Today was the first day for students at many North Slope Borough public schools. Tim Buckley, a science teacher at Barrow High School, allowed Kelsey and I to poke around the Whaler's campus for the afternoon. In addition to teaching AP Physics and Chemistry classes, Mr. Buckley also heads up a Global Information Systems (GIS) course for upperclassmen. Taught in concert with representatives from the North Slope Borough, this course certifies students for GIS operation - an extremely marketable skill at this day and age. The students' GIS and chemistry labs rival those of many a college campus.
On the way to our field site, we passed the Barrow High School football team practicing on their astroturf field. The team must fly to play its opponents from all over the state. They will host three home games this season, including this Saturday's head-to-head against Valdez.
We'll keep today's entry brief for now, as I prepare for a live conference with students from Schwarz, and a lecture series to be presented here in Barrow on Saturday. Stay tuned for a report from the permafrost gridiron,
Question for Students
Think about the school uniform required at Schwarz. Now imagine yourself as an administrator at Barrow High School, where winter temperatures often fall to -20 F and colder. Establish a uniform policy for your students, and explain why a uniform at Barrow might be different than one at Schwarz.
Weather in Barrow
High: 46 degrees F
Low: 40 degrees F
Sunrise: 5:31 AM
Sunset: 11:27 PM
% Humidity: 93