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Summer Work Program
09/28/2022
LKSD's 2022 Summer Work Program gave 35 students a chance to gain valuable work experience and training during the summer.
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Board Actions; Updated COVID Protocols
09/26/2022
See below for the Board Actions from the September 22, 2022 meeting.
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Evan Mcguckin is LKSD's Teacher of the Year
09/20/2022
Evan Mcguckin, an elementary teacher at William Miller Memorial School, Napakiak, is LKSD's Teacher of the Year. Thank you, Evan, for your contributions to your school and community!
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Storm Impact
09/19/2022
Superintendent Hankins' update on the on-going storm impact & recovery
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LKSD Educators Convene for Fall Conference
09/14/2022
The Annual Fall Conference brought educators across the district together, forming a community as they honed their skills under this year's theme: Ca Tamarmi Elicugngauq or "Every Living Thing Can Learn".
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Fall Semester Update
09/12/2022
We're already in our 5th week of school; sports and in-person learning are underway, and the district successfully hosted its Annual Fall Conference in person. Superintendent Hankins reflects on the first few weeks of Fall 2022 in her Fall Semester Update.
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Sources of Strength Empowers LKSD Teens
09/07/2022
A wellness-focused peer leader program that seeks to empower youth around topics of suicide prevention, substance abuse, violence, and more, is having a positive impact in LKSD schools.
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LKSD Aug 18, 2022, Board Actions
08/19/2022
The Lower Kuskokwim School District Board of Education met on August 18, 2022. See the Board Actions below.
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New LKSD Teachers Receive Cultural Training
08/19/2022
Part of the welcome for incoming Lower Kuskokwim School District teachers, principals and assistant principals includes cultural training. The day-long event is held in Bethel before the group of educators later traveled to their villages for the start of the school year. The cultural day event has been going on for more than two decades.
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Educators Take a Turn as Students
08/16/2022
LKSD educators have stayed busy this summer with professional development opportunities taking place across the country.
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Tengluni/Take Wing: Apply Now!
08/08/2022
Take Wing “Tengluni" is a free program for high school seniors that will provide information and support throughout the academic year to help students pursue college, vocational training, or any training program after high school.
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Welcome Back Update 2022
08/03/2022
Welcome back to the 2022-2023 school year! Please see Superintendent Hankin's letter below, for more information on back to school, including updated Covid protocols.
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Covid Protocol Updates
08/01/2022
New Covid Protocols are available on our Covid Hub. Note that the board has voted to make masking optional at all levels.
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Yup'ik Proficiency Test
06/22/2022
LKSD staff, in partnership with universities in the Lower 48, have worked to create a Yup’ik proficiency test. The test is currently being developed for grades K-6 with plans to expand testing for all grade levels.
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Reflection on Retirements
06/11/2022
As another school year comes to a close, LKSD would like to honor the staff who are retiring in 2022. Eleven educators say farewell to LKSD this year, including two powerhouse educators who have worked for the district more than 40 years each, Loddie Jones and Bill Wilkinson.
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Featured Employee: Julie McWilliams
05/17/2022
LKSD has amazing individuals helping enrich the lives of youth around the YK Delta. Today's featured employee is Julie McWilliams, head of Arts Integration and district-wide distance delivery for the arts.
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Student Scientists Share Research
05/16/2022
Three BRHS 7th grade students attended the GLOBE and Fresh Eyes on Ice Student Research Symposium in Fairbanks. The symposium provided an opportunity for the students to share their research and connect with other student scientists.
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LKSD's Career Ladder Program
05/05/2022
LKSD's career ladder program creates a path for people from the region to become certified teachers, increasing the number of Native and Yup’ik-speaking teachers in LKSD. There are currently nearly 60 program participants.
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TB Testing for Students
05/04/2022
LKSD will be partnering with YKHC and Public Health to provide space in schools to offer TB testing for students.
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April 28, 2022, LKSD Board Actions
05/04/2022
The board actions from the recent LKSD Board meeting are available below.
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Thank You, Teachers and Staff!
Thank You, Teachers and Staff!
05/02/2022
Thank you, teachers and staff, for giving your best, every day, to enrich the lives of our students! ~Superintendent Hankins
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NYO at State
04/28/2022
Our Native Youth Olympics (NYO) team, the LKSD All Stars, competed at State last weekend, the first State competition for each of our NYO team members and an unforgettable event for everyone. LKSD took home the first place team award.
