May 2015 - Raven Home School



May 2015 - Raven Home School
The Raven’s Call
Newsletter of Raven Correspondence School
Enrollment incentive
Drawing Winners!
May 2015
Student Goals, 2014-2015
Every Raven Student Shall...
Start Strong
Every student starts with a solid foundation in grades Pre-K—Third Grade.
Read by Third Grade
Every student reads by the end of Third Grade.
Meet or Exceed Expectations
Every student meets or exceeds expectations.
Graduate Ready
Every student graduates ready for college and careers.
The Hitchcock Family (#4668)
The Vorobyov Family (#7003)
The Die Family (#1748)
The Loving Family (#9625)
The Thacker Family (#5361)
Each family won a
Please see page 2 for full details on Enrollment Incentives,
including May’s enrollment incentive prize!
Inside This Issue
Enroll Now for the 2015-2016 School Year..............
Counseling Staff Updates.........................................
Graduate Ready...........................................................
From the Principal’s Desk..........................................
Healthy Futures Challenge.........................................
Delta Office..................................................................
Juneau Office..............................................................
Anchorage Office........................................................
Fairbanks Office..........................................................
Wasilla Office..............................................................
Enroll now for the 2015-2016 school year!
Enrollment incentives
Re-Enroll early for more chances to win!
1. Complete the Online Enrollment Application at
2. You will be entered in a drawing for the item listed below in the month
you completed the Online Enrollment Application. There will be one
monthly prize given away to each Raven office.
3. You will also be entered in a drawing for the remaining months’ prizes!
iPad Mini
iPad Mini
$50 Gift Card
$50 Gift Card
Tell your friends about the great things raven has to offer!
$2000 for Grades K-8 / $2400 for Grades 9-12
Computer programs
MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, ChromeBook & More!
Internet stipend
Up to $50/month — Outside of your allotment!
Advisory Teacher Support
Our certified advisory teachers are experienced
and eager to help you and your students succeed!
Academic Counselors
Our certified academic counselors are happy to offer
academic support and post secondary planning.
Raven is proud to give our homeschool parents
lots of options in your children’s education!
Each office offers a wide variety of student
opportunities every month, including workshops,
field trips, physical education activities!
Raven is one of the most respected homeschool programs in Alaska.
Enroll Now for the 2015-2016 School Year!
Counseling staff updates: 2015-2016
Serving Anchorage & Wasilla students out of the anchorage office
Serving fairbanks, delta & juneau students out of the fairbanks office
Whitney has been a School Counselor for YKSD for 5 years now. She has been
serving Raven families from the Fairbanks office for the last 4 years. Beginning in
July, she will be based out of the Anchorage
office serving both Anchorage & Wasilla families. She is excited for a new adventure and to
explore a new part of Alaska. In her free time,
she likes to go fishing, biking, and travel to see
her family back in Georgia. She’s looking
forward to a great 15-16 school year!
Ryan Tilbury is an Alaska State Certified School
Counselor for Raven Correspondence School.
He and Whitney Adams are responsible for
coordinating Raven’s counseling program for over
1,200 students. He also serves on the Governor’s
Veteran’s Advisory Council and is an Air Force
Reserve Officer with US Pacific Command’s
Operations Branch. When not working he can be
found on a soccer field, hunting, or with his family.
Ryan is married to Jennifer Tilbury, Assistant Professor of Developmental English
at Fairbanks Community and Technical College and has three wonderful children:
Alex, Thomas and Erin.
Graduate Ready
Official transcripts
If you need an official transcript mailed to a college,
workplace, or if you want to have an official copy after
your grades are posted at the end of the academic year,
contact Ryan Tilbury: [email protected]
Graduation Deadline
In order to be eligible for the graduation ceremony,
seniors must complete all graduation requirements by:
Be sure to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) if you
plan to attend college or a post-secondary program. Most schools require
students to complete the FAFSA in order to receive scholarship funds. For more
details about filling out the FAFSA, including the official application site, visit:
Looking for summer or permanent work?
Check out the following Alaska websites:
The Alaska Department of Labor’s Alexsys is a
great resource for finding seasonal or
permanent positions in your community,
as well as training resources.
Graduate Ready
The federal government is always advertising
for part time seasonal and full time jobs
in your community. Many require
no experience and a high school diploma.
From the principal’s desk
Program-wide parent advisory committee meeting
Thursday, May 14th at 10-11am
Meet with Principal Cottrell and all of the Raven offices via video-conference!
All Raven parents are invited to attend. We will provide a fun student activity.
