Our Eighth Grade program consists of Yakama Culture, Language Arts, Science, Math, Social Studies, Physical Education and also drumming and sing.The expectations are set to prepare our students for the High school preperation. 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.
We also have a Gifted and Talented Program which is coordinated by Mary Looney and consists of students who qualify in one of the following areas:
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.
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
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