Schools around the district

Posted: Wednesday, October 02, 2002

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The library is having a Big Leaf Contest this fall. Students should bring in the biggest tree leaf they can find outdoors to win a prize. Leaves must be turned in to the Library no later than Friday morning; preferably in a plastic bag with the student's name on it.

Students must turn in permission slips today to participate in the SIGS movie Friday.

Ms. Tyler's fifth-grade class is doing "The States Project of Excellence," a three-week study of the United States. Each child will research two states and report on cultural, general and economic data. Students also will design a poster and postcard for each state.

This year's student council members are Chad Hampton, Michelle Klaben, Jessie Duke, Stan Westerman, Alyssa Rosin, Cody "CJ" Clark, Sophia Taeschner, Zach Hibberd and Lindsey Wood. The student council has decided to have a school goal, student activity goal and to support Alaska Children's Services by collecting blankets and stuffed animals in good condition for children who stay at the care center.

Title 1 will host a parent meeting to review the assessment tool EduTest.

Mrs. Tobin and Mrs. McCabe's fourth-graders will go to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge on Tuesday to learn about the effects of fire on the Kenai Peninsula.

Mr. Daniels' class had a great time on the field trip to Exit Glacier. Students made informational posters about what they learned and traveled around the school presenting the information. Thanks to the parents who made the trip possible by driving: Mrs. Dubendorf, Mrs. Hawbold, Mrs. Janowski, Mrs. Mabrey, Mrs. Norman, Mr. Papp, Mr. Kjostad, Mrs. Burcham and Mrs. Reynolds.

The first-graders finished their letter books. They had their first opportunity at self-critiquing their work and made goals for their next project. These books are now bound and ready to share with parents at conferences the end of October.

Mountain View Elementary

Picture retakes are today from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Preschoolers are welcome to come between noon and 1 p.m.

There will be a family math and PTA meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday. Bring the whole family.

The annual Halloween Carnival and Book Fair will be Oct. 18. Volunteers are needed. If interested, call 283-6148.

Welcome to Nancy Thibodeau and Tammy Flanders. Mrs. Thibodeau is the new fourth-grade teacher. Her class will start Oct. 28. Mrs. Flanders is the school's half-time librarian.

Volunteer orientation will be at 9 a.m. Oct. 9.

Mrs. Gustkey, Mrs. Keating and Mrs. Steward's fifth-graders will go on a field trip to Anchorage as part of their Native American unit Oct. 11. They will visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. Parent chaperones also will attend.

Nikiski Elementary

The library hosted author Nancy Masters on Wednesday. She encouraged the students and staff with the theme, "I can read, I can write, I am powerful!" Students were able to purchase several of her books and the library has a copy of each book available for checkout.

The annual fall carnival will be Oct. 26. To volunteer, call Ann Holloway at 776-4132.

The Family Reading Program-Magazine Fund-raiser information packet will be coming home with your children today. Take the time to read this information, fill out the forms and help your child win prizes.

Redoubt Elementary

Students will sell wrapping paper, chocolate, candles and gift items through Redoubt's annual fall fund-raiser. There will be an assembly Thursday to explain the program to students, and complete information will be sent home with students.

Join Redoubt students and staff for International Walk to School Day today. Participants will meet at the Catholic Church on Redoubt at 8:10 a.m. Students must be accompanied by an adult.

Redoubt Elementary is interested in starting a Grandparents in the School program. Grandparents would help students with reading for one hour or more each week. Training is provided. If you or someone you know is interested, contact Sharon Hale at 262-9006 or shale@

Volunteers are needed to help in the library. Contact Judy Cox at 262-9006. No experience is necessary.

Students receive a cupcake from the lunchroom on their birthdays. See Mrs. Staley or Mrs. Hepner during lunch to get your cupcake.

Parents should complete a non-permission form if they do not want their child to use the Internet or be videotaped or photographed during school activities. Unless the school is notified otherwise, it is assumed that parents grant permission and students will be included in these activities.

Send Big G Box tops and Campbell's Soup labels to school. The school receives funds and supplies from these companies. The intermediate and primary classes that collect the most box tops by the end of the semester will win a pizza party.

Congratulations to the Checkers and the Sharks, winners of the intramural soccer spirit poster contest. These teams had pizza lunch with Mr. Withrow last week.

Students are reminded to dress for the weather. Recess is held outside every day unless it is raining significantly or the temperature falls below minus 10 degrees.

Sears Elementary

Sears PTA is taking orders for T-shirts and sweatshirts. Orders are due by Oct. 15. Make checks payable to Sears PTA.

Students pictures are Thursday.

Miss Fischer and Mrs. Ralston's went on a field trip to the Soldotna water treatment center and Soldotna Creek Park on Friday.

Miss Fischer class will have its first "Reading Challenge" party today.

