Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, November 13, 2002

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Ms. Tyler's class hosted the grand opening of its school store Tuesday. The store was designed by Tony Doyle and Jen Tyler and built by John Burcam and his father-in-law, Larry Bass. Thanks for the work.

Mr. Daniels' Eggmobiles were a hit. Students will give a demonstration of the effective designs Tuesday at 8 a.m. at the school meeting. The students also are learning about Alaska, and will use the latest census data to create an up-to-date Kenai Peninsula User's Guide to communities. Thanks to Mark Anderson for coming in and teaching the students about digital photography and the technology that is used to manipulate pictures to create a work of art. Thanks also to Mrs. Murray and Mrs. Topp for helping with the writers workshop.

This week is Youth Appreciation Week. Today will be hat day; Thursday, Hawaiian shirt day; and Friday, sport team jersey day.

There will be a health fair Friday with Skyview students.

The next site council meeting will be Monday.

The fourth- through sixth-grade students are enjoying working with the artist in residence, Mark Anderson, and have a new awareness of photography and the world around them.

Reflection finalists are: Kyle Mead, Michelle Papp, Alena Robson, Sophia Taeschner, Michaela Shirnberg and Sierra Millington, literature; and Matthew Bullerdick, Brianne Pearson, Jessie Duke and Sophia Taeschner, visual arts; and Aaron Hawbold and Aaron Jackson, photography. Honorable mentions went to: Hanna West, Tyler McGillivray and Alena Robson, literature; and Kara Colton, London Gaboldon, Leanne Howard and Josh Borden, visual arts.

The first grade is continuing its theme of neighbors at work. Students wrote questions and interviewed Principal Sylvia Reynolds. First-graders also listened to a "Radical Reactions" presentation by the Imaginarium.

Montessori Charter

Thank you to Mrs. Rorrison for serving as the long-term sub for the kindergarten class. Welcome to Mrs. Roberts, the new teacher.

The kindergarten class is studying Europe. Students are especially curious about the many castles they have read about in class. They will soon travel to the library for story time.

Second-graders are researching the origin of the names of the months.

The Montessori bead chains continue to be popular. They are math manipulatives which allow students to square and cube numbers one through 10.

The next parent-teacher meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Mountain View Elementary

Thanks to the volunteers who helped make the Mountain View book fair a success.

Thanks also to all the parents who attended parent-teacher conferences.

The fifth-graders in Mrs. Keating, Mrs. Steward, Mrs Gustkey and Mr. Daniels' classes are preparing for their "Rendezvous with a Comet," scheduled for November. Thanks to Phillips Petroleum for paying for the hands-on "voyage" at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska.

Mrs. Wannamaker and Mrs. Heath's class enjoyed a field trip to Solid Rock, where they toured the hay maze, went on a hay ride, petted the animals and roasted marshmallows.

Friday is Principals' Day.

Nikiski Elementary

The Nikiski Elementary PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the library. There will be refreshments, door prizes and the results of the carnival, as well as a prize for the class with the most parents in attendance. Mr. Boyle's class won this contest in October.

Families may request participation in the Nikiski Christmas holiday program or may be referred through community organizations. Applicants must be residents of the Nikiski community and reside north of Mile 15.5 on the Kenai Spur Highway. Applications are available at the Nikiski Elementary office and due immediately.

Safety Seal was at Nikiski Elementary on Tuesday to teach kindergarten though second-grade students about winter safety.

Neon Froggy Friday T-shirts are available at the office for $12.

There will be a meeting for all parents of third-grade students from Nikiski and North Star elementary schools at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the Nikiski Elementary library. The informal meeting will address parent questions regarding state benchmarks, HSQE, AWA, CBM, DIBELS, Terra Nova and other assessment tests. For more information, call Mr. Norgren at Nikiski Elementary or Ms. Manion at North Star Elementary.

Redoubt Elementary

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

Fun Fest will be Friday. Permission slips have been sent home and must be returned with money by noon Friday for students to stay for the event. No exceptions will be made.

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

Students and families are invited to attend Family Math and Science Night on Nov. 26. Students attending must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. There will be fun math and science activities, as well as refreshments.

Students in kindergarten through third grade are preparing their holiday program, which will be presented at 6 p.m. Dec. at the Soldotna High School Auditorium.

Santa's Shop will be open at Redoubt the first week in December. This is an opportunity for students to shop for family Christmas gifts. Complete information will be sent home soon.

Sears Elementary

Laidlaw has provided materials and a bus for Bus Safety Week this week.

Thanks to the Sears Elementary PTA for providing funds for the new traversing wall for the physical education program. Many thanks also to Peter Klauder for his help in designing the wall.

Santa's Secret Shop will be Dec. 2 to 6; Holiday Fun Fest will be Dec. 3; and the holiday concert for grades one and two will be Dec. 10.

Parents are invited to stop by the school to see the students' work -- especially the many examples of how art and literacy fit together to build terrific readers and writers.

The PTA met Thursday and reported it made $1,100 on the fall Scholastic Book fair. Wendi Dutcher and Debbie Carroll were thanked for their help in making the fair so successful.

It soon will be time to prepare for the holidays and provide for needy families at Soldotna Elementary School. Anyone interested in preparing gift parcels is encouraged to call Tammy Dudley at the school at 262-4919.

Parents are reminded not to park at the fence by the primary entrance. This space is reserved for preschool special service buses only.

The Imaginarium presented Radical Reactions for students in grades four through six Friday. Students experienced explosive demonstrations of physical and chemical changes.

Sterling Elementary

Mrs. Martin's class will visit the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and Fred Meyer today.

Skyview students will present a health fair for students at Sterling Elementary. Thanks to nurse Betty for helping to organize the event.

If anyone in the Sterling community needs help during the holidays, call the school office at 262-4944. The school will coordinate services with the Rev. Bob Reasner, pastor at Abundant Life Assembly of God in Sterling.

Tustumena Elementary

Tustumena sixth-graders heard a presentation by area World War II and Korea veterans Thursday. Students saw a demonstration on folding an American flag, learned what each fold means, and participated in a question-and-answer period. Thanks to Herb Stettler, Dave Morse and crew for spending this time with the students.

Winners of the Tustumena PTO spooky story contest are: Stefany Malatesta, first, Madeline Ransom, second, and Demri Garrant, third, in grades kindergarten through three; Morgen Flower, first, Tammy Gist, second, and Angie Tri, third, grades four through six. Each winner received a gift certificate to River City Books.

Tustumena Elementary has received a $50 donation from Francesca Stetson, through the NYE Frontier Ford "Spirit of Giving" program. Tustumena appreciates the donation.

Tustumena will host a health fair presented by students from Skyview High School on Thursday. Small group presentations will take place in each fourth- through sixth-grade classroom on a rotating basis. Topics were chosen by the Skyview students after surveying the interests of Tustumena students. Parents are welcome to attend.

Tustumena's sixth-grade classes will entertain students and visitors with its "Alaska Museum project Friday. Each student researched a topic that contains an interactive component and will introduce the project to the audience with a short speech. Students have devoted several hours to preparing informative backdrops, some with genuine artifacts found in Alaska, as well as their speeches. Students will dress as park rangers and other Alaska characters in order to depict an authentic Alaska Museum environment. Presentations will run from 1 to 3 p.m. Parents are invited to attend.

Tustumena's PTO will sponsor its first bingo night starting at 6 Nov. 22 in the multipurpose room. Prizes will include holiday ham and turkey, and there will be entertainment activities for the children.

Kenai Middle

Yearbooks are on sale for $25 in the office.

Thanks to the many hard-working volunteers for helping the KMS staff.

Don't forget the following important dates:

Today -- Principal/Vice Principal Day

Friday -- Activity night

Tuesday -- Basketball at Soldotna Middle School. A spirit bus will be available for students will permission slips and $2. Students who wear school colors (gold and purple) get a $1 discount.

Nov. 22 -- Basketball at KMS, 3 p.m.

Nov. 25-26 -- Eighth-graders at Challenger Learning Center of Alaska

Nov. 26 -- Students of the Month go to Burger King for lunch

Nov. 28-29 -- Thanksgiving holiday, no school.

Soldotna Middle

Any student work not claimed at parent-teacher conferences may be picked up in the art room after school.

After the Bell's 4-H Horse Club will start at 4:15 p.m. Friday. Students may stay after school with After the Bell for homework assistance or to attend the activity clubs. The chess club meets Wednesday afternoons, and the radio club meets Tuesday afternoons. A 4-H cooking club for middle school students will start soon. For more information on how to join these clubs, call Rosy Thompson at 398-2923.

Mr. Truesdell's technology exploration class is learning how to create Web animations in Fireworks and Photoshop. The animations eventually will be put together in a video product.

Mr. Stephens has the weight room open Mondays, Wednesdays and every other Friday. Wrestlers and cross-country skiers are encouraged to come in and prepare for their seasons, which start after Christmas vacation.

Retired Alaska Fish and Game officer Ted Spraker has been visiting Mr. Carson's outdoor education classes.

Mrs. Arthur's seventh-grade health students thank Margaret Parson-Williams and Vicky Tinker for visiting the class and teaching students about fetal alcohol syndrome.

Thanks to Godfather's Pizza and to Maria for the lunch for the Limo Lunch students. Johnnie Dexheimer, Kelsey Effenbeck, Samantha Engler, Jacob Fowler, Kioni Garcia, Jolene Moore, Lydia Ames and Trey Young were treated to a limo ride and lunch for their sales in the magazine drive.

There will be a fortnightly from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The PTA will sponsor the event, and there will be lots of new games and activities. Parents are welcomed to come chaperone or help out.


Connections students in grades four through eight are invited to participate in a Mars Mission at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska at the end of February. For more information, call Tanya Boedeker at 262-6315.

All home-school students in grades six through eight are invited to participate in Math Counts. The first meeting will be Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in the Connections computer lab. For more information, call Wendi. Math Counts coaching sessions also will take place in the Homer area. For more information, call Janet at 235-3260.

Students in grades one through six may enter a poster design contest to win a sled dog ride with a musher from the Tustumena 200. Entries should be done in crayon, ink, markers or colored pencils and show friendly competitions, humane care of sled dogs or musher and dog team involvement in the Tustumena 200. All entries must be received by Dec. 2. For more information, call Doug at 262-6315 or e-mail

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)

Andrew Paxson, Kelsey and Kristin Cronin, whose names were inadvertently left out last week, also are participants in the First Lego League Team and will be part of the 29 team competition in Anchorage on Dec. 14. Their team is working to complete a research project showing how robotics can be used with urban planning and pollution in a major city.

Please sign up with Debbie for the following workshops:

Understanding E-mail and Viruses, from 2 to 3 p.m. today. This beginner-level class will cover setting up e-mail and basic information about computer viruses.

Microsoft Word Basic, from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday. This beginner-level class will introduce Microsoft Word and cover basic commands and functions.

Curriculum Mini-workshops with Brenda Runkle Friday in Soldotna and Saturday in Homer. The workshops will include ways to enrich curricula with videos. There will be workshops on Swiss Family Robinson, the history of Yellowstone National Park and the Ring of Fire. Children are encouraged to attend the workshops with their parents.

Microsoft Excel Basic, from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday. This beginner-level class will introduce Microsoft Excel and cover basic commands and functions, labels and values, data formatting and formulas.

The IDEA office will be closed Nov. 28 and 29 for Thanksgiving.

For more information, call the IDEA office at 260-7555 or visit

Kenai Central High

The Student of the Month luncheon will be at 11:55 a.m. Thursday in the school library.

There will be a site council meeting at 5 p.m. Thursday in the staff lounge.

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

There will be a financial aid night at 7 p.m. Nov. 21 in the Little Theater for seniors and their parents.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High

The all-state music festival will be at 9 a.m. today.

The state volleyball tournament will start at 8 a.m. Thursday at Bartlett High School.

"Encore, Encore," an entertaining evening of comedy and drama will be presented by the Nikiksi drama team at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the high school auditorium. Tickets are $5 at the door.

There will be a PTSA meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the library.

For more information on upcoming events at Nikiski Middle-Senior High School, call 776-3456.


The October Citizen of the Month assembly will be at 2:30 p.m. today.

Lifeguard class started Tuesday and will continue for the next two weeks, meeting from 7 to 8:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. The class costs $15 and will provide certification in lifeguarding, first aid and CPR. For more information, contact Jerry Byrne.

Mr. Wetherbee is organizing practice for the first- through sixth-graders for the Native Youth Olympics. Practices will be from 1 to 2 p.m. on Sundays. Contact him for more information.

The school has many activities available for those looking for a little exercise. The pool has open swim from 6 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays; lap swim from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays; and ladies' exercise class from 9 to 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The pool also can be rented for $30 for parties. Contact Ginny Rohr for more information.

There also is adult volleyball from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Sundays. Call Kristi Wetherbee or Mary Clock for more information.

Open gym is from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Fridays. For more information, contact Dan Leman or Keith Presley.

There will be junior high basketball games with Seldovia after school Friday.

The high school volleyball team will play Nikolaevsk at Ninilchik after school Tuesday.

Skyview High

Skyview High thanks all the teams at the Region III volleyball tournament last week. Good luck at the state tournament.

The wrestling team will participate in the Homer Rumble in Homer on Saturday.

