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NEW: Distance-Delivery Methods Due to COVID-19

Aurora Parents & Students,

We miss seeing you every day!  I know that this is a difficult time for you and your families.  Our staff will be here to help you with your needs as we embark on this distance-learning journey.  We will have our bumps in the road, but we will be using your feedback in the next few weeks to help us maximize the learning experience for your children.  We will be using Canvas and Zoom as our platforms to teach students in a distance delivery method.  Every classroom teacher has a Canvas page where parents and students can access their virtual classrooms.

Guidance For Learning at Home with ABCS:

1. Follow the schedule that your teacher provides in Canvas.  Your child will learn the best if they complete the lessons and activities on the day when they are scheduled.  Working ahead does not help children learn.

2. Keep all of the work your child does at home.  As things change, your child’s teacher will keep you updated if things will need to be physically turned in or not. (That process will change as COVID-19 protocols change.)

Canvas, Zoom and all resources are FREE.

Canvas Link Log into Canvas using student log-ins.  Your child’s teacher has their log-in information. Some students (4th-8th may need to access their g-mail accounts.  Their username and password is the same as their computer log-in.)

Zoom Link  Zoom is where live classroom meetings will take place.  You don’t have to create an account to use Zoom.  You can use your computer or download the Zoom app on your phone or I-pad.  You can just type in the Meeting ID.

KPBSD Homepage Use the district’s homepage as a resource for other materials and for COVID-19 updates as it pertains to schools.

Internet Access Possibilities  This is a link of providers that are offering free internet to teachers and students.

Thank You for your patience as we start our distance-delivery journey!

Sincerely,

Mr. McCanna

 

MISSION STATEMENT

The purpose of Aurora Borealis Charter School is to provide the finest academic program possible.  To meet this purpose, it is our obligation to promote an educational environment that reflects high academics, character, and citizenship standards for all students and establish classroom conditions where these standards can be met.

Aurora Borealis Charter School is established to provide a research-based preparatory education through whole group, subject-centered direct instruction.  Aurora Borealis differs from other educational programs in our community.  Kindergarten is an academically focused curriculum, where students learn 55 phonograms and start doing first grade reading after the first semester.  Math is accelerated in kindergarten with students finishing Saxon kindergarten level by October and then getting half of the Saxon first grade completed by the end of the year.  First grade students finish Saxon first grade level by the end of the second quarter and then go on to finish second grade level Saxon math by the end of first grade.  Therefore, students start second grade doing third grade Saxon math.  As we choose curriculum, we look for research validating the rigor of the curriculum, correlation with Alaska State and Core Standards, and also a well-defined scope and sequence which allows us to spiral teaching through the grades, each grade building on the foundations established in years prior.  Instruction is whole group, subject-centered, and direct.  Use of this research-based curriculum results in a preparatory education emphasizing language arts (phonetic reading, writing, spelling, grammar, and vocabulary), mathematics, history and geography, science, technology, art and music, and physical education.  An additional course, Enrichment, explores the Latin basis of our language, extended mathematic problem-solving, and, for all students in the upper grades, involvement in the Future Problem Solving research, training, and competitions.

The 2017-18 Robotics Team won 2nd Place Overall Champion in Alaska and is headed to compete at the International Open First Lego League competition in California.

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eagle-cmyk-2010Recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School in 2010