FAIRBANKS — An extraordinary eye for detail is how art teacher Peter Robirds describes an artistic element inherent in Catalina Kremer’s artwork.
“Catalina is creative. Even though she is a shy student, using her love of art she was able to teach an art lesson to her peers.”
A fifth-grader at Two Rivers School, Catalina states that she likes designs — especially ones with swervy, curvy lines. She also likes mosaics where small pieces of ceramics or paper, or whatever materials are available are used to create a design.
Diligent is an adjective that Robirds uses to describe Catalina’s work ethic.Read full article
FAIRBANKS — Ryan CAfE Night, a new event at Ryan Middle School, kicked off Friday evening with the thumping rhythm of Hawaiian music accompanied by swaying hips and flowing hand gestures to the delight of students, families and staff.
CAfE is an acronym for Cultivating Awareness for Everyone, explained Kristie Calvin, assistant principal intern at the middle school.
Shortly after coming to Ryan, Calvin noticed the great variety of cultural backgrounds among the student population and thought that celebrating and sharing those differences would provide an interesting and fun event.
“We need to celebrate the diversity,” she said. “So we are celebrating the diversity.”Read full article
FAIRBANKS — From cakewalks to science nights and hockey games to robot rallies, the days at Joy Elementary School bustle with diverse activities for students and families. However, the spirited atmosphere is nothing new for the small school on Margaret Avenue. Joy Elementary has a long history of inspired community involvement and engaging family events.
Unique from the beginning, Joy Elementary opened its doors in 1961 with a circular design in which classrooms were built around the center of the school. The design was not only notable in the local community but also on the global stage where it was honored with an award at the 1962 Seattle World’s Fair. At the time, the name “Joy” could have reflected the school setting but it was in honor of the admired school board member Louis F. Joy, a dedicated school supporter who served on the board for 25 years and oversaw the growth of the school district throughout the 1950s.
In the early years of Joy Elementary, students turned their attention to the expanse of land near the school. Recognizing the importance of the property to migrating birds, students raised funds to protect the area and helped establish what we recognize today as Creamer’s Field, a wildlife refuge and a treasure of Fairbanks.
A thoughtful concern for the environment continued on, generations later, in 1997 when Joy Elementary was the first school in the Fairbanks School District to receive a Green Star Award. The school earned the honor by successfully implementing a series of waste reduction and energy conservation measures.Read full article
FAIRBANKS — An 18-foot-wide by 38-inches-high mural celebrating Alaska’s four seasons now adds a cheerful sweep of color to a long counter at the Breadline’s Stone Soup Cafe.
The multi-colored mural gleams forth in a bright array of acrylic paints, courtesy of two Service Learning Art classes taught by Rae Trainor at Barnette Magnet School.
Monday, some of the fourth -through eighth-grade students spent the art class hour putting final touches on the mural which has kept them busily involved during the last school year quarter. Other students sealed rows of wood trim that were attached to frame the completed project which was installed Monday evening.
“Our (class) mission was to make Fairbanks more beautiful, and the students had to think about where they would like to do that,” Trainor said.Read full article
FAIRBANKS — The last class of the day filed into the music room at Weller Elementary on Thursday afternoon. With the sun shining outside and a room full of restless third graders, it could have been a recipe for an unproductive 30 minutes, but not to music teacher David Wilcoxson, who greeted them with guitar in hand.
In a matter of minutes, two and a half dozen young voices, with the occasional burst of laughter, were joined in song as the children hopped and danced around in unison to a game.
Thousands of students have passed through Wilcoxson’s classroom at Weller Elementary during his 17 years. But with a retirement looming at the end of the school year, the students in Wilcoxson’s Thursday afternoon class will be among the last to share a song with the 61-year-old teacher.
Wilcoxson said one of his main goals in class was to help the children find something they can enjoy and find pride in.Read full article
FAIRBANKS — Briana Randle has been named as the new principal of Joy Elementary for the start of the 2013-2014 school year.
Randle has served as assistant principal at two secondary school in the district for the past six years, three years at Lathrop High (2008-10), and the past three years at West Valley High.
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FAIRBANKS — Ryan Middle School is celebrating the diversity of its students and holding its first Ryan C.A.f.E. (Cultivating Awareness for Everyone) event from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, featuring a night of cultural entertainment. There will be live music and entertainment, potluck dishes to share, cultural displays and artifacts.
The community is welcome. If attending, please consider bringing a dish to share that shows your cultural heritage.
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FAIRBANKS — Focus and determination are two outstanding traits possessed by Brady Brooks that keeps the North Pole Middle School eighth-grader on target scholastically.
NPMS Principal Richard Smith said Brady’s Algebra I teacher last school year likened Brady to “a dog on a bone” because of his fierce desire to get absolutely everything he can out of the opportunities presented to him.
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FAIRBANKS — Although Barnette Magnet School has undergone both physical and structural changes since its inception, the strong sense of community and welcoming atmosphere have remained constant since the school first opened its doors in 1960.
Today, Barnette Magnet serves approximately 412 students in kindergarten through eighth grade. The school adheres to the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District curriculum but is unique in that students in first through eighth grade choose elective classes, known as explorations, each quarter. A Barnette Magnet school day consists of uninterrupted morning core instruction of reading, writing and math followed by an afternoon of exploration classes. Exploration classes include sciences, social studies, fine arts, movement, languages and cultures, and technology and literature. The exploration classes are multi-age, hands-on an project-based. Additionally, students share their projects with their families each quarter during highly anticipated Exhibit Nights.
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