LB - Felice Soldwedel Unit20 728x90

Home | Classifieds | Place an Ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Milestones | Contact Us | Subscribe | e-newsletter | RSS | GrandCanyonTourGuide.com
Navajo-Hopi Observer | Flagstaff, Arizona

home : education : education July 23, 2016


8/6/2013 10:31:00 AM
District kicks off new school year in Tuba City-Moenkopi
Rosanda Suetopka Thayer
The Observer

TUBA CITY, Ariz. - The first day of school for students in the Tuba City school district is Aug. 6.

Tuba City Unified School District (TCUSD) is located on the Navajo reservation in Northern Arizona, one mile east of the nearest Hopi villages of Upper and Lower Moenkopi. The district is 75 miles northeast of Flagstaff at an elevation of about 5,000 feet.

The district has a mixed ethnic student population comprised of Navajo, Hopi and San Juan Southern Paiute tribal members along with a minority student population of Hispanic, Black, and Anglo. There are a few international students whose parents are service providers at the Tuba City hospital and the Western Navajo Bureau of Indian Affairs offices. TCUSD is a melting pot of cross-cultural young people and students who speak two Native languages. Students are enriched by the close proximity of other cultures in their daily academic environment.

As the superintendent of the largest Native school district in Northern Arizona, Harold G. Begay, along with the governing board, has the responsibility of guiding the academic and cultural lives of the student population and supporting and maintaining an educational environment that administrators hope will exceed state academic compliance.

Begay grew up on the Navajo reservation and graduated from Tuba City High School. Begay was an honor student at Arizona State University in Tempe but he dropped out to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps where he served a tour of duty in Vietnam. He then worked as an iron-worker before going back to school where he received his B.A. in psychology, a M.A. in guidance counseling and Ph.D in school finance from the University of Arizona.

Begay has an esteemed academic career. He was appointed as a visiting scholar to University of California at Berkeley's Graduate School of Education. While there, he continued his work in education reform, brain imagery, neural plasticity and gifted education.

Begay shared opening remarks with his entire teaching and support staff when they assembled last week in the Tuba City-Moenkopi reservation area to start "Back to School 2013-14."

He extended a warm welcome to staff as they entered another school year and reported on the academic strides the schools in the district had made. Begay discussed the final grade determination for the school from testing done in April and released by the Arizona Department of Education on Aug. 1.

"The preliminary grade indications are that our schools as a whole did very well, with two schools narrowly missing a "B" rating," Begay said. "While academic achievement scores are only one critical dimension to the noble mission of public education, you have dispelled a cherished assumption that students and school children from the most challenging circumstances are unable to undertake rigorous academic work and experience success. It is deeply gratifying to witness firsthand the extent to which each of you sacrifice daily to ensure the success of our most important investment-our school children and students."

Begay said the staff have an important role to play in helping students achieve success. Staff can help students with their transformation by sharing with the students their collective beliefs, commitment and dedication to achievement. Begay applauded the staff for teaching with open minds and imparting the freedom to think and make choices.

"You have chosen to defy the odds and you are charting new directions with our historically underserved schools," Begay said. "I am truly humbled and honored to be among a community of accomplished staff of such tremendous talent and high intellect. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your outstanding work."

More information about enrollment and admission procedures can be found at (928) 283-1000 or www.tcusd.org.


    Recently Commented     Most Viewed
Mapmaker continues quest to document indigenous cultures
New documentary focuses on Native American veterans on Navajo Nation
Letter to the editor: Where do children learn to speak fluent Navajo?
Delegate Edmund Yazzie continues work for Thoreau, N.M. clinic
Pirates of the Navajo Nation under attack




Article Comment Submission Form
Comments are not posted immediately. Submissions must adhere to our Use of Service Terms of Use agreement. The email and phone info you provide will not be visible to the public. Rambling or nonsensical comments may not be posted. Comments are limited to 1300 characters or less. In order for us to reasonably manage this feature we may limit your comment entries to five(5) per day.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   


Advanced Search

HSE - We want to hear from you
Find more about Weather in Flagstaff, AZ
Click for weather forecast





Submission links
 •  Submit site feedback or questions

Find It Opinions Features Submit Extras Other Publications
Home | Classifieds | Place an Ad | Public Notices | Galleries | Milestones | Contact Us | Subscribe | e-newsletter | RSS | Site Map
LB - Felice Soldwedel Unit20 728x90

© Copyright 2016 Western News&Info, Inc.® The Navajo-Hopi Observer is the information source for the Navajo and Hopi Nations and Winslow area communities in Northern Arizona. Original content may not be reprinted or distributed without the written permission of Western News&Info, Inc.® Navajo-Hopi Observer Online is a service of WNI. By using the Site, nhonews.com ®, you agree to abide and be bound by the site's Terms of Use and Privacy Policy, which prohibit commercial use of any information on the site. Click here to submit your questions, comments or suggestions. Navajo-Hopi Observer Online is a proud publication of Western News&Info Inc.® All Rights Reserved.

Software © 1998-2016 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved