Blue Ribbon Campaign

In support and appreciation for the caring, brave, skilled and dedicated officers and support staff working tirelessly to serve and protect each of us and to improve our community, Anchorage School is joining in with the Anchorage community to display blue ribbons.  We hope that these ribbons will remind our police officers of our appreciation for their bravery and service.

Join The Outdoor Classroom Committee!

Are you excited about the outdoor classroom? Are you interested in contributing your time, knowledge, or skills? We need passionate parent volunteers to serve on the outdoor classroom committee!

Parent volunteers will work in conjunction with teachers and staff to prioritize items, finalize a design, select vendors, and help oversee the construction.

We will hold our first committee meeting soon after returning from Spring Break. If interested, please send a note to Kate Keune (katekeune@me.com)

Talent Show Photos

Congratulations performers! There is no question Anchorage has talent!

Parents if you missed signing up for the professional photos it is not too late.  Pictures were taken of EVERY act and performer and the pictures are amazing!

The Class of 2018 is asking for a small donation of $5 in exchange for the link to the photos.  Many, many thanks to Bob and Shari Stewart for donating their time and energy to the class to take and edit these photos!

This will be on honor system. We are trusting you to not share the link and to turn in your donation- this goes directly to the students.

If you want the link send email to: mlovele1@gmail.com and drop your $5 (exact change please!) off to Adrienn  at the front office by Friday, March 31st.  Checks can be made to APS Memo: Class of 2018.

Thanks,
Meredith Loveless

Upcoming Parent Academies -Save the Date

  • Wednesday, April 19th – 7:00-8:30 “Raising Kids in a Digital World – Part III”
  • Monday, May 22nd – 7:00-8:30 “Raising Kids in a Digital World – Part IV”

Open Gym For Boys In Grades 5-8

Our 8th grade Boys’ Basketball Coach Charlie Bryant will be hosting open gyms on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.  If you are in grades 5-8 and would like to get together to play 2-on-2 or 3-on-3 basketball please plan to attend. Open gym will run through the last week of school.

2017 Spring Soccer Intramurals for Grades 2 and 3

Begins: Tuesday, April 11

Ends:      Thursday, May 11

Parent/Player Meeting:  Tuesday, April 11 from 4:15-4:30 on the soccer field.

Practice Days: Tuesday and Thursday – 3:05-4:15 on the field

What will be covered:  basic skills and techniques of the game, conditioning and sportsmanship.  Mini-games will be played at the end of each practice to practice skills covered that day. No games against other schools. This program is to teach skills, teamwork and game situations. Practice twice a week for one hour each practice.

Deadline for registration:  Monday, March 27 (Week before Spring Break)

There needs to be enough time to order the T-shirts and to plan accordingly to the number of participants.

A current Sports Physical must be on file before you may participate.  Forms are available in the front office with Adrienn Carman or available for download by clicking here.

Other requirements: Each player must have shin guards with long socks covering to play.  Soccer cleats are advised, but tennis shoes are fine.  Also, bring your own water bottle and soccer ball – size #4 for this age group. Registration fee includes a tee shirt.

Click here to download registration form.

The 2017 Auction Ask – The Anchorage School Outdoor Classroom!

Each year at the APTA Auction, we dream big about an innovation or improvement that will continue to transform our school, helping us to continue to develop intelligent, happy, kind, caring, and innovative leaders of tomorrow.

Over the last three years, we’ve completely renovated the Anchorage field, installed a new sound system in the auditorium, and innovated seating at the school.

Consistent feedback we heard over the course of the stand up desk pilot and subsequent transformation into the innovative seating program was that when we can change the ENVIRONMENT, then we reengage the mind.

How could we expand that vision, improve and innovate at the school, and ensure that we have the opportunity to leave this beautiful school even better than when we arrived?

The goal is to transform the under-utilized space between the School Board office and the school into a collaborative learning space with an outdoor classroom, learning areas, collaboration tables, and interactive learning opportunities like a rain barrel, weather station, native plants, birdhouses, and many other details.

This is a big ask. This is a big transformation. This will be great..with your help!

