Tag: Grand Canyon News

Camping out, pitching in: fifth graders “Leave No Trace” at Mather Campground. See more Grand Canyon News education stories here

| May 17, 2017
Camping out, pitching in: fifth graders “Leave No Trace” at Mather Campground. See more Grand Canyon News education stories here

Grand Canyon fifth graders enjoyed a camp out at Mather Campgrounds while doing their part to help keep Grand Canyon National Park trash-free. The campers completed an astronomy unit by studying the night sky over the Canyon. The students also made posters and performed a song for other guests, reminding them to ‘Leave No Trace.’

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Grand Canyon students inducted into National Honor Society. See more Grand Canyon News education stories here

| May 10, 2017
Grand Canyon students inducted into National Honor Society. See more Grand Canyon News education stories here

Seven Grand Canyon students were recently inducted into the National Honor Society by last year’s inductees Kylie Hartigan, Savannah Perkins and Kyla Pearce.

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Grand Canyon students get a taste of job hunting at annual job and volunteer fair

| May 3, 2017
Grand Canyon students get a taste of job hunting at annual job and volunteer fair

A record number of businesses turned out for Grand Canyon High School’s annual job fair April 6.

This event is organized each year by the National Park Service in correspondence with the school administration with a goal of educating students about the variety of jobs available in their community.

Cheri Benefield, a school administrator helping to organize this year’s event, said around 25 businesses from the Grand Canyon and Tusayan area attended this year.

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Grand Canyon Girl Scouts recognized for community service

| April 19, 2017
Grand Canyon Girl Scouts recognized for community service

Two Girl Scouts from Grand Canyon’s Girl Scout troop recently received high awards for self-organized community action projects.

The Girl Scout organization offers girls worldwide the opportunity to pursue bronze, silver and gold awards. The bronze award is for fourth and fifth grade girls, the silver award is for middle school girls, and the gold award is for high school girls. In order to receive these awards, the girls research an issue in their community and work toward creating and organizing a solution to that issue. This involves many hours of hard work, dedication and passion.

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Student computer lab now available at Town Hall. See more Grand Canyon News education stories here

| April 11, 2017
Student computer lab now available at Town Hall. See more Grand Canyon News education stories here

Students at Grand Canyon School will have a place to do their online homework, thanks to a collaboration between the town of Tusayan and Grand Canyon School District.

Every Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., students can go to Town Hall in Tusayan and use a free computer lab set up with all of the school’s programs, allowing them access to reliable internet and time to complete their assignments.

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Family Night a scientific success at Grand Canyon School

| April 5, 2017
Family Night a scientific success at Grand Canyon School

After being postponed because of a power outage, Grand Canyon School’s Family Night was a resounding success.

The event featured a book fair, science fair, and Navajo taco fundraiser for a packed house March 22.

The Scholastic Book Fair, hosted in the school library, allowed students and their parents to purchase books and other materials, as well as donate books and learning materials to the library for everyone to use.

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Kaibab Learning Center gets high marks in annual evaluation

| March 22, 2017
Kaibab Learning Center gets high marks in annual evaluation

At the close of nearly a year-long process, the Kaibab Learning Center has improved its standing with the evaluating organization, director Michelle Pahl said. KLC, which was previously operating under a two-star rating, received a 4.73 star rating in this year’s evaluation.

The annual evaluation by Quality First marks the first time KLC has been rated so highly, which Pahl said would not have happened without donations, most of which went into teacher salaries.

“The community has been so generous in supporting us,” Pahl said. “Because of their support, we’ve been able to hire more teachers, which helped push us toward that five-star rating.”

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Grand Canyon students compete at Odyssey of the Mind regionals (See Photos)

| March 15, 2017
Grand Canyon students compete at Odyssey of the Mind regionals (See Photos)

Grand Canyon School sent four teams to the Northern Arizona Regional Odyssey of the Mind competition March 4, with two teams progressing to the Arizona State Competition April 1.
Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving program for students worldwide from kindergarten through college. For several months, students in teams of seven work to create a performance based on a chosen problem. Without any outside assistance, these teams create a script, design a backdrop and props, make costumes, and perform their eight-minute performance at three levels of competition. If the team wins regionals, they compete at state. If they win at state, they progress to the world finals, where teams from over 20 countries and all 50 U.S. states compete for first place. This final level of competition takes place over several days and gives students the opportunity to meet other kids from all over the world.

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Walking in beauty: Navajo educator, dancer, musician and medicine man James Peshlakai passes at 71

| March 8, 2017
Walking in beauty: Navajo educator, dancer, musician and medicine man James Peshlakai passes at 71

As a child, Yadira Caballero remembers hearing about her Navajo culture, watching community children learning the hoop dance and the eagle dance from tireless teacher, educator and medicine man James Peshlakai. He passed away Feb. 4 at the age of 71 in Cameron, Arizona, where he lived with his wife of 52 years, Mae.

Peshlakai was of the Tobacco Red House Clan, born for the Cliff Dweller Clan. His paternal grandfathers were the Red Streak into the Water Clan and his maternal grandfathers were the Wandering People Clan.

He was born on the Navajo reservation in 1945, north of what is now Wupatki National Monument to Clyde and Katherine Beshlagaii.

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Out of the Past: Havasupai School

| March 1, 2017
Out of the Past: Havasupai School

School house on the Havasupai Reservation, 1899. Writing on the back of the photo indicates the school was later destroyed by a flood.

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