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Fairbanks, Alaska

Saturday, August 7, 2010

For school year 2010-11

Photo courtesy of Candy Waugaman

Inside: • a boundary map with updated contact information • dates for back-to-school registrations • information about new principals and programs

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A letter from the superintendent Dear community members, It is with great excitement and anticipation that I begin serving as superintendent of schools for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. As I look to the coming school year, I am thrilled about the opportunity to work in a community that supports its schools and values student achievement. The start of each new school year is a time of new beginnings and brings energy and enthusiasm from both staff and students. It is a time for hope and optimism as we finalize preparations for a year of building relationships with a focus

on learning and preparing students for success. Through experiences in a variety of educational settings and a multitude of opportunities to learn and be challenged, we will fulfill our commitment to ensure our graduates are well prepared for college, technical fields, the military or the workforce. The school district will adhere to its mission of providing an equitable and excellent education for all students, and we will remain focused on our primary performance goals. Achieving our goals is possible with an insightful and involved school board, dynamic and pas-

sionate teachers, motivated staff, engaged parents and, most important, 14,000 students eager to learn. This collaborative approach is imperative as we strive to increase academic achievement for all students, and to continue providing a comprehensive and balanced education where students have opportunities to participate in an array of activities in the arts, athletics and other co-curricular and extracurricular programs. Community involvement is a critical ingredient to high student achievement. Your continued support and commitment is a significant contribution as we strive to serve families and provide an

excellent education to all students. I look forward to opportunities to meet with and listen to the school district’s many stakeholders across this community. I am appreciative of this chance to serve Fairbanks and to become part of this wonderful community. It is a privilege to be a member of such a creative, caring and compassionate community. I look forward to the coming year as I immerse myself to fully understand the community’s hopes and expectations for our kids. Pete Lewis Superintendent of Schools

About the cover photo: This interior picture of the Chatanika Schoolhouse was taken May 18, 1914. It looks to have everything a schoolhouse needed in those days — desks for the students and one for the teacher, blackboards, globe, reading material and probably a heater that did not show up in this image. Photo courtesy of Candy Waugaman

SCHOOL REGISTRATION Elementary Registration: Elementary students who are NEW to the district or TRANSFERRING to a different school should register for school on August 5 and 6, 2010. Register at the school your child will be attending and be sure to bring the child’s 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: July 26 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Football, Footbal Cheerleading August 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . Cross Country Running, Tennis August 9 . . . . . . . . . . . . Girls Gymnastics, Swimming/Diving, and Girls Volleyball

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

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.

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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 the Student Activities Office at 452-4751, x11599.


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Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Saturday, August 7, 2010 Taken from the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District website

Q: Tell me about the FNSB School District. The district operates 33 schools for approximately 15,000 students throughout the Fairbanks North Star Borough, including schools on two military installations, Fort Wainwright Army Post and Eielson Air Force Base. Schools range in size from a small

rural elementary school of fewer than 100 students to comprehensive high schools with 1,200-1,300 students, as well as various charter, magnet and specialized schools. All schools in the district are on the road system. How do I know what school to attend? Transportation zones are established for each school, which determines bus routes and attendance

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IMPORTANT BACK TO SCHOOL DATES! • Registration August 5 –10 8:00 a .m.–3:30 p.m. August 11 8:00 a.m.–11:30 a.m. August 13, 16 & 17 8:00 a .m.– 3:30 p.m.

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Teacher Work Days/Professional Development..............August 11-17 First Day for Students.......................................................August 18 Labor Day Holiday..................................................................September 6 Professional Development (early out)...............................September 17 Professional Development (no school for students)................October 1 HSGQE Retakes.........................................................................October 5-7 End of First Quarter (early out)................................................October 15 Parent/Teacher Conf. (no school for students)..................October 28-29 Professional Development (early out)................................November 12 Thanksgiving Holiday.....................................................November 25-26 Last 3 Days of Semester (early out)................................December 15-17 End of First Semester..........................................................December 17 Winter Break.....................................................................December 20-31 Teacher Work Day (no school for students).................................January 3 Professional Development (early out).....................................January 14 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday.................................................January 17 Professional Development (early out).....................................February 4 Professional Development (no school for students)...............February 7 Parent/Teacher Conferences (no school for students). . .February 21-22 End of Third Quarter (early out)...................................................March 11 Spring Break.............................................................................March 14-18 Testing - All.....................................................................................April 5-7 Professional Development (early out)...........................................April 22 Last 3 Days Of Semester (early out)............................................May 16-18 Last Day for Students.............................................................May 18 Professional Development.............................................................May 19 Teacher Work Day.............................................................................May 20

2011 Graduation Schedule Effie Kokrine Charter School...................Friday, May 13 Ben Eielson High School.......................Monday, May 16 Lathrop High School.............................Monday, May 16 West Valley High School.......................Tuesday, May 17 B.E.S.T. (Correspondence)....................Tuesday, May 17 Hutchison High School...................Wednesday, May 18 North Pole High School..................Wednesday, May 18

New Parent Info Session: 6:00–6:30 p.m. Open House: 6:30–8:00 p.m.

Students who are new to the district or changing schools must register at the school they will be attending. The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or veteran status.

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areas. Students within a transportation zone have preference for enrollment at the school in that zone. Students may attend a school outside their tranportation zone if space is available, and if they provide their own transportation. For questions on transportation zones, please call the district Transportation Office at 452-2000, x351.


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Wainwright attend either Ticasuk Brown in North Pole or Arctic Light on Trainor Gate. Seventh- and eighthgraders attend Tanana Middle School while 9-12 graders attend Lathrop High School. All those schools, with the exception of Arctic Light, also have a large civilian student population. Can our familiy live off base or post and still attend school on Fort Wainwright or Eielson? 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.

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 bus transportation within shorter distances. Kindergarten students are provided one-way bus transportation. How do I enroll my students in school? New students need to enroll at the school they will be attending. When schools are closed for the summer, new students may pick up school packets for open enrollment in our Student Records office in the Administrative Center (452-2000, ext 212). Check your schools website to find out when your school is scheduling open enrollment (usually one week prior to first day of class).

A copy of the child’s birth certificate is required for all pupils entering kindergarten and for first graders who haven’t been enrolled in the district before. All new students must submit proof of immunization before being admitted. Please bring a copy of the student’s transcript or report card to help with class placement. Also, proof of residency (utility bill such as phone, water, electric, etc.) is required at the time of registration.

are needed? • DtaP (Diphtheria, Tetanus, Pertussis) • Polio • MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) • Hepatitis A and B

and out and makes every effort to ensure a smooth transition. Schools that serve the military community are especially adept at welcoming new students and have special programs in place to help.

When does school start? School generally starts the third week in August and ends the third week in May. The first semester ends before the two-week winter break and there is a one week break in March.

