School News

Posted: Wednesday, December 06, 2000

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Mrs. Furlong's class is studying the Constitution. It will have a Christmas party at Mrs. Furlong's house Dec. 13.

Mr. Daniels' class started working with money. The Christmas card project will be Dec. 13 and 14.

State Farm Insurance will visit third-grade classes Tuesday to present earthquake safety.

The Elks Hoop Shoot, the local free-throw contest, is coming soon. Students are practicing in the gym before school. Mrs. Bagley plans to hold the school contest next week from 7:30 to 8 a.m. Students ages 8 to 13 are eligible. She needs volunteers to count baskets. To help, call 262-1463.

Mrs. McCoy's class thanks the families who came to the Thanksgiving presentation. Mrs. Hanley, Mrs. Rodriquez and Mrs. Henry helped bake the pies.

Students will exchange Christmas presents Dec. 15. To participate, send a wrapped present marked "boy" or "girl" before the last day of school. The spending limit is $5.

Katie Hawkins, Megan Cox and Sarah Walton won the library Thanksgiving contests. To win a football in the library, bring a homemade Christmas tree ornament to Mrs. Clark by Friday.

Teacher of the day for fourth grade last week was Melissa Landess. She taught her class about wild mustangs. Teacher of the day this week is Chelsea Tyler, who will teach about twins.

Mountain View Elementary

Fifth-graders at Mountain View culminated their study on Native Americans this past week. Each class focused on tribes from one region. Students learned about the customs, land, resources and lifestyles of each group. A traveler on this journey could have learned legends, eaten authentic foods, played games, walked through mock-ups of traditional homes and much more.

Mr. Daniel's class investigated experiments Ben Franklin conducted to better understand static electricity. It has been a hair-raising experience and fun for all.

D.A.R.E. starts this week in Mrs. Ermold's class. Students began a business unit and are finishing market research. Market days will be next week.

Third-graders will attend a special showing of "The Grinch" Friday. Also attending will be the fifth-grade classes of Mr. Daniel, Miss Dikes and Mrs. Ermold. Check with your child's teacher to see if drivers are needed.

Friday is Hat Day.

Mrs. Keating's and Mrs. Steward's fifth-grade classes are going today to the Alaska Native Heritage Center and the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. They expect to return by 6:30 p.m. The classes plan a swimming field trip Dec. 15 to the Nikiski pool.

The fourth-grade winter concert will be Monday at 6 p.m. in the gym.

Nikiski Elementary

The Nikiski Elementary School Christmas concert will be 7 p.m. Thursday at the Nikiski High School Auditorium. The students invite the public.

Girl Scout applications went home with girls from kindergarten through sixth grade. Return them completed to the office if you are interested in having your daughters participate.

The Swinging Seniors Concert will be Monday at 11 a.m. in the gym. The school invites you to attend with your children.

Fifth-graders are participating in the D.A.R.E. program.

The office aide program is up and running. Students must apply in writing for the position. Aides must keep their grades up, maintain a helping attitude with everyone and have a team spirit. The office staff appreciates the sixth-graders who give up recess to help Mr. Norgren and Ms. Sylvia.

The PTA invites you and your children to participate in the Santa's Secret Shop program. It allows children to choose their own holiday gifts for family and friends. Santa's Secret Shop will be at school this week.

Class schedules have been sent home.

The annual PTA sponsored Reflections Program is under way. This year's theme is, "It Would be Really Strange if ..." Students interested in entering art should contact Mr. Hufford, Mrs. Hufford or Mrs. Jones. Entries are due by Dec. 13.

North Star Elementary

Mr. Zinck's class will have a holiday concert in the gym at 1:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Tinikling will take place in the upper activity room from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday.

The site-based council team is Sue Liebner, principal; Hara Hansen, parent representative; Tina Stamer, classified representative-joint chair; Brian Zinck, teacher representative-joint chair; Brandi Rademacher, community representative; Tanna Chenault, parent representative and Romayne Hindman, parent representative.

The Christmas season is approaching, and the Nikiski Neighbors Committee has begun its annual program to help Nikiski families needing assistance. If you are interested in applying for this program, confidential applications are available in the magazine rack outside the office. The school requests that you donate wrapping paper, bows and scotch tape. Bring donations to the school office.

The next Science Club for Girls meeting will be Jan. 4.

Saturday and Dec. 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Carrs. Mrs. Zimmerman's class is trying to raise money for a field trip to the Challenger Learning Center. Donations are accepted. Get a Polaroid picture with Santa Claus. Bring your kids.