LEARN MORE HERE

Retirement of Amazon Smiles Fundraising

Many of you have signed up to participate in Amazon Smiles on behalf of the APTA and we love your commitment to raising money on behalf of our school. Unfortunately, after much research and discussion with Amazon, the APTA is not eligible to participate in this program…despite the fact that you can select us as an organization! We recognize that there are so many fundraising activities that, as parents, you are asked to participate in and we want to thank all of you who worked proactively to order through our page in the past. As a result of not being able to participate in the Smiles program, Amazon won’t be a fundraising opportunity for the APTA any longer. If you have questions, please contact Kate Keune at katekeune@me.com

Districts Of Distinction Recognized

Anchorage Independent School District was among 16 school districts recognized by the Kentucky Board of Education (KBE) and the Kentucky Department of Education at the board’s meeting yesterday.  The districts earned the recognition under the Unbridled Learning: College and Career Readiness for All accountability system. To qualify, a district must have an overall accountability score at the 95th percentile or higher (based on achievement, gap, growth, college and career readiness, graduation rate and program reviews), meet its current year Annual Measurable Objective, have at least a 95 percent participation rate in statewide assessments and not have a Focus or Priority School. The achievement data is based on K-PREP testing in spring 2016.  Earlier this year, our district received a recognition banner and a letter of commendation, along with a District of Distinction logo.

Anchorage Summer Program Offerings

Looking for a camp this summer for your children? Well, check out all of the great camps being offered at Anchorage School this summer. Click here to download the camp brochure. Turn in your registration ASAP to ensure your child gets into the program of their choice.

Young Writers Contest

Do your students have a story to tell? KET invites children in kindergarten through third grade to submit illustrated stories and fourth and fifth graders to submit short stories to the annual KET Young Writers Contest. 

New this year, sixth through eighth graders are invited to submit their poetry!  For more information, contest rules, and entry form visit KET.org/writerscontest

The deadline to enter is April 14, 2017.

Donate Your Used SmartPhones to Help Us Build a Google Expeditions Lab

Google Expeditions are virtual, 3D field trips students can take using a cell phone and free software from Google. Think about the ViewMaster you might have had as a child, only the images are presented in a full 360 degree, wrap-around environment and you’ll get the idea. The goal of Expeditions is to place students in the environment they are studying as if they were really there. With hundreds of Expeditions to choose from, students can journey far and wide, learning from immersive new experiences. Teachers can also create their own, guided content. For example, a teacher visiting a museum could capture and present what they are seeing in a live-stream to students back in the classroom. Visual prompts, data points, descriptions, and audio can also be incorporated into the Expeditions.

We are enthusiastically working to bring this new technology to Anchorage students and would like to ask for your help in the process. For Expeditions to work, each student needs a headset (ViewMaster) and accompanying display. The display is a cell phone, and represents the greatest expense to the project as we will need 20 in order to assemble a classroom set.  We are starting with acquiring that component of the project before purchasing the other needed equipment. That’s where you can make a difference.

Do you have an old cell phone that is not in use that you could donate to our Expeditions initiative? We wouldn’t need it for cellular service, but if the screen works, the unit holds a charge, and it can access a wifi network, we would love to accept your tax-deductible donation. We’ll even help you remove the SIM card if you don’t know how and reformat the device erasing all your personal information. After receiving your phone, we insert it into our ViewMaster headset, and the phone becomes the projection screen carrying students to all corners of Earth and beyond.

The following models are compatible with the Expeditions headsets: Samsung Galaxy S7, Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+, Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy Note5, Samsung Galaxy Note4, Motorola Nexus 6, Motorola Moto X (2014), Motorola Droid Turbo, LG G5, LG G4, LG G3, LG Nexus 5X, LG Nexus 5, HTC One, Huawei Nexus 6P, iPhone 6s plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5. Newer Android and iPhones may also work as long as the screens are between 5-6 inches.

Thank you for considering this powerful way to contribute to technology at Anchorage School. Your gently used phones are a perfect solution for bringing far away worlds into our classrooms. Here’s a link to a 30 second commercial if you would like to learn more about the technology: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdvb-K5aEnQ & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlYJdZeA9w4&feature=youtu.be

2017-2018 School Year Calendar

At their December meeting the Anchorage Board of Education approved the 2017-2018 school calendar which had been recommended by the School Council.  A link to the 2017-2018 APS calendar has been added to the school webpage which can be found at www.anchorage-school.org under the parent tab.

When Winter Weather Affects School REACH Alert Will Keep You Informed

Be prepared

Winter weather conditions sometimes prompt Anchorage Public School to cancel school, delay school or dismiss early.  Therefore it’s a good idea to decide in advance how best to keep up with the changes, what child-care arrangements are needed, and how to adjust to a different schedule.  Also, please make sure your child’s school has up-to-date phone numbers and emergency contacts for your family.  

Getting the word out
Announcements are made as early as possible on Louisville news channels (WDRB, WHAS, WLKY & WAVE) and the APS website. Families can register to receive a phone-call, and/or text-message, and/or email through our REACH Alert system.  We do not follow Jefferson County’s decision on school closings.

