2016 Polaris Scholarship Recipients Elijah Nordhoff, Raia Stamm and Julia Ditto.
Their portfolios were assessed by a group of community members and evaluated on the overall quality of their college essay, their commitment to academics, their evidence of service to others, and the overall quality of their Scholarship Portfolio.
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.
Click here to see the Prezi presentation.
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!!!
News to share? Please send photos, details, and relevant links to Heidi with the subject line: Polarian Newsmakers.