Tag: Navajo-Hopi Observer

Educational benefits from the Grand Canyon. See more local education news here

| February 26, 2019
Educational benefits from the Grand Canyon. See more local education news here

For thousands of years, the Colorado River has carved its way through the Grand Canyon. While remarkable landscapes and breathtaking beauty are present, aesthetics are not as valuable as the knowledge available in the canyon.

Maya Caldwell, the director of student services at Williams Elementary Middle School (WEMS), wrote in an email that there a several opportunities for students to learn about the Grand Canyon. Among them are enriching field trips and park rangers coming to WEMS to host hands-on lessons about park education.

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KORE chairs expand flexible seating options at Sechrist. See more local education news here

| February 19, 2019
KORE chairs expand flexible seating options at Sechrist. See more local education news here

Sechrist Elementary now offers flexible seating in all its classrooms. But that doesn’t mean students are learning to touch their toes. It means young learners can now choose how – and where – they learn best.

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Seventh-grader Hannah Dodt wins 2019 Coconino County Spelling Bee. See more local education news here

| February 12, 2019
Seventh-grader Hannah Dodt wins 2019 Coconino County Spelling Bee. See more local education news here

Twelve-year-old Hannah Dodt’s confident recitations bookended this year’s Coconino County Spelling Bee Saturday morning at Coconino High School as she secured first place, matching the number that hung around her neck throughout the hour-long competition.

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LAUNCH seeking support for preschool pilot program. See more local education news here

| February 5, 2019
LAUNCH seeking support for preschool pilot program. See more local education news here

LAUNCH Flagstaff approached both the Flagstaff City Council and the Coconino County Board of Supervisors (Feb. 5) with one central message: the community needs more quality preschool options.

To advance world class education, which is LAUNCH’s stated mission, the organization is seeking supporters for a pilot program to improve preschool education within Flagstaff Unified School District boundaries by providing full-day, year-round preschool to 4-year-olds from low-income families.

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FUSD kindergarten registration event to take place Feb. 6. See more local education news here

| January 29, 2019
FUSD kindergarten registration event to take place Feb. 6. See more local education news here

To assist families with the registration process for the 2019-2020 school year, Flagstaff Unified School District elementary schools will be hosting Kindergarten Registration on February 6th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at all district elementary schools.

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Elementary school oral health program renewed through 2023. See more local education news here

| January 22, 2019
Elementary school oral health program renewed through 2023. See more local education news here

Approximately $11,000 in annual funding for the Coconino County Public Health Services District’s oral health services for elementary school children, provided by the Arizona Department of Health Services, has been renewed through 2023. The Board of Supervisors approved the contract (Jan.22).

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Education is a top issue for Ariz. voters, survey shows. See more local education news here

| January 15, 2019
Education is a top issue for Ariz. voters, survey shows. See more local education news here

For the fourth year in a row, Arizona voters have ranked education the top issue facing the state of Arizona, according to an annual survey conducted by Expect More Arizona, a statewide nonprofit, nonpartisan education advocacy group.

Among other state issues, such as immigration and border issues, taxes and healthcare, education earned the top ranking of the 600 statewide voters surveyed.

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2018 in Review: FUSD sees overdue wage and funding increases. See more local education news here

| January 8, 2019
2018 in Review: FUSD sees overdue wage and funding increases. See more local education news here

Flagstaff Unified School District had a year full of financial fluctuations to account for previously unmet needs, especially as the Red for Ed movement for improved teacher pay and school funding was in full swing throughout March and April. It also implemented various internal improvements for students.

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Challenges to law could redefine Native American foster care, adoption. See more education news here

| December 20, 2018
Challenges to law could redefine Native American foster care, adoption. See more education news here

Gilbert resident Mimi Condon calls the struggle to make her oldest son part of her family her “39-month labor.”

That’s how long it took to adopt David because he’s a Native American and the Condons are not — which meant the 40-year-old Indian Child Welfare Act came into play during the adoption, adding layers of complexity to the process.

The Condons did not set out to adopt Native American children, but three of their four adopted kids — David, now 11, Tommy, 7, and Isaac, 4 — are Native American. Condon tries to keep them connected to their roots, but said she adopted the boys to get them out of foster care and into a loving home.

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Cultural and personal meaning behind students’ award winning artwork. See more education news here

| December 5, 2018
Cultural and personal meaning behind students’ award winning artwork. See more education news here

Hopi High art students won 15 awards at the Arizona State Fair, but Hopi High art teacher Mary Duwynie felt it was just as important that thousands attending the state fair viewed the students work.

Duwyenie said it was an important opportunity for the students to showcase their work and compare their art work to students from other schools.

“Hopi Tewa art is different so our students stood out. Some have personal meaning and some have cultural meaning,” she said.

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