2017 District Headlines

  • LISA VRVILO NAMED NATIONAL DISTINGUISHED PRINCIPAL FOR 2017

    Nominated and selected by her fellow principals, the Alaska Association of Elementary School Principals announces Mrs. Vrvilo's selection. "Vrvilo has served as principal of the largest elementary school in the MSBSD for the past ten years, leading over 500 students and staff by example each day," wrote AAESP president, Deanna Beck. Read more...

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  • MAT-SU 2018 TEACHER OF THE YEAR, EMILY FORSTNER

    Teaching at all levels in the Mat-Su Borough School District, Ms. Forstner has been a force for learning, most recently at Wasilla High School. Publishing both "The Warrior Word" and "Mat-Su Gazette", Ms. Forstner's students have a voice. Read more...

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  • MAT-SU SENIORS EARN RECORD SCHOLARSHIPS

    Graduating seniors from 15 District schools were awarded a reported total of $16,385,547 in scholarships, including academic, merit, service, legacy, military, creative, and more. View story for a listing of MSBSD graduates.

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  • THREE MAT-SU CAREER & TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS AT NATIONAL CONFERENCE

    Business Professionals of America advisor, Amy Riddle, wrote, "Rome Bentz, Khyla Chassé and Amanda Mayer, joined over 6,000 other conference delegates from across the nation to participate in national level business and information technology skills competitions, workshops, general sessions, and national officer candidate campaigns and elections." Photos: CTHS. Read more...

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  • MAT-SU STUDENTS FIND THEIR ANCHOR POINTS

    Archery is expanding in the MSBSD, thanks to the Mat-Su Health Foundation. Supplying new equipment for six schools, the sport is in the fourth year, now at 13 elementary, five middle, and four high schools in the District. Pictured, American Charter Academy middle school. Read more...

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  • MACHETANZ ELEM STUDENTS 3RD ANNUAL SCIENCE DAY

    Getting down in the soil, Machetanz students demonstrate their learning and put their skills to the test with animals, plants, ecosystems, gardens, and much more. Learn...

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  • JACINDA DANNER IS 2017 NATIONAL BRAILLE TEACHER OF THE YEAR

    For students across the District, Mrs. Danner held a White Cane Awareness Day, working with the Department of Transportation which installed an accessible pedestrian signal (audio) at Bogard and Crusey. Mrs. Danner is a teachers of students with visual impairments and mobility specialist. Nominated by parents and colleagues, Mrs. Danner will be honored at The Braille Challenge Finals in June in Los Angeles.

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  • MSBSD'S FIRST DRIVE-THRU STUDENT-RUN COFFEE SHOP

    "April 10th marked the grand opening of Twindly Bridge's Drive-thru Coffee Shop," reports Principal, John Weetman. "I spent 20 sessions with students helping them learn how to start a small business," said Weetman. TB students earned certificates of completion from Kaladi Coffee Academy and received the Alaska State Food Handler's permits. (Photos: TB) Read more...

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  • STUDENT ADVISORY BOARD "WATER WEEK" VISUAL ART CONTEST

    "It's naturally healthy. Your body needs it. It's a better choice..." wrote winner, Evelina Tereshchenko, Teeland Middle School 7th grade student. Read more...

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  • MSBSD 2017 BP TEACHERS OF EXCELLENCE

    Five MSBSD teachers and one Educational Ally were recognized at the BP Teachers of Excellence Award Evening. Diana Sloan-Basner, Birchtree Charter School, was named the BP Teacher of the Year. Ginny Fagerstrom, Cottonwood Creek was awarded the Educational Ally award. (Photo credit: BP) Read more...

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  • ALASKA BUSINESS WEEK MAT-SU PROGRAM

    A dual-credit opportunity for MSBSD students. Held at Palmer High School, the Alaska Business Week is sponsored by the Alaska Chamber and is an opportunity to learn business in a hands-on environment. View full story for application information.

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  • YOUNG WRITER'S CONFERENCE

    Two hundred sixty-four elementary students attended the Young Writer’s Conference at Sherrod Elementary. Coordinated by Sherrod teacher, Sharon Russell, authors engaged first-hand with students. Read more...

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  • AMERICAN NINJA WARRIOR COMES TO MAT-SU SCHOOLS

    Eight schools are welcoming Nick Hanson who is visiting schools with healthy messages for developing minds and bodies.The "Eskimo Ninja" partnered with the Play Every Day campaign. Read more...

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  • MSBSD TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK

    With 902 classroom teachers, the Mat-Su Borough School District honors the classroom.

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  • MSBSD HONORS SCHOOL NURSES' DAY

    School nurses are healthcare connectors among providers, parents, and communities, working to bolster student attendance and wellness. MSBSD honors its 44 nurses on assignment.

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  • MSBSD SCHOOL BUS DRIVER APPRECIATION WEEK

    Three companies, First Student, Bunker & Bunker, and Glacier View Transportation travel an average of 10,906 miles per day, transporting 8,189 students in the Mat-Su Borough. Crystal Smith is MSBSD Transportation Supervisor. Read comments from administrators...

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  • MAY 5 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY--NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS (except Northern schools)

    MSBSD students do not attend school on Friday, May 5. If your child attends a non-traditional school, please follow your school's calendar. Trapper Creek, Talkeetna, and Su Valley are also making up a snow/ice day, so students do attend school on May 5 for these three schools.

