District School News

Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

A sign-up sheet for volunteers for the Artist in Residence program will be posted at the school. There will also be a short, 15- to 25-minute training session for this at 2:45 p.m. Oct. 30 in library. The program starts Nov. 4.

Don't forget to send in veterans' names and pictures for the Wall of Honor. They will start to be posted Monday through Nov. 11.

The library will accept decorated pumpkins for the Pumpkin Decorating Contest starting Friday. All entries must be submitted by 8:15 a.m. Oct. 30. Pumpkins should be decorated as a character or object in literature and should be labeled with the character or object, the book title and author name. Pumpkins must be picked up during parent-teacher conferences. No carved pumpkins allowed.

Volunteers are needed for the "trunk-or-treat" event. This event is a safe alternative to trick-or-treating and will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 31 on the school playground. For more information or to help, contact a teacher.

Parent-teacher conferences will be Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Meeting schedules will be sent home Oct. 30. "Reflections" entries will be on display during the conferences.

Mrs. Boehmler's third-graders are researching the woolly mammoth. Students are searching the Internet, looking at research books and doing additional reading about mammoths. They also got to examine, measure and weigh an ancient mammoth tooth. Students will present a short program on the ancient animals at 8 a.m. Nov. 4. Parents are welcome to attend.

Ms. Tyler's fifth-grade class introduces the Caribou Country Store. This will be a school supply store, also selling games, flashcards and other materials. Students will learn about managing finances, taking inventory, work ethics, honesty, reliability and customer service. The store should be open by the middle of November.

Montessori Charter

The kindergarten class is learning about the growing cycle of pumpkins, from seed to sprout to plant to flower to pumpkin. Students made estimations and predictions about their pumpkins, then weighed and opened them. They finished by making jack-o-lanterns.

Students also are continuing their month-long study of Antarctica.

There will be a parent meeting at 6:30 tonight.

There will be no school Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled.

Nikiski Elementary

The annual fall carnival will be from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday. There will be many booths with games and prizes, a Pee Wee room for the younger children, trick-or-treat alley, freaky hair, a cake walk, the country store and costume contests for all ages.

Raffle tickets are on sale for the fall carnival raffle. There are currently more than 50 prizes with more coming in every day. Tickets are $1 each and will still be available at the carnival.

The Great Nikiski Pig Race was held Thursday. Ms. Lodge, Ms. Leichliter, Mrs. Durrant and Mrs. Kendall's classes earned pigs for the race. The classes had three days to train their pigs and prepare for the race. With the help of some special engineering (and extra battery power) Ms. Leichliter's class won the race and a pizza party.

The awards assemblies for this quarter will be Friday. The primary assembly will be at 10 a.m. with the intermediate following at 10:45 a.m. Families and friends are welcome to attend and see students earn recognition for their accomplishments.

Picture retakes are Friday.

This week is Red Ribbon Week. Children received ribbons Monday and are encouraged to continue to wear them throughout the week to help promote an awareness for avoiding unhealthy choices of drug and alcohol abuse.

Redoubt Elementary

Parent conferences will be Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. There will be no school for students on either day. Parents are asked to return a conference form or call the school to schedule a conference.

The book fair will be open during conferences and Halloween Family Reading Night.

Thanks to the many students, community members and parents who participated in the fall fund-raiser. Orders should arrive by Thanksgiving.

Redoubt students and staff thank Edith and Burn-ee and CES for their fire prevention assemblies and presentations.

Spook-tacular Halloween Candy Grams will be sold during lunch through Monday for 50 cents each. A piece of Halloween candy and a message will be delivered to your friends, teachers, children or other special people at school Oct. 30. All proceeds from this project by Mrs. St. Onge's third-grade class will be donated to the American Red Cross.

Halloween Family Reading Night will be Tuesday from 6:30 to 8 in the library. There will be celebrity readers and refreshments, and the book fair will be open. Students and their families are invited to wear their Halloween costumes and attend.

