Virtual Job Fair via Facebook Live is May 12, 2020

For 90 minutes on Tuesday, May 12th, tap into the Alaska Teacher Placement Virtual Job Fair (VJF) with guest Kenai Peninsula Borough School District! Join us from 3:30-5:00 PM AST, Tuesday. May 12, 2020.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Virtual Job Fair
Host (s): Kevin Downs, Student Support Services Program Coordinator and Sarge Truesdell, Principal, Skyview Middle School, and backup crew ready to respond to your questions and comments during the live stream event.
When: Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 3:30-5:00 pm AST (7:30 – 9:00 pm EDT)
Time Zone Conversion: (Click here to convert event time!)
How to Participate: ATP Facebook Page

KPBSD Hosts during the Virtual Job Fair
Kevin Downs has been an educator in Alaska for twenty-two years. The first four years were in Point Hope, Alaska, working with the North Slope Borough School District. Since then, he has continued his career working with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District going on eighteen years—six as a middle school special education teacher, and twelve as a special education program coordinator at the district level. He thoroughly enjoys his time as an educator in Alaska, and finds KPBSD to be an incredible place to work, and the Kenai Peninsula itself, to be an amazing place to raise children and grow strong roots as a family.

Sarge Truesdell has worked in the KPBSD as a teacher, coach, and administrator for twenty-two years. Nine of those years were as a middle school teacher, four as an assistant principal, and he has been a middle school principal for nine years now. Sarge says the Kenai is an amazing place to work, live, raise our family, and play.

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District is especially interested in chatting on the ATP Facebook page with teachers, counselors, and administrators about the following openings:

Valuable links:

The Facebook Live is a great opportunity to connect directly to the HR decision makers with our school district. Bring your questions, and tune into the ATP Facebook Live stream. This event will be recorded for archived viewing.
KPBSD is not able to sponsor foreign teachers for H1 or J1 visas.

“I am thrilled that you are considering employment with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District! We are located in a beautiful part of southcentral Alaska and one of the more unique and progressive districts in our great state. Our schools, ranging in size from a K-8 building of 16 to a traditional high school of 600, offer our students a strong education that prepares them for life after graduation. The 1,200 KPBSD dedicated staff members are committed to continuous improvement that embraces our strategic plan goals in academic success, organizational excellence, and community and family engagement. Should you work with us, you will be joining an exciting and successful team of top notch educators who do what it takes to help our students find success.”

–John O’Brien, Superintendent of Schools

“I will be watching live and responding to questions in the comment thread during the Facebook Live Virtual Job Fair, together with Laurie Wood, our human resources recruitment specialist. We are excited that you are interested in our school district and may potentially join our phenomenal team of educators!

Our diverse K-12 district is a leader in Alaska and at the forefront to support our teachers’ instruction—especially in this new time of remote learning. We strive, every day, to prepare our students for their future in a rigorous, relevant and responsive learning environment. Our students perform at or near the top in any standardized test required of them. They are creative thinkers and problem solvers. Our staff focus is to enhance student skills in critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity through personalized learning. This focus only happens in a culture of continuous improvement with high expectations of staff. Our school district makes a commitment to meet these high expectations through professional development for our staff, and ongoing striving to be an innovative, world class school district.

–Pegge Erkeneff, KPBSD Director of Communications, Community, and Government Relations

About the District

The Kenai Peninsula is 25,600 square miles, with 17 distinct communities, and 42 schools. You’ll find neighborhood schools, village schools, a home school program, charter schools, K-12 small schools, and a performance based school. An estimated 58,522 (2018) residents live on the Kenai Peninsula. Southcentral Alaska offers year-round outdoor adventure, mild summers, and relatively warm winters. You can live near glaciers, on salt water, rivers, or lakes. Outdoor activities are plentiful and include fishing, hunting, hiking, camping, canoeing, clamming, birding, berry picking, wildlife viewing, ice skating, sled dog mushing, and more! Art, music, native culture, sports, wildlife centers, and museums are integral parts of the diverse Kenai Peninsula communities. Local industry includes oil and gas, a vibrant medical community, commercial and sport fisheries. The climate is mild in contrast to the interior and northern Alaska. Our winters last a month or two longer than the Lower 48. December temperatures average in the mid 20’s, and our summers are brilliant, with nearly 24-hour sunlight, and a lush, green landscape.

