Around the District

Posted: Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Connections

The Nikiski office is open today instead of Thursday. Regular days and hours will resume in January.

The school is sponsoring a homeschool activity for grades kindergarten through sixth at Polar Gymnastics from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 21. Space is limited to 10 students. If this session fills up, another will be added. The cost is $5 per student. Students need to prepay Natalie by today. Polar Gymnastics is off of Kalifornsky Beach Road behind Red Diamond Lumber.

The office will be closed from Saturday through Jan. 2 for Christmas vacation. The office will reopen Jan. 3. The staff wishes everyone a merry Christmas and happy New Year.

The Nikiski office will be open Jan. 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

DIBELS-CBM testing for grades kindergarten through third will be held Jan. 3 through Jan. 13. Call the office to schedule an appointment at 714-8880.

A spelling bee for will be held at 3 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Borough Building in Soldotna. Paideia word guides are available in the office. Let your adviser know if you plan to participate.

For more information, upcoming events or to check out the online forum, visit http://connect.kpbsd.k12.ak.us.

Cook Inlet Academy

Today at chapel, the seniors will help guide the preschoolers as they present a live nativity scene. Chapel starts at 8:35 a.m. The public is welcome.

Preschool through third-grade classes went Christmas caroling last week. The students thank participating local businesses for their hospitality.

The school thanks the students and parents who volunteered at the Borealis Conference Volleyball Tournament. Thanks also to Jeannie McNutt, tournament director; ArlyAnn Minogue, for coordinating help from local businesses; Rita Lindow, for managing the concession stand; and Anne Larson, for making the concession stand aprons.

Congratulations to Derrick Bunts for placing fourth at the Katchemak Conference Wrestling Tournament and qualifying for state. Kudos also to Zac Cialek, Chuck Kopp, Aaron Rowley and Tyler Taplin for their hard fought season. The parents thank Chuck Kopp and his staff for their vision and dedication.

The cross-country skiing team had its first meet in Homer last weekend. Special recognition goes to Lars Arneson and Janine Ray for their extra effort.

Students of the Week are Andrew Barlow, Conner Leaf, Zachary Taplin, Isaac Estes, Robert Dederick, Katie Dutcher and Chermaine Yarnes.

This is semester finals week. There will be a half day of school Friday.

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The winter party was a success. Children and parents went skating, made crafts and had treats while socializing at the Soldotna Sports Center. The book pass enabled children to go home with a book of their choice and sometimes more than one book. Families had an opportunity to win educational and fun door prizes.

Math Olympiads meet today at 2:30 p.m. This is the last meeting before January. Each student should bring their funny gift for the math game and gift exchange.

The Kenai office will remain open throughout December but teachers may be on break so call the office first if you need to see a teacher. The library and resource room will be available to parents during regular hours except Dec. 26, when the office will be closed.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

At the Family Fun Night Diversity Celebration students were able to make family tradition books, paint scarves, make bird feeders from pine cones and string popcorn to hang on trees for birds. The school would like to thank Shellie Worsfold, Kate Mullin, Rose Beardsley and Tammy Hanley for their work putting the event together. The event also featured pictures with Santa, Christmas crafts and cookie decorating sponsored by the PTA.

Thank you Eva Bell, Donna Burcham and the PTA for providing these activities for the students.

The primary Christmas musical was held Thursday. The school would like to thank Mr. Houglum for putting together another performance. Thank you also to parents for helping with decorations and costumes.

On Friday the 21st Century Community Learning Center will sponsor an after-school Christmas craft-making event. All students were invited to attend.

The Skyview performers will perform today for primary students.

On Friday, there will be an all-school holiday concert. Each class will present before the school a song, skit or musical number.

Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Sciences

Students who would like to donate to the Christmas drive still can send in hats or mittens. Families who are providing food, clothing or toys can bring them to the office Friday. the school would like thank to everyone for their willingness to make the Christmas drive such a success.

Mrs. Knudsen’s and Mrs. Lafferty’s classes are building gingerbread castles Thursday. Check the list is in the newsletter for items to send to class if you haven’t already sent them in. There will be a small celebration Friday to end the folk and fairy tale unit.

Friday is Silly Sock Day.

The line dancers from the Kenai Senior Citizens Center will entertain students during lunch Friday.

The staff hopes that everyone enjoys the winter break from Saturday to Jan. 2.

Kenai Central High

This is the last week of school for students before Christmas break. Students will be off from Friday to Jan. 3.

