Greetings Pinon Unified Community- A reminder that face masks are required while on the PUSD campus. This includes contact with our school buses while they are on routes out in the community. If we all work together we can stop COVID-19! Thank you for your support!
Greetings Pinon USD Students & Parents, For those enrolled in the Navajo Language and Culture classes at Pinon USD, an instructional packet distribution will take place in your local area on January 15, 2021. Please view the flyer for times and location. Mrs. Valencia Edgewater will be your point of contact, and remember to wear your mask when picking up your instructional packet. Please call (928) 725-2178 if you have any questions.
Ya'ah'teeh PUSD Community, the Regular Governing Board Meeting will begin a live stream on YouTube beginning at 5:00 pm this evening. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCykbR6HBy6TU0Hw0hyeuGCA You can also view the agenda here: https://go.boarddocs.com/az/pusd4/Board.nsf/vpublic?open
Ya'ah'teeh Keshmish! Happy Holidays from the PAMS Staff! 3rd Quarter begins January 4, 2021 PAMS Instructional Packets will be mailed out the week of December 21st. PAMS students have a new schedule for quarter 3, please check in your packet. 8th Grade parents were sent a letter in regards to 8th Grade Promotion requirements.
Greetings PUSD Community, a special Governing Board Meeting will begin a live stream on YouTube beginning at 5:00pm this evening. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCykbR6HBy6TU0Hw0hyeuGCA The agenda can be found here. https://go.boarddocs.com/az/pusd4/Board.nsf/vpublic?open
Greetings Pinon Unified Community, The Navajo Nation Department Of Education has asked that we share a link to a parent survey they are conducting regarding COVID and school services. It will close on Friday of this week. https://s.surveyplanet.com/zOEOqSQQf
Yá’át’ééh nááná, Join us this evening for Diné Stories & Teachings Night. This evening we will have Mr. Robert Attson speak to us about the origin and history of the Native American Church on Navajo, what we call Azee’ Bee Nahaghá. Below is the zoom link, please pass along this information to those who may be interested. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89915774521?pwd=SERuL0hvYTNqTnY4MHBSbTRRSWh2Zz09 Meeting ID: 899 1577 4521 Passcode: Yaateeh
Greetings PUSD Community, The December Governing Board Meeting will be a live stream on YouTube beginning at 5:00pm this evening. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCykbR6HBy6TU0Hw0hyeuGCA/
Greetings Pinon Unified Community! Happy Thanksgiving Break! Please complete the survey below regarding 3rd quarter and options for on campus or distance learning. The survey will close at 3:00pm on Monday the 30th. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/VLYY68M
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Congratulations to our new Miss PAMS, Kaelana Nelwood! Kaelana is from the East Burnt Corn area and is in 6th grade. Kaelana's clans are Tsi'naajinii born for Todich'iinii and maternal grandparents are Maii deesh giizhnii and her paternal grandparents are Tsi' naajinii. Her mother is Kimberly Nelwood.
Yá’át’ééh Pinon Unified Community! Please join us for a Facebook Live and Zoom presentation on October 1. The link to the October 1st event is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89621038472?pwd=VitMczdmeUhlUTBhZzkzcHh6Rkdtdz09
The end of the Census is nearly here and Pinon School District needs your help to reach the finish line. The Federal Funding that supports our community is based on the Census results and we need everyone to be counted to ensure we have what we need for the next 10 years to support our community. 5 minutes for 10 years of funding directly impacted by your count, please be counted. Road maintenance, public transit, schools, healthcare, SNAP, housing assistance, and more that directly impact our community is at stake. Your Count is important. Please take a few minutes and complete the mailed packet, connect online, or call into the Census to do your part. Shape your future, help ours, START HERE. Visit 2020census.gov or call 844 330-2020.
Greetings Pinon Unified Community, The Pinon Governing Board unanimously approved an extension to our distance/online learning plan until the end of the semester on December 18, 2020. I know virtual learning has been a challenging situation for many students and families. Making the decision to extend now provides stability for families and PUSD staff to plan for the months ahead. We understand that this decision may be a hardship for some but we need to do all we can to maintain safety and stop the spread of COVID-19. We do have Chromebook laptops available for all PUSD students to check out if you do not have a device available at home. We now have 14 school buses with WiFi connections available throughout the district Monday through Friday for drive-up internet services for PUSD students. We also have a guest WiFi network available on campus for PUSD students that is available each day until curfew begins and is also available on Saturdays. We thank you for the effort and support you are providing to your students during this difficult time. We look forward to partnering with you in the days ahead to provide the best education possible to our students. We miss them here on campus and hope all of our students and families are safe and healthy! Thank you, Superintendent Ostgaard
Greetings Pinon USD The September Governing Board meeting will stream live at 5:00pm on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCykbR6HBy6TU0Hw0hyeuGCA
Yá’át’ééh Abiní Eagles! Today we begin our Meals on Wheels program utilizing 5 buses to deliver meals to children in the Pinon Unified District boundaries. We are utilizing the after school activity routes and will be on main roads only. These buses don't have WiFi connections. WiFi buses will continue to be parked in their designated locations. The Meals on Wheels program will run on Tuesday's and Thursday's. This schedule is posted on our Facebook and PUSD website. Don't forget to please wear a mask when approaching the buses. Thank you and have a good week!
