School news around the district

Posted: Wednesday, September 27, 2000

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Mr. Vincent's class is completing a month of great learning. The class thanks the parents who helped get students to the wildlife refuge for the wetlands study, nursed the children chased by wasps on Slikok Creek Trail and signed on to accompany the class to Seward on the Dawn Princess and for trekking behind Exit Glacier Thursday. Next month the class will learn about animals and bones.

Mr. Daniels' class soon will explore graphs. The Wind Gizmo competition is Friday. It is open to the public. The class thanks Mrs. Faulkner for the field trip poster.

Mrs. Carter's students are learning the dynamics of salmon by researching, dissecting and discovering the results. The class will visit Slikok Creek on Thursday. Studying homes has given students a great sense of place and resulted in great writing. Ask students about their Kenai River letters.

The Kenai River Sportfishing Association sponsored the sixth-grade Kenai River raft trip. One class spotted a brown bear.

More information will come home for the Fun Feast after school Friday.

Mountain View Elementary

The annual PTA fall fund-raiser is going well. The school thanks students who took the time to sell products and all who purchased these items. All orders and money are to be turned in Monday. If you have any questions, concerns or would like to place an order, call Darolyn at 283-6148.

Volunteer orientation is today at 9 a.m. It is open to all volunteers. There will be a tour of the school and a brief orientation on how to run the machines. Volunteers are always welcome at Mountain View.

Plan to come to Mrs. Wannamaker's room for back-to-school night Thursday from 6 to 7:30. There are completed projects and some still in the process.

Mrs. Ermold's class will explore different kinds of maps, including maps for places, buildings, stories or anything else that can be mapped. If you have unique maps to share, send them to school with your child.

Mrs. Steward's class will visit the national wildlife refuge Oct. 5 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Dress your children in warm clothes.

Nikiski Elementary

Bingo for Books is scheduled for Thursday beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the school library.

The site-based council is looking for representatives. There are two vacancies for parent representative positions. One is a one-year term and the other is a two-year term, both begin Nov. 1. The council meets seven times a year (about once a month). Elections will be in October. If you are interested in submitting your name or want more information, contact the school office at 776-8533.

Planning for the fall carnival is now under way. For outside organizations that might be interested in operating a booth at this year's carnival, it is time to plan booth allocation space. Contact one of the committee members at 776-4132 no later than Oct. 13.

Redoubt Elementary

The school rummage sale will be Oct. 7 in the gym. Items can be dropped off in the school foyer beginning Monday.

Volunteer orientation is Oct. 4 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Child care and refreshments will be provided. There will be a tour of the school and demonstrations of how to use all the equipment and materials. Volunteers are important to the students' success.

The '50s choir, featuring 72 fifth- and sixth-graders, will perform in the gym Friday at 3 p.m. The program includes a medley of different types of hip hop music. Parents are welcome.

Auditions for the fourth- through sixth-grade musical "Readin', 'Ritin' and Rockin' at Redoubt" began during regularly scheduled music classes. Roles include speaking parts, acting, dancing and movement. Auditions for solos are during intramural time Monday. Only sixth-graders are eligible for speaking and solo singing parts. The musical will be Nov. 21.

Congratulations to Roadriders of the Week: Mariah Ulen and Brianne McDermid.

If you are skilled in computer technology, the school could use your help to help keep the school network, computers and printers up and running. If you can help, contact Mr. Meacham.

Sears Elementary

School pictures will be taken Tuesday. Information will be sent home regarding packages and options available. Siblings pictures will be taken that same day at 3:30 p.m.

The fall fund-raiser is coming up. Bring in any orders that have not yet been turned in. The support from volunteers is appreciated.

With the colder weather, students should be wearing coats to and from school.

The road construction has made for a great study for Mrs. Bryson's kindergarten class. The children have been learning about the use and functioning of equipment.

Mrs. Porter's class is learning about the Kenai River and the life cycle of salmon.

Soldotna Elementary

Congratulations to Fun Buck winners Joelle Wearly, Miranda Smith, Amanda Dillon and Jenni Stenga for having their names drawn from among all the students who did good deeds at Soldotna Elementary School this week. These students were able to select a book of their choice as a reward.

There will be a parents' orientation for After the Bell members Tuesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the school gym. All parents and students can attend this introduction to the Boys and Girls Clubhouse at Soldotna Elementary, which will include academic assistance, recreation, arts and crafts, computers, snacks and special events.

The school thanks parents and students who contributed to the Innisbrook fund-raiser. Julie France, chairperson, and parent volunteers are compiling the order so it can be returned as quickly as possible.

