By Mr. Rob | January 26, 2015
Yesterday around noon, there was a brown-out, then the power to the whole village was knocked out. Up at teacher housing, arcs of electricity were flying in the utility room and up where the power lines meet the meter box. The heat was so intense, that it caught the housing of the meter box on fire! Luckily two villagers and I jumped out and used a fire extinguisher to dispatch the flame before it could spread. Electricity was later permanently cut to the duplex, and the powers-that-be are determining whether to fix the building or condemn it.
By Mr. Rob | January 22, 2015
Today we will be honoring and remembering the life of Alice Soolook. The funeral will begin around 3:00 PM in the school gymnasium. A feast will follow the service. Please join us in celebrating her time amongst us.
By Mr. Rob | January 15, 2015
We are currently in the middle of a “Winter Storm Warning” that will persist until 9PM tomorrow night (Friday, January 16, 2015). On top of that, they have cut power to the village to repair a dangerous line. If you are currently without heat and power, please take refuge in the school. We are working on securing a cook for tonight as well. Stay safe, and keep an eye on those kids! I was just out and recorded gusts up by teacher housing at 40MPH! With our current temperature of 7 degrees, that’s around -18 with windchill. Keep warm, Diomede!
P.S. You can’t tell from the photo, but the sea ice was moving by at around 20MPH!
By Mr. Rob | January 9, 2015
Diomede School celebrated the 100th day with students for the 2014-2015 school year! We read a book and donned some pretty swanky glasses built by our kindergartner and second graders. Pam even gave each student a cozy blue “Diomede Dateliners” hoodie to celebrate. May we have many more wonderful days on the island. 100 thanks to all who participated and helped.
By Mr. Rob | December 15, 2014
On Thursday, the National Guard sent a black hawk with emergency technician, Lee Hewitt, to repair Diomede’s power outage issues. Most of the village had taken shelter in the school by then, and were living in the gymnasium (many houses were without heat). As the black hawk touched down, a raging winter storm was setting in as the ocean was freezing. Needless to say, we made the news. Check out the full KTUU article here. We lost power again today, but things were quickly fixed. Some houses are still having issues with heat, and teacher housing has suffered from minor water damage due to bursting pipes. Lee Hewitt is still in town, racing about like a super-hero, fixing this and that. The district intends to send a maintenance person of their own, but the strong winds and poor conditions might delay that relief for some time yet.
By Mr. Rob | December 14, 2014
Please join us Tuesday, December 16th at 5PM for Charlie Brown’s Christmas play. We’ll have refreshments and we will premier an amazing video from a bygone era in Diomede. We will all meet up in Mr. Michael’s room (upstairs in the elementary wing). I hope to see you there!
By Mr. Rob | December 3, 2014
Holiday Spirit Week is upon us! We’ll be celebrating the 12 days of Christmas in style. The class with the most participation will win a movie party with awesome snacks! Please help your student dress the part.
Wednesday, December 3rd: Rudolph/Reindeer
Thursday, December 4th: Christmas Colors (Green/Red)
Friday, December 5th: Christmas Tree
Monday, December 8th: Santa/Mrs. Clause
Tuesday, December 9th: Elf
Wednesday, December 10th: Ugly Christmas Sweater
Thursday, December 11th: Bed Head/Messy Hair
Friday, December 12th: NO SCHOOL
Monday, December 15th: Christmas Box/Present
Tuesday, December 16th: Winter Sports/Hat
Wednesday, December 17th: Candy Cane
Thursday, December 18th: Crazy Sock Day
Friday, December 19th: Toy or Stuffed Animal
Fun Fact: Did you know that Santa has a helper during Christmas named Krampus? “Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Christmas season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts.” Wikipedia
By Mr. Rob | November 12, 2014
Many thanks to all those who participated in our 2014 Veterans Day celebration at the school. A very special thanks to all those veterans who came and were honored by our community. Thank you for protecting our country, serving our government, and sharing your stories with us at the celebration. And lastly (can you tell it’s getting towards Thanksgiving), thanks to whomever shot off the fireworks last night. It was a nice touch.
By Mr. Rob | November 7, 2014
Tuesday, November 11th: Veterans Day Celebration at 2:00 PM in the gym.
Please join us in honoring our brave veterans with song and dance.
Friday, November 21st: High Table for 7-12th Graders
Parent/Guardian lunch provided for free at 12:00 PM
Tuesday, November 25th: Count Your Blessings at 2:00 PM
Community Talk with Students
Thursday, November 27th: Thanksgiving Community Meal at 1:00 PM
Bring a dish to celebrate Diomede potluck style.
Thursday/Friday, November 27-28: No School (Holiday)
Fun Fact: November means the 9th month (novern is Latin for 9). So why it the 11th month of the year? Long ago (before Roman times), the year started on March. January and February were added later by the Romans, thus bumping the 9th month back to the 11th month. You can also see the Latin word for 10 in December (decem). Maybe we should change November to Elevenber, and December to Twelveber.
By Mr. Rob | October 31, 2014
Haunted House 6:30 – 9:00
This night only, our student-built haunted house! Come to the Gym for frights, scary stories, and candy! Bring your costumes (and maybe some diapers)!
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