• ALASKA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND SOCIAL SERVICES OFFERS Tdap VOUCHER AT MAT-SU WALGREENS

    "The Alaska Immunization Program," explains MSBSD Health Services Coordinator, Krista Grilliot, "has available Tdap vaccine (Tetanus, Diptheria and accellular Pertussis) for individuals 10 years or older who are not up to date." This vaccine helps protect infants from Pertussis by vaccinating those in close contact--parents, siblings, and other caregivers. Click here for a link to more information...

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  • SAROMA COMES TO PALMER

    Celebrating Palmer's Sister City Exchange with Saroma, MSBSD students welcome and engage with our visitors.

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  • BELT TRANSECT PLANT SAMPLING AT VALLEY PATHWAYS

    Ms. Faith Brunnhoelzl's students completed data collection for plant sampling. This kind of work allows students to think beyond high school as well, toward careers in science. Read more...

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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    Last year the state legislature passed HB278, which repealed the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam for Alaska students, but now requires that all 11th grade students take a College or Career Readiness Assessment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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  • SHERROD ELEMENTARY-PATRIOT DAY OBSERVANCE

    Students began today by honoring our country on Patriot Day and observance of National Anthem Day, singing the Star-Spangled Banner and the Alaska Flag Song. Deborah Cooper, music teacher. Dan Michael is Sherrod principal. Thank you to the WHS Air Force JROTC Color Guard.

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  • CAPTURING KIDS' HEARTS-BUILDING CHAMPIONS

    An ongoing District initiative, building champions through building relationships is one way of building success. (Pictured L to R: Ariel Haase, Student Advisory Board president/CTHS student, Clay Morgan and Barbara Morgan, Vern Hazard Read more...

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  • MIDNIGHT SUN FUN RUN

    Starting off the morning with a fun run, 140 students and family members participated in Saturday's Midnight Sun Charter School Fun Run at Wasilla High. Thanks to the school and our partners, Mat-Su Health Foundation and Healthy Futures, for sponsorship and participation.

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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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  • MSBSD SCHOOL BUS DRIVER APPRECIATION WEEK

    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

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  • MSBSD SCHOOL BOARD AND ADMIN HONORS

    Colony Middle School principal Mary McMahon and Assistant Superintendent of Instruction Gene Stone congratulate Alaska's top administrators at the School Board Meeting held at Burchell High School. Read more...

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  • ALASKA MIDDLE COLLEGE SCHOOL OPEN HOUSES

    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...

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  • MSBSD 2014 SBA/HSGQE THIS WEEK

    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....

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  • MSBSD TOURS NEW SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION SITES

    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.

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  • MSBSD SPRING BREAK--MARCH 10-14

    Going to the beach? Wait, that's snow. American Charter Academy students get a head start on Spring Break. If your child attends a non-traditional school, please check your calendar.

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  • MSBSD HONORS SCHOOL BOARD

    MSBDS students say, "Thank you" to our School Board--new lockers at PJMS and HMS, along with playgrounds, technology equipment, and more.

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  • PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES MON/TUES FEB. 17 AND 18

    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.

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  • MSBSD 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR REVISIONS

    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"...

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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,

         

        The shift is taking place around us. Why are we not talking about it? Mat-Su educators and families, I don't want to wake up one day and wonder where public education has gone--where it ended; where our democratic ideals were lost.
         
        I want to capture the hearts of our students and the community in which we live as well as the will and the hearts of folks statewide. I want them to know We Are MSBSD! We have seen that media outlets are awash with the failure of public schools. I challenge this notion as they are focusing on what is wrong in education instead of what is strong in public education.
         
        A 2014 Gallup research project's data show that students are less engaged the longer they stay in our school system. Change is inevitable. We want the change to be a change that causes us to grow. For our District, I choose growth, I choose change before I allow public education to die.
         
        We cannot compete on knowledge alone anymore. Content is free. Ericka Swallow wrote in an article for Forbes, "Today knowledge is ubiquitous, constantly changing, growing exponentially. Today knowledge is free, it's like air, it's like water. It's become a commodity--There's no competitive advantage today in knowing more than the person next to you. The world doesn't care what you know, what the world cares about is what you can do with what you know."
         
        An exciting year is ahead for all our schools.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. Let's show Mat-Su what we can do with what we know. 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 Sportlight” 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.

         
        Click here to read more about our initiatives for all students, including several value-added programs.
         

         

        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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