2017 DIstrict Headlines

  • PUBLIC BUDGET SURVEY OPEN THROUGH FEB 28

    The public is invited to participate in the Budget Survey, now through February 28. For more information, please call MSBSD Business Services at 761-4001. Join the conversation!

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  • YOUTH RISK BEHAVIOR SURVEY (YRBS)

    The Alaska YRBS is a joint project of the Alaska Departments of Health and Social Services and Education and Early Development. Funding for the Alaska YRBS comes from the CDC, Alaska DHSS, and numerous community partners. The YRBS collects information about Alaska teens, including behaviors that affect health. About 7,000 Alaskan high school students from about 30 school districts participate. The YRBS is anonymous. Learn more...

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  • MSBSD ELEMENTARY BATTLE OF THE BOOKS--24 SCHOOLS PARTICIPATED

    "What was your favorite book," asked Superintendent Gene Stone, to the 3/4 grade team from Academy Charter School. "I liked 11 Birthdays," said one student, beaming. A favorite with the 5/6 graders was "Mr. Chickee's Funny Money." Knik Elem hosted this year's Battles. Read more in the results...

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  • 2017 MSBSD WORLD LANGUAGE DECLAMATION

    Hosted by Palmer High School, Carla Swick. Japanese teacher. MSBSD students will compete statewide at the Alaska World Declamation Contest on March 4. Read more results...

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  • PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCE AND PD DAYS: FEB 16-17 NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS

    Parent/Teacher Conferences days/times vary--check with your school. If your child attends a non-traditional MSBSD school, please follow your school calendar.

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  • FEB 14--TRAPPER CREEK, TALKEETNA, SU VALLEY, AND WILLOW CLOSED TODAY

    Due to icy road conditions, buses cannot transport in the Northern Valley, so Trapper Creek, Talkeetna, Su Valley, and Willow are closed. All other Mat-Su schools are open today.

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  • SCHOOL COUNSELING WEEK--CELEBRATING THE CONNECTIONS

    MSBSD celebrates our school counselors and the relationships they build with students and families. Gov. Walker said, "...the role of school counselor can often be filled by a teacher or administrator who also works with students on a daily basis and has a unique insight into a student's level of development and areas in which he or she may have room for growth." Read more...

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  • JNYO "BEYOND THE COMPETITION"

    350 MSBSD students participated in the annual Junior Native Youth Olympics reported Jared Barrett, District organizer. Top standings: Machetanz Elem (1st), Larson Elem (2nd), and Fronteras Charter School (3rd). Learn more results...

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  • 2017 SCIENCE BOWL COMPETITION WINNERS

    Eleven high school teams participated in the 2017 Science Bowl, ten from MSBSD and also Lathrop High. Mat-Su Career & Technical High School took first and second place. Read more...

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  • MIDDLE SCHOOL BATTLE OF THE BOOKS NOW IN THE BOOK

    Twenty-five teams from 12 schools competed. Wasilla Middle Team#1 took 1st place; Fronteras Spanish Immersion Charter School Team #1 took 2nd place, and Mat-Su Central School Team took 3rd place. Congratulations to these readers who enjoyed good reads like "I am Malala", "Wildwood." Ten books in all. View more photos and details...

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  • CTHS TEAMS TAKE FIRST AND THIRD PLACE AT PROSTART ALASKA

    Chef Mike Graham and mentor, Jennika Warner (CTHS alumnus), took their teams to the culinary top. The first place team will be representing Alaska at the National ProStart Invitational in South Carolina in April. Students: Kendrick Schumacher, Jordon Wilson, Derek DeBuse, Rebecca Branin, and Vivian Gardiner. Congratulations! Mark Okeson is CTHS principal, Jim Simmons, AP.

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  • HIGH SCHOOL BATTLE OF THE BOOKS

    Fifteen teams from seven high schools competed in this year’s high school Battle of the Books District competition. Held again at Mat-Su Central School, teams participating with their advisors brought the best readers. Read more, "in their own words"...

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  • POETRY OUT LOUD

    Colony High School's Isa Weiss is the MSBSD winner, reciting "Hope is the Thing with Feathers" by Emily Dickinson. She will be representing the District at the State competition in Juneau. The runner-up resulted in a tie with Grace Hunter (CHS) and Neonila Konev (Redington). Congratulations to the winners and to all the participants. Thank you to the judges. Read more....

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  • FRI., JAN 27 ALL MSBSD SCHOOLS ARE OPEN

    Schools and activities are running as scheduled. Updates will be made if conditions change and necessary.

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  • COLONY HIGH SCHOOL JUNIOR WINS GALLAUDET SUMMER SCHOLARSHIP

    Alyssa Akers, a CHS junior, has been awarded the Mat-Su Sertoma Club's scholarship for the Aspen Summer Camp, a part of the Summer Youth Program from Gallaudet University. Congratulations, Alyssa! (Photo: CHS)

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        Welcome

        Superintendent:

        Gene Stone
        501 N. Gulkana
        Palmer, AK 99645 
        Phone: 907.746.9255
        Fax: 907.761.4076
         Mail
         

        A Personal Message from Mr. Stone…MSBSD Budgeting

        School districts are somewhat unusual organizations to run. At times, district school boards and administration may be addressing three different fiscal years within the planning, spending, and accounting phases.We will be required to produce this balanced budget with a number of financial uncertainties that currently exist due to our present state and borough revenue challenges. 


        When I say challenges, I want to be specific. The MSBSD is facing a ten million dollar deficit for FY 2018, a ten million dollar deficit for FY 2019, and an eleven million dollar deficit for FY 2020. If we correct this deficit now we have the opportunity to position the District in a much healthier way than if we kick the can down the road and exhaust all existing reserves. We are in a situation very much like the State of Alaska in terms of spending savings at a rate that is not sustainable.
         
        You may read Mr. Stone's entire budget message, The Future of Education--Doing the right work.
         
        Sincerely,

        Signature  

        Gene Stone

        MSBSD Superintendent

        District News


        • arrow MSBSD START TIMES - 2016-2017
          School start/end times will remain the same for the 2016-2017 school year.
          Elementary schools time is 9:15 to 3:45.
          Middle/secondary schools time is 7:45 to 2:15.
          There are exceptions for northern schools:
          Willow start time is 8:20. Dismissal at 3:00 on M, Tu, Th, Fri & 1:40 on W.
          Talkeetna begins at 8:30. Dismissal at 3:05 on M, Tu, Th, Fri & 2:05 on W.
          Trapper Creek begins at 8:30. Dismissal at 3:00.
          Su Valley Jr/Sr High School begins at 8:30. Dismissal is at 2:54.
          Glacier View School begins at 8:30. Dismissal is at 2:56.
          If your child attends a charter school, confirm the time with your school.
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        • arrow SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS
          Click here for 2016-2017 School Supply Lists
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        • arrow 2016-2017 SCHOOL REGISTRATION INFORMATION
          For information on School Registration visit MSBSD iEnroll
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        • arrow MSBSD GOES MOBILE!
          Click here for more information on the MSBSD mobile app, how to get started, and downloading the app. You may also download and read a mobile Fact Sheet or print it for easy reference.  Go mobile with the MSBSD! at www.matsuk12.us/mobile.
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        • arrow ALASKA MIDDLE COLLEGE APPLICATION PROCESS
          Interested in applying to Alaska Middle College? Download an Application Flowchart to see how.  You may also visit their website for more information.
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        • arrow ONLINE ABSENCE REPORTING AVAILABLE ON iParent
          Parents—Online Absence Reporting. Parents now have a method to report online student absences. A written note or telephone call is still acceptable, but online reporting is easy through iParent.
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