Mrs. Bryson's kindergarten class will have an informal insect performance Oct. 10. The class also had an apple tasting afternoon with study buddies from Mrs. Hurst multiage class.

Mrs. Hurst, Mrs. Stroh and Mrs. Shelden's class went on a field trip to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Soldotna Elementary

Parents will join Soldotna Elementary students and staff today for National Walk Your Child to School Day. Sponsored by the Soldotna Elementary PTA, the Kenai Peninsula Safe Kids Coalition, McDonald's and the Soldotna Police Department, "Safe Kids Walk This Way" emphasized safety tips on the way to school, using crosswalks and dressing safely.

Book Bingo was last week, and students, staff and families ate pizza, then played fun bingo for books. Thanks to the Soldotna PTA, headed by Lauri Lingafelt, for a fun night at Soldotna Elementary.

Summer readers held a Splash Party on Friday to celebrate their reading last summer as part of the Soldotna Elementary Summer Reading program. PTA and staff sponsored the festivity to further the school's dedication to the love of reading.

Title I will hold a parent meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday to acquaint parents with the Soldotna Elementary Title 1 program.

Congratulations to JJ DeMello in Ms. Allen's kindergarten class for winning Mickey Moose. All students who sold Innisbrook products had their names put in the hat for this huge animal, and JJ was the lucky winner.

Fun Bucks are given to students when they are caught doing a good deed. From Fun Buck recipients, winners are picked once a week to get the book of their choice and a special surprise. James Lester, Austin Cunningham, Niesha Castro, Hannah Cristiano and Jessi Stenga were this week's winners.

Sterling Elementary

Miss T.'s class went on a field trip Monday, and Mrs. Martin's kindergartners will go on one Friday.

The first Sterling awards assembly will be at 2:45 p.m. Friday. Parents, grandparents and siblings are welcome to attend these assemblies held the first Friday of every month.

The Sterling Student Council will sponsor the first Falcon Fun Night for grades four through six from 3:45 to 5:30 p.m. Friday. There is a $2 charge for students to stay for this activity, but they will get in free if a parent is with them. Snacks, craft activities and playing in the gym are on the agenda.

Mrs. MacDonald's class has been studying the medicinal uses of common plants. Thanks to Mrs. Wall for her help to let students know about these plants.

Art specialist Debbie Harris has been working with students in all kinds of art projects. Stop by the school and see the art in the halls.

Tustumena Elementary

Picture day is Friday. Parents wishing to purchase individual picture packets should have received price information last week. Contact the school if this information did not find its way home. Parents with preschool age children also may have pictures taken that day. The photographer normally accommodates these families between classes throughout the morning, so the wait time is minimal.

Tustumena's librarian, Ms. VanDerWege, is continuing her focus on "Author Studies" for primary classes with Steven Kellogg's "Johnny Appleseed," whose birthday was celebrated the last week of September. She employs apple fritters, interactive writing and read-alouds to motivate these young learners.

Fifth-graders are reading about the mysterious Chris VanAllsburg, who has written such famous books as "The Polar Express," "Jumanji," "The Stranger" and "The Mysteries of Harris Burdick."

The sixth-grade classes begin a new study of Alaska for their Alaska Museum presentations in November. Time in the library and computer lab will be devoted to learning about famous people, trades or traditions in Alaska history. The research project concludes Nov. 8 with a presentation that is viewed by the entire student body as classes pass through Tustumena's museum created by these sixth-grade learners.

Come join the fun at Tustumena's Halloween Carnival from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30.

Kenai Middle

Congratulations to last week's Character Counts kids: Cindy Kotler, Corey Sterling, Harry Trux, Ryan Pharris, Cody Nickoloff, Kyle Rutherford, Jordan Curren, Halyn Lipps, Tommy Eide, Stephanie Miles, Damian Collum, Meranda Mahan, Leah Stephens, Kurt Rosenquist, Talon Delay, Sheena Anderson and Jordan Wolf. Kurt Rosenquist was the winner of a pizza at lunch Friday.

Yearbooks are on sale in the office. The cost will be $25.

KMS is collecting General Mills Box Tops.

Student council is taking orders for the new KMS shirts. The T-shirts are black with the school's new logo designed by Justin Tumbaga, a former KMS student. Order forms are available in the office. Pay when ordering. T-shirts sell for $10; crewneck sweatshirts, $15; and hooded sweatshirts for $23. Orders are due Friday.

Other dates to remember:

Wednesday -- Magazine drive turn-in

Saturday -- Borough soccer tournament 11 a.m. at Seward

Tuesday -- Basketball starts

Oct. 9 -- Progress reports mailed out. If you have a change of address or need to update your e-mail address with the office staff, call 283-4896.

Oct. 9 -- Sixth grade goes to camp

Oct. 30 -- Picture retakes.

