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Posted: Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Students of the Month announced

The following students were named September Students of the Month at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School:

High school: James Barrett, calculus; Kara Bethune, advanced placement history; Walker Boyle, physical education; Holly Heazlett, language Arts 11; Nick Kellie, English; Megan McLemore, choir; Elijah Moore, algebra A; and Justin Smith, biology.

Junior high: Kassie Johnson, social studies; Cassandra Kendall, physical science; and Eli Ward, mathematics.

In-service, end of first quarter

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.

Friday also is the end of the first quarter.

Free, reduced meals program offered

Little People's Learning World 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. Call 262-4113 for details of monthly income eligibility levels.

Connections

The book fair continues through Friday at the District Media Center. There also will be free tours of the facility and resources.

The Solid Rock Camp hay tunnel is available for students and parents from 1 to 3 p.m. and from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday. The cost is $5. Bonfire and hot drinks will be provided. Call 714-8880 to sign up.

Picture retakes will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Oct. 26 at Magic Moments Studio in Soldotna.

The Kenai Watershed Forum will host a free home school watershed day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 26. Call the office for information or to register, call 714-8880.

The Pumpkins Gone Crazy contest continues. Interested students may enter a carved, scraped, painted and accessorized pumpkin. Entries should be brought to the schools office by Oct. 26. Pumpkins may represent a character, an animal, a vegetable or an item. Prizes will be awarded Oct. 28. There are seven age categories. For more information, call 714-8880.

Alaska Statehood Celebration Commission is having a statewide logo contest. For information, visit www.commerce.state.ak.us or call Patricia Swenson at (907) 269-8108.

McDonald's peelers are available in the Soldotna office. For more information visit http://connect.kpbsd.k12.ak.us.

Cook Inlet Academy

The school congratulates the students selected to the all-state choir: Alyse Cialek, Spencer McAuliffe, Marcus Brown, Jake Zufelt and Jeramiah Niderhauser. They will perform Nov. 17 through 19 in Anchorage.

The playground equipment has been installed. The school would like to thank the families and businesses that helped with the project.

The juniors would like to thank Mrs. Rowley for proctoring the PSAT.

Wendy Dutcher is the new secondary math teacher. She also teaches health and Bible. The school welcomes her.

Students of the Week are Ryan Boozer, Abbie Turner, Janice Scritchfield, Caleb Spence, Owen Phillips, Hunter Clark, Kateland Farrell, Noah Fowler and Julie Litchfield.

There will be no school Thursday and Friday. The staff will attend the Anchorage ACSI Teacher's Convention.

The volleyball team will play at Su Valley on Thursday and Friday and Saturday at Tok.

The junior high basketball teams will play Thursday at Chapman.

The wrestling team has meets with Grace Christian Friday and Saturday.

Grace Lutheran

In Christlight, the children are studying the life of Jacob, one of the Old Testament ancestors of Christ.

On Monday, the first FROGS (Friends of Grace Lutheran School) meeting will begin with a potluck at 6 p.m. The children will perform. Mr. Leckwee's fifth- through eighth-graders will present "The Stolen Pumpkin," a play based on Spanish folklore. Miss Hering's first- through fourth-graders will present a rhythm and movement piece and the preschoolers and kindergartners will sing several songs they've learned during the first quarter.

Report cards will be handed out at parent-teacher conferences on the evening of Oct. 26 and 27. School will be in session these days.

The school will host a harvest festival at 6 p.m. Oct. 28. Activities include games for all ages, a costume contest and a fun house. Each family is asked to bring a snack to share and a bag of candy.

The school collects General Mills box tops and Campbells Soup labels. They maybe given to your child's teacher.

The first- though third-graders are studying the human body and concentrating on getting their math facts memorized.

Mrs. Schmidt's kindergarten class is sounding out words and reading books.

IDEA

The school is accepting enrollment until Oct. 28. To register, stop by the schools office in the Red Diamond Center off Kalifornsky Beach Road or call 260-7555.

Math Olympiads, a math problem-solving club began Oct. 5. Its next meeting will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m. today at the office. Students in grades four through six are invited. For more information, call Janice at 260-7555.

Parents are reminded that the educational resource kits have been updated and four new kits have been added: Animals and Habitats, Clifford the Big Red Dog, Simple Machines, and Polar Regions. Materials are available at the office to check out. Parents can visit www.idafamilies.org for a complete list of educational kits available.

