Tustumena Elementary Newsletter

February 14, 2014

Happy Valentine's Day to Everyone!

All this week, the school has been winding up to Valentine’s Day. I think every room had some kind of party today so I am feeling a little sorry for the bus drivers as we send them all home with a bit of a sugar buzz.



We have three more full weeks of school before spring break so our teachers are moving the curriculum along at full speed. In fact, today while I was in Mr. Peterson's classroom I heard him tell the kids, "Tighten your skates, cause we are going through this fast."



On February 26th, we will have another collaboration day/early release. Our teachers have had a chance to really dig into the science standards as a result of the extra time. They will use the same process now with other curricular areas with new standards.



Finally, I would like to summarize the alert we had yesterday. At around 9:15 our school was notified by the Alaska State Troopers that they were on a call in the area. There was not a recommendation to go into a full lock down, but as a precaution I locked the front door and positioned myself at the entrance to let parents come and go to collect or drop off students. We had maintenance workers on the roof and they remained working during the alert. Until 10:55, when we received information that the situation was resolved, my full attention was directed on the coming and goings of our building. At 10:58 I sent out a notice via email to all parents on our list advising them of the issue and that it was resolved. (Then followed that up with a paper copy sent home.) I know social media and even our own local media had already taken off with stories of a lock down. This of course didn't happen. I am just sincerely vigilant and protective. Perhaps I could have found a way to notify everyone sooner, but my priorities are keeping the children safe and providing a safe learning environment. Some adults may have been anxious, but no children were alarmed and not a moment of instruction was lost.



I would like to thank our Alaska State Troopers for their communication with us and their diligent service.



Happy Valentine's Day



Doug Hayman

Recruitment for Health Curriculum Review Committee

Are you interested in reviewing and developing the District’s health curriculum? Community members, parents, teachers, or students—please complete and return this online application by March 7, 2014.


If you have questions or need more information, please call Melissa Linton, KPBSD Curriculum and Assessment Coordinator at 714-8861 or email: mlinton@kpbsd.k12.ak.us


MEDIA RELEASE

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District


Contact: Pegge Erkeneff, 907.714.8888


Soldotna, February 14, 2014—The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Federal Programs Committee will hold a meeting on Tuesday, March 4, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Harbor Room at Land’s End Resort, Homer, Alaska.


The Federal Programs Committee is comprised of parents, community members, and KPBSD staff. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. The committee provides input regarding the services provided through Title I, Part A; Title II, Part A; Title I, Part C (Migrant Education); McKinney Vento (Students in Transition), and Title III, English Language Learners (ELL).


March 4, 2014


9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


Harbor Room, Land’s End, Homer


Agenda


· Program Reports – status of School Year 2013-2014, proposal for 2015, public input


· Title IA


· McKinney Vento


· Title I-D


· Title IC


· Title IIA


· Title IIIA



Please RSVP to Maribeth Snell, MSnell@KPBSD.k12.ak.us

MEDIA RELEASE

How would you spend 160 million dollars?


Soldotna, February 14, 2014—Everyone interested in quality public education is invited to a public meeting about the 2014-2015 budget designed to provide a K-12 education for our local students on the Kenai Peninsula.


The reality is that when the budget process began, an $8,235,753 deficit for a status quo budget in 2014-2015 existed. This is to provide what KPBSD did in 2013-2014. Please step up to the plate and attend a public budget forum. You’ll take a deficit walk with Dave Jones, assistant superintendent of instructional support, and learn about the budget reductions we have already made, possibilities for the future, the role of the legislature, borough, and general fund balance. Do you know that in July 2013, the school board already determined a .5 increase for student-to-teacher ratio in the classroom to address the deficit? This equates to more than ten current positions which will not be funded next year. Even with this, other proposed expenditure reductions, and use of the general fund balance, KPBSD still has an unresolved deficit of $4,593,729 to solve.


Dr. Steve Atwater, superintendent, said, “The financing for our schools is complicated. I encourage the public to attend the budget forums so they can better understand this financing and to gain a sense of our deficit and what steps we are taking to close the revenue-expenditure gap.”


Parents, employees, students, community members—you are invited. Mark your calendar for one hour, and bring your inquiries and questions to KPBSD Budget 101, where you will learn about the district perspective, expenditures, revenues, and where to find specifics for your neighborhood school:


· Tuesday, February 18, 2014, 5:30 p.m., Seward High School library


· Wednesday, February 19, 2014, 5:30 p.m., Soldotna High School library


· Tuesday, February 25, 2014, 5:30 p.m., Homer High School library


Link: KPBSD finance department and budget documents: http://bit.ly/FinanceKPBSD