June 1, 2019
Elementary school No. 10 will be the first themed magnet school in the Peninsula School District.


May 1, 2019
Teams and participants from the Key Peninsula earned top awards at the Gig Harbor Film Festival's 72 Hour Film Competition.


May 1, 2019
Someone needs to counter the misinformation being spread around the community.


May 1, 2019
HRC would be taking up very little space, water and roadway compared to what is already happening on the KP.


April 1, 2019
How about some real school funding reform?


March 1, 2019
Hundreds turned out for Minter Creek Elementary School's annual STEAM Rocks! night Jan. 31.


March 1, 2019
66% of Gig Harbor and KP residents vote to build four new elementary schools.


February 1, 2019
Art Jarvis argued the case for PSD’s second ask for a major capital funding bond in less than a year.


February 1, 2019
Fifteen years have passed since the last bond was approved. The need is greater every year.


January 1, 2019
Peninsula School District classified staff voiced their concerns over pay at the district’s recent board meetings.


January 1, 2019
Join me in voting yes for our Key Peninsula kids.


December 1, 2018
The Peninsula School Board voted unanimously to place a bond measure on the Feb. 12, 2019, special election ballot.


September 1, 2018
The Key Peninsula Cooperative Preschool opens its third location, housed at Grace Evangelical Presbyterian Church.


September 1, 2018
The Peninsula School Board appointed Art Jarvis as interim superintendent of the Peninsula School District July 26.


September 1, 2018
The Peninsula School District hired Todd Hering as the new principal at Minter Creek Elementary School in July.


July 1, 2018
The Peninsula School Board voted to accept Superintendent Robert Manahan’s resignation May 31.


July 1, 2018
Our District's future.


June 1, 2018
The positive vote at the April Peninsula School District bond election fell 1.1 percent short of the 60 percent supermajority required.


June 1, 2018
Area public schools hosted a food drive to help stock the shelves of local food banks during the last week of April.


June 1, 2018
Graduation from elementary school marks a major life change for 11-year-olds.


May 1, 2018
Minter Creek Elementary School will soon be receiving two new, prefabricated, dual-classroom portables.


April 1, 2018
At a time when we’re asking our constituents to support our schools, we owe them our best effort to exhaust every other available source of funds.


April 1, 2018
Jodi and Barrie McDougall received the Peninsula School District’s Ellen Fay Award for outstanding service.


April 1, 2018
PSD Superintendent Rob Manahan discusses the capital bond measure with the community.


April 1, 2018
After 30 years at KPMS, Wendy Hennessy has been the lunch lady for a lot of students.


March 1, 2018
A Gig Harbor Kiwanis reading program enriches the early reading experience of preschoolers.


December 1, 2017
Rachelle Welander’s eyes light up when she talks about the elective classes she teaches at KPMS.


November 1, 2017
KPMS seventh graders were the top scorers in Peninsula School District math test last year.


October 1, 2017
It’s Fish Bowl, an annual tradition pitting the Gig Harbor Tides and Peninsula Seahawks varsity football teams.


October 1, 2017
Rick Selfors, the KPMS shop teacher and wrestling coach, retired after an accident severely damaged his left hand.


October 1, 2017
“Gratitude fuels my decision to run for the school board,” said Noelle Balliett.


October 1, 2017
David Olson is seeking re-election to the Peninsula School District board of directors, representing District 5.


October 1, 2017
Peninsula School District board member Deborah Krishnadasan is seeking re-election in November.


October 1, 2017
Each of Washington’s 295 local school districts has its own elected board.


September 1, 2017
Lillian Page started as the new principal at Vaughn Elementary School this month.


August 1, 2017
Natalie Beesinger and Mika Laursen, both 17, returned home in June after spending their high school junior years in Germany.


August 1, 2017
Communities In Schools of Peninsula has a mission—to help every child achieve his or her greatest potential.


August 1, 2017
Robert Manahan, Ed.D., started his new job as superintendent of the Peninsula School District July 1, 2016.


July 1, 2017
On June 12, the science classes at Key Peninsula Middle School launched a weather balloon carrying a raw egg into space for the third time in five years.


May 31, 2017
The Peninsula Hawks Scholarship Fund gave $322,000 in grants to nearly 200 graduating seniors May 17.


May 31, 2017
A group of local high school students spent their spring break in China from April 15 to 23.


