District School News

Posted: Wednesday, October 31, 2001

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The Scholastic Book Fair will run through Thursday.

Family Art Night is Nov. 7 from 6 to 7 p.m.

The veterans' assembly will be Nov. 9 at 8 a.m.

The exhibit and performance of the Reflections art program will be Nov. 13.

Vaccinations will be given Dec. 4.

Mountain View Elementary

Today is Wacky Day. No costumes or make-up, please, but wacky clothing is encouraged.

Mrs. Wannamaker's and Mrs. Cramer's classes are going to Alaska Great Skate today for a celebration.

Mrs. Keating's class enjoyed Pumpkin Day Thursday. They measured, weighed, drew, wrote about, read about and graphed pumpkins. They enjoyed pumpkin pancakes after sequencing the recipe in the correct order.

Students in Mr. and Mrs. Wensley's fourth-grade classes are on the road again. Friday they traveled to Anchorage to visit the Anchorage Daily News facilities and KTUU television studios. Students got to learn from a meteorologist how the weather segment is produced for the daily newscast. Students also learned about the layout, design and assembly of the state's largest newspaper.

Mr. Vedders' class and Jake the Drake celebrated kindness this week. Every time a student observes a kind deed, they get a visit from Jake. When the kindness count chart is full, the class celebrated with a popcorn party. Mr. Dove popped the popcorn, and Mr. Dawson supplied the pop.

Fifth-grade teachers thank the many businesses that donated prizes for the bingo room. It was a huge success with many happy bingo players. Phil Sonnichsen, Michelle Dikes and Mary and Randy Daly put in hard work to benefit Mountain View's fifth-graders.

Nikiski Elementary

The school thanks Nikiski Fire Department Battalion Chief Warren Isham for all the time spent educating students about fire safety this month.

The Nikiski Neighbors Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday basket applications are in the office. The deadline for returning them is Nov. 13.

It is cold outside, and children must dress appropriately every day. Unless the temperature is below 10 degrees, students must go outside for recess. Many students come to school without the proper outside clothing such as boots, mittens, hat, winter coat and snow pants.

Ann Holloway, PTA president, thanks everyone involved in making this year's fall carnival a great success. They include all volunteers, parents and businesses who donated prizes for the raffle.

Mark your calendar for Nov. 11 at 6 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center. The Old-Timers Hockey Challenge will help benefit Special Olympics.

On Nov. 8, Nikiski will hold an immunization clinic. Watch for more information in the monthly newsletter. If you have questions, contact school nurse Elaine Lehl at 776-4136.

PTA is collecting Box Tops for Education this year. Send in your box tops with your children or place them in the collection box in the school office.

North Star Elementary

Twenty-one children from North Star Elementary in Nikiski went on a field trip to McDonald's Oct. 17. They gave Scott and Dena Cunningham, Kenai McDonald's owners, many coffee cans full of money, mostly coins.

After only one week of bringing loose change to school, North Star students raised $335. The Cunninghams had advertised matching any donations made to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund (intended for victims of Sept. 11 attacks) at the Kenai McDonald's by 25 percent. All of North Star's student body worked hard to raise funds.

Each class sent two representatives. When the children arrived at McDonald's, the Cunninghams and Superintendent Donna Peterson greeted them. After presenting the money, the students had ice-cream, sodas and cookies.

The North Star Elementary students thank Mr. and Mrs. Cunningham and Mrs. Peterson, and say "God bless America!"

Redoubt Elementary

Redoubt is offering breakfast of cold cereal and milk. For more information or to help, call Diane at 262-8570.

Parent-teacher conferences will be Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Contact your child's teacher to schedule a conference if you haven't already done so.

Halloween activities today will include a school-wide parade at 2:30 p.m.

Students and staff continue to collect money for the American Red Cross on Fridays.

School picture retakes will be Tuesday.

Congratulations to Big G Box tops drawing winner Bryan Dombovy and Campbell's Soup label drawing winner Claire Gabler.

Lost and found items will be donated to local charities Monday. Check the lost and found now.

Redoubt will offer free Parent-to-Parent classes Tuesday, Nov. 7, 13 and 14. For more information, call nurse Donna.

Patty Dombovy and Monte Roberts are the new parent representatives on the site council.

Redoubt's book fair will be open during conferences.

