District School News

Posted: Wednesday, October 03, 2001

Aurora Borealis Charter School

The second-graders are going to read 100 accelerated reader books. When they do, they will notify Scholastic Books, which will donate 100 books to needy children.

Mr. Severson's class took a field trip to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Sept. 20 to learn about wetlands animals, insects and their habitats. The class divided into three groups and found live examples of nymphs and larva as well as tested the quality of the water in the refuge wetlands.

Mr. Severson missed the field trip because his wife was in labor during that time. The Seversons had their fifth girl, Damaris Deahn.

Aurora Borealis thanks the wildlife refuge for donating some of their used computers to the school. They are still new enough to be useful for students. The Future Kids "Real Journeys" units finally came in. With "Real Journeys" students will have hands-on, complete instruction with sub units covering desktop publishing, databases, word-processing, graphics, spreadsheets and multimedia.

ABCS held its open house Sept. 24. Many educators, school board members and other elected officials attended. Children gave demonstrations on teachings such as Shurley Grammar, Riggs and Future Kids. If you have any questions on programs, contact Larry Nauta at 283-0292.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Thursday will be family fun night. The theme is science, with lots of fun and educational projects planned. Parents and students will have the opportunity to explore science concepts through hands-on activities. The evening's events will be hosted by Mrs. Carter's sixth-grade class. It runs from 6 to 8 p.m., and it's free.

The school's new climbing wall has been installed. Stay tuned for more information.

Visit the school's Web site at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/kbeach.

Mountain View Elementary

Mrs. Steward's and Mrs. Keating's fifth grades will go on a field trip to Anchorage Friday. They will visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Anchorage Museum of History and Art to kick off a unit on Native Americans. They also will visit the Imaginarium to learn about astronomy as part of the fifth-grade science curriculum.

If you missed school pictures last Friday, the photographers will do retakes Nov. 9.

Mr. Vedders' class has been studying sound. They would like to thank Bruce King from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for coming in and explaining how he uses sound waves to count fish on the Kenai River.

The PTA-sponsored Halloween carnival is scheduled for Oct. 19.

Nikiski Elementary

The Nikiski fire and smoke house will be used to practice fire drills with the students Thursday.

The site-based council has a few seats vacant this year. Nomination forms were sent home Monday with the school newsletter. Nomination forms are due to the school office no later than Oct. 19. Elections will be at the parent-teacher conferences in November.

The PTA is again collecting Box Tops for Education this year. Send in your box tops with your students or place them in the collection box in the school office.

The PTA's QSP Magazine fund-raiser held its kick-off assembly Monday. Thursday is the last day to send in your magazine packets.

North Star Elementary

Today is school picture day.

The North Star Preschool will meet twice a month on the second and fourth Wednesdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. All children ages 2 1/2 to 5 may attend with their parents.

The deadline for joining the fifth- and sixth-grade North Star Band is Friday. Mrs. Pilatti, band director, has wind instruments for rent. Percussionists also are needed. They will need a snare drum or practice pad and a pair of drumsticks. Contact Mrs. Pilatti at 776-2634.

Thanks to the efforts of many community volunteers, North Star Elementary offered its first breakfast to about 67 hungry students Sept. 24. The school will serve breakfast at no cost every weekday morning from 8:30 to 8:50 a.m. to those in need.

North Star is hosting a piggy-bank fund-raiser for the American Disaster Relief Fund through Oct. 12. McDonald's in Kenai will match 25 percent of the monies collected. All students are invited to donate their loose change up to a $3 limit. Parent volunteers Margo Chilson and Tanna Chenault are organizing the event.

To inform parents, teachers highlight the Alaska Performance Standards in their classroom newsletters so parents are well informed. Parents interested in reading the Alaska Standards book may stop by the office and pick one up.

Redoubt Elementary

Redoubt has two parent representative positions open on its site-based council. Each will serve a two-year term beginning this fall. Parents interested in serving should submit their names to the office by Friday. The election will be Oct. 10-19.

Congratulations to the 2001-02 PTA officers: Tracie Stang and Seane Oglesbee, co-presidents; Jill Barker, secretary; and Carmen Stephl, treasurer.

Fire Prevention Week begins Sunday. Central Emergency Services will provide puppet shows and presentations to promote fire safety.

The school thanks everyone who provided recipes and orders for the school cookbook. Mrs. Dombovy worked many hours on this fund-raiser. These students won gift certificates for their help: Brandon Bixby designed the cover; and Nick Marquardt, Brandon Bixby, Tony Dombovy, Katy Hickey, Bryan Dombovy, Josh Marquardt and Rebecca Bowser designed dividers for the cookbook.

