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Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2000

Peninsula schools continue vacation

Most students are on their holiday break. Classes for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will resume Jan. 2.

Seward High announces Students of the Month

Seward Middle-Senior School has announced its Students of the Month for November: Nicholas Swann for commitment to learning; Marion Glaser for commitment to character; and Curtis Turner for contribution to school or community.

Challenger Center offers holiday programs

Curious children can experience the gift of exploration this vacation. The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska in Kenai is offering workshops on science fun.

Today, kindergartners and first-graders are invited to "Center of Gravity." Students will work in groups to observe and experience the force of gravity, exploring the motion of toys and reinforcing the concept of balance. The time is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $45.

Thursday, students in grades two through four can attend "Light and Energy." The workshop investigates white light, including colors, the visible spectrum, light waves, reflectors, refraction, diffraction, opacity, transparency, translucence and using optical tools. The time will be 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost is $65.

Workshops will resume after Christmas with "Potluck Science" for grades three through five. The potpourri of science experiments will cover topics in light, sound, heat, magnetism, energy and simple machines. This will be an overnighter from 4 p.m. Tuesday through 1 p.m. Dec. 27. The cost is $90.

"Potluck Science" will repeat from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 28 for grades five through eight. Cost is $50.

The last event of the calendar year will be an overnight mission, "Overnight Rendezvous with a Comet," for grades four through eight. It will be from 4 p.m. Dec. 29 through 1 p.m. Dec. 30. Cost is $80.

For more information or to sign up, call 283-2000.

Essay contest focuses on Constitution

Junior and senior high school students who are U.S. citizens or legal aliens are eligible to enter the National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution George S. and Stella M. Knight Essay Contest, sponsored locally by the Alaska Society of the Sons of the American Revolution. A $7,500 first prize will be awarded in Louisville, Ky., to the national winner. The winner of the Alaska contest will receive a $600 prize.

The topic is "The U.S. Constitution: Does It Stand the Test of Time?" The entry deadline is Dec. 30.

For rules and more information, send a business-size, stamped and self-addressed envelope to the Alaska Knight Essay Contest Chairman at P.O. Box 201, Valdez, AK 99686-0201, see www.sar.org/akssar or e-mail rwhite@alaska.net.

Register soon for college board tests

The registration deadline for the next Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is Friday. The late registration deadline is Jan. 3, with a late fee attached. The ACT registration deadline is Jan. 5.

For more information, call a school counselor.

School board seeks new member

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education is seeking applications from citizens interested in filling the seat on the school board vacated by Mike Chenault's election to the Legislature.

Board member responsibilities include:

Attending all meetings;

Studying all materials presented with the agenda prior to attending the meeting;

Participating in the discussion of any items which come before the board;

Voting on all motions and resolutions, abstaining only for compelling reasons; and

Being prepared and willing to devote a sufficient amount of time to the study of the issues of education in the district, the state and the nation.

Any applicant must be a qualified voter of the state of Alaska and a resident of the Kenai Peninsula for 180 days preceding the appointment.

The appointment will begin Jan. 22 and continue through the October 2002 election.

Applications must be received by Dec. 29 at 4 p.m. and are available at the school district office at the Borough Building, from the district Web site at www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us or by mail from: Kenai Peninsula Borough School District; 148 N. Binkley; Soldotna, AK 99669. For more information, call 262-5846.



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