School pictures are Friday and Saturday. Call the office to schedule a time for individual or family portraits.

A paperwork party to help parents that have questions about how to fill out reimbursement forms, lesson request or other paperwork will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Monday.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences

Mrs. Stroh's and Mrs. Boersma's students will have a performance at 2 p.m. Thursday in the library.

The book fair began Tuesday and remain open all week.

Parent-teacher conferences are Oct. 27 and 28. Notices will be sent home to schedule an appointment.

The second- and third-graders spent a day in Seward last week to study at the Alaska SeaLife Center. They also gathered salmon eggs to bring back to school and place in the aquarium in the entryway. Families are encouraged to watch as the eggs develop over the winter.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The 21st Century Community Learning Center will host its open house 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The theme is pumpkin painting.

There will be a medic first aid and CPR training Friday.

PTA will host a Halloween Carnival from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 29. Volunteers are needed for set up, to run booths and for cleanup. If you can volunteer call the PTA.

Students in Mr. Daniels class will talk with a scientist from the Alaska Volcano Observatory. The class has invited the Quake Cottage to visit the school. This is a structure that simulates an earthquake.

The next unit of study will be geology. The class has invited Mrs. Beardsley to show students her fossil rocks of dinosaurs and Mr. McBee to share his knowledge of fossils and samples. The class is setting up a field trip to the local fossil fuel refinery. Students will make their own fossil models from clay.

The Mind-A-Mazes contest was held Oct. 8. Participating students had to create a device that was able to raise a 4 ounce weight at least one meter as well as perform several other tasks. Congratulations to Devon Henson, Olivia Duran, Kierstyn Mathews, Mika Morton, Casey Murphy, Annie Worsfold and Jacob Worsfold.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

The Ravens and Eagles classes are working with games to develop motor skills. This will help them with early writing skills. The students are finishing off their exploration of fall and will begin looking at winter, later this month.

The Moose and Bear classes have been doing good deal of dramatic play and role play to support the October theme of families and home. The children have been outdoors as much as possible before the weather turns cold.

The classes also have been having active play with Miss. Karen. The students are following an obstacle course, catching and tossing a variety of objects and learning yoga.

Kenai Central High

The school marching band leaves today on a trip to UCLA. The band will perform at halftime at the game Saturday.

On Thursday, there is a job shadow meeting at 2:30 p.m. Call Alan Fields at 283-7524 with any questions.

On Friday, teachers will have a half day of in-service and the other half of the day will be a workday to do grades.

Monday is the first day of wrestling practice and it also kicks off national red ribbon week. The student council will hand out red ribbons encouraging students to be drug and alcohol free. There also is a soccer booster club meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the staff lounge.

Parents-teacher conferences will be Oct. 27. Conferences will take place in the auditorium commons from noon to 3 p.m. and from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Parents are encouraged to attend, pick up report cards and visit with teachers.

On Oct. 26, the school nurse will do health screening in the little theatre.

Dates to remember:

n Friday — C, junior and varsity volleyball teams play Soldotna a 3, 4 and 5:30 p.m. respectively;

n Saturday — Swimming at Homer; and

n Tuesday — C, junior varsity and varsity volleyball against Homer at 3:30, 4:30 and 6 p.m. respectively.

Kenai Middle

The school is collecting General Mills Box Tops. There is a drawing held Fridays. The winner receives a $1 coupon to spend at the school store. Last weeks winner was Ryan Fusaro.

Students that have borrowed money for lunch and haven't paid it back, need to do so as soon as possible.

The Book Fair will be held Monday through Oct. 28 during conferences.

Parent-teacher conferences will be from noon to 3 p.m. and from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 27 and from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Oct. 28. A scheduled time will be sent home with students. For more information, call the office at 283-4896.

Magazines are due Tuesday. There are flyers posted around the building to see what prizes are available to win.

Congratulations to Craig Hilleary, Rebecca Satathite, Jackie Dickawicz and Sierra Aguilar for winning the Character Counts! drawing last week. These students received a pizza for lunch.

Dates to remember:

n Oct. 27 — Parent-teacher conferences;

n Oct. 28 — Parent-teacher conferences continue;

n Oct. 31 — Competitive basketball begins;

n Nov. 4 — Student of the Month lunch;

n Nov. 8 — Basketball at 3 p.m. at the school;

n Nov. 11 — No school; and

n Nov. 15 — Basketball at 3 p.m. at Soldotna Middle School.

