District School News

Posted: Wednesday, October 17, 2001

Aurora Borealis Charter School

Mr. Bill Severson had his first quarter Presidential Fitness one-mile run, and those who made the Presidential Fitness Award level were Zac Kooly, Maya Chay, Sheldon Hallmark, Sadie Hallmark, Michael Bruxvoort, Colin Dudley, Spencer McCauliffe, Jackie Palm and Levi Sutton.

The kindergarten and first-grade classes have just finished a unit on Roman numerals and counting in Latin. The second grade class has just finished a unit on derivations of "sol," "luna" and "stella" with emphasis on constellations that come from myths. All three of those classes are starting a unit on the body including names of bones and derivations that come from Latin words for the senses.

Just a quick reminder to all parents to dress their children appropriately for the weather. Especially for the primary students, throw into their backpacks an extra pair of inexpensive mittens and socks, just in case their other ones get wet. It's important for the children to stay comfortable during school.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The rock climbing wall is finished and already being enjoyed by many. The Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10046, Red Diamond Lumber and the K-Beach PTA assisted in getting this project done. Kmart and Denise Rosin also contributed.

And to all of the "Piece of the Rock" donations made thus far, the school thanks you and reminds you that Oct. 31 is the deadline to get your donations in so your name can appear on the plaque.

Sixth-graders from last year are invited to a climbing wall time just for them. This is scheduled for Oct. 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. Call K-Beach Elementary to sign up, so the school can plan accordingly.

In first-grade news: In math, children have been learning different shapes, measuring different weights and working on doubles facts. Friday centers will focus on spiders.

School picture retakes will be Friday.

The school site-based council meeting will be Monday at 2:45 p.m.

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

Mountain View Elementary

The September Student of the Month pizza luncheon will be today in the gym.

Mrs. Wannamaker's and Mrs. Cramer's classes will go to Solid Rock Friday celebrating their tall tale unit. They will go through a hay maze and have a hayride and bonfire where they will roast hot dogs and marshmallows.

Mr. and Mrs. Wensley's classes have been busy. They visited Exit Glacier to study how glaciers sculpt the land. Visits to the Alaska Challenger Center followed, where students experienced atmospheric sciences. They rotated through five centers involving experiments related to condensation, inversion, weather data collection and the movement of water associated with temperature. They also enjoyed the Alaska Junior Theater performance of "Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great."

Students of the Month in Mrs. Steward's class are Sharon Alexie, Bethany Blumenshine, Eliza Chadwick, Christina Fischer, Kaylee Grant, Kari Hansen, Alex Kiel, Brittany Kiser, Kirsten Lawrence, Meranda Mahan, Nadya Matiya, Hannah Meek and Travis Smith. Brittany is the school Student of the Month.

Mrs. Heath's third-grade class toured the Soldotna landfill and the food bank, learned more about where garbage goes and how the food bank operates.

Nikiski Elementary

Some classes traveled to Kenai Central High School for the theater performance of "Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great" presented by the Alaska Junior Theater.

Ann Holloway, PTA president, reminds everyone that plans are under way for the school's biggest fund-raiser of the year: the fall carnival. The committee meets weekly. If you can help with set-up, phone calls, working a booth, planning, or cleanup, call Holloway at 776-4132. Cakes and candy are always in demand and need to be turned in by Oct. 26.

In conjunction with the carnival, students are selling raffle tickets for great prizes. Carnival set-up will be Oct. 26. The carnival will be Oct. 27 from 2 to 5 p.m.

Site-based council nominations are due Friday.

Mrs. Kendall's class will have an overnight field trip Friday. If you are a parent from her class and can help out, contact her as soon as possible.

Picture retakes are scheduled for Oct. 26. Original packets must be turned in at that time.

The Mary Rounds Country Store will be open again this year during the fall carnival. If you have any items you would like to donate such as cupcakes, cookies, toys, craft items, books, games or puzzles, send them to the school office.

North Star Elementary

The Title I program at North Star Elementary will hold its quarterly meeting Monday at 3:45 p.m. All interested parents are invited. The Title I plan and budget for the year 2001-2002 will be reviewed and approved.