A great opportunity for anyone needing a cloth face mask. FROM: Arizona School Facilities Board RE: Free Face Masks for Arizonans As a follow up to the Department of Education communication last week, the Arizona Department of Administration (ADOA) and the Arizona Department of Health Services (ADHS) have partnered with Hanes to provide free face masks to Arizonans that need them the most. We encourage parents on behalf of students, school staff members, or anyone who may not be able to purchase a mask to place an order on our website. Please note, bulk orders for schools/school districts are currently not available. We recommend that schools utilize existing channels of communication to forward the order form link to school staff and parents of middle and high school students. https://click.icptrack.com/icp/relay.php?r=15566056&msgid=181011&act=B828&c=1775896&destination=https%3A%2F%2Fazdhs.gov%2Fpreparedness%2Fepidemiology-disease-control%2Finfectious-disease-epidemiology%2Findex.php%23novel-coronavirus-order-masks&cf=8119&v=404ab2e0a18cb57aab22588601a9c73eeb82103f59ea83ad450f0eadf127870f Each order will provide 5 washable, reusable cloth face masks. One order is allowed per household. If you have questions about ordering or for information about how this program works, visit our FAQs page. It is important that every Arizonan does their part to prevent the spread of COVID-19, which includes wearing a cloth face mask whenever in public, washing hands frequently, and maintaining physical distance from others. For more information about preventing the spread of COVID-19, visit the Arizona Department Of Health Services website.
Good Afternoon Pinon Unified Community, PUSD applied for a waiver for onsite student services based on the PUBLIC HEALTH ORDER from the NAVAJO DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH-- NAVAJO OFFICE OF ENVIRONMENTAL HEALTH & PROTECTION PROGRAM dated August 6, 2020, Public Health Emergency Order No. 2020-019. The waiver was approved today by the Arizona Department Of Education. This means that PUSD campus buildings will remain closed to students until at least Monday, September 21. If you were contacted by the school for services on campus beginning on Monday, that will be delayed until September 21. We are committed to providing services and supports to our students. Please contact the schools if you have questions or need additional support. Thank you and have a great weekend!
Greetings PUSD- You can tune in live to our August Governing Board meeting at 5:00pm by using this link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCykbR6HBy6TU0Hw0hyeuGCA The Board packet and agenda is always posted online at: https://go.boarddocs.com/az/pusd4/Board.nsf/vpublic?open
Greetings Pinon Unified Community! Thank you students and families for your efforts to make the first four days of school successful. We do appreciate your patience as we move to the new structure for the first quarter of the year. A reminder on attendance: All students do need to check in with the schools every day for attendance. Each of the schools is sending a Google Form for checking in each morning. The link to the form is in the student’s PUSD email each day. Students are asked to check in before 7:55 am. If students are unable to complete this form then the parent or guardian would need to call into the school office. Attendance can also be taken by participating in the Zoom or Google online meetings each day. We do have students with perfect attendance for the first four days of school! Congratulations! Daily attendance is still required under Arizona law, even during this time of distance learning. A student’s enrollment will still be dropped for ten consecutive days of absence.
PAMS Parents and/or Guardians, Your PAMS student will receive an email every morning to check in for attendance. Please have your child check in by 8:15am every day. Directions to check in: 1. Go to www.google.com 2. Click on google email in upper right hand corner. 3. Enter student’s email address (email@example.com) 4. Enter student’s password: DOB, Capitalized Student’s Initials, special character 6th grade: mmddyyLO# 7th grade: mmddyyPL# 8th grade: mmddyyLB$ 5. You should be in Google email. Click on the Google Form Attendance in the student’s email. Complete all questions and submit by 8:15am every morning. *If your child does not check in by 8:15am, a front office staff member will be calling you. Check in will be easier from the Google email app. If you would like, you can download this app on your phone or onto your child’s phone from the App Store. It’s a free app. Otherwise, you can access Google email from the internet through your browser. You can access Google accounts from any smart phone, tablet, Chromebook or laptop with a data plan or internet connection. *Welcome packages were sent out on Friday, so please check your mail Monday or Tuesday. Instructional packet #1 will be mailed out on Monday, so that should be in your mailbox Wednesday. If your child is online for instruction, Google classrooms and assignments have already been set-up. Live class sessions start tomorrow with ELA Class at 10:30am and Math Class at 12:15pm. If you have any questions, please call our front office at 725-2301.
