Peninsula Clarion - Schools

Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Connections Home school Program

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.

Pictures will be taken from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday at Magic Moments Studio in Soldotna. Packet envelopes are available in the office. Call 714-8880 for more information.

DIBELS/CBM assessments for grades kindergarten through third will continue through Friday. Call the office to schedule an appointment.

The school offers Accelerated Reader (AR) and Star Reader (SR) for grades kindergarten through 12. AR may improve instruction, increase reading practice, enhance literacy skills and strengthen performances on standardized tests. Call the office for more information.

The Kenai Recreation Center offers 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, forms and contests visit

Cook Inlet Academy

The school would like to thank those who participated in fundraisers for paving the parking lot. Sixteen thousand of the needed $65,000 has been raised so far. Be watching for upcoming fundraisers.

To volunteer call the office.

Students of the week are: Zach Hansen, helping on the playground; Tim Cashman, kindness to friends; Isaac Estes, good thinking; Caleb Streiff, excellence; Sonya Hauser, excellence; Hanna Udelhoven, helpful spirit; Mariah Mattfield, great classroom attitude; and Molly Fenton, great test taking skills.

Spiritual emphasis week included the junior and senior retreats last week. The annual work-a-thon for junior and senior high was Sept. 5.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — Sixth-graders bike-a-thon;

· Friday — Preschool through third grades jog-a-thon;

· Monday — The PTF will meet at 7 p.m., volleyball and wrestling begin; and

· Sept. 20 — School pictures.

The cross country teams are practicing and participating in meets every weekend.

The kindergarten class had a field trip to the Taplins’ farm last week. They are studying food from the farm to the store and how God sets the seasons in place.

The fourth-grade class participated in play-acting the immigration process for fun interactive learning.

Visit the calendar at for more activities and dates.

Grace Lutheran

The school would like to thank the ladies at the Soldotna Homestead Museum for the educational tour they gave the kindergarten through fourth grades last Friday. The children learned how people did things years ago without modern conveniences and reviewed the animals that live in Alaska by discussing the displays in the wildlife building. Thanks, also, to the mothers who drove for the trip.

The kindergartners are learning the letter sounds (phonograms) in reading, concentrating on likenesses and differences in math, and studying plants in science. The students learned the parts of a plant by dissecting flowers, drew plants in art class and planted seeds after discovering the different parts of the seed. The kindergartners also have Christlight, physical education and sing with the first-graders.

This week in Christlight, the children are celebrating the birth of the Savior in September as they review the Christmas story found in Luke 2.

The first-graders are reviewing the phonograms they learned in kindergarten and continue to read their books every day. In science, the first- through fourth-graders are studying the solar system. The model of the solar system in the classroom wall is helping the students remember the order and size of the planets. Mrs. Love’s preschoolers are studying the letter “A” and things that begin with “A” like apples. They discovered not all apples taste the same after their apple taste test.

For more information, about the school parents may stop in at the office on Ciechanski or by calling 283-9551.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The life skill this week is active listening.

The parent volunteer training will be held at 9:10 a.m. and 5 p.m. Friday in the library. Parents who would like to volunteer at the school or on a field trip must attend training, even if you have had it in the past.

Curriculum night will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at both Kaleidoscope locations. It is an opportunity for parents to experience the curriculum your child will use and ask questions of their teachers. Baby-sitting will be provided and ice cream bars served.

School pictures will be taken for the students at the Sears location Tuesday and at the Kaleidoscope Korner on Sept. 21. Order forms will be sent home Friday.

Mrs. Knudsen’s students went “buggy” about science lab, observing and recording data on meal worms and other bugs living in rotten logs. They also are practicing letter formation, punctuation, capitalization and telling time. Parents are asked to return library books on Mondays and homework folders Fridays.

The Kaleidoscope Korner students are studying the genre of poetry and learned about stanzas, verses, editing and editing marks. Their poetry will be published. The students discussed how classroom environment affects learning. Ask your child how color, plants, water, lighting and music affect the brain. Students are studying geometry and learned about line, line segments, rays, quadrangles, right angles and more.

Water bottles may be brought to school if your child needs one.

