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PAGE C-2 ,THURSDAY, MARCH 17,2011 Kayenta school recipe is finalist"in first lady's contest BY CINDY YURTH TSIYI' BUREAU CHINLE - Usually when we're reporting health news from the Navajo Nation, it's bad news: the diabetes epidemic, obesity, alcohol, heart disease, suicide.: So we're happy to report some good health news: A recipe from a local district's school lunch menu has been recognized by first lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" program to end childhood obesity. Kayenta Unified School District's stir-fry fajita chicken, squash and corn placed in the top five in a contest for healthy school lunch recipes. Next month a team of judges will descend on Kayenta to observe the dish being prepared, sample it, and watch the students' reaction to it. Meanwhile, the recipe is eligible for the popular choice award. You can vote for it online at www.recipesforkidschallenge. com/submissions. District Food SerVice Director Cathy Getz was barely into her first year on the job last fall when she came up with a stir- fry made from locally grown Hubbard squash. "There was all this great- looking squash around, and I was just inspired," she said. It was a hit with the kids, who, by the way, Getz firmly believes will eat healthfully if you just let them. Shortly thereafter, Getz heard of the contest and decided to give it a go. She assembled a committee made up of IHS dietitian Samantha Interpreter, local chef Paul Gray, and her team of student helpers. Together they refined the recipe, adding chicken to make it a main dish. "We let the students make it, because one of the criteria is that it has to be easy to make in a school kitchen," Getz explained. "You can't have a school lunch that takes a million hours to make and has a million ingredients." The new and improved version was an even bigger hit. In addition to the fact it was healthy and delicious, it was popular'with kids and their parents because it featured squash and corn, both grown for centuries by the Dint. "I think that was one advantage thatour recipe had over the others ... we used traditional Navajo ingredients," Getz said. "A lot of the others seemed more Asian- or European-inspired." Getz is thrilled with the recognition, but says her main . aim is to provide healthier options for students. "We're continually trying to think of ways to make school lunch more healthy," she said. "We have a fruit and vegetable bar at the high school, and et me tell you, those kids eat us out of house and home when it comes to fruit and vegetables. I invite anyone to come and see for themselves. You will not believe the amount of fruit and vegetables those kids pile on their plate." Southwest High to add cultural arts institute SEBA DALKAI, Ariz. - Din6 Southwest High School will soon add a new feature to its campus-the Navajo Institute for Cultural Arts. Groundbreaking for the new building recently took place, including a blessing by one of the founders of the institute, James Peshlakai. Peshlakai and Kyril Calsoyas, both long-time educators on the Navajo Nation, head a collaboration for an open studio where artists can gather to share their talent with youth. The Navajo Institute for Cultural Arts will b e pact of Din6 Southwest High School. Calsoyas, who directs the school, credits a number of Navajo cultural and educational leaders for helping to create the new institute. "Din6 Inc., a non-profit educational service organization, has determined that providing a center for art education on the Navajo Nation is of great importance," he said. 'We envision NICA as a place where filmmakers, writers, theater artists, studio artists, and traditional craftspeople can work with youth to Create a new generation of artists for the Navajo Nation. "The project will focus on providing a venue where Navajo people of all ages can come and share their skills, knowledge and cultural traditions and learn new approaches to their creative art," Calsoyas said. "Preservation of Navajo culture and language through integrating them into the creative arts is a focus of NICA." The institute will be housed in a 6,000-square-foot building at Seba Dalkai, he said. "Din6 Southwest High School and Din6 Inc. are collaborating in the construction project which will provide facilities for media production, crafts work, studio art and theater," Calsoyas continued. "The facility will have performance and gallery areas in addition to production studios. Peshlakai observed that the project is moving forward quickly. One chore recently tackled was the announcement of the architect and construction company. "The construction company selected for the new building is Kinney Construction of Flagstaff," Kalsoyas said. "The architectural firm