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District 72 Science Fair 80b w insetsBy James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

Their experiments explored the heavens and the earth in the name of science.

Three students were awarded District trophies for Best of Show in Central Consolidated Schools’ 2016 District Science Fair, which was held in three sections (for elementary, middle, and high school) over three days in February at the District’s Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center in Shiprock, New Mexico.

kms tba 72 inset e state olympiad

By James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

Hard work and a plan to win brought 24 medals for Kirtland Middle School students and four for Tse’ Bit Ai’ Middle School students following intense competition at the New Mexico Science Olympiad, held Feb. 20, 2016, at New Mexico Tech in Socorro.

BPA w Inset C 80 by 80 State Wins 2016By James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

Ten Kirtland Central High School students have qualified to compete in the Business Professionals of America nationals after taking wins at the BPA State Leadership Conference Feb. 15-17, 2016 in Albuquerque. The BPA National Leadership Conference is May 5-9, 2016 in Boston.

Blingual 72 w insets 80 by 80 Elem ShowcaseBy James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations
It was called the District’s Elementary Bilingual Showcase, but it was actually trilingual and multicultural.
Parents who packed the center seats of the District’s Phil Thomas Performing Arts Center in Shiprock, New Mexico saw not only students showcasing their work in Navajo, but also some in Spanish through songs, dances, language, and presentations. Further, some Tse’ Bit Ai’ Middle School students followed by four teachers performed Filipino dances in traditional outfits.

Coyote 72 Stories 80 by 80By James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

February’s winter felt even warmer.

Children gathered with mothers, fathers, grandparents, and other guardians at the District’s Bernice L. Pioche Benally Cultural Heritage Center Feb. 17, 2016 at the District administration in Shiprock, New Mexico.

They sat and listened, contemplating the Navajo Coyote Stories being told. It was week three of the Central Consolidated School District’s Winter After School Navajo Literacy Program.

SHS w 72 inserts ROTC at Roundhouse 80 by 60By James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

All eyes were focused on six Shiprock High School students as they stood before the entire New Mexico House of Representatives on the House floor.

The Shiprock High School Marine Corps Jr. ROTC Color Guard—in dress blues—presented the Colors as SHS student Miss Northern Navajo Teen Nicole Keeswood—in a Navajo traditional outfit with her crown—sang the National Anthem in Navajo.

Science 72 Olympiad 80 by Bridge

By James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

When did studying and competing in science become cool?

That question was a no brainer for students in five Central Consolidated School District schools who competed—and took wins—in the annual Northwest Regional Science Olympiad Jan. 23, 2016 at Mesa View Middle School in Farmington. Kirtland Middle School took 1st place, in the middle school category, at the competition.

Schools 80 by 40 at Shiprock FairBy James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations
At one point even the Yei’Bi’Chei—the Navajo spiritual healers who were walking around the fair— briefly stopped to watch students performing. Students from throughout the Central Consolidated School District took center stage for two days at the 2015 Northern Navajo Nation Fair in Shiprock, New Mexico.

Miss Naschitti 72 w Miss Navajo Nation 80 by 40By James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

A Naschitti Elementary student didn’t have a question for Miss Navajo Nation Alyson Jeri Shirley. Instead he just jumped out of his seat and gave her a big bear hug.

Ojo Amarillo 1 Road 80 by 40By James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

Navajo Nation and New Mexico officials joined community members, students, staff, and CCSD administrators in a Nov. 13, 2015 grand opening of a chip-sealed stripped road—that replaced a dirt road—leading to Ojo Amarillo Elementary School in northwest New Mexico.