Alaska Native Cultural Charter

March 2023

Waqaa ANCCS Families!

Upcoming Events


  • 3/10: No school for students (Grading Day)
  • 3/13-3/17: No school for Spring Break (Students return on 3/20)
  • 3/21: Science Fair projects due (see information and other important dates below)
  • 3/24 - 4/14: AK Star Testing
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ANCCS Preschool

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It's time for the Science Fair!

Students are encouraged to find projects from their own cultures and heritages, from subsistence activities, from activities in the community (whether past or present), or from things that are important to their own families.

PreK-2 Graders:

Collections, Demonstrations, or Experiments

3-8 Graders:

Demonstrations or Experiments

Important Dates:

Tuesday, February 28, 2023: Student Entry Forms due

Tuesday, March 21, 2023: All projects are due and should be shared with classroom teachers. Wednesday, March 22, 2023: Projects will be judged (Students will meet virtually with the judges to present their projects)

Tuesday, March 28th 2023: ANCCS Science/MCC Family Night--Awards announced. Families hear about projects and participate in Math and Science activities

Here is a link with more information: ANCCS Science Fair Information Packet

Yup'ik Choir at March Madness

Our ANCCS Yup'ik Choir will be performing at the 1A/2A March Madness Basketball State Championships over spring break! Stop by the Alaska Airlines Center on March 15 - 18 to hear our students sing and enjoy some exciting basketball.

Italian Sodas

Italian Sodas cost $3.00.
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AK Star and Alaska Science Assessments

The Student Tutorials, Practice Tests and Educator Guides to Student Readiness are available for schools, students and families. Tutorials and Practice Tests are available to anyone with the link, both at school and home, and provide an opportunity to practice both platforms, including using Universal Tools and text-to-speech.

Quick Sheet: AK STAR and Alaska Science Assessment Student Readiness, Practice Test and Assessment Design Resources

Please forward questions to
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Friends of ANCCS Fundraiser

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Climate and Connectedness

The 2023 School Climate and Connectedness Survery is now open! Families are encouraged to complete the survery before March 24. Students and stafff will complete the survey at school. Family feedback on the School Climate and Connectedness Survey helps ANCCS in strategic planning and improving our community-school relationships. Please let your voice be heard.

ASD Family Survey Link:

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Attendance Goal

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At ANCCS, we value the time we get to spend with our students. We also place great value on being together as a group. In order to ensure we maintain our values, it is important for our students to be at school and a part of our community every day. Attending school regularly helps us establish the following values:

  • Share what you have (knowledge and time)
  • Take care of others (cooperation)
  • Make connections (with our community)

ASD Goal: Every student will attend school at least 90 percent of the time.

The below graph shows the number of ANCCS students meeting this 90% attendance goal. The red line represents attendance this year and the blue lines show the percentage of students with 90% attendance in previous years.

59.92% of ANCCS students had 90% attendance in February 2023.

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School Start Time Meetings and Community Forums

School start time meetings and community forums will begin on Thursday, February 23rd and run through Friday, March 24th. A complete schedule can be found here. Zoom links will be provided in the near future for staff access and participation.

Kindergarden Round-Up

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Teacher of the Month and Movin' 105.7

Here's where you nominate and vote for your favorite teachers! Each teacher submitted could win a Pizza Party for 30 from the Perfectionist Auto Sound & Security!

Each teacher selected as the Teacher of the Month will go into a drawing for a $500 prize from Perfectionist Auto Sound & Security to go to their class for supplies in the classroom! Share this link with families to encourage them to nominate an amazing teacher at your school.

2022-2023 ANCCS Spelling Bee Champ

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"Join us in congratulating our 2022-2023 ANCCS Spelling Bee Champion! Congratulations to 3rd Grader Ginger Mast on a job well done! Ginger will move forward to compete against other Alaskan champions in an online Spelling Bee to be taken the first week of March. If she places within the top 25 students in Alaska, she will move forward to compete in person for the title of STATE CHAMP at the Performing Arts Center near the end of March.

Additional congratulations go to our runner up Aaliyah Burrell-Carter (5th) and all classroom champions including Luis Pineiro (1st), Calliope Pavadore (1st), Hayzel Patterson (2nd), Landon Peters (5th), Israel Charlie (6th), Lucy Alexie (7th), and Malachi Barnes (8th).

