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King Tech Student 2021/2022 Welcome

August 6, 2021

 

Greetings King Tech Students and Families,

I hope you enjoyed the summer and had the opportunity to engage in fun activities. We are looking forward to a great year of learning at King Tech. At King Tech, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to offer an education that is innovative, engaging, and focused on careers and college opportunities. We are excited to welcome back the class of 2022 and the new class of 2023. We have several new staff members joining us this year.

Please welcome the following new staff members:

  • Amy Doogan, School Nurse. Amy is joining us from the Anchorage Department of Health.
  • Kerry Nordstrom, Counselor. Kerry is joining us from Northern Lights ABC.
  • Emily Lester, English Teacher. Emily is joining us from Reno, Nevada where she taught English in a CTE high school.
  • Ben Chizmar, Math Teacher. Ben is joining us from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He is a recent graduate of Michigan Technological University.
  • Molly Hayes, Early Childhood Education Teacher. Molly worked for several years with the ASD preschool division as a teacher coordinator and comes to us with industry experience.
  • Kelly Ballantyne, Farm and Food Industries of Alaska Teacher (formally known as horticulture and landscape design). Kelly is joining us from Anchorage Seeds of Change where he worked with youth on developing and designing indoor farm and food systems.
  • Laura Kimmel, Special Education Teacher. Laura is joining us from South High School and will serve King Tech in her new role as Special Education Department Chair.
  • Amanda Thompson, Advertising, Art, and Design Teacher. Amanda is an accomplished artist and graphic designer who is bringing her talents to the students of King Tech High.

Program updates

  • Welding: Our welding shop HVAC system is antiquated and does not provide the air quality necessary for meeting health and safety standards. This is a big project and ASD is committed to ensuring that our welding program continues with a new HVAC system in place. The project will definitely take a semester to complete and due to global material shortages, this project could take an entire year to complete. We are not discontinuing the welding program. We are partnering with UAA’s Community and Technical College (CTC). The CTC has generously offered KTHS the use of their welding shop. Unfortunately, the CTC welding shop is only available in the morning to support our AM session. We have several students signed up for the afternoon session that will be impacted. There will be more details forthcoming regarding the options we have for students impacted by this situation.
  • Construction Electricity and Electronics and Telecommunications: The construction electricity teacher took a job in the community and will not be returning to KTHS. We hope to fill the position over the course of the first semester. We are not discontinuing the program. We are offering a hybrid program that will combine Construction Electricity and Electronics and Telecommunications. Dan Retzinger, Electricity and Telecommunications teacher, is designing a course that incorporates both programs. The innovative design will include support from our construction electricity industry partners. Professionals from the construction electric industry will join the class to provide lessons and opportunities to practice hands-on trade techniques. Students enrolled in both programs will be combined into their preexisting class period and will receive credit for Fundamentals of Electronics which includes 0.5 Math, 0.5 Physical Science, and a 0.5 Elective credit. Construction electricity students will benefit by earning a 0.5 Physical Science credit.
  • Career and College Center: New for this year is a focused effort on career and college planning support services for full-time King Tech students. All of our full-time students will graduate King Tech High with a post-secondary plan in place. Mr. Sean Schubert will be providing the support service throughout the year. He will individually meet with seniors over the course of the first semester to build and work toward finalizing career and college plans. Mr. Schubert will engage in the same process with juniors second semester. We are excited to offer this opportunity and we believe this will provide our students with a strong sense of clarity regarding the next important steps into adult life.             

 Our staff prides itself in developing innovative programs that engage our students and inspire interest in a career. We are deeply invested in creating positive relationships with all of our students. Teachers, counselors, support staff, and administrators are all committed to helping students develop a career pathway plan.

 Academic Delivery Model: We wanted to take this time to articulate the delivery model that has been implemented for our full-time students 

What do we mean by blended learning

  • A style of education in which students learn via electronic and online media as well as a traditional face-to-face teaching.
  • Students attend KTHS 5 days a week.

 What does this look like at King Tech?

  • Students learn face to face twice weekly with an instructor who delivers lessons. 
  • The other days of the week are for independent completion of the coursework with teacher support in our cyber center.
  • The instructors offer additional small group and individual lessons and support as needed on Fridays through office hours. These offerings are either initiated by the instructor or the student.

 What other academic instructional formats are offered? 