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  • MAT-SU TOPS IN SENIOR NATIVE YOUTH OLYMPICS

    Madi Ko broke her own world record with a 30'1" scissor broad jump. With more than 50 teams competing in the State NYO Tournament, MSBSD had 50 students on two teams, along with the Knik Tribal team. Jared Barrett is MSBSD NYO coordinator. Read more...

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  • BURCHELL HIGH SCHOOL HOLDS COLLEGE AND CAREER FAIR

    Thirty participating career and education opportunity organizations were on hand to offer Burchell High School seniors resources for planning their futures. Read more...

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  • MSBSD SCHOOL BOARD PROGRAM TOUR

    MTA Coding Academy at Wasilla Middle, CS50 Fair at Wasilla High School, Mat-Su Middle College transition, and ANSEP Accelerated High School at Valley Pathways were the focus of the MSBSD School Board tour of programs. Read more...

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  • TEELAND MIDDLE SCHOOL 8TH GRADE CAREER FAIR

    "What problem do you want to solve?" is a good indicator of career pathway interest. Wasilla Sunrise Rotary has participated in career fair days with more than 18,000 students in MSBSD middle schools for a number of years. Jason Ross is TMS principal and Brad Bell, Assistant Principal. Read more...

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  • ELEMENTARY HONOR MUSIC FESTIVAL

    A chance to "Touch the Sky" and more, young musicians in the Mat-Su give a dynamic concert. Read more...

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  • BIRCHTREE CHARTER STUDENTS AT THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER

    "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...

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  • CAREER PATHWAYS HELP STUDENTS SHARE SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND INTEREST

    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.

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  • MSBSD PARTICIPATES IN ALASKA CONSTRUCTION CAREER DAYS

    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.

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  • MSBSD ELEM SCIENCE O

    Two hundred seventy-five students from 34 teams/16 schools participated in this year's Elem Science O. Competing in 17 STEM events, students spent an entire day in hands-on activities. Read more...

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  • DISTINCTIVELY HUMAN, PALMER HIGH IB VISUAL ARTS SHOW

    "I have learned that art takes time and patience...my artwork show the change in my ideas, skills, and patience in the output of my artwork by the time and effort I put into each project." Shelli Franckowiak, teacher. Paul Reid is PHS principal. (Pictured, artist, Mary Tucker). Read full story...

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  • MAT-SU STUDENTS EXPLORE HEALTH CAREER OPTIONS

    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.

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  • MSBSD HONORS APRIL AS MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD

    Serving 1833 children from military families, the Mat-Su Borough School District thanks your family for your service.

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  • FRONTERAS CHARTER SCHOOL CHOSEN A CKH NATIONAL SHOWCASE SCHOOL

    "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."

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  • BP TEACHERS OF EXCELLENCE ANNOUNCED FOR 2017

    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...

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  • LEARNING AND TEACHING AT THE SAME TIME--HIGH SCHOOL LAB PARTNERS WITH FIRST GRADERS

    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)

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  • PARACHUTING ONTO MARS--IDITAROD ELEM AND WASILLA MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAMS

    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.

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  • ARKOSE RIDGE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY DEADLINE EXTENDED

    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.

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  • WELCOME TO KINDERGARTEN NIGHT

    Do you have a child who will be five years of age on or before September 1, 2017? The District invites you to the fifth "Welcome to Kindergarten" night, held at Larson Elementary School, April 13, from 5:30 to 7:00. Download a flyer....

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  • MSBSD MARKS 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF SCIENCE OLYMPIAD

    180 middle school and 140 high school students participated in the Alaska State Science Olympiad Competition. Colony Middle School and Mat-Su Career & Tech High schools took first place in Divisions B and C. Wasilla High took second place and Colony High, third place. See more photos and results...

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  • SCHOOL BOARD SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS

    Recognizing the achievements of Mat-Su students, staff members, and schools, the School Board honors and celebrates. First up was the Wasilla High girls' basketball team--State 4A champions two years in a row (fifth in seven years and sixth since 2007), Jeannie Hebert-Truax, coach. Read a complete list and see more photos...

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  • ALASKA NATIVE YOUTH FESTIVAL AND POTLUCK

    Come and enjoy interactive Native Youth Olympic demonstrations, drumming, dancing, and song, and much more. View full story to download an informational flyer.

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  • CTSO/PERFORMANCE-BASED ASSESSMENT CONFERENCE

    Mat-Su Borough School District students take center stage again, demonstrating citizenship, leadership, employability, and technical and professional skills. Steve Cook, State coordinator, and Ray Jensen, MSBSD coordinator/WHS teacher. Read more results....

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  • PIONEER PEAK RAISES AUTISM AWARENESS

    Bringing awareness to community needs through World Autism Awareness (photo credit: Pioneer Peak Elem). Learn about more resources...

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  • FIRST UP FOR ARCTIC SURVIVAL

    Five second grade groups participated in the Arctic Survival Unit on site at Hatcher Pass. Rebekah Bell's class was the first to go, learning basic survival techniques, how to signal for help, and more. Read more about the skills....

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 2017 ALASKA JUNIOR NATIVE OLYMPIC GAMES

    Big Lake Elem had one of the top winners, Noah W. who took 1st place in the 2-foot high-kick. See more results. Jared Barrett, BLE teacher, organizer (and photo credits).

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  • 9TH ANNUAL MAT-SU FLOOR HOCKEY

    Hosted at Palmer High School, Theresa Savel, organizer, brings students together for the District contest in anticipation of the Rockin' Hockey event later in March at the MTA Event Center in Palmer. Learn results...

