Who We Are

We are a people of the salmon, of the whitefish, and pike. Of the moose, bear, fox, beaver, and lynx. Of the berries, plants, and the land. Of family.

We believe that all children can learn!

  • Students should have skills to remain successful after high school
  • All students deserve a quality education based on values, culture, and academics
  • Students must know what is expected of them
  • The family is the most important teacher in a child’s life
  • The community educates the whole child
  • All stakeholders must be held to high expectations
  • Each of our communities is unique and has different needs
  • Decision-making is a shared responsibility
  • The people, groups, organizations, and agencies that comprise our community have a responsibility to the education of our children
  • Communication should be useful and meaningful
  • Students should learn to respect all cultures by having a firm understanding of their own

The ten villages that comprise the Lower Yukon School District are spread across 22,000 square miles. The Yukon River, one of the largest rivers in North America, winds through our yards on its way to the Bering Sea.

The purpose of our District's learning community is to ensure tradition, culture and a quality of education for all of our children.

Important Links

Staff Portal
Staff Portal

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Student Enrollment
Student Enrollment

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Transcript Request
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District News

  • May 30, 2024
    School Improvement Picture

    State School Improvement Designations Released

    Here is the list of schools and their corresponding support level and subgroup(s) below the threshold:

    • - Alakanuk School: Universal Support
    • - Emmonak School: ATSI- 2023- SWD
    • - Hooper Bay Charter School: Universal Support
    • - Hooper Bay School: ATSI- 2023- SWD
    • - Kotlik School: ATSI- 2023 - English Learners/Economically Disadvantaged
    • - Marshall School: Comprehensive Support (Graduation Rate) - 2022
    • - Mountain Village School: Comprehensive Support (Graduation Rate) - 2022
    • - Nunam Iqua School: Universal Support
    • - Pilot Station School: ATSI- 2023- SWD
    • - Russian Mission School: Universal Support
    • - Scammon Bay School: Universal Support

    *ATSI=Additional Targeted Support & Improvement

    *SWD= Students with Disabilities
    Click here for a letter explaining the new LYSD site designations from the state’s system for school success (i.e. Alaska’s accountability system.

  • May 21, 2024
    STN national honor society

    Student Television Network (STN) Announces Honor Society Members

    We are excited to announce that Kotlik students Jadon Fancyboy, Mitchell Hunt, and JohnAshton Tonuchuk have been selected for the Student Television Network (STN) National Honor Society for the 2023-2024 school year. The STN Honor Society was established to recognize the academic accomplishments of outstanding students enrolled in STN member schools. Students must meet high standards to be considered for membership.

    Congratulations, Jadon, Mitchell, and JohnAshton, on your achievement!

    For the full list of inductees, click here.

  • May 20, 2024
    Summer school schedule

    LYSD Summer School begins May 21st!

    LYSD Families, Get Ready! Summer School Starts Tomorrow! We can't wait to see you there!

  • May 17, 2024
    sunrise over mountain village

    Hello Summer!

    Enjoy your summer break, LYSD students, families & staff! 🌞

    📚 School opens August 22, 2024 for 1st - 12th grade students. RSB approved calendars can be found here: https://lysd.org/en-US/school-calendar-b12d9a29

  • May 11, 2024
    Gene Stone

    Superintendent Gene Stone ADN 2024 Educator of the Year Top 20

    Gene Stone, Superintendent of the Lower Yukon School District (LYSD), has had a remarkable journey within the district. His tenure began as a teacher at Hooper Bay School from 1992 to 1997. Later, he returned in January 2006, serving as the principal at Pilot Station. After rejoining LYSD in July 2017 as the Director of Human Resources, he assumed the role of Chief of Operations from July 2018 to June 2020. Since July 2020, Gene has been serving as the Superintendent. We take great pride in recognizing Mr. Stone for his dedicated service to LYSD. Moreover, we are thrilled to celebrate his achievements as he receives two prestigious awards. First, Superintendent Stone has been named Alaskan of the Week by Senator Sullivan. Mr. Stone was also nominated for an ADN 2024 Educator of the Year and is in the top 20. Click here for Mr. Stone’s profile presentation!

  • May 11, 2024
    Minard Buesa Abenojar

    Minard Buesa Abenojar ADN 2024 Educator of the Year Top 20

    Minard Buesa Abenojar, a dedicated 3rd-grade teacher and CHAMPS Coach at Pilot Station School, has been honored as an ADN 2024 Educator of the Year and is in the top 20. 

    Minard holds a remarkable academic record, boasting three degrees from the esteemed institution, National Teachers College in Manila, Philippines. He began his educational journey with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education in 2008. Building upon this foundation, he pursued a Master of Arts in Education with a specialization in English, graduating in 2016. Undeterred by challenges, he recently achieved his Doctorate in Educational Leadership in 2021, marking a significant milestone in his academic pursuit.

    Reflecting on this achievement, he expressed his gratitude, saying, "This recognition wouldn't have been possible without the incredible support from those who wrote heartfelt recommendation letters. I look forward to continuing our collaboration to make a positive impact in education." Click here for Minard’s profile presentation!


Family Newsletters

2024 Spring Newsletter.pdf
2023 Spring Newsletter.pdf
2023 Fall Newsletter.pdf
2022 Spring Newsletter.pdf
2022 Fall Newsletter.pdf
2021 Fall Newsletter.pdf

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