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Mission Statement

Yá’át’ééh! 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 website, we know you’ll catch our enthusiasm and appreciate our awe-inspiring past, present, and future. We believe that, together, we can accomplish great things!

A Special Message from Our Superintendent

February 2015: KISS (Keep It Super Simple)

Since this is the height of basketball season and everyone seems to like the sport, I thought it would be appropriate to talk a little bit about undoubtedly the best basketball coach in college history, John Wooden, and some of the small things that made him successful.

He won ten national championships in twelve years, during which time his teams also won 88 consecutive games. Many coaches have tried to duplicate these feats, bus usually fall short because they fail to do the simplest thing that he used in coaching: PRACTICE.

He did not spend much time on scrimmaging, but rather on drilling and intentional practice. One example of his was to have players practice their shooting form without a ball to concentrate on the mechanics until they had it right and it became automatic. He always insisted that his players practice it over and over until they did it right. What made his teams succeed was becoming perfect at what they practiced.

We all need to become better at practicing what we want to be successful at in school. We need to practice math and reading and drawing, and anything else we want to be good at achieving. We cannot just go through the motions and hope to get better. Concentrate and practice doing things right. Do the little basic things right first until they become automatic, then we can move on to harder challenges, each time practicing until it is right.

As Arnold Palmer (world-renowned golfer) said, "The more I practice, the luckier I get."

Sincerely,

Mr. Martin Signature
Harry E. Martin, Superintendent

 


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