Tag: Navajo Times

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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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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Koreans teach Leupp kids computer science

| June 27, 2018
Koreans teach Leupp kids computer science

The instructors at a makeshift school operate inside a lofted barn cabin in southwestern Navajo, helping every child enrolled develop skills that will benefit them in the future.

Hope Tutoring and Coding Center is situated behind Leupp Baptist Church where students every Saturday, during each quarter, reproduce Bible stories through computer science, robotics, and Scratch – a programming language and online community where children can program and share interactive media such as animation, games, music and art with other children from across the globe.

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Tuba City High School students striving for new heights at graduation. See more education news here

| June 27, 2018
Tuba City High School students striving for new heights at graduation. See more education news here

It was a day of sunshine for the “Warrior Green” celebration.

More than 5,000 graduates, parents, grandparents, close family, friends and well-wishers packed the Warrior Pavilion at Tuba City High School (TCHS) for graduation May 26. 

The morning speeches were straightforward and practical in their common sense advice in how to succeed.

The final valedictorian and co-salutatorian speeches encouraged students to savor their academic past, to help create a future in solid career building and to have a clean, happy life that will benefit their community.

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Diné student wins local History Day contest

| May 8, 2018
Diné student wins local History Day contest

For a Navajo girl growing up outside the Navajo Nation, a history competition brought the chance to explore her heritage and visit Diné Bikeyah.

Neveah Talkalai, an 8th-grader at Flagstaff Junior Academy, won the local competition to advance to the National History Day Contest Arizona competition to be held Saturday at Arizona State University. She targeted the 2018 theme for the competition, “Conflict and Compromise in History,” by exploring the history of the 1974 Navajo-Hopi Land Settlement Act.

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Navajo Nation will request full funding for Head Start

| December 6, 2017
Navajo Nation will request full funding for Head Start

The Navajo Nation will continue to ask for its full appropriation for Navajo Head Start, even though the feds are threatening a drastic budget cut.

For the past 10 years, Navajo Head Start has failed continuously to meet federal enrollment quotas, leaving the U.S. Office of Head Start no other option than to consider decreasing its funding, the office stated in a recent letter to President Russell Begaye.

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Nonprofit makes sure kids have the right tools

| August 16, 2017
Nonprofit makes sure kids have the right tools

“Some of these parents do need help with getting school supplies,” said Ramon Begay, the parent educator and liaison for Tséhootsooí Diné Bi’Ólta’.

The kindergarten through sixth-grade school is one of 30 across the Navajo Nation that will be receiving backpacks filled with school supplies from the nonprofit Partnership With Native Americans.

The partnership will giving approximately 7,000 backpacks to schools on the Navajo Nation.

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