Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Students of the Month announced

The following students were named October Students of the Month at Nikiski Middle- High School:

High school: KC Dent, Algebra A; Danielle DeShong, student aide; Anthony Handley, Algebra; Zech Hemphill, Peer Helper; Tristen Rutherford, earth science; Ryanna Thurman, AP history; and Justin Tumbaga, physics.

Junior high: Angie Parrish, physical education; Thomas Pilatti, band; Sebastian Strickland, social studies; and Chris Ward, mathematics.

School board meets Monday

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. Monday in the Borough Building in Soldotna. All school board meetings are open to the public.

Agendas are available at the meeting or at the district’s Web site at

Aurora Borealis Charter

The junior high students have completed the Veterans of Foreign Wars essays on the topic “Who Are Today’s Patriots?” Top scoring essays were written by Dillon Ball, Abby Chadwick and Alex Kauffman. Their essays were sent to be judged at the district level.

The junior high boys and girls basketball teams will compete in their only homecoming games against Chapman Friday at the Kenai Recreation Center. The girls’ game will start at 4:30 p.m. and the boys game will follow. The school would like to encourage parents to attend the games and to support the teams.

Students have been participating in the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital Math-a-thon.

Connections Homeschool Program

The schools Nikiski office is open on the first and third Thursday of each month from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the gray portable behind Nikiski Middle-High School.

There will be a basic computer class for central peninsula parents of students with a schools computer Nov. 28 and 29. There will be two sessions each day from 9 to 11 a.m. and from 2 to 4 p.m. Call 714-8880 to sign up.

November Book Club flyers are available online or in the office. November orders end Monday. December flyers will be available Monday through Dec. 8. Orders arrive before the holiday break.

The Nikiski Home School group will meet Thursday. Call Heidi Hall at 776-5104 or Hara Hansen at 776-3415 for information.

The office will be closed Nov. 24 and 25 in observance of Thanksgiving.

McDonald’s peelers are available in the Soldotna office.

For information, upcoming events or to check out the schools online forum, visit

Cook Inlet Academy

Mr. Leaf’s seventh- and eighth-grade science classes are researching catastrophic forces in hurricanes and volcanoes in preparation for hosting the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska’s presentation of Mission Montserrat. CIA students and Connections students will engage in a team building simulation that is designed to push critical thinking skills. The presentation will be from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday at the schools computer lab.

Thanksgiving lunch Wednesday will have a Mexican theme. The student council is providing a list for parents with suggested menu items. Call the office or a student council member for more information.

The school is hosting the Borealis Conference Volleyball Tournament Dec. 1 through 3. Volunteers are encouraged to call the office.

Varsity basketball tryouts are Nov. 28.

Students of the Week are Kayla Moore, Nicole Moffis, Adam Uchtman, Natilee Paulk, Caleb Streiff, Timmy Smithwick and Bethany Estes.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday through Saturday — All-State choir;

· Thursday, Friday, and Tuesday — Junior high basketball;

· Thursday and Friday — Wrestling;

· Friday, Saturday and Tuesday — Volleyball; and

· Monday — School board meeting.

Visit the school calendar at for times and locations.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences

T-shirt order forms were sent home with students last week. Each student will receive one free shirt. Parents are reminded to return the form with the size needed. Additional shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants are available for purchase and will be delivered in early December. Orders are due to the office by Friday.

Students in Mrs. Knudsen’s and Mrs. Lafferty’s classes went to the Chemical Change Cafe to experiment with chemical changes in cooking. The children were able to eat their experiments.

Puppetry was the focus of art studio this week. The children learned how to make three different types of puppets.

There will be no school Nov. 24 and 25 for Thanksgiving vacation.

Fun Fest will be from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Dec. 1. The cost is $3. More information will be coming home with students soon.

The Christmas program will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 6 at Kenai Central High School.

Santa’s Secret Shop will be open Dec. 6 through 9. It is designed to provide students an opportunity to purchase gifts for family and friends.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The school would like to thank the parents, students, staff and volunteers that helped with the fall carnival. It was a success and could not have happen without the help. The school also would like to thank those that contributed time to the auction and chili feed.

