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    Meade River School challenges learners to become critical and creative thinkers developing their academic and cultural knowledge and skills, as they become respectful, responsible, and cooperative community and global citizens.
    Learning in Meade River School is rooted in the values, history and language of the Iñupiat. Students develop the academic and cultural skills and knowledge to be:
    • Critical and creative thinkers able to adapt in a changing environment and world;
    • Active, responsible, contributing members of their communities; and
    • Confident, healthy young adults, able to envision, plan and take control of their destiny
    Check out the Principal's message welcoming students, staff and the community of Atqasuk!
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Home & School Connections

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    Together we will be successful!

    What is PBIS?

    PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) is a school-wide approach to make schools safe and promote positive behavior. 

    We have identified some areas in our school and created posters to help remind student of how their behavior should look in these areas.

    At MRS we believe that students learn positive behaviors just like they learn math, science and all the other subjects we expect them to master. PBIS is a system that helps students identify and show positive behaviors in areas of our school outside of the classroom. Drop by the school and visit with the teachers and staff about PBIS and how we are helping our students become the best they can be. 

    We are targeting the Hallway.
    Poster View an enlarged version of the poster to see the behaviors we would like the students to emulate. 
    Please ask your children what Respect, Responsibility and Cooperation mean at Meade River School.
    To help make our school a great place to learn, each classroom has created area posters and determined the expectations for the desired learning environment for their individual classroom. If you don't see them, ask your child's teacher about their expectations to help our students be successful.
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    You can help support PBIS at Meade River School! 
    If you happen to see one of our students show some of the behaviors, please let Dom know in the the front office and she will issue an Eagle Ticket that may help that student win one of our weekly drawings.  Thanks for helping us target positive behaviors in all areas of our school.

Location & Climate

  • Atqasuk is located on the Meade River, 60 miles south of Barrow. The community lies at approximately 70° North Latitude and -157° West Longitude. Atqasuk is located in the Barrow Recording District. The area encompasses 38.9 sq. miles of land and 3.5 sq. miles of water. 

    The climate is arctic. The daily minimum temperature drops below freezing 300 days a year. Temperature extremes range from a low of -56 to a high of 78 °F. Precipitation is light, at 5 inches per year. Snowfall averages 22 inches per year.

    History, Culture and Demographics

    A federally-recognized tribe is located in the community -- the Atqasuk Village. It is a traditional Iñupiat village. Subsistence activities are important to the lifestyle. The sale, importation, and possession of alcohol is banned in the village. According to Census 2010, there were 68 housing units in the community and 64 were occupied. Its population was 92.3 percent Alaska Native.

    Facilities, Utilities, Schools and Health Care

    The North Slope Borough provides the water, sewer, refuse, landfill, and other public services. Water is obtained from Imakruak Lake, treated, and piped into plumbed houses. Delivery to household water tanks is also available. The majority of homes and facilities and the school have running water and flush system. Electricity is provided by North Slope Borough Power and Lights Systems. 

    There is one school located in the community, Meade River School. The school has about 75 students, from preschool through twelfth grade. Atqasuk Health Clinic is a primary health care facility. Atqasuk is an isolated location it is part of the North Slope EMS Region. Emergency Services air access. Emergency service is provided by 911 Telephone Service volunteers and a health aide. Auxiliary health care is provided by Atqasuk Volunteer Fire Dept. (907-633-6814).

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Welcome to Meade River School!

  • Please drop in and join us!

    School Schedule

    Doors Open: 7:30 am.
    Start and End Times  ~ (Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.)
    K3/K4 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
    Kindergarten 8:30 am - 2:45 pm
    1st - 6th Grades 8:30 am - 3:00 pm
    7th - 12th Grades 9:00 am - 3:30 pm
    Tutoring Hours: Established by Individual Teacher
    Wednesday Early Release
    K3/K4 & Kindergarten Dismiss: 1:30 pm
    1st - 6th Grades Dismiss: 2:00 pm
    7th - 12th Grades Dismiss: 2:30 pm


About Us

  • Meade River School will be the Highlighted School during the NSBSD School District meeting on September 14, 2017. Congratulations to the proud highlighted MRS Eagles!

