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.

Announcements & News

School Board Meeting Re-scheduled

The June school board meeting has been re-scheduled to Friday, June 15, 2018 at 8am in room 103LA of the Nixyaawii Governance Center.

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Summer News

The year is officially over and we had 11 of our 12 seniors graduate.  This is a great accomplishment and we are making changes constantly to keep our graduation numbers up.  For the rest of the month of June we will be having summer school from 8:30am to 12:00pm.  Students who failed a 4th quarter class or those who are credit deficient should attend.  Last year we had several students earn important make up credits.  If you have questions about the number of credits your student has earned please feel free to call me at 541-429-7903 or email me at ryan.heinrichatpendleton.k12.or.us.


Our office will be closed starting June 14th.  We will resume normal office hours on Monday August 6th.  At this time, we will be accepting new and current student registration forms.  It is important to keep this date in mind because of our enrollment cap.  For the 2018-19 school year, we will be held to 75 students.  These will be on a first come first served basis.  Students that have paid ahead of this date are assured a spot to start the school year.


We look forward to seeing you in August, have a great summer!


Ryan Heinrich


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Registration for 2018-2019

Current Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors who will be returning to Nixyaawii next year may register now to secure their enrollment.  To register, visit the school office to: 

1. update registration information

2. sign an off-campus lunch permission form (this privilege may be denied on the form)

3. pay the $50 registration fee. 

A student will be deemed as a registered 2018-2019 student when these steps are completed.  Fees may be paid by check, cash, or CTUIR Payroll Deduct.  


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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.  

Your eligible children have the right to receive a free, appropriate publilc eduation.  If you believe your children may be eligible, contact the local liaison Julie Smith, at 541-276-6711 to find out what services and supports may be available.  There also may be supports available for your preschool-age children.

If you need further assistance with your children's education needs, contact the National Center for Homeless Education at 800-308-2145  or by email at homelessatserve.org  or view their website at www.serve.org/nche

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Early Enrollment for 2018-19 School Year

Future Parents/Guardians of Nixyaawii Community School Students:

Due to building capacity, the Nixyaawii Community School Board of Directors has placed an enrollment cap of 75 students.  This cap is in place to make sure current staff has the ability to provide quality educational programs as well as the safety for all of the students. 

With our current enrollment and the number of graduating seniors we will have, we are able to accommodate the first 16 incoming students with preference given to freshman.  This will help us to have balanced classes as we move forward.  Freshman will have a guaranteed seat at Nixyaawii.  If we see a change in the current enrollment, we will be able to add more students at that time.

Open registration for the 2018-19 school year will begin during our spring conferences April 5th from 4-8pm and April 6th from 8am-12pm.  Registration forms will be reviewed and when the registration fee is paid they will be stamped in the order they were received.  The registration packet contains several forms.  To save time during registration, packets may be picked up at the school in advance.

Ryan Heinrich, Principal (Nixyaawii Community School)

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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

NCS benches for sale

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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. 

The testing window opens February 6th and will continue until June 8th.  Most students in the Pendleton School District in grades 3-8 and 11 will begin taking the Smarter Balanced tests in April and May.  I have included a link to our website where you can find additional information about these assessments.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions you may have about state testing. 

30 Day Notice - English | Spanish (PDF)

More Information (Pendleton School District's website (external link))

Thank you for your support!

Matt Yoshioka - Pendleton School District Test Coordinator

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School on Fridays

When there is a holiday on a Monday, there is a regular day of school the following Friday.

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

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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.

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