Academy students transition, ready for public school

Students of the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy said a children’s prayer
Southern Ute Veterans Association members carried the colors
Southern Ute Tribal Chairman Jimmy R. Newton Jr. welcomes relatives and loved ones
Angelo and Pamela, parents of Saniyya Valdez, infant at the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy
Dominique Rael received a special recognition certificate for perfect attendance
Jeremy Reynolds will transition into Lower Elementary next year
Upper Elementary transitioning student Andrew Morgan proudly poses for a photo
Academy students performed the skit “Tüpüichi Uvwevi,” or “Stone Soup”
Randy Herrera (left) and Kean Cantsee speak to fellow students
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Students of the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy said a children’s prayer in Ute, written by the late Annie Bettini, to close the annual Transition ceremony on Thursday, May 23. The students say the prayer and Pledge of Allegiance and sing the flag song to begin their days at the academy. Lower Elementary guide Shawna Steffler (with mic) was the M.C. for the ceremony. Shawna will not be returning next year, but said, “My journey with each child and teacher at the academy has taught me that we have wonderful, amazing students and guides.”
Southern Ute Veterans Association members carried the colors, followed by the transitioning students, to begin the Transition ceremony.
Southern Ute Tribal Chairman Jimmy R. Newton Jr. welcomes relatives and loved ones to the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy’s Transition Ceremony. Members of the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council also made welcoming remarks.
Angelo and Pamela, parents of Saniyya Valdez, infant at the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy, accept a certificate from Director Carol Olguin.
Lower Elementary student Dominique Rael received a special recognition certificate for perfect attendance for the entire 2012-13 school year.
Primary Two student Jeremy Reynolds will transition into Lower Elementary next year. Ute Language Guide Crystal Ivey assisted Carol Olguin in giving out the certificates.
Upper Elementary transitioning student Andrew Morgan proudly poses for a photo with sister Ava-Sage Morgan, a toddler student, and father Virgil Morgan.
Academy students performed the skit “Tüpüichi Uvwevi,” or “Stone Soup,” an old folk story in which hungry strangers persuade local people of a village to give them food. It is usually told as a lesson in cooperation. Lakota TwoCrow narrated the skit, while students played the characters. The dialogue was in Ute.
Randy Herrera (left) and Kean Cantsee speak to fellow students Ebony Gomez, Reynalda Martinez, Aveleena Nanaeto, Jawadin Corona and Dustin Sanchez. All played characters in the skit “Tüpüichi Uvwevi,” or “Stone Soup,” which incorporated the Ute language.
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Robert L. Ortiz | The Southern Ute Drum
Thumbnail image of Students of the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy said a children’s prayer
Thumbnail image of Southern Ute Veterans Association members carried the colors
Thumbnail image of Southern Ute Tribal Chairman Jimmy R. Newton Jr. welcomes relatives and loved ones
Thumbnail image of Angelo and Pamela, parents of Saniyya Valdez, infant at the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy
Thumbnail image of Dominique Rael received a special recognition certificate for perfect attendance
Thumbnail image of Jeremy Reynolds will transition into Lower Elementary next year
Thumbnail image of Upper Elementary transitioning student Andrew Morgan proudly poses for a photo
Thumbnail image of Academy students performed the skit “Tüpüichi Uvwevi,” or “Stone Soup”
Thumbnail image of Randy Herrera (left) and Kean Cantsee speak to fellow students
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The Southern Ute Montessori Indian Academy once again transitioned students into the Ignacio public school system in a ceremony on Thursday, May 23. Four students will transition into Ignacio Junior High School this fall. Other students were given certificates for completion of their respective levels of education. The annual ceremony took place in the SunUte Community Center Gymnasium.

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