Schools around the district

Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2000

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Thanks to the K-Beach PTA and the Artist in Schools program, the school will have an artist residency by Bunny Swan Gease. She will begin her three-week program Monday.

Through storytelling, music and visual art, all students will create and participate in a performance about Dena'ina subsistence, a perspective of life still woven into the fabric of Dena'ina life. The performance will demonstrate the skills it took for a village to maintain balance and flourish in the beauty and sometimes harsh reality of the Great Land. The all-school performance will be at Soldotna High School on Oct. 6.

Parent volunteers are needed to work with the artist. If you have time to volunteer, call Kim Senn at 283-6546. Artists in Schools is a program of the Alaska State Council on the Arts that receives funding support from the Alaska State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.

Mrs. Furlong's four-five multiage class will do country or region reports this week. Students will wear the dress of the area and share regional cuisine. Parents brought in bake sale goodies and chaperoned on the field trip to Seward. The class will showcase its alliteration books, created with Mrs. Peterson's class, at the Monday morning school meeting.

Mountain View Elementary

An orientation for all parent volunteers will be Sept. 27, in room 14. Volunteers alway sare welcome.

Mr. Daniel's class visited Phillips Petroleum on Sept. 8. Mr. Spooner, a lab tech, and Mr. Wadkins, an engineer, answered questions about their jobs and demonstrated the properties of liquefied natural gas. The demonstration helped students understand the states of matter. As a bonus, Mr. Flensburg took the students on a tour of the control room and explained the role of the computer industry in the production of LNG.

Mrs. Keating's fifth grade is learning about early man through the book "The Painters of the Caves." Celia Anderson, the district art consultant, showed how to make cave art drawings using charcoal on brown craft paper. The class will share what they've learned with parents at an evening presentation.

Mr. and Mrs. Wensley's classes visited Exit Glacier as part of their earth science unit. Rangers worked with small groups of students as they explored and learned about the glacier.

Mr. Knudsen's and Mr. Vedders' third-grade classes will do a Coho Salmon Incubation Project sponsored by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Students will learn about the Kenai River Watershed and raising salmon from egg to fry in the classroom.

Nikiski Elementary

Bingo for Books will be Sept. 28 beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the school library.

Mrs. Durrant's fifth-sixth-grade class again is collecting pennies to help with their end-of-the-year field trip. This is also a math-science project for the class. One pound is 130 pennies; the water bottle the class is collecting them in weighs 1.75 pounds. As of Sept. 5, they had 23 pounds of bottle and pennies. So, how much money has Mrs. Durrant's class collected? If you can bring in pennies for the jar and the correct answer to Miss Sylvia in the office, you may take a candy from the frog.

Dawn Brower thanks those who attended the volunteer and room rep orientation and training Monday. If you could not attend and want to receive a volunteer handbook and learn how to use the workroom equipment, contact her at 776-4132.

The carnival committee was established at the first PTA meeting. It will start meeting weekly. If you have time and can help, the PTA would love to have extra people on the committee. The PTA also is looking for a vice president. To get involved or for more information, contact Dawn at 776-4132.

Redoubt Elementary

Start cleaning out those closets. Redoubt Elementary's annual rummage sale will be Oct. 7. All proceeds benefit the holiday kindness project. The school needs many volunteers to help with this worthwhile project. Contact the school if you can help.

After the Bell Soldotna Boys and Girls Clubs elementary and middle school registration is now. Mail-in forms must be postmarked no later than Thursday and sent to: 11247 Frontage Road #B; Kenai, AK 99611, or register in person today or Thursday between 4 and 6 p.m. at Redoubt. Space is limited. The program begins Oct. 11.

The clubhouse at Redoubt will be open from 3:30 to 6 p.m., Mondays through Fridays, for students in grades one through six. Programs also are available at Soldotna Middle School and Soldotna Elementary. Academic assistance will be provided along with recreation, arts, crafts, computers, special events and snacks. Participants must be 2000 Boys and Girls Club members. Cost is a $20 yearly membership fee and $10 for each additional child. Registration forms are available in the school office. Questions? Call 283-2682.

Congratulations to Campbell's Soup label drawing winner Gregory Van Curen, and Big G box tops drawing winner Carissa Young

The PTA congratulates Cindy Nagle, winner of the Fred Meyer gift certificate.

Sears Elementary

The open house and ice-cream social was great, thanks to all the volunteers and parents who sent in toppings.

The Sears PTA meeting will be Tuesday at 4:45 p.m. This meeting will cover many things; however, the highlight will be on the multiage classroom concept.

School pictures will be Oct. 3. More information will be sent home with the children regarding packages and options available.

