Sterling Elementary

Posted: Wednesday, October 08, 2003

Mr. Shapley's class went to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters on Thursday to experience and study the Southcentral wetlands, ecosystems and habitats in Alaska.

Mr. Miller took his class to the Russian River Falls. Thanks to Amy Parham for her help in training students in the class in CPR and first aid.

Elections recently were held for student council. Representatives and alternates were selected from grades three through six. Officers for the 2004 school year are Derrick Parham, president; Michael Griffin, vice president; Paul Adams, secretary; and Samantha Mason, treasurer. Classroom representatives are Christinea Bahl, Briana Merkes, Nanette Daigle, Maranda Merkes, Heather Matthews, Ben Ikerd and Katie Marckesano. Alternates are Michael Johnson, Alex Woodvine, Ariel Self, Karlie Self, Sidney Roumagoux and Tyra Rivera. These student will plan special events for Falcon Fun Nights.

Thanks to Chris Maack, one of the bird educators from the Bird Treatment and Learning Center in Anchorage, for bringing the merlin falcon to the school. The Bird Treatment and Learning Center provides expert emergency medical treatment to help stabilize and rehabilitate sick or injured wild birds until they are healed and can be released back into the wild. Rehabilitation volunteers at center treat nearly 100 species, and about 1,000 birds annually. Because of their efforts, all types of birds have been successfully rehabilitated and released.

Ms. Dierick's class has worms. Students are learning about the interdependence of land and earthworms. They will conduct experiments to learn if the worms can smell and hear.

Tustumena Elementary

Many thanks to the Kenai Eagles for their generous donation of $1,000 for purchasing the lumber needed for rebuilding the game booths for the Halloween carnival. John Cook and crew will yet again provide their time and carpentry skills.

Ms. Knobf and Mr. Record's classes both have hiked to Crooked Creek to monitor water quality and enhance awareness of the environment and local fisheries and aquatic ecosystems. The classes will embark on monthly treks to their "adopted creek" with the guidance of a Fish and Wildlife intern.

The PTO's second annual "Spooky Stories" contest is under way through Oct. 24. The contest is open to students in grades one through six. There will be two prizes ($15 and $10 gift certificates) awarded at each grade level. The awards will be announced Oct. 26.

Title I parents and students are invited to attend a technology training session in the Dell Lab today. Tracey Withrow will conduct the learning experience beginning at 4 p.m. Topics involved in this training include exploring selected Internet sites and using a computer to assist a child in completing homework. Refreshments will be served following the program.

Tustumena still is seeking applicants for a playground aide person for the remainder of the school year. The position is for one hour each school day during the noon hour. Folks interested may apply at district's human resources department in the Borough Building in Soldotna.

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