Around the district

Posted: Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Essay contest begins

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 in Soldotna is sponsoring the national Veterans of Foreign Wars Patriots Pen essay competition. Students in grades seven and eight are eligible to enter.

Participants are to write a 300 to 400 word essay on the theme Who Are Today's Patriots? The deadline for entry is Nov. 1.

Home school students are encouraged to participate. For complete information and entry forms, interested students may contact their school or call 283-0655.

VFW Ladies Auxiliary sponsors art contest

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary of the Jerry V. Horn Memorial Post No. 10046 will sponsor the Young American Creative Patriotic Art Awards. The contest was developed as a way to encourage high school students to use their artistic talents to express their patriotism.

Students in grades nine through 12, including home school students, are eligible to participate.

Artwork, including digital art entries, must be submitted on paper or canvas. Discs or CDs will not be accepted. Watercolor, pencil, pastel, charcoal, tempera, crayon, acrylic, pen-and-ink or oil may be used. Artwork must be matted but not framed and not smaller than 8- by 10-inches or larger than 18- by 24-inches, not including the mat.

Monetary awards will be given at the school level, with the overall winner from the Kenai Peninsula to receive an additional award. The first-place winner will have his or her entry sent to the state judging level. The first-place state winner then will move on to the national level, where the first-place prize is $10,000, a jacket, plaque and airfare and two nights lodging to attend the 2006 Ladies Auxiliary National Convention in Reno, Nev.

The entry deadline is Dec. 2. For more information, call Billie at 283-9443 or visit

Aurora Borealis Charter

Eighth graders Alex Kaufman and Will McDermid narrated a Powerpoint presentation featuring assessment scores, goals, curriculum, parental involvement and academic competitions for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education on Oct. 17.

The Polar Bear robotics team of Maya Chay, Marquee Lucas, Dillon Ball, Alex Kaufman, Zac Kooly, Logan Haralson, Renetta Hensler, Jacqueline Pepper and Delissa Severson received the Spirit of Youth Award Nomination Certificate from the board of education. The team performed a skit demonstrating its robotic lift which was designed to improve wheelchair and handicap accessibility to the Kenai River for fishing.

Also on Oct. 17, the sixth-, seventh- and eighth-graders went to the Kenai Playhouse to view "Brother's Journey," a video depicting the first wagon train crossing the Sierra Nevada Mountains through Sonora Pass to the California gold fields. Author and performer Mark Stoltenberg was available to talk with students.

Last Thursday the junior high students celebrated the end of the quarter by navigating the Solid Rock Bible Camp hay maze tunnel and cooking lunch over a campfire.


The school continues to enroll students. For more information, call the office at 714-8880.

Picture retakes are from 3 to 4 p.m. today at Magic Moments Studio in Soldotna.

The office will be closed Friday for in-service meetings.

Kenai Peninsula College will host a Career Day for grades 10 through 12 from 8:30 to 11:15 a.m. Nov. 4. Workshop packets are available at the office. The deadline to return packets to KPC Career Services is Monday.

The Alaska Statehood Celebration Commission is having a statewide logo competition. For more information, visit or call Patricia Swenson at 907-269-8108.

The Imaginarium in Anchorage will have home school "Electric Earth" workshops Nov. 9 for preschool through grade six. Preregistration is required. Call (907) 343-0625 for more information and to register.

McDonald's peelers are available in the Soldotna office. Visit the school's Web site at for more information or call the office at 714-8880.

The school would like to thank those who participated and helped make the Solid Rock hay tunnel and bonfire successful.

Cook Inlet Academy

The honor choir performed in Homer last Tuesday under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Carter. The program consisted of classical and love songs, tongue twisters and African village music. Alyse Cialek, Claire Rowley, Kelsey White, Marcus Brown, Spencer McAuliffe and Jake Zufelt participated.

Students of the Week are Mikala Mudrick, Jeffrey McNutt, Hilary Domke, Kaitlyn Barkman, Krikkit Holly, Trevor Bagley, David Reischach, Jacob Boudreaux and Reece O'Dell.

