2015-2016 School Year #MakeItGolden!

Question to KPBSD principals while preparing for this new school year:

What’s golden in your school? What stories are happening with your staff, students, and community that no one might know about? Take a sticky note, and write down one or two things you celebrate about your school.

The stories are golden, and you’ll be hearing more in this new year. Meanwhile, here are some teasers!

  • “Seven to twelve graduates off to college this fall, boot camp to transition to new year!” - River City Academy
  • “Students putting education to work, community service, job shadowing.” - Susan B. English
  • “PBIS has a 98% implementation rate for K-12.” – Ninilchik School
  • “Amazing parent involvement core, the school space is twenty-first century, well lit and comfortable.” - Seward Middle and Moose Pass
  • “ConnectEd initiative is happening!” - Nanwalek
  • “Success of the Sugt’stun program” - Port Graham
  • “Last spring we held our school’s largest fundraiser. In a school struggling with parent involvement, it was incredible to see all the parents who showed up to volunteer.” - Voznesenka
  • “CTE classes and graduating students” - Hope
  • “Mini courses!” - Kenai Middle School
  • “Graduates coming back to Homer, former student buying a fishing boat—crew is two classmates” - Fireweed Academy
  • “Last year, during a Homer newspaper interview, I stated we operate as a family. The reporter also interviewed students for the same article, and students also reported that the school is “like a big family.” It was very nice to know that students see and feel the same.” – Nikolaevsk School
  • “Set up a format by which medically fragile, homebound student could skype into the classroom and be a part of our school. After school events with families.” - K-Beach Elementary
  • “Improved academic success and reduced discipline rates due to Prep model.” - Soldotna Prep
  • “PBIS both in school and community, Tier 2 now implemented to reach the needs of all students.” - Redoubt Elementary
  • “Follow up on our Gates Millennium Scholarship winner from 2014-2015, and how we are prepping current students for big, national scholarships. Intensive Needs program.” - Nikiski Middle-High School
  • “Service learning, National Merit Scholars, student leadership.” - Homer High School
  • “Academic success, football team, AP Classes, after school opportunities.” – Soldotna High School
  • “Volunteers and our breakfast crew!” – Kenai Alternative School
  • “Community members engaging the legislature, Department of Education moving on a new school.” - Kachemak Selo
  •  “Four graduates last year and construction academy built two sheds.” – Razdolna
  • “Student Council and Senior Civics Projects with people in need.” - Kenai Central High School
  • “Five new teachers, who are among the best from the field of education from nearly 100 applicants from over several states, we found these awesome teachers. PBIS. Students designed their own pencil holders & printed them with a 3-D printer. Potato Fest.” - West Homer Elementary
  • “Project Aware, and counselor at Homer Flex funded by state grant.” - Homer Flex
  • “First ever summer reading program!” - Sterling Elementary
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  • “There were six special education 18 year old students who applied to Project Search and are going!”
  • "Group of fifth grade students compacting math so they are ready to take algebra as eighth graders.” - Nikiski North Star Elementary
  • “Families and staff came together over the summer to work on two school projects: paint the USA on playground, and school yard habitat.” - Seward Elementary
  • “Two teams to International Future Problem Solving competition.” - Aurora Borealis
  • “Our Exploratory Program, CTE, art, and music classes.” - Skyview Middle
  • “Hybrid High is working! Graduation rate is up, community partnerships are up,  college credits earned are up!” - Seward High
  • “Involvement! Grandparents who had their own children go to McNeil and now are volunteering in programs that support our students.” - McNeil Canyon
  • “The Camelot of KPBSD, strongest knights (teachers). Positive, personable environment. Successful students. All taking a risk and developing an enrichment model for all students.” – Tustumena Elementary
  • “Our third and fourth grade classes developed a partnership with a new elderly residence, Chari’s Place. This has been life changing for both our students and for the residents of Chari’s Place. Students eagerly look forward to seeing their new friends again this fall.” - Kaleidoscope School of Arts and Science
  • “Garden and raised bed project in sync with Schoolyard Habitat Project. Community outreach. Helping others locally and globally.” - Soldotna Montessori
  • “Successes and celebrations!” - Chapman
  • “Teacher made resources for curriculum, middle school science!” - Curriculum and Assessment
  • “1,200 new computers placed this summer by 10 of our students or summer students.” - Information Services
  • “Partnership with Community Senior Center.”
  • “We successfully transition many troubled youth back to their home-schools from behavior programs every year.”
  • “Opportunities for our students to be celebrated and give them a moment to shine at what they are good at!”
  • “School website communications eventually moving to Facebook – this will also include newspaper, radio, reader board, and newsletter.”
  • “Staff created a Response to Conflict behavior model and it was used by 70% of responding parents at home!”
  • “Every year teachers find more value in our Professional Development coaches.”
  • “Student success, college sports signing, Colors of Homer.” – Homer High School
  • “Personally out in the community with our stakeholders. The parade! Senior center, Veteran’s Day celebration, chamber awards.”
  • “Rise in attendance rate!”
  • “Renovations, and master schedule created music for all students!” – Homer Middle School
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