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Mystery Dinner Fundraiser
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District news

District names new Chief Financial Officer

October 5, 2016

Position is instrumental in ASD’s financial planning and support of Destination 2020.

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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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Upcoming events

Oct 28

In-service day

State released professional development day, no school for students

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Oct 28

Countdown to Kindergarten

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

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Nov 1

Beginner Level Adult English Class

Free beginner level adult English class.

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Nov 2

ASD Data Dashboard

Join us for the public release of the ASD Data Dashboard and discussion on how rigor, relationships and relevance will close the achievement gap.

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Nov 3

Intermediate Level Adult English Class

Free intermediate level adult English class.

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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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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 Kayla Armstrong at Goldenview Middle School, Language Arts! I, an elementary school librarian, got the chance to moderate a book talk (along with Kayla Armstrong) and brought 6 students to listen to, and hopefully meet, James Dashner at his book talk. The students were disappointed when they realized they couldn't meet him and get a signature because they didn't have a copy of his newest book (which was quite spendy). Right before the event started, a Barnes & Noble employee came up with a bag of books for my students. I had thought they had been the ones to make my students so overjoyed, only to find out it was Kayla Armstrong, the other moderator of the event, whose only intent was to help instill a love of reading in my students. This was such a blessing and all these students can talk about today! Thank you, Quyana, so kindly. 

    - Michelle Carton, Librarian

  • Quyana to Arelis De La Rosa at Abbott Loop Elementary! We appreciate Ms. De La Rosa's effort at helping clean the school environment. She vacuums my classroom, empties trash bins, cleans the white board, and also goes out of her way to wipe off students' desks. Thank you Ms. de La Rosa!

    - Hamimah Bjorkman, teacher

  • Quyana to Judy Krier at Chugiak High School, Cafe Manager! I would like to thank Judy Krier for the 30+ years that she has dedicated to Student Nutrition and serving meals to the students of the Anchorage School District.  Many of the staff and students at Chugiak High have shared with me that you will be missed when you retire.  You have been a pleasure to work with. May your roads ahead be filled with many exciting adventures.

    - Teresa Harwell, Supervisor

  • Quyana to James Werner at Abbott Loop Elementary! Mr. Werner went out of his way to help me, his colleague with setting up Smart Board Projector, as well as getting the right cords, and putting the equipment together so that I can use it to project the Direct Instruction Lesson Maps. Thank you Mr. Werner!

    - Hamimah Bjorkman, Teacher

  • Quyana to Afshan Mohammad at Eagle River High School! Ms. Mohammad was my biology teacher in ninth grade (last year), as well as my favorite teacher. Ms. Mohammad is a great teacher, who creates fun ways for students to learn through labs, final projects, and other activities. She shows an enormous amount of effort in her work, and helping her students succeed. As well she is honest with her students, and her students' parents, too about their grades, and ways that they can make them better. She shows students responsibility and honesty by letting them correct their own assignments to develop the skills for self-evaluation and self-assessment. One of the best things is how she lets you know a little before hand about what you are going to do in the class. Overall I'm so glad that I was able to have Ms. Mohammad as a teacher.

    - Peyton Hunter, Student

  • Quyana to Kiana Farr at Health Services! Thank you so much to Kiana Farr, Health Treatment Nurse, for her care and expertise in administering influenza vaccines to our elementary students today. These  nurses provide such an important role in addressing the health needs of our students and I am thankful for all of them.

    - Julie Becker, school nurse

  • Quyana to Vanessa DeBrill at Rogers Park Elementary! Thank you for consistently taking care of your students at the Rogers Park Cafe. Your diligence is greatly appreciated! 

    - Jennifer Meiwes, program specialist

  • 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 Meaghan Petrunic, John Delos-Reyes, Shawna Sweeney at IT! Assistive Technology (AT) utilizes a direct access USB touch screen with a variety of students who need access to curriculum in a way that a typical computer or iOS device cannot support.   So that we can provide an accommodation to support learning, AT often would spend many, many hours a year installing and configuring software and drivers so that a typical iMac could be accessed by students who need to write and access other curriculum supports such as ULS via a TouchScreen.   AT created an ASD Help ticket in hopes a ticket would result in an non-technical solution, available through Self Service that could be utilized easily simply by selecting a Software Icon. Without customization and configuration, school teams were unable to calibrate the screen if it ever moved. -And we all know classrooms never stop moving.   Meaghan Petrunic and John Delos-Reyes visited our department to better understand the Help ticket and to learn what we needed.  They helped to bridge our input and their testing with Shawna Sweeney's package authoring capabilities.   The result has been a true partnership of AT and IT to support student learning. Within a few hours over a couple days, a package was completed and was immediately used to support student access to learning.   This effort has improved our overall efficiency and managed to stretch our limited resources a little further. AT asked, and Tech support listened, and together we partnered with Imaging to build a system that a school team can utilize to help students express themselves and learn.

    - Lance Smith, Assistive Technology Instructional Support Specialist

  • Quyana to Angela Blankenship at Student Nutrition! Thank you for consistently taking care of your students at the Eagle River Cafe.  You do a fantastic job for the families you serve.  Your diligence is appreciated! 

    - Jennifer Meiwes, peer

  • Quyana to Beth Vollstedt at Benefits! I want to express my gratitude and appreciation to Elizabeth ( Beth) Vollstedt for the help and support she offered to me.  She took her time and extra effort with my situation when I thought I was in a  "Insurance crisis".  Her expertise exceeds all expectations.  Thank you Beth.

    - Lola Long, Peer

  • 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 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

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