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Adornment of Cultural Regalia During Graduation: What Cultural Identity Means to ASD Students and Alumni
The Anchorage School District is home to some of the most diverse schools in the U.S. at all levels. One way ASD students may honor their heritage is through the adornment of cultural regalia during graduation ceremonies.

“Wearing my Yup’ik headdress was really important for me because to me my headdress represents strength,” said Nyché Andrew, a Service High School class of 2021 alumni who is Yup'ik and Inupiaq.

ASD Administrative Regulation (AR) 5127 was written with consultation from the Native Advisory Committee, the Student Advisory Board, ASD Secondary leadership and high school principals, Native leadership clubs, the Multicultural Education Concerns Advisory Committee, and Alaska Native cultural experts. The AR provides guidance for students and families to honor their heritage through the adornment of cultural regalia during their graduation ceremony.

During 2022 ASD graduation ceremonies, cultural ambassadors will be available to assist students and bridge the gap if there is a question about the significance of student regalia.

For a successful and inclusive commencement, respectful observance of Board Policies and Administration Regulations pertaining to cultural regalia are a shared responsibility of schools, families, leaders, and cultural ambassadors.
Source: 'West Anchorage Teacher Recognized with Milken Educator Award', Alaska's News Source KTUU/KYES, April 6, 2022, evening news broadcast
Chugiak High World Languages Dept. Chair named PNCFL Teacher of the Year; Finalist for National Recognition
Kristi Senden, German teacher and World Languages Department Chair at Chugiak High School, was recently named Teacher of the Year for the Pacific Northwest Council for Languages (PNCFL).

PNCFL represents Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming, and is one of five regional affiliates of ACTFL, the national organization. Senden is one of five national finalists and will represent Alaska and PNCFL on the national stage in Boston in November 2022 during the ACTFL Convention.

Please join the District in congratulating Frau Senden!
Discover Summer: June Learning Offers Opportunities to Expand and Improve
Apply Now for the ASD Gifted Mentorship Program
ASD has a variety of in-person and virtual summer learning options designed for Pre-K through 12th grade students. Offerings are open for high school students to meet graduation requirements or invite-only for elementary and middle school students needing additional time to build reading and math skills.  

Participating programs also include Special Education, English Language Learners, Title VI, Migrant Education, and Career & Technical Education, etc.   

All programs are free for participating students.  

To learn more about each program and who qualifies, please visit the ASD summer learning webpage at
The Gifted Mentorship Program places high school juniors and seniors who apply and qualify with a mentor in their field of interest.

The deadline to apply for early acceptance is Friday, April 29 at 3 p.m. The final deadline to apply for the 2022-23 school year is Friday, Sept. 19 at 3 p.m. as space is available.

Students must complete the application themselves.
April is Month of the Military Child
April is Month of the Military Child! Check out Military OneSource for all the latest resources, live events and more to purple up support for MilKids everywhere.
ASD Secondary Students Complete 50-Hour Leadership Institute
A total of 12 ASD high school students participated in and graduated from the Alaska Points of Light Youth Leadership Institute that took place at the Salvation Army Anchorage Corps Community Center during spring break.
The dynamic 50-hour community leadership training for youth developed by the Center for Creative Leadership, included five days of skill development and instruction in self and community assessment, diversity, goal setting, team building, project planning, and decision making, plus hands on field exercises.
Congratulations to the following ASD students who completed the Institute:
  • Viktoriia Antonchuk, Bettye Davis East Anchorage High School    
  • Ronald Bares, Alaska Middle College School
  • Charlotte Cruickshank, Dimond High School   
  • Yerlyn Dominguez, West Anchorage High School  
  • Kassandra Eunice Doroteo, Dimond High School     
  • Caleb Infanzon, West Anchorage High School  
  • Niki Moua, Bartlett High School 
  • Cindy Sanchez, West Anchorage High School 
  • Migelangel Sanchez, West Anchorage High School   
  • Ibeth Torres, South Anchorage High School  
  • Ireneline Uhrle, Bartlett High School 
  • Mahalia Emberlynn Uhrle, Bartlett High School 
ACT Students Create Community Connections through Volunteer Opportunities
Students and staff with the ASD Adult Community Transition (ACT) program volunteered at Food Bank of Alaska March 30. The team labeled and packaged 840 cans of salmon.

Community-based instruction is a critical component of the ACT program. The students are introduced to a variety of activities where they have the opportunity to create community connections. The foundational life skills they learn during these experiences help promote a successful and fulfilling life after leaving the program.

“It’s important for students to see the food, learn where it comes from, and where it goes,” said Joyce Matthews, teacher assistant with the ACT program. “It’s also important because we are teaching them to give back to the community.”
School Business Partnerships Support School, Student, Business Development
Anchorage School Business Partnerships (SBP) provide connections, tools, and resources for meaningful partnerships between schools and local business organizations. 
The month of April began with two large career expos, the Eagle Expo at West High School and the Hiring Fair at King Tech. Both expos welcomed organizations to share career opportunities, post-secondary options, or summer job experiences with students.
SBP activities are designed to fit the needs of the school community and supporting businesses. SBP wants to hear about your partnership events and stories! Please share through social media or send a note to
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