Peninsula Clarion - Schools

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2006

No school Friday

Public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed Friday for a teacher in-service day. Classes will resume at normal times Monday.

Private school students should check with their schools about holiday and in-service closures.

Students of the Month announced

The following students were named September Students of the Month at Kenai Middle School: Michelle Klaben, Shaynee DeVito, Zack Sonnichsen, Bo Reilly, Morgan Wensley, Mikaila Wolf, Joshua Barton, Addison Cheek and Craig Hilleary.

The following students were named September Students of the Month at Soldotna Middle School: Physical education — Phoebe Napolitano, Kelsey VanAntwerp, Joy Bartlett, David Bell and Megan Janorske; social studies — Gabrielle Peterson, Brittany Rogers, Mackenzie Senn, Carol Clonan, Phellisha Dobson, Hannah Cristiano and Daniel Koch; language arts — Daniel Koch, Lottie Barton and Emily Brown; science — Madeline Ransom, Jacob Douthit, Blaine Cobban, Shaina Fortner, Carol Clonan, Brooke Hughes and Bud Sparks; sewing and textiles — Kristopher Morse and Alexandria Kirsch; math — Kaitlyn Young, Mitchell Thompson, Danielle Bahl, Michael Cullum Landess and Anuilagi Wong; leadership — Mariah Ulen; homeroom — Lindsay Shackleton and Hannah Morgan; art — Carrol Larrow and James Tonione; reading — Josh Pavloff, Kelsey Self and Ashley Piersee; band Bud Sparks; choir — Brianne Pearson; business and information systems; Miranda Beller; keyboarding — Paris Silba and Joshua Jansen; digital storytelling — Kaitlyn Young; yearbook — Paul Adams; and study skills — Marshae Blooflat.

The following students were named October Students of the Month at Tebunga School: Chelsea Standifer, Dale Standifer, Logan King, Brandon Giles.

The following students and teachers were named October Students and Staff of the Month at Skyview High School: Language arts, Daniel Chapman and Maria Perzechino; social studies, Corey Mitchell and Elaine Shelton; math, Jessica Jones and Serena Marqis; science, Casee Penrod and Sara McMaster; performing arts, Kelli Johnson; fine arts, Michael Morris; physical education, Tasha Brown and Gabe Vinzant; world languages, Michael Morlein; health, Emily Culhane; food technology, Zach Hibbert; business technology, Jessica Thomas; vocational education, Scott Begins; work co-op, Ciara McKenzie; Rotary, Ariel Mercier; Chamber, Alex West; teacher, Clark Fair; and staff person, Beth Fowler.

Aurora Borealis Charter

Mrs. Uponen’s second-grade class is starting a unit on bats. Activities will include classifying bats, making bat paintings, and reading bat poems and “The Magic School Bus Going Batty.”

Mr. Severson’s fourth-grade class is studying the Middle Ages in Europe. This includes heraldry and students will make their own heraldic shields and coat of arms.

This week is School Spirit Week: Monday was Crazy Hat or Hair Day; Tuesday was Popcorn and Pajama Day; today is Inside-Out Day (School uniforms may be worn inside-out); Thursday is Sports Day (students may go to school in their favorite sports uniform — not swimsuits).

Spirit Week will culminate in a school assembly to introduce members of the ABCS Polar Bears boys and girls junior high basketball teams. The teams will demonstrate drills. Their first game will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 27 at Cook Inlet Academy.

Parents are asked to go to the school office to sign up for a time to meet with your child’s teacher for parent/teacher conferences Oct. 26 and 27.

The robotics team is meeting. the fifth- through eighth-grade students are building and programming robots in preparation for the statewide competition on Dec. 9 in Anchorage. They have begun researching for their presentation on this year’s topic — nanotechnology.

