Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2000

Deadline looms for discounted lunches

A reminder about the school lunch program: The 20-day grace period for free and reduced meals from last school year will end Sept. 20. As of Sept. 21, all students who do not have a new application in and approved will have to bring a sack lunch or buy school lunches.

Remember, you must allow 10 working days for applications to be processed.

For more information or forms, contact the Student Nutrition Services office at 262-9367.

Coast Guard Academy seeks applicants

The U.S. Coast Guard Academy is now accepting applications for its Class of 2005.

Appointments are based on national competition, with no nominations or quotas. The competition criteria are high school records, college board tests and leadership potential through activities, community service and part-time employment.

Coast Guard cadets receive an excellent undergraduate education at no personal expense, according to a notice from the academy's admissions office.

The curriculum emphasizes engineering and science and leads to a bachelor of science degree. Graduates are commissioned as ensigns in the U.S. Coast Guard.

For an application or more information, visit the Web site at or phone (800) 883-8724.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

School pictures will be Sept. 28. Look for order packets Sept. 22.

Guten tag from Mr. Daniels' class. Students have started German lessons and know about 30 words so far. A field trip is planned today to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, the visitor center and landfill with Mrs. Colvin's and Mr. Dover's classes. The class is studying maps, learning about Alaska, learning place value, skip counting, rounding and other concepts in math, and starting to learn cursive.

Mrs. Crane's and Mrs. Edwards' fifth-graders are off to Hidden Lake this week for the refuge's program on the role of fire on the Kenai. On Thursday, all fifth grades will tour the Kenai Fjords.

Mrs. McCoy's class is studying animal habitats. Students will visit the rain forest, desert, ocean and arctic. Friday they will visit Scout Lake in Sterling. During this trip students will meet their pen pals from Ninilchik, look at a forest habitat, visit a beaver pond and play habitat games with their new friends.

Mrs. Carter's sixth-grade class will perform Thursday at the grand opening of the Kenai River Center. They will sing their famous Kenai River Blues song under the guidance of Mike Morgan for Gov. Tony Knowles and dozens of other dignitaries.

Mountain View Elementary

School pictures will be taken today. Make sure you send money with your child for the package you want.

Soccer for fourth- and fifth-graders started Monday. Boys practice after school on Mondays and Wednesdays, and girls practice Tuesdays and Thursdays. Pete Ehrhardt and Bill Ritchie are directing the program; additional parent volunteers are welcome.

Third-graders in Mrs. Wannamaker's class practiced their friendship skills while bowling Friday at Alaska Lanes. The students encouraged and cheered classmates, providing tips such as don't drop the ball on your foot, try again if your ball goes in the gutter and have courage. The class would like to thank Ken and the staff at Alaska Lanes for hosting the event.

Don't forget the fifth-grade open house and band meeting Thursday at 6 p.m.

Nikiski Elementary

Come to school Monday from 1:30 to 3 p.m. for volunteer and classroom representative orientation and training. Staff will discuss roles as a classroom representative and as a volunteer in the school. Staff will hand out volunteer handbooks and give a tour of the school. This is an opportunity for you to meet other volunteers. Plan on attending, especially if you are a new volunteer. R.S.V.P. at 776-4132.

Parents: Don't forget to check out the new Web site at and the new calendar site at for all the up-to-date information about school and PTA functions.

The site-base council will hold its first meeting of the school year on Tuesday at 3:45 p.m. in the school library.

The PTA's annual QSP magazine fund-raiser begins in October. Save those magazine renewals. People can help out by by renewing current subscriptions or ordering new magazines from the program. If you have questions, contact Karla Smith at 776-4132.

North Star Elementary

The school open house will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m.

Sept. 26 will be school picture day.

North Star started the year with 290 students. The staff has a few new faces: Teresa Zinck for sixth grade, Debbie Womack for fourth-fifth grade, Elaine Lehl as nurse and Katy Cross as school psychologist.

The school only has one main driveway into and out of the school area. The back road, for service vehicles only, should not be used due to safety reasons. Walkers and bikers should use the trail from the school parking lot to the sidewalk area. Help make the school parking area a safe place.

