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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Bush Flights
    per kennel that I have to pay Pen Air also has a limit in how many large kennels they allow per flight two so if someone is on that flight with a dog in a 300 or 400 kennel I can t get both my dogs on that flight An agent can verify that for me and advise me on which flight I CAN get on Also if you are taking a bush flight from a hub to your village it is better to try to call the bush service in that hub town For example I take Pen Air to Dillingham and I take Grant to my village Grant has a kiosk in the Anchorage airport but they don t always have the updated schedule for the hub office Grant was short one pilot for a while in March so they had no flights from Dillingham to my village on Sunday The Anchorage office still had Sunday flights listed Had I not checked I would have been stuck in Dillingham overnight with 2 dogs in kennels luggage and no place to stay except the parking lot of the airstrip marymatt718 Posts 75 Joined Mon Feb 10 2014 6 27 pm Top Re Bush Flights by Johncn Fri Jul 10 2015 4 41 am Hi If your district expects you to make your own flight arrangements then Ravn is just like any other airline for purchasing online They are a code share partner with Alaska Airlines and use a centralized reservation system that works just fine for secure credit card purchases http www flyravn com You should sign up for their frequent flyer program FlyAway Rewards They have a good one that involve free trips if you earn a certain number of their points If you use your Alaska Air mileage plan you don t earn the points with Ravn It s one or the other The Ravn points are much better for most teacherss as the number of miles is limited for Bush flights http www flyravn com flyaway rewards I would recommend that you take flight departure and arrival times in the Bush with a grain of salt think of them as approximate times and sometimes approximate days Everything involving airplane travel in the Bush is weather dependent Check the baggage policies excess fees and pet policies of any rural carrier carefully for the specific village you are flying to They can vary greatly Ravn s are pretty clearly marked on their website Also they have an active Facebook page with contests and news https www facebook com RavnAlaska One little known fact about Ravn is that their President Jim Hickerson was the HR Director for Bering Strait School District for many many years and a regular on this forum although he lurked more than posted He retired as Superintendent of BSSD in 2010 Regards John Johncn Posts 165 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 11 05 am Top Re Bush Flights by natmikesell Fri Jul 10 2015 5

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Bush sister village info
    from the Lower 48 a large number of current and former school district HR and school administrators subscribe Moderators Johncn Damon Hargraves Betty Walters Toni McFadden Post a reply 2 posts Page 1 of 1 Bush sister village info by ethetedave Mon Jul 06 2015 10 13 am Hello all I am attempting to locate information and any all resources regarding developing a sister village relationship in the Kuskokwim river delta area This is a project I have been assigned and also credit towards a University of Alaska course I have not been able to locate much info online Thanks in advance Dave ethetedave Posts 13 Joined Sun Sep 14 2014 11 59 am Top Re Bush sister village info by Johncn Mon Jul 06 2015 9 31 pm Hello You can t find much information online about what The villages in the area Setting up sister village programs What is the goal of the assignment To actually set up a program I guess I m not quite sure what you are looking for at a glance Being more specific might get you better assistance Regards John Johncn Posts 165 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 11 05 am Top Display

