End of the Year Newsletter

CUSD Indigenous Education Program 2019-2020

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A Short Message from Tia:

Dear Students and Families,

First of all, I sincerely apologize for the delay in posting a newsletter. The period of time between Spring break and now has been difficult, upsetting, humbling, uncertain, scary, and also a significant reminder of gratitude for the privileges that we still possess despite adversity. Although we are the Chandler Indigenous Ed. Program, acknowledging our relatives on the reservation is important. Without the infrastructure, resources, and healthcare comparable to our urban community here, the effects of COVID-19 are much more severe. However the massive amount of outside donations and relief efforts is inspiring!

I'm so proud of our CUSD students, and our 2020 graduates deserve unique praise for their accomplishments during the global pandemic. The senior banquet was unfortunately scheduled during the statewide school closure, and had to be cancelled to adhere to CDC guidelines. The health and safety of our Indigenous Ed. students, families, and staff is paramount, which sadly meant refraining from celebrations like graduation and the senior banquet.

To our families & students, CUSD community, GRIC colleagues, Indigenous Ed. advisors, and my Federal Programs team: Thank you for your understanding, compassion, and patience during this time. I hope that you are staying safe and well; I can't wait for better times to come.

♡ Ahéhee'

-Tia Gramzinski, Indigenous Engagement Specialist


Follow Us on Instagram

The Indigenous Education Program is on Instagram! Follow us @indigenouscusd. If you would like to promote opportunities, feature one of your students' accomplishments, or highlight any relevant info to Indigenous Ed. on the Instagram page or the newsletter, contact Tia.

Indigenous Ed. shares & reposts other ideas and opportunities that come up daily, so be sure to check it out!

Public Hearing & Budget Application

---In order for our program to continue to be funded by the Title VI and Johnson O'Malley grants, we must meet specific criteria. One criterion is that we hold a 'public hearing,' that serves to inform our community on any amendments to our budget and how we use our funding to support our Indigenous students.

---This public hearing, in the past, has been held during IPC meetings (which would've been held on April 15, 2020.) Click this link to see what the contents of the public hearing are. For questions, you can contact Tia G. or Monica Romero via email.

Laptops and Graphing Calculators

Due to the unprecedented circumstances, we are flexible on the returning of laptops and graphing calculators. For the students and families currently in possession of a laptop or graphing calculator from Indigenous Ed., please anticipate a phone call or email regarding the return of the technology at an appropriate scheduled time.

This technology is still the student's responsibility to take care of, and the same rules outlined in the contract still apply.

CHS Native American Club Community Garden Update

CHS Native American Club's garden plot at Native Health's Indigenous Wellness Garden has harvested its first crops! These have been donated to Native Health's food bank to distribute to the Indigenous community at their locations in Mesa and Phoenix. Look at that zucchini! For more pics, check out our Instagram page @indigenouscusd.


National & Local:

  • "I Canʼt Believe I Am Going to Say This, but I Would Rather Be at School"- A New York Times Article written by Henry Dodd, 11 years old. Read what K-12 students throughout the U.S. have to say about COVID-19 (It's a good read!)
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • National Substance Use and Disorder Issues Referral and Treatment Hotline: 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
    -The Trevor Project (LGBTQ+ Hotline): Phone: 1-866-488-7386 Text: START to 678-678
    -Trans Lifeline: 1-877-565-8860

    --Suicide and Crisis Hotlines by County--

    • Maricopa County served by Mercy Care: 1-800-631-1314 or 602-222-9444
    • Cochise, Graham, Greenlee, La Paz, Pima, Pinal, Santa Cruz and Yuma Counties served by Arizona Complete Health - Complete Care Plan: 1-866-495-6735
    • Apache, Coconino, Gila, Mohave, Navajo and Yavapai Counties served by Steward Health Choice Arizona: 1-877-756-4090
    • Gila River and Ak-Chin Indian Communities: 1-800-259-3449
    • Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community: 1-855-331-6432

    Especially for Teens:

    • Teen Life Line phone or text: 602-248-TEEN (8336)

    Especially for Veterans:

    • Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 (press 1)
    • Be Connected: 1-866-4AZ-VETS (429-8387)
  • State of Arizona Resources (Employment & Financial Assistance, Homeowner & Renter Assistance, Food & Meals, Healthcare, Children & Parents, Community, Mental Health & Emergency Services, and Internet, Utilities & Wireless services) https://arizonatogether.org/
  • MindWise Innovations: Learn to Act- Mental Health (download files at bottom of newsletter)

Academic Enrichment:

Comprehensive Content

  • ACT Academy Grades: K-12
    Description: Comprehensive Content - Individualized practice
  • Albert Grades: 7-12
    Description: Comprehensive Content - Individualized practice

  • Be Active Handouts Grades: K-6
    Description: Comprehensive Content - Activities with household items

  • Education.com Grades: PreK-5
    Description: Comprehensive Content - Worksheets and printable practice

  • Khan Academy Grades: K-12
    Description: Comprehensive Content - Individualized practice

  • Mensa for Kids Grades: K-6
    Description: Comprehensive Content - Activities for the gifted learner

  • Playful Learning Grades: K-8
    Description: Comprehensive Content - Playful lesson resources

Foreign Language

  • Duolingo Grades: K-12
    Description: Foreign Language - Learn 25 different languages

Language Arts

  • Funbrain Grades: PreK-8
    Description: Language Arts - Educational books and games

  • Starfall Grades: PreK-3
    Description: Language Arts - Phonics support


  • Mathscore Grades: K-8
    Description: Math - Computational knowledge practice

Physical Education

  • Go Noodle Grades: PreK-6
    Description: Physical Education - Movement activities


  • Mystery Science Grades: K-5
    Description: Science - Science visuals and activities


  • code.org Grades: K-8
    Description: Technology - Coding coaching and application
  • Scratch Grades: K-8
    Description: Technology - Coding coaching and application

Contact Us

Indigenous Engagement Specialist - Tia Gramzinski


Gila River Advisor - Shelly Aday


Director of Federal Programs - Monica Romero


Administrative Assistant - Diana Moreno