School news around the district

Posted: Wednesday, October 04, 2000

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Mrs. Tobin's fourth-graders visited the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and hiked down to the Kenai River using the Slikok Creek trail to observe wetlands. They went to Seward to ride a Princess cruise ship and hike near Exit Glacier. They will take another trip next week with Shannon West as a guide. In class, students are working on brochures and flyers to better prepare the community for earthquakes.

Mrs. Furlong's class finished its country and region reports. Students tasted everything from baklava to squeaky cheese. They continue to study French. The next bake sale is Oct. 11.

Lost and found items are on display today in the commons area. Claim your items as soon as possible.

The Fun Fest was a success. Around 200 students participated in the activities.

To recognize students' academic performance and appropriate behavior in school, the staff and PTA sponsored a monthly event for students in good standing.

The Argus fund-raiser is today. If the school can meet the goal of $1,200, there won't be any more fund-raisers this year. There is a prize for the class that sells the most.

The PTA will begin its big Nicholson fund-raiser Monday. Items on sale are in the trophy case.

Mountain View Elementary

The first family activity night is Thursday from 6 to 7:30, featuring math, science, geography, technology and pizza on sale. If your family can estimate the weight of a pumpkin, you could win one.

Mrs. Keating's fifth-graders presented "Painters of the Caves" at an evening performance Monday. Students wrote, acted in and narrated a play based on readings about early man. Students presented and told about cave art drawings they made with Celia Anderson, district art consultant. Students designed and typed the programs. They now look forward to a field trip Friday to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

Mrs. Ermold's fifth-graders are practicing drawing maps and writing directions. Tuesday, Mr. Vedders' third-graders can find a treasure hidden just for them by their fifth-grade study buddies, using maps and directions their buddies created for them to find their own treasure on the playground.

Mr. and Mrs. Wensley's classes visited the Challenger Center of Alaska. Students participated in activities related to atmospheric science. The five stations included hands-on experiments and the use of the space station simulator. Clouds, temperature, inversion, fog data and collecting weather information were topics covered. The students also participated in role-playing exercises.

Nikiski Elementary

Any fifth- or sixth-grade student interested in an after-school band program should contact Ms. Sylvia in the school office at 776-8533. Home schoolers are welcome.

Mrs. Kendall's sixth-grade class spent two days and one night at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge's Outdoor Education Center near the Swanson River in Sterling. Rangers led a program of activities, skits and hands-on learning called "Leave No Trace." The students planned their own meals, recreational activities and campfire program. They also practiced leaving no trace as they hiked and cooked "one pot meals." Many volunteers made this a wonderful educational experience for students.

Mrs. Smith's first-graders had a great time at O'Brien's Orchard and Nursery. The weather was perfect for the experience in learning about grafting apple trees, winterizing process, hearty root systems, apple tasting, apple juice making and growing apple trees in Alaska. Mr. O'Brien and parents volunteered their time to make this a successful happening. The school had a great parent response as drivers and supervisors. Follow-up activities in the classroom have included cooking, art projects, book making, math projects and observations with the five senses.

North Star Elementary

The fire house will be in the parking lot on Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Oct. 11 and Oct. 25 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. preschool is open for children ages of 2 1/2 to 5. Parents must attend with their children. This program is free.

The North Star Improvement Council still is looking for one more parent to be on the council. The next council meeting will be Monday at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Sue Liebner or Kyle Gauthier at 776-5575.

The school is taking orders for sweatshirts and T-shirts for two weeks. Samples are on display in the office.

Redoubt Elementary

The Redoubt rummage sale will be Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gym. Items can be dropped off in the school foyer. If you have large items, bring them Friday. Put items along the back wall of the front hallway by the gym. Anyone interested in helping set up the day before or during the actual sale should call Tracie at 262-2120.

After the Bell orientation will be Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. at Redoubt. All members should attend this meeting to introduce the ATB staff and give you important information.

Volunteer orientation is today from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tour of the school, learn how to use the copy machine and other equipment and get information that will make your volunteer time more enjoyable. Child care will be provided.

Sterling Elementary

The PTA meets Thursday at 4 p.m. in the library to plan this year's spring carnival and set fund-raising goals for the school year. It is open to the public.

The Head Start Advisory Council will meet Thursday at 1 p.m. in the school conference room. The meeting will update council members on the status of the program and develop hiring criteria for personnel for the new Sterling Head Start Program.

Friday is the student awards assembly for September. Students are recognized for outstanding efforts and remarkable contributions both in and out of school during the preceding month. The school thanks Sterling's Magpye's Pizzeria for its recognition of a special Falcon of the Month as well. Magpye's Pizzeria will honor selected individuals each month by posting a picture of them in the business and providing them with a gift certificate for a free pizza.

Student council will hold its first Falcon Fun Night Friday from 6 to 8. Falcon Fun Nights are reserved for only Sterling Elementary students grades three though six. There will be an open gym, board games, movies and snacks to buy with friends. Parents who attend may have their student enter free. Otherwise the cost is $2.