Soldotna Middle

SMS girls silver and maroon soccer teams fought a close match Tuesday. Silver girls won 3-2, scoring their last point in the last few minutes of the game. Both teams are looking forward to borough tournaments next week.

Mind A-Mazes will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 12 at SMS.

There will be a fortnightly Sunday with the theme centering around Red Ribbon Week and Drug Prevention Month. There will be prizes, games and fun. Proceeds from the event will help with the Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for families in the school.

The SMS intramural team tied Chapman Tuesday. The teams will meet again Thursday on Chapman's playing field.

After the Bell's radio club has begun. The club meets Tuesday afternoons from 4:15 to 5:15. The chess club starts this week. Space is still available in either club.

The Soldotna Middle School science department would like to thank Syd and Sherry Karnikis and Bob and Mary Lambe for taking the time and effort provide a learning opportunity for SMS students. The pig heart and lungs made for incredible demonstrations.

The symphonic band, eighth-grade choir and seventh-grade choir will perform starting at 7 p.m. Oct. 17 in the gym.


Orca Theaters has agreed to a special showing of "Country Bears" for all home-school families. The movie will be shown at 1 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Orca Theater on Oct. 10. Admission is $2 per person. Students must be accompanied by an adult. Space available on a first-come, first-serve basis.

There will be a Quick as a Wink in-service for parents Oct. 9 at 1 p.m. All parents with kindergartner's using the Quick as a Wink program are invited to the in-service conducted by Sandra Covey, designer of the program. Call or e-mail Doug to sign up.

All home-school students in grades six through eight are invited to participate in Math Counts. This program is designed to promote student interest in mathematics by making math achievement challenging and exciting. Contact Wendi for details.

Lifetouch will be available to take school pictures for all home-school students from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 9. Location to be announced.

Deadline for enrollment in the Connections program is Oct. 19. Those interested may call 262-6315 or, in the Homer area, 235-3260. Soldotna and Homer office hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Kenai Central High

High school Boys and Girls Club basketball started Monday and will take place from 6:15 to 9 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays in the KCHS gym.

The Youth Court will have its first meeting from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in the Little Theater.

There will be a Shriners Benefit Concert at 7 p.m. in the KCHS Auditorium.

Picture retakes will be Friday.

Montessori Charter School

The first open house was a success. The students enjoyed showing family and friends their classroom and the Montessori materials that they use. There were books being read, games being played and a good time was enjoyed by all.

School pictures will be taken at 1:30 p.m. Oct. 10. Younger siblings may be photographed after the classes are finished.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High

There will be a site council meeting Tuesday in the library.

There will be a boys' open gym at 7 p.m. Monday and Oct. 10. Girls' open gym will be at 5 p.m. Oct. 9

The PSAT will be Oct. 10. Students interested in taking the practice college-entrance exam, contact Mrs. Falk or Mrs. Cox in the counseling office, 776-3456.

Parent-teacher conferences will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 and from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 31.

Ninilchik School

The site-based council will meet at 3:40 p.m. Thursday in the library. parents and community members are welcome to attend.

Progress reports will be mailed Monday. These affect eligibility for sports, but also are a reminder about your child's academic progress.

Ninilchik welcomes two new teachers. Mrs. Waldron is teaching third and fourth grade. She comes here from Chignik Lagoon. Mr. McFarland is the half-time music teacher and taught in Dillingham last year. He is at school on "A" days.

The library, pool, lunch room and classrooms are just a few areas that could use volunteers. If you would like to help out around the school, call the office at 567-3301.

The Scholastic Book Fair is in the library until Monday. This is a way to purchase books and help the library at the same time.

Gail Moore and Mariah Wolf have joined ranks to give the seventh- and eighth-graders time to work on the Mind A-Mazes competition. Last Thursday, the teams practiced with their homemade catapults in the gym. The winning teams will go on to the district competition Oct. 12.

Skyview High

Congratulations to the Skyview homecoming royalty: Jake Bellinger and Ellie Miller, freshman prince and princess; Zach Rowell and Laura Hinz, sophomore prince and princess; Travis Mercier and Laurel Creel, junior prince and princess; Kevin McGrady and Jenna Shepherd, senior prince and princess; and Shaun Reeve and Jamie Beever, king and queen.

Congratulations also to Marci Mohler for placing fourth at the state cross country championship.

The volleyball team plays Thursday at Kenai. The varsity team will play at the West Spiketacular on Friday and Saturday in Anchorage. The junior varsity will compete at the Homer Spike Fest on Friday and Saturday. The junior varsity also will play at home against Nikiski at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The swim team goes to Bartlett on Saturday.

The fall choir concert will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the SoHi theater.