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Featured Employee, Atan' Winkelman
04/22/2022
LKSD has amazing individuals helping enrich the lives of youth around the YK Delta. We’ll be highlighting staff throughout the year so our communities can learn the commitment and diverse skills our staff share with our students every day. Today's featured employee is Atan' Winkelman.
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"I dream in Yup'ik"
04/21/2022
Long-time Ayaprun Elitnaurvik teacher, Ledwina Ayaprun "Loddie" Jones, was honored by the Thirty-Second Alaska State Legislature for 50 years as an educator and for her work championing Yup'ik language revitalization efforts.
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LKSD Utilizes SEL Programs
04/20/2022
SEL (Social and Emotional Learning) is an integral part of LKSD’s approach to students’ emotional wellness, which contributes to educational success. Read more below about SEL programs in our schools.
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Featured Employee: Golga Oscar
04/13/2022
LKSD has amazing individuals helping enrich the lives of youth around the YK Delta. We are highlighting staff throughout the year so our communities can learn the commitment and diverse skills our staff share with our students. Today's featured employee is Golga Oscar.
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Federal Programs Survey
04/07/2022
The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) of 2015 provides increased opportunities for parents, tribal leaders, and school districts to work together on behalf of all students. Please take time to provide the district input on our Every Student Succeed Act (ESSA) Title Programs.
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Summer Academies 2022
03/31/2022
**Deadline extended to April 8** We are currently accepting online student applications for LKSD’s 2022 Summer Academies, May 30-June 10. Online application deadline: Friday, April 1.
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Festival of Arts 2022
03/30/2022
Starting April 2, artwork from around the district will be on display at the Suurvik Cinema. The community is welcome to view the gallery anytime the cinema is open throughout April. Student and Staff submissions are accepted through April 1.
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Updated LKSD COVID Guidance Effective 3/28
03/24/2022
The LKSD Board of Education has approved changes to the district's COVID-19 Protocols. These changes include looking at the operational risk level of each LKSD community and updated guidance on mitigation strategies, including masking.
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Congratulations, Islanders!
03/23/2022
Toksook Bay's 1A Basketball Champions, the Islanders, received an enthusiastic welcome home from their classmates, families and community.
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March 9 LKSD Board Actions
03/16/2022
The Lower Kuskokwim School District Board of Education met on March 9, 2022. Click below to view the board actions from this meeting.
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LKSD Hones its Dual Language Practices
03/14/2022
Bilingual, culturally appropriate and effective education for all students is central to the mission of the Lower Kuskokwim School District.
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Ayaprun Elitnaurvik to Include 7th & 8th Grades
03/14/2022
The Alaska Department of Education & Early Development has approved the expansion of the Ayaprun Elitnaurvik charter school to include 7th and 8th graders.
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Featured Employee: Jessica Lewis-Nicori
03/08/2022
LKSD has amazing individuals helping enrich the lives of youth around the YK Delta. We’ll be highlighting staff throughout the year so our communities can learn the commitment and diverse skills our staff share with our students every day.
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LKSD Students Experience ANSEP Academy
03/02/2022
This spring at UAA, 26 LKSD middle school students will increase their mathematics and science skills through hands-on activities, get familiarized with college life, and be introduced to possible STEM careers at the ANSEP Middle School Academy.
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Reflections and Gratitude
03/01/2022
Superintendent Hankins reflects with gratitude on the way our district has come together to support our students, and on the opportunities our students have had these months to grow and learn.
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LKSD Schools Honor Black History Month
02/21/2022
LKSD is committed to honoring Black history this month and every month, and is proud to be a diverse school district. Read more below about how our schools are celebrating Black history this month.
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Feb. 17 LKSD Board Actions
02/18/2022
LKSD Board Actions from the February 17, 2022, LKSD Board of Education Meeting.
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Teaching Artists
02/15/2022
Seeking local artists who can share their craft with LKSD students!
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LKSD Lego Robotics Teams Advance to State
02/15/2022
Two LKSD teams advanced to the Alaska FIRST LEGO League championship in Anchorage. Congratulations, and good work, to the GJE Lego Wizards and The Ayaprun Eagle Blimp Company.
