Eagle Update Back to School Edition

Aug. 28, 2022

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🦅 Good morning, Eagle Families 🦅

What an adventure we have been on! Students are settling in, lockers are opening faster, and classes are easier to find! The addition of our 6th graders has been the BEST, and I absolutely love walking through the halls and spending lunchtime with the kids!

As students are navigating their way to class, we are fine-tuning the need to arrive on time. We chose a 3-minute passing period to eliminate any possible hallway issues and knowing that students' classes are generally in one area, Yellow Hall for 6th, Red Hall for 7th, and Orange Hall for 8th, they don't have far to go. We have noticed a lot of students were getting to class late after lunch, so we are letting them out earlier, allowing for more time to get to lockers and then to class and this seems to be working.

If your student gets dropped off late to school, you have 48 hours to call and excuse that tardy, the same as any absences that they may have. After 48 hours, attendance can not be changed, so be sure and call if needed. Late buses are always excused.

Our doors open at 7:40 am, and students need to be in class, ready to learn by 7:55. Please keep these times in mind as the weather gets colder; if your child has to wait outside, please be sure they are dressed for the cold.

Thank you, we are ready for a great week!

Heather Johnson


Tanana Middle School

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Fire and Evacuation Drill Coming Up!

This Wednesday, at 11:00 am, we will be having our first of 10 Fire Drills in combination with our yearly Evacuation Drill. We will be sharing this information and going over directions with students so they will know how to evacuate quickly and safely.

During a fire drill, students will walk outside with their class, line up quietly for attendance, and wait for the All-Clear signal. Once we are done with this, we will begin to make our way to Ladd Elementary Gym, our official evacuation location should we ever find ourselves in a real emergency. Students will stay with their teachers, and attendance will be taken once again. Once all students are accounted for, we will make our way back to school.

This would be a great time to talk to your kids about emergencies and safety at home, too!
Here is a short video on how you can create your own safety drills at home!

Home Safety (video)

Home Safety Checklist

Library News from MS. O!

Ms. O and Ms. Erin have been diligently working to get ChromeBooks organized and out to students. We are waiting for all of our new ones to arrive, so in the meantime, each class has a set for students to use.

Please find the attached doc that tells you a little bit about your library!

Please read over and sign the District Acceptable Use Policy and Agreement to familiarize yourself and your student with the expectations of school computer use. This must be done prior to your child receiving a ChromeBook.

Mrs. Forbes, 7th Grade Science!

Check out the 7th grade Science page!
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Important Handbooks for Middle School

The 22-23 Student's Rights, Responsibilities, and Behavioral Consequence Handbook contains all of the rules and expectations you and your student will need to know as they enter Middle School. This has been shared with your Middle Schooler during Advisory Class.

Activities Handbook for Middle School and Sports and Activities District Information If kids are planning on participating in Sports or School Activities, these are a must-read.

Middle School Athletic Schedule 2022-2023 School Year

Sport Start Date End Date

Track and XC Running - August 17 - September 23

Soccer - August 17 - September 23

Girl’s Basketball - August 17 - October 14

Boy’s Basketball - October 17 - December 13

Wrestling - November 28 - March 4

NYO - January 4 - April 29

Girl’s Varsity & JV V.B. - February 27 - April 29

Girl's C-TEAM V.B. - February 27 - April 29

Boy's Volleyball - February 27 - April 29

"Handle with Care"

Sometimes families experience difficulties at home, and when this happens, we want to be able to provide your child the extra support and care that they may need while at school.

If your child is coming to school after a rough night, morning, or weekend, you do not have to give any details, just email me at heather.johnson@k12northstar.org with the subject line, "Handle With Care" and your child's name. Nothing else will be asked, but this will let me know that your child may need extra time, patients, or help while they are here.

We take care of each other here at Tanana, and want our kids to feel safe and cared for.

🚌 Bus Information 🚌

Do you have questions about busing? For all of the information and answers you need, please click HERE.

Fairbanks School Bus Contractor:
Call DURHAM Dispatch for student drop-off/pick-up issues, late buses, missed stops, driver complaints, service issues, and lost items. 907-206-7789 (6:00am-5:30pm)
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🍎🍕🥗🥛🧃 Let's Do Lunch! 🍎🍕🥗🥛🧃

For School Lunch Menus, Free and Reduced lunch applications, and more, please visit our Nutrition Services District Page.
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Tanana has a New MFLC!

Priscilla Westfield, TMS's MFLC will be at Tanana on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Ms. Westfield is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Fairbanks, Alaska, and holds a Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She was active duty Army for 10 years (2001 to 2011) and worked as a SIGINT Intelligence Analyst/Sergeant. Priscilla has supported various missions and operations such as Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF) and Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF). She has been a counselor since 2017 and has worked with diverse populations including Individuals, Couples, Families, At-Risk Youth, Military, Prison Populations, Forensics In-Patient, and Non-Profit Mental Health Organizations.

She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling, coaching, and sleeping. She is extremely competitive and enjoys participating in various sporting events e.g. triathlons, endurance races, "street" basketball, and swimming events. Priscilla is also a Child of Deaf Adults (CODA) and is fluent in American Sign Language (ASL).

We look forward to having her at Tanana as our School Military Family Life Counselor!

Priscilla Westfield, M.A. LPC

Military and Family Life Counseling (MFLC) Program – Ft. Wainwright

Mobile: 907-308-9551 (subject to change)

Location: Fairbanks, AK (AKST)

priscilla.westfield @leidos.com

Please note:

  • School MFLCs can provide non-medical, short-term counseling and problem resolution support for issues amenable to short-term resolution (e.g., school adjustment issues, deployment and reunion adjustments, and parent-child communication) to students who (i) attend designated schools within the FNSBSD and (ii) have one or more parents or guardian who is an active duty member of the military or an activated member of the National Guard or Reserves.
  • Georgia Sandgren, georgia.sandgren@k12northstar.org, serves as the FNSBSD Point of Contact (POC) for School MFLCs.
  • The School MFLC will reach out to students/parents regarding the permission form that must be signed prior to conducting counseling with any eligible youth.

  • Parent Acknowledgement Form


Be sure and check out the Military Support Newsletter, and for more information, our Military Student Support page on our District's website has a lot of up-to-date information and resources available while you and your student are here!

  • Ft. Wainwright Gate for Students - Opens at 7:30-9;00 and 2:00-3:30. This gate is located next to the Guard Station.
  • Please do not allow your child to walk out of the main gate where traffic is heavy. We would hate to have anyone hurt, and when the snow flies, that road narrows dramatically.

PowerSchool Premiere for Parents

PowerSchool is a tool for parents and students to stay connected with all things school related. You can check your child's grades and attendance, receive emails and notifications from school, and more! If you do not have an account, here is the information you will need. If you need help setting up a new account, feel free to call the school for assistance.

All things PowerSchool!