May 13, 2019
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Happy Mother’s Day to all the wonderful mothers and aakas of Kaktovik.
There will be a School Advisory Meeting on Monday, May 13 at 6:00 in the library. Everyone is welcome to attend.
I hope you were able to listen to the school board meeting on Thursday on KBRW. HKS was the highlighted school and we were able to honor several special individuals. Congratulations to Lucas Aishanna, Jim Allen Killbear, and Flossie Lampe, the distinguished elementary, middle, and high school students from this academic year. Congratulations to Rita Fischer-Akootchook, the distinguished classified staff, and Kathryn Lamar, the distinguished certified staff member. Finally, congratulations to Norma Gordon, who was recognized as the distinguished volunteer for her participation in this year’s culture camp. I would like to thank each and every one of these individuals for their hard work, dedication, and compassion.
It is always very difficult to choose just one student, staff member, and volunteer for each category to honor with these awards each year. We have such an amazing student body and staff at HKS and wonderful support from the community. I would like to take the time now to thank each one of our staff members. I appreciate each and every one of you. We are a team and without just one member of our team, we would not be able to offer the kind of educational opportunities that our students deserve. Thank you to the kitchen staff- Bugsy and Rick. Thank you to our secretary Amanda and our home/school facilitator, Marie. Thank you to the maintenance staff- Leroy, Randy, and Don. Thank you to our custodial staff- Kayu and Richmond. Thank you to our instructional para-professionals- Brandi, Daisy, and Shane. Thank you to Rita, our bus driver. Thank you to our night rec aide- Georgianna. Thank you to our teaching staff- Katie, Michelle, Sandra, Flora, Ann, Michael, Lorrie, Burt, and Kathryn. I appreciate each and every one of you and the hard work and dedication that you show on a daily basis. I would also like to thank our SAC members- Alicia, Carolyn, Nan, Rhiannon, and Morgan. Thank you to our coaches and chaperones. Thank you to Nora Jane Burns, our school board representative. Thank you to the students, who diligently work to grow into the people they are meant to be. Finally, thank you to the parents, guardians, and community of Kaktovik who show amazing support and encouragement to our students and staff. Your wisdom and guidance are very much is appreciated.
Thank you also to all those that helped to make this year’s culture camp a success. A number of people provided knowledge, gear, and time and we are so grateful. Thank you to Lee and Carla, Rita, Glen and Alicia, Robert Thompson, Nicholas Gordon, Eddie Arey, Eddie Rexford, Lucy Kaleak, Nathan and Norma Gordon, Flora, Leroy, Randy, Don, Rick, and Shane. I apologize if I forgot anyone. It was certainly not an intentional oversight. We are very blessed to have so many people who are willing to help with this endeavor.
There will be Community Craft Night this Wednesday.
This will be the last week for swimming before summer vacation. There will be swimming on Tuesday and Thursday this week. Please stay posted to the Kaktovik Announcements Facebook Page for any updates.
The annual HKS Awards Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 15 at 1:30. The graduation and promotion ceremony will be held on Friday, May 17 at 6:30. We will be celebrating the graduation of four seniors and the promotions of five eighth graders and four kindergarteners!
The annual HKS Field Day is scheduled to occur on May 23 during the school day. The students will be split into 4 different teams and compete in a variety of athletic events. The Field Day awards ceremony will take place in the morning on Friday, May 24, beginning after the morning assembly.
Finally, the school board approved calendar option #2 at the recent meeting. There is one small change to one of the in-service dates. I will distribute the updated approved calendar with next week’s letter. August 21 will be the first day of the 2019-2020 academic year.
As always, please feel free to stop by the school if you have questions, concerns, or simply to see what’s going on.
Todd Washburn, Principal
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