Opportunity allows students to read year-round
Anchorage School District announces the launch of its new digital
library for students. The library currently has more than 400 titles
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
is a great and innovative opportunity to keep students reading
throughout the year and helps instill that love of reading,” said
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.
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.”
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.
Parents of returning
Sand Lake Elementary students can register online through ParentConnection at parentconnect.asdk12.org
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 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
Multicultural Education Concerns Advisory Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 30, 2014
ASD Education Center/Boardroom
Public Comment is welcome!
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
Summary: Learn how the ASD
promotes student excellence in learning & working environments that
are positive, safe, respectful and personally/socially responsible.
MLK Citywide Celebration on Monday, 1/20/2014 at Bartlett High School Theater from 11-2 PM.
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
"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 http://www.ktuu.com/news/ktuu-next-generation-learning-about-911-20130911,0,2884723.story
Contact Adam Pinsker
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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
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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 www.asdk12.org/studentnutrition/frp/
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)
- 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 www.asdk12.org/backtoschool/