Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Connections Home School program

The school still has space available for students. Call 714-8880 to schedule an appointment or drop by the office.

BOOK IT reading incentive program will begin in October. It is sponsored by Pizza Hut. Call Natalie for more information.

Book club orders can be ordered and paid online. Orders are due by the 20th of each month. Call Tanya for more information. Flyers are available in the office for September book clubs.

The PSAT for sophomores and juniors is Oct. 12 at Kenai Central High School. The cost is $12. For information, call Patti Lawyer or Tamra Wear at 714-8880.

The Nikiski Home School Fellowship meeting is from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and then will be held on the third Thursday of each month. Call Heidi Hall at 776-5104 or Hara Hansen at 776-3415 for more information.

School pictures will be taken on the following dates and locations: Homer from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at Paul Banks Elementary; Seward Sept. 27 at Seward High School, call for times; Soldotna from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 5 at Magic Moments Studio.

There will be an earth science e-Mission through the Challenger Learning Center for children in grades six through nine in November. For more information, call Tanya or Tamra.

Pudewa Excellence in Writing level B for grades five through eight begins in October. Call Tanya at the office for more information.

Cook Inlet Academy

The school would like to thank those who helped paint the building and assemble new playground equipment. Volunteers are encouraged to help with the final assembly of the playground equipment Friday.

Parents and staff also would like to thank Chuck Thornton and Veronica Copenhaver for being guest speakers for the elementary students during Spiritual Emphasis Week.

Junior and senior high students volunteered their efforts Tuesday at area nonprofit organizations for their annual work-a-thon.

The jog-a-thon and bike-a-thon for the elementary students is Friday.

Students of the Week are Angela Uchtman for flute performance; Molly Fenton for helping others in band; Hannah Selden for excellence in doing homework; Tanner Fowler for excellence in math; Libbie Turner for always doing her best; Ellie Nelson for expression in writing; Kendra Brush for overall excellence in the classroom, and Jiabao Leaf, Ashtyn Symington and Conner Yarnes for helpfulness in the classroom.

The junior high cross country teams will participate in the Kenai Invitational on Friday.

The senior high meet will be at Su Valley on Saturday.

Parent-teacher Fellowship will be at 7 p.m. Sept. 26. Two volunteer hours are earned for each family in attendance.

School pictures will be taken Sept. 28.

Grace Lutheran

Dennis Leckwee teaches grades five through eight, Joanne Love teaches preschool, Rachel Hering teaches grades one through four and Judy Schmidt teaches kindergarten.

The kindergarten program has grown and is now a separate class which meets in the afternoon. The preschool has expanded from three to five days with options for a two-day program for children age 3 or a three-day program for children age 4.

In Christ Light classes are studying the Old Testament scriptures beginning with Genesis, chapter one. The children were taught that God created the world for human beings in six days by his power and word.

There are still openings available at the school, call Dennis Leckwee for information about the kindergarten through eighth grade program or Joanne Love for preschool information at 283-9551.


Children participated in activities around the theme of “Our Wonderful Earth” at the school’s in-service. Parents participated in a workshop on unit studies. As part of the school’s month-long focus on the earth, families will participate in a two-day roadside geology and natural resources cruise in Kachemak Bay. Parents are reminded to call the office to reserve a place.

Parents also are reminded that ILPs are due Friday. The office staff is available to help and answer questions.

The school has many books and enrichments available for student use for sale.

The library is online and families can check to see if the book they want is available by going to the IDEA home page and clicking on resources, then click on library.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences

Mrs. Shelden’s and Mrs. Stroh’s classes are learning German with Mrs. Romberg. They also are learning cursive writing, measuring with thermometers, water cohesion and watersheds. Students continue to study Claude Monet in art lab.

Today is volunteer training in the library at 9:30 a.m. and again at 7 p.m. This is required training in order to volunteer at Kaleidoscope or Sears Elementary.

On Friday students will go to the Alaska Zoo and Portage Glacier. Buses leave school at 7 a.m. and return at 7 p.m.

The school’s open house and ice cream social will be Sept. 22

School picture day is Sept. 28.

Family Science Festival with the Imaginarium is Sept. 29.

