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Apply to the Student Advisory Council

The Student Advisory Council has been created under the administration of Superintendent Kathy Hoffman in her efforts to lift up the voices and perspectives of students and teachers in Arizona.  This Student Advisory Council will support the Superintendent’s work to improve education in Arizona with the input of those most affected by the department’s policies.

We are looking for students to serve as advisors on the Student Advisory Council.  This year, 15 students from grades 5 through 12 from schools in Arizona will be chosen for this council.  The students will serve on the council from October 2019 to July 2020.  The Student Advisors will be selected by Friday, October 4, 2019.

Application Process Dates
August 15, 2019: Application Available
September 16, 2019: Applications Due
September 23-29, 2019: Student Interviews Conducted
October 4, 2019: Student Advisors Selected


Council Meeting Schedule 4pm-6p
Wednesday, October 21, 2019
Wednesday, January 29, 2019
Wednesday, April 29, 2019

Go here for application and additional details:  http://www.azed.gov/communications/2019/08/15/apply-to-the-student-advisory-council/ 

Our indigenous youth voices need to be heard!

The Native American Education Program works collaboratively with the Scottsdale Unified School District to support the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indian and Alaska Natives enrolled in Scottsdale Unified schools. The program is funded by Title VI Indian Education Grant and Johnson O’Malley Grant with the purpose to provide the tools to encourage and help the Native American students to graduate and succeed in their college and career endeavors.

Services Provided

  • High school class fees paid 
  • Tutoring after-school at Arcadia and Coronado HS
  • Summer School registration fees paid
  • School Supplies Assistance (only if program forms are on file)
  • Elementary Summer School in June

Student Grant and Scholarship Opportunities

  • Title VI Indian Education Grant
  • Johnson O'Malley Grant
  • Eleanor Hazelton & Thilda Hartwig Scholarship
  • Arizona State University Inpire Program
  • College Bridge Program - Hoop Learning
  • Healthy Lifestyle Program for American Indian Youth

Title VI Indian Education Grant

This grant is designed to address the unique cultural, language and educationally related academic needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students, including preschool children.

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The funds are used to meet the unique cultural, language and educational needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students to ensure that all students meet the challenging State academic standard.

Eligibility Requirements:

(1) Be an American Indian/Alaska Native or a descendant of a biological parent or biological grandparent who is:

  • A member of an Indian tribe or band, as membership is defined by the Indian tribe or band, including any tribe or band terminated since 1940, and any tribe or band recognized by the State in which the tribe or band resides;
  • A descendant of a parent or grandparent who meets the requirements described in the above definition and is:
  • Considered by the Secretary of the Interior to be an Indian for any purpose
  • An Eskimo, Aleut, or another Alaska Native
  • A member of an organized Indian group that received a grant under the Indian Education Act of 1988 as it was effective on October 19, 1994.

(2) Must have a Title VI eligibility 506 form on file with Scottsdale Unified Schools District Native American Education Program office.
(3) Student must be currently enrolled with Scottsdale Unified School District

Title VI forms are for all Native American students currently enrolled with the Scottsdale Unified School District. All portions of the form must be completed in order to be eligible for services.

Form: Title VI Ed 506 Indian Student Eligibility Certification

Johnson O’Malley Grant

The Johnson O’Malley (JOM) grant provides supplemental funds for programs to meet the special educational needs of eligible JOM students.

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JOM forms are for all eligible Native American students enrolled in the Scottsdale Unified School District. A completed form and a copy of the student’s Certificate of Indian Blood (CIB) are required.

Form: Johnson O'Malley (J.O.M.) Indian Student Enrollment/Certification of Eligibility

Eleanor Hazelton & Thilda Hartwig Scholarship

The Eleanor Hazelton and Thilda Hartwig Scholarships is providing scholarships for deserving students. The Center for Scholarship Administration, Inc. (CSA), a non-profit, independent organization is the facilitator of the scholarship fund.

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Eligibility Requirements:

  • Applicants must be a member of an Arizona American Indian Tribe or a Montana American Indian Tribe.
  • Applicants must reside in the State of Arizona or Montana.
  • Applicants must be in good academic standing.
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need.
  • Applicants must plan to attend full-time an accredited public or private, two-year or four-year college, university, technical college, vocational, trade or professional school in the United States.

