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Friday, January 19 2018 @ 12:17 AM AKST


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Big Lake Elementary Spring Purge

Education and Local School NewsCome out and help raise funds for the Big Lake Elementary Library! May 6th 2017, 10-5.

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Congratulations 2017 Graduates

Education and Local School NewsGreat Job, You Made It! Best wishes for your future.

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Sixth - graders invited to name two law enforcement K9s

Education and Local School NewsAlaska’s sixth-grade classes are invited to submit names for two new law enforcement K9s, whose tasks will include searching for illegal drugs.

Use of heroin and other opioids is a growing problem across the United States. Governor Bill Walker, who recently declared a public health crisis in Alaska, signed Administrative Order 283 to outline the state’s next steps to address the drug epidemic.

The dog-naming contest is an initiative of Safer Alaska Building Strong Communities, to engage students in illicit-drug prevention.

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HHS Gun and Outdoor Show 2017

Education and Local School Newsby Lisa Humphreys, Houston High School

Hello Vendors! Only two days until the show set up – Hope you are all ready! We will have set up from 5-9:00 pm on Friday the 21st or you can also come from 5:00 am to show open at 10:00 am – as long as you can be ready for the show to open on time. We do still have a few spaces available (only about 8) so if you aren’t signed up there is still time.

We once again have two door prize guns (Thank you so much to Three Bears Alaska for that donation) that we will be giving away – the first 300 people paid through the door get a raffle ticket for the drawing so it is always very busy in the morning.

We will have a hospitality room for our vendors only in Locker room 3 with free coffee and doughnuts starting at about 7:00 am.

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Big Lake Elementary Spring Purge

Education and Local School NewsDon't miss the Big Lake Elementary Spring Purge, a garage sale and vendor event to benefit the Big Lake Elementary Library.

May 6th, 2017 from 10 am til 5 pm at Big Lake Elementary School.

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Houston High School Gun and Outdoor Show This Weekend

Education and Local School News Submitted by Lisa Humphreys, Houston High School

The Houston High School 2017 Gun and Outdoor Show will be held April 22nd and 23rd at The Big Lake Lions Rec Center. All proceeds go to help fund the Houston High School activities and athletics.

For more information please contact Lisa Humphreys at 907-892-9400 or Scott Ruta at (907)232-8249

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Some Mat-Su Schools Closed today

Education and Local School NewsFrom the MSB: "Superintendent Gene Stone is announcing that the following MSBSD schools are closed today: Trapper Creek Elem, Talkeetna Elem, Su Valley Jr/Sr High School, and Willow Elem. All other Mat-Su schools are open. If your school attends a non-traditional Mat-Su schools, please follow your school's calendar."
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Family Skate Night

Education and Local School NewsThe Big Lake Grizzly PTO is hosting Family Skate Night tonight @ The Big Lake Lions Rec Center, from 6-8 pm. Cost is $6/person and includes skate rental.

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State Board to survey public about education reform

Education and Local School NewsFirst step in meeting Governor Walker’s Alaska Education Challenge

Alaskans are encouraged to express their priorities for public education reform in a new online survey at

The survey is the first step in the State Board of Education’s participatory process to meet Governor Bill Walker’s Alaska Education Challenge: to establish an efficient, sustainable, and comprehensive system that will provide an excellent education for every student every day.

On Jan. 18, 2017, in his State of the State address, Governor Walker said, “We must do a better job of preparing our youth for the challenges of the future. To meet this challenge, we need to rethink our entire system of public education. Alaskans must be at the heart of this effort.”

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Family Sled Night @ Big Lake Elementary

Education and Local School NewsBring your sleds to The Big Lake Elementary Family Sled Night, sponsored by The Grizzly PTO. Friday Jan. 27th from 6-8 pm. Hot cocoa and coffee, warm-up area, popcorn, pizza by the slice.

Volunteers Needed! Contact Mandy at or 355-4634

We will also have hot dogs, pretzels and nachos in the concession stand in the gym.

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Alaska’s Education Challenge

Education and Local School NewsAlaska has ranked in the bottom tier of our country in student achievement and graduation rate for far too many years. Together, we will meet Alaska’s education challenge by honoring our heritage, innovating for the future, and prioritizing for today’s fiscal challenges.

Through a process of gathering public input, the State Board of Education has already identified five priorities for Alaska’s public education system: Improve Student Learning, Ensure Excellent Educators, Modernize the Education System, Inspire Tribal and Community Ownership, and Promote Safety and Well-being.

For details visit the Alaska's Education Challenge website.

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How big is Alaska?

Education and Local School NewsThis map shows how Alaska would look superimposed over the lower 48. Maps like this should be in every school.

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Congratulations 2016 Graduates!

Education and Local School NewsGreat Job, you did it!

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HHS Gun and Outdoor Show Wrap up

Education and Local School Newsby Lisa Humphreys

Houston High School and the Big Lake Lions Rec Center would like to thank all of our vendors for participating in this year’s Annual Houston High School Gun and Outdoor Show! The Show was a huge success and we have already scheduled the venue for next year. We had just about 1200 people attend as paying customers and 77 different vendors on site! We appreciate all of you working with us again this year.

We are already planning next year’s show to be bigger and better! The dates for next year’s Show are April 22 and 23rd, 2017. We will be doing a little bit of changing of the layout for next year’s show to make some things work a little better, and if you have already reserved your space we will do our best to keep them as close as possible to your preferred location. If you have not already reserved your space for next year Houston High would like to invite you to reserve your vendor booth early!

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Department Announces Alaska Agencies Providing Free Meals to Children

Education and Local School NewsJUNEAU --The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, Child Nutrition Programs, announces the participation of Alaskan agencies providing meals free of charge to enrolled children without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability. The individual agency names can be found on the Alaska Department of Education and Early Development webpage at:

These non-profit, for-profit, or governmental agencies include child care centers, adult day care centers, Head Start programs, emergency shelters, at-risk afterschool and outside school hour care centers, and family day care home providers. They receive funds from the United States Department of Agriculture’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development, Child Nutrition Programs, oversees all aspects of this program.
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