Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District

Educating and empowering students to be leaders, critical thinkers, and problem solvers.

  • End of Year Letter 2021

    June 4, 2021

    Dear KGBSD Parents and Guardians,

    With the conclusion of the 2020-2021 school year, I wanted to personally thank you for everything that you have done to help your student get through this year. I know that this year has been tremendously difficult for all of you. From the occasional but necessary school closures and remote learning to 50-50 capacity days, you have given so much this year to help us keep going. I appreciate your trust in us—the District, your school, and staff—to keep your student safe. We made it through this year together only because of your support, understanding, and adaptability. Thank you!!  

    We are already looking ahead to a better year next year and have started planning to make that happen. As part of this planning process, I would like to invite you to give your input as we adjust the COVID safety procedures for the 2021-22 school year. Our District Smart Start 2021 Team will be updating our plan based on the latest safety recommendations. 

    Please consider joining us in the Ketchikan High School Library on August 10th for a first reading of the Team’s recommendations. Parents will be asked and encouraged to give input at this meeting, as well as at the second reading of the plan on August 11th. More details and reminders will come as we get closer to those dates, so please stay tuned.

    I am excited to announce that on June 7th the District will once again be offering the Summer Food Program to all children ages 18 and younger. “Grab-n-go” meals will be provided for pick-up on Mondays-Fridays at each of the following schools and times:

    • Schoenbar Middle School - 9:00am-1:00pm
    • Fawn Mountain Elementary – 9:30am-1:30pm
    • Houghtaling Elementary – 9:30am-1:30pm
    • Point Higgins Elementary – 10:00am-1:30pm

    Please contact Katie Jo Parrott at (907) 247-2116 for more information.

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  • KGBSD Summer Food Service Announcement

    Beginning June 7th, KGBSD will be offering breakfast and lunch through the Summer Food Service Program for all community children 18 years of age or younger. “Grab-n-go” meals will be provided at each facility Monday-Friday for pick up during the following times at each location:

    • Schoenbar Middle School - 9:00am-1:00pm
    • Fawn Mountain Elementary – 9:30am-1:30pm
    • Houghtaling Elementary – 9:30am-1:30pm
    • Point Higgins Elementary – 10:00am-1:30pm

    Owing to the need to social distance and keep KGBSD facilities clean and secure, meals will be offered in a drive-through fashion. Parents, guardians, and/or caregivers can pull up to the curb at a designated entrance at each of the locations, and staff will come out to greet you at your vehicle, take names and meal orders, and deliver meals directly to your vehicle. 

    Look for signs or staff at each of the locations for pick up spots! 

    These meals will be provided under the model of the Summer Food Service Program, with the following requirements:

    • All children ages 0-18 will be served at any location listed above. (Schoenbar will be the main hub for food distribution.)
    • Meals will be provided based on the monthly Lunch Menu posted on the district’s website.
    • Children and their parents will be allowed to pick up both meals (breakfast & lunch) at any of the pick-up locations, 2 meals per student/child per day.
    • Students and children receiving meals must provide names upon pick up.
    • If students and children with food allergies or meal modifications plan to receive a meal, the parent and/or guardian/caregiver will need to RSVP to Food Service Manager: Call 907-228-7215 or email 

    Parents of students who are homebound, medically fragile, or who cannot otherwise access transportation to one of the approved locations can contact  at 907-228-7215 or email to request delivery

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  • Superintendent Search Service

    Association of Alaska School BoardsThe Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB) is facilitating a superintendent search for the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District Board of Education. The School District is located in the southernmost region of Alaska and is on the ancestral lands of the Tlingit people. The district is positioned in one of Alaska's breathtaking regions and serves 2,200  students.

    Applications are sought from those candidates with successful experience as an administrator with superintendent experience preferred. The Board is seeking a candidate dedicated to providing an education that engages all students, maintains high academic proficiency, and has demonstrated collaborative leadership with Board, staff and the community. The new superintendent is expected to start employment in August 2021.

    A salary range of $135,000-$150,000 (DOE) with an attractive benefits package is being offered to the successful candidate.

    Application deadline: June 14, 2021
    Selection of finalists: June 28, 2021
    Interviews with Board: July 12-13, 2021
    Employment begins: August 2021

    The Association of Alaska School Boards uses an online application system. Please visit the Association’s website for more information about this search and guidance on applying through the Revelus online application system. Visit the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District website for more details.

    Candidates who do not possess an Alaska Type B certificate with a superintendent endorsement should begin the process.

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  • KGBSD Elementary K-6 Summer School 2021

    June 17th deadline for summer school registration is approaching quickly...

    This year’s summer school will be  IN PERSON, housed at Fawn Mountain Elementary School.  Summer school is open to ALL students in grades K-6 enrolled in KGBSD.  Enrollment Form 

    Addressing academic skills gaps in the areas of language arts, reading, and math.  We will have plenty of brain breaks with daily art and crafts, singing, and dancing.  We will even sprinkle in a weekly field trip.

    Dates and Times
    Mon-Thurs, July 19th - Aug 13th from 8:00am - 12:30pm.

