Education Board Vice-Chair Pacer Reina welcomes staff back to school during the Education Breakfast.
Goals for School Year Announced at Annual Education Breakfast
By Richie Corrales
Au-Authm Action News

On August 3, instructors and staff of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Education Department sat down for their annual Education Breakfast with staff from the Early Childhood Education Center, Salt River Elementary School, Salt River High School and other Education departments. The reason for the breakfast was to welcome back the staff and to go over goals for the 2015-16 school year.

The breakfast took place at the Salt River High School gym. The guests enjoyed breakfast from their very own Education Food Services Division. Emcee and Education Board Vice-Chair Pacer Reina opened the event with a welcome, followed by the introduction of SRPMIC Vice-President Martin Harvier.

Harvier discussed the struggles many Native Americans have with finishing school and the journey he went through with his children and their graduation.

Harvier talked about “being true to your school,” taking a song title from the Beach Boys album “Endless Summer,” which his baseball coach would play over and over on the intercom while the team took care of the field. “It felt good to be a member of a team,” shared Harvier. “And we are all one team here.”

Following Harvier’s address, Education staff discussed the focus and goals of this school year, as well as priorities and expectations from each education division. They emphasized shared accountability, where all staff members understand their role and impact on student success for the Salt River Schools.

Areas of focus that were mentioned were student performance, support and curriculum, communication plans, customer service and resources. The slogan for this year is “To Achieve.” The new Salt River Schools logo was unveiled, and the employees of the quarter and employees of the year were also recognized during the breakfast.

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