Wolf Pup Weekly

Woodriver Issue #31 4/1/22

FROM PRINCIPAL GUY

Hello Wolf Pup parents!


A huge congratulations to Eamon Smith who received the Directors Award at the

Fairbanks Science Fair for his project entitled “Fungi in the Neighborhood”. Way to

go Eamon!


I also have big news regarding our district budget. On Tuesday March 24, our school

board approved a budget for next year and there are several decisions that will

directly impact Woodriver. Here is a summary of those changes:


PTR (Pupil to Teacher Ratio) is at 25 for grades K-5. There was talk for a while of

increasing that number to 26, but in the end they elected to keep it at its current

rate. This means that with our projected enrollment of 343 students we will start

the year with 14 certified classroom teachers.


We will continue to have a full-time counselor, P.E. and music teacher, along with a

Librarian. We are reducing the number of Kindergarten aides to 1 aide for every

two Kindergarten classes. Additionally, we will no longer offer a separate pull out

for band and orchestra. With our 6th grade moving to the middle school, band and

orchestra will be taught there. Our general music teacher will introduce both band

and orchestra to all 5th grade students so they can be aware and make an informed

decision about pursuing those when they enter 6th grade.


While this budget was approved by our board, there could still be changes based on

either increases or decreases to funding from the borough or the state.

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State Standardized Testing in April! Please mark your calendars:

Students in Grades 3-6 will participate in the statewide testing now called AK Star.


This online test is aligned with Alaska's standards and helps us assess how students are progressing in their learning. Testing covers English Language Arts and Mathematics. Also, only our 5th graders have an additional test in Science.


Testing is untimed and many students complete testing in the morning session. After the lunch/recess hour, students have more time to complete the test if they need it. Finally, you do have the parental right to refuse testing of your child and you can contact Mr. Guy, Principal, to discuss this option.


Grades 5 and 6 AK Star testing dates:

Tuesday, April 12 through Friday, April 15

(Tuesday and Wednesday are English Language Arts test sessions. Thursday and Friday are Math test sessions.)


Additional test for Grade 5 in Science: Monday, April 18


Grades 3 and 4 AK Star testing dates:

Tuesday April, 19 through Friday April, 22

(Tuesday and Wednesday are English Language Arts test sessions. Thursday and Friday are Math test sessions.)

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LAST WEEK FOR POPCORN!

$1 a bag this Monday and Tuesday, and then we will be done selling popcorn for the rest of the year
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CLUBS

We have updated clubs for the 2nd Semester. You can find forms in the front office if you plan to sign up for:

COVID TESTING KITS

Woodriver has received some at home testing kits - if you need one please contact the front office.
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District Accreditation

As part of our continued efforts to raise student achievement while maintaining efficient and effective operational practices, the FNSBSD is undergoing an accreditation review with Cognia. Accreditation is voluntary and certifies that the schools and districts meet high standards and provide a quality learning environment set forth by expert evaluation teams. You can see the District's accreditation webpage if you want to learn more.
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April

27th - Band/Orch/Choir Concert @ 2pm

28th - Primary Concert @ 2pm (grades K-3)

May

17-19 Early out at 2:15

Welcome to Woodriver Elementary School

Home of the Wolfpups


OFFICE HOURS: 8:45-4:15

SCHOOL HOURS 9:15 - 3:45