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Location: Hunstville, Alabama,   
Wasilla teacher Michelle Boyden recently returned from Space Camp--one of 250 teachers from 27 countries and 47 ...

Location: Hunstville, Alabama, Wasilla teacher Michelle Boyden recently returned from Space Camp--one of 250 teachers from 27 countries and 47 ...

Location: Hunstville, Alabama,   
Wasilla teacher Michelle Boyden recently returned from Space Camp--one of 250 teachers from 27 countries and 47 ...

Location: Hunstville, Alabama, Wasilla teacher Michelle Boyden recently returned from Space Camp--one of 250 teachers from 27 countries and 47 ...

Location: University of Alaska Anchorage, 06/24/09 
The University of Alaska Anchorage is pleased to announce the appointment of Bruce Schultz to ...

Location: University of Alaska Anchorage, 06/24/09 The University of Alaska Anchorage is pleased to announce the appointment of Bruce Schultz to ...

Location: University of Alaska Anchorage, 06/24/09 
Timea Webster, Assistant Alumni Relations Manager, University of Alaska Anchorage

Location: University of Alaska Anchorage, 06/24/09 Timea Webster, Assistant Alumni Relations Manager, University of Alaska Anchorage

Congratulations to the High School Battle of the Books State Champions: Kotzebue High--Donnie Neal, Coach Susie Atkins, Reid Magdanz, & Quinn Ite ...

Congratulations to the High School Battle of the Books State Champions: Kotzebue High--Donnie Neal, Coach Susie Atkins, Reid Magdanz, & Quinn Ite ...

Congratulations to the Nikiski Middle School for winning the State 7th/8th grade Battle of the Books Competition. The team of Daniel Ribbens,  Jo ...

Congratulations to the Nikiski Middle School for winning the State 7th/8th grade Battle of the Books Competition. The team of Daniel Ribbens, Jo ...

Congratulations to the 5th/6th grade co-state champions from Glacier Valley Elementary in Juneau. The team of Kenny Conneen,   Jack Withington,   ...

Congratulations to the 5th/6th grade co-state champions from Glacier Valley Elementary in Juneau. The team of Kenny Conneen, Jack Withington, ...

On February 9, 2008, math students representing all Anchorage area middle schools vied at Romig Middle School for the right to continue on to the ...

On February 9, 2008, math students representing all Anchorage area middle schools vied at Romig Middle School for the right to continue on to the ...

Chugach Optional #13, first place winners of the NE 5th/6th Grade Battle of the Books district-wide competition at WHS, Feb. 11, 2008

Chugach Optional #13, first place winners of the NE 5th/6th Grade Battle of the Books district-wide competition at WHS, Feb. 11, 2008

College Gate Elementary, winners of the Students' Choice Sportsmanship Award at the NE 5th/6th Grade Battle of the Books district-wide competitio ...

College Gate Elementary, winners of the Students' Choice Sportsmanship Award at the NE 5th/6th Grade Battle of the Books district-wide competitio ...

Congratulations to the 3rd/4th Grade State Battle of the Books Champions from Galena City/IDEA School District. The team of Kaleb Korta, Alexandr ...

Congratulations to the 3rd/4th Grade State Battle of the Books Champions from Galena City/IDEA School District. The team of Kaleb Korta, Alexandr ...

Congratulations to the 5th/6th grade co-state champions from John Apangalook School in Unalakleet (Bering Strait). The team of Irene Apassingok,  ...

Congratulations to the 5th/6th grade co-state champions from John Apangalook School in Unalakleet (Bering Strait). The team of Irene Apassingok, ...

Bear Valley #6, first place winners of the SW 5th/6th Grade Anchorage School District Battle of the Books district-wide tournament at WHS, Feb. 1 ...

Bear Valley #6, first place winners of the SW 5th/6th Grade Anchorage School District Battle of the Books district-wide tournament at WHS, Feb. 1 ...

Students in Bill Pugh's kindergarten class at Aquarian Charter School collected 1,834 items of food for The Salvation Army during a three-week Th ...

Students in Bill Pugh's kindergarten class at Aquarian Charter School collected 1,834 items of food for The Salvation Army during a three-week Th ...

Alaska Pacific University Atwood Distinguished Scholarship

Each year, the members of the Atwood Foundation Board of Directors donate $200,000 to ...

Alaska Pacific University Atwood Distinguished Scholarship Each year, the members of the Atwood Foundation Board of Directors donate $200,000 to ...

  26     July 9, 2008 - 1:02pm | kp_targe

Alaska HOSA 2007-2008

Aliena Johnston from Matsu Career & Technical High School won second place in the Pathophysiology Knowledge Test at HOSA’s (Health Occupations Students of America) National Leadership Conference in June in Dallas, Texas. Mara Burley from Hutchison High School, in Fairbanks, AK won the $1,000 St. George Greek Orthodox Monastery Scholarship from HOSA National. Ketchikan High School sent Joel Manalo, a state HOSA winner, to compete in at National HOSA as well.

This has been a successful first year for ALASKA HOSA, the newest career and technical student organization in the state. There were over 50 participants in its first state conference last March from 6 HOSA chapters around the state. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. The South Central Area Health Education Center in Anchorage, Alaska has spearheaded HOSA in Alaska with the help of a grant from the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority.

ALASKA HOSA plans to expand this coming year with more chapters in high schools around the state, as well as a chapter at a University of Alaska campus.

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  24     May 6, 2008 - 7:34am | dbundick

VFW Ladies Aux.-Vicki Webb-Nelson Memorial Scholarship Winner

The VFW Ladies Auxiliaries across the State of Alaska had many enteries to the Vicki Webb-Nelson Memorial Scholarship Program this year.

