Schools Information

Posted: Wednesday, December 13, 2000

Cooper Landing Elementary

School finalists for the geography bee were Cameron Hawthorne, Emily Bellinger, Erick Romig, Mikala Smith, Casilyn Dreifuerst, Kris Marshall, Johnathon Stewart and Emma Westerman. Kris Marshall received third place, Mikala Smith was the runner-up and Emily Bellinger was the school champion.

The Christmas program, "Holly and the Ivy League", will be held at the Cooper Landing Elementary School Thursday at 7 p.m. It is open to the public.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

Mrs. Carter's class is working on a family history project. They are interviewing, researching and making exciting discoveries. It's a great time of year to focus on family and deepen an appreciation of them.

Mrs. Bagley is looking for volunteers to help count baskets made. To volunteer, leave a message at 262-1463.

Volleyball will start Jan. 3. It is open to all fifth- and sixth-graders. See Mrs. Bagley if interested.

Congratulations to the following Physical Education Citizens of the Month: Wyatt Friedberg, Russell Self, Courtney Tyler, Kayla Eide, Caleb Alexander, Tim Saner, Samantha Jones, Marcus Biggs, Rainy Sirois, Hannah West, Jonny Coreson, Chad Hatten, Katie Jones, Ashley Rabalais, Jed Brown, Morgan Gibb, Cerese McBee, Katie Clark, Josh Allison and London Gabaldon.

Mr. Daniels' class had a successful glider ceremony with varied designs. Students are keeping the next project secret until January but might do a mini-project in December. They are working on a special surprise for their families' Christmas trees and learning the words to "O Tannenbaum" for the Christmas assembly Friday.

Mountain View Elementary

The school would like to thank the PTA and parent volunteers who helped make Santa's Secret Shop a success.

If your child is missing any winter gear, check out the lost and found. Today is the last day the school will hold these items. All items will be given to charity Thursday.

Mrs. Ermold's class will have their Mini-Society Market today and Friday. Study buddies for Mrs. Ermold's class and Mr. Vedders' class will go roller skating Friday. Mrs. Heath's, Mr. Knudsen's and Mrs. Gustkey's classes also will go roller skating. Mrs. Keating's and Mrs. Steward's classes will go to the Nikiski pool Friday.

The Student of the Month luncheon is today at 11:25 a.m.

Nikiski Elementary

The school has a canned food train in the hall. Each class decorated and is filling a car. The Salvation Army will pick up the food Friday, so bring in your donations now.

The Nikiski Elementary staff and students thank the Kenai Swinging Seniors (from the Kenai Senior Citizens Center) for their wonderful performance Monday morning.

Julie Williams and all of her little "elves" volunteered at Santa's Secret Shop this year. As always, it was a great success.

Class parties will take place Friday. Watch for notices from your teachers about times and refreshments.

The site-base council will meet again Jan. 8 at 3:45 p.m. in the school library. All meetings are open to the public and take place the first Monday of each month at 3:45 p.m. So mark your calendars now.

Congratulations to the new student council. It already had its first meeting and will meet every two weeks on Fridays during the lunch hour. The student council is Cody Graham, president; Christy Weaver, vice president; Flossie Jorgensen, treasurer; and Jordan Curren, secretary. In addition to the officers, each class has three representatives.

North Star Elementary

The school's Christmas Fun Fest is today from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. It will include a Pokeman Trading Center.

Dr. Donna Peterson, the superintendent, would like input regarding the district's long-range planning. Please visit the following URL at and comment.

North Star bands and Mr. Zinck's third-grade class performed for a live Web cast at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The school would like to thank Laurie Johnson and Peggy Millyard for repairing the parachutes used in the physical education classes. Your help is greatly appreciated.

The Science Club for Girls will not meet this week.

Redoubt Elementary

The staff from Redoubt would like to wish everyone a happy and safe holiday this year.

The school thanks all the parents, volunteers and students who contributed in the Christmas Kindness project. Through your efforts, the school was able to help 12 families have brighter holidays this year.

