National Blue Ribbon Schools
Walk to School Day Wednesday, October 5 More »
National Blue Ribbon Schools
National Blue Ribbon Schools Bayshore and Orion elementary recognized More »
Fostering a love of engineering
Fostering a love of engineering Over 120 7th- and 8th-grade girls attended event More »

District news

Two ASD schools named National Blue Ribbon Schools

September 28, 2016

Congratulations to Bayshore and Orion elementary schools. Today, the US Secretary of Education named them National Blue Ribbon Schools!


The following news release was provided by the US Department of Education.

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New principal assignments announced for 2016-17 school year

September 23, 2016

One additional principal assignment for the 2016-17 school year was recently approved.

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ASD Superintendent named a YWCA Woman of Achievement

September 20, 2016

Congratulations to ASD’s superintendent, Dr. Deena Paramo, who was named a YWCA Alaska/BP Woman of Achievement. She and nine others will be honored at a special ceremony on Nov. 3.


The following news release is shared on behalf of YWCA Alaska and BP.


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Pilot project links school nurses to health information for students with complex health care needs

September 16, 2016

The following news release is shared on behalf of the state Department of Health and Social Services to highlight a new partnership between school nurses at five elementary schools and pediatricians.

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Anchorage Public Library Gains 34,000 New Student Members

September 15, 2016

A partnership between the Anchorage Public Library and Anchorage School District provides students with cutting-edge tools to succeed.

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Upcoming events

Sep 30

Countdown to Kindergarten

Join us for fun, hands-on activities for your future kindergartener.

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Sep 30

East Side Dash

5K run with warm up led by alumni and Olympic athlete Kikkan Randall.

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Oct 5

Walk to School Day

In October of every year, millions of children from countries around the world participate in Safe Kids Walk This Way events for International Walk to School Day. The events raise community and global awareness about walking safety and promote healthy behavior.

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Oct 6

Countdown to Kindergarten

Join us for fun, hands-on activities for your future kindergartener.

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Oct 10

ASD partnership to bring author Rick Riordan to Anchorage

Barnes & Noble and ASD have partnered to bring bestselling author Rick Riordan to Anchorage. Anchorage be one of only nine locations for his tour celebrating his new book in the Magnus Chase series, “Hammer of Thor.”

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In the spotlight‌

Lunch menus

The district's Student Nutrition Department is undergoing a number of efforts to improve the flavor and appeal of meals. Approximately 75 percent of menu items this year have been overhauled to improve student experience. Additionally, ASD will feature meals this year which celebrate different ethnic heritage months and special meals for other notable authors. 

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Quyana: An Alaskan Thank You

  • Quyana to Melanie Sutton at Health and PE Curriculum! Melanie went out of her way last year to obtain grant funding for bike trailers to be lent to schools so PE teachers could include bike riding into the PE curriculum.  Susitna received a trailer recently and it is the first time many of our students have ridden a bike.  What a cool project, and what a great thing for kids!  Thank you! 

    - D. HOFFBAUER, Principal, Susitna

  • Quyana to Kelly White at Chugiak High School! Quyana to Kelly White for providing exceptional customer service to me. I contacted Kelly regarding an attendance issue, along with how Zangle calculates school sponsored absences, and she graciously researched the issue for me. Kelly responded promptly to me and she was personable and very helpful through email and on the phone. Kelly is awesome and I truly appreciate her time and help very much! 

    - Barbara Green, parent

  • Quyana to Erika Ellers at Homestead! Thank you Miss Ellers for promoting excellence in education! You go the extra mile to show your students that you care. You invest in your scholars and we parents are so grateful! Thank you!! 

    - Camy, parent

  • Quyana to Krista Hepler at Tyson - Nurse! ! Quyana to Nurse Krista for working tirelessly to ensure equal access to education for a refugee kindergarten student. Thanks to you, she is in the first steps of becoming something great! 

    - Paige, peer

  • Quyana to Charles Beattie at Dimond High School! Charles has been the greatest addition to our school. He is fun, full of energy and really gets out of his way to help anyone who needs. I am very thankful to work at the same department as him. Herr Beattie is AWESOME!

    - Aline Hopkins, peer

  • Quyana to Halia Janssen at Student Nutrition! Quyana to Halia Janssen at the Central Student Nutrition office for providing great customer service to customers submitting online applications for free and reduced-price meals during school start up. Your dedication is appreciated! 

    - Jennifer Meiwes, coworker

  • Quyana to EDENMARIE ELLIOTT-HERNANDEZ at Government Hill Elementary! Mrs. Elliott is a great teacher and it shows when my son speaks about school. Mrs. Elliott goes above and beyond in her teaching to best fit every child's needs. Her love for her students shows and I feel so blessed to have my son in her class.  Thank you Mrs. Elliott!! 

