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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Internet/Phone Service
    the price Thanks for any feedback I m not a fan of full circle You may want to make sure what the shipping cost is to your village Their medium size box was going to cost us 92 to get That included the cost of the veggies I have found that Fred Meyer s Bush Orders gets the produce to me in two days and shipping is pretty reasonable USPS however if the boxes take awhile to get to you you may want to rethink that The quality of produce from Fred s was as good as Full Circle but more than 1 2 the cost Your cost from Anchorage will be around 50 cents to dollar a pound depending on weight and method Re Internet Phone Service Posted Mon May 11 2015 2 54 pm by Redclover711 Good to know It was around 56 to get to us I believe for a medium box at pickup location I imagine the produce from Fred Meyer to Hoonah would not be more than a day or two with daily flights so it should stay relatively fresh hopefully Re Internet Phone Service Posted Mon May 11 2015 3 54 pm by Bushteachers Redclover711 wrote Good to know It was around 56 to get to us I believe for a medium box at pickup location I imagine the produce from Fred Meyer to Hoonah would not be more than a day or two with daily flights so it should stay relatively fresh hopefully Possibly the Fred stuff is fresh I just placed an order 15th one I can dig out a receipt and break it down if you d like It ll have shipping and the 10 charge We ve ordered over 60 dozen eggs this school year Only lost a dozen to breakage except one order where we lost 4 dozen which they replaced Re Internet Phone Service Posted Mon May 18 2015 3 48 pm by schneidler I don t know very much about southeast Alaska I can speak to GCI vs ATT a little bit GCI has much more coverage all over the state than ATT does Way more But if you re not going to western Alaska or the different areas where AT T is not that might not matter to you We have GCI and it works well for us in Western Alaska and I travel to many different villages in Western AK for my job and also has done fine in our summer travels up and down the west coast and even in Hawaii I have heard others say they sometimes have coverage issues on the east coast with GCI but I can t speak to that personally My wife and I have used full circle for years The quality and selection and the ordering interface are all top notch But it is expensive I think we pay about 700 for 10 boxes When you pay for 10 up front you get a small discount like 5

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Moving to Kodiak Island
    May 28 2015 9 03 pm by Bushteachers angelica1224 wrote Hello Everyone Well the dream is finally coming together It s turning out better than I imagined and we are so excited We are moving up to Kodiak Island this summer from Arizona mid July probably We don t have much stuff no furniture or stuff like that but we do have stuff we will be needing to get there I ve searched the forums but can t seem to get a definite answer from someone so hoping I might find the answer here So a few questions 1 The ferry is BOOKED up until September for a vehicle This is how we planned to get up there We will only be taking one vehicle and we could drive through Canada but we can t And here s why Canada won t allow us to take certain ammo or firearms through We ve looked at freight but they drive through Canada too How do we get these items to Kodiak without them going through Canada Can someone suggest a specific freight company Barge Anything please don t say mail it because we can t We ve looked into that option already 2 Any recommendations as to what might be the best option to get there in general It would be my husband myself and our 14 mo daughter Any suggestions would be great Drive fly ship the car etc 3 What would you say would be some Must have items for moving to Kodiak It s not the bush but still a pretty isolated area Anything that we should get in the lower 48 that might be extra expensive at the Safeway or Walmart there 4 Any words of wisdom Thanks You can mail rifles to yourself Not ammo and

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Flights
    Barrow They should but one never knows Also make sure you will have access to teacher housing Sometimes districts use teacher housing for other employees As far as what day My advise is cheapest day Re Flights Posted Thu May 28 2015 9 57 pm by schneidler The flights are probably all the same price right That s usually how Ravn works at least until the last week or two before the date of travel bushteachers is certainly right I would ask you principal a few questions including 1 will NSBSD cover the cost to fly you to Barrow for the inservice probably 2 is housing available and ready for you 3 who will be there to give you a ride or at minimum give you a key to your housing and your classroom 4 what is the phone number for this person 5 who they suggest you fly with there may be more than 1 option like a different scheduled flight or a chartered small plane though probably not in your case distances are so far up there Then make sure you call that local person ahead of time with a heads up and to introduce yourself like now or as soon as you have your tickets Then another call a couple days ahead of time is a good idea Hopefully you will have a cell phone that works in your village probably gci so that when the plane lands and you don t know where to go you can call that person again and say Here we are I think its great you want to get there early It stinks to be brand new to the village and often brand new to teaching in general and only have 24 hours or whatever between the end of the district

