What a Wild Ride

Happy New Year’s Eve! Many of us are ready to turn the page on 2020. It has been a year that has seen political, social, and economic shifts that some people do not experience in their entire lifetime. We managed to cram that all together during a global pandemic. It has been a wild ride!

Even though the collective and personal experiences have been trying, and devastating in some instances, there are still many great things that have occurred across our school district during 2020. Below are a few of the things that stand out to me from the last twelve months:

  • Our food services team provided over 1,100 meals in the spring during our closure. Our transportation team helped deliver these meals to homes during that time. 
  • We had over fifty parents, staff, and community members work remotely to develop our reopening plans for the 2020-2021 school year. 
  • The elementary school continued its tradition of giving by tripling its food drive goal heading into the holidays.
  • Our teaching staff have implemented new platforms for learning in their classrooms including flipped classrooms, virtual meetings, a fully online digital academy, and hybrid learning schedules. 
  • Students continued to go above and beyond to engage in their learning and found creative ways to provide community support. In the spring, we had students use digital film to create works of poetry. We had students coordinate service projects to support assisted living residents with homemade cards. 
  • The class of 2020 graduated with thousands of dollars in academic and athletic scholarships. One student received a full-ride National Merit Academic Scholarship.
  • Each of our extracurricular activities have adapted to allow students to connect with things they are passionate about. Our FFA parliamentary team is competing virtually. All athletic teams are following protocols to return to play. Our marching band adapted to best practices allowing for participation in the fall. 
  • Our district residents supported our permanent improvement levy providing financial stability for our district during a very unstable time. 
  • The Mission, Vision, and Strategic Planning Task force continued to meet over the summer to craft recommendations for the board of education. This 42-person task force of parents, staff, community partners, and community members continued to meet because they valued the work that was happening across our district. 
  • Every student, parent, and staff member has sacrificed and adapted to allow in-person education to take place in Fairbanks. This is truly the mark of a community. Thank you!

There are hundreds of amazing things that have happened across the district since January of 2020. It is easy to get caught on the wild ride of 2020 and miss all of the great things still happening in our school district. 

Thank you for all of your hard work, sacrifice, and effort to make these things happen. I cannot wait to see what we will do in 2021!

  • Adham Schirg – Fairbanks Local Schools, Superintendent

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