Principal Cottrell will plan to discuss:
- Planning ahead for the 2015-2016
school year
- New regulations
- Raven’s accreditation renewal
- Parent involvement at Raven
- Your local site’s activities planning
for the upcoming school year.
Titus Acton
Kajson Cunningham
Destiny Hand
Bill Badger
Keelan Cunningham
Miracle Hand
Jill Badger
Stig Cunningham
Jimmie Holland
Keena Bennett
Nikolay Davitadze Elizabeth Hughes
Michael Bestall
Stig Cunningham Jonathan Krivonosov
Mintora Boulding
Chris Degener
Joseph Krivonosov
Elyse Buth
Dan Degener
Hayleigh Lantz
Alyssa Casto
Aletta Demrovski
Elijah May
Ethan Casto
Blake Demrovski
Gabriel May
Payson Clark
Jade Demrovski
Amber Morrison
Sierra Clark
Paige Demrovski
Jordan Morrison
Barret Cornell
James Fox
Lydia Morrison
Brecklyn Cornell
Jesse Galchenko
Sarah Morrison
Stephen Morrison
Kayla Tenney
William Morrison
Liliana Tenney
Ian Moller
Martin Tumeu
Dominique morley
Chase Weiler
Rebecca Moskalenko
Kira Weiler
Nate pobieglo
Jedidiah Willis
Amy Proctor
Dharyius Wood
Hendrik Proctor
Lily Proctor
Alyeska Romero Completed all 3 logs
Greysen Scharfenstine Completed 2 logs
Reese Scharfenstine
Completed 1 log
Luke Stepp
Thank you for making spring testing 2015 a success!
Outstanding Student Accomplishments
Delta Office
Whitney Adams and Joan Jones visited Delta Junction for a “Raven about High School” workshop for our
8th graders. Students planned their freshman classes and registered with AKCIS (Alaska Career Information System). Our 8th graders completed an “Interest Inventory” to see the career choices they are best
suited for. Then students did a “Reality Check” budgeting exercise based on their career choice. We
enjoyed pizza and cupcakes while we learned about Career Readiness. Thanks, Whitney and Joan!
Jarvis West Building, Room 2A, Delta Junction, AK 99737
T: 895-2280 F: 895-2281
Join us in May
Office Hours
Monday- Friday: 8am - 4:30pm
Advisory Teacher
Mrs. Stebbins’ music recital
Saturday, May 2 at 2pm & 5pm
Heidi Mintun
at the Clearwater Baptist Church. Admission is free.
Administrative Assistant
Julie Szidloski
Art class with Mr. Chris
Monday, May 4 at 1-3pm
Join us for the last art class of the year!
Make and mail a mother’s day card!
Thursday, May 7 at 1-3pm
Stop by the Raven Office to make your mom a card!
Graduation meeting
Monday, May 11
Seniors, come help us plan: ceremony, decorations,
flowers, music and photos!
Bowling with Mrs. mintun
Nalu Kaio earned a $25 gift card from Barnes and Noble for
READING BOOKS through our River Readers program!
You can all read books, so we want you to earn one too!
Delta Office
Tuesday, May 12 at 1-3pm
Wednesday, May 27 at 1-3pm
Call Jennifer for post access: 873-4795.
Wriggly farms tour
Wednesday, May 13 at 2:45pm
Please meet at the Delta Raven Office.
Program-wide pac meeting
Thursday, May 14 at 10-11am
Families, join us at the Raven Office for a
Parent Advisory Committee meeting with
Principal Cottrell via video-conference.
Relay for life
Saturday, May 16 at 1pm
Meet at the fair entrance to give water to
the Relay for Life walkers!
Delta’s clean-up day
Saturday, May 23 at 9am
Volunteers, meet at the Visitor’s Center.
Delta pac meeting
Thursday, May 28 at 11:30am
All parents are invited to attend!
Julie and I want to thank our families. Testing went very well. We praise you parents and students for all your effort
with state testing. Our Raven families rocked the test!
Open enrollment has begun and we have great incentives: Chromebooks, iPad Minis and Barnes and Noble $50 gift cards.
Graduation is June 5th! Graduates, please give us: a short biography, a favorite quote, and some photos to share. Heidi is
out of the office on May 8th, 15th and 18-22nd.
Juneau Office
8391 Airport Blvd, Suite B, Juneau, AK 99801
T: 796-2112 F: 796-2133
Office Hours
Monday- Friday: 8am - 4:30pm
Advisory Teachers
Joan Gianotti & Theresa Miller
Pictured Above and Below, Right: Earth Day Litter Pick Up—13 Volunteers cleaned up 50lbs of trash!
