News Release Soldotna, January 29, 2018—Do you understand how the KPBSD school district budget will affect what KPBSD can offer in schools to educate our youth? If you wonder about what you can do, or what might change in the 2018-2019 school year, you’re invited to join a KPBSD February Facebook Live Q & A, and a budget forum in your community. Learn: planning for 2018-2019 school year, KPBSD faces a $3.3 million dollar budget deficit. Get Facts: You’re invited to participate online, or in person, to ask questions about revenue, expenses, funding, and cuts that potentially impact the classroom. Please become involved ...
►ALERT: TWO HOUR DELAY START on Tuesday, January 23, 2018, for KPBSD schools in the southern peninsula and Seward area, following an earthquake in Kodiak, and Tsunami warning. These schools will start two hours later than normal, and buses will run two hours later than normal. *note: as of 4:15 a.m. the Tsunami alert for the coastal waters of Alaska is cancelled. However, these schools will be on a two-hour delayed start: HOMER AREA: Chapman Elementary School Fireweed Academy Homer Flex School Homer High School Homer Middle School Kachemak Selo School McNeil Canyon Elementary School Nikolaevsk School Paul Banks Elementary School Razdolna School Voznesenka School West Homer Elementary School ACROSS THE WATER IN SOUTHERN PENINSULA: Nanwalek ...
Two KPBSD Distance Learning Students have been invited to represent Alaska in the National Microsoft Championships! Most of us on the Kenai Peninsula will never make it to the Olympics. But for our KPBSD students that are enrolled in a Distance Computer Applications course, there’s another kind of world championship up for grabs. Caitlin Painter, 11th grader at Ninilchik School, and Ethan Bott, 12th grader at Soldotna High School, who because of their exceptionally high scores in their Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) Certification exams, have both been named Alaska’s Champion and selected to compete in Certiport’s 2018 Microsoft Office Specialist U.S. National ...
“What does Personalized Learning (PL) look like in the classroom?” is quizzed back and forth in education circles, and students and parents even wonder and ask questions! Every teacher, group of students, and scenario is unique, and personalized learning is adaptive. To offer a look into the practices of PL, meet Mrs. Amy Angleton, a KPBSD English and Language Arts teacher at Skyview Middle School in Soldotna, Alaska. Every day of the week offers something unique for the students, and Amy takes the weekly schedule for her classes and creates a consistent rotation schedule for the students. On Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, ...
News Release Developmental Screenings for newborns to age five in Seward and Soldotna areas Empowering all learners, starting with newborns! Soldotna, January 12, 2018—Free opportunity for a screening to learn a child’s early development, motor skills, speech, early learning concepts, vision, and hearing for children ranging from newborn to age five (not yet in kindergarten) are offered this month. Children will be seen by appointment only, and appointments are free. Opportunity! Child Find Developmental Screenings Seward and Moose Pass Friday, January 19, 2018 Seward Community Library 239 6th Ave. Seward, Alaska 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. *By appointment only - call PJ at 907-422-1053 to schedule an appointment or ...
You’re invited to a Facebook LIVE Q & A with KPBSD Superintendent Sean Dusek Tuesday, January 23, 2018 7:00 – 7:30 p.m. How-to watch: It’s simple. Go to the KPBSD Facebook page on 1/23/18, at 7:00 PM, via your device or computer, and connect! You’ll see that KPBSD is live – click to view. How-to ask questions or share thoughts: Post your questions ahead of time on the Facebook event page, or live during the event in a comment on the live video. How Facebook LIVE Q&A works: KPBSD launches Facebook LIVE video, viewers click to view, and see content live in real time. Viewers type comments into the feed below ...
Four key areas define the KPBSD five year strategic plan. In this two minute video, Superintendent Sean Dusek explains how Responsive is a core element: https://youtu.be/pb7MgS7oR-M Learn more about the KPBSD 2017 – 2022 Strategic Plan Video text Hello! This is Sean Dusek and today we are going to examine what Responsiveness means in KPBSD. As you know, we are working hard to refine our instructional approach for each student in our schools. With that being said, our foundational philosophy is still centered on the concept of a strong, positive relationship between every teacher and each of their students. In order to strengthen this foundation, our teachers believe ...
