Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, October 09, 2002

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

First-grade students continued their study of animals. They have been reading stories together about baby animals and about the kinds of food animals eat. They also have been writing about what they learn and will publish the pages in a book at the conclusion of the unit. Each table group chose an Alaska animal to research and will answer the following questions: What does my animal look like? Where does my animal live? What does my animal eat? What is an interesting fact about my animal? Feel free to research information with your child at home and send it to school with them.

In Math, first-graders started learning their first set of addition facts, doubles (0+0, 1+1, etc.). Children will bring home their own set of flash cards. Review these with them nightly.

Be sure that all "Reflections" program entries are turned in no later than Friday. Judging will be Oct. 25, and all entries will be on display in the commons area of the school during parent-teacher conferences the end of this month.

The sixth-grade science classes are working on getting information together for a book, so that it can be published.

The second-grade "Communities" that the students made are on display in the main hallway, so stop by and see the Silver Salmon Park, the Hillbilly Farm, the Legocity, the Indian Village, the Inupiaq Village fishing camp and many more.

The soccer intramural program was a success this year, thanks to Gretchen Bagley. K-Beach had an exciting group of players this year, and they all strived hard to play better and practice sportsmanship daily. Bagley would like to recognize the following students for participating in the program this year: David Roesing, Lani Brooks, Jesse Faulkner, Caleb Forbes, Jimmy Gattenby, Lacey Norman, Chelsea Hardcastle, Stephanie Shirk, Hannah West, Michaela Shirnberg, Alena Robson, Marcus Biggs, Tanner Abendroth, John Zimmerman, Jennifer Austin, Tatiena Smith, Mary Castens, Jesse Ellison, Ryan Fusaro, Gradey Iverson, Sophie Taeschner, Hannah Joy and Karl Straume.

Thank you to all who made the Student In Good Standing Movie a success. Special thanks to the Orca Theater for its continued participation in this program.

Montessori Charter

Kindergarten students are studying the continent Antarctica. They will learn about penguins and other Antarctica animal life. They will continue being scientists by keeping a science journal while learning about observation.

The first- through third-grade class has been taking walks around the block. Students have been observing daily autumn changes and enjoying their weekly visits to the Soldotna Public Library.

Picture day is Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

Mountain View Elementary

Volunteer orientation is today at 9 a.m. All volunteers are invited and encouraged to attend.

This week is Fire Prevention Week. Kenai Fire Department staff will visit classrooms.

Friday is Sports Day.

Mrs. Cramer's third-grade class had flapjacks to celebrate reading Paul Bunyan. Students also performed a plant skit for other third grades.

Mrs. Heath and Mrs. Wannamaker's third-graders are donating books they no longer need to a school in Papua New Guinea and are involved in fund-raising with the other classes so that the books can be mailed. Mountain View students also are hoping to establish pen pal and e-mail relationships with the kids in Papua New Guinea. Help from the community would be greatly appreciated.

A special thanks to Veon Kiech, Megan O'Neill, Alison Sawyer, Sue Dukowitz, Pam Carter, Cheryl Rubalcava, Margaret Gilman, Chris Watkins, Dena Cunningham, Sue Latz, Lane Means, Johnelle McCauley, Pat Evans and Abby Madrid for volunteering to help with the annual health screening.

The Student of the Month lunch with Mr. Dawson and parents will be at 11:35 a.m. today.

Nikiski Elementary

The Nikiski Elementary PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the library. Food and door prizes will be offered. The PTA will be working on the annual fall carnival. Volunteers are still needed.

The Nikiski Fire Department staff will be at the school this week teaching students about fire prevention and safety.

Fall Carnival raffle tickets are on sale. Find a fourth-, fifth- or sixth-grader to check out the prizes and purchase tickets.

Redoubt Elementary

School photos will arrive at the end of October. They will be sent home with students as soon as they arrive. Thank you to Amber Cruze, Patty Dombovy, Stephanie McDowell, Corbi Aaronson and Debbi Bass for helping. Retakes will be Nov. 8.

The 2001-02 yearbooks have arrived and have been sent home with students. Students ordered and paid for their yearbooks last spring. There are a few extra copies for sale for $20 each. To purchase one, stop by the office.

Parent conferences will be Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Forms asking for your preferred conference time will be sent home this week. Return your form as soon as possible, so that scheduling may begin. There will be no school for students on conference days. Plan to attend this important meeting with your child's teacher.

