Welcome to Kodiak High School, home of the BEARS!
Last day of school Friday, May 24th
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A message from KHS Principal Bill Watkins
Welcome to the 2012-13 school year! We welcome you and your child to a year packed full of fun and engaging learning opportunities. Our staff embraces the philosophy that all children want to learn; it’s our responsibility to create the environment and opportunities to support a variety of learning styles and interests. At Kodiak High School we strive to meet the physical, intellectual, emotional and social needs of every student. All students will have the same advisory teacher for all four years of their high school education. The advisory teacher will meet with their 10 to 15 students once a week to check on grades, attendance and help them develop their 4-year academic and career and college ready plans. All students are encouraged to participate in one or more extra-curricular clubs or activity as a strategy for building positive relationships with their peers and other adult mentors. Students who participate in one or more clubs/activities usually have a more successful experience in high school.
Parents please don’t feel shy about getting involved in school functions and activities. We welcome your participation and support and hope to see you at the school as often as possible. Our assistant principal, Ms. Dawnn Catt and myself have an open door policy and are happy to meet with you or speak with you on the phone at any time to answer questions. With that said, we do have many meetings and would advise you to call 481-2501 to schedule an appointment. If it is an emergency and you need to speak to one of us immediately, one of us will make ourselves available. We are looking forward to another great year at KHS and can’t wait to see your children on the first day of school – Thursday, August 23rd.
Changes and Adjustments over the Summer
General School Information:
Powerschool: We will be sending (in the mail) your Powerschool access information the first week of school. If you remember your password and login from last year, you will have immediate access the first day of school.
Mr. Yung Kiely: Mr. Kiely, who is currently our Assistant Girls Basketball Coach, has been hired as a full-time math teacher. He will be replacing Mr. Street who has moved to the science department. Mr. Kiely is very familiar to the students at Kodiak High School and comes to us as an experienced math teacher and coach.
Ms. Elizabeth Bender: Ms. Bender will be the new KHS librarian, replacing Ms. Pannell who moved to a new teaching position in Ecuador this summer. Ms. Bender has experience as a librarian in Alaska and in the lower 48. In addition she has a strong background in technology and multi-media.
Ms. Rachael Lanigan: Ms. Lanigan is our new music teacher providing instruction in orchestra for KHS and KMS students. She comes to Kodiak with a wealth of experience and knowledge. Ms. Lanigan will teach in the morning at KHS and the afternoon at KMS.
Mr. Brian Rivera: Mr. Rivera is a 2006 KHS graduate who will be returning to Kodiak High School as a Career Guide. Our partnership with The Alaska College and Career Advising Corp provides the funding for this new position. Brian will be working directly with our staff and students to make sure all students have well-developed career plans. Our goal this year is to make sure every graduate has a career plan and has completed the FAFSA to access funding for post-secondary training.
We are still in the process of hiring a full-time Social Studies/History teacher and a full-time Academic Transitions teacher.
KHS makes tremendous gains to make AYP (Adequate Year Progress) for all sub-groups
We have added some new classes:
Advanced Human Anatomy and Physiology (College Credit): Mr. Street will team-teach this class with Ms. Sue Buie (a Kodiak College Professor). This is a very difficult course that students will need to complete if they are planning to pursue any health career. Students enrolling in this course should have already completed Biology, Chemistry and Regular human anatomy and physiology.
Medical terminology (College Credit): Mr. David Horne will teach this college credit class. This is another required class for students who are planning a career in the health field. Students should have completed biology and chemistry prior to enrolling in this course.
Health Occupations (College Credit): Mr. Eric Linscheid will team-teach this class with our school nurse, Ms. Christy Kinter. Any student pursuing a career in health related occupation should consider enrolling in this course. Students will be exposed to a variety of health careers on and off the island and will have opportunities to visit and learn from professionals in the health field.
Aerobics/Yoga: As requested by the students, we have expanded our physical education program by offering a new class – Aerobics/Yoga. This was such a popular request that we had to offer 3 sections! Students are interested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle ;-)
Intro to Drama: This class has been offered in the past. Unfortunately, for the past few years we did not have enough interest to fill even one section. This year, we have more students interested in Drama and we were able to fit one section in to the Master Schedule.
Robotics: We have enough interest from students to fill two sections of our new Robotics class. Students will learn how to build and program robots and will have opportunities to compete against each other and students from other schools.
Orchestra and Full Orchestra: Since we hired a new music teacher whose specialty is orchestra, we have expanded our high school music program to include two sections of orchestra.
Policies and Procedures to be aware of:
All freshman and sophomore students will receive copies of the KHS handbook complete with KHS policies/procedures, calendar of events, and personal organizer. In addition the KHS handbook is on our web-site.
Please know that I write “News from the Principal” letters frequently through out the year to keep our community updated on the school improvement plan, calendar/activity information and the KHS facility project. Copies of the newsletter will remain on the web site for easy access.
Again, we are looking forward to welcoming your child to the 2012-13 school year. We thank our parents in advance for your help and support through out the year.
Links for Parents:
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