District school news

Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Aurora Borealis Charter School

The Academic Policy Committee met Sept. 18. The new board member seats were appointed at this meeting. Doug Haralson is new chair, Doug McAuliffe is vice president, Larry Semmens is treasurer, Roy Dudley is secretary, and Pam Johnson is a member.

There is still a vacant seat on the board that will be voted on at the next meeting on Oct. 9. The Parent Teacher Committee had its annual potluck Monday. Students demonstrated different subjects taught in ABCS, such as Shurley Grammar and the Riggs programs.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Mrs. Furlong's class went to Seward, exploring Resurrection Bay, and planned to go to the Nikiski pool.

Mr. Daniels' class is studying maps, Alaska history and geography. The class will take a field trip Oct. 4 to visit the refuge, the landfill, the visitors' center and Homestead Museum. The class also has started looking at wind gizmos.

Mrs. Tobin's class is "filming" a movie to prepare children and their families for earthquakes. Release date will, hopefully, be in October. The class also will study glaciers. Mrs. Edward's class will accompany Mrs. Tobin's class to Exit Glacier on Friday.

Over the summer, 83 students and staff documented reading time. Each student received a certificate, bookmark and two new books donated by Agrium and the VFW Auxiliary. The 75 students and staff who read 900 minutes or more received T-shirts donated by Soldotna Rotary. The school read for a total of 157,127 minutes over the summer.

Irma Peterson, a second-grade teacher, was crowned summer reading "Queen" for reading the most: 12,780 minutes.

The sixth-graders used new information from the Kenai River Watershed study during a rafting trip in Cooper Landing. Identifying tributaries, divides, erosion, as well as areas of human occupation, both ancient and current, made classroom learning come alive.

Mountain View Elementary

There have been lots of good vibrations in Mr. Vedders' room. Students are studying sound, exploring with stethoscopes, tuning forks and other noise makers. Saul and Dylan demonstrated how sound is produced by bringing in their guitar and violin and treating the class to some pleasant sound waves.

School pictures will be taken Friday. Remember to send money that day for the package you want.

Also remember the school is collecting Box Tops for Education and Campbell's Soup labels again this year.

Mrs. Stephens' and Mrs. Truesdell's class will take a trip to Exit Glacier in the Kenai Fjords National Park Thursday for a tour, picnic lunch and hike.

The PTA fall fund-raiser finished Tuesday. PTA thanks students who sold the products and all who purchased them. Turn in completed forms as soon as possible.

Mrs. Wannamaker's third-grade class and Mrs. Gustkey's fifth-grade class made a 16-by-6-foot American flag, which is hanging on the wall across from the school library. Students used a "hands on" approach to celebrating their country by painting their hands red and blue to print onto white paper. Other activities include wearing of red, white and blue and making a class bar graph and beading flag pins.

Nikiski Elementary

School pictures are today. Preschool siblings are scheduled from noon to 1 p.m.

The PTA's QSP magazine fund-raiser will hold its kick-off assembly Monday. Watch for information sent home with students.

The site-based council has a few seats vacant this year. Nomination forms will go home early next week with the school newsletter. Nomination forms are due to the school office no later than Oct. 19. Elections will take place at the parent-teacher conferences in November.

The PTA's Carnival Committee held its first meeting Tuesday. If you would like to get in on the action, contact Ann Holloway at 776-4132 to find out when the next meeting is scheduled.

Redoubt Elementary

A heartfelt thanks from the students, staff and parents of Redoubt Elementary to the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW, Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046. These people donated funds to the school to purchase school supplies for students who needed help this year. Redoubt appreciates the continued support of the school and community.

School attendance is crucial to student success. Please make sure students arrive at school on time every school day unless they are ill or have a family emergency. They should not leave early unless it is absolutely necessary for appointments or other valid reasons. Students miss valuable academic time when they arrive late or leave early.

School pictures are scheduled for Tuesday. Complete information will be sent home beforehand.

Congratulations to Amber Colby, Bus Rider of the Week, on bus S-7.

Sears Elementary

The fall fund-raiser ended Tuesday. If you haven't turned in your packet, do so promptly. The proceeds go to the Reading Is Fundamental and Artist in Residence programs.

The year's first PTA meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Bill Popp and Tim Navarre have been invited to discuss the move of the main office. Come share your views on the project at this open meeting.

School pictures will be Oct. 5. More information will be in your child's weekly folder.

Mrs. Newton's class is studying ladybugs and bees. They plan to study butterflies and ants, also.

Miss Fischer's class will have its first reading party Thursday. Students who did their homework this month and their families are invited from 3:30 to 5 p.m. to go roller skating in the gym and have ice cream sundaes.

Mrs. Anderson's class painted still-life pictures of carrots and apples and started their beans and seeds journals.

Mrs. Hanson's class is studying place value, comparisons and higher numbers in math. They also are working on compound words and started to study the Kenai River.

