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Learning in Meade River School is rooted in the values, history and language of the Iñupiat. Students develop the academic and cultural skills and knowledge to be:
  • Critical and creative thinkers able to adapt in a changing environment and world;
  • Active, responsible, contributing members of their communities; and
  • Confident, healthy young adults, able to envision, plan and take control of their destiny
Check out the Principal's message welcoming students, staff and the community of Atqasuk!
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District Highlights

The Counselor's Corner: Things you need to know, or know about!

School Hours

Welcome to Meade River School.
Please drop in and join us!
School Schedule:

Doors Open: 7:30 am.


ECE, Elementary & Middle School

8:00 am

High School

8:30 am

Class Begins

ECE, Elementary & Middle School

8:30 am

High School

9:00 am


ECE, Elementary

11:00 am

Middle School

11:30 am

High School

12:00 pm


ECE and Kindergarten

2:30 pm

Elementary & Middle School

3:00 pm

High School

3:30 pm


Tutoring Hours:

Established by Individual Teacher


Wednesday Early Release:


Dismiss: 1:30 pm

Elementary  &Middle School

Dismiss: 2:00 pm

High School

Dismiss: 2:30 pm

Welcome to Meade River School!

School is out for the summer!

Thank you Atquask for a successful school year.  School begins again in August.  See you soon!  The library will be open for the summer reading program.  Hours will be announced as soon as a schedule is set.  Keep on reading students!  Remember Mr. Lloyd's students, keep track of the books you enjoy over the summer and we will check the totals to see if we achieve our goal of 400 books over the summer to earn a swimming party in August.  Enjoy the summer vacation and be safe!
 Farewell and thank you!
We sadly say goodbye to three of our teacher who have given our students their very best. Goodbye and know you travel with our love, respect and thanks.  We will miss you Ms. Tonia, Ms. Are,  and Counselor Joe. Good luck on your new adventure and know you are in our thoughts.



Congratulations to MRS Graduates!

We had a wonderful group of students graduate from Meade River School this year.  Congratulations to our high school students: Alex Brower (our valedictorian) Vincent Bordeaux and Jacqueline Ahkivgak.  We know you are headed into a very bright future!
Congratulations to our 8th grade promoters: Dylan Ahkivagak, Emma Bodfish, Shayla Bordeaux and Ervin Gunderson.  You are beginning your high school experience, have a blast!
Congratulations to our kindergarten graduates: Shanelle, Levi, Vanessa, Ekelan, Cyrus and Natasha.  You are on your way to the wonderful world of reading, writing, science, social studies and mathematics, enjoy the ride! 


Little Eagle's Basketball

The season is over for Meade River School's Little Eagles.  We had a successful season and had lots of fun.  A special thank you to all our fans that attended games and cheered on all of our players. Thank you to all the coaches, Ms. Tonia, Ms. Are, Mrs. Lilly and Ms. Maitland. Thank you to our manager and score keeper, Teacher Patti.  Without our volunteers, we would not have a league.  These fantastic ladies gave up time each week to help our elementary student learn to play basketball and get exercise in a very fun way.  Thanks to the City of Atqasuk for their generous help in keeping our league going and making it possible to get new uniforms next year.  Look for us to add a sport for our elementary students to play next fall!
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Construction Zone: Please advise children to stay away from the supplies and equipment around the school.
With temperatures warming up and snow starting to wear out, you will notice that the construction activity in the zone around the school will increase. New supplies are arriving and heavy equipment will begin to move around the school. Please help us and advise your children to stay off the supplies and to be mindful of the heavy equipment that will be working around the school. So far we have had an excellent safety record and we want to keep all our students safe. Thank you for your help.

Volunteers Needed!
Please feel free to join our learning adventure. We invite you to drop by and volunteer in your child's classroom. When our school and our community get together, our children will be successful. If you would like to give of your time and knowledge, please drop by the school and join us!
Spring is around the corner.
Spring is around the corner and temperatures are warming up. Children are outside playing around the school playground. Please be careful when driving ATV's and snow machines around the school because children my pop up anywhere at any time. 