Kenai Montessori

Today the students will participate in a fire drill. They also will receive instruction and fire safety tips from members of the Kenai Fire Department. The students will walk to the Kenai Fire Department for a tour and demonstration of its equipment.

Students have been bringing in show and share items related to their studies of North America. Tucker Vann shared items from Montana and Mexico; Ithaca Bergholtz shared animal skulls and furs from Alaska; Jacob Nabholz shared rocks from Montana and the Yukon Territory; and Andy Winslow brought a teepee that the children were able to set up and get inside of.

Thank you to Brad Nabholz and Laurie Winslow for their help in renovating the toddler house facility.

School portraits will be taken Oct. 28. Parents are reminded to pick up order forms in the school's entry.

Fund-raiser items will be ready for pick up on Monday. For more information, visit www.KenaiMontessori.com.

Mountain View Elementary

Picture retakes are today.

Pajama Day is Thursday.

The school carnival will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday. This is a family event.

The book fair will be open during the carnival and Monday through Oct. 28. This is an opportunity to get some reading material for students.

Mr. Knudsen's third-graders have been working with Mr. Vedders' fifth-graders by partner-reading books about the life cycle of the salmon. The classes traveled to the Anchor River on Oct. 12 to harvest and fertilize coho salmon eggs for their year-long salmon incubation project.

The students also visited the Islands and Ocean Maritime Museum in Homer and participated in a bald eagle program.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High

Congratulations to the following students who represented the middle school at the district Mind A-Mazes competition Oct. 8: Kassi Johnson, Megan Hansen, Dillon Smith, Tanner Thompson, Caty Reid, Jessica Countryman, Tyler Peek, Jayden Tumbaga, Thomas Pilatti, Kovy Harbick, Kyle Moore, Ari Bennett, Sebastian Strickland and Stefan Krogseng. The challenge required teams to build a device to transport a weight up and down a fixed distance while taking into account time, sound and final event bonus points.

Parent-teacher conferences will be from noon to 4 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct 27 and 8 a.m. to noon (by appointment only) Oct. 28.

Congratulations to Laura Rooper for being selected as the October Nikiski Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month. She has participated in cross country running for four years and represented the school in state meets for all but her freshman year. She also is active in drama and debate and placed second in 2004 in the cross examination category. She has a 3.6 grade point average and is a member of the National Honor Society.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

A puppet show about Alaska history, written and directed by Nikiski High School teacher Joe Rizzo, will be given a the school. The show, called "Baranov's Castle" is supported by a grant from the Arts in Education Initiative sponsored by the Rasmuson Foundation.

The site council meets the first Tuesday of every month.

The PTA meets the first Thursday of every month.

Parents are invited to the school from 3:45 to 5 p.m. today. The school will provide directions so parents can access the Homeroom.com and Skills Tutor Web site. The site is available to students at home. It is an opportunity to gain instruction and practice in math and reading. It is for students in grades three through eight.

Congratulations to the following students who represented the school at the district Mind-A-Mazes competition Oct. 8: Camron Lotti, Kayleen Hansen, Cydney Spurgeon, Serena Woodin, Annaleah Ernst, Rebecca Wheeler, Daniel Ribbens, Logan Harrison, Caleb Alkire, Trey Zimmerman and Lincoln Johnson. The fifth grade Shadow Gremlins team of Lincoln Johnson, Caleb Alkire, Trey Zimmerman and Logan Harrison won first place in the junior spontaneous problem challenge and first place overall in the junior division.

Reads

School pictures should be in this week.Pictures will be distributed to parents as soon as they are received.

Book It goals are due into the office by Oct. 31.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held next week. Conference slips must be in the office by Thursday.

A field trip to Polar Gymnastics is scheduled for Friday after physical education class.

Students of the Week are kindergartner Hannah Delker for showing improvement in reading; first-grader Jasmine Carter for working hard in math; second-grader Jessie Metz for consistently practicing her weekly spelling words; and prekindergartner Devin Every for improving in his writing and coloring and working hard.

Redoubt Elementary

Parents are asked to schedule a conference with their child's teacher for Oct. 27 or 28.

The Title I committee meets at 3:40 p.m. today in the conference room.

Halloween Family Reading Night is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the library. There will be guest readers, refreshments and the book fair will be open. Children attending must be accompanied by an adult. There is no charge.

