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District news

Post-earthquake assessment indicates damage to West/Romig library, Romig gym

February 11, 2016

ASD commissioned the report to ensure safety of students, staff and community

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ASD welcomes community during Visit Our Schools Month

January 27, 2016

All schools open for guided tours during month of February

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District to review materials for Advanced Placement U.S. History

January 25, 2016

Public review and input is welcome

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Earthquake follow-up

January 24, 2016

ASD maintenance teams will visit every school today to check for facility damage.

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Superintendent presents 2016-17 budget recommendation to school board

January 21, 2016

Proposal closes $11 million gap, reduces administration, adjusts class size

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Upcoming events

Feb 13

FIRST Robotics team 568 open house

FIRST Robotics team 568 is hosting students and guests to come check out the robot, team, and all the good things that are happening with young engineers in Anchorage.

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Feb 15

Presidents Day holiday

Presidents Day holiday. All ASD schools and offices closed.

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Feb 16

Visit Our Schools Month tour

Community members, businesses and parents are invited to visit any ASD school during the month of February to learn more about the community's public schools.

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Feb 16

Elizabeth Peratrovich Day

Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, Feb. 16, is in honor of the renowned Alaskan civil rights leader.

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Feb 17

Parent conference days, Feb. 17-19

Parent conference days Feb. 18-19. School schedules and student-release times vary.

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Expect the Best

ASD's annual report to the community tells who we are, where we are going and some of the interesting stories happening along the way. Download the 2015 Expect the Best, or click the links below to browse the publication and view the interactive site.

 

Employees - learn about new ACA tax requirements

In February, the district will mail every full-time employee a 1095-C form – proof of healthcare coverage. Beginning this year, this form should be submitted with your taxes, along with your W-2 form.

 

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Quyana: An Alaskan Thank You

  • Quyana to Kristi Senden at Chugiak High School! Quyana to Mrs. (Frau) Kristi Senden for being such an inspirational, supportive and encouraging teacher. My son is a freshman taking German I and he really enjoys her class. Frau Senden told me at the last parent/teacher conference she wanted Matthew to participate in the World Language Declamation and I thought it was great she wanted him to. The declamation was held on February 6th, and I'm proud to say my son won second place in the impromptu category, and he and his partner won third place in the dialogue category. Since they placed, they will be competing in the State Championship, and Matthew attributes how well he did to Frau Senden because she is an excellent teacher.  Frau Senden's reputation precedes her; before my son was a CHS student, I often heard about how wonderful she is and I'm very happy he chose to take her class. She is not only outstanding in the classroom, yet also in co-directing the declamation. Matthew and I appreciate her very much and I'm thrilled he intends to take German all four years, which is a true testament as to what kind of teacher she is - absolutely amazing and awesome!

    - Barbara Green, parent

  • Quyana to Jamie Hobson at Hanshew Middle School! My son needed to access a locked room after school hours to retrieve his cello. Jamie not only was very helpful and friendly but called my son by his name and treated him with respect and kindness. I really appreciate Jamie's efforts to keep Hanshew's students safe but also go above and beyond to make my son feel welcome and respected at school. Thank you! 

    - Kelly Smith, parent

  • Quyana to Paul and team at paint department! Willow Crest was in dire need of new paint and Paul and his team made our school look as good as new. Little did they know when they started that there would be dozens of small (?) projects needing to be done to prepare for painting. They worked endless hours/weeks to assure that the job was done to perfection. With eyes wide open throughout the project, they helped to get other jobs done in our building, fixed areas in need, made sure to protect student work, respected the teachers' bulletin boards and  took care of making sure our school looked great. The difference in our school is AMAZING! Thank you, thank you, and thank you again!

    - Kristina Peterson, principal

  • Quyana to Marilyn Doore at Educational Technology! Ms. Doore came into my classroom this morning to say hi, and it was so lucky! My Dell projector stopped working the day before and she got it working again. My projector pen hadn't worked all year, and she got that working too! I'm so thankful!

    - Rebecca Miller, teacher

  • Quyana to Keith Miller at 21st Century Learning! Keith IS Willow Crest! He not only runs a fantastic after school program, but he also supports every student and staff member all day long. He's there to help a child with a problem, listen to a staff member with a problem to solve, run an errand that comes up last minute, share a laugh, celebrate a success or stay late at night or all weekend to be our Lego coordinator. He gives every child 100% of his time, energy and dedication and does the same for staff and families. Keith is an incredibly valuable member of our staff and is appreciated by all. 

    - Kristina Peterson, principal/supervisor

  • Quyana to Adam Wartman at Chugiak High School! Quyana to Mr. Adam Wartman, Chugiak High School's freshman counselor, for always expeditiously handling any of my son's requests. Whenever Matthew needed a schedule change, information or scheduling of ASD iSchool courses, Mr. Wartman took care of it immediately. My son said he's very helpful and easy to talk to, which I think is fantastic since I would want him to feel comfortable interacting with his counselor; especially during the first year of high school. We appreciate Mr. Wartman's time and help very much!

