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Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2000

Students get long weekend

Public school students have no school Monday or Tuesday because of teachers' in-service training for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

Substitute teachers needed

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is short of substitutes, especially teachers. This is an opportunity for anyone who likes children, learning and flexible work schedules.

Pay is $100 per day for people holding teaching certificates and $84 per day for those who do not.

Oct. 11 the district is holding a substitute teacher orientation training session at the Kenai Peninsula Borough Building on Binkley Street in Soldotna. Hours are 8 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Cost is $25, which includes texts and lunch. For more information or to register, call the human resources department at 262-5846.

Mind A-Mazes competition Saturday

Mind-A-Maze, a competition of creativity, is from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday at Soldotna Middle School. Students in grades four to 12, working in teams, will race devices powered by mousetraps.

For more information or to volunteer, contact Gail Moore ( or 262-1463) or Mo Stoner ( or 262-4478).

Juniors get second chance on exam

This week, the Alaska High School Graduation Qualifying Exam is being administered to students for the second time. The three-part tests began Tuesday and continue through Thursday.

Under state law, students, beginning with the Class of 2002, must pass all three sections to earn a high school diploma. Students had their first chance at the test in March as sophomores, but only about one-third passed all three sections. Anyone who failed or did not take a section is recommended to take it again.

Saturday, Gov. Tony Knowles spoke to the Alaska Education Summit 2000 and urged the Legislature to modify the law to postpone its implementation.

Club seeks parents, scientists

North Star Elementary is forming a science club for girls in fourth- through sixth-grade. The club is an effort to encourage girls to continue study in math, science and technology as they grow older.

Currently, only 8 percent of women high school graduates enter these fields. Providing hands-on experiences, meeting and talking with women scientists and building a girl's confidence so she can study science, will help girls understand that women as well as men are capable of working in the math, science and technology fields.

In the club, girls will learn about the science process skills, establishing connections with women in the community who are scientists or use science in their occupation and investigating science related problems in the community. They will do experiments, go on field trips and hear from guest speakers.

The science club will meet Thursdays in room 6 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Diane McBee, the sponsor of the club, is looking for parents interested in helping with club activities, being guest speakers or doing science presentations. If you are interested in helping, contact her at North Star before or after school at 776-5575.

KCHS announces Students of the Month

Kenai Central High School has announced its Students of the Month for September:

Matt Clark, business department; Kamilla Goggia, creative arts; Kristen Lazenby, English; Jennifer Luton, foreign languages; Michele Bucho, home economics; Roxanna Wilcox, math; Quinn Brown, music; Mike Brown, physical education; Sam Steiner, science; Katherine Amen, social studies; Angela VanHoy, special services; and Chelsea Rumford, vocational education.

Quinn Brown was chosen Rotary Student of the Month;

Kjersta Larson, chamber student of the month; and Kim Benson, Elks student of the month.

The Kard of the Deck award for most spirited student went to Brad Burck; and the staffer of the month award goes to Olga Timofeeva.

Skyview Students of the Month named

Skyview High School in Soldotna has announced its September Students of the Month:

Kris Cantu and Bridget Millecam, English; Paul Shadura and Laura Tarbox, social studies; Tiffany Helfer, health; Stacey Sartain, work co-op; John Friemering, science; Jessica Truesdell, world languages; Tracy Cristl and Robert Bates-Hendricks, math; Chris Huston, business; Cody Brown, fine arts; Dan Ringer and Ailis Vann, physical education; Noa Powers, vocational tech; Justin Merrill, performing arts; Rachel Larson, aide of the month; Bill Holt, staff of the month; Mim McKay, teacher of month; Amanda Bauer (volleyball player), Rotary student of the month and Erika Edwards (cross country runner), chamber student of the month.

These students will be honored at a luncheon Oct. 19.

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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