When Aaron Kallas isn’t teaching at Chugiak High, he spends his time training other educators in the field of biotechnology. And he’s doing award-winning work. Kallas earned the 2013 Ron Mardigian Biotechnology Teaching Award. The National Association of Biology Teachers will present the award to Kallas on Saturday, Nov. 23 in Atlanta.
Long, flowing dresses, shorter eveningwear with protruding spikes and stylish trains curving around the backs of outfits were all on display at Anchorage Museum on Saturday, Nov. 9. While there were a variety of garments — all created by high school students — each had one aspect in common.
Moments after the bell rang at 10:22 a.m., students and staff flocked to a salad bar stationed in the hall at Chugiak High on Sept. 26. At just $2 — no wonder dozens lined up to fill their bowl full of locally grown produce. Just as quickly as the surge formed, the lunch rush was over. Just like a restaurant.
In his first full school year on the job, Anchorage School District superintendent Ed Graff has no plans to make sweeping changes to the district’s direction.
A few new bosses are in town. Ravenwood Elementary, Birchwood ABC Elementary and Chugiak High each have new principals for the 2013-14 school year.
The expression “school is your job” will take on a whole new meaning this year for some Eagle River High students. ERHS students who pass the AP exam in English, math and/or science at the end of the year with a score of 3 or higher will be paid $100 per passing grade.
This year, Chugiak and Eagle River High students will be permitted to use their cellphones in class — well, some classes. The two local high schools, along with East High and Romig Middle School, are part of a pilot program that permits students to use devices like smartphones, laptops and tablets for educational purposes.
Even couch potatoes have no excuse for skipping an inaugural 5-kilometer run planned for June 13 in Eagle River. “If you don’t want to run you can walk, if you don’t want to walk you can shop,” said Linda Miller, fundraising coordinator for the Chugiak-Eagle River Senior Center. Miller has been planning the event — “Kickin’ Asphalt in Eagle River” — since last winter. The race came about after Miller organized a fundraising walk last year in downtown.