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.
All Central Consolidated School District schools will host open houses for parents and students to meet their school’s teachers, staff and administration.
CCSD encourages all families to attend to form relationships and partnerships with staff which will promote positive learning environments at home and in the classrooms for every child. For more information, contact each school directly.
In an effort to partner with parents for the success of students, Central Consolidated School District will purchase select school supplies for all students in the district. Parents will be responsible for the remaining supplies not provided by the Central Consolidated School District.
“Purchasing these select school supplies for our students ensures that, as a district, we are providing our students with the tools they need to succeed,” CCSD Superintendent Colleen W. Bowman said. “It’s our way of working with parents to make sure every child is prepared to learn. Students need support in the classroom and at home in order to build a successful future. Working together for our students is a very important shared responsibility. We look forward to a great school year.”
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With a focus on establishing opportunities for sustainable growth where learning can take place at all Newcomb and surrounding schools, the Iina Baa Hozho Project will offer participants opportunities to develop skills, awareness, and abilities necessary for the strengthening of identity and culture already inherent in our children through their families. The guiding principles underpinning the project will address the need for a long-term vision that will promote strengthening our community through communication, collaboration and learning.
Day 1: August 1, 2017, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Youth mental health first aid & physical and mental health wellness activities
The Kirtland Central High School Business Professionals of America Club competed at the National Leadership Conference in Orlando, Florida, on May 10-13, 2017.
Elsie Orozco placed 4th in the nation in advanced interview skills (she has placed 4th for the 2nd consecutive year), in addition, she placed 13th in human resource management. Anna Costner placed 14th in the nation in extemporaneous speech. Tovi Curley passed a certification test in banking and finance given by Precision Exams.
CCSD: You have worked for Central Schools for 40 years, how does that feel?
Donald A. Hornbecker: “You know, I really enjoy what I do. I enjoy working with the students. That’s our main priority. In working with colleagues, it doesn’t feel like 40 years, they flew by. I don’t sit down and think about how long I’ve been here, I find new challenges, new adventures, and journeys, and I look forward to it. I don’t look back, I look forward.”
“CCSD is a unique district, it is spread out and each area is unique, it has for me the students who work hard, the parent support, I can’t think of anything better. You focus on student learning and building relationships with the students and the community and you couldn’t have asked for a better place.”
CCSD: You have worked for Central Schools for 40 years, how does that feel?
Darlene J. George: “I always say that work depends on who you work with. It makes your work easier, and working with kids is how I’ve managed to work this long. I started at Mesa Elementary School, then Nizhoni Elementary School, Ruth Bond Elementary School, and Kirtland Elementary School before Judy Nelson. You are here for the kids and I see a lot of them with different backgrounds and they appreciate the teaching, the parents appreciate it too, that’s rewarding for me.”
Darlene George started teaching in pre-school and has taught in grades 1 thru 4. She graduated from Aztec High School and San Juan College. Currently, Ms. George is an educational assistant, teaching life skills and tutoring at Judy Nelson Elementary School.
CCSD: You have worked for Central Schools for 30 years, how does that feel?
Marilyn Watland-Wright: “On a good day, it feels like this is something I could do forever and I absolutely love it. On a hard day, I’m glad to have my husband and my kids, and my principal and colleagues that give me support.”
CCSD: What would you tell new teachers about teaching?
Marilyn Watland-Wright: “Even with the concerns teachers can have, you find that teachers are innovative, principals are innovative, they’ll find a way to work things out and meet the needs of the kids. The heads-up is that you are going to be a little aggravated. That goes with the territory. But it is worth it.”