“I'm very big on giving students as much choice as possible in their middle school years," said Laura Niemczyk, Nikiski Middle-High School teacher. "I am also very big on turning kids into lifelong readers. With those two objectives in mind, I issued the 25 book challenge to my seventh graders this year. This is not a new idea—it comes from a modified version of Donalyn Miller “Book Whisperer” 40 book challenge. I was tired of fighting struggling readers on reading logs, fluent readers who hated reading after having done years of reading logs, and students who would tell me that they didn't ...
School Band and Orchestra SBO 20th Annual “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” in 2017! Audra Faris, Nikiski North Star Elementary music teacher, represents Alaska! “I feel quite honored and totally undeserving of this award. Somewhere, some kind soul nominated me for this modern band award. I am thankful that someone noticed I was doing modern band. It is not nearly as popular as concert band is in elementary schools. In fact, I think I am the only modern band teacher for elementary level in our district. But the kiddos love it! Our “rock band” is very successful. Kids get to play ...
“Singing in a small choir group this year was the best decision I have made! It was my way of relaxing after a long day of school. I became closer with some of the girls I barely knew. When we had a chance to sing carols at the senior center, I refused to pass this up! Even though I am glad we no longer have the pressure of performing in front of our school for a grade, I miss singing in front of a crowd. We practice two days a week during our advisory singing our hearts out. The senior ...
KPBSD measures student and organizational success with multiple Key Performance Indicators (KPIs).
Superintendent Sean Dusek explains in short two minute video:
Hello! Sean Dusek here with you again today to continue our discussion on the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Strategic Plan.
The focus of this video is on what our district measures to determine organization success. We call these measures Key Performance Indicators. With such a diverse school district we monitor a wide range of data points that are meaningful to not only the district, but to local communities.
First, we monitor academic performance very closely at all grade levels. This includes how students perform in relation to the Alaska State Standards. Most of these measures are classroom based and our teachers use a wide variety of assessments to ensure students are growing on a daily basis.
Attendance is a very important indicator we monitor as we have seen that students who are at school more than 90% of the time perform at a high level in school. While this seems intuitive, we have many students who struggle to get to school for a lot of different reasons and we do our best to support families to be in school every day with a positive and safe learning environment.
Another area that we monitor is a student’s participation in school and the community. Research has shown that school and community connection provides additional supports for a student as they go through a wide variety of experiences. We call these wrap around services to provide safety nets to promote student resilience, work ethic and empathy. These characteristics are highly valued by employers as they are looking for people who can work with others, overcome challenges, be optimistic and think.
We have several other indicators we monitor and I encourage you to take a look at our district dashboard on our website for more information. All of the indicators we currently have are grounded in research and give us a snapshot of how our district, schools and even individual students are doing throughout a school year. We will provide updates on progress with these indicators periodically and utilize the information to make adjustments to better meet the needs of our students.
Programs are at school location unless otherwise noted. Also, some schools have more than one program, and so the location may vary by date.
Soldotna, December 5, 2017—The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Title VI Advisory Committee will hold a public meeting on Wednesday, December 6, 2017.
The Title VI Committee is comprised of parents and guardians of Title VI students who have been appointed by school site councils. Interested tribal elders, community members, students and parents are encouraged to participate.
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Borough Assembly Chambers, Borough Administration Building
144 North Binkley Street, Soldotna, Alaska 99669
KPBSD Title VI Advisory Committee is a requirement of the federal government to receive Title VI funds and assists KPBSD in setting the priorities to meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of Alaska Native and Native American student population. The KPBSD Title VI Advisory Committee will also consider and make recommendations as to programs, projects, or other efforts specifically aimed at encouraging or assisting Alaska Native and Native American students to stay in school and pursue further education.
