District School News

Posted: Wednesday, December 12, 2001

Aurora Borealis Charter School

The seventh- and eighth-graders participated again in the annual VFW Voice of Democracy essay contest. School winners were seventh-grader Kyle McMillan and eighth-graders Whitney Rysdyk and Trevor Kauffman. The school thanks Orvada Churchill, Terri Cowart and Judy Hinkle, who served as judges at the school level.

The inaugural robotics team will participate in the first Lego League competition Saturday in Anchorage. Team members Michael Dunn, Nikita Naumoff, Maya Chay, Whitney Rysdyk, Marquee Lucas, Jackie Palm, Ben Phillips, Spencer McAuliffe, Trevor Kauffman and Michael Bruxvoort are developing a robot and researching the Earth's climatic changes. At the competition, the team's robot will compete against those of other teams to earn points on the challenge course. Robots must operate independently, following a computer-generated program developed by the team.

Students also must present and defend their research-based hypothesis on global warming. The team would like to thank coaches Mike Dunn, Jodene McAuliffe and Suzi Phillips for their help, Agrium for autocad printing of the course and their parents for all their support.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The Kalifornsky Beach Christmas program will be Thursday at 7 p.m. at Soldotna High School. Parents of kindergarten through third-grade students need to turn in the permission forms for students to practice at SoHi Thursday morning.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District technology department will Web cast the program online at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/video/Y01_02/kbeachxmasprogram/.

For more information, view the school's Web site at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/kbeach.

Mountain View Elementary

Congratulations to the following Students of the Month for November: third-graders Suzi Deardoff, Alicia Conti, Tyler Williams, Joleen Moonin, Brandon Hoy and Chad Franklin; fourth-graders Dominick Eubank, Taylor Matson, Randy Jackson, Denise Rust and Wyatt Quade; fifth-graders Morgan Mena, R.J. Munn, John Hughes, Crystal Hayes and Meranda Mahan; and band students Casey Marion and Kody Richmond. The pizza luncheon is today at 11:35 a.m.

Nikiski Elementary

The Christmas program will be at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Nikiski Middle-Senior School Auditorium.

Stop and select a snowman with a child's name from the Noel Tree in the M & M Supermarket. The feeling of giving is so much better than receiving.

The PTA reminds you that PTA Reflections entries are due today by 3:30 p.m. They will be displayed in the school library Friday through Dec. 21. The school thanks Mr. and Mrs. Hufford and Peggy Jones for, again, overseeing this program.

Unocal generously provided Nikiski Elementary students with two days of exciting, educational and interesting assemblies from the Anchorage Imaginarium.

This year, the school linked up with Northern Recreation for the Elks Hoop Shoot qualification rounds. Out of the 56 Nikiski Elementary students who entered, the following placed:

Girls -- ages 8-9: winner Christmas Graham, runner-up Caitlin Reid; ages 10-11: winner Chenae Wright, runner-up Rachel Romans; and ages 12-13: winner Heather Gunn, runner-up Andrea Dols.

Boys -- ages 8-9: winner Isaac Couch, runner-up Chad Sanders; ages 10-11: winner Calvin Williams, runner-up Evan Holloway; and ages 12-13: winner Jeremy Narlock, runner-up Cody Graham.

The Elk Hoop Shoot-Out finals will start Jan. 19.

Redoubt Elementary

Mrs. Emery, the primary teachers and the kindergarten through third-grade students put on a great all-American Christmas program last week. Santa made a guest appearance. Videos of the performance are on sale at the Music Box, or you can watch the performance online at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/video/Y01_02/ redoubtxmasprogram.

Redoubt enjoyed the visit and science presentations the Imaginarium gave last week. The school thanks everyone who attended the family science night Thursday.

Friday is the last day for donating to the Christmas Kindness Program. The school still needs turkeys. To donate, contact Anne Bixby at 262-9473.

Mrs. St. Onge's third-grade class is selling Christmas candy-grams during lunch for 50 cents. Your special message and a candy cane will be delivered Dec. 21.

Winners of the volleyball spirit poster contest, the Hot Tamales, won for the girls, and the Cheerleaders won for the boys.

Congratulations to Katy Hickey, the Big G box tops drawing winner, and Nick Marquardt, the Campbell's Soup label drawing winner.

The school cookbooks should arrive any day. Students will get copies as soon as they arrive. Additional cookbooks will be at the office for $10. Only exact change will be accepted, or checks made payable to Redoubt PTA.

Order your Redoubt yearbook through Jan. 25 for $18.

