District School News

Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2002

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

There will be a flag-raising ceremony at 8 a.m. today to honor those lost on this tragic day last year. Some of the sixth-grade students are making posters for this event to present to several of the guests at the ceremony.

K-Beach Special Services will use two therapeutic golden retrievers this year. Staff and the dogs will spend time with the intensive needs children and will do activities around the school throughout the year.

Kindergartners will be screened today and Thursday, so there will no regular kindergarten classes. The state-mandated general screening will enable staff to plan the kindergarten program to meet the needs of students.

All fifth-grade classes will go on a Kenai Fjords field trip Thursday. Mrs. Furlong's fifth-graders will do a "Fire on Kenai" hike Tuesday. They also will go to the Nikiski pool for swimming Sept. 20 with their "study buddies" in Mrs. Peterson's class.

The sixth-grade rotation schedule is in progress. Students experience having several teachers throughout the day as preparation for middle school next year. Sixth-graders also are starting their Slikok Creek visits on Thursdays and are studying the Kenai River Watershed.

School pictures will be taken Sept. 23.

K-Beach will do a "Wall of Honor" again this year to honor veterans. The wall at the school will display pictures of those whoserved the country. Pictures may be brought in between Oct. 28 and Nov. 11.

Nikiski Elementary

The first PTA meeting of the year will begin at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the library.

The site council will meet Monday at 3:35 p.m. in the library.

School pictures are scheduled for Sept. 27. Watch for more information to come home with students.

The annual Gift Wrap Fund-raiser is under way. Orders are due in by Sept. 18. To make a purchase, ask any Nikiski Elementary student or call Denise Cox at 776-8533.

Redoubt Elementary

Parents are asked to complete the school lunch application. If a family chooses not to participate in the lunch program, their information can still help the school receive much-needed funds. The 20-day grace period for students who were in the lunch program last year ends Sept. 18.

Staff and students are encouraged to wear red, white and blue to school today. Other memorial activities include a luncheon for area emergency personnel hosted by Redoubt staff members, a Color Guard by the Soldotna VFW, a moment of silence, songs by students and, weather permitting, a schoolwide pledge of allegiance around the flag pole.

How to Help Your Children with Homework will offer tips to parents Thursday evening. Complete information will be sent home in the school newsletter.

Directory information opt-out forms are available at the school office. Complete this form if you do not want the district to release your child's name, address, telephone and date of birth.

Students should dress appropriately for school and weather conditions. Students go outside unless the temperature falls below minus 10 degrees (including wind chill). In addition to the district policy, dress code guidelines for Redoubt students include head coverings only for outside use, no makeup, lipstick, stickers or glitter, no tattoos, no colored hair, no midriffs showing, no mini-skirts, no high heels, no spaghetti strap tops and no T-shirts with objectionable slogans or pictures.

School pictures will be taken Oct. 1. Retakes will be Nov. 8.

Sears Elementary

The Sears Elementary fall fund-raiser began Friday and will continue through Sept. 25.

Sears will host a volunteer training from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday.

The open house and ice cream social will be at 6 p.m. Monday.

Soldotna Elementary

Congratulations to all participants in the Soldotna Elementary Splash into Summer Reading Program. Top readers were Christina Tachick who read for 13,553 minutes; Angela Ramponi, 12,449 minutes; and Caroline Walker, 3,564 minutes. Other summer readers included Rachel Amos, Shawna Ashmore, Sean Beck, Danielle Beeler, Hannah Christiano, Shalynda Daigle, Ashley Eby, Sean Endsley, Olivia France, James, Gomez, Kyle Gray, Chelsea Habighorst, Dawson Herrick, Jazmin Heatherton, Bailey Holt, Brayden Holt, Brooke Hughes, Teslin Hughes, Dillon Jensen, Jenna Jensen, Leesha Keener, Michael Keener, Devan Kincaid, Jared Lingafelt, Sarah Mohorcich, Sarah Musgrove, Kyle Neeley, Theresa Ramponi, Kiowa Richardson, Kali Sholin, Mirandah Smith, Cody VanDeHey, Alexis Smith, Jordan Wallis and Tasha Waterbury. An ice cream social was held to honor all readers, and they were presented to the whole school at an assembly last Friday. Students also are invited to a Splash pool party later this month.