is David Shambach, Tucson." "We have met with Rex Lee Jim, the vice president of the Navajo Nation," Peshlakai continued. "He is a published writer of Navajo Language material, and would like to see the publication of other Navaji writing." Other artists who have expressed interest in the project include Baje Whitethorne, Shalta Peshlakai, Jay Begaye and his daughter Timesha, and Dollie Manson, a former Miss Navajo. EDUCATION BRIEFS Whitegoat participates in spring break service trip LAKE FOREST, Ill. - Warren Whitegoat, 14, of Window Rock, IS traveling to Foley, Ala., through March l 3 with Lake Forest College for the annual Spring Break Service Trip. Fourteen students were selected from a pool of 25 applicants this year. A collaborative effort with the Lake Forest College Chapter of Habitat for Humanity, the college's Gates Center supports an alternative, service-focused spring break trip each year. This opportunity allows students to practice key leadership, team building, and communications skills while learning a new subset of home-care skills while they spend a week building a "Habitat" home with our affiliate team in Foley. Whitegoat is a graduate of Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Conn. Fast Track scholarships available classes at Northland Pioneer College. Fast Track scholarships are awarded on a first-come basis. Students do not need to demonstrate financial need, but are encouraged to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, available at www.fafsa:ed.gov. Students must either show proof of 2011 high school graduation or present a letter from their higE school counselor stating the student is on track to graduate by the end of the 2010-'11 school year, or graduated at mid-year. Fast Track scholarships are for tuition only and recipients are required to pay for any course fees and textbooks. "This is the perfect opportunity for students who have been enrolled in dual .enrollment classes to finish degree requirements, or get a jump on other course work needed for a degree - hopefully, but not required, from NP43," said Mark Vest, NPC vice president for learning and student services. Students can register for up to 12 credits of summer classes. Prospective students are encouraged to call or stop by their HOLBROOK, Adz. - Students local NPC campus or center to graduating this year from Navajo discuss educational goals with an or Apache county high schools academic adviser, and to complete are eligible for Fast Track, tuition placement testing required formany scholarships to attend summer general education classes. My name ,s Hansen Dempsey I am your Navajo sales and leasing professional at Reliable Chevrolet, the largest General Motors dealership in New Mexico. With our large selection of new and used automobiles, i am able to offer you INCREDIBLE DEALS on all of your automotive needs! I am fluent in my " native language end I am looking forward to hearing from youl Call today at 505-270-3106 and let me work for you! Reliable Chevrolet 9901 Coors Blvd NW Albuquerque, NM 87114 services and specials at: BLE.com Most NPC summer session classes begin May 23. Summer schedules will be available online starting March 28 at www.npc.edu, and at most NPC locations starting April 11. Summer registration opens April 11 at 8 a.m. Register for summer classes during regular business hours at all NPC campuses and centers or by telephone at 800-266-7845. When classes are in session, campus offices are open 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday, and 7:30 a.m to 4 p.m. on Fridays. Information: 928-524-7318 or 800-266-7845, ext. 7318. Teach For America classes show big gains in test scores SANTA FE - Teach For America and the New Mexico Public Education Department announced March 11 that four of the 13 District led by Teach For America middle and high-school classrooms members scored among igtll.Q ingle-y.eri  =f0gi!leir their respective grades and subjects were led by Teach For America members. All of the four taught in schools on the Navajo Reservation. The Teach For America members whose students achieved the highest growth during the2009-10 school year are Navajo Middle School eighth-grade teachers J.T. Erbaugh (31-point growth in science), Kyle Guillet (39-point growth in math), and Gwyndolyn Raisner (46-point growth in reading); and Ts6 Yi'Gai High School llth grade math instructor Amanda Markey (who led students from 0 to 41 percent proficiency). In addition to these top-performing teachers, eight classrooms in the Gallup McKinley County School The results, based on student performance on the New Mexico Standards Based Assessment, were announced during a recognition ceremony at the New Mexico Legislature. Education Secretary Hanna Skandera and acting Math and