How old must students be to attend school? State law requires every child between 7 and 16 years of age to attend school. Any child who will be 5 years old on or before Sept.1 is eligible to attend kindergarten. Children must be 6 years old on or before Sept. 1 to attend first grade.

Is there a list of supplies my student should bring? School supply lists are often in the individual school homepages, and distributed during back-to-school events.

Tell me about elementary schools in Fairbanks. The district has 20 elementary schools including those on Fort Wainwright and Eielson. They offer a comprehensive academic program that includes general music, physical education and art. Band and orchestra programs begin at fourth grade. Many schools also offer before- and after-school programs, breakfast programs and tutoring. Every school has counselors and school nurses on staff. The average primary class has 23.5 students , while intermediate classes average 25.5 students per class.

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Tell me about middle schools in Fairbanks. Currently, the district has four middle schools for 7-8th grade and one junior high (Ben Eielson on Eielson). In addition, several of our charter and magnet schools serve grades K-8. These schools offer a full academic program including health and physical education, plus electives such as art, world languages, and music. The average class size is 25 students per teacher. See the individual school sites for more information. 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-the-art 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 Please see DISTRICT, Page 5

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many electives, honors courses and advanced placement classes. The average class size in high school is 26.5 students per class. 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.

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Can my student participate in sports right away? Students must have a sports physical (available from your health provider) before participating in a 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. What will my high school student need to graduate? Students need 22 credits to graduate and must pass the High School Graduation Qualifying Exam. High school students should talk with their counselor as soon as possible to make sure they’re on track to graduate. 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 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. How do Fairbanks schools compare to other Please see DISTRICT, Page 6

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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 ACT scores than state and national averages.

approximately 25 Advanced Placement courses are offered throughout the district.

the curriculum? Each curriculum area is updated according to a sixyear review and revision cycle. 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 and students are tested according to standards-based assessments.

What services are provided for gifted students? The district’s Extended Which schools are best? Learning Program provides Each school in the disteachers at the elementary trict is unique and has its and middle school levels. own strengths. In general, A wide range of Advanced families are fiercely loyal to Placement classes are offered the schools in their neighbor- at high schools for all stuhood. dents. Although not every class What is taught? What is is offered at every school,

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Is Fairbanks a diverse community? What kind of special Yes. Students in the diseducation services are trict come from 50 different available? language backgrounds. SevThe Special Education eral federal programs help Department provides assess- student adjust to our district, ment and direct services to including English Language students with 15 different Learners tutoring. The exceptionalities, and second- district’s ethnicity report is ary services such as transpor- posted on the webpage. tation, translators, occupational and physical therapy, How can I get involved counseling, etc. in the schools? Family members are welDoes it get cold in Fair- come in Fairbanks schools. banks? All schools welcome volFairbanks is semi-arid. unteers to help in the classWinters are cold but dry. The room, tutor students, share skies are generally blue and their culture and careers, the snow is dry and fluffy. chaperone trips and share in Students learn to dress in various ways in the school layers and have fun outdoors life of our students. year-round. Recess is only Service members can earn cancelled when the temcredit when they volunteer in perature reaches 20 degrees the school. Contact your local below zero Fahrenheit. Kids school for more information.

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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.

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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. The purpose of Title VII, Indian Education, is to support schools as they provide opportunities for Native students to meet and exceed the state academic standards. For eligibility purposes an Please see NATIVE, Page A8


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Parents can use web to stay connected to district By MOLLY RETTIG

heavily. I was calling these parents over and over and over.” The phone and e-mail recording In the event of a snow delay, a system is just one of several tools, school lockdown or a pandemic, the including newsletters and the webschool district faces the task of alert- site, the school district uses to coming the parents and guardians of municate with families. But in the 14,000 students immediately. two years the system has been in The Fairbanks North Star Borplace, parents have noticed. ough School District uses a web“They have been very convebased notification system to autonient,” said Sharon Lockwood, matically give breaking news to president of the Fairbanks Council of families. The program sends phone PTAs. recordings and e-mails to parents on Parents are notified if the school a range of issues such as inclement goes into lockdown, which would weather, unexcused absences and happen if paramedics are called, a meeting reminders. student brings a weapon or a threat Last summer, for example, a exists. requirement was issued that stu“There’s something comforting to dents receive a second innoculation hearing the principal’s voice even if for chicken pox. it’s an emergency,” she said. “We had 2,500 kids this time last One time Lockwood received an year that we were concerned weren’t absence alert, which are sent home going to be allowed to attend school,” at night if a student has an unexsaid school district spokesperson Bill cused absence, for her daughter, who Bailey. “We were using the system attends West Valley High School. It

was actually an excused absence, Lockwood said. “Somehow the message was not conveyed in the office. Students are penalized for not being there. They have to get zeros for the day of an unexcused absence. It was good for us to hear so that we could follow through with that,” she said. The program has also helped confusion, she said, like last spring when all the report cards from University Park Elementary were mistakenly sent home without grades. “It was nice to get a message that it was a mix-up ... so the principal didn’t have to get a million phone calls,” Lockwood said. The alert system tracks whether a real person or an answering machine answers the call at home, so administrators know whether the message was received. For certain issues, the school district sends emails to follow up on phone calls. “The two hand-in-hand go really

great,” Lockwood said. “If you miss a phone call or if a child picks it up.” Administrators can customize the system by narrowing the delivery of alerts to specific schools or grade levels. The notifications also can be classified as general outreach or emergency messages. Parents can unsbuscribe from outreach messages but not emergency notifications. Since administrators don’t have up-to-date email addresses for all parents, they still send paper letters home with students to report incidents. But parents could see another, even quicker, form of notification in the near future. “I am hopeful that in the coming year we will effectively implement text messaging,” said Bailey. To update your email address in the school sytem, contact the secretary of your child’s school. Contact staff writer Molly Rettig at 4597590.




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be eligible for services and you want your child to be tested, please let your child’s classroom teacher or the extended learning specialist in your child’s building know. If your child is home or private schooled, then please contact the extended learning specialist in the building your child would attend if he or she attended public How do I request test- school. Your child may also be referred to the program by  his or her classroom teacher.

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When can my child be tested? • Students in grades 4-6 can be tested throughout the school year as needed. The specialist can only test after receiving permission from a parent for testing. In grades 3, 7 and 8, there are two testing weeks per school year. Last year, those occurred in September and April. • In grades K-2, students are not tested for the Extended Learning

Program. In grades 1 and 2, your child may be invited to participate in an enrichment class. You would be asked to sign a paper stating your child may be pulled from the regular education classroom for these services and that this does not mean formal placement into the Extended Learning Program. • In grade 3, the school district screens all students for the Extended Learning Program. This screening takes place during district specified weeks. The first screening is in the first quarter of the school year. For students who are not present during the first screening week, a second

opportunity will occur for one week in the last quarter of the school year. Last year, the testing took place in September and April. Parents will receive the results of testing in the mail, or during parent teacher conferences if testing falls the week prior to conferences. The specialist in your child’s building is available to answer any questions you might have about the test. If your child is home or private schooled and you want your child screened, you are responsible for contacting the specialist and for providing transportation to and from testing. • In grades 4 - 6, students are tested

throughout the 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 Please see EXTENDED, Page 10


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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 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


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What if I move to another school? • If your child is eligible for services in the Extended Learning Program and you 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 be tested again in order to receive services in another state. 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.

