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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.
 
More than 1,100 Central Consolidated School District employees—including teachers, building principals, maintenance workers, technology, Food Service, educational aides, and numerous others—kicked off the new school year with trainings, orientations, and professional learning communities a week ahead of students returning to the classrooms.
 
The first day’s training topics—with presentations led by Cindy Charleston, the District’s Health and Wellness specialist, as well as other speakers—ranged from school safety, and school and District Incident Command teams, to suicide prevention and bullying prevention.
 
There was also a presentation by a plainclothes Navajo Police officer on the latest trends of what defines a gang, a look at their illegal drug activity, their motivations, and how they act and dress.
 
“I feel it’s important because we all need to hear the same message,” Charleston said. “We all need to remember we are all responsible for safety.”
 
The second day completely switched gears with a focus on curriculum, curriculum maps, and teacher content guides—led by academic coach Bernie Lewis. Teachers and support staff also had professional learning communities, known as PLCs.
 
The PLCs allowed departments such as Exceptional Programs and Pre-K staff, Student Support Services, Bilingual, athletic directors and coaches, and Facilities to meet separately to discuss their goals and objectives for the upcoming year, which begins Aug. 16 with the first day of school.
 
The District’s 15 schools are spread out across nearly 3,000 square miles, from Kirtland to Ojo Amarillo to Shiprock, Newcomb, and Naschitti in the northwest corner of New Mexico.