Posted: Wednesday, November 29, 2006


Charlotte’s Web Literature Units are available at the office. The cost is $9.99, which may be deducted directly from the allotment. The unit includes an activity guide with lessons in math, English, spelling, and science as well as the book “Charlotte’s Web.” The unit is for grades three through six .

Senior Scholarship Folders are due Friday. Call Bob or Natalie at 714-8880 for more information. Check out the school’s Web site at for information on scholarships.

December book club orders must be in the office by the close of the day Thursday to receive items before Christmas break. Call Tanya at 714-8880 for more information.

The office will be closed Friday for a staff inservice. For the convenience of parents and students, there is a drop box by the front door of the office for after hours and weekends.

The Nikiski office will be open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday. It is now located in the North Peninsula Recreation Center. The recreation center will have home-school gym time available from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and toddler time will be open on the same day from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The Christmas Drive information has been sent home and there are extra forms in the office. Families is in need of help for Christmas must return the form by Friday. Families who would like to adopt another family or provide certain items are asked to return the form to the office. The school is asking each grade level to help provide the following items: kindergarten and first grade, one hat or headband; and second through fourth grades, one pair of mittens or gloves.

The Robotics Club is being formed for third- and fourth-grade students. There is an informational meeting at 3:45 p.m. Thursday on Willow Street. Parents are asked to bring their child to the meeting.

The annual holiday concert will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium. Students in grades one and two at Kaleidoscope and Sears Elementary, and third-graders in Mrs. Boersma’s class, will perform “The Littlest Tree’s Holiday Dream.” Students will be bussed to Kenai Central High School on Tuesday morning for rehearsal. Parents who do not want their child to ride the bus are asked to call the office.

The PTA will meet at 6 p.m. Dec. 6 on Willow Street.

The APC will meet at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 11 on Willow Street.

Additional information may be found on the Kaleidoscope Edline page. For problems activating the account, call the office for assistance.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Mr. Daniels’ Class is studying fossils science. The class thanks Mr. Musgrove for bringing a mastodon tusk in to display. The students will make fossils soon. The ceramic bowls turned. The class would like to thank Mr. Rosin and Mrs. Hart for their help. The class will give a performance for the school Friday about what to do when you come to an unknown word. Last week, the class worked on learning German, cursive and wrote poetry and stories about Thanksgiving.

Mrs. McCoy’s second-grade class learned about the first Thanksgiving, and held the eighth annual Pies and Poetry Presentation last Wednesday. The class would like to thank the parents who donated pies and participated.

Mrs. Furlong’s class visited the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank last week and brought food from their class’ canned food drive. They also made Thanksgiving placemats to share.

Ms. Chambers’ class will take a bus to visit the SeaLife Center in Seward on Friday. Students will need a sack lunch (on that day), $20 and a signed permission slip by Thursday. She thanks class presidents, Brittany Hollers-Moore, Cheyanne Laber and Shellie Kjostad, for doing a terrific job in helping the class run smoothly.

Mr. Vetters’ class will participate in Star Base Alaska at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska, Thursday through Dec. 6.

Mind a-Mazes 2006 was held Nov. 11 at Soldotna Middle School. The long-term problem required students to design and create devices that used the wind from a fan to travel the farthest distance from a starting point while carrying a 1.25-ounce steel hex nut. The spontaneous problem engaged students in making the longest jump rope possible using a variety of materials from a paper bag in eight minutes.

The following teams of students from the school participated: The Bubble Wrapz — Mika Morton, Kierstyn Mathews, Cheyanne Laber, Jacob Worsfold and Gage Stewart; Team ZAAG — Zo Zorn, Austin Laber, Annie Worsfold and Gunner Smith; and The Brilyont Idiots — Joseph Rife, Heidi Westerman, Johnathon Kreider and Travis Perkovich.