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If my child is found eligible, when does he or she have to test again? If your child is determined to be eligible for the Extended Learning Program in this district, then your child will not need further testing. This holds true even if you temporarily leave the district, or if your child is not attending public school 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.


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program, your child may be invited to come to the extended learning class on a semester-by-semester basis. If this happens you would have to sign a letter stating that your child has your permission to attend, and that you understand that the invitation does not mean formal placement, and that it is on a semesterby-semester basis.

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. • High school students are not tested for the Extended Learning Program.

es 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.

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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 match-


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

New Student Registration August 11 and 12 • 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Schedule and locker pick up 6th grade: Wednesday, August 11 • 1:00-3:00 p.m. 7th grade: Thursday, August 12 • 1:00-3:00 p.m. 8th grade: Friday, August 13 • 1:00-3:00 p.m. New Student Orientation Day All incoming military students who are new to the district are invited to participate in a half day transition mini-camp on Tuesday, August 10th from 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. at the school. Please contact Sandy Weaver at 452-2000 ext. 430 for details.

Students First Day of School Wednesday, August 18, classes begin at 8:00 a.m. Open House Thursday, August 26 • 6:00-7:30 p.m. Cross Country and Track begins the first day of school and basketball shortly thereafter. Make sure you have a current physical on file in order to participate. Physicals must be completed before individuals may practice.

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What your kids are eating at school By MOLLY RETTIG

als against the cost, we also have to take into consideration student perception,” While dinner at home said Amy Rouse, director might sometimes be thrown of nutrition services at the together at the last minFairbanks North Star Borute, the school district had ough School District. already planned every course “If the students don’t on this year’s lunch menu by eat it, ultimately we’re not April. providing them a nutritious Each week’s worth of meal.” cheeseburgers, fruit cups, Creating the menu is a salads and other grub must huge balancing act, said average fewer than 800 calo- Rouse. Federal regulations, ries a day, with less than 30 nutrition, cost and student percent of those coming from taste all go into the menu. fat and less than 10 percent “Our customers change from saturated fat, accordevery year. What they expect, ing to limits set by the U.S. what they would like to see, Department of Agriculture. what they need, changes But the biggest challenge? every year,” Rouse said. Serving food kids will eat. The district’s 29 school “Not only do we have buildings serve breakfast to balance the nutritionand lunch every day. Middle

serve no soda, they package canned fruit with light syrup or juice and they offer healthy desserts, such as 100 percent fruit snacks and caramel-corn rice cakes. “All of our tortilla shells are made in Anchorage. So when we order our tortilla shells, we know there’s no preservatives or additives in there,” she said. Because taste varies with age, there are separate menus for primary and secondary schools. Sometimes it’s just a matter of serving the same product in a different shape, like breaded fish strips for older students and treasure-shaped fish nuggets for younger ones. “Pizza in elementary schools is the historic four-

by-six rectangle. In middle school we do a round pie and they get a wedge. Pie gives us more flexibility at secondary schools because we can make veggie, ham and pineapple, taco,” she said. The nutrition department conducts taste tests and surveys among students to get feedback Rouse also works one-onone with parents of kids with allergies. She encourages parents to experience school food firsthand. “A visitor price for lunch is $4, so they can come have lunch with their student and enjoy having that time with their kiddo,” she said. Contact staff writer Molly Rettig at 459-7590.

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schools and high schools have on-site kitchens, while a new central kitchen downtown produces and distributes meals for elementary schools. Cooks in the central kitchen bake fresh bread and package homemade sides like marinara sauce, cheese sauce, apple sauce and even some entrees for all schools. Health is at the heart of the menu, Rouse said. “We don’t have a deepfryer anywhere. Our chicken nuggets are baked. They contain soy and the breading has whole grain in it. The pizza is made with low-fat mozzerella cheese and has whole grain in the crust,” she said of popular entrees. In addition, cafeterias


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Saturday, August 7, 2010

Schools using recess as a tool for better behavior Can something as simple as the timing of recess make a difference in a child’s health and behavior? Some experts think it can, and now some schools are rescheduling recess — sending students out to play before they sit down for lunch. The switch appears to have led to some surprising changes in both cafeteria and classroom. Schools that have tried it report that when children play before lunch, there is less food waste and higher consumption

of milk, fruit and vegetables. And some teachers say there are fewer behavior problems. “Kids are calmer after they’ve had recess first,” said Janet Sinkewicz, principal of Sharon Elementary School in Robbinsville, N.J., which made the change last fall. “They feel like they have more time to eat and they don’t have to rush.” One recent weekday at Sharon, I watched as gaggles of second-graders chased one another around the playground and climbed on monkey bars. When the whistle blew, the bustling playground emptied almost instantly, and the children lined

up to drop off their coats and mittens and file quietly into the cafeteria for lunch. “All the wiggles are out,” Sinkewicz said. One of the earliest schools to adopt the idea was North Ranch Elementary in Scottsdale, Ariz. About nine years ago, the school nurse suggested the change, and the school conducted a pilot study, tracking food waste and visits to the nurse along with anecdotal reports on student behavior. By the end of the year, nurse visits had dropped 40 percent, with fewer headaches and stomachaches. One child

told school workers that he was happy he didn’t throw up anymore at recess. Other children had been rushing through lunch to get to the playground sooner, leaving much uneaten. After the switch, food waste declined and children were less likely to become hungry or feel sick later in the day. And to the surprise of school officials, moving recess before lunch ended up adding about 15 minutes of classroom instruction. In the Arizona heat, “kids needed a cool-down period before they could start academic work,” said the principal,

Sarah Hartley. “We saved 15 minutes every day,” Hartley continued, “because kids could play, then go into the cafeteria and eat and cool down, and come back to the classroom and start academic work immediately.” Since that pilot program, 18 of the district’s 31 schools have adopted “recess before lunch.” The switch did pose some challenges. Because children were coming straight from the playground, the school had to install hand sanitizers in the lunchroom. And until the lunch Please see RECESS, Page 14


