March 2015 Edition

Curriculum Principal - Denise Edwards

The Curriculum Department is the academic department at Chugiak High School. We provide services that support students and their academic success. From enrollment and registration to end of term grades, the Curriculum Department encompasses a number of areas including: School Counselors, Indian Education Counselor and LEP tutor, Testing and Assessment, Teaching and Learning, Student Academic Progress and Graduation, and Grade Reporting.

Student Scheduling for 2015-2016:

Counselors have been meeting with students since the end of January regarding course requests for the 2015-16 school year. During these meetings, students received a copy of the courses they have requested so they can share their course request selections with their parents.

The course request process provides valuable feedback regarding which courses to include in the school master schedule and provides a guide for scheduling students for the fall. A student’s tentative schedule, which should be viewable through Zangle Student Connect, will be viewable after registration week in August. Please be advised that all student schedules are tentative until the first day of school as we work to balance classes. Students will receive a copy of their final schedule in their period 1 classes on the first day of school in August.

SPRING Testing Dates:


April 13-17 for 9th grade

April 16-20 for 10th grade

AP College Board Tests:

May 4th - 15th


The final ASVAB test for the 2014-2015 school year was administered on Tuesday, January 27. For information about the ASVAB, go to

Academic Awards Ceremony:

March 20th

Location: Auditorium during lunch

Eligible students and their parents will be contacted.

Note: Students who receive this award are those who have earned two semesters of a 3.5 grade point

Mustang Round Up was held on Thursday, February 12, 2015. This was an important event for 8th grade students who will be attending Chugiak High School next year and their parents.

There were presentations regarding academic requirements, available courses, school information, registration and more as well as an activities fair. If you were unable to attend Mustang Round Up, the next event planned for incoming 9th graders will be our Freshman Welcome during Registration Week in August. We will have more details regarding that event in our June Newsletter.

Senior and Senior Parent Information:

The senior parent information letter was mailed out just prior to Spring Break. Be watching for its arrival as it contains helpful information regarding upcoming senior events as well as graduation ceremony information.

Spring Lottery:

Application deadline for lottery

In order to participate in a school or program outside of your child's neighborhood school, an application must be submitted. ASD's online system allows parents to easily apply to the desired school or program. If your child is currently attending a school/program as a result of a lottery or zone exemption placement, a new application is not necessary for that school each year. Your child may continue attending until aging out of the school/program.

Date: March 19, 2015 - Deadline

Time: 5pm

For more information go to ASD website.


Please see the ASD web page under the Student Section: Counseling and Guidance for information regarding national, state, and local scholarship opportunities and applications. Scholarship information is also posted on bulletin boards around the school for student review.

Scholarship Portfolios:

Just a reminder to seniors seeking scholarships: Scholarship Portfolio information can be found at the ASD District Counseling webpage at

College Visits to Chugiak High School:

Visits from college representatives are included in the daily announcements. College Representatives will be available on scheduled days during lunch in the cafeteria to speak with any interested students.

Gifted Mentorship Program Looking for New Students

Attention Sophomores and Juniors: Applications are being accepted for the Gifted Mentorship Program for the 2015-16 school year. You must meet GPA, coursework, and standardized test score requirements to qualify. Students spend 45-60 hours with a mentor in their field of interest and complete various assignments, including a final project. Visit the web site for more information:

or contact the coordinator, Amber Jaasma, - 742-3841

Webpage and Portfolios

Please check out the new Counseling and Guidance webpage on the Anchorage School District website: It contains information on financial aid resources, academics, testing, after high school, resources, forms, APS, NCAA and much more.

Just a reminder to seniors seeking scholarships: Scholarship Portfolio information can be found at the ASD District Counseling webpage at Deadlines for scholarship consideration are quickly approaching. Completed portfolios can be turned in to your counselor.

New Information...

Completed portfolios can be turned in to your counselor beginning February 17 --the earlier the portfolios are received, the more opportunities for consideration.

AP Test Sign up

AP Tests are now available for purchase online. Use your Zangle access and purchase the number of tests your student will be taking in May.

On March 24th & 25th, before school, during lunch and after school till 3, students will be able to pay for tests and designate which test they would like to take. Cash or checks may be taken at that time. All students taking AP tests need to fill out and return to the counseling office, proof of purchase and the Test Information Sheet, which is available by clicking this link: AP Test Information Form

Advanced Placement Tests will be given May 4th through the 15th. Please check the form for the correct day of your test.

College Preparation

For more information on the ACT, please follow the link www.actstudent .org
To find out more information on the SAT, please follow the link

Chugiak High School website goes live!

Chugiak High has a brand new website designed to meet the needs of our parents, students and the community. It’s also optimized for tablets and mobile phones, so you can keep in touch with us while you’re on the go. Some of the features of our new website include:

· Easy to navigate

· Events calendar, newsletter and other popular tools (newsletter-next month!)

· Weather and emergency closure notices

· Professional look

· Mobile friendly!

ASD is working to move all school websites to the new user-friendly layout in the near future. If you have questions or would like to provide feedback about our new website, please contact Dave Legg @ 742-3055

Check it out:


Although I am the new assistant principal in charge of student & staff services, I am beginning my twenty-second year of service at Chugiak High school. After completing my student teaching here at CHS, I went on to teach language arts for a decade followed by another eleven years as a member of the social studies department. I might best be remembered as the department chair for the World Discovery Seminar Program and as a soccer coach. Last year I was an assistant principal at East High School.

