News

Wow. May is here.

Wow! May is here and we are down to a few weeks of school. I want to express my appreciation to all parents and grandparents for your support in the school and continued support in your children’s education. Parent involvement is very important in the school system. According to Lily Garcia and Otho Thornton (2014), the nation and our public education system have changed a lot since 1921, one factor—family engagement—remains critical to student achievement. Ongoing research shows that family engagement in schools improve student achievement, reduces absenteeism, and restores parents’ confidence in their children’s education. Students with involved parents or other caregivers earn higher grades and test scores, have better social skills, and show improved behavior. Becoming active in a school’s parent group is an important way to increase involvement. Involvement also encompasses: Setting goals with children and fostering achievement of those goals; Accessing and using children’s academic scores to ensure they’re on track; Frequently viewing the progress reports; Developing a relationship with children’s teachers and keeping in touch with them often; and Advocating for improvements in the school building and with local school boards and state and federal government to ensure schools have the resources they need to provide a world class education to every student. As we continue to move together in our mission of ensuring that every individual that enters our Professional Learning Community (PLC) succeeds academically and culturally. Thank you very much and you all have a wonderful day!

Kindergarten and Kindergarten PLUS Program

Kayenta Boarding School (KBS) will be implementing the Kindergarten and Kindergarten PLUS program for SY 2019-2020. Kindergarten students that are enrolling at KBS will be given a Kindergarten Readiness Placement where students that pass the placement assessment will be placed in Kindergarten PLUS while students that don’t pass the placement assessment will be placed in Kindergarten. The program will be as follows according to the flow chart.

KBS Food Services

The school nutrition program is here to safeguard the health and well-being of the students by establishing good eating habits and to provide adequate food for children. Our main priority is that the Food Service Department agrees to maintain necessary facilities for storing, preparing, and serving food and to comply with the health standards required by federal, state, and local health codes. There are four safety requirements specified by United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) for schools that participate in the National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Programs. 1. Request two food safety inspections from the state or local government agency responsible for food safety inspections each school year. 2. Post the most recent food safety inspection and make a copy of the inspection report available upon request. 3. Implement a food safety program based on Hazardous Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) principals. 4. Report annually the number of food safety inspections conducted to Arizona Department of Education. (ADE). The Food Service Department will be also doing the Summer Food Program from June 3rd to June 28th. Breakfast will be served from 7:15 am to 8:15 am. Lunch will be served at 11:30 am to 12:30 pm. All children 18 years and under are eligible for the program. Parents; you can still enjoy a full meal with your child(ren) for a small dollar amount. Come Eat! Breakfast for $3.00 and Lunch for $4.00. We look forward to keep feeding all the children.

Student Body Government

Kayenta Boarding School Student Council is an organization that is conducted by students and supervised by adults. The vision of the student council government is to give students an opportunity to develop leadership skills by organizing and carrying out school activities. The student council government is the voice of the student body by unifying students, parents, staff and members of the community as one. The highlights of one of our Student Council activities here at Kayenta Boarding school was the BIG “Coins for Patience”. Coins for patience is a cancer foundation that brings awareness to students at a young, that cancer doesn’t discriminate and affects anyone. Our students from the FACE program up to 8th grade collected a grand total of $616.71 which will be donated to the cancer center in Phoenix AZ. Thank you to all of our students for bringing in coins. “Every Penny Counted, Every Penny rolled will change someone’s life.”

Student Attendance and Registration

SY 2019-2020 Application for enrollment will be available the middle of May. Tribal Clothing form will also be attach. 6th , 7th and 8th grade for SY 19-20 Consent form for Teen Outreach Program will also be attached. New Kindergarten student. Must be turning 5 yrs old before December 31 of the school year 2019-2020 Enrollment Application Sign and completed by parent/Legal Guardian Need Promotion Certificate if child attended Head Start Must have Birth Certificate, Certificate of Indian Blood, and Immunization print out from the clinic 8th grade promotion will be on May 22, 2019 @ 10:00am

Special Education Counseling Services

Students have difficulty learning for a variety of reasons. Often student are experiencing such emotions as anxiety, sadness, anger, or low self-esteem. Many are even suffering from trauma related to abandonment, domestic violence, substance abuse, or other traumatic events. Due to these difficult emotions, students often find that it is hard to concentrate in class, and will often suffer socially with their peers. Through counseling, students can process their thoughts and emotions, gain skills to help them feel better, engage with their peers in a more appropriate manor, and perform better in class. If your child is in Special Education, and you feel that your child would benefit from counseling, you can request that your child be in counseling by contacting your child’s Special Education teacher.

Summer Enrichment Program

All students enrolled with Kayenta Boarding School for SY 2018-2019 are welcome to be part of the 2019 Summer Enrichment Program which begins June 3, 2019 and ends June 28, 2019. The Summer Enrichment Program will run from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM for students from Monday through Friday. The theme of the Summer Enrichment Program will be “Gardening for Gems.” The lesson planning and curriculum will reflect the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), enrichment activities, counseling topics, assessments, and learning objectives relating to the theme. Transportation will be provided by school. In addition, the Summer Feeding Program will be running for the month of June. We strongly encourage you to enroll your child in the Summer Enrichment Program. Enrollment for the Summer Enrichment Program will begin Monday, May 6, 2019.