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system was computerized, the school had to distribute children’s lunch cards as they returned from recess. In Montana, state school officials were looking for ways to improve children’s eating habits and physical activity, and conducted a four-school

pilot study of “recess before lunch” in 2002. According to a report from the Montana Team Nutrition program, children who played before lunch wasted less food, drank more milk and asked for more water. And as in Arizona, students were calmer when they returned to classrooms, resulting in about 10 minutes of extra teaching time. One challenge of the program was teaching children to

eat slower. In the past, children often finished lunch in five minutes so they could get to recess. With the scheduling change, cafeteria workers had to encourage them to slow down, chew their food and use all the available time to finish their lunch. Today, about one-third of Montana schools have adopted “recess before lunch,” and state officials say more schools are being encouraged. “The

pilot projects that are going on have been demonstrating that students are wasting less food, they have a more relaxed eating environment and improved behavior because they’re not rushing to get outside,” said Denise Juneau, superintendent of the Office of Public Instruction. “It’s something our office will promote to schools across the state as a best practice.” Children’s health experts note that such a switch might

not work in many urban school districts, where lower-income children might start the day hungry. “It’s a great idea, but first we’ve got to give them a decent breakfast,” said Dr. David Ludwig, director of the obesity program at Children’s Hospital Boston. “A lot of kids skip breakfast and arrive at lunch ravenous.” Please see RECESS, Page 15

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Back to school health be kept home if they had any of these symptoms during the night, said Kauleinamoku. Fairbanks students will be “A sick child can’t learn, and headed back to school Aug. 18, the illness can spread,� said and along with new clothes, Kauleinamoku. A child must be backpacks and notebooks come “fever-free for 24 hours withthe sniffles and coughs that out the use of fever-reducing every parent dreads. medicine before he or she can So how do you know when return to school. your child is too sick to attend “Our parents are very good school? A fever of 101 degrees about keeping kids home and or higher, a runny nose and very, very good about picking cough accompanied by a fever, them up from school when or tummy problems such as they’re sick. Normally, a parent vomiting or diarrhea are all has a back-up adult, because reasons to keep your child there has to be someone to pick home for the day, said Maureen the child up. We’re really lucky Kauleinamoku, nursing service — our parents are responsible coordinator for the Fairbanks and responsive,� said KauleinNorth Star Borough School amoku. District. Children should also The school district put new By DOROTHY CHOMICZ For the News-Miner

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guidelines into effect last year concerning pandemic flu and will continue them this year, according to Kauleinamoku. If a child shows any flu-like symptoms, they must be picked up within 30 minutes. If a parent cannot be reached, the school nurse will call an emergency contact or guardian. If the child seems to be very ill and an adult cannot be reached, “the nurse does an assessment, and, if in the nurse’s judgment the child needs to be picked up by an ambulance, they will call one. Please see HEALTH, Page 18

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And for a seemingly simple scheduling change, it can create some daunting logistical problems. Children often have to return to hallways and classrooms after recess for bathroom breaks and hand washing and to pick up lunch bags. The North Ranch Elementary School regularly fields calls from schools in colder climates with questions on how to deal with coats, hats, galoshes and mittens. “In Arizona, we don’t have to deal with that,� said Hartley, the principal. Many school districts say such problems make them

reluctant to switch. A 2006 study in The Journal of Childhood Nutrition & Management reported that fewer than 5 percent of the nation’s elementary schools were scheduling recess before lunch. But at the Sharon Elementary School, the principal, Sinkewicz, says the challenges have been worth it. In the past, children took coats, hats and mittens with them to the lunchroom, then headed outside. Now they have time to return coats to lockers so they don’t have to carry them to the lunchroom. “For some reason, kids aren’t losing things outside,� Sinkewicz said. “The lostand-found mound has gone down.�



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Freshman and New Student Orientation • 6:00–7:00 p.m. Open House • 7:00–8:00 p.m.

Before a student can participate in sports, the student must have:


• Current physical on record with the school (BEFORE 1ST PRACTICE!!!) • Activity consent/release form • 2.00 GPA, no more that 1 F & passed four classes from previous semester • All Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors must be enrolled in 5 semester units of credit or equivalent to be eligible. • Seniors who have passed all parts to the HSGQE must take at least 4 semester units of credit to be eligible. All other seniors must be enrolled in minimum of 5 semester units to be eligible.



You can make an appointment at your local clinic for physicals.


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 from 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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Student Registrations Following is a list of back to school new student registrations planned at district schools. Contact your school for more information. 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

Aug. 5, 6 Aug. 5, 6 Aug. 5, 6 Aug. 5, 6 Aug. 5, 6 Aug. 5, 6 Aug. 5, 6 Aug. 5, 6 Aug. 5, 6 Aug. 5, 6 Aug. 5, 6 Aug. 5, 6 Aug. 5, 6 Aug. 5, 6 Aug. 5, 6 Aug. 5, 6 Aug. 5, 6 Aug. 5, 6

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* Times are tentative. Call your school for exact times

MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOLS BEN EIELSON JR./SR. HIGH 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Aug. 9, 10 HUTCHISON HIGH 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.; 12:30 - 4:30 p.m. Aug. 3, 4, 5 8:00 a.m. - noon; 1:00 - 3 p.m. Aug. 6 LATHROP HIGH Aug. 5, 6, 9, 10, 11 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Aug. 13 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Aug. 16, 17 NORTH POLE HIGH 8:30 - 11:00 a.m.; noon - 2:00 p.m. Aug. 5, 6, 9 Aug. 10 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.; 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. NORTH POLE MIDDLE 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Aug. 11, 12 RANDY SMITH MIDDLE 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.; 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Aug. 6, 10 Aug. 9 1:00 - 7:00 p.m. RYAN MIDDLE Noon - 4:00 p.m.; 5:00-7:00 p.m. Aug. 9 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.; 1:00 - 3:30 p.m. Aug. 10 TANANA MIDDLE 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Aug. 9, 10, 11 WEST VALLEY HIGH 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Aug. 6, 9 Aug. 10 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; 4:00-7:00 p.m. — Elementary and middle school students should bring last year’s report card, shot record and proof of residence. Kindergarten and First graders should bring a copy of birth certificate. — High School students should bring shot record and a transcript

FNSBSD Key contacts: Anderson Elementary Shari Merrick, principal 372-2167 Anne Wien Elementary Leslie Campbell, principal 451-7500 Arctic Light Elementary Mary Cofer, principal 356-2038 Badger Road Elementary Dan File, principal 488-0134 Barnette Magnet School Mary Carlson, interim principal 456-6072

Ben Eielson Jr./Sr High Mario Gatto, principal 372-3110 Career Education Center Mary Kovis-Watson, head teacher 479-4061 Chinook Charter School Michele Halbrooks, head teacher mhalbrooks@northstar. 452-5020 Crawford Elementary Shirley Brazel, principal 372-3306 Denali Elementary Tim Doran, principal 452-2456

Effie Kokrine Charter School Linda Evans, principal 474-0958 Hunter Elementary Barbara Pile, principal 456-5775 Hutchison High School Jeanette Hayden, principal 479-2261 Joy Elementary David Foshee, principal 456-5469 Ladd Elementary Kathie Cook, principal 451-1700

