• WHS WRESTLER INKS LETTER OF INTENT

    Nate McKimson, state wrestling champion in the 152-pound weight class, signed a Letter of Intent for Colorado State Pueblo University. Highlighting his hard work, including summer fishing, Nate said, "I'm glad to have this over." He will be pursuing automotive industry management. His family and school community were there to celebrate his accomplishments.

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  • ART STUDENTS AT PHS SHOW THEIR "WABI SABI" AND "FRANKENFISH"

    PHS principal Reese Everett sayd studentss, “Palmer’s IB Art program was the only program in our District that ha win not 1, but 2 state titles…yes, I’m proud and bragging.” Winning first place in the ASAA All-State Art Competition, Mixed Media is Aunesty Loyer, first place for photography, Lindsey Barbee (pictured), and Honorable mention to Karen Reed. Additionally, Lindsey received the Congressional Award. Shelli Franckowiak teacher. Read more...

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  • MSBSD NUTRITION SERVICES WELCOMES CTHS CULINARY ARTS CLASS

    The MSBSD Nutrition Services’ staff welcomed the culinary arts students from Chef Carolyn Frey’s class at Mat-Su Career & Tech to tour the facility & get a first-hand look at the process of providing school meals. “Can you bake 5,000 dinner rolls at a time?” Or store 2-3 months of dry supplies? Read more...

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  • TRAPPER CREEK STAFF 100% PARTICIPATION IN UNITED WAY CAMPAIGN

    "Thank you" from United Way of Mat-Su, awarding Trapper Creek Elementary School $500 for the 100% staff participation in this year's giving campaign. TCE principal is Allison Wall. "We thank the administrators, teachers, and support staff for their generosity and for the excellent work they are doing," said Cherie LeBlanc-Shue, United Way's Resource Development Director. "United Way of Mat-Su is proud to partner with MSBSD to improve education in our community."

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  • MSBSD ELEMENTARY SCIENCE O PART OF 30-YEAR SCIENCE REVOLUTION

    About 189 MSBSD elementary students and their parents, along with science teachers with 16 teams from 9 schools participated in 11 events. CTHS teacher, Tim Lundt is the State Science O Coordinator. Read more, including the results...

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  • MSBSD SENIOR NATIVE YOUTH OLYMPICS

    Holding the annual meet at Houston Middle School, more than 150 students from 11 schools participated in the games--focusing on endurance, confidence, culture, strength, and sportsmanship. State NYO is April 24-26 at the Dena'ina Center in Anchorage. Palmer High School was awarded the sportmanship award at the District games. Read more of the results...

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  • IDITAROD ELEMENTARY STUDENTS SAY "THANK YOU" TO VOLUNTEERS

    Iditarod Elementary School honored its 72 volunteers today! 5th graders made Mason Jar gifts (hand painted), and students made paper flowers with "thank you's" written on individual petals. IDE principal Scott Nelson shared certificates of recognition for the contributions of these committed parents, grandparents, and school community supporters. Treated to breakfast, the volunteers also visited the classrooms as honored guests-the same places where much of their work occurs. Enjoy the photos.

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  • ALASKA MIDDLE COLLEGE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES

    AMCS will be hosting a series of open houses whereby interested students and families will learn more about this unique opportunity for junior and senior students of the Mat-Su Borough School District. Photo: Charlotte Forrest, a current student. Read more...

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  • MSBSD 2014 SBA/HSGQE THIS WEEK

    It is time! Standards Based Assessments and High School Graduation Qualifying Exams beginning Tuesday, April 1. Every child in third through tenth grades in our District as well as the State of Alaska will be assessed through the state tests. Testing will conclude on Thursday for all but 4th, 8th, and 10th grade students. Children in these grades will test on science on Friday. Students will demonstrate their knowledge in reading, language arts, and math. Read for tips....

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  • MSBSD TOURS NEW SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION SITES

    Opening in the fall of 2014 are two new permanent facilities for two schools: Mat-Su Day School and Valley Pathways, both special mission schools in the Mat-Su Borough School District. Shown here is Valley Pathways principal, Jim Wanser, with MSB Project Manager, Robert Scott. MSB and MSBSD School Board/Administration toured both sites.

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  • MSBSD SPRING BREAK--MARCH 10-14

    Going to the beach? Wait, that's snow. American Charter Academy students get a head start on Spring Break. If your child attends a non-traditional school, please check your calendar.

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  • MSBSD HONORS SCHOOL BOARD

    MSBDS students say, "Thank you" to our School Board--new lockers at PJMS and HMS, along with playgrounds, technology equipment, and more.

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  • PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES MON/TUES FEB. 17 AND 18

    No school for students at most MSBSD schools on Monday and Tuesday. Parents, please check with your school for times for P/T Conferences. Students at Big Lake, Houston Middle, and Houston High will attend school Tuesday as a make-up day.

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  • MSBSD 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR REVISIONS

    Inclement weather required a school closure on January 23, 2014 at Big Lake Elem, Houston Middle, and Houston High schools. This was the second school closure and exceeds the one snow day built into the calendar. February 18th is a school day for students at these three schools. Please read more by clicking "view full story"...