Located south of Anchorage, nothing about the Kenai is formal or stuffy. In fact, no other destination offers such an up close and personal Alaskan experience. That’s why we are known as Alaska’s Playground! This map shows links to a detailed Google Map view of the 42 KPBSD school locations.

Important Alaska Job Search Links
Kenai Peninsula Borough School District website:
Open positions in the KPBSD

ATP Website & Applitrack Job Bank
Education job postings from all Alaska school districts!

ATP Forum – Ask Questions & Search Advice

Facebook Live Streaming Event Format
You will need a free Facebook account to actively participate in ATP’s Live Chats. Once you create that account, you can use it to log in and ask the presenters questions. Anyone can watch the video stream, and observe the chat. If you would like to ask a question or introduce yourself, it is very easy to sign into the comment or post your reactions in real time.

ATP Live Chat on Facebook

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Positive Friendships. What’s your SOS?

Positive friendships

Watch the Sources of Strength Video

Skyview Middle School: Sources of Strength mentors and trusted adults

Be social: check your camera roll and share, or take a new photo if you can practice physical distancing! #sos #SourcesofStrength #SourcesatSkyview #SOSinvite #KPBSDStrongerTogether #WhatHelpsUs #SOSmentor #FamilyStrength

Skyview Middle School, Soldotna Alaska

Trusted Mentors

Mentor Mysteries “Wanted Posters” in a Month of Mentors!

To highlight Skyview Middle School mentors, the Sources of Strength team sent students on a mystery to determine the WHO in the wanted-poster mentors for the week!

The investigation and mystery encouraged students to connect with mentors, ask them questions about their likes and interests, and find similarities between themselves and Skyview Middle School mentors. Students who could figure out all three wanted-posters each week were entered into a raffle for prizes. This was our coolest #sos campaign we did this school year!

Family Support

Many of us feel stuck in problems and it is hard to see the solution. Sometimes getting unstuck is simple when we have some strategies, techniques, or help. During Covid19 we feel like we are “stuck” at home, when really, we can and have built on the strength of our Family Support! Skyview Middle School students learned the Yarn Knot Game this year, which can really assist especially now!

Connect with Skyview Middle School on Facebook or their new Instagram
Don’t miss the Quarantine Kindness Challenge Ideas!

Sources of Strength is in 12 KPBSD schools: eight high schools, three middle schools, and one K-12 school.

A strength-based comprehensive wellness program focusing on suicide prevention, Sources of Strength also addresses substance abuse, violence, resiliency, and relationships. Teams of peer leaders mentored by adult advisors change peer social norms about seeking help, and encourage students to individually assess and develop positive strengths in their life.

Free KPBSD webinars to support remote learning

KPBSD: Shifting to Remote Learning free online webinars for parents & guardians

You can find on-demand videos of past webinars, current offerings, and registration information on the Remote Learning Resource for Parents webpage and scroll to the section titled, “Trainings and Webinars for Parents”

To register for these free parent webinars taught by KPBSD professional development coaches, complete this simple online registration.

After registration, you will receive an auto-generated email with a list of your session choices, and the password to enter the virtual classroom for your session. Plan for approximately 30-minute sessions, followed by Q & A.

Week of April 27 – May 1, 2020*

Wednesday, April 29

1:00 PM Strategies for giving feedback to your Child with Michelle Thomason

          This session explores Building self-esteem though general vs. specific feedback

3:00 PM Classroom Accommodations in the Home with Lindsey May

          This is a parent education strand about how to implement accommodations usually used in their child’s classroom in the home setting to support success for the whole fAMily.

Thursday, April 30

9:00 AM Strategies for Getting the Right Information with Jessica Scogin

            Learn strategies to improve your questions so you get the information you need to support your child.

11:00 AM Apple iOS Device Tips and Tricks with Devin Way

            Assistance with Apple products and Apps; How to use G Suite on an iOS Device

5:00 PM Strategies for Getting the Right Information with Jessica Scogin

            Learn strategies to improve your questions so you get the information you need to support your child.

7:00 PM FASD Parent Support Group with Deb Evensen

Education and support for caregivers in the KPBSD area who are rearing children prenatally exposed to alcohol/drugs. Meeting every Thursday until May 14th.

*If you have ideas for future topics, kindly email Dr. Christine Ermold, KPBSD director of professional development and federal programs.


