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Caption/Description: The Kodiak Middle School student council raised $638.08 through fundraisers to donate to relief efforts in the Philippines. (Photo courtesy of Kodiak Island Borough School District) KMS students raise money for Philippines by Nicole_Klauss
Jan 14, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend
 DAILY MIRROR STAFF Kodiak Middle School students collected loose change to raise more than $600 for the Philippines. Kodiak Middle School’s student council wanted to do something to help people who were affected by Typhoon Haiyan, so it decided to organize a fundraiser. The student council creat...
Math nights will teach parents how to work with students by Nicole_Klauss
Jan 13, 2014 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
 By NICOLE KLAUSS Mirror Writer Math today is taught differently than it was 20 years ago, which is why many parents struggle to work on homework with their children. In response to requests from parents, the Kodiak Island Borough School District is trying something new — a six-part class that te...
Artist teaches rural students documentary filmmaking by Nicole_Klauss
Dec 02, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 24 24 recommendations | email to a friend
Students in Karluk and Larsen Bay have learned how to make documentary videos through the Artist in Schools program. Marie Acemah spent a week in Karluk and a week in Larsen Bay at the beginning of November and spent two hours each day teaching students how to make a documentary. The students cho...
Rounsaville Teacher Spotlight: From coach to P.E. teacher, Rounsaville helps students stay fit by Nicole_Klauss
Dec 02, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
Sports and physical activity have always been a major focus of Darlene Rounsaville’s life, which is why she has taught P.E. for 29 years. Rounsaville grew up in Kodiak and graduated from Kodiak High School. When she was young, she was always involved in sports — she was on the first Kodiak high s...
District enrollment drops slightly by Nicole_Klauss
Nov 26, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
The Kodiak Island Borough School District has fewer students than it did last year. This year, enrollment dropped by 45 students. Final numbers don’t typically come out until the middle of November because the district was dealing with boundary exemption requests for the elementary schools and ot...
Students from Kodiak High School tour the enginerooms aboard Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley during a field trip through different Coast Guard units in Kodiak, Alaska, Nov. 19, 2013. The students visited the Coast Guard base and tenant units as part of the Women in Engineering program that promotes education in science, engineering, technology and mathematics. U.S. Coast Guard photograph by Petty Officer 3rd Class Diana Honings. Women In Engineering program took high school girls to Coast Guard base by Nicole_Klauss
Nov 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 18 18 recommendations | email to a friend
A group of 29 girls from Kodiak High School visited Coast Guard Base Kodiak on Tuesday to learn about career opportunities for women through the Women in Engineering program. The Women in Engineering program promotes education in science, engineering, technology and math (STEM). The trip was fina...
Laura Smelser teaches physical education and music at Peterson Elementary School in Kodiak. (Nicole Klauss photo) Teacher Spotlight: Mixing music and exercise by Nicole_Klauss
Nov 25, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
It’s Laura Smelser’s job to enliven kids through music and exercise. Smelser works as a teacher at Peterson Elementary School where she has dual roles as the music and physical education teacher. She moved to Kodiak in August 2012, and started out as a long-term substitute for Kodiak High School,...
Threshold Services, Inc. employee Nelson Jennings, picks up cans from Francine Marcelo, Keith Bruce and Kiana Ballao, for America Recycles Day, on Friday, Nov. 15. (Nicole Klauss photo) Schools celebrate recycle day by Nicole_Klauss
Nov 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Students from Kodiak’s elementary schools collected more than 3,700 aluminum cans for America Recycles Day on Friday. America Recycles Day is part of the Keep America Beautiful campaign. It’s a nationally recognized day dedicated to the promotion of recycling in the U.S. Ken Reinke, executive dir...
School board named ‘outstanding’ by Nicole_Klauss
Nov 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend
The Association of Alaska School Boards named the Kodiak Island Borough school board the most outstanding school board in the state. On Nov. 9, the Kodiak school board received the Most Outstanding School Board of the Year award at the AASB’s 60th annual conference in Anchorage. The board receive...
Kodiak High School English teacher LeeAnn Schmelzenbach stands in front of her students' Wordle projects, on Friday, Nov. 15. (Nicole Klauss photo) Teacher Spotlight: Making literature fun for high school students by Nicole_Klauss
Nov 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
Getting high school students excited about literature might seem like a daunting task, but Kodiak High School teacher LeeAnn Schmelzenbach does it every day and manages to have fun with it. Schmelzenbach, a Kodiak High School alumna, earned her bachelor’s degree and teaching certificate from Nort...