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2020-21 School Report Cards
02/07/2022
Did you know that every state and school district is required to publish a report card with important information about school performance and progress? See below for important information on this year's report.
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K300 Media Camp
02/07/2022
Ten students from schools around the Lower Kuskokwim School District put their reporting skills to the test while covering the Kuskokwim 300 sled dog race last month.
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Feedback on COVID-19 Protocols
02/02/2022
LKSD is seeking input on its COVID-19 protocols and the use of funds made available through the American Rescue Plan. Please take our brief survey below.
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LKSD Board Actions, Jan. 27
02/02/2022
LKSD Board Actions from the January 27, 2022 LKSD Board of Education Regular Meeting
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Badminton Goes Viral in LKSD
02/01/2022
Students at William Miller Memorial School in Napakiak spent the last week learning how to play badminton from Badminton Goes Viral – a national initiative to get more children interested in the sport.
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FLL Regional Qualifier Results
01/24/2022
LKSD held the FIRST Lego League qualifier tournament at Gladys Jung Elementary in Bethel this past Friday. Students had a great time and were able to build upon valuable skills. Thank you students, staff and volunteers for continuing to support this great program!
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January Special Board Meeting Actions
01/19/2022
The LKSD Board of Education decided in a Special Meeting this week to amend the mitigation protocols for student activities.
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Updated Covid-19 Protocols
01/13/2022
LKSD has made a few changes to our COVID-19 health and safety protocols in response to updates provided by the CDC and YKHC. Please see Superintendent Hankin's letter and updated documents below.
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Reflections & Celebrations
12/21/2021
A happy holidays wish, and an update from Superintendent Hankins. Many thanks to our LKSD community for your dedication and commitment to our students.
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Napakiak School Replacement in Proposed Budget
12/15/2021
The Governor's Dec. 15 budget proposal includes funds to replace the William N. Miller K-12 Memorial School in Napakiak. Due to erosion, the current facilities are now within 30 feet of the river's edge.
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Learning Yugtun: A Student's Experience
12/08/2021
When Nanugaq Layla Kashatok moved to Kuigilnguq she did not know how to speak Yugtun. Nanugaq shares her experience learning Yugtun with the help of her mother and her Yugtun teachers in the attached essay.
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Letter of Gratitude from Superintendent Hankins
11/24/2021
Please see Superintendent Hankin's letter for LKSD updates that we are especially grateful for this Thanksgiving. Thank you for entrusting your child’s education to our dedicated educators! Happy Thanksgiving!
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Ayaprun Elitnaurvik Heads to Washington, DC!
11/17/2021
Ayaprun Elitnaurvik, Bethel's Yup'ik Immersion school, is one of two schools selected to represent the State of Alaska on this year's White House Christmas Tree.
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LKSD School Board Student Rep.
11/10/2021
Please join us in welcoming KLA Junior Adrian (Aidan) Johnson as the student representative to the Lower Kuskokwim School District School Board.
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School Vaccination Clinics
10/28/2021
Following the FDC authorization and CDC recommendations for Covid vaccinations for 5-11, YKHC will be holding vaccination clinics in our schools.
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Clarence Daniel Receives Award
10/19/2021
LKSD regional board president, Clarence Daniel, was honored as the 2022 recipient of the Don McKinnon Educational Excellence and Human Recognition Award at the annual Alaska Superintendent's Conference.
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LKSD COVID Hub
10/18/2021
LKSD now has weekly Covid-19 case data for our schools available on our website. This COVID HUB also has our Mitigation Plan and Close Contact Action Plan.
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VFW Gift
10/08/2021
Tess Guinn and members of the VFW Auxiliary 10041 post recently presented Superintendent Hankins with a $5,000 donation check to LKSD for COVID-related PPE and supplies. Thank you!
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Thank you, LKSD Principals!
10/07/2021
Your efforts to lead and keep schools, students, and staff safe during the pandemic are appreciated beyond measure. You go above and beyond, every day! Happy National Principal's Month!
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Keeping Schools Safe and Open
10/06/2021
What steps is LKSD taking to keep our schools safe and open? How can you help with our mitigation efforts? Please see Superintendent Hankin's letter and safety reminders below.
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Take Wing Applications Due Oct. 4
09/28/2021
Take Wing "Tengluni" is a program to explore options for education and training after high school. The application deadline has been extended to October 4 and is open to all LKSD juniors.
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