Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Students of the Month

The following students were named Students of the Month at Soldotna Middle school: Physical education — Royce Bird, Kylee Woodford, Dallin Carlson, Brad Duwe, Caleb Murray, Mary Hauptman, Daniel Rozak; Social Studies — Sean Beck, Lindsey Kaufman, Corrie Hagedorn, Evan Withrow, Brittany Russell, Joy Bartlett, Hailey Oglesbee, Colton Schneider, Alexandria Kirsch; Language Arts — Alicia West, Jessie Duke, Jonathan Meade, Lacey Moore, Connor Dimick, Megan Janorschke; Science — Chelsea Belden, Cierea Giles, Matt Landess, Annita Braun, Stephen Kimbrell, John Shirley, Mariah Henson; Sewing and textiles — Olivia France, Jerramy Hatten; Family and Consumer Science — Will Granger, Cori Shull; Digital Photography — Olivia Fair, Katie Clonan; Math — Gabrielle Bragg, Tyler Sherman, Kaitlyn Vanmeter, Nick Marquardt, Madelynn Tice, Annita Braun, Kayla Hanson; Leadership — Bradley Guth, Taylor Vonheeder; Homeroom — Cody Vandehey, Sean Rodland, Connor Jezorski, Nick Symonds, Paige Osenbaugh; Art — Miranda Zufelt, Chelsey Ahlers; Shop — Katrina Truesdell; Band — Evan Atchley; Choir — Mary Hauptman; Business and information systems — Alex Wilson; Keyboarding — Breann Huff, Alicia Hamilton; Digital storytelling — Jessica Duncan; Yearbook — Jordan Holly; Study skills —Tyler Brown, Mariah Luze, Ashley Schrader; Explorations — Megan Neill; Living skills — Jamie Helstern; Teacher aide — Shay Kurz, Mirandah Smith, Christina Tachick, Carly Lund; and Reading — Lagi Wong, and Micaela Rose.

The following students for being selected Students of the Month at Kenai Middle School: Sixth — Ericka Reynolds, Darian Schaffner, Chase Colton, Rebecca Morehart, Kyle Dougherty, Alicia O’Brien, Annalise Theisen, Amanda Blum, and Adam Agosti.

Good News Clubs to meet

Good News Clubs will meet after school Thursday at Mountain View Elementary, Kalifornsky Beach Elementary, Sears Elementary and Cook Inlet Academy. Permission slips to attend the hour-long meetings are available at the schools. Parents are responsible for their children’s transportation. For more information, contact Phyllis Yankey at 262-9605.

Connections Home-school

Home-school ice skating is scheduled for today at the Soldotna Sports Center from noon to 1:30 p.m. There is an admission and skate rental fee. We hope to see you at the Sports Center and be sure to bring anyone and everyone.

Kenai Peninsula College’s 17th annual Career Day has been scheduled for Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Information tables will be open at 8 a.m. in the commons. All sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited to attend sessions. Four 30-minute sessions on careers of their choice will be available. The day’s schedule is available in the Connections office. A pizza lunch will be provided by Principal Young for all Connections students who attend. For information please contact Bob or Natalie at 714-8880.

Grades seven and eight Battle of the Books participants will have their first organizational meeting with parents and students today from 2:30-3:45 p.m. at the Connections’ Resource Room. Please call the office or let the advisor know if you plan to attend.

November book club flyers are available in the office and on-line. Holiday book specials and flyers are only in the office. Please remember the deadline for ordering is Nov. 20. Call Tanya at 714-8880 for information.

The Connections Alaskan Animal Pumpkin Contest awarded prizes for four beasts made by creative carvers. A musk ox by Ellery Steffensen took “Best in Show.” Flying in under the radar with “Most Creative” was a brown bat conceived by Klane Coad. A ram fashioned by Hope Steffensen leapt into the “Boone and Crockett Pumpkin Award.” Finally, a cuddly polar bear constructed by Paul Steffensen roared into the limelight for “Perkiest Pumpkin.” Thanks to all who participated!

