District School News

Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2001

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The kindergarten classes of Mrs. George and Mrs. Krieger will have a food drive and take a field trip the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank to encourage children to appreciate all that they have. In class, students will make a big book entitled "I Am Thankful For ..." The children will be the authors and illustrators.

Mrs. Tobin's class has been studying legends and tall tales. Tuesday the class had a "Breakfast Theatre" for parents. During this time, students performed several legends and tales from around the world. The next step will be to create their own legends. They also will create distinct masks to help illustrate the legends. The designs will be based on a study of Athabaskan masks.

Mr. Daniels' class had an awesome unit on the principles of flight, aerodynamics and glider building project. Some gliders went the full length of the gym and hit the wall on the other side more than 60 feet away. Mr. Daniels' parents who helped greatly to make the Showoff a success include Mrs. Hallford, Mr. Eby, Dr. Hileman, Mr. Hanley, Mr. Papp, Mrs. Henry and Stephen Hileman Jr., the aerospace engineer from Cessna who gave great tips on making gliders.

The PTA Reflection Art Contest is on display in the commons area. The theme, "I hold in my hands ..." inspired many students in this room. Mrs. Carter says, "I hold in my hands a class full of exceptional writers and artists as the outcome of the judging proved." Literature finalist are Chelsa Paulk, Josh Tague and Kluane Pootjes; honorable mentions include Eli Waldrip, Nick Janowski and Samantha Jones. Chelsa Paulk is a finalist in the art category, and Samantha Jones was awarded an honorable mention.

Mrs. Felchle's, Mrs. Verhelt's and Mrs. Sweeney's first-grade classes are finishing their community workers unit. Friday they went to Safeway, Wells Fargo and River City Books to see workers in action.

Intramural volleyball began Nov. 12 for fifth- and sixth-grade students. Practice and games will be Monday through Thursday from 2:30 to 4 p.m. through Dec. 13.

Mrs. Furlong's class is sending boxes to Russia via Samaritans Purse, to help those who could use a little joy during the holiday season. The school thanks all the volunteers who made this possible. Students are now in tech groups creating the class newsletter. For more information, go to the class Web Link at fccp.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/~sfurlong.

Mountain View Elementary

Mrs. Keating's and Mrs. Gustkey's classes enjoyed Harry Potter movie Friday morning at the Kambe Theater. They will compare the movie to the book that so many of the students already have read.

Mr. Daniel's class has begun a unit of study on Southwest Native Americans. During this in-depth research project, each team of two students will become experts on a particular aspect of tribal life. Each team will then create a main idea map, hands-on display and oral presentation. In the culminating activity, each fifth-grade class with its own regional Native American focus will present its information to all the other fifth-grade classes.

Nikiski Elementary

Nikiski Elementary would like help with its holiday light project. The school needs help collecting old holiday Christmas lights or displays for an outside light decoration. Shortly after Thanksgiving, Nikiski will decorate the front with lights and holiday displays. Any light strings or displays that can be donated to this project greatly will be appreciated. For more information, contact Sylvia or bring in donations to the school office.

After the Bell II is an after school program that provides tutoring, homework help and enrichment and recreational activities. The target start date for the program is the end of November. More specific information regarding times, start date and location will be coming soon. Programs will be available for students in first through eighth grades. The After the Bell II Program is a partnership between the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and the Boys and Girls Clubs.

America Recycles Day was held Thursday. Each class had six class representatives -- two divisions primary and intermediate. Each class was given 40 aluminum cans and a piece of masking tape 24-inches long to construct a tower. No other materials are permitted. The class building the tallest tower in eight minutes will be declared the winner. Official measurement was conducted by a Green Star Committee member using a certified Stanley tape measure. All decisions will be final. Halftime entertainment by Mrs. Vann's Nikiski Elementary cheerleaders. Stay tuned next week for the winner.

Results of Site-Based Council elections for the 2001-02 school year are: Pastor John Henry, community representative; Ann Holloway, Dawn Brower and Julie Williams, parent representatives; Peggy Jones, classified representative; and Terry Durrant and Annie Kendall, certified representatives. The school would liked to thank all those serving on the council.

The school is collecting for children in the community who do not have warm outdoor mittens and hats. They have a collection box in the office. In addition, the Christmas food train is up in the hallways. This is the annual nonperishable food drive for The Salvation Army. Each class will bring and decorate a large box with Christmas wrap and then fill them up. Help your children learn the "art of giving" during this holiday season.

