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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.

KES Reading 80 by 72 KESStory and Photos by James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

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.

Judy Nelson Retires w05272016Story and Photos by James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations
Four generations of students believed her because she believed in them.
Secretary Judy Nelson has a commanding presence with her smile, confidence, and maturity that gave the messageno matter the problem, everything would be OK.
Judy Nelson retired June 6, 2016 as secretary of Grace B. Wilson Elementary School (renamed Judy Nelson Elementary) in Kirtland, after reaching 50 years in that position in the same school.

NHS Grad 80 by 72By James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

Newcomb High School held its 2016 Graduation May 19 in the Skyhawks’ gymnasium. Thirty-nine students—witnessed by approximately 1,500 family, friends, and community members—received their diplomas.

SHS 1966 Grad 2016 GradBy James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

Shiprock High School Class of 1966 alumni were among the guests who witnessed the school’s Class of 2016 graduation ceremony, held May 20, 2016 in the Pit gymnasium.

The Class of 2016 marked the school’s 50th year of graduates. The Class of 1966, who sat on the Pit floor behind the graduates, stood up and waved as they were recognized by Chasitty Todacheenie. Alumni from other years, who were in the audience, also stood up as they were recognized.

KCHS Grad 80 b by 72By James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

Several thousand family members, friends, and community members filled the Bronco stadium for Kirtland Central High’s May 21, 2016 graduation.

CP Grad 80 by 72By James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

Career Prep High School graduated 16 seniors in a May 18, 2016 commencement at the Central Consolidated School District’s Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center in Shiprock, New Mexico. Parents, family members, guardians, friends, community members, and staff filled the auditorium.

The Class of 2016 graduates listed in the program were Nicole Atcitty, Cody Dedman, Mikaela Francis, Shaine Thomas George, Tanya Shenada Johnson, Montana Lakota Johnson, Brandie Lee, Orlando Julius Martin, Brandina Leah Navaho, Daryn Joseph Pinto, Carlyn Redhouse, Danielle Roy, Jacob Sandoval, Jaron Thomas, Travisson Tye Wrangler, and Freddrick J. Yazzie.

Ojo Amarillo at MarathonStory and Photos by James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations
When they heard “go” the Ojo Amarillo Elementary runners took off.
 
They were given the honor of being the first wave of runners to begin the Shiprock Kids Marathon, held after school May 6, 2016 at the Shiprock Youth Complex. It was the first event of the annual two-day Shiprock Marathon.