Monday, March 3, 2014

Our Weather Fish

 On a beautiful, cold day, we got on our gear and ice-skated on the smooth ice of Blackfish Pond where we caught a blackfish and kept it as a weather fish and a school pet.   

We made two awesome cone-shaped traps out of pointy fence wire during our free time.  When we were finished making the traps, we chipped holes in the ice of two different ponds with a heavy ice-pick and set the traps in the holes.  The first two boring times we checked the traps they were empty.  On the day we went ice-skating, the hole was covered with a cloudy, thin layer of ice.  Aiden happily chipped the ice away and Kaleb carefully took the ice chunks out.  Standing around the hole, we saw a big blackfish swimming around in our trap.  He was about six inches long.  Aiden lay on the ice, rolled up his sleeve and stuck his arm in the freezing water to reach the trap. (He said it wasn’t cold.)  We had to chip some more ice away before we finally got the trap out.   

As we gasped with excitement, Mr. Gooden put it in a tote of swampy pond water and we brought it to the school as a class pet.  The blackfish has leopard-like skin that is black and greenish, like it’s wearing an army uniform.  The adults and Elders told us that blackfish can predict the weather.  If the blackfish swims at the top of the tank, the weather will be calm and clear.  If the blackfish goes to the bottom of the tank and hides under the mud, it will be stormy weather.  We are observing our blackfish to see if it can predict weather.  When it’s time, we will eat the blackfish or let it go. 

Elementary NoSeeUms

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Igiugig Baseball

Igiugig's Baseball Documentary won first place!  View at the link below.  We tried to upload it here, but have encountered technocracy errors.  Enjoy.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Perryville Poetry

Big Foot!
Kaleigh Desirae Kosbruk

Big Foot does not talk,
But he knows how to walk.
Black and Brown in color,
He can be hilarious but creepy. 
He smells like the sewer,
is scary and also very hairy.
Asleep in the woods,
He has many different moods.

He might sit at a table.
While watching cable.
Sometimes Big Foot wears a tutu
Like a huge furry Foo-Foo.

Katlynn Kosbruk

Hey, Hairy man!
Do you come out during the day?
Do you eat hay?
Does your real name start with a K,
Or do you say neighh?
When you shop, do you pay?
Do you like the night or day?
Are you a Brat,
Or like a cat?
Do you act like a rat,
That can bite like a cat,
That wears a hat,
That a person wears when he lays on a mat?
Do you live at the bay,
or where do you lay? when your out, 
do you get caught?
 do you get stuck in a knot?
When you sleep, do you get hot?
Do you sleep in a barn?
Did you find a ball of yarn?
Do you ever say Darn?!
Are you tall?
Do you play with a ball?
Do you play with a ball?
Do you play with a favorite doll?
Do you shop at the mall?
Is your dads name Paul?
Does your house have a wall?
Are you black?
Do you have a hairy back?
 Do you hack?
Is your brother's name Jack?
Is your little sister's name mack?
Do you ever pack?
Do you live in a shack?
Do you have a shack?
Does your family say QUACK?!?
Hairy Man, people want to know!

bye Anthony Washington

Bigfoot can't talk,
But he can walk.
When he tastes something sweet,
He can eat and eat and eat.
Hairy like a bear,
He can rip and tear
The flesh off a fish.
Humans are his favorite dish!



Volleyball 2013

Volleyball is my favorite sport. This year we had a different coach, which means a different practice routine. Mary was more about the conditioning. We had to do several drills. For our mistakes we had consequences, which involved doing various exercises. I’m not complaining or anything, but it made us push ourselves of not wanting to do these workouts. It got easier as we continued to do the exercises.
For some practices we would have scrimmages against village people, and when we did, people got to watch us, and that made me a little bit nervous.
We went to Kokhanok on the 19th.  About an hour after we got there we had to play a game against the Levelock Vikings. So we went to go get our jerseys on and stretch out in the library. We got new jerseys this year; we are called the Flaming Stars going back in time. I like the jerseys they are nice. The colors we got are gold, white, and black.  We were thinking of a different color and we almost got the color green. The Flaming Stars come from a song written by Elvis Presley.
 We won all of the games against the Vikings, maybe it was the new jerseys. This put us in the next round against the Perryville Eagles. They were an all-boy team versus us, an all-girl team. It was good match-up. They won the first, but we rallied and won the second. The third game was tough and Perryville beat us. This put us in the game for third place.
       We were playing against the hometown team and a lot of people were cheering for them and there was a big crowd of people and I didn’t really remember anything about it. Except that we won.
       I was happy that we came home in third place for three-man team. It was a great time in Kokhanok. Can’t wait till next years volleyball season.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Update from the Tank

I'll bet everyone is wondering, whatever happened to those fish eggs we fertilized? Well, we're happy to report that we have nine healthy salmon fry swimming around in our fish tank. Well, mostly healthy. One-Eyed Jack has a messed up eye, and Squiggles doesn't swim so straight. 

So we wanted to catch you up on the stages of the salmon cycle so you'd know where our fish are.
Hatching in the spring the alevins emerge. Our fish hatched long-before spring because we sped up the process by heating the tank.  Our tank was set to 12 degrees Celsius.  This cut the time until hatching drastically. When our fish hatched, we had about 10 alevins.

They had a yolk sac attached to their bellies which they fed off of for the next few months. In the wild, they'll stay close to the redd for that time. The redd is the gravel nest where the eggs were deposited by the spawning females. Our fish have consumed their yolk sacs now and are considered fry. In the tank they just swim in circles. But in the wild, the fry from the chum would now leave the redd and head for the sea. Sockeye Salmon would be heading for the lake where they would spend one to two years before heading to the sea.