Sayéik GastiNEWS

April 8, 2022

Dear families,

I hope everyone enjoyed spring break!

Masks: As you are all aware, we have a new mask policy as of Monday, April 4. We look forward to supporting families and students with whatever choice is made. We will continue to have a symptom-free environment, so please monitor your child for symptoms. If you have any questions, please let us know.

Field Trips: It is spring, which means time for field trips! We are happy to welcome parent volunteers on field trips, please contact your child(ren)'s teacher if you'd like to participate in the upcoming field trips.

Spring Testing: Our 3rd-5th grade classes will participate in the AKSTAR assessment in April, to learn more about this, please click here. You can also watch a video by clicking here.

Title 1 Funding: SGCS is a Title I school which means we receive extra funding for:

  • intervention teacher salary and supplies

  • homeless program supports

  • social workers

  • parent and family engagement events and activities

  • classes and training for teachers and administrators

  • food service funding

In order to keep this funding, we need families who may qualify for Free & Reduced Lunch to fill out paperwork. To see if you qualify, and to fill out the form online, please read this letter.

Lost and Found: We have SO MANY items in the lost and found. Please stop by and look through the bin.

Stacy Diouf

SGCS Principal

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Preschool Application for 2022/23

The application for the Juneau School District Preschool Program for the 2022-2023 school year is now open. Our Integrated Preschool Program enrolls children ages 3-4 and children who turn 5 after September 1st. Applications received by April 15 will be reviewed and families will be contacted by the end of the school year. Applications will be reviewed again in August before preschool begins on August 23.

3rd Grade Spotlight

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Ms. Ritter (pictured left)

  • I have lived in Juneau for 19 years
  • I have been teaching in Juneau for 14 years and teaching at Sayéik for 13 years
  • My favorite thing about being a teacher is learning with and from my students! I am always learning, and I love how my students' interests can inspire me to dig deeper into topics I didn't know much about.
  • For fun, I go boating or swimming with my family. I also love birds, and I like to take binoculars when I go for walks.
  • When I was in 3rd grade, I was on my school's jumprope team, and we would practice routines and perform them at different schools and senior centers!

Ms. Haygood (pictured right)
  • I am from many places and have lived all over the United States. I moved to Alaska from Miami, Florida 33 years ago.
  • I have been a teacher for 26 years and have been at Sayéik for 25 of those years.
  • My favorite thing about being a teacher is watching a community of learners work together as mathematicians, artists, scientists, writers and readers to problem solve throughout each day. I'm so inspired by my students and I look forward to learning alongside them each day!
  • For fun I like to be outside with my family. I enjoy hiking, skiing, mountain biking, gardening, traveling and baking.
  • I love to solve puzzles. My favorite puzzles are the super challenging ones that have lots of very tiny pieces.

Right now 3rd graders are working on a science, writing and art project based on the “Who Would Win?” series of books. They have spent the last month learning about an Alaska animal and are writing a persuasive argument about that animal's traits for survival.

Bike and Roll to School Day

Bike and Roll to School Day will be on Wednesday, May 4. We will meet at the Douglas Breeze In before 7:30 AM and bike to school along the sidewalk. This year also includes scooters, so if kids on scooters want to join us, they can meet us at Homestead Park, about midway down Douglas Highway from Gastineau School. This is an annual tradition at Gastineau, though we haven't done it the past two years because of the pandemic. Bikers have to wear helmets and Mr. Miller will bring some to help kids gear up safely. He also has some bikes to lend out if kids don't have them - email Mr. Miller at

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Believe it or not, we are already planning for next year! Please fill out this survey to let us know what your plans are for next year.

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