Karen's News & Notes

From the desk of Superintendent Karen Gaborik

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Second Quarter 2019-20

Congratulations on the completion of a successful fall semester! Hard work, dedication, and collaboration among all our staff, students, parents and volunteers are a huge part of what makes our school district so amazing. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the education and support of our students this fall.

As we look forward to a much-anticipated Winter Break, I hope you each have the opportunity to enjoy your kids and to connect with family and friends. After we collectively re-charge, I’ll see you on January 7 when we kick off spring semester and celebrate the slow return of the sun!!!

Warm Wishes,


Coming soon to Fairbanks....North Star College!

I am thrilled to announce we will soon have a middle college option available for our students!!!

Beginning in Fall 2020 eligible high school seniors will have the opportunity to take classes on the UAF campus where they will earn both high school and college credits.

More information is coming in January. Watch for announcements and pre-registration materials at the high schools.

Rebecca Missler, Milken Educator Award

Rebecca Missler, science teacher at North Pole High School, received the 2019-2020 Milken Educator Award and is the sole winner in Alaska.

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The Milken Educator Awards are given to select educators across the nation. The recipient names are kept secret from the nomination process until the announcement is made.

For Rebecca's award announcement, the students and staff at North Pole High School were gathered for an assembly and the great reveal was done in true Milken fashion .

We are so proud of Rebecca for her daily dedication to her students and co-workers. Her continued passion for teaching is what makes her the perfect candidate for this award. Not only does she get the recognition she so deserves, she also received a check for $25,000.00. What a way to close out 2019! Congratulations Rebecca!

Photo courtesy of Milken Family Foundation

School of Choice and Out of Attendance Area Lotteries

There are other options available to your student besides the traditional schools in your attendance area.

Out-of Attendance Area (OAA): If you want your student to attend a school that is not their attendance area, parents need to complete the OAA application using the online system. On January 10th, the application process for Secondary OAA will be open until February 26th. Results will be available in early March.

School of Choice: If you are interested in having your student attend any of the following schools, you can find more information through the online system.

  • Barnette Magnet School;
  • Discovery Peak Charter School;

  • Hutchison High School;

  • Grades 7 & 8 at the K-8 Options schools (ARC, JOY, LAD); and,

  • Select special programs

School Start Times Exploration

On November 5th, the school board approved to continue researching the possible change of school start times.

A survey was posted on the district's website to gather some preliminary data and the next phase will be a series of Open House sessions. Your attendance at these Open House sessions will provide us with the valuable feedback we need to make a decision and for you to get some questions answered. These sessions will be held in the last few weeks of January at various locations. Please keep an eye out on our social media accounts and our website for these important dates, times and locations.

Early Outs and Winter Break

Wednesday, Dec. 18th, Thursday, Dec. 19th, and Friday, Dec. 20th, are Early Out days.

Monday, Dec. 23-Monday Jan. 6th is the Winter Break and there is no school for students.

Let's Talk

Do you have a question and you aren't sure where to go to ask or who to ask? Check out our "Let's Talk" button on the website located in the lower right hand corner (see photo below). Just click on it and start filling in the boxes with as much information as possible. This will allow us to connect you with the right department in the most timely manner.
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Electronic Report Cards

Reminder that report cards can now be found in PowerSchool. First Quarter report cards are there and Second Quarter will be available by mid-January.

No One Left Behind Banquet

The No One Left Behind Awards Banquet is a partnership event between the school district and the Fairbanks Rescue Mission to present awards to exemplary first responders in law enforcement, firefighting, dispatch, and emergency medical services.

Alaska Native Heritage Celebration

Around the school district, classrooms celebrated Alaska Native Heritage month. A celebration was held at Ryan Middle School for the community to join together to share food, fun, and cultures.
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