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Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Saturday, August 4, 2012

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elcome students and parents back to another exciting school year. I want to thank teachers and staff for all of the hard work they are doing to make sure our schools are up and ready to go from the moment the opening bell rings. To our students and parents, I hope you had a rewarding summer vacation and that you are just as excited about the upcoming school year as I am. The start of a new school year means different things to different people, but the one common denominator for all of us is opportunity. For our teachers, it is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of their students. For our students, it is an opportunity to challenge themselves in numerous ways, and to pursue success, both in and out of the classroom. For our parents, it is an opportunity to

plishments from the 2011-12 school year. Of particular note was the funding we received from the Alaska Legislature and Gov. Sean Parnell for this fiscal year. The one-time funding from the Legislature helped lessen cuts and protect key components of classroom instruction. While the funding is not a permanent increase, the state’s effort to fund public education conveys quite clearly that the education of our young people is a priority. I look forward to continuing my advocacy for sufficient funding during the next session so we can provide sustainable programs for our students. Other district-wide items of Eric Engman/News-Miner file note and, in particular, some English teacher Alyse Loring works on remembering students’ names during her first important individual accomclass of the day on the first day of classes at Hutchison High School last school year. plishments from last school year include: • Lindy Kinn, instrucdo what you can to make sure parent-teacher conferences to to make those opportunities tional technology teacher with your child’s educational jour- utilizing the district’s Power- possible. Together, our partthe district, received the Tech ney is a rewarding one. School system. nership with the community Support of the Year award at Throughout the school Wonderful opportunities makes a difference. the 2012 Alaska Society for year, you will hear a lot indeed, and, as superintenBefore we look ahead to from us on ways you can get dent, I consider it my respon- this school year, I also want to Technology in Education conference. involved with your child’s sibility and the responsibility take a moment to look back Please see WELCOME, Page 3 education, from attending of those who work with me on some of the many accom-

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The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is seeking three and four-year old children to participate in our special education preschool programs as typical peers. 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 contact the school principal at one of the following elementary schools: Ladd, Hunter, Ann Wien, Joy, Ticasuk Brown, North Pole, Arctic Light, 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 your 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 11446. This could be a very rich educational experience for your child.

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By Pete Lewis Superintendent, Fairbanks North Star Borough School District

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• Barbara Nore, a choir teacher at North Pole Middle School, was named Alaska Music Educator of the Year. • Cheryl Severns, of Two Rivers School, and Teresa Ponder, of Nordale Elementary School, were awarded the Middle School and Elementary Physical Education Teacher of the Year awards for the state, respectively. • Mary Cofer, principal of Arctic Light, received the Fairbanks Principals’ Association’s 2012 Elementary Principal of the Year award. • Sandra Kowalski, principal of Randy Smith Middle received the FPA 2012 Secondary Principal of the Year award. • Local voters endorsed both school bond propositions for capital projects at five area

schools in the 2011 borough election. • Julie Wild-Curry, director of after-schools programs, is one of 15 educational leaders to be selected as a White-Riley-Peterson Policy Fellow from throughout the nation. She will have an opportunity to play a critical role in the development of state-level after-school policy plans. • Tim Doran, principal of Denali Elementary, was named the National Distinguished Principal for 2011 by the Alaska Association of Elementary School Principals. • Hannah Boyer, of West Valley, etched her name in Alaska’s high school skiing record books when she Please see WELCOME, Page 4

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Matia Wartes, 5, gets excited as her mother, Erin, right, and father, Marwan, read her daily schedule in Eva Hartley’s kindergarten class at Pearl Creek Elementary School in August 2011.

WELCOME • In advanced placement, SAT and ACT test scores,

gram was approved, creating linkages between the school district and local apprenticeship programs. • Lathrop High School won the statewide GCI Alaska Academic Decathlon Competition.

SCHOOL REGISTRATION Elementary Registration: Elementary students who are NEW to the district or TRANSFERRING to a different school should register for school on August 9 and 10, 2012. Register at the school your child will be attending and be sure to bring the childʼs immunization record and proof of residency. Kindergarten and first grade students also need to supply proof of age and residency. All new students will need proof of immunization. Secondary: Middle and high school students who are NEW to the district should contact the school for specific registration dates and times. Returning students who registered last spring do not need to register again; schedule changes will be made only after new students are registered. All new students will need proof of immunization. Out-of-Attendance-Area (OAA) Registration: Students wishing to attend an elementary school (K-6) outside their attendance area may do so on a year-by-year basis if space is available and they provide their own transportation.  For students in grades 7-12, an out-of-attendance area application must be submitted the first year the student wishes to attend the school.  Out-ofattendance area is not guaranteed. High School First Day of Practice: August 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Swimming/Diving and Girls Volleyball

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

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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

required to have at least one dose of varicella vaccine, although two doses are recommended.

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.

Students need immunizations to attend school... it’s the law!

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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:–activities For more information, call Steve Zanazzo at 456-7794, ext. 17520.

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Fairbanks schools are outperforming the state and national averages. • Through the U.S. Department of Labor and the Federal Office of Apprenticeship, the School to Apprenticeship pro-

Welcome Back!