North Star Elementary's Title I program is off to a great start this year. The school is providing additional support in the areas of reading and math for 41 students. The district benchmark scores and classroom reading and math assessments were used to identify students who could benefit from additional support in these subject areas. Patti Glaze is the full-time Title I tutor this year. She encourages parents of children enrolled in the program to contact her at the school at any time. She hopes to make contact with each parent individually during this first quarter and will be available during parent-teacher conferences in November.

The North Star Elementary parent teacher organization will celebrate the first fun fest of the year Oct. 30 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. There will be games, such as a cupcake walk and crazy hair, food and crafts such as glitter pom-pom bats and bat mobiles for students to enjoy.

Redoubt Elementary

Parent-teacher conferences will be Nov. 1 and 2. Scheduling forms went home last week. Return your form or contact your child's teacher to schedule a conference if you haven't already done so.

After-school arrangements should be made before students come to school each day. Limit telephone messages to unexpected or emergency situations only, and call the school before 3 p.m.

Students and staff continue collecting money for the Red Cross Fridays. Friday is Fly Your Flag Day. Wear red, white and blue.

From 9 to 11:30 a.m. Friday is a hepatitis immunization clinic. Students must have signed permission slips on file to receive immunizations. For more information, contact Nurse Donna.

Site council elections for two parent representatives runs through Friday. Ballots went home Oct. 10.

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

Josh Marquardt was Big G Box Tops drawing winner, and Danny McIntosh was Campbell's Soup label drawing winner.

School picture retakes are scheduled for Nov. 6. Complete information will go home prior to that date.

Sears Elementary

Mrs. Atkinson's class will distribute UNICEF collection boxes for "Trick or Treat for UNICEF." These funds help needy children around the world. Save your pennies or coins to put in these little orange boxes when kindergarten students come to "trick or treat."

Mrs. Thomas' kindergarten students are studying pumpkins. They will do science experiments and art lessons with them. They are also learning about firemen, fire trucks and fire safety this month.

Mrs. Knudsen's and Ms. Lafferty's classes will perform Monday at 2:30 p.m. They will present two short plays, poems and songs for families.

Mrs. Hanson's class is working on place value in math. They are counting quantities of things by grouping them in sets of tens and ones. They are beginning a new reading program sponsored by Pizza Hut called the Book-It program. Each month a reading goal will be set, and parents need to verify that their child has met this goal. When the goal is met, each child will receive a certificate for a free pizza.

Remember to send your child to school with the proper gear for recess. It is getting colder and coats, hats and gloves are needed, especially in the morning.

Soldotna Elementary

Soldotna Elementary's school nurse, Mrs. Robin Nyce, has accepted a position with the Kenai Public Health office. She has been an outstanding school nurse and will be missed deeply.

Fifth- and sixth-grade boys and girls will participate in a gymnastics extravaganza today at 4 p.m. in the gym. Students, under gym teacher Mrs. Juliussen, have worked on routines and invite all friends and family to watch their accomplishments.

Congratulations to Fun Buck winners for the past two weeks: James Lester, Dalton Lohrke, Vicky Tachick, Devan Kincaid, Capri Lott, Josh Stinnett, Raven Cervantes, Madison McConnell, Lily Zufelt, Nicholas Daigle, Caroline Walked, Alisha Cramer, Blaine Cobban, Shelly Croom and Jamie Sinclair.

Soldotna Spirit Week starts Monday with special events featured each day: Slipper Day, Monday; Red, White and Blue Day, Tuesday; Inside-out or Backward Day, Oct. 24; Twin Day, Oct. 25 and Spirit Day, Oct. 26.

The Soldotna site council meets Thursday at 4 p.m. in the library. The public is welcome.

Sterling Elementary

Congratulations to the following students for being selected as Student of the Month. From Mrs. Harrison's class: Lacey Moore and Catherine House; Mr. Shapley's class: Kyle Shassetz; Mrs. Freese's and Mrs. Lawrence's class: Tyler Gochenauer; Ms. Dierick's class: Sarah Barsis; Ms. Wimmer's class: Katia Johner; Mr. Wheat's: Jenna Grant; Mr. McCard's: Justin Orth; and Ms. Hoffman's: Maria Perzechino. These students were selected because of their citizenship during the month of September.