Connections Home-school

The Book Fair continues through Friday at the District Media Center across the street from Soldotna Elementary School. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

CES will present a fire safety puppet show at 10 a.m. Friday at the Church of God on the corner of Binkley and Redoubt in Soldotna. It is geared for younger children but is open for the entire family.

The Nikiski office will be open today from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gray portable behind Nikiski Middle-High School

There will be a visit to the Job Center for high school students from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday. Call 714-8880 to sign up. Space is limited.

Scary Seasons Home-school Discovery Room for grades kindergarten through six will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 25 at the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. Call Nicole or Michelle at 262-7021 to sign up or for more information.

Students may turn their pumpkins into a favorite Alaska animal in the Pumpkins Gone Wild contest. Call Doug or Gabe at 714-8880 or visit for more information.

The state of Alaska’s education Web site has information on formative assessments. To learn more about formative assessments and how it may help with teaching visit http://www.

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the week: Matthew Daugherty, finishing addition timed tables; Jersey Truesdell, being a hallway helper; Lexie Lee, careful listening; Molly Fenton,clarinet excellence; Cody Moore, excellence in math; Ryder McAuliffe, improvement in writing; Megan Bauder, clarinet excellence; Kearstin Yarnes, super reading; Galen Brantley, being a hallway helper; and Meghan Powers, tenacity of the French horn. Awards are given during Wednesday morning chapel.

Parents are asked to sign up for Safeway’s Escrip program. Up to four percent may be earned for the school every time you shop. For more information, visit or e-mail Jenn Barkman at

The city water hook-up project will be completed this week.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday and Friday — No school;

· Thursday — Volleyball at Nenana;

· Friday and Saturday — Wrestling at Grace; and

· Friday — Junior high basketball at Ninilchik.

Honor Choir Achievements go to: Kaitlan White, Sadie Arneson, Dani Rehm, Jake Zufelt, Spencer McAuliffe, Tyler Taplin, Kyle Wisnewski and Robert Dederick

All-State Band Achievements go to: Krikkit Holly, clarinet; Hilary Domke, percussion; Dani Rehm, vocal; Spencer McAuliffe, vocal; and Kyle Wisnewski, vocal alternate. The performance will be Nov. 18 in Anchorage.

Grace Lutheran School

On Oct. 29 the students will sing for a special Reformation service at 4 pm. This day celebrates the foundation of the Lutheran faith.

The first- through third-graders have been finishing up studies on the solar system. They will begin to study weather.

The first-graders have been working with the basic addition math facts. They also have been working with adverbs and adjectives.

The second- through fourth-graders have been working on the fundamentals of basketball. The children have learned the chest pass, correct shooting forms and defensive position.

Parents are advised to look out for more information on the upcoming FROGS (Friends of Grace Lutheran School) event. The children will perform in front of their parents and friends after a potluck supper.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Today is the last day to order school T-shirts, sweatshirts, pants and jackets. Samples of the youth team jacket are in the office, along with order forms.

The APC training will take place from 3:15 to 9:15 p.m. Thursday at the Korner. This is a work session for the APC and is open to the public. For more information, call 283-0804. The next regular APC meeting is Monday.

Members of the Kenai Fire Department will visit classrooms Thursday to teach the students about fire safety. The Smoke House will be at school Monday at the Sears Elementary School location.

Mrs. Shelden’s and Mrs. Stroh’s classes will hold their fall showcase at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 3 at the Little Theater in Kenai Central High School.

Sign-up sheets for parent-teacher conferences have been sent home.

Parents are reminded to call the school office in the morning if your child is absent, in order to excuse them and when picking students up before school is dismissed for the day, parents need to sign them out in the office. Tardy students need to be signed in so they will not be marked absent for the day.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Mrs. Chambers’ and Mr. Vetters’ fifth-grade classes got their salmon eggs despite the cancellation of their field trip due to flooding in Seward. The class would like to thank Patti Berkhahn from Fish and Wildlife for delivering them. Students are recording data daily from their observation of the eggs.

