2017 District Headlines

  • A RED CARD TO FIGHT FIRES IN ALASKA

    In the Wildland Firefighting Pathway at Mat-Su Career & Technical High School, students have the opportunity earn a red card to fight fires. "Thank you" to the North Star Fire Crew for the insights for Galen Sparks' students. Read more...

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  • MOTIVATED, THE OLSONS WIN THE MOTIVATE AWARD

    At the FIRST Tech Challenge competition in Tacoma, Taylor, Sadie, and Hailey were awarded the judges' Motivate Award, "...sparking others to embrace the culture of FIRST!" Their motivation made possible their 3-D prosthetic hands design. The Olsons are Twindly Bridge Charter School students. Read more...

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  • ART IS A VERB IN MAT-SU SCHOOLS

    Designing, defining, fusing, illustrating, portraying, shaping, and more...Mat-Su students and teachers are creative. A District display was available during the week of the March 22nd School Board meeting. Watch for art shows coming this spring at multiple schools. View photos...

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  • ANSEP ACCELERATION HIGH SCHOOL APPLICATIONS OPEN

    Housed at Valley Pathways, ANSEP Acceleration High School offers students dual-credit enrollment in courses at MSBSD and UAA. Click story for links and more info.

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  • SWANSON SECOND GRADERS HAVE A VISIT FROM SANDY

    Mrs. Bell's class welcomed the Sandhill Crane to their class. "Sandy" has been at the Alaska Wildbird Rehabilitation Center since 2010. Second graders learn about community as part of social studies. Read more...

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  • MUSIC IN OUR SCHOOLS MONTH

    Cottonwood Elementary School, Kate Patterson, teacher, performed before the Joint MSB Assembly/MSBSD School Board meeting. Participation in music groups in the Mat-Su is high--parents and community members can find a concert on many evenings throughout the school year. Award-winning bands, choirs, and teachers provide entertainment, excellence, and many opportunities for students to express themselves through the joy of making music. Read more/dates for honors festivals...

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  • MSBSD HONORS YOUTH ART MONTH

    Colony Middle School students created posterized portraits. Vanessa Powell is CMS art teacher. At the March 22nd School Board Meeting, students/ schools will be displaying a representative showcase of District art. Schools will also be holding art shows and Valley businesses house student artwork throughout the year. View more photos now...

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  • MACHETANZ SECOND GRADERS TO NUTRITION SERVICES

    "How much does hamburger bread dough weigh?" is one question answered for Machetanz students, wide-eyed at the commercial kitchen. Seeing the process from the warehouse to the freezer to the oven, students got a first-hand glimpse into the world of school breakfasts and lunches. Learn more...

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  • ISABELLA WEISS, COLONY HIGH FRESHMAN WINS POETRY OUT LOUD

    A freshman, Isa is the Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Champion, having competed by reciting "Hope is the Thing With Feathers - (314)" by Emily Dickinson. She will represent Alaska in the national competition in April.

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  • SUTTON ELEMENTARY WELCOMES THE CRISIS RESPONSE INTERVENTION TEAM

    "An organization that goes to crisis situations, large and small, to offer support," said Sutton Elementary principal, Josh Rockey, "for those involved in the crisis." Dogs provide a link and a bond to inform the handlers that someone needs further assistance. "The national organization has supported first responders beginning with the 9/11 national crisis. The local organization helped families such as those involved in the apartment fire in Anchorage last month."

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  • SPRING BREAK! MARCH 13-17. NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS MARCH 10 (TEACHER WORK DAY)

    Spring Break for Mat-Su students and schools is March 13-17. If your child attends a non-traditional MSBSD school, please follow your school's calendar. Friday, March 10, is a work day for teachers (no school for students). This quarter ends March 9.

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  • STUDENTS FROM FOUR MAT-SU SCHOOLS SPEAK THE LANGUAGE OF CHANGE IN THE WORLD DECLAMATION COMPETITION

    In the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska World Language Declamation Contest, competing in multiple levels of French, Spanish, and Japanese, MSBSD students understand, "We live in a world of change. Every generation demands a new and larger expression..." from the edited works of Edwin Du Bois Shurter (1863-1946). See more results...

