District School News

Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

School pictures were sent home last week. Re-takes are scheduled for Monday.

The EduTest will be administered to students in second through sixth grades this month. Parents should make sure children are well rested for school and that they not miss any more than necessary. The test is grade level and standard assessment test.

K-Beach is in need of a site council member to replace Annique Smith, who is leaving the area. The council member would serve as a parent representative and finish out the school year term. Contact a PTA board member or the school office for more information. Site council members will vote on the position at the next PTA meeting Nov. 12.

K-Beach will sell cookbooks and hold a raffle this year as fund-raisers. Students are asked to bring a minimum of two favorite family recipes to contribute to the cook book.

The library is sponsoring a pumpkin contest. Pumpkins cannot be carved, just decorated. Pumpkins should be brought to school after Oct. 25. More information to come.

Mr. Daniels' class received its materials to begin a space science project called orbital laboratory. The NASA sponsored space exploration program is designed to collect data from schools around the world. The class will grow soybean and wheat plants in the classroom while scientists in the International Space Station grow the same plants under the same conditions. NASA will use the data collected by classes at the end of the project.

Montessori Charter

Students in the first through third grades enjoyed the early civilization stories that were written and acted out by Skyview High School students in Rob Sparks' world history class.

The first- through third-grade class also has worked on puppet plays, and students will begin to write some of their own stories soon.

The next parent meeting is Oct. 23 at 6:30 p.m.

Mountain View Elementary

The annual Halloween Carnival and Book Fair will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. Bring the whole family. Volunteers are still needed. To help, call the school at 283-6148.

Congratulations to Mountain View's September Students of the Month: Mason Cheeseman, Kami Duhan, Aaron Williams, Shane Cowie, Haylee Hunter, Antonia Talmadge, Carolyn Knackstedt, Kristina Taylor, Kendall Soares, Donny Dormady, Tresha Kent, Christina Grimsley, Justin Herrmann and Jen Kohler.

Nikiski Elementary

The new NEON Froggy Friday T-shirts are on sale for $12 each.

The Oct. 10 PTA meeting has been rescheduled for 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the library. Come help finalize plans for the annual fall carnival. Refreshments, door prizes and a prize for the class with the most parents attending will be offered.

Fall Carnival raffle tickets are on sale now. Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders are allowed to sell tickets with a signed permission slip. Parents who would like to sell tickets, contact the PTA office.

Arts and crafts classes are being offered at Nikiski Elementary the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 3:30 to 5 p.m. If you are interested, call Rachel at 776-8800.

Help the school by subscribing to or renewing a magazine subscription. Visit www.QSP.com and designate Nikiski Elementary when placing an order. Not only will customers save money, but a percentage of the proceeds will be sent to the school.

Redoubt Elementary

Parent conference forms were sent home Friday. Return the form today. Additional forms are available in the school office.

The Book Fair will be open in the library both days during parent conferences.

Volunteers are needed in the library. No experience is necessary. For more information, call Judy Cox at 262-9006.

Fund-raiser forms and money were due Tuesday. Thanks to the many students, community members and parents who participated in the project.

The site council will meet at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the school conference room. Meetings are open to the public.

The 2001-02 yearbooks are available for $20 in the office. School cookbooks also are available for $10.

World Book has offered the district a free, one-month trial subscription to World Book Online. Visit www.worldbookonline.com, using the ID code, "americas" and password, "halogen," then let Miss Cox, the librarian, know what you think.

Classroom Halloween parties and activities will take place the afternoon of Oct. 30, as parent conferences will close school on Halloween. Redoubt's annual Halloween parade will start at 2 p.m. in the gym Oct. 30. Parents are invited to attend. Students should bring costumes to school; they will have time to change clothes before the parade. Costumes should be appropriate for school and in good taste -- no blood or gore.

Halloween Family Reading Night will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Oct. 29 in the library. Students are invited to wear costumes, bring families and enjoy an evening of family reading. The Book Fair will be open and refreshments will be served.

Battle of the Books author Pam Flowers will visit Redoubt Thursdays. Assemblies for all grade levels will be held throughout the day.

Picture retakes will be Nov. 8.

Soldotna Elementary

Plan on buying a supply of winter reading at the Soldotna Elementary Book Fair the week of Oct. 28. To volunteer to sell Scholastic books, call the school at 262-4919.

Fun Fest will be at 3:45 p.m. Friday. Students should have turned forms in by Tuesday to participate. Late forms will not be accepted.

Soldotna Elementary is collecting box tops for education. Thanks to Cristal Sholin, box top coordinator, for helping Soldotna Elementary work toward a double-sided sign for the school. Classroom contests will be held each quarter of the school year to see which class collects the most box tops.

