The Juneau School District is pleased to announce that Auke Bay Elementary School Principal Lori Hoover has earned the title “2017 Champion of the Arts” from the Alaska Arts Education Consortium (AAEC) Champions of the Arts recognition program. Hoover was chosen to be honored in the category of Arts Leader.

AAEC recognizes individuals and organizations from across the state who champion the arts in education. AAEC believes these Champions carry the torch for arts education through high-caliber instruction, arts support, and ongoing arts promotion. A core belief of the AAEC is that higher academic achievement will occur in and through the arts and the organization is committed to preparing and supporting educators so that they can teach the arts in and across the curriculum.
Principal Lori Hoover has worked behind the scenes as an avid advocate for the arts, supporting the integration of the arts in all things to make a difference for all Juneau’s children.

Hoover is a core member of the group that has worked to bring access to arts education and arts integration to Juneau part of Ensuring the Arts for Any Given Child. This Kennedy Center program focuses on expanding arts education in schools in an equitable manner across grade levels. It requires a community-wide effort, and she has helped to spearhead the work over a number of years.

As an educator, when Hoover presents to a group, no matter the content, she finds a way to integrate the arts, knowing and believing that when we learn through the arts we are more likely to remember and understand, connect and extend on a deeper level. She exudes art and has continually made efforts to bring community organizations together to expand the access for ALL students to not only learn the arts, but to also learn other educational content through arts integration.

When Auke Bay Elementary School was remodeled, Hoover made great effort to make sure the building itself was an architectural work of art, and the added arts elements were enhanced. She worked with a community committee to plan and implement a grand opening of the new building with a traditional Tlingit ku.éex', working with elders and various community groups. She worked with staff and students to create artistic gifts for the giving of thanks. Students and teachers gathered
in the gymnasium to play drums, dance and present handmade gifts to guests, including many Tlingit
elders. Each grade level made a different gift, including devil’s club salve, button blanket pins and greeting cards. Two dance groups performed at the celebration. Through the arts, Hoover thanked the Aak’w Kwaan Tlingit people native to the Auke Bay area for allowing the school to exist and grow on the land.

Thank you Lori Hoover for your lasting contribution to the education of all Juneau students and for your steady commitment to the arts in our community.

The efforts of champions, like Hoover, in teaching and supporting arts across the curriculum reflects the mission of AAEC, which is “to promote learning in and through the arts for all Alaska students.” Each Champion was nominated by Alaskans who—like the AAEC—believe in the work of these Champions of the Arts to positively impact the lives of students and communities through arts in education. Complete information about the 2017 AAEC Champions of the Arts is available on the AAEC website at http://akartsed.org/.
HR Director Announcement
The Juneau School District is pleased to announce that Darryl Smith will join the district as the next Human Resources Director. Smith starts the job in July, following the retirement of our current director, Ted VanBronkhorst.

Smith is an experienced administrator who has worked in elementary, middle and high schools as well as in central office positions during his career. He is currently the Director of Human Resources and Operations for Jefferson County School District in Madras, Oregon, where he has served for nine years. In that role he facilitates collective bargaining, oversees construction and maintenance projects, supports community relations and is involved in employee evaluations.

An interview committee of staff members from the Juneau Education Association, Juneau Education Support Staff, Juneau School Administrators Association, Board of Education, City and Borough of Juneau and central office held public interviews on April 12. Written feedback was accepted from staff members and the public for consideration by the committee.

Superintendent Mark Miller is happy with the selection. “Darryl’s nearly decade long experience in Human Resources and 20-year career in Education and Educational Leadership has prepared him well to become an integral part of our leadership team, responsible for all aspects of Human Resources,” he explains.

Smith is looking forward to coming to Juneau and to the school district. "I'm honored and excited about becoming the newest member of the educational team in Juneau," he says.

Smith holds a Master of Arts in teaching from Willamette University and a Bachelor of Science in History from Oregon State University. His Administrative Licensure work was done at Lewis and Clark College and the University of Oregon.

To view Darryl Smith's resume please click on this block.
Principal chosen to lead Auke Bay School!
The Juneau School District has selected Nancy Peel as the new principal for Auke Bay Elementary School. Peel is currently an Instructional Coach in the Juneau School District. She serves both Auke Bay Elementary School and Gastineau Elementary School by facilitating professional development, implementing curriculum, and leading professional learning communities. Peel joined the Juneau School District as an elementary classroom teacher in 2003, and became an instructional coach in 2013.

