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Winter Weather Procedures
The City and Borough of Juneau and the Alaska Department of Transportation work hard each winter to clear and remove snow around our community. The Juneau School District appreciates the extra effort these agencies take in prioritizing the areas surrounding our schools. School maintenance and custodial staff shovel sidewalks and clear parking lots early each day. As homeowners, we can help by making sure that our sidewalks and driveways are clear for students on walking routes to school. Working together we can create a safe environment for our children.

Despite these best efforts, sometimes weather conditions make it necessary to close school. It is important for families to know how the school district communicates school closures or schedule changes. These same procedures are followed for other emergencies.

Remember - during inclement weather, even though school may be in session, you know the conditions in your immediate neighborhood and are the best judge of whether or not to send your child to school.

The decision to close schools is generally made by 5:00 a.m. by the Superintendent in consultation with the First Student Bus Company Manager, City and Borough of Juneau City Manager and the National Weather Service Juneau Forecast Office.

School closures or schedule changes are posted by 6:00 a.m. at www.juneauschools.org. An alert block with emergency information will appear in the upper right corner of the page. School-related announcements are also sent to local radio stations.

In the event of a school closure, automated phone calls, emails and text messages are sent to families at 6:30 a.m. The notification system uploads data from PowerSchool each night, so please make sure your phone numbers are current at your child’s school.

Families can help too. If you have knowledge of unsafe conditions in your neighborhood due to weather, please contact your school’s principal. Be prepared by dressing your child for the conditions each day. Please talk to your child about safe walking routes to school and staying a safe distance from the road while waiting at the bus stop. Reflective tape on clothing and flashlights help drivers see children on dark days.

Make an emergency plan with your children in the event that schools are closed, start late, or are dismissed early. Talk about where to go or what to do if a parent is not at home. Check with your school or www.juneauschools.org on the Parents page to find “snow routes” for your child’s school bus.

The Juneau School District appreciates your support in keeping children safe in times of severe weather conditions and emergencies.
JSD to Consolidate JDHS & TMHS Teams
UPDATE: ASAA has approved the request to consolidate high school football and football cheer teams for the 2018-19 school year.

By November 1, 2017, the Juneau School District will send a formal request to the Alaska School Activities Association (ASAA) to consolidate its football and cheer teams at Juneau-Douglas High School (JDHS) and allow Thunder Mountain High School (TMHS) students to participate in football and football cheer at JDHS.

The decision has been two years in the making, taking into consideration important issues such as player safety and development, season cost, program debt and repayment progress, continued shortage of activities funding, realignment of Southeast Conference, and ASAA’s willingness to consider a consolidation request. A number of informational meetings to solicit input from stakeholders and administrators have taken place with the goal of finding a way to continue to provide athletic opportunities to the broadest number of students.

Over the past three years, football programs at JDHS and TMHS have faced deficits in activities accounts despite significant fundraising efforts and generous community support. At the beginning of the 2017 football season, accounts for both teams were in the red. JDHS had a negative balance of $5,689 and TMHS a negative balance of $100,821. Both schools fielded only Varsity teams and travel schedules were reduced to three out of town games for each school to reduce costs. Estimated annual budgets for each team are about $70,000. The district established procedures for budgeting, planning fundraising activities and tracking account balances and teams have shown good faith efforts at fundraising, but the school district and community have been unable to financially support two football programs.

During this same time period, participation in football has declined, following a nationwide trend. This has led to underclassmen playing Varsity football against upperclassmen, raising safety concerns for players and reducing the opportunity for player development through a Junior Varsity program.

If the request is approved by ASAA for football and football cheer, the district will begin the process of consolidation and work through a long list of decisions that will need to be made by the beginning of the next football season. A consolidation of football teams in Juneau would likely move the district back into Division I as part of the Railbelt Conference.
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, 2019.

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 executive sessions held in July and August 2017. The Board of Education is positive in its assessment of the district leadership and is extending its agreement with Miller for a fifth year, or until June 30, 2019. As part of the process, the parties agreed to a 2% pay raise effective July 1, 2018, the first raise since he began in July 2014. The parties agreed to a reduction in the maximum allowable severance pay for dismissal without cause and to include a 3% retention bonus payable on or after June 30, 2019.

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 work of his management team and staff, the Juneau School District continues to make progress in building a safe, place-based, culturally relevant and effective education system in Juneau, despite limited resources. The board appreciates the progress the district teachers, staff and other personnel have made in meeting student needs in the past year as well as the community partnerships that add tremendous value to the education of our students.”

In the past year, the district experienced several accomplishments, including successful introduction and roll-out of first round of the Project Cart (Content Access and Results through Technology) initiative; improvement upon the zero-based budget process implemented in FY16 by augmenting the role of site councils in the process; collaboration with UAS to develop a substitute teacher curriculum; complete policy review and transition to AASB (Alaska Association of School Boards) policies; and increased overall district-wide five-year graduation rate to 85% (June 2016).

“I am honored and humbled to lead such a dynamic and successful district,” says Dr. Miller, “I truly appreciate the community’s support and the board’s vote of confidence that will allow me to continue to lead the district as we improve outcomes for all students.”