Mrs. Martin's kindergarten will visit Central Peninsula General Hospital Friday. This visit correlates with their study about bones, why they are important and how to keep them healthy.

This week is National School Lunch Week. The falcon students at Sterling Elementary would like to thank Mrs. Breakfield and Mrs. Patterson for the hard work and good food they provide at Sterling Elementary.

Picture retakes will be Oct. 25. If you did not get a picture taken the first time, this is your last chance. For more information, contact the school office.

The PTA will sponsor a Harvest Hoe-down Oct. 26. There will be more information next week.

Tustumena Elementary

The fall carnival will be Nov. 2 from 6 to 9 p.m. Don't forget about decorating a vegetable for that evening. The winner gets to ride a dog sled during the Tustumena 200 opening ceremony.

The site council will meet at 4 p.m. Monday.

The Scholastic Book Fair runs from Oct. 24 through Nov. 2 .

There will be a lynx track activity Oct. 24 and 25.

The Tustumena's hepatitis A and B clinic will be Nov. 16.

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

If you have a business, this is a great advertisement.

Mr. Lewis' class is working with the Kasilof Historical Society to publish local meetings on the school Web site.

Soldotna Middle School

Soldotna Middle School students participated in Dollar Day to raise funds for the American Red Cross on Oct. 5. They raised $578 to donate to the Disaster Relief Fund. Students Trina Junkert (lead organizer), Jeff Dolifka, Sasha Porter, DJ Foister, Wyatt Merritt and Stephanie Moiles get the credit for organizing the event.

Mr. McBee's eighth-grade advanced art class hung a display of drawings on the theme of "Spirit of America." The drawings reflect aspects of what makes America great, and some of the students' own feelings on the "Spirit of America." This project began Sept. 12. Visit the school library for the display.

Mrs. Pillifant's seventh-grade science classes are dissecting sharks and measuring razor clams using the metric system they recently learned about. The species were donated by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.


The Connections Program will close its enrollment Friday. If you are considering the home-school program, contact Connections before then.

Scholastic, Troll and Trumpet book and software club orders are due with payment by Monday. Make out checks to the name of the club with a separate check for each order form. Books are reimbursable.

Free computer classes for parents and students in October include: Excel, Word, Power Point and Internet Basics. Check the calendar at the Connections Web site for dates and times. Space is limited, so call to register.

Connections' students and their families will tour the Pratt Museum in Homer from 10 a.m. to noon Oct. 25. Small groups will go through the museum with a guide to learn about marine creatures, bears and homesteading on the Kenai Peninsula. Families must provide their own transportation. Students younger than 17 must be accompanied by an adult. To register, contact any Connections adviser at 262-6315 or e-mail: dhogue@kpbsd.k12.ak.us.

Pizza Hut offers a reading motivation program called Book-It for kindergarten through grade six. It runs through March 29. Students can earn an award certificate for a pizza.

Interior Distance Education of Alaska

I.D.E.A., Interior Distance Education of Alaska, offers a mission statement to provide outstanding educational opportunities, resources and support to parents who elect to educate their children at home. I.D.E.A. honors parental choice in curricular materials and instructional methodology.

A certified computer technician, a curriculum resource specialist and an office receptionist staff the central peninsula I.D.E.A. office in the Red Diamond Center. A field representative, also a home-schooling parent, serves as coordinator for workshops and general activities for families.

Upcoming workshops include Project Learning Tree, a two-day environmental science class for prekindergarten through 12th-grade, offering University of Alaska Anchorage credit.

Andrew Pudwa will host a two-day writing workshop Nov. 12 and 13 in Homer and Nov. 15 and 16 in Soldotna. For more information call the I.D.E.A. office at 260-7555.

Kenai Central High School

In honor of National School Lunch Week the school would like to thank all the cooks who make hot meals and great goodies for the school each day.

