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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Car Rental
    a car but everything around the airport is sold out Any suggestions for transportation tnuts20 Posts 17 Joined Tue Oct 14 2014 2 59 pm Top Re Car Rental by Bushteachers Thu Jul 16 2015 6 17 pm We How old is everyone It has been mentioned renting UHaul van before for 20 a day Not a bad idea Only problem is you would be limited on seating I ve looked into this option but have always declined since I normally have the whole family in the summer Another idea is find a hotel close to one of the shopping locations Diamond Center is a nice hotel and you might be able to get by without a vehicle There is public transportation as well as getting a cab Just limit your shopping runs Bushteachers Posts 95 Joined Fri May 08 2015 12 36 pm Top Re Car Rental by Bushteachers Thu Jul 16 2015 6 19 pm tnuts20 wrote We arrive into Anchorage on July 22 We fly to Atqasuk on July 25th We are using these days in Anchorage to get our supplies food We are looking to rent a car but everything around the airport is sold out Any suggestions for transportation Change your date I just went to orbitz and was able to get a car on the 23 and return on the 24th or 25th Bushteachers Posts 95 Joined Fri May 08 2015 12 36 pm Top Re Car Rental by tnuts20 Sat Jul 18 2015 4 55 am Thank you so much We are going to get a truck from Uhaul It is 90 dollars for 3 days Super excited about this tnuts20 Posts 17 Joined Tue Oct 14 2014 2 59 pm Top Re Car Rental by Betty Walters Sat Jul 18 2015 10

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Togiak is in Newsweek!
    over state it or are things tough for those who have historically hunted and fished for their food Noble Bushteachers Posts 95 Joined Fri May 08 2015 12 36 pm Top Re Togiak is in Newsweek by marymatt718 Mon Jul 20 2015 10 14 pm Yes it has definitely affected the village and the villagers There is a winter moose hunt that puts food on the table for many extended families here The moose are waaaay out away from the village and the easiest way to get to them is by snow machine on the frozen river but the river hasn t been frozen enough to do that for very many days for the past two winters These people count on that meat To buy meat at the local AC store is horribly expensive 8 9 a pound for hamburger and that isn t something a large extended family can afford to buy very often By extended family I mean several men hunting for children spouse siblings in laws and grandparents or any elder anyone remotely related to them or anyone in need Berries have also been in short supply The snow pack keeps the berry plants on the tundra from drying out due to the winter winds If there is no snow pack the ground gets too dry and the berry plants are damaged There were almost no berries last summer except way up on the larger more remote hills and those are harder to get to across a squishy summer tundra The politicians want to deny there s anything going on because they are paid to ignore the signs but the villagers know what s going on They could have told you years ago that things were changing and now they can tell you it s accelerating People

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Housing with a Dog
    other hand some places such as the Pribilofs can t allow pets at all due to US Fish and Wildlife regulations So always best to check and not make assumptions In addition if you do a search on pets on the forum you ll find many different opinions about what to expect in terms of preparing for and caring for a pet in the Bush It s a popular topic every year Speaking of opinions I disagree with Bushteachers about Alaska hotels not being pet friendly I guess it depends on where you stay and how much you are willing to spend but overall I have found Alaska lodging to have a higher rate of pet friendly than in the Eastern and Southern Lower 48 states This includes the Sheraton Hilton Super 8 and a wide range of price ranges All hotels at the peak of tourist season July and August in Anchorage are quite expensive however so just be prepared for some sticker shock Try this search for a list of pet friendly according to Google hotels in Anchorage https www google com search newwindow gAodURMAbw I know that list is not 100 complete though as the place we used to stay with our giant Newfoundlands The Millennium near the airport is not on their list It s the official hotel of the Iditarod mushers and at some times of year the pets outnumber the paying guests lol http www millenniumhotels com usa mil anchorage The Millennium Alaskan Hotel Anchorage welcomes pets of any size for an additional fee of 30 per pet per night First floor rooms are pet friendly A Pets Inside hanger must be placed on door if pets are left unattended in rooms Here is another list from TripAdvisor http www tripadvisor com Hotels g6088 otels html And a specialized website that might help http www bringfido com lodging city anchorage ak us Good luck John Johncn Posts 165 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 11 05 am Top Re Housing with a Dog by marymatt718 Fri Jul 17 2015 10 07 pm I have my dogs here with me in Togiak I don t think I d be sane in the winter without them I think the cost of having your dogs boils down to how much you want them with you I am willing to drive an eight day journey from Texas to Alaska twice a year in order to have mine with me They re my babies and they are too big to fly on anything other than a cargo plane according to airline kennel size regulations which fortunately within Alaska are not as strictly enforced So we drive Okay I m cheating because it is a GORGEOUS drive but it s still a loooong drive My district Southwest Region School District no longer charges a pet deposit but they will withhold any pet damages from your last paycheck if they find it necessary In my village we have pet and non pet

