District school news

Posted: Wednesday, October 10, 2001

Aurora Borealis Charter School

The school had a wonderful turnout for its potluck last week. Educators, school board members and representatives joined in the fun.

Primary grades are busy reading for a Scholastic Book project. The children are trying to read 100 books by December. If they make their goal, the program will donate 100 books to other children in need. Aurora Borealis has a daily dress code. Due to the nation's tragedy, everyone wants to show their patriotism. The children proudly wear red, white and blue daily, and with a smile. Remember, children learn from adults and history.

Junior physical education uniforms have arrived. These have the school name and polar bear mascot silk-screened on them. They are such a hit, the school may order more so all students can wear them on special occasions.

The junior high class completed its genetics study and will study physical science for the duration of the year. The fifth-sixth-grade class completed a unit on flowering plants and is beginning a study on energy, work and machines.

Watch for the midterms coming out.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Classes are making a lot of field trips this month. Popular destinations include the Soldotna Visitors Center, the Soldotna landfill to see about waste management, the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to learn about the interdependency of plants and animals on the Kenai and the Homestead Museum to learn more about the history of the Kenai Peninsula.

Mrs. Furlong's class will visit Kenai Central High School to watch the play "Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great." The class will eat chocolate-covered ants next week.

Mrs. Carter's class will head to Seward Thursday to collect salmon eggs to raise in the school tank. It will provide the school with an opportunity to view the development of salmon throughout the year until their release in the spring.

First-grade students have started their Alaska animal research. The end result will be their own information book about their Alaska animal.

The sixth-grade classes are learning about Native Alaskans, beginning with the Dena'ina people. Students investigated the technology of these people and had a presentation on tool making by Larry Ford.

Renee Estelle is putting on the Sign Language Club.

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

Mountain View Elementary

Remember the Halloween carnival Oct. 19. The Scholastic Book Fair will open at the carnival and then run Oct. 25 through Nov. 3.

A hepatitis immunization clinic for Mountain View students will be from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday at the school. For more information, call the nurse's office.

Dave Knudsen's class has been working with Bill Vedders' class studying Alaska animals. The classes did a joint research project, and each group created an animal habitat display. Oral presentations were enjoyable and informative. These projects are displayed in the school's library. The students will visit the Alaska SeaLife Center Thursday after doing a salmon study at Bear Creek in Seward.

Rose Ann Keating's and Toni Steward's classes will begin a Tupperware fund-raiser Tuesday through Oct. 26. Money raised will be used for classroom activities and field trips.

Nikiski Elementary

The Nikiski Fire Department will present a fire safety program Oct. 17-19.

Site-based council nomination forms are due Oct. 19 to the office.

Ann Holloway, PTA president, reminds everyone that plans are under way for the biggest fund-raiser of the year -- the fall carnival. The committee meets weekly, and you can help. To donate a little time to help with set-up, phone calls, working a booth, planning or cleanup, contact her at 776-4132. Donations of cakes and candy are always in demand.

The school will offer a before school reading program in conjunction with the breakfast program, starting Monday. Everyone is invited. During this time, students can get extra help with reading skills or just come in and read. Teachers and volunteers will be available to read with students. For more information, contact Mrs. Morrow or Mr. Drury.

The band program has about 25 students. They are a talented group excited about music. The school hopes to have two full-band pieces, plus solos and ensembles. These students have made a big commitment by joining band, one that will benefit them throughout their lives. It's not too late to start if your child is interested.

North Star Elementary

In keeping with the spirit of healing America, North Star Elementary is hosting a piggy-bank fund-raiser. Money raised by students will be matched 25 percent by the Kenai McDonald's. All proceeds go to the American Disaster Relief Fund. The school is encouraging students to bring in loose change to their classroom. There is a $3 limit. The last day to donate will be Friday. To volunteer to help make this fund-raiser an even more successful event, call Margo Chilson at 776-5789 or Tanna Chenault at 776-8686.

