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Posted: Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Students of the Month announced

The following students were named September Students of the Month at Mountain View Elementary:

Third-graders Tim Douglas, Richard Han, Kayla Heinrigh and Ariya Roundy; fourth-graders Caitlin Steinbeck, Brandon Ryckman, Chelsea Swain and Shannon Engebretson; and fifth-graders Joe Bressler, Yvonne Waskey, Makenzi Magiera, Misty Bondy and Jake Daniel.

The following students were named October Students of the Month at Mountain View Elementary:

Third-graders Hevyn Hoff, Rylee McAtee and Jordan Peck; fourth-graders Makayla George, Jodi Cook, Tyler Brown and Ashley Thornton; and fifth-graders Kyle Phillips, Abbi Wonser, Joshua Liedes, Kristin Sleeman, Kelty Fair, Molly Rowley and Kaitlyn Louthan.

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 www.ladiesaux


The school will open an office in Nikiski on Thursday. The office will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first and third Thursday of each month in the gray portable behind Nikiski Middle-Senior High School.

Kenai Peninsula College will have a Career Day for grades 10-12 from 8:30 to 11:15 a.m. Friday. For more information, call Patti Lawyer at 714-8880.

The Imaginarium in Anchorage will hold a home school Electric Earth workshop Nov. 9 for children in grades preschool through six. Preregistration is required. For more information or to register, call (907) 343-0625.

Congratulations to the pumpkin contest winners: kindergartner Anthony Kitson, first place; Alyx Malbrough, Best in Show; first-grader Klane Coad, first place; first-grader Paul Steffenson, most original; third-grader Ellery Steffenson, first place; fifth-grader Hope Steffenson, first place; fifth-grader Brendan Baalke, most original; seventh-grader Rebekah Kitson, first place; Stephen Kitson, participation; and Jesse Kitson, participation.

The office will be closed Nov. 11 for Veterans Day.

McDonald's peelers are available in the Soldotna office.

Cook Inlet Academy

The wrestling team had its first tournament at Grace Christian. Congratulations to Aaron Rowley and Tyler Taplin for winning a match. The next meet will be in Homer on Friday and Saturday.

The volleyball team won several games against Su Valley. Kim Minogue and Charley Michael were selected to the all-tournament team at the Tok match. The next match is in Nikolaevsk on Tuesday.

Practices for cross-country skiing start soon. Interested students should call Mrs. Rehm.

Volunteers are needed to help with the concession stand at volleyball and basketball games. Parents are encouraged to call Rita Lindow at 252-2522.

There will be no school Nov. 14 for a day of prayer and preparation for the fall banquet. It is open to the public. The banquet begins at 6:30 p.m. in the memorial gymnasium. Cost is $15 per plate. For more information, the date of the banquet or to make reservations, call the office by Friday.

Students of the Week are Keely Powers, Angela Uchtman, Cody Moore, Michael Horton, Kellsi Ulrich, Erica McGahan, Jacob Boudreaux, Hanna Udelhoven, Haley Miller, Holly Kopp and Molly Fenton.


The school is no longer enrolling students for the 2005-06 school year.

The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai is hosting an open house for IDEA families today. Call the office at 260-7555 for times and information.

Computer workshops are being offered by computer technician Michael Sevast. Sevast will teach students how to use a computer more effectively, navigate menus and programs and answer questions. He will be available in Homer at the Islands and Oceans Visitors Center from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday; in Seward at the Seward Chapel from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday; and in Soldotna at the office from 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 10.

The hay maze at Solid Rock Bible Camp is open to IDEA families Friday from 1 to 3 p.m. The school will provide hot chocolate. Participants are welcome to bring marshmallows to toast.

Math Olympiads is up and running. The program is designed to help students learn problem-solving strategies and expand their math knowledge. Students are invited to join through Nov. 16.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

First-graders have begun a unit on community workers. The students are learning about different workers from their big book and will interview a school worker to learn about their job. In math students have been measuring with unifix cubes.

On Nov. 10, the school will hold an auction and chili feed to raise funds. Proceeds will be used to support educational needs. The school is seeking donations for the auction. For more information or to make a donation, call Ms. Leslie or Mrs. Carter.

