April 2019 APC Board Meeting Minutes

April 8,  2019

Board Meeting        Wayland Baptist Conference Room        5:30 pm – 6:45 pm

Called to Order at 5:35 pm

Board Present:

Teacher Rep Seat (A) Richard Bierer

Faculty / Staff Seat (B) - Vacant - (optional)

Parent Rep Seat (D) Philippe Janicka - Telephonically Present

Community Seat (F) Sylvia Biondich - Secretary

Community/Parent Seat (H) Gayle Boyer

Community/Parent Seat (I) Caroline Storm - Chair

Founder Seat (P) Vacant - (held for Founder upon request)

Founder Seat (Q) Scott Kluever

Founder Seat (R) Whitney D’Atri


Board Excused Absent:

Parent Rep Seat (C) Rosa Salazar-Sanchez

Parent Rep Seat (E) Heather Swanson

Community Seat (G) Meredith Gutierrez - Vice Chair


Principal: Adam Mokelke

Guests: Charlie Palmer, 6th grade parent



  1. Introductions & Purpose Statement
  2. Review and Approval of Agenda and Meeting Minutes
    1. Review and Approval of Agenda
      1. Whitney moves to approve the Agenda as written
      2. Scott seconds the motion
      3. No discussion - Motion passed unanimously
  3. Persons to be heard  (public comment) - Mr. Palmer was able to be a guest presenter and he is offering himself open to coming again.  
  4. Reports
    1. Principal Update


Principal’s Report to the Academic Policy Committee

April 5th, 2019


Testing: PEAKS testing is mostly complete and was successful. All teachers proctored at least one test, sharing the responsibility school-wide. We have just a few make-up tests to proctor.

Next up: MAP testing window opens 4/22.


Charter:  The State Board of Education approved our charter application for 10 years!  Congratulations and thank you all for your hard work, input and support.


Facilities:  We’ve had three meetings with SALT consultants, and interested partners including CIHA, CITC, Muldoon library about the Creekside property (next to Begich). We’ve engaged in a visioning process for development of the property and potential shared spaces and facilities.


Enrollment and Lottery:

19-20 Enrollment Projection


Projected returning

Lottery applications

Lottery accepted























The first lottery is closed, the second lottery open and runs through late July.

64% of the students who applied to STrEaM in the first lottery have accepted seats.

Our minimum enrollment goal is 150, so we have some work to do to continue recruiting students for next year. This is a good start.  


SHOUTOUTS: Thank you to Sylvia for coordinating staff spirit days and bringing over goodies/treats for each one so far! Coming up:

4/11 Cowboy day,   4/18 “Heart” day (wear red, Heart Run 4/20),    4/25 Sports day,

5/2 Twin day,    5/9 Pirate day

Shoutout to Scott and Caroline for their time on the facility committee- we have been meeting weekly after school.

Thanks again to Philipe for the Kaladi card, which I used to provide coffee to staff.

Thanks again to Gayle for subbing and proctoring during PEAKS.


    1. Committee Update (Facilities) - been meeting weekly. In order to make the developments for these three partners the land might be sub-divided and developed separately.  Timing would be difficult to develop as one project. There is a loose master plan for the site development. Mokelke and Storm will meet again tomorrow with a developer and start talking about land cost and start figuring out numbers to begin.  We have to prove to the community that this is a good spot for us. We need to seriously consider how we plan to come up with money!
    2. Project and Trek


4/3 Project & TREK Update

From the desk of Megan Gatlin


Project Highlights

Food Security - Goodman/8th Grade Science

8th graders are using the topic of Food Security as a guide for explorations into Phenology, Genetics, Natural Selection, and Evolution.


