District School News

Posted: Wednesday, December 18, 2002

Aurora Borealis Charter

The second-graders are studying the American Revolution. They were surprised to learn about Deborah Sampson, who, just like Mulan in the Disney movie, dressed up as a man to fight in the war.

The school held a free-throw shooting contest last week. The winning boys were Levi Sutton, 14 and up; Trent Semmens, 12 to 13; John Rysdyk, 10 to 11; and Cade Foust, 8 to 9. The winning girls were Taylor Moore, 14 and up; Donica Severson, 12 to 13; Karissa Risung, 10 to 11; and Kelsey Self, 8 to 9. These students will compete in the regional competition Jan. 11 at the Kenai Recreation Center.

The fifth- and sixth-graders are wrapping up their study of the microscope, cell structure and mitosis. Next, they will prepare for a visit to the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in January.

The seventh- and eighth-grade science class is studying minerals and attempting to identify mineral samples by characteristics such as luster, cleavage and facture, crystal structure, hardness, streak, color, specific gravity and magnetic attraction.

The kindergarten through third-grade classes held their winter concert Dec. 8. Thanks to Mrs. Uponen for her hard work, expertise and patience. Thanks also to Mr. Uponen for providing accompaniment; to Hunter Kautz for running the sound equipment; to Cadee Turkington, Taylor Moore, Aimee McGahan, Amanda McGahan, Marisa Kauffman, Marquee Lucas, Maya Chay and Eliza Chadwick for the decorations; and to all who helped set up and clean up.

Kalifornsky Beach Elementary

The Skyview Drama Club will perform several skits at K-Beach Elementary starting at 9 a.m. today.

There will be a schoolwide Christmas assembly at 8:15 a.m. Friday with some class performances. Parents are welcome to attend.

Mrs. Tobin's class made Alaska Native masks in connection with its unit on Alaska art and culture. The masks will be on display in the hallways starting today.

Mrs. Bagley announced that K-Beach had 184 participants in this year's Elks Hoop Shoot Free-Throw contest. Winners were: Taylor Jackson and Mary Castens, 12- to 13-year-olds; Kyle Mead and Sara Hansen, 10- to 11-year-olds; and Matti Silta and Heidi Westerman, 8- to 9-year-olds. The students will compete at the regional competition at 10 a.m. Jan. 11 at Soldotna Middle School.

All kindergarten classes will meet from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday and from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Friday. Students will visit Alaska Great Skate on Thursday and will participate in the Christmas assembly Friday.

Volleyball intramurals begin Jan. 6 and continue meeting Mondays through Thursdays until Jan. 29. All permission slips must be in to Mrs. Bagley by Friday. The activity is open to boys and girls in fifth and sixth grades. Two or three parent volunteers also are needed to help with the program.

Mountain View Elementary

Mrs. Steward and Mrs. Keating's fifth-grade classes will enjoy a swimming party at the Nikiski pool, followed by lunch at Pizza Hut on Friday to celebrate Christmas and work completion. Students also will exchange gifts with a secret pal that day.

All third-grade classes will go skating Friday for their winter celebration.

Mr. Daniel's class has been building its understanding of matter, molecules, atoms and the relationship between these parts by constructing models of each. The students will conduct a series of labs to determine the difference between elements, compounds and mixtures. They will compare types of each and create some as well. The grand finale of the chemistry unit is only weeks away.

Thanks to all parents and students who attended the Title I-Title 7 ice cream social.

Nikiski Elementary

Thanks to all who helped with the Christmas concert. A special thanks to Denise Cox who put it all together. "The Nutcracker" was a success, and the children are proud of their performance.

Stop by the school office and buy a Nikiski Elementary Cookbook for only $5. The book is filled with recipes collected by Nikiski students. New Neon Foggy Friday T-shirts also are available in the office for $12. Both the cookbooks and the T-shirts make great stocking stuffers.

Don't forget the school is collecting hats and mittens for children in the Nikiski area as part of the Nikiski Neighbors Holiday program.

The Christmas assembly will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday in the gym. Each class will give a short presentation.

