.

Last but not least, there will be a logo contest for art. There is no limit on entries. There must be four colors on the art piece (no limit on media: ink, pencil, computer). For more information on either contest, see the art teacher, Mrs. Sanders.

Seward Middle-Senior High School

The Hawkwalk will be Oct. 9. Students should get pledge sheets in the office and start collecting pledges early. Awards will be on display soon.

Earn college and high school credit: College courses in English A111 (Methods of Written Communication) and Psychology A111 (General Psychology) are available. Courses are this week in the evenings. See Mr. Osborne if interested and for the registration forms.

Skyview High School

Elections for freshman class offices will occur today during seventh period.

Next week is homecoming week 2000 at Skyview. Exciting events planned include: locker decoration, lunchtime activities, face painting and car decorating contest. The Powderpuff championship will be Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. followed by the pep rally and bonfire. On Sept. 15, Skyview junior varsity will play Homer and the varsity football team will host Ketchikan. The homecoming dance will be Sept. 16. Everyone is encouraged to dress according to the days as specified: Monday is pajama day; Tuesday is duct tape clothing; Sept. 13 is camouflage day; Sept. 14 is Hawaiian day and Sept. 15 is purple, black and white day.

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

Skyview's open house will be Tuesday from 7 to 9 p.m. The school encourages parents to attend this event and meet your student's teachers.

The Skyview pool offers lap swim Monday through Friday from 6 to 7:30 a.m. and from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

All Skyview news is on the Web at www.i.am/svhs or contact John Andrews, director of athletics and activities, at 260-2315.

Soldotna High School

School pictures are today. Student ID cards are scheduled for distribution beginning Thursday.

Soldotna High School will host the fall open house Thursday. Parents are asked to pick up their child's schedule in the commons between 6:45 and 7 p.m. At 7 p.m., there will be a short meeting and student performances in the auditorium. Class meetings and a simulated class day will follow. The evening concludes at 8:45 p.m. with cookies and coffee in the commons. SoHi spirit clothing will be on sale. Parents are encouraged to attend.

Homecoming week begins Monday. Class competitions will take place at break and during lunch each day. Hall decorating will be Sept. 14 from 3 to 9 p.m. The annual bonfire will be at 9 p.m. Sept. 15, and the homecoming dance will be Sept. 16, following the football game and presentation of royalty.

Students and parents are reminded they can find homework assignments for all classes on the SoHi homework hot line at www.kpbsd.k12. ak.us/sohi. The SoHi activities calendar and additional information are available at the same address. For more information about activities, call activities director Sharon Moock at 260-7024 or check the Web at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/sohi.

Cook Inlet Academy

The high school will get away for Spiritual Emphasis Week Thursday through Sunday. This annual event helps the teens get to know each other and focus on deeper issues through Bible studies, outdoor activities, prayer and group discussions. This gives students a chance to deepen friendships in a setting away from school. These retreats have been tremendously successful in uniting the student body and starting the school year out on a positive note.

Leading the school in student council this year are president Eric Minelga, vice president Stephen Staton, secretary Cameron O'Connell, treasurer Justin Franchino and activities chair Shannon Powers.

Preschool families are invited to a get-acquainted potluck Sept. 17.

The computer classes learn the basics of Clarisworks with Gary Leiter. Senior high language class will analyze Bush vs. Gore, and junior high language will emphasize novels with Mrs. White. Don Shields plans a four-part student enrichment program for the junior high, last period of each day, covering study skills, keyboarding, outdoor cold weather safety and survival and missions outreach with Spanish lessons.

The school motto is: Educating for Eternity. The journey begins by recognizing the truth in the school verse: "In Christ Jesus lie hidden all treasures of wisdom and knowledge." Col. 2:3

Wings Christian Academy

Friday is the first walk-a-thon. The money that is raised for this event will go to finish the school's playground equipment. The students will walk 15 miles. Parents, don't forget to bring snacks.

Basketball season is starting for the junior high girls. Practice starts Sept. 25.

During the past two weeks, the kindergartners have learned all their vowels, by singing the letter sounds A, E, I, O, U to the tune of "Old McDonald." This week they will have art and make an octopus.

Student council elections will be Friday as well as yearbook staff elections. The students nominated are required to have a speech prepared Tuesday.

The first 100 percent made on a test of the new school year was by Julianne Pettey. Kelsey Jose was the first student in the lower learning center to get 100 percent.

Office of the week goes to Joel Consiel of the lower learning center and Marcia Dutton of the upper learning center.

Save those Campbell's Soup labels and box tops. Upcoming promotions will be announced soon.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool

The preschool welcomes the preschoolers.

This week is all about seeing old friends and meeting new ones. Students will make "me" masks and share them at circle time. Maybe a mask will make it a little easier to introduce ourselves. They also will make and decorate bean bags and play a game with them.

This is going to be a year filled with fun, discovery and learning. Miss Tracie and Miss Ann are eager to get going.

Kenaitze Cuya

Qyut'anen Head Start

Welcome back preschoolers and families to Kenaitze Indian Tribe's Cuya Qyuat'anen Head Start program.

The center hosted a two-day "enrollment cruise" last week. Forty children were screened for vision, hearing, height and weight and met with representatives from the Kenai Public Health Center, WIC, Denali Kid Care, Parent Support and Behavior Intervention. Head Start staff appreciates the community help.

The center received a $15,000 state health and safety grant to upgrade the playground. Salamatof Tribal Council has donated funds for weekly field trips to the Nikiski pool and the Kenai Recreation Center. The Kenaitze Tribe finished upgrading the kitchen.

Miss Teresa's Little Bears and Miss Felicia's Little Moose classes are anticipating a great year. Both classes will visit the tribe's educational fishing net site and go berry picking this month.

The themes for September are the five senses and fish. The children will learn about circles, the color red, numbers 1 and 2, and letters B, H and N.

The Family Partnership Department will complete four home visits with each family, providing support by referring to community services and agencies which might provide appropriate assistance. It will work with parents to develop family goals such as budgeting and obtaining financing for housing or college.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

The first week of school the students all made new friends, and everyone is learning the routine.

This week's unit is on color. The 3- and 4-year-olds will graph their favorite colors, mix primary colors to make secondary colors and match objects to color circles.

In the 4- and 5-year-old class, the students will study the story of Joseph and his coat of many colors. They will make their own coats with fabrics. They also will make a rainbow mosaic with colored paper. The class will continue working on its "All About Me" books.

For more information, contact Chris at 262-1284.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool is now enrolling for the 2000-01 school year. School begins today.

Open house is this evening from 5 to 7, and Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Come meet the teacher, some of the parents, board of directors and some of the children. There will be refreshments and an opportunity to look at the facility.

SCP is located in the Christ Lutheran Church on the corner of the Kenai Spur Highway and Soldotna Lane, next to Foto Quick.

For more information, call 262-1298 or 262-4102.

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