District School News

Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Aurora Borealis Charter School

The second-grade students have concluded a science unit on simple machines. They will go on a field trip to Kmart soon to observe machines in action. All new students received their awards for the first 26 phonograms and some also received their 55 phonogram award.

The junior high class recently went on its annual trip to the hay tunnel at Solid Rock Bible Camp. Besides being able to go through the tunnel numerous times, they also enjoyed a bonfire and lunch out there.

The first quarter awards assembly was Nov. 6. Awards were given for honor roll, perfect attendance, phonograms and "green card." There was quite a turn out as many family members were able to attend.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

After the PTA meeting in October, parents requested more time with Tracey Withrow, the computer specialist working with Kalifornsky Beach Elementary this year. Meet Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the Soldotna High School computer lab near the pool for a free workshop. The high school machines handle the software better because of speed, so you see how it can work at home. Next year K-Beach will switch to the PC platform such as SoHi has. Call K-Beach to preregister at 262-1463.

Mr. Daniels' class is corresponding with an aerospace engineer who works for Cessna and asking him about how to build a glider and how they fly. The class glider show-off was Friday.

The PTA will meet Tuesday at 2:45 p.m. in the school library.

Mrs. Carter's sixth grade is studying Yupik and Inupiat cultures. Students wrote from a Yupik perspective and tried carving. The class plans a trip to the Anchorage Museum of History and Art to apply what students learned.

Mrs. Teller's class will be learning more about Alaska Natives. They will compare and contrast the community and remote Alaskan communities. Most of their tadpoles have turned into African dwarf frogs, which are tiny and live their whole lives in water.

Mountain View Elementary

Mrs. Stephens' and Mrs. Truesdell's fourth-grade students are completing their volcano unit Friday. Each student has made their own volcano, and the entire class will get a chance to see them erupt Friday. Students have completed their volcano research projects and will read their news reports while "showing off" their volcanoes. It is Mountain View's opinion, completely unbiased, that this is a super class of fourth grade students. Each student in this class is a good listener and a hard worker.

Principals' Day will be celebrated Thursday at Mountain View. Let Mr. Dawson know how much you appreciate him.

Friday will be "fake injury day."

Nikiski Elementary

It's once again time to submit your entries for the annual PTA Reflections program. This year's theme is, "I hold in my hand ..." Pick up your entry forms for the categories of literature, musical composition, photography or visual arts from Mr. Hufford, Mrs. Hufford or Mrs. Jones today. All entries are due Dec. 12.

Safety Seal will visit the school Tuesday to speak to the students about dressing safely for winter conditions.

The PTA will meet 3:45 p.m. Tuesday. The 2001-02 PTA budget is scheduled for approval. Baby-sitting and refreshments will be available.

Redoubt Elementary

The Redoubt staff will work at McDonald's Thursday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. The school will receive a percentage of sales during that time. Plan to join Redoubt there for dinner.

The school needs volunteers to shelve books and do computer work in the library. No experience necessary. Volunteers and visitors must check in at the office and wear a visitor or volunteer button while at school.

Redoubt honored custodians Dennis Spindler, Bill Frasher and Bob Engelke for Custodians Day. The school also honored aides and tutor Sharon Hale, Laura Macdonald, Susan West, Marta Kriner, LeiLani Jolliffe, Martha Cooper, Connie Best and Dagmar Hart. They spend many hours assisting teachers and students.

Principals' Day is Friday. Students and staff will honor Mr. Meacham and thank him for the things he does to make Redoubt such a great place.

The holiday kindness letter went home this week. If you need help with Christmas this year or can donate, return your letter to Mr. Meacham by Nov. 26. There will be no food drive this year, but Redoubt will collect money to donate to the food bank through Dec. 14.

Congratulations to Campbell's Soup label drawing winners Brian Dombovy and Craig Hills and Big G box tops drawing winners Shaylee Brenton and Josh Harvey.

Sears Elementary

Thursday is Principals' Day. Be sure to give Mr. Wykis an extra special hello and thank him for being such a great principal.

Be sure your child has appropriate winter clothes. It can get awfully cold on the playground without a warm coat, snowpants, boots, a good hat and gloves. Also, be sure to label your child's gear, as sometimes gear gets mixed up.

Mrs. Bryson's class has been working on their color unit, making their own "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" books and singing color songs.

Miss Ralston's class has been learning about plants. They also have been counting by 2s, 5s and 10s in math.

Mrs. Sorenson's and Mrs. Atchley's classes have started their unit on food and nutrition, tasting new and different foods. They made a graph of their favorites.

