Tustumena Elementary Newsletter

June 4, 2013

No, it is not August yet!

Okay, I admit things are a little quiet around here without the kids and I miss them already. Mrs. Mills is gone for the summer and so are most teachers (except our summer school teachers.) So I am here looking at data and doing some research. What I have found is confirmation that our kids rock and our teachers are doing a great job of teaching kids the stuff they need to know. Even though we had some high Math scores there were some elements of Math that we could improve on. Those elements are Geometry and Probability, so our teachers will be highlighting Geometry and Probability deeper than we did last year. I also did some research into resources parents could use to help kids with these elements. These are some web-sites with lessons and games on them that will build understanding of the concepts of Geometry and Probability. They are at every level from Pre-K through sixth grade. (If you are a little rusty, you can play the games first.) So if you are on a trip or you are just looking for something constructive kids can do on the computer or smart phone, try these:

· For Pre-K through first grade-

· http://www.brighthorizons.com/family-resources/prepare-your-child-for-school/teaching-geometry-at-home/

· For a variety of geometry games at all levels-

· http://www.fascinate-educate.com/2009/01/22/geometry-games-glossaries-and-facts/

· And for variety of Probability lessons-

· http://jmathpage.com/JIMSProbabilitypage.html

Enjoy your summer.

Doug Hayman

Calendar to start school

August - October (things that are already scheduled)

August 8-9 - New Student Registration

August 19- 5:30pm Open House

August 20- First day of school

September 2- No School - Labor Day

September 17- First PTO meeting

September 30- First Site Council Meeting

October 3- School Pictures

October 18- End of first quarter- teacher inservice

October 24-25- Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 31- Trunk or Treat

(November 1) - School Carnival

Soldotna Reconfiguration Process

The KPBSD School Board approved the administration recommendation of the Soldotna area reconfiguration http://www.kpbsd.k12.ak.us/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=28084.

This means students will attend their current elementary schools, (Tustumena, Sterling, SO-EL, K-Beach, Redoubt, and SO-MO) then all will attend grades 7-8 together (at the current Skyview campus) then all students attend 9th grade together (at the current SMS campus), and finish their high school, grades 10-12 at the current SO-HI campus.

I have the honor of being the reconfiguration coordinator and so I will be in the position to include the most current discussions and decisions that will transform the current configuration. I will include this information in our Tustumena Newsletter as well as an area-wide reconfiguration newsletter.

Changes in Alaska State Standards

Many of you may already aware that starting in 2015, students will have to meet new educational standards. These shifts are fairly basic but definitely more rigorous. As the school year goes on I will add greater detail but for now here are the main ideas for English/Language Arts and Math:


1. Building knowledge through content-rich nonfiction.

2. Reading, writing, and speaking grounded in evidence from text- both literary and informational.

3. Regular practice with complex text and its academic vocabulary.


1. Focus: In each grade or course, focus deeply on 2-4 topics.

2. Coherence: Think across grades and link to major topics within grades.

3. Rigor: In major topics, pursue conceptual understanding, procedural skill and fluency, and application with equal intensity.

Like I said earlier, I will add details to these new standards as the year goes along, but if you would like to explore a little on your own, here is the state website that contains more details: