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FAIRBANKS, ALASKA

AUGUST 6, 2011

The voice of Interior Alaska since 1903

2011-2012

Look inside for important back-to-school information. Archival image used by permission. Charles E. Bunnell Collection (acc. #58-1026-2246N) in the Archives, Alaska and Polar Regions Dept., University of Alaska Fairbanks

Where Faith & Academics Meet Immaculate Conception Grade School • Monroe Catholic Junior/Senior High School To learn about our schools, call to schedule a tour at 456-4574. Our doors are open to all. NAAS Accreditation

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One year later, superintendent reflects on Fairbanks By REBA LEAN rlean@newsminer.com

understanding the system and the culture. This is a journey. In some aspects, we’ve met Superintendent Pete Lewis that and in some, we can arrived in Fairbanks a year always get better.” ago from Washington state. Some of the superintenSince then, he has faced a dent’s major priorities are to tough budget, listened to indiimprove school attendance vidual families’ concerns and and to close the achievement experienced his first real ice gap. storm. The district’s Research and His first year in Alaska was Accountability Department a learning experience, Lewis released an achievement gap explained at a July interview. report in early 2011 that iden“It’s been an opportunity tified attendance rates as one for me to come in and look reason achievement gaps were at the organization and learn increasing. The superintenabout the different programs dent said that they would use John Wagner/News-Miner the report as a starting point and what we’re doing and adjust the systems and struc- Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Superinten- to evaluate teaching practices ture that we have,” he said. dent Pete Lewis is seen in his office during his first day on in the future. After seven years at the He also hopes to visit the job in 2010. Clarkston School District, classrooms to interact with year to familiarize himself a relationship and a knowlwith an enrollment of about teachers and build more comwith the school board, admin- edge and understanding of one-fifth the size of the Fairmunity and business partneristration and different schools. what the board wants,” he banks North Star Borough’s, ships. “There is a goal to develop said. “It is about learning and Lewis hoped to use his first This year, he made a point

to visit all 35 schools in the district and met with Parent Teacher Associations to discuss school boundary changes. “You want people to be in an environment where they’re comfortable talking,” he said “You want to break down barriers.” During his first year, the district implemented social networking policies for instructional purposes, deployed a experimental filtration system for fine particulates at Woodriver Elementary School and identified several major maintenance projects. “There’s always things we wished we could have done better,” he said. “I learned a lot and I’m just very pleased to be in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.” Contact staff writer Reba Lean at 459-7523.

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K-12 Home School Families choose their own curriculum and can take advantage of the resources of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.

Students in grades 6-12 enroll in a minimum of four courses through Advanced Academics, a fully accredited, online learning program with highly qualified and certified teachers and 24/7 technical support.

For more information, call 452-2000, ext. 201 • http://best.k12northstar.org

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Students in both programs: 3ᅚ are eligible to participate in athletics, music programs, and other extra-curricular activities at their attendance area schools according to district/state guidelines. 3ᅚ may enroll in up to two classes at local district schools. 3ᅚ are assigned a certified educational specialist who is knowledge of various curricula, courses, resources, and learning styles as well at B.E.S.T. policies and FNSBSD requirements.


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What you need to know about the Fairbanks school district Taken from the Fairbanks North charter, magnet and specialStar Borough School District web- ized schools. site

tation. For questions on transportation zones, please call the district Transportation Office at 452-2000, x351.

schools will my children attend? All schools in the district Elementary students are on the road system. living on Fort Wainwright Q: Tell me about the attend either Ticasuk Brown FNSB School District. Q. How do I know what in North Pole or Arctic Light The district operates 33 school to attend? Q. If I live on Eielson, on Trainor Gate. schools for approximately Transportation zones are which schools will my Seventh- and eighthgrad15,000 students throughout established for each school, children attend? ers attend Tanana Middle the Fairbanks North Star which determines bus routes Kindergarteners through School while 9-12 graders Borough, including schools and attendance areas. thirdgraders attend Anderattend Lathrop High School. on two military installations, Students within a transson Elementary, and thirdAll those schools, with the Fort Wainwright Army Post portation zone have preferthrough sixth-graders attend exception of Arctic Light, and Eielson Air Force Base. ence for enrollment at the Crawford Elementary. also have a large civilian stuSchools range in size from school in that zone. Students Secondary students attend dent population. a small rural elementary may attend a school outside Ben Eielson Junior/Senior school of fewer than 100 stu- their tranportation zone if High. Q. Can our family live dents to comprehensive high space is available, and if they off base or post and still schools with 1,200-1,300 provide their own transporQ. If I live on Fort attend school on Fort students, as well as various Wainwright, which Wainwright or Eielson?

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School supply lists are available ahead of time at our school web site http://plc.k12northstar.org

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Fall classes for ages 4 to adult start August 22

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Q. Do all students get bused to school? Bus transportation is provided for students living more than 1 1/2 miles from school. Under certain hazardous conditions, the school board may decide to provide

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Pearl Creek Elementary

We look forward to seeing everyone on the first day of school, Thursday, August 18. Students in 1st through 6th grade attend school from 9:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Please check the schedule for your Kindergarten or Pre-K students.

Yes. If you plan to live off base or post, please contact your principal to learn more about out-of-attendance area requests. Students must provide their own transportation and there must be space available in the desired class.

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A copy of the child’s birth certificate is required for all pupils entering kindergarten and for first graders who Continued from Page 3 haven’t been enrolled in the district before. bus transportation within All new students must shorter distances. submit proof of immunizaKindergarten students are provided one-way bus trans- tion before being admitted. Please bring a copy of portation. the student’s transcript or report card to help with class Q. How do I enroll my placement. Also, proof of students in school? residency (utility bill such as New students need to enroll at the school they will phone, water, electric, etc.) is required at the time of regisbe attending. tration. When schools are closed for the summer, new stuQ. How old must dents may pick up school packets for open enrollment students be to attend in our Student Records office school? State law requires every in the Administrative Center child between 7 and 16 years (452-2000, ext 212). of age to attend school. Check your schools webAny child who will be 5 site to find out when your years old on or before Sept.1 school is scheduling open is eligible to attend kinderenrollment (usually one garten. week prior to first day of Children must be 6 years class).

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old on or before Sept. 1 to attend first grade.

during back-to-school events. Band and orchestra programs begin at fourth grade. Q. Is it difficult to Many schools also offer Q. What immunizations transfer into Fairbanks before- and after-school proare needed? public schools from elsegrams, breakfast programs • DtaP (Diphtheria, Teta- where? and tutoring. nus, Pertussis) The district is accusEvery school has coun• Polio tomed to students transferselors and school nurses on • MMR (Measles, Mumps, ring in and out and makes staff. The average primary Rubella) every effort to ensure a class has 23.5 students , • Hepatitis A and B smooth transition. while intermediate classes Schools that serve the average 25.5 students per Q. When does school military community are class. start? especially adept at welcomSchool generally starts ing new students and have Q. Tell me about midthe third week in August special programs in place to dle schools in Fairbanks. and ends the third week in help. Currently, the district has May. four middle schools for 7-8th The first semester ends Q. Tell me about elegrade and one junior high before the two-week winter mentary schools in Fair(Ben Eielson on Eielson). break and there is a one banks. In addition, several of our week break in March. The district has 20 elecharter and magnet schools mentary schools including serve grades K-8. These Q. Is there a list of sup- those on Fort Wainwright schools offer a full academic plies my student should and Eielson. program including health bring? They offer a comprehenand physical education, plus School supply lists are sive academic program that electives such as art, world often in the individual school includes general music, Please see DISTRiCT, Page 5 homepages, and distributed physical education and art.

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languages, and music. The average class size is 25 students per teacher. See the individual school sites for more information. Q. Tell me about high schools in Fairbanks. The district’s two largest 9-12 grade high schools (Lathrop and West Valley) have 1,300 and 1,200 students respectively; North Pole High School has almost

900 students; and Ben Eielson Junior/Senior High has more than 340 high school students. Several optional programs also serve high school students, including Hutchison High School, a state-of-theart career and technical school focusing on five career clusters, and North Star Charter School, consisting of a North Pole Career Academy and a Career Education Center. High schools offer a wide range of classes, including many electives, honors courses and advanced place-

REGISTRATION

600 Trainor Gate Rd.

Q. Can my student participate in sports right away? Students must have a sports physical (available from your health provider) before participating in a

Q. What will my high school student need to graduate? Students need 22 credits to graduate and must pass the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam.

at North Star Ballet

Attendance required entire time period.

