Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Students of the Month

The following students were named November Students of the Month at Mountain View Elementary:

Becky Jo Dragseth, Tyler Frates, Constance Blair, Breanna Good, Jason Hall, Tyler Yamada, Dallas Pierren, Ali Jones, Coral Osborn, Steven Young, Shaylee Rizzo, Ericka Reynolds, Mason Mount, Trent Hanson and Jacob Gilman.

Quest students gather

The Quest Quiz Quandary was held Nov. 17 at Kenai Central High School. Quest students from Seward, Moose Pass, Homer, Voznesenka, Soldotna, Kenai and Nikiski gathered for the day to solve math, word and visual problems, play a few rounds of Academic Jeopardy and practice communication and noncompetitive teamwork skills.

Free, reduced lunch programs offered

The following schools announce that they are participating in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Child and Adult Care Food Program: The LeeShore Center, Sonshine House Daycare, Central Peninsula Counseling Services, Rural Alaska Community Action Program Inc.

Children from low income families may qualify for free or reduced price meals.

Parents’ income determines the amount of money the USDA will reimburse. Call the schools for details of monthly income eligibility levels.


The school will have a private showing of “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” for all home-school families at 10 a.m. Monday at the theater in Kenai. Advance tickets are required. The cost is $5 each. Stop by the schools office and see Doug for tickets.

Mark Hamilton, president of the University of Alaska system, will speak to juniors and seniors Tuesday.He will discuss life after high school and the possibilities students can consider. Hamilton will speak at 9 a.m. at Skyview High School and 1:40 p.m. at Soldotna High School. Sign in at the office, where Bob will be if you have any questions.

A spelling bee for students will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Borough Building in Soldotna. Paideia word guides are available in the office.

The Nikiski office will be open Dec. 14 instead of Dec. 15. Regular days and hours will resume in January.

December book orders are due Thursday so materials will be here before the holiday. Call Tanya for more information.

For more information, upcoming events and to check out the schools online forum, visit

Cook Inlet Academy

The parents and staff thank those who volunteer their time and skills to the school. Special thanks to Jan Hanrahan, Cheryl Beeson, Laurel Kytonen and Deanna Cashman, who volunteer on a part-time basis.

The junior high basketball teams are participating in the KPSAA basketball tournament. Finals will be Saturday in Homer.

The elementary Christmas music program is at 7 p.m. Tuesday. The fifth-graders are having a bake sale after the program with the proceeds going to a needy family for Christmas.

Students of the Week are Kelsie Leaf, for excellence in math; Kati Dutcher, reading skills; Richele McGahan, Bible memorization; Scott Litchfield, historical thinking skills; Zac Hanson, using kind words; Heidi Hillyer, skeletal superiority; Kevin Michaelson, all-around improvement; Zac Cialek, osteoblastic performance; Logan Wood, excellence in German; Bryce Horton; creative writing; Coel Nelson, classroom organization; and Melia Miller, neat handwriting.

The end of the quarter is Dec. 16. There will be a half-day of school.


School families had an open house at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska on Tuesday. The staff at the center planned science activities to give families a sample of the learning available at the center and also sought input from families on what types of programs would enrich the science curriculums families use.

The Math Olympiads group will meet at 2:30 p.m. today. Interested fourth- through sixth-graders are welcome to attend and learn problem-solving strategies. Math Olympiads teaches skills for problem solving.

The Winter Celebration will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Soldotna Sports Center. Open skating and skating lessons will be available for families, as will crafts and games. Families are asked to bring a finger-food dish to share.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences

The Santa Secret Shop is set up in the library and open through noon Friday. This is an opportunity for your child to purchase small gifts for friends and family.

Castles are being studied in Mrs. Knudsen’s and Mrs. Lafferty’s classes. Students experimented with catapults, levers, pulleys, ramps and gears in science lab in studying how castles were built. In art studio, students are drawing castles.

The PTA will meet at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the library.

APC meets at 4 p.m. Monday in the library.

Parents are reminded when your child is absent, call Linda in the office at 283-0804, or send a note with your child when he or she returns to school.

Christmas vacation will be from from Dec. 17 through Jan. 2. Students will return to school Jan. 3.

The Christmas program, “An Alaskan Christmas,” was performed Tuesday by the students, along with the first- and second-graders from Sears Elementary. The staff thanks the students for the job they did and the adults who donated items and their time. Thank you also to Mrs. Larson for her hard work in making the program possible.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

On Nov. 18, grades kindergarten through three watched the movie “Madagascar.” On Friday, grades four through six watched the movie “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.”

