Tanana Middle School Newsletter

Week of September 14-September 18, 2020

Upcoming Events:

September 14-18, 2020

Virtual Spirit Week for Suicide Awareness Week

September 24-25, 2020: No School for Students
  • Teachers have Professional Development training

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.

Initial Phase-In by Invitation

At Tanana, our Student Support Team has reviewed 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 transportation, breakfast and lunch programs.

In Family and Consumer Science News . . .

Students were practicing their observation skills on their walks this week for Family & Consumer Sciences. Animals, heavy machinery, plus lots of lots of nature elements were among our favorite submissions. Please encourage your student to get outside each day. Stepping away from the screen is important to get the blood flowing & allow their brains a refresher.
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In Advisory News . . .

At Tanana, all students attend a daily Advisory period that focuses on Student Success Planning and social-emotional learning. This time is built into every student’s schedule to allow them to connect in small groups and build valuable relationships with trusted adults. Students have already set goals for themselves and discussed how to overcome obstacles. September is Suicide Prevention Month and Advisory teachers have been facilitating discussions around suicide prevention. This work will continue all month and next week will be virtual suicide prevention spirit week where our school will focus on spreading hope and positivity.

Next week’s Advisory topics include disagreements, conflict resolution, compromise, and communication. We will also begin reading and discussing the novel Ghost by Jason Reynolds. This novel has social-emotional themes and does cover some potentially sensitive topics for students. Ghost tells the story of Castle Crenshaw, a naturally gifted runner whose life is changed when he is recruited for his city's elite middle-school track team. Running isn't new to Castle, as he has been running his whole life - first from a father aiming a gun at him in a rage, and since from a series of problems, mistakes, and bad choices. Joining the team is a chance for Castle to use his talents in a new way, to build community with peers struggling with their own challenges, and to benefit from the mentorship and guidance of Coach Brody - a former Olympian now passionate about fostering opportunities for a new generation of athletes. Ultimately, track helps Castle focus and teaches him valuable lessons about friendship, confidence, honesty, and trust. This novel was selected for Advisory in order to address these sensitive social-emotional issues in a safe small group environment.

In Yellow House News . . .

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In Red House News . . .

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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