Sears Elementary

The Christmas concert last night was great. Mrs. Larsen thanks everyone who helped set up, and especially the first- and second-graders for a wonderful performance.

Don't forget about the Sears-Mountain View-Kenai Middle School Christmas drive. Donations can be dropped off at either school. Clothes and toys make great donations.

Mrs. Bryson's class has been reading great stories about children and families. They made gingerbread houses last Friday. They will have a holiday caroling party Friday.

Mrs. Hanson's class is studying money. The are learning what each coin looks like and how to switch to different coins.

Mrs. Thomas' class has been working on the "All About Me" unit. They have been talking about families, homes, parents, babies and siblings.

Miss Ralston's class has been busy learning new sounds in action reading. In math, they have been working on subtraction, counting backward, adding and measurement. In science, they are learning about our bones, muscles and brain.

Mrs. Sorenson's and Mrs. Atchley's classes have been learning about food and nutrition. They read books that tell them what food does for them. They chose a food to study and discovered what group it came from on the pyramid.

Soldotna Elementary

The first-, second- and third-grade Christmas program, "The Littlest Christmas Tree," will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday. The program will be on the Internet along with the band-choir program and this upcoming presentation. Watch the band-choir program at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/ video/Y01_02soelwinterconcert and this week's program at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/video/Y01_02soelexmasprogram.

The Title I reading program relies on funds based on the numbers of students on free and reduced lunches. If you think you qualify, applications are available at the school office.

The Imaginarium came to Soldotna Elementary last week to present "Roaring Reptiles" to students. After a discussion on reptiles, students got to pet a boa constrictor, an alligator and a tortoise, as well as view a lizard. Since reptiles do not live in Alaska naturally, this presentation was special to the students.

Yearbooks are on sale for $15 and order envelopes are on display in the school foyer.

Sterling Elementary

The following students got good citizenship certificates at the awards assembly: Terrence Albertson and Barbara Smith from Mrs. Harrison's class; Bud Sparks from Mr. Shapley's class; Dakota Elsey-Bailey from Mrs. Lawrence's and Mrs. Freese's class; Shelby N. Smith from Ms. Dierick's class; Kyle VanRyzin from Mr. Wheat's class; Seth Fulton from Mr. McCard's class; Matt Grubb from Ms. Hoffman's class and Jacob King from Ms. Wimmer's class.

Student council will meet today in the library during lunch. Justin Boone, Alyssa Ellison and Michael Griffin go above and beyond the call of duty and responsibility for the student council. Jasmine Clock gave up Saturdays to sell crafts. The school thanks Mrs. Tinker for working with these students.

Mr. Wheat's class will have a bake sale Friday.

The last day to collect nonperishable food items and new toys for Christmas is Friday. All items collected will go to needy families in the Sterling area. For more information or if you know a family needing a little help during this season, contact Mrs. Eastham at 262-4944.

Mrs. Biggs, Mr. Peterson, classroom teachers, the band and other students did a great job on the musical performance Monday night.

Tustumena Elementary

Tustumena's food drive is in full swing. Send your food donations by Thursday.

The school thanks the Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post No. 10046 in Soldotna for its recent cash donation to the school for $200. This money is earmarked for needy students.

This year's Christmas program will have a theme of Santa. Students are busy learning songs for the performance at Soldotna High School Dec. 20. Their music instructor, Mr. Ramponi, is looking for Superman capes. Should you have one at home, contact him at Tustumena Monday through Wednesday mornings.

The school experienced a wonderful donation of children's gloves a couple weeks ago, but failed to get the name of the person who cares so much for the students. Give us a call with this information so the school may publish a proper acknowledgement.

Students received an orange float party as a result of the PTO-sponsored contest for those classes returning the most phone numbers for its family phone directory. Mrs. Fraser's third-grade class and Mr. Lewis's sixth-grade class were rewarded

Kenai Middle School

Yearbook order forms are at the office. Yearbooks cost $22 through Dec. 21 and $25 later.

The canned food drive continues through Friday. Student council is sponsoring it to help those in need during the holiday season.

Remember that no medication is to be kept in lockers or carried by students without permission from the school nurse. Medications should be turned in to the office or taken home.

The choir concert is Thursday at 7 p.m. at Kenai Central High School. The KMS concert band will perform Monday at 7 p.m.

A holiday dance for seventh- and eighth-grade students will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday. An eligibility list will be posted Friday in the commons. If you are not in school all day on Friday, you cannot attend.

The International Knowledge Bowl competition last week included 15 KMS Quest students. They tackled 200 questions concerning diverse topics. Quick, accurate answers won points. One student entered answers as others supplied information without teachers' help.