Mr. Daniel’s class has been learning about rocks and fossils. The class would like thank the parents and community members that made the learning opportunities possible. The students said they had a wonderful time on the field trip to the Marathon Natural Gas Facility and that they are looking forward to Mr. McBee visiting the class. He will teach the students how to make coils pots.

Kenai Central High

The Student of the Month luncheon for October will be held at 11:53 a.m. today in the library. Parents and guests of honored students are encouraged to attend. Guests are reminded to check in at the office before heading to the luncheon.

Thursday is the November site council meeting. The meeting will be at 5 p.m. in the faculty lounge. If you have questions or comments about the site council, call Alan Fields at 283-7524.

The volleyball banquet is at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria.

Monday is the first grade check of the second quarter. Parents are reminded that you can keep up on students progress by checking Edline.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday through Saturday — State Music Festival in Anchorage;

· Friday and Saturday — Wrestling at Chugiak;

· Friday — Varsity hockey against Homer at 5:30 p.m.;

· Saturday — Varsity hockey against Skyview at 6:30 p.m.;

· Saturday — Junior varsity hockey at Homer at noon;

· Friday and Saturday — Wrestling at Wasilla; and

· Tuesday — Wrestling at Nikiski, duals against Soldotna and Nikiski.

Kenai Middle

The box top winners from last week are Donny Dormady and PJ Laws.

The after school tutorial program for students who need extra academic help started Nov. 8. The program enables approximately 30 students to stay after school for one hour, three nights per week. A bus provides transportation to six different locations in the community. If you want your child in the program, call your child’s teacher.

Congratulations to Tim Knight and Austin Malston for winning the Character Counts! drawing last week. These students received a pizza for lunch.

The deadline for the Washington, D.C., trip has been extended. See Mr. Summer for more information.

The newsletter will be provided on the Edline Web site at Parents wishing to receive it through the mail are asked to call the school at 283-4896.

Bowmakers are needed. The sixth-grade staff needs hundreds of bows made for the annual Christmas swag fund-raiser. Volunteers may call the school at 283-4896.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — Basketball A at Cook Inlet Academy at 3:30 p.m.;

· Friday — Activity night from 6 to 8 p.m.

· Tuesday — Basketball A at Nikiski Middle-High School at 3 p.m.; and

· Nov. 24 and 25 — No school, Thanksgiving break.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start

The Ravens and Eagles class are riding trikes with Miss. Karen in active play. They are learning to put on and take off helmets by themselves and how to ride safely. The children are working on directional skills, following instructions, balancing on stilts and using the hippy hops.

Viann Mack and Charmaine Lundy would like to thank the parents who made the swimming trip possible by volunteering to go. The Moose and Bears class have been making turkeys out of paper plates, pinecones and Foamies for the holidays.

The teachers would like to thank fire captain Burn-ee and his friends for presenting their puppet show and to Chuda Sasha for visiting and telling the mouse story. They also would like to thank Miss Karen for active play exercises that are designed to help develop motor skills. The children continue to cut, paste, string beads and read stories.

Nikiski Middle-High

Joel Ribbens took third place at the Homer Round Robin Wrestling Tournament. He was the top finisher for the Bulldogs.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — Hockey at Houston High;

· Friday and Saturday — Wrestling at Wasilla;

· Friday — Middle School basketball against Seward at 3 p.m. and hockey at Su Valley at 7 p.m.;

· Saturday — Hockey at Su Valley at 10 a.m.;

· Tuesday — Wrestling against Kenai Central and Soldotna and middle school basketball against Kenai Middle at 3 p.m.


The canned food drive continues through Friday. Students are encouraged to bring in donated items. Students will deliver the food to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank on Friday.

Congratulations to the following Students of the Week: Second-grader, Isabelle Luze; first-grader, Matthew Daugherty; and kindergartner, Donovan Smith. These students are being recognized for their academic excellence and leadership. Prekindergartners Parker Lockwood and Brock Sarks are being recognized for improvement in writing.