There will be a Spirit Assembly at 9 a.m. Friday to prepare for Spirit Week. T-shirts are still available to order. Upcoming Spirit Week events include: Hat Day, Monday; Crazy Sock or Slipper Day, Tuesday; Orange and Black Day, Oct. 23; Twin Day, Oct. 24 and School Spirit Day, Oct. 25.

Sterling Elementary

Congratulations to all the students who were honored at the first awards assembly Oct. 4 for their good citizenship demonstrated during the first month of school: Tyler Enerson, Ms. Lawrence; Samantha Skuse, Ms. Dierick; Natasha Mallett, Mr. McCard; Josh Harding, Ms. Hoffman; Levi Barsis, Mr. Shapley; Joe Nyholm, Mr. Wheat; Jenny Kosydar, Mrs. Sterling; Liana Perzechino, Mrs. Macdonald; and Catherine House and Dustin Dean, Mrs. Harrison. Other classroom awards also were handed out by teachers. Awards assemblies are held on the first Friday of every month at 2:30 p.m. in the gym. Parents and friends are invited to come and see the accomplishments students are being honored for.

School visitors are encouraged to look around the primary and intermediate halls to see the artwork and other projects that classes have done. Debbie Harris, the district art specialist, has been working with Sterling Elementary students over the past weeks on special art projects.

There will be a volunteer training at 1:30 p.m. today in the library for anyone who would like to help out at the school. Volunteers logged more than 1,500 hours in the school last year. Anyone who would like to work in the classroom, library or during PTA special events is welcome. Those who cannot attend the training but would still like to help are asked to call the school.

The PTA will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in the library to discuss plans for the haunted house.

Central Emergency Services staff members will make presentations to Sterling Elementary and Sterling Head Start students Thursday and Friday. The lessons will focus on fire prevention at home and at school.

As the weather gets colder and the mornings darker, parents are asked to make sure children are properly dressed for conditions. District policy states that all students will go outside unless the temperature or wind chill is minus 10 degrees.

Lifetouch will be at the school Oct. 24 to do picture retakes. Family portraits also will be available from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information, call the school.

Tustumena Elementary

Students will visit Alaska Great Skate Oct. 22 and 24. Classes will travel by bus in three separate groups. Teachers will need adult chaperone assistance, so parents who enjoy skating are encouraged to volunteer if possible.

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 Friday to conduct two assemblies for Tustumena Elementary students. Ms. Flowers has considerable outdoors experience and has 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 staff members will be at Tustumena on Oct. 24 and 25 to conduct their annual home safety programs. This year's program, "Team Up for Fire Safety," 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.

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

Kenai Middle

Congratulations to last week's Character Counts kids: Brandin Carpenter, Patrick Hamman, Denise VanDyke, Juliana John, Damian Collum, Sean McGahan, Robert Riley, Krimsen Kent, Jerry Norton, Kurt Rosenquist, Stephen Cronkite, Brad Fusaro, Kirsten Diamond, Jordan Curren, Sam Stenglein and D.C. Reid. Kirsten Diamond won the pizza drawing.

Jeremy Blumenshine, Mercedes Hughes, Kim Kurzendoerfer, D.C. Reid, Derek Samora and Hannah Watkins have completed construction on the 14-foot wooden drift boat and will conducted a true water test with a drift trip on the Kenai River Tuesday. Students averaged 16 hours of after-school work to complete the boat, which will be for sale next week. Pictures are posted on the KMS Web page.

Congratulations to the Boys and Girls A Team for winning the borough tournament in soccer this year. The girls had an exciting game that went into double overtime. Rebecca Summer had the winning goal in sudden death final overtime. Congratulations to all the KMS soccer athletes for a great season.

The annual eighth-grade Challenger Field Trip will be all day Nov. 25 and the morning of Nov. 26.

Other dates to remember:

n Today -- Custodian and Lunch Room Worker Day

n Oct. 21 to 25 -- Red Ribbon Week. For more information, visit www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/kms

n Oct. 23 -- Bus Driver Day

n Oct. 24 -- Site council meets at 5:30 in the library; band and choir concert

n Oct. 25 -- End of first quarter. Look for progress reports in the mail. Activity night at KMS.

n Oct. 29 -- Conferences from 5 to 8 p.m.

n Oct. 30 -- Picture retakes

n Oct. 31 -- Conferences from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

n Nov. 1 -- Conferences from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Soldotna Middle

There will be a band and choir concert at SMS at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Mr. Burns' and Mr. Carson's outdoor education classes are studying hunter education and firearm safety. Retired Fish and Game officer Ted Spraker visited recently to tell the students about the Killey River avalanche and its effect on caribou numbers.

Yearbooks are for sale for $23 before Christmas. The cost will increase to $25 after the holidays.

Mr. Truesdell's technology class will start its big "Digital Story" project. Students will tell a story using photos and videos.

