District School News

Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2001

Aurora Borealis Charter School

The fifth- and sixth-grade students recently completed their study of flowering plants. Their red beans have sprouted and are more than one-foot tall. They are now studying energy and beginning to learn about work. It's amazing to them that thinking math isn't work in the science sense of the word.

Junior high students have been studying World War II. To complement this study, students read "Animal Farm" in language arts. Social studies is focusing on the history of western relationships with the Arab world. In science, these students are beginning an extensive study of matter with phase changes and the gas laws.

The kindergarten through eighth-grade students carved pumpkins, which were displayed during the schoolwide harvest festival. The day ended with the "storybook character" costume parade that toured each classroom to view these creative works of art.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

K-Beach would like to thank all the parents who attended conferences.

Family art night is tonight from 6 to 7 in the school library. See your child's art become mouse pads, mugs and note cards.

The veterans assembly will be Friday at 8 a.m.

Mrs. Peterson's class will begin to study the Eastern Woodland Indians in a Native American study for the month.

Mr. Daniels' class will have a glider contest Friday. Math is the name, and subtraction regrouping is the game. Students are getting close to earning a swimming party for their behavior. The class also has learned how to say different fruits' names in German, along with clothing.

The school would like to thank Becky Vandehey for creating a computer version of the K-Beach school report card. The school also thanks her and Jackie Ansotegui for launching a Web page for Mrs. Klaben's class. Stop by and take a look at it at www.kpbsd.k12. ak.us/kbeach/staff/klaben. The school Web site is www.kpbsd.k12. ak.us/kbeach.

Mountain View Elementary

School picture retakes are Friday.

Thursday is sports day.

Lori Newton's kindergarten students from Sears Elementary visited Mr. Emmerich's fourth-grade class at Mountain View for a morning of science and reading. The fourth-graders led the kindergartners through a science activity that resulted in slime. Students experimented with polymers and used their knowledge to create the same polymer slime that Hollywood uses as a special effect. The kindergarten students brought along books about pumpkins and autumn which the fourth-graders read to them.

Mr. Knudsen's students enjoyed their tour of the Kenai Fire Department last week. The students also earned a pizza party using their fire safety knowledge, so they ate pizza while Fire Marshal James Baisden presented awards for fire safety posters. Kristina placed first, Rebecca placed second, and Richie placed third. The school thanks Mr. Baisden for the tour and pizza.

The October Student of the Month pizza luncheon will be Nov. 14 at 11:35 a.m.

Nikiski Elementary

The Boys and Girls Club at Nikiski Elementary will start of a new club at the school. The focus will be on academic improvement with tutoring, homework help, games and activities. Watch for more information to come home in the few weeks.

The Kenai Health Center will have a hepatitis immunization clinic at Nikiski Elementary Thursday. Signed permission forms from the previous school clinic are adequate. Current school records will determine who is due for another shot. If your child was immunized since school started, bring in documentation so school records will be current. If you did not participate in previous school clinics and your child is due for another immunization, sign and return the form that was sent home.

The awards ceremony is Friday at 10 a.m. in the gym. The primary classes will begin at 10 a.m. and intermediate classes at 10:45 a.m. All parents and families are invited.

The site-base council will meet Monday at 3:45 p.m. in the school library.

The teachers and staff thank parents who took the time to come in and speak with them during parent-teacher conferences last week.

The student council sponsored a basketball game between the sixth-graders and teachers Oct. 31. The teachers managed a 11-to-10 victory.

Redoubt Elementary

Redoubt plans to offer breakfast at school. For more information, call 262-8570.

Free Parent to Parent classes are today through Nov. 14, sponsored by Title I and taught by nurse Donna. This prevention program teaches parents skills, attitudes and tips to raise safe and sober teens. Child care and refreshments will be provided. For more information, call nurse Donna.

The school will collect money for the American Red Cross through Friday.

The holiday kindness letter went home this week. If you need help with Christmas this year, return your letter to Mr. Meacham by Nov. 26. If you can purchase gifts or donate to the Christmas Kindness program, return your form to the school office.

There will not be a food drive this year, but the school will collect money for the food bank. The collection jar will be in front of the office Monday through Dec. 14.

Mrs. St. Onge's class raised $232.25 with Halloween candy-grams, which they will donate to a charity.

