School news around the district

Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2000

Aurora Borealis Charter

This week Aurora Borealis had its open house and progressive dinner. While parents ate various dinner courses in different classrooms, they were briefed by staff members about the school's academic program. These included Saxon Math, Riggs Reading, Shurley Grammar, Futurekids Technology, Adventures in Art, and Greek and Latin. Parents also were told how the school, as a charter school, differs from regular public schools.

Bill Severson's third- and fourth-grade class held a medieval festival Monday. The students put on a feast and played medieval activities and games.

Mrs. Phillips' fifth- and sixth-grade class dissected cow eyes and a pig's lung in human anatomy.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Picture retakes are today.

The blood tests for lead are Thursday, Nov. 2. Call the school at 262-1463 for details.

Veterans will visit the school Monday. Remember that Veterans Day is Nov. 11.

The PTA will do another fund-raiser from Friday through Nov. 13. They will sell gourmet cookie dough. More information will go home soon about it.

Mountain View Elementary

The school thanks all parents who attended parent-teacher conferences.

Nurse Marji Campbell is sending individual notes home to students to let parents know if their child will need hepatitis A and B immunizations. For more information, call her at 283-6148.

Mr. and Mrs. Wensley's classes traveled to Anchorage and toured the Anchorage Daily News to learn about how the newspaper is produced. The tour included behind the scenes information about how the paper is formatted and printed, and they learned information about the varied occupations at the newspaper. The class also visited the KTUU News station. The news team described their work and gave the students background information about how the news show is produced. Students were able to see how the maps used in the weather forecast are made, as well as watch a "teaser" being filmed.

Nikiski Elementary

The annual PTA sponsorship of the Reflections Program is under way. This program encourages students to create works of art in literature, musical composition, photography and visual arts such as drawing, painting, print making and collage. This year's theme is "It Would be Really Strange If ..." Students interested in entering works should contact Mr. Hufford, Mrs. Hufford or Mrs. Jones for entry forms or more information. All entries are due Dec. 13.

The school thanks the many families who participated in the QSP magazine fund-raiser again this year. If you have questions about the program, contact Karla Smith at 776-4132.

The PTA's annual carnival was a great success, thanks to many for their time, dedication, donations of candy and cakes and contributions from the community.

North Star Elementary

Picture retakes will be Thursday starting at 11 a.m.

The lost and found bin is getting full. If your child has lost an item remind him or her to look in the bin. Items not claimed by Friday will be given to charity.

Sears Elementary

Picture retakes will be Thursday if you were absent or need your picture retaken.

The school thanks everyone who stopped by the book fair. This is a great way to support reading as well as all the wonderful things the library does throughout the year.

Box tops -- are you saving them? The school still wants box tops. Drop off the tops you've saved in the special box in the office.

Mark your calendar, the first fun fest of the year will be Nov. 9. More information will be sent home in your child's folder.

The dropping off and picking up of children is running smoothly this year. The staff thanks parents for not blocking the bus lane or other cars. Continue to use the marked parking spots to park your vehicles.

Soldotna Elementary

Students participated in "Walk Our Children to School" with city officials and members of the Soldotna Police Department. Chief of Police Shirley Warner discussed safe walking with students and parents at Sweeney's parking lot. Then she led everyone to the school, where the PTA provided hot chocolate and the police provided cookies. Students Joe Shirley, Colton Carroll, Spencer Tachick, Emily Rick and Jaysonn Leach won prizes. The school thanks the PTA, safety coordinator Jane Feldman, Chief Warner and the Soldotna police, parents, students and Soldotna city officials for their participation.

Congratulations to the bus safety contest winners Kaili Sholin, Zach Michl, Ashley Schrader, Ashlea Ansel and Hannah Morgan. Their posters are on display at Burger King, and they will get a free meal for their winning artwork.

The outstanding students for September and October are Michael Knight and Iris Shangin. They each receive a $50 savings bond from the Soldotna Elks Club, Lodge No. 2706, and a pizza party for their class. The school thanks the Elks for sponsoring this award.

Fun Buck winners for the week are Deserae Kirch, James Gomez, Reed McConnell and Rachael Maryott. The school thanks all "wolf cubs" for their random acts of kindness.