Student council will meet every Friday during the lunch hour.

Snacks will be on sale Tuesdays in the lunchroom beginning this week, thanks to Peggy Millyard and Ann Williams, who volunteered to sell snacks.

Ride the Boys and Girls Club van after school from Nikiski to the Clubhouse in Kenai. Call the Clubhouse for more information at 283-3682.

Sears Elementary

The annual back-to-school barbecue was a great success, thanks to Unocal, which donated the use of the tent, and to the volunteers who helped out.

The Sears open house and ice cream social will be Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The staff hopes to see you there.

The PTA's fall fund-raiser kicked off this week. Any support you can give would be appreciated.

Volunteer training will be offered at two different times this year to accommodate everyone who wishes to attend: today at 9 a.m. or Thursday at 5 p.m. This training is required prior to volunteering at Sears.

School pictures will be Oct. 3. Information will be sent home regarding packages and options.

Soldotna Elementary

Parents and Soldotna Elementary staff are urged to come to the first PTA meeting Thursday at 3:45 p.m. in the library. PTA helps the students so much.

The Innisbrook product fund-raiser is under way, and the educators appreciate everyone who is willing to be involved. Parent Julie France is chair of the only fund raiser, from which the school has added a playground aide, playground equipment and computers in the past. Innisbrook packets are due back at school by Sept. 20.

Congratulations to students who received Fun Bucks for their extra good deeds. Chosen this week to receive a book of their choice were winners Jessica Bartels, Niesha Castro, Eddie Lee and Robert Navarro.

On Thursday at 2:30 p.m., the Air Force Band of the Pacific will perform at Soldotna Elementary School for all students. These Greatlanders perform big band jazz, contemporary, classic, bebop and Broadway musical pieces at more than 100 concerts a year in Alaska and the Pacific Rim. They also present educational clinics to schools and civic audiences throughout Alaska, Hawaii, the Yukon and British Columbia.

Sterling Elementary

This morning, Sterling Elementary starts the important QSP fund-raiser. Proceeds will go toward purchase of keyboarding equipment to begin training in grades three through six.

The open house is Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. The PTA will serve free lasagna to all registered students and their families. Community agencies (Boys and Girls Club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts) will be in the lobby with information about services in Sterling. Come see the classrooms, meet the teachers, socialize with your friends and join the fun.

The Sterling Falcon bus drivers provided excellent skills training for students in emergency bus evacuation drills last week.

The "most excellent" PTA earned thanks for buying 10 new TV-VCRs and wall mounts for classrooms. Thanks to the hard-working crew at borough maintenance, the new TV-VCRs were installed in time for the open house.

Mr. Wheat's and Ms. Wimmer's classes hiked Skyline Trail and studied field science and language arts journal writing. Mrs. Withrow's sixth-graders spent the day on the confluence of the Kenai and Russian rivers studying aquatic ecosystems and visiting the early Native sites. Ms. Hoffman's multiage intermediate class will follow the same study trails. The helpful parent volunteers for rides and support are appreciated.

Kenai Middle School

Student council representatives will be elected during language arts classes today.

Kenai Middle School students will attend an assembly at Kenai Central High School this afternoon to hear the Air Force Band of the Pacific.

School pictures will be Thursday. Parents should choose the package they desire, include the money in the envelope provided and send it with the student.

QSP magazine sales will begin Thursday. Your magazine renewals or new orders will help students in this fund-raising effort.

The first progress report of the year will be given to students Friday.

Only those with Ds or Fs will be mailed home.

The first KMS activity night will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. It is open to all students.

The school is again participating in the General Mills Box Tops for Education program. All Betty Crocker products are part of the box tops program this year. Students should write their names on the back of the box tops and bring them to the office. A drawing is held each Friday. The winner receives a coupon for free goodies from the school store.

Sixth-grade students started swimming lessons at KCHS during physical education classes this week. The classes will continue until Oct. 5.

Soldotna Middle School

Pictures were taken Thursday. Retakes will be Oct. 12 for all students who were unable to participate or would like to have their pictures retaken.