Congratulations to Redoubt teams who participated in Mind-a-Mazes including: Supreme Springs -- Jared Davis, Madeleine DeVore, Dylan Tucker and Bailey Walgenbach; Moo-Moo Mob -- Gage Harvey, Travis Newberry, Hannah Romberg and Karen Senette; and Medieval Siege Engineers -- Dillon Ball, Blaine Carver, Stryker McLane and Mark Youngren. The Engineers placed third in both the long-term and the spontaneous problems. Thanks to Mrs. Romberg, Mr. Ball and all parent volunteers who helped.

Due to parent conferences, Halloween parties and activities will be the afternoon of Oct. 30. The annual Halloween parade will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 30 in the gym. Parents are invited to attend this event. Students should not wear their costumes to school unless specifically told to do so by their teacher. Students will be given an opportunity to change in to their costumes prior to the parade. As always, costumes should be appropriate for school and in good taste -- no blood, gore, etc.

School picture retakes will be Nov. 8.

Yearbooks for the 2001-02 school year are available for $20 in the school office.

Sears Elementary

This week is Fire Safety Week, and Sears staff would like to thank the Kenai Fire Department for making it so successful. Classroom presentations and trips through the firehouse help make students aware of how important fire safety is.

The annual Halloween parade will be at 11 a.m. Oct. 30. Parents and family members are invited to visit and watch the parade.

Parent-teacher conferences are scheduled with each classroom teachers. Conferences will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 31, and from 8:30 a.m. to noon Nov. 1. There will be no school on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1.

The Imaginarium is coming to Sears the week of Nov. 4-8 with two assembly presentations. Watch for time and place in this week's newsletter.

Last week, Mrs. Thomas and Mrs. Bryson's kindergarten classes visited the fire station. Students got to spray the fire hose and inspect the fire trucks.

Mrs. Thomas' class has been studying the changing of fall leaves and writing numbers, counting and making patterns. Mrs. Bryson's class has been conducting mealworm larva experiments and apple pie experiments. Her students also are learning different phonics sounds. Mrs. Atkinson's class has been learning about letters and themes. Mrs. Hurst, Mrs. Shelden and Mrs. Stroh's class went on a field trip Oct. 14 to Bear Creek, where students collected salmon eggs for the fish tank. They also went to the Alaska SeaLife Center.

Soldotna Elementary

Congratulations to the three teams from Soldotna Elementary who participated in Mind-A-Mazes on Saturday. Prior to the participation, the teams were required to build a device capable of launching a ball into a target area at a range of 1 to 11 meters. At the competition, the Fiery Dragons -- Zac Aberkane, Christina Tachick and Cody VanDeHey -- earned a second-place award for the accuracy of their device, and the Return of the No Names -- Zayan Aberkane, Logan Hutchings, Jeff Pindras and Aric Williamson -- were awarded second place in the Judges' Choice for ingenuity of design.

Cold weather is here. Remember to send your student(s) to school dressed for winter and wet weather. Coats, pants, hats and gloves are important so students can stay healthy.

The Soldotna Elementary Scholastic Book Fair will be next week during the school day and during parent-teacher conferences. Conferences will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct. 30, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 31 and from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 1.

Save those Box Tops for Education. Soldotna El would like to purchase a two-sided sign for the school with funds from box tops.

This is Spirit Week at Soldotna Elementary. Today is orange and black day; Thursday is twin day; and Friday will be spirit day.

Tustumena Elementary

To acknowledge National Bus Safety Week in America, staff from Laidlaw will conduct its annual Bus Safety Program at Tustumena for students in kindergarten through second grade this week. Students will learn about safe bus boarding and exiting, bus stop safety in the dark winters and the proper way to cross a highway.

Parent-teacher conferences will be Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. Conferences are by appointment only, so parents who have not received their appointment information should contact the school. Also, parents wishing to change appointment times may do so by contacting their child's teacher.

