CHALK THE WALKS
Join us as we welcome back students to a new school year! We will be chalking and creating posters of supportive messages at our PLUS Schools on Friday, August 18 from 11:30 am - 1 pm. We believe that everyone has a part to play in helping students succeed, start by showing them you care! Chalk and posters provided. Join the Facebook event HERE.
We will be at:
- Lake Otis Elementary: 3331 lake Otis Pkwy
- Wendler Middle School: 2905 lake Otis Pkwy
- Airport Heights: 1510 Alder Dr
- College Gate Elementary: 3101 Sunflower St
You are welcome to support the schools in your area - get your neighbors and friends to join you as well! Happy chalking!
Summer Learning Loss is real! Students can lose up to 2 months of learning over the summer if they don't keep using their brains. Here are 5 ways you can help your student avoid learning loss.
5 simple ways to avoid summer learning loss.
- Participate in the Anchorage Public Library's Summer Discovery Challenge. Each day there are new themes and challenges for each reading level and activities for the whole family to get involved with. Use their hashtag on your social media and be entered to win prizes!
- Check out the activities that the Anchorage Public Library is putting on, at all locations, every day!
- Join the Scholastic Summer Reading Challenge. Have your student log their minutes reading and they can win prizes.
- Use the Parent Tool Kit. There are resources for parents to help engage their kids of all ages, and resources for students who are going to college.
- Focus on areas that you know are challenging for your student. Do they have trouble with spelling? Spell out the words of objects you see when you're going for a walk. Do they need practice in math? Add the numbers on license plates you see passing when you go on a road trip.
Our Big Goal
We believe that all kids should be ready, successful and prepared for life. We want 90% of Anchorage students to graduate by the year 2020. We have partnered with individuals and organizations from the whole community to work together alongside schools and families to address the issues that undermine student performance.
In the past decade we have increased graduation rates in Anchorage from 59% to 80% and seen a groundswell in the community commitment to support the youth in our community. But we still have work to do.
Reaching high school graduation begins long before high school. There are several milestones along the way that will help determine if a child will be able to achieve high school graduation. Being ready for kindergarten will help them reach 3rd grade literacy proficiency. Being at grade level for 3rd grade reading will make it possible for them to succeed in 8th grade math. If they start out high school in the 9th grade with all their credits to stay on track, they are much less likely to drop out around their junior or senior year. If at any point in time, a student becomes chronically absent, it is nearly impossible for them to stay up on their school work and may not meet these milestones.
How we're getting there.
Three collaborative action networks have formed around the priority indicators selected by the Leadership Team: Ready for Kindergarten, 8th Grade Math, and High School Graduation.
High school graduation is associated with higher income, better health, lower criminal activity, and lower welfare receipt. The whole community benefits from increased graduation rates.
Won't you join us?
We are lucky to have several community partners who understand the investment needed in the future of our community.
Rasmuson Foundation awarded 90% by 2020 $1 million over the course of 3 years for work associated with 90% by 2020.
ConocoPhillips has donated $290,000 over the course of 4 years to our PLUS Schools initiative.
CIRI donated $40,000 through their annual golf tournament.
Wells Fargo makes a corporate match to 90% by 2020 with their workforce campaign.
BP has donated $30,000 to the Back on Track initiative to hire teachers to work with youth who are identified by ASD’s Child in Transition. This money helped supplement a grant that didn’t allow money to hire teachers and teacher’s assistants.