Award Year 2015
Exemplary High Performing Schools
Newcomb Elementary School
P.O. Box 7917
Newcomb, NM, 87455-7917
Ms. Deborah Jean Belone, Principal at time of Nominiation
Title I School
Central Consolidated School District
Newcomb Elementary School's Mission is to create the foundation for lifelong learning so students can be successful citizens.
- Hawaiian/Pacific Islander: 1%
- Asian: 1%
- Native American: 98%
- ELL: 31%
- Economically Disadvantaged: 100%
Yaateeh! Welcome to Newcomb Elementary! We are located on the Navajo Nation of northwestern corner of New Mexico. We serve predominately Native American Pre-K-5th students within a 25 mile radius of the school. The schools mission entails the three ingredients for success: 1.Collaboration, 2.Communication, and 3.Commitment. The key for our success begins with commitment. Our former principal, Mrs. McNeely, sparked the Flywheel Effect within our school culture: a belief that our students can achieve academic success. The focus began with Math. She believed that our school can excel in math alongside the highest performing schools in our county and state. As a staff committed to the common goal of high expectations, providing a positive environment where risk-taking was encouraged, and utilizing graphic organizers to show student work, we began to see the students rise to the level of excellence in math. Building on the momentum of the success in math, we focused on Reading Achievement. As the staff collaborated to find ways to achieve this goal Read and Respond, Reading Club, and Graphic Organizers (e.g., RACE) were incorporated. Through hard work, our students, the partnership with families, and commitment and dedication of our staff, we have experienced successful growth in reading and math academic achievement. We have experience setbacks and disappointments along the way, but our school kept its focus on the goal of excellence. Through a culture of high expectations and the respect for Ke (kinship system), We continue to focus on building on the momentum of academic success.