  • In addition to blended learning, some courses may be delivered in a virtual format.
  • ASD Virtual classes are self-directed online courses that do not have a Zoom meeting requirement.
  • ASD Virtual courses are generally science courses, physical education courses, and credit recovery courses. In addition, other courses may be offered depending on student need, interest, and by request.
  • The ASD Virtual instructors offer additional small group and individual lessons and support as needed throughout the week. These offerings are either initiated by the instructor or the student.
  • We do offer a fully virtual academic program, through ASD Virtual for students who have demonstrated success with online learning. This option allows for students to access academics online from home or within our cyber center.
  • Students are required to attend King Tech daily for their CTE class.

 What is the King Tech Cyber Center?

  • The cyber center is a learning space where students complete work independently; and as needed are provided support from a certified teacher.
  • The support role of the certified teacher is one or more of the following: progress monitoring, organizational skills support, tutoring, encouraging, and coaching peer-to-peer support.
  • The cyber center's mission is to create a student center environment that fosters independent learning.

 Please review the full-time student academic class schedule below.   

Once again, welcome to King Tech! We are ready to help you with your career pathway journey. Whatever your future plans, let us help you connect to your dream. You have the opportunity to be part of a unique school that has the power to transform the way you think about education and most importantly who you will become as a successful career professional.

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Kern McGinley, Principal

King Tech High School

 

Important Dates:

  • Students First Day, August 17, 2021
  • Professional Dress Wednesday begins on September 08, 2021
  • King Tech Open House, August 24, 2021 (6:00 – 7:30 PM)
  • Student Photos with Lifetouch, August 27, 2001, 8:30 AM
  • September 6, 2021, Labor Day, no school

 Counseling: If you have any questions related to student schedules please contact our full-time student counselor, Paige Petr (petr_paige@asdk12.org).

 Special Education: If you have any special education related questions, please contact our special education department chair, Laura Kimmel (kimmel_laura@asdk12.org).   

 Lunch Service: King Tech does not qualify for the National School Lunch program because our Culinary Arts and the Enterprise program produce food during the school day. We do offer a lunch snack pack for students who do qualify for free and reduced lunch. Please contact the main office for more details.

Full-time Student Academic Program

We believe a high quality education is built on a strong curriculum, positive student-teacher relationships, and engaging delivery of instruction. Our academic delivery model is designed to meet graduation requirements and to prepare students for post-secondary opportunities. We offer a balanced blend of face-to-face instruction, online learning, and structured support. The talented team delivering our academic model consists of Creed Campbell (Social Studies & Academic Team Department Chair), Ben Chizmar (Math), Jennifer Edwards-Fahl (Cyber Center Coordinator), and Emily Lester (Language Arts).

Schedule Example. The model will vary depending on what block of the day your student has their Career and Technical Education (CTE) class scheduled. In addition, a student’s academic schedule will depend on what subjects they need to satisfy grade level graduation requirements.

For example, if your student is taking Digital Electronics (CTE) in the morning, then they would follow the academic core 4 and 5 period schedule. Likewise, if your student is taking Culinary (CTE) in the afternoon, then they would follow the academic core 1 and 2 schedule.

Period

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

1

8-8:55

Academic Core or Cyber Center

Academic Core or Cyber Center

Academic Core or Cyber Center

Academic Core or Cyber Center

Teacher and student led projects

2

9:00-9:55

Academic Core or Cyber Center

Academic Core or Cyber Center

Academic Core or Cyber Center

Academic Core or Cyber Center

Teacher and student led projects

Periods 4 and 5 – Monday Through Friday

11:15-1:20

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Class

Periods 1 and 2  – Monday Through Friday

8:00-9:55

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Class

Period

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

4

11:15-12:15

Academic Core or Cyber Center

Academic Core or Cyber Center

Academic Core or Cyber Center

Academic Core or Cyber Center

Teacher and student led projects

5

12:20-12:20

Academic Core

Academic Core

Academic Core

Academic Core

Teacher and student led projects

 Professionalism. At King Tech, our mission is to prepare all students for post-secondary education and the workforce.  We believe that promoting professionalism is a vital component of our mission. Therefore, our students are expected to be on time and attend class regularly, dress appropriately, no hats, remain free of electronic device distractions, and exhibit a positive attitude. We strongly emphasize these components of professionalism. Please review the ASD Student Handbook attendance policy and note that 15 absences may result in an automatic withdraw from KTHS.

  • FULL-TIME STUDENTS IN THE BLENDED LEARNING MODEL ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND KING TECH MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, FROM 8 AM TO 1:20 PM.

 

  • FULL-TIME STUDENTS WITH AN ASD VIRTUAL ONLY SCHEDULE ARE REQUIRED TO ATTEND KING TECH FOR THEIR CTE CLASS MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY, AT THE SCHEDULED CLASS TIME.