District School News

Posted: Wednesday, December 05, 2001

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary will make a student directory for all students to keep at home. No information, including your child's name, will be included unless you provide it. Submit only information you would like included. Forms are at the office or online at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/kbeach. Return completed forms the to school office. Information must be received by Friday.

K-Beach is in danger of losing its Title I program, which gives additional reading help to many students and puts money into the school for other purposes. If you even think you might qualify, pick up a free and reduced lunch form in the school office. All forms are confidential. This is the only way the school can fund additional help to students in need. For more information, call 262-1463 or 260-1341.

The Christmas program will be Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at Soldotna High School. Parents of kindergarten through third-grade students need to turn in permission forms for students to practice at SoHi on the morning of the concert. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Technology Department will Web cast the program. If you have family and friends unable to make it in person, they can still watch it online at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/video/Y01_02/kbeachxmasprogram/.

Mountain View Elementary

Fifth-graders are busily preparing for their Native American presentations on Dec. 14. They are completing written reports, making hands-on projects and preparing for oral presentations. Each class has a particular region of study. In addition, rooms are being decorated with Native American artwork from each particular region.

The school would like to thank all the parent volunteers and the PTA for operating the Young Shoppers Club. The students are enjoying doing their own Christmas shopping. The shop will be open only through Thursday.

Mark on your calendar for the fourth-grade winter program. It will be in the gym Dec. 20 at 6 p.m.

Nikiski Elementary

Nikiski Elementary students celebrated America Recycles Day Nov. 15 with an aluminum tower building contest. Mrs. Hufford's class won the primary division, and Mrs. Kendall's class won the intermediate division. The cheerleaders, directed by Mrs. Vann, led students in recycling cheers.

The school thanks everyone who purchased Innesbrook gift wrap to support the library. If anyone had problems in an order, call Denise at 776-4126. Your purchases help purchase new books for the library.

This year's Christmas program will be Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Nikiski Middle-Senior School Auditorium.

The holiday season is really all about children. Stop and select a snowman with a child's name from the Noel Tree at the M and M Market.

The Imaginarium from Anchorage is visiting Nikiski Elementary this week.

It's time to submit entries for the annual PTA Reflections program. This year's theme is, "I hold in my hand ..." Pick up entry forms from Mr. Hufford, Mrs. Hufford or Mrs. Jones. Entries are due no later than Dec. 12.

The PTA will hold its annual Santa's Secret Shop, but this year it is called the Young Shoppers Club. It will run Monday through Dec. 13. It takes many volunteers to run this gift shop. If you can help, call Julie Williams at 776-5191 as soon as possible.

North Star Elementary

North Star's preschool is going strong. The next preschool class will be Dec. 12. It is free of charge. Children ages 2 1/2 to 5 and their parents can come for crafts, learning and fun. The class will be the only preschool in December. There is a planning meeting today at 3:30 p.m. in the preschool room.

Mrs. Zimmerman's and Mrs. Womack's class are raising money for their spring field trip by providing pictures with Santa Saturday, Dec. 15 and Dec. 22 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Carrs in Kenai. The cost is $3 for one picture and $5 for two pictures.

The Christmas holiday season is quickly approaching, and the Nikiski Neighbors Committee has begun its annual program to help Nikiski families in need of assistance. Committee members request donations of wrapping paper, scotch tape, mittens and hats. Donations may be made at the school office before Dec. 14.

Redoubt Elementary

Yearbook order forms went home last week. Purchase a yearbook through Jan. 25 for $18. Make checks payable to Redoubt Elementary.

Students should come to school dressed for the weather. All students go outside for recess. Make prior arrangements with nurse Donna if a child is staying in. A doctor's note is generally required.

Redoubt PTA will help families this Christmas through its Holiday Kindness program. To donate a turkey for the meal boxes, contact Anne Bixby at 262-9473. Donations to Holiday Kindness and the food bank are due by Dec. 14.

