Letter from the Superintendent

  • Deena

    May 8, 2020

    Dear ASD Families and Staff,
    I’ll keep this week’s update brief.
    We now have less than ten days of school remaining! I want to thank you for all the effort and support of our young people. We can finish this year strong together! Next week, local radio and TV stations will begin celebrating Anchorage School District’s graduates.  Let’s join together to celebrate ASD Grad pride citywide!
    The School Board and Administration will be working in concert to plan for next school year. The state has provided draft guidance to plan for three health risk levels:  low, medium, and high. The Department of Education and Early Development (DEED) and the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) will be defining the parameters for school risk levels, similar to what they have done for businesses. As ASD plans for next year, we will keep you regularly informed as decisions are made during the summer. Again, we are hoping for the best, which is having school back in school. However, we need to plan for the worst, which would occur if the health department determines the risk levels in Anchorage are too high.
    As a review of last week’s rollout, please look to the many summer options for students. We are opening a robust summer eLearning program to keep kids engaged and active in learning. Information on this, as well as anything about ASD, can be found on the ASD website or by calling 742-HELP.
    This Tuesday, May 12, the School Board will meet for its first May meeting, at which the Administration will present the next phase of student engagement data. I learned early on, you treasure what you measure. I am a little bit of a numbers nerd, but my goal is to keep student learning paramount in ASD. Topics discussed will include:
    • Current grade distributions for grades 9-12 in comparison to the same period last school year.
    • The next data points reflecting login data for trend comparisons.
    • The percentage of students who have not been engaged by login measurement during the last three weeks.
    Tune in to the ASD YouTube Channel or access the presentation on BoardDocs if you are interested in following the Board meeting.  
    As Teacher Appreciation Week wraps up, I want to thank our teachers once more for being nimble this quarter. We could not have served our community, especially our young people, without you! While this special recognition week ends, you continue to be appreciated! And, to our parents who have been teaching from home as well—thank you!
    Have a terrific weekend! Now, go play on your neighborhood’s school playground this weekend (with appropriate social distancing of course).  They are open again!
    Deena M. Bishop, Ed.D.
    Anchorage School District

    Educating All Students for Success in Life

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