Chugiak Chatter

January 27, 2022

Dear Chugiak Families:


We look forward to seeing parents and guardians at school for February conferences on Wednesday and Thursday, the 16th and 17th. Wednesday conferences will be held from 1:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Thursday conferences will be held from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The conference scheduler will be available Tuesday, Feb. 1 - Tuesday, Feb. 15 for parents to sign up for their conference time. Parents may access the scheduler in several ways:

Due to time limitations, Immersion conferences are set at fifteen minutes and Natiya conferences at twenty minutes. Students will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. both days, with no school for students on Friday, Feb. 18th.

Arrival Time

Chugiak's morning arrival time is between 8:40 and 8:50 a.m. We have noticed an abundance of vehicles entering our lot past the 8:50 a.m. entry bell. Please check your morning routines and adjust for arrival shortly after 8:40 a.m. This enables teachers to record accurate attendance promptly at 9:00 a.m. and commence with instruction. Thank you!


Interested in volunteering at Chugiak? The volunteer process starts by applying through ASD here. Connecting with Chugiak's super PTO is a great next step, as they coordinate many school wide volunteer opportunities and are always appreciative of community support. Parents may wish to reach out to their child's teacher so they know of your interest as classroom needs arise. Also, if you'd like to spend mid-day recreation time outside, volunteers may wish to join students during recess. The Chugiak Cafe is out of service this year during our construction project. We are excited to bring it back at the start of 2022-23!


Heather Mildon, Principal

From Your Chugiak PTO

We are planning for Staff Appreciation Week Feb. 7-11. If you are able to volunteer your time (before/after school or around lunchtime) or donate food and paper items, please email us at We will have more specific information on our needs in the coming days.

Don't forget about the PTO meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. in the Library. Everyone's invited!

Attend by Zoom here:

Topic: Chugiak Elementary PTO Meeting 2-1-22
Time: Feb 1, 2022 06:00 PM Alaska

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 765 6781 8183
Passcode: h8GL5x

Ram Rave Bingo Winners!

Do you have friends and neighbors interested in Chugiak's Spanish Immersion Program? Share the 2022 lottery information! Gracias!

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2021-22 Calendar at a Glance

Feb. 1: Lottery for School Year 22-23 Opens

Feb. 1: ACCESS Assessment begins for ELL students

Feb. 1: Chugiak P.T.O. Meeting, Library, 6:00 p.m.

Feb. 2: Dinosaur Day for Wacky Wed!

Feb. 16: Sportswear Day for Wacky Wed!

Feb. 16-17: Half-days, school ends at 12:30 p.m. for conferences

Feb. 18: Teacher in-service day, no school for students

Feb. 19: ASD Alternative Schools Fair, 12 - 4 @ ASD Ed Center

Feb. 21: School closed: Presidents Day holiday

Feb. 22: STAMP Assessment for 2nd - 5th Grade Spanish students begins

Feb. 26: Chugiak-ER School Fair, 1- 4 pm @ Chugiak-ER Library

Mar. 2: Dr. Seuss Day/Red Cross Day for Wacky Wed!

Mar. 2: NAEP Testing for Fourth Grade Students

Mar. 4: Teacher in-service day, no school for students

Mar. 7 - 11: School closed: Spring Vacation

Mar. 18: STAMP Assessment window for Spanish students closes

Wacky Wednesday Feb. 2: DINOSAUR DAY!

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ACCESS Testing Information for Families of ELL Students

Beginning February 1st our school will be conducting a state required assessment for English Language Learners. This assessment is called ACCESS and provides important feedback about the progress of our English Language Learners in Reading, Speaking, Listening and Writing. Students will take the test using our school’s computers. Only students who are currently identified as members of the English Language Learners (ELL) Program will be assessed. Most of the assessments will be completed during the first few weeks of February but some may continue into March.

More information about the ACCESS assessment can be found on the Alaska Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s ACCESS page,

For ASD Virtual families with ELL students, our school has designated February 1st, 3rd, 8th, 10th, 15th and 17th to administer ACCESS testing for your child or children. The time depends upon their grade level. If you are unable to bring your child or children to our school site for testing due to your family’s health and safety concerns, please complete the district survey linked here to indicate your intention to refuse ACCESS testing this spring. Your responses will be forwarded to our school to help with planning.

If you have any questions about this test, you are encouraged to contact us here at school at 742-3400. You may also contact the District’s ELL Department at 742-4452. Information about the English Language Learners Program in the Anchorage School District can be found on ASD’s website.

As always, with testing, we ask that families plan so that their students are in school and are well-rested for testing. Your patience and support for this process is very much appreciated as this assessment does provide useful information that helps our district and school improve programs for English Language Learners.

NAEP Information for Parents/Guardians of Fourth Grade Students


Mathematics & Reading Assessments

Chugiak Elementary School

January 27, 2022

Dear Parent or Guardian:

Chugiak Elementary’s Fourth Grade students will participate in the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) on March 2, 2022. NAEP is the largest nationally representative and continuing assessment of what students know and can do in various subjects. NAEP is different from our state assessments because it is a common measure of achievement across the country. The assessment is administered by the National Center for Education Statistics, within the U.S. Department of Education. The results are released as The Nation’s Report Card, which provides information about student achievement to educators, parents, policymakers, and the public.

Your child will take a mathematics or reading assessment. The assessment takes approximately 2 hours for most students, which includes transition time and directions.

The information collected is used for statistical purposes only.

· Your child’s grades will not be affected.

· Students may be excused for any reason, are not required to complete the assessment, and may skip any question.

· While the assessment is voluntary, NAEP depends on student participation to help policymakers improve education. However, if you do not want your child to participate, please notify me in writing by February 16, 2022.

There is no need to study in preparation for NAEP, but please encourage your child to do their best. A brochure that explains what participation in NAEP means for you and your child is available at Contact me at school at 907-742-3400 or at if you have any questions.

We are excited that our school is participating in NAEP. We know that Chugiak’s students will show what our nation’s students know and can do.


Heather Mildon, Principal

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) is authorized to conduct NAEP by the National Assessment of Educational Progress Authorization Act (20 U.S.C. §9622) and to collect students’ education records from education agencies or institutions for the purposes of evaluating federally supported education programs under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA, 34 CFR §§ 99.31(a)(3)(iii) and 99.35). All of the information provided by participants may be used only for statistical purposes and may not be disclosed, or used, in identifiable form for any other purpose except as required by law (20 U.S.C. §9573 and 6 U.S.C. §151). By law, every NCES employee as well as every NCES agent, such as contractors and NAEP coordinators, has taken an oath and is subject to a jail term of up to 5 years, a fine of $250,000, or both if he or she willfully discloses ANY identifiable information about participants. Electronic submission of participant’s information will be monitored for viruses, malware, and other threats by Federal employees and contractors in accordance with the Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2015. The collected information will be combined across respondents to produce statistical reports.