Tanana Middle School

Q. What sports and activities are available? The district offers a full array of sports and activities for students, including athletics, arts, special interest and academic clubs.

practice and students must participate in 10 practices before playing a game. Football and some other sports start before school starts in Fairbanks because of our short outdoor season. It is vital students wanting to participate in these sports have a physical and watch the paper for start dates.

Boys 3rd & 4th Grade (Minors).......9:00 a.m. Girls 3rd & 4th Grade (Minors)......10:00 a.m. 5th & 6th Grade (Majors). . . . . .11:00 a.m. 7th & 8th Grade (Jr.).....................Noon

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Classes facilitate problem solving, concentration and focus as children develop strength, flexibility and coordination in a fun and cooperative atmosphere

Interior Youth Basketball 457-4IYB, (457-4492) or You must attend skill assessments to play! $60 Players Fee Late registration fee $20

Q. What is the HSGQE? The High School Graduation Qualifying Exam is a required state exam comprised of three sections: reading, writing, and math. Students have multiple opportunities to take the test starting in their sophomore year. Students can apply for a

Ages 4–9 Fall Classes start August 22

For more information, contact:

Senior (Boys & Girls, 9th – 12th Grade) Tryouts & Registration Wed., Sept. 7, at Tanana Boys: 7:30 p.m. • Girls: 8:30 p.m.

High school students should talk with their counselor as soon as possible to make sure they’re on track to graduate.

Creative Movement & Dance

& SKILL ASSESSMENTS

Saturday, Aug. 20

ment classes. The average class size in high school is 26.5 students per class.

Register early at the Tanana Valley Fair In-person registration August 19 & 20, 10 am to 6 pm 1800 College Road on the Tanana Valley Fairgrounds

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Effie Kokrine Early College Charter School A school of choice where student centered education is a priority for grades 7-12

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waiver to the HSGQE under three very specific conditions: late arrival, rare and unusual circumstances, and passing a comparable exam in another state. Talk with your school counselor for more information.

Q. How do Fairbanks schools compare to other schools in the state or nation? In 2005, the average Fairbanks student placed in the 63rd percentile on national standardized tests. Students in Fairbanks continue to outperform other Alaska students on state and national tests at all grade levels and in all subjects. The average Fairbanks student has significantly higher composite SAT and

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Q. Which schools are best? Each school in the district is unique and has its own strengths. In general, families are fiercely loyal to the schools in their neighborhood. Q. What is taught? What is the curriculum? Each curriculum area is updated according to a sixyear review and revision cycle.

teachers at the elementary and middle school levels. A wide range of Advanced Placement classes are offered at high schools for all students. Although not every class is offered at every school, approximately 25 Advanced Placement courses are offered throughout the district. Q. What kind of special education services are available? The Special Education Department provides assessment and direct services to students with 15 different exceptionalities, and secondary services such as transportation, translators, occupational and physical therapy, counseling, etc.

Q. What are students expected to learn at each grade level and how do we know they’re learning it? Grade level expectations and performance standards are set by the state of Alaska Q. Does it get cold in and students are tested Fairbanks? according to standards-based Fairbanks is semi-arid. assessments. Winters are cold but dry The skies are generally Q. What services are blue and the snow is dry and provided for gifted stufluffy. dents? Students learn to dress in The district’s Extended layers and have fun outdoors Learning Program provides year-round.

Recess is only cancelled when the temperature reaches 20 degrees below zero Fahrenheit. Kids adjust quickly, as long as they bundle up. Q. Is Fairbanks a diverse community? Yes. Students in the district come from 50 different language backgrounds. Several federal programs help student adjust to our district, including English Language Learners tutoring. The district’s ethnicity report is posted on the webpage. Q. How can I get involved in the schools? Family members are welcome in Fairbanks schools. All schools welcome volunteers to help in the classroom, tutor students, share their culture and careers, chaperone trips and share in various ways in the school life of our students. Service members can earn credit when they volunteer in the school. Contact your local school for more information.

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10:45-11:45 Ages 6-8 Intro Jazz

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Bullying comes in all forms, so keep a watchful eye By TAWNY MAYA MCCRAY Creators News Service If your kids’ grades are slipping, their moods have changed dramatically and they suddenly want to be driven to or picked up from school instead of taking the bus, be cautious. These are some signs that your child may be the victim

of a school bully. Other signs include a diminished appetite, problems sleeping and coming home with torn clothing. “Everyday over 160,000 kids do not go to school because of bullying,” said Jim Jordan, president of reportbullying.com, which creates anti-bullying programs and assemblies for

schools throughout the United States and Canada. Bullying has always been prevalent in schools, but in recent years it has become a serious problem that needs to be taken care of early on. O’Neal Walker, a clinical psychologist with the Center for Mental Health Services in Maryland, said 30 percent of children are bullied these

days. If the problem is not dealt with swiftly, these kids will grow up to be adults who “feed into two systems — our hospital-based residential care systems or our prison systems. “ To deal with a bully, Walker suggested kids report it to a school official or parent and not try to ignore it or get into a fight with the

perpetrator. He added that a lot of bullying also takes place between school and home. If it occurs, the victim should stop in or by a nearby store in the community and use a cell or pay phone to call their parents or 911. Jordan offered a different Please see BULLY, Page 8

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Jump Start Mini Camp For all NEW STUDENTS to the building. Invites went home in the mail, please RSVP. Lunch is provided. Wednesday, August 10 • 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Schedule and locker pick up Tuesday, August 16 • 11:30-3:00 p.m.

Students First Day of School Thursday, August 18 See you bright & early, classes begin at 8:00 a.m.

Open House Thursday, August 30 • 6:00-7:30 p.m.

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Auditions begin Monday, August 8th by appointment A Community Youth Choir, open to males and females of all cultural, racial and religious backgrounds. All unchanged treble voices age 8 to 18 are welcome to audition. Melissa Downes, Director Janice Trumbull, Accompanist For information and to schedule an audition:

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The staff of NPMS welcomes new and returning students to a new school year. Please keep in mind these important dates:

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Grades

Northern Lights Academy is a private school offering a rigorous academic program for students in grades 1-8. We will be utilizing a one room schoolhouse/multiage philosophy to cover the required curriculum. Now accepting applications for 2011-12

WELCOME BACK, STUDENTS

Check our Web site: http://npm.k12northstar.org/ To receive our daily bulletin, please send your e-mail address to: kimery.healey@k12northstar.org

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bullies is that it’s bad behavior that’s getting great results. By educating the Continued from Page 7 bystanders, you get to the point where the bullies no approach. He said it’s the bystanders who have to take longer get that gratification from the students being action and report the incident to a person in authority, complacent or cheering them on for what they’re doing. whether it’s a teacher, the “This bad behavior ends principal or a parent. up getting bad results “What we try to do is edubecause bystanders are cate the bystanders because that’s 98 percent of the kids speaking up.” He said schools need to inside the schools,” Jordan stop focusing on the bulsaid. lies and the victims because “The problem with the “that’s reactive, and the only way you become proactive is when you educate the bystanders. And victims are bystanders as well because they see other people getting bullied.”

BULLY

With the emergence of the Internet and cell phones over the past few decades, bullying is no longer limited to the schoolyard. “Cyberbullying is the use of electronic information and communication devices such as e-mail, instant messaging, text messages, mobile phones, pagers and defamatory websites to bully or otherwise harass an individual or group through personal attacks or other means, and it may constitute a computer crime,” said Rob Nickel, a Cyber Safety Expert who speaks at various schools throughout Canada and the U.S. and has appeared on the Dr. Phil Show. Nickel said cyberbullying

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Q. How is the Indian Education Program funded? Completed ED 506 forms help generate funds so we can provide supplemental services to Native children. The ED 506 form is a federal form that certifies student eligibility for the Title VII, Indian Education Program. If you, your child or his/her grandparent are an enrolled member of an American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native Group, then your child may be eligible to be enrolled in Title VII, Indian Education Program. A program plan will be developed each year and submitted for funding. For the future, the program will operate under a six-year plan submitted in 2009.

Q. Am I eligible? Are you or your child, or his/her grandparent, an enrolled member of an American Indian Tribe or Alaska Native Group? If so, your child may be eligible to be enrolled in the title VII Indian Education Program.