Intramural wrestling had a tournament Thursday. On Tuesday, Family Fun Night featured a celebration of diversity where students learned about winter customs from around the world.

Monday through Thursday is the Young Shoppers Club. Students are able to purchase items for their family.

Mr. Daniels class has learned new vocabulary words in German. Craig Silva, a geologist for Marathon, visited the class. He analyzed rocks brought in by students and explained his job. Students finished glazing their clay pots, which will be fired and ready to go home by Christmas. Students made get-well cards for patients at Central Peninsula General Hospital last week and will take a tour and deliver the cards. The class wrote to two U.S. military troops last week.

Kenai Central High

On Thursday the Kenai Middle School choir will hold its Christmas concert at 7 p.m. in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.

Friday is the last day of the grading period for the current eligibility check. Progress can be checked on Edline. For more information about eligibility, call Tim Delaney at 283-7524.

On Monday from 6 to 8 p.m. there will be a Globetrotters charity basketball game at the school.

At 7 p.m. Monday the Kenai Middle School band will hold its Christmas concert in the auditorium.

At 7 p.m. Tuesday the KCHS band will hold its annual Christmas concert and dessert auction.

The November Student of the Month luncheon will be held Dec. 15.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday— Junior varsity hockey hosts Soldotna at 4 p.m.;

· Friday — Junior varsity hockey hosts Skyview at 4 p.m., varsity hockey versus Palmer at 5:45 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center and cross-country skiing at Diamond; and

· Saturday — Junior varsity hockey hosts Colony at noon, varsity hockey versus Colony at 3:15 p.m. at the sports center, cross-country skiing at Diamond and basketball at Seward at 10 a.m.

Kenai Montessori

This month the students practice for the winter performance. Kendra Gosse visited with students last week and played the piano for them.

There will be parent teacher conferences every day next week. Parents need to sign the appointment list in the school lobby.

The staff would like to thank the students who brought in show and share items last week.

The staff also would like to welcome student Miles Bryant. For more information, visit

Kenai Montessori Toddler House

The students are working on social skills by learning how to share and be polite to one another. Students have been learning to count to five and about colors and shapes. Congratulations to Tucker Vann and Isaac Erwin for doing well with their potty training.

The staff would like to welcome student Ansel Brennaman. For more information, call 283-0426.

Kenaitze Head Start

The children are doing reindeer and snowflake activities as well as continuing to explore letter recognition and sound connections. The letters this month are D, N and G. The shape is the triangle and the value is sharing. The children are learning about the number five and the color green. The theme is winter solstice. The children will participate in Christmas activities throughout the month.

“I can problem solve” classes have started. For more information, call Janet at 283-0707. Family Friday participants this week will make crafts. Students will have Christmas activities from noon to 1 p.m. Dec. 16. School will dismiss at 1 instead of 2 p.m. that day.

Mountain View Elementary

Mrs. Heath’s fourth-graders been recreating the Klondike gold rush, they ate at Sourdough Sal’s Klondike Diner. Thanks to the parent helpers.

Mrs. Stephens’ fourth-grade class went on a field trip to Heritage Place and Art Works last week. The residents of Heritage Place watched the students dance to the “Troika.” Marty at Art Works allowed the students to hang out at her business for an hour. Students sat on the floor and wrote haikus.

Mr. Knudsen’s third-grader designed, built, painted and labeled six watersheds. They would like to thank biologist Mrs. Berkhahn for helping them with this project. Berkhahn is with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game’s Salmon Incubation Project and assists students during the school year.

The third-grade classes will go roller skating Dec. 16.

Mrs. Cramer’s class is building gingerbread houses Dec. 15.

Congratulations to Austin Osborn, Raquelle Reynolds, Kyle Phillips and Jenna Calhoun for winning the Elks Hoop Shoot at the school.

Nikiski Middle-High

James Barrett is the the Nikiski Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month for December. James exemplifies the qualities of excellence, dedication and hard work, according to school staff. He is a member of the National Honor Society and maintains a 3.6 grade point average. He is a member on the football, drama, debate and forensics and track teams. He also is involved in the Upward Bound program, serving as the school’s vice president.

Dates to remember:

· Today — Middle school geography bee at 10:15 a.m. in the auditorium;

· Thursday — The PTSA meets at 6:30 p.m. in the library;

· Friday: — Eligibility check, wrestling at the state tournament in Wasilla, cross-country skiing at Lynx Loppett and hockey versus Delta Junction at 7 p.m.; and

· Saturday — Middle school basketball boroughs at Homer, wrestling at state in Wasilla, skiing at Lynx Loppett, hockey versus Delta Junction at 10 a.m., basketball at Homer beginning with junior varsity girls at noon, C team basketball versus Skyview at 4:30 p.m., site council at 6:15 p.m. in the library and hockey versus Skyview at 7 p.m.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

The site council meets the first Tuesday of every month. The PTA meets the first Thursday of every month.