The Connections Office will be closed on Nov. 23 and 24 for Thanksgiving.

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the Week are Bethany Estes, great thinking; Vince Brown, giving an amazing Middle East Tour; Conner Leaf, being prepared for class; Reid Schmelzenbach, great creative writing; Coel Nelson, having a gentle spirit; Sophie Thomas, excellent schoolwork; Elizabeth Dailey, always doing her best; Conner Yarnes, great enthusiasm; Meijan Leaf, always being ready to smile.

Miss Becky is on the hunt for baby food jars for a class project.

The Student Council sponsored the high school student’s trip to the hay maze at Solid Rock Bible Camp.

The pumpkin smell coming from Mrs. Ireland’s room was another yummy class cooking project.

Visit Mrs. O’Dell’s room and check out the mural under construction by the junior high girl’s art class.

As part of studying the senses, Mrs. Nelson’s third-graders made “Brain Hats.” These hats help teach students about the brain and how it works, plus, look interesting and creative.

Upcoming events:

Thursday — junior high basketball at SMS, 3p.m.;

Friday — Fall Banquet RSVP deadline and junior high basketball at CIA, 4 p.m.;

Friday and Saturday — wrestling in Seward and volleyball at Lumen;

Monday — junior high basketball at CIA, 4:30 p.m.; and

Tuesday — junior high basketball girls at Boys and Girls Club, 4:30 p.m.

Grace Lutheran

We have had an exciting week at Grace Lutheran. It all began with our FROGS night on Monday. This wass an opportunity for families to hang out together and we showcased the kids. We had a wonderful turnout to come and watch the children. The children in kindergarten through fourth grade performed a cute play called “It Could Always Be Worse.” Their costumes were adorable and the play brought a lot of laughter. The children in grades five through eight showed their musical ability in a few songs they learned. One song was “This Land is Your Land,” performed in a descant, and a fun song called “The Orchestra Song,” in which they sing the notes of the different instruments of the orchestra.

The Grace Lutheran basketball team kicked off its basketball season with a couple of games in Anchorage. Ask some of the kids how they did. We are still learning but their has been a lot of growth. They are having fun, though.

The upper-graders have begun a new lesson in physical education, Lacrosse. A new sport to the area, it actually is one of the longest-played sports in North America. It is a new challenge for most of the kids in the class, but they are excited to begin and have had fun learning and play. In our American history class, they are learning about the American Revolution, Declaration of Independence, and our struggle to establish a government.

Congratulations to Kenny Werth, Josh Mckee and Nick Pokryfki for their completion of all their math facts in 2 minutes or less. That is 100 math problems in less than 2 minutes. Well done guys.


IDEA families have a busy schedule for the month of November.

The Future Problem Solver team met on the Nov. 1 and will meet again on the Nov. 21. They are busy doing research and brainstorming for their next challenge problem.

Math Olympiads will meet on Monday and Nov. 27 to have fun learning more math strategies.

IDEA will be having a presentation day on Nov. 15 for students to “show off” what they have accomplished. So students, think about what music, art, projects, etc., you would like to share. We will be sending out more information about this event.

The November Family Fun Day will be on Nov. 17 at the Kenai Recreation Center from 1-2:30 p.m. We will have the gym, teen center and wally ball court for a fun time. Everyone will bring finger foods to share.

The Burnout Busters will meet on Nov. 21 at 2:30 p.m. Join other parents and share ideas, problem areas and friendship. The children will be entertained with the month by month art project. Both of these activities are very popular with IDEA families.

New books have just been added to the library for families to enjoy. There are lots of wonderful kits for students to enhance their studies. Our featured kit for the month of November is the Laura Ingalls Wilder kit. This is an awesome kit full of the “Little House on the Prairie” books, movies, etc. — a great addition to your American history studies.

