Canku Ota

(Many Paths)

An Online Newsletter Celebrating Native America


June 2, 2001 - Issue 37



School News


gathered by Vicki Lockard


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Sequoyah, Oklahoma BIA Schools Rank #1 in Nation Academically

TAHLEQUAH— Sequoyah High School and other Oklahoma Indian schools outperform all other Indian schools, according to a recent report issued by the Bureau of Indian Affairs. Schools were ranked by the percentage of students who are considered only partially proficient in the areas of math and language arts.

Sequoyah and the other Indian schools in Oklahoma comprise the only group of schools that has already met the goals and objectives for academic achievement established by the BIA.

Schools were asked to raise test scores by five percent a year in an effort to have at least 70 percent of the student body functioning at advanced or proficient levels. Students in the Oklahoma area already exceed those goals.

"We've always known that Sequoyah provides an top-notch education in a unique, all-Indian environment," said Tony Pivec, Sequoyah's superintendent. "We're pleased that the BIA's data show's that our students work hard to educate themselves, and our excellent staff helps them thrive as leaders, scholars and achievers."

Sequoyah is currently accepting applications for students for the 2001-2002 academic year. For more information on Sequoyah High School, please call (918) 456-0631 ext. 221.

Northern university set to launch

WHITEHORSE, YUKON - Yukon students will soon have their own university. The Internet-based University of the Arctic is set to open two weeks from Tuesday.

College administrators from around the circumpolar world have been working together on the project.

The University of the Arctic will be launched at ceremonies in Finland. Yukon College president Sally Webber will be part of the territory's delegation.

"We've agreed to share curriculum and share resources, and build on our existing expertise in northerness to provide an undergraduate degree for northern residents and graduate options down the road," she says.

Schools in eight circumpolar countries will be members of the university. Courses will be offered over the Internet and students will be eligible to travel to other countries to attend courses.

Southern Ute Academy students score well on statewide literacy tests

Third-grade students at the Southern Ute Indian Tribe's private school made a successful debut on their first effort at statewide literacy tests.

The Southern Ute Indian Academy's nine third-graders all scored proficient or advanced on the Colorado Student Assessment Program reading test, which was administered in February.

CSAP tests are a primary component of Gov. Bill Owens' public school education reform in Colorado. Public schools are required to take the tests, and private schools, such as the academy, are invited to participate.

"Our children did not know until 10 minutes before they left the classroom that they were going to do the test," said Ann Peck, an elementary school teacher at the academy. "That tells me that we have a sound curriculum that is culturally appropriate, and that we're meeting the needs ... of each individual child."




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