Community Communications

  • Quarterly Newsletter 3/10/16

    Posted by Karen Gaborik on 3/10/2016

    Superintendent News & Notes

    The Fairbanks North Star Borough School District third quarter newsletter features information about the impacts of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) recently passed by Congress to replace the No Child Left Behind legislation. The newsletter also provides updates on Strategic Plan initiative work including K8 and High School Options, an active parent engagement survey, and a summary of technology infrastructure upgrades. Read the full quarterly newsletter.

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Staff Communications

  • All Staff Email 11/16/15

    Posted by Karen Gaborik on 11/16/2015

    Dear Staff,


    Happy American Education Week!  I would like to join the U.S. Department of Education, the American Association of School Boards, the Parent Teacher Association, and the National Education Association in celebrating education and honoring all of you who make a difference every day in the lives of Fairbanks students.  I also greatly appreciate the parents and community partners who collaborate with us throughout the year to meet the needs of our students and families.


    Some of our staff have recently been recognized for excellence in their fields. Congratulations to our music teachers who received awards from the Alaska Music Educators Association. Cynthia Sibitzky and Sheryl Frey received Music Educator of the Year awards and Melanie Linton was recognized as Music Advocate of the Year.


    Also, kudos to Colonel Michael Rauenhorst and the North Pole High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets on receiving an “Exceeds Expectation” in their recent unit evaluation. This is the highest rating attainable and reflects the committment and hard work of the instructors and students.


    I would also like to congratulate our team of administrative services staff who were recognized by the Association of School Business Officials International with a Certificate of Excellence in Financial Reporting for the FY 2014 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report.


    Our students benefit from your dedicated efforts.


    As you know AMP scores have been released. Parents and teachers can now see individual student reports in PowerSchool. Educators can help parents, students and community members remember that AMP measures the content and skills outlined in Alaska’s new, more challenging academic standards. It is more difficult than the previous test, the Standards Based Assessment or SBAs, and is completed online rather than on paper. Because this is a baseline year, scores are expected to increase in coming years.


    More in-depth analysis of the results will be completed within the next few months. Here’s a summary of results on the AMP for Fairbanks area students grade 3 - 10:

    • 8% of students met ELA standards on the AMP districtwide compared to 34% for statewide.
    • 7% met math standards on the AMP districtwide compared to 30% for statewide.
    • 9% of students achieved level 4 on the AMP in ELA.
    • 3% of students achieved level 4 on the AMP in math.
    • For the district and state, more students met ELA and math standards in elementary grades (3-6) than secondary grades (7-10).


    Grades 3 – 10 Met Standards Rates for 2015 by groups 




    All Students 









    Caucasian only 



    African American only 






    Asian/Pacific Islander only 



    Alaska Native/American Indian only 



    Two or more races 



    Economically Disadvantaged 



    Students with Disabilities 



    Limited English Proficient 




A huge thank you to our Curriculum, Technology and Public Relations departments for providing AMP resources for parents and educators on the school district’s website at


    Finally, as we move into the holiday season I look forward to continuing my visits to schools not only to engage in conversations with staff but also to enjoy productions and presentations by our amazingly talented students. Thank you for making these opportunities available for our parents and community!
Have a wonderful week and enjoy the winter weather!

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