School news

Posted: Wednesday, October 11, 2000

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

"Guten tag" from Mr. Daniels' class. Students completed their lessons on graphs, and the map studies are coming to a close as well. This week the class decided on Olympic athletes to write letters to. They sent them and hope to get some back from the athletes. Kristie Leaf came into the class and inspired students with the Junior Achievement program. Students learned about what it takes run a business, the zones of a city, how to deposit money in the bank and how to build their own businesses. The class built a "city" called Cobraville.

The school has recycled 620 pounds of cardboard so far this year.

School pictures will be back in two weeks.

The staff thanks the parents who volunteered their time during the three-week artist in residency. Also, thanks to PTA for providing funding for the program.

Mountain View Elementary

The first family activity night is Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m., featuring math, science, geography and technology. Large, two-topping pizzas from Pizza Hut are offered for $10 each. Return pizza order sheets, which were in your student's packet, or telephone Mrs. White at 283-6148 if your family would like to order one. If your family can most accurately estimate the weight of one or more of the pumpkins, you could win them.

Mrs. Steward's, Mrs. Keating's and Mrs. Ermold's fifth-grades visited the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to learn about wetlands. They participated in activities and learned about the plants and animals that live in wetlands.

Mrs. Cramer's class is having pancakes Friday to celebrate reading Paul Bunyon.

The PTA will meet Thursday at 3:45 p.m. in the library.

Nikiski Elementary

Picture retakes will be Thursday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

The PTA's annual magazine fund-raiser (QSP) will begin with an assembly Friday. Save those magazine renewals. This year's proceeds will go toward after-school activities. If you have any questions, contact Karla Smith at 776-4132.

The Nikiski Fire Department brought the Smoke House to the school Thursday. Students learned safety tips.

The PTA is planning its annual fall carnival. The committee meets today at 3:30 p.m. Mark your calendars for Oct. 28 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students begin selling raffle tickets this week at $1 each. To purchase tickets, contact the PTA at 776-4132. Some prizes include items from the Kenai Golf Course, Alaska SeaLife Center, Kenai Merit Inn, Nikiski Pool, Good Books and More, Kenai Fjords and Princess Tours.

The Country Store will be open again this year during the carnival. The proceeds go toward the Mary Rounds Scholarship Fund. LuEtta Kivi is accepting baked goods, toys, books, crafts, games, puzzles, garage sale items, knickknacks, etc. No clothes, please. Send clean, good items to the school office. Clearly mark boxes or bags with Kivi's name.

North Star Elementary

Today there will be preschool in room 7 from 9 to 10:30 a.m.

Thursday the girls' science club meets in room 6 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

The North Star Improvement Council still is looking for one more parent to be on the council. For more information, contact Sue Liebner or Kyle Gauthier.

The office is still taking orders for sweatshirts and-or T-shirts this week. Samples are on display in the office and order forms were attached to last week's newsletter. If you need another one, see Kyle Gauthier.

Redoubt Elementary

The school would like to thank the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary for its generous donation of hats, gloves, school supplies and snacks for Redoubt students.

Fun Fest will be Oct. 20 with lots of new games and activities. The school needs parent volunteers. If you can help, call Beth at 262-2446.

The wrapping paper fund-raiser deadline has been extended to Thursday.

Parent-teacher conference request forms went home last week. Turn them in to your child's teacher as soon as possible.

School picture retakes are rescheduled for Oct. 25 at 9 a.m. For more information, call Life Touch at 283-6645.

The library needs volunteers to shelve books, help with the book fair and assist with numerous other activities. To help, contact Judy Cox at 262-9006.

Congratulations to Road Rider of the Week Mario Lama and Campbell's Soup label drawing winner Christa Kennedy.

Soccer Spirit Poster Contest winners were the Airballs: Lauren Senette, Cayla Cole, Jamie Edwards, Lyla Marey, Danielle Stafford, Ashley Medina, Erin Simpson, Melinda Larion, Bailey Walgenbach and Cynthia Hulett; and the Firecrackers: Kraig Chapman, Mitchell Moomey, Lawrence Kline, Nicholas Rodriguez, Brandon Bixby, Carlos Jauregui, Jacob Sanchis, Matthew Leach, James Petterson and John Anthony.

Sears Elementary

This is National Fire Safety Week. Sears will have classroom visits with firefighters from the Kenai Fire Department. The firefighters will instruct students on home and personal fire safety and prevention. They will wear full fire response gear, so students will be able to see up close that they are "real" and know not to be afraid. The week will end with a simulated drill by the fire department, which means firefighters and fire trucks will be at the school. Do not be alarmed, should you see or hear any of these activities taking place. On the day of the drill, fire trucks will respond with red lights and sirens.

