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Posted: Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Free, reduced lunch program available

Soldotna Kiddie Kare is participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program. Children from low-income families may qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

Parents’ income determines the amount of money the USDA will reimburse. Call the school for details of monthly income eligibility levels.

Home-school fellowship planned

The Nikiski Home School Fellowship will meet from from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 19. For more information and location, call 776-5104.

Students of the Month announced

· The following students were named September Students of the Month at Kenai Central High School:

Geometry, Evette Villegas; weight training, Jaron Dambacher; study skills, Kayla Anderson; health, Samantha Hull; study skills, Cael Askin; performing arts, music or choir, Kari Frates; French one, Callie Martin; art, Amanda Sassi; honors language arts nine, Jasmine Klauder; metals one, Kody Richmond; band, Hannah Watkins; and AP U.S. history, Rebecca Gilman.

Angelica Avila was selected as the Elks Student of the Month.

Adam DeMello was the Chamber Student of the Month.

Dusty Ward was selected as the Rotary Student of the Month.

· The following student was named Nikiski Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month at Nikiski Middle-High School:

Hannah Thompson’s cumulative grade point average is 3.64. She is a member of National Honor Society. She was chosen based on faculty recommendation for scholarship, leadership, service and character. She also is the activity chair for the senior class, has played varsity volleyball and basketball in ninth through 12th grades, was named Nikiski High School Female Athlete of the Year three years running, and was named in the Who’s Who Academic and Athletics. She plans to attend college and study medicine.

· The following students were named September Students of the Month at Skyview High School:

Language arts, Angela Tri and Brittany Achin; social studies, Greta Danielson and Alex West; math, Ben Wild and Leticia Pantoja; science, Remington West and Michael Morris; performing arts, Tashina Wortham-Turnbull; fine arts, Harley Maxson; physical education, Claudia Sohns and Lucas Thein; world languages, Jared Penning; health, Ian Dolphin; foods, Nicole VanRyzin; business, Johnnie Dexheimer; vocational education, Cameron Foister; and work co-op, Wayman Bright.

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month is Chantal Scheffers.

The Rotary Student of the Month is Jordan Grant.

The Aide of the Month is David Blossom.

· Madelynn Tice was named September Chamber Student of the Month at Soldotna Middle School.

Cook Inlet Academy

The school would like to thank parents who have contributed to the volunteer program. Parent members who need volunteer hours can check at the office for ongoing opportunities.

Parents who missed the PTF meeting can schedule appointments to learn about the new online grading system.

The board announced the hiring of Doug Munn to coach boys basketball and Greg Brush to coach girls basketball.

Students of the week are Megan Fenton, Jersey Trusedell, Riley Smithwick, Alexander Nisler, Adaya Pollack, Tim Cashman, Timmy Smithwick and Vince Brown. Awards are given during chapel at 8:35 a.m. Wednesdays.

Band and choir students are continuing to record for all-state tryouts.

Hot lunches are available Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. See the office for punch cards.

Volleyball practice is 6 to 7:30 a.m.

Wrestling practice is 6:30 to 8 p.m.

The state cross country running meet is at Skyview High School on Saturday.

For more information, visit the school’s calender online at www.ciacademy.net.

Connections home school program

The school is enrolling students for the 2006-07 school year. Call 714-8880 to schedule an appointment or drop by the office for more information.

October book club information is available online and in the office. Brochures in the office include two new clubs: Science-Math-Technology for grades three through six and Just-Right Books for Every Interest for grades three through six. Book orders are due Oct. 20. Call the office for online log-in and password information, or stop by for the book club flyers. Call Tanya at 714-8880 for more information.

Pizza Hut Book-it coupons are available for students grades kindergarten through eighth. See Doug or Gabe in the elementary building to sign up.

Home-schoolers will get together for ice skating during public open skate at the Soldotna Sports Center from 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Friday. Cost is $5 per person and includes skate rental.

The school would like to thank everyone who attended the open house Thursday. The school appreciates the chance to get together with families.

The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam is Tuesday through Oct. 5 for juniors and seniors who have not passed all portions of the test.

Visit the school’s Web site for news, information, forms and contests at http://connect.kpbsd.k12.ak.us.

Grace Lutheran

There is no school today, Thursday and Friday while the faculty attends the Pacific Northwest Lutheran Teachers’

Conference in Newport, Ore. Classes will resume Monday.

