School News

Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2000

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The sixth-grade classes are selling the great Northern Lights Entertainment Coupon Book. There are more than 50 coupons. Cost is $40. You can find savings for dining, travel, fitness, hotels and fishing trips at Subway, Arby's, Pizza Boys, Dairy Queen, places in Anchorage, Hawaii and the peninsula. There are more than $5,000 in possible savings. Buddy up and save $5. Two or more books are just $35. Have friends in Anchorage? The books cost $50 in Anchorage. For more information, call Jackie Ansotegui 283-8405 or e-mail her at

Nikiski Elementary

Thanksgiving food box applications and Christmas holiday application 2000 forms are available from Ms. Sylvia in the office. Today is the deadline for applications. The applications should be completed and mailed to North Star United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 8122, Nikiski, AK 99635.

The annual PTA sponsored Reflections Program is under way at Nikiski Elementary. This program encourages students to pursue works of art in literature, musical composition, photography and visual arts such as drawing, painting, print making and collage. This year's theme is, "It would be really strange if ..." Students interested in entering their works of art are asked to contact Mr. Hufford, Mrs. Hufford or Mrs. Jones for entry forms or more information. All entries are due by Dec. 13.

North Star Elementary

The Science Club for Girls meets Thursday in room 6 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Winter is here. Students may bring only roll up sleds to school when there is enough snow for using the hill.

The school is still collecting books for an evening of family fun. They appreciate donations of used books for children and adults. There is a collection box near the music room.

Parents need to fill out the Student Programs 2000-01 application. This application covers the Free and Reduced Lunch Program, Title 1, E-Rate, Athletic and Activity Waivers and JTPA. The school may lose the Title 1 funding because the percentage of people qualifying is low and must be more than 35 percent to receive more than $50,000 to support the tutors that work with students on an intense, small group reading instruction. The form is available in the magazine rack outside of the office. It is confidential. Return the migrant survey, if you have one, to the Title 1/migrant office.

All students received a free battery-operated reflector from the Nikiski Fire Department and the Cook Inlet Lions Club. This is an effective safety device for your children to use while they wait for the bus on dark mornings.

Redoubt Elementary

Does the school have a classroom emergency supply kit for your child? Each student must have one. If you have not returned your child's form and kit, do so as soon as possible. For more information, call the school office.

Do you need help with Christmas this year or can you help make someone else's Christmas brighter? If so, your forms are due by Monday. Redoubt's Christmas Kindness Program benefits Redoubt families who may need extra help at Christmas.

The fall musical, "Readin', 'Ritin' and Rockin'" will be presented by grades four through six at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the SoHi auditorium.

Students can bring in nonperishable food to classrooms through Dec. 1. Kindergarten through third grade will bring breakfast items; fourth through sixth grade will bring lunch items.

Redoubt Family Math and Science Night is tonight from 6 to 7:30 at the school.

Snacks are sold in the lunch room to primary students on Wednesdays and intermediate students on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost is between 25 cents and a dollar. Students should bring snack money unless money has been specifically put in their a la carte account.

Check the yellow box in the hallway for missing clothes. Remaining items will be donated to charities Friday.

Sears Elementary

The school would like to thank the Kenai Fire Department for fire safety week activities like the classroom visits, poster contest, simulated fire drill in full fire gear and the smoke fire house lessons given to the children.

The school would like to thank Laidlaw for Bus Safety Week.

The year's first Fun Fest was great. If you could not make it, come by the next one.

If your child has misplaced an item, check the lost and found tubs. If your child forgot something at home and you want him or her to borrow something, call. The nurse will be happy to help them with whatever they need. If a financial situation makes it difficult for you to purchase the clothes needed for outside play, don't hesitate to call. The nurse can make arrangements for your child to have suitable gear.

Soldotna Elementary

Please bring your nonperishable foods to the school this week to help collect items for The Salvation Army Thanksgiving Food Drive. Pasta, canned goods and dried items may be left in the front foyer this week.