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Former principal offers advice for teens on school with good study habits. I’m really concerned. What should I do? — Brenda, Garden Grove, Calif. BRENDA: Your counselor could use a bit of constructive counseling. The nursing profession DR. WALLACE: I’m in the welcomes solid B stu11th grade and would like to dents with good study habits. become a nurse. Be assured that there I talked with my school are many colleges and counselor to see about getuniversities that will welting into college, but she told me that my IQ was only come students like you. Living in Southern 101 and I should plan to do California provides you something else. with the opportunity to I am a solid B student By Dr. ROBERT WALLACE Creators News Service

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New state law gives money for more vocational learning By REBA LEAN rlean@newsminer.com

ments and community businesses to assess the needs in job markets. Superintendent Pete Lewis said that the state’s intent by creating the law was a matter of “Can we change fast enough to meet the needs of the jobs that are necessary?” The superintendent said that the district would try to grow opportunities for kids who go to school and work at the same time. Creating new programs comes with the issue of making sure the master schedule is not overly affected. Administrators won’t want to create holes in the schedule where established classes used to sit. The first new courses may arrive as early as the second semester of the school year, but may take longer to create. The superintendent definitely expects new programs next school year.

Money for vocational education is making its way into public schools this year from the state. The money comes from Senate Bill 84, signed by Gov. Sean Parnell in late July, an addition to the state’s education funding formula, specific to high school vocational education. Statewide, schools will be receiving $11.7 million to use for vocational education. Fairbanks schools will receive $1.2 million. The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District will be using the funds to create some new opportunities for students in the coming years. For starters, there will be upgrades to welding, shop course and culinary art program equipment. The district will be meeting with the school board to Contact staff writer Reba Lean address curriculum require- at 459-7523.

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ticipate in any after-school activities, such as pep club or Spanish club. I feel like I’m missing out on an important part of my education. I love my sister, but I don’t like playing baby sitter every day at the expense of after-school fun. I complain, but my parents don’t listen. They say I’m being selfish. Do you think so? — Nameless, Ontario, Calif. NAMELESS: We’re all called on at times to make a sacrifice for the good of our family, but I don’t think that’s the issue here. You’re being asked to give up a whole dimension of your life in order

to provide after-school care for your sister. Your parents should be able to afford to hire a trusted adult to watch your sister until they get home. This would allow you to round out your education (and simply enjoy being a teenager) with after-school activities. Dr. Robert Wallace welcomes questions from readers. Although he is unable to reply to all of them individually, he will answer as many as possible in this column. Email him at rwallace@galesburg.net. To find out more about Dr. Robert Wallace and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www. creators.com.

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Education expert answers parents’ questions By SYLVIA RIMM Creators News Service

be the best hard-working students by middle school, and those older students who excel in earlier grades may be the underachievers and troublemakers by middle school. Neither is Q. I have a 3-year-old daughalways the case, and a careter, and I’m a first-grade teachful evaluation before you er. I often see kids that are struggling as younger students make the decision will truly help. or older students that excel If your daughter has within their grade. the above-average readiHer birthday is August 1. ness and good social skills The school start deadline here that you’ve observed, folis September 15. I’m debating low the entrance guideabout when she should start line, although she’ll be school. She’s social, outgoing somewhat young in the and academically has met or exceeded the milestones for her class. If you hold her back a year, she may be bored age group at this time. and become accustomed to Her sister is 16 months learning so easily that later behind her ... so they will be challenge in school will feel either a year or two apart in worrisome. On the other school, based on this decision. hand, if her abilities and Any advice? A. The difficulty of mak- readiness are only borderline, according to testing, ing the decision about waiting a year may be a entrance to kindergarten is that whether it’s the best better answer. In general, girls mature earlier than decision can’t always be boys, so being young in the judged in kindergarten or class is less of a disadvanfirst grade. Those young tage. You do need further children who struggle in first grade may turn out to information before making

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but underachieving because he DOES do the work quickly and correctly so that he can get into trouble! Do you have any suggestions for changing his “consequence” plan in order to Q. I’m a teacher in a school change the behavior? for intellectually gifted chilA. Your middle school dren. One middle school boy student acts like he has too is of particular concern to me. much time on his hands, He’s bright (160 IQ), tremennot enough challenge, dously creative, and one-onone, a delight to be around. He and not enough positive audience. Independent or would have excellent grades small group projects like except that his behavior is demonstrating science problematic. The child spends experiments, writing and his life in trouble, constantly securing a spot in detention for performing plays, editing a class newsletter, misbehavior and being talked to in a stern manner. He laughs participating in forensics, debate, Future Problem at inappropriate times, loves Solving, Odyssey of the to be the class clown, and says Mind, Quiz Bowl, joining inappropriate things for shock students in a higher grade value. We know that taking for subjects where he away his audience helps, but we certainly cannot isolate him excels, coaching younger children in academic or constantly. sports areas or shadowing His parents, lovely people, mentors in areas of interboth professionals, are mortiest are just a few potential fied. I believe that the current approaches to helping this “discipline” program that we young man see himself as subject him to is completely more than a class clown. off base. We haven’t changed his behavior in three years. He Isolating a child briefly in a time-out when he gets doesn’t fit the profile of bright

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This year, hundreds of students are switching schools due to several school boundary changes. Overcrowding in the classrooms of North Pole elementary schools has led the school district to shift populations toward Fairbanks. There are 580 students affected by the new boundaries, moving to another school to compensate for the overcrowding. While the overall school enrollment has stayed pretty flat for the past few years, schools in North Pole have experienced growing numbers of students — so many that the district is beginning plans for a new school in the area. The new boundaries are an attempt to buy the district a little time. “We think we got a little bit of space for a few years,” said Superintendent Pete Lewis. Original boundary lines were drawn in April, 2010, but were changed after the administration listened to public input. Many were concerned that their students would be placed in different feeder systems by moving to different elementary schools. Affected by the changes are Badger Road, Joy, Ladd, Nordale, North Pole, Ticasuk Brown and University Park elementary schools. An interactive map on the school district’s website can show the differences between the current and new boundaries. It is available at http:// www.k12northstar.org/attendance.


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Student Registrations Following is a list of back-to-school student registration dates and times planned at district schools. Contact your school for more information or to confirm dates/times. SCHOOL ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS Anderson Anne Wien Arctic Light Badger Road Barnette Magnet Crawford Denali Hunter Joy Ladd Nordale North Pole Pearl Creek Ticasuk Brown Two Rivers University Park Weller Woodriver

DATE Aug. 8-9 Aug. 8-9 Aug. 8-9 Aug. 8-9 Aug. 8-9 Aug. 8-9 Aug. 8-9 Aug. 8-9 Aug. 8-9 Aug. 8-9 Aug. 8-9 Aug. 8-9 Aug. 8-9 Aug. 8-9 Aug. 8-9 Aug. 8-9 Aug. 8-9 Aug. 8-9

TIME 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS Ben Eielson........................................................ Aug. 8-9 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Hutchison ........................................................ July 28-29, Aug. 1 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 1:30 p.m.-4 p.m. Lathrop High ..................................................... Aug. 5,8,9,10 8 a.m.-noon & 1:30-4:30 p.m. Aug. 11 8 -11:30 a.m. & 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Aug. 15-16 8 -11 a.m. & 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. North Pole High ................................................ Aug. 5,8,10 8:30-11 a.m. & noon-2 p.m. Aug. 9 12:30-3:30 p.m. & 5 - 7 p.m. North Pole Middle ............................................ Aug. 9,10,11 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Randy Smith Middle........................................... Aug. 5,9 9 a.m.-11 a.m. & 1-3 p.m. Aug. 8 1-5 p.m. Ryan Middle ...................................................... Aug. 5 Noon-7 p.m. Aug. 8 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Tanana Middle.................................................. Aug. 9,10,11 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. West Valley High ............................................... Aug. 8,9,10 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Call 479-4221, ext. 9111 for an appointment

Elementary Schools: 1. Anderson 2. Ann Wien 3. Arctic Light 4. Badger Road 5. Crawford 6. Denali 7. Hunter 8. Joy 9. Ladd 10. Nordale 11. North Pole Elementary 12. Pearl Creek 13. Salcha 14. Ticasuk Brown 15. Two Rivers 16. University Park 17. Weller 18. Woodriver

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FNSBSD Key contacts: Anderson Elementary Shari Merrick, principal smerrick@northstar.k12.ak.us 372-2167 Anne Wien Elementary Leslie Campbell, principal lcampbell@northstar.k12.ak.us 451-7500 Arctic Light Elementary Mary Cofer, principal mcofer@northstar.k12.ak.us 356-2038 Badger Road Elementary Dan File, principal dfile@northstar.k12.ak.us 488-0134 Barnette Magnet School Mary Carlson, principal mcarlson@northstar.k12.ak.us 456-6072 Ben Eielson Jr./Sr High Mario Gatto, principal mgatto@northstar.k12.ak.us 372-3110