Tustumena Elementary School

The Fire Prevention Puppet Show presentations will be Thursday for kindergarten through grade three and Friday for grades four through six.

The school thanks Safety Seal for visiting kindergarten through second-graders. Safety Seal will return in late November.

The Skyview health class visited grades four through six to survey topics of interest for the Health Fair.

Kenai Middle School

Picture retakes are today from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The school thanks all the parents who took the time to attend conferences last week. Your support is appreciated.

Kenai Alternative High School

Kenai Alternative High School will hold its 10th annual Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 13. Anyone wishing to donate items for the dinner should contact the school at 283-7844.

Kenai Central High School

An assembly today celebrates the region volleyball and swimming meets this weekend. Congratulations to the cheerleading squad for performing well at state competition.

Those extra cars in the KCHS parking lot this weekend will belong to people attending the region volleyball meet. Game times will be 1, 3, 5 and 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 9 and 11 a.m. and 3 and 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

The academic banquet will be Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the cafeteria for students who earned a grade point average of 3.5 or more last spring. Judge Dave Landry is the guest speaker. It is a potluck dinner, so bring a dish.

The drama department presents its fall production, "Anne of Green Gables." This family show reminds us of a time gone by and celebrates the imagination. Make plans to see it Nov. 9, 10 or 11 at 7 p.m. or Nov. 12 at 3 p.m. in the KCHS auditorium. For more information, call Shona DeVolld at 283-2119.

A representative from Eastern Washington University will meet with students in the counseling center Nov. 8 at 10 a.m.

Class meetings will be Tuesday. Look for information about Thanksgiving baskets and the canned food drive.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

Character Cornerstones are awards for students who are good citizens and treat others with respect. Congratulations to the following winners: Justin Vance, Seth Tauriainen and Brett Alleman for trustworthiness; Travis McGahan, Travis Little and Salley Stephens for responsibility; Christine Strickland, Josh Ball and Jeremiah Taylor for respect; and Cody McLaury and Nick Russell for kindness.

Basketball cheerleader tryouts are at 2:45 p.m. today in the auditorium.

Nov. 9, there will be drama rehearsal after school, and Nov. 10 and 11 the drama presentation takes place.

Financial aid night is Nov. 13 in the library. An Alaska student loan representative will be present and scholarship information available. The next SAT sign-up deadline date is Dec. 22. The test will be Jan. 27. For more information on financial aid night or SAT test dates, contact the school counselor.

Ninilchik School

Ninilchik School celebrated Red Ribbon Week last week with lots of activities for students. The school would like to thank Mrs. Terry Leman and nurse Pam for their support and help in the program.

See Mrs. Vadla to purchase one of the 23 yearbooks left. Cost is $47.

The volleyball team, school and community would like to thank Unocal for its donation to replace the outdated volleyball equipment.

Since not many people signed up for flu shots to be given at school, the public health nurse invites you to get shots through them Nov. 8.

Mrs. Byrne's seventh-grade class will show its spirit by sharing and participating in Operation Christmas Child.

The kindergarten through 12th-grade assembly will be Thursday at 12:40 p.m. The school will "suspend the principal." Duct tape will be sold for $1 per yard.

School picture retakes are Monday morning.

Skyview High School

The senior class meeting will be Thursday to receive information regarding graduation orders. Orders will be taken Monday and Tuesday at school. After that, they may be mailed in. Deadline is Nov. 30.

The financial aid meeting will be Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in the library.

The annual canned food drive will begin Monday and go for two weeks. The student council has class competitions and other incentives for reaching the goal of 5,000 food items. Please be generous when students approach you for donations.

Friday Mrs. Zopf's drama students will visit Kalifornsky Beach Elementary to perform.

Skyview is starting peer tutoring for students who need help with assignments. A group of 18 students, Natural Helpers and National Honor Society members, received training in task analysis, instructional design and direct instruction from Mr. Andrews Tuesday. Mr. Andrews once directed this program at Kenai Middle School. The tutors will be available during seventh hour Thursdays, during classes and after school. Students wanting tutor help may contact Mrs. Lawyer in the counseling department.

