Ocean View Newsletter

March 2022

From the Principal

Dear Ocean View Families,

Friday, March 4th, marks the end of 3rd quarter, with no school for students on Friday, 3/4 (In-service day). Staff and students are looking forward to enjoying spring break with their families the following week March 7-11th.

Upon our return, we will be preparing to finish the school year with 4th quarter activities, which include AK STAR statewide testing for grades 3rd-6th. Parents can locate resources for the AK STAR assessment on the ASD website at https://www.asdk12.org/akstar

We will be scheduling testing during the weeks of 3/28 through 4/8. Parents can also help by ensuring their children are well rested, eat a nutritious breakfast, and are at school on time for the days of testing. Please avoid scheduling appointments on your child’s testing days. Teachers will send out your student’s testing days once the schedule has been finalized.

Why does DEED give a statewide assessment?

First, we want to be able to inform parents, educators, policy makers, the community, and businesses how our schools and districts are performing. Second, after we have determined how our schools are performing, we want to identify schools in the most need of school improvement efforts. Third, we want to ensure there is equity in education. Our mission is to provide an excellent education to every student every day.

Why is it important for my child to participate in the statewide assessment?

Educators make decisions locally about how to teach Alaska’s standards. With this in mind, the summative assessment is a standardized way to determine in a uniform manner how well your child’s school and district are performing. Also, at the state level, we invest millions of dollars in public education each year, and the citizens of Alaska have a right to know if that money is contributing to increased learning for students.

2022 AK STAR and Alaska Science Assessment

Each spring, Alaskan students are provided an opportunity to show what they know. When students show what they know, teachers and parents can partner to promote student success. This year, the State of Alaska Department of Education has partnered with NWEA to align the English language arts and mathematics tests with the MAP Growth benchmark assessments students take in fall, winter and spring. This balanced assessment system will target instruction and better support meeting students’ individual learning needs.

AK STAR (Alaska System of Academic Readiness) and the Alaska Science Assessment are administered to students in Grades 3-9 (English language arts and mathematics) and grades 5, 8 and 10 (science) each spring. The purpose of a large-scale, summative assessment is to provide parents and schools an overall picture of a student’s progress in meeting the Alaska standards at his/her grade level. The assessment is taken on the computer and is not timed, but each content area takes approximately 150-180 minutes. Additionally, an English Learner student who has recently arrived to the country in grades 3-9, will not be taking the ELA portion of AK STAR.

Parents can locate resources for the new AK STAR test and the Alaska Science Assessment, including directions for Practice tests and Tutorials on the ASD website at https://www.asdk12.org/akstar.

Parents can also help by ensuring their children are well rested, eat a nutritious breakfast, and are at school on time for the days of testing. Please avoid scheduling appointments on your child’s testing days.

The ASD AK STAR and Alaska Science Assessment testing window allows for school assessment scheduling flexibility. Students! Get ready to show what you know during our school’s AK STAR and Alaska Science Assessment testing dates: 3/29 – 4/8

2022 AK STAR and Alaska Science Assessment Testing Window

March 28-April 8

(Make-ups through April 29.)

More information can be found at https://education.alaska.gov/tls/assessments/.

I hope you have an enjoyable spring break with family and friends.


Dayna Durr, Principal

School News:

Battle of the Books

The 3/4 Battle of the Books team of Marlie Ubelaker, Talia Stewart, CJ Tanner and Lauren Zuspan performed great at the district level battle at the end of January. We did not place in the top 10, however, they enjoyed great books, discussions, practices and handled themselves well under pressure of competition! Congratulations!

If families receive a "friendly reminder" notice from the library about an overdue book, don't panic! The district has automatically set email notices to go out once a book or material is more than one week overdue. If you feel the item was turned in, but you are still getting notices, or an item is indeed lost, please contact Mrs. DeWall.

From The Art Room

Dear Ocean View Families,

50 Years of Youth Art Month in the Anchorage School District

You are invited to attend the Annual Anchorage School District student art exhibition at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center as well as several other locations around Anchorage. The exhibition is presented in conjunction with National Youth Art Month, an acknowledgement of the visual arts programs in American schools.

Due to COVID precautionary measures, we are not hosting an artists’ reception at the Art Museum this year, however we do encourage you to visit the museum as well as the other locations around town. We also want to highlight that museum admission is only $5 on Thursday, March 17th.

Exhibition Sites & Dates:

March 4th – April 3rd, 2022

Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center

Loussac Municipal Library

5th Avenue Mall

Midtown Mall (formerly the Mall at Sears)

Muldoon Library

Congratulations to the students’ whose work will be on display:

Malerie Rennie (Museum)

Sabrina Stock (Museum)

Siena Reid (Museum)

Colton McQuality (Museum)

Bailey Carranza (Midtown Mall)

Brooklyn Escomiendo (Loussac Library)

I am excited to announce that we will also have student artist’s work displayed at the ASD Boniface Education Center and at the Muldoon Library from March 28th – May 6th. Please take the time to stop in and check out their beautiful work.

Carly Jakabosky (ASD Education Center)

Caleb Stock (ASD Education Center)

Bailey Carranza (Muldoon Library)

Congratulations to these students and to all of our artists at Ocean View!

If you have any questions, please feel free to call the Fine Arts Department at 742-0151.

Your Partner in Education,

Mrs. Cindy Trawicki, M.A.T

Art Instructor


Covid testing at Ocean View

Nurse Lanaee is able to offer Covid testing at Ocean View. If you would like to register your student, please use the QR code or use this link. Please give her a call in advance to speak to her about getting tested.
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  • Even if you have informed their teacher, please call the office at 907-742-5850 to report a child absent or log into Q to enter it. If your child will be gone for more than a few days, please fill out the Pre-Arranged Absence Form. Please email the students teacher to request work.
  • If there is a change of plans and you need to get a message to your student, please give the office a call at 907-742-5850 before 3.
  • If you need to take your student home early, please call the office 5-10 minutes prior to arriving to have them waiting for you.
  • ASD Student transportation through Reliant can be reached at 907-278-4287.
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