Lathrop High Karen Gaborik, pr kgaborik@northst 456-7794 Nordale Element Brian Powell, princ bpowell@northsta 452-2696 North Pole Acad Erik Jastrzemski, h 490-9025 North Pole Elem Rosita Bryant-Wilb rwilburn@northsta 488-2286 North Pole Midd Rich Smith, princip rsmith@northstar.k 488-2271


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North Pole High Bridget Lewis, principal 488-3761 Pearl Creek Elementary Kate LaPlaunt, principal 479-4234 Randy Smith Middle Sandra Kowalski, principal 458-7600

mentary burn, Interim principal Ryan Middle Heather Stewart, principal dle 452-4751 pal Salcha Elementary Annie Keep-Barnes, principal 488-3267

Star of the North Secondary See Career Education Center and North Pole Academy Tanana Middle Greg Platt, principal 452-8145 Ticasuk Brown Elementary Michael Angaiak, Interim principal mangaiak 488-3200 Two Rivers Elementary Dana Evans, principal 488-6616 University Park Elementary Kyra Aizstrauts, principal 479-6963

Watershed Charter School K-8 John Carlson, head teacher 374-9350 Weller Elementary Lynn Weckesser, interim principal 457-1629 West Valley High Shaun Kraska, principal 479-4221 Woodriver Elementary Jeff Mann, principal 479-4211 Fairbanks B.E.S.T 452-2000, ext 201 Fairbanks Youth Facility 456-1536

The FNSBSD offices are located at 520 Fifth Ave. Phone number: 452-2000. Extensions: Superintendent 401 School board 400 Assistant 411 Student records 212 Transportation 351 Food service 600 Special education 441 Curriculum 422 Fairbanks B.E.S.T. 202 Community relations 403 After-school prog. 271

Extensions: Superintendent 401 School board 400 Assistant 411 Student records 212 Transportation 351 Food service 600 Special education 441 Curriculum 422 Fairbanks B.E.S.T. 202 Community relations 403 After-school prog. 271


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One of the staff will ride with the the student in the ambulance,” said Kauleinamoku. School nurses need parental consent to administer drugs to children, even common over-the-counter pain relieving drugs. Parental consent forms are signed when a child is registered for school and are also given to children to take home at the start of the school year.

Some parents may reject medical care for their child due to religious reasons, but in life-threatening instances the nurses can and will act. “We have emergency and routine standing orders that allow nurses to administer lifesaving measures. They don’t need parental consent because it’s a Good Samaritan act. If an ambulance has been called, then the ambulance crew will make the decision whether to transport the child to the hospital,” said Kauleinamoku.

Today’s school nurse does more than just check temperatures and dispense bandages. “Our nurses do a lot of paper work. They’re responsible for making sure that immunization records are tracked and that consent forms are signed. They draft medical management plans for chronically ill students and they address the mental and physical health of students,” said Kauleinamoku. “We as a school district are part of an alliance for a healthier genera-

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amoku. Each school nurse runs a report through the school district data base and calls the parents of children needing to update their immunizations. The whooping cough vaccine is especially important this year because there has been an epidemic of the disease in California, though it has yet to reach Alaska. Parents who object to vaccinating their children can obtain a religious exemption, she added.

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tion, which involves any and all staff in teaching healthy eating and exercise. Our nurses get involved with students in healthy activities, such as a walking club and a jump rope club,” she added. School nurses report back to work in early August and spend the weeks before school starts making sure that all immunizations are up to date. “If a child isn’t compliant with shots, they cannot attend school. All students must be up-to-date,” said Kaulein-

We are hoping to place two children in each of our sessions (morning and afternoon, 3 days per week, one session only). Space is limited! Please complete the application found on our home page ( and return it to one of the following elementary schools: Ladd, Hunter, Ann Wien, Joy, Ticasuk Brown, North Pole, Arctic Light, Woodriver, Anderson and 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.

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Dealing with the flu, colds

homes and other chroniccare facilities. What other vaccine recommendations is the CDC making?

How long should I stay home if I have the flu? Those with flu-like illness should stay home for at least 24 hours after they no longer have a fever, without use of fever-reducing medicines and regardless of whether or not they are using antiviral drugs.

Fairbanks North Star Borough School District today announced 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 standard 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, 2010 through June 30, 2011. Households with children who are currently approved for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Temporary Assistance for Needy Famiilies (TANF), or Native Family Assistance Program (NFAP) 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 are usually eligible for school 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 Family Size






































































For each additional person

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) 452-4461 ext.601 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.


Who are considered to be at-risk for severe illness and therefore would be recommended to receive anti-viral treatment? The following groups are at risk for severe illness from the flu: • Children younger than 5 years old. The risk for severe complications from seasonal influenza is highest among children younger than 2 years old. • Adults 65 years of age and older. • Persons with the following conditions: • Chronic pulmonary (including asthma), cardiovascular (except hypertension), renal (kidney), hepatic, hematological (including sickle cell disease), neurologic, neuromuscular, or metabolic disorders (including diabetes mellitus); • Immunosuppression, including that caused by medications or by HIV; • Pregnant women; • Persons younger than 19 years of age who are receiving long-term aspirin therapy; and • Residents of nursing

ed for: • Anyone age 19 to 65 • All adults 65 or older who smokes or has asthma • Anyone age 2 to 65 with chronic health problems Are there other ways (ask your health care provider) Please see FLU, Page 20

School Year 2010-2011 Free and Reduced Price Meals

Taken from the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District website.

What are the symptoms of the flu? Flu symptoms (both regular seasonal flu and novel H1N1 flu) include fever, cough, sore throat, chills, runny nose, fatigue, body aches, headache and sometimes vomiting and diarrhea.

• All children age 6 months up to their 24th birthday should get a seasonal flu vaccine. • Pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine is recommend-


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FLU Continued from Page 19

to prevent the spread of illness? Take everyday actions to stay healthy. • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve, or cover your nose and mouth with a tissue. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it. • Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hands cleaners are also effective. • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread that way. • Stay home if you get sick. CDC recommends that you stay home from work or school and limit contact with others to keep from infecting them.

with others. • Persons at increased risk for severe infection from the flu should wear a facemask (see above) in crowded group settings and during close contact with someone who is infected with the flu. • Health care providers should wear an N-95 respirator when caring for patients with the novel H1N1 flu.

