School news around the district

Posted: Wednesday, September 18, 2002

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The school will participate in the National PTA's Reflections Program again this year. The program is an art recognition program to promote art in the schools. The theme this year is "Signs of Courage," with categories in photography, visual arts, musical composition and literature. All entries are due Oct. 11, with judging taking place Oct. 25. For more information, call Mim Updike at 262-8801.

Mr. Daniels' class is learning about glaciers and other landforms. The students checked out a working model of what happens as glaciers melt. They will take a field trip Friday to a real glacier. They also made treasure maps for Mrs. Klaben's class and even buried some treasure on the playground for the younger kids.

The fourth and fifth grades are working with a grant called Forestry Connecting Communities. Students spent three days collecting information on tree diameter, age and height along with digital pictures to send to their sister schools in Kentucky.

First-graders continue their unit in Look Who's Reading. They finished their "All About Me" books and are practicing the alphabet and days of the week. In math, they worked on right and left, and most and fewest. On Friday, students focused on safety. Families who would like to follow up at home with more fun safety activities can visit for ideas.

The Title I department needs parent volunteers for providing feedback on the Title I math and reading program. Volunteers also would assist in budget allocation.

Be sure to fill out and return the Student Program Lunch Application for each family. The forms can be picked up in the front office. The school's receipt of funds is based on the amount of completed applications submitted, regardless of eligiblity.

Fourth-graders are taking a field trip to Exit Glacier. Some traveled Monday, and others will go Friday.

Sixth-graders are starting their social studies curriculum on Alaska geography taught by Jill DuFloth.

School pictures will be taken Monday.

Montessori Charter

The new Montessori Charter School is up and running. Parents and teachers have been working hard to get the classroom set up with the new Montessori materials and furniture that have arrived. The students have enjoyed learning how to use the new equipment in the kindergarten and first- to third-grade classrooms.

Students, parents and school friends are invited to an open house from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 25 at the school. Students will be able to introduce their parents to friends and teachers and show their families how they are using all the Montessori materials.

Students have begun weeding the garden area and soon will be planting strawberries and flower bulbs.

Nikiski Elementary

Terra Nova and Benchmark test scores have been sent home in the mail.

The new neon "Froggy Friday" T-shirts are here. They are available in adult and childrens sizes. Come into the office and check them out.

Gift Wrap orders and money are due today. Make sure to turn them in at the school before 4 p.m.

Picture packets have been sent home. Pictures will be taken Sept. 27.

North Star Elementary

North Star Elementary will offer a preschool every Wednesday from 9 to 10 a.m. in room 1. The preschool program will run from Oct. 9 to April 23. There will be a meeting at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 25 to plan for the month of October. The October theme will be autumn.

The North Star gift wrap fund-raiser is in full swing. The school uses money from the sale to support educational needs in the classroom.

North Star is in need of a substitute custodial. Interested parties should apply at the school district office in Soldotna.

The school also is looking for someone to assist with teaching bank to fourth- through sixth-graders during the lunch hour. Interested parties should contact the school.

Redoubt Elementary

Parents are asked to complete a free and reduced lunch program application. Completed applications help the school receive much-needed funds whether or not the family chooses to participate in the lunch program. The 20-day grace period for students in the lunch program last year ends today.

School pictures will be taken Oct. 1. Complete information will be sent home soon.

Thanks to the Soldotna VFW for presenting a color guard in Redoubt's Sept. 11 assembly. Students, staff, parents and guests sang songs and wore red, white and blue. The staff hosted an open house luncheon for area emergency services personnel. A special thank you to Mrs. Youngren, Mrs. Brandon and Mrs. Massegee for their help with the luncheon.

Thank you to the VFW Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 and the Ladies Auxiliary for their generous donations to Redoubt Elementary. These funds are greatly appreciated and will be used to purchase school supplies and winter clothing for students and to assist Redoubt families during the holidays.

Preparations are in the works for the annual fall fund-raiser sponsored by Redoubt's PTA. There will be an assembly to explain the program to students Oct. 3, and complete information will be sent home with students.

Intramural soccer games began last week. The game schedule appears in the school newsletter.

Students are required to go home their usual way unless the office or teacher receives a phone call or note from parents. Students should know how they are to go home each day before arriving at school. Confusion at the end of the school day is upsetting to children and delays bus departure for other students.