Best wishes for a successful school year from Dr. Henry & Staff


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earned her third consecutive girls Skimeister Award at the Alaska state cross-country ski championships in Anchorage. • Alisha Allen, of Lathrop, won first place in all three Region VI track and field events in which she competed. As I enter my third year as superintendent, I continue to be impressed on a daily basis of the wonderful things being accomplished through the efforts of teaches, staff and students. Equally impressive is the dedication of our parents and Eric Engman/News-Miner file the level at which the community of Fairbanks supports its Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Superintendent Pete Lewis gives the “State of the Schools” address at the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce luncheon in September at the Carlson Center. public schools. I also want to stress that intendent of Fairbanks schools myself welcome and value members. Working together, year. the Board of Education, our Pete Lewis has served as super- since 2010. 2012-13 will be a great school administrative team, staff and input from all community



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Programs prepare students for careers District provides career, technical education options Staff Report

Please see CAREER, Page 6



About 8,000 Alaska students graduate from high school annually. Some go to college, some enter technical schools and some just stop educating themselves. At age 19, fewer than onefifth of those graduates still are in some type of educational program, according to state and university officials who have studied Alaska’s situation. This lack of continuing education means Alaska cannot meet its current workforce needs, much less future demand, according those officials. In fact, Alaska already ranks fifth in the nation for the percentage of teens not in school and not working, they say. The Alaska Career and Technical Education Plan, produced by the state education and labor departments and the University of Alaska, asks Alaska to prepare young Alaskans for work and then move them into it. The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District offers “career and technical education” programs to do just that. The programs target high school students, but the district plans to give middle school students Career and Technical Education options as well. Getting young students to think about career interests and helping them follow these interests reduces the risk that they’ll drop out of high school, according to the district. All Fairbanks high schools have CTE curriculum. Other district CTE programs include:


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• Apprenticeships: The district and local trade unions find highly qualified apprenticeship candidates while they’re still in school and help them enter union apprenticeship programs. • School District Alaska Construction Academy Grant Program: The program offers high school students vocational courses and workshops that will lead to jobs in high-demand fields in construction and/or trade apprenticeship programs. The academy offers a series of building trades courses and workshops to introduce and expose high school students to construction skills. Hutchison High School and North Pole High School host the academy. In addition to the academy, short theme-focused construction workshops, taught by Alaska Works Partnership instructors, also will be offered. • Tech Prep: This pro-

GET MORE For more information on Alaska Career and Technical Education programs offered by the school district, go to www. ments/curriculum/cte.

gram allows high school students to earn credits toward a college certificate and/or degree by completing classes that have been approved by the CTC. The credit is offered at a reduced cost compared to university tuition. The school district is looking for other ways to offer career and technical education. Last year, teachers gathered in the fall to begin reviewing and revising the CTE curriculum. They discussed what parts of it were working well, what parts could be updated or changed and what those changes might look like. For more information on CTE programs at the school district, go to www.k12north lum/cte.

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Construction Open the door... projects upgrade a whole new experience! school facilities By REBA LEAN Students walking in the doors of their schools around the district this fall might notice gleaming floors and clean-scented halls, but students at certain schools will notice more stand-out repairs and upgrades. The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District’s facilities maintenance team has had a busy summer, working to improve sewer systems and the efficiency of buildings while also performing maintenance. At Lathrop High School, though, students will find a new gymnasium and nearby hallways. The gym will have a better lighting and sound systems. Its 56-year-old floor will

be replaced. Contractors will continue to work on the gym into the school year, but classes should not be disrupted. The contractors will work at night to finish the upgrades. Barnette Magnet School’s complete overhaul still is under way, now in its third phase. Contractors will work on the building throughout the school year, but, again, students will not be disrupted. The workers will focus on the outside of the building, not where students are learning. The district worked on two major lighting projects during the summer — at Weller Elementary School and at North Pole High School’s auditorium. Both projects will improve Please see WORK, Page 8

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efficiency and reduce electricity usage. At the auditorium, the upgrades replaced the old theater lighting and will increase lighting for classroom-type activities. At Weller, the upgrades will improve lighting levels that were found to be deficient and give teachers more control of the lighting. At Pearl Creek Elementary School, a 30-year-old carpet will be replaced with a new, rubber floor, which will be easier to maintain. At Badger Road Elementary School, workers are adding finish insulation to the gym’s exterior. The insulation should reduce heating costs. The improvements are in addition to preventive maintenance around the district, which should be beneficial to more than just school workers, according to Superintendent Pete Lewis. “They take care of a lot of wear and tear that extends life of the building and saves dollars of the taxpayer,” he said.

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Barnette Magnet School’s complete overhaul still is under way, now in its third phase. Contractors will work on the building throughout the school year, but students will not be disrupted.

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Testing standards take new shape

Nordale Elementary School thirdgrader Perry Akootchook plays “Spinning for Money” with his mother, Colleen Sovalik, at a Nordale “Family Math Game Night” at the school in 2011. The game night introduces families to the math games students are playing to encourage their use of everyday math skills.

Alaska receives 1-year waiver from increasing federal targets By REBA LEAN

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In Alaska, measurements of student success are taking new form as the state receives a one-year waiver from increasing targets in the No Child Left Behind Act. The student proficiency targets are rolling back to the 201011 levels, which are about 83 percent proficiency for language arts and 74.5 percent for mathematics. If the waiver didn’t kick in, 94 percent of students would need to be proficient in language arts and 91.5 percent in mathematics this coming school year. In 2014, the law expects 100 percent of students across the country to be proficient in all subjects. State lawmakers and school officials have called that expectation unreasonable and have looked for ways out of the requirements. Rep. Bob Miller, D-Fairbanks, released a statement in favor of the progress toward a larger waiver from the “one-size-fitsall requirements.” He introduced a resolution asking the governor to apply for a waiver during the legislative session. “The state’s efforts to set its own standards and take the opportunity to opt out of No Child Left Behind are working, and the federal government’s decision to grant the first part of our request is an encouraging step in Alaska’s efforts to maintain local control of our schools and our children’s education,” he said. Fairbanks Education Association President Tammy Smith said teachers feel a school’s relative success in meeting the targets does not accurately portray student performance. “Teachers in our district have and will continue to prepare students for optimal success; however, the results from these tests

still only provide a narrow view of a child’s progress,” Smith wrote in a statement. “Continuing to have to stay focused on this specific requirement inhibits a well-rounded education for all of our students.” Superintendent Pete Lewis said the one-year waiver is the beginning of a total waiver from the law. The state of Alaska would need to complete requirements for its own education accountability system to be granted a complete waiver.


