District Spotlight

  • 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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  • Chiniak student graduates early in special ceremony

    The Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education held a special graduation ceremony during its June 5 work session for Chiniak School student Lillie Ann Bowen. Bowen, who just completed her junior year of high school, amassed enough credits to earn her high school diploma a year early.

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  • KMS Principal Jethro Jones named ‘Digital Principal of the Year’

    School may be out for the summer, but the recognitions keep rolling in for Kodiak Island Borough School District administrators, faculty and staff. Kodiak Middle School Principal Jethro Jones was named a “2017 Digital Principal of the Year” by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP).

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  • KHS students represent in annual AIA contest

    Kodiak High School’s Architectural Design students fared well in during the recent 52nd Annual American Institute of Architects Alaska (AIA) Frank Maier High School Design Competition.

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  • KIBSD celebrates the Class of 2017

    High school graduations provide an opportunity for reflection, celebration and optimism about the future, and from Kodiak High School to its eight rural schools, Kodiak Island Borough School District has been a source of all of these for the month of May.

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  • Native Alaskan Dolls

    The final class project of Kristie Wall’s teaching career was one of which to be incredibly proud. The long-time Main Elementary School teacher guided her fourth-grade students through a culturally-infused project that focused on the many Native Alaskan cultures that can be found throughout the state.

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  • KHS talent give ‘superior’ performances at State music festival

    Earlier this month, 16 students from the Kodiak High School Music Department competed in the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska 2017 State Solo and Ensemble Music Festival at the University of Alaska Anchorage. “Our students performed well and were well received,” said Adela Martinez, KHS choir teacher.

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  • KIBSD announces new administrative hires

    The end of the 2016-2017 school year marks a number of new administrative hires throughout Kodiak Island Borough School District and its schools. Chief among them are:

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  • Do middle school students really love to eat broccoli?

    The answer is probably no, but today they did! Food Services Director Carl Butler presented students at KMS with a challenge: For every serving of broccoli consumed during lunch, KMS Principal Jethro Jones would eat one piece.

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  • KIBSD, KHS to hold Academic Excellence Awards ceremony

    The KIBSD Board of Education and administration, along with the faculty and staff of Kodiak High School, will honor students with Academic Excellence Awards for the spring during a ceremony on Tuesday, May 23, at 6PM.

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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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  • KHS talent heads to state solo, ensemble music festival

    Sixteen students from the Kodiak High School Music Department are headed to the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska 2017 State Solo and Ensemble Music Festival this weekend, May 12-13.

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  • Kodiak Track & Field Invitational set for May 12-13

    Kodiak High School’s track and field teams are busy prepping for the final regular track meet of the season. The Kodiak Invitational will be held May 12-13 at the Joe Floyd Track & Field facility. KHS will host Anchorage Christian School, Seward High School and Galena High School. The two-day athletic event will begin Friday afternoon and run through Saturday morning.

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  • School lunch planning the KIBSD way

    When Carl Butler attended a national food conference in Texas last year, he had an epiphany regarding school lunch planning: Student input is important, and students should be involved in choosing items for the school lunch menu.

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  • KHS FFA makes mark at Alaska state conference

    In April, Kodiak High School sent a contingent to the Alaska FFA 2017 State Convention, and the KHS students made an indelible impression on their peers and FFA state leadership.

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  • Main Elementary takes flight with artist-in-residence Evon Zerbetz

    Last month, artist Evon Zerbetz visited Kodiak Island Borough School District, and the Main Elementary School family rolled out the red carpet for the Ketchikan-based artist, relief printmaker and book illustrator. Zerbetz was on-island as part of KIBSD’s “Artist in Schools” program for the 2016-2017 school year.

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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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  • 16 Ways To Say 'Welcome'

    The KHS Geometric Design class created a quilt that welcomes students and their families in all of the languages used by students at KIBSD.

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  • KHS students ‘The Addams Family’ musical

    They were creepy, cooky, mysterious, spooky and all-together ooky. Last weekend, KHS students took the stage at the Gerald C. Wilson auditorium last weekend transforming themselves into one of television’s most-beloved and interesting families to perform “The Addams Family” musical.

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  • Decision ’17: College guidance for KHS students

    As the universal college acceptance date — May 1 — looms, some 35 Kodiak High School students will head to Kodiak College on April 19 for a day filled with information, tours and guidance to help them make some very important educational decisions.

