Mateo Sanchez writes winning proposal for adventure-based
experiential education funding at BPS
Department of Education awards $818,967 to Bernalillo Public Schools
The US Department of Education has awarded a three-year grant totaling
$818,967 to Bernalillo Public Schools’ (BPS) Office of Native
American Education. The BPS program, Project Venture, will use adventure-based
experiential education to teach students life skills toward strengthening
Written by BPS Director of the Office of Native American Education,
Mateo Sanchez, the proposal was one of only sixteen projects approved
nationwide for funding under the Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools.
The National Indian Youth Leadership Project (NIYLP), an organization
that developed the curriculum and has implemented similar programs
in the McKinley County area for twenty-five years, will assist in
the implementation of Project Venture, providing training materials
According to Sanchez, the program will include student adventures
such as whitewater rafting, nature hikes, mountaineering, ropes
courses, and challenge courses. “The program uses a unique
experiential approach to teach students problem solving, communication
skills, and goal setting,” Sanchez said. “For example,
during a mountain hike, students are asked, ‘What resources
are needed to go from point A to point B?’ ‘How do we
utilize our resources as a team to solve problems?’ ‘Whom
do we go to if additional resources are needed to solve problems?’
The students will learn to reflect on the consequences of their
The program will serve all students in seventh- to ninth-grade
physical education classes. Ninth-grade students will also be provided
with an after-school leadership service-learning program where students
will reach out to the community to solve problems.
Sanchez has had eight years of experience in coordinating the NIYLP
program at Isleta and San Felipe pueblos. The Office of Juvenile
Justice serving Native American populations liked the program so
much that they invited Sanchez to present the program at their regional
conferences, reaching two hundred tribes during 2005-06. The program
is recognized by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration
as an evidenced-based program proven to be effective.
Village Academy Charter now enrolling
—KIM SMITH, VILLAGE ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL
Final enrollment has begun for the Village Academy Charter
School, a tuition-free choice for public middle school, located
at 301 Camino del Pueblo in Bernalillo. It is open to sixth- through
eighth-grade students in Bernalillo, Rio Rancho, Placitas, Albuquerque,
and Pueblo communities.
Classes will begin August 16. For enrollment information, parents
can call or visit the school beginning August 1. Staff will be available
Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. or by making an
Village Academy will offer a free after-school program this school
year, daily from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The program will have a
teacher present to help students who have questions about school
Breakfast and lunch will also be served and are offered on an income-based
Charter schools manage their own operation and finances through
a governing board and are subject to the same federal and state
regulations that apply to traditional public schools.
Village Academy Charter School offers very small student-to-teacher
ratios; is a tuition-free, non-religious school; provides wireless
laptops, modern classrooms and ergonomic chairs for students; life-long
sports like horseback riding, golf, skating, and martial arts; and
emphasizes experiential learning and cultural awareness. Transportation
for students within the Bernalillo Public School District is provided.
For more information, contact Pamela Engstrom, Principal, at 867-9094
or 449-8113, or email: email@example.com.
You may also visit the website at www.villageacademyplacitas.com.
Registration schedule for new students in the
Bernalillo Public School System
Bernalillo School System parents should note registration information,
as well as new arrival and dismissal times for the coming school
year, as follows:
Bernalillo High School: Students A-M, register August 6; students
N-Z, register August 7. Registration is from 9:00 a.m. to noon and
1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days. New arrival and dismissal times:
7:40 a.m. to 2:47 p.m.
Bernalillo Middle School: August 6 and 7, registration is from
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.; August 8, registration is from 8:00 a.m.
to noon. New arrival and dismissal times: 7:40 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Carroll Elementary School: August 2 and 3, registration is from
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. New arrival and dismissal times: 8:45 a.m.
to 3:15 p.m.
Roosevelt Elementary School: First grade: August 2, registration
is from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; Second grade: August 2, registration
is from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m.; New kindergarten: August 3, registration
is from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.; New students: August 3, registration
is from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m.; Meet the Teacher: August 15 from 1:00
to 3:30 p.m. New arrival and dismissal times: 9:00 a.m. to 3:25
Algodones Elementary School: August 6 to 10, registration is from
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Arrival and dismissal times: 8:00 a.m. to
Cochiti Elementary and Middle Schools: August 7, registration is
from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Arrival and dismissal times: 8:00 a.m.
to 2:45 p.m.
Placitas Elementary School: August 6, registration is from 8:00
a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Arrival and dismissal times: Kindergarten, 8:00
a.m. to 2:35 p.m.; First through fifth grades, 8:00 a.m. to 2:40
Santo Domingo Elementary and Middle Schools: August 8-10, registration
is from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Arrival and dismissal times: 8:50
a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
For more information and to learn more about their policies and
programs, call (505) 867-2317.
Free meals for students in Bernalillo School System
On June 29, 2007, Debra J. Trujillo, Student Nutrition Services
Coordinator of the Bernalillo School System announced that children
in Algodones, Bernalillo High, Bernalillo Middle, Carroll, Cochiti,
Roosevelt, and Santo Domingo schools will be offered free meals,
regardless of income, through the 2007-08 school year unless otherwise
All meals served must meet regulations established by the U.S.