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Advice to Newbie on Essentials
    to have two phones with two different contracts and two different numbers to keep watch over My GCI phone works down in Texas just as well as it works in my village 4500 miles away Actually it works even better there and I can still text This I think I ve mentioned in another post but in case someone else hasn t seen it I m putting it here Definitely get Amazon Prime and check out Amazon s Subscribe and Save section There are products they send out on a monthly basis to every 2 months to every six months If you have at least 5 items sent each month you get 15 off of each item I buy dog food on the Subscribe and Save program I get 24 cans of wet food for what I would pay for 4 cans in the village store and I get 4 35 pound bags of dry food for less than what I would pay for 2 bags of the same food in the village store All are Prime eligible so I pay NOTHING for shipping I even buy Coke Zero on this program 24 of the little 7 5 oz cans for about 9 which is still get a better price than the 13 for a 12 pack of 12 oz cans in my village The two best tasting dry milk mixes I have found on Amazon are Nido and Peak and both are whole milk not non fat dry milk gag I just switched back to Peak though little more expensive than Nido because I am boycotting the Nestle company which makes Nido for its irresponsible water practices in drought stricken California You can mix the reconstituted powdered stuff with your regular milk to make it go farther or drink it on its own with these two that s possible and both are Subscribe and Save items Powdered eggs are good for cooking so you might want to purchase some for putting in things you are cooking and buy real eggs to eat for breakfast Real eggs are expensive in the village In baking eggs are mostly there for their chemical properties not their taste so you will never notice a difference in flavor but you will notice a difference in your budget Yes a 4 wheeler is wonderful to have I have been in my village for 2 years and I just bought a 4 wheeler I am SOOO happy to have it but I did manage for two years without it You will find that other teachers and the school will be open to helping you get to the Post Office and the village store My principal lets the teachers use the school vehicle once a week for teachers who have no transportation Our school is 3 1 2 miles from the village so he is very open to keeping his teachers happy I am sure you will find that is the case in your school After you re there for a while and have some savings you can get a 4 wheeler You will feel LIBERATED once you get one I bought mine for 2400 from a departing teacher this past May but sometimes the local AC store also sells them and will finance them One teacher did that this past year Her husband came with her and she didn t want him to feel isolated so they financed theirs through our village AC store A new one will run between 9000 and 11 000 depending on the bells and whistles and shipping If you are driving and what a gorgeous drive it is make sure you get a current issue of The Milepost which is the road atlas through Canada and Alaska It is very handy to have not just for the maps but for all the bits of historical information and recommendations of things to see I drive from Texas because of my dogs and I have found The Milepost to be invaluable I don t know how far you re driving but I drive from Austin TX and it takes me most of 8 days to get to Anchorage I rarely stay in a hotel but camp and sleep in pull offs most of the way There is even a subculture of RVers that stay in Walmart parking lots I did that in Durango CO and Moab UT this past July as I was coming back up Both are extremely expensive tourist towns and I couldn t justify the expense of a hotel in those towns I drove by the local Walmart and notices about 50 different RVs parked in the back sections of the parking lot even with the signs that say No Camping I pulled in and joined the crowd feeling very safe staying there overnight The back of my SUV is the size of a double bed when all the back seats are folded down and I have a cheap memory foam mattress topper back there to sleep on tried the inflatable thing but my dogs have long nails so they took care of that thing in less than 5 minutes so I just curled up with the dogs and slept in the back I did have to wait to sleep in the car until I got out of the deep south but once I passed Denver it was cool enough to sleep in the car almost every night The Milepost will also tell you where all the campgrounds are in Canada and you can find which ones have shower facilities which ones don t allow pets etc Oh car storage I store my car at International Self Storage 85 a month which is on the corner of W International Airport Drive and C Street It s about a block walking distance from Motel 6 which is where I stay in Anchorage with my dogs Motel 6 allows pets and does not charge pet fees There are some cheaper hotels but

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - I got a job!!!!YAY! Voznesenka (Kenai)
    short notice on high season out and back for a stuff run at winter break May use miles to get back after winter break depending on the prices Ravn is also 400 Homer Anchorage for winter break but I don t want to be doing the drive to from Anchorage that time of the year My first work day is Aug 3 We start earlier to compensate for holy days during the yr where kids have off and we add school days elsewhere so kids don t miss tons of school for church holidays It s a public school but the District adjusts the calendar in this case to accommodate the students I want to get there get a good AWD preferably Subaru and then deal with housing and settle the dust before school starts I m very lucky I have a friend in Anchorage helping with the vehicle issue now and hopefully it will be bought and waiting for me and I ll just transfer money if we find smthg This is awesome though I ve never been further south than Portage and Kenai is beautiful jaw dropping beautiful Can t wait and the HALIBUT This site has been a great resource The job bank is well organized and user friendly for searcing and for importing from one app to another Yes I had let my app with Kenai expire because I never saw postings there in my areas To think I may have missed this one kazachka Posts 14 Joined Sun Mar 29 2015 7 42 am Location Moscow Russia Website Top Re I got a job YAY Voznesenka Kenai by marymatt718 Fri Jun 19 2015 1 49 pm Congratulations It looks like they were lucky to get you too All the best of luck and welcome home Donna M marymatt718 Posts 75 Joined Mon Feb 10 2014 6 27 pm Top Re I got a job YAY Voznesenka Kenai by kazachka Fri Jun 19 2015 2 25 pm Thanks It looks like Amazon Prime will be my friend too Homer is pretty small but does have some shops Nearest Walmart is nearly 100mi away though kazachka Posts 14 Joined Sun Mar 29 2015 7 42 am Location Moscow Russia Website Top Re I got a job YAY Voznesenka Kenai by Johncn Mon Jun 22 2015 6 24 am Congrats You ll love Homer and the job sounds like it really fits your experience and interests Hope your move goes as smoothly as possible Regards John Johncn Posts 165 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 11 05 am Top Re I got a job YAY Voznesenka Kenai by kazachka Fri Jun 26 2015 3 30 am Thanks I ve been very busy with the move A trusted friend in Anchorage helped me with a car purchase this week just transferred money for a deposit on a rental house about halfway between Homer and the school So that will cut the commute time quite a bit The school is 23