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  • East Elementary Kindergarteners ROCK!

    Kindergarteners in Melissa Griffin’s East Elementary classroom have left their mark around Kodiak Island — literally. Recently, Griffin’s students participated in the Kodiak Island Rocks campaign “to decorate rocks and hide them in various locations to brighten someone's day.”

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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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  • KHS welcomes baseball, softball with pre-season tournaments

    While Kodiak Island thaws from winter’s chill, the boys and girls of summer are preparing to swing their bats at their pre-season tournaments.

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  • KHS students stand out at annual CTSO conference

    Last month, Kodiak High School students traveled to Anchorage to participate in the Annual Career and Technical Student Organization Alaska Conference at the University of Alaska. The statewide performance-based assessment conference features six CTSOs: Business Professionals of America; DECA; Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA); Future Educators of Alaska; Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA); and SkillsUSA Alaska.

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  • K-HI-C seaworthy once again

    It was a picture perfect Kodiak day. Sun shining. Air cool and crisp. Water calm and beckoning. This day, the K-HI-C was seaworthy again and ready to for its first voyage in nearly six months. Owned by the Kodiak Island Borough School District, the marine vessel had just undergone a $127,900 maintenance project to help it fulfill its calling as the floating classroom for the Kodiak High School fisheries program.

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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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  • Chiniak School student chosen as alternate for RAHI

    Lillie Ann Bowen is a hardworking, dedicated high school junior attending Chiniak School. In fact, she is such a diligent student that she is working to graduate at the end of this year — one year early. It is this focus that earned Bowen an alternate spot for the 2017 Rural Alaska Honors Institute, or RAHI.

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  • Science at work: Egg drop at Main Elementary

    Friday, March 24 was a day that would have made Humpty Dumpty proud. Fifth graders at Main Elementary School held their annual egg drop experiment, and 25 out of 40 students had successful drops, according the 5th grade teacher Kate Shoemaker.

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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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  • Alyssa Madrid runner-up for 2017 Spirit of Youth Awards

    Kodiak High School senior Alyssa Madrid cherishes her Alutiiq heritage. She has been a member of Kodiak Island’s Alutiiq Dancers since 2011 and is now training to become a lead drummer and song caller. She also has served as a youth ambassador for the Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance, and currently acts as the Cultural Programs Assistant for the Sun’aq Tribe of Kodiak.

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  • Demand growing for AKTEACH virtual events

    Earlier this month, some 400 students from 31 classrooms across the state of Alaska visited Kodiak’s Alutiiq Museum and Archaeological Repository, but there were no airplane or ferry rides involved in these trips to the museum.

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  • KIBSD’s new instructional support program defined

    It is never easy being the new kid — or teacher — in town. Combined that with living on a small, isolated island in the northern Pacific Ocean, and you just scratch the surface of the challenges faced by teachers new to the Kodiak Island Borough School District.

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  • Kodiak Island Borough School District Selects New Superintendent of Schools

    The Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education is pleased to announce that it has selected a new superintendent who will begin working on July 1, 2017.

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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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  • ‘March Madness’ comes to Kodiak with 2017 Region III 4A NLC Basketball Tournament

    “March Madness” will be in full effect this week in Kodiak as the 2017 Region III 4A Northern Lights Conference Basketball Tournament is played at Kodiak High School, March 9-11.

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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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  • KHS competes in 20th Alaska Tsunami Bowl

    The Kodiak Tsunami Bowl team placed first in the presentation category, third in the research paper category, and seventh in the quiz bowl at the 20th Alaska Tsunami Bowl! The winning team this year was from Mat-Su Career & Tech High School in Wasilla.

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  • KIBSD superintendent finalists forum set for March 6

    Next week — March 6-7 — the three finalists in the Kodiak Island Borough School District’s search for a new superintendent will visit Kodiak for on-site interviews. The highlight of the two-day trip will be a community candidate forum on Monday, March 6, from 7-8:30 PM, in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium.

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  • Peterson Elementary wins KIBSD’s 2nd grade Battle of the Books

    The Soaring Eagles of Peterson Elementary School won first place in the Kodiak Island Borough School District’s second-grade Battle of the Books.

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  • Ocean Rowe wins KIBSD district-wide spelling bee

    Eighteen students from Kodiak Island Borough School District town and rural schools competed Feb. 21 for the KIBSD District-wide Spelling Bee crown. East Elementary fifth-grader Ocean Rowe came out on top, but it was the battle for the runner-up spot where the drama really unfolded.

