K-12 EDUCATIONAL INFORMATION & RESOURCES FOR MILITARY-CONNECTED & DOD AFFILIATED CHILDREN AND THEIR FAMILIES
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elcome to our Joint Region Marianas (JRM) School Liaison magazine! This is one of the ways we provide ongoing communication to our families across the beautiful island of Guam. This quarterly publication, TOLLAI EDUKASION, is designed to highlight various programs, events and people that are the heart of our military educational programs. It is our goal to continue to BRIDGE partnerships by connecting with families, installations, schools, Child & Youth Programs and the community. If you have news stories or future events you wish to include in the TOLLAI EDUKASION Magazine, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your support!
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Welcome from Editors School Transition Support Student Spotlights Special Needs System Navigation Deployment Support Command, School, Community Post-Secondary Preparation Homeschool Linkage Support Partnerships in Education Child & Youth Programs
ON THE COVER: Kindergarten Students from Andersen Elementary School Photo by: Ms. Pamela Borgert
SCHOOL TRANSITION SUPPORT AYUDUN TINILAIKA GI ESKUELA
ANDERSEN MIDDLE SCHOOL AMBASSADORS VISIT ANDERSEN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Submitted by Andersen Dragon Ambassadors Club. The Andersen Middle School Dragon Ambassadors visited the 5th grade classes at Andersen Elementary on Feb. 24, to assist students with the transition to the wonderful world of middle school. The ambassadors gave the rising 6th graders important information about their class schedule, what to expect in middle school, locker information, extracurricular activities and many more! The students were also given their 6th grade course selection sheets so that they can select their electives for next school year. t
PURPLE UP! in April for the Month of the Military Child
Every April, resilient military-connected children are recognized during the Month of the Military Child (MOMC). Every year, we celebrate these amazing children for their selflessness and sacrifice as they proudly serve our country as part of military families deployed in country and abroad.
Here on Guam, CYP and base facilities celebrate our little heroes through different activities and events. Contact your child's school and Child & Youth Programs for the local Purple Up! date and other Month of the Military Child activities.
Naval Hospital Guam CDC Staff pose with Military kids to celebrate the Month of the Military Child
DODEA GUAM Schools Student Spotlight NAME: Makayla M. LEVEL: 4th Grade | McCool Elementary School HOBBIES (What do you like to do?): Video games, Art, Music, Stuffed Animals, Swimming, Math and Reading ASPIRATIONS: A scientist in NASA. I want to be an astronaut, but also a scientist. NAME: Alana Scharon LEVEL: 5th Grade | Andersen Elementary School HOBBIES (What do you like to do?): Dancing, Singing, Drawing, Painting and artsy stuff ASPIRATIONS: Learn to play the violin, get all A+ on my next report card and finish all Harry Potter books. NAME: Stella Diebel LEVEL: 8th Grade | Andersen Middle Scthool ASPIRATIONS: I'm looking forward to getting better at Math and understand it more. Recognized as Andersen CYP Teen Center's Teen and Youth Sponsor of the month for January. NAME: Isis Hopkins LEVEL: Senior | Guam High School HOBBIES (What do you like to do?): Cooking, Competitive diving, Swimming,Hiking, hanging with family and friends. 4
Anchored4Life Club hosts Book Reading for Transition & Resiliency Submitted by School Liaison Office
School Liaison, Ms. Barbara Askey, reads Unstoppable Me by Wayne Dyer to McCool School Anchored4Life (A4L) Elementary Team Leaders at McCool School. The awesome A4L Team Leaders shared their thoughts and personal experiences related to the ten ways to Soar through Life. Anchored4Life (A4L) is a peer to peer student led transition support club that is at the DoDEA Guam Schools and Child and Youth Programs.
SPECIAL NEEDS SYSTEM NAVIGATION ESPESIAT NA EDUKASIÓN PARA I ESTUDIANTE
WHAT SHOULD YOU CONSIDER WHEN PLANNING TO MOVE WITH AN EXCEPTIONAL FAMILY MEMBER?
