Around the District

Posted: Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Christmas holiday closures

Public schools in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will be closed Dec. 24 through Jan. 4 for the Christma s holiday. School will resume Jan. 7 at the regular time. Families with students in private schools will need to verify closure dates by calling your child's school.

Second quarter ends soon

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools second quarter ends Dec. 21 and is a minimum day. Parents should check with their school for its early dismissal time.

School Web pages available

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools information is available online through the district's Web site at Find your school and click on the name to be linked to its site.

Up-to-date information, sports schedules, grade and contact information are listed.

Aurora Borealis Charter

Grades kindergarten through eighth performed a winter concert Dec. 4. J.D. Uponen directed. DVDs are available for $10. Call Mr. Gordon at 260-7051.

The schoolwide spelling bee will be held at 9:40 a.m. Friday in the gym.

Students are reminded that math-a-thon funds should be turned in.

A Box Tops for Education individual race has begun. Ten students with the most box tops will get prizes. Students should write their name and grade on the back of each box top and take them to school by Dec. 19. Winners will be announced Dec. 21.

Connections home-school program

A workshop will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday at the Soldotna Sports Center for students and parents. Bingo, pizza, ice skating, a cookie exchange and a parent workshop/conversation on different offerings and activities for home-schooling families are some of the planned activities. Call the office at 714-8880 to sign up.

First semester grade reports are due in the office Dec. 21.

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the week are Kody Knowles, Shane Moffis, Hilary Domke, Ellie Ross, Ellie Nelson, Charlie Ross, Ben Grossl, Autumn Chumley, Reva Lovett, Trinity Palm, Connor Yarnes, Ashtyn Symington, Ashleigh Hammond and Vince Brown.

The school is seeking old ink cartridges for recycling.

The school is participating in the E Script/Safeway fundraiser. For more information, e-mail

School spirit items are available in the office.

Ads for the classic basketball program are available. E-mail for more information.

Volunteers needed for school's classic. Call Doug Munn for more information.

For more information, visit

Grace Lutheran School

Rehearsals for the school Christmas Eve concert will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Dec. 19 and 10:30 a.m. Dec. 22.

The annual Christmas luncheon will be held at 11:45 a.m. Dec. 19. School families are invited. More information will be sent home.

First- through eighth-grade students will go caroling Dec. 21.

Christmas break will begin Dec. 22 and school will resume Jan. 7.

Preschool openings for children ages 3 to 5 will be available in January. For more information, call 283-9551 or visit

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science

The holiday concert for students in grades first through fifth will be held at 7 p.m. today at Kenai Central High School. Students are asked to arrive by 6:45 p.m.

The canned food drive will continue through Friday. The goal is to collect 1,000 cans to donate to the Christmas drive and the food bank.

School Spirit Days will be: Wednesday Funky Hat Day; Thursday Wacky Hair Day; and Friday School Colors Day.

The PTA will hold a roller skating party at 6 p.m. Dec. 20 in Soldotna.

The fifth-grade band concert will be held at 3 p.m. Dec. 20.

On Dec. 21 the students will excused one hour early.

Kalifornsky Beach El.

Casey Murphy is the school's spelling bee champion; Jordan Peck, is the runner-up.

The school newspaper, Crazy Caribou News, staff is Mrs. Bullerdick, Mrs. Mathews, Mrs. Laber and Mrs. Flake.

The canned food drive continues through Friday.

The Young Shoppers Club will be open through Wednesday.

Students in Good Standing will be held Thursday and Friday. The PTA will teach students how to make ornaments in their classrooms.

Kenai Central High

Vic Fisher will speak to the Alaska studies and government classes. Fisher is one of four living original signors of the Alaska State Constitution.

The student of the month luncheon will be held at 11:53 a.m. Thursday in the library. Visitors need to check in at the front office before proceeding to the library.

The school's finals schedule will be classes one, three and five Dec. 19 and classes two, four and six Dec. 20.

The November Student of the Months are: Rotary, Matthew Ferguson; chamber, Brittany Harding; Elks, Hector Rivera; math analysis, Molly Watkins; physics and chemistry, Joakim Vatnaland; geometry, Shaina Aho; art, Christina Luzzo, construction, Richard Ziehmer; language arts nine, Margaret McDaniel; language arts 12, Kiley Hansen; advanced algebra, Levi Lacey; advanced Spanish, Jasper Dix; study skills, Zachary Huff; U.S. history, Holly Perkins; performing arts, guitar, Remington Williams; anatomy, Cassandra Shire; and career and Tech (vocational), Alex Sonnichsen

Dates to remember:

* Thursday boys and girls C team basketball vs Skyview at 3:30 and 5 p.m.;

* Friday boys and girls C team basketball vs Nikiski at 4:30 and 6 p.m., junior varsity hockey vs Tok at 3 p.m.; and

* Saturday hockey vs Houston at 3:30 p.m.