Dates to remember:

· The Secret Santa Shop continues through Thursday;

· Dec. 7 — Kindergarten through third-grade Christmas concert, “The Elf Impersonator” at 7 p.m. at the Soldotna High School Auditorium.

Kenai Central High

On Sunday, the annual school Christmas choir concert will begin at 3 p.m. in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium. For more information on concert, call Renee Henderson at 283-2125.

Monday the annual Mountain View Elementary Christmas concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.

The Sears Elementary and Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science Christmas concert will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.

November Students of the Month: Rotary, Hannah Watkins; Chamber, Katie Foley; Elks, Brad Denison; biology one, Shawnee Hunter; life activities, Keeven Macik; study skills, Marylou McComsey; health, April Pearce; work experience, David Vasilie; choir, Christopher Hall; French two, Crystal Hayes; art, William Chagluak; honors language arts-ninth, Maya Johnson; vocational (metals), Kirsten Lawrence; band, Corey Rainey; algebra B, Chyna Conner; AP U.S. history, Jennifer Sassi; biology, Chelsea Wassily; physical science, Heather Grisham-Kohler, David Patat and Kathleen Herring; and math and computer teacher and National Honor Society adviser, Kathleen Herring.

Dates to remember:

· Friday — Wrestling vs Homer at 6 p.m., varsity hockey vs Homer at 8:15 p.m., cross-country skiing at Skyview High School and junior varsity hockey at Juneau; and

· Saturday — Wrestling at Soldotna High School at noon, varsity hockey vs Chugiak at 6:15 p.m., cross-country skiing at Skyview and junior varsity hockey at Juneau.

Families may access schedules for activities at the school at the follow Web address:

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start

The school will have an Angel Tree program for Head Start families in need of gift assistance. Anyone wishing to donate to the cause may call Janet or Mary or Norvell at 283-0707.

The preschool and afterschool programs are accepting applications from Alaska Native and Head Start Alumni. The afterschool program for kindergarten through second grade runs from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays. The program offers bus transportation from Nikiski North Star and Sears elementary schools and from Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science; as well as limited service from Redoubt and Soldotna elementary schools.

The children spend part of the time with the cultural staff participating in dance, drum, and NYO activities. The rest of the time is snack, literacy and play for social and emotional growth.

The nonincome based preschool for Alaska Natives runs from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays. For more information about these programs, call Charmaine at 283-0707.

Nikiski Middle High School

Student Body President, Tyler Payment, and Vice President, Joel Ribbens, presented to the school board Nov. 20 on the positive changes in student engagement as a result of the new leadership class at the school. In addition, Mrs. Elmore presented on the new READ 180 program and Ms. Kolipano presented on the excitement generated with the new art program.

Students of the month: High school — Zach Alkire, world history; Donna Handley, mathematics; and Tristin Rutherford, biology; Junior high — Carra Dixon, study skills; Mandee Jackson, social studies; Sallee McClure, science; Angie Parrish, mathematics; Maddie Ralston, language arts; Kaden Spurgeon, physical education; and Amy Wicker, choir.

Dates to remember:

· Today — Signs of Suicide Parent Information Night at 7 p.m. in the library; and

· Saturday — Wrestling regions at Seward.

Ninilchik School

The National Honor Society is sponsoring a food drive. Nonperishables may be deposited in the appropriate box designated for each grade level. The food will be delivered to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank in time for Christmas.

Those interested in old yearbooks may call Tammy Bear at 567-3716. Yearbooks dating from 1968 to 2005 are available at a reduced cost. For current yearbooks the cost is $50 through Friday and then goes up to $55.

To reserve a table for the Christmas bazaar fundraiser call music teacher Lisa Nissly at 567-3301. Tables are available for $20 for one and $30 for two.

There will be a junior high basketball with Chapman Elementary at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The first high school basketball practice was Nov. 27. Call Coach Leman, Coach Presley or Coach Helvey with questions about practice schedules.

The school would like to congratulate wrestler Austin Vanderford who was victorious in Barrow.

