Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2006

School board meets Monday

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. Monday 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


The school is enrolling students for the 2006-07 school year. Call 714-8880 to schedule an appointment to enroll or drop by the office for more information.

DIBELS/CBM assessments for grades kindergarten through third grade continues through Sept. 15. Call the office to schedule an appointment.

Doug Hogue will be in the Nikiski office from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. Parents may schedule an appointment for DIBELS/CBM testing by calling the Soldotna office at 714-8880.

The school welcomes elementary adviser Gabe Evins. Natalie Kant has moved to the secondary building and will join Bob VanDerWege as a high school adviser.

The September Book Club flyers from Scholastic are available in the office or parents can order online. Orders must be paid and placed by Sept. 10. For Web site and password information or for questions, call Tanya at 714-8880.

The Kenai Recreation Center will offer home school gym time from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays. The fee is $1 per child. Call 283-3844 for more information.

For more news, information and contests at the school visit

Grace Lutheran

Mrs. Schmidt’s kindergarten class and Ms. Hering’s first- through fourth-grade class are going on a field trip to the Soldotna Homestead Museum on Friday. Alaska’s history is the focus in the social studies courses this year. The museum trip will offer the students an opportunity to see what life was like for some Alaskans in the past.

The seventh- and eighth-graders are focusing their attention in social studies to the first Americans. Students began studying the Native Americans and are now moving on to the First Europeans.

In religion class the lower grades are studying the New Testament stories about the announcement of Jesus’ birth and how people throughout the land prepared for his coming. The upper grade students are studying the book of Acts and are currently studying how the first Christian church grew.

The fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders are studying science this semester. Currently they are studying the Earth’s surface of plates and the interior mantle and crust. They also are looking at renewable and nonrenewable resources.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The school’s theme for the year is “Dive Right In.” The theme will be reflected through the hallways with artwork, including stained-glass fish that Mrs. Worsfold’s fourth-graders made for the office and front hall.

There is no school today for kindergarten as DIBELS testing continues. Kindergartners have been getting used to full days of school and going to lunch, music, gym and the library.

The first grade is holding a fundraising raffle for activities. Prizes include a gift certificate to Sweeney’s See Mrs. Sweeney and Mrs. Felchle to purchase a $2.00 ticket.

Dates to remember:

· Today — Band will meet today. Interested students can register with Mr. Houglum;

· Friday — School pictures; Mochas for moms at 8:30 a.m. in the teacher’s lounge, an informal get together for moms, relatives or guardians to review grade level expectations and ask questions

· Saturday — Doughnuts for dads at 9 a.m. in the teacher’s lounge, an informal get together for dads, relatives or guardians to review grade level expectations and ask questions;

· Tuesday — The PTA will meet at 2:45 p.m. in the teacher’s lounge;

· Sept. 13 — Bingo for Books will be held at 6:30 p.m.; and

· Sept. 29 — Picture retakes.

For more information about the PTA, call Donna Burcham at 262-2516.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Registration forms were sent home last Friday. Parents are asked to verify or correct information on the form and return it by Friday.

If your child is absent, parents are asked to call the school at 283-0804 by 10 a.m.

To make a change in your child’s after school pick-up plan, parents are asked to call the Kaleidoscope Korner at 714-8925 by 2:30 p.m.

Lunch is served at 11:45 a.m. with recess following at 12:15 p.m. Lunch costs $2.50; checks should be written to Student Nutrition Services, or SNS.

Other checks to the school for field trips, project fees, etc., should be written to Kaleidoscope, or KSAS.

The APC will meet at 4 p.m. Monday at the Kaleidoscope Korner. Parents are welcome to attend.

Parent volunteer training will be held Sept. 15.

School pictures at the Sears location will be held Sept. 19, and at the Kaleidoscope Korner on Sept. 21. Retakes for all students will be held Oct. 10.

Mrs. Lafferty’s class is learning the science skills of observation and recording by studying the meal worm. Students built houses and tunnels for their meal worms, and saw what foods they preferred to eat. They also are learning and reviewing letter sounds, writing, and practicing the proper pencil grip and formation of letters and numbers.

