District School News

Posted: Wednesday, November 27, 2002

Aurora Borealis Charter

The kindergartners have started first-grade level math.

Students in grades kindergarten through three are preparing for their holiday program, which will be at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in the gym.

The second-graders recently completed a study of bats. They read books, made graphs and Venn diagrams and did some "batty" art projects. This week, the students began a unit on fossils and dinosaurs. They enjoyed watching while Mrs. Uponen projected outlines of dinosaurs on the wall of the gym with an overhead projector. The students discovered that compsognathorus was only as big as a small dog, while stegosaur was as high as the gym ceiling.

The junior high class will hear Katherine Lindow, a local ballet student who has performed in the "Nutcracker Suite," speak about ballet training, preparation for the ballet and the storyline of the "Nutcracker." Then, the students will travel to Anchorage to dine out and attend the musical Friday as their cultural experience.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Mrs. George's class enjoyed making multimedium watercolor fall leaf paintings. They are displayed in the hallway outside the classroom.

Mr. Daniels' class has been working with a Fahrenheit-to-Celsius conversion formula in math and has written a short story to illustrate the process. The class also is learning Russian, with the help of two high school students and Russian teacher Mr. Vaissenberg, who visit once a week. The class's new science project is "The Tower." To learn more about the project, visit the class Web page at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/kbeach/Staff/Daniels/default.

The families of Mrs. Murphy's sixth-grade homeroom students enjoyed the Thanksgiving performance and dessert buffet Tuesday. Stories read by the students were published in a book, "Our Thanksgiving Traditions," which is available at the school library.

The Young Shoppers Club will be open Tuesday through Dec. 5. This is a way for kids to do their own shopping for family and friends. Volunteers are needed for the store, and a volunteer list is posted in the commons area.

Mountain View Elementary

Mrs. Cramer and Mrs. Wannamaker's classes will have a Thanksgiving feast at the Kenai Merit Inn today.

The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in the library.

Family Math and Science Night will be at 6 Dec. 5.

Santa's Secret Shop will begin Dec. 9. Every class will have an opportunity to shop. Thanks to the PTA for providing this chance.

Mountain View is participating in the Great Aluminum Can Roundup. There is a wooden box behind the school to drop off bags of cans.

Nikiski Elementary

Nikiski Elementary Cookbooks are available in the office for $5. The book is filled with recipes collected by Nikiski students and put together in a cookbook format.

New Neon Froggy Friday T-shirts also are available in the office for $12.

Nikiski Elementary is collecting hats and mittens for children in the Nikiski area as part of the Nikiski Neighbors holiday program.

Mr. Floyd's class visited the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska last Friday. Thanks to Unocal for funding this opportunity.

Redoubt Elementary

Redoubt kindergarten through third-grade students will present their Christmas program at 6 p.m. Dec. 5 in the Soldotna High School Auditorium. Admission is free, and all community members are invited.

Forms and letters explaining Redoubt's Holiday Kindness Project have been sent home. Copies also are available at the school office. Redoubt families needing help this Christmas are asked to return their forms by Monday. A toy and clothing will be provided for children in sixth grade and younger. Families also will receive a holiday meal. The deadline for donations is Dec. 13.

Santa's Secret Shop will be open from Tuesday through Dec. 6. Teachers will let students know when they are scheduled to shop. Volunteers still are needed for the store. To help, call Corbi Aaronson at 262-7711.

The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Dec. 9 in the lounge.

Thanks to everyone who helped make the first Fun Fest of the year a success.

Yearbooks for the 2002-03 school year are available by preorder for $18 through Jan. 10. Copies of the 2001-02 yearbook also are on sale for $20.

The sixth-grade band concert will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Soldotna Middle School. Fifth-grade band students will perform at 12:10 p.m. Dec. 18 in the Redoubt gym. Parents are invited to both performances.

Redoubt is participating in the Great Aluminum Can Roundup through April 19. Prizes are awarded to the schools or organizations that collect the most cans.

The school also collects Big G box tops and Campbell's Soup labels.