Mrs. Chambers would like to thank her class presidents from the past two weeks, Steve Reynolds and Noah Price, for their help.

Mr. Vedders’ class would like to thank Fleur from the LeeShore Center, who came in and did a presentation on bullying. Students identified various types of bullying tactics, role-played different bullying situations and practiced appropriate responses. She will return regularly to work with students on conflict resolution and self-esteem. Mr. Vedders’ class has adopted Slikok Creek. Dan Pascuccu from the Kenai Watershed Forum demonstrated water quality tests that the students will use in their study.

Chuck Winters, Ashley Landess’ stepfather, recently visited the school to share his 65-inch, trophy moose rack with several classes and staff members.

Mr. Daniels’ class made a ceramics project and used imprinting. They also adopted a local wetland, and during a recent visit, took water quality measurements, cleaned up the surrounding area, and caught macro-invertebrates to examine. They will post findings on the Bucket Buddies Web site, where other elementary school across the world have done the same experiments in order to see if macro-invertebrates look the same in wetlands all over the world.

Mrs. Murphy’s sixth-graders made plant and animal cells out of household items; some of which are completely edible and are on display in the commons area. Mrs. Murphy would like to thank her class presidents, Jayme and Collin.

Mrs. Bagley would like to congratulate the following citizens in physical education: Kyle Stropes, Robert Belluomnini, Zack Hallford, Marlaina Hagen, Davina Shultz, Joseph Rife, Dustin Hunter, Demetri Pardue, Jonah Theisen, Annie Worsfold, Heidi Westerman, Jonathan Granger, Abby Tucker, Gage Stewart, Justice Miller and Parker Bates. These students were chosen by peers based on criteria such as, good sportsmanship, demonstration of respect, good effort and participation.

Dates to remember:

· Oct. 23-27 — Book Fair;

· Oct. 28 — Carnival from 1 to 4 p.m.; and

· Nov. 11 — Turn in pictures for the Veteran’s Wall of Honor.

Kenai Central High

The end of the season banquet for football will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria. For more information, call Coach Beeson at 283-7524.

The September Student of the Month luncheon will be held at 11:53 a.m. Thursday in the library. Visitors are asked to check in at the office before heading to the library.

Friday is the last day of the first quarter.

Monday is the first day of wrestling practice. All interested athletes must have a physical and paper work turned in before they can tryout. If you have any questions call Coach Boyle at 283-7524.

On Tuesday the Kenai Middle School and KCHS band students will put on a performance at 7 p.m. in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium. For more information, call Debbie Sounart at 283-7524.

Dates to remember:

· Oct. 26 — Parent-teacher conferences, no school;

· Oct. 27 — Inservice day, no school; and

· Oct. 26-28 — Swim regions at Homer.

Parents can access schedules for all activities at the school at

Activities for the week:

· Friday — Swim at Kenai at 2:30 p.m. and C, junior varsity and varsity volleyball at Soldotna at 3:30, 4:30 and 6 p.m.; and

· Saturday — C, junior varsity and varsity volleyball vs ACS at 10 and 11 a.m. and noon.

Kenai Middle

The school would like to congratulate to the following students for being selected as a Character Counts Student last week: Steven Jones and Joy Wannamaker. These students received a pizza for lunch last week.

The Aspirations Advocates (Mentor) Program will start in November. Mentors (adults from the community) volunteer to spend time mentoring students once a week in the school building during school time. Mentors are meant to be friends, encouragers and empathetic listeners. Mentor volunteers are screened and trained. Community members interested in volunteering for the program may contact Mark Manuel at 283-4896. Mentor qualifications are a desire to work with youth, ability to meet with students during the school day, willingness to make new friends and learn new things, ability to respect each student’s individuality and ability to follow program policies and adhere to the school-based parameters

Students interested in meeting with a mentor also need to call Mr. Manuel. Parental permission is required for students who participate. The program is now in its fifth year at the school.