Hutchison High School Jeanette Hayden, principal mary.kovis-watson@northstar.k12.ak. jhayden@northstar.k12.ak.us 479-2261 us 479-4061 Career Education Center Mary Kovis-Watson, head teacher

Chinook Charter School Paul Fontes, head teacher pfontes@northstar. k12.ak.us 452-5020 Crawford Elementary Clarice Louden-Mingo, principal clarice.mingo@northstar.k12.ak.us 372-3306 Denali Elementary Tim Doran, principal timothy.doran@northstar.k12.ak.us 452-2456 Effie Kokrine Charter School Linda Evans, principal levans@northstar.k12.ak.us 474-0958 Hunter Elementary Jeff Mann, principal jeffrey.mann@northstar.k12.ak.us 456-5775 \

Joy Elementary David Foshee, principal dave.foshee@northstar.k12.ak.us 456-5469 Ladd Elementary Robert J. Stitt Jr., principal robert.stitt@k12northstar.org 451-1700 Lathrop High Karen Gaborik, principal kgaborik@northstar.k12.ak.us 456-7794 Nordale Elementary Brian Powell, principal matthew.powell@northstar.k12.ak.us

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Ticasuk Brown Elementary Michael Angaiak, principal mangaiak@northstar.k12.ak.us 488-3200

Weller Elementary Lynn Weckesser, interim principal lweckesser@northstar.k12.ak.us 457-1629

Salcha Elementary Annie Keep-Barnes, principal annie.keepbarnes@northstar.k12.a k.us 488-3267

Two Rivers Elementary Dana Evans, principal devens@northstar.k12.ak.us 488-6616

West Valley High Shaun Kraska, principal skraska@northstar.k12.ak.us 479-4221

Star of the North Secondary See Career Education Center and North Pole Academy

University Park Elementary Kyra Aizstrauts, principal kaizstrauts@northstar.k12.ak.us 479-6963

Woodriver Elementary Grant Guy, principal gguy@northstar.k12.ak.us 479-4211

Ryan Middle Heather Stewart, principal hstewart@northstar.k12.ak.us 452-4751

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Education questions for Fairbanks parents Taken from the Fairbanks North child’s classroom teacher or Star Borough School District web- the extended learning spesite

Q: What is the Extended Learning Program? The Extended Learning Program for gifted and talented students serves those students who are good at solving problems, learn quickly and think and learn in more complex ways than most students. To be eligible for these extra services, a student must show a need for going beyond the regular classroom instruction. Students are required to score at or above the 95th percentile on a cognitive test of their thinking and reasoning skills, and at or above the 95th percentile on an achievement test (Alaska Standardized Assessment Test or the Woodcock Johnson III). Q: How do I request testing? If you feel your child might be eligible for services and you want your child to be tested, please let your

testing, then those scores will be used to determine the achievement level for your child. If your child did not participate in the Alaska Standardized Assessments, then the specialist in your child’s building will give the Woodcock Johnson III to determine the level of achievement for your child.

Learning Program. • In grade 3, the school cialist in your child’s builddistrict screens all students ing know. for the Extended Learning If your child is home or Program. private schooled, then please This screening takes place contact the extended learnduring district specified ing specialist in the building weeks. your child would attend if The first screening is he or she attended public in the first quarter of the school. school year. For students Your child may also be who are not present during referred to the program by the first screening week, his or her classroom teacher. Q: When can my child a second opportunity will In that event, no testing be tested? occur for one week in the or placement will be done • Students in grades 4-6 last quarter of the school without your written concan be tested throughout the year. sent. school year as needed. Last year, the testing The specialist can only took place in September and Q: Who does the testtest after receiving permisApril. ing? sion from a parent for testParents will receive the The specialist in your ing. In grades 3, 7 and 8, results of testing in the mail, child’s building will adminthere are two testing weeks or during parent teacher ister the Cognitive Abilities per school year. Last year, conferences if testing falls Test to determine the cogni- those occurred in September the week prior to confertive scores for eligibility. and April. ences. If your child is home or • In grades K-2, stuThe specialist in your private schooled, then the dents are not tested for the child’s building is available specialist in the public school Extended Learning Program. to answer any questions you where your child would In grades 1 and 2, your child might have about the test. attend if he or she were may be invited to participate If your child is home or priattending public school will in an enrichment class. vate schooled and you want do the testing. You would be asked to your child screened, you are If your child participated sign a paper stating your responsible for contacting in the school district’s Alaschild may be pulled from the the specialist and for providka Standardized Assessment regular education classroom ing transportation to and for these services and that from testing. this does not mean formal • In grades 4-6, students placement into the Extended are tested throughout the

ATTENTION, PARENTS AND STUDENTS:

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school year as they are referred. Testing takes place soon after the parent returns a signed form giving the specialist permission to test. You will be notified of the results as soon as possible after testing takes place. • Testing in middle school will take place during a district-specified week in the first quarter of the school year, and again during a district specified week in the last quarter of the school year. Last year, the dates were in September and April. The school will send out notification to parents prior to each testing week. If you want your child tested for the program, please notify the specialist in your child’s building, or in the building your child would attend if he or she were attending public school. If your child is home or private schooled, you are responsible for contacting the specialist and for providing transportation to and from testing. Your child will not be tested without written consent from you. Please see EDUCATION, Page 19


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relative weaknesses. In many schools there are after-school programs in which your child can participate. There are usually clubs

that can also help your child to develop his or her interests. If your child’s scores are sufficiently high and if there

is room in the program, your child may be invited to come to the extended learning class on a semester- bysemester basis.

If this happens you would have to sign a letter stating that your child has your Please see EDUCATION, Page 20

• High school students are not tested for the Extended Learning Program. Q: Which tests are used to test to determine eligibility? All students who are in the Extended Learning program need to have a measure of their cognitive ability and their school achievement. In third grade, the cognitive measure can come from the Raven’s Standard Progressive Matrices that is given to all third grade students in the district. For students in higher grades, the Cognitive Abilities Test is used to determine the cognitive abilities of the student. This test can also be used in the third grade if the Raven suggests that the student needs another cognitive measure that is more verbally oriented. For the school achievement portion of the testing, we use the Alaska Standardized Assessment scores if they are less than a year old. If they are greater than a year old, or if another measure of achievement is warranted, then we administer the Woodcock Johnson III. Often when a student transfers to our district, the student does not have achievement testing that is current, or that matches what our district uses. In that case, we would administer the Woodcock Johnson III to determine achievement levels. Some students are highly creative and may be given a Torrance Test of Creative Abilities. We can also accept an IQ score from the WISC III or the Stanford-Binet.

Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is pleased to announce its participation in the National School Lunch Program. Meals will be available to enrolled participants without regard to race, age, color, sex, disability, or national origin at the following sites: Anderson Elementary, Anne Wien Elementary, Arctic Light Elementary, Badger Road Elementary, Barnette Magnet, Ben Eielson Jr/Sr High, BRIDGE (lunch only), Crawford Elementary, Denali Elementary, Effie Kokrine Charter, Hunter Elementary, Hutchison High, Joy Elementary, Ladd Elementary, Lathrop High, Nordale Elementary, North Pole Academy (lunch only), North Pole Elementary, North Pole High, North Pole Middle, Pearl Creek Elementary, Randy Smith Middle, Ryan Middle, Salcha Elementary, SMART, Tanana Middle, Ticasuk Brown Elementary, Two Rivers School, University Park Elementary, Weller Elementary, West Valley High, Woodriver Elementary. Meals meet nutritional standards established by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The sites will participate in the National School Lunch Program, After School Snack, and the School Breakfast Program. Households with incomes less than or equal to the following guidelines are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. These guidelines are effective July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012. If your children are currently approved for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Famiilies (TANF), or Native Family Assistance Program (NFAP), they are automatically eligible for free school meals by completing an application that includes their assistance number from one of those programs. Students who are identified as migrant, homeless or runaway are automatically eligible and do not need to fill out an application but do need to contact the district’s homeless liaison or migrant coordinator to ensure benefits. Foster children receive free meal benefits regardless of the income of the household with which they reside. Note: Medicaid and Denali Kid Care case numbers do not qualify for eligibility. FREE MEALS

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For more information, to submit online, or to get an application form for free or reduced-price school meals, contact: Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, Nutrition Services, 1305 Charles Street, Fairbanks, AK 99701; (907) 451-1004 ext.16601 or visit www.k12northstar.org. Applications cannot be approved unless they contain complete information. Information provided on an application may be verified at any time. Households may apply for school meal benefits at any time during the school year if circumstances change. Children whose parents or guardians become unemployed may be eligible for school meal benefits based on their household income during the period of unemployment. A household whose application for school meal benefits is denied will be provided an opportunity to appeal the decision. In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write to USDA, Director, Office of Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue SW, Washington DC 20250-9410 or call (800) 795-3272 or (202) 720-6382 (TTY). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.