May 31, 2017
Ernie Donehower enjoyed teaching cultural enrichment so much that even after his retirement he kept on doing it.


May 31, 2017
Chris Bronstad and Richard Miller both teach science and art at Key Peninsula Middle School.


May 31, 2017
A teacher tells her students to put on their science socks.


April 29, 2017
Sound View Camp and Retreat Center is getting a new life thanks to a new staff and renewed interest.


March 31, 2017
From suspended to accepted.


March 31, 2017
Voucher education.


March 31, 2017
A Thank You from the Superintendent.


March 31, 2017
Something called a “flexible classroom” is being this year at Minter Creek Elementary School.


March 2, 2017
A free preschool learning program for children 3 and 4 years old and their parents or guardians got underway Jan. 25 at the Key Peninsula Civic Center.


March 2, 2017
A new school funding idea from the Legislature.


January 29, 2017
PSD thanks the community for its input.


January 29, 2017
Emily Reaney, 10, of Lakebay raised $5,000 for her fifth-grade class to attend an Environmental Learning Class at Camp Seymour.


January 29, 2017
The Peninsula School District recently released results of our Thoughtexchange survey, which took place over the last several months.


January 29, 2017
Hundreds of students, parents, teachers and community members came together Jan. 12 at Minter Creek Elementary School for a night of hands-on learning about science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM).


January 29, 2017
An alternative view of an alternative school.


January 29, 2017
Peninsula School District personnel recently received specialized training to help better identify symptoms of adverse childhood experiences in young children.


January 1, 2017
Last summer, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction announced new learning standards for health and physical education scheduled for adoption by Washington K-12 schools statewide in autumn 2017.


December 1, 2016
Time to talk.


December 1, 2016
Teacher's note.


December 1, 2016
A weather balloon carrying an array of instruments and cameras launched from Key Peninsula Middle School was unexpectedly found in October, more than a year after it disappeared.


December 1, 2016
Peninsula High School personnel, students and the community at large were shocked by the destruction by arson of a memorial bench honoring former counselor Colleen Blauvelt by a yet-unknown person on Sept. 26.


October 29, 2016
Wendy Wojtanowicz, the Communities In Schools of Peninsula site coordinator at Key Peninsula Middle School and Peninsula High, has seen the face of homelessness in our community too many times.


October 29, 2016
Rob Manahan, Peninsula School District’s new superintendent, has had a busy few months.


October 29, 2016
Enthusiasm for learning is in the air inside and outside as Evergreen becomes the first elementary school in the Peninsula School District to become a fully integrated STEAM school.


September 5, 2016
Homework should be optional instead of required. There are at least three reasons for this: Kids need to be kids; we don’t have enough time; and teachers should teach us.


September 2, 2016
Mental health goes to school.


September 2, 2016
I know one of the reasons my family moved to Gig Harbor was because of the outstanding public education system. To maintain this standard, our community needs to properly fund these schools.


July 30, 2016
The Key Peninsula’s newest preschool has no roof. Instead, youngsters at Swainston Homestead Sprouts preschool, opening in September, will play, count, draw, make music, snack and listen to stories entirely outdoors.


July 3, 2016
Natalie Beesinger, 16, of Lakebay, will spend her junior year in a German high school as one of 250 students chosen out of 3,000 applicants to receive the 2016 Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Scholarship (CBYX).


May 28, 2016
Every year, just before Labor Day, 5-year-olds around the country look forward to their first day of school. But what if that first day comes when you’re 17?


May 27, 2016
On May 18, roughly one-third of seniors graduating from Peninsula High School (PHS) were awarded scholarships from the Peninsula Hawks Scholarship Fund.


May 1, 2016
The children are watching.


May 1, 2016
When Peninsula School District (PSD) Superintendent Chuck Cuzzetto announced his retirement last year, the school board found itself with a big addition to its job description: hiring his replacement


May 1, 2016
What difference can a weekly group activity make in the lives of grade school girls?


April 19, 2016
STEM--science, technology, engineering and math--is the theme of the day in education.


March 2, 2016
Since it began in 2000, Communities in Schools Peninsula (CISP) has helped hundreds of students academically, socially and in other important ways.


February 26, 2016
When Peninsula School District Superintendent Chuck Cuzzetto announced his retirement, the school board found itself with a big addition to its job description –– hiring his replacement.