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  • 2017 TECH EXPO COMING MARCH 9!

    At Wasilla High School gym, a unique opportunity to see how technology is transforming Mat-Su classrooms. Session One is 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Session Two is from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Read more...

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  • MAGNET CTE COURSE APPLICATION NOW OPEN

    Open to all juniors and seniors (next school year) from across the District, you can request courses now through iStudent/i-Parent. View full story for more...

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  • ASTE 2017 CONFERENCE WINNERS

    Brett Hill, Office of Instruction, was this year's winner of the "Making IT Happen" Award. MSBSD had multiple presenters and award-winners. Read more...

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  • ELEMENTARY MATH DERBY BOASTS 29 TEAMS FROM 9 SCHOOLS

    "Sweet as Pi" is how these elementary students view the Math Derby. View more in winning photos....

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  • MSBSD PROPOSED ELEMENTARY BLENDED ACADEMY

    Parents, come learn about the proposed K-5 hybrid model of education. Two parent info meetings: Tues., Feb. 21, at Sherrod Elem or Thurs., Feb. 23, at Knik Elem, both at 6 p.m. View full story for more information now....

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  • MSBSD ELEMENTARY BATTLE OF THE BOOKS--24 SCHOOLS PARTICIPATED

    "What was your favorite book," asked Superintendent Gene Stone, to the 3/4 grade team from Academy Charter School. "I liked 11 Birthdays," said one student, beaming. A favorite with the 5/6 graders was "Mr. Chickee's Funny Money." Knik Elem hosted this year's Battles. Read more in the results...

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  • FEB 14--TRAPPER CREEK, TALKEETNA, SU VALLEY, AND WILLOW CLOSED TODAY

    Due to icy road conditions, buses cannot transport in the Northern Valley, so Trapper Creek, Talkeetna, Su Valley, and Willow are closed. All other Mat-Su schools are open today.

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  • 2017 MSBSD WORLD LANGUAGE DECLAMATION

    Hosted by Palmer High School, Carla Swick. Japanese teacher. MSBSD students will compete statewide at the Alaska World Declamation Contest on March 4. Read more results...

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  • PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE AND PD DAYS: FEB 16-17 NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

    Parent/Teacher Conferences days/times vary--check with your school. If your child attends a non-traditional MSBSD school, please follow your school calendar.

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  • SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK--CELEBRATING THE CONNECTIONS

    MSBSD celebrates our school counselors and the relationships they build with students and families. Gov. Walker said, "...the role of school counselor can often be filled by a teacher or administrator who also works with students on a daily basis and has a unique insight into a student's level of development and areas in which he or she may have room for growth." Read more...

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  • JNYO "BEYOND THE COMPETITION"

    350 MSBSD students participated in the annual Junior Native Youth Olympics reported Jared Barrett, District organizer. Top standings: Machetanz Elem (1st), Larson Elem (2nd), and Fronteras Charter School (3rd). Learn more results...

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  • 2017 SCIENCE BOWL COMPETITION WINNERS

    Eleven high school teams participated in the 2017 Science Bowl, ten from MSBSD and also Lathrop High. Mat-Su Career & Technical High School took first and second place. Read more...

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  • YOUTH RISK BEHAVIOR SURVEY (YRBS)

    The Alaska YRBS is a joint project of the Alaska Departments of Health and Social Services and Education and Early Development. Funding for the Alaska YRBS comes from the CDC, Alaska DHSS, and numerous community partners. The YRBS collects information about Alaska teens, including behaviors that affect health. About 7,000 Alaskan high school students from about 30 school districts participate. The YRBS is anonymous. Learn more...

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  • MIDDLE SCHOOL BATTLE OF THE BOOKS NOW IN THE BOOK

    Twenty-five teams from 12 schools competed. Wasilla Middle Team#1 took 1st place; Fronteras Spanish Immersion Charter School Team #1 took 2nd place, and Mat-Su Central School Team took 3rd place. Congratulations to these readers who enjoyed good reads like "I am Malala", "Wildwood." Ten books in all. View more photos and details...

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  • CTHS TEAMS TAKE FIRST AND THIRD PLACE AT PROSTART ALASKA

    Chef Mike Graham and mentor, Jennika Warner (CTHS alumnus), took their teams to the culinary top. The first place team will be representing Alaska at the National ProStart Invitational in South Carolina in April. Students: Kendrick Schumacher, Jordon Wilson, Derek DeBuse, Rebecca Branin, and Vivian Gardiner. Congratulations! Mark Okeson is CTHS principal, Jim Simmons, AP.

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  • HIGH SCHOOL BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

    Fifteen teams from seven high schools competed in this year’s high school Battle of the Books District competition. Held again at Mat-Su Central School, teams participating with their advisors brought the best readers. Read more, "in their own words"...

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  • POETRY OUT LOUD

    Colony High School's Isa Weiss is the MSBSD winner, reciting "Hope is the Thing with Feathers" by Emily Dickinson. She will be representing the District at the State competition in Juneau. The runner-up resulted in a tie with Grace Hunter (CHS) and Neonila Konev (Redington). Congratulations to the winners and to all the participants. Thank you to the judges. Read more....

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  • PUBLIC BUDGET SURVEY OPEN THROUGH FEB 28

    The public is invited to participate in the Budget Survey, now through February 28. For more information, please call MSBSD Business Services at 761-4001. Join the conversation!

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  • FRI., JAN 27 ALL MSBSD SCHOOLS ARE OPEN

    Schools and activities are running as scheduled. Updates will be made if conditions change and necessary.

