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Story and Photos by James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

The Shiprock High School Chieftains and Dolores Bears football players honored—in a halftime ceremony—the nation’s law enforcement, veterans, and military service members. The event included a flyover by a San Juan County Sheriff's helicopter.

They also held a moment of silence in remembrance of the victims and their families of the 9/11 terrorist attack.

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Story and Photos by James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

Shiprock High students, community members, and Northern Navajo Medical Center outpatient therapy patients are back at the District’s Shiprock pool this fall following a $1.3 million renovation that kept the pool closed much of last spring and through most of the summer.

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USS Mesa Verde Captain Also Visits Shiprock High School Marine Corps Jr. ROTC in Shiprock
Story and Photos by James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations
U.S. Navy Capt. Randall Peck, commander of the USS Mesa Verde, and Shiprock High School Marine Corps Jr. ROTC cadet Staff Sgt. Caitlyn Nez, cut the birthday cake together at an Aug. 25, 2016 National Park Service Centennial celebration at Mesa Verde National Park in southwest Colorado.

PARCC at Mesa 80 by insert by 72By Dr. Colleen W. Bowman, Interim Superintendent

A Community of Learners Dedicated to Building Lives – that is our new Board-adopted District Vision Statement and that is who you have proven to be!

The New Mexico PARCC results came in and I can’t begin to tell you how proud I am of all of you and the good work you have done this year! We pulled together in a challenging year and our efforts to put our students first are reflected in the data results. We all know that a tremendous amount of dedicated commitment goes on, both in and out of the classroom, everyday.

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Story and Photos by James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations
Jalen John—sitting on a chair on the floor of the Shiprock High School Pit—played the classical guitar as though he were center stage at Carnegie Hall.

KCHS Senior 80 by 80 by 72By James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

The new Kirtland Central High freshmen class quickly learned they have friends in high places.

These freshly minted Broncos were welcomed by their new junior and senior class mentors Aug. 16, 2016, which was the first day of school.

“When I was a freshman my mentors really helped me out when I was new to high school. It was kind of intimidating,” said senior Destry Palmer, on why he became a mentor. “But they made it pretty easy. I wanted to do the same for the incoming freshmen.”

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Traveling in and out of Nizhoni Elementary School just got a lot easier.
Nizhoni Elementary kicks off the new 2016-17 school year with a new two-lane paved road—which is a whole new entrance—for parents and visitors. The school also welcomes new Principal Geraldine Herrod and new Assistant Principal Dr. J. Kaibah Begay.
Improving educational achievement and community engagement with parents are among the school’s goals. The new traffic flow creates a safer situation for students and motorists.
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The District packed a lot of information on school safety and education into its annual two day all staff Back-to-School meeting, held Aug. 10 and 11, 2016 at the Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center and the neighboring Shiprock High School.
“We brought the whole staff together to welcome them to CCSD, or welcome them back, to give some inspirational speakers, to get them excited for a new year, and also do some training on different topics that need to be covered by everybody,” said Don Hornbecker, Coordinator of Elementary Education.

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There’s an excitement in the air as Shiprock High welcomes John Tohtsoni Jr.,—a 1990 Shiprock High Chieftain graduate—as its new principal.

The school also welcomes new Assistant Principal Jeff Sagor, and new Dean of Students / Athletic Director Dannell Yazzie, a Shiprock High 2000 graduate, to begin the 2016-17 school year.

Eric Cheever 80B by 72By James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

Eric Cheever is one of two college readiness coordinators at Shiprock High School. He is also a college advisor, and coordinates student visits to college fairs. (Bonnie Lee is a Shiprock High college readiness gifted coordinator. She will be featured in an upcoming article.)