FAQ

  • What's a 506 form?

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    A 506 form is a federal "sign up sheet". The one page document allows us to use federal funds to support your student's educational needs. Even if you don't think you'll ever use our services, by signing up your student it increases the amount of federal funds available for district Native American students. You only need to fill it out once as long as your child is in North Thurston Schools.

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  • What services are my children eligible for?

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    One of our primary goals is to advocate for and support Native American students and families in our district. Your child has access to necessary school supplies year round. Just let us know. Family Culture Nights - Here we discuss program updates and business and students participate in a cultural activity. We currently have programs at River Ridge High School (and an office/classroom), Evergreen Forest Elementary, Nisqually Middle School, tutoring support at South Sound High School, and a developing program at Timberline High School. Native high school students can participate in South Puget Sound Community College's annual F.I.R.E. Summit and NTPS partners with Yelm Community Schools and the Nisqually tribe for our annual Native Education Summit for Teens (NEST). By signing up with the program it allows our program to more quickly respond and support your student. Eligible students may also access Johnson O'Malley funds to offset approved education expenses. There's much more!

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  • What do you not cover?

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    The two most commonly asked for expenses are sports fees and out of district tutoring. Unfortunately, we can't assist with paying for either. However, I can work with you to arrange for in-school academic support by working with teachers or academic advisors and coaches in your school.

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  • What if our tribe isn't federally recognized or we're First Nation?

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    Your student is still eligible for many things!  Your student can still attend all of our events, field trips, family nights, and still receive tutoring and support.  

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  • How can I participate?

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    North Thurston is a culturally diverse and inclusive district with many opportunties for family involvement.  If you want to volunteer in school you'll need to take a few moments to fill out the volunteer application and pass a free background check. We can always use a family to would like to share or teach their Native cultures or volunteer on projects. We have nearly 50 different tribes represented in our program and we try to honor the great diversity among Native Americans. There is also the Multicultural Action Council (MAC) is comprised of parents, students, educators and citizens interested in facilitating communication and understanding between diverse elements of the school district student body, staff and community.  

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  • What are your hours?

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    I'm on duty from 8-3:30pm Monday-Friday though I'm often in many places throughout the district during the week. If you want to meet, send me an email and we can schedule a time. I'm often out of my office, but I always have my laptop with me.

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