We are Nixyaawii Community School

Proud to be the Golden Eagles.

Established in August, 2004 with the first graduating class in May of 2005, 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.

Announcements & News

Friday School

There is Friday School December 4 from 9am to 1pm.  Ms. Minthorn, Ms. Van Pelt, and Mr. Brandsen will be available.  Students who work on school work and accomplish assignments for at least two consecutive hours will be rewarded with pizza.  

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Message From Superintendent

Our schools are continuing to operate under Comprehensive Distance Learning mode, and it appears this will continue for the foreseeable future.  The current metrics were released back in October but are still based on county COVID case and test rates.  Umatilla County is one of ten counties statewide that are in a “two-week” pause as mandated by Governor Brown.  The reason for this pause is that our county case numbers have recently increased at an alarming rate.  The most recent two-week case count per 100,000 population was over 350.  That rate has to be under 100 in a two-week period in order to start bringing elementary students back into our buildings on a regular basis.  If you would like to review the latest school reopening metrics, please visit the attached link.  COVID-19 Metrics Explainer

One of the most concerning trends we are seeing is that the longer we are in CDL, and the longer our children are isolated from their peers and district staff, more and more students are experiencing various forms of anxiety and depression.  Some of the more common signs of depression include:

Lack or loss of motivation,
Sadness or hopelessness,
Withdrawal from friends and family,
Loss of interest in activities, and
Change in school performance

Parents who have concerns about their child’s well-being can contact your child’s school for support and possible resources.  All school sites have school counselors and/or mental health specialists to support our students and families.  Our counseling services are creating small groups and individual contacts and supports for those students who are identified for social and emotional support.  Contact information can be found at pendleton.k12.or.us.

In the event that your child or family member is in immediate danger, you should always call 911.

Other resources include:

SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – is a national helpline that is free and confidential.  They operate 24/7, 365 days a year, and provide referral and information services.  1.800.662.4357.  https://www.samhsa.gov/

Lifeways Emergency Mental Health – is the local contractor for supporting community members in Umatilla County.  Pendleton Office – Business Hours - 541.276.6207 & After Hours - 541.947.6021.  https://www.lifeways.org/pendleton-oregon

Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center – provided for members of CTUIR, as well as other American Indians and Alaska Natives in Umatilla and Union counties.  Behavioral Health Business Hours (7:30 am to 4 pm) - 541.240.8696 & After Hours - 1.800.273.8255.  https://yellowhawk.org/

School Based Health Center – by appointment only at Sunridge Middle School.  Business Hours (8 am to 3:30 pm) – 541.966.3432. http://www.umatillacounty.net/health/SBHC/

I sincerely hope that none of you need to access these resources, but our reality is that some of you may.  Thank you for your continued efforts to work with us as we navigate through this pandemic.

Chris Fritsch

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Clearing Chromebook Cookies

Currently the quickest way for a user to clear their cookies/cache is to:

  1. Click on the 3 dots in the upper-right corner of the browser.
  2. Hover over 'More Tools' and click on 'Clear browsing data'.
  3. Click the 'Advanced' tab and select 'All time' from the 'Time range' drop down menu.
  4. Ensure the boxes are checked for the options, 'Cookies and other site data', 'Cached images and files', 'Site Settings', and 'Hosted app data'.
  5. Click on the 'Clear data' box.
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WiFi Hotspots

Open the MissionWiFiMap document below to see the location of WiFi hotspots in the Mission area.  Mission WiFi Map

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Health Guidelines

Please follow these guidelines to help all students stay healthy and ready to learn.

Please DO NOT SEND AN ILL STUDENT TO SCHOOL. The other page of this letter gives examples of when your student should not be in school. 

If your student is ill, please CONTACT US by calling the office at 541-429-7900 or emailing cphinneyatpendletonsd.org  or rheinrichatpendletonsd.org

Please contact your health care provider about any SERIOUS ILLNESS or if you are worried about your student’s health. If you need help in finding a health care provider, you may contact your local health department.

Please notify the school if your child is diagnosed with a CONTAGIOUS DISEASE, including these: chickenpox, COVID-19, diphtheria, E. coli diarrhea, hepatitis, measles, mumps, pertussis, rubella, Salmonella, scabies, shigellosis, tuberculosis, or another disease as requested. The school will protect your private information as required by law. [OAR 333-019-0010; ORS 433.008.]

Please notify the school if your student requires MEDICATIONS during school hours. Follow school protocols for medication at school. If your student’s illness requires antibiotics, the student must have been on antibiotics for at least 24 hours before returning to school, and longer in some cases. Antibiotics are not effective for viral illnesses.

Please notify the school if your student has a CHRONIC HEALTH CONDITION. We will work with you to address the health condition so that the student can learn.

We want to support your student. Please contact us if you have questions or concerns.


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