Friday, March 25, 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.


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Welcome back from Spring Break. Crosspoint small group classes and OnTrack are back on schedule.

This week was the official start of the 4th quarter.

Next week starts Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP) testing. Please referrer to the special AMP Smore that was sent on March 1st for dates and times for your student(s) scheduled grade level test session. If you have any questions please contact your Sponsor Teacher. All regular education test sessions will be held at the ASD Ed. Center.

It is a State regulation and District and FPCS expectation that all students participate in the state assessment. We encourage all students to take the AMP assessment, however should you determine that it is not in your students best interest to take the test, FPCS will honor your decision. We do request that you e-mail Principal Carroll: carroll_deanne@asdk12.org to let her know if your student will not be participating in AMP this year.


This year’s Science Fair was a wonderful success. Close to 70 projects were on display and as many students interviewed. What an incredible range of topics we had: black holes, music and concentration, sound energy, mantis shrimp, tsunamis, electric motors, hydroelectric dams, global warming and many more awesome projects.

  • Many thanks to the wonderful groups of people who helped make this year's Science Fair a wonderful success!
  • Thank you to the team of JUDGES who interviewed nervous and enthusiastic students who all learned and grew tremendously by having the opportunity to talk about their projects .
  • Thanks to all the families who provided yummy snacks for the Open House!
  • A huge thank you to Carmen Bombarda and Jamie Ruble who came early and stayed all day to set up, assist students, help with judging, answer questions, and manage many details.
  • Thank you to the teachers at Crosspoint who helped their students with projects.
  • Last and most important: Thank you to all the parents who helped their students plan, implement and complete their projects!


Graduates and a guest (friend, sibling or parent) are invited to join with other graduates from 7 - 9 p.m. for a snack and game social hosted by families of seniors.

Bring your favorite table game and a snack to share.

Mark your calendars:

  • Friday, April 15 at the Urcels: 6910 Burlwood, 99507 (off Lake Otis)

WIN Wednesday

WIN Wednesday will be returning this coming Wednesday March 30th. Hope to see you there!


Congratulations to the following students who have earned certificates for their work in the Lexia Challenge. Thank you parents and teachers for encouraging your students and providing them with the time to work with the Lexia Core 5 program.

Isaac Adams

Anthony Basargin

Isaro Brooks

Solomon Crowley

Geremu Daggett

Kai Finch

Max Huffman

Maile Johansen

George Martinez

Ellie Slone

Jayden Star

Chelsea Tadashi


FPCS will hold it's annual election for the Academic Policy Committee at our End of Year Celebration on May 10, 2016. There are five APC seats set to expire at the end of the 2015-16 school year.

Parent Seat A (currently held by Pete Johnson)

Parent Seat D (Curently held by Robert Barton)

Teacher Seat B (Currently held by Happy Chronister)

Student Seat (Curently vacant)

Student Shadow Seat (Currently vancant)

To declare your candidacy, please fill out the Candidate Questionnaire form and return it to the APC Elections Committee Chair, Robert Barton no later than April 30, 2016.

For more information: 2016 APC Election Information and APC Candidate Questionnaire


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30 Second Speech

The 30-Second Speech is a strategy to give intentional and extended "think time". It allows students process time so that their thinking is more organized and goes deeper than a surface response.

30-Second Speech works like this: Students have just been given new information or content (maybe from reading, a video clip, a lecturette, etc.) and you know they need time to make sense of this new content. You, as the teacher, pose a question to the class and ask them to "Plan a 30-Second Speech". Students can jot down thoughts or just quietly examine their thinking. Students are then paired -up (A/B partners; shoulder buddies; whatever grouping makes sense) and each person gives their 30-Second Speech to their partner.

The opportunity to orally process information and engage in social interaction is aligned with brain research that informs us that much learning occurs during social interaction.


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Alaska State Science and Engineering Fair

FPCS science fair participants are encouraged to enter their projects! Students may register online at https://www.alaskasciencefair.org/events/science-fair-2016/87-registration/117-registrationstart.html.

Friday, April 1 is registration and drop off.

Saturday, April 2, is judging day and all projects are on display for public viewing, 9 am-4 pm.

Consider stopping by to see Family Partnership student projects on display AND get ideas for next year!

David Warren Cuddy Scholarship

Two $2,000 scholarships will be awarded to graduating seniors who have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement and student leadership

  • The award must be used for the school year immediately following graduation,
  • Applicants must plan to attend a four-year college or university,
  • Applicants must submit a letter of application detailing his or her academic achievement and evidence of leadership. The letter should be addressed to the superintendent and be no longer than three pages,
  • Applicants should also attach two letters of recommendation from individuals (not family members) who know the student well and can speak to their academic and leadership attainment,
  • Applications must be submitted to the school principal by March 28, 2016.



Students will learn about solar energy and music production

Who: Middle School students (must be Alaska Native or American Indian)

When: Monday, June 6th - Thursday, June 9th

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm


Students will build kayaks and learn water safety during camp.

Who: Middle School students (must be Alaska Native or American Indian)

When: Tuesday, June 28th - Friday, July 1st

Time: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

For more information: schoolyard@citci.org

  • Sandy Bair: 793-3478
  • Sally Jackson: 793-3289
  • Bob Harty: 793-3261



  • March 28 - NHS Induction Ceremony (6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the BP Energy Center)
  • Mach 29 - April 8th AMP testing at the ASD Ed Center (for more information check your AMP Smore sent on March 4th).


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