District Spotlight

  • Thank you, Coast Guard Partners in Education!

    Members of the Coast Guard Partners in Education program (PIE) volunteered their time and painting skills to brighten up Peterson Elementary Schools' cafeteria and gymnasium with a fresh coat paint. Thank you all so much, it turned out great!

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  • Mattie Gross represents Kodiak at AASG Fall Conference

    More than 200 students from across Alaska gathered in Skagway for the 2018 Alaska Association of Student Governments fall conference, “Gateway to the Future.”

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  • Anatomy of a Flower

    If you ask any student in Mr. Malloy’s 3rd-grade class how a Lily grows, they can tell you. During a hands-on lesson, students had the opportunity to dissect a flower, identify its parts, and learn about pollination and plant reproduction.

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  • Board of Education honors KHS students.

    The KIBSD Board of Education took time out of their scheduled meeting Tuesday night to honor Kodiak High School students Nathan James and Anders Hocum.

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  • Governor Walker presents KHS student with Wings Over Alaska certificate.

    One Kodiak High School student celebrated the culmination of years of birding today with the Governor of Alaska on hand to witness the achievement in person.

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  • A glimpse into the unique life of a teacher in Old Harbor.

    In a recent Blog post, Mr. Mike shares his experience as a teacher in Old Harbor.

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  • Hannah Villaroya and Rafael Bitanga shine at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference

    Hannah and Rafael joined more than 7,000 members, advisers, alumni, and guests at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia June 28-July 2nd.

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  • Class of 2018 Scholarships and Awards

    The Kodiak Island Borough School District would like to thank the 2018 scholarship sponsors and congratulate all of the winners!

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  • Celebrating Academic Excellence

    Congratulations to all of the students at Kodiak High School recognized for Academic Excellence during second semester of the 2017-18 school year. A total of 33 students received awards for their outstanding performance in the classroom. Here’s what their teachers had to say.

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  • An evening of recognition and retirement well wishes.

    Thank you to everyone who attended our Board of Education meeting to honor volunteers, recognize years of service, and say farewell to those retiring.

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  • Old Harbor Swim Trip by Clair Taylor

    This year, 4th-7th grade students from Old Harbor School fundraised and received donations to go on a class swim trip to Kodiak. Everyone had multiple opportunities to learn and have fun, including: horseback riding, a farm tour, visiting the Baronof museum, Fish and Wildlife Center, and getting a tour of the Kodiak College. This trip is one that students will remember for the rest of their lives.

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  • Watching the Life Cycle of a Moth

    After learning about the life cycle of butterflies in the classroom, second-grader Taylor Amodo and Kindergartener Kaliyah Amodo of Akhiok were fortunate to see the process for themselves.

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  • Outstanding performances at this year's ASAA Alaska All State Solo and Ensemble Festival!

    48 Kodiak High School students competed against 787 student musicians (from 56 Alaskan schools) at the ASAA Alaska All State Solo and Ensemble Festival this past Friday and Saturday. We received 6 Superior ratings and had two “1st place winners” (Command Performance #1) who participated in the Command Performance and one “2nd place winner” (2nd Command Performance Nomination).

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  • Akhiok student receives multiple awards for science project.

    After winning the Alutiiq Cultural Champion Ribbon at the Rural Schools Regional Science Fair, fourth-grade student S. Simeonoff of Akhiok attended the Alaska State Science and Engineering Fair in Anchorage. Simeonoff’s Alutiiq Halibut Hook Project placed second in his category at the fair and received the Alaska Fly Fishers Annual Award of Merit.

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  • Jennifer Parnell, BP Alaska 2018 Teacher of Excellence

    On May 1, 2018, BP Alaska announced their 2018 Teachers of Excellence. There are only 29 names on the list and Kodiak High School teacher Jennifer Parnell is one of them.

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  • AKTEACH 7th grade student designs cover of Alaska Rural Energy Conference program booklet.

    Congratulations to AKTEACH 7th grade student Zachary Hecht! Zachary's art design was chosen to be the cover of this year's Alaska Rural Energy Conference program.

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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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  • KHS Tsunami Bowl team places 4th at the Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl

    The KHS Tsunami Bowl team received 4th place out of 22 teams at the Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl in Seward. The Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl is a regional competition for Alaska high schools on topics related to the study of oceans. This regional event is part of the annual National Ocean Sciences Bowl.

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  • Main Elementary Student Receives 2018 ASTE Technology Leadership Award!

    Congratulations to Jude Villaroya, on receiving the 2018 ASTE Technology Leadership Award! Jude was presented with this award at the annual Alaska Society for Technology in Education (ASTE) conference recently held in Anchorage.

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  • 2018 ASTE Teacher of the Year

    Congratulations to Jennifer Parnell, 2018 Alaska Society for Technology in Education (ASTE) Teacher of the Year! Parnell received statewide recognition during the annual ASTE conference held in Anchorage last week. She was nominated for the award by a fellow teacher and administrator of Kodiak High School.

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  • February is School Board Recognition Month!

    Governor Walker has declared February to be School Board Recognition Month, a time to honor school board members and to express appreciation for their contributions. The Kodiak Island Borough School District is joining with other districts throughout Alaska to recognize the important contributions board members make to their communities.

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  • Peterson's 4th grade team wins District Battle of the Books

    Congratulations to the Golden BOBs: Kiera, Maddie, John Paul, and Weston!

