Nizhónígo Nee Ado’ááł (Have a beautiful day)


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On Monday, Nebo Title VI students had the opportunity to visit the Utah State Capitol. Students in attendance were from various Junior High and High Schools in Nebo School District. Many students were able to meet local legislatures and tribal leaders. Students were also fortunate enough to be able to see the "Go West" exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts at the University of Utah. The field trip was a wonderful learning experience for all the students, and the Nebo Title VI Program is truly grateful for the parents who took time out of their day to spend the day at the Utah State Capitol with their children.

Eileen Quintana Thoughts on the Field Trip:

"We took 26 students on this trip to the capitol. Three of our students Canyon Haveron - SHHS, Ciera Alldredge PHS, Alfredo Quintana MMHS, job shadowed Senators and Representative for the day, which gave them an inside look into the process of lawmaking.

Those that didn't "shadow" were able to tour the capitol including the "Telling My Utah Story" exhibit, we had the opportunity to meet and talk with our legislator Senator Henderson about issues that are of
concern for our community. Students enjoyed seeing the artwork, sitting in the balcony where bills are passed into law, many of our students had not visited the capitol before so it was fun to see their
reaction.

The American Indian Caucus Day gathering took place right next door under the supervision of the Director of Division of Indian Affairs, Shirlee Silversmith and her staff. They made the arrangements for shadowing for us. As Nebo students entered the tribal leader's assembly, we were honored to have Navajo Nation Vice President Jonathon Nez address our students with a special talk about responsibilities of future leaders! Goshute tribal Chairman Rupert Steele offered a prayer and blessed Nebo students on stage at this
tribal leaders conference. We met and ate with Utah tribal leaders and delegates, they were very happy to see young Native American youth participating in this event. I think what I kept hearing over and over
from different people was this simple observation that I heard upon arrival "It warms my heart to see our youth showing up to an event like this and participating, your tribe needs you."

Our field trip was informative and an important teaching experience, we are currently tracking bills in the after-school lab that will impact our Native communities. Director Silversmith made arrangements for our students to visit the Museum of Fine Arts which is usually closed on Mondays, but they opened it for our students to see the "Go West" exhibit, art of the American Frontier from the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. This exhibit examines the development and disruption of the American West through more than eighty original artworks by Euro-American and Plains Indian artists!  We had a BLAST, thank you for making this possible!"

Eileen Quintana
Program Manager 

"As part of the New Nation Project series of events, the Dept. of Heritage & Arts is hosting a high school student letter-writing contest. Students grades 9-12 are encouraged to submit a letter to their elected official through the online form at https://newnationproject.utah.gov/letter-competition. Every letter will teach it's intended official, and qualifying letters will be entered into a random drawing for the chance to win a ticket to see the Broadway hit "Hamilton". The goal is to get young people engaged in the civic process. The contest closes Feb. 20th." 

-Sarina V. Ehrgott (Marketing & Communications Manager, Utah Department of Heritage & Arts)

 

 


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"There are two options for Navajo Government Classes this year, Government Class is one of two prerequisite classes for the Navajo Nation Chief Manuelito Scholarship. You must take Navajo Government and Navajo Language to qualify! The FIRST class is online and ON YOUR OWN, you must register through me (email me at eileen.quintana@nebo.edu) for the online course. The SECOND option is the live class, held at Jordan High School in Sandy on 4 Saturdays (Feb-March). Registration for the live class is just showing up to the first class at Jordan High School. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND TAKING THE LIVE CLASS! There is a commitment, you CANNOT miss one class in both the online/live class. Please send me (Eileen) an email to let me know which class your student will be taking." 

-Eileen Quintana, Title VI Program Manager 

 

Congratulations to the following students for achieving High Honor Roll and Honor Roll for Term 2! We are so proud of you. This is such a great accomplishment to be celebrated and acknowledged. Keep up the excellent work. You are all wonderful students who are accomplishing incredible things at your school."

