Friday, January 12, 2018

Rapids Report for January 12th, 2018

The Rapids Report for January 12th, 2018

Dear STrEaM friends and families,

Welcome back students, staff and families! We began a new semester and a new year this week. Our primary goal areas are still: school culture, planning, and communication.

School Culture: Our message to students is Start Strong! With new classes and a new year, it is a great opportunity to get a fresh beginning.We had an awards assembly this week recognizing our honor roll students and kicking off science fair projects. Students shared positives about our school, and what stood out was how much less bullying they experience here.

Planning: We plan ahead at ASA: teachers, principal and students. All students have new daily planners to record assignments, assessments and important events.
Important upcoming events include Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday on Monday January 15th, and to honor his leadership and influence we do not have school. Our Russian Jack skiing TREK is January 23rd (permission slips due 1/18), and the Geography Bee is January 24th.  

Communication:   Communicating positively, regularly and professionally is one of our top priorities.  We will continue sharing a weekly “This Week @ STrEaM” update and the Rapids Report newsletter every other week. Staff will be sending out syllabi and information pertinent to new courses.
We’ve added a new option for school lunches! Wooden Spoon is a company that delivers a healthy hot lunch daily. Go to https://woodenspoonsalaska.schoollunchchoice.com/ to sign up.

Focus on Safety:  Remember we follow the ALICE protocol: Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. In the coming months we will review procedures with students and practice what to do in the event of a dangerous situation. Contact the principal or Mrs. Staker, our safety coordinator, with any questions or concerns.

Finally, please remember that part of our mission is to go outdoors and provide experiential education. Our goal is to go outside every day- rain, snow, sleet or hail. Please make sure students have proper clothing for inclement weather and please write their names inside jackets.

~Mr. Mokelke
(907) 742-9000 school  (907) 360-1059 cell  mokelke_adam@asdk12.org




REMINDERS:
  • Order lunch online with Wooden Spoon!
  • No School Monday 1/15/18
  • The lottery is open!! New students apply now
  • 1/23 Russian Jack Park Skiing TREK (Permission slips due 1/18)
  • 1/24 Geography Bee
  • February: School tours, School Climate and Connectedness Survey

FEBRUARY IS SCHOOL TOURS MONTH
We are excited for school tours in February and will be conducting them at 9:30 AM each Tuesday starting 2/6. We also do individual tours any time by appointment.

IMPORTANT CHANGE: ASD designates Tuesday, February 27th at 6 PM as district-wide school tour night. This presents a schedule conflict for us: WBU will be in session with evening classes.
We cannot do an evening school tour on February 27th.

We are working with WBU facilities and reviewing the calendar to identify an alternate date for the evening school tour.

Thanks for your understanding. Please do help spread the word that STrEaM will NOT be doing a school tour at 6 PM on 2/27.

Academic Policy Committee (APC)
The APC (STrEaM’s board) meets the second Monday of each month.
The next meeting is Monday, February 12th at 6:15 PM.
Parents and community are always welcome!
Chairperson Whitney D’Atri can be reached via email at datri_whitney@asdk12.org
Treasurer/Parent Liaison Caroline Storm coordinates volunteers and transportation including carpooling. Contact Caroline at caroline.f.storm@gmail.com

COMMUNICATION:
The lottery opened for the 18-19 school year on January 1st, 2018.
STrEaM is expanding! We plan to add two more classrooms and increase enrollment to 150 students!
Returning students do NOT have to apply.