Congratulations to Fun Buck winners Nathan Byerly, Jay Mohorcich, Blaine Cobban and Robert McCamon for their good deeds this week.

The school thanks Elks Lodge No. 2706 of Soldotna for sponsoring the Student of the Month program and providing a classroom pizza party and savings bond for winners Michael Knight, Iris Shangin and Monica Maryott.

Tustumena Elementary School

The school will serve as a distribution point for Thanksgiving baskets to enhance the holidays for needy families in the community. Help get the word out so that these baskets reach those that could most benefit from this donation. Families wishing to receive a food basket should contact the school office to have their name placed on a confidential list. When the school receives baskets, each family will be contacted to arrange delivery. The baskets will be delivered to the school Monday and distributed by the end of Tuesday.

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

The general PTO meeting will be 6 p.m. Tuesday.

The 5000 Cash Raffle drawing will be Dec. 2. Tickets are still for sale. Cost is $50.

Intermediate Stop and Think lessons will focus on the topic of "Responding to Teasing" through Friday.

Soldotna Middle School

Dairy Queen winners of the week are teacher John Harro and student Tyler Cameron.

Coke trivia question winner of the week was Elliott Gauthier from Ms. Church's class.

The Battle of the Books tryouts will be Thursday in the library from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. or 4 to 5 p.m. Students only need to attend one session.

Thanks to the PTSA and Dawn King, the Box Tops for Education program is running again. The collection box is at the front counter.

The eighth-grade family and consumer science class will run a preschool today from 10:22 a.m. to noon. Registration forms are in the office or the home ec. room.

The school had its own presidential election Nov. 2 run by Mrs. Kiffmeyer's journalism class. Voting booths were borrowed from the borough clerk, along with "I Voted, Did You?" stickers. George W. Bush and Dick Cheney of the Republican Party won. The results of the election were: Republican, 336; Democrat, 62; Green, 60; Reform, 19; Libertarian, 6; Natural Law, 4; Constitution, 3, and invalid ballots totaled 9.

The maroon and silver basketball teams will play Seward at home Saturday. Silver will play Kenai at home Tuesday and Maroon goes to Nikiski.

The annual Turkey Trot assembly will be Nov. 22.

Kenai Central High School

First hour classes are collecting food for Thanksgiving food baskets. The baskets will go to the food bank to give to families for Thanksgiving dinner. Have your contribution to class by Friday.

The National Honor Society will serve Thanksgiving dinner for the seniors at the Kenai Senior Center on Nov. 22. Thanks to Unocal for sponsoring the dinner.

Ms. Hurd has been studying the price of freedom in her English classes in preparation for the Voice of Democracy Essay Contest. This has become a lead in to a unit on the Holocaust and the reading of Corrie Ten Boom's novel "The Hiding Place." Students have built a replica of the hiding place the Ten Booms created in their home. Students also have reported on the meaning of famous quotations about freedom, have studied 24 of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence to see how they suffered because of the patriot cause and will create a report on a "righteous Gentile" (a non-Jew who aided the Jews during the Holocaust).

The school would like to thank all veterans for their role in providing us the freedoms that we enjoy.

Soldotna High School

The yearbook now is selling senior ads. With black and white photographs and text, they can be personalized by parents to recognize a child. Do not send irreplaceable or inappropriate photos. Prices are: 1/4 page ad is $60; 1/2 page ad is $90; a full page ad is $150. For more information call Donna Bartman at 262-7411 or e-mail to Ads submitted by today receive a 10-percent discount. All ads must be submitted by Dec. 1.

The annual canned food drive is winding down. The last day to bring in cans is Friday. This year the school has been in a friendly competition with Skyview. The Soldotna Student Council wishes to commend Skyview High School on its outstanding effort on behalf of the needy in our community. They are happy to have competed in a competition where everyone is a winner.

The Web page is updated every Monday morning. Ms. Bartman's computer applications class is busy improving the site and adding new features. If you have not had an opportunity to visit, check the school out at www.kpbsd.k12.ak/sohi. If you have any problems accessing any part of the Web site, let the school know.

