10-2-2017 WIN Minutes

Nenana Wellness Coalition


September 26, 2017


The Nenana Wellness Coalition is an alliance of representatives from various organizations, government agencies, community groups and individuals that meets weekly to discuss, evaluate, coordinate, consolidate, celebrate, masticate and help implement plans for improving the wellness and quality of life in Nenana Alaska.


WELCOME and READING OF MISSION STATEMENT: By this week’s chairperson: Laura Hokenson; meeting started at 12:20. We enjoyed fried rice and fruit salad; and cheese, crackers, nuts and raisins provided by Bonnie Reed.

There were 6 coalition members in attendance:  Bonnie Reed, Maryellen Robinson, Laura Hokenson, Ron Gherman, Virginia Young, and Mary Alexander


SPIRITUAL MOMENT: Lead by Virginia Young


MINUTES: The minutes generated last week were posted at the WIN link at www.railbelt.org and submitted electronically to the WIN e-list.







Fairbanks School Districts new “Personalized Learning” curriculum was discussed. After 46 year in the business Nenana’s principle Ron Gherman’s mentioned that it seemed every few years they seem to have a “new” strategy with a new name for what those who do the work already know, that personalized learning is always the goal. Many things come into play with the feeling that there needs to be a “new” curriculum or style of teaching. What do test scores really mean? How accurately are they actually reflecting what is being learned? Creating new tools to use or new strategies are assuming the students are not learning what they are supposed to be learning. Ultimately the question seems to be, “What is the problem?” and “What do we want our schools to do?” The changes that do seem to come about often revolve around technology and how that can be used in the classroom. Things have changed drastically with the use of handheld devices. A larger discussion took place in regards to the pros and cons of technology and how it can and has impacted students and humans in general. How do we use electronics to get the best possible information? How do we teach students to think critically about the information they pull from the web – how accurate is it? Teaching how to use technology appropriately and correctly is in important.


WELLNESS THOUGHT: As you press on for justice, be sure to move with dignity and discipline, using only the weapon of love. .

  • Martin Luther King Jr.


Bonnie Reed: October 2nd is last day to vote absentee; October 3rd is Election Day. Lyndy White and Elijah Verhagen are both running for city council. October 2nd Dave Talerico will be here to talk to District 6 constituents in the Pit at the School from 6-8pm. October 7 & 8th Nenana girls volley ball games at the school. October 18th senior bus will be going to Pump House for brunch.

Mary Alexander: All good, and the past weekend Coffee House at the school was really good!

Ron Gherman: Parent Teacher conferences Wednesday and Thursday of this week; Friday’s staff development will be on teacher wellness with presenter Keri Heimer. Every Friday (early out day) there is staff development from 2:15-3:30.

Virginia Young: Flu shots September 27th at seniors. Children class every Friday after school @ Bonnie Reeds house for grades 1-3. Students are picked up from school by Virginia. Preparing for the Bicentennial Celebration of the birth of Bahaullah, you might see yard banners around town. There will be a celebration October 26th at the Nenana Rec Center where there will be refreshments provided. All are welcome! Invites to go out soon! All those who are interested can stay afterwards for a 50 minute video on Bahaullah.

Laura Hokenson: The next wellness challenge – The Healthfied life is online and ready to start September 27th! Magen currently away in Bethel for HUMS.

Maryellen Robinson – Taking Lena Robinson and Dante Burk, Teen Ambassadors for ATCA Youth Leaders, to a training in Anchorage and afterward they will speak at AFN. October 6th is the IACTFree meeting on the 4th floor of the TCC meeting from 12-1, all are welcome. Maryellen has created an online community calendar where people can put the events and activities that are going on in Nenana. Thank you Maryellen! Michael George Patterson will be here to talk to the schools in the area. He’ll be in Nenana October 31st, speaking to 5-8th grade from 10-11am (this would be the best time for community members to go and listen if they want) and the high schoolers in each English class. He’ll be in Cantwell on the 1st and will also have speaking engagements in Fairbanks schools before returning to Juneau. He might possibly be to WIN October 31st for about 30 minutes where he can share with the group.


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