• Welcome to the Hoquiam School District's Title VI Native Education Program Page and FAQ!

    The Title VI Native Education Program is in place to support students who are American Indian or Alaska Native. In order to qualify for program services your student must be an enrolled member of a federally recognized or state recognized tribe OR have a parent or grandparent that is enrolled. If your child is a member of a terminated tribe or otherwise organized Native group, further documentation is required to determine eligibility. Every child who is interested in participating in the program must have a Title VI 506 Form on file with the district Native Education Liaison whose office is located on the second floor of the library at the high school. The 506 Form can be downloaded from this site, please see PDF file attachment below.

    What is Title VI?

    This legislation calls for culturally responsive teaching and learning services that supplement and enrich the regular school program. Title VI requires that grantees identify goals or "objectives" for their local project that are (1) based on a needs assessment and (2) developed in an open consultation with parents, teachers, and representatives of Native tribes. Local project objectives could include, for example, increasing American Indian and Alaska Native students' academic achievement, knowledge of cultural identity and awareness, and school attendance. 

    This program provides support in:
    • Supplementing existing student support programs and qualifying students for specialized academic services
    • Non-academic support to students, staff who support Native students, and families of Native students (e.g.... placement support, transfers, truancy, discipline, accessing behavioral/mental health and chemical dependency support specifically for American Indian/Alaska Native people)
    • Post-secondary/career guidance 
    • Culturally responsive leadership development 
    • Coordinating and implementing programs and activities to increase awareness and instill pride in American Indian history, traditions, and culture 

    Parent Advisory Committee 

    An important component of this program is the Parent Advisory Committee or PAC. For Native Education formula grants it is required that the program be developed and approved by a parent committee. This must include parents and family members of eligible Native children enrolled in the district. For more detailed information on the PAC please download the PDF attached below. 

    For any questions or general concerns about the program please contact the district's Native Education Coordinator Sandy Ruiz via phone at (360) 538-8409 or by email at saruiz@hoquiam.net

     "Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts." -Winston Churchill 



                   summer break

    I will be out of the office during the summer break but will be returning in the fall for my second year with the Native Education program. I look forward to coming back to continue to find new and innovative ways to serve our Native students and families!

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  • After School Program at Hoquiam Middle School

    I'm excited to announce that I will be at the middle school to assist our students with any missing assignments or homework help they may need starting tomorrow Feb. 25th, and every following Tuesday and Thursday during the middle school's after school program. I will be joined by our Para Educator for the district through the Quinault Indian Nation, Heather Windham. The after school program includes dinner and a snack for the kids, we will be there from 2:45-4:30. 

    *Please return to this page fall 2020 for updates on the After School Program's continuing schedule. 

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