Congratulations goes out to General John R. Noyes Ladies Auxiliary to Post 9978 applicant Ms. Ann M. Marsh of Service High School for winning first place for the state. She will be awarded $1000 to further her education.

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  23     April 24, 2008 - 7:14am | miriahsmom

MLMS Music Program takes Boston by storm!

Mirror Lake Middle School Band, Jazz Band and Orchestra students returned from Boston this week where they competed in the National Heritage Music Festival. These students from Chugiak were the only middle school students in attendance; all other schools were high schools.

The following awards were presented Saturday night during the closing banquet:


Jazz Band - Gold Award
Concert Band - Gold Award
Orchestra - Silver Award
Concert Band - Certificate of Excellence and Invitation to perform in a National Festival of Gold. (This is an exclusive invite given to top music programs across the nation who gather for their own festival)
Best Overall Instrumental Program - (beat all high schools in attendance!)


The Maestro award is given to individual students for their outstanding musicianship. The student(s) are elected by the adjudicators. Heritage Festivals announced that this is the FIRST time in their history to present 4 of 5 awards to the same school. 2008 Heritage Music Festival Maestro Awards were presented to:

Jonathan Cannamore
Travis Craig
Kristen Stearns
Isaac Lammers

{This is the ENTIRE French Horn section of concert band}

The Concert Band adjudicator, music chair from U.C.L.A., was quite impressed with middle school students playing high school pieces so well. When talking with the students during the adjudication, he stated, "I knew you were a good band when you walked in the room. You walked tall, straight and proud, and you had a look of determination in your eyes. You sat down, scooted forward in your chairs, and sat straight up. Before you played your first note, I knew you were good." He continued with a statement about "playing 'powerful' music from the heart, and the audience could feel it."

While in Boston students played in Boston Symphony Hall with symphony players leading clinics, attended a Boston Symphony Hall concert, a Blue Man Group concert, walked the Freedom Trail, visited the U.S.S. Constitution, and enjoyed a free day at Six Flags over New England.

Additional information about the trip can be directed to:

Concert and Jazz Band director: Mr. Travis Harrington Harrington_Travis@asdk12.org 742-3500

Orchestra Director: Mr. Chris Towne towne_christopher@asdk12.org 742-3500

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  April 25, 2008 - 4:49pm | cbowers

Thank you -

Thanks for the acknowledgement -the kids worked really hard as well as the parent committee. They deserve the best

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  22     April 20, 2008 - 8:36pm | whaley_michele

Russian Olympiada

On April 18, over 200 students from 13 schools around Alaska gathered at West High for Russian Day and the Alaskan Olympidada of Spoken Russian. They presented poems and talked about their lives and Russian culture and history with 40 Russian-speaking judges from the Anchorage community.

After the judging, students took part in workshops that included Russian art, dance, songs, geography, and even a chance to get to know Dasha Basova, UAA’s women’s basketball forward. They tasted Russian food, learned about traveling in Russia, and experienced the differences in how Russian students learn math.

Students who scored high at the advanced levels were then invited to a second round in which they told the entire group of judges what they would report about their country if they were to visit Russia. The winners of that competition were Mykhail Tereschenko, Wasilla High School, Shaun Nesheim, Juneau-Douglas High School, and Christiana Lenamond, West Anchorage High School. Mykhail is a heritage speaker who must participate in yet one more interview to be chosen for a place in an American team going to Vladimir, Russia in June. Shaun is a member of that group automatically, and Christiana is Alaska’s candidate to participate in the International Olympiada in Moscow. In this contest, Christiana will compete with students from 40 other countries, some of whom have spoken Slavic languages from birth.

ASD Superintendent Carol Comeau and UAA Russian Professor Susan Kalina congratulated students on their choice of the Russian language and encouraged them to continue to explore options within the Anchorage School District and UAA for language study. Students enjoyed performances from dancers Carissa Landes and Sam Franklin, who had adapted a Russian choreography, and Artem and Anna Kozyrenko, who demonstrated Russian ballroom dances. Caitlin Cheely sang a Russian pop song, and Max Silverman jazzed up Russian folk tunes.

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  21     November 28, 2007 - 11:27am | gentilegirl


I would also like to Commend teacher Stephanie Campbell acting Principal, (while our Principal is away) and the entire staff of teachers, volunteers and administration at RILKE SCHULE for their care and concern for the children's safety this morning.

While being a new school, Rilke Schule overcame those challenges today as Stephanie Campbell and the staff took the utmost precautions to make sure everyone in and around the building was safe and informed. RilkeSchule is temporarily located at CHANGE POINT on Raspberry Road.

Amanda G.

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  20     November 6, 2007 - 10:04am | postishek

Alaska National Teenager Scholarship Organization Applications

The 38th annual Alaska National Teenager Scholarship Pageant is accepting applications for Preteen (ages 9-12 on 8-1-08), Jr Teenager (ages 13-15 on 8-1-08), Sr Teenager (ages 16-18 on 8-1-08), & Miss (ages 19-25 on 8-1-08) to be held April 11-12, 2008 at Wendy Williamson Auditorium at UAA. This program recognizes young women for their academic achievement, community involvement, leadership ability and communication skills. College scholarships are awarded to Jr & Sr Teenager divisions.

America’s National Teenager Scholarship Organization was founded in 1971 to recognize outstanding young women and help them reach their educational goals. This pageant system has awarded more than $120 million in tuition, grants, and cash scholarships in its 38 year existence.
Scoring: School 15%, Activities 15%, Interview 30%, Evening Gown 15%, Personal Expression 15%, & On stage Question 10%.
Fees: $25 application, $395 sponsorship, $50 production outfit. Optional Competitions – Talent, Speech, Photo & Portfolio $25, Super Model $50.