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  • KIBSD faculty, staff present at 2017 ASTE

    The Alaska Society for Technology in Education (ASTE) held its annual conference this week in Anchorage.

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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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  • Governor Walker Proclaims February as ‘School Board Recognition’ Month

    Alaska Governor Bill Walker has declared February to be “School Board Recognition” Month, a time to honor school board members and to express appreciation for their contributions.

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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 names 3 finalists in new superintendent search

    The Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education has selected three individuals as finalists in the search for a new superintendent. The board completed a series of online interviews with the six semifinalists and chose the following candidates as finalists for on-site interviews scheduled for March 6-7.

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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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  • GPA as a predictor of college, career readiness, success

    During his State of the State Address, Governor Bill Walker launched Alaska’s Education Challenge to establish an efficient, sustainable and comprehensive system that will provide an excellent education for every student every day. The ultimate goal: “For students to achieve and be prepared for career and/or college.”

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  • KIBSD names semi-finalists in new superintendent search

    The Kodiak Island Borough School District Board of Education has announced six semi-finalists in the district’s search for a new superintendent.

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  • Update: New bridge being planned for Main Elementary

    Earlier this school year, the bridge connecting Main Elementary School to Powell Avenue was closed down for repairs. According to Rich Walker, operations and special projects manager for Kodiak Island Borough District, deterioration and rust damage to the the bridge’s expansion plate and rebar components made it structurally unsound and caused the concrete bridge to begin to crumble and fall apart.

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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 and High schools. Conferences will be held this week, Feb. 8-9, from 5-8PM both nights. Conferences at KHS will be held in the cafeteria, and KMS conference will be held in classrooms.

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  • KIBSD students ready for Battle of the Books 2017

    Bookworms throughout Kodiak Island Borough School District have been preparing for weeks for Battle of the Books 2017, and the time is near. This week — Feb. 7-9 — students in grades 2-8 will participate in the district-wide competition, with the winners moving on to state-wide tournaments in March.

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  • KHS joins National ‘Start With Hello’ Call-to-Action Week

    “Hello.” It is a simple word with a mighty impact, and Kodiak High School students plan to show its strength during National “Start With Hello” Call-to-Action week, Feb. 6-10.  One of Sandy Hook Promise’s youth violence prevention programs, “Start With Hello” empowers students to create an inclusive and connected school community by reaching out to those who may be chronically isolated, marginalized or rejected to let them know that they are valued and are not invisible.

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  • Wanted: Public opinion on state education reform

    During his State of the State address in January, Alaska Gov. Bill Walker introduced “Alaska’s Education Challenge” — to establish an efficient, sustainable and comprehensive system that will provide an excellent education for every student every day. “We must do a better job of preparing our youth for the challenges of the future,” Walker said in his address. “To meet this challenge, we need to rethink our entire system of public education. Alaskans must be at the heart of this effort.”

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  • Celebrating academic excellence at KHS

    The KIBSD Board of Education and administration recognized first semester student achievement during the recent Academic Excellence Awards at Kodiak High School.

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  • Next ‘Girls in Engineering’ event set for Feb. 1

    Last October, Teanna Amodo traveled from Akhiok to participate in Kodiak High School’s fall “Girls in Engineering” program.  The day-long field trip to the USCG Air Station Kodiak included a tour of the USCGC Alex Haley, a Medium Endurance Cutter in the Coast Guard's fleet.  Students troubleshot electrical problems in a failed lighting system, stick welded in the damage control shop and learned about ship stability.

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  • East Elementary Kindergarteners celebrate Chinese New Year

    Kindergarteners at East Elementary celebrated the beginning of the year of the Rooster last Friday with a Chinese New Year parade through the school. Students donned homemade signs — red plastic plates with paper roosters glued to them — as they wound their way through the halls of East.

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  • Child Find 2017 set for Feb. 1

    Kodiak Island Borough School District’s Developmental Preschool program is teaming up with the Kodiak Area Native Association’s Infant Learning Program (ILP) again to host Kodiak Child Find on Wed., Feb. 1, 2017, from 1-7PM in the Koniag/KANA Building.

