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First Open Mic night Thursday in SUB

  Karrie Pavish Anderson and GILA music program hosts its first Open Mic night of the year 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the Student Union Building on the GILA campus.

  Doors open 6 p.m. with access to Crazy Hawks Coffee and Snacks, and performances begin 7:30 p.m. Performances will last about one hour.

  Since this is the first Open Mic and many new students haven't had the opportunity to practice, the roster will include returning students as well as some musically talented members of the dorm staff.

  Everyone is welcome to attend, including members of the public, so please mark your calendars and bring a friend! We hope to see you there.

Thanks to Richard Ramage for this information

Clubs are starting for the new year

  GILA's dorm staff is very excited to begin another year of clubs here at the residence hall.

  Signup for clubs is 4 p.m. in the gym on the GILA campus. All Galena high school students are invited.

  Club offered this year are:

  • Musical Theatre - Natalie Olender

  • Interior Redesign - Caylee Redford

  • Halloween Crafts - Nichole Hibl

  • Book Club - Carrie McCann

  • Outdoor Club - Gunnar Johnson

  • Cartoon Club - Craig Hibl

  • Weightlifting - Karl Thistle

  • Drawing Club - Charles Peterson

  • Improve Club - Matt McCann

  • Zombie Club - Joel Wilkinson

  • Underwater Basket Weaving - Ineke Wilkison

  There are several more clubs still to be determined.

  Clubs are every Sunday from 3 to 4:45 p.m. and change quarterly.

  We welcome all Galena residential students interested in attending clubs. However, the school can't provide transportation to and from the GILA campus.

  Any Galena residential student interested in joining a club is asked to call Mr. Ramage at 656-7174.

  The dorm staff is looking forward to another great year of clubs!

Thanks to Richard Ramage for this information

The elementary and high school staff before starting the inservice at the SHS campus on Aug. 14.

Staff gathers to prepare for the new school year

  Elementary and high school teachers gathered at the SHS campus on Thursday to focus on strengthening curriculum and improving instruction.

  The returning staff was joined by three new teachers - language arts teacher Kate Quinn, social studies teacher Brian Davis, and science and math teacher Corrie Lambrecht.

  There are a number of new classes being offered at the school this year. The media and information technology classes will offer digital photography, a new class that joins digital video, web page authoring, and journalism. The three computer instruction classes will offer students the opportunity to earn Microsoft Office certification.

  There are also new classes in emergency medical technician training, Alaska fisheries, college writing, and small engine repair, and there's a new focus on rural sustainability.

Published 14 August 2014 at 9:44 a.m.

Student athletes and those with PE classes

Those taking physical education classes will need to bring gym shoes, outside shoes (such as tennis shoes), and swim wear. Every student will be in the pool, so they need to be prepared as well as ready to work inside and outside.

Cross-country athletes begin daily practices 2 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, at SHS. Every runner needs to have a physical before taking part in practices. Cross-country athletes with questions should call coach Bifelt.

Volleyball players should arrive at school with updated physicals and tennis shoes. Players with questions should call coach Redman.

Drawing on her dreams

Kate Quinn, the new language arts teacher in Galena.

  It's natural for Kate Quinn to be in the classroom.

  "I've always wanted to teach in some capacity," she said, sharing stories about how she'd draw schools, like a young architect, for fun when she was a child.

  Maybe it runs in the family. Miss Quinn's mother, Wendy Quinn, has been working as an an elementary school teacher since 1977, including a long-time stint as the fifth and sixth grade teacher at University Park Elementary School in Fairbanks. Miss Quinn's father, Dennis Quinn, worked for the Alaska Railroad.

  Miss Quinn will be teaching American literature, composition, and creative writing at the GILA campus.

  She was born and raised in Fairbanks, going to elementary school at University Park and high school at West Valley. She graduated in 2006. During her time at West Valley, she was a member of the National Honor Society and played for the soccer team and track and field in shot put and discus.