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Shipping Household?
    Many small schools like multiple certificates mor for their teachers to be HQ in more than one area I was hired with elementary and SPED but AK didn t recognize my sped My first year was sped then I moved into a ELA SS SPED position Middle and high school Took 4 praxis tests over two school years Key is being open to other cultures and the desire to stay Turn over is very high in the bush Re Shipping Household Posted Wed May 13 2015 8 33 pm by larksong Ell cert will help but I haven t met any ELL teachers that strictly teach ELL like down south Many small schools like multiple certificates mor for their teachers to be HQ in more than one area I was hired with elementary and SPED but AK didn t recognize my sped My first year was sped then I moved into a ELA SS SPED position Middle and high school Took 4 praxis tests over two school years Key is being open to other cultures and the desire to stay Turn over is very high in the bush My B S and M Ed are both in SPED so I don t foresee a problem there Except I don t want a SPED job My endorsements in ESOL English and Italian all come from having coursework equivalent to a major I think that earns HQ status as well but it varies state to state In Illinois I am only a couple of hours from endorsements in Visual Art and Social Science Psychology including taking the exams in those areas I think that s why I really like the idea of teaching in a small school getting to use all the skills I have and all the knowledge I ve accumulated My colleagues in China have asked what it would take to get me to stay The answer is the same as for AK a husband Re Shipping Household Posted Wed May 13 2015 8 49 pm by Bushteachers larksong wrote Ell cert will help but I haven t met any ELL teachers that strictly teach ELL like down south Many small schools like multiple certificates mor for their teachers to be HQ in more than one area I was hired with elementary and SPED but AK didn t recognize my sped My first year was sped then I moved into a ELA SS SPED position Middle and high school Took 4 praxis tests over two school years Key is being open to other cultures and the desire to stay Turn over is very high in the bush My B S and M Ed are both in SPED so I don t foresee a problem there Except I don t want a SPED job My endorsements in ESOL English and Italian all come from having coursework equivalent to a major I think that earns HQ status as well but it varies state to state In Illinois I am only a couple of hours from endorsements in Visual Art and Social Science Psychology including taking the exams in those areas I think that s why I really like the idea of teaching in a small school getting to use all the skills I have and all the knowledge I ve accumulated My colleagues in China have asked what it would take to get me to stay The answer is the same as for AK a husband We wife and I were looking at china before we came here Might want to talk with you via email about it Alaska only recognizes sped if you have a degree or endorsement As far as the other stuff it will make you marketable but smaller villages you might be more of generalist Matter of fact I can tell you one site that is looking for a generalist right now Good village too When you say small site what is small to you Re Shipping Household Posted Wed May 13 2015 9 23 pm by Bushteachers Come to think of it I wouldn t recommend bringing a car all the way to anchorage if you get a job in the bush Your cost to store vehicle will possibly run more than rental costs I ve never paid more than 20 day during the school year for a rental In the winter I ve gotten full size quad cab trucks for 8 day Re Shipping Household Posted Thu May 14 2015 6 23 am by larksong We wife and I were looking at china before we came here Might want to talk with you via email about it Alaska only recognizes sped if you have a degree or endorsement As far as the other stuff it will make you marketable but smaller villages you might be more of generalist Matter of fact I can tell you one site that is looking for a generalist right now Good village too When you say small site what is small to you The job I applied for is in a village of 100 people I d theoretically be the secondary generalist teaching 15 or so 7 12 grade students I m a hermit most of the time planning lessons curriculum doing crafts playing with the dogs and online As long as I ve got good internet I m fine I m really hoping to start continue a Drama program wherever I land Re Shipping Household Posted Thu May 14 2015 6 26 am by larksong Bushteachers wrote Come to think of it I wouldn t recommend bringing a car all the way to anchorage if you get a job in the bush Your cost to store vehicle will possibly run more than rental costs I ve never paid more than 20 day during the school year for a rental In the winter I ve gotten full size quad cab trucks for 8 day I don t even own a car If I drive to AK it will be a rental