The school district interviewed five candidates on Wednesday, March 15 in open sessions at Auke Bay Elementary School. An interview panel of representatives from the school’s certificated staff and classified staff, district administration, parents and the Site Council, conducted the interviews. Written comment cards were collected from the public during open house and during the interviews. The panel then made a recommendation to Dr. Mark Miller, Superintendent of the Juneau School District.

Superintendent Miller says, “We are excited to welcome Nancy as the next principal at Auke Bay. Nancy is an experienced JSD employee who has effectively served in an instructional leader role at Auke Bay for the past four years. We look forward to building on the improvement that Auke Bay is showing in meeting the needs of all students.”

In addition to the Juneau School District, Peel’s background in teaching includes work with Alaska Discovery, Eaglecrest Ski Area and Alaska Paddle Sports. She taught students of all ages as well as instructors of all levels during her time as the Ski School Director and Ski School Training Director for Eaglecrest. She also provided training for guides and clients as part of her past work as a recreational manager and instructor.

Peel is looking forward to the new position. "I’m excited and humbled to continue working with Auke Bay parents, students and staff to engage all of our children in continued learning and growth," she says.

Peel holds a Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of Alaska Southeast and is completing her Endorsement in Educational Leadership from Western Governor’s University in Salt Lake City. She has a Bachelor of Science in Physical Education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. 

Peel succeeds current principal, Lori Hoover, who is retiring after 10 years in the position. Peel takes over the job in August for the 2017-18 school year. 

Optional Programs

2 months ago

The Juneau School District offers tuition-free educational options for students.

For an application go to Parents menu and then Registration - Optional Programs. Applications can be:

  • Delivered to JSD District Office, 1208 Glacier Avenue, Juneau
  • Mailed to Administrative Services, 10014 Crazy Horse Drive, Juneau, AK 99801 
  • E-mailed to sally.hand@juneauschools.org, or
  • Dropped off at any optional program or school location.
Applications are due by April 28, 2017. 

 Juneau Community Charter School

JCCS is a K-8th grade tuition-free public school open to all students in Juneau. It is a small school where teachers, parents, and students get to know each other well and work together for every child’s educational success. We build a strong learning community through small, multi-grade classes, daily/weekly opportunities for all children to interact with each other through music/play/learning, and a shared approach between parents and teachers to governing the school. We focus in experiential, project-based, collaborative learning; have rich, varied art and music programs; and take frequent field trips. Bus transportation is available.

 JCCS is located at 430 4th Street. For more info or visits call 796-5699.

Montessori Borealis Public School

Montessori is an approach to learning that accommodates each child’s unique learning style and pace through specialized manipulative materials. The preschool through eighth grade program provides extended, uninterrupted work periods in which each child has the time needed for learning and mastery. Classrooms are multi-grade, allowing students and teachers to develop a strong sense of community. We follow the guidelines of the Association Montessori Internationale. Bus transportation is available for K-8th graders.

Montessori Borealis is located in Marie Drake, 1415 Glacier Ave. For more information or visits call 523-1848.

Tlingit Culture Language and Literacy Program

The TCLL program is a unique, tuition-free optional program open to students of all races, nationalities, and abilities. The program has three multi-age classrooms where students gain knowledge and confidence in their cultural identity. Lessons incorporate Tlingit elders, cultural knowledge, Tlingit language, respect, and traditional values. There are regularly scheduled family nights and program-wide field trips. Students have daily Tlingit language lessons from a language teacher and fluent elder. Academic achievement is supported through literacy activities and oral language development.

TCLL program is located in Harborview Elementary School at 1255 Glacier Ave. For more information or visits call 523-1850.

Meet the Candidates for Auke Bay Principal!
The Juneau School District has completed a nationwide search for candidates for Auke Bay Elementary School Principal. Five finalists will visit the school on March 14 and 15, 2017.

The finalists are:

Joanna Hinderberger, 1st Grade Teacher at Gastineau Elementary School;
Misty Ivan, Special Education Coordinator for the Juneau School District;
Nancy Peel, Elementary Instructional Coach for the Juneau School District;
Michele Ricci, Assistant Elementary Principal in Mukilteo, Washington; and,
Dianne Zemanek, 7/8 Grade Teacher at Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School.

