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Dear Colleagues,
 
I hope that you had a wonderful summer and enjoyed a special time with friends and family. To our returning staff, I am confident that, as always, you return to work with renewed enthusiasm. Welcome back! To our new staff, we are happy to have you on board. Let's make this a great academic year together. We are all tasked with making sure Central Schools is a great place to work, learn and innovate.
New and Returning Staff,
Welcome!! We hope you have had a restful summer and are coming back/starting with mounds of energy and excitement for a new school year! Central Consolidated School District is continuing to move forward to ensure we are serving our students with the absolute best and we are so grateful you are part of that journey. Together we are “One Vision, One Mission.”
 
Below is the agenda for CCSD’s 2019-20 School Year Orientation. All meetings will be held in the Shiprock area (see map at bottom of agenda). Electronic presentations will be sent to principals for future reference. Please be prompt so presentations can begin on time. Timesheets will be provided for the August 1 and 2 new teacher trainings.

Approximately 600 school board members and education leaders from across the state attended the New Mexico School Boards Association (NMSBA) 2019 School Law Conference at the Hotel Albuquerque, June 14-15, including the Central Consolidated School District. The conference focused on the latest legal issues facing public education in New Mexico. [Click here for more information]
Congratulations to Meagan Munoz, of Kirtland Central, recipient of the 2019 NMSBA Scholarship! The New Mexico School Boards Association (NMSBA) announced the award of their 2019 Scholarships to twenty-four outstanding high school graduating seniors at the School Law Conference. Each student will receive a $1,000 scholarship to further their higher education. Nominations were received from school boards and selections were based on criteria including demonstrated leadership, academic performance, community involvement, and extracurricular activities.
KeAndria BegayeYou can see last year’s winning poster as you drive north on NR36 towards Ojo Amarillo Elementary, a drawing of a rainbow filled with color-coded safety messages. The poster, now a billboard, was drawn by Kiana Tsosie, a composed and eloquent Ojo Amarillo Elementary student.
 
This year’s winner comes from Ojo Amarillo as well, from a thoughtful 3rd grader named KeAndria Begaye.
 
Her drawing consists of two children keeping each other safe in their community. KeAndria had drawn the poster in second grade, while thinking about safety and the advice of her parents: don’t talk to strangers even if they have candy, and keep a close eye on your (younger) sister when we go shopping.
 
“I stay close to my sister when we go to the market, to make sure she is safe,” said KeAndria.
 
Her teacher, Autumn Shone, was delighted that she won.
 
“KeAndria is great at looking out for herself and others. She is a great leader in the classroom,” said Ms. Shone.
 
Principal Dr. Pandora Mike congratulated KeAndria, and added that safety and community are messages that are always emphasized in her communications to students and parents.

Bond Wilson 04 19 002Shout out to the Kirtland Central Smite Team, silver medalists in this year's ESports NMAA Smite Championship!
 
Smite is a free-to-play, third-person multiplayer online battle arena video game. The game has multiple player versus player modes, many playable characters, and has a successful ESports scene with multiple tournaments.
 
Jose Castro, Martin Charley, Tovi Curley, Joshua Eaton, Dylan Eaton, and Myles Nocki took second place at the competition, which is especially sweet considering the team formed just in February of this year (and in Bond Wilson’s first official year)!

STEM CAMP
June 3–20, 2019
Shiprock High School
Grades 6–12
CCSD STUDENTS ONLY
Register your student before May 24
 
Central Consolidated School District (CCSD) offers students 3 weeks of Indigenous focused science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) presentations, hands-on activities, competitions, and field trips. Breakfast and lunch provided. Transportation will be provided. ***REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED***

Newcomb 04 2019 2In the photo: (left to right) Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty, Newcomb Coach Dominique Richardson, and Delegate Rickie Nez in Window Rock, AZ on April 17, 2019.
 
The Newcomb Skyhawks were recognized during last week’s Spring session of the Navajo Nation Council. Delegate Amber Kanazbah Crotty and Delegate Rickie Nez celebrated their recent athletic achievements, as well as their sportsmanship. The boys basketball team are district champions and state runner-ups in the New Mexico Class 2A.