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Parent Webinars to support student remote learning!

KPBSD: Shifting to Remote Learning Free online webinars for parents & guardians

You can find on-demand videos of past webinars, current offerings, and registration information on the Remote Learning Resource for Parents webpage and scroll to the section titled, “Trainings and Webinars for Parents”

To register for these free parent webinars taught by KPBSD professional development coaches, complete this simple online registration.

After registration, you will receive an auto-generated email with a list of your session choices, and the password to enter the virtual classroom for your session. Plan for approximately 30-minute sessions, followed by Q & A.

Week of April 20-25, 2020*

Tuesday, April 21
2:00 PM Lexia Core 5 with Cindy McKibben

      Explore what Lexia Core 5 is & what children learn by using it

3:00 PM Lexia Power Up with Cindy McKibben

      Explore what Lexia Power Up is & what children learn by using it

Wednesday, April 22
3:00 PM Live Homework Help! with Karla Barkman

      Learn how to connect to live tutors to get help with homework

5:30 PM Exploring Discovery Education Resources with Melissa Linton and Karla Barkman

      An introduction to Discovery Education and how parents can use this resource to engage their students in learning at home

6:00 PM Exploring Wide Open School Resources with Melissa Linton and Karla Barkman

      An introduction to Wide Open School and how parents can use this resource to engage their students in learning at home

Thursday, April 23
9:00 AM Discovery Education for Parents with Melissa Linton

      Learn about Discovery Education and how students and parents can use it as a powerful learning tool

1:00 PM Reading Apps and KPBSD with Karla Barkman

      Learn how to use free apps for Sora, TumbleBooks, & more   

3:00 PM Help Me Grow Alaska with Abby Stuffert

      Learn how Help Me Grow Alaska can support Alaskan families with children who may be experiencing developmental delays and-or behavioral issues

*If you have ideas for future topics, kindly email Dr. Christine Ermold, KPBSD director of professional development and federal programs.


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KPBSD inspiration: Tatiana Tucker | Nikiski Middle-High #ClassOf2006

Tatiana Tucker, Class of 2006 inspiration, author of Stay-At-Home Hero

KPBSD Graduate Inspiration
Tatiana Tucker, Nikiski-Middle High, Class of 2006

Early education at Nikiski North Star Elementary, then Nikiski Middle-High School (2006), Tatiana graduated from Amherst College in 2010, and now lives in Washington. An artist, she’s the author and illustrator of Stay-at-Home Hero, a new children’s book in response to the coronavirus. She offers a free download PDF (and it’s a coloring book!) on her website  

Tatiana Tucker is the author and illustrator of the 2020 book Stay-at-Home Hero
LINK: Stay-at-Home Hero free download
(tip: this PDF download is designed to be a coloring book!)
Or, you can order it through Amazon

Advice to her younger self if there had been a global pandemic in the early 2000s
“Try to focus your nervous energy, your worried energy, your frustration energy into positive actions if you can. If you redirect those feelings and try to brighten someone else’s day, or make art, or support doctors and nurses, you will probably feel a bit better. Although school is important, do not stress too much about perfection right now. Everyone, including your teachers, know what a challenging time this is, and we are all giving each other a little bit of grace.”

Favorite Phrase

“Everything you are doing is okay!” I think this is a message a lot of people need to hear especially if they suffer from anxiety or perfectionism. There is so much pressure in today’s world to always be achieving, to be the best, or to have already accomplished a whole laundry list of successes. We can often feel that if something is not already remarkable, we have failed, and that is simply not the case. Some of the most remarkable people I know did not embark on their life’s pursuit until their 40s. It can take time to figure out what you want to be doing in life. The important thing is to make time for your passions and follow them where you can. Everything you are doing is okay, and everything you are is wonderful.


My mom and dad, or students in the school district might know them as Mrs. Boyle and Mr. Boyle. They have worked so hard to give me, and all of their kids, a great start in life full of the love of art, and the bravery to pursue your passions. They have always encouraged me: from building an art studio in my childhood closet, to helping to edit and process the illustrations for my new book, “Stay At Home Hero.”

Celebrating teachers

My drama and debate teachers, Carla Jenness and Joe Rizzo, and my dance and science teacher Phil Morin really made my entire high school career. The amount of dedication and care these three individuals bring to teaching and to fostering the passions of their students is truly remarkable. They help make space for everyone to belong and have a sense of home and purpose in the school. The skills they have taught me have carried me through job interviews, college courses, and a lifelong love and pursuit of dance.