Big G box tops drawing winners are Kelci Benson, Rose Price, Xochi Harbison and Kelsey Miller. Campbell's Soup label drawing winners are Matthew Leach, Vincent Chavarria, Brandon Bixby and Kristen Nagle. They won ice cream treats.

Winners of the intramural soccer spirit poster contest were the girls' team, the Dirt Devils, and the boys' team, the Volcanoes.

Amanda Hoyt, bus 28, is Bus Rider of the Week.

Sears Elementary

School pictures will be Friday. Make sure your child's picture envelope and money are returned on or before that day.

It is getting colder. The mornings on the playground are quite chilly. Make sure your child has appropriate clothing for the cooler temperatures. A coat, hat and even gloves are great this time of year. Also, remember to put your child's name on all their gear.

The open house and ice cream social was a big hit. Everyone who attended had a great time touring classrooms and then enjoyed the ice cream sundaes served by the PTA.

Mrs. Porter's and Mrs. Green's classes will take a trip to Seward Oct. 11 to get the eggs for the salmon incubation project and to tour the Alaska SeaLife Center.

Mrs. Jackson's kindergartners put on a great play about Little Miss Muffet. They are continuing their study of spiders and making their own spider from geometric shapes.

Soldotna Elementary

Fun Buck winners are students who have gone above and beyond to make Soldotna Elementary School a better place. Congratulations to this week's winners: Justin Alvey, Trey Nicholson, Michael Keener, Dawson Herrick, Hannah Morgan, Christina Tachick and Amber Meraz.

Austin Cunningham, a first-grader in Mrs. Vasilie's class, won a stuffed St. Bernard, and Theresa Ramponi won a stuffed moose for their fund-raiser participation. Congratulations also to Ms. Bobek's fifth-grade class for earning a Popsicle party for having the biggest participation percentage.

Every Friday is Spirit Day at Soldotna Elementary. Be sure to wear your Soldotna Elementary T-shirt or school colors (blue, black and silver gray). Coming events include Spirit Week Oct. 22-26, which will include Slipper Day, Red, White and Blue Day, Inside-Out or Backward Day and Twin Day.

School picture retakes are today. If there is a problem, call the Lifetouch office at (800) 789-4456.

The PTA meets Thursday at 3:45 p.m. in the library. Everyone is urged to attend.

Sterling Elementary

Student council will meet today in the library between noon and 12:30 p.m. Student council will sponsor Falcon Fun Nights twice a month; watch the school newsletter for dates. Kids may play board games, do crafts and play in the gym. Snacks are available for $1: root beer floats, nachos, pop and Airheads. There is a $2 admission fee, but students accompanied by parents get in free. Come and support your student council.

Student council officers for this school year are Melissa Massey, president; Christine Bahl, vice president; Brittany McCray Smith, treasurer; and Alyssa Ellison, secretary. Classroom representatives are Justin Boone from Mr. McCard's, Mara Mohler from Ms. Hoffman's, Gregory Jones from Mr. Wheat's, Michael Griffin and Shelby M. Smith from Ms. Dierick's, Kathrine Quelland and Hillary Smith from Ms. Wimmer's and Sean Dean, Tyler Gochenauer and Megan Parham from Mrs. Lawrence's and Mrs. Freese's classroom.

The PTA will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in the library.

The awards assembly will be 2:30 p.m. Friday in the gym.

Mr. Wheat's class will have a bake sale Friday.

Tustumena Elementary

School picture day is schedule for Thursday. Payment envelopes were sent home. Contact the school if you did not receive one. Parents wishing to purchase a packet of pictures may submit payment in advance or send it with your son or daughter on the day pictures are taken. For those children not in attendance on that day, a make-up day will be scheduled later this fall.

Although the theme of this year's fall carnival has changed, many of our venues will remain the same, or very similar. This year for example, we will have a (garden) "vegetable decorating" contest as opposed to a "pumpkin carving" contest. The winner once again will receive a ride on a sled during the opening ceremony of the Tustumena 200 Race this winter. So make sure to set aside an item to enter in this year's contest.

The first Lynx Tracks activity will be roller skating at Alaska Great Skate in Soldotna. Students will be bused from Tustumena on Oct. 24 or 25. Permission slips will be sent home Oct. 10. The cost is $3 per student.

Soldotna Middle

Soldotna Middle has many award programs throughout the year. One is the Student of the Month and Citizen of the Month program. Teachers select the students. To be considered a Student of the Month, a student must pursue academic excellence and maintain an "A." Good attendance, no tardies, good classroom behavior, good study habits and all work completed are desirable. Citizens of the Month are nominated for good attitude, character, leadership, behavior and willingness to help the instructor or classmates. Good study habits and completing assignments on time are other qualities of a good citizen. September's nominees received ribbons the last week of September and were treated to an ice cream and bingo party Monday.