The Starshine 3 satellite successfully launched aboard an Athena rocket from Kodiak Sept. 29. Last spring, North Star Quest students Kara Bethune, Abby Womack, Clare Bennett, Derik Flensburg, Juanita Millyard and Julia Baker polished and sent back two of the more than 1,500 student mirrors from around the world that cover the Starshine 3 satellite. Some 40,000 children from 26 countries are involved.

Breakfast continues to be one of the favorite meals of the day at North Star. Volunteers offer breakfast every morning from 8:30 to 8:50 a.m., at no cost, to an average of 60 students per day.

Redoubt Elementary

A schoolwide election was held, and students voted to change the school mascot to the raven. Redoubt hopes to complete the transition from the roadrunners to the ravens by next fall.

Students and staff will continue to collect money to send to the American Red Cross on Fridays. Friday is also Fly Your Flag Day. Wear red, white and blue.

A hepatitis immunization clinic will be held at Redoubt Oct. 19 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Students must have a signed permission slip on file in order to receive the immunization. Permission forms will be sent home this week.

The site-based council election for two parent representatives runs today through Oct. 19. Ballots will be sent home today.

School picture retakes are scheduled for Nov. 6. Complete information will go home prior to that date. The school would like to thank Ms. Dombovy, Ms. Young, Ms. Massegee and Ms. Hills for helping with school pictures Oct. 2.

Fun Fest will be Oct. 26 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Complete information will be sent home soon.

Congratulations to Braden Lichty, Bus Rider of the Week for bus 28.

Sears Elementary

A hepatitis clinic is planned for Oct. 23. Students need a signed consent to participate. Parents need not be present, but are welcome. For more information, call Nurse Bekkie.

The Title I program will hold it's fall Title I parent meeting Tuesday at 6 p.m. Title I families and interested community members are invited to meet the tutors and learn about the program.

Mrs. Sorenson's and Mrs. Atchley's classes have been busy studying rhyming words and the meaning of unusual phrases. They have been learning new math games, also.

Mrs. Newton's class had butterflies hatch from their chrysalises, and they have learned a great spider drumming song.

Miss Ralston's class has been counting by ones, fives, 10s, twos and 20s to get to 100. They are working with water in science.

Mrs. Thomas' class has been looking at leaves and learning about fall. The children also have been learning about apples. They made two books about apples and had an apple taste test.

Soldotna Elementary

Coming up is Soldotna Elementary Spirit Week, Oct. 22-26. Oct. 22 will be slipper day; Oct. 23 will be red, white and blue day; Oct. 24 will be inside-out or backward day; Oct. 25 will be twin day; and Oct. 26 will be school spirit day. Remember that every Friday is school spirit day, so students are encouraged to wear their school T-shirts or school colors (blue, black and gray or silver).

Fun Buck winners for the week are James Lester, Dalton Lohrke, Vicky Tachick, Devan Kincaid, Capri Lott, Josh Stinnett, Raven Cervantes and Madison McConnell.

On Oct. 2, students in Ms. Bobek's fifth-grade class participated in voting at the Borough Building and were interviewed by KDLL radio on this important civic duty. The school thanks KDLL.

Sterling Elementary

Student in first through fifth grade will travel to Kenai Thursday to see the Alaska Junior Theater perform at Kenai Central High School.

Mr. McCard and Ms. Hoffman will take their classes to Seward Thursday. They will meet with Alaska Department of Fish and Game representatives for an egg drop and visit the Alaska SeaLife Center.

The Public Health nurses will be at Sterling Elementary to do a hepatitis clinic Tuesday from 9 to 11 a.m. Make sure the consent forms your child brought home have been returned to the school.

Fire Prevention Week is through Saturday, and National School Lunch Week is Sunday through Oct. 20.

Mrs. Freese's and Mrs. Lawrence's class will have a bake sale Friday. Bring your quarters.

