Charter school will conduct open
enrollment in March
Village Academy Charter School will conduct its first open enrollment
period March 6-24, with details to be formally announced in local
media and postings throughout the area.
Admission is by lottery for one of the charter school’s fifty-four
first-year slots in grades six through eight.
Updated information for interested parents and students will be
available on the charter school Web site after February 14 and will
include contact information to request an application package, as
well as time and location for public meetings and pictures of the
school’s proposed new facility.
Over the past two months, the VACS Parent Advisory Committee identified
a prospective site, now under consideration for the new middle school,
near Highway 165 and I-25. This location would offer added convenience
to working parents transporting their children to school, along
with easy bus access. Meetings are currently underway with Sandoval
County and Town of Bernalillo officials to seek formal approval
for use of the site for school operations.
Public governance-council meetings are now held the second and
fourth Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. in San Antonio Mission Social Center,
on San Antonio Road, off Highway 165. Council members welcome input
from parents and others who want to participate in any capacity,
and are actively soliciting new members for the 2006 governance
council and committees. Interested individuals are encouraged to
attend the charter school’s public meetings to obtain information
and offer suggestions.
For information about student participation, the academic program,
and how VACS can address your child's needs, write to Village Academy
Charter School, P.O. Box 1247, Placitas, NM 87043-1247, or e-mail
Web site, www.villageacademyplacitas.com,
will be revised to reflect the school’s progress.
Taxpayers can help fund park-education programs for kids
New Mexico taxpayers will notice a new option on their 2005 tax
forms: taxpayers can now voluntarily contribute a portion of their
state tax refund to support the state parks Kids ‘N’
Parks education program. The new option on the 2005 PIT-D Refund
Donation Form is the result of a law enacted in 2005 that was sponsored
by Senator Phil Griego (D-San Jose).
“Our state parks are fabulous outdoor classrooms,”
said Dave Simon, director of New Mexico State Parks. “Hands-on
outdoor educational programs can inspire children for the rest of
their lives, and most importantly, help improve academic achievement.”
New Mexico State Parks will use all donated funds towards the
Kids ‘N’ Parks educational program in order to partner
with schools, create learning materials for students and teachers,
train teachers, develop park-education programs, and underwrite
costs of transporting students to state parks.
Funds donated through the PIT option will increase educational
programs without raising taxes or visitor fees, or affecting the
state general fund.
For more information on the new PIT tax option,
call New Mexico State Parks at (888)-NMPARKS.
High school juniors, seniors invited to NMSU Spring
High school juniors and seniors interested in attending New Mexico
State University are invited to attend 2006 Spring Visitors' Day
Monday, February 20, on the university's campus in Las Cruces.
Spring Visitors' Day is a chance for students and parents to learn
about NMSU's degree programs, student life, financial aid, and more.
"Spring Visitors' Day is about providing students and families
the information they need to make good decisions," said Matt
Hulett, associate director of admissions. "Whether students
are trying to decide between two colleges or just starting to think
about going to college, this is a great way to learn what NMSU can
do for them."
Check-in begins at 8:00 a.m. at Garcia Hall, where students can
pick up schedules and free T-shirts and enjoy a complementary continental
breakfast. At 10:00 a.m., students will have the opportunity to
visit various colleges and departments.
epresentatives from the Doña Ana campus will also be available.
Representatives from the Honors College, New Mexico's only honors
college, will be on hand to answer questions at 11:00 a.m.
Financial-aid presentations will be given at 11:00 a.m. and 1:00
p.m. in the Corbett Center Auditorium. Staff will be available throughout
the day at the Educational Services Building to assist students
and parents in completing the 2006-07 financial-aid applications.
Walking tours of the campus and housing facilities will take place
every half hour from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. leaving from the Corbett
Center lobby. The Honors College also will have a tour beginning
at 11:00 a.m.
Preregistration for Spring Visitors' Day is encouraged, but not
required. For more information, or to register, call NMSU's Office
of Admissions, at (505) 646-3121 or 1-800-662-NMSU. Information
is also available online at http://www.nmsu.edu/spring_visitors.
NM Commission on the Status of Women seeks sponsors
for girls to attend conference
The New Mexico Commission on the Status of Women is calling on
businesses, organizations, and individuals to help make the Believe
in NM Girls 2006 Conference available to all New Mexico girls by
contributing to the Amiga Scholarship Fund. The conference, hosted
by the commission and designed with the young women of our state
in mind, is open to all girls ages thirteen to eighteen in New Mexico.
An Amiga Scholarship of $100 not only covers the cost of the participant's
admission and meals but also exposure to opportunities for higher
education, encouragement to look at nontraditional and high-tech
careers, information on prevention of relationship violence, and
ways to increase self-esteem and self-worth. All contributions are
Last year's conference, Year the of the NM Girl: Believe in Me,
was a huge success as girls from around the state enjoyed a weekend
at the University of New Mexico. Each girl was sponsored by someone
who cared about her future.
For more information about the conference and participating agencies,
contact the commission office in Albuquerque, at 222-6600 or 1-800-432-9168.
Additional information is available on the commission's Year of
the NM Girl Web site, www.yearofthegirl.com.