What about the use of antivirals to treat novel H1N1 infection? Antiviral drugs are prescription medicines (pills, liquid or an inhaled powder) that fight against the flu by keeping flu viruses from reproducing in your body. If you get sick, antiviral drugs can make your illness milder and make you feel better faster. They may also prevent serious flu complications. When are masks recom- This fall, antivirals may be mended? Which types? prioritized for persons with • Patients ill with novel severe illness or those at H1N1 flu should, if tolerable, higher risk for flu complicawear a facemask (dust mask, tions. surgical mask, painter’s mask) when in close contact How much antiviral

medication does the state have on-hand? The Alaska stockpile total is approximately 92,000 courses of antiviral medications. The state has also stockpiled basic personal protective equipment, including surgical and N95 masks, gloves and pre-packaged PPE kits (gloves, goggles, and masks).

that are frequently touched • Encourage early treatment of high-risk persons

What should I do if my child is sick? • Contact your child’s doctor or health care proWill schools close due vider to the H1N1 flu virus? • Keep your child at home School closure is not (no school; no daycare) recommended at this time • Make sure your child unless the number of sick drinks lots of liquids faculty or students interferes • Wash your hands frewith the school’s ability to quently function. The CDC also recomSeek emergency medimends that schools provide cal care if your child time for students to wash Which antivirals are has any of the following their hands whenever neces- signs: stockpiled? sary and make tissues readThe state has stockpiled • Fast breathing or trouantiviral medications include ily available to students and ble breathing staff. oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) and • Bluish or gray skin color zanamivir (Relenza®). These • Is not drinking fluids Will vaccination antivirals are available in • Will not wake up or adult and child formulations. against the H1N1 influseems “out of it” enza be mandatory? The vaccine is not What advice do you Will seasonal and novel expected to be mandatory, have for schools? H1N1 be circulating at nor is it required for school • Students and staff the same time this fall? attendance, at this time. should stay home if they’re Yes. The CDC anticipates But remember — vaccines sick that the novel H1N1 influare the best public health • Separate ill students enza viruses will co-circulate tool we have to control the and staff until they can go with regular seasonal influspread of influenza. home enza viruses over our influOnce the vaccines are • Encourage regular hand enza season. The timing, available in sufficient quanhygiene and respiratory etispread and severity of novel tities, anyone who can be quette H1N1 virus — in addition to vaccinated should be. • Encourage routine our regular seasonal influencleaning of hard surfaces za viruses — are uncertain.





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School supplies comes a long way By TRACY BROWN Cox Newspapers ATLANTA — It’s that time of year again — when school supplies take over several aisles at your favorite store. Gone are the days when the only choices were No. 2 pencils, wide-ruled notebook paper, three-pronged folders and fat pink erasers. Yes, school supplies have come a long way, and even the most basic items have new, fashionable looks. Here are a few items that have become standard over the years and a look at how they’ve changed for the better:

goes away when they discover what a challenge figuring out how to open the lock can be. This year, Master Lock introduced its 1500 iD Speed Dial combination lock, which opens with up-down-leftright directional movements. Students can customize using matching pass-code indicators such as a letters, numbers, colors, shapes and symbols. Locks are available in red, blue, black and green, and black and silver for up to $8.99 at retail outlets.

Composition notebooks

These little $1 to $2 notebooks, which typically come in black and white, can be kind of boring for today’s hip kids, particularly when noteFor a lot of students, one books are used for journals of the exciting things about and to write creative essays. middle school is finally getIn the past few years, makting their own locker. A little of that excitement Please see SUPPLIES, Page 22

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Over the years, the book bag has evolved from canvas totes to backpacks to ones that roll to messenger bags. But once again, function has stepped aside for the sake of style — at least in middle and high schools, where messenger bags are popular again. For elementary students, particularly kindergartners and first- and second-graders, it’s good to know you can still find book bags with your favorite book or movie character such as Buzz Lightyear. Available at various retail outlets, including the Disney Store.

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Adams and officer Scott that you can interact with McCumby, the resource law enforcement. We’ll also officer for West Valley High do a fair amount of teachSchool, will create a program ing. For instance, a health There will be something through which students can teacher might request that new in the halls of two area high schools this year: Police register their valuables. The we speak to a class about resource officer will record drugs. A government teacher officers. A four-year program fund- the serial number of the item might ask us to speak about and place a sticker on it. laws, or we might speak to a ed mainly through a grant Officer Adams is quick physics class about the speed from the U.S Department of and velocity of car crashes,” Justice will provide West Val- to point out the resource ley and Lathrop high schools officers are not just there to Adams said. police students. Adams said he knows that each with full-time Fair“We do go beyond the a lot of students will view banks police officers. him with suspicion but hopes Though there has been an criminal aspect. Criminal that they understand the occasional police presence in investigation will probably bigger picture. local schools in the past, this sum up less than a third of will be the first year a school what we do. We want to have Please see POLICE, Page 24 kids be able to have a feeling resource officer is permanently assigned to a particular school. Safety in schools has become an increasingly Conveniently located downtown • 656 7th Avenue important issue since the 452-1113 • massacre at Columbine High School in 1999, and while FALL SEMESTER 2010: AUGUST 19 – DECEMBER 18 (16 WEEKS) Fairbanks schools have not experienced violence on that scale, police calls to area Saturday, August 14 • 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. schools have gone up in Fall Semester 2010 ~ August 19 - December 18 (16 weeks) recent years. DISCOVERY DIVISION – AGES 2-8 Even though officers are MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT 4:30-5:30 4:30-5:15 4:30-5:30 9:15-10:00 called to schools “more for Intro to Dance Little Feet Intro to Dance Little Feet 3-4 yr olds 2-3 yr olds 3-4yr olds 2-3 yr olds drugs than for violence,” the 4:30-5:30 4:30-5:30 10:00-11:00 possibility of violence does Pre-Tap/Jazz Pre-Tap/Jazz Intro to Dance 5-6yr olds 5-6yr olds 3-4 yr olds exist, said officer Andrew 5:30-6:30 6:00-7:00 5:30-6:30 10:00-11:00 Pre-Ballet Ballet Pre-Ballet Age Group Adams, who will be assigned 5-6 yr olds Basics 5-6 yr olds Rehearsal 7-8 yr olds 5-6 yr olds to Lathrop High School. 5:30-6:30 11:00-12:00 Tap/Jazz Basics Pre-Ballet “There’s a history of inci7-8 yr olds 5-6 yr olds dents, and most are based at 11:00-12:00 Age Group the high school level. We’ve Rehearsal 7-8 year olds had weapons possessions. 12:00-1:00 Ballet Basics We’ve had fights break out 7-8 year olds at football games. We’ve had assaults,” Adams said. JUNIOR DIVISION – AGES 9-12 It is hoped the presence MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT 4:30-5:00 4:30-6:00 4:30-6:00 4:30-5:00 of an officer will nip violence Choreography Jr. Ballet I Jr. Ballet III Company Warm-up 5:30-6:30 5:00-6:00 5:30-6:30 5:30-6:30 5:00-7:00 12:00-1:00 in the bud. Theater Dance Jr. Hip Hop II Jr. Jazz Jr. Hip Hop I Jr. Company Age Group Rehearsal “There has never been Rehearsal 6:30-7:30 6:00-7:30 6:00-6:30 6:30-7:30 1:00-2:00 a reported case of a mass Acting Jr. Ballet III Jr. Pre-pointe Jr. Tap Jr. Company Rehearsal 6:00-7:00 6:30-8:00 7:30-8:30 school shooting where Contemporary Jr. Ballet II Lyrical there was an armed school resource officer,” said SENIOR DIVISION – AGES 13-UP Adams. MON TUES WED THURS FRI SAT According to Adams, a 4:30-5:00 4:30-6:00 10:00-11:00 Choreography Ballet III/IV Open Ballet police presence in school can 5:00-6:30 4:30-6:00 4:30-6:00 5:30-6:30 4:30-5:00 11:00-12:00 benefit students in other Company Ballet V/VI Ballet V/VI Ballet V/VI Tap I/II Partnering Warm Up ways. 6:30-7:30 6:00-7:00 6:00-7:00 6:00-6:30 5:00-8:00 12:00-1:00 “We hope to not only deter Adv Pointe Contemporary Adv Pointe Pre/Beg Apprentice Men’s Class Pointe Company the violence, which none of 6:30-7:30 7:00-8:30 6:30-7:30 6:30-7:30 5:00-8:00 12:15-2:00 Hip Hop I Ballet III/IV Jazz I Lyrical II/III Senior Senior & us want, but also the smaller Company Apprentice Company stuff. There are a tremen7:30-9:00 8:30-9:00 7:00-8:30 7:30-8:30 2:00-3:00 Ballet I/II Pre/Beg Pointe Ballet I/II Tap III/IV Age Group dous number of reports of Rehearsal stolen iPods, BlackBerries 7:30-8:30 7:30-8:30 7:30-8:30 Hip Hop II/III Jazz II/III Lyrical I and cell phones in schools. We’ll be working on stopDance Theater Fairbanks, a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation, does not ping theft and other property discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, marital status, pregnancy, sexual orientation or veteran status. crimes,” he said. By DOROTHY CHOMICZ For the News-Miner


