District school news

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2000

Aurora Borealis Charter

Aurora Borealis is on a different schedule from the other district schools this week. Parent-teacher conferences continue this afternoon. Students have half days today and Friday. During conferences today, the Scholastic Book Fair is open for students and parents.

Thursday the school is having an open house for parents of students. Parents will provide food for a progressive dinner. The night will begin with beverages in Mrs. Ball's class. She will give a presentation about the Saxon math, and Miss Hinkle will share about the Latin program. At 6:50 p.m., Mrs. Uponen's class will provide salad, and she will discuss the benefits of Riggs phonics and the spelling program. At 7:20 p.m., Mr. Severson's class will provide breads to sample. He and his students will demonstrate Shurely Grammar. At 7:40 p.m., the evening progressive dinner will finish in Mr. Palm's room with the main dish. Mr. Palm will provide information about the technology program and a brief glimpse about what Future Kids is about.

Friday most classes will enjoy a harvest party. Students will dress up as their favorite storybook characters.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The sixth-graders will sell ice cream every Friday. Proceeds support their field trips.

For the continued success of the Artist in the Schools Program, the school wants to hear your thoughts about the recent program with Bunny Swan-Gease. The school has evaluation forms in the office of the school; complete them and return to the school.

Mr. Daniels' class is learning how many regions are in Alaska and how to say short sentences in German.

This is National Bus Safety Week. Trainers from the Laidlaw Bus Company will talk to students Tuesday about safe habits.

Mrs. Colvin's class and student teacher Ms. Nielson are reading biographies this week. Last week they learned about Helen Keller and sign language. Ms. Nielson brought in a Braille menu from McDonald's.

The school has a few candidates for the Foster Grandparent Program and is looking forward to them being on board soon.

Mrs. Furlong's class is in the middle of creating two projects. The first uses costumes from their program with Ms. Swan-Gease to create and perform a mirage of plays for the study buddies and others. They also have started lifelike self-portraits.

Mountain View Elementary

Today is Sport Day. Support your favorite team by wearing its jersey to school.

Parents of students in Mrs. Ermold's fifth-grade class need to arrange for their child to attend parent-teacher conferences with them. Students have prepared to facilitate their own conference, sharing work samples and information about their progress. Mrs. Steward reminds her students to come to their conference. They are the most important participants.

Congratulations to Kayla Anderson, Zach Beeson, Beth Deardoff, Reed Ehrhardt, Megan Gabriel, Geanina Judge, Kris Larson, David McCune, Miranda Pollard, Nate Saltzgiver, Jenn Sassi, Megan Sienkiewich, Ronni Sounart, Kyla Steward and Justin Wisniewski. Each of these students met the class requirements for being classroom Student of the Month for September. David McCune is the school Student of the Month. Each of these students deserves a big pat on the back.

Tuesday is Wacky Day. Wacky clothing is encouraged, but no hair dye, costumes, masks or makeup is allowed.

Nikiski Elementary

The PTA's annual fall carnival will be Saturday from 1 to 4 p.m. Do not drop off children before 1 p.m. because they cannot be in the building unsupervised. Students have been selling raffle tickets. Prizes can be won, with the top prize valued at $300. Tickets cost $1 each and will be sold at the carnival.

Organizers still need help Thursday at 5 p.m. to set up the booths and hang tarps and Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to decorate and set up games. They hope to have a sitter for preschoolers. Contact Dawn Brower at 776-7083 if you need a sitter. Many jobs need to be done Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The PTA still is collecting cakes and candy for the carnival. Goodies may be dropped off any time this week.

It's not too late to donate items for the Country Store at the carnival. Proceeds help the Mary Rounds Scholarship Fund. If you have questions, call Sylvia at 773-8533.

Thanksgiving food box applications and Christmas holiday application 2000 forms are available from Sylvia in the office. Deadline is Nov. 15 for both. Applications should be completed and mailed to: North Star United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 8122, Nikiski, AK 99635.

North Star Elementary

Preschool is from 9 to 10:30 a.m. today in room 7.

Bring in books for children and adults to be used in the upcoming family event, Bingo For Books. Boxes for easy drop off are near the music room.

The fall PTA membership drive ended Sept. 29 with 69 members. You still may join PTA anytime. Cost is $5 apiece or $8 for a joint membership. Mrs. Pilatti, membership chair, reported that Mr. Anderson's class has the most members. His class ate ice cream sundaes Oct. 6. He has 13 families who joined. Second was Mrs. Moon's class, Mrs. Zimmerman's and Mrs. Zinck's. Their classes will receive a frozen treat at lunch.