#werfamily_navajonation COMPLETE THE SURVEY AND WE WILL MAIL YOU A FACE MASK! https://forms.gle/rHu7nBHTcKQWbRu17
Pinon Unified School District No. 4 Student Enrollment Updates for SY 2020-2021 Returning Students A. Returning students to Pinon USD #4 do not need to turn in an enrollment packet to begin the school year: a. Your school site will work with you on verification of Arizona residency as required by A.R.S. 15-802 throughout the school year. b. An updated immunization record may need to be provided for some students and again your school site will work with you on obtaining this information. ****Immunizations can be picked up at Pinon Clinic, park in the Medication Parking area in the back row, an IHS worker will come out so they can retrieve your child's’ information from you and will return with your up-to-date copy of immunizations. (HAVE YOUR Driver License/ID) Bring your own PEN for signature and wear a mask. B. Students moving from one school to another school would need to submit a re-enrollment packet. I.E. All sixth graders and ninth graders. New Students A. New Students will need to fill out an enrollment packet to begin the school year. B. Enrollment packets can be mailed back or dropped off at the drop box located at the security station. C. Immunizations for New enrollments: Immunizations can be faxed or emailed from the Medical Facility to the school office. Please call the school that your child will attend for information the on fax number. ***Pinon Unified is conducting instruction for 1st quarter by distance and/or online learning. Thank you and have a great day!
Greetings Pinon Unified Community! You can join us this evening for the live stream of our Public Hearing on the 2020-2021 budget at 4:30pm and our July Board special meeting at 5:00pm by clicking the link below. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCykbR6HBy6TU0Hw0hyeuGCAhttps://www.youtube.com/channel/UCykbR6HBy6TU0Hw0hyeuGCA
Greetings Pinon Unified Community! Frequently asked question: When does school start? The 1st day of school for students, and the reporting back date for staff, has not changed. We are still following the SY 20-21 calendar. Governor Ducey’s order does not allow students to return to campus until mid August. PUSD had already decided to do distance learning for the 1st quarter so we do not need to adjust the calendar. The first day for students is still Monday, July 27. There will be more updates in the next few days. Have a great day!
Greetings Pinon Unified Community! The Governing Board unanimously accepted my recommendation to open the new school year with online-distance learning for the 1st quarter instead of our traditional instructional program with students on campus. It was also approved to cancel the fall athletic seasons. They were difficult recommendations to make but heath and safety considerations must come first. COVID-19 is still very much a health emergency in our community. There is still much work to be done and many more decisions to be made. Please be on the lookout for additional information and updates in the upcoming weeks. I hope you are all enjoying your summer break but please remember to wear a mask when in public, follow the curfew orders, practice social distancing and stay home as much as possible. Thank you, Superintendent Ostgaard
Join us today to view the Special Governing Board Meeting. It begins at 1:00pm. You can view the meeting on YouTube live at the link below. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCykbR6HBy6TU0Hw0hyeuGCA Prior Governing Board meetings are also available here for viewing.
Greetings Pinon Unified Community! Please use the link below to take our survey about the reopening of schools at the end of July. Your feedback is IMPORTANT as we make our plans! The survey is open until Monday at 9:00pm. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6TQM2CP
Good afternoon PHS Students & Parents! We are excited to announce that next 𝗧𝘂𝗲𝘀𝗱𝗮𝘆, 𝗝𝘂𝗻𝗲 𝟮, 𝟮𝟬𝟮𝟬, 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝟭𝟭:𝟬𝟬 𝗮𝗺 𝘁𝗼 𝟭:𝟬𝟬 𝗽𝗺, Pinon High School will commence a "Drive Thru Graduation" for the Graduating Seniors. Graduating Seniors will stop by the High School Auditorium in their cap and gown to receive their diplomas with a picture with Mr. Nelson, HS Principal, and Superintendent Chris Ostgaard. Graduating Seniors and their parents will enter campus in one vehicle, entering by the Security Office, stopping by the HS Auditorium for their diploma, and exiting campus through the Transportation entrance. Students will exit the vehicle for their diploma and photo opt. **We asked that you please wear a mask during this time.** Only the student will exit the vehicle for Diploma pickup. Parents, please remain in the vehicle. Thank you.
SY 19-20 End of the Year Virtual Awards. Use the following link to listen to the Awards at https://youtu.be/4ufOi_Owp2w.
