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Fairbanks North Star Borough district map, schedule, FAQs and more to get the 2012/13 school year off to a good start

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<ul><li><p>SCHOOLYEAR</p><p>2012-2013</p><p>Fairbanks</p><p>, Alaska</p><p>Saturday</p><p>, August 4</p><p>, 2012</p><p>Look insid</p><p>e for impo</p><p>rtant </p><p>back-to-s</p><p>chool info</p><p>rmation.</p><p>The Voice of Interior Alaska since 1903newsminer.com</p></li><li><p>2 Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Saturday, August 4, 2012 17400870 8-4-12BTS</p><p> See the Sunday, August 5</p><p> insert in the News-Miner</p><p>Creative Movement &amp; Danceat North Star Ballet introduces your child to movement and music </p><p>in an imaginative and creative atmosphere</p><p>Ages 49Fall Classes start August 27</p><p>Classes facilitate problem solving, concentration, and focus as children </p><p>develop strength, flexibility, and coordi-nation in a fun and cooperative setting</p><p>www.TheNorthStarBallet.orgRegister early at the Tanana Valley Fair</p><p>In-person registration August 24 &amp; 25, 10 am to 6 pm1800 College Road, on the Tanana Valley Fairgrounds</p><p> 451-8800 www.alaskacreativedance.comMore information at 17400898</p><p> 8-4-1</p><p>2 BTS</p><p> The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is seeking three and four-year old children to participate in our special education preschool </p><p> programs as typical peers.</p><p> 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.</p><p> This could be a very rich educational experience for your child.</p><p> If you have questions regarding this opportunity please call 452-2000, ext 11446.</p><p> An Equal Employment and Educational Opportunity Institution</p><p>By Pete LewisSuperintendent, Fairbanks North </p><p>Star Borough School District</p><p>Welcome 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. </p><p>To our students and par-ents, I hope you had a reward-ing summer vacation and that you are just as excited about the upcoming school year as I am.</p><p>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 pur-sue success, both in and out of the classroom. For our par-ents, it is an opportunity to </p><p>do what you can to make sure your childs educational jour-ney is a rewarding one. </p><p>Throughout the school year, you will hear a lot from us on ways you can get involved with your childs education, from attending </p><p>parent-teacher conferences to utilizing the districts Power-School system.</p><p>Wonderful opportunities indeed, and, as superinten-dent, I consider it my respon-sibility and the responsibility of those who work with me </p><p>to make those opportunities possible. Together, our part-nership with the community makes a difference.</p><p>Before we look ahead to this school year, I also want to take a moment to look back on some of the many accom-</p><p>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. </p><p>While the funding is not a permanent increase, the states effort to fund public education conveys quite clear-ly that the education of our young people is a priority. I look forward to continuing my advocacy for sufficient fund-ing during the next session so we can provide sustainable programs for our students. </p><p>Other district-wide items of note and, in particular, some important individual accom-plishments from last school year include:</p><p> Lindy Kinn, instruc-tional technology teacher with the district, received the Tech Support of the Year award at the 2012 Alaska Society for Technology in Education conference.</p><p>Welcome to the 2012-13 school year</p><p>Eric Engman/News-Miner file</p><p>English teacher Alyse Loring works on remembering students names during her first class of the day on the first day of classes at Hutchison High School last school year. </p><p>Please see WELCOME, Page 3</p></li><li><p>3Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Saturday, August 4, 2012</p><p> Kindergarten students and all students new to the district need a TB skin test within 90 days of admission.</p><p> State law requires all students to have the following immunizations:</p><p> 17400897 8-4-12 BTS</p><p> SCHOOL REGISTRATION</p><p> These requirements apply to all public school students, including students attending charter schools, Fairbanks B.E.S.T., and other alternative programs.</p><p> Please help the school comply with the law by supplying your childs current immunization records to the school.