School News

Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2000

Sears Elementary

The school would like to thank all those who supported the school fall fund-raiser. It raised $5,200 to help support important programs at Sears such as RIF (Reading is Fundamental) and artist in the school.

It's time, once again, for the first- and second-grade Christmas presentation. Students have been hard at work to put on a festive program. The program will be at Kenai Central High School at 7 p.m. Dec. 12. All first- and second-graders should bring a flashlight by Tuesday to practice on the show's grand finale. Make sure the flashlights have names on them so they may be returned.

Santa's Secret Shop will open at Sears on Monday. It takes the hard work of many volunteers to help students shop for that special gift for family and friends. If you are interested in helping in the shop, call Cheryl at 283-3980.

Preparations for the memory book are under way. Any business interested in advertising in the back of the book can do so for $25. If you or someone you know is interested in a business-card-size ad, send the business card and fee to Sears, marked "PTA," and it will be forward to the chairperson.

Soldotna Elementary

Congratulations to Fun Buck Winners Miranda Maderos, Riley Harvey, Jessi Stumo and Robert Navarro for their good deeds at Soldotna Elementary.

Sheets will be sent home regarding the upcoming PTA Fun Fest for students Dec. 8. The staff will sponsor a variety of activities in which students can choose to participate after school. Cost is $3, which will go toward classroom teaching supplies. Students must sign up and pay by Monday.

The special Christmas program, featuring students in first through third grades, will be Tuesday. The school hopes all parents and community members will attend at 6 p.m. in the school gym.

Sterling Elementary

The Sterling students and staff hope everyone in the community had a joyful and happy Thanksgiving.

Students all have books to read over the holidays thanks to the hard work and efforts of Mrs. Freese, Mrs. Evans and Mrs. Lyons, following the first of the three RIF distributions. The school staff also wishes to thank Mrs. Lund, the PTA president, and all the dedicated PTA members, who have played such an instrumental role in creating the positive and exciting atmosphere at Sterling Elementary.

Homer Middle School

The school won the Presidential Physical Fitness Award state championship in its enrollment group.

The magazine fund-raiser earned about $6,000 for the school. Brenda Dolma's seventh-grade homeroom was tops for sales.

The choir and band students will perform a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 in the Mariner Theatre at Homer High School. Admission is free.

Kenai Middle School

The site-base council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.

The sixth- and seventh-grade band concert is 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the gym.

All sixth-graders are selling swags as a fund-raiser to help send them to camp later in the year. Cost is $15 each. The swags are made with noble fir boughs, pine cones and a giant red ribbon. For more information, talk to any sixth-grader. Students will make the swags Monday from 8 a.m. until noon. Orders can be picked up from noon until 5:30 p.m. Monday and until 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Yearbook order forms are available at the office. Cost is $18 before Christmas break and $20 after.

Be sure to bring in your General Mills box tops. Since Betty Crocker products have joined the Box Tops for Education program, the box tops are available on more than 330 General Mills products. The funds help with various student activities throughout the school year.

Congratulations to Elijah Stafford for a great performance in the Bowling Special Olympics in Anchorage recently. Elijah received three ribbons during the competition.

Soldotna Middle School

Dairy Queen winners of the week are staffers Darrell Hagen, Cindy Weeks and Jane Davis and student of the week, Stefanie Moiles.

The middle school has a concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The annual canned food drive is under way. Support the effort by sending in canned foods, plus breakfast items and snack foods.

The silver girls' basketball team defeated Kenai 39-33 Nov. 21. Brittany Howard led with 21 points and Stacey Foster had 15 points. Great defense came from Ruby Baxter with help from Anna Bonebrake on the boards.

Cody Carver plays for the Anchorage Northstar Peewee A hockey team, which was due to go to Seattle over the Thanksgiving weekend to compete in the Seattle Metropolitan Cup Tournament. Nelson Kempf and Carrick Cristiano play for the local KPHA Icehawks Peewee B team. They traveled to Anchorage for a Thanksgiving tournament.

SMS will try for a fourth straight state championship in the Battle of the Books competition. The team will be Rachel Beatty, Rebecca Kilfoyle and Terrence Carlson. Alternates will be Kristin Galvin and Ali Wykis.

Mr. McBee's advanced art class and Mrs. Hallett's science classes visited Anchorage for their interdisciplinary unit on fossils. Two emergency drivers, Helen Aye and Tammy Turnbull, followed the buses to Anchorage, and Roger Brown volunteered to ride on one of the school buses needed for the trip.

Kenai Central High School

The swimming and diving team banquet will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the cafeteria.

KCHS seniors have information packets to order caps, gowns and announcements for graduation. Return orders and payment to Balfour by Friday to ensure receiving them before spring break.

The freshman and junior classes will have gift wrapping booths at Kmart starting Friday through Dec. 14. They need parent and student volunteers to help during their wrapping hours. If you are available, call Liana Bigham at 283-7524.