Parents are asked to notify the office of any address, phone number or emergency contact changes. If you have not received an October 2002 newsletter by mail, the office probably does not have a correct address.

Mr. Harro's computer classes are using the computer technology available at SMS. Keyboarding students are using TypingMaster software to increase their typing accuracy and speed. Most students have achieved a speed of between 17 and 30 words per minute. Accuracy is stressed more than speed since a student's speed will naturally increase if good typing technique is used.

In the business and information classes, students are using Microsoft PowerPoint while working in teams of two. They are researching a hero and will develop an oral presentation on the person.

In the exploratory class, students are using Sonic Foundry Video Factory, Macromedia FireWorks and Adobe Photoshop Elements. They were asked to create a video presentation of cross country running in five days. The class chose one presentation to represent their efforts, and it was shown at the assembly.

Mr. Whitney's fourth-hour drama class will perform the original one-act play, "Joe Student's Worst Nightmare" at 7:55 a.m., 8:45 a.m., 9:35 a.m., 10:25 a.m., 12:35 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. Oct. 24.


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.

The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam will be administered to juniors and seniors Oct. 28, 29 and 30.

Connections families are invited to visit Solid Rock for fun in the Hay Maze at 2 p.m. Oct. 25. Registration is necessary and a permission slip must be signed for students to participate. Families must provide their own transportation. An adult must accompany any students under 17. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. To register, contact Wendi at 262-6315 or wdutcher@kpbsd.k12.ak.us

Lifetouch will be available to take school pictures for all home-school students on Friday, 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 Friday. 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.

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)

There will be a social studies workshop today in Seward from 1 to 3 p.m. and in Homer from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday. This workshop will provide information on multiple social studies curriculums with input from families who have used the curriculum, current Web sites, thematic unit ideas and content standards. The first hour will cover kindergarten through eighth-grade curricula and the second hour will cover high school curricula.

A Home School 101 workshop will be offered in Soldotna from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday. A panel of experienced home-school parents will be able to answer home-schooling questions.

IDEA families are invited to Project Learning Tree from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at Kenai Peninsula College. There is a nominal fee. For more information, e-mail matt_weaver@dnr.state.ak.us.

School pictures will be available in Soldotna on Nov. 1. Student pictures will be taken from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and family portraits will be taken from 4 to 6 p.m. Call Kathy at 260-7555 to reserve a spot. School pictures will be available in Homer on Nov. 7.

The Pizza Hit Book It program is available to all IDEA families. Contact the office for more information.

The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam will be available to juniors and seniors. Families will be contacted regarding the testing times and sites in Homer, Soldotna and Seward.

For additional information, contact the IDEA office at 260-7555 or go on-line at www.galenaalaska.org/home/default.htm.

Kenai Central High

The site-based council will meet at 5 p.m. Thursday in the staff lounge. The PTSA will meet at 6 p.m.

The KCHS sophomore class will run the haunted house at Mountain View Elementary's annual carnival Friday.

Also Friday, the Bellamy Brothers will perform at the Alaska State Troopers Benefit Concert at 7 p.m.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High

The PSAT will be administered to preregistered students Saturday in the Nikiski High School library. Students should arrive by 7:45 a.m. and bring a calculator and two No. 2 pencils. Registered students from other schools taking the test at Nikiski must bring identification.

There will be a high school dance at the school Saturday. Students must have identification to get in. No middle school students will be admitted.

There will be a band concert at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the school.

Girls' open gym will be Monday at 5 p.m. and Oct. 23 at 5 p.m. Boys' open gym will be at 7 p.m. Monday at Oct. 24.

There will be a choir concert at the school Oct. 24.

The ASVAB Test will be administered to students in grades 10, 11 and 12 Oct. 25.

The end of the first quarter is Oct. 25.

Senior class parents will meet at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29 in the library to plan for the after graduation senior party. For more information, contact Ms. Falk in the counseling office.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held in the commons from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 and from 2 to 5 p.m. Oct. 31. There will no school on these days.

For more information on any of these events, please call the school at 776-3456.

Ninilchik School

The district benchmark exams for students in grades two through eight will be taken through Oct. 25. Parents are asked to make sure students get a good night's rest and a nourishing breakfast to help do well on these exams.

Congratulations to Katie Moerlein for placing 11th at the state cross country meet in Palmer.

Coach Zimmerman and the high school wrestlers will head to Kotzebue this weekend.

It is School Lunch Week, so the school community is encouraged to stop by the kitchen and thank Mrs. Vanek for the meals she prepares every day, as well as the special treats she makes for various occasions.

The seventh-grade insect collections are on display in the main hall. Some of the insects came from vacations to the Lower 48 and are very dramatic. Families with children in the upper-elementary grades should keep this assignment in mind, as it is the first big project students work on in seventh grade.

Skyview High

The Skyview varsity and junior varsity volleyball teams will travel to Anchorage Friday and Saturday for the Diamond-Service Tournament.