SPECIAL NEEDS RESOURCES Scan the code below for more information about moving timelines checklists and additional helpful resources or links:
• Connect with your relocation point of contact, or POC, at your local Military Family Support Center, and visit MilitaryINSTALLATIONS, https://installations. militaryonesource.mil/, for more information. • Connect with your local Exceptional Family Member Program Family Support office to initiate a warm handoff of EFMP Family Support services to your gaining installation EFMP Family Support office. • Preparing for a PCS OCONUS? Before moving OCONUS, your family will be screened to ensure that the medical/ educational needs of all family members are considered during the assignment coordination process. Contact your military treatment facility for more information on Family Member Travel Screening, or FMTS. Remember: Start the FMTS process as soon as you receive official notification of assignment to an OCONUS location.
DEPLOYMENT SUPPORT AYUDU PARA I MAN APATTÁO
Military and Family Life Counselors (MFLC) Child & Youth Behavioral (CYB) Program Compiled by School Liaison Office
Captain Justin Beckett, 36th MDG-Mental Health, speaks with Military and Family Life Counselors (MFLC) during the annual MFLC Orientation hosted by the School Liaisons. Presenters from Andersen, NBG and Naval Hospital shared information and resources.
Do you or your child need a little extra support due to moving to a new location, deployment or reunion adjustments, or daily life issues? Military and Family Life Counselors (MFLC) are available to support you and your children. Contact the Child and Youth Programs (CYP) or the DoDEA Guam School office during the school year to ask to speak with the Military and Family Life Counselor. Military and Family Life Counselors (MFLCs) are licensed professionals with Master’s Degree or higher who provide shortterm, non-medical, problem solving support to military children and families. MFLCs understand the issues military children and families face and can be especially helpful during challenging periods, including deployments and PCS moves. MFLCs are located at the Naval Base Guam and Andersen Child and Youth Programs (CYP) and at McCool Elementary/Middle School, Andersen Elementary School, Andersen Middle School and Guam High School. Contact the CYP or School office to ask to speak with the Military and Family Life Counselor at these locations. Additionally, there are MFLC positions at Airmen and Family Readiness Center (AFRC), Northwest Field and Naval Base Guam who serve adults regarding topics such as marriage and relationship, stress management, job related issues, grief and loss and other types of life issue. 6
CONTACT INFORMATION SCHOOLS Andersen Elementary School...671-688-6352 / 671-747-1733 Andersen Middle School.................................671-683-5601 Guam High School...........................................671-788-8188 McCool Elementary School.............................671-456-2222 McCool Middle School......................................671-777-5339 Child and Youth Programs Naval Base Guam CYP.....................................671-971-6078 Andersen CYP..................................................671-797-0647 For additional information, contact School Liaison Officers 671-349-6251 / 349-1141. ADULT MFLC Airman & Family Readiness ........................... 671-362-6352 Northwest Field..................... 671-972-7537 or 671-362-5639 Naval Base Community Support......671-971-4663/339-2126 National Guard................................................671-988-4471
COMMAND, SCHOOL, COMMUNITY
ATORIDAT I MILITAT, I ESKUELA, YAN I KOMUNIDAD
"Taco About It" Teen Social Event
Teen Dating Awareness Wave held last Feb. 01
Activities held for Teen Dating Awareness & Prevention Submitted and Photos by Andersen Family Advocacy Program Andersen FAP together with USO Andersen hosted a teen social event called "Taco Bout It" for youth ages 14-18yrs. They had activities that focused on building healthy relationships with friends, families, and peers. They held open discussions outlining the differences that make relationships healthy or unhealthy. There were also talks about how to have open and respectful
ANDERSEN MIDDLE SCHOOL HELD SCHOOL LEVEL SPELLING BEE Submitted by Mr. Jim Rhodes, Andersen Middle School Spelling Bee Advisor On Jan. 31, Andersen Middle School held this year’s school level Spelling Bee. Four contestants took up the challenge to see who was the best Dragon speller. The contestants were Reynalynn Tongohan, Xandrell Tabual, Chloe White, & Sarah Denzer. After 12 rounds of spelling, Sarah Denzer, 8th grade, came out on top and will represent AMS at the Guam Area Scripps National Spelling Bee competition in March. Chloe White was the runner-up.
conversations with parents/guardians, adults they trust; as well as identifying situations on how to resolve conflict in friendships. There were 15 people in attendance. In collaboration with Guam High School , a Teen Dating Awareness Wave was held on Feb.01 to provide awareness to students through signs, banners, and posters.
