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October 6, 2023
KHS Yearlong Activities Calender
Congratulations Mr. Wortham
Each year the Alaska Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE) Board of Directors recognizes the outstanding work of the CTE professionals in Alaska through the annual award nomination process. Nominated by their peers, the recipients are announced and celebrated at the annual Alaska ACTE State Professional Development Conference. This year, Charles Wortham, Maritime and Business teacher at Kodiak High School (KHS) was recognized as New CTE Teacher of the Year. Mr. Wortham comes to Kodiak Island Borough School District (KIBSD) from Southwest Region School District, (SWRSD) bringing over 25 years’ experience in the Air Force, skilled in vehicle maintenance and heavy equipment operation, both as an operator and trainer. He is also Honda and Yamaha Outboard certified, and a NCCER certified small engine and wood shop teacher.
Noel Bowe, Bristol Bay Region Career Technical Education (BBRCTE) Career Development Specialist said, “Interacting with Charles always left a lasting smile. (Charles) taught Business, Vehicle Maintenance, and a Fisheries course. He (had) excellent rapport with both students and staff. He creates a safe and welcoming environment for all his students…(students) feel comfortable to explore and grow their skills.” Mary B. Lillie, SWRSD Special Education teacher, said, “many students had issues that had to be addressed before learning could take place. Charles’s perpetual optimism, enthusiasm, and determination provided students with a secure and productive learning environment. Not only does he have high expectations for himself and students, but he also makes himself available for anything that needs to be done.” Another teacher added, (Charles)…”taught courses that had not been offered in more than a decade. He created a shop space and built curriculum from the ground up. He did so well that he was offered opportunities to teach an online Outboard course through another school district, partnership with the University of Alaska at the Dillingham campus.
Diane Maples, Career & Technical Education Director at KIBSD, shared, Mr. Wortham eagerly pursued attendance at a recent Yamaha Certification Training held at Prince William Sound Community College. He navigated several challenges to make this happen, and saying, “whatever it takes. I am totally committed to providing students learning and access to the credentials that are valued by our industries. I’ll do whatever is necessary.” Mr. Wortham was recognized before KIBSD Administration and KHS colleagues (online) as well as SWRSD, BBRCTE and AK ACTE conference attendees, including Commissioner of Labor, Catherine Muñoz, and Commissioner of Education, Deena Bishop.
Ellamy Tiller - Bree's Law
Welding and Small Engines
Mr. Stewart (Small Engines)- Teaching how to use a tool to get into a car in case you left your keys in it.
Mr. Blair (Welding) - Two boys are welding aluminum for dumpsters for the city.
Football Senior Night
KHS at Work
Senior Wall Design Contest!
Calling all talented artists and creative minds! Are you a senior student with an artistic flair? Do you want to leave your mark on our school’s history? It’s time to showcase your creativity and design skills in the Senior Wall Design Contest! Get your creative juices flowing and submit your design by October 23rd to Mrs. Vergara, A301. See Mrs. Vergara for more details.
September is Suicide Prevention Month!
Hello, KHS families! In addition to Suicide Prevention Month, September is also Self-Care Awareness Month. As high school students, it can be difficult to manage social lives, academics, and all the expectations that adults around you may have. Self-care occurs when we engage in activities that contribute to our well-being; whether that be emotional, psychological, spiritual, social, or physical. Parents, please share some of the self-care tips and tricks below with your student (s):
- Listening to music
- Practicing gratitude
- Practicing mindfulness
- Working out
- Time with friends and/or family
- Mindful walks in nature
- Personal reflection
- Taking a break from social media
- Practice good sleeping habits
- Enjoy one of your favorite shows (in moderation)
Throughout the year, I will be offering many ways to practice self-care, including diving more deeply into some of the self-care practices listed above – so stay tuned to learn more! (:
-Bryanna Carter, Providence School-Based Mental Health Clinician