CHS Counselor Connection

Connecting school to home

Welcome to March!

Colony counseling would like to update you on what is coming up in March and this Spring! Quarter 3 is ending, and we begin our last quarter for the year. We are in the home stretch!

AK STAR and Alaska Science testing

Our CHS 9th and 10th graders have Alaska Science and AK STAR State exams coming up on April 4th for 10th grade, and April 18-19th for 9th graders.

  • AK STAR - Alaska System of Academic Readiness

AK STAR assesses all 3rd-9th grade students in English language arts (ELA) and mathematics.

  • Alaska Science

Alaska Science assesses all 5th, 8th, and 10th grade students in science.

Please check out the website below for more information! We ask our educators to thoughtfully prepare our students for these tests, and ask our students to do their very best.

PSAT--9th graders

The PSAT will be given to all 9th graders at CHS on April 20th.

A BIG THANK YOU to the following community members and English 2 teachers!

The following community members representing a multitude of career pathways helped us interview nearly 340 CHS English 2 students! We are SO proud of our students for preparing for the day and doing their best to interview like in the "real world"! We believe this is an important and incredibly valuable event at our school; one of our goals as a school is to prepare our students for their next steps. It truly takes a village to pull this event off. Please contact us if you would like to be a part of the interviewing next year, too!

Thank you to interviewers:

Nathan Dahl ~ Maple Springs Senior Living

Jon Coon ~ Merrill Lynch

Kris Larson ~ Larson Chiropractic

Jubilee Underwood ~ Signature Alaska Realty and MSBSD School Board Member

Mackenzie Westcott ~ Three Bears Alaska

Kady Bryant ~ Esthetician at House of Beauty

Mike Devine ~ Mike Devine State Farm

Christine Ewing ~ Premera RN, BSN, NCSN

Greg Gray ~ Glacier Capital

Robbie Nash ~Matanuska Telephone Association

Tony Brooke ~ CHS Athletic Director and Video production

Tayva Taylor ~ Law

Dawn Adams ~ Social Worker, OCS Wasilla

Carla Burns ~ Social Worker, OCS Wasilla

Ali Larijani ~ MSBSD IT

Kevin Guinn ~ Retired US Marshal

Jenny Vanderweele ~ Vanderweele Farms

Stacie Stigar ~ Business Owner

Bret Taylor ~ Taylor Fire

Donnie Schlemper ~ Providence Hospital, Senior Clinical Informatics Dept.

Derrick Clemons ~ US Marine, Recruiter

Tomasina Edgar ~ School Counselor

Jason Moore ~ School Principal

Pat O'Neal ~ Campus Safety and Security

Stephanie Haase ~ CHS School Librarian

Peter Olsen ~ Vice Principal

English 2 Teachers:

Mr. Boleen

Mrs. Harris

Ms. Shibe

Mrs. Cunningham

Mr. Clifford

Ms. Kirby

Mrs. Hernandez

English 2 Interview Day! Check out the photos below from last week's interview day at CHS!

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Dr. King with Chadron State College

  • Dr. King with Chadron State College presented during our 4Cs/FLEX period. The MSBSD is supporting students who choose to pursue a career in education. Aspiring teachers work in the district while attending Chadron State. After earning their teaching degree, they will have a job in the district and after 5 years, their student debt will be forgiven.

2023-2024 School Year Scheduling

The time to schedule your classes for next year is upon us!

  • The past 2 weeks, our School Counselors have been out working with incoming 8th graders. We have enjoyed sharing what to expect in high school, what Colony High can offer them, and helped them choose meaningful electives for their next school year.
  • Next, we will be meeting with grade-level groups to schedule our 9-11th graders for their next grade level.
  • Course request sheets go out to students on March 9th and they will be entering their course selections with support from the School Counselors into StudentVUE the week of March 20th, after Spring Break.
  • Please look over the course request sheets with your student to help them make informed choices for their electives.
  • Be on the lookout for new courses we would like to offer to work toward preparing our students for their futures beyond high school!
  • Course descriptions are found on the CHS Counseling Homepage in the Program of Studies. It allows you to see prerequisite courses, course descriptions, what credits the class counts toward, and much more!
  • Please assure that your student completes and returns the sheet the week of their scheduled time with Counselors.

Registrar's Corner

Boundary Exemptions:

The MSBSD is a district of choice with an “open enrollment” policy, which means that a school can accept boundary exemption requests from all MSBSD students who reside outside their boundaries. If your choice is Colony High School ~ please complete the new process of submitting a Boundary Exemption and plan on attending Colony High in the Fall! Go Knights!

  1. Complete and submit the Boundary Exemption Form through ParentVUE -- Click Here for Instructions.
  2. It is the parent / guardian’s responsibility to transport their student(s) to the closest bus stop / route for the school that they are attending.
  3. For more information, regarding bus stop locations and timing, please contact the Matanuska Susitna Borough School District’s Pupil Transportation Department at (907) 761-4357.

Transcript Request for Seniors:

Please email Colony High’s registrar for transcript requests and it will be processed within 24 hours ~ sooner if needed. Share your legal name, date of birth, student ID # and the location the Official Transcript needs to be forwarded. If a college-university-vocational school-place of employment accepts by email ~ that will be how it is forwarded. Other form will be mailing the Official Transcript. Official Transcripts may not be forwarded to a student/parent.

Registrar ~

Thank you! Jennifer Bostick 😊

Interested in the trades?

Look below for upcoming trainings to prepare for the workforce!
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Important Dates

Quarter 3 Ends March 9th

Work Day, no school for students March 10th

Spring Break ~ March 13-17

2023--2024 Course Selection for CHS students, grades 9-11, will take place through one of their core classes (9th: Biology, 10th: World History/AP World, 11th: US History/AP US) in the library during the week of 3/20. Make-up scheduling in the library during their 4Cs/FLEX 3/29-3/31.

Check out the Program of Studies for more info about classes--including prerequisites, descriptions, and what a class counts for in terms of credits~

Mat-Su Employer Expo--March 29th, 10-3 pm.

Prom--April 1st at the Anchorage Museum~Theme: The Great Gatsby

Alaska Science exam week of April 3--7th

AK STAR ELA/Math Week of April 17--21st

PSAT for all CHS 9th graders--April 20th

Professional Development Day ~No school April 28th

AP Testing ~ Coming in May 2023

Graduation ~ May 17th, 7 pm at the Menard

Quarter 4 ~ Ends May 19th (last day of school!)

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Stomach bug or norovirus?

You may hear norovirus illness be called “food poisoning,” “stomach flu,” or “stomach bug.” Noroviruses are the leading cause of foodborne illness, but other germs and chemicals can also cause foodborne illness.

Norovirus illness is not related to the flu, which is caused by influenza virus.

Norovirus is a very contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea. Anyone can get infected and sick with norovirus. You can get norovirus from:

  • Having direct contact with an infected person
  • Consuming contaminated food or water
  • Touching contaminated surfaces and then putting your unwashed hands in your mouth

Norovirus Symptoms

The most common symptoms are:

  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Stomach pain

Protect yourself and others from norovirus:

  • Wash your hands often
  • Rinse fruits and vegetables
  • Cook shellfish thoroughly
  • Stay home when sick and for two days after symptoms stop
  • Avoid preparing food for others when sick and for two days after symptoms stop
  • Keep students home when vomiting or having diarrhea, call the school or nurse to excuse and inform

Jody Soeder, BSN, RN, NCSN– Colony High School, School Nurse

Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District

Ph: 907-861-5516 | Fax: 907-861-5470