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School district plans ‘Ignition’ day for freshmen News-Miner file

Staff Report

West Valley High School freshman Michael Callahan attempts to open his recently assigned locker during freshman orientation activities for the 2010-11 school year.

The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is planning a new program, “Ignition,” for freshmen and new students to start the 2012-13 school year at area high schools. Aug. 21 will be the first day of school for kindergarten through grade nine, as well as new students in grades 10 through 12. Aug. 22 will be the first day of school for returning students in grades 10 through 12. “Ignition” is designed as “a transition program that helps students build relationships and make a positive shift to high school,” according to a district press release. On the first day, freshmen and new students will meet with mentors, attend group activities, tour buildings and familiarize themselves with class schedules. More information about the various “Ignition” schedules and activities on the first day of school are available at respective high school websites.

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Immunization clinics held Aug. 9, 15

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Alyeska Pipeline Service Company Association of Alaska School Boards Holiday Parks MAC Federal Credit Union Pavva Inupiaq Dancers Samʼs Club UAF Employment Relations: Alice Palen

ACTIVITY DATE LOCATION Volleyball Aug. 6-8 West Valley ( Swimming Mon., Aug. 6 UAF

TIME TBA 3:30–5:30 p.m.

Before a student can participate, the STUDENT MUST HAVE: • Current physical on record with the school • Activity Consent/Release Form signed/dated with the year. • 2.00 GPA, no more than 1 F & passed 5 classes from previous semester • Students cannot participate until they are cleared from the book-fines list

UAF Summer Arts Festival: Bobby Lewis, Eustice Johnson, Debra Pearson & Yvonne McHenry US Marine Corps: Gunny Sgt Sparks & MSgt Harrison Susan Bessette Pat DeRuyter Kathy Hughes Matt & Mary Mattingly Claire Murphy Gretchen Nolan Laura Nutter Wendy Ward Joanne Widman Jen Wieland Leslie Yamamoto

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Children need immunizations against a variety of infectious diseases before they’re allowed to attend public schools in Fairbanks. By state law, children in public school must have the immunizations or a valid medical or religious exemption. The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District will hold a free immunization clinic from 3-6 p.m. Aug. 9 in the administrative offices at 520 Fifth Ave. School nurses will review records and administer any vaccines to meet requirements. The Alaska Division of Public Health will offer free immunizations from 3-6 p.m. Aug. 15 at the North Pole Fire Department, 110 Lewis St. in North Pole. The required immunizations are: • Ages 4 or 5 for DtaP (bacterial infections of diptheria, Please see CLINICS, Page 11


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By Sharon Naylor Creators News Service Students who skimp on sleep suffer more than just bleary eyes at the breakfast table. According to Mary A. Carskadon, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry and human behavior and expert at the Sleep for Science Research Lab at Brown University says, “Evidence abounds to indicate that sleeping well — 8.5-plus hours with a regular schedule — supports learning, psychological well-being and physical health. Good sleep makes paying attention and concentrating in school easier, improves the ability to recall and retain information, and the sleep that occurs after effective learning helps to consolidate and even augment the daytime learning. A number of studies show a marked tendency toward better grades in teens who sleep well.” Skimping on sleep often results in a lower GPA. Quality sleep also heightens sports performance. Carskadon says, “When sleeping too little, one of the most notable deficits is in reaction time ... to stimuli in the environment. Better sleep promotes faster reaction times that can have a significant impact on sports performance, along with improved attention and concentration.” Your student-athlete could see his or her achievements on the field or court skyrocket, perhaps leading to captainships and scholarships down the road, if sleep habits are improved. Outside of school-related activities, quality sleep is important for students’ health and well-being. Please see SLEEP, Page 13

ing upon the student’s age and • 2 for hepatitis A virus. the date received. • 2 for MMR (measles, • 3 or 4 for polio virus, mumps and rubella viruses). Continued from Page 10 depending upon age. • 2 for varicella (chicken tetanus and pertussis), depend• 3 for hepatitis B virus. pox virus). This is required



for students in kindergarten through sixth grade only. Also, students who can prove they had chicken pox in the past do not need the immunization.