Play and fun

I love to go hiking and camping in the mountains of Washington where I now live, and whenever I am home visiting family in Alaska, a hike up Skyline is a must. I love to paint and dance!

Live your life

You have never missed your chance to follow your passions or live the life you want to lead. There is no shame to work in an unrelated field during high school or college or in the workforce, while following your passion in the evenings or weekends. There are many ways to make a difference in the world, and none of us is just one thing. I have worked for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Safeway, environmental nonprofits, science nonprofits, and as a commercial real estate appraiser before I decided to pursue art full time. So never be afraid to try new things, or to take a big leap into a new career. Volunteer for non-profits, practice your music, try to be kind to others and make the effort to understand where they are coming from, and go play in the woods.

YouTube: Listen to the author tell about how she created the illustrations, and why she wrote Stay-at-Home Hero in response to COVID-19:

About the book: Danny does not understand why his world has suddenly changed due to a strange new sickness people call Coronavirus. This gentle and informative book delves into all of Danny’s new complicated feelings that range from boredom, anger and fear to hope and pride. Stay-at-home Hero is designed to provide parents and caregivers with a tool to discuss the Covid-19 crisis on a level even very young children can relate to. The book follows Danny’s journey of discovery on how he can still be connected with his family and friends even though the social rules have changed. The book empowers children on how they can help; whether that means making a friend smile with a phone call or even just staying at home. Danny learns the many ways that we can all be stay-at-home heroes during this uncertain time.

Visit her author, illustrator website at

Do you have a story tip about a KPBSD graduate, current student, or staff member to profile in our weekly inspiration highlight?
Kindly email Pegge Erkeneff, KPBSD director of communications, community, and government relations:

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News Release: KPBSD and State Health Mandate 013

Soldotna, April 10, 2020—All 42 KPBSD schools will continue delivering Remote Learning education instruction for more than 8,500 students through the end of the school year on May 20, 2020. Free “Get-It and Go” meals for KPBSD students will continue Monday through Friday at 25 locations on the Kenai Peninsula.

“KPBSD began providing distance-delivered instruction to our students on March 30, 2020, and initially we knew it would be through May 1, 2020. On Thursday evening, the issuance of State Health Mandate 013 clarified Alaska K-12 school buildings will be closed to students through the end of the school year. Consequently, we will complete the school year via remote learning education for all of our students. With the certainty that schools will not reopen to students, we are now planning for the end of the year. The district and schools will provide information to parents and students as soon as plans are finalized. We have so much confidence in our staff and every one of you–we know that even if this spring is different than everyone ever anticipated, we will finish this school year with resilience, determination, and victory.”

–Dave Jones, Acting Superintendent, Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Highlights after nine days of Remote Learning for 8,500+ students in the KPBSD

  • The KPBSD instructional team created and delivered more than 400 professional development (PD) webinars covering 90 topics for all KPBSD staff when the school district transferred the delivery of education to remote learning. PD classes continue to be added, and are available on demand for KPBSD employees.

  • To offer additional supports for parents during this time of student remote learning, KPBSD professional development coaches will begin offering free online webinars for parents and guardians on April 14, 2020. These webinars for parents are free, and registration is necessary.

  • Staff continues to contact and support students and their families. School nurses and counselors are available as resources for students and families during this time of physical distancing. Individual schools provide outreach and engaging activities for academics, and social and emotional learning. For families who do not have the ability to access instruction online, packets for learning are made available by teachers for students.

  • Special education classified and certified staff were trained on distance delivery and have plans for regular connection with every student receiving special education services. Related service providers, including district occupational therapists, physical therapists, and speech and language therapists will be providing online support and resources for students, parents, and other staff members. Training opportunities and supports for parents are in progress, and students are receiving materials via special education bussing (for those already served by this bussing)

  • The information services department has deployed about 700 Chromebooks to students, created an online platform for new-to-KPBSD student registrations, worked with telecom providers to offer internet support for students and staff, and Monday through Friday staffs a help desk to support staff and families.

  • Approximately 1,700 students receive free “Get-it and Go” meals every day. On average, that equates to 3,400 meals delivered every day, to 25 locations across the Kenai Peninsula.

