Halloween Carnival, Dinner & Haunted House

Brought to you by the Class of 2018
Friday, October 27

The Halloween Carnival and Dinner are moving outdoors for a fall festival! The parade will begin at 5:00, followed by games and a Texas Roadhouse buffet on the front lawn.

Make your dinner reservations now! Download the form to pre-purchase dinner tickets and wristbands for unlimited access to the Haunted House.  Make checks payable to APS and return the form to the front desk by Monday, October 23. Game tickets will be $1 and can be purchased at the carnival.

This is an important fundraiser for our 8th graders and a fun night for the entire community – we hope to see you there!

Red Cross Penny War

The Community Connections Club is proud to announce that Anchorage School is the overall winner in the Red Cross Penny War to support victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Anchorage collected more than $1,600 and was victorious by only $209. We are very thankful for the generous support. Students have earned a school-wide pizza party and will celebrate soon.  

Anchorage Community Youth Basketball

ACYB will be again offered for boys and girls, grades kindergarten through fifth. Registration forms can be downloaded here or are available from Adrienn Carman at the school’s front desk.

Mark your calendar for the mandatory parent meeting which will be held in the school cafeteria on Monday, October 30th at 6:30 PM.

Practice will be once a week, with all games being played on Saturdays.  Season will start in early November and conclude before winter break in February.  A full schedule is included with registration form.

Mark Your Calendars…APTA Parent Academy To Host “Positive Discipline” Speaker Kim Tabler

 There really is a different way to parent! Tired of handing out rewards? Wish you didn’t have to nag? Ready to feel more connected to your children? Join other Anchorage parents for a fun evening of activities and discussion as we discover the basics of Positive Discipline.  This 45 minute introductory class will be held on 10/26 from 7:00 – 7:45 PM in the School Library Classroom.  Please RSVP by clicking the direct scheduling link below.  Click on the event date (10/26) to enter your information and reserve your spot.

10/26 Kim Tabler Positive Discipline Direct Scheduling Link: 

https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=14018358&appointmentType=4430274

Halloween Parade, Dinner, Carnival and Haunted House

Step right up! The Halloween Festival is just around the corner, beginning at 5:30 pm (directly after the Halloween parade at 5:00) on Friday, October 27.  We have some new and exciting games at the carnival this year, along with the favorites enjoyed by many over the years!  If speed is your thing, the “Baseball Throw” with our very own Chief Hayes will certainly get you hyped! Make sure you check out the “Monster Nose” game – although he’s not scary, he is a bit “pickculiar.  Maybe putt putt golf, the pumpkin ring toss or corn hole is more your style?  Got you covered!  Tickets are available at the carnival and are $1.00 each.  Dinner provided by Texas Roadhouse! Look for more information and dinner order forms coming out next week. This is such a great fundraiser for the 8th graders and we really hope to see you there!

Spirit Wear!

Our first round of AMAZING spirit wear items has arrived!

Don’t miss out on these fantastic Anchorage items.

You can order online at https://anchoragepta.com/spirit-wear-ordering/ and pick up 2 days later in the office OR you can purchase at Anchorage home basketball games.

PLACE YOUR ORDER TODAY!

 

Apparel and car magnets are coming THIS MONTH!!!!

2017 Anchorage School Assessment Results

The Anchorage School team is proud of our students!  Today the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released Spring 2017 Assessment Results.  Once again, Anchorage School students scored very well.  We are pleased to share that our percentage of students scoring proficient or distinguished soars well above the state average in all areas.  This morning we learned that our elementary students’ reading and math assessment scores are among the top ten of all elementary schools in the state, and our middle school students’ math, reading and social studies scores are among the top ten of all middle schools in the state!

The are several measures released by KDE, related to student performance on the assessment.  Measures for student growth, gap, achievement and the overall percentage of students scoring novice, apprentice, proficient and distinguished are all contained in data that our district receives from KDE.  The “Achievement” calculation released by the KDE is based on students’ performance levels of novice, apprentice, proficient and distinguished (NAPD) in all content areas. To determine “Achievement Scores” districts are awarded one point for each percent of students scoring proficient or distinguished. One-half point is awarded for each percent of students scoring apprentice. No points are awarded for novice students. After the points are tallied, schools can earn bonus points up to a top score of 100.  To calculate the bonus, each percent distinguished earns an additional one-half point, and the percent novice earns a negative one-half point, so that when the distinguished and novice values are combined, the novice points may offset the distinguished bonus. If the novice performance completely offsets the distinguished bonus, no points are added to or subtracted from the achievement calculation.

