Around the district

Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2005


The school is enrolling students. Stop by the office for information or call 714-8880 for an appointment.

The Book It reading incentive program begins in October. Call Natalie.

Book club orders can be paid online. Orders are due by the 20th of each month. Contact Tanya.

Battle of the Books teams are forming. The first meeting will be Tuesday. Call Connections.

The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam retakes for grades 11 and 12 will be held at the Kenai Central High School auditorium Tuesday for reading, Oct. 5 for writing and Oct. 6 for math. Tests start at 7:45 a.m. Contact Patti.

The PSAT for all sophomores and juniors will be administered Oct. 12 at KCHS for $12. Call Patti Lawyer.

Connections school pictures for central Kenai Peninsula students will be taken from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday at Magic Moments Studio in Soldotna. Retakes are from 3 to 4 p.m. Oct. 26.

An earth science e-Mission through the Challenger Learning Center for grades six through nine will be held Nov. 14. Contact Tanya by Oct. 10.

The Pudewa Writing Workshop for grades seven to nine will be held in October and November. Contact Tanya by Oct. 10.

The Nikiski Home School Fellowship meets the third Thursday of each month. Contact Heidi Hall at 776-5104 or Hara Hansen at 776-3415.

Home-school roller skating is the second Thursday of every month at Alaska Great Skate from 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $4.

Cook Inlet Academy

Congratulations to David Burger, Tanner Fowler and Owen Phillips for riding 12.5 miles each at the bike-a-thon fund-raiser. Thanks to Mrs. O'Dell for organizing the bike-a-thon and to the parents who provided beverages, helped with setup and counted laps.

The school would like to welcome Mark Cialak, new board member; Charlotte Hillyer, new volleyball coach; and Shawnee Wisnewski, new junior high girls basketball coach.

Mrs. Bird is the new fourth-grade teacher. Her favorite subject to teach is reading, and she enjoys scrapbooking, quilting, reading and baseball. The parents and staff welcome Mrs. Bird.

School pictures are today.

The state meet for cross country teams is Saturday at Skyview High School.

The volleyball team competes at Lumen Christi on Saturday.

Students of the Week are Sonya Houser, Conner Felchle, Jonathon Hawkins, Vince Brown, Larry Cutsforth, Kelsey Tachick, Conner Leaf, Emma Seldon and Elias McConnell. Awards are given during Wednesday chapel at 8:35 a.m. The public is welcome.

There will be no school Oct. 20 and 21 for in-service days.

Grace Lutheran

This week at Grace Lutheran School the children are learning about Abraham and how he trusted the promise God gave him. The children are learning to trust in the promises God gives us in his word, as well. In Miss Hering's class the children are learning proper posture, breathing techniques, how to hold rhythm and some basic music theories. In science the children in first through third grade are studying about the stages of life of frogs and butterflies.

Mrs. Schmidt's kindergartners are experimenting with plants and watching carrot seeds grow. They are studying the different parts of some plants that are edible and leaning how plants take water from the soil up through the stems.

Congratulations to Ryan Burow. He is the first student in Mr. Leckwee's classroom to get all 100 math facts of multiplication, subtraction, addition and subtraction done in three minutes. He is now trying to beat the clock and finish each one in two minutes. The seventh- and eighth-graders are finishing an excerpt in reading from Maya Angelou's book "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings." In grammar they are finishing up their second writing assignment. They have learned how to make an excellent three-point paragraph.

In fifth and sixth grade they are studying light and sound waves and measuring wave lengths. They, too, have their classification of sentences down as a group and are waiting to start writing.


IDEA is accepting enrollments. Come by the office in the Red Diamond Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road Center or call 260-7555.

Students and families have been enjoying a month-long focus on the Earth. This week culminates that study with a roadside geology workshop and a natural science cruise in Kachemak Bay.

The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam will be given Tuesday and Oct. 6 at Land's End in Homer, the Aspen Hotel in Soldotna and the Seward Chapel in Seward. Plan to arrive by 8:45 a.m.

PSAT registration is continuing. You may register at the K-Beach office or call your contact teacher. The fee for this test is $12.

Plan now for student and family pictures by reserving your spot for either Oct. 21 or 22. Call Janice for times at 260-7555.

The Parent advisory committee meets Monday at 2 p.m.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences

Thank you to the parents, PTA volunteers and staff who made open house such a success last Thursday.