Mrs. Bryson's class took a field trip to dig potatoes. They dug 807 and estimated how long the potatoes were and how much they weighed. Students made mashed potatoes, boiled potatoes and baked potatoes.

Soldotna Elementary

Thursday's PTA Bingo for Books was a huge success with pizza and bingo. The school thanks all families who participated in the first Soldotna Elementary PTA event.

Last week, Ms. Pfitzner's class visited Soldotna Creek to continue monitoring the waterway. Math, science, language arts and art standards for learning are met through this project.

Friday Mrs. Vasilie's first-grade class went to the home of one student, Breeanna Harrison, to help harvest vegetables in the family garden. Students are learning the interdependence of living things, a comparison of different sets of items and to write an accounts of their trip.

This week second-grade students with their teachers, Mrs. Hurst and Mrs. Baktuit, will go to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge headquarters to study about Alaska animals and their habitats.

Tustumena Elementary

Tustumena parents are invited to volunteer for committees for the fall Harvest Festival. This year's event will be Nov. 2. To volunteer, call 262-4844.

Picture day is Oct. 4. Payment envelopes will go home soon. Parents may pay in advance or send payment with your child the day pictures are taken.

Music instructor Bob Ramponi is organizing beginning band for fifth-graders. For more information, contact him.

Mr. Chase conducted physical fitness tests. Students will be tested again in the spring to calculate fitness gain for the year, as well as Presidential Fitness Awards near the end of the school year. Gary Ramsell helps conduct these fitness tests.

Girl Scout parents are meeting at 3:45 or 5:45 p.m. Monday. This is for organization of troops. For more information, call Joyce Cox at 262-7616.

Cub Scout Pack 454 took part in the district fishing derby. The pack winners are Mike Moerlein, first fish caught; Cameron Foister, most fish; Brian Clancy, biggest fish that got away; Keith Clancy, dirtiest fish; and Jonas Perletti, stiffest fish; Anthony Shell, Jesse Shell, Thomas Kircher and Lizzy Bacon also participated. Everyone got a prize.

Kenai Middle School

School pictures will be Oct. 4.

Congratulations to the following Students of the Month for September: Tim Amen, Kayla Anderson, Jeremy Blumenshine, Tyler Chappell, Daniel Gustkey, Danielle James, Lindsay Keener, Nathan Royal and Kaylee Stuart. These students were treated to lunch at Burger King.

Students who are absent should check the following Web site for homework assignments: www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/kms.

The fall magazine fund-raiser is now in progress. The first turn-in day was Tuesday. The next one will be Friday. Students should have all of their magazine orders turned in by Oct. 4.

Soldotna Middle School

Ms. Crawford's seventh-grade language arts classes had a figurative writing poster contest. Teachers' choice for first place went to Sasha Anderson, second place to Brittany Boulette, third place to Joe Spady and honorable mentions to Emma Thorton, Jordan Grant, Erik Anderson, Kendra Merkes and Andrea Joule. Students' first choice went to Emma Thorton, second to Jordan Grant, third to Danny Hughes, fourth to Chase Duncan, fifth to Erik Anderson and honorable mentions to Sierra Madden and Tina Van Velzor.

Students need to take care of their "money issues" before class begins. The office window opens at 7:30 a.m. The office staff can collect lunch money, class and sport fees and provide change for you during this time.

Congratulations to the silver and maroon boys and girls soccer and cross country teams. The school is proud of their efforts.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

The counseling staff has arranged a senior parent meeting Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. in the library. This meeting will help identify those parents who are willing to help and in what areas. Parents need to volunteer to make senior events possible and successful. If you are not attending, but are interested in donating prizes, preparing food or decorations, contact Ms. Falk or Ms. Cox as soon as possible by calling 776-3456.

The school would like to thank Kenai Chrysler Center for lending vehicles for the homecoming royalty floats. Thanks also go to Evangeline Pattison and Mr. Sanders for hosting the Borough Leadership Conference.

Ninilchik School

Title I-Migrant Education tutoring has begun after school, Monday through Thursday, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Any student, third through 12th grade who needs help can stay for this program. Mrs. Chihuly and Mrs. Cuffe sent home the paperwork this past week and ask that families pick up children promptly at 4:30 p.m.

The pool schedule has been changed and expanded. Open swim will be right after school Monday, and Thursday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m. Lap swim will be Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Swimming suit donations are always welcome, especially by the kids who forget their suits.

Mr. Hanson and eight high school students are preparing for the National Ocean Sciences Bowl in February. Team Hooligan is Patrick Tilbury, A.J. Berger, Janelle Moerlein and Maureen McCombs, and Team Rip Tide is Victoria Florey, Katie Moerlein, Katie Schollenberg and Kacey Diamond. They are working on 20-page research papers about local species that are threatened or under pressure. They also are studying all aspects of the ocean in preparation for the academic quiz portion of the competition. Last year, Rip Tide finished sixth in Seward at the state competition.

