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  • FNSBSD EL Plan of Service Approved by Alaska Department of Education

    Posted by Virva Elliott on 5/8/2023 11:30:00 AM

    The Alaska Department of Education and Early Development has approved the revised English Learner (EL) Plan of Service (POS) for the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. The new EL POS is effective from 7/1/2023 through 6/31/2028. The EL POS may be revised annually, as necessary.


    You can view the EL Plan of Service 2023-2028 here.


    If you have questions regarding the EL Plan of Service, don't hesitate to get in touch with the ELL Program Coordinator, Virva Elliott, at virva.elliott@k12northstar.org or (907) 452-2000 ext. 11467.

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  • ELL Family Night April 20th, 2023

    Posted by Virva Elliott on 4/14/2023 2:00:00 PM

    ELL Program Family Night on Thursday, April 20th, 2023 from 4:40 pm to 6:00 pm in The Center, 520 Fifth Ave, Fairbanks.

     Come learn about how you can support your child's reading at home, and hear about the Pathways program at the Literacy Council of Alaska to support students after high school, and the adult ESL classes at the Literacy Council of Alaska.

    We will have literacy backpacks for the first ten families to arrive! 

    Literacy Night

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  • ACCESS for ELLs Testing February 1st - March 31st, 2023

    Posted by Virva Elliott on 12/2/2022 8:00:00 AM

    December 2, 2022

    Dear Parent/Guardian,


    Your child is currently eligible for English Language Learner (ELL)  Program support services. In order to determine the progress ELL students are making in their English proficiency, all ELL students are assessed annually using the ACCESS for ELLs test. The State of Alaska requires ACCESS for ELLs testing by law, and the School District is not allowed to give the test remotely.


    Name of Test: ACCESS for ELLs. For more information about ACCESS for ELLs, please visit https://wida.wisc.edu/


    Testing Window: February 1 - March 31, 2023 (Your school will provide a testing schedule for your child)


    Location: In person at your child’s school


    Important information:

    • The test will measure your child’s level of English proficiency in listening, reading, speaking, and writing. Test results will be shared with you over the summer through PowerSchool Parent Portal and by mail early next school year.

    • The test can only be given in person; most students take the test on a Chromebook but some students may take the test on paper.

    • School staff will follow the guidelines in the School District’s health and safety plan.

    • If your child has an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) due to a disability, appropriate testing accommodations, as stated in the IEP, will be provided.

    • Students in Alaska exit ELL Program services when they reach an overall proficiency level of 4.5 in the ACCESS for ELLs test. Scores range from 1.0 (beginner) to 6.0 (fluent).

    • You as a parent/guardian can decline ELL Program services for your child. However, we are required to continue to annually assess your child’s English Language Proficiency until your child meets the State of Alaska defined exit criteria.

    If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the ELL Program staff at your child’s school or me directly.




    Virva Elliott

    ELL Program Coordinator

    Fairbanks North Star Borough School District


    (907) 452-2000 ext. 11467

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  • English Learner Plan of Service Review - Stakeholder Meeting

    Posted by Virva Elliott on 10/27/2022 2:00:00 PM

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  • WIDA and Ellevation Open Workshop

    Posted by Virva Elliott on 9/30/2022 12:30:00 PM
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  • Learning Strategies

    Posted by Virva Elliott on 9/30/2022 9:30:00 AM
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  • Culture Language and Learning

    Posted by Virva Elliott on 9/30/2022 8:00:00 AM
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  • Addendum to Parent Notification Letters - FNSBSD ELL Student Supports

    Posted by VIRVA ELLIOTT on 9/8/2022 4:30:00 PM


    The document linked below outlines the Language Instruction Education Programs available in FNSBSD. 

    FNSBSD ELL Student Supports

    (Spanish translation forthcoming)

    For more specific guidance on English Learner (EL) student supports in FNSBSD, see FNSBSD Plan of Service for English Learners.

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  • 42nd Annual Celebration of Cultures on September 29th

    Posted by Virva Elliott on 8/31/2022 10:00:00 AM


    ELL and ANE Programs invite you to the 42nd annual

    Celebration of Cultures

    on September 29th, 2022

    5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

    at Ryan Middle School

    Come enjoy the cultural performances by school district students and staff. Taste the potluck dishes from around the world. You are welcome to bring a dish to share from your culture.

    For additional information or questions, call ELL Program office at (907) 452-2000 ext. 11488.

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  • ELL Parent Input Meeting May 9, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.

    Posted by Virva Elliott on 5/9/2022 12:30:00 PM

    Zoom meeting at 3:00 p.m. link to connect:


    Meeting ID: 833 8038 0877
    Passcode: 967194

    Link to slideshow: May 9th 2022 Parent Input Meeting

    Link to survey: bit.ly/title3a

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