The nurse still needs little people's clothes for when accidents occur and they need to change. Clothes that would fit students in kindergarten through second-grade are most needed. This includes sweats or jeans in good condition your children have outgrown.

Applications for Thanksgiving food boxes and the Christmas holiday program are available in the magazine rack beside the office. Applicants must reside in Nikiski north of Mile 15.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway.

Redoubt Elementary

Contact the school if you have not scheduled a conference for your child. Parent-teacher conferences are a good time to update your child's school information.

Visit the book fair in the library from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday. Proceeds buy library books and other materials.

School picture retakes are today at 9 a.m.

Katy Hickey won the Campbell's Soup label drawing and Nathan Carrico won the Big G box tops drawing.

Walk Our Children to School Day is today. Meet at 8:15 a.m. in the parking lot of O'Neil Hall at the Catholic church. Police and others will walk to school with students and parents and point out safe walking practices. Please wear the reflectors CES passed out. Adults must accompany all students.

The fall fund-raiser was a success, raising about $9,000 for the school.

The following students won gift certificates for selling the most in each grade: Kyra Burns, kindergarten; Kayla Hanson, first grade (who also sold the most schoolwide); Mariah Henson, second grade; Gregory Van Curen, third grade; Taylor Benner, fourth grade; Kayla Charles, fifth grade; and Michael Eskue, sixth grade. The classroom that sold the most was Mrs. Dusek's second grade. Orders should arrive next week.

Sears Elementary

Check the lost and found during conference times. The yellow tubs are overflowing with items found and just waiting to be reclaimed.

The book fair will be going on in the library during conference times. This is a great time to show support for reading. This fund-raiser for the library helps purchase books and pay for authors to visit the school throughout the year.

Tuesday from 11 to 11:45 a.m. the school will have its traditional dress-up parade. Parents are welcome to come join the fun. Remember to dress up, nothing too scary, please.

Picture retakes will be Nov. 2, if you were absent or wish to have your picture retaken.

Halloween is Tuesday. Many children from Sears will carry with them an orange UNICEF collection box. This box is for donations for needy children around the world. If possible, save your pennies and coins and when a child shows up with the UNICEF box just drop them in.

Soldotna Elementary

Be sure to wear your Soldotna Elementary T-shirt or school colors Fridays for Spirit Day. Other upcoming special days include: Nov. 10, Hat day; Dec. 8, Beach Day; and Jan. 12, Number Day.

The book fair is this week during the school day and during parent-teacher conferences Thursday from noon to 8 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Book fair chair Joannie Goodman has lots of great books for everyone in the family.

Walk Our Children to Work is today, sponsored by the Soldotna Police Department. All students accompanied by parents can meet at Sweeney's at 8:15 a.m. and walk to school with other parents and students, Soldotna police and Soldotna city officials. Support safety and the children.

Sterling Elementary

Student council did a great job sponsoring the first Falcon Fun Hour for primary students after school Friday. Staff and parent volunteers made it all possible with the contribution of their own time and efforts.

Picture retakes are today at 1 p.m.

Parents, check with your child's teacher if you have not received information about your scheduled parent-teacher conference. Conferences are between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. Thursday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, unless you made arrangements for a different time.

The book fair is this week. Come in and buy Christmas stocking stuffers.

As the school celebrates Red Ribbon Week, nurse Gracie and the peer mediators remind everyone to stay healthy and drug free.

Laidlaw provided children with valuable information and showed proper ways to ride and exit school buses.

Fire Marshal Gary Hale and the crew from Central Emergency Services came to school and shared safety and fire prevention.

Skyview drama students from Mrs. Zopf's class will visit Tuesday to perform. Skyview provides excellent young adult models for children.

The Sterling PTA created a haunted house for children Tuesday during school hours. The adults had as much fun making it as the kids had going through it.

Tustumena Elementary School

The Laidlaw folks conducted their annual bus safety program for students in kindergarten through second grade for National Bus Safety Week. Some students participated in a local poster contest that brings added awareness to bus safety.

Nurse Jane Feldman visited with the Safety Seal program. Her presentation focuses on appropriate clothing, as well as "do's" and "don'ts" when playing outside during the extended winter season.

The book fair is in the library and continues through Thursday. Books make great gifts for students and teachers. Ask about the Classroom Wish List Program to purchase something for your child's class. The book fair is open today from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The PTO annual cash raffle is under way with a $5,000 grand prize. Stop by the office to buy tickets or call PTO President Judy Johnson at 262-4763 if you want to sell tickets.

Today is the last day to bring in carved and painted pumpkins to display in the lobby for the annual pumpkin carving and painting contest. They will be judged Friday during the Halloween carnival. The grand-prize winner will receive a dog sled ride with a Tustumena 2000 musher.

