School Spotlight

  • Congratulations Maria Velasco!

    Congratulations to Kodiak Middle School student, Maria Velasco for being among the 2019 iDidaContest winners for her submission in the iDidaBook category.

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  • KMS and Island Trails Network Marine Debris Clean-up Project

    KMS students from Mr. Adams’ Discovering Kodiak class teamed up with Island Trails Network for a marine debris clean-up project. Over the course of 2 weeks, teams of students combed the beaches of Kodiak collecting everything from plastic bottles to old toothbrushes.

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  • Rotary Youth Merit Award

    During a special luncheon, the Kodiak Rotary Club awarded five Kodiak Middle School students with the Rotary Youth Merit Award. This award recognizes students for services to their community and classmates, leadership qualities, and academic achievements.

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  • Rotary Youth Merit Award

    During a special luncheon, the Kodiak Rotary Club awarded five Kodiak Middle School students with the Rotary Youth Merit Award.

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  • Annual Student Council Food Drive

    Our annual food drive brought in a total of 1,169 food items! Each year, the Student Council organizes the food drive and helps encourage all students at KMS to get involved and help their community.

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  • KIBSD secondary grades move back to 0-100%, A- F grade scale

    Starting on Monday, October 2, Kodiak High, Middle, and Rural Schools’ students will once again be graded on the familiar 0-100 scale and receive A-F grades instead of the current four-point scale. This change will apply to all class work, homework, projects, quizzes, and tests.

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  • KMS Boys and Girls Cross Country teams compete in Wasilla

    What a great season for the KMS Boys and Girls Cross Country teams! On Wednesday, September 20th, they competed in the Wasilla Cross Country Borough Invitational where all athletes set personal records and the girls placed 3rd overall.

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  • Melissa Haffeman comes home to be KMS principal

    “Oh, to be home again, home again, home again!” — James Thomas Fields This was Melissa Haffeman’s mindset as she and her family visited New Zealand last summer. After five-and-a-half years of living and working in education in the Lower 48, Haffeman and her husband, Mike, were searching for a place to settle down and raise their two young children, Alden and Sophie.

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  • Professional development, proficiency scales priority for 2017 Summer Institute

    It is summertime in the Kodiak Island Borough School District, and while the students are enjoying and exploring the beauty of their island home, the district’s faculty, staff and paraprofessionals already are hard at work preparing for the next school year at the Summer Institute.

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  • From the Board Room: SCCS at a glance

    How do Kodiak Island Borough School District faculty, staff and students view their school climate? How connected do these students feel to adults and peers in their school community? These are the questions that the Association of Alaska School Boards’ School Climate and Connectedness Survey (SCCS) seeks to answer each year.

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  • KIBSD celebrates service, retirees

    The May 22 regular meeting of the Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education was one filled with bittersweet remembrances, laughter and a few tears.

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  • KIBSD offering students new summer intensive programs

    With summer just around the corner, Kodiak Island Borough School District is hoping its students will take advantage of new learning opportunities being offered through the 2017 KIBSD Summer Intensive Program.

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  • KIBSD strives to incorporate tradition, culture into curriculum

    Kodiak Island has a heritage and history rich with traditions from the many cultures that have shaped its existence. From the Alutiiq people to Russian settlers to the more recent Filipino immigrant community, all of these cultures have left an indelible impression on what it means to be Kodiakan.

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  • Sprucing up the KMS entrance with marine debris

    Kodiak Island Borough school district students have a knack for turning trash into amazing artistic treasures. Remember Ophelia, the marine debris octopus? Kodiak High School students created the eight-armed art installation for the Seward SeaLife Center out of marine debris collected — mostly plastic objects — on Alaska’s beaches.

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  • KIBSD students honored by Kodiak USCG Auxiliary

    During the April regular meeting of the Kodiak Island Borough Board of Education, the Kodiak United State Coast Guard Auxiliary was there to hand out awards to KIBSD students who won the annual “Kids Don’t Float” poster contest.

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  • KMS students dominate statewide eCYBERMISSION STEM Competition

    Science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics education are important components of the curriculum throughout Kodiak Island Borough School District. This was evident during the recent 15th Annual eCYBERMISSION STEM Competition, where three teams from Kodiak Middle School — a sixth-grade team and two eighth-grade teams — placed first, first and second in their respective statewide contests.

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  • AKTEACH: KIBSD’s link to the Kodiak Area Marine Science Symposium

    This week, scientists and those interested in scientific work being done on and in the waters around Kodiak Island will gather at the Kodiak Area Marine Science Symposium, or KAMSS. Students throughout the Kodiak Island Borough School District will have a front row seat thanks to AKTEACH.

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  • Tell your story at the 2017 Summer Film Intensive

    “The ability to see our lives as stories and share those stories with others is at the core of what it means to be human.” (John Capecci and Timothy Cage in Living Proof: Telling Your Story to Make a Difference) This is the philosophy at the heart of the Summer Film Intensive program, a two-week summer filmmaking class open to Kodiak middle and high school students and hosted by the Baranov Museum, Kodiak Island Borough School District and AKTEACH.

