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Dear Judy Nelson Elementary Parents,

We are excited to have a brand new, state-of-the-art learning facility for our students!

As part of our efforts to help students and parents become familiar with the new surroundings, we will be hosting a “New School Orientation Reception” for students, parents and community on Wednesday, December 14, 2016. The new school will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. to allow interested individuals to do a walkthrough of the building.

We will use the time to also thank the architects, builders and construction companies who worked tirelessly to complete the building for our children. We hope that you will take some time out of your busy schedules to visit the new school.

Our work to get our students prepared to occupy their new school will also include a “Dry Run Day” on Thursday, December 15, 2016. This day will require parents and buses to drop-off and pick-up students at the new school. We have attached a map of the new school traffic pattern for you to follow when dropping off and picking up your students on that day.

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Story and Photos by James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

It will be a brighter Christmas morning for many San Juan County children thanks to Shiprock High Marine Corps Jr. ROTC cadets collecting new toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots in San Juan County, New Mexico.

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Photo and Story by James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

Army Ranger Staff Sgt. Quentin Mason, an Ojo Amarillo Elementary School parent and a veteran who served three tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, sat with other parents in the bleachers during the school’s annual Veterans Day ceremony, held Nov. 11, 2016, in the gymnasium.

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A tree that stood in front of Ruth N. Bond Elementary now stands in front of the new Judy Nelson Elementary School. 
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Judy Nelson Elementary earns "A" on New Mexico PED School Report Card
Story and Photos by James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations
Principal Steve Carlson attributes his school’s success to his students and staff.
Judy Nelson Elementary earned an A on the New Mexico Public Education Department’s 2016 School Grade Report Card, while Carlson received a 2016 National Distinguished Principal Award for New Mexico from the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
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The description of a rooster by a Naschitti Elementary student drew laughter from several Navajo Nation Council delegates and audience members when the student, holding a puppet Rooster, said in Navajo, “I am a rooster. I eat corn and I wake up people.”

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Story and Photos by James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations
Ojo Amarillo Elementary School awarded approximately 150 certificates to students in grades 4th, 5th, and 6th for demonstrating proficiency and / or growth on their PARCC assessment scores for math and / or English Language Arts from 2015 to 2016.

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Story and Photos by James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

It was a celebration of education and being life-long learners.

Students from all 15 Central Consolidated School District schools took the stage to showcase their work at the Northern Navajo Nation Fair in Shiprock, New Mexico. They performed Sept. 29 -30, 2016 inside the CCSD tent near the Exhibit Hall, less than 100 yards from the carnival and rodeo grounds.

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Photos by Will DuPraw, MobilizeGreen
Five Central Consolidated School District high school students and a 2016 graduate spent several weeks in the summer of 2016 building and maintaining trails in the Hiawatha National Forest on the U.P.—the upper peninsula of Michigan.
“It was really green, really different, and the fact there was a lake in front of us gave us an opportunity to swim a lot,” Newcomb High School senior Corminda Henry said about being at the Clear Lake Education Center on the U.P., tightly sandwiched between Lake Superior to the north and Lake Michigan to the south.

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Eva B. Stokely Elementary School jumped two letter grades to earn a B on the New Mexico Public Education Department’s 2016 School Grade Report Card.

Rounding out the top School Report Card grades within the Central Consolidated School District were Judy Nelson Elementary with an A; and three schools who went from a C in 2015 to a B grade in 2016: Kirtland Elementary, Newcomb Elementary and Kirtland Central High.