The Redoubt staff will work at McDonald's Nov. 15 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The school will receive a percentage of sales during that time. Join them for dinner. You can help your school and watch your teacher or Mr. Meacham fix your meal.

Morgan Krohn was kindergarten top seller in the fall fund-raiser.

Sears Elementary

The Halloween carnival was a day filled with parties and fun. The costumes were spectacular.

Picture retakes are Thursday. If you would like retakes for your child, be sure to send the original pictures back for the photographer.

Sears is preparing for its Christmas drive. In conjunction with Mountain View Elementary and Kenai Middle schools, Sears will collect donations to help those in need each year. More information will be available soon in your child's Friday folder.

McDonald's night will be Nov. 15. More information will go home shortly.

Celia Anderson, district art specialist, has been working with Sears students. Stop by the school and see the works that art students created.

Sears PTA encourages all Sears families to write a letter to the district Superintendent Donna Peterson regarding the move of the main office at Sears. For more information, contact the school or a PTA officer.

Soldotna Elementary

Mark your calendars for the primary Christmas program Dec. 13 at 6 p.m. Volunteers for coordinating makeup, a stage manager and four helpers and a set designer and helpers are needed. If you can help, call music teacher Erin Southwick at 260-5134. Music is a vital part of learning at Soldotna Elementary and the school hopes you will be there.

Children's Book Week begins Monday. Librarian Katrina Adamson will sponsor a book exchange. Children can bring any appropriate book in by Nov. 14 and receive a coupon to be exchanged for another book Nov. 15. Turn in the books you have read and get new books for winter reading.

Memory books are on sale at the office for $15. Place your order now and get your 2001-02 memory book in May.

Sixth-grade teacher Anne Pfitzner attended a conference last week at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that shared new knowledge linking learning to the brain. She will share recent brain research with school staff as they work to improve learning for all students.

PTA meets Thursday at 3:45 p.m. in the school library. Be a part of the parent-teacher team at the school and come.

Fun buck winners were Roan O'Neill, Tyler Morgan, Blake Thibodeaux, Riley Harvey, Pero Marinkovski, Alex Woltering, Michelle Wilson and Elora Hammer.

Sterling Elementary

The school thanks the Skyview drama class for presenting Halloween performances to the children.

The staff also appreciates Gary Hale from Central Emergency Services for the presentations he gave students about fire safety.

The PTA will meet Thursday at 3:45 p.m. in the library. Information learned at the issues conference last weekend in Anchorage will be discussed.

An awards assembly will be held Friday at 2:30 p.m. Parents are always welcome at these assemblies when the school honors students.

Mrs. Hoffman's class will have a bake sale Friday. This class is raising money to go to Otter Cove in May. They also will sell Sees Candy soon.

Intermediate students will have a Falcon Fun Night Friday after school. Students will make dream catchers with Mrs. Wall. Food will be for sale, and there will be games until 6 p.m.

The holiday season is quickly approaching. Families who need help during Thanksgiving or Christmas should contact the school office or a classroom teacher. They will coordinate with others in Sterling to help make the season a little happier.

Tustumena Elementary

Thursday is the big day for moving the students to new classes. The school has grown enough to get another half-time position, so Katie Blossom will head a new fourth-grade class.

Mr. Lewis' class is helping head custodian Boyuk Dotomain raise the flags on Mondays.

PTO bingo night is coming up Nov. 16.

Soldotna Middle School

There will be a hepatitis clinic put on by the Kenai Public Health Department at the school from 9 to 11 a.m. Friday. Permission slips must be filled out and returned to the school for students to receive the free immunization. For more information, call the school nurse at 262-4344.

Badminton champions in Mrs. Burn's physical education classes were Brennen Jackson, Chet Syverson, Dallas Christopher, Keegan Birchfield, Matt Lewis and Brian Herring.

Mrs. Kiffmeyer's colonial discovery simulation has come to a close. There were 29 colonies and one group of nomads in the New World. Students will convert all their supplies, animals and land back into wealth units. The class will find out who were the most prosperous colonies.

Intramural basketball ended Oct. 31. The competition season started Monday.


The first quarter progress report was due Friday. If you have not submitted this required report, contact your adviser.

High school students are invited to the Alaska College and Career Fair held in Anchorage Tuesday and Nov. 14 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. More than 150 universities will be at the Egan Center. Registration is required. For more information, contact Doug at 262-6315.

