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The Tongass School of Arts and Sciences is a free public charter school approved by the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District Board of Education. We are a National Blue Ribbon school, open to all PreK-6 students in the district, and we don’t charge tuition! With the district’s open enrollment policy, you can send your child to Tongass School no matter where you live in Ketchikan. There is bus service for those who live north, south, and in town.

Our award-winning program provides unique educational learning opportunities including a weekly swim session and weekly enrichment classes where students learn to cook, complete science experiments, or speak a new language. We offer full-day classroom-based programs as well as individual courses for families who prefer to enroll in our partner homeschool program but want to take PE, music, swimming, or enrichment classes on campus. We also offer a Preschool program for 3 and 4 year old children who qualify.

Check out our Highly Effective Teaching program, Philosophy and Mission Statement, and Classroom pages to learn more about what our students are doing. If you like what you see or have questions, give us a call at +1 (907) 225-5720 or stop by and tour the school. Our offices are located at 410 Schoenbar Road, Suite 202.

 *For Summer & Out of Town Enrollment options, call Tongass School to have a packet emailed to you.

Daily Schedule

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri

*Wednesdays: School ends at 02:30pm. No After-School Program.

Tongass Homework Policy

APC Approved          June 15th, 2015

Homework is one tool used by teachers to check and monitor student’s academic progress. If a student begins to fall behind academically, the teacher will contact the parent to discuss ways to support the student and to develop a plan. The teacher will give the student homework to provide extra practice, and to further strengthen skills. The homework may be finished at home, or through our after-school homework tutoring program.

First through Sixth Grades will spend a maximum of ten minutes per grade on homework.

• Grade 1: 10 minutes
• Grade 2: 20 minutes
• Grade 3: 30 minutes
• Grade 4: 40 minutes
• Grade 5: 50 minutes
• Grade 6: 60 minutes

Homework will include:

• Reading, completed daily Monday-Thursday
• Math, completed daily Monday-Thursday
• Additional activities/projects as assigned by the teaching team.

*PreK/Kindergarten will utilize a monthly activity calendar

– There will be no spelling homework as Words Their Way spelling activities will be completed as part of literacy centers in class.  Words Their Way was adopted by the APC as the school-wide spelling program on 08-04-14.

– Study Hall will not be used to complete missing weekly homework.

– Teachers will inform parents about our homework policy.  The administrator will inform parents about our homework policy and the Homework Club through the news note.

Homework Help

– Tongass School offers a daily after-school homework tutoring session from 4:00 to 5:00, Monday through Thursday.

– Teachers will notify the Homework Club paraprofessional of which students will participate in this program.

– The homework club staff member is responsible for maintaining an attendance record for students enrolled in the homework program.  The paraprofessional will regularly communicate with the teacher regarding student attendance or questions regarding assignments.  The classroom teacher will provide the homework club staff member access to weekly homework as needed to support student achievement of weekly homework assignments.

Tongass School Supply List

*Supply lists for each class-2019-2020

Peer Buddy Pre-School

  • A small water bottle. (With their name on it.)
  • An extra change of clothes.
  • A backpack. (This is helpful for when we send home artwork or classroom reminders.)
  • A picture of your child with their family to display in the classroom.
  • Optional items we need for the classroom:
    • Disinfecting Wipes
    • Glue
    • Dry Snack Options (Crackers, cereal, dried fruit, etc.)
      *No nuts please! Coconut is okay.
    • Paper Plates
    • Hand Sanitizer
    • Markers
    • Construction Paper
    • Water Colors
    • Colored Card Stock
    • Lamination Sheets

Pre-K/Kindergarten:

*Please put your child’s name on these items:

  • 1 Backpack (To bring every day to take papers and projects home. Please make sure these backpacks are FULL SIZE. It is difficult for students to bring home papers, notes, and projects in a small backpack.)
  • 1 Lunchbox (If your child brings a lunch.)
  • 1 Pair of Gym Shoes (To keep in cubby for PE.)
  • Extra set of Clothes (To keep in cubby.)
  • 1 Small Reusable Water Bottle (To be kept at school.)

Pre-K:

*Items are shared with the class. (No name needed.)

  • 1 Box of Q-tips
  • 1 Pack of Crayola Markers OR
    1 Pack of Expo Dry Erase Markers (w/ Eraser)
  • 1 Pack of Colored Pencils
  • 12 Glue Sticks (We use A LOT of these!)
  • 1 Pack of Brown Lunch Bags
  • 1 Pack of Zip Locks (Quart or Gallon)
  • 1 Pack of Napkins
  • 1 Pack of Clorox or Lysol Wipes
  • 1-3 Snack Items – Nonperishable (Goldfish, Saltines, Pretzels – Ongoing throughout the year.)

Wish List: These are items we are hoping for and use for special occasions like holidays, school celebrations, etc.