Picture retakes will be Nov. 8. Individual picture packets purchased Oct. 4 should be sent home this week.

Thanks to Jim and Nancy Russell, "trunk-or-treat" will be offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 31 at Tustumena. Put on your costumes, load up the treats and join the fun on Halloween. For more information, call Jim or Nancy at 262-5291.

The Tustumena Halloween Carnival will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30.

Kenai Middle

Eighteen of Mr. Tobin's students took part in the annual Mind-A-Mazes competition held at Soldotna Middle School on Oct. 12. Their creative challenge this year was to build an apparatus to launch a ball into a target from a distance of 1 to 11 meters. All five of his teams from sixth, seventh and eighth grade enjoyed the planning, construction and firing of the devises. One eighth-grade team composed of Dusty Ward, Rik Galley, Brad Denesen and Tim Amen took third place in their division. Fifth-three teams from the district participated in the activity. Other students competing in the Mind-A-Mazes competition were sixth-graders Jacob Daniel, Brian Denesen, Ben Matson, Alex Sonnichson, Molly Watkins, Mandy Anderson and Lynn Ziehmer; seventh-graders Quinn Stoops, Devin Boyle, Kris Larson and Reed Ehrhardt; eighth-graders Brittney Sparhawk, Hannah Watkins and Kim Kurzendoerfer.

Dates to remember:

Today -- Bus Driver Appreciation Day. Say thanks to all those hard-working bus drivers.

Thursday -- Site council meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the library; band and choir concert at 7 p.m. at Kenai Central High School

Friday -- End of first quarter; activity and dance night at KMS

Monday -- Drama presentation at 6 p.m. at KMS

Tuesday-- Student of the Month luncheon at Burger King; conferences from 5 to 8 p.m.

Oct. 30 -- Picture retakes

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

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

Soldotna Middle

Mind A-Mazes was held at SMS Saturday. The team of Sam Evanoff, Brook Carver, Jason Beals and Christo Asimakopoulos received first in the trajectory competition while Spencer Tachick, Lauren Senette, Kelcy Cain and Zach Walgenbach received third. The latter team also won first place in the spontaneous problem. Thomas Wyatt and J. Mohorcich won judges' choice for having the most innovative trajectory.

Basketball intramurals are in full swing. There are 90 girls participating. Coaches Kennedy, Hayes, Carson and Christensen are running drills for part of the practice, then participants break into teams and play games for the rest of practice.

Ms. Church's seventh-grade technology class finished its Web sites. Surf to the SMS Web site and view the Web masters of the future.

Report cards will not be mailed this quarter. They will be available for pick up at parent-teacher conferences. All fees must be paid before report cards will be released. After conferences, remaining report cards will be mailed home.

The SMS Red Atlas by Nystrom Publishers can be ordered through Ms. Ruebsamen. Social studies teachers highly recommend this $6 resource. Scholarships may be available to purchase the atlas. Orders will be sent once 30 atlases have been purchased.

Parent-teacher conferences will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 and from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 31.

Connections

The registration deadline for the Hay Maze at Solid Rock is today. Home-school families are invited to visit from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday. The cost is $5 per person. Registration is necessary and a permission slip must be signed in order to participate. Families must provide own transportation. An adult must accompany any students under 17. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served. To register, call Becky or Wendi at 262-6315 or e-mail wdutcher@kpbsd. k12.ak.us.

The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam will be administered Monday through Oct. 30 for juniors and seniors.

All home-school students in 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. Math counts coaching sessions will begin soon. Contact Wendi for details.

Lifetouch will be available to take school pictures for all home-school students from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 8 at the Aspen Hotel in Soldotna. Picture packets can be picked up in the Connections office. Prices are listed on the packets.

Kenai Central High

The annual Kenai Sports Swap is coming to KCHS this weekend. Sell or buy new or used sports gear. Equipment check-in is from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday and from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. Saturday. The swap will be open to shoppers from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Equipment pick up and payout is from 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday. All types of sporting goods are welcome, including skiing, biking, golf and snowboarding. The sale is sponsored by the KCHS Cross Country Ski Booster Club.

