Teachers, support staff and community members, many of them wearing red, prepare to listen to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education’s Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 meeting at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. The board holds one meeting each year in Homer, and another in Seward. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

School board fields questions, accusations about health care plan

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct information about how the school district’s health care committee sets rates for health insurance plans. The… Continue reading

Teachers, support staff and community members, many of them wearing red, prepare to listen to the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education’s Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 meeting at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. The board holds one meeting each year in Homer, and another in Seward. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Attendees enjoy a game of chess at the Alaska Chess fundraiser on July 29 at Fireweed Meadows Golf Course in Anchor Point. (Photo courtesy of Colleen Evanco)

Local nonprofit expanding chess program to central peninsula

A local nonprofit that’s teaching children to play chess is expanding its reach to the central peninsula. The nonprofit, Alaska Chess, began as a chess… Continue reading

Attendees enjoy a game of chess at the Alaska Chess fundraiser on July 29 at Fireweed Meadows Golf Course in Anchor Point. (Photo courtesy of Colleen Evanco)

School board discusses future capital projects, potential school in Nanwalek

The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District leadership is exploring the most important infrastructure projects in local schools as part of its Six-Year Capital Improvement Plan,… Continue reading

New things to come for the 2018-2019 school year

As August begins, wild berries start to ripen, the fishing season slows and children, parents, educators and others gear for the school year. The Kenai… Continue reading

Kenai music teacher earns national recognition

Kenai music teacher earns national recognition

When Deborah Sounart came to Alaska, she had a roundtrip ticket and a plan to leave one year later. She’s starting her 25th year teaching… Continue reading

Kenai music teacher earns national recognition

School board discusses support for sales tax increase, no formal backing

At their Monday meeting, school board members expressed support for an initiative to bring a sales tax increase to the borough, but no formal backing… Continue reading

Out of class, but not off duty: Local teachers come together to make music

Out of class, but not off duty: Local teachers come together to make music

For the members of the band Recess Duty, teaching music all day just wasn’t enough. “We decided we should do something for ourselves,” Kent Peterson,… Continue reading

Out of class, but not off duty: Local teachers come together to make music
Fifth-graders fill out D.A.R.E. workbooks during a lesson at Soldotna Elementary School on Wednesday, Feb. 28. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)

‘Just say no,’ no more

D.A.R.E. — the ubiquitous anti-drug campaign of the 1980s and 1990s — has come a long way since the days of “just say no.” Launched… Continue reading

Fifth-graders fill out D.A.R.E. workbooks during a lesson at Soldotna Elementary School on Wednesday, Feb. 28. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clarion)
Jenny Gates, right, of Alaska Department Fish and Game leads Aliya Blough through a salmon dissection at the Connections Homeschool office in Soldotna on Thursday. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Salmon in the Classroom gets gutsy

The “Salmon Professor” visited Connections Home School on Thursday, showing a group of students the ins and outs of one of the Kenai’s most ubiquitous… Continue reading

Jenny Gates, right, of Alaska Department Fish and Game leads Aliya Blough through a salmon dissection at the Connections Homeschool office in Soldotna on Thursday. (Photo by Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Caring for my Backyard

Each year students across the Kenai Peninsula are tasked with finding a way to care for the place that they call home in the annual… Continue reading

Elementary school students take turns looking at salmon eggs that have been mixed with milt from a male coho and water to start the fertilization process during an egg take demonstration Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 at the Anchor River in Anchor Point, Alaska. Students from all over the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District participate in the Salmon in the Classroom program, which takes them through the life cycle of salmon. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Students learn about salmon through annual life cycle program

Sometimes it’s nice to go back to where it all begins. At least that’s what several lower Kenai Peninsula elementary school kids did last week… Continue reading

Elementary school students take turns looking at salmon eggs that have been mixed with milt from a male coho and water to start the fertilization process during an egg take demonstration Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017 at the Anchor River in Anchor Point, Alaska. Students from all over the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District participate in the Salmon in the Classroom program, which takes them through the life cycle of salmon. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)

