Schools around the district

Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2002

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

First-graders are beginning a new unit about animals. There will be no centers Friday.

The Reading is Great in Summer Assembly was Sept. 18. Students read a total of 248,000 combined minutes this summer. That is 91,707 minutes more than last year. Participating students received a bookmark and two books. Those that read more than 900 minutes also received a 2002 RIGS T-shirt. Thank you to Agrium, VFW Auxiliary and Soldotna Rotary for their help in sponsoring this program.

K-Beach will administer the EduTest for second- through sixth-graders in October. This is a test for grade level and standard assessment.

Mrs. Furlong, Mrs. Tobin and Mrs. Klaben were selected to participate in a forestry project this year with a grant from University of Fairbanks. Their classes will study and compare perspectives on Alaska forests with their sister school in Kentucky.

The first Students In Good Standing event will be Oct. 4. Participating students will see "Country Bears" at the Orca Theatre.

Mrs. Peterson and Mrs. McCoy's classes are studying communities and are building their own community at home. These are to be brought in to school on Tuesday.

Sixth-graders will travel to Cooper Landing today for a rafting field trip.

PTA meetings will be at 2:45 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in the school library. Child care will be provided.

Montessori Charter

The garden area is weed-free and students have started planting strawberry plants and bulbs. In addition, two picnic tables now adorn the landscape thanks to the Richardson family.

Students in Mrs. Larned's class visited the Soldotna Public Library on Thursday. They became acquainted with the facility, the policies and the librarian. This experience will be a weekly event.

The kindergarten class continues their study of North America this week. They also have been busy learning about sharks and whales and are making books about them.

Thanks again to the many volunteers who have helped and continue to help in countless ways.

Open house is from 6:30 to 8:30 tonight in the classroom. Students, parents and friends are invited to come visit, meet teachers and other parents and check out the new Montessori materials and how they are being used.

Sears Elementary

The PTA will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. PTA membership drive winners will be announced at that meeting. Child care will be provided.

The Sears open house and ice cream social Sept. 16 was a success and the students had a wonderful time.

The fall fund-raiser packets are due back today.

Oct. 3 is student picture day.

Last week, Mrs. Bryson's kindergarten class went berry picking and the students had a great time. They also are learning about different insects.

Mrs. Thomas kindergarten class has finished learning the "Big Threes." They went to the home of Kim Hyde in Sterling to go through her garden maze and also had a scavenger hunt.

Mrs. Ralston's class went to her home and learned about different berries and seeds. Students got to taste several different things and also went to the Nikiski pool.

Soldotna Elementary

The leaves are turning and it's time to dig up potatoes as first-graders learned about family food gathering. Mrs. Vasilie's first grade harvested potatoes Tuesday and proudly brought back their treasures to share.

PTA is sponsoring a Book Bingo at 5:30 Thursday night. See the flyer that went home with your student for information on a family activity which helps reading.

Sterling Elementary

School pictures will be taken Friday starting at 9 a.m. Make sure money has been sent to school if you want to purchase pictures of your child. All children will be photographed but only those who have sent in money will have picture packets. Retakes will be in October for folks who want them done over or for new students.

Ms. Hoffman's class went on a field trip to the Outdoor Education Center on Swanson River Road.

Miss T.'s first-graders have been seen wondering around the school's big hill to find leaves and trees to bring back to the classroom to discuss.

Congratulations to Missy Massey and Jordan Merkes for being elected president and vice president of the Sterling student council. Watch for upcoming events sponsored by the student council. These students do much during the school year to promote good citizenship and high morale for their fellow students.

Preschoolers are welcome to come play in the gym Thursday between 9:30 and 11 a.m. Bring a toy to share.

Tustumena Elementary

Tustumena School would like to thank Kathy Bender for designating the school for a $50 donation via NYE Frontier Toyota's "Spirit of Giving" program. The donation will be used for the educational needs of the children.

Tustumena's annual Halloween Carnival will be Oct. 30 from 6 to 9 p.m. Parents wishing to assist in the planning and preparation for this year's event may contact a committee member or the school for more information.

Mrs. Cowart's sixth-grade class is preparing for an overnight field trip to the Outdoor Education Center on Thursday and Friday. The class will be participating in the Leave No Trace program sponsored by the Forest Service, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Bureau of Land Management. Joining Mrs. Cowart as chaperones are Holly Mallette, Dave Blossom and Karl Kircher.

Tustumena continues its involvement in the Adopt-A-Stream program sponsored by the Fish and Wildlife Service. This program teaches students how to examine the physical, chemical and biological nature of Crooked Creek located within walking distance of Tustumena School. Students will travel monthly to this site to test water quality, survey fish and wildlife habitat and learn more about land uses affecting a watershed. Mrs. Cowart's sixth-grade class made its first trip on Sept. 13, and Ms. Haddix's sixth-graders traveled Tuesday.

