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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
If Eagle River High had a bumper sticker, it would read: “Many voices, one school community.” Due to its unique population, principal Marty Lang described ERHS as such during the Class of 2013 graduation ceremony at Sullivan Arena on May 16.
Few groups of graduating seniors are as tight knit as Eagle River Christian School’s Class of 2013. “It’s a very close and personal school,” said valedictorian Andrew Keller before the private school’s commencement ceremony held Saturday, May 18 at King’s Way Ministries in Eagle River.