Tag: STAR School

Education Spotlight: 2020 Coconino County Teacher of the Year nominations open. See more local education news here

| October 14, 2019
Education Spotlight: 2020 Coconino County Teacher of the Year nominations open. See more local education news here

The eighth annual Coconino County 2020 Teacher of the Year and Rookie Teacher of the Year Award nominations are open.

The awards are a countywide celebration that honors and recognizes full- time teachers. 

The Coconino County Education Service Agency invites the public to nominate outstanding teachers in Coconino County. Nomination forms can be found on the Superintendent’s website at www.coconino.az.gov/celebrate. Nominations must be received by 5 p.m. on Nov. 5. 

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Education Spotlight: STAR 6th Graders Attend Camp Colton

| June 4, 2019
Education Spotlight: STAR 6th Graders Attend Camp Colton

Earlier this month the STAR school sixth grade had the chance to attend Camp Colton, a camp owned and operated by Flagstaff Unified School District that is dedicated to teaching participants about environmental science. The students spent four days and three nights at camp and attended environmental education classes such as forestry, aquatics, wildlife and geology, taught by Camp Colton’s staff.
Each environmental education class was designed to get the students to interact with their natural environment and work as a team to accomplish a specific goal. For example, the Geology class consisted of the students exploring the nearby Lava Tubes and discussing the different types of igneous rock present inside the tubes.

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STAR School finalist in STEM service project contest

| December 27, 2017
STAR School finalist in STEM service project contest

The latest ingenious service project from STAR School near Leupp has earned it $25,000 in technology and a chance to earn another $150,000 in technology as a national prize winner.

The project is a homemade swamp cooler that students plan to build and give to elders in the community who don’t have access to air conditioning.

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Five Arizona schools selected for APS STEM School for the Future program

| June 21, 2017
Five Arizona schools selected for APS STEM School for the Future program

The Northern Arizona University Center for Science Teaching and Learning has announced its second cohort of schools for the APS STEM School for the Future program, a professional development program that provides hands-on learning opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and math, to Arizona educators and school administrators.

Participating schools are Cottonwood Middle School in Cottonwood, AZ; Gowan Science Academy in Yuma, AZ; Thompson Ranch Elementary School in El Mirage, AZ; Sierra Verde STEM Academy in Glendale, AZ; and The STAR School in Flagstaff, AZ.

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STAR School students learn scientific principles and incorporate Diné cultural values in projects. See more Navajo-Hopi education stories here

| April 13, 2016
STAR School students learn scientific principles and incorporate Diné cultural values in projects. See more Navajo-Hopi education stories here

Isacc David’s aerodynamics project inspired him to want to be a pilot one day. Aydan Tomas learned how to cook on a parabolic solar cooker and Sawyer Allison-Begay and Jasmine Redhouse are figuring out how to make an edible water bottle.

These are just some of the science projects at the school-wide 4th annual Science Symposium at STAR school April 7 where there were projects on filtration systems, wind turbines, fruit batteries, air pressure, a bubbling lava lamp and many more.

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STAR School gives thanks by giving back. See more Navajo-Hopi Observer education stories here

| December 2, 2015
STAR School gives thanks by giving back. See more Navajo-Hopi Observer education stories here

LEUPP, Ariz. – Instead of wearing feathers and fancy hats, STAR students got ready for Thanksgiving by cooking food from recipes they created themselves and then serving the food to the elders at a community feast.

On this day, while debates about whether Native people should celebrate Thanksgiving at all were taking place, the students at STAR school were tending the fire outside and learning what kind of wood should be burned for baking bread in the outdoor ovens.

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STAR School ready to go from off the grid to online. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

| November 11, 2015
STAR School ready to go from off the grid to online. See more Arizona Daily Sun education stories here

After being named one of the top “innovative” schools in the country by the education site Noodle.com, leaders at STAR School hope to keep the school moving forward while staying loyal to traditional roots and approaches.

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Rural Arizona Charter School Boosts College Enrollment Rates

| September 16, 2015
Rural Arizona Charter School Boosts College Enrollment Rates

A charter school in rural Arizona that serves mostly Native American students is improving high school graduation and college enrollment rates for students who have traditionally lagged their peers.

A recent story by Education Week’s Catherine Gewertz highlighted the STAR School, which serves 130 Navajo students in pre-K-8. Eighty percent of STAR’s 8th grade students graduate high school in four years after leaving STAR, compared to the state average of 61 percent for Native American students, and 70 percent for American Indian students nationwide. Seventy percent of STAR’s graduates attend college within a year of completing high school, compared to 63 percent of all students nationwide.

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Young indigenous filmmakers to showcase their work on April 29

| April 29, 2015
Young indigenous filmmakers to showcase their work on April 29

April 28, 2015 • By Michelle McManimon • Arizona Daily Sun Young indigenous filmmakers will present a free screening of their movies in Flagstaff Wednesday, April 29. This semester, students in the Filmmaking for Social Change class at Northern Arizona University’s School of Communication collaborated with elementary, middle, and high school students from the Kinlani Bordertown […]

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