Kenai Middle

The Character Counts students for last week were Cindy Kottler, Corey Sterling, Cody Nickoloff, Tommy Eide, Stephanie Mills, Ashley Wooley, Jaron Dambacher, Brad Deneson and Brad Fusaro.

Student council is taking orders for the new KMS shirts. The T-shirts are black with the school's new logo designed by Justin Tumbaga, a former KMS student. Order forms are available in the office. Pay when ordering. T-shirts sell for $10; crewneck sweatshirts for $15; and hooded sweatshirts for $23. Orders are due by Oct. 4.

Don't forget the following events:

Thursday -- Soccer at Soldotna Middle at 3 p.m.

Friday -- Magazine drive orders are due

Saturday -- KMS hosts borough cross country tournament starting at 11 a.m. Volunteers are needed. Call 283-4896 to help.

Monday -- Picture retakes

Tuesday -- Borough soccer tournament begins

Oct. 7 -- In-service day, no school

Oct. 8 -- Basketball starts. Make sure to turn in forms to coaches.

Oct. 9 -- Sixth grade goes to camp.

Soldotna Middle

The SMS cross country teams dominated the race this weekend at Nikiski. The girls had 12 runners in the top 15. The boys also did well and had all six runners place in the top 15. This weekend the Spartans will travel to Seward to compete.

The maroon and white girls' soccer team put up a good fight against Homer, defending borough champions, for the first game of the season.

Intramural soccer will play Thursday at Chapman School.

Yearbooks are for sale. They are $23 before Christmas and $25 after. Checks may be made out to Soldotna Middle School and taken to the office. Yearbook ads cost $10 for a business card size, $80 for a whole page.

SMS Chess Club, sponsored by After the Bell, will hold organizational meetings during lunches today.

The seventh- and eighth-grade Outdoor Education classes have just finished an orienteering unit. This week has been spent learning about cold water survival.

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce student of the month for SMS is Max Milliron. Max is an eighth-grader involved in many activities while maintaining outstanding grades.

The Soldotna Battle of the Books team has earned five consecutive state championships. See Ms. Myrick or Mrs. Shirley for a current list of titles.


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

PSAT test dates are Oct. 15 and 19. Contact Wendi if interested in taking this test.

Book orders are available in the office. Orders will be placed each Friday. is an online math tutorial available for students grades three through 12. Quick tours are available online. Interested parents can contact Wendi to order the tutorial.

There will be a "Quick as a Wink" in-service for parents Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. All parents with kindergartners using the Quick as a Wink program are invited to the in-service conducted by Sandra Covey, the designer of the program. Contact Doug to sign up.

All home-school students in grades six through eight are invited to participate in Math Counts. This program is designed to promote student interest in mathematics by making math achievement challenging and exciting. Contact Wendi for details.

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. The Soldotna and Homer office hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Kenai Central High

Mrs. DeVolld and the KCHS Drama Department soon will introduce the latest production: "Spirit of Belonging." This original, student-created musical is a celebration of families and the United States. Performances will be Nov. 7 to 10 in the auditorium. The following young people were selected to the cast and crew: Kalen Tyson, Aarick Carlson, Eric Cox, D.J. Tyson, Melissa Vasilie, Kristi Boatright, Bob Deardoff, Jesse Deardoff, Mariah Meeks, Nadia Cherraj, Megan Kohler, Phil Daniel and Toni Reitter.

KCHS will start the Student of the Month program for the the new school year. Winners will be listed in subsequent school news briefs.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High

School picture retakes will be Monday.

There will be a girls' open gym at 5 p.m. Monday and Oct. 5.

There will be a tri-council meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the library.

There will be no classes Oct. 7 due to teacher in-service.

Skyview High

Thanks to all of the participants who attended last weekend's cross country regional race and good luck this upcoming weekend at the state competition in Palmer.

Homecoming activities will continue for the rest of this week with Western Day today; Duct Tape Day on Thursday; and Spirit Day on Friday. The Powder Puff football games for the week conclude at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. The annual bonfire and pep rally will begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday with the car decorations parade and ending around 7:30 p.m. at the conclusion of the bonfire. Students can bring in pallets beginning after school today.

The football teams play at Homer on Saturday. The junior varsity game begins at 11 a.m. and the varsity game starts at 2 p.m.

Homecoming will conclude with the Hawaiian Nights homecoming dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Saturday. Cost for the dance is $10 per individual or $15 per couple.

The football C-team plays at Nikiski at 4 p.m. Monday.

Skyview's volleyball team will host the Skyview Spiketacular tournament the weekend of Oct. 4.