For more information about any of these activities and events come by the office on Kalifornsky Beach Road in the Red Diamond Center or call 260-7555. For general information check the website at

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Mrs. Murphy would like to thank her class for working at the carnival booths. Participants included Luke Short, Lane Faulkner, Olivia Tice, Heidi Westerman, Matthew Aho, Collin Attleson, Jayme Christian, Haley Conti, Brittney Sears, Jacob Lawson and Alex Agosti. Congratulations to Kyle Kanorowski for being the top seller at K-Beach Elementary during our recent fundraiser. In addition, thanks to Kyle and Haley Conti for serving as class presidents the past two weeks. They have done a great job in the classroom.

Mr. Vedders’ class began studying the Solar System this week, preparing for their visit to the Challenger Learning Center at the end of the month. Their next water monitoring visit to Slikok Creek will be on Tuesday. Any parents wishing to join are welcome and should contact Mr. Vedders.

Mr. Daniels’ class requested up-to-the-minute satellite photos of the Esperanza Fire near Los Angeles from the International Space Station via the EarthKAM Web site. They will compare the photos we get to see which direction the fire is moving and wind is moving as well as its size. They can also follow the fire reports via the nightly news. They finished glazing their clay pots on Friday. They are being glaze-fired in our school kiln and will be ready to take home this week. Thank you to Grandma Jan for coming in each week and reading with the class.

Amber Lapp, Jordan’s mom, an elementary education student at KPC, conducted an experiment with Mrs. Davis’ class. The experiment included a little dry ice, distilled water, ammonia, blue dye and Ph strips to illustrate what the students have been learning about the balance and sensitivity of the environment, especially freshwater sources.

K-Beach’s annual fundraiser auction and spaghetti dinner will be held Nov. 17, at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is $5 per plate or $20 per family. If you would like to donate items for the auction, please call Dee Leslie at the school.

Kenai Central High

Mass health screening is taking place in our building today. All ninth-graders, 11th-graders, and any new students will be screened.

Friday is the annual KPC career day. Any students interested in attending need to talk to the counselors and get a prearranged absences form filled out. If you have any questions about this contact Jon Lillevik at 283-7524.

Tuesday will be the KCHS Financial Aide Night at 6:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre. All seniors and their parents are encouraged to attend. Again, if you have any questions about this event call Jon Lillevik.

Upcoming events:

Nov. 15 — October Student of the Month luncheon;

Nov. 16-18 — All-State Music in Anchorage;

You can access schedules for all activities at KCHS with the following Web address:

Activities for the week

Friday — JV/varsity hockey at Dimond, 5:15/6:15 p.m. and wrestling at Seward; and

Saturday — JV/varsity hockey at West at 5:15/6:15 p.m. and wrestling at Seward.

Kenai Middle

Congratulations to EJ Ismael and Taylor Evans for being selected as Character Counts Students last week. These students received a pizza for lunch last week. Again, congratulations to all our students and keep up the great work!

The KCHS junior class is sponsoring a dance and lock-in at KMS on Nov. 17. The dance is open to all seventh- and eighth-grade students from 6-8 p.m. The cost for the dance is $3. The lock-in will follow from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. and will be open to the first 100 seventh- and eighth-grade students. The cost for the lock-in is $20. The first 100 students to turn in their permission slip and money will get to attend the lock-in. Permission slips should be turned into Mrs. Steward.

The eighth-grade leadership class is collecting used cell phones and ink cartridges. We are raising money for the Kossack Korner and our Christmas family. If you have old cell phones or ink cartridges to donate, please turn them in at the box at the office. We cannot accept toner cartridges. A good rule of thumb is that the cartridge should not be larger than the palm of your hand. Ink cartridges need to be in a plastic bag. All cell phones are accepted, working or not. Thank you.

Students, please remember that you are not supposed to stay after school unless you are supervised by an adult. Also, you need to clear the hallways and wait outside or between the double doors for your ride.

Dates to remember:


Friday — Celebration!

