School News

Posted: Wednesday, December 20, 2000

North Star Elementary

The school would like to introduce the Schoolpop Shopping Buddy, a shopping assistant to turn more of your online shopping into funds for North Star Elementary School. When you download Schoolpop Shopping Buddy, it will sit on your computer screen ensuring that you never miss another opportunity to earn a rebate for your school. Download Shopping Buddy before Feb. 14 and earn $1 for your school. The offer is limited to one rebate per customer. Find it on the web at The Shopping Buddy automatically can activate a rebate for purchases through a Schoolpop merchant, even when you forget to shop through the Schoolpop mall. A green or red rebate light tells if you are shopping with a Schoolpop merchant. Easy drop-down menus will guide you to Schoolpop merchants who offer similar items and a rebate for your school.

Remember to tell children the importance of standing off the road as they wait for the school bus. The school received a report from a sand truck driver that a group of children didn't move off the road as he was dropping sand. This is a serious safety issue that needs to be discussed.

Soldotna Elementary

The Soldotna PTA met and evaluated its first Fun Fest for students. Student evaluations were very positive, and the PTA plans to have another Fun Fest for Soldotna Elementary students in the next school quarter. If you want to volunteer your time, contact Marti Shirley, PTA president, through the school. Becky VanDeHey will be chairperson for the next Fun Fest.

The geography bee will be in January for students in fourth through sixth grade. These students can study their geography facts during the holiday vacation. Teacher Nancy Courtright is in charge of the bee, sponsored by the National Geographic Society. Local winners can go on to state and national competition.

Tustumena Elementary

Thanks to those who contributed to the annual food drive, Tustumena Elementary delivered 562 pounds of nonperishable food items to The Salvation Army on Dec. 14. The exceptionally large donation will go a long way toward assisting needy families this winter.

The Tustumena PTO donated $500 toward the cost of backboard supports during their meeting Dec. 12. The supports have been ordered with the hope that this much needed improvement can be completed this winter.

Alex Cox won the school's geography bee on Dec. 8. Taylor Karnikis and Keith Clancy provided stiff competition. Others participating were as follows: Madison Abbott, Leslie Meyer, Colin Murray and Michael Moerlein from grade four, and Kevin Culhane, Robert Herr and Steven Roberts from grade five. Students will compete for the state's title April 6.

Safety Seal visited the kindergarten through second grade. The staff thanks Safety Seal and Mrs. Fellman for presenting information on winter and safe play, and Mrs. Culhane for her assistance in getting Safety Seal ready.

The Skyview health class, directed by Mr. Terrill, presented a wonderful health fair with 15 stations of various topics presented.

Kenai Central High School

The school thanks everyone who brought gifts for the angel tree and shared the holiday spirit with others.

Join the KCHS yearbook fund-raiser by logging onto the Internet at Click the "Josten's High School Fund-raiser" link and register under the Kenai Central High School link. This free registration will provide the KCHS yearbook with credit to keep the costs to a minimum. It is free. The yearbook class gets credit for everyone who registers, so register the entire family.

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

Seniors needing financial aid to attend college or vocational school next year, should pick up a Free Application for Federal Student Aid in the counseling office. FAFSA's should be completed and sent as soon after Jan. 1 as possible.

Student and parent financial aid links can be found at the school's Web site at Follow the link on the left entitled, "Web Links" to the "College Resources" row. The link leads to a document created by counselor Jon Lillevik and contains links to valuable college financial-planning Web sites.

Check out the calendar portion of the school Web page for upcoming events at the school.

Nikiski Middle-Senior High School

The price of yearbook has risen to $50. A personalized cover is $55.

The site council will meet Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.

The chamber choir performed Friday at the National Bank of Alaska. They performed seasonal favorites for the bank's customers' enjoyment.

