Tanana Family Newsletter

Week of September 8-September 11, 2020

A look at the Week Ahead . . .

Saturday, September, 5, 2020

10:00-Noon: World's Biggest Backpack Giveaway Drive-Thru

  • Summit Church, North Pole, Corner of Hurst and Badger Rd. (907)488-9084 for more info

Monday, September 7, 2020 - Labor Day
  • No School for Students

Self Service Kiosk

Our self-service kiosk is open daily, Monday-Friday 8:30 am-8:00pm! Stop by to pick up reserved library books, borrow magazines, pick up science lab materials, classroom supplies for FCS, STEM, and Art. Paper packets are refreshed on Wednesdays and completed work can be dropped off at any time.

Virtual Nurse's Office Has Arrived

The Tanana Middle School Virtual Nurse's Office has arrived! Nurse Keith has filled his virtual office with live links to information on a wide variety of different topics. Don't see what you're looking for? As always, Nurse Keith can be reached here at Tanana Middle (907) 452-8145 or by email at Keith.Lindsey@k12northstar.org

Initial Phase-In by Invitation

At Tanana, our Student Support Team has been meeting to review all of the criteria set forth by the Board of Education to determine which students will be eligible to return to Tanana because they require in-person service during remote learning. Our Academic Support Pods will follow all of the COVID-19 appropriate social distancing, cleaning, and stable cohort requirements as detailed in the CDC, DHSS and Alaska DEED Smart Start guidelines. These students will have access to our breakfast and lunch programs.

Student Daily Decision Tree

In Yellow House News

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In Orange House News

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In Red House News

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In Tanana Math News

Daily math requirements:

  1. Watch the daily video in your Math Google Classroom and take notes on the daily lesson.
  2. Login to getmoremath.com and do 15 daily points.

The first part of getmoremath.com is the lesson for the day. Then, the program swaps you into a mixed review to continue working on previous lessons. By Friday, you should have earned at least 75 points for the week.

You are not required to visit your math teacher daily, but you are required to do the 15 points daily on getmoremath.com. Your math teacher is on zoom 9:30am-3:00pm, except lunch, just in case you need help or have questions. If you are struggling with a math concept, make sure you watch the daily math video and please visit your math teacher for further assistance.

In Electives News. . .

The second full week of school hit full steam in Tanana’s ELP / Computer Science classes! Students worked on developing research and problem-solving skills by creating Disaster Recovery Plans to help Fairbanks recover from a devastating flood. Early in the week, students conducted research to learn about the 1967 Flood in Fairbanks and the effects it had. They used this information and details about modern floods to form a list of potential problems from the aftermath of such a natural disaster.

Then, students were given a question… If the same flood happened again next week, and they were given a budget of $50,000 to help with recovery, how would they spend it? Students determined what issues they felt were most important to deal with, and developed a plan to help the citizens of Fairbanks through the devastation. They crunched the numbers and looked at exactly how many people they could help with their chosen plan. They then put together presentations and pitched their plan to the entire class. While no plan was perfect given the limited funds, students developed many creative and effective uses of their funds. I know I can rest easy knowing Fairbanks is in good hands!

Students were shown a “News Report” to start the unit. Click here to check it out, and look below to see some great examples of their presentations!

Flood Recovery Project Intro

In Advisory News . . .

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Step-by-Step Parent Directions to Log-in to Renzulli Learning

In Tanana Library News

We're so excited to announce that it's time to start checking out books! You will need to put the book on hold. This page will show you how to put a book on hold.


Mrs. Martin or Ms. Erin will email you with more information when your book is ready for pickup. Books are processed while staff are wearing a mask & gloves. Books are quarantined a minimum of three days between patrons. Mrs. Martin bought A LOT of new books right before Spring Break...check the Library site for a special preview of all our new books!

Devices, Troubleshooting, & Technology Resources for Families

If you are an eLearning student or In-Person student and still need a device please don't hesitate to let us know. We are here from 8:30-4:15 and can make special arrangements for different pick-up times. Also, if you are having trouble with your device please don't hesitate to call us to help troubleshoot, our office number is 907-452-8145.

This site provides resources for parents and guardians as they support student learning during the 2020-2021 school year. The links below and in the menu provide access to step sheets, video tutorials, and other instructional technology resources. If you have questions, you are encouraged to contact your students’ teachers, the District provided Help Desk at 452-2000 ext. 11397, or Teaching and Learning at 452-2000 ext. 11422.

Immunization Clinics

Please see the attached document for upcoming immunization clinics! Compliance with immunizations are due within 30 days of enrollment. Below is a document detailing all of the local immunization services available within our community.

Nutrition Services @ Tanana - Meals Available Daily

Nutritional Services -P-EBT

Please see the attached documents to discover whether or not you may be entitled to some funding through the Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer!

Help Wanted

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