The community is invited to meet the candidates at a Community Open House on Tuesday, March 14, from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Auke Bay Elementary School. There will be an opportunity at the community meeting to fill out comment cards regarding individual candidates. All comment cards are considered by the interview team in forming their recommendation to the superintendent.

Interviews will be held the morning of Wednesday, March 15, beginning at 8:30 am in the Auke Bay Elementary School Library and are open to the public. A schedule of candidate interview time assignments will be posted on the district website.

Candidate resumes are available in the following News block.
Thanks Avista for feeding Juneau students!
The Juneau School District (JSD) thanks Avista Corporation for the generous $2,000 donation to help feed Juneau students. Avista is the parent company of Alaska Electric Light and Power Company (AEL&P) and an active participant in community programs.
Avista Senior Communications Manager Jessie Wuerst and AEL&P President Tim McLoed visited the JSD District Office to present the donation to Food Service Supervisor Adrianne Schwartz, Board of Education President Brian Holst and Superintendent Mark Miller.

The Juneau School District will use the funds to support the National School Breakfast Program (NSBP), which operates in ten schools this school year. This includes Universal Breakfast Programs at eight schools, which allow any student the option to eat breakfast free of charge.

Avista has a history of giving to programs that support the children and families of the communities they serve. This gift will get children off to a good start each school day. Avista’s Jessie Wuerst says, “Avista recognizes that eating a healthy breakfast at the start of the school day has a positive effect on both students and teachers, strengthening the whole school environment.”

The district has been working to expand the Universal Breakfast Program, resulting in an overall increase in students eating breakfast at school. The average daily participation has grown from 119 meals per day during the 2010-2011 school year to 486 meals per day this school year. This means that more students come to class ready to learn each day.

JSD’s Adrianne Schwartz reports, “Support from Avista will help us continue to expand and improve our school breakfast program to reach more students.” Support from partners like Avista means more options for more students. The program has expanded to offer both hot and cold entrée options daily, along with fresh and canned fruit options, and a choice of two types of milk.
Public Forums on the FY18 Budget
The Juneau School District Board of Education is developing the budget for the 2017-18 school year. The public is invited to participate in two Public Forums on the Budget:

6:00 pm on Tuesday, Feb 7th in the JDHS Library, and
6:00 pm on Wednesday, Feb 8th in the TMHS Library.

The Board of Education uses a zero-based budgeting building system, rather than a budget cutting process. This system is intended to prioritize spending so that items with higher priorities are funded first as revenue is available. The Board of Education is seeking input from employees, families, students and the community. The public is asked to voice their opinion about what works in Juneau's schools and what should be priority items for funding.

Budget information, documents and reports can be found under Links on the homepage. Information will be added as it becomes available.

To make suggestions, comments or ask questions about the budget, please email budgetinput@juneauschools.org. All comments and suggestions are considered by the district administration and the Board of Education as part of the process of building a budget for FY 2018.
Soup with the "Supe"!
The Supe’s On
Juneau-Douglas High School Library
Tuesday, December 6, 2016
6:00 – 7:00 pm

The “Supe” is on at Juneau-Douglas High School on Tuesday, December 6, from 6:00 – 7:00 pm!

Join Juneau School District Superintendent Mark Miller for a bowl of soup and an open discussion about education in Juneau. This is an informal gathering to give students, staff, families and community members a chance to talk about anything related to our schools.

Please drop by to ask questions, get answers or share ideas. We hope you can join this community conversation!
Academic Decathalon Judges Needed for SE Tournament!
Hello Colleagues and Community members,

JDHS is hosting the 32nd annual Southeast Regional Tournament for Academic Decathlon on December 2nd and 3rd. Every year, acadeca students study a complete academic curriculum (Math, Science, Art, Music, Economics, Literature, Social Science, Essay writing) and then take tests for fun (yes, you read that right :-). The competition covers ten events tied under one theme. This year’s theme is WWII. This means every test (except Math) will be connected to WWII. Two of the events, SPEECH and INTERVIEW, require judges. This is where you come in…

We need at least 24 adults who would be willing to judge either the speech or interview section of the competition on Saturday, December 3rd. Training will begin at 9:30a.m. for a crash course in judging and then your are paired up with another person (or if you convince your spouse/partner/friend to come, you could spend a lovely Saturday morning together, judging students’ speeches or conducting interviews). No experience necessary.

