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District to review materials for United States Government courses

December 18, 2014

The Anchorage School District is in the process of reviewing new materials for United States Government and AP United States Government for 12th-grade students.

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Students pledge to save energy

December 17, 2014

Chugach Electric Association and Renewable Energy Alaska Project have announced the winners in the 2014 Power Pledge Challenge.

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Revised budget proposal

December 16, 2014

District focused on recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers and staff

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German camp

December 2, 2014

Nearly 60 students immersed themselves in German culture as part of the 42nd annual Lager Nordlicht (Camp Northern Lights) at Birchwood Camp.

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Twelve more schools recognized as Alaska Reward Schools

December 8, 2014

The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development has recognized 12 additional public schools as 2014-2015 Reward Schools.

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Upcoming events

Dec 22

Winter break

Dec. 22 - Jan. 2 Winter break

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Jan 5

Third quarter begins, classes resume

Classes resume after winter break. Beginning of third quarter.

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Jan 19

Martin Luther King Jr. birthday

Martin Luther King Jr. birthday. All ASD schools and offices closed.

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Feb 16

Elizabeth Peratrovich Day

Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, Feb. 16, is in honor of the renowned Alaskan civil rights leader.

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Feb 16

Presidents Day holiday

Presidents Day holiday. All ASD schools and offices closed.

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In the spotlight

Dollar bill2015-16 budget

Budget documents, presentations, meeting dates, a comment form and more can be found in the Office of Management and Budget section.   

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MECAC applications

The District is seeking applications for At-Large Community Representatives for the Multicultural Education Concerns Advisory Committee (MECAC).

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Quyana: An Alaskan Thank You

  • Quyana to Jen Mickelson at Begich Middle School 21st CCLC! As the coordinator of the 21st Century ASP at Begich Middle School, Jen Mickelson has her hands full coordinating both teachers and the 65 students in the program.  However, she goes above and beyond those duties to help every staff member and every student in the building every day. Jen always finds the time and resources to help EVERY person asks and volunteers to many people who don't even know to ask! Her personal code of generosity makes her a unique person and wonderful asset to our school and our district! 

    - Sylvia Biondich, peer

  • Quyana to Lisa Weight at Curriculum & Instruction! Quyana to Lisa Weight for her incredible efforts in planning, organizing, and pulling off the Young Writers Conference on November 8 at East High School! Over 200 students and 20+ authors/presenters had a fabulous time writing and learning more about their craft. It was wonderful to see all the happy students AND authors working together! Lisa put many, many hours of her time into this project, and it was a wonderful success!

    - Martina Henke, supervisor

  • Quyana to Julie Rice Logan at Records Management! Julie Logan always answers the phone with a smile on her lips and laugh in her voice!  Even as the district goes through this time of job duty re-alignment and work loads are shifted, Julie always answers her phone with her full attention.  I especially appreciate her guidance and kindness.  Julie is full of knowledge and always willing to help me see the forest through trees. She is a wonderful asset and ambassador for the Records Management Department.

    - Sylvia Biondich, Peer

  • Quyana to Kristen Brown at Special Education Intensive Needs! Kristen is such a dynamo and so full of enthusiasm. Recently she sponsored a fresh bread fundraiser so her class could go  on a special field trip. The whole school benefits from her creativity! She is new to our school and we are lucky to have such a dedicated teacher watching over our students.

    - Victoria Otte, peer

  • Quyana to Matthew Spence & Breeanna Drumm at Rilke Schule! Quyana to Rilke Schule's 5th Grade Team. Thank you to Herr Spence and Frau Drumm for making 5th Grade learning fun, engaging, and informative for my daughter. She enjoys Herr Spence's humor and Frau Drumm's style of teaching. This is an awesome school year for our daughter.

    - Hamimah Bjorkman, parent

  • Quyana to Kevin Downie, music teacher at Rilke Schule! Herr Downie incorporates a range of activities and movements in his lesson, making it fun and interactive. My daughter enjoys her music class tremendously. Herr Downie embeds social studies, math, and science facts in his music instruction. In addition to his duty, he encourages students to participate in choral concerts and activities for the community. Thank you Herr Downie.

    - Hamimah Bjorkman, parent

  • Quyana to Shanna Mall,Principal at Winterberry Charter School! Ms. Mall always goes above and beyond for students and families. Just this week there was a serious car wreck that occurred at my kids school, she was quick about getting appropriate information out to families and called in additional support( counselor) for students who were upset to speak with. She is an amazing educator and community leader.  Thank you so much for all that you do for our kids and our community!

    - Tina Bernoski, parent

  • Quyana to Dennis Sorenson at Mears Middle School! Many Anchorage Hockey supporters know Dennis Sorenson as a hockey coach and Hall of Fame hockey player at UAA. I know Dennis as an excellent middle school teacher and a positive role model for kids and adults throughout our city.  Thanks Dennis for the countless hours you spend with the kids and community at Mears.

    - Michael Perkins, principal

  • Quyana to Lisa Huffman at Sand Lake Elementary! My son has Menkes Syndrome and Sand Lake Elem did a Penny Drive with the kids and raised money for menkes awareness and research. I have 2 kids at that school and we just want to let you know how greatful we are. Thank You again!

    - Rina avila, Parent

  • Quyana to Natalya Cherenko, Katrina Cuanan, Jennifer Stephan-Jacoy, Twila Templeton, Shelbee Davis at Airport Heights Elementary! This group of incredibly dedicated, and joyful, women do one of the most challenging jobs in our school. They help care for our most vulnerable population of learners - our Life Skills students. I stand in awe of their kindness, patience and deep commitment to the learning of these students.

    - Cheryl Childers, peer

  • Quyana to Cheri Spink at School Business Partnerships! Thank you to Cheri and the School Business Partnership team for putting on a wonderful Executive Exchange program again this year.  This is such a wonderful opportunity to share our schools with the community!  I heard over and over at today's luncheon how much the community members were impressed with our schools, which is a message we want to always get out to others.  I think all Principals should participate in this event!

    - Kristina Peterson, Principal

  • Quyana to John Oliver at Special Education! John Oliver is incredibly responsive and helpful with all my TieNet navigation questions and concerns.  Thanks, John, for being a special education ROCKSTAR! You help our department run effectively and efficiently!

    - Jennifer Emmal, Elementary Special Education Department Chair

  • Quyana to the Drumline Band and Swing Choir at Clark Middle School! Clark's swing choir and drum line band performed exceptionally well at the Great Alaska Shootout. The students are to be commended for their dedication and hard work to become successful. 

    - Andrea Smith, community member

  • Quyana to Matthew Anderson at Northern Lights ABC School! A big thank you to Mr. Anderson, music teacher at Northern Lights ABC School, for his dedication to our students.  Mr. Anderson offers afterschool choir for grades K - 8.  Last night families and the community enjoyed the fruits of his labor with a fantastic Christmas choir and drum concert.  This event is something our family looks forward to every year, truly gets you into the joy of the season. Thank you! 

    - Kim Griffith, parent

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