The girls’ volleyball team traveled to Barrow for junior varsity and varsity matches Sunday through today.

The second-graders would like to thank the Alaska Department of Fish and Game presenter who taught them about ice and water safety. They also celebrated a Thanksgiving feast last Wednesday and performed three plays: “The Three Turkeys”, “An Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly”, and “The Pilgrim Story” for the elementary students, teachers and parents.

The staff would like to thank Michael French who spent the day teaching students about the importance of being an organ and tissue donor. He brought visuals and samples and also showed a film.

Redoubt Elementary

Bingo for Books will be held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the gym. Students and their families are invited to the free evening of bingo, books, and refreshments. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

The holiday food drive for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank continues through Friday. All nonperishable food items will be appreciated. Collection boxes are in front of the school office.

The holiday kindness program will provide holiday help to families in need. Families are asked to contact the school office by Monday. Donations will be appreciated and may be dropped off at the school office or placed in the collection jar in front of the office.

The first-, second- and third-grade holiday musical, “The Snow Party,” will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Soldotna High School Auditorium.

The Elf Shelf holiday store will be held Dec. 6 through 8. Students will have an opportunity to shop for family and friends. Volunteers are needed and may call Patti Books at 262-0436 or e-mail her at Items are available for preview in the display case in the school hallway.

Band students will perform at 6 p.m. Dec. 11 in the gym.

The school is participating in the Great Aluminum Can Round-Up sponsored by Kenai Peninsula Green Star. The school will receive credit for aluminum cans delivered to the Central Peninsula Landfill on Saturdays through April 21. Complete information will be in Friday’s newsletter.

Sears Elementary

The annual Holiday concert will be begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium. Students in grades one and two from the school and Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science will perform “The Littlest Tree’s Holiday Dream” under the direction of Elaine Larson. Students will be bussed to the auditorium the morning of the concert for the dress rehearsal. Students are asked be at the auditorium by 6:45 p.m. for the performance.

Ms. Ralston’s students created books about themselves. They created pictures to go along with their story. All of Ms. Ralston’s students made the reading goal and were invited to an after school “Reading Challenge”.

Mrs. Moon’s second-graders put on a Thanksgiving play for parents and peers. They also had a classroom feast to celebrate what they were thankful for.

Mrs. Hanson’s, Mrs. Miller’s and Mrs. Moon’s students studied Native Americans. They learned about the settlements in the new world, the first Thanksgiving and colonial life. They also compared and contrasted it to their lives today.

Mrs. Atkinson’s class learned about Thanksgiving traditions. The students made fruit salad and cornbread and butter for their Thanksgiving feast. The students worked together to create a “Thankful Quilt”.

The Young Shoppers Club will be held Monday through Dec. 8. Class dates and times will be sent home in your child’s Friday Folder. Volunteers are needed to assist young shoppers.

Sears, Kaleidoscope, Mt. View and Kenai Middle School are joining forces to provide Christmas for families in need. If you would like to sponsor a child or a family for Christmas, call Kimb at 283-4826.

Soldotna High

The drama department presents “A Piece of My Heart” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tickets are limited to 125 for each performance, as this production is staged in-the-round. Tickets are $5 each and are available on a first come, first served basis each night of the performance.

Yearbooks may be ordered for $55. Senior ad space is available by calling 260-7000.

Cheerleading tryouts are from 2:30 to 4 p.m. today and from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Friday in the commons.

Parents of juniors will meet at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the teachers work room.

Financial Aid Information Night will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the library.

The choir and band will hold a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Dec. 12.

During the recent canned food drive, students collected a total of 1,248 cans. The winning adviser was Mrs. Mattson, with more than 350 cans.

Interpretation of scores for the recently administered ASVAB tests will take place Jan. 3.

School news is available online on the SoHi home page.

Soldotna Elementary

The school received recognition from the Commissioner of Education Roger Sampson for its student achievements as part of the No Child Left Behind assessment results.

