May 2, 2016
Dear Community Members, Parents and Students:
Our mission is to prepare students for success in college and careers and to support the development of their Navajo language and cultural knowledge. We strive to work with TYGHS staff, students, parents, and community members to provide the best possible educational program for our students.
Congratulations to Valerie Tapaha, Navajo Language and Culture teacher. Five members of the Class of 2016 have earned the New Mexico Bilingual-Bi-literacy State Seal based on their demonstrated proficiency in Navajo language.
TYG is an Apple ConnectEd school – 1 of 114 in nation, 1 of 6 in New Mexico (only a high school in NM) – students will receive iPads and approximately 1 Million in technology and services over the three years of the program and 17 days of professional development for staff. New wireless equipment has been installed, teachers will receive iPads and MacBooks during May 18th, we will have a digital literacy bootcamp for students in May, and iPads fwill be deployed to all students at the start of the 2016-17 school year - August 11th..
1st Annual Navajo Knowledge Bowl - TYG finished first place overall and Mrs. Valerie Tapaha, Navajo Langauge and Culture Teacher, earned the first place teacher award for having the most students earn medals in the competion. Students and staff will be recognized at the May 2nd GMCS Board of Education Meeting.
Please see our REVISED 2015 School Grade Report Card and 90 Day Plan. Based on a review of our 2015 School Report Card and interim assessment data, our staff will focus on assisting all students in reaching their growth potential in Reading and Math and continue to assist students in developing their Navajo language skills. We are also focusing on improving our graduation rate.
TYG has a Filmmakers Without Borders program – digital film making program staffed by fellow from New York City-based nonprofit – first program in a US school. 1st annual Film Festival will be May 24th.
We are currently in the process of developing student Next Step Plans and completing registration and course selection for the 2016-17 school year.
TYG hosts a series of Navajo cultural events (powwows, shoe games, gourd dances) - please see the school calendar for dates and times. Please see My Side of the Desk for a complete calendar of all end-of years testing and activities.
Please stop by and visit or give us a call. We welcome your input and ideas for improving our school.You may reach me at 505.721.5520 or 505.655.3312. My home address is 5A Warrior Drive at Ts4 Yi’ Gai High School.
Dr. Brian Staples
Principal, Tsé Yí Gai High School