The PTA would like to thank the parents, students and staff for helping support the book fair. Thank you also for those who volunteered their time to set up, take down and provide supervision.

Kenai Central High

The hockey booster club will meet at 6 p.m. today in the faculty lounge. 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 support the volleyball players as they try to earn a return trip to the state tournament.

On Thursday, there is a National Honor Society meeting at noon in Mrs. Herring's room.

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

Kenai Peninsula College will host a Career Day Friday. Students interested in attending need to make arrangements with Mr. Lillevik.

Dates to remember:

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

n 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

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

Kenai Middle

The school collects General Mills box tops. There is a drawing every Friday. The winner gets a $1 coupon for the school store.

Students who borrowed money for lunch need to pay it back as soon as possible. The school will not be able to loan money until it is paid back.

The after-school tutorial program for students who need extra academic help will start Tuesday. 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 who would like their student to participate should call their teacher.

The school has a new tardy policy. If a student receives three tardies in one quarter they serve an after-school detention. For more information, visit or call the office at 283-4896.

The school would like to congratulate the following students for being named to the All-Northwest Honor Choir to be held in Portland, Ore., in March: Randy Jackson, Matt Nath, Brady Perkins and Dylan Wannamaker.

Dates to remember:

n Thursday — B basketball at the school;

n Friday — Student of the Month lunch; and

n Tuesday — A basketball at 3 p.m. at the school.

Kenai Montessori

Last week the students finished their studies of North America. Mya Spinka's grandmother visited the students to share some of her Alaska Native crafts, photos and a salmon snack. She also helped the students make Native Alaska jewelry out of leather and beads. Alejandra Smith's mother shared items, books and videos from Mexico.

The kindergarten students made tie-dyed shirts as part of their science studies. The pre-elementary students have been working on handwriting skills and making books about the animals they are learning about.

Students learned about fractions and division using mandarin oranges.

The students also have been learning songs and other parts for the annual winter performance.

The staff and students would like to welcome new staff member Karen Kaiser.

The school also would like to thank Heidi Vann for donating two African aquatic frogs for class pets.

There will be no school today through Nov. 11. Staff members will attend the International Montessori Conference in Florida. School will resume at its normal time Nov. 14. For more information, visit or call 283-0424.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

The Whales and Salmon classes participated in the Halloween festival last Friday. Upcoming events are a fire safety puppet show and swimming at the Nikiski pool. The class would like to thank the volunteers who help them.

In the Moose and Bear classroom the students are getting out every day for fresh air and play. The Moose and Bears have been have been dressing up in Halloween clothes. The students practiced teamwork by making a black, white and orange paper chain together.

The class would like to thank the volunteers who helped make the Halloween activity afternoon possible.

The Ravens and Eagles classes continue with the family theme in conjunction with a Thanksgiving theme. Students are learning the song, "Are You Sleeping?" in Dena'ina and English.

Mountain View Elementary

Volunteer orientation will be held at 9 a.m. Thursday. Volunteers are encouraged and invited to attend.

Twin Day is Friday.

The Student of the Month lunch will be held at 11:35 a.m. Tuesday.


The 10th annual canned food drive begins Monday. Students are encouraged to participate.

November Book It goals were sent home Monday. Parents are urged to call the office if they have questions.

The kindergartners will take home simple books beginning this week. Parents are reminded that books need to be returned each day.

First-grade students have been doing computation in math this week.

Second-grade students have begun addition with regrouping.

Students of the Week are kindergartner Luke Beiser for improvement in reading, Adaya Pollock for leadership and Maliko Kaona for sportsmanship.

The school would like to congratulate prekindergartner Kainoa Kaona for learning to write his name correctly.

The school also would like to congratulate prekindergartner Daisy Carter learning to sequence numbers.

Redoubt Elementary

The school would like to thank the parents who attended conferences. The book fair also was a success, due to parents and students who stopped in and shopped.

Winter weather and darkness are here. Parents are asked to use extreme caution, to follow the directives of staff when dropping off and picking up students and to stop for children at crosswalks.