Sterling Elementary

Ms. Hoffman's sixth-grade class took a field trip Friday to Trail Lake Hatchery and the Russian River Trail to continue their study of salmon life cycles. They also visited the Kenaitze site as part of their study of Native cultures and community.

Nurse Gracie will meet with upper elementary students to kick off the conflict management program known as Peer Mediators. Students will learn valuable conflict resolution skills to help their peers solve disputes through conversation and negotiation, rather than resorting to violence.

Immunization records should have been turned in to the school or children may be kept out of school.

School pictures are today. Preschoolers and siblings may come to school for pictures at 2:30 p.m.

Coach Rita Geller will hold open gym evenings on announced Fridays for specific grade levels only. Parents are encouraged to come. Sorry, no siblings.

The Sterling SBDM Council meets on the first Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be at 4 p.m. in the school conference room. Congratulations to MaryJo Spotts, the new parent representative on the council.

Student council will hold its first Falcon Fun Night on Oct. 6 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the school. Look for details next week.

Tustumena Elementary

Parents can take part in the school lunch program by dining with their child. There is a wide variety of teriyaki dippers, pizza pockets, fried steak, chicken tacos and popcorn shrimp. The school also offers lunches for field trips. Take advantage of the prepay on-account system so your son or daughter always has lunch money. For more information about your child's lunch account or any other questions or comments, call at 262-4844.

School pictures are Tuesday.

The PTO board will meet Oct. 10 at 4 p.m.

Bus Route 15 no longer will stop at Ken's Tackle. The new stop will be Central Peninsula Mall near Grand Auto.

The office gets calls each week about future school events. If you have Internet, you can now access the school's event calendar at: The school welcomes new ideas about better serving families via technology.

The first Lynx Tracks activity for students that have met criteria for satisfactory school behavior will be roller skating in late October. Parents wishing to chaperone should contact their child's teacher. No student will be left out for lack of money. contact Mr. Halverson in advance so appropriate accommodations can be arranged.

Kenai Middle School

Congratulations to the following Students of the Month: Sara Diamond, Elizabeth Fischer, Madison Gifford, Donna Handley, Kendra Howland, Amber Johnson, Patrick Lybrand, Tim Lybrand, Marcus Mena, Dustin Moore, Francisco Ramos, Alee Rowley and Rocky Ward. They were treated to lunch at Burger King on Tuesday.

Basketball begins Oct. 4 for seventh- and eighth-grade students.

Eighth-graders will take level tests today through Friday during first and second hour. Prepare your children with lots of sleep and a good breakfast.

Today is the last day to turn in magazine orders. For every three orders turned in today, students receive a Big Slam Pepsi or Mountain Dew. Prizes will be awarded Thursday. Several students have won the trip to lunch in a limo.

The borough soccer tournament will be Saturday at KMS.

Mrs. Schweigert leaves soon for China with the People to People program. She was one of 20 reading researchers selected to work with reading researchers in different communities in China. The goal of the trip is to open communication between the two countries and share methods of helping students read better.

Soldotna Middle School

Dairy Queen sponsors the student and staff member of the week program. Congratulations to this week's students Kendra Groves, Dan Silver and Brittany Osland and staff John Christensen and Teresa Kiffmeyer.

The magazine drive ends Friday. Classes are competing, and students win prizes based on number of magazines sold. The final time to turn in orders will be Tuesday at 8 a.m.

Team pictures are today after school.

Basketball begins Oct. 4.

Rep. Gary Davis joined Mrs. Kiffmeyer's Origins of Democracy class as the "Teacher for a Day." State legislators took part in a new initiative to teach students the value of public service in a nationwide program sponsored by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

Student and citizen of the month bowling will be at Gold Strike Lanes Monday from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Students must have a signed permission slip from their parents and a ride arranged to pick them up at the bowling alley at 3:30 p.m.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

Make up school pictures will be taken Oct. 5.

The fall concert will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 12.

Ninilchik School

Chris Hanson, the science teacher, and his wife, Michael, had daughter, Hunter McKay Hanson, Sept. 14.

The school will host a basketball skills camp Monday through Oct. 4. Frank Ostanik, the University of Alaska Fairbanks assistant men's basketball coach, is the clinician. The elementary session is for fourth through sixth grade from 3:30 until 4:15 p.m. each night. The cost is $10. The junior high session with seventh- and eighth-grade students is from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and the cost $15. The high school session is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and the cost is $25. For more information, contact Chris Hanson at 567-3301.

Students in fourth through 12th grade are invited to participate in the Mind-A-Mazes. The competition is Oct. 7 at Soldotna Middle School. For more information, contact Gail Moore at 262-1463 or Mo Stoner at 262-4478.