Thursday is the November Student of the Month luncheon. Lunch will be served at 11:53 a.m. in the library. It would be appreciated if guests could show up a little early and sign in at the office.

School will end Friday with a Christmas assembly. Classes will be on an afternoon assembly schedule that day.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — Junior varsity hockey versus Soldotna at 4 p.m. at the Kenai rink and varsity hockey versus Soldotna at 7 p.m. at the Soldotna Sports Center;

· Friday — Varsity hockey at Homer at 7 p.m., wrestling at West, basketball hosts Skyview starting with girls JV at 3 p.m., and C team basketball plays Skyview starting with boys C team at 3 p.m. at Kenai Middle School; and

· Saturday — Wrestling at West.

Kenai Middle

The newsletter is provided on the Edline Web site, www.edline.net. If you’d like to continue receiving it through the mail, call the school at 283-4896.

There is Indian Education Tutoring available during and after school Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Call Kelly Brewer or Jennifer Ford at 283-1748.

Congratulations to the following students for winning the Character Counts! pizza drawing last week: Josie Dent, Michelle Klaben, Samantha Little and Mikaela Reilly-Nelson.

Molly Graves, Carolyn Knackstedt, Natalie Kurzendoerfer and Austin Malston won the box top drawing last week. They each received a coupon to spend at the school store.

The school wishes everyone a wonderful holiday break. Merry Christmas and happy New Year from the staff.

Dates to remember:

· Friday — Club sign-ups;

· Jan. 2 — No school;

· Jan. 3 — Wrestling, cross-country skiing and volleyball intramurals begin; and

· Jan. 16 — End of first semester.

Kenai Montessori

The annual winter performance and family night dinner is Saturday at 5 p.m. in the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska. Parent-teacher conferences will continue through Friday. Parents are reminded to sign up for an appointment time if they have not already done so.

The students are having a book drive to collect new and used books for schools and care centers in rural areas of Alaska that do not have enough books. Their goal is to collect 2006 books during the year 2006. Book donations can be dropped off in the school lobby.

This week’s classroom role model is kindergartner Ithaca Bergholtz. The school said Ithaca sets a good example by modeling good behavior and demonstrating excellent manners. As a kindergartner Ithaca helps the prekindergarten students and demonstrates lessons daily.

Kenaitze Cuya Qyut’anen Head Start

The Raven-Eagles have been reading books and doing projects about the value of sharing. The children have been using glitter making Christmas surprises. The children participated in a triangle hunt and turned paper plates into a Christmas tree. The staff would like to wish Merry Christmas to students and families.

The Moose-Bears have been making reindeer and reindeer food to help Santa’s helpers on their way. The teachers wish Head Start families peace and joy and the gift of time to spend with their loved ones this holiday season. All three classes made holiday snow globes to exchange with their classmates to practice making and giving a gift.

The Salmon-Whale classes have a new teacher. The Salmon-Whale classes wish their Head Start families a very joyous Christmas.

Head Start families are invited to come to the Family House at 9:30 a.m. to take part in a cookie bake and exchange. The classrooms will have activities from noon to 1 p.m. School will end at 1 p.m. instead of 2 p.m. Friday. There will be a cultural activity Friday.

The holiday dinner Dec. 5 had good attendance. The staff would like to thank all who participated and helped with the evening.

Mountain View Elementary

The Kenai Swinging Golden Girls will perform at 2:30 p.m. today.

Students in Mrs. Keating’s and Mrs. Gustkey’s fifth grades will go on a celebratory field trip for lunch at Pizza Hut followed by swimming at the Nikiski pool Friday. Students who have maintained a C average in all subjects this quarter will participate in this reward for their hard work.

The students in Mrs. Keating’s fifth grade helped their third-grade study buddies in Mr. Knudsen’s class examine owl pellets. The third-graders are listening to “Owls in the Family” by Farley Mowat.

Nikiski Middle

Calvin Williams and Bob Seater were the two finalists for the school’s geography bee. Williams was the winner. Williams will take a test from the National Geographic Society to determine if he will move on to the statewide competition later in the school year.

The Nikiski High School staff will put on their annual Christmas faculty “talent show” for students at 1 p.m. Friday.