Additional Desired Qualifications:

  • A minimum cumulative unweighted GPA of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale.

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Arizona State University - Inspire

Inspire is a no-cost, week-long, residential college readiness program for American Indian high school students from tribal nations in Arizona.

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Participants stay in a residence hall and develop academic and personal success behaviors while connecting with ASU American Indian students, staff and faculty. During the week, students integrate reading, writing, and science skills through culturally-relevant, project-based learning, learn about majors and careers, get familiar with student support services at ASU and meet new friends in an immersive campus-life experience.

Program date: June 16 – 21
Apply by April 1: eiseverywhere.com/inspire19app
Questions: Danyel Chleborad
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College Bridge Program - Hoop Learning

In collaboration with Scottsdale Community College, we help high school students transition to higher education.

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Click here to learn more about the Hoop Learning program.
SUSD Students should contact Sheila Cepress for any questions about Hoop Learning.

Healthy Lifestyle Program for American Indian Youth

Gain an increased awareness of current health recommendations, social interaction with other youth and their parent/guardian(s), enjoyable group activities, and enhance health and self-esteem.

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Healthy Lifestyle Program for American Indian Youth
Contact Shiela Cepress to participate in this program.

SUSD Native American Enrollment

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SUSD Native American Education
  First Day Last School Year 8/8/16 First Day 8/7/17 Aug 17 Sept 17 Oct 17 Nov 17 Dec 17 Jan 18 Feb 18 Mar 18 Apr 18 Last Day 5/24/18
Anasazi (K-5) 9 15 18 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16 16
Cherokee (K-5) 7 8 7 7 8 8 8 8 8 10 11 11
Cochise (K-5) 9 6 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 6 6
DCES (K-5 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Hopi (K-5) 9 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10 10
Kiva (K-5) 10 9 9 9 9 9 9 10 10 10 10 10
Laguna (K-5) 0 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3
Navajo (K-5) 29 35 37 39 39 41 41 40 39 38 38 38
Pima (K-5) 24 31 32 32 33 32 32 32 32 32 32 31
Pueblo (K-5) 7 9 9 9 9 9 9 7 7 7 7 7
Redfield (K-5) 11 8 8 8 9 8 8 8 7 7 7 8
Sequoya (K-5) 9 10 13 13 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12
Tavan (K-5) 36 30 30 31 30 30 30 30 30 30 31 31
Yavapai (K-5) 33 34 34 37 38 38 38 39 39 39 37 37
Hohokam (K-6) 39 54 53 50 50 51 51 45 44 44 44 44
Cheyenne (K-8) 6 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4 4
Copper Ridge (K-8) 1 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7
Echo Canyon (K-8) 17 12 13 12 12 11 11 11 11 12 12 12
Tonalea (K-8) 59 44 45 45 45 42 42 44 44 48 48 48
Cocopah MS 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 6
Desert Canyon MS 4 6 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5
Ingleside MS 24 21 21 22 23 23 21 21 21 20 20 20
Mohave MS 29 27 27 27 28 28 28 28 28 28 27 27
Mountainside MS 7 5 5 5 5 5 5 6 6 5 6 6
Arcadia HS 32 38 38 37 36 36 35 35 34 34 34 34
Chaparral HS 14 13 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14 14
Coronado HS 81 71 73 72 72 73 72 74 72 72 73 73
Desert Mountain HS 14 16 18 17 17 17 17 19 20 20 20 20
Saguaro HS 40 51 52 52 52 51 48 49 48 47 47 47
SOL 1 0 0 0 2 2 1 1 1 2 2 2
Total 573 587 601 599 604 601 593 595 588 592 593 593

Contacts

Sheila Cepress
Program Coordinator
Mohave District Annex, Building B
480-484-5011

Marta Kreutzberg
Instructional Support Specialist
Arcadia High School
480-484-6308 (leave message)

Ashley Perea
Instructional Support Specialist
Coronado High School
480-484-6800 X 6742

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