Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, November 06, 2002

No school Monday

Public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed Monday for staff in-service. Classes will resume Tuesday as usual.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

There will be a Veterans Day tribute at 8 a.m. Friday in the gym to honor all veterans. Parents and community members are invited to stop by and see the Wall of Honor.

Wrestling for fourth- through sixth-graders started Monday and will run through Dec. 5. It is held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Participants should have permission slips and $10 fees turned in by Friday.

Team handball is wrapping up its season. The Blue Devils, Shaboozi, Yellow Flames and Green Goblins ended their experience with four spirited games. The action was nonstop.

Thanks to all the parents and volunteers who helped make Trunk or Treat a success.

Nikiski Elementary

The fall carnival and raffle was a success thanks to the help from teachers, staff, parents, community members and sponsors.

This Thanksgiving, North Star United Methodist Church will collaborate with many other community groups to put together Thanksgiving food boxes for families living north of Mile 15.5 on the Kenai Spur Highway. Applications are available at the Nikiski Elementary School office and must be mailed before Nov. 13.

This year's Christmas concert will feature a performance of "The Nutcracker." This is a larger project for the school, and volunteers are needed to help with choreography, carpentry, set painting, costume creation and make up. To volunteer, call Denise Cox at 776-8533.

Innisbrook Giftwrap fund raiser orders should arrive soon. They will be double checked, sorted, then given to students to distribute to their customers.

There will be an Imaginarium assembly on "The Big Chill" at 11 a.m. Thursday.

Redoubt Elementary

Thanks to the many parents and students who attended conferences, visited the book fair and completed school survey forms last week.

Parents are asked to complete a Student Programs/ Free and Reduced Lunch Program application. These forms play an integral part of funding the Title I program and technology in schools. Families may apply at any time during the school year.

School picture retakes will be Friday. Students who want retakes should return their first picture packet. They will be photographed and receive a new packet at no additional charge. Students who missed the first picture date and want a photo packet should bring their order forms and exact change to school Friday. Checks should be made payable to Lifetouch. Extra order forms are available in the school office.

Fun Fest will be Nov. 15. Permission slips and complete information will be sent home with students. Students must return their permission slips and money by noon Nov. 15 in order to stay for the event.

Copies of the 2001-02 Redoubt yearbook are available for $20 at the school office. Yearbooks for 2002-03 can be preordered at the office for $18 through Jan. 10. Yearbooks will arrive in early May, before the end of school.

Students in kindergarten through third grade are preparing for their holiday program to be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 at the Soldotna High School auditorium.

Congratulations to the winners of the intramural soccer championship games: Brazil won the boys' game and the Soccer Sisters won the girls' game.

Sears Elementary

The Halloween parade last Wednesday was a success. There were beautiful costumes and lots of goodies, games and other activities for the children to enjoy.

Thanks to Unocal for sponsoring the Imaginarium show, "Radical Reactions," at 10:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. today at Sears Elementary.

Picture retakes will be Tuesday.

Next week is Bus Safety Week at Sears. Students will receive information about safety on school buses.

Soldotna Elementary

Thanks to all the parents and guardians who met with the staff during parent-teacher conferences.

Thanks to Debbie Carroll, Lauri Lingafelt and the many parents who helped with the Soldotna Elementary Scholastic book fair. It was a success. Money earned from the book fair will be used to fund the Artist in School program through the PTA.

Congratulations to last week's Fun Buck winners: Sara Wynkoop, Amanda Anglebrandt, Kaitlyn Groleske, Bruce Hudson, Jared Lingafelt, Eddy Seguin, Amber Mraz and Jeff Pindras.

Sterling Elementary

Congratulations to the students who have not been absent or tardy for the entire first quarter of school. These students are: Ciarra Mahan, Coltin Yancey and Shayne Hensley, Mrs. Martin's class; Austin Painter and Kayla Scroggins, Mrs. Sterling's class; Matthew Weiss, Mrs. Harrison's class; Alex Jicha, Maranda Merkes and Lacey Moore, Mr. Shapley's class; Chelsea Belden, Joseph Bishop, Beau Dukowitz and Kaitlin Persinger, Mrs. Lawrence's class; Paul Adams, Phellisha Dobson, Danielle Graybeal and Megan Parham, Ms. Dierick's class; Derrick Parham, Shana Powell and Kathrine Quelland, Mrs. Macdonald's class; Mandy Groshart, Jacob King and Michael Shearer, Mr. Wheat's class; Chad Oakes, Jordan Merkes and Andrew Shassetz, Ms. Hoffman's class; and Kenny Mahan, Natasha Mallett, Kraig Morris, Tiffany Persinger, James Shearer and Matt Smith, Mr. McCard's class.