Preschool classes will not meet during December. The dates for preschool in January will be announced when everyone returns from winter break.

Redoubt Elementary

The Holiday Kindness Project is in full swing with numerous projects to make the holidays brighter for Redoubt families needing assistance this season. To help, contact the school. If you need assistance this year, contact Mr. Meacham soon. Angels and stockings are ready for adoption. The food drive deadline is Friday.

Mrs. St. Onge's class is selling candy canes through Dec. 14. Candy canes and messages can be delivered to your child for 50 cents. Forms are available in the office. Proceeds will pay for their end of year field trip.

Christmas Around the World Family Night will be Dec. 14 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Learn how different countries celebrate the holidays. There will be crafts, refreshments and literature.

Tuberculosis tests deadline for kindergartners is Dec. 13. If your kindergartner hasn't been tested, contact nurse Donna.

The school thanks students, staff, parents and volunteers for making the book fair a success. Library volunteers are needed. For more information, contact Miss Cox.

Sears Elementary

The Christmas drive is in full swing. Organizers would like students to contribute one item, if you can help out those less fortunate. Preschoolers should bring one can of cranberry sauce, kindergartners bring one hat or headband, first-graders bring one pair of mittens or gloves, and second-graders bring one package of socks. The deadline to apply for a Christmas basket is Friday. If you would like to contribute, contact the office at 283-4826.

The Christmas concert for first- and second-graders will be Tuesday in the Kenai Central High School auditorium at 7 p.m. Mrs. Larson asks that performers be at the high school by 6:40 p.m.

Santa's Secret Shop is going on this week, giving the children a chance to shop for their family. Children who miss their shopping day will be able to shop Friday.

The school is looking forward to the Kenai Senior Citizen Line Dancers, who will visit at noon Dec. 14.

Keep clipping those General Mills and Betty Crocker box tops. Deposit them in the box in the office.

Soldotna Elementary

The Great Soldotna Elementary Reading Challenge is on. The staff, students, foster grandparents and all community members are invited to read through Sunday. You can list the books read on cards available at the school office. They will be counted and displayed as the school tries to reach the goal of 4,644 books read this year. Last year, as part of the Scholastic Reading Challenge, they read 3,492 books. Help the school reach its goal.

An angel tree is on the bulletin board in the school foyer with tags listing needs for families experiencing financial difficulties this holiday season. Please take a tag and help them help others.

The site-based council will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday in the library. The meeting is open to the public.

Congratulations to Fun Buck winners Alex Wallis, Alex Woltering, Dalton Conner and Ryan Christianson.

Fun Fest applications and fees are due today, and those students who have registered for Fun Fest can attend Friday from 3:50 to 5:30 p.m. No late registrations will be accepted.

Friday will be Beach Day at Soldotna Elementary School.

Sterling Elementary

The fifth- and sixth-grade band and choir performed at the student awards assembly. The school thanks Ms. Biggs and Mr. Peterson for their talents, effort and generosity in sharing the gift of music with the students.

The only Falcon Fun Night for the month of December was Friday. The student council provides these evenings of entertainment for the student community. Members are writing their own constitution. They are lucky to have the dedication and talent of student council sponsors Dave McCard and Penny Tinker.

The Sterling Elementary School Site-Based Council met Tuesday to discuss school district policies and how they effect the school. Site-based meetings, on the first Tuesday of each month, are public.

The PTA will hold a pie social at its meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday in the library. PTA President Lynn Lund said there will be lots of door prizes. Members will discuss the spring carnival and other fund-raising ideas to improve educational opportunities.

Santa will visit the school Dec. 15. by the efforts of the PTA. Santa will be in the school building most of the day, and all children will have one opportunity to get Christmas wish lists to him before he heads north to finish his work for the year.

Tustumena Elementary

Children are coming to school without appropriate winter clothing. Families in need of such winter clothing are advised to check with The Salvation Army outlet to acquire winter clothing. If you who have small coats or gloves and boots to donate, the school would appreciate it.

During the first winter storm of the season, parents asked about school closures. Information regarding bad roads and weather can be found on local radio stations and the district Web site. The information sent home in the handbooks the first day of school about the weather and cancellation of school is no longer in use.

The Health Fair is today from 9 a.m. to noon.

Fun Fest will be from 3:45 to 5:45 p.m. Thursday.