Seward Middle-Senior High School

Football shirts and shorts are for sale in the office. Sweatshirts are $25 and T-shirts and shorts are $10.

The school is determining if a Junior ROTC program for grades nine to 12 would benefit the school and can become part of the course offerings. JROTC programs are meant to motivate and develop young people, instill values of leadership, service, personal responsibility, discipline and character. If you think you might be interested in having this program at Seward High School, stop by the counseling office. Mr. Osborne would like a list of students interested and to give them more information.

Seward Site-based Council representatives are needed. Two seats are open for parents or community members on the council. The election is Tuesday, during the borough elections. To be on the site council ballot, candidates must contact the high school or elementary school offices and complete a short candidate form. The council meets the second Thursday of each month and is a way to stay informed on school-related issues.

Soldotna High School

Picture retakes have been rescheduled for Oct. 6. Original picture packets are due back today.

Monday is the deadline for senior photo submission to the yearbook. Get your pictures to Ms. Bartman as soon as possible.

Wrestling started Monday. Any student interested in participating should see coach Truesdell.

SoHi's Site-based Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday followed by the PTSA at 7 p.m. Any interested parent is invited to attend.

Mark you calender now for the fall band and choir concert held in the auditorium at 7 p.m. Oct. 12.

Students and parents are reminded they can find homework assignments for all classes on the homework hot line at The activities calendar and additional information are available at the same address. For more information about activities, call activities director Sharon Moock at 260-7024.

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the week are Brooks Furlong, Michael Horton, Lacy Cashman, James Libert, David Burger and Ashley Michel.

Friday is the Jog-a-thon/Work-a-thon/Bike-a-thon fund-raiser. The finance committee set the budget at $40,000, covering student enrichment activities. High school students can earn sponsorships by working eight hours in the hospital, Heritage Place, food bank, The Salvation Army, senior centers and other service organizations.

National Honor Society members meet to work on chapter and individual goals. Adviser Tatiana Khmelyova and Eric Minelga, president, work with other officers Brittany Leiter, Kristen Zimmerman and Miranda Zindel.

Half-court three-on-three basketball started Thursday during lunch. Five boys teams and four girls teams will compete.

The library is looking for a couch, a child-sized table with four chairs, an office desk with drawers, magazine subscriptions (Time, Newsweek, and National Geographic), educational computer CDs, classic books and Christian books for secondary level.

The school needs additional classroom space next year because of the high enrollment. Possibilities are renting rooms in another facility, installing portables or building an addition. Plans will be announced at the fall banquet Nov. 13. Call the office for reservations.

Wings Christian Academy

Wings experienced a memorable field trip. After several bus breakdowns, one student was locked in an outhouse. The principal and several high school students were forced to rip off the back of the outhouse to save her from being trapped inside.

School will end at noon Friday due to a retreat at church.

Students in the lower learning center made plaid, stuffed turtles in art class.

The first parent-teacher fellowship was last week with 21 attending. Karen Burger won the door prize donated by Coffee Roasters.

Plans were discussed for the October Fall Festival on Oct. 27. The kindergarten is working on a poem for the festival titled "Farmer."

Girls junior high basketball and co-ed high school volleyball started Monday.

A skating fund-raiser was held Tuesday at Alaska Great Skate. The next skate will be Oct. 10. Half of the proceeds go to the school.

The snack bar is now open officially Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Andy Gunther won the first Quiz'em of the school year, and Julianne Pettey won for the upper learning center.

Kelsey Jose was the student in the lower learning center with the cleanest desk of the week, and Alex Muller had the cleanest desk in the higher learning center.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

The Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start preschoolers are going to make, decorate and bake gingerbread cookies this week. They are learning about the letter H, circles and healthy foods.

Teachers and family partners will make home visits this week to get acquainted with the families.

Head Start has a room designed for active play this year. Miss Melissa is the active play aide and takes 10 children at a time for half an hour each day to work on gross motor skills. She has been taking advantage of the nice weather to do outdoor activities as much as possible.

The children also are making weekly visits to the Nikiski pool and the Kenai Recreation Center, rotating each week between the two locations.

The Head Start staff and children appreciate their weekly visitors, Holly Wiley from the KPC Learning Resource Center and Bernadine Atchison and Maggie Moonin, who teach the children Dena'ina dance and tying knots on their counting cords.

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

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

The children have learned all about families and are now discovering where these families live and what a "home" is. They are learning their phone numbers and even calling home to surprise moms and dads.

Look for coming information on an evening opportunity to listen to Dr. Carole Buchholz talk about young children.

Oct. 9 the school will have Siblings Day, where the siblings of the children are invited to come spend a day with their brother or sister.

For more information, call 262-9149 or 262-1294.

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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