The monthly awards assembly will be at 2:30 p.m. Friday. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Falcon Fun Night for students in grades four through six will be from 3:45 to 6 p.m. Friday.

Parents are reminded to make sure children come to school with the proper clothing for changing weather conditions. All students are required to go outdoors for recess unless the temperature is minus 10 degrees.

Tustumena Elementary

Tustumena Elementary School appreciated the efforts of its parent volunteers. Thanks to Jenni Larsen, Shawna Wolk, Julie Lahndt, Sue Culhane, Tammy Clancy, Gary Ramsell, Amy Kruse, Katie Blossom, Dinelle Penrod, Kelly James, Sue Perletti and Pam Skulstad, and to the Tustumena staff

Winners of the pumpkin decorating contest were Jared Duncan for the primary level and Kaitlyn VanMeter for the intermediate level. Both children will receive a ride on a Tustumena 200 dog sled during the opening ceremonies next March.

The Tustumena PTO-sponsored "Spooky Stories" contest received many entries. Judging will be done by a group of Skyview High School students, and the winners will be announced next week.

Picture retakes will be Friday. Individual picture packets purchased Oct. 4 have been sent home, and parents wanting retakes should send unwanted packets back to school Friday. Children who were absent during the first picture day, as well as new students, may pick up order forms from the school.

Soldotna Middle

Students who had art class during the first quarter can pick up their work in the art room.

Mr. Stephens' physical education classes are setting goals for second-quarter fitness tests. Students are asked to set a goal, then come up with a workout action plan on how to reach that goal.

Yearbook prices have been reduced to $19 before Christmas. The price will go up to $25 after the holidays.

Thanks to the parents who attended conferences last week.

Basketball started this week.

Gold Card day off is Nov. 8. This is a reward to students for good attendance, grades and citizenship.

Student of the Month and Citizen of the Month bingo will be Nov. 15.

Soldotna Middle School encourages families to check out the Santa's Elves 101 and Brian Gym classes being offered this month through Soldotna Community School. Information on these activities is available in the Soldotna Community School fall program guide, available at the school district central office and area libraries, or by calling 262-6768.


"Fizz, bang, boom!" The Imaginarium is coming to Soldotna to present demonstrations of physical and chemical changes. "Radical Reactions" will be at the Soldotna Elementary School gym at 10 a.m. Friday. The assembly is geared toward students in grades four through six, but all Connections students in grades kindergarten through seven are welcome to attend. E-mail Doug for more information.

Lifetouch will be available to take school pictures for all home-school students from 1 to 4 p.m. Friday at the Aspen Hotel in Soldotna. Picture packets are available in the Connections office. Prices are listed on the packets.

Applications for the Prudential Spirit of Community Award, which honors junior high and high school students for volunteer community service, are available online at

Quarterly reports are now past due. If you have not turned one in, do so immediately. EduTest participants are not required to do quarterly reports.

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)

Congratulations to Heather Paxson and Marta Todd, who won positions in the All-State Honor Orchestra. Heather will play violin and Marta, cello.

Congratulations to Marta Todd, Matthew Gravell, Courtney McKenney and Dustin Davis, this year's recipients of the $11,000 University of Alaska Scholar Award.

Matthew and Alison Parshall, members of a First Lego League team, are working to complete a research project having to do with how robotics can be used with urban planning and pollution in a major city. The team will compete with 28 other teams in Anchorage on Dec. 14.

There will be a curriculum sale from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday.

IDEA also is hosting several workshops. For more information on these events or to sign up, call Debbie.

n Understanding E-mail and Viruses, 2 to 3 p.m., Nov. 13. The beginner class will cover setting up e-mail and basic information about computer viruses.

n Microsoft Word Basic, 2 to 4 p.m., Nov. 14. The beginner class will introduce Microsoft Word and cover basic commands and functions.

n Microsoft Excel Basic, 2 to 4 p.m., Nov. 19. The beginner class will introduce Microsoft Excel and cover basic commands and function including labels and values, formatting data and basic formulas.

Brenda Runkle, author of "Runkle's Geography" and other curricula, will present mini-workshops in Soldotna Nov. 15 and in Homer Nov. 16.

For more information about the IDEA program or upcoming opportunities, call the office at 260-7555 or visit home/default.htm.

Kenai Central High

The KCHS drama department will present its pre-Veterans Day celebration, "Spirit of Belonging" at 7 p.m. Nov. 7 to 9 and at 3 p.m. Nov. 10 in the auditorium. Tickets will be available at the door.

