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February 26, 2021
Greetings LYSD Parents!

As we near the end of this month we have reason to celebrate. We are reopening schools throughout the District. Scammon Bay was the first school to reopen on February 22, 2021. Alakanuk, Hooper Bay, Hooper Bay Charter School, Kotlik, Nunam Iqua, Pilot Station and Russian Mission are opening on March 1, 2021 and Emmonak, Mountain Village and Marshall are hoping for March 8, 2021 openings.

Parents, the reason I am writing this letter is to express to you all the deep gratitude our School Board and District Administration, as well as all of our employees who have relied so heavily on you to provide the at home teaching support that you have provided your children and grandchildren. We know the closing of schools has required great sacrifice, inconvenience and concern for the loss of learning that has occurred.

What has been clearly evident through this pandemic is the rural/urban divide in terms of internet services and alternative learning options. We have qualified for monies that are helping us address this divide and we will be working to install district-wide intranet services for all school families. This technology will allow school to home connectivity so students will be able to be instructed with a video connection to their teachers and classmates. Our timeline for this project is just getting off the ground and we are planning for completion this coming fall. We will also use some of our Covid money to upgrade our devices for each student K-12. To make our schools safer we will also direct Covid monies to upgrade our ventilation and air handling systems in all of our schools.

We recognize that significant learning loss has occurred as a result of this pandemic. We are currently working on after school learning programs and summer school programs to address student learning and closing learning gaps that understandably have resulted. School principals will be communicating details for these programs as they become available.

In closing I would like to just say one more time, thank you all for being patient, for being your children’s teachers and for doing your very best under very difficult circumstances. Sometimes it’s hard to find the silver lining, but I have seen it many times as communities worked together to find ways to support our children and schools.

Please continue to stay safe. Best wishes for a productive and joyful spring!


Gene Stone,

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District Office - 100 Airport Road.
Mountain Village, AK 99632
(907) 591-2411
District Staff Directory

Kusilvak Career Academy
4335 Wisconsin St.
Anchorage, AK 99517
(907) 245-7208
CTE & Residential Director: Conrad Woodhead

Alakanuk School
9 Anderson St. Alakanuk, AK 99554
(907) 238-3399
Principal: Essie Beck

Emmonak School
267 School Road. Emmonak, AK 99581
(907) 949-1248
Principal: Shawn Jensen

Hooper Bay School
General Delivery. Hooper Bay, AK 99604
(907) 758-1200
Principal: David Harris

Hooper Bay Charter School
General Delivery. Hooper Bay, AK 99604
(907) 758-1200
Principal: Jamie Wollman

Kotlik School
PO Box 20129. Kotlik, AK 99620
(907) 899-4415
Principal: Xavier Downs

Marshall School
PO Box 89. Marshall, AK 99585
(907) 679-6112
Principal: Jake Kramer

Mountain Village School
100 School Road. Mountain Village, AK 99632
(907) 591-2204
Principal: Tim Sisk

Nunam Iqua School
PO Box 32. Nunam Iqua, AK 99666
(907) 498-4112
Principal: Samantha Afcan

Pilot Station School
PO Box 5090. Pilot Station, AK 99650
(907) 549-3212
Principal: Kyle King

Russian Mission School
PO Box 90. Russian Mission, AK 99657
(907) 584-5615
Principal: Pat Parente

Scammon Bay School
PO Box 230. Scammon Bay, AK 99662
(907) 558-2000
Principal: Melissa Rivers


We are a people of the salmon, of the whitefish, and pike.
Of the moose, bear, fox, beaver, and lynx. Of the berries. Of family.

We believe... All children can learn.
• Students should have skills to remain successful after high school
• All student deserve a quality education based on values, culture, and academics
• Students must know what is expected of them
• The family is the most important teacher in a child’s life
• The community educates the whole child
• All stakeholders must be held to high expectations
• Each of our communities is unique and has different needs
• Decision-making is a shared responsibility
• The people, groups, organizations, and agencies that comprise our community have a responsibility to the education of our children
• Communication should be useful and meaningful
• Students should learn to respect all cultures by having a firm understanding of their own

in western alaska

The ten villages that comprise the Lower Yukon School District are spread across 22,000 square miles. The Yukon River, one of the largest rivers in North America, winds through our yards on its way to the Bering Sea.

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The purpose of our District's learning community is to ensure tradition, culture, and a quality education for all of our children.

Lower Yukon School District
PO Box 32089
Mountain Village, AK 99632
(907) 591-2411 (voice)   (907) 591-2449 (fax)

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