Looking for a PUBLIC SCHOOL that's different? Barnette Magnet School. This downtown K-8 school provides flexible scheduling, academic and exploration courses, and options for both full and part-time students. Their mission is to "build competency through choices." Enrollment is determined through lottery. 456-6072 Building Educational Success Together. B.E.S.T. is the districtʼs home school and correspondence program. This program offers parents a chance to customize their childrenʼs education at home while still allowing them to participate in local school activities such as sports or music. Online classes are also available. 452-2000, ext. 11201 Chinook Montessori Charter School. This school on International Way stresses individually-paced, multi-age education with a strong emphasis on family and community involvement for students in grades K-8. Enrollment is determined through lottery. 452-5020 Effie Kokrine Early College Charter School. This secondary school features rigorous instruction, individual learning styles, a non-traditional calendar, and a 10:00 a.m. start time. Classes integrate traditional and contemporary knowledge and foster a strong understanding of Alaska Native culture and a respect for all cultures. 474-0958 Hutchison High School. This is a Comprehensive High School with a Career Technical Education focus centered around five career clusters. (Arts/AV Technology/ Communications; Information Technology; Health Sciences &  Human Services; Architecture & Construction; and Transportation,  Distribution & Logistics).  We are a "School of Choice" offering strong core academics and preparing students for the next level.  HHS students have the opportunity to prepare for the future whether that be immediate employment, advanced technical training, apprenticeships and/or college. 479-2261 The OPTIONS Teen Parenting Program. Child development, life skills, teen parenting and pregnancy classes are offered along with academic courses and career and technical opportunities for pregnant or parenting students who wish to continue their high school education. Childcare is available on-site at Hutchison High. 479-2261 Star of the North Secondary Charter School. Designed for students in grades 7-12 who seek a non-conventional school setting, this charter school consists of two campuses: the Career Education Center (479-4061) is located at 725 26th Avenue and the North Pole Academy is located at 2945 Monk Court (490-9025). Watershed Charter School. The Watershed Charter School is the districtʼs newest charter school. This K-8 school uses a model for education that emphasizes community involvement and the outdoors through “place-based education.” Enrollment is determined through lottery. 374-9350

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Lack of sleep affects the immune system. Experts at the Mayo Clinic say that people who don’t get enough sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus, such as the common cold. During sleep, the immune system releases proteins that actively fight infections, inflammations and the deleterious effects of stress. Sleep deprivation has also been linked to cardiovascular problems, obesity, diabetes and debilitating emotional states. Carskadon says, “A

major negative factor that accompanies insufficient sleep is a depressed mood, which is accompanied by fatigue, lack of motivation and general malaise.” Clearly, quality sleep is a must for your student. But how much sleep do they need? Amy Korn-Reavis, coordinator of the polysomnography program at Valencia College, said, “At age 5, a child needs 12 to 14 hours of sleep, and the need decreases with age to 9 to 12 hours at age 16.” These hour totals may seem long, but Korn-Reavis says that children and teens need to reach different stages of sleep. “Stage N3 or slow-wave sleep is where many hormones,

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including growth hormones, are produced and growth and healing occur. During REM sleep is where we consolidate our memories from short- to long-term memory.” REM sleep happens at the last part of the night.

How to improve student sleep habits Try to help your student develop a bedtime routine. A routine “tells the brain it is time to unwind and go to sleep. You can compare it to

a computer that has certain tasks it needs to do before it shuts off,” Korn-Reavis said. “At least one hour before bed they should not be using electronics such as TV, cellphones Please see SLEEP, Page 14


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possible. • Avoid caffeine. Kids today think that energy Continued from Page 13 drinks give them a boost to stay up and do homework, but or game systems. The flashing these and other caffeinated light stimulates the brain, drinks interrupt sleep. So promaking it difficult for (the vide a variety of caffeine-free brain) to know it is bed time.” beverages, including ice-cold This includes PCs and tablets, water with lemon. as well. • Ensure REM. If students Sleep expert Dr. Robert have to stay up late to finish a Oexman of the Sleep to Live project or study for an exam, Institute advises maintainaim for at least six hours of ing good sleep habits in the sleep, which allows for at least summertime, so they won’t some REM sleep that consolibe shocked back into the rou- dates memory and allows the tine when back-to-school time student to remember what he comes along. or she studied. Oexman suggests keeping • Block out light and noise. to a set bedtime during sumIf your student is sensitive mer. A child’s summer bedto noise, put a “white noise” time may be later, but it must machine in the bedroom to be regular. mask outside sounds. If light If you let kids run comwakes the child too early, pletely free, they will stay up consider new curtains that much too late, starting a cycle block out more outside light. of sleep deprivation. College students are known General sleep-smart tips to wear eye masks to sleep well when a roommate stays for kids include: • Get eight hours of sleep. up late. • Be fit. Exercise boosts Set a routine and commit to getting at least eight hours of healthy hormones that regulate rest and sleep. sleep but preferably more, if


How to celebrate students’ academic achievements By Kristen Castillo Creators News Service

together. “Kids need support and encouragement when learnYour child gets good grades ing,” said Brian Bonner, the on his report card. Do you California State PTA’s vice reward him? How? president for parent involveSome parents give their ment. kids cash for good grades; “A report card shows the others reward with electronic progress a kid has made,” gadgets, movie tickets or Bonner said. “You can’t activities. always expect perfection, but Still other parents want to you can expect progress.” reward their children’s report How you recognize that cards with praise. progress is up to you. “What a kid is looking for “Rewards can be given more than anything is that without actually calling it a you’re proud of them,” says reward,” said Goldberg, who Kenneth Goldberg, a 35-year suggests telling a child you professional in clinical psywant to “celebrate” with him. chology and author of “The For example, Goldberg Homework Trap: How to said, you tell your child, Save the Sanity of Parents, “‘Let’s go have ice cream,’ Students and Teachers.” or ‘Let’s go see a movie,’” he You can show your child said. “This is an accomplishyour pride with a high five, ment worth celebrating.” a hug, some uplifting words The reward you choose and some quality time has to be something the child

values, such as a visit to a favorite museum or extra time watching TV. “The best rewards are the ones that work,” said Goldberg, who explains rewards will change based on the student’s age and interest. He also reminds parents to be flexible. “Be ready to continually adjust the reward system,” Goldberg said. While money can be a motivator, say $20 for each A and $10 for each B, the burden of rewarding good grades with cash can be stressful and expensive. “Parents need to recognize our resources and limits and follow them,” Bonner said. So if you’re willing to reward grades with money, save up. Don’t wait until you Please see REWARDS, Page 15

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• Don’t worry about spoiling your child. Your child is “earning” the reward by earning good grades. • If your child doesn’t earn good grades and therefore • Build your child’s confidoesn’t earn the reward, find dence throughout the school ways she can do better next year by recognizing his progtime, like by studying with ress. a tutor or doing extra credit • Realize that while selfmotivated kids don’t necessar- work. • Reward children with ily need rewards to do well, praise, but never ridicule they love positive attention them. and rewards, too. “Parents see it as a great opportunity,” she says. “Plus, it’s free.”

