September 2020 Newsletter

CUSD Indigenous Education Program 2020-2021

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A N N O U N C E M E N T S

Indigenous Parent Committee Meeting

IPC Meeting dates and agendas are being finalized! Stay tuned for the next IPC meeting coming up. It will be virtual via Microsoft Teams-- as long as you have Google Chrome, you can attend the meeting! We will be accepting nominations for the following IPC officer positions:
  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
After the meeting, we will create a Google Form to vote on the 3 officer positions. To view the roles and responsibilities of the IPC and our officers, click here to read the IPC bylaws.

Calculator & Funding Requests

We are accepting requests for funding and graphing calculators until October 13, 2020 for the Fall 2020 semester. Only students enrolled in the Indigenous Education Program are eligible to receive program services.


Laptop Requests

It is each school site's responsibility, including Chandler Online Academy, to provide students with a laptop to use. Please contact your school FIRST to receive a laptop from them. All COA students are eligible to borrow 1:1 ratio of laptops, and all other students are allotted 2 laptops maximum per household. Indigenous Ed. does not have laptops to offer to all families who have requested them for the 20-21 school year. If you have not received a response from your child's school and would like us to serve as your advocate in receiving a laptop, contact your Indigenous Student Advisor or Tia.

R E S O U R C E S // E V E N T S

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Tri-University Week

Arizona State University, Northern Arizona University and the University of Arizona are coming together to ensure you and your family are well informed about the opportunities and resources available to you. As your public universities, they are working together to ensure you find your best college fit. We are excited to invite you to Tri-University Week!


They have teamed up to host joint virtual information sessions for prospective students and families to discuss the following:

  • How to navigate the college admission process
  • Scholarships and financial aid
  • Information about each university
  • The honors experience at each university

Register for 1-hour sessions on September 8-10th 4-6pm, and on Saturday 9/12 9am-12pm!

2nd Annual VIRTUAL Resilient Indigenous Youth Fest

Saturday, Sep. 26th, 12-2pm

Native Health's YouTube Channel!

Native Health is hosting their 2nd Annual VIRTUAL Resilient Indigenous Youth Fest via their YouTube Channel! September is Suicide Awareness Month, and it's vital to share great experiences and important information with our young people. Tune in and celebrate Indigenous Youth Resiliency with us. Pre-register for NATIVE HEALTH promos and a chance to win great raffle prizes. There will be a great lineup of Native music, art, culture, movement, humor, and much more!

HOME: Hopkins Online Multicultural Experience

Application deadline: September 21

Johns Hopkins University is hosting their HOME program virtually on October 17th and 24th. The goal of HOME is to connect African American, Black, Latinx, Hispanic, Native American, Pacific Islander, and multiracial high school seniors to the people, organizations, and resources that unite our multicultural community. Click here to view the program agenda and learn more. Email home.program@jhu.edu for questions.

Living in 2 Worlds Workshop Series

The Phoenix Indian Center and the Urban Indian Coalition of Arizona are offering a Living in 2 Worlds (L2W) workshop series! (Specific dates TBD, check our Instagram for updates) This opportunity is designed for Indigenous middle school students in Maricopa County.


The L2W workshop is a prevention skills program implemented in junior high schools that meets current K-12 standards. This program is led by a facilitator who uses an evidence-based, strength-based model, using American Indian values and cultural knowledge, to discuss alcohol and other drug use.


The L2W workshops are scheduled on 2 different days to meet the needs of the participants. Since students are transitioning into online learning, there's the option to attend on the weekly Tuesday or Thursday workshops. Both workshops will be offered from 5:00 to 6:00 PM on Zoom. Participants can register on the Phoenix Indian Center website.

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Contact Us

Indigenous Engagement Specialist -

Tia Gramzinski

(480) 224-3739

Gramzinski.Tiana@cusd80.com

Gila River Advisor - Shelly Aday

Aday.Shelly@cusd80.com

Shelly.Aday@gric.nsn.us

Director of Federal Programs - Monica Romero

(480) 224-3743

Romero.Monica@cusd80.com

Administrative Assistant - Diana Moreno

(480) 224-3741

Moreno.Diana@cusd80.com