Antarctic expedition updates online
Allan Miller, a teacher from Sterling Elementary School currently serving an Albert Einstein Fellowship with the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C., will travel to McMurdo Station in Antarctica later this month and will be posting expedition updates on the Internet at www.polartrec.com.
Miller will depart from Punta Arenas, Chile, aboard the Oden, a Swedish icebreaker, on Sunday. Miller’s updates will be posted on the Virtual Base Camp section of the Web site. He plans to include the expedition’s location and basic meteorological information.
Students, teachers and the general public will be able to post questions for Miller through the Web site.
The Web site also will include information on opportunities to participate in teleconferences and Weblinks with the Oden crew.
Observers will be able to track the Oden on the Google Earth Web site as well.
Art contest begins
The Peninsula Job Center and Peninsula Clarion are sponsoring an art contest for peninsula high school juniors and seniors. Prizes will be awarded for first-, second- and third-place entries.
Entries must be: 8 1/2 by 11 inches; created by hand (digital images may be applied, but artwork must be by hand); done in any medium; done by individuals (no collaborative projects); and turned in by Feb. 1 to 11312 Kenai Spur Highway, Suite 2.
Prizes will be awarded March 29 at the 2007 Job Fair. For more information, call 283-2901 or 283-2905.
Women’s award offered
Soroptimist International of the Kenai Peninsula is offering its Violet Richardson award. The award recognizes women between the ages of 14 to 17 who make the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts. The winner on the local level and the organization for which she volunteers each will receive a $200 check. Deadline for application is Dec. 31. Applications are available at area high schools, at the 4-H Extension office on Kalifornsky Beach Road or by calling Paula Rohloff at 260-4917.
Good News Clubs to meet after school
Good News Clubs will meet at Redoubt Elementary, Soldotna Elementary and Aurora Borealis Charter School on Tuesday and Kalifornsky Beach Elementary, Sears Elementary, Mountain View Elementary and Cook Inlet Academy on Dec. 14. The meetings, which begin immediately after school, are an hour of character building lessons, songs, games and prizes sponsored by Child Evangelism Fellowship.
Permission slips are required to begin attending the monthly club meetings. All leaders are carefully screened for child protection. Parents are responsible for transportation.
For more information, call Phyllis Yankey at 262-9605.
The “Charlotte’s Web” literature unit is available at the office. The cost is $9.99 which can be deducted directly from your allotment. The unit includes a thorough activity guide with lessons in math, English, spelling, and science as well as the book “Charlotte’s Web.” The unit is for children in grades three to six. The feature length movie comes out Dec. 20.
The office will be closed from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday and from Dec. 16 to Jan. 1 for the holiday break.
Performance surveys for the principal, teachers, and school are available to let the school know how they are doing. Parents may pick them up in the office or go to the district Web site at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us, click on schools and then click on surveys. They may be submitted on line.
School information also is available online at http:/connect.kpbsd.k12.ak.us.
The boys and girls basketball seasons have come to an end. The school’s staff said the teams finished off the year with a good showing in the final tournament and both teams showed great improvement from the first games of the season to the last.
Congratulations to eighth-grader Kathryn Love, seventh-grader David Hollon, sixth-grader Kenny Werth, fifth-grader Cody Burow, and fourth-grader Austin Mckee for being the grade level finalists in the Readers Digest Word Power Challenge. They will take an online test to see if they can compete in a national competition.
Dates to remember:
· Saturday Christmas For Kids Day from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Children age 3 through sixth-grade may be dropped off for a few hours and the children can learn about Christmas. The Christmas story, games, crafts, and singing Christmas songs are some of the planned activities. The day will conclude with a mini retelling of the Christmas story by the children in word and song. To preregister call Pastor Tom Schmidt at 283-6297 or Yvonne Wellnitz at 283-5800.
Fun Day for the month of December will be held from noon to 3 p.m. Friday at the Soldotna Sports Center. This is an annual family event which includes ice skating, games, crafts and food. Families are asked to bring their favorite holiday snack to share.
