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(l. to r.) Superintendent Allan Tapia, Deputy Superintendent Leslie Romero-Kilmer, STEM Coordinator Michelle Padilla, U.S. Bank Bernalillo Branch Manager Jeffrey Baltazar, and U.S. Bank Community Outreach Jerrica Gallegos.

STEM Sisters receive support from US Bank Grant Program

Bernalillo Public Schools Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Sisters program has been awarded a grant from U.S. Bank. STEM Sisters is an enrichment program that provides eighth grade female students positive, hands-on STEM-related experiences, such as participating in the UNM STEM-H Summer Institute, the Sandia National Lab STEM Café, and other STEM events throughout the state. BPS students have also participated in various STEM competitions throughout the state. One of the cornerstones of the program is to encourage female students to enroll in higher-level math, science, and technology courses during high school. This enables them to better compete in a STEM field during college and their careers.

Native American performance in Bernalillo shows support of the peaceful water protectors standing in solidarity to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline.

Bernalillo High School students honor the peaceful water protectors of North Dakota

—Keith Cowan, Principal, Bernalillo High School

The Bernalillo High School Native American Youth council, also known as the Hahn Youth Council, hosted an event on December 21 to show their support of the peaceful water protectors at the Sacred Stone Camp in North Dakota. The event included speeches given by students, a Native American performance, provided by students from Zia Pueblo, and the painting of a canvas banner to send to the camp in Standing Rock. The youth council also held a bottled-water drive and collected forty cases of bottled water that will also be sent to the camp, along with the banner that was created by the students. 

This was the first event of this kind at Bernalillo High School and the purpose of the event was to remind students of unity among all people, regardless of their background or nationality, as well as to show students the meaning of standing in solidarity for this and many other issues facing youth today.

Sandoval County to hold school board elections

~Signpost Staff

Four Sandoval County school districts are holding board elections on February 7, with Bernalillo voters also being asked to approve an $18.5 million bond issue.

Bernalillo board members were not scheduled to approve spending priorities for the bond money until after the Signpost deadline, but during a December 15 work session, they discussed what those items might be. Priorities include a new classroom at Algodones Elementary School, an auxiliary gym at Bernalillo High School, and classroom, parking, technology, security, and safety upgrades across the district. Board members plan to present the final list during appearances around the district this month.

"The last bond priorities have pretty much all come through," board president Gilbert Lucero said referencing the twenty million dollars that voters approved in 2013. Those projects included a gym for Cochiti Elementary and Middle School, a new elementary and middle-school campus at Santo Domingo and the new Bernalillo High School.

Candidates for positions on the five-member boards of education filed with the Sandoval County Clerk on December 20, although no one stepped up for one of three positions in the Jemez Valley district. Those filing are:

Bernalillo Public Schools:

District 1—Isaac Francis Herrera, Cochiti Pueblo, incumbent; Merlinda K. Latoma, San Felipe Pueblo
District 2—Olivia Calabaza, Santo Domingo Pueblo, Incumbent
District 3—Jodilynn Ortiz, Placitas; Gilbert Steve Lucero, Algodones, Incumbent

Jemez Valley Public Schools:

District 1—Mary Bridget Maloney, Jemez Springs, Incumbent
District 3—No candidate
District 4—Anthony Delgarito, San Ysidro, Incumbent

Cuba Independent Schools:

District 2—Wally Toledo; Taylor Pinto, Incumbent
District 3—Pamela Cayaditto, Incumbent; Cheryl R. Chavez; Elizabeth Martin

Rio Rancho Public Schools:

District 1Wynne D. Coleman; Margretta P. Franklin; Natalie Nicotine
District 3—William Edward Dunn; Martha Evelia Janssen, Incumbent
District 5—Catherine A. Jabar; Catherine Jeanette Cullen, Incumbent

Cub Scouts hike out old year, race into New Year

—--Suzann Owings

“We’ll end the year with a hike on December 30 and then intensify our Pinewood Derby efforts in January. Everyone’s welcome to the contest at 6:30 p.m., on January 25, at Carroll Elementary School,” says Cub Master David Gardner.

Before the Derby, the scouts will modify a block of pine, plastic wheels, and metal axles into a racecar and conduct practice runs on their track. Pack 708 parents can help in this project, and can draw on the aid of volunteer Leland Bowen, his experience, and his well-equipped workshop.

“Our float at this year’s Bernalillo Christmas Parade, which had the theme of Santa’s Sleigh, highlighted the Pinewood Derby,” explains Mr. Gardner. Pack 708 won the First Place trophy in the youth division at the parade.

On January 14, a Den Leader from Pack 708 will be recognized at the Boy Scouts’ Rio Grande District’s Recognition Banquet.

Pack 708’s meetings are held at the LDS Church Center in Bernalillo, west of I-25’s Exit 240. The weekly meetings are held from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. New scout members always are welcome in the Pack. Planning meetings with parents are held on the month’s fourth Tuesday.

For more information about the Cub Scouts, contact David Gardner at 867-4689 or Snow Watson, Coronado Optimist Club’s Scout Liaison, at 867-2047.
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