The Book Fair will be held Monday through Oct. 27.

Students are reminded they are not supposed to stay after school unless they are supervised by an adult. Students need to clear the hallways and wait outside or between the double doors for their rides.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — Site council meeting;

· Friday — End of first quarter;

· Monday through Oct. 27 — Book Fair and Red Ribbon Week;

· Tuesday — Band concert at Kenai Central High School;

· Oct. 26 — conferences; and

· Oct. 30 — Basketball, competitive play begins.

Kenai Montessori

Sherry Koziczkowski visited the Children’s House. Miss Sherry talked to students about tooth care and answered questions about visiting the dentist.

In music with Miss Stefanie, students have been singing and doing the hula to “Hawaiian Rainbow.”

In art, Miss Brandi has had her students working with easels and watercolor paints. In Farm School on Thursday, students pulled over 200 pounds of potatoes and made fresh french fries.

Students of the week are: Children’s House peacemaker, Andy Winslow; Moose Herd stellar student, Savaya Wright; Beaver Pond stellar student, Mahlia Graham; and Orca Pod stellar student, Travis Verkuilen.

Mountain View Elementary

A Family Fall Festival will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday. The school will feature the “Star Dome Lab” with show times at 5:15, 6:15 and 7:15 p.m.

Full Band begins Oct. 30. Students need to be prepared for band Monday through Friday. Students are reminded to bring their instrument, band book and a pencil daily. Practice reports are due Fridays.

Deadline for receiving written comments to Donna Peterson for the Kenai Conversation is Nov. 3.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held Oct. 26 and 27. There will be no school.

Mrs. Cramer’s and Mrs. Gustkey’s class will travel to the Solid Rock Hay maze Oct. 25.

Red Ribbon Week will be held Monday through Oct. 31.

Nikiski Middle-Senior

Congratulations to Chase Amador, Andy Gunter and Tiffany Gibson for representing the school at Borough Honors Choir.

Dates to remember:

· Today — PSAT’s at 8 a.m. in the library;

· Friday — Boys and girls varsity wrestling at Grace Invitational and girls volleyball vs Grace Christian at 4 and 5 p.m.;

· Saturday — Boys and girls varsity wrestling at Grace Invitational and girls volleyball vs Heritage Christian at noon and 1 p.m.;

· Tuesday — Girls volleyball at Seward High School at 4 and 5 p.m.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Kindergartners from Mrs. Burnett’s and Mrs. Osborn’s class had the opportunity to meet firemen from Nikiski. The students practiced the stop, drop, and roll, getting out of a burning house safely, and calling 911. The staff would like to thank the Nikiski Fire Department for its time and energy it put into educating the students.

Ninilchik School

The annual Book Fair will be Monday through Oct. 31 (weekdays only) in the library from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. to raise funds to purchase books for the Media Center and classrooms. The theme this year is “Reading Rain Forest.” For more information, call Marnice Boone at 567-3709.

The senior class will host a Halloween dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Oct. 27 for grades seven through 12. The Ninilchik Traditional Council is providing a professional DJ from Anchorage. There also will be a costume contest.

Congratulations to Austin Vanderford for receiving Wrestler of the Tournament honors at the recent tournament in Houston. He also got first place in his weight division.

The school would like to thank those who made the Ninilchik Spikefest a success.

READS Primary

Parent-teacher conferences will be held for kindergarten and first-grade students Monday through Oct. 27. Conference slips were sent home Monday. Any parent not receiving a conference slip may contact the office.

Book It packets for kindergarten were sent home Monday. Packets need to be returned Monday with signed parent slips. New packets will be distributed for the following week. First grade Book It goals are due Oct. 31.

The 10th annual canned food drive for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank is under way. Students are encouraged to participate in this community service project.