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  • COLONY HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR WINS GALLAUDET SUMMER SCHOLARSHIP

    Alyssa Akers, a CHS junior, has been awarded the Mat-Su Sertoma Club's scholarship for the Aspen Summer Camp, a part of the Summer Youth Program from Gallaudet University. Congratulations, Alyssa! (Photo: CHS)

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  • IEA WINTERFEST POTLUCK.FRIDAY JANUARY 27

    You are welcome! Event is at Career & Technical High School from 5 to 8 p.m. View story to download a flyer...

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  • MSBSD HOSTS MAT-SU MIDDLE COLLEGE OPEN HOUSES

    Transitioning to Mat-Su College next fall, prospective students and parents may hear more about Mat-Su Middle College School. Tues/Wed at the Glenn Massay Theatre, 6 p.m.

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  • ONE TO WORLD--RURAL TO THE CORE INITIATIVE ROLLS OUT AT SU VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL

    "January 26 is the day when 'Rural to the Core', part of the School Board 5-Year Technology Roadmap, puts devices into the hands of each student at Su Valley Jr/Sr HIgh School," said Superintendent Gene Stone. Read more in "Rural to The Core". View full story.

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  • "WHERE ARE THEY NOW?" FEATURE--CONNER LOONEY, PHS ALUMUS

    Conner Looney, Number 4 for the Hawaii Pacific University Sharks, is the Pepsi Player of the Week for HPU. "Conner led the Sharks for the week by averaging 17.5 points per game to go with his 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists, and 1.5 steals." Congratulations, Conner! (Photo credit: M. Looney)

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  • AARP HOSTS TELE TOWN HALL WITH MSBSD

    January 26, Mat-Su stakeholders have an opportunity to call in for a telephone conversation with Superintendent Gene Stone. View full story for a link to pre-register and join....

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  • "WHAT IF?" ARE THE WORDS THAT SPUR THE IMAGINATION

    Alaskan author, Tricia Brown, the Itchy Little Musk Ox, and many more, develops story lines, writes the books, and edits her writing while the illustrator selects sketches and frames the story for readers. Asking third graders, “What gets your imagination going,” Brown shared, “It is the two words, what if?”. Sharing her stories and books with Swanson Elementary students, Brown shared that her books are printed on only two sheets of paper, including popular, Groucho’s Eyebrows.

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  • TEEN TOBACCO AWARENESS WITH A LITTLE MAGIC

    Rob Hackenson, Jr. is coming to some Mat-Su schools, bringing his "See Through The Smoke" presentation. View full story for dates/times/schools...

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  • FAMILIES-IN-TRANSITION AT WORK DURING MAT-SU HOMELESS CONNECT

    January 24 at the Menard Sports Complex, the 2017 Mat-Su Valley Homeless Connect. If you have questions, you may call the District coordinator at 746-9228, or generally, call 745-5827. Download a flyer...

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  • SERVICE IS THE WASILLA MIDDLE SCHOOL WAY

    "This semester has been amazing with the Wasilla Middle School NJHS," said teacher/advisor, Janis Mack. "In October, they helped Snowshoe with the carnival; organized a food-drive in November; and in December, rang the Salvation Army bell." Read about more of the projects...

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  • HEADED TO MIT, LUCAS ARTHUR IS ALL ABOUT PHYSICS

    "I knew in 4th grade I wanted to be a physicist," said Lucas. A senior at Mat-Su Career & Technical High School, Lucas has been accepted to MIT, where he plans to major in physics and nuclear engineering. Mark Okeson is CTHS Principal; Jim Simmons, AP. Read more from Lucas....

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  • VALLEY PATHWAYS' STUDENTS EXCITED ABOUT EDUCATION HERE AND ACROSS THE GLOBE

    "Education is empowerment," said Franchesca Heywood, Valley Pathways’ social studies teacher. Reporting at a recent School Board meeting that her first quarter Women’s Studies’ class has taken on a project to help raise funds for the Malala Fund, she said, "I could not anticipate the wonderful direction in which my students would take this experience." Read more...

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  • PALMER JUNIOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS IN THE GEO BEE

    Competing for a spot in the State Geo Bee in March, 45 middle schoolers answered the tough questions put to them from organizing teacher, Linda Jo Klapperich. Brad Allen is PJMS Principal. On hand today, too, Superintendent Stone. Emilia Lertora (first place) and Kayson Asay (first runner up) were the top winners.

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  • BURCHELL HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATES 19 AT MID-YEAR

    "Do it! Graduate" was a sentiment shared by Burchell High School students graduating at mid-year from AdvancePath and the Core programs at BHS. Jason Marvel is BHS Principal; Shelli Lincoln, AP. On hand also were Dr. Sarah Welton, School Board, Lyn Carden, City of Wasilla, Peter Burchell, and other guests. Read more...

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  • MSBSD SHOWCASES PROGRAMS AND RETURN ON INVESTMENT

    Join Superintendent Gene Stone as he discusses programs and initiatives in the District, moving learning and academics forward. A strong return on investment in public education, we are MSBSD! Click full story for more...

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  • SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNITIONS HONOR STUDENTS, STAFFS, AND SCHOOLS

    The School Board encourages excellence as a goal in achievement and accomplishment, and publicly recognizes students, staff, schools, and administrative departments for unique or exemplary work and activities in academic, extracurricular events, and community service projects. Pictured: Sommer Florian, student artist, Mat-Su Central School, with art teacher, Roy Stone. Learn more about the December Special Recognitions...