Student instruction continues until the bell rings at the end of the school day. The end of the day is spent reviewing the day's work and preparing for the next school day. Students should not leave school early unless it is absolutely necessary, i.e. medical appointments, etc. Parents coming into the school to pick up students are asked to wait in the foyer until the bell rings.

Sears Elementary

Sears would like to say thanks to the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly for the school's new office and computer lab.

Title I tutor Katy Bethune will offer reading workshops from 6 to 7 p.m. today and from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Friday. Everyone is welcome to come.

The first PTA meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 26. Child care will be provided.

Student pictures will be taken Oct. 3.

Mrs. Shelden, Mrs. Stroh and Mrs. Hurst's class had a wonderful time on their field trip to the Russian River Falls Friday.

Soldotna Elementary

Students at Soldotna Elementary School learn learn hands-on lessons through educational field trips planned by their teachers and aided by so many parent volunteers.

The past week, the fourth-graders and their teachers, Ms. Courtright and Mrs. Boyce, went to the Homer museum where they saw and worked with Native artifacts. Their field trip supported their study of Alaska Native cultures. This week, fourth-graders will explore Exit Glacier as they seek to understand glaciation.

Ms. Buben's second and third grade visited the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge as part of its curriculum exploration of animals and their environment.

The interrelationship of living things will be the focus of Ms. Osborn's sixth grade as they comb the woods by the Soldotna Post Office.

Sterling Elementary

Sterling Elementary staff and students welcome Mrs. Laura Macdonald to the staff. Macdonald is teaching a grade four and five class.

The last day for lunches for students who were on the free and reduced program last year will be today. Families who have not sent in a new application form for the 2003 school year will be dropped from the lunch program and will have to bring a sack lunch from home. For more information, call Mrs. Breakfield or Mrs. Eastham at 262-4944.

The PTA will meet for the first time this year Thursday. Come and be a part of this hard-working group of individuals who advocate for the best education possible for all students.

Preschoolers are welcome to come with a parent to play in the gym between 9:30 and 11 Thursday mornings to play with other children. They can bring a toy to play with and share with others. This is a good way for parents to get out and meet other parents, and children get to play with other kids.

The last newsletter had an emergency form for parents to fill out and return to the school. Make sure these forms come back as soon as possible. This information is important and necessary in the event of an emergency situation. To obtain a new form, contact the office.

Tustumena Elementary

Tustumena Elementary School thanks VFW Post No.10046 for its generous donation of $250 this fall. This donation will be used for student transportation costs for field trips this year.

The Tustumena PTO is selling tickets for this year's cash raffle, to be held Dec. 7. The $50 ticket enters participants for the chance to win a grand prize of $5,000 or 21 other cash prizes. There are only 400 tickets available to the public. To buy a ticket, call the school at 262-4844.

Tustumena had an interesting happening on its playground this week. On Wednesday, a sink-hole was discovered next to the ski hill. The hole measured 12-feet in diameter and 6-feet deep. Thanks to the quick response of Kenai Peninsula Borough maintenance staff, the hole was filled before any injuries occurred.

School pictures will be Oct. 3. Parents, watch for purchasing information to arrive at home any day now.

Kenai Middle

The KMS Character Counts kids for last week were Hayden Sterling, Becca Ford, Meranda Mahan, Trisha Fitzpatrick, Cody Nickoloff, Amanda Duniphan, Trevor Schaffner, Freddie John, Anthony Ming, Marisa Navarre, Jessica Pierce, Kari Hansen, Corey Sterling, Trent Askin, Seth Row-Button, Brandon Alexander, William Harris-Tucker and Adam Demello. Corey Sterling was the lucky winner of a pizza at lunch Friday.

School pictures are today. Make sure to return picture packets.

Other dates to remember:

Thursday -- soccer at Soldotna Middle at 3 p.m.; site council meeting at 5:30 p.m.

Friday -- cross country running at KMS at 3 p.m.; activity night from 6 to 8 p.m.

Tuesday -- Students of the Month have lunch at Burger King

Sept. 30 -- Piture retakes.

A reminder to parents and guardians: Notify schools of any changes of e-mail or mailing address, phone number or physical location.

Soldotna Middle

Midterm for the first quarter is today.

Friday is picture day.

Families are asked to complete a free and reduced lunch application. If a family qualifies for benefits but chooses not to participate, their information can still help the school receive much-needed funds and other benefits. All information provided is strictly confidential. Students

enrolled in the lunch program last school year are covered under a 20-day grace period which ends today.