Tustumena Elementary

One way to improve your child's reading skills is to have your child read to you. According to Mary Leonhardt, author of, "Keeping Kids Reading," good readers spend time reading aloud to their parents. Invite your child to pick something to read -- anything from comic strips to a favorite book.

The Kasilof Public Library has new hours: Monday and Thursday from 2 to 7 p.m.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be from Oct. 24 through Nov. 2.

The Prize Raffle Committee is accepting donations for the fall carnival. If you have items you've made or gifts you would like to donate, bring them to the school before Oct. 26.

Tustumena's hepatitis A and B clinic will be Nov. 16 from 9 to noon. Families will receive a message if your child needs this shot.

PTO will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

There site-based council will meet Oct. 22 at 4 p.m.

The harvest festival will be Nov. 2.

Kenai Middle School

Basketball begins today for seventh- and eighth-graders.

Samantha Chase, Jonathan Rice, Tim Amen, Reed Ehrhardt, Beth Deardoff, Jalissa Stonecipher, Miranda Shelden, Jennifer Hancock, Sharon Kooyers, Chase Myers, Cody Booth, Kyla Steward, Anthony Diaz and Kyle Gregg won a limo lunch for selling many magazines.

The last shot clinic will be Thursday morning. To sign up your child, stop by the office.

The school thanks everyone who helped with the spaghetti feed to raise money for children in New York. Approximately $3,000 was raised for the American Red Cross.

Lauren Baldwin is the new borough champion in cross country running. Madison Gifford placed fourth, and Alee Rowley was tenth. For the boys, MacKenzie Boyle came in second; Jed McGlasson placed sixth; Kelvin Blanning ninth; and Curtis Lorenson placed 10th.

Character Counts Pillar of the Month Pizza Winners for September were: Aaron Hedrick, Elisabeth Fischer, Juliana John, Yvette Villegas, Mandy Bundy and Jackie Derwey.

Mark your calendar to attend the choir concert Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Kenai Central High School Auditorium.

Oct. 17 the school will celebrate Custodians' and Lunch Workers' Day. The school thanks custodians Brad Langvardt, John Evans, Bruce Wolf and Gene Kidder for the great job they do. They also thank Jennifer Everson and Evelyn Mageira for their hard work in the kitchen.

Soldotna Middle School

Mr. McBee's eighth-grade advanced art class hung a display of drawings they recently completed on the theme, "Spirit of America." The drawings reflected aspect of what makes America great and students' own feelings of the "Spirit of America." Student name tags reflect the U.S. flag theme. This project began Sept. 12 with the intention of giving students the opportunity to express their feelings. Parents, staff and students are encouraged to visit the library and view the display.

Many SMS students volunteered time Saturday to take part in the mayor's efforts to paint the fire hydrants red, white and blue.

SMS head secretary Kyle Gauthier ran the Portland Marathon Sept. 30 and completed the entire 26.2 miles with a time that qualifies her to run the Boston Marathon in April.

The QSP magazine fund-raiser started last week. Please support SMS in its only school fund-raiser.

Boys and girls intramural basketball begins today. All students are welcome and encouraged to participate.

The PTSA will meet Thursday at 5 p.m. in the library.


The Connections program will close its enrollment Oct. 19. If you are considering the program, contact Connections before then. No new students will be taken after Oct. 19.

October orders for Troll, Scholastic and Trumpet books are ready for pickup. Connections can mail them to families in Homer and Seward, or see Bill or Dave when they come to your area. Orders with payments are due in the office by Oct. 22. Make out checks to the name of the book club with a separate check for each. Books may be reimbursable.

The October family outing is 2 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Nikiski pool, including the water slide. Connections families with children not on the program also may participate but need to pay the swim fees. Connections will pay for its students to swim; everyone using the water slide pays $3; and parents who swim pay $3. A parent chaperone per family is required. Children under 6 must have a parent in the pool at all times. Space is limited. Call or e-mail the office by today to register or for more details.