Dates to remember:
· Today and Dec. 13 Future Problem Solvers at 3:45 p.m.;
· Monday Math Olympiads at 2:30 p.m.;
· Dec. 19 Burnout Busters and Month by Month Art at 2:30 p.m.
The office is being turned into an arctic wonderland. Students have been asked to create animals that live in the arctic to add to the winter scene. This project provides an opportunity for families to study the animals of the arctic. Along with the winter wonderland theme the featured kit for December is the Alaska Animals. In the library the school also has some books associated with the arctic. Kits and books are available to families for check-out.
Up-coming events and additional information is available by calling 260-7555 or online at www.ideafamilies.org.
Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
The school and Sears Elementary are teaming up to help a family who lost everything in a recent fire. Coins for Colton donation jars are set up in both offices and at the Willow Street location
The school is still accepting donations for the Christmas drive. Call Linda at 283-0804 for more or to make a donation.
The PTA will meet at 6:30 p.m. today at Willow Street.
The PTA is sponsoring a young shoppers club next week. The students were sent home information on shopping days and times for their class. This is a an opportunity for the kids to get their Christmas shopping done. Friday is make-up day for kids absent during their time.
The next APC meeting is at 6:30 p.m. Monday at Willow Street.
The Fun Fest will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Dec. 13. Permission slips are required for children to attend. The cost is $3 per student.
Family Night at the skating rink in Soldotna will be held from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 14. This event is sponsored by PTA and they are asking for a minimum donation of $5 per family and that includes skate rentals. There will also be an air filled jumping toy available.
Parents are invited to meet the students at the Kenai Recreation Center Dec. 15 for an afternoon that includes folk dancing and caroling.
Extra school T-shirts and jackets are available. Call Christie Holmes at 252-3139 or the office at 283-0804 to purchase.
Kalifornsky Beach Elementary
The primary grades holiday musical will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday at Soldotna High School. Mr. Houglum requests participating kindergarten through third-grade students be there at 6:30 p.m.
Bingo for Books will be held Friday as the Student in Good Standing activity. Book donations are being sought.
The school is participating the aluminum can recycling contest sponsored by the Kenai Peninsula Borough Solid Waste Department. There will be a monthly collection date until May, when they will tally the amount of cans and pay the school accordingly. This month, parents and students are asked to take their saved cans to the landfill Dec. 16 and identify them as Kalifornsky Beach Elementary cans.
The first grade continued its community workers unit by visiting workers at the hospital, the police station, and Custom Seafoods. They will have a Christmas party and gift exchange on Dec. 15. Parents are asked to provide food and a gift book for their students to exchange. Girls should bring books appropriate for a girl and boys, for a boy.
Rose Beardsley, the school’s parent liaison, will lead a parent forum meeting entitled “Blended Families” at 6 p.m. Tuesday at the school. The forum will focus on ways a family can work through stress caused by their diversity. There will be handouts and other information available.
Kenai Central High
Thursday is the November Student of the Month luncheon. The lunch begins at 11:53 a.m. in the library. All guests need to check in at the office before heading to the library.
The Kenai Middle School Christmas concert will be at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.
The school choir has begun its annual fresh fruit fundraiser. Orders will be taken through Tuesday with delivery made directly to purchasers Jan. 12 through 15. Cara-Cara navel oranges, ruby red grapefruit, D’anjou pears, tangelos, and red delicious apples area available to order. Gift samplers as well as bulk orders are available. Orders may be placed through KCHS choir members or by calling Renee Henderson at 283-7524 or Rocky DeMello at 283-3883.
National Honor Society will hold its monthly meeting at noon Thursday in Mrs. Herring’s room. For more information, call 283-2160.
On Tuesday the Kenai middle and Kenai high school Christmas Band concert will be held at 7 p.m. in the auditorium.
Activities at KCHS are available at http://highschoolsports.net.