Tuesday — basketball at Kenai, “A” at 3 p.m., “B” at 5:30 p.m.;

Nov. 16 — site council at 5:30 p.m. in the library;

Nov. 17 — dance and lock-in with the KCHS junior class, 6-8 p.m./8 p.m.-7a.m.);

Nov. 20 — basketball at KMS “B” 3 p.m.;

Nov. 21 — basketball at Kenai, 3 p.m.;

Nov. 23-24 — holiday, happy Thanksgiving; and

Nov 28 — basketball at CIA “B” at 3:30 p.m.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start

The theme for the month of November in the classrooms is “Families” and the traditional value being taught is thankfulness. The Dena’ina word for family is “desnaqa.”

The children will be doing activities with the color brown, square shapes, the letters “T, K and E” and the numbers 3 and 4.

Chiqinik to all the families who attended our pancake breakfast on Monday. It was a nice opportunity to visit.

School pictures are today, beginning at 10:30 a.m.

The Fire Safety Puppet Show has been rescheduled until Nov. 15.

Mountain View Elementary

There will be no school Nov. 23-24 for Thanksgiving Vacation.

Would you like some new books? Are you wondering what your child should be reading? Do you need some tips on how to choose a good book? Please join us on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. for a fun night of Book Bingo. Parents will learn about appropriate reading material and levels for their children and students will receive tips on how to choose a book to read. The event is sponsored by Mt. View’s Title I program, but all families are encouraged to come and participate. Please contact Miss Lazare if you have any questions at 283-6148.

There will be a fifth-grade concert to celebrate Native American history at 6 p.m. on Nov. 21. Students will need to be here by 5:30. Following will be a 30-minute visit to the fifth-grade rooms to see and hear what they have learned about the Native Americans from their region.

Congratulations to the students of the month. Student of the month lunch will be held today at 11:35 a.m.

Nikiski Middle-High

November’s Golden Apple Recipient is Angela Smith, Intensive Needs Classroom Aide. Angela is always willing to do whatever is asked of her. She takes the initiative to complete tasks that have not even been asked of her. Every month she prepares an art/crafts lesson for the students that is fun but also educational. She is there for every student; not just the students in the intensive needs classroom. The intensive needs classroom would not be running smoothly if she was not in there assisting the teacher. She is such a valuable person to this classroom.

Congratulations Angela.

On Nov. 16, there will be a banquet given in honor of those students who are part of the academic lettering program. This program began two years ago to recognize students with high grade point averages. It is only for high school students. Those who have met the following requirements will be receiving a letter in the mail inviting them to the banquet. The GPA is determined after the first two years in high school, so only 10th- through 12th-graders are eligible.

If you have any questions, please contact Linda Ralston at the school.

Academic Letter Requirements:

· Students with 3.5 GPA or higher for first year (two consecutive semesters) receive an “N” letter and scroll pin; and

· Students with3.5 GPA or higher for any following year (two consecutive semesters) receive a service bar.

Students must be taking at least 1/2 day of classes (NHS or college) for the semester to count.

Awards will be handed out at an Academic Award Banquet to be held in the fall.

Important dates:

Thursday — PTSA meeting at 6:30 the library;

Tuesday — joint site council with Nikiski North Star at 4 p.m. in the library;

Nov. 16 — Academic Lettering Banquet 6 p.m. in the commons;

Nov. 21 — senior parents meeting at 6 p.m. in the library; and

Nov. 23-24 — no school, Thanksgiving.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Mr. Zinck’s third-graders have been studying sound. They experimented to see how sound waves are formed and how they travel. The kids went outside and identified how echoes were made. Then they studied bats and read about how bats use echo location to hunt at night. For an art project the class made models of brown bats. There is now a flock of bats flying form the ceiling in Room 9.

In Mrs. Hufford’s class the students have been reading about adventures. They are writing a personal narrative. The class is working on place value and addition in math. They were busy making decorations for the Fall Carnival last week. Mrs. Ruffridge, their student teacher, is teaching the class full-time for the next few weeks.

Nikiski North Star Elementary reminds parents of toddlers through 5-years-old that they can bring their child to our preschool room on Friday mornings from 9-10:30 a.m. This is a parent supported program that allows children access to the school environment. For more information, call 776-5575.

Ninilchik School

The King of the Mountain wrestling tournament in Seward is on Friday and Saturday.