Students launched the project by tracking their lunch from growth/manufacture all the way to Alaska.  Students are engaging the engineering design process and will be be picking both cultivated and subsistence foods to research.  They will study the feasibility of sustaining Alaskans on this food based on the growing season, storage, & how it will adapt with a changing climate.  Students will also conduct research about genetically modified food, and will engage in a Socratic Seminar about the topic. Students will be reading through informational texts both in science and in Language Arts on genetically modified food. Students are also growing their own food, and keeping track of plant growth with weekly observations. Students will be presenting their findings on May 14.


Ancient India Shark Tank Project - 6th  Grade Social Studies

Students formed groups of 4 and selected an invention type from a list of Ancient India technological achievements (list was provided).  Student groups were tasked with creating a prototype of the project for sale, creating a sales pitch, figuring out sales pricing and distribution, and benefits of their technological achievements to society.  These tasks were then presented to the Sharks (teachers/adults). The winner was determined by the invention that the most Sharks invested in.


Debate without Fighting - 7th Grade TWiford.

Students are divided into two groups of two teams each and will be debating separate resolutions relating to school scheduling, homework & even voting. They are researching and collaborating to prepare for a public debate sometime in May. The format is special and winners will be decided based on audience feedback. The team who opens the most minds wins.



  • Alaska Rock Gym 7th & 8th Grade
    • 4/3 - 8th Grade (25 students)
    • 4/10 - 8th Grade (25 students)
    • 4/17- 7th Grade (25 students)
    • 4/24 - 7th Grade (25 students)
  • 4/12 School-Wide Sports Day @ The Arctic Rec Center
  • 4/25 8th Grade Science Special Topics - Goose Lake for Project Research
  • 5/7 Art/Creative Writing Elective - Susitna Elementary to Read Products to Students
  • 5/8 8th Grade Capstone - Camp Gorsuch w/Onward & Upward


Guest Speakers

  1. 3/29 Laura Gabel - Aerobic Drumming, UAA Professor
  2. 4/2 Sarah Forbes - Yoga Instructor
  3. 4/24 Les Gara - Former Legislator to discuss Environmental Laws


    1. Staff Liaison - Richard Bierer - (reports and needs)
      1. April has no days off on the calendar
      2. State testing month! Peaks done and Map coming up
      3. Biggest need is team building! Socializing is good - working together needs some work team building. Professional relationships need to be developed and sustained. And maybe our staff of ten could have better communication and help building actual relationships.  It is not bad - just an area for improvement. Sharing lesson plans in advance to help with collaboration between curriculums.
      4. Staff is exhausted - The support of the APC is appreciated

  1. Action Items
    1. ()
  2. Non-Action Items
    1. New Business
      1. Adam and Sylvia will work together with Rosa on Staff Appreciation Week
    2. Work Session Agenda
      1. Add business manager to staff? Add AP, add Interventionist?
      2. June meeting?
      3. Update of 501C3


  1. Anything else for the Good of the order
    1. Congratulations to Gayle with her upcoming nuptials!
    2. And a BIG thank you to Sylvia for all of her work with the special staff days!  
  2. Verify next meeting:
    1. May 13, 2019 at 5:30 pm at Wayland
    2. June Work Session meeting at Storm House on Deck, date TBD
  3. Executive session to talk about evaluation and contract
    1. Motion to go into executive session by Sylvia at 6:50 pm
    2. Seconded by Philippe
    3. Unanimous vote
    4. Out of Executive Session at 7:20pm
    5. Gayle moved that we accept the new Principal Contract as written
    6. Kleuver seconded
    7. No discussion, motion passes as written
      1. Contract will be presented and signed by Board Chair and Principal
      2. Principal Annual Review will be discussed at that time
  4. Review who will do what by when
    1. Caroline will present new contract for signature with Principal Mokelke
    2. Sylvia and Adam will work on getting thank you notes for
  5. Topics tabled for future meetings or work sessions
    1. Evaluate/discuss/examine why families are leaving
    2. Staff Team Building, Professional Development
    3. Building committee notes in depth - facilities
    4. Click, Pick, Give opportunities

Meeting Adjourned  at 7:35 pm