The geography bee will be 9:30 a.m. Friday. Two finalists for the bee will compete from each intermediate classrooms. The winner must pass a test to qualify for the state competition in Anchorage. Parents are welcome to attend the bee in the multipurpose room.

The PTO will have a general meeting at 4 p.m. Tuesday.

The Christmas Concert will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 at Soldotna High School. Band students need to be there by 6:30 p.m.

Kenai Middle School

Seventh-grader Brad Brown was the only middle school student in the Kenai Central High School choir's Christmas program Sunday. He played the lead role of Amahl in "Amahl and the Night Visitors."

The eighth-grade is having its annual holiday feast Dec. 13. Students will read Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" and bring foods mentioned in the book to share with their parents at the feast.

The seventh- and eighth-grade choir concert will be Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. at KCHS.

Soldotna Middle School

Dairy Queen Winners of the Week were staff members Pam Burns, Neldon Gardner and Charlie Stephens; Student of the Week was Carissa Meadows.

The Coke trivia question winner was Forrest Becker from Mrs. Hallet's room.

The next Fortnightly will be Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. The school needs parent chaperones. If you can help, leave your name at the school office. Your child can attend free if you chaperone.

Alaska Great Skate offers an open skating session from 8 to 10 p.m. Friday. This activity is not chaperoned or organized by Soldotna Middle School. Mr. Hayes offers this open skate so kids have a full evening of activities. Stop by the roller rink after the Fortnightly.

Mrs. Stein spoke in Mrs. Overturf's life skills classes about the "Baby Think It Over" program. This program uses life-like dolls to show the effects of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and drugs. The "babies" simulate the cries and FAS features that require specialized care. The "drug baby" actually shakes when it cries, cries more often and for no less than three minutes at a time.

The first round of basketball boroughs will begin Thursday.

There will be an honors assembly Friday and a drama presentation Tuesday.

Kenai Central High School

This is Wrestling Appreciation Week. Listen to the morning announcements for your chance to win a trivia question.

The canned food drive ends Friday. The first-hour class with the most cans wins hot chocolate and doughnuts from student council. Remember the whipped cream pie fight Tuesday. The more cans your class brings in, the more pies your class has to throw.

The angel tree is up in the commons. To help a child in need, pick up a card, write your name down on the sign up sheet and return unwrapped gifts to the school by Dec. 14. For more information, call Liana Bigham at 283-7524.

The freshmen and juniors have gift wrapping booths at Kmart through Dec. 14. They want parent and student volunteers to help during their wrapping hours. If you are available, call Bigham at 283-7524.

Join the KCHS Yearbook fund-raiser. Log onto the Internet at, click the "Josten's High School Fundraiser" link and register under the Kenai Central High School link. This free registration will provide the yearbook with credit to keep the costs at a minimum.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

The chamber choir performed for the senior center and elementary schools Nov. 29.

Yearbooks are still for sale for $45 in the school bookstore during lunch time. Personalized yearbooks cost $50. The price of yearbooks goes up after Christmas break.

Ninilchik School

High school basketball practice started Monday.

The science fair will be today in the gym.

The site-based council plans to meet in the library at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.

The elementary Christmas concert will be Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the gym. The high school Christmas concert will be Dec. 14 at 7 p.m.

Citizens of the Month for November are Stephanie Blank, Garrett Bosick, Brittany Russell, Lindsey Schnabl, Ashley Bartolowits, Tracy Quance, Krista Leman, Michelle Hicks, Donna Henderson, Whitney Leman, Molly Bosick and Bridgette Cuffe.

Skyview High School

The volleyball awards banquet was Tuesday. The following athletes were honored for their achievements: Cristina Colvin, most improved; Angel Hollers, most inspirational; Amanda Bauers, most valuable; and coaches awards: Beth Massey, Brandi Aldridge and Karisa Powers.

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

The PTSA will have a general meeting at 7 p.m. Dec. 14 in the library. It is open to all parents are.

Soldotna High School

Basketball practice started Monday. Any boys wanting to play basketball should talk to coach Becker, and any girls wanting to play should see coach Tuter.

There will be regular assembly schedule Thursday for the wrestling region assembly. The wrestlers will travel to Grace Christian this weekend for regional competition.

The annual winter concert will be Thursday at 7 p.m. in the auditorium. The choir is under the direction of Trudy Petersen and the band is under the direction of Vernel Schneider. The school encourages the audience to be respectful of the need for quiet because this concert will be videotaped. The concert is free and open to the public.

