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District Highlights: 2016-17


  • RAMP it up! Natalie Kant blazes a trail for Alaska school counselors to follow
    Posted On: Thursday, June 22, 2017 5:29 AM
    “Skyview Middle School is the first school in Alaska to be designated with national Recognized ASCA Model Program (RAMP) recognition,” said Natalie Kant, Skyview Middle School counselor. This year 104 schools from 27 states will receive this designation."
  • Upstream Academy Buzz
    Posted On: Thursday, June 22, 2017 5:19 AM
    One nonstop week, 34 KPBSD students, community volunteers and instructors make a definite buzz in Upstream Academy, a STEM camp for Title VI middle school students!
  • Jeanne Duhan Golden Apple
    Posted On: Thursday, June 08, 2017 8:39 AM
    Mrs. Jeanne Duhan is an outstanding music educator, a tireless advocate for children, and a kind person. In the past five years at K-Beach Elementary School, Mrs. Duhan has gone above and beyond expectations to meet the unique needs of her students.
  • Kenai River Spring Cleanup
    Posted On: Thursday, May 25, 2017 11:25 AM
    The weather cooperated with the 4th Annual Kenai River Spring Cleanup, students scoured the river and campgrounds, and logged in a total of 3,055 pounds of debris and trash. And that’s a lot considering how light fishing line is!
  • Class of 2017
    Posted On: Thursday, May 25, 2017 10:12 AM
    “Congratulations to the class of 2017! I’m very proud to send another high caliber group of young people into their future. I wish all of our graduates the best and look forward to seeing the positive difference they will make in the world!” –Superintendent Sean Dusek
  • KPBSD appreciates dedicated staff who will depart this year
    Posted On: Sunday, May 21, 2017 8:26 AM
    “This is a bittersweet time of year with our staff. It is a time to celebrate the successes and growth we've all experienced throughout the district. It is also a time for transition. We are losing some excellent educators and support staff, and while it is sad they are leaving the district, it is also a time to be thankful for their contributions and also wish them well on their next adventure. So, thanks and best of luck goes to all our retirees and staff moving on to other adventures. You will be missed!” – Sean Dusek, Superintendent
  • 2017 Kenai BP Teachers of Excellence
    Posted On: Friday, May 05, 2017 10:18 AM
    KPBSD celebrates Stephanie Cronin, 2017 Kenai BP Teacher of the Year, our five BP Teachers of Excellence, and new this year, the BP Educational Ally award recipient.
  • 2017 Caring for the Kenai Competition
    Posted On: Friday, April 28, 2017 5:31 AM
    When Caring for the Kenai stepped into its twenty-seventh year, a new super hero was created by Soldotna Prep freshman Anya Hondel, and “Captain Conservation” took first place honors and a $1,600 cash award in the annual environmental and natural disaster preparedness contest.
  • Forensics competition showcases KPBSD talent!
    Posted On: Friday, March 24, 2017 1:50 PM
    “What is Forensics?” We are not talking about science or crime lab stuff like you see on CSI— this kind of forensics has to do with public speaking, oration and debate.
  • Connect and Compete! KPBSD Battle of the Book 2017
    Posted On: Saturday, March 18, 2017 6:58 PM
    Neither rain, nor snow, nor sleet, nor hail shall keep KPBSD Battle of the Books team members from answering this question, “In what book?”
  • Spring Break 2017 - No School!
    Posted On: Thursday, March 09, 2017 5:05 AM
    Spring Break - No School! March 17-23, 2017*
  • #Golden Apple Award: Stephanie Young
    Posted On: Wednesday, March 08, 2017 5:13 AM
    “Miss Stephanie” Young is an exemplary community partner at Paul Banks Elementary School in Homer, Alaska.
  • #Golden Apple Award: Laura Johnson
    Posted On: Friday, February 17, 2017 1:34 PM
    The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education is proud to recognize Ms. Laura Johnson for her dedication to the students of the school district, past, present, and future.
  • BP Teachers of Excellence
    Posted On: Saturday, January 28, 2017 11:54 AM
    Each year the BP (Alaska) Teachers of Excellence program recognizes the outstanding efforts of educators.
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Choices
    Posted On: Thursday, January 26, 2017 2:59 PM
    Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Choices: Parents and schools share equally valuable roles in education. Parents and guardians are more than volunteers; they are part of a school's learning community.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
    Posted On: Friday, January 13, 2017 8:04 PM
    Monday, January 16, 2017, is Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday - no school for students or staff. Note: the Board of Education will hold a regular monthly meeting on Monday, January 16, beginning at 6:00 PM, with worksessions throughout the day. The schedule can be found at www.KPBSD.org.
  • Rob Sparks: Alaska Studies Educator of the Year
    Posted On: Thursday, December 22, 2016 4:29 AM
    The Alaska Humanities Forum and the Alaska State Council on the Arts announce Rob Sparks, Soldotna Prep, is the 2017 Governor’s Awards for the Arts and Humanities, Alaska Studies Educator of the Year!
  • KPBSD Winter Vacation
    Posted On: Wednesday, December 21, 2016 4:25 AM