The eighth-graders will read "A Christmas Carol" in language arts classes and complete related activities. The book mentions many traditional foods, which students will try to bring to their feast Tuesday. Parents are invited to attend and watch the movie of the same name after eating.

Soldotna Middle School

The seventh-grade science classes are doing the CPR-first aid unit for the next three weeks. They are doing multiple practices and will receive a card at the end.

The PTSA meets Thursday at 5 p.m. John Harro will speak.

The maroon girls' basketball team beat visiting Kenai 38-30. Allison Fay made the difference by scoring 12 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter. Also scoring for the Spartans were Jackie Bates, Anna Blake and Liz Denna. The win gives the maroon team the No. 1 seed going into the borough tournament.

Tryouts for the SMS Battle of the Books team were Nov. 29. Students answered 60 questions from 11 books. The four highest scorers will representing SMS, as the school goes for a fifth straight championship. The team is Becky Kilfoyle, Jay Mohorcich and Kristina Martin, with Marshall Mills as alternate.

The canned food drive will continue through the Friday. The school is collecting all kinds of canned and dry goods. Cash donations also are welcome. SMS uses this to help SMS families in need this Christmas season.

The flu season has hit with a vengeance. If your child has had a fever during the night or in the morning, keep them home. If your child is ill, give them bed rest, fluids and Tylenol for a fever.


Home-school families are invited to a free sledding party Dec. 19 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Karen Street Recreation Area at the end of the new Marydale extension. One adult chaperone per family is encouraged. Bring warm clothes, sleds, snow boards, downhill skis, your home-school friends and families and a snack to share. Suggested snacks include cookies, fruit, cheese, crackers, nuts and anything chocolate. Connections will provide hot drinks. For more information, contact Tanya at 262-6315.

Last week, nine students learned about the life of an Iditarod musher. "I learned a lot at the Iditarod Clinic. I learned how to harness a dog, put booties on the dog, how to drive the sled, how much gear you have to put on, how to make fish head stew for the dogs, and most important, how to take care of the dogs," wrote student Diana Rice, summing up the enjoyable morning at the Seaveys' home in Sterling. The school thanks Tyrell, Janine, Conway and Dallas Seavey, Derrick Gutting and Akiko Toyobe for the clinic.

Connections needs one more student for the Math Counts competition. For information, contact Tanya at 262-6315. Parent volunteers also are welcome. Each team includes four to eight students and practices are once or twice each week.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

The 13th annual Nikiski Tip-Off Tournament will celebrate the start of basketball season at 2:45 p.m. Friday. It will continue Saturday and Sunday in the Nikiski Middle-Senior High School gymnasium. The school has invited Soldotna High School, Service High School, the Juneau girls' and the Houston boys' teams. Along with the tournament, there will be a three-point and free-throw competition. Admission will be $5 per adult, $3 per student (student ID required), $2 per parent of a participating student, $2 per senior citizen and $12 for a family pass.

The basketball and cross-country ski teams will have their photos taken for yearbook at 2:30 p.m. Monday.

The staff will hold a faculty Christmas assembly at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 21 in the auditorium.

The school will be completely closed during Christmas vacation, and nobody will be allowed in the building. The office reminds students who will be missing school due to vacation plans to get their homework assignments done in advance.

Ninilchik School

The Christmas program is today at 7 p.m. in the gym.

The after-school art students have been working in many different media. They made punched-tin candle holders and ornaments, crocheted and knit hats and sewed felt Santa stockings and fleece animals. This activity is open to any third- through 12th-grader. They meet after school every Tuesday. The class costs $5 per meeting.

The Anchor Point VFW awarded prizes for the Voice of Democracy entries from Ninilchik. Whitney Leman received first place, Crystal Dionne second, and A.J. Berger placed third.

The senior English class recently finished the epic poem "Beowulf" and ended its study with a banquet, where students dressed in character, feasted on pheasant, ribs and other homemade food, which they ate with their fingers. They also recited and performed parts of the story.

Mr. Byrne announced last week's hoop shoot winners: Tera Schnabl and Ashley Bartolowits won in the elementary-age division; Kendra Moerlien and Courtney Schnabl in the junior high; and Molly Bosick and John Matson in the high school division.

Soldotna High School

Soldotna High School juniors will take the ASVAB test today. The ASVAB informs high school students how to make career decisions. Once results are returned to SoHi, counselors will visit classrooms to interpret ASVAB results with students and explore current occupational interests.

Eligibility checks are scheduled for this Friday.