The dates for the Imaginarium visit to Redoubt were changed to today, Thursday and Friday. Family science night at the school for students and their families will be Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Students can shop at Santa's Secret Shop Dec. 12, 13 and 14.

The site council will meet at 3:45 p.m. Thursday. The PTA will meet Tuesday at 3:45 p.m.

Fourth- through sixth-grade students are preparing for the schoolwide Geography Bee Dec. 20.

The school thanks McDonald's for the McTeacher's night Nov. 15. The staff appreciate the students, parents and others who supported the school by joining them for dinner.

Congratulations to Big G box tops drawing winner Mitchell Thompson and the Campbell's Soup label drawing winner, Emily Smola.

Sears Elementary

Mrs. Atkinson's class raised $564 with its UNICEF donation boxes. They thank families and community members who donated. One-fourth of the money will go to Afghanistan. The class learned that children can help children all over the world.

There is a fun fest today after school. Students need permission slips to take part. Contact your child's teacher if you need a permission slip.

Santa's Secret Shop will begin Monday. This is a wonderful, inexpensive way for children to do their holiday shopping. Information should come home in Friday folders. If you need more information or would like to volunteer to help children shop, call Cheryl at 283-3980.

The first- and second-grade Christmas program will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium at Kenai Central High School. Come early to get a good seat.

The senior citizen line dancers will be at Sears during lunch Dec. 14 to entertain the children as they eat. Parents are welcome.

Mrs. Bryson's class is starting its family-self unit by reading books and talking about how people change. It also is learning about the sense of touch by making rubbings of different textures.

Mrs. Hanson's class has been studying Native American culture and the Pilgrims. It will make old-fashioned toys as part of its study of colonial times.

Soldotna Elementary

The fifth- and sixth-grade band and sixth-grade choir will perform Thursday at 6 p.m. In addition, three students will perform a student composition, and the new faculty chorus, Bella Melodia, will sing.

The Title I program provides a reading program for students, funded federally based on free and reduced lunched at Soldotna Elementary. If you think you may qualify, get an application at the school office. The count date for the funding is fast approaching.

The Christmas program for grades one through three, "The Littlest Christmas Tree," will begin at 6 p.m. Dec. 13 in the school gym.

Students in Mrs. Cox's and Ms. Courtright's classes visited the earthquake theater and the Anchorage museum.

Fun buck winners were Deondre Castro, Haley Cunningham, Brendan Scott, O.T. Goat, Arlianna Marquez. Lauretta Price, Maryah Showalter, Camy Cockroft, Miranda Zufelt, Erica Byerly, Elizabeth Miller, Ashlea Ansel, Kelli Acton, Cristal Barton, Lisa Evans and Shelby Crawford.

The Elks Club sponsors the Outstanding Student of the Month at Soldotna Elementary with a class pizza party and a savings bond for the winners. They are Aaron Andrus, September; Cyril Zufelt, October; Iris Shangin, November; and Colten Jensen, December.

Sterling Elementary

The December awards assembly will be Friday at 2:30 p.m. Parents and students' family members are always welcome at these assemblies.

Mrs. Freese's and Mrs. Lawrence's third-grade students will have a bake sale Friday.

The winter music program will be Monday at 6:30 p.m. in the gym. Kindergarten through second-grade students will provide entertainment.

The site council will meet Dec. 12.

The school will continue to collect nonperishable food items, new toys and money for families in the Sterling area through Dec. 14.

Tustumena Elementary

Tustumena's annual food drive will run through Dec. 13. Items donated will be go to The Salvation Army.

The annual PTO cash raffle drawing will be Saturday in their multi-purpose room. Folks purchasing a ticket are entitled to a fine meal for two prior to the drawing, catered by the Tustumena Lodge. A vocal ensemble from Skyview High School will perform. This drawing is the sole fund-raiser for the PTO, with proceeds funneled directly to student needs. Raffle tickets are $50 each and only 400 are sold. Cash prizes, from $75 to the $5,000 will be awarded. Tickets are available by contacting Tustumena at 262-4844 through Friday.

Geri Ransom was elected to the Tustumena site council Nov. 20.