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POLICE Continued from Page 23

“We’re protecting them,

whether from outside things or internal things. We can stop outside visitors who shouldn’t be there. If a guy that doesn’t go to school

there comes looking to beat up his girlfriend, or a parent involved in a custody battle tries to take a kid out of school, we won’t let that

North Pole High School Registration Friday, August 6 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Monday, August 9 8:30 - 11:00 a.m. 12:00 - 2:00 p.m.

in this case the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District has agreed to fund the final year. Adams said it is hoped the grant will be renewed at the end of four years but that it is impossible to predict if it will be.

Enroll Now and A Plan For Fall e v a ! H

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

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

happen,” Adams said. The grant from the justice department’s Office of Community Oriented Policing Service funds 100 percent of the first three years of the program. The fourth year is then typically paid for by the police department, but

Tuesday, August 10 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. 5:00 - 7:00 p.m.

The Career Education Center is now scheduling interviews for the 2010–2011 school year. CEC allows students flexible schedules to finish high school with a Fairbanks North Star Borough School District diploma.

Transfer students should bring health/shot record* and a school transcript. Contact 488-3761 x 9314, for additional information. * The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District requires that all students have current immunizations, including Hep A, Hep B, and Td. NO SHOTS, NO SCHOOL.

Entry requirements include:

• Have earned at least 14 credits • Be 17 to 19 years old • Be committed to finishing high school

Call Stephani at 479-4061 to schedule an appointment

Dress Code/Code of Conduct Reminder

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New Students Orientation Monday, August 16 9:00–11:00 a.m.

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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.

Attention: Parents



The FNSB School District has arranged for a commercial carrier to make low cost accident insurance coverage available to all public school students. This parentIf your child is not protected paid insurance policy includes options for school-time, 24 hour by a parent or guardian’s health insurance policy, the protection, football medical benefits commercial policy outlined and dental coverage. herein is a reasonable and economical option.

Contact Risk Management

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Each district school will hand out to every student at the start of school, an application and a brochure describing benefits and premium costs. If you wish to purchase this insurance policy, mail the completed application form to the commercial carrier. This insurance may be purchased at any time during the school year. Coverage is effective the date the commercial carrier receives the application. If you do not receive an application, or have questions on this matter, contact Risk Management at 459-1392.


School Pictures




Friday, August 6 • 9:00–11:00 a.m. & 1:00–3:30 p.m. Monday, August 9 • 1:00–7:00 p.m. Tuesday, August 10 • 9:00-11:00 a.m. & 1:00–3:30 p.m.



W Randy Smith Middle School E L First Day of School C Wed., August 18, 2010 O 9:30 a.m. M E


NPHS has a dress code as well as a code of conduct. Please be aware that in order to provide a safe and positive learning environment, the dress code and code of conduct are enforced. Contact the main office after August 1 at 488-3761 if you would like a copy of these policies.


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Following the school district’s bus policies Taken from the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District website.

Alaska statutes do not mandate pupil transportation in this state. School bus transportation is provided as a courtesy and is a privilege, not a right. If a student’s conduct is such that the health, safety, comfort, or the well-being of others is jeopardized, on or off the bus, a school district official may deny the privilege of riding the bus. The school bus driver is in charge of the bus and all its passengers and has total authority and responsibility. Only designated school officials are authorized to suspend transportation privileges.

responsibility and author1. Students are required to ity for the safety of students ride the bus assigned to them while they are being transported on the bus. and to board and disembark 3. Parents may not remove at their assigned bus stop. a student from a bus, after the Students may be transported student has boarded, without to an unassigned bus stop the approval of a school repreor on a different bus on an sentative. occasional basis or for peri4. Parents may not accomods of time less than 30 days pany their children on the bus upon approval by the school to or from school. office. Parents should contact 5. Parents are responsible the school office with their for damages to the school bus request. Requests for students if caused by their children. to be transported to new bus 6. The driver will assign stops or on different buses for seats for elementary, middle, more than 30 days must be directed to the transportation and high school students. 7. Items that can be held in department. The student must the student’s lap or under the give the driver a Bus Stop student’s seat in the bus may Deviation issued by the school be transported on the bus. office authorizing this transLarge musical instruments portation. may not be transported on the 2. The bus driver has full bus.

General bus policies

8. Radios or stereos, (cassette tapes, etc.), may not be transported on the bus. Mp3 players may be transported only on buses servicing schools that allow Mp3 players on campus. 9. Ice skates must have protective guards on the blades or be placed in an appropriate box. Paper bags are not adequate blade protection. Skis, ski poles and other such sharp edged objects should not be transported unless previously coordinated with the school principal and the bus contractor. Sleds and plastic toboggans may not be transported. 10. No animals, of any kind, are allowed on the bus at any time. 11. Any items not permitted at school may not be transported on the bus.

12. Students will be issued a School Bus Misconduct Citation by the bus driver for infractions of the rules. The school bus driver and the school principal are responsible for handling behavioral problems occurring on the school bus, but only the school principal, or his/her designee, has the authority to suspend a student’s bus riding privileges. 13. Suspension from bus transportation does not excuse the student from school attendance.

