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ASD offers digital library books to students

posted Apr 11, 2014, 10:37 AM by Greg Phillips

 Opportunity allows students to read year-round

 The Anchorage School District announces the launch of its new digital library for students. The library currently has more than 400 titles ranging from books for early readers to high school level. Included are books on drawing and origami; the Ivy and Bean and Beautiful Darkness book series; graphic novels for elementary; fiction; nonfiction; and more. There is also a selection of 2015 Battle of the Books titles.

“This is a great and innovative opportunity to keep students reading throughout the year and helps instill that love of reading,” said Superintendent Ed Graff. “The digital library will bring reading to students in a way that’s fun and exciting to them.”

Students can access the ASD digital library at The student’s 14-digit library number is the username, available from the school librarian. Students have the option to download a book or read it in a browser which will bookmark the last-read page until the book is returned. Students may check out two books at a time for up to two weeks each.

“While I still believe print books are critically important, we’re responsible to meet the changing needs of our library patrons,” said Ann Morgester, supervisor of ASD Library Resources. “Offering digital books is a fabulous way to give students the opportunity to continue reading while using 21st century skills.”

Morgester said older students have told her they like the anonymity of checking out what they want without their peers seeing which books they chose, while younger students are excited they can continue reading over the summer without making as many trips to the library.

The district is actively working to greatly expand its new digital library.

Online Registration for Returning Sand Lake Students

posted Apr 9, 2014, 2:21 PM by Greg Phillips   [ updated Apr 9, 2014, 2:22 PM ]

 Parents of returning Sand Lake Elementary students can register online through ParentConnection at for the 2014-15 school year from July 7-August 8.

 Online registration will eliminate the need for parents of returning students to go to each child’s school to register in person. Online registration is only available for returning students. New-to-district or transferring students will still need to register in-person at the school or at the central enrollment event over the summer.

Lottery Deadline is March 27, 2014

posted Feb 21, 2014, 11:27 AM by Greg Phillips

Lottery applications for charter schools, alternative and optional programs, and zone exemptions are due by 3 p.m. on Thursday, March 27. The lottery, conducted solely online, will take place Friday, March 28. For more information about the lottery, contact the school to which you are applying.

Multicultural Education Concerns Advisory Committee Meeting

posted Jan 6, 2014, 12:05 PM by Greg Phillips

Multicultural Education Concerns Advisory Committee Meeting

Thursday, January 30, 2014

6-8 PM

ASD Education Center/Boardroom

Public Comment is welcome!

Informational Session on Anti-Bullying Strategies in the ASD

posted Jan 6, 2014, 12:04 PM by Greg Phillips

Informational Session on Anti-Bullying Strategies in the ASD

Wednesday, 1/22/2014  & March 26, 2014

ASD Education Center/Boardroom

Presenters:  Jan Davis & Melanie Sutton

6-8 PM

Summary:  Learn how the ASD promotes student excellence in learning & working environments that are positive, safe, respectful and personally/socially responsible.

MLK Citywide Celebration

posted Jan 6, 2014, 12:03 PM by Greg Phillips

MLK Citywide Celebration on Monday, 1/20/2014 at Bartlett High School Theater from 11-2 PM.

Anchorage's Next Generation Learning About 9/11 at Sand Lake

posted Sep 14, 2013, 9:10 AM by Greg Phillips   [ updated Sep 14, 2013, 9:12 AM ]

Wednesday marks 12 years since terrorist attacks on the United States changed the nation forever -- as well as the third school year 9/11 has been taught as part of the history curriculum at Sand Lake Elementary School in Anchorage.

The 20 students in Mary Lee Tung’s sixth grade history class recited the poem “I Stood” during their lesson Wednesday.

“I stood in one place, I saw them approach from a mile away,” the class read in unison, recounting the events that unfolded on Sept. 11, 2001.

“All this stuff happening, it just really makes me sad,” said 11-year-old student Rachel Derrico.  “I’m from a military family, and my dad still cries, so it’s kind of emotional for me.”

For some students, Tung's class is their first real introduction to details of the attacks, although parents are encouraged to discuss 9/11 with their children at home before they start learning about it in the classroom.

"I enjoy teaching it,” Tung said. “The event is very difficult for me to work through, but it’s part of me, it's part of what I do, teaching American history...It's so important because in sixth grade, they begin to look at what their role is in history right now."

No graphic pictures or images are shown during the class, and Tung says she’s received positive feedback from parents about the class.

Watch the video at,0,2884723.story

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Visit to vote for our school.

posted Sep 9, 2013, 1:51 PM by Greg Phillips   [ updated Sep 14, 2013, 9:30 AM ]

Your vote makes a big difference to our school.
Visit to vote for our school.
This year, Target will give money to schools all over the country for one simple act: a vote. Our school needs just 25 votes to earn a $25 donation from Target. But that's only the beginning. For each additional vote, our school will get $1 more. So please remember that, although the gesture is small, the rewards are potentially huge. Go to to vote for Sand Lake Elementary School once a week through September 21 or until Target has given away all $5 million. And please forward this email to your friends. Vote and see rules at
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Breakfast and Lunch Programs

posted Jul 29, 2013, 11:43 AM by Greg Phillips

The Anchorage School District provides free and reduced-priced meals for elementary, middle and high school students under the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program. Nutritious meals are served every school day.

 Your address: Student Nutrition sends meal application correspondence by U.S. Mail. It is critical that you verify your mailing address is correct in the Zangle ParentConnection student information system.

Apply online or download a copy of the application by going to the Student Nutrition website at

2013/2014 Registration

posted Jul 7, 2011, 12:58 AM by Greg Phillips   [ updated Jul 16, 2013, 1:08 PM ]

2013/2014 Registration will be conducted on the following dates and times:

  • Tuesday, August 6, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.  (M-Z last names)
  • Wednesday, August 7, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (A-L last names) and 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. (A-Z last names)
  • Thursday, August 8, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Make-up day)

Special notes

  • Proof of residency (utility bill, phone bill, etc.) will be verified for the following situations:  all students in any school involved in a boundary change; any new to school/new to district student (including kindergarten) throughout the school year; and all zone exemptions.
  • Families who are out of town on these dates may register at school upon their return. Students who have not registered will not be placed on a class list.
  • New-to-district students are required to submit the following documents at the time of registration: 
    • Birth Certificate (copy acceptable)
    • Current immunization records
    • Physical examination (for kindergartners)
    • Current physical and mailing address and phone numbers of students and parents
    • Names and phone numbers of emergency contacts and individuals who may pick up the child from school
    • Name and address of previous school attended
    • Copies of legal papers if there is a custody situation
  • Additional registration information can be found at

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