• ASSOCIATION OF ALASKA SCHOOL BOARDS (AASB) SCHOOL CLIMATE AND CONNECTEDNESS SURVEY (SCCS)

    Students in grades 3-12 and staff will participate in this survey that measures school climate and student connectedness. Read more from Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Gene Stone.

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  • REDINGTON AND DENA'INA PROPOSED BOUNDARIES OPEN HOUSE

    At 5:30 p.m., January 21, MSBSD Admin. Building in Palmer: See the proposed boundary maps, meet the demographer and ask questions, talk with the new principal for Redington, and hear the demographer's presentation to the School Board during the regular meeting.

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  • 2015-2016 CALENDAR NOW AVAILABLE

    The MSBSD School Board has approved the 2015-2016 School Year Calendar. Community input included an online survey with over 3500 responses and public comment.

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  • MSBSD ENANUAQ PROGRAMS HOSTS FAMILY NIGHTS

    MSBSD Enanuaq Preschool Program is academic center-based for three and four-year-old Alaska Native and Native American children to prepare them for kindergarten readiness. There are sessions at Wasilla High and Burchell High. The high school program is designed to support supplemental educational learning opportunities through the federally funded Alaska Native Education Program. The grant expires in FY15.

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  • NOVEMBER IS ALASKA NATIVE HERITAGE MONTH

    "...American Indians and Alaska Natives helped build the very fabric of America. Today, their spirit and many contributions continue to enrich our communities and strengthen our country." President Barack Obama.

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  • MSBSD NEW CALENDAR SURVEY NOW THROUGH NOV. 10

    Did you vote in the first fall calendar survey? Even if you did vote, you have one more opportunity to voice your opinion. The three-year calendar approval survey is open October 31 through November 10.

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  • PARENT TEACHER CONFERENCES--OCTOBER 30 AND 31

    Thursday and Friday, October 30 and 31, are Parent/Teacher Conference Days in the MSBSD. Please check with your school for schedules. If your child attends a non-traditional Mat-Su school, follow your school's calendar. For traditional schools, no school for students on these two days.

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  • COME JOIN THE PUBLIC CONVERSATION...

    MSBSD Office of Instruction hosts a School Advisory Committee Meeting for the new Joe Redington, Sr. Jr/Sr High School. Thursday, October 23 at 6 p.m., Mat-Su Central School (600 E. Railroad Ave., Wasilla). School opens next fall for grades 6-10; expanding in future. View full story.

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  • MSBSD CALENDAR SURVEY

    Your opinion matters! Take the MSBSD calendar survey to share your preferences. View full story for survey. Survey open now through October 10.

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  • MSBSD COLLEGE OR CAREER READINESS ASSESSMENT (CCRA)

    Last year the state legislature passed HB278, which repealed the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam for Alaska students, but now requires that all 11th grade students take a College or Career Readiness Assessment (CCRA) specifically the ACT, SAT, or WorkKeys. Read More....

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  • BURCHELL HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL NAMED A FINALIST FOR NATIONAL PRINCIPAL OF THE YEAR

    Adam Mokelke, principal of Burchell High School is one of six exceptional school leaders, according to an announcement by the National Association of Secondary Schools Principals. Mokelke will be honored during a September meeting in Washington. Read more....and good luck, Mr. Mokelke!

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  • MSBSD 2014-2015 REGISTRATION OPEN ONLINE

    Students and parents may complete registration for next school year ONLINE. Read more for instructions or click on i-Enroll under the Parents tab...

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  • SUMMER SCHOOL/CREDIT RECOVERY

    MSBSD High School Credit Recovery Summer School begins Wednesday, May 28th. Students must already be preapproved and enrolled. Read more for specific times...

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  • GRADUATION & PROMOTION INFORMATION

    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.

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  • MSBSD TEACHER APPRECIATION

    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...

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        Welcome

           Dr. Paramo color     

          Deena M. Paramo, Ed.D.  
          Superintendent
          Phone: 907-746-9255  Fax: 907-761-4076
          501 N. Gulkana Palmer, AK 99645
         
          
          

        Dear MSBSD community,  

            
        We know that strong public education is at the heart of strong and successful communities. In Mat-Su, our schools offer choices and options that meet the needs of our students as they prepare and plan for their futures. Changing to meet students' learning habits, we focus on what will help every student be prepared after high school for college, careers, or military service.