The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam will be offered to students Monday through Oct. 30. Students taking this exam are encouraged to get a good night's sleep and eat a healthy breakfast in preparation for the test.

Members of the KCHS Student Council will travel to Anchorage to participate in the annual Alaska Association of Student Governments conference. The purpose of the Alaska Association of Student Government is to provide leadership training, communication and a student voice of issues at the local, state and national levels.

Ninilchik School

The seventh-grade explorations class will put on a fall festival for Mrs. Boll's kindergarten, first- and second-grade students. Seventh-graders will carve pumpkins with a younger partner, then have a party day with games and refreshments. Mrs. Boll's class also will go to the senior citizens center at lunchtime to entertain the seniors with Halloween songs and share lunch with them.

The Title I tutors are offering after-school help for students who need it. Tutoring is available from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. For more information, talk to Mrs. Chihuly or Mrs. Cuffe.

The yearbook staff is looking for pictures from this summer to include in the yearbook. They can be from kindergarten through 12th-grade students and need to be turned into Maria Johnson immediately.

The elementary staff needs parents volunteers to help on the playground during lunch recess from noon to 12:30 p.m. To help, call Mrs. Chihuly at the school.

Parent-teacher conferences will be Oct. 30 and 31 and Nov. 1. Elementary students should have brought home an appointment time. If parents need to reschedule, they should call their child's teacher. Junior high and high school parents can stop by the office and pick up their child's report card, then go around to the teachers for conferences.

Skyview High

Skyview wishes to thank all of the Russian exchange students and teachers for visiting. After a busy three-week tour, they head back to Magadan on Friday.

There will be an all-sport assembly during seventh period Thursday.

Student Council members will attend the state Alaska Association of Student Government meeting in Anchorage Friday through Saturday.

The volleyball team will play at Colony on Friday and at Palmer on Saturday. The team also has matches against SoHi beginning at 3 p.m. Tuesday.

The swim team will travel to Homer Saturday for its last meet before regionals, scheduled for next weekend at SoHi.

The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam will be given to juniors and seniors Monday through Oct. 30. Seniors who do not plan on taking the test must turn in a testing refusal letter signed by a parent to Mrs. Lawyer by Friday. Students who have passed the tests are expected to be in attendance as these days are regular class days.

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

Soldotna High

Friday marks the end of the first quarter.

The PTSA will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in the staff room.

The cross country ski team also will meet Thursday, at 6:30 p.m. in the library. All students interested in skiing this season should attend. The activity fee and Tsalteshi Trail fee will be collected at the meeting. Parents also are encouraged to attend.

The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam will be administered Monday through Oct. 30 to students who need to take all or part of the test. The writing exam will be Monday, math on Tuesday and reading Wednesday.

Parent-teacher conferences will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 30 and from noon to 3 p.m. Oct. 31. There will be no school Nov. 1.

Eight SoHi representatives will attend the statewide student government meeting at Bartlett High School in Anchorage Thursday through Saturday.

Cook Inlet Academy

High school students selected for the All-Borough Honor Choir participated in the annual concert last week. They were among more than 140 students who performed a wide selection of songs at the KCHS auditorium.

The Association of Christian Schools International will host its annual statewide Student Council retreat at Victory Bible Camp through Thursday.

Fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders had fun going through the Hay Maze at Solid Rock Bible Camp last week.

National Honor Society applications are due by Oct. 30 for accomplished students interested in excellence in leadership, service, character and scholarship.

A few 2001-02 annuals are left. Cost is $10 each.

The first quarter ends Friday.

Grace Lutheran

This week at Grace Lutheran School, the students are learning about a time in Jesus' life when he was in the town of Capernaum and took time to preach to the people. They were amazed at how he taught about his love. He then amazed them by showing his power over evil spirits by making them come out of a possessed man.

