Chinook News for Wk of 4/3-4/7

Your every Sunday oh-FISH-al school newsletter!


This Week: 4/3-4/7

  • 4/3-4/7- This is an ART Week (FYI: Art/Health is on a rotating schedule)
  • 4/3-4/7 - GYM Schedule / Mr. Hall INSIDE gym & Ms. Straubinger OUTSIDE gym

  • Tue, 4/4 - 5th & 6th (including 4th Gr. Nicazio) Grade ELA AK STAR Assessment Day
  • Wed, 4/5 - 5th & 6th Gr. (including 4th Gr. Nicazio) MATH AK STAR Assessment Day
  • Thu, 4/6 - 3rd & 4th Gr. MATH AK STAR Assessment Day
  • Thu, 4/6 - Lottery closes for Applications at 5:00 pm
  • Thu, 4/6 - 5th Gr. SCIENCE AK STAR Assessment Day
  • Fri, 4/7 - 3rd & 4th Gr. ELA AK STAR Assessment Day

Looking ahead...

  • 4/10-4/14 - Make Up AK Star Assessments for 3rd-6th grade (more info below)
  • 4/10 - Chinook PTA Mtg / Zoom / 6PM
  • 4/13 - Chinook COSA Membership Meeting / Zoom / 5:45PM
  • 4/29 - Chinook Barnes & Noble Bookfair Day
  • 5/12 - Dance of the Decades (Tentative / More info to come)
  • 5/16 - Dimond Grad Walk (tentative / more info to come)
  • 5/16 - Field Day (More info to come)
  • 5/17 - Talent Show (tentative / more info to come)
  • 5/23 - 6th Grade Moving on Ceremony (more info to come)
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School Attendance: Our goal is 90%

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Let's be prepared...

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Thanks to everyone that came to and helped / participated with the COSA Auction!

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2023 AK STAR and Alaska Science Assessment

Each spring, Alaskan students are provided an opportunity to show what they know. When students show what they know, teachers and parents can partner to promote student success. The State of Alaska Department of Education has partnered with NWEA to align and connect the English language arts (ELA) and mathematics tests with the MAP Growth benchmark assessments students take in fall and winter.

This balanced assessment system targets instruction to better support meeting students’ individual learning needs. In addition, students will take only one assessment per content area (ELA and math) and be provided two scores as follows:

  1. Summative assessment result at grade-level

  2. MAP Growth interim benchmark result , including growth from fall to spring

AK STAR, the Alaska System of Academic Readiness, is comprised of English language arts and mathematics and is administered to students in grades 3-9. The Alaska Science Assessment is administered to students in grades 5, 8 and 10. The purpose of a large-scale, summative assessment is to provide parents and schools an overall picture of a student’s progress in meeting the Alaska standards at grade level.

Parents can locate resources for AK STAR test and the Alaska Science Assessment, including directions for Student Readiness (Practice Tests and Tutorials), student testing times and general assessment information on the ASD website at

Parents can also help by ensuring their children are well rested, eat a nutritious breakfast, and are at school on time for the days of testing. Please avoid scheduling appointments on your child’s testing days.

The ASD AK STAR and Alaska Science Assessment testing window allows for school assessment scheduling flexibility. Students! Get ready to show what you know during our school’s AK STAR and Alaska Science Assessment testing dates:

  • April 4-7 with make up testing the following week (April 10-14)

Chinook Talent Show Try Outs 4/12/23

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Coming May 4th - Chinook Multicultural Night

Come work with us!

  • Do you want to join our Chinook team?
  • Do you know of a strong educator that would be great on our Chinook team?

To best educate your students, our goal is to have ALL positions filled with high quality staff. Help us do that by getting the word out...

We are hiring for next year (23/24):

ASD Spring Lottery IS OPEN!

Do you know of a child who would benefit from our Open Optional program? Spring Lottery for the 2023-2024 school year opens February 15! Want more information? Click the ASD link here.

*REPEAT* Chinook OPEN OPTIONAL lottery!

Each spring Chinook’s Open Optional program, like alternative programs around the district, holds a lottery to enroll students for the coming school year. The window for applying for the lottery opens today, February 15th. If you have a child going into kindergarten through sixth grade this coming school year, and are interested in learning more about our program, please contact Chinook’s front office to set up a tour and a classroom visit. You can also visit our website at

Lottery applications may be filed online at the Online Lottery section of the Anchorage School District website (, or in person at the Chinook Elementary office. All lottery applications must be submitted by 5:00pm on Thursday, April 6. The lottery, for the 2023-2024 school year, will be held on Friday, April 7th. Notification of lottery results will begin April 14th at 5:00pm.

PHOTOS: A peak inside the great things happening at Chinook!


Some of the larger summer programs are already opening registration.

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Chinook Vision Statement

We, the staff and students at Chinook Elementary, commit ourselves to working together to provide a positive and safe school environment that strives to meet the needs of our diverse community of learners.‌