Kenny Leaf is the new secondary science teacher. His students are classifying plants and animals, discovering how compounds and molecules are formed, analyzing the organ systems of the human body and studying thermal energy and heat. The parents and staff welcome him.

The volleyball team has a home game today with Unalaska and plays Thursday through Saturday at Nikolaevsk.

The wrestling team has meets with Anchorage Christian Schools on Friday and Saturday.

The junior high basketball teams have home games Friday and Saturday with Seldovia.

Parent-teacher conferences are Thursday and Friday.

There will be no school Friday.

Grace Lutheran

The children are studying the story of Joseph being sold into slavery by his brothers.

In seventh and eighth grade American history the children are learning about the West and how it changed after the Civil War.

The fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders are studying about cells in life science. Students are looking at cell membranes, nucleus, cytoplasm and chromosomes. They also are learning the difference between a plant cell and an animal cell.

This week concluded the first quarter. Parent-teacher conferences are tonight and Thursday night.

At the Friends of Grace Lutheran school gathering the upper grades performed the play "The Stolen Pumpkins." The staff said the students devoted a lot of time and hard work putting the program together. The children also put together the pumpkins for the program with paper mache and painted them. The staff said they enjoyed the performance and would like to congratulate the children for their hard work.


The school is accepting enrollment through Friday. Call the office in the Red Diamond Center or call 260-7555.

There is space available for fourth- through sixth-graders in the Math Olympiads. The club is designed to help children learn and apply problem-solving strategies and build thinking skills while exploring math problems. The club will meet from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Nov. 2. Call Janice for more information at 260-7555.

There will be an open house for the school's families at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai on Nov. 2. Parents are encouraged to attend and learn about the educational opportunities available. Call the office for more details.

Parents are encouraged to stop by the school office and pick up the Book It certificate for October and to help the office decorate its tree of reading by adding a leaf with a favorite book title and your name to the tree. Many students have been doing a lot of reading and the tree has gained many new leaves.

The November parent in-service theme is "Where in the World." Parents are encouraged to bring their students in grades kindergarten through eight to learn more about geography Nov. 15 at Solid Rock Bible Camp. Activities for students and information for the parents will be available. Call Debbie to register at 260-7555.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences

Today is Red Ribbon Day. Students and staff will wear red ribbons to celebrate being drug free.

The book fair is open. Parents are encouraged to stop by to see the book selection. It will be open through Monday.

In science lab the students are creating "new stuff" through chemical changes. This week they are making slime and "worms."

There will be no school Thursday and Friday due to parent-teacher conferences. Parents should call the office with questions concerning your student's scheduled day and time.

The Fall Harvest parade will begin at 11 a.m. Monday. It is open to the public.

The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Nov. 10.

Nov. 11 is Veteran's Day and is a vacation day for staff and students.

The Academic Policy Committee, the governing board of a charter school, will meet at 4 p.m. Nov. 14.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The 21st Century grant coordinator Tammy Hanle, and parent liaison Rose Beardsley invite parents to visit during conferences in the conference room behind the main office.

Hanley, Beardsley and Chris Granger would like to thank Lena Batt and her family for helping with setting up and cleaning at the open house.

The PTA fall carnival will begin at 1 p.m. Saturday. The public is invited to attend. Volunteers are needed to help with booths and cleanup. For more information or to volunteer, call a PTA member.

First-graders completed an animal unit. Students finished and edited animal books that they wrote using animal facts they learned. In math students are writing number sentences, counting numbers to 20 and practicing double facts to 10. The first-graders' next unit will be titled "Our Neighborhood at Work. "

In Mr. Daniel's class the students reviewed numbers, days of the week and colors in German. The class is glaze-firing volcano bowls. The class would like to thank Mrs. Beardsley for sharing her dinosaur fossils and Mr. McBee for donating three geode rocks. The students said they are looking forward to cracking the rocks open and looking inside.

Kenai Central High

Tonight there is a hockey booster club meeting in the faculty lounge at 6. Anyone interested in helping with the hockey program is invited to attend.

The volleyball region tournament is Thursday through Saturday at Soldotna High School. Everyone is encouraged to come out and support the volleyball players as they try to earn a return trip to the state tournament.

The National Honor Society will meet at noon Thursday in Mrs. Herring's room.