Congratulations to Mrs. DeVolld's fifth-grade and Mrs. Dusek's second-grade classes. Their food drive boxes were voted best decorated.

After the Bell's winter break program is Monday through Dec. 22 and Dec. 27 through 29 at Soldotna Middle School from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day. Enrichment, recreation and fun will be the focus of the program's activities. To register or for more information, call Tammy Hanley at 262-5412 or Jeanne Waldren at 283-2682

Christmas Around the World will be Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Redoubt Elementary. Learn how different countries around the world celebrate the holidays. There will be crafts, refreshments and literature for free.

There will be no newsletter or ice cream Friday. Everyone will be busy having class parties and helping Santa.

Soldotna Elementary

The first Fun Fest was Friday, and approximately 200 students participated in the activity sessions held by staff members. Crafts, games, snacks and holiday activities were presented and special thanks go to both the PTA and Soldotna Elementary staff for their hard work.

The Soldotna Elementary PTA will meet 3:45 p.m. Thursday in the school library. Members will evaluate the recent Fun Fest and discuss future activities. All are welcome.

The Soldotna "El'ves" are busy at work preparing a bounty of holiday treats for families experiencing financial difficulties this year. Each family will receive clothing, food and gifts and special thanks go to those contributing to the angel tree in the lobby.

Sterling Elementary

The PTA met Thursday. The highlight was the pie social, which attracted many contributions. Everyone had fun eating and socializing while planning the spring carnival.

Monday the fifth- and sixth-grade band and the combined upper elementary choir serenaded Sterling with holiday sounds. The performance had been rescheduled due to poor road conditions. The school thanks Ms. Biggs, the music teacher, and Mr. Peterson, the band instructor, for helping the children with their musical ambitions.

Ms. Hoffman's sixth-grade class won the PTA's popcorn party for returning the most PTA volunteer survey forms. Her class also won $400 from Arco to help pay for its planned field trip this spring.

The PTA pizza party winners were Stephan Kitson, Shaeann Ingels, Samantha Fry, Wendall Larson, Rayandra White, Hallie Hoeldt, Jordan Ingels, Carly Lund, Matt Massey, Kathryn Vengley, Chad Oakes, DJ Durst, Mellisa Massey, Alyssa Ellison, Chazz Gourley, Justin Orth, Michelle Quelland, Darryl Woods, Angel Spicer, Becky Warton, Chandra Jicha, Nick Williams and Valerie Ware.

Santa will visit the school Friday. Write a letter to Santa with the things you would like.

Share the Giving will accept foods, new toys, clothes and cash donations through Friday. If you can help, call the school.

Tustumena Elementary

The Christmas concert will be at Soldotna High School on Thursday at 7 p.m. Band members need to be there at 6:30 p.m.

Send signed permission slips for the Christmas concert rehearsal to your child's classroom teacher as soon as possible. Students will leave at 9 a.m. and return at about noon Thursday.

Congratulations to cash raffle winners Leo Steik, $5,000; the Tustumena Smokehouse, $250; Jennifer Larson, $175; Marylee Koch, $150; Katie Blossom, $125; Dan Schilling, $100; and Laurie Ely, Keith Madden, Nancy Fletcher, Arthur Waters, Cathy Patterson, Betty Harris, Lil Lamm, Marianne Murto, Tina's Salon, Brigitte Thompson, Nancy Sawyer, Jennifer Jones, John and Betty Cook, John Cook and Keith, Terri Zopf-Schoessler and Larry Marsh, who received $75. After all winners and food expenses were paid, the PTO made $5,885.66 in profit from the raffle. The school would like to thank those who purchased tickets for their support.

The school received a $500 grant from Healthy Communities-Health People for backboard supports in the school gym. With this added funding, the school has ordered the specified supports. Upon their arrival, the staff hopes to mount the backboards purchased last spring.

Kenai Middle School

Progress reports will be mailed home Friday.

The choir concert will be Thursday at Kenai Central High School at 7 p.m.

Student council is sponsoring a canned food drive through Friday. The food will be used to help with the annual Sears, Mountain View and Kenai Middle School Christmas Drive. Competition is being held between the grades. The class with the most canned goods will enjoy an ice cream social after Christmas.

