Congratulations to Danica Becenti (Kirtland Elementary School), winner of the Elementary Science Fair’s Best in Show for her presentation “Recurve or Compound.” The Middle School Science Fair’s Best in Show went to Gatlin James (Kirtland Middle School), for his presentation on “Velocity = Accuracy.”
CCSD will send two student representatives to the San Juan Regional Science Fair on March 8 and 9 at Piedra Vista High School, in Farmington. #1Vision1Mission
The goal of the San Juan County Career Expo? To get students to start thinking about their careers before entering high school, and that the work to get to a satisfying career starts now. The expo, which gathered more than 400 CCSD students on February 1st, was organized by San Juan College.
“We want to let the students know there are many opportunities out there to create the life they want to lead,” said Darah Tabrum, CCSD Coordinator of College Academies. “It's never too early to dream if you're willing to work for it. You just need to put forth your best effort”.
Middle school students from Aztec, Heights, Mesa View, Tibbets, Bloomfield, Hermosa and Central Schools were invited to meet with local businesses and employers from San Juan County, like Citizens Bank, Wells Fargo and the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office.
CCSD has selected thirty students to represent the district in individual and team events at the NMAA State Elementary Chess Championship, which takes place in Albuquerque on March 8. They will form three teams of five students each, while the other fifteen students will compete individually.
The teams and individuals are chosen by averaging the scores from the Kirtland Elementary Invitational Chess Tournament that took place on November 15, 2018, and the CCSD Chess Tournament held on January 15, 2019.
Five schools participated in both tournaments: Judy Nelson Elementary, Kirtland Elementary, Ojo Amarillo Elementary, Newcomb Elementary, and Mesa Elementary.
Congratulations to the Tsé Bit A'í Middle School’s Warriors Robotics Team, awarded the Champion Award for 1st Place, and the Performance Award for highest points, on the First Lego League Competition at Tibbetts Middle School, which took place on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Mesa Elementary School also had a great showing and placed second.
Both teams now qualify for the State Competition in Albuquerque, on February 9, 2019.
Ben Tensay has been recognized by the NIAAA as a Certified Athletic Administrator. Congratulations!
The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) announced on January 7, 2019, that Ben Tensay, Athletic Director at Central Consolidated School District (CCSD), has been recognized by the association as a Certified Athletic Administrator. To earn this distinction, Ben has demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The certification process included a thorough evaluation of his educational background, experience and professional contributions, as well as a rigorous, comprehensive written examination. Ben started this process in 2016 and completed it in 2018.
The NIAAA is a national professional organization consisting of all 50 state athletic administrator associations and more than 10,000 individual members.
We would like to present Kyle Archibeque, our new Director of Finance. Welcome to the CCSD team!
Mr. Archibeque, a veteran of the U.S. Army, is a Colorado Technical University and Western Governors University graduate. After working as a fulltime bookkeeper in Denver, Colorado, he joined a medical device company, where he led the corporate billing and collections department. From there he was recruited as a technical finance analyst, where his role was to analyze accounting and reconciliation data for large companies.
Mr. Archibeque is married to his wife Jaclyn and has two kids, a 4-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter. He and his wife are also the co-founders Atlas Autism, a non-profit organization that helps provide various supports to individuals and families on the Autism Spectrum.
Congratulations to Kirtland Middle School student Rhys Balasuit, winner of this year’s CCSD Spelling Bee, a competition he has now won for the second year in a row. To win, Rhys had to spell an extra word, which was ‘rapport,’ a noun meaning ‘a friendly, harmonious relationship.’
CCSD Bond Question Results Update: CCSD’s mail-in election was approved by the voters by an overwhelming margin: 2,682 for, 1,073 against. On behalf of our students, we would like to thank the voters for their support. The funds will help Central Schools to provide safe and highly-qualified places to educate our children. Thank you!
In January 2019, registered voters who reside in Central Schools District will receive a ballot in the mail. The question on the ballot is whether to replace the capital improvements property tax that is expiring. If approved, these funds will be used for much-needed upkeep, repairs and maintenance for all seventeen schools in the district. The funds will help the Central Schools to provide safe and highly-qualified places to educate our children. Because this measure is a reauthorization of an existing bond, voting yes on this measure will not increase your property taxes and will continue to enrich the education of our children by maintaining schools, classrooms, and school grounds. Make your voice heard on this important issue by completing your ballot and returning it in the mail by February 5th.
Thirty-seven CCSD athletes were honored at a ceremony hosted by the Navajo Times at the Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center on Friday, December 7, 2018. The ceremony also included a special recognition for one of our coaches.
The Navajo Times All-Star honorees are vetted by the newspaper, after receiving nomination forms by high school coaches for the 2018 Fall Sports season. The annual event recognizes the best in sports from the area, from Chinle and Crownpoint, to Tuba City and Monument Valley.
Special honors were given to:
Deondre Begay, 2018 Fall Sports All-Area All-Star Football Player of the Year, Newcomb High School (in photo, holding his award)
Kashon Harrison, 2018 Fall Sports All-Area All-Star Boys Cross-Country Runner of the Year, Kirtland Central High School
Greg Jenks, 2018 Fall Sports All-Area All-Star Football Coach of the Year, Kirtland Central High School
Surrounded by his family, Kirtland Central High School senior, Cochise Sorrelhorse, just signed for Eastern New Mexico University. He’ll join their baseball program and is leaning towards studying business at the university. Congratulations!
In celebration of Red Ribbon Week, a national anti-drug campaign in the month of October, Central Consolidated School District (CCSD) schools started a challenge among themselves to spread the message “If you want to be like me, you have to be drug free.”
The video challenge encouraged students to create a 30-60 second positive public service announcement that inspires other students to be part of the solution and remain drug-free.
For more information about our campaigns and Central Schools, please visit our Facebook page.
The Operations Department has been hard at work on removing old outdated heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units, and replacing them at Kirtland Elementary School since May of this year. The completion date for the project is November 16, 2018, which is currently running ahead of schedule.
Glendora Guillen is about to spend 270 days in Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, a mostly French- and Arabic-speaking country of dry shrub lands, volcanic formations and Gulf of Aden beaches.
Mrs. Guillen, a Chief Petty Officer for the U. S. Navy, said she received a phone call during Spring Break, detailing her new assignment and date of departure. She’ll go for in-processing and weapons training before departing for Africa, where she’ll live in a shipping container pre-fabricated into living quarters.
“I’m excited now. In a way, I’m ready to go,” Mrs. Guillen said.
CCSD appreciates the support and encouragement from Honorable Council Delegate Steven Begay to our staff and students on the value of Navajo Language and culture. He emulated the value of Navajo language and encouraged CCSD to increase the number of Immersion programs in the district as well as continue to focus on our Navajo children's cultural identity development. His daughter attended the Diné Dual Language Immersion program at Eva B. Stokely and although it was a distance for them from Naschitti to Shiprock, they drove her every day because he believed in the effectiveness and benefits of the Immersion program. He is best remembered in engaging anyone and everyone around him in a conversation in Navajo as he modeled and encouraged everyone to speak Navajo without embarrassment or criticism. He advocated for education, safety, and the Diné Way of Life.