The swim team will go to Kenai Saturday for a tri-meet.

Nordic skiing, wrestling and hockey seasons begin Monday. Students interested in participating must have physicals completed and turned in before they can practice.

The fall band dinner and concert will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the commons. Reservations are required. Call the office for tickets. Both the jazz and concert bands will perform, and the Russian exchange students will present a slide show.

The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam will be administered Oct. 28 to 30.

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

Volleyball regionals will be at Skyview Nov. 7 to 9.

Soldotna High

The SoHi band and choir will present a combined concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the SoHi theater.

The following students were recently honored at Rotary Students of the Month: John Junkert, Riley Kent, Heather Sinclair, Jennifer Luckman, Rueben Glaves, Sarah Youngren, Desiree Aldridge, Ian Parks, Liana Purugganan, Jennifer McCard, Leslie Smith, Alena Letzring and Mindy Eastham.

Congratulations to the 2002-03 yearbook editorial staff: editors, Thomas Shimmin, senior, and Dan VanVleet, sophomore; assistant editor and business manager Justin Freestone, senior; senior editor Ashley Duwe; junior editor Brandi King; sophomore editor Natashia Seguin; freshman editor Jenny Andrus; sports editor Scott Laurion; and photo editor Corey Buckingham.

The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam will be administered Oct. 28 to 30 to students who need to retake all or part of the exam. The writing portion will be the first day with math and reading to follow.

Parent-teacher conferences will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 and from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 31. Nov. 1 is an in-service day for all staff.

Cook Inlet Academy

The preschoolers, kindergartners and first-graders did a unit on insects. They enjoyed making food, playing games, watching videos, learning songs, doing art projects and learning many facts. Community guest Kenny Leaf shared "bug facts," Don Skipworth talked about beekeeping and Katherine Olson showed the children her butterfly collection. The students learned that God reveals his wisdom and purposes in even his smallest creations.

Parents can shop for Christmas gifts at the annual Book Fair from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. All proceeds go to support the library. Home-schoolers and the public are welcome to shop.

Parent-teacher conferences will be from 12:45 to 3:45 p.m. Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

Principal Chuck Crapuchettes, along with two board members, attended the Association of Christian Schools International convention in Portland, Ore., last week. He will share inspiring highlights from the convention during the staff in-service workshops Thursday and Friday. Parents are invited to attend. A fee will be charged.

Students of the week were Mac Wynkoop and Matthew Titus for Bible memorization; and Molly Fenton for having a helpful heart.

The last parent-teacher fellowship until after the holidays will be Monday at 7 p.m.

Grace Lutheran School

In music class, the upper-graders are continuing their study of notes, timing and rests. All the classes are busy preparing a praise anthem for the Lutheran Reformation Festival, which will be held Oct. 27.

They also are preparing several selections for our first Frogs (Friends of Grace Lutheran School) meeting, which will be held with a potluck supper at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 28.

The fourth- through eighth-graders are studying and committing to memory the countries and capitals of Southeast Asia. The lower grades are visiting the Middle Atlantic states, and the kindergarten just completed a study of Columbus.

Congratulations to Josh Love, eighth grade, and Tommy Werth, sixth grade, for passing their addition, subtraction, multiplication and division math facts tests. Each 100-problem test must be completed in three minutes or less. Ryan Cole, fourth grade, passed his addition facts in four minutes.

The upper-graders are doing three-paragraph expository writings while the fourth-graders are studying prepositions, and the second-graders are into adjectives, adverbs and articles.

In Christlight this week, the children will learn how Jesus showed His power and compassion by healing the official's son.

For more information regarding enrollment at Grace Lutheran, call Mr. Leckwee at 283-9551 or 283-7888.

Wings Christian Academy

This week is the last week of the first quarter.

Because everyone in the Upper Learning Center earned a 100 percent in the first quarter, the older students went to Godfathers for pizza, then to McDonald's for ice cream Friday.

Naomi Pettey and Zach Bargar recently made it to the 1000's club.

The cleanest desk awards this week went to Jessica Saunders and Naomi Pettey.

Book-It reading has started in the Lower Learning Center and will last until March of next year. Students who meet their monthly reading goals will receive a coupon for a free personal pan pizza at Pizza Hut.

Friday will be the first merit store of the year.

There will be no school Monday.

The first grade will complete the Learning to Read program in 2 1/2 weeks.

Taylor Moore had a birthday Thursday. She is now 4 years old.

To have information published in Schools, please send a description of the event or accomplishment to Jenni Dillon at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611. Information will be accepted by e-mail at clarion@alaska.net or by fax at 283-3299.

The deadline for submission is Friday at 5 p.m. for publication in the following Wednesday's paper. For information, contact Jenni Dillon at 283-7551.

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