Parents are reminded to send a written note with your children when their after-school arrangements change. Mrs. Hibberd is in the office from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The office phone number is 283-0804.

Kaleidoscope and Sears are joining together to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. Loose change will be collected in a jug located in the school’s office. There is a jug for collection at the office. The schools also will hold a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds from both fund-raisers will be donated to the American Red Cross.

Kenai Central High

Dates to remember:

· Today — Makeup training for OSHA with Dennis Tidwell;

· Thursday — Site council training from 10:30 am to 2 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center; Arctic Winter Games meeting at 4 p.m. in library; and site council meets at 5 p.m. in faculty lounge;

· Friday — Constitution Day and schoolwide assembly with schedule yet to be determined; and volleyball teams “C”, junior varsity and varsity host Wasilla at 3, 4 and 5:30 p.m., respectively; and

· Saturday — Borough cross country running at Skyview High School; swimming at 8 a.m. at the school; volleyball teams “C”, junior varsity and varsity host Skyview at 10 a.m.,11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., respectively; and football teams junior varsity and varsity play Service at AFS at noon and 3 p.m., respectively.

Kenai Middle

Volunteers are needed for the Aspirations Advocates program. Advocates serve as mentors for middle school students and provide encouragement, support and friendship. Mentors must be willing and able to meet with students during school for one hour each week. They also must attend an evening training session once a month.

For more information, call Mark Manuel at 283-4896. An informational meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday in the library.

Students are reminded that in order to keep pop machines, cookie machines and school store available for use, trash must be properly disposed of.

Congratulations to Jazz Phelps, Kyle Dougherty, Dalton Chappell and Olivia Pfeifer for winning the Character Count drawing. They students received pizza for lunch last week.

The school is collecting General Mills box tops. A drawing is held every Friday and the winner receives a $1 coupon to spend at the school store. Last week’s winner was Truckee Lemay.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — Soccer at 3 p.m. at the school, site council meets at 5:30 p.m. in the library;

· Friday — 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. at Seward;

· Sept. 27 — First round of boroughs soccer; and

· Sept. 30 — Student of the Month lunch.

Kenai Montessori

The kindergarten students are working on handwriting skills and are learning how to keep records of their work and progress.

The prekinderagten students are focusing on practical life skills and working with the various sensorial manipulatives.

There are a few openings for piano lessons with Mrs. Roten and Mrs. Nill has space available for violin lessons.

The deadline for scholarship applications is 5:30 p.m. Sept. 30. Winners will be notified Oct. 3. For more information, visit

Mountain View Elementary

Fall fund-raiser orders are due Tuesday.

T shirt and sweatshirt orders are due Sept. 23. Short-sleeve shirts cost $10, crew neck sweatshirts are $18 and hooded sweatshirts are $22.

Mrs. Keating’s fifth-graders will go on a Leave No Trace field trip Thursday and Friday at the OEC Camp on Swanson River Road. The refuge staff will help students learn how to be good stewards of the area’s flora and fauna. Parents will accompany students and spend Thursday night as chaperones in their cabins. On Friday, they will go on a hike at Kelly Lake.

Mrs. Heath’s class will go to Portage Glacier on Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Mr. Knudsen, Mrs.Cramer and Mrs. Wannamaker’s third-graders will travel to the refuge Friday to participate in the predators program offered by the refuge. They also will tour the education center.

Mrs. Stephen’s class is going to Kelly Lake on Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — Open house. Parents and students pick up schedules, meet and greet in the commons at 6 p.m., convene to the auditorium at 6:30 p.m. and then follow a modified bell schedule at 7 p.m. for parents.

· Friday — Middle school cross country running at 3 p.m. in Kenai, middle school soccer at 3 p.m. in Homer, junior varsity volleyball hosts ACS at 4 a.m. and varsity volleyball hosts ACS at 5 p.m.;

· Saturday — Borough cross country running at Skyview High School, junior varsity football at 10 a.m. at Eielson, varsity football at 1 p.m. at Eielson, junior varsity volleyball hosts Houston at noon, and varsity volleyball team hosts Houston at 1 p.m.;

· Monday — High school wrestling practice 2:30 p.m. and “C” team football hosts Soldotna High School at 4 p.m.; and

· Tuesday — Junior varsity volleyball at 3:30 p.m. at SoHi and varsity volleyball at 5 p.m. at SoHi.

