January 21, 2016


        Alaska Nominates Three Schools for Federal Award


        JUNEAU -- The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development has nominated three schools for the U.S. Department of Education’s prestigious Blue Ribbon Award for 2016.


        The nominees are: Orion Elementary School, a preK-6 school in the Anchorage School District; Bayshore Elementary School, a preK-6 school in the Anchorage School District; and Academy Charter School, a K-8 school in the Mat-Su Borough School District.


        The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors schools that are high-performing or schools with a high percentage of disadvantaged students who show significant improvement on statewide assessments. School performance is demonstrated by student scores on state assessments in English language arts and math. All three Alaska schools have been nominated as high-performing schools.


        “We are very pleased to nominate these wonderful schools,” said Alaska Education Commissioner Mike Hanley. “The nominees exemplify a commitment to educating all students.”


        Nominated schools prepare an extensive application, including a narrative of their vision, community and strengths; descriptions of curriculum, instruction, professional development, and leadership; and student assessment data.


        Nominated high-performing schools must be in the top 15th percentile among all students and in the top 40th percentile in disadvantaged subgroups in meeting standards on the Alaska Measures of Progress assessment as compared to similar schools assessing the same grade levels. The disadvantaged subgroups are Alaska Native/American Indian, economically disadvantaged, students with disabilities, and students with limited English proficiency. In nominating schools, the state also looks at participation rates in assessments, attendance rates, and graduation rates where applicable.


        The U.S. Department of Education will announce the awardees in September 2016. For more information about Blue Ribbon Schools, see http://www2.ed.gov/programs/nclbbrs/index.html.


        School contacts:

        Orion Elementary School, Principal Heather Mildon, 907-742-0250

        Bayshore Elementary School, Principal Heidi Packer, 907-742-5360

        Academy Charter School, Principal Barbara Gerard, 907-746-2358

         Please refer to Academy Charter Academic calendar FY 16 (click to open calendar in a new window) for all school information regarding in-service days, PD days, school events, early release days and much more.
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         What is a Charter School? -The School Board has renewed our Charter until 2025-

      • Charter schools have been described as the research and development arm of public education'. 

         How to volunteer at Academy Charter School?

        Is my child eligible to enroll? Yes! We are a public school.

        Barbara Gerard, Principal

        : Barbara.Gerard@matsuk12.us

      • Academy Announcements

        • We have two new fundraising opportunities here at Academy.
          Pass it on!
          1. Fred Myer Community Rewards
          It is the latest addition to the Fred Meyer Rewards Program where you can earn donations for your favorite nonprofit just by shopping with your Rewards Card. Fred Meyer will donate $2.5 million to nonprofits in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington in 2014 through this new program. Here's how it works:
          • Link your Rewards Card to your favorite nonprofit at www.fredmeyer.com/community. look us up by typing Academy Advisory Board!
          • Whenever you use your Rewards card when shopping at Freddy's, you’ll be helping the nonprofit linked to your Rewards Card to earn a donation from Fred Meyer.
          • At the end of each quarter, Fred Meyer will make a donation to participating nonprofits based on the accumulated spending of the Rewards customers linked to each nonprofit.
          • Fred Meyer will donate $625,000 each quarter via Community Rewards!
          • YES! Rewards Customers still get the Rewards Points, Fuel Points and Rebates.

          2. Carrs Safeway eScript
          What is the eScrip program?
          Introduced by Electronic Scrip Inc. (ESI), the eScrip program is a fundraising program that allows participating merchants to contribute a percentage of your grocery loyalty cards, credit card, and debit/ATM card purchases to the school or organization of your choice.
          Click here
          to sign up for the program and for more information. Your group is enrolled and active:
          Academy Charter School
          eScrip Group ID – 6466699

          1. Click. Pick. Give. Program

          Academy Charter School is registered in the PFD Program. Click on the link on the left for more information.

          “When you make a donation from your PFD through Pick. Click. Give., you can make an impact by sharing just a little with a cause you care about.”

          2. amazon.com Associates Program.

          By clicking on the amazon.com link on the left and then purchasing items at amazon.com, Academy Charter will get money donated to our school!

          “Academy Charter School is a participant in the Amazon ServicesLLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to amazon.com."

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        District News

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          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 3:00 on M, Tu, Th, Fri & 1:40 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.
          If your child attends a charter school, confirm the time with your school.
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          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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          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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        Use this Calendar to request facility use at Academy Charter School.