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student achievement and keep Padgett of the Athens-Clarke them focused on their studies. County Leisure Services Some restaurants and stores Department, which has been honor students who have good running the program for a Continued from Page 14 grades by giving them free few years. “All kids love to go desserts, snacks and activities. swimming.” receive your child’s report Students in the Athens, Students in kindergarten card to know what’s going on Ga., area are motivated by through 12th grade are eliwith grades, good or bad. “Report Card Rewards,” a gible for the program. “Report cards shouldn’t program that gives good stu“With all A’s, a child gets come as a surprise,” Bondents swim passes. one free summer pool pass,” ner said. “Parents need to be “The whole idea is to recsaid Padgett, noting that kids involved with their kids’ progwith A’s and B’s receive 10 ress and learning throughout ognize kids who’ve done well academically,” said Cathy free swims. the year.” Intervene right away if you see your child isn’t doing well at school, so the student can get academic help. Trying to reward a strugAcademic Language Therapy Services gling student can backfire, Rebecca George, Certified Academic Language Therapist since most students with poor READING & DYSLEXIA SPECIALIST grades simply don’t understand the work. 907-457-6821 • 970-901-8447 “Rewards work on the assumption that a child could do the work if he just tried Reading, spelling, handwriting... harder,” said Goldberg, who recommends parents talk IS YOUR CHILD STRUGGLING? with the teacher about what’s going on in the classroom to HELP HAS ARRIVED! see whether the problem is preschoolers thru adults a lack of understanding the private individualized therapy sessions material. scientifically proven approach It’s not just parents who offer rewards to celebrate Academic Language Therapy Services


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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 Salcha Ticasuk Brown Two Rivers University Park Weller Woodriver

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

(Tentative times, some schools may open/close earlier or at lunch time) MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS Ben Eielson........................................................ Aug. 9-10 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Hutchison ........................................................ Aug. 13-17 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Lathrop High ..................................................... Aug. 8, 9, 10, 13, 14 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 16, 20 8-11 a.m. & 1- 3:30 p.m. North Pole High ................................................ Aug. 8, 9, 10, 13 8-11 a.m. & noon-2:30 p.m. North Pole Middle ............................................ Aug. 8, 9, 10 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Randy Smith Middle........................................... Aug. 10 9-11 a.m. Aug. 13 1-5 p.m. Aug. 14 9-11 a.m. Ryan Middle ...................................................... Aug. 10, 13 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Tanana Middle.................................................. Aug. 9,10,13 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. West Valley High ............................................... Aug. 9,10, 13, 14 8 a.m.-2 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 Middle Schools: 1M North Pole Middle 2M Randy Smith 3M Ryan 4M Tanana

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FNSBSD Key contacts: Anderson Elementary Shari Merrick, principal 372-2167 Anne Wien Elementary Leslie Campbell, principal 451-7500 Arctic Light Elementary Mary Carlson, principal 356-2038 Badger Road Elementary Dan File, principal 488-0134 Barnette Magnet School Dana Evans, principal 456-6072 Ben Eielson Jr./Sr High Mario Gatto, principal 372-3110

Career Education Center Craig Kind, head teacher 479-4061

Hutchison High School Dan Domke, principal 479-2261

Chinook Charter School Paul Fontes, head teacher 452-5020 Crawford Elementary Clarice Louden-Mingo, principal 372-3306 Denali Elementary Tim Doran, principal 452-2456

Joy Elementary David Foshee, principal 456-5469 Ladd Elementary Robert J. Stitt Jr., principal 451-1700 Lathrop High Dave Dershin, principal 456-7794 Nordale Elementary Brian Powell, principal 452-2696 North Pole Academy Bao Do, head teacher 490-9025

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Should students play first, homework later? By Sharon Naylor Creators News Service When kids arrive home from school, is it wisest to make them sit down and dive right into their homework before playtime begins, or should they be allowed to play first and work later? As a parent, it’s important for you to weigh both options and then decide what works best for your children. “Generally speaking, homework should be delayed until there has been some respite time after school to allow the brain a ‘vacation’ before beginning homework,” said Jennifer Little, Ph.D., founder of Just like you need to decompress after a long workday before you’re motivated to undertake household cleaning and tasks, students often need a breather before

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Ty Davis, left, and Katie Antal, right, work at the computer stations in the West Valley High School library in May 2010. Davis was doing research for his U.S. history class, and Antal was working on her French homework.

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Watershed Charter School kindergartner Kassie Petersen, 6, locks her bike after biking to school May 9. Students, faculty and parents gathered at Pike’s Landing to ride bicycles to the school as part of National Bike To School Day. The event was held to raise awareness of the importance of exercise, road safety and the need for better roads and bike paths.