    Elder: Angeline Kanayurak

    Volunteer: Norman Westdahl

    Elementary Student: Ekelan Itta

    Middle School: Arlene Kanayurak

    High School: Lily Ungarook

    Teacher: Blessing Ihedioha

    Staff: Paul Bodfish Jr.

    A big thank you to the highlighted individuals for helping our student to be their very best!

     Angeline Arlene Blessing

    Ekelan Paul Lily

     Donna Norm

    The Volleyball schedule has been released!  

    Click on the link below to look at the volleyball schedule for this year. Be prepared to join in the fun! 

    2017-2018 Volley Ball Schedule (MS Word doc) 

    View 2017-18 Volley Ball Schedule in web browser

    PLEASE HELP! We are having lots of vandalism to our beautiful school. We would like to ask our community to help the school by watching out for vandalism and contacting the school or PSO if you see damage happening. We have a beautiful school, lets work hard to keep it clean and safe! Please take a moment to look over the new Trespass Policy for changes.
    Welcome back to school!
    This year is going to be a great learning year here at Meade River School. Please join us and check out some of the new learning opportunities at school and join in the excitement!
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    Teachers at Meade River School
    We are all glad to be back in Atqasuk to guide our students to higher levels of learning. We are dedicated to helping the students in our care to be successful in school and life. Drop in and say hello and discuss how we can best help our students to be their very best!
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    There have been a few changes to our school policies. Thanks to our SAC, students and teachers, we are refocusing our policies to help enhance the learning experience.
    Tardy Policy 2018
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Meade River School Headlines

  • Eagle of the Week!


    Drop by the school and learn more about this awesome student!

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  • Remodel News: Phase 1 of the remodel project for Meade River School is just about complete. The exterior of the building is complete. The siding of our building is beautiful, but can be easily dented so please be careful around the school and remind your children to respect and care for our building.

    Art Work: Flooring, wall, carpet, paint and cabinet materials and color samples of what our interior remodel will look like are available in the office at Meade River School.  Drop by and get a preview of what our school will look like.
    Art Work: Phase 2 of the remodel project will be going to bid soon. Meade River School is forming a committee to begin looking at the artwork that will decorate our building.  We are currently not looking for artists but are looking at the type of art the community of Atqasuk would like to see in our beautiful school.  If you are interested in joining this committee, please call the school at 633-6315 and visit with Principal Roseberry about participating in this phase of the remodeling of Meade River School.

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  • Local Plants and their uses.
    Ever wish you could find a good guide of the local plants and their traditional uses?  Check out the two sources we find useful at MRS. Local Plants and Usage are listed with color pictures:

    Learn about local plants and usage at this site (.pdf document).

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  • Interesting Reading:  Read this report  on global warming generated here in Atqasuk (.pdf document). It uses local resources and the area knowledge from many hunters and subsistence gatherers from our home.  Interesting reading coupled with great pictures.

    Climate Change Cover

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  • Atqasuk Dance Group
    We are proud of our community. Here is a video showing our Atqasuk Dance Group. Enjoy!
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The Counselor's Corner: Things you need to know, or know about!

District Highlights

  • Lagoon Safety

    We ask that everyone take the time to talk to our children about the dangers of thin ice around the lagoon in Utqiaġvik, as well as all bodies of water in the villages across the North Slope. Please remind children about he uncertainty of the thickness of the ice along with the danger in playing near the edge of the ice and what might happen if the ice breaks. Your help in reminding children about these dangers at this time of year is greatly appreciated!

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  • Public Service Announcement from NSBSD School Nurse and Public Health Nursing.

    Reports of cases of mumps, chickenpox, and measles have been made throughout Alaska. These are highly contagious diseases. Posters for prevention are being put at all of the schools. Information and the flyers can be accessed through this Public Service Announcement.

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  • View/Download Back to School Safety Tips - Start New School Days Safely

    School days bring congestion on the roads and near schools: Yellow school buses are picking up their charges, kids on bikes are hurrying to get to school before the bell rings, hurried parents are trying to drop their kids off before work. It is never more important for drivers to slow down and pay attention than when kids are present - especially before and after school.

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