Today is picture day with sibling pictures being taken at 1:15 p.m.

Thursday the Imaginarium will be here. There will be two assemblies during the day and a science festival night for families from 5:30 to 7:30.

If you have not attended the parent volunteer training but would like to volunteer at Kaleidoscope or Sears, a video training session will be held in the school library Tuesday at 6 p.m.

Lunch notices are being sent home each week to notify parents of money borrowed for hot lunches. Promptness in paying back the lunch account is greatly appreciated, as it keeps this program up and running.

Kenai Central High School

Picture retakes are today in the green room. Picture packets are available in the office.

Seniors yearbook portraits are due to Mrs. Brighton by Monday.

Homecoming was a big success this past week and a big thank you needs to go to all of the community members and businesses that donated time and money for the cause.

Next week is testing. The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam will be administered to all juniors and seniors who have not yet passed any part of the exam. Tuesday will be reading, Oct. 5 will be writing and Oct. 6 will be math.

Today is the first day for dance practice from 3 to 5 p.m. in the green room. Call Tim Delaney at 283-7524.

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.

Activities for the week:

Friday: Varsity volleyball at West, junior varsity and C team volleyball versus Homer at KCHS, and swimming at Homer; and

Saturday: Cross country state at Skyview and football versus Soldotna at KCHS.

Kenai Middle School

The staff is collecting Safeway Rewards Coupons. Send them in with your student and KMS can redeem the coupons up to Oct. 11.

The deadline to order a KMS shirt or sweatshirt is Friday. Order forms are available at the office.

The sixth-grade classes are sending school supplies to Hurricane Katrina victims in a school in Mansfield, Texas, that is taking in many students from New Orleans. Kayla Middleton, a sixth-grade language arts teacher at Della Icenhower Intermediate School, e-mailed and said, "You are awesome. They arrived today! Please send our thanks to your students and we will also work on thank you letters. This has turned out to be so much more than I could have hoped." They are still in need of school supplies and we are getting additional boxes ready to mail. If anyone wishes to help defray the cost of postage, we would greatly appreciate it.

Congratulations to Ann Larson and Shelby Toombs for winning the Character Counts drawing. They will receive pizza and pop for lunch today.

KMS collects General Mills box tops. There is a drawing every Friday. The winner gets a $1 coupon to spend at the school store. The winners last week were Jennifer Kohler and Liberty Rohn.

Dates to remember:

Friday: Student of the Month lunch and activity night from 6 to 8;

Saturday: Soccer boroughs at Kenai at 10 a.m.; and

Monday: Magazine drive begins and basketball begins for seventh and eighth grade.

Kenai Montessori

Friday is the deadline for new students to enroll in this semester. Starting Monday new enrollment applications will be accepted for next semester, as well as the summer school program.

Friday at 5 p.m. is also the deadline for this year's scholarship positions. Recipients of this year's scholarships will be announced Monday.

There still are some openings available for private violin lessons with Mrs. Nill, piano and flute lessons with Mrs. Roten and guitar lessons with Mr. Morgan.

Mr. Morgan will present a group guitar lesson for beginners on Saturday afternoons for children 8 years and older. For more information, go to or call 283-0424.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

All this week the students will benefit from a series of health screenings. Members of the professional community will visit the school, giving photo screenings and hearing tests. Teachers will administer initial assessments with all students in the areas of cognitive, motor and language skills.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High

Puppeteers Kara Bethune, Joel Ribbens, Tatiana Butler, Justin Smith, Leora Olsen, Andria Dols and Karina Lorenzo premiered the puppet extravaganza "Baranov's Castle" on Sept. 20 to middle school audiences, as well as putting on a public performance in the evening. The show, a drama, debate and forensics team fund-raiser, will tour in Homer and Seward.

Several Nikiski youth auditioned and are cast for the Arctic Winter Games opening and closing ceremonies. This event will be televised on National Canadian TV. Heather Penhale, Britney Olsen, Heather Hunter, Nick Whitaker, Carin-Rose Tauriainen, Tatiana Butler and Amber Ewing have been cast in the AWG core performing troupe. Several other Nikiski students will participate, as well.