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Inexpensive lodging in Bethel.
    in a spare bedroom in Dillingham You might try to Google the term and try searching some couch surfing websites Good luck marymatt718 Posts 75 Joined Mon Feb 10 2014 6 27 pm Top Re Inexpensive lodging in Bethel by Bushteachers Fri Jul 17 2015 10 58 pm ethetedave wrote Hello and thank you in advance Does anyone have any info advice about the best most affordable lodging in Bethel for one night I have been their recently but it was set up by the district and I have called many places recently I just thought someone might have a nugget or pearl of wisdom regarding a reasonable place for ONE night Thank you Bush Teacher Have you thought of contacting the school district I know some districts will allow you to rent a night Of course it ll probably be on the floor or a mat Normally that rate is fairly affordable Bushteachers Posts 95 Joined Fri May 08 2015 12 36 pm Top Re Inexpensive lodging in Bethel by Johncn Sat Jul 18 2015 3 35 am Hi Glad you asked this as I meant to mention that most hotels in Alaska will have a different rate for school districts government employees Ask for the district rate in Bethel mention the district you work for and chances are very good they have a discount staff get You may get it or you may not If on your way to report for work that s work related kind of and most Anchorage hotels will have a district Bush resident rate if you ask for it They rarely ask for ID or a PO number Now it may not be much difference in peak blue hair season June July and August in Anchorage but it can be REALLY discounted in the winter The rates in Bethel may not fluctuate as much as Anchorage but it is a busy regional hub Sorry but I don t know Bethel well enough to make a specific recommendation I have stayed at the Long House and it was fine I think it was about 180 or so Good luck John Johncn Posts 165 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 11 05 am Top Re Inexpensive lodging in Bethel by Betty Walters Sat Jul 18 2015 10 41 pm Hi Bush Teacher The website someone is suggesting may be airb b Check the references reviews etc People in Alaska really like that website for travel just about anywhere in state and around the globe There are also several B Bs in Bethel but they are not inexpensive Take John C s advice and be sure to say that you are an incoming teacher in case there is a discount Sites in Lower Kuskokwin SD Kashunamiut SD Lower Yukon SD and Yupiit SD all connect from Bethel so you may want to check with your specific district to see if they have any places that they know and would recommend Email often works best at this time

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Experienced teaching couple with 3 young kids
    their homes and babysitters who came to our home Note that the IRS sees the latter as a nanny and you have to pay payroll taxes like social security give them a w2 treat them as an employee in general So anyway it can be done In our case we had been in our village for years before we had kids at which point we were able to find a safe quality babysitter placement because we knew people well already If we were brand new that would have been more of a challenge We also paid people very generously because we didn t want them to ever turn us down We paid 10 per hour for 1 child and 15 per hour for both kids so most days were over 100 when we were both working full time Most of our sitters ended up being former students and the other 2 were moms of our students who were young grandmas and already watching other kids grandkids LKSD in Bethel has a preschool program that is specifically for the children of employees but that only is for 36 months and up and you have to live in Bethel The idea of bringing a nanny with you isn t a bad idea I remember we thought about paying our recently out of school niece to move here during the school year and watch our kids for less than we were paying anyway But there were some perks to the babysitter route We got to know a lot of people through that more deeply than we would have otherwise We contributed to the local economy which is pretty impoverished for the most part And we got a big tax break If both parents work you get a credit for 20 or more of the you spent on babysitting up to 3 000 per child per year I can t remember if that applies if you have a babysitter in your own home Anyway hope this info is helpful for someone pete schneidler Posts 11 Joined Mon May 18 2015 3 21 pm Top Re Experienced teaching couple with 3 young kids by Bushteachers Mon May 18 2015 9 30 pm schneidler wrote My wife and I have raised our 2 kids now ages 5 and 9 in our village of Kasigluk We used a combination of babysitters at their homes and babysitters who came to our home Note that the IRS sees the latter as a nanny and you have to pay payroll taxes like social security give them a w2 treat them as an employee in general So anyway it can be done In our case we had been in our village for years before we had kids at which point we were able to find a safe quality babysitter placement because we knew people well already If we were brand new that would have been more of a challenge We also paid people very generously because we didn t want them