The staff would like to recognize Tasha Thompson for being a student tutor working with middle school students. They said she has been very effective in her new role.


The music department is in need of band instruments. Community members with an instrument they would be willing to donate or loan are asked to call the school.

The pool schedule is: Open swim at 3:15 and 5 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays and from 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays; lap swim from 8 to 9 a.m. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; preschool swim from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesdays.

Borough high school cross country races will be held at Skyview High School on Saturday.

Redoubt Elementary

Site council meets today at 3:45 p.m. in the conference room. It is open to the public.

The QSP fund-raiser ended Tuesday. Forms and money are due today. The school thanks all students, parents and members of the community who participated.

Donations to the American Red Cross for Hurricane Katrina victims will be collected through Friday. A collection jar is in front of the school office.

Intramural soccer games begin Monday. Weekly schedules will be in Friday’s newsletters.

Parents can access information about their child’s grades, attendance, assignments, school newsletters and more by visiting

School pictures will be taken Sept. 29. Siblings and other community members can be photographed between 11:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Retakes are scheduled for Oct. 20. Students wishing to purchase photos should bring their order form and money to school on picture day.

Parents are encouraged to complete a school lunch and federal programs application. Completion of this form helps the school receive federal funding. The 20-day grace period for students who were in the school lunch program last year ends Monday.

Volunteers and donations are needed for the school breakfast program. Call Diane Bush at 262-8570.

Parents of students in Miss Rosin’s first grade class are invited to a curriculum night from 6:15 to 7:15 p.m. Thursday in the classroom.

Sears Elementary

Title 1 will hold its first committee meeting at 3:30 p.m. today in the Title 1 room.

Volunteer training will be at 9:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. today. Training is required to volunteer at the school.

An ice cream social and open house will be from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Sept. 22.

Ms. Ralston’s class is exploring float and sink during its science unit. The class is looking for clean milk jugs, plastic containers, small toys and meat trays for the next part of their water unit.

The school is collecting money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina with a program called “Change for America.” Students may drop off their donation at the office.

School pictures will be taken Sept. 28.

Skyview High

The senior class is challenging the junior, sophomore and freshman classes to help with change for the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

The metal shop is looking for a large cross-section of a pipe (3-4’ diameter x 6 ‘ long). The pipe will be used as students projects to make a barbecue grill. Call Mr. Schrier for information.

The National Merit Scholarship Corporation has announced the names of the semifinalist. Senior Rebecca Kilfoyle is among those selected. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. To become a finalist, a semifinalist must have an outstanding academic record throughout the high school years, be endorsed and recommended by the school principal, and earn SAT scores that confirm the student’s earlier qualifying test performance. Approximately 15,000 semifinalists will advance to the finalist level and it is from this group that all Merit Scholarship winners will be chosen.

Merit scholar designees are selected on the basis of their accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. Rebecca is the daughter of Thomas and Cosette Kilfoyle of Kasilof.

Soldotna Elementary

The school is holding its annual Innisbrook wrapping paper fund-raiser. Students will be selling designer gift wrap, gourmet foods and notecards. Students were offered sample packets to take home and all help will be appreciated.

The PTA invites everyone to the first Book Bingo on Thursday. Entry fee is one book but the more that are brought in, the more can be awarded. Pizza is available and must be ordered by today.

Writing focus for this month is ideas and content. Students are being taught to utilize their own experiences to make their writing interesting and unique. Look for writing samples from all grades in the foyer next week.

Thank you to Dawson Matson, who was honored this week with a Wolves shirt and movie pass for his kindness and caring to another student.

There will be fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade drama tryouts for the upcoming Christmas musical, “The XMas Files” from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. Music teacher Erin Southwick encourages students to try out.

Soldotna High

The site council meets at 5 p.m. today in the faculty workroom.

Friday morning at 9:30, Mayor Dave Carey and the band, under the direction of Vernel Schneider, will present a musical and spoken tribute celebrating America’s Constitution. The public is invited to attend.

Swimming and diving host North Pole on Friday and then travel to Kenai Central High School on Saturday.

