Family & Community Letters

  • February Family & Community Letter (2/21/24)

    February Family & Community Letter (2/21/24)

    The second semester has been extremely busy for CCSD as plans are being developed that will influence our operations next school year.
    First, CCSD has established a Calendar Committee to help develop a calendar for the 2024-2025 school year. The draft 2024-2025 CCSD School Calendar has been emailed to parents and staff members for input and is also attached to this letter. Please note that the draft 2024-2025 CCSD School Calendar will be heard by the CCSD School Board as a first reading during the Wednesday, February 28, 2024 meeting. If you would like to make recommendations for the Board’s consideration about the 2024-2025 school calendar, please do so in one of the following two ways:

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  • December Family & Community Letter (12/13/23)

    December Family & Community Letter (12/13/23)

    The winter holiday break is almost upon us, and this time of year provides a great opportunity for all of us at CCSD to reflect upon how fortunate we are in this community for the support the district receives from our parents, community members, and our governmental partners.

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  • November Family & Community Letter (11/21/23)

    November Family & Community Letter (11/21/23)

    This is always an exciting time of year as the holiday season is on our doorsteps; our families, students, and staff members are preparing for our upcoming Thanksgiving break, student holiday programs, and our winter holiday break. It is also a busy time for CCSD as we’ve been addressing some major district initiatives.

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  • October Family & Community Letter (10/24/23)

    October Family & Community Letter (10/24/23)

    October is an important month for our island-based communities as the municipal and school district elections are held. Public education is the cornerstone of our nation’s democracy and is founded on the belief that the best decisions are made at the local level.

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  • September Family & Community Letter (9/18/23)

    September Family & Community Letter (9/18/23)

    At the writing of this letter, CCSD is starting the 4th week of school. The first three weeks of school have gone really well. The entire staff has done a fantastic job of welcoming new students to the district and welcoming back returning students. The first couple weeks of a new year are always hectic as everyone settles into new routines and schedules. Our teachers, support staff, office staff, and administrative team in collaboration with students and families have done an exceptional job. We couldn’t be more pleased about our start and what lies before us during the 2023-2024 school year.

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  • August Family & Community Letter (8/3/23)

    August Family & Community Letter (8/3/23)

    Craig City School District (CCSD) is excited for the 2023-24 school year. Teachers and paraprofessionals return to work on August 24th for two days of in-service followed by two workdays to ready their classrooms and schools for our students. The first day of school is Wednesday, August 30th.

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  • June Family & Community Letter (6/2/23)

    June Family & Community Letter (6/2/23)

    As CCSD prepares to wrap up the 2022-2023 school year next week, it’s important that we recognize our long-term employees for their significant contributions to CCSD, our community, and our island-wide community. Deanna Claus, Cindy Glore, and Josh Andrews have all made the significant decision to retire at the end of this school year. Each of them has tirelessly served this district for multiple decades, helping shape the future of our island students. It’s also important to recognize an employee who chose to join our staff two years ago and complete her educational career with CCSD. Pam Grieve will also be retiring at the end of this school year.

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  • May Family & Community Letter (5/9/23)

    May Family & Community Letter (5/9/23)

    The month of May has finally arrived and brought with it warmer weather and sunny skies. May is a special time for CCSD students, parents, and staff as we celebrate our students’ unique talents and academic achievements and finalize plans for the upcoming school year. CCSD is excited to host music concerts, drama productions, academic and athletic awards ceremonies, to celebrate our students’ growth and learning.

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  • March Family & Community Letter (3/17/23)

    March Family & Community Letter (3/17/23)

    Happy St. Patrick’s Day. St. Patrick’s Day this year falls on the eve of CCSD’s annual spring break. CCSD wishes our families a safe, family-focused spring break that provides all our students and staff members a well- deserved break for the good work everyone has performed. The spring semester is always a busy time of year as CCSD is making plans to finish our school year on a positive note with the strongest educational opportunities for our students, while also preparing for next school year.

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  • February Family & Community Letter (2/21/23)

    February Family & Community Letter (2/21/23)

    The second semester has been extremely busy for CCSD as plans are being developed that will influence our
    operations next school year.

    First, CCSD has established a Calendar Committee to help develop two calendars for the 2023-2024 school
    year. The first calendar is being modelled after our traditional school calendar; the second calendar being
    developed takes into consideration scheduling needs associated with our Craig Middle School and Craig
    Elementary School Major Maintenance projects

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  • January Family & Community Letter (1/18/23)

    January Family & Community Letter (1/18/23)

    We have officially started the second semester of the 2022-2023 school year. This time of year is always critical for school districts. The Alaska legislature prepares to gavel back into session today and begin deliberations on the development of the FY 24 state operating and capital budgets. As always CCSD will be paying close attention to this process.

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  • December Family & Community Letter (12/13/22)

    December Family & Community Letter (12/13/22)

    The winter holiday break is almost upon us and CCSD is thankful for the opportunity to partner with our parents and guardians, the City of Craig, Craig Tribal Association, Shaan-Seet, and Tlingit Haida Central Council to collaboratively develop the strongest educational opportunities for students. We are very fortunate to have such strong support from parents and guardians. CCSD’s partnership with the City of Craig and the City’s generous annual contribution to the district’s budget exemplifies the importance our community places on public education and, more importantly, our children. CCSD is also extremely appreciative of our partnership with Craig Tribal Association and Shaan-Seet.