The reigning Alaska Preteen, Morgan Morfe, is the 12 year old daughter of Erwin & Catherine Morfe and attends Teeland Middle School in Wasilla, Alaska Jr Teenager, Angelina Klapperich, is the 13 year old daughter of Linda Jo Klapperich and is in the 8th grade at Palmer Middle School, and Alaska Sr Teenager, Kaela Larson, is the 17 year old daughter of Link & Kelly Larson. Kaela is concurrently attending the American Musical & Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles and taking a full course load through UAF Distance Ed. She is using her 4 year tuition waiver she earned though Alaska National Teenager.

Apply early to allow adequate preparation time. Selection is limited and application deadline is December 1, 2007. For additional information contact: Nancy Postishek, State Director 907.376.2678 nanc@mtaonline.net www.nationalteen.com Optional seminars/private training are available in Wasilla.

UAA - 4 year waiver for Senior Titleholder

ECKERD COLLEGE, A college of distinction in Florida, awards a $10,000 tuition scholarship in each state to the upper-class student Citizenship Winner and to the 2 under-class student Citizenship Winners. Each will be considered for one of 15 regional tuition scholarships in the amount of $16,000 each and 2 National Awards of $24,000 each; The Citizenship Awards are based on scholastic achievement, leadership and volunteerism.

OKLAHOMA CITY UNIVERSITY, the "prestige" music school of the southwest, which offers a variety of degree programs, awards each state senior winner a 2-year tuition scholarship.

UNIVERSITY OF CHARLESTON, in Charleston West Virginia, offers the Senior Division Winner in each state a $2,000 annually renewable tuition
scholarship. They also award four $1,000 annually renewable tuition scholarships - 2 in the senior division and 2 in the junior division. Students must have an A average or above.

MILWAUKEE COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, of Milwaukee, Wisconsin awards the senior winner and 4 senior runner-ups half tuition, annually renewable scholarship.

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  19     October 15, 2007 - 11:26am | cbarnes

McCool Carlson Green and ASD Garner 2007 DesignShare Award

McCool Carlson Green Architects and the Anchorage School District received the 2007 DesignShare Merit Award for the design of Polaris K-12 School. The DesignShare awards program is the world’s most widely recognized program focusing on the design of innovative learning environments.

Transformed from an old movie theater this high-energy K-12 educational environment is designed with an emphasis on self-directed learning and active education. The addition/renovation project supports the school philosophy of cross-grade learning, student-to-student mentorship and community engagement within a socially related learning context. Celebrating the school culture the renovated facility encourages students to literally paint the walls, creating an evolving expression of the individual and collective values of the community. Polaris is an alternative school for students in kindergarten through senior high. It was completed in August 2005 at 75,000 sq ft with a capacity of 500.

The DesignShare Awards program focuses on how the built or natural environment provides rich learning opportunities. Since 2000, the program has been doing this by challenging traditional standards and committing to learner-centered, cost-efficient and sustainable learning environments. It has documented hundreds of innovative school designs from 20 countries.

McCool Carlson Green and ASD have also been awarded the Council of Educational Facility Planners International (CEFPI) 2006 Len Mackler Award, Alaska, for the design of Polaris K-12.

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  18     September 24, 2007 - 9:40am | nikishka

AADC co-sponsors $48,000 in 140 school science education grants

For further information contact:
Dale Nash, President and COO (907) 561-3338


Nationally recognized Internet-based science program funded in 140 Alaskan schools
ANCHORAGE, AK – In furtherance of its mission to support science and space-related education for students across Alaska, Alaska Aerospace Development Corporation (AADC) today announced its expanded co-sponsorship of the Internet-based Space Explorers Portal program for over 140 elementary, middle and high schools throughout the state. AADC’s donation of $48,000 to the program brings, free of charge, the nationally recognized classroom-based curricula, support materials and teacher training necessary to access the widely popular on-line science and space education program. Space Explorer programs include space mission simulations, classroom experiments, real-time chats with astronauts and scientists and lesson plans that teach about space exploration and current events in the space industry.

Jennifer Butler from Delta Elementary School received a grant for her combined 4th and 5th grade class in Delta Junction last year and said, “It’s an authentic way to get kids interested in science because it is current and real-time with space people today. With the uplink it provides to astronauts in space, it doesn’t get much more real than that!”

Pat Ladner, Chief Executive Officer of AADC, has supported the Space Explorers grant program in Alaska schools over five years. “I am very happy to see so many schools signed up this year. The Space Explorers program brings real-life space science and current events education into the classroom, from the largest urban center to the village school of only ten students. Every student should have the chance to explore space and understand how it affects them in real life.”

Alaskan teachers and administrators interested in receiving a grant for the program can contact Space Explorers, Inc. at (920) 339-4600 - email at seiinfo@space-explorers.com - or visit www.space-explorers.com for more information. Grant applications for Alaskan schools are found at http://www.space-explorers.com/grants/form2.asp.

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  17     September 7, 2007 - 10:11am | hometown

Calling all varsity high school bowlers

Denny’s, PBA and USBC kickoff the 2007-08 school year with details on the second annual Denny’s All-American High School Championships

SPARTANBURG, S.C., Sept. 2007 - Denny’s, the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) and the United States Bowling Congress (USBC) today announced plans for the 2008 Denny’s All-American High School Championships set for next March in North Brunswick, N.J.

