School District Update

January 17, 2020

Upcoming Important Dates

January 20th

No School (District buildings closed)


January 21st

School Board Meeting 6pm

Stream it, listen to it, watch it on TV, or come to the School Board Chambers to get caught up!

North Star College

Students in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District will soon have the opportunity to complete their high school careers with up to two years of college credit, tuition-free.


The University of Alaska Fairbanks and the school district have joined forces to create North Star College, a middle college program that will allow students to take UAF classes at the Fairbanks campus while still in high school.


The school district will cover tuition and transportation, and students will earn both high school and college credit for their UAF classes. The first cohort will start classes in the fall of 2020.

School Start Time Discussions Continue with Open Houses

The School District is currently hosting several open houses to present the scenarios being considered, answer questions, and collect feedback on the issue using the “Open House” format.


This is a self-guided process that takes approximately 20 minutes to view the information on graphic presentation boards and complete a survey. Participants may request an individual presentation of the material and ask specific questions of district facilitators.


Parents and others may attend and leave at their convenience.


For more information: http://ow.ly/rjUN50xUvob


Remaining Open House Dates, Times, and Locations


Wednesday, January 22nd

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm at North Pole Elementary
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at North Pole High


Thursday, January 23rd
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm at Ladd Elementary
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Tanana Middle


Wednesday, January 29th
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm at Hunter Elementary
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Ryan Middle


Thursday, January 30th
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm at Joy Elementary
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at Randy Smith Middle


Thursday, February 6th
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm at Midnight Sun Elementary
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm at North Pole Middle


Friday, February 7th
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm at Eielson Jr/Sr High

Real ID..How Does it Affect Me?

REAL ID requirements may affect users accessing Fort Wainwright or Eielson such as: staff that work or families that have students that attend school or want to attend a school event.


Beginning October 1, 2020, the Department of Homeland Security requires your driver license or identification card be REAL ID compliant if you wish to use it as identification to board a domestic flight or enter military bases and most federal facilities.

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School Board Happenings

Everything you wanted to know about the School Board including the next meeting agenda.


Recent Announcements


December 3rd meeting


  • Lathrop High School Chamber Orchestra performed.

  • 2019 ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Swim & Dive State Champions-Katy McCarter, Lathrop High School junior, won the state title in the Girls 50 Yard Freestyle and Ezra Billings, West Valley High School junior, won the state title in the Boys 100 Yard Freestyle at the recent 2019 ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Swim & Dive State Meet.

    Additionally, the West Valley High School Girls Swim Team received the ASAA State Academic Award for the Girls Highest Combined Grade Point Average. Kris Haggland, West Valley High School head swim coach, and Kate Mathews, Lathrop High

  • School Board Resolution 2020-16 honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and proclaiming the week of January 19, 2020, for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. activities throughout the borough and school district was passed.

  • School Board Resolution 2020-17 honoring Black History Month and proclaiming February 2020 Black History Month for cultural celebrations and activities throughout the district and throughout the year was passed.

  • School Board Resolution 2020-18 proclaiming February 16, 2020, Elizabeth Peratrovich Day throughout the district, and honors her, as staff and students throughout the district and on an ongoing basis, study her life and commitment to the ideals of civil rights and nondiscrimination was passed.

  • Resolution 2020-19 identifies and recommends specific school district capital projects to the Borough Capital Improvement Program (CIP) and forwards them to the Borough Mayor’s Office and Borough Assembly for further review and consideration was passed.

Project SEARCH

Project SEARCH is a school-to-work transition program that is designed to prepare young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities for competitive, integrated employment.


Participants complete three unpaid internships in various departments within the Foundation Health Partners Network. Applications are due no later than February 28, 2020.

In Case You Missed It

2020-2025 Strategic Plan

The 2020-2025 Strategic Plan was adopted on October 15th. We encourage you to look it over and see what plans are in store for our district.


Report cards? Check PowerSchool

No more searching the backpack or racing to get to the mailbox, you can check online at

your convenience.


Inclement Weather Decision-Making Ever wonder the who, what, why, when and how of alternate bus stops, delayed start times, and school closures? You can review the process here.