September 3, 2015 Snippets – General Update

This week’s CRSD Snippets is a general update.   Please call or email your school Principal or the Superintendent’s office with any questions regarding the following news items.

 2015-2015 OFF TO A GREAT START

The 2015-2016 is off to a great start. Here are just a few of the exciting highlights making the first weeks of school particularly exciting:

  • Students, Students, Students!;
  • There is a full schedule of shop classes for the semester, including: industrial enterprise, small engines/automotive, welding, construction trades, aluminum fabrication, woodworking;
  • Further good news related to vocational education is that, due to the Trek-based schedule, every vocational education course is at maximum enrollment!   Given the opportunity in their schedules, students will take shop classes;
  • Also due to the new schedule that provides students with more flexibility, we have less enrollment in online courses than at this same time last year;
  • Teachers were able to begin the year with training in traditional and technology-based resources for their classroom instructional programs;
  • Teachers have more and updated instructional tools to use in their classrooms;
  • More resources for parents and students have been added to crsd.us;
  • We welcomed 10 new employees in the CRSD;
  • We have over 71 students new to the CRSD (including kindergartners);

ENROLLMENT

By the end of the first week of school, schools reported a total district-wide enrollment of 426.   Here’s the breakdown:

  • Slana School – 13
  • Kenny Lake School – 76
  • Glennallen Junior/Senior High School – 162
  • Glennallen Elementary School – 126
  • Upstream Learning – 49

NEW ACTIVITY BUSES

Last spring the CRSD Board of Education approved the purchase of two new activity buses that meet the federal requirements for student transportation.   The buses have been shipped and will arrive within the next couple of weeks.   The utilization of these safety-enhanced vehicles will provide more secure transport for students participating in activities outside the CRSD.

FEASIBILITY STUDY

In 2014, the Alaska Legislature granted funds for the Copper River School District to study the feasibility of a residential-type program based on the former campus of Alaska Bible College.   The completed study is now available on our website at www.crsd.us.   You can download the file as a PDF or for iBooks.Screenshot 2015-09-03 14.33.54

The CRSD Board of Education invites your feedback regarding the report and potential residential school.   You can submit comments by email or at one of the Board’s monthly public meetings.   The Board will discuss the report and consider next steps during the work session on September 8th at 5:00PM.

BOARD ACTION:

The CRSD Board of Education will meet at the district-office conference room on Tuesday, September 8th for a work session and regular meeting.   The work session will included a report on student learning data, report on the start of school, and an update on the Trek-based schedule.   The regular business meeting agenda will include monthly reports and approval for new classified hires. The work session begins at 5:00PM and the regular meeting at 6:00PM.   The CRSD Board of Education meets monthly, usually on the first Tuesday.   Board agendas and minutes can be accessed through BoardDocs at www.crsd.us.


Important Dates:
(please check the web calendar for times and up-to-date information)

  • September 4th – Blending-Learning Parent Information Session at Kenny Lake School Hosted by Tim Shumway (visit http://shumway.crsd.us for more information)
  • September 5th – GHS Cross Country Meet at Palmer
  • September 7th – Labor Day, No School
  • September 8th – Board Meeting and Work Session
  • September 10th – GHS Parents of Seniors Meeting 5:30PM
  • September 12th – GHS Cross Country Meet at Seward
  • September 17th-18th Hunting Break, No School
  • September 21st – Inservice, No School
  • September 23rd – WISE Changing Seasons at Kenny Lake School
  • October 1st – GES Visiting Author – Cindy Aillaud “Recess at 20 Below”

Published by

Michael J.

Superintendent

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