Congratulations to Duane, from Mrs. Thomas's class, and Garrett, from Mrs. Jackson's class, for having their names drawn as winners of the bears, Snowy and Blizzard. These bears were provided as an incentive for our fall fund-raiser by Innisbrook, the company that sponsored the PTA fund-raiser. The school thanks them for all the support.

Mrs. Hanson's and Mrs. Porter's classes recently took a field trip to the Kenai River and visited the Kenaitze Heritage Site near Cooper Landing.

Soldotna Elementary

Congratulations to the following students who received fun bucks for their good deeds: Wade Nelson, Molly Nyland, Lauren Povich and Jose Gomez.

Soldotna Elementary is focusing on fire prevention in October. Central Emergency Services will speak to fourth through sixth grades on Thursday and present a puppet show to students in kindergarten through third grade on Friday. The staff extends a special thanks to Soldotna Fire Marshal Gary Hale for his coordination and hard work.

The Soldotna PTA meets Thursday at 3:45 p.m. in the library. Parents are urged to come and join with staff and parents to support the school.

The great Soldotna Elementary Book Fair is coming soon.

Sterling Elementary

Sterling Elementary School celebrated the first student awards assembly of the year Friday. Awards assemblies are the first Friday of each month.

It included a ceremonial induction of new officers for the Sterling Elementary Student Council, awards for the winning soccer team, classroom recognition of student accomplishments and a safety presentation from Mrs. Sterling-Taylor's multiage primary students. Marissa Moore sang her original composition and score of the Falcon fight song. Peer Mediators program participants made a presentation.

Friday was the first monthly Falcon Fun Night as well.

David McCard invited Esther Chiappone, a local artist and certified art teacher, to establish an after-school art club. A small materials fee is required, and space is limited. Classes are beginning drawing (today), color mixing (Tuesday), watercolors (Oct. 24), origami (Dec. 5) and printmaking (Dec. 12). For more information or to sign up, call McCard at 262-4944 or 262-9523.

Mrs. Biggs, the music teacher, invites parents to visit the fifth-sixth-grade choir practices Tuesdays from 12:30 to 1 p.m.

Friday is "D.E.A.R. Mom and Dad Day." The school invites parents to visit from 9 to 9:15 a.m. to join Drop Everything And Read. Free coffee and snacks will be available afterward in the library. The entire school stops to read for 15 minutes as each day starts.

Tustumena Elementary School

The PTO board meets today at 4 p.m.

Plan now for parent-teacher conferences Oct. 26 and 27. Parents will receive a letter designating an appointment on one of these two days. Should your scheduled time be inconvenient, let your child's teacher know what time and date might be better.

The first snow was Oct. 4, and many students forgot to wear winter coats, gloves and hats to school. Remember to wear winter clothing, so we can stay warm at the bus stop and at recess.

The Stop and Think lesson for the next two weeks is "Following Directions." Ask your child, what are the steps for following directions?

The Fall Scholastic Book Fair will be Monday through Oct. 19 and Oct. 23 through 26 in the library. It is closed Friday both weeks. Wish lists for teachers and their classrooms will be posted. Books make great Christmas gifts for teachers and students.

The PTO annual cash raffle is under way, and the grand prize is $5,000. Stop by the office to buy your tickets or call your PTO president Judy Johnson at 262-4763 if you want to sell tickets.

Kenai Middle School

The first choir concert is Oct. 19, and the first band concert is Oct. 23.

Activity night will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m., sponsored by Ms. Dixon and her eighth-graders. All KMS students are invited.

The cross country runners girls' team took second at the borough meet, led by Madison Gifford, Synneva Hagen Lillevik, Alee Rowley and Megan Thibideau. The boys' team also placed second, thanks to second-place finisher Trevor Baldwin, two seconds behind the leader, and to John McGlasson, McKenzie Boyle and Kelvin Blanning.

The girls' soccer team won first at the borough tournament and the boys were fourth.

Picture retakes will be Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

After-school tutorials begin Tuesday for students needing extra academic help. The program will let about 30 students stay after school for one hour, three nights per week. If you want your child in the program, contact a teacher.

Order yearbooks soon. If you pay before Christmas break, the price is $18. After Jan. 1, the price will be $20. Order forms will be at the office.

Oct. 20, the volleyball team will have a lock-in to raise funds.

Soldotna Middle School

Crystal Winn, from Mr. Carpenter's class, won the trivia question of the week.

Dairy Queen Student of the Week was Winnie Chu, and staff member was Laura Pillifant.

The students went all out and sold more than $24,000 worth in the magazine drive to take the school over its goal. Check out the news next week for the top winners and magazine assembly highlights.

