Central Consolidated School District would like to extend its deepest gratitude to all veterans of the United States military, especially those who work in our district. This district is proud to call many veterans, and families of veterans and active duty military members, part of our CCSD team.
In honor of Veterans Day (November 11), and to recognize the great sacrifices many in our district have made to protect our country and its freedoms, listed below are the names of CCSD veterans or family members of CCSD employees who are veterans or active duty military men or women. CCSD thanks you for your selfless service to our country.
Mesa Elementary in Shiprock received a visit from the United States Air Force Academy “Rockies Clarinet Quartet” on Tuesday. The school was treated to an eclectic mix of traditional clarinet quartet literature, exciting new work and arrangements originating from folk and popular styles.
The highlight of the show was the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. The quartet not only told the story but did so while playing musical backgrounds, acting as the different characters and engaging the students in the audience.
The Run to Fight Suicide is a 10K run hosted at the Nizhoni Elementary School, in Shiprock. The run is to bring awareness to the illness of suicide, and to help honor and remember those that have lost their lives to suicide. This event will take place Saturday, November 4, 2017, at 8 a.m., at Nizhoni Elementary School.
Parking will be at the start of Nizhoni Trail behind Nizhoni Elementary School.
Central Consolidated School District student Kieon Harvey was recently featured on the NMAA website for his commitment to hard work. The story featured at nmact.org can be read below. CCSD congratulates Harvey for representing the Shiprock Chieftains in a new sport and for being a hard-working role model for younger students in the district both in the classroom and on the football field and basketball court.
Shiprock senior Kieon Harvey has always believed that hard work pays off in the end. This has been true not only for his athletic career, but his academic career as well. The lesson of hard work was something Harvey learned at a young age.
Central Consolidated School District students submitted pieces of art to the Northern Navajo Nation Fair poster contest. But there could be only one winner and her name is Shayleen Tom from Shiprock High School.
“Normally, I am very shy about sharing my art with people, so to actually win is very shocking and surprising. When I first got the call, I thought it was a scam!” Tom said with a laugh.
Tom’s winning piece was completed in colored pencil and shows a teenage girl with symbolic items surrounding her. She said the inspiration for the drawing came from a desire to create a unique piece of art for the fair.
It wasn’t your typical summer break for several Central Consolidated School District students who were spread across the country participating in Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) projects and the Leadership Summit for Native Youth in Agriculture Summit at the University of Arkansas.
The YCC is a summer youth employment program that engages young people in meaningful work experiences at national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries while developing an ethic of environmental stewardship and civic responsibility. Students develop collaboration and leadership skills, explore the outdoors and learn about careers in cultural and natural resource management.
Central Consolidated School District Superintendent Dr. Colleen W. Bowman and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rebecca Benedict presented three CCSD schools with checks in celebration and recognition of the grades they received from the New Mexico Public Education Department.
The three schools honored were July Nelson Elementary, Kirtland Elementary and Eva B. Stokely Elementary School. Judy Nelson Elementary received an “A” from NMPED and a $750 check from CCSD, while Kirtland Elementary and Eva B. Stokely both received “B” grades and a $500 check from CCSD.
Central Consolidated School District will host Parent-Teacher Conferences on September 27 for elementary schools and September 28 for middle and high schools. Elementary students will not attend school on Wednesday, September 27 and middle and high school students will not attend school on Thursday, September 28.
“Parent-Teacher Conferences are very important and we hope all parents take the time to meet their children’s teachers and school staff,” Dr. Colleen W. Bowman, superintendent of Central Consolidated School District, said.
Central Consolidated School District is proud to announce that students from its 16 schools will bring their enthusiasm for education to the Northern Navajo Nation Fair on Thursday October 5, for youth day. The students and classes will perform different skills and talents during the entire day. A schedule of performing schools and classes is posted below.
Strengthening Youth Through Dine Cultural Teaching!
Judy Nelson Elementary in Kirtland received a visit from the “Straight A Express” on Monday, September 11. The Straight A Express was led by acting New Mexico Secretary of Education Chris Ruszkowski, who is meeting with all schools in the state of New Mexico who earned an “A” from the NMPED for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Ruszkowski met with Principal Steve Carlson and Vice Principal Dr. Debi Tom before visiting the sixth grade classrooms of Mrs. Lindsey Haws, Mrs. JoAnn Henderson and Mrs. Wendy Hunt. The fifth and sixth grade classes at Judy Nelson saw some of the highest proficiency growth rates and were a major factor in Judy Nelson Elementary receiving an “A” for the second year in a row.
Ruszkowski took the time to ask the students what they enjoyed about school and he received answers that brought smiles to everyone’s face.
“Whenever you walk through the halls, you can just feel everybody trying to do better,” one student said.
“We learn from each other and we help each other learn,” another student said.