Yá’át’ééh! We are Piñon Unified School District. We are Diné, a proud Navajo tribal community located in the Navajo Nation of northeastern Arizona. Deeply rooted in the traditions and beliefs of our ancestors, we are an educational community committed to raising our children in the ways of our elders while embracing modern life.
We serve students in preschool through 12th grade in Piñon and the surrounding communities of Hard Rock, Forest Lake, Whippoorwill, Blue Gap, Cottonwood, Low Mountain, and Black Mesa.
Dear Parents, Community Members, Students, and Staff Members,
First of all, I would like to express my gratitude to the Piñon Unified School District governing board members for giving me the opportunity to take on the task of leading the Piñon Unified School District. I feel honored and privileged. At the same time, I feel responsible to make sure that the safety and success of all our students is a priority.
I started my role as superintendent of Piñon Unified School District on July 1, 2015 when I received a message from the Arizona Department of Education that our middle school had done an excellent job on the AIMS testing. The success story was shared with the state legislature.
My primary job is to lead learning, and for this purpose, I will continue to support building principals. I am very confident our principals will continue to support teachers in ensuring high quality instruction. I am also very confident that our support staff, maintenance staff, transportation staff, security staff, and district staff will be involved in supporting teaching and learning. As we prepare our students for college and their chosen careers, we all need to take personal responsibility for providing a safe learning environment.
Some of the non-negotiables for high quality learning are rigorous research-based and data-driven instruction, ongoing and frequent assessments, ongoing collaborative reflective practices on student and staff learning, ongoing assessment of students’ emotional and social needs, and aligned standard-based curriculum, assessment, and instruction. I believe these non-negotiables are crucial elements of a professional learning community.
A crucial part in the success of student learning is parent engagement. Parents have to be equal partners with the school for the success of their children. While appreciating what parents are already doing for our school and students, I ask our parents and community members to get more involved in the education of our students so we can be the top performing school in the state of Arizona.
Thank you all,
Dr. Jasvir Sethi
Dr. Jasvir Sethi