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Community Members Celebrate the Renaming of the Dr. Etheldra Davis Fairview Elementary
Approximately 400 individuals from the Anchorage School District, the Fairview Elementary School community, and the family of the late Dr. Etheldra Davis gathered Wednesday, May 11, for a celebration of the school’s name change to Dr. Etheldra Davis Fairview Elementary School. 
 
The date of the event fell on the birthday of Dr. Davis, who was hired as the first Black teacher by the Anchorage School District in 1958. 
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 identify as Asian or Pacific Islander, 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.
 
ASD Celebrates Teacher Appreciation Week
Teacher Appreciation Week took place May 2 through 6, and was a time to thank teachers for the amazing work they do every day. Follow ASD on Facebook for more teacher appreciation posts. Tell us what teachers you appreciate and why! Tag ASD and use the hashtag #TeacherAppreciation.
"Heidi Postishek (far right) has served the students of Polaris K-12 for 24 years. Her unique ability to engage students in rigorous learning opportunities has led to success for her students in and out of the classroom environment. Heidi goes out of her way to ensure that the students of Polaris have a voice in school-based decision making. She empowers them to express their ideas and play an active role in leadership opportunities."

-Carol Bartholomew, Polaris K-12 Principal

2022 Most Outstanding Fine Arts Senior and Exemplary Artist Celebrated; Reveal Portrait
The 2022 Dr. Bruce Wood Outstanding Fine Arts Senior and Exemplary Artist were honored in the ASD Education Center before the start of the May 3 Anchorage School Board Meeting.
 
The two students were recognized during the ceremony for their high work ethic and talent in the arts.

The 2022 the Dr. Bruce Wood Most Outstanding Fine Arts Senior is Krissia Tuzroyluk. The 2022 Exemplary Artist is Joy Kim, chosen because of her exceptional skills to complete the portrait of Krissia.
Discover Summer: June Learning Offers Opportunities to Expand and Improve
1:1 Chromebook Initiative- What you Need to Know for Summer Checkout and Care
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 www.asdk12.org/summerlearning
As part of the District’s 1:1 Chromebook initiative, students who are returning to ASD (Fall 2022) and have devices checked out are to keep their device and power cord over the summer and bring them to school at the start of next school year.

This allows students to continue to have access to learning over the summer months and builds a culture of student responsibility for device care.
 
All students grades 6 through 11 that are expected to return to ASD next year should have a device checked out to them. 
 
This year’s graduating seniors are to return their device after they finish course work.

Any student that needs their Chromebook repaired or replaced should contact their school.
 
Taking Care of Your Chromebook
Students are responsible for the general care of the Chromebook they were issued. Students must notify their teacher of Chromebooks that are broken or fail to work properly.
Dimond Sophomore Uses 3-D Printing to Improve SWAT Team Explosive Breaching
When Dimond High School sophomore Cavan enrolled in Catherine Walker’s Engineer Essentials class, he was tasked with creating something using a 3-D printer. Cavan said 3-D printing grew on him, and he continued to return to the Science/Career and Technical Education classroom in-between classes, during lunch, and after school to work with the 3-D printers.

When Dimond School Resource Officer John Butler learned of Cavan’s interest, they collaborated on ideas for real world application projects.

“I asked Officer Butler if there was anything he'd ever wanted 3-D printed and he came back to me a day or two later with this little device called a QCC quick-clip connector used for breaching,” said Cavan. “He asked me if I could model this, and about seven hours later I had my first CAD (computer aided design) model.”
New Retail Store Outfits Students Preparing to Enter the Workforce
On Thursday, April 21, The King Tech Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Program held its grand opening ribbon cutting celebration for its new retail store, Pro Fit, which will serve as a professional clothing retail and consultation boutique for students entering the work force. 

The new retail store was derived from the efforts of King Tech Entrepreneurship and Enterprise students and instructor Stacy Miller.

Miller said she challenged students to create a business to fit a need. Every Wednesday is professional dress day at King Tech, and Miller noticed a lot of female students borrowed clothes from their mother’s closet. The clothes were often not their style and the fit was off. When she pointed out this need to her students, Pro Fit was born.