Sears Elementary

Santa's Secret Shop will be open Monday through Dec. 6. The Holiday Fun Fest will be Dec. 4, and the holiday concert for grades one and two will be Dec. 10.

Mrs. Ralston's class is learning about graphing. Students have graphed eye color, hair color, frogs and tadpoles. They also will have a Thanksgiving play today.

Soldotna Elementary

The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Dec. 5 in the library.

Thursday is Western Day, and students are encouraged to wear cowboy and cowgirl attire.

Soldotna Elementary yearbooks are on sale for $18 through Dec. 20, when the price will increase to $20. Order envelopes are available in the school foyer.

The Title 1 could date has arrived. The Soldotna Elementary reading program is funded federally based on the free and reduced-price lunches at the school. Families are asked to fill out an application even if they don't think they will use the program. Applications are available in the office.

The sixth-grade band and fifth- and sixth-grade SoEl Singers will perform at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 5. The public is invited.

Students in grades four through six will present "An Early American Christmas," at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 12 in the school gym. The performance celebrates America's traditions at the holidays.

Sterling Elementary

Sterling Elementary will collect nonperishable food and new toys to distribute to families in Sterling for the holidays. The school is collaborating with Pastor Bob Reasner of Abundant Life Assembly of God, the Sterling Senior Citizens Center and other community members. Donated items may be brought to the school. Community members also may contribute cash to help buy meat and perishable items that will be added to the baskets. If you or anyone you know may need help during the holidays, call the school at 262-4944.

Tustumena Elementary

Tustumena Elementary is conducting a food drive through Dec. 12. Donated items will got to The Salvation Army "Joy and Toy" center. Nonperishable food items may be sent in with children or delivered by parents during school hours.

Debbi Miller, author of "The Great Serum Race" and many other books, will visit Tustumena on Dec. 5. She will meet with the kindergarten and first-grade classes at 9:30 a.m. then continue with older students throughout the day. Her newest book will be available for purchase and autographs. Parents are invited to attend these sessions in the school library.

The PTO is managing a recycling center for box tops, Campbell's Soup labels and computer printer cartridges. Families are encouraged to send these items to school with children.

Don't forget to buy a PTO cash raffle ticket for the drawing Dec. 7. Ticket holders receive a dinner for two at the drawing, and one lucky winner will walk away with $5,000. Another 21 prizes also will be available.

Kenai Middle

Congratulations to the recent recipients of the Character Counts awards: Patrick Hamman, Kurt Rosenquist, Branden Alexander, Justin Wisenewski, Ryan Dummler, Naythen Hansen, Harmony Tomes, Cody Nickoloff, Brad Fusaro, Delannis Garff, Marisa Navarre, Seth Row-Button, Cody Booth, Damien Collum, Chyna Connor, Gabe Haunold, Kelsey Wortham, Christina Fischer, Michael Trux, Heather Edeleho, Tommy Eide, Kristie Louthan, Nyle Lemay, Brittany Magill, Bryce Boyle, Jerry Norton, Billy Ritchie, Michael Creighton, Lucas Salonen, Lisa Gough, McKenan Steinbeck, Jaclyn Hall, Trevor Shaffner, Gerrica Moore, Halyn Lipps, Kevin Brown, Devon Copple, Cora Chidester, Dan Gutskey, Courtney Fisher, Hayden Sterling and Emerson Root. The winner of the the pizza this week was Jordan Curren.

Order forms for yearbooks are available in the office.

The sixth-grade will sell fresh noble fir Christmas swags for $15. To preorder a swag, call 283-4896.

KMS will collaborate with Sears and Mountain View elementary schools for the annual Christmas drive. For more information, an application or to make a donation, contact any of the three schools.

Mark the following events on your calendars:

Tuesday -- Basketball at KMS at 3 p.m.

Dec. 5 -- B team basketball at KMS

Dec. 6 -- A and B team basketball at KMS

Dec. 7 -- Basketball at Seward

Dec. 9 -- Band concert

Dec. 10 -- Round 1 of the borough basketball tournament; PTA meeting at 6:30 p.m.