The hockey team will face Homer at 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

Financial Aid Night will be from 6:30 to 8 Thursday. Juniors, seniors and their parents will have an opportunity to get information about state and federal school loans.

Movie night will be at 6 Tuesday in the commons. This month's movie is "Spiderman." The student council will provide snacks.

Skyview will host its annual dinner show Nov. 27. This year's theme is "The 1930s." Tickets are on sale and expected to go fast. For more information or to buy tickets, call the school.

For more information about Skyview events and scores, visit the school Web site and look at the online calendar.

Cook Inlet Academy

Cook Inlet Academy thanks that parents and students who joined staff members for a day of prayer.

Kudos to the drama, choir and band students who put on an evening of entertainment for this year's annual school banquet. Thanks also to The Chase is Over caterers for the meal; Mary White and volunteers Elain Agosti and Karen Burger for planning the event; and to all who continue to support and share in the vision of the school.

Students of the Week were Owen Phillips, for incredible classroom participation; Cody Munn, excellence in school work; Mariah Wall, great behavior and attitude; Coel Nelson, thoughtfulness for classmates; Emily Pugmire, great helper; and Dalton Johnson, good choices.

The last day of classes before Thanksgiving break will be Nov. 27.

Grace Lutheran

This week at Grace Lutheran School, the children are studying the parable of the weeds amount the week. In this parable, children will learn that there are nonbelievers (weeds) among the believers (wheat), and to take comfort as Jesus said he will judge everyone on the last day and take the believers with him to heaven.

This week in upper grades, students are looking at the colonization of the United States.

Children in grades four through six are checking out the ancient tribes of Africa and their impact on world history.

The younger children enjoyed a close-up look at a paper wasp nest and will soon begin reading "How to Eat Fried Worms."

In physical education, the upper grade children are beginning a tumbling unit, and the lower grade children are studying rhythm.

The kindergarten children had a great week learning about and testing their senses.

READS Primary

The first quarter at READS Primary School was a success. The students earned their first pizza award certificate for completing their October Book It goal for reading.

Students who won awards include: Tanner Wortham, Kaylee Fisher, Makayla Derkevorkian, Bailey Rosin, Mallory Musgrove, Gracee Braun, Morgan Musgrove, Ellen Groseclose and Driskoll Heath, kindergarten; Eli Butler, Nolan Scarlett, Miles Jones, Nicole Moffis, Anne Marie Moore, Skyler Robinson and Tyler Yamada, first grade; and Cassie Ross, Addison Cheek, Allison Groseclose, Madison Cunningham, Mitchel Daugherty, Elizabeth Dailey, Forrest Carlson and Annaleah Ernst, second grade.

The Kenai Fire Department visited the school this month to present information and materials to the students. A thank you poster, illustrated by the students, was presented to firefighters Kuni and Terry for a job well done.

Students are collecting food items to be delivered during their annual field trip to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, planned for later this month.

Wings Christian Academy

Students who were named to the honor roll will head to Alaska Lanes for bowling, then go ice skating at the Soldotna Sports Center on Tuesday.

The Lower Learning Center art class has been moved to this Friday. Students will make fall place mats.

This month's scripture verse is Psalm 92:8-15.

Eben Spilman and Jacob Sutton reached the 1000s club this week.

The cleanest desk award went to Katie Sutton and Alex Pettey this week.

Eben Spilman's birthday Monday.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool

This week, the preschoolers are learning about turkeys and corn. They have cooked lots of treats, including corn fritters and popcorn. They also painted with corn on the cob and made some shaking turkeys.

Last week, the children learned about voting by casting ballots for their favorite cookie: chocolate chip or rainbow sprinkled. It was an unexpected upset when rainbow sprinkled cookies came out on top.

The preschool has many upcoming events planned. The monthly board meeting will be at 11:30 a.m. Thursday. The annual Stone Soup potluck dinner will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. The preschool also will hold its annual holiday raffle at 6 p.m. Dec. 5, with many prizes, as well as cookies and cocoa. To purchase a raffle ticket in advance, visit Big Kmart from 1 to 5 p.m. Nov. 23.

There are still a few openings in the Tuesday-Thursday and Monday-Wednesday classes. For more information, call 283-3100.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

This week at Soldotna Cooperative Preschool, students started a unit on rocks. The study will consist of finding out what kinds of rocks there are and observing color and size. Thanks to the warm, snow-free weather, the students already have gone on rock huts to gain a wider field of study.

Soldonta Co-op is a parent volunteer based school. Nonvolunteer openings are available for enrollment. 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.

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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