The school has competed for and been awarded a $7,500 career and technical education grant through Carl Perkins Mini-Grant Application Process.This grant will allow the school to reinvigorate its power mechanics-small engine shop and program. Included in the grant, in partnership with Briggs and Stratton, are 10 new Briggs and Stratton overhead valve engines, parts, tools, text-workbooks, a video training library and training opportunities with Briggs and Stratton for our instructor (Mr. Boyle).Excluding the professional training costs,the value of the equipment and components awarded with the grant exceeds $11,000.

Mr. O’Brien would like to send out a thank you to guidance counselor Greta Cox, who oversaw the grant writing process, along with Mike Boyle and Dan Carstens.

Dates to remember:

· Thursday — Junior varsity and varsity basketball plays in Seward starting with JV girls at 3:45 p.m.;

· Friday — Varsity basketball plays Ninilchik at 4:30 and 6 p.m., hockey plays at Palmer at 7 p.m., and last day of classes;

· Saturday — Hockey plays Colony JV at 3 p.m. and communitywide swing dance at Nikiski High beginning with lessons at 6 p.m.; and

· Jan. 3 — Classes resume, middle school volleyball and wrestling practice begin and C team girls and boys basketball plays CIA at 4:30 p.m.

Nikiski North Star Elementary

Site council meets the first Tuesday of every month. PTA meets the first Thursday of every month.

Pictures with Santa will be held at the Kenai McDonalds from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. The price is one picture for $3 or two pictures for $5. Proceeds go to Mrs. Zimmerman’s fourth-grade class for its spring field trip.

The Young Shoppers Club is open for business from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m through Thursday in the school library. Gifts prices range from $15 to 25 cents.

Once again, 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-boxed goods to fill the classroom cars. All items will go the the Nikiski Community Noel Tree program.

At this time the school has collected more than $400 toward its goal of $2,000 for box tops for playground equipment. Family and friends are asked to save box tops and bring or send them to the school. Remember to save Campbell’s labels for education, too.

Redoubt Elementary

The staff and students at would like to extend a warm welcome to the new head custodian, Mr. Boyuk Dotomain. Mr. Dotomain brings many years of custodial experience with him. They are excited that he has joined the schools team.

Clip box tops to earn cash for the school. Weekly prize drawings are held at school.

Thanks to all the families who donated canned goods during the recent holiday food drive. More than 300 food items were collected and donated to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

The school needs donations and volunteers to help with its breakfast program. If you can help, call Diane Bush at 262-8570

Students go outside for recess every day unless the temperature falls below minus 10 degrees. Parents are reminded to assure that your child comes to school with warm gear, including a winter-weight coat, snow pants or snowsuit, a warm hat or hood, gloves or mittens and snow boots. A scarf to protect the face is a good idea. Please contact the school office if you need help acquiring these items for your child.

Ridgeway Preschool

The school thanks parents for attending its family Christmas party Saturday. The activities included a musical program led by Mrs. Dean. The children performed traditional holiday songs and a few signing songs. The school was decorated with snowflakes made by the students and refreshments were provided by the teachers.

This month the school continues its study of Europe. On Dec. 6, St. Nicholas Day, the children had a surprise visitor after learning about holiday traditions in Europe. The children brought show-and-tell items from Europe, including a stuffed Eifel Tower and European currency.

Students have been learning about magnetism and electricity this month in science. They learned that magnets show direction and that electricity flows in circuits.

In art students created a keepsake surprise for their parents.

The school would like to thank everyone for their patience while the arctic entry was being built. The front entry is available for use now. The staff hopes everyone enjoys their Christmas break.

Sears Elementary

Ms. Ralston’s first-graders are learning about contractions and the sounds “ge,” “gi,” “gy,” “ce,” “ci” and “cy.” In math students are working on calendars, adding and taking away, skip counting and time.

Friday is Silly Sock Day.

During the lunch hour Friday, line dancers from the Kenai Senior Citizens Center will perform.

Skyview High

Mr. Bohrnsen and Mr. Jones, the computer teachers, as well as representatives from other schools in the district, have been meeting with representatives from Kenai Peninsula College. The purpose of the meetings is to establish an agreement that gives high school students the opportunity to receive college credit for taking the same courses offered by our career and technical education classes while at high school.

In many cases it may take two semesters of a high school class to get the same amount of course content covered in a college class. Courses that may be included in the articulation agreement are accounting, commercial publishing, computer applications, desktop publishing, welding and computer-aided drafting. Many of the KPC credits earned are required courses for degree programs offered in the university system.

It is hoped that this agreement can be finalized for students who are enrolled in these courses during the spring semester.

