Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, November 07, 2001

KCHS invites community to Oz

The drama department at Kenai Central High School presents "The Wizard of Oz" this week. All ages are invited to this elaborate production, based on the classic fantasy by Frank Baum.

The large cast stars Lauren Brewer at Dorothy, Claire Mishou as the Wicked Witch of the West, Aaron Trickel as the Scarecrow, Michele Blomburg as the Tin "Gal," Michelle Oberg as the Cowardly Lion and Megan Kohler as the wizard. Joining them will be thespians of all ages, including elementary schoolers playing munchkins, flying monkeys and magic kittens.

Drama teacher Shona Redmond DeVolld will direct.

The show opens 7 p.m. Thursday in the Renee Henderson Auditorium at KCHS and continues Friday and Saturday with 7 p.m. show times. It concludes Sunday with a 3 p.m. matinee. Tickets are $5 at the door.

For more information, call 283-7524.

Workshop on teaching writing coming

Andrew Pudewa, from the Institute for Excellence in Writing, is returning to the Kenai Peninsula with his famed writing workshop for teachers and parents.

The two-day workshops will be held in Homer at Land's End Monday and Tuesday and near Soldotna at Solid Rock Bible Camp on Nov. 14 and 15. Each day runs from 8:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

The workshop is a seminar and practicum designed for teachers, tutors, home-school parents and resource specialists. High school students who are serious about writing also are welcome to attend.

The cost is $50 per person or $75 for a couple, which is discounted from the regular rates. The book costs an additional $12, or those with former editions can update with additional inserts for $4.

The workshop details practical steps for teaching young people how to be effective writers and how to use writing skills to enhance other parts of education.

For more information or to sign up, contact Carol Simpson by e-mail at or phone (907) 235-5910 or Bill Rolph at or 262-6315.

Challenger Learning Center offers workshops

The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai is offering the following afternoon workshops for students throughout November:

Robotics and space for ages 8 to 11 today and for ages 12 to 15 on Friday.

Potluck space science for ages 5 to 7 Monday, for ages 8 to 11 on Nov. 14 and for ages 12 to 15 on Nov. 16.

Young aviators for ages 5 to 7 on Nov. 26, for ages 8 to 11 on Nov. 28 and for ages 12 to 15 on Nov. 30.

Most classes meet from 1 to 4 p.m. and cost $20. The exception is the Nov. 30 class, which meets from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and costs $40.

For more information or to register, call the center at 283-2000.

American Education Week starts Sunday

For 80 years, the week before Thanksgiving has been celebrated by communities across the country as American Education Week.

It is a special time to honor teachers and school staff, who educate the nation's 53 million school children every day. This year, the week will be Sunday through Nov. 17, providing an opportunity to recognize the critical role public schools serve by caring for our children and imparting American ideals.

"This year, it is fitting to acknowledge the importance of teachers and school staff who year after year teach generations of native-born and immigrant students to understand and respect America's core values," said National Education Association President Bob Chase. "I urge the country to commemorate AEW by honoring America's educators for their vital role in reclaiming our nation's spirit."

"In the wake of Sept. 11, teachers, school support professionals and other staff have bonded together to help children cope with overwhelming events, while experiencing their own shock and grief," he said in an NEA press release.

"School staff across the nation have channeled feelings of anxiety into service, raising funds for relief efforts and sharing valuable lessons of hope and healing."

The NEA and the American Legion established American Education Week in 1921 to highlight the value of public education. Today, the week has grown to include the 12 leading national education organizations, such as the PTA and groups representing principals, school boards and administrators.

The 2001 theme, "Together: Making Public Schools Great for Every Child, "reflects the reality that when the partnership between school staff, parents and students is successful, a quality education is nearly guaranteed.

The theme also points out that everyone has a role to play in making public schools great: parents, neighbors, business, government, as well as teachers, principals, bus drivers and all other school staff.

For this reason, Nov. 14 is designated as Educational Support Professional Day to salute the unique role played by school support staff.

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