Good Afternoon PES Parents/Guardians, You have the opportunity to pick-up your student(s) belongings at PES. Someone will be available at the elementary school to bring you your students belongings. To promote social distancing, pick-up will be in Alphabetical Order by day. The schedule is as follows: Students with the Last Names A-M: Monday, May 11, 2020 from 8:00-10:00am AND 2:00-4:00pm Students with the Last Names N-Z Tuesday, May 12, 2020 from 8:00-10:00am AND 2:00-4:00pm Any Remaining Students Wednesday, May 13, 2020 from 8:00-10:00am AND 2:00-4:00pm All belongings will have sat untouched for at least three days to self-sanitize before pick-up. On the scheduled days and times, parents will come to the PES Front Entrance and give a PES staff member the name of their student(s). The PES staff member will pick-up the student(s) bag of belongings in the Art room, carry it to the parent/guardian waiting outside the PES main entrance door and hand it to the parent/guardian. Nobody will enter the school. The parent/guardian will be given their student(s) belongings, then leave. This is to promote social distancing.
Greetings Pinon Unified Community, You can use the public link below to access the live stream of the Public Budget Hearing at 4:00pm and the May Board Meeting at 5:00pm this evening. The meeting from April 15 is also available for viewing on the this page. The meetings tonight will show up as soon as I launch the meeting at the scheduled start time. The recordings of the meetings will be available after the meeting ends so if you can't join live you can watch it later. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCykbR6HBy6TU0Hw0hyeuGCA Thank you, Superintendent Ostgaard
Greetings Pinon Unified Community! Starting today, Tuesday, April 21, our children's meal service program will move to being on Tuesday and Thursday only. We are still providing seven days of breakfasts and seven days of lunches (this includes Saturday and Sunday) but all will be provided in two deliveries. This will reduce travel for families and reduce contact risks for our families and our staff. Reminder that meals are provided for all children age 18 and under and you do not have to be a Pinon Unified student to participate. Children no longer need to be there at the food delivery so we ask that only one person per family come to pick up food items. We also have St. Mary's Food Bank items at this time. Thank you and have a great day!
Greetings PUSD #4 Community The link below should allow you to connect to the Governing Board Meeting at 5:00pm today. This is our first attempt at a live streamed meeting so there may be technical difficulties. You can also access the link via our BoardDocs page on tonight's agenda. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCykbR6HBy6TU0Hw0hyeuGCA?view_as=subscriber
A Public Health Service announcement from IHS: “To assist with stopping the spread of the coronavirus. If you must leave your home for essential errands such as shopping for food please follow recommendations from the CDC: · Stay at least 6 feet away from others while shopping and in lines. Cover your mouth and nose with a cloth face covering when you have to go out in public. When you do have to visit in person, go during hours when fewer people will be there (for example, early morning or late night). If you are at higher risk for severe illness, find out if the store has special hours for people at higher risk. If they do, try to shop during those hours. People at higher risk for severe illness include adults 65 or older and people of any age who have serious underlying medical conditions. Disinfect the shopping cart, use disinfecting wipes if available. Do not touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. If possible, use touchless payment (pay without touching money, a card, or a keypad). If you must handle money, a card, or use a keypad, use hand sanitizer right after paying. After leaving the store, use hand sanitizer. When you get home, wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. At home, follow food safety guidelines: clean, separate, cook, chill. There is no evidence that food or food packaging has been linked to getting sick from COVID-19. The CDC also continues to recommend social distancing, by limiting close contact with individuals outside your household in indoor and outdoor spaces. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you have no symptoms. If you or someone you know has questions about COVID-19, or is sick please call the Nurse Call line 1-800-242-9271.”
PUSD #4 Announces New Grading Policy For The Remainder Of The School Year Schools in the Pinon Unified School District are closed for the rest of the school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but students continue to learn online or by printed packets. The district is making adjustments to the school calendar related to the current situation. Student grades for the second semester of the 2019-2020 school year will be calculated based on third-quarter grades, and the completion of new assignments for the rest of the semester. Final semester grades will not be lowered from the posted third-quarter grade, they can only be improved. Students that had a failing grade for third-quarter will have to work very closely with their teachers to improve that for the final semester grade. For high school students, these grades will be used to issue full credits for the second semester of the school year, meet graduation requirements and award diplomas to senior students. We are encouraging all classwork to be done online to the extent possible. We have been and will continue to mail student packets out for those without online access. These packets WILL NOT be collected due to health and safety reasons. Please work with your teachers to see how completed assignments can be reviewed. One possibility is to email or text a picture of the completed work to the teacher. Statewide assessments for students are canceled for the 2019-2020 school year, which includes AzM2 (AZ MERIT), AIMS Science, MSAA and AZELLA. ACT testing is postponed and rescheduled for June 13th. The Oral Navajo Language Culture-Test-Standards Based Assessment (ONLC-T-SBA) is canceled for this year. Career and Technical Education (CTE) assessments are also canceled. The Pinon High School Graduation ceremony is postponed, but NOT canceled, at this time. All other student activities are canceled for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. The 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony is canceled. All students will still receive the awards, honors, and recognition that they would have received but we will not be able to have the banquets, assemblies, and ceremonies that we would normally have had to end the school year. Thank you, Superintendent Ostgaard
