Graduation speaker Evita Samuels, 33, “died [Tuesday] at the [Diomede] school where she was staying,” Troopers said Wednesday. Foul play is not suspected.
Yupik dance, mask making, and murals were just a few of the workshops offered at the first of what many hope will become an annual event.
Western Alaska athletes had top finishes in kneel jump, toe kick, one-foot high kick, Indian stick pull, and seal hop.
New state standards are calling for more “rigorous” education. But in many districts, that goal is matched by a desire for more cultural relevancy in the classroom.
With overcrowding at some sites, lack of teacher housing at others, and better Internet needed everywhere, the district is juggling abundant needs with finite capital.
At this week’s meeting of the BSSD Board of Education, board members unanimously chose Bolen to remain head of the district. Board Chair Aurora Johnson said he’s “doing an excellent job.”
Routine maintenance for the only helicopter providing flights to and from the Bering Strait island community of Little Diomede has left store shelves empty and essentials scarce.
A power outage in Diomede last week saw the Bering Strait School District and the Alaska National Guard work to get an electrician on scene and power restored by Friday.
This month’s Story49 features educator and dancer Mary Huntington. “All the things that I do in classrooms and schools… trying to incorporate culture and language, probably wouldn’t have taken place if I didn’t start out with Eskimo dance,” she says.
Bobby Bolen, with about 10 years in the district, will fill the interim position until a permanent hire is made.