On Friday the University of Alaska Anchorage band will perform with area high school bands at from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.

Friday also is the annual Career Day at Kenai Peninsula College. Students interested in attending should make arrangements with Mr. Lillevik.

Activities for the week:

Thursday — Varsity hockey against North Pole at 5:30 p.m.;

Friday — Varsity hockey against Dimond at 8 p.m., junior varsity hockey against Homer at 4 p.m. at Kenai and state swimming at Bartlett; and

Saturday — Varsity hockey against Soldotna at 6 p.m., state swimming at Bartlett and wrestling at Homer.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

The Ravens and Eagles classes are continuing to learn about families. The students also are doing projects for Halloween. It is Fire Safety Month and the class will learn what to do in case of a fire.

The Moose and Bear classes have been doing art projects. The students made a pumpkin patch from torn paper, handprint spiders and footprint bats. The children said their favorite book this week was "The Very Busy Spider." Firemen Jason and Mark from the Kenai Fire Department visited the classes and taught fire safety.

The Whales and Salmon classes also are learning about families. The students learned the Dena'ina words for grandfather (chada) and grandmother (chuda). The children are learning how people and animals prepare for winter. Active Play with Miss Karen has been a part of the daily schedule. The students are learning how to rotate through centers, which help promote better motor skills.

Kenai Middle

The school continues to collect General Mills box tops. There is a drawing every Friday. The winner receives a $1 coupon to the school store.

Students who have borrowed money for lunch and haven't paid it back need to do so as soon as possible. The school will not be able to loan any more until the debit is paid.

The annual Book Fair will continue through Friday's conferences in the library. Parents are encouraged to stop by and look at the selection of books.

Parent-teacher conferences are from noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday. A scheduled time will be sent home with your student. For more information, call 283-4896.

The after-school tutorial program for students who need extra academic help will start Nov. 8. The program will enable approximately 30 students to stay after school for one hour, three nights per week. A bus will provide transportation to six locations in the community. Parents interested in having their student in the program may call their child's teacher.

The annual magazine drive ends Friday. Orders need to be returned to the school. Proceeds will be used to support the after-school tutor program.

Mountain View Elementary

The book fair will be open during parent-teacher conferences. Parents are encouraged to stop by.

Today is Wacky Day.

Students in Mrs. Keating's fifth grade class are presenting their explorer reports. Students have constructed life-size models of explorers, made maps of their exploration and wrote a report of their adventures.

Mrs. Cramer and Mrs. Wannamaker's classes will travel to Solid Rock Bible Camp's hay maze today. They will leave at 12:15 and return around 3 p.m. This is in conjunction with their Tall Tale unit.

Mrs. Heath's class would like to thank the staff at Solid Rock Bible Camp and the parent chaperones for helping make their trip to explore the hay maze and cook lunch over a campfire fun.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High

Red Ribbon Week continues through Friday.

Senior graduation orders are due today in the counseling office.

Parent-teacher conferences will be held from noon to 4 p.m. and from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

A seniors parent meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday in the library. The topic will be graduation activities and the parent-sponsored after-graduation party. Parents and seniors are encouraged to attend. For more information, call Mrs. Falk in the counseling office.

Dates to remember:

Friday — Parent-teacher conferences will be held by appointment only from 8 a.m. to noon, boys and girls varsity wrestling at ACS Invitational at 4 p.m., girls junior varsity volleyball against Heritage Christian at 5 p.m. and girls varsity volleyball against Heritage Christian;

Saturday — Boys and girls varsity wrestling at ACS Invitational at 1 p.m., girls varsity volleyball against Grace Christian at noon and girls junior varsity volleyball against Grace Christian;

Monday — Practice for boys and girls varsity cross-country skiing, boys and girls middle school basketball competition season begins and

Tuesday — School board-sponsored "Community Conversation on Competency Based Education" at 7 p.m.

For times and locations of activities, call the school.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

The site council meets the first Tuesday of every month.

The PTA meets the first Thursday of every month.

The school's parent volunteer preschool learning themes this month are "My Family" and "Community." The groups are planning a field trip to the Nikiski Fire Station No. 1 at 9 a.m. Friday. Beginning Nov. 4 they will explore the five senses.


