News, updates and posts from Anchorage STrEaM Academy
Friday, December 15, 2017
Rapids Report 12-15-17
News from Anchorage STrEaM Academy
DECEMBER 15, 2017
Dear STrEaM friends and
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
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.
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!
12/15 Student Showcase
12/20 Wednesday: Holiday
Craft Rotations, Holiday Celebrations in Advisory!
12/21 Last day, Sled
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Caroline Storm, parent/APC
member, coordinates volunteers and transportation including carpooling.
You can contact Caroline at email@example.com
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!