Soldotna Elementary

The PTA board is recruiting members and needs people to help on a variety of committees including: Book Fair, Fun Fest, Soldotna Elves, Book Bingo Night, Family Math Night, Spring Bike Rodeo, Wonderful Wolves, end-of-the-year picnic and a health fair. Leave a note at the school desk for PTA President Marti Shirley if you can help on any of these committees.

Boys and Girls Club After the Bell program will begin in October for all interested students in grades one through six. Information went home last week regarding this program and more with be forthcoming. All students in grades one through six can join.

Before-school reading help through a new program ,READ 180, for grades four through six and after school reading club for grades one through three began this week. Reading teacher Janet Boyce is working with all students to improve literacy skills and encourage reading enjoyment.

Sterling Elementary

Open house was Thursday, and everyone had a great time. The teachers, the students and especially the PTA brought out the best in everyone.

Nicki Eshelman was the lucky winner of the parent PTA bicycle drawing. She will have a hard time keeping that bike to herself, judging by the excitement her kids were showing over her win. The PTA signed up more than 60 new members. The Sterling Community Club, the Boys and Girls Club, Brownies, Boy Scouts and the new Sterling Head Program coordinators were all there to provide information for the community. The student council made root beer floats and well over 300 people had a lasagna meal courtesy of the PTA.

Sterling Falcon sweatshirts and T-shirts will be on sale at the school.

Tustumena Elementary

The PTO annual cash raffle is under way. Here is your chance to participate in this year's PTO major fund-raiser and maybe even win the $5,000 grand prize. If each parent sold two or more tickets, the school would reach the goal of 400 tickets sold in no time. Stop by the office to buy your tickets or call PTO president Judy Johnson at 262-4763 if you are interested in selling tickets.

Open house is Thursday at 5:30 p.m. with a potluck at 6:30 p.m.

Monday, the site council meets at 5 p.m.

Kasilof Public Library hours are Mondays from 2 to 7 p.m. and Wednesdays from 3 to 8 p.m. Anyone interested in volunteering in the library should see Mrs. Schneider or Mrs. Kilfoyle. Helping with checkout, shelving and shelf reading are activities they can always use help with.

The kitchen staff once again is saving No. 10 cans for any dog mushers that might need them. If you are interested in being on the list, call the school and leave a message at 262-4844.

Kenai Middle School

Tuberculosis testing of seventh grade and new students will be Tuesday. This is a state mandated PPD intradermal skin test. Parents will be notified of any positive reactions. Parent volunteers are needed to help and can contact Pamela Howard, school nurse, at 283-4896.

A large number of lunch boxes are accumulating in the commons. If you are missing lunch containers, check this area.

Progress reports were sent home last week. Check with your child if you didn't receive one.

The KMS Site Council meets Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the school library.

Soldotna Middle School

Mr. Christensen's class was stumped by the trivia question of the week, so the soda was awarded to Mr. Christensen.

Jennifer Smola is the September Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month.

Magazine drive turn-in days will be Friday and Tuesday. Tuesday is a bonus turn-in day where students can receive a treasure points card for every three orders turned in.

Tuberculosis tests will be Monday for all seventh-grade students and students new to the district.

Level tests for seventh- and eighth-graders will be Tuesday and Sept. 27 and 28. Make sure your children are at school for these three days, get enough sleep and eat a good breakfast. If you have questions, call Cindy Litzenberger at 262-4344.

Congratulations to students who took part in the SMS Cross Country Invitational on Sept. 9. Girls: Marcie Mohler, first; Jennifer Smola 11th; Allyssa Roach, 15th; Brittany Osland, 16th; Allison Fay, 17th; other runners were Jessica Willis, Katie Barker, Jackie Rainwater, Onya Schouweiler and Ashley Brandon. Boys: Jerry Bilby, third; Ray Barnes, fourth; Austin Anderson, sixth; Gabe Williamson, 10th; Jonathon Baldwin, 12th; Joel Jackson, 16th; Eric Rodgers, 10th; others were Noah King, Josh Merkes, Wyatt Merritt, Brian Hibberd, KJ Kircher, Andrew Gourley, Zachary Cowan and Shane Bryant.

Friday there is cross country at Kenai Middle School; Saturday is soccer vs. Seward at SMS and Tuesday is soccer vs. KMS at SMS.

Kenai Central High School

It's homecoming week. Monday students dressed in pajamas, and the nerds running around Tuesday were unbelievable. Today is Fake an Injury Day, Thursday is Dress as a Famous Couple/Group Day, and Friday is Spirit Day: everyone will be in red, black and white.