Dates to remember:
· Thursday Junior varsity and varsity hockey at Palmer at 5:30 and 7 p.m.;
· Friday Wrestling at Skyview High School, junior varsity and varsity hockey at Palmer at 5:30 and 7 p.m. and cross-country skiing at Dimond High School;
· Saturday Wrestling at Skyview, junior varsity and varsity hockey at Colony at 2:30 and 3:45 p.m., cross-country skiing at Dimond and boys and girls “C” team, junior varsity and varsity basketball vs Seward: C Girls at 10 a.m. with the rest to follow.
School fundraiser Ericka Reynolds is a sixth-grader at the school and she was recently diagnosed with Leukemia. The school has several fundraisers to help defer costs for medical treatment:
· There is an account set up at Well’s Fargo called the Ericka Reynold’s Fund and the account number is 5229072326;
· “Ericka” bracelets are being sold to represent her fight against cancer. The cost is $1 per bracelet. A community meeting was held Tuesday at the school to address ideas to help the family. For more information or if you have ideas to help, call 283-4896.
Sixth- through eighth-graders may participate in the Kossack wrestling program. The necessary paperwork is at the office. The season begins Jan. 2 and ends Feb. 24. No previous experience is necessary to participate. Practice is held after school and ends at 4 p.m. Participants are asked to come to practice in their physical education uniform and tennis or wrestling shoes.
Congratulations to the following students for being selected as a Character Counts Student last week: Krystle Bormann and D’Angelo Cloud. These students received a pizza for lunch.
The eighth-grade leadership class is collecting used cell phones and ink cartridges. It is raising money for the Kossack Korner and its Christmas family. Old cell phones or ink cartridges may be turned in at the box at the office. The group cannot accept toner cartridges. A cartridge should not be larger than the palm of your hand. Ink cartridges need to be in a plastic bag. All cell phones are accepted, working or not.
The winners of the Elks Hoop Shoot Contest for 12 to 13-year-old girls are: first place, Bailey Beeson; tie for second place, Morgan Wensley and Krystina Taylor; and fourth-place tie, Christianna Garcia, Leah Sandahl and Shaylee Rizzo. In the 10- to 11-year-old girls group: first place, Kaitlyn Louthan; second place, Joy Wannamaker; and third place, Jenna Calhoun. In the boys 10- to 11-year-old bracket the winner was Grayson McCaughey. The 1213 winner is Garrett Berg.
Dates to remember:
· Saturday Basketball boroughs at Soldotna Middle School and Soldotna High School at 9 a.m.;
· Tuesday Band concert at Kenai Central High School at 7 p.m. (all bands);
· Dec. 15 Club sign ups, band and choir concert, intruder and fire drill; and
· Dec. 18-31 Christmas break.
Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start
The staff says Yaghali du (Hi, how are you).
Father Christmas will visit classrooms this month, telling his story.
The children will be learning about ch’walla (the spruce tree), and its traditional significance. They will learn about the feelings hungry, tired, hot, cold, feeling well and not feeling well.
A holiday family dinner will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.
Mountain View Elementary
Louis Adams, is bathed in stage lights as he takes the microphone during a rehearsal for the Thanksgiving musical at Mt. View Elementary School last month.
M. Scott Moon
The staff would like to congratulate the Students of the Month for November. There will be a luncheon at 12:40 p.m. Tuesday. Parents are invited join their child for lunch.
There will be a Family Fun Night sponsored by Title I and Title VII from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday. The theme is “Family Book Making. This is to promote reading in the community. It is open to the public.
The following students won the hoop shoot for their age groups and will represent the school at the Kenai Recreation Center on Saturday: Ages 8 and 9, Conner Jones and Marissa Goode; and ages 10 and 11, Tyler Yamada and Alexi Jo Bravo. Students are asked to arrive at 8:45 a.m., shooting starts at 9 a.m.
Mr. Wensley’s, Mrs. Wensley’s, and Mr. Knudsen’s fourth-grade classes will perform “Santa and the Star Search” in the gym Dec. 14. There will be an afternoon performance for the school at 2:40 p.m. and an evening performance for family and friends at 6 p.m. The fifth-grade band will open the evening with traditional holiday songs.