Redoubt Elementary

Kindergarten through third-grade students will present their, "All-American Christmas" program at the Soldotna High School Auditorium Dec. 4 at 6 p.m. Students may wear their dress clothes. In addition, third-grade students should wear a colorful scarf or lightweight winter hat.

Redoubt needs volunteers to help in the library. No experience is necessary. For more information, call Miss Cox at 262-9006.

Volunteers and visitors are asked to check in at the office and wear a visitor or volunteer button while at school.

Redoubt is offering a breakfast program. While the school's intent is to make this program available to any child, they are targeting children and families whose need is great. For more information, call Diane at 262-8570.

If you need help this Christmas or wish to make a donation, submit your letter to Mr. Meacham by Monday. PTA will provide holiday meal boxes and gift and clothing items for children in sixth-grade and under. There will be no food drive this year, but Redoubt will be collecting money to donate to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank through Dec. 14. A collection jar is in front of the school office.

Congratulations to Emily Smola, Campbell's Soup label drawing winner and Darren McGrady, the General Mills box tops drawing winner.

Homework Headaches-Family Feud Family Night for Redoubt students and their families will be in the gym Nov. 29 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and will include homework tips for parents, activities for the kids and a game of Family Feud.

Intramural volleyball games begin Monday.

Sears Elementary

Make sure your child has appropriate winter gear for recess. It is cold out on the playground. If your child has lost something, it is probably in the lost and found. Stop by the school and check. The lost and found is overflowing.

Mrs. Sorenson's and Mrs. Atchley's classes have been working on a food and nutrition unit. They have been learning what food does for them. They have also been reading some big books and learning how to play Twenty-Twenty in math.

Mrs. Bryson's class has been working hard on its finger-paint mural and doing experiments with color. Celia Anderson, district art specialist, helped the kindergartners draw some fantastic frogs using oil paints. The kindergarten students also have been learning about taste and nutrition.

Mrs. Newton's class has been working on sound characters and putting the letters with sounds. Students had fun discovering that they can make words.

Mrs. Anderson's class also worked with Celia Anderson. Students dyed fabric, made a color wheel and talked about primary colors.

Mrs. Hanson's class has completed its study of owls and bats. It will begin studying Native Americans, Pilgrims and early American history.

Miss Ralston's class worked with Celia Anderson to make different types of buildings and added details with paper and oil paints. The staudents are learning about plants and will begin to study the body. They are learning the plus-10 rule, the plus-1 rule and doubles in math.

Soldotna Elementary

The Soldotna Site Council will meet Dec. 4 in the library. The meeting is open to the public.

Congratulations to the following recent fun buck winners: Justin Alvey, Eric Nygard, Ashley Eby, Carley Hicks, Clyde Orcutt, Krystal Perry, Shawn Hutto, Brittany Hicks, Brittany Fabunan, Morgan Honeysett, Kyler Skipper, Dillon Jenson, Ally McConnell, Robert McCamon, Jessica Jones and Jason Argyropoulos.

Mrs. Pettijohn's fifth-grade class recently donated $5,102 to the children of Afghanistan for food, clothing and medical needs. The school is proud of the students and their caring.

After the Bell's Lois Holliman and Soldotna El's music teacher Erin Southwick will present an interactive children's music concert Nov. 29, in the music room. Admission is one can of food for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, and it's open to children ages 3 to 10.

Yearbooks are on sale at the office for $15 and will be delivered in May.

Tustumena Elementary

Tustumena would like to thank everyone for his or her help during the fall carnival Nov. 2. Serena Marquis was the first-place winner of the veggie decorating contest this year. She has earned a ride on a Tustumena 200 sled during the opening ceremony Jan. 26. Cameron Foister placed second, Phoebe Napolitano placed third, and Keith and Brian Clancy received honorable mentions. Sixty-eight local donors will receive cards of thanks for their generous contributions to the prize raffle this year. Once again, this venue of the carnival was successful due to some 250 quality prizes distributed during the evening's raffle drawing.

Parent attendance was excellent again for the fall parent-teacher conferences. Parents unable to attend a conference still may schedule a meeting by contacting the child's teacher.

Imaginarium programs will be held at Tustumena on three consecutive days early next month. The programs, Rockin Reptiles, Bubble Trouble and Radical Reactions, will be presented Dec. 3-5. Parents are may attend. Specific times for each program have not been established yet, so those wishing to attend should contact the school for more information.

The Christmas Concert will be held at Soldotna High School Dec. 20, at 7 p.m. Families are asked to mark that date on their calendars for future planning.