The Imaginarium school assemblies scheduling has changed. Parents wishing to attend the final two programs are advised that they will be presented Thursday. "Rockin' Reptiles" begins at 9:15 a.m., and "Radical Reactions" will follow at about 10:45 a.m.

Tustumena's first fun fest of the year will begin at 3:45 p.m. Thursday with a wide variety of activities and a snack bar. It ends at 5:30 p.m. Admission is $3, plus a signed permission form.

Kenai Middle School

Kenai Middle School's advanced and beginning bands will have their winter concert Monday at 7 p.m. in the KMS gym. The choir holiday concert will be Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Kenai Central High School gym.

The school would like to thank everyone who helped to make the first quarter celebration a successful activity. This event was sponsored by KMS staff and parents to recognize students for academic achievement and positive behavior during first quarter.

If your child made the honor roll, either you or your child may stop by the office to pick up a bumper sticker.

Check the KMS Web site, www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/kms/, for more information about what is happening at the school. To save money on postage and to move into the technology age, the newsletter will be posted on the Web starting Feb. 1. Hard copy will go only to those who request it. If you wish to receive yours in the mail, fill out the request form in the December newsletter or call the office at 283-4896.

The Title I committee will meet for the RAP reading program Monday at 2:45 p.m. Community and staff are welcome. For more information, call April Kaufman at KMS.

Soldotna Middle School

Michelle Banta from Central Peninsula General Hospital spoke to the eighth-grade family and consumer science classes about the Safe Sitter Program. This program, offered to students ages 11 through 13, is medically accurate and teaches how to handle emergencies when caring for children. It also provides safe and nurturing child care techniques, behavior management skills and appropriate responses to medical emergencies.

The Soldotna Middle School maroon girls beat the visiting Cook Inlet Academy Eagles 34-18 in a nonconference game Nov. 27. The maroon teams host the Kenai Kossacks Friday.

The SMS annual canned food drive has begun. Students can turn in food to their science teachers. In addition to canned food, the school is looking for donations of dry cereals, peanut butter, jelly, breakfast bars and any other dry goods that would have little or no preparation involved. These donations go to several of the school's own families that are in need at this time. They also have an angel tree in front of the office. Stop by and pick up an angel. Working together everyone can help make Christmas a little brighter for others.


All homeschool families are invited to a sledding party at the Karen Street Recreation Area at the end of the new extension to Marydale Street. One adult chaperone must be with each family. This event will be Dec. 19 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. It is free, but bring warm clothes, sleds, snowboards, downhill skis, a snack to share, your homeschool friends and families. Suggestions are cookies, fruit, cheese, crackers, nuts and, of course, anything chocolate. The Connections program will provide hot drinks. For more information, contact Tanya at 262-6315.

Marilyn Hueper, director of The White House Gallery in Homer, is hosting a self-portrait exhibition. Connections students are encouraged to participate. There will be an artists' reception Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. Any medium is welcome, and artwork will be accepted today from 3 to 6 p.m. For more information, contact Marilyn at 235-2501.

Connections needs one more student for the Math Counts Competition for grades six through eight. It has local, state and national competitions for prizes and scholarships. For more information, contact Tanya at 262-6315. Parent volunteers are welcomed. Teams are from four to eight students with practices once or twice each week.

Interior Distance Education of Alaska

Portraits have arrived. Stop by the office and pick them up.

The following contests are open to students: National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution closes Jan. 15; National Geography Bee, ending Jan. 8; Kenai Soil and Water Conservation District has two contests open to central peninsula students -- the logo contest ending Friday and a speech contest ending in February. Additional information is available at the office or on the IDEA Web site.

The Classroom with a View courses are available for application. The Kenai 2002 outdoor leadership class is scheduled for June 23-28 for high school students. Applications are due by Dec. 14. The Denali II 2002 Alaska wildlife course is scheduled for June 3-7 for grades seven through nine. Applications are due Dec. 14.