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  • Kodiak Robotics teams ‘inspires’ at state LEGO tournament

    Saturday, January 14, was a big day for the AKTEACH RoboBears. The robotics team from Kodiak Island Borough School District was awarded the Judges Award for Inspiration at the Alaska First Lego League (FLL) Robotics State Tournament — the Alaska Robot Rendezvous. While 58 teams from all over the state participated in the competition, the RoboBears were one of 17 teams who received an award.

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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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  • KHS students to take MAP tests on Jan. 20

    Friday, Jan. 20, will be a testing day for Kodiak High School students in grades 9, 10 and 11, who will be taking the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests in Reading, Language Usage and Mathematics.

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  • 100-point grading scale: Why it doesn’t work

    Educators agree that student grades should paint a realistic picture of how student effort and ability relate to achievement and promote learning.  After all, shouldn’t student grades be a meaningful measure of student achievement?  Still, there is a debate in education as to what that meaningful measure is and how it is generated. Clarity is essential, and there are certain questions educators must ask themselves in the creation of their grading systems:

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  • Stewart McDonald named finalist for 2017 National Superintendent of the Year

    Kodiak Island Borough School District Stewart McDonald has been named one of four finalists for 2017 National Superintendent of the Year.

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  • KIBSD’s Marilyn Davidson wins ‘Governor’s Award for the Arts & Humanities’

    Kodiak Island Borough School District’s Assistant Superintendent Marilyn Davidson has a particular love of the arts. As a former music teacher, this is not surprising. Arts education is her calling, and she based her career on the belief that arts education is vital for every student, providing creative opportunities for learners to understand their own humanity.

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  • 50th Annual Joe Floyd/Ravn Alaska Winter Tournament set for Dec. 27-29

    It’s been 50 years since the Kodiak High School Bears and Lady Bears first took the hardwood to play in the annual Joe Floyd/Ravn Alaska Winter Classic Basketball Tournament. This year’s jubilee celebration of “The Floyd” is set for Dec. 27-29. The roundball action will feature six teams from around the state, including KHS, Fort Pierce Central High School, West Valley, Ninilchik and Kenai Central. The sixth team is to be determined.

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  • East Elementary holds successful holiday canned food drive

    Santa’s elves were very busy this month at East Elementary School. Teaming up with the Kodiak High School FFA, East faculty, staff and students held a holiday canned food drive. The class bringing in the largest amount of food in pounds wins a pizza party with the KHS FFA, and all food received will be donated to the Kodiak Island Food Bank.

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  • KIBSD School Climate and Connectedness Survey

    While solid academics and graduation rates are the primary goals of every school district, how faculty, staff and students feel about their schools and classmates and their connection to them is important as well.

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  • Students at Peterson Elementary bring holiday cheer to families in need

    Fourth-grade teacher Mr. Hicks organized a holiday gift drive and encouraged all students to participate. Together, they collected enough gifts to fill 2 cars! Gifts will be delivered to 13 families recommended by the Office of Children Services.

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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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  • KHS students shine at AASB Youth Leadership Institute

    “You are the light of the world; share your light and light the fire in the hearts of the people. You will see their spirits shine.” Gene Tagaban’s grandmother told him this year’s ago, and he shared this wisdom with a group of Alaska high school students during the recent Association of Alaska School Boards’ 2016 Youth Leadership Institute. Four Kodiak High School student leaders were in the audience to hear Tagaban’s key note address, and these young people took his message to heart.

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  • Kodiak Robotics team wins regional tournament

    Earlier this month, two Kodiak Island Borough School District robotics teams — the AKTEACH RoboBears and the North Star Navigators — participated in the 2016-2017 FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Robotics Virtual Regional Qualifier. Securing the Judges’ Award for Outstanding Performance, the AKTEACH RoboBears will advance to the FLL Championship at South High School in Anchorage on Jan. 14, 2017.

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  • KHS FFA, Peterson Elementary team up for food drive

    When Angelica Brown asked the Kodiak High School FFA Club what service project they were interested in doing, she was impressed with the answer. The students wanted to work with Peterson Elementary School on a Thanksgiving canned food drive. The winning class at Peterson would win a pizza party with their FFA mentors.

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  • Sandy Hook Promise: Focus on Safe, Healthy Schools

    An inspiring discussion began this week in the Kodiak Island Borough School District. The topic: A student’s role in making his or her school a safe and healthy place, a place of support, hope and transformation for everyone including those students who sometimes feel marginalized and invisible.