“Given the success of the inaugural Denny’s All-American High School Championships, Denny’s and our partners couldn’t be more pleased to forge ahead with the second annual high school event,” said Michael Polydoroff, Director of Sales Promotion and Licensing for Denny’s. “We’ve made some changes this year to attract an even greater pool of varsity seniors, and look forward to another exciting opportunity to showcase a talented crop of young bowlers.”

Under the rules for the 2008 Denny’s All-American High School Championships, Denny’s, the PBA and the USBC will select one female senior and one male senior from each state that recognizes bowling as a varsity sport and is a member of a high school varsity bowling team. The total field will be made up of 18 girls and 16 boys from around the country. Updates to this year’s application include a minimum GPA (grade point average) requirement of 2.7 (on a 4.0 scale) and an extension of the deadline for application into late January.

“All of the sponsors were extremely impressed by the 29 students who participated in last year’s championships,” said Jeanne Klescewski, Director of USBC High School and Collegiate. “The students not only demonstrated tremendous skill as bowlers, but also represented the highest levels of academic achievement and sportsmanship, as well as great enthusiasm and a sense of fun that made the competition a pleasure for everyone involved.”

The 2008 tournament will be held March 28-30, to coincide with the 65th Denny’s U.S. Open in North Brunswick, N.J. The competition will feature the top girl and top boy varsity bowlers facing off on March 29, to narrow the tournament field down to two male and female competitors, who will compete head-to-head on March 30. Student bowlers selected for the DAAHSC will compete for up to $10,000 in scholarships and the opportunity to bowl on ESPN with PBA professionals.

“Last year’s inaugural Denny’s All-American High School Championships event was a tremendous success, and we’re ecstatic about bringing it back this season,” said Fred Schreyer, PBA Commissioner and CEO. “Our hope is that the participants in this prestigious competition strive to emulate the stars of the Denny’s PBA Tour and can join them someday on Tour. In addition, we’re pleased to be able to stage the tournament in conjunction with our signature event – the 65th Denny’s U.S. Open.”

For more information, visit www.pba.com or go to the high school section at www.bowl.com, and click “Denny’s Tournament” to download the 2008 Denny’s All-American High School Championships official forms and details. Applications must be postmarked by Jan. 21, 2008.

About Denny's
Denny's is America's largest full-service family restaurant chain. For more than 50 years, Denny's has been committed to providing guests with quality food, abundant value and a great dining atmosphere. From the award-winning D-Zone® menu to its famous Grand Slam® breakfasts, Denny's provides a variety of flavorful food and beverage choices for guests of all ages. For further information on Denny's, please visit our web site at www.dennys.com.

About the PBA
The Professional Bowlers Association features the best bowlers in the world competing in National, Regional and Senior Tour events. The organization has more than 4,000 members spanning 13 countries, and nearly one million viewers tune-in to watch the Denny’s PBA Tour every Sunday on ESPN through the season. PBA sponsors include: Bayer, Brunswick, Denny's, Discover(r) Card, Etonic, Flomax, GEICO, GoRVing, H&R Block, Motel 6, Pepsi-Cola and the USBC, among others. For more information on the PBA, log on to www.pba.com.

About the USBC
The United States Bowling Congress High School program actively offers guidance to all levels of high school bowling by providing rules, instructional opportunities, awards and industry resources to ensure the success of high school bowling nationwide. USBC High School is a resource for school administrators, high school state athletic associations, state proprietor associations and industry member organizations in the creation and maintenance of high school bowling programs. The United States Bowling Congress, as the national governing body, ensures the integrity and protects the future of the sport, provides programs and services to nearly three million adult and youth members and enhances the bowling experience. For more information on the USBC, visit www.bowl.com.

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  16     August 13, 2007 - 11:46am | hometown

Grant will develop geosciences education for Alaska Natives

WGBH receives $1.4 million NSF Grant to Develop Geosciences Education Program for Alaska Natives

The National Science Foundation has awarded public broadcaster WGBH a three-year, $1.4 million grant to develop a collection of multimedia resources on the geosciences designed specifically for use with Alaska Natives.
Working in collaboration with the Alaska Native Science Commission, the University of Alaska/Fairbanks, the U.S. Department of Energy’s Atmospheric Radiation Measurement program and other partners, WGBH will produce a collection of 40 rich-media resources on atmospheric, earth and ocean sciences. To produce the materials, WGBH will draw on its extensive archive of science-related TV programming, including its acclaimed science series NOVA, which has produced such documentaries as “Climate Crisis,” “Warnings from the Ice” and “Global Warming: The Signs and the Science.”
Once completed, the new geoscience resources will be introduced to Alaskan educators at a multi-day training workshop to be held in Anchorage. The materials also will be made available to educators around the world through Teacher’s Domain, www.teachersdomain.org, WGBH’s free online digital library of multimedia educational resources.
In addition to organizing the Anchorage training sessions, WGBH will produce an online distance-learning course that will provide further professional development for Alaskan teachers.
“Like their peers across the country, Alaska’s teachers are under tremendous pressure to produce demonstrable student learning gains — an expectation that has increased this year with the advent of high-stakes testing in the area of science,” said Denise Blumenthal, director of WGBH’s Educational Productions division. “The need for assistance is particularly critical for teachers of Alaska Native children, as their academic performance is often significantly lower than their non-Native peers across the K-12 spectrum.”
Inspiring Alaska Natives to pursue studies and careers in the geosciences is also a goal of the WGBH initiative, Blumenthal said. According to the 2000 Census, only 42 percent of Alaska Natives had a high school diploma, while just 4 percent had earned a bachelors degree of any kind.