    "Happy Holidays to all! We have come to the end of another semester and will be welcoming in a New Year soon. This is the time of year to look back and smile on what we have accomplished over the course of 2016 and look forward to all of the wonderful possibilities of 2017. As we get ready for the second semester please enjoy a relaxing and safe winter break. I look forward to seeing all of you in January as we work together for our district in 2017." - Sean Dusek, superintendent
  • Sara Moore, AKSCA 2016 Advocate of the Year
    Posted On: Monday, December 19, 2016 5:39 AM
    Alaska School Counselor Association’s 2016 Advocate of the Year Award goes to KPBSD Sara Moore!
  • State Championship of Teaching!
    Posted On: Wednesday, December 07, 2016 1:59 PM
    2017 Alaska Teacher of the Year plus the Alternate Teacher of the Year are #KPBSD educators!
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District December Golden Apple awards!
    Posted On: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 8:23 AM
    The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education is proud to recognize Mr. Galen Brantley and Ms. Shanette Wik for her dedication to the students of the school district, past, present, and future.
  • New for 2017: Health Care Options
    Posted On: Monday, December 05, 2016 4:06 AM
    Once a year changes to the Health Care plan can be made between November 14, 2016 and December 16, 2016. Election changes will be effective January 1, 2017
  • KPBSD Winter Concerts & Music Programs
    Posted On: Tuesday, November 29, 2016 11:03 AM
    Please treat yourself and attend a music concert or school play in December!
  • Happy Thanksgiving!
    Posted On: Monday, November 21, 2016 8:40 AM
    "Happy Thanksgiving - be safe and enjoy the break. There is a lot to be thankful for in this world and I am incredibly thankful our great students, staff and schools!" -- Sean Dusek, superintendent
  • Tsalteshi Trails Story Mapping and App Project
    Posted On: Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:30 AM
    Skyview Middle School eighth grade students in Sheilah-Margaret Pothast’s classes took to the Tsalteshi Trails to learn about GIS (Geographic Information Systems), use GPS to map a new trail, build a mobile app, and provide research for a story map now posted on the Kenai Peninsula Borough website
  • Veteran's Day
    Posted On: Friday, November 11, 2016 8:25 AM
    With respect, honor, and gratitude ... thank you to all Veterans, and everyone who serves in active duty.
  • Mind A-Mazes
    Posted On: Friday, November 04, 2016 9:05 AM
    Forty-four registered teams with close to 200 students from fourth grade through high school competed in the KPBSD annual “Mind A-Mazes” meet on Saturday, October 15, 2016, at Soldotna Prep School.
  • Teens Explore College And Career Possibilities!
    Posted On: Thursday, November 03, 2016 6:19 AM
    Over 270 students participated in the 7th annual Kenai Peninsula College Fair, October 18, 2016, held at the Soldotna High School gymnasium. Representatives from 50+ colleges, vocational and technical education schools, and dozens of counselors and staff made a commitment to providing KPBSD students with an opportunity that many may not otherwise have, and time to discuss education, career paths, and financial aid. Students and parents learned more about loans, state, and federal financial aid programs at the Financial Aid booth.
  • Alaska fiscal challenge and impact to KPBSD budget
    Posted On: Sunday, October 30, 2016 12:49 PM
    Parents, staff, students, business partners, community members, and elected officials: KPBSD needs your help so that together we can continue to meet the needs of our diverse students, identify efficiencies, and examine contingencies for decreased funding of public education.
  • Two KPBSD educators are Alaska Teacher of the Year finalists!
    Posted On: Monday, October 24, 2016 10:12 AM
    KPBSD is so proud! Two of the three finalists for the Alaska Teacher of the Year make a difference every day in our district. Join us to celebrate Stephanie Cronin, Seward High School, and James Harris, Soldotna High School, who are finalists chosen by a team of educators from the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development.
  • October #Golden Apple Awards
    Posted On: Thursday, October 06, 2016 4:49 AM
    Mrs. Julianne Super is a “super” volunteer in the classroom, with cocurricular activities, and school events. “I have the opportunity to work with many fantastic parents and community members who volunteer in our school, but one person stands out above the rest,”
  • Community Budget Meetings
    Posted On: Tuesday, October 04, 2016 5:15 AM
    “As the State of Alaska works to develop a sustainable long-term fiscal plan, our district will continue to provide the highest quality educational experience it can within that state plan. We are asking all of our stakeholders to be engaged in the budget process to help prioritize programs and services to be offered in our district...
  • KPBSD Survey
    Posted On: Monday, September 26, 2016 6:52 AM
    “Our district is committed to listen to the voices of all our constituents as we look to continuously improve and be more efficient. This survey will go a long ways toward how we will implement our instructional model in the future and provide a high quality education for all of our students. Thank you for your participation in this important opportunity for input.” –Sean Dusek, superintendent
  • September 2016 Early Release Date
    Posted On: Monday, September 12, 2016 8:01 PM