The school would like to thank Laine Archuleta for helping extra at the school. She was the Honor Buck winner for the week and received a T-shirt and a movie pass.

A mass band concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the gym. Music teacher Erin Southwick has prepared a performance for students in beginning and intermediate bands. The combined 60-piece group will present a celebration of the winter season.

The annual school canned food drive continues through Dec. 14 with a contest each week. Students are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items throughout the food drive if they are able. Week one will see if classes can have a food item for each letter of the alphabet; week two will have classes lining out food items to measure the “longest line”; and week three will ask classes to construct something from the food items. The “Can-struction” will be judged by a person who works in the field of engineering.

The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Thursday library. Childcare is provided and everyone is invited to attend and be part of the school’s “learning team.”

Soldotna Middle

The school’s newsletter may be accessed at https://www.edline. net/pages/Soldotna_Middle/News/Newsletter.

Mr. Whitney’s homeroom is collecting food and other items for the Soldotna Animal Shelter.

Students are still working on their homeroom’s community service project to help the needy families in the community for the holidays.

Last Wednesday’s Turkey Trot Assembly was a big hit as the students and staff competing and playing the games designed by the physical education program.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — boys and girls maroon basketball games with Nikiski at 3 p.m.;

· Friday — boys and girls silver basketball games at Homer at 3 p.m.;

· Tuesday — first round of borough basketball tournament (at school sites); and

· Dec. 9 — finals and third-place games, borough basketball tournament at SMS.

Sterling Elementary

The school is helping with the Share in the Giving program. Donations of nonperishable food items, new clothes and toys, or cash may be dropped by the office through Dec. 14. For more information, call Mrs. Mahan at 262-4944 or Abundant Life Assembly at 262-7266.

The school is a NASA Explorer School. Alaska’s Astronaut Bill Oefelein will head into space soon. Oefelein will pilot the NASA shuttle launch, Mission STS 116, which is targeted to launch Dec. 7. Many of the students have personally meet him and will follow his trip into space closely.

Mr. Seims’ and Mrs. Martin’s classes had a Thanksgiving feast last Wednesday. Families brought in food and shared in the festivities. The class would like to thank the parents and families who brought food and helped.

Ms. Hoffman’s class made holiday swags at the school Tuesday. Chris Thorne, Billi Ingels, Charlie Powell, Beth Braxling, Connie Ferguson, Nina Clock, Judy Miller, Holly and Krissy Mahan, Lora Sterling and Melody Derflinger helped the class. There are still a few swags left for sale. The funds will be used for the class field trip across the bay in the spring. Contact the school if you are interested in purchasing one.

Tustumena Elementary

The Skyview High School drama club will perform at the school at 1 p.m. Thursday. There will be a program for the younger students, followed by another at 1:30 p.m. for students in grades four through six. Parents are invited to attend.

The next site council meeting will be held at 4 p.m. Monday in the conference room. The meeting is open to the public.

The spelling bee is scheduled for Tuesday. Mr. Michael will be the coordinator. Students in grades four through six will qualify for the school bee by placing in the top three in their classroom competition.

The PTO sponsored cash raffle drawing is scheduled for 7 p.m. Dec. 9 in the multipurpose room. The top student seller will earn an iPod in their color of choice. The class who sells the most tickets will have a pizza party.

Wings Christian Academy

Naomi Pettey won the cleanest office of the week award.

The volleyball team finished out its season by taking first place in the tournament and winning the trophy for Match and Regular Champions. The team took home three trophies total.

Thursday through Saturday will be the boys basketball tournament.

The kindergarteners have learned their numbers up to 31 and are currentley up to the letter “P” in the Reading Readiness course.

To have information published in Schools, send a description of the event or accomplishment to School News at P.O. Box 3009, Kenai, AK 99611. Information will be accepted by e-mail at or by fax at 283-3299.

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