S.O.S. -- Save our Subscriptions! The magazine drive kicks off with packets sent home with students today and an assembly Friday. This magazine subscription drive raises money for programs and activities for students. Friends and relatives can help students by renewing or ordering a new magazine subscription.

The open house will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. The PTSA meets following the open house from 8 until 8:30 p.m.

The first Fortnightly of the year, sponsored by the physical education department, will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. All students wishing to attend need to be at the school before 6:30 and may not leave the building until 8 as all doors are locked during that time.

Cross country is at Homer Friday. Soccer is Saturday at Homer and Anchor Point. On Tuesday, the silver and maroon teams play each other at SMS.

Kenai Central High School

Kenai Central thanks all the parents who came to back-to-school night.

Today the Air Force Band of the Pacific will perform at an assembly in the afternoon.

The swim team is looking for volunteers to help at their home meet Saturday. Anyone who can work a stopwatch is welcome.

The site-based council will meet Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the faculty lounge.

Seniors: Make sure to get those yearbook pictures in to Mr. Larson soon.

Remember: Homecoming week is Monday through Sept. 23. Catch the spirit and come celebrate with KCHS. Class competitions will be held each day at lunch in the commons. Students also help earn spirit points for the classes by dressing up according to each day's theme. Come help with the floats and hallway decorations and, most importantly, don't miss the big game and dance Sept. 23.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

On Tuesday, the Air Force Band of the Pacific performed at the school.

Thursday, the school counselor, Greta Cox, will meet with junior parents from 4 to 8 p.m. about the Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Exam. The meetings will be by appointment only. The dates for the next exam is Oct. 3-5.

The first progress reports of the year will be coming out Sept. 28. For more information on test dates or progress reports, see the school counselor.

Ninilchik School

Today, site base council meets at 3:45 p.m. in the library. Childfind screening for children from infancy to 5 years old will be in room 215.

Open swim will be Mondays and Wednesdays at 3:30 p.m.; lap swim Tuesdays and Thursdays at 3:30 p.m.

Preschool starts Thursday at 9 a.m. Contact Tracy Quance at 567-3978 or Maria Goins at 567-3325.

High school wrestling and volleyball start Sept. 25. Please have physicals in before the start of the season.

Seward Middle-Senior High School

The Armed Services Aptitude Test Battery will be given to any interested 11th- or 12th-grader Oct. 26. If you are interested in a military occupation, you may want to take this test. Sign up in the counseling office.

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

The middle school dance at the T.Y.C. has been canceled and will be rescheduled at a later date.

Middle school class representatives will be chosen in math classes after the student council vote today.

Skyview High School

Congratulations to the new freshman class officers for 2000-01: Michelle Trumpler, president; Jozlyn Reynolds, vice president; Matt Colton, secretary-treasurer; and Stephanie Lambe, activities chair.

This week is Skyview's homecoming.

The powderpuff championship game will be Thursday at 6 p.m. followed by the pep rally and bonfire. Friday, Skyview's junior varsity will play Homer, and the varsity football team will host Ketchikan. The homecoming dance is Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. Cost is $8 single or $15 per couple. Everyone is encouraged to wear purple, black and white Friday.

Skyview students who drive must have parking stickers this year. Stickers are free at the front counter. Students need stickers, which must be posted and visible, for each vehicle they drive to school.

Parents and teachers are invited to a site-based subcommittee meeting to discuss a possible revision of the dress code. The meeting is Sept. 21 at 7 p.m. in the library.

Oct. 2 is the deadline for senior photo submissions to the yearbook. Also, picture retakes will be Oct. 2.

Wrestling starts Sept. 25. The early start is due to the new format of two wrestling seasons. Athletes interested in wrestling should get a physical now to be ready for the first day of practice.

Soldotna High School

Homecoming week is under way.

Tonight, classes will collect pallets for the bonfire. Only pallets received between 4 and 8 p.m. will be counted in the class competition.

Today students will vote on homecoming royalty. Thursday's assembly will announce winners.

Thursday from 3 to 8 p.m., classes will decorate halls. At 8 p.m. the school will host a pizza party for students who decorated and judge halls. At 9 p.m. students will remove items that do not meet fire codes.

