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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.

Newcomb Elementary 80 by 40 Blue RibbonBy James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

Newcomb Elementary Principal Deborah Belone praised her school’s teachers, students, and past principals for the school being recognized as a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School by the U.S. Department of Education.

Spelling 72 Bee 2016 Winners 80 by 40By James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

The top three place winners in the Central Consolidated School District 2016 Spelling Bee (pictured here) went on to compete in the San Juan County Spelling Bee.

UPDATE: Rhys B. (the Kirtland Elementary School student who took 3rd place in the CCSD Spelling Bee) competed in the San Juan County Spelling Bee and took home the 3rd place trophy. He represented CCSD March 19, 2016 at the New Mexico Spelling Bee in Albuquerque.

Career Prep1 72 w insert Prep 80 by 40 Christmas MuralBy James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

The mud man takes viewers by surprise.

“We basically took the concept of a snowman and turned it around,” Career Prep High student Lardell Lewis said about the Navajo-Christmas themed wall mural.

KES 80 by 40 Veterans Day 2015By James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations

U.S. Army veteran Mike Bekis, of Fruitland, New Mexico, proudly held his grandson, a Kirtland Elementary School student, just prior to the Nov. 11, 2015 Veterans Day celebration at the school. Bekis was stationed along the West-East German border during the Cold War.

JNE Construction June 6 2016 wBy James Preminger, CCSD Public Relations
The $20 million Judy Nelson Elementary School under construction in Kirtland, New Mexico, is in the shape of a Y. And the new traffic flow is in the shape of an oval.