The upper-grade classroom is studying the growth of the Christian Church by delving into the New Testament book of Acts. Kindergarten through fourth grade continues to study the early life of the Savior.

The fifth- and sixth-grade science class is studying the atmosphere, how to recognize different clouds and the type of weather that is associated with the different cloud formations.

In U.S. history, the seventh- and eighth-graders are finishing up their study of Colonial America. They also are reading and discussing “Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry.”

The fifth- and sixth-graders are reading “The Island of the Blue Dolphins.”

The kindergartners are putting phonograms together to form words and are reading sentences. In math, they are sorting and graphing fruit snacks and animal cookies. Their bean seeds have grown into plants with roots, stems, and leaves and the carrots are growing green tops.

The preschoolers have learned about the first three letters of the alphabet. This week show and tell saw lots of things that begin with “C.”

For more information on Grace Lutheran School or preschool, call 283-9551.

IDEA

Enrollment remains open through October. Phone 260-7555 for information.

The Scholastic Book Fair is Sept. 25 through 28 at the IDEA office.

Math Olympiads will meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month. Call Janice Habermann at 260-7555 for more information.

School pictures will be taken Oct. 20 and 21 at the office. Call or come in and reserve a time for individual or family pictures. Call 260-7555

The October Fun Day is from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 13. Required medical release forms are available at the office. Early registration is encouraged. The cost is $5 per person.

For more information on events or resources please check the school’s Web site at www.ideafamilies.org.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Mr. Daniels’ class went to Portage Glacier with the other fourth-grade classes. The students went on a scavenger hunt, walked near Byron Glacier, and watched a glacier movie at the center. They are learning about glaciers in class and, in science, they are going to create watercolor information posters on glaciers to teach other classes. Next week they will travel to the Kenai Wildlife Refuge Center to study wetlands. They will take samples of macro-invertebrates from the wetlands and measure water depths, and they will share the results with classes from Alabama to Australia through an online collaborative project called Bucket Buddies.

Ms. Chambers’ and Mr. Vedders’ fifth-graders will attend the egg-take activities sponsored by Fish and Wildlife at Bear Creek in Seward on Oct. 10. Students will take a bus to Seward and will need a sack lunch. The school will send home more information and permission slips soon. Last week’s class president in Ms. Chambers’ class was Raphael Ross. She said he did a great job helping to manage the classroom.

Ms. McCubbins’ kindergartners completed their introduction to Alphafriends and now know a movement, a sound and a word for each letter.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — SIGS walk to the Orca Movie theater to see “Everyone’s Hero.” Admission is $2 and snacks and drinks are $1 each. Permission slip is needed;

· Friday — Picture retakes; and

· Oct. 20 — No school.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences

Curriculum Night was a great success and the parental participation was tremendous.

Students in first through fourth grade had an opportunity to travel to Seward and visit the Artrain USA. It is an art museum housed in vintage rail cars and it brings world class art exhibitions and art education programs to communities and their residents.

The volunteer training video is available for anyone who was unable to attend the training. Parents are asked to call the office to arrange a time to watch it in order to volunteer in the school or on a field trip this year. Parents also are invited to have pictures taken for a permanent volunteer name badge.

Parents are asked to remember to call the school by 10 a.m. if your child is absent in order to have his or her absence excused. The school’s number is 283-0804.

Third- and fourth-graders have been given a list of the books for Battle of the Books. In order to participate, each child needs to read every book.

The next APC meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 9.

Picture retakes will be taken Oct. 10 at both school locations.

Kenai Central High

On Tuesday through Oct. 5 the high school qualifying test will be given to juniors and seniors who have not passed any part of the test. If you have any questions call the school at 283-7524 and ask to speak to a counselor.

The site council will meet Oct. 5. If you have any items you would like on the agenda or have questions about the site council, call Alan Fields at 283-7524.

The student council selected Dusty Ward as the Kard of the Deck and Laura Sievert as the Super Staffer for the past month.

Activity cards are on sale for $20. Admission to all athletic events (excluding region or state tournaments) at KCHS, Skyview, Soldotna, Seward, Homer, and Nikiski are free with the card. See Mrs. Gabriel in the office to purchase one.

Families may access schedules for activities at the school at http://highschoolsports.net.

Dates to remember:

· Friday — Swimming at the school at 3 p.m. and C, junior varsity and varsity volleyball at Homer at 4, 5 and 6:30 p.m.

