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ASD Welcomes Additional Afghan Refugees at the Start of the Semester
Over the Winter Break ASD continued to welcome Afghan refugees into the District and is prepared to provide supports to ensure that new students and their families engage meaningfully in the full array of educational programs and services provided by ASD.
 
ASD anticipates about 100 Afghan refugees will arrive in Anchorage during the 2021-2022 school year, and many of these include families with school-aged children.
 
Christine Garbe, director of the ASD English Language Learners (ELL) Department says ASD is one of the first stops once a refugee family arrives in Anchorage.
 
"We have an obligation to help remove barriers so all students achieve academic success,” said Garbe. "How do you put wraparound services in place for a student who is the only one in a large high school who speaks a certain language?"
Cancelled: 2022 Visit Our Schools Month
The 2022 Visit Your Our Schools month has been cancelled due to the recent spike in COVID-19 spread in the Municipality of Anchorage. Visit Our Schools Month has historically taken place during the month of February. ASD is considering a centralized information fair at the Education Center later this spring. Please stay tuned for more information!
#ASDShineBright Campaign Shares Stories of Hope
As the daylight dwindles and the temperatures drop, ASD will focus on the glow from the good things happening within our schools. Let’s shine a light on the small but bright moments that happen every day. ASD will highlight stories of kindness, students accelerating individually and in group projects, and staff successes using the hashtag #ASDShineBright.
Above: Students in Mr. Dahl’s physical education class at Aurora Elementary enjoy new kick sleds and fat bikes as part of their P.E. curriculum. Both are unique activities that can only be done in specific environments and are not always available on school curriculums. By teaching these sports/skills, it helps students connect to the unique place they live. This sense of place can help military students who move regularly find a feeling of place within their community. It creates a lasting bond between the student, place, activity, and other participants.

The equipment was purchased through a grant and provide the opportunity for challenge-by-choice. More competitive students can have races, and less competitive students may choose to simply participate, and students new to the sport benefit from more 1-on-1 coaching/instruction from the teacher.
ASD Presents 2022 Legislative Updates, Priorities
Anchorage School District Superintendent Deena Bishop presents to a group of Alaska State Legislators during the Legislative Priorities Luncheon at King Tech High School. (Robert DeBerry/ASD)
The pathway to achieving the School Board’s goals includes a number of priorities and will require close collaboration and partnership with the Alaska State Legislature.

Last month The District Administration met with state legislators and Anchorage Assembly members during the Legislative Update Luncheon hosted at King Tech High School. Lunch was provided by King Tech culinary arts students. During the luncheon, administrators presented an overview of District priorities, Board Goals, and Board Guardrails.
A King Tech High student representative greets Representative Matt Claman during the Anchorage School District Legislative Luncheon at King Tech High School in Dec. 2021. (Robert DeBerry/ASD)
Fall Denali Award Winners to be Honored at the Feb. 8 School Board Meeting
Denali
Mark your calendars! The 2021 Fall Denali Award winners will be honored next month, at the Feb. 8 Anchorage School Board meeting.

Denali is an Athabascan word meaning “great one,” and the Anchorage School District is proud to have employees that display greatness in the areas of achievement, service, and dedication. The Denali award is the highest award offered by the District.
 
Twice each year, supervisors submit nominations, and a panel of ASD employees selects a number of co-workers and teams of colleagues that demonstrate outstanding commitment to the District’s mission of educating all students for success in life.
New Video Educates Families on Social Media Safety
A new video by Victims for Justice provides information on social media safety for families. The video was produced through a grant procured by Anchorage Health and Human Services. The video is approximately 10 minutes and serves as a great reminder of how to keep students safe in the ever-growing social media environment.
High School Students: Alaska Works Partnership to Offer Free Carpentry Training During Spring Break
Alaska Works Partnership is a non-profit organization that gives Alaskans access to jobs and careers in the construction industry. 

ASD high school students are invited to apply for a free pre-apprenticeship youth training that takes place during spring break and teaches carpentry skills.

When:
March 7 through 11 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily

Where:
161 Klevin St. Suite 203
Anchorage, AK 99508

Requirements
  • Apply online at alaskaworks.org under the Youth Tab or scan for the QR code above
  • Must be 16 or older and enrolled in an ASD high school program. (graduating seniors are eligible)
  • Must provide your own transportation and be able to attend each day of training in order to be considered for selection

Contact Hannah for more information at (907) 569-4728 or email: hannah@alaskaworks.org
Anchorage School Board Leadership Series: Upcoming Dates
Take the Superintendent Search Survey Now!
The Anchorage School Board encourages anyone interested in learning about roles and responsibilities of board members, governance, and the District, to participate in leadership academies that are held periodically throughout the year. 

Upcoming Sessions

Jan.13 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Role of the School Board
  • Board standards
  • Governance vs. Management
  • Board Policy
  • Board/Superintendent relationship
 
Jan. 27 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Parliamentary procedure
  • Meeting conduct
The Anchorage School Board is starting the search process for a new superintendent and wants to hear from you! What qualities do you desire in the new superintendent?

All members of the Anchorage community are encouraged to complete this short survey to provide input to the School Board.
ASD is Hiring!
ASD is Hiring! ASD has immediate full and part-time openings for: cafeteria workers, bus drivers, and substitute teachers. Apply today and make a difference for kids across our community.
ASD is an equal opportunity employer.
5530 E Northern Lights Blvd.
Anchorage, AK 99504
907-742-4000