Soldotna High

Today at noon, homecoming activities continue with students selecting homecoming royalty candidates. Crowning will take place in a combined royalty-pep assembly Friday. This year's royal court will be presented at halftime during Saturday's football game with KCHS.

Thursday night pallet collecting is scheduled from 4 to 7 p.m. Pallets are not to be delivered to campus prior to 4 or after 7. Representatives from each class will count pallets as they are unloaded.

The bonfire begins Friday at 9 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m.

The homecoming dance will be from 8 to 11 Saturday night. Students are encouraged to dress up and dress appropriately. Photographers will be present for homecoming portraits. SoHi students inviting a guest from another high school must register that guest prior to the end of school Thursday. Parents are invited to attend the dance and all other homecoming activities.

The following students were recently recognized as September students of the month: Tyler Cameron, chemistry; Amberlee Query, art; Katy Pankowski, history; Chris Coombes, drafting; Dakota Aldridge, P.E.; Spencer Litzenberger, language arts; Kaitlin Vadla, foreign language; and Riley Kent, band.

The Soldotna High School PTSA is looking for vendors for its annual Arts and Crafts Fair Nov. 9 and 10. Applications are available at SoHi. For more information, call Annette Weigle at 260-7570 or Karin Williamson at 262-2892.

Cook Inlet Academy

Students are placing guesses for the first snowfall during school hours. The winner will receive free pizza and a drink.

The Awesome Students of the Week were Kaitlyn Barkman, for listening and written expression skills; Chuck Kopp, for being prepared for the worst and providing support for the junior high hike; Jake Zufelt, for leadership in worship at the junior high retreat; Shane Moffis, for diligence in completing work; Kaycee Munn, leadership; and Kelsie Leaf, for always working diligently.

Participants in the high school retreat at Halibut Cove said it was a blast and a great bonding time as they learned to worship God with their whole hearts and not be fake.

Students who went on the junior high retreat to Trail Lake learned that it's hard to build a fire in 70 mph wind. They also said they got to know each other better and enjoyed sharing personal testimonies.

The sixth-graders who camped at Hidden Lake said that the faith walk was scary, but they learned to trust in God and in good friends.

The fifth-graders who went to Russian River Falls also enjoyed a wet, but beautiful hike.

The bike-, jog- and work-a-thons will be Friday.

Grace Lutheran School

In Christlight this week, the children at Grace Lutheran are seeing how God used Joseph and Mary to protect Jesus from King Herod's wicked plans.

The fourth- through sixth-graders are beginning their study of genetics and cell reproduction in science.

The second- and third-graders were excited to see their seeds germinate and turn into seedlings.

The kindergartners are learning phonograms. They can even sound out some words.

The seventh- and eighth-graders are enjoying "Where the Red Fern Grows," while the fifth- and sixth-graders are reading "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH," and the fourth-graders are reading "Sarah, Plain and Tall."

The upper-graders began their soccer unit in P.E., and the lower-graders are perfecting their ball-handling skills. In music, students are singing folk songs and rounds in addition to Christ-centered songs.

Grace Lutheran still has a few spots open. Those interested in a Christ-centered education should call Mr. Leckwee at 283-9551.

Kalifonsky Christian School

Congratulations to Tim, Debbie and family on their new baby girl, Maria Kristine Shaginoff. Maria's name was accidentally misspelled in last week's brief.

Thanks to Stacey at Magic Moments Studio for a great picture day. If parents of home-schoolers through Kalifonsky Christian missed the shoot, contact Stacey at the studio.

The school took its first field trip of the year Friday. Thanks to O'Brien Garden and Trees for a day picking apples in the orchards.

KCS is still accepting applications for kindergarten. A full day costs $199 per month. Contact Adele Pribbenow at 283-3150.

Wings Christian Academy

Students had their first Quiz-Em today. During the Quiz-Em, students are asked questions from the month's chapel services.

The cleanest desk award went to Zach Thompson in the Lower Learning Center and Eben Spilman in the Upper Learning Center.

The elections for student council and the yearbook staff took place last week. Student council officers are: Brandon Ruffridge, president; Jessica Boutwell, vice president; Lindsay Thompson, secretary-treasurer; and Zach Thompson, junior representative. The yearbook staff will be: Leah Howell, editor; Julianne Pettey, assistant editor; Kayless Burger, Eben Spilman and Jeremy Thompson, photographers.

Lower Learning Center students are reminded they must bring a coat to school for recess.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

This week, students went on a berry hunt and made muffins from their findings. The children also collected leaves and made rubbings with crayon and paper for the class art project. Students will continue to learn about fall this week, as well as how animals get ready for winter.

School hours are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Susan at 262-4102.

To have information published in Schools, please send a description of the event or accomplishment to Jenni Dillon 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 Friday at 5 p.m. for publication in the following Wednesday's paper. For information, contact Jenni Dillon at 283-7551.

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