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Nixyaawii Community School would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers regarding the traffic accident on March 3.  We are still checking with staff, students and community members who were travelling and may have been involved in weather related accidents.  We do not want to send out misinformation and want to respect the families of any and all involved.  The outpouring of support for our school and community members is very touching.  We thank you.

We are Nixyaawii Community School.  Proud to be the Golden Eagles.

Our school is a charter of the Pendleton School district and we are located on the beautiful Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation in northeast Oregon. Our charter focuses on Native American culture, infusing native languages into daily school life, and serving the tribal community.

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Housing Information For Parents

If your family lives in any of the following situations: in a shelter; in a motel or campground due to the lack of an alternative adequate accommodation; in a car, park, abandoned building, or bus or train station; duobled up with other people due to loss of housing or economic hardship...your school-age children may qualify for certain rights and protections under the federal McKinney-Vento Act.  

Early Enrollment

To:                   Future Parents/Guardians of Nixyaawii Community School Students

From:               Ryan Heinrich, Principal (Nixyaawii Community School)

Re:                   Early enrollment for 2018-19 school year

NCS Construction Class Benches and Tables FOR SALE

Please contact Zack Brandsen (541-429-7907) if you would like to order or purchase a bench or table. Thank you for supporting the Construction Class! Raffle tickets for the table coming soon!

Items available:

  • 4 foot length bench $40.00
  • 6 foot length bench $50.00
  • 7 foot length bench $60.00

Benches for sale

Student Testing

Dear Parent/Guardian:

I’m reaching out with some important news about the statewide assessments for English Language Arts and Mathematics. Students in grades 3-8 and grade 11 will be taking the state's Smarter Balanced Assessments.  These provide an academic check-up and are designed to help teachers and parents know whether students are on track to be college and career-ready by the time they graduate.  Unlike our previous, multiple-choice-only tests, our new assessments include question formats which allow students to demonstrate a broader set of skills, like critical thinking, problem-solving, and analytical writing.  We now have tests that allow students to go beyond just simply stating facts to show what they know and can do. 

School On Fridays

When there is a holiday on a Monday, there is a regular day of school the following Friday.  (Except for January 19.)

A yearly calendar is availabe under the "Calendar" tab of this website.


Tutoring is available at Cay Uma Wa computer lab on Sundays from noon to 2pm.

Tutoring for math and Acellus at Cay Uma Wa computer lab every day from 3 - 5:30.  Nixyaawii students are welcome.

Home Access Log In Information

Parents, please email carrie.phinney@pendleton.k12.or.us to request your user name and password for Home Access Center.  If you are unable to email, you may call 541-429-7900 and request the information.  Grades and attendance can be viewed on Home Access.  Parents are encouraged to view the site regularly to be aware of your student's progress at school.

NCS Senior Graduation Slideshow

Class of 2018- Graduation planning has started! Seniors, now is the time to start submitting your photos!

This downloadable keepsake will forever celebrate your special day with pictures and video messages. Highlight your successes and honor individuals that helped you obtain your diploma. The NCS Art Class will present the graduation video before and after the 2018 NCS Commencement Ceremony. Download this information as a flyer (PDF)

Waiting List For Enrollment

At this time, Nixyaawii Commity School has reached full enrollment.  The School Board set an enrollment cap of 75 students due to size of our classrooms and the capacity of our building.  Any new students wishing to register will be placed on a waiting list.  An application may be obtained at the school.  

Nixya'awii Improves Graduation Rate

The graduation rate for the Pendleton School District, including Nixya'awii Community School,  increased from the 2014-15 school year to the 2015-16 school year, according to rates released on January 26 by the Oregon Department of Education.

The district’s 2015-16 four-year cohort rate for all students was 83.93%, compared to the previous year’s rate of 74.52%. This rate is for all students at Pendleton High School, Hawthorne High School and Nixya’awii Community School. The district’s rate is significantly higher than the Oregon state graduation rate of 74.83%.

“This is the direction in which we are striving – to have more and more of our students graduate from high school in four years,” said Andy Kovach, district superintendent. “While we celebrate this accomplishment, we realize there is much more work to be done.”

New System for Reporting School Safety Concerns

The Pendleton School District has a new system, called SafeOregon, for reporting school safety threats. SafeOregon is a program created for Oregon students, parents, school staff, and community members to report and respond to student safety threats. Tips can be submitted through email, phone call or text, mobile app or the web portal. Tips are confidential and can be made anonymously.

Tips may include bullying, violence, threat of violence, harassment, intimidation, cyber bullying, self-harm, etc.

When a tip is reported, it is handled by specially trained technicians who are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year for all of Oregon’s public schools Pre-Kindergarten through 12th Grade. The Oregon State Police provides this service through a contracted vendor.

SafeOregon is made possible through Oregon HB 4075 as a result of recommendations from the Oregon Task Force on School Safety.

The Pendleton School District is committed to student safety and realizes that when students feel safe in their schools, learning is more effective.

We encourage you to find out more about SafeOregon by visiting safeoregon.com.