Top sellers who turned in their orders on time in the fall fund-raising sale were: Jessica Jackson, first grade; Kayla Hanson, second grade; Carlee Drobneck, third grade; Gregory VanCuren, fourth grade; James Petterson, fifth grade and Krikkit Holly, sixth grade. Mrs. Lewis's first grade was the top-selling class.

Congratulations to intramural soccer champions. The top girls' team was the Angels and the boys' winners were the Fireballs.

Sears Elementary

The Halloween parade will be today at 11 a.m. Parents are welcome to watch and share in the fun.

Picture retakes are Nov. 8. Students who missed picture day will have their pictures taken. If you want retakes of your child's picture, send the packet along for the photographer.

The movement and music class is being offered for 3- through 5-year-old students beginning Thursday.

Sears officially kicked off the Box Tops for Education program. Save your box tops from General Mills and Betty Crocker products and send them to Sears.

Check out the October PTA news. It has valuable information about the main office move.

Mrs. Bryson's class has been working with patterns and writing numbers in chocolate pudding.

Mrs. Sorenson's and Mrs. Atchley's classes gave a great performance at family night Monday.

Mrs. Anderson's class has been busy weighing pumpkins and making pumpkin muffins.

Miss Ralston's class has been working on greater, less, adding and take away in math. Students are finishing their water unit and moving on to plants.

The book fair runs through conferences. Profits from the fair support author and artist visits, new books and technology.

Check out the display of book art in the library from artist in residence Susan Joy Share's visit.

Soldotna Elementary

All parents should have received notice of their child's parent-teacher conference. Check the writing done by students throughout the school, including the Soldotna Creek reflections by Ms. Pfitzner's sixth-grade, Mrs. Cox's cinquain poems, Ms. Courtright's monster descriptions and more. Primary beginning writing projects from kindergarten, first and second grades also are displayed so parents and visitors can celebrate student progress in their writing skills.

The school would like to thank fire marshal Gary Hale for his presentations on fire safety to intermediate grade students. In conjunction with fire safety month, Central Emergency Services is presenting puppet shows and classroom discussions to encourage awareness of fire dangers.

Laidlaw bus representatives came to the school and taught bus safety to kindergartners and first- and second-grade students as part of their dedication to children and bus safety. They brought buses to the school, and students were able to practice safe busing in a real bus situation.

Sterling Elementary

Sterling Elementary encourages students to make Halloween a safe holiday.

Ask your child for information about parent-teacher conferences Thursday and Friday. Don't forget the book fair will be in the library during conferences.

The site council will meet Tuesday in the library. PTA will meet next Nov. 8 in the library. Both start at 3:50 p.m.

Winter has arrived, and still many kids come to school not dressed for cold weather. Make sure your child has a hat, gloves and warm coat or snowsuit. Buses do break down occasionally, and children can get cold. If you need warm clothing, contact the school office for help.

Talk to your kids about bus stop behavior. Sometimes students stand too close to the road or in the middle of the road. It is dark and difficult to see them, so help prevent accidents.

On Oct. 19 the Skyview High School health class, taught by Mim McKay, set up in the gym to talk to kids in grades three through six about health. This is the third year of the Skyview Health Fair. The high school students visited earlier to survey their younger counterparts about health issues that interested them. Topics ranged from resistance training and healthy lifestyles to mononucleosis and the dangers of drug and tobacco use.

Tustumena Elementary

The Scholastic Book Fair will be open during parent-teacher conferences.

Conferences will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday. During conferences, the PTO will have a table set up to sell raffle tickets, spirit shirts and hand out complimentary refreshments. Tustumena needs volunteers to sit at the table or contribute cookies. Sign up in the parent room or call Diane Webb at 262-5856 or Lynda lake at 262-1633.

The Harvest Festival Carnival will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. Don't miss the pie eating contest this year. Categories and times are: ages 8-12 are at 6:30 and 7:15 p.m.; ages 13 through 17 at 6:45 and 7:30 p.m.; ages 18 and up are at 7 and 7:45 p.m.; staff at 8 p.m. The entry fee is $2 and prizes are available.

Picture retakes will be Tuesday.

The third annual $5,000 cash raffle is going on now. You could win one of 22 cash prizes, including the grand prize of $5,000. The raffle is limited to 400 tickets costing $50 each. This is the only fund-raiser the PTO does. For more information, to purchase a ticket or to help sell them, call Lynda Blake at 262-1633.

