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Analisha 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.
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We 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.
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Parents, 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)
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Earlier 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.
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Congratulations 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!
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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.
CCSD Athletic Director
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Each CCSD elementary school chose ten art pieces from each of their grades for display at the District’s Elementary Art Show, which held its opening gala on March 4, 2019, at the Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center, in Shiprock.
The judges of the show awarded Akira Begay, of Judy Nelson Elementary, with the Elementary Art Show’s Best of Show. The judges also selected three winners from each grade. Congratulations to all the winners and Akira for a great display of talent.
See a full list of winners below.
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Parents, we are getting ready to start Pre-K registration for the 2019-2020 academic year.
You will need (You MUST bring all of the following documents to register your child):
- Birth certificate
- Social Security card
- Immunization record
- Proof of residence
- CIB (If applicable)
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The following CCSD students (and Business Professionals of America members) placed at the state leadership conference, held from February 14 to 16 at the Marriott Pyramid, in Albuquerque. The students will now compete at the national conference in Anaheim, California, from April 30 to May 5, 2019.
- Jared Boyd took first in banking and finance, first in financial math and analysis, and fifth in personal financial management.
- Jakob Clichee took first in fundamentals of web design.
- Naeyomilynn Bryant took second in fundamentals of web design.
- Syrus Redhouse took fifth in financial math and analysis.
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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 Danica, Gatlin and 31 of their peers to the San Juan Regional Science Fair on March 8 and 9 at Piedra Vista High School, in Farmington. #1Vision1Mission
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.