The yearbook staff would like to include a page on extreme sports that students participate in outside of school. If you have pictures of your student participating in such activities as snowboarding, skateboarding, downhill skiing or inline skating, send them in to the office.

The annual talent show with Mountain View Elementary will be Jan. 30. Mrs. Bird will announce tryouts early in January, so students should begin practicing their talent.

Eighth-grade students will have their annual holiday feast today. Students have been reading Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" in class and will bring in foods mentioned in the book to share with their parents at the feast.

There will be an all-school activity night to celebrate the holidays Friday from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $3. All KMS students may attend.

Soldotna Middle School

Congratulations to the Dairy Queen winners of the week. Staff members were Shelli Church, Clark Whitney, Greg Cullen and Shari Meacham. The Student of the Week was Ariel McLane.

Eighth-grader Brittany Parson was the Chamber Student of the Month for November.

Soldotna Middle School joined the world to Read for 2001 on Friday. Students read for 2001 seconds. The whole school, including teachers, students, administrators, support staff and visitors dropped what they were doing to read. Improving the reading skills of students is a schoolwide goal. SMS has a powerful reading program designed to teach students to read at or above grade level.

The girls Maroon team won bragging rights over the Silver team by a score of 34 to 32 in overtime. The Maroon team was led in scoring by Liz Denna and Chelsea Howard, each with 9 points. Allison Fay scored all 6 of her points in overtime for the win.

Volleyball will begin Jan. 2.

Wrestling will start Jan. 8.

The next Fortnight will be Jan. 5 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Kenai Central High School

The Interact Club's clothing drive ends today. The school thanks students, staff and community members for their donations.

Unwrapped angel tree gifts need to be returned by Thursday. For information, call Liana Bigham at 283-7524. The school appreciates the holiday sharing that students are doing for others.

The freshman class is in charge of a gift wrapping booth at Kmart until Thursday. Let them relieve you of some stress by wrapping your holiday packages.

Join the yearbook fund-raiser by logging on the Internet at Click the "Jostens High School Fund-raiser" link and register under the KCHS link. This free registration will provide the KCHS yearbook with credit to keep the yearbook costs at a minimum.

Another successful canned food drive has come and gone. Thanks to all the participation, about 1,300 cans of food will be available to people in the community. The whipped cream pie fight at the assembly Tuesday was great. Next year the school hopes to have even more pies flying around the gym.

The annual basketball alumni tournament will be Dec. 23 in the KCHS gym. For more information, contact the school.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

The school thanks the community members that came to the Evening of the Arts and the choir concert. The support was greatly appreciated.

The faculty Christmas show will be Friday. Teachers and other staff will entertain the students in a special Christmas assembly.

Students entering the "What Makes Alaska Unique in the U.S.?" contest must have their projects finished and turned in by Friday. The first-place prize will be $3,500. All students are encouraged to participate.

Yearbooks will cost $50 starting Friday. With a personalized cover, the cost will be $55. The prices will go up soon. Yearbooks can be purchased in the school bookstore Wednesdays and Fridays.

Ninilchik School

Mr. Redmond gave every senior a copy of the free application for federal student aid. Use this form to apply for federal and state college student grants, work-study and loans.

The high school Christmas concert will be Thursday at 7 p.m.

Those parents who need to go Christmas shopping will have some extra time Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. The Close-Up students will hold a "lock-up" for kindergarten through sixth grade. The "lock-up" will include making cookies, decorations and playing games.

The girls and boys basketball teams are attempting to raise money to help pay for their trip to Yakutat in January. Coaches and students are selling raffle tickets for $5 each or five for $20. Tickets also will be available at the weekend's Christmas "lock-up" from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Skyview High School

The PTSA will have a general meeting Thursday at 7 p.m. in the library. All parents are encouraged to attend.

The Christmas assembly will be Thursday at 10:45 a.m., featuring a guest speaker, introduction of the foreign exchange students, recognition of the ski, hockey and basketball teams and holiday music by Skyview's band and choir.

