EAGLE EXPRESS

January 27, 2020

Eagle Academy encourages academic excellence by integrating proven instructional methods with a challenging curriculum and high expectations.This combination provides every child with the foundation needed to achieve proficiency of Eagle Academy’s performance standards at each instructional level.

Inquiring Minds Want to Know

Eagle Academy Families,


The Academic Policy Board (APB) is attending a strategic planning session for the school at the end of the month. This is important to help with the long-term planning for Eagle Academy. We are interested in parent input to bring feedback from our school community with us to this session.


Below is a link to a Google Survey with questions to help us collect parent input. Most questions are open-ended, so please share anything that comes to mind. The survey is anonymous and confidential, and will be open through Tuesday, 1/28.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScGzloxbgAgjvB3P_5RIzbMjs4MEUIyi6b51OXKV2O0DBLbAQ/viewform?usp=sf_link


Thank you for taking the time to help. We appreciate and value your feedback.


- EACS Academic Policy Board

CLIMATE & CONNECTEDNESS SURVEY

The Anchorage School District is partnering with the Association of Alaska School Boards to conduct the School Climate and Connectedness Survey ©, a statewide survey for students, staff, and families. This survey measures their perceptions of each school’s climate including the engagement of students, staff, and families.


The Student Survey will be given to students in grades 3-6 during the week(s) of January 27 – February 7. Students will complete the survey online in class at school. The student survey will ask questions such as how students feel about school rules, their perceptions of how students treat each other, their relationships with staff, social and emotional skills, and observed risk behaviors of other students at school and school events. There are different surveys for younger students (grades 3-5) and older students (grades 6-12).


We also value input from our families. You are an important partner as we work to continually improve each school’s environment. Each parent/guardian is asked to complete one survey during the same two week window (January 27 – February 7). If you have more than one child attending this school, you only need to fill out one survey. You can access the survey via the following websites: surveys.panoramaed.com/aasb or https://goo.gl/Enqoi2. Then enter the code: eagleacademyfamily


All of these surveys are voluntary, anonymous, confidential, and do not ask questions about students’ families. If you do not wish for your child to participate, please notify the school in writing or email by Friday, January 24th.


Results from this survey will be used to identify student, staff and family perceptions of school climate issues within our school(s). School staff use the results to inform their efforts to ensure schools are safe, supportive, and caring places for all students.


Thank you for your cooperation in this year’s School Climate and Connectedness Survey©.

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

5/6 Battle of the Books - Monday 1/27 at West High


Good Luck to our Eagle Academy students.


Team 21: Kylie H, Kyla M, Madi D and Grace L

Team 22: Avery W, Andrew B, Matthew B and Evelyn G

BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

3/4 Battle of the Books - Wednesday 1/29 at West High


Last year our teams placed 1st & 2nd in the district and 1st in the state. Good Luck to our Eagle Academy students.


Team A: Samantha C, Joyce B, Weston L

Team B: Jonah B, Maja D, Linnea D

It's Cold Outside - Winter Gloves Needed

PARENTS WE NEED YOUR HELP


We have had so many students forgetting gloves that we are short on loaner gloves. With the weather as cold as it has been, once we no longer have insulated loaner gloves to hand out, we have to send students to sit in the lunchroom during recess.


We would really appreciate it if you could please make sure *DAILY* that your student(s) have ALL of their winter gear before you leave your house in the morning. They are required to have hats and gloves as well as coats, pants and boots.


Thanks so much, in advance, for taking an extra minute in the morning to verify your student(s) are fully prepared for our beautiful Alaska winter weather. We appreciate your extra effort!

PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE SELF-SCHEDULING

Online Conference Scheduler Information For Parents

The Conference Scheduler will be open to parents today, Monday, January 27th- Tuesday, February 11th.


Parents will be able to access the online conference scheduler in various ways:


If you need help resetting your password, please go to ParentConnection/Reset Your Password, The reset password also provides the PIN in addition to a temporary password. If this does not work for you, please contact Tamara to verify your email address in the system.


If you do not have access to the web, please contact your student’s teacher to schedule a conference time.

LOTTERY SYSTEM NOW OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS!

The lottery system is open for applications for the 2020-2021 school year. Lottery applications are due by 5 p.m. on March 19, 2020. The lottery will run on March 20, 2020. Parents/guardians will be notified of the lottery results on March 27, 2020.


Don't forget that you also MUST submit a lottery application for any sibling that you want to attend Eagle Academy. The ONLY way a seat can be offered is through the lottery system.


*If you have a Kindergartner next year, you MUST submit an application for them*


If you know of someone that is interested in our program, please let them know that the lottery application system is now open!


