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Posted: Wednesday, September 27, 2000

Next round of exit exams begins next week

The Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Exam will be administered October 3 through 5. This test is for juniors who need to retake a section of the test, who are new to the state or who missed the test last year.

This year's sophomores will take the test in the spring. If parents are unsure whether their student needs to take any or all of the tests, contact your student's counselor.

School board meets Monday in Seward

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education meets Monday at 7:30 p.m. at Seward High School. All school board meetings are open to the public.

Prior to the meeting, the board will have work sessions dealing with the condition of Seward's school buildings and the new prison school being set up at the Spring Creek Correctional Center.

Agendas are available at the meeting or at the district's Web site at

Soldotna after-school programs to resume

The After the Bell Programs are starting again. Five after-school programs will begin Oct. 11.

These programs provide after-school academic assistance with qualified tutors and offer a variety of mini-courses to give each person an equal opportunity to learn skills and find new hobbies. Each school has a site coordinator to plan the activities so they are directed toward student interests.

The Soldotna Middle School program will be set up by Rosel Thompson, and the Soldotna High School program will be coordinated by Chris Grundman. John Pothast and Allan Miller are coordinating the Skyview program.

Redoubt and Soldotna Elementary schools house separate clubhouses serving first- through sixth-grade students. Both clubhouses are open from 3:30 to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Academic assistance is provided along with enrichment and recreational activities. Redoubt's clubhouse director is Sarah Ronellenfitch; the director for Soldotna Elementary is Tammy Hanely.

High school students do not need to preregister but should watch for announcements at their schools.

SoHi begins its before- and after-school tutoring today, and Skyview's already is in progress. Students who have not registered for elementary or middle school After the Bell programs may register at the new member orientation for their school.

Soldotna Elementary registration is Tuesday from 7 to 8 p.m. in the gymnasium. Redoubt Elementary registration is Oct. 5 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the library. Soldotna Middle School is Oct. 10 from 7 to 8 p.m.; the room number will be posted.

For more information, call Jeanne Waldren, director, at 262-7085 or 283-2682.

Students offer program to quit smoking

Are you in high school and want to quit smoking?

Fellow students dare you to take "the challenge" -- a government class project to get 10 students to quit smoking for 30 days. Participants will meet once a week beginning Oct. 4 and have information and experts on hand to help. It's free, and everything is confidential.

For more information or to register, call Judy Downs at 283-2057.

Challenger Center expands workshop schedule

The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai is adding more sessions of science workshops for home school students because of high demand. Sessions will meet every other Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. The topics will be the same as the Tuesday workshops announced previously.

Cost is $15 per session and reservations are required. For more information or to sign up, call 283-2000.

Redoubt's aquarium inspires winning writing

Two Soldotna students won first-place awards in the 1999 Federation of American Aquarium Society Publication Contest.

Redoubt Elementary School students in Leonard Ball's class, which operates the school's saltwater reef aquarium, wrote last year about the first "Great Brine Shrimp Hatchery Race" held at Redoubt. The best articles were sent to Nassau County Aquarium Society for possible publication. After the articles were published they were submitted for national competition in the Junior Division of the Federation of American Aquarium Society 1999 Publication Contest.

Kenny Guth won first place in the Best Article on Live Foods Level I category with his article entitled "The Great Race." Sam Whidden also won a first place in the Best Article on Live Foods Level II for his article entitled "Brine Shrimp."

Both are now seventh-graders at Soldotna Middle School.

SMS Students of the Month named

The following students were named Students of the Month at Soldotna Middle School for September:

Cheri Campbell, art; Amanda Welker, home economics; Kenny Bouton and Angela Leake, language arts; Jennifer Smola, Nancy Fleming, Evan Kubena and Liana Purugganan, math; Jennifer Smola, music; Jacob Blanchard, office aide; Krystin Habighorst, Quest; Cody Carver, Jennifer Smola and Stacey Foster, physical education; Amber Criner, RAP; Kacia Dimick, Rachel Beatty, Peter Szczesny and Elliott Gauthier, science; Shantelle Lester, Andrew Gourley, Katie Mills, Nick Byrne and Misty Young, social studies; Darryl Magen, study skills; Marci Woods; and Katie Barker, technology.

Citizenship students of the month are: Elizabeth Denna, art; Rebecca Geleide, home economics; Vince Cole and Adam Wickstrom, language arts; Becky Kilfoyle and Crystal Boehmler, math; Anna Bonebrake, music; Tanya Dederick, office aide; Sean Lee, Quest; Carlene Allen and Noah King, physical education; Cameron Schneider and Ben Tikka, principal's choice; Amber Criner, RAP; Stefanie Moiles, Elizabeth Pindras, Daniel Christianson and Crystal Boehmler, science; Becky Utrup, Courtney Hawkins and Amber Criner, social studies; and Travis Schoendaller and Daniel Silver, technology.

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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