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President Begaye signs $6.3 million for Navajo Head Start. See more education news here

| August 15, 2018
President Begaye signs $6.3 million for Navajo Head Start. See more education news here

Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye signed a resolution Aug. 3 approving approximately $6.3 million in supplemental funding for Navajo Head Start.

“The signing of this legislation is saying to every child that we support you, we want you to do well in school,” Begaye said, “even at this young age, we want you to set the foundation for yourself so that you can move on into higher education and whatever field you choose.”

When the federal Office of Head Start announced that it would reduce funding for Navajo Head Start from the original amount of $23 million to $15.7 million, the Navajo Nation undertook an effort to recover the funding. 

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Community information: Technology can help young kids learn. See more education news here

| August 1, 2018
Community information: Technology can help young kids learn. See more education news here

For families of babies, toddlers and preschoolers, saying no screen time is easier said than done. Technology isn’t going away and neither is the desire to make sure that kids are prepared for a world filled with computers at every turn.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no exposure to screens for children under 2 years old. But as the child gets older, families can use technology and interactive media to support learning and, ultimately, relationships.

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Navajo Council approves emergency funding for Head Start. See more education news here

| July 25, 2018
Navajo Council approves emergency funding for Head Start. See more education news here

On July 17, the Navajo Nation Council approved emergency funding for Navajo Head Start.

The legislation, sponsored by Council Delegate Jonathan Hale (Oak Springs, St. Michaels), seeks to allocate approximately $6.3 million from the Unreserved, Undesignated Fund Balance to the Department of Diné Education’s Navajo Head Start program to continue daily operations and direct services for the 2,105 funded student slots under the Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

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Community information: Hopi Education Endowment Fund recoginzes Hopi scholarship recipients. See more education news here

| July 18, 2018
Community information: Hopi Education Endowment Fund recoginzes Hopi scholarship recipients. See more education news here

Annually, the Hopi Education Endowment Fund (HEEF) hosts an event to recognize current Hopi students receiving scholarships through HEEF and the Hopi Tribe Grants & Scholarships Program.

The celebratory event will also acknowledge HEEF donors, including event sponsors Salt River Project (SRP) and Peabody Energy. This year, the fifth annual student and donor recognition event will be held Aug. 22, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. (MST) at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Tempe, Arizona.

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Enrollment spikes at Diné College. See more education news here

| July 10, 2018
Enrollment spikes at Diné College. See more education news here

Diné College reported it’s highest summer enrollment in eight years at each of its campuses for 2018, according to information from the Diné College Registrar’s Office.

‘The last time we had over 500 students for the summer was in 2010 when we had 716 students,” said Priscilla Leonard, director of enrollment management. “This is a 12 percent increase from last summer.”

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Tsaile holds first Girl Scouts STEM Camp. See more education news here

| July 4, 2018
Tsaile holds first Girl Scouts STEM Camp. See more education news here

Pointing to the stars under a cool Arizona night, Devon Gorman asked if any of the young girls would like to travel in space someday. 

Gorman, an amateur astrologist, presented to 84 girls, ages 5 to 17, from approximately 20 communities across the Navajo Nation who attended the inaugural Navajo Nation Girl Scouts STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Camp in Tsaile, Arizona. She asked her question because of the 45 female U.S. astronauts who have been in space, the majority were Girl Scouts.

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Tuba City High School students striving for new heights at graduation. See more education news here

| June 27, 2018
Tuba City High School students striving for new heights at graduation. See more education news here

It was a day of sunshine for the “Warrior Green” celebration.

More than 5,000 graduates, parents, grandparents, close family, friends and well-wishers packed the Warrior Pavilion at Tuba City High School (TCHS) for graduation May 26. 

The morning speeches were straightforward and practical in their common sense advice in how to succeed.

The final valedictorian and co-salutatorian speeches encouraged students to savor their academic past, to help create a future in solid career building and to have a clean, happy life that will benefit their community.

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Junior high graduates at Tuba City reminded to always keep family first. See more education news here

| June 20, 2018
Junior high graduates at Tuba City reminded to always keep family first. See more education news here

For the 2018 Tuba City Junior High School (TCJHS) eighth graders, graduation day is a step toward a new high school adventure and the next chapter of their academic career, as they move closer to college.

TCJHS held its annual graduation ceremony May 25 at the high school’s Warrior Pavilion with hundreds of parents, relatives and community members in attendance to support the students.

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Valedictorian and salutatorian named at Tuba City High School. See more education news here

| May 30, 2018
Valedictorian and salutatorian named at Tuba City High School. See more education news here

Tuba City High School (TCHS) is a rich melting pot of ethnic cultures that includes varied tribal and non-tribal members who support, show encouragement and loyalty to one another at both the student and staff level. 

This helps to build students confidence, as well as understanding and appreciation for all cultures while working to succeed at their rigorous high school academic program.

This year at Tuba City High, the two top highest GPA finalists are Shalyn Nockideneh, 18, who has been named as 2018 Valedictorian. Fellow classmate, Hero H. Roberts, 18, was named salutatorian.

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Future takes flight: Navajo youths co-pilot planes over the Grand Canyon. See more education news here

| May 8, 2018
Future takes flight: Navajo youths co-pilot planes over the Grand Canyon. See more education news here

Cadet Amaris Tracy climbed into the cockpit of a small plane, her face calm but her hands shaking slightly.

“I’m really excited to get to fly the plane for the first time,” Tracy said, adjusting her headset. “At the same time, it’s 5,000 feet up in the air and I don’t really know what I’m doing.

“I’m really nervous — what if something goes wrong?”

After all, Tracy, 13, is only in the sixth grade. This was her first time in a plane — and this day, she’d be the copilot.

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