Intramural basketball has begun. The boys practice from 2:30 till 4 p.m. and the girls from 4 till 5:30 p.m.

In cross country, Austin Anderson led the Soldotna boys to a team borough championship. Soldotna had five boys finish in the top 10. Top finishers for the Soldotna Spartans were Austin Anderson, first; Jerry Bilby, third; Forest West, eighth; Gabe Williamson, ninth; and Jonathon Baldwin 10th. Marci Mohler won the girls' race. Mohler is undefeated for two seasons. The top five girl finishers were Marci Mohler, first; Brittany Osland, 15th; Jennifer Smola, 19th; Alyssa Roach, 20th; and Allison Fay, 21st.

Alaska is bear country, so outdoor education students have learned to avoid dangers. Instructors from the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge will teach Leave No Trace camping techniques, and the Department of Fish and Game will provide hunter education.


The Connections staff will conduct a workshop today from 1 to 4 p.m. for parents. It will cover Math Companion; Scott-Forsman/Addison Wesley Math and how to use the CD that comes with the program; "How do we keep our sanity?" coping skills and home schooling; Lightspan Network: The incredible teaching assistant; how to use this teaching resource; How to write quarterly reports, with new online ways to make it easier; and anything else that needs to be discussed.

Meet in the staff development room of Soldotna Elementary School. These workshops are low-key and informal. The intent is to help with the home-school process and serve as a resource for all parents. It also is an opportunity to meet other Connection home-school parents. Refreshments will be served. R.S.V.P. if you plan to attend by calling 262-6315.

The comet mission online class, offered through Connections to prepare for the mission at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, has openings through Oct. 20. The mission is scheduled for Dec. 8. For more information, call Tanya at 262-6315.

Kenai Central High School

Senior baby pictures for the yearbook must be in today, and senior portraits are due Oct. 20. Senior parents can buy yearbook ads. Find special pictures of your child growing up and create an exciting collage for a memory page. For more information, contact Mr. Larson at 283-7524.

Order your yearbook now. For $15, you can reserve a book at the sale price of $50. The price goes up Sunday.

Some student council and leadership students are traveling to Juneau this weekend to attend the Alaska Association of Student Government conference.

The following colleges have scheduled meetings in the counseling offices: Eastern Oregon University, today; University of Hawaii (Hilo), Oregon State University and Montana State University come next week. Students should sign up at the counseling office.

Start rummaging through the closets and the garage now because the annual sports swap sponsored by the Cross-Country Ski Booster Club is Oct. 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the cafeteria. Item check-in will be Oct. 27 from 3 to 7 p.m. and Oct. 28 from 8 to 10 a.m. The team will take sports equipment of all sizes, shapes and sorts.

Check out the school's online calendar at

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

The fall band and choir concert will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the school auditorium.

The PTSA meets Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

The Red Ribbon high school dance will be Oct. 21 from 8 to 11 p.m.

Yearbooks are on sale for $35. Prices will rise Oct. 31, so get your orders in soon.

Ninilchik School

High school volleyball and wrestling are under way along with junior high basketball.

The volleyball team would like to thank Godfather's Pizza for the use of its facilities for its car wash fund-raiser.

The PSAT test will be Tuesday.

Picture retakes are scheduled for Nov. 6.

Skyview High School

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

Math tutoring is Mondays through Thursdays from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. See Randy Sparks to sign up.

Tryouts for basketball and hockey cheerleaders will be Monday and Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the library.

The cross country running banquet will be Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the commons.

The Skyview Choir will perform a fall concert Oct. 19 at Soldotna High School. The band concert will be Oct. 30 in the Skyview commons.

The library needs lunch-time volunteers Monday, Thursday and Friday. If you are interested, call the librarian, Mrs. Dallman, at 260-2381.

Congratulations to the following student-athletes for their selections at the Football All-Conference meeting last week. First team: Ely Evanson, quarterback; Ian Leach, wide receiver; Stryder Reilly, fullback; Chris Rice, interior line; and Matt Burdick, punter. Second team: Ryan Staab, tackle; Ian Leach, return specialist; Trevor Tompkins, inside linebacker; and Matt Burdick, defense end.

All Skyview news is on the Web at or contact John Andrews, director of athletics and activities at 260-2315.

Soldotna High School

The Anchorage College and Career Fair will be Oct. 24 and 25 at the Egan Civic and Convention Center. Soldotna High School will charter a bus Oct. 24, departing SoHi at 6 a.m. and returning about 3:30 p.m. Interested juniors and seniors can attend by registering in the counseling office by Oct. 20. A signed parent permission form and $10 fee are required. For more information, contact the counseling office at 262-7411.