  She was also the kicker for the West Valley Wolfpack football team, scoring one point during her season. "My team sucked. I'm not going to lie," she said.

  Miss Quinn earned her bachelor of arts in English, with a minor in Spanish, from Washington State University in 2010.

  After graduation, she went to Grenada, Spain, for three months to study Spanish language, culture, and literature. When she returned, she spent a year substituting in Fairbanks schools.

  Her master's degree work consisted of a long commute between Alaska and Washington, D.C. While she was in Washington, D.C., she worked on her master's degree in literature at American University; while in Fairbanks, she focused on the UAF teaching credential program. Miss Quinn graduated from American University in May 2014.

  Galena is her first teaching assignment. She said that her goal was to have students embrace literature and enjoy reading. Miss Quinn said she really likes music, literature, and art from the modernism era in the 1920s, which includes writers such as Hemingway, Joyce, and Fitzgerald.

Published 15 August 2014 at 9:31 a.m.

Teacher has eyes on the sky

Corrie Lambrecht in her student teaching classroom before arriving in Galena.
Photo courtesy Corrie Lambrecht

  Corrie Lambrecht comes to Galena via the heavens.

  Ten years ago, the new science and math teacher was peering into the night sky at the Los Alamos National Laboratory's observatory, working on projects during the summer to go along with her undergraduate work in astrophysics. "I fell in love with astronomy when I was in high school," she said.

  Even in the retelling about her experiences at Los Alamos, she is upbeat and excited describing the first time she saw Saturn though the telescope, the thrill of seeing the four largest Jovian moons, or the joy of seeing distant globular clusters and galaxies while setting up the specialized cameras needed for astronomy.

  Like all workplaces, though, there's a downside. "I loved astronomy, but I get bored working by myself," she said. "I like science, but I like people, too."

  Ms. Lambrecht will teach physical science, geology, and algebra 1 in the upcoming school year. Her classroom is at the SHS campus.

  Ms. Lambrecht was born in Evansville, Ind., the daughter of the Rev. Buzz and Diane Lambrecht. Her father was a pastor for the United Methodist Church. Most of her childhood was spent in western Kansas. "The town I'm probably the fondest of is Protection," she said.

  Most of the towns she grew up in had several hundred residents - the smallest about 200, the rest around 500-600, so Galena's population isn't a surprise. She graduated valedictorian in a class of 43 from Wabaunsee High School in Alma, Kan. "It was the biggest school I went to," she said.

  After spending several years at the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology's astrophysics program, she moved to Albuquerque, deciding to earn her bachelor of arts degree in cultural anthropology, with a minor in religious studies, from the University of New Mexico.

  While living in Albuquerque, she volunteered with Catholic Charities to work with refugees, most notably from civil wars in central Africa, the genocide in Rwanda, and resettlement of Tibetans in New Mexico.

  During this time, she started tutoring children from local families, with a focus on science and math.

  After earning her bachelor's degree, she moved to Alaska, where she earned her master's degree in secondary education from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. This is her first teaching assignment. "I'm really excited to live by the banks of the Yukon River," she said.

  Ms. Lambrecht arrives in Galena with her companion Nick Hruby, whose sister Melinda is a 2008 alumnus of GILA. He is originally from Tok.

  Mr. Hruby most recently worked as a mechanical engineer in aerospace design for Reitech Global, but quit his position to join Ms. Lambrecht in Galena. He's interested in sustainable energy and has already reached out to those involved with the boarding school's biomass energy project.

Published 12 August 2014 at 10:59 a.m.

Social studies teacher prepared

Brian Davis, the new social studies teacher on the GILA campus.

  Galena's new social studies teacher says he's pretty much done it all. He's not kidding.

  Brian Davis spent 10 years at the Open Bible Christian School in Newberg, Ore., a small, private school for elementary and high school students.

