Elder Morita Tazruk leads a group of Kali Students during a community Inupiaq Dance at Kali School. Morita is a leader of the local Pualuruq Dance Group. It is a goal of Kali School to increase activities such as this in which promote the local culture and language. Please contact the school if you are interested in supporting this goal!
Pictured above, Mr. Cole addresses a crowd of approximately 200 Point Lay community members at the Kali School Welcome Back-to-School Dinner. Parents and community members were not only provided a wonderful meal, but gain a better understanding of Kali School's mission and school year goals. In addition not only were all staff introduced but eleven Kali School students were inducted into the Qavvik 99% Club! These students were honor for having 99% or better attendance for the entire 2014-15 school year. It is our goal to increase that number again this school year!
To nominate an exemplary CTE scholar from your district for consideration at the federal level, the following application packet must be received by the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development no later than October 9 at 4 p.m.
Point Lay is a relatively new community located on the Western Arctic Coast of Alaska, approximately 300 miles southwest of Barrow, Alaska. Point Lay began as a small community of 2 or 3 families. Later in 1929 – 1930 several additional families moved to Point Lay from their southern neighboring community of Point Hope. Today Point Lay is comprised of community members from several different Arctic Alaska communities. Point Lay has been moved twice throughout the years, with the second move being a result of seasonal flooding at the mouth of the Kokolik River. In 1974 Point Lay was moved to its current location near the Air Force Distance Early Warning Station. Today the old village site of Point Lay is utilized as a summer camp. While Point Lay is not as active in the hunting of Bowhead whales as Barrow or Point Hope, the community depends heavily on harvesting the Beluga Whale and various other subsistence activities.
The student population of Kali School, which houses K3 through 12th grade is indicative of the demographics of the village of Point Lay as a whole. The school maintains a student population between 85 and 95 students of largely Iñupiaq Eskimo heritage. Student teacher ratio at Kali School run approximately 9:1 and the minor ratio of the entire village as compared to adults over 18 years of age is approximately 2:1. As represented by the schools mascot, the Wolverine (Qavvik), Kali School students have a fighting spirit and are active in numerous academic and athletic events.