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Gambell Summer School students design and paint mural…

By  Kathie Klunder
Summer School Teacher
Bering Strait School District
Gambell, AK

 

During Gambell’s summer school we had Ms. Linda Lyons, an Alaskan artist, came in to assist students in designing and painting a mural. They chose the theme of “Our Community”. Students were taught basic skills in planning, drawing and painting a mural

In the planning stage, students came up with various ideas for the theme. They then discussed the varied objects they wanted to represent in the mural. The students wanted to depict both the school and their community within the mural.

The students then began to sketch out their ideas. Some ideas were taken from photos as well. When it was decided what would go into the mural Ms. Lyons then assisted the students in laying out a rough draft. After the student input the rough draft was changed somewhat then was accepted. Then the process of actually placing the mural onto the wall began. MS. Lyons stayed up through the night to get the rough sketch onto the wall for students to begin painting on the following day.

 

Painting the mural began on the fourth day. As the students moved along, they would examine the mural each afternoon and decide whether they like the progression. At one point they decided there was a part they did not like. That section was painted over and the students decided how they wanted it changed.   After two weeks the mural was completed. I cannot express enough how proud of the students I am. They all worked hard and had a great time in the process.

During Gambell’s summer school we had Ms. Linda Lyons, an Alaskan artist, came in to assist students in designing and painting a mural. They chose the theme of “Our Community”. Students were taught basic skills in planning, drawing and painting a mural.

 

In the planning stage, students came up with various ideas for the theme. They then discussed the varied objects they wanted to represent in the mural. The students wanted to depict both the school and their community within the mural.

 

The students then began to sketch out their ideas. Some ideas were taken from photos as well. When it was decided what would go into the mural Ms. Lyons then assisted the students in laying out a rough draft. After the student input the rough draft was changed somewhat then was accepted. Then the process of actually placing the mural onto the wall began. MS. Lyons stayed up through the night to get the rough sketch onto the wall for students to begin painting on the following day.

 

Painting the mural began on the fourth day. As the students moved along, they would examine the mural each afternoon and decide whether they like the progression. At one point they decided there was a part they did not like. That section was painted over and the students decided how they wanted it changed.   After two weeks the mural was completed. I cannot express enough how proud of the students I am. They all worked hard and had a great time in the process.

Karate

By Clint Shultz

On Saturday May 21st, 2011 the community Karate program held its first annual American Bushido-Kai Karate Tournament. This was a great event that brought together over 30 participants, and allowed for our local community of White Mountain to see the progress of our students, and to support our Karate program.

This tournament was put on by the White Mountain Chief Instructor Clint Shultz, with the overwhelming support of the President of the ABKA Denny Holzbauer and his assistant instructor Christa Bailey. Each student performed their belt level form or Kata, and competed in sparring. We had wonderful competition from all age levels, with four students taking home the “Most Outstanding Karateka Award” which was a hand made trophy presented by Sensei Holzbauer. Every student who participated in the tournament received a medal and a gift from Denny and Christa. We our thankful for the support of White Mountain, the ABKA, and the hard work of each and every student.

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Strait Talk Print Edition – May 2011

Strait Talk May 2011

Building in St. Michael

By  Mark Thompson, St. Michael

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Using very little more than left-overs from the new school construction here in Saint Michael, and relying on labor that has included little more than student work during 45 -55 minutes time periods, the students of our school have successfully constructed much of what will be a 20 x 40 foot building including two enclosed shipping containers. Construction was begun in the fall of 2010 and has included students ranging in age from 2nd grade through 12th grade. Students of every age level helped in constructing roof trusses, while site preparation and piling work was completed by middle and high school students. Due to weather, we took a break from work on this project during 3rd quarter. Even so students were exposed to, and willingly faced the very real Alaskan elements which are common to parts of early and late winter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And though we expect to have a very useful building when we are done, the most important thing I can say with confidence and no small amount of pride is that we are building some great young people here in Saint Michael. I can’t think of a better outcome in education in any pursuit than to be able to say, “We aren’t building things, we’re building  people.”

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Academic Decathlon: Brevig Mission and Beyond

What do Ponzi schemes, plate tectonics, and Diego Rivera have in common? They were all covered in this year’s Academic Decathlon theme of The Great Depression.

On February 7, 8, and an unforeseen 9th, 18 Bering Strait students met in Brevig Mission to compete in ten academic categories, all having to do with the Great Depression. The Academic Decathlon is an annual high school academic competition organized by the non-profit United States Academic Decathlon Association. The competition consists of seven multiple-choice tests, two performance events, and an essay. The ten events require knowledge in many academic disciplines, as well as reading a hefty novel–this year’s choice was The Grapes of Wrath.