Don't forget to use your Kmart cash card when shopping for Christmas gifts and to keep clipping the Box Tops for Education coupons. These are simple ways to help the school raise money.

North Star Elementary

North Star Elementary physical education teacher, Richard Kelso, and NPRSA staff member, Rachel Parra, recently ran the annual Elks Hoop Shoot competition at the school. Each participant shot 25 shots from the free-throw line. There were 128 participants.

The winners will have the opportunity to compete on the local level at the Kenai Recreation Center in January.

North Star Elementary winners were:

8- to 9-year-old girls -- Kinsey Martin, first place, 13 out of 25, and Miranda Chenault, second place, 12 out of 25

8- to 9-year-old boys -- Bo Reilly, first place, 19 out of 25, and Jayden Tumbaga, second place, 18 out of 25

10- to 11-year-old girls -- Casey Coupchiak, first place, 8 out of 25, and Samantha Rorrison, second place, 6 out of 25

10- to 11-year-old boys -- Samuel Taylor, first place, 14 out of 25, and Matt Thompson, second place, 13 out of 25

12- to 13-year-old girls -- Sadie Larson, first place, 9 out of 25, and Tiffany Hobbs, second place, 8 out of 25

12- to 13-year-old boys -- Mike Roche, first place, 13 out of 25, and Beau Calderwood, 8 out of 25.

Redoubt Elementary

Fifth-grade band students will perform at 12:10 p.m. today in the Redoubt gym. Parents are invited to attend.

There will be a holiday sing-a-long from 2:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday in the gym. Fourth-graders will play their recorders, and the sixth-grade choir will perform. Parents are invited.

Congratulations to the volleyball poster winners. The girls' team, The Fishes, and the boys' team, The Bumpers, will have pizza with Mr. Withrow this week.

Redoubt PTA would like to thank the volunteers who make this year's shop a success: Charlotte Laduke, Traci Bicknell, Peggy Hill, Carmen Stephl, Seane Oglesbee, Jon and Ann Jensen, Fred and Helen Wahlquist, Tammy Glaves, Tina Bleile, Kim VanAntwerp, Gloria Wisecarver, Debbie Bass, Lauri Winter, and Deanne Pokryfki. Thanks also to Miss Cox for letting the PTA use the library and to the teachers and staff for their patience and support.

Sears Elementary

The annual Christmas concert was Dec. 10 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. The theme was "Christmas Magic." Thanks to Mrs. Larson for her hard work as director of the program.

Santa's Secret Shop was a success. The children had lots of fun Christmas shopping for their families. Thanks to the PTA for staffing the shop and supporting the program.

Mrs. Hurst's class had Miss Harris, the district art specialist, come in and help start off the toy unit. Students learned to make two-dimensional drawings into three-dimensional objects.

Sears thanks the line dancers from the senior citizens center who performed for students during lunch periods Friday.

Carol Ford will perform "The Grinch" Friday at the school. The Kenai Performers will accompany her in singing holiday music for students.

Tustumena Elementary

The PTO cash raffle was a success. More than 300 tickets were sold, and the net profit for the PTO was more than $5,000. Many thanks to those who purchased tickets this year. The winners drawn last Saturday are: Bill Worsfold, Ken Halverson, Nancy Fletcher, Cameron Harvey, Leo Steik, Linn Brown, Lynn Shrader, Joyce Rawson, Diane Stenglein, Carol VanDerWege, Donna Peterson, Susie Cook, Dawn Drake, Mike Chase, Laurie Duncan and Demery Garrant, $75 each; Jack Brown, $100; Matt Burmeister, $125; Warren Bjorebo, $150; Georgiann Willie, $175; Gus Wiley, $250; and Haylee Hedger, $5,000.

Thanks to Gus Wiley for donating his $250 winnings back to Tustumena Elementary School. The Wiley family supports the school extensively by purchasing several tickets each year. Their generous support is appreciated.

Tustumena's food drive for The Salvation Army also was lucrative this month. Tustumena families contributed more than 300 pounds of food to support families in the central peninsula area this winter. Thanks for your donations.

