Susitna Elementary News
March 23 , 2015
Please take a few minutes to read over all the exciting things happening at Susitna Elementary School. The newsletter is sent directly to your email address(es), so please make sure to keep the front office current on your preferred email contacts. Paper copies are available in the front office, or you can go to our school’s website to read this issue, or any others in the archive library.
Happy Spring, and so far, it's been a beautiful one! Despite the welcome increase in daylight, please help us keep your students "on track" with their learning by maintaining their bedtime and homework habits!
Thursday night, Mar. 26, is our 6th Annual STEM Night. This year's theme is Geology - Rocks and Minerals.Students and their families can see new exhibits, science fair projects, and play with hands on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math stations from a wide variety of staff, vendors and geologists from around the city. Don't miss the fun and door prizes from 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Susitna! Students in grades 3 - 5 can even demonstrate how they have been practicing for the AMP Test in the computer lab! It is a lot of fun for the entire family!
Next Tuesday, April 7, our school will be a voting site for the Municipal Elections. I cannot encourage you enough to exercise this important right! Research the candidates, proposals, and then VOTE to let your voice be heard! Last year Susitna was fortunate to be on an approved school bond that will bring new heating, electricity, light fixtures, and replace doors and windows to make us more energy efficient! Now, other schools could really use your YES vote on The School Bond for needed improvements in their buildings! Read the details about this school bond below.
Next week, March 30, our students will join other 3 - 10 graders as they begin taking the new AMP (Alaska Measures of Performance) Test online! Times are changing, and so are the annual student assessments. They are completely accessible for each individual student through a secured online portal. Specific class schedules for our AMP tests have gone home, and are available through the front office. Please make sure your student comes to school on time, well rested, and ready to do their best on the test!
Upcoming Dates to Remember
*Mar. 24 - Science SBAs for all 4th Graders
*Mar. 25 - Dance Club Forms Due - only 20 drawn for each group (K-2) and (3-5)
*Mar. 26 - STEM Night at Susitna - Don't miss this STEMulating event - 6 - 7:30 p.m.
*Mar. 27 - Zoo Hour - lights out at Susitna from 1:15 - 2:15 to show our support!
*Mar. 30 - AMP Testing begins statewide
*Mar. 5 -
*Apr. 7 - Municipal Election - School board seats, mayoral election, and a school bond are on the ballot. Please vote!
*April 23 - Bugz! Performance with Kinders and Drama Club Assembly 9:30-11am
Don't miss out! Join us for a STEMulating Event!!!
ROCKS AND MINERALS, AND MUCH, MUCH, MORE!!!
STEM NIGHT THURSDAY, MARCH 26th, 6:00 - 7:30 P.M.
Susitna Students Participate in Zoo Hour Again this Year!
Earth Hour is the largest environmental event in history! Started in 2007 in Sydney, Australia with 2.2 million people and more than 2,100 businesses participating, it has grown to a worldwide event with hundreds of millions of people across 153 countries switching off their lights for one hour, each year. During this time (one hour) we ask that all non-essential lights and electronics be turned off and unplugged for the hour in celebration of worldwide energy conservation efforts. Think of things to go above and beyond the hour, these simple things make a lasting difference over time.
Classes will be participating in the Alaska Zoo Earth Hour Challenge this Friday, 1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Feel free to join us in our efforts, and power down for an hour, too!
Parents of current 5th Graders in Open Optional
The Susitna Optional Program currently has an agreement with Begich Middle School that our 5th grade students are grandfathered into their program.
However, if you have a 5th grader and you are planning to have him/her go to Begich Middle School next year, and you are not zoned for Begich, then you will need to fill out the online lottery form.
When asked about the reason for the Zone Exemption you should select the Educational Program choice.
After you submit your form, then you need to call/email Sylvia Biondich, the Registrar at Begich and tell her your child is in Susitna Optional. She will the make a note on your child's lottery form. By doing this, your child will be automatically accepted into Begich Middle School for 6th grade.
Begich Middle School Registrar
link to Online Lottery Form
READ ALL ABOUT IT - THE 2015 ASD SCHOOL BOND
Susitna Artwork in the Community
Several of our very own students have artwork on display around Anchorage. Check out their pieces below!