Dates to remember:

Friday: Girls varsity volleyball at West Spiketacular;

Saturday: Cross country state competition at Skyview, girls varsity volleyball at West Spiketacular at 10 a.m., middle school soccer at boroughs at Kenai at 10 a.m., junior varsity and varsity football versus Seward;

Monday: Middle school basketball practice;

Tuesday: Girls junior varsity and varsity volleyball versus Skyview High School at 4 and 5 p.m., respectively;

Oct. 7: Varsity wrestling at Houston Invitational; and

Oct. 8: Varsity wrestling at Houston Invitational, varsity football playoffs at 1 p.m.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

The parent preschool program is offered at Nikiski North Star Elementary every Friday. There are two classes from 9 to 10:45 a.m. and also from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m. There is room only in the 10:30 a.m. class. Students are learning ABCs and shapes. It is open to 2- to 4-year-olds.


READS still is accepting students in prekindergarten, kindergarten and first grade.

The students of the week are Kimberly Schilling, kindergarten, for improvement in reading; Josiah Luze, first grade, for improvement in journal writing; and Connor Jones, second grade, for math.

Welcome to Brock Sarks, our newest prekindergarten student. He shared outstanding examples of the five senses in show and tell.

Nurse Jan from Central Peninsula General Hospital visited the prekindergarten class and explained the importance of staying healthy.

Redoubt Elementary

School pictures are Thursday. Students should bring money and order forms to school on picture day. Siblings and other community members may be photographed between 11:40 a.m. and 12:40 p.m.

Soccer spirit poster winners were the Rubber Duckies and Speedy Speedsters. The Rubber Duckies will have pizza with Mr. Withrow today and the Speedy Speedsters will do the same Thursday.

The school thanks the Ladies Auxiliary VFW Jerry V Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 for its donation to help students in need acquire school supplies and clothing.

The school thanks Stephanie McDowell, Seane Oglesbee, Maureen Mokracek and Sharon Hale for their help with the QSP fund-raiser.

The school is collecting Safeway's 10 percent Back to Schools reward coupons through Oct. 7. The classroom that collects the most will win a pizza party.

Parents can help the school raise much-needed funds by registering with eScrip at After registration, a percentage of all purchases made at eScrip merchants will be given to the school.

The music program is looking for a used trumpet and saxophone to purchase. Contact Ms. Biggs.

Sears Elementary

The first-graders in Ms. Ralston's class are working with words, using different types of punctuation and doing letter pals. In science the students have been learning about how the shape of water changes and investigating how water moves on different surfaces. The students also used musical instruments and movement to learn about the water cycle.

There will be a "Rockin' Reptiles" assembly from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday and a family science festival from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Sears gym with presentations about "What Makes it Work, "Physics" and "Reptiles" given by the Imaginarium.

There will be parent volunteer training at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

PTA fund-raiser orders are due Oct. 7. There will be a PTA meeting at 3:45 p.m. Oct. 13 in the library.

The school is collecting money for the victims of Hurricane Katrina with a program called Change for America. Students may drop off their donation to the office.

Skyview High School

Picture retake day will be held Thursday.

Senior yearbook pictures and senior baby pictures are due to Mr. Jones by Monday.

Skyview is hosting the state cross country running meet Saturday.

Running events will start at noon, 12:45 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. The awards assembly will start at 3:15 p.m. in the gymnasium. If anyone is interested in helping out, contact the school.

Two new faces appear in the Skyview counseling office this year. Lisa Lybrand is the counselor for the freshmen, sophomores and juniors. Mrs. Lybrand is full-time and in the building on a daily basis. Abby Smola is the senior counselor and testing coordinator. Ms. Smola is half-time (shared with SoHi) and will be at Skyview on Tuesdays, Thursdays and

alternating Fridays. Parents are encouraged to call in advance to schedule appointments with both respective counselors.

The following are Students and Staff Members of the Month: Amanda Mackey, Emma Westerman,Gabrielle Daigle, Emily Thornton, Clarissa Turvin, Brooke Jasky Zuber, Jonathon Egan, Zach Walgenbach, Briar Fidler, Britton Anderson, Josh Carlon, Amielle Himmel, Alexandra West, Solana Perrill, Nolan Schmidt, Jennifer Holland, David Japhets, Jerrod Williams, Gregory Weissneberg and Wayne Cowan. The Rotary Student of the Month was D.J. Foister.

Soldotna Elementary

Orion Suder helped another student read and was recognized for his caring this week with a Soldotna Elementary T-shirt and a movie pass to the Orca theater.

