The 'Crew Launch' is a recruitment weekend for high school students, ages 15-19, to learn about the Student Conservation Association's (SCA) 4-week summer opportunities in Alaska. Serving with SCA while a student can lead to employment with NPS, BLM, Forest Service and other public lands programs down the road, but it's also just a great chance for high school students to get outdoors and work, learn, and serve for four weeks during the summer. The selection process is competitive, but students from AK will have a good chance of being chosen if they attend the Launch and show serious interest. Jillian Morrissey (907-715-2381) is the gateway to the application process, so if interested, contact her. The Launch is tuition free and will be held in Palmer on Alaska Pacific University's 800-acre farm in April. Sounds like a great summer opportunity!
"Governor Sean Parnell was pleased to proclaim February 5, 2014 as Digital Learning Day in Alaska to celebrate and promote the effective use of technology in the classroom and highlight successful integration of digital learning experiences happening across Alaska. Digital literacy is of paramount importance in our increasingly technical world, and we encourage all schools and libraries to recognize this day by organizing digital learning activities and promoting digital learning tools and practices in their communities.
The Alaska State Library has provided a list of events occurring across the state, and is providing a forum for Alaskans to post videos of their digital learning success stories. More information is available on the State Library website at http://library.alaska.gov/is/digitalLearning1.aspx.
Thank you for your dedication to Alaskans. Together, we can build a better and brighter future for our students and our state. If our office can be of assistance to you in the future, please do not hesitate to contact us."
Director of Constituent Relations
Office of Governor Sean Parnell
Copper River School District's new 'Digital Learning Digest' is hot off the press! Here's the introduction to the first edition . . .
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
Digital learning in the Copper River School District took center stage in our community last fall. Many members of the community took the time to participate in various forums and meetings. As the conversation about digital learning developed over the course of 1st semester, we began to ponder how to facilitate a better informed continuation of the conversation during second semester. One of the ideas we’ve been working on is a document that not only restates the expressed concerns as frequently asked questions (FAQ), but also provides an accurate foundation for 2nd semester conversations.
It became apparent over the course of the last few weeks that this document should be the first edition of a document that grows and adapts to new questions and statewide contexts. After reading the first edition of the CRSD Digital Learning Digest, please send us your comments, suggestions or unanswered questions. We’ll keep those on file as we work on a second edition that will be published before the start of the 2014-2015 school year.
The document linked below is our sincere attempt at facilitating an honest dialogue about the rapidly changing arena of educational technology.
Click here to read the CRSD Digital Learning Digest January 2014
We're going to have some fun with music at Upstream Learning, each Thursday, beginning February 6th. From 1:15 - 2:00 Ramona is teaching a small group of beginning piano students using the piano method 'Celebrate Piano'. We have room for one more student - our target age group is 1st-4th graders. We will meet for approximately 12 sessions.
Following piano, from 2:15 - 3:00, students in Grades 4-7 will be learning to sing together in an ensemble. We have plenty of room for more singers - the more, the merrier! - so pass the word to your homeschool friends that they're invited to join us! If you plan on coming, please call the UL office or contact Ramona for more details. You're welcome to come to the first practice just to try it out.
While on the topic of music . . .
I sent an email today explaining about the optional and required student assessments that will take place this semester. You can refer to that email for details, or you can read the same information here.
Have a great week in your home school! Remember . . . "When the atmosphere encourages learning, the learning is inevitable.”
― Elizabeth Foss, Real Learning: Education In The Heart Of The Home
High school students can apply for some unique and exciting summer opportunities that will be life-changing experiences. Here are two:
For students interested in science, the Joint Science Education Project (JSEP) seeks applications from U.S. high school students interested in participating in field research in Greenland. Students must be in 10th or 11th grade at the time of application. Five U.S. high school students will join peers from Denmark and Greenland to spend three weeks during summer 2014 doing field science in and around Kangerlussuaq, Greenland, and visiting Summit Station, a research base on the Greenland ice sheet. Students and teachers will work alongside scientists on research projects in a wide variety of fields including biology, geology, climatology, chemistry, and engineering. Dates are June 27-July 9, 2014. The program is sponsored by NSF's Division of Polar Programs in collaboration with the Joint Committee. Click here for details. Application deadline is January 31, 2014. Don't leave this until the last minute . . .
Girls on Ice is a unique, FREE, wilderness science education program for high school girls. Each year two teams of 9 teenage girls and 3 instructors spend 12 days exploring and learning about mountain glaciers and the alpine landscape through scientific field studies with professional glaciologists, ecologists, artists, and mountaineers. One team explores Mount Baker, an ice-covered volcano in the North Cascades of Washington State. The other team sleeps under the midnight sun exploring an Alaskan glacier.
“Girls on Ice is not a reward for past good grades or academic achievement, it is an inspiration for future success.” The application deadline for Girls on Ice is also January 31st. Read details on the website and apply online here.
On Monday, January 20th, Barbara Mongar from the Alaska Commission on Post-Secondary Education will be in Glennallen. She will present information on the Free Application For Federal Student Aid (the FAFSA), the Alaska Performance Scholarship, and other aid programs. The FAFSA is a document that seniors who plan to go on for any level of college training next year must complete.
Parents of all high school students are welcome to attend. Barbara will be at Glennallen School, and the presentation will broadcast via VTC to Slana and Kenny Lake Schools. The presentation will start at 6 pm in the computer lab at GHS. If you have questions, please direct them to Jim Lorence, CRSD guidance counselor, at either GHS or KLS.
Local artist, Naomi Young, is offering a "new, fun and creative" art class using 'Alcohol Inks' January 18th from 10-1 at the Gakona Gallery, 1/2 Mile Tok Cut-Off. Cost is $40 per person, including supplies. Students will leave with a finished, painted ceramic tile! Register with Naomi, 259-3495
Here's a short video of an inspiring young man with who serves others joyfully, with genuine respect, and with a smile and a hug! What a fabulous role model for our children to follow. We all need dreams, like Tim had, as well as the motivation to achieve them! Here's an additional story about Tim on CBS news. By the way, Tim has Down's Syndrome.
The Copper Basin 300 dog sled race begins in Glennallen on Saturday morning, January 11th at 10am. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks before and during the race. Contact Deborah Crowe, one of our Upstream Learning parents, to find out how your family can be involved! You can get further information here.