The Rotary Students of the Month for November are Dawn Arestad, Jesse Beck, David Corr, Shekinah Edmonds, Nicole Grosvald, Maurissa Magen, Herb Martin, Kalin Martushev, Bobbie Sue McMullen, Kyser Moeglein, Micah Reynolds, Edgar Ruiz and Eric Simpson.

The Soldotna Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month is Dan Houglum.

Cook Inlet Academy

The sixth-grade found a sweet way to honor the residents at Heritage Place. All 20 students brought a pie, which they had made for Miss Knutson's pie contest, after which they sold the winner pies and all other pies for 75 cents per slice. The judges, who chose to remain anonymous before and after the contest, tasted the pies Nov. 22. They declared two winners: a lemon meringue by Samantha McNutt and a chocolate pie by Jake Zufelt. One of the most unique pies was a chocolate mousse with pecan crust prepared by Claire Rowley. Another standout was raspberry pie with a touch of cinnamon. Proceeds from the pie slice sale went to buy flowers for residents of Heritage Place.

The Christmas program and parent teacher fellowship will be 7 p.m. Monday at Peninsula Grace Brethren Church on Kalifornsky Beach Road.

The preschool and first grade went Christmas caroling around town Tuesday. The preschool and second and third grades will sing carols Thursday at Soldotna Senior Center, Heritage Place, Central Peninsula General Hospital, the Borough Building, Beemun's and the Central Emergency Services Fire Station. Miss Becky traditionally organizes this annual songfest.

Wings Christian Academy

Wings will perform a Christmas play at 7 p.m. Tuesday entitled "A Peanut Butter Christmas." Each family is asked to bring finger food for a time of fellowship in the gym after the play.

The high school basketball season starts this week. Home-school students are invited to join the teams. For more information, call the school at 283-9361.

The people on the pep squad are Tara Dunbar, Katie Sutton, Kaylee Burger, Leah Howell, Tiffany and Melinda Kincaid and Ashliey Soares. Ashliey and Melinda are the captains.

The junior high girls did a great job in their basketball tournament.

The kindergartens have learned the special blends of the "sh," "ch," and "ck." They now are in their three readers, mastering telling time to the hour and learning the addition families one through four. The kindergartners will recite a poem and sing two songs for the upcoming Christmas program.

The merit store will be open Friday.

The monthly winners of the Quiz 'em contest are Joel Consiel and Brandon Burger. Alexis Beady was the winner of finding out the meaning of Jehovah Rapha. She won 50 merits.

The office of the week award belongs to Katie Sutton.

Hope for the Future Preschool

Many exciting things will take place this month at the preschool. The signs of winter are the topic for the week. Children will learn the many changes that winter brings. The mysterious signs they will explore are a cold day exploration; where's the sun?; the plants of winter and animals of winter; and people of winter.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

The Head Start children enjoyed a field trip to Carrs Quality Center last week. Miss Janice took the children through the bakery, the big refrigerators, the meat department, the seafood department and other parts in the back of the store. The children watched cardboard boxes get crushed for recycling, walked in the back of a semi truck parked next to the building and saw and smelled the big garbage chute. Head Start appreciates Miss Janice and her patience with the children.

Students will go to the Nikiski pool and the Kenai Recreation Center this week.

Tickets are still available for the Christmas luau celebration dinner and dance fund-raiser Friday from 7 to 10 p.m. at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center. Bull Don and the Moose Nuggets will provide music, and Ginny Smith will prepare the Hawaiian dinner. Tickets are $20 and available at the Salamatof Native Association at 150 N. Willow, Suite 29, next to the Head Start Center.

David Segura gave a presentation on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and its effects at the parent meeting in November. Bill Hatch presented information about Habitat for Humanity with Head Start families.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

This week's helpers are Ella, Ellen, Allie and Sidney. Helpers pass papers, say the prayer and are the line leaders.

Everyone has been busy getting ready for Christmas. Students have been reading stories, including the Bible story of Jesus' birth in Bethlehem.

Students are making gifts for the parents, decorations for the rooms and other Christmas projects.

Students also have been practicing songs for the school Christmas performance Dec. 14.

Mrs. C.J. would like to thank Ms. Crystal and Ms. Heather for helping teach the class. The school would like to thank Eric and his mom for the great pizza parts and cupcakes.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

The children are practicing for the Dec. 15 Christmas program at the preschool.

Music and painting are two of the favorite activities of the children. They are growing and expanding their skills with amazing results.

Congratulations to Summer, the current super preschooler.

The deadline for submission of school information 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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