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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.

    Meade River School Principal

    Principal Yvette Cross

     Yvette “Paiyuraq” Cross

    Yvette Cross, is returning to the District where she began her teaching career as an elementary Kindergarten Paraprofessional at Ipalook in 1992. She has 26 years teaching experience in Utqiagvik, Anchorage and Point Hope. She holds a B.Ed. K-8 from the University of Alaska Fairbanks and Master’s Degrees in Special Education K-12 and Education Administration K-12 from Grand Canyon University. Yvette completed the majority of her undergraduate work through the Cross-Cultural Education Program in Kiana in the Northwest Arctic. She student taught in Kotzebue, where many of her relatives still reside. All of her experience has been in Alaska. She has taught at both the Secondary and Elementary levels and has served as a Special Education teacher. She is excited to join the Meade River community.

    Yvette has five children; her youngest sons will attend Meade River School and her husband and two dogs will accompany her as well. 

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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.
     Eagle Ticket
    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 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.

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.)
    K/4 8:45 am - 11:45 am
    K/3 12:15 pm - 2:45 pm
    Kindergarten/1st grade 8:45 am- 2:45 pm
    2nd/3rd Grade 8:45 am - 3:15 pm
    4th/5th Grade 8:45 am -3:45 pm
    6th - 12th Grade 8:55 am - 4:00 pm
    Tutoring Hours: Established by Individual Teacher
    Wednesday Early Release
    K3 12:15 pm - 1:30 pm
    Kindergarten/1st 8:45 am - 1:30 pm
    2nd/3rd Grade 8:45 am - 2:00 pm
    4th/5th Grade 8:45 am - 2:20 pm
    6th - 12th Grade 8:55 am - 2:25 pm 


    Bell Schedule ~ 6th - 12th Grades
    (Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.)
    1st Period 8:55 am - 9:49 am
    2nd Period 9:53 am - 10:47 am
    3rd Period 10:51 am- 11:45 am
    Lunch 11:45 am - 12:15 pm
    4th Period 12:15 pm -1:09 pm
    5th Period 1:13 pm - 2:06 pm
    6th Period  2:10 pm - 3:03 pm 
    7th Period 3:07 pm - 4:00 pm
    Wednesday Minimum Day Bell Schedule
    1st Period 8:55 am - 9:35 am
    2nd Period 9:39 am - 10:18 am
    3rd Period 10:22 am - 11:01 am
    4th Period 11:05 am - 11:45 am
    Lunch 11:45 am - 12:15 pm
    5th Period 12:15 pm - 12:55 pm
    6th Period  12:59 pm -  1:40 pm
    7th Period  1:44 pm - 2:25 pm 

About Us

  •  There is no school for students on Monday, February 18th.  Teachers and Aides will be attending professional development workshops and meetings.

    We will miss the students but we will be even happier to see them on Tuesday all smiles and ready to learn.  Enjoy your long weekend students and be safe!


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    Let's Go Eagles, Let's Go!

    The MRS boys basketball team will be at home this weekend!  Check out the schedule below to come and support our Eagles. The girls team will be traveling to Nuiqsut to make us proud!  Goooooooo Eagles!

    Feb 14-17 Game Schedule

    Meade River School will host a Upriver, Point Lay, and Barrow JV High school basket ball this weekend.  Please join us for some exciting basketball action and root on our MRS Eagles!  Below is a schedule for the games. 

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    Growing Lettuce and Tomatoes in the Arctic!  What!?!

    Mr. Lloyd's Kindergarten and First Grade students have been working hard to get our grow cabinet up and going.  Our plan is to harvest weekly and suppy a salad to the elders of our community once per week with the lunches they pick up at the school.  Please drop in and take a look at what we can grow at -30 below zero!

    Meade River School wishes you a very happy New Year!


    We would like to take this opprotunity to thank everyone in our community for working with us to make 2018 such a great year.  We beleive that 2019 will be even better!  Please join us in making this the school we all want for our children to attend. We would like to cordually invite everyone in the community to drop by our wonderful school and check out the exciting things we are learning.  Feel free to drop in on a class and spend some time.  Hope to see you soon!

    MRS Volleyball Season Sucessful!

    The volleyball regional ended the weekend of November 18th.  The Meade River School Mixed 6 VB 2018 team competed against some of the finest team in the North Slope. We travelled to Kaktovik, Buckland, Point Hope and Finally to Nuiqsuk for Regional. Some highlights included winning matches again Kaktovik, and Nuiqsuk during our home game. Our two captains Flora Bodfish and Alfed Kippi were great asset to the team, and they both won the  All-Tourney awards from our trip to KAK, PH. Our team brought home two Sportsmanship Awards. While wins were tough to come by this year, our talented and enthusiastic players had a great time and look forward to playing next year.

    The MRS Robo Eagles Virtual Meet was a success! 

    Robo Eagles

    Thank you for all the community support during our season and match. Two lucky students will be traveling to Anchorage to join an All Star Team to compete in the state tounament.  The season was a success and we learned a bunch of new skills.  Jr Robotics will begin soon! 


    Meade River School highlights distinguished students, a distinguished certified staff member, and a distinguished volunteer at the School Board meeting presentation. Read more...


    Welcome to our new teachers and welcome back returning staff and teachers.

    We are looking forward to a great year. Please feel free to drop in and visit with us and learn more about us. 

    Way to go Eagles Cross Country!

    Congratulations to Alfred Kippi!

    Our Eagle's Cross Country team traveled to Wainwright to compete in the first meet of the school year.  Alfred Kippi came in 6th place and earned a chance to compete in Palmer this weekend.  Go Eagles and Go Alfred! UPDATE: Alfred has continued to represent our school with honor.  He took 10th in a NSBSD District meet.  He will continue to compete as the season progresses.  Regionals and State is approaching!  Run Alfred, run! 


    We are working hard to raise our academic levels in all our classrooms. In order to get more instructional time, we have continued our NO ELECTRONIC POLICY. Please remind your children that all electronics items must be left at home, they are not allowed at school. Each student will have access to a computer or an ipad so we can serve all our students electronic educational needs.  Please review the policy below and help make our school a place to learn and grow. 

    No Electronics policy  

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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).

    Information from: State of Alaska Department of Commerce
    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).

    Climate Change Cover 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.


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Meade River School Policies & Schedules

  • Meade River School ~ No Electronics Policy

    Cell phones and other electronic devices are a hindrance to student learning. We want our students to excel in school without the distraction of electronics. For home correspondence and emergencies, guardians and parents can call the school and messages can be provided to students where appropriate.

    Meade River School students are not allowed to have personal electronics during school hours, 8:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. Personal electronics include any electronic devices, including ear buds, not provided by the school. Teachers have discretion for use of school owned electronics for instructional purposes.

    If you bring a personal electronic item to school, your parents will be called to pick up the personal electronic device and you will be placed on the No Rec List for the day.   


Meade River School Headlines

  • Eagle of the Week!


    Drop by the school and learn more about our awesome students!


    Congratulations to all the Eagles of the Week. Drop by and check the bulletin board at the school and help us celebrate the new Eagles of the Week.

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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.

    We are expecting to have our Phase 2 of the MRS remodel.  We have been told that the entire interior of our school will be remodeled in one summer!  That means we will have lots of materials arriving this winter, and lots of work going on in and around the school. There is a potential for students to be injured if they play around the materials.  Please help us watch over the safety of all the children of our village.  We should have a copy of the floor plans for our remodel at the school soon!

    When we get more information we will pass it on.

    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 Yvette Cross about participating in this phase of the remodeling of Meade River School.

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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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