Village Academy public charter school celebrates successes, recruits
Village Academy is celebrating its second-year successes. The Academy
participated in the Reading Across America Day with a reading event
that included Ms. Leigh, social studies teacher, dressed up like
Dr. Seuss, and students from Ms. Trujillo’s third-grade class
at Carroll Elementary as guests of honor. The students were served
green eggs and ham; read Dr. Seuss books; assisted with Dr. Seuss
arts, crafts, and worksheets; and were served a Cat-in-the-Hat birthday
cake. All third-grade students received a copy of Horton Hears a
Who and a Read Across America certificate.
In addition, Village Academy charter school has received a generous
donation of $2,500 from Wal-Mart and a set of forty teaching resource
posters from the National Endowment for the Humanities’ Picturing
America Program, courtesy of Sue Strasia. The posters open students’
eyes to America’s rich history and culture and provide an
introduction to the broader world of the humanities. The school’s
enrollment has increased by fifty percent. Students reported that
utilizing our “Read 180” customized reading program
for levels K-12 was both enjoyable and helpful in improving their
Benny Shendo, Jr., former State Secretary of Indian Affairs and
a strong advocate for charter schools, will be a guest speaker at
Parent Night. This event is open to the community. Please call the
Academy for details.
Prospective sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students and their
families interested in learning more about this unique school are
invited to an open house on April 2 at 7:00 p.m. or April 19 at
1:00 p.m. Both events will provide information in English and Spanish.
Charter school students are picked through a lottery process. Parents
are encouraged to fill out a lottery application at Village Academy,
Our Lady of Sorrows, 301 Camino del Pueblo in the Motivation Center,
mid-center of the building in Bernalillo from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00
p.m. In order to complete the school lottery and application process,
interested parents are required to attend a mandatory handbook meeting.
For more information, call 867-9094.
County opens summer youth jobs program
Sandoval County Commission Chairman Joshua Madalena said young
residents ages fourteen to seventeen years are encouraged to apply
for the County’s highly successful Summer Youth Employment
Applications for this year’s program will be available beginning
Monday, March 10, at the Sandoval County Courthouse in Bernalillo
and at senior centers in the Jemez Valley, Cuba, and Peña
Blanca. Applications must be completed and returned by the April
18 deadline. Applicants will be notified of job placements by May
14, and work begins with a mandatory orientation session in Bernalillo
on June 2.
About one hundred young workers will be selected for the program
this year, which runs through July 25. Participants will work twenty
hours weekly for government and not-for-profit employers in all
areas of Sandoval County, and will earn $5.85 an hour.
“This is a great opportunity for our County’s youth.
It is a program that I strongly support and highly recommend,”
Madalena said. “The jobs available through the County program
offer far more than paychecks,” he said. “In addition
to providing salaries for clothing, education, and recreation, the
County program helps our youth develop new skills and work ethics
that will last a lifetime.”
Madalena said adult supervisors in the County program are “key”
to the program’s success. “The County works very closely
with supervisors who are responsible for training and providing
on-the-job oversight,” Madalena said. “In addition,
the supervisors of young employees must be flexible in scheduling
to accommodate summer school, vacations, and medical appointments.”
Madalena said work opportunities in the SYEP may include washing
dishes, typing and filing, lawn maintenance, or working with senior
“Regardless of the tasks, each job is important and necessary,”
Madalena said. “The County Commission has high expectations
of participants. We expect our younger residents to do a good job
and make a valuable contribution in their work and to establish
the ethics and memories that will last through their lifetimes.”
Club Cultural Italiano now accepting Scholarship
Club Cultural Italiano, a nonprofit organization whose purpose
is to celebrate Italian culture and traditions, is announcing the
guidelines and eligibility requirements for 2008 graduating high
school seniors who wish to apply for a CCI scholarship.
Teachers in the Rio Rancho High School and Albuquerque Public High
Schools have received the packet of requirements for distribution
to interested students. The deadline date for applications to be
submitted is April 30.
Two awards are offered: First place winner will receive $1000,
and second place, $500.