  "I was the only high school social studies teacher there," he said, where he taught courses ranging from world history and United States history to advanced placement European history, economics, philosophy, psychology, comparative politics, and a seminar on World War II. And physical education classes. And Bible study. Plus he worked at times as the vice-principal, the lead teacher, and the student activities director.

  "And my last year I ran our own very small athletic department," he said.

  But there was something waiting over the horizon. "I've always dreamt of living in Alaska," he said, adding that he's had a lifelong interest in different cultures and seeing how other people live. For three years, Mr. Davis was the high school social studies teacher in the villages of Scammon Bay and Marshall.

  He said the Galena's reputation for education excellence was well known in the villages where he taught.

  Mr. Davis will teach government, Alaska studies, and geography at the GILA campus.

  "My goal is to get the kids to have the same passion and love for history that I have," he said.

  The son of Winnie and Gary Davis, he was born and raised in Salem, Ore., where he graduated from McKay High School in 1993. Following graduation, he earned a bachelor's degree in history, with a minor in political science, from Regis University in Denver. His history degree focused on Asian and European studies.

  Mr. Davis has also did post-baccalaureate coursework at Corban University in Salem, Ore., for social studies education. He completed the program in 1999.

Published 13 August 2014 at 9:16 p.m.

New teachers arriving this fall


Staff writers

  Galena students will meet three new high school teachers next year, according to Beth Buchanan, principal of curriculum and instruction.

  Kate Quinn will be teaching language arts at the GILA Campus. She is living in Fairbanks, Alaska and did her student teaching at North Pole High School.

  Corrie Lambrecht will be teaching math and science at the SHS campus. She applied for a resident advisor position at Ptarmigan Hall last year and was accepted, but decided to finish her master's degree instead. She has taught at North Pole High School before.

  Brian Davis will be teaching social studies at the GILA Campus. Mr. Davis is living in Juneau, Alaska right now, and has taught in the Yupiit School District.

  The position is still open to replace the departing Wilma Omnik as the cosmetology instructor.

Published 10 July 2014 at 4:40 p.m.

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Hawk Highlights photo galleries
Village Science Expo / SHS Elementary Science Fair

Saturday night theater at GILA!
The Foul Fish Man, And Other Alaskan Tales
Fifth Annual Boutique and Fashion Show
Ptarmigan Hall Improvisation Group

Basketball and senior appreciation night - March 1, 2014
Senior night
Galena Lady Hawks 55 / Hutchison Lady Hawks 51
Galena Hawks 56 / Hutchison Hawks 69

Basketball - February 28, 2014
Galena girls C team 23 / Galena JV Lady Hawks 16
Galena Lady Hawks 33 / Hutchison Lady Hawks 30
Galena Hawks 56 / Hutchison Hawks 48

Junior varsity tournament
February 1, 2014
Galena JV boys 75 / Galena boys C team 54
Galena JV girls 36 / Galena girls C team 19
Galena JV boys 65 / Huslia Hustlers 37
Galena JV Lady Hawks 13 / Huslia Lady Hustlers 41

Tournament award winners

January 31, 2014
Lady Hawks junior varsity games
Boys junior varisty - photo gallery one
Boys junior varisty - photo gallery two

Jan. 24, 2014 basketball games
Lady Hawks 56 / Eielson 42
Boys team - Hawks 60 / Eielson 15
Little Hawks
Jan. 25, 2014 basketball games
Lady Hawks 58 / Eielson 30
Boys team - Hawks 68 / Eielson 28
Junior varsity boys' and girls' teams vs. "C" teams