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Driving through Canada
    money you should be fine The fruit and vegetable issues are not just commerce but are also about protecting their agriculture from pests that might be brought in which is why I respect that and eat any fresh stuff before I cross and purchase new stuff in Canada You might consider mailing part of it if you are worried about it This is for everyone out there Alaska is not the total food wilderness that you might think it is That might have been the case years ago but not now You can get ANYTHING you need in Anchorage and mail it from Anchorage before you fly out to your bush village Also Amazon ships just about anywhere and there are wonderful sources of dried fruits and vegetables on Amazon You can also purchase a couple of rather tasty brands of powered milk on Amazon Two I have personally tried are Nido and Peak I get Peak as a monthly subscription from Amazon Anchorage has both a Costco and a Sam s Club Target Cabelas Michaels Petsmart Petco Walmart Fred Meyer aka Kroger just like cities in the lower 48 What I really miss here is an IKEA Both Costco and Sams Club have product lines that have bush residents in mind It s tempting to purchase everything in the lower 48 I know I ve been in that same situation but truly what you REALLY need to bring are your personal things and favorite things the quote is things that make you smile and everything else can be purchased here in Alaska You just need to give your self time to shop for it once you arrive in Anchorage I m not trying to be judgmental so forgive me if I come off as seeming that way I m trying to save you some unnecessary expenses Good luck marymatt718 Posts 75 Joined Mon Feb 10 2014 6 27 pm Top Re Driving through Canada by marymatt718 Fri Jun 19 2015 2 05 pm Scigal I forgot to mention since you probably aren t going as far as Anchorage there is a Costco in Juneau which is a gorgeous ferry ride from Skagway or any other village town in that general vicinity There is no Sam s Club in Juneau unless they built one since I ve been there but there is a fairly large Walmart Good luck in your new job mm718 marymatt718 Posts 75 Joined Mon Feb 10 2014 6 27 pm Top Re Driving through Canada by Scigal Sat Jun 20 2015 7 57 am Thanks for the information It has been very helpful Scigal Posts 4 Joined Fri Feb 06 2015 5 29 pm Top Re Driving through Canada by marymatt718 Tue Jun 23 2015 9 16 pm It s a beautiful drive Alberta is a little vanilla but still pretty and TIDY so very tidy Even the farms seem to line up and neatly park all the farm equipment Weird Then you will be driving

