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Posted: Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Montessori scholarships available

The Kenai Montessori School has scholarships available for students: the Albert S. Pugh Memorial Scholarship for one child between the ages of 3 and 5 to attend full-day preschool for one year tuition free; and the Albert B. Pugh Memorial scholarship for one child between the ages of 3 and 5 to attend half-day preschool for one year tuition free.

Applications are available at the school at 220 Main Street Loop, Suite B. For more information call, 283-0424 or visit

Developmental screenings slated

Childfind will hold infant and preschool developmental screenings Friday at Ninilchik School. Call (907) 567-3301 to make an appointment.

Mentors sought

Volunteers are needed for the Kenai Middle School Aspirations Advocates Program. Aspirations advocates serve as mentors for middle school students. They provide encouragement, support and friendship for students. Mentors must be willing and able to meet with students during school for about one hour a week. They also must attend an evening

training session once each month.

An informational meeting will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 15 in the Kenai Middle School library.

Community members interested in serving as a mentor should call Mark Manuel at the Kenai Middle School at 283-4896.


There still is time to enroll students. Call 714-8880 to schedule an appointment or drop by the office.

High school parents are reminded that noon Friday is eligibility check for students playing sports. Send grades to the adviser at the office.

DIBELS CMB testing for students in kindergarten through third grade ends Sept. 16. Call Doug or Natalie to schedule an appointment.

The school would like to congratulate Joshua Johnson, Joyce Moldenhauer, Caleb Murray, Bruce Garoutte, Rusty Cadle, Jaycee McGee, Hope Steffensen, Sheri Perkins, and Annie Schwartz for winning prizes at the open house Aug. 30.

Swim lessons begin today for those students who have registered.

School pictures are coming up. Homer pictures will be Sept. 22 at Paul Banks Elementary from 2 to 3:30 p.m.; Seward pictures will be Sept. 27 at Seward High School, time to be announced; and central peninsula student pictures will be Oct. 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. at Magic Moments Studio in Soldotna.

Beehive tours are back. Classes begin Monday. Call 262-7852 for more information.

Cook Inlet Academy

There are a number of volunteer opportunities for parents to get involved including concessions coordinator for sporting events, jog-a-thon refreshment coordinator and fall banquet helpers. Call the office for more information.

Mrs. Minelga's German classes are studying geography and history and memorizing Bible verses to be recited at chapel day. High school students are mastering introductions and sixth-graders are learning how to request various classroom items.

Ninth- through 12-grade boys are encouraged to participate in the new wrestling program beginning Sept. 19. Anyone interested in wrestling, coaching or managing the team should call Chuck Kopp at 283-7103.

The girls volleyball team has an organizational meeting Tuesday and practices begin Sept. 19.

Congratulations to Holly Kopp for her first place finish in the girls junior varsity race at the Skyview cross country meet. The next senior high meets are at Anchorage Christian Schools on Friday and Dimond on Saturday. The junior high teams will compete at Nikiski on Friday.

Students of the Week are Claire Rowley, Kaitlan White, Cole Davidson, Kayla Moore, Owen Phillips, Caleb Lyons, Melia Miller, Janice Scritchfield, Cara Davidson, Emma Lyons, Kody Knowles and Emily Pugmire.

School pictures will be taken Sept. 28.

Visit the new calendar at for additional activities and dates.


The school is accepting enrollment for students in grades kindergarten through 12. Call 260-7555.

Summer fun activities wrapped up with a Beach Fun Day in Homer on Aug. 30.

The school is working with families on ILPs and curriculum orders.

On Friday there will be a back to school picnic at the Kenai Green Strip Park.

The school offers a selection of previously owned curriculum for families and a resource room with educational kits for check out. Also, microscopes can be checked out for up to six weeks at a time.

Parents are encouraged to call your student's teacher and to welcome teacher Jan Waldron and computer technician Michael Sevast.

September events include a roadside geology trip, Kachemak Bay cruise, parent in-service and AMERF parent workshop

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences

A mini-science camp was held Friday on the playground with five stations of water science experiments. Students built watersheds, studied boats, then built a boat and determined its water worthiness.

Math was integrated into a station by measuring and drawing life-size animals on pavement. These activities are part of the theme "A River Runs Through It."

Volunteer training will be held at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 14. It is required if parents want to volunteer at the school.

Parents are reminded to call the office between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. when their student is absent or if there will be a change in after-school plans.

Kenai Central High

School pictures were taken Aug. 31. Picture make-up day is Sept. 28 in the Green Room. Students need to have their photo taken for a school ID card and yearbook picture. Picture packets are available in the office.

Senior yearbook portraits are due to Mrs. Brighton. Deadline is expected to be around Oct. 1.