Student responsibilities 1. Students must always follow the school bus driver’s instructions. The driver’s priPlease see BUS, Page 27

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Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Saturday, August 7, 2010 5. Students will not transport any items on the bus that are not permitted at school. 6. Students will obtain a Continued from Page 25 bus deviation for getting off at mary concern is for student a different stop than normal. safety. 7. Students will sit in their 2. Students should exercise assigned seats. good manners, caution and 8. Students will take bus consideration for other people. route change information Show respect for the driver, home to parents. the bus, other students and other adults. 3. Students should dress properly for the weather. 4. Students may not have 1. Dress properly for the anything in their possession weather. that may cause injury to oth2. Be outside at your stop ers.


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Boarding and disembarking from the school bus 1. Students must cross the roadway approximately 15 feet in front of the bus and only when the driver instructs the pupils to cross. Watch for traffic. Stop immediately if the bus driver sounds the horn or tells you to stop over the loud speaker. 2. Students boarding from the right must wait for the driver’s command to board. 3. Always use the handrail and go up and down the steps one at a time. 4. Don’t push, crowd or disturb others.



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three minutes before your scheduled bus stop time. Your school bus driver has a schedule to keep and cannot wait for you. Be on time for the bus. 3. Stay a safe distance from the roadway, and stay away from the bus until it stops. 4. Line up at the place designated by the bus driver when the school bus approaches. 5. Stay out of the danger zone — don’t play in or near the road or push others. 6. Let the smaller children board first.


Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Saturday, August 7, 2010 gear in your lap. 3. Avoid loud talking, or anything else that might distract the driver. 4. Do not sit in the driver’s seat or

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6. Keep head, arms and body inside the bus. Keep your hands and feet to Please see BUS, Page 29

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yourself. 7. Do not throw objects inside of or out of the bus. 8. No eating, drinking or smoking on the bus. Do not chew or spit tobacco. Do not have in your possession, or make use of, alcohol, drugs or controlled substances on the bus. 9. Remain seated until the bus has come to a complete stop and get off only at your assigned bus stop. 10. Do not open windows without permission; maximum two notches. 11. Do not damage the bus and always assist in keeping it clean. 12. Take a seat and remain seated, facing forward, while the bus is moving. Keep your feet on the floor in front of the seat, not in the aisle. 13. Keep the aisle and the exits clear. 14. Fighting with other students and/or attacking other students or the driver is prohibited. 15. Use of abusive or vulgar language, or directing such language toward other students or adults is prohibited. 16. The emergency door and exit controls may be used only during supervised drills or actual emergencies.

Bus misconduct citation policy and procedures

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Drivers are responsible for maintaining order on the buses. Administering sanctions for misconduct on the school bus is the responsibility of the principal at the school where the student is enrolled. Only the principal or designee has the authority to suspend a student’s bus riding privileges. It is the responsibility of the principal to advise parents when a student has been suspended. In the event of misbehavior on the part of the student riding the bus, the bus driver may issue the student a “Bus Misconduct Citation” for minor and/or major infrac-


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considered as minimum: 1. Depending on the nature and severity of the incident, Continued from Page 29 the first misconduct citation may result in a warning, or tions. The driver will complete other disciplinary action, up a School Bus Misconduct to and including temporary or Citation. Three copies will be permanent suspension of bus forwarded to the Principal. privileges by the principal. The Principal will forward 2. The second misconduct one copy to the parents and citation may result in the return one copy to the school imposition of probationbus contractor indicating any ary status. This process will disciplinary action taken. The include counseling with the following courses of action are student and official notifica-


tion to the parents of the probationary action. Bus riding privileges may be denied the student for additional violations. 3. The third misconduct citation may result in suspension of bus privileges for a minimum of three days, depending on the severity of the incident. 4. The fourth misconduct citation may result in suspension of bus privileges. In either case, privileges will not

be reinstated until such time a conference has been held with the student, the parents, the principal, and a representative from the bus company. 5. Habitual misconduct may result in permanent suspension from the privilege of bus transportation. This procedure will not preclude the right and responsibility of school officials to take other immediate action, as may be necessary in their judgment, for the preservation

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of good order and specifically for the safety and well-being of others who ride the bus. Suspension from bus transportation does not excuse the student from school attendance.

For safety’s sake 1. Parents should review and discuss bus safety and conduct rules with their children. Parental support of the bus driver and the school will help ensure safe rides to and from school for all riders. 2. Students must be responsible for their own conduct on the bus so that nothing they do will risk their own safety or the safety of others. 3. Buses depart the schools seven minutes after the dismissal bell in the afternoon. Students are expected to be on the bus at pull-away time at the schools. Students will not be allowed to board the bus after the first bus moves away from the curb. 4. Know the location of your child’s bus stop. Know the other students waiting at the bus stop. Be sure your child is dressed appropriately for the weather. 5. Call the bus company or your child’s school if your child does not arrive home on time. 6. Contact your child’s principal or assistant principal if there are problems on the bus. 7. Contact the bus company about bus driver concerns. 8. Contact the FNSBSD transportation department regarding questions about your child’s bus route or times. 9. Observe all traffic laws regarding school buses, e.g. stopping for flashing lights, school speed limit zones, etc.

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1. Riding on the school bus is a privilege and not a right. 2. Inappropriate bus conduct may result in loss of bus riding privilege and/or suspension from school by a school district official. A pupil’s conduct should not jeopardize the health, safety, comfort, or well-being of others, on or off the bus. 3. The goal is a safe, pleasant, and enjoyable trip for all riders.


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Bullying comes in all forms, so keep a watchful eye Jordan, president of, which creates antibullying programs and assemIf your kids’ grades are blies for schools throughout slipping, their moods have the United States and Canada. changed dramatically and they Bullying has always been suddenly want to be driven prevalent in schools, but in to or picked up from school recent years it has become a instead of taking the bus, be serious problem that needs cautious: These are some signs to be taken care of early on. that your child may be the vic- O’Neal Walker, a clinical tim of a school bully. psychologist with the Center Other signs include a for Mental Health Services diminished appetite, problems in Maryland, said 30 percent sleeping and coming home of children are bullied these with torn clothing. days. To deal with a bully, “Everyday over 160,000 Walker suggested kids report kids do not go to school it to a school official or parbecause of bullying,” said Jim ent and not try to ignore it By TAWNY MAYA MCCRAY Creators News Service

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 up a different approach. He said it’s the bystanders who have to take action and report the incident to a person in authority, whether it’s a teacher, the principal or a parent. “What we try to do is educate the bystanders because that’s 98 percent of the kids

inside the schools,” Jordan said. “The problem with the bullies is that it’s bad behavior that’s getting great results. By educating the bystanders, you get to the point where the bullies no longer get that gratification from the students being complacent or cheering them on for what they’re doing. This bad behavior ends up getting bad results because bystanders are speaking up.” 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

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