Two Kenai Peninsula students study STEM in Anchorage

School may be out, but middle schoolers Olivia Reger of Cooper Landing and Blaine Hayes of Soldotna used some of their summer days in June… Continue reading

A group of Soldotna Montessori sixth-graders presented the idea for the Food Pantry to Soldotna City Council in order to make their vision a reality. The food pantry officially opened on Friday, May 12, 2017 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Food for thought

On the corner of North Binkley Street and East Park Avenue, students at Soldotna Montessori Charter School are fighting hunger in the community with a… Continue reading

A group of Soldotna Montessori sixth-graders presented the idea for the Food Pantry to Soldotna City Council in order to make their vision a reality. The food pantry officially opened on Friday, May 12, 2017 in Soldotna, Alaska. (Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)
Rosemary Bird was honored at the end of the choir pop concert on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at the Kenai Central High School Auditorium in Kenai, Alaska. (Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

A Farewell to Mrs. Bird

The Kenai Middle School choir bid a fond farewell to choir teacher Rosemary Bird on Thursday, April 27 in the Kenai Central High School Auditorium… Continue reading

Rosemary Bird was honored at the end of the choir pop concert on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at the Kenai Central High School Auditorium in Kenai, Alaska. (Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)
Terry Yerly, left, and Brenden Jones, fourth-graders from Tustumena Elementary School, race against the clock during lightning round of the elementary school math meet at Mountain View Elementary on Thursday, May 4, 2017 in Kenai, Alaska. The meet brought together 120 fourth, fifth and sixth-graders from across the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. (Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Photo: Mathletes

Terry Yerly, left, and Brenden Jones, fourth-graders from Tustumena Elementary School, race against the clock during lightning round of the elementary school math meet at… Continue reading

Terry Yerly, left, and Brenden Jones, fourth-graders from Tustumena Elementary School, race against the clock during lightning round of the elementary school math meet at Mountain View Elementary on Thursday, May 4, 2017 in Kenai, Alaska. The meet brought together 120 fourth, fifth and sixth-graders from across the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. (Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)
Connor McKamy, a graduate of the Kenai Peninsula College’s welding program, shows fourth-graders from Mountain View Elementary an example of the work he does. (Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

Fourth-grade going on Freshman

Here is what fourth-graders know about college. “College helps you get a better job,” “there’s a lot of knowledge there and you can make things”… Continue reading

Connor McKamy, a graduate of the Kenai Peninsula College’s welding program, shows fourth-graders from Mountain View Elementary an example of the work he does. (Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)
Tehya Nichols performs on stage in the one-act play “HDYMTWBT,” written by Mike Druce, a former Soldotna High School teacher. (Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)

One act at a time

The drama department at Soldotna High School presented their annual “One-Act Play Festival” this past weekend, which included four different plays at three different showings… Continue reading

Tehya Nichols performs on stage in the one-act play “HDYMTWBT,” written by Mike Druce, a former Soldotna High School teacher. (Kat Sorensen/Peninsula Clarion)
Feast your eyes on this

Feast your eyes on this

No reservations are required at the 28th annual Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Visual Feast, which opened with a reception April 6 and will be… Continue reading

Feast your eyes on this
Live streaming: Fifth-graders visit Slikok Creek

Live streaming: Fifth-graders visit Slikok Creek

Fifth-grade students at Kalifornsky Beach Elementary trekked along a trail, across the road, down a hill and over a small stream to Slikok Creek on… Continue reading

Live streaming: Fifth-graders visit Slikok Creek
Sixth grade students at Soldotna Montessori Charter School fashioned the bags they made using donated T-shirts, in an effort to reduce the use of plastic bags. (Photo courtesy Terri Carter)

Zero waste with rags to bags

Students at Soldotna Montessori Charter School are no strangers to community service. For the entire third quarter of each year, students donate at least one… Continue reading

Sixth grade students at Soldotna Montessori Charter School fashioned the bags they made using donated T-shirts, in an effort to reduce the use of plastic bags. (Photo courtesy Terri Carter)