    - Brandy Jones, Parent

  • Quyana to Frank Shaffer at Service High School! The Service High Counseling Team would like to give a shout out to Frank Shaffer for going above and beyond to help our students. He is selflessly giving up his own time out of the regular school day to help his summer school students pull through and complete their summer school classes so that they can receive the credit. Thank you for your hard work Frank!

    - Susan Miller, counselor

  • Quyana to Moriah Mercereau at Hanshew! Quyana to Ms. Mercereau for wonderful, caring support for our kids on more than one occasion.  She has made a major difference in our kids' lives.  ASD is lucky to have her! 

    - Bill Richardson, Parent

  • Quyana to Denise Carpentier at Mt. Iliamna Elementary! Quyana to Ms. Carpentier for helping solve a transportation crisis just before the start of the school year! Your help and quick response saved me a tremendous amount of worry during an already challenging time. 

    - Elizabeth Barnes, Parent

  • Quyana to ASD Painting Crew at Paint Department at Paint Department!  I want to thank the ASD paint crew for working so hard to get our school ready. Not only did the paint crew arrive promptly but they arrived with smiles on their faces and were so helpful. Thank you for making sure our building was ready for students and staff. 

    - Christine Garbe, Principal

  • Quyana to Corinne Hewitt at Human Resources! As a first time hiring manager, I was so thankful to have Corrine help me through all of the steps and answer my many questions. She was such a great resource as I navigated the process. Her kindness and professionalism are a great representation of internal customer service in the district. Thanks, Corrine! 

    - Heather Marron, Peer

  • Quyana to Shawn Bernard at Coordinator Related Services! Shawn is an amazing resource. He is consistently willing to go above and beyond to support staff and families in ASD! Plus, his snazzy green glasses always make people smile!

    - Jennifer Emmal, department chair

  • Quyana to Elizabeth Dick at South High School! We would like to recognize South High School's German teacher, Elizabeth Dick, for her superior dedication to her students. She has effectively and successfully developed a language program to cater to the needs of a broad range of students - from the Introductory Level to Advanced Placement clientele. Dr. Dick has gone above and beyond in orchestrating experiences for her upper division students to travel abroad in an enrichment summer exchange program to Germany. She truly is a master of her craft in both her knowledge of content, as well as effective teaching practices. Our son is only one of a plethora of young people whose life has been enhanced by such an exceptional individual!  

    - Leverette and Jackie Hoover, parents

  • Quyana to Sandy Lakhamsene at Kasuun Elementary! Sandy works part time at Kasuun as one of our Night Custodians. She is an extremely hard worker and pays very close to attention to detail. It has been my pleasure to have her work at our school and provide us with the knowledge that when she is here we have no need to worry about the cleanliness of Kasuun. I have had numerous teachers come to me and express their gratitude for how clean their classrooms are when they come in in the mornings. She is willing to go the extra mile to ensure that her job is done correctly. The Anchorage School District's Operations Department is very fortunate to have her as one of the Night Custodians. 

    - Michael Day, Principal, Kasuun Elementary

  • Quyana to Juanito Guintu at Operations! Juanito is someone who cares about the work that is done by the night custodians at the schools he supervises. If I ever have a concern I know that all I have to do is call Juanito and explain the situation and he wastes no time at all to make sure our needs are met. He provided me with excellent advice when I was looking at hiring a new BPO, the advice and direction that he provided me with allowed me to make a better decision on hiring. The Anchorage School District Operations Department is extremely fortunate to have him as one of their supervisors.

    - Michael Day, Princiapl, Kasuun Elementary

  • Quyana to Gerry Pasana and Nelson Nabong at Kasuun Elementary! I am sure that the Operations Department receives many phone calls from school principals about BPOs and Night Custodians who are not doing their jobs. However, that is not the case at Kasuun Elementary. Our BPO and Night Custodian are truly the best that the Anchorage School District has. Words alone cannot express how much they do and their attention to detail. The quality of work is exemplary. I never have to worry about coming to the school in the morning and finding work that has not been done or only partially completed. Nelson and Gerry ensure that all tasks are completed and go the extra mile to help create a positive environment at Kasuun Elementary.

    - Michael Day, Principal, Kasuun Elementary

  • Quyana to Mrs. Allen at Lake Hood Elementary! Mrs. Allen is compassionate and caring. She truly teaches each student in her class how to be the best person they can be. She is a natural teacher who knows how to incorporate SEL in all activities. Her genuine love for her students shows daily. Mrs. Allen goes above and beyond in her daily teachings to best fit every child's needs. Her calm, positive attitude towards everyone is amazing. She is a role model not only for her students, but colleagues and parents as well. I am so thankful my daughter had her as a teacher this year and built her love for learning. Thank you Mrs. Allen! 