Friday there will be a spirit assembly on the football field. The homecoming bonfire starts at 9 p.m. with the "class car" competition, followed at 9:15 with the lighting. It is open to the community, but younger school children must be accompanied by parents.

Saturday is the big game with the Kenai Kards. Junior varsity competition will begin at 11 a.m. and varsity at 2 p.m. The parade of floats and the presentation royalty will be during halftime. Class competition winners will be announced. The homecoming dance, open to SoHi students and guests, will be Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. Students need to sign up guests in Mrs. Moock's office by Friday at 3 p.m. The cost of the dance is $5 per person.

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the week are Miranda Beller, Adam Agosti, Alyse Bell, Michael Bauda, Noah Fowler, Mark Beeson and the whole preschool class for a great first week.

Wednesdays the school holds chapel services. The students dress up and join as a whole school to praise God in song, prayer and the spoken word. Student achievements are recognized. Men and women share their testimonies, experiences and lessons from their personal walks with the Lord, helping to provide quality spiritual instruction. Janet Arneson coordinates the chapel speakers for the primary grades. Amy O'Dell coordinates for the middle grades, and Chuck Crapuchettes manages chapel speakers for secondary grades. Family members and friends may attend chapel Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m.

Chaperones for the high school retreat today through Friday in Halibut Cove are Terri Nettles, Jill Leiter and Jared Reese.

Memorial plaques honoring Janelle Gerlitz, Tara Wetzel and others have been installed in the foyer of CIA Memorial Gymnasium. The gym was built after these two students died in 1989. Constructed in honor of the memory of loved ones, the gym also is a monument to God's faithfulness and care of his children.

Wings Christian Academy

This week the elections for the student council and the yearbook staff were made. Isaac Dutton is the president for the new school year; Jeni Chapman is the vice president; Marcia Dutton is the secretary-treasurer; and Naomi Pettey is the junior representative; Ashley Soares is the editor; Katie Sutton is the assistant editor; Tara Dunbar and Kaylee Burger are the photographers; and Ashlynn Burger is the junior photographer.

The kindergarten class this week learned its first consonant: T. They are learning to blend T with short vowel sounds.

Jeni Chapmen had the cleanest desk of the week for the upper learning center, and Naomi Pettey had the cleanest desk of the week for the lower learning center.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool

This week's theme will be colors. Students will identify the colors around the school and go on a color treasure hunt. They will sort and match colors using hand-eye coordination. Preschoolers will learn about rainbows, what they are and how they are made.

They will even make a giant rainbow mural using some paint and their own tiny fingers and toes. There will be prisms and kaleidoscopes. There even will be colored rice for pouring, mixing and measuring.

Also, in the spirit of the 2000 Olympics, students will look at and discuss flags from around the world. Then they will make their own flags and have a flag parade. Students will have their own preschool Olympics, and everyone will take home a gold medal.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

Mallory and Morgan brought their bunny Hopper to class for the students to see.

The unit on color was fun for the 3- and 4-year-old class. The students learned the colors in sign language. They mixed paints to make new colors.

The week the class will explore the outdoors for fall colors. Students will gather leaves for a collage. Books about fall will be in the library center.

The 4- and 5-year-olds had a fun week learning the order of the colors in the rainbow, mixing colors to make new colors and making a coat of many colors after reading about Joseph in the Bible. The class also used colored bubbles to paint pictures.

This week the class will study fall and learn why leaves change colors. Students will collect leaves and other nature items to do crayon rubbings.

For more information, contact Chris at 262-1284.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

School is open, and what a great week last week was. The children were so excited to be at school, and the parents are amazed at how well everyone did the first week.

This week, Mrs. Kent and the children are exploring the special qualities that make them each unique.

Cooperative education is based in the parents working together to provide opportunities for their children to learn. Activities are designed to enhance development, spark their interests and improve their abilities. Feel free to stop by and see the preschool at work.

For more information, call Susan Mathews at 262-4102.

To have information published in Schools, please send a description of the event or accomplishment to Shana Loshbaugh at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611. Information will be accepted by e-mail at 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 Shana Loshbaugh at 283-7551.

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