As the Principal of Chief Ivan Blunka School in the Southwest Region School District, I want to showcase one unique way that we are engaging students in a virtual environment in New Stuyahok, Alaska. I was born and raised in Alaska, and I have always been very connected to the land and its’ resources. I actively participate in subsistence activities to harvest fish, game, and edible plants, and my chief goal as a principal is to help my students and staff connect to the traditional way of life in a meaningful way.One opportunity we have had while in the red risk level where students are participating in distance learning is facilitating a way for them to connect through Subsistence Bingo.
Graduation Week is, without a doubt, my absolute favorite week of the entire school year, and being the senior advisor is one of my favorite parts of my job. I look forward to the planning, the stress, the excitement, the traditions, the pictures (so many pictures!), the hugs, the handshakes, the smiles, and the tears all year long.
The National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) has named Meghan Redmond, assistant principal of Chief Ivan Blunka School in New Stuyahok, Alaska, the 2019 National Assistant Principal of the Year. Her award announcement is made during NASSP’s annual celebration of National Assistant Principals Week.
While there are many advantages to working in the field of education, educators often communicate that they do not feel adequately appreciated for the extraordinary work they do. Recognizing that thankfulness is an important value and an often simple expression can make a significant difference, we have started a movement of deliberately spreading the practice of gratitude. Continue reading ‘Expressing Gratitude Matters’ by Principal Robin Jones of Chief Ivan Blunka School
Teacher retention, effective classroom instruction, and institutional knowledge are key to closing achievement gaps and increasing student performance. It takes time for teachers to gain experience and maximize their effectiveness in the classroom. When teachers commit to being consistent year after year, the students gain a sense of continuity and the staff gains strong collegiality and relational trust. Continue reading Celebrating 100% Teacher Retention! by Robin Jones, Principal of Chief Ivan Blunka School