The Soldotna Elementary PTA thanks all the parents who contributed to the first bake sale held Friday at the school. Students enjoyed the cupcakes and cookies that were contributed and profits will be utilized for PTA projects.

Students at Soldotna Elementary have been focusing on the area of ideas and content in their writing this month. They are trying to use their unique experiences and thoughts to develop writings which hold the reader's attention. Look for their writings in the main school foyer.

Students in Mrs. Baktuit's second grade class are learning about different habitats and how plants and animals interact in a habitat. An emphasis on the habitats of local animals has facilitated an understanding of how characteristics of these wildlife lead to adaptations.

The site based committee will meet at 4 p.m. Oct. 11 instead of its regularly scheduled date. All are welcome to attend.

Soldotna Middle

Good luck to the Maroon and Silver soccer teams at the borough meet in Kenai on Saturday.

Basketball begins Monday.

Mind-A-Mazes, an annual science and creative thinking competition, will be

held at SMS on Oct. 8. Teams of three to five students will create a device that raises a weight a minimum height of one meter. The weight should then descend exactly one

meter in height. The descent should take as close to two minutes as possible. The device/weight will make a sound as the weight reaches the apex. The device/weight will trigger an "event" when the weight concludes its descent.

Contact your school's science or Quest teacher for detailed rules. All peninsula students are invited to participate.

The SMS magazine and music sale through QSP's magazine program is our main

fund-raiser this fall. It starts Oct. 5. For more information, check on edline as it details the deadlines for turning in orders.

Picture retakes are Oct. 6.

The fall choir concert will be held at Soldotna High School on Oct. 13.

Soldotna Montessori Charter School

The student body attended an assembly in recognition of International Peace Day. The school dedicated a new peace pole that will be installed outside. The pole reads "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in eight languages. These languages are represented by families at Soldotna Montessori Charter School.

The SMCS annual city park cleanup picnic and fund-raiser was held Friday with many families in attendance. After sack lunches each class traveled to an area of the city to pick up trash. Total pounds collected will be published later.

The next regular APC meeting is today at 6 p.m. in the school office. Parents are welcome. The meeting agenda is posted in the hallway and in the office.

Mr. Devolld's third-, fourth- and fifth-graders have begun working on the Mind-a-Maze program put on by the district's Quest program. Students work in teams to construct a device to solve a multi-step problem developed by the Quest program. Along with the class participating in the project, students may choose to compete in the district portion of the project Oct. 8 at Soldotna Middle School.

In kindergarten, students have added a classroom peace pole to their peace corner, as well as peace flags to the wall. They also have discussed the differences between vertebrates and invertebrates. With the beginning of their study of amphibians, the class frog has arrived. The first city library visit will be Oct. 6 and the classroom volunteer training will be Monday at 6 p.m.

Sterling Elementary

The PTA at Sterling Elementary School will host volunteer training at 9 a.m. today.

Next Wednesday and Thursday Sterling Elementary will host a visit from NASA education specialist Brian Kruse, who will visit all of the classrooms to teach special lessons on aeronautics. Thursday evening there will be a kick-off event at the school to celebrate Sterling Elementary's participation in the NASA Explorer Schools Program. The event will take place from 6:30 to 8 and will involve fun activities

for parents and children to participate in. The community is encouraged to attend.

Tustumena Elementary

Evelyn VanMeter was unanimously elected to Seat A for a three-year term on the school site council during last week's PTO meeting. Congratulations Evelyn.

Mrs. Blossom's kindergarten class traveled to the Kenai Wildlife Refuge last Thursday. The students learned about the five senses while on this outing. Parent drivers provided transportation for this trip and are thanked for their assistance.

Mrs. Bosick's class travels to the refuge this Thursday. Her third- and fourth-grade students will learn the difference between predator and prey during their stay.

Information packets regarding school pictures have been sent home with students. Parents not able to locate this information are asked to contact the school. Pictures are scheduled to be taken Tuesday.

The school will host "The String Man" on Oct. 10. David Titus will travel room to room sharing stories of his worldwide travel experiences and teaching children how to tie string figures that each child will take home with them that day.

Wings Christian Academy

This week at Wings, Naomi Petty won the cleanest desk award for the Learning Center and Victoria Grant won for the kindergartners. The kindergartners have learned the letters "," and "B," about nurses for their community helper, the number "12," and writing the numbers "1" through "4." Also this week, picture day has arrived and yearbooks from last year also have been distributed.

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