If you have a specific preference for either judging speeches or conducting a mock interview, please tell me and I’ll do my best to accommodate your request. There will be be some nourishment to help you through the morning as well as caffeine to jumpstart those of us who need it.

Quick Details :

Date: Saturday, December 3, 2016
Time: 9:30 - noon-ish (sooner if we have more judges)
Place: JDHS room 206 for preliminary meeting, crash course, and room assignment.

Please email karina.reyes@juneauschools.org or hit reply to this email if you can help. We’d love to see you here and appreciate that you’re sharing your precious Saturday morning with our students.

Many thanks in advance,

Karina Reyes
Academic Decathlon Advisor

School Lunch Advisory Board

8 months ago

We need volunteers for our School Lunch Advisory Board!

This advisory board focuses on menu review and discusses all aspects of the food service program.  Additionally, time is spent reviewing the school district wellness policy and other programs that impact student's health and wellness.  If you are interested in being on this board or attending the meetings, please contact Adrianne Schwartz at 796-5384.

Superintendent's Evaluation

11 months ago


The Board of Education has completed its annual evaluation of Juneau’s Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Mark Miller. Dr. Miller is under contract through June 30, 2018.

The Board of Education evaluates the superintendent’s performance annually in an effort to provide the district with the best possible leadership. As part of the process, the school board invites and reviews written feedback from staff and the community. The board members review performance measures, meet personally with the Superintendent and complete a formal evaluation.

This year’s evaluation was done during an executive session held on July 7, 2016. The Board of Education is very positive in its assessment of the district leadership and is happy to be continuing its agreement with Miller. As part of the process, the parties mutually agreed to forgo negotiations regarding compensation and to maintain the same salary and benefits for this fiscal year.

According to a statement by the board, the members are pleased with Miller’s performance and with the direction of the school district. Board President Brian Holst reports, “Under Mark’s leadership and the hard work of his management team and staff, the Juneau School District has made significant progress in building an effective education system in Juneau. The board appreciates the progress the district teachers, staff and other personnel have made in meeting student needs in the past year, specifically in the area of human resources, instruction and curriculum.”

In the past year, the district successfully negotiated multiple year agreements with each of its collective bargaining units for the first time in many years. A new evaluation system was implemented, which provides valuable information to support teachers and quality instruction. A Response to Instruction framework was established to provide early, individual attention to help all students in Juneau achieve academic success. The district maintained its focus on its curriculum review cycle and engaged the community to infuse local culture and place based lessons into its social studies curriculum.

Miller heads one of Juneau’s largest employers and the fifth largest school district in Alaska. The Juneau School District has about 4,600 students from pre-school through 12th grade and a staff of 664 employees. Miller has held the office since July 2014.

By Kristin Bartlett

Back to School Information

about 1 year ago

School starts August 17, 2016

The first day of school for grades 1-12 is Wednesday August 17, 2016. Kindergarteners start Monday, August 22 and first day for PreK is Wednesday, August 24. 

Have a great year!  


New Elementary, Middle School and Yaakoosge Daakahidi students please register at your neighborhood school on Friday, August 5. 

New high school students can register now at Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain high schools.



August 9:    9-11 am & 12-2 pm H-O
August 10:  9-11 am & 12-2 pm P-Z
August 11:  9-11 am & 12-2 pm A-G
August 12:  9-12 Freshman First & Welcome BBQ
August 24:  Open House 5:00PM - 6:30PM


August 9
Last Name Q - S - 8:00AM - 10:30AM
Last Name A - C - 12:00PM - 2:30PM
August 10
Last Name T - Z - 8:00AM - 10:30AM
Last Name D- H - 12:00PM - 2:30PM
August 11
Last Name M - P 8:00AM - 10:30AM
Last Name I - L 12:00PM - 2:30PM
* Freshman First will be August 12th (12:00PM - 3:45PM)
* Kick-Off Celebration - August 25th, 4:30PM - 6:00PM


August 11, Juneau Community Charter School, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

August 19, Yaakoosge Daakahidi High School, 12:00 - 1:00 PM

August 24, Juneau-Douglas High School, 5:00 - 6:30 PM

August 25, Thunder Mountain High School, 4:30 - 6:00 PM

August 31, Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, 5:00 - 6:00 PM

August 31, Floyd Dryden Middle School, 5:00 - 6:30 PM

September 1, Glacier Valley, Auke Bay and Harborview Elementary Schools, 5:30 PM

September 7, Mendenhall River, Gastineau and Riverbend Elementary Schools, 5:30 PM

September 7, Montessori Borealis Public School, 5:30 PM

Message of Sympathy
The Juneau School District is so sorry for the loss of one of our high school students in an accident this weekend. Our thoughts are with his family, friends, school and the Juneau community.

