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Join the Conversation About the School Budget

December 21, 2016

Community feedback requested in the budget development process.

ASD Honors Denali Award Recipients for Fall 2016

December 19, 2016

Award is highest District honor given to employees.

Anchorage 8th Graders Head to the Galapagos Islands to Track Tortoises

December 16, 2016

This news release is shared on behalf of Strategies 360.

So You Want to Run for School Board?

December 5, 2016

Informational session for citizens interested in serving on the board.

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Upcoming Events

Jan 24

Beginner Level Adult English Class

Free beginner level adult English class.

Jan 26

Intermediate Level Adult English Class

Free intermediate level adult English class.

Jan 27

Middle School Science Materials Review and Scoring

The public is encouraged to take part in the review process and provide input during the open house opportunities.

Jan 27

O'Malley Elementary's 50th Anniversary Celebration

O'Malley Elementary is turning 50. Come join the celebration!

Jan 28

Middle School Science Materials Review and Scoring

The public is encouraged to take part in the review process and provide input during the open house opportunities.

Jan 31

Beginner Level Adult English Class

Free beginner level adult English class.

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In the Spotlight‌

School Report Cards

Each school has its own school report card that provides an annual summary of schoolwide progress and student test scores. 2015-16 School report cards are now available online. If you do not have internet access or prefer a paper version of the report, please contact your child’s school.



Welcome to ASD

New to the district? Wondering how to enroll?
Have a child entering kindergarten?

SignpostOur Welcome to ASD section walks you through the process of determining your child's needs, researching your options and how to enroll or register at a school.


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Quyana: An Alaskan Thank You

  • Quyana to Kaiya Kaltenborn at Rogers Park Elementary! Kaiya and I just started working together this year and I can honestly say I have never worked with someone so kind, flexible, helpful, and just all-around awesome in 18 years of teaching. She has great ideas and shares them! When I didn't have a sub the other day, she just said "bring 'em on" and took my class AND I'm sure they learned a lot even though it wasn't a normal day. Kaiya is collaborative and generous with ideas. Thanks, Kaiya, for being an amazing teaching partner!

    - Janna Walker, peer

  • Quyana to Joyce Huffer at Chugiak High! I started after school had started. She has gone above and beyond making me feel welcomed. She answers all my crazy questions. She always is smiling and makes her office feel warm and inviting to comein. Thank you for letting me be part of the crazy team. 

    - Laura Homan, staff member

  • Quyana to Jesus Ramos at South High! Many thanks to Msgt Coulter, and especially Lt Col Ramos, for spending extra time with the South High JROTC rifle team and preparing the team for the challenges of competition.  Lots of extra practice time and preparation to get them ready for success at the state championship this weekend. I appreciate his mentoring, coaching style and mental preparation. I also noticed a team member from another school asking Lt Col Ramos for advice about stability and footwear. He answered with respect and patience and I thought it said something that a student from another school recognized the potential to learn from him.  It was good to see so many activities and students at East High this Saturday. dancing, skiing, riflery and all kinds of students going to school on a weekend and working hard at their chosen activities.  

    - Gretchen Stoddard, Parent

  • Quyana to Penny Williams at Math Department - ASD Ed Center! Penny Williams goes above and beyond (again and again) to help staff members understand math and the programs/resources ASD has to support students.  She individualizes her presentations, takes time to carefully answer any question, and always invites further conversation.  ASD is so lucky to have her working with our staff (and students) - she really is a Math Whizz!  With greatest respect.

    - D. HOFFBAUER, peer

  • Quyana to Debbie Wakefield at Bayshore Elementary! Mrs. Wakefield has been such a blessing to all of the children at Bayshore Elementary and I'm so thankful that my three kids were also fortunate enough to have her as their music teacher. She has yearly worked her magic with students of all ages to perform in a choir, recorder, or hand chime group. I know she gives up a lot of her time after school for our students and she deserves to be recognized for her efforts. We love you, Mrs. Wakefield! 

    - Misti Maisey, parent

  • Quyana to Brandy Jones, Derek Brewer, Danielle Brister, Amy Sayer, Christine Fisher, Carey Miknich at Dimond High School! Thank you! Salamat! For the team of great teachers like you who impart knowledge, discipline, and individualized approaches to my boy and other students. Every person is unique and I am happy to see that you teach them based on how you assess their strengths and weaknesses. That makes you all great teachers, teaching in a holistic approach.

    - Jackie Llaneza, parent

  • Quyana to Tabitha Layton at Chugiak High School! I've enjoyed working with Tabitha on various projects. But today, I needed a rush favor and I called her with the request. She dropped what she was working on to help me, even though my favor wasn't related to her job at all. I really appreciate her customer service and kindness! Chugiak High is lucky to have her! 

    - Heather Marron, Peer

  • Quyana to Nichole Victory and Ann Dahl at at Kasuun Elementary - SPED department! Many thanks to Ann Dahl and Nichole Victory for all of their support with our sixth graders at Kasuun.  They are the reason our resource students have experienced such great successes this year.  Our team would not be complete without them.

    - Peggy Brannon, Teacher

  • Quyana to Kathleen Mclinn at East Anchorage High School! Quyana to Mrs. Mclinn from one of her students. Kathleen discusses much more than just U.S history and takes her time to have deep class discussions on a regular basis. She also takes the time to discuss racism and looks at the class perspective.

    - Isaiah McKenzie, Student

  • Quyana to Patricia Ahrens at Inlet View Elementary! This year we were all worried who our new principal would be. I am so grateful it is you! I feel supported and looked after by you. You are on top of things and direct us all in the right direction. Thank you!