  • Cultural Exchange Institute - August 1–6, 2016
    Posted On: Friday, August 26, 2016 9:20 AM
    The Kenai Peninsula Native Youth Leaders (KPNYL) school based team of intertribal students explored “Native Pride – Blood –Phamily – Traditions – Earth” during the first Cultural Exchange Institute (CEI), held August 1-6, 2016
  • Welcome to a new KPBSD school year! #golden #KPBSDforward
    Posted On: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 8:42 AM
    Welcome back to the 2016-2017 school year! Our district is very excited to have all of our students, staff, and parents back in school. We have had a busy summer at the district office in preparation for this year. As you know, we are fully committed to prepare all of our students for their future
  • KPBSD Annual Report #golden #iAmKPBSD #innovation
    Posted On: Wednesday, August 24, 2016 7:56 AM
    Thirty two pages of stories and photos offer a glimpse into our diverse district. You’ve got options: flip through the page turning version, view the PDf online, or download it to your computer or device
  • Service Learning
    Posted On: Saturday, August 13, 2016 7:21 PM
    More than 650 students participated in the third annual Kenai River Spring Cleanup, collecting 2,965 pounds and trash and debris in a community collaboration
  • Welcome to a new KPBSD school year!
    Posted On: Thursday, July 28, 2016 5:19 PM

  • Early Release Days in the 2017-2018 School Year
    Posted On: Wednesday, September 03, 2014 8:46 AM
    Six times throughout the school year, KPBSD school days will end ninety minutes early for students, in order for teachers and instructional support staff to collaborate.
  • KPBSD Key Communicators
    Posted On: Tuesday, December 03, 2013 5:09 AM

    December 2, 2013 KPBSD is forming a network of people who are interested in our schools in order to cultivate positive relationships with the school district and our diverse communities. Key Communicators will help people in their local communities know more about KPBSD, while also assisting our school district learn and understand more about what people think, feel, and know. The concept is to promote a continuing exchange between Key Communicators and the school district. People move in the direction of their conversations, and the idea is that KPBSD Key Communicators will be kept informed through email messages, media releases, and newsletters from the KPBSD district office communications. The opportunity Create a loosely connected group of parents and citizens for two way communication and to broaden community advocates. Conversations happen every day in school parking lots, at the grocery store, via social media, and so forth. KPBSD Communicators are asked to simply read the emails and information sent from KPBSD Communications, and potentially share any misconceptions, perceptions, or concerns they hear about with KPBSD communications. If a particular issue arises, we may opt to ask brief questions, utilize an area gathering, Lync meetup, or broaden our understanding by directly contacting Key Communicators. Participation in KPBSD Key Communicators is open, with no time frame limit; an annual survey will be conducted to determine shifts needed to grow positive and effective communications. The commitment School principals will nominate 2-3 people in their school community and provide Pegge Erkeneff, communications specialist, with their name, context, connection, or position in the community, and contact information including email, address, and telephone, by November 27, 2013. Email invitations will be sent to all nominated Key Communicators no later than December 9, 2013, inviting them to consider a yes to become more informed about the school district, an advocate, and KPBSD Key Communicator. If you are interested in becoming a KPBSD Key Communicator, please email Pegge Erkeneff, communications specialist, at Communications@kpbsd.org. Action to begin this charter project  

  • Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Five Year Plan Revision
    Posted On: Thursday, February 02, 2012 2:27 PM
    “In an effort to improve our school district, we need a good plan to guide that effort. As a stakeholder in our community, you have a unique perspective that will help in the development of our new strategic plan. Your opinion will help develop areas the school district should focus on and guide which goals we should set. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey as we chart the direction of our schools for the next several years.” –Sean Dusek, Superintendent of Schools

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