The fourth-graders will go on a roller skating field trip Dec. 15.
Mrs. Keating’s fifth-graders will go on a field trip to the Nikiski pool and to Pizza Hut Dec. 15.
The students in Mr. Daniels’ class have expanded their investigation into the nature of electricity. The class has moved on from hair raising static experiments, to the construction and investigation of the various circuits one can construct using current electricity. It has proven to be most illuminating for the students.
The school is collecting cans for the aluminum can recycle program. You may drop of your cans at the school.
Nikiski Middle-High School
Kara Bethune is the Nikiski Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month for the Month for November
Kara has a 4.0 grade point average, is an actor and public speaker, and is involved in many facets of school life. Her leadership posts within the school include being current president of the National Honor Society chapter, a class officer in grades 11 and 12, the captain of the drama, debate and forensics team, and editor of the Nikiski Middle-High School yearbook
In addition to her school involvement she also is involved in 4-H. She recently took a trip to Georgia as part of the national organization.
Dates to remember:
· Friday C team basketball vs Skyview High School at 4:30 and 6 p.m and hockey vs Su Valley at 7 p.m.;
· Saturday Hockey vs Su Valley at 10 a.m. and junior varsity and varsity basketball vs Homer at noon;
· Tuesday Site council meets at 4 p.m. in the library; and
· Dec. 13 Holiday band and choir concert at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium.
Nikiski North Star Elementary
Pictures with Santa will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 16 at the Kenai McDonald’s. The cost is $3 for one digital picture or $5 for two. Proceeds go to Mrs. Zimmerman’s fourth-grade class for its spring field trips.
The school would like to congratulate to the following students for representing the school at district Mind A-Mazes meet Nov. 11: Lincoln Johnson, Trey Zimmerman, Grey Baccarella, Orrie Hyatt, Daniel Ribbens, Caleb Alkire, Steven Lohry, Laura Hufford, Kiana Edgmon, Marilynn Davis and Brady Malston. The long-term team challenge was to create a device, propelled by wind power, which would accurately travel the farthest distance possible. Out of 42 junior level teams participating from around the district, the sixth-grade team of Rebecca Wheeler, Katie O’Brien, and Annaleah Ernst placed third in the spontaneous problem challenge and 10th place overall. The fifth-grade team of Levi Hansen, Hannah Halliday, and Kathryn Gross placed fourth in the long term problem and fourth place overall.
The school’s holiday kindness program will provide holiday help to families in need. Donations are being sought and may be dropped off at the school office or placed in the collection jar in front of the office.
The staff and students collected approximately 1,000 food items for the food bank and school families.
The Elf Shelf Holiday Store is open today through Friday. Students will have an opportunity to shop for family and friends with their class during the school day. Items are available for preview in the display case in the school hallway.
The staff will ring bells for The Salvation Army from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna Safeway store.
The fifth- and sixth-grade band students will perform at 6 p.m. Monday in the gym.
Rachel Henry was the Big G Box Tops drawing winner last week.
Basketball spirit poster winners were the “Milk Duds” and “Fantastic Frogs. “
The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday in the staff lounge.
The school-wide spelling bee will begin at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday in the gym.
The site council will meet at 3:45 p.m. Dec. 13 in the conference room.
The staff would like to congratulate the students for their wonderful holiday concert performance held Tuesday. First- and second-grade students created a special holiday quilt piece which was used as background for the concert.
Ms. Ralston’s students started a new author study. The students are reading books written by Tomie DePaola.
Mrs. Davidson’s and Ms. Ralston’s students worked together discovering different movements using high, middle and low areas of personal space.
Mrs. Hanson’s, Mrs. Moon’s and Mrs. Miller’s students learned how to use measurement devices such as scales and thermometers. In reading students completed a thematic unit on fire houses.
Ms. Atkinson’s students learned about how candles are common to all winter holidays around the world. Candles bring light and warmth to cold dark days. The students created a candle still life using water colors.