Tustumena Elementary School

The PTO board meets at 4 p.m. on Oct. 11.

The nurse needs donations of pants of many sizes. Outgrown sweatpants will work great. The nurse thanks those who brought in clothes this year. They will make other students happy and warm.

Mr. Chase's kindergarten attended the first salmon egg take Sept. 26 at Crooked Creek Hatchery. They got a lesson on the life and spawning cycle of salmon. Afterward, they observed the actual taking and fertilizing of eggs from silver salmon. Alaska Department of Fish and Game gave the class several hundred freshly fertilized eggs to incubate over the rest of this school year.

The annual PTO cash raffle is under way. You could win the $5,000 grand prize. Tickets can picked up at the office or by calling Judy Johnson, president, at 262-4763.

Classroom teachers want dad volunteers to help take down the carnival on Oct. 28 and mom volunteers to fill the booths with volunteers at the carnival on Oct. 27. Contact your student's teacher to help.

Last week was the official start-up of the Stop and Think Program for Tustumena's intermediate students. This week they will work on listening.

Soldotna Middle School

Picture retakes will be Oct. 12.

Congratulations to Casey Foster, the student of the week, and Cindy Litzenberger, staff member of the week. Student and staff member of the week is sponsored by Dairy Queen.

Trivia question of the week winner was Michael Freeman from Mr. Carson's class.

Ms. Kiffmeyer's class completed a study on Colonial America and is starting a simulation called "Discovery." They are forming colonies in the New World and will spend the next two weeks trying to survive.

Mrs. Pillifant's seventh-grade science exploratory class launched rockets Sept. 27 afternoon. Mrs. Hallett and Mr. McBee took students on a fossil finding trip near Homer. Mrs. Overturf's home economics classes prepared pizza for parents last week.

Matt Yamaoka went to Washington, D.C., with the Alaska Young Marines.

Ms. Church's social studies class is learning the CRISS Institute Power Note Taking techniques. This is an opportunity for the students to learn how to prioritize and categorize key concepts. Next week they will "power" organize their notebooks.

Basketball begins today.

Kenai Alternative School

Staff and students will host an open house Thursday at 7 p.m. It is open to the public.

Students interested in enrolling at Kenai Alternative High School may call the school at 283-7844 to set up an appointment for an interview.

Kenai Central High School

The school thanks everyone for helping make homecoming week so successful.

Seniors need to turn in baby pictures for the yearbook to Mr. Larson by Oct. 11. Ads are being sold for the yearbook for parents who would like to put pages together for their senior. For more information, call Mr. Larson at 283-7524.

The drama students are hard at work on their fall play, "Anne of Green Gables." Cast and crew members will be Lauren Brewer, Claire Mishou, Aaron Trickel, Holly Blumenshine, Sarah Stocks, Jaime Phipps, Michele Bucho, Heidi Carlson, Jason Young, Jessica Deardoff, Mariah Meeks, Sovala Swearingen, Danny Casteel, Toni Reitter, Shelah Moreno-Jones, Melissa Vasilie, Erin Rome and Kylee Vienna. Look for them in the performances Nov. 9-12.

Ninilchik School

Remember that students need to bring a note from their parent or guardian when absent.

Practices for junior high volleyball and wrestling are after school.

Seward Middle-Senior High School

Students interested in flying or aviation may want to take an Aviation Ground School course this fall and winter. Any student 15 or older should stop by the counseling office for more information. Steve Shafer, a certified instructor, will teach the course.

A tourism class will be offered second semester to interested students. This course is funded by the Alaska Railroad to foster summer employment for students, who will act as guides for the Alaska Railroad from Seward to Anchorage. This will be a full credit class and expose students to great opportunities in the tourism industry. See Mr. Osborne if interested.

Middle school boys basketball practice starts today. Boys interested in playing intramural or inter league basketball need to be at the first practice in the south gym from 3:45 to 5 p.m. The first week will be organizing intramural teams. All seventh- and eighth-grade boys are welcome.

Remember to have your student athletes get out and get their pledges for the Hawkwalk Monday at 5 p.m. This is how the school pays for uniforms, balls, supplies, equipment and awards. This is the one big fund-raiser for the year, so promote this with your daughter or son.

Skyview High School

The banquet for football players and cheerleaders will be Tuesday at 6 p.m. in the commons.

Skyview Student Council will send 16 students to the state Alaska Association of Student Government convention in Juneau on Oct. 12 through 14. Congratulations to Angel Hollers, junior class president, for being appointed to the district calendar committee and Amber Kraxberger, student body vice president, for being appointed to the district instructional review committee.

The PTSA has a general meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. in the library. All parents are encouraged to attend.

Tryouts for basketball and hockey cheerleaders will be at 3 p.m. on Oct. 16 and 17 in the library.

Skyview choir will perform a fall concert Oct. 19 at Soldotna High School.

All Skyview news is on the Web and you can access it by this short cut: or contact John Andrews, director of athletics and activities, at 260-2315.

