Welcome to eWAVE, your KPBSD employee communication | September 2015

Message from the Superintendent

"Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year! I hope your summer break was enjoyable and restful.With a growth mindset and a focus on establishing positive relationships with all of our students, I am sure our start-up will be great!
 
To
prepare all of our students for their future we must provide a safe and supportive learning environment, establish high expectations for all, and teach skills required in the workplace.Those skills are critical thinking, collaboration, communication, creativity, and persistence, which are integral within the shift to the new Alaska State Standards. We must continue this shift and ensure that students are given ample opportunities to apply these core skills as often as possible.
 
The current fiscal climate at the state level will lead to challenges for our district. It is critical that we fully engage in the sustainable future conversation and prepare to make adjustments while providing the best possible services for our students. I believe that we have implemented several innovations over the past few years that are making a positive impact on student achievement. We must make sure that our stakeholders are fully aware of these innovations and see the value of what we are doing. Together, we are making a positive difference for all of our students and I wish you a great start to the new school year!" -
Sean Dusek, Superintendent
 

Summer ANSEP Career Explorations

KPBSD partnered with the University of Alaska, Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP), for the first time last year, recruiting qualified students from 27 of our schools to attend the ANSEP Middle School Academy. Of the 1,014 identified native students in the district, 245 attend middle school (6-8 grade).

KPBSD sent 48 students and eight chaperones to the 10 day Middle School Academy. Students experienced high quality, upper level science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) problem-solving activities taught by college staff while on the University of Alaska campus. 

During the summer, students returned and attended the ANSEP STEM Career Explorations Academy. Learn more...

Thank you!

Hundreds of KPBSD employees serve on district committees! Look at more than twenty KPBSD committees that range from Career and Technical Advisory to Instructional Materials Review to the Wellness Committee. Please thank your colleagues for their service. Together we build an excellent school district that serves our students. 

KPBSD #Golden School Stories


To suggest or share a KPBSD school story in a future eWave or a KPBSD social media site, please use this online contribution form, or email communications@kpbsd.org. Contributions are due by the 20th of each month for potential inclusion the following month. Please share your golden stories!
 

Counselor of the Year

Skyview Middle School (SMS) counselor Natalie Kant received top acknowledgment from the State of Alaska for her “exceptional leadership skills, work ethic, enthusiasm for the profession, and care for students.” Sarge Truesdell, principal of SMS said, “There is this old saying in schools that the head secretary and head custodian run a school building. Here at SMS, Mrs. Natalie runs the building. She outworks us all, is a leader amongst her colleagues, is innovative, original, competent, and continually striving to learn and improve. She loves what she does!” Read on...

Nanwalek ConnectED #iPads

August 18, 2015, marked the day 80 students in Nanwalek School crossed the school stage to receive their very own iPad—part of the White House ConnectEd initiative. 

The iPads will be integrated in all classes, including during special education service and for Sugt’stun class. Academic core learning will be strengthened through resources and e-books on the devices. Professional development for teachers includes differentiation to strengthen core instruction, and intervention processes to increase student achievement. Students will leave their iPads at school, an incentive to increase attendance as engagement with learning grows. More... 
Annual Report
A snapshot of the 2014-2015 school year, click here to turn pages and learn about KPBSD, programs, initiatives, awards, and infographics about our diverse school district preparing students for their future! You can read the online page turning version on your device or computer, or download a printable PDF.
"We have worked very hard on implementing the shift to the new Alaska State Standards and look forward to receiving the district, school, and student level results from the AMP assessment as soon as possible to help with instructional decisions for our students," said Superintendent Dusek. Take a few minutes to read the FAQ webpage KPBSD created. Click here for AMP webpage.
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KPBSD Emergency Terms
Stay Put: A "stay put" takes place when a potential threat is identified in the school's neighborhood. All school doors are locked but classes continue inside as normal. No entry into or exit from the school is allowed. Students will not be released until the situation is resolved and the "stay put" has been rescinded.
Safety Closure: A "safety closure" takes place when a violent intruder is identified on school grounds or in the school building. The ALICE protocols will be followed. No entry into or exit from the school is allowed. Students will not be released until the situation is resolved and the "safety closure" has been rescinded.
Shelter-In-Place: A "shelter-in-place" takes place when students take refuge in designated areas to be protected from hazardous materials or severe weather. Entry or exit from the schools will be controlled.
Evacuation: In the event of certain building emergencies, students will be relocated to an appropriate evacuation assembly area. Students will be released to parents per district student release procedures.
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