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New Tuba City Elementary School features green technology, possibly opening in fall. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

| March 29, 2017
New Tuba City Elementary School features green technology, possibly opening in fall. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

Tuba City’s new kindergarten through fifth grade elementary school, which will feature green technology, has been under construction for about a year and is ahead of schedule, according to the construction manager for the project.

Wayne Nez, construction manager, said construction of the state of the art school — the first of its kind on any northern Arizona reservation is going well.

“We are actually ahead of schedule, on budget and in a safe building capacity,” Nez said. “The new k-5 construction is approximately 75 percent complete.”

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Hopi High media students take inside look at college media programs

| March 22, 2017
Hopi High media students take inside look at college media programs

Nine Hopi High media students learned about college media programs while attending the Arizona Latino Media Association (ALMA) Conference at Arizona State University’s Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication March 3.

They also visited the media programs at Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona during the three days.

At NAU, Professor Toni Deaztlan led the students through the communications department before a tour of the campus. The Hopi High students viewed a live NAZ TV news broadcast, visited KJAK radio and spoke with editors at NAU’s Lumberjack newspaper.

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Students win big at Tuba Science Fair. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

| March 15, 2017
Students win big at Tuba Science Fair. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

Each year the Navajo Nation Science Fair showcases the youngest and brightest students from Navajo and Hopi area reservation schools in a stiff competition for several major science categories.

Students travel to Red Rock Park in Gallup, New Mexico from all over the Arizona and New Mexico area to compete for science recognition and project excellence in the areas of: animal science, behavioral science, biology, chemistry, engineering, computer science, environmental and physical science.

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Katherine Nez named grand champion at 2017 Mathleague competition. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

| March 8, 2017
Katherine Nez named grand champion at 2017 Mathleague competition. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

Staff and students at Tuba City Primary (TCP) were over the moon this week after third grader Katherine Nez was announced as the grand champion winner for the Math league competition. Students from TCP attended both the local reservation and public school Mathleague competition.

Principal Justin Roberson along with staff members, Sophia Begody, Myleene Ruiz and Pedro Conzaga, have been preparing for this annual competition for the past couple of months. One way they prepared was by identifying fifth grade teacher Pedro Conzaga, to lead a special advanced math class for students who showed higher than average achievement in math areas in the last semester.

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Tuba City graduate takes aim at helping students. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

| March 1, 2017
Tuba City graduate takes aim at helping students. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

Jamie Roe is making strides in the specialized field of education by working with and teaching students who have dyslexia, ADHD and ADD at Sharp Academy in Texas.

Roe is the daughter of Tuba City District administrators Sandra Roe and Jamie Roe. Sandra Rod is the Exceptional Students Services director at Tuba City Unified School District (TCUSD) and her father, Jamie is the long time athletic director at the school.

Roe, is from the Cherokee Nation but was born and raised in Tuba City. Her parents have worked at Hopi High School on the Hopi Reservation and at Tuba City School District, where they have worked for more than 20 years as administrators.

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Tuba City senior wins All-American sports award for commitment, skills. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

| February 15, 2017
Tuba City senior wins All-American sports award for commitment, skills. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

Sophia Katherine-Ray Honahni, 17, a senior at Tuba City High School recently won the All-American First Team Volleyball Award and a $1,500 academic scholarship given to athletes not just for their sport skills, but for their commitment and service history.

The “First Team Volleyball Award” was presented to Honahni at the Gilbert American Leadership Academy last week by the Dairy Council of Arizona and the Arizona Coaches Association as a joint partnership for gifted Arizona high school athletes.

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Jason Lobik looking to build relationships at Hopi High School. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

| February 8, 2017
Jason Lobik looking to build relationships at Hopi High School. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

Jason Lobik, Hopi High School’s new principal, said his main goals are filling any vacancies, getting acclimated to the school and building relationships with the staff and students.

Lobik, who joined the staff in January, said he doesn’t look for anything to be done a certain way. Instead, he wants teachers to be as effective as possible. He is impressed with many of the programs that Hopi High has in place including planned interventions this year that will be used to raise test scores.

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National Honor Society students tutoring local elementary students. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

| February 1, 2017
National Honor Society students tutoring local elementary students. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

Tuba City High School National Honor Society (NHS) students in 11th and 12th grade are contributing to the community this semester by tutoring Tuba City Primary students in reading.

The NHS students, under the direction of club sponsor Effie Hyden, contribute three afternoons out of each week at the Tuba City Primary School library, working with the primary students to enhance and boost their reading skills. The library is across town from the high school.

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Vicious dogs a concern for student safety at Tuba City schools. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

| January 25, 2017
Vicious dogs a concern for student safety at Tuba City schools. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

Several written requests have been submitted to Tuba City Unified School District (TCUSD) asking school bus drivers to drop students off in front of their homes because packs of dogs have either chased or tried to bite students who are coming to and from bus stops.

Two areas of Tuba City and Moencopi, specifically Hopi Housing and Urban Development housing east and an area near Coalmine Street, just past the Tuba City District Office and Tuba City Primary School, have been the site where the dogs are most aggressive in chasing the students as they step off the busses. If a student runs home, the dogs seem to get more aggressive.

TCUSD has said its highest priority is the safety and well-being of its students. Tuba City Transportation Director Orson Bigman suggested the following to help curb some of the confrontations between dogs and students.

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Tuba City High School exceeds most Arizona high schools in math. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

| January 18, 2017
Tuba City High School exceeds most Arizona high schools in math. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

Tuba City High School students exceeded expectations, scoring 50 percent higher than the state passing rate for the latest Arizona State mathematics testing under the nurturing guidance of two math teachers from the high school.

True to its mission of providing a high quality education, the high school has a consistent, yearly record of academic and sports success stories. Now the high school can add the math department to that success story.

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