Pictures with Santa are available at the Kenai McDonald’s from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 17. One picture is $3 or two pictures are $5. Proceeds go to Mrs. Zimmerman’s fourth-grade class spring field trip.

The Young Shoppers Club will be open for business starting Monday between 9:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. in the school library. Gifts cost between 25 cents and $15.

The school is building a holiday food train in the primary and intermediate wings. Students, staff and community members are encouraged to bring in canned and boxed goods to fill the classroom cars. All items will go the the Nikiski Community Noel Tree program.

Ninilchik School

The elementary students will present a Christmas concert Monday. The music department sell root beer floats after the concert.

Grades seven through 12 will present their concert Tuesday and will sell cheesecake afterward. Students need to be in the gymnasium at 6 p.m. before the concerts. Selected students will perform preconcert music at 6:15 p.m. If you would like to donate a cheesecake, call the school by Friday.

The Close-Up students are working to earn money to go to Washington, D.C. Call Jerry Byrne at the school if you would like to sponsor a student.

A limited number of yearbooks remain. The price is $55. Call Mrs. Vadla or Grace Ehlers if you are interested in buying one.

The school would like to recognize the Ninilchik Traditional Council for organizing a display for Alaska Native History Month. Items were donated by Liz Kruzick and can be viewed in the display case across from the office.


Students will perform at the Kenai Senior Citizens Center at 11:30 a.m. Friday. Students will be dismissed from the senior center immediately following the performance. Prior arrangements for picking up students must be made if the parent is unable to attend the performance. Call the office if there are questions.

All parents are reminded that “Christmas Angel” donations are due at the office by Monday.

Congratulations to students for earning their second Book It pizza award certificate.

Students of the Week are kindergartner Kimberly Schilling, first-grader Josiah Luze and second-grader Jessie Metz. These students are recognized for their willingness to help their classmates and instructors. Prekindergartner Nimi Pollock was recognized for her leadership and positive influence on her classmates.

Students will return to school Jan. 2 following the holiday break.

Redoubt Elementary

The Elks Hoop Shoot winners are: boys ages 8-9, Randy Bass; boys 10-11, Michael Erickson; boys 12-13, Evan Withrow; girls 8-9, Kendra Bass; girls 10-11, Amanda McDowell; and girls 12-13, Kelsey VanAntwerp. These students will participate in the district competition Dec. 17.

An ice cream Friday will be held this week with ice cream treats available to purchase for 75 cents each.

The annual food drive was successful with more than 300 items collected. The school would like to thank everyone who donated.

The school is seeking donations and volunteers to help with the Holiday Kindness program. Call Mrs. Horton in the school office at 262-9006 or Amy Larson, PTA president, at 260-9252.

The first-, second- and third-graders are performing a “This is Christmas” play Tuesday. The show starts at 6 p.m. in the Soldotna High School theater. Volunteers are needed to decorate and to make cat, dog, bird and gerbil costumes. Second-graders need to bring a toy for the play. Call Ms. Biggs to help.

The school will host a fifth- and sixth-grade band concert at 6 p.m. Thursday in the gym.

Sears Elementary

To help make Christmas happier for those less fortunate, preschoolers are asked to bring one can of cranberry sauce, if able. Kindergarten and first-graders are asked to bring a hat or headband and second- and third-graders are asked to bring a pair of mittens or gloves. Return donations to your child’s teacher by Tuesday.

Santa Secret Shop is open through Friday. Students can purchase gifts for their family and friends.

First-graders in Ms. Ralston’s room are learning poems and creating sounds to go with the poems using musical instruments. The students have learned more than 30 sounds, which they are using in their reading, writing and spelling.

A PTA meeting will be held at 3:45 p.m. Thursday.

Skyview High

Jessica Berzanske was awarded second place for the VFW Scholarship Award.

University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton will speak to students at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The student council-sponsored food drive continues. Donations are appreciated.

Mrs. Raemaeker’s government classes and her AP U.S. history class are participating in a mock trial activity in conjunction with their continued study of the judicial branch and Article III of the U.S. Constitution. Additionally, students continue to attend local government meetings and plan to contribute to the decorations at Parker Park, as well as attend the annual tree-lighting ceremony Friday.

Soldotna Mayor Dave Carey recently visited Mrs. Raemaeker’s classes and encouraged students, adults and all members of the community to submit pictures of family, friends, pets, co-workers, etc. to be displayed along the fence at Parker Park since this year’s theme is “Family.”

