“Spring: a lovely reminder of how beautiful change can truly be."
A Note From Clare
Dear Valued Chugach Community Member,
We are turning the corner to spring and are able to approach the month with an abundance of gratitude that our return to in-school learning is a success: and staff and community members are able to have a vaccine, should they want.
From the preliminary information we have on students, from assessments and our own observations, we know in-person learning more effectively educates the whole child We have seen many of our children needing more support to get caught up. I have stated in other communications that teachers will be inviting families to register for summer school in early April, if there are academic concerns. Information about summer school will be going out as soon as it is available to us.
Outside of academics, I want to take a moment to focus on whole child growth. Over the last year, many of our children have had less opportunity to engage in social interactions, sports, the arts, and so much more. We are learning more about Covid and as the CDC adjusts guidelines, based on evidence-based studies, I encourage us to be thoughtful of whole child development this spring and summer. Opportunities to limit screen time and have meaningful time in the outdoors, engaging in conversations over a campfire, and playing a game of kickball with friends has new importance.
Classrooms continue to spark the joy of learning through theme studies. There is great excitement in upper about Mini-Societies; middle groups students excitedly dove into Middle Ages studies, Primary continues on with Penguins, and Kindergarten is embracing their community, studying ravens, and building foundational skills. We look forward to warmer days and seeing all of you at pick-up and drop-off in your sunglasses!
Finally, I want to share that the district recently adopted a new math curriculum for neighborhood schools. While we are not using the same curriculum, I am very happy to share that Chugach was able to get our monetary portion. This comes out to be $63,198 for our school's math curriculum needs over the next six years. I worked closely with the principals at Bowman and Polaris and put together a budget that includes: upgrades to classroom technology for delivering math instruction, professional development for teachers, as well as funds to refresh our curriculum in the 2024 school year--should that be a desire of the staff and community. Receiving this money for the curriculum is a celebration for alternative schools. That has not always been the case; many of you may remember that parents fundraised to purchase our Bridges math curriculum in years past. We are grateful to Dr. Bishop and her team for recognizing the need for alternative schools to stay strong, current, and for allowing alternative schools to build curriculum that works for our program.
Assessments: Please review the spring assessment calendar (below) for dates specific to classroom teachers and grade levels.
*At this time our traditional school gatherings are
cancelled due COVID-19.
*Please refer to our website calendarfor dates specific to grade levels or clubs*
Chugach kindergarten teacher Caycee Reloza is originally from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Her father was active duty in the Air Force. She moved to Alaska during elementary school when he was transferred to Anchorage. Caycee met Leo at Bartlett High School. The high school sweethearts married after graduating. Leo joined the Air Force and soon after they moved to Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Leo was deployed to Iraq in 2003 and again returned to Alaska to work at Fort Richardson. Caycee began her college studies while in Kentucky and finished her degree and graduated from UAA. She completed her student teaching under legendary Chugach kindy teacher Jean Ward. As fortune would have it, a kindergarten teaching position opened up here at Chugach the following year. Caycee has now been here for eleven years.
Leo and Caycee have two children: Riley, aged 22, is in the Air Guard and a member of the 212th Air Rescue. Their daughter Kennedy is a sophmore at Bartlett High and a Chugach graduate herself. Leo accepted a job at the Department of Justice in West Virginia. Caycee and their daughter will join him at the end of the school year.
It is often shared that kindergarten is magical and Caycee is a creator of that magic. Caycee teaches us all how to talk to young children in a way that makes them feel so loved, empowered, and acknowledged. Her warm smile lights up a room and she finds so much joy in her teaching. Caycee has such a big part of that child development. She exemplifies child-centered and project based learning. Her students discover that learning can be fun. We are so grateful to have had her as part of our staff.
As Caycee's time at Chugach closes, we recognize how much we will miss her; her shoes will be hard to fill. We are also happy for her to be reunited with Leo and they are so excited for their future together in Virginia!
Please join us in wishing Caycee well. During this time of COVID restrictions, we still encourage families to reach out to her and share her impact she has had on children. Sweet notes, memories of joys and smiles are so appreciated!
“Never say goodbye, because saying goodbye means going away, and going away means forgetting.” -Peter Pan
Dear Chugach Community,
We have just had our first face-to-face PE class in one year! My students were beyond excited to walk down to the gym and have PE! Of course we observed all health "mandates" as we were 3-6 feet apart on the walk to and from the classroom, hand sanitized before and after PE, and stayed 10' apart during class.
The kids faces lit up as they walked into the gym and saw it set up for Cardio Drumming using the items purchased with your generous donations from a company called Donors Choose! There were squeals of excitement, words like “cool!”, "wow!" and “looks fun!”, and a general feel of excitement in the air!
Each student had their own set of an exercise ball, bucket and drum sticks. We played music videos with cardio drumming teachers leading us in a workout. The kids had their heart rates up, smiles on their faces, and worked hard during class. As they left the gym to go back to class they said "Thank you! That was so fun!"
The Anchorage School District Communications team is working hard to provide current and up-to-date information on the district website. Please go to that site for any questions about our COVID-19 response, information to download the ASD App, and more. If you have feedback or need additional support for any resources, do not hesitate to reach out to our school directly (742-3730).
Thank You to Our School Business Partners
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