February 26, 2016
Voters approved the Peninsula School District Educational Programs and Operations Levy (EP&O) by 70 percent Feb. 9, replacing an existing maintenance and operations levy that expires later this year.


February 26, 2016
When you step into Matthew Mills’ class at Vaughn Elementary, one of the first things you notice is a zip line strung from one end of the room to the other.


February 2, 2016
STEM may stand for Science Technology Engineering Math, but Minter Creek Elementary School students got to touch and experience future educational possibilities during the mind stimulating “STEM ROCKS” evening, sponsored by the school’s PTA.


January 3, 2016
Because the state Legislature still has not fully funded education, as it is required by law to do, Key Peninsula voters will be asked on Feb. 9 to approve yet another school levy.


January 3, 2016
The Cat Tales 4H club may be one of the lesser-known youth groups of Key Peninsula groups, but they’re doing important work.


January 3, 2016
Related stories: CISP’s Woodstock party parlays fun, dollars into peninsula school district children KP shines at PSEF’s 20th birthday Sixth grade KPMS students get new Chromebooks CISP: Still helping students in PSD schools Concert by the Sea designed to raise funds for fire department defibrillators School board candidates discuss important issues


January 3, 2016
Kindergarten through fifth-grade students in Peninsula School District began the school year with a new reading and writing curriculum called Reading Wonders, and the response has been positive.


January 3, 2016
The sixth grade students at Key Peninsula Middle have a new learning tool this year. As of Dec. 1, every sixth grader has their very own Chromebook computer.


December 3, 2015
Peninsula High School students Sara Undem, Nadira Ali, and Madison Ormsby have created a DECA community service project aimed at winning participation in the National DECA competition in Nashville, Tennessee in spring 2016.


December 3, 2015
Monday, Nov. 16, members of the incoming Peninsula School Board addressed the Key Peninsula Democrats Club during its meeting.


December 3, 2015
Key Peninsula parents whose young children don’t go to preschool have an opportunity to prepare their kids for school through a new free program called Ready! for Kindergarten.


November 2, 2015
The 20th annual Peninsula Schools Education Foundation fundraising breakfast at Canterwood Golf and Country Club in October added, for the first time ever, a luncheon.


November 2, 2015
All seven candidates running for Peninsula School Board recently gathered at Goodman Middle School to meet with voters


November 2, 2015
Parents and visitors who want to enter any elementary school in the Peninsula School District (PSD) need to learn a whole new system for getting into the building.


October 7, 2015
Chuck Cuzzetto, the superintendent for the Peninsula School District, will retire from his position with a departure slated for June 2016.


October 5, 2015
It was a capacity crowd on Sept. 10 for the first PTA meeting of the school year at Minter Creek Elementary.


October 5, 2015
Key Peninsula Middle School teachers and administrators were touring Jason Lee Middle School in Tacoma recently to learn about a new education program being used there called AVID.


October 5, 2015
Last month the staff and volunteers of Communities In Schools Peninsula –– CISP for short –– threw a “Happy Birthday Woodstock”party that raised close to $30,000 for the organization that’s dedicated to helping local students stay in school and graduate.


October 5, 2015
School district personnel presented the reasons for renewing the maintenance and operations (M&O) levy that will expire in 2016 at a forum held at Key Peninsula Middle School on Sept. 22.


September 2, 2015
The 2015/ ’16 school year at Minter Creek Elementary will begin with all the usual exciting moments: making new friends, and getting to know a new teacher.


September 2, 2015
The real answer –– and I'm a teacher –– is yes. And no. Teachers work very hard when school is in session and a lot less hard when it isn't.


September 2, 2015
In the Peninsula School District, students routinely outperform those in other districts.


September 2, 2015
A small group of interested members of the public attended a community forum last month to see the proposed school budget for the coming year.


September 2, 2015
Jerry Gibbs was sworn in as the school board director for District 4 on July 30.


July 31, 2015
When Evergreen Elementary kids and teachers return to school this fall, they’ll have two new murals greeting them.


July 31, 2015
After the blistering heat of previous days abated, bringing perfect walking weather, the Key Peninsula Lions, sponsors of the club’s 26th annual Volksmarch, anticipated a large number of participants on the trails for the always scheduled first-Saturday-after-Independence-Day event. Surprisingly, it didn’t happen.