Soldotna Elementary

Tammy Dudley is the new school nurse for Soldotna Elementary School. She worked at North Star and Tustumena and Kenai Central High School and Nikiski Middle-Senior High. Mrs. Dudley was working at Central Peninsula General Hospital when she was selected as a school nurse. Stop by and welcome Mrs. Dudley to the school.

First-grade teacher Kelly Vasilie and student teacher Diane Baker have just finished a unit on owls and have a display in the hall of owls students created.

This unit helped students comprehend meaning from written text, oral and visual information by applying strategies such as listening, phonics context and vocabulary clues. It helped them create in the arts and recognize beauty and meaning in art. It helped students understand the interdependence of living things, the environment and the skills of science inquiry. And it helped students focus on math problem solving through owl related story problems.

This is Children's Book Week and each door at Soldotna Elementary is decorated to celebrate a favorite book. Librarian Katrina Adamson is holding a book exchange Thursday for students who have turned in used books by today.

Remember the 2001-02 school year by placing your order for a Soldotna Elementary Memory Book. Memory books cost $15 and will be delivered in May.

Sterling Elementary

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Art Specialist Celia Anderson came to Sterling Elementary Tuesday to do special art projects with the students and teachers. She will be at Sterling Elementary through Nov. 21. Watch for art displays around the school building to show the hidden talent of students.

Today is National Educational Support Personnel Day. This day is set aside to honor special service aides, custodians, secretaries and all support staff for the work they do for kids.

Alaska Junior Miss candidates will visit the fourth- through sixth-grade students as a part of their "Be Your Best Self" program. Thanks to Teresa Gambell for bringing these special girls.

The RIF committee will sell GAC Friday to raise funds for purchasing books.

Friday will be Principal Appreciation Day. This is the day to appreciate Mr. Kubena for all of the hard work he does to keep Sterling Elementary a safe and happy place for kids.

If you know of a family in the Sterling area that may need help during the holidays, contact the office at 262-4944. The school will coordinate with the Rev. Bob Reasner at the Abundant Life Assembly of God.

Tustumena Elementary

Friday will be PTO bingo night from 6 to 9 p.m.

Friday there also will be the immunization clinic from 9 a.m. to noon.

The PTO will meet Tuesday at 4 p.m.

Kenai Middle School

Today is Principals' Day. Be sure to thank Mr. Sorenson and Ms. Manion for the great job they do at Kenai Middle School.

The KMS Site Council meets Thursday at 5:30 p.m. in the library.

KMS basketball A teams travel to Nikiski for games Saturday. Soldotna Middle School teams will play in Kenai on Tuesday right after school.

Eighth-grade students will participate in a mission at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska on Monday, Tuesday and Nov. 21.

Celebration activities take place Nov. 21 from noon until 2:25 p.m.

Forms are available at the office to order yearbooks in advance. The cost is $22. The yearbook class is working hard to put together a great book, so be sure not to miss out.

Soldotna Middle School

Students in Mrs. Arthur's health class made bookmarks for Red Ribbon Week, giving the message to stay away from drugs, alcohol and tobacco. These bookmarks will be distributed at libraries around the community.

Mr. Carson's outdoor education class been constructing a three-dimensional contour map of Hideout Hill. Next week they will learn about water safety with help from the parks department.

The maroon girls' basketball team will open its season Saturday morning at 10. They will play Homer at SMS.

The SMS Battle of the Books team will be chosen Nov. 29. The first practice will be 2:30 p.m. Monday in the library. There will be three practices before the team selection.


The Seaveys, a three-generation Iditarod racing family, are offering a day-long, "Iditarod Checkpoint Clinic" to all home-school students. Topics covered will include experiencing an Iditarod checkpoint routine, cooking fish head stew for the dogs, cuddling husky puppies, going on a dog sled ride and much more. The fee will be $69 per student (Connections students may use their discretionary funds). This clinic will be Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Register with Doug Hogue at 262-6315 or at dhogue@kpbsd.k12.ak.us.

Connections seeks students who love math and like a challenge for the Math Counts competition for grades six through eight. There are local, state and national competitions for prizes and scholarships. For information, contact Tanya at 262-6315. Parent volunteers are welcomed. Teams are from four to eight students with practices once or twice each week (times to be arranged).

Science classes are scheduled at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska through March 1. For more information, check their Web site at: http://www.akchallenger.org/happening/homeschool.htm or call 283-2000.

Interior Distance Education of Alaska

The library is opened and available to checkout books.