Students have begun practicing for a Christmas program. The program will be the 10th performance presented to the Kenai senior citizens. It will be held Dec. 9.

Redoubt Elementary

Student programs and lunch program applications received by Friday will help the school receive funding whether parents use the benefits or not. Information is kept confidential.

QSP orders have arrived and are being distributed by students. Questions or problems with orders can be directed to QSP at (800) 678-2673 or Mrs. Hale the school.

The schools holiday food drive continues through Nov. 30. The food collected will be given to Redoubt families and The Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. The schools goal is to collect 500 food items.

Families who need help this holiday season are asked to send a note to the school office as soon as possible. Requests should be marked confidential.

Volunteers and donations are needed to help with Holiday Kindness activities. Call Elena Horton at 262-9006 or Amy Larson at 260-9252.

The school is celebrating National Children’s Book Week now through Friday. The school will read for pleasure for 20 minutes each day this week. The library will be open Thursday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. for students and their families to check out books.

Friday is Dress as Your Favorite Book Character Day. Additional activities and reading incentives also are planned.

Sears Elementary

Mrs. Fischer’s class cooked pumpkins this week. Students did comparisons as they tasted raw, fried, baked and boiled pumpkin. Students invented new flavors for pumpkin seeds. The class said its favorite was English toffee. Students tasted pumpkin punch and also will try pumpkin pie.

Parents who would like to volunteer can come in and watch a training video. Ask for Fran.

Title 1 night is Thursday at 6:30 in the library.

Skyview High

The school would like to thank the 70 students, staff and donors who helped make its blood drive a success Tuesday.

Parents are reminded that Financial Aid Night will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5 in the library. Skyview and Soldotna High School seniors and their parents are invited to attend. Carrie Burford, financial aid director at Kenai Peninsula College, and Christina Campbell from the Alaska Commission on Post-Secondary Education, will be the guest speakers. For more information, call Abby Smola.

There will be wrestling Friday and Saturday at the North and South Tournament in Wasilla.

Soldotna Elementary

Friday is Fun Fest at and students will create after school activities sponsored by the PTA and the staff. Parents are reminded to pick up their students at 5:30 p.m.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District art specialist Debbie Harris is at the school this week teaching the districts art curriculum activities. Each class will complete an art activity including sculpture, painting, stitching and costuming.

Student writers are focusing on word choice in their writing this month. Painting with words is the theme of this emphasis on writing traits.

Coming events include: Band and tone chime concert Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m.; and the Christmas musical, X-mas Files on Dec. 8 at 6:30 p.m., featuring students in grades four through six.

Soldotna High

Friday night the sophomore class will host a Mardi Gras dance in the commons from 8 to 11. Admission is $5 per person. Guests must be current high school students and be signed up in advance. All guests must present ID upon request. Parents are encouraged to attend as chaperons.

The school will participate in the Great Aluminum Can Round-Up. Aluminum cans will be collected one day each month until April. Cans will be weighed at the Central Peninsula Landfill from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Multipurpose Building on Saturday and Dec. 17. Students are encouraged to save cans and help the earn a cash prize. Call Stephanie Cox at 262-7411 for the rest of the weigh-in dates and with any questions.

The Nordic Ski Team will hold its annual Christmas wreath sale beginning Saturday. Wreaths will be available in the teachers’ lounge Monday. For more information, call Mary Jo Spotts at 262-5447 or e-mail her at

Dec. 1 through 3 the drama department will present two one-act plays in-the-round: “The Lottery” and “Final Dress Rehearsal.”

The wrestling team competes in the Valley on Friday and Saturday.

On Tuesday the wrestlers will compete in Nikiski.

Hockey travels to Eagle River on Friday and West on Saturday.

Soldotna Middle

Students interested in the Battle of the Books, should see Mrs. Laber in the library. Battle of the Books meets Tuesdays and Fridays every other week in the library during both lunches. Students participating are Carol Clonan, Amandra Cobb, Skyler Laber, Kayla Schultz, Mackenzie Senn, Kayla West and Brittania Wilson.

