Tuesday, September 22, 2009

A merry evening to you all,

I hope the September weather is treating you
just fine and dandy just like candy. Here in Barrow, the ground has frozen over (thank God, as it is not muddy and everything is much cleaner inside), the wind has picked up, and the price of milk is still the same.
I wanted to write this post explaining exactly what I do everyday in the city on top of the World. The day is full of activity and I am enjoying myself to a great extent. So, may I ever be so inclined to invite to read about a day in a
life of Mr. Bissen.

I wake up everyday,
Monday through Friday, at around 6:15 am and quickly take a shower, eat some hard-boiled eggs, an onion bagel with tomato basil cream cheese, and drink a large glass of peach iced tea. Then, I begin the short, windy, dark journey to Hopson Middle School.

I arrive at the school around 6:55 and get my room situated before the students barge in and wake me up. Just kidding...a nice cup of coffee does that!

I have a Geography class at 8:00-9:30 and 11:00-12:30, and a Language Arts class at 1:00-2:30. In Geography, the students just got done learning about the regions of Alaska. We are about to start constructing a huge model of Alaska. The kids seem pretty fired up about it all. In Language Arts, we are reading The Outsiders. It is quite splendid! Above are some pics of the school, below...some pics of the classroom, and the students working hard (or hardly working). There are also some photos of one of the students' grandfather who came in to talk about his home country of Guatemala.

After school, I hang out in my room for awhile, do some work, and get ready for the next day. There are many activities going on during this part of the year including intramural basketball, wrestling, choir, and cooking class. When these games and activities are not going on, I go to the high school weight room with the fellow teachers, Scott and Josh, and try to get in shape.

After working out, I come back to the apartment.

At this time, it is about 6:15 pm. I eat some food and go back to HMS for wrestling practice. It is quite fun to wrestle around with these students.

In the evening time, when nothing is going on, it is great to get out and walk around. So many students are out and about, and when they see you, they run up to you with smiling faces and stories to tell.

The students are great. I enjoy watching them learn and grow through their learning.
The time here in Barrow is great. Again, I hope you all are doing well, wherever you are. Please keep responding to the blog. I enjoy reading the comments.


  1. You have such a great schedule, Tony! I love hearing the play by play of your day. The pictures are just awesome. Are there any trees at all up there? I guess you can't go apple picking this year, huh.

  2. It sounds great, Tony! We should get together on skype again soon. Will you see the pack and vikes tom? Love ya.

    Ray and Amy

  3. Tony - you were awesome on the radio today! I'm such a proud big sister tonight.

  4. Sounds like a great schedule Tone! Glad to hear those kids enjoy you as their teacher! Hope all is well and we can't wait to see you!
    Love ya Tone
    Molly, Grandma H. and Mom