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  15     June 25, 2007 - 12:45pm | hometown

Anchorage looks to build Chinese-language program

Patricia McRae, executive director of Elementary Education in the Anchorage School District, traveled to China on June 22 for a one-week tour in an effort to build a Chinese language program in the district.
McRae is one of 800 educators worldwide to participate in the second annual Chinese Bridge Delegation program, which aims to expose school decision-makers to the history and culture of a country whose language is the most widely spoken in the world, the district said.
Beginning in the 2007-08 school year, the Anchorage School District plans to offer foreign language instruction in Mandarin Chinese to elementary students at a selected elementary school. Expanding foreign language instruction to include Mandarin Chinese is part of the district's six-year plan.
"I am very happy that we plan to add Chinese to the Spanish, Japanese and Russian that we currently teach at a number of our elementary schools and I'm grateful to be included in this learning awesome opportunity," said McRae.
Delegates will have an opportunity to talk with Chinese education leaders, build sister schools and network with other U.S. educators who are working toward the same goal of offering Chinese language programs to their students. The trip will also provide incentives and strategies for educators to support the growth of Chinese language and culture programs in their own districts.
Chinese is the national language of the more than 1.3 billion residents of China and millions more ethnic Chinese around the world. While more than 200 million Chinese schoolchildren are studying English, often begun as early as the second grade, experts estimate no more than 50,000 U.S. students are studying Chinese.
The Chinese Bridge Delegation is sponsored by Hanban, China's Office of Chinese Language Council International, in partnership with the College Board and a number of other organizations.

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  14     June 15, 2007 - 11:00am | kbaratz

Two Anchorage Teachers go to Space Camp

Two teachers from Anchorage have been selected by Honeywell to participate in the highly prestigious 2007 Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy program from June 18 to June 25, 2006 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Two Anchorage area teachers, Sarah Knight, a seventh grade Math teacher from Mears Middle School and Carole McKee, a seventh and eighth grade Science teacher from Northern Lights ABC School, will join 265 science and math teachers from 21 countries and 43 U.S. states to complete an intensive educator curriculum focused on space science and exploration in addition to participating in real-life astronaut training.

"The Space Academy program is designed to help teachers inspire the next generation to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math, by providing memorable, life-changing science material for their classrooms." said Tom Buckmaster, President, Honeywell Hometown Solutions. "Honeywell is committed to providing teachers like Sarah Knight and Carole McKee with programs, experiences and resources that assist in bringing science to life for their students."

Designed in partnership with the U.S. Space and Rocket Center, the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy programs provide teachers with new and innovative techniques to educate their students about science and math. During the program, these teachers will participate in a variety of activities including 50 hours of classroom, laboratory and field training. The Honeywell Educators will also have the unique opportunity to participate in astronaut training exercises including a high-performance jet simulation, scenario-based space missions, land and water survival training, and a state-of-the-art flight dynamics programs.

"We are very grateful for the generous support we receive from Honeywell, a leading partner of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center," said Larry Capps, Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. "Thanks to Honeywell, these Anchorage teachers will learn many activities that they can take back and implement in their classrooms."

Each Honeywell Educator receives a full scholarship following a rigorous application and selection process involving nearly 1,000 competing teachers from around the world. Teachers applying for the Honeywell scholarships were required to submit a 500-word essay describing the tools and techniques they use to motivate students to study science-related fields and pursue technology-related careers. All costs for the Honeywell Educators to attend the program include tuition for the six-day program, roundtrip airfare, meals, accommodations and program materials, are underwritten by Honeywell and the contributions of more than 1,700 Honeywell employees.

Since the program's inception in 2004, Honeywell and its employees have sponsored 730 scholarships for teachers from 34 countries and 48 U.S. states to participate in the Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy programs.

Honeywell Educators @ Space Academy program is a program of Honeywell Hometown Solutions, the company's corporate citizenship effort which focuses on four areas: Family Safety & Security; Housing & Shelter; Science & Math Education; and Humanitarian Relief. Together with leading public and non-profit institutions, Honeywell has developed powerful programs to address these needs in its communities. More information is available at www.honeywell.com/hhs.

About Honeywell:
Honeywell International is a $33.5 billion diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials. Based in Morris Township, N.J., Honeywell's shares are traded on the New York, London, Chicago and Pacific Stock Exchanges. It is one of the 30 stocks that make up the Dow Jones Industrial Average and is also a component of the Standard & Poor's 500 Index. For additional information, please visit www.honeywell.com.

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  13     May 11, 2007 - 10:21am | hometown

