IOE Success Story

Selected as a Success for All Foundation ambassador, Indian Oasis Elementary has an amazing success story. Please take a moment to read about their remarkable turnaround.

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Our Core Values

The Baboquivari Unified School District Governing Board believes in a high-quality education for all the students of their district. They work each day to ensure that we have hired highly effective teachers and staff that care and are committed to the children of the Tohono O’odham Nation. They work as a team to approve resources that will support teachers, principals, and departments with the necessary resources to be efficient and productive as well as ensure we are fiscally responsible to our public and the students we serve.   

With this in mind, the governing board proudly embodies our vision, mission, core values, and purpose in their journey of communicating our focus on students first.

Vision and Mission Statements

Vision Statement

Our students will be academically prepared, know their Himdag*, and have life skills to excel.

Mission Statement

We create:


*Himdag is Tohono O’odham meaning "our way of life." 

Core Values

We believe our learning community supports:

  • Healthy, respectful teaching and learning relationships
  • Transparent governance and leadership
  • A climate of high expectations
  • Impactful community partnerships
  • Resources to support students, families, and staff

Purpose Statement

Core Value - Teaching and Learning

Key Component - Collectively develop expectations with stakeholders surrounding teaching and learning

  • Key Goal One
    • By October 2016, stakeholders will have completed approved expectations for staff, students, and families. 

Core Value - Governance and Leadership

Key Component - Transparent communication

  • Key Goal One
    • By July 2016, stakeholders will create a multi-method communication system to share critical information to families and other stakeholders.

Key Component - Commitment to shared purpose

  • Key Goal One  
    • By July 2016, superintendent will provide weekly messages from staff and community on our shared purpose.   
  • Key Goal Two
    • By August 2016, district leadership will create a conception through post-secondary (C-20) council to focus on the needs of our students.

Core Value - Climate of High Expectations

Key Component - Empower, nurture, and guide a district and community climate that embodies high expectations

  • Key Goal One
    • By March 2016, a new survey on the climate of the district will be completed and used to guide core values, key components, and goal accomplishments in order to continue improvement.

Core Value - Community Relations

Key Component - Responsive communication

  • Key Goal One 

    • By December 2016, BUSD will maximize use of all communication tools to deliver critical school and district information.     

  • Key Goal Two  

    • By September 2016, BUSD will create welcoming parent rooms at each campus.

  • Key Goal Three

    • By May 2016, every member of the BUSD staff will represent the district by participating in one or more school and/or community event on or off the Nation.

Core Value - Resources

Key Component - Retain and recruit highly effective staff

  • Key Goal One
    • By May of each year, BUSD will ensure we have retained or secured highly effective employees for the following fiscal year through effective hiring practices.

Key Component - Retain and recruit students and families to BUSD

  • Key Goal One
    • By May of each year, BUSD will ensure that we have retained 95% enrollment for the next fiscal year and recruited 5% new and/or returning students.