Education

NMPED: 19 New Mexico Schools On COVID-19 Watchlist

NMPED News:

SANTA FE – The New Mexico Public Education Department reports today that 19 New Mexico public school buildings were placed on the COVID-19 Watchlist in the week ending Friday, Nov. 20, signifying they had at least two Rapid Responses within a 14-day period.

Those schools are:

  • ALBUQUERQUE
  • Bel-Air Elementary
  • La Cueva High
  • Sunset Mesa School

ANTHONY

  • Gadsden Independent Schools Physical Plant

BELEN

  • Belen Middle

CLOVIS

  • La Casita Elementary in Clovis

DEMING

  • Deming Intermediate

ESPAÑOLA

  • Española Valley High
  • Eutimio Salazar Elementary
  • Española Public School District administrative

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AFT New Mexico Reacts To Finding Against Peñasco ISD By Public Employee Labor Relations Board

AFT News:

SANTA FE — American Federation of Teachers New Mexico President, Stephanie Ly, Peñasco Federation of United School Employees, Local #4285 President, Miguelanjel Burns, and Peñasco Federation of United School Employees, Local #4285 Treasurer, Marissa Sandoval have released the following statement:

“Following a two-day evidentiary hearing, Public Employee Labor Relations Board (PELRB) Executive Director Tom Griego has issued a Report and Recommended Decision in PFUSE Local 4285 AFT NM v. Peñasco Independent School District (PISD), PELRB Case No. 108-20.

Director Griego


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Los Alamos JJAB And Dollywood Foundation Present Live Streaming Premiere Of ‘The Library That Dolly Built’ Dec. 9

JJAB News:

Los Alamos JJAB and The Dollywood Foundation are presenting a free one-night-only live streaming world premiere event for The Library That Dolly Built, a behind-the-scenes look at Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library.

Originally scheduled as a nationwide live event on more than 300 screens this spring, the world premiere for The Library That Dolly Built has been reimagined as a free live stream screening of the film, exclusively on Facebook, available nationally 5 p.m. MST, Wednesday, Dec. 9.

The screening will be followed by a conversation with, and live acoustic performance,


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Children’s Books Needed Immediately For African Library Project Upcoming Shipment To Kenya

Children gather with their books and ipad they received from the African Library Project. Courtesy photo

Children reading books in a doorway they received from the African Library Project. Courtesy photo

By SHARON ALLEN
African Library Project

Due to the pandemic and on site school attendance being in a state of flux, thrift shops being closed and families staying home, book collecting in Los Alamos has come to a standstill.

But books are still being shipped for the African Library Project and the need for good condition, used children’s books couldn’t be greater.

Acceptable books are from


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Panel Discussion: ‘Messages + Monuments’ Dec. 10

SAR News:

SANTA FE — Located on the ancestral lands of Pueblo, Navajo and Apache peoples, the School for Advanced Research (SAR) and Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, have joined forces to present a virtual program aimed at addressing the ongoing removal of historical markers and monuments, and what these removals–or attempts to remove—mean within the context of collective memories.

In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement and rising national calls for a critical examination of governmental power structures, monuments celebrating and memorializing Spanish conquistadors are beginning


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Interact Club Collection Drive Garners Community Support

Los Alamos High School sophomore Elise Ovaska, Rotary Interact publicity officer and historian, sets out the first empty box for donors to fill during the Club’s Nov. 18 collection of winter necessities for residents of a homeless center in Santa Fe. Courtesy photo

LAHS Principal Carter Payne stopped by Wednesday afternoon to find community donations for the Rotary Interact Club’s collection for the homeless had grown considerably since 7:30 a.m. that day. Photo by Carter Payne

ROTARY News:

The Rotary Interact Club’s recent collection drive for the homeless drew strong community support.


