From the Eagle’s Nest

Jayceon Richards and Leandro Litz Jr. hang from the jungle gym while at recess.
The students of SUIMA Primary Class 2 are enjoying a fall day at the Sutherland Farm’s pumpkin patch in Aztec, N.M.
Meonahan “Joe” Howell – Lower Elementary 2 – is reading to Hilda Burch at the Senior Center. The students of SUIMA serve lunch every month as a community outreach project.
Trennie Collins | SUDRUM
Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy
Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy

On October 25, 1999, around 100 people joined together in the groundbreaking ceremony for what became the Southern Ute Indian Montessori Academy.

Even before the first shovel of dirt occurred, there were many months of planning and researching educational methods; looking for the one curriculum that would fit the idea of education fitting into the culture, not culture having to fit into education.

The Montessori Method became the curriculum which was to be used at school. Just by observing a Montessori school, you can feel the difference between it and a traditional type of school.

A Montessori classroom is made up of mixed age levels, typically with three different age groups. In this type of environment, children learn from each other and they learn because of each other. Younger children have role models to watch and learn from, while the older children get the opportunity to share their knowledge. The children learn to take responsibility for themselves and for each other. They learn to respect each other’s work and workspace and to treat each other with courtesy.

In short, the children build a community where they are treated with respect, dignity, and a sense of family.

SUIMA Events and Activities

  • Oct. 30 – Upper Elementary will serve lunch at the Senior Center.
  • Oct. 31 – Trick or Treating throughout the campus. I/T will host a family potluck afterwards. LE2 be enjoying a pizza party with root beer floats.
  • Nov. 7 – Health Fair at Sky Ute Event Center. Love & Logic classes start.
  • Nov. 11 – No School
  • Nov. 12 – PAG meeting (moved from Monday due to Veteran’s Day Holiday).

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