Tustumena Elementary School

Posted: Sunday, August 15, 2004

History: Tustumena Ele-mentary School was built in 1958 and renovated in 1995.

The Kasilof school now serves about 200 students in kindergarten through sixth grade.

Contact information

Principal Ken Halverson


Secretary Pauline Mills



Drawer 177

Kasilof, AK 99610

262-4844 (phone)

262-8477 (fax)



Demographics: The student population is 88 percent Caucasian, 4 percent Asian-Pacific Islander, 2 percent American India and 7 percent Alaska Native.

About 21 percent of the students experience disabilities, and 45 percent come from economically disadvantaged homes.

Staffing: The school will go from a full-time to half-time administrator this year. It staffs 7.75 regular-instruction teaching positions, .25 specialist positions, two special-education teachers, .98 special-education aide positions and .38 regular-education aide positions, as well as a part-time nurse, full-time secretary and two custodians.

Teachers at the school have a combined average of 10.25 years experience with the district.

AYP: Tustumena Elementary School did not make adequate yearly progress during the 2002-03 school year. While 75 percent of the student body scored proficient in language arts and 71 percent were proficient in math, the "students with disabilities" subgroup had low proficiency rates in language arts (29 percent). In 2003-04, Tustumena met AYP, bringing schoolwide proficiency rates up to 85 percent for language arts and 77 percent for math. New regulations for figuring adequate yearly progress made Tustumena's students with disabilities population too small to count.

Cocurricular: Tustumena students may participate in an intramural sports program or several academic activities. The school mascot is the Lynx.

Registration: Students may register between 9 a.m. and noon or 1 and 3:30 p.m. Aug. 16 and 17.

Transportation: Bus routes 41, 42, 43 and 44 serve Tust-umena Elementary School.

School hours: 9 a.m. to 3:35 (grades 1 to 3); 9 a.m. to 3:40 p.m. (grades 4-6)

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