Schools

Juneau’s students can choose to return to a limited schedule of in-person learning next week. Schedules and start dates vary by grade and building. Students will begin returning to Juneau Douglas Hight School: Yadaa.at Kale, pictured here in November 2020 on Tuesday. Mondays are designated distance learning days. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Schools to reopen to students on Monday

Voluntary in-person schedules add new options for families, students

 

Photos by Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire
Members of the Juneau Education Support Staff union pose for a photo in front of meals being prepared for kids in Juneau as Catherine Pusich, second from right, hands a check from the union to Adrianne Schwartz to clear all money owed for school meals at Thunder Mountain High School on Dec. 21.

Educational support union pays off all school district meal balances

The union donated more than $7,000 to clear the ledgers.

 

Meals slated for children in Juneau over Thanksgiving weekend are arrayed on tables at Thunder Mountain High School on Nov. 25, 2020. (Courtesy photo / Luke Adams)

Font of plenty: JSD readies meals for Thanksgiving holiday

Nearly three tons of food got distributed for the long weekend.

Meals slated for children in Juneau over Thanksgiving weekend are arrayed on tables at Thunder Mountain High School on Nov. 25, 2020. (Courtesy photo / Luke Adams)
First Student employees load meals on school buses so the meals can be distributed to Juneau youths. (Courtesy Photo / Juneau School District)

School district updates meal pickup schedules

The break and holiday meal schedule is coming.

First Student employees load meals on school buses so the meals can be distributed to Juneau youths. (Courtesy Photo / Juneau School District)
First Student employees and Juneau School District food services supervisor Adrianne Schwartz, left, carry student meals off the bus they’re being distributed from near Juneau-Douglas High School:Yadaa.at Kalé, March 16, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)

Juneau schools announce changes to meal program

They start on Tuesday, Sept. 8, and are expected to last through December.

First Student employees and Juneau School District food services supervisor Adrianne Schwartz, left, carry student meals off the bus they’re being distributed from near Juneau-Douglas High School:Yadaa.at Kalé, March 16, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire File)
Juneau School District started its school year at a distance on Monday, with teacher using web apps to connect with classes. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Juneau School District started its school year at a distance on Monday, with teacher using web apps to connect with classes. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
Sayéik: Gastineau Community School, seen in this May 4, 2020, photo, has a new interim principal, Juneau School District announced Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)

Interim principal named for Sayéik: Gastineau Community School

Sayéik: Gastineau Community School has a new interim principal, Juneau School District announced. Stacy Diouf will be the interim principal for the 2020-21 school year,… Continue reading

Sayéik: Gastineau Community School, seen in this May 4, 2020, photo, has a new interim principal, Juneau School District announced Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire File)
The Juneau School District building, March 20, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
The Juneau School District building, March 20, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Sticking the landing: Schools ready for start of strange school year
Sticking the landing: Schools ready for start of strange school year
The Juneau Board of Education met July 14, 2020 to discuss plans for the upcoming school year. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)

School board approves mask policy, later start date

The school board also confirmed Dr. Bridget Weiss for another three years.

The Juneau Board of Education met July 14, 2020 to discuss plans for the upcoming school year. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
This July 2019 photo shows some of over 2,000 backpacks that were given away to students throughout Southeast Alaska through Tlingit and Haida’s Temporary Assistance For Needy Families Department. This year in order to help accommodate virtual learning, when backpacks are distributed, they will come with Google Chromebooks. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Back to school backpack program goes high tech

The program has adapted to distanced learning as coronavirus shows no signs of slowing.

This July 2019 photo shows some of over 2,000 backpacks that were given away to students throughout Southeast Alaska through Tlingit and Haida’s Temporary Assistance For Needy Families Department. This year in order to help accommodate virtual learning, when backpacks are distributed, they will come with Google Chromebooks. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
The Juneau School District is evaluating its strategy for beginning the school year in seven weeks as the coronavirus continues to be present in Alaska and the United States. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
The Juneau School District is evaluating its strategy for beginning the school year in seven weeks as the coronavirus continues to be present in Alaska and the United States. (Peter Segall | Juneau Empire)
Dzantiki Heeni Middle School principal Molly Yerkes was named Region 5 Principal of the Year by the Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals for 2020. (Courtesy photo | Molly Yerkes)

Look who was named region’s principal of the year

She’s been at the middle school for 16 years now.

Dzantiki Heeni Middle School principal Molly Yerkes was named Region 5 Principal of the Year by the Alaska Association of Secondary School Principals for 2020. (Courtesy photo | Molly Yerkes)
Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire File                                School districts throughout the state will put together plans for what the next school year will look like. Juneau School District Superintendent Bridget Weisse said smaller groups and less mixing are expected to remain important.
Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire File                                School districts throughout the state will put together plans for what the next school year will look like. Juneau School District Superintendent Bridget Weisse said smaller groups and less mixing are expected to remain important.
First Student employees and Juneau School District food services supervisor Adrianne Schwartz, left, carry student meals off the bus they’re being distributed from near Juneau-Douglas High School:Yadaa.at Kalé, March 16, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

School year meal program switching to summer mode

They served more than 60,000 meals in two months.

First Student employees and Juneau School District food services supervisor Adrianne Schwartz, left, carry student meals off the bus they’re being distributed from near Juneau-Douglas High School:Yadaa.at Kalé, March 16, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Mary Lou King shows children an example of Juneau’s ecosystem as part of Sea Week, now celebrating its 50th anniversary in the Juneau School District. (Courtesy Photo | Peggy Cowan)
Mary Lou King shows children an example of Juneau’s ecosystem as part of Sea Week, now celebrating its 50th anniversary in the Juneau School District. (Courtesy Photo | Peggy Cowan)
The Downtown Juneau Library, April 7, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Juneau board has no plans to follow Mat-Su’s lead on banned books

Stricken authors include Maya Angelou and F. Scott Fitzgerald.

The Downtown Juneau Library, April 7, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
The Juneau School District building, March 20, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

Charter school helps students stay connected amid distance

Teachers work with students and families to support each other.

The Juneau School District building, March 20, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School assistant principal Kristy Germain has been selected as the interim principal for Floyd Dryden Middle School for the 2020-2021 school year. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire File)

Interim principal selected for Floyd Dryden

She’s a Juneau native and a veteran of the school district.

Dzantik’i Heeni Middle School assistant principal Kristy Germain has been selected as the interim principal for Floyd Dryden Middle School for the 2020-2021 school year. (Ben Hohenstatt | Juneau Empire File)