Welcome back and Happy New Year! It seems amazing to think that we have said goodbye to 2017 and hello to 2018!
The months of January and February are very busy months. First, in this newsletter you will read about Visit Our Schools Month.
2018 Visit Our Schools Month - Come Visit Our School This February!
Community members, parents, and prospective parents are invited to visit any ASD school during the month of February to learn more about our community's public schools. While schools welcome members of the public year-round, this coordinated effort provides parents and community members an opportunity to learn more about the many educational opportunities available.
The safety of our students will always remain our top priority. All people on tours will be checked in through normal procedures that visitors follow. Principals or their designee will lead the tours and tour groups will never be left unsupervised. Students will continue classroom activities and the tours will not interfere with student learning.
Learn more about Visit Our Schools Month at www.asdk12.org/visit.
Also, during the month of February, are parent / teacher conferences, which will take place on Wednesday, February 21st and Thursday, February 22nd. Please note that these two days are half-days for our students and classes will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. Some teachers are organizing conferences in a different format. Your child’s teacher will communicate with you if this is the case. Also, remember there is not school for students Friday, February 23rd. Your student will need to follow their regular go home procedure.
Whether your child has had a great year, or one that’s not so wonderful, Parent / Teacher conference can help you learn some important things both academically and social / Emotionally.
- Here are some questions you can ask your child before your meeting:
- What would he/she like to you to ask the teacher?
- What does he/she like best about school?
- Are there any subjects at school that he/she is having trouble with?
- If he/she could change anything about school what would it be?
- Here are some questions you should ask during your meeting:
- Has my child made the progress you expected this year?
- Are there things that seem to keep my child from making progress in school? What can I do to help my child overcome these problems?
- How does my child learn best?
- What are my child’s strengths? Weaknesses? How can we work together to build on strengths … and overcome weakness?
- What can I do over the summer to help my child get ready for next year?
Our PTA is wonderful! They do so much for our students. They have some wonderful activities planned and could always use your help and support. Check the calendar for our next meeting. Come and see how you might become more active; we would love to see you there.
School Climate and Connectedness Survey
Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB)
2018 School Climate and Connectedness Survey ©
The Anchorage School District is partnering with the Association of Alaska School Boards to conduct the School Climate and Connectedness Survey ©, a statewide survey that measures how students and staff view their school climate, and how connected students feel to adults and peers. These are all factors directly linked to improved academic achievement and reduced risk behaviors.
This survey will be administered to students in grades 3-12 at participating schools and to school staff during the week(s) of January 29 – February 9, 2018.
The survey measures student perceptions of: school safety, expectations for learning, student involvement, caring adults, respectful climate, how peers treat each other, connections between school and the community, and observations of other students’ risk behaviors at school and school events.
The survey is voluntary, anonymous, confidential, and does not ask questions about students’ families. The survey and information describing its purpose and benefits to the district are available at the school office, at the Assessment Department (Education Center) and on our website if you wish to review them. If you do not want your child to take the survey, please notify the school office in writing.
Results of this survey will help students, parents, staff, and the community to better understand the interactions and relationships among students, teachers, and staff that constitute each school’s social and academic climate, and to identify ways we can improve our schools to be more supportive, caring, and productive places for all students.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
Performance Evaluation for Alaska's Schools is coming in grades 3 through 6. Please see the schedule for Alpenglow below. This schedule is subject to change. However, please plan on having your student here for the days they are scheduled to test. Thank you.