Kenai Central High School thanks the community for support during the High School Graduation Qualifying Exams. Each day, Country Foods provided apples, and Coca Cola Products of Alaska provided bottled water for students being tested.

Sixteen students from the student leadership class are traveling to Fairbanks Thursday for the state student government conference.

Hockey and cross-country ski seasons begin Monday. For more information, see Mr. Delaney.

The KCHS fall band concert will be Monday at 7 p.m. in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.

The school is looking for books for students to read during the silent reading program. If you have any books you feel would be appropriate and interesting to high school students and would like to donate them to the school, drop them off.

If anyone has any extra ceramic tiles out in the garage, Ms. Bigham's world history class is interested in using them for an art project. If you would like to donate them to the school, call 283-7524 or drop them by.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

The Air Force Band comes to Nikiski to play a selection of songs for a special assembly in the auditorium today at 10:30 a.m.

The middle school dance will be Friday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. School ID is required. No guests are allowed, and no students will be admitted after 8:15 p.m.

The PSATs will be given out in the library Saturday at 8 a.m. If you haven't already registered, contact Mrs. Cox in the counseling office at 776-3456.

Red Ribbon Week will be Sunday through Oct. 27. The week is dedicated to drug awareness and prevention. Remember to "Just say no."

Students and staff of Nikiski-Middle Senior High School would like to thank Lassie Nelson, who will be taking a job at central office and be greatly missed at Nikiski.

The Veterans Of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary is sponsoring its annual patriotic audio essay competition. The theme is "Reaching out to America's Future." All entries must be turned into the school by Nov. 1.

Ninilchik School

Yearbooks will be on sale Monday, with a permanent fund special of $37 plus $5 for your name. After Oct. 29, the price will go up to $42 with your name and, after November, they will be $47 and cannot be personalized. Only 75 yearbooks will be available, so place your order soon.

Mrs. Penny Vadla, school coordinator for the VFW Voice of Democracy Scholarship Program, will present it in her English classes. For more information about the scholarship, contact her.

The high school volleyball team will travel to Tok this weekend.

Mr. Wetherbee would like to thank the volunteers who give time at the school, especially the ladies who volunteer in the library.

The high school wrestling team will be in Anchorage Friday and Saturday.

Thirteen junior high runners turned out for cross country, and Coach Eric Skjold is pleased with their season. Lauren Baker, Jennifer Bartolowits, Hannah Chase, Krista Leman, Kendra Moerlein, Katie Jean Rea, Courtney Schnabl, Angela Singh and Kjersten Skjold ran on the girls' team.

Gregory Bosick, Caleb Chase, John Chihuly and Brendan Cuffe ran for the boys. Congratulations to Caleb for placing third at the borough meet and Kendra for placing ninth.

Skyview High School

Eight members of the Student Council will travel to Eielson for state Alaska Association of Student Government conference Thursday to participate in leadership classes.

Red Ribbon Week starts Monday. A club fair will introduce the various clubs that students can get involved in Thursday during seventh hour. A sign-up time for the clubs will be directly after the assembly.

The hockey and cross-country skiing season will begin Monday. Athletes must have their physicals to practice.

For more information, visit the school Web site at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/skyview/index.htm.

Soldotna High School

Congratulations to Soldotna High School senior Sarah Todd. Sarah has been named a 2002 National Scholar by the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Inc. She is one of 107 seniors nationwide to receive this honor. She will receive a $10,000 scholarship to the college of her choice and attend the Horatio Alger National Scholars Conference in Washington, D.C. in April.

The first band and choir concert of the year will be Thursday night at 7. The community is invited to attend this free concert.

Quarter finals will be Monday through Oct. 26. First quarter parent-teacher conferences will be in the SoHi commons Nov. 1 from noon until 7 p.m.

The football banquet will be in the commons Oct. 30 at 6 p.m.

For more information on Soldotna High School activities, calendars, homework hotline or more, check out the Web site at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/sohi.

