EYK Drama Plays and Puppet Classes in DecemberHere are pictures of some of the delightful activities that took place in our schools as Native American Month was celebrated this past November. We are lucky to have this incredible cultural richness at Central Schools. Our events included celebrations of Navajo heritage, a salute to our veterans, and traditional Philippine dance and music, just to name a few. Kudos to our schools for their celebrations and hard work. Kudos also to our 21st Century program. Ahe’hee’.

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In the photo: Interim Superintendent Dr. Dave Goldtooth (top, left) addressed the audience with a message centered on teachers, students and their communities. He expressed his sentiments in the Diné language about the importance of unity and appreciation for self and others.
 
CCSD would like to thank everyone that came to participate in the U.S. Capitol Tree festivities on November 13, 2019. It wouldn’t have been a successful program without you. Let us highlight the wonderful work done by Ojo Amarillo’s 3rd grade classes and Shiprock High’s hosting and decorations. Thank you Ms. Harwood-Johnson, Ms. Shone, Ms. Rockefeller, and principals Dr. Pandora Mike and John Tohtsoni Jr. #OneVisionOneMission

Every year, a different national forest is selected to provide a tree to appear on the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol building for the holiday season. The Carson National Forest in partnership with nonprofit partner Choose Outdoors will bring this special gift from New Mexico to Washington, D.C. for the 2019 season, involving more than 25 communities along the way including an appearance on Wednesday, November 13, from 8:00-9:00 a.m., at Shiprock High School, in Shiprock, NM.

Dear community,
 
I accepted the Board of Education’s request to be acting superintendent, because Central Schools is a great place to work in. My experience in the district for the last four years has been invaluable to me, both personally and professionally. I want to thank the Board for their trust in me during this time of transition.

Terrian Benn has resigned as Superintendent of the Central Consolidated School District effective immediately and placed on administrative leave. The Board of Education accepted Mrs. Benn's resignation by a 4-0 vote. Board member Adam Begaye was not present at the meeting. The vote took place during the Board of Education’s regular meeting held on September 12, 2019, in Shiprock.

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Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, center, signed the Memorandum of Understanding between the Navajo Nation and the Central Consolidated School District for the School Resource Program on Monday, August 26. From left to right, Superintendent Terrian Benn, Navajo Nation Police Sgt. Francis Yazzie III, CCSD Director of Operations Candice Thompson, Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, Navajo Nation Vice President Myron Lizer, Board of Education President Charlie T. Jones, Jr., and Board Member Adam J. Begaye.
 
The Navajo Police Department and the Central Consolidated School District have signed a memorandum of agreement to assign two full-time school resource officers in our schools. The agreement is the first of its kind between the Navajo Nation and a school district.

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