If you haven't been in the IDEA office in lately, stop by to see the changes.

The Science Fair is coming up, and Steve Hackett will present and have discussions on students projects for the following dates: Nov. 28 in Kenai at the IDEA office from 1 to 3 p.m., Nov. 29 in Seward from 1 to 3 p.m. and Nov. 30 in Homer from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, contact shackett@ideafamilies.org.

The Creative Communications' Poetry Contest closes Dec. 1 and the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution closese Jan. 15.

The IDEA office will be closed Nov. 22 and 23 for Thanksgiving.

For more information, please visit the IDEA Web Site at: www.galenaalaska.org/idea.

Kenai Central High School

The drama production of "The Wizard of Oz" was wonderful. The school appreciates everyone who came to the performances.

The National Honor Society is collecting food for Thanksgiving baskets. First hours have a list of items to include in their boxes.

Congratulations to the following students selected to the All-State Honor Band and Choir: Megon Coon, Maureen McCusker, Megan Kohler -- soprano I; Elena Bird -- soprano II; Anna Carlson -- alto I; Aaron Trickel, Ryan Dukowitz and Sovala Kisena-Swearingen -- tenor I; Dean Shinn -- tenor II; Joel Dunn -- bass I; Al Wingster -- alternate, tenor I; and Marcie Woodard -- bass clarinet.

The next site council meeting will be Monday at 5 p.m. The PTSA will meet after the site council at 6 p.m. in the staff lounge. They will discuss the new dress code.

The KCHS choir is starting its annual fruit sales. If you are interested in buying this quality produce, contact a choir member.

National Honor Society members offer tutoring in the counseling center after school Tuesdays and Thursdays. Encourage your student to take advantage of their time.

It isn't too early to look at colleges and apply for scholarships. For more information, check your school newsletter and visit with the counselors.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

The all-state honor band and orchestra concert will be Thursday through Saturday in Fairbanks. For more information, contact the band-choir teacher, Ms. Gehrke.

The middle school will have a dance Friday from 7 to 9:30 p.m. School ID is required, and no one will be admitted after 8:15 p.m. No guests or high school students will be admitted.

The jazz band will give a concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday in the high school auditorium. There also will be a dessert auction, where students will sell off everything from pies to cookies.

The PTSA will meet in the library 7 p.m. Tuesday. The PTSA encourages parents, teachers and students to get involved. For more information, contact Patti Floyd or call 776-3456.

Ninilchik School

Sign and return consent forms to nurse Sam for the hepatitis clinic Friday.

The junior high basketball teams have home games Friday against Nikolaevsk girls and Chapman boys beginning at 4 p.m., and vs. Seldovia girls and boys starting at 10 a.m. Saturday. They also play Cook Inlet Academy at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

Sue Dionne and her daughter Crystal have organized a dance club for high school girls. They meet twice a week after school to learn dance routines that Crystal learned while attending school in California. Their first public performance will be at the alumni game in December.

In response to the Sept. 11 disaster, students at Ninilchik have raised money for several organizations. Ms. Cruz's class raised $273 with a "penny for your thoughts" campaign to go the firemen's scholarship fund. Mrs. Bosick's class raised $25 after the president encouraged every student to donate a dollar for the Afghanistan Relief Fund. Mrs. Record's class raised $465 selling beaded patriotic pins and snow cones to go to the firemen's relief fund. Eighth-graders raised $225 with their donation boxes around town.

Skyview High School

Congratulations to the varsity volleyball team for making it to state two years in a row. The volleyball team placed third at regions.

The all-state music festival will be Thursday though Friday in Fairbanks. The school wishes good luck to the students chosen to represent Skyview.

For the students who have received a form from nurse Betty in the mail notifying them that need their next hepatitis A or B shots: There will be a free clinic to receive the shots Monday. Signed permission slips must be turned in today.

The site council meeting will be Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the library.

Cook Inlet Academy

Justin Franchino, Miranda Zindel, Catrina Brandon, Charlotte Hillyer, Sarah McLeod and Vanessa Taylor from the student council attended the high school leadership conference. The goal was to learn to lead in ways honoring God and those they serve. The conference theme was great commandment leadership. The main speaker was Michael Wright, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in Texas.

Taylor said, "... The main points that we learned at the conference were learning that God's purpose for us as leaders is to be adequate and equipped to lead and serve others for good works."

Students of the week were Kelsy Brush, Melanie Shea, Drew Fowler, Aaron Julien, Alex Agosti, Eric Bell and David Burger.