Cook Inlet Academy

Congratulations to Cameron O'Connell, who scored an 800 in the verbal SAT. It is the highest possible score, and Cameron is the first CIA student to achieve this.

Congratulations to the Students of the Week: Heidi Hillyer, Erica McGahan, Kiana Beddow, Paxton Quint, Aaron Agosti, Keely Powers, Andy Hall, Kaycee Hall, Adam Agosti, Ashtyn Symington, Aaron Glaves and Kaitlan White.

The Association of Christian Schools International statewide convention, Oct. 26 and 27, refreshed and encouraged teachers. Mary Bridges, founder and director of a Los Angeles inner city school, promoted the purpose of teaching at a Christian school. She conveyed a sense of urgency that teachers must continue to reach out to the needs of students through this ministry.

Career Day will be Friday for 11th and 12th grades.

Volleyball Friday will be at Ninilchik and junior high basketball will be at Nikolaevsk.

The first preschool Thanksgiving lunch will be Friday. Forty people are expected; families are welcome. The lunch for the other preschool class will be Tuesday.

Help the school music program earn music supplies such as software and instruments by collecting notes and symbols from special holiday Pepsi product packaging through January. Symbols can be turned in at the office or in Miss Tatiana's music room.

Kenai Cooperative Preschool

Preschoolers have been busy getting ready for the co-op's second annual harvest feast. Stone soup is on the menu, and all the families are invited. The children cut celery, potatoes, carrots and other veggies for their soup. Wren Racer and Gabe Boyle worked hard preparing the course. The students read two different books entitled "Stone Soup."

Students are celebrating families this week; creating family and self-portraits as well as family tree collages.

The texture tub has corn meal and corn kernels. It has been a popular place to play. Cory Holmes and Jenna Hansen had fun making corn cakes.

For more information, call 283-3100.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

Students will learn about potlatches this week. Miss Bernadine and Miss Maggie will teach the children what ceremonies are involved and play traditional potlatch games. The school will have a family Thanksgiving feast Nov. 22.

The children have been learning about pollution and recycling. They have heard and retold the "Three Bears Story" and done bear activities. They learned the Dena'ina word for snow is "yus" and made paper snowflakes.

Head Start will host a Christmas celebration dinner and dance fund-raiser on Dec. 8 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Kenai Senior Center. Bull Don and the Moose Nuggets will provide music, and Ginny Smith will prepare dinner. Tickets are $20 and are available at the Salamatof Native Association at 150 N. Willow, Suite 29, next door to the Head Start Center.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

Happy birthday to Dezmond, who will be 4 Sunday.

This week's helpers are Jake, Sydni, Dani and Haley.

The 3- and 4-year-olds will study bears this week. They will hear the book "Alaska's Three Bears," which tells about polar bears, black bears and brown bears. The students will discuss the lives and habitats of each, making puppets and a book.

The 4- and 5-year-old class has been learning about community helpers. Last week Eric's mom, Crystal, came in and taught students about working with chemicals and gases. The children saw what happened when vinegar and baking soda are mixed and what happens if you inhale helium. Kelsey's mom, Stacie, talked about her job on a political campaign. Children learned the importance of voting and got to vote for president. This week Rachel's mom, Heather, came in and talked about her career as a nurse. Hannah's mom, Jodie, taught the class about being a church librarian. Megan's dad, Rod, will teach the class about being a mechanic and working with tools. The school would like to thank all the parents who came in, and Leona for helping in the class.

For more information, call Chris at 262-1284.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

Congratulations to the Super Preschooler, Summer.

The children had a wonderful time on their field trip to the hospital. The school would like to thank Central Peninsula General Hospital for the introduction and also to the new mom who let the students see her baby.

The children are following up studying bodies with learning about good health this week.

Nov. 22 there will be a Thanksgiving feast for the families.

Some classes still have openings, and the school may start a Monday-Wednesday afternoon class for 3- to 5-year-olds. For more information, call 262-9149 or Evelyn at 262-1298.

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 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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