The Boersma Bunch was introduced to everyday math, and worked on reading, writing and math assessments. In science they investigated meal worms. They practiced movement using music through creative dance.

Students at Kaleidoscope Korner learned about patterns, shapes and lines during art. They created and tested science experiments for their meal worms. The students are learning about non-fiction text and began guided reading groups.

Kenai Central

School pictures were taken Aug. 31. Picture make-up day is Sept. 21 in the Green Room. All students need to have their photo taken for a school ID card and a yearbook picture. Picture packets are available in the office. Senior yearbook portraits are due to Mrs. Brighton by Oct. 1.

Homecoming Week is Monday through Sept. 16. Parents or community members wanting to volunteer to help with homecoming may call Jim Beeson at 283-7524.

The site council will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the faculty room. For more information, an agenda, or to serve on the council, call Alan Fields at 283-7524.

Back to School Night for parents is Tuesday. Parents are asked to plan on attending and to meet your student’s teachers.

Activity cards are on sale for $20. Admission to all athletic events (excluding region or state tournaments) at KCHS, Skyview, Soldotna, Seward, Homer, and Nikiski high schools is free with the card. See Mrs. Gabriel in the office to purchase one.

Football, volleyball, cross country and swimming are in full swing. Parents are encouraged to come and help support the youth in any or all of these activities. For access to schedules for all activities at KCHS visit

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — C, JV and varsity volleyball vs. Skyview at 3 p.m.;

· Friday — JV, varsity volleyball at Houston at 3 p.m.; cross country running at ACS; and divers at Homer at 4 p.m.; and

· Saturday — C, JV, varsity volleyball at Wasilla at 10 a.m.; cross country running at Dimond; swimming at Homer at 10 a.m.; and JV, varsity football vs. Kodiak at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Kenai Middle

The annual barbecue and open house will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

Edline activation codes are available at the office. Edline is a district program that helps students, staff, and parents keep in touch and up to date with all homework, activities and school related information. Call 283-4896 for more information.

The first activity night and dance will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 15. Cost is $3. Call the school to chaperone.

Congratulations to the following student for being selected as a Character Counts Student last week: Natalya Oskolkoff. She received pizza for lunch.

Tardy policy for detention: First three tardies, one hour detention and parents contacted by student during study hall; fourth tardy, one hour detention and parents contacted by student during study hall; fifth tardy, two hour Saturday school and parents contacted by administration; and additional intervention such as parent meeting, out-of-school suspension as deemed appropriate by administration. If a parent relates that they will not be able to arrange transportation, teacher will refer parent to the administration.

Dates to remember:

· Friday — Cross country running at 3:30 p.m. at the school; and soccer at 3 p.m. at the school;

· Tuesday — Soccer at Soldotna Middle School at 3 p.m.;

· Sept. 14 — Soccer at Nikiski Middle School at 3 p.m.; and

· Sept. 15 — Cross country running at 3 p.m.; and Activity Night and leadership 6 to 8 p.m.

Mountain View Elementary

Parent meetings will be held Tuesday. The schedule is as follows: Third grade at 5 p.m.; fourth grade at 5:30 p.m.; fifth grade at 6 p.m.; and band at 6:30 p.m.

School pictures will be taken Sept. 13.

Mrs. Gustkey’s and Ms. Wannamaker’s third-grade classes will go to the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center on Sept. 9.

The fourth-grade students in Mr. Knudsen’s and Mr. and Mrs. Wensley’s classrooms will travel to Homer on Sept. 13. The morning activities will include a study of seabird adaptations with the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge staff, and marine invertebrates during a crab lab activity with the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve staff. The afternoon sessions will have the students learning about life in an estuary and marine debris. Students also will participate in a guided treasure hunt centered on the exhibits in the Ocean Islands Visitors Center and see the movie “Journey of the Taglax.”