The junior high basketball teams will head over to CIA and play at 4 p.m. on Friday.

The volleyball team will be in a tournament at Lumen Christi in Anchorage over the weekend.

A big thank you goes out to Mr. Story for coordinating the college fair trip to Anchorage.

READS Primary

Thanks to Susie Knudsen and the Kenai Christian Church puppeteers for the terrific puppet show presented to the READS students last Friday.

Students of the Week are Ginni Orth and Levi Rosin. Congratulations to these students.

The last show and tell for 2006 will be on Thursday since this time slot will be used for practicing the Christmas program. Show and tell will resume in January.

The kindergartners and first-grade students will travel to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank on Friday. Donated food items collected over the last month by the students will be presented to the director. Thanks to all students and parents for contributing to this effort.

November Book It goals for kindergarten and first-grade students were sent out Monday. Parents are encouraged to contact the office immediately if there are questions or if there is a need for assistance in finding books.

Redoubt Elementary

Terry Inokuma will be visiting Redoubt and teaching clay art to students through Nov. 28 through Artists in Schools, a program of the Alaska State Council on the Arts, with support from the state Legislature and the National Endowment of the Arts.

Site council meets today at 3:45 p.m. in the conference room.

Redoubt’s holiday kindness program will provide holiday help to families in need again this year. Families are asked to contact the school by Dec. 4. A form was attached to last week’s newsletter or a note may be sent to the school office.

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

Parents are asked to complete a student programs/free and reduced lunch program application. All completed applications benefit the school whether or not families qualify for benefits or plan to participate in the lunch program.

Fear Factor champions in grades four through six were Xochi Harbison, Lilly Lamson, Adam McMillian, Emily Schneider, Daniel Lewis, Jakob Kooly, Kelci Benson (Kelci won two events) and Jacob Daniel.

Intramural basketball begins next week. Students are working on spirit posters this week.

The Elf Shelf Holiday Store is coming Dec. 4-8. Students will have an opportunity to shop for family and friends. Complete information will be sent home soon.

Sears Elementary

The next PTA meeting is at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 in the Sears library. This is a great way to be involved in your child’s school.

Ms. Ralston’s first-graders have been exploring and learning about how water pushes back and can makes some things float. They also learned about the uses of water, how water affects our lives, how objects move through water and how water flows. In math, the students learned about how to tell time to the hour and half hour, and how to count by fives using the clock. Students also learned how to read a thermometer and learned the word Fahrenheit.

Mrs. Davidson’s and Ms. Ralston’s first-graders in reading this week worked on sequencing stories, story structure, predicting and inferring. They learned the difference between fantasy and realism, cause and effect, and how to look for details.

Mrs. Atkinson’s Kindergarten students integrated their art projects about scarecrows into their reading curriculum. In math they worked on shapes and then used the shapes to create colorful masterpieces.

Mrs. Hanson’s class dissected owl pellets and made many interesting discoveries about owls and their habitat. This week they will study Yup’ik Eskimos. The Yup’ik are indigenous peoples who live along the coast of western Alaska. Two residents of Tuksuk Bay will also come in to speak to the class about their culture.

Please be sure to turn in Box Tops For Education. Write your child’s name on the back and turn them in to the office.

Skyview High

Please make sure that you visit Edline at www.edline. net/pages/Skyview_High. We have been adding new information on clubs, activities, and other important information for parents and community members.

The National Honor Society prepared and ran the “Haunted Bus” for the Sterling Elementary School’s “Trunk or Treat” on Halloween and it was a “howling success.” The teenagers enjoyed preparing the project for the elementary students.

The National Honor Society and the girls basketball team will be putting on the “Winter Ball” at Skyview on Dec. 2. The theme will be an “ice castle.” The cost will be $10 per person and the dance will be semi-formal. We will also crown a Snow King and Queen as well as an Ice Prince and Princess. Light refreshments will also be available for students. The art department has graciously agreed to assist in creating the castle and decorations. It should be a wonderful winter ball for Skyview students. We also hope to have photos available for students to purchase at the dance.

