School Lunch Advisory Board
3 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.
6 months ago
SCHOOL BOARD COMPLETES SUPERINTENDENT'S EVALUATION
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
7 months 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.
JDHS ORIENTATION - By last name
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
Last Name Q - S - 8:00AM - 10:30AM
Last Name A - C - 12:00PM - 2:30PM
Last Name T - Z - 8:00AM - 10:30AM
Last Name D- H - 12:00PM - 2:30PM
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
OPEN HOUSE DATES
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
7 months ago
The Juneau School District offers tuition-free educational options for students.
There are still a few openings in grades 1 - 2 at Montessori Borealis and grades 2 - 6 at the Juneau Community Charter School. Call 523-1771 for more information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or
- Dropped off at any optional program or school location in August.
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.
Project Three Squares
7 months 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
7 months 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
8 months 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
8 months 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).
JSAA-JSD Reach Agreement
8 months 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
Teen Technical Driving Course
3 months ago
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 email@example.com.
Register Now at www.taylorwhite.org/training
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.