Committed To The Success of Every Child
Our vision and mission statement and partnership with our families in the community is a base to empower all students in order to reach their full potential and achieve maximum educational experiences in a safe, nurturing and rich learning environment. The school believes that a bilingual/bicultural life builds students’ ability to walk with confidence in the Navajo (Dine) and non-Native world. Each teachers is committed and accepts the challenges to further the mission in order to help each student reach their highest potential and to become a life-long contributing member of society. The school’s history reaches back to the 1970s. A Navajo Medicine Man called Little Singer (“Navajo healers are singers and chanters and this particular one was of short stature, so people called him Little Singer), believed that the children that were attending the boarding schools long distances away from their home and community were missing the fundamental, important pieces of their community. Little Singer felt that “this was not right” because the absence of children created an “unnatural silence”. He expressed his concern to the community and, they too, agreed that their children needed to return to their community and remain near their homes.
Independently, the community began building a school. It then received a small grant from a Hollywood actress who insisted on remaining anonymous. Along with the small grant, the school also received some federal money. In 1978, the school became incorporated. Little Singer had died by then, but the school was named in his memory. Little Singer Community School’s philosophy ties directly to the man the school is named after–that children belong at home and the family is the basis for all education. The bilingual/bicultural life-long learning program builds students’ character to walk with confidence in the Dine and non-Indian society, through the Dine concepts of Nitsahakees (Thinking), Na’hat’aah (Planning), Iina’ (Life), and Sih Hasin (Hope).
The school is dedicated to addressing the whole development of the child, social, emotional, cultural values, and beliefs. The school expects the students to engage their learning within the communities of school, home, and surrounding areas. Some of the goals to consider is to take into account the changing educational trend of rigor, shift to Common Core Standards, infusing the Navajo Language and Culture into the common core standards, creating safe and disciplined schools. The vision and mission statement is communicated to students, on printed documents, posted throughout the school, and in classrooms. School leaders translated the vision statement during staff meetings, administrative/board meeting, community meetings, to the Indian Education Committee, and to the Parent Advisory Committee. The school plan is updated continuously in Native Star, Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) NASIS, Annual Reports any Improvement Plans, Navajo Nation Reports, and Action Plans to improve student achievement. The school collects data from a variety of sources and kept at school and communicated with all stakeholders. All student assessment and evaluation is reviewed and analyzed. School data includes all state assessments, school assessments and other student information that impacts the student’s discipline and safe school projects.
Little Singer Community School Leadership and Governance policies and procedures are established and communicated. These provide effective operation and ensures compliance with local, state and federal laws, standards, and regulations. These regulation ensure the leadership act in the best manner in stewardship of all school resources, secures school resources, maintains and protects financial stability Executive Summary Little Singer Community School and seek to obtain legal counsel/advice when needed. The principal reviews and ensures the effectiveness of student performance, provides systematic analysis, creates and supports teacher collaboration, provides guidance, and direction in order to promote a positive community culture participation, and promotes professional growth for staff members. Little Singer Community School curriculum is based on Arizona State Standards, and slowly implementing the Common Core Standards. Some of the teachers are replacing the curriculum with rigorous, relevant, research based content and application that has high-order skills and which build upon strengths and lessons of the current state standards. On-going professional learning is provided for our teachers and teaching assistants. Teachers have been through various training workshops in understanding and implementation of the Common Core Standards, classroom management. Teachers have learned a variety of instructional and learning strategies, and positive behavior/character building. Areas of improvement will include teachers and staff in the decision making process of the school. The administration needs to involve teachers, staff and parents in the decision making process of school plans. Teachers will have to establish a Common Core framework. The curriculum map framework will enable teachers to unpack standards, design curriculum maps, and determine focus/unit planning. The school is working with consultants to plan time, do data analysis, benchmark assessment result in order to target specific skills and concept areas to monitor each grade level in reading, writing and math, as well integrating the Navajo Language and Culture in the ELA.