Preschool is not about reading, writing, and math. Children learn through experiences and play. The MSBSD Widening the Net Preschool Project is designed to provide additional preschool opportunities in the Valley. Click on story for more information about Head Start, registration begins August 6 at CCS Learning.
To ease your child's anxiety over the new notebooks, stacks of paper, pencils, and calculators, download or print the school supply list for your school. Choose one of the options under Parent Quick Links or view full story for a link to the school supply lists.
The MSBSD Office of Instruction has evaluated the eligibility of all former students and contacted them at their last known addresses. Repealing the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam, you may read more for a full explanation and letter for application of a diploma.
Congratulations to all of our graduating Seniors and 8th Graders. Read on to see a full schedule of our graduations and promotions, including links to those that will be live streamed. Also, find more information about purchasing a DVD of those ceremonies held at the Menard Sports Center.
Thank you, Mat-Su teachers! We honor all our teachers this week and especially our BP Teachers of Excellence: Mary Schaff (Swanson), Charlotte Ray (Sherrod), Teacher of the Year Fred McKenney (Colony High), Beckie Miller (Shaw), and Mike Shea (Teeland). Congratulating these BP TOE were Stan Bennion, BP Vice President of HR Alaska, and Superintendent, Dr. Deena M. Paramo. Read more...
Let's say "thank you" to the trained professionals to whom we entrust the safety and well-being of our most important resource, our children. "School bus safety is a lifetime reward." Our contractors: First Student, Bunker & Bunker, and Glacier View
AMCS will be hosting a series of open houses whereby interested students and families will learn more about this unique opportunity for junior and senior students of the Mat-Su Borough School District. Photo: Charlotte Forrest, a current student. Read more...
It is time! Standards Based Assessments and High School Graduation Qualifying Exams beginning Tuesday, April 1. Every child in third through tenth grades in our District as well as the State of Alaska will be assessed through the state tests. Testing will conclude on Thursday for all but 4th, 8th, and 10th grade students. Children in these grades will test on science on Friday. Students will demonstrate their knowledge in reading, language arts, and math. Read for tips....
Opening in the fall of 2014 are two new permanent facilities for two schools: Mat-Su Day School and Valley Pathways, both special mission schools in the Mat-Su Borough School District. Shown here is Valley Pathways principal, Jim Wanser, with MSB Project Manager, Robert Scott. MSB and MSBSD School Board/Administration toured both sites.
No school for students at most MSBSD schools on Monday and Tuesday. Parents, please check with your school for times for P/T Conferences. Students at Big Lake, Houston Middle, and Houston High will attend school Tuesday as a make-up day.
Inclement weather required a school closure on January 23, 2014 at Big Lake Elem, Houston Middle, and Houston High schools. This was the second school closure and exceeds the one snow day built into the calendar. February 18th is a school day for students at these three schools. Please read more by clicking "view full story"...
Get a first look at the FY15 Preliminary Budget and School Board Legislative Priorities. Also, come and join the budget conversation at one of our Budget Open Houses. Download a flyer and more information....
Dear MSBSD community,
It is Back to School time! This week, on Thursday, July 31, the MSBSD is partnering with United Way of Mat-Su for a Day of Action. Along with other agencies and Mat-Su businesses, as well as teams of volunteers, we will work to provide needed back to school supplies to our families. Join us at the old Carr's parking lot in Palmer at Pioneer Square and fill backpacks for Mat-Su students. Until July 31, school supplies may be donated at Wal-Mart. Backpacks will be filled on the Day of Action ready for pick-up by families who may need help.
For more information about donating or to sign up to receive a filled backpack for your child, please call the MSBDS Federal Programs department at746-9239.
Schools’ staffs are back in our buildings ready to assist you with final registration, pushing toward the first day of school for grades 1-12,August 14. Kindergarten students participate in the Alaska Roll-In during the week of August 14-20. Schools will be contacting parents to set appointments for the Roll-In. First day of school for kindergarten students is August 21. In Mat-Su, kindergarten is all day.
Football is right around the corner (players are suiting up for football two-a-days now), and Friday nights, you won’t want to miss the excitement as our rivalries take the field. Cross country running will be taking off, too. Cheerleaders, bands, choirs, cheerleaders, and super fans are ready.
As freshmen enter high school, we might offer some advice from students who have been there. A blog post touts 33 things high school seniors wish they knew as freshman. On their list of comments:
· From Devontae, “Work harder than you currently are because I know you have it in you.”
· Colten writes, “Do not goof off! Stay focused on grades.”
· Nathan posts, “Worry less about trivial things, care more for yourself, save money!”
· Jessica says, “Read a lot of things you like and don’t forget to relax a little! It’s a long road ahead.”
In the MSBSD, high school students have many academic and co-curricular options. Counselors help guide students, making overall academic plans to meet students' personal goals. Students also need help in setting goals and exploring the myriad of career options. Our middle schools and elementary schools focus on laying the solid academic foundation for lifelong learning. Helping students gain a broad overview of career options early, coupled with hands-on learning, sets them on a path toward success.
Above all else, our teachers, all support staff members, the administration, and School Board value our relationships with our students,families, and community partners. We know that students benefit when they have caring adults in their lives—we want to join parents in being the support our children need as they grow and mature.
An exciting year is ahead for all our schools, and particularly for two: Valley Pathways and Mat-Su Day School. We open the doors for two new,permanent facilities for these school communities. Housed in portables for over a decade, Valley Pathways is also adding a middle school component to theacademic organization of the school—providing more options in a small school environment for 6-8 grade students.
Every day is a great day in the MSBSD. This year, we focus on Building Champions. We want our students, employees, and schools to be champions in academics, champions in co-curricular activities, champions in leadership, and champions as lifelong learners. We are MSBSD!
P.S. Watch for MSBSD faces and voices—a new “We are MSBSD!” campaign on the radio, in print media, and at Valley Cinema. Dr. Paramo will share a weekly“MSBSD Minute” with listeners on Country Legends KAYO 100.9 and Valley RadioKMBQ 99.7. You may hear our Superintendent on Pandora and read more in the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman and Alaska Dispatch News Back-To-School supplements, coming next week.
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