Let's wish Ginger well as she represents our school with ANCCS PRIDE! Happy studying Ginger!"

Nurse Corner

Happy March, just sharing some resources this month. When to stay home from school guidelines for parents, Alaska 211, the one stop place to find all kinds of resources, and Alaska poison control.

Petra Burkard, RN
School Nurse

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Alaska Strong

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APC Corner

Waqaa ANCCS Families,

The Alaska Native Cultural Charter School (ANCCS) Academic Policy Committee (APC) is happy to share the following updates!

Anchorage School District Board Vice President, Carl Jacobs, was a guest at the APC’s 2/23 meeting. Mr. Jacobs updated the APC on the Anchorage School District’s (ASD) approval of the 2023-2024 budget. The approved budget included the closure of Abbott Loop Elementary School (Abbott Loop).

The APC has been in conversation with ASD regarding a proposal that Abbott Loop is repurposed as a temporary home for ANCCS. While ASD has approved the closure of Abbott Loop, ASD has made no final decision on whether Abbott Loop can become ANCCS’ new home. The APC passed a resolution formally notifying ASD of our interest in relocating ANCCS to Abbott Loop. The APC will continue to work with ASD and advocate that Abbott Loop be repurposed as a temporary new home for ANCCS families.

Regardless of ASD’s decision on whether ANCCS can use Abbott Loop as a temporary new home, the long-term goal of the APC is to build a permanent home for ANCSS students, staff, and families.

In collaboration with the APC, the Friends of ANCCS (FOANCCS), our non-profit organization, will be hosting the 2nd annual “Brick by Brick” fundraising event. We hope this year will be even better than the last, so watch for an event flyer coming soon. An event of this scale does require a tremendous amount of work, so we are asking our ANCCS families for help:

1. We need auction items! We aim to have at least 100 silent auction items and five live auction items. All donations are much appreciated and will go towards ANCCS’ building capital campaign. If you are interested in helping us reach our fundraising goals, please visit the ANCCS ASD website under the donations tab, and leave a message.

2. Event volunteers

3. Help us advertise the event by sharing it on social media, posting and handing out event flyers, and word of mouth.

We appreciate your trust when it comes to the learning and development of your child while adhering to our cultural values. I cannot stress enough how important your participation and ideas are to the success of our students and school.

About the ANCCS APC: The ANCCS APC is the primary governing body designated to hold the principal accountable for budgets, testing scores, and curriculum, focusing on meeting our Alaska Native Cultural Values objective.

Join the ANCCS APC: Any interested parent or community member is welcome to inquire about how to join the APC through the election process and attend all meetings – we give plenty of notice before any meeting and would value your involvement. For more information about the ANCCS APC, please visit our website at


ANCCS Photo Gallery!

2023 JNYO

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100 Days of Kindergarten

Student Council's Italian Sodas

Thank you to our Business Partners!

  • Alaska Native Heritage Center
  • NOVO Foundation
  • Cook Inlet Tribal Council
  • Stantec

School Board Members:

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  • President: Margo Bellamy
  • Vice President: Carl Jacobs
  • Treasurer: Kelly Lessens
  • Clerk: Dora Wilson
  • Seat C: Dave Donley
  • Seat D: Andy Holleman
  • Seat E: Pat Higgins
  • Superintendent: Dr. Jharrett Bryantt

APC Board Members

ANCCS APC – Board:

  • President: Manny Acuna, Parent
  • Vice President: Elizabeth Hancock, Founder/Staff
  • Secretary: Pamela Dupras, Staff
  • Treasurer: Dawson Hoover, Parent
  • Daryl Griggs, Parent
  • Stephen DeVeny, Parent
  • Michael Patterson, Parent
  • Roger Hamacher, Community
  • Ronni Weddleton, Community
  • Caroline Wiseman, Community

ANCCS APC – Elder Council:

  • Lucy Brown
  • Anthony Nakazawa
  • Edgar Blatchford
  • Agnes Baptiste

ANCCS APC – Founders Council

  • Martha Gould-Lehe
  • Rosemary Savage
  • Sheila Sweetsir
  • Janann Kaufman
  • Deborah Pungowiyi
  • Virgina Juettner
  • Lisa Dolcheck
  • Max Dolcheck (remembered fondly for faithful service)

Please let us know if you have any questions! 742-1370 Quyana