    • Rice
    • Dried Beans or Dried Noodles (For our yearlong sensory bin. We switch it up every two weeks!)
    • Pack of White Construction Paper
    • Wood Clothespins
    • Jumbo Popsicle Sticks
    • Pack of 3×5 Index Cards
    • Shaving Cream
    • Cotton balls

Kindergarent:

*Items are shared with the class. (No name needed.)

  • 1 Box of Ticonderoga Tri-Write Pencils (NO colored, patterned, or mechanical)
  • 1 Pack of Crayola Markers
  • 1 Pack of Page Protectors
  • 12 Glue Sticks (We use A LOT of these!)
  • 1 Pack of Clorox or Lysol Wipes
  • 1 Pack of Plain White Paper Plates
  • 1 Pack of Napkins
  • 1 Pack of Zip Locks (Sandwich Size)
  • 1 Box of Expo Dry Erase Markers (w/ Eraser)
  • 2 Plastic (Preferably 1 Red and 1 Blue)
  • 3-Prong Folder
  • 1-3 Snack Items – Nonperishable

1st & 2nd Grade

Shared Supplies:

  • 1 Package of Disinfecting Wipes (Ms. Carol’s Class only please)
  • 1 Non-Perishable snack (Class Size: 25 students)
  • Markers (10 pack, non-primary colors please.)
  • 1 Box of Crayons (24 pack)
  • Ticonderoga #2 Pencils (Suggested: 12 pack or more.)
  • Glue Sticks (2-Pack, Preferred: Purple Disappearing)
  • 1 Pair of Scissors (Preferred: Fiskars Safety)
  • 1 Big Box of Facial Tissue
  • 1 Box of Bandaids
  • 1 Non-Spiral Composition Notebook (2nd Graders Only)

Pick only 1 of the following to send:

  • Paper Cups (Like Dixie Cups)
  • Small or Large Paper Plates
  • Sandwich Size Ziplocs
  • Quart Size Ziplocs
  • Gallon Size Ziplocs

Individual Student Supplies (Please put Name on Items):

  • Backpack
  • Water Bottle
  • Gym Shoes
  • A Pocket Folder for Papers to go between Home and School.

3rd & 4th Grade

  • 9 Glue Sticks
  • 1 Box of Crayons
  • 1 Box of Colored Pencils
  • 1 Pack of Crayola Markers
  • 5 Mead Composition Notebooks (Wide Ruled, Any Color)
  • 6 Boxes of #2 Pencils
  • 3 Black Sharpie Permanent Markers
  • 2 Pack of EXPO White Board Markers  and Eraser
  • 3 Folders (2 Pocket)
  • 1 Pair of Scissors
  • 1 Pencil Case (Preferred: Large Mesh Pocket)
    *Hard Cases don’t fit in book boxes very well.
  • 10 Pencil Top Erasers
  • 1 Box of Tissues
  • 1 Ruler
  • 1 8oz Container of Hand Sanitizer
  • 2 Containers of Sanitizing Wipes

5th & 6th Grade

  • 1 Box of Gallon Size Baggies
  • 1 Box of Quart Size Baggies
  • 2 Boxes of Facial Tissue
  • 3 Packs of Antibacterial Wipes
  • 1 Hand Sanitizer (Pump)
  • 4 Packs of Loose-Leaf Notebook Paper
  • 3 Boxes of #2 Pencils
  • Handheld Pencil Sharpener
  • Cap Erasers
  • (2) 3-Prong Pocket Folders
  • Multicolored Highlighters 
  • 2 Composition Notebooks (No Spiral Please)
  • 1 Box of Crayons
  • 1 Box of Colored Pencils
  • 1 Box of Markers 
  • 1 Pair of Scissors
  • 3 Glue Sticks
  • 1 Bottle of Liquid Glue
  • Gym Shoes
07:25am K-6 Before School Program Starts
09:10am Student Day Starts
11:30am Peer Buddy Pre-School Arrives
12:10pm Pre-K Student Day Starts
12:40pm
to 01:00pm
Recess
01:10pm
to 01:40pm
Lunch
03:30pm Peer Budy Pre-School Student Day Ends
03:40pm Pre-K & All K-6th Grade Student Day Ends
05:00pm K-6 After-School Program Ends

Standard Student Registration

Please follow the complete instructions on the District’s website.

Dual Enrollment of Homeschool Students

Tongass School provides dual-enrollment courses to Fast-Track students.

We offer on-site PE, music, and art classes to students enrolled in the Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District’s Fast-Track homeschool program.

*Please contact Dr. Marian Gonzales, TSAS Principal, at +1 (907) 225-5720 for more information on enrolling in the Tongass School/Fast Track dual enrollment program.

