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Posted: Wednesday, November 01, 2006

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, not smaller than 8-by-10 inches or larger than 18-by-24 inches, not including the mat.

The first-place state winner will go to the national level, where the first-place prize is $10,000, a jacket, plaque, airfare and two nights lodging to attend the 2007 Ladies Auxiliary National Convention.

The entry deadline is Dec. 8. For more information on contest and a complete list of prize awards, visit www.ladiesaux, contact the art teacher in any of the area high schools or call Bea Johnson at 262-1262.

Aurora Borealis Charter

Students who qualify for Student in Good Standing reward will go to Solid Rock Bible Camp to go through the hay maze. Grades kindergarten, first, fifth and sixth will go Thursday. Grades two, three, and four will go Friday. The junior high students made their yearly trip through the hay maze Oct. 19, so for SIGS they will go bowling Friday.

The Robotics teams had a sleepover at the school Oct. 27 and 28, for intense work on building and programming robots, as well as nanotechnology research.

Mrs. Phillips would like to congratulate Tyler Johnson for receiving a “Green Card” award for exemplary behavior. Michael Lott, who broke both wrists this summer, got his casts off Oct. 27, and returned to school Monday castless for the first time.

Junior high basketball teams have had their first games.

The upcoming games are:

· Thursday -- Girls at 3:15 p.m., boys following, vs KMS-A at Kenai Middle School;

· Friday -- Girls 3:30 p.m., boys following, vs Cook Inlet Academy at CIA.

· Monday -- Girls at 5 p.m. vs Chapman School at Chapman, boys at 5 p.m. vs Nikolaevsk School at Nikolaevsk; and

· Tuesday -- Girls 4 p.m., boys following, vs Ninilchik School at Ninilchik.

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the week are: Hallie Symington, being a super reader; Kody Knowles, classroom participation; Justin Wisnewski, library helpfulness; Megan Bauter, excelling in leadership; Jonathan Hawkins, helpfulness in the classroom; Noah Fowler, improvement in behavior and attitude; John Turner, having a never ending smile; Kendra Brush, library helpfulness; and Drew Fowler, kindness to others.

Dates to remember:

· Today -- Central Emergency Services puppet show and picture retakes;

· Thursday -- Volleyball home game at 4 p.m.;

· Friday and Saturday -- Wrestling in Homer

· Friday -- Junior high school basketball home game at 3:30 p.m.;

· Monday -- Board meeting;

· Tuesday -- Volleyball home game at 5:30 p.m. and junior high school basketball at Nikiski at 3 p.m.; and

· Nov. 17 -- Fall fundraising banquet. RSVP by Nov. 10.

The school will send out information on its upcoming Thanksgiving feast soon.

While the teaching staff was in Anchorage on Oct. 19 and 20 and the volleyball team played in Tok, many came and helped clean the building. Mrs. Kytonen said the cleaners accomplished more work over two days than she could have done in a lifetime. The teachers said they felt very blessed by all the work. The staff said that while the accreditation team did not have a chance to see the work, the students and the Lord all saw and appreciated it.

The school’s calendar is available online at

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

Mrs. Bryson’s kindergarten class will travel by bus to the Kenai Fire Department Friday morning. Also Friday, the Kaleidoscope Corner children will be performing two plays at the KCHS Little Theater at 2 p.m.

The artwork fundraiser is due Monday.

The PTA is holding a Holiday Extravaganza fundraiser in the Sears Elementary gym from noon until 4 p.m. on Saturday. Invitations were sent home with the children. More invitations are available at the door. The public is invited.

Storyteller Donald Davis will visit our school this morning. You may come see him with your child. There will be a P.T.A. meeting on Nov. 10 at 4 p.m

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Mr. Daniels’ Class is working on a project called EarthKam. The International Space Station is going to take pictures of specific targets on earth during its orbit. They will research an area of interest, find the latitude and longitude coordinates for the spot, and then send the coordinates to the ISS. They should receive the photographs on their Web site a few days later. Mr. Daniels would like to thank the parents and kids who made it to conferences.

Mrs. Davis’ class would like to thank Lt. John Landess, father of Ashley Landess, for coming to the classroom to present information on fire safety. He discussed how to safely exit a burning building, use of smoke detectors, how to check a door safely to see if a fire was burning on the other side, how to exit a second story bedroom and the types of ladders available and many other safety issues. He emphasized all families should have a meeting place outside the home so they know everyone is safely outside.