</p><p> 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.</p><p> Students need immunizations to attend school... its the law!</p><p> SHOTS NEEDED FOR SCHOOL! All students must have at least 4 DPT (with one after age 4), at </p><p> least 3 polio, 2 MMR, and the Hepatitis A and B series (or be in the process).</p><p> A booster dose of Tdap is required 10 years after the last DPT.</p><p> Visit the districts website at www.k12northstar.org or call 452-2000 for more information.</p><p> 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 childs 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.</p><p> High School First Day of Practice:</p><p> Swimming/Diving and Girls Volleyball August 6 . . . . . . . . . . . . .</p><p> 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-of- attendance area is not guaranteed.</p><p> Note: All secondary students (this means junior high and middle school as well as high school students) are now required to have a physical exam and a signed parent consent form on file prior to beginning his/her first team practice of the school year. The forms, as well as all handbooks can be found on the district website: www.k12northstar.org/studentactivities</p><p> For more information, call Steve Zanazzo at 456-7794, ext. 17520.</p><p> An Equal Employment and Educational Opportunity Institution</p><p> 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.</p><p> 2 Varicella (chicken pox) for grades K-6</p><p> Christopher H. Henry, D.M.D., M.S. Practice Limited to Orthodontics</p><p> 114 Minnie St., Suite B, Fairbanks, AK 99701 (907)457-7878 www.alaskabraces.com</p><p> 13399585 8-4-12BTS</p><p> Welcome Back! Best wishes for a successful </p><p> school year from Dr. Henry &amp; Staff</p><p> In advanced placement, SAT and ACT test scores, </p><p>Fairbanks schools are outper-forming the state and national averages.</p><p> Through the U.S. Depart-ment of Labor and the Federal Office of Apprenticeship, the School to Apprenticeship pro-</p><p>gram was approved, creating linkages between the school district and local apprentice-ship programs.</p><p> Lathrop High School won the statewide GCI Alaska Aca-demic Decathlon Competition.</p><p> Barbara Nore, a choir teacher at North Pole Middle School, was named Alaska Music Educator of the Year.</p><p> Cheryl Severns, of Two Rivers School, and Teresa Ponder, of Nordale Elemen-tary School, were awarded the Middle School and Elementa-ry Physical Education Teach-er of the Year awards for the state, respectively.</p><p> Mary Cofer, principal of Arctic Light, received the Fairbanks Principals Associa-tions 2012 Elementary Prin-cipal of the Year award.</p><p> Sandra Kowalski, prin-cipal of Randy Smith Middle received the FPA 2012 Sec-ondary Principal of the Year award.</p><p> Local voters endorsed both school bond propositions for capital projects at five area </p><p>schools in the 2011 borough election.</p><p> Julie Wild-Curry, director of after-schools pro-grams, is one of 15 educa-tional 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.</p><p> Tim Doran, principal of Denali Elementary, was named the National Distin-guished Principal for 2011 by the Alaska Association of Elementary School Principals.</p><p> Hannah Boyer, of West Valley, etched her name in Alaskas high school ski-ing record books when she </p><p>WELCOMEContinued from Page 2 </p><p>Please see WELCOME, Page 4</p><p>Sam Harrel/News-Miner file</p><p>Matia Wartes, 5, gets excited as her mother, Erin, right, and father, Marwan, read her daily schedule in Eva Hartleys kindergarten class at Pearl Creek Elementary School in August 2011.</p></li><li><p>4 Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Saturday, August 4, 2012</p><p> Sports Physicals</p><p> Midnight Sun Family Medicine, P.C. (907) 455-7123 Dr. S. Gayle Kahoi </p><p> 475 Riverstone Way, #5, Fairbanks</p><p> 11396589 8-4-12 BTS</p><p> $50 Cash or Credit Cards Only </p><p> Available for ALL school age children.</p><p> Must present coupon at time of appointment</p><p> Valid thru September 1, 2012.</p><p> 11396560 8-4-12 BTS</p><p> Call Doreen or Annette at 456-7719</p><p> For ages pre-school to age 20!</p><p> Registration Saturday, Aug. 25 from Noon to 5 p.m. Registration fee $30</p><p> On-Lane Coaching! All skill levels welcome! Join as an individual or a team. Earn patches, pins, awards.