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For kids in Bristol Bay, summer is a time to explore, fish and hang out with friends. The pandemic has changed summer activities for everyone. But Dillingham’s annual culture camps went ahead — with a few adjustments, and a few unexpected benefits have come out of a tough situation. 

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The fishing season -- and summer vacation -- are underway. The school year was disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the Dillingham school district is working to determine what the fall will look like for students and staff.

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The Bristol Bay Borough School District is rolling out its homebound instruction tomorrow. Dillingham expects to update its original plan this week. 

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People learning Yup’ik now have another way to practice. A new Yup’ik language app aims to help them develop their skills outside the classroom. The goal is to revitalize the language in Bristol Bay. 

Remembering 1919, one hundred years later

Jul 29, 2019
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The same year the Spanish flu hit Bristol Bay, the salmon run collapsed. These two events reshaped the region.




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In April, nearly 100 students from Dillingham City School District learned intense dialogue, staged musical numbers, arranged amazing choreography, engineered and painted fantastic props and sets that culminated in the performance of Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Jr.  With support from community members and DCSD staff, students displayed a stunning portrayal of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. 

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“When people say I can’t do things, I do the opposite," Wilson said. "I’d been told, you know, I probably wouldn’t be a good educator. And so I took that drive to start out into the field.” This spring, she retired. 

Dillingham Elementary School

Sharon Clavette was recognized in May for reinventing the arts program at the school. "It’s less about the program and more about the students," Clavette said.

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Dillingham fourth graders were treated to an out-of-this-world experience. Students launched a weather balloon into outer space last month. The experiment was a chance for the students to view Dillingham from beyond the earth’s atmosphere. 

Shivani Kakde

Bristol Bay Borough High School honored 11 graduating seniors this month. Here is a collection of photos from the ceremony, courtesy of Shivani Kakde of Shivaka Photo Company. Congratulations Bristol Bay!

Bristol Bay celebrates 2019 graduates

May 21, 2019
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Students around Bristol Bay are about to start summer vacation. For seniors, it’s a significant time of year. They have celebrated prom and taken their finals. Now, they are graduating. Dillingham congratulated the 37 seniors Friday.

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Thirty students were recognized at the UAF Bristol Bay Campus's 33rd commencement ceremony Saturday. Their stories reflect the possibilities of education in rural communities. 

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"I have the best job in the world," said Dillingham's Brandon Smith. He was recently named music director of the year for schools in western Alaska, and he is planning on continuing the school’s music program at full speed in the fall.

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Eighteen Dillingham students travelled to France and England last month. As part of the trip, they visited the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.