Mrs. Davis’ and Mrs. Murphy’s classes discussed wetland environmental issues. They discovered what wetlands are, why they are important, and how they can help preserve them, and located a few major wetlands in the area and the U.S. At the end of the lessons, they played a game called “Migration Headache” where the students became the migrating waterfowl, and they had to figure out how to survive with a constantly diminishing wetland area.

Ms. Chambers’ class’ salmon eggs are doing well, and the students are waiting for the eyed-egg stage. The class president this week is James Morgan, and the class said it appreciates his hard work in helping the class run smoothly. The past presidents were Krista Potter and Demetri Pardue. They helped with record keeping, office messages, and second-grade peer tutoring.

Mr. Steve reminds everyone the annual Veterans Wall of Honor will be on display until Veterans Day, Nov. 11.

The annual Veterans Day All School Assembly will be held at 8 a.m. Nov. 10 in the gym.

The PTA would like to thank those who helped with the harvest carnival last Saturday. It was a huge success, and they couldn’t have done it without volunteers. The next PTA meeting will be held Nov. 14 after school.

The school auction and spaghetti feed will be held Nov. 17. community members interested in helping may call the school with donations of time or merchandise.

Kenai Central High

There will be a NHS meeting at noon Thursday in Mrs. Herring’s room.

The varsity volleyball team will travel to Kodiak for the region tournament which runs from Thursday through Saturday.

The cross-country ski team will sponsor its annual sports swap Saturday in the cafeteria. You can check in items Friday night and the actual swap will take place Saturday.

The swim team will hold its end of the season banquet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria.

Dr. Peterson will present her Kenai Conversations presentation at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.

Spanish students will contribute artwork including calacas and calaveras to a Da de Los Muertos art exhibit at Already Read Books in Kenai. The exhibit will open Thursday with live music and food, and will be on display through the month.

Nov. 8 is mass health screening for the school. This will involve all ninth and 11th graders as well as new students.

The Students of the Month for October are: Rotary, Emily Kennedy; Chamber, Chris Hall; Elks, Danielle Little; language arts nine, Alysha Shaginoff; chemistry and personal finance, Christopher Gonzalez; algebra, Amber Wright; health, Adam Creighton; math analysis, Devin Boyle; study skills, Marisa Navarre; personal finance, Geanina Judge; Spanish two, Kristi Louthan; work co-op, Kaylee Stuart; world history, David Ashkenasy; foods, Nyle LeMay; and Alaska studies, Aaron Agosti.

The student council selected Chris Bergholtz as the “Super Staffer” and Amanda Sassi-Reilly as the “Kard of the Deck.”

Dates to remember:

· Nov. 16 through 18 -- All state music in Anchorage.

Schedules for activities at the school are available online at

Kenai Montessori

The Children’s House students have finished their study of the earth and can identify all seven continents by sight. Students will begin a study of Africa and its many cultures.

In music with Miss Stefanie, students have been learning “Rainbow Connection” and learning to say hello in 25 different languages.

In art, students made mosaic tiles and made and used their own modeling dough.

There was no Farm School on Thursday due to school closures.

There will be no school today through Tuesday as teachers will attend an IMC Montessori conference in Florida.

The Students of the week are: Children’s House peacemaker, Kukoa Diorec; moose herd stellar student, Brock Miller; beaver pond stellar student, Miles Davis-Bryant; orca pod stellar student, Caleb Mysing.

Kenaitze Head Start

The school would like to thank the parents who attended parent-teacher conferences last week and those parents who helped with the harvest party Tuesday. The staff said it had lots of fun, centers in each classroom and they could not have done it without help from the parents.

The whale and salmon class will take a walking field trip to the Kenai Fire Department on Friday.

The new afternoon preschool and after-school program for children in kindergarten through second grade will begin Tuesday. For more information, call Charmaine or Lynn at 283-0707.

Kenai Middle

The school would like to congratulate the following students for being selected as a Character Counts Student last week: Jade Collins and Keegan Remsen. These students received a pizza for lunch.

The Kenai Central High School junior class will sponsor a dance and a lock-in at KMS on Friday, Nov. 17 and 18. The dance will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 17 and is open to seventh- and eighth-grade students. The cost for the dance is $3 per person.

The lock-in will be held from 8 p.m. Nov. 17 to 7 a.m. Nov. 18 and will be open to the first 100 seventh- and eighth-grade students who turn in the permission slip and money. The cost for the lock-in is $20 per person. Permission slips should be turned into Mrs. Steward.

Water bottle money is due today to Mrs. Howard, the school nurse.

