• Principal’s Message

    Dear Nanook Parents, Guardians, and Families,


    It’s hard to believe we are already at the midpoint for the first quarter of the 18-19 school year! A lot has been happening at NBHS, our volleyball team and cross country teams have been having excellent seasons. We also have many new faces in the building this year.


    Our Science department is all new in junior high and high school. Mr. Anthony Husemann comes to NBHS with a breadth of teaching experience. He will be teaching Science 9, Physical Science, and Physics. Sarah Liben is new to Nome and to teaching, she will be teaching Science 10, Biology, Zoology, and Outdoor Activities. Mrs. Katherine Garrison will be teaching junior high science with 7th and 8th graders, they will be covering the earth sciences, physical science, and general science.


    We have a new PE and Health teacher, Mr. Matt Nylund is coming to us from Colorado and will be teaching junior high and high school. He has already had a successful teaching career in Colorado and is bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge with him. Mr. Michael Hoyt will be teaching Advanced English for 9th grade as well a Social Studies at the high school. He is coming from Thunder Mountain high school in Juneau. Mr. Randy Kreifel is our new Career and Technical Education (CTE) teacher. He will be teaching carpentry, woodworking, and welding in the high school.


    We also have a new Library Media Aide, Dan Ward. He has been a substitute teacher for Nome-Beltz the last two years and has decided to join our staff for the 18-19 school year. In addition to Library duties he will also supervise study halls for the high school students. Mr. Aaron Brown is our new Behavioral Specialist this year, replacing Mrs. Potter, who retired at the end of last year. He also has substitute teaching experience with NBHS. We’re excited to have both Mr. Ward and Mr. Brown as part of our team.


    The junior high will be adding a study hall for our 7th and 8th graders. This will happen each Tuesday of the week during 5th period, which is the junior high elective class period. The staff will be looking to add one more day after the first quarter has ended.


    The high school will once again be holding Winterim the last week of the 2nd quarter and the first week of the 3rd quarter. Last year we were able to plan for 12-15 afternoon activities with for kids in grades 9-12. Student were able to register for activities online and spent the afternoons with the teachers working on such things as Art, Driver’s Ed, Gun Safety, Japanese Culture, Survival Skills, and Parka Sewing. As we move close to the new year you will undoubtedly hear more about it as it has been very popular with staff and students.


    We are looking forward to a great year, it’s been a great start already! If you have questions or comments please do not hesitate to call the office main line at 443-5201.


    Thank you,


    Jon Berkeley, Principal