Kenai Middle School

Picture retakes will be Nov. 1 from 11 to 12:30 p.m. If you wish to have your picture retaken, be sure to return the first packet.

The Red Ribbon Assembly is today from 1:42 to 2:27 p.m. The school will be on club schedule.

Parents should have received a note last week with their conference time listed. If you are not sure when your conference is, call the school. Parents will be scheduled during the following times: Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 9 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Many students will celebrate Tuesday from 12:50 to 2:27 p.m. All students who achieved good grades, passed all classes and followed school rules during the quarter are invited to have food, fun and games to celebrate their successful completion of the first quarter. Parents who would like to help should call the school to volunteer.

The bulletin boards make the school a nicer place for all. Kelly Gifford, Riz Arbelovsky, Kelly Brewer, Kim Navarre, Becky Samora and Miss Eggleston's art students decorated them this month.

Soldotna Middle School

Dairy Queen winners of the week are student Sean Ivanoff and staff members Terry McBee and Tish Hallet.

John Christensen and Holly Klier were awarded "Golden Apples" at the school board meeting. The school is proud of its teachers and staff.

Eighth-grader Kendra Groves spent her weekend in Anchorage with the youth group, performing a radio show on 93.7 FM. They performed two skits, played lots of music and had a talk portion, too.

Kelly Slagill, Shelly Heffner, Carlene Allen and Sam Whidden spent Oct. 12 and 13 at a youth conference in Anchorage.

Nov. 3 from 6 to 8 p.m., the counselors, nurse and librarian will sponsor a Fortnightly. The money raised will help provide food baskets during the upcoming holidays for needy families from the school. The school would like to see many middle school students there to help support the cause. Also, chaperones are needed to host the fortnightly. Call 262-4344 if you can help.

The book fair in the library will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. today and during parent-teacher conferences.

Conferences are Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Kenai Central High School

Parent-teacher conferences will be Thursday in the auditorium commons from 1 to 4 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. Report cards will be handed out.

The 10 student council members who spent last weekend in Juneau attending the fall state student leadership conference had a good time, in spite of the rain. They met other student leaders from around the state, learned more about parliamentary procedure and enjoyed seeing how student government works at the state level.

The fall band concert Monday evening was performed by the middle and high school bands.

The drama department will perform its fall production of "Anne of Green Gables" Nov. 9 through 11 at 7 p.m. and Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. The crew is working hard to put on their performances.

The cross country ski team and the hockey team started practices this week, but it's not too late to sign up.

Good luck to the cheerleaders as they head off to state competition in Anchorage this weekend.

The next Site-Based Council meeting will be Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the staff lounge.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

Thursday parent-teacher conferences are from 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. in the library. Report cards will be given out. Remaining report cards will be mailed Friday.

The football cheerleaders are headed to state competition. The competition will be Friday and Saturday in Anchorage at Bartlett High School.

Financial aid night will be Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. in the library. If you have any questions about SATs or financial aid night, contact the school counselor.

Senior class parents will meet Monday at 7 p.m. to discuss after-graduation party activities.

The mock convention will be from 8 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday in the gym, put on by Mr. Bird's senior government classes. Chris Roofe and Adam Segura provided the presidential wall murals.

The Nikiski drama, debate and forensic team will present an evening of readers theater and dinner on Nov. 10 and 11. It will feature comedy, music and special selections written by Garrison Keillor.

The Nikiski High Dance Troupe urge alumni dance members interested in dancing with other former members to contact Mr. Morin. They will work on a dance to perform in the Nikiski High School dance concert April 27 and 28.

Ninilchik School

Congratulations to Brieanna Leman, Michael Taylor and Peaches Taylor for their winning posters in the Alaska Native Health Calendar Anti-Tobacco Poster Contest.

Mrs. Byrne's seventh-grade students will put on a fall festival of tasty treats, pumpkin carvings and much more for Mrs. Bosick's third- through fifth-grade class.

This week is Red Ribbon Week.

The school thanks the sophomore class for its service project to purchase reflector tape for the elementary students.

The National Honor Society will handle Campbells' Soup labels and Box Tops For Education. Containers will be in all the classrooms and around town, so start saving.

For more information on purchasing a yearbook, contact Mrs. Vadla.

Parent-teacher conferences will be Thursday from 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Report cards will be handed out.

The eighth-graders are raising money to "suspend the principal" during the Citizen of the Month assembly Nov. 2 at 12:40 p.m. Duct tape sells for $1 a yard.

Skyview High School

Congratulations to Glen Fraser and Hanna King for being selected to the Alaska All-State Band. Hanna was selected as the best baritone player in the state.