Tustumena is now including two sixth-grade students is the raising of the flag each morning.

Five veterans came to the school to talk to the sixth-grade students about Veterans Day. Each shared stories of the wars they were engaged in, reasons for the war and the importance of Veterans Day. They demonstrated the proper procedure of folding a U.S. flag. Students had an opportunity to ask questions and visit with these men. One veteran even shared the importance of writing letters to servicemen overseas. He brought some letters he received more 30 years ago. They were from people he never met, but they meant so much to him at that time that he has never been able to part with them.

If you have lost your pager during the fall festival, it has been found. Come to the school office and identify it.

Kenai Middle School

Brad Elliot and his K-9 drug detection dog visited Ms. Dixon's eighth-grade classroom Monday.

Homework assignments may be found on the school's Web page at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/kms.

The B team basketball players will meet Chapman's team at KMS Monday.

Orders are being taken for yearbooks. The cost is $22 until Dec. 21. It will go up to $25 after that.

Don't forget to bring your General Mills box tops to the office. KMS has a drawing each week and the winner receives a coupon to spend at the school store.

Soldotna Middle School

In Mrs. Kiffmeyer's American studies class, the simulation on setting up colonies in colonial America has ended. The most successful colony, Leek, ended the game with a total of 13,604 wealth units. Although its sailing experience was difficult, once back on land, it was a strong colony that worked well together. The members included Jacob York, Gavin Youngberg, D.J. Foister and Alex Bias. On the other hand, the Haven Colony found life in the new world difficult throughout its short existence. At the end, it had 1,841 wealth units and chose the life of nomads, barely surviving to the bitter end. This colony included Amanda Smith, Greg Evans, Justin Leman and Ashlee Daris. It was a great experience for all of the colonial members.

The Alaska Department of Epidemiology has stated that all students' second hepatitis B shots must be done by Jan. 1 to stay in compliance and remain in school. Documentation of this must be given to the school nurse for the student's health file.

Mr. Carson's outdoor education class is studying water safety with Joe McCullough from State Parks.

The maroon girls' basketball team started its season off with a win against Homer Saturday. Anna Blake scored a three-pointer to give the team a one-point lead with 10 seconds remaining in overtime. Liz Denna led all scoring with 12 points. All SMS teams play in Seward Saturday.

The turkey trot is a fun assembly the school has every year the day before Thanksgiving. Students and faculty gather in the gym to watch students compete in events such as the mat carry, the football toss, the balloon pop and scooter races. Students sign up for the events through the physical education classes. The seventh-grade students compete against eighth-grade students. There is lots of excitement and the whole school gets involved.

Pooly Crawford, seventh-grade language arts teacher, is updating her Web site on a regular basis. Students can check on assignments and when they are due; check it out. It can be accessed through the district Web site.


Happy Thanksgiving from the Connections staff. The office will be closed Thursday and Friday.

The school thanks all the parents, students and friends who joined Connections for Monster's Inc. at the Orca Theater last week.

The Seaveys, a three-generation Iditarod racing family, is offering a day "Iditarod Checkpoint Clinic" to all home school students. The fee will be $69 per student. Connections students may use their discretionary funds. This clinic will be held Nov. 28 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Participants must register with Doug Hogue at 262-6315 or 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.

Science classes have been scheduled at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska. The classes include robotics and space, potluck science, young aviators, light and energy. Most classes cost $20 and are from 1 to 4 p.m., but some are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and cost $40. The center does reimburse. Classes run through March 1.

Check the Web site for complete details at http://www.akchallenger. org/happening/homeschool.htm or call 283-2000.

Interior Distance Education of Alaska

Portraits are due next week.

The science fair is coming up. Steve Hackett will present and have a question-and-answer session for parents Nov. 28 in Kenai at the IDEA office from 1 to 3 p.m., Nov. 29 in Seward at the library from 1 to 3 p.m. and Nov. 30 in Homer at the Bidarka Inn from 1 to 3 p.m. For more information, contact shackett@ideafamilies.org

The Creative Communications' Poetry Contest closes Dec. 1.

The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution closes Jan. 15.

The IDEA office will be closed Thursday and Friday.

For more information, visit the IDEA Web site at www.galenaalaska. org/idea.

Kenai Central High School

Once again, various community outreach programs are going strong at Kenai Central High School. This past week, the National Honor Society sponsored a Thanksgiving box drive. Students in first hour classes created Thanksgiving dinner boxes to take to the food bank.