Homecoming Week is Sept. 19 through 24. Class meetings will be held Tuesday to discuss themes and decorating ideas. Parents or community members interested in volunteering with homecoming should call Jim Beeson at 283-7524.

The site council will meet at 5 p.m. Sept. 15 in the teacher's lounge. For more information or to join, call Alan Fields at 283-7524.

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

The fall activities of football, volleyball, cross country and swimming are in full swing. Parents are encouraged to come support the youth of the community in their activities.

For access to schedules for activities at the school, visit

Kenai Middle

Student wanting to present the pledge in the morning need to stop by the office to sign up.

Students are reminded that in order to keep the pop and cookie machines and school store available, all trash must be put in the garbage cans.

Congratulations to Thomas Briggs, Jackie Dickawitz and David Dormady for winning the CharacterCounts drawing. They received a McDonald's value meal for lunch last week.

The school's open house and barbecue will begin at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. This is for students, parents and siblings.

The annual sixth-grade car wash will be from from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Tickets are $5.

The school is collecting General Mills box tops. It holds a drawing every Friday and the winner receives a coupon to spend at the school store. The winners last week were Ryan Fusaro and Liberty Rohn.

Dates to remember:

Tuesday — Pictures at 8 a.m. and soccer at 3 p.m.;

Sept. 15 — Soccer at 3 p.m. at the school;

Sept. 16 — Cross country running at 3 p.m. at the school;

Sept. 22 — Soccer at 3 p.m. at the school;

Sept. 24 — Borough cross country running at 11 a.m. in Seward;

Sept. 27 — Soccer, first round of boroughs

Sept. 30 — Student of the Month lunch

Mountain View Elementary

School pictures will be taken Sept. 14. Preschool pictures will be from noon to 1 p.m.

The PTA's annual fall fund-raiser has begun. Students will sell items from QSP Reader's Digest Home and Gift Collection. Items range from wrapping paper to candy.

The school is seeking volunteer Title 1 committee members to provide input and direction for the Title 1 program. This is an opportunity to voice an opinion on the Title 1 plan and the continuing programs offered at the school. A one-year commitment is required.

Mr. Daniel's class spent the first week of school building a community of learners. The class established its own respecting rule and became familiar with the daily routines of its learning environment. The students also worked to create a safe, friendly and productive atmosphere. In addition, they worked as teams to create paper towers and solved rope tricks and puzzles Mr. Daniel presented. This week his class learned and used "the five steps to solving any word problem." They applied the scientific method in an investigation of wing length and its effect on gliding distance. The class is exploring the idea of creating a class logo.

Mrs. Cramer's third-grade class will visit the O'Brien apple orchard Friday and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Sept. 16 to study the role of predators in nature.

Ninilchik School

New staff members are Dana Morrell, second and fourth grades; Ben Alexander, elementary special services; Krista Holman, seventh- through 12th-grade science; Tim Helvey, eighth- through 12th-grade social studies; Karen Budge, kindergarten through 12th-grade music.

National speaker Eric Renegar from About Face School Assemblies will speak today to students in grades seven through 12 about making positive choices, staying drug free and suicide prevention.

Teachers will attend a Project Grad in-service Thursday. There will be no school for students.

Picture day is Friday.

The Reader's Digest fund-raiser for kindergarten through eighth grades will continue through Tuesday.

Mrs. Wardes will take her fifth- and sixth-grade class on a fire ecology field trip to Hidden Creek Trail in Cooper Landing on Sept. 23. Students will hike the trail to explore a revegetated burn site.


Students are back at school and busy with routines.

The kindergarten students are learning their phone numbers, writing their first and last names and learning alphabet sounds. Kindergarten Student of the Week is Olivia Brewer. She was chosen for being a good listener and leader.

The first-grade class is reviewing counting by fives, tens, and odd and even numbers in math. The first grade Student of the Week is Jasmine Carter. She was chosen for working hard and setting a good example for classmates.

The second grade class is writing pages of creative stories in their journals. The Student of the Week is Maliko Kaona. He was chosen for following the directions, listening well and being a good friend.

The school has added a prekindergarten class in the afternoons, three days a week. There are openings for students ages 4 and 5. Kindergarten also has openings. Call the office for details.

The school will hold its first physical education class at the Kenai Recreation Center on Friday. Parents are reminded to drop their child off at the center at 8 a.m.

Redoubt Elementary

Students will sell wrapping paper, candy and gifts for the annual QSP fund-raiser through Tuesday. Proceeds support student activities and programs. Students are reminded to sell only to people they know.

Students also are collecting money for the Red Cross to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Donations can be made in the jar in front of the school office.

Parents are asked to complete a school programs and school lunch application. These forms help the school receive funding.

Parents can visit to access information regarding grades, attendance, assignments, school news and more. Mrs. Horton can assist parents in activating their account or accessing it.