Office of Dine’ Youth of Tuba City Agency

Greetings to Kayenta Boarding School, students, Parents, & Community, I sure appreciate the warm welcomes over the winter months that I’ve been giving my Presentations. However, the purpose of the office of Dine` Youth is to offer all youth opportunities, essential skills, and prevention strategies, to productively transition into adulthood by obtaining knowledge of these Prevention Skills. Once again, I surely appreciate it for letting me work with your children you are all greatly appreciated. Encouraging Words; “one person, one smile, one ear. One day can make a positive impact in a child’s life”. Prevention Specialist Office of Diné Youth-WNA Department of Diné Education

Joseph Hall Residential

Raising school-age children can be awesome.  Watching them try new activities, cheering them on at athletic events and applauding their accomplishments at recitals are usually some of the high points for us surrogate parents.  However, achieving success is often preceded by frustration and sometimes learning to accept one’s weaknesses as well as celebrating and building on strengths.  We try to be the equipped parents who are the coaches for these students no matter what the endeavor(s). While toddlers and preschoolers need constant supervision, school-age children become gradually ready for more independence.  However, learning to make good choices and exercise self-discipline does not come easily for many.  Staff imparts moral codes that the students should internalize.  As our students struggle with these important tasks we provide praises and encouragements for minor/minimal/major achievement. We also allow them to sometimes experience the natural consequences for their behavior or provide logical consequences to help them learn from their mistakes. So as you can see, life in the residential hall is similar to life at home. Things are always fluctuating and spur-of-the-moment issues with our students pop up and we try to deal with those accordingly. Yesterday was an exciting day for our dorm students; they celebrated their annual residential banquet. During this annual event student(s) is/are recognized for multiple personal achievements like attitudes, behaviors, leadership, helpfulness, interdependence, hospitality, accountability, responsibility, and attendance. The icing on the event was the presence of Mr. Tony Dearman; the Director of BIE himself there in the dorm to greet our students and have dinner with them at the banquet. He has worked with the BIA schools throughout the United States and all recognized Native American Tribes, this includes the Navajo Tribe. He stated that his visit to Kayenta made an impact on him; it gave him more meaning to his job and that he will continue to work with us and for us. He was a very pleasant and amiable person; he was familiar with our efforts and dilemmas in the dorm. We waited anxiously at the dorm; Mr. Tartsah kept us abreast of his whereabouts and what time he was to arrive. It was sort of scary and we thought he would show up with a caravan of bodyguards and other dignitaries; we did not know how to act or what questions to ask. Thank goodness, our students came out with appropriate questions that broke the suspense. He came by himself driving a rental and yes, he was only human just like us.

“Help us to facilitate…”

Providing a safe and secure campus is an ongoing ever-changing systematic approach. As we review various ways to keep the campus free from danger we have to have a wide angle view of the school. Our goal is the to have the school accessible to our parents and community members. As you drive into campus and proceed to the school entrance you will find that you have to be allowed to enter the school at one primary location. It is appreciated that everyone signs in and notifies staff your reason for being there. As a residential school we are also housing students in the dormitory which also has its own security protocols when you enter. For the community to trust us in the care of the children we must also implement procedures for the students and staff to follow. Our most recent change has been the school bus line up for the afternoon. We had determined that in order to keep students from running into the parking lot unsupervised that we should conduct the bus loading in the back near the cafeteria. Students that have parental permission to walk are allowed to walk after signing out, students that get picked up are kept in the library for parents to come inside and get them. Calling kids off the school bus after they have loaded can be dangerous. Once the busses are rolling we do not stop until the first bus stop. Plan ahead if your child needs a bus route change. The traffic in the parking lot can get congested so it is the drivers responsibility to obey all posted signs and yield to oncoming traffic. It is important to know that people are walking through the parking lot at all times; be cautious to avoid hitting someone. Slow Down, do not cross through parking lanes. Your help in these matters is appreciated. Help us to facilitate the safe school practices that we adopt as we grow to be more safe and secure. The end of the school year brings about a sense of accomplishment for the facility department. We made it through another year and look forward to the next set of challenges. Even though it’s been almost a year we would like to mention the completion of the demolition of the old school. This has opened up opportunities for ideas on what to do with all this extra usable space. The Kayenta Boarding School has applied for the beautification grant and was awarded$ 40,000 from the Kayenta Township Commission. The plan for the school is to plant numerous trees and shrubs to enhance the look of the property. Although it seemed a simple process the only delay is the appropriation of funds. There is a system that the funds have to go through in order for the school to use this money. Overall we are excited to see what the future holds for this project. The facility program is funded through reporting of utility usage (electric, sewer, gas, water) and square footages of the buildings. Although we are not growing in building size we have to create ways to get additional funding  and that would be through our landscape. By incorporating plants, and possibly lawns this would increase our property value. It takes funds to water plants, prune trees, mow grass and care for irrigation systems and maintain equipment.

