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Teleconference April 5, 2012

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Mt. Edgecumbe High School

Statewide Teleconference

April 5, 2012

I.                    Roll Call 7:00pm AKST (Alaska Standard Time)


A.       Roll call was taken and recorded by the name of the enrolled child(ren.)


1.       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.

2.       It was requested that all participants in the teleconference to place their phone on mute, so that background interference would be at a minimum.


B.       People in Attendance in Sitka, Alaska


1.       Randy Hawk, MEHS Superintendent

2.       Bernie Gurule, MEHS Academic Principal

3.       Andrew Friske, MEHS Residential Principal/Athletic Director

4.       Bill Winslow, Health & Wellness/Small Business/ENT Teacher

5.       Tracy Dupee, MEHS Dorm Counselor

6.       Kari Lundgren, PA C MEHS Clinic

7.       Blossom Twitchell, MEHS Home/School Coordinator



II.                  Updates, Progress and Events at MEHS


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.


4.       Questions


a.        No questions were asked at this time.


5.         Contact Information for any questions or additional concerns.


a.       Kari Lundgren, telephone:  1 (907) 966-3227

b.      e-mail:

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:

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.   


6.       Questions


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: 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 additional concerns


a.        Andrew Friske, telephone:  1(907) 966-3228

b.      e-mail:


C.      Tracy Dupee, MEHS Counselor


1.        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. 

3.       Questions

a.        No questions were asked at this time.


4.        Contact Information for any questions or additional concerns.


a.       Tracy Dupee, telephone:  1 (907) 966- 3224

b.      e-mail:

D.      Randy Hawk, MEHS Superintendent 

 Girls  Boys  Total
 9  58  35  93
 10  61  40  101
 11  43  32  75
 12  53  31  84
 Total  215  138  353

1.     Listed is our current enrollment as of April 3rd.  Last year we ended the year at 344.

2.     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.

3.     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.

4.     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.

5.     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 years.

6.     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. 

7.     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.


8.      Questions


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.



9.     Contact Information for any questions or additional concerns.


a.        Randy Hawk,  telephone:  1 (907) 966-3201

b.      e-mail:


A.      Bill Winslow, Health & Wellness/Small Business/ENT Teacher


1.  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.

2.    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.

3.   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:

4.    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.


5.    Questions


a.       Thank 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

1.       Our 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 core classes.

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:

3.       There will be standardized testing all week.


4.        Questions


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 additional concerns.


a.        Bernie Gurule, telephone: 1 (907) 966-3202

b.       e-mail:



I.                    Open Phone Time


A.       Questions, Comments, and Concerns


1.        Questions


a.       Parent:  I would like to thank the administration and the staff of Mt. Edgecumbe High School!  

b.     Parent: Thank you!   

c.     Parent:  Will 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.

d.      Parent:  How 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 Arts.   SBA 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.

g.       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 them. 

h.      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 4th. 

i.         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.

j.        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.

k.       Numerous Parents:  Thank you!  Everyone in Attendance:  Thank you for calling in!  


II.                   Final Roll Call 8:10pm AKST (Alaska Standard Time)


A.       Final Roll Call was recorded by Blossom Twitchell


1.        Thank you for calling in this year!  Each and every teleconference was a success!