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  • BURCHELL STUDENT ART DISPLAY AT KALADI BROTHERS IN WASILLA

    Stop by the local Kaladi Brothers Cafe in Wasilla and see the display of BHS artwork. Mrs. Dishneau, teacher. Jason Marvel, BHS Principal, and Shelli Lincoln, AP. (Photo/story credit: BHS)

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  • "WHAT DOES THE MAT-SU BOROUGH MAYOR DO?" WAS THE QUESTION OF THE DAY AT WILLOW ELEM

    Sitting in the classroom with Willow Elementary students, Mayor Vern Halter explains how the Mat-Su Borough government works, and his commitment to education. Jennifer Renaldi is WLE Principal.

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  • MAT-SU SCHOOLS FOUNDATION 2016 TEACHER GRANTS

    Supporting "excellence in the MSBSD by providing supplemental funding for education," the MSSF awarded eight teacher grants. Two were partially funded by David Clawson through the Adobe Volunteer Program. View full story for more details from the teachers and their plans for the grant money in classrooms.

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  • "MRS. REDINGTON ROCKS" AT SNOWSHOE ELEMENTARY

    "Each of you has a golden gift inside," said Melanie Redington to Snowshoe Elementary students, "you just have to find it and develop it." Developing her own gifts, Mrs. Redington was just crowned the 2016 Fitness America Muscle Mania champion. Katie Ellsworth is Snowshoe Principal.

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  • "WE CAN," SAY IDITAROD STUDENTS

    Collecting 1600 pounds of food to donate to the Wasilla Food Bank, IDE 4th graders showed their "can do" spirit. Organized by Mr. Nighswonger's and Mrs. Woodworth's classes, the winning class collecting the most canned good

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  • BUTTE ELEMENTARY WELCOMES MUSHER LORRAINE TEMPLE AND ALASKA HUSKY SPIRIT

    Willow (one of Temple's huskies) was ready for the harness to run. "Success is yours if you follow your dreams," is the message from Temple. "Be your own star and shine." Temple demonstrated how hard work and perseverance pay off in meeting goals.

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  • MSBSD COUNTS.DEMOGRAPHIC & ECONOMIC ROUNDTABLE

    Responsive.Resourceful.Relevant--the MSBSD, continuing to grow, has as its mission, "We prepare all students for success." Learn more from all the presentations....

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  • MSBSD OBSERVES THANKSGIVING HOLIDAY

    Thursday and Friday (November 24-25) are District holidays--no school for students or staff. It is American Thanksgiving.

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  • "WHAT SAYS AMERICA TO YOU?" SCHOOLS AND STUDENTS HONOR VETERANS AND THEIR SERVICE

    "The Alaska Flag Song", "America, the Beautiful", and "The Star-Spangled Banner" were among the many patriotic tributes honoring Mat-Su Veterans, including MSBSD employees and parents. Enjoy more...

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  • MSBSD HONORS NATIONAL EDUCATION SUPPORT PROFESSIONALS DAY

    MSBSD honors the contributions of school support employees who provide invaluable services as essential partners in the educational process. Nominated employees will be honored at the School Board Meeting Nov. 16.

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  • SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY AWARENESS WEEK

    "Small Steps Change Lives" is the theme of this year's School Psychology Awareness Week. The MSBSD recognizes the valuable work of taking small steps that build greater successes for students.

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  • AMERICAN EDUCATION WEEK 2016

    Schools across America kick off the 95th American Education Week celebration.

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  • SU VALLEY, TRAPPER CREEK, AND TALKEETNA ARE CLOSED TODAY, NOV. 14, DUE TO ICY ROAD CONDITIONS

    All other MSBSD schools are open on time. We appreciate your cooperation and remind all to drive with caution when road conditions are not favorable.

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  • 2016 VETERAN'S DAY OBSERVED--NOV 11 (NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS)

    The MSBSD honors Veterans on Friday, November 11. There is no school for students.

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  • "IT'S FOOD FOR THOUGHT AND THOUGHT FOR FOOD," EXPLAINED PALMER HIGH FFA STUDENTS AT PJMS

    PHS FFA students, Kyndle Kirby (President), Jaden Caple (Treasurer), and Cordel Lamm (Sentinel), visited PJMS Science classes, Johanna Tennant and Robin Mullican, teachers, Brad Allen is PJMS Principal, Ryan Gaegal, AP. Learn more...

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  • "WELCOME TO OUR FALCON FRIDAY ASSEMBLY" AT FINGER LAKE

    Principal, Susan Steele, staff, and students, welcomed Alaska U.S. Senator, Lisa Murkowski, Visiting with students in the hallway, Senator Murkowski commended, "Principal Steele, your students are so well-behaved." Singing the FLE Song and "Roll Call" (each grade performed a classic rock-in-roll tune), students received a U.S. Flag flown over the Capitol and a box of books from the Senator. Kelly Rentz is FLE music teacher.

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  • TEELAND MIDDLE SCHOOL IS ONE OF MSBSD SCHOOLS PARTICIPATING IN RED RIBBON WEEK

    The theme of this year's Red Ribbon Week Campaign is "Love Yourself. Be Drug Free." Schools use this week in promoting healthy lifestyles through spirit weeks...usually involves some crazy socks! Organized by teachers, including Kristi Shea, leadership and NJHS students, Jason Ross is Principal; Brad Bell, AP.