Connections has scheduled computer classes for parents and students: Excel, Word, Power Point and Internet basics. Check the Web site calendar for dates and times. Space is limited; call to register.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

Congratulations to Todd Brigham, who will be announced as the North Peninsula Chamber of Commerce's Student of the Month for October on Oct. 18.

The Borough Honor Choir will hold a concert at Kenai Central High School Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. Nikiski's honor choir will consist of Steven Davis, Aaron Allen, Todd Brigham, Zach Hall, Chris Pepper and Clarissa Ribbens.

Kenai Peninsula College will administer the PSAT Saturday at 8 a.m. Contact Mrs. Falk in the counseling office if you haven't registered.

The PTSA will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the school library. The PTSA encourages parents, teachers and students to join and get involved. For more information, contact Patti Floyd. The cost to join is $5 for adults and $2 for students.

Ninilchik School

Congratulations to Ryan Bear, Zach Goeden, Robert Self, Beverly Carpenter, Brett Vadla, Michael Trobaugh, Forrest Garrison, Leslie McCombs, Bartholomew Olson, Thor Herrick and Tracy Quance. Their entries in the dragon contest won gift certificates to the book fair,

A wrestling tournament will be held Saturday at 9 a.m.

Pool parties can be arranged through the pool coordinator. Cost is $30 to rent the pool and lobby for 90 minutes.

An eighth-grade English assignment to write letters to the president, firefighters and families impacted by the tragedy Sept. 11 inspired the class to make and sell beaded pins, sponsor a lock-in and place collection boxes around the community to raise donations. For more information, contact Mrs. Vadla.

Katie Moerlein, Molly Bosick and Whitney Leman received top honors on the cross country academic team at regions.

Skyview High School

With homecoming week over, Skyview is back to the normal routine. A special thanks goes out to Sandra Lewis, Paul Zobeck, Seekins Ford, Sweeney's, Malston's, Etc by Su, Mary Lambe, Central Emergency Services and the new activities-athletic director, Dan Creel.

The royalty for the homecoming dance were: freshmen Ella Fair and Liloa Lavea; sophomores Rosie Adams and Travis Mercier; juniors Kaity Hale and Jack Reed; and seniors Roxy Kotzin, Taylor Adams, Queen Desirae Dix and King Neil Darling.

Club pictures will be taken during seventh hour Thursday.

The first wrestling dual meet will be against Nikiski Friday.

Soldotna High School

Lady Star basketball team member Erin Wolfe was selected the 2000-01 Basketball Player of the Year by Glacier Pontiac Buick GMC. Shawn Hutchings of Glacier Pontiac Buick GMC presented the school with a check for $500 on Erin's behalf. SoHi appreciates this gesture and Glacier's encouragement and support of area schools.

Six Soldotna students will participate at the fall Alaska Association of Student Government Conference at Ben Eielson High School Oct. 18-20. Cason Simpson, Danielle Pettijohn, Samantha Penner, Annie Penner, Chrystal Carlson and Tracy Pitts will represent SoHi. These students will attend region and general business meetings, as well as student government workshops. They also will participate in a service project, banquet and dance.

The first SoHi band and choir concert of the year will be Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. The community is encouraged to attend this free concert.

Quarter finals are scheduled for Oct. 22 through 26. The last day of the first quarter is Oct. 26. First quarter parent-teacher conferences will be held from noon to 7 p.m. Nov. 1.

For more information about SoHi, visit www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us.

Cook Inlet Academy

Lars Arneson biked the most laps in the bike-a-thon. Kenny McDonald raised the most money for the activities fund.

Student of the Week was Tyler Taplin. Other honorees were Cheyanne Laber, Jacob Woods, Keely Powers, Keefe O'Dell, Molly Fenton, Coel Nelson and Madison Orth. Heidi Hillyer earned the Personal Points Award.

Fifth and sixth grades have a reading party today at Dairy Queen for students who read 15 minutes each night. Writing 100 math facts in three minutes or less earns the Ice Cream Sundae Award in Mrs. Rowley's group.