Parents are reminded that students go outdoors daily unless the weather falls below minus 10 degrees. Children should come to school prepared to go outdoors. Parents who need help acquiring winter outerwear for their children may contact Donna.

Picture retakes are Thursday. Students may return their photo package to have their picture retaken. They also may purchase photos. Order forms are available at the office.

School families who need help this holiday season are asked to call Mr. Pothast as soon as possible. Information submitted will be confidential. Individuals who would like to donate funds or volunteer to help may call Mrs. Horton in the office at 262-9006.

The school is sponsoring a canned food drive through Nov. 30. Nonperishable food items collected will be given to school families and the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

Sears Elementary

Mrs. Bryson's class will start a foods unit. They will have a pretend store in the classroom and will take turns being workers and buyers. They also will visit Safeway and Country Foods IGA to learn about the different jobs in grocery stores.

Ms. Ralston's and Mrs. Peless students have been doing science experiments. They learned science vocabulary, how scientists collect and analyze data and how to make hypotheses and predictions. In math students are working on addition, subtraction, skip counting, counting money and telling time.

In Mrs. Anderson and Mrs. Thomas class students are studying community workers. The students drew a plan of what they wanted to be when they grow up and traced and painted a life-size portrait. They now have a hallway display of future community workers.

Mrs. Hanson's room has been studying bats. The students discussed the impact and benefits of bats on the environment. Students researched bats using nonfiction and fiction literature, wrote about bats and drew bats using the art concept of symmetry and line. A bat cave was created outside the classroom door.

The next PTA meeting will be at 3:45 p.m. Nov. 13 in the library.

Skyview High

An appreciation award was presented to Renee Merkes from the cross country team for her outstanding contribution at the state cross country meet.

Nordic skiing began Monday.

Colleges sending representatives to meet with interested seniors at the school this week are George Fox University at 12:41 p.m. Wednesday and University of Alaska Southeast at 12:41 p.m. Friday.

The Kenai Peninsula College Career Day is open to juniors and will be held Friday. Permission and bus slips are required.

The student council will sponsor a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday. Students ages 16 and older can donate if they have a parent permission form completed. Permission forms need to be turned in to Mr. Fischer no later than Friday. Community members interested in donating blood can e-mail Mr. Fischer at to sign up for a time.

Date to remember:

n Thursday through Saturday — Volleyball regions at Soldotna High School;

n Friday through Saturday — Wrestling at Homer; and

n Tuesday — Wrestling at SoHi at 5 p.m.

Soldotna Elementary

Students will receive instruction in gymnastics from physical education instructor Mrs. Juliussen during November. Juliussen has been on the U.S. gymnastics team and completed in Japan, China and Australia and brings a variety of experience and knowledge to the gymnastics program. Mrs. Mohorcich will assist her in the after-school program. Students are invited to sign up for this activity.

Art specialist Debbie Harris will be at the school in November presenting a variety of art experiences for students. Burlap stitching, painting, sculpture and costuming are among the activities which will be offered to support the KPBSD art curriculum.

The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Thursday. The PTA would like to thank everyone who made the book fair a success. Plans are being made for a FunFest for students Nov. 18. Parents interested in helping can come to the meeting for more information.

The site council will meet Tuesday, instead of the regularly scheduled time. All are welcome to attend.

Soldotna High

Parents of seniors meet at 6 tonight in the teachers' work room.

Dates to remember:

n Thursday through Saturday — The hockey team will see action at the annual Peninsula Ice Classic and volleyball regions begin at the school;

n Friday and Saturday — Swimmers and divers will be at the Bartlett state meet; and

n Saturday — Wrestlers host a round-robin tournament at the school.

Soldotna Middle

Gold Card Day is Friday. Student who have received seven gold cards might be eligible to have this day off with parental permission.

Competition basketball games this week are at the following dates and time: Silver against Nikiski at 3 p.m. Friday at the school and Maroon against Seward at 10 a.m. Saturday at the school.

The staff would like to thank the parents who attend the parent-teacher conferences last week. All three sessions were successful, according to the staff.

