KYKOTSMOVI -- Hopi Tribal Chairman Ivan Sidney announced "The United States Department of the Interior has notified the Hopi Tribal Council all Hopi schools met their Annual Yearly Progress goals. This means Hopi schools are not in any type of school improvement status."
The entire Hopi community is to be congratulated for the success of these schools," Sidney said in an April 13 press release from the Hopi Tribe. "The students, parents, teachers, administrators, Tribal Council, and community members at large are responsible for this tremendous achievement. It takes all of us working together to succeed in these endeavors.
The Hopi Tribal Council is proud of your success especially without any funds appropriated from the Hopi General Funds. We congratulate the school administrators, teachers and staff on the creative cultural strategies and methods developed to enhance the learning of our children. All of us congratulate you and thank you!"
The Hopi schools will each receive $3,581 as a reward and incentive for achieving the annual goals.
The award can be used to continue the good work. Ideas for spending may include buying books for students and staff, childhood transition activities, information technology equipment such as computers, digital cameras, palm pilots and supplemental materials like math manipulative, professional development; working with an outside consultant to do curriculum mapping, promoting parent involvement activities, etc.
The Hopi schools are: Hopi Junior/Senior High School, Principal Glenn Gilman; Hopi Day School, Principal Dr. John Thomas; First Mesa Elementary, Principal Bruce Steele; Second Mesa Day School, Principal, Donald Harvey; Hotevilla Bacavi Community School, Principal Alma Sinquah-Ashley; Keams Canyon Boarding School, Principal Michael Krug and Moencopi Day School, Principal, Joel Longie. Overseeing education in these facilities are Hopi Junior/Senior High School Superintendent Dr. Paul Reynolds; and BIA School Superintendent Jim Hastings. Congratulations to all!
The Bureau of Indian Affairs agency will distribute the funding to the schools. Schools will be receiving their funding promptly.
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