News and Events of the Bering Strait School District
Sunday February 18th 2018



Go Inside Poems

Go Inside Poems

by Sherri Nashoanak

Go Inside Excitement
Screaming voices for happiness
people running to each other for hugs
smiling as much as your face can hold
tears of joy

Go Inside Anger
mad, yelling, tears, badly hurt
throwing a temper,hitting
punching, crying for help
frustrated like you’ve failed a test
push, hit in the face

Go Inside Hate
cold hearted, angry,
talking about beating up a person like it’s casual everyday talk

bad looks gathering like an angry mob
hearts slamming shut
slapped in the face

Go Inside Volcano
lava flowing like a river
vents blowing out on a side of a mountain
burning trees down
destroying the plants
lava ejecting out like a scream


Go Inside Summer

Go Inside Summer

by Samantha Ustaszewski

Sun shining and warmth.

Birds chirping and

wings flapping .

Kids at the playground,

on the beach, in the waves–

as plentiful as green grass.

Sandwiches on Stuart Island.

Sunburns and suntans

on people who

love to stay out living

in the sun.


Brought to you by the Student Broadcasting Team


by Greg Johnson

Last week marked the 26th annual Cheerleading & Wrestling Tournament for BSSD. Athletes, coaches, parents, and other relatives came together from across the district, and although the bleachers were never expanded, more spectators than ever watched it.

For the last few years, the BSSD Student Broadcasting Team (SBT) has used cameras, computers, and the internet to literally broadcast the tournament live for viewers in the district and anyone else on the internet. This year had the most viewers yet. Kinik Nakak from St. Michael, Katie Olson from Golovin, and Henry Ahgupuk and Tiffany Magby from Shishmaref acted as the core broadcasting team during the tournament. These students worked to deliver the broadcast during all hours of the tournament, meaning that they sometimes worked from 8:30 in the morning to 11:00 at night with few breaks. “It’s a demanding job,” says distance learning facilitator Damon Hargraves, “but the students are motivated to stick with it because they are producing authentic content that real people are seeing. This is the holy grail for me as a teacher. I’ve found that the more real I can make it for my students, the more they are motivated. I tell the Team, if you can’t do it, then it won’t be done.”

As the core team, Kinik, Katie, Henry, and Tiffany shared the broadcasting duties of working the video cameras, managing the video feeds, updating the “live updates” page, taking still photos, and regularly uploading photos to the BSSD photo gallery. “By the second day of the tournament, every student was an expert in at least two of these jobs, we were then able to start enlisting help from other students who were available.” Unalakleet students were able to help, such as Hunter Dill and Austen Erickson who focused on hardware, Laurel Katchatag who worked on interviews with athletes and coaches, and cheerleaders Mia Concilus and Jenny Katchatag who helped with hardware setup. Students from other sites also helped by working cameras, including Stebbins wrestlers Fabian Pete and Camille Katcheak.

This tournament is not the only tournament that will be broadcast this year. Plans are already in place to broadcast every other major sporting event that involves BSSD.

“Who are these students and how do you get on the team?” is a question frequently heard. “All it takes to be part of our team is to help produce content,” says Damon, “any student in our district, at any moment, could take a project that they are already working on in class and develop it into something that the Team could use.” SBT isn’t just about broadcasting sporting events, the team also produces a news broadcast, which can be viewed live on the BSSD video conferencing network or downloaded from the iTunes Music store as a free podcast. The StraitTalk Blog (, is another outlet. Whether it’s through a sports broadcast, a news broadcast, or a blog article, students in BSSD are producing for the world to see.

This ability to share their classrooms, sporting events, and all other important elements of their lives with authentic audiences is an incredible educational opportunity. Thanks again to the staff and students who helped with the broadcast. Look for more sharing experiences with the BSSD SBT and students from across our district.


Tiffany Magby edits the “Live Updates” on while Tiffany Magby produces the broadcast.


Kinik Nakak edits the “Live Updates” page and Tiffany Magby produces the broadcast, while Henry Ahgupuk and Hunter Dill troubleshoot the video mixer.


Laurel Katchatag interviews a cheerleading coach.


Kinik Nakak double checks the wrestling statistics that she has just entered on the “Live Updates” page.


Hunter Dill and Austen Erickson work together to produce the broadcast.


Henry Ahgupuk gets close to the action before uploading his pictures to the BSSD Gallery.


Cheerleader judge Erica Ellingson takes a much needed break with Henry Ahgupuk.


Wrestler Fabian Pete manages a video camera after his matches.


Kinik Nakak produces the broadcast and edits the “Live Updates” page all by herself, while her partner makes a camera adjustment.



Damon Hargraves returns to the Student Broadcasting Team studio after a long week of broadcasting.

