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ASD Recognizes Asian American and Native Hawaiian / Pacific Islander Heritage Month
The Anchorage School District recognizes and celebrates May as Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

As a District where 17% of students and 10% of staff identify as Asian American Pacific, ASD welcomes and celebrates the backgrounds and cultures of our AANHPI community. A diverse student population provides students the ability to interact with peers from many different backgrounds, expanding their knowledge of other cultures and preparing for life in a global society.

In response to recent unjust acts of violence across our country, the Anchorage School Board recently issued a statement in response to Anti-Asian/Pacific Islander violence and acts of hate, stating "As educators, we must foster learning environments and opportunities that respect and value the contributions of others no matter their ethnic or cultural origin. We must also provide safe and inclusive environments where our students can thrive."

Please visit the Anchorage School Board website for more information and to read the statement in full.
Trailside Elementary School Principal Named AAESP's National Distinguished Principal for 2021
Congratulations to Trailside Elementary School, Principal Heather Jones, for being named the Alaska Association of Elementary School Principals National Distinguished Principal for 2021. 

Jones was nominated and selected by her fellow principals through a statewide search process conducted by the Alaska Association of Elementary School Principals.

The 2021 National Distinguished Principal Celebration marks the 37th year that the National Association of Elementary School Principals has presented this prestigious award.
 
Jones graduated from Western Montana University with a Bachelor’s Degree, she then added a Master’s Degree in Teaching in 2003 and a Master’s Degree in Administration in 2006 from Grand Canyon University. Heather began her administrative career as a principal at Eagle’s View Elementary in Unalaska in 2007 and went on to be a principal in Montana from 2010-2012, followed by principalships in Anchorage at Ocean View Elementary and Chinook Elementary from 2012-2019. She is currently completing her second-year as the principal at Trailside Elementary School.

Jones will travel to Washington D.C. in October 2021 for two days of activities to honor the elementary administrators selected by their respective states.
Clark Middle School Student to Participate in Junior National Young Leaders Conference in D.C.
This summer, Clark Middle School student Zealous Leatigaga will join outstanding middle school students from across the nation to take part in a unique academic and career-oriented development experience, Junior National Young Leaders Conference in Washington, D.C.

Junior National Young Leaders Conference (Jr NYLC) is one of the Envision by WorldStrides family of programs that enable students to explore their interests and experience learning beyond the classroom.
Zealous is originally from American Samoa and now lives in Anchorage. Zealous was nominated by her sixth grade teacher, Tanya Nault. Zealous participates in student counsel and was a former school president at Mountain View Elementary School.
Congrats, Zealous!
May 2021 Photo of the Month
Lucca Duke, a twelfth-grade student at Stellar Secondary School, poses next to the Iditarod mural she painted in the hallway at Rogers Park Elementary School. The mural will be used as an educational tool for students. Classrooms will be invited to adopt a musher for the Iditarod and place class names on a card with the mushers. Each day the cards will be moved along the trail to track their progress. 
 
Duke completed the mural for credit as a “passage course” in which students at Stellar can pursue a topic of their interest to receive credit. Duke began the mural in the spring of 2020 before being interrupted by COVID. She completed her work in April this year.

Duke said her painting was inspired by Kristen Bacon who is a musher in the Iditarod and the sister of a former Rogers Park employee.

Have a photo you'd like to share with the ASD Community? Email news@asdk12.org for your chance to be featured.
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.
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Anchorage, AK 99504
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