Welcome to the first edition of the Superintendent’s Message and thank you for taking the time to read about the happenings in our District. Our newsletter, Hane’, is intended to allow parents, community members and other district partners an inside look at all the great things happening in Central Consolidated School District. Each edition will feature stories from all levels of education including Pre-K, elementary, middle school and high school as well as athletics. There will also be stories and information about the dedicated teachers and staff at CCSD and the extraordinary alumni who have passed through our hallways, collected their diplomas and gone on to do great things in their careers.
The Navajo Nation appointed 14 young people, ranging from ages 14 to 24, to make up the first-ever Navajo Nation Youth Advisory Council (NNYAC) on February 11. Both representatives for the Northern Agency, Nick Tsipai and Reniah Manygoats, are students of Central Consolidated School District (CCSD). Tsipai is a senior at Newcomb High School and Manygoats is an 8th grader at Tsé Bit’Ai’ Middle School.
“I am so proud of Nick and Reniah for representing all the youth of the northern agency on this prestigious committee,” Dr. Colleen W. Bowman, superintendent of CCSD, said. “The students of our district are doing wonderful things every day and these two are brilliant examples of that fact. They are leaders in their schools and now they are leaders of the entire Navajo Nation.”
Central Consolidated School would like to extend its warmest gratitude to three organizations for their holiday gifts to the students of the district.
KOATs for Kids, based out of Albuquerque and sponsored by KOAT 7 and its partners, donated nearly 200 winter coats to the district to keep all students warm during the summer months. Archuleta Restoration and Remodel, of Albuquerque, drove the coats all the way to Shiprock where district staff will distribute the coats on a needs basis.
Previous elementary school will be reused to house Academies of Central in the spring with more programs to be added in Fall of 2018.
Central Consolidated School District welcomed students to the new Bond Wilson Technical Center in Kirtland as a home for new programs and the Academies of Central in January. The name Bond Wilson honors past educators of the Kirtland area who also had previous schools named after them, Grace B. Wilson and Ruth N. Bond. The building was previously Grace B. Wilson Elementary school, which was closed after the opening of Judy Nelson Elementary.
Last year, Kashon Harrison made a name for himself in the New Mexico cross country scene. He tore through the competition, winning every race — except one. The only race Harrison lost during his sophomore season was the last — the state championship.
Fueled by that bitter defeat, Harrison has been on fire ever since. He led the Kirtland Central Broncos to a runner-up finish at the state championships in Rio Rancho and finally claimed his own individual state title, finishing the race in 15:54.85. He won state 17 years after his father won the title in 1999 for the Kirtland Central Broncos.
At Central Consolidated School District (CCSD), the safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. We understand that parent’s trust CCSD to not only teach your children, but to keep them safe during the school day. This is not a duty we take lightly and we have worked diligently to implement procedures that keep students and staff as safe as possible in any situation that could arise.
Guila Curley is blazing a trail for Newcomb students to follow.
After growing up the daughter of two teachers and going to school her entire life in Newcomb, Guila Curley was convinced she did not have a future as an educator or in Newcomb. She attended Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire and graduated with her bachelor’s of arts in Native American studies. She joined the United States Marines, met and married her husband and soon started a family.
Jade Billie Underwood, a senior from Newcomb High School, was named the first ever recipient of the Diné Bá Hozho (DBHC) Coalition scholarship. The scholarship, which was announced in December, is for $500 and is provided by the Diné Bá Hozho Coalition, whose mission is “to unify the people living in and near Shiprock in celebrating health and beauty while providing hope and recovery very through education.” DBHC is a part of the San Juan County Partnership.
“Jade’s application was extremely strong. Her references and letters of recommendation were incredible and showed she had the leadership skills and academic achievements we desired,” Renae Begay, project coordinator for the DBHC Coalition said.
Classrooms at Mesa Elementary School have long been filled with the sounds of levers dropping and latches catching. It’s the sound of the LEGO Robotics teams fulfilling their challenges by creating codes that program their robots to accomplish different tasks. Each task is worth different amounts of points and in competitions, every point matters.
Just ask the Mesa Team, who have dubbed themselves the “Roborunners,” who scored just enough points to qualify for the state competition in Albuquerque in February. The team qualified by coming in ninth out of 27 teams at the regional tournament in Durango, Colorado in early January.
Newcomb Middle School students spread holiday cheer with cards
The holiday spirit is shining a little brighter this year thanks to students at Newcomb Middle School. Students in John Templin’s visual art class created hand drawn holiday cards that will be delivered to senior citizens in an assisted living home in Chinle, Arizona. About 70 students created well over 100 cards.