First-hour classes collected enough food, including turkeys, for 16 Thanksgiving baskets that were donated to the food bank. The annual canned food drive will go through Dec. 8. Results will be celebrated at the holiday assembly Dec. 12.

Join the yearbook fund-raiser. Check out, click the "Josten's High School Fund-raiser" link and register under the KCHS link. This free registration will give the KCHS yearbook credit to keep the yearbook costs at a minimum. It is all free to you, and the yearbook class gets credit for everyone who registers.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

This month's character cornerstones are Jamie Peterson and Roy Gladden, kindness; Travis McGahan, Joey Wicker and Melissa Leichliter, respect; Zach Hall and Jesse Obert, trustworthiness; and Alena Bird, Skyler Gallien and Jessica Sibolboro, responsibility.

The National Honor Society officers are Jessica Arness, president; Zach Hall, vice president; Jennifer Miller, treasurer; and Ella Olsen, secretary. Other members include Seth Tauriainen, Vangie Pattison, Quincy Bird, Josh Reilly and Inger Hulien. New members include Kyle Alexander, Tela O'Donnell, Sally Glaze, Sabrina Johns, Thomas Lassen, April Lofstedt, Ryan Crumpacker, Todd Brigham, Tracie Nightingale, Clarissa Ribbens, Amanda Weaver, Annie Duttle, Rainy Reilly, Maria Delago, Makenzie Jorgensen, Aurora Zinck and Chris Palm.

The Future Problem Solving competition participants for the intermediate team are Georgie Heaverley, Jamie Paterson, Erica Thye and Tatiana Butler. The senior team consists of Breanna Butler, Megan Thye and Jenny Miller. Other participants include Alonda Spracher, Chelsea Fritz and Aurora Zinck.

Ninilchik School

Miss Cruz's second-grade class held their Corn Festival Nov. 22. The students prepared corn chowder and corn bread for their parents and presented a readers' theater production of "The Thanksgiving Play" as well as reciting a Pilgrim poem and singing Thanksgiving songs.

Mrs. Bosick's third- and fourth-graders entertained Ninilchik students with a Charlie Brown Thanksgiving play.

Mrs. Byrne's students have been busy making clay tablets in their early history class.

Skyview High School

Tickets for the Interdisciplinary Dessert Show "Roaring Twenties" on Thursday are still available at the school office. Cost is $5. Tickets will not be sold at the door as previously announced. October Students of the Month and their parents will get complimentary tickets to the performance.

Life Touch will take photos of the wrestling and hockey cheerleaders after school today. Skiers will have their pictures taken Feb. 14.

The volleyball awards banquet will be Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Senior girls are reminded that the deadline for applications to the Junior Miss Scholarship Program is Thursday. Applications are available in the office.

All graduation orders must be in the mail by Thursday in order to be processed in a timely fashion.

The Skyview Christmas Concert will be Dec. 12 at 7 p.m. in the Soldotna High School Auditorium.

All Skyview news is on the Web, and you can access it at or contact John Andrews, director of athletics and activities, at 260-2315.

Soldotna High School

The annual Snowball Dance will be from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday. Attire is dressy. This dance is open to any SoHi students and their guests, provided the guest is a high school student in the borough and has been preregistered in Mrs. Moock's office by 3 p.m. Friday.

Images photo studio will be at the dance taking pictures. For information about available picture packages, pick up a flyer in the office. Cost is $5 per student.

For more on SoHi activities, calendars, the homework hot line, hockey and swim team information and other information, check the school Web page at or call Sharon Moock, activities director, at 260-7024.

Cook Inlet Academy

Congratulations to the Students of the Week: Samantha McNutt, Meghan Powers, Alex Agosti, Jacob Boudreaux, Alex Schmelzenbach and Linnea Powers. They were selected for their friendliness, helpfulness and math work.

The junior high enrichment class made a comet, with direction from Mr. Shields. They used dry ice, ammonia, dust (from the gym floor), water and an organic substance (a Coke) all stirred together.

Senior Eric Minelga has achieved the grades and accomplishments to earn a four-year scholarship to University of Alaska.

The library needs a volunteer resource person willing to tutor.

The junior high basketball tournament will be Friday and Saturday.

The elementary Christmas program, "The Plain Truth About Christmas," will be performed at Grace Brethren Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road Dec. 11 at 7 p.m.

The missions program includes trips to Russia, Peru and Mexico. Students will share their faith through friendship, music, drama and discussions. They will visit orphans, meet with teens and help build churches, schools and houses. Photos are posted in the hall from last year's trips to Vladivostok, Birobidjan, Seoul and Mexicali. Such visits strengthen both those on the giving end as well as those who receive.

Wings Christian Academy

The junior high team season is coming to an end. The tournament will be be held at Cook Inlet Academy.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, Wings will play a coed volleyball game against St. Paul. There also is a volleyball game 1 p.m. Saturday at the school against the Matanuska Christian School.

The parent-teacher Christmas party will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. There will be finger food and a gift exchange.

Students who made the A and B honor rolls for the first quarter will go skating and bowling.

The cleanest office of the week award goes to Jessica Saunders.

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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