Daily Archives: August 15, 2009

Округа Школы Delta/ Greely Child Find

Программа “Child Find” в масштабе штата выявить местонахождение детей в возрасте от 3-21 года, кто вне школы и нуждается в специальной образовательной программе.

Юридические инструкции Аляски в мести с федеральными инструкциями (IDEA 1997) гарантируют, что все дети школьного возраста имеют право на бесплатное общественное образование. Однако есть дети которые не посещают школу или домашнее обучение по разным причинам. Может у вас и нет такого ребёнка в доме, но возможно вы знаете ребёнка который не посещает школу.

Школы имеют возможность обеспечить разнообразными услугами, чтобы помочь студентам с препятствиями чтоб достичь успеха.

Пожалуйста, присоединитесь и подержите эту программу, чтобы определить местонахождение не обслуженных детей. Если вы знаете о таком ребёнке, звоните (907) 895-4657, или посылайте информацию:

Laural Jackson, Assistant Superintendent Delta/Greely School District P.O. Box 527 Delta Junction, AK 99737

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DGSD – Child Find

Child Find is a statewide effort to locate and identify children ages 3-21 who are either in or out of school and in need of a specialized educational program.

Alaska’s legal regulations along with federal regulations (IDEA 1997) guarantee that all school age children have the right to a free public education. There are, however, children not attending or home-schooling for other reasons. Even though you most likely do not have a child in your home who is of school age but not receiving education, you may know about a child who is.

The schools have an obligation to provide a wide variety of services to assist students with disabilities reach their potential. Please join and support this campaign to locate unserved children.

If you know of such a child, call (907) 895-4657, or send information to: Laural Jackson, Assistant Superintendent Delta/Greely School District P.O. Box 527 Delta Junction, AK 99737

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Important Calendar Dates for Aug 17 – 21

20 – New Teacher Orientation

20 – DGSD School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Delta High School Board Room

21 – All teachers and aides return to the schools

21 – All DGSD staff breakfast, 8:30, DHS MPR

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Karate Classes – Tuesdays and Thursday at DES

18 – Karate Classes, 5:30-6:30, Delta Elementary School

20 – Karate Classes, 5:30-6:30, Delta Elementary School

New students may join at any time; the cost for classes is currently $65 per month. Classes are taught by Annette Hannan, a 2nd degree black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate.

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School Sports ~ August 17 – 22

19 – DHS Football – 5:00 PM Ketchikan at Delta

21 – DHS Volleyball – TBA Homer Jamboree JV/V

22 – DHS Volleyball – TBA Homer Jamboree JV/V

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Committee Volunteers Needed

DGSD values parent input on the many committees that make decisions for the school
each year.

If you would like to be involved in the decision-making processes of the District, please volunteer to participate. You do not need to be an expert in the area. You just need to be willing to share with the committee how you think parents might view the decisions being discussed.

The following committees are looking for volunteers this year: Facilities, Policy, District Improvement Plan, Staff Evaluations, Mathematics Curriculum, Technology, School level Parent Committees, Title I Parents Committee, and Special Education Parents Committee.

Committees generally meet about four times a year with some meeting once a month or more. If you are interested in helping, please contact Laural Jackson at the District Office. 895-4657 ext. 24.

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Parents Have the Right to Review Their Children’s Teachers Qualifications

Parents of students in the Delta/Greely School District have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct their children. Federal law allows parents to ask for certain information about their child’s classroom teachers and requires the District to give this information in a timely manner when requested.

Specifically, parents have the right to ask for the following information about each ofyour child’s classroom teachers:

  • Whether the Alaska State Department of Education and Early Developmenthas licensed or qualified the teacher for the grades and subjects he or she teaches.
  • Whether the Alaska State Department of Education and Early Developmenthas decided that the teacher can teach in a classroom without being licensed or qualified under state regulations because of special circumstances.
  • The teacher’s college major; whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees.
  • Whether any teachers’ aides or similar paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if they do, their qualifications.

If you would like to receive any of this information, please call either the building principal or Laural Jackson at 895-4657.

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Welcome All Kindergarteners

All children who are five years old before September 1 are eligible to attend Kindergarten. This is an exciting time for children but can also be somewhat scary. Kindergarten provides children the opportunity to develop skills that will be needed during their school career. We work on language skills, physical motor skills, social skills, and thinking skills. Delta schools focus on using developmentally appropriate materials and strategies to work with young children. This allows them to learn through music, physical activity, art, literature, and lots of hands-on materials.

In Alaska, kindergarten is not required. It is up to parents to decide if their child is ready for the program or if they would rather wait to enroll their child directly into first grade as a six year old. Some parents feel that while kindergarten would be beneficial, their child is not ready to attend a full day of classes. For those parents, Delta/Greely School District offers the flexibility of being able to pick your child up from school at 1:00. We only ask that you be consistent about this pick up time so that the classroom can maintain a schedule for the sake of the other children.

If you do have a child entering Kindergarten, you will need the following items: a recent physical, proof that immunizations are up-to-date, and a birth certificate. If your child has had a name change since birth, you will need to bring proof that this has been a legal change. If there are custody concerns, legal verification of who has custody should also be presented.

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DGSD Welcomes 3 New Administrators and 8 New Teachers

There is bound to be lots of enthusiasm and energy with three new principals and eight new teachers joining the ranks in the Delta/Greely Schools this year. All three site principals have been on the job since late July and you may have already had a chance to meet them at one of the many community functions they have attended including the Deltana Fair and the FG National Night Out. Robert Grimes will be taking over at the helm of the Delta High School replacing Rod Schug who is now the Superintendent of Yakutat School District. Mr. Grimes is an experienced principal coming to Delta from Georgia. Patrick Mayer will be filling the shoes of Dan Cooley who has traveled abroad to Indonesia with his family. Mr. Mayer comes most recently from Humboldt County California; however, he has prior experience as an administrator in the Mat Su School District. Duncan Ware will be serving as the itinerant school principal for Delta Cyber School, Gerstle River School, and New Horizons High School. Mr. Ware comes to us as an experienced principal from Tennessee.

Eight new teachers will be working with our students this year; though some of them aren’t really that “new” to the area. Colton St. Peter is a graduate of Delta High School and will be enjoying his first year of teaching as the Physical Education Teacher at Fort Greely School. Maple Ruehs has worked for the past three years as an aide for the school and now will be the PreSchool Teacher. Sherri Netardus will be returning to the High School as a Science teacher after completing the year last year in that position. Sherri has also taught for the Delta Cyber School in the past. Samantha Kiser and Erin Dvorak are local residents who have been substituting in the schools for the past couple of years and are now becoming “official” teachers. Both teachers will be at the Delta High School with Ms. Kiser teaching Special Education and Ms. Dvorak teaching Mathematics.

Only three of the new teachers will be totally new to Delta. They include Elizabeth Bender our new MS and HS librarian. Like Mr. Grimes, Ms. Bender is traveling here all the way from Georgia. This will be her first time as a school librarian though she has worked in public libraries in the past. Mark Biberg hails from Tuluksak, Alaska on the Kuskokwim River. Mr. Biberg will working for Delta Cyber School and will be stationed in Anchorage. Finally, Elena Sagastume is our most recent hire. Ms. Sagastume will be teaching Special Education at Fort Greely School as Mr. Weller is transferring to a District-wide position to assist with transitioning Special Education students and completing required assessments. Ms. Sagastume comes to us from Fairbanks and is an experienced Special Education Teacher.

We are looking forward to a great year with a wonderful mix of experienced and new teachers. They are full of energy, ideas, and enthusiasm for teaching the students of this District.

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