This is the last week of the first quarter at Grace Lutheran School. That means that the seventh- and eighth-graders are concluding their studies of human history and archeology for a quarter. The fourth- through sixth-graders are concluding their studies of the different kingdoms. The kindergartners have learned 18 phonograms and are beginning to sound out words. The fourth-graders also are doing book reports this week. All the children are enjoying games of soccer on the nice days at recess and on the not-so-nice days, they play flag tag in the indoor room.

Congratulations to Julie Brown, Samantha Chase, Eric Cole, Jacob Pokryfki, Aaron Ames and Jessiah Steffy for passing their addition facts tests in three minutes. Julie Brown and Eric Cole also have passed their subtraction tests in three minutes. Allen Wentzlaff and Kathryn Love passed their addition test in four minutes.

The children in the kindergarten through fourth-grade room enjoyed eating chicken soup with rice after hearing the book that teaches the months of the year.

Friends of Grace will meet at 6 p.m. Friday.

Wings Christian Academy

This week is the beginning of the second quarter. At the end of this quarter, the Lower Learning Center will have a party for the students who completed their daily goals at least three times each week.

Marcia Dutton and Kelsey Jose received the cleanest desk awards this week.

Naomi Pettey, Ali Thompson, Alex Pettey, Mathew Grant and Branden Fisher all recently made it to the 1000s club.

Kelsey Jose was the first person in the Lower Learning Center to say this months scripture verse, Psalm 17:5-8.

Last Wednesday for speech class, Katie Sutton and Julianne Pettey recited Psalm 62 during chapel.

This Friday will be the first field trip of this school year. The students will visit the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

Happy birthday this month to Ella, Jeffrey and Christopher.

Thanks to CES for bringing the ladder truck to the preschool for the children to see. Thanks also for the fire hats and badges.

Last week, the students studied geography and Christopher Colum-bus. They also looked at maps and discussed places the students had visited. They also shared items they brought home from travels.

This week, students will learn about harvesting fruits and vegetables, and how harvesting food is important for survival.

Space is still available in the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday class. For more information, call 262-1284.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

This week at Soldotna Co-op, the students are working on a unit about community helpers. The children are learning phone numbers and other helpful emergency information. A big thanks to Jessie Osborne for coming in with Chewy, a drug-sniffing dog. The students enjoyed learning about what Chewy did as an Alaska State Trooper dog. The class learned who needs to be in a community to help run it and will start learning about health caregivers early next week.

The co-op enjoys community involvement. If someone has a interesting job they would like to share, call the school.

The co-op is continuing to except new students. Classes are from 9 a.m. to noon Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays. For more information, call Susan at 262-4102.

Sterling Head Start

Smokey the Bear visited Sterling Head Start and students took a field trip to the Sterling fire house this week for Fire Safety Week.

Sterling Head Start associates Cindy Boyer and Penny Edin recently received RuralCAP's Volunteers of the Year awards. Boyer and Edin were Head Start parents last year and spent time helping in the morning class. They also were parent committee officers. This year, Boyer is the new afternoon class teaching assistant, and Edin is the new cook.

Joining the Sterling Head Start staff this year is Debra Weber, lead teacher and summer director. Weber teaches the afternoon class. Rosemary Bushon is the school's new permanent on-site coordinator. Lavonne Dryden is RuralCAP's new southcentral regional manager. She has worked at Kodiak for the past 15 years and houses her office in Kodiak.

New parent committee officers were elected at the monthly meeting in September. Bradley Stuller is Sterling Head Starts first Working on Loving Father Figures (WOLF2) officer this year. WOLF2 is a national nonprofit group that encourages and teaches fathers to be actively involved in their children' Head Start education and experience.

RuralCAP hosted its annual parent conference at the Marriott Hotel in Anchorage on Monday and Tuesday. Parent committee officers and RuralCap staff from around the state gathered to share informative workshops and presentations.

The deadline for submissions for the Schools section 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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