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Q: What happens if my child is not eligible? If your child has gone through testing and is not eligible, it may be that your child is correctly placed in the regular education classroom. You will have an idea of your child’s strengths and

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Q: If my child is found eligible, when does he or she have to test again? If your child is determined Continued from Page 19 to be eligible for the Extendpermission to attend, and ed Learning Program in this that you understand that the district, then your child will invitation does not mean for- not need further testing. mal placement, and that it This holds true even if is on a semesterby- semester you temporarily leave the basis. district, or if your child is not attending public school

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for any length of time. If your child does not require services for any reason, your child is still eligible for services when s/he chooses. Q: What if I move to another school? • If your child is eligible for services in the Extended Learning Program and you

Fairbanks North Star Borough School District 520 Fifth Ave., Fairbanks, Alaska 99701 (907) 452-2000 www.k12northstar.org

2011-2012 CALENDAR Teacher Work Days/Professional Development..............August 11-17 First Day for Students.......................................................August 18 Labor Day Holiday..................................................................September 5 Professional Development (early out)...............................September 23 Professional Development (no school for students).........September 26 HSGQE Retakes.........................................................................October 4-6 End of First Quarter (early out)................................................October 14 Parent/Teacher Conf. (no school for students)..................October 27-28 Professional Development (early out)................................November 11 Thanksgiving Holiday.....................................................November 24-25 Last 3 Days of Semester (early out)................................December 19-21 End of First Semester (early out).........................................December 21 Winter Break........................................................December 22-January 4 Teacher Work Day (no school for students).................................January 5 Professional Development (no school for students).................January 6 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.................................................January 16 Professional Development (early out).....................................February 3 Parent/Teacher Conferences (no school for students). . .February 20-21 End of Third Quarter (early out).....................................................March 9 Spring Break.............................................................................March 12-16 Testing - All.....................................................................................April 3-6 Professional Development (early out)...........................................April 20 Last 3 Days Of Semester (early out)............................................May 15-17 Last Day for Students.............................................................May 17 Professional Development.............................................................May 18 Teacher Work Day.............................................................................May 21

move to another school within the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District, your child is still eligible for services in the Extended Learning Program at the new school. • The state of Alaska has not standardized programs for gifted students in how they are run or in how students are identified. As a result, if you move outside the district, your child may be placed in a program based upon test results from the Fairbanks Northstar Borough School District, or she or he might have to retest. Let the new district know of your child’s placement, and they will let you know what services they have available and how to access them. • Not every state has a program for their gifted students. Many states do, however, have excellent programs. In states where there is a program for gifted students, each has its own criteria for entrance into the program. Your child may have to

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be tested again in order to receive services in another state. Q: My child is in a gifted program in another district. How do I make sure he or she will receive services here? For those of you who are new to our district, we will need to see the testing that was used to determine eligibility into a program for gifted students in another district or another state. Some testing is the same as ours or is at least similar enough for us to accept. If the testing is more than a year old, or if the tests are not similar to the tests our district uses, your child will need to be retested for eligibility into our district’s Extended Learning Program. Q: Are Advanced Placement classes only available to students in the Extended Learning Program? No. If your child is interested in taking Advanced Placement classes, please see your child’s counselor.

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2012 Graduation Schedule Effie Kokrine Charter School...................Friday, May 11 Star of the North Secondary..................Friday, May 11 (tentative) West Valley High School.......................Monday, May 14 B.E.S.T. (Correspondence)....................Monday, May 14 Hutchison High School.........................Tuesday, May 15 North Pole High School........................Tuesday, May 15 Ben Eielson High School................Wednesday, May 16 Lathrop High School.......................Wednesday, May 16

Students who are new to the district or changing schools must register at the school they will be attending.

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Knowing the safe routes back to school By PAT COTTER For the News-Miner With kids headed back to school, it’s time to start watching for children walking and bicycling to school. There are a number of “Watch and Walk” (walk and bike to school) events planned throughout the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District this fall that may increase the number of children walking and biking to school. It’s a great way to increase your kids’ activity level, save a little at the pump, and improve the air quality and congestion at your kids’ school. The Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System (FMATS) is working with the National Center for Safe Routes to School to promote walking and biking to school in the Fairbanks area. The Safe Routes to School mission is to enable and

within 1 mile of their school, in 1969, 87 percent walked or biked to school, compared to 63 percent in 2001. According to the Alaska Safe Routes to School Guidebook, “Thirty years ago, more than 66 percent of all children in America walked to school. Today, the number of American children who walk or bike to school has dramatically fallen to a mere 13 percent. Why are the majority of students riding a bus or being transported by car? “Student safety concerns and America’s increased dependence upon vehicle transportation have led to the significant decline of student walkers and bikers. Recent research indicates that 20?25 percent of morning traffic is a result of parents driving their children to school. The increased traffic has added to existing congestion problems and has created an unsafe walking and biking environment for students.”

The Fairbanks Metropolitan Area Transportation System (FMATS) is working with the National Center for Safe Routes to School to promote walking and biking to school in the Fairbanks area. encourage children, including those with disabilities, to walk and bike to school; to encourage kids to be more active, increase safety for kids, and reduce traffic, fuel consumption and air pollution around schools. FMATS enlisted PDC Engineers to evaluate the infrastructure within a half mile of each of the 18 schools within the FMATS area to identify existing facilities and deficiencies and create maps for the 18 schools.

Schools also have other materials to help educate students and for parents to use in deciding about the best way to safely walk or bike to school. In the last thirty years, the number of children that walk or bike to school has dramatically decreased. Nationally, less than 15 percent of students walked or bicycled to school in 2001, compared to more than 40 percent in 1969. For students that live

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommends that children get at least 60 minutes of physical activity daily. Many children could achieve or even surpass the recommendation simply by walking, biking or using other active ways to travel to and from school. The SRTS program also reduces the amount of traffic around schools. When more students walk or bicycle to school, traffic volume and congestion decrease during school drop off and pick up times, making the trip much more pedestrian-friendly. For more information, visit www.saferoutesinfo.org/ or www.dot.state.ak.us/stwdplng/saferoutes/ and talk to your children’s schools about opportunities to learn more about walking or biking to school. Pat Cotter is a planner for PDC Engineers and is PDC’s project manager for the FMATS Safe Routes to Schools Contract.

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Cheating has changed but the reasons haven’t as high as 80 percent. Those alarming numbers tell us that it’s not just a few bad Life in the classroom apples that are too lazy to do changes along with the their own work, or that it’s times. Students of all ages something that only happens now show up to school with in public schools. In 2008, cell phones, as text mesa scandal shocked Harvardsaging has replaced passing Westlake, a top-tier private notes for the best way to school in Los Angeles, when relay juicy gossip, and comsix students were expelled puters are as common as for stealing two midterm chalkboards. exams. However, all of the latIt’s a problem that est technology has not been requires attention from effective in preventing one everyone involved in the of the biggest threats to aca- education process, includdemic achievement: cheating. ing administrators, teachers, In fact, it’s probably gotten parents and the students worse. themselves. Surveys on cheating that Gary Niels is the head allow students to answer of school at Winchester anonymously indicate that Thurston School, a private at least 50 percent have school in Pittsburgh, and engaged in some type of the author of an acclaimed cheating. Some surveys go paper on cheating, “Academic By TOM ROEBUCK Creators News Service

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Your public libraries offer: • Free programs for children and teens, and class/group tours • Free library cards for Borough residents • Online Homework Help • Free Internet access • Small group study rooms at Noel Wien Library • Computers, typewriters, printers, copiers, and scanner • 24/7 access to the public library’s catalog, homework resources, online periodicals, and web page (http://fnsblibrary.org/), including placing holds, checking your account, and renewing items, all from home • Books, ebooks, audio books, DVDs/VHS, computer and video games, and magazines

