SHARING LANGUAGE – Coho clan leader Herman Davis speaks to about two dozen people attending a Tlingit language lesson Sunday afternoon in Centennial Hall. Davis is one of about 100 remaining Tlingit speakers who learned the language as children from relatives. Lance Twitchell, University of Alaska Southeast associate professor of Alaska Native languages in Juneau, hosted the free lesson, which was the second of three. The third lesson will be held Saturday noon to 2 p.m. at Centennial Hall. Twitchell is in Sitka teaching at The Outer Coast Summer Seminar. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

August 28, 2015 Community Happenings

Park to Screen

Ken Burns Film

Sitka National Historical Park will screen Ken Burn’s ‘‘America’s Best Idea’’ episode six 7 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Saturday in the visitor center.

‘‘America’s Best Idea’’ is a documentary film that explores the establishment and preservation of the nation’s natural and cultural heritage within its national parks. Episode six focuses heavily on Alaska’s parks, including Denali, and the establishment and expansion of many national parks in 1980. 

The screening and popcorn are free.


Story Time Set

“In a Village By the Sea,” by Muon Van, will be one of the readings during preschool story time 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 3, at Kettleson Memorial Library.

Readings, rhymes, songs and a craft project are included and all are welcome. For more information call 747-8708.


Park Board Meets

The state parks board will meet 7:30 a.m. Sept. 8 at 601 Alice Loop in Room 107. The public is invited.


Basic Sewing,

Quilting Taught

Community Schools is offering a basic sewing and quilting class every Thursday, 7-9 p.m., at Blatchley Middle School. The fee is $20 

In the basic sewing segment, students will learn about their sewing machine, and how to sew, alter and mend clothes, including Alaska Day costumes or home sewing.

Quilting will teach the student how to make a basic quilt, using log cabin and sampler, as well as applique, paper piecing, borders, binding and quilting.

Students can request individual time slots with the teacher.

‘‘You name it and we will figure out how to sew it,’’ instructor Sabra Jenkins said.

For more information call Community Schools at 747-8670 or Sabra Jenkins, 747-5071.


Garden Tour

Discussion Set

The Sitka Local Foods Network education committee invites the public to a meeting to brainstorm ideas for a possible food garden tour of Sitka in the summer of 2016 or 2017.

The meeting will be 6:30-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at the Sitka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Hall, 408 Marine Street, parking off Spruce Street.

‘‘Bring your ideas and help us come up with a plan for a garden tour,’’ SLFN said.

For more information, contact Jennifer Carter at 747-0520.


UAS Sitka Heeds Calls

For More Local Classes

The Sitka Campus of the University of Alaska Southeast has in recent years put most of its emphasis on distance classes, serving students across Alaska and in the lower 48 states.

In response to requests from the school district, local military agencies and the general public, the university recently increased its commitment to the number of face-to-face classes.

“We have seen an increase in local high school students taking dual credit courses, and we hope our high school students, Coast Guard families and other community members are able to take advantage of these newest classes we have created to serve them,’’ said Chris Washko, manager of the Student Success Center. ‘‘We eagerly look for feedback as to the number and ideal timing of these local classes for our local students.”

“We also have local money available as well,’’ Washko said.

Scholarships and tuition waivers are available for many of the classes. Contact advisers at 747-7717 for an application.

This year the fisheries technology program has made a commitment to make all of its classes available in both a local and distance format. Other new classes available this fall include an intro to business local class, an intro to psychology class, and a new locally taught human anatomy and physiology class. These have been added to the traditional local staples such as CNA, math, law enforcement and a number of local art classes.

A list of local classes follows. Call 747-7717 or 747-7700 to learn more about classes. All classes can be registered for online at

Alaska Languages: AKL 103 Tlingit 1, Roby Littlefield, Mondays 4-5 p.m.

Art: ART 105 Beginning Drawing, Norm Campbell, Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m.; ART 2/3/401 Ceramics, Liz Zacher, Mondays, 6-9 p.m.; ART 2/3/430 Artists’ Studio, Liz Zacher, Fridays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.; ART 2/380 NWCoast Chasing & Repoussé, Nick Galanin, Workshop dates in October TBA; ART 2/3/485 NW Coast Carving, Tommy Joseph, Tuesdays, 6-9 p.m. at Raindance Studio; ART 2/3/486 NW Coast Woolen Weaving, Teri Rofkar teaches Ravenstail Weaving, Nov. 2-21.

Business Administration: BA 151 Introduction to Business, David Felts, tentatively scheduled for either Monday or Thursday evenings.

Biology: BIOL 111 Human Anatomy and Physiology 1, Marnie Chapman, Tuesday and Thursdays, noon-1 p.m. and 2 p.m.-3:30 p.m.; BIOL 175 Current Topics in Marine Science, Whalefest, Jan Straley, Nov. 5-7 all day; BIOL 193 Molecular Techniques in Marine Mammal Research, Kitty LaBounty, Nov. 2-5, 1-5 p.m.

English: ENGL 193 English, Composition Studio, Math Trafton, Fridays 8:15-9:05 a.m.; ENGL 111 English Methods of Written Communication, Math Trafton, Tuesdays and Fridays, 8:15-9:30 a.m.

Fisheries Technology: FT110 Fisheries Oceanography, Joel Markis, Tuesdays, 5-7:30 p.m.; FT120 Intro to Fisheries of Alaska, Reid Brewer, Mondays, 5-7:30 p.m.; FT122 Alaska Salmon Culture 1, Jim Seeland, Wednesdays 5-7:30 p.m.; FT193 Intro to Marine Science, Lauren Bell, Mondays 5-7:30 p.m.; FT193 Careers in Marine Science, Lauren Bell, Wednesdays 5-6 p.m.; FT193 Intro to Fisheries Laboratory Techniques, Jim Seeland, TBA; FT193 Marine Policy Practicum, Joel Markis, TBA; FT193 Fish Pathology Lab, Jim Seeland, TBA; FT230 Alaska Salmon Culture Lab, Jim Seeland, Oct. 26 to 28, all day; FT272 Fisheries Management, Law and Economics, Joel Markis, Wednesdays 5-7:30 p.m.

