Posted by: Bonnie & Hans | May 18, 2012

Wrapping it Up!

It’s been a busy 10 days starting off on Wednesday with high school graduation. Two girls met all the requirements for getting a high school diploma which include so much more than back in the day when you just needed the necessary number of credits. Congratulations to these two who got the credits, passed all the state tests and turned the basketball court into a wonderfully decorated graduation gathering place!

2012 Graduates and Honored Guests including a former favorite teacher as guest speaker.

Community Singers

Bravo for earning a high school diploma!

On Thursday students chose books to add to their home collections and read over the summer.

Writing names in their very own books.

Thursday evening there was a community potluck followed by an awards ceremony and Kindergarten graduation.

Very kind words for our retirement.

Awards for attendance, hard work…

Inupiaq values and academic achievement.

Kindergarten Graduates

New bikes as graduation gifts from families–woot! woot!

Friday morning was a combination of end-of-the-year wrap-up learning and clean up. Everyone wanted a turn to try out the vacuum (more linoleum than carpet in homes here, so a broom and mop are the regulars, not a vacuum).

After school there was an announcement on the VHF saying there was a grizzly bear right down on the sandbar in front of the village. Someone caught it and it made delicious soup.

Grizzly bear on sand bar. (Photo by Roger)

It was quite a week. It was quite a year!



  1. Congratulations to all. The graduates looked great in their caps and gowns. Thank you so much for your wonderful posts. It was such a good way for us to keep in touch with you and your life up north. Looking forward to seeing you soon.

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