A public health message from Pinon Health Center: “To assist with stopping the spread of the coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control as of April 4th, 2020 recommends wearing cloth face coverings in public settings. The CDC also continues to recommend social distancing, by limiting close contact with individuals outside your household in indoor and outdoor spaces. Since people can spread the virus before they know they are sick, it is important to stay away from others when possible, even if you have no symptoms. Here is the CDC link for more information, and instructions on how to make your own face mask. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/diy-cloth-face-coverings.html”
Good Afternoon Pinon Unified Community, We will begin student meal service again starting Monday on the same schedule we used before. The guidelines have changed so children DO NOT need to be there when picking up meals. Please, only ONE PERSON per family should be at the bus stop or come to the drive-up service at the Elementary. We will not be dropping off or picking up student homework packets tomorrow, only meals. Any child 18 or under is eligible, even if they are not a PUSD student. All meal prep facilities and the buses have been thoroughly cleaned. We ask that you practice social distancing when picking up the student meals. Thank you, Superintendent Ostgaard
Greetings Pinon Unified Community! If you have questions or need to contact teachers or other district staff, please use my new email account. Superintendent@pusdatsa.org I will be monitoring every day and I will respond or forward your message to the appropriate staff member. Also, a reminder to be sure your contact email and phone/text numbers are up to date. Our teachers are reaching out but many numbers are out of service or they are not getting a response. If you are not getting calls or emails, you can email me your name, student's name, number and email and I can get it updated for you. A reminder to practice social distancing, stay home and be safe! Thank you, Superintendent Ostgaard
Greetings Pinon Unified Community, A public service message from Pinon Clinic. Assist in stopping the spread of the Coronavirus. Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash. Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces with EPA registered products. Stay home if you are sick. You should only leave home to get medical care, get prescription medication, shop for food/basic needs, you should go alone or send one person. Please call the Nurse Call line before going to get seen at Pinon Clinic. 1-800-242-9271 Stay Home! Stay Safe! Stay Healthy! Thank you!
Pinon Unified Community, We will be stopping student meal service for the rest of this week and keeping the campus closed through Friday. One of our staff has a close family member that has tested positive for COVID-19. No one on staff has symptoms or has tested positive but we need to be cautious. Our first priority is always the health and safety of our students and our staff. Please practice social distancing and remain at home as much as you can. All staff should check in daily with their supervisors for assignments or instructions. Teachers please continue to work with your students as much as possible. Thank you, Superintendent Ostgaard
Greetings Pinon Unified Community, The PUSD Campus will be closed on March 31 and April 1. We are working to finalize our operations now that Governor Ducey has extended the school closures to the end of the year and issued a Stay At Home order, this is in addition to the Shelter In Place order issued by the Navajo Nation. Schools are considered "essential" and we will not be shut down permanently but we need to review guidance on how to best serve the educational needs of our students and also protect the health of our staff. Essential security staff members and those working with student meal distribution should report as scheduled. All other staff should remain at home. PUSD staff please check your email for additional information. I do encourage all of our students, families and staff to follow the stay at home, shelter in place and curfew orders that have been issued! This is for your safety and for the health and safety of the entire PUSD Community. Thank you, Superintendent Ostgaard
Greetings Pinon Unified Community, As we begin week 3 of schools being closed, PUSD is working hard to provide educational opportunities to our students. Teachers are reaching out to families with phone numbers and email addresses that we have on file in our PowerSchool system. Many teachers have told me that numbers are not in service or that they are not receiving calls back. Please contact your school office and update your information if you have not been contacted by the school or are not receiving our alert calls and text messages. Also, ALL students and ALL staff have access to their Google email accounts, Google Classroom and other Google apps from any device with an internet or data connection. Google apps are free downloads on any smartphone or tablet. Students can use the apps shown in the image to communicate with their teacher and complete assignments. We will keep posting updates daily so please continue to check our PUSD website or Facebook page for more information. Thank you, Superintendent Ostgaard
Greetings Pinon Community, We will be using our school buses to deliver breakfast and lunch beginning Thursday, March 26. Please see attached for routes. We plan to leave campus at 10am. This is the first run so please be patient, I do not know when we will reach each stop tomorrow. We can provide a better schedule for Friday. We will still have drive-up service on campus during the same time we have had this week. Thank you, Superintendent Ostgaard
Greetings Pinon Unified Community, I just received notice from Governor Ducey's Office that the school closure will be extended though Friday, April 10 with classes on campus scheduled to resume on Monday, April 13. More details will follow in the days ahead. Thank you!