July 31, 2015
One hot day in June, Eruption Drum and Bugle Corps gave a fabulous performance at Peninsula High School’s Roy Anderson Field to full bleachers.


July 31, 2015
Sarah Jones thinks moms on the Peninsula need more opportunities to relax and feel supported.


July 1, 2015
Testing has become an emotional issue for students, teachers and parents over the past few years.


June 26, 2015
Public education funding is a complex and ever-changing issue. Although the state constitution mandates funding for K-12 public schools, legislative budget pressures create constant challenges.


June 26, 2015
Richard Miller’s eighth-grade Key Peninsula Middle School science class has done it again.


May 28, 2015
Question: What happens when thousands of Washington state teachers believe that education is not being adequately funded? Answer: They schedule rolling one-day walkouts to bring attention to the issue.


May 28, 2015
Since November 2011, KP School Bus Connects has been at the forefront of rural transportation innovation.


May 28, 2015
If ever there were a place with pride in its schools, it is the Key Peninsula.


May 28, 2015
“Can you think of anything better than to have our children tell our history?” asks Connie Hildahl, of the Longbranch Improvement Club (LIC).


May 8, 2015
The Food Backpacks 4 Kids program startsramping up for its Summer Lunch Program.


May 5, 2015
In April, Key Peninsula school kids won a fair share of awards at this year’s Arbor Day poster, photography and poetry contest.


May 5, 2015
Janine Mott’s eyes light up when she talks about the changes in adult education that Tacoma Community College (TCC) is bringing to Gig Harbor and the Key Peninsula.


May 5, 2015
What is “literacy” and do our schools attain it?


May 4, 2015
When former Key Peninsula resident Tracy Lyon isn’t working as Division Chief of training at Gig Harbor Fire and Medic One, he can usually be found coaching a local lacrosse team.


April 10, 2015
If you’re the parent or guardian of a preschool age child, Peninsula School District invites you to a free Early Learning Jamboree and Kindergarten Kickoff on Mar. 21 at the Gig Harbor YMCA.


March 30, 2015
Young children from 36 Key Peninsula families are getting a boost toward kindergarten through the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECAP).


March 30, 2015
In early March, Evergreen Elementary School teacher Therese Souers got a big surprise.


March 30, 2015
As January came to an end, representatives of Communities In Schools of Washington gathered in our state capitol for the annual CISWA visit with members of the State Legislature.


March 30, 2015
The earliest settlers on the Key Peninsula were single men. By the 1870s, families arrived and children needed schooling.


March 28, 2015
In January, local community members gathered to hear a group of Peninsula School District administrators, teachers, parents and school board members explain the reasons for the planned expansion of highly capable services.


March 3, 2015
Step into Chris Bronstad’s classroom at Key Peninsula Middle School and you’ll find a whole fleet of aircraft flying from the ceiling.


March 3, 2015
One day last month Mackenzie Miller, age 10, stood in front of her class at Vaughn Elementary and told her classmates about Mary McLeod Bethune.


January 31, 2015
Every Friday afternoon, more than 400 youngsters on the Key Peninsula receive backpacks filled with a weekend’s worth of food for their families through a districtwide program called Food Backpacks 4 Kids.


January 31, 2015
Audrey Gainey thinks that learning to do public speaking and debate gives youngsters some very important life skills that can help them think objectively and communicate better.


January 31, 2015
Ty Robuck, Minter Creek Elementary School principal, was proud that two kindergarten students received a fire truck ride to school for being the top earners in the school'sPTA-sponsored “Spell-a-thon Roundup” fall fundraiser held Dec. 9.


December 31, 2014
Recent events in the news have caused concern among Key Peninsula parents about school safety.


December 31, 2014
Since 2000 CISP has grown to its current presence in 10 of the 15 schools in the Peninsula School District.


December 31, 2014
Since it opened on Sept. 3, attendance at the Red Barn Youth Center in Key Center has nearly doubled, according to Program Director Jeremy Schintz.


December 31, 2014
Joey Kimball is a very special kid.


December 31, 2014
About six or so years ago, Reynolds Riley started teaching an advanced forensic science class at Peninsula High School.


December 31, 2014
The students at Minter Creek Elementary school are all “Kids at Hope,” according to second-grade teacher Shawna Olson.


