School year begins with new principals, new students

At Paul Banks Elementary School’s meet-the-teacher event Monday afternoon, the parking lot was crowded and hallways were filled with excited students and their parents, grandparents and siblings.

For some, like Aiden Clark, there was excitement over being a first-grader, but he still took time to pay a visit to his old kindergarten classroom and say hello to his former teacher, Jeri McLean.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Aug. 27: School board candidate orientation, District Office, Soldotna, 1:30-2:30 p.m. For information, call Debbie Tressler, 907-714-8836.


Chapman School

Through Sept. 16: New student registration, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Aug. 20: First day of school.

Sept. 13: School pictures


Facilities upgraded in time for 2013-2014 school year

It isn’t just books, pencils, paper and teachers awaiting students of the Kenai Peninsula Bolrough School District.  While youngsters from prekindergarten to 12th grade had the summer away from their studies, the district’s maintenance crews were hard at work.

From top to bottom, inside and out, school buildings throughout the district received some special attention.

Some of the projects were started last year and finished this year.

Student named to prevention of youth suicide board

At 18, Taylor Haller is no stranger to serving her community.

A high school senior when classes begin at Susan B. English School later this month, Taylor volunteers as an ETT, emergency trauma technician, and firefighter for the city of Seldovia.

When a fire broke out on Hesketh Island earlier this summer, Taylor was part of the response team that also included her father, Seldovia Chief of Police Shad Haller, her mother, Tiffany, and two of her siblings, all of whom volunteer with Seldovia’s Fire and EMS.



Grades Prek-8

P.O. Box 1109, Anchor Point, AK 99556

Phone: 235-8671

Fax: 235-5460

Principal: Conrad Woodhead

Secretary: Debbie Poindexter

Class start, stop times: 8:40 a.m., 3:10 p.m.

Registration: 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Aug, 6, 7, 8 and 12

First day of school: Aug. 20



School board


Joe Arness, President

P.O. Box 1470, 

Kenai, AK 99611

Phone: 907-776-8089


Liz Downing, Vice president

1247 Bay Ave., 

Homer, AK 99603

Phone: 235-8555


Childhood Immunizations

Homer Medical Center

4136 Bartlett St.; 235-8586 
Current Homer Medical Center patients call for appointment between 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Homer Public Health

195 E. Bunnell Ave.; 235-8857 

Call for appointment between 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., closed noon-1 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Kachemak Bay
Medical Clinic

Supplies List

A student’s name should be on everything unless otherwise noted.  


Note: For many reasons (safety, space, etc.), teachers prefer that students do not have backpacks with wheels. 


Back to School - Superintendent’s Welcome

On behalf of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District it is my pleasure to welcome you to the 2013-14 school year. After 10 weeks of summer break it is time for our students to resume their education journey. By extension, August means that it also is time for our community to reengage with our schools and to offer, as it can, support for our students; thank you in advance for doing this. It was a busy summer at the District Office with a lot of time spent reviewing last year’s performance data.

Graduation ceremonies

Graduation ceremonies

There are several commencement ceremonies remaining in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District this week. They are: 

Today: Connections, Soldotna High School, 4 p.m.

Today: Razdolna for kindergarten, eighth-grade and high school seniors, 11 a.m.

Today: Kachemak Selo for eighth-grade and high school, 2 p.m.



Sarah Andrews  Homer

Peter Otis Ellert, Homer

Kayla Rose Fisher, Homer

Frank Colton Holub, Nikolaevsk

Brooke Hannah Hueper, Homer

Nathaniel K. Isaac, Homer

Valedictorians Rap

At Homer High School’s commencement ceremony Monday evening, valedictorians Dylan Faulkner, Katherine Kirsis, Ethan Kizzia, Samuel Reinert and Katie Pitzman brought their classmates to their feet and drew loud cheers and applause for the rap they’d written. Based loosely on a well-known rap song by Jay-Z and Kanye West, the students put their own HHS spin to it.


I grad so hard, I finish everything assigned to me

Colleges want to find me

What’s four long years to a student like me could you please remind me?

‘Mariners on the move’ selected for fourth quarter

‘Mariners on the move’ selected for fourth quarter

Nominations of an outstanding student based on scholarship and citizenship from each Homer High School faculty have chosen the following students as ‘Mariners On the Move.’ Nominees and their families were invited to a May 9 celebration catered by the Homer High School culinary arts class.

Felemon Molodih, nominated by Mark Casseri;

Trevor Flynn, nominated by Esther Webb;

School Events

Student news

Ninilchik students Caleb Daniels and Esther Pherson were among the graduates honored at Bob Jones University’s commencement exercises.

Aranda Koch of Anchor Point graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a bachelor of arts degree in business management. 

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Pre-Kindergarden Title I Assessments

Graduation ceremonies slated throughout May

Kindergarten through college, students are wrapping up their studies and graduating.
The following ceremonies are held at the school unless otherwise noted.

May 17: Fireweed Academy for sixth-grade,
1:30 p.m..

May 17: Chapman School for kindergarten,
2 p.m.

May 19: Flex High School at Land’s End Resort,
5 p.m.

May 20: Chapman School for eighth-grade,
7 p.m.

May 20: McNeil Canyon Elementary School for sixth-grade, 12:30 p.m.

KBC grads celebrated

Praise and advice, cheers and applause, balloons and bouquets marked the 2013 commencement ceremony of Kachemak Bay Campus, Kenai Peninsula College-University of Alaska Anchorage, held at Mariner Theatre May 8.

“Welcome to you, our graduating class. I am so very proud of you,” said KBC Campus Director Carol Swartz, also recognizing those students unable to attend.

School Events

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Pre-Kindergarden Title I Assessments

Children who will be four years old by Sept. 1 have an opportunity to attend pre-kindergarten classes at their local area school in the fall. To qualify for the classes, parents and guardians must:

1. Contact their local area school to schedule a Pre-K assessment;


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