Christmas Tree Hunting

Today was the day to go hunting for a Christmas tree. We didn’t have to go very far to find the perfect tree. Spruce trees of all shapes and sizes pop up from the ground in all directions around Newhalen and Iliamna. All we had to do was travel a few miles from our apartment […]

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Volleyball Jamboree in Kokhanok

This past week, the Lake and Peninsula School District held its annual volleyball jamboree in Kokhanok. Kokhanok, a village of about 170 people, is right across the lake from Newhalen. Schools from across the district came to compete in co-ed 3-man and 6-man tournaments. Since Newhalen is the only school in the district with an all-girls’ team that […]

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November in Newhalen

This last weekend, Tyler and I went riding with Kate and Bill to survey the last remnants of autumn before the snow blankets our village. Although the temperature was in the mid-20s (and about 0 degrees with windchill on the Honda), we bundled up and set out on Saturday afternoon to take in the splendor […]

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Akutaq for Snack

t’s here! Friday is finally here! And what better way to kick it off than with a little akutaq? Akutaq (a-goo-duk), also known as Eskimo ice cream, is a classic Yupik dessert. I first heard about it from a student during the first week of school. One of my kindergarteners asked me, “Have you ever tried […]

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