Parents are asked to return the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District School survey that was handed out at conferences. If you did not make it to conferences, it will be mailed out with your student's report card this week.

The school district will hold community conversations to discuss competency-based education and its possible implications, as well as the direction the public would like to see for the future of education in the public school system. Interested persons are invited to attend in the Soldotna High School library at 7 p.m. today.

In honor of Veterans Day, there will be no school Nov. 11.

Soldotna Montessori Charter

Primary students were given a performance by members of Central Emergency Services in support of Fire Safety Month. Students saw a puppet show filled with songs, humor and a message about fire safety.

Mrs. McCabe's first-, second- and third-graders completed a field experience at Cadre Feed last week. While there, the students carved pumpkins and made scarecrows. In continuation of their experience, the class delivered the pumpkins and scarecrows to Heritage Place in Soldotna for them to have for Halloween. While there, the class also gave the seniors a performance complete with costumes.

The Peace Pole was installed outside the entrance to the school. It serves as a reminder of the commitment to the Montessori peace curriculum. It shows the phrase "May Peace Prevail on Earth" in languages that are represented by families at the school.

Sterling Elementary

Friday will be a busy day at the school. The student council will sponsor Crazy Hair Spirit Day; the Reading is Fundamental (RIF) program will do its first book distribution; students of the Month will be celebrated with a pizza lunch; and at 2:30 p.m., Mrs. Stoner's class will have a root beer float celebration in recognition of having had the most students wear their pajamas to school on PJ Day.

On Nov. 9 there will be an all-school assembly with NASA astronaut Scott Kelly. The staff and students also will welcome Gwen Sykes, the chief financial officer from NASA, who is originally from Anchorage.

After the assembly there will be a lunch with Kelly and Sykes for one student from each class and a parent or guardian. The students joining them for lunch will be those who win the contest that was announced at school earlier this week.

Community members, students and parents are encouraged to come to the school at 6 p.m. Nov. 9 for ice cream with an astronaut. A presentation by NASA astronaut Kelly and other NASA guests will be given. Free ice cream cones will follow the presentation. The event is sponsored by NASA and the student council, as a kick off to the school's status as a NASA Explorer School.

Sterling RurAL CAP Head Start

The staff and children said they are excited about the newly installed playground equipment that Papa Brian and Mr. Gabe installed. The new toys include a curved balance beam, tire swing, a bubble retreat endpeice, a bouncy airplane and fire truck and a safer slide with stairs.

The morning class, the Shooting Stars, and the afternoon class, the Rainbows, had their fall celebration party last Friday. After playing outside on the playground the Shooting Stars had a mummy muffin breakfast prepared by Miss Penny. During the party, the children played a costume match game, designed pumpkins and spider fingerprints, played pumpkin ball toss and participated in Halloween hopscotch.

The afternoon Rainbows had a bowl of turkey soup with their lunch before engaging in a variety of activities prepared by Miss Ana, Miss Patty and Miss Debbie.

Both classes carved faces on pumpkins early in the week and displayed them in the classroom. The students would like to thank the Biele family for the pumpkins.

The school wrapped up the week with a parent meeting. Parents elected to purchase a disaster preparedness kit through the fund-raising account and the kit was presented at the meeting with handouts on how to assemble a home family kit. Information also was given on how to establish a family emergency plan. Visitors included Carole Absher from RurAL CAP Self-Help Housing Program and the center's regional Head Start manager, Lavonne Dryden.

Tustumena Elementary

Picture retakes were last week. Families that intended to have a picture taken but forgot have another opportunity Friday in Soldotna. Parents may contact the photographer at 262-4279 for more information.

The school would like to thank Kathy Musick and Chris Fallon for their contribution of winter clothing for students again this year.

The PTO-sponsored cash raffle is under way. The cost is $20 per ticket. The raffle drawing and dessert social is scheduled at the school at 7 p.m. Dec. 10. This fund-raiser supports student travel for field trips and instructional programs during the course of the year. For more information, call the school at 262-4844.

The staff would like to thank the PTO members and those who contributed food items for the lunch hour during parent-teacher conferences last Thursday and Friday.

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