"Recycled toys are recycled joys." The KCHS chapter of the Skills USA VICA club is sponsoring a used toy drive. Bring all of your old, outgrown, retired or out of the toy box treasures to the club and they will be reconditioned. They will then be redistributed to needy children at Christmas through The Salvation Army and Woman's Resource and Crisis Center. All age level toys are being accepted for cleaning and reconditioning. For more information, contact Rocky Ward.

Student council is sponsoring the annual canned food drive starting Nov. 28 through Dec. 12. The goal is to bring in more than 2,550 cans of food to donate to The Salvation Army.

The Interact Club is sponsoring the angel tree this year. This program provides Christmas presents for children in the community. The tree will be set up in the school commons outside the main office. Look for more details after Thanksgiving break.

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

The junior class is selling raffle tickets to a showing of the Harry Potter movie. For $6 you can purchase a ticket that could win you 10 seats at the 7 p.m. showing Friday. Seventeen people will be chosen. The drawing will be held Thursday. If you are interested in buying a ticket, contact a junior class officer or see them at Big Kmart.

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 start looking at colleges and applying for scholarships. For more information, check the school newsletter and visit with the counselors.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

Girls high school basketball tryouts will be Monday from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, contact Mr. Romans.

Boys high school basketball tryouts are Monday from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. For more information, contact Reid Kornstad.

Financial aid night for seniors will be held in the library Nov. 29, at 6 p.m.

Kenai Peninsula College will give the SAT Dec. 1 at 8 a.m. For more information, contact Mrs. Falk in the counseling office.

If you have any questions regarding any of the events above, call the school at 776-3456.

Ninilchik School

High school basketball practice begins Monday.

The junior high exploratory classes have reached their midway point. Mrs. Byrne's home economics students ended the quarter with a breakfast cooking finale that included menus, place cards and manners. They now are exploring sewing and social skills. Mr. Hilbrink's class first learned shop safety and blue print reading and drawing and are now in the process of turning out individual projects, that include wall shelves, Adirondacks chairs and gun racks. At the semester, the two classes will switch.

The Ninilchik Native Descendants are sponsoring their fourth annual Christmas Bazaar at the school Dec. 8 from noon to 5 p.m. If you or your child's class or group would like to reserve a table, call Jamie Leman at 567-3361 or Sheri Liebenthal at 567-3618.

Ninilchik's Domestic Engineers will have a bake sale table at the bazaar. All proceeds will benefit the science department. If you are interested in helping, they are accepting donations of baked goods. For more information, call 567-3944.

Skyview High School

Congratulations to Skyview volleyball team for winning the runner-up title at the state tournament. Laura Tarbox, Christina Colvin and Jenny Carpenter all were named to the state all-tournament team. The girls got the "Highest Combined Grade Point Average" award. Their grades averaged out to be a 3.64.

Basketball begins Monday. Athletes must have physicals in order to practice.

Financial aid night will be held in the library at 7 Monday.

The swim banquet will be Tuesday in the library starting at 6:30 p.m.

Soldotna High School

Congratulations to the following students who were recognized as the November Rotary Students of the Month: T.J. Stone, Alana Hutto, Clay Burman, Amanda Cunningham, Jerred Effenback, Anika Hocker, Ariel McLane, Emma Seggerman, John Carsner, Lakeesha Freeman, Scott Cornelius, Blaine Johnson, Danny Pate, Haley Smith, Jarad Gilliam and Abby Kiffmeyer.

Soldotna High School, in conjunction with the After the Bell program, hosts Saturday Experience each Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Dell lab is available for student use and a tutor also is available to help students. Any student needing access to a school computer for research, reports or other homework is encouraged to drop by. Snacks are available.

Basketball begins at SoHi Monday. Any student wishing to compete should see Al Howard, SoHi athletic director, Bill Withrow, boys' coach, or Mark Tuter, girls' coach.

Financial aid night for parents of upperclassmen will be held in the library Dec. 3 at 7. All parents and students planning for educational opportunities after high school are encouraged to attend.

SoHi students are encouraged to begin planning for the Dec. 7, snowball dance. This event is sponsored by the freshman and sophomore classes. Attire for the evening will be dressy. Students are encouraged to attend with friends -- with or without a date. SoHi students may bring one guest from another school. Be sure to sign them up prior to the dance.

Yearbooks are on sale for $50. Customizing is available at an additional price. For more information, contact Mrs. Bartman or a member of the yearbook staff for information.

For more information on Soldotna High School, look on the Web at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/sohi.