Elementary students explore college life

Fifth- and sixth-grade students from William Tyson, North Star, Muldoon and Creekside Park elementary schools got a taste of college life May 10 as they toured campus and attended classes taught by University of Alaska Anchorage faculty members.
The event introduced more than 340 students to UAA’s beautiful campus, from the Wendy Williamson Auditorium to the new Alaska Native Science & Engineering Building.
Through the I’m Going to College program, jointly sponsored by the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education’s (ACPE) AlaskAdvantage® Programs and the Northwest Education Loan Association (NELA), these young Alaskans particated in college and career exploration activities in their classroom prior to visiting the UAA campus. Activities were designed to help the students understand the variety of college opportunities and financial aid available to them while their visit to UAA was designed to help them begin envisioning college as part of their future.
“It’s never too early to start thinking about college and UAA was proud to be host the I’m Going to College program,” said Linda Lazzell, vice chancellor for Student Affairs.
Studies have shown that the years from 10 to 14 are a crucial turning point in a child’s development. These are the years when children begin developing behavior patterns in education that can have lifelong consequences. Planning and preparing for college sooner rather than later increases the chances that youths will persist from a secondary to postsecondary school. Having an awareness of financial aid programs creates an understanding that college is affordable.
“Every child deserves the chance to go to college,” said Karen deVilla, executive director of NELA. “By jointly sponsoring this program, we help children and their parents understand that financial aid programs can make college affordable. The sooner families begin planning and preparing, the better chance they have of making higher education a reality.”
I’m Going to College is an important program for our state and its communities because it sends a very important message to Alaska families – college is possible for anyone who chooses to pursue it. The program also educates families about the benefits of higher education. For example, college graduates have higher average incomes and more career options than those who do not graduate from college.
Diane Barrans, executive director of ACPE, noted this program is particularly important for young Alaskans and Alaska communities based on statewide research projections that the large majority of Alaska’s future jobs will require postsecondary education and training.
“In this decade and the next, Alaskans are going to have fabulous opportunities for prosperity if we are prepared with the skills and knowledge necessary to contribute to the state’s economic growth," Barrans said. "At ACPE, we take very personally our charge of promoting, supporting and providing access to postsecondary education for all Alaskans. Education is the key.”
The I’m Going to College program includes support for the teachers in participating elementary schools, including classroom presentations and activities for the students and their families. The event is later followed up with materials and presentations for parents to help them support their children in thinking about college as a natural part of their futures.
I’m Going to College is an early awareness program through which ACPE and NELA partner with Alaska’s accredited postsecondary schools and elementary schools. ACPE and NELA have co-sponsored successful I’m Going to College events in Barrow at Ilisagvik College, Valdez at Prince William Sound Community College, Anchorage at University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University, Fairbanks at University of Alaska Fairbanks, and Juneau and Sitka at University of Alaska Southeast.
For more information contact UAA’s Mike Smith at 786-6113, or ACPE’s Christina Campbell at 269-7981. For additional information on the AlaskAdvantage programs, visit www.alaskadvantages.state.ak.us or call 1-800-441-2962.

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  12     May 1, 2007 - 3:16pm | hometown

Arts Educator Grants awarded

The Alaska State Council on the Arts, in partnership with the Rasmuson Foundation and the Alaska Arts & Culture Foundation, is pleased to announce recipients of the Arts Educator Award Grants for 2007.
The recipients of this round's grants are Michael Williams of Barrow, Susan Luckow of Fairbanks, Christopher Lubken of Fairbanks, and Gabrielle Willis of Anchorage.
They were awarded grants to travel to art-making workshops and assist in the creation of personal art in summer 2007.
The grant encourages art teachers to reconnect to the practice of their art. Awards are for up to $3,000 for K-12 arts educators whose primary responsibility is arts instruction, teaching a minimum of three years and permanently assigned full or part time in an Alaska school.
The next deadline for this grant is Dec. 1, 2007.
The grant is one of the four arts education grants offered through the Alaska State Council on the Arts. They were created and funded by the Rasmuson Foundation and administered through a partnership between the Alaska Arts & Culture Foundation and the Alaska State Council on the Arts.
For more information, see http://www.eed.state.ak.us/aksca/.

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  11     April 20, 2007 - 6:48am | Prayingpelicanmissions

Wasilla Lake Christian School's recent mission trip to Belize

A group of twenty-one students and adults from Wasilla Lake Christian School in Wasilla Lake, AK spent a week in Belize, Central America on a short term mission’s trip. The Wasilla Lake group was joined by two other schools and four individuals from across the U.S., including C.S. Lewis Academy in Newberg, OR, The Master’s Academy in Rockland, MA and individuals from WI and MN. All team member’s served through Praying Pelican Missions based in Duluth, MN.

The teams ministered in a small village west of Belize City, called Ladyville. Working through Ladyville Baptist Church and the local Pastor, participants ministered to the village by offering vacation bible school, presented testimonies at the Ladyville Evangelical School and participated in a sports ministry including soccer and basketball. The teams also had the opportunity to serve the local Pastor on his farm by feeding pigs, pumping water and digging trenches.

Wasilla Lake Christian School team members include: team leader and WLCS teacher Shelly Blocker and her daughter Valerie, Adam Palmer, Mackenzie Sherman, Ellen Roth, Ray Shaw, Rebecca and Ashley Stringer - mother and daughter participants, Mike Katkus, Cody Wingert, sister and brother - Lauren and Weston Patrick, Linda Hutchins – WLCS teacher, Samantha Meyer, Ratzlaff family members Monique, Rachael and Zach, and the Jenkin’s family including Edward, Nicole and Britney.

Team member’s noted the strong faith of the Belizeans amongst so few worldly possessions. One of the many comments from the youth on the WLCS team was from Zach Ratzlaff who said “It (the trip) has given me a love for the people of Belize. It opened my eyes to a different culture and lifestyle.”

Wasilla Lake Christian School is a Christ-centered institution providing education to the
complete person through academic excellence, character development, discipleship and ministry to the whole family. The school provides education for kindergarten through twelfth grade. The school can be reached at (907) 373-6439 and is located at 2001 Palmer Wasilla Hwy, in Wasilla Alaska, Chris Wolfe is the principle.

Praying Pelican Missions based in Duluth, MN, will be leading more than 40 teams to serve in Belize and Jamaica in 2007. Their office phone is 218-740-4400 and can be found on the web at www.prayingpelicanmissions.org.

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  10     April 9, 2007 - 1:37pm | hometown

Wasilla student awarded scholarships at WSU

Julia M. Morris of Wasilla has received two scholarships from Washington State University.
Morris received a $7,200 Cougar Freshman Academic Award. Recipients of this award demonstrate outstanding performance in high school, graduate with a 3.60 grade point average or above, and score a minimum SAT critical reading/math score of 1200 or a 26 ACT.
Recipients must be a resident of Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Utah or Wyoming, and are admitted to the university on the
Pullman campus.
Morris also was awarded a $1,700 Washington State Alumni Leadership Award. This scholarship is for incoming freshmen who demonstrate leadership potential.
Morris will graduate from Colony High School in 2007. She plans to major in broadcast communications at WSU. She is the
daughter of Sharon and James Morris of Wasilla, Alaska.

