2017 District Headlines

  • BIRCHTREE CHARTER STUDENTS AT THE TOMB OF THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER

    "Birchtree Charter School students had the honor of laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery during their trip to Washington, D.C.," writes principal Cathy Busbey. "This experience was incredibly meaningful for many of our students, especially those who have friends and family who have served or are serving in the United States military." See more photos...

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  • CAREER PATHWAYS HELP STUDENTS SHARE SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND INTEREST

    A model of learning excellence, Mat-Su Career & Technical High School offers students nine career pathways in addition to a comprehensive high school experiences. CTHS welcomed Senator Lisa Murkowski and Mat-Su Borough Mayor, Vern Halter, on a tour. Mark Okeson is CTHS principal and Jim Simmons, assistant principal. Also pictured is senior class president, Lucas Arthur, who is headed to MIT next fall, and Superintendent, Dr. Monica Goyette..

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  • MSBSD PARTICIPATE IN ALASKA CONSTRUCTION CAREER DAYS

    Two hundred sixty MSBSD students from middle and high schools participated in the Alaska Construction Career Days at the Alaska State Fairgrounds. Hands-on activities included welding, surveying, electrical wiring, carpentry, drilling, and more.

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  • MSBSD ELEM SCIENCE O

    Two hundred seventy-five students from 34 teams/16 schools participated in this year's Elem Science O. Competing in 17 STEM events, students spent an entire day in hands-on activities. Read more...

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  • DISTINCTIVELY HUMAN, PALMER HIGH IB VISUAL ARTS SHOW

    "I have learned that art takes time and patience...my artwork show the change in my ideas, skills, and pateince in the output of my artwork by the time and effort I put into each project." Shelli Franckowiak, teacher. Paul Ried is PHS princpal. (Pictured, artist, Mary Tucker). Read full story...

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  • MAT-SU STUDENTS EXPLORE HEALTH CAREER OPTIONS

    Fifty students and six counselors had an opportunity to explore health careers and options available through Mat-Su College and UAA. Welcomed by Dr. Talis Colberg, Director, MSBSD students from District high schools learned next steps to get them into a rewarding career.

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  • MSBSD HONORS APRIL AS MONTH OF THE MILITARY CHILD

    Serving 1833 children from military families, the Mat-Su Borough School District thanks your family for your service.

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  • FRONTERAS CHARTER SCHOOL CHOSEN A CKH NATIONAL SHOWCASE SCHOOL

    "On Monday," wrote principal Jennifer Hutchins, "Fronteras Spanish Immersion Charter School received exciting news that the school has been selected as a Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase School of the year." Fronteras is awarded the recognition for the level of implementation of the CKH process. The Flippen Group team members who visited Fronteras said, "Fronteras is not just implementing the processes, but living them."

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  • BP TEACHERS OF EXCELLENCE ANNOUNCED FOR 2017

    For over 25 years, BP has recognized teachers nominated by students, parents, and peers, as Teachers of Excellence, and this year's Mat-Su top five, selected from more than 130 nominations, are: Zach Lanphier, CTHS, Diana Sloane-Basner, Birchtree Charter, Laura Wick, Machetanz, Delores McKee, PJMS, and Sean Williams, Sherrod. On hand with school administrators were Michael Smith, BP Project Control Services Manager and MSBSD Superintendent, Dr. Monica Goyette. Read more...

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  • LEARNING AND TEACHING AT THE SAME TIME--HIGH SCHOOL LAB PARTNERS WITH FIRST GRADERS

    Fronteras Charter School first grade teacher, Jen Renee, and her students colloborated with Donna Carollo's 9th and 10th grade biology students for a frog dissection lab. "Following the lab," reported Sra. Renee, "the Career Tech students took their first grade lab partners on tours of the school." The first grade students began with dissection on paper frogs and moved to observe and help the biology students. View photos (credit: J. Renee, Fronteras Charter School)

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  • PARACHUTING ONTO MARS--IDITAROD ELEM AND WASILLA MIDDLE SCHOOL TEAMS

    Two Iditarod Elem teams and three from Wasilla Middle School participated in the nine-week NASA STEM challenge.This after-school program is possible through funding through the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grants and the support of "amazing staff." Read more from Kevin Hartman, Iditarod teacher.

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  • ARKOSE RIDGE LEADERSHIP ACADEMY DEADLINE EXTENDED

    The application deadline for the new school-within-a-school at Palmer High School next year, has been extended until April 19. There is also another parent information night Thursday, April 13, at 6 p.m., PHS Library. View full story for more links.

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  • WELCOME TO KINDERGARTEN NIGHT

    Do you have a child who will be five years of age on or before September 1, 2017? The District invites you to the fifth "Welcome to Kindergarten" night, held at Larson Elementary School, April 13, from 5:30 to 7:00. Download a flyer....

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  • MSBSD MARKS 25TH ANNIVERSARY OF SCIENCE OLYMPIAD

    180 middle school and 140 high school students participated in the Alaska State Science Olympiad Competition. Colony Middle School and Mat-Su Career & Tech High schools took first place in Divisions B and C. Wasilla High took second place and Colony High, third place. See more photos and results...

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  • SCHOOL BOARD SPECIAL RECOGNITIONS

    Recognizing the achievements of Mat-Su students, staff members, and schools, the School Board honors and celebrates. First up was the Wasilla High girls' basketball team--State 4A champions two years in a row (fifth in seven years and sixth since 2007), Jeannie Hebert-Truax, coach. Read a complete list and see more photos...

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