Welcome to GHS!
Yá'át'ééh! Ganado High School is the cornerstone of the community in Ganado, Arizona. Located in Apache County, in the northeastern corner of the state, Ganado is a small community with traditional Navajo values. We focus on the whole child, encouraging our students to keep their roots in our culture while broadening their horizons as they look toward the future.
We invite you to learn more about our school and our community. Our administration and teachers are here to work with you as we develop a true partnership in the education of your child. We have a variety of programs available to our students, so they can develop into well-rounded individuals. We will help them be successful in school while getting ready for their future after school. Enjoy your time here and nizhónígo Nee Ado’áál.
A Message From Our Principal
Dear Ganado High School Families:
Welcome to our school! Thank you for offering us the opportunity to work with your child/children in their education. Ganado High School (GHS) has a dedicated and passionate faculty, supportive parents, and creative, energetic students ready to support your learner in the 2020–2021 school year.
We are preparing for a very different experience than in previous years. Due to the impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on our local communities and worldwide, we must adapt to a new method of delivering educational opportunities to our students. Regardless of this challenge, I believe strongly in our youth and the importance of providing them the best education possible.
The Ganado High School distance learning plan will include the use of Google Classroom as the learning hub for all coursework and communication with teachers. We will utilize various online content delivery platforms such as Edgenuity, ALEKS Math, iCEV Curriculum Multimedia Curriculum for CTE, and Galileo Assessment System, to name a few.
These platforms will be used alongside teacher developed lessons that will be delivered live via the Zoom and Google Meet online conferencing systems. Traditional forms of classwork will also be included within the Google Classroom environment such as textbook assignments, projects, and reading/writing assignments.
In addition to traditional forms of communication such as telephone and email, we will also use other tools such as the FamilyLink portal, Remind messaging platform, Hornetland email, and Google Suite applications. These tools combined will assist in the communication between the school and the home. Teachers will also hold virtual office hours to allow for student access beyond the distance learning environment.
In the spring, we offered a laptop distribution. Many students still have the laptops that were given out at that time. We will have another distribution for those families that still need a device, so listen out for a call that will provide information on the date and time of the distribution.
The district is also working on providing various internet systems to help students access online learning. We have an NTUA hotspot located on the high school campus and main campus that provides an internet signal to the parking lot, we are ordering hotspots for use at home for those that do not have internet and are within the service area, and we are equipping our buses with wifi and they will drive out to areas where internet access is needed during the school day.
Another area of importance will be attendance. All students are required to attend class by participating in live lessons, turning in assignments, and making contact with teachers on a daily basis. Parents can assist students by helping create a schedule to study, set up a designated area for studying, monitor your child’s activity, and encourage them to be on task and complete assignments.
Beginning August 3, 2020, our offices will have personnel on campus, although during limited hours, to answer phones and provide services. Many services can be conducted over the phone or by email, but if an in-person meeting is necessary, we will work on an appointment system. The buildings will continue to be closed to non-personnel.
There is much to share as we embark on this journey. We will continue to provide information as we further develop our plans and as we inch closer to the beginning of the school year. I am sure that you will continue to have questions and we will work to provide answers for you. Continue to check our website and listen out for the phone calls from Ganado Unified School District for further information.
As the Ganado High School principal, I look forward to a very positive and productive year together. On behalf of the staff, we are energized, prepared for the challenges ahead, and look forward to working with your children. Your active participation is key to the success of your Hornet scholar during his/her high school years.
Thank you and welcome back to Hornetland in the 2020 – 2021 school year!
Mrs. Lucille Sidney
Ganado High School Principal