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New Mexico Higher Education Dept.: Students, Parents Can Explore Colleges, Get Admission Support Virtually

NMHED News:

Online Events and Resources put College Search at Students’ Fingertips 

SANTA FE – New Mexico colleges, universities, and organizations are finding innovative ways to help prospective college students and their families navigate the college admissions process in a socially-distanced world.  

The New Mexico College Access Council will host a virtual college fair 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 23 featuring online college “booths” and live Zoom sessions where students can chat with admissions representatives about applying, financial aid and scholarships, housing, campus


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New Mexico Opens Pandemic-EBT Online Self-Service Portal

HSD News:

SANTA FE — New Mexican families can now access a self-service portal to check their children’s eligibility for Pandemic-EBT benefits and update addresses, the state Human Services Department (HSD) announced Friday.

The new portal can be accessed through the Human Services Department’s online tool Yes NM (https://www.yes.state.nm.us/yesnm/home/index). Additionally, the link has been posted on the Public Education Department website.

Registration is not required to access the portal, but the following information will be required to check a student’s eligibility for P-EBT


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Visual Arts Gallery Presents Virtual Exhibition ‘SFCC’s Hidden Talents’ In Santa Fe Dec. 4 Through Jan. 31

Jake Lovato, ‘Totem of the Southwest Spirit of the Night and Day’, 24 inches by 9 feet tall. Courtesy/SFCC

SFCC News:

SANTA FE — Santa Fe Community College’s Visual Arts Gallery will present a virtual online exhibition, “SFCC’s Hidden Talents,” featuring the work of five SFCC faculty members who do not teach art.

English instructor Emily Stern will show her mixed media work, Nursing instructor Lucas Gonzales will exhibit his watercolors and three Welding instructors Jake Lovato, Clayton Peshlakai and Estevan Ortega will share their welded steel sculptures.

The SFCC Campus and the college’s


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2020 Recycle Art Fair & Fashion Show Winners Announced

Courtesy/LAC

Courtesy/LAC

County Environmental Services News:

The National Recycling Coalition created America Recycles Day in 1997. Every year on Nov. 15, millions of people across the United States participate in America Recycles Day. This day raises awareness about recycling, reusing, reducing waste and the importance of purchasing recycled products to close the loop.

In celebration of America Recycles Day, Los Alamos Public Schools and Los Alamos County Environmental Services hosted a fun and interactive Recycle Art and Fashion Show.

This year, despite COVID-19 restrictions,


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Teaching During A Pandemic: A Heroic Feat…

By KAYLI ORTIZ
New Mexico Teacher

In the spring, teachers had a “superhero” moment. When the world as we knew it was flipped on its head, there was unprecedented clarity on how central teachers and public education are to our children’s welfare, our economy, and our very routines.

When Shonda Rhimes, the creator of “Grey’s Anatomy”, tweeted, “Been homeschooling a 6-year old and 8-year old for one hour and 11 minutes. Teachers deserve to make a billion dollars a year. Or a week,” the tweet got over 588K likes and 102K retweets. It seemed many could relate.

That moment was fleeting. For the past few


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PED Begins Weekly Report On COVID-19 Cases In Schools

NMPED News:

SANTA FE — Beginning today, the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) will issue a weekly summary of New Mexico public schools with two or more Rapid Responses for COVID-19 cases in the previous 14 days, in an effort to help families and communities track outbreaks in their schools.

The report will be a summary of data compiled and reported daily by the state Environment Department, link, which issues a Watchlist of schools and businesses with two or more Rapid Responses within 14 days and a Closure List of those with four or more Rapid Responses in 14 days.

The PED’s weekly report


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Information Issued On Local Scholarships For LAHS Seniors

LAPS News:

Los Alamos High School is planning to publish the 2021 Local Scholarship packet in December.

These scholarships, offered by many local organizations, are awarded to students pursuing college or technical and trade schools upon graduation.

Awards are given not only for academic achievements, but also for athletics, music, art and community service. 

There is still time for a group or organization to offer a scholarship this year. Contact Ronda Trujillo, the local scholarship coordinator at r.trujillo@laschools.net or 505.663.2595, for more information. 