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  • SCHOOL BOARD RECEIVES BOND PROJECT UPDATE FROM MSB PROJECT MANAGER, JEFF WALDEN

    Each month, Jeff Walden, Mat-Su Borough Project Manager, provides an update for the School Board of all District and school related projects. The November 2 report included an overview of the 2010 Bond Projects and 2011 Bond Projects. Learn more...

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  • SCHOOL BOARD HOLDS MEETING AT MEADOW LAKES ELEMENTARY

    "Thank you for hosting the School Board Meeting," was the sentiment from all Board members and the Administration. Students in Ms. Grenier's MLE Choir sang "Alaska Flag Song" while signing using ASL. Young students also shared their original artwork with School Board Members and Superintendent, Gene Stone. Hearing about the "Rural Enhanced Access" to technology in schools, the School Board also received student input from SAB Andrea Wagner. Felica Pridgen is MLE Principal; Brian Porcello, AP.

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  • CTHS'S CHEF MIKE GRAHAM NAMED ALASKA ACTE HOSPITALITY/TOURISM TEACHER OF THE YEAR

    "The first year that Chef Graham joined our school," said Career & Technical High School Principal, Mark Okeson, "he trained our kids to win our school's first-ever Alaska Pro-Start Culinary completion." Read more...

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  • JOIN SUPERINTENDENT, GENE STONE, AT THE KMBQ 12-HOUR MARATHON FOR MY HOUSE

    From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, November 4, KMBQ will be broadcasting live from the Drop in Center at MyHouse for the listener-supported marathon benefitting MyHouse. Mr. Stone will be accepting your calls from 3 to 4 p.m. Call 373-4357 Friday!

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  • ECET2 SHOWCASES TEACHER COLLABORATION IN MAT-SU

    Described as a movement and a community, "Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teaching and Teachers" gave MSBSD teachers an opportunity to present and share with Alaska colleagues. Read more, in their own words...

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  • REACHING THE WOUNDED STUDENT--MSBSD PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

    Teachers, principals, and administrators listened as Dr. Joseph Hendershott addressed how social and emotional needs may be met through education. Learn more...

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  • WASILLA HIGH ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL NAMED AP OF THE YEAR

    Jeff Nelles, Assistant Principal at Wasilla High School, has been named the Alaska Assistant Principal of the Year. Congratulations, Mr. Nelles. Pictured with Nelles is Superintendent, Gene Stone, and other MSBSD Administrators.

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  • SHAW ELEM HAS A NEW LITTLE LIBRARY WITH BIG PLANS

    Mrs. Porcello's preschool students decorated their new little library, part of the Little Free Library movement. Donated by the Frontiersman (Mark Kelsey, then publisher), students painted the free paper box, and are ready to go. Read more...

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  • OCT 27 & 28--NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS. PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES

    Thursday is a PD for staff; Friday is Parent/Teacher Conference Day. Some schools will hold P/T Conferences on both days. Check with your school for best day and times.

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  • MSBSD SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS TAKE OATH OF OFFICE

    Following the October election, Superintendent Gene Stone administered the oath of office to new school board member Yvonne Ruth, as well as reelected members, Dr. Donna Dearman and Ray Michaelson. By election of Board members, Dr. Donna Dearman is president, Kelsey Trimmer, vice president, and Debby Retherford, Clerk. Follow the School Board by attending meetings or listening to the meeting live on Radio Free Palmer. More from the School Board channel of the website.

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  • MSBSD STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES--GETTING THE BALL ROLLING

    Part of Special Olympics Alaska, Mat-Su Program, Unified Bowling brings students together for fun, support, and friendship. Kelly McBride, Student Support Services, coordinates these events, shown here with Resource Specialist, Adrian Bell. This fall, 15 schools participated in the two-day bowling activity.

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  • PALMER HIGH SCHOOL IS FIRED UP--RAKU STYLE

    PHS IB coordinator and English teacher, Nikki Henry, and IB art teacher, Shelli Franckowiak, report on the pottery firing activity for students along with Mat-Su College Ceramics Professor, John Barton. (Photo credits: PHS) Read more...

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  • MSBSD SCHOOL SAFETY...A SHARED RESPONSIBILITY. AMERICA'S SAFE SCHOOLS WEEK, OCTOBER 16-22.

    School Safety is a number one priority for the MSBSD. The School Board has goals that direct the work of the District. "It is our task," said Superintendent Gene Stone, "to provide a safe and healthy environment for all students and employees." Thank you to Sherrod Elementary 4th grade teacher, Ms. Tara Johnson and her students for the photo message, "Be Safe." Read more...

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  • WASILLA HIGH HOSTS ALASKA ASSOCIATION OF STUDENT GOVERNMENT FALL CONFERENCE

    At the Menard Sports Complex, October 13-15, AASG, "Growing dreamers into leaders."

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  • MSBSD NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH

    Celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America--September 15 through October 15.

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  • BURCHELL HIGH SCHOOL.LIGHTS ON AFTER SCHOOL

    Funded with a 21st Century Community Learning Center grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Lights On Afterschool showcases activities available to Mat-Su students at Burchell High School. Jason Marvel is BHS Principal, and Shelli Lincoln, AP. Read more...

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  • COLONY MIDDLE SCHOOL WARMS HEARTS ONE CAN AT A TIME

    CMS Principal, Mary McMahon, through Delta Kappa Gamma, CMS teachers, and students filled 84 boxes with cans of soup to share in the Village of Chevak--all as gifts of kindness. The Villagers respond with, "...Quyana Caknek." Read more...