The fifth and sixth grade and Miss Knutson thank Mrs. Michael for improving the classroom with beautiful fall curtains.

Second- and third-graders held a bake sale to raise money for the American Red Cross Disaster Relief effort in New York. Parents baked, while Lauren Bauder, Miranda Beller and Addy Beller handled cookie sales, supervised by Mrs. Beller.

Mrs. Rowley's history class had students dress and speak as famous figures. John Smith and Pocahontas, George Washington visited. Some have been asked to appear in high school history as well.

Teachers attended the Association of Christian Schools International Convention in Anchorage Monday and Tuesday. Second- and third-graders will have a field trip to the hay tunnel at Solid Rock Oct. 25.

READS Primary School

September has been busy with prekindergarten students doing a wonderful job learning to write the upper and lower case alphabet letters. Kindergarten students have been learning about sentences and punctuation and developed nice penmanship. The first- and second-graders have been writing journal entries about their family, community and country. The teachers are proud of all the students' progress.

For the month of October, students will continue their social studies unit on personal safety. A representative from the Kenai Fire Department will visit the school to inform students about fire prevention. Representatives from Central Peninsula General Hospital will share their knowledge about personal safety with regard to weather changes and personal hygiene. Drug prevention will be emphasized the latter part of the month.

The students have drawn their first self-portraits of the year. The portraits are posted in the foyer of the school.

Wings Christian Academy

Wings junior high girls' basketball practice is in full swing. The first game will be Oct. 18 at Chapman School in Anchor Point at 4 p.m. Team members include Kaylee Burger, Tiffany Kincaid, Julianne Pettey, Leah Howell, Naomi Pettey and Jessica Boutwell.

All students are required to have all three stars in each subject by the end of the quarter, which will be Oct. 19.

The new verse for the month is 2 Timothy 2:1-8.

The school has received some new monitors for the learning center in an auction.

The Book-It reading program for first- through sixth-grade students starts in October and ends in March.

Jessica Boutwell and Naomi Pettey are the students honored for the cleanest desks of the week.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool

Last week autumn whirled and twirled all around the preschool. Students created "stained-glass" collages made with leaves and grass.

The class also made a book about the amazing colors of fall. They water-colored giant leaves. Miss Ann brought in a jar with leaves and students estimated how many leaves they thought might be in the jar. Austin McKee guessed the closest in the Monday class, and Toby Randall in the Tuesday class.

A few weeks back, students planted apple seeds in Ziploc bags with only a little water. Eric Charlie's and Sarah Gibbons' seeds sprouted this week.

Students will visit the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and learn about fire safety next week.

For more information about enrollment, call 283-3924.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

The Head Start staff would like to thank the parents who met with teachers this week for parent-teacher conferences. Active involvement and commitment to your child's early childhood education is vital to your child's education process.

The Little Ravens parents accompanied their children on the "enrollment cruise," which assesses their children's hearing, speech, language, vision, fine and gross motor skills, concepts and more. Head Start staff appreciates this opportunity to get to know children before they enter the program. School will start Tuesday for this class.

The children tied five beads on counting cords with Miss Bernadine and Miss Amanda last week, marking special events and Dena'ina words and dance they are learning in school. They also were introduced to "The Mosquito Song."

Children will have dental screenings this week and next at Head Start.

School pictures will be Oct. 30.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

This week's helpers are William, Jrew, Taylor and Mason.

This week's unit will be about emergencies and fires. Students will learn what to do if there is an earthquake or fire. They will do drills for each situation. Monday they will take a field trip to the Central Emergency Services station in Soldotna. Activities in the classroom include a matching game, role playing and puzzles.

The students looked great for school pictures last week.

Students have been doing wonderful artwork. The 3- and 4-year-old class did apple paintings and the 4- and 5-year-old class did carrot paintings. The older class also did art critiquing of the paintings.

For more information on the preschool, contact Chris at 262-1284.

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