Joann A. Alexie Memorial School

About Us

 

Lower Kuskokwim School District MapOur current school-wide Title I, PreK-12 enrollment is 118 students, who are serviced by one Site Administrator; eight certified teachers; one Associate Teacher; one Preschool Leader; seven aides; two kitchen staff; two maintenance technicians; a custodian; and any other laborers who may be hired for a specific task.

Community involvement is promoted on a continuous basis in an effort to develop effective educational programming. To this end, various community meetings and activities go on in the school building. One of the most significant, year openers, is the Title I meeting were each individual voice is heard, as the community celebrates its victories and devise ways to conquer its shortcomings.

This is followed by activities such as conferences, academically themed nights, family fun nights and celebrations. It is a mixture of working hard and playing hard. Activities such as Yup’ik Eskimo Dance that have been absent from within the walls of the school (and village) for several years now, have been revitalized, in an effort to approach teaching and learning within the “Yup’ik way of being”.  This connection is forming a bond between the school and community, through which both will grow stronger and better able to serve the students on their way to achievement.

A well-mapped district approved curriculum encompassing the Yugtun (Yup’ik) and English languages, as well as the knowledge and understanding of native traditions, has been installed at Joann A. Alexie Memorial School.  Ongoing trainings are offered to ensure that all teaching and support staff have the highest competency to deliver the content in an engaging fashion with fidelity.

It is believed that a fundamental understanding of these subjects help students become successful and productive members of an ever-changing environment and world in which they are growing into adulthood. Whether in Yugtun (Yup’ik) or English the vocabulary we are using has evolved to be more future oriented. There is talk of graduation in the elementary classrooms and hallways, and of post-graduation options in the secondary hallways and classrooms.Image of Joann A Memorial SchoolIn the last three years Joann A. Alexie Memorial School have added extracurricular activities in order to give the students more outlets for their energies, more incentives to attend regularly and more chance to express themselves by achieving success.  At Joann A. Alexie Memorial School we are striving to increase reading skills in all of our students.

For many years students have been several years behind grade level. We have been going through the throes of smoothing out the curriculum after leaving the phase system, and have been doing “catch-up” with some of the academics the students did not master earlier. We are offering numerous extended learning opportunities for all age groups. Teachers are also using extra resources such as Imagine Learning and iXL math to help students achieve our goals of improvement. This past year we only had 15 students proficient on their SBA testing, but out of 66 students who tested 54 of them showed huge amounts of growth compared to the following year.

Over the course of the next three years, Joann A. Alexie Memorial School will be striving to increase graduation rates and Reading proficiency levels. Attendance is an area that needs to be developed in order to increase Reading proficiency. Currently being put into place are interventions to help with the Reading. An Aide position has been added to help with Response to Intervention (RTI) efforts, for research shows that students with higher reading levels will be higher achievers and feel more confident and successful.

Joann A. Alexie Memorial School will strive to foster more parental involvement through volunteering and parent/teacher contact. The school and community will also be holding Language Acquisition meetings to make a determination in the way they want to go, Dual Language through the utilization of the Gomez Gomez Model, a continuation of the current Yupik First program or an English First program. It is the hope that the Dual Language Model will be the victor; as research has shown that it helps to foster a strong cultural identity in an otherwise traditional, Non-Native, American establishment; as well as playing a significant roll in the development of a strong first oral language in a culture whose strength has not been necessarily embedded in a strong orally language. This would the offer transferability to the second language and as such offer students and student achievement a boost.

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