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  • November Family & Community Letter (11/16/22)

    November Family & Community Letter (11/16/22)

    This is always an exciting time of year as the holiday season is on our doorsteps; our families, students, and staff members are preparing for our upcoming Thanksgiving break, student holiday programs, and our winter holiday break. It is also a busy time for CCSD as we’ve been addressing some major district initiatives.

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  • October Family & Community Letter (10/27/2022)

    October Family & Community Letter (10/27/2022)

    Next week, CCSD will be holding our fall in-service scheduled for Monday, October 31 and Tuesday, November 1. Due to the number of school shootings that have taken place in the past year, CCSD will host Erin Terry, FBI Victim Specialist, for our in-service. Erin Terry, accompanied by a number of her colleagues virtually, will be working with CCSD staff members on Monday, October 31 on four specific areas related to responding to a school shooting:

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  • September Family & Community Letter (9/23/2022)

    September Family & Community Letter (9/23/2022)

    At the writing of this letter, CCSD is completing our 4th week of school. The first four weeks of school have gone really well. The entire staff has done a fantastic job of welcoming our new students to the district and welcoming back our returning students. The first couple of weeks of a new year are always hectic as everyone settles into new routines and schedules. Our teachers, support staff, office staff, and administrative team in collaboration, of course, with our students and families have done an exceptional job. We couldn’t be more pleased about our start and what lies before us during the 2022-2023 school year.

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  • August Family & Community Letter (8/2/2022)

    August Family & Community Letter (8/2/2022)

    The start of the new school year is just around the corner (school begins on Wednesday, August 31), and we are excited to welcome
    our students and staff members to a new year. As we prepare for the upcoming school year, I want to provide information regarding a
    couple of items the district has been addressing during the summer months.

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  • June Family & Community Letter (6/17/2022)

    June Family & Community Letter (6/17/2022)

    The spring legislative session was a busy one as it relates to education, especially for CCSD. Two significant pieces of legislation were transferred to Governor Dunleavy’s desk for signature that will significantly support CCSD’s efforts to improve the educational context we provide our students.

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  • May Family & Community Letter (5/5/2022)

    May Family & Community Letter (5/5/2022)

    The month of May is a special time for CCSD students, parents, and staff. May is the traditional month in our school calendar where we collectively celebrate our students’ unique talents and academic achievements. CCSD will host music concerts, drama productions, academic and athletic awards ceremonies, to name only a few of the special occasions that we set aside to celebrate our students’ growth. It is a bittersweet time of year because a significant number of our students will be leaving CCSD as they graduate and take their next steps towards adulthood. We will also celebrate our 8th grade students as they graduate from our middle school and transition to the academic challenges that await them at CHS, and our Kindergartners graduate to the first grade.

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  • April Family & Community Letter (4/4/2022)

    April Family & Community Letter (4/4/2022)

    Spring has arrived which is evident from the longer days and daffodils around town beginning to bloom. The warmer weather and longer days are a welcome change to our winter months as we each find more time to enjoy the outdoor activities available to all of us on POW. Spring is also a traditional time where school districts begin developing plans for the upcoming school year and beyond. Included within this letter is information about CCSD's strategic plan, the district's budget preparations for next school year, and statewide testing.

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  • March Family & Community Letter (3/3/2022)

    March Family & Community Letter (3/3/2022)

    The school year keeps rolling along and it is difficult to believe we are already in the month of March. This time of year is always a special time because our students are presented with an abundance of opportunities to highlight their learning and to expand their educational horizons.

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  • February Family & Community Letter (2/3/2022)

    February Family & Community Letter (2/3/2022)

    February is an important month for CCSD. During the February School Board meeting the CCSD Board revises our budget which provides us an opportunity to get a clearer picture of our revenues and expenditures for the current school year. This budget revision also provides the impetus for our first step in the development of our upcoming school year’s (2022-2023) budget. As our second semester progresses, CCSD will continue preparing for the 2022-2023 school year and will hold meetings with the City of Craig and community members to gather input about our stakeholders’ educational priorities that will shape the development of our FY 23 budget.

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  • January Family & Community Letter (1/17/2022)

    January Family & Community Letter (1/17/2022)

    Today marks the first day of the second semester of the 2021-2022 school year. This time of year is always critical for school districts across the state as the Alaska legislature prepares to gavel back into session and begin deliberations on the development of the FY 23 state operating and capital budgets. CCSD will be paying close attention to this process during the spring legislative session that is set to begin on Tuesday, January 18, 2022.

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  • December Family & Community Letter (12/7/2021)

    December Family & Community Letter (12/7/2021)

    The winter holiday break is almost upon us. CCSD thanks our families and local governmental agencies for allowing us the opportunity to partner with you in the development of the best educational program for your child(ren).

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  • November Family & Community Letter (11/17/2021)

    November Family & Community Letter (11/17/2021)

    The holiday season is almost upon us with Thanksgiving one week away followed quickly by our December winter break. This is always a busy time for families as we all prepare for the holiday season; it is also a busy time for CCSD as we’ve been addressing some major district initiatives.

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  • October Family & Community Letter (10/26/2021)

    October Family & Community Letter (10/26/2021)

    October is an important month for our island-based communities as it is when the local elections are held. Our public education system is founded on the belief that the best decisions are made at the local level and our local elections serve as the cornerstone for public participation in our school district operations. On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, the CCSD School Board met in a special meeting; the purpose of the special meeting was for the newest Board members to take their oath of office and for the Board to reorganize its leadership positions. CCSD is pleased to welcome back Joel Steenstra for another three-year term and welcome our newest board member, Trish Conatser. CCSD also appreciates the work, time, and commitment Daniel Nelson provided the district and our community during his four-year term.

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