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CCSD has selected thirty students to represent the district in individual and team events at the NMAA State Elementary Chess Championship, which takes place in Albuquerque on March 8. They will form three teams of five students each, while the other fifteen students will compete individually.
The teams and individuals are chosen by averaging the scores from the Kirtland Elementary Invitational Chess Tournament that took place on November 15, 2018, and the CCSD Chess Tournament held on January 15, 2019.
Five schools participated in both tournaments: Judy Nelson Elementary, Kirtland Elementary, Ojo Amarillo Elementary, Newcomb Elementary, and Mesa Elementary.

TBA Warriors Robotics Team
Congratulations to the Tsé Bit A'í Middle School’s Warriors Robotics Team, awarded the Champion Award for 1st Place, and the Performance Award for highest points, on the First Lego League Competition at Tibbetts Middle School, which took place on Saturday, December 15, 2018. Mesa Elementary School also had a great showing and placed second.
Both teams now qualify for the State Competition in Albuquerque, on February 9, 2019.
Ben Z TensayBen Tensay has been recognized by the NIAAA as a Certified Athletic Administrator. Congratulations!
The National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) announced on January 7, 2019, that Ben Tensay, Athletic Director at Central Consolidated School District (CCSD), has been recognized by the association as a Certified Athletic Administrator. To earn this distinction, Ben has demonstrated the highest level of knowledge and expertise in the field of interscholastic athletic administration. The certification process included a thorough evaluation of his educational background, experience and professional contributions, as well as a rigorous, comprehensive written examination. Ben started this process in 2016 and completed it in 2018.

The NIAAA is a national professional organization consisting of all 50 state athletic administrator associations and more than 10,000 individual members.

Kyle J. ArchibequeWe would like to present Kyle Archibeque, our new Director of Finance. Welcome to the CCSD team!
Mr. Archibeque, a veteran of the U.S. Army, is a Colorado Technical University and Western Governors University graduate. After working as a fulltime bookkeeper in Denver, Colorado, he joined a medical device company, where he led the corporate billing and collections department. From there he was recruited as a technical finance analyst, where his role was to analyze accounting and reconciliation data for large companies.
Mr. Archibeque is married to his wife Jaclyn and has two kids, a 4-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter. He and his wife are also the co-founders Atlas Autism, a non-profit organization that helps provide various supports to individuals and families on the Autism Spectrum.
Spelling Bee 2019
Congratulations to Kirtland Middle School student Rhys Balasuit, winner of this year’s CCSD Spelling Bee, a competition he has now won for the second year in a row. To win, Rhys had to spell an extra word, which was ‘rapport,’ a noun meaning ‘a friendly, harmonious relationship.’
Second and third place went to Aubrey Billy and Autumn Benally, from Kirtland Elementary and Tsé Bit A'í Middle, respectively.
CCSD’s winners will represent the district at the San Juan County Spelling Bee on January 28. The top three winners of the San Juan County competition then go on to the state championship.

CCSD Bond Question Results Update: CCSD’s mail-in election was approved by the voters by an overwhelming margin: 2,682 for, 1,073 against. On behalf of our students, we would like to thank the voters for their support. The funds will help Central Schools to provide safe and highly-qualified places to educate our children. Thank you!

Navajo Times All Stars 06Thirty-seven CCSD athletes were honored at a ceremony hosted by the Navajo Times at the Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center on Friday, December 7, 2018. The ceremony also included a special recognition for one of our coaches.
The Navajo Times All-Star honorees are vetted by the newspaper, after receiving nomination forms by high school coaches for the 2018 Fall Sports season. The annual event recognizes the best in sports from the area, from Chinle and Crownpoint, to Tuba City and Monument Valley.
Special honors were given to:
  • Deondre Begay, 2018 Fall Sports All-Area All-Star Football Player of the Year, Newcomb High School (in photo, holding his award)
  • Kashon Harrison, 2018 Fall Sports All-Area All-Star Boys Cross-Country Runner of the Year, Kirtland Central High School
  • Greg Jenks, 2018 Fall Sports All-Area All-Star Football Coach of the Year, Kirtland Central High School

Cochise SorrelhorseSurrounded by his family, Kirtland Central High School senior, Cochise Sorrelhorse, just signed for Eastern New Mexico University. He’ll join their baseball program and is leaning towards studying business at the university. Congratulations!
School Safety Tips Bus SafetyWe can all do our part to ensure that students get to and from school safely!
  • RED flashing lights and the extended ‘STOP’ arm means traffic (in both directions of a 2 lane roadway) is required to stop until the lights stop flashing and the extended ‘STOP’ arm is withdrawn;
  • YELLOW flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop;
    • Use caution when coming to a bus stop;
    • Follow all school zone speed limits;
    • Look for crossing guards and students in cross walks;
    • Never pass a bus on the outside of a turn.

In celebration of Red Ribbon Week, a national anti-drug campaign in the month of October, Central Consolidated School District (CCSD) schools started a challenge among themselves to spread the message “If you want to be like me, you have to be drug free.”
The video challenge encouraged students to create a 30-60 second positive public service announcement that inspires other students to be part of the solution and remain drug-free.
For more information about our campaigns and Central Schools, please visit our Facebook page.

The Operations Department has been hard at work on removing old outdated heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) units, and replacing them at Kirtland Elementary School since May of this year. The completion date for the project is November 16, 2018, which is currently running ahead of schedule.

CCSD appreciates the support and encouragement from Honorable Council Delegate Steven Begay to our staff and students on the value of Navajo Language and culture. He emulated the value of Navajo language and encouraged CCSD to increase the number of Immersion programs in the district as well as continue to focus on our Navajo children's cultural identity development. His daughter attended the Diné Dual Language Immersion program at Eva B. Stokely and although it was a distance for them from Naschitti to Shiprock, they drove her every day because he believed in the effectiveness and benefits of the Immersion program. He is best remembered in engaging anyone and everyone around him in a conversation in Navajo as he modeled and encouraged everyone to speak Navajo without embarrassment or criticism. He advocated for education, safety, and the Diné Way of Life.
GEAR UP Week 11Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs (GEAR UP) aims to increase the number of students going to post-secondary schools
On Tuesday, September 25, National GEAR UP Week launched at Shiprock High School. GEAR UP, implemented at Shiprock High School and Tsé Bit A'í Middle School, assists students in areas such as tutoring, literacy intervention, college and career readiness, college visits, ACT test preparation, and student leadership.
The 2019 graduation dates have been changed because the Sports State Play-offs are taking place from May 15 to May 18 for Baseball, Softball and Track. Since the play-offs coincide with our original graduation dates, we are changing the dates to May 22 to May 25 (see dates below), to allow for student participation.
New graduation dates:
May 22 Career Prep Graduation @ 7:00 PM
May 23 Newcomb High Graduation @ 7:00 PM
May 24 Shiprock High Graduation @ 7:00 PM
May 25 Kirtland High School Graduation @ 10:00 AM
We want to thank our parents and students for their participation in a survey regarding this change, as well as the input from our principals and staff. We asked you to give us your opinions and we heard you! Thank you.
First was the release of the school grading report cards (and really good news for Central Consolidated School District). Now the celebrations are coming.