Indoor soccer open gym is Wednesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Soldotna Middle School gym.

Soldotna High School

An assembly today honors the volleyball, swimming and diving teams as they head into region competition. The swim team is looking for its 20th region title. The school sends good luck.

The wrestlers of the week for Oct. 16 through 20 were Zack Boll and Jared Carlson.

Financial aid night is Monday at 7 in the library. All parents of seniors are encouraged to attend. The counselors will give out information and ideas to help plan for continuing education budgets.

Final picture retakes will be Nov. 8 during first and second periods. Any student who did not have a yearbook picture taken or did not get a student ID must have their picture taken that day, the last opportunity this year.

Parents of juniors and seniors will hold two separate meetings Nov. 13 at 7 p.m. The juniors will be in the faculty lounge, and the seniors in the library. These are organizational meetings for the after-prom party and the after-graduation party. All parents of juniors or seniors are encouraged to attend.

For more information about activities, call activities director Sharon Moock at 260-7024 or check the Web at

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the Week are Chloe Nelson, Bryce Horton, Dylan Webb, Cody Munn, Scotty Litchfield and Cory Vierck. Congratulations to Justin, Stephen, Chet, Luke and Jacob for their courage.

Good books were on the agenda for week nine in Mrs. White's classes. Eleventh- and 12th-graders studied "The Red Badge of Courage;" eighth-graders studied "Anne of Green Gables" and seventh-graders read "Treasure Island."

The language program uses the Shurley Method, which successfully teaches language skills to students with different learning abilities and those with English as a second language. "See It, Hear it, Say It, Do It," exercises meet auditory, visual and kinesthetic learning styles. The Shurley Method uses a concrete set of questions to teach students how all the parts of a sentence fit together, giving them a clear picture of how to write complete sentences.

The annual fall banquet will be Nov. 13. Pumpkins, hard hats, tool aprons, Lincoln logs, birdhouses, saw horses, caution tape, metal lunch boxes and thermos bottles are needed. Contact Tamara at 283-5101.

Wings Christian Academy

This quarter, every upper learning center student has achieved the high goal of attaining at least 100 percent on their tests. They celebrated by going out for pizza and ice cream.

The girls junior high basketball team will play Corner Stone at Wasilla Middle School Friday at 6 p.m. and Pacific at Pacific Northern at a time to be announced. Monday there is a home game with Cook Inlet Academy at 4 p.m. Come and cheer on your team.

A parent-teacher fellowship will be Tuesday at the school.

The kindergarten class did an excellent job reciting its poem during the fall festival recently. In a couple more weeks they will have learned all the letters of the alphabet.

September's diligent Campbell's Soup label winner is Megan Ruffridge.

The school has a contest called "quiz 'em" once a month. Students are quizzed on questions of the last four week's chapel services. The winners of the quiz 'em this month are Melissa Newton and Alexis Beady.

The two cleanest students of the week are Brandon Burger and Joel Consiel.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

Head Start preschoolers celebrated Halloween with a party Tuesday, with special activities in both classrooms. The school appreciates help from all the parents.

Miss Bernadine and Miss Maggie will bring in a moose hide, hair, bones and other internal parts of a moose for the children to touch and see. The Dena'ina word for moose is "dnigi" pronounced "nigi."

The Little Moose class will swim at the Nikiski pool this week, and the Little Bears will play at the Kenai Recreation Center.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

The fall harvest parties were great. The children had pumpkins to draw on and refreshments afterward. The school thanks the parents for providing the refreshments.

Noah's Ark will be this week's unit. Students will make a mural of Noah's Ark and draw animals to place around it. They also will make a Noah's Ark picture with stickers, do an animal matching page and have Noah's Ark books in the reading center.

This weeks helpers are Morgan, Shelby, Ali and Dezmond.

Everyone enjoyed last week's study on pumpkins. The highlight of the week was making pumpkin bread. Students took some home to share with family members.

For more information, call Chris at 262-1284.

To have information published in Schools, please 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 or by fax at 283-3299.

The deadline for submission is Thursday at 5 p.m. for publication in the following Wednesday's paper. For information, contact Shana Loshbaugh at 283-7551.

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