December 14, 2014
The students and teachers at Key Peninsula Middle School have taken a big technological step with the acquisition of 30 new computers in the school library and two sets of Google Chrome computers on a cart that can be wheeled from classroom to classroom.


December 10, 2014
The vote count between Stan Flemming and Derek Young for county councilmember for District 7 is extremely close.


December 8, 2014
The Gig Harbor Kiwanis recently tallied up the annual Gear up for School event. The club served 182 low-income Key Peninsula students this year, ranging from kindergarteners to eighth-graders.


December 8, 2014
According to the redistricting plan presented to the Peninsula School Board on Nov. 13, there will be no impact on students residing on the Key Peninsula.


December 4, 2014
Apparently many drivers, including many on the Key Peninsula, either don’t know –– or don’t care –– what blinking read lights and the “stop paddle” on a school bus mean.


October 30, 2014
Students at Key Peninsula Middle School are earning points for good behavior under a new system introduced two years ago by Assistant Principal Andrea Bowman.


September 25, 2014
The kids at Evergreen Elementary School have discovered a great new tool for doing research and writing stories, thanks to third-grade teacher Therese Souers.


September 4, 2014
Ten-year-old Alyssa Garcia is a familiar face around the Key Peninsula.


September 3, 2014
Last month about two dozen Key Peninsula children who’ll be starting kindergarten at Minter Creek got a jump start on school.


July 31, 2014
When Key Peninsula kids head back to school on Sept. 3, every classroom, auditorium, gymnasium and office space will be sparkly clean from floor to ceiling, thanks to Peninsula School District’s custodians.


July 31, 2014
In 2004, Key Peninsula Middle School became the first NASA Explorer School in Washington.


June 28, 2014
For the past five years, students at Vaughn Elementary have celebrated the end of the school year by raising money with their feet.


May 29, 2014
Vaughn Elementary School teacher Ernie Donehower retires this year.


May 29, 2014
On May 6, Vaughn Elementary School fourth graders got a chance to travel back in time to 1901.


May 29, 2014
During a morning staff meeting last month, Therese Souers was surprised.


May 29, 2014
The forecast called for a chance of rain on May 16.


April 30, 2014
The Washington State Patrol did its annual inspection of Peninsula School District’s fleet of 90 buses between April 13 and 17.


April 30, 2014
The schools levy and bond issues on the August ballot are a hot interest to many. Here is the latest information.


April 30, 2014
The beauty of the written word in literature contains emotion and power.


April 30, 2014
Artist Billy Gray guided Key Peninsula Middle School students in the creation of an outdoor mural showcasing the flora and fauna of Key Peninsula.


March 26, 2014
Completed in June 2012, the Minter Creek Elementary mural contains artwork from every attending student during the 2011/12 school year.


March 26, 2014
Early this year, a dozen KPMS students met after school and created an art pole from recycled materials as part of a Two Waters Art Alliance (TWAA) art program.


March 26, 2014
General equivalency degree (GED) preparation is now available at Key Center Library.


February 27, 2014
A group of fifth-graders at Minter Creek Elementary School are learning important new skills that benefit their fellow students and their community.


February 27, 2014
The exact wording and whether a schools levy or a bond measure (or both) will be on the August ballot is expected to be determined at the March 6 Peninsula School District board meeting.


February 6, 2014
The Peninsula School District is hosting an “education town hall” at Key Peninsula Middle School.


February 1, 2014
When Lisa Mills took the job as music teacher at Vaughn Elementary School last fall, she had big shoes to fill.


February 1, 2014
Thirty Key Peninsula school students will join 240 representatives from four middle schools and two high schools at the Peninsula School District Choir Festival.


February 1, 2014
On March 21, Key Peninsula Middle School and Peninsula High School will have the chance to experience a celebration called “WE Day.”


February 1, 2014
Communities In Schools Program is a national non-profit organization that helps kids succeed in their school work.


January 2, 2014
It’s "safety first” in Peninsula School District’s transportation department.


January 2, 2014
Last month’s “Reading is FUNdamental” (RIF) day at Evergreen Elementary School was dubbed “Rope a Good Book.”


January 2, 2014
Even with the best laid plans, change happens.


January 2, 2014
Voters shot down the Peninsula School District’s levy during November’s general election.