Students’ safety is a top priority, so on wintry days, district employees begin assessing conditions as early as 3:30 a.m. These leaders consider roads, sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, precipitation, outdoor temperatures, wind chills, current conditions and the weather forecast, with a goal of announcing a decision by 6:00 a.m.

Whenever travel is unsafe, APS has three choices:

  1. Cancel school
  2. Delay the start of school
  3. Dismiss school early

IF SCHOOL IS CANCELED:  Afternoon and evening school sponsored student activities are canceled for elementary and middle school. School Council meetings are also canceled.  APTA meetings, Board meetings, and community sponsored activities held at school may continue at the superintendent and chairperson’s discretion.

IF SCHOOL IS DELAYED:  School starts either one or two hours later than normal. School dismissal times remain the same, and afternoon and evening activities continue as usual unless evening weather warrants a cancellation which would be communicated through REACH Alert and team coaches/club sponsors.

IF SCHOOL DISMISSES EARLY:  The decision will be made as early as possible to allow families time to make arrangements and all student after-school and evening activities are all canceled.  Elementary school families are asked to email their child’s teacher or call the school with instructions about how they want their child to go home if they want to alter procedures.  If families don’t make contact, the school will try to reach them. Students will be supervised until the last child is picked up.

Weekend activities

Canceling or dismissing school early on a Friday does not cancel weekend activities.  All school activities scheduled on the weekend are subject to cancellation under the following conditions:

  • When there is clear and present danger for automobile travel on local streets and roads. This condition may be assumed whenever local governmental agencies or the local police have issued warnings against unnecessary travel.
  • When there is a high probability of storms or other conditions that would most likely restrict safe travel on roads and streets during the next several hours.

Student activities scheduled on the weekend are subject to being placed on hold under the following conditions:

  • When the present weather conditions are not conducive to safe travel, but the local forecast indicates the condition will likely end within the next three hours.
  • When it is expected that streets and roads might become unsafe for travel during the time period that students, parents and sponsors will be traveling to or from the event.

If student activities are canceled or placed on hold, the club sponsor will contact the parents of student participants.  In the event that a large number of students are impacted a message will be sent via our REACH Alert system.

Make-up days

State law requires school districts to ensure at least 170 days and 1,062 hours of teaching and learning.  Cancellations and/or delays can result in days or hours added into the school calendar.  APS announces an adjusted calendar at the end of the winter snow season.

Registering for REACH Alert Notices

One way the Anchorage Independent Board of Education supports school/parent communication is through the purchase of REACH Alert, which is an emergency parent notification system.  In the case of severe weather, unexpected closings, delays, dismissals or emergencies the superintendent will enable the REACH Alert System that sends school alerts via text messages, phone calls (cell or landline) and/or emails.

To register for REACH Alert, simply follow the following steps:

  • Go to reachalert.com and click on MY ACCOUNT and then select CREATE ACCOUNT to establish your initial account.
  • Follow the prompts.
  • When prompted for Network Name, enter Anchorage School and click on the school name when it appears in the dropdown list.
  • When prompted for a role select parent
  • Upon joining the school network you may also want to click on JOIN and select the City of Anchorage. Individuals that only join the “Anchorage School” network will not receive City of Anchorage notices.  We recommend that you join both networks in order to receive all information that may be related to road closures or emergencies.

If you opted to receive text alerts, REACH Alert will send a text message to your cell phone immediately upon completion of your registration. Please enter the 4-digit number on the registration screen and then click the word VALIDATE. If you do not receive this message, please call REACH Alert at (877) 307-9313 for assistance. After you have completed the registration process, you may add other phone numbers and email addresses. From your dashboard page, click on the second tab at the top of the page – CONTACT INFO. From this page you will see where you can add and delete numbers and addresses.

If you already have registered for REACH Alert through the City of Anchorage, your place of employment, child care center, another school, or any other organization you can skip the registration process and simply go to www.reachalert.com and login to your current account and click on JOIN NETWORK on the right side of your dashboard page. Enter Anchorage School and click on our name in the dropdown list and follow the prompts.

Don’t Forget to Register for Anchorage Retail Rewards Programs!

Don’t forget to register your Kroger cards for Anchorage School rewards, too.  Kroger cards can be registered at www.kroger.com/communityrewards.  You get to keep your Kroger points but the school also gets a quarterly check for our combined purchases.  Please email Emilie Delehanty, emilie.delehanty@gmail.com, with any questions.