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  • MSBSD--NATIONAL SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS WEEK NOV. 14-18

    "Small Steps Change Lives" is the message from the NASP, a reminder that "...school psychologists play a vital role in supporting students as they work to achieve their goals, both big and small." Read more...

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  • ALASKA SUPREME COURT HEARS CASE AT COLONY HIGH SCHOOL

    The Alaska Supreme Court visited Colony High School for the Supreme Court LIVE educational program. Read more...

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  • FINAL SEALED BID AUCTION: OLD IDITAROD ELEM SCHOOL

    MSBSD Purchasing and Warehousing: Sealed bid auction Monday, October 10 through Wednesday, October 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Outdated curriculum and Used Library Books may be purchased at the old school October 10-14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. View story for more details about bid process.

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  • ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL SELECTED AS A NATIONAL BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL

    One of three schools selected as Blue Ribbon schools in Alaska, Academy Charter School was the District's first charter school. Barbara Gerard is Principal. Kindergarten student, Trinity, and her mom made 244 blue ribbon pins for students and staff at Academy, celebrating the recognition by the U.S. Department of Education.

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  • MSBSD ELEMENTARY CROSS COUNTRY AT PHS

    640 4th and 5th grade runners came into the chute following the One Mile, 1.5 Mile, and Two Mile runs on the Palmer High School trails.

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  • MSBSD OFFERS ONLINE TEST PREP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

    Wanting to prep for the PSAT, SAT, or ACT? The MSBSD now offers a highly effective, free, online test tutorial program for all high school students to help in preparing for the college entrance exams. View full story for links....

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  • MSBSD OBSERVES NATIONAL PRINCIPALS/ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS MONTH

    Each year, October is recognized as National Principal Month. We celebrate our administrators in our 47 schools.

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  • MSBSD MAT-SU TV: LIVE COVERAGE OF EVENTS IN THE DISTRICT

    A production of the digital learning communities, student and teacher produced content, sports, events, and classes from the MSBSD. Sign up or download the app for this week's coverage of the Potato Bowl, Fri., Sept. 30. Read more...

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  • MSBSD SCHOOL BOARD SUPPORT OF WASILLA PUBLIC LIBRARY

    In 2011, the MSBSD School Board adopted a Resolution in support of the Borough deeding the land for the new library. Opened September 22, the new library boasts 24,000 square feet of reading and learning space, along with an amphitheater. Read more...

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  • HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR IRVING ROTH ENGAGES STUDENTS

    "I like being called a piece of history," said Irving Roth, when meeting a Palmer High School student who said, "I am shaking the hand of a piece of history." As the 85-year-old shared his story at both schools, students created a quiet place around him and his words. Read more...

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  • MSBSD HOLDS QPR YOUTH RETREAT

    Fostering awareness for students and staff about the importance of supporting each other, QPR focuses on that support. Held each year during September in observance of Suicide Prevention Month, QPR stands for Question.Persuade.Refer. Read more...

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  • HOUSTON HAWKS HONOR A LOYAL FAN

    Redington sixth grader, Jackson L., was honored by the Houston High School football team as a loyal supporter and fan. Read more...

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  • MSBSD BOASTS TWO OF 11 CAPTURING KIDS' HEARTS NATIONAL SHOWCASE SCHOOLS

    In the fifth year of implementation in the District, Capturing Kids' Hearts from the Flippen Group is transforming MSBSD classrooms through changing the relationships of students and caring adults. Flip Flippen visited Wasilla High School and Sherrod Elementary School to congratulate these two award-winning schools. Carol Boatman is Principal at WHS; Dan Michael at Sherrod Elem. Read more...

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  • MSBSD RECOGNIZED AS PACESETTER BY UNITED WAY OF MAT-SU

    "Answering the call..." is the way the Mat-Su Borough School District giving campaign by its employees is characterized, partnering with United Way of Mat-Su, and being this year's recipient of the Pacesetter Award for achieving the largest percentage of giving growth.

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  • SEPTEMBER'S SUICIDE PREVENTION MONTH ACTIVITIES

    Su Valley Jr/Sr High School is one of MSBSD schools participating in activities during September to raise awareness for suicide prevention. Dave Booth is SVHS Principal. A community event, the Su Valley High School Color Run was in partnership with Sunshine Community Health Center and other Alaska agencies. Photo/story credits: KTNA's Katie Writer. Read more...

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  • TALKEETNA ELEMENTARY RUNS IN THE BUN TO BUN

    What has become an annual event, the PTA garnered support from more than 100 participants in the Bun to Bun Run, including Superintendent Gene Stone, District teachers, and visitors from the Valley and Anchorage. Lisa Shelby is TKE Principal.

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  • MEADOW LAKES 3RD GRADERS RECEIVE DICTIONARIES

    Alice Williams, Palmer Kiwanis Club member, presents personal dictionaries to third graders, part of the year-long effort across the District. Felica Pridgen is MLE Principal. Read more...

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  • PJMS AND PHS WELCOME SAROMA STUDENTS FOR 37 YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF SISTER CITY EXCHANGE

    MSBSD Superintendent Gene Stone, PJMS Principal, Brad Allen, and participating teachers welcomed the middle and high school students for the annual Saroma/Palmer Sister City Exchange. Read more...