Hallway decorations started Tuesday and will finish Thursday. Classes are busy with float decorations. Homecoming royalty will be announced at the pep assembly Friday. The parade starts at Paradisos at 6 p.m. Friday and ends about 6:30 in the school's front parking lot. The bonfire immediately follows with contests, the cheer team and, of course, a big fire.

Saturday junior varsity plays at noon and varsity plays at 3 p.m.

Festivities end with the "Mystic Forest" dance, Saturday from 9 to midnight in the auditorium commons. Purchase tickets during the week at school or at the door. The price increases throughout the week, so buy tickets early.

Parents and community members help make homecoming a success. To help with float or hallway decoration judging, be on parade patrol or to donate prizes, call 283-7524.

The counseling center will host college recruiters next week: Seattle University and the University of Puget Sound will be here Monday; Pacific Lutheran University on Tuesday. Interested students must sign up in the counseling office and get teacher permission to attend.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

The Air Force Great Landers Show Band performed Sept. 12 in Nikiski. "I really liked the Latin jazz," said Mrs. Jenness.

The first progress reports of the quarter will be coming out Sept. 28.

Anyone interested in joining the Nikiski group on a trip to London, Paris, and Rome for spring break should contact Dottie Sanders.

Ninilchik School

Note the list of exam and test dates posted outside the counselor's office on the bulletin board. Mr. Redmond would like to inform parents of seniors he has handed out information on applying for scholarships and schools. If there are any questions, call or come in and see him.

Friday, Miss Cruz's second-grade class traveled to Kalifornsky Beach Elementary to meet their Peninsula pen pals in Mrs. McCoy's second grade. They will be corresponding with each other throughout the year and will plan a second gathering in Ninilchik at the end of the year.

High school wrestling and volleyball begin Monday. Have all physicals in prior to the start of the season.

Prices for pool use are $2 for students and seniors and $3 for adults. The pool is open Mondays and Wednesdays 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. for open swim, Tuesdays and Thursdays for lap swim and Mondays through Thursdays 9 to 10 a.m. for ladies' exercise.

Seward Middle-Senior High School

Per Mr. Fleming, all high school students must use the north entrance to the school, and seventh- and eighth-graders must use the south entrance until further notice.

The tentative dates for the Anchorage College-Career Fair are Oct. 23 and 24. If enough students sign up, the school will send a bus to Anchorage. Sign up in the counseling office. Cost is $5.

Congratulations to the middle school student council officers: Ryan Dieckgraeff, president; Jacqueline Van Driessche, vice president; Melissa Johnson, treasurer; and Siri Gillespie, secretary.

Skyview High School

Congratulations to the Homecoming Royalty 2000 that reigned over last week's homecoming festivities: Garrett St. Clair and Rosie Adams, freshman prince and princess; Shaun Reeve and Jenna Shepherd, sophomore prince and princess; Ryan Colton and Roxy Kotzin, junior prince and princess; Stryder Reilly and Beth Massey, senior prince and princess; and Chris Rice and Jadra Orr, king and queen.

The school appreciates Sweeney's, Malston's and Kmart for the clothes at the fashion show and the parents who chaperoned the dance.

Skyview's student council will attend the boroughwide student council meeting at Soldotna High on Monday.

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

Oct. 2 is the deadline for senior photos to be submitted to the yearbook. Also, picture retakes for the student body are Oct. 2.

Wrestling season starts Monday. The early start is due to the new format of two wrestling seasons. All interested athletes should get a physical now to be ready for the first day of practice.

All Skyview news is on the Web and can be accessed at or contact John Andrews, director of athletics and activities, at 260-2315.

Soldotna High School

Homecoming was a huge success last week. The hall decorating was outstanding, with 300 students participating. SoHi's homecoming royalty were Craig Carroll, freshman prince; Annie Penner, freshman princess; Kevin Swarner and Char Reasner, sophomore prince and princess; Kyle Foster and Jessica Franzmann for the juniors; Kyla Watts and Matt Dereave, senior prince and princess; and Maria Marinkovski and Pat Hardina as homecoming queen and king. The success was due to the SoHi staff and administration for their help and support, and to all the community members who helped judge and chaperone activities.

SoHi will host the borough student council meeting Monday. Student leaders from throughout the borough will meet to learn more about student government, parliamentary procedure, time management, problem solving and to share ideas and compare their school activities.

For more information about the SoHi calender, the homework hot line and great pictures of student activities, see the Web site at For more information about activities, call activities director Sharon Moock at 260-7024.

Cook Inlet Academy

Miss Knutson started the sixth-grade science unit with the study of plants in general, and plants of the region. The class has planned a field trip and leaf identification party before freeze-up. Sept. 15 they went to Carter Lake for another field trip as a retreat for Spiritual Emphasis Week. Miss Knutson encourages the class to read 15 minutes each evening. In math, she emphasizes multiplication facts with incentives to practice at home. A unit on successful note-taking is planned for the near future.

