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Update for August 2019

Greetings students and families,

 

I hope you enjoyed what seemed to be an endless summer of great weather. We are looking forward to another great year of many success stories. Last year, King Tech graduated our first class of 104 King Tech High seniors. What an exciting accomplishment for students, families, and our staff! And, we are excited to welcome back the class of 2020 and the new class of 2021. As you are aware, King Tech prides itself in delivering an education that is unique, engaging, and post-secondary focused.

There are several items worth celebrating:

 

  • King Tech was accredited by the internationally recognized accreditation agency -­ AdvancEd. The review determined that we provide a high quality education with a score well above the national average.
  • Our Veterinary Assisting Program  received  the  National  Association  of  Veterinary Technicians in America (NAVTA) accreditation. Our veterinary assisting program is the only NAVTA approved high school program in Alaska and one of only a few  high school programs in the U.S.
  • Our Career and Tech School Organizations (SkillsUSA, HOSA, Educators Rising) competed in the state and national competitions and earned a number of national top place finishers.
  • Our full-time academic program added a social studies teacher (Creed Campbell) to help with increasing face-to-face delivery of core academics.
  • Many students participated in our internship program and several students were offered apprenticeships and/or signed on with a business for direct entry into their chosen trades.
  • We formed the KTHS Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTO). Please see information below regarding how to join and support your school.

Our staff prides itself in developing positive relationships with students. Teachers, counselors, support staff, and administrators are all committed to helping students develop a career pathway plan. King Tech is a unique educational environment with small class sizes and a work-like atmosphere that is substantially different from a traditional schooling experience. To add to our uniqueness, our full-time student academic program is moving in a new direction. Please review the fulltime student academic program new direction document, below.

Once again, welcome to King Tech! We are ready to help you with your career pathway journey. Whatever your future plans, let us help you connect to your dream. You have the  opportunity to be part of a unique school that has the power to transform the way you think about education and most importantly who you will become as a successful career professional.

 

Sincerely, 

Dr. Kern McGinley, Principal

King Tech High School

 

 

Important Dates:

  • Students First Day, August 20, 2019

 

  • Professional Dress Wednesday begins on September 04, 2019

 

  • King Tech Open House, September 10, 2019, 6:00pm-8:00pm

 

  • Student Photos with Lifetouch, October 02, 2019

 

 

Lunch Service:

At King Tech, we use Wooden Spoons, a third party vendor for lunch service (see message below). If you are a student who qualifies for free and reduced-price lunch, please contact us for details on how we support your lunch service.

From Wooden Spoons: Dear Families, my name is Amy and I own Wooden Spoons Alaska, a school lunch delivery service. We offer convenient, tasty and scratch-made school lunches. The ordering website is updated from last year but should still remember all of your information. If you are new to Wooden Spoons you have to set up an account to see the online menu. Please contact me with any questions or special needs, we are happy to work with you.

 

Full-time Student Academic Program "New Direction"

We believe a high quality education is built on a strong curriculum, positive student-teacher relationships, and engaging delivery of instruction. Thus, we are taking a new direction with our academic delivery model. There will be less online learning and more face-to-face instruction. The team delivering our academic model consists of Ms. Bukowski - Math, Mrs. Valantas - Language Arts, Mr. Campbell - Social Studies and Mr. Spade - Science.

Schedule Example. The model will vary depending on what block of the day your student has their Career and Technical Education (CTE) class scheduled. In addition, a student's academic schedule will depend on what subjects they need to satisfy grade level graduation requirements.

For example, if your student is taking Digital Electronics (CTE) in the morning, then they would follow the academic core 4, 5, and 6 schedule. Likewise, if your student is taking Culinary (CTE) in the afternoon, then they would follow the academic core 1, 2, and 3 schedule.

 

 

 

Period

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

1

8:00-8:40

Academic Core

Academic Core

Academic Core

Academic Core

20time project

2

8:40-9:20

Academic Core

Academic Core

Academic Core

Academic Core

20time project

3

9:20-9:55

Academic Core

Academic Core

Academic Core

Academic Core

20time project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Periods 4,5,and 6 Monday - Friday           Career and Technical Education(CTE) Class

11:15-1:20

 

 

Periods 1,2, and 3 Monday - Friday           Career and Technical Education (CTE) Class

8:00-9:55

 

 

Period

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

4

11:15-11:55

Academic Core

Academic Core

Academic Core

Academic Core

20time project

5

11:55-12:45

Academic Core

Academic Core

Academic Core

Academic Core

20time project

6

12:45-1:20

Academic Core

Academic Core

Academic Core

Academic Core

20time project

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Professional Presentation Skills. We are excited to announce our professional presentation skills development program. In order to get students ready for the demands of college or direct entry careers, we are incorporating professionalism into our academic delivery model through an individualized real-world project-based learning program. The project was inspired by the nationally recognized 20time Project from the creative minds at Google.

The nuts and bolts of the 20time Project:

 

  • The Project will span the entire school
  • On Fridays, students will spend time working on a 20time Project in their academic class time
  • The project is required and will makeup 25% of a student's final grade in each of their academic areas
  • Students will pursue a creative interest and will learn to make small progress to a larger goal
  • The project will consist of the following elements: research, a proposal, data-gathering, weekly blogging, and a final digital rich presentation

 

 

Professionalism. At King Tech, our mission  is to  prepare  all students  for  post-secondary education and the workforce. We believe that  promoting  professionalism  is a vital  component  of  our mission. Therefore, our students are expected to  be  on  time  and  attend  class  regularly,  dress appropriately, no hats, remain free of electronic device distractions, and exhibit a  positive  attitude.  We strongly emphasize these components of professionalism. Please see the ASD Attendance Policy, pages I-11- I-13, and note that 15 absences may result in an automatic withdraw from KTHS. FULL­ TIME STUDENTS ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND KING TECH MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, FROM 8AM TO 1:20PM.

 

 

 

Parent Teacher Organization

WE NEED YOU!            

Parents,

 

We are looking for parents who want to be a part of the first King Tech High School Parent Teacher Organization.  We have the opportunity to create an amazing partnership with you, our students, and instructors. 

 

The PTO is an organization that assists with fundraisers, provides suggestions for school improvement, supports teacher appreciation and more. As a full-time high school, we are looking at ways to support our staff, students, and parents. 

 

We need you – please consider joining PTO to assist us in making King Tech High School the best it can be.  Join us on Back to School Night or contact PTO coordinator Teena Calkin at KingTechPTO@gmail.com.  We look forward to meeting all of you! 

 

If you want to support us, but have time constraints, please consider donating to King Tech PTO. We have a mailbox in the front office at King Tech on 2650 E. Northern Lights Blvd.   

 

King Tech High School Staff and Administration

Teena Calkin, PTO Coordinator

calkin_teena@asdk12.org

742-1297 direct line