Family & Community Letters
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
September Family & Community Letter (9/16/2021)
CCSD is coming to the end of the third week of school. The district fully recognizes our stakeholders’ concerns with the start of our school year. Currently, approximately 25% of our students and several staff members are in quarantine due to being identified as a direct contact to a confirmed, positive COVID-19 case.
August Family & Community Letter (8/17/2021)
CCSD is excited for the new school year, meeting our new students and their families, and welcoming back our returning students.
We have all been following current events related to the start of a new school year and schools reopening across the nation. Unfortunately, one aspect that hasn’t changed is the need for us to collectively respond and adjust to the intricacies of living, working, and operating schools during a pandemic. One major aspect of CCSD’s preparations for the new school year is the development of our school-wide mitigation and prevention plans.
August Family & Community Letter (8/2/2021)
The start of the new school year is one month away. CCSD is excited to welcome our new and returning students and staff members to the 2021-22 school year. CCSD staff will participate in two days of in-service (August 26 and 27) followed by two workdays (August 30 and 31) as we prepare our buildings and classrooms for our students’ first day of school on Wednesday, September 1.
June Family & Community Letter (6/24/21)
As summer has arrived in full force, the CCSD maintenance department has been busy making improvements to our buildings. Our maintenance staff has focused their work at the beginning of the summer on outside maintenance projects
June Family & Community Letter (6/1/21)
The 2020-2021 school year is almost in the history books. This time of year is always an exciting time as we prepare for our end of year student celebrations and welcome students to the next stages of their lives. This is also a sad time of year as we say goodbye to students and families who will no longer be with us, as well as staff members who are making transitions into the next phases of their lives. CCSD celebrates the educational careers of our staff members who have dedicated years of service to our district and community and who have chosen to retire at the end of this school year or in the near future.
May Family & Community Letter (5/6/21)
May marks the last full month of school and CCSD is planning a multitude of student celebrations recognizing the unique talents and achievements of our students. During the April 28, 2021 CCSD Board meeting, the Board adopted language for the district’s Smart Start to School Guidelines, namely, “Large group gatherings are permitted such as assemblies or student school activities.
April Family & Community Letter (4/2/21)
Spring has arrived bringing longer days and more activities outside. Spring also focuses CCSD’s attention on a few important issues as we prepare for the end of the school year and our transition into the 2021-2022 school year: statewide testing, facilities planning, and our PACE 2021-2022 enrollment advertising campaign.
March Family & Community Letter (3/1/21)
The CCSD School Board modified the district’s Smart Start to School Guidelines during their regular, monthly meeting on February 24, 2021 to include the following language on page 8, "For all out of state travel CCSD staff and students shall follow all state travel orders, mandates, and health advisories and alerts. Unvaccinated students and staff will not return to school for five days after interstate travel.”