College Access Summit 2019
Students, learn more about college admissions! Central Consolidated School District will host the College Access Summit on Wednesday, April 17, from 6:00-8:00 p.m., at Bond Wilson Technical Center in Kirtland. This event is open to the community. Pizza will be served. For more information, call (505) 598-4583.
 
Students will have the chance to speak individually to all the colleges in attendance, including:
  • American University   
  • Amherst College
  • Colorado College
  • Dartmouth College      
  • Diné College
  • Fort Lewis College
  • Harvey Mudd College    
  • Johns Hopkins University     
  • MIT
  • Miami University of Ohio
  • Navajo Technical University       
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • Rhodes College 
  • Sarah Lawrence

Analisha Toledo 001Analisha Toledo didn’t know she was the first CCSD student to receive the Navajo Nation Seal of Bilingual Proficiency. When she found out, she said she was surprised and really honored.
 
The seal of the Navajo Nation is added to a student’s high school diploma, after completion of a test that demonstrates that the student speaks Navajo accurately, conjugating verbs correctly and conveying meaning through complex sentences. The test is available for graduating high school seniors only.

Justyce Scott ES 7We are pleased to announce the winners of the “Say Something” poster contest. The winners are: Justyce Scott (Elementary School Category, Eva B. Stokely), Dominique Begay (Middle School Category, Kirtland Middle), and Angelita Lucero (High School Category, Kirtland Central High).
 
Sponsored by the Sandy Hook Promise Foundation, the San Juan County Sheriff’s Office and the Central Consolidated School District, the contest centered on promoting awareness and use of the “Say Something” app. The “Say Something” app is an anonymous reporting system, which allows individuals to report concerns 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

New Student RegistrationParents, registration for new students for the 2019-2020 academic year is here!
 
You MUST bring all of the following documents to register your child:
  • Original Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Immunization Record
  • Proof of Residence
  • Certificate of Indian Blood (If applicable)

 

Dr Chee Teacher of the YearEarlier this month, the National Johnson-O'Malley Association awarded our very own Dr. Joseph Chee as the Teacher of the Year. The announcement took place during NJOMA’s annual conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.
 
Dr. Chee, a Navajo Bilingual Teacher at Career Preparatory High School, was recognized for his outstanding leadership role in addressing and raising awareness for the preservation of Diné Language and Culture.
 
“When you live the Navajo language and culture your personal practical journey comes to life without a destination. In addition, as you come to solidarity with the Navajo language and culture it is understood at a much deeper level with emotional content. This then provides the practitioner and learners a holistic approach in discovering vital information about how Navajo language and culture are key ingredients to our personal adventures. It also enhances greater gratitude towards our engagement in learning the Navajo language and culture with dignity,” said Dr. Chee.
 
Dr. Chee has been teaching for more than 26 years, 17 of those at the faculty of Career Prep. Currently, he teaches social studies, Navajo language, and Navajo history through Diné College. In April of 2017, the New Mexico Public Education Department named Dr. Chee as Indian Educator of the Year.
 
Taliyaah PaulCongratulations to Taliyaah Paul, of Kirtland Elementary School, on placing 2nd at the NMAA State Elementary Chess Championship, which took place in Albuquerque on March 8. This was Taliyaah’s first crack at the state chess competition. Nice!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Congratulations to our Kirtland Lady Broncos and Newcomb Skyhawks, district champions and state runner-ups in the New Mexico Class 4A and Class 2A, respectively. Central Schools would like to thank our athletes for representing the district at the state tournament with class and for an excellent season of basketball. Below is a quick recap of their recent games.
 
While our schools are competitive, the fact is we are one district and we follow the motto of ‘one vision, one mission,’ which was at the heart of the way we supported each other at state. Our schools and coaching staff deserve special recognition for their hard work and inspiring support of one another – like the Kirtland Central High School Band that played its heart out and the Kirtland Central Cheerleading Team that rooted in Newcomb colors. In short, you’ve made us all very proud.
 
From all of us at CCSD, our heartfelt thanks also to the fans, especially those that traveled to Albuquerque to support our teams, the state competition would have been oh so quiet without you.
 
Last, but not least, our thanks to Albuquerque Academy High School and Del Norte High School for hosting our basketball teams, and letting them practice at their facilities.
 
Ben Tensay
CCSD Athletic Director
#1Vision1Mission