    - Kris Hunt , parent

  • Quyana to Anne Ogden at Eagle Academy Charter School! Anne, it's been a year of tremendous growth in James.  I'm amazed at how far he's come and what kinds of goals he's set and achieved!  I know that you have added greatly to his math and language arts foundation.  He has amazed me with his leaps and bounds.  I'm in awe of where he is in reading.  You know that when he starts reading the back of the toothpaste tube, while brushing his teeth, he has a great desire to read.  Thank you for the drive you have given him to continue reading and writing and to start learning those multiplication tables.  Thank you for your patience with his wondering and funny personality, but most of all thank you for your love of teaching and encouragement to keep him moving forward.

    - Barb Krafft, parent

  • Quyana to Susan Kessler at Eagle Academy Charter School! Thank you so much Susan for all you do at EACS.  Your calm and kind words show how much you love the kids and your job.  Not everyone gets to see what you do each and everyday, but I have, and I truly admire how patient you are, especially on the crazy days.  Thank you for all you do that is seen and unseen.  Thank you for loving on the kids and helping them to grow.  Thank you for being a such a positive part of James' first grade (and kindergarten) experience.

    - Barb Krafft, parent

  • Quyana to Ms. Reed, Mr. Martinson (Mr.Shore), Frau Senden, Ms. Armstrong, Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Williams at Chugiak High School!   Quyana to Ms. Reed, Mr. Martinson (Mr.Shore), Frau Senden, Ms. Armstrong, Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Williams at Chugiak High School! Happy last day of Teacher Appreciation Week!  I wanted to extend my utmost appreciation to my son's teachers, in his class schedule order:  Ms. Reed, Mr. Martinson (and Mr. Shore during the time he substituted in Concert Band), Frau Senden, Ms. Armstrong, Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Williams.    These teachers are truly fantastic and made Matthew's freshman year an absolutely awesome one. And I thought it was great my son had three of the same teachers my daughter did (Ms. Armstrong, Ms. Reed and Mrs. Davis). My daughter is a 2011 CHS graduate and a 2015 Simmons College graduate (International Relations degree), and she also thought it was great her brother had some of the same teachers she did.  Quyana to such excellent teachers; we appreciate their time, effort and tutelage very much!

    - Barbara Green, parent

  • Quyana to Afshan Mohammad at Eagle River High School! Mrs. Mohammad has taught two of my children Biology. Clearly no one needs me to express how well educated she is. I am grateful for every caring teacher. I am honored and privileged to have Mrs. Mohammad teaching my children. Biology is not the most valuable lessons taught in her classroom. Patience, compassion, respect and tolerance are the most valuable lessons she teaches. 

    - Kathaleen Belcher, parent

  • Quyana to Jeannine Bryan at Bear Valley Elementary! Quyana to all of the Noon Duties that support student safety every day so that our students can get the recess they need. I would particularly like to thank Jeannine Bryan, Noon Duty at Bear Valley for the professionalism she has shown again this year. She keeps me well informed of student injuries when she walks them in or notifies me via her radio. As a school nurse I appreciate how she comes up with ideas to improve student safety. I hope all of the noon duties have a wonderful, and well deserved, summer.

    - Julie Becker, school nurse

  • Quyana to Valorie Booyer at Tudor Elementary! Miss Valorie is one of the special "hearts" at our school, Tudor Elementary. Not only does she welcome, assist and care for our parents and students as our Administrative Assistant, she is always there for teachers and staff. Thank you Miss Valorie for making a difference for everyone at Tudor Elementary!

    - Lisa Johnson, teacher

  • Quyana to Dale Chavie at Maintenance! Dale recently went above and beyond in his tireless installation of a new sound system at Abbott Loop Elementary.  He has proven himself to be a calm and effective coach on how to use the system, and has made our school very very happy!

    - Erin H. Peterson, classroom music teacher

  • Quyana to Leah Kellerby at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School! This school year has been challenging for my 1st grade son. Through it all, though, Ms. Kellerby, the school counselor at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School, has worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for success for my kiddo. She's a compassionate, optimistic, involved counselor for the students at ANCCS. Leah responds to any need my son has, and has been a constant support for me while our family struggles to figure out how to make school work best for our son. Thank you, Ms. Kellerby! For your advocacy, for your listening ear, for your caring heart. Quyana!

    - Jessica Limbird, parent

  • Quyana to STAMP Implementation Team at Information Technology! Thank you so much to the STAMP Implementation Team in IT for all of the behind-the-scenes work that went into making this rollout so successful. We successfully tested close to 8,000 students in grades 2-12 in many different languages, and much of this success is because of your hard work and dedication to the process. Thank you so much!

    - Brandon Locke, director, World Languages

  • Quyana to Petra Burkard at Alaska Native Cultural Charter School! I would like to give a shout out and recognize Nurse Petra for her patience and care for all of the children at ANCCS. She goes above and beyond in her duties and is a great nurse. I appreciate all her hard work and the care she provides for the students.

    - Karen Fairbanks, parent

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