Dec. 12 -- Choir concert at KCHS at 7 p.m.

Dec. 13 -- Eighth-grade feast

Dec. 14 -- Borough basketball tournament at Nikiski.

Soldotna Middle

The SMS Prevention Advisory Team members include Sherry Karnikis, Kimberley Jackinsky, Bob Bambace, Ann Story, Rosy Thompson, Kristan Warnick, Virginia Morgan, Karen Ruebsamen, Brian Koski and Jordan Grant. The team recently met for the first time, and the next meeting will be at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 4.

The Battle of the Books team for 2002-03 has been selected. Team members are Trafford Evanoff, Sam Kilfoyle and Kahlia McDermott. Alternates are Elora Hammer and Ashley Myers.

The SMS music department will perform its annual holiday concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the big gym. The concert will feature the sixth- through eighth-grade concert band, the jazz band, the symphonic band, the seventh-grade choir and the eighth-grade choir.

SMS thanks Safeway, the PTSA and the Women's Auxiliary for the help with the Thanksgiving baskets. Also, SMS is gearing up to start its Christmas canned food drive, which will run from Dec. 4 to 13, and the angel tree. These programs will help out some SMS families who need extra help this time of year. The Christmas angel tree has children's ages and a gift wish. If you sign up for a child, bring the gift back unwrapped and turn it into the office.

The office will send out a second notice for overdue fees and library books. Families who have not received a report card should call the office to check the status of fees.

The ping pong champions in Mrs. Burns' PE class were: Nick Williams, first hour; Clayton Glick, second hour; Anthony Guth, third hour; Jessica Oglesbee, fourth hour; Nick Rodriguez, fifth hour; and Larsen Kohler, seventh hour.

It's time for Midnight Sun Volleyball, a club for area players who want to improve their volleyball skills during the off-season. For more information, call 262-9501.

The SMS wrestlers are working to become members of the SMS Wrestling Push-Up Club. Wrestlers have to do 5,000 push-ups during November and December to become members. The wrestler who does the most push-ups will get his or her total printed on the back of the wrestling T-shirt.

Kenai Central High

Kenai Central's annual arts and crafts fair is this week. Set-up will begin at 3 p.m. today, and the fair will be Friday and Saturday.

Basketball tryouts begin Monday. Students interested in trying out should contact the coaches, Mr. Beeson for girls and Mr. Bartolowits for boys. Students must have a current physical on file before tryouts.


The high school culinary arts class will offer an old-fashioned Thanksgiving dinner today. for the faculty and all those who appreciate their cooking.

The annual Ninilchik Science Fair will be Dec. 19 at the school, where elementary, junior high and high school students will present their projects.

The elementary Christmas program will be Dec. 16, and the junior high and high school concert will be Dec. 18.

Mr. Byrne, the physical education teacher, recently finished teaching a class on life-guarding. About 12 teachers and students participated and became certified lifeguards.

The senior class announced that the previously planned Mexican dinner, silent auction and split-the-pot raffle has been revamped. There will be no dinner or raffle tickets, but the class will sell food and drink items and host the auction at the Christmas bazaar Dec. 7.

Skyview High

The Skyview Drama Dinner Theater, "The 1930s Show: Great Impressions of the 1930s," will be at 6 tonight. The production involves about half the staff and one-third of the students. A second performance dessert show will be Dec. 5. Cost is $10, and tickets are available through the office.

Skyview High is working with The Salvation Army and sponsoring a canned food drive Monday through Dec. 13. The Skyview Interact Club and National Honor Society also are sponsoring a coat drive during the same period.

The site council will meet Dec. 16.

The Winter Ball will be Dec. 13.

The Christmas concert will be Dec. 17 at Soldotna High School.

Congratulations to the volleyball team for placing fourth at state and to the wrestling team for placing first at the Homer Rumble and second at the Chugiak Invite.

Basketball practices begin Monday. Players must have a completed physical turned in before they can practice.