Tustumena's annual Christmas concert will be Thursday at Soldotna High School. This year's production, "Santa and the Star Search," is a musical performance with 17 featured acting and speaking parts performed by the following intermediate students: Landon Davis, Santa Claus; Morgen Fowler, Mrs. Claus; Makenna Barrickman, Aaron Chase, Emily Culhane, Jesse Carlson, Joseph Malatesta and Kody Bias, elves; and Angie Tri, Kaitlyn VanMeter, Kaile Duncan, Zach Peterson, Dallin Carlson, Casee Penrod, Paris Cooper, Liz Bacon and Dawson Pearson, stars. Santa will make an appearance at the end of the show.

Kenai Middle

Club activities start Jan. 24. For six Fridays, students will attend their selected club activity from 1:44 to 2:27 p.m. Students will not miss out on regular core or exploratory classes, because each class period will be shortened by six minutes to allow a forty-minute club period on Fridays. The program is an opportunity for staff members to get to know different students while sharing some of their special talents. Parents are invited to visit classes or observe club activities.

Nine schools sent representatives to a two-day, districtwide training on the Aspirations program. Kelly Brewer and Kim Navarre were representatives from KMS. Aspirations is an adult-facilitated mentoring program for students run by KMS staff. It will be available in February and run one hour per week during lunch and study hall. To volunteer for the program, call Kelly Brewer at 283-1730.

The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation is sponsoring a science project and poster contest districtwide. Students in kindergarten through 12th grade are encouraged to participate. For more information, visit www.awwma.org or www.state.ak.us/dec or call (907) 451-2136.

Yearbooks are on sale by preorder in the school office. The cost is $25.

The school newsletter can be viewed online at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/ kms.

The Web site also has forms for donations or applications for the annual Christmas drive. The school collaborates with Sears and Mountain View elementary schools. For more information, a donation or application form, contact any of the three schools.

Don't forget the following events:

Friday -- Choir and band concert from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. and staff-student basketball tournament from 1:30 to 2:27 p.m.

Jan. 6 -- Sixth- through eighth-grade wrestling and seventh- through eighth-grade volleyball begin.


Congratulations to graduating senior Rachel Arthur. Good luck in Army boot camp.

Magician Don Russell will present Magic! Reserve on Jan. 8. Show times will be from 11 a.m. to noon for Magic with Reading for kindergarten through fourth-grade; 1 to 2 p.m. for Magic Fun for kindergarten through 12th grade; and 2 to 3 p.m. for Learning Magic for kindergarten through 12th grade. Shows will be in the Soldotna Elementary School staff development room. Call Doug to sign up.

There still are spaces available for students in fifth through eighth grades to participate in a Mars Mission at the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska at the end of February. Call Tanya to register.

The second testing window for all students participating in EduTest started Tuesday and runs through Jan. 31. Testing will follow the same format as the first session with two online math tests and two online language arts test. Call or e-mail Doug with any questions.

There are spaces available for the Kenai Fjords Marine Science Explorer Program. The program is open to all home-school students in grades kindergarten through 12. The field trip will be May 12. One adult per family must accompany participating students. For more information, visit http://connect.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/short/seward_trp.htm.

IDEA (Interior Distance Education of Alaska)

IDEA would like to thank its generous families. The program collected 251 pounds of food to donate to the food bank at its open house.

Congratulations to the region spelling bee winners. Stephanie Post won first place; Janine Ray placed second; and Rachel Bogard and Paige Marlowe tied for third. Thanks to all the students who participated in the spelling bee.

Don't forget the following upcoming events:

The science fairs -- Registration forms and information packets are available in the Kenai office and are due by Jan. 10. Science fairs will be held Feb. 11 in Seward, Feb. 18 in Homer and Feb. 25 in Soldotna.

The geography bee -- Students in grades four through eight are invited to participate. Sign up by e-mailing Jeff Wheaton at jw@ideafamilies.org by Jan. 6.

Beyond high school and graduation prep workshops -- The workshop includes a comparison of different types of educational and vocational options and tips for completing college applications, financial aid forms and scholarship applications. Workshops will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 14 in Homer and from 1 to 3 p.m. Jan. 15 in Kenai.

