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Our CCSD Basketball Athletes will make a strong presence at this year's state tournament. All district teams, Boys and Girls, will play and represent the District!

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Story and photo by James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations
The new Central Consolidated School District logo is simplistic yet also complex.
Its overlaying messages of educational partnerships with the Navajo Nation (the Shiprock), New Mexico (the Zia symbol), and the U.S. Department of Education (the blue ring)—combined with an eagle in flight and a report card symbolizing student success through hard work—add up to a complex design on a very small canvas. The district is a public school system under the state of New Mexico.

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Story and photos by James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations
A little boy showed up alone in the doorway of the new $20 million Judy Nelson Elementary School. He had tears in his eyes, was scared, and barely spoke. He was one of the last students to arrive. It was Jan. 3, 2017—the first day in the new school.

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Story and Photos by James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

Arnold Pete’s ears were freezing.

The Central Consolidated School District Maintenance Department worker was playing the guitar while singing a variety of Christmas songs on the CCSD float during the Dec. 9, 2016 Shiprock Parade of Lights, which began at 6 p.m. at the Shiprock Chapter parking lot after it was dark.

KECC Dad w Son J1 80 b 72Story and photos by James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

Jeremiah Powless watched his 5-year-old son cover a gingerbread house with icing and then with candy. The gingerbread house was actually graham crackers stuck to a tiny milk carton with marshmallow cream.

It turns out that education can be good for the stomach—as well for the intellect and parent-child bonding.

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Story and Photos by James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations
The songs and lights of the Christmas season can be a magical time for both children and adults, filling us with memories of Christmas past and with new memories.
Schools throughout the Central Consolidated School District held holiday music programs for two weeks in December at the District’s Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center in Shiprock, the Brooks/Isham Performing Arts Center in Kirtland, and at the schools themselves.

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.