• Annmarie

    Happy New Year and welcome back to the second semester of the 2016-17 school year!

    My sincerest thank you to parents/guardians, staff, and community for their continued efforts toward to making the Northwest Arctic Borough School District a great place to learn and teach.

    ATTENDANCE, SLEEP, AND COMMUNICATION support student success in school and require cooperation between home, school, and community.    

    • A 95% attendance rate is essential for student learning.  As of December, our District-wide attendance rate is 89% with 9th grade having the lowest attendance rate at 83% and 5th grade the highest at 93%. Deering School continues to maintain an overall attendance rate of 95%.

    • Habits of good attendance start in kindergarten and carry into a child’s adult life and to the workplace.  Make going to school on time a priority in your home.

    • Sufficient sleep is another critical component of student success. A minimum of eight (8) hours is essential for proper brain functioning and learning. Without enough sleep students have trouble learning, making decisions, and controlling emotions and behaviors. 

    • Communicate with your children’s teachers and work together to solve problems. Encourage them to their best and celebrate successes and accomplishments. Support them when confronted with difficulties or challenges, but urge them to keep trying.

    I invite you to join the District’s continued journey toward supporting our mission “to provide a learning environment that inspires and challenges students and employees to excel.”

    If you have any questions, or if I can be of assistance, please feel free to call me at 442-1802 or email me at aobrien@nwarctic.org.



    Dr. Annmarie O'Brien

    Dr. Annmarie O’Brien,


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