Progress reports, evaluations and samples -- Forms are due on Jan. 15, but can always be turned in early. Don't forget to put students' first and last names on samples.

Families interested in enrolling in IDEA for next year can be added to the interview list beginning Jan. 6. To sign up, contact an IDEA employee.

For more information about the IDEA program, contact the office at 260-7555 or visit www.galenaalaska.org/home/default.htm.

Kenai Central High

This week is Holiday Spirit Week at KCHS, and students are invited to dress up for the theme days. Monday was Elf Day; Tuesday was Red and Green Day; today is Ornament Day; Thursday will be Gift Wrap Day; and Friday will be Red, White and Black Day. Students will be allowed to wear hats in school through Friday if they bring in a can of food.

The student council-sponsored canned food drive will conclude Friday. The food will be donated to the community through The Salvation Army. Donations can be turned in during first period. Members of the community who do not have students in school also are welcome to donate to the drive by bringing nonperishable items to the school office.

There will be a holiday assembly Friday morning in the auditorium featuring the student council and the KCHS Jazz Band.

The KCHS basketball booster club will host its annual Alumni Holiday Hoops tournament Dec. 28. Men and women basketball alumni from the area are needed to fill rosters for each of the high schools. There is a $15 registration fee. For more information, call Carrie Steiner at 283-7799 after 5 p.m.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High

Twelve Nikiski High School students were inducted into the school's chapter of the National Honor Society on Dec. 4. The new inductees are Zach Womack, Nicole Deshong, Benjamin Quesnel, Josephine Edwards-Vollertsen, Richard Hilleary, Shanda Dahlen, Dawson Hermanns, JoAnna Endecott, Paul Morin, Debbie Duggin, Skyler Gallien and Megan Kennedy. They join current officers and members: Nick Russell, president; Ramona Baker, vice president; Anjani Salonen, secretary; Clarissa Ribbens, treasurer; and Rainy Reilly, Nathan Smith and Tracie Nightingale, members.


The kindergarten through sixth-grade classes presented "A Story Book Christmas," Tuesday.

The high school students will host their Christmas concert tonight. As a fund-raiser to get instruments repaired, cheesecake will be sold for $2 a slice after the concert. The public is welcome to attend.

After many weeks of work, students will present science fair projects Thursday. Parents are invited to view the projects from noon to 4 p.m. The awards ceremony will be at 2:30 p.m. in the gym.

The Ninilchik pool will be closed for repairs starting Thursday. It will be closed until further notice.

The annual Ninilchik alumni basketball game will be at 6 p.m. Dec. 28 at the Ninilchik School. All who want to watch the fun are welcome to attend.

Congratulations to Amanda Matson who made the all-tourney team at the regional basketball tournament.

The wrestling and volleyball seasons are over, and high school basketball practice has begun. The teams' first games will be Jan. 7 at Ninilchik's home court.

Skyview High

The basketball teams will compete in tournaments this week. The varsity boys and girls travel to the Palmer Invite for games Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The junior varsity will host the Skyview JV Tournament the same days.

The hockey team plays at home against Homer on Thursday and against Nikiski on Friday.

The wrestling team will travel to Colony on Friday and to Wasilla on Saturday.

The Skyview pool will be open during the holiday break. Times are posted on the Skyview Web site calendar page at calendars.kpbsd. k12.ak.us:81/skyview.

The end of the semester is Jan. 17. Midterms and finals for semester classes will be held Jan. 16 and 17.

The site council will meet Jan. 13.

Soldotna High

The annual holiday assembly will be Thursday, featuring musical presentations by the Swing Choir and jazz band.

The girls' C team basketball will face Kenai at 3:15 p.m. today at SoHi. The boys' C team will play at 4:30 p.m. The varsity boys and girls basketball teams travel to West Valley on Thursday. The boys play at 6 p.m., and the girls play at 7:30 p.m. On Friday, the varsity boys play at Lathrop at 6 p.m. and the girls at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, both teams play at North Pole. The boys start at noon, and the girls play at 1:30 p.m. Both junior varsity teams will play at the Skyview tournament Thursday through Saturday.

