Archive of: School Stories



A quick look back January Issue 1 2015

A quick look back

Well, 2014 was quite the year for Eagle River. We saw a lot of changes, big and small. There was building construction, and road construction (sitting out on Eagle River Road sipping coffee and waiting for the darned lane to open up, anyone?) and new businesses opening and old businesses folding and people winning races and running for Assembly and State Senate even an Assembly member making a bid for the Anchorage mayoral slot.

Ice, Ice, baby January Issue 1 2015

Ice, Ice, baby

After nearly nine months, happy hockey times are here again — or soon will be at the McDonald Center. Due to a nagging leak in the coolant lines embedded in the concrete floor, the whole floor and subfloor had to be taken out, said rink manager Reid McDonald.

MAD, SCARY FUN (and Kermit and Miss Piggy, too) October Issue 5 2014

MAD, SCARY FUN (and Kermit and Miss Piggy, too)

Monsters, action figures, princesses and pirates were out in full force at Fire Lake Elementary School’s Halloween Carnival on Oct. 24. The parking lot was packed and it was almost impossible to make it down the hallway without getting jabbed by someone’s elbow or hat or, in the case of one man’s costume choice, a very large nose.

Picnics and playgrounds for an alma mater October Issue 5 2014

Picnics and playgrounds for an alma mater

When it came time for Ben Talotta to select his Eagle Scout project, the former Eagle Academy Charter School student thought of his elementary alma mater.

Boxes of good cheer, plus a little pride December Issue 4 2014

Boxes of good cheer, plus a little pride

Students at Homestead Elementary learned a lesson in holiday giving when they collected and packaged items to donate to the Bean’s Café Beanie Boxes. Dana Johnson’s second grade students, along with help from fourth and fifth grade classes, collected donations and essential items such as toothpaste, shampoo, combs, soap, gloves and other necessities.

Letters to Santa December Issue 3 2014

Letters to Santa

Ho, ho, ho. It’s almost time for Santa to squeeze himself down the chimneys of area homes and leave presents for all of the good little boys and girls. To get into the spirit of the holidays, Mrs. Vanagel’s kindergarten/first grade combined classmates over at Homestead Elementary School wrote letters to Santa to let him know what they hope to find under the tree. Enjoy.

Ringing in the holiday “uglies” December Issue 3 2014

Ringing in the holiday “uglies”

The “uglier” the better. That is, at least when it comes to holiday sweaters. While the cliche is that Alaskans tend to lag behind on styles, the ugly sweater trend is fully embraced on the Last Frontier this season. After all, these sweaters are warm and Alaskans do know a thing or two about piling on warm clothing.

Local students participate in German Camp December Issue 2 2014

Local students participate in German Camp

Local students, along with nearly 60 Anchorage School District students, took part in the 42nd annual Lager Nordlicht (Camp Northern Lights) at Birchwood Camp in Chugiak, Nov. 7-8. The camp was started 42 years ago by the venerable Jo Sanders, longtime Bartlett German Teacher and now curriculum director of the Rilke Schule German Charter School.

Shaking it up December Issue 1 2014

Shaking it up

When the next big shaker hits, there is a group of students at Eagle River Elementary School that are well prepared to handle it. As part of an after-school earthquake and disaster preparedness club, approximately 30 students grade three through six have learned much more than just the duck and cover routine. Their knowledge of what causes earthquakes, what to do protect yourself and others nearby during an earthquake and how to proceed after the ground stops shaking now somewhat rivals that of the experts at the U.S. Geological Survey.

November Issue 4 2014

Forty-one Schools Recognized as Alaska Reward Schools

The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development has recognized 41 public schools as 2014-2015 Reward Schools to honor their student performance from the 2013-2014 school year.

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