Mrs. Anderson’s students worked on a reader’s theater script for the “Little Red Hen.” The students then created a “Wheat to Bread” sequencing book.
Mrs. Miller’s class went on a scavenger hunt to find proper nouns and recorded their findings. In math they have been working on counting coins and measuring weight, length, liquid, and temperature.
The Young Shoppers Club will be open through Friday for students to shop for gifts for family and friends.
On Dec. 13 the Kenai Senior Citizens Center line dancers will perform at the school during lunch.
Fun Fest will be held Dec. 13 after school from 3:30 to 5 p.m. The cost is $3 per student.
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.
Winter break will be from Dec. 18 through Jan. 1.
From Nov. 1 through Nov. 17 Skyview, Kenai, Soldotna, and Nikiski high schools participated in an interschool canned food drive competition. Skyview collected approximately 5,000 cans. Teachers and students banded together to help gather these cans. Students from the Skyview brought over triple the cans of every other school who participated.
SoHi accumulated approximately 1,300 cans and Nikiski collected approximately 500.
The Community Action Coalition sponsored six high school students to go to a leadership training this past summer called Points of Light. The school would like to thank these students for planning the food drive competition between the schools: Marquis Lucas, Lani Brooks, Tyler Mabrey, Casey Coupchiak, Jessica Samskar, Lee Ann Magiera.
Each student in the winning school received a free movie rental.
The school’s bands and choirs will present a Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Monday in the school commons. The concert will feature music from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker Ballet.”
Principal Todd Syverson announced that Lydia Ames has been named a Commended Student in the 2007 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.4 million students who entered the 2007 competition by taking the 2005 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
Band and choir students will present their Christmas concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
The following students have been named Rotary students of the month by the faculty: Billy Dooley, Adam Freestone, Tanner Abendroth, Matt Grubb, Lindsey Wood, Aaron Chase, Kimmy England, Arianna Solie, Emily Rohloff, Ashlynn Burger, Chris Closson, and Hannah Anderson.
NCLB, Alaska statute 14.03.120 and State Regulation 4 AAC 06.895 require each school and district to disseminate a report card to parents. The report card for the school may be found by going to the following Web site www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/departments/assessment/default.htm.
Additional activity and sports information may be found online on the SoHi homepage.
The school’s newsletter is available online at www.edline.net/ pages/Soldotna_Middle/News/Newsletter.
The choir class would like to thank Jackie Barsis for coming to school, addressing the choir, and translating a Hebrew song for the winter program. She also worked with the choir on correct Hebrew pronunciation, and pointed out some differences and similarities in alphabets and cultures.
Congratulations to The Defeetors (Mr. Downs’ homeroom), The Crew (Ms. Church’s homeroom, and Teen Independence (Ms. Eggleston’s homeroom) for their Turkey Trot-a-Thon. This group trotted 560 laps in three days.
Mr. Carpenter’s homeroom (seventh grade) is having a Penny War with Mr. Truesdell’s (eighth grade) homeroom. Their community service is focused on helping Liberty Lasky, daughter of Mike Lasky, an U. S. Marine fallen in the line of duty in Iraq. Mr. Lasky was a former student.
The school is sponsoring an Angel Tree. Staff and students (with parent’s permission) are welcome to choose an angel. Deadline for gifts is Friday. Donations may be dropped off at the counseling and nurse office.
The November Students of Character bingo was held during eighth period last Friday. One hundred forty students were invited.
Dates to remember:
· Thursday The winter band and choir concert;
· Friday Fortnightly from 6 to 8 p.m. and door decorating contest ends;
· Saturday The school will host the borough basketball tournament from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. The tournament also will be held at Soldotna High School. The price of admission is $2 for adults, $1 for children and senior citizens or $5 for a family.
Soldotna Montessori Charter
Four teams from the school will compete Saturday at the state robotics competition in Anchorage. The theme is Nano Quest. Nano technology is a new frontier that will impact every facet of society, from medicine to computers to the environment. As visionaries and scientists, the first Lego league teams will explore new technologies that start in the Nano world and lead to things done and use every day.
