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Strengthening Youth Through Dine Cultural TeachingCentral 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. See you at the fair!

Straight A Express 5Judy 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.

Open House
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.

Back to SchoolIn 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.
Iina Baa Hozho All Days FlyerBy CCSD staff
 
Iina Ba’ Hōzhō Community Event
August 1-3, 2017
At Newcomb Elementary School, P.O. Box 7917, Newcomb, NM 87455
 

Join us for 3 days of information that will strengthen you, your family, and your community!

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.

Boat Race 50
 
Story and photos by Roberto Taboada, CCSD Public Relations
Their task was to apply the surface area, buoyancy, and water displacement while building a boat. The boat then would compete against other boats in order to win delicious candy.

Business Professionals of America National Leadership Conference 1By CCSD staff
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.
Donald Hornbecker 1Story and photo by Roberto Taboada, CCSD Public Relations
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.”

Darlene George 1Story and photo by Roberto Taboada, CCSD Public Relations
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.”