The fifth-grade Eagles boys basketball team played Gustkey's Go-Getters of the Boys and Girls Club Tuesday night in Kenai. The players showed amazing skills for the age: sharp passes, accurate shooting, even from distances, good teamwork and fancy footwork. An exciting game with evenly matched teams ended with the Go-Getters just slightly ahead. Coaches Munn and Gustkey do a great job with the boys' skills and attitude.

Career Day was Friday for juniors and seniors.

Parents' Prayer Group has moved to Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. in the library. The public is welcome to attend.

Grace Lutheran School

This week at Grace Lutheran School, in their daily Christ light lessons, children are studying the story of Joseph testing his brothers. In the story, Joseph shows the love to his brothers that they didn't show him 20 years before. It is a reminder of 1 John 4:8, "Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love." Jesus is living proof of that love.

In the lower grades at Grace, children are learning how to sing rounds and are doing it with good classic songs. In the upper grades, children are beginning science. The fourth- through sixth-grade class took a look at forces and, in doing so, will study gravity and its properties.

The seventh- and eighth-grade students are looking at the fundamentals of science, primarily the study of atoms, particles and working out science calculations.

The school would like to thank Fred Werth for taking the time Friday to share with the class his knowledge and some slides about China.

Congratulations to Kathryn Love, winner of Kmart's Halloween coloring contest.

READS Primary School

READS students traveled to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank last week. Students had collected nonperishable food items to donate. Each year the students take pride in helping provide for the needs of their community members.

Congratulations to all the students for receiving their first Book-It pizza award certificate. They have anxiously begun pursuing their November goals.

The prekindergarten students are doing well in penmanship. They are copying complete sentences and using their decoding skills to read simple words. Kindergarten students have completed their first early reader and are improving daily in their reading skills. Their journal entries are great.

In math, the first-grade students are doing one- and two-digit addition and column addition. The second-grade students are completing a unit on two-digit and three-digit addition with regrouping.

Wings Christian Academy

The basketball season for the junior high girls' team is going quite well. They have won two games this season already. The team will play at the Pacific Northern School in Anchorage Friday and at the Anchorage Lutheran School Saturday at 10 a.m. Tuesday, the girls will play Homer's Community Christian School at home at 4 p.m.

Julianne Pettey and Eben Spilman have reached the high goal of the 1000's club.

Troy Consiel and Katie Sutton have earned the cleanest desk award this week.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool

Last week preschool students prepared for Kenai Cooperative's third annual Stone Soup feast. Students prepared the soup by cutting and chopping carrots, onions, potatoes and peppers. All their hard work went into a big pot with the main ingredient, a stone. The feast was Friday night for preschool families. Families made posters about themselves, which will be displayed this month.

This week students will study Native Americans, corn and turkeys. That's a lot to pack into one week, but the busy preschool students are up to it.


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Kenai Co-op's fund-raising committee has been working hard to get ready for a Christmas raffle. There will be stockings for different age groups stuffed full of great prizes. Raffle tickets will be available soon. For more information on the raffle, call Chris Holmes at 283-2864.

For more information about enrollment, call 283-3924.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

Head Start thanks the parents who brought their children out on a Saturday to perform at the Cook Inlet Region Inc. potlatch. The staff also thanks Janet Shapley for her hard work on the cultural projects. The dancers were honored with a $5,000 donation from CIRI. Head Start is blessed by this support.

Miss Bernadine will present a slide show about Dena'ina arrow quivers for children this week.

The Kenai Lions Club will provide photo eye screening this week as well.

Head Start has received a Reading Is Fundamental grant that will provide three books for each child throughout the year.

Oil painter Jen-Ann Kirchmeier of People of the Rainbow will do portraits of the Kenaitze tribal elders this winter. Head Start secured $15,000 in donations for the portraits, which will be proudly displayed in the new Head Start building.

The second annual Kenaitze Head Start gala fund-raiser is set for Dec. 1 from 6:30 to 11 p.m. at the Kenai Senior Center. Bull Don and the Moose Nuggets will play dance music during 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 classroom helpers are Andrew, Alex, Hannah and Mieka.

Students will be studying Australia this week. The focus will be on koalas and kangaroos. Students have been invited to bring in anything relating to Australia to share with the class.

Everyone had a good time building a community out of boxes. Students will use matchbox cars to drive through the town and visit different stores.

Children had a great time playing outside for recess. Climbing the snow piles and jumping off was the highlight of recess.

Students are improving at writing their names. The school would like to thank the parents for helping their children. For more information, call 262-1284.

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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