The beginning and intermediate band concert was last week. Students showed their musical talents to family and friends. Under Mrs. Southwick’s direction, the students showcased the musical pieces they have been working on with over the last weeks. The schools said the band program is “a very welcome addition to our Montessori community.”
Next Tuesday will be the winter music program. Students are asked to be at school by 6:10 p.m. and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m.
Last week students were treated to the comical skits of the Skyview High School drama class. The students watched new and classic stories being reenacted. Their rendition of “Three Cheers for Tacky” made most kids laugh out loud and was a favorite for many students.
This week physical education classes will be held outdoors. Parents are reminded to double check that your students have their outdoor gear, including hat, boots, snow pants, mittens and ice skates for intermediate students.
Mr. Chase taught students to use the new rock wall during physical education last week. The PTA raised the money for the rock wall last year and volunteers installed it in November.
Mrs. Boehmler’s fourth-graders are constructing volcanoes during their study of geology. NASA is coming to their classroom via distance delivery and doing a science inquiry lesson on the moon.
Mr. Audette’s music classes have been working on two winter concerts. Students in grades kindergarten through third will perform the winter musical “Christmas at the OK Corral” today at 2:02 p.m. and 6:27 p.m. On Dec. 13 at 2:02 p.m. and 6:27 p.m. students in grades four through six will perform a winter musical, “The X-mas Files” along with a performance by the advanced and beginning bands.
Students will need to go home after school and return to school at 6 p.m. For more information or to help with costumes and sets call your child’s teacher.
The PTA will meet at 4 p.m. Thursday.
The school is a collection site for Sterling area Christmas baskets for families in need. Deadline for donations of new toys, new clothes, and non-perishable food items or cash donations to the school by 9 a.m. Dec. 14.
These items will be sorted and prepared for distribution to Sterling families for the holiday.
Families are asked to save aluminum cans and bring them to the school for the Great Aluminum Can Round-up. The school will collect cans through April. The school earns money for each pound of cans. The schools that collect the most cans will win cash prizes. The school has already collected almost 300 pounds of cans. Call Connie Ferguson at 262-4944 ext. 238 if you have questions or would like to help.
The site based management council will meet after school Monday. Topics will include an update on playground equipment and the water treatment system.
The senior high class is working hard on a Christmas play. Dress rehearsals will begin soon.
Book Club students had their first choir practice night. Those interested in joining the Christmas choir may come to Book Club on Monday nights.
The Christmas program will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 14. The Tebughna drum will be played.
The Village Health Fair will be held Thursday in the gym.
Vicki Rudd from Project Grad will visit the school Tuesday and Thursday.
The school would like to congratulate Elizabeth Standifer for becoming a Project Grad employee. Standifer is familiar to the school as the president of its site based council, mother to Janie and co-facilitator of the Book Club.
Parents are reminded to have warm clothing and gloves appropriate for the cold weather for their children.
The Volunteer of the Week is Sally Stephan.
Compass Learning (SERCC) Christmas pizza party will be held in the computer lab Dec. 14 right after school. For more information, call Mr. Joachim.
Tustumena Elementary School
The school’s Math-a-Thon fundraiser for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was brought to a close last week. Participating students garnered nearly $1,400 to be forwarded on to the hospital. Prizes were earned by these children for their efforts. There will be an assembly scheduled to present these prizes upon their delivery.
Mr. Chase has conducted the annual Hoop Shoot to determine who will represent the school at Soldotna Middle School sponsored by the Soldotna Elks Lodge No. 2706. The following students were congratulated for their success: ages 8 and 9, Levi Michael and Lindsay Wong; Ages 10 and 11, Dylan Webb and Madison Day; and ages 12 and 13, Dalton Pearson and Kaillee Skjold.
Parents are advised that there are two music programs scheduled at school: The music program for students in grades kindergarten through second will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday in the gym; and students in grades three through five will perform during the school’s Fun Day event Dec. 15. The time for this program has yet to be determined.
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