The National Honor Society will prepare holiday food baskets for Christmas as they did for Thanksgiving. They also will be make a donation to the angel tree for children program within the community.

Mrs. Raemaeker’s social studies students will participate in a “holidays around the world” theme, in which students select a holiday and give a presentation about it.

Soldotna Elementary

The Great Canned Food Drive, sponsored by the PTA, is taking place and students are contributing nonperishable foods for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. Classes are competing. Last week’s focus was ABC cans having items from each letter of the alphabet. Another contest is featured this week.

The “Xmas Files” will be presented by grades four, five and six at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the school gym. Under the direction of music teacher Erin Southwick, this musical is a parody of the TV show “The X Files” and teaches that believing in dreams and things you can’t always see is part of the Christmas spirit.

The Christmas Kindness program also is under way. Anyone wanting to donate should call nurse Tammy at 262-4919.

Check-out student learning aides include computer programs, flash cards and learning games from the Title 1 library in the Parent Resource Room. If you have any questions or suggestions for specific items, call Title 1 teacher Katrina Cannava at 262-4919.

Congratulations to Sierra Randolph, who was honored for her commitment to kindness.

Soldotna High

The Air Force band will perform at 6 p.m. Sunday in the theater.

University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton will speak to juniors and seniors Tuesday during sixth period.

The library is in need of volunteers during lunch. Call Carol Dallman or Jody Hibpshman at 260-7036.

The following students are the latest winners of the Star Spirit program: Richard Hennagin, winner of a gift pack; Havilah Hilbish, T-shirt and water bottle; Christa Kennedy, gift certificate for a one-hour massage; Jordon Love, fleece blanket; and Alex Steger, free gas card. Students are eligible to win prizes by attending school events and registering.

Additional activity and sports information may be obtained by going online to the school’s Web site.

Soldotna Middle

Fortnightly will be held from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Friday. When it is over, students who want to participate will walk to Parker Park for the annual Soldotna tree-lighting ceremony. Parent volunteers are needed for these events. Call Carmen Triana at 262-6768 to volunteer.

The December-January newsletter is available on Edline starting this week.

T-shirts, sweatshirts and hats are available at the office. Prices range from $15 to $28.

All four teams will play in the borough basketball tournament in Homer. The school wishes them luck.

The Christmas concert will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the gymnasium.

A PTSA meeting will be held at 5 p.m. today in the library.

Soldotna Montessori Charter

Kindergarten, first- and second-graders continue to meet Mondays for Battle of the Books. Third- through sixth-graders will meet after the holiday break.

The robotics team will compete in Anchorage on Saturday. The school and staff wishes to thank the students and volunteers who have worked to prepare for this year’s competition.

Students collected 376 pounds of food for the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank during the annual canned food drive.

At 9:30 a.m. Monday, Mr. DeVolld’s class will demonstrate its Mind-A-Maze projects at an all-school assembly. Mind-A-Maze challenges students to build a device that performs certain tasks within a specific timeframe. Families are invited to attend the assembly.

Ms. McCabe’s first-, second- and third-grade class is knitting baby hats to send to Central Peninsula General Hospital as an extension to the hospital tour students went on earlier in the year. The class also is planning a winter poetry festival.

In Mrs. Overturf’s kindergarten class students are continuing their practical life work. Most have completed a variety of sewing projects and students will hear a presentation today by Kenai National Wildlife Refuge staff about mammals, predators and prey.

Tustumena Elementary

The culmination of the school’s PTO cash raffle fundraiser takes place Saturday. The event starts at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose room with desserts, followed by the drawing. Families can still sell tickets and should turn in the money as soon as possible. Those who have sold all their ticket allocation are thanked for their effort.

The school has a Christmas program scheduled at 2 p.m. Monday in the gymnasium. This event will include students in grades four through six and the beginning and second-year bands. The program will be approximately 45 minutes. Family and friends are invited.

At 10 a.m. Dec. 14, Mrs. Knobf’s sixth-grade class will present its “wax museum” display for the public. Family and friends are invited.

Wings Christian Academy

Ashlynn Burger and Josiah Fischer won the Cleanest Office of the Week awards.

The new clue for the “Who Am I” contest is: “My invention used a dry-plate process.”

The kindergartners are adding and subtracting up to four and are learning about Peru. The first-graders are adding and subtracting up to eight and are learning about creation.

The annual Christmas gift exchange is coming up. Names will be drawn soon.

To have information published in Schools, send a description of the event 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.

The deadline for submission is noon on Friday for publication in the following Wednesday's paper.

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