Office of Superintendent

August 2, 2023

Dear Shonto Preparatory School Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! We are thrilled to welcome back our students and staff to school. We hope that you had enough time to relax and spend quality time with your friends and family during the summer break. As the K8 Principal, I am excited to begin what promises to be a very successful school year. Our Shonto Preparatory School teachers and staff have been preparing our school for the new school year.

This school year we plan to enhance our student learning in all academic areas. We have completed curriculum work during the summer to prepare for our students. We have identified objectives, success criteria and action steps to ensure that we accomplish our goals. We believe that your support will be instrumental to the achievement of these objectives. I encourage you to play an active role in your student's education by reviewing the School, Parent/Guardian and Student compact. By working together, we will provide our students with the opportunity to be successful and become life-long learners.

Some important dates to remember:

  • Parent Advisory Committee (PAC) - Tuesday, August 8, 2023, at 5:30 PM.
  • Open House - Tuesday, August 15, 2023, from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
  • Parent Information Evening (PIE) - Tuesday, August 15, 2023, from 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM.
  • LATE START - Monday, August 21, 2023.
  • SPS Governing Board Meeting - Thursday, August 24, 2023, at 8:00 AM.

As we all know the Navajo Nation President has lifted the mandate of mask wearing. Mask wearing will be optional here at Shonto Preparatory Schools. We will continue to provide hand sanitizer and masks to our students and parents, if requested. A copy of our updated Board-approved Re-Opening Plan can be found on our school website at

I look forward to working with you to ensure that we are providing a quality education to our students. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions and/or concerns. I can be reached by email at or by cell at 928-672-8061. Thank you!


Melanie Dewakuku
SPS K-8 Principal/Superintendent

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Melanie Dewakuku



Leah Curley
Administrative Assistant to Superintendent
PH:928-672-3500 ext 3000

 We are located in the Administration Building (Central Building), Room 646