The Nikiski Drama Debate Forensics team traveled to Dimond High School on Dec. 8 and 9. Congratulations to Anna Floyd, Aurora Zinck, Ramona Baker and Tom Lassen who placed fourth in the cross examination debate. In speaker points in the cross examination, Aurora Zinck placed sixth, Tom Lassen placed third, and Breanna Butler placed eighth. Aurora Zinck placed third in the foreign extemporaneous; Claudius Weykonath placed first in dramatic interpretation; Niki Collier placed third in solo acting; Claudius Weykonath placed first in pantomime; the readers theater team of Tom Lassen, Ramona Baker, Anna Floyd, Nicki McGrew, Anthony Cole took second place; and Jaine Kuehn, Nigel Penhale, Louis Oliva and Niki Collier took third place.

Ninilchik School

Ninilchik's annual alumni basketball games will be Dec. 28. Girls start at 6:30 p.m. and boys at 8 p.m.

The volleyball girls are asked to turn in their uniforms and jackets if not purchased. Any girls who still have sponsor money out need to turn it in to Mrs. Link.

The first-place winners of the science fair are Cody Presley, fourth grade; Leslie McCombs, fifth; Noah McWilliams, sixth; Kendra Moerlein and Katie Rae, seventh (tied); Kit Hall, Patrick Tilbury and Tony Espe, eighth (tied); Katie Moerlein and Amanda Matson ninth (tied); and Victoria Florey, high school.

Cook Inlet Academy

The "Plane Truth About Christmas" program played to a packed house Dec. 11. In the play, travelers entertained others stranded in an airport with the Christmas story. The plain truth, they told with exuberant singing, is that even if your plane is grounded and you miss the party, you can't miss Christmas because it happened 2000 years ago. God's gift to us is Jesus.

Miss Knutson, sixth-grade teacher, was a big hit with her rapping wrapping song. The preschoolers projected loud and clear, and the sixth-grade drama and first- through fifth-grade music classes proclaimed the message beautifully. Soloists were Chuck Kopp, Brooke Forsi, Holly Kopp, Amanda Casteel, Tina McGahan, Jessica McNutt, Lauren Bauder, Ivy O'Guinn, Sadie Arneson, Amie Smithwick, Kiana Beddow, Chelsea Magee, Khelby Kennedy, Janine Ray, Kelsey White, Garyn Munn, Scott Litchfield, Ryan Doyle, Eric Bell, Robbie Smithwick, Dalton Johnson, Hilary Domke, Linnea Powers and Kelsey Brush.

Miss Tatiana, Kathy Zufelt and Deanna Kashman directed, while Justin Franchino managed the lighting.

Angie Lyons will replace Annette Smith, kindergarten teacher, who will move to Macedonia to teach English and church planting.

Students of the Week were Emily Thornton, Adam O'Guinn, Aaron Julien, Holly Kopp, Megan Bauder, Hayley Gename, Owen Philips and Miranda Beller.

Alumni Night will be Dec. 27 at 6 p.m.

Wings Christian Academy

The staff would like to thank Alaska Great Skate for supporting the school. Students and adults always have fun and appreciate the help.

Kindergartners made special projects to give as a gifts. Everyone did a marvelous job on their Christmas poem and songs last week.

Girls' and boys' high school basketball has begun. There will be practice during Christmas break. Boys need to see coach Mick and girls should see coach Karen.

School finishes Friday and will resume after break Jan. 8.

Naomi Pettey and Jessica Boutwell had the cleanest desks last week.

Soldotna Cooperative Preschool

The Super Preschooler of the Week was Kierstyn. The children decorated and practiced for days for a party the last day before break, and the result was wonderful. To see the delight in their eyes when giving a gift really shows the true meaning of the holiday season.

The children were looking forward to returning to school even before the break began. They will work on transportation.

A new class will start Monday and Wednesday afternoons for children from 3 to 5 years old. The school would love to have some new faces. For more information, call Evelyn at 262-1298 or Susan at 262-4102.

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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