Miller heads one of Juneau’s largest employers and the fifth largest school district in Alaska. The Juneau School District has about 4,700 students from preschool through 12th grade and a staff of 684 employees. Miller has held the office since July 2014.
Welcome back for the 2017-18 school year!
It is hard for me to believe that I am starting my fourth year as Superintendent of the Juneau School District. I truly appreciate the manner in which I have been encouraged to become a part of this great community. Last year I said that educating students for the Innovation Age required four “C’s” consistency, community, cooperation and collaboration. This year, I feel like I need to modify my list. Instead of consistency, the new “C”, will be the ability to adapt to change.

Change. The world in which our children are growing up is changing at a rate we couldn’t even imagine thirty years ago. It is our job to prepare our graduates to enter a world in which they are only limited by their imagination. It is likely that within the next few years the taxi you take to the airport won’t need a driver, and the package you get from Amazon will be delivered by a drone instead of a delivery person. Teaching our children how to find and evaluate information is becoming more important as many can access the Library of Congress from their smartphone. They need to be able, on their own, to determine what is “fake news” or real! Encouraging students to use the information they find to solve problems in new ways to benefit others requires us to teach empathetic thinking. Reading, writing and arithmetic are still important, and they are not, in and of themselves, enough to guarantee success. These changes create an unprecedented challenge for schools and here in Juneau, we accept and embrace it.

A few more changes. Last spring the district conducted a nationwide search to fill the position of Director of Human Resources, left open when Ted VanBronkhorst retired. We were fortunate to find Darryl Smith, who had a similar position in an Oregon district. We were doubly fortunate when his wife Caron Smith was selected as the first principal of Juneau Community Charter School. Also new to our administrative staff this year is Nancy Peel who replaces retired principal Lori Hoover at Auke Bay Elementary School. Ted Wilson, Director of Teaching and Learning Support; Bridget Weiss, Director of Student Services; Kristin Bartlett, Chief of Staff; and, David Means, Director of Administrative Services will continue in their positions. Please feel free to contact these talented leaders with questions about personnel, budget, curriculum, athletics, activities or special needs programs.

Community. The Juneau School District is one of the finest school districts in the state - if not the entire nation. Last year we were the only school in Alaska to be named to the AP Honor roll for increasing the number of disadvantaged students taking exams AND simultaneously increase our AP Exam pass rate. We have committed partners, important instructional grants and unique programs that allow us to meet the needs of all students from pre-school through high school. Our schools offer educational opportunities that celebrate the cultural diversity, geographic location and the spirit of this special place we call home. We couldn’t do this without the wonderful people of our community and the hard work of our students and staff. Once again this year the City and Borough of Juneau has funded the Juneau School District to the “Cap” and is also funding coaches and officials for activities. Support like this is not common in other parts of Alaska! Thank you.

Cooperation. Last year I said that the 2016-17 school year was shaping up to be one of the most challenging in the history of the State of Alaska. I was right. The 2017-18 year will be even more challenging as the state works toward a sustainable budget, flat funds education, and in the process asks individuals and local government to give more while getting by with less. To this end the City and Borough of Juneau has committed $5 million to maintain our school facilities as the state no longer funds their 70%/30% split for school facility bonds. Again, thank you!

Collaboration. The nearly 700 employees in the Juneau School District work with each other, parents and members of the community to create excellent schools. We all know that families have entrusted their children to our care and expect us to give them our best every day.

This year we will face challenges, overcome obstacles, celebrate successes and learn from failures. Through it all we will stick together to incubate a better world in the minds and hearts of our children.

Dr. Mark Miller, Superintendent

Registration & Back to School Information

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School starts August 16, 2017


The first day of school for grades 1-12 is Wednesday August 16, 2017. Kindergarteners start Monday, August 21 and first day for PreK is Wednesday, August 23. 

Have a great year!  

REGISTRATION

New students please register at your neighborhood school on Friday, August 4. 

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

ORIENTATION

JDHS ORIENTATION - By last name

August 8:    9-11 AM & 12-2 PM (P-Z)
August 9:  9-11 AM & 12-2 PM (A-G)
August 10:  9-11 AM & 12-2 PM (H-O)
August 11: 10-1 Freshman First & Welcome BBQ
August 23:  Open House 5-6:30 PM

TMHS ORIENTATION 

August 8:
8-10:30 AM (I-L)
12-2:30 PM (Q-S)
August 9:
8-10:30 AM (A-C)
12-2:30 PM (T-Z)
August 10
8-10:30 AM (D-H)
12-2:30 PM (M-P)
August 11: 12-3:45 PM Freshman First (lunch will be provided)
August 18: 5-7 PM Kick-Off Celebration

OPEN HOUSE DATES

August 10:  Juneau Community Charter School, 6-7 PM

August 18:  Yaakoosge Daakahidi High School, 12-1 PM

August 18:  Thunder Mountain High School, 5-7 PM

August 23:  Juneau-Douglas High School, 5-6:30 PM

August 30:  Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School, 5-6 PM

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

September 6:  Auke Bay, Gastineau, Mendenhall River and Riverbend Elementary Schools, 5 PM

September 13:  Glacier Valley and Harborview Elementary Schools, 5 PM

September 20:  Montessori Borealis Public School, 5-6:30 PM


Optional Programs

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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.

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. 
JUNEAU PRINCIPAL NAMED 2017 ALASKA ARTS EDUCATION CONSORTIUM CHAMPION OF THE ARTS!
JUNEAU PRINCIPAL NAMED 2017 ALASKA ARTS EDUCATION CONSORTIUM CHAMPION OF THE ARTS!
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/.