Mt. Edgecumbe High School
April 5, 2012
7:00pm AKST (Alaska Standard Time)
Roll call was taken and recorded by the name
of the enrolled child(ren.)
Blossom Twitchell (Home/School Coordinator)
gave a reminder that a final roll call would be given at the end of the
teleconference to make sure all names were recorded.
It was requested that all participants in the
teleconference to place their phone on mute, so that background interference
would be at a minimum.
People in Attendance in Sitka, Alaska
Randy Hawk, MEHS Superintendent
Bernie Gurule, MEHS Academic Principal
Andrew Friske, MEHS Residential
Bill Winslow, Health & Wellness/Small Business/ENT
Tracy Dupee, MEHS Dorm Counselor
Kari Lundgren, PA C MEHS Clinic
Blossom Twitchell, MEHS Home/School
Updates, Progress and Events at
A. Kari Lundgren,
MEHS Clinic PA C
1. Sport physical’s need to be scheduled by
parents before their child goes home!
Sport physical’s done by health aides do not count.
2. Immunization letters, please have your clinic
fax them to our secure fax number: (907) 623-0978
3. The HPV vaccination is now recommended for
boys now, if you would like your son to receive this vaccination, please
contact us at the clinic.
questions were asked at this time.
Information for any questions or additional concerns.
a. Kari Lundgren, telephone: 1 (907) 966-3227
b. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
c. MEHS Clinic, telephone: 1 (907) 966-3264
B. Andrew Friske,
MEHS Residential Principal/Athletic Director
1. Prom starts at 7:30pm. Over the past four years Alaska Airlines has
been volunteering hairstylists, tailors and make-up artists to help with our
prom. Thirty or so volunteer’s fly up
from across the country. This year a
documentary is being made for a local show, you will probably be asked to sign
a permission slip by your child so they can be on the show. You can fax the signed permission slip to the
MEHS Dorm Office, (907) 966-2642.
2. The prom will be webcasted on our webpage: www.mehs.us
3. We will be sending fourteen NYO (Native Youth
Olympics,) athletes up to Anchorage; we will also hold our Athletic Banquet on
the seventeenth of this month. Some more
upcoming activities include: Our
biathlon, our Easter egg hunt- which we will be hiding over 900 eggs!
4. DDF students just competed at state: Daniel
Fry, Joseph Marks, Douglas McClenahan, and Anneliese Moll.
5. The Lady Braves took 3rd at the
Regional’s in Ketchakan, our cheerleaders and our Brave’s basketball team both
earned berth’s to compete at State.
a. Does MEHS have NYO? Yes
this year we have about thirty to forty students participating, fourteen will
be going to State, and tryouts will start this Sunday.
b. Can you e-mail prom info?
Our prom will be webcasted on our
webpage: www.mehs.us and you can find all of the instruction on the webpage.
c. Will there be a DVD of prom? That
is not a bad idea. This year the t.v.
show will record the prom and copies of that will be available.
7. Contact Information for any questions or
a. Andrew Friske, telephone: 1(907) 966-3228
b. e-mail: email@example.com
C. Tracy Dupee, MEHS
counseling support is available during the school day as well as every evening
in the dorms until about 11:30pm, in addition to the help and support available
through MEHS, we also make referrals to providers in the community for drug and
alcohol counseling and mental health counseling.
2. If you have any concerns about your child,
please feel free to call the school and ask for a member of the counseling team
or you can find our direct numbers and e-mail addresses on the website.
questions were asked at this time.
Information for any questions or additional concerns.
a. Tracy Dupee, telephone: 1 (907) 966- 3224
Randy Hawk, MEHS Superintendent
is our current enrollment as of April 3rd.
Last year we ended the year at 344.
The dorm contractor has asked students for room
reservations for next year. This helps
us to get a tentative number of who might return for next year. So far, only 17 students have not put in a
room reservation. We will again have a
good return rate. That being said, it is
only speculation until they really do show up next fall.
If this holds true, we will have less spots to fill
with incoming students. As you can see,
next year’s 10th and 11th will have little room for
additions because we try and maintain 100 per grade level. New senior students may be hard to come by so
our senior class may start the year as a small class.
Budget Issues: Depending
upon the finalization of the Legislative session, we are waiting to what next
year’s funding and budget may look like.
In all likelihood, even if we get more money, we will have less money to
work with to cover our costs. For example, our fuel cost went from $478,000
last year to $553,000 this year. Our
electricity costs have gone from $330,000 last year to $359,000 this year. All
together, an additional $110,000 more in utilities than last year. And, as we all know, our transportation costs
continue to go up due to the high price of fuel. So, our buying power is progressively getting
less each year.
Summer Maintenance Projects: The Maintenance Department will be tackling
many projects this summer. One of the
main projects for this summer will be to minimize future energy costs on
campus. We are planning to replace the
lights and fixtures in all of the classrooms using major maintenance
money. The projected savings in regards
to the light replacements is projected to pay itself back in two to three
Another project that they want to tackle is to
replace showerheads throughout the dorms and gym. Doing so will almost have an immediate
savings by controlling the flow of hot water for the showers.
