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Additional Programs

9 months ago

Students participate in the following programs depending upon the time of year, student age, and / or student or teacher interest.  

Artist in the School The Artist in the School program, funded by the Alaska State Council for the Arts and Auke Bay PTA, provides a 3-week residency for an artist at Auke Bay.  In any given year, half of the school works intensively with the artist on a project, and other classes visit the artist during “studio” time to watch him or her work.  A systematic rotation ensures that all children will have several opportunities, over the course of their 6 years at Auke Bay, to actively participate.  

Discovery Southeast Discovery Southeast is a hands-on field oriented program developed in tandem with the District’s science curriculum.  The nature studies activities provided complement the other science instruction offered in the school.  All  3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students participate in this program, which is funded by the PTA.


School Wide Enrichment Cluster Clusters begin mid-April, occur every Friday for 1 hour until the end of the school yer. Enrichment clusters  are non-graded groups of students come together for approximately one hour per week because they share common interests that bind them together and a willingness to work cooperatively within a relatively unstructured learning environment.  Cluster activity is directed toward the production of a product or service. Enrichment clusters are not mini-courses! There are no unit or lesson plans. However, a series of start-up activities help students find and focus on aproblem that the majority of the group wants to pursue.

Violin Instruction

about 1 year ago

We are proud partners with JAMM, Juneau Alaska Music Matters, and are offering all kindergarten and first students 90 minutes of violin instruction weekly.  We believe that intentional music instruction at an early age increases learning in all areas of academics.  Please visit the JAMM website to read more information.

Music Teacher, Rebecca Ricker will teach 1st grade, and Lindsay Clark will be instructing Kindergarten. Students begin by making a paper violin with their families and as they learn responsibility and care of the violin, they transition to a real instrument. Kinder students have their first performance with their paper violins in the fall and a culminating performance in the spring.  Families are welcome to observe during violin time. First grade students will continue their instruction with performances during the year.

We are excited to watch their growth as they continue learning to play and enjoy all types of music! 


TED animation video explaining how playing an instrument benefits your brain.


This spring Over 80 Juneau Alaska Music Matters (JAMM) kindergarten students from Auke Bay, Glacier Valley and Riverbend Elementary Schools performed together at UAS Community Day! Thank you parents, teachers and students for a wonderful turn-out!  And thank you, UAS and Juneau Jazz and Classics for making this incredible day happen for our families. 



Fall 2015 Kindergarten Violin Concert

Alaskan Twinkle


This is My Violin


Twinkle Twinkle