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  • School district to rework out-of-season activity rules

    [News-Miner] The Fairbanks school district is looking at revamping its guidelines and requirements for out-of-season school activities. Last July, three West Valley High School students were hospitalized following a pre-season football conditioning activity at the University of Alaska Fairbanks Patty Center pool, during which they nearly drowned. After the incident there was a public push for the district to review policies on such activities.

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  • Fairbanks student named among US Presidential Scholars

    [News-Miner] A Fairbanks student has been named one of the U.S. Presidential Scholars for 2020. Grace Park, who attends a Fairbanks home-school, is one of two Alaska students to become a scholar this year. The second student selected from Alaska is Gavin Lee Block, of Palmer, who attends Mat-Su Middle College School.

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  • Two Alaska students recognized as Presidential Scholars

    [Webcenter 11] Two Alaskan students have been recognized as part of the 2020 Class of Presidential Scholars. The Alaskans are Grace J. Park from Fairbanks and Gavin Lee Block from Palmer. A total of 161 high school seniors are part of this year’s class. According to a release from the U.S. Department of Education, students are recognized “for their accomplishments in academics, the arts and career, and technical education fields.” More than 5,300 candidates qualified for the 2020 awards.

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  • Parade held on Fort Wainwright to thank teachers

    [News-Miner] With school ending for the summer, teachers and administrators from Arctic Light Elementary School lined up in front of the school on Tuesday, as a parade of students drove by in their vehicles to thank them. Teachers, in turn, wished their students a good summer. With COVID-19 closing school doors before the official end of the school year, the faculty practiced social distancing as they cheered on the passing students.

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  • North Pole students’ invention almost ready for presentation

    [News-Miner] The “ADHD Matamata” is almost ready to debut. This is a special device created by three North Pole middle school students, who are finalists in the 10th Annual Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. They invented a wrist band that buzzes at pre-set times to remind the wearer to pay attention. Danika Dawley, Lucy Reese and Raegan Kingry are the inventors of the wearable, nonmedical device. It is designed to vibrate at different intervals of time, helping students diagnosed with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) stay more engaged in learning and mitigating the likelihood of distractions.

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  • North Pole teacher honored by Air Force Association

    [News-Miner] A North Pole teacher has been named the Air Force Association’s teacher of the year for both its Fairbanks chapter and the state of Alaska. Retired Col. Michael Rauenhorst received the honor, according to a Monday news release from the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. Rauenhorst is a senior aerospace science instructor with the Air Force Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.

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  • Graduations, 2020 style: This year’s high school and UAF students survived a tumultuous few months

    [News-Miner] It wasn’t supposed to be this way, of course. High school seniors throughout the Fairbanks area should have been tossing their graduation caps in the air with their classmates as they head off to the next chapter in their lives. The same is true for students graduating from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Instead, high schoolers tossed their caps individually thanks to the virus outbreak. UAF grads will have to do the same later this month.

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  • Fairbanks students celebrate completion of BRIDGE and Project Search programs

    [Webcenter 11] Ten students in the BRIDGE and Project Search programs in Fairbanks are taking the next step toward independence this year. Qualifying students can participate in the programs until the age of 21 or 22, depending on their birthday. (Photo courtesy of Fairbanks North Star Borough School District) BRIDGE is a four-year program for qualifying special education students who are not seeking a diploma. Project Search is a one-year program, and students in that program may seek a diploma. The goal of the two programs is to provide qualifying students with job skills and opportunities for increased independence.

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  • School Nutrition Association honors local director Rouse

    [News-Miner] The nutrition services director for the Fairbanks school district has been honored by the School Nutrition Association. In a Monday news release, the School Nutrition Association declared Amy Rouse as its Northwest regional Director of the Year, an award that recognizes nutrition directors’ extraordinary commitment to their school lunch programs. The association is a national nonprofit representing over 55,000 school nutrition professionals. Rouse has been a longtime association member and once served as member-at-large for the state association. She’s been a nutrition director for 13 years.

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  • Teacher Appreciation Week encourages Fairbanks community to reach out to educators

    [Webcenter 11] This week marks Teacher Appreciation Week. During the nationally observed week of thanks, community members are being encouraged to show teachers they’re appreciated. Withing the week of acknowledgment, Teacher Appreciation Day falls on May 5th this year. (Alex Bengel/KTVF) According to Fairbanks North Star Borough Superintendent Karen Gaborik, the week of acknowledgment traditionally includes in-person celebrations, including “lots of sugar and carbs.” “There’s usually lots of festivities at a school,” she said.

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  • School Bus Driver Union Wants District to Pay Instead of Contractor

    [KUAC] No Alaska students are riding on school busses right now, as school buildings are closed, and lessons continue through distance delivery. That means bus drivers and attendants are not working their normal routes. While school meal programs are keeping 60 bus drivers busy, the Fairbanks North Star Borough’s bus contractor, First Student, is not paying the other 115 drivers and attendants. Now the drivers’ union wants the district, not the contractor, to pay the drivers who aren’t working.

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  • Several Fairbanks area high schools go virtual for 2020 graduation ceremonies

    [Webcenter 11] Due to current restrictions with social gatherings because of COVID-19 several high schools around the Fairbanks area have opted to go virtual and offer a graduation program for their students on-air. Listed below are the schools that are offering these virtual livestreams along with a schedule for viewing.

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  • Fairbanks North Star Borough School District graduation marches on

    [News-Miner] As May arrives, so does high school graduation season, and the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District is moving forward with plans for largely pre-recorded ceremonies. Social distancing restrictions put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 have prevented the large, traditional graduation ceremonies from taking place, so the district has allowed schools to come up with their own plans for new ceremonies.

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