The fall band and choir concert will be Thursday at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. It is open to the public.

The Borough Honor Choir will meet Monday and Tuesday in Homer. The concert is at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Homer. The following SoHi students will attend: Ella Ames, Jennifer Hughey, Stewart Blakeslee, Dan Ghormley, Aimee Renney, Todd Ghormley, Mike Peterson, Mandi McKay, Sondra Mize, Megan Newbould, Tabitha Strauss, Jenna Syverson, Sierra Williams, Mike Hart, Bill Keller, Matt Arledge, Jared Carlson, Evan Hatfield, Brent Knight, Ryan Meyers, Krista Collinson, Kara Merrill, Karina Petersen, Keely Chavka, Celeste Harwood, Heidi Keller, Riley Kent, Desiree Syverson, Ryan Hatfield, Matt Meacham and Lucas Petersen.

The PSAT/NMSQT is Tuesday at 7:50 a.m. To register, students must sign up and pay $10 to the counseling office by Friday.

Cook Inlet Academy

Sgt. John Gregory showed the preschool class around the police station. Miss Becky and the class sent him special thanks.

Eric Minelga and the computer class finished installing Digital Subscriber Line cable, the last phase of the project to get the school online with high speed data transfer and dedicated access over phone lines. The fourth phase upgrade included phone intercoms to the classrooms and all-school computer network. Donations from the 1999 fall banquet provided the funds.

The first grade visited the Alaska Zoo on Sept. 22. This trip culminated the classroom "zoo theme" with zoo math, alphabetizing animal names, writing zoo stories, art projects and animal drawings.

Elementary Students of the Week are Kyle Kjeldson, Janine Ray, Khekby Kennedy, Cody Munn, Julie Litchfield, Melanie Shea, Anhgela Uchtman, Laura Harro and Albert White.

Mrs. Rowley's second- and third-graders are showing breakthrough skills. They write whole sentences with correct punctuation and know four of eight parts of speech. In the "Across the Centuries" reading program, students learned to find Christian values in secular literature. In history, they plan to build Jamestown with Legos and Lincoln Logs. They will celebrate the unit with a literary lunch with stone soup and Amelia Bedelia's lemon pie.

Kalifonsky Christian School

The school will put a Wild West Carnival on Oct. 20 at the Kalifonsky Christian Center. There will be special performances by students along with food, games and a rodeo.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool

The year's first preschool field trip was to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The children had a picnic by the lake on the refuge. The school thanks Ross Pilatti for bringing extra sandwiches.

Next week will be dedicated to fire safety. Students will take a field trip to the Kenai fire station and may even see Jacob Dye's dad, who works there. The children will practice 911 and their own phone numbers. There will be fire hats and hoses in the dramatic play area. The school will have its first fire drill.

For more information, call 283-3100.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

Head Start preschool students took a walking field trip to the Kenai Fire Department recently to get a close look at the fire engines, ambulances and living quarters of firefighters. Firefighters visited the school last week talking about fire safety, home escapes and what they look and sound like in their gear.

Bernadine Atchison will tell the Dena'ina Mouse Story to the children this week, with its message about the importance of helping others.

The next two weeks are short for students. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Oct. 19 and 20.

The school thanks all the parents who volunteer on the weekly field trips to the Nikiski pool and the Kenai Recreation Center.

Nikiski Daycare Center

The Nikiski Daycare Center announces it is participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program. Children from low-income families may qualify for free or reduced-price meals.

Parents' income determines the amount of money the USDA will reimburse. Contact the day-care center for details of monthly income eligibility levels.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

Happy birthday to Ali, who turns 4 this week.

Congratulations to this week's helpers: Sidney, Allie, Hannah and Dezmond.

This week's lesson will be on Christopher Columbus and geography. Students will share about a place they have visited, then mark it on the map. As the class reads the story of Christopher Columbus, they will follow his favorite travels on a globe.

For last week's letter, "E," students brought in excellent examples. Some items were an Easter Egg, Elmo, Eeyore and a jet engine.

The 4- and 5-year-old students will study about Christopher Columbus, geography and maps. This week's letter is "F."

The Bible story will be Jonah and the big fish.

For more information, contact Chris at 262-1284.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

Monday was Sibling Day. Lots of brothers and sisters, both older and younger, came to spend the morning. It was great to see the older "graduates" and the future preschoolers.

Today the children are beginning to explore tools. Dads are coming in to explain different tools and their uses, and the children will have an opportunity to try them out.

The school would like to thank Dr. Carole Buchholz for her talk on children.

Happy belated birthday to Stephen Endsley on Oct. 3.

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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