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