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the next to-dos must be done. Plus, according to Dr. Maureen Taylor, who has master’s degrees in secondary and special education and has been a teacher for almost 40 years, “Playing after homework can

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drive a child to work faster at the risk of their work.” Allowing children a set amount of playtime before homework is what “educators used to call ‘shaking out the cobwebs,’” Taylor said. “Today we call it ‘giving the child time to breathe and to process his day.’” Children, after all, have bad days, too. They may be

stressed over an impending test or still feeling the sting of a negative comment from one of their peers. Quality free time lets them enter the “safe zone” of home and relax and unwind. “Students’ brains require a shift from the pressures of school to the relative calmness of home,” Taylor said. Taylor also brings up a

valid point affecting your children’s energy levels and abilities to focus on homework: “Keep in mind that in larger schools, some children eat lunch at 10:30 and end their day at 3.” Kids may be low on energy simply because they haven’t had a nutritious meal or snack in more than four hours. They couldn’t possibly focus well on homework while

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“Elementary children usually do not have much homework, so doing it as dinner is prepared usually suffices,” Little said. “Middle- and highschool students will have more homework, and thus will need more hours to complete it. So before and after dinner should be allocated (for homework) before any other computerbased activities (Facebook, games, TV) occur. At some point, the child will become self-regulating with homework and decide when is best for him/her.” Another factor is your child’s personality type. Some children cannot unwind unless their homework — about which they feel pressure — is completed, and some children would do anything to avoid their homework. If you have multiple children, you need to create a plan that meets each child’s preferences. That may find you sitting down one child who needs to get homework out of the way, while the other child plays, and then summoning your other child to begin his or her homework after the allotted playtime. Jen Lilienstein, founder of the educational site Kidzmet. com, said children with different personality types approach homework differently, such as a student who prefers to get closure on assignments before play, a student who thrives on tight deadlines, or a student who likes to work on three projects at once. (Visit www. to assess your children’s personality types related to tasks.) There is no rule saying all children must sit down together as a group to do homework. You may even find that they distract one another when they’re all at the kitchen table at the same time, working in their different ways. It may be your personal system to have kids do their homework in set shifts that work best for all. Please see HOMEWORK, Page 21


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due to fatigue from their busy schedules. You’ll decide that at your review session. As you observe children in their homework modes,

pay special attention to their frustration levels as they’re working. Little said, “Homework avoidance is often a sign of problems” that may exist

in their school days, such as bullying. Be observant of what kids are telling you through their attitudes toward homework.

If you have questions about your child’s homework levels, make an appointment to speak in person with his or her teachers.

Setting the rules If you’re experiencing homework/play chaos with no set plan, now is the time to enforce rules in your home and decide how, when and where kids will do homework. A quiet environment with no television is ideal. Cellphones are to be left outside of the homework room to eliminate distractions. Decide beforehand how children’s homework sessions will be scheduled, and inform kids that they are to complete all homework before their set bedtime. You will, in several weeks, review their grades and talk with them about their homework schedule, and you may decide to make changes to their schedule. Older kids with extracurricular activities that affect their post-school schedules may need to switch their homework times to earlier in the evening

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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. If your income is less than or equal to the following guidelines you are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. These guidelines are effective July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2013. If you have children who are approved for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) formerly known as Food Stamps, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or Native Family Assistance Program (NFAP), they are automatically able to receive free meals by filing 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.

For more information, or to get an application 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 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.


Just like you need to decompress after a long workday, students often need a breather before the next to-dos must be done after school. “Generally speaking, homework should be delayed until there has been some respite time after school to allow the brain a ‘vacation’ before beginning homework,” said Jennifer Little, Ph.D., founder of ParentsTeach

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People make their way through the rows of displays during public viewing at the 2012 Interior Alaska Science Fair on March 31 in the Pioneer Park Civic Center. The annual event is open to K-8 students and has four categories: family, individual, group and class.

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intense, so by age 13, why would a child want to play, when winning is the only valued option? According to Dembro, 75 percent of kids who play a sport are quitting by age 13. • The child is overscheduled. With multiple sports and activities booking up their schedules each season, children can feel stressed and overextended, then tempted to lighten their load by dropping an activity or two. • They’re afraid. According to Len Saunders, author of “Keeping Kids Fit,” children may develop a fear of failure, fear of getting hurt, fear of losing, fear of not pleasing others or “a fear of time sensitivity, where they feel there are not enough hours in the day for everything.” Your child’s desire to quit will stem from his or her own particular issues, which you must find out in order to handle this dilemma. According to Robyn Odegaard, CEO and owner of Champion Performance Development and author of “Stop the Drama! The Ultimate Guide to Female Teams,” the first step is listening to them. “It’s amazing what kids will tell you when you ask, and then you stay quiet,” she said. “So often parents don’t allow enough space in the conversation for a child/teen to answer, or will ask multiple questions in succession. Asking one question and allowing the child/teen to answer will prompt a thoughtful response. Rapid-fire questions just cause a child/teen to shut down in confusion.” Some questions to ask dur-

ing this conversation with your child include (courtesy of family life instructor Anastasia Gavalas): • Why did you choose to join this activity/sport? • What didn’t happen that you were hoping to accomplish? • What do you think would have made it better? • What did you learn about yourself from this experience? Your child’s responses will give you insight into his or her deeper experiences.