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  • Munartet arts, culture symposium set for April 8

    The Munartet Project will hold its first arts and culture symposium this Saturday, April 8. Activities will be held at the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium from 9AM-5PM. Dubbed “a day to celebrate, learn and explore Kodiak's arts and culture,” the symposium has a full schedule of events for the entire family, even little ones ages 4 and up.

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  • KIBSD students to take new state assessment beginning March 28

    Beginning Tuesday, March 28, Kodiak Island Borough School District students in grades 3-10 will take the state of Alaska’s new summative assessment — the Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools, or PEAKS.

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  • KIBSD celebrates Digital Learning Day

    On Feb. 23, schools around the world participated in Digital Learning Day, and the schools in Kodiak Island Borough School District were part of the action thanks to the work of the recently reassembled KIBSD Teacher Tech Committee.

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  • KMS students receive 3rd quarter Rotary Youth Merit Award

    Service. Dependability. Leadership. These are the special character traits the Kodiak Rotary is celebrating when its members bestow the Rotary Youth Merit Award upon six deserving Kodiak Middle School students — two students per grade level — each quarter. The students are nominated for the award by their grade-level teachers.

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  • KMS Places 3rd at State BOB Competition

    The KMS Battle of the Books team competed against 27 schools from around the State and finished strong with a 3rd place win!

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  • KIBSD to celebrate Digital Learning Day Feb. 23

    In keeping with Kodiak Island Borough School District’s “21st Century Classroom Initiative,” the district is celebrating National Digital Learning Day on Thursday, Feb. 23.

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  • 3 KMS students honored as ‘Elks Student of the Semester

    The Kodiak Elks Lodge is committed to recognizing students who meet the criteria of being responsible, respectful and academically motivated:

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  • KIBSD Battle of Books winners

    It was a week filled with Dr. Seuss, Roald Dahl, Neil Gaiman and Malala Yousafzai in the Kodiak Island Borough School District as more than 50 students participated in the district-wide Battle of the Books competition.

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  • Governor proclaims ‘Alaska School Counseling Week’ Feb. 6-10

    School counselors play a major role in the lives of Kodiak Island Borough School District Students. From teaching students how to respect one another and their teachers at the elementary school level to bullying prevention in middle school to college and career counseling in high school, KIBSD school counselors truly help guide KIBSD students through their ever-changing worlds.

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  • A Guide to a Successful Parent-Teacher Conference

    It’s time for parent-teacher conferences at Kodiak Middle School. Conferences will be held this week, Feb. 8-9, from 5-8PM both nights. Conferences will be held in classrooms.

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  • KMS students receive 2nd quarter Rotary Youth Merit Award

    Service. Dependability. Leadership. These are the special character traits the Kodiak Rotary is celebrating when its members bestow the Rotary Youth Merit Award upon six deserving Kodiak Middle School students — two students per grade level — each quarter. The students are nominated for the award by their grade-level teachers.

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  • KMS students receive Rotary Youth Merit Award

    Service. Dependability. Leadership. These are the special character traits the Kodiak Rotary is celebrating when its members bestow the Rotary Youth Merit Award upon six deserving Kodiak Middle School students, two students per grade level. The students are nominated for the award by their grade-level teachers.

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  • KIBSD hosts Sandy Hook Promise events

    "I promise to do all I can to protect children from gun violence by encouraging and supporting solutions that create safer, healthier homes, schools and communities.” This is a pledge that Kodiak Island Borough School District faculty, staff, students, parents and community members will be asked to make next week when KIBSD hosts three Sandy Hook Promise events.

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  • Damon Hargraves named Region III ‘Principal of the Year’

    Last month, Kodiak Island Borough School District principals and vice principals attended the 50th Annual Alaska Principals’ Conference in Anchorage.

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  • A Parents Guide to Standards-Based Grading

    This week, Kodiak Middle and High schools will hold parent-teacher conferences. On Oct. 26 and 27, anxious parents will file through the hallways of both schools waiting to speak with teachers about how their children are doing so far this school year.

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  • 5 Myths about Standards-Based Grading

    Standards-based grading is widely accepted and used by schools throughout the United States. Even so, myths and misconceptions about its practice and implementation abound.

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  • 5 Problems with the 100-point Grading System

    The adoption of standards-based grading systems throughout the country comes as no surprise to many in education.

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  • A-B-C’s of Parent-Teacher Conferences

    These meetings with your student’s teachers go beyond discussions of grades and behavior, though, especially in middle and high school. They are essential to building a strong parent-teacher relationship by establishing communication ties between parents and teachers and building educational support partnerships for students.

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  • KMS welcomes back students with personal touch

    Last week, Kodiak Middle School administrators and teachers donned their rain gear and Xtratufs to visit the homes of the school’s 460 students.

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  • KMS administrators making a difference everyday

    Jones and Hargraves joined 1,408 school leaders in “Shadow A Student Challenge.”

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  • KIBSD District Spelling Bee Winner: Derek Rocheleau

    Congratulations to our very own, Derek Rocheleau!

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  • A scientific trip through Kodiak

    Kodiak Middle School eighth graders transformed their island into one big science lab on Dec. 18 during their annual ocean science field trip.

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  • AKTEACH, KMS students visit the International Space Station

    Thanks to the partnership between AKTEACH and the Denver Museum of Nature & Science.

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