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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Survey for project for me to graduate from University
    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

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Commando XXL Tote
    pounds jet flights or the weight limits for your regional carrier to your village which vary greatly per person they will charge for excess weight and they do weigh everything 2 Remember though that if you are flying Alaska Airlines AND have signed up for both the Alaska Airlines Frequent Flyer program AND Club 49 prior to your departure using your shiny new rural Alaska address even if it 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 Re Commando XXL Tote Posted Wed Jun 10 2015 5 28 am by Planetwalker Thanx for the info John Re Commando XXL Tote Posted Sun Jun 14 2015 11 01 am by CoreyShep Just a friendly warning Be VERY careful Googling Commando XXL You get all kinds of results Re Commando XXL Tote Posted Sun Jun 14 2015 11 49 am by marymatt718 I am in tears I would guess especially since the new Magic Mike XXL is about to be released Re Commando XXL Tote Posted Wed Jul 01 2015 10 33 am by lpetersen1 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 Re Commando XXL Tote Posted Wed Jul 01 2015 12 57 pm by marymatt718 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 no expedited shipping or Priority Mail However I sent 8 totes from Anchorsge for about 240 See the difference It s all about the shipping ziones This is why those of us who have been through the freshman move

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Teaching Language Arts in a Rural Alaskan town
    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 Re Teaching Language Arts in a Rural Alaskan town Posted Mon Jul 13 2015 3 20 pm by Bushteachers 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 ELA teacher Can village kids handle I think they can but may take

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Bush Flights
    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 Re Bush Flights Posted Fri Jul 10 2015 4 41 am by Johncn 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

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Bush sister village info
    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 Re Bush sister village info Posted Mon Jul 06 2015 9 31 pm by Johncn Hello You can t find much information online about what The villages in the area Setting up sister

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Advice to Newbie on Essentials
    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 by the

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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)
    m hoping to be in Anchorage in about three weeks SAVED by a mileage ticket If I had to pay for a RT tic now it would be over 3000 Well yeah it s 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 Re I got a job YAY Voznesenka Kenai Posted Fri Jun 19 2015 1 49 pm by marymatt718 Congratulations It looks like they were lucky to get you too All the best of luck and welcome home Donna M Re I got a job YAY Voznesenka Kenai Posted Fri Jun 19 2015 2 25 pm by kazachka 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 Re I got a job YAY Voznesenka Kenai Posted Mon Jun 22 2015 6 24 am by Johncn 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 Re I got a job YAY Voznesenka Kenai Posted Fri Jun 26 2015 3 30 am by kazachka 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 25 miles out of Homer so being a bit further out on the road to school will help

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