Anchorage received a top 100% Achievement Score in the following content areas:
Elementary — Reading, Math, Social Studies and Language Mechanics
Middle School — Reading, Math, Social Studies and Language Mechanics

New This Year:

Currently, Kentucky is in a transition period away from the Unbridled Learning Accountability Model which started in 2012.  The new accountability model changes how schools are evaluated and rated. This is expected to be in effect beginning with the 2018-2019 school year. Until the new accountability system takes effect, our situation is changing. We are moving away from the old toward the new. Gone are the old classifications of Needs Improvement, Proficient and Distin­guished. Instead, in 2018 schools and districts will be rated on a star system, with five stars being the highest rank. You may remember last year Anchorage School received the highest classification of Distinguished/High Progress and the School District earned the highest reward classification as a District of Distinction.  Those classifications were not assigned to schools this year.

Some fast facts related to the changes in the assessment system and the transition to a new accountability model are as follows:

  • Senate Bill 1, 2017, required a new accountability system to be developed. KDE is following this requirement. Therefore, no overall scores, learner information, or labels will be produced.
  • During this transition period, schools and districts are being encouraged to focus on:
    • Students not performing at proficiency in content areas of reading/writing, mathematics, science and social studies;
    • Closing the achievement gaps; and
    • Identifying student demographic groups that need additional supports.
  • In 2018 schools and districts will be evaluated on six indicators — proficiency in reading/writing and mathematics; proficiency in science and social studies, growth for elementary and middle schools; transition readiness; graduation rate for only high schools; achievement gap closure; and opportunity and access.
  • Beginning in 2018, instead of the current report card, school and district performance on the different indicators will be displayed on gauges in a dashboard format.

As the state transitions to a new accountability system, Anchorage School will continue to focus on our mission of educating students to become strong problem solvers, critical thinkers, excellent communicators, and community contributors.  We believe that an exemplary school:

  • promotes high academic standards
  • provides relevant, in-depth and integrated learning
  • develops a well-rounded curriculum and student
  • uses technology as a tool for learning
  • offers a physically and emotionally safe environment
  • encourages creativity
  • develops a partnership of students, staff, parents, and community

As required by the Every Student Succeeds Act, Kentucky has set long-term goals with regard to closing the achievement gap. The state wants to decrease the achievement gap of all students with goals for each student group, subject and level.  Anchorage School will also focus on decreasing the achievement gap of all students.

Please join us on November 14th at 2:00 p.m. or November 20th at 6:00 p.m. for more information on our school’s assessment results.  We will review how they were calculated, changes to the accountability system during this transition year and planned changes for the coming year.  The meeting is designed to keep our parents informed of our students’ academic performance and to answer questions regarding Kentucky’s accountability system.

While we are proud of our students, at APS we believe it’s about more than a test.  We believe our focus on educating the whole child builds strong minds, strong hearts and strong bodies.  Thank you to everyone in the Anchorage Community who has volunteered in our school and supported our student programs.  You each contribute to our students’ success!  If you are not a volunteer but are interested, there are many ways that you can get involved.  For more information please contact Principal Andrew Terry at 502.245.2121.

SAVE THE DATES – Christmas in Anchorage!

The APTA holiday elves are hard at work planning the 37th Annual Christmas in Anchorage celebration.  Please mark your calendars for this fun-filled weekend.  The festivities will begin on Thursday, December 7th with the Holiday Home Tour and Kick-Off Party at the newly built home of Nancy and Chris Jacobsen (12313 Forest School Lane).

The celebration continues into the weekend.  Please visit the school on Saturday, December 9th between 8:30 am – 3:00 pm to enjoy these favorite Anchorage traditions:  Breakfast with Santa, Reindeer Ranch, Holiday Concerts, Holiday Boutique, North Pole Bakery, Frosty’s Jolly Fun Zone (including Make It & Take It Crafts, Candy Cane Corner, and Story Time with Mrs. Claus), and so much more!