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - All things Kotzebue!
    years before the move up So I m not a bring your pet with you person but a cat is totally different Just remember that each time you travel you will have to make accommodations for the pet Hotels in anchorage aren t exactly pet friendly 3 Bring things that make you happy I did t bring firearms at first since I wasn t a resident yet I regretted that because bird and small game hunting was t crazy expensive 4 I just read a good article about GCI s overage fees I doubt your speed will be fast enough to stream And streaming eats up your data fast Very fast We bought the middle plan 80 and with three adults and two small children have only gone over once in two years Thanks for your input I was thinking about the middle plan as well It s not much more than what I pay now and there s not much that I do that eats up a lot of data That s good to know I d like to bring my rifle and shotgun I haven t been in a position to hunt in quite a while and I would love to be able to get back into it Are there any special permits required to have them I would probably ship them instead of jumping through airline hoops Re All things Kotzebue Posted Sat May 23 2015 9 28 pm by Bushteachers CoreyShep wrote Bushteachers wrote 1 I d do GCI Your other option sounds like it may be a local provider Not sure how reliable it would be outside of Kotz 2 We originally brought a dog with us The flight from ATL to our village messed her head up We couldn t leave her in the house without an accident She was potty trained for 6 years before the move up So I m not a bring your pet with you person but a cat is totally different Just remember that each time you travel you will have to make accommodations for the pet Hotels in anchorage aren t exactly pet friendly 3 Bring things that make you happy I did t bring firearms at first since I wasn t a resident yet I regretted that because bird and small game hunting was t crazy expensive 4 I just read a good article about GCI s overage fees I doubt your speed will be fast enough to stream And streaming eats up your data fast Very fast We bought the middle plan 80 and with three adults and two small children have only gone over once in two years Thanks for your input I was thinking about the middle plan as well It s not much more than what I pay now and there s not much that I do that eats up a lot of data That s good to know I d like to bring my rifle and shotgun I haven t been in

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Instead of full circle...
    monday arrived on tuesday I wasn t sure what you meant exactly Could you clarify I see 2 likely interpretations 1 The groceries were 37 and the handling fee and the shipping cost pushed the total to 78 This would be a really good deal 2 The cost of all the food was 78 PLUS 10 handling and 31 shipping meaning a total of 119 Thanks pete in kasigluk It was 109 The 78 included the 10 fee Re Instead of full circle Posted Mon May 18 2015 9 35 pm by Bushteachers schneidler wrote Wow thanks for the great info My wife and I have been using full circle for years and I m always on the lookout for something quality that is cheaper I have a question about the cost You said Total cost was 78 with a 10 handling fee well worth it and 31 shipping cost priority mail left on monday arrived on tuesday I wasn t sure what you meant exactly Could you clarify I see 2 likely interpretations 1 The groceries were 37 and the handling fee and the shipping cost pushed the total to 78 This would be a really good deal 2 The cost of all the food was 78 PLUS 10 handling and 31 shipping meaning a total of 119 Thanks pete in kasigluk If you pull the weekly ad for the store there are sale prices I also call the produce manager and find out prices on everything I buy What I enjoy about it is the fee is small considering I don t have to go in or pack or ship Re Instead of full circle Posted Wed May 27 2015 7 50 am by marymatt718 Thank you Bushteachers I am going to try this method I ve been in Togiak for 2 years and we luckily are a delivery hub so we are pretty lucky with our produce BUT we get a selection based on what is popular in the village of course what the AC can sell I did try Full Circle and found if several of us got together we could order the largest box and split the cost most of the cost is shipping anyway so the bigger the box the more produce you actually get Unfortunately for us and for Full Circle the boxes came in on Everts Cargo not one of my favorite companies so often the boxes were crushed or the produce was crushed inside the box from being tossed around so much Full Circle was really good about giving credit but it happened so often that it became ridiculous Full Circle was losing money and we weren t getting decent produce all because the cargo company was irresponsible I have seen Fred Meyer boxes come in on Grant the air service that carries the mail to our village so I believe I will have better luck with getting fresh produce this way What a great idea I never even thought to