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Survey for project for me to graduate from University
    at Azusa Pacific University I am conducting a research project on the subject of high school teacher retention Thank you for taking time out of your busy lives to help me with my research by filling out this survey This survey is part of my graduation requirement Please answer the following as clearly as possible Circle one Male or Female Years teaching in high school A 1 year 3 years B 4 years 6 years C 7 years 8 years D Over 8 years Age group A 23 30 B 30 40 C 40 50 D 50 Line items Please rate the following on a scale from 1 5 With 1 being the least significant in teacher retention and 5 being the most significant items 1 Pay rate 1 2 3 4 5 2 New teachers preparation 1 2 3 4 5 3 Administrative load 1 2 3 4 5 4 Interaction with students 1 2 3 4 5 5 Interaction with parents 1 2 3 4 5 6 Faculty Development 1 2 3 4 5 7 Available learning resources and support services 1 2 3 4 5 8 Amount of work outside of classroom instruction 1 2 3 4 5 9 Job security 1 2 3 4 5 10 Interaction with school administration 1 2 3 4 5 Open ended questions 1 What would you change about the teaching environment to make it more desirable for teachers and students Please be specific and thorough in your answer 2 Besides educating the future generation wanting to help others or teaching because it was a calling what else motivated you to become a teacher 3 Do you have any additional information you would like to add Fred14 Posts 1 Joined Tue Jul 14 2015 3 12 pm Top Re Survey for

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Commando XXL Tote
    s General Delivery or the school s PO Box to start you get two free 50 pound bags to and from Alaska http www alaskaair com content deals club49 aspx 3 Alaska Airlines flights within Alaska usually give you three 3 bags for free not two 2 Make sure you confirm this but it allows you at least move things from Anchorage to your regional hub in many cases It s sometimes a losing proposition though if the regional carrier is going to charge you a proverbial arm and a leg per pound for the hop to the village Make sure you check your bag and weight limit and per pound excess fee from the regional hub to your village I d recommend using the third bag on intra Alaska flights only if doing it for perishables meats produce and things you don t want to or can t mail Hope this helps John Johncn Posts 165 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 11 05 am Top Re Commando XXL Tote by Planetwalker Wed Jun 10 2015 5 28 am Thanx for the info John Changes come from the Power of Many but only when the many come together to form that which is invincible The Power of One Bryce Courtenay Planetwalker Posts 31 Joined Sat Mar 08 2014 6 34 am Location Nulato AK Top Re Commando XXL Tote by CoreyShep Sun Jun 14 2015 11 01 am Just a friendly warning Be VERY careful Googling Commando XXL You get all kinds of results Last edited by CoreyShep on Sun Jun 14 2015 6 03 pm edited 1 time in total CoreyShep Posts 6 Joined Thu May 14 2015 6 07 pm Location Tennessee Top Re Commando XXL Tote by marymatt718 Sun Jun 14 2015 11 49 am I am in tears I would guess especially since the new Magic Mike XXL is about to be released marymatt718 Posts 75 Joined Mon Feb 10 2014 6 27 pm Top Re Commando XXL Tote by lpetersen1 Wed Jul 01 2015 10 33 am I am in shock after showing my Commando XXL tote to the local post master and asking IF I put 70 pounds of stuff in one how much would it cost from Pinehurst ID to Selawik AK 110 Of course he assured me that I wouldn t likely put that much in but I m skeptical Lpetersen1 lpetersen1 Posts 8 Joined Sat May 09 2015 5 46 pm Location N Idaho Panhandle Top Re Commando XXL Tote by marymatt718 Wed Jul 01 2015 12 57 pm It is VERY EASY to end up with 70 pounds in a tote I am sorry to break it to you but 110 is pretty normal for a big full tote I spent well over 1000 shipping stuff up my first year I spent another 800 this year All were shipped at basic cheap postal rates some were even Media Mail which is even cheaper but with strict allowances on content with

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Teaching Language Arts in a Rural Alaskan town
    not to ask too many questions is that toward the administration the locals my students culturally I am trying to wrap my mind around that one 4 The state standards very distinctly state that we are preparing students for college if I am in a rural village and I take that approach would it not come off as I am trying to get your children to move away from their community How do you address that idea that this community is a permanent attached group not like the lower 48 where we hope that our kids go off to college How is this different in rural schools in Alaska 5 I am really interested in learning at least some phrases in the native language for my village Athabascan Huslia Is that presumptuous of me Does that come off as interested or intrusive Really I would like another English teacher s working in bush villages to correspond with if anyone is interested Thanks Tracy tdipaola Posts 7 Joined Tue Jun 02 2015 7 06 am Top Re Teaching Language Arts in a Rural Alaskan town by Bushteachers Mon Jul 13 2015 3 20 pm I taught ELA for the last two years in a small Athapaskan village I am was not an ELA teacher by trade So take my answers for what they are worth 1 Teach what you need to I did use as much Native Alaskan work as I could but resources are a challenge to get Find out what your students levels are If your kids are at a 5th grade level don t kill yourself trying to teach them high school English classics 2 Journaling may work and may not I had a few kids that enjoyed it but few You are thinking like a lower 48

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