Pictured Below, Left: RCS group at the Pillars of America Speaker Series
Administrative Assistant
& Family Representative
Holly Shier
Pictured Left and Below: We had a really fun DIPAC Sea Week activity learning about mollusks!
Juneau Office
Pictured Above: Idita-Read Finishers Ceremony & Mushers Race
Join us in May
Spring Picnic at Auke Rec
Friday, May 1 at 11am-2pm
Meet us at the Auke Rec Main Shelter for food, fun, friends, activities, games
and more! We will provide burgers, hot dogs and drinks. Please bring a side dish
to share. This is a wonderful annual event and we hope you will all join us!
Share Night, science fair & “dessertluck”
Tuesday, May 5 at 5:30-7pm
Since we rescheduled, there is still time for you to join us at Auke Bay Bible
Church to share a skill you have learned, display artwork, dazzle us with your
talent, compete in our Science Fair, or sit in the audience to encourage your
fellow students and enjoy dessert during the intermission. Contact Holly
([email protected]) to participate.
Wednesday, May 6 at 11am-12pm & 2-4pm
Come by the office to re-enroll and invite a friend to get enrolled for the next
school year. We will have presentations about scheduling and getting a strong
start, promoting independence and responsibility in learning, using a comprehensive language arts program, and signing up for Raven clubs and activities.
There will also be a “Vendor Fair,” kids corner with activities, and door prizes.
Watch weekly announcements for the full details and schedule.
Tlingit wisdom: our food is our way of life
Thursday, May 7
Grades K-5: 10:30am-1pm & Grades 6-12: 12-2:30pm
Join us at the Raven Office to learn from Mary Folletti about Tlingit language,
food, and culture. Students will get to experience a little bit of what it is like to
be Tlingit as they sing songs, play games, hear stories, learn about the social
structure and taste food. Please RSVP to Holly: [email protected]
Juneau Office
Zipline adventure
Friday, May 8 at 9:30am-1pm
Zip through the Alaska rainforest with us during this PEP Grant sponsored
adventure for students 8 years and older. There are only a few student slots still
available. RSVP to Holly ([email protected]) soon if you want to get in on the fun!
Program-wide pac meeting
Thursday, May 14 at 10-11am
Families, join us at the Raven Office for a Parent Advisory Committee meeting with
Principal Cottrell via video-conference. The agenda includes new regulations,
Raven’s accreditation, parent involvement, and planning ahead for 15-16. There
will be a fun student activity during the meeting as well.
Stunning science with Stephen shier
Monday, May 18 at 3:45-4:45pm
Join us at the office for some more incredible science demonstrations this
month. Please RSVP to Holly: [email protected]
High School Counselor Visit
Wednesday-Friday, May 20-22
Ryan Tilbury, one of our high school counselors, will be visiting the office to meet
with students and lead some workshops. Watch your e-mail for more details!
Thursday, May 21 at 6:30-8pm
Join us at Auke Bay Bible Church to support the
graduating Class of 2015!
Office closed: Happy memorial day!
Monday, May 25
Anchorage Office
341 West Tudor Road, Suite 206, Anchorage, AK 99503
T: 644-8590 F: 644-8591
Office Hours
Monday- Friday: 8am - 4:30pm
Advisory Teachers
Danae Davis, Carmen Romero & Terri Thurston
Administrative Assistant
& Family Representative
Valerie Thurston
Administrative Clerk
Bijan Welch
Pictured Above: Family Share Night was wonderful! We had 29 students
participate by performing with Glee club, sharing individual talents and displaying
projects. Raven staff even made a special performance in honor of our families!
Pictured Left and Below: Our PE Club took dance classes at Alaska Dance Theatre!
They learned jazz dance with Melissa Jabaay and tap dance with Valerie Thurston.
Anchorage Office
Join us in May
Math club
Wednesday, May 6 at 10-10:45am
K-2nd graders, join Terri for some fun math games!
Roller skating party!
Friday, May 8 at 1-3pm
Pictured Above: Alaska Junior Theater’s presentation of “The Gruffalo’s Child”
Families, join us for our end of the year celebration at
Dimond Skateland! Let’s “roll up” the year together!
Cost: $1 — Raven Students, Grades K-12
$6 — Siblings, Parents & Guests
Program-wide pac meeting
Thursday, May 14 at 10-11am
Join us at the Raven Office for a Parent Advisory
Committee meeting with Principal Cottrell. The agenda
includes new regulations, Raven’s accreditation, parent
involvement and planning ahead for 15-16. There will be
a fun student activity during the meeting as well.
