November 10, 2017

Working together with families in a partnership of teachers, staff and community members to provide an individualized learning environment that fosters high achievement in core and elective areas; preparing students for life-long success.

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Attention!!!! OnTrack schedule changes


We are adding ONE OnTrack time during Thanksgiving break because we have had so many disruptions to our Friday schedule.

OnTrack WILL be held on TUESDAY, November 21st from 12 to 4 pm.

There will be NO OnTrack on Friday November 24th.


The last day for OnTrack for the 1st semester is on Friday, December 15th. If your student is going to continue to attend OnTrack 2nd semester please be sure to allocate it in your student's OLS packet.

NOTE: Due to MAP testing and limited space available on Friday

Dec. 1st and 8th, OnTrack students will need to sign up to attend for either morning (9 to 12:30) or afternoon (12:30 to 4pm) session which will be held in Suite 100 not the conference room.

Please check our website under About Us/OnTrack for the regular schedule.

Questions, please contact:

Kay Alley 830-2833 alley_armenta@asdk12.org

Elbertha Anker 248-4270 anker_elbertha@asdk12.org

Michelle Oliveri-Barton 382-7898 oliveri-barton_michel@asdk12.org

Map Testing November 27th - December 8th Contact your sponsor teacher to reserve a spot

MAP testing is about to start up for our second session.

There have been some changes in the district that will affect how we do our testing. Additionally, we are trying to streamline our testing procedures to provide an optimal testing environment for our students.

  • The Anchorage School District has mandated that students only take one test per day. Taking both the Reading and Math test in one day is no longer an option so to accommodate this new mandate, the first week of testing will be for Math testing only and the second week of testing will be dedicated to the Reading test.

  • Parents will need to stay and wait for their student to finish testing. Please do not drop off your student and leave. Because each session will only administer one test, the testing time will be greatly reduced so waiting time will be minimal. This enables our proctors to concentrate on keeping an orderly and quiet testing environment without having to manage students who have finished testing.

  • Please understand that the scheduling process is very complex. Please give at least 24 hours notice if you need to reschedule. In the case of illness or emergency we of course will understand, but if it is at all possible, we need a heads up for schedule changes.

Please remember that Math testing and Reading Testing will be done on different weeks.

Emergency School Closures

As winter approaches, if you aren't sure if there is a school closure due to bad weather please check the following:

This applies to all small group classes taught. If your student attends a small group class taught by a vendor, please contact the vendor directly.

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In two minutes students recall and list in rank order the most important ideas from a previous day's class; in two more minutes, the summarize those points in a single sentence, the write one major question they want answered, then identify a thread or theme to connect this material to the course's major goal.
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November 6, 1860

Abraham Lincoln was elected as the 16th U.S. President and the first Republican. He received 180 of 303 possible electoral votes and 40 percent of the popular vote.

November 8, 1895

November 9, 1989

The Berlin Wall was opened up after standing for 28 years as a symbol of the Cold War. The 27.9 mile wall had been constructed in 1961.

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ANSEP Middle School Academy

ASD and the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) are offering the opportunity for students to attend the Middle School Academy at UAA this January.

WHO: Students currently in grade 6, 7 or 8, who:

  • Are interested in science and mathematics
  • Are on track (or have the ability to get on-track) to complete Algebra 1 before entering high school
  • Have passing scores on the state’s standardized science and mathematics tests
  • Have at least a B average in science and mathematics courses

WHEN: January 16-27, 2018

WHERE: The Academy will be held on the UAA campus and hosted by the ANSEP. Students will be housed on the UAA campus; it is mandatory for all participants to stay in the provided housing for the duration of the Academy.

HOW: Students must complete an application and return it to the Title VI Indian Education office by 5:00 p.m. on November 17, 2017. The applications are available at the FPCS office on Fireweed.

2018 BP Alaska Principal’s Scholarship

BP partners with the APF to award 20 graduating seniors across Alaska each with a one-time, $5,000 scholarship. Any high school Principal in Alaska may nominate one graduating senior from their school. Last year one of Family Partnership's graduating seniors was the recipient of this prestigious award.

All BP APF scholarship recipients are automatically qualified for review for our Commissioner’s Scholarship. Out of the 20 participants, the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development Commissioner will select a nominee to receive an additional $10,000.00 towards their college education.

The deadline to submit your application materials to Principal Carroll is January 12, 2018.

Follow this link for more information: http://www.alaskaprincipal.org/scholarships/bp/

National History Day's 2018 Normandy Institute Seeking Applicants

High school sophomores and juniors passionate about World War II history can apply to National History Day's 2018 Normandy Institute. Along with an educator, students will travel to Normandy, France and participate in exciting primary source resource - all expenses paid. Applications must be received by midnight on Monday, Nov. 27. All applicants must be available to participate in the institute from June 16-28, 2018.


The George S. & Stella M.Knight Essay Contest submissions due by 12/31/17 - click link below

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Academic Policy Committee

Date: Thursday November 16th

Time: 6:30 pm

Location: 401 E. Fireweed Lane Conference Room

National Honor Society Meeting

Date: Thursday November 16th

Time: 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Location: 401 E. Fireweed Lane, Suite 100

Letters of invitation have been mailed out to prospective new Sophomore and Junior candidates who keep their GPA above 3.5. The focus of this prestigious group is to serve their school and community, develop leadership skills, and model high standards in the areas of academics and character. If you received an application packet, we encourage you to fill it out and turn it in to the office before the December 20th deadline. (4:00 p.m.)

Those students who are selected will be inducted on Tuesday, January 30th at a ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at the BP Energy Center. If you have questions, contact Advisor Happy Chronister at 240-7244.

Graduation Planning Meeting for the Class of 2018

Date: Friday, November 17th

Time: 4:00-6:00 pm

Location: Bayshore Clubhouse.

The business office closure

November 20th - 24th for the Thanksgiving Holiday.

We will re-open on Monday November 27th at 9:00 am.

Fall Floral Field Trip to Cedar's Flower Wholesale

Date: Tuesday, Nov. 21st

Time: 2:30 - 4:00 p.m. (shoot for 2:20 p.m. so you aren't late)

Locataion: Anchorage Flower Wholesale - 6151 B Street, Anchorage AK 99516

(off C Street between 64th and Potter)

Sign up to attend a field trip to create a beautiful fall centerpiece and explore the variety of jobs that are related to the floral industry. Select and share flowers with other students to create a floral centerpiece to take home. Bring a large vase or two small vases to fill.

Sign up on the OLS under your Art or Science course. Requisition the field trip under "retail vendor" and the words "Field Trip" for this learning activity led by ASD teacher, Happy Chronister.

The fee will be $20 for supplies. If you don't have an art or science course or are out of FPCS funds, you can pay using private funds.

Contact Happy Chronister by text at 240-7244 to let her know you will attend.

Reimbursement Deadline

Deadline for 1st semester expenses/receipts dated: June 1, 2017 - December 1, 2017

All request for the 1st semester are due in to the Fireweed office by 4:00 p.m.


Superintendent: Dr. Deena Bishop (742-4312)

Board President: Tam Agosti-Gisler‌‌ (742-1101 ext. 4)