Tustumena Staff Newsletter

April 22, 2013

From Parent Newsletter

If you have been in our building this week, you may have notice that the hallway from the office to the library has taken on a new look, The Black Lagoon. On Wednesday author Mike Thaler will be in our building to present lessons on being a published author as well as artist. Ask your kids about his books, they should be able to describe how "scary things" become a lot less scary once you get to know them. (I think he even wrote a book titled, "Principal from the Black Lagoon."

Speaking of scary things that are just not understood, the sixth graders well be out of the building next Monday -Wednesday. They will be experiencing a sort of "Outdoor Education," down in Kasitsna Bay. Thanks to Rocky and Destiny of Rocky's Cafe, they will all have warm, hooded sweatshirts to wear while they are exploring. Thank you Rocky's!

We also have a lot of students learning about one of our economic as well as biological phenomena, the salmon. On Tuesday, May 7, many of our students will be at Johnson Lake with the ADF&G enjoying the day and learning about what makes salmon special.

Have a great week!

Doug Hayman

Minutes and Agenda


Last week we began the discussion on what our most useful topics of collaboration would be for next year. As a group focus we discussed:

Writing continuum

PLC with common assessment

Whole Group would want to look at:


Math- the change in standards with the new common assessments

Unknow if the collaboration time will be an offical district reality, but this is work we will attend to in some way.


Double check the author schedule

end of year schedule

update Math common assessments?

good of the order