Science Workshop: cat dissection
Session 1 - Gr. 6-8: Tuesday, May 12 at 1-2:30pm
Session 2 - Gr. 3-6: Tuesday, May 12 at 3-4:30pm
Session 3 - Gr. 3-6: Wednesday, May 13 at 1-2:30pm
Session 4 - Gr. 9-12: Wednesday, May 13 at 3:30-5pm
Session 5 - Gr. 3-6: Thursday, May 14 at 1-2:30pm
Session 6 - Gr. 3-6: Thursday, May 14 at 3-4:30pm
Cost: $40/student. Limited space available!
RSVP to Valerie: [email protected]
Tuesday, May 19 at 12pm
BYU’s Living Legends combines dynamic Native American
choreographies with the color and vitality of Polynesian
and Latin dances. RSVP to Valerie: [email protected]
Graduation: class of 2015!
Thursday, May 21 at 7pm
Join us at East High School to support the Class of 2015!
Pictured Above:
Density Science Workshop
with Mrs. Fancher!
Thirty-one students
participated in this month’s
science workshop!
Anchorage Office
Office closed: Happy memorial day!
Monday, May 25
It’s a whole new world!
Thursday, May 28 at 3:30-4:30pm
Come learn how the NEW State regulations changes affect
your family and home schooling.
RSVP to Terri: [email protected]
Fairbanks Office
4762 Old Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99709
T: 374-9401 F: 374-9440
Office Hours
Monday- Friday: 8am - 4:30pm
Advisory Teachers
Nicholas Graves, Martha Kate Robinson & Heidi Wright
Counseling Department
Whitney Adams, Joan Jones & Ryan Tilbury
Administrative Assistant
Sierra Chandler
Administrative Clerk
Margaret Ott
Family Representative
Join us in May
June Strothenke
Graduation Meeting
Thursday, May 7 at 12-1pm
Graduating seniors, join us! Pizza is included!
Chess club
Wednesday, May 13 at 2-4pm
Our Re-Enroll-A-Thon was
a success! We made
edible snowmen, watched
Frozen and ate popcorn,
played disc golf outside,
had hot dogs and snow
cones, and pinned the
carrot on Olaf! We had a
great time!
Come, have some fun and learn some new strategies!
We’ll meet at the pavilion at Pioneer Park behind the
Civic Center unless it’s raining—then at Raven. This is
the LAST Chess Club of the year! Bring snacks to share!
Program-wide pac meeting
Thursday, May 14 at 10-11am
Join us at the Raven Office for a Parent Advisory
Committee meeting with Principal Cottrell. The agenda
includes new regulations, Raven’s accreditation, parent
involvement and planning ahead for 15-16. There will be
a fun student activity during the meeting as well.
Summer reading program at the
fairbanks noel wien public library
Sign Up: Tuesday, May 26-Saturday, May 30
Kids from 2 to 18 are invited to join the free
“Every Hero Has A Story! Summer Reading Fun”
program. Just read (or listen to) books of your
choice this summer, and earn weekly prizes, plus
earn a free book at the end of the program. There
are also weekly programs, contests, crafts, prize
drawings, a fun ending party, and more! For more
information, visit:
Graduation: class of 2015!
Thursday, May 28 at 6pm
Join us at the Civic Center at Pioneer Park!
Office closed: Happy memorial day!
Monday, May 25
Fairbanks Office
Wasilla Office
1261 Seward-Meridian Road, Suite H, Wasilla, AK 99654
T: 357-9573 F: 357-9572
Office Hours
Monday- Friday: 8am - 4:30pm
Advisory Teachers
Joy Shier & Randi Shrider
Administrative Assistant
Monique Ratzlaff
Family Representative
Tanya Moore
Pictured Above: The kids were thrilled to meet local Iditarod musher, Becca Moore!
Join us in May
Program-wide pac meeting
Thursday, May 14 at 10-11am
Join us at the Raven Office for a Parent Advisory Committee
meeting with Principal Cottrell. The agenda includes new
regulations, Raven’s accreditation, parent involvement and
planning ahead for 15-16. There will be a fun student activity
during the meeting as well.
Pictured Above: Games with Grandparents!
Tuesday, May 12
Graduation meeting
Wednesday, May 13 at 3pm
Movie night at raven
Wednesday, May 20 at 6pm
Graduation: class of 2015!
Thursday, May 21 at 7pm
Join us at East High School!
Park Day
Friday, May 22
End of the year picnic
Wednesday, May 27 at 3pm
Wasilla Office
Abbie and Kate Moore take dance lessons from All About Dance in Big Lake and
are on both the clogging and jazz teams. On April 4th, they competed in the
state dance competition. Their team took 1st in clogging and took the gold!
They also competed on the jazz team, which took 1st as well, resulting in a
second gold! The girls are enjoying the experience and having fun learning.