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There are practical things you can do to get through a time of bereavement or loss:
  1. Express yourself. ...
  2. Allow yourself to feel sad. ...
  3. Keep your routine up. ...
  4. Sleep. ...
  5. Eat healthily. ...
  6. Avoid things that "numb" the pain, such as alcohol. ...
  7. Go to counselling if it feels right for you – but perhaps not straight away.

As a community we can also do the following to help each other:

1.  Be aware of others who have changes in behavior

2.  If you believe someone needs more help than you can give please talk to Marc, Joshua, the child's teacher, a trusted family member, or contact the clinic. 

3.  If an adult needs more help, please talk to Joshua, a trusted family member, or contact the clinic

4.  Allow others to speak and take time to listen

5.  People grieve in different ways-allow them to do so


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About Us

Shaktoolik School is located in the small village of Shaktoolik, Alaska. Shaktoolik is 130 miles east of Nome, or about 40 miles north of Unalakleet, located on Norton Sound.

According to the Alaska Dept. of Community and Economic Development, Shaktoolik was the first and southernmost Malemiut settlement on Norton Sound, occupied as early as 1839. Twelve miles northwest, on Cape Denbigh, is “Iyatayet,” a site that is 6,000 to 8,000 years old, and listed on the national register of historic places. Shaktoolik was first mapped in 1842-44 by Lt. Lavrenty Zagoskin, Imperial Russian Navy, who called it “Tshaktogmyut.” “Shaktoolik” is derived from a Unaliq word, “suktuliq”, meaning “scattered things”.

Reindeer herds were managed in the Shaktoolik area around 1905. The village was originally located six miles up the Shaktoolik River, and moved to the mouth of the River in 1933. This site was prone to severe storms and winds, however, and the village relocated to its present, more sheltered location in 1975. The City was incorporated in 1969.


Shaktoolik School

  • Main Office 907-955-3021

  • Principal 907-955-2421

  • Fax 907-955-3031