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  • 2017 MSBSD TEACHER OF THE YEAR

    Chenelle Zoerb, Knik Elementary School third grade teacher, is the 2017 MSBSD Teacher of the Year

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  • BURCHELL GRADUATE AWARDED COMMISSIONER'S SCHOLARSHIP

    2016 Burchell High graduate, Caleb Beauvais, was awarded the $10,000 BP Alaska DEED Commissioner's Scholarship in conjunction with the Alaska Principal Foundation. Attending Mat-Su College, Caleb was selected for his "tenacity and self-reflection." Jason Marvel is BHS Principal. Read more...

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  • COLONY HIGH ARMY JROTC CADETS PUT IN THE HOURS

    1SG(R) Derek S. Heavener and LTC Joe Cieslo are proud of C/MSG Spencer Edinger and C/SGT Jacob Kendall, who each accumulated more than 100 hours of community service during the 2015-2016 school year. "Only 46 other Cadets have ever been inducted into the 100 Hour Club since 1995," reported Heavener. "No small feat." CHS Principal Brendon McMahon was on hand for the award.

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  • WASILLA HIGH AIR FORCE JROTC OBSTACLE COURSE LEADING THE WAY

    "If it is not raining, we are not training," explained SMSgt James S. Walker as his Cadets demonstrated their mettle following the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Carol Boatman, WHS Principal, said, "This project began first and foremost because of the concerted support of our State Legislature who awarded the funds to activate the Air Force Junior ROTC here in Mat-Su." Read more...

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  • IDITAROD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OPENS AT NEW FACILITY

    A favorite school for families in Wasilla, Iditarod has a new home. Scott Nelson is IDE Principal. View more (photo/video credits: Mat-Su Borough).

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  • DENA'INA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL OPENS WITH CHEERS

    One of the last two schools funded by the 2011 bond package, Dena'ina Elementary opened its doors with 380 students (and growing), Andrea Everett, Principal. Photo/video credits: Mat-Su Borough. Read more...

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  • ALASKA DEPT OF TRANSPORTATION AND PUBLIC FACILITIES UPDATE

    From the Mat-Su Borough Public Affairs: In time for the new school year, a temporary traffic signal was installed on Seldon Road at the entrance for three schools, Teeland Middle School, Mat-Su Career & Technical High School, and the newly-built Fronteras Spanish Immersion Charter School. View more...

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  • AUGUST 15 IS FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

    For grades 1-12, Mat-Su students begin this new school year. Kindergarten students first day is August 22. We are MSBSD!

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  • JOURNEY FROM SU VALLEY INTO ENGINEERING

    Paxson Matthews was Su Valley High School co-valedictorian with his sister, Teslin, in 2010. A senior engineering student at Gonzaga University, Paxson has spent the summer as an intern in a program at Colorado State University. His journey takes him from deafness to hearing through his tongue! Read more...

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  • ALASKA CROSS CULTURAL SISTER SCHOOL EXCHANGE

    Palmer HIgh School's Alexis Barfield was selected at one of six top ambassadors. "Congratulations...for being an open-minded, principled, knowledgeable, caring...during the Alaska Cross Cultural Sister School Exchange." Read more...

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  • SCHOOL DISTRICT WINS THE CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE AWARD

    In the 7th year of participating in the Certification of Excellence Award Program, MSBSD is recognized for "its commitment to fiscal integrity." Luke Fulp is Assistant Superintendent of Business & Operations. Read more...

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  • SUPERINTENDENT'S FIRST 100-DAYS AND BEYOND--NEW LEADERSHIP

    "As Superintendent," said Gene Stone, "I will continue to build the kinds of relationships that make for positive school climates, a productive District culture, and an environment in which learning occurs at all levels." Read more about other administration changes, including new principals.

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  • MSBSD SCHOOL SUPPLY GIVEAWAY

    Partnering with United Way, stuff backpacks on August 11 at the Downtown Palmer Pavilion from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. GIVEAWAY scheduled for August 12 beginning at 9 a.m. while supplies last.

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  • FRONTERAS SPANISH IMMERSION CHARTER SCHOOL CUTS RIBBON

    "These are exciting times when we see what we can all do, we all pitch in together and have a vision," Gene Stone told reporter, Caitlin Skvorc. Photo credits:Mat-Su Borough

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  • MSBSD IN NATURE!

    MSBSD Employee, Jason Stanton, and his son, Jared, discovered a real life instance of our MSBSD logo in nature! Check out more...

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  • MSBSD SURPLUS SALE JULY 11-12. OLD IDITAROD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

    Furniture and Equipment Sales on July 11 and 12. Outdated Curricula and Used Library Books July 11-14. View Full Story to download a flyer for all details.

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  • SUMMER ARCHAEOLOGY--DIGGING IN THE DIRT

    19 students from five MSBSD schools participated in this year's Archaeology Field School at the Deadman Lake dig site. Paul Morley, Burchell High School teacher, helped found the Field School in 2005. (Photo credits: P. Morley) Read more...

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  • MSBSD PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION OPEN THROUGH SURVEY

    Eligibility, selection priority, and a registration survey for eligible parents is available. View full story for more information, including links to the enrollment survey and more. Please do not enroll preschool children through the iParent iEnroll process. If your child is selected, a Federal Programs preschool teacher will contact parents directly to initiate the preschool enrollment process.

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  • 2016-2017 REGISTRATION ONLINE OPEN

    Whether you are a parent of a returning student or are new to our District, in one easy access, you may register all students in a family. Step-by-step iEnroll instructions are available. For more help, you may call the MSBSD Call Center at 761-HELP (4357). View full story...

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