Redoubt Elementary

A Fun Fest will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Students must return their permission form by noon. Cost is $4, which includes Fun Fest activities. Additional money is needed if students wish to purchase snacks. Parents will pick up students at their classrooms at 5:30 p.m. It is important that parents arrive on time.

Report cards for students in grades four through six will be sent home Oct. 25.

Parent conferences will be held Oct. 26 and 27. There will be no school for students. Parents are asked to contact their child’s teacher to schedule a conference if they have not returned a conference scheduling form. Notes to confirm conference dates and times will be sent home to parents prior to conferences. The school goal is to have 100 percent parent participation.

The book fair will be open in the library Oct. 25 through 27. Students will have an opportunity to preview items.

Halloween Family Reading Night will be held Tuesday.

There are many overdue library books. The library is asking parents to help their children locate overdue books and return them to the library.

The PTA is collecting Big G Boxtops in the red can in front of the office. Students should put their names on the back of their box tops. There is a prize drawing from the can each week. Brian Dusek, Alyx Malbrough, Shaylee Brenton, Desiree Barbaza, and Krystal Baer have won prizes for collecting box tops.

The QSP fundraiser sales totaled $32,303. The top selling class was Mr. Tomaso’s sixth grade and the individual top seller was Jessica Jackson. The school met its sales goal and will have a special activity day for students to celebrate everyone’s hard work.

Sears Elementary

Parent teacher and student conferences will be held Oct. 26 and 27. Parents are reminded to sign up for a conference with your child’s teacher.

The book fair will be open in the library Monday through Oct. 27.

Students had the opportunity to learn about fire safety last week. On Tuesday the students had the firefighters come into the classroom and discuss what they need to do in case of an emergency. On Thursday the students went through the fire safety house to practice fire safety drills. The school would like to thank the Kenai Fire Department for its support in teaching the students about fire safety.

Ms. Ralston’s and Mrs. Davidson’s first-grade classes read and practiced different reading strategies from the books “Leaf Man,” “Look What I Did With a Leaf!” and “Chicka Chicka Boom Boom.” Students created leaf people through an art lesson.

Ms. Ralston’s first-graders are learning about the author Joanne Ryder. The students wrote to Ms. Ryder and retold some of her stories using scarves and musical instruments.

Mrs. Miller’s, Mrs. Hanson’s and Mrs. Moon’s second-grade classes are continuing their study of bats. The classes made maps of the world indicating where bats live and discussed the different habitats of bats. In math, the students made a class graph telling how many students like bats and how many students dislike bats.

The school would like to thank the parent volunteers who helped to make the kindergarten apple and berry picking field trip an “awesome” experience for the kindergartners. Students discovered the difference between dogwood, cranberries and moss berries. The apples brought back from the trip are being used for a variety of art, math, cooking and science projects.

Skyview High

Gregory Bosick and Jennifer Holland have been honored with a nomination for the Wendy’s High School Heisman Award. The program, awarded in conjunction with the collegiate Heisman, celebrates the achievements of the nation’s top high school seniors, in and out of the classroom.

Principal Randy Neill nominated Bosick and Holland for their academic aptitude, athletic talent and commitment to the school and community.

Mr. Sparks’ economics class would like to thank Jeff Lamborn and Ike Hurst for their time and effort. They were guest speakers and their contributions to the class were greatly appreciated. Mr. Lamborn shared his experiences as a private business owner and Mr. Hurst (former Skyview student) shared his experiences as a college economics major and his travel worldwide while working for the U.S. State Department in Kazakhstan.

The Student of the Month luncheon will be held at noon Thursday in the library. The Culinary Arts students are preparing soups: lentil, potato-leek and onion gratinee. Miniature desserts will be chocolate mousse and pecan tassies.

The PSAT test will be given today, for students who paid their fee by Tuesday’s deadline.

Wrestling begins Monday. Participants must show proof of a current physical before they can try out or practice.

The fall band and choir concert is at 7 p.m. Monday in the commons. The theme is “Come Sail Away” and was inspired by sailors, pirates and the sea. The concert is free and open to the public.

Guest applications for the Halloween dance Oct. 27 must be turned in by Oct. 25. Costumes are allowed, but must meet the school’s dress code.

The student council is organizing a trick or treat for canned foods to kick of the schools canned food drive, and will go around to homes in the community asking for donations Friday.

Soldotna Elementary

Mrs. Meyer’s sixth-grade class finished reading “Spirit Bear” and completed a field trip to replicate book character Cole’s survival experiences last Friday. Students had to build survival enclosures and work as a team. The class thanks the Jenson family for hosting the class and supporting their literary activities.

Picture retakes will be Thursday at the school. Students are asked to bring their original pictures to school if they want retakes.

Friday is an inservice day and the staff will work with district mentor teacher Michael Hanson to develop language arts curriculum maps. These maps will focus on the language arts curriculum and map each teacher’s language arts goals for the year.

Soldotna High

The school’s music department, under the direction of Vernel Schneider, received word 17 vocalists and musicians have been named to All-State. All-State band members are Jessica Oglesbee, flute; Rosemary Houghlum, clarinet; Lauren Senette, alto sax; Patrick Moore, trumpet; John Rysdyk, trombone; Daniel Delong and Alyssa Emery, euphonium; Justin Oleson, Spencer Tachick and Emily Smola, percussion.

Eddie Lee was named to All-Sate orchestra.

Vocalists named to the All-State choir are Martina Vanvelzor, soprano II; Kelsey Higginson, soprano II; Havilah Hilbish, alto II; Dustin Miller, tenor l; Jesse Honrud, bass l and Caleb Gordon, bass ll.

KPBSD has added a new link for parents that can be found at

The PSAT will be administered at 8 a.m. today.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held from noon to 3 p.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 26

Oct. 27 will be an inservice day.

Soldotna Middle

The student council will work with the city of Soldotna to restart the “Red, White and Blue” letter writing campaign that began three years ago. The service-learning activity will be coordinated by Student Council Adviser Dave Carey, who also serves as mayor of Soldotna. Last time, the community and student response resulted in almost 10,000 letters being sent to individuals serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. This will be a six month push to send letters monthly and the mailings are scheduled for the 15th of each month.

The school is celebrating Red Ribbon Week. The staff is asking students to show support of the No Smoking and Drug policies by wearing a blue shirt Thursday.

Brittany Rogers will join the People to People International Program when it travels to Australia for its 50th anniversary. She will spend 20 days next summer in Australia as a student ambassador for Alaska.

Library News — Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the library Tuesday and Oct. 25 during school hours and Oct. 26 and 27 during parent-teacher conferences.

September Students of Character are: Paul Adams, Dylan Allen, Zach Bargar, Tyler Barkman, Calvin Baxter, David Bell, A.J. Briggs, Dylan Briggs, Swan Brooner, Jacob Brown, Tyler Brown, Tanner Burcham, Tyler Burkman, Erica Byerley, Kyle Cansino, Dallin Carlson, Desirae Challans, Max Clendenen, Carol Clonan, Ramon Corona, Connor Dimick, Olivia Duran, Riley Ellison, Michael Erickson, Allison Farrington, Vlad Federer, Corey Fisler, Ashley Gerola, Tyler Glidewell, Natawni Hammack, Aaron Hawbold, Shelby Haynes, Jamie Helstern, Jordan Ingels, Sam Kelley, Lane Kreider, Shay Kurz, Courtney Lewis, Carly Lund, Mariah Luze, Marissa Mahan, Paige Marlowe, Heather Matthews, Jack Mathews, Sam Meyer, Liz Miller, Kris Morse, Elisabeth Mullins, Megan Neill, Mickey Nelson, Alexis Norris, Kayla Overpeck, Megan Parham, Josh Pavloff, Dusty Poole, Shay Poole, Jessica Powell, Jason Ramirez, Ryanne Rodland, Gabriella Rossini, Kailey Schrader, Tamlyn Silva, Heather Smallwood, Bud Sparks, Keith Straume, Adriana Taylor, Mitchell Thompson, Kali Topp, Sean Tourtelot, Mysteri Turnbull-House, Shelby Turner, Stefanie Van Bruggen, Kelsey VanAntwerp, Briana Vinzant, Taylor VonHeeder, Alicia West, Alex Wilson, Britt Wilson, Anuilagi Wong and Kaitlyn Young.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — Last day to turn in first quarter school work;

