Academy students prepare to transfer

Four Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy students will be transitioning into the public school system come next fall: Harmony Reynolds, Ethan Rock. Autumn Sage, and Dominique Rael. A transition luncheon was held for the students and their families on Tuesday, March 22; giving them a chance to meet and interact with Ignacio School District representatives and past SUIMA students who have already transitioned to the public school system.
Photo Credit: Sacha Smith | The Southern Ute Drum


Every year the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy has students who transition from the Academy into the public school system. This year, four SUIMA students will be taking the next step in their education, transitioning to Ignacio Middle School. Dominique Rael, Harmony Reynolds, Ethan Rock and Autumn Sage along with their families were invited to an annual transition luncheon on Tuesday, March 22 at the Sky Ute Casino Resort.

The luncheon gives the students the opportunity to hear from the Ignacio School District and from fellow SUIMA students who’ve already made the transition.

Last year’s SUIMA transition students took to the podium presenting a slideshow presentation showing the differences between SUIMA and the public school system; from a student’s view.

They talked about the change of schedule, testing, technology use, bullying and even the differences in the cafeteria food.

Superintendent of Ignacio Schools, Rocco Fuschetto was also in attendance to greet the incoming students. Fuschetto talked about the importance of attendance and let students and their families know that the school district “offers plenty of support to any kids that need help.”

Ignacio Middle School Principal, Chris deKay welcomed the incoming students and stressed the importance of the partnership between school and the parents.

“When the school and parents are together on the same page it’s better for the kids,” he said.

Council lady, Lorelei Cloud provided some words of encouragement to the transitioning students.

“Be proud of yourself,” she said. “You’re going to do well … we all believe in you.”

SUIMA’s official transition ceremony will take place on Thursday, May 25.

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