Wolfpack Howler

Volume 18 Issue 20

Learn to work and think for life.

Week Three - Remote Learning

Greetings Wolfpack Students and Families,


Here we are in week three already, and while the governor’s decision to keep schools closed for the rest of the year provides us time to plan going forward, I have reflected this week on how we continue to live in an uncertain world with many unanswered questions.


During this time, our staff truly want to be supportive for students and families in whatever way we can, our Wolfpack community is so important to us and we know we are stronger and better together. At whatever level you are able, we are here to engage with you and be part of your network of support. Students - Your teachers look forward to ‘seeing’ you in class, via email, however we are able!


Below is a video of me reading one of my favorite children’s books: The Three Questions, based on a story by Leo Tolstoy, written and illustrated by Jon J. Muth. As I’ve been struggling through balancing all of the uncertainty and struggles in my own life through this pandemic, this story had some good reminders that I know I've needed at the end of some long days.


Thanks again and please take care.

Sarah Gillam

Principal, West Valley High School


(907)479-4221 x46501

AP Exam Cancelation Deadline - April 20th

If you were signed up to take an AP Exam this year and want to cancel that exam, please email Kathleen Fillingim with the student's full name and exam they want to cancel. The deadline to cancel an exam is April 20, so please notify Ms. Fillingim by the end of this week.


More information on AP Exam Testing this year can be found on the College Board's website: https://apcoronavirusupdates.collegeboard.org/

CNA Applications

Students: If you are interested in applying to the Certified Nursing Assistant program for the fall of next school year please contact Ms. Sawchuk (melissa.sawchuk@k12northstar.org) for more information and how to apply.


Applications will be due by April 27 with zoom or phone interviews taking place on April 29.

Online Up With Art Show

Follow this link to view the online Up With Art Show - view our students' amazing artwork gallery.

UAF CTC Math & Writing Lab for High School Students


Students are welcomed and encouraged to use CTC's online math and writing lab - free and available to students to help them with math and writing. They do not need to be enrolled in any UAF courses to use this - it's there to promote student success in our community.



Zoom is used for both tutoring sessions and please contact Jennifer Tilbury

(jltilbury@alaska.edu) with any questions or feedback.

Need to Pick-up Items from School?

We will have staff available for pick-ups and drop-offs on Tuesday and Thursdays from 7:30-2:30.


Call our front office at 479-4221 ext 0 to find a time to schedule a pick-up of school items if needed. We can collect items from regular and music lockers and we hope to have PE locker items available next week.


We are also scheduling Chromebook check-outs if your family identified that as a need - again please call the front office.

The Three Questions, by Jon Muth
UPDATED Staff Contact - Department Office Hours

Families - We heard you, office hours were hard to navigate. This updated spreadsheet now has Department Office Hours so you can be sure to have an opportunity to contact teachers with questions.

Counselor Contact Information

WVHS Counseling Office: 479-4221 ext. 46520


Mr. Blackburn - A-G (10th-12th) ext 46525 - willie.blackburn@k12northstar.org

Ms. Everts - H-N (10th-12th) ext 46527 - paula.bettano-everts@k12northstar.org

Ms. Gillis - O-Z (10th-12th) ext 46523 - karin.gillis@k12northstar.org

M. Johnston (interim) - all Freshmen ext 46524 - colleen.johnston@k12northstar.org

West Valley High School

“For the strength of the pack is the wolf, and the strength of the wolf is the pack.” – Rudyard Kipling