Association of Alaska School Boards (AASB)
2018 School Climate and Connectedness Survey ©

Dear Parent or Guardian:

The Anchorage School District is partnering with the Association of Alaska School Boards to conduct the School Climate and Connectedness Survey ©, a statewide survey that measures how students and staff view their school climate, and how connected students feel to adults and peers. These are all factors directly linked to improved academic achievement and reduced risk behaviors.
This survey will be administered to students in grades 3-12 at participating schools and to school staff during the week(s) of January 29 – February 9, 2018.
The survey measures student perceptions of: school safety, expectations for learning, student involvement, caring adults, respectful climate, how peers treat each other, connections between school and the community, and observations of other students’ risk behaviors at school and school events.
The survey is voluntary, anonymous, confidential, and does not ask questions about students’ families. The survey and information describing its purpose and benefits to the district are available at the school office, at the Assessment Department (Education Center) and on our website if you wish to review them. If you do not want your child to take the survey, please notify the school office in writing.
Results of this survey will help students, parents, staff, and the community to better understand the interactions and relationships among students, teachers, and staff that constitute each school’s social and academic climate, and to identify ways we can improve our schools to be more supportive, caring, and productive places for all students.
Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!

Adam Mokelke, Principal

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Friday, December 15, 2017

Rapids Report 12-15-17

The RAPIDS Report

News from Anchorage STrEaM Academy
DECEMBER 15, 2017

Dear STrEaM friends and families,

We are busy wrapping up the first semester, with our big Student Showcase event tonight (12/15) from 4 to 6 PM. Next Thursday 12/21 is the last day of school for this semester, and we will be doing a sled building engineering challenge and holiday celebrations in advisory.

School Culture:  Our message this week has been Finish Strong! We are working hard to maintain structure, expectations and academic engagement up to the last day of school.
We focus on restorative practices over punitive consequences at ASA. This promotes reflection, mindfulness, empathy and other social-emotional skills, and focuses on healing and understanding rather than punishing.We strongly believe this approach builds positive school culture, is empowering and effective.

Planning: We return to school Monday January 8th, and our monthly APC meeting will be that evening. Other important items for January include Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday (no school) Monday January 15th, the school lottery, Geography Bee January 24th.

Communication: Grades will be complete and submitted by 4 PM on Friday, December 22nd.
Beginning January 8th, parents will be able to order a hot lunch online from “Wooden Spoon.” Meals will be delivered to the school each day before lunch.  Learn more at https://woodenspoonsalaska.schoollunchchoice.com/

After school pickup: We are obligated to supervise students until they are picked up. Students must be picked up by 3:30. After 3:45, any students still at school will wait in the principal’s office and parents will need to come in and sign them out in person.

Focus on Safety: Wednesday we completed our latest evacuation drill. Expanding on the traditional fire drill, we blocked two exits with a simulated fire and simulated dangerous intruder (me!). Students took the nearest safe exit to our primary rally point (east parking lot). The ALICE framework empowers staff and students to include common sense thinking, like avoiding dangerous areas and finding safe egress. Mrs. Staker is our staff ALICE trainer and safety coordinator: please help me thank her for coordinating our drills and emergency plans.

Enjoy the break and the holidays. I hope we can all find time to get outdoors!




REMINDERS:
  • 12/15 Student Showcase 4:00-6:00
  • 12/20 Wednesday: Holiday Craft Rotations, Holiday Celebrations in Advisory!
  • 12/21 Last day, Sled Building Challenge
  • January 1st: Lottery Opens!
  • 1/8  Back to School, APC Meeting at 6:15 PM
  • 1/15 No School
  • 1/24 Geography Bee


Academic Policy Committee (APC)

The APC (STrEaM’s board) meets the second Monday of each month. The next meeting is January 8th, at 6:15 PM in room 205 at Wayland Baptist. Parents and community are always welcome!
Chair Whitney D’Atri can be reached at datri_whitney@asdk12.org

Caroline Storm, parent/APC member,  coordinates volunteers and transportation including carpooling. You can contact Caroline at caroline.f.storm@gmail.com
COMMUNICATION:
The lottery opens for the 18-19 school year on January 1st, 2018.
STrEaM is expanding! We plan to add two more classrooms and increase enrollment to 150 students!
Returning students do NOT have to apply. New students: http://www.asdk12.org/welcome/lottery/


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