Cook Inlet Academy

The second-grade class displayed artwork on the wall outside the classroom. A bold fall leaf theme was created by multicolored painted dots covered by black leaf cut-outs.

Janine Espy of Love INC thanked high school students Vanessa Taylor and Jessica Hall, who helped at the center. In a note to the school, she praised students for conduct that honors Cook Inlet Academy and invited them to return next year.

Parents in Prayer Group met for a fellowship luncheon Thursday, an annual event.

Volleyball practice started this month. Mrs. O'Dell coaches and is assisted by Nikki Munn. Their first event is a jamboree in Ninilchik Friday and Saturday.

The monthly parent-teacher fellowship meeting will be Monday at 7 p.m.

There will be a hay tunnel at Solid Rock Bible Camp Oct. 26.

CIA curriculum, including artwork, meetings, sports and classes, all address and promote the basics of Christian development, which include goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, kindness and love, as outlined in 1 Peter 1:5-8.

READS Primary School

The Kenai Fire Department visited the students this past week. READS thanks fire marshal Jim and firefighters Kuni, Mark and John. They brought the fire house with them and allowed students to apply learned fire safety techniques. It was a very informative time for everyone.

READS' kindergarten students are starting to write creatively in their journals this week. They are using phonetic spelling and creating great entries. All prekindergarten and kindergarten students have earned two stars on the Book-It Program chart so far. A total of five stars is needed to earn a pizza award certificate for October.

First-grade students are working on place value and greater than and less than using two- and three-digit numbers in math.

Second-grade students have just completed a second-grade level two workbook. They will begin an individual reading unit this week. They are reviewing two- and three-digit subtraction in math.

All first- and second-grade students have also earned two stars on their Book-It program chart thus far.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool

Kenai Cooperative Preschool students took a field trip to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge.

They explored inside the refuge, watched a movie about how animals get ready for winter and took a hike down the trail to Headquarters Lake. They also had a picnic on the dock. Annie Horstman enjoyed her Miracle Whip sandwich with a view.

Students learned about fire safety, had a fire drill and practiced the school escape route. Preschool students printed their phone numbers as well as emergency number 911. The Kenai Fire Department also paid a visit to the school.

This week in honor of preschooler Tony Maheras, there will be a Super Monster Day with lots of "yucky fun" planned. Students will learn about spiders, and Legs, the tarantula, will be back from his summer vacation at Colt Lacey's house.

The preschool will have a bake sale at Kmart Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with homemade Halloween treats.

The co-op will have a Halloween party for children ages 3 to 5 Oct. 30 from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. It will include games, crafts and treats.

For more information, call 283-3924.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

The Little Ravens came for their first days of school this week. Miss Carrie Lee and Miss Viann will be the teacher and aide in the new classroom.

Head Start staff would like to say, "chiginik" to Dena'ina Clinic dentist, Dr. Nesbitt, and his assistant, Chris Schams, for providing dental screenings for Head Start children.

The children are focusing on activities about families this month. The Dena'ina word for family is "shkenu" and the Yupik word is "ilanka."

Miss Bernadine gave them a presentation about moose parts and the Dena'ina traditional uses of the parts. The Dena'ina word for moose is "dnigi" and the Yupik word is "tuntuq."

The children will visit the Kenai Fire Department this month to learn about fire safety.

Chiropractor Carolyn Snowder will bring a skeleton into Head Start and talk about bones with children.

The school would like to thank all the families who came to family night at the Kenai Recreation Center Oct. 8.

School pictures will be taken Oct. 30.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

This week's helpers are Alex, Connor, Mieka and Taylor.

Monday, students went to Central Emergency Services in Soldotna. The 4-year-old class will continue studying fire safety and fire drills. Students will also learn what to do in the case of a fire.

The 3-year-old class will learn about maps and globes in its unit about geography. Students will share pictures and special items from places they have traveled.

The school would like to thank parents, family and friends for participating in this year's fund-raiser. Teachers and students really appreciated your contributions.

For more information, call Chris at 262-1284.

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 clarion@alaska.net 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 more information, contact Shana Loshbaugh at 283-7551.

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