Friday, SMS students will sponsor a "dollar day" to raise funds for the American Red Cross. Contributions support those harmed by the New York disaster. Students will collect dollars in the morning before school and during lunch periods. Students should wear red, white and blue to show their patriotic support. If funds still are available, QSP, a company that organizes magazine fund-raisers at SMS, will double any money collected during the event. If you have any questions, call Mrs. Dougherty at 262-4344.


Connections thanks parents for getting Individualizes Learning Plans in on time. If you still need help, your adviser will be happy to assist.

Pizza Hut offers a program called Book It for kindergarten through grade six. The goal is motivation for reading. It runs from Monday to March 29. Parents set monthly reading goals. For students not yet reading or with difficulty reading, parents or others can read to the child. It includes a chart to track reading progress. Reach your goal, and your student will receive a Pizza Hut award certificate for a pizza. Anyone whose child likes pizza may participate. Call Jane if you are interested.

Deadlines for college entrance tests are coming up. Contact Doug or Wendi if you have questions about these tests.

Connections students and parents are invited to a fun afternoon of swimming, water-sliding and visiting Oct. 12 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Nikiski pool. Connections will pay for its students. A parent must accompany all students. You may just watch and not swim, but all children younger than 6 must have a parent with them in the pool at all times. Parents who swim will need to pay $3. If you are interested, call the Connections office at 262-6315 by Oct. 10 and let Jane or Marlene know; space is limited.

Kenai Central High

The school appreciates the community support in making its homecoming week a great one. The Carlisle and Peterkin companies loaned use of their flatbeds for the parade and bonfire; the Kenai Police and Fire Departments helped during the parade and bonfire, Glacier Pontiac provided the royalty cars; Paradisos let KCHS line the parade up outside its restaurant; Country Foods, Carrs and Peterkin donated food for the barbecue; and Charlie Pierce, Duane Bannock and Enstar barbecued for it.

Congratulations to the cross country running girls team for being the region champs.

Check out the school calendar at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/ kchs/launch/ for information about upcoming events.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High

Yearbooks will be on sale at lunch for $40 each. For an extra $5 you can personalize your yearbook by having your name placed on it.

On Oct. 13, Kenai Peninsula College will give the SAT test. Contact Mrs. Falk in the counseling office at Nikiski High if you have not already registered for it.

Ninilchik School

Congratulations to Molly Bosick, Melissa Deiman and Katie Moerlein who went to the state cross country meet.

The Citizen-Student of the Month assembly is today at 2:20 p.m.

The Scholastic Book Fair is running until Oct. 10. It will expand your imagination, and students are encouraged to create a dragon in any medium. You could win a gift certificate to the fair.

The back-to-school dessert potluck was a patriotic success. National Honor Society handed out red, white and blue pins. The local American Legion and VFW opened the evening with the flag presentation and the elementary classes sang patriotic favorites. Everyone enjoyed an array of desserts and the high school chorus had its first performance under the direction of Mr. Wetherbee.

The QSP magazine fund-raiser begins today. The money raised will go toward schoolwide student activities.

The volleyball team's first home game will be Saturday.

National Honor Society members are having a Christmas fund-raiser through a special Current catalog. Orders can be placed through the middle of October. See Whitney, Janelle, Katie S., Molly, Carlise, Kasey or Victoria or call Mrs. Leman at 567-3722.

Soldotna High School

Yearbooks are on sale. They may be purchased from the yearbook staff. If you have any questions, see Mrs. Bartman or a member of the yearbook staff. The price is $50.

Borough mass choir will be Oct. 15 and 16 at the Kenai Central High School Auditorium. Soldotna High School musicians selected to represent Soldotna as members of the choir are: soprano II -- Erin Hartman, Stephanie Larson, Sondra Mize and Aimee Renney; alto I -- Riley Kent, Karina Petersen, Desiree Severson and Jenna Syverson; alto II -- Celeste Harwood; tenor I -- Max Biggs, Todd Ghormley and Sean Lee; tenor II -- Bill Keller, Justin Merrill and Nick Sorrell; bass I -- Terrance Carlson, Mike Hart, Evan Hatfield, Ryan Myers and Mike Peterson; and bass II -- Brent Knight, Tim Lybrand, Matt Meacham and Mike Vasilie.

The first SoHi band and choir concert of the year will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 18. Members of the community may attend. There is no charge.