Health Science: HS 101 Intro to Health Sciences, Leslie Gordon, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 2-3:30 p.m.; HS 105 Certified Nurse Aide Training, Shelley Adams, Wednesdays 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Humanities: HUM 120 Sense of Place: Alaska and Beyond, Math Trafton, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:15-1:45 p.m.

Law Enforcement: JUST 110 Intro to Law Enforcement, Sheldon Schmitt, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8-9:30 a.m.

Mathematics: MATH 055 Elementary Algebra, Matt Goff, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 a.m.-10 a.m.; MATH 105 Intermediate Algebra, Matt Goff, Wednesdays and Fridays, 8 a.m.-10 a.m.

Physical Education: PE 103-T1,2 Aquatic Aerobics, Tracy Turner, at Blatchley Pool MWF, 9:30-10:30 a.m.; PE 103-T3 Individual Physical Activity: Yoga–K. Johnson, Mondays noon-1 p.m.; PE 103-T4 Individual Physical Activity: Fitness Training, E. Davis, TBA; PE 103-T5 Hames Center Fitness, C. Edwards; PE 103-T6 Open Water Diver, Reid Brewer/Joel Markis, Thursdays 6:30-9 p.m.

Psychology: PSY101 Introduction to Psychology, Debra Terry, Tuesdays and Thursdays 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m.

Welding: WELD 160 – etc Welding, Allen Puckett, full list of class choices, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:30-9 p.m.

Parents of high school students are reminded that these courses and a number of distance-delivered classes are available as dual credit courses so that students can get both high school and college credit.

High school students and parents should call the advising department at UAS, 747-7717, or write This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


STA Health Panel

To Meet Sept. 4

The STA Health Committee will meet noon-1 p.m. Sept. 4 at the STA social services building, 110 American Street.

Lunch will be provided. Community members are invited to join and can call 747-7293 for information.


Temporary Vacancy

On School Board

The Sitka School Board has a temporary vacancy.

Those wanting to be appointed to serve on the board until the October election are asked to submit a letter of interest to the superintendent’s office by 4 p.m. Sept. 18.

The board will hold interviews at a special meeting on Sept. 21 in the district office boardroom.

Those with questions may call the superintendent’s office at 747-8622.


Rollerskating Set

Rollerskating is planned 7-9 p.m. Fridays, Aug. 28, Sept. 4, 11, 18 and 25; and 5-7 p.m. Saturdays, Aug. 29, Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26, at Blatchley Middle School. 

The schedule is subject to change.


K-8 Basketball

Workshop Set

A fall basketball fundamentals workshop for boys and girls in kindergarten through eighth grades will be held Saturdays, Sept. 12-26, at Blatchley Middle School. The fee is $30.

Grades and times are: K-2, 11 a.m.-noon; 3-4, noon-1 p.m.; 5-6, 1-2 p.m. and 7-8, 2-3 p.m.

The instructor will be Andy Lee. Call 738-1053 with questions.


Preschool Screening

In School District

Sitka Borough School District will provide Child Find Preschool Screenings for children ages 3-5. The first screening of this school year is Friday, Sept. 4, at the Rasmuson Building, on SJ Campus. 

An appointment is required for Child Find Preschool Screening. For more information, or to schedule a screening appointment, parents should call the Rasmuson Center at 747-8356, or Mandy Evans, special education director, at 966-1253.

The Child Find program is provided without charge to families who live within Sitka Borough School District boundaries. The purpose of the program is:to identify children who are having difficulty in their development; and to provide special education services to them, when it is appropriate.

Parents may have concerns about their child’s development in the areas of: hearing, vision, speech/language skills, motor skills, thinking skills, emotional or social skills.

A screening is a series of short tests and professional observations in various developmental areas. Children who are unable to pass one or more areas of the screening may have a developmental delay in those areas. The screening, however, is not enough to determine that a child is delayed; it is only designed to let us know if further investigation into a child’s developmental progress is necessary.

Screenings for children ages 3-5 will be held at the Rasmuson Building, at least once per quarter, and those dates will be publicized. Additional appointments at other times or locations may be scheduled as needed.


Breakfast Offered

At Sitka High

Sitka High School is introducing a breakfast program for any student who missed the morning meal at home.

Breakfast is provided between 8:15 and 8:45 a.m. Students who do not qualify for free or reduced breakfast will be charged $1.50 if they eat breakfast at school. The charge will be made to their lunch account.

If a child utilizes the breakfast program and does not qualify for free or reduced lunch/breakfast, a scholarship may be provided upon request through the principal.

The Sitka School District encourages families that feel they may qualify for free and reduced priced meals to complete a confidential online application. Visit the link from the SSD website at for more information about the online application process.




TOBACCO-FREE CAMPUS – Sitka Community Hospital employees, from left, Steve Hartford, Rob Allen, Cora Nisbet, Darcie Ziel, Doug Osborne and Amanda Roberts, stand near a sign recently announcing the hospital campus as being tobacco-free. ‘‘This move has been made to protect our patients and staff from secondhand smoke, a toxin that has no safe level of exposure,’’ a press release from the hospital said. Those wanting to become tobacco-free can call Patrick Williams, Sitka Tobacco Quit Program, at 747-0349. The Alaska Quit line also offers telephone counseling free of charge at 1-800-QUIT-NOW. (Photo by Wendy Fowler)





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