FPCS TIDBITS

Friday, January 1, 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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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The District is reviewing materials for High School Chemistry

The Anchorage School District is in the process of reviewing new materials for high school chemistry.


The last chemistry adoption was in 1998. New materials will incorporate updated scientific knowledge and include additional resources for teachers and students. The review will allow the district to find instructional materials that best meet the learning needs of students.


The public is encouraged to take part in the review process and provide input during the following open house opportunities at the ASD Education Center, 5530 E. Northern Lights Blvd.


Review and scoring of finalists with vendor presentations (if available):


  • Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1-6 p.m.

The materials selected by the district will be used beginning next school year.

OnTrack 2nd Semester SCHEDULE

2nd Semester OnTrack begins Monday, January 11th


Monday: 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (FPCS Office)

Tuesday: 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. (FPCS Office)

Wednesday, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (FPCS Office)

Friday: 1:30- 4:30 p.m. (Crosspoint Church)


(Note: No OnTrack on January 18, February 19 & 22, March 14-18, and April 22)


If you have any questions, please contact your Sponsor Teacher or one of the OnTrack Teachers


Kay Alley: armenta_alley@asdk12.org - (907) 830-2833

Elbertha Anker: anker_elbertha@asdk12.org - (907) 764-4270

Christian Eidem: eidem_christian@asdk12.org - (916) 205-8135

Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 18, 2016


On the third Monday in January, people in the United States observe Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. It is a national holiday that honors an important leader of the Civil Rights movement in the United States. Many communities celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day with picnics, festivals, parades, and marches.


Dr. King worked hard for freedom, equality, and dignity of all races and peoples. He used nonviolent actions to help bring about change. He gave speeches and led peaceful marches in many parts of the country. He gave his famous “I Have a Dream” speech at the Lincoln Memorial during the historic March on Washington on August 28,1963.


Dr. King’s work in the Civil Rights movement helped bring about the Civil Rights Act of 1964. This act made segregation in public places against the law. It also made it illegal for employers to refuse to hire people because of their race, religion, national origin, or gender. That same year, King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts. He continued his civil rights work through the 1960s. On April 4, 1968, King was assassinated.


Soon after Dr. King’s death, a bill was introduced in Congress to make his birthday a national holiday. The bill did not become law for 15 years. Finally, in 1983, Congress voted to establish the holiday in King’s honor. President Ronald Reagan then signed it into law.


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K-6 Parent Math Night

Learn more about Go Math! from teachers and curriculum experts. Each parent session will have smaller group sessions based on grade level. The night is structured this way so that parents with students in multiple grades can attend multiple sessions. Instructors will go over specific math problems that students will learn during the third quarter. There will be a computer lab for parents to practice accessing the online math materials.


When: Tuesday, January 19th

Time: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.


  • 6:00 - 6:20 Overview
  • 6:25 - 7:10 Parent Session
  • 7:15 - 8:00 Parent Session


Location: ASD Ed. Center

FREE ACT PREP

With the number of students taking the ACT up by almost 20% since 2010 and the ever-increasing competition to get into the best universities, the stakes are high for scoring well on the ACT test. We've scheduled a practice test session provided by Sylvan Learning at the Family Partnership Office for any FPCS high school student.


Date: Thursday, January 21st

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


Includes a free online follow up program for students available for one month.

CALLING ALL FPCS SCIENCE ENTHUSIASTS

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Keeping Kids Safe: Social Media

In the online world, new etiquette challenges abound. In order to reap the benefits of socializing and making new friends, students often disclose information about themselves that would typically be part of an acceptable “getting-to-know-you” process offline (name, school, personal interests, etc.). On social network sites, this kind of information is now posted online—sometimes in full public view. Disclosure can sometimes reach a level (birthdates, school names, favorite hangouts, revealing photos & videos) that is troubling for parents and those concerned about the safety children and teens. In most cases once children share/post information or photos online, they may never get it back. No information is truly private in the online world; an online “friend” can forward any information posted on your child’s site in just seconds.


The dangers of social media extend beyond information or photos shared by your child. Online predators befriend unsuspecting individuals, then work hard to gain their trust and eventually attempt to set up face to face meetings. Cyberbullies deliberately use digital media to communicate false, embarrassing, or even hostile information about other people.


Not everyone who utilizes social media does so with ill intentions. However, it is important to be aware of the potential dangers and to talk with your student(s) about protecting themselves in potentially risky situations.


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IMPORTANT DATES - EVENTS - DEADLINES

  • January 04, 2016 - Offices Re-Open
  • January 11, 2016 - Crosspoint small-group classes begin
  • January 11, 2016 - APC Committee Work Sessions - 6:30 p.m. - FPCS Office
  • January 15, 2016 - 2nd semester ILP's due
  • January 18, 2016 - Martin Luther King Day (Office Closed / No Classes)
  • January 29, 2016 - Vendor Billing Deadline 4:00 p.m. (1st Semester Invoices)

THANK YOU FPCS SCHOOL BUSINESS PARTNERS

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