Cody Norberto says he had a life-changing moment this summer.
While building water drainages and clearing hiking trails in West Virginia, as part of the Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) summer youth employment program, he struck up a conversation with a group of firefighters. The conversation was interesting and insightful for him, so much so that Cody is now considering a career in wildland firefighting.
The YCC is a summer youth employment program that engages young people in work experiences at national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries while developing an ethic of environmental stewardship and civic responsibility.
Our Open Houses are an engaging way for parents to meet educators and learn more about Central Consolidated School District. There will be time to visit parts of the school, meet staff and administrators, and ultimately gain a deeper understanding of what makes CCSD schools unique.
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.
The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) released the school grading report cards this afternoon, and Central Consolidated School District (CCSD) received encouraging news about the direction of the district. More than half of its schools improved at least one letter grade, while others continue toward significant progress not yet reflected on grade changes.
Central Consolidated School District registration for NEW students will be open during two sessions this summer in three different locations. Session will be June 18 through 29 and July 16 through 27 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Bond Wilson Technical Center in Kirtland, Dine Bi Library in the Newcomb and Naschitti area and Shiprock High School in Shiprock.
CCSD staff will be available to assist parents during registration dates. Parents should bring the student’s birth certificate, social security card, proof of residency, Certificate of Indian Blood and immunization records. New student registration includes any student who did not end the 2017-2018 in a CCSD school.
As acting-superintendent of Central Consolidated School District, I wanted to reach out, introduce myself and assure the community that the district and all its schools are under strong leadership even in this time of change.
I am Terri Benn and previously I was the principal at Eva B. Stokely Elementary School in Shiprock. Prior to my five years at Eva B. Stokely, I was an educational assistant, a Pre-K teacher, a teacher and a high school administrator. I have proudly worked in all three communities that CCSD services, Kirtland, Shiprock and Newcomb.
Tsé Bit A'í Middle School (TBA) has been raising awareness for autism during the entire month of April. Morning school announcements have included information about famous people and fictional characters with autism. Teachers received autism training and students recognition for their art on the subject. All of this in recognition of Autism Awareness Month.
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability; signs typically appear during early childhood and affect a person’s ability to communicate, and interact with others.
Central Consolidated School District will host the College Access Summit on Tuesday, April 24 at Bond Wilson Technical Center in Kirtland.
The College Access Summit will bring together students from San Juan County and colleges and universities from across the country, including some of the most prestigious in the nation.
“The College Access Summit is exactly what it sounds like, an opportunity for students in our rural communities to have face-to-face interaction with representatives from top universities,” event organizer Darah Tabrum, CCSD’s coordinator of academies, said. “There are universities who see value in what our students, especially Native American students, have to offer. They see value in their traditional experiences and that value can potentially lead to scholarship offers.”
The Summit is designed for students in grades 6-11 and will include workshop sessions on preparing college applications, writing application essays and a college fair.
College and universities expected to be in attendance include Amherst College, Bryn Mawr, Caltech, Carleton College, Dickinson College, Duke University, Kenyon College, University of Northland College, Santa Clara University, Sarah Lawrence, Southern Methodist, St. John’s College, Stanford University, Swarthmore College, Union College, Vanderbilt University and Washington University St. Louis.
The Kirtland Middle School Broncos completed an undefeated year (16-0) with a Basin Championship victory over the Hermosa Matadors, 64-41, on March 3.
“We had high expectations for the year and this is a talented group,” said Chris Ledek, Kirtland Middle School coach. “They can achieve great goals at the high school level if they continue to work hard each year, keep progressing, stay together, compete with class, and work hard in the classroom. I think they realize this and I'll be excited to see them at the next level.”
Five Tsé Bit A'í Middle School students made history when each was accepted to the prestigious Cushing Academy in Ashburnham. Mass., a private boarding school known for its exceptional academic, athletic and artistic programs. All students from TBA who applied, Shaler Max, Taryn Joe, Hana Walter, Leshaunie Hadley and Kaydence Platero, were not only accepted to Cushing, but also offered either full scholarships or part scholarships.
"These students show us what we already know; That we cannot underestimate ourselves, and that bravery pays off," Sabrina Mehtabuddin, an English and language arts teacher at TBA, said.
Spring has arrived and summer is on the horizon. While the school year may be winding down, many initiatives at Central Consolidated School District are just getting started. The new Bond Wilson Technical Center will soon be accepting applications for its newest cohort. BWTC opened its doors in January to a limited class of students and we are excited to offer more students the opportunity to attend these innovative courses that will be a catalyst for successful careers and futures. You can read more about the Bond Wilson Technical Center on the CCSD website, where you will also find an application for students.