Kalifornsky Beach

Mr. Daniels’ class is studying volcanoes, earthquakes and plate tectonics. A parent caught a caterpillar on the playground and we have been taking care of it in class. It’s already in a cocoon. Mr. Daniels would like to thank parents for getting the kids to school on time, well rested and fed.

Students have created All About Me Power Point slideshows and will present them this week. The class would like to thank Mrs. Rosin, Mrs. Perreault, Mrs. Hart and Mrs. Beardsley for their help in class.

Mrs. Worsfold’s class said it is sad to see Michael Bates move away. They wish him well in his new Oregon school.

Ms. Chambers fifth-graders appreciate the help of its class presidents, who help make the classroom run smoothly. Past presidents are James Toney, Whitni Stockton and Mason Smith. This week’s president was Melanie Smith. The class will visit the Alaska Fish and Wildlife’s Mobile Aquatic Classroom at Skilak Lake on Friday. The class plans to leave by 8:15 a.m. and return to school by lunchtime. Parents interested in driving may call Ms. Chambers at 262-1463.

Mr. Vetters’ fifth-grade class also will visit Skilak Lake, at 10:10 a.m. and return to the school in the early afternoon. Parents interested in driving may call Mr. Vetters at 262-1463.

Mrs. Sweeney’s and Mrs. Felchle’s first-graders will continue their letter books and are finishing up district testing next week. Officer Garcia will come in to the classroom Fridays to do safety lessons.

Intramural soccer for fourth through sixth grade will continue through September after school.

Cold breakfast is available from 7:40 to 7:55 a.m. in the gym.

The RIGS assembly will be held at 8 p.m. Friday.

Kenai Central High

Picture retakes will be 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 Oct. 1.

Homecoming week continues. There will be an assembly Friday afternoon as well as the parade and bonfire. The parade begins at 6 p.m. with the bonfire to start as soon as everyone arrives back at the high school. The week will end with the homecoming dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday in the auditorium commons.

Monday is Constitution Day. The government classes at the school will do activities to celebrate it.

The first job shadow meeting of the 2006-07 school year will be at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the library.

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

Schedules for all activities at the school are available at

Dates to remember:

· Today — Homecoming dress-up day is Class Color Day, freshman, pink and purple; sophomores, green; juniors, blue; and seniors, red;

· Thursday — C, JV, varsity volleyball at Soldotna at 3, 4 and 5:30 p.m., swimming at Skyview and Pirate Day;

· Friday — C volleyball vs Houston at 4:30 p.m., and Red, Black and White Day;

· Saturday — JV and varsity football vs Skyview at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. and borough cross country running at Seward; and

· Monday — C football vs Seward at 4 p.m.

Kenai Middle

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

The school will hold the first activity night and dance from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Cost is $3. Call the school to chaperone at 283-4896.

Congratulations to the following students for being selected as a Character Counts Student last week: Charlie McGahan, Meagan Pierce and Ryan Travelstead. These students received a pizza for lunch last week.

The student council is selling new school T-shirts and sweatshirts. T-Shirts are $13, crew neck sweatshirts are $20 and hooded sweatshirts are $25.

The Title VII Indian Education Program is an entitlement grant funded by the federal government. The supplemental tutoring program is available for certificated Title VII students at the school.

Tutoring is provided in reading, language arts, math and other subjects as needed. The after-school tutoring program is sponsored by Title VII and Salamatof. Enrolled students will begin today in room 21C. Tutoring begins right after school and ends at 4 p.m. Students may be picked up by their parents or with prior arrangements will the Central Area Rural Transit System can be made available. For more information, regarding the after-school tutoring program, call 283-4896.

Nikiski Middle-High

The staff will work in focus groups to achieve the goals of the school development plan. The school will have three focus groups for the 2006-07 school year. Two groups will look to improve student achievement in math and language arts (reading and writing). Third group will target improving the daily attendance and graduation rates. For complete information about the school goals visit the school’s Web site and click current news. The goals are tied directly to improving the achievement levels of students and continuing to meet Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) as defined by the No Child Left Behind Act.

For access to schedules for all activities at the school visit

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — The PTSA will meet at 6:30 p.m.; and

· Monday through Sept. 23 — Homecoming Week. Parents are asked to visit the school’s Web page for more details.