The SMS Radio Club, sponsored by Boys and Girls Club After the Bell, will meet Tuesday afternoons from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m. Any SMS students interested in learning about the radio industry is welcome to join. A Boys and Girls Club membership of $20 is required to join. Other minimal fees may be required for field trips. For more information, call Rosy Thompson at 398-2923 or stop by the school office.

The Chess Club will organize soon. Be listening for announcements.

The SMS cross country running team did well in the first race of the year. The girls team had 19 runners compete in a 1.4-mile race at the Tsalteshi Trails. The team had eight runners in the top 15, including Michaela Hutchinson, third; Mara Mohler, fourth; Mckenzie McAchran, fifth; Kendra Merkes, 11th; Kahlia McDermott, 12th; Laura Harro, 13th; and Sam Hutchinson, 14th. On the boys side, SMS had three runners participate and all of them placed in the top 15. They were Robert Navarro, first; Michael Biggs, ninth; and Jaimie Duke, 13th. Great job to all middle school runners.

Congratulations to the boys and girls white teams for winning their opening games. Good luck to all four teams as they travel to Homer.

On Thursday, parents and students interested in the Washington, D.C., and New York City field trip during spring break will meet in the school library at 7 p.m. For more information, call Darrell Hagen at 262-4344 or 260-2526.

The Kenai Peninsula Youth Court is recruiting students in seventh grade or older for its next Youth Court training. Students will meet for two hours each Thursday night from October through the Christmas break. For more information, call Ginny at 283-4017.


Homer area parent training for EduTest will be today beginning at 4 p.m. in the Homer Middle School computer lab. EduTest is a series of three online benchmark tests done on the computer at home. The tests identify students' strengths and weaknesses in reading, writing and math. Parents interested in using this reporting option must attend one of the 30- to 45-minute training sessions. Call 262-6315 to schedule a time.

ILP's are due Sept. 30. ILP's are not required for students doing correspondence courses. Parents needing assistance writing an ILP should call the appropriate advisor.

CBM and DIBBELS testing for grades kindergarten through three are in progress. Students not yet scheduled for a time should contact Doug to set up an appointment.

PSAT test dates are Oct. 15 and 19. This test is recommended for sophomores and juniors. Contact Wendi if interested in taking this test.

Enrollment applications will be accepted through Oct. 19. Connections is the KPBSD home-school program. Those interested may call 262-6315 or, in the Homer area, 235-3260. Soldotna and Homer office hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Kenai Central High

After a successful, but busy homecoming week, Kenai Central will return to a more normal routine.

There will be a site-council meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday followed by a PTSA meeting at 6 p.m. All members are encouraged to participate. The PTSA is always looking for more members dedicated to ensuring the best possible education for their children.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High

There will be a middle school dance at 7 p.m. Friday in the auditorium. No one will be admitted after 8:15 p.m. No guests or high school students will be admitted to the dance.

There will be a girls open gym at the school Monday and Sept. 25.

Skyview High

The varsity football team wil play at home against Sitka today at 5 p.m. The junior varsity will play at home against Nikiski on Friday. The C team will play against Homer on Monday. Games begin at 4 p.m.

Also Friday, the volleyball team will travel to Homer on Friday and will host Seward Tuesday.

The swim team has a Pentathalon meet at Soldotna High on Friday and will host a quad meet Saturday.

Also Saturday, Skyview will host the cross country regional meet.

Homecoming week at Skyview will be Sept. 23 to 28.

Soldotna High

Today, SoHi will be on an assembly schedule. Activity chairs Alex Jackson and Josh Brantley, the SoHi cheerleaders and the Star Sensations will kick off the first pep rally of the year to cheer on the cross country team to the regional competition.

Senior pictures for the yearbook are due Oct. 1 to Mrs. Bartman in room 76.

Monday begins homecoming week, with break and lunch activities scheduled daily. Each day of homecoming week has been designated as a special dress-up day: Monday, Hawaiian day; Tuesday, Western day; Sept. 25, '80s day; Sept. 26, class color day; and Sept. 27, spirit day.

The spirit decorating competition will be from 2:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, with judging at 6:45 p.m.

Pallet collecting will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 26, with the bonfire scheduled from 9 to 11 p.m. Friday.

SoHi plays Kenai Central at 2 p.m. Sept. 28. The homcoming royalty candidates will be introduced during halftime.

