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Placitas Elementary receives “A” on state report card

—Bernalillo Public Schools Staff

Placitas Elementary School was recently awarded the letter grade of “A” by the New Mexico Public Education Department in its annual School Grade Report Card. This grade is for the 2014-2015 school year. The report card is used to inform parents of school age children on how well the schools within their communities are achieving. There are several factors used to determine the grade every year. The categories for the grade are:

  • Current standing: this determines how well students tested for the current year. Placitas received 34.19 out of forty.
  • School growth: students within grade levels are measured with other students for the past three years. Placitas received 9.83 out of ten.
  • Student growth of highest performing students: measurements are conducted of the highest performing students within certain grades to insure growth. Placitas received 19.72 out of twenty.
  • Student growth of lowest performing students: measurements are conducted of the lowest performing students within certain grades to insure growth. Placitas received 12 out of twenty.
  • Opportunity to learn: does the school foster an environment that facilitates learning. Placitas received 9.22 out of ten.
  • Bonus points: extra points are awarded for promoting extra curricular activities, reducing truancy, and parent involvement. Placitas received 4.56 out of five.

Out of a possible score of 105 points including the bonus points, Placitas received a total of 96.64 points. This placed Placitas Elementary School in the top five percent, among all elementary schools in the state of New Mexico.

In addition, Mr. Tim Lauer, teacher at Placitas Elementary School, received the highest PARCC standardized testing score for fifth grade in the State of New Mexico.

The school has continued to experience tremendous progress since being reconstituted in 2011 by Superintendent Allan Tapia. Enrollment has increased by almost fifty students, and academic excellent has once again become the standard. Principal James Telles attributes the success to his hard-working staff and very involved parents.

(Photo to left) With county commissioners looking on, Sandoval County Deputy of the Year Marin Orlando Carrillo displays the plaque presented to him by Undersheriff Karl Wiese. With him are his wife Mary Ann, son Orlando Jr. and daughter Mariana. Deputy Eric Steen was recognized for being nominated for the annual award as was Deputy Scott Holt, who was not present. Commission members (left to right) are Nora Scherzinger, Don Chapman, Glenn Walters, Chairman Darryl Madalena and James Dominguez.
Photo credit: —Bill Diven

County honors deputies for service and accomplishments  

—Signpost Staff

Sandoval County honored three sheriff’s deputies, took out a loan to build a new magistrate court, and re-elected its commission chairman and vice chairman last month.

Deputy Marin Orlando Carrillo was recognized as Deputy of the Year for the range of his work as a traffic and training officer who logged a high number of DWI arrests and convictions. He joined the department in 2007 serving into mid- 2011 when he left to work in his family’s business before returning two years ago because he missed law enforcement, Undersheriff Karl Wiese said.

Carrillo is certified as a crash-reconstruction specialist, which results in after-hours callouts, and is the department’s only drug-recognition expert trained to identify clues that a driver is under the influence of drugs rather than alcohol. He recently assisted in the pursuit and arrest of an Oklahoma escapee eventually captured on Zia Pueblo.

Deputies Eric Steen and Scott Holt were recognized for being nominated for the annual award.

“What makes this special is the deputies are nominated by their peers and first-line supervisors,” Weise said.

Steen is a two-and-a-half-year veteran of the department who works patrol and in the Court and Civil Division. His nomination related primarily to his work investigating crimes as the first responding deputy. Steen goes the extra mile in assisting investigators, pursuing leads and collecting evidence, Wiese said.

Holt has been with the department since April 2011 and was recognized for his work as a field training officer, his dependability, and his integrity. Holt sets an example for other officers, Wiese said

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