Skyview students visited classrooms encouraging healthy choices during Red Ribbon Week.

Kenai Middle School

Parent-teacher conferences will be Thursday from noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Parents should have received notices scheduling a time for the conference. For more information, call the school at 283-4896.

Eighth-grade students will take a field trip to the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska during the week of Thanksgiving.

Picture retakes will be Monday at 9 a.m. Information is available at the office. Students who want to return pictures need to bring the entire picture package to the photographer that day.

Soldotna Middle School

Jesse Kloote is the October Chamber Student of the Month. Jesse was honored at a luncheon at the Riverside House.

Battle of the Books tryouts will be in less than a month. The teams will be selected before Thanksgiving vacation. Books are on reserve in the library for those wanting to participate.

Scholastic Book Fair runs through Friday. The book fair hours are during parent-teacher conferences.

Mrs. Kiffmeyer's U.S. history classes continue their simulation on Colonial America. They landed in the New World and have been busy hunting, fishing, farming and setting up colonies. Four ships were lost at sea although some passengers survived. The class opened trade with the Native Americans, but many colonies started amongst the Seques, who, after earlier experiences with Spain, are hostile to the English colonists in their area.

Seventh-graders and all new eighth-graders will receive tuberculosis screening tests Monday.

Mrs. Overturf's family and consumer science classes begin studying child development this week. After learning about physical, social, emotional and cognitive development, the eighth-graders will set up a four-day preschool. If you are interested in bringing a 3- to 5-year-old child to the preschool, call Mrs. Overturf at 262-4344.

Parent-teacher conferences are noon to 3 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and 9 a.m. to noon Friday.


Connections' families toured the Pratt Museum in Homer last week. Small groups learned fun things about marine creatures, bears and homesteading. If there is an activity that interests you, let your adviser know, and Connections can set it up.

Remember the continuing Book-It Reading Program. For forms, contact Jane or the Connections' parent e-mail.

The first quarter reports are due Friday. At this time, online reports are not available. Check the Connections Web site and parent e-mail for tips on writing quarterly reports.

Does your student need help with writing skills? Andrew Pudewa will conduct a two-day workshop on teaching and improving writing skills. They will be at Homer Land's End from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Nov. 14 and 15 and Soldotna at Solid Rock Bible Camp from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Nov. 12 and 13. The fee is $50, plus $12 for the workbook. Connections will reimburse the costs from the allotment. This is an opportunity for extra help for your student.

Bill Rolph will give a follow-up four-session writing workshop for parents and students based on Mr. Pudewa's program. To register or receive a syllabus of the two-day workshop, contact Bill at Connec-tions.

Interior Distance Education of Alaska

School pictures will be Tuesday. To schedule an appointment for student or family portraits, call the office at 260-7555 no later than Friday. Portraits will be taken at the IDEA office at the Red Diamond Center. This is an opportunity to get your Christmas pictures done.

Starting this week and continuing through Nov. 9, the library will be closed for inventory and updating. All library materials must be returned as soon as possible. IDEA appreciates the parents' help in getting them back today.

The second half of allotments will be available starting Thursday.

Applications for the District of Columbia Close-Up for High School trip are due Thursday. E-mail carols@ideafamilies.org with your address and phone number so she can send more information.

Several contests are open to students at this time. This includes the Creative Communications' Poetry Contest, closing Dec. 1, and the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, closing Jan. 15.

For more information, go to the Web site at www. galenaalaska.org/idea.

Kenai Central High School

Today Kenai Central has an assembly featuring the volleyball, swim and dive teams, all-state choir students and the cast of this year's fall drama production, "The Wizard of Oz."

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

"The Wizard of Oz" will run from Nov. 8 through 11. Performances start at 7 p.m. except the 3 p.m. matinee Nov. 11.

To order yearbooks this year, call (800) 846-4686. The current price is $50 per book. After December the cost could increase to $75.

The school seeks books for students to read during their silent reading program. If you have any to donate, drop them off.

National Honor Society members offer tutoring in the counseling center after school Tuesdays and Thursdays. Encourage your student to take advantage of their time.

If anyone has any extra ceramic tiles out in the garage, Ms. Bigham's world history class wants them for an art project. To donate them to the school, call 283-7524 or drop them by.

