Children's flea market planned
—LINDA HUGHES, AIS COORDINATOR, PES
Spring is around the corner, and the Placitas Flea Market will start
off the season May 8 with a children's flea market. Kids, parents,
grandparents: clean out those toy boxes, closets, and garages and
haul it all down to the Merc for a fun day of selling, swapping,
and buying. Participants can bring outgrown clothing, toys, bikes,
books, music, games, and handmade crafts. Lemonade stands and bake
sales are welcomed.
This is a great opportunity for children to make a little pocket
change and clear out unused items. The usual $10 vendor fee will
be deferred for the child's table or space.
The flea market will continue through October 14, always on the
second Saturday of the month from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. If you
have something to sell, or love browsing and buying, this is the
place to be. Everyone is welcome to participate; however, no hot
food or sandwiches are permitted.
The fees collected from the Flea Market support the Art in the
School Program at Placitas Elementary. AIS is a nationally recognized
nonprofit art-education program that provides a comprehensive visual-art
curriculum to over twelve thousand elementary children in our area.
Parent and community volunteers attend a series of art lectures
and studio workshops that prepare them to go into the classroom
to teach the art lessons. Placitas Elementary has the good fortune
of having eleven volunteer presenters: nine parents and two volunteers
recruited from the community. Every classroom has a presenter and
every student reaps benefits from this extraordinary program.
This year's theme focuses on architecture, “From Tut to
the Extraterrestrial: An Adventure in Architecture!” The children
have created Egyptian pyramids and Greek temples and soon will be
exploring medieval castles and architecture of the future in the
program “Starships, Earthships, and Multi Family Homes.”
For more information on AIS or the Placitas Flea Market, contact
Golfing program offers life skills to local youth
The First Tee of Central New Mexico is accepting registrations
for its 2006 season. The not-for-profit organization based at the
Santa Ana Golf Club provides instruction in life skills and golf
skills for local youth. Boys and girls from six to eighteen are
welcome in the program.
The year 2005 saw 600 percent growth in numbers of participants
over 2004 and it is expected that still more youngsters will participate
in 2006. To accommodate this growth, The First Tee will offer classes
at both Santa Ana and Twin Warriors golf clubs in 2006.
A wide selection of sessions is offered. All students will register
for a summer session, the first of which begins May 30. Spring and
fall sessions are optional, and are available on a first-come, first-served
basis at additional cost. The spring session begins
The cost at time of sign-up is $75. Fees for the optional spring
and fall sessions are $30 for each additional session. Golf equipment
is furnished for participants who do not have their own. In addition
to the group instruction, students receive free rounds of golf,
additional discounted rounds of golf, and reduced-cost range balls.
For the best choice of sessions, early registration is encouraged.
A printable registration form and further information about the
program and teaching schedule can be found at www.TheFirstTeeCentralNM.org.
The First Tee office, located at Santa Ana Golf Club, is open from
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, and until 6:00
p.m. on Wednesdays, 771-1762.
The public is invited to participate by way of tax-deductible
donations, sponsorship, and volunteering.
Village Academy Charter School launches open enrollment
When the Village Academy Charter School's governance council members
and volunteers meet this month, there will be plenty of smiles to
To kick off the preopening phase, Village Academy is conducting
its first open enrollment period March 6 through 24. Admission is
by lottery for one of the charter school's fifty-four first-year
slots in grades six through eight. To enroll a student, parents
must first submit an application during the open enrollment period
(see ad, this Signpost). The governance council is hosting two information
sessions for interested families, on March 8 and March 22, from
7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at San Antonio Church.
Although there are details remaining, such as hiring highly qualified
instructional staff for the fall 2006 term and purchasing new furnishings,
the site-based governance council and volunteers are happy the new
charter middle school will open as planned in Placitas.