ANDERSEN MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS LEARN FROM A HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR Submitted by Dr. Tyais Dial, School Principal Andersen Middle School Recently, DoDEA students across the Pacific area had the opportunity to hear from Holocaust survivor, Ms. Dita Kraus. The 92 year-old Ms. Kraus story of survival in Auschwitz concentration camp was the inspiration for the novel The Librarian of Auschwitz by Antonio Iturbe. Ms Kraus spoke to students at Andersen Middle School and across DoDEA Pacific from her home in Israel. She spoke of the inhuman treatment she and other Jewish peoples suffered at the hands of the Nazis during World War II. 7
PREPARASION PARA I LA GRADU EDUKASION I MANTAK’HILU
DODEA GUAM HIGH SCHOOL NJROTC
WREATHS ACROSS AMERICA CEREMONY
NJROTC Cadets from DODEA Guam High School participate with MCJROTC Cadets from Okkodo High School at the Wreaths Across America Ceremony held at the Guam Veteran's Cemetery. Submitted by: CDR Doug Bowling, USN (Ret)
NJROTC Cadets from Guam High School train with JROTC Cadets from Southern High School.
GUAM HIGH SCHOOL DRAMA TEAM PRODUCTION Submitted by Ms. Debora Moore, Guam HS Art Teacher Congratulations to the Far East Drama team who received acclaim and high marks for their production of The Rise of Tommy Rotten during the drama festival that took place virtually on February 17th and 18th. The actors took part in a two-day performance festival where they participated in virtual acting workshops with industry professionals on a range of subjects from performing Shakespeare, improve, auditioning & more. In addition, students were treated to a live Broadway medley performed by the USO Broadway Company. Bravo to our young performers. You can check out Guam High’s performance here: https://vimeo.com/663600531 Team Members: Paul Ashby, Kai Chaco, Rylie Cruz, Raidan Edwards, Destiny Hutchens, Noah Mcguire, Addisen Oakley, Bethany Sherrill 8
HOMESCHOOL LINKAGE SUPPORT
AYUDUN EDUKASIÓN PARA I FAMAGUON GI GIMA
Military connected and DoD associated Homeschool families who would like to be on a contact list to receive information about events or activities, please contact the School Liaison Office at email@example.com or call 671-349-6251 or 671-349-1141. • NAVAL BASE GUAM LIBRARY RESOURCES: Art Club : First Friday of the Month Spanish Club : Second Friday of the Month STEAM Club : Third Friday of the Month Library Tour : Bi-Monthly Open to families with base access. For more information, call the Base Library at (671) 564-1836. • ANDERSEN BASE LIBRARY RESOURCES: Andersen Library offers various activities for homeschool families who have base access. Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) classes on April 22 at 9AM, May 20 at 9AM and every Saturday 10AM – 12 noon in June - August. We also offer Storytime, Early Literacy, Time to Create, and monthly homeschool projects. For more information, please call the Andersen Library at (671) 366-4291.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Submitted by School Liaison Office
GUAM LAW: 17 GCA (Guam Code Annotated), Chapter 6, Section 6109 “Children not attending a private full-time school and who are being instructed in study and recitation for at least three (3) hours a day for one hundred seventy (170) days each calendar year by a private tutor or other person, in the several branches of study required to be taught in the public schools of this Territory and in the English language, shall be exempted from attending the public school.” www.guamcourts.org/CompilerofLaws/GCA/17gca/17gc006.PDF DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE EDUCATION ACTIVITY (DODEA) SCHOOLS Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) schools offer eligible homeschooled children the opportunity to take one or more classes and/or to use or receive “auxiliary services”. However, homeschoolers must meet the same eligibility requirements as dependents enrolled in the DoDEA schools. Auxiliary services include the use of academic resources (including scheduled standardized tests, etc.), access to the library (information center), after-hours use of school facilities, participation in music, sports, and other extracurricular and interscholastic activities. Read DODEA Administrative Instruction 1375.01 HomeSchool-Students April 10, 2018. https://www.dodea.edu/Offices/ PolicyAndLegislation/upload/DoDEA-AI-1375-01-Home-SchoolStudents-Change-1.pdf
HOME SCHOOL SUPPORT CONTACTS IN GUAM: Navy Homeschool Group Point of Contact Joanne Styger Email: Joannestyger@gmail.com Facebook: Guam Military Christian Homeschoolers Facebook: Guam Christian Homeschool Co-op-GCHC Andersen AFB Homeschool Group Point of Contact VACANT Facebook: Andersen AFB Homeschool Group Guam Home School Association Website: www.guam-hsa.org Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Guam Homeschool Resource Center Website: www.guamhomeschool.com Email: email@example.com Phone: (671) 483-3748 Classical Conversations Guam Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Facebook: Classical Conversations Guam Child and Youth Programs: Youth Sports, Teen Center, School Age Care Naval Base Guam Phone: (671) 339-6130/6410 Andersen AFB Phone: (671) 366-3490 9
PARTNERSHIPS IN EDUCATION DINAñA PARA I EDUKASIÓN I FAMGUON
Read Across America Celebration at DODEA Guam Schools
7th-8th grade students read books in Spanish to 1st grade and kindergarten students at McCool School during Read Across the World Week. This collborative activity was designed by teachers to encourage and excite students to read more books as part of Read Across America.