    - Barbara Green , parent

  • Quyana to Officer Jensen at Clark Middle School! I am writing to address Clark Middle School's excellent SRO. As a Safety and Security Specialist at Clark, I have a wonderful opportunity to interact with our students and see them learn and grow. We have a safe school, and I see examples of how the staff and the administration do wonderful things each day to help support us.   I have the pleasure of working with our SRO, Officer Jensen. When I work with him I get to see just how much of a blessing he is to our school and our community. He has an excellent relationship with the students and they feel comfortable talking with him. He shows interest in their lives and I can tell that students feel that he has their best interests at heart. They do not shy away from him as a "scary authority figure" but instead will greet him in the halls, shake his hand, and talk about what's going on from day to day.   I have only seen him called to assist with students in conflict a handful of times, and it struck me that we could not ask for a better person at our school. Officer Jensen is a natural diplomat, and when confronted with an agitated individual, his calming demeanor and respectful tone of voice helps to immediately de-escalate situations. He does not show up and try to scare people into submission, but takes the time to hear their frustrations and to reason with them. He never shouts but instead uses diplomacy and empathy for their emotions to help solve the problem. In the end he not only keeps us safe by ending potential conflicts, but he also solves them in a positive way that supports the person who is the cause of the conflict.   I am proud to say that at Clark Middle School we have an officer who sees his job as a service to community. We can tell that he is driven to help the people whom our school serves; his every action speaks to that inner motivation. Clark Middle School has one of the highest safety records in the district and I firmly believe it is because of people like Officer Jensen who see this building as a hub for community outreach and success. I look forward to continue working at Clark Middle School, and I hope that we continue to have officer Jensen with us for a long time.

    - David Arnold, safety security specialist

  • Quyana to Totem members at Begich Middle School! Big thank you to Totem members for their generous leave bank donations. After a 7 week recovery from hip replacement surgery, it feels good to be back. I truly appreciate all of your support.

    - Kimberly Neill, Special Ed TA

  • Quyana to Jack Johnson, Hasaan Herrington, Clancy Derrick, Brian Tjaden, Sam Oliveri at IT! The IT team listed above worked hard in December to help the CTE Department evaluate middle schools for future career and technology programming. A needs assessment was conducted in many classrooms within a 24-hour period by a team of smart and skilled IT staff members. Thank you so much for the support!

    - DH, ASD supervisor

  • Quyana to Angela Mazur at Baxter Elementary School! My husband and I attended the Baxter Elementary holiday performance. I would like to commend Mrs. Mazur on a job well done! The event was so extremely well attended, it had to be hosted at East High school. Even then, the theater was pretty much filled to capacity. The tremendous amount of planning was apparent from the time we entered. 673rd Communications Squadron was on hand to help direct students and community members to where they needed to be. The Charlie Brown themed events was just darling. The students looked well rehearsed and confident on stage. My husband remarked that students were lucky to have such large scale exposure at an early age. After the performance, there were plenty of delicious refreshments to enjoy while seizing photo ops with the cast. It was a thoroughly delightful evening. Thank you for engaging the community. 

    - Antavia Hamilton-Ochs, community member

  • Quyana to East High Cafeteria Staff at Student Nutrition! Recently the Cafeteria staff at East High, after celebrating a birthday potluck, were approached by an East High staff member asking if they had any food they could give to a family in need. The group decided that the family needed all of their delicious dishes more than they did so they gladly contributed them to the effort to take care of this family. Thanks for your generosity.

    - Teresa Harwell, supervisor

  • Quyana to Tatiana Nochevnaya at KCC Preschool! I would like to thank Ms.Tatiana at KCC preschool. She has created such a wonderfully kind, engaging, fun and loving introduction to my son's educational career. My husband and I feel very fortunate that we are able to send our son to such a fantastic place. Ms. Tatiana has gone above and beyond to create a learning environment that is supportive and positive. She is very communicative with parents. Thank you, Ms. Tatiana! Every time my son comes home telling me how much he loves school, I am even more grateful for you!

    - McKenzie, parent

  • Quyana to Mitch Tarter at Mirror Lake Middle School! I would like to recognize Mr. Mitch Tarter for his exceptional teaching skills. His techniques have inspired my daughter and she looks forward to his class. She is driven to understand math and her grades are reflecting her enthusiasm. Teaching is hard, making learning fun is a gift, and we are grateful for Mr. Tarter.

    - M. Chandler, parent

  • Quyana to Lisa Church at Tudor Elementary School! Mrs. Church is a wonderful teacher! She always has a smile and a good morning. She has a great approach to teaching. Please keep being the wonderful person and teacher you are. Any school would be lucky to have you as a teacher!

    - Nancy K., parent

  • Quyana to Ronnie Gunter at Maintenance/CP&C! Quyana to Ronnie Gunter and crew for coming to the rescue and plowing the West HS parking lot on the Saturday of the All State Music Festival. His crews arrived early to help with parking during the morning rehearsals. They even went so far as to help stranded students and parents trying to navigate a very snowy parking lot. They steadily worked around vehicles until all was clear for the evening concert! Thanks to Ronnie and crew!

    - Mary Wilts , Fine Arts coordinator

  • Quyana to Staci Cox at West/Romig! Staci Cox is an outstanding librarian. She welcomes students and teachers alike to the library. She finds ways to help smooth difficult moments with students. She has reorganized the library so that it is easy to find books with the new signs on the ends of shelves and so that it is visually more open. Messages are helpful: outside the door is a new calendar telling students when the library will be open for the entire month, and there are artistic posters with inspiring sayings - and rules. Ms. Cox set up the computers so that it is now easier for teachers to oversee and instruct students, and she keeps up on publishing. Recent searches for compelling new books (both fiction and non-fiction) and videos showed that Ms. Cox has already placed them on the shelves. There is much more to laud about our librarian, but maybe most important is that she makes using the library a positive, motivating experience. The West-Romig complex is lucky to have Ms. Cox in charge in the library. 

    - Michele Whaley, teacher

  • Quyana to Kylie Shahan at Tyson Elementary School! Miss Shahan has gone out of her way to accommodate every need that my son has had this year. She has made sure that he has been challenged academically and supported emotionally. I couldn't have asked for a better teacher for my child.

    - Cheryl Sherman, parent

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