Cook Inlet Academy

Nov. 12 was a Day of Prayer for faculty, parents and students. The fall banquet had a theme with of Malachi 3:10: "I will open the windows of heaven for you." The annual event featured "Truth Slayers," a musical drama performed by the secondary students. The play contrasts living for self verses commitment to God's way of absolute truth and right. In the performance, students celebrated their commitment to the Lord. The play depicts a spirit working behind the scenes, blinding spiritual eyes from knowing the difference of right from wrong. In the performance, the students made these differences as clear as black and white. Using an archaeology trip as a backdrop, the story showed teens making a decision to do what is right, instead of making a wrong choice. This helps keeps themselves out of trouble. They make the point that truthfulness is right because God, himself, is true. As good as the acting was, the performers had a hard time hiding the light behind the sparkle in their eyes and heart. This silent testimony made the play that much more convincing.

Board member Chuck Kopp announced the school plans for a security upgrade that includes new windows, replaced locks and an audio-visual alarm system. To meet these goals, they propose a budget of $12,000.

The school would like to thank The Chase is Over for catering the banquet.

Students of the Week are Kristen May, Michael Bauder, Braden Chumley, Stephen Webb, Jessie McNutt, Megan English, Alyse Bell and Haley Michel.

Grace Lutheran School

The following students had perfect attendance during the first quarter at Grace Lutheran: Todd and Luke Burrow, Tom and Jennifer Werth, Garrett Redford, Josh Love, Stephen Cronkhite, Alexis Mercedes and Spencer Norris.

The upper-grade room has completed a study of the 50 states and their capitals, the major mountain ranges and rivers of the United States. They now are mastering the provinces and provincial capitals of Canada.

The third- and fourth-grade students continue to master their math facts. Dailee Cooper has passed her subtraction facts, and Allan Wentzlaff, Nick Pokryfki and Ryan Cole have passed their addition facts.

In Bible study, students are studying about the patriarchs Jacob and Joseph trusting God to preserve them in Egypt, return them to their homeland and send a savior. They apply this truth to their own lives as they trust God to be with them and bless them here on Earth and ultimately take them to heaven for Jesus' sake. Students are memorizing Deuteronomy 33:27: "The eternal God is our refuge."

In physical education, students are doing tae bo for winter fitness. In anticipation of Thanksgiving, the primary students are learning of the Pilgrims' thankfulness to God at the first Thanksgiving and singing, "Over the River and Through the Woods."

READS Primary School

This week, students at READS visited the The Moose is Loose Bakery. It was a deliciously delightful visit. They then traveled to Cad-Re Feed to estimate the weight of a live turkey. It was a challenging math problem for a few, but a great deal of fun.

They have discovered more about the life of the pilgrim and American Indians, as well as listing the many things they are thankful for.

Nutrition has been the topic of discussion in Health for November.

Wings Christian Academy

Wings students are having a party today to celebrate the holiday of Thanksgiving. Also, Isaac Dutton, Eben Spilman, Jessica Boutwell and Zack Bargar had birthdays this month.

The fire department will go to the school Monday with clowns and puppets to demonstrate to the school the importance of fire safety.

Keep saving those General Mills box tops. Every student who brings in 10 box tops earns a nonuniform day. Twenty yields a student a Denim, Sweatshirt and Sneaker Day. All money collected this year will go to purchase books for the library.

Another way to earn dollars for the school is with the school spirit program at K-Mart. Go to Kmart and get your school spirit card today. With every purchase you make, Kmart will donate a portion to your school. The Wings code number is 043156. You need to write this number on your school spirit application.

The Cleanest Desks of the Week awards go to Eben Spilman and Sierra Burger.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

Tickets are still available for the Second Annual Kenaitze Head Start Gala Fund Raiser to be held from 6:30 to 11 p.m. on Dec. 1, at the Kenai Senior Center. 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.

Head Start staff and children would like to say "chiginik" to Kenai Police Officer Gus Sandahl for visiting the school and talking to the children about "Stranger Danger." The children enjoyed his visit, and the staff appreciates Officer Sandahl's patience in answering their numerous questions.

Next week each class will visit the Kenai Community Library.

The next Family Night is scheduled for Dec. 3.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

This week's helpers are Machaela, Zachary and Connor. Last week the Good Listener Award went to Mallory.

This week, students will study Thanksgiving. The Thanksgiving story will be read, and the students will do crafts. The hands-on activity will be making pumpkin bread.

The 4-year-old class has started working on rhyming words. Many of the students already have this concept down.

Thank you parents for ordering books. The preschool will be able to purchase new books related to the themes that are taught. 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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