Tag: Tuba City Unified School District

Education Spotlight: 2020 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Education — Melinda McKinney. See more local education news here

| February 10, 2020
Education Spotlight: 2020 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Education — Melinda McKinney. See more local education news here

Melinda McKinney is highly involved with STEM initiatives in Flagstaff. As an instructor of Biology, Physics and Mathematics at Coconino Community College she inspires students through her courses and lectures. Outside of the classroom she organizes camps, workshops, and activities that promote science and enhance public knowledge on a variety of topics. Melinda is on the board of the Flagstaff Festival of Science as a primary organizer for Coconino Community College’s involvement in workshops.

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Education Spotlight: 2020 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Education — Jody Laura. See more local education news here

| January 20, 2020
Education Spotlight: 2020 Viola Award Finalist for Excellence in Education — Jody Laura. See more local education news here

Jody Laura has created a music program that introduces kids to music at the youngest of ages! This may seem like a “throw away” age for music education, but Jody is teaching kids in a way that is really making a difference and is showing all of us involved how important music education really can be this young. She has everything from newborns to 4 year olds in her classes. This past summer, Little Music Makers also offered a Big Kids Rock weeklong summer camp for slightly older kids. Through Little Music Makers of Flagstaff, she has written and developed a curriculum that changes every 8 weeks.

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Education Spotlight: Puente de Hozho Awarded $11,650 from U.S. Soccer Foundation. See more local education news here

| January 14, 2020
Education Spotlight: Puente de Hozho Awarded $11,650 from U.S. Soccer Foundation. See more local education news here

Puente de Hozho Elementary (on Jan. 7) announced it has been awarded a $11,650 grant from the U.S. Soccer Foundation, whose programs serve as the national model for sports-based youth development in underserved communities. This grant is intended to fund professional grade outdoor soccer court that will be available for community use. Puente de Hozho was one of nine organizations to receive grants.

“We are incredibly grateful for the support of the U.S. Soccer Foundation,” said Principal Robert Kelty. “This furthers our efforts in providing world class academic and athletic opportunities for our students and community.”

As a community tri-lingual school supporting learners in the areas of Navajo, Spanish, and English, Puente de Hozho seeks to create cultural bridges between students and there is no better way for those connections than through the world’s most popular sport – soccer.

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Tuba City School District celebrates opening of new elementary school. More education stories here

| February 7, 2018
Tuba City School District celebrates opening of new elementary school. More education stories here

Tuba City Unified School District’s (TCUSD) newest K-5 Elementary digital school has been formally christened with a ribbon cutting and will be in full operation for the 2018 winter semester.

The new Tuba City Elementary school had been under construction for the past 20 months and received its final fire code and internal security clearance in late November 2017.

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School music programs march to a new beat at Tuba City. See more education stories here

| January 17, 2018
School music programs march to a new beat at Tuba City. See more education stories here

Tuba City Unified School District (TCUSD) recognizes that art and music are an important component to giving students a well-rounded education.

Tuba City district students’ educational experience not only includes rigorous academics but also includes art, music and physical education for its students to excel.

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Tuba City transportation blesses families on school bus routes. See more education stories here

| November 29, 2017
Tuba City transportation blesses families on school bus routes. See more education stories here

For the 10th year, Tuba City Unified School District (TCUSD) transportation staff coordinated to draw names for five families to receive a special turkey meal kit the week before Thanksgiving.

The names were given in coordination with Orson Bigman, head bus driver and Arnold Begay, acting transportation coordinator, who took the name of one family on each of the 13 regular bus routes. The names were then put into a hat and five names were drawn at random.

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Moencopi and Tuba City endorse culture and traditions for students. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

| February 22, 2017
Moencopi and Tuba City endorse culture and traditions for students. See more Navajo Hopi-Observer education stories here

Tuba City Unified School District held its annual district-wide cultural symposium for more than 500 staff members who work to benefit kindergarten through 12th grade students in Tuba City and two neighboring Moencopi Village areas.

The “Hozhoogo Iina Bee Na’nitin,” one-day conference allows the staff and community to share cultural language and practices that honor, support and endorse the importance of respecting and implementing Native language, Native traditional ideology and practices in daily classroom lessons for students.

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CORE Construction pours concrete slab for new Tuba City school Aug. 18. See more Navajo-Hopi Observer education stories here

| August 24, 2016
CORE Construction pours concrete slab for new Tuba City school Aug. 18. See more Navajo-Hopi Observer education stories here

The first big slab of concrete was poured Aug. 18 at the new Tuba City Unified School District (TCUSD) multi-purpose school among other progress in electrical and underground piping infrastructure.

The new school, kindergarten through fifth grade, will feature green technology building material, cloud computing capability throughout all buildings, classroom and research pods, passive and active solar concepts and tribally appropriate cultural design elements for the students who attend the school.

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Hopi Police Chief talks law enforcement with Hopi High students. See more Navajo-Hopi Observer education stories here

| February 10, 2016
Hopi Police Chief talks law enforcement with Hopi High students. See more Navajo-Hopi Observer education stories here

Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Hopi Police Chief Jamie Kootswatewa spoke to Hopi High media students about life as a police officer, slow response times to some calls and active shooter drills.

Hopi High radio student Storm Tso interviewed Kootswatewa on KUYI’s Hopi High Teen Show.

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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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