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  • National award, KHS student source of pride for Kodiak

    Rafael Bitanga is an example of the amazing students that walk the halls of Kodiak Island Borough School District buildings every day, and he was Kodiak’s representative at the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program awards ceremony in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

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  • AKTEACH/Baranov Museum Summer Film Intensive wins National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award

    The Baranov Museum has won a National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Award for their Summer Film Intensive, a partnership with AKTEACH and the Kodiak Island Borough School District. On Tuesday, Nov. 15, in a ceremony at the White House in Washington, D.C., First Lady Michelle Obama will award the AKTEACH/Baranov Museum Summer Film Intensive and 11 other programs from around the country with the honor.

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  • Veterans Day

    Schools throughout the District held Veterans Day assemblies to honor veterans and those currently serving in the armed forces. Highlights include; songs for veterans and active duty servicemembers at East Elementary, student-led assembly with special guest speaker at Kodiak Middle School, and songs and letters for veterans at Peterson Elementary.

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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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  • Congratulations State Champs!!

    The 2016 swim and dive season has come to a close after a final weekend of fierce competition at the Dimond Park Aquatic Center in Juneau. Congratulations to all our athletes for their hard work and dedication this season, and to our Kodiak Boys for winning the State Championship!

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  • Girls in Engineering: Exploring the Possibilities

    A host of Kodiak Island Borough School District female high schoolers interested in pursuing studies and careers in science, technology, engineering, arts or mathematics.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • KIBSD Accreditation: What Will It Mean?

    What does it mean for a school or school district to be accredited?

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  • KIBSD a Step Closer to District-wide Accreditation

    Last week, Kodiak Island Borough School District cleared a major hurdle in its quest to become just one of three accredited school districts in the state of Alaska.

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  • KHS ‘Girls in Engineering’ headed to USCG-Kodiak Oct. 26

    Are you a girl attending Kodiak High School with an interest in studying and working in the fields of science, technology, engineering, the arts or mathematics?

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  • KHS students blaze their own hiking trail.

    Numerous hiking trails wind their way through the Kodiak Island landscape and archipelago. Ever wonder how they got there?

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  • KHS health class tackles tough topics

    Violence against kids is discussed as part of the KHS Health unit "Safety and Violence Prevention”.

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  • Prevent bullying throughout KIBSD in October

    Observing National Bullying Prevention Month is part of KIBSD’s overall commitment to creating an educational environment that is “caring, healthy, safe, non-disruptive and non-biased.”

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  • Main holds annual ‘Open House and Harvest Festival’

    Main Elementary School held its annual Open House and Harvest Festival on Friday, Sept. 23.

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  • Fifth-grade students experience the judicial process first-hand

    On Tuesday, students got to participate in a mock trial supervised by Judge Dawson Williams.

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  • KHS World Bridge Team wins NASA Europa Challenge 2016

    For the second consecutive year, Kodiak High School’s World Bridge Team has won the NASA World Wind Europa Challenge!

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  • KIBSD’s technology use makes news

    Kodiak Island Borough School District and its use of technology in the classroom is gaining national attention.

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  • KIBSD Certificated Hiring Report

    Assistant Superintendent Marilyn Davidson publicly responds to recent questions in the community about teacher turnover.

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  • KHS celebrates Homecoming 2016

    Homecoming week is in full swing at Kodiak High School, and what a week it has been!

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  • KIBSD celebrate Constitution Day

    Elementary schools throughout Kodiak Island Borough School District observed Constitution Day in a number of ways.

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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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  • KIBSD Superintendent Stewart McDonald named Alaska ‘Superintendent of the Year’

    Stewart McDonald has been named “Alaska Superintendent of the Year” for 2017 by the Alaska Superintendents Association (ASA).

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  • KIBSD faculty, staff head back to class

    While their students prepare for their first day of school on Aug. 29, Kodiak Island Borough School District faculty and staff are headed back today.

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  • KIBSD: World Bridge Update

    Last summer was one for the record books for Kodiak Island Borough School District and its World Bridge program.

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  • KIBSD superintendent to step down after 2016-2017 school year

    Stewart McDonald has faithfully and fiercely served the students and employees of the Kodiak Island Borough School District for the last eight years, and the 2016-2017 school year will be his last with KIBSD.

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  • Public viewing of student films set for June 15

    The two-week summer film intensive is open to Kodiak middle and high school students, and allows them to make and direct their own 3- to 5-minute documentary film.