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  • MSBSD PRELIMINARY BUDGET AND LEGISLATIVE PRIORITIES

    Get a first look at the FY15 Preliminary Budget and School Board Legislative Priorities. Also, come and join the budget conversation at one of our Budget Open Houses. Download a flyer and more information....

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  • MSBSD: "BUILDING MAGICAL FUTURES"

    February 3-7 is National School Counseling Week, "focusing public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors with U.S. school systems."

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  • MSBSD TO CONDUCT AASB SCHOOL CLIMATE AND CONNECTEDNESS SURVEY: IN SCHOOLS FEB. 3-14

    For MSBSD students in grades 5-12 and staff, we will participate in the survey sponsored by the Alaska Association of School Boards. You may read more in Mr. Gene Stone's letter, download a brochure, and more. MSBSD Superintedent, Dr. Deena Paramo, says, "In Mat-Su, we put the data to good use. Through the survey data, we learn more about our schools to help inform our decisions."

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  • MSBSD ANNUAL REPORT 2012-2013

    The MSBSD Annual Report is a look back at the success of our District, a snapshot of students and staff. Read or download and print....

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  • ASBO AWARDS MSBSD ITS MERITORIOUS BUDGET AWARD

    For excellence in budget presentation, the Association of School Business Officials Internaional recognizes the MSBSD. Earning this award, the District submitted its 2013-2014 budget for a rigorous review based on stringent criteria. Read more....

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  • JOE REDINGTON, SR., JR/SR HIGH SCHOOL FORUM

    Hosted by the Mat-Su Borough, the community had an opportunity to hear first-hand about the newest high school, slated to open in the fall of 2015. Attending the meeting was Caleb, a student at Iditarod Elementary, who made his own drawing of the new school. He hopes to enroll when the new school opens.

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  • MSBSD MOBILE APP!

    Connect to us on the go..."Our student worker, Sterling Maffee, has developed an app with an online utility that is both useful and relevant," said CIO Justin Michaud. Read more and download a Fact Sheet...

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  • MSBSD SCHOOL BOARD VACANCY

    The MSBSD School Board has a vacancy and is accepting applications for School Board Seat E. Click on "View Full Story" or the headline to read or download instructions for applying.

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        Welcome

           Wasilla Chamber     
          Deena M. Paramo, Ed.D.  
          Superintendent
          Phone: 907-746-9255  Fax: 907-761-4076
          501 N. Gulkana Palmer, AK 99645
         
          
        Dear Mat-Su students, families, employees, and community stakeholders,
         

        It is budget time in Mat-Su. And, it is much more. As our students are immersed in assignments, books to read, projects to complete, and even more, we know that every day learning is the focus. Can you find the center of a hyperbola? Or, hear the cacophony of the story’s action? Do you know how to determine an absolute error in chemistry? These are all concepts and ideas that your children may be able to explain to you. Maybe they have entered the Fiesta for this spring’s book fair. “Watch the fun escalate,” is what you may hear in your elementary school library. A mom blog’s, “Every day the wonderful happens…” and as your child attends school regularly, is attentive, and engaged in learning, that wonderful is the story you will hear when you ask, “What did you do at school today?” Maybe the answer, “Aw, nothing,” really means that your child read a new book, painted a picture, used a computer, or played on the playground.

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        Unless we have other school closure days, the last day of the school year for students is the same as previously scheduled - May 20, 2014. An added professional development day for teachers is scheduled for May 21 with teachers contractually finishing May 22nd. Revised calendars are available for downloading (see the"Calendar" icon at the top of the page).

        Click here to read or download the Annual Report--a look back at last year's accomplishments, a current snapshot of the District, and future goals.
         
        We are excited about the work of the Mat-Su Borough School District. Partnering with our families and community agencies, we are doing our part to prepare our students for new learning challenges.
        Sincerely,
        deena
        Dr. Deena M. Paramo
        Superintendent
         
        Click here for more of Dr. Paramo's State of the District message from earlier this year.
         

         

        District News

        • Arrow 2014 GRADUATION AND PROM DATES
          Click here for a complete listing of the school proms and all graduation  dates, available for downloading or printing. A PDF of the information is available: Click here.
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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 SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS
          Click here for 2013-2014 School Supply Listsl
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        • Arrow MSBSD START TIMES - 2013-2014!
          School start and end times will remain the same for the 2013-2014 school year. Elementary schools time is 9:15 to 3:45, and middle/secondary schools time is 7:45 to 2:15. There are exceptions for northern schools: Willow start time is 8:20 and dismissal at 3:00 on M, Tu, Th, Fri, and dismissal at 1:40 on Wed. Talkeetna begins at 8:30 with dismissal at 3:00 on M, Tu, Th, Fri, and dismissal on Wednesdays at 1:40. Trapper Creek begins at 8:30 and dismissal at 3:00. Su Valley Jr/Sr High School begins at 8:30 and dismissal is at 2:54. Also, if your child attends one of our six charter schools, confirm the time with your school.
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        • Arrow 2013-2014 SCHOOL REGISTRATION INFORMATION
          For information on School Registration visit MSBSD iEnroll
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        • Arrow MSBSD EMPLOYEE DISCOUNTS ON TECHNOLOGY!
          All MSBSD Employees can take advantage of the Dell MPP program, Apple Employee Purchase Program and Microsoft Home Use Program.  Click here to find out more! 
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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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