The Aspirations Advocates (Mentor) Program will start in November. Mentors (adults from the community) volunteer to spend time mentoring students once a week in the school building during school time. Mentors are friends, encouragers and empathetic listeners. Mentor volunteers are screened and trained. Community members interested in volunteering for the program may call Mark Manuel at 283-4896. Mentor qualifications are a desire to work with youth, ability to meet with students during the school day, willingness to make new friends and learn new things, ability to respect each student’s individuality and the ability to follow program policies and adhere to the school-based parameters.

Students interested in meeting with a mentor need to call Mr. Manuel. Parental permission is required for students who participates. The program is now in its fifth year at the school.

Students are reminded that they are not supposed to stay after school unless the are supervised by an adult. Hallways must be cleared and students are to wait outside or between the double doors for rides.

Dates to remember:

· Friday -- Basketball at the school at 3 p.m.;

· Tuesday -- Student of the Month lunch and basketball at Soldotna at 3 p.m.;

· Nov. 8 -- Principals Day;

· Nov. 10 -- Celebration;

· Nov. 14 -- Basketball at the school 3 p.m.;

· Nov. 17 -- Dance and lock-in( see information above);

· Nov. 21 -- Basketball at the school at 3 p.m.; and

· Nov. 23 and 24 -- Thanksgiving holiday no school.

Mountain View Elementary

The school said its family fall festival was a great success. The fifth-grade classes and the staff appreciate the support of the community.

The staff also would like to thank the families who participated in parent-teacher conferences this past week.

Tuesday is Wacky Day.

The third-grade classes went to the Solid Rock Hay Maze in celebration of fall reading and writing activities. They went through the maze and had a fire and made s’mores. The class would like to thank the parent volunteers who went along.

There will be a Title I committee meeting at 5:30 p.m. today in the library. There also will be a Title I Family Activity night at 6:30 Nov. 9 in the library.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

The second-grade classes have been finishing units on animal habitats and adaptations. The students traveled to the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge to view a boreal forest habitat first-hand. Animal adaptations to their habitats were studied as well. Habitat pop-ups and super-animal adaptations were just a few of the activities students researched and created.

The school would like to thank the parents and staff who worked to make the fall carnival a big success last Saturday. It would also like to thank the Nikiski Fire Department for helping with the safe entrance and exiting into the parking lot of the families. Finally it would like to thank the businesses that donated goodies and prizes to make the event.

The school has two student teachers working in the school through Western Governors University in Salt Lake City, Utah. Linda Ruffridge is being hosted by Mrs. Hufford and her third-grade class and Lindsay Sackman is being hosted by Mr. Anderson and his second-third-grade combination class.

Nikiski Middle High

The September Students of the Month are:

High school -- Eliza Chadwick, world history; Logan Denison, choir; Samantha Gibbs, algebra; Arlo Erickson, reading; Matt Hanley, geology; and Samantha Rorrison, algebra B.

Middle school -- Bradly Luke, read 180; Krysta Pharris, science; Cody Seaman, art; Sam Taylor, mathematics; Eli Ward, physical education and social studies.

Joel Ribbens has been chosen as the Nikiski Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month for October. His cumulative grade point average is 4.0 and he also is a member of the National Honor Society. He was chosen based on faculty recommendation for scholarship, leadership, service and character. This year, Joel is vice president of the student body, a student representative to the site council, a member of the varsity wrestling team and is a member of drama debate and forensics team.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday through Saturday -- Hockey at Wasilla vs Palmer, Kenney Lake and Wasilla junior varsity; and

· Friday and Saturday -- Wrestling peninsula duals and volleyball at regions at ACS.

For more information visit

Ninilchik School

The school would like to congratulate Austin Vanderford for taking first in his division at the Grace Wrestling Invitational Tourney. Peninsula Duels will be held Friday and Saturday at Nikiski High School.

The school also would like to thank library volunteer Marnie Boone for a great book fair.

Yearbook advisor Tammy Bear has found a number of leftover yearbooks ranging from 1969 to last year. They are available for purchase. Interested community members may call her at 567-3716 to set up a time to come in and browse. Money raised will go toward this year’s expenses. If you’d like to place an ad in the yearbook let her know. The school would like to thank her for continuing to produce the Wolverine Wrap Up.

A complete list of activities at the school are available online at t

READS Primary

The school would like to congratulate the kindergarten and first-grade students. All have earned a Book It pizza award for October. The first-grade students each read a mystery, a biography, an informational book and a fantasy. The kindergarten students read three simple story packets to parents.