Quarter finals are fast approaching. Finals will be the week of Oct. 22-26.

For more information on SoHi activities, see the Web at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/sohi.

Cook Inlet Academy

Student council members this year are Blake Franchino, Miranda Zindel, Vanessa Taylor, Charlotte Hillyer and Catrina Brandon. They are planning monthly prayer and worship meetings and Bible studies at lunch to help students grow spiritually. Student council adviser Gary Leiter praised their leadership. Activities such as the discussions at the Victory Retreat give students influence on school policy.

The high school activity fund-raiser, a work-a-thon, gives time, energy and blessings back to the community and develops a heart of service. Grades seven to 12 spent Friday working at Central Peninsula General Hospital, the senior center, Heritage House, Child Evangelism Fellowship, the food bank, Love INC, Hospice, Samaritan's Purse and Soar International. Anyone sponsoring a student at the work-a-thon benefits one of these organizations. The CIA board supports and encourages community service.

Angie Lyons has the second-graders excited about their journal project. They write letters to eighth-graders who write them back. Getting mail motivates writing and nurtures friendships. A field trip to the post office showed what happens to letters.

Congratulations to Brian Beeson for his Region II cross country win. He is a fast example to the 20 new runners in grades five through eight, led by coach Trish Kopp.

READS Primary School

READS students have been working hard in reading this past month. First grade has completed its first workbook and reading book. The kindergartners have begun reading the first series of simple stories designed for their phonics program. The second-graders have read a variety of third-grade level books and have written excellent summaries in their journals. The prekindergarten class is practicing the 26 alphabet sounds, the letter combinations sh, th, wh, and ch and the short vowels. All students will participate in the Book It Program beginning this week.

The Kenai Kennel Club visited the school and presented a pet safety program that taught students how to approach unfamiliar dogs. As well, the students learned about the keen senses that animals possess. The presentation reinforced the concepts taught with regard to the five senses as well as continued the social studies unit on safety.

All students have been doing a terrific job in art creating fall trees using different media.

Wings Christian Academy

Picture day is coming up Tuesday. Students, make sure you bring your best clothes for your individual pictures.

The junior high girls' basketball team is starting practice this week, and the coach for the girls is Karen Burger.

Wings recently had its first Quiz-em contest of the school year. Bradon Ruffridge and Naomi Pettey are the winners.

Everyone in the community is invited to Alaska Great Skate Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Wings is holding a fund-raiser.

The cleanest desk of the week awards go to Leah Howell and Jessica Saunders.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool

Kenai Co-op spent the last two weeks studying shapes and colors. On yellow day, students made triangle pizza and lemonade. Kyla Whannell and Brady Malston did a fine job working at the preschool lemonade stand. On blue day, students dressed in blue and baked blue, square cookies. Cait Gibbons and Coral Holmses worked hard cutting out blue squares. Isaac Lewis even showed preschoolers how to do the "Blues Clues" dance. On red day, students sequenced red circles and read a book about the most famous big, red dog -- Clifford.

This week, preschoolers begin a unit on fall. They will explore the outdoors to discover all the amazing changes autumn brings.

For more information on volunteer or nonvolunteer membership, call 283-3924.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

The Head Start preschoolers and staff want to say "chiginik" (thank you) to Miss Bernadine for taking them cranberry picking last week at the Kenaitze Tribe headquarters. The children found abundant lowbush cranberries ("hey gek'a") and even found bog blueberries on their trek in the marshy fields. Miss Bernadine served the children animal cookies and chocolate milk.

Miss Bernadine, Miss Amanda and Miss Amber will visit Head Start this week, introducing the children to Dena'ina dance and counting cords. The counting cords are a traditional way of marking time and remembering special events. The children will tie beads onto their cords for Dena'ina words, Dena'ina dance, traditional values and special school events and field trips.

The next family night is scheduled from 6 to 8 Monday at the Kenai Recreation Center.

The Little Ravens classroom will open Oct. 16.

Head Start administrative staff has been working with PARENTS Inc., state and federal agencies to ensure the families with children with disabilities receive training and support from local agencies.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

This week's classroom helpers are Jennaka, Jillian, Machaela and Zachary.

This week's unit is dinosaurs. The students will learn the names of dinosaurs, what they ate and where their bones have been found. The students also will use string to measure out how long several dinosaurs were, do matching activities and learn songs. Books on dinosaurs will be available in the library center.

The school fund-raiser will continue until Oct. 11.

The preschool thanks those who participated in the book order. The preschool will be able to purchase free books with the points earned.

For more information, contact Chris at 262-1284.

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 clarion@alaska.net 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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