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Tongass School of Arts and Sciences
By Bethany Phippen


October 29, 2008
Wednesday AM

My family and I moved to Ketchikan in February from Oregon. My son who was in kindergarten at the time absolutely hated school and would do nothing to learn. We of course moved up here for my husband's job, and they got in contact with the Chamber for us who sent us everything we needed to know about Ketchikan. Tongass School of Arts and Sciences was the first school that I called in trying to make sure my son had a school to go to as soon as we arrived. They were very helpful in our decision making and just so happened to have an opening in the kindergarten.

When we got here, Jace's teacher was Ms. Carol Stanton. He was actually wanting to learn. By the time the school year was finished, he was reading at an almost 2nd grade level. I absolutely love Tongass School of Arts and Sciences. They don't just teach the everyday curriculum, they teach life skills. My son comes home all the time excited about something that he learned that day. His nightly homework is to read a book, which he either reads over the phone to his grandma in Oregon, or he will read to his 3 year old brother or his dad and I. He does it with such enthusiasm. Last night he read a 64 page book and did it very well.

As for the hiring of the new principal, Mrs Johnson. She is a wonderful lady. She actually takes the time for not only the students, but the families as well.

So I would just like to take a minute to thank everybody at Tongass School for their dedication to the students. You are all wonderful people and you should be praised for the love that you show each and every student.

Bethany Phippen
Ketchikan, AK

About: "I am a parent of a now 1st grader who has done nothing but excel at TSAS."

Received October 28, 2008 - Published October 29, 2008


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