Contact: Conrad Woodhead, KPBSD Native Education Coordinator, at email@example.com. Questions? Please call 907-235-8671.
KPBSD’s second Upstream Academy in October expanded to include students from both Title VI and Migrant Education–this brought a new dynamic and an element of cultural diversity and sharing to the academy! Students from Kachemak-Selo joined other migrant students from Homer, Soldotna, and Sterling and were able to share their lifestyle and culture with our Title VI students to the benefit of everyone.
Students were able to design their own obstacle courses for their drones, then code their drones on an aerial pathway through the course. Students could choose the difficulty for the courses and often had to rework the courses as they coded along. In addition, student’s problem solved issues facing drone technology and sought to understand how the current technology could be improved upon. This led to creative designs for future technology.
The success of Upstream Academy in part goes to the amazing community partners who help put together a week of STEM-based activities. The Alaska State Troopers came with their armored Bear Cat and demonstrated how the current technology in law enforcement keeps all of us safe. Students were even able to check for speeders in the Kenai Spur Highway using the Trooper radar equipment and drive their SWAT team robots. The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge Rangers taught students how they collect evidence in the field and how to read topography maps with their high-tech sand table.
Students enjoyed a visit to the Kenai Peninsula College where they learned about dorm life “ResLife”, and the welding, paramedics, and process technology departments. Dr. Nels Anderson even taught students how to start their own fires in the wilderness, using what they have on hand. The Kenaitze Tribe’s Yaghanen Youth Center provided a great afternoon learning about and participating in Native Youth Olympics.
“This week was so inspiring because I saw students who came in very shy and timid, but by the end of the week, these were the very kids that were helping other students troubleshoot their drones. It was an amazing transformation to see! This academy brought many kids out of their shells and they really seemed to have a sense of belonging and purpose.” –Kristin Jones, Lead Interventionist, Skyview Middle School
Story contributed by Rachel Pioch, KPBSD Migrant Recruiter, Skyview Middle School Title VI Tutor, Native Youth Leaders Advisor
It’s simple. Go to the KPBSD Facebook page on 11/14/17, at 7:00 PM, via your device or computer, and connect! You’ll see that KPBSD is live – click to view.
Post your questions ahead of time on the Facebook event page, or live during the event in a comment on the live video.
Everyone is invited to tune in – KPBSD parents and students, staff, community members, KPBSD partners, and KPBSD Key Communicators. Afterwards, the Q&A will be saved as a video to review at your convenience.
This Facebook live event is the first in a series to expand the KPBSD Key Communicator program, engaging our people and publics with conversation, and offering accurate stories, information, and responses to questions about the KPBSD. Please join in, and offer your thoughts and ideas.
You don’t need a Facebook account to watch live.
Contact Pegge Erkeneff, KPBSD Communications Liaison, communications@KPBSD.org. Or private message Kenai Peninsula Borough School District on Facebook.
Chris Mburu, international human rights lawyer currently serving with the United Nations as a Senior Human Rights Advisor, is visiting Kenai, Ninilchik, Port Graham, and Razdolna schools, November 16 and 17, 2017. Originally from a small village in Kenya, Mburu benefitted from the generosity of a holocaust survivor named Hilde Back who sponsored his education. Thanks to her philanthropy, he successfully completed secondary school, went on to college at the University of Nairobi and Harvard Law School. He continues in this philanthropic vein through an education fund he began in her name. The Emmy nominated film, A Small Act, tells this story. For the last 20 years, he has worked extensively in the areas of human rights, governance, democracy, rule of law, transitional justice, peacekeeping, and conflict resolution. Joining Chris Mburu will be Kimani Nyambura, a young man who benefitted from the Hilde Back Education Fund, and is now attending college at Washington State University in Richland, Washington, USA.
KPBSD families and the community are invited to meet Chris Mburu and be inspired by his story. Bonus: in Kenai on November 16, everyone will also view the Emmy-nominated documentary, A Small Act, which shares his powerful story. Mburu is committed to justice in action and education as a human right.