“Women’s’ clothing is complicated, and the sizing is different when you branch into more mature clothing,” said Miller.
ASD Art Teacher Leads Project to Honor Healthcare Workers
More than 75 ASD student artists participated in the second annual Portraits of Those Who Serve project, meant to honor the sacrifices of local healthcare workers who have risked their own health in an effort to keep the community safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The project is the brainchild of Eagle River High School Art Teacher and Fine Arts Department Chair Jacob Bera.

“This project is real life; it’s our community,” said Bera. “Technically, we are teaching kids how to draw and color, but as they are making these, they are thinking about their communities. To me, that’s more valuable than the art itself,” he said.
Spring 2022 Denali Award Winners to be Honored During May 17 Board Meeting
Register Returning ASD Students Online!
Returning students can be registered through Q/ParentConnection for the 2022-23 school from April 25-January 16th, 2023
Who is a returning student? 

  • Currently enrolled students who intend to return next year 
  • Students changing divisions - Elementary to Middle, Middle to High 
  • Students who have moved from one ASD zone to another ASD zone (you will need to provide proof of residency to your new school) 
  • Incoming Kindergarteners who attended an Anchorage School District preschool program

* The Online Registration System works best in Chrome/Firefox/Safari browsers.
May is Mental Health Awareness Month: Resources from Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
photo courtesy of Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
The Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) invites community members to join them throughout the month of May for Mental Health Awareness Month with weekly activities aimed to enhance overall wellness.

From ANTHC: Mental health plays a big role in overall well-being. As we go through life we have both good and bad experiences. By balancing our experiences with the basics of mental health, we can incorporate positive habits as a way to support our own mental wellness and lead a healthy life.
Deaths Due to Fentanyl on the Rise, DHSS Shares Tools to Help Families Reduce Youth Overdose
Governor Mike Dunleavy, with the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services (DHSS), is alerting Alaska residents, families, and schools about the threat of overdose due to counterfeit pills containing fentanyl.

A very small amount of fentanyl can cause someone to overdose and die. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine. It is frequently added into other substances such as heroin, methamphetamine, and cocaine.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), nationally, 40% of all counterfeit pills in circulation contain fatal amounts of fentanyl. Alaska has seen a 71% increase in overdose deaths based on preliminary 2021 data, with 75% of all of the opioid overdose deaths involving fentanyl.

How can families and schools work together to reduce youth overdose risk?
Even one pill can be dangerous and fatal. Download the flyer below for information on how to speak with your family on the seriousness of taking pills not directly provided through your doctor or pharmacist.
Who's Your Hero?
Alaska Communications seeks nominations for its annual Summer of Heroes scholarship program with Boys & Girls Clubs - Alaska. People can nominate Alaska youth, ages 6-18, who are making a difference in their communities. Up to five youth heroes will be awarded $1,500 scholarships and earn special recognition in their local community. This community program aims to promote awareness and support for youth development programs throughout the state.

Nominate your hero online AlaskaCommunications.com/SummerofHeroes or at a Boys & Girls Clubs – Alaska clubhouse. Nominations are due June 17.
Boys & Girls Clubs Summer Sports Registration Now Open
Boys & Girls Clubs Summer Sports aims to provide physical, mental, emotional, and social safety through its programs, which include: 

  • Soccer, ages 3-14
  • Flag Football, ages 5-14
  • Cheerleading, ages 8-14

The season runs June 6 - July 29. All practices and games take place Monday - Thursday.

Register for summer sports here.

Volunteer coaches can earn a FREE player registration fee. For more information call (907)249-5449.
ASD Camper Host Program Now Accepting Applications
Are you traveling with your RV to the Anchorage area this summer? The Anchorage School District Camper Host Program is currently accepting applications for the summer 2022 season. ASD is seeking RV travelers to park and provide a presence at school facilities.

Parties interested in participating in the Camper Host Program should submit an application by July 31. Please use the form to submit your contact information, desired school sites, and length of stay.
Above: Students at the Prom Pep rally at Bettye Davis East Anchorage High School marked their faces and bodies with the red handprint, which is the international symbol for spreading awareness of violence against and abduction of Indigenous women.  
Above: Students in the Chugiak High School Indigenous Club created posters to raise awareness to the epidemic of violence against Native women.  
Above: Romig Middle School students gathered in the Dena’ina Indian Education Classroom before school and during lunch to craft red dress pins with the support of Title XI Community Counselor Cyndi Reeves. The red dress represents Native women who have gone missing or have been murdered. 
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