Support Soldotna Elementary's school fund-raiser by purchasing Innisbrook products if you can. The money raised will be used to hire a playground aide to help with students on the playground at lunch time.

PTA activities planned at the recent meeting include an evening of book bingo Sept. 27 and a Fun Fest in October. Officers this year are Lauri Lingafelt, president; Debbie Carroll, vice president; Emily Nicholson, treasurer; and Patty Rich, secretary.

A commemorative assembly honoring American heroes will be held today for students in the school gym.

Tustumena Elementary

Tustumena's PTO will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the school's multi-purpose room. Parents are encouraged to attend. Sign-up for committee responsibility is under way, so call the school if you would like to assist in PTO-sponsored programs this year. A big thanks to those parents who assisted with Tustumena's open house last week.

Tustumena will conduct an assembly today in remembrance of the events that transpired a year ago, Sept. 11. The community is invited to attend. For more information, call 262-4844.

Kenai Middle

Congratulations and thanks to last week's Character Counts kids: Kurt Rosenquist, Patrick Bailey, Michael Creighton, Glenn Simpson, David Vasilie, Kelsey Wortham, Julianna Johns, Courtney Fisher, Kami Carlson, Beth Deardoff, Hannah Heath, Dan Gutskey and Robert Riley. Beth Deardoff was the winner of the pizza drawing and enjoyed lunch Friday.

Thanks to the PTA and the following people for helping with the back to school barbecue and open house Thursday: Johnelle McCauley, Bobbie McGahan, Lara Ross and Chris Watkins, of the PTA; Tim Iverson, Chris Myers and Lee Gattenby of Unocal for cooking and providing a grill; and Frank Soares, Ken Diamond and Ken Cox of Tesoro for providing and setting up the tent for help erecting the tent. The barbecue was a success thanks to all who helped and participated.

Don't forget the following important dates:

Thursday, the soccer team plays at Nikiski at 3 p.m.;

Friday, the cross country team competes at Homer at 4 p.m.;

Saturday, the soccer team plays at Kenai Middle at 11 a.m., and the sixth-grade car wash will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, the PTA meets from 6:30 to 8 p.m., with key speakers Marsha of Denali Kid Care and Mike of Student Nutrition Services;

Sept. 18, school pictures will be taken.

For more information, visit the school Web site at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/kms.

Soldotna Middle

Home-school parents and students are invited to attend Soldotna Middle School's open house from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday. This is an opportunity to meet the staff and hear about all of the program offerings.

The weight room will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and every other Friday from 7:20 to 7:40 a.m. Mr. Stephens will be in the weight room to help students train for specific sports or set up a general fitness program. The main gym is open for basketball every morning.

School pictures will be taken Sept. 20.

The school will host its first fortnightly Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. This event is a two-hour, lock-in activity time where students can enjoy basketball, ping pong, foosball and planned PE activities in the large gym or a dance and music time with a high school DJ and snack bar in the multipurpose room. Fortnightly events are chaperoned by parents and teachers.

Phone messages for students that are called into the office after 1:30 p.m. will not be guaranteed delivery. Also, students need to provide the attendance secretary with a note from their parent or guardian to excuse absences.


Enrollment applications are being accepted for Connections, the KPBSD home-school program. Families who are interested can call 262-6315 or, in the Homer area, 235-3260, for more information. The Soldotna and Homer offices are open from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. A representative also will be in Seward the second Thursday of each month beginning this week. Contact Doug for an appointment.