The SoHi Model U.N. team is excited about its country assignments for this year. Thirty-two students will participate in the event, which is hosted by the University of Alaska Anchorage in February. This year, SoHi students will take on roles as delegates from Mexico (which will have a representative to the Security Council), Angola, Bahrain, Costa Rica, Cuba, Germany, Malta and Sudan. The topic is sustainable development and security in the 21st century.

The SoHi staff and faculty are preparing for this year's holiday assembly. The event is a chance for the staff to entertain the students before they leave for break. This year will be especially entertaining. Mr. Druce has written the script for their skit. It should prove to be quite humorous. The holiday assembly will be held at 2 p.m. Dec. 20.

For more information about Soldotna High School, look on the Web at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us.

Cook Inlet Academy

Students of the Week are Scottie Litchfield, Tiana McGahan, Skyler May, Coel Nelson, Melanie Shea, Garyn Munn and Ashley Smith for effort, leadership, penmanship and attitude.

Miss Knutson's fifth- and sixth-grade class worked at The Salvation Army in Soldotna this week. Students sorted merchandise, organized the storage area and hung clothes. Monday, Mrs. Rowley's third-grade class will help assemble food baskets that The Salvation Army traditionally provides. These students also helped raise funds for food purchases. Donations were accepted at the office and later delivered by students to The Salvation Army.

Loralee Davis of the Soldotna Salvation Army, praised the students for their, "out of the ordinary giving, sharing and being a part of the community" over the years of service at the facility. She described the students as "a total blessing," and said CIA students represent The Salvation Army motto, "Sharing is Caring." She also praised the teachers who work with them. The community at large can help by volunteering time and donating food.

The girls' volleyball team traveled to Seldovia for the regional tournament Thursday and Friday. The annual CIA Classic Basketball Tournament will be Thursday, Friday and Saturday in the CIA Memorial Gymnasium. Volunteer gatekeeper positions are available at the games.

Grace Lutheran School

The sounds of the season can be heard at Grace Lutheran School. Christmas music greets students as they arrive in the morning, and students are memorizing the Christmas carols they will sing in the Christmas Eve candlelight service.

In the primary room, students are counting the days to Christmas by opening a window on an advent calendar each morning. They learned that advent means "coming." In this case, the coming of the Savior.

The upper-grade room began a study of the geography of Central America. The fifth- and sixth-graders are learning about force, motion and energy in science. The seventh- and eighth-graders are learning about the atmosphere.

The first Passover is the Bible lesson of the week. Students are learning that just as the blood of a lamb saved the Israelites from death, the blood of Jesus, the Lamb of God, saves us from eternal death in hell. A memory passage of the week is Psalm 124: "Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and Earth."

Christmas for Kids will be from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran. The public is invited to drop off kids for holiday fun, with crafts, cookie decorating, games and singing. For more information, call 283-9551.

Wings Christian Academy

The girls' basketball season has ended, and it is now the boys' turn. The boys' high school team just started practicing, and this season should be a good one. Members of the team are Eben Spilman, Jacob Sutton, Isaac Dutton, Daniel Kincaid, Jesse McCoy, Brandon Ruffridge, Joel Consiel and Andy Gunter.

Christmas break is coming up, and the students are excited and ready for it. Christmas break will be from Dec. 22 to Jan. 6.

Wings also will have a Christmas program at the school Friday at 7 p.m. Come and celebrate the birth of Christ. There will be food and games afterward.

Leah Howell and Troy Consiel had the cleanest desks of the week.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

This week's helpers are Ella, Andrew, Machaela and Zachary.

'Tis the season for gift making. Students will spend the week making ornaments and gifts for their parents.

Students are doing well with practicing songs for the Christmas performance.

Students are learning the story of Jesus' birth and doing related activities, including puzzles, mazes and making puppets. There are many more fun plans in store.

For more information, call 262-1284.

Sterling Head Start

Sterling Head Start is having a mitten drive. Many children come to school without gloves or mittens. If you have an extra pair or can round up pairs from family and friends, they would go a long way in keeping a child's hands warm this winter. Drop off your donation at the Sterling Head Start. A small prize will go to the child, family or person who brings in the most pairs.

Head Start is looking for a foster grandparent. This would be an excellent opportunity for someone to share talents or just spend time with the children. The foster grandparent will receive some training and a small stipend for sharing up to four hours a day or 16 hours a week with students.

Next week, the class theme will be "the sharing spirit." Each child is asked to bring in cans of food for the Neighbor To Neighbor Program.

The parent committee meeting scheduled for Dec. 20 is canceled. Sterling Head Start will have its next parent committee meeting Jan. 17.

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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