Cook Inlet Academy

Miranda Zindel won the title of Miss Alaska American Junior Teen Aug. 5 in Anchorage. Miranda also won awards for academic achievement, volunteer service and talent. She will travel to the national competition in Florida in November. Miranda participates in sports and the National Honor Society, where her personal goal is to be a spokesperson for the Boys and Girls Club. She and Justin Franchino address the elementary classes.

The kindergartners went to Soldotna Creek to study salmon and their life cycles.

Book fair is coming Oct. 25-30. Volunteers are needed to help sell and organize.

Child Evangelism Fellowship begins a monthly after-school program for elementary students from 3 to 4 p.m. starting Tuesday. Mrs. Isaac and Mrs. Zufelt will be hostesses.

The school board announced its committee chairmen: Paul Minelga, academic; Mark Cialek, facilities; Pat Reese, parent involvement; Greg Bell, athletic; Chuck Kopp, PTF and Parent Discussion Forums; and Karen McGahan, building plans.

Parent conferences will be Oct. 25 in the gym.

Chuck Crapuchettes, administrator, spoke Sept. 25 at the parent-teacher fellowship. He encouraged parents to focus on their child's heart, not actions and said their best tool in parenting is unconditional love, as described in the Bible, Titus 2.

Wings Christian Academy

School pictures will be Oct. 12.

The merit store will be open Oct. 12.

The next skating party will be Tuesday at Alaska Great Skate. The school thanks Alaska Great Skate for donating half of the proceeds to the school.

Congratulations to Brandon Saunders for learning to tie his shoes. Kindergartners were tested this week. They have learned their numbers zero to 20. They also have learned five vowels, their sounds and consonants.

Girls' junior basketball started, and the first game is in the fourth week in October. Practices are Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

The walk-a-thon T-shirts arrive this week.

The Fall Festival will be Oct. 27. This is an alternative to Halloween and everyone at school is invited to attend.

Julianne Pettey and Ashlynn Burger had the cleanest desks of the week.

Marcia Dutton is the first student to make it to 1000s club.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool

Preschoolers had a blast on hat day. Everyone brought in their favorite hats and they even made folded newspaper hats. Each class paraded around the neighborhood showing off the great hats. On the walk, students went to the river and saw four seals.

Students also had a fun teddy bear day. They told stories about their teddy bears and some children shared their bears with a friend. Zoya Hanson shared hers with Caitie Steinbeck.

This week students will celebrate the glory of fall. They will take a walk outside and discuss all the changes going on in this season. They will collect leaves and other treasures to create collages of nature.

The first planned field trip is this week to the National Wildlife Refuge, where students will do more exploring.

For more information, call 283-3100.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

Kenai firefighters will visit the preschoolers this week, showing children their gear and breathing apparatus. They want the students to see what the firefighters would look like if rescuing them and what their voices would sound like. The firefighters also will demonstrate stop, drop and roll and talk about fire escape plans.

The Kenai Fire Department has a program to give smoke detectors to families who need them. People can stop by the station to check it out.

The preschoolers will walk to the fire station soon to see the trucks, ambulances, living quarters and meet Sparky, the fire dog.

The Head Start staff appreciates all the families who attended the first parent meeting last week. The Parents' Den meetings are Tuesdays from 10 to 11 a.m.

The school also thanks the Dena'ina Clinic's dentist, who visited recently and did dental screenings on the children.

Maggie and Bernadine helped the children make fish prints from salmon that were caught in the tribe's subsistence net.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

The school would like to thank Central Emergency Services for giving students a tour of the Soldotna firehouse.

Happy birthday to Ella, who turns 3 this week.

This week's helpers are Dani, Haley, Jake and Ali.

Fire prevention is this week's lesson. Students will learn how to stop, drop and roll and do a practice fire drill. For the study of fire safety, students will learn how to call 911 in an emergency and what to do if there is a fire.

Last week the 4- and 5-year-olds had bushels of fun learning about apples. Children tasted four different types of apples and then graphed the results. Red delicious won. Stories read about apples included "The Giving Tree," "Johnny Appleseed" and the Bible story of Adam and Eve and the apple. Each day students sampled different apple treats also.

To celebrate "D" as letter of the week, children brought in a doll, a dinosaur, dance shoes, a dirt bike, a picture of dad and a drum. Eric and Daniel brought in their dogs for show and tell.

The Bible story this week is about Elijah and how he stood against the 450 prophets of Baal.

For more information, call Chris at 262-1284.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

Students have been studying families and their homes. The children are enjoying playing outside with the many leaves on the ground and the bite in the air.

The school will have a special Siblings Day on Tuesday when older brothers and sisters, who are off from public school for in-service day, are invited to visit and be a part of preschool for the day. Younger siblings are welcome, too.

The preschool is looking forward to hearing Dr. Carole Buchholz, area pediatrician, speak on "Child Development and Kindergarten Readiness" at 7 pm. Thursday. The public is welcome to attend. Baby-sitting and refreshments will be provided. The preschool is at the Christ Lutheran Church on the Kenai Spur Highway, one block from the "Y" in Soldotna, next to Foto Quick. For more information, call 262-9149 or 260-7766.

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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