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ASD Transportation update: more routes added, more ways to communicate with ASD
On Monday, October 3rd, ASD switched to cohort three. Drivers should expect heavier traffic around Begich, Wendler, Goldenview, Romig, and Hanshew middle schools, along with Bartlett, Service, East, West, and South high schools. If possible, community members at large should avoid these areas during drop-off and pick-up times (7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.). See the map below with all locations.

Thank you to our community members who have heard the call and applied to drive a bus with ASD. Our drivers are excited and eager to begin their new routes. Because of our strong pool of new hires, the Transportation Department is adding more and more drivers and more routes each week. As of today, we have increased to 181 active routes. We are almost halfway there! To read more about our hiring and training stats on our FAQ page.

New this month, ASD has added a suggestion box to the Transportation Hot Topics page. This is a space to provide feedback on your experience with the cohort and suggested changes. Several suggestions have already been implemented thanks to this new form of communication.

The District will continue the hiring process, and will continue to look for intermediate and long term efficiencies.

Thank you to our community members who have volunteered to support their community schools as crossing guards and bus assistants. Your contributions are meaningful and make a BIG impact on students and staff.
Meet one of our volunteers!
Aaron Passcar, an ASD crossing guard volunteer of 15 years, was featured on Alaska's News Source Morning Edition in a segment called "The Early Crew." (video screenshot courtesy of Mike Nederbrock /Alaska's News Source)
Shine Bright: King Tech Farm and Food class plants orchard
The King Tech High School Farm and Food class is planting an orchard and building an eight foot tall moose fence on the school’s campus. The project is a collaboration of three different farm and food classes, two carpentry classes, and donors in the community.

The farm and food class, taught by KTHS Teacher Kelly Ballantyne, is focused on helping students understand the food system and how they can build and improve this system.

“This has been a great opportunity for students to be involved in a hands on project,” said Ballantyne.
The program was awarded a $10,000 grant by the Division of Forestry in support of the food forest. The Spring 2022 class created the design and helped with applying for the grant. Materials, such as the wood chips spread on top of weed cloth to prevent weeds from sprouting, were donated by multiple local organizations.
Thank you to our Anchorage community for your support and thank you KTHS and Mr. Ballantyne for encouraging students to learn about and participate in the agriculture business. Your efforts will benefit generations to come.
Shine Bright: Meteorologist teaches students the science of weather
Alaska's News Source's Mobile Weather Lab visits schools to teach students meteorology from local weather reporters. Recent visits have included Rilke Shule, Alaska Native Cultural Charter School, and Northern Lights ABC.
ASD celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month
Pictured above, students in Grecia Barajas Duran's Spanish Classroom in Dimond High School observe Hispanic Heritage Month. Grecia is a Dimond alumnus, a new teacher at Dimond this year for upper division Spanish courses, and demonstrates the best practices of teaching and learning in her classroom.
ASD Celebrates Indigenous Peoples' Day, Oct. 10
Indigenous Peoples' Day 2022
In June of 2017, Governor Walker signed a law that replaced the observance of Columbus Day with the official observance, Indigenous People’s Day. The signing of this law made Alaska the second state in the U.S. to acknowledge and celebrate the Indigenous People of this Country in this way. Indigenous Peoples’ Day is a holiday that recognizes American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians. It celebrates their rich culture and traditions, acknowledges their history, and recognizes their right to self-government.
 
Indigenous Peoples' Day Celebration
Monday, October 10th is Indigenous Peoples' Day. Title VI Indigenous Education has partnered with Alaska Native Cultural Charter School to bring you an Indigenous People's Day Celebration. Please join us Saturday, October 8th at Bettye Davis East Anchorage H.S. from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm. We will make akutaq, beaded suncatchers, tie dye orange shirts, and more! There will be a potluck-style lunch, bring a dish to share! (Pizza will be provided too.) For more information, please contact Title VI, Cultural Enrichment Specialist, Cheryl Sherman by email at sherman_cheryl@asdk12.org or by phone at 742-7867.
October is Bully prevention month
October in National Bullying Prevention Month.

Bullying can threaten students’ physical and emotional safety at school and can negatively impact their ability to learn. The best way to address bullying is to stop it before it starts.

ASD is dedicated to providing a safe and civil learning environment. Harassment, intimidation and bullying disrupt a student's ability to learn and a school's ability to educate. Students and staff are expected to demonstrate positive character traits and values. Conduct and speech must be civil and respectful in order to promote harmonious and courteous relations in the school environment.
Join our library committee
The Anchorage School District is looking for support from members of the community who would like to be on the ASD District Controversial Review Committee.
 
The deadline to apply is Monday, October 31.

The committee includes District employees, ASD students, and community members. Senior Director of Teaching & Learning Dr. Dianna Beltran and Library Services Supervisor Lisa Sam co-facilitate the committee. 
BeSmart offers gun safety information for families
The school board voted to have the District partner with the BeSmart to offer families resources to help keep children safe by storing guns locked, unloaded and separately from ammunition, and ensuring that kids never have access to unsecured guns.
Ways to support ASD students through grants and donations
The Development and Grants office at ASD supports our students, staff, and communities in their pursuit of educational excellence and success in life by providing both staff and community members with opportunities to support our students through grants and donations.

There are many opportunities to get involved with our district and we are so happy you are here to help! You can check out our “How Can I Help?” page for specific opportunities to support our schools. ASD Employees, Parents, Community Members, and Partners interested in learning more about grant writing can complete our Training Interest Survey to let us know you are interested and someone from our office will reach out to you directly to schedule a training! We look forward to meeting you soon!
Photo of the Month: Chinook Crossing Guards
As the mornings grow darker, Chinook Elementary School crossing guards are up to the task of getting students to school safely and with a smile. Thank you to the Chinook team for shining bright! #ASDShineBright
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Anchorage, AK 99504
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