School Events

Chapman School

Oct. 3: Kenai Peninsula Borough community meeting at 3 p.m. Contact Michele Turner at 714-2165.

Oct. 8: Homer Electric Association community barbecue at Chapman, 5 p.m. Contact Joe Gallagher at HEA for more info.

Oct. 20: Presentation at Chapman on the Adolescent Brain by Brian Partridge, associate professor in psychology and human services at the Kachemak Bay Campus. Refreshments provided. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Angelica is back

She walks slowly, but Angelica Haakenson is walking.

Twelve-year-old Angelica of Anchor Point lost both her legs in a car accident on Christmas Day of 2014. After months of convalescence in Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Hospital at Providence in Anchorage and physical therapy, she is slowly transitioning out of a wheelchair onto prosthetic legs.

School Events

Big Fireweed Academy

Sept. 24: Open House and Harvest Festival, 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 7: Picture Day, 12:45 p.m.

Little Fireweed (grades K-2)

Sept. 29: Open House, 5:30 - 6:30 p.m. 

Oct. 7: Picture day, 9:15 a.m.

Oct. 7: Salmon Egg take, 12:30 p.m.

Homer High School

Homer High singer selected to be part of national ensemble

Falcom Greear’s musical talent has been a known fact in Homer for years: when he was just 10 years old, Greear put on a solo show at the Council on the Arts entitled “10 Songs From a 10-Year-Old.” By age 13, he’d performed an opera at Bunnell Street Gallery, sung in Jubilee five times and at the 2013 Governor’s Picnic and 2011 TED Talks, and had been paid to perform at the Ninilchik Fair.

Fireweed mural inspires young readers

The beginning readers at Little Fireweed now have something to look up at between exploring books during Partner Reading Time: a new mural on the library wall. 

Over the summer, kindergarten teacher Kim Fine invited three local artists — Nancy Wise, Barb Wyatt and Sarah Robertson — to decorate the wall. The three women got together and planned out the piece students can admire now.

School Events

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KPBSD now has a free app available in the App Store for iPhone and Android users. Look for Kenai Peninsula Borough SD, and personalize the app by subscribing to specific schools to get calendar events.


Individual school results of the Alaska Measures Progress (AMP) testing are expected in October.


Sept. 17: Just in Time New Teacher Training at the Soldotna Prep PD Room, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Aspiring volunteers must undergo background check

Anyone interested in being a school volunteer needs to complete an online form and agree to a background check; only criminal activity will be checked.  All information will be kept confidential and information can only be accessed by a few members of the Human Resources department.  To complete the screening process, visit the District’s web page at and click on Employment, then click on Volunteer, then on Volunteer All Vacancies, and find the location where you wish to volunteer.  Click the ‘Apply’ butt

Students applaud Pink Martini’s eclectic, upbeat, moving music

Grade schoolers are not Pink Martini’s usual audience demographic, and pianist Thomas Lauderdale had to correct himself when he accidentally opened Monday’s pre-concert noon performance for all the area schools with, “Good night, everyone!” 

But the 10 musicians representing the jazzy, Latin-influenced, genre-defying orchestra adjusted easily in Homer High School’s Mariner Theater.

Between songs in English, French and Spanish, the band members took turns introducing themselves and their musical backgrounds.

Flex School holds open house on Wednesday

Homer Flex School will open its doors to the public from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, for its annual Open House. Produce from the school garden will be served, and school officials will be giving tours of both the garden and the school. The school’s new Mental Health Counselor, Agusta Lind, will also be giving a short presentation on her new community group, Topics for Parents. The group is open to any parent or guardian. More information will be available at the Open House.

District restructures departments to save

Revisions to targeted operations are cutting costs for the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

The pools, warehouse, transportation and Student Nutritional Service departments have been reorganized, including the elimination of one position, to reduce spending.

The changes, most of which took effect on July 1, were approved by the Board of Education through the 2016 Fiscal Year budget in April, said school district spokesperson Pegge Erkeneff.

Nanwalek students get their new iPads

Nanwalek School’s 80 students finally received their iPads on Tuesday. The long-awaited celebration was not a quiet one. 

Staff and students clustered into the village school’s gymnasium to receive the various Apple gadgets granted in 2014 through the ConnectED initiative’s partnership with the White House. Cheering, singing and vibrant tales filled the ceremony.

Board updates district’s infectious disease policy

In the case of an outbreak, the Kenai Peninsula Borough schools will call on the superintendent to work with health organizations to develop a plan of attack.

The Board of Education approved a policy change to clarify who would be responsible for the organization and response to an epidemic within the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, at its July 6 meeting.

“It is not a huge change, but more to clarify and make sure the policy is up to date,” said Health Services Coordinator Carmen Magee.

Back to School

Superintendent’s Welcome

Welcome back to the 2015-2016 school year! Our district is very excited to have all our students, staff and parents back in school. We have had a busy summer at the district office in preparation for this year, and are now able to implement many blended learning opportunities across the district while leveraging our existing technology for even greater student learning. As you know, we are fully committed to prepare all of our students for their future.

Connections principal leaves with 2015 graduates

Connections Home School Program Principal Lee Young left the school along with the 2015 graduating class.

At the commencement ceremony held at Soldotna High School, Young sent off his last group of students before heading into retirement from the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

“It was a wonderful class full of hard workers and dedicated students,” Young said. “They have bright futures and goals and I am extremely proud of them.”

Eight Ninilchik grads ready for new adventures

 Eight graduates turned their tassels the evening of May 18 in the Ninilchik School gymnasium.

The group of friends, who have studied, shared classrooms and participated in extracurriculars together for more than a decade, huddled with arms around each other’s shoulders after their principal Jeff Ambrosier announced their graduation to an audience of family and friends.

“The feeling is bittersweet definitely,” said graduate Melissa Clark. “It’s hard to let go of so many friendships but I am excited for the future.”

Homer High seniors graduate with style - and resiliency

They wore XtraTuf boots, high heel shoes, sneakers and slippers. They decorated their mortarboards with stuffed animals, religious symbols and greetings. One senior wrote, “Four years for a piece of paper and a handshake.” As they walked out, they strode to John Williams’ “Imperial March,” passing by a stage with the slogan, “May the Force be with you” — all part of the Star Wars theme the class of 2015 chose.

Flex students graduatewith joy, gratitude

There was an air of hope and thanksgiving as family and friends gathered to watch nine students from Homer Flex High School graduate Tuesday. Christopher Bice, Kaylynn Bunnell, Crystal Campbell, Anton Kuzmin, Michael Peltier, Tyler Post, Samantha Tangman, Sage Van Hooser and Alexia Wrenn all received the honor of moving their tassels from right to left as they became high school graduates during the early evening ceremony at Land’s End.

Kachemak Bay Campus 2015 graduates

Occupational Endorsement Certificate, medical office coding

Colleen M. Behen

Kenai Peninsula College Associate of Arts Degree

Conner Barger

Adam Diaz

Alexander Konev

Dennis Martushoff

Michael Tupper

Michael Steen

Associate of Applied Science, Radiologic Technology

Nina Ellen Gunnell

Associate of Applied Science, Early Childhood Development

Cora Trowbridge

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology

Corrie Haigh

Melody Martin

Bachelor of Arts, Elementary Education

Efimia Basargin

KBC grads start new stories in life

Dream big. Persevere in your dreams. Make mistakes. Stay involved in your community. Be the new storytellers.

That was some of the advice keynote speaker Francie Roberts gave last week in her address to the 41 graduates of the 2015 class of Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College.

“My story is built on other stories. Your story may be, too,” Roberts, a University of Alaska Anchorage alumna, said.


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