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came out on the other end saying that certainly moral factors were involved in kids’ decisions. But, in fact, the highest correlation of cheating occurred with classroom academic environment behaviors, usually of the teacher.” Niels found several factors that increased the likelihood that cheating would occur. Among them were fact-based classes, where students simply regurgitate information; courses where kids don’t understand the relevance of the curriculum; classes that have fewer evaluation instruments, like a trimester course with one pressurepacked exam; and teachers who don’t relate well with students. “If the teacher is impersonal and demanding, the

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Practices, School Culture and Cheating Behavior.” He wrote it more than 10 years ago, but the issue clearly isn’t going away: He said he still gets calls about it at least once a month. In the year it took him to research the paper, his views on the origins of this behavior were turned upside down. It disturbed him that 90 percent of students claimed that cheating was wrong, yet so many kids still cheated. “What is it about the academic environment that causes kids to behave in ways that are inconsistent with their stated moral beliefs?” Niels asked. “Going into this I really believed that cheating was solely a moral issue. So if a kid cheated, it was because their convictions weren’t strong enough. I

students are more likely to cheat in those situations than when the teacher is personable and the kids understand the relevance of the course,” Niels said. Naturally, parents want their children to succeed in school. But if their expectations become unrealistic, that can pressure the student to cut some corners, so parents should keep things in perspective, advised Kat Eden, director of community management for education.com. “Kids we know often cheat because they see it as the only way they could possibly measure up to the expectations that their parents or their school puts around them. So I think one thing to do is avoid applying too much pressure,” Eden said. “It’s great to have high expectations for your kids, but the key is that they know that you expect them to do their best, not to be the best.” With scandals surrounding corporate boardrooms and seemingly every sport, it’s no wonder that kids pick up a win-at-all-costs attitude. “Kids are going to be hearing from their coaches and from sports stars that they should do whatever it takes to win, so you can’t blame them for applying that to the classroom,” Eden said. “If they’re hearing, ‘Do whatever it takes to win,’ then whatever it takes to win for them might be cheating.” Despite the best efforts of teachers and parents, most students will engage in at least one act of cheating by the time they graduate from high school. If parents are informed that their child has been caught, they should find out why they felt they needed to cheat. “Is the workload too much? Is there just too much homework for them to get done at night and they feel they have to cheat?” Eden said. “They definitely should experience a negative consequence for cheating, but they should also know that you’re going to help with the bigger picture so they don’t need to cheat again.”


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Curb technology to avoid future problems By CHANDRA ORR Creators News Service It has a pull even parents can’t deny, but too much technology for youngsters causes serious weight problems, interferes with school work and overexposes them to risky behaviors like violence, sex and drug use. Yet, on average, children ages 6 and younger spend two hours per day in front of the television, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). To put it in perspective, that’s about the same amount of time they spend playing outside.

That’s a big jump from the pediatrician-recommended limits. According to the AAP, children ages 2 and younger should not watch television at all, and children 2 years and older should watch no more than two hours of quality programming per day. The problem lies with parents. “The television is one of the world’s best babysitters — you know where they are, they aren’t hurting each other and they’re sitting in one place — and that’s part of the problem,” said Dr. Thomas Phelan, clinical psy-

chologist and author of the award-winning “1-2-3 Magic: Effective Discipline for Children 2-12” ($15, Child Management). Want to curb your kids’ screen time? Phelan suggests the following:

Set limits Determine how many hours your children can spend each day watching Please see TECHNO, Page 24

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The 2011-2012 Battle Books are in stock!

NPHS Counselors will be available for student registration on the following dates and times at the high school:

Friday, August 5 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

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Tuesday, August 9 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

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television, playing video games or surfing the Internet — and involve them in the process. They’re more likely to cooperate when they have some input, Phelan said. “Rather than shoving an idea down their throat, start out with a question. Ask them, ‘Did you know that doctors recommend there be a limit on television and video games? Why do you think they recommend that?’” Phelan said. Reinforce good answers, and emphasize the importance of limiting time spent on technology. Let them know you’ll take their input into consideration when determining

limits — and be ready to enforce those limits. “You need to negotiate and agree beforehand on what the limits are. When it’s time to turn off the TV or the computer, parents need to be consistent and firm. That’s not a time for arguing or talking. You made a deal, and you don’t renegotiate,” Phelan explained.

Work first, play second Help kids keep tech time in perspective by setting a few additional parameters based on the “work first, play second” principle. For example, no video games until they complete their homework, no Internet until their room is clean and no television until after dinner.

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“Video games, television, the Internet — these things have so much power and so much pull, parents can use them as rewards in a sense,” Phelan explained. “Kids have to earn their play by doing their work first.”

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kids out of the house. Go for a walk. Take a bike ride together. Do something with them.”

All technology is not created equal. Educational programming and documentaries, instrucScheduled activities will tive websites and skill-buildhelp get your kids away ing video games have their Do you come home each from the screen and engaged place, and parents should night and immediately rush strive to strike a balance in physical activity. to check your email? “If your kids are active between fun and informative Is the television on all the screen time. spontaneously, that’s great. Otherwise, you’ll have to get time for background noise? It shouldn’t be a free-forIf parents expect their them involved, but you can’t all, though. kids to get up, get outside just pull something out of Instead, spend some time and get active, they have to your hat,” Phelan said. surfing the Net with your set an example. “You have to structure child, opt for a National “Modeling is certainly Geographic documentary the activities ahead of time important,” Phelan said. and choose video games and have a consistent, set “If you want your kids to that encourage reading and routine. The goal is to do be physical, you have to be develop math skills. something aerobic every physical yourself. day.” Controlled programming “Get yourself and your Have them pick an afteris the goal, Phelan said.

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Benefits of preschool last into adulthood, study finds CHICAGO — Preschool has surprisingly enduring benefits lasting well into adulthood, according to one of the biggest, longest followup studies of its kind. Better jobs, less drug abuse and fewer arrests are among advantages found in the study that tracked more than 1,000 low-income, mostly black Chicago kids for up to 25 years. Michael Washington was one of them. Now a 31-year-old heating and air conditioning contractor, Washington attended a year of preschool at Chicago’s intensive Child-Parent Center Education Program when he was 4. The ongoing publicly

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to you whatsoever, takes the time to invest in you, takes the time to listen, that makes you open your eyes bigger,” said Washington, now living in Blue Island, Ill. “It was real cool.” Washington got good grades in elementary and high school, and attended two years of college at Chicago State University. Unlike other kids he knew from the neighborhood who didn’t attend preschool, he says he never tried drugs and was never arrested. The study tracked nearly 900 children into adulthood who attended the program in the early 1980s, and compared them to almost 500 low-income Chicago youngsters, most of whom didn’t attend preschool. The results were published

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the others; • Average annual adult income for the preschool group was about $11,600 versus $10,800 for the others. The low average incomes include zero earnings for those in prison and close to that for adults who were still in college or studying elsewhere. • 14 percent of the preschool group had abused drugs in adulthood versus 19 percent of the others; • 48 percent of the preschool group had been arrested in adulthood and 15 percent had been incarcerated, versus 54 percent of the others arrested and 21 percent incarcerated. The results are based on public records, administrative data and interviews with study participants.

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If you are under the age of 18, your parent/guardian must sign the Health Information Confidential Form and must accompany you to the physical. The cost is $25.00. Note: If this form is not signed the school cannot get a copy of the physical. Therefore, the student athlete cannot participate in the sport until the form is signed.