“I think it’s important for schools in our area to reach out and do good things in the community because a lot of times, the school is what brings people together,” Templin said.
Registration for 10th cohort begins in spring for CCSD juniors and seniors
SHIPROCK, N.M. – Since 2009, Arizona Public Service Company (APS) has partnered with Central Consolidated School District (CCSD) and Navajo Technical University to create an innovative and unique program that benefits not only CCSD students but the entire community.
The Industrial Maintenance Operations Program is a partnership that allows CCSD students to learn fundamentals of the energy industry from APS professionals at the Four Corners Power Plant while also earning a certificate from NTU.
Students at Tsé Bit A'í Middle School kicked off the Thanksgiving season with hard work and giving back by hosting a luncheon at the Shiprock Senior Center. Virginia Beyale’s gifted students, who are also members of the National Junior Honor Society, coordinated the event, donated many of the food items and some even received their Navajo Nation food handler’s permit in order to serve the food.
All 105 students donated items to the luncheon such as stuffing, marshmallows, corn, bread, desserts, brown sugar, yams, JELL-O, Navajo tea, potatoes, milk, packets of gravy, door prizes, cakes, pumpkin pies, cranberries, butter, plastic silverware and more. Beyale had 17 turkeys donated from her personal friends.
Central Consolidated School District would like to extend its deepest gratitude to all veterans of the United States military, especially those who work in our district. This district is proud to call many veterans, and families of veterans and active duty military members, part of our CCSD team.
In honor of Veterans Day (November 11), and to recognize the great sacrifices many in our district have made to protect our country and its freedoms, listed below are the names of CCSD veterans or family members of CCSD employees who are veterans or active duty military men or women. CCSD thanks you for your selfless service to our country.
Mesa Elementary in Shiprock received a visit from the United States Air Force Academy “Rockies Clarinet Quartet” on Tuesday. The school was treated to an eclectic mix of traditional clarinet quartet literature, exciting new work and arrangements originating from folk and popular styles.
The highlight of the show was the story of the Three Billy Goats Gruff. The quartet not only told the story but did so while playing musical backgrounds, acting as the different characters and engaging the students in the audience.
The Run to Fight Suicide is a 10K run hosted at the Nizhoni Elementary School, in Shiprock. The run is to bring awareness to the illness of suicide, and to help honor and remember those that have lost their lives to suicide. This event will take place Saturday, November 4, 2017, at 8 a.m., at Nizhoni Elementary School.
Parking will be at the start of Nizhoni Trail behind Nizhoni Elementary School.
Central Consolidated School District student Kieon Harvey was recently featured on the NMAA website for his commitment to hard work. The story featured at nmact.org can be read below. CCSD congratulates Harvey for representing the Shiprock Chieftains in a new sport and for being a hard-working role model for younger students in the district both in the classroom and on the football field and basketball court.
Shiprock senior Kieon Harvey has always believed that hard work pays off in the end. This has been true not only for his athletic career, but his academic career as well. The lesson of hard work was something Harvey learned at a young age.
Central Consolidated School District students submitted pieces of art to the Northern Navajo Nation Fair poster contest. But there could be only one winner and her name is Shayleen Tom from Shiprock High School.
“Normally, I am very shy about sharing my art with people, so to actually win is very shocking and surprising. When I first got the call, I thought it was a scam!” Tom said with a laugh.
Tom’s winning piece was completed in colored pencil and shows a teenage girl with symbolic items surrounding her. She said the inspiration for the drawing came from a desire to create a unique piece of art for the fair.
It wasn’t your typical summer break for several Central Consolidated School District students who were spread across the country participating in Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) projects and the Leadership Summit for Native Youth in Agriculture Summit at the University of Arkansas.
The YCC is a summer youth employment program that engages young people in meaningful work experiences at national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and fish hatcheries while developing an ethic of environmental stewardship and civic responsibility. Students develop collaboration and leadership skills, explore the outdoors and learn about careers in cultural and natural resource management.
Central Consolidated School District Superintendent Dr. Colleen W. Bowman and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Rebecca Benedict presented three CCSD schools with checks in celebration and recognition of the grades they received from the New Mexico Public Education Department.
The three schools honored were July Nelson Elementary, Kirtland Elementary and Eva B. Stokely Elementary School. Judy Nelson Elementary received an “A” from NMPED and a $750 check from CCSD, while Kirtland Elementary and Eva B. Stokely both received “B” grades and a $500 check from CCSD.