Student Broadcast Coverage - Bering Sea Conference Basketball Tournament
BSSD student broadcasters will be covering the Bering Sea Conference Basketball Tournament in Unalakelet, AK. With help from our sponsors the students are running the entire show that viewers from around the state will see.
Student athletics get a lot of attention in the Bering Strait School District and, with the successes we’ve had, its no surprise. But academic activities also occur throughout the year, none of which is so diverse or requires such preparation as the Academic Decathlon.
Academic Decathlon is an event that encompasses 10 different disciplines all of which are developed around a central theme. This year that theme was “World War I” and the book was “The Sun Also Rises”, by Ernest Hemingway.
Several of our BSSD schools began the year teaching the material in a classroom setting, while a few used it exclusively as an extra-curricular activity. Both groups tackled material that covered: Economics, Social Science, Math, Music, Language/Literature, Art and Science. Additionally students write essays, make speeches and are interviewed before finally competing as teams in the Super Quiz.
This year we had 4 schools make it to the district meet: Shishmaref, Stebbins, Golovin and Unalakleet. Students endured long hours of tests, pressure-filled moments alone in front of judges and fun team competition. In the end, medals and trophies were awarded and students sighed in relief that the competition was over. For nine students however there would be no relief as they were named to the BSSD State AD team. Stebbins’ Thaddeus and Brian Steve, Golovin’s Molly Moses and Unalakleet’s Svea Southall, Laurel Katchatag, Talon Erickson, Roberta Cooper, John Henry and Kadyn Erickson.
The Unalakleet team also emerged with the top Team score as well as the SuperQuiz.
The BSSD Student Activities Department encourages other sites to join us in this very worthwhile activity that develops so many valuable lifeskills.
The Bering Strait School District (BSSD) 2012-2013 Academic Report Card is now available for your review. This District Report Card presents information about the district’s performance for the 2012-2013 school year. The individual School Report Cards are also available for download for all fifteen (15) BSSD K-12 schools.
In June 2013, the State Board of Education & Early Development adopted new school and district accountability regulations to replace the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) system of No Child Left Behind. The new accountability system is based on two prongs: the Alaska School Performance Index (ASPI) and Annual Measureable Objective targets. The goal of this new accountability system is to assure that students graduating from Alaska’s public schools are college and career ready. Every spring, the State Board will assign each school a score that is based on student performance on the state assessment in reading, writing, and mathematics. This score will determine the category, or star rating, of each school. Top performing schools in the state will be rated as 5‐star schools (*****), while the lowest performing schools will be rated as 1‐star (*) school. The goal of the Bering Strait School District is to bring student achievement up above two stars on the ASPI ranking system.
I am happy to report that seven (7) of the fifteen (15) schools in the Bering Strait School District scored in the acceptable 3-star range on last year’s ASPI ranking system. While this is great news, three stars is the minimum acceptable ASPI ranking, leaving us a significant amount of room for improvement. We are working with students, parents, faculty, and staff on a number of interventions designed to increase student literacy and attendance. With the introduction of the state ASPI ranking system, a student’s school attendance can significantly increase or decrease a school’s star ranking. It is extremely important that students attend school each and every day if they are to receive a full education and be considered college and career ready under the new ASPI ranking system.
BSSD is fortunate to be built on a strong foundation sustained by a unified vision for improving student learning through focused literacy instruction. Our school board is dedicated to providing the very best educational opportunities to every student in the Bering Strait School District. Our local AEC members are additionally an important advisory component to the site principals. BSSD employs dedicated and skilled educators and support staff; however, the single most important asset in student learning is a positive relationship between the classroom teacher and the student’s parent/guardian. It is this alliance that permits the district to achieve its unified vision of proficient and advanced levels of student learning. Whether it is in the front lines of direct instruction or in a support role outside of the classroom, all district and parent partnerships contribute to the successes of our students.
Through the combined efforts of teachers, principals, parents, AEC’s and School Board initiatives the BSSD high school graduation rate has increased from 32% in the 2008 to 59% in 2012. This is a significant achievement that we hope to continue in the coming years. We look forward to increasing the number of schools earning three or more stars on ASPI ranking system as we continue to increase the high school graduation rate this and every year.
Working together through parent-school partnerships is the key to increasing student achievement and attendance. It is the responsibility of us all to communicate that strong reading, writing, math, and interpersonal skills are necessary to future local and regional leadership and employment opportunities.
The Bering Strait School District Governing Board, faculty and staff are committed to improving student reading, writing and math literacy. We will continue to build partnerships within our local communities, the Norton Sound region, and the state that help us meet the needs of all BSSD students. It is through family support and school partnerships that our students will continue to value learning and achieve at continuously higher levels of academic performance.
Please review the 2012-2013 BSSD academic report card at www.bssd.org under the tab District Reports. Should you have any questions regarding this report or other educational or operational issues surrounding education in the Bering Strati School District, please contact your local school principal for clarification.
Bering Strait School District
October 24, 2013