North Star College
at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
Guidance and Engagement
Parents and Guardians,
I'd like to start by saying "THANK YOU" to all of you for your proactive approaches supporting your students through this fall semester. Over the past 3-4 weeks our NSC team has been reaching out to many students and parents regarding academic progress concerns and the overwhelming response has been parents that are very involved and actively engaged in their student's educational path. Parents have bought planners for themselves, have weekly check-ins about assignments, encourage communication where needed, etc. We have had many challenging, yet positive, conversations centered around academics, the importance of attendance, and maintaining a quality social-emotional balance, as well.
What has been most rewarding these past few weeks is the fact that we have made suggestions/recommendations and students are taking the initiative to take those steps of using the many supports in place here at the university, having direct conversations with their instructors, and, most of all, making improvements in their study habits. Ultimately, it is the student's responsibility to fulfill the requirements of each of their academic courses, however, supportive figures around them makes a world of difference, too.
Registration starting NEXT WEEK for 2nd semester!
All NSC students received an email at their "alaska.edu" student account regarding these dates below and how to schedule their REQUIRED advising appointment through Nanook Navigator. Parents are welcome to attend, so check out the email together with your student and schedule as it works for you both.
Senior Priority Registration: 10/30 - 11/8
Junior Priority Registration: 11/9 - 11/17
Open Registration: 11/20 - 12/1 (For any student who may have missed their priority week.)
Lexi Amstutz , UAF Academic Advisor, and Kristan Kelly, FNSBSD Academic Counselor, will both be working closely together to assure students are maintaining their graduation track, as well being placed in the appropriate college courses.
Apex E-Learning Courses
Here are some guidelines for Apex to run smoothly at NSC as it is pretty different than what students may be used to:
- Our office is open from 7am-3pm. Kristan and Natalie can help you with unlocking tests and resetting quizzes.
- If you need a quiz reset, we will only be doing this during office hours, so please plan accordingly if you need a quiz reset.
- You do not need to send notes to have a quiz reset. Simply request to have the quiz reset via email with Kristan or Natalie. (Emails located at the bottom of this newsletter.)
- If you are ready to come in for a test to be monitored, plan to be here by 1:00pm to start in order to give yourself plenty of time to finish prior to the end of office hours.
College Applications Information
The school code for North Star College is 012350. Because we are a new school, the name of the school likely will not populate and students will have the option of selecting wording similar to “my school is not listed.” For counselor name, students should list Kristan Kelly at email@example.com. (Please note the nonstandard spelling of Kristan’s name.) Students needing help with applications can schedule an appointment or drop by Kristan’s office in Bunnell between 7-3 weekdays.
Picture RETAKE/MAKE-UP Day: Nov. 15
All North Star College students will participate in our graduation ceremony on May 20, 2024, at 7:00pm, here at UAF's Davis Concert Hall. We are currently working with the Herff Jones company setting up our website link for purchasing NSC graduation packages (caps, gowns, tassels, etc.) where parents/students will be able to order directly in preparation for our ceremony. We will keep you informed here of next steps and deadlines as the year progresses.
SAT and ACT Testing Dates on UAF Campus---fee waiver codes available
Is your student needing to take the SAT or ACT this year? The SAT and ACT are qualifiers for the Alaska Performance Scholarship and many colleges/universities require one or both of these test scores for their admission applications.
UAF Exam Services administers the SAT and ACT tests several times during the academic year. Space is limited so be sure your student registers early. Registrations for these exams typically close 30 days prior to the exam date. Students can find registration deadlines and test information HERE.
North Star College received SAT fee waiver codes. If you are eligible to receive the SAT fee waiver code, please reach out to me at least 30 days prior to your test date, and I will provide you with the six character electronic fee waiver code. Below you will find eligibility information and instructions from the College Board.
Who is eligible to receive the SAT fee waiver benefits
- Enrolled in or eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). If your school is community eligible, meaning all students receive free or reduced lunch automatically without being individually verified as eligible, an alternate qualifier must be used to individually confirm a student's eligibility for SAT fee waiver benefits.
- Annual family income falls within the Income Eligibility Guidelines set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service: https://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/income-eligibility-guidelines
- Enrolled in a federal, state, or local program that aids students from low-income families (e.g., Federal TRIO programs such as Upward Bound).
- Family receives public assistance.
- Lives in federally subsidized public housing or a foster home, or are homeless.
- Are a ward of the state or an orphan.
HOW TO USE SAT FEE WAIVER CODE
- Do enter all 12 characters, and put the 6 digit (CEEB) school code (012350) before the 6 character electronic fee waiver code.
- Do not have any spaces present before, within, or after the code when submitting the code.
- Do not enter the letter O or the letter I. Instead, these would be zeros or ones.
While the codes should not be case sensitive, the students may want to enter the code with all letters capitalized.
If your students are seeing the "Pay for the SAT With a Voucher" option during SAT registration, this space is not intended for SAT fee waiver codes and if an SAT fee waiver code is entered it will not be accepted. Additionally, students will see a total due during the registration process as available SAT registration benefits do not get applied until the step where a student would otherwise enter their payment information.
Students having difficulty with redeeming their SAT fee waiver code may call the SAT Student support line at (866) 756 - 7346 for assistance.
Eligible students only need to redeem 1 SAT fee waiver code in order to add their full set of SAT fee waiver benefits to their College Board account.
Students do not need to register in order to redeem their code. As soon as they successfully enter the code in the box at the top of the My SAT page to add the benefits to their account, the code is counted as used.
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Disability Student Services at UAF
Does your student experience a disability and related barriers in academics or accessing campus? Your student may register with Disability Services (DS) and request accommodations to address those barriers.
1.) Fill out and submit the Registration Form. The Registration form covers a broad range of information. Some things may apply to you, the student, and some things may not, don't get hung up on any one question. You may skip any of the questions you feel do not apply to you. There are no right or wrong answers.
2.) Provide documentation from a medical provider stating your disability, diagnosis, and/or symptoms you experience. Alternatively, your provider may complete the Disability Verification Form. If you have any questions about medical documentation and how to access it, please let them know.
At the conclusion of the initial appointment a letter will be drafted and emailed to your student for your student to share with their instructors as needed. Please note that your student is responsible for contacting Disability Services to renew your letter every semester.
Disability Services Team
Gruening Building 211
North Star College Staff/Contact Information
Stacey Kennedy, Director 907-452-2000 ext. 52102 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kristan Kelly, Counselor 907-452-2000 ext. 52103 email@example.com
Greg Stoddard, Teacher 907-452-2000 ext. 52104 firstname.lastname@example.org
Misty Hopkins, Coordinator 907-474-7790 email@example.com
Lexi Amstutz, Advisor 907-474-7159 firstname.lastname@example.org
Location: UAF Bunnell Building, 1790 Tanana Loop, Fairbanks, AK, USA
Phone: (907) 456-1477