The Seaveys, a three-generation Iditarod racing family, is offering a day Iditarod Checkpoint Clinic to all home-school students. The topics covered will include Iditarod checkpoint routine, cooking fish head stew for the dogs, cuddling husky puppies and going on a dog sled ride. The fee is $69 per student. Connections students may use discretionary funds. The clinic will be held in November. Dates will be determined based on response. For more information, contact Doug at 262-6315 or dhogue@kpbsd.k12.ak.us.

Connections is looking for students who love math and like a challenge for the Math Counts competition for grades six through eight. It has local, state and national competitions for prizes and scholarships. For information, contact Tanya at 262-6315. Parent volunteers also are welcome. Teams are four to eight students with practice once or twice a week.

Interior Distance Education of Alaska

The second half of allotments are available.

The library will remain closed through Monday. All library materials were due Oct. 31. If you have any materials, return them immediately so IDEA can complete inventory and updates.

The new resource technician, Elizabeth DeVolld, has started this week. She previously was with the North Slope Borough School District and is glad to return home to Soldotna.

It is that time of year to start preparing for the Battle of the Books. The library has this year's books available for checkout, and the list is available online and in the office. To participate in the battle, sign up by Friday. Third- through sixth-grade students can e-mail gennyb@ideafamilies.org, seventh- and eighth-grade students can contact johnf@ideafamilies.org and ninth- through 12th-graders can e-mail amya@ideafamilies.org, coypatrick@ideafamilies.org or wonderfowler@ideafamilies.org.

For up-to-date information, visit the school's Web site at http:/www. galenaalaska.org/idea.

Kenai Central High School

The academic awards banquet will be Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

On Oct. 19, Ramona Baker, Jessica Ralston, Breanna Butler, Nicholas Russell, Travis Little, Nathan Smith and Anjani Solonem were inducted into the National Honor Society. Nikiski Middle-Senior High proudly congratulates these students for their efforts and hard work around the school.

The school also would like to congratulate the football cheerleaders for an exceptional job at the state cheerleading competition. They competed against eight schools in the small school division, taking fourth place. Jessica Sibolboro placed 10th in the senior division.

The site council will meet Tuesday in the school library from 7 to 8 p.m.

An all-state honor band-orchestra concert will take place in Fairbanks Nov. 15 through the 17. For more information, contact band and choir teacher Ms. Gehrke.

Ninilchik School

The Citizen and Student of the Month assembly will be today at 2:20 p.m.

Congratulations to Shaylene Weter Jones, a second-grader at Ninilchik. Her drawing for the Alaska Federation of Natives' Village Life Contest won first place in the kindergarten through third-grade division and was printed in the AFN convention booklet. She received $100.

The site-based council will meet Tuesday at 3:45 p.m.

If your child participated in the hepatitis clinics at school last spring, the final series of shots will be Nov. 16. Watch for the goldenrod permission slips Nurse Sam mailed home that detail the immunizations your child will receive. Sign and return it to the office as soon as possible.

The high school volleyball team will have a game at home Tuesday after school.

The National Honor Society wishes to thank those who purchased items from them during their current products fund-raiser. They raised more than $400 to help pay their annual fee, purchase new stoles and pay for their annual banquet.

Soldotna High School

It's time to submit a yearbook ad recognizing your graduating senior. Ads should include memorable pictures and personal messages. A quarter page ad is $60; a half page, $90; and a full page is $150. Ads submitted by Nov. 20 receive a 10 percent discount. All ads are due by Dec. 1. For more information, call Donna Bartman at 262-7411 or e-mail her at dbartman@kpbsd.k12.ak.us.

The PTSA crafts fair will be this weekend in the SoHi commons. Booths will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. For booth rental or more information, call Annette Weigle at 260-7570.

The first meetings for parents of juniors and seniors will be 7 p.m. Monday. Junior parents will meet in the staff lounge and senior parents will meet in the library. These meetings are to begin organizing the after-graduation party for seniors and the after-prom party for juniors. All parents of juniors and seniors are encouraged to attend.

Next week is American Education Week. SoHi students thank the district personnel, teachers, secretaries, support staff, custodians, kitchen personnel, auditorium staff, as well as parents and community members who work hard all year to provide quality education.