Anyone wishing to donate to the scholarship fund or find out more
about the Club's monthly meetings, contact June Trezza at 867-6842.
Holistic Moms Network chapter forming in Sandoval
A new chapter of the Holistic Moms Network is forming in Sandoval
County and will hold an open house at the Placitas Community Center,
41 Camino de Las Huertas on Wednesday, April 2 at 6:30 p.m.
The Holistic Moms Network is a rapidly growing national non-profit
organization connecting moms who are passionate about holistic health
and green living. “Through monthly meetings, our local chapters
bring parents together in a non-judgmental environment that honors
their lifestyle and parenting choices,” says the group’s
Executive Director Nancy Massotto. “For new parents who choose
to raise their children holistically, having the support of like-minded
parents is critical,” she says. The Holistic Moms Network
encourages new moms to trust their instincts, to parent from the
heart, and to educate themselves about the pros and cons of all
healthcare options. Through a dynamic email discussion loop, members
of the group share life-changing information and advice on a variety
of topics including pregnancy, breastfeeding, natural childbirth,
positive discipline, alternative medicine, and all aspects of green
The organization, which was founded in New Jersey in 2003, currently
has more than 115 chapters across the United States. “A majority
of today’s moms say that pregnancy inspired a shift to green
living, and three quarters of Americans seek out some form of alternative
medicine,” says Massotto, “so we’re seeing a surge
of interest in our organization.”
Moms, dads, grandparents, partners, and other caregivers are all
welcome to join. The Sandoval County Chapter meets on the first
Wednesday of each month at the Placitas Community Center and welcomes
volunteer guest speakers on a variety of holistic lifestyle topics.
For more information, visit the Holistic Moms Network website at
www.holisticmoms.org or contact the organization at : (877) HOL-MOMS.
Placitas Elementary School hosts spaghetti dinner
Following the incredible turnout for February’s ribbon-cutting
ceremony for the new and improved Placitas Elementary School, there
is another opportunity for Placitas residents and friends to explore
the renovations just completed. On April 11, Placitas Elementary
will hold its annual spring spaghetti dinner and gift basket raffle.
Items for silent auction will also be available for bid. This will
be an opportunity for Placitas residents to see their tax dollars
at work in helping to promote an environment of learning and enrichment
for Placitas children—and to enjoy a good meal with other
members of the community.
Come tour our building, the renovation, and classroom additions,
which were completed on time and under budget. This recent work
expanded permanent classroom space to remove portable classrooms.
This newly enhanced learning environment, though, is only one element
of the equation that helps Placitas Elementary remain one of the
only elementary schools in Bernalillo Public Schools to meet or
exceed AYP requirements. The other is the ongoing support of the
community. For example, notable attendees at the ribbon-cutting
ceremony included our State Senator Kent Cravens and State Representative
The dinner, which begins at 6:00 pm on April 11, will have a nominal
fee. For those with a sweet tooth, there will be an ice cream sundae
table hosted by the Art in the School program. In addition to the
silent auction, attendees will have the opportunity to buy raffle
tickets to win one of several gift baskets. The baskets, which have
been donated by community leaders, Placitas residents, and parents,
will have a variety of themes, from gardening—just in time
for spring—to sports and epicurean-related themes. Tickets
will be available prior to the event and at the door. We welcome
you to come on out and support your local school.
Wild animals at the Placitas Library!
On April 26, the Placitas Community Library will be holding its
annual Birthday Bash from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. From 11:00
a.m. to 12:00 noon, the “Zoo to You” van will provide
an educational presentation which will include live animal ambassadors
such as birds and mammals, as well as biofacts about the role each
plays in the ecosystem.
This summer’s reading program theme is “Catch the Reading
Bug!” Our weekly story time, along with related hands-on projects,
will be every Thursday morning, from June 5 to August 7. We will
have two age groups: preschool/primary and primary/intermediate.
The library will also have the annual Summer Reading Challenge.
Registration cards for the Challenge will be available beginning
on April 26 at the library.
Beginning Tuesday, April 1, the library will be open from 10:00
a.m. to 7:00 p.m. every Tuesday.