Greetings Pinon Unified Community, By now you may have heard that there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 at Kayenta Health Center. Now that the virus has reached the local area, PUSD is going to Plan B. All 10-month, 11-month and 12-month staff (certified and classified) will not report to work during the state school closure unless designated as essential. At this time essential personnel include those working with the breakfast and lunch program and campus security so those staff members should continue to report as scheduled. We will continue to provide the breakfast and lunch meals along with items from St. Mary's Food Back to ALL children age 18 and younger during the posted hours. All staff will be paid during this time as usual for the two weeks. This is not a "paid vacation" and all staff should consider themselves as "on-call" if we do need you to come in. The intention is that you stay home to limit your exposure to the virus. Teachers and administrators can be using this time to prep for return to school or to communicate with your students on educational activities they can do from home during the closure. Human Resources will also be making online professional development sessions available through frontline for all staff if you have access from home. The PUSD campus is closed except for the breakfast and lunch drive-up program.
Greetings PUSD #4 Staff: Update: 10-month certified staff: do not report to work at this time. The Prop 301 day scheduled for Saturday is postponed. Stay tuned for additional updates in the next few days. 10-month classified staff: you have the option of reporting to work on a disposition and we will find assignments for you. Also, you have the option to take any leave you have accrued to fill in your time while the schools are closed. Both are optional, not required. 11 and 12 month certified and classified staff: report to work as usual. We are working on a 4 X 10 hour schedule this week unless you are working with the food service program which would remain on 8 hour days. If your job duties allow you to work remotely from home, you have that option with supervisor approval. Reminder: Don't consider this a "vacation". The purpose for closing the schools is to stay home as much as possible to avoid possible contact with COVID-19 and the possible spread to others. Thank you, Superintendent Ostgaard
Greetings Pinon Unified Community! PUSD will be providing free breakfast and lunch to all children under the age of 18 beginning Tuesday, 3-17-2020, and running until the end of the school closure. It will be a drive-in service in front of Pinon Elementary. Hours for breakfast are 7:30-9:00am and lunch will be from 11:30am to 1:00pm. You do not need to be a PUSD student to participate, but children do need to be present to pick up the meals. We will also have food packages from St. Mary's Food Bank for distribution during these times. Thank you, Superintendent Ostgaard
Greetings PUSD Staff, All 11 and 12 month staff will report on Monday as usual until we hear more information as to the school closure, specifically if we will have to make up the days later or not. Ten month staff will not report during the school closure unless notified to come in to work. I will provide more details when I have them. Thank you, Superintendent Ostgaard
Greetings Pinon Unified Community, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey and Arizona School Superintendent Kathy Hoffman just released a statement that closes all Arizona public schools for the next two weeks. We had already extended spring break by one week, but it looks like we will be out for at least two weeks. I don't know any other details yet but I will be posting throughout the day tomorrow through our phone app, district web page and Facebook as I find out additional information. Thank you, Superintendent Ostgaard
Greetings Pinon Unified Community! After consulting with the Board President and Vice President, reviewing many texts and emails from concerned community members, and reviewing declarations from Arizona, Navajo Nation and the Federal Government, I have decided to extend spring break by one week. There will be no school for PUSD students March 16 to March 20. All 11 and 12 month staff will report on Monday, 10-month staff will not report on Monday. There will be a Special Board Meeting on Monday evening to discuss additional details for the week. Please understand that calling off school only works if students, families and staff STAY HOME. If you are still traveling and interacting in public you run the risk of contracting COVID-19 and spreading it to the Pinon Community. All PUSD events, including Report Card Party and We-R-Family, are cancelled for this week. Thank you, Superintendent Ostgaard
Greetings PUSD Community Due to concerns over the spread of COVID-19, all student travel, with the exception of athletics which will be determined by AIA and NAIC, will be cancelled until further notice. All staff out of state travel will also be cancelled until further notice. Staff in-state travel will be limited to those considered required or essential for the operations of the Pinon School District. We will continue to post on our website and Facebook if there are updates or additional information. Thank you, Chris Ostgaard Superintendent Piñon Unified School District #4
Good Day PUSD Community! I know there is growing concern about the spread of COVID-19. The school district is closely monitoring the situation and is making the necessary preparations in case the COVID-19 becomes more prevalent in our community. For now, there have been no indications of an coronavirus outbreak within the PUSD or the Navajo Nation, but that could change as time goes on. We all play a role in reducing the likelihood of a coronavirus outbreak in our school district community. We encourage everyone to practice good habits, including: 1. Wash your hands regularly, especially after using the restroom and before preparing or consuming food. Wash for 20 seconds, using soap and hot water. Be sure to also wash your fingertips. 2. Avoid coughing or sneezing into your hands or in the air. Always try to cough or sneeze into a tissue, and then throw the tissue away. If you don’t have a tissue, cough/sneeze into your arm. 3. As much as you can, avoid touching your eyes, mouth and nose. 4. If children are feeling sick, please keep them home from school. Allow them some time to feel better so that they do not risk infecting others. We will continue to communicate with you in the days and weeks to come. It is possible that we may need to cancel classes if it appears the coronavirus has affected our community in a significant way. As always, the safety of our students, staff and families remains our top priority. We will act out an abundance of caution to protect everyone’s health and wellbeing.
