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In the photo: From left to right: Brecklyn Benally (3rd place, Tsé Bit A'í Middle School), Jaelynn Chee (2nd place Mesa View Elementary School), and Osa Jess (1st place, Heights Middle School).
Tsé Bit A'í Middle School’s Brecklyn Benally earned the third place in the San Juan County Spelling Bee, which took place at the Brooks/Isham Performing Arts Center in Kirtland on January 17, 2020. The winning word was “hurriedly,” and adverb that means in a quick or hasty manner. Congratulations Brecklyn and TBA for your hard work and dedication!

School Resource Program Agreement PHOTOS 130In the photo (from L to R): Anthony Allison (New Mexico House of Representatives, District 4), Doreen Wonda Johnson (New Mexico House of Representatives, District 5), Dr. Dave Goldtooth, Interim Superintendent of Central Consolidated School District, Sharon Ray, CCSD Administrative Support Specialist, Suzette Jean Haskie, CCSD Board of Education Vice President, and Gary J. Montoya, CCSD Board of Education President.

On January 23, members of the Central Consolidated School District (CCSD) and the CCSD Board of Education attended the Fifty-Fourth Legislature’s 2nd Session while in Santa Fe, NM, where they are participating in the NMSBA Board Member Institute.


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In the photo (from L to R): Jysel Nelson, Brecklyn Benally, and Rhys Balasuit during the award ceremony also held at The Brooks/Isham Performing Arts Center in Kirtland on January 16, 2020.
Congratulations to today’s CCSD Spelling Bee winners, Brecklyn Benally (1st place, Tsé Bit A'í Middle School), Jysel Nelson (2nd place, Kirtland Elementary School), and Rhys Balasuit (3rd place, Kirtland Middle School).
The winning word was “turret,” a small tower on top of a larger tower or at the corner of a building or wall, typically of a castle.

Bond Wilson 04 19 002The New Mexico State Land Office just announced the “Open for Adventure” bookmark contest, which is intended to inspire 5th graders to get outside and explore nature!

The contest is now open for submissions and closes on March 2, 2020, with many great prizes being awarded in the spring. Keep an eye on social media for public announcements!

[Click here] to download the entry form with information about the contest that you may print or email to distribute. You may also visit https://www.nmstatelands.org/contest/ to get more information and enter the contest online.

We hope you’ll spread the word to your 5th graders and their families. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call (505) 827-5761 if you have any questions.


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.