Soldotna High

The following students were voted as homecoming princes and princesses for their classes last week: Zach Cowan and Adrienne Marey, freshmen; Joe Smith and Emily Azzara, sophomores; Kelly McClain and Clyde Folley, juniors; and Zach Boll and Rachel Besse, seniors. The 2002 homecoming king and queen are Alex Jackson and Jamie Grubb.

The PSAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test will be administered at SoHi Oct. 15. The PSAT is a multiple-choice test that measures verbal and mathematical abilities. The National Merit Scholarship Corporation uses PSAT results as an initial screening device for those juniors who wish to be considered for National Merit recognition. Freshmen and sophomores also may take the PSAT to gain experience in taking college admissions exams. Students pay a $10 fee in the counseling office to reserve a seat for the test. For more information, call Abby Smola in the counseling office.

Cook Inlet Academy

The boys cross country running team took first place at regionals for I, II and IIIA schools. Brian Beeson won first place overall and was awarded cross country Athlete of the Year.

Students of the week are: Matthew Titus, for knowing the fruits of the spirit; Adam O'Guinn and Kelsey Brush, for excellent attitude; Chloe Nelson, for helping the teacher with a happy heart after school; Danielle Rehm, for persistence in schoolwork; and Bryce Horton, for excellent work.

This year's student council board members are: Jacob Peterson, president; Miranda Zindel, vice president; Thomas Adams, secretary; Luke Myers, treasurer; and Shannon Powers and Jessica Hall, activities coordinators. They will host game night for secondary students Friday.

Kohei Oguro, Peter Chung, Jeramiah Neiderhauser, Brian Beeson, Trapper Alsworth, Jenna Zufelt and Alyse Cialek were selected to All-Borough Honor Choir.

Fourth-graders visited Raven Construction and hiked Hideout Trail. They enjoyed their first snowfall, stopped at a beaver dam and some kids saw a coyote.

Second-graders hiked to Russian River Falls and cheered on the fish trying to jump up the falls.

First-graders visited the Anchorage Zoo as part of a unit on zoos. They saw the new snow leopard.

Picture retakes are Monday at 9 a.m.

Grace Lutheran School

This week the children are learning about John the Baptist and how he prepared the way for the Savior of the world.

The kindergarten children have learned 10 phonograms already this year. These are sounds that common letters make when put together.

The children in second and fourth grade have learned the four parts of speech: nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs. They also are reviewing the continents in social studies.

The children in grades four through six are studying mitosis, meiosis and genes.

Grace Lutheran has compiled its test results from last year. The tests are scored by percentile -- for example, a score of 40 means that the score is better than 40 percent of other test-takers in the nation. The following are Grace Lutheran's reading test scores by grade level: third grade, 87th percentile; fourth grade, 81st percentile; fifth grade, 90th percentile; sixth grade, 66th percentile; seventh grade, 73rd percentile; and eighth grade, 91st percentile.

READS Primary School

READS students have been busy this month learning about safety, families and their community. Dena Cunningham gave a presentation last week on the local Kids' Safety Program. The proper use of helmets, seat belts and children's car seats were demonstrated. The students also pledged to never play in the trunk of a vehicle.

Earlier this month READS had a visit from Taryn Holmes from Totem Tracers, a local organization that assists individuals with the study of family genealogies. The students learned some new terms and discovered the scope of the word "family."

This week, Bob Frates of the Kenai Parks and Recreation Department will discuss his duties as director and describe the services his department provides the community.

The students are anxious to begin the annual Book It Program. Kindergartners will earn a pizza award certificate for reading simple short stories each evening. First- and second-grade students will earn a pizza award certificate for reading a book in each of these categories: mystery, informational, biography and fantasy.

Wings Christian Academy

This year's walk-a-thon winners were Andy Gunter, first; Michelle Waters, second; and Jessica Boutwell, third. The total amount raised was $2,255.

Cassie Sutton and Matanya Bush had the cleanest desks this week.

This month's Quiz-Em winners were Kaylee Burger for the Upper Learning Center and Melissa Newton for the Lower Learning Center.

Marcia Dutton won two bags of candy for guessing how many beads were in the Wings Guessing Jar this month.

The Lower Learning Center students have learned 12 states and their capitals. The creative writing class has learned four dress-up techniques.

Book-It reading starts this month for the Lower Learning Center. Children who meet their monthly reading goals will earn a free pizza from Pizza Hut.

Last Saturday, the students had a back-to-school party at the Howell's house.

The next skate night at Alaska Great Skate will be Tuesday.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

This week at Soldotna Co-op, the students visited a farm. The class got to see horses and sheep, play in the hay and spin wool into yarn. It was an exciting time.

The students also got to play animal sounds bingo in class. It was fun for the class to guess the animal voices that young ears had not heard before.

The co-op is still excepting new students. The class days are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information, call Susan at 262- 4102.

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