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Nizhónígo Nee Ado’ááł (Have a beautiful day)
Our Navajo Language class is officially underway. It is offered every Tuesday at Larsen Elementary. We have a handful of high school students who have been making a great effort to come to class weekly, and have been diligent in their own learning process. This course is taught by Clayton Long, who is an Bilingual Director in San Juan School District. Clayton speaks the Navajo Language beautifully. The Navajo Language is such a complex, and dynamic language. These high school students who are currently taking this course are definitely using their higher order thinking skills to make connections between their primary spoken English language, and the Navajo Language. We are so proud of these high school students for their determination. Keep up the good work!
We are excited to announce our Cherry Creek After School Homework Lab has started! It is every Tuesday and Thursday from 3:00-5:00 at Cherry Creek Elementary in Springville. We have had a wonderful turn out as far, and would like any American Indian student to join us. This lab offers help with homework, reading, writing, and math. Along with that, tutors from UVU SCUP are on-site to help and assist student with their individual academic needs.
On September 11, 2017, our Title VI dancers had the opporuintiy to perform at the groundbreaking for the Butterfly Biosphere at Thanksgiving Point. Despite their young ages, these dancers did a wonderful performance. These young dancers danced the fancy shawl dance. This dance orginated among the northern tribes. Fancy shawl dancers are intented to resemble butterfiles. They are called "fancy shawl" dancers because the shawl tend to be colorful, bright, frigned, and the length of the shawl is similar to a butterflies wingspan. These gracious young women did a excellent job performing at this event.
Nebo Indian Education Program
Sadie Melton is a graduating senior from Maple Mountain High School. She is Aleut/Caucasian and a treasure to each lineage. Her family and friends describe her as funny, kind to everyone, beautiful and easy going. She is also hardworking, dedicated and a great problem solver. If you are lucky to be her friend, you are a friend for life. Sadie loves to cook in her free time, especially bake, her family and neighbors are often the recipients of delectable goodies. When she is not baking, she loves to hang out with friends or read a good book. Her favorite movies are the Harry Potter movies. A TV show she can’t turn down is and I Love Lucy rerun. “I’m your Vitameatavegamin Girl. Are you tired, run down, listless?”
Foods that Sadie enjoys are Lasagna, orange chicken, and anything with sea salt caramel. Her music of choice is anything with a good beat that you can dance to or something that is emotionally charge for the moments when you need a good cry. When asked about her favorite color she said, “Black forever and always but also really light pinks or colors that are so dark they look like they are black.”
In high school she ran cross country. Her favorite classes were Prostart and English. A memorable, funny, quirky moment she will always remember is when a popular kid apologized for standing too close to her. We hope he knew he was standing next to greatness. Sadie loved watching the soccer games at MMHS. She also thought that the school had some pretty awesome dances that she enjoyed. Her future plans are to attend SUU and begin working on her teaching degree. She would like to become a foods teacher. One item on her bucket list is to buy out a whole store’s supply of Nutella. We are contemplating starting a “Go Fund Me,” account for this, hoping she will share. - We end with her favorite quote, “Save the Bees.” – Vegans.
Sadie, you are on your way to great things. We think you are awesome and are ready for anything life throws at you. Congratulations!