Thank you to Dr. and Mrs. Rohloff for assembling the picnic tables under the school gazebo. The community will enjoy this covered picnic and activity area for years to come.

PTA meets on Oct. 15 at 3:45 p.m. in the school lounge. Child care will be provided.

The Redoubt fall fund-raiser is under way. Students are reminded that they should not go door-to-door unless accompanied by a parent. Rather, they are encouraged to contact friends and family. Have fun and, most important, stay safe. Fund-raiser orders are due back at school Oct. 15.

Fire prevention week activities include puppet shows for kindergarten through third grade Tuesday and presentations to grades four through six Wednesday.

Students should arrive before school begins at 8:45 a.m. and stay until the bell rings at 3:18 p.m. every school day except in the case of medical or dental appointments, etc. Students who are often late or leave school early miss valuable academic time, as well as disrupt their classrooms and other students. The school appreciates parent support as it endeavors to teach students the importance of good attendance and punctuality.

Sears Elementary

Sears Elementary staff and students wish a happy 79th birthday to volunteer, Ms. Mae. Her birthday was Thursday.

The school fish tank will be cared for by Mrs. Sheldon and Mrs. Stroh's class.

Thanks to parent volunteers for helping with picture day. Volunteers included Mrs. Chivers, Mrs. Evens and Mrs. Stephens.

Sears PTA is kicking off its "Box Tops for Education" program. Save your box tops and send them in.

Mrs. Hanson's second-grade class has begun its Pizza Hut Reading Program.

Mr. Lewis of Alaska Fish and Game spoke to Mrs. Hurst's class about the elements of habitat, space and shelter. Lewis also brought in hides and skulls of different animals.

There will be no school Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 due to parent conferences. Conferences will be made by appointment with the classroom teachers and will be held the evening of Oct. 30, the morning of Oct. 31 and throughout the day Nov. 1.

Soldotna Elementary

Students, staff, parents and Soldotna fire and police personnel walked to school last week to emphasize safety during Walk Our Children to School Day. Sponsored by the Safe Kids coalition, Soldotna Police Department and the Soldotna PTA, the event is held nationally and draws attention to students walking to school. Congratulations to 2002 participants who also won prizes in our participants' drawing: Jared Lingafelt, Ashley Eby, Tyler Carroll, Hollie Carroll, Vicky Tachick, Christine Tachick, Jenna French, Jazmin Hetherton, Becky Shaffer, Sarah Mohorcich, Justice Elson and Cody Quelland.

Central Emergency Services will present puppet shows to the kindergarten through third grade Thursday and will offer classroom presentations to grades four through six to emphasize fire safety. Special thanks to Gary Hale and the firefighters for their dedication and hard work.

The Soldotna PTA and staff members will host a FunFest for students Oct. 18. Information will go home with children and due dates for applications need to be enforced so planning can be completed.

Tustumena Elementary

The Tustumena Halloween Carnival Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Oct. 14 in the school library. The committee had identified the following needs for this year: volunteers to gather donations for the prize raffle; 1-liter pop bottles for the ring toss booth; cakes for the cake walk; and parent volunteers to work game booths and serve on the cleanup crew. The committee would like to thank John Cook and his crew for volunteering to assemble booths this year.

The Tustumena PTO is sponsoring a spooky stories contest this month. Students choosing to participate must return their creative writing by Oct. 25. PTO judges will select three winners from the primary classes and another three from the intermediate classes. Gift certificates from River City Books will be awarded to the six winners.

Ms. Pam Flowers will be at Tustumena School on Oct. 18 to conduct two assemblies for students. Ms. Flowers has considerable outdoors experience and authored the book, "Alone Across the Arctic." She will present to primary children at 9:30 a.m. and to intermediate classes at 10:45 a.m.

Central Emergency Services workers will be at Tustumena on Oct. 24 and 25 to conduct their annual home safety programs. This year's theme is "Team Up for Fire Safety." The program focuses on safety lessons that everyone can learn, such as installing and testing smoke alarms, practicing home escape plans and identifying home hazards. Tustumena thanks Fire Marshal Gary Hale and his staff for their efforts in educating the students. Parents wishing to join us for these programs should contact the school for time and place information on these two days.

Don't forget to attend the Halloween Carnival from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30.

Soldotna Middle

The intramural soccer team beat Chapman 5-1 Sept. 29. The two teams tied the week before.

