Casias and Romero honored for outstanding educational achievement
—JENNIFER CHAVEZ, BERNALILLO PUBLIC SCHOOLS SPOKESPERSON
Two members of the class of 2008 from Bernalillo High School have
received the High Schools That Work (HSTW) Award of Educational
Achievement. High school seniors who complete a challenging and
focused program of study and demonstrate readiness for employment
and for college studies receive the award. Award recipients receiving
personalized certificates and congratulatory letters from the Southern
Regional Education Board (SREB) are Eva Casias and Ursula Romero.
“These students are to be commended for their efforts,”
said Superintendent Barbara Vigil-Lowder. “By taking challenging
courses in high school and performing well on rigorous exams, they
have demonstrated they will be successful in the workforce and in
their further education.”
Students qualify for the award by completing a college-preparatory
course of study in at least two of three subject areas (English/language
arts, mathematics, or science); completing a concentration in a
career/technical area, mathematics/science, or the humanities; and
meeting readiness goals in all three subject areas on the HSTW Assessment.
HSTW, a SREB initiative, is the largest high school improvement
effort in the United States, with more than eleven hundred school
sites in thirty-two states. HSTW is supported by member states and
grants from organizations such as the Wallace Foundation, Goldman
Sachs Foundation, the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, Carnegie
Corporation, Whitehead Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates
Foundation. SREB was founded in 1948 as America’s first multistate
compact for education.
Maia Kueny of Mother’s Day Out trains for
the Toddler Olympics.
MDO Toddler Olympics welcomes participants
The Placitas Mothers’ Day Out (MDO) program will host the
third annual Toddler Olympics on Saturday, June 7 from 10:00 a.m.
to 12:00 noon at the Homestead Village parking lot in Placitas.
The free event, which will give younger children the opportunity
to show off their keen motor skills, is part of Placitas Appreciation
This year’s Olympics features lots of fun races, including
a tricycle/bicycle/scooter race, an orange-in-a-spoon race, a three-legged
race, and a potato sack race. Other activities will include bubble-blowing,
jumping jacks, and face painting. “The little ones love the
challenge and excitement of the races,” says Debbie Stueber,
Director of the MDO program.
All kids between the ages of eighteen months and six years are
invited to show off their talent in this fun activity. Every child
who participates will receive a ribbon, says Stueber. All equipment
will be provided by the MDO program, so children just need to show
up ready for fun.
Placitas Mother’s Day Out (MDO) is a nonprofit, cooperative
childcare program which provides local children with a safe and
caring environment in which to play, share, and be children. As
the only organized childcare option in Placitas, the program also
offers a much-needed respite for moms and dads with pre-school aged
children, says Stueber.
“This is our biggest fundraiser of the year,” says
Stueber, adding that the event is made possible by the generous
support of local sponsors. “In addition to our corporate sponsorships,
we are raising funds by offering several gift baskets for raffle,”
says Stueber. The baskets include a variety of items, such as behind-home-plate
tickets to an Albuquerque Isotopes game, 2008 Women Lobos season
tickets, beauty salon and spa gift certificates, restaurant and
bakery gift certificates, a fun kids’ basket, and gardening
For more information about the event, contact Debbie Stueber at
867-5718 or Jennifer Delaney at 867-8015.
Village Academy says goodbye to eighth-graders,
welcomes new students
The Village Academy Charter School’s eighth-grade MESA group
placed eighth in the state in their math competition. The proud
recipients are Corrine Lewis, Taylor Maley, and Derrick Valdez.
Ms. Leigh Ann Leigh is very proud of her MESA students, especially
as this program is in its first year of operation, and as approximately
fifty schools participated in this statewide event. Taylor Maley
also earned an honorable mention at the New Mexico Science Fair
and was named MESA Student of the Year for the Village Academy Charter
This year began the first part of an equestrian series, courtesy
of Romero’s Thunder, Inc., which will continue next year.
In it, students learn how to ride and care for horses, and also
learn about the physiology, anatomy, and psychology of horses.
Village Academy will miss its graduating eighth-grade students,
but welcome new students. If you are interested in enrolling your
child, lotteries are held every Thursday. For more information,
contact Renee Arriola at 867-2871.
Bernalillo High School registers for one-day youth
On June 6 from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m., boys and girls ages seven to
fourteen are invited to register for a one-day YAFL football camp
in the Bernalillo High School (BHS) gym lobby. The fee is $25 for
early registration (call ahead and get your name on the list to
receive the discount; see phone numbers below); $30 for those registering
the day of camp. Lunch and a t-shirt is included with registration.
