Previous elementary school will be reused to house Academies of Central in the spring with more programs to be added in Fall of 2018.
Central Consolidated School District welcomed students to the new Bond Wilson Technical Center in Kirtland as a home for new programs and the Academies of Central in January. The name Bond Wilson honors past educators of the Kirtland area who also had previous schools named after them, Grace B. Wilson and Ruth N. Bond. The building was previously Grace B. Wilson Elementary school, which was closed after the opening of Judy Nelson Elementary.
Last year, Kashon Harrison made a name for himself in the New Mexico cross country scene. He tore through the competition, winning every race — except one. The only race Harrison lost during his sophomore season was the last — the state championship.
Fueled by that bitter defeat, Harrison has been on fire ever since. He led the Kirtland Central Broncos to a runner-up finish at the state championships in Rio Rancho and finally claimed his own individual state title, finishing the race in 15:54.85. He won state 17 years after his father won the title in 1999 for the Kirtland Central Broncos.
At Central Consolidated School District (CCSD), the safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. We understand that parent’s trust CCSD to not only teach your children, but to keep them safe during the school day. This is not a duty we take lightly and we have worked diligently to implement procedures that keep students and staff as safe as possible in any situation that could arise.
Guila Curley is blazing a trail for Newcomb students to follow.
After growing up the daughter of two teachers and going to school her entire life in Newcomb, Guila Curley was convinced she did not have a future as an educator or in Newcomb. She attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire and graduated with her bachelor’s of arts in Native American studies. She joined the United States Marines, met and married her husband and soon started a family.
Jade Billie Underwood, a senior from Newcomb High School, was named the first ever recipient of the Diné Bá Hozho (DBHC) Coalition scholarship. The scholarship, which was announced in December, is for $500 and is provided by the Diné Bá Hozho Coalition, whose mission is “to unify the people living in and near Shiprock in celebrating health and beauty while providing hope and recovery very through education.” DBHC is a part of the San Juan County Partnership.
“Jade’s application was extremely strong. Her references and letters of recommendation were incredible and showed she had the leadership skills and academic achievements we desired,” Renae Begay, project coordinator for the DBHC Coalition said.
Classrooms at Mesa Elementary School have long been filled with the sounds of levers dropping and latches catching. It’s the sound of the LEGO Robotics teams fulfilling their challenges by creating codes that program their robots to accomplish different tasks. Each task is worth different amounts of points and in competitions, every point matters.
Just ask the Mesa Team, who have dubbed themselves the “Roborunners,” who scored just enough points to qualify for the state competition in Albuquerque in February. The team qualified by coming in ninth out of 27 teams at the regional tournament in Durango, Colorado in early January.
Newcomb Middle School students spread holiday cheer with cards
The holiday spirit is shining a little brighter this year thanks to students at Newcomb Middle School. Students in John Templin’s visual art class created hand drawn holiday cards that will be delivered to senior citizens in an assisted living home in Chinle, Arizona. About 70 students created well over 100 cards.
“I think it’s important for schools in our area to reach out and do good things in the community because a lot of times, the school is what brings people together,” Templin said.