Category Archives: Schools and Assessment

The First Lap

As we move through the school year, the 1st quarter has come to an end.  Some say the school year is a marathon, but it feels more like a mile race.  It feels long, but each lap actually goes by very quickly, especially when you are in shape and fully prepared.  Our staff is in […]
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Up and Running!

We are now 3 weeks into the school year and it looks like another successful start.  Our enrollment is slowly climbing to what we anticipated and our schools are focused on the 3 R’s – Rigor, Relevance and Relationships.  This is the time of year where there is a great deal of optimism.  My goal […]
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Reflections and Planning

We are well into the summer time and many plans for the upcoming school year have already started. Before we jump into 2016-17, it is important to review what happened this past year.  Overall, our district has made progress toward personalizing learning for all students.  Learning does not stop when the school bell sounds.  It […]
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One Year

Today marks the one year anniversary of my stepping into the role of superintendent.  What a year it has been.  I have seen tremendous growth and commitment from our staff in the area of collaboration and continuous improvement.  We are slowly, but surely shifting the focus from basic skills to the 4 C’s – Critical […]
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AMP update

The Alaska Measures of Progress (AMP) results are now public.  Clearly, the results across the State and KPSBD are lower than what we are used to seeing from the old Standards Based Assessment.  While there are many reasons for this, ultimately we are using the results as an opportunity to improve.  In prior years, there […]
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1st Quarter Update

1st Quarter update October 2015 The leaves are falling and the air is getting chillier. This is my favorite time of the year as we transition from summer to winter in Alaska. It also is a transition for our schools. This year, after an excellent start, our district is continuing its transition to meet the […]
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Engagement, Assessment, AMP

As you know, I have only been able to provide periodic updates to this blog.  I have decided that this forum will become the way I will house all of my communications that occur through out the district.  You will see my presentations to the Assembly, Chambers and other entities.  You will see the quarterly […]
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Beginning again

The start of the new school year is upon us!  School administrators have come back to prepare to open our schools.  Teachers and support staff will soon return to prepare for all of their students too.  In reflecting back on last school year and what could be in store for our district this year, I […]
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More with Relevance

Over the past several weeks I have had the opportunity to talk with several of our high school students.  They have provided me some resources through youtube and web articles that have helped me understand that providing a relevant education for them is extremely important. In speaking with students, they truly want more than to […]
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Communication

Unfortunately it has been a long time since I have utilized this method of communication.  Since my last post, I have been busy communicating through many different means, but most importantly through face-to-face opportunities.  It has become very clear to me in my short time as superintendent that writing is important, but being available to […]
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