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Noob Teacher-Contract question
    am a new non traditional teacher About 40yrs old I ve had a few interviews in 3 completely different school districts 1 high paying yet terrible environment one medium pay and medium environment and 1 low pay but sweet environment I am very interested in the medium pay medium environment spot but I was thinking of trying to negotiate for more pay or better benefits or better incentives Is a new teacher allowed to try to negotiate up in Alaska Would that be considered unprofessional by HR people I don t want to ruin any chance for a great spot in a village but it would also be great to get the best deal that I can I plan on sticking around for awhile No 1 yr and i m gone attitude from me I m in it to win it with a small village that needs me Can I negotiate for my commitment Thanx ahead of time for responses planet First take it one year at a time Many people want to stick around for awhile but it isn t always possible Get through your first year Do not tell the kids you are staying forever until you know for sure Teacher retention in the bush is pretty low and it isn t for everyone However with the right attitude and the ability to understand that each village is unique you can stay around for awhile Now as far as negotiating your salary There is a negotiated agreement that the districts union has negotiated with the board Your salary will be based off that You won t get paid more than any other teacher that is coming in with similar experience There are often times perks moving allowance etc that may not be in the NA and the district

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  • Alaska Teacher Placement Forums • View topic - Internet in teacher housing in the bush?
    streaming Here is a comparison of GCI s Internet offerings for two different villages in the district I used to work for and a link to check all villages by availability by entering the name of the community GCI Internet Package Finder by village http www gci com internet plans GCI Village Broadband Package Unalakleet BSSD GCI Village Regular Package Wales BSSD As you can see the bandwidth allocation cost ratio is hugely different In comparison satellite Internet packages will be about 100 month for a pretty decent connection but will impacted sometimes by weather snow ice rain on dish and will have more startup costs unless the district housing unit already has a dish in place Here is a map of the GCI Terra Project villages online and a link to their proposed ones for the coming year GCI Terra Project Info http terra gci com maps locations Here are some providers of satellite Internet in Alaska Note that Dish Network does not work and is not available in the part of Alaska I lived in despite what the company says when you call but it may be in some areas Exede Internet Microcom is Alaska reseller http www exede com local dealer microcom alaska Hughes net Who I had the last several years http www hughesnet com index cfm page Alaska Alaska Satellite Internet Fairbanks Alaska Phone 907 451 0088 Toll Free 1 888 396 5623 Starband Associated with the Open Skies grant project rolled out in 2011 or 2012 but I have had no experience with this since that service was implemented I was a Starband customer in the early 2000s before switching to Hughes net http www starband com Finally many districts do not discourage or prohibit staff use of the Internet during non work hours to take online classes Most schools do have decent Internet at this point but again it may not be broadband like you are used to living in the L48 Hope this helps John Re Internet in teacher housing in the bush Posted Mon Jan 12 2015 6 53 am by robfamily6 wow Thanks John That s great information and is a huge help Thanks again Re Internet in teacher housing in the bush Posted Tue Jan 13 2015 8 02 pm by Planetwalker Great research Thanks Re Internet in teacher housing in the bush Posted Thu Jan 15 2015 9 31 pm by marymatt718 John is right there is internet available I am working on a Master s in Teaching Math right now I have GCI but where the teacher housing in my village is located makes GCI unreliable at times Our housing is 3 and 1 2 miles from the main village where residents tell me they have no problems with GCI at all A friend has Hughes Net which seems to be more reliable but has its owns set of problems With Hughes Net you don t necessarily pay for GB you have a sort of allotment you

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