Skyview sent the largest contingent of delegates of all 80 schools that attended the state student government convention in Juneau recently. The 16 students were instrumental in passing two resolutions: one supporting separate state funding for co-curricular activities and the other opposing the tax cap measure. They attended workshops on ways schools can assist the Special Olympics in Anchorage this winter.

Hockey and Nordic ski practice began Monday. Students still may tryout if they have current physicals on file.

Math tutoring is Monday through Thursday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Randy Sparks.

Parent-teacher conferences will be Thursday from 1 to 7 p.m. Teachers will meet with parents outside classrooms.

The Skyview fall band concert will be 7 p.m. Monday in the commons.

The senior class will meet Nov. 2 concerning orders for graduation materials. Parents will get a schedule of deadlines for ordering items.

The library needs lunch-time volunteers Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. For more information, call librarian Mrs. Dallman at 260-2381.

Soldotna High School

Parent-teacher conferences are Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Parents should pick up their student's report card first and then go to the commons to meet with teachers. Due to the many parents who participate, the school asks that discussions with teachers be limited to about five minutes. If more time is needed, parents are encouraged to make an appointment with the teacher to meet at a more convenient time.

Parents of juniors and seniors should plan ahead for financial aid night Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in the library.

Parents of juniors and seniors will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 13. These meetings are to facilitate parent involvement in an after-prom party and the after-graduation party. Junior parents sponsor the after-prom party and senior parents sponsor the after-graduation party.

Cook Inlet Academy

The turnout of fans to cheer the girls volleyball team's first game in the Skyview tournament was great. Coach Amy O'Dell, a fifth-grade teacher, helped the girls play with skill and enthusiasm.

Students of the Week are Keefe O'Dell, Tanner Fowler, Leah Swan, Amie Smithwick, Kenny McDonald and Sarah Seynei. They were honored for excellence in Bible memorization, academics, friendship and effort.

Parent-teacher fellowship will be 7 p.m. Monday. Teachers will report on the Association of Christian Schools International Statewide Convention and evaluate the new parent-teacher conference schedule.

National Honor Society members meet monthly to discuss group and personal goals. Eric, Brittany, Kristen and Miranda have developed the group goal of building a mentoring program at Cook Inlet Academy because of its positive impact on elementary students. Matched by teachers, a teen and a younger student spend time together. The big brother or sister helps with homework, shares lunch and joins class activities with the little brother or sister. Personal goals for the group include teaching Sunday school to help the church, helping in a kindergarten and helping at the Boys and Girls Club.

CIA students will attend the statewide student leadership conference Tuesday and Nov. 1 and 2 at Victory Bible Camp.

Wings Christian Academy

Wings Christian Academy will have a Fall Harvest Festival at 6 p.m. Friday. There will be carnival games, skits, lots of candy and more. The school still needs bags of candy and baked goods for the cake walk.

The kindergarten class will recite a poem at the festival Friday, titled "Farming."

The first game for the coed volleyball team is at home Monday at 3:30 p.m. The snack bar will be open during the game.

The school yearbook staff recently held a drawing contest for the yearbook cover. Alexus Beatty and Tammy Johanson are the winners. Both their drawings will be shown on the yearbook.

All kindergartners have learned to write their own first names. Soon they will work on their last names and the days of the week.

The parent-teacher fellowship will be Nov. 7.

Office of the week awards go to Troy Consiel and Marcia Dutton.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

Preschoolers will take a field trip to see the mountains from Bridge Access Road this week. They will paint the mountains on their quivers. The traditional Dena'ina painted the mountains like tree triangles with small circles coming out the tip of volcanoes. Bernadine Atchison introduced the children to the quivers last week, showing them the way they were illustrated and how they were used to carry arrows for hunting. The children drew pictures on their quivers and will continue to decorate them.

Maggie Moonin introduced the children to rhythm sticks this week during Dena'ina dance. The sticks help the children learn the beat of the songs.

The second Head Start parent meeting was earlier this week. Melva Duttle introduced the parents to the positive discipline program the staff will be using, titled "Developing Capable Young People." Thanks to all parents who attended.

The Little Bears classroom will visit the Kenai Fire Station this week to tour the facility and see the fire trucks and ambulances up close.

Parents Den gatherings are every Tuesday from 10 to 11 a.m.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

This week everyone will study pumpkins. Each class will cut open a pumpkin, see the seeds and make pumpkin bread.

Science activities will include weighing a pumpkin, counting the lines on a pumpkin and seeing if the pumpkin will float. Each student will get a pumpkin to decorate.

This week's Bible character is Hannah.

For more information, contact Chris at 262-1284.

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