Parent training for EduTest, an alternative progress test, will be Tuesday. EduTest is a series of three online benchmark tests that identify students' strengths and weaknesses in reading, writing and math. Interested parents must attend one of the 30- to 45-minute training sessions Tuesday. For more information or to schedule a time, call Doug or Tanya at 262-6315.

PSAT test dates are Oct. 15 and 19. This test is recommended for sophomores and juniors. Contact Wendi for more information.

Spring test results from the High School Qualifying Exam will not be returned until early October. Fall HSQE will be Oct. 28, 29 and 30 for juniors and seniors who have not passed portions of the test.

Kenai Central High

This week is homecoming at Kenai Central High School. Festivities began Monday with Hillbilly-Western dress day and a doughnut-eating lunchtime activity. Tuesday was pajama day and included a pie-eating contest at lunch. Today, students will dress in patriotic gear and play musical chairs at lunch. Attire from the 1980s will be the order of the day Thursday with tug-of-war at lunchtime. Friday is red, black and white day. Powder puff football will be the lunchtime activity. Friday evening will feature a parade starting at Paradisos Restaurant and ending at the school where the bonfire will take place. Football games Saturday will be at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. against the Skyview Panthers. Finally, the homecoming dance will be from 9 p.m. to midnight Saturday.

The school will have an assembly today to remember and honor the victims and heroes of the Sept. 11 tragedy.

There will be a Back-to-School night at KCHS from 6:30 to 8:30 Tuesday. Parents are encouraged to come meet their students' teachers and experience their classes.

There is a site-council meeting at 5 p.m. Sept. 19, followed by a PTSA meeting at 6 p.m.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High

The Nikiski homecoming dance will be Saturday from 8 p.m. to midnight. No one will be admitted after 9:30 p.m. Guests will be allowed, but must be signed up on the guest list in the office before noon Friday. Middle school students and anyone over 21 will not be permitted into the dance. Mrs. Williams must approve all guests.

The homecoming football game will be at 7 p.m. Friday. The bonfire will be at 6:30 p.m. on the high school's trail entrance. No middle school students or students from other schools will be allowed to attend the bonfire. Powder puff football will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday.

There will be a PTSA meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the library. For more information, call Mrs. Tauriainen at 776-3456.

Skyview High

The volleyball team plays at home this week, facing Kenai Central on Thursday and Homer on Friday. The team will play at Nikiski Tuesday. Games begin at 3 p.m.

The swim team has a match Thursday at home against Soldotna High, then travels to Homer on Saturday.

The cross country team travels to Seward for the Kenai Peninsula Borough tournament Saturday.

The football teams will play at Kenai on Saturday. The junior varsity plays at 3 p.m., and the varsity game starts at 6 p.m. The C team will play Monday at Kenai.

Congratulations to the newly elected freshmen officers: Nelson Kempf, president; Danielle Caswell, vice president; Lucy Ross, treasurer-secretary; and CJ Kirby, activity chair.

Soldotna High

Today, in conjunction with observances at Skyview High School and Soldotna Middle School, SoHi will commemorate the first anniversary of Sept. 11. There will be a musical presentation by the band and a brief speech by Mr. Dusek honoring the victims and survivors of the terrorist attacks and those members of the armed forces engaged in the fight to defend freedom.

In social studies and English classes, discussions and writing assignments will focus on how Sept. 11 has both impacted and strengthened the United States as a nation. Today also has been designated red, white and blue dress-up day.

The PTSA will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Following the PTSA meeting, students, parents and other members of the community are invited to a "Meet the Principals" activity from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The swimmers will be at KCHS Friday, while volleyball travels to Kodiak to play Friday night and Saturday. Also Saturday, the cross country team is in Seward, while the junior varsity and varsity football teams play Homer.

Cook Inlet Academy

There are approximately 60 new people at CIA this year, making this school year's enrollment the largest in its 30-year history. New teachers are Kerri Nelson, third grade; Veronica Copenhaver, fourth grade; Carla Fowler, sixth grade; and Dennis Fowler, secondary.