CELEBRATING GENERATIONS OF READERS DoDEA Guam School students joined millions of their peers across the country to celebrate the Read Across the World Week from February 28th to March 4th. To celebrate the fun and value of reading, DoDEA Guam Schools held different activities. Below Andersen FSS Deputy Director reads a book by Dr. Seuss to pre-K kids at Andersen CDC (left); McCool School students read books during Read Across America Week (right).
McCool Elementary School Students Create Family Coconut Book Projects Submitted by McCool Elementary School Families of Pre-K up to 2nd grade students were invited to participate in a family book project contest. The families read a book together and using a coconut, created a character or something representing the book the family read. A short description of the project was also included with their creations.
Guam High School Students Learn About Financial Literacy Submitted by Fleet & Family Readiness Center April is recognized as National Financial Literacy Month. Learn the importance on how to save, earn, invest, and protect your money. This initiative promotes the importance of developing financial skills that will help you achieve financial goals. In support of this initiative, the Fleet and Family Support Center partnered with Guam High School and conducted a class on Developing a Spending Plan. FFSC’s Accredited Financial Counselor (AFC) Germaine Moore demonstrated the importance of savings, how to input wants and needs into a spending plan, and managing money wisely. Students chose a variety of expenses and were instructed to build a budget based on what was chosen. This class helped students understand the importance of money management.
For more information on the Personal Financial Management Program and other FFSC programs and services, please contact (671) 333-2056/57 or email FFSCGUAM@FE.NAVY.MIL. 11
CHILD & YOUTH PROGRAMS PROGRÅMAN FAMAGU’ON
ANDERSEN CHILD & YOUTH PROGRAMS (CYP) HIGHLIGHTS
The Andersen AFB Youth Sports & Fitness Program conducted a Youth Basketball League. Youth participants received medals for all their hard work!
The Andersen AFB Youth Sports Program conducted a Youth Cheerleading League in the Fall Season of 2021. Youth were placed into two groups and were all given medals for their efforts!
Pre-School Kids at the CDC enjoyed reading books and spending time with Dr. Seuss in celebration of Read Across America.
NBG CHILD & YOUTH PROGRAMS (CYP) HIGHLIGHTS
Teens learn about financial planning and budgeting with the Fleet and Family Center Financial Counselor Advisor. 12
The Fleet and Family Support Center hosts an information booth in NBG SAC for military youths and their families.
NBG CYP SCHOOL AGE CARE CENTER ART SHOW & CONTEST
SAC's Art Show & Contest Entries displayed for judging.
SAC's Art Show & Contest entries displayed at the front lobby.
Ms. Barbara Askey, School Liaison, judges entries for the Boyrs and Girls Club of America (BGCA) National Arts Contest last March.
Ms. Marcella Atwood, School Liaison (above), and Ms. Glenid Rivera, Base Librarian (below) judges entries for the Boys and Girls Club of America (BGCA) National Arts Contest.
ANDERSEN CYP SCHOOL AGE CARE
Youth and SAC Staff coordinated for the program's first ever color run!