High Honor Roll

High School:
Kacey Melton
Mitchell Begay
Taylon Morris
Ciera Alldredge
Micah Button
Kelina Anderson
Ruby Campbell
Seka Groves
Kalob Eddie
Calvin Walker
Emily Wilson
Enrique Williams
Daisha Beck
Danica Butler 
Brooke Carter 
Jackson Adams 
Carlitta Devenport
Nicole Powell
 
Junior High:
Maisy Melton
Isabel Fuentes
Spencer Jackson
Miguel Delgadillo
Camryn Mehl
Ammon Anderson
Lucy Sloan
Ammon Beck
Karley Carron-Campbell 
Kadren Devenish
Kayden Cruz
Julia Hernandez
Jared Letzerich
Benyse Millet
Kawaimalie Fuentes
Miles Graymountain
Ellie Sloan
Clifton Carron-Campbell Jr
Dante Ketchum
Krista Larsen
Eric Zavala
 
Honor Roll
 
High School:
Katanna Bitsoi 
Rio Cruz 
Matthew Thompson 
Sedona Belone 
Emilio Woody 
Joshua Mckee 
Macy Redhouse 
Breanne Burby 
Cerina Camacho-Jimenez 
Malena McKee 
Austin Butler 
Jaxon Billy 
Ella Boren 
Kaitlyn Chavis-Lewis 
Kylan Poyer 
Andrew Yazzie 
 
Junior High:
Victorya Alley
Brock Burby
Brigum Eddie
Coral McKell
Hillary Tsosie
Randin Rhatigan 
KaciRay Cook 
Kylee Simmons 
Koda Trujillo 
Becca Cook 
Joseph Clark 
Taylan Haveron 
Andrew Henderson 
Emmalee Davidson 
Kaysen Smith 
Koda Begay 
Josiah Eaglefeather
Landon Goodman 
Eliska Simonu 
Samuel Hatridge
 
 

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Our after-school lab at Larsen Elementary is in full swing. We have had such a great turn out this year with eager to learn students, and very supportive parents. Our Larsen lab is offered on Mondays from 2-5 pm and Wednesdays 3-5 pm. We offer homework help, cultural enrichment, and our performing arts groups have their practice during lab.

Students ranging from 3-18 years old have joined us at the Larsen lab this year. All of the students are extremely talented in different areas such as reading, writing, math, drawing, dancing, singing, etc. That is just to name a few talents we have come across. Many have joined our performing arts group as well, and have their own first performances already. This year our youngest performer being just 3 years old.

Many of our parents have been creating some beautiful regalia for our performing arts group. Our parent committee even meets weekly to work on regalia together. If you are parent interested in working on regalia with us or even a parent wanting to learn how to make regalia please contact Julie Cruz for more information. 

 

Nebo School District is holding a Mental Health Awareness Night. We encourage all parents and students in the Title VI program to attend one night if at all possible. This is such a great opporuinity to learn more about Mental Health topics, discuss prevention tips, and examine different ways to improve our own mental health. To find a time, date, and location that best suits you and your family please click here.

 

In Nebo School District, we have seven Junior Highs and eight High Schools. Each one of these schools has a Native Club that meets monthly with one of our Title VI Representatives. At Native Club Meetings, American Indian students come together to explore American Indian History, discuss recent American Indian issues happening in our community, students help each other with homework/assignments, and create arts & crafts.

This year, I am the Title VI Representative at Springville Junior High School. We only have a handful of American Indian students, however, their attendance and participation is consistent. This group of American Indian Students has been a joy to work with. Some have grown up outside of Nebo School District, and their perspective adds so much insight into the conversations and discussions we have.

During the month of December, SJHS Native Club has been working diligently on making earrings to give as Christmas gifts to their loved ones. Each student designed their own pair of earrings. As I was looking at the earrings that were created I noticed that use of color and symmetry flowed beautifully. We have such talented and creative students, and I was very proud of their finished earrings. 


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Our Title VI Christmas was a success! Our Title VI Staff was delighted to catch up and visit with our Title VI students and their wonderful families. It was a cold night, 22 degrees if memory serves me right, but our Title VI staff was truly grateful for supportive parents and guardians who braved the winter elements to join us for a fun night.

The night was filled with yummy food, wholesome games, singing of classic Christmas songs, lots of laughs, and of course a very special visit from Santa Clause who came bearing gifts in a stocking for each student who attended.

It was such a beautiful sight to see our wonderful Title VI families coming together to celebrate Christmas. It is such a joy for us to watch your children grow, see all of their personal and academic achievements. We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Sincerely,
Title VI Staff

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