MEHS Pool: We are officially getting the MEHS Pool
started. We will be having preliminary
visits and planning sessions with DOT who will be coordinating the
project. I will be updating you on the
progress once we get started.
a. When will school
start next year? School
will start, Monday August 27th.
a. Are the new
students normally freshmen? Well,
we try for 400 students, and most of them are freshmen.
b. Will the pool be
finished next year? No,
they will be working on the pool for next few years.
c. Graduation will
be on May 3rd? Yes,
graduation will be held on May 3rd.
for any questions or additional concerns.
Hawk, telephone: 1 (907) 966-3201
A. Bill Winslow, Health & Wellness/Small Business/ENT
Our small business class is really doing great, every semester the
Alaska Company Manager comes over to the campus and helps out with the
class. In the class the students learn
about business ethics, and how business’ help out the community.
They actually are learning about and running the class like a real
corporation. One have is for profit and
the other half is non- profit. The
students are selling wristbands ($5.00 each,) and the profits will be
split. They are grouping up with the
Easter Group and proceeds will help with the Homeless Initiative of Sitka.
The motto of the class is, “Think globally, and act locally.” The total gross sales of the wristbands are
$5000.00, and are expected to grow. We
will keep the sales going through the summer through the, “Small Business Club.” You can find more information on the website:
Seven MEHS have been accepted into the VHOP program. The Villiage Health Occupations Program is
held by SEARHC Hosital, (Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium.) It is a job shadowing program designed to
show students the many health careers that are out there and that are available
for them to pursue. The program will be
held April 23rd thru the 28th.
you! Our child is having a blast in the
Small Business Class, and we hear so much about it when we talk to him!
B. Bernie Gurule,
MEHS Academic Principal
academic counselor’s are in the
middle of scheduling classes for next year.
We are building around what the students want as well as the required
2. Our Genetics Class went to Fairbanks and
participated in the Alaska Statewide Science Symposium. Seven students attended and came back with
$7,500.00 in prizes won and scholarships.
The students can earn up to eight University of Alaska credits while
taking the class. More information about
their trip and the class can be found on our website: www.mehs.us
3. There will be standardized testing all week.
a. I was just in Washington D.C. and saw many high school
students touring the Capital and the Congressional area; does MEHS have a Close
Up’s Program? No, we
have not had a Close Up program for three years. One of our Social Studies teachers is looking
into starting the program in the future but it was just too big of a project to
start this year.
5. Contact Information for any questions or
a. Bernie Gurule,
telephone: 1 (907) 966-3202
b. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Phone Time
Comments, and Concerns
a. Parent: I would like to thank the administration and
the staff of Mt. Edgecumbe High School!
b. Parent: Thank you!
our children receive a yearbook this year, and what are the costs? Mr. Gurule: Yearbooks will be here next year. If you have a senior, their yearbooks will be
mailed to them. The cost of the yearbook
is covered when you pay the activities fee at the beginning of the year.
does Mt. Edgecumbe High School place statewide?
According to the, “No Child Left Behind,” regulations, how well does Mt.
Edgecumbe do? Mr. Hawk: MEHS did not make AYP this year – we raised
our scores significantly from 2010 to 2011. We made AYP in all areas except in Limited English Proficient in Language
passing bar went up from the 09-10 school year to 10-11 school year. It will be 100% by 2014. We raised our proficiency in Language Arts 1% - up to 81%. We raised our proficiency in Math 12% - up to 73%. In
Limited English Proficient, we lowered our
proficiency in Language Arts 3% - down to 65%. In
Limited English Proficient, we raised our proficiency
in Math by 7% - up to 60%. Most of our scores are nearly 10% higher than
the State average.
e. Parent: What percentage of MEHS students have
to take remedial college classes?
Mr. Grule: Overall, our students place above average when they take
college placement tests and many of our students take college classes and earn
college credits while attending MEHS, and we do pay for them to take the
class. Parent: That is a great incentive to excel!
f. Parent: When will there be an
opening for the MEHS Advisory Board? Mr. Hawk: Well, the board consists of nine members and
when there is an opening, it will be advertised, we will also let you know
either by mailing or SchoolReach.
Parent: What is the process of
Acceptance into MEHS? Our son was not accepted. Mr. Hawk:
Timing is a key part in getting accepted into MEHS. The application needs to be 100% complete as
well. If an application is not 100%
complete, we do not look at them, so be sure to double check the application
before turning it in. Once we view an
application, we rate them, the earlier you turn in an application, the higher
the rank it receives. Then all the
factors play a part, we have one dorm for boys and two dorms for the girls, so
we will accept more girls due to the fact we have more space to house
Parent: Can you please go over the schedule of
traveling home again? Mr.
Friske: Sure! The Graduation Ceremony is on the 3rd,
the students will begin traveling the day of Graduation. On the morning of the 4th,
everyone will be travelling to Anchorage or already be in Anchorage. Once in Anchorage, the students will begin
the travel to their hometowns, all of those flights will leave Anchorage on the
Parent: What are the efforts in
getting scholarships for students? Mr.
Gurule: We have an entire class to help
our seniors with that endeavor. Senior
Futures’ sole purpose is to connect students with our advisors to work on
scholarships and college acceptance.
Parent: How can we help with the
pool? Can we call up senators’? Mr. Hawk: The pool is a go, all we have to do is wait
for it to be complete.
Numerous Parents: Thank you! Everyone in Attendance: Thank you for calling in!
Call 8:10pm AKST (Alaska Standard Time)
Roll Call was recorded by Blossom Twitchell
you for calling in this year! Each and
every teleconference was a success!