Students complete 50 question tests in 30 minutes

The seven tests are in art, economics, language and literature, math, music, science and social science. The  relay event–known as the “Super Quiz” –is a multiple choice  final event. These topics, with the exception of math, are thematically linked each year. Previous topics have included The French Revolution, Latin America, and the Civil War.

Decathletes relax before the final event: The Super Quiz

Students spent months studying Depression-era art, music, social science, math, economics, literature and science in order to compete for gold, sliver and bronze medals in each category.

In between tests and essays, students shot hoops,practiced their speech and interview techniques, and listened to some Depression era blues on their iPods. A few  students whose previous competition was limited to athletics found the event surprisingly invigorating.

“Who says this is boring? Academic Decathlon is fun!” announced a novice decathlete from Stebbins.

Cody Murphy beams after a successful interview round

Academic Decathlon has been a Bering Strait District event for many years with varying levels of participation from schools. Savoonga has fielded a team for over a decade. This year’s team, coached by third year veteran Kristina Sieff, had many seasoned decathletes.  Brevig Mission’s lone contender Mary Crockett–coached by host Angie Alston–did so well in her first competition that she earned a place on the State team. White Mountain’s team was schooled by Sheri Skelton, a veteran decathlon coach. Stebbins team of 7 was instructed  by Karen Beranek. Each of the four schools placed students on the State team.

Savoonga: (not in order) Courtney Toolie, Tiffany Immingan,Ida Kava, Judy Pelowook,Jaylene Miklahook, Sheryl Noongwook, Darly Kingeekuk, Coach Kristina Sieff

Brevig Mission: Mary Crockett and coach (and gracious host) Angie Alston

White Mountain: Coach Sheri Skelton, Vincent Tomalonis, Samuel McElwee, Rayna Nassuk

Stebbins: Back row: George Otten, Jordan Otten, Cody Murphy. Front row: Deyonne Millgrock, Daphne Katcheak, Danielle Waghiyi, Justice Raymond.(Coach Karen Beranek photographer)

Due to weather issues preventing a return to everyone’s  respective sites, those earning  a place on the State team were up by seven a.m. Wednesday morning, and after a rousing breakfast of cornflakes and toast (and cold pizza), gathered in the Brevig Mission library to complete their timed on-line essays on the Steinbeck book, The Grapes of Wrath, which are submitted to the State judges in advance of the Anchorage competition.

The top 9 qualifiers at the Bering Strait District Competion were sent to Anchorage  for the Alaska State Academic Decathlon Competition, where they earned Second Place for the Small Schools competing in all Alaska, missing first place by a mere 137.7 points  with a total score of  23, 796.6.

This year’s team consisted of Mary Crockett (KTS), Samuel McElwee (WMO), Jaylene Miklahook (SVA), Cody Murphy (WBB), Rayna Nassuk (WMO), George Otten (WBB), Judy Pelowook (SVA), Vincent Tomalonis (WMO) and Danielle Waghiyi (WBB). Team Coach, Kristina Sieff (Teacher at Savoonga), and chaperone, Ed Becker (Asst. Principal at Stebbins) accompanied the team. In the past two years the Bering Strait Team has placed third in the Small Schools category.

Bering Strait State Academic Decathlon Team: Back row: Judy Pelowook, Cody Murphy, Danielle Waghiyi, Samuel McElwee, Vincent Tomalonis. Front row: George Otten, Jaylene Miklahook, Rayna Nassuk, Mary Crockett.

The Bering Strait School District salutes its decathletes district-wide, at every level of competition, including those who were unable to attend this year due to family emergencies and health issues.  See you next year!

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2/12 Basketball scores and standings

A correction to the Golovin boys team games, they lost two games, and won one game.  Sorry for the mix-up.

BB Scores ending 2-12

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2/5 Basketball scores

It has been decided that the Bering Sea Conference 1A Basketball Tournament will be held in St. Michael in March, for both the boys and the girls teams.  (March 2-5, 2010.)

There are three weekends of the regular season left before the regional tournaments.  Thanks to all for sending in your scores.

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1/29 Basketball scores/standings

Our season is halfway over.  Here are the scores from The Nome Shootout and the Unalakleet Community Appreciation tournaments.  There was one regular scheduled game, the Golovin Lynx boys went to the Shaktoolik Wolverines Den.

BB Scores ending 1-29

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