On Friday the Maroon teams will travel to Homer.

Parents are reminded that if you have not received your student’s report card to check with the office to see if a school fee is owed.

Soldotna Montessori Charter

Thursday afternoon the classrooms were busy as students and volunteers came together for the first Enrichment Activities. With more than 20 volunteers helping, students had a variety of choices: Mr. DeVolld’s room, experienced and novice chess players faced off for a short game of chess; students who choose cooking got to mix, knead, roll and eat their own tortillas in Mrs. Overturf’s room; Mrs. Romatz gave students an opportunity to take their art skills into another dimension with a sculpture project; and knitting was on the agenda in Mrs. McCabe’s room, with students and volunteers working to learn the basics of needle and loom knitting.

Also offered was art in Mrs. Larned’s and Mrs. Holt’s rooms. Students in Mrs. Larned’s room explored painting, while students in Mrs. Holt’s room learned about the art of printmaking. Students in had a variety of cards and paintings for their efforts. The school would like to thank the staff and volunteers who made the afternoon’s activities a success.

Kindergarten students went on field trip to the fire station Tuesday. Students had the opportunity to tour the station and see the firefighters dressed in their fire-fighting equipment. After returning to the school the students and volunteers had hot chocolate in the classroom.

Sterling Elementary

The school is working with other community agencies to collect nonperishable food to be distributed to needy families in the Sterling area for the upcoming holidays. Donations will be taken at the school until Friday.

The school would like to congratulate to the following students who won the contest to have lunch with NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly today: Bradi M., Sara F., Rachel T., Patrick T., Mikayla M., Darlene B., Trace B. and Bud S.

Mrs. Martin’s kindergarten and Mr. Seims’ third- and fourth- grade class will have a study buddy feast celebration Tuesday from 10:45 to noon in the gym. Parents should call the teacher for more information on what food items to bring.

T-shirts and sweatshirts can be ordered from the office. Orders must be prepaid and placed by Nov. 30.

The PTA is sponsoring a craft fair at the school on Dec. 10 and 11. Parties interested in renting a booth should call Colleen at 262-7569 or Amber at 262-9783 or e-mail them at by Dec. 1.

Sterling RurAL CAP Head Start

The children took a field trip to the Sterling Senior Citizens Center for a Fire Safety Presentation put on by Central Emergency Services. The children watched puppets and other characters sing songs and share with them how to stay safe. Several of the children demonstrated how to stop, drop, cover and roll and how to stay low.

The school will have classes Monday.

Thanksgiving Celebration Day will be held Nov. 23.

The school would like to thank Frank Myddleton for purchasing and donating more than 50 hurricane relief bracelets to the school.

Tustumena Elementary

On Friday, the school will host a PTO Bingo Night at 6. Prizes will include hams, turkeys and pies. Those planning to attend are advised that there also will be “Lynxo for Books” in the library for children.

The school would like to remind its supporters that the PTO cash raffle is nearing its conclusion. The date of the drawing is Dec. 10. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased at the school or from many of the students, parents or staff.

Kasilof families with preschool children ages 3 to 5 are being surveyed to determine their needs and wants regarding a preschool program at the school. The survey was sent home with students in the last school newsletter and are available at the school. The survey form should be returned to the principal in a sealed envelope by Nov. 28.

The school will gather food items for The Salvation Army food drive through Dec. 15. Canned or boxed items that do not require refrigeration are requested. Donated items may be sent with students or can be delivered by parents.

Wings Christian

Kasey McGee and Josiah Fischer won the cleanest office of the week awards.

Gallons for Grades program has begun. When a student receive good grades they can go to an area Tesoro2Go gas station, fill out an application form and receive a gift card for discounts on gas.

The new clue for the Who am I game is: “I helped put the bounce in Michael Jordan’s game.” No one has figured it out so far.

The school would like to welcome new students Maxwell, Samantha and Trevor Walters.

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