At the May 13 Fairbanks North Star School District Board of Education meeting, the Fairbanks Principals Association announced the recipients of the elementary and secondary principals of the year.
Anne Wien Elementary School principal Michael Angaiak was named the 2014 Elementary Principal of the Year. In making the presentation, Badger Elementary School principal Dan File shared some of the comments provided by Anne Wien sixth-graders.
“He is a fair person. He always has a positive attitude to every new person he meets, he is easy to approach and talk to,” File read. “We see him all the time. He is on our side.”
North Pole High School principal Bridget Lewis was named the 2014 Secondary Principal of the Year.
“She excels at all levels of administration,” said acting Superintendent Karen Gaborik, who made the presentation. “She does it all with grace and poise. She is the quintessential professional of a proven track record of outstanding educational leadership. We have been so lucky to be able to work with her.”
On April 25, the North Pole High School automotive diagnostic team, consisting of Ricky Howard and Colby Darling, won the annual Ford AAA Student Auto Skills Competition held at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The team was the only team to complete the competition successfully driving a 2014 Ford Focus to final judging. The team also brought home recognition and a trophy for the high team score on the written portion of the competition. The team will now travel in June to represent the state at the national competition held at the Ford Motor Company world headquarters in Dearborn, Michigan.
to Mr. Doran
Denali Elementary School will host a community sendoff party for outgoing longtime principal Tim Doran. The party will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday in the school gymnasium. Parents and community members are invited to stop by and say their thanks and goodbyes.
On the road
West Valley High School English and drama teacher Michael Schaeffer recently received a project grant from the Rasmuson Foundation that will allow him to tour 12 high schools in Alaska, interpreting the “12 Labors of Hercules” by incorporating elements of sound design and theatrical-dramatic performance.
“I wanted to share my lifelong fascination of Greek mythology with a larger audience,” said Schaeffer, a well-known local thespian and nationally recognized spoken-word artist. “This tour of 12 labors in 12 schools will allow me to visit villages where I used to teach (Kotzebue, Chevak and Sand Point). The Arctic odyssey will also allow me to finally scratch some places off my bucket list — places like Barrow and Ketchikan.”
Schaeffer said he’ll take notes on how the students react to each task and fine-tune the chores along the way.
“The final leg of the tour puts me back in Fairbanks — a sort of Herculean homecoming, if you will,” said Schaeffer. “The one-hour saga should be pretty polished by then.”
Business partner of the month
Dr. Cary Keller of Sportsmedicine Fairbanks has been named the district’s business partner of the month for May.
This year marks the 30th year that Dr. Keller has worked with the district. Through the years he has educated student-athletes and coaches on injury prevention, and has helped get athletes back to their sport after injury.
“He donates hours of his personal time to attend athletic events for high school,” West Valley High School Principal Shaun Kraska said. “He has been instrumental in bringing awareness and policy to our state and district regarding concussions and athletes and is an important resource for our district in this area.”
Fairbanks School District Activities Coordinator Steve Zanazzo said that while Dr. Keller has provided the district with thousands each year in monetary donations, “his time is priceless.”
The final countdown
Friday is the last day of school for the Fairbanks School District. All students will be dismissed early Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. On behalf of all of us at the district, have a great summer!
This column is provided through a partnership with the Fairbanks School District. Scott McCrea and Johanna Carson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.