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2016 Scholarship Applications from MEA Online Now

Education and Local School NewsThe 2016 Scholarship Applications from MEA Online Now. MEA is now accepting applications for the 2016 scholarships benefiting college bound students in the service area. Applications must be postmarked by Wednesday March 16. MEA will award $15,000 in scholarships.

For more information and to download this years application visit www.mea.coop Look for the Scholarship link under the Community Tab.
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Most Mat-Su Schools Closed Today

Education and Local School NewsFrom the MSB page: Due to icy road conditions, most MSBSD schools are closed today. The only schools open are: Glacier View, Su Valley Jr/Sr High School, Talkeetna Elem, and Trapper Creek Elem. We appreciate your cooperation in keeping our students and staff safe.
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State Launches Contest to Name New Ferry Boat

Education and Local School News Governor Bill Walker called on Alaska students today to help name two state ferry vessels, which are currently being built in Ketchikan after the Alaska Legislature appropriated funding for the projects in the fiscal year 2009 and fiscal year 2012 budgets. From now until March 15, students between 6th and 12th grade are invited to name the two new Alaska Class ferries, and submit an essay explaining the choice. According to statute, each ferry must be christened after one of Alaska’s 745 named glaciers.

The two ferries are currently being built at the Vigor Alaska shipyard in Ketchikan, and will serve the ports of Haines, Juneau and Skagway – also known as the North Lynn Canal region. Crews began construction on the ferries in the fall of 2014 and are scheduled to be complete their work in 2018.

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State Board Adopts Regulations and Resolutions

Education and Local School NewsJUNEAU --The State Board of Education & Early Development, meeting Dec. 10 and 11 in Anchorage, adopted four regulation packages, repealed a regulation, sent out for public comment proposed arts standards, and adopted three resolutions.

The board adopted regulations to:

* Require school districts to offer students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to challenge courses, meaning to receive credit by demonstrating their knowledge of the courses’ content without taking the courses. School districts are free to let students in grades 7 and 8 challenge courses, but districts are not required to do so. The board’s regulation aligns with a recent change in state statute.

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Area Schools Closed again Today

Education and Local School NewsWed., Nov. 25, Select MSBSD schools closed today: Big Lake, Houston Middle, Houston High, Willow, Beryozova, Su Valley Jr/Sr High, Talkeetna, and Trapper Creek. All other schools OPEN. Alaska Middle College School is open. We appreciate your cooperation with continued icy road conditions making it less safe for bus travel. CTHS buses for Houston High students will pick up at normal bus stops.
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Most Mat-Su Schools Closed Today

Education and Local School NewsFrom their Facebook Page: "Good morning, Mat-Su families and employees. Dr. Deena Paramo is announcing that all MSBSD schools are closed today, November 24, EXCEPT Glacier View. Glacier View is open. The icy road conditions make it uncertain for safe travel for buses. We appreciate your cooperation. Stay safe today if you are traveling. Thank you."
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Houston Middle School Annual Holiday Dinner Invite

Education and Local School NewsWe will be serving a Turkey and Ham dinner with all the fixings.

We will also have door prizes through out the evening.

You do not have to be present to win!

Date: November 21, 2015

Time: 3pm-6pm

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Reminder: The Merchant's Market at Houston High School is Today

Education and Local School News"You're invited to come out and join us at The Merchant's Market at Houston High School. This will be an all day event with crafts, food, and fun!

Saturday November 14th from 9 am til 5 pm.

First 25 people (only 1 per family) receive a free gift

Cake tickets (free giveaway) at noon

Door prizes all day

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Big Lake Elementary X Country Ski Team Fundraiser

Education and Local School NewsThere will be a fund raiser for the kids of the Big Lake Elementary X Country Ski Team at Floaters, Saturday November 14th at 5 pm.

Got some old gear? Bring it!

Fundraiser will include:

Chinese Auction ($1): bid for over 60 signs, mirrors, donated artwork, and more!

There will also be a potluck, bring a dish!
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Houston High School Fall Festival

Education and Local School NewsThe Houston High School Fall Festival 2015 will be held Friday October 30th from 6-8 pm, Fireworks @ 8:05 pm. Fun for all ages.

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Alaskans take part in National Farm to School Month

Education and Local School News(Palmer, AK) – In recognition of National Farm to School Month in October, the Division of Agriculture is collaborating with the Department of Education and Early Development’s childhood nutrition programs to promote Farm to School activities in Alaska communities. Furthermore, the division is encouraging Alaskans to take advantage of opportunities to advance local food in their schools.

Ten-year-old Sable Scotton of Galena is an example of a young Alaskan who is promoting local foods in schools. She is one of 55 children this year who submitted a winning entry to the national Healthy Lunchtime Challenge recipe contest. In July Sable and her mom Sandy joined the other contest winners in Washington D.C. for a White House state dinner and visit with First Lady Michelle Obama. On that trip, Sable and Sandy learned about the national Kids and Chefs Cook for Success program and they worked with the Division of Agriculture and local schools to bring the program to Galena in late September. The division helped facilitate a visit by Fairbanks chef Danielle Flaherty who conducted two cooking demonstrations that included locally-grown foods, taught two culinary classes, and held taste tests and lessons in the Galena schools.

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Play Every Day’s student video contest highlights the health impacts of sugary drinks

Education and Local School NewsA student video PSA contest run by the Play Every Day campaign of the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services will allow elementary students across Alaska to share their view of healthy habits. Now in its second year, this year’s contest asks kids to talk about the benefits of drinking water instead of sugary drinks like soda, sports drinks and powered drinks.

Last year’s winner, Salcha Elementary near Fairbanks, won prizes for the school and participating students for a video that showed kids sledding, skiing and going down slides while promoting physical activity.

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State Board Seeks Comments on Six Proposed Regulations

Education and Local School NewsThe State Board of Education & Early Development, meeting Sept. 17 & 18 in Sitka, has sent out for public comment six proposed regulations. Written comments are due by 4:30 p.m. October 30. To see the proposed regulations and submit written comments, see https://education.alaska.gov/regs/comment.cfm

Briefly, the proposed regulations:

* In keeping with a new state statute, make clear that school districts are required to offer only students in grades 9-12 the opportunity to challenge courses by demonstrating mastery of the material.

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State Board of Education to Meet Oct. 9

Education and Local School NewsThe State Board of Education & Early Development will hold a special meeting by audio-conference on October 9, starting at noon. The audio-conference will originate at the state board room, first floor, Goldbelt Building, 801 W. 10th Street, Juneau. The public is invited to attend.

The purpose of the meeting is to hold a work session and a business meeting. Topics at the work session include proposed regulations to set the range of scores within each achievement level in the Alaska Measures of Progress and Alaska Alternate Assessment. Topics at the business meeting include regulations listed above that may be adopted.

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State Board of Education Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Achievement Level Scores

Education and Local School NewsJUNEAU –The State Board of Education & Early Development, meeting by audio-conference on August 24, has sent out for public comment proposed regulations that set the ranges of student scores within the four achievement levels of the Alaska Measures of Progress, the state’s assessment of rigorous English and math standards for students in grades 3 to 10.

Students first took the Alaska Measures of Progress in April 2015. Students score on a scale that is divided into achievement levels 1 to 4, from low to high. Achievement levels 3 and 4 represent meeting the state’s standards. Achievement levels 1 and 2 represent partially meeting the standards.

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