Fun Fest is from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Cost is $4 per child and includes admission to all activities. Snacks will be sold by PTA for an additional cost. Students attending must return a permission slip and their $4 by the morning of the activity. Parents are reminded that students must be picked up at 5:30 p.m. at their classrooms.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be open in the library during Halloween Family Reading Night and during parent conferences from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 27 and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 28.

The school raised $782 during its American Red Cross fund drive to benefit hurricane victims. The school thanks everyone who participated.

Ms. Utecht's third-grade class won a pizza party for collecting the most Safeway 10 percent Back to Schools Reward coupons. The school raised more than $1,000 for the PTA. The school would like to thank those who brought in receipts.

Ridgeway Montessori Preschool

During October, the continent being studied is Australia. Children are encouraged to bring show and tell items related to this theme.

Science this week will focus on learning about the class pets: Percy the rat and the aquarium animals.

In Spanish, students are learning about autumn and singing songs, in addition to the basic curriculum.

Language studies focused on practicing letter sounds, writing mini books and reading from a collection of children's books.

Mathematics studies emphasized addition for the older students. All students worked with spatial concepts and patterns.

Montessori Services Catalogs are available. Purchases will help earn credit toward purchases for the school.

A reminder to parents that open house has been rescheduled for Monday at 6 p.m. Enrollment is still open. Call 262-2699 for more information.

Sears Elementary

Kindergartners are working on fire safety. Visits with firemen help encourage safety and math skills as students work on knowing their phone numbers and addresses. There are red and white art projects as students use fire colors to learn about curves, lines and shapes.

Ms. Ralston's first-graders are learning the writing process through writers workshop time. In science the students created a drawing for the water cycle. In math the students are working on counting pennies and nickels, number combinations and skip counting.

The Title I program would like to invite parents and children to come to family fun night at 6:30 Thursday. It will be a harvest theme. Make and take literacy activities are some of the planned events.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held Oct. 27 and 28.

On Oct. 31 there will be a fall harvest parade at 11 a.m.

Skyview High

Parent-teacher conferences will be held from noon to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 27.

The Student of the Month luncheon will be held at noon Thursday in the library. Parents of this month's students are invited to come.

The volleyball team will host a dance from 8 to 11 p.m. Thursday. Students are allowed to wear costumes but are reminded that the school dress code applies.

The swimming and diving team will be at the borough meet in Homer on Friday and Saturday.

Volleyball will play Colony on Friday and Palmer on Saturday at the school

Wrestling begins Monday. Participants are reminded to have proof of a current physical on file at the school before they can tryout or practice.

Soldotna Elementary

Congratulations to Brooke Hughes and Taylor Von Heeder for winning second place in the junior division of the Mind-A-Mazes competition. They had to create a device that was able to raise a 4- ounce weight at least 1 meter, as well as perform several other tasks.

Hoop shoot school winners are Kiana Hendricks and Mikhail Wright (8- and 9-year-olds), Arlianna Marquez and Michael Reece (10- and 11-year-olds), Devin Hutchings and Austin Murray (12- and 13-year-olds). Winners will compete with other school winners Dec. 17 at Soldotna Middle School.

Kindergartner George Kerr was honored this week for his commitment to kindness. He received a Wolves shirt and a movie pass to the Orca Theater.

The bottle at the office counter is for collecting funds for disaster victims of the Hurricane Katrina. Mrs. Buben's third grade is sponsoring this fund-raiser. The proceeds will be given to the American Red Cross.

Soldotna High

The following students were named to the all-state band: Jessica Oglesbee, Whitney Rysdyk, Jessica Delong, Alyssa Emery, Justin Oleson, Spencer Tachick, Lauren Senette, Patrick Moore, Josh Northcutt, Alex Pfaffe, Daniel Delong and Rosemary Houglum. This is the highest number of students from one school in the state of Alaska. Eddie Lee was selected to the all-state orchestra.

The band will present its fall concert at 7 p.m. Thursday.

The volleyball team plays at Kenai Central High School on Friday.

The swimming and diving teams will compete at boroughs Saturday.

Soldotna Middle

Physical education uniforms are available for purchase at the office for $20.

Brittany Bush, Casee Penrod and Jonah Shinew-Lange attended last Wednesday's Soldotna City Council meeting to speak about the closing of the skate park. They addressed the economic reasons for its closing as well as possibilities for reopening.

In borough soccer, the boys Silver team placed third and Maroon placed fourth. The girls Silver teams placed first and the Maroon team placed third.

The borough cross country place and time results are: Girls-Kalie Mucha-second, 11:03; Hunter Hollenburg-third, 11:07; Megan Hardy-seventh, 11:30; Elisha Hollers-15th, 12:18; Briana Merkes-18th,12:34; Tesslin Hughes-27th, 12:55; Deanne Martin-29th, 12:58; Casee Penrod-31st,13:14; Sarah Rife-33rd,13:35; Michelle Papp-35th,13:40; Briana VinZant-37th,13:57;Hannah Morgan-44th,14:53; Amber Eberline- 46th,15:04 ; and Carol Clonan-47th, 15:11. Boys: Cody Geesy-second, 10:01; Phillip Bennet-fourth,10:25; Zack Misner-eighth,10:55; Hunter Jackinsky-12th,11:13; Tommy Miller-14th,11:22; Lindsay Shackelton-19th,11:40; IntiMayo Harbison-22nd,12:09; Brayden Holt-23rd,12:12; and Joe Malatesta- 28th,12:44.

Soldotna Montessori Charter

Schedules for parent-teacher conferences are posted on the bulletin board for parents to sign up for a time. If parents are unable to attend, they should see the teacher to schedule an alternate conference.

This week the school began testing a new morning open gym schedule. On Mondays, all students are invited to participate in open gym before school; Tuesdays and Thursdays the intermediate students are invited to open gym; Wednesdays and Fridays the primary students may report to open gym.

Last Friday was Wacky, Wild Sock Day. Students and staff donned their favorite brightly colored, mismatched or unusual socks.

Mr. DeVolld's third-, fourth- and fifth-graders completed their Mind-A-Mazes problem solving project. The optional competition was held at Soldotna Middle School on Oct. 8. Mr. DeVolld's class had three teams entered.

Mrs. Larned's first, second and third grade class has continued the students word study to include antonyms. In science the students are expanding the study of the planets to narrow to the land formations on Earth.

Sterling RurAL CAP Head Start

The morning class, the Shooting Stars, and the afternoon class, the Rainbows, are learning about friendship.

The Shooting Stars saw moose prints on a nature walk. The children examined the fall leaves as they have fallen from the trees and accumulated on the ground. Many of the children looked up and discovered the trees were nearly bare. The morning class also made a colorful handprint mural that says," Friendship is blooming in our classroom."

The Rainbows have been learning about friendship and teamwork as they painted pictures together. They also had their first fire drill using the actual alarm sound. The Rainbows practiced the routine for fire safety.

Sterling Elementary

The staff would like to thank the student council members for spirit days. Students are encouraged to plan for Crazy Hair Day on Nov. 4.

The change drive to benefit animals displaced by the hurricanes will continue until December.

Conferences will be after school Oct. 26 and all day Oct. 27. Letters reminding parents of conference times will be sent home in students Thursday folders. Parents who have not yet scheduled a conference time or need to change a conference time should call the office at 262-4944.

PTA is sponsoring a coat drive. Anyone who has children's coats in good condition is encouraged to donate them to the school. The staff will wash them and have them ready for families who need warm coats for their children to select from during conferences. Donations of other winter gear would also be appreciated.

Rules regarding Halloween costumes at school were sent home in last week's Thursday folder. Copies are available on Edline or at the office.

The PTA's Trunk or Treat will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 31 in the school parking lot. The event is free and open to the public. Candy donations are still needed. The Skyview High School National Honor Society will host a haunted bus and space is available for a few more vehicles.

Tustumena Elementary

The site council will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in the conference room. The council will receive an updated on committee discussions regarding initiating a prekindergarten program at the school. It is open to the public.

The first Lynx Tracks activity is scheduled for Monday and Tuesday at Alaska Great Skate in Soldotna. Students in good standing will need to turn in a written parent permission and a $3 fee prior to departure. For more information, call the school.

Picture retakes are scheduled for Oct. 26 at the school. Families are asked to return the original picture packet or a purchase envelop if this is the first picture opportunity.

Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for Oct. 27 and 28. There is no school for students on these days. Parents are encouraged to include their children in the discussions. Families are encouraged to return the conference appointment forms to teachers as soon as possible.

Wings Christian

The cleanest desk awards went to Alisha Thompson for the Learning Center and Josiah Fischer for the kindergartners.

Last Friday, the volleyball team played Banner and last Saturday, they played True Vine in their first away games.

The kindergartners have learned to count to 18; write up to the number seven and learned to write the letters "A" through "G."



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