KAYENTA, Ariz. - Kayenta Intermediate School (KIS) Grades 3-5 have made the "No Child Left Behind" status of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for two straight years. This amazing academic achievement is due to the hard work by the staff at KIS, as well as the students and parents.
Principal David Hawley commented, "Our teachers and support staff put student learning ahead of teacher convenience."
Making AYP for two years has put KIS out of any school improvement penalty, which includes restructuring. "If a school gets into restructuring, that's when somebody is making decisions for you. We all know the key to success: work hard for the students, have academic expectations for both teachers and students, and communicate with parents," Hawley said.
KIS has dedicated teachers, some of whom give up their lunch time to tutor students. These types of unselfish acts really assisted in having many students pass the AIMS tests. KIS also closely examines testing data and monitoring student progress.
"Our whole Kayenta District is setting up procedures to truly catch kids who are falling behind in learning. Plus, nobody blames somebody else since we all know our job is work improve student learning, no matter at what academic level they entered," he added.
In addition to the impressive AYP status, KIS is also "Performing School" under the Arizona Learns school labeling. KIS has earned this status or higher for many years now. In an era where parents can choose where to send their children, KIS is diligently working to be the best choice to send children to learn. "Our staff, students and parents deserve the credit for this past year, but now I'm going to ask for even more learning improvement this year. Our kids deserve to be challenged to achieve more than they think," Hawley concluded.