Deciding what to do Odegaard said: “Unless the situation is dangerous or emotionally damaging, you may recommend that the child live up to his commitment and finish out the season. I believe it is important for children to be taught to follow through on their commitments, particularly when other people are counting on them.” Explain these values to your child, and if this is the lesson you’d like your child to learn, enforce your rule to follow through until the end of the season. Some parents help

their child over this hurdle by returning fun to the activity, such as playing catch in the yard or going to the batting cages, but emphasizing enjoyment rather than pressuring to be a better hitter “so you enjoy it more.” If your child rediscovers the fun aspects of the activity, he may be more comfortable staying until the end of the season. Parent Nikki Thompson enforces a rule that no quitting occurs mid-season. “If they choose not to pick it up next season, that’s fine — but not before it is over,” she said. “When I was a kid, I joined almost every sport and activity, but I quit before the season was over. I hardly finished anything, which created a negative cycle as an adult. I didn’t want my kids to continue this vicious cycle.” Thompson says she talks with her kids, encourages them and sticks with her rule. “Sticking it out is always a great option,” Saunders said. “But maybe they do have a good reason for wanting to leave the sport. Yes, being on teams and clubs in high

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Helping shy children in the classroom child who doesn’t know how to stay quiet at home doesn’t utter a word in class or other social settings. John Malouff, Ph.D. By Chelle Cordero — senior lecturer in psycholCreators News Service ogy, author of “Helping Young Children Overcome Shyness” You know she knows the and father to Elizabeth — had answer, but when the teacher this to say: “Shyness involves asks for volunteers, she just anxiety and behavioral inhiwon’t raise her hand. There bition in social situations. are children in every classIt occurs most frequently room who allow life’s opportu- in situations that are novel nities to pass them by because or suggest evaluation of the they don’t feel comfortable person or situations where “in the spotlight.” Parents the person is conspicuous or will often react with disbelief others are intrusive. Although when they are told that the all children may experience

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Opening communication with your kids this year By Diane Schlindwein Creators News Service

of classes can set the stage for the rest of the school year, it’s important to keep the Returning to classes after lines of communication wide a school break brings with it open once school résumés. all the excitement of reunitPay closer attention to your ing with fellow students and child’s mood, ask open-ended making new friends. However, questions and check out Faceit can also be an opportunity book activity. for “mean girls,” bullies and Whether your child seems gossipmongers to make life to be happy or experiencing miserable for their unfortudifficulty with peers, school nate victims. counselor Beth LaFata says Because the first few weeks it never hurts to ask school

experts about a child’s classroom social life. Utilizing the school counselor can help children transition through stages of development and ensure they are making smart choices every day. LaFata visits classrooms to discuss bullying prevention, peer pressure, building healthy friendships and confronting cliques.

While boys are known to physically bully other children, girls can be equally cruel by causing emotional pain. According to a Brigham Young University study, girls as young as 3 or 4 will use manipulative behaviors and peer pressure to get what they want. (Think the classic preschool taunt, “You better do what I want or I won’t be your friend!”)

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Donning a cowboy hat, western shirt and boots, fourthgrader Hailey Mesner checks out a book at the school library during a Ladd Elementary School “Wild West� themed 2011 reading event.

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It’s no surprise that children practice what they experience. Many mean girls learn to domineer and manipulate because they see it at home, while boys might bully if they witness a father or older brother bullying others. If you want a child that is kind and sensitive to others, model kindness yourself and don’t gossip about others — and make sure that older siblings don’t do it either. And if you discover that a situation at school is negatively affecting your child, don’t be afraid to report it to the school authorities, LaFata says. They are the experts and will usually know just what to do. Remember, being popular may seem important, but your child needs to understand that the very best friendships are based on mutual affection and similar interests — not mean-spirited behavior.

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Tips to finding the right tutor By Jack Newcombe Creative News Service

immeasurable and certainly worth the money. In fact, “if you can choose the right tutor, someone who is a good fit for your child, then there are benefits beyond mastering the subject matter.” Specifically, “good habits for math and the mindset that accompanies those habits can be translated into other areas for success, even other areas of life.” Life lessons aside, there is still value in having a tutor, as

opposed to a teacher or even a parent, educate a student. “Some parents don’t have the time or the expertise to work with their kid, so they need somebody.” It is “nice to have somebody else explain a subject, because the student will be more likely to listen to the tutor than the parent if there is a good relationship.” When dealing with parents, there is potential for other issues to cloud the learning process, and with a teacher, it might be dif-

ficult to have a one-on-one relationship with a student, but a tutor can give the guidance of a teacher without the emotional baggage of a parent. You cannot say whether all tutors are worth the money. The right tutors are certainly worth the money, but they are hard to find. Kubo declares that tutoring “can be worth the money but is not always. If it’s not a good fit, then the parent should pass. It’s all about finding a good fit.”

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In 1991, Will Smith’s hit single “Summertime” boasted that summer is a time to “sit back and unwind,” but like Smith’s singing career, summer must eventually come to an end. And though most parents and kids focus on clothes and Trapper Keepers, the most important thing to consider as school gets back in session is your child’s education. Your child’s education is full of choices that you have to make — private or public, single-sex or coed, transfer or stay where you are. One choice that might get overlooked is whether to hire a tutor. Kathy Kubo is a college professor who has tutored off and on since she was 14 years old. Even while working at a large accounting firm, Kubo would tutor at her old high school for free because the importance of doing pro bono work and giving back was ingrained in her at an early age. It wasn’t until Kubo left her career at the accounting firm to get her master’s in mathematics from the University of California, Los Angeles that tutoring became a reliable source of income for her, and it helped pay for her own education. But tutoring seemed to be much more of a calling than it was a job or a revenue stream. When discussing the value of tutoring, Kubo mentioned that there are certain perils that parents should consider before “getting in bed” with a potential tutor. Specifically, “you don’t want someone who just gives answers and just spoonfeeds the correct numbers. You want someone to encourage ‘productive struggle.’” When asked to define the “productive struggle,” Kubo said: “If students don’t have that experience of struggling and working through a barrier, then when it comes to taking a test, they won’t know what to do. They are used to having a crutch, someone to give them

the answer immediately. As a tutor, you want to moderate and facilitate those types of discussions.” Kubo also warned that when looking for a tutor, you should look out for “people who have difficulty explaining concepts in multiple ways; one way doesn’t work for all students.” When asked what the most important quality is in a tutor, Kubo declared, “Patience.” However, according to Kubo, the value of a good tutor is


