Snippets – General Updates Edition December 2014

SPORTS

High school wrestling, hockey and basketball are now in full swing. You can catch hockey and basketball games on KCAM.   Please check the district website for game dates and times.   Please consider attending a home game to show your support for our student athletes.   A special thanks to all the volunteers and coaches who work with parents to keep our activities going.CRSD

DIGITAL LEARNING RESOURCES AND POLICY REVIEW COMMITTEE

A small group of parent and CRSD staff met on November 24th to discuss digital learning programs in the district.   A report on current e-learning options was presented along with a period for Q&A.   The committee also discussed processes for updating current adopted curriculum. Here are a few CRSD e-learning stats: Currently there are 74 9th-12th grade students taking 109 e-learning courses.   Each student in grades 3rd-12th has an assigned laptop.   Students in grades 2nd-5th have iPads.   The committee will meet again in the spring to review learning data and 2015-2016 e-learning programs.

KENNY LAKE BIO-MASS BOILER

The Kenny Lake Pellet boiler continues to operate well, providing heat for the entire school facility.   When designed, the projected savings from the bio-mass system was calculated based upon $4.05 a gallon for heating fuel.   With the recent drop in oil prices, bio-mass fuel for the boiler is costing the district slightly more than heating fuel.   We will continue to monitor the financial impact of the system and adjust our heating methods accordingly.

ENROLLMENT

“Count period” takes place each year to determine funding for Alaska’s public schools.   Enrollment is tracked over a 20 day period, averaged and then submitted to the Department of Education and Early Childhood. Our enrollment is calculated by multiplying the enrollment by factors based on school size, district cost-of-living, correspondence, vocational-education, special education and a few others.   This year’s count period was September 29th, 2014 through October 24th, 2014.   The table below shows our projected enrollment used in last year’s budgeting process and the actual enrollment at the end of this year’s count period.

Projected Actual
Slana School 15 18.25
Glennallen School 284 285.85
Kenny Lake School 84.5 78
Upstream Learning 41 55.45
Total 424.5 437.55

CHRISTMAS PROGRAMS

It’s that time of year when we get to enjoy Christmas programs. It is the best entertainment around!

Upstream Learning Christmas Dinner and the Arts – Friday, December 12th at 6:00PM (please RSVP at 822-3234 ext. 227)

Glennallen School Christmas Concert (K-12th) – Tuesday, December 16th at 6:00PM

Kenny Lake High School Christmas Concert (5th-12th) – Wednesday, December 17th at 7:00PM

Kenny Lake Elementary Christmas Program (K-4th grade) – Thursday, December 18th at 1:30PM

Slana School Christmas Program – Thursday, December 18th at 6:00PM

I hope to see you at one (or more) of the school Christmas programs – come celebrate Christmas with the students!

Published by

Michael J.

Superintendent

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