Students of the week were Reece O'Dell for a happy spirit; Keely Powers for great worker and staying on task; Megan Bauder demonstrating excellent work habits; and Erica McGahan for great school work.

Preschool enjoyed riding and learning about ponies from Gordon and Laurie Orth. This week is Spiritual Emphasis Week. Students will take time out to focus on God in their lives for the new school year ahead. Preschool through fourth grade will host chapel speakers in the gym; fifth-graders will hike to Russian River Falls; sixth-graders will hike to Hidden Lake; the junior high will camp at Trail Lake with a hike to Ptarmigan Lake; and the high school will go to Halibut Cove.

Prayer group meets at 8:30 a.m. every Monday in the library to lift up students and staff for God's protection and blessing.

Students are gearing up for their annual jog-, bike- and work-a-thons Sept. 27.

Grace Lutheran School

The students of Grace Lutheran School are learning that the Bible is "the best book of all" and that it is the true Word of God. They also are beginning to memorize the books of the Bible.

In science, the younger students collected leaves and seeds in their study of the parts and processes of plants. Upper-grade students are studying types and parts of cells through the microscope.

As part of physical education, students are continuing to participate in tests toward the President's Physical Fitness Award. Upper-graders ran the mile, and the younger students sprinted through the shuttle run.

For more information on Grace Lutheran School, contact School Minister Dennis Leckwee at 283-9551.

Wings Christian Academy

The students who received the cleanest desk award last week were Megan Ruffridge and Julianne Pettey. Brandon Saunders was the first person in the Lower Learning Center to say all his scripture verses for this month. The Lower Learning Center kids are memorizing Isaiah 55:10-13 and the Upper Learning Center students are learning Isaiah 55:6-13.

Kelsey Jose, Alex Pettey and Gregory Vancuren all did well on their social studies projects. They are learning about elements and minerals.

The school will have its student council and yearbook staff elections this week.

There will be an art class for the Lower Learning Center taught by Tami Kincaid on Friday. After this week, there will be art classes once a month for the rest of the school year. Brandon Ruffridge will be 16 on the Sept. 17. His is the only birthday this month.

Copper River Correspondence Program

The kindergarten students are doing great at writing their names, saying the alphabet and counting to 100 by fives.

For library, the students get to take home one book each day. The parents read the book to the child. When the book is returned, the students get a sticker for their chart. When the chart is full, the students get a special reward. The students enjoy choosing their own book to take home.

For math, the students worked on a number puzzle, played a ladybug game where they had to match the number on the dice with the dots on the ladybug, and did a roll and write, where the students had to write the number that was on the dice, then add the numbers. The students did great at all the games.

This week will focus on the alphabet.

For more information about the Copper River Correspondence Program, call 262-1284.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

Students had fun last week studying about animals. They talked about the difference between animals that live on land, live in the water and those that fly.

A discussion was held on how to take care of animals and each animal's special diet.

For art, the students did sponge painting, tear art and made a puppet.

This week, the theme is transportation. Students will learn about the different modes of transportation, how transportation has changed through time and how it takes a person to make transportation move.

Students will make a train, cars and buses from shoe boxes.

Students also have done well at memorizing their Bible verses. Students will add beads to a special necklace each time they say a Bible verse correctly.

Space is available in the 4-year-old class that meets Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. For more information, call 262-1284.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

This week at Soldotna Co-op, students will get to know each other and talk about themselves. Projects will include a name poster and identifying feelings.

Also, there will be a section on things the students can do like buttoning, zipping and hopping.

There is space available for parents interested in enrolling a child at Soldotna Co-op. Class times are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Susan at 262-4102.

To have information published in Schools, send a description of the event or accomplishment to Jenni Dillon at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611. Information will be accepted by e-mail at clarion@ alaska.net or by fax at 283-3299. The deadline for submission is Thursday at 5 p.m. for publication in the following Wednesday's paper. For information, contact Jenni Dillon at 283-7551.

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