Raven Correspondence

Enrollment will continue until Oct. 1. For more information, call Chad or Kathy at 262-2735, stop by the office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at 44109 Sterling Highway, Suite A, in Soldotna, in the same building as Don Jose’s restaurant or online at for forms and information.

To place an article in the school’s newsletter “Raven’s Call” e-mail Kathy at

Redoubt Elementary

School pictures are today. Community members may be photographed between 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Photos are on a prepay basis. Order forms are available at the school. Retakes are scheduled for Oct. 4.

The site council meets at 3:45 p.m. today in the conference room. Meetings are open to the public.

Class fees do not have to be paid all at once. Parents are encouraged to set up a payment schedule that fits their budget with their child’s teacher.

The school’s annual QSP fundraiser is under way through Tuesday. Students will sell wrapping paper, gifts and candy. Students are reminded to sell only to people they know. This is the school’s biggest fundraiser of the year and community support is appreciated.

Parents are encouraged to use Edline at to access student and school information. Activation codes and instructions for parents will be mailed home this week. Parents may call Mrs. Horton in the office at 262-9006 for assistance.

A cold cereal and milk breakfast is available to students at 8:15 a.m. every school day through volunteers and donations. Those able to volunteer or donate are asked to call Marj Wiley at 262-9586.

School starts at 8:45 a.m. Parents are asked to assure that their children arrive at school on time. Good attendance is crucial to student success. Students miss important academic time when they arrive late.

Sears Elementary

The lifelong guideline this week is Personal Best: One’s best possible performance given the time and resources available.

Students were given a fund raiser packet Friday. Orders are due Sept. 22. The school would like to thank parents for their help and participation.

School pictures will be taken Tuesday.

The ice cream social and open house will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Sept. 21. Parents may come visit their child’s classroom and have an ice cream sundae.

Volunteer training will be held at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 26 and at 7 p.m. Sept. 28. To volunteer in your child’s classroom parents must plan to attend a training meeting.

Ms. Fischer’s kindergarten students have been graphing, measuring, drawing and discussing how the students are different and similar to each other.

Mrs. Atkinson’s kindergartners are learning and discovering a variety of different science activities about apples. The students also are learning about different types of literature such as nursery rhymes and folk tales.

Mrs. Thomas and Mrs. Anderson students are starting a study of community. This week students learned about building community through developing friendships, learned a poem, a friendship dance and how to contribute to the classroom community by learning different classroom jobs.

Ms. Ralston’s and Mrs. Davidson’s first-graders continue with their hands-on activities in their science unit on water. The students learned about the following steps in the scientific process — asking important questions, hypothesis and observation.

Mrs. Hanson, Mrs. Moon and Mrs. Miller’s second-graders have been working on community and neighborhood awareness. Some of the activities they are learning about are maps, habitats and careers. The second-grade students will visit the K’BEQ Cultural Center in Cooper Landing on Thursday.

Skyview High

Homecoming week will be held Monday through Sept. 22. The theme is “Live the Pride.”

Students are asked to bring a white T-shirt, which may be decorated Monday as part of spirit week. Dress-up days scheduled are: Monday, Hawaiian Day; Tuesday, Class Pride (wear your T-shirts you decorated); Wednesday, Retro Day (bring out the oldies but goodies); Thursday, Camouflage Day; and Friday, School Spirit Day, (dress in purple and black).

Lunchtime activities for the week will include: Monday, pie eating contest; Tuesday, guitar off; Wednesday, fashion show; Thursday, canon ball contest; and Friday, Jersey Sub challenge.

The students enrolled in the culinary arts classes are learning more than the fine art of blending herbs, condiments and ingredients. They learn about work ethics, interpersonal skills and fine food presentation. The classes are gearing up for the Student of the Month luncheon hosted by the National Honor Society on Sept. 28.

Mrs. Raemaeker’s government students are focusing on local government. Many students have been attending government meetings and witnessing government in action as part of their academic learning. The experience provides an opportunity for students to better understand the process by experiencing hands-on learning. Additionally, many students had an opportunity to listen to Manu Raval, who visited the school. Raval was a member of the National Congress from India. He spoke about his experiences and about the influence Gandhi had on him concerning political change and nonviolence. Raval has lived in the United States for about 30 years.