A lot of work has already taken place to make this happen, but as with all exciting events, this one is still in need of many volunteers.  Don’t miss out on the fun – contact Jennifer Archibald at aarchibald12@yahoo.com or 502-235-5364 if you are interested in helping.  Christmas in Anchorage is a wonderful time for Anchorage School to reconnect with the community.  We look forward to seeing you and your family at all the festivities.

Like “Christmas in Anchorage” on Facebook for updates!

Parent Members Needed to Serve on Local Planning Committee (LPC)

 

The Anchorage Parent Teacher Association is accepting nominations for parents to serve on the Anchorage Independent Board of Education Local Planning Committee (LPC).  The 10-member committee includes a school board member, school staff, district staff, two parents, a community member and a city representative.  Parent members are required to be selected by the local parent teacher association and must reside in the school district in order to be eligible to serve.

LPC members are responsible for the development of a district facility plan for Anchorage Independent School District that will help in determining future school facility construction priorities and major renovation needs.  Those serving on the committee will be asked to study provided facility-related information and to attend approximately 4-7 related meetings which will be held November, 2017 through late January, 2018.

Parents will be asked to vote to select two parents to serve on the LPC from eligible nominations received.  The deadline to submit nominations is October 17, 2017 at 12:00 p.m.  APS parents will be informed of eligible nominations received via the School News email on October 19, 2017.   On October 20 and October 23, 2017, parents will have the opportunity to vote for two of the nominated candidates from 7:50 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. at the front office of the school.

Please submit nominations, including a letter of agreement to serve, to Hilary Wise at wise1design@gmail.com.

Information submitted in the nomination should include the following:

  1. Name of nominee
  2. Name(s) and grade(s) of child(ren) attending Anchorage Public School
  3. Reason for interest in serving on committee
  4. Any applicable experience

 

For more information, please call Kelley Ransdell (502) 245-8927.

 

Save The Date

Anchorage Young Musicians Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 11:30 am
Owl Creek Country Club

This concert is open to all levels beginner through advanced that are Anchorage students or study with an Anchorage music teacher.  All instruments including vocals are welcome.
Refreshments will be served.  Cost $10 per family.

Questions:
anchorageyoungmusicians@gmail.com

Drop Off and Pick Up Important Information

Because safety is our first priority during drop off and dismissal time at Anchorage, please follow the procedures below when your child is a car rider or golf cart rider:

  • DROP OFF

Students may be dropped off at school beginning at 7:30 a.m. Car riders will be taken to the gym or auditorium to wait until 7:55 a.m. Drop off will continue until 8:00 a.m. Any students arriving to school after 8:00 a.m. must be signed in at the Front Office by their parent.

Remember, front carpool should use Walnut as your pick-up/drop-off route. You should not turn left from Ridge Road to enter the pick-up line. Right only!

Parents/Drivers should not exit the vehicle when in the drop off lane. Should you need to get out of the car, you are asked to park in the parking lot and come into the building.

Walkers should ALWAYS use the cross walk. Please do not walk down the drive where cars are entering.

To help expedite the process, please pull all the way up to the front spot.

  • PICK UP

Parents/Drivers should not exit the vehicle when in the pick-up lane. Should you need to get out of the car, you are asked to park in the parking lot and come into the building.

Walkers should ALWAYS use the cross walk. Please do not walk down the drive where cars are entering.

Carpool runs most efficiently when you pull all the way up to the car in front of you- even though you might be tempted to stop along the driveway where your child is standing. We can load about five cars safely when everyone follows this procedure.

 

To better help the flow, please display your car rider tag with your last name.

Children are not allowed to load on the road at Bellewood. You must enter the school parking lot.

We are a CELL PHONE FREE car rider line.

Save Your Pull Tabs!

We are again collecting pull tabs for Indian Summer Camp, a special camp for kids who have been diagnosed with cancer.  The camp is run totally on donations with the recycling of pull tabs being their main fundraiser.  Since cancer can be quite expensive, there is no charge for the kids to attend the week-long camp.  No child has ever been turned away. There are doctors and nurses at the camp so they can continue their chemo and treatments, if necessary.   You may not have a lot of pull tabs but when added together, they can make a lot.

You may send them in throughout the year or wait until the final collection in the spring to bring them.   Your student may give them to their homeroom teacher or put them in my mailbox.  The homeroom that collects the most will have a party with Dawne Gee, of WAVE3 News.  She, also, works with the camp and comes each spring to talk to the class and answer questions.  You can read about the camp and see pictures by going to www.kidscanceralliance.org/camp-programs.html and looking under the tab, kids and parents, then photo gallery.

