District Highlights: 2012-13

  • KPBSD Golden Apple Award Recognition
    Posted On: Thursday, August 08, 2013 9:13 AM
    The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education is proud to recognize Mr. Eric Soderquist and Mrs. Elizabeth Wilson for their dedication to the students, parents, and staff in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District
  • KPBSD Welcomes New Administrators and Staff!
    Posted On: Tuesday, July 23, 2013 7:41 AM
    “We welcome all of our new and returning teachers and support staff including secretaries, nurses, custodians, bus drivers, and food service professionals—they are the backbone of our school district’s success.” – Dr. Steve Atwater, Superintendent
  • School Begins in August
    Posted On: Wednesday, June 26, 2013 12:32 PM

    Enjoy your summer, see you in August! School begins Tuesday, August 20, 2013 Variances: August 8, 2013, Thursday—Kachemak-Selo, Razdolna, and Voznesenka schools August 19, 2013, Monday—Nanwalek and Port Graham schools August 14, 2013, Wednesday.

  • Class of 2013
    Posted On: Sunday, June 02, 2013 1:09 PM
    “Congratulations to the Class of 2013. All of us at KPBSD are proud of all that you have accomplished during your years attending our diverse schools. I wish each member of the Class of 2013 the best with what is next in your life.” – Dr. Steve Atwater, Superintendent
  • KPBSD appreciates dedicated staff who will retire this year
    Posted On: Wednesday, May 22, 2013 7:17 PM
    “Each year’s retirement of a portion of our most veteran staff is a great loss to our district. The institutional knowledge and high skill level that these departing staff members take with them is difficult to replace.  To our retiring staff, I wish you the very best with what is next in your life. Please know that your dedication to our students is appreciated; you will be missed.” – Dr. Steve Atwater, Superintendent
  • KPBSD celebrates School Nurse’s Day
    Posted On: Saturday, May 11, 2013 8:30 AM
    Fast facts: in April 2013, school nurses served an average of 518 students each day that students were in attendance. Staff and community visits are additional and were not included. In addition, the Noro-like virus hit Anchorage and some of our KPBSD schools, and spring sports were in full swing.
  • The 2013 Kenai Peninsula Borough School District BP Teacher of the Year
    Posted On: Saturday, May 04, 2013 10:38 AM
    Join KPBSD and BP to congratulate and extend appreciation for Rob Sparks, the 2013 BP Teacher of the Year in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District! Sparks received the award in a ceremony May 1, 2013, at the Soldotna Senior Center. The award includes a $1,500 scholarship for continuing education and a bronze sculpture by Alaska artist Mary Regat.
  • Art in the Capitol
    Posted On: Thursday, March 21, 2013 5:10 PM
    KPBSD students of every age create vibrant art. When Senator Peter A. Micciche, District O, arrived in his new legislative office in Juneau, Alaska, he contacted the school district with a request: student artwork to display in his office.
  • Appreciate School Counselors
    Posted On: Friday, February 01, 2013 5:48 PM
    KPBSD employs 17 certified school counselors who serve approximately 4,100 middle and high school students. KPBSD counselors recently began implementing an electronic Personal Learning and Career Plan that will be available in the student, parent, and teacher portals of PowerSchool to provide students with purposeful career guidance
  • KPBSD Native Youth Leadership
    Posted On: Friday, January 04, 2013 6:04 PM

    Youth leadership programs in KPBSD schools, Project GRAD, and local communities collaborate and partner to give small school and native youth opportunities to learn both western and indigenous governing styles, together with leadership skills that increase academic success.

  • Project SEARCH collaboration: creating a bright future for students with disabilities
    Posted On: Friday, December 14, 2012 2:47 PM

    Imagine what can happen when a school district and hospital collaborate to create a business-led, one-year, school-to-work program for students with disabilities that takes place entirely at the workplace. “One of our on-going challenges is to ensure that our students with disabilities make a smooth transition to life after high school,” said Dr. Atwater, KPBSD superintendent.

  • The biggest part of the word disability is ability
    Posted On: Wednesday, December 05, 2012 11:04 AM

    Mix a dedicated mother, a teacher, an adaptive physical education itinerant teacher and a powerful day emerged for students who attend Soldotna Montessori School and Soldotna Elementary School in April 2012. Both schools’ principals were supportive of working together to offer experiential exercises to teach tolerance and compassion for all people, and create an opening for both schools to talk about these tough issues.

  • Inspiration and explanation: Governor Parnell and First Lady Sandy Parnell visit KCHS
    Posted On: Tuesday, December 04, 2012 2:10 PM

    “If you would consider living larger do it now in how you treat friends—you live larger than self in small things. When you are faithful in that, you’ll be ready for leadership. I hope you’ll keep that perspective.” – Governor Parnell, November 28, 2012, visit to KCHS

  • KPBSD students play in interactive orchestra concerts
    Posted On: Friday, November 16, 2012 3:27 PM

    Hundreds of KPBSD students—approximately 200 from Redoubt Elementary and K-Beach Elementary, and 120 from McNeil Canyon—and the Kenai Peninsula Orchestra (KPO) delighted thousands through two fall concerts and the national Carnegie Hall Link Up Program.

  • KPBSD physical education: Speed Strength Training (SST)
    Posted On: Tuesday, October 30, 2012 4:50 PM

      On October 17, 2012, Kenai Central High School hosted the second annual SST contest. Kenai Central High School, Skyview High School, and Nikiski High School took part in the event. More than 80 student athletes took part in the

  • Mind a-Mazes 2012 – Curiosity: On Mars!
    Posted On: Friday, October 26, 2012 4:01 PM

    On October 13, 2012, students from fifteen KPBSD schools had an opportunity to work together collaboratively to solve a common challenge, involving the contribution and exchange of ideas, knowledge or resources to achieve a goal. Schools competed at their own

  • Senator Begich visits Kenai Middle School
    Posted On: Monday, October 08, 2012 4:17 PM

    Sixty Kenai Middle School seventh and eighth grade students started their day with an engaging thirty minute visit from Senator Mark Begich. After Senator Begich spoke briefly about current issues in the state of Alaska and country, he responded to

  • HealthierUS School Challenge Bronze Award
    Posted On: Friday, September 28, 2012 2:26 PM

    Four Kenai Peninsula Borough School District schools received national recognition for supporting the health of children and communities in September, 2012. As part of their efforts in the federal HealthierUS School Challenge (HUSSC), the districts feature healthy items on their

  • Dr. Steve Atwater Named 2013 Alaska Superintendent of the Year
    Posted On: Thursday, September 20, 2012 11:53 AM

    A surprise announcement took place during the KPBSD school board meeting in Homer, Alaska on Monday, September 10, 2012. Mr. Bruce Johnson, executive director of the Alaska Association of School Administrators (AASA) flew in to attend the meeting, and proclaim

  • West Homer Elementary awarded 2012 National Blue Ribbon School
    Posted On: Wednesday, September 19, 2012 1:44 PM

    U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan recognized West Homer Elementary (WHE) as one of 269 schools in the nation to be awarded 2012 National Blue Ribbon School status. WHE is one of three schools in Alaska to earn this honor. 

  • KPBSD Alaska Construction Academies
    Posted On: Wednesday, June 27, 2012 9:28 AM

    More than 600 students participated in a construction and welding class during the 2011 2012 school year through the Alaska Construction Academies offered at KPBSD high schools. Of those 600, at least 150 students completed the first module of the

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