NWEA Testing EOY

EOY NWEA Testing has started on May 6th. Thank You Parents for encouraging your child to make it to school daily.

PARCC Testing

PARCC Assessment begins on Monday, April 8th to the 19th. COMPLETED!

Understanding Attendance

  • School attendance is a critical component in order to ensure that a child is successful at school. Our students are developing the habits that will shape their future. When students attend school daily, they will have a better opportunity of having higher student achievement and feel confident about their work at school.
  • Excused Absences:

  • A pupil shall be excused from school when the absence is:
  • Due to his or her illness
  • For the purpose of having medical, dental, optometric or chiropractic services rendered
  • For the purpose of attending the funeral services of a member of his or her immediate family.
  • For justifiable personal reasons including, but not limited to, an appearance in court, attendance at a funeral service, observance of a holiday or ceremony of his or her religion, attendance at religious retreats, when the pupil’s absence has been requested in writing by the parent or guardian and approved by the principal or a designated representative.
  • Unexcused Absences:

  • Any absence for reasons other than those listed above as excused absences are deemed unexcused. Parents will receive a letter or a phone call regarding unexplained absences.
  • Please refer to KBS Parent-Student Handbook for additional information on school attendance (pg. 14).
  • PAC Meeting

    PAC Meeting is Scheduled for March 11th, @ 5:30pm. Please Attend.

    School Safety at KBS

    The Kayenta Boarding School Safe School Zone is enforced. There are Signs/Notices posted at the entrance and some may say something similar to “Safe School Notice: All Visitors Check In At The Front Desk.” When visitors enter the building, they are welcomed by the security on duty and will also receive a visitor’s pass after the sign in sheet is completed. Again, for your child’s safety, all parents and visitors must sign in at the office and receive a pass in order to enter the school. Encourage your child(ren) to continue to practice school safety and their academic standings.

    Preparing for Assessments

  • Talk About The Test At Home. Encourage your child to do his or her best, but not to stress about the test.
  • Give Words of Encouragement. Remind your child that he or she has been preparing for this all year and is ready!
  • Have Your Child A Get A Good Night’s Rest. Rest is important in having children feel ready to test.
  • Eat a Good Breakfast. Students who are full can focus easier and longer then students who feel hungry.
  • Get To School On Time. Students who feel rushed to get to school, start their day with anxiety and anxiety leads to frustration and poorer test performance.
  • Make Sure Students Have Everything They Need. They should be prepared with any school needs essentials.

    Help Stop Bullying

    Everyone should be treated with dignity and respect, no matter what their disability or diagnosis. NO ONE deserves to be bullied. One study shows that 60 percent of students with disabilities report being bullied regularly. Everyone has a responsibility to stop bullying: *Schools *Parents *Students *Peers. The effects of bullying: Why do you think students may feel like they have nowhere to turn when they are being bullied? Why don’t some want to speak with their parents or teachers about being bullied? In conclusion; help stop bullying by intervening consistently and appropriately. Correct the problem behaviors using a consistently administered continuum of consequences.

    Ways to Connect with Your Child

    1. Find a fishing hole or other shared activity. 2. Read a book together. 3. Teach them something fun such as how to grill a burger or how to make a cake. 4. Take a walk together 5. Plan a regular family fun night. Something fun like playing board games, eating ice cream or making popcorn. 6. Go on a road trip. 7. Go outside and play a sport. 8. Talk to your kids about their day without any electronics on. Just listen without judgement.

    One Call Now

    Don’t miss announcements from Kayenta Boarding School. One Call Now messages can be received on any phone (mobile or landline) and any internet-connected device, including tablets. Messages are receivable as Phone Calls, SMS Text Messages and Emails. Please Call Mr. Axline @ 928.697.2747.

    Help Fight Germs

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you or your child gets sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. The fever should be gone without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs that can cause respiratory illnesses like flu.
  • If an outbreak of flu or another illness occurs, follow public health advice. This may include information about how to increase distance between people and other measures.

    BIE Mission Statement

    As stated in Title 25 CFR Part 32.3, BIE’s mission is to provide quality education opportunities from early childhood through life in accordance with a tribe’s needs for cultural and economic well-being, in keeping with the wide diversity of Indian tribes and Alaska Native villages as distinct cultural and governmental entities. Further, the BIE is to manifest consideration of the whole person by taking into account the spiritual, mental, physical, and cultural aspects of the individual within his or her family and tribal or village context.

    School Board News

    School Board Meeting happens at 5pm every second Tuesday of each month in the Kayenta Boarding School Board Room. School Board Minutes

    Thank You

    Parent(s) or Guardian(s) if you have any questions about the enrollment packet or need help filling it out please call or stop by the school. Phone: (928) 697-3439 Residential: (928)697-3648. Facility: (928)697-2763. Cafeteria: (928)697-3632. Thank You (Lookout for updates)