It isn't too early to look at colleges and apply for scholarships. For more information, check the school newsletter or visit with the counselors.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

Parent-teacher conferences will be Thursday from 1 to 4 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Friday there will be a teachers in-service day, and school will be closed.

Basketball cheerleading tryouts are Friday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the auditorium.

Kenai Peninsula College will give the SAT Saturday at 8 p.m. Contact Mrs. Falk in the counseling office if you have not yet registered for it.

The school would like to congratulate these students for receiving a "character cornerstone:" Sasha Aldridge, Steven Davis, Tracy Nightingale, William Haynes, Suzanne Strickland, Samantha Calderwood, Lilly Smith, Steven Whitaker, Brittany Olsen and Tony Aitken. Teachers award students with character cornerstones based on how responsible, friendly, respectful and trustworthy they are.

Ninilchik School

Junior high and high school parents may pick up their child's report card at the office and have conferences with teachers from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday or 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday. Elementary parents should receive an appointment time to meet their child's teacher.

Twelve students in culinary arts helped at the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank for National Volunteer Day. They cleared tables and worked in the warehouse bagging food for emergency boxes.

Tonight at the Halloween Hoot, the Natural Helpers, along with the Ninilchik Traditional Council's Youth Alcohol Prevention Program, will present "Alaskan Jones and the Caves of Alta Mira" haunted house.

The books for the "Battle of the Books" program for all grade levels, are now in their respective classrooms. Students interested in participating should check these books out.

The seventh-grade social studies class has gotten some hands-on experience in archaeology. Each student brought in 10 objects and buried them in different layers of material, replicating a dig site. The boxes were traded and a different student had to dig the objects up.

Mr. Redmond is taking the juniors and seniors to AVTEC in Seward Tuesday.

Skyview High School

Congratulations to the following Skyview students selected for the 2001 All-State Band: Hannah King, Glen Fraser and Casey McConnell.

The following students were selected for the 2001 All-State Honor Choir: Maghan Simpson, alto I; Melissa Smith, alto II, first chair; Christian Rice, tenor II, alternate; and David Thornton, bass II.

"Good job" to the varsity volleyball team for coming home with a first-place trophy in the silver pool at the Service-Diamond Invitational. Volleyball regions will be at Wasilla Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The volleyball team is ranked first in the southern division of the region.

Congratulations to Mark McGarry for being the Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month.

Conferences will be Thursday from noon to 6 p.m.

Soldotna High School

Kenai Public Health nurses will provide a hepatitis A and B shot clinic in the school library Tuesday from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. free of charge. Students in the proper spacing time between doses with a signed permission slip will be allowed to participate. Permission slips are on file already for freshmen who started the series at Soldotna Middle School last spring. For more information, contact nurse Nancy at 260-7033. She is available Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Congratulations to senior Herb Martin, who was named the student ex-officio member of the Soldotna City Council. Herb will take his seat on the council at the Nov. 14 meeting.

Parent-teacher conferences will be in the commons Thursday from noon to 7 p.m. All SoHi parents and guardians are encouraged to attend.

SoHi will be on the regular assembly schedule today. Region swimming, diving and volleyball assembly will be held in the upper pool area at 2 p.m.

The PTSA will hold the annual Holiday Crafts Fair Nov. 10 and 11. For more information, contact Annette Weigle at 260-7570.

For more information about the school, visit www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/sohi.

Cook Inlet Academy

Mrs. Ireland's first-grade visited the Alaska Zoo to round out the zoo unit of math, language and art by counting, alphabetizing and drawing pictures of the animals.

The school would like to thank the "reading parents" in first grade. Students have regular small groups with individual help, resulting in a whole class of intermediate and advanced readers.

Round Robin Harvest Party activities entertained the preschool, first, second and third grades Friday. Miss Becky hosted cookie decorating, Mrs. Ireland gave everyone a new look with face painting, and Mrs. Lyons and Mrs. Rowley hosted games and food.

Librarian Mrs. Beeson reports that the library improvement plan will be financed by the book fair and that volunteers are needed for upcoming projects of building shelves, cataloging and organizing. In addition to the regular check-out and reference books for students, the library provides periodicals free to parents. The free magazines, available in the foyer, have articles on parenting, world news, youth activities and other topics to help parents get a feel for the philosophy and thinking in Christian education.

