Yá’át’ééh! Welcome to the website of the Kayenta Unified School District. We are located in the Navajo Nation of Arizona, and we are very proud of our heritage. An old Navajo proverb tells us that we do not inherit the land from our ancestors; we borrow it from our children. It is our privilege and honor to be in the position to accompany our children on their journey to great heights and solid futures.
As you browse through our Internet home, we know you’ll catch our enthusiasm and appreciate our awesome past, present, and future. We believe that together we can accomplish great things!
Homecoming - Welcome Back
As I sat in the bleachers drinking my coffee with gloves on to somehow alleviate the cold, I began to wonder just what homecoming really was. It is by far the best-attended football game of the year and has been at or near a capacity crowd on the Kayenta side of the field the five years I have been here. Why is it so special? I googled homecoming to try and come up with an answer.
Homecoming is an annual tradition of the United States. People, towns, high schools, and colleges come together, usually in late September or early October, to welcome back alumni and former residents. It is most often associated with a game of football. When celebrated by schools, the activities vary widely. However, they usually consist of a football game played on a school's home football field, activities for students and alumni, and the coronation of a homecoming queen and king. A dance commonly follows the game.
The tradition of homecoming has its origins in alumni football games held at colleges and universities since the mid-1800s. As this applies to the school district then, it is our high school coming together to welcome back alumni and former residents of our district. We seem to have most of the requisite activities (parade, bonfire, volleyball games, tailgate parties, etc.) that are listed. We welcome back different classes at the football game by announcing some of them over the PA system, and you can see many people shaking hands and hugging other long lost classmates and teachers. A truly happy and good feeling emanates from the football stadium, envelopes the whole campus, and even filters out into the community.
I realize we also have a homecoming game during basketball and that it is not possible to make every home game a homecoming game. However, each of our schools can concentrate on making students and parents feel welcome and on making our buildings places where people enjoy being.