November 30, 2013
When Andrew Hosford arrived at Peninsula High School in September, he had a mandate from Principal Tim Winter: take The Outlook, the school’s legendary student newspaper, online.


November 30, 2013
Key Peninsula elementary students started the school year with new classes, new teachers and a new math program for the Peninsula School District.


November 30, 2013
The annual Vaughn Elementary School Veterans Day event showcased the patriotism and musical talent of students.


November 30, 2013
In 2012, the Washington state Supreme Court, in its McCleary decision, found that the Washington state Legislature was failing in its “paramount duty.”


October 31, 2013
Communities In Schools of Peninsula (CISP) is one of five Communities In Schools affiliates in Washington state that received funding from a collaborative grant coordinated by Communities In Schools of Washington.


October 31, 2013
Peninsula Hands on Art was born 10 years ago out of concern for disappearing art classes and shrinking budgets within greater Gig Harbor area schools.


October 31, 2013
Students at Evergreen Elementary love the new addition to their playground equipment.


October 31, 2013
Walking down the halls of any Key Peninsula elementary school reveals the hustle and bustle of learning in action.


October 31, 2013
Hugh Maxwell, Evergreen Elementary School’s new principal, breaks into a grin as he recalls the warm welcome he has received in his first months on the job.


September 27, 2013
Communities in Schools-Peninsula, better known as CISP, is part of a nationwide organization that’s rated as the No.1 dropout prevention organization in the United States.


September 27, 2013
The beginning of the school year marked the start of a new Y-sponsored program series called the Passion Project.


September 26, 2013
The 21st century has arrived at Vaughan Elementary School.


August 29, 2013
Beginning this year, Key Peninsula Middle School and Goodman Middle School will be opening their doors to out-of-district teachers who want to observe excellent language arts instruction at the middle school level.


June 28, 2013
Melissa Miller has been the girls fastpitch coach at Peninsula High School since 2005 and head coach since the 2009-10 season.


June 28, 2013
The “balloon launch to space” at Key Peninsula Middle School set records and has been covered by national and international news.


June 28, 2013
For seven special education students who live on the Key Peninsula, the Peninsula School District’s Community Transition Program (CTP) plays an important role in their future.


June 28, 2013
Students at Minter Creek Elementary School learned more than just the proverbial three Rs this year. They also planted a garden.


June 28, 2013
The eighth grade science class at Key Peninsula Middle School launched a commercial weather balloon at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, May 31.


May 29, 2013
What began as a reading assignment for language arts students at Key Peninsula Middle School has become a pair of entries in a statewide contest to remember the Holocaust.


May 1, 2013
It started last fall, when Jessica Smeall, recreation coordinator for Key Pen Parks, needed volunteers to help with the annual Harvest Festival.


May 1, 2013
Cyndi Cashman and her husband have lived in the Key Peninsula for some 25 years.


March 27, 2013
The Key Peninsula Civic Center is always abuzz with activities, but last month the landmark facility was overtaken by a pack of bikers who caused quite a ruckus.


February 28, 2013
A stream of 15 energetic Evergreen Elementary School girls filled the classroom with smiles, laughter and anticipation.


February 28, 2013
Related stories: AVID Program at KPMS Develops Lifelong Learners Gender Issues Enter PSD Curriculum and Campus Life Evergreen Elementary Goes Full STEAM New literacy curriculum comes to PSD elementary schools Lakebay man guilty of first-degree murder Vaughn teacher expanding young minds with hands-on lessons Food for the Belly, Food for the Soul


January 31, 2013
Last month, a team of Key Peninsula Veterans members made another contributions of books to Evergreen Elementary School's "Reading is FUNdamental" (RIF) program.


January 31, 2013
When students saunter into Julie Bruey’s Peninsula High School class, they can’t help but feel awesome.


January 31, 2013
I want to take this opportunity to update you on a few activities going on in your school district.


September 1, 2011
Peninsula High School’s Marching Band represented the State of Washington at the national Independence Day parade in Washington, DC, in 2010 under director Ricky Badua.


May 1, 2011
Astronaut Nicholas Patrick captivated the audience at Key Peninsula Middle School with a slide show of him performing duties in outer space.


April 1, 2011
The Martin Luther King Jr. Day program at Evergreen Elementary, delayed until March 3, was a huge success as the kids sang along with popular singer and composer Billy Farmer.


