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 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

  • 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

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
Treasurer/Parent Liaison Caroline Storm coordinates volunteers and transportation including carpooling. Contact Caroline at

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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