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Bear Valley named National Blue Ribbon School

September 29, 2015

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan today recognized 335 schools as National Blue Ribbon Schools for 2015 based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. 

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Providence, Anchorage School District promote youth fitness with Sqord

September 28, 2015

The following news release is shared on behalf of Providence Health & Services Alaska. Through the partnership, students at 37 ASD schools will receive exercise wristbands in an effort to encourage fitness and healthy choices.

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District launches text message notifications for parents and community members

September 14, 2015

School closures, late buses and general school info available via text

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Semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit® Scholarship Program

September 9, 2015

Today officials of National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of approximately 16,000 Semifinalists in the 61st annual National Merit Scholarship Program.

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President Obama announces more key Administration posts

August 26, 2015

Congratulations to Doreen Brown, ASD’s executive director of Title VII Indian Education, for being named to one of the president’s key administration posts!

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Upcoming events

Oct 15

Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drill

Every ASD school will do a duck-cover-hold exercise drill at 10 am on Thursday, Oct 15.

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Oct 16

In-service day, end of first quarter

In-service day, end of first quarter. No school for students

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Oct 17

Archaeology Day

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Oct 21

Parent conference days, Oct. 21-22

Parent conference days Oct. 21-22. School schedules and student-release times vary.

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Oct 22

Parent conference days, Oct. 21-22

Parent conference days Oct. 21-22. School schedules and student-release times vary.

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Attendance is vital for student success!

A missed school day is a lost opportunity for students to learn. There is a direct correlation between students who attend school regularly and higher academic achievement levels. Learn how you can help your child attend school every day.

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Destination 2020

Destination 2020's framework for success is built around four strategies: focusing on students, investing in staff, engaging the community and strengthening our services. We are concentrating on these strategies, determining what works well and adjusting our approach to ensure every student achieves at least one year's academic growth each year.


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Quyana: An Alaskan Thank You

  • Quyana to Brad Theisen and the ASD grounds maintenance crew at Chugiak! Brad and his crew provided timely, superb and friendly support for the Eagle River High Ten Year Anniversary Time Capsule project. Their can-do attitude and performance were remarkable, especially considering they executed their tasks with the added challenge of early-season snow and chill temperatures. Arranging utility locates, conferencing on site selection, digging holes, burying capsules and relocating boulders to make a stone-sculpture paw print makes for a tall order, but they came through. No doubt , this crew rocks! 

    - Clinton Holloway, teacher

  • Quyana to Yelena Marycheva at Bowman Elementary School ! I would like to send my heartfelt thanks to Yelena Marycheva (when she was at Williwaw) who worked so patiently and with much dedication with my son who has special needs. Her perseverance and consistent teaching expanded my son's academic skills immensely. She kept me updated and was excited to tell me of his progress. She was very creative in her approach which was way beyond what she needed to do. I am so grateful and I am very sure the kids who will come her way will be very lucky to have her! Thank you so much Yelena!

    - Maria Del Rosario, parent

  • Quyana to Brandy Proctor at East High School! We would like to say a huge thank you to Brandy Proctor, the school nurse at East High School. We love and appreciate the communication regarding our son's health in her care and her willingness to help in any way that she can. We appreciate the relationship we have formed between home and school with her. Thank you!

    - Mallory Family, parents

  • Quyana to Shawna Sweeney at Information Technology! Shawna helped me set up my computer, printer and lap top! She stayed and accomplished my long list of technical issues. She was very professional and answered all of my questions. I really appreciate the work that she did in my classroom! Thank you so much! 

    - Melissa Chisham, preschool teacher

  • Quyana to Steven Carroll at Huffman Elementary School! My daughter, who is in Mr. Carroll's 4th grade class, is new to Huffman Elementary (which is her third elementary school). Mr. Carroll has done an outstanding job at helping my daughter transition and feel welcome at her new school. He has given her classroom responsibilities to include her in classroom activities, which make her feel like an important and active member amongst her classmates. As a result, my daughter is very excited about going to, and being a part of, her new school. He has given me weekly updates on how she is doing and progressing which is very much appreciated! I have visited Mr. Carroll's classroom on a couple of occasions and I am impressed at how wonderful he is at engaging his students to participate and learn.  Thank you Mr. Carroll!

    - Tina Smith, parent

  • Quyana to Tracy Pifer at Alaska State School for Deaf and Hard of Hearing! Tracy has maintained support of the ASDHH program and community in the absence of a full time director for one year. During this time she helped administer placement, advocacy, communications and publications for students families and staff. Her dedication was unyielding and her professional standards and integrity were a stellar example to all who came in contact with her. During this period Ms. Pifer was the stable to many of the staff in personal and professional challenges. She has been selfless and put in more hours than seemingly possible to ensure Deaf Education and Educational Access was of the highest level of service and integrity, oftentimes working late hours to ensure educational supports were in place.

    - Ann Curry, director

  • Quyana to Mr. Spinella at East High School! After attending smaller ASD programs from grade K-8, my son began 9th grade this year. He has absolutely loved the entire experience thus far and is excited to attend classes at East High School every day!   As a parent who wants to let my child grow up and at the same time offer support, I have found that Mr. Spinella has been responsive, kind, and truly interested in what I have to say as a parent. Quyana to you and your staff for all that is done every day to meet the amazing youth of East Anchorage!

    - Shanna Mall, parent

  • Quyana to Aaron Pascar at Nunaka Valley Elementary School! Mr. Pascar has been helping keep Nunaka Valley students safe for over a decade. Mr. Pascar serves as our parking lot and drop off loop crossing guard through all kinds of weather every single day. Mr. Pascar also volunteers to help out in classrooms and make special presentations to our students. We are very thankful for his service! 

