Graduate Finds Success Thanks to High School CTE Program
Bartlett High School class of 2016 graduate Alexis Syren credits her high school Career and Technical Education classes at Bartlett’s Medical Academy and the King Career Center’s Certified Nurse Aid program with helping her jumpstart her career and post-secondary education. Syren always knew she wanted to work in the medical field, but says her medical and science courses in high school are really paying off now. She is employed by Providence as a certified nursing assistant and is taking a full course load at the University of Alaska Anchorage toward a nursing degree. Some of the techniques her fellow college classmates are learning-she learned in high school. Syren plans to live, work, and play in Anchorage after she graduates college. She offers words of wisdom to current high school students, “Don’t be afraid to take a class that scares you, because you never know where it might lead you.”
Closing the Achievement Gap
ASD's Four-Year Graduation Rate
One of the most important things a student can do to achieve academic success is to attend school every day. There is a direct relationship between students who attend school regularly and higher proficiency levels. We are focusing on strengthening our climate and culture so that students want to attend and miss it when they are gone.
The Anchorage community recognizes the importance of attendance and is stepping up to help us reach our attendance goals.
Partnering with schools – United Way of Anchorage has formed Community PLUS Schools, a collaboration which provides tailored out-of-class supports to students.
Recognition for consistent attendance – A few days here and there might not sound like a lot, but students can fall behind even if they miss just a couple of days. BP is giving $100 gift cards to high school students who maintain perfect attendance during designated 10-day periods.
Student and staff safety is our top priority. We are continuing the ALICE safety program to better prepare staff and students for a violent intruder situation.
Alert – Sound an alarm using plain and specific language
Lockdown – Move to a secure location and barricade the room
Inform – Share the intruder’s location and direction as often as possible using any means
Counter – A last resort to distract the intruder with noise and movement
Evacuate – This is always the best first choice, if it is safe to do so
Each school performs 16 required regular and routine drills throughout a school year
- Violent Intruder/Active Shooter
- Stay Put
Thank You, Voters
Gladys Wood and Turnagain elementary schools recently received renewals, paid for through 2014 and 2015 bonds. Bond construction continues at West High School and Romig Middle School affording structural upgrades to repair earthquake damage, five additional classrooms, and improved flexibility in common areas. At Bartlett High School, there is a new centralized cafeteria and kitchen.
Roof replacements and heating/ventilation improvements funded through the April 2017 bond:
- Decreases maintenance calls for leaks
- Improves safety for maintenance workers
- Increases air quality
- Reduces energy consumption
- Enhances the service life of buildings
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