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Four Appointees Named to Board of Regents

Education and Local School NewsJanuary 26, 2015 ANCHORAGE – Today Governor Bill Walker submitted the names of four Alaskans to be appointed to the University of Alaska Board of Regents: Andy Teuber of Kodiak, Sheri Buretta of Anchorage, John Davies of Fairbanks and Lisa Parker of Soldotna. The appointees will replace four current regents whose terms expire on February 3, 2015.

“These appointments represent a broad spectrum of Alaskans and Alaska,” Governor Walker said. “All four will bring unique qualities to the Board of Regents that will help guide the future of our great university system.”

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Attention Vendors: Houston High School Gun and Outdoor Show

Education and Local School News"Hello all! We are very excited to be preparing for the annual Houston High School Gun and Outdoor Show coming up April 25th and 26th, 2015 at the Big lake Lions Rec Center. It is first come first served and we did have many vendors pre-register so do make sure that you select more than one space choice.

"This year we will have some new co-chairs for our show in addition to our Houston High Staff members. They are Scott Ruta – and Russ Beauvais – Please feel free to contact them with questions and look for them at the show and set up as well.

"We look forward to working with all of you again this year and expect it to be our biggest and best show ever! Feel free to share the information with your friends as well or other vendors who might be interested as well! Thank you!

Lisa Humphreys
Secretary I
Houston High School
(907) 892-9450"

For vendor forms and more information contact any of the individuals in this post.
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Two Alaska Schools Named National Title I Distinguished Schools

Education and Local School NewsSalcha Elementary School in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District and Beryozova School in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough School District have been named National Title I Distinguished Schools by the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development, Commissioner Mike Hanley announced today.

Beryozova School was recognized for exceptional student performance for two or more consecutive years. Salcha Elementary was recognized for significantly closing the achievement gap between student groups.

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State Board Increases Math Requirements for Graduation

Education and Local School NewsJUNEAU–The State Board of Education & Early Development, meeting Dec. 4 and 5 in Anchorage, adopted eight regulations and sent out for public comment four proposed regulations.

The board adopted a regulation requiring public high school students to take three credits of math as a condition of graduation, starting with this year’s freshman class. Currently, 47 of Alaska’s 54 school districts require more than two credits of math, as do 42 other states.

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Division of Agriculture to host Farm to School Conference

Education and Local School News(Palmer, AK) – The public is invited to attend Alaska’s first-ever Farm to School Conference on Jan. 13 and 14 in Anchorage. The conference is designed to help schools and communities develop farm to school programs, which seek to have Alaska food products available in local schools.

The Division of Agriculture received a $25,000 competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm to School Program to host the conference. Deborah Kane, the national director of the USDA Farm to School Program, is scheduled to attend the Alaska conference.

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Play Every Day, Healthy Futures push to get 200 schools in physical activity challenge

Education and Local School NewsThe state’s Play Every Day campaign and its nonprofit partner, the Alaska Sports Hall of Fame, will ramp up student participation in the Healthy Futures Challenge by challenging themselves to get 200 elementary schools–half the public elementary schools in Alaska–to sign up for the spring Challenge this month.

Elementary schools can sign up online at for the spring Challenge between Dec. 9 and Dec 19. Parents can get involved by encouraging school staff to sign their schools up and by joining their kids in taking the challenge to make physical activity a priority. The spring Challenge will run February through April 2015.
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MSB Schools closed due to freezing rain

Education and Local School NewsAll but 2 MSB Schools are closed today due to freezing rain. AMCS and Glacier View are open.
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State Board to Meet on December 4 - 5 in Anchorage

Education and Local School NewsThe State Board of Education & Early Development will meet on December 4 starting at 8:00 a.m. and December 5 starting at 8:30 a.m. The meeting will be held at the Anchorage School District board room at 5530 E. Northern Lights Blvd. The public is invited to attend.

The board will take public comment on agenda and non-agenda items on Thursday, December 4. Comment at this oral hearing is limited to three minutes per person and five minutes per group. Public comment can be made for this meeting, during this time only, by calling 1-855-463-5009 if you are outside of Juneau. For participation from Juneau, call 463-5009. This meeting will be streamed through the Legislative Information Office over beginning at 8:00 a.m. on December 4, and 8:30 a.m. on December 5 (audio only). Click on the meeting name to listen to the meeting proceedings. When public comment is over, the meeting will continue to be broadcast at the above web site.

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Teacher of the Year to be Announced This Sunday

Education and Local School NewsANCHORAGE – Alaska Education Commissioner Mike Hanley will announce the 2015 Alaska Teacher of the Year and the alternate on Sunday, Nov. 9, at 12:15 p.m. at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel. The presentation is during a luncheon of the Association of Alaska School Boards.

A news release with background information on the teacher of the year and the alternate will be emailed to the media at noon Sunday.

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Forty-one Schools Recognized as Alaska Reward Schools

Education and Local School NewsJUNEAU – The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development has recognized 41 public schools as 2014-2015 Reward Schools to honor their student performance from the 2013-2014 school year.

The designation is part of Alaska’s school accountability system, which identifies schools in need of support and recognizes schools that are the highest performing or show the most growth in student achievement.

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Houston Middle School Holiday Dinner Planning Meeting

Education and Local School NewsHouston Middle School tweeted: "Holiday Dinner Planning Meeting Oct 21st @ 6pm, HMS. We need volunteers to plan & work day of the event. Please come! "

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ADOT&PF participates in International Walk to School Day

Education and Local School News(JUNEAU, Alaska) – On Wednesday, Oct. 8, students at 4,300 schools throughout the United States marked International Walk to School Day. This one-day event in the U.S. is a part of an international effort to celebrate the benefits of safely walking and bicycling to school and to encourage more families to consider getting out of the car and onto their feet on the way to school.

Schools in many Alaskan communities, including Petersburg, Juneau and Anchorage, held special activities to promote safety for students who walk and bike to school.

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Governor Introduces Education Initiative

Education and Local School NewsOctober 3, 2014, Fairbanks, Alaska – In a move to get more Alaska students ready for the workforce with specialized skills or crafts in Alaska’s growing economy, Governor Sean Parnell introduced his Alaska’s Career-Ready Education Initiative.

“In light of the mega projects we are rolling out, such as Alaska’s LNG project, Susitna-Watana Hydro Project, Interior Energy Project, and the renaissance on both the North Slope and on the Kenai – we are growing jobs,” Governor Parnell said. “These projects will produce technically skilled, well-paying jobs. With this initiative, we will graduate students who can go right into the workforce from high school, with recognized skills and credentials.”

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October is Farm to School month

Education and Local School News(Palmer, AK) – The Division of Agriculture Farm to School program is partnering with child nutrition programs to promote Farm to School activities and Local Lunch Day at schools across the state during the month of October.

The Farm to School program goals are improving child nutrition, educate children about the origins of food, and support local economies. Students gain access to healthy, local foods, participate in school gardening, receive cooking lessons and participate in farm field trips. Community relationships are enriched when schools purchase products from local and regional farmers. Farm to School programs have reached millions of students and expanded into all 50 states and Washington, D.C. during the last decade.

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State Board Approves Regulations to Implement the Education Opportunity Act

Education and Local School NewsThe State Board of Education & Early Development, meeting Sept. 18-19 in Anchorage, approved two regulations and sent out for public comment nine proposed regulations.

The board approved regulations to implement a recently enacted state law, Alaska’s Education Opportunity Act.

One adopted regulation repeals the high school exit exam and replaces it with the requirement to take a college-ready or a career-ready assessment as a condition of receiving a high school diploma. These assessments do not have passing scores.

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