• Principal Megan Hatswell  Welcome Spring and the 4th and final quarter of the school year!

     

    I hope you enjoy a restful Spring Break and that your Mustang comes back to Chugiak well rested and ready for the final push before summer. The sun and longer daylight hours let us know that the 2017-2018 school year will be over before we know it! Our hope is that we continue on our path and finish strong.

    As the principal of Chugiak High, it’s been my pleasure to receive multiple compliments about our school from a number of visitors who’ve been struck by how friendly and respectful our students are, and what a positive learning environment we enjoy. These comments have come from local substitutes, as well as district office officials, and from students themselves. We truly have a special school and I am proud to be a part of our learning community.

    Professional Learning Community (PLC) time has been a resounding success! Teachers have been working towards their PLC goals and we have begun to see dramatic differences in the culture of the building. Some goals being worked on includeIncreasing school attendance, increasing high expectations, increasing the peer climate and increasing the number of credits earned. We look forward to sharing our successes with you in May.

    Though there are many measures of academic performance occurring daily in our schools, the one by which we are most publically judged is the statewide assessment. The Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools (PEAKS) is Alaska’s summative assessment administered to students in Grades 3-9 (English language arts and mathematics) and grades 4, 8 and 10 (science) each spring. PEAKS data is used in multiple ways with impacts on our school and entire community. 

    The state uses this assessment as part of their school rating system which published annually and for which lots of decisions are made.  New families who are moving into the community review this data in researching educational options.  Teachers selecting schools to interview with review this data—and the list goes on.  We want to show what great students we have at CHS and highlight their academic abilities.  Please partner with us by encouraging your student to do their very best so that our entire community can shine! 

    CHS PEAKS Testing Schedule

    Tuesday, March 27th

    Regular Bell Schedule
    Breakfast for 9th Grade Testers hosted in House 3 from 7:00am-7:25amIf you are interested in volunteering to serve breakfast or donate food items, please contact CHS Curriculum Secretary Tabitha Layton at 742-3090.
    9th Graders take the English Language Arts Exam during periods 1-3; attend their regular classes periods 4-6
     

    Wednesday, March 28th

    AM Activity Schedule
    Breakfast for 9th Grade Testers hosted in House 3 from 7:00am-7:25amIf you are interested in volunteering to serve breakfast or donate food items, please contact CHS Curriculum Secretary Tabitha Layton at 742-3090.
    10th Graders take the Science Exam during period 2 plus activity block; attend their regular 1, 3 and 4-6 classes
    9th Graders attend their regular classes periods 1-3; take the Math Exam during periods 4-6
     

    **No homework will be assigned in classes that contain 9th and 10th graders Monday, March 26ththrough Thursday, March 29th.

    Parents can locate resources for the PEAKS assessment, including directions for PEAKS Practice tests, called Online Tools Training and PEAKS Tutorials (under Frequently Asked Questions), on the ASD website at www.asdk12.org/PEAKS.

    Parents can also help by ensuring their children are well rested, eat a nutritious breakfast, and are at school on time for the days of testing. Please avoid scheduling appointments on your child’s testing days.

    Academic Awards based on student performance from 1st semester have been determined.  Letters notifying families of awards will be mailed home upon our return from Spring Break.  Administrators and Counselors will present awards during the week of March 26th.  We are very proud of our students’ academic achievements! Congratulations Mustangs!

    For parents of current AP students:

    Registration for AP tests in May, 2018, is open. Credit card payment may be made online through Parent Q or in cash or check with our Financial Clerk, Valarie Prince. The deadline for online payment is 3/26/2018 and for cash or check in person is 3/28/2018. Students need to turn in a copy of their receipt and their registration form to place their order. Please turn in forms to AP teachers or counselors. AP Registration handout 2017.18.docx If you have questions or concerns, please contact Robin Moffett, AP coordinator, at 742-3073 or Moffett_robin@asdk12.org. 

    Every step in the journey counts! I know that together we can ensure these steps are positive. We look forward to welcoming you back for 4th quarter.

     

    Best,

    Megan Hatswell