- Kayden Linton, Kindergarten (Ms. Stout) has a drawing of an Alaska Steam train in the Anchorage Museum on the Centennial theme wall.
- Ana Hokenson, 5th Grade (Ms. Mott and Ms. Stone) has a drawing of a bear skull in the Museum as well.
- James Roderick, 5th Grade (Mr. Allen) has a Notan collage at the Sears Mall.
“ARTennial Anchorage: Celebrating 100” is the theme of the 43rd Annual Anchorage School District student art exhibition at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with National Youth Art Month, an acknowledgement of the visual arts programs in American schools. The community is cordially invited to attend the Grand Reception, Friday March 20th from 6-8pm; the reception is to honor artists from all exhibit locations. In addition to the exhibit, ASD students will provide live music. Admission to the reception is free.
Exhibition Sites & Dates:
Primary Exhibit Location
Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center
March 6 – April 12, 2015
Auxiliary Exhibit Locations
ZJ Loussac Municipal Library
March 6 – April 10, 2015
Chugiak-Eagle River Municipal Library
March 6 – April 11, 2015
The Mall at Sears
March 9 – April 2, 2015 (please note this exhibit is a shorter timespan)
2015 Youth Art Month Committee Members
Elementary: Rosie Morgan, Nicole Cox, Ashley Austin
Secondary: Scott Mayfield, Chris Selin, Kelly Hebert
For further information, contact Mary Wilts, Curriculum Coordinator, ASD Music and Fine Arts Department, 742-0151.
(Excerpt from the flyer)
ARTennial Anchorage: Celebrating 100
Art is the footprint of our history, and Anchorage artists leave a big impression. We are rich in artistic culture, with one of the most diverse yet harmonious populations in the world. This is reflected in the art we create, celebrate, and honor. From the creations of the youngest child to the most accomplished professional, the arts in Anchorage are viewed and respected as reflections of our past, evidence of our present, and visions of our future. As we celebrate Anchorage’s Centennial, we discover a correlation to the art that has traced our path. ASD student artists leave a unique trail, and we invite you to view their artwork as interpretations of time, history, surroundings and community.
Dental Days at UAA
Get your pictures in the yearbook! Susitna invites students and parents to submit photos for the yearbook. If you've got great photos of school and community events or you and your friends just having fun, we'd like to see them. Our photographers can't be everywhere. Help us get as many photos as possible to create a terrific book everyone will want to have.
Here is how you can submit photos online:
• Go to: https://images.schoolannualonline.com/login
• If it does not automatically log you into the site, enter username: 402143436
• Browse to select the photo(s) you wish to upload.
• Enter information about the photo and provide contact information in case the staff needs additional information.
• Click "Save Details".
It's that easy! Submit your photos today! The last day to submit photos is March 27th, 2015.
Thank you, and enjoy the rest of the school year!
Susitna Front Office Staff
The Front Office Staff will review all photos and determine final yearbook content. We cannot guarantee that all submissions will be used.
Submit Pictures for the YEARBOOK!
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ASD Statement of Nondiscrimination
The Board is committed to an environment of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, economic status, union affiliation, disability, and other human differences. No person shall be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, any academic or extracurricular program or educational opportunity or service offered by the District. The District will comply with the applicable statutes, regulations, and executive orders adopted by Federal, State and Municipal agencies. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the District's Equal Employment Opportunity Director, who also serves as the Title IX Coordinator, ASD Education Center, 5530 E. Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99504-3135 (907) 742-4132 or to any of the following external agencies: Alaska State Commission for Human Rights, Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, Director of the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services.The Board is committed to an environment of nondiscrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, economic status, union affiliation, disability, and other human differences. No person shall be excluded from participation in, or denied the benefits of, any academic or extracurricular program or educational opportunity or service offered by the District. The District will comply with the applicable statutes, regulations, and executive orders adopted by Federal, State and Municipal agencies. Inquiries or complaints may be addressed to the District's Equal Employment Opportunity Director, who also serves as the Title IX Coordinator, ASD Education Center, 5530 E. Northern Lights Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99504-3135 (907) 742-4132 or to any of the following external agencies: Alaska State Commission for Human Rights, Anchorage Equal Rights Commission, Director of the Office for Civil Rights, Department of Education, Department of Health and Human Services.