Greetings PUSD Community! The following was taken from an emailed press release from the Navajo Nation OPVP. "On Thursday, March 5 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. the Nez-Lizer Administration will host a second live radio forum on KTNN 660AM to provide more information to the Navajo public and to receive questions from the public. Requests for the Navajo Nation Department of Health to provide information/presentations regarding the COVID-19 virus and preparation efforts can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org." "The Nez-Lizer Administration will continue to coordinate with the county, state, and federal officials to monitor the evolving impacts of the coronavirus and continue to encourage the public to take precautions. For updates, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention" at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html. Please tune in to the radio broadcast this evening to learn more about the Navajo Nation response to COVID-19.. Thank you and have a great day! Superintendent Ostgaard
Greetings! Piñon Unified will be having school on Monday, February 24 with buses running on main roads only. We will post another update if anything changes. Have a great evening.
Good Morning Parents. This is a reminder for Parent & Teacher Conference scheduled for today, Wednesday February 5th. Elementary will start at 4:00pm to 6:00pm. Middle School will be from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. High School will be 5:00pm to 7:00pm. We hope to see you there. 📚✏️🖍📊 There will be no After-School Activities today due to PTC.
Greetings Pinon Unified Community, Happy Muddy Monday! We will be on an early release schedule with no after school activities Monday, January 27. Buses were unable to run in certain areas this morning. Please notify the school office if muddy roads kept you from school today.
Good Morning Pinon Unified Community! We will be having school today with buses running on main roads only. We will update you later this morning if there are any changes to today's schedule. Have a great day!
Greetings Piñon USD Community! There will be no school on Wednesday, January 22 due to continued rain and extremely muddy road conditions. Eleven and twelve month staff do report to work or make arrangements with your supervisor.
Greetings Pinon Unified Community! Today, Tuesday, January 21, we will be on an early release schedule due to muddy roads and more rain/snow forecast throughout the day. There will be no after school activity buses. Stay warm! Stay dry! Don't get stuck in the mud!
We will be having We R Family tonight with dinner starting at 5 p.m. at PAMS Gym. We will be discussing traditional Navajo sites and the story of the cradle board. Dinner at 5pm, breakout sessions at 6pm, and family hour at 7pm. Free for all, child care provided. Join us!
Good afternoon Parents. This is a reminder for Report Card Party scheduled for today, Wednesday January 8th from 5 to 7pm, in the High School Gym. We hope to see you there 📚✏️🖍📊
Greetings PUSD! Happy New Year! Buses will be running on main roads only on Monday due to muddy road conditions. Welcome back to a new semester!
**Tuesday, December 10th** Please note that today will be a FULL day of school, with activities busses.
PUSD # 4 will have school tomorrow (Tuesday, Dec 10th). Busses will be running on the main roads only.
There will be no school for Pinon USD on Monday, December 9 due to muddy conditions and more rain expected for this evening. 10-month staff do not report to work. 11 and 12 month staff do report to work but can take leave with supervisor approval. Keep warm and stay dry!
Good Afternoon, There will be no school for Pinon USD on Friday, December 6, 2019, due to the continuing muddy conditions. 10-month staff does not report to work. 11 and 12-month staff do report to work but can take leave with supervisor approval.
There will be no school for Pinon USD on Thursday, December 5 due to muddy conditions and more rain expected for this evening. 10-month staff do not report to work. 11 and 12 month staff do report to work but can take leave with supervisor approval. Keep warm and stay dry!
Pinon USD will be on an early release schedule Wednesday, December 4th due to the melting snow and additional rain in the forecast for today. There will be no after school activities. All students should be on the buses when they depart campus at 1:30. Stay warm and say dry!
Join us for We R Family tonight at PAMS gym. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. breakout sessions at 6 p.m. and family hour starts at 7. Breakouts include a flu shot clinic, a screening clinic, holiday crafts and anti-bully & kindness.The event is free and child care is always provided.
Please join us for We R Family tonight at 5 p.m. at the PAMS gym. Dr. Schindler will discuss how historical trauma may be affecting our youth. We will also have fun Thanksgiving and Veterans Day related crafts and family projects. Dinner starts at 5 p.m. breakout sessions at 6 p.m. and family hour at 7 p.m.
Greetings PUSD Community! Join us for We R Family on Tuesday, October 29th at the PAMS Gym! As part of the National Red Ribbon Week, we will focus on talking to your kids about Drug and Alcohol use. Dinner starts at 5:00pm, Breakout Sessions at 6:00 and family time at 7:00 featuring a presentation from Pinon Health Center's Nutrition Department. All are welcome!