Support for students is available at Juneau-Douglas and Thunder Mountain High School. Students can check in with the counseling office if they feel like talking with someone.

Project Three Squares

about 1 year ago

Foodland & Super Bear help feed Juneau families

About 600 Juneau students went home with more than their report card on the last day of school this year. Thanks to Foodland IGA and Super Bear IGA (Myers Group) employees, children and families have a full pantry to kick off summer break. Foodland IGA and Super Bear IGA staff dedicated their time on May 24th and 25th to making food bags for Juneau School District students for a new pilot program called Project Three Squares.

Mark Graham, Director of Operations for Alaska, reported the company purchased 10,285 pounds of non-perishable food and packaged approximately 600 food bags for students in need to take home.  Each bag held a week’s worth of food.  “Super Bear Supermarket and Foodland have been part of the community for many years and we saw the need in the community.  The employees pulled together and we figured out a way to fill that need.  Basically it’s all about giving back,” said Graham.

Graham and store managers, Brad Folckomer and Rick Wilson, delivered food bags to each school so students could pick them up and take them home in time for the start of summer vacation.

Myers Group intends to expand Project Three Squares.  The company plans to send food bags home with students right before winter and spring break next school year.  Dan Larson, Thunder Mountain High School Principal said, “On behalf of the TMHS community, I would like to thank Foodland IGA and Super Bear IGA for their continued support through Project Three Squares in serving the nutritional needs of our students over the summer months. Their genuine care for the youth of Juneau is recognized and appreciated.”

Elementary School Breakfast Program

about 1 year ago

Juneau Community Foundation & United Way 

Juneau Community Foundation and United Way of Southeast Alaska Team up with the Juneau School District to provide Elementary School Breakfast Program

Next school year, the Juneau School District will be offering free breakfast for all students at most elementary schools and grab and go foods where a breakfast cannot be offered.

With the Juneau Community Foundation’s $13,104 award from their Social Service Field of Interest Fund, made possible by donations that were made in honor of Julie and Peter Neyhart, and United Way of Southeast Alaska’s $5,000 Community Impact award it is possible to expand this program in August 2016.

The Juneau School District will support a universal breakfast program at Gastineau, Glacier Valley, and Riverbend Elementary Schools, along with a program at Yaakoosge Daakahidi Alternative High School. Federal reimbursement funding at these schools should be sufficient to cover the breakfast program costs.

The Juneau Community Foundation and United Way of Southeast Alaska award funding will provide universal breakfast at Harborview and Mendenhall River Elementary Schools, Juneau Community Charter School, and Montessori Borealis.  Funds will also be provided to Auke Bay Elementary School for grab and go breakfasts.

“This partnership among foundations and the school district will help ensure that all of Juneau’s elementary school students start the day on the right foot, with breakfast.  We hope to be able to take part in more partnerships like this one, that assist our community,” said Amy Skilbred, Executive Director, Juneau Community Foundation.

The breakfast program was brought to the attention of the Community Foundation during discussions with community members who currently help provide school breakfasts and state employees who manage the federal reimbursement funds.  It became clear that federal funding is left unused every year for this program.  The School District will be monitoring the universal breakfast program for the 2016-17 school year to determine whether it encourages all students to take part and raises the number of students in need participating.

“Providing food resources where it is needed has long been a program of United Way of Southeast Alaska. Working with the Southeast Alaska Foodbank, church food pantries and a variety of summer lunch programs and before school breakfast programs, it has become apparent that children are starting the day hungry. Studies show that when students are not dealing with the issues of food insecurity, they are better able to focus on learning. A side benefit of this program, we hope, is to provide more community support and funding for these programs and the weekend backpack programs reports Wayne Stevens, President/CEO, United Way of Southeast Alaska.