    - Timothy Blake, principal

  • Quyana to Bao Vang, Rebeca Wesen and Adela Baliton at Airport Heights Elementary School! There are many ways to say thank you. At Airport Heights Elementary we have a team of gifted Bilingual Educators - Mrs. Vang, Mrs. Wesen and Mrs. Baliton - who step in wherever they are needed to make a difference for all students at our school. From translating to helping with extra duties to teaching the students, our Bilingual Team goes above and beyond! To honor each one of them we say "Ua tsaug" in Hmong, "Gracias" in Spanish and "Salamat" in Tagalog.

    - Cheryl Childers, peer

  • Quyana to SWS Staff and Students at East High School! Congratulations to the East High SWS staff and students for another outstanding retreat. The dedication the staff and SWS community exhibits each year to make this unique learning opportunity happen is admirable.

    - Rice and Logan family, parent

  • Quyana to Sarah Hotchkiss, Corrine Hewitt and Peggy Taylor at Human Resources! These three ladies have been extremely diligent and helpful in answering questions and assisting with the hiring of staff, including helping me through the technology part of the process. I truly appreciate their dedication, answering my emails outside of their duty day, and always being kind and patient through the many phone calls and emails! Thank you so much for making my job a little bit easier!

    - Dianne Orr, principal

  • Quyana to Raylene Erickson at Payroll! Raylene has taken time out of her busy schedule to sit with me and help me learn the timecard process in EmpCenter. I appreciate her graciousness and patience as I learn this new skill. Thank you Raylene! 

    - Dianne Orr, principal

  • Quyana to Joyce Huffer at Chugiak High School! Joyce was a breath of fresh air as she helped my daughter get started in her sports activities - smiling and cheerfully going about her business of making things better for everyone. Thank You Joyce.

    - Rick Poage, parent

  • Quyana to Terry Gaines at Fairview Elementary School! I would like to commend Ms. Terry Gaines, AA at Fairview Elementary, for her professional response to an unexpected event. She demonstrated knowledge and ability in assisting others while remaining cool, calm and effective. Kudos!

    - Karen Sasnett, peer

  • Quyana to Allie Burris and Heidi Postishek at Polaris K-12! Well done with the 6th Grade Transitional Strategies, including the camp experience. Our daughter expressed to us such wonderful memories about her experiences and participation in the 2-week intensive study.   Our daughter thoroughly enjoyed the book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" and developing cohesive journal responses. She eagerly shared about her learning each day and the relevant connections from the book to her own life. It was a tremendous book for her, and she equally got so much from the story "Who Moved the Cheese?" that you read at camp. She has insightfully and actively connected both books to her own passions and upbringing.    Thank you for meeting 6th Grade students in their own reality, and nurturing and supporting their personal growth forward. You have given the best of yourselves to touch the future! 

    - Jesus and Colleen Castaneda, parents

  • Quyana to Andrew Rosamilia at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School! I was talking with another parent in the parking lot after school let out and waiting for traffic to die down. On his way out, Mr. Rosamilia swung back into the parking lot and began playing football with my son and his school mate! Both boys had been ready to leave, but they forgot about that while they played ball. Thank you Mr. Rosamilia for making their wait fun! 

    - Mikan Outwater, parent

  • Quyana to Charles Hsieh at Lake Otis Elementary! Charles volunteered to work overtime to accompany my son to an out-of-district cross country meet, to attend to his medical needs. He spent his Saturday ensuring the medical safety of my son, while cheering him on and expressing his enthusiasm for the sport and for my child. Charles is clearly dedicated to ensuring the health and safety of his students at Lake Otis, but is also willing to go above and beyond to work with other students. His care, concern and professionalism was outstanding. My family is grateful to him. Thank you. 

    - Jillian Gates, parent

  • Quyana to Lisa Horstmann at Dimond High School! I would like to thank Lisa Horstmann for making our family feel so welcome in Dimond High. We felt very welcome and loved her professionalism we observed in the office.

    - Vivian Lee, parent

  • Quyana to Cheryl Childers at Airport Heights Elementary School! Cheryl has devoted many extra hours of heartfelt devotion to understanding, advocating and responding to our students' needs throughout her years as the Eagle River Elementary school Health teacher. Her generous help in classrooms and the example she set of master teacher for our staff will be missed. Thank you Cheryl for all the energy and goodwill you gave freely at Eagle River Elementary! 

    - Janice Summers, teacher

  • Quyana to Linda Jobe, Carla Hart, Cindy Walsh, Kit Greene, Chu Bradford, Kathy Bond, Wendy Hawn and Chris Phillips at Taku Elementary School! A huge thank you to the Taku Registration Team! Cindy, Carla, Linda, Wendy, Chris, Chu, Kathy and Kit did an amazing job helping parents register their students at our school. Numerous volunteer hours were spent welcoming parents! You are what makes Taku a great place to work. Thank you so much. 

    - Kelly Ramey, supervisor

  • Quyana to Marcus Wilson at North Star Elementary School! At a time when social values in the country are crumbling, Principal Marcus Wilson is building both self-esteem and respect for others in his students. My husband and I have been sending our children to North Star for 17 years. It's a good school community. Marcus' calm stability and personal interest in the kids permeates the place. He has instituted "Boys Club" whose members dress in button shirt and tie to visit the elderly at the Pioneer home and serve them. Mr. Wilson says that this teaches them to respect women and the elderly and to serve their community. As some left sixth grade last spring, I heard from the students that they had learned to respect not just others, but themselves! Everything they learn must be built on that foundation of respect if they are to stand strong. Good job, Marcus, keep it up! 

    - Laura Sutton, parent

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