Class of 2013 graduation - first photo gallery
Class of 2013 graduation - second photo gallery
Class of 2013 graduation - third photo gallery
Class of 2013 graduation - fourth photo gallery
Prom 2013 - first gallery
Prom 2013 - second gallery
Prom 2013 - third gallery
Afterprom party
Feb. 15, 2013, basketball games
Lady Hawks 49, Monroe 25
Galena boys 23, Monroe 40
Feb. 16, 2013, basketball games
Galena boys 38, Monroe 79
Lady Hawks 42, Monroe 45
Graduating seniors honored
Little Hawks - future champions on the court
Feb. 1, 2013, basketball games
Galena boys 59, Delta 55
Lady Hawks 46, Delta 43
Feb. 2, 2013, basketball games
Lady Hawks 46, Delta 50
Galena boys 51, Delta 54
Jan. 18, 2013 JV tournament basketball games
Lady Hawks against Huslia
Galena boys against Huslia
Lady Hawks against Tanana
Jan. 19, 2013, JV tournament basketball games
Galena boys against Tanana
Lady Hawks against Huslia
Galena boys against Huslia
Award ceremony winners

JV intersquad game Jan. 11, 2013
Varsity boys vs. Tikigaq Jan. 11, 2013
JV intersquad Jan. 12, 2013
Lady Hawks intersquad Jan. 12, 2013
Varsity boys vs. Tikigaq Jan. 12, 2013

Lady Hawks vs. Nome Dec. 15, 2012
Lady Hawks vs. Nome Dec. 14, 2012

Galena swim meet November 2012
Hawk wrestlers demo exhibition November 2012
Veteran's Day gala by elementary students Nov. 8, 2012
Stephen Blanchett at elder's center Nov. 7, 2012
Stephen Blanchett working with students Nov. 8, 2012
Halloween parade at senior center Oct. 31, 2012
Halloween carnival Oct. 31, 2012
Junior high basketball tournament Oct. 20, 2012
Yukon Jamboree Oct. 6, 2012

WISA photos day one - ski racing March 2012
WISA photos day two - biathlon March 2012
WISA photos day three - relay race March 2012
WISA photos day three - awards ceremony March 2012

Spring carnival photos (page two) March 2012
Spring carnival photos (page one) March 2012

News articles
January-May 2014
Cyberbullying law proposed
Student takes his first solo flight
School board director sees GILA
Wilkinson is new counselor
Health academy on campus
Health careers focus of trip
Mr. A is new tech teacher
GILA looks at welding, small engines grant
Students hear relationship talk
March for Respect
Galena gets new police chief
Students present fashion show, play, film
Iditarider pedals through
Galena youth delegates head to TCC convention
Iditaread arrives
Law officers recruit students
IDEA visitors enjoy campus
Health academy offered
Solo pilots soar over school
Students serve up Valentines for elders
Mr. Lamkin is new English teacher
Elementary teachers honored for successes
September 2013
Welcome potlatch
Dorm counselor now at GILA
January-May 2013
Graduation ceremony
Village Science Expo shows traditions in a new way
Activities Fair shows off Galena student talents
Staff writer honored with Washington D.C. internship
Science fair brings crowds to elementary gym
Military Youth Academy leader joins respect march
EXTREME Face-Off winner crowned
New admissions coordinator joins GILA staff
Get ready for testing
Firefighting classes offered to Galena students
Changes coming next year
IDEA Battle of the Books teams take state titles
Readfest event links students and families to books
Iron Dog kids head out
BMX bikers talk and perform at the SHS gym
Aviation teacher Josh Kaufield named Pilot of the Year
'I was the only person on Earth'
Five GILA aviation students take their first solo flights
Compost at the dining hall
Big stink wafts across campus
New solar panels supplying power for Galena students
Student filmmakers put on show
Doyon officials visit school seeking potential hires
District seeks money to create HQ building classrooms
Automotive classes are getting driving simulator
August-December 2012
Cosmetology program earns national recognition
College recruiters on campus
Newest school board member promotes success
Presidential election survey has surprising results
Career preparation program begins
Administrators switch positions
Students in drug-free week celebration
GILA student invited to elders and youth conference
Motivational speaker warmly greeted
New shop building dedicated
Sen. Murkowski speaks to journalism class
Orientation starts the school year
Community welcomes teachers at potluck
Summer 2012
Staff gathers for group photo before school starts
Winter cold won't bother new GILA principal
Ms. Brokaw is new middle school teacher
New social studies teacher welcomed to GILA
Student-grown potatoes are growing well
January-May 2012
Students finish year earning private pilot's licenses
Elementary science fair shows off knowledge to community
Kids swarm all over GILA campus searching for Easter eggs
March for Respect in Galena
Man runs frozen river for suicide prevention
ERA Aviation gives school major donation
Riff@n*Hook Festival was exhilarating
New cosmo teacher welcomed to GILA
Students survive record cold temps with ease
Galena performer has CD celebration
Globetrotters dazzle Galena students

