Elementary School

St. Michael Elementary School is the oldest part of St. Michael Indian School, tracing its origins to the original boarding school founded in 1902. The elementary school educates students from kindergarten through the eighth grade, preparing them with skills they need to succeed in high school and beyond. Elementary school students strive toward open communication, valuing the viewpoints of others, and excellence in all areas of their academic studies.

Spiritual Activities

Weekly liturgies and other Catholic celebrations are conducted throughout the year. Catholic school activities are undertaken to promote awareness and gratitude for the loving presence of God. SMIS recognizes that God is at work in the lives of all people. Throughout the centuries, long before Catholic missionaries came on the scene, Navajos had developed a close relationship with the spirit world. Now students may experience God’s blessing in both Catholic liturgies and Navajo ceremonies.


The elementary school is led by Mrs. Tracie Lee. She is assisted by Sr. Marilyn Ross, the elementary school campus minister, and Sr. Barbara DeBoo, the elementary school guidance counselor. Mrs. Ann Sandoval is the elementary school secretary.



Send all correspondence to:

St. Michael Indian School, Elementary School

PO Box 650

Saint Michaels, AZ 86511-0650

Elementary School Curriculum

Target Goals

School Improvement Goal: All students will improve their skills in the content areas of vocabulary comprehension and reading comprehension.

Core Curriculum

Core subjects are Religion, Reading, Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. Other subjects are Guidance, Art, Music, P.E. (SPARK) and Computers. Appropriate Catholic human sexuality education is dispensed at every grade level. Parents who do not permit their children to participate must notify the principal in writing.


Homework reinforces skills, reviews what a child has been taught in school, builds on the parent/child relationship, and fosters habits of independent study.


Days and Time Allotment

Report Card Grade

K and 1 Monday – Thursday
15 – 30 minutes
E – means the homework was complete every day
G – homework complete all but 1 or 2 days
S – homework complete all but 3 to 5 days
N – homework complete all but 6 or more days
2 and 3 Monday – Thursday
30 – 45 minutes
4 and 5 Monday – Thursday
30 – 60 minutes
6, 7, and 8 Monday – Thursday
1 – 1 ½ hours
Factored into subject grades.

Homework assignments are recorded in the planner or homework folder. Incomplete homework must be completed and submitted with a deduction in their grade (determined by classroom teacher). Students who are ill make up work assigned during their absence.

Progress Reports

Progress Reports are provided during each mid-quarter. These dates are indicated in the school calendar. The first and third quarter Progress Reports are given during a Student-Parent-Teacher Conference. These dates are indicated in the school calendar. Parents of students in grades 3 – 8 can access reports using the Focus School Information System. User I.D. and Password are available the first week of September.

Report Cards

Report Cards are issued four times yearly (October, January, March, and May).The second and fourth quarter report cards are available in the front office.If the original report card is not returned or lost, there is a $5.00 charge for replacement. Grading Scales:

Grades Scholastic Achievement Performance
K – 2 E – Excellent
G – Good
S – Satisfactory
N – Needs Improvement
E – Excellent
G – Good
S – Satisfactory
N – Needs Improvement
3 – 8 A (93 – 100%)
B+ (89 – 92 %)
B (85 – 88%)
C+ (81 – 84%)
C (77 – 80%)
D+ (73 – 76%)
D (70 – 72 %)
F (Below 70%)
E – Excellent
G – Good
S – Satisfactory
N – Needs Improvement
I – Incomplete
(A grade of Incomplete is assigned with prior approval from the Administration.)

Effort Roll

Kindergarten through 2nd grade Effort Roll students must have passing grades in core subjects, E’s and G’s in Work Habits and Behavior, and no N’s in any area. 3rd through 8th grade Effort Roll students have D+ (73%) or better in core subjects, E’s and G’s in Work Habits and Behavior, no N’s in any area.

Honor Roll

3rd through 8th Honor Roll students have all A’s or B’s in core subjects, E’s and G’s in Work Habits and Behavior, and no N’s in any area.

Academic Probation

Students on academic probation must maintain a passing grade of 80% in all subjects and receive no effort referrals.


An Awards Assembly is held at the end of the school year. The Academic Excellence Award is given to those who are on the Honor Roll all four quarters. The Effort Award is given to those who are on the Effort Roll all four quarters. The Attendance Award is given to those with no days absent, no tardies and no early checkouts. Special awards are also given for volunteering and Christian works. Classroom teachers also give awards to their students.