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Atka
    about the website but I don t know what schools or regions are in Atka and beating my head against google didn t seem to help do you happen to know where I might find that information MsMcAdow Posts 3 Joined Fri Jun 19 2015 7 46 am Top Re Atka by marymatt718 Fri Jun 19 2015 6 38 pm Try giving the Alaska EED folks a call They are not your typical state education agency Lord Texas has the WORST helpful education agency EVER but you can ACTUALLY speak to REAL HUMAN BEINGS there and human beings that WANT to be helpful It is a TOTALLY amazing experience If you call and leave a message they actually return your phone calls Amazing but true Good luck marymatt718 Posts 75 Joined Mon Feb 10 2014 6 27 pm Top Re Atka by marymatt718 Sat Jun 20 2015 6 13 am Hello Ms M I just found them on Wikipedia so the accuracy might be a little questionable but according to Wikipedia Atka is in the Aleutian Region School District and the K 12 school there is the Yakov E Netsvetov School If there are only 61 people there as of the last census the school may have trouble keeping the 10 children necessary to keep the school open so I think you still may need to ring up the EED mm718 marymatt718 Posts 75 Joined Mon Feb 10 2014 6 27 pm Top Re Atka by MsMcAdow Sat Jun 20 2015 6 33 am Thank you guys so much you re all so helpful MsMcAdow Posts 3 Joined Fri Jun 19 2015 7 46 am Top Re Atka by Johncn Sat Jun 20 2015 7 02 am Hello Atka is definitely part of Aleutian Region School District They used to

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Teacher Housing at Selawik
    dogs a set of booties might be nice but unless you re going to have them out a long time you can probably clean their feet really well when you come in from walking them Booties aren t THAT expensive so having them on hand will not break you I do have coats for my two deerhounds but I found that once we got from Texas to Alaska their coats started growing thicker and longer naturally They were bred for hunting deer in the climate of Scotland so I really shouldn t have been so surprised Your heelers if I remember the breed correctly have short thick hair You might find their coats get thicker also but even in that case a raincoat with a little insulation might be helpful When I was about to make this move I asked a lot of these same questions so you might also check out the archived forum which was the current forum when I moved up here with a keyword search or two That s where I got all my dog related questions answered This probably hasn t helped much but maybe a bit I can tell you from personal experience that you might also want to have some kind of canine first aid kit with you because very few villages have vets and Selawik is at least 2 plane rides from Anchorage and a vet s office I have wraps gauze Benadryl baby aspirin bath wipes some Elizabethan collars things like that in mine Your regular home vet can give you some tips on what to have on hand If you can t find the stuff he she recommends in a local pet supply store try Drs Foster and Smith on online pet supply place They are the Amazon of pet supplies I wish I could tell you more about housing but Mike only mentioned his principal residence and not the regular housing I have to send him a note soon so I ll ask him to check this forum if he has time this summer I know he is leaving the lower 48 and going up soon sometime in July so you may be able to get his email through the NWA district office I think I mentioned that he is an awesome guy and I m sure he will help you any way he can We are all completely bummed about losing him he was the heart and soul of our school In the meantime try emailing the Human Resources department Your HR guy is Terry Martin at tmartin nwarctic org They should have some kind of new teacher packet they send out or at least they can put you in touch with someone At the very least they could tell you the school emails of some of the returning teachers that you could contact for information That s what I did my first year I was replacing the science teacher and I found she was extremely helpful with

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Special Education Endorsement
    licensed If you ve been through this before please let me know of online programs I might try Thanks brittneycloyd Posts 3 Joined Wed Mar 12 2014 3 46 pm Top Re Special Education Endorsement by Johncn Thu Mar 13 2014 8 17 am Hi I m not an expert on the online certification options but I do know there are at least two in the University of Alaska system designed for post baccalaureate endorsements for teachers who already are certified or working in other subject areas Both are online One is from the UAF Fairbanks main campus while the other is from the UAS Juneau campus https www alaska edu distance programs html It s quite possible that these may be less expensive once you attain Alaska residency but you probably would want to talk the program contacts highlighted above There is also a program from the UAA Anchorage campus I thought this was distance delivered but it s not clear to me on the program description page http www uaa alaska edu coe degrees graduatecertificates specialeducation cfm The handbook says that program delivery is through distance technologies To be sure I d contact the professor or her admin assistant Hope this helps John Johncn Posts 165 Joined Sun Feb 09 2014 11 05 am Top Re Special Education Endorsement by Bushteachers Sun May 10 2015 9 29 pm brittneycloyd wrote I am wondering if anyone has experience earning a special education endorsement online I am hoping to teach in Alaska next year while taking courses to add a special ed endorsement I have already been turned away from three graduate schools either because I am overqualified for the program I m already special ed certified in another state although I did not take special ed coursework or because

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