The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in the staff lounge. Child care will be provided. Election of officers will take place. All Redoubt parents are encouraged to attend.

The site council will meet at 3:45 p.m. Sept. 14 in the conference room.

Cash donations and boxes of low-sugar cereal are needed for the school's breakfast program. Volunteers also are needed to help serve. Call Diane Bush at 262-8570 for more information. Donations can be made at the school.

School pictures are scheduled for Sept. 29. Retakes are scheduled for Oct. 20.

Parents who have used band instruments to loan, donate or sell are asked to contact Ms. Biggs, the music teacher.

Sears Elementary

Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Fischer and Mrs. Thomas' kindergarten classes are learning about the five senses during their science discovery time.

Ms. Ralston's first-graders have been learning and discovering about how and why different objects sink and float. The theme is "the cycle of change." Students also are working on skip counting and number combinations.

The volunteer training will be at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Sept. 14. Parents are encouraged to attend one of these sessions to learn about volunteering at Sears.

Soldotna Elementary

The site council meets at 4 p.m. today in the conference room. All interested are invited to come.

The PTA will hold an ice cream sale Friday afternoon. Students can buy ice cream from PTA members who will come around to each classroom.

Picture day is Sept. 14.

Book Bingo also will be Sept. 14. A Title 1 meeting will be held in conjunction with Book Bingo to focus on the school's literacy goals.

Students in primary grades will be assessed on their reading skills in the next week. DIBELS will be given to grades kindergarten through third to see where students are and what specific skills they have or need. If you have questions, see your student's teacher.

Soldotna High

Ms. Moore is the freshmen, sophomore and junior counselor.

Ms. Smola, senior counselor, will be at the school Mondays, Wednesdays and alternating Fridays. She also is half-time counselor at Skyview High School. Parents are asked to call in advance to schedule an appointment.

Parent volunteers are wanted to keep the library open during lunch. Individuals interested in giving about 45 minutes of time one day a week may call Mrs. Dallman or Mrs. Hibpshman at 260-7036.

Senior yearbook pictures are due in Room 76 by Oct. 3.

The PTSA will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the staff multipurpose room.

Homecoming week will be Sept. 19 through 24. Parents are invited to help chaperone the dance Sept. 24 from 8 to 11 p.m.

A calendar of the school's activities and events are online at

Soldotna Middle

The school would like to thank those who helped make the open house successful. The school served 1,400 hot dogs with the help of kitchen manager Barbara Booth, her assistant, Sherry Soares, and Sylvia Burford, who supervised the operation. Rachel Roemhildt also lent her assistance. Thanks also to Kim Senn for helping with juice, Diane Tice and Brooke Straum for help in all areas and the rest of the PTSA helpers.

Dates to remember:

Thursday — Maroon soccer hosts Nikiski at 3 p.m.

Friday — White soccer hosts Homer at 3 p.m. and cross country running at 3 p.m. at Nikiski.

Sterling Elementary

The school would like to thank the parents and grandparents who came to learn how to help their children succeed in school by taking Mrs. Martin's parent training.

There will be a picnic for families with kindergarten students Thursday at 6 p.m. Call Mrs. Martin for more information.

The school will have a Title 1 committee meeting Tuesday from 6:15 to 6:45 p.m. Parents are encouraged to attend. The topics will be Title 1 program and making plans for family activities.

There also will be an informational meeting for the parents of fifth- and sixth-grade students interested in band. That meeting will begin at 6:03 p.m. Tuesday in the library.

Picture day is Sept. 21. Watch for order packets to come home in your child's red Thursday folder.

The site-based decision-making council will meet Sept. 26. If you have items you'd like to have considered for the agenda, call Mrs. Ermold.

Tustumena Elementary

The school will host an open house from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. PTO members will be present to sign up parents for volunteer duties and serve a dessert. A raffle for students whose parents have attended will be held following the meeting. The winner will receive a bicycle and helmet furnished by the PTO.

Mr. Audette has scheduled a fifth- and sixth-grade band meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the multipurpose room. Parents are required to attend.

Mr. Michaels and Mrs. Blossoms are making plans for class field trips this month. The trips will require parents to provide transportation. Parents are reminded that vehicles must be able pass a safety inspection.

Wings Christian Academy

Jesse Puletau won the cleanest desk award for the Learning Center, and Victoria Grant won the cleanest desk for the kindergartners.

Student elections are beginning.

Students are encouraged to consider doing Internationals, which is an activity for students ages 13 and older. A International Convention will take place in Virginia.

This week the kindergartners have learned the letters "e" and "a," and are learning about community helpers. They can write the number "1," and the letters,"i" "u" and "e."

The triathalon will take place Monday. Money raised will help purchase pole pads and a microscope.

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