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tamara at the front office.

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Policy Change Consideration

The Academic Policy Board is considering a policy change regarding staff dress code. The change would revise language found on page 18 of the Policies & Procedures Manual regarding staff dress code to the following (highlighted portion is the revision):


  • Eagle Academy Charter School employees (including substitutes) are expected to model professionalism at all times and to dress in a manner that enhances the school's public image. The public must be able to differentiate between students and the school staff. Staff shall adhere to all dress and grooming policies during regular school business hours.

    A change in policy requires it to be put out as public notice to allow input from the school community. Input can be given by attending our next meeting (Feb. 4th, 5:45 pm) and sharing during public comment, or can be given by emailing an APB member and asking it to be shared at the next meeting.

    Academic Policy Board Open Seat

    The Eagle Academy Academic Policy Board (APB) is accepting applications to fill our vacant Parent Member position – Seat E.


    Being a charter school, we have the unique opportunity to have our own governing body, which is the Academic Policy Board. The Academic Policy Board is responsible for creating school policy, approving and monitoring the school's budget, setting and monitoring goals for the program, selecting curriculum that aligns with EACS standards, overseeing the implementation of Eagle Academy's program, ensuring adherence to the school's charter and policies, hiring/evaluating/supervising the principal, and participating in staff interviews - all in accordance with the school's Charter and Bylaws.


    The Academic Policy Board consists of seven (7) members: four parents, one community member at large and two teachers of Eagle Academy. The parent positions must be filled by parents of students currently attending Eagle Academy and may not be filled by teachers, permanent staff members, or long-term temporary staff members of Eagle Academy. The community member may be a parent or classified employee but may not be a certificated staff member.


    Please see the attached application for more details. If interested, please return the application in a sealed envelope to the front office by Friday, 1/31.

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    SPIRIT DAY

    Our next Spirit Day will be SPORTS DAY! On Friday, January 31st students are invited to wear their soccer shirt, football jersey, cheerleader outfit, etc. No hats. Keep in mind that students will still be going outside for recess and that clothes need to be appropriate for school. Leggings should be worn underskirts and sweatpants over gymnastics uniforms, etc. Students who don’t wish to participate must be in uniform.

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    SCIENCE NIGHT!


    The annual Eagle Academy Family Science Night is upon us! Join us THIS FRIDAY, JANUARY 31ST from 6pm-8pm at school. Kickoff begins promptly at 6pm in the gym with group introductions followed by demonstrations in classrooms in 20 minute sessions. Come see drones, fingerprinting forensics, APD K9 unit, learn about rocks and minerals, trees, vertical gardening and more! This is a Science Night that will be the talk of the school!


    Bring some cash: there will be a uniform swap hosted by the PTO as well as items for sale from Vertical Gardening.

    February PTO Meeting

    The next PTO meeting is scheduled for Thursday, February 6th at 6pm in the staff lounge. Your attendance counts as volunteer time. We will be reviewing plans for the March Family Fun Night and events for the remainder of the year. Come share your thoughts with us, our families are what make the difference!

    PTO Board Vacancies

    The PTO needs YOU! If you've been thinking you'd like to get more involved in helping out at school, joining the PTO is a great way to meet that need. Come to the next meeting and learn about the open positions for next year: Chair, Treasurer and Parent Representative.

    Box Tops

    Are you scanning your grocery store receipts? Are you also clipping Box Tops when you see them? Congratulations, you're double dipping, which is totally allowed! Box Tops are going digital: download the app, create an account and tell them you want to support EACS. You can even designate a classroom to get credit within the app. Clipped physical Box Tops are still accepted too meaning you can get double credit for a single item!

    A Trip Down Memory Lane


    Have you been looking for old EACS yearbooks only to realize you forgot to get one? Well, you're in luck, we have a stock of the following years available for $10 each: 2017-18, 2016-17, 2014-15, 2013-14, and 2011-12. There are also a few from last year, 2018-19 available for $15 each.


    Contact Christina.shontz@gmail.com to get your copy today!

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    PARENT ORIENTATION MEETINGS

    If you are new to Eagle Academy, or would like a re-fresher, we have Parent Orientation Meetings scheduled. All NEW to Eagle Academy families are REQUIRED to attend, but it is also VERY informative for those who are interested in our program. There is a power point presentation explaining our program and philosophy, curriculum is out and available for your to review, you will get a tour of the school and there is a question and answer time. It usually takes about 30 - 45 minutes depending on the number of questions. We would love to have you come!


    • February is Visit Our Schools Month - every Tuesday at 9:30 am


    If you would like a reminder call, please call the school office to get added to the list for the date you plan to attend. We look forward to seeing you.

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