Pinon Unified School District Mark Your Calendar! Community Bonfire: October 25th, 2019 Special Guest performer: Joe Tohonnie *Free of charge* Location: in front of the Pinon Accelerated Middle School. Come one Come All!! *concession will be by the senior class of 2020
Senior Parent meeting scheduled for Monday Oct 21st @ 3:45 pm in Ms. Holliday's classroom (High School). Also please remind your child about donations. Thank you. For more info, please call 725-2401.
PHS Hoco Fall Dance Hosted By: The Senior Class of 2020 1:30pm-3:30pm @ The small gym Singles $4 Couples $7 At the Door Singles $5 Couples $9 (PHS Students Only)
Join us for We R Family tonight at Pinon Accelerated Middle School Gym. The topic is Cyber Bullying and ways that families combat this along with students. Dinner starts 5:00 pm. Programs start at 6:00 and family activity begins at 7:00. The event is free and open to all.
Greetings PUSD Community--You may have received notice that Wednesday of this week would be early release. Unfortunately, the staff training session planned had to be rescheduled. Wednesday, October 2 will be a full day of school for staff and students. Thank you!
We R Family tonight, Tues 9/24. Theme is making music 🎼 We will make instruments 🎸and then dance 💃🕺 and sing along with the Pinon Pickers! Dinner starts at 5pm, activities at 6pm, and the band will play from 7pm to 8pm. Free. Everyone is welcome. PAMS Gym.
Reminder-- The PUSD Back to School Street Fair is tonight, Aug 7th, from 5pm - 7pm in front of District Office. Meet our new & returning staff. We'll have various activities so bring your families to see all the great programs we have to offer at Pinon USD. Come out and join us!
Piñon Unified staff are released today, Monday, August 5th due to the power outage. Hourly staff can make up the hours later in the week or take leave. Thank you for your cooperation!
Piñon Unified School District will be on an early release today due to the continued power outage and no estimated time to have power restored. We will be releasing at 1:00pm today. Thank you for your understanding.
Pinon Unified will be hosting the Dzil Yijiin Health Council Health Summit today, July 18 starting at 9:30 at District Gym. Many presentations and breakout sessions to choose from. If you are in the area stop by and check it out! Agenda is posted on our Facebook page and website.
Greetings Pinon Unified Community. Thursday, May 23 Buses will run on the main roads only and we will be on a early release schedule due to the muddy road conditions and the forecast for more rain or snow throughout the day. Thank you and have a great day!
PES Award Celebration - May 28, 2019.
Exciting News! PES Book Fair extended to May 17, 2019 8am - 4pm PES Hogan 12 pm - 1 pm lunch For more info, please call 725-2201
Precious Robinson, a senior at Pinon High School, competed at the recent AIA State Track & Field Championships. She medaled in all three of her events: 3rd in 800 meter Run, 2nd in 1600 meter Run, 2nd in 3200 meter Run. Making it to the Award Stand is a great feat; even to simply qualify to go to state is a success... So - Medaling in all 3 events was an AWESOME accomplishment!
"This past weekend the middle school track program competed in the annual NAIC championship events at KMS in Kayenta, Az. Despite the intense competition, we walked away proud and even won a couple of events. Yay! For a number of these athletes, 2019 marks their third or fourth seasons with the team, some having joined since they were in elementary. They're still a very young team - with only three 8th graders moving on to the high school, out of 24 students. They've all grown tremendously in such a short amount of time, and this season I was especially happy for them that they got to experience some of the success they've been working so hard towards in the last couple of seasons. Special congrats go out to all the 5th Grade members of the team - without their involvement in the competitions, multiple PAMS relay teams would not have been able to compete, much less score the team points needed to place in events. Way to go PES 5th Graders! There were numerous awards the kiddos garnered throughout the season - many came by way of relay events, and some from throwing events as well, but here are just a few images that highlight the team's accomplishments this spring. Congratulations, PAMS Track and Field Team for a great season! Thank you friends, fans, parents, grandparents, including ALL employees of PUSD#4 for everything you do and more for our kiddos - these successes are yours as well. Have a great rest of the quarter." -Coach Yazzie
PAMS AzMerit Family Celebration was a success this evening!! We had over 300 people in attendance. Student Council, Chess Team, and PAMS students did a great job running the events and setting up. Awesome job to all PAMS staff that helped at the event. Thank you Security, Maintenance and IT Dept for helping setting up and break down the event. Great teamwork! Thank you to the bands for volunteering their time and sharing their talents with our community. Thank you to the Atsa Clubs and PUSD Royalty that performed and shared their talents as well.
Yá'át'ééh PUSD community! Tomorrow morning the PHS Track & Field team will be traveling to Sedona, AZ to compete in their last track and field meet of the season. This is the last meet for our eagles to qualify for state. Wish them the best of luck as this season was one to remember! If you want to see more photos from their 2019 season be sure to follow them on Instagram @pinonxctf. Ahéhee'! #YéegoEagles