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Strides, an exercise and nutrition company with 900 locations across the country, Are you worried about is concerned that eating at your child’s eating habits? restaurants and picking up Anyone up on the news fast food contribute to overknows that obesity is on the weight kids. rise among children in the “By teaching your chilU.S.: According to an article dren the love of cooking, you in the April issue of Archives are building a foundation of Pediatrics and Adolescent for healthier eating for their Medicine, nearly one-fifth lifetime,” Druxman said. of American 4-year-olds are “Kids are proud of the food obese. that they make and are more Whether in preschool, likely to eat it if they particihigh school or in between, pate in the cooking.” helping children learn their Druxman’s 7-year-old son, way around a kitchen can Jacob, is a prime example of promote good eating habits the benefits of cooking with and stem the tide of obesity children. and diseases like diabetes. “I have invited Jacob to Lisa Druxman, crebe in the kitchen with me ator and owner of Stroller since he was a toddler,” she By BETH WOOD Creators News Service

said. “As he has gotten older, I have used cooking to help with reading and math. He has gained confidence and an understanding of basic cooking skills and now likes to venture off and create his own recipes. “There is always something age-appropriate they can do, whether it’s mixing, pouring in an ingredient or setting the table.” If you like a neat and organized kitchen, be prepared: Druxman, who also has a 3-year-old daughter, Rachel, warned that things get a little crazy. “It’s a bit chaotic. The more I let go, the more fun we have,” she said. “We have a make-your-own-pizza night. The kids get to make their dough, roll it and put on their own toppings. Flour and toppings are everywhere. But they just love it.” If you need guidance, Web and print resources abound. Druxman recommended “Mom and Me Cookbook” by Annabel Karmel ($13, DK Children), who also wrote “The Toddler Cookbook” ($13, DK Children). Kidshealth.org, a wideranging website of The Nemours Foundation, features nutritious recipes, safety tips and a step-bystep guide called “Cooking with Kids.” It also includes recipes for kids with diabetes and those with lactose intolerance. The Association of Junior Leagues International’s kidsinthekitchen.ajli.org also offers healthy recipes for children as well as nutritionsavvy games and activities. Stretching beyond the kitchen, kids also grow from cultivating a garden. If you don’t have an outside space for it, see if a community garden is active nearby or check with your children’s school. “When Jacob was two, we started a garden,” Druxman recalled. “It’s now a yearly Please see FOOD, Page 27


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ritual for us. There is nothing more amazing, even for me, than to see a seed turn into a plant and then into something that you eat. We pick our own lettuce, tomatoes, carrots and cucumbers for our salads and pick our own berries to go on our oatmeal. My kids are so much more interested in eating these things when they come from the garden.” Whether from the garden, farmer’s market or grocery store, sharing the food process — from the beginning to the end of a dish — can make a difference in a child’s health now and for a lifetime. Here are some recipes:

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Nonstick cooking spray 1/4 cup chopped frozen spinach 1/2 cup grated cheese Two eggs Salt and pepper to taste Yields 1 serving

1⁄2 cup frozen corn 1⁄2 cup frozen spinach 1⁄4 cup salsa 1⁄2 cup low-fat cheddar cheese 1 teaspoon cumin 1⁄2 cup bread crumbs whole-wheat pita pockets — Recipe courtesy of Lisa DruxYields 6 servings

separate bowl, mix eggs with grated cheese. Add salt and pepper. Pour into the frying pan with spinach. Mix slightly. Put in the oven until eggs set. Cut into slices and serve like pizza. man

Using clean hands, mash beans in large mixing bowl. Add onion, corn, spinach, salsa, cheese and cumin. Mix in bread crumbs gradually until

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Visit the district’s website at www.k12northstar.org or call 452-2000 for more information.

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We are hoping to place two children in each of our sessions (morning and afternoon, 3 days per week, one session only). If interested, please complete the application found on our home page (www.k12northstar.org) and return it to one of the following elementary schools: Ladd, Hunter, Ann Wien, Joy, Ticasuk Brown, North Pole, Arctic Light, Woodriver, Anderson or Pearl Creek. As opportunity is limited, priority will be given to children who are positive social role models with strong verbal skills. After reviewing the application, you will be contacted by the preschool teacher regarding potential placement opportunities. Transportation will not be provided by the school district.

If you have questions regarding this opportunity please call 452-2000, ext 446. This could be a very rich educational experience for your child.

SHOTS NEEDED FOR SCHOOL! State law requires all students to have the following immunizations:  All students must have at least 4 DPT (with one after age 4), at least 3 polio, 2 MMR, and the Hepatitis A and B series (or be in the process).  2 Varicella (chicken pox) for grades K-6  A booster dose of Tdap is required 10 years after the last DPT.  Kindergarten students and all students new to the district need a

TB skin test within 90 days of admission.

 Students enrolled in part-time or after-school childcare are

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These requirements apply to all public school students, including students attending charter schools, Fairbanks B.E.S.T., and other alternative programs. Please help the school comply with the law by supplying your child’s current immunization records to the school. If your child needs an immunizaiton, contact your private provider for an appointment, or the Fairbanks Regional Public Health Center (452-1776) at 1025 W. Barnette St.

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Note: All secondary students (this means junior high and middle school as well as high school students) are now required to have a physical exam and a signed parent consent form on file prior to beginning his/her first team practice of the school year. The forms, as well as all handbooks can be found on the district website: www.k12northstar.org/student–activities For more information, call the Student Activities Office at 452-4751, x11599.

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mixture is firm enough to form patties, adding more if necessary. Form into 12 small patties. Cook in non-stick sauté pan over medium-high heat for 3 minutes per side or bake in 375 F oven for 15 minutes, turning once. Patties can also be grilled for 3 minutes per side. Serve in whole-wheat pita pockets.

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Prevent injuries with the proper backpacks By CHANDRA ORR Creators News Service That cool new backpack your child picked out seemed like a good idea — until they loaded it with 30 pounds of books and supplies. Now they’re walking around like the Hunchback of Notre Dame, griping that their shoulders hurt. It’s no wonder why. The wrong backpack wreaks havoc on a child’s posture — and proper posture is crucial in preventing future back pain and injuries, according to occupational therapist Chris Sorrells, an ergonomic assessment specialist and president of ergonomicssimplified.com. That heavy load of books and supplies, distributed improperly, day after day, will take its toll on a young, still-growing spinal column. In fact, by the end of their teen years, some 60 percent of adolescents have experienced at least one episode of lower back pain, due in part to poor backpack protocol, according to the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association (ICPA). “A backpack that does not fit well hangs the entire

ping for a new backpack, take a tape measure. What works for your teenager will not fit your fourth grader. For a proper fit, a backpack should be no larger than the child’s torso and should not hang more than 4 inches below the waist. Look for a padded pack to help cushion the back and minimize contact pressure. • Strap in: Look for wide, padded straps that adjust easily. The straps should fit snugly, but not tightly. A even slipped discs. waist strap offers added sup“Think about how many port by securing the pack in kids you see slouching,” place and shifting some of Sorrells said. “It’s comthe weight from the shoulmon sense that hanging 30 ders to the torso. pounds on your neck will Encourage your child to inevitably create discomfort use both shoulder straps and and make it hard to stand the waist strap. Slinging the upright.” pack over one shoulder is a A fully-loaded backpack should weigh no more than definite no-no. 10 percent of the child’s body • Pick pockets: Several weight, according to The smaller compartments, as Ergonomics Center of North opposed to one large catchCarolina at North Carolina all compartment, keep items State University in Raleigh, secure and allow proper N.C. weight distribution. Look for The Ergonomics Center, a a pack with several larger membership-based consulting book compartments near the and training organization, back and smaller compartoffers these additional tips ments up front to wrangle for choosing — and using supplies. Advise your child to — the best backpack: use all of the compartments, • Size it up: When shoprather than stuffing everyCreators News Service

Over-stuffing your child’s backpack may cause spinal problems for them down the road. By the end of their teen years, some 60 percent of adolescents have experienced at least one episode of lower back pain, due in part to poor backpack protocol.

weight off of the child’s neck and shoulders,” Sorrells said. “A properly-fit pack will distribute the weight evenly between the shoulders and keep the weight closer to the back, making the load easier to carry. If the pack is ergonomically well designed, it may even be able to offload some of the stress to the hips.” An overstuffed pack also contributes to back pain, so play it safe and pack light. Over time, over-weighted packs may cause postural misalignments, which can lead to restricted back movement or misaligned vertebrae. These spinal dysfunctions predispose people to neck and back pain, headaches, osteoarthritis and

thing in one big pocket. • Grab the wheels: If the school allows it, consider a backpack with wheels. It may be nerdy, but there’s nothing cool about chronic back pain. Look for a pack that rolls effortlessly and has an easyto-use handle release. Be sure the pack has a lightweight frame that is well padded for those instances when it must be carried. • Lighten the load: Remember that less is more. Remind your child to carry only the essentials and leave extra books and belongings at home or in their locker. If your child has to hunch over or angle forward to carry the pack, it’s too heavy. • Don’t be afraid to offer gentle reminders as necessary. It might sound like nagging, but reminding your child to keep it light and use both shoulder straps will help them form good habits and prevent future problems. “It is important to consider ergonomics for children as you’re framing the basis of their future perspective on posture,” Sorrells said. “We should be instilling good habits into them when they are young to protect their futures.”

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Want your kids to eat healthier? Teaching them how to cook or even garden encourages good eating and food choices.