Science Bureau Chief Claudia Ahlstrom hosted the event, with attendees including Teach For America-New Mexico Executive Director Landon Mascarefiaz. "We know from the remarkable results of Teach For America corps members, and great teachers across New Mexico, that all students can succeed," Skandera said. "I am inspired by the extraordinary leadership of these teachers, who are putting students in sortie of our EDUCATION CALENDAR state's most challenged schools on a path to achieve their full behalf of students growing up in the! rural northwest communities of our, state," Mascarefiaz said. Teach For America recruits,- trains, and supports top recent; college graduates and professionals who commit to teach for two years  in disadvantaged communities: across 39 regions. Today, 125 TFA members are teaching nearly 7,500:" students in the northwestern corner: of the state, including the city of: Gallup, the Navajo Nation, and the; pueblos of Laguna and Zuni. "The state of New Mexico. investment in Teach For America{ has produced outstanding results; for students," said state Rep. Rayi Begaye, D-Shiprock. Head Start parent training CHINLE - Navajo Nation Head Start will conduct free parent training sessions from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at .the following locations: March 22, Round Rock Chapter; and March 30, Many Farms Chapter. Includes informational booths and presentations,. Information: 928- 674-2312 or agretan@gmail.com. No class Friday GALLUP- There will be no school for Gallup-McKinley County School students Friday, March 18, due to Professional Development Day for staff. GMCS Indian education GALLUP - The Gallup-McKinley County Schools' Indian Education Committee will meet Friday, March 18, at 1 p.m. in the library of Chief Manuelito Middle School to discuss budget and membership nformation: Herlinda, 505-721-1044 or Sharon, 505-721-1046. Request for Prepouls (RFP). The Department of Dine Education, Navajo Nation is accepting sealed pro- posals from qualified consultants to review the academic content standards in math, reading, language arts, and science for the Arizona, New Mexico and Utah academic accountability systems. The review will assist with the development of a common core academic standard for the Navajo Nation. A systemic review of each state Criterion Reference Test (CRT) is required for the Navajo Nation to address factors impacting the academic achieve- ment of Navajo students and to recommend changes to the state CRT. The Department of Dine Education is charged with implementing the Navajo Nation Accountability Workbook. This review will be the foundation from which to execute all the duties and responsibilities imbedded in the Navajo Nation Accountability Workbook. Proposals can be mailed Department of Dine Education (attention Tim Beaaily) p.o. Box 670- Window RocL Ar/zona 86515 or hand delivered to the Department of Dine Education Administration (located in the Navajo Education Center in Window Rock, Arizona). More information can be received by calling (928) 871-7452. Please mark clearly, Proposal for Academic Conten! Standards 61 ! ! Development-DO NOT OPEN. The Deadline for all proposals is Friday. March 26, 2011 a t 5:00 p.m. Timber frame class GALLUP - The University of New Mexico-Gallup Construction Technology Department will offer a timber frame class starting March 26, the second term of the spring semester. Students will learn to harvest and process their own trees into finished homes or lumber. Information: Rick Krouth, 505-721-9398. UNM advisors GALLUP - Advisors from the University of New Mexico will be on the Gallup branch campus March 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the canteen area. The Anderson School of Business, colleges of Nursing, Fine Arts, Engineeri.ng, Education and Arts & Sciences, and other majors will send representatives to answer questions about theiri offerings, including financial aid and scholarship opportunities.: Students should bring a copy of: their most recent official transcripts. Information: Roxanne Trujillo, 505- 863-7554. Holbrook High events HOLBROOK, Ariz. - Holbrook High School will hold the following meetings/events: today, parent- teacher conferences, 1-5 p.m. (early release for students at 11:35 a.m.); March 18, no school as a result of an unused snow day; March 21-25, spring break;.March 30, parent meeting, 6 p.m., HHS library; April 5-6, AIMS testing'; April 9, ACT testing; and April 16, prom. Information: Principal Lance Phaturos, 928-524-6144, ext. 7005, or www.holbrook.kl 2.az.us. F=R I PrgcSi'dfl-GTg, Nffj_r0000--n I I Four Corners Open House I I Wed March 30-Farmington I 00shtech March 31-Window Rock I I Details and Agenda: i www.igage.com/fc J +1888-450-4922 I L .................... ..I