Congratulations to the following students on a great season: Alex Cox, Krikkit Holly, Sam Kilfoyle, Adam Miller, Patrick Moore, Miranda Pollard, Charles Ramey, Derick Sedevy, Robbie Small, Lucus Thein, Sean Williamson, Trey Young, Claude Mraz, Patrick Parker and Brian Willis.

The girls maroon soccer team had a great season ending in a close match with Nikiski on Tuesday. Coach Warnick is proud of every players' effort and performance this season and enjoyed working with the girls. Congratulations to Rosi Allison, Sasha Anderson, Lindsey Ansotegui, Jessica Berzanske, Bethany Blackburn, Delainie Burford, Kelsey Cain, Megan Duwe, Kirsten Hinz, Ellen Holt, Amy Hundertmark, Ashley Myers, Michelle Quelland, Liz Rohloff, Lauren Senette, Emily Skidmore, Mikela Smith, Leah Swan, Becky Warton and Brittany West.

The Mind A-Mazes competition will be held at Soldotna Middle School on Saturday. Tragic Trajectories will be flinging, tossing and catapulting tennis balls or raquetballs through the air to land in a garbage can located between 1 meter and 11 meters away. The fun begins at 11 a.m.

Boys and girls intramural basketball began Tuesday.

During the week of Oct. 14, Soldotna Middle School's seventh-graders and new-to-the-district eighth graders will receive a tuberculosis test to screen for this disease. Many Alaskans carry this disease and never know if they do not get tested. This is a state of Alaska mandate (AAC 27.213). If you have any concerns please call 262-4344.

The Chess Club began Oct. 2 during both lunches. Strategy lessons are offered after school through the Boys and Girls Club and After the Bell.

Yearbooks are on sale for $23 before Christmas break.

The PTSA will meet Thursday at 5 p.m.

The band and choir concert will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 17.


The "Quick as a Wink" parent workshop is today at 1 p.m. Call Doug to sign up.

Orca Theater has agreed to offer a special showing of Disney's new G-rated movie for all home-school students. "Country Bears" will be shown at the Orca Theater Thursday at 1 p.m. Admission is $2 per person. Students must be accompanied by an adult. Space available on a first-come, first-served basis.

All home-school students 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 Nov. 8 from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Aspen Hotel in Soldotna. Picture packets can be picked up in the Connections office. Prices are listed on the packets.

Deadline for enrollment 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

Youth Court will meet Thursdays from 7 to 9 p.m. in the cafeteria.

The annual Honor Choir will practice Monday and Tuesday at KCHS, and the annual performance will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. For those who cannot attend, the performance will be broadcast online at www.kpbsd.

The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam will be Oct. 28, 29 and 30.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High

There will be a girls' open gym at 5 p.m. Wednesday and a boys' open gym at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The PSAT will be offered Thursday. Anyone interested in taking the test should contact Mrs. Falk or Mrs. Coxi the counseling office at 776-3456.

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

There will be no school Oct. 31 and Nov. 1 due to parent-teacher conferences.

Ninilchik School

It's Spirit Week, so don't be surprised if your child is dressing in a bizarre fashion. Monday was hat and shades day; Tuesday was twin day; today is dress-as-crazy-as-you-can day; Thursday is military day; and Friday is blue and gold day.

The week will culminate in a volleyball tournament at Ninilchik with Kenai junior varsity, Kenny Lake, Tri Valley, Cook Inlet Academy, Seldovia and Nenana. Games will start after school Friday and continue Saturday.

Ninilchik Community Preschool is in session. Children who turned 3 by Aug. 15 are welcome to join the 10 children already enrolled. Preschool is offered from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. Cost is $50 a month. For more information, call Barb Hess at 567-3973.

The Gr-r-r-recipes Cookbook will arrive in early November. This is a collection of favorite recipes from Ninilchik basketball families near and far. The money raised will support the boys and girls teams. You can reserve an $8 copy by calling Jamie Leman.

National Honor Society is continuing to collect box tops and labels for education. There are collection boxes at the school office and at the post office.

Skyview High

Skyview High welcomes the foreign exchange students from Magadan, Russia. The students and teachers will spend the next three weeks with host families and doing various activities around the Kenai Peninsula.

The Student of the Month luncheon will be Thursday to honor those students and staff members who have done exceptional work in the month of September.

