May Parent & Community Letter (5/16/19)

May 16, 2019

Dear CCSD Families and Community Members:

The end of the 2018-19 school year is just a few short weeks away and we are gearing up for the last day for our students on Wednesday, June 5. May is an important time of year because it provides an excellent opportunity to celebrate our students’ academic and extra-curricular achievements and to begin solidifying our plans for next school year.

The month of May provides a multitude of opportunities for our students to showcase their talents. On May 22, we will celebrate our elementary students’ musical talents with our spring band concert in the CMS gym. On May 23, we will also celebrate our middle and high school students’ musical talents in the high school auditorium. These are special events for our students to share their musical growth and for our community to recognize their skills and talents. On Wednesday, May 29 CCSD will honor our seniors who have been awarded scholarships to support their post-secondary studies. The scholarship ceremony will be held in the Craig High School auditorium at 7:30pm. On Thursday, May 30, CCSD will host our graduation ceremonies for our high school seniors. Graduation is always a memorable time for the district because it provides an opportunity for the district to partner with our families and community and commemorate this special rite of passage as our seniors transition from CCSD to the next chapter of their lives. CCSD thanks the parents of our seniors for providing us the privilege of knowing and working with your student during their educational career in Craig. Each of our seniors has made significant, individual contributions to our district and community and CCSD wishes each senior the best with their individual next steps.

CCSD’s homeschool/correspondence program, PACE, continues our enrollment and advertising campaign. CCSD’s intent is to increase PACE’s homeschool service model on Prince of Wales Island, within our Southeast Alaskan communities, as well as Anchorage and the Mat-Su. The district has launched a social media advertising campaign targeted towards SE Alaska, Anchorage, and Mat-Su and we have held two open houses so far in each of our learning centers (Craig, Ketchikan, Anchorage, and Wasilla) to provide prospective families the opportunity to review curriculum materials, ask questions of our teachers and administrative team about how homeschool models work within our state, and to support any questions they might have about our enrollment processes. Specifically to POW, there appears to be many families who are interested in a blended school program for their students that would incorporate some aspects of our homeschool model for part of the day and some designated classes within our CES, CMS, and CHS programs. Our intent is to provide prospective and current families the greatest flexibility possible to design the strongest individual Student Learning Plan for their student(s) that provides the options of a full homeschool model; a blended model between the homeschool program and our local elementary, middle, and high schools; or a full traditional model through our elementary, middle, and high school programs.

Lastly, the CCSD Board approved our FY 20 budget during our April meeting and shared our budget with the City of Craig for their consideration. CCSD appreciates the generous level of support our community makes to our local school system monetarily, through our active volunteers, and our community partnerships. This community certainly lives in the notion that it “takes a village to raise a child.” Thank you for helping us ensure each of our students is provided the highest quality educational experience possible with strong, viable options upon graduation.

Thank you to the entire POW community for your generous support of our students and educational programs.

Together, we are truly making a difference by investing in our state’s most valuable resource…our children.


Chris Reitan, CCSD Superintendent


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