· Saturday — Junior varsity and varsity football at Soldotna High School at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., cross country running state at Skyview High School and C, junior varsity and varsity volleyball vs. Skyview at 4, 5 and 6:30 p.m.

Kenai Middle

The school is looking for pictures for the yearbook. If you are a soccer or cross country running athlete have your parents take pictures during your games and meets.

Eighth-grade students interested in going to Washington D.C. over spring break with Mr. Summer may call the office at 283-4896.

Congratulations to the following students for being selected as a Character Counts Student last week: Madison Cunningham and Natasha Mistecka. These students received a pizza for lunch last week.

Student council is selling new school T-shirts and sweatshirts. T-Shirts are $13, crewneck sweatshirts are $20 and hooded sweatshirts are $25.

Dates to remember:

· Saturday — Soccer boroughs at Nikiski at 10 a.m.;

· Monday — Basketball (seventh- and eighth-graders) intermurals begin;

· Oct. 12 — Picture retakes;

· Oct. 20 — No school — inservce and end of first quarter;

· Oct. 24 — Band concert at Kenai Central High school, concert and advanced band;

· Oct. 26 — Conferences; and

· Oct. 30 — Basketball, competitive play begins.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start

The children have been doing activities all month to help them learn the color red, the letters H, B and M and the number 1. They are learning about respect and using words to solve problems.

The school would like to thank the parents who helped on the berry picking field trip.

The first session of “Raising A Thinking Child” classes began last week and will continue Tuesday evenings through mid-October. A parenting class for fathers will begin next month. For more information, call Janet at 283-0707.

Mountain View Elementary

The school would like to thank Debbie Harris, the school district’s art specialist, who held art classes for the teachers and students.

The fourth-graders are continuing to develop the keyboarding skills they began in third grade. These keyboarding techniques may allow them to become more efficient writers. The students take timed tests on a regular basis in order to keep track of their developmental progress.

Mr. and Mrs. Wensley’s fourth-graders are learning to think in terms of published work for a variety of settings and situations. They are using the school’s computer lab to work on formatting techniques, design elements and writing skills. Each student is preparing a PowerPoint presentation about themselves that will be presented to their classmates using the school’s computer and projector carts.

If you see a student in Mr. Knudsen’s or Mr. or Mrs. Wensley’s classes, ask them to sing you a glacier song. Students should be able to teach you about the different types of glaciers, how they change the land and explain other glacial vocabulary — all to the tune of “Davy Crocket.” During the field study to the Exit Glacier on Thursday, the students will have the opportunity to sing the song for National Park Service rangers they will work with.

Mrs. Stephens’s class will visit Exit Glacier on Friday and Mrs. Gustkey’s class will visit the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge today.

Nikiski Middle-High

The leadership class for the 2006-07 school year came into being as a way to engage more students in school leadership. Students have been trying to increase school spirit and needed some direction and oversight to help foster their enthusiasm. The purpose of the class is to teach students how to be leaders and self-advocates. Students learn how to plan events, communicate with the administration, utilize faculty talents, set school goals, help provide support to other events on the school calendar. Ted Riddall is the staff adviser and instructor for the class.

National Honor Society selections are in full swing. Parents wishing to volunteer may call Mr. Peless at the school.

Homecoming royalty for 2006 was: king, Tyler Payment; queen, Adora Lee; senior prince, Mike Wicker; senior princess, Kyla Jorgensen; junior prince, Nick Kellie; junior princess, Aislinn Fox; sophomore prince, Wiley Bennett; sophomore princess, Eliza Chadwick; freshman prince, Bo Wheeler; and freshman princess, Jessica Samskar.

The wrestling team is selling McDonald’s Peelers as a fundraiser. If anybody is interested in purchasing them, call Mr. Peless or any member of the wrestling team.

Dates to remember:

(For a full calendar of events for the school visit www.highschoolsports.net.)

· Saturday — Middle school soccer boroughs at 10 a.m.;

· Monday — Middle school basketball practice begins; and

· Tuesday through Oct. 5 — HSQE retakes.

Ninilchik School

Katherine Van Saun, the speech language pathologist, joins the school’s staff. Originally from Austin, Texas, she has been a speech language pathologist since 2003 working in home health, pediatric clinics and educational settings since 1999. Last year, she worked at Mountain View Elementary in Kenai and also is working at Tustumena and Nikolaevsk.

