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After 26 years, it’s the end of an era for Unalaska’s preschool. Teacher Susan Carlisle is retiring today.

“I’m going to be 73 this summer; it’s time to quit,” Carlisle said. “My energy at the end of the day is like, 'oh I’m tired.' But, it is hard to leave. It’s hard to leave the island. I’ve been here 38 years, so I’m going to miss it a lot.”

Zoe Sobel/KUCB

Most high schoolers have a pretty easy life -- school, homework, and maybe an extra curricular or two. But not Stephanie Torres. 

On top of her schoolwork, the 20-year-old works as a checker at Unalaska's Safeway. Today, there are lots of customers. Customers stretching halfway across the store. And they’re all waiting for her.

"Did I get set up?" She asked.

For almost 30 minutes, people have filed through Stephanie’s line and after buying an item; they give her an envelope and maybe a hug. All part of a “Flash Cash Mob” to recognize Stephanie.


The High School Department Selected Mark Anthony Flavin as Student of the Week (May 9-13, 2016) for the following reasons:

Anthony is really fun to be around and he brightens my day. He's a funny guy who cracks me up all the time. He has an inspiring curiosity and never wants to stop learning. I'm really proud of what he's accomplished in the past four years and I'm looking forward to seeing what's in store for him in the future. Congratulations, Anthony! ~Mrs. Burnham, Teacher

Students Say RAHI Prepares Them For Success

May 19, 2016

Every summer, the University of Alaska Fairbanks hosts the Rural Alaskan Honors Institute, or RAHI. The program offers a glance at college for high schoolers in their junior or senior years. 

For the past few years, the number of Unalaskan students attending has been increasing. This summer, six 11th graders will travel to Fairbanks to take classes in subjects like English, chemistry, and calculus. 

Former RAHI students say the program helped them prepare for their senior year of high school. Senior Rex Marquardt was one of them.

When kids are in the lower grades like 1st through 6th, a lot of them do not pay attention when doing homework. Homework causes students stress when they do not get it done and they get a lower grade because of it too. Some students aren’t very good with time management and it reflects badly on how smart they are using their grades so there should be a separate assessment for it. Kids should not have homework when they are younger because it has more disadvantages than benefits.