Our Mission in the Student Services Office is to ensure an environment where every student is able to participate and thrive in their academic and activity pursuits. Our primary goal is to ensure a safe and orderly school setting for all students, staff, and community members.

CHS Dress Code

Reflecting on my 28 years of living in Alaska, I can’t recall a winter where I split wood in a tee shirt in March; we are experiencing a wonderful spell of warm weather. With this in mind it is important for our students to remember the intent of our school’s dress code: Dress Code-In order to prepare students for the work world after high school, we expect they will dress appropriately. Clothing should not detract from the educational environment. To review the whole dress code policy for CHS, you can turn to page I-4 in the 2014/2015 High School Student Handbook. For a visual guide please see the following poster that illustrates some examples of appropriate and inappropriate attire.

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Student Services News


Congratulations Peter Giannulis and Isaiah Samaniego (not pictured)! Peter and Isaiah are both awarded Student of the Month this month, for their exemplary response to a teacher in need. After a teacher fell in the hallway and spilled her coffee, both students ran to her assistance and helped her regain her footing. Afterwards they stayed and even helped in the coffee cleanup! (All without being asked!) Thank you, Peter and Isaiah for your kindness and quick response to a teacher in need. You both help to make Chugiak High School a great place to work and go to school!


Reporting Absences

Parents or guardians are responsible for calling 742-3069 or e-mailing by 10 a.m. to report their student’s absence for that day. Failure to do so may result in an unexcused absence or truancy.

Pre-arranged Absences

Students are responsible for completing a pre-arranged absence form and presenting it to each teacher in advance of a known absence of three (3) or more days.

The Pre-arranged Absence form must be turned into the Attendance Office at least two (2) days prior to the first day of the absence.

Help Your Child Succeed in School

Registrar News - Mary Turner

To request your transcripts fill out the online form, please click here: Transcripts

Activities Principal - Jim Bell

I’d like to introduce myself to you as the new activities principal at Chugiak High School. My brief background is the fact that I grew up in Pennsylvania, graduated from Penn State with a Health Education and a minor in Sports Medicine. I started my educational career in Arizona where I received my Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. I have played sports, been in choir and have been in plays, I understand the value of extracurricular activities in high school and encourage your child to get involved with all that high school has to offer whether it’s sports, clubs or academic activities. I have been an administrator at all levels and understand all aspect of a school. The past 9 years I have been a curriculum principal and I’m looking forward to my new role.

Activities News

A reminder for home school students: Your grades need to be turned into Mrs. Huffer by March 16th.

Activities starting in the next month include:

Track March 9th $193

Soccer March 9th $204

Baseball March 9th Out Sourced

Softball March 9th Out Sourced

*Please try to get your paperwork in prior to March 6th!

Students need to have the following to participate:

1) ASD Health Examination Form signed by doctor, student, parent/guardian.

(good for the entire season)

2) 2014-15 High School Athletic/Activities Participation Form signed by student and parent/guardian.

3) ASAA Play for Keeps form (TAD policy) found on signed by student and parent/guardian every year.

4) Concussion in Sports Test (acknowledgement form must be signed by parent and student each year, test results must be printed and turned in with paperwork). Test is taken as a freshman and is good for 4 years. ($5.00 fee)

5) Activity Fee must be paid online on Zangle and proof brought in at sign up time or check/cash turned in with paperwork prior to practice.

**Athletes must have at least 5 classes to participate.

**Quarter grades/2nd semester grades will be verified for 2.0 GPA minimum and 5 passed classes. (Does not apply to 9th graders until the end of the first quarter.

You must complete the eligibility process with the activities office and receive your “Gold Ticket” BEFORE you are allowed to begin practice with any team. Please call Mrs. Huffer at 742-3067 with any questions.

Joyce Huffer

Activities Secretary

Paul Brauneis

Athletic Director


Greetings cadets, parents, alumni, and visitors!

As February comes to a close, AMI is coming ever closer! March 3rd will be here sooner than you know it, so I hope all cadets have their uniforms pressed, hair cut, faces shaved, and shoes shined for the big day ahead of us! Read more>>

National Russian Essay Competition

Results for the National Russian Essay Competition arrived and we are happy to announce that we have four third place bronze medallists. At the beginner's level Cayden Groicher and Hannah Smith received bronze medals; at the intermediate level Madelyn Tully earned a bronze medal , and at the advanced level Gail Swartz earned a bronze medal. Congratulations!

Pictured are Gail Swartz , Madelyn Tully , and Hannah Smith.

Mrs. Ekberg-Brown

Great Time at the Symphony

Russian class students and Mrs. Ekberg-Brown would like to thank the Anchorage Symphony Orchestra for donating tickets to attend last Saturday night's "An Evening at the Ballet". This generous donation allowed us to enjoy many Russian ballet compositions and two dancers from the Joffrey Ballet. It was great to see our own Mr. Martinson playing the tuba as well.

Health Office Updates

The flu season is upon us. Flu vaccination is available for students in the health office. Parents will need to complete a consent form and return to the nurse. Please call the health office at 742-3151 if you have any questions Click here for more information.

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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.

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