Soldotna High

Homecoming week activities continue with the annual royalty assembly Friday afternoon, followed by the bonfire from 9 to 11 p.m.

On Saturday, homecoming activities continue with the presentation of the royal court during halftime of the Stars vs. Bulldogs game. Homecoming concludes with the homecoming dance from 8 to 11 p.m. All guests must be signed up by 2:30 p.m. today. Admission to the dance is $5 per person.

The theme of the dance is Night on Mount Olympus. Dressy attire is encouraged.

The library is looking for parent volunteers to help staff the library during lunch. Interested volunteers may call librarian LaDawn Druce or Jody Hibpshman at 262-7411.

Congratulations to Cory Davis for taking first place in the 125 expert class and second place in the pro class of this year’s motocross season. Cory also is featured in the extreme snowmachining film, “Turnagain Hardcore 6,” at 8 p.m. Friday at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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

Soldotna Middle

Battle of the Books will meet Friday. Students are welcome to join them in the library during lunch time. Mrs. Laber will lead it.

The open house held Aug. 29 was a success thanks to the PTSA and staff.

Dates to remember:

· Friday — School pictures, cross country, Kenai Invitational at 3 p.m. and the soccer team will host Homer at the school (maroon boys and girls) at 5 p.m.;

· Saturday — The soccer team will host Seward at the school (white boys and girls) at 10 a.m.;

· Monday — Site based council meeting at 4:30 p.m. in the library;

· Tuesday — Soccer at 3 p.m. at the school; and

· Sept. 22 —Fortnightly from 6 to 8 p.m., volunteers are needed.

Daily student drop off reminder: If arriving by car parents should turn into the parking lot from the first driveway, circle around by the tennis court, and drop your student off on the side of the school building. Due to buses and moving traffic students are not to be dropped off in the front of the school.

Soldotna Elementary

The PTA met and planned activities for September and October. Book Bingo will be held Sept. 28 with pizza at 5:30 p.m. and Book Bingo from 6 to 7 p.m.

The great Scholastic Book sale will take place the week of Oct. 23 and coincide with fall parent-teacher conferences.

Parents are to notify the school when your student is absent so the absence may be excused. An absence is recorded as unexcused until the school receives a note or phone call.

The Innisbrook school fundraiser is under way and students have packets of wrapping paper samples to show. Past funds have purchased playground aides, computers and playground equipment.

Pictures will be taken Sept. 28.

The fifth-grade band will meet Sept. 21.

Soldotna Montessori Charter

Friday will be the third annual city park cleanup fundraiser. Students will clean up Soldotna area parks. Pledges are being accepted on a per pound basis for the number of pounds of trash collected or flat donations also may be made. Last year the school collected more than 1,400 pounds of litter. The cleanup is a way of helping connect students to their community.

Monday will be open house. Families will meet at 6 p.m. in the gym for a short introduction of academic policy committee (APC) members. Afterward there families may visit the classrooms from 6:15 to 7 p.m.

A meeting for parents with students interested in signing up for fifth- or sixth-grade band has been moved to Sept. 21 at 5 p.m. in the music room.

The first field study for Mrs. Holt, Mrs. Larned and Mrs. Atchely’s classes will be held Sept. 22. Students will learn about geology as a precursor to a unit later in the year. Parents who can chaperone may notify their child’s teacher.

Students in Mrs. Holt’s first-, second- and third-grade class have been studying creation stories from around the globe. These stories serve as a foundation to history, geography and science studies, as well as language and the arts. They have compared and contrasted the stories, painted scenes from the stories, and acted out the story of “Gunungagap.”

Tustumena Elementary

Parents are reminded the school district has obtained student accident coverage for school age children. This coverage is at no cost to a family and may help with medical bills not already covered by other insurance a family may have. An informational flyer was sent home with students the first day of school providing basic information about the benefits of this coverage. For more information, call the school.

A Constitution Day program is scheduled at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday in the gym. Mr. Audette is preparing classes to share patriotic songs, as well as a brief slide show. The second-year band students also will perform. Parents are invited to attend.

A flyer regarding pricing options for school pictures was sent home. Photos will be taken Sept. 27. Parents are asked to look for a colorful notice among your child’s backpack or clothing. Call the school if you need one.

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