The cross country running team runs boroughs at Skyview High School on Saturday.

On Monday “C” football is at Nikiski.

On Tuesday volleyball hosts Nikiski.

Space Odyssey, the school’s weeklong homecoming observance, begins Monday. Each day during the week’s break and lunch periods, a variety of competitions and activities will be hosted to encourage student participation and school spirit. The week ends Sept. 24 with the homecoming game against Eagle River, followed by the homecoming dance at 8 p.m. in the commons. Guests must be signed up in advance and be under 21 years of age.

More information is available at

Soldotna Middle

Dates to remember:

· Today — Soccer and cross country team and individual pictures. Picture packets have been sent home.

· Thursday — White soccer teams at 3 p.m. at Kenai;

· Friday — Cross country running at 3 p.m. Friday at Kenai;

· Saturday — White soccer teams host Seward at noon;

Battle of the Books will begin this month. Interested students can stop in the library and check out books from the list.

Ms. Tyler’s class is running its Intensive Java Joint. The students are learning marketing, responsibility and how to make coffee. Eric Benson, eighth grade team leader and Connor Aaronson, seventh grade java tutorial, are helping with the program.

Yearbooks are available for $20 before Christmas or $25 after Christmas. Pay at the office. Yearbook organizers would like to have students submit pictures of their out-of-school activities for a two-page spread. Pictures may be submitted to Mr. Gustkey or e-mailed to him as an attachment at Students are encouraged to submit a design for the cover. It should be on a 8.5” x 11” paper. The design should be in black ink as the cover is black lines on a maroon background. Entries should be submitted by Thanksgiving. The winning design artist will receive a free yearbook.

The PTSA meets at 6 p.m. Thursday in the library.

Fortnightly will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. p.m. Friday. Admission price is $3 for SMS students only.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

In response to the devastation caused in the Gulf Coast region, Ms. Romatz’s fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade class has been conducting a schoolwide penny drive to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The penny drive ended Friday and the last count stood at $366.50. Their goal is $500.

Intramural soccer season has begun for fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. Practices are being held Tuesdays and Thursdays after school.

Open House and a general parent meeting was held Monday. Following a short meeting in the gym, families were released to meet and greet with teachers and friends and receive student-led tours of their classrooms.

This week classes had their first philosophy sessions. Along with learning what philosophy is, the groups pondered the ideas of what it means for something to be valuable and underscored the idea that we are all part of a community of learners.

On Friday the annual City Park Cleanup picnic and fund-raiser will be held. Students will clean up trash from city parks and the playground. Students are asking for pledges of a penny per pound of trash collected by the school. Flat pledges in any amount also are welcome. Money collected will be used to fund community field experiences. For more information, call 260-9221. Students are reminded to bring a sack lunch. Families are welcome.

Tustumena Elementary

Mrs. Knobf’s sixth-grade class is collecting coin donations for the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The money collected will be sent to the American Red Cross.

The school has signed up to receive financial support through Safeway’s online support program. The school’s ID No. is 6678079.

The school’s breakfast program is in need of adult volunteers from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Monday through Friday. Those interested may call Ingrid Edgerly at 283-5252.

Parents wishing to serve on a committee to draft a proposal for initiating a prekindergarten program at the school are asked to call the school as soon as possible. The first meeting will be scheduled later this month.

The winner of the PTO bike raffle during last week’s open house was Anthony Anfeldt. Anthony is a third-grader in Ms. Gossett’s room.

The school will host an assembly at 3 p.m. Sept. 19 in the gym. The theme will be “patriotism.”

Wings Christian Academy

Kyla Moore is the school’s newest student. She is a third-grader.

Kaden Maclellan won the cleanest desk of the week award for the Learning Center and Victoria Grant won for the kindergarten.

The kindergartners have learned their vowel sounds, how to write the vowels and the numbers 1 and 2.

School elections were held and the following students were elected: Leah Howell, student council president; Melissa Newton, vice president; Julianne Petty, yearbook editor; Amy Wood, assistant yearbook editor; Alex Petty, junior representative; Mickelle Waters, secretary and treasurer; and photographers are Rebeckah Wood and Ashlynn Burger.

Volleyball practice will be from 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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