TOTEM Association of Educational Support Personnel, Inc.



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TOTEM's Affiliation with APEA/AFT

TOTEM's Goals

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Information about the PSP Program

Recognition for Professional Certificates PSP/CAP/ETS Parapro Test/48 Credits

TOTEM Scholarship Information

Sick Leave & Catastrophic Leave

Revised 11/9/2010

Alaska State Standards for Paraprofessionals

Student Teaching Procedures for TOTEM Members

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TOTEM Updates


2014 TOTEM Spring Conference Wrap-up

The 2014 TOTEM Spring Conference was another great conference! TOTEM welcomed a number of new presenters and topics this year and they were met with great enthusiaism. We want to especially acknowledge those who helped us make it successful, including those who donated door prizes, put together auction backets, volunteered their time as class assistants, or came early to help with registration. People like you make TOTEM what it is.

CONGRATULATIONS to the following winners of our gift card drawings:

Karen Gauthier (North Star Elementary) - $100 Visa Gift Card
Charlotte Wilcoxson (Service High) -
$50 Safeway Gift Card

A BIG THANK YOU to the following people for their generous Spring Conference door prize donations:

Denali Alaskan Federal Credit Union
Dino's Donuts
South Side Grill
Cindy's Cakes
Julie Wilson
Divine Gourmet Cupcakes
Isabel Groff
Sandy Thompson

THANK YOU to the following people for helping us raise over $700 in our silent auction for the American Cancer Society:

Judy Thomson - Baby Afghan Gift Bag
Muldoon - Spring Is Coming Basket
Creekside Park - Be Your Best Basket
Clark Middle - Think Green Basket
North Star Elementary - Celebrate Living Basket & Book Basket
TOTEM Board - Red Hot Basket & Kitchen Basket

Upcoming Officer Election

Please note that you will soon be receiving a letter regarding the current TOTEM Board Vice President Election. This letter will instruct you on how to vote for the next vice president via phone or online. It will contain a unique username and access code for you use. Current Vice President Sandy Thompson is running against Kenneth Tate and you can learn more about Sandy and Kenneth in the April 2014 TOTEM Newsletter. We encourage you to read their bios and determine who you would like on your TOTEM Board. If you have any questions about this new voting process, please feel free to contact the TOTEM office.


Upcoming PSP Workshops:

For those who need help finalizing their paperwork

Saturday, April 26, 2014
Recertifications - 10-11 am
New Certifications - 11 am -12 pm

In order to attend any workshop, you must register at My Learning Plan. All workshops will be held at the TOTEM Office, 3310 Arctic Blvd, Suite 200.  For more information on the PSP, click here.


 Other Important TOTEM Information: 

Beginning and End Dates for the 12/13 & 13/14 School Year

       Months                       2013/14 Start            End          

           9                                8/15/13               5/23/14       

        9.75                              8/12/13               6/06/14

        10 (Non-Elementary)              7/22/13               6/02/14

        10 (Elementary)                   7/25/13               6/05/14

        10.5                              7/17/13               6/02/14

         11                                7/10/13               6/10/14


Important changes regarding the ETS ParaPro Assessment test:

The new ETS ParaPro Assessment Test has replaced the HELP test for paraprofessionals who need to be recertified. For a list of the next test dates, please contact Zareena at the number below.

The testing dates for the 2013/2014 School Year are:

September 21, 2013

November 2, 2013

March 8, 2014

June 7, 2014


For a study guide, please call Zareena Clendanial

 at 742-7819.

If you would like to register for the test, please go online to:

For further information regarding the ETS ParaPro Assessment Test, check out this FAQ page or log on to ASD’s website:




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