Skyview High School

Homecoming week is here. The main events will start off with the final game of powder puff Thursday at 6 p.m. Following that game will be a pep rally around 7 p.m., and the bonfire will be at 7:30. The football team will host Nikiski for the homecoming game Friday from 2 to 4:30 p.m. The dance will be Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. Guests must be signed up at the office before Friday.

Student council will travel to Nikiski for a boroughwide student government meeting.

Wrestling practice started Monday.

Soldotna High School

Soldotna High School already has wrapped up another homecoming.

The seniors took first overall on break activities. The lunch competition was won by the juniors. Dress up days Monday through Friday were best supported by the sophomores. In Wednesday's pallet collection, the juniors won with more than 1,000 pallets. Sophomores won Thursday night's hall decorating. At Friday night's bonfire, the freshmen's tractor won the class car competition. This year's car competition surpassed all other years.

The final class competition was the floats at Saturday's football game halftime. The juniors took first in the float contest, followed closely by the seniors, sophomores and freshmen.

The final point tally for homecoming put the juniors in first place with 232 points, second place went to the sophomores with 203 points, the seniors were third with 191 points and the freshmen's learning year netted them 150 points.

The final event of homecoming was the dance Saturday. About 350 students participated. The school thanks Christine Marinkovski for her work on the decorations.

Picture retakes will be from 8 a.m. until noon Monday. Any student who did not have their picture taken before or needs a retake should see the photographer Monday. Also, any student who did not get an ID should have their picture taken for an ID card.

Cook Inlet Academy

Junior high students' behavior and deportment on their Yukon trip earned accolades. Their comments and student observations, along with pictures of the event, are posted in the hall. Board member and trip counselor Pat Reese praised the high schoolers, too, after their trip.

Congratulations to the elementary Students of the Week: Heidi Hillyer, Jonah Kopp, Adam O'Guinn, Corbin, Jacob Boudreaux, Kevin Powers, Megan Bauder and Ivy O'Guinn.

Preschool Spotlight is a new feature that helps the school family get acquainted. The weekly school paper will print a name. When a family sees their name, they are to make a poster with family information and pictures to hang in the hall by the preschool room.

Thanks to the success of the building fund, Tina Knutson was able to move her class into the new classroom.

Monday is the application deadline for National Honor Society nominees. Nominees are chosen for citizenship, leadership, character and academics. The current members are Miranda Zindel and Thomas Adams. Their adviser is Miss Tatiana.

The first all-high-school musical in several years will perform at the fall banquet in November. The junior high also will produce a drama.

The Good News Club met Sept. 18. Parents in Prayer meet every Thursday at 8:30 a.m.

Attend and support the Jog-a-thon Friday.

READS Primary School

READS welcomes six new students in the prekindergarten class. They are Makayla Derkevorkian, Andi Reilly, Tanner Wortham, Ellen Groseclose, Rachael Ross and Kaylee Fisher. These students will join the kindergartners three days a week throughout the year. They will share in their experiences and learning.

To continue the unit on safety, Kenai Police Officer Gus Sandahl visited the school. His presentation was beneficial and informative.

Kindergarten student Nicole Moffis brought a special guest, her new bunny, to show and tell last week.

Wings Christian Academy

Wings is putting on a birthday party at the end of every month to celebrate students' and teachers' birthdays. Students with birthdays this month are Tara Dunbar, Brandon Ruffridge and Ashiley Soares.

The upper learning center students are going toward the goal of getting at least 100 percent on a test this quarter. If all the upper learning center students accomplish this, they will all go out for pizza.

Brandon Saunders recently has achieved the goal of the 1000s club. He is the first one to reach that goal this year. The 1000s club is for students who get 10 100s on their "pace" tests. If they get 20 100's on their tests, then they get to the 2000s club.

Naomi Pettey and Ashiley Soares won the cleanest desk awards this week.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

The Head Start preschool students will pick lowbush cranberries today at the Kenaitze Tribe land on Beaver Loop Road. Children will learn how to distinguish lowbush cranberries from local poisonous berries. They will use their berries for different projects, including making cranberry muffins.

Head Start staff appreciate all the parents who attended the parent orientation meetings this month. They thank those who volunteered to serve on the policy council and other Head Start committees.

Nutritionist Jody Moore brought an inflatable cow to teach children about calcium and why their bodies need it in the foods they eat. They made purple milk and mobiles out of foods in the milk food group.

Head Start will open a third classrooms next month. The staff welcomes the Little Ravens and looks forward to working with the families.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

This week's helpers are Alex, Connor, Mieka and Taylor. They will be line leaders and help pass out papers.

This week's unit is about apples. The students will have apples for snacks and make applesauce. Students will discuss the different types of apples. They will use their senses to describe apples. The story of Johnny Appleseed will be read, and there will be books in the library about apples.

This week's Bible story is David and Goliath.

The 4-year-old students will bring items for show and tell that start with the letter of the week.

School pictures will be Oct. 4.

The school fund-raiser is Monday through Oct. 12. Funds will go to purchase curriculum and games.

For more information, contact Chris a 262-1284.

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