For more information on SoHi, look on the Web at www.kpbsd. k12.ak.us/sohi.

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the Week are Mariah Wall, Michael Horton, Jenna Zufelt, Chantal Reese, Mandy Evans, Mathew Titus, Albert White and Amie Smithwick. They were honored for reading, math, Internet, service, diligence and writing.

Llamas, turkeys, goats and buffalo greeted the kindergarten at the Hall farm in Nikiski. The September field trip impressed the kids with the power of animals such as the buffalo. Students got close to the goats. They could pet the pygmy goats while the llamas towered over them.

Student accident insurance is available through ACSI as an optional extension of the standard school policy. Information and forms are at the school office.

Girls volleyball coach Amy O'Dell is excited about the 14 girls on this year's team. This is the second year for a CIA volleyball team. Last year's squad had eight members. O'Dell and assistant coach Ronda Orth look forward to some good games.

Tickets are available for the fall banquet Monday. Miss Tatiana's music classes are preparing music and drama to perform after the exotic buffet. Funds raised will install secure windows in the main building. Tickets are $15. For more information or to reserve a seat, call 262-5101.

Parents in prayer group meets Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. The leaders welcome anyone to join in after bringing kids to school.

Grace Lutheran School

First quarter report cards will be handed out at parent-teacher conferences tonight, Thursday and Friday evenings. All students' reading CBM scores showed a great improvement in the first quarter.

Fourth- through sixth-grade students are culminating their ancient civilizations' study by building a model of the Indian city of Mahenjo-Daro. The upper grades did a great job on oral reports about various instruments found in an orchestra.

In addition to improving basic math, reading and writing skills, the first- through third-grade students will spend the next few weeks visiting China by way of books, videos, guest speakers and activities.

Most of the Grace Lutheran student body earned their Book-It pizza from Pizza Hut for October. The school goal is to have all readers earn pizzas in November.

In Christ's light, all students are learning how God turned Joseph's "tragic" life into blessings for him, his family and us.

The school would like to thank everyone who made the fall festival a success. Join the school Friday at 7 p.m. for a family fun night. Bring your favorite game and join in the fun and fellowship. For more information, call Mr. Leckwee at 283-9551.

Wings Christian Academy

The Wings junior high basketball team is doing great. It is scheduled for a game Monday at home against Nikolai at 4 p.m.

The new carpet for the upper and lower learning center has come in.

Monthly skate night will be Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Bring a friend and have some fun and fellowship with the school

The following students will celebrate their birthdays this month: Isaac Dutton on Thursday, Eben Spilman on Nov. 18, Jessica Boutwell on Nov. 22 and Zack Bargar on Nov. 25.

Julianne Pettey on the upper learning center and Naomi Pettey of the lower learning center have earned the Cleanest Desk of the Week awards.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

Head Start staff says "chiginik" to all families who participated in the family night in their child's classroom this week. Despite the confined space, everyone had a good time making family feathers and napkin rings and enjoying each other's company and Miss Gert's good food.

Head Start Cuya Qyat'anen dancers performed four songs and dances for the seniors and guests at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center at lunch Halloween. Children wore Dena'ina dresses and vests and were surprised to see so many chudas and chadas (grandmas and grandpas) in costume as well.

Some of the Head Start dancers performed again during the Cook Inlet Region Inc. potlatch last weekend at Kenai Central High School.

The policy council met Tuesday. The school would like to thank parents and community members who serve on the council.

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

Peninsula Grace Preschool

This week's helpers are Mason, Charis, Jrew and Ella.

Students will study community helpers this week. They will discuss the helpers in our community; constructing a cardboard community and playing roles.

The school thanks parents for providing refreshments for the harvest party and sharing in the festivities.

The staff also would like to thank parents for practicing memorizing verses with their child each week. The children enjoy being able to say the verse to class each week.

For more information, call Chris at 262-1284.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

Over the past couple of weeks, students have learned about different animals.

Mrs. Kent and the students prepared for Halloween, making owl masks and spider webs. There were even a few ghosts hanging around.

Students welcomed their parents and siblings in a Halloween party Wednesday. Costumes were donned and carnival activities were everywhere. Parents brought food and goodies. There were many smiling faces. The school thanks all who participated.

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 clarion@alaska.net 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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