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  9     March 22, 2007 - 12:37pm | hometown

Field Trip Scholarships Awarded

The Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies (CACS) awarded 19 Conoco Phillips "Seas Stars to Academic Stars" scholarships to teachers in Southcentral and Interior Alaska communities.
Eight of the $500 scholarships will support field trips for Anchorage and Mat-Su schools led by Rob Hulse, Fire Lake Elementary School; Sarah Baumeister, Anchorage Montessori School; Vanessa Powell, Snowshoe Elementary School; Alberta Nordberg, Willow Elementary; Joe Page, Talkeetna Elementary School; Lorie Hill, Houston Middle School; and Susan Dent, Palmer High School.
The new program was co-sponsored by the Center and Conoco Phillips Alaska to provide incentives and recognition to the teachers who plan and participate in the beach and marine field trips as part of their overall science education program.
CACS also introduced a new stewardship checklist, a list of ways that the teachers and students can reduce the impact of their field trip on the environment, as part of the scholarship application.
"This is a great partnership to support the efforts of teachers who have demonstrated their dedication to hands-on science education," said CACS director Marilyn Sigman. Most teachers receiving scholarships have participated in the field trip program for many years. Talkeetna Elementary Joe Page pioneered Kachemak Bay school field trips in the early 1980's and Lorie Hill has been organizing and leading Homer field trips for multiple sixth grade classes for 11 years. A few, like Palmer High School teacher Susan Dent, will be bringing an Advanced Biology class to the Field Station for the first time.
The Center's popular field trip programs are unique opportunities for teachers and students to spend two or three days based out of the CACS Peterson Bay Coastal Science Field Station on the south side of Kachemak Bay or onboard an educational oceanography cruise in the bay. The majority of school groups who participate are in landlocked communities as far away as Fairbanks so many students are seeing the ocean for the first time. CACS, a Homer-based non-profit organization dedicated to fostering responsible interactions with the natural environment , began the field trip program in 1983. The Field Station program features short hikes on coastal forest trails to rocky beaches with a spectacular diversity of marine life during extreme minus tides. Onboard the 65' Rainbow Connection, students drop and retrieve crab pots, visit the Peterson Bay Oyster Lodge and Camp, and collect and view plankton through the microscope to learn about relationships between ocean conditions, crab survival, and oyster mariculture.

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  8     March 22, 2007 - 12:24pm | hometown

Environmental Education Program offers Winter Intensives

Trailside Discovery Camp has teamed up with REI and the Anchorage School District to provide Nanuq Winter Adventures to elementary students in the
Anchorage School District.
This unique program is held at elementary schools around the Anchorage bowl providing fun, educational, and memorable experiences for students. Teachers get to choose from eight
activity based classes, each with learning objectives to support the Alaska curriculum benchmarks. Classes offered are Winter Survival, Snow Shoeing, Cross-Country Skiing, Winter Ecology/Climate, Fire Quest/Outdoor cooking, Orienteering, Owl Study, and Group Initiatives.
Trailside Discovery Camp is a
program of The Alaska Center for the Environment.
For more information, call Trailside Discovery Camp director Thomas Burek at 274-5437, or e-mail trailside@akcenter.org.

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  7     March 14, 2007 - 2:26pm | hometown

Anchorage Teacher Retires After 30+ Years

Mary Showers is retiring after a long and successful career as a teacher for the Anchorage School District. Mary received an undergraduate degree from Jackson State University and a Masters degree from UAA. Mary taught at Central Middle School, Clark Middle School and Goldenview Middle School.

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  6     March 9, 2007 - 4:18pm | hometown

Alaska School to Take Part in Festival Disney

Across the country, school music ensembles will be packing their sheet music, instruments, flags and dance shoes this spring to travel to the Walt Disney World Resort for the third annual Festival Disney. During the event, choral ensembles, marching, jazz and concert bands, orchestras, show choirs, and auxiliary units will participate in adjudicated performances, personalized feedback clinics and an awards ceremony. This year Palmer High School will participate March 16 & 17.
The festival series schedule includes two days of adjudicated performances, where ensembles receive valuable written and recorded feedback from nationally recognized music educators. To conclude the event, groups are invited to the Festival Disney Awards Ceremony. All ensembles will receive an exclusive Festival Disney Award, and each member of the ensemble will receive a Festival Disney Medal to commemorate their participation. Competing groups will vie for Best in Class and Festival Disney Gold, Silver and Bronze Awards.

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  5     March 8, 2007 - 1:40pm | hometown

Physical Activity Stars on Course for a Healthy Future

Nine Baxter Elementary students earned Physical Activity Star status this month - becoming the first students in Alaska to complete five one-month Healthy Futures Activity Logs during the 2006-07 school year. Nearly one hundred more students are right on their tails.The nine students are:
TJ Makihele
Evan Walls
Sydney Huling
Rachelle Toleafoa
Meghan Matyas
Brandi Isonou
Kyra Bennetts
Madison Whitlock
Izabelle Peters

The Activity Log is a program within the ConocoPhillips Healthy Futures initiative - a collaborative effort of community partners to get Alaska youth physically active on a daily basis. Children, with parental supervision, record their daily physical activity during a one-month period. Completed Activity Logs are turned in to participating Anchorage School District (ASD) faculty who administer the incentives.
Healthy Futures incentives create awareness and inspire students to get started, to get moving. The Activity Logs build the habit of daily physical activity, which also prepare them for Healthy Futures events. Students who become Physical Activity Stars will also be eligible for the annual grand prize drawing of one of two sporting equipment packages of their choice - a value of up to $500! Visit www.healthyfuturesak.org to learn more.

