Snippets – November 5, 2015 – General Update

This week’s Snippets is a “General Update” edition.   Please visit, attend a local Advisory School Board or CRSD Board of Education meeting for more news and information.   Also, please visit our Facebook page for student activities related pictures and news.


Thanks to the hard work of CRSD’s Tech Coordinator Chris Van Wyhe and a few volunteers, CRSD athletic events are now streamed via   Events hosted in the CRSD are streamed live.   Activities hosted outside the CRSD will either be streamed live or recorded and uploaded later, depending on the venue’s internet access.   When you visit, you can view any live-streamed event or recorded events.   If you would like to volunteer to operate the camera for a student activity, please contact the school’s athletic director (Kenny Lake-Rick Oatman, Glennallen-Ben Dolgner).


CRSD staff have been working to have each of our facilities designated as an official American Red Cross Shelter.   This designation not only provides enhanced services during a disaster or accident, but may provide an opportunity to receive grant funds for generators and other contingency equipment.   Kathi Hindman, a local expert in emergency response, is coordinating our paperwork and may be reached at


Here’s a fun way to involve students in local conversations regarding Alaska’s unique energy challenges and opportunities. There will be an AK EnergySmart training workshop on Thursday, November 12th at 3:15PM – 4:15PM in the Glennallen High School video-conferencing room.   The training will broadcast via video-conference to Kenny Lake and Slana Schools. Teachers, home educators, and community members are invited to this active workshop to learn about the energy landscape of Alaska, how to integrate energy education into what students are learning, and how the FREE AK EnergySmart curriculum can work for you!   This Alaska specific, standards based K–12 curriculum boosts students’ energy literacy. Students investigate what energy is, how we use energy, and how energy can be conserved. You can learn more at or by emailing Katie Croft at


The new Copper River School District high school schedule continues to develop with Trek #2 this week.   Students will extend the learning they began in Trek #1 during the next two weeks of intensive classes.   We continue to solicit feedback from students, teachers, and parents as we create a schedule with as many vocational, outdoor and local-interest courses as possible.   Many thanks go to our staff, students and community for their willingness to try something new and demonstrate that we can have a high-quality education program in the Copper Valley that is uniquely Alaskan while preparing students for college and/or career.


As reported in previous Snippets, reports from last Spring’s Alaska Measures of Progress assessments have been delayed.   Last week, the Department of Education and Early Development informed superintendents that statewide data from the tests will be released on November 9th.   Districts will receive electronic access to data prior to the public release.   Printed versions of individual student reports will be sent to districts later in November and then mailed to parents.   If you have questions regarding AMP reports, please call or email your child’s teacher or Principal.


On Oct. 23rd the Alaska Division of Elections certified the REAA #17 School Board Elections.   James Fields and Mark Somerville were both re-elected to three year terms.   Jaime Matthews was newly elected for a three year term. She has served on the Glennallen School PTO and ASB for several years and is an active hockey Mom.   The next time you see Jaime, please congratulate her and express your appreciation for the time and energy she will invest for CRSD students.

The recent election also concludes Cheryl Sparks’ 21 years of dedicated service to the Board of Education.   That’s over 250 monthly Board meetings, not including committee meetings, interviews, and special meetings. Cheryl has been a steady and reliable supporter of CRSD students and staff. Please stop by the store or send Cheryl a note of gratitude.   Mrs. Sparks plans to remain involved in the CRSD by volunteering at Glennallen School.


Unusual for this time of year, we have colleagues who will be retiring mid-year. Ramona Henspeter is retiring from Upstream Learning.   She has been with the program since 2009, building it into the family-centered program it is today. See last week’s “Meet the CRSD” for more about Ramona.   Loreen Kramer will also be retiring this December.   Loreen has been with the CRSD since 1987 starting as a secretary for the Assistant Superintendent.   Loreen has kept the district fiscally sound through challenging financial times, dropping enrollment and the exponential expansion of restrictive regulations.   Both Ramona and Loreen will be here through the first week of December, so please stop by their offices and wish them well. Earlier this month, Kathi Hindman retired after 21 years of dedicated service to the students of the CRSD.   In addition to helping students learn to read, Kathi led our efforts to establish emergency response plans, taught CPR to staff members, and represented the district on the local Emergency Response Planning Committee.   While transitioning to a full-time emergency responder, Kathi is helping to establish each of our school sites as an official Red Cross shelter.


November 11th – Veteran’s Day (find a veteran and say “thank you”)

November 13th – Early Release

November 16th – Teacher Inservice

November 18th – Picture Retakes

November 21st – Copper Valley Trade Fair

November 26th-27th – Thanksgiving Holidays

December 1st – CRSD Board of Education Work-session and Regular Meeting

Thank you for reading the Snippets.   Together, the Copper River Valley is providing a quality education in our wonderfully rural and unique environment.

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Michael J.


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