Planning for Prom 2001 on April 7 already is in high gear. The prom committee has been meeting daily at lunch to decide on details. A different format for promenade is one of the changes that can be expected. Parent volunteers who would be willing to organize and run an after-prom party are needed. If you can help, contact Angel Hollers, prom chairperson, or Mr. Andrews at Skyview.

Soldotna High School

Yearbooks are on sale. There was a delay in the mail order forms, but students will receive an order form in the mail from Jostens next week. Yearbooks also can be ordered through SoHi for $50. Additional customized options are available. The last day to order options is Jan. 15. Any late orders for a yearbook will be put on a waiting list. For more information, call Mrs. Bartman at 262-7411.

The holiday assembly will be Thursday. This is an annual event where the staff perform for the students. This year the program will be written and produced by the leadership class and performed by various staff members. A grand finale is planned starring head custodian Buck George.

Cook Inlet Academy

Alumni of CIA are invited to attend the alumni gym night Dec. 27. Games, photos, greetings and updates will be part of the annual get-together.

Congratulations to the following Students of the Week for week 15: John Forsi, Madison Orth, Chemaine Yarnes, Zac Cialek, Ivy O'Guinn and Whitney Burcham. Writing, math, attitude, leadership and listening skills were the determining criteria for being a student of the week.

Mrs. Rowley's class has volunteered its services each Wednesday to help The Salvation Army minister to 400 families. During Thanksgiving, the students set up the dining room for dinner and currently are in the process of sorting food for Christmas baskets.

Mrs. O'Dell's class has adopted a family to help this Christmas. A bake sale at the Christmas program helped fund this project.

Mrs. Knutson's class is helping The Salvation Army by going caroling. The junior high has volunteered its services at Samaritan's Purse.

A homework survey will provide information for the staff and board to study homework requirements for secondary students. After two sample weeks, the tabulated results will go to a workshop forum for review.

Wings Christian Academy

The high school girls' basketball practices started Monday. The high school boys already have started. If any home-school students would like to play on the teams, call Wings at 283-9361.

The school will have a skating party Tuesday from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Anyone can come and sponsor the school.

The lower learning center students are doing the Book-It program. Jessica Saunders, Sierra Burger, Melissa Newton, Alisha, Thompson and Megan Ruffridge met their goals for November and received a certificate for pizza. All kindergartners also have met their Book-It goals for the month of November.

The kindergartners will make their Christmas presents Friday. Parents, remember the school's juice cans.

The office of the week students are Krista Michels and Troy Consiel.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut'anen Head Start

The preschool students will learn about transportation this week as well as the letter "Z", the color "green" and the number "seven." The children have learned math concepts with elves and decorated Christmas trees.

The children painted large "Ch'walas," which is the Dena'ina word for spruce trees, and decorated a star for the top, which is called "sin." They also were introduced to Hanukkah, tasted latkes and applesauce and wove a mat with their Kwanzaa activities.

Head Start would like to thank everyone involved in the Christmas luau dinner and dance Friday. The fund-raiser was a great success. They would like to thank Ginny Smith, Bull Don and the Moose Nuggets and the Salamatof Native Association for sponsoring the event. The school appreciates the Tanaina Tribal Council for the donation of $10,000.

School will end at 1 p.m. Friday. The teachers have scheduled crafts for children, and parents are welcome to attend. Classes will resume Jan. 2.

Peninsula Grace Preschool

Happy birthday to Sidney, Allie, Mallory and Morgan for having December birthdays.

This week's helpers are Dani, Haley, Ellen and Jake.

The school would like to thank parent volunteers Teri, Roxy and Crystal for helping in the classrooms this week.

Students have enjoyed making gifts for their parents.

The students have been practicing songs for the Christmas performance that will be Thursday. There will be a gift exchange, craft project and refreshments included in the performance.

Making Christmas cookies and decorating them was the highlight for last week. Students were able to take some home to share with their families.

The school is saying goodbye to C.J. She has been a great teacher and everyone wishes her the best.

For more information, contact Chris at 262-1284.

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 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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