Announcements & Upcoming Events
Information On The New Teacher Evaluation Followed by the Showing of "GMO OMG"
Wednesday, April 22, 2015, you will have an opportunity to learn more about the new teacher evaluation process. The presentation will begin at 5:30pm in the library.
Students working on their Project Citizen research from Ms. Haakanson's class are sponsoring the movie, "GMO OMG." Filmmaker Jeremy Seifert presents a documentary about geneticaly modified organisms (GMO).
The film begins at 6:00 in the library. It lasts 85 minutes.
END OF THE YEAR ACTIVITIES
It is getting close to May and the activities associated with the end of the school year. Below are the dates for some of the events.
7th Grade Academic Awards Assembly
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 @ 10:00am in the front gym
8th Grade Academic Awards Assembly
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 @ 10:00am in the front gym.
8th Grade Celebration
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 @ 12:45pm in the front gym.
We have a DJ for the students to listen to music and serve the students cake and punch.
8th Grade Field Events
Thursday, May 21, 2015 @ 9:45am
7th Grade Picnic
Thursday, May 21, 2015 @ 11:45am in the Tanana Middle School field.
This year, we are requesting parents help support the picnic with a donation of $5.00.
If you are willing to help serve the students at lunch, please call Tonya Evans at 452-8145 ext. 14501
AMP Testing - Fact or Fiction
6TH GRADE PARENT NIGHT
Tanana Middle School will host their annual 6th Grade Parent Night on Monday, April 27, 2015, from 6:00 - 7:30. There will be a short presentation followed by an opportunity to have a question and answer session with current Tanana students and/or walk around the campus.
New School District Weapons Policy
The School Board's firearms, deadly weapons, and weapons policies and administrative regulations have been updated to meet Alaska Department of Education reporting requirements.
Among the changes are that all knives, regardless of blade length, are categorized as deadly weapons. State law dictates a 30-day minimum suspension from school for deadly weapon possession.
Important Points for Parents and Students
• Revisions to School Board Policy are driven by Alaska department of education reporting requirements for weapons possession, threatened use while in possession of, or use of firearms or deadly weapons while on school grounds or at school sponsored events.
• There are three categories of weapons addressed in the policy:
1) Firearms, defined by federal statute 18 USC Section 921(a), is a weapon expelling a projectile by action of an explosive, and includes bombs and grenades. 2) Deadly weapons are devices that are readily capable of causing death or serious physical injury. State statute defines all knives, regardless of length of blade, as deadly weapons.
3) Weapons cause bodily harm or place a person in fear of bodily harm.
• Federal and state law dictate original disciplinary minimum mandatory consequences:
1) Firearms Offenses: Automatic one calendar year (365 days) expulsion from school. The Superintendent may issue a modification to full calendar year expulsion in writing on a case-by-case basis.
2) Deadly weapon possession (including all knives): 30-day minimum suspension from school. The Superintendent may issue a modification to the minimum in writing on a case-by-case basis.
3) Deadly weapon (including all knives) threatened use while in possession of: 30-day minimum suspension from school. The Superintendent may issue a modification to the minimum in writing on a case-by-case basis.
4) Deadly Weapon use: 45-day minimum suspension from school. The Superintendent may issue a modification to the minimum in writing on a case-by-case basis.
5) Weapons do not have state imposed original disciplinary minimum mandatory consequences, but the administrative regulations suggest minimums for threatened use and use of weapons.
6) In the event of a modification to the mandatory consequence, school administrators gather information regarding the violation and prepare a written recommendation regarding the modification to the original minimum mandatory consequence and submit it to the Superintendent. The Superintendent has the discretion to modify the mandatory minimum original discipline in writing on a case-by-case basis.
• Everyday objects, such as pencils, can be considered a weapon when its possession is for the purpose of causing a person bodily harm or placing a person in fear of bodily harm. Use of everyday objects as weapons can result in a 30-day out of school suspension.
• Weapons also include consumer grade fireworks; squirt guns; toy guns; BB, spring, air and pellet guns; stun guns; mace dispensers; and toy guns that look like a real firearms.
Policy Manual Chapter 10
Administrative Regulation Chapter 10
New Teacher Evaluation Process
Teachers give up their locks for cancer research
FAIRBANKS — Tanana Middle School students helped fund future cancer research earlier this month when they shaved the heads of their own teachers.
The head shaving took place as part of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation’s international head shaving initiative.Read full article
Revised 2014-15 Calendar
The 2014-15 calendar was revised in response to an inclement weather closure.
The last day of school for students has been adjusted to Thursday, May 21.
School calendars are available for subscription in any preferred calendar program.
To subscribe to school calendars:
• Visit the Calendar page on your school website
• Click boxes to customize calendar feed
• Click iCal to generate customized calendar feed URL
School Bus Parking
Students riding the school bus get on and off the bus from the side entrance of the building. Due to the number of students that ride the bus and the large number of buses, for safety reasons, parents picking up their child from the side entrance should not park or drive through the area between the buses and the area where staff vehicles are parked.
The front entrance has a portion of the student pick up blocked off by cones for buses that have wheelchair access. Please allow our buses to park in this section.
School District Canvas Link
Ms. Macedo's seventh grade Advisory class created an Anti-Bullying Pledge Tree. What started as a small Advisory lesson has blossomed into a school-wide anti-bullying campaign. Students were given a leaf and asked to write his or her pledge to stop bullying. Ms. Macedo's Advisory students took all of the messages and created the tree in one of Tanana's main hallways for all to see and to serve as a daily reminder of Tanana's anti-bullying message. Her Advisory class hopes that if everyone does something to help stop bullying, then it won't be present in our schools.
Tanana's School Report Card 2013 - 2014
Please view the attached link.
Tanana Bus Routes
Bus schedules for 2014-15 school year have been updated. Routes are subject to change throughout the school year.
If you have questions or need to add a stop please call 452-2000 x 11351 to check on your bus stop, for the most current information, or any questions.
Notes from Nurse Cindy
Immunizations: If you have had a Religious exemption in past, the state requires and updated and notarized Religious Exemption form yearly after each July 1.
Sports Physicals: If you are doing sports you will need a sports physical on file and concussion information form signed prior to tryouts
Medications: If you have any health issues or daily meds please contact the nurse regarding extra paperwork that is needed. DO NOT SEND MEDICATIONS IN WITH YOUR STUDENT. Meds need to be brought in by parent or guardian.
Activities calendar can be found under the Sports and Activities tab.
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