Cross country runners of the year are Ivy O’Guinn and Erick Romig. The most improved runners are Sasha Anderson and Keith Clancy.

Those students wishing to apply for local scholarships or to be considered for scholarships awarded by the Skyview High School Scholarship committee must have their scholarship folders on file with Mrs. Madden to qualify. Scholarship folder applications and information can be picked up in Mrs. Madden’s office. Deadline is Dec. 8.

Be sure to stop by and see Mrs. Madden at least once a week and check on current scholarships and college visitations. A list of current scholarships is posted on Edline and in the library. Senior English and social studies teachers also have it posted in their rooms. Listen to the daily announcements. Apply early — don’t wait till the last minute.

Soldotna Elementary

This week is Spirit week at Soldotna Elementary School and Soldotna Wolves have already held Pajama Day and Sassy Shoe Day. Today is Crazy Hair-Do Day followed by Wild, Wild West Day and Wacky Wolf Day. Spirit Day coordinator Erin Southwick introduced this special week with a spirited assembly on Friday for the whole school.

Kindergartners completed self-portraits with their teachers, Tracy Erwin and Jane Evenson, and they are displayed in the primary wing. This activity illustrates developmental growth in many areas including visual perception, small motor control, cognitive development and memory.

Mark your calendars for upcoming activities at Soldotna Elementary:

Beginning and Intermediate Concert Band Program on Nov. 30 at 6:30 p.m. in the gym;

Fun Fest on Nov. 17 from 3:45-5:30 p.m.; and

Thanksgiving Break on Nov. 23 and 24.

Soldotna High School

SoHi has a new main telephone number: 260-7000.

Parents of seniors interested in helping plan after-graduation activities are invited to meet tonight at 6 p.m. in the teachers workroom. Tomorrow evening, PTSA meets at 5:30 and site council meets Monday at 5 p.m.

The annual SoHi Craft Fair is this weekend.

The following students were selected as Rotary Students of the Month for November: Logan Hutchins, Ashley Lloyd, Braden Lichty, Jacob Lamphier, Jesse Carlson, Kathryn Vengley, Daniel Geller, Cody Sanders, Bryan Parson, Micah Peletti, and Danielle Haselow.

On Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 and 2, the drama department will present “A Piece of me Heart,” the story of six nurses and their experiences during the Vietnam War and the years after. The production will be staged in-the-round.

Additional sports information and The Galaxy are posted online on the SoHi homepage.

Soldotna Middle

The Soldotna Middle School Newsletter can be accessed at

Students are reminded that winter weather is upon us and appropriate winter clothing is needed. Bus riders are to wear or have a coat, gloves and hat with them at the bus stop and for the ride home. In the event of an emergency, bus riders may need to exit the bus and must have clothing to protect them from the weather.

Also, please wear shoes that cover your feet. Sandals and flip flops are no longer appropriate in the building. In the event of a fire drill or an emergency that causes us to exit the building, bare feet will be subject to frostbite in short order.

If you or someone you know could use some assistance during the holiday season please contact the school counselor at 262-4344.

Soldotna Middle School will be the site for the Mind-A-Mazes on Saturday. Student teams around the district are preparing for the event which includes junior (grades four to six) and intermediate/senior (grades seven-12) divisions. Several seventh-grade teams from the SMS Explorations Class are experimenting with devices powered by wind to create entries for the competition.

Mark your Calendar:

Tuesday — basketball, maroon boys and girls at Kenai, 3 p.m.

Soldotna Montessori

Cheryl Romatz’s class has been selected as one of only 25 Montessori schools in the U.S. to participate in a United Nations learning project. Her students will select and study different nations over the winter. Next March, a group of six student representatives will travel with Mrs. Romatz and parent chaperones to participate in a Model United Nations program.

The program has been planned to take place at the same time that the Montessori 100 Year Celebration Conference is being held in New York City. While many Montessori teachers attend the 100-year recognition of Maria Montessori, the Montessori Model United Nations students will be at the United Nations working to resolve world issues.