IDEA is seeking student assistant editors for a student newsletter; its first issue will be in January. If you are interested, review your e-mail for an application and job description. Forms are available in the office.

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

Kenai Central High School

The Kenai Central High School choir Christmas concert is Sunday at 3 p.m.

Students at KCHS donated more than $150 and 250 pounds of food to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank for Thanksgiving baskets.

The annual canned food drive will run through Dec. 12. The school goal is getting more than 2,500 cans of food to donate to The Salvation Army. For every 300 cans over the goal, students may wear hats to school for a day.

The Interact Club is sponsoring the angel tree this year. This program provides Christmas presents for children in our community. The tree will be set up in the school commons.

The KCHS choir is selling fruit. If you are interested in buying this quality produce, contact a choir member. Apples, grapefruit, oranges, tangelos and pears are available.

National Honor Society members offer tutoring in the counseling center after school Tuesdays and Thursdays. Encourage your student to take advantage of their time.

Yearbooks can be purchased for the advanced sales price of $50. Call (800) 846-4686. Parents who want to sponsor a section of the yearbook to congratulate their child can call Mr. Larson for a price list at 283-7524.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

Today at 12:20 p.m., a representative from the University of Alaska Fairbanks will be at the school to inform students about what UAF has to offer. For more information, contact Mrs. Falk in the counseling office.

Student progress reports will be sent out Thursday. The school reminds parents that if they have any problems with their child's progress report, they should contact the school.

Good luck to the drama debate forensics team. It will travel to Anchorage for a competition Saturday at East High School.

The school would like to remind students who will be missing school due to vacation plans to get their homework assignments in advance.

For more information regarding any of the events above, contact the school by calling 776-3456.

Ninilchik School

The second semester junior high and high school schedule is available at the office.

The Citizen and Student of the Month Assembly is today at 2:20 p.m.

Dec. 12, the elementary will present "Santa's Holiday Hoedown," a light-hearted musical about Santa's elves saving their workshop from bankruptcy by opening a country western theater in Branson, Mo. Some of the fifth- and sixth-grade students will make an instrumental presentation. The high school chorus also will perform.

It's not too late to reserve a table at the Ninilchik Native Descendants Christmas Bazaar at the school Saturday. The art club will sell knitted and crocheted items, fleece animals and ornaments to pay for materials for their class. Bread bowls with smoked salmon chowder will support the Ocean Bowl teams, and Ninilchik's domestic engineers are looking for donations of baked goods to support the science department. For more information, call 567-3361 or 567-3618.

The annual science fair will be Dec. 20. Kindergarten through ninth-grade students are working on projects. The community is invited to view the completed and judged entries that day until 7 p.m.

Skyview High School

Congratulations to Katie Lockwood for winning the Alaska Junior Miss title. Katie will travel to Mobile, Ala., this summer for the national competition.

The basketball booster club will meet in the commons at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan 7 and 21. If anyone has children in basketball, they are invited to come.

The site council will meet Thursday in the library at 6 p.m.

The senior class will sponsor the December dance Friday.

Congratulations to Mark McGarry for being selected as a state finalist in the Wendy's High School Heisman Award Program. The Wendy's High School Heisman recognizes high school seniors for their athletic achievements, academic excellence and community service.

Soldotna High School

The region wrestling assembly will be 2 p.m. Thursday in the gym. Soldotna High School will be on regular assembly schedule Thursday.

The snowball dance will be Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. Attire will be dressy. Students bringing guests must sign them up on Mrs. Moock's door by 3 p.m. Friday. The cost is $5 per person. This dance launches the annual canned food drive. Students bringing food to the dance receive a raffle ticket for each can. Prizes will be given out at the dance and the next week.

The canned food drive will run through Dec. 14. Cans will be collected in the commons each day from 7:15 until 7:45 a.m. Student council will provide donuts for the first period class that brings in the most cans, as long as the number of cans averages at least one per student. Student council also will provide prize raffle tickets for each can.

The SoHi winter concert will be Tuesday in the auditorium. The community is invited.

