Programs & Services
- Bilingual Education
San Juan School District is committed to excellence in academics for Native American students. We offer services through the Johnson O’Malley (JOM) program for students and teachers to purchase various items designed to further their educational experience.
We sponsor an annual Heritage Language Conference for teachers, community and tribal leaders/members to learn more about the Navajo culture, history, language, etc. We have top-notch Heritage Language Teachers who are committed to excellence in education. We also have a wonderful Indian Education Committee who looks out for the best interest of our students.
Please feel free to contact the Bilingual Education Director, Clayton Long, at 435-678-1251 to learn more about the Bilingual Education Program at San Juan School District.
- Bullying Prevention Program
San Juan School District actively pursues training and positive resolutions to bullying problems in our schools. The District has a strict policy that guards students from this type of behavior. We have adopted the OLWEUS bullying prevention program. Each school has trained staff and is implementing these practices. For questions or to discuss concerns, please contact your schools’ counselor, administrator, school psychologist, or the Student Services office.
- Heritage Language Resource Center/Media Center
The Heritage Language Resource Center (also known as the Media Center) began over 40 years ago, specifically to create Dine Language materials for the students of San Juan County. Over these 40 years, we have provided a print and media-rich Navajo language environment for students and families. The number of schools and students, as well as the quality and quantity of the language materials has increased over the years. Today, we offer not only reading materials, but also flashcards, posters, vocabulary games, beginning readers, traditional stories in Navajo and English, audio CDs of traditional songs and stories, and DVDs starring the one and only Coyote! We offer Navajo Language materials for the students, educators, health care facilities, and families of San Juan County and across the Four Corners region. We also make a selection of materials for Uinta-Ouray and Ute Mountain Ute educators.
Most of our materials originated from traditional Navajo narratives and teachings as told by these distinguished Navajo authors: Don Mose, Jr, Clayton Long, Lucille Hunt, Dolores Noble, Dr. Katherine Duncum, Marlena Sheperd, Ed.D, Barbara Silversmith, Val Roberts, Ida Mae Cowboy, and others. Past directors include, Lee Hurst, Kent Tibbits, and Katherine Hurst. It is through their leadership and direction that these language materials have developed.
Today the Heritage Language Resource Center is directed by Rebecca Stoneman-Washee and assisted by Karen Bronson. We couldn’t function without a supporting team of volunteers who are Kent Tibbetts, Katherine Hurst, Lucille Hunt, Ernie Washee, Steve Bronson, Clint Behunin, and Gary Bronson. Our Navajo Language Specialists are Lucille Hunt, Don Mose, Stella Jones, and Clayton Long. Don Mose, Jr is still working on Coyote stories for new books!
Let us help you meet your language and culture classroom needs! Please take time to browse our online store at media.sjsd.org. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call either Rebecca or Karen at 435-678-1230 or contact us through email or our official Facebook page. We look forward to hearing from you!
Sometimes you just have to talk to a real person! You can always call us Monday through Thursday between 9:00 am and 5:00 pm MST. If there is no answer, please leave us a message and we’ll get back with you.
McKinney Homeless Services
Families at times can struggle to meet their children’s needs in such a tough economy. For families who qualify, the McKinney program can provide additional support for students who are experiencing barriers because of challenging financial circumstances. Attached is an application you are welcome to fill out and submit if you would like your child to be considered for services.
- Safe Schools
A primary responsibility of all San Juan School District educators is to ensure the safety of the children we teach. The following guidelines and documents are required for schools to document efforts to meet this important responsibility:
- San Juan County Systems of Care (SOC)
San Juan School District is a partner in the county’s System of Care (SOC). SOC is a process where families can help develop a single plan to access needed services from a variety of agencies. The members of the SOC are committed to working together to provide a comprehensive and coordinated approach to getting families the services and support they need to be successful.
Services can include:
- Individual and family counseling
- Employment & financial assistance
- Health care
- Educational support
- Substance abuse treatment
- Parenting information
If your family needs help, please see your schools’ counselor or administrator.
- Title I
is a federal program designed to promote school reform and provide additional support to students and schools in the areas of reading, mathematics, parent involvement and teacher development. Attached are documents that further explain the role of Title
- Title III
The purpose of Title III is to help ensure that English language learners (ELLs) attain English language proficiency and acquire the knowledge and skills needed to meet the State’s academic achievement standards.
San Juan School district has a small number of Hispanic and other foreign language ELL students as well as a larger number of American Indian students who need additional support in developing Cognitive Academic Language Proficiency (CALP).
The Title III program assists schools by:
- Implementing school-wide programs to upgrade language instruction educational programs and academic content instruction for ELLs
- High-quality language instruction educational programs for ELLs and professional development for school personnel
- Providing Common Core alignment documentation for curricular resources
- Youth in Custody (YIC)
The Mission of San Juan School District’s Student Services is to provide academic and behavioral support for all students by:
- promoting school-wide reform plans
- providing supplemental program support to schools
- removing barriers to student success
- ensuring equitable access to State Standards
- promoting culturally responsive curriculum
- promoting quality Heritage Language Instruction
- supporting English language proficiency
- coordinating and disseminating resources to support students and their families