• Military Family Resources and Contacts

    The Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District is dedicated to providing support and resources to our military students, families, and organizations. The district understands the difficult transition students and their families face when coming to Ketchikan and would like to work together as a team to make that transition as seamless as possible. We understand that this transition is one of the most difficult times in a military family’s life and would like to assist during this chaotic time. Please feel free to reach out to the contact teams in each building or utilize the resources provided on this page to assist you with any questions you may have.

    Purple Star Schools Award Ceremony

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    Helpful Resources

    USGS School Liaison Program

    Military OneSource

    Offers help with parenting and child care, education, relocation, financial and legal concerns, and everyday issues.

    National Military Family Association

    Provides education and information regarding rights, benefits, and services for military families.

    Military Child Education Coalition

    Helps military children cope with being transferred from school to school around the world.

    Military and DoD Child Care Assistance

    Child Care Aware® of America partners with the United States Military and Department of Defense to serve and support their families through the Fee Assistance and Respite Child Care Programs.

    Military and Veteran Families Support

    ZERO TO THREE has developed resources specially designed for military and veteran families and the professionals who serve them. This includes tools for parents to use as they navigate the many transitions that are a part of military-connected life.

    Military Kids Connect

    Life for military kids is full of ups and downs. From adventure and unique experiences, to frequent moves and family adjustments – you may face challenges that your friends at school don’t know anything about. Making connections with other military kids can help you build resilience and find friends who understand your life.

    Exceptional Family Member Program (EFMP) 

    Regulations - Enrollment in the EFMP is mandatory for active duty service members who have dependent family members with ongoing medical, mental health, or special educational needs.

    Military Special Needs Network 

    Advocacy - Provides information on the Interstate Compact and what to expect when transferring to a new location.

    Readings and Activities

    Little Listeners in an Uncertain World

    This 8-page book’s subtitle is: Coping strategies for you and your child during deployment or when a crisis occurs.  It outlines what parents may see in their babies and toddlers during stressful times and offers concrete guidance and activities to support their young children throughout these challenging events.

    Moving to a New Location

    Lots of practical suggestions for planning that move.

    Relocation for Military Families.

    From the experts at the Branch.

    Helping children handle deployments

    Your child’s moodiness and behavior during the deployment may be a sign of stress or anxiety. Here’s what you can do to help your children handle deployment.

    Helping children cope with deployments and reunions

    This booklet is dedicated to helping parents of military families support their children during deployment.

    USCG Co-Ombudsman Contacts:

    Yaitza Resto
    (707) 809-5185

    Megan Fullerton
    (530) 206-8461

    Alie Olson
    (843) 826-8599

    Contact teams: (Liaisons)

    District Point of Contact
    Dan Olson
    (907) 247-1500

    Ketchikan High School
    Jason House (Principal)
    (907) 225-9815

    Natasha O’Brien (Counselor)
    (907) 225-9815

    Schoenbar Middle School
    Sheri Boehlert (Principal)
    (907) 228-7200

    Gerri Davis (Counselor)
    (907) 228-7200

    Fawn Mountain Elementary School
    Nick Higson (Principal)
    (907) 228-2200

    David Garcia (Counselor)
    (907) 228-2200

    Houghtaling Elementary School
    Michael Cron
    (907) 225-4128

    Martha Bullock (Counselor)
    (907) 225-4128

    Ketchikan Charter School
    Kayla Livingston (Principal)
    (907) 225-8568

    Shane Scamahorn (Dean of Students)

    Point Higgins Elementary School
    Dan Olson (Assistant Principal)
    (907) 247-1500

    Ali Pry (Counselor)
    (907) 247-1500

    Tongass School of Arts and Sciences (TSAS)
    Scott Huff (Principal)
    (907) 225-5720

    Cathy Rocke (Counselor)
    (907) 225-5720