"Birchtree Charter School students had the honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery during their trip to Washington, D.C.," writes principal Cathy Busbey. "This experience was incredibly meaningful for many of our students, especially those who have friends and family who have served or are serving in the United States military." See more photos...
A model of learning excellence, Mat-Su Career & Technical High School offers students nine career pathways in addition to a comprehensive high school experiences. CTHS welcomed Senator Lisa Murkowski and Mat-Su Borough Mayor, Vern Halter, on a tour. Mark Okeson is CTHS principal and Jim Simmons, assistant principal. Also pictured is senior class president, Lucas Arthur, who is headed to MIT next fall, and Superintendent, Dr. Monica Goyette..
Two hundred sixty MSBSD students from middle and high schools participated in the Alaska Construction Career Days at the Alaska State Fairgrounds. Hands-on activities included welding, surveying, electrical wiring, carpentry, drilling, and more.
"I have learned that art takes time and patience...my artwork show the change in my ideas, skills, and pateince in the output of my artwork by the time and effort I put into each project." Shelli Franckowiak, teacher. Paul Ried is PHS princpal. (Pictured, artist, Mary Tucker). Read full story...
Fifty students and six counselors had an opportunity to explore health careers and options available through Mat-Su College and UAA. Welcomed by Dr. Talis Colberg, Director, MSBSD students from District high schools learned next steps to get them into a rewarding career.
"On Monday," wrote principal Jennifer Hutchins, "Fronteras Spanish Immersion Charter School received exciting news that the school has been selected as a Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase School of the year." Fronteras is awarded the recognition for the level of implementation of the CKH process. The Flippen Group team members who visited Fronteras said, "Fronteras is not just implementing the processes, but living them."
For over 25 years, BP has recognized teachers nominated by students, parents, and peers, as Teachers of Excellence, and this year's Mat-Su top five, selected from more than 130 nominations, are: Zach Lanphier, CTHS, Diana Sloane-Basner, Birchtree Charter, Laura Wick, Machetanz, Delores McKee, PJMS, and Sean Williams, Sherrod. On hand with school administrators were Michael Smith, BP Project Control Services Manager and MSBSD Superintendent, Dr. Monica Goyette. Read more...
Fronteras Charter School first grade teacher, Jen Renee, and her students colloborated with Donna Carollo's 9th and 10th grade biology students for a frog dissection lab. "Following the lab," reported Sra. Renee, "the Career Tech students took their first grade lab partners on tours of the school." The first grade students began with dissection on paper frogs and moved to observe and help the biology students. View photos (credit: J. Renee, Fronteras Charter School)
Two Iditarod Elem teams and three from Wasilla Middle School participated in the nine-week NASA STEM challenge.This after-school program is possible through funding through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants and the support of "amazing staff." Read more from Kevin Hartman, Iditarod teacher.
The application deadline for the new school-within-a-school at Palmer High School next year, has been extended until April 19. There is also another parent information night Thursday, April 13, at 6 p.m., PHS Library. View full story for more links.