August is an exciting time at the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District. We are looking forward to our classrooms filling once again with eager
students and their active, curious minds. August 17 will be the first day of school for most of the school district’s 13,000 students.
Parents and guardians are essential partners with teachers and school staff in supporting students’ academic success. Modeling a positive attitude and establishing a few effective habits will build a strong foundation for your child’s education.
Young students will focus on learning to read, but after their first few years of school reading will become an important tool for learning other material. Finding a few minutes each day to unlock the power of language together will benefit your student.
Regular attendance is important.
The embarrassment of walking into class late or frustration from trying to make up missed class time can cultivate negative feelings about the school experience for students. Elementary school children rely on their parents to make sure they get to school every day on time and ready to learn. High attendance rates are associated with high graduation rates among older students.
Team up with teachers.
An open line of communication between parents and teachers will help support student performance. A schedule of school events to to help families meet teachers and get familiar with the school can be found at k12northstar.org/backtoschool. During the school year email is often a good way to check in with teachers, ask questions, receive clarification, or raise concerns.
Ask for help.
If your student is experiencing a difficulty, we are here to help. The school district has resources available to help work through a variety of situations. If you have a concern about your student’s school experience, talk to a teacher, principal, or district staff member. In addition to academic assistance, the district has a number of programs that can help support a student’s health and well-being. Let’s identify and resolve challenges together as soon as possible.
The school district offers multiple avenues for receiving information. Your school office staff can provide guidance in setting up a guardian PowerSchool account to ensure access to important information and news. Most of our district schools also have an active parent organization that works to support student success and can provide a valuable network for parents.
You can also download the free district mobile app by searching Fairbanks School District in the App Store or on Google Play.