Future Teachers in Savoonga

The Future Teachers of Alaska Organization in Savoonga started off the school year with several service activities. One of our first service activities was to put together care packages for those students from Savoonga studying at Mt. Edgecumbe and The University of Alaska in Anchorage. In these care packages we included school supplies such as crayons, notebooks, folders, pencils and snacks. The FTA students also wrote letters to them and included them in the care packages. These care packages were well received and we have already received several thank you notes. The FTA students had such a good time putting them together they plan to do it next semester as well.

Shishmaref featured in PBS NOW Program

Shishmaref was visited by a remarkable group August 26-28th. Many groups that want to look at the affects of climate change first hand and give a face to “Global Warming” visit the community but what made this group so different than so many others who have visited our site was that it was comprised of leading climate scientists and evangelical leaders. The church and science have long been separated but this trip inspired new thinking on the relationship between the two.

A crew from PBS’s NOW followed the group as they traveled Alaska. The trip was sponsored by The Center for Health and the Global Environment at Harvard Medical School. The group traveled Alaska for a week and also stopped at Portage and Exit glaciers to witness the unprecidented melt of Alaskan glaciers and the Kenai Peninsula to observe spruce bark beetle damage to the forests their.

“Despite having some differences on some well known issues, our two communities clearly shared a deep and fundamental reverence for life on Earth and a profound concern about what human activity was doing to it.” wrote Dr. Eric Chivian and Reverend Richard Cizik for NOW.

During their stay in Shishmaref, the group was able to see the lunar eclipse and the aurora together. Tracy Sachs wrote to me and said “That night we all watched the aurora borealis and the total lunar eclipse (in Shishmaref) was one of the most memorable moments for all on the trip!”

The show will be aired on PBS Friday, October 26th and replayed Saturday, October 27th.


Elim Community Meeting and Dinner

When: November 15, 2007

Where: Aniguiin School

Time: 4:30-8:30

Meeting Topics:

  • DART
    • Student Recording and Reporting Device.
    • Instruction on how to access your child’s information.
  • Community Connection (Essential Questions)

    • What activities can the school sponsor to promote the community-school connection?
    • What activities can the community sponsor to promote the community-school connection?
    • What can the school do to make community members feel welcome?
    • What can the community do to teachers feel welcome?
    • What information does the community want to know about student progress/school/staff?
    • What can/should the staff do to be percieved as community members and not just as teachers?
  • Activities (Essential Questions)
    • What community opportunities can we offer to our students?
    • What additional school activities should be sponsored?
    • What role does citizenship play in our school and community? What should be the consequences for breaking citizenship rules?
    • What funding sources are available?
    • What were the traditional citizenship? What is citzenship?
    • Is the school responsible to teach it?
    • Who defines and enforces the consequences?
    • What motivational speakers/conferences would the community like to see offered to the studennts?
  • Attendance (Essential Questions)
    • How can the school and community work together to improve attendance (esp. AM)?
    • Can parents call parents at curfew? Have a communtiy calling trees?
    • How can the school, parents, community help eachother?
    • Can we send an official letter home?
    • What are the causes of poor attendance?
    • What incentives can the school and community offer to promote good attendance?
    • What can parents do to help with attendance?
  • Curriculum (Essential Questions)
    • What opportunities should be available for our students in Life Skills, Career Skills, and Cultural Awareness?
    • What does Cultural Awareness include?
    • Should there be open standards?
    • What should the expectations be for similar standards at different levels?
    • Should there be local input into course outlines? And if so, what would you think is important?
    • What information do you want about your students content areas?
    • What do you expect from parent/teacher conferences?
    • What should be connections to college? How can we involve colleges (UAF, Northwest campus)?

6:30 Dinner

  • You must be present by 5pm in order to receive a free dinner ticket. Otherwise, dinner will cost $7.00/adult and $5.00/child.

After Dinner:

  • Computers will be available for accessing DART with students and staff.

Halloween Carnival at Wales

The masks are being stretched to fit, the spider webs are brimming out of boxes, and the left-over prizes are being sorted along with all new the new ones. The preparation of Wales’ Carnival and Haunted House are underway.

After careful planning with the community, principal, and teachers, along with a few employees at Tin City, the plans are ready to be implemented. This Saturday night, October 28, the Haunted House will be howling. Hours are from 7-9 p.m., and admission is a dollar. The carnival will be held on October 31, from 12:30-3:30. Students and staff will wear their costumes to school and have some fun researching their character’s existence. It will be a fun way to learn about holidays in other countries.

Vicki Lash


Koyuk on KNOM

Wednesday October 24th, 2007 at 9:00 am and 6:00 pm KNOM will be airing an interview of the Principal and Student Body President. They are discussing the focus of the school and how things are going for the 2007-2008 school year.

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