Participants will receive instruction from Bernalillo Head Football
Coach Ken Noel, BHS football staff, and players. This is a great
opportunity for players to improve on individual skills. There will
be position work with BHS coaches and players, stressing basic fundamentals
and proper techniques for blocking, tackling, catching, and throwing.
It is recommended that the participants wear shorts, football cleats,
t-shirt, and sunscreen. Water will be readily available during the
The tentative camp schedule is as follows: 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. Registration;
9:00 to 11:00 a.m. Offensive skills and drills; 11:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Lunch provided by Sonic; 11:30 a.m. to noon “Heads Up”
video and BHS highlight film; Noon to 2:00 p.m. Defensive skills
and drills; 2:00 to 2:30 p.m. Seven-on-seven games.
For more information, contact Ken Noel at 404-5231 or Wayne Longley
• jackleg (1850)—characterized by unscrupulousness,
dishonesty, or lack of professional standards: The peasants could
no longer tolerate the king’s jackleg regime.
• jacquerie (1523)—a peasant revolt: An overload of
backbreaking toil, constant grief, and tasteless gruel triggered
• jactitation (1665)—a tossing to and fro: The king
fled the city in his chauffeur-driven limousine and on rough rural
roads the jactitation within his padded cell dealt him a bloody
• jake leg (1932)—a paralysis caused by drinking improperly
distilled or contaminated liquor: In the beginning, the peasants
swallowed the king’s propaganda and promises and for years,
it was as if the whole country suffered from a lingering case of
• jeremiad (1780)—a cautionary or angry harangue: This
was a time in the country’s history when a hearty jeremiad
delivered from the pulpit or the soapbox served as education, entertainment,
and as training wheels for the political soul.
• jerkin (1519)—a close-fitting hip-length, usually
sleeveless jacket: The king’s driver, a peasant working undercover,
wore, under his stolen uniform, a tattered leather jerkin.
• jerkwater (1888)—remote and unimportant: The king
believed he was being driven to the Loyalist hideout in some hapless
• jerry-built (1869)—carelessly or hastily put together:
Ned’s jerry-built crop duster cost him his life.
• jeté (1830)—A springing jump in ballet made
from one foot to the other in any direction: The jeté originated
in the village with the early firewalkers.
• jeunesse dorée (1830)—young people of wealth
and fashion: The photos in the Abercrombie & Fitch clothing
catalog are designed to appeal to America’s jeunesse dorée.
• jiggery-pokery (1892)—trickery: The king’s
reign had proven to be just as the village seers had predicted,
an irksome onslaught of jiggery-pokery.
• jim-dandy (1887)—something excellent of its kind:
“These here vice-grips make one heck of a jim-dandy nose hair
• jingoism (1878)—extreme nationalism marked especially
by a belligerent foreign policy: Aghast and impotent, the king’s
father watched his son sink further and further into the mire of
• jo (1529)—sweetheart: At the A&W, Jo and her
jo ordered jojos and two small root beers.
• Joe Blow (1924)—an average or ordinary man: The king’s
driver, Joe Blow, drove the limousine hard across the shallow river
• Joe Six-Pack (1975)—a blue collar ordinary man: Joe
Six-Pack wrote in Adolph Coors for President, went back to his trailer,
popped a cold one, and laughed his butt off.
• John Barleycorn (1620)—alcoholic liquor personified:
At the poker table of life, John Barleycorn saw my eighty-proof
and raised me 151.
• jongleur (1779)—an itinerant medieval entertainer
proficient in juggling, acrobatics, music, and recitation: The jongleur
of today is alive in the street theater found globally in any vibrant
•judder (1931)—to vibrate with intensity: In the village
tavern, the priestess juddered as she sprinkled rooster beaks around
her hungry rabid poodle.
• jug band (1933)—a band that uses primitive or improvised
instruments to play blues, jazz, and folk music: What rock &
roll licks were first brought to life by Depression-era jug bands?
• juicehead (1955)—alcoholic: In the village, the king’s
limousine pulled up at the tavern where the priestess, the seers,
the firewalkers, Partisan troops, and angry juiceheads awaited the
• jumbo (1883)—a very large specimen of its kind: At
the long table near the jukebox, the priestess carefully placed
the rooster beaks and her teacup poodle Jumbo into the king’s
• jump cut (1948)—an abrupt transition: The short film
jump cuts between Melanie smashing the crockery in her kitchen and
Godzilla destroying downtown Tokyo.
• jumpmaster (1941)—a person who supervises parachutists:
High above the village, thirty Loyalist soldiers lined up at the
open door of the cargo plane and the jumpmaster yelled, “Go!