Kenai Middle

The school will hold a volleyball camp Jan. 3 and 4. The cost is $80 and includes a T-shirt and water bottle. There are 40 spots available. Students from Soldotna Middle, Cook Inlet Academy, Aurora Borealis Charter and Nikiski Junior High schools may participate. Registration forms are at the schools' offices or online at

The Character Counts winners are Kyle Dougherty and Brad Smithwick.

Yearbooks are on sale for $30. Yearbook orders are available online by linking to the school's Edline Web site.

November Students of the Month are Sabrina Gibbs, Tristin Martinez, Adri Kiel, Ross Pilatti, Leah Sandahl, Daniel Schaeffer, Alice Han and Jessie Garrett.

Dates to remember:

* Thursday choir concert at KCHS at 7 p.m.; and

* Dec. 18 and 19 drama presentation.

Mountain View El.

The school's holiday concert for first- through third-graders will be held at 7 p.m. at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School on Dec. 18. Students need to be at the high school by 6:50 p.m.

On Monday, storyteller and author Margaret Lippert visited the school. Lippert has written 22 children's books and is a well-known storyteller in the Pacific Northwest.

The school is seeking gloves, hats, socks and turkeys for its Christmas drive. For more information, call 283-6148.

Students will be dismissed at 2:25 p.m. Dec. 21.

The Kenai Senior Citizens Center line dancers, the Swingin' Golden Girls, will be at the school at 2:15 today to perform.

Nikiski Middle-High

The school's October Students of the Month are: High school Karl Buchholz, physical science; Abby Chadwick, geometry; Grant Clark, algebra I; Taylor Cochran, Spanish I; Danielle DeShong, study skills; Andy Gunter, choir; Jordan Harrison, biology; Peter McKay, history; and Melissa Peymans, art. Junior high: Caleb Alkire, language arts; Taylor Holloway, mathematics; Lincoln Johnson, social studies; and Jacob VanLoan, reading 180.

Nikiski North Star El.

The Young Shoppers Club will be open through Thursday. Volunteers are needed.

Alyssa Darch and Amelia Johnson were selected as Character Counts winners for November. They attended the Nikiski Chamber of Commerce luncheon with Principal Lori Manion on Thursday.

On Saturday from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. will be the last day for pictures with Santa at the Kenai McDonald's. All proceeds will help Mrs. Zimmerman's class fund its spring field trips.

The holiday canned food drive is in progress. Nonperishable food items may be sent with students or dropped off at the office.

Students in prekindergarten through second grade will perform "'Twas the Night Before Christmas" at 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Nikiski High School Auditorium. The fifth- and sixth-grade band also will perform holiday tunes. Rosemary Pilatti will direct.

The sixth-graders are preparing to sing and dance their way through Alaska history at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Nikiski High School Auditorium. A guitar pickers group formed during concert rehearsals and will accompany the song "Five Hundred Miles" on guitar. Wayne Floyd, fifth-grade teacher, and Brian Zinck, third-grade teacher, also will accompany on guitar, and Ann Krogseng will accompany on piano.

Redoubt Elementary

Students will be dismissed at 2:18 p.m. Dec. 21. The end of day routine will remain the same. Everything will take place one hour earlier.

The PTA is accepting monetary donations for its holiday kindness program.

Band students will present a concert at 6 p.m. Thursday in the gym.

The schoolwide spelling bee will be held at 9:30 a.m. Dec. 19 in the gym. Parents are welcome to attend.

The lost and found will be emptied Dec. 21.

The school's Elks hoop shoot winners were Kyle Marcuson, Emily Pugmire, Drew Fowler, Kylie Kaluza, Josh Outzen and Kelci Benson. These students will compete at the next level of competition Dec. 15.

Soldotna Elementary

The Christmas program will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday. The "North Pole Star" will feature a musical about Santa's reindeer preparing to compete for a trophy and title. Students in grades four through six will be part of the show that is a parody of the reality show "American Idol." It is open to the public.

