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Congratulations to the Jaime Family! Polaris is proud to present this family with the President's Volunteer Service Gold Medal. Adrian, Carrie, Brooklyn, and Cruz Jaime have all been volunteering for Alaska Animal Rescue Friends (AARF) since 2010.
They have volunteered countless hours, cleaning up the kennels, walking rescue dogs, transporting them to and from various appointments and events, volunteering at adoption clinics just about every weekend, and most of all, opened up their home to over 40 homeless rescue dogs until they found their forever homes. Carrie says, "Lots of lost sleep, lots of doggy messes, lots of hard work helping out dogs - some feral, some severely abused. It has been an emotional journey for the family, but rewarding." They say they wouldn't have it any other way. "Our family loves, loves, loves caring for the dogs." Well done, Jaime Family and thank you for your service!
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Today Polaris K-12 was represented at the Alaska Society for Technology in Education conference in downtown Anchorage. Teachers, Jenna Baldiviez and Mindi Vogel, along with principal Carol Bartholomew and four students presented our e-portfolio work to a crowded room at The Captain Cook Hotel. Llilli Conlin, kindergarten, Ethan Labio, 3rd grade, Michael Fraczek, 9th, and Hriana Bowie, 10th, led round-table discussions on their learning and experiences with e-portfolios.
This year students across all grade levels presented cutting-edge work we’re doing with electronic portfolios in collaboration with UAA and Digication. Keola Tabisola, Cody Wong, Angel Edwin, Hriana Bowie, Michael Baker, Abbi Seitz, Daniel Fisher, Casi LaBLanc, Nicky Jones, Ethan Holt, Elsa Borjon Dakota Evans, Mia Maruski, and Rowan Tyrell represented our school in two conferences. The first was the AlaskaCAN: The Alaska Postsecondary Access and Completion Network State Conference. Here, we illustrated the role that showcase portfolios can play in accessing career and education opportunities. Students also hosted a presentation where they showcased their portfolios and participated in a round-table discussion for Anchorage school district leaders, the CEO and President of Digication, UAA stakeholders, and a prominent author on e-Portfolio learning. With our work and partnerships, our school is positioned to be a leader and lab school for progressive and alternative assessment strategies that meet the needs of 21st Century learners.
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Click here to check out our entire JournEy Portfolio story.
Stay tuned for more exciting advancements in Polaris’ journey as we set the standard of excellence for progressive and alternative education practices.
From Nurse Patty:
We had a pretty good year and I want to thank everyone who participated in one way or another. Special thanks to the following:
Carol - for allowing us to do the fundraiser, for donating $ every time she called Tammy, and for the pizza donation to our winning secondary class
Tamatha - for everything!!!!!
My mom - for picking up and delivering pizza several times
Parent Forum - for arranging the family skate night at Skateland
Skateland - for putting up with us again and for donating a portion of the sales to us
Denali FCU - for allowing me to tie up their coin star machine for hours and for not charging me the user fee
All of the teachers who worked hard to have their students rise to the challenge
Siri - for the burritos, of course!! :)
To Tia and Shelby - NEW staff who took this project on and made things happen
Olive Garden - for throwing a party for the top fundraising classroom
All students and their families - for all of the money they brought in and for keeping this fundraiser going
Anyone else I may have forgotten - Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!
A very special congratulations to Joe's Advisory and to Shelby's Family Group. They are the top fundraising classrooms for 2016. Joe's class raised $415.02. Shelby's class raised $1385.81. Congratulations to Tia's Family Group for an amazing 2nd place overall. They raised $829.38. Great job guys!!!
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