The volleyball team goes to Grace Christian on Friday and Saturday for a tournament, and the C-team plays Ninilchik on Tuesday.

The Skyview swim team will travel to Palmer on Friday for a meet.

There will be a site council meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday.

The choir concert will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The Skyview calendar has been updated and is located on the Skyview Web site at Click on the calendars link to view upcoming events.

Soldotna High

SoHi choir students will participate in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Honor Choir at KCHS on Monday and Tuesday. The public presentation will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the KCHS auditorium.

The PSAT will be administered at SoHi on Tuesday. PSAT results are used as an initial screening device for 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 such as the SAT and ACT. A fee of $10, payable in the counseling office, is required to reserve a seat for the test. For more information, contact Abby Smola in the counseling office.

An online calendar of SoHi activities is available by referring to the KPBSD Web site at Click on "district calendars" in the tool bar at the top of the page, then follow the link to SoHi.

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the Week are Bethany Estes, for responsibility in finishing work; Ryan Kimball, for handwriting neatness; Hannah Selden and Andrew Agosti, for being great friends; Philip Rhodes, for a great first week of preschool; Phillip Gillis, for always willing to help others; Logan Chumley, for encouraging Brandon when he was crying; and Adam Uchtman, for great Bible memorization.

The high school boys cross country running team took third at state in Class I, II and IIIA competition. Brian Beeson was top finisher for the peninsula's small-schools division taking fourth place. Top 10 racers in the junior high borough meet were Brooke Forsi, seventh place, boys; Spencer McAuliffe, eighth, boys; John Forsi, ninth, boys; and Melissa Moffis, ninth place, girls. Several sixth-grade boys and girls also participated in the community race and did well.

Child Evangelism Fellowship will give a demonstration and have pies for sale Friday at its annual Pie Auction at Soldotna Bible Chapel at 6:30 p.m.

At the September PTF meeting, Chuck Crapuchettes and Chuck Kopp shared parenting tips and showed the first in a series of videos on Parenting Adolescence by Kevin Huggins.

There will be no school Oct. 17 and 18 due to teacher in-service.

Grace Lutheran School

The students of Grace Lutheran are getting into social studies. The kindergartners are studying the basics of map reading and have begun a trip around the world, stopping at each of the continents. The first- through third-graders are beginning a tour of the United States in the New England region.

In physical education, the primary students are working on ball kicking skills and are having fun playing kickball.

The temptation of Jesus is the topic of the week in Christlight. Students will learn that Jesus used the Word of God to resist the temptations of the devil.

The seventh- and eighth-grade science students are beginning a unit on archaeology and geology, while the fifth- and sixth-graders are learning about the classification of animals.

The upper-grade students are wrapping up their reading novels -- "Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH" and "Where the Red Fern Grows."

Grace Lutheran's students scored well on last spring's metropolitan achievement test. The following are percentile ranks for math: third grade, 87; fourth grade, 96; fifth grade, 92; sixth grade 79; seventh grade, 76; and eighth grade, 84.

For more information regarding enrollment at Grace Lutheran School, contact School Minister Dennis Leckwee at 283-9551 or 283-7888.

Wings Christian Academy

Cassie Sutton was the first person to reach the 1,000's club. To get to the 1,000's club, students need to score a 100 percent on 10 tests.

Troy Consiel and Zachary Bargar had the cleanest desks this week.

The Lower Learning Center will have its monthly art class Friday.

Last week, Julianne Pettey and Katie Sutton recited Psalm 24 for speech class.

All the sophomores and juniors are diligently studying for their PSAT tests, which will take place Oct. 19.

Mrs. McGee's first-grade class is learning to read. Last week, students learned to read short vowel words and this week they are working on long vowel words.

The chapel speaker this week was Pastor Ray Boutwell.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

Last week, students had fun learning about the five senses. The students went on a field trip to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, where they watched a bear movie, did a scavenger hunt and took a walk to the lake. The students enjoyed the fresh air and using their senses of smell, touch and hearing on the walk.

In the classroom, the students did taste testing. They tested foods to see if they were salty, sweet or sour.

The students also traced their bodies and weighed and measured themselves.

This week, students will study fire safety. Students will learn about fire drills, stop, drop, cover and roll practices and fire escape routes.

Thanks to parents who drove on the field trip.

Space still is available in the Wednesday, Thursday, Friday class. For more information, call 262-1284.

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