April Parent & Community Letter (4/16/19)
April 16, 2019
Dear CCSD Families and Community Members:
We are halfway through April and the end of the school year is coming into greater focus. As April brings longer days and more activities outside, it also focuses CCSD’s attention on statewide testing, facilities planning, and our instructional support service model for the 2019-2020 year.
CCSD is currently working through statewide testing on the new PEAKs (Performance Evaluation for Alaska’s Schools) assessments. This the third year the state has utilized this format of assessments. It is important for our parents to understand that it will take the state and CCSD a few years to adjust to the new assessments. When CCSD receives our results on the PEAKs assessments later this spring we will have three years of data points that will provide information about potential student learning trends. It is also important to remember that the PEAKs assessment is only one data point that needs to be utilized in combination with other student learning data resources the district uses: MAPs, DIBELS, and individual student work from our students’ current courses and content areas. It is the district’s responsibility to employ as wide a breath of student learning data to develop the clearest picture for each of our students, our grade levels, our schools, and the district as a whole. As soon as the district receives our PEAKs student assessment reports we will share immediately with our parents.
April also provides an opportunity for the district to focus on major maintenance needs of the district. Currently, CCSD is concentrated on three projects.
- R&M Ketchikan, Inc. is finalizing 100% design development documents for our CHS biomass heat project. The deliverables from this work will include a design for a wood-chip boiler/wood chip storage building, specifications for how to integrate this system into the current heat system, engineer-signed drawings, construction-ready documents, total cost breakdown, and an executive summary report. This project will be the district’s #1 priority for the Department of Education and Early Development’s (DEED) major maintenance grant application that will be submitted to DEED on September 1.
- The City of Craig received a $75,000 emergency shelter grant. MRV Architects will be in Craig next week to start initial design work to isolate circuits and install transfer switches to the high school and middle/elementary schools for trailer mounted emergency generators. This project is being fast-tracked to go out for bid during the upcoming summer construction season.
- MRV Architects will also meet with CCSD next week to discuss the district’s 2nd priority for DEED’s major maintenance grant application - school security improvements for the middle school. This work will be coupled with the district’s intent to move the CMS principal’s office to the front of the building and open up a commons space in the middle school. Discussion will focus on the development of 65% design documents that will be submitted to DEED on September 1.
Lastly, CCSD is standardizing our instructional-support service model for our homeschool/correspondence families. PACE operates four homeschool/correspondence learning centers across the state that are located in Anchorage, Wasilla, Ketchikan, and Craig. During the 2019-2020 school year, the PACE Craig Learning Center will provide services to our island-based homeschool/correspondence families modeled after our Anchorage, Wasilla, and Ketchikan learning centers. The Craig Learning Center (CLC) will be open to families from 9:20am to 3:45pm daily. This time frame will allow island families the opportunity to schedule meetings to answer questions about student learning plans, purchase requests, and curriculum. Furthermore, our homeschool/correspondence students will be able to schedule individual appointments with our contact teacher, Howie Daggs, for additional instructional support between the hours of 1:00pm to 3:30pm Monday through Thursday and 1:00pm to 2:00pm on Friday. Our intent is to standardize our service model across all four of our homeschool/correspondence learning centers while still providing flexible services for our island-based homeschool/correspondence families.
In closing, thank you for the opportunity to work with your child(ren). Please contact me at the phone number above or the email address below if there is any additional information that I can share about any of the items noted in this letter or any other district initiative.
Chris Reitan, CCSD Superintendent