Back-to-School in Unalaska
First Day of School:
Tuesday, August 23, 2016: All kindergarten through grade 12 students.
Tuesday, August 23, 2016: Pre-school students (3 year olds).
Wednesday, August 24, 2016: Pre-kindergarten students (4 year olds).
Eagle’s View Elementary School
Grades 1-4: 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM – Monday - Thursday
8:30 AM – 2:05 PM – Friday/Early Release Day
Morning Kindergarten: 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM -- Monday - Friday
Afternoon Kindergarten: 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM -- Monday - Thursday
10:00 AM – 2:05 PM – Friday/Early Release Day
Unalaska City School:
Grades 5-12: 8:30 AM – 3:15 PM – Monday – Thursday
8:30 AM – 2:15 PM – Friday/Early Release Day
To ensure adequate supervision by school personnel, students should not arrive at school before 7:45 A.M. Students who stay after school must be in an activity that is supervised by school personnel.
Parents or guardians may enroll students new to the Unalaska City School District at the school registrar’s office (581-1222) in the high school. The child’s immunization records, birth certificate, and transcripts from the child’s previous school are needed to enroll new students.
State law requires that children be immunized before starting school. The Iliuliuk Clinic (581-1202) and the Oonalaska Wellness Clinic (581-2742) can provide more information regarding immunizations required for children who attend school.
Arriving to School Safely
Children who walk or ride a bike to school should be visible to drivers. Wearing bright colors, carrying a flashlight, and using reflective tape on backpacks and jackets are good ways to stay visible. When walking or riding a bike to school, students should use the bike path, sidewalks, and crosswalks.
It is a good idea to practice the safest route to school with younger students and teach them how to stop for traffic and use the crosswalks when crossing the street.
School bus transportation is provided for getting children to school safely. Bus riders should follow these safety tips:
o Do not play in the street while waiting for the bus.
o Line up facing the bus when boarding.
o Do not run alongside the bus while it is stopping.
o Stay seated when the bus is moving.
o Follow the bus driver’s directions and stay out of the way of traffic when getting off the bus.
o No food or drink (other than water) will be allowed on the school buses.
The School Hot Meal Program, which provides nutritious hot breakfasts and lunches, will be available at both schools on the first day of school. Parents or guardians will need to set up an account at the school office and pre-pay for their children’s school meals. Parents are required to stay current with their children’s school meal accounts. Parents who meet certain income requirements may qualify for the Free or Reduced Price Lunch Program. Please inquire at the school office for more information or to pick up a Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program application.
Many parents pack lunches for their children. UCSD encourages parents who choose this option to pack healthy foods and to keep the lunches at a cool temperature so the food stays fresh. One way to keep a packed lunch cool is to freeze a container of water or juice and put it in the lunch box.
Health and Safety
Student health and safety is the number one priority for UCSD. Parents and guardians are asked to provide current phone numbers and addresses in case of an emergency. Parents and guardians are encouraged to contact the school immediately if there is a change of phone number or address.
Parents and guardians should notify the school secretary or principal if their child has any specific health-related needs.
Many students use backpacks to carry books and school supplies. Backpacks should fit well, and should not be packed too heavily to prevent back, neck, and knee injuries.
Students in grades 7 through 12 can receive help with their homework during an optional study hall from 3:30 – 4:30 PM, Mondays through Thursdays, in a location to be announced. Study hall is not scheduled on Fridays due to early release and staff meetings.
Questions about homework can be directed to your child’s teacher or principal.
UCSD uses an automated phone call system called “School Reach” to inform parents of school emergencies and upcoming events. Additionally, UCSD will continue to offer “FamilyLink,” an online password-protected system for parents of students in grades 5 - 12 who wish to monitor their children’s grades. Please call the school counselor (581-1222) for more information about these parent communication tools.
Back to School Night
A back to school orientation for parents and guardians is scheduled for Wednesday, August 31st at 6:00 PM at Eagle’s View Elementary, and at 7:00 PM at Unalaska City School. This is an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher and visit classrooms.
Questions or Concerns
UCSD staff members are available to answer questions and to assist with making the back-to-school process go as smoothly as possible. Information about UCSD can also be found online at www.ucsd.net.
John Conwell, Superintendent
Unalaska City School District 581-3151 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jim Wilson, Principal
Unalaska City School 581-1222 email@example.com
Eric Andersen, Principal
Eagle’s View Elementary School 581-3979 firstname.lastname@example.org