The Juneau School District will cover any costs above the grant award not reimbursed by federal funding.

“Breakfast is considered the most important meal of the day by many sources.  The word breakfast means “break the fast” as typically the last meal eaten was 8-10 hours prior.  It is important to eat a health breakfast to refuel the body by providing the energy and nutrients needed.  By teaming up with the Juneau Community Foundation and United Way of Southeast Alaska, we hope to see an increase in the number of students eating breakfast at school.  Our partnership will help students start their day off right by eating a healthy meal.”  Adrianne Schwartz, Food Services Supervisor, Juneau School District.

We encourage community members interested in donating to support feeding the hungry in Juneau to donate to the Juneau Community Foundation or United Way of Southeast Alaska.

Evaluation of the Superintendent

about 1 year ago

Annual evaluation by Board of Education 

The Juneau School District Board of Education is seeking input from district staff and the community as part of the annual evaluation of the Superintendent of Schools. 

Here is the link for the Superintendent Evaluation SurveyMonkey Form. 

By Kristin Bartlett

JEA-JSD Reach Agreement

about 1 year ago

Announcement made May 7 

The Juneau School District (JSD) and the Juneau Education Association (JEA) reached a tentative agreement for a successor collective bargaining agreement this afternoon.

The parties have been involved in negotiations for a successor contract since February 2016.  The current contract expires June 30, 2016.

The tentative agreement will be submitted to JEA membership for ratification, and then to the Board of Education for ratification.  Terms of the tentative agreement are currently being finalized for publication and will be available to the public following ratification.

Both parties are satisfied with the proposed agreement.  Patrick Roach, Chief Spokesperson for JEA said, “I feel that both the District and the Association worked well together to address concerns that we all face in Juneau schools utilizing the Interest Based Bargaining process.” 

Ted VanBronkhorst, Director of Human Resources for the District, said “We are pleased that we have reached a fair settlement that recognizes the work of our outstanding teachers and meets the constraints of our current budget.”

The JEA bargaining unit is the district’s largest employee association, representing about 355 teachers and certified staff in the Juneau School District.  JEA is a local affiliate of the National Education Association – Alaska (NEA-AK). 

JESS-JSD Reach Tentative Agreement on a new three-year contract
The Juneau School District (JSD) and Juneau Education Support Staff (JESS) have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract, effective July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2019. This succeeds the current contract, set to expire on June 30, 2016.

Dr. Mark Miller, Superintendent of the Juneau School District, is pleased by the outcome, “I sincerely appreciate the willingness of both teams to come together and negotiate in good faith. This cooperative effort produced a settlement that both respects the work of our employees and can be accomplished with our available resources. I look forward to a continued collaborative working relationship.”

JESS President Cricket Curtain is also satisfied with the process and the resulting agreement. “We appreciate the administration making an investment in a positive working relationship that led to a settlement acknowledging the dedicated work of our membership,” she says.

The JESS bargaining unit is the District’s second largest employee association, representing about 295 of its 672 staff members. JESS membership includes office and instructional support staff, school nurses, RALLY employees, as well as maintenance and custodial personnel. JESS is a local affiliate of the Alaska Public Employee Association and American Federation of Teachers.

The JESS membership is scheduled to vote on the new contract in May. The Juneau School District Board of Education vote will follow. Details of the contract will be released to the public as part of the school board’s action.

JSAA-JSD Reach Agreement

about 1 year ago

The Juneau School District and the Juneau School Administrative Association (JSAA) reached a tentative three-year agreement for a successor collective bargaining agreement this morning.

The parties have been involved in negotiations for a successor contract since March 2016.  The current contract expires June 30, 2016.

The tentative agreement will be submitted to JSAA membership for ratification, and then go to the Board of Education for ratification. Terms of the tentative agreement are currently being finalized for publication and will be available to the public following ratification.

Both parties are satisfied with the proposed agreement. Kristy Germain, Chief Spokesperson for JSAA said, “We have appreciated this opportunity to continue to work with Juneau School District for the support and education of our Juneau students and look forward to continued positive working relationship with the District.”

Ted VanBronkhorst, Director of Human Resources for the District, said “The District appreciates the dedication of Administrators and are pleased to reach a fair settlement.”

The JSAA bargaining unit represents the Principals, Assistant Principals, and district-level Coordinators and Specialist. 