Students of the Week are Owen Philips, Megan Powers, Hilary Domke, Claire Rowley and Hannah Kjeldson.

The Jog-a-thon/Work-a-thon annual fund-raiser for the activities budget will be Sept. 29, rain or shine. The $40,000 budget covers gym use utilities, school newspaper and annual photos, field trips and other enrichment activities prioritized by the families in each elementary classroom, and at the sports meeting for the secondary students. Students help raise the money for activities so that tuition funds are reserved for education and teacher salaries.

Wings Christian Academy

Attention students: There will be a half day of school Sept. 29 due to a retreat being held at the church. School will be dismissed at noon.

This year the school is having a contest on who can collect the most box tops. The upper and lower learning center are challenging each other. Whoever gets the most box tops by Christmas will get an ice cream sundae party. In March, whoever has the most will win a pizza party and trip to the movies. Save your box tops and give them to your favorite student. The box tops coordinator this year is Donna Gunter and the Campbell's Soup label coordinator is Mona Saunders.

This week, the kindergartners learned the sounds of the letters B and N. They also learned to blend their vowels with the consonants and how to pick the vowel sounds in the beginning and middle of words.

Tuesday the first parent-teacher fellowship was held.

The first walk-a-thon was a big success. More than $2,000 was pledged.

Recently, Wings had its first field trip to Campbell Creek Science Center and experienced the outdoor classroom.

The cleanest desks of the week were those of Alex Muller and Troy Consiel.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool

There is more color fun as well as shapes planned for this week at the preschool. Classes will focus on the colors yellow, blue and red. The shapes will be triangles, squares and circles.

Students will bring lemons from home and make freshly squeezed lemonade. Then they will set up a lemonade stand.

The water table will have blue water. Children will work on fine motor skills by doing a little cutting.

Students will follow directions when they play the red ball game. And, as always, they will enjoy great stories like "Mouse Paint" and "Clifford the Big Red Dog."

The preschoolers are making new friends and getting to know their way around the school. They were especially excited when their new pet, Daisy the degu, arrived. Thanks to super preschooler (and animal tamer) Emily Green, Daisy feels right at home.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

The Cuya Qyat'anen Head Start preschoolers are going to the Kenaitze Indian Tribe's educational subsistence fish site on Friday to pull in the net and see what they catch. They have been learning about fish all month.

Last week they went lowbush cranberry picking with Bernadine Atchison and toured the Kenaitze tribal office. Berry picking is a fall tradition of the Kenaitze Indians. They also began their weekly visits to the Nikiski pool and the Kenai Recreation Center.

Holly Wiley from the Kenai Peninsula College Learning Resource Center began her weekly visits to the classrooms to read stories and sing songs with the children.

Nutritionist Jody Moore and her assistant visited Head Start recently dressed as a blueberry and a carrot. They made carrot juice for the children, who sampled the nutritious drink. The children made rainbow apples, using peeled apple slices on a stick and rolling them in sugar-free colored Jell-O powder. Parents received brochures about eating five servings of fruits and vegetables each day.

Family Services is hosting a parents' den social gathering from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays.

Head Start appreciates the parents who volunteered in the classrooms and on the field trips.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

O'Brien Apple Orchard deserves a special thanks for showing the students the apple orchard. Everyone enjoyed picking the apples and tasting them. The staff appreciates the parents who helped by driving and chaperoning.

Kylie, Mallory and Jake were last week's 3- and 4-year-old class helpers. Ali, Ella, Morgan and Shelby will be this week's helpers. Happy birthday to Megan, who turns 5 this week.

Students are continuing the unit on fall. They will "read" a book about leaves, make leaf people and sing fall songs. The Bible story of the week will be Creation. Bible verses for the month of September are from Ecclesiastes.

The 4- and 5-year-old class learned that autumn is a time of harvest and changing colors as well as one of the four seasons. Students took a walk in the woods and gathered leaves to use to create pictures.

The children learned all about the letter B. The Bible story was of the boy who shared his lunch with Jesus, and Jesus used it to feed 5,000 people.

This week, students will create their own fall book and paint pictures of fall colors. The study of the letter C will include show-and-tell items.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

The children enjoyed looking at and comparing the fall colors and the many leaves they found.

The children are now studying families and love to tell about their own families and the many members in them. One young man decided his family needed another "baby" so he was going to tell his mother to go to the "baby store" to get that little brother he wanted.

For more information on the preschool, call 262-9149 or 262-1298.

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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