FPCS TIDBITS

Friday, January 8, 2016

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

ONLINE SYSTEM (OLS) Update

We are experiencing some technical difficulties with the OLS Link on our website. You can temporarily access the OLS by going directly to:


fpcs.azurewebsites.net


We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

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A New Look

Our programming needs are constantly evolving. In order to more efficiently utilize space we have once again redesigned our Fireweed location offices. This change is designed to maximize space for student safety and testing, and OnTrack sessions.


Administrative and Business offices are now located on the west side of the building (to the left as you enter from the front entrance).


Sponsor Teacher offices and OnTrack meeting areas are now located on the east side of the building (to the right as you enter from the front entrance)

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18, 2016


On the third Monday in January, people in the United States observe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. It is a national holiday that honors an important leader of the Civil Rights movement in the United States. Many communities celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day with picnics, festivals, parades, and marches.


Dr. King worked hard for freedom, equality, and dignity of all races and peoples. He used nonviolent actions to help bring about change. He gave speeches and led peaceful marches in many parts of the country. He gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial during the historic March on Washington on August 28,1963.


Dr. King’s work in the Civil Rights movement helped bring about the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This act made segregation in public places against the law. It also made it illegal for employers to refuse to hire people because of their race, religion, national origin, or gender. That same year, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. He continued his civil rights work through the 1960s. On April 4, 1968, King was assassinated.


Soon after Dr. King’s death, a bill was introduced in Congress to make his birthday a national holiday. The bill did not become law for 15 years. Finally, in 1983, Congress voted to establish the holiday in King’s honor. President Ronald Reagan then signed it into law.


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Pennies for Patients

Help your students learn how their small actions can make a difference in the lives of children all around the world. Family Partnership will once again be participating in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Pennies for Patients campaign. We're hoping to surpass the amount collected last year ($103.00). Collection boxes will be available at Crosspoint and the main office during the weeks of January 18-22 and January 25-29.

Pennies For Patients - 2015

FREE ACT PREP

With the number of students taking the ACT up by almost 20% since 2010 and the ever-increasing competition to get into the best universities, the stakes are high for scoring well on the ACT test. We've scheduled a practice test session provided by Sylvan Learning at the Family Partnership Office for any FPCS high school student.


Date: Thursday, January 21st

Time: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.


Includes a free online follow up program for students available for one month.

2016 Visit Our Schools Month

Come visit our school this February


Community members, businesses and parents are invited to visit any ASD school during the month of February to learn more about the community's public schools. While schools welcome members of the public year-round, this coordinated effort provides parents and community members an opportunity to learn more about the many educational opportunities available. Last year, ASD schools welcomed more than 2,100 visitors.

The safety of our students will always remain our top priority. All people on tours will be checked in through normal procedures that visitors follow. Principals and school staff will be leading the tours and tour groups will never be unsupervised. Students will continue classroom activities during tours and the tours will not interfere with student learning.


Learn more about Visit Our Schools Month at www.asdk12.org/visit.

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State Ferry Naming Contest

Sponsored by the Alaska Department of Transportation & Public Facilities and the Governor’s Office.


By state law, state ferries are named after Alaska glaciers. Students (in grades 6-12) are invited to submit a name for one of two new state ferries and provide supporting evidence in an essay of 400 to 800 words. The content should include scientific and historical information. One ferry will be named by a student from grades 6 to 8, and the other ferry will be named by a student from grades 9 to 12.


The two winning students will receive an award certificate in their classroom presented by the Governor, Lt. Governor, or Commissioner of DOT&PF. The winning essay will be framed and displayed on the ferry it names.


Essays are due March 15, 2016


A flyer, a learning guide from DOT&PF, and an outline of the contest are available at: http://FerryAlaska.com/contest.

CALLING ALL FPCS SCIENCE ENTHUSIASTS

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IMPORTANT DATES - EVENTS - DEADLINES

  • January 11, 2016 - Crosspoint small-group classes begin
  • January 11, 2016 - APC Committee Work Sessions - 6:30 p.m. - FPCS Office
  • January 15, 2016 - 2nd semester ILP's due
  • January 18, 2016 - Martin Luther King Day (Office Closed / No Classes)
  • January 29, 2016 - Vendor Billing Deadline 4:00 p.m. (1st Semester Invoices)

THANK YOU FPCS SCHOOL BUSINESS PARTNERS

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