January-May 2014
Louden donates $5,000 to NYO
Pass The Oxygen team wins Yukon shootout
Galena dominates WISA
Galena skiers sweep Arctic Games
Mrs. Buchanan, Mr. Karlberg honored as coaches of the year
Girls fifth at state
SHS junior high students wins international medal at Arctic Winter Games/a>
Lady Hawks head to state
Buzzer beater beats boys
Community comes out to support Arctic Winter Game athletes
Girls sweep road trip
Boys battle Monroe, Delta
New NYO coach
Boys, girls beat up visiting Eielson
January-May 2013
Galena students going to Arctic Winter Games
Swim meet
Welding class builds new gym equipment
All seven girls place at state wrestling tournament
Hawks go up against Hutchison, Monroe Catholic
GILA junior makes winning shot
Lady Hawks finally beat Harpoonerettes in Pt. Hope
Cross-country skiing starts
Huslia Hustlers sweep Junior Varsity Tournament
August-December 2012
Four wrestlers compete at state tournament
Preseason basketball preview
Galena swim team raises $760 at mock meet for athletes
Two wrestlers take top honors at Hutch Meltdown
Hawk wrestlers demonstrate diverse skills at exhibition
Galena volleyball player named to All-Tourney squad
WNBA player shares life experiences
Mom's achievement inspires GILA teen
Lady Hawks volleyball team wins sportsmanship award
Two wrestlers earn Bush Brawl tourney medals
Galena junior high teams sweep tourney 1,2,3
Hawk wrestlers make it to finals
Galena runner fifth at state championship
January-May 2012
Galena swimmer headed to Junior Olympic trials
Lady Hawks win state championship, community honors effort

Hawk Highlights audio
Graduation ceremony - May 17, 2013
Listen to the outstanding performance by Curtis Richardson of the song "Soul Shine" at the 2013 Galena graduation ceremony
Riff@n*Hook finale concert podcast - March 30, 2013

Hawk Highlights video
Galena teachers Alyson Esmailka and Cathy Evans were showcased for their talents in their art classes on KTUU Channel 2's newshour on March 13, 2013. Thanks to Channel 2 reporter Dan Carpenter for highlighting the hard work of Galena teachers.
BMX bikers demonstrate skills at the SHS gym - March 2013.
Freshman Anthony Sam's full-court basket at the buzzer at the end of the Huslia game - Jan. 11, 2013
2013 EXTREME Face-Off performers
      Curtis Richardson - first
      Dylan Paslov
      Kayla Stepetin
      Candace Cox
      Kenny Chaliak
      Curtis Richardson - second
      Aaron Cox
Many thanks to Isaac McElwee for these video clips
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Galena event planner
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Galena schools calendar for the upcoming year

Class schedule

Community calendar

Event notices can be emailed or call (907) 656-2053 weekdays.

Thursday, Aug. 28
Open Mic Night
Open Mic Night starts 6 p.m. when the doors at the SUB's Crazy Hawks coffee shop; performances begin at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Aug. 30
Movie night
The community movie is Divergent, rated PG-13. The movie starts at 6 p.m. in the GILA theater.

Sunday, Aug. 31
GILA club signup
Students interested in joining the many clubs offered at school can sign up 4 p.m. in the GILA gym. The list of clubs are listed in the story to the left of the calendar.