Greyhills Academy High School holds open house

<i>Courtesy Photo</i><br>GAHS Dean of Students Dwight Witherspoon meets with parents on Open House.

<i>Courtesy Photo</i><br>GAHS Dean of Students Dwight Witherspoon meets with parents on Open House.

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - On Aug. 20, Greyhills Academy High School (GAHS) held their open house, a second event for parents and students to enhance parent involvement. The first event was held Aug. 5 with the Building Partnerships through Education Conference. Area service providers were given opportunities to collaborate and educate parents and community members on issues that affect student learning.

The open house gave parents and guardians the opportunity to meet with teachers, administrators and residential staff and interact about school, teaching methods and establish the all-too-important teacher parent relationship. This year, Greyhills is emphasizing Diné culture through kinship (K'é) from the school board, administration, staff, students and parents. School goals have also been identified through groups divided by maternal and paternal clan groups in addition to using experiential learning and problem based activities. Speaking for all departments the Math and Science department suggested that parents can help by checking regularly their student's work, communicate concerns, talk to students about their day, and provide a quiet study time and a place to study, provide updated contact information and encourage students to do their best.

One of GAHS's primary goals as with most schools across the country is to increase parent involvement and build partnerships between school and home. GAHS is proud to announce that it has made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the fourth consecutive year; only one of a few schools across the Navajo reservation that have earned this prestigious recognition. An increase in parental involvement can help maintain the level of learning necessary to continue making AYP. Greyhills Student Support Services strongly encourages parents and guardians to provide a positive after school structure within their homes through homework, chores, reading, sports and cultural enrichment. T-shirts provided by the Western Navajo Hopi Meth Task Force during the conference held a pledge of encouraging structure within the home to foster learning.

Under the unique status being a Navajo school and working within the principles of Office of Diné Education, Greyhills has embraced the sovereignty of the Navajo Nation teaching the Diné culture and language. Greyhills provides opportunity to students to succeed in addition to knowing their clans, culture and history. With parents and student education a priority, parent involvement is essential to build upon the solid foundation it has created. The parent advisory committee will hold its first meeting Sept. 11 at 6 p.m. All parents and community members are invited to attend.

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