    - Leah Zumwalt, teacher

  • Quyana to Colonel Rick Strickland and SMSgt Jeff Ullom at West High School!! On behalf of Hanshew Middle School and the Alaska Native American and Native American Leadership Group, we would like  to thank the West HS AFJROTC and Drill and Ceremony Team for their outstanding support. They honored the Hanshew military veterans by presenting the colors and a flawless execution of the D and C Drill. We appreciate and thank them for honoring our proud veterans! 

    - Troy Hodge, Counselor-Peer

  • Quyana to Bartlett Theater Group/Theater Directors at Bartlett High School! Our family would like to send a roaring Quyana to the Bartlett High School Theater Group for an incredible job presenting the play, Beast and Beauty.   The amount of work that went into the production was evident. Promotional materials were highly visible in the community, professional, and eye catching. The set was strikingly innovative and engaging. The costumes were incredible too!   The attention to detail put into planning this event was quite impressive, and I have yet to mention the actors and actresses.   My husband and I were both impressed with how natural the performers were on stage. The chemistry between the actors had us so mesmerized, our family became totally lost in the story.   Well done, Bears!   Thank you for providing this affordable, family friendly event for the community. Our family is looking forward to the spring production.

    - Antavia Hamilton-Ochs, parent and community member

  • Quyana to Elizabeth Tupper-Wilson at Human Resources! Elizabeth is always timely when I submit my summary of hire to bring on fantastic staff. When there is one piece that I miss, she follows up with me to walk me through the process. Her patience and temperament supports me and helps me get things processed as quickly as possible.

    - Shawn Bernard, supervisor, Elementary Special Education

  • Quyana to Julie Trim at Dimond High School! I would like to recognize Julie Trim, school psychologist, for her immense efforts in assisting the Chinook Elementary special education team with our caseload during our time without a school psychologist assigned to our school. Julie went above and beyond with her time to support our special education staff and students. Thank you for helping us out during a busy first semester! Your skills and talents are phenomenal!

    - Pamela Momany, SPED Department Chair

  • Quyana to Kara Eddy at Taku! Ms. Eddy went above and beyond expectations to present a well developed ALICE training to the staff of Taku Elementary.  Her sensitivity to the issue and in depth knowledge has increased the safety of the staff and students of Taku Elementary.

    - Kelly Ramey, Principal

  • Quyana to Julie Besch at Hanshew Middle School, Ed Tech! Fortunately for Hanshew Middle School, Julie Besch is our Ed Tech. She rarely sits at her desk, but instead goes to teachers' classrooms to coach them on the latest technology, or make sure everything is set up correctly. If there's a problem, she sticks with it until it is resolved. What's most impressive is that no matter how many requests for assistance she gets, she maintains a positive attitude. She and her amazing husband, Bob Besch, are an integral part of Hanshew, and we couldn't be happier! 

    - Hanshew Middle School, Teachers

  • Quyana to Katie Greenhalgh at Inlet View Elementary! Katie has been my T.A. for three years. She is amazing. She goes above and beyond. She is my right hand and knows instinctively when to step in and is amazing with the kids. She will volunteer for several hours in our class, unpaid. I don't know what I would do without her! Katie, thank you. You are amazing.

    - Beth Kemp, teacher

  • Quyana to Casey King at Tyson Elementary! You are kind and great friend. I appreciate your help with Project LEAP. Thanks to you I am more patient and compassionate with my students.

    - Leah Zumwalt, teacher

  • Quyana to Yvonne Gonzalez at Chugiak Elementary! We would like to say Muchas Gracias to Srta. Gonzalez for helping to make our second grader's school year the best one so far. Our son had trouble concentrating, behaving and did not like school very much. Since being in Srta. Gonzalez's classroom, our son loves school and is achieving his full potential. Srta. Gonzalez has worked with him and made him excited to learn and happy to go to school. We are so thankful for her hard work every day and are excited to see how far he can grow!

    - Leigh Wright, parent

  • Quyana to Special Education Support Team at Mountain View Elementary! ! The special education support team, Mrs. Hye Suh, Ms. Kalei Uwekoolani, and Ms. Emma Steinzig, make a commitment to helping all students and families here at school  They are on duty every morning here at school greeting kids and families and making sure students are safe and feel welcome.  There support goes far beyond their job description and as a team they are all deserving of praise!

    - Elliot Stiassny, Special Education Teacher

  • Quyana to Katelyn Vallee at Mountain View Elementary!! This 2nd grade teacher puts a tremendous amount of work into making sure her students feel safe, cared for, and listened to.  The commitment to social emotional learning is at the forefront in her class and the improvement in students attitude and behavior is deserving of tremendous praise.

    - Elliot Stiassny, Special Education Teacher

  • Quyana to Sara Paulson at Physical Education, Bowman Elementary ! Mrs. Paulson does a fantastic job with her students at Bowman. She goes above and beyond to organize activities for the students and their families to donate to those in need in our community. She always has a smile on her face. Thank you for all that you do, Mrs. Paulson! 

    - Megan Sherman , parent

  • Quyana to Jake Peterson at Abbott Loop Elementary! Jake delivered an awesome, comprehensive training on ALICE to staff during in-service on 10/28/16. Kudos for a job well done! The training accomplished its goal: Keep Abbot Loop community safe. Abbott Loop staff were trained in the ALICE procedures and Jake conducted the training with enthusiasm, vigor, and efficiency. He covered the training material with little to no stress to all. We benefitted from the training and are better informed as a result of the training given by Jake. Thank you! 

    - Hamimah Bjorkman, Teacher

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