October 1, 2010
Key Peninsula kids get back to school necessities, and a few extra goodies thanks to members of the Gig Harbor Kiwanis Club.


September 1, 2009
Twelve of 16 schools in Peninsula School District did not meet their Adequate Yearly Progress goal.


May 1, 2009
Peninsula School District has scheduled two public forums this month to gather input from parents, students and residents in order to come up with a plan.


April 1, 2009
One week after taking office as the new Superintendent of Public Instruction, Randy Dorn unveiled his plan to scrap the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) by spring 2010 in favor of the Washington Comprehensive Assessment Program (WCAP).


March 1, 2009
Voters supported the Peninsula School District’s request for a replacement levy.


February 1, 2009
Prep hoops, good news, bad news,


February 1, 2009
XtraMath is an online fact program that is given to the students of the Peninsula School District at no charge.


January 1, 2009
The Hawks faced their first dual meet on home turf for the 2008/09 Season against Clover Park on Dec. 10.


July 1, 2008
Key Peninsula Middle School’s science and math program received a boost the first week of June when the school was named one of six 2008 Intel Schools of Distinction.


August 1, 2007
Fourth grade at Vaughn Elementary was more than reading, writing, and arithmetic for Bailey Sullivan.


June 1, 2007
This fall, Key Peninsula kindergarten students will stay at school all day.


June 1, 2007
The Volunteer Literacy Program at TCC's Gig Harbor campus has provided literacy and basic skills education since 1989.


May 1, 2007
KPMS seventh grader Sam Shake will serve as a People to People sports ambassador in Holland.


March 1, 2007
Several Evergreen Elementary students will compete in the annual statewide “Reflections” art competition, thanks to the school’s PTA, which organized the event at the school.


November 1, 2006
All Key Peninsula schools show improvement in some areas of the state standardized test.


September 1, 2006
Communities in Schools of Peninsula is on an ambitious goal to recruit a total of 85 volunteers, 35 more than last year, for its after school reading and math mentoring programs.


July 1, 2006
Volunteers plan a fund-raising car wash for the Peninsula High School track team while S.A.V.E. Thrift Store--another fund-raising source--gears for its 20-year celebration.


June 1, 2006
The KP News Unsung Hero series features the work of Vaughn Elementary music teacher Mary Farr.


May 1, 2006
Tenth-graders are the first class in Washington history required to pass the WASL to graduate from high school. This is the second of a two-part series on the Washington Assessment of Student Learning.


May 1, 2006
Parents and community members get the opportunity to ask school district and law enforcement officials questions regarding an alleged violent plot at KPMS.


April 1, 2006
In a two-article series, the Key Peninsula News looks at the Washington Assessment of Student Learning picture in Key Pen schools. Editor’s note: This is part one of a two-part series on Washington Assessment of Student Learning.


February 1, 2005
Peninsula School District seeks to continue current funding levels by replacing a soon-to-expire levy.


July 1, 2004
Peninsula School District Superintendent Jim Coolican tells community leaders that the district must adopt the “mindset of no excuses regarding students achieving their full potential.”


June 1, 2004
Key Peninsula Middle School science teacher Kareen Borders spent a week in May at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, where the school’s three-year partnership program with NASA was officially launched


March 1, 2004
Despite his obligation to run a multimillion-dollar family business, Fred Haley’s true passions were education and civil rights—and he lived those passions often by taking unpopular views. This is the last part of a two-part article looking at the life of our Lakebay neighbor.


March 1, 2004
Minter Creek Elementary students put on a big show complete with costumes and an art “exhibit” for their grandparents, and they are so good, the principal plans to send the video of what was called “the Moooooo song” to the milk industry


February 1, 2004
Rya Diede, Key Peninsula Middle School seventh grade teacher, in facilitating her students’ preparations for the WASL (Washington Assessment of Student Learning tests), chose Camp Seymour’s Challenge Discovery Program.


January 1, 2004
Minter Creek Principal Steve Leitz enrolls his students, community to sponsor 7,000 much-needed books for children in Namibia--where books in school are a rare sight.


January 1, 2004
Two Waters Arts Alliance adopts successful Vashon Island program, Artists in Schools, for local kids.


January 1, 2004
Much-needed service on the Key Peninsula is started, thanks in part to a grant from Target.