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  • IDITAROD ELEM THIRD GRADERS DISSECT OWL PELLETS

    Occurring annually in third grade, students dissect owl pellets. Ms. Kamilos wrote to her families, "We have been learning about the systems of the body including the skeletal system. Inside the owl pellet are enough bones to recreate the skeletal system of the owl's prey." Ms. Hershman and Ms. Young classes participated as well. Lukis Nighswonger, 4th grade teacher, loves this so much, he said, "I get invited to lead this exercise because I really do love doing it." Scott Nelson is Principal.

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  • ALASKA ASSOCIATION OF SCHOOL LIBRARIES HONORS THREE LIBRARIANS IN 2017

    The AkASL School Librarian of the Year is Carrie Day, Wasilla Middle School Library Media Specialist. Congratulations, Mrs. Day, whose award-winning battle of the books team placed 1st in the Middle School Division in the District. Read more....

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  • MUSIC IN MSBSD SCHOOLS

    The MSBSD Program goals for music states, "The process of making music epitomizes creative problem-solving at its highest level." Participation in music groups in the Mat-Su is high--parents and community members can find a concert on many evenings throughout the school year. Award-winning bands, choirs, and teachers provide entertainment, excellence, and many opportunities for students to express themselves through the joy of making music.

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        Welcome

        Superintendent:

        Gene Stone
        501 N. Gulkana
        Palmer, AK 99645 
         
        District Office Main Phone: 907.746.9200 

         
         

        A Personal Message from Mr. Stone…MSBSD Budgeting

        School districts are somewhat unusual organizations to run. At times, district school boards and administration may be addressing three different fiscal years within the planning, spending, and accounting phases. We will be required to produce this balanced budget with a number of financial uncertainties that currently exist due to our present state and borough revenue challenges. 


        When I say challenges, I want to be specific. The MSBSD is facing a ten million dollar deficit for FY 2018, a ten million dollar deficit for FY 2019, and an eleven million dollar deficit for FY 2020. If we correct this deficit now we have the opportunity to position the District in a much healthier way than if we kick the can down the road and exhaust all existing reserves. We are in a situation very much like the State of Alaska in terms of spending savings at a rate that is not sustainable.
         
        You may read Mr. Stone's entire budget message, The Future of Education--Doing the right work.
         
        Sincerely,

        Signature  

        Gene Stone

        MSBSD Superintendent

        District News


        • arrow MSBSD START TIMES - 2016-2017
          School start/end times will remain the same for the 2016-2017 school year.
          Elementary schools time is 9:15 to 3:45.
          Middle/secondary schools time is 7:45 to 2:15.
          There are exceptions for northern schools:
          Willow start time is 8:20. Dismissal at 3:00 on M, Tu, Th, Fri & 1:40 on W.
          Talkeetna begins at 8:30. Dismissal at 3:05 on M, Tu, Th, Fri & 2:05 on W.
          Trapper Creek begins at 8:30. Dismissal at 3:00.
          Su Valley Jr/Sr High School begins at 8:30. Dismissal is at 2:54.
          Glacier View School begins at 8:30. Dismissal is at 2:56.
          If your child attends a charter school, confirm the time with your school.
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        • arrow SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS
          Click here for 2016-2017 School Supply Lists
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        • arrow 2016-2017 SCHOOL REGISTRATION INFORMATION
          For information on School Registration visit MSBSD iEnroll
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        • arrow MSBSD GOES MOBILE!
          Click here for more information on the MSBSD mobile app, how to get started, and downloading the app. You may also download and read a mobile Fact Sheet or print it for easy reference.  Go mobile with the MSBSD! at www.matsuk12.us/mobile.
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        • arrow ALASKA MIDDLE COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS
          Interested in applying to Alaska Middle College? Download an Application Flowchart to see how.  You may also visit their website for more information.
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        • arrow ONLINE ABSENCE REPORTING AVAILABLE ON iParent
          Parents—Online Absence Reporting. Parents now have a method to report online student absences. A written note or telephone call is still acceptable, but online reporting is easy through iParent.
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