Curriculum

Our Eighth Grade program consists of Yakama Cultural Values, Language Arts, Science, Math, Social Studies, P.E./Health & Wellness, and Project Based Learning.  The expectations are set to prepare our students for the High school level.  Each course integrates a variety of reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills. Students are placed in an atmosphere that learning can be achieve individually or in a group setting to reach their maximum potential.  They will get one-on-one attention with the teachers and have an opportunity to receive and give peer help.  Our goal is to encourage our students in a positive and fun learning environment.  Winonah Tadena 

Project based learning [PBL] offers the unique opportunity for students to become masters of their own learning by choosing their own subject matter, researching and gathering data, and sharing their learning with their peers and community members.  Students in my classroom this past year have investigated topics as diverse as lightening, germs, WWII weapons, homeostasis, and continental drift.  While this only scratches the surface of the endless possibilities for study, it does reflect the myriad of options that students at Yakama Nation Tribal School are granted through PBL. David Rieker

Cutting Steel with fire, Blacksmithing, constructing small buildings in a single day. Making steel roses, building decorative gates, carving wing generator blades. Welding, doing traditional arts, forging cuppins, and anything else you can imagine. if it's made of wood, steel, or cement and if your willing to work hard and stay busy this is the class for you.  William Razey

Emphasis on building and growing things. If we don't have the materials we get them donated. If you like making things, growing things and alternative energy this class is for you. We like to build our own projects from scratch using raw matrials. Whether its building a greenhouse, an aquaponics system, or planting a garden, our Project Based Learning Class makes things happen. So if you want to work hard and do cool things this is the class for you.  Rick Lambert & William Razey

Gifted and Talented Program consists of students who qualify in one of the following areas:

Academic Achievement                                                                                                                       Leadership                                                                                                                                       Visual & Preforming Arts                                                                                                                     Intelligence                                                                                                                                       Creativity                                                                                                                                         Critical Thinking

Students are self-referred, or referred by parents and staff members. At the entry stage, students are tested or evaluated in their gifted category. Once qualified, students work on an individualized plan for the year. Many of our students qualify in the visual & preforming arts, they participate in performances on bahalf of YNTS at events in school or around the local area. In years past, we have have had students who qualified in leadership and academic achievment.  Mary Looney

     Tribal Government 

Study of the rights & regulations of all Tribes In government and court cases regarding Treaties, and documents of agreement between Tribes and the U.S. Government. Student awareness of how the Soveriegnty and rights of the Indiginous people of the U.S. are different from other citizens of the U.S. Ezilda Winnier & Staci Mesplie

     Yakama Language

YNTS STUDIES THE SAHAPTIN (ICHISHKIN) FIRST LANGUAGE OF THE NORTHWEST PLATEAU TRIBES. THE PLATEAU TRIBES CONSIST OF YAKAMA, COLVILLE OF WASHINGTON, UMATILLA, WARM SPRINGS OF OREGON, AND NEZ PERCE OF IDAHO. THE STUDY INCLUDES TWO YEARS OF LEARNING THE SPEAKING, READING AND WRITING OF SAHAPTIN. STUDENTS ALSO LEARN TO USE THE LANGUAGE IN TECHNOLOGY BY CREATING MOVIES, POWERPOINTS AND AUDIO RECORDINGS FOR ADVOCATING LANGUAGE USE THROUGHOUT THE COMMUNITY. PARENTS AND ELDERS OFTEN ARE INVOLVED IN TEACHING AND ASSISTING WITH LANGUAGE PROGRAM.  Ezilda Winnier

    Project Based Learning (PBL) is student based learning in which students choose of their interest. In doing so students finding interest in the topic will increase the learning being done. PBL is done at each students pace with guidance from the teachers. The hope is that increased interest will increase productivity. Actual projects themselves vary from student to student. Poster boards to powerpoints to more hands on work like the aquaponics system and construction of the greenhouse are just a few of the things presented by the students. By having students produce products, they are showing what they have learned and are able to teach others about said topic.


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