Linda Brady, the new second-grade teacher, began her teaching career in Round Mountain, Nev., after graduating from Eastern Montana College in Billings. She taught special education for six years at the elementary and early childhood levels. After teaching at Schoenbar Middle School in Ketchikan, she moved to Nikolaevsk and taught for six years.

Lisa Nissly is the music teacher. She is originally from Nebraska and has 14 years of teaching experience in schools in Nebraska, Alaska and Nevada.

Volleyball began Sept. 18. It is coached by Mary Clock.

The cross country team participated in the regional race Saturday.

Seniors need to get portraits done as soon as possible.

READS Primary

Music class with Mrs. Matturro, show and tell and physical education are in full swing. The students have been studying the four seasons and will begin fire safety this week. To kick off the discussion, firefighter Cory Lehl will visit the school to share safety tips and show the students firefighting equipment.

Students of the week are: Denali Lockwood, first grade; Kyaran Matturro, kindergarten; Jordyn Whannell, morning prekindergarten; and Nicholas Gage, afternoon prekindergarten. Congratulations to these students for being good examples to classmates.

Kindergarten and first-grade students will participate in the National Book It Program. The October Book It goals will go home with Monday’s newsletters. Parents are encouraged to call the office with questions. Book It goals are due Oct. 31.

Redoubt Elementary

School picture retakes are Oct. 4.

QSP orders should arrive the first week in November. The community participation in this fundraiser was greatly appreciated.

The lost and found will be emptied Friday.

This week is Talk Like a Pirate Week in the library. Students can practice their best pirate lingo and join in the fun.

Lunch room snack sales are Tuesdays and Thursdays for grades one through six. Students should bring cash. They cannot use lunch accounts to purchase snacks.

The school will participate in Walk Your Kids to School Day on Oct. 4. More information will be sent home Friday.

Fall weather is here. Students are reminded to come to school dressed for the weather. Parents who need help acquiring winter gear for their children are asked to call the school.

The school is collecting Safeway 10 percent Back to Schools coupons and Big G Box Tops.

Sears Elementary

The school has opened its Community Center. Students will be able to use it to expand their learning opportunities. This month our theme is “Fall.”

Ms. Ralston’s first-graders experimented with warm colors, dark and light colors, lines and shapes as they created paintings form a live sunflower plant.

Ms. Ralston’s and Mrs. Davidson’s first-graders in science worked on discovering different ways they could get their clay to float. They used the scientific process as they experimented with their clay.

First-graders worked on the story “To Be a Kid” by author Maya Ajmera and photographer John D. Ivanko. The students said they enjoyed finding out about different countries and what children do that is the same as they do in the United States. This story also demonstrated the lifeskill “Personal Best.”

Miss Fischer’s class is learning about the beauty of fall. Students are exploring the woods behind the school as they gather seeds. Many discoveries are being made as they try to answer the question, “How do seeds get from one place to another?”

A second volunteer training session will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the library. Parents who want to volunteer at the school must attend if they did not attend the Tuesday session.

The Title I Program will hold its annual parent meeting from 6 to 6:45 p.m. Thursday at the school. Parents of Title I children are encouraged to come to learn about the program and the services it offers the children. Representatives for the Title I committee are needed to help parent input to the program.

Skyview High

The school’s staff is committed to getting parents and the community involved in the school. The school is focusing on three main goals — engagement, achievement and recognition.

Engagement — Last week was homecoming week at Skyview. The enthusiasm was evident as more students then ever participated in the daily events. On Friday an assembly was held to acknowledge the fall sports participants. The school continues its tradition of excelling in cross country running and volleyball.

Achievement — The school’s fashion show has returned. After being canceled the past couple of years, the student council decided they would like to try to have the annual fashion show reinstated. The council developed a proposal that was well written and professional, and presented it to the administration, which approved it. This process was an example of seeing students implement the skills that they have learned throughout the years.

Recognition — The September Student of the Month luncheon is at noon Thursday in the library.

Skyview Teacher of The Month is Matt Fischer, and Staff Person of The Month is Terry Woodward.

HSGQE make-up exams will take place Tuesday through Oct. 5. Reading will be on Tuesday, writing Oct. 5 and math Oct. 6.

Math-A-Thon is Oct. 6. Details will be sent home with students.

Parents are asked to turn in Safeway 10 percent to the schools coupons. These coupons are being printed when you make a purchase at Safeway. Either drop them in the box labeled for Skyview at the store or turn them in to the front office at school.