Chris Mburu and Kimani Nyambura will speak to students and community members at the school from 9:45 – 10:30 a.m. The morning will culminate when the cross-country team runs through the village wearing Education is a Human Right t-shirts from 10:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Join Chris Mburu and Kimani Nyambura for a reception and hear them speak from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m., followed by a film screening of Emmy-nominated documentary, A Small Act. Everyone is welcome! Free.
Chris Mburu and Kimani Nyambura will visit Ninilchik School to speak. This is open to 7th – 12th grade students, parents, and community members.
Chris Mburu and Kimani Nyambura will visit Razdolna School to speak. Everyone is welcome.
Education is a human right, and small gestures of kindness and giving can change individuals, families, communities, societies, and the world at large.
Thank you to Project GRAD Kenai Peninsula for sponsoring Chris Mburu to the Kenai Peninsula.
Questions? Contact Jane Beck; Executive Director Project GRAD Kenai Peninsula
About Chris Mburu
An international human rights lawyer currently serving with the United Nations as a Senior Human Rights Advisor. He graduated with a Master’s degree in law from Harvard Law School, where he had focused primarily on international human rights. For the last 20 years, he has worked extensively in the areas of human rights, governance, democracy, rule of law, transitional justice, peacekeeping and conflict resolution; he has served in many countries including USA, Switzerland, Democratic Republic of Congo, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Uganda, South Africa, Burundi, Ethiopia, Cuba, Rwanda, Kenya and Eritrea, mainly with the UN. He also served as Senior Advisor and later Acting Director for the UN Regional Center for Human Rights and Democracy in Yaoundé, Cameroon. Outside of the UN, Chris has served as an expert with leading human rights organizations and policy think-tanks, including Global Rights, the International Crisis Group and Amnesty International.
Outside of his professional work, Chris founded a charitable organization in Kenya in 2001 which he named “The Hilde Back Education Fund” (www.hildebackeducationfund.com) in honor of a Swedish woman called Hilde Back, a Jewish holocaust survivor who sponsored his education when he was a poor needy child growing up in rural Kenya. The story of Hilde and Chris became became the subject of an Emmy-nominated Hollywood documentary film called “A Small Act” (www.asmallact.com), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2010 and went on to win several awards. Chris’ charity has supported the education of hundreds of poor children and inspired the creation of “small act” initiatives in different countries.
“I witnessed an amazing act on Friday, November 3, 2017.”
-Steve Nevak, assistant coach, Homer High Mariner hockey
“When Homer High School students, Charlie Menke, Douglas Dean, Tucker, and little brother Phinny Weston walked over to Qdoba for dinner after our hockey game against Bartlett they found an inebriated homeless man bleeding profusely on the sidewalk. They guided him to Qdoba and got help, and called Head Coach Chance Rockett to inform him of the situation. I left immediately to the scene.
On the way over I noticed large piles of blood on the sidewalk and parking lot. After the fact, kids that went to Fred Meyers mentioned they followed a heavy stream of blood all the way out of Fred Meyer. When I arrived, Charlie was dressing his wounds with bandages and gloves from the Qdoba manager, while Tucker was on the phone with 911. We got the man bandaged, settled down, and I started conversation with him. He mentioned he was robbed at Fred Meyer and stumbled to where the kids found him. He mentioned he was feeling woozy from the loss of blood and the amount of pain he was in. We kept him talking and alert until EMS arrived. I told the kids how proud I was of them.
I worked a long time at the Alaska Native Medical Center with people such as this man. People with this horrible addiction, are still just that … people. The kids didn’t scoff, snicker, or walk past like so many in our society would have. Charlie later mentioned he was amazed by the looks he was receiving from kids his own age that walked by into the restaurant, as if they were wondering why these kids with Homer jackets on were helping this bleeding, inebriated Alaska native man. With how cold it was, how inebriated this man was, and how much he was bleeding, I can’t imagine he would have survived if he wasn’t found.