  • District administration continues to work closely with the Borough Office of Emergency Management Unified Command, agencies, municipalities, health care providers, and law enforcement.



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KPBSD Parent Webinars: Shifting to Remote Learning

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District – Shifting to Remote Learning

Free online webinars for parents now open!

To register for these free parent webinars taught by KPBSD professional development coaches, complete this simple online registration. After registration, you will receive an auto-generated email with a list of your session choices, and the password to enter the virtual classroom for your session. Plan for approximately 30-minute sessions, followed by Q & A.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

  • 10:00 AM – Resources for English Learners with Jessica Scogin
         Resources that can be used at home for students and families

  • 1:00 PM – Parents As Partners with Devin Way
         Ways to work with the teacher to create the best situation for everyone

  • 2:00 PM – Tips for Building Schedules for Learning and Work with Erin Stevens
         Tips for creating schedules around school and home life

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

  • 2:00 PM – Setting Up The Home Learning Environment with Erin Stevens
         Things to think about when creating spaces for students to work at home

Thursday, April 16, 2020

  • 2:00 PM – Making Home Learning Fun Every Day with Erin Stevens
         Ideas on how to integrate content area learning into daily routines


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Health Mandate 013 extends closure of school buildings to students

The statewide school closure of K-12 public schools is now extended through the end of the 2019-2020 school year.
The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District will continue educating all of our students through the Remote Learning that began March 30, 2020. Monday through Friday meal delivery for students will continue.
The effects of COVID-19 in the lives of everyone is disruptive, and we know that our Class of 2020 is especially disappointed. Kindly trust that in the coming weeks, together we will creatively design solutions to celebrate all of our students and their achievements.


Issued: April 9, 2020

By: Governor Mike Dunleavy
Commissioner Adam Crum, Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
Dr. Anne Zink, Chief Medical Officer, State of Alaska

To prevent the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), the State of Alaska is issuing its thirteenth health mandate based on its authority under the Public Health Disaster Emergency Declaration signed by Governor Mike Dunleavy on March 11, 2020. 

This mandate is issued to protect the public health of Alaskans and mitigate the impact of COVID-19. The goal is to flatten the curve and disrupt the spread of the virus.

Health Mandate 013 – K-12 Public and Private Schools 

The statewide school closure of all K-12 public and private schools is being extended from May 1, 2020 to the end of the 2019-2020 school year. Despite the need to extend school building closures, student learning will continue, per each school district’s individual plan, to provide distance-delivered educational services to students.

It is recognized that this difficult decision ends the school year with students physically separated from their teachers. Incident Command will reconvene later this month to consider whether the state’s health outlook will safely allow for small groups of students to meet with their teachers in-person for final student conferences before the end of the school year. This option, if allowed, will be dependent upon the coordination of each school district. 

As school districts contemplate how to properly celebrate this year’s graduates, COVID-19 Health Mandate 011 – Social Distancing is still in effect, which prohibits gathering for events, such as graduation.

This mandate supersedes COVID-19 Health Mandate 008.

For the latest information on COVID-19, visit
State of Alaska COVID-19 Mandate 013
Mandates available at

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Celebrate School Nurses

On World Health Day in 2020, let us all thank and celebrate our school nurses and nurses everywhere who make a difference for students, families, and our communities, everyday!

“We want all our students out there to know, that even though you aren’t coming to school right now, we are STILL your school nurses, and we are here for you!” -Iris Wertz, BSN, RN, KPBSD nursing supervisor

What do school nurses do?
School nurses address the physical, mental, emotional, and social health needs of students and support their achievement in the learning process. They assist by removing barriers and by identifying and correcting health problems that can interfere with learning. School nurses are able to coordinate care so that a child has a successful school experience.

A typical day
 Most school nurses see between 30 to 60 students a day to treat everything from bloody noses to asthma attacks to diabetic crashes.

Now that students are not coming to school, nurses are contacting families who request it to answer questions regarding:

  • Mental and emotional wellness tips
  • Registration forms
  • Immunizations
  • Medications
  • Local resources for help
  • Online resources for activity ideas

Students and families can reach their school nurse by directly emailing the school nurse or calling your school. If you cannot find your school nurse easily, you can always call KPBSD Health Services at 907-260-2390, and they will put you in touch with someone who can help you.


KPBSD Health Services website

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