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  4     March 8, 2007 - 11:17am | hometown

AT&T Alascom Provides New Link to Education

AT&T Alascom will participate in a first-ever citywide curriculum program by donating live Internet streaming video of the Norman Vaughan Serum Run ’25 dog-sledding expedition for the Anchorage School District. Sixty-three elementary schools in Anchorage and Eagle River plan to take part in the Serum Run project, which educates students on the history of the race and tracks the mushers’ progress. Musher Lynda Barcome, a new addition to the event and a physical education teacher at Alpenglow Elementary School in Eagle River, will be highlighted.
AT&T Alascom will broadcast a live feed on Feb. 26 at 1:30 p.m. from the city of Galena community center to the Alpenglow Elementary School auditorium. Students attending the school assembly will be able to interview Lynda from their seats almost 775 miles away. An additional live feed will air on March 9 from the finish line in Nome. The broadcasts will air on Channel 14 and be available for download at AttAlascom.com. AT&T Alascom helped fund the production and printing of 7,500 curriculum booklets that will correlate the Serum Run ’25 and its mushing teams with the students’ math, geography, language arts and history exercises for the weeks during the race.
The Serum Run ’25 was created by the late Alaskan explorer Col. Norman Vaughan. It commemorates the 1925 “Great Race of Mercy" during which mushers and dog teams raced 674 miles across Alaska in five and a half days to bring serum to save the city of Nome from a diphtheria epidemic. The historic event is also famous for Balto, the lead dog in the race.

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  3     March 8, 2007 - 10:42am | hometown

Best Buy presents $15,000 Teach Award to Polaris K-12

Best Buy Co., Inc. has presented Polaris K-12 with a 2007 Best Buy Teach Award, worth $15,000, for demonstrating innovative use of technology to improve students' classroom experience. Polaris K-12 was one of 50 schools across the nation to receive this award. Each district of the winning schools has been invited to apply for a $250,000 Teach award that will be announced in May 2007. "We firmly believe that technology can excite and engage students in the learning process, creating more valuable education experiences over time," said Paula Prahl, vice president, public affairs, Best Buy. "The applications we receive year after year demonstrate that teachers and schools have such wonderful, technologically creative ideas, but needed funds aren't available. Best Buy Teach Awards help to bridge that gap by helping schools access the interactive technology to make learning fun." The 2007 Best Buy Teach Award winners were selected from a pool of nearly 8,000 applications accepted from July through September 2006. All accredited, public and private nonprofit elementary, middle and secondary schools located within 50 miles of a U.S. Best Buy store were eligible.

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  2     February 21, 2007 - 12:37pm | hometown

New Program Offers Wetland Education To Alaska Students

ANCHORAGE, AK, Feb 07—Teachers in Alaska can now share the wonders of wetlands with their students through a new environmental education initiative launched this fall by Ducks Unlimited.
The new program, Project Webfoot, offers 4th through 6th grade teachers an extensive wetlands education kit that they can use as a supplement to their basic school curriculum. It also offers each of their students a free Greenwing membership (Greenwings are DU’s youngest members—named after the green-winged teal, one of the smallest and fastest flying ducks).
“This is an exciting program that will increase awareness and appreciation of wetlands and wetland conservation among Alaska’s youth, ” says Mike Thurnes, the state’s Greenwing chairman. “It will also give kids the critical tools they’ll need to someday make informed decisions about the use and conservation of our natural resources.”
Thurnes says Webfoot is a grassroots, volunteer-driven effort that operates through a web of local support to raise funds to enroll classrooms in communities across the state. The enrollment fee is $300 per class, which covers the cost of the education materials and provides Greenwing memberships to each student in the classroom. Since the money is raised by Ducks Unlimited volunteers, the program is offered free to teachers and schools.
Inside the Project Webfoot kit educators will find a complete curriculum guide for teaching wetlands in the context of such subjects as science, math, English, civics, and art. There is also an interactive CD-ROM featuring information on all the ducks, geese, and swans found in North America, as well as a number of other workbooks, student journals, and educational posters.
Students enrolled in Webfoot receive a one-year subscription to the Greenwing magazine Puddler, a waterfowl ID guide, a wetland sticker collection, and other items designed to make environmental education fun.
If you’d like more information about Project Webfoot, visit their Web site at www.projectwebfoot.org or call Mike Thurnes at 907-694-DUCK.

With more than a million supporters, Ducks Unlimited is the world’s largest wetlands and waterfowl conservation organization. The United States alone has lost more than half of its original wetlands—nature’s most productive ecosystems—and continues to lose more than 100,000 wetland acres each year.

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  1     February 12, 2007 - 7:11pm | hometown

Ayaprun Elitnaurvik in

Ayaprun Elitnaurvik in Bethel is a Yup'ik Immersion School model after the language nest.
Although the school has had many challenges throughout it's twelve year history, it also has come through with some impressive accomplishments. The school met one of it's major goals by makin the State's AYP last year. The students made several honorable and top places in various school competitions.

Most recently, one of it's students got first place in a "Proud to Be Bilingual" essay contest sponsored by AKABE in his class group. 10 yo Qayaqsuk Willem Chaliak will be presented an award along with other winners at the annual Bilingual / Multicultural Conference held in Anchorage this week on Wednesday. The award luncheon is scheduled for 12 PM at the Sheraton Hotel.

Congratulations to Qayaqsuk and the Ayaprun Elitnaurvik Caarayiit; the school mascot Grizzly Bears!

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