November Students of Excellence are Alexis Iriye, Brandon Crowder, Damien Redder, Korie Gilmore, Paige Poole, Ricci Sackett, Xavier Stalkfleet, Dylan Ferreira, Haley Burns, Addison Gibson, Kealey Hendricks, Charles Meyer, Jared Briggs, Stephen Endsley, Sabrina Garman, AndreAnne Groat, Moira Pyhala, Abel Robels, Casey Simons, Wade VonHeeder, Nick Daigle, Sam Deatherage, Taran Edmondson, Kaitlyn Groleske, Grey Hansen, Kiana Hendricks, Dalton Lohrke, Hunter Lott, Roan O'Neill, Brandon Rice, Mary Valenzuela, Lily Zufelt, Amber Weston, Athena Glidewell, Brendan Hanson, Carmen Kelly, Clayton Brown, Ember Lohrke, Gracie Carroll, Madison Jordan, Reece Hansen, Tasha Ozhuwan, Willow Campbell, Kavika Antonio, Carsen Brown, Jordan Casselman, James Dile, Toni Elyea, Megan Eskue, Jimmy Cox, Kameron Hanson, Sally Hoagland, Marissa Matthews, Kody Merculieff, Sam Skolnick, Brittany Taylor, Gregory Van Velzor, Jilly White, Jaide Briggs, Devon Brooner, Georgia Forrest, Machaela Sauve, Zachary Sauve, Andrew Smith, Xylonah Stott, Cortney Weston, Christian Jaime, Holleigh Jaime, Samantha Jones, Elias Moonin, Shaylyn Stroman, Tadan White, Brody Reger, Eden Deatherage, Kyra Price, Dylan Simons, Clara Moore, Kia Holland, Garrett Horne, Tabor Pyhla, Bailey Leach and Severin Shangin.

Soldotna High

The following students were selected as Rotary Students of the Month by the faculty and will be honored today with a luncheon in the commons hosted by members of the Soldotna Rotary Club: Wes Mills, Cody Foust, Taelor Brandon, Tahsa Waterbury , Jewel Briggs, Sarah Mohorcich, Courtney Roten, Kaitlyn Barkman, Victor Rodriguez, Cody Clark, Emily Rohloff and Carol Kahoun.

The music department will present its annual Christmas concert at 7 p.m. today in the school theater.

Thursday through Saturday the school will host the Powerade Tip-Off Tournament. Games start at 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday. Placing games Saturday begin at 11 a.m. for seventh place; fifth place at 12:45 p.m.; third place at 2:30 p.m.; and the championship game begins at 4:15 p.m.

Semester finals testing schedule is as follows:

* Monday test review;

* Dec. 18 students will meet in their adviser class from 7:50 to 8:45 a.m. for study and review. First period classes will test from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m. Second period finals will be given from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Sixth period finals begin at 12:35 p.m. and end at 2:25 p.m.;

* Dec. 19 students will meet in their adviser class from 7:50 to 8:45 a.m. for study and review. Third period classes will test from 8:45 to 10:15 a.m. Fourth period finals will be given from 10:30 a.m. until noon. Fifth period finals begin at 12:35 and end at 2:25 p.m.; and

* Dec. 20 this will be a test make-up day. Classes will be on an assembly schedule for the annual Christmas assembly that begins at 1:55 p.m. Friday will be a minimum day, ending at 1:25 p.m.

Skyview High

* Today after graduation party meeting at 6 p.m., and band and choir winter concert at 7 p.m.;

* Dec. 19 final exams for classes one, two and six;

* Dec. 20 final exams for classes three, four and five; and

* Dec. 21 students dismissal at 1:30 p.m.

Soldotna Middle

The school is seeking parent volunteers. See Edline for updates on upcoming events to help with.

Dates to remember:

* Friday Fort Nightly from 6 to 8 p.m.;

* Saturday Elks hoop's shoot at 9:30 a.m.; and

* Dec. 18 concert band, Symphonic band and mixed choir will perform at 7 p.m. in the big gym. The PTSA will have a bake sale after; and

* Dec. 21 school dismissed at 1:15 p.m. after lunch.

Soldotna Montessori

Last Thursday, fifth- and sixth-grade band students held a concert. Ms. Southwick directed. The bands performed individually and ended with a combined number.

Montessori Model United Nations students will sell tickets for a Nintendo Wii raffle to help defray the cost of the trip. Tickets are available from MMUN students or the office and cost $5 each or $20 for five. The drawing will be held Dec. 22.

The family math activity fundraiser raised $585 for the school's field studies program.

Parents and guardians are reminded that students will be released at 2:30 p.m. Dec. 21.

Tustumena Elementary

School will dismiss at 2:40 p.m. Dec. 21. The school's staff will work normal hours on that day.

The winter musical program will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday. Mr. Audette will direct students in grades four through six, as well as beginning and intermediate bands. Mr. Audette has arranged for the program to be videoed and put on DVDs for those who wish to purchase a copy.

The school's annual spelling bee for students in grades four through six will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday in the multipurpose room. It is coordinated by Mr. Michael. Each classroom teacher will conduct a contest in their classroom to determine competitors.

Wings Christian

Alisha Thompson won Cleanest Desk of the Week.

Chase Miller won the most interesting fact contest.

On Thursday the school will have its annual Christmas program at 6:30 p.m. at the school. Students are asked to bring a snack food to share.

Parents are reminded to make sure their children bring warm clothing for recesses, including jackets, gloves, hats, boots and snow pants.

On Friday students will hold their annual Christmas party. Students are reminded that they need to bring in their Christmas exchange gifts on or before that day.

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