The school is beginning a unit on nutrition and the human body. Students are encouraged to bring items about those topics to share Thursdays.

November Book It goals will be sent home Monday with the weekly newsletter. Parents are asked to call the office if they have questions.

Students of the week are kindergartner Claire Merrill for improvement in reading, first-grader Josiah Luze for improvement in math and second-grader Athena Robinson for exhibiting good study habits.

Beginning Tuesday, kindergarten students will take reading books home each evening. Parents are reminded that books need to be returned the next morning in their protective bag.


Parent-teacher conferences are Thursday and Friday. The school's goal is to have all parents attend. Parents who do not have a conference scheduled are asked to call their child's teacher today.

The Halloween parade with be at 2:30 p.m. Monday in the gym. Parents are welcome. Students are asked not to wear costumes to school. They will be given an opportunity to change into them prior to the parade. All costumes must be appropriate for school.

The Scholastic Book Fair will be open in the library during conferences from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday.

Central Emergency Services presented fire prevention puppet shows and did classroom visits last week. The school would like to thank Burn-ee and E.D.I.T.H. the clowns, the Fire Buster puppets and Lin Baker.

Picture retakes has been changed to Nov. 3.

Families who need help this holiday season are asked to call Mr. Pothast no later than Dec. 2. All information submitted is confidential. Individuals who would like to donate funds or volunteer to help may call Mrs. Horton at 262-9006.

The school will sponsor a canned food drive Nov. 1through 30. All nonperishable food items collected will be given to the school's families and the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

Ridgeway Montessori

The school would like to thank parents for a successful open house Monday.

Students continue to study Australia this week. The children will hear native music, make Aboriginal dot art and read about Australian animals.

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

The school will be open during parent-teacher conferences Thursday and Friday. Alumni are welcome to attend. Call 262-2699 for more information.

Sears Elementary

Mrs. Atkinson's kindergartners are sponsoring their annual schoolwide UNICEF collections (children helping children around the world). Half the money donated will go to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. Families and community members are asked to donate money in the orange UNICEF boxes as students trick-or-treat on Halloween night or anywhere collection boxes are located.

The Book Fair will be open through Monday. Parents are encouraged to stop by and check out the book selection.

In science lab students are creating "new stuff" through chemical changes. This week they are making slime and "worms."

Today is Red Ribbon Day

There will be no school Thursday and Friday.

The Fall Harvest parade will be at 11 a.m. Monday.

Skyview High

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

Mandy from George Fox University will be available to speak with seniors at 12:41 p.m. Nov. 2 in the library.

Dates to remember:

Friday — The hockey team will play Houston at 5:45 p.m., swimming and diving regions at Palmer and the volleyball team will be at Houston; and

Saturday — The hockey team plays Wasilla at 5:15 p.m., swimming and diving regions continue in Palmer and the volleyball teams plays at Wasilla.

The following students have been selected for All-State Band and Choir: Becky Kilfoyle, clarinet; Elske Berends, alto I; Jason Kincaid, bass I; and Britton Anderson, first alternate timpani.

Borough Honor Choir members are Elske Berends, Michelle Martin, Lucas Thein, JM Revis and Jason Kincaid.

The National Honor Society hosted a craft fair at Soldotna Middle School in conjunction with Community Schools. The NHS students selected crafts and worked with more than 100 elementary, middle and preschool children from the community Oct. 15. The NHS hosts the fair so children can have an opportunity to create make-it and take-it crafts.

Kenai Peninsula College Career Day is open to juniors and will be held Nov. 4. Deadline for permission and bus slips is Tuesday.

Soldotna High

The Shining Stars, a program to encourage students to maintain good attendance and to participate in school activities, awarded the following students prizes: Holden Hollenberg, a Montana State University hooded sweatshirt and water jug; Lyla Marey, a 13-inch color TV and DVD player; Reuben Norman a $25 gift pack; and Tanya Almaraz a $25 gas card.

Senior ad space is available in the yearbook. Letters with details were mailed to parents of seniors.

Conferences are scheduled from noon to 3 p.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

There will be no school Friday.

