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Bagpipe player leads fifth-grade grad procession one last time

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

Gruening hosts WACKO games

Gruening Middle School held its annual WACKO events on Friday, May 8.
ERHS receives top honors

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.

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

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.
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Bullying in the age of social media

Bullying in the age of social media

Our cover story, about a man who received an apology from one of his bullies 20 years after the fact, involves two men who are graduates of Chugiak High School. The Star wanted to know, what does the social landscape look like in high school today, when it comes to bullying in an age of Facebook, Snapchat and Tumblr? Social media sites can spread gossip, photos, or other kinds of social aggression against a target far and wide. I sat down with four Chugiak High School juniors, told them about our cover story, and listened to what they had to say about bullying and social media, and what they think parents and teachers can do to help them have healthy social experiences in high school.
CONGRATULATIONS 2015 GRADUATES!

CONGRATULATIONS 2015 GRADUATES!

Local high school seniors walk with caps and gowns

CHS senior receives scholarship, signs to UAF swim team

Chugiak High School senior Abigail Blackstone was selected as a 2015 recipient of the Joseph Stahl Memorial scholarship.
Fine Arts Cabaret celebrates 10 years of ERHS

Fine Arts Cabaret celebrates 10 years of ERHS

Students showcased their best work at the Eagle River High School Fine Arts Cabaret on April 10, which also served as a celebration of the school’s 10th anniversary. The cafeteria turned into a concert venue as choirs, the jazz ensemble, the combined band and orchestra, as well as voice and instrument soloists, performed. The commons area took on a museum appearance with rows of paintings, sketches and pottery pieces displayed. A long horizontal display of photos and newspaper articles documenting the school’s decade of existence took up the entire stage area. Demonstrations of art production in action included several students throwing and spinning clay projects on pottery wheels, and student Chasse Sexton drawing via computer with the result displayed on a giant screen for event attendees to watch.

Student with rare condition finds strength in God

Sami Taylor walks into a classroom at Eagle River Christian School with her Canon camera, and the students know it’s time to smile. Taylor, a senior, is in her second year as the school’s official volunteer yearbook photographer. School officials saw her work and asked her to take on duties behind the camera alleviate teachers from relying on their cell phone cameras to capture images.
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