· Monday — site base council at 4:30 p.m. at the library;

· Oct. 25 — Fortnightly from 3 to 5 p.m.;

· Oct. 26 — Parent-teacher conferences noon to 4 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m., no school;

· Oct. 27 — parent-teacher conferences 7:30 to ll:30 a.m., no school; and

· Oct. 30 — Competitive basketball begins runs through Dec. 9.

Soldotna Montessori Charter

Parent-teacher conference sign-up sheets are posted in the hallway. Parents are asked to call the office to schedule a conference if a different time is needed. If parents cannot attend conferences on the scheduled dates, contact the teacher directly.

Kindergarten through second-grade Battle of the Books teams are meeting Mondays in Mrs. Larned’s room during lunch. Participants need a lunch from home on those days.

After viewing a rock show last week in Mrs. Atchely’s class, students in Mrs. Larned’s first-, second- and third-grade showed off their own rock collections during a rock show Monday. Students displayed rocks from home and rocks collected on the recent field trip to Captain Cook State Park. Polished rocks, granite rocks, rocks with fossils and even a rock with a hole were displayed. Also, the students collected and analyzed data about the rocks.

Mrs. Holt’s class has been experimenting. The students conducted a water experiment that investigated atomic movement. Using food coloring and hot and cold water, the students were able to concretely see the difference between the molecular movement in hot and cold water. Students also have begun to practice their spelling words.

Thursday’s folder contained a word list and an idea to practice them using 3-by-5 index cards. Reading checklists also were sent home. Parents are reminded that home reading is a way to practice and improve reading skills.

Tebughna School

The Book Club meets Mondays from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Family and community members are welcome to attend. The purpose of this club is to celebrate books, reading, literature, and learning and to have fun. The first event will be an open mic night and students will be invited to take the stage and recite or read their favorite poem or story to their family and friends. Snacks and refreshments will follow.

Testing is complete for the Success for All Reading Program and many students saw their reading scores go up. A celebration party for those students will be held at the McCord Sr. Ball Park in two weeks. A kick ball game and snacks for every one who saw their reading scores go up is planned.

The Compass Learning Lab has two openings for students. See Mr. Joachim for more information.

Tustumena Elementary

Parents are being informed of the possibility of restarting a preschool program this fall at the school, managed by parent volunteers. Families with children ages 4 and above are asked to call Heidi Wong at 394-8037 for more information.

The school would like to thank Edward and Jude Marsh, Paul and Sheila Kupferschmid, Rob and Kerry Nelson and Mickey Sopkowiak for stepping forward to assist in its safety preparation efforts. These adults have been trained to assist should an emergency arise that requires the school to “lock down” while school is in session.

Wings Christian Academy

Joel Consiel won for the office of the week.

The volleyball team had its first tournament last Friday. They will be having an away game Friday in Anchorage.

The kindergartners have learned numbers 1 through 10 and have memorized eight of their 26 memory verses for this year.

Jesse Puletau, Kyla Moore, Chase Miller, Alex Pettey, Naomi Pettey and Victoria Grant made it to the thousands club — meaning they have achieved 10 perfect scores on tests.

To have information published in Schools, send a description of the event or accomplishment to School News 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 noon on Friday for publication in the following Wednesday’s paper. For information, call 283-7551.

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