    Bussing will be available to and from Fawn Mountain Elementary School. Parent drop off and pick up is at the front of the school.  

    Breakfast & lunch will be provided at no charge to all summer school students.

    Attendance is very important to the continuity of this academic experience.  If your child has an extended, planned absence, please notify the Summer School program coordinator, Nick Higson, as soon as possible. 

    Prefer to Enroll your Child in Virtual Summer School?
    You should check the button indicating virtual school at the end of the application.

    How to enroll 
    Please fill out an on-line Enrollment Form for each child. Be sure to check the box indicating which type of summer school you would prefer your child to attend.

    Enrollment Form 

    You will receive a confirmation email of your child(ren)’s enrollment.

    If you have any questions about this year’s Kinder - 6th grade summer school program, please contact Nick Higson or (907) 228-2202.

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  • KGBSD 7-12 Summer School 2021 - Online Courses

    Ketchikan School District will be offering Summer School Courses to Ketchikan School District students at no cost.


    • May 18, 2021 - Enrollment opens
    • June 14, 2021 - First day of courses
    • June 18, 2021 (4pm) - Last day of enrollment. Last day to drop courses without grade penalty.
    • July 25, 2021 - Online Summer term ends @ 4pm AK time.

    7-12 Online Summer School Form

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  • Ketchikan Afterschool Program

    20 Scholarships Available

    Camp Dates: June 7th - August 20th

    Monday-Friday, 1 pm-5 pm (special field trips excepted)

    Scholarship Covers 100% of Costs for Youth

    Now Accepting Scholarship Applications for Youth who will be in Grades 6-8 in Fall 21-22 School Year.


    Island-wide indoor-outdoor day camp based out of the Plaza Mall, featuring various workshops with a strong focus on both the arts and outdoor education.

    Scholarship Includes 3 Baranoff Fishing Day Trip Excursions.

    Last summer's activities included: Kayaking, Fishing, Drama, Watercolor, Music Lessons, Tabletop Gaming, Healthy Lifestyles Education, STEM activities, Outdoor education and survival, cooking, fish smoking, fitness/boxing activities, and sports/outdoor rec. games.

    Scholarship and Pre-Registration Application

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    The Ketchikan School District is currently conducting a CHILD FIND for children ages 3-21 who may be eligible for special education services.

    Special Education covers a wide range of disability categories under which students may qualify for additional services in the school setting. Categories include:

    • Specific Learning Disability
    • Developmentally Delayed
    • Emotional Disturbed
    • Other Health Impaired
    • Hearing Impairment
    • Deafness/Blind Deafness
    • Orthopedic Impairment
    • Speech/Language Impaired Autism
    • Visual Impairment
    • Traumatic Brain Injury
    • Intellectual Disability
    • Multiple Disabilities

    KGBSD Special Education Information 2021

    Please contact your building principal or classroom teacher for more information.

    Spring 2021 KGBSD Child Find and Preschool Screening Notice

    The Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District is currently conducting a community-wide Child Find for children ages 3-21 who may be eligible for free special education services.

    PRESCHOOL APPLICATIONS for the 2020-2021 school year will be accepted starting on January, 25th 2021.

    Please contact your preferred school for information regarding Child Find and/or Preschool Screening.

    Screening will take place Feb 22 -March 5 2021

    For additional information, please go to our Spring 2021 PreK Screening page.

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  • Sign up for Text Alerts

    Test Alerts Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District uses texting capabilities through SchoolMessenger, the same system that sends out the district’s automated phone calls and emails. This service is not intended to replace our existing means of communication- rather it will enhance them.

    The district will only use the service to provide information that is timely and relevant.

    In order to participate in the new service you must indicate your willingness to receive text messages to your phone. The process is simple and only takes a few seconds to complete.

    Simply text any one of the following words to the number 67587: subscribe, optin, yes

    You’ll know you were successful if you receive the following reply message:You are registered for SchoolMessenger notifications. Reply STOP to quit, HELP for help.

    *NOTE: In addition to performing the opt-in process above you’ll want to ensure that the district has your wireless number(s) in our student information database. If you haven’t already provided that information to your school, do so.

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Alaska Smart Start 2020

  • Get information about Alaska Smart Start 2020

    Alaska Dept of Education and Early Development Logo The Department of Education and Early Development (DEED), in partnership with the Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), developed guidance to support planning and strategies for reopening schools. ‘Alaska Smart Start 2020’ framework for K-12 schools provides a tiered approach based on COVID-19 pandemic risk levels per community. School districts and communities will work together to develop clear, actionable steps that are necessary for teaching and learning to continue throughout the 2020-2021 school year. These health parameters provide a basis for plans that are specific, actionable, and broad enough to be adaptable.

    Alaska Smart Start 2020 is built upon the guidance and recommendations of health officials and collaborative conversations with education stakeholders; it is aligned to the reopening guidelines that have been provided by our state and federal leaders; and it is designed to help districts prioritize the health and safety of students and teachers as they deliver instruction for the 2020-2021 school year.