The homecoming dance will be in the commons from 8 to 11:45 p.m. Sept. 28. Admission is $5. Appropriate dress is required. Guests must be high school students and registered at the activities office no later than noon Sept. 27.

Parents are invited to all homecoming activities.

Cook Inlet Academy

Cook Inlet Academy hosts two foreign students this year. Peter Chung is a sophomore from Seoul, South Korea. He is living with relatives and intends to finish high school here. He said algebra II is easy, but civics is hard. He is on the cross country running team and plans to play basketball. He has an older sister in college. Kohei Oguro is an exchange student from Machida City in Tokyo. He finds Alaskans friendly and the air fresh. He enjoys P.E. and plans to join the basketball team. Subjects he finds challenging are Bible, language and physical science. He has one younger brother.

New officers for National Honor Society are Miranda Zindel, president; Jacob Peterson, vice president; Jessica Hall, secretary; and Thomas Adams, treasurer. Donna Zindel is sponsor. Students in National Honor Society each mentor and volunteer weekly with a younger student at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

Students of the Week are Brooks Furlong for thoughtfulness to others; Beau Sisson, excellent sportsmanship; Emily Pugmire for being a great friend; Brian Beeson, Jenna Zufelt and Alyse Bell, excellent choir performance; Julie Litchfield, excellent school work; and Keefe O'Dell for special kindness shown.

The next Parent-Teacher Fellowship will be at 7 p.m. Monday.

Kalifonsky Christian

Kalifonsky Christian School is off to another great start this year. The classes are full of cheer and new friendships.

New programs at the school this year include Spanish and music education. The kids are excited about these opportunities.

Mrs. Desormeaux's fourth- through sixth-grade class would like to welcome Charleen Ivanoff to the class. They also would like to offer a big thank you to the Hallmark family for "Hammy," the escape artist hampster. She is loved by all.

Kevin Toliver's seventh- and eighth-grade class would like to welcome Audi Ivanoff.

The school is still accepting applications for kindergartners. A full day costs $199 a month.

The school and parents wore red, white and blue and had special prayers in remembrance of Sept. 11.

The school fund-raisers are off and going. Thanks to Tonya Silk.

Congratulations to Debby, Tim and family on their new arrival: Marice Christine Shaginoff.

Grace Lutheran

This week, the children at Grace Lutheran School are learning about Simeon and Anna, who were overjoyed to see Jesus and knew he would save all people from their sins.

Last week, the children in kindergarten through fourth grade went on a field trip to the Soldotna Homestead Museum. They had a great time and had the opportunity to see what life was like without modern conveniences.

The children in grades two and three are learning about plants and seeds in science. They are studying the different parts of the plant and finding out how they grow from a seed.

The children in the grades seven and eight are learning about the scientific method. They are finding out how to use it in everyday situations. They are gaining an understanding of what science is and how it can be beneficial to understanding the world.

The fourth- through sixth-graders are studying the human body. They are wrapping up a chapter that discuses the different systems of the human body: muscular, skeletal, digestive, respiratory and circulatory. They literally know the ins and outs of the human body.

In music the children have caught on quickly to the notes of both the bass and treble clef.

Wings Christian Academy

Students participated in the annual walk-a-thon last Monday. Students raised $1,200 for a school laminator and $300 for international competition. All money from the walk-a-thon is due Friday. Prizes for students who raised the most money will be distributed Monday.

The students with the cleanest desks this week were Jacob Sutton and Greg VanCuren.

In the Lower Learning Center, students learned eight state names and capitals. Students in the Writing with Style and Structure class have finished their second story, "Ann Helps at Home." The children have learned three dress-up techniques and are progressing well with writing skills. All students in the class should have a good thesaurus to use at school. Families can order a student thesaurus through the school for $7.

All students in the Lower Learning Center have achieved academic balance for the first three weeks of school.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool This week at Soldotna Co-op the children made and decorated body posters. The class will study weights and measurements, explore finger-painting activities and talk about families. There also will be a field trip to a farm later this month in connection with the unit about animals. As the seasons change and the leaves fall, the students will create art relating to the weather.

Soldotna Co-op will have a bake sale from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 28 at Safeway to raise money for the nonprofit school. Funds will go toward supplies and other expenses.

Soldotna Co-op offers classes from 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The school encouraged family involvement and has an open door policy. Classes are small, providing personal attention to students. For more information about the preschool, call Susan at 262-4102.

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