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  • KIBSD student earns 1st-ever pipe welding cert via distance learning

    Trevor Phillips is a trailblazer. The 2016 Akhiok School graduate accomplished something that no other Alaskan rural schools student has ever achieved.

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  • Anastasia Skonberg honored with Spirit of Youth Award

    Spirit of Youth is an Anchorage-based non-profit organization that “is dedicated to creating, promoting and recognizing youth involvement in communities across Alaska.”

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  • KIBSD Summer Institute is in session

    In the Kodiak Island Borough School District, the learning does not stop just because it is summertime.

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  • Jennie Schauff named new principal at East Elementary

    When the 2015 school year ends this week, East Elementary will bid farewell to retiring Principal Dawnn Catt and welcome its new principal, Jennie Schauff.

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  • KHS graduation rates on the rise

    In 2015, the overall graduation rate for the district was 89.5 percent, which was an increase over the 2011 rate of 78.3 percent.

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  • Kodiak Island Borough and QM

    “Quality Matters has become a necessary framework for how we think about course design for our distance learning program,”

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  • KHS recognizes Spring 2016 Academic Excellence Awards

    The KIBSD Board of Education and administration recognized second semester student achievement during the recent Academic Excellence Awards at Kodiak High School.

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  • 2 more KHS student-athletes off to play college sports

    Kristhel Fangonilo and Kalameli Matautia have added their names to the list of Kodiak High School’s senior student-athletes who are college bound thanks to scholarships.

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  • KHS cleans up in AIA Alaska design competition

    Kodiak High School is full of budding architects, and these students proved their talents worthy during the 51st Annual American Institute of Architects Alaska Frank Maier High School Design Competition.

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  • Amanda Magnusen receives U.S. Army Leadership Award

    When Amanda Magnusen headed to Anchorage for the 2016 Native Youth Olympics last month, her aim was to win the Seal Hop event.

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  • Summer film intensive now accepting applications

    AKTEACH, See Stories and the Baranov Museum are now accepting applications for their 2016 Summer Film Intensive.

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  • KHS Prom 2016: Fire, Ice and Gratitude

    The KHS 2016 prom was a huge success with some 230 students attending the formal event and more than 100 the school-sponsored after-party on April 16.

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  • Classroom innovators: North Star’s Elizabeth Ridgeway and Chris Polum

    What does it mean to be an innovator, a trailblazer, a pioneer, a groundbreaker or a trendsetter?

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  • KHS students give ‘superior’ performances at regional contest

    50 students earned “Superior” ratings during this year’s Regional Solo & Ensemble Contest. These students will travel to the University of Alaska in May to compete at the state level on May 5.

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  • KHS students have skills

    Last weekend, students from Kodiak High School proved their mettle at the Annual Career and Technical Student Organization (CTSO) Alaska Conference in Anchorage at the University of Alaska.

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  • KMS administrators making a difference everyday

    Middle school is hard. While this seems to be one of those accepted facts of life, the administration team at Kodiak Middle School believes it can lighten the load for its students. Since taking the helm at KMS during the 2014-2015 school year, that is exactly what Principal Jethro Jones and Assistant Principal Damon Hargraves have striven to do.

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  • KHS students excel as part Kodiak Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron

    Kodiak High School juniors Samantha Torkildsen and Evan Josh Jones have an interest most high school students do not even think about — cybersecurity — under the guidance of Esley Ottesen, the two high school students are channeling this interest into success with the Kodiak Civil Air Patrol Composite Squadron CyberPatriot Team.

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  • ‘Make and Play’ is theme for 2016 VLC

    When it comes to STEAM education, Dale Dougherty is right: “Making creates evidence of learning.” The founding editor and publisher of Make Magazine and Maker Faire, Dougherty wholeheartedly believes that when it comes to STEAM education making and creating are essential.

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  • Team Hollywood, KIBSD Rural Schools: A mentorship success story

    When Team Hollywood comes to town, Kodiak’s rural villages — entire communities — roll out the red carpet. This is particularly true in Akhiok and Larsen Bay, where village elders regularly bring in Team Hollywood to hold basketball camps for KIBSD students and to entertain the communities with its special brand of celebrity streetball.

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  • Revving the engines of STEM education at Kodiak High School

    Mike Finley’s classroom at Kodiak High School is anything but typical. Take his Introduction to Engineering class. In it, 20 students are exploring the many facets of engineering — physics, material science, applied mathematics — through one truly unique project. They are designing, engineering and fabricating a one-person electric vehicle.