SAC celebrated winter teaching our youth how to cut snowflakes. These were used to decorate the center during winter recess.
THE ANDERSEN TEEN CENTER CELEBRATED FRIENDSHIP DAY/"PALENTINES" LAST FEBRUARY As we celebrate the month of love and friendship, the teens enjoyed an afternoon fun of games, dancing, and a pool tournament. Best dressed was awarded to Kai Sanchez. The Pool tournament champion went to Trenton Lawson.
Photo credits: DOD Military One Source Spotlight Page
Youth Sponsorship Council
Submitted by Ms. April Quidachay, Naval Base Guam Child and Youth Programs Naval Base Guam School Age Care and Teen Center Leaders came together with the School Liaisons and Program Advisors for the Annual Youth Sponsorship Council Meeting.
YOUTH SPORTS COACH OF THE QUARTER The Andersen AFB Youth Sports and Fitness Program would like to recognize our Coach of the quarter for January-March 2022.
KIDS IN THE KITCHEN AT ANDERSEN SCHOOL AGE CARE
Nicolas Oakley, Andersen AFB Hobbies: Coaching/Teaching
Staff and Youth gathered to learn how to make their own pizza. Stop by if you want to see the next dish!
Andersen AFB Youth Sports Submitted by Mr. Ronnie Sanchez
START SMART PROGRAMS
The Start Smart program is a 6 week parent and child group activity which performs motor skill tasks that gradually build confidence in children while they are having fun at the same time.
Sports Coached: Fall Soccer, Spring Soccer, Basketball Favorite Motivational Quote:
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts” What do you enjoy about coaching youth sports: Watching a team come together and seeing progress in each athlete throughout the year.
FALL YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE
The Andersen AFB Youth Sports and Fitness Program conducted a 9 week youth basketball league. Youth were put in various age groups to include 5-6, 7-8, 9-10 and 11-13. At the last week of the season, all youth were given medals for all their hard work.their hard work. 15
JOINT REGION MARIANAS | SCHOOL LIAISONS Barbara Askey
Bldg. 203, Halsey Drive Nimitz Hill, Piti, Guam 96925
Bldg. 203, Halsey Drive Nimitz Hill, Piti, Guam 96925
School Liaison Joint Region Marianas Warfighter & Family Readiness
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School Liaison Joint Region Marianas Warfighter & Family Readiness
WWW.MILITARYMWRGUAM.COM/SCHOOL-LIAISON CHILD & YOUTH PROGRAMS DIRECTORY CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTERS Bldg. 1625, Andersen AFB Phone (671) 366-1601/2
SCHOOL AGE CARE Bldg. 1622, Andersen AFB Phone (671) 366-3490 Bldg. FH-01 Haputo Road, Naval Base Guam Phone (671) 339-6130
Bldg. 1983-A, Naval Base Guam Phone (671) 564-1844
TEEN CENTERS Bldg. 1605, Andersen AFB Phone (671) 366-7706
Bldg. 10 Farenholt Avenue, USNH Guam Phone (671) 472-2312
Bldg. 1982-B Haputo Road, Naval Base Guam Phone (671) 339-6410/11
For information about DoDEA COVID guidance , please view DoDEA COVID -19 Operational Guidelines-Protocols by scanning the QR code or via https://www.dodea.edu/covid-operations.cfm
TEACHER PROFESSIONAL DAY: NO SCHOOL Friday, April 22 ACCELERATED WITHDRAWAL DATE Tuesday, May 10 MEMORIAL DAY: FEDERAL HOLIDAY Monday, May 30 LAST SCHOOL DAY FOR PRE-K Monday, June 6 LAST SCHOOL DAY; 1/2 DAY FOR ALL STUDENTS Tuesday, June 7
FOR MORE INFORMATION VISIT YOUR SCHOOL'S FACEBOOK PAGE OR CALL
SCHOOL PHONE NUMBERS (AREA CODE 671):
Andersen Elementary (PreK - 5th grades): 671-366-1511
McCool Elementary/Middle (PreK - 8th grades): 671-339-8676
Andersen Middle (6th - 8th grades): 671-366-5973
DoDEA Community Superintendent's Guam Field Office: 671-344-9578
Guam High (9th - 12th grades): 671-344-7410