Students will be on a special assembly schedule Friday.

Soldotna High

Juniors received two days of career education instruction from Mrs. Moore during their language arts classes. Students explored academic and career interests, work values, post-secondary opportunities and financial aid options. This week juniors who took the PSAT will meet with Mrs. Moore to interpret scores.

On Tuesday Mark Hamilton, president of the University of Alaska, spoke with juniors and seniors about post-secondary educational opportunities that exist in the state and the University of Alaska system.

The language arts department met to discuss curriculum alignment and sequencing at all grade levels. The discussions and review were part of an ongoing strategy of evaluating and mapping the language arts curriculum in conjunction with state standards, district curriculum and assessment data.

Juniors in honors English recently wrote and presented articles characteristic of those found in The Dial, a literary magazine created by Margaret Fuller and Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1840. Attempting to capture the lofty and intellectual tone characteristic of the writings of the period, students presented articles on such diverse subjects as the artistry of black and white photography as compared to digital photography, the mythical foundations of our culture, Franz Liszt’s “A Faust Symphony” as a Romanticist reaction to the idealism of Emerson, Locke and Thoreau, and a satirical consideration of the sweet potato and yam.

Soldotna Middle

The top five independent readers so far this year in Mr. Kircher’s reading class are Michael Dotomain (327,000 words), Kaylee Hillis (269,000), Jacob Brown (208,000), Carly Lund (206,00) and Cyle Williams (184,000). To get credit for the word count from a book, students must finish the book and pass a reading test. Together these five students have read more than 1 million words.

The December chamber Student of the Month is Lottie Barton.

Students participated in the city of Soldotna tree-lighting ceremony held Friday. The week before the ceremony, the yearbook class took all of the second-period class pictures and laminated and mounted them. At the ceremony the students hung them next to the family pictures to join in the city’s Christmas theme of family.

Jan. 3 is the first day back after winter break. Three activities begin that day. Wrestling, cross-country skiing and volleyball practices begin after school that day. Students must have their paperwork filled out and signed before the first practice. Call Mr. Harro (skiing), Mr. Truesdell (wrestling), Mrs. Abendroth (volleyball) with questions or concerns about these activities. The cost for the season per activity is $45. If your student participates in the volleyball intramural beginning portion only,the cost is $20.

Dates to remember:

· Jan. 3 — School begins; and

· Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 and 2 — Terra Nova testing. All seventh-grade students must be present at school.

Sterling Elementary

The winter concert will be held at 6:03 p.m. Thursday in the gym. Performers should arrive at school at 5:30 p.m. The concert will feature the advanced and beginning bands as well as students in Mr. Seims’, Mrs. Boehmler’s, Ms. Hoffman’s and Mr. Miller’s classes.

Students are collecting donations for the Sterling community Share in the Giving program. Donations of new clothes, new toys, nonperishable food and cash may be dropped off at the school until noon Friday.

Friday also is the last Spirit Day of 2005. Student council had dubbed the day Sports Day. Students are encouraged to wear clothes, hats and gear that represent their favorite sports. All clothing items must be safe for school and meet dress code rules.

Good luck to the students representing the school at the Elks Hoop Shoot contest Saturday: Haley Whitney, Tyler Varner, Brittany Beckel, Joey Bishop, Liz Mullins and Ben Ikerd.

Tustumena Elementary

Mrs. Knobf’s sixth-grade class will present its annual “wax museum” at 10 a.m. today in the gym. There will be morning and afternoon sessions.

The Safety Seal programs have begun for students in grades kindergarten through second. The initial program was held Friday featuring information about employing winter sense.

The seal shared information on layering clothing and how best to treat hypothermia and frostbite. The school thanks nurse Jane Fellman for her ongoing effort in safety education.

Also on Friday, Mr. Michael’s fourth-grade class hosted Fish and Wildlife staff as they conducted a dissection session using pink salmon.

This program provides biological instruction and serves to enlighten these students about the migration behavior of Alaska salmon.

Wings Christian Academy

Maxwell Walters won the Cleanest Desk of the Week award for the Learning Center.

The new clue for the mystery person contest this week — “Other inventors weren’t so negative.”

The Christmas gift exchange is on the way and gifts are due soon.

The kindergartners are learning about various places around the world. This week they learned about England. They are learning how to form numbers up to 29. Our multiplication bingo winner this month was Joel Consiel.

In sports, the high school basketball team will start practice Monday. Practices will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

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