             Through all experiences of school--in the classroom, completing assignments, projects with peers, and interactions with teachers--learning that is intuitive, according to professor Herminia Ibarra, "...gets us out of our heads. We need to act." Describing the value of learning through trial and error, Ibarra concludes, "We learn who we are in practice, not in theory, by testing reality." For our 18,000 students, school is the reality.

              

              I love getting out visiting in our schools. I think the best part of my job is having a challenge from our State or our School Board and meeting that challenge--creating something good for kids. That is a "win" for us. Our teachers, administrators, and support staff employees are dedicated to the success of every student in the Mat-Su Borough. Whether students and parents choose a neighborhood school, one of our large, comprehensive high schools, a special mission or charter school, or take advantage of our expanded homeschool resource school, MSBSD students have maximum options to maximize optimal learning. Talk with your children about their school experiences--don't miss any opportunity to have a conversation about your child's academic progress.
         
              In addition to our excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities, we offer flexible online blended learning. At our comprehensive high schools, students learn in their own space, own place, and at their own pace.
         
             By building meaningful relationships between teachers and other adults and students, our classrooms are transformed. In the MSBSD, we are in the third year of our school climate transformation program, Capturing Kids’ Hearts. Changing the way students relate to each other, relate to the adults in their schools, and the interactions between adults, this year, we are focusing on “Building Champions.” Learning to take responsibility for their actions and performance helps students discover their self-worth, approaching life prepared to achieve. We know that when students believe school is a safe place where there are caring adults, this helps drive up student achievements. Our students are the focus of every decision in the Mat-Su Borough School District.

              Our schools are shaped to provide maximum learning opportunities for every student living in the Mat-Su Borough. In addition to our strong academic offerings, our schools also offer co-curricular options in sports, music, visual arts, fine arts, and our award-winning Science O, Poetry Out Loud, and more. Through our clubs and service organizations, students put service learning to work, making helping others an important part of our learning. Opportunities abound for the children living in the Mat-Su Borough.

             Our mission is that we prepare students for success. In order to achieve that, we must create what kids need for their future rather than what’s always been. We are MSBSD!

         

        Sincerely,
        deena
        Dr. Deena M. Paramo
        Superintendent
         

        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 Superintendent's Spotlight” with listeners on Country Legends KAYO 100.9 and Valley Radio KMBQ 99.7. You may hear our Superintendent on Pandora and read more in the Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman and Alaska Dispatch News.

        District News

        • Arrow 2014-2015 SCHOOL REGISTRATION INFORMATION
          For information on School Registration visit MSBSD iEnroll
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        • Arrow MSBSD START TIMES - 2014-2015
          School start and end times will remain the same for the 2014-2015 school year. Elementary schools time is 9:15 to 3:45, and middle/secondary schools time is 7:45 to 2:15. There are exceptions for northern schools: Willow start time is 8:20 and dismissal at 3:00 on M, Tu, Th, Fri, and dismissal at 1:40 on Wed. Talkeetna begins at 8:30 with dismissal at 3:00 on M, Tu, Th, Fri, and dismissal on Wednesdays at 1:40. Trapper Creek begins at 8:30 and dismissal at 3:00. Su Valley Jr/Sr High School begins at 8:30 and dismissal is at 2:54. Also, if your child attends one of our six charter schools, confirm the time with your school.
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        • Arrow SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS
          Click here for 2014-2015 School Supply Listsl
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        • Arrow HELP MSBSD "STUFF THE BUS"
          School is two weeks away and many students in the Mat-Su Valley do not have the resources they need for their first day of school. That’s exactly what Stuff the Bus is aiming to help with. July 31 is a Day of Action! Parnering with United Way of Mat-Su, the MSBSD will be filling backpacks in the old Carr's parking lot in Palmer, providing school supplies for Valley kids. The following items are needed for donations; backpacks, spiral notebooks, pencils,and pens. Families needing school supplies for their students can call746-9239 for more information.
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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 MSBSD EMPLOYEE DISCOUNTS ON TECHNOLOGY!
          All MSBSD Employees can take advantage of the Dell MPP program, Apple Employee Purchase Program and Microsoft Home Use Program.  Click here to find out more! 
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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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