Department of Agriculture. However, if a child has been determined
by a doctor to be disabled and the disability prevents the child
from eating the regular school meal, the school will make any substitutions
prescribed by the doctor at no extra charge. If you believe your
child needs substitutions because of a disability, get in touch
with your school office for further information.
A copy of the policy is available for review by any interested
party at each school and the Office of the Superintendent / Administrator.
Note that free and reduced eligibility may be subject to release
to other federal, state, and local education, health, and other
Third annual back-to-school tax holiday
New Mexico residents will be able to take advantage of the 3rd
annual tax holiday, August 3 through 5. A family can save up to
$42 in taxes if they spend $600 on school clothes, and there are
additional savings for computer purchases and school supplies.
Nontaxable items include: clothing and footwear—$100 or less;
school supplies such as pens and paper that are typically used in
a classroom setting—$15 or less; computers—$1,000 or
less; as well as assorted computer equipment—$500 or less.
The price limits are for each item, not for the total amount spent
for all purchases. For example, a family could purchase three computers
tax-free as long as each computer did not exceed the $1,000 limit
Details on the tax holiday, including which items are excluded
from gross receipts tax, can be found on the state Taxation and
Revenue website: http://www.state.nm.us/tax
Rotary holds benefit dinner-dance for after-school
On Friday, August 31 at 6:00 p.m., the night before the New Mexico
Wine Festival, the Bernalillo Rotary Club will host an evening of
dinner and dancing at the Hyatt Tamaya Resort. The Tamaya has made
a commitment to the Rotary to charge about a third of what it would
normally cost to have a formal sit-down dinner.
The dinner is open to the community. You do not need to be a Rotary
member to attend. Cocktails will be served at 6:00 p.m., followed
by dinner at 7:00 p.m. After dinner, Al Hurricane and his band will
perform until midnight. Tickets are $100 per person, with all after-expense
proceeds going to the purchase of transportation for after-school
programs in Bernalillo.
“Bernalillo has a fine after-school program and summer programs,
but not all children can get to the programs if they do not go to
a school close by—hence the need for transportation,”
said event organizer Ray Jecklin.
To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.dinnerforyouth.org
or call Lisa at (505) 514-9482.
Summer reading celebration at library
—ANNE GREY FROST, PLACITAS COMMUNITY LIBRARY
The Placitas Community Library will hold a Summer Reading Celebration
as the final event for the children’s summer reading program
on Saturday, August 18, from 10:00 a.m. to noon. All children, regardless
of participation in our summer program, along with their families,
are invited to attend. We will celebrate with a guest storyteller,
a family scavenger hunt, and refreshments. Our special presenter
is Susi Wolf, a local professional storyteller. She is an active
member of the National Storytelling Network. Her program “Stories
‘n’ Such” will include multicultural folktales
and animal fables with animal biofacts. There will also be bags
of prizes for all those children who participated in our summer
Our treasure chest is quickly accumulating gold reading coins.
As of now, over three hundred-fifty books have been read by our
community’s children. If your child has not brought in his
or her reading log to get credit for books read, don’t forget
to come in soon. Each time in August that a child comes to the library
with his or her reading log showing new books read, he or she will
receive a small prize.
There are two more scheduled story and craft times for children
this month, on August 2 and 9. We hope to see you there as well
as on Saturday, August 18, for our fabulous Summer Reading Celebration.
Calling all architects! Sandoval County will be issuing the RFQ
for the new Library building soon. Please watch for it, as we would
like to have lots of proposals from which to choose.
Bernalillo Public Schools substitute teaching
The required in-service workshop for all substitute teachers will
be held at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, August 2, at the Bernalillo Public
Schools’ Central Office at 224 North Camino del Pueblo in
“Anyone interested in being a substitute teacher with the
Bernalillo Public Schools must attend the in-service workshop and
have a substitute application on file,” said John Ryan, Executive
Director of Human Resources and Accountability.
Applications and necessary forms will be available at the workshop.
The New Mexico Substitute Teacher License form must be submitted
before an applicant will be placed on the substitute list. Substitute
applicants who have a degree need to provide an official copy of
their college transcripts or diploma. Non-degreed applicants need
to provide their high school diploma or GED. Applicants will need
their driver’s license and social security card to complete
the I-9 verification form for their file. Also required for each
applicant’s file are two personal references and fingerprint
For more information, please contact John Ryan at (505) 867-2317.
Parenting skills taught at Zia Pueblo
The Nurturing Parenting Program, which is free and open to the
public, will be offered from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. at Zia Pueblo beginning
August 20. A Parent Educator and a Child Educator will conduct the
classes. Preregistration is required. For more information, call
Mary at 332-3765 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This program is from NMSU’s Strengthening Families Initiative.
Adobe Brothers give informative concert on American
string band music
The Rio Rancho Library will present a free concert by the Adobe
Brothers String Band on Tuesday, August 21, 6:30 p.m. at Loma Colorado
Main Library auditorium, 755 Loma Colorado Drive. Free tickets are
available at the adult information desk.
Join the library for this program on traditional American string
band music. The Adobe Brothers String Band will perform a wonderful
blend of traditional string band music combined with a brief history
of the instruments and songs.
For more information, call 891-5013, ext. 3039 or email email@example.com.