Nikiski Middle-High

Linda Ralston is this year’s first recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Teaching Excellence. She teaches high school math. She is being recognized for being a tireless advocate for students both in and out of the classroom, for giving extra help to students with homework and in preparing for the HSGQE and for heading up the school’s Key Club recognizing academic excellence and Students of the Month.

The art department would like to recognize Teagun Coreson and Christopher Richter for going above and beyond of their own accord to help out after they were done with their projects.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — School pictures; and 3 p.m. middle school soccer against Soldotna Middle School; and

· Tuesday — The site council will meet at 4 p.m. in the library.

READS Primary

Prekindergarten students have begun learning the 26 alphabet sounds and writing first names. Kindergarten students are reviewing Action Reading and developing better handwriting skills.

First-grade students are learning about sentences and non-sentences and have begun taking home reading books.

School safety and school rules have been the focus of group discussions.

The school welcomes music teacher Tammy Vollum-Matturro. She will begin teaching today.

The first physical education class at the Kenai Recreation Center will be held Friday. Parents are reminded to drop students off at the center by 7:55 a.m.

There is space available in the afternoon prekindergarten class for students ages 3, 4, and 5. Call 283-2848 for more information.

Redoubt Elementary

The school’s QSP fundraiser begins Thursday. Students will sell wrapping paper, candy and gifts through Sept. 19. Complete information will be sent home this week. Students are reminded to sell only to people they know.

Class fees do not have to be paid all at once. Parents are encouraged to make payments that fit their budget, making payments over the entire school year if needed. Class fees are used to enhance students’ education and parent support is greatly appreciated.

Fifth-grade band parent night will be held from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the portable. Parents of fifth graders interested in band are asked to attend.

The PTA will meet meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday. Childcare will be available and refreshments will be provided.

The site council will meet at 3:45 p.m. Sept. 13 in the conference room. Meetings are open to the public.

School pictures will be taken Sept. 13. Students purchasing photos should bring their order envelope and money to school on picture day. Siblings and other community members will be photographed between 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.

Donations and volunteers are needed to begin the breakfast program in mid-September. Interested parties can contact Marj Wiley at 262-9586.

Pictures retakes are scheduled for Oct. 4.

Sears Elementary

The school welcomes new staff members: second-grade teacher Mrs. Miller; first-grade teacher Mrs. Davidson; and librarian Sherri Legg.

The school, in conjunction with the Kenaitze Indian Tribe, will work together to create a nature trail located behind the school. Mike Bernard of the Kenaitze Indian Tribe will be the coordinator for the agency. Ms. Fischer is the coordinator for the school. If you are interesting in helping with the project, call 283-4826.

The school’s theme is “Community.”

Parents interested in being on the PTA and site council boards should call Mr. Cook at the school.

The second graders are studying communities. They will be going on a study trip to the K’Beq Cultural Center near Cooper Landing on Sept. 15.

Ms. Ralston’s and Mrs. Davidson’s first graders are studying water. They are learning the scientific processes. The students have been discovering what type of things are buoyant and which things are not. The students also are studying authors: Dr. Seuss, Don Freeman and Kevin Henkes. In math, the students are studying patterns in their community.

Ms. Fischer’s and Mrs. Atkinson’s kindergarten classes are studying comparisons between how the students are different and similar.

Mrs. Anderson’s and Mrs. Thomas’ classes are learning about friendships. The students also are doing an author study about Kevin Henkes.

All students are learning about procedures and the lifelong guideline of “no put-downs.” Students are doing many different activities in their classroom to instill this guideline to be used not only at school but in the community.

School Pictures will be taken Sept. 19.

Open house will be held Sept. 21.

Skyview High

Welcome to new and returning students. This year Skyview will focus on engagement, achievement and recognition.

The year begins by focusing on the freshmen to help them make the transition from the junior high to the high school environment. Student council members made an effort to assist them by helping to find their classes and learn the ropes of being a high school student.

A peer mentoring program with older students matched up with freshmen is being developed. The goal is to have every freshman matched with an older student who can be a friend, share the lessons they learned as a freshman and hopefully reduce the stress that freshmen traditionally face.

