Children’s book by Santa Ana Pueblo author explores native
mythology, cosmic origins
When the “Animal People” journey
to their new home in the Fourth World, they discover darkness. Their
leader helps them create the sun, moon, and stars by carrying up
hot coals in yucca mats from their old home in the underworld or
“Shipap.” Squirrel, Rabbit, and Badger look after the
other animals on the journey, but Coyote, known for his mischief,
has been forbidden to go with them.
A cunning animal, Coyote plots his revenge.
What happens to Coyote and the other animals explains the origins
of the cosmos in a new children’s book from the University
of New Mexico Press, Coyote and the Sky: How the Sun, Moon and Stars
Began. Emmett “Shkeme” Garcia relays the traditional
tale of his native Santa Ana Pueblo, and illustrator Victoria Pringle’s
colorful drawings bring the story to life for young readers.
Coyote and the Sky is available at
bookstores or from UNM Press (800-249-7737, www.unmpress.com).
Cool Kids Don’t Bully campaign started in
Mescalero and Ruidoso schools
New Mexico Men Against Domestic Violence has initiated a new antiviolence
campaign in the schools called “Cool Kids Don’t Bully.”
The Mescalero Apache Schools will be the first in the state to display
the Cool Kids banner.
The words “Cool Kids Don’t Bully” appear on
a three-by-six-foot banner that is personalized with each school’s
name. The top of the banner showcases children from all nationalities
carrying a friend. A thumbs up insignia encourages all kids to not
The purpose of the banner is to have all of the kids in school
sign the banner with a magic marker in support of an anti-bully
stance. The cost to add a child’s name to the banner is $1.
All kids are invited to participate, regardless of their ability
In the end, all proceeds are given to the kids so they can decide
how to celebrate their school’s Cool Kids Don’t Bully
campaign funds—like going on a field trip or having a pizza
The first annual banner for this perpetual program will be for
the 2006-2007 school year. A new banner will be provided to each
school every academic year.
Banners are being supported by local businesses and organizations.
The cost to sponsor a banner is $200, which includes your company
name on the banner. To date, local sponsors include Aspen Century
21, Schneider-Cook Law Firm, Western Auto, Behr Barn, Wells Fargo,
Foxworth Gailbraith, and SKIP Safe Kids ID Program.
There are still several Ruidoso and Ruidoso Downs schools awaiting
To sponsor a Cool Kids Don’t Bully school banner or for
further information, call Rick Naylor, at (505) 973-1727.
Chaparral GS Council seeks nominations for Hall
The Girl Scouts of Chaparral Council is seeking nominations for
their 2007 Hall of Fame event honoring women in science, technology,
and engineering. Nomination criteria include the following:
• outstanding achievements and accomplishments in her
• community involvement
• Girl Scout Promise and Law reflected in nominee’s
• Girl Scout experience, if applicable
The deadline for nominations is December 15.
Honorees will be announced at the Hall of Fame dinner and silent
auction on May 5, 2007, at the Albuquerque Embassy Suites Hotel.
All proceeds provide funding for the science, technology, and engineering
programs offered to more than forty-six hundred girls in New Mexico
and southwestern Colorado.
Nomination packets are available on the Girl Scouts of Chaparral
Council’s website at www.chaparralgirlscouts.org and from
their Program/Service Center in Albuquerque at 343-1040. For further
information about the 2007 Hall of Fame, contact Jennifer Lowe,
fund-development manager, at 343-1040.
Young women fourteen to fifteen years of age are invited to apply
to participate in Fair Play, a twelve-day science and engineering
camp. Only twenty girls will be selected to participate. For information
or an application packet, call the Girl Scouts of Chaparral Council
Office, at 343-1040.
Village Academy news
—REGGIE NEPOMUCENO, CHAIRMAN, GOVERNANCE COUNCIL,
VILLAGE ACADEMY CHARTER SCHOOL
Opening a new charter school is challenging and filled with plenty
of hard work, stress-filled weekends, and fatigue. Ask anyone at
the dozens of New Mexico charter schools that have been established
Village Academy Charter School opened its doors in fall 2006 to
serve our local students and families. VACS is pleased to announce
the hiring of Pamela Engstrom as our principal, effective this month,
to provide administrative and instructional leadership. Pamela has
broad experience in special education, educational administration,
literacy initiatives, and communications. She also served as the
assistant principal at the highly regarded Monte del Sol Charter
School in Santa Fe. The new VACS principal is also completing a
book with Kathy Wunderlich, a nationally recognized professional
in the field of behavior management.
We would like to thank Robin Troup, VACS interim principal, who
worked with our governance council to lead the school through a
successful opening and its first academic term, as well as introducing
her successor to VACS. Robin’s exceptional enthusiasm and
dedication helped bring all the elements together to successfully
open Village Academy earlier this year.
For the past two years, Village Academy struggled to locate a
suitable facility for the school’s operations. We offer our
thanks to the First Assembly of God, which helped out for several
months prior to current facilities arrangements with Our Lady of
Sorrows. The OLOS board has become our first-year “facility
angel,” giving our students an interim home until a permanent
location in the Placitas-Bernalillo area can be identified.
Public governance council meetings are now held the second Wednesday
of each month at 7:30 p.m. at Our Lady of Sorrows, 301 Camino del
Pueblo. Interested individuals are encouraged to attend the charter
school’s public meetings to obtain information and offer suggestions.
For further information, visit www.villageacademyplacitas.com,
or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.