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

2018 Crystal Apple Awards

Nixya'awii Crystal Apple Award Winner 2018

The Nixya'awii Community School 2018 Crystal Apple winner was honored at an awards ceremony in May.

Each year, the InterMountain ESD organizes these awards for its component school districts to recognize outstanding administrators, teachers, educational assistants and office and building staff for their dedication and commitment to students and for their willingness to go above and beyond their regular duties. A total of 44 individuals were honored in Morrow, Umatilla and Union county school districts. The 2018 events mark the 19th annual Crystal Apple Awards for Umatilla and Morrow counties and the 7th annual for Union County.

The 2018 Nixya'awii Community School winner is:

  • Jewel Kennedy, Science Teacher

To read biographies of each winner, please view the Awards Ceremony Program (PDF)

For more information about the awards, please visit the IMESD website's Crystal Apple page.

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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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Home Access Log In Information

Parents, please email carrie.phinneyatpendleton.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.

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