• portrait Welcome to the 2016-17 school year!  I am honored and pleased to begin my third year as your Superintendent.  We extend a warm welcome to our new teaching staff joining NWABSD from regions throughout Alaska and across our great Nation, our returning staff and students. 


    The school year opens with the Principal Inservice: August 1–5, new Teacher Inservice: August 8, all Staff Inservice: August 9-12, and the first day of school Wednesday, August 17, 2016.


    Parents/guardians, it is time to prepare your children for the change from a carefree summer schedule to the routines necessary for success in school.  The longer you wait to get your children into the custom of going to bed and waking up early, the harder it will be for them to get up for school in the morning.


    Recommended time for sleep for ages 5-6: 10-12 hours, ages 7-12: 10-11 hours, and ages 12-18: 8-9 hours.  Starting a sleeping routine before the start of the school year will support your children’s success in school.  Don’t wait too long to establish good sleeping habits.


    If you are new to the District, you can access an enrollment packet on our website: http://www.nwarctic.org  or from the school secretary the week prior to the start of school.


    I look forward to meeting and working with you to support our students and staff as together we embrace and promote the District's mission: “TO PROVIDE A LEARNING ENVIRONMENT THAT INSPIRES AND CHALLENGES STUDENTS AND EMPLOYEES TO EXCEL.”






     Dr. Annmarie O’Brien


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