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  • Watch KHS Robotics compete in First Tech Challenge Super Regional Tournament

    KHS Robotics Team NanoBytes are be competing in the in First Tech Challenge (FTC) Super Regional Tournament this Friday and Saturday in Oakland, CA.

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  • Perseverance pays, Pillans to play JC football at Mesa CC

    Hard work and perseverance paid off for Kodiak High School senior Kordell Pillans. Earlier this month, he accepted a maximum offer to play football at Mesa Community College in Mesa, AZ, and will be trading Kodiak blue and gold for Thunderbird red, white and blue this fall.

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  • KHS honors new National Honor Society inductees

    On March 8, the Kodiak High School chapter of the National Honor Society added 39 students — 20 juniors and 19 sophomores — to its ranks.

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  • KIBSD employees, students shine in ‘The Music Man’

    This Saturday, March 5, more than 60 of Kodiak’s finest talents will take the stage at the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium for opening night of “The Music Man,” and many of them are KIBSD employees and students.

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  • KHS students place 10th in Tsunami Bowl

    Last weekend, eight students from Kodiak High School traveled to Seward to compete in the 19th Annual Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl.

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  • 2016 Kodiak Island Virtual, STEM Learning Conference

    Calling all educators with an interest in virtual, distance or STEM learning! The Kodiak Island Borough School District and AKTEACH have set the date for the 2016 Kodiak Island Virtual and STEM Learning Conference: June 6-8.

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  • Marilyn Gail: Guiding Rural Schools Students

    Meet Marilyn Gail. The North Carolina native has a passion for working with kids. It is a passion that led her to earn a Masters Degree in education with a special concentration in school counseling.

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  • Main, KHS students learn about Alaska culture — together

    A collaborative teaching project between Kodiak High and Main Elementary schools dubbed “Cultural Buddies” is the brainchild of KHS teacher Eric Waltenbaugh and Main first-grade teacher Jennifer Waltenbaugh. Cultural Buddies provides Eric’s Alaska History students with the opportunity to work with Main’s first and second graders on reading and map skills while also learning about Alaska’s diverse array of cultures.

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  • KHS robotics team advances to Super Regional Tournament

    Kodiak High School robotics students are headed to Oakland, CA, to compete in the First Tech Challenge Super Regional Tournament, March 24-26. The KHS NanoBytes were part of the winning alliance from the Feb. 19-20 FTC Alaska State Championship, and will be one of 72 teams from 13 western state competing in the Super Regional Tournament.

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  • Exploring the art, meaning of Alutiiq masks at Main Elementary

    Thanks to the ingenuity of Carla Schauff (Migrant Education and IEA Aide) and Joyce Blair (Extended Day Coordinator and ELAP teacher), students in Main’s Homework Club and Extended Day Program explored Kodiak Island’s Native American heritage by learning about and creating their very own Alutiiq masks.

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  • KIBSD students prepare for state Battle of the Books competition

    The Battle of the Books teams from Peterson Elementary School swept the KIBSD district competition last week and will join the Kodiak Middle School team in competing at the state level later this month.

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  • KHS celebrates academic excellence

    The KIBSD Board of Education and administration recognized first semester student achievement during the recent Academic Excellence Awards at Kodiak High School.

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  • KHS robotics teams qualify for state tournament

    The two rookie robotics teams from Kodiak High School won multiple awards during the FIRST Tech Challenge ResQ Qualifying Tournament this past weekend at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, including the PTC Design Award and Control Award.

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  • KHS Dance Concert set for Saturday, Jan. 30

    A 32-year tradition continues this weekend when Kodiak High School hosts its annual Dance Concert.

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  • KIBSD District Spelling Bee Winner: Derek Rocheleau

    After two months of school-wide bees at Kodiak Middle School, the four in-town elementary schools and each rural school, 18 KIBSD students, their families and district faculty and staff gathered to see which student would spell their way to the Alaska State Spelling Bee in Anchorage.

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  • Richelle Walker earns volleyball, track scholarship to Olympic College

    Friday, Jan. 15 is a day Richelle Walker and her family will not soon forget. That is the day the Kodiak High School senior signed a maximum athletic offer for volleyball and track to attend Olympic College in Bremerton, WA. It’s the day Richelle became an Olympic College Ranger.