Soldotna High

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms are available in the counseling office. All college-bound seniors should fill out the form and submit it by mail or Internet after Jan. 1.

All juniors will take the ASVAB test Tuesday. Seniors considering a career in the military also may take the test.

A recruiter from the Navy will be in the counseling office at 1:30 p.m. today to discuss career opportunities.

New usernames and passwords are available in the counseling office for the Internet version of the Alaska Career Information System (AKCIS).

The student-mentorship luncheon will be Dec. 6.

Individuals interested in joining the SoHi PTSA are encouraged to contact Sandra Ghormley.

The site-based council will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the staff room.

Cook Inlet Academy

The girls' volleyball team will sell hot dogs, chili dogs and cinnamon rolls every Wednesday during lunch. Prices are $1.50 to $2 per item. The sale is a fund-raiser for the team.

The National Honor Society will host a pre-Thanksgiving luncheon for secondary students today. Parents are asked to check with their students for assigned items. Food should be sent ready to eat. Containers should be disposable or labeled, and students should bring serving utensils with their contribution. Food items must be in by noon.

Secondary students are welcome to join Jacob Peterson and Thomas Adams every Wednesday in Mr. Vavilov's room during lunch for Bible study and worship.

CIA received Soldotna Bible Chapel's "Who's School Rules" trophy. Dozens of students turned out Nov. 20 to challenge area secondary schools to competitions, including team weight, school spirit, eating, exercise, talent and other categories.

Students in Mr. Leiter's drama class will travel to Anchorage to attend a performance at APU on Dec. 20. The trip costs $17, which is due today. The money covers transportation and admission to the performance. Students also should bring extra money for food and activities.

Mrs. Rehm is looking for a piano accompanist for concert choir, held from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. every other day.

Wings Christian Academy

Wings students celebrated the first week of snow this month by building a giant snowman named Jeb. The snowman was 8 feet, 2 inches tall.

Eben Spilman received one credit for completing the computer class this week.

Lindsay Thompson reached the 1000s club.

The cleanest desk awards went to Leah Howell and Megan Ruffridge.

Lower Learning Center students have memorized 26 states and their capitals.

There will be a Thanksgiving and birthday party organized by the student council today.

The school will be closed Thursday and Friday for Thanksgiving.

This year's Christmas program, "Catch the Christmas Spirit," will be Dec. 13.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

Happy birthday to Jennaka and Xander this month.

Students have been learning about the first Thanksgiving. They learned why the Pilgrims came to America, why there was a first Thanksgiving and who the Native Americans are.

Some projects the students have completed include making feather headbands, butter, turkeys from hand prints and a "Thankful Book."

Students also are practicing songs for the Christmas program in December.

Students are counting to 100 each day. The letter of the week is M, and the number of the week is eight.

Space still is available in the 4-year-old class that meets Wednesdays through Fridays. For more information, call 262-1284.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

The students have finished their unit on rocks and moved onto exploring the upcoming holidays. They made Indian vests and corn bread.

There will be a Thanksgiving feast today, and the class will get to help prepare the meal.

The preschool is accepting new students. For more information, call Susan at 262-4102.

Sterling Head Start

The children are learning about shapes. This week, they made fruit kabobs, assembling fruit cut into circles, squares, triangles and rectangles on a stick.

The Head Start children will treat their parents and community members to homemade beef stew today. Children are bringing a favorite vegetable to school to learn how to properly wash food before cooking. The meal will be followed by a special presentation by the students.

Children got a bird's eye view of live turkeys when Cad-Re Feed invited the bus to stop by and see the Thanksgiving birds in the cages outside the store.

Students used colored shaving cream to paint and smear a canvas. They discovered new hues when the colors were blended, mixed and stirred. The new paintings were a huge hit in the art gallery.

Parents learned important safety information from Central Emergency Services Fire Marshal Gary Hale last week. Following the presentation, participants had the opportunity to practice with various types of fire extinguishers. Thanks to Mr. Hale for the presentation.

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 clarion@alaska.net or by fax at 283-3299. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Friday.

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