The annual PTSA-sponsored craft fair is Nov. 12 and 13 in the commons. Call Annette Weigle at 260-7570 or Karin Williamson at 262-2892 for more information.

Soldotna Middle

Yearbooks are for sale. The cost is $20 before Christmas or $25 after Christmas. Pay at the office. The yearbook staff would like to have students submit pictures of their out-of-school activities for a two-page spread. Pictures may be submitted to Mr. Gustkey or e-mailed to him as an attachment to Also, students are encouraged to submit a design for the yearbook cover. It should be on a 8.5-by-11-inch paper. The design should be in black ink. Entries should be submitted to Mr. Gustkey by Thanksgiving.

Parents who had a student in an art class during first quarter are reminded to come to parent-teacher conferences to see their work on display in an informal art show. Artwork must be picked up at that time.

Competition basketball teams are being posted today. Games begin next week.

Dylan Allen brought in the biggest leaf for the library contest.

The staff has been preparing for parent-teacher conferences. Conferences are from noon to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday.

The PTA is sponsoring a book fair in the library during conference times.

Soldotna Montessori Charter

The Academic Policy Committee, the governing board of a charter school, will meet tonight at 6 in Room 412 at the school. The agenda for the meeting is posted on the school Web site, in the office and on the hall bulletin board. Parents are welcome to attend.

Kindergarten through second grade students interested in participating in the Battle of the Books program should attend the Nov. 14 meeting. Participants will meet Mondays during lunch with a parent volunteer to prepare for the unofficial competition. Parents interested in having their child participate should complete a permission form or call their teacher. Official lists of the required books are in the school office and available through area book stores and libraries.

Conferences will be Thursday and Friday. Schedules are posted in the hall outside the office. Parents who need an alternate conference time should speak with the teacher to schedule a time.

Sterling Elementary

The school is hosting a book fair through Thursday at 5 p.m. Proceeds will support the purchase of new books for the library. The book fair is offering books for young children through adults. It is open to the public.

Conferences start today after school and continue through Thursday afternoon. Parents are asked to call Mrs. Mahan at the office if they are unable to keep the appointment and need to reschedule.

Monday is Halloween and the PTA is sponsoring its annual trunk-or-treat event in the parking lot from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Donations of candy are being accepted to support the event. Parents and students are reminded that costume props involving guns, knives or other weapons (real or fake) are not permitted on school grounds, even though trunk-or-treating is after school hours.

TB tests will be given by Nurse Betty on Tuesday. Students in kindergarten and those who are new to the district since last spring will need a test.

Central Emergency Services will visit Nov. 3 to do a performance for students about fire safety.

Nov. 4 is Crazy Hair Day. Nov. 4 also will be the day for Students of the Month and Bus Riders of the Month pizza lunch for September and October.

Falcon Fun Night for children in grades four through six also will be held Nov. 4.

Tustumena Elementary

Picture retakes are today at the school. Families are asked to return the original picture packet or a purchase envelop if this is their first picture opportunity of the year.

The school's annual book fair fund-raiser which supports the library is scheduled in conjunction with parent-teacher conferences Thursday and Friday. Ms. Thompson is extending the book fair through Tuesday.

On Monday classroom Halloween parties will be held during the last hour, an awards assembly for the PTO-sponsored spooky stories and pumpkin carving contests will be held at 1:30 p.m. and the kindergarten through third grade costume parade will follow the assembly. Parents are invited to attend all events.

Jim and Nancy Russell will coordinate the trunk-or-treat event from 6 to 8 p.m. in the school's parking lot Halloween evening. Families wishing to participate are asked to bring candy. Costumes are encouraged and children will have an opportunity go trick-or-treating from car to car. For more information, call the Russell's at 262-5291.

Wings Christian Academy

Mickelle Waters won the cleanest desk for the Learning Center and Victoria Grant won for the kindergartners.

In volleyball, the Eagles team won its first match against Banner.

The volleyball tournament took place last Friday.

As a result of the triathalon fund-raiser, the school bought a new ping-pong table.

Basketball practices have started and are held from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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 Friday at noon for publication in the following Wednesday's paper. For information, call 283-7551.

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