Soldotna High

On Monday the student government hosted the annual district-wide student government conference. Student government officers from Skyview, Kenai Central, Seward, Homer, Nikiski, and Nikolaevsk met for the all-day conference that featured speakers Glen Szymoniak, assistant superintendent of the school district, and public relations consultant Merrill Sikorski, who spoke with students about the importance of community service. The annual meeting brings schools together to discuss common issues related to student government. Additionally, students are nominated and elected to district-wide committees.

Retakes for all or part of the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam are scheduled Tuesday through Oct. 5.

Parents of juniors will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 7 in the teachers lounge to discuss after-prom activities. Parents of seniors will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 in the teachers lounge to discuss after-graduation activities. Times and dates of future meetings and activities also will be posted on the school news Web site and future issues of The Galaxy.

On Sept. 18, students observed Constitution Day by listening to student-read excerpts from the Constitution in addition to signing their names to enlarged copies of the constitution that were posted in the commons.

The site council will meet at 5 p.m. Oct. 9.

The PTSA will meet at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 12.

Soldotna Elementary

Students in Mrs. Vasilie’s first grade went to the Tachick potato garden and dug up and cleaned this year’s harvest of potatoes. This field trip illustrated local Alaskan traditions and customs as a way families address their need for food.

PTA Book Bingo will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, with pizza to be followed by Book Bingo. Bring a book to donate to Bingo and enjoy a fun night with other parents and students. Pizza order forms were sent home and students need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

The school has three student teachers. Adam Meyers is working with fifth- and sixth-grade teacher Dena Pettijohn, Nicole Simmons is student teaching with second-grade teacher Sherri Baktuit and Sarah Shearer is in Karlene Meyer’s sixth-grade class. These student teachers will learn from the master teachers and provide added teaching in the school.

This year Foster Grandparents are supporting the Title 1 literacy program by guiding student reading. Sandra Bell, Katie Macleod, Estelle Parks and Charlotte Rosin are working with students on a regular basis to support their learning. The school welcomes volunteers who are able to listen to students read as a fantastic resource for learning.

The school would like to thank everyone who bought wrapping paper and other gourmet items for the Innisbrook fundraiser. This fundraiser, held yearly, purchased the new climbing wall which was just erected on the intermediate playground.

Soldotna Middle

The school newsletter can be accessed at https://www.edline.net/pages/Soldotna_Middle/News/Newsletter.

Students are reminded that we are more than halfway through the first quarter. Student’s grades can be accessed on edline. If you have problems getting information, call the counselors for a progress report. Also, check with your student to see if they owe any class fees.

The school is inviting any interested eighth-graders to join them on the Washington D.C. trip to be taken over spring break. Bob Summer is the Kenai Middle School contact person and can be reached there.

Dates to remember:

· Saturday — Boys and girls soccer borough tournament finals at Nikiski Middle at 10 a.m.;

· Monday — Boys and girls basketball intermurals begin and run through October; and

· Oct. 5 through 7 — All Star Basketball Camp for middle school students, boys and girls in the gym from 5:45 to 7:30 p.m. on the Oct. 5 and 6, and from 10 a.m. to noon on the Oct. 7. The cost $30.

· Oct. 30 — Competitive play begins.

Tustumena Elementary

The school received a donation of $200 this week from the Kenai Auxiliary VFW to the Jerry Horn Memorial Post No.10046. This organization has contributed to the school for many years, and is always greatly appreciated. The school expends donations such as this to purchase school supplies for students in need. Parents are reminded to contact the school should buying school supplies be a hardship this year.

Tickets are going out rapidly for the PTO’s annual Cash Raffle. This year, the school is providing sellers one book of 10 tickets at a time. Should a person sell an entire batch of 10 tickets and wish to acquire more, inquire at the office. The school will provide willing sellers another book of tickets once they have returned the money and stubs for the initial group of raffle tickets.

A parent survey is currently under way in order to determine whether or not to offer evening parent-teacher conferences in the fall. Parents not receiving the survey form via school newsletter may call the school office to provide your feedback. Information is due by the end of September.

Wings Christian

Picture day is Friday, as well as the first Eagles volleyball home game.

The students will be going on a field trip Oct. 6. Also on Oct. 6 will be a volleyball away game.

The kindergartners have finished learning about the letter M and have learned the memory verse for the letter E.

Jared Wood received the Cleanest Desk of the Week award.



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