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Haigo Hane’ cultural symposium takes place at Tuba City Unified School District

| January 27, 2016
Haigo Hane’ cultural symposium takes place at Tuba City Unified School District

To promote and support cultural education, Tuba City Unified School District put on a second annual district wide cultural symposium for more than 500 staff.

The theme, “Hastoi Iina Bina’nitin” aimed to focus staff members and the community they serve on the importance of respecting and implementing Native traditional idealogy and practice in the classroom for its students.

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Navajo Nation welcomes $45 mil from feds for schools, but say need persists

| January 20, 2016
Navajo Nation welcomes $45 mil from feds for schools, but say need persists

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell delivered $45 million of long overdue construction funds Thursday for two long-neglected schools in the Navajo Nation, the last of 14 schools promised funding there 12 years ago.

The Interior Department had announced last February that money was finally on the way for Cove Day School and Little Singer Community School, but Congress did not approve the funds until last month.

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Art and music equally important as rigorous academics in Tuba City schools

| January 6, 2016
Art and music equally important as rigorous academics in Tuba City schools

In recent years, curricula in the United States and on American Indian reservations throughout Indian country has shifted more toward common core subjects like math and reading. But what about the arts?

Some parents and community members consider music, visual and performing arts a luxury subject.

But at Tuba City Unified School District in the remote northern Navajo area of Arizona, district officials consider art and music experience a necessary building block of education and child development along with other daily academic programs.

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Special Education not getting services

| December 30, 2015
Special Education not getting services

James Lomakema told the Hopi Jr/Sr High School Governing Board that he will file a complaint in federal court because his special education child is not getting the services she is required to get, according to the law.

Lomakema spoke during the call to the public during the governing board meeting on Dec. 8.

According to state law, the board cannot take action during the call to the public.

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Tuba City Primary School honors Navajo language student achievement

| December 23, 2015
Tuba City Primary School honors Navajo language student achievement

Students gathered with their parents, grandparents, teachers and community members Dec. 10 in the Tuba City Primary School cafeteria for a traditional meal to celebrate tribal language fluency in classroom programs that are part of the students’ daily academic work.

Navajo language instructors Royd Lee, Ella Bedonie, and Violet Tso make sure their students have a daily lesson in the Navajo language using conversation, color and number identification, questions and descriptions of things they see every day.

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Sackos steps down as Hopi Jr. / Sr. High School superintendent

| December 16, 2015
Sackos steps down as Hopi Jr. / Sr. High School superintendent

Dr. Gregory Sackos resigned as superintendent of Hopi Jr./Sr. High School during the same school board meeting that a petition was given to the board calling for him to be removed.

Sackos resigned at the Dec. 8 school board meeting. The school board accepted his resignation, effective Dec. 11, after an executive session.

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Hopi High media program wins state media awards

| November 18, 2015
Hopi High media program wins state media awards

TEMPE, Ariz. – Students in Hopi High School’s media program won seven awards at the Arizona Interscholastic Press Association (AIPA) Conference Oct. 27 at Arizona State University in Tempe.

Hopi High School remains the only Native American high school in Arizona to win awards from AIPA each year and the only school north of Sedona to win these prestigious awards.

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Tuba City High School students benefit from visiting art scholars. See more Navajo-Hopi Observer education stories here

| November 11, 2015
Tuba City High School students benefit from visiting art scholars. See more Navajo-Hopi Observer education stories here

Poet and writer Lance Henson, a member of the Cheyenne, Oglala and French nations, along with Michael Begay, a member of the Navajo Nation who works with students creating and writing classical music for public performance, worked with Tuba High School students last week.

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Hopi High homecoming royalty look to be role models to fellow students. See more Navajo-Hopi Observer education stories here

| November 4, 2015
Hopi High homecoming royalty look to be role models to fellow students. See more Navajo-Hopi Observer education stories here

Dairon Norris was crowned homecoming king and Elysse Honyouti was crowned homecoming queen Oct. 16 at Hopi High School’s Bruin Stadium. Norris, a senior, said he was happy, nervous and excited about becoming homecoming king. Norris said the other four contestants made the vote competitive.

“I thought I was going to lose because the other guys are popular,” he said.

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STAR School in top 41 most innovative K-12 schools in United States. See more Navajo-Hopi Observer education stories here

| October 28, 2015
STAR School in top 41 most innovative K-12 schools in United States. See more Navajo-Hopi Observer education stories here

Noodle, a comprehensive website for education information and resources, named STAR (Service to all Relations) School one of the 41 Most Innovative K-12 school in America Oct. 19 for its revolutionary approach to education.

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