One of our UL parents has coordinated with Robin Underwood of WISE (Wrangell Institute for Science and the Environment) for a special session of Changing Seasons for students in Kindergarten through 3rd grade on Thursday, September 18th from 1:00-3:00pm. If it will work well for you to bring all of your children to one session, this is the one for you! Activities will be adjusted to match the interest and attention span of younger students. All activities will be held outdoors on or near the Glennallen Schools campus - watch for further details next week. There is no cost, parents should stay with their children for the program, and everyone should dress accordingly! School is not in session that day, so the Upstream Learning facilities will not be available. Please contact Tori Rego or the UL office if you plan to attend. Thank you!
All Copper River Valley homeschooled 2nd and 3rd grade students are invited to join Wrangell Institute for Science and Environment for our Changing Seasons program. Students attend four hands-on classes in an outdoor setting, learning about science and the world around us. Homeschool parents or guardians are asked to attend with their students, or team up with other families to provide transportation and chaperones. Homeschool students are invited to attend at any school, but you must call WISE or Upstream Learning to sign up by Sepember 17th. The program will begin at about 10am and finish at about 2:15pm, with an hour for lunch and recess. We will adjust the schedule for each school based on their lunch times.
Slana School: Monday, September 22nd
Glennallen Elementary: Tuesday, September 23rd
Kenny Lake School: Thursday, September 25th
Students will be divided into small groups, and attend fourlearning stations, each about 30 minutes long. We will begin and end the day with whole-group activities. The four learning stations for this year will be Web of Life, Fish, Weather, and Animal Adaptation. Presenters will include National Park Service, BLM, and Kenny Lake Soil and Water Conservation District, and WISE staff, as well as community volunteers. Please call WISE at 822-3575 or Upstream Learning 822-3234 ext 226 for more information, questions, or to sign up your student for 2014 Changing Seasons. We look forward to seeing you there!
To all of our new families . . . welcome to the Upstream Learning community! We trust you will have a terrific year of homeschooling; we look forward to supporting and encouraging you! For those who don’t already know (and appreciate) our new program assistant, Mary Howarth-Hernandez, please read on . . .
Mary has lived in the Copper Valley for the past 19 years. She has worked for the Copper River School District in the past, helping students with reading using the Linda-mood Bell program and assessing students with the Dibels and Aimsweb programs. She recently comes from the Parents As Teachers program through RurAL Cap, where she worked in child development with families and children ages birth-5. She has one son, Michael James (MJ) who works for DOT out of Manley Hot Springs. She has 3 dogs who all love to walk regularly. She also loves to quilt and sew in her spare time. We are overjoyed to welcome Mary's enthusiasm, efficiency, energy and talent to Upstream Learning!
As part of the annual “Report Card to the Public”, all schools ask parents and students to complete a survey at year’s end. Our Upstream Learning surveys are ready for you! They are ‘Survey Monkey’ questionnaires like we’ve used the past two years, and each consists of six questions. It should take 3-4 minutes to complete online. We truly value this feedback, and it is anonymous, so we encourage you to be honest as you respond. Here is the link to the Parent Survey, and here is the link to the Student Survey. Each parent and each student may complete their own. Thank you for your participation!
This year we're proud to announce that three Upstream Learning students are graduating and participating in the GHS ceremony on Thursday, May 15th. All three have followed a unique path to arrive on the graduation doorstep. . .
Brandon Olinger attended Glennallen Schools from Kindergarten through 11th grade. Last fall he moved out of the area and enrolled in Upstream Learning to complete his senior year through distance education. He has accomplished his goal of graduating while gaining work experience at the same time. He hopes to begin a career in mining and use his welding skills.
Teshina Jones attended elementary school at GES and has been homeschooled throughout most of junior and senior high school. She has applied to UAA and is interested in pursuing an education degree.
Aaron Miller is dual enrolled this year, taking two classes at GHS and the remainder through Upstream Learning. He was a member of the 2014 state champion 2A basketball team, and will be attending one of the University of Alaska campuses in the fall.
Alaska Performance Scholarship - An informational teleconference is scheduled for Tuesday ,May 6th, at 6:30 p.m. for the general public to learn more about the Alaska Performance Scholarship (APS). Students, parents, educators, and other interested parties are welcome. Participants will learn about eligibility requirements, award levels, the application process, and using the award. There will also be an opportunity to ask questions. Go to APS.alaska.gov to register. You must register at least 24 hours in advance to participate. Once you have registered online, you will receive an e-mail with instructions on how to participate in the meeting. Internet and telephone access are required to participate. For information on APS or other inquiries, go to APS.alaska.gov or contact ACPE Customer Service at (800) 441-2962.
Aim Academy's Online Courses - Would you like to find out more about Aim Academy's course offerings and AP and CLEP exams? Would you like to see an Aim class website and Web-ex classroom? Do you have specific questions to ask in real time? Then join Debra Bell and Aim Academy teachers for a 1 hour informational on Tuesday, May 6th @ 4pm Alaska time. Register here.
Our Upstream Learning classroom is a busy art studio this week, as Nancy Bell is teaching a 3-day class and 11 students are creating a unique "Picture Book". Students range from Kindergarten through 11th grade, and it's a joy to watch them interacting with each other. Nancy Bell is a master teacher, and brings out the best in each student, whatever their age or prior experience. She is currently making plans for classes in the fall, so if your child has an interest in learning how to paint, please let Nancy know this spring, so she can plan accordingly.
Our support teacher, Ramona Henspeter, spent April 17th and 18th in Anchorage, attending the IDEA Curriculum Fair. We are appreciative of IDEA's invitation to attend, as there is nothing else like this available to our homeschooling families in Alaska. This was the 16th year of this Alaska-wide homeschool conference, and it was filled with tons of information, over 60 vendor tables, and timely encouragement, as always! Families come in from far and wide to attend, as do the presenters and vendors.The featured speaker was Debra Bell, a veteran homeschool mom with a wealth of personal experience and a PhD in educational psychology. Other speakers included Stephen Guffanti MD, Brian Wasko, Tom Clark, and many more nationally-known experts in the field. Based on everything seen and heard, homeschooling is alive and well in Alaska! If you'd like to read a summary of many of the workshops, here are Ramona's notes.
The Standards Based Assessments (SBA's) are now behind us. Thank you, parents, for getting your students to SBA testing this past week. Students from Upstream Learning achieved 100% attendance for the Reading, Writing and Math tests, thanks to your efforts! We realize some of you had to do some complex juggling and re-arranging of your family schedule to get your student(s) to the test site, so we appreciate your efforts! Now it's time to get back to your normal schedule, as we're on the home stretch towards summer!
The state-required Standards Based Assessments (SBA's) begin Tuesday morning, April 1st. All families have received an email with details for their Gr. 3-10 students. Plan on arriving by 8:50, with testing beginning at 9:00 each morning. Tests are not timed, so students are encouraged to take as long as they need to do their best! Please contact Ramona if you have any questions. Test sites include: Upstream Learning Center in Glennallen and Kenny Lake Chapel, with other students testing in Valdez and at KLS.
Next week's schedule:
Tuesday, April 1st - Reading
Wednesday, April 2nd - Writing
Thursday, April 3rd - Math
Friday, April 4th (4th, 8th, 10th grades only) - Science