From the Eagle’s Nest

There are over four thousand Montessori schools in the United States, with the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy (SUIMA) being the first Native American Montessori school in our country. What makes Montessori different than other schools?  Typically, we may look the same, but when you look deeper, you will find that Montessori schools begin with a deep respect for children as unique individuals, as well as being warm and supportive communities. SUIMA is going into its 20th year of supporting students, respecting every child as an individual being, and building a community of life-long learners.


Here are upcoming events and activities happening at SUIMA:


  • October – SUIMA will be working towards its American Montessori Society re-accreditation. The original accreditation took place in 2012.


  • SUIMA will participate in Cancer Awareness activities by tying ribbons throughout the community and joining a lunchtime walk with Southern Ute Tribal departments.


  • October 5 – parent work day in the SUIMA gardens. Community members may join us at 10:00 in the primary/elementary playground. Bring some gloves!


  • SUIMA’s Parent Advisory Group is seeking volunteers to sit on the PAG board. The Parent Advisory Group collaborates with the Tribe’s Department of Education Director, SUIMA Principal, and the Southern Ute Indian Tribal Council to support SUIMA’s educational program that is responsive to the cultural and academic needs of their students. If you are interested in volunteering, please call 563-0253 for more information.
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