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Letter to the editor: Moencopi Day School Governing Board president responds to community concerns

| December 20, 2017
Letter to the editor: Moencopi Day School Governing Board president responds to community concerns

To our school and community, 

We understand, and appreciate, the concern in our community around our children’s education. We share this concern with you, and we respect all voices when it comes to what our community needs to do to improve for our children. These thoughts never escape us, and we appreciate all of you taking time out of your busy schedules to join the conversation and share your throughts. Put simply, thank you for working alongside us.

In full transparency, we wish to openly share our actions regarding the investigation of concerns expressed by the community.

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Flagstaff’s Killip Elementary School wins chess national co-championship title

| May 24, 2017
Flagstaff’s Killip Elementary School wins chess national co-championship title

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — Killip Elementary School’s chess club brought home a title of national co-champions for one of the five teams that Killip sent to the Super Nationals in Tennessee May 11-15.

In all, Killip sent 41 players to the tournament. The last time Killip sent players to the tournament, they placed third.

More than 5,500 competed in the championship and Killip players competed against more than 1,600 of them representing 272 teams.

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Moencopi and Tuba City endorse culture and traditions for students. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

| February 22, 2017
Moencopi and Tuba City endorse culture and traditions for students. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

Tuba City Unified School District held its annual district-wide cultural symposium for more than 500 staff members who work to benefit kindergarten through 12th grade students in Tuba City and two neighboring Moencopi Village areas.

The “Hozhoogo Iina Bee Na’nitin,” one-day conference allows the staff and community to share cultural language and practices that honor, support and endorse the importance of respecting and implementing Native language, Native traditional ideology and practices in daily classroom lessons for students.

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Tuba City Primary celebrates Navajo traditions at annual Christmas program

| December 21, 2016
Tuba City Primary celebrates Navajo traditions at annual Christmas program

Each year the Tuba City Primary School invites its parents, grandparents and community members to come and enjoy some holiday cheer with the student musical Christmas program assembly, which includes seasonal songs with a mix of Navajo traditional music.

This year, the program included some musical instrument presentations that were coordinated by Tuba City Primary School teacher Stephen Almquist with some of the older students he mentors in his music class.

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Tuba City Unifed School District new school constructing moving along. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

| October 26, 2016
Tuba City Unifed School District new school constructing moving along. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

The construction of Tuba City’s new digital, sustainable school is moving along with construction of more classrooms, a multi-purpose building, gym area, an auditorium stage and cafeteria, including a food preparation and storage area.

The new school will feature green technology with cloud computing capability throughout all buildings, classrooms and research pods, passive and active solar concepts and tribally appropriate cultural design elements for the kindergarten through fifth grade school.

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Tuba City High students attend Stanford University Pre-Collegiate International Institute. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

| September 28, 2016
Tuba City High students attend Stanford University Pre-Collegiate International Institute. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

Ten of Tuba City High Schools’ top academic achievers had the distinct honor and privilege to attend the two-week 2016 Stanford Pre-Collegiate International Institute August 16 – 28 in Stanford, California.

Cheryl Onsae, Tuba City High School (TCHS) Academic Advisor was the trip chaperone and mentor for tenth and eleventh grade students participating in the program. Students challenged high achieving students from the San Francisco region in a rigorous academic environment. The goal of the program was to stimulate, involve, expand and express crosscultural approaches to global issues and personal academic progress.

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National Honor Society provides community service to Tuba City and Moencopi. See more Navajo-Hopi Observer education stories here

| September 21, 2016
National Honor Society provides community service to Tuba City and Moencopi. See more Navajo-Hopi Observer education stories here

Tuba City High has numerous outstanding students in its midst.

These students are recognized for not just academic achievement but for sports excellence, art and musical talent, local community service and showing high proficiency in speaking their tribal language and knowing their tribal culture.

This year is no different, with a high number of Tuba City High students involved and registered with the National Honor Society (NHS).

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Hopi Jr./Sr. High School administration and faculty work toward change

| August 17, 2016
Hopi Jr./Sr. High School administration and faculty work toward change

Positivity. That was the word as Hopi Jr./Sr. High School teachers and staff returned for a week of in-service training after cleaning house on administrators and losing several teachers after a couple years of turmoil.

After Superintendent James Cruice resigned this summer, Assistant Superintendent Alban Naha is serving as interim superintendent and serving as high school principal.

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Tuba City teachers attend Advanced Placement conference highlighting critical thinking skills, technology and teaching strategies

| July 27, 2016
Tuba City teachers attend Advanced Placement conference highlighting critical thinking skills, technology and teaching strategies

Last week a four-day AP Annual Conference took place in the Anaheim Convention Center in California and eight Tuba City High School and Junior High staff members attended. The conference is the largest professional development gathering of the Advanced Placement Programs and Pre-AP education communities.

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Tuba City Gates Millenium Scholars prepare for college career. See more Navajo-Hopi Observer education stories here

| September 16, 2015
Tuba City Gates Millenium Scholars prepare for college career. See more Navajo-Hopi Observer education stories here

Tuba City High School Gates Millenium Scholarship winners attended a reception at Arizona State University Aug. 21 where the students and their families learned about college readiness resources.
Of the seven Tuba City High 2015 Gates Millenium winners (cohort 2015) five of the winners are attending Arizona State University, one is attending Northern Arizona University (NAU) and one is attending University of Arizona(UofA).

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