Another project in the works is the development of an extensive clubs program. Currently the school is looking at having over 25 clubs. The staff encourages parents to have their students become involved in one of these them. Statistics show that students who are involved in school activities do better academically and are less likely to have discipline problems or drop out of school.

Soldotna High

The PTSA will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The site council will meets at 5 p.m. Monday.

The Stars kick off homecoming week on Monday.

Monday through Sept. 16 will be filled with break and lunch activities, ending with the annual bonfire from 7 to 9 p.m. Sept. 15, varsity football against Nikiski Sept. 16 and the homecoming dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Sept. 16. All dance guests must be signed up and approved in advance.

Sept. 15 classes will be on a regular assembly schedule.

The library is looking for parent volunteers willing to be here during the student lunchtime noon to 12:35 p.m. For more information, call LaDawn Druce or Jody Hibpshman at 260-7036.

The school will host the district-wide student government meeting Sept. 25.

Soldotna Elementary

Thank you to parents for attending the open house. Teachers were able to meet new students and parents as well as welcome returning ones.

The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the library. The PTA is seeking volunteers to help offer exciting activities for students and parents.

The site council met Tuesday.

Congratulations to Fun Buck winners Sabrina Kelly, Emily Werner, Alexandra Guthrie, Craig Lott, Sam Byerly, Tyler White, Destiny Leggett, Kassidy Oder, Marissa Mathews, Brittany Taylor, Paul Dailey and Hailey Yoder. They completed good deeds and made the school a better place.

Soldotna Montessori Charter

The school would like to welcome new teachers: Mrs. Carter, intermediate level; and Mrs. Atchely, primary level.

The school will host an all family potluck from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday at Agrium Park, on East Redoubt. Potluck sign-up sheets are posted in the hallway. Parents are asked sign up for something to share and bring it directly to the picnic.

Mrs. Carter’s students left today for their first field experience. The Leave No Trace field trip is underway at the Outdoor Education Center on Swanson River Road. The itinerary includes refuge activities and hikes, a campfire and theater performance. Parents are welcome to drive out and say hello this evening.

The annual park clean-up fundraiser is scheduled for Sept. 15. Pledge forms were sent home in last week’s Thursday folders. Drivers are needed. The primary classes will take a field trip to the beach at Captain Cook State Park on Sept. 22.

School pictures are Sept. 28.

Parents also are reminded of the changes in the board policy regarding student nutrition. Snacks or treats for school, including those for classroom celebrations, should be nutritious.

Parents are asked to bring a $10 donation for classroom water dispensers.

Tustumena Elementary

The school welcomes new staff members: Kelly Balise, sixth grade; Virginia Cuffe, special education aide; Rebekah Garlock, special education aide; Aaron Geiger, psychologist; Carolyn Hitzler, adaptive physical education district-wide; Rachel Sinclair, evening custodian; and Katherine Van Saun, speech.

Those wishing to conduct activities or programs at the school may stop in and complete the required paperwork well in advance of the dates requested for an event. Approval for facility use is addressed on a first come, first served basis.

There is an evening parent meeting scheduled at the school this evening for families with children interested in joining Boy Scouts. Steve Coen, who is the district director for BSA, dropped by the school and left information for interested students. Parents wishing to attend are asked to call the school for meeting time and location.

On the agenda for the Sept. 11 school board meeting is an item that focuses on one of the school’s staff members, Colleen Sinnott. Mrs. Sinnott is being recognized by the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District for her many years of outstanding service to children enrolled in her special services program. The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Borough Assembly Room and interested families may attend.

Wings Christian Academy

The school has some new activities including a Character Trait of the Month board, where students can anonymously write how they can express a character trait in their daily lives. This month’s trait is honesty.

Volleyball practices have begun.

The school will hold its sixth annual triathalon Sept. 18. The students will walk through town, then at Kenai Middle School they’ll meet up with their bikes and ride out to Beaver Creek Park. The proceeds of this event will go toward a new water system for the church and school.

The kindergartners have begun work on the alphabet and are learning their numbers.

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