By Kristin Bartlett

BP Teacher of Excellence!
Cherry Eckland is 2016 Teacher of Excellence

Congratulations to Harborview Elementary School Teacher Cherry Eckland for being selected as an Alaska BP Teacher of Excellence!

The Alaska BP Teachers of Excellence program recognizes teachers from throughout Alaska for their dedication to teaching and for inspiring students. Since the program launched in 1995, hundreds of remarkable teachers have been recognized by their peers, students, parents and community members as BP Teachers of Excellence.

Teen Technical Driving Course

8 months ago

Is your child 15-18 with a learner's permit or driver's license?


Consider this unique driver’s training opportunity for Juneau teens!


The Taylor White Foundation is sponsoring a Teen Technical Driving Course.


The technical driver’s training program is unique in that participants spend three of the four hours of training behind the wheel of a car with professional instructors experiencing driving situations that put them most at risk. A course is set up in a parking lot that includes a skid control station, a distracted driving course, a sudden stop accident avoidance station, and a simulated driving under the influence station. The last station is done with golf carts and impaired driving goggles.


One parent or significant adult for the teen must attend and are an important part of the training. From past trainings the Foundation has seen first hand how important it is for parents to hear the instructions and be able to reinforce the training with their teens.


The course instructors are all professional drivers from a driving program in Seattle. The course is open to teens between the ages of 15 and 18 who have either a learner's permit or a license, and 40 hours behind the wheel. Since this training focuses on specific driving situations, basic driving skills are necessary.

Each training session is 4 hours long and consists of 1 hour of classroom time and 3 hours behind the wheel.


Session 1: Saturday, May 14, 2016, 8:00-12:00 

Session 2: Saturday, May 14, 2016, 1:00-5:00 
Session 3: Sunday, May 15, 2016, 8:00-12:00 
Session 4: Sunday, May 15, 2016, 1:00-5:00


The course takes place in the Eaglecrest Ski Area parking lot and lodge. Cars for the event have been donated by Mendenhall Auto Center.


The driver's training is free of charge for attending participants. To reserve a space in the class, a $100 refundable fee is required. If your teen completes the training you will receive your registration deposit back. If instead you would like to give the deposit to the Taylor White Foundation to continue offering further trainings, the Foundation will gratefully accept it. Those who sign up but do not attend will not be refunded.


If you need to make financial arrangements to meet this requirement, please contact Carol White www.taylorwhite.org/contact or info@taylorwhite.org.


Register Now at www.taylorwhite.org/training


Please contact info@taylorwhite.org with questions.

Principal chosen for MRCS!
Kristy Dillingham to lead school.

The Juneau School District has selected Kristy Dillingham as the new principal for Mendenhall River Community School. Formerly of Juneau, Dillingham is currently the Assistant Principal of El Camino Real Academy, a PreK through 8th grade school in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Dillingham has a strong background in education that spans preschool through high school. Her work experience includes an emphasis on science, physical education and outdoor learning both in Alaska and across the United States. Dillingham's previous positions in the Juneau School District include teaching health, physical education and science at the middle and high school level, coordinating the CARES high school credit attainment program and leading the Juneau Community Charter School as Academic Policy Committee President.

Dillingham is looking forward to the new position, "I am honored to have been asked to be the Principal of Mendenhall River Community School. I am excited to begin working with families, students and staff."

The school district interviewed five candidates on Friday, April 1 in open sessions at the school. An interview panel of representatives from the school’s certificated staff and classified staff, district administration and the Site Council conducted the interviews. Written public comment cards were collected from the public during an open house and during the interviews. The panel then made a recommendation to Dr. Mark Miller, Superintendent of the Juneau School District.

Dillingham holds a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Masters of Arts in Teaching from the University of Alaska Southeast. She has a Bachelor of Science in Recreational Management from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Dillingham will take over from current principal, Kathryn Milliron, who is retiring at the end of the school year. The new position begins in August for the 2016-17 school year.
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By clicking on your name, you find your personal tools including a combined calendar, feed and more.

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Admin Button

This admin button appears wherever you have rights to alter a set of blocks. To add a block, click “Add Block” to see the options.

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SchoolBlocks offers a unique and powerful personalized search system. A member of the public, searching for "homework" might see an announcement from the school as the first result. However, if the user is logged in, they would see their teacher’s latest homework assignment as the top result.