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STEM-Robotics Day at Sacaton Middle School

Posted 9.20.17

Robotics Competition Held at Sacaton Middle School

Posted: 4/21/17
Sacaton Middle School will host a multischool drone and robotics competition beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday. The STEM Robotics competition is the first to be hosted in the Gila River Indian Community, said science teacher JoEllen Kinnamon. Students at the school have made drones and robots for the competition including robots that roll, drones made from Legos and others. About 25 students in the school’s fifth-, sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade classes took part. Students from five visiting schools on the reservation also competed at this great event.

Gracie Mark wins the AZCEC "I CAN DO IT" Award

Gracie Mark is a 6th grade student at Sacaton Middle School. She has always been involved with a variety of clubs and groups since Elementary School. In the past, she has been a member of the student council. This year she participated in Girls basketball, and is currently playing softball. Gracie is also a member of the Math Club, Robotics, as well as being a member of the Gifted and Talented program.

At times she is faced with challenges, and always finds a way to overcome them. At the First Lego League Competition, Gracie and her teammates were faced with some problems involving the programming of their robot. Gracie was able to do some troubleshooting and help the team overcome some difficulties and frustrations they were experiencing.

Gracie is a student that is motivated by the progression of her education and ultimately achieving her goal of attending college. Although she has difficulties in learning, Gracie has not allowed them to hold her back. On the 2016 AzMerit Math assessment, she scored highly proficient. Perseverance as well as a true desire to learn have greatly attributed to her educational successes. Gracie is an excellent role model to her peers.

Gracie is most deserving of this award. She is an exemplary student, she does well in her academics, and is personable. She gets along with others, and is always willing to give a helping hand.

Hoops, they did it again.

 Posted 3/28/2017

The Sacaton Middle School boys basketball team finished their season 7-1 to repeat as the Superstition Athletic League champions with a 45-39 victory over Stanfield on March 2 in the championship game. The victory avenged the Braves’ only loss of the season, 51-36, to the Roadrunners.

Leading the way for the Braves were eighth graders Jaquar Alewine (21 points) and Weston Morgan-Pena (18 points). Both players returned from last year's squad and helped to capture the Braves’ title.

“I was relieved when the (final) buzzer went off because this was something I worked hard for this season,” Morgan-Pena said. “I just wanted to win again my last year here.”

The Braves’ championship effort was bolstered by the play of their eighth grade big men Henry Williams and Victor Saucedo. In addition, feisty players Shane Jose, Trenton Moffet, Dominick Yazzie and Brenton Tashquinth (also eighth graders) were essential to the Braves repeating as champions. “It feels good to win a championship for my school,” said Moffet, a power forward. “It’s the first one for me and I feel great,” added Yazzie, a guard.

The Braves also boast a very talented B-Team which will be the building block for next year’s squad. Additional members of the 2016-17 squad are Maxwell Jose, Alex Kyyitan, Matthew Williams, Jordan Ute, Jose Rodriguez, Hayden Terrazas, Dalen Juan and Ethan Rocha. Leading the team to its second Championship Back-to-Back is Asst. Coach Francisco Leon and Head Coach DJ Harris.

Sacaton Schools Takes Part in Mul-Chu-Tha Parade

Posted 3/20/2017

Sacaton Schools Supports Gila River Police Department

Posted: 5/9/2016 

Thank you from the Gila River Police Department for the use of your bikes for our annual event. This was the first time we have ever had over 20 bikes riding for the special Olympics. Events of this type would not be possible without the continued support from the Community entities.

2016 marks the 35th year of the Law Enforcement torch run throughout the country and the 20th year for Gila River Police Department. The event continues to grow throughout the Community. We hope to further our working relationship with the Gila River Schools for the possibilities of next year and years to come.

Thank You,

A/ Commander Ronald Blass
Gila River Police Department

2017 Mul-Cha-Tha Contest Winners

Posted 2/28/17 

Congratulations to Sacaton Elementary School students for being selected as winners in this year’s Mul-Cha-Tha Fair and Rodeo Art Contest. The contestants were asked to creatively depict the community’s culture, strength, and unity as the theme of their entries.

Sacaton Elementary School contest winners are: Francis Histia (4th grade) – second place in the 4th/5th grade category; Adrian Valenzuela (8th grade) – first place in the 6th - 8th grade category; Azaria Enos (6th grade) – second place in the 6th – 8th grade category; and Cyndi Lopez (6th grade) – third place in the 6th – 8thgrade category.

The winners essay and art will be on display at the Governance Center lobby from February 27th through March 8th.

The Class of 2028 gets on the computers for the first time!

I can't wait to see what they're manipulating as seniors in high school!

Mr. Pico Selected to Serve on the Title I Committee of Practitioners

Posted 8/5/2016
  The Sacaton School District is proud and would like to congratulate Mr. Brad Pico, District Federal & State Programs Coordinator, on being appointed to the prestigious state Elementary and Secondary Education Act Title I Committee of Practitioners. It is an honor for the District to have a staff member on this statewide advisory board which will also be beneficial in alerting the District to federal program obligations that may be handed down with the upcoming change in administration in Washington later in November. As a member of the committee, Mr. Pico will serve a three-year term in helping advise the Arizona Department of Education’s Title I Office on major rules and policies prior to their issuance. The committee is currently scheduled to meet five times during the 2016-2017 school year at various school districts around the state. Congratulations, Mr. Pico!

Three of Sacaton's Finest are Recognized

Posted: 5/12/2016 
Three students from the Sacaton Elementary School District #18 were awarded the Chief Azul Scholar award on Friday, May 6th, 2016 at the Rawhide Western Town and Steakhouse. The Tribal Education Department recognized 4th grader Alayna Mark and 5th grader Azaria Enos as this year's award recipients. The Chief Azul Scholar Award is granted to students in grades 4th through Undergraduate/Graduates in the collegiate level who show exceptional character traits and citizenship. Candidates are nominated by their schools based on criteria such as attendance, desire to achieve, letters of reference, and positive behavior. Ashley Thompson, a former student of the Sacaton School District and a current senior about to graduate at Casa Grande Union High School, was also a Chief Azul Scholar Award winner that evening. These three young ladies are at the top of their respective classes and are certainly deserving of the high honor. Each one is a credit to their family and the Gila River Indian Community. Congratulations!
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