Remember, with each pull tab you save, you are helping a child with cancer have a week of fun, just being a kid!

 

Thanks for your help!

DeeDee Mitchell

REACH Alert System

One way the Anchorage Independent Board of Education supports school/parent communication is through the purchase of an emergency parent-notification system.  The Board partners with the City of Anchorage and the Anchorage Police Department in using REACH Alert to communicate timely information with residents.

REACH Alert currently serves many other communities, businesses, and organizations in the state. You may have already created a REACH Alert account for the City of Anchorage, Anchorage School or other network.

  1. If you registered for Anchorage School REACH Alerts in a previous school year, no action is needed as you are already in our system and will continue to receive alerts.
  2. If you are already registered for REACH Alert through the City of Anchorage or any other organization, but have not registered to receive Anchorage School alerts, you can skip the registration process.  Just 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.
  3. If you are not registered to receive Anchorage School alerts we encourage you to sign up in order that you will receive important school emergency and weather related delay and closure information.
  • 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
  • Upon joining the school network you may also want to click on JOIN and select the City of Anchorage

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.

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.

Once all families have had the opportunity to register, we will send a test message on September 5, 2017 around 4:00 p.m.  After that time the system will be used for emergency messages and reminders only, so please do not delay in registering.  REACH Alert is a Kentucky company located in Louisville.  If you have any difficulty registering, or believe you are registered and do not receive the test message on September 2nd, please contact REACH Alert at (877) 307-9313.  Their customer service teams will gladly assist you with any questions.

FAQs

When will the system be used?

There are three basic scenarios:

  • Emergency – For example if there were a chemical leak, gas leak or lock-down, you would receive a message detailing the situation. Follow-up messages could be sent with more detailed information as the situation develops.
  • School Delay/Cancellation Notifications – Early dismissal, delayed arrival, and school cancellations due to weather.
  • Community News – Community related emergency announcements impacting Anchorage Public School.

How will I receive alerts?

When you register, you can choose to receive alerts via text message, phone call (cell or landline) and       e-mail. The system is so flexible that you may even choose different ways to receive different types of messages. You may also choose which type of alerts to receive.

What will it cost to receive messages?

The Anchorage Independent School District and the City of Anchorage are paying for this service. The only cost to parents is the charge from your cell phone carrier for the receipt of a text message or e-mail if you are not on an unlimited text and data plan.

Can anyone other than parents/guardians receive alerts?

Yes. The decision is yours. You may choose to have grandparents, non-custodial parents, or other caregivers also receive messages when you register.

My family does not use text messaging, e-mail or Internet.   Can we still receive emergency alerts?

Yes, you may receive alerts over a regular landline phone.

Is my family required to use the REACH Alert system to keep informed?

No, you will have traditional information sources such as radio and television available for closings and emergencies, and we will continue to send you our regular newsletters and email updates from school. Using this service is your choice and you may opt out at any time. Remember, it is designed primarily for instant communication directly to you; and, in the case of emergency, will provide you with information pertinent to a situation impacting your child at APS.

How do I contact REACH Alert customer service?

Call (877) 307-9313 and the REACH Alert Customer Service Team will be pleased to provide assistance and answer any questions you may have.

 

Anchorage Public School App

Download our free school app from the App store (Apple) or Google Play (Android) on compatible iPhones, iPads, Android phones and Android tablets.  The app was created by two Anchorage Alumni, Logan Beaver and Nick Huls, Class of 2016.  It provides a tool for students, families, and teachers to easily access Infinite Campus as well as the school’s website, lunch menu, email, calendar of events and sports schedules.

To download the app via the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, go to the store for your device and search for “Anchorage Public School.”  We hope that you enjoy the additional means for accessing Anchorage Public School information and news!

Box Tops for Education

Collecting ‘Box Tops’ is as an easy way to earn extra money for our school!  Whenever you find this label on many common products, just cut it off and start saving them.  You or your child may drop them in the collection box located in the mail room near the front desk. We will be counting and sending them off in both November and in March, so bring in your collection soon! Each label is worth 10 cents – and that will add up fast.

The APTA thanks you for your support!