FPCS TIDBITS

Friday, April 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.

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Welcome to our Family

There is a new face in the crowd. Introducing the newest member of the FPCS Office staff, Mrs. Diana Dominguez-Kutcher. Diana will be our new Receptionist / Administrative Assistant at the front desk.


She is taking over for Debbie Mastro who has moved into our Requisition / Administrative Assistant position in the business office. Debbie is taking over for JoAnne Zimmerman who has transitioned to our new Vendor / Administrative Assistant position. Although the changes sound a bit confusing, I promise you that after one visit to the office you will discover that customer service is still a top priority and that the office staff is ready and willing to assist you.


Please welcome Diana to our family. We feel fortunate to have her on board.

Fundraiser for Kids Cancer Research

The UAA hockey team, fire fighters and other amazing people in our community will be shaving their heads in honor of those brave little warriors that are battling cancer, beat cancer or have lost their fight against cancer.


What: St. Baldrick's Day

When: Sunday, April 10,

Where: Alaska Airlines Center

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


For more information: https://www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/12384/2016

FPCS Spring MAP Assessments Begin Next Week

Our third and final RTI screening begins next week Monday, April 11 and runs through Friday, April 22nd. If you have not already done so, please contact your sponsor teacher to sign up for test sessions.


Measures of Academic Progress or MAP (not to be confused with the Alaska Measures of Progress or AMP) is the universal screener that was given in the Fall (September) and Winter (December). We hope that the information you received, the conversations you have had with your Sponsors, and the adjustments you have made to your instruction will result in increased student academic growth.


We've also been busy renovating our office space to create a more comfortable environment for testing and as always, snacks will be provided.


Hope to see you in the next two weeks.

WIN Wednesday

Win Wednesday will be taking a break for the next two weeks due to MAP testing.

NO OPEN LAB on April 13th and 20th. We will resume on April 27th.


Students in grades K-8 are welcome to come for one hour to use free computer programs: Lexia Core5, Lexia Strategies,Keyboarding Without Tears, Typing Agent, and Math Whizz. Parents are welcome to come and ask questions about any of these programs. This service is free and counts toward teacher contact hours. Hope to see you there!

Spring Reimbursement Deadline

Friday, April 29th at 4:00 p.m.


The last date to submit your receipts for reimbursement of educationally related expenses for the 2nd semester of this school year (dated: December 3, 2015 - April 29, 2016).

Graduating Seniors

Please be sure to check your FPCS e-mail frequently. Keep up to date on the latest announcements, activities, and deadlines.

Lexia

Congratulations to the following students for earning a certificate in Lexia this week!


Aubrey Bialik

Kai Finch

Noora Janjua

Hayden Unger

Liam Wood

CALLING FOR CANDIDATES

FPCS will hold it's annual election for the Academic Policy Committee at our End of Year Celebration on May 10, 2016. There are five APC seats set to expire at the end of the 2015-16 school year.


Parent Seat A (currently held by Pete Johnson)

Parent Seat D (Curently held by Robert Barton)

Parent Seat F (Currently vacant)

Teacher Seat B (Currently held by Happy Chronister)

Student Seat (Curently vacant)

Student Shadow Seat (Currently vancant)


To declare your candidacy, please fill out the Candidate Questionnaire form and return it to the APC Elections Committee Chair, Robert Barton no later than April 30, 2016.


For more information: 2016 APC Election Information and APC Candidate Questionnaire

OPPORTUNITIES for STUDENTS

Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) in ASD

We are excited to announce that Anchorage School District has again partnered with the Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) in order to offer an exceptional summer opportunity for our Alaska Native students.


Note: These academies are contingent upon ASD school board budget approval and may be cancelled if the funding is not received.


We are currently recruiting 5th, 6th, and 7th grade students who:


  • Are interested in science and mathematics,
  • Have a "B" average or above in their science and mathematics classes,
  • Have a passing score on the state's science and mathematics tests,
  • And are on track (or have the ability to get on track) to complete Algebra I before entering high school.


The Middle School Academy will have two sessions: June 1-12 and June 15-26, 2016. The application for the program is attached, and completed packets can be mailed directly to the ANSEP office or handed in at the ASD Title VII Indian Education Office. The application deadline is April 22, 2016 by 5:00 PM.


The Anchorage School District Title VII Indian Education Department will be hosting two informational sessions for families:


  1. 4/12/16 from 6:15PM to 8:15 PM at Kincaid Elementary School, Library
  2. 4/19/16 from 5:00 PM ­to 7:00 PM at the ASD Education Center, Learning Lab


Interested families and school staff are encouraged to attend in order learn more information about the program, and to get help with completing their applications. (Including essay writing tips and support.)
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ESSENTIAL INSTRUCTIONAL STRATEGIES

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Get As Close As You Can

A Math Race to Reach Target Number

Keeping math skills sharp is a top priority. That's why "Get As Close As You Can" is a great sponge activities. Pick a random number — in the thousands or greater for upper grades, lower numbers for earlier grades — and write it on the board. Call it the target number. Then, write down five other random numbers and invite your student(s) to use any of the five numbers and any combination of math operations


(addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) to write an equation that gets them as close as possible to the target number. The student with the equation that comes closest to the target number wins!


Here's an example:


Target number: 1,050

Random Numbers: 5, 87, 24, 13, 9

Sample answer: (87 x 13) - (24 x 5) = 1,011.



This activity was found at: http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/article/classroom-activities-quick-fillers-grades-68

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO HMMMM...

IMPORTANT DATES - EVENTS - DEADLINES

  • April 11th - April 22nd: MAP (Measures of Academic Progress - our universal screener) assessments for students in grades K-8.
  • April 29th: Spring Reimbursement Deadline (4:00 p.m.)
  • May 2: Final grades and work samples due for graduating seniors
  • May 10: Year End Celebration (6:00) Crosspoint Church
  • May 17: Graduation (7:00 p.m.) East High School Auditorium

THANK YOU FPCS SCHOOL BUSINESS PARTNERS

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