What a great example these kids have set for the future of our community. I am a proud Homer Mariner coach, Homer Mariner dad, and Alaska Native man. I really want to highlight and thank these four great kids.”
High school students from all points in the district arrived at host site, Soldotna High School, to explore future options during the eighth annual Kenai Peninsula College Fair on October 17, 2017. KPBSD junior and senior high school students arrived armed with questions, curiosity, and support from their school counselors. Students from local homeschooling programs and private schools were invited to come as well. Representatives from KPBSD and KPC assisted answering financial aid questions and giving scholarship information.
Living in Alaska, along with the cost of travel, can often make college visits difficult for prospective college students. The KPBSD College and Career Fair brings students together with college and career and technical institutional representatives to meet face-to-face in one convenient location.
“This year’s college fair was a high quality event for students and college representatives alike. With more than 50 colleges, trade schools, armed forces, and universities from around the state and nation in attendance, the 500 plus students who attended had the opportunity to personally meet with the schools and recruiters to talk about admission requirements and get a feel about what campus life at each of those schools is like,” said John Pothast, Director of Elementary and Secondary Education. “This is an invaluable opportunity for our students to explore a variety of options for their post-high school futures.”
Alaska Career College; Alaska Christian College; Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education (ACPE); Alaska Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Peninsula Job Center; Alaska Pacific University; Alaska State Troopers; APICC (Alaska Process Industry Careers Consortium); Augsburg College; AVTEC; Boise State University; Central Washington University; Chadron State College; College of Fisheries and Ocean Science – UAF; College Saint Benedict-Saint John’s University; Colorado Mesa University; Colorado State University; Corban University; Eastern Washington University; Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University; Fort Lewis College; Gonzaga University; Grand Canyon University; Idaho State University; Kenai Peninsula College; Leading Edge Aviation; Lewis-Clark State College; Linfield College; Northern Arizona University; Pacific Lutheran University; Presentation College; Saint Martin’s University; Southern Oregon University; Southwestern Oregon Community College; The College of Idaho; The Moody Bible Institute – Spokane; UAA College of Engineering; United States Army; United States Military Academy; Universal Technical Institute; University of Alaska Anchorage; University of Alaska Fairbanks; University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Engineering and Mines; University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau campus); University of Alaska Southeast Sitka; University of Idaho; University of Montana; University of Montana Western; University of Oregon; University of Portland; University of Puget Sound; Washington State University; Washington State University Tri-Cities; Weber State University; Western Washington University; Whitman College; Whitworth University; and Willamette University.
“We are excited to have so many post-secondary institutions visiting our district to meet with our students,” said Sean Dusek, Superintendent. “This partnership allows our students to explore their college and career aspirations in a convenient and safe location. This is due to the large number of students in our district that are qualified for post-secondary education.”
Thank you to the organizers, institutions, and counselors who make this annual event possible for KPBSD students.
Tebughna School middle and high school students are participating in a Native American unit of study, where they read Native American themed novels, write Native American folk tales, and practice picture-writing. Students are studying Native American geographical regions, and researching famous Native Americans. In science, students are using STEAM* engineering challenges to create the various types of housing used, such as teepee, long house, adobe, and wigwams. Students learned how to make fry break “aladies”, dissected salmon, learned bear safety, and heard about Tyonek history from Katherine Chickalusion (elder niece of Chief Chickalusion). Students are practicing singing and drumming, beading, making spears, and painting using traditional ochre.
Thank you to Monty Rogers for teaching Tebughna student’s traditional skills!
The tradition continues! K-Beach Elementary participates in their annual Great Caribou Migration in early fall. Proudly donning their bright red t-shirts to record laps, the students stormed the field to support the PTO and school. This yearly event has become a tradition in which students, staff, parents and community members share in exercise, teamwork and school pride. Through diligence and perseverance, students worked together to walk, jog, or run over a thousand miles in a 45-minute time slot!