Students who missed school picture retakes this year or have not yet had a school picture taken may go to Magic Moments Studio on the Spur Highway in Soldotna on Thursday from 3-5 p.m. and have a school picture taken.

The Mind A-Mazes competition will be held at Soldotna Middle School on Saturday. Many of SMCS’s upper-elementary students will be competing. The competition is scheduled from 11:00 a.m. until approximately 3:30 p.m. The district is still recruiting volunteers to serve as judges for the competition. Training for judges will take place the morning of the competition from 9-11 at Soldotna Middle School. Please call Gail Moore at 262-1463, or e-mail volunteer or with questions.

Sterling Elementary

Join the PTA in the library for the monthly meeting today at 4 p.m. All interested parents, teachers and community members are invited. The PTA will be voting on what fundraisers will be done this year and how they will be funding activities within the school.

Remember to mark your calendar for a fun night for the whole family. The school will be hosting a NASA Night on Monday from 6-7:30. Families will learn about the exploration of Mars and design, build and test rocket racers. Prizes will be awarded for the racers that travel the farthest.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the Halloween Trunk ‘R’ Treat a success. The Skyview High School Honor Society did a fantastic job with the Haunted Bus and our parents, staff and community members came through with many fantastically decorated cars. The kids all had a fun, safe time collecting candy and showing off their great costumes.

Applications are still being accepted for the AmeriCorps BIRCH program. If you are interested, please contact Mrs. Mahan at the school.

Thanks to Central Emergency Services for putting on a play this week to teach the kids about fire safety. The kindergarten through third grades saw the play earlier this week.

Tustumena Elementary

This year’s winners of the PTO-sponsored pumpkin carving contest are as follows: Kindergarten thriugh third grade — first, Selena Stem; second, Morgan Stoddard; and third, Annie Rodland-Murphy. Devin Stockman and Marshal Cameron received honorable mention awards. Fourth through sixth grade — first, Catherine Wolk; second, Rachel Blossom; and third, Makayla Smith. Those students receiving honorable mention were Shaelyn VanMeter and Demery Garrant. Each of these students received a complimentary book selected from the school’s book fair.

The PTO-sponsored Haiku Contest winners are as follows: First grade — first, Sam McElroy; second, Alek Hansen; and third, Cory Hinz. Second greade — first, Daniel Davis; second, Annie Rodland-Murphy; and third, Riley Kruse. Third grade — first, Lindsey Wong; and second, Jennifer Yancy. Fourth grade — first, Lana Chesley; second, Hannah Mayo; and third, Chelsea Hinz. Fifth grade — first, Abby Cook; second, Rachel Blossom; and third, Shae VanMeter. Sixth grade — first, Ava Buffington; second, Dillon Henrie; and third, Cheyenne Maal. These Haiku writers received gift certificates to River City Books in the amounts as follows: $15 for first, $10 for second and $5 for third.

The school will be hosting local musicians contracted by the Performing Arts Society on Tuesday beginning at 10 a.m. This nonprofit organization is dedicated to presenting concerts of classical music and jazz in the central peninsula area. Their goal is to foster an appreciation of music as well as encourage their audience to exhibit good concert manners during the performance. The initial concert will include Maria Allison, Emily Grossman and Tammy Vollom-Matturro, who was formerly a music instructor at Tustumena. Parents are invited to attend.

Wings Christian Academy

This week at Wings, Jesse Puletau won the office of the week award.

The volleyball tournament will be held Nov. 17-18 at the Tesoro Sports Complex in Anchorage.

The kindergarteners here at Wings have begun learning Psalm 100, and have learned up to the number “21.”

Immanuel Baptist Church will be having their Missions Conference from now until Nov. 12. Speakers include Ronnie Starr, missionary to Fort Yukon, Andy Magnerrella, missionary to the Hopi Indians in New Mexico and a judo instructor, Mark Lancaster, missionary to the military in Europe, and Abe Hanson, missionary to the deaf.

Also, we recentley had a deaf choir come to Immanuel Baptist. Fred Adams was the was the special speaker.

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