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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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Story and Photos by James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations
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.

Tohtsoni 80 by 72 inserts u3Story and Photos by James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

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.)

Air Care J72 by 80Story and Photos by James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

Welcome to the future.

A class of Ojo Amarillo Elementary kindergartners stood in front of a towering San Juan Regional Medical Center AirCare helicopter, which had landed on the dirt playground just past the basketball court.

They listened as pilot Mark Pebler, flight paramedic Steven Malarchick, and flight nurse Sandi Greyeyes spoke about their jobs, the helicopter, and the importance of education.

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Popcorn anyone?

When a student finished reading a couple of paragraphs in their science text they would call out another student’s name who would then continue reading—and then that student would call on yet another student to read, and so on.

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Story and Photos by James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations
 
There’s no low crawling in the mud under barbed wire here. But the pace of this website developer boot camp can be just as challenging.
 
Nine Shiprock High School students attended an eight-week full stack website development course over the summer—taught by Cultivating Coders, an Albuquerque-based company—in the school’s library.

Nurse Career Prep 80 by 72aStory and Photos by James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

One first notices her command voice—not loud, but authoritative, quick, steady, informative, and decisive. And her eyes—she has a habit of maintaining strong eye contact when she speaks.

Ann Marie McCarthy, who brings more than 35 years of nursing experience to her job as the Career Prep High School nurse in Shiprock, New Mexico, helps ensure the students receive an array of healthcare services from within and outside of the District.

She received the Marlene McDowell Distinguished Service Award from the New Mexico School Nurse’s Association at its annual conference held this year at San Juan College in Farmington. It was presented during their June 15, 2016 luncheon.