  • Instructional Model
  • Lifelong Guidelines
  • Life Skills
  • Philosophy & Mission
  • Report Cards

Highly Effective Teaching (HET) is a school improvement model designed to increase student performance. The primary purpose of the model is to grow responsible citizens. For over 30 years, HET (formerly known as ITI, Integrated Thematic Instruction) has been successfully implemented in thousands of schools across America, Europe and Asia. The HET model is a brain-compatible instructional model grounded on our knowledge of how the brain works and then combining it with effective instructional strategies.

Teachers develop classroom management plans that use agreements, procedures, Lifelong Guidelines and Life Skills in order to provide an organized, safe environment for students. We develop curriculum based on the Alaska State Standards and Concepts. Concepts are changed at least once a trimester. Being There Experiences are tied to meaningful content and teachers refer to these experiences throughout the concept study. As students discover community needs during their study, they are taught to reach out and address these needs through social and/or political action.

HET is comprised of nine body/brain-compatible elements. Our teachers strive to always include these when planning for our students’ educational experience.

The nine elements are:  Absence of threat; Reflective thinking; Meaningful content; Movement; Enriched, nurturing environment; Choices based on multiple intelligences; Immediate feedback; Adequate time for mastery and application; and Collaboration.

  • TRUSTWORTHINESS: To act in a manner that makes one worthy of trust and confidence
  • TRUTHFULNESS: To act with personal responsibility and mental accountability
  • ACTIVE LISTENING: To listen attentively and with the intention of understanding
  • NO PUT DOWNS: To never use words, actions and/or body language that degrade, humiliate, or
    dishonor others.
  • PERSONAL BEST: To do one's best given the circumstances and available resources
  • CARING: To feel and show concern for others
  • COMMON SENSE: To use good judgment
  • COOPERATION: To work together toward a common goal or purpose
  • COURAGE: To act according one's beliefs despite fear of adverse consequences
  • CURIOSITY: A desire to investigate and seek understanding
  • EFFORT: To do your best
  • FLEXIBILITY: To be willing to alter plans when necessary
  • FRIENDSHIP: To make and keep a friend through mutual trust and understanding
  • INITIATIVE: To do something, of one's own free will, because it needs to be done
  • INTEGRITY: To act according to a sense of what's right and wrong
  • ORGANIZATION: To plan, arrange and implement in an orderly way; to keep things orderly and ready to use
  • PATIENCE: To wait calmly for someone or something
  • PERSEVERANCE: To keep at it
  • PRIDE: Satisfaction from doing one's personal best
  • PROBLEM SOLVING: To create solutions to difficult situations and everyday problems
  • RESOURCEFULNESS: To respond to challenges and opportunities in innovative and creative ways
  • RESPONSIBILITY: To respond when appropriate; to be accountable for one's actions
  • SENSE OF HUMOR: To laugh and be playful without harming others

Philosophy:

We believe that a meaningful education includes an instructional program that develops a foundation of skills and knowledge and provides students, according to their developmental level, the freedom to ask and seek answers to important questions; to analyze, investigate and synthesize information; and develop independent opinions and conclusions through inquiry, dialogue and reflection.

 The Tongass School of Arts and Sciences believes that:

  • Children need a well-rounded elementary education that includes world languages, music, fine and performing arts, physical and health education and social skills development as complementary and equal in value to the study of language arts, mathematics and the sciences;
  • The process by which a child learns is as important as what the child produces;
  • Children are naturally curious learners with diverse strengths, needs, interests and talents;
  • Children need a broad foundation of skills provided through in-depth instruction and investigation of subject areas and themes that connect the subject areas;
  • Children need to learn respect and appreciation for the diversity of people, including their languages, cultures and beliefs;
  • Children need to learn to take responsibility for their own actions and work successfully with others in a collaborative manner;
  • Children need to learn about their community and their relationship and connection to it;
  • Children need the support and guidance of positive role models;
  • Parents are a vital and integral part of their child's education; 
  • Children benefit and learn from social interaction with their peers;
  • The academic, social and emotional development of children must be addressed within the educational program;
  • The school is a learning community that develops respect, responsibility, cooperation and active participation of all members.

 

School Mission:

The mission of the Tongass School is to provide an educational experience for students that:

  • Fosters complex educational opportunities that include real life and real world experiences and builds on themes related to the arts and sciences;
  • Effectively applies current educational research to school and classroom practice;
  • Respects, values and builds on the individual and unique strengths of students in order to foster a strong sense of responsibility and self-worth;
  • Creates an educational environment that provides positive relationships within the classroom, the school community and the community at large;
  • Develops respect and appreciation for diversity of people, cultures, ideas and perspectives;
  • Increases parental involvement in the education of their children.

Tongass School utilizes standards-based report cards to measure academic growth in the areas of reading, writing, science, and math. The Alaska Grade Level Expectations are statements that define what students should know and be able to do at the end of a given grade level. Teachers mark progress on each area of the report card using emerging, developing, proficient or advanced to indicate the student’s current level of progress toward meeting the Alaska Grade-Level Expectations by the end of the year.

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