</p><p> 952 Tenth Avenue Bowl on Saturdays at 10 a.m., 3 game set Leagues for</p><p> high school/college middle school</p><p> pre-school/grade school</p><p> Arctic Bowl Youth Bowling Leagues Leagues begin Sept. 8! Full Service Bowling Center</p><p> Monday Night Youth/Adult League Come in &amp; sign up </p><p> or call for more details</p><p> Fairbanks Taekwon-Do In the Fairbanks C om m unity since 1985</p><p> 452-2305 L ocated at the C orner</p><p> of Farm ers L oop &amp; Steese E xpressw ay (Ju st u p from H om e D epot)</p><p> fairbankstaekw ondo.net</p><p> W hy is Taekw on-Do good for you? Builds: Self E steem ,</p><p> D iscipline, L eadership Abilities, </p><p> And a Positive M ental Attitu de</p><p> 6 w eeks of Classes plus student u niform Youth &amp; Adults W elcom e</p><p> This introdu ctory offer w illintrodu ce you to oneof the finest m artial arts schools in the state.</p><p> *Offer good thru October 31, 2012</p><p> $ 49 95* BU ILD CON FIDEN CE!</p><p> 18396880-8-4-12BTS</p><p> Becau se with Confidence, N othing is Im possible!</p><p> C lasses M onSat</p><p> Scan for Special Offer!</p><p> 17397651-8-4-12BTS</p><p> HEY LADD LEOPARDS!</p><p> Rory says,</p><p> We hope to see all our Ladd Leopards at our</p><p> B a c</p><p> k t o S c h o o l</p><p> Monday, August</p><p> 20 4-5 p.m.</p><p>earned her third consecutive girls Skimeister Award at the Alaska state cross-country ski championships in Anchorage.</p><p> Alisha Allen, of Lath-rop, won first place in all three Region VI track and field events in which she com-peted.</p><p>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. </p><p>Equally impressive is the dedication of our parents and the level at which the commu-nity of Fairbanks supports its public schools.</p><p>I also want to stress that the Board of Education, our administrative team, staff and </p><p>myself welcome and value input from all community </p><p>members. Working together, 2012-13 will be a great school </p><p>year.Pete Lewis has served as super-</p><p>intendent of Fairbanks schools since 2010.</p><p>WELCOMEContinued from Page 3 </p><p>Eric Engman/News-Miner file</p><p>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.</p></li><li><p>5Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Saturday, August 4, 2012 17400882-8-4-12BTS AN EQUAL EMPLOYMENT AND EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY INSTITUTION.</p><p>Programs prepare students for careers</p><p>Staff Report</p><p>About 8,000 Alaska stu-dents graduate from high school annually. Some go to college, some enter technical schools and some just stop educating themselves. </p><p>At age 19, fewer than one-fifth of those graduates still are in some type of education-al program, according to state and university officials who have studied Alaskas situa-tion.</p><p>This lack of continuing education means Alaska can-not meet its current work-force needs, much less future demand, according those offi-cials. In fact, Alaska already ranks fifth in the nation for the percentage of teens not in school and not working, they say.</p><p>The Alaska Career and Technical Education Plan, produced by the state educa-tion and labor departments and the University of Alaska, asks Alaska to prepare young Alaskans for work and then move them into it.</p><p>The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District offers career and technical educa-tion programs to do just that.</p><p>The programs target high school students, but the dis-trict plans to give middle school students Career and Technical Education options as well. Getting young stu-dents to think about career interests and helping them follow these interests reduces the risk that theyll drop out of high school, according to the district. </p><p>All Fairbanks high schools have CTE curriculum. Oth-er district CTE programs include:</p><p>Please see CAREER, Page 6</p><p>District provides career, technical education options </p></li><li><p>6 Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, Saturday, August 4, 2012 11398358-8-4-12BTS</p><p> 1867 AIRPORT WAY (Next to Wendys)</p><p> 452-2024</p><p> $25 off prescription lenses for students only through 8/30</p><p> Eye Exams Available At Clear Vision Optometry 452-2131</p><p> imageopticalalaska.com</p><p>If you are not an Alaska resident, you should compare this plan with any college savings plan offered by your home state or your bene ciarys home state and consider, before investing, any state or other tax bene ts that are only available for investments in the home states plan. Go online or call the number listed above to request a Plan Disclosure Document, which includes investment objectives, risks, fees, expens...</p></li></ul>