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  • Larsen Bay students expand their learning environment

    Until recently, Larsen Bay School had one small welding booth that could only accommodate one student at a time.  As the number of welders at the school increased, students had to do what village folks do- they got a little creative.

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  • Celebrating Academic Excellence

    Congratulations to all of the students at Kodiak High School recognized for Academic Excellence during the first semester of the 2017-18 school year.

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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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  • Main Elementary School holds ribbon-cutting ceremony for new bridge

    Early last school year, a safety inspection discovered deterioration and rust damage to the bridge’s expansion plate and rebar components, along with some areas of crumbling concrete.

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  • KHS Drama Club 'Seize the Day'

    On January 5th and 6th, 2018, the KHS Drama Club hosted a dinner theater fundraiser to benefit Kodiak’s Brother Francis Shelter. The event was well attended and raised an impressive $1,730.

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  • Alumni Return to Kodiak High School to Speak About Postsecondary School Experience

    On Wednesday, January 3, KHS welcomed back five alumni to share their postsecondary school experience with the senior class. On stage, in front of a packed auditorium, they talked about overcoming and learning from failures, following your passions, exploring your academic interests, and much more.

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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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  • Rural school students compete in ASAA Mix-6 Volleyball Tournament

    Over the weekend students from Akhiok, Larsen Bay, Old Harbor, Karluk, and Ouzinkie flew to Anchorage to compete in the 2017 ASAA Mix-6 Volleyball Tournament.

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  • Kodiak Middle School Annual Food Drive

    Students at Kodiak Middle School wrapped up their annual food drive with a total of 1,169 collected 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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  • Scandinavian music and dance come to KIBSD

    Students at East, Main, North Star, and Peterson Elementary Schools were treated to live Scandinavian music and dance performances led by visiting artist Ross Sutter.

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  • Observing Veterans Day at Kodiak High School

    On Friday, November 10, Kodiak High School celebrated Veteran’s Day with a Flag Raising Ceremony that honored KHS’s veterans. In attendance were veterans Leslie Foy, Bill McGuire, Georgianna Spear, Steve Rennewanz and Neil Hecht. Veteran Anthony Cavan was absent due to District business travel. After raising the flag, KHS students Nia Pristas and ChellaRae Nugent sang the national anthem.

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  • Congratulations to Karen Stephan, AkSCA Advocate of the Year!

    Karen Stephan, KHS Registrar has been named Advocate of Counseling for 2017 by the Alaska School Counselor Association. Karen was nominated by KHS counselors Sheila Beardsley, Jason Fox, and Maria Riedel. She will be traveling to Anchorage on November 17 to be honored at the AkSCA awards luncheon.

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  • Celebrating Alaska Day

    Alaska Day is celebrated every October 18 in recognition of the formal transfer of the Territory from Russia to the United States. Kindergarten students from East Elementary celebrated by making flags, going on parade through the halls, and watching a reenactment of the purchase of Alaska.

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  • Main Elementary Hosts Walk to School Day

    Today, October 18, a total of 91 students —41% off the student body— took part in Main Elementary’s Walk to School Day. Students were met at crosswalks by event organizers, crossing guards, and a few Police Officers from KPD. The event focused on pedestrian safety, physical activity, and environmental benefits.

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  • KHS students win Wendy's High School Heisman

    Wendy’s High School Heisman recognizes Elden Mangosing and Elijah Griffin from Kodiak High School and their dedication to never cutting corners by naming them School Winners.

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  • Peterson Students Dissect Signal Crayfish

    Fourth-grade students in Mr. Malloy’s class had the opportunity to study signal crayfish through hands-on dissection.

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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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  • Welding students volunteer for community service project

    Students of the Akhiok School welding program volunteered to do a community service project for the construction crew installing the new water tank system. They welded placards for valve purpose, and placards for the directional flow of water.

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  • Constitution Day at East

    In observation of Constitution Day, students at East Elementary enjoyed a special morning assembly featuring musical storytelling from fifth-grade teacher, Matt Freeman.

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  • Class Bonding Kodiak Style

    On Friday the 8th of September, KMS held their annual class Bonding Day. Students enjoyed a fun-filled day of team building exercises, outdoor activities, and getting to know one another.

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  • Harvesting the Garden at North Star

    The start of a new school year means harvest time for Mrs. Costello’s fourth-grade class. Students dug deep in the soil and pulled carrots, kale, and lettuce to share with other classes.

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  • First Day of Kindergarten!

    Today we welcomed Kindergarten students to school! Our wonderful teachers have been busy preparing classrooms to make sure their first day of school was an exciting and happy experience. Judging by the smiles in these photos I would say it was a successful day!

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  • Village schools receive new playground

    Recess just got a whole lot better for students in Akhiok, Chiniak, Karluk, Larsen Bay, Old Harbor, Ouzinkie, and Port Lions. Over the summer each school received new playground equipment.

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  • Welcoming grades 1-5 to their first day of school!

    That’s a wrap on another successful first day of school for our elementary students. We loved seeing your smiling faces and enthusiasm for learning! This is going to be a great year!

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  • Welcoming grades 6-12 to their first day of school!

    Today marked another successful first day of school at KIBSD. The air was buzzing with excitement as students filled the halls and classrooms.

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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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  • Meet North Star Principal: Kerry Irons

    Kerry Irons is coming full circle. Two decades ago, she was parent volunteer in her son’s Kindergarten class at North Star Elementary. This spring, she was tapped to lead the Navigators as their new principal.

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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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