November Book It goals were sent home Monday.

The Students of the Week are: Emily Dunham, Tika Zimmerman and Aaron Howard.

The canned food drive for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank ends next week. Kindergarten and first-grade students will deliver donated items Nov. 10.

The 2006 Show and Tell will end Nov. 9. The time will be used for practicing the December Christmas program. Show and Tell will resume in January.

Redoubt Elementary

Families who need help for Thanksgiving are asked to call Nurse Donna or Mrs. Horton at 262-9006 by Monday. Kenai Peninsula ABATE. will provide turkeys and other food items for Thanksgiving dinners. The school’s annual food drive will provide additional items.

The holiday food drive will be held today through Nov. 30. The school goal is to collect 500 food items for the food bank and the school families. All non-perishable food items will be appreciated. Collection boxes are in front of the school office.

Hannah Pothast and Victoria Oberts won the tobacco-free poster contest sponsored by the Peninsula Smoke Free Partnership. The school’s students entered 130 posters in the contest.

Children in grades six and lower are invited to a holiday card making party from 3:30 to 5 p.m. today in the Soldotna Elementary School library. The activity will be supervised by the Kenai Middle School leadership class and sponsored by Donna Peterson.

The school said it appreciates the parents who attended parent conferences last week.

Soldotna High

On Tuesday at 6 p.m., the parents of juniors will meet in the staff workroom to plan after-prom activities. Parents of juniors interested in being part of the committee are welcome.

Parents of seniors will meet at 6 p.m. Nov. 8 in the staff workroom to plan after-graduation activities. Parents of seniors interested in serving on the committee are encouraged to attend.

The Galaxy is posted online and may be accessed by going to the SoHi homepage.

Today through Nov. 17 the school’s advisories will take part in a districtwide canned food drive. The food drive is a collaboration between area students who attended the Points of Light Institute under the auspices of the Community Action Coalition.

Soldotna Middle

The school’s newsletter can be accessed at https://www.edline. net/pages/Soldotna_Middle/News/Newsletter.

The school would like to thank Officer Garcia for handing out ribbons and speaking to the students during lunch last week encouraging them to remain to be drug free.

Melanie Smith is the October Chamber Student of the Month.

Dates to remember:

· Today -- Student council’s “Red,White and Blue” letter writing campaign to the U.S. Armed Forces will have its first mailout Nov. 15. Any letters to be sent need to be ready by the first of November;

· Thursday -- Soldotna silver boys and girls basketball teams at Nikiski at 3 p.m.;

· Friday -- Soldotna maroon boys and girls basketball teams at Seward at 3 p.m.;

· Saturday -- Soldotna silver boys and girls basketball teams at Seward at 11 a.m.; and

· Tuesday -- Soldotna silver boys and girls basketball teams at home against Kenai at 3 p.m. and PTSA meeting at 6 p.m. in the library.

Tebughna School

The staff said the “Success For All” celebration party was fun, although the kickball game got snowed out, so the school had to move it to the gym.

A major competition has developed between Mr. and Mrs. Joachim’s classes concerning parent attendance at the parent-teacher conferences last week. An ice cream party for the class that had the most parents attend is the contested prize.

Both classes had 100-percent attendance. Mr. Joachim said it should be the number of students on each class role, and Ms. Joachim said the winner should be based on the size and age of the children in each class. Principal Kaye may have to resolve it.

Tustumena Elementary

The school is in the process of identifying families with children ages ranging from 3 to 5 who would be willing to become involved with a parent-supervised prekindergarten program.

Volunteer parents provided such a program at the school last spring, and it proved to be quite beneficial to those who attended. It is hoped that such an offering could be lengthened this year should there be enough interest. Parents are asked to call Heidi Wong at 394-8037 for more information.

The school’s staff has designated special recognition events for several categories of support staff that provide valued services to the school throughout the year. On each occasion, classes have prepared banners and thank-you cards for those adults as well as provided refreshments on the special day.

The school’s kitchen staff, Mrs. Clancy and Mrs. Culhane, and its bus drivers have been honored. Next month, a special day will be devoted to the custodial staff of Mr. Cowan and Mrs. Sinclair.

Wings Christian Academy

Alexander Petty won for the Cleanest Office of the Week.

The school has a new student, 17-year-old Brittany Maples. She is a junior.

There will be a volleyball away game Friday. The Eagles, who remain undefeated, will take on the Blue Archers. This will be the final game before the main tournament Nov. 17.

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