February 2018 Newsletter
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Eagle River High School
February 2018
On February 1st, students and staff at ERHS enjoyed cheering on Val Baalerud as she was surprised with the prestigious Milken Award at an all school assembly.  This award, often likened to the “Oscars of Teaching,” remains one of the highest honors a teacher can receive.  Only 44 Milken awards were awarded across the entire nation this year, and I’m so proud we got to celebrate this moment with Mrs. Baalerud.  She is an amazing teacher and so deserving of this award!  If you’d like to see her reaction video or read more about this honor, I encourage you to visit the Milken Educator Award website.
Please join us for our next general PTSO meeting on Tuesday, February 13th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the school library.  As part of the meeting agenda I will provide a brief State of the School Address, answer questions, and collect your thoughts and suggestions for how to grow our tradition of excellence at Eagle River High School.  I look forward to seeing you there.
Congratulations to the Class of 2018 Honor Graduates.  Nearly a third of all ERHS seniors earned this academic distinction by maintaining a seven-semester cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher.  These 53 seniors represent the largest group of honor grads in our school’s thirteen-year history.  Way to leave your mark!
During the month of February we will host our annual 8th Grade Information Night on February 27th and participate in the district’s Visit our Schools Month initiative every Tuesday.  If you know any current 8th graders or community members who would like to learn more about our school and our programs, please pass along these opportunities to tour the building and discover more about Eagle River High School.
Counselors are talking with students this month about their 2018-19 course requests, prompting students to think about several important questions: How do I best prepare for what I want to do after high school? How do I continue to challenge myself? How many rigorous classes are too many? What will my homework load look like? How do I strike the right balance between academics and all my other activities?  Parents, I encourage you to talk through these important questions with your student in the coming weeks and contact our curriculum office at 742-2740 if you have any follow up questions or if you would like additional information.
Happy February!



8th Grade Night is Feb. 27th from 6:30—8 pm. If you have an incoming 9th grader, you’ll want to come to meet/greet Administrators, Counselors, Department Heads, and check out all the activities (clubs and sports) ERHS has to offer! Building tours will be provided, and the ERHS Spirit Store will be open. See the flier in this Newsletter for more info.
BASEBALL                            FEB 28                         PAY COACH
SOCCER                                FEB 28                         $204.00
SOFTBALL                            FEB 28                         PAY COACH
TRACK                                   FEB 28                         $193.00
STUNT CHEER                      MAR 5                          No Fee
Sign-ups are being accepted starting Mon. 2/12 at the Activity Office!! Don’t wait until the last minute!
Eligibility Information
• Athletes must be enrolled in at least 5 ASD classes to participate in sports (4 if Seniors on track to graduate).
• 1st Semester grades are verified for 2.0 GPA minimum & 5 classes with passing grades.
• Seniors who are on track to graduate and have at least 18.5 credits, may enroll in 4 classes and still be eligible.
You must complete the eligibility process with the Activities Office before you are allowed to begin practice with any team.
For more information check out our Web Site: http://eagleriverhigh.asdk12.org/activities/athletics/
Or call:
Candice Love, Activities Clerk, 742-2730



Greetings from the Curriculum Office:

Although it is not quite spring, the light is starting to make its return to Alaskan skies, and third quarter is well underway.

Parent teacher conferences will be held February 22nd, and I encourage all parents to attend in order to discuss their students’ progress throughout second semester.  On that same night we will also provide space and computers for parents to take the Climate and Connectedness Survey.  This gives all parents a chance to provide the school with constructive feedback, which we use to help guide decision-making.

Eighth Grade Night is scheduled for February 27th from 6 to 8 p.m.  Incoming 8th graders are encouraged to attend to find out more about the activities and classes at Eagle River High School.  Many clubs, sports, and curricular programs will have student and faculty representatives present to share information and answer questions.

Even though it may seem distant, this year’s AP testing will occur between May 7th and May 18th.  More information about signing up for exams will be forthcoming as the dates grow near.  More information can be found at the College Board’s website, including what tests are given on what days of the two week testing window.

Spring is a busy time at Eagle River High School. As always, it is important for students to attempt to maintain balance. As part of our effort to give students guidance on how to be successful, last year a group of teachers put together homework best practices for students, which might be good to review as spring activities start and family and student schedules get busier.


Luke Almon
Assistant Principal




The withdrawal process is imperative! In order to streamline your transition by having student records forwarded, the withdrawal process must be completed BEFORE you leave. Please call our registrar, Kathy Morales at 742-2708 or email morales_kathleen@asdk12.org for notification or for more information.

Additional events on
the ERHS Calendar

February 2
ROTC Blood Drive

February 3
 Wacko Practice

February 6
Visit Our Schools 9:30 am

February 8
Wacko Decorating

February 9

February 13
Visit Our Schools 9:30 am

February 15
Orchestra Concert 7PM

February 19
President's Day
No School

February 20
Visit our Schools 9:30 AM

February 22
Parent Conferences

February 22
Wolf Talks 9:55 AM/Gym

February 22
ASVAB Testing

February 22-24
Camelot Musical
CHS Auditorium

February 23
In-Service Day

February 24
Red Out Event

February 27
8th Grade Night 6pm
Visit Our Schools 9:30 am

March 9
In-Service Day
No School for Students

March 10-18
Spring Break

March 11
End of Daylight Savings Time

March 28
Annual Academic Awards

Coming Soon!
April 7
Prom 8PM
Anchorage Museum

May 15
Graduation 7PM
Sullivan Arena
Parking Permits
Student drivers who purchased only 1st semester parking permits need to go to the Cashier's window with their orange permit and payment for 2nd semester.

Sophomores must get permission from an Assistant Principal before applying for a parking permit. The following items must be produced at the time of application.

Parent signature
Car Registration
Proof of Insurance
Student Driver's License

Marcia Odens, Cashier 742-2780
Post Secondary International Options
ERHS Facebook
ERHS Website
Mr. Marty Lang
ERHS PEAKS Testing Information
Mumps Information
Library Book Review
Crazy Stressed: Saving Today's Teens with Love, Laughter, and the Science of Resilience

Dr. Michael J Bradley
Please consider joining your ERHS PTSO. Membership forms can be dropped off at the front office.
Senior Events Calendar
Lunch/Breakfast Menus
2017-18 ASD School Year Calendar
ERHS School Contact Information
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