Award dinner highlights academic competency
125 Tuba City High students pass AIMS
TUBA CITY — As of this year, the state requires that all public high school seniors must pass all three categories of AIMS (Arizona Instrument for Measuring Standards) tests before graduating from their designated high school.
At Tuba City High School, 125 students have successfully completed all three categories of this state requirement. To show their appreciation for this academic effort, on April 25 Tuba City Unified School District Administration and Governing Board hosted a dinner at Warrior Pavilion featuring entertainment that highlighted student talent.
TC High’s statistical breakdown for the 2006 Cohort is 111 students with 28 credits that have passed all AIMS categories, 17 completing Alternative Pathways and 12 final IEP (Individual Education Plan), making the total graduation count 140 students.
At the dinner, TC District speakers included Dr. Tahu and Ralph Navarre, new assistant principal at TC High, who outlined AIMS requirements. Keynote Speaker was Idella Bryant, a former TC alum who is now a full-fledged licensed pharmacist with the Tuba City Indian Health Service.
Bryant gave an inspiring and heartfelt speech about her own educational challenges — how she was able to overcome homesickness, competition with other non-native pharmacy students and adjusting to life off the reservation.
Bryant graduated from TC High in 1995, taught Algebra at TC Junior High and then went onto pharmacy school where she completed her degree in June 2004, wanting to “come back home and help her own community.”
Bryant told the students, “It doesn’t matter what college or university you go to; its what you do with that education that matters.”
TC High students provided the entertainment, including recent winners of the Red Mesa Creative Writing and Drama Festival giving poetry readings, Tiffany Tohannie’s live performance which had the crowd cheering, Jarvis Bedonie’s rendition of a song he created and Harold Smiley’s blessing given in the Navajo language.
“I am very proud of this successful group of 2006 AIMS students,” Said TC High Senior Class Counselor Gary Hubbell. “I believe the pressure was building up when they first tested back in Spring of 2004. The key to their testing success was preparation and meeting with them regularly on how to receive tutoring and learning test taking skills.”
He pointed out that departments school wide took part in addressing competencies. “We narrowed our list of students who were at the approaches and signed them up for ED2020 courses (tutoring courses during class time), Hubbell said. “It was an overall team effort from our staff at Tuba City High School.”
(Rosanda Suetopka Thayer is Public Relations Director for Tuba City Unified School District.)