The deadline to


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PED Secretary Statement On Reports Of Non-Compliance With School Reentry And COVID-19 Safety Guidelines

Public Education Secretary Ryan Stewart

PED News:

SANTA FE – issued the following statement today in response to numerous reports of non-compliance with school reentry and COVID-19 safety guidelines:

“We take all of these things very seriously, and we continue to follow up on reports received through the PED’s COVID-19 Safety Complaint Portal.

“Regarding recent inquiries about Gallup McKinley County Schools, we are aware of the concerns about reporting and transparency and have issued a directive to the district to ensure adherence to PED guidance and rapid response protocols.

“We also


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PAC 8 Community Media Center Schedule: Nov. 20-26

PAC 8 News:

During the COVID-19 global pandemic, PAC 8 Community Media Center is available by appointment for recording events, transferring of old media, shooting and editing and pick-up and drop-off of videos and other items.

For information, email pac8@losalamos.com, call 505.662.7228 or visit pac8cmc.com.

PAC 8 Television schedule for Nov. 20 through Nov. 26:

Friday, Nov. 20, 2020

  • 6 a.m. — Democracy Now! – Live
  • 10 a.m. — The Tom Hartman Program
  • 11 a.m. — County Council Meeting Replay 11-10-20
  • 2:55 p.m. — Meet the Farmers
  • 3 p.m. — Democracy Now!
  • 4 p.m. — Rising Up with Somali
  • 5 p.m. — PAC PAGES

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SFCC And SFHEC Closed Thanksgiving Holiday

SFCC News:

SANTA FE — Santa Fe Community College and the Santa Fe Higher Education Center will close for the Thanksgiving holiday Wednesday through Sunday, Nov. 25‐29.

All campus facilities will be closed. No classes, activities or student services will be available. SFCC’s child development center Kids Campus and the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center also will be closed.

The SFCC main campus (6401 Richards Ave.), the Santa Fe Higher Education Center (1950 Siringo Road) , and the William C. Witter Fitness Education Center remain closed to the public in response to state health orders


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LAHS Rotary Interact Club Collection Of Donations For Homeless Is Set For 7:30 A.M. To 5 P.M. Wednesday, Nov. 18

UPDATE: This event is still on 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at a designated drop off area in the Duane Smith Auditorium.

LAHS News:

During this season of giving, the Los Alamos High School Rotary Interact Club will be holding a community wide donation project to assist the homeless population in New Mexico.

The club will be accepting donations 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 18, at a designated drop off area in the Duane Smith Auditorium parking lot.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this will be a contactless system, with collection bins ready for donation drop offs.

Donations may include,


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Pinion School Second Graders Seeking To Make World Better Launch Fundraiser To Aid Los Alamos Animal Shelter

Pinion Elementary School second grader Daisy McCulloch said, ‘My class decided that even though we are kids, we can make the world a better place by being kind to animals.’ Courtesy photo

COMMUNITY News:

Pinion Elementary School second grader Daisy McCulloch and her classmates are collecting donations of pet treats to benefit the Los Alamos Animal Shelter.

Teacher Kati Steinberg asked her 2nd graders what they could do to help make the world a better place. McCulloch and her classmates decided that they wanted to help the animal shelter.

“Two of my pets are from the shelter, and it is important


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Venancio Aragon Presents Virtual Artist Talk Nov. 19

SAR News:

Join Santa Fe, New Mexico’s School for Advanced Research (SAR) for a virtual artist talk and studio tour with renowned Navajo weavers and textile artist Venancio Aragon, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020. 

Diné/Navajo weaver Aragon is SAR’s 2020 Rollin and Mary Ella King Native artist fellow. Aragon presents on his unique and stunning creations and his efforts to document the structures of lesser known and rarely practiced techniques seen in the Indian Arts Research Center’s textile collection. 

“I’ve always grown up with the mind frame that nobody tells you what to weave,


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