School events by Nicole_Klauss
Nov 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 11 11 recommendations | email to a friend
  • The Kodiak Island Borough school board will have a regular meeting at 7 p.m. tonight in the borough assembly chambers. • The Kodiak Island Borough School District is holding a parent meeting at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium Choral Pod to discuss Standards Based Grading.  
New auto shop teacher Bill McGuire, far right, and his students stand with some of the engines they are working on, at Kodiak High School, on Nov. 1. (Nicole Klauss photo) Teacher Spotlight: Helping students earn certifications for life after high school by Nicole_Klauss
Nov 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
Bill McGuire’s auto shop class at Kodiak High School is a popular one. McGuire is teaching four auto shop classes and two small engines classes this year, and he has close to 100 students in just the auto shop classes alone. McGuire has a background in teaching and working in the oil field. He sp...
Bryan Rivera, college and career guide at Kodiak High School, sports blue and gold colors in his office on Friday, Nov. 1. Rivera works to help high schol students figure out their plans after graduation. (Nicole Klauss photo) College and career guide helps students at KHS figure out future by Nicole_Klauss
Nov 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
About half of the students at Kodiak High School aren’t sure what they want to do after graduation. That’s where Kodiak High School college and career guide Bryan Rivera steps in. “It’s 50-50,” he said. “I often see a split with students. Either they come to me and need help with the process and ...
Students in the Kodiak High School quilting class have completed their first projects, which are displayed in the quilting room on Nov. 1. From left to right quilts are by: John Norton, Hana Ozuna and Zoe Bigley. (Nicole Klauss photo) Students learn math in quilting class by Nicole_Klauss
Nov 18, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
By NICOLE KLAUSS Mirror Writer Students are stitching math and art concepts together in a new quilting class offered at Kodiak High School. Alexis Jackson proposed the class to the high school administrators, and received the go-ahead to create and teach the quilting class. “I love building thing...
Chiniak, Peterson schools recognized for performance by Nicole_Klauss
Nov 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
By NICOLE KLAUSS Mirror Writer Two Kodiak schools were recognized by the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development for their student achievement last year. Chiniak and Peterson were among 49 public schools in the state that received top ratings under Alaska’s new accountability system....
Teacher Spotlight: Teaching math and science through gardening by Nicole_Klauss
Nov 04, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 13 13 recommendations | email to a friend
By NICOLE KLAUSS Mirror Writer Peterson Elementary School teacher Chris Hicks teaches his students critical math and science skills through gardening. Hicks has a background in science from his time with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Although Hicks came from a family of teachers, he did...
Mary Polasky stands in her classroom at Main Elementary School. (Nicole Klauss photo) Teacher spotlight: Teaching second-graders academics and life skills by Nicole_Klauss
Oct 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend
By NICOLE KLAUSS Mirror Writer Mary Polasky comes from a family of teachers, but she didn’t always know she was meant to continue the family tradition. “I come from a teaching family and I told myself I never wanted to be a teacher,” she said. Instead, Polasky earned a degree in corporate fitness...
Kodiak High School sophomore Ariel Frost records an anti-bullying radio ad for KVOK/Hot 101.1 since October is anti-bullying awareness month. (Photo courtesy of Destiny Fitzgerald) Students promote bullying prevention awareness through radio ads by Nicole_Klauss
Oct 21, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 21 21 recommendations | email to a friend
By NICOLE KLAUSS Mirror Writer Kodiak students took to the radio this month to record ads about preventing bullying. October is Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, and the Kodiak Island Borough School District partnered with KVOK-FM and KRXX-FM to create a series of radio spots about bullying. T...
Families explore the petting zoo at the Fun on the Farm event at the fairgrounds, on Saturday, Oct. 12. (Nicole Klauss photo) FFA holds annual Fun on the Farm event by Nicole_Klauss
Oct 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend
On Saturday, Kodiak High School FFA hosted the seventh annual Fun on the Farm event at the Kodiak Fairgrounds. When FFA started the family-friendly event seven years ago, it was a small gathering with hamburgers and a few activities. The event has since expanded to include other student organizat...
(Photo courtesy of Joe Krause) by Nicole_Klauss
Oct 14, 2013 | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend
"Larsen Bay Elementary teacher Joe Krause has been working with his K-4 students on science concepts. Boneyard Beach, in Larsen Bay, was a perfect location to teach about erosion.  The students damned up a small creek, diverted the water, and created a separate stream.  They shored up the walls t...
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