Education is highly valued by the school community and we have great expectations of our students. Our motto, â€œlearning for lifeâ€ inspires us, the staff, to equip students with the skills to learn and to adapt in an ever-changing world. At the same time, we are all â€œlife-long learners.â€ As an educator, I hold onto this belief and it continues to motivate me as a student, a parent and a teacher.
Ta-Otha School has dedicated student learning and welfare as its main goals. Our staff is committed to providing a safe, positive, academic learning environment that will empower students to become creative problem solvers, critical thinkers and inspired learners. Some of our highlights for the year include: team teaching, flexible scheduling, extracurricular activities and sports, student council programs, high school outdoor education programs, a swimming program, and possibly, the first student exchange program at TOS.
The rare birth of a white buffalo on the Great Plains was considered a sacred event that represented hope, rebirth and unity for the tribes who depended on the buffalo for sustenance. The white buffalo symbolizes respect for Aboriginal history and culture. We, As teachers endeavor to become more familiar with Aboriginal culture, and thereby foster hope, rebirth and unity among our Aboriginal students.
Ta-Otha Community School opened its doors in 2009 for students from Kindergarten to Grade 12. The school was named after Ta-Otha, Peter Wesley, who has led his people to traditional territories in 1894 against Indian Agent's demand stay with in Stoney Reserve boundaries. This eventually became the Big Horn Reserve in the 1950's.