Nikolai

Thanks to teacher Joyce Gardella!

Several of the Nikolai students, as well as teacher Mrs. Gardella, chime in on what they like (and what they dislike!) about the Iditarod sled dog race!

The Elementary Students Talk about their Iditarod Likes and Dislikes
Mrs. Gardella's Hello!
Iditarod from the Teacher's Point of View
Phil Loves his Iditarod Job
Victoria's Favorite and Not-so-Favorite Things
Jeremiah Talks Iditarod as well as Life Ouside Iditarod
The Best and Worst Parts

Eden Lake students and Nikolai students talked via Skype! After the conversation, Nikolai students wrote up some things about our similarities and our differences.

Yes, that says almost -30!

Nikolai Students

Writing assignment: compare Nikolai to Eden Prairie.

Nikolai in Pictures

My elementary classroom. There are 8 students in first through sixth grade.

A cute picture by my first grader. I'm the one on the right!

My husband and myself. We are the teachers at the school. This is our first year teaching AND our first year to live in a village.

The Top of the Kuskokwim School, Nikolai, AK

This is the log cabin my husband and I live in. It is about a 1/2 mile walk to school each day. Of course, now the ground is covered in snow. I'll have to go out and take some pictures this weekend when it is light. When I go to school in the morning it is dark and when I am done for the day it is dark. So outdoor pictures have to wait till the weekend!

Going to do laundry at school. The little cart is how we carry loads back and forth from the school. Most of the villagers have four wheelers. There are about five cars in Nikolai and approximately three miles of road to drive on!

Salmonberry or Swimming Lake is located about 1/2 mile from our cabin. it's a beautiful lake and I love to walk my dog down there.

This is how most people get around the village. They use the four wheelers to haul loads, go hunting, and get wood.

This is a view of Mt. Foraker and Denali. Of course, the picture does not do them justice. The area around Nikolai is very flat and the mountains make a striking backdrop against the horizon.

They are setting a gill net on the river. We checked it the next day and it had dog salmon, pink salmon, and whitefish in it.

This is how we got our snowmachines to Nikolai. Our friend took us downriver 120 miles to McGrath where the machines had been shipped. It took us 4 hours to get downriver and 7 hours to get home! The man in the picture built this boat. He welded it out of aluminum. It hauled 4 adults, 2 snowmachines, and a lot of other luggage.

Nikolai from the river. This is the older part of the village. There is a newer section with more modern housing. The village has a population of about 100 people.

The Kuskokwim River. The village is located on the North Fork of the Kuskokwim River. This river eventually empties into the Bering Sea by Bethel, AK

This picture has nothing to do with Nikolai or the Iditarod or teaching. I just put it in because my granddaughter IS SOOOO CUTE!!! She's never been to Nikolai yet, but maybe next year she'll get to visit grandma and grandpa in the village.

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