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Bagpipe player leads fifth-grade grad procession one last time May Issue 4 2015

Bagpipe player leads fifth-grade grad procession one last time

Gary Craig walked through the halls of Chugiak Elementary School on May 21, the last day of school. On each side, students stood outside their classrooms cheering his passing, and parents held up smart phones to capture the moment. The air thrilled with the stirring sound of the bagpipes Craig played, and behind him, the schools’ fifth-grade classes processed.

Gruening hosts WACKO games May Issue 2 2015

Gruening hosts WACKO games

Gruening Middle School held its annual WACKO events on Friday, May 8.

ERHS receives top honors May Issue 2 2015

ERHS receives top honors

The students and staff in the Structured Learning classroom at Eagle River High School received top honors in the school division from the Alaskans for Litter Prevention & Recycling at its annual awards banquet April 29 in the Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum.

May Issue 1 2015

Local schools say farewell to 24 retiring teachers and staff

As the school year draws to a close, students get ready to graduate or move on to the next grade, and retiring teachers and staff prepare for a bittersweet farewell. This year, Chugiak-Eagle River schools will be losing 24 employees due to retirement. We reached out to the schools to get biographies on retiring teachers and staff, and connect with soon-to-be retirees and their colleagues to hear about what they’ve accomplished and what their legacy to their students has been.

Autistic students design dress to raise awareness April Issue 5 2015

Autistic students design dress to raise awareness

It takes a classroom to design a dress dedicated to autism awareness. That’s what’s happening in Trisha Clark’s social skills classroom at Mirror Lake Middle School, where students with autism spectrum and other socially-inhibiting disorders learn the ins and outs of normal functioning. Working on a dress for an annual fashion show helps them build skills such as making eye contact and working in a team.

Six to vie for three school board seats April Issue 1 2015

Six to vie for three school board seats

On April 7, voters will elect three of seven school board members, with each open seat contested by two candidates. School board seats do not represent geographical areas of the municipality. Each citizen votes on all open seats in a general election.

Darci Owens is Miss Amazing Teen April Issue 1 2015

Darci Owens is Miss Amazing Teen

Darci Owens, age 19, is not a girlie girl, her mother Dana Owens said. But that didn’t stop her from winning the teen division of the Alaska Miss Amazing pageant. “Anyone who knows Darci knows that she is much more of a tomboy,” Dana Owens said. “But I asked her, ‘Is this something that you think you would want to do?’ She said, ‘Yes, let’s give it a try,’ and so we did.”

Students raise funds for shelter April Issue 1 2015

Students raise funds for shelter

At 50 cents per bracelet, one might be tempted to think that selling friendship bracelets at a local elementary school during lunch break might not be the most productive fundraiser. Think again. A group of sixth-grade students at Ravenwood Elementary School turned lunch and recess time into a real-life lesson in community activism. For the past two weeks, five girls have sold handwoven bracelets to classmates, teachers and staff. At last count, they raised nearly $550.

FAA investigates drone complaints April Issue 1 2015

FAA investigates drone complaints

ANCHORAGE (AP) — Federal aviation authorities are investigating claims by Eagle River residents that a drone equipped with a helicopter has followed children and hovered near homes. Anchorage police are also looking into the matter this week after receiving complaint calls from residents on Monday and Tuesday about a drone equipped with a camera following children home from school.

Tasso takes state spelling bee title March Issue 3 2015

Tasso takes state spelling bee title

When he was four, Bryce Tasso was writing out numerals in every system he could learn about – Mayan, Roman, Ancient Greek. In kindegarten, he got bored at school and started reading college-level textbooks on anatomy and economics that he’d found. Later, at home, while his parents and younger brother played outside, he scrawled the mathematical equations he’d read in the economics textbook in chalk on the driveway.

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