The wrestling team will travel to Colony on Friday and Saturday for the double duals meet.

The cross country ski team will compete in the Lynx Loppid this weekend.

The junior varsity and varsity hockey teams host Colony at 2:30 and 8 p.m. Friday. The varsity teams will face Palmer at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Soldotna Sports Center.

SoHi will host the Tip-Off Tournament Jan. 9 to 11. The Tip-Off dance will be at 8 p.m. Jan. 10 in the commons.

Susan B. English

The girls' volleyball team was undefeated in regular season play, earned the first seed in the region II district tournament and won the tournament for the third year in a row. Congratulations.

The junior high girls' basketball team placed second in the borough tournament at Nikolaevsk.

In the region II wrestling tournament, Nick Oliveria place third in the 171-pound division; Tom Bowdon placed fourth in the 215-pound division; and Chance Collier placed second in the 189-pound division, forfeiting a chance at first place aafter disclocating his elbow during the match.

The school's Christmas program was held Tuesday.

Cook Inlet Academy

The fourth-graders are sponsoring a bake sale on Fridays through December to raise money for an area family this Christmas.

Students of the Week are Riley Smithwick, for excellence in writing; Skyler May and Chermaine Yarnes, for a cheerful attitude; Daily Cooper, Cody Dutcher and Derrick Bunts, for helping in music; Haley Michel, for extending love to others; Lauren Bauder, for excellence in schoolwork; Quintin Kimball, for great help in the classroom; Sharon Lindow, for spiritual growth; and Nicholas Smith, for doing make-up work.

The National Honor Society students of the week were Blake Gabriel for outstanding service and Kaitlan White for extreme courtesy.

The junior high boys took second place in state basketball, and the junior high girls took third place.

This is the last call for sign-ups for the Russian mission trip. Applications must be turned into the office by Christmas break.

Grace Lutheran

This week in the Christlight lesson, students discussed ways to love and thank Jesus for saving the world from sin. The students studied the lesson of the forgiven, sinful woman showing her love to Jesus by washing his feet with her tears, wiping them with her hair and anointing them with perfume. They also read about Simon the Pharisee who rejected Jesus as his savior, seeing no need for forgiveness.

Preparations for the Christmas Eve candlelight service continue this week. Students are memorizing traditional Christmas hymns and speaking parts. The service will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 22. The public is invited to attend.

The students will cook a Christmas luncheon for their parents and other school volunteers Friday. The luncheon will be a Christmas thank you for the service volunteers provide. There will be party games and a gift exchange in the afternoon.

Second-graders are studying money in math. They have enjoyed counting and making change at a mini store.

Fourth-graders are heading into multiplication with bigger numbers. Fourth-grader Ryan Cole completed all his math facts tests at a rate of 100 facts in three minutes.

For more information about Grace Lutheran School, call the school at 283-9551 or call school minister Dennis Leckwee at home in the evenings at 283-7888.

Wings Christian Academy

Greg Vancuren and Lindsay Thompson each made ten 100s on their tests and made it to the 1000s club. Julianne Pettey made it to the 2000s club.

The cleanest desk awards went to Cassie Sutton and Melissa Newton.

The monthly Bible Quiz-Em will be today.

The merit store and Christmas gift exchange will be Thursday

Wings will host a volleyball tournament Friday and Saturday.

Melissa Newton will join the Upper Learning Center after Christmas break.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

The children at Soldotna Co-op are in full swing for the holidays. They are learning new songs to perform at Heritage Place and for parents. They also are building gingerbread houses and making hand and foot reindeer.

The focus of the month is giving and exploring all the colors and patterns of the season.

The canned food drive has been successful. Thanks to everyone who brought in items to donate to the food bank.

Soldotna Co-op is continuing to enroll new students. There are nonvolunteer and volunteer positions available. Children may attend one to three days per week. The Soldotna Co-op is a parent-run preschool, and family involvement is encouraged. For more information, call Susan at 262-4102.

The deadline for submission is Friday at 5 p.m. for publication in the following Wednesday's paper. For information, contact Jenni Dillon at 283-7551.

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