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Finding a solution to budget problems By Shawn Dell Joyce Creative News Service We are all concerned about our schools and our rising school taxes. Most districts are facing a decline in state funding of 10 percent or more, which can be $3.6 million in real dollars. That’s a

lot of money, and we all wonder where it will come from. Teachers are concerned about larger classes, less funding for teaching materials and salaries, and lower educational standards. Parents are concerned about less funding for the things that keep kids interested in school, such as music and art classes and sports and other extracurricular

activities. Taxpayers are concerned about an ever-increasing burden that is already difficult to bear. Kids face crowded conditions, increased bullying and less attention from teachers. It’s a difficult situation for all, without an easy answer. Many school districts across the country are in the same pickle, and some have come

up with a few creative solutions that could be applied here. The school district in Newburgh, N.Y., has hired an energy efficiency consultant to show faculty and students how to conserve resources and save money. Simple measures — such as turning off lights in empty classrooms, lowering the heat after hours and reducing

paper waste — can more than pay the consultant’s salary and save school resources over the long term. Engaging the student population in the school’s efforts to conserve teaches children an important lesson to take back to the home and community. Batavia, N.Y., schools have found methods for pooling Please see BUDGET, Page 31

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Earn your high school diploma at the Career Education Center! Star of the North does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, gender, national origin, religion or ancestry. Star of the North Secondary School is nonsectarian and not affiliated with any religious organization.


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951 Airport Way 452-4751

Career Education Center 724 27th Ave., Suite 1 Fairbanks, Alaska 99701

• August 22 First day of school for returning students • August 28 New Parent Info Session: 6:00–6:30 p.m. Open House: 6:30–8:00 p.m.


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tion was to raise class size by half a student. Texas schools find themselves with a decreasing tax Continued from Page 30 base (as property values plummet) and an increasing resources and sharing specialized staff and equipment. student population. Instead of building more This sharing cuts down on schools, the districts are individual school districts’ costs and helps keep learning encouraging home schooling, by providing an online curstandards high. In Fairfax County, Va., the riculum, free computers and school board is asking parents Internet, and teachers with online class sizes of 500. to pay fees for tests, such as Other states also encourthe SAT. age home schooling by offerIt also is planning to charge $50 per student partic- ing home-schooled children ipating in high-school sports. the use of the school for certain classes that parents The most ingenious sugges-


may not be able to provide at home. For example, a highschool science lab course would be easier to pay for than to re-create at home. This piecemeal approach to education also brings in additional revenues from homeschoolers already paying school taxes. California high-school students will soon be working from free digital textbooks online rather than from the expensive hardcover text-

books at school districts’ expense. Perhaps the best approach to solving the school budget crunch is the one right under our nose and likeliest to be missed. Why not have the children come up with the solution? One of the biggest complaints about schools is that they don’t prepare children for the “real world.” Here’s our chance; let’s give the kids a real-world scenario and see what they come up

with. Thomas Kersten of The National Council of Professors of Educational Administration has come up with a helpful module that could be applied to any classroom. It’s available for free at http:// We are quick to give our children the latest in interactive online video games; how about we give them a quality education in life?

Trying to keep your child engaged in learning? Want a sense of belonging in your school? Frustrated with the typical school setting?

Star of the North is a public charter school serving students in grades 7–12.

Take charge of your education today!

615 Monroe Street, Fairbanks, Alaska • 907-456-4574 •

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–where faith and academics meet

Now enrolling K–12 Immaculate Conception School • Monroe Jr/Sr High School

Dr. Shearrer joins our staff from Anchorage, Alaska, where she completed a residency program in pediatric dentistry. Dr. Shearrer received her dental degree and completed a general practice residency program at the University of Texas Health Science Center. We’re excited to have Dr. Shearrer join our practice, and look forward to her serving the pediatric dental needs of our community as a member of our team.

New Student Registration

Friday, August 10 • 9:00 –11:00 a.m. & 1:00 –3:00 p.m. Monday, August 13 • 1:00 –5:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 14 • 9:00 –11:00 a.m. & 1:00 –3:00 p.m.

Quality Dental Care for Children preventive care • emergency care • hospital dentistry conscious sedation • restorative dentistry Most Insurance Plans Accepted • New Patients Welcome 13399565 8-4-12 BTS


Jump Start for New Students Monday, Aug. 13, 2012 9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Open House Tuesday, August 28, 2012 6:30–8:00 p.m.


Our Students Reach For the Stars!



Call 907-452-4509 to schedule an appointment. 114 Minnie Street – Suite A | Fairbanks, AK 907-452-4509 |

Star of the North Secondary does not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, color, gender, national origin, religion or ancestry. Star of the North Secondary is nonsectarian and not affiliated with any religious organization.

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Introducing the Newest Member of Our Pediatric Dental Team…

North Star Children’s Dentistry, PC

Call, visit us online, or pick up an application at: North Pole Campus 2945 Monk Ct., North Pole • 490-9025

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We offer: • Personalized instruction • Middle School limited to 40 students • Strong start to high school for Ninth Graders • Independent learning encouraged by master teachers


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Welcome back to a new school year! The Fairbanks education community provides the foundation for a strong diverse learning environment. Our teachers and education support professionals are key to the success of our children and the sustainability of the community. We look forward to another enjoyable year. P A R T N E RS I N Q UA LI T







Fairbanks Education Association & Education Support Staff Association 2118 S. Cushman | Fairbanks, AK 99701

Phone: 465.4435 | Fax: 456.2159

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