KCHS will honor student academic excellence with a banquet in the cafeteria from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday. Students with a 3.5 grade point average or higher in the spring 2002 semester will be recognized.

Site council will meet at 5 p.m. Nov. 14.

The swimming and diving awards banquet will be from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 14 in the cafeteria.


The high school volleyball team will leave Thursday for a weekend competing at Kenny Lake. The wrestlers will be at Anchorage Christian School this weekend. The junior high girls' and boys' basketball teams will play Nikolaevsk after school Tuesday.

The biology class recently went to Seward to collect salmon eggs to raise in the classroom. At the hatchery, students collected two male live salmon and one female salmon from the raceway. They helped the hatchery workers collect scale samples and weighed and measured fish. Throughout the year, the elementary classes will go to the science class to see the eggs develop.

Ninilchik Native Descendants will sponsor its annual Christmas bazaar at the school from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 7. Several high school classes have reserved space for class fund raisers. Classes must get their participation approved by the student council ahead of time. For more information, call Jamie Leman at 567-3361.

Soldotna High

The annual craft fair will be in the SoHi commons Saturday and Sunday.

SoHi swimmers and divers will compete in the state meet Friday and Saturday at Bartlett High School.

Also Friday and Saturday, the wrestling team will compete in the Chugiak Invitational.

The volleyball team will play at the regional tournament Thursday and Friday at Skyview, and the hockey team will be in Homer on Friday.

Parents of seniors are invited to the annual financial aid information night at 7 p.m. Nov. 19 in the library.

For more information and events, visit the SoHi calendar online at

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the Week are Molly Fenton, for a helpful heart; Noah Fowler, Mac Wynkoop and Matthew Titus, outstanding Bible memorization; Dailee Cooper, persistence in schoolwork; Amie Smithwick, leadership in the classroom; Kelsey Brush, always being helpful with a happy heart; Kristin May, kindness; Madison Orth, neat coloring; Elias McConnell, being helpful in the classroom; Steven Carter, working hard in school; and Jeffrey McNutt, having a great behavior day.

Today is the last day to reserve seating for CIA's annual fall banquet. Funds will go to benefit the music and library departments. The Chase is Over will cater the event and the school's band, choir and drama groups will provide live entertainment. Tickets may be purchased in advance or at the door.

Thanks to the teachers, staff, students and volunteers who have made the first quarter a success.

Grace Lutheran

In Christlight this week, the students learned to share the savior with others just like Matthew shared the good news of Jesus with his friends.

Parent-teacher conferences were Monday and Tuesday. All the students showed improvement in their math and reading skills. Thanks to the volunteers who have come in to help in these areas.

The kindergartners have learned all 26 phonograms and are well on their way to reading. In science, they are learning about the five senses.

The lower grades are beginning a study of vertebrates and invertebrates.

The fifth- and sixth-graders are reading "Hatchet" in their literature class, and the seventh- and eighth-graders are reading "Johnny Tremain."

For more information about Grace Lutheran School, call Mr. Leckwee at 283-9551.

Wings Christian Academy

Last week, students in the creative writing class learned to write narrative stories.

The Lower Learning Center students have memorized 22 states and capitals.

This month's Quiz-Em winners were Naomi Pettey and Zachary Thompson.

The cleanest desk award went to Kaylee Burger and Mickelle Waters.

Brandon Ruffridge, Julianne Pettey, Brandon Saunders and Matanya Bush made it to the 1000s Club last week.

Last Friday, the school had its annual fall harvest festival, and students began practicing for the Christmas program Monday. There will be practices every Monday after school.

Due to the Missions conference, chapel services will be held Wednesday, Thursday and Friday this week.

The Lower Learning Center will have art class Friday.

There will be no school Monday in observance of Veterans Day.

High school basketball practice starts Tuesday.

Also Tuesday, there will be a skating party at Alaska Great Skate in Soldotna.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

Last week at Soldotna Cooperative Preschool, students enjoyed the Halloween spirit with many exciting projects. The children made noodle skeletons and sorted and matched spiders and pumpkins. Everyone brought in a pumpkin and had a contest to see which was biggest and heaviest. The class also had a pumpkin race, then painted and carved pumpkins. For the Halloween party, the kids played spooky games, had a costume parade and went trick-or-treating around the school.

The Soldotna Co-op encourages parent involvement, but also has non-volunteer enrollment available for $160 per month. Classes are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to noon. There is lots of room for new students. For more information, call Susan at 262-4102.

To have information published in Schools, please send a description of the event or accomplishment to Jenni Dillon at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611. Information will be accepted by e-mail at or by fax at 283-3299.,/i>

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

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