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  • Parents’ math class starts tonight

    Many parents have an innate fear of helping their kids with their math homework. In recent years, this fear has turned into frustration as parents find themselves stumped by the “new math” curriculum kids are learning in school, and this frustration is compounded by the general lack of institutional help available to help parents learn how to best help their kids with their math homework.

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  • Jake Yavorsky to play JC football at College of the Sequoias

    For the first time since 2012, a Kodiak High School football player has received a scholarship to play college football.

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  • KHS business class completes legendary project

    Students learn how to start and fund businesses, produce marketing collateral, create web sites, plan and execute events and advertise their businesses through KIBSD’s project-based curricula.

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  • It’s Joe Floyd tournament time

    Tonight — Jan. 7 — marks the beginning of the Joe Floyd/Ravn Alaska Winter Classic. Hosted by Kodiak High School since 1967, it is the oldest high school basketball tournament in the state.

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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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  • KHS wrestlers end season on high note

    As the 2015 high school wrestling season came to a close Dec. 19, the Kodiak Bears were celebrating.

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  • Christmas shopping at Peterson Elementary

    Thanks to some holiday elves — the Peterson PTA, seven local vendors and many Peterson moms — students were able to buy inexpensive gifts for their family members at the Santa Shop.

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  • AKTEACH: An Hour of Code

    Through AKTEACH and code.org, a non-profit dedicated to expanding computer science education, more than 400 students across the state of Alaska and even some in Minnesota participated in an “Hour of Code” event.

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  • KHS girls basketball readies for 2015-16 season

    Legendary Coach Red Auerbach said it — “Just do what you do best” — and Kodiak High School girls basketball coach Krista Hicks believes it.

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  • KIBSD students learn real world lessons from salmon

    Each fall the Kodiak Regional Aquaculture Association works with Kodiak Island Borough School District elementary schools as they teach fourth-grade students about the lifecycle of a salmon through a program dubbed “Salmon in the Classroom.”

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  • Kodiak Island partnership, ASCA create teacher prep and professional development

    The Alaska State Arts Council (ASCA) in partnership with Kodiak Island Borough School District, Kodiak College, the Alutiiq Museum and Repository and Kodiak Arts Council, will begin work together on a partnership to increase the number and tenure of confident, competent K-12 generalist and specialist teachers of the arts in Alaska.

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  • KIBSD BOE “Outstanding School Board of the Year” for 2014-2015

    KIBSD’s Board of Education has been named the “Outstanding School Board of the Year” for 2014-2015 by the Alaska Association of School Boards.

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  • Akhiok students work on University of Colorado Denver antenna project

    University of Colorado Denver chooses Akhiok as the site to place an antenna and electronic receiver.

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  • KHS volleyball heads to state tournament

    Championships are won with a cohesive determination, an indefatigable work ethic and an overarching commitment to the group.

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  • In depth: KIBSD School Climate and Connectedness Survey

    How faculty, staff and 6-12 graders in KIBSD feel about their schools and classmates and their connection to them.

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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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  • KHS Drama presents ‘Guys and Dolls’

    KHS Drama program’s production of “Guys and Dolls.”

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  • ‘Every 15 Minutes:’ Lessons in distracted driving

    Educating young people about the dangers of driving while distracted and impaired.

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  • Sqord Program helps KIBSD fight childhood obesity

    Part computer game, part social network and part real-world exercise.

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  • Author visits KIBSD elementary, middle schools

    Author Cindy Lou Aillaud introduces students to her book “Recess at 20 Below.”

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  • Main Elementary harvests veggies, tradition in garden

    “Never underestimate the power of a planted seed.” — Anonymous

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  • SCCS Community Presentation

    Community presentation of the results of the 2015 School Climate and Connectedness Survey.

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  • KIBSD elementary students celebrate Constitution Day

    Elementary schools throughout Kodiak Island Borough School District observed Constitution Day in a number of ways.

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  • KHS students have busy, successful summer

    Kodiak High School students kept themselves busy this summer — raking in the awards on a global scale.

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  • KIBSD students visit Australia through AKTEACH

    Some 300 students around Alaska — including every village on Kodiak and classes at North Star, East and Main elementary schools — recently took a virtual trip to Taronga Western Plains Zoo in New South Wales, Australia, thanks to content share programming offered through AKTEACH.

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  • Wildfires don’t stop 1st day at Chiniak School

    It was anything but a typical first day of school at Chiniak School on Aug. 31.

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