FOOD: Healthy habits early Continued from Page 27

FUN FRUIT KABOBS 1 apple 1 banana 1/3 cup red seedless grapes 1/3 cup green seedless grapes 2/3 cup pineapple chunks 1 cup nonfat yogurt 1/4 c. dried coconut, shredded Yields 4 servings Wash grapes. Wash apples and cut into small squares. Peel bananas and cut into chunks. Cut the pineapple into chunks, if fresh. Spread coconut onto another large plate. Slide pieces of fruit onto the skewer. Do this until the stick is almost covered from end to end. Hold your kabob at the ends and roll in yogurt, so fruit gets covered. Then roll in coconut. Repeat with another skewer. — Recipe courtesy of kidshealth.org

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Dressing down: Spend less on back-to-school clothes about financial responsibility,” said Adam Carroll, an Iowabased financial expert and coFrom online purchases to author of “Winning The Money scouring second-hand stores, Game” ($12, National Finanthere are several ways to find cial Educators, Inc.). “The key back-to-school clothes — but to being fiscally conservative the best place to start is in your when it comes to school clothes child’s closet, experts say. is two-fold: know your budget In addition to saving money, and know what you need. you’ll also have a way to teach “Too many parents are your child “a thing or two going school clothes shopping By VICKY KATZ WHITAKER Creators News Service

sans-list and sans-budget, which is a double recipe for disaster. You’ll end up bringing home duplicate outfits, mismatched items and a hefty price tag to looking good. Why do this when your kids can look great on so much less?” Begin with a clothing inventory, suggested Carroll, to figure out what still fits and what’s needed to round out

your child’s wardrobe. When you’ve completed the list, create a spending plan. “Nobody likes the word budget, especially your teenager,” he said. Decide what you have to spend on things like jeans, shirts, shoes, and accessories — and stick to it, he said. “Once they get a pair of $150 jeans out of you, you’re toast.” The key is setting limits and

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U11...............8/1/01-7/31/02.......................5:30-7:00 p.m. U12...............8/1/00-7/31/01.......................5:30-7:00 p.m. U13...............8/1/99–7/31/00......................5:30–7:00 p.m. U14...............8/1/98–7/31/99......................5:30–7:00 p.m. U15...............8/1/97–7/31/98......................5:30–7:00 p.m. U16. . . . . . . . . . . . . .8/1/96–7/31/97......................5:30–7:00 p.m. U17. . . . . . . . . . . . . .8/1/95–7/31/96......................7:30–9:00 p.m. U18...............8/1/94–7/31/95......................7:30–9:00 p.m. U19...............8/1/93–7/31/94......................7:30–9:00 p.m.

THANK YOU TO OUR COACHES

Eclipse 95 – Coach Susan Stanton Eclipse 97 – Coach Dave Veazey Eclipse 98 – Coach John Mayer Eclipse 99 – Coach Michelle Steel Eclipse 00 – Coach Bruce Gard Eclipse 01 – Coach Greg Gibson Eclipse 02 – Coach Eric Nace Phoenix 94 – Coach Charlie Parr Phoenix 96 – Coach Howard Maxwell Phoenix 97 – Coach Brian Luoma Phoenix 99 – Coach John Cadigan Phoenix 00 – Coach Bill Mitchell Phoenix 01 – Coach Alan McGinty Phoenix 02 – Coach Justin Racette

Contac t Amy Geiger at 322-4474 with questions . For more information on the Eclipse Club, please go to our website:

www.eclipsesoccer.net

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All players must bring shin guards, ball & $10 tryout fee and must attend both evenings unless prior arrangements have been made.

expectations ahead of time. Sometimes it’s worth spending a bit more and allowing your kids to pay for a part of it. “Teenagers who contribute to the purchasing of higher-end clothing may actually treat them better because there’s skin in the game,” he said. Other times, it can teach lessons. “One savvy parent gave his kids a set amount of money to spend on clothes and when it was gone, it was gone. One of them found his high-fashion items at Goodwill and spent a fifth of what his siblings spent. He invested the rest in MasterCard stock. After all, there are some things money can’t buy,” Carroll added. While children under 10 usually are less fashion-conscious, it still can be tough to find clothing for them at second-hand stores because of sizing and quantity. But once they approach their teens, it’s a different story. These fledgling fashionistas need a goal, said Amy Williams, chair of the fashion program at California College of the Arts in San Francisco and a 25-year veteran of the fashion industry. One way is to challenge them to see who can come home with the nicest and most clothes for a fixed amount of money or find a couple of “hip” items at a local thrift shop — a vest or different jacket to spice up their regular attire. Williams believes the best time to provide a child with the fundamentals of clothes shopping is when they are about to enter the sixth grade, the start of what the fashion guru describes as the “amazing consumption years.” If you teach them that it is better to buy quality over quantity, “it will make high school planning a whole lot easier and make for more mindful shoppers,” she said. Williams recommended shopping about three weeks before school opens. But, she cautioned, unless you live in an area where the weather turns chilly in late August or early September, you’re better off buying a few pieces of summer clothing to start the school year and put the rest of your shopping off for a month or two.


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Child can’t focus? Don’t label it ADD just yet By CHELLE CORDERO Creators News Service At the last parent-teacher conference, you were informed that your precious child doesn’t sit still or pay attention in class. He doesn’t seem to want to follow through and finish classroom projects and he is easily frustrated and impatient. The teacher even hinted that you might want to ask your doctor about medications normally used for children suffering with attention deficit disorder (ADD). This diagnosis is often used as an umbrella term for a group of sensory processing disorders, which may or may not respond to medications or sensory-based treatments. But before you put your child on medication, remember that there are several conditions that mimic the apparent lack of self-control, irritability or fidgeting so often labeled ADD. “In my work, I ask for a detailed family history and ask specifically about a family history for hypoglycemia or diabetes,” said Robert A. Evans, a certified and licensed school psycholo-

Creators News Service

Too much television, not ADD, could be one of the many reasons your child is having a hard time focusing in class. gist and president of The Center for Human Potential Of America, Inc. “Children with possible metabolic or endocrine difficulties will demonstrate behavior that will frequently appear to be AD/HD.” If there is an imbalance

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found, rather than medications usually prescribed for ADD, the ultimate resolution will be a diet adjustment. Evans cautioned that children with learning disabilities or caught in stressful situations also tend to exhibit similar symptoms. Many experts point to nutritional deficiencies and careless diets as causes of ADD-like behavior. ood additives, such as food coloring and preservatives, low dietary levels of Omega3 fatty acids and other nutrients, and over-stimulation from television may also cause erratic behavior that can be mistaken for ADD. Gifted and talented children also exhibit these symptoms. They may become bored and unfocused and have similar behaviors to the disorder if there isn’t enough attention or creative outlets for them. “When a child is having trouble paying attention in school, ADD is only one possible explanation,” said Eileen Kennedy-Moore, a Princeton, N.J. psychologist and author the children’s book, “What About Me? Twelve Ways to Get Your Parents’ Attention Without

Hitting Your Sister” ($15, Parenting Press). She included teaching strategies, fear of failure, hunger or illness and a need for physical activity as things to consider. She also offered a list of strategies for parents to help their children if they’re having focus problems: • Rule out physical issues. Try offering more protein at breakfast or lunch and encouraging activity. • Consider an earlier bedtime. Typically, school-aged children need 10 to 12 hours of sleep per night. Try to have a fairly consistent bedtime. • Encourage your child to be a “scientist” — have him or her observe and experiment to figure out what does or doesn’t help with attention, such as looking at the teacher, adjusting seating and different study strategies. • Talk with your child’s teacher to get their perspective about when and why the attention difficulties are occurring. • Spend time with your child to create the opportunity for them to confide. Many children find it easier to talk about what’s going

on in their lives when their hands are busy and an adult is doing something low-key with them. If you have multiple children, you may need to arrange some one-on-one time. If there are serious problems at home, let your child know how the problems will or won’t affect them and reassure that the problems are not his or her fault. • Testing may be appropriate to rule out learning issues or visual or auditory processing difficulties. “There are many conditions that can mimic ADD, and the worst thing a physician can do is just give a prescription for a stimulant as a trial,” warned Dr. James Dom Dera, assistant professor of family medicine at Northeastern Ohio Universities Colleges of Medicine and Pharmacy. After appropriate testing, if it is determined to be ADD, Dera said, “ADD responds very well to structure (homework, reading, dinner, family time, etc.). Include relaxation time as well as a reward system for good behaviors along with consequences for unwanted behavior.”

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Monday, August 15 Check In: 8:40 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Orientation: 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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During this time you will meet your mentors, get a tour of the school, find your classrooms and receive your schedule. Lunch will be served compliments of Flint Hills resources. We look forward to seeing you!

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