Nanwalek Students Create Native Cuisine Videos

Nanwalek School celebrates Sea Week during extreme tides each spring, and cultural learning is integrated throughout the week as students honor the sea and the marine environment in which they live.  This year, secondary students were inspired to blend the technology they are learning through the Apple & ConnectED Grant with documentaries on their favorite Sugpiaq foods, producing a series on Native Cuisine.  The series starts with an introduction to Nanwalek, “a place with a lagoon,” followed by a video on sourcing food:  gathering subsistence foods traditionally eaten in their culture.  With these two informative videos in place, students proceeded to invite community members in to demonstrate how to make Native dishes, and used iPads to film the process of each.  After editing their work, products were shared with the community through Facebook and on You Tube. 

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Nanwalek Sea Week is April 16 – 20

Our annual Sea Week is just around the corner during the week of April 16-20. Nanwalek students will gain traditional knowledge from community members, and we will enjoy several guests who will do science and art activities with students.  Alaska Sea Life Center, Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association will explore science, while Debbie Harris and guest UAA Professor Herminia Din will do some art with students!  Also, students will be working with coaches from Apple to create a digital book about Sea Week, Native foods cuisine videos, and a Sugt’stun Sea Week eBook.  The schedule is like a jigsaw puzzle, with a lot going on for everyone!  Stop by the school to see the schedule and join the community potluck on Friday, April 20!

 

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Please join our first site council meeting!

We will have our first site council meeting on Monday, August 28 @ 4:30 PM!  We would love for you to join us in the large high school room downstairs!

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New Student and Kindergarten Registration will be August 8, 2017 9:00 – 4:00

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Nanwalek Sea Week is April 24 – 28!

This year’s Sea Week is the last week of April!  We have some exciting things planned for the kids, including  cooking traditional foods with elders and community members, visits from the Alaska SeaLife Center, Center for Alaskan Coastal Studies, Kachemak Bay Research Reserve,  KPBSD Art Teacher Debbie Harris, and artist Gwendolyn Chatfield (dance and sea chanteys).  We will do a community scavenger hunt, clean up the village, and have a community Sea Week potluck.  Visitors from our ConnectED Initiative will be here to join us, and continue our community video project.  We celebrate the sea!

 

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November Site Council Meeting is November 21, 4:30 – 6:00

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Nanwalek Site Based Council Meetings 2016-17

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Happy Fall!

Happy Fall! October is here, and with it comes fall activities! We are in full swing, with great student engagement this year! We are in our second year of ConnectED, and happy to have our new, roomy secondary classroom! Here are some upcoming important dates:

School photo retakes will be on October 7 – dress ’em up to look their best!
Nanwalek Site Based Council meets on October 17 from 4:30 – 7:00, and includes an important budget presentation
Construction Academy Students will meet in Seldovia again on October 21 – 22!
Our October Early Release Day is on October 26
Parent/Teacher conference days on Ocotber 27-28.
October 26 – 29 will be our Middle School Basketball trip as well.
Attendance Ceremony on October 31 at 12:50
Annual Halloween Carnival October 31 from 4:00 – 6:00.

Please stop by the school! Anytime! Sign in at the office – we look forward to seeing you!

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Spring ConnectED Celebration is on April 18, 1:00 – 3:00!! Everyone is invited!!!

Nanwalek School staff, students, and community will celebrate the first year of the ConnectED Initiative with a gathering on April 18. Nanwalek Children’s Choir will open the celebration, and each class will share a highlight from their ConnectED learning this year. There will be refreshments and a lot of celebration!!!! Please join us!

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First Semester at Nanwalek School a Great Success!!!!

We are well into second semester now, and back from our January winter break! Students have taken their winter benchmarks, and we are already seeing academic progress as a result of teachers and students working hard, and because of our ConnectED iPad implementation! In December, we offered an update to the KPBSD School Board, and our presentation is now posted on YouTube. We recently had a ConnectED Photo Shoot, with auditory interviews, and we will let you know when that product is available. Nanwalek students and parents have been great partners in our ConnectED project this year! We look forward to all the learning that our spring semester will bring to our school!

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