March 2020 Newsletter

CUSD Indigenous Education Program

Upcoming Events & Deadlines

Indigenous Parent Committee Meetings:

At the Chandler Care Center: 777 E Galveston St Chandler AZ 85225

5:30 pm-6:30 pm

  • Wednesday, March 4
  • Wednesday, April 15

21st Annual Gila River Close Up Event: March 16-18th, 2020

  • There are still spots open for this!! This event is a 3 day-civic education and leadership program for Gila River Indian Community high school students. View event description and registration form with this link.
  • The event will take place at the Gila River Governance Center, the Akimel O'odham Loditha Kud Ki (courthouse), the O’odham Ha Ki, and the Four Point by Sheraton (lodging in Chandler). View event agenda
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Noche De Ciencias

Arizona State University's Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) is holding their Noche de Ciencias event, or Science Night at Willis Junior High School on Friday, March 27th from 4:00 - 6:00 pm. All Willis Junior High students and 7-8th grade Federal Programs students are invited! There will be free food, a workshop for parents, and STEM activities for students. If you have any questions, contact Tia. Register for the event at the link below.


Follow Us on Instagram!

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

Important Info

Indigenous Scholarship Opportunities

Attention prospective college students! Check out these scholarship opportunities and organizations. Take note of those deadlines!

Indigenous High School Advisors

At 5 CUSD high schools, we partner with 7 school staff to provide academic counseling to Native American students enrolled in our program, as well as sponsor the schools' Native American clubs. If you are seeking any assistance with your child’s academics, behavior, health, attendance, or other concerns, these advisors are your connection to school and community resources.

  • Basha High: Nancy Spilsbury (480) 224-2264
  • Casteel High: Jessica Burt (480) 424-8341
  • Chandler High: Brett Parks-- Sophomores/Seniors (480) 812-7784
  • Chandler High: Carole Kaitz-- Freshmen/Juniors (480) 812-7760
  • Hamilton High: Amy Furrow-- Freshmen/Seniors (480) 883-5032
  • Hamilton High: Margarita Jimenez Trujillo-- Sophomores/Juniors (480) 883-5274
  • Perry High: Megan Driving Hawk (480) 224-2954

Contact Us

Indigenous Engagement Specialist - Tia Gramzinski

(480) 883-4488

Gila River Advisor - Andrew Garcia

(480) 883-4492

Gila River Advisor - Shelly Aday

(480) 883-4486

Director of Federal Programs - Monica Romero

(480) 883-4485

Administrative Assistant - Diana Moreno

(480) 883-4493