Grace Lutheran School

Students at Grace Lutheran School are finishing their first quarter this week. Upper-grade students have mastered 60 Latin words. After memorizing the 50 states and their capitals, students are studying the mountain ranges and major bodies of water in the United States.

Eighth-grade algebra students are absolute experts at equations with absolute value. In music, fifth- through eighth-grade students are beginning a study of the instruments of an orchestra.

Primary students think grammar is fun with the Shurley English curriculum.

Third- and fourth-grade students are mastering prepositional phrases, and first- and second-graders are experts at the article adjectives. Their "trip" around the world continues. They are visiting India, the home of tigers.

Allan Wentzlaff and Dailee Cooper passed their addition facts tests.

Mercedes Norris and Anders Pokryfki are excited to be reading "real"books. All students wrote letters to pen pals in Wisconsin, telling them about life in Alaska. Students of the school and church sang during Reformation Celebration worship services Sunday.

Grace Lutheran School is one block off Kalifornsky Beach on Ciechanski Road. For more information on the school, call 283-9551.

Wings Christian Academy

Wings had its first honor roll trip for first quarter. A and B honor roll students went to Solid Rock Bible Camp and played in the hay tunnel and had a cookout.

The following students made it into the 1,000's club: Kelsey Jose, Naomi Pettey, Jessica Saunders and Brandon Saunders. The 1,000's club is an achievement when the student makes 10 100 percents on their pace tests.

The Wings junior high girls' basketball team is doing well and next plays at 6 p.m. Thursday at Ninilchik. It also has a game at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Peters Creek and at 6:30 p.m. at Cornerstone. Wings will play Ninilchik Monday at 4:30 p.m.

Several students at Wings have perfect attendance for two months. They are Zack Bargar, Jessica Boutwell, Joel Consiel, Troy Consiel, Tara Dunbar, Leah Howell, Melissa Newton, Julianne Pettey, Naomi Pettey, Brandon Ruffridge, Megan Ruffridge and Eben Spilman.

Several students have been studious and finished their homework and goals for the past two months. Those include Megan Ruffridge, Ali Thompson, Brandon Ruffridge and Eben Spilman.

Denim days were awarded to Joel and Troy Consiel, and nonuniform days were awarded to Marcia and Isaac Dutton.

The Cleanest Desk of the Week Award goes to Jacob Sutton.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

Children will celebrate the changing of seasons with a fall harvest party today. Various centers and activities will be set up in the three classrooms, and the children can spend time at each station.

A group of returning Head Start students will perform Dena'ina dance songs today at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center during their Halloween party.

Head Start staff and families would like to thank the Kenai firefighters who visited last week, talking to children about fire safety, having a home escape plan and "stop, drop and roll."

Chiropractor Carolyn Snowder brought "Mr. Bones" to Head Start earlier this week. She showed children all the bones in a skeleton and talked about keeping bones healthy.

The Head Start staff sends a big, "chiginik" to Salamatof Native Association for funding its trip to Anchorage last week to participate in a team building seminar with renowned Native American speaker Howard Rainier.

The second annual Kenaitze Head Start gala fund-raiser is set for Dec. 1 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Bull Don and the Moose Nuggets will provide dance music during the evening. Tickets are $25 and participants should bring a gift for a 3- to 5-year-old boy or girl. For more information, call 283-7864.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

Congratulations to this week's helpers Sloan, William, Hannah and Mason. These students do a great job of being line leaders and passing out papers.

The 3-year-old class is continuing the study of pumpkins and harvesting. Students had fun sorting out candy for graphing. Of course, they got to eat the candy at the end of the project.

The 4-year-old class is studying the letter "h" this week. They also will study harvesting. Students will make a cat using the paper-tear technique. This will give the cats the furry look.

Students have been learning new games in the gym. They learned to balance on one foot, hop with both feet together and skip. Group play has included duck duck goose, the farmer in the dell and the mulberry bush.

The harvest parties will be Tuesday and Wednesday at 12:30 p.m.

To have information published in Schools, send a description of the event or accomplishment to Shana Loshbaugh at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611. Information will be accepted by e-mail at clarion@alaska.net or by fax at 283-3299. The deadline for submission is Thursday at 5 p.m.

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