Local Plants and their uses.
Ever wish you could find a good guide of the local plants and their traditional uses?  Check out the two sources we find useful at MRS. Local Plants and Usage are listed with color pictures:
Learn about local plants and usage at this site (.pdf document).
Meade River School Staff
Welcome to our new school year.  It is going to be a great year.  We would like to invite you to drop by and visit with our new teachers and say hello to our returning teachers.
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We also have some new staff members: William Itta, Rochelle Kagak, Derek Bodfish, Vera Gunderson and Dolly Itta as well as our returning staff: Mel, Ethel, Sharon, Dominique, Amy, JR, Karen and Gene. 

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Interesting ReadingRead this report on global warming generated here in Atqasuk (.pdf document). It uses local resources and the area knowledge from many hunters and subsistence gatherers from our home.  Interesting reading coupled with great pictures. Enjoy!

Atqasuk Dance Group: We are proud of our community. Here is a video showing our Atqasuk Dance Group. Enjoy!

About Us

Location and Climate

Atqasuk is located on the Meade River, 60 miles south of Barrow. The community lies at approximately 70° North Latitude and -157° West Longitude. Atqasuk is located in the Barrow Recording District. The area encompasses 38.9 sq. miles of land and 3.5 sq. miles of water. 

The climate is arctic. The daily minimum temperature drops below freezing 300 days a year. Temperature extremes range from a low of -56 to a high of 78 °F. Precipitation is light, at 5 inches per year. Snowfall averages 22 inches per year.

History, Culture and Demographics

A federally-recognized tribe is located in the community -- the Atqasuk Village. It is a traditional Iñupiat village. Subsistence activities are important to the lifestyle. The sale, importation, and possession of alcohol is banned in the village. According to Census 2010, there were 68 housing units in the community and 64 were occupied. Its population was 92.3 percent Alaska Native.

Facilities, Utilities, Schools and Health Care

The North Slope Borough provides the water, sewer, refuse, landfill, and other public services. Water is obtained from Imakruak Lake, treated, and piped into plumbed houses. Delivery to household water tanks is also available. The majority of homes and facilities and the school have running water and flush system. Electricity is provided by North Slope Borough Power and Lights Systems. 

There is one school located in the community, Meade River School. The school has about 75 students, from preschool through twelfth grade. Atqasuk Health Clinic is a primary health care facility. Atqasuk is an isolated location it is part of the North Slope EMS Region. Emergency Services air access. Emergency service is provided by 911 Telephone Service volunteers and a health aide. Auxiliary health care is provided by Atqasuk Volunteer Fire Dept. (907-633-6814).

Upcoming School Events

Home & School Connections

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Together we will be successful

 What is PBIS?

PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Support) is a school-wide approach to make schools safe and promote positive behavior. 

We have identified some areas in our school and created posters to help remind student of how their behavior should look in these areas.

At MRS we believe that students learn positive behaviors just like they learn math, science and all the other subjects we expect them to master. PBIS is a system that helps students identify and show positive behaviors in areas of our school outside of the classroom. Drop by the school and visit with the teachers and staff about PBIS and how we are helping our students become the best they can be. 

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We are targeting the Hallway. Please click on the poster to enlarge it and to see the behaviors we would like the students to emulate. 

Please ask your children what Respect, Responsibility and Cooperation mean at Meade River School.

To help make our school a great place to learn, each classroom has created area posters and  determined the expectations for the desired learning environment for their individual classroom.  If you don't see them, ask your child's teacher about their expectations to help our students be successful.

You can help support PBIS at Meade River School! 

If you happen to see one of our students show some of the behaviors, please let Dom know in the the front office and she will issue an Eagle Ticket that may help that student win one of our weekly drawings.  Thanks for helping us target positive behaviors in all areas of our school.
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