March 30, 2018

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.

Peaks Testing

Dates for testing is April 2nd - 6th

Testing will take place at Central Middle School


Grades 3-9 Monday and Tuesday - Math Testing

Grades 3-9 Wednesday and Thursday - English Language Arts Testing

Grades 4, 8 and 10 Friday - Science Testing

Please contact your sponsor teacher if you need to sign up for days and times or you can’t remember which days and times for which you are currently signed up.


Absolutely no electronic devices are allowed in the testing room. There are no exceptions. Phones, tablets, iPods, smart watches, etc. will not be allowed in the testing room. Please leave all personal electronic devices at home. If they are brought into the school, they will need to be left with the teacher who checks them in for testing.


Try to get a good night’s sleep and have a good breakfast and/or lunch the day of your test. Familiarize yourself with the PEAKS test by doing their Online Tools Tutorial and Practice Tests.

1. For Practice Tests copy and paste the following link into Google Chrome, https://wbte.drcedirect.com/AK/portals/ak

2. For familiarizing yourself with the Online Tools copy and paste the following link into a web browser, http://tinyurl.com/z4mndrc

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your test time so we can get everyone checked in and situated. Thank you for your cooperation and help with making the testing process as smooth as possible.

Graduation 2018

Be sure to mark your calendars for the class of 2018 graduation Monday May 21st 7:00pm at East High School.
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King Career Center's Hiring Event

Students ages 16+ are invited to attend the King Career Center's hiring event on April 4 to learn more about summer employment opportunities. More than 70 employers will be on hand looking to hire job-ready students.

-Contact your high school counselor to learn how to participate
-Dress professionally
-Bring copies of your resume

Applications available for scholarships below can be obtained from your sponsor teacher or the office

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*Trailblazers Wanted - Apply by April 4!*

The Student Conservation Association (SCA) is recruiting students age 15-19 for summer trail/environmental restoration projects. Students from all over Alaska convene to camp out, build trails, cookout, and share work skills and life skills. Teams of eight crew members are supervised by two adult crew leaders. In addition to community service hours, school credit, and skill-sharing, students get a $250 or $500 stipend at the successful completion of their two- or four-weeks of service. Outdoor gear, food, and transportation (if needed) are all provided.

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To apply, students must visit www.thesca.org/akcrew and complete the Basic, Program

(Regional/National Crew), and Final application. The deadline to apply is April 4. Candidates do not need to pay the $25 application fee. Enter application code PO-00724993 for a fee waiver.

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a few Simple ideas to improve student motivation

1. Give students a sense of control - While guidance from you is important to keep your child on task and motivated, allowing them to have some choice and control over what happens while getting instruction is actually on of the best ways to keep them engaged. For example, allowing them to choose what type of assignment they want to do or which problems to work on can give them a sense of control that may just motivate them to do more.

2. Define the objectives - It can be very frustrating for some children to complete an assignment or even behave while receiving instruction if their aren't aren't defined objectives. Students want and need to know what is expected of them in order to stay motivated to work. At the beginning of the day lay out clear objectives, rules and expectations for them so there isn't any confusion and they have goals to work towards.

3. Create a threat-free environment - While children do need to understand that there are consequences to their actions, far more motivating for students than threats are positive reinforcements. When you create a safe, supportive environment for your child, affirming their belief in their abilities rather than laying out consequences of not doing things. Your child is much more likely to get and stay motivated to do their work. At the end of the day, your child will fulfill the expectations that you communicate to them, so focus on can and not can't.

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March 26, 1911

American playwright Tennessee Williams (1911-1983) was born in Columbus, Mississippi. His works featured Southern settings and include; The Glass Menagerie, Night of the Iguana, and two Pulitzer Prize winning plays, A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof .

March 29, 1790

John Tyler (1790-1862) the 10th U.S. President was born in Charles City County, Virginia. He became president upon the death of William H. Harrison and served from 1841 to 1845. In 1861, Tyler was elected to the Confederate Congress, but died before being seated.

March 30, 1853

Vincent Van Gogh (1853-1890) was born in Groot Zundert, Holland. He was a Postimpressionist painter, generally considered the greatest Dutch painter after Rembrandt. During his short (10-year) painting career he produced over 800 oil paintings and 700 drawings, but sold only one during his lifetime. In 1987, the sale of his painting Irises brought $53.9 million, the highest price ever paid for a work of art up to that time. During his life, Van Gogh suffered from despair and bouts of mental illness, at one point cutting off part of his own left ear. He committed suicide in 1890 by gunshot.
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peaks testing - April 2nd-6th at Central Middle School

Graduation 2018 - Monday May 21st 7:00 pm at East High School


Superintendent: Dr. Deena Bishop (742-4312)

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