The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery will be given to all juniors and interested seniors Dec. 12 in the auditorium. It gives high school students skills for making career decisions. Following the testing, counselors will visit classrooms to interpret results with students and explore current occupational interests. For more information, call the counseling office at 262-7072.

Grace Lutheran School

In Grace Lutheran's daily Christ light Bible lessons for this week, the children are studying the story of Pharaoh hardening his heart toward God. This story takes place at the time of Moses and the Israelites, when God told them he would deliver them. Pharaoh scoffed. This story reminds us there are people who reject God and his word, but encourages believers to go out and share the Gospel message of the forgiveness of sins with everyone.

In the upper grades at Grace, the children are finishing their geographical study of Canada. In science, grades four through six are studying simple machines and how they benefit us, while the seventh- and eighth-grade students are learning about the atmosphere. In art, shading has been the area of focus for the last few weeks.

In the lower grades, first- and second-graders are learning about capitalization, while the third- and fourth-graders are taking in possessive pronouns.

Congratulations to Allan Wentzalaff, Ryan Cole and Kenny Werth for memorizing the Old Testament books of the Bible. Ryan Cole also passed his subtraction math facts.

Grace Lutheran School will have a Christmas for Kids day from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 15. Anyone from the community between age 3 and sixth grade is welcome to enjoy Christmas learning, crafts and food.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

The Kenaitze Head Start children and staff say "chiqinik" to Miss Cory at Kenai Community Library for reading to the students "Owl Babies" by Martin Waddell, and showing the class around the children's section of the library last week. The children have been listening to this book on tape back in their classrooms.

The school would like to thank everyone who attended the second annual Kenaitze Head Start gala fund-raiser Saturday at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Your support for the program is appreciated. Prime rub dinner was served, and Bull Don and the Moose Nuggets provided entertainment. The Head Start staff also thank the Salamatof Tribal Council for making the evening possible.

Head Start hopes to host a holiday family feast at noon Dec. 14, if the new building is completed. All Head Start families are welcome to enjoy the festivities.

The teachers would like to congratulate the following Head Start children for having perfect attendance for November Brendon, Calvin, Marshall and Paul in the Moose class; Sonja in the Bears class and Mikaila in the Ravens class.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

This week's helpers are Mieka, Taylor, William and Jrew.

The school would liked to thank Taylor for sharing a snack with the class. Students have been doing a great job of bringing in items related to the theme of the week.

Students are recognizing the letters and their sounds. The 4-year-olds are doing well with writing their names correctly -- first letter capital and the rest small.

This week's unit will be about Noah. Students will do a matching page, make a wall mural with Noah's Ark and discuss the animals and food that were brought on the ark.

Students have been practicing songs for the Christmas program.

Playing outside in the snow has been a real joy for the students. They have been playing all sorts of games.

For more information, call 262-1284.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

The sky's the limit this week at preschool. Mrs. Kent and the children are learning about how different the sky can be during the daytime when there are clouds in the sky and when it is nighttime. Children are making rainbows, clouds out of shaving cream and a night-sky mural, including a picture of the northern lights.

What's next for everyone at the preschool? Children travel to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank today. Anyone wishing to donate to the canned food drive should call 262-9149.

Sterling Head Start

Fire safety was last week's theme. A classroom visit from the local fire department and a puppet show at Sterling Senior Center were among the week's highlights.

The parent committee for Sterling Head Start meets every last Thursday of the month at 6:45 p.m. If you have a child attending Sterling Head Start, you are automatically a member of the parent committee. Other members would love to see you at the meetings and seek your input on what goes on at the school. The next meeting will be Dec. 20. Cecelia Keyes will share news from Child Development Policy Council meeting in Anchorage.

The November parent committee meeting was a review of what Cindy Boyer, parent committee chair, and Cecelia Keyes did and heard at the parent conference.

Rural CAP has several new opportunities in the planning stages for Head Start children and their parents. The meetings are an excellent way to find out what social and learning opportunities and financial assistance will be available through Rural CAP soon.

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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