A major obstacle has been the location of a suitable facility
for the charter school's operations. However, last year, Trevor
Reed, a local Placitas developer, offered to help out. Plans are
now taking shape for a beautiful new building to house the school,
with construction to be completed this year. The proposed site is
across from La Puerta, on Highway 165, near the recycling center.
In February, the Bernalillo Planning and Zoning Commission approved
the initial plan.
Fostering community and parent involvement has helped make the
charter school a reality. From choice of curriculum (Core Knowledge)
to facility and site-based management, hands-on involvement has
been essential, according to Egda Del Valle Delaney, a member of
the governance council. Delaney's background in community schools
and social work has reinforced that perspective.
“How will our school be different? The difference is our
philosophy,” says Delaney. “We believe youngsters are
the heart of all relationships between the school (teachers and
personnel) and the home (parents or guardians). Youngsters are what
connect the school to the home, and vice versa. Therefore, it is
essential that they are central to all issues pertaining to their
own education, in partnership with their families and school personnel.”
Village Academy will be guided by that partnership philosophy.
The approach is a proven one that has been used in other parts of
the country—successfully, notes Delaney. “Those partnerships
help prevent the problems that often surface and get in the way
of youngsters learning and of teachers teaching. Besides VACS being
a learning institution, we are seeking to create a school climate
where both learning and collaboration are at the forefront, where
teachers and families are seen working together towards the same
goal: developing a well-educated, well-rounded individual.”
Public governance-council meetings are held the second Wednesday
at 7:00 p.m. at San Antonio Church. Interested individuals are encouraged
to attend the public meetings to obtain information and offer suggestions.
To receive 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 email@example.com.
Ken Noel, Bernalillo Public School district’s
new football coach
New BPS football coach has great goals for district
Bernalillo Public Schools superintendent Barbara Vigil-Lowder
has hired Ken Noel as the district’s new football coach. Noel,
who began his duties in February, has served the district as a science
teacher at Bernalillo Middle School for almost three years.
Noel replaces Matt Fortune, who coached one season at Bernalillo
and was 0-9. Noel is a former assistant football coach in Bernalillo,
under head coach Stan Garcia in 2003.
Noel was an assistant coach at Belen High from 1994 to 1997 and
an assistant coach at Los Lunas High from 1998-2002. He started
his coaching career at Idaho Falls High, where he was employed from
1983 to 1986; then he was an offensive coach at Western New Mexico
until 1990. He was an assistant at Cobre for a year, then the head
coach at Reserve in 1992 and 1993. Subsequently Noel joined Avilio
Chavez's staff at Belen, working under Chavez for nine years, first
at Belen and then at Los Lunas.
“I am really excited that I was hired,” Noel said.
“I am committed to the students and the programs and I believe
that this will make all the difference toward a successful program.”
Noel is planning the spring program and soon will begin recruiting
students, holding parent meetings, and gearing up for spring training.
“I have high hopes for our new football coach,” said
Vigil-Lowder. “I believe he has great goals for our district
and I look forward to seeing our students benefit under his leadership.”
Udall’s D.C. office seeks summer interns
U.S. Representative Tom Udall, D-NM, announced that his office
is seeking interested college students to apply for its summer internship
Every year, students are selected to gain a special perspective
of the U.S. House of Representatives by working in Udall's Capitol
"Participating in my internship program provides valuable
insight into the legislative branch of government," Udall said.
To apply for an internship, candidates must send a cover letter
and résumé to Jeanette.Lyman@mail.house.gov
or fax the materials to 202-226-1331 by March 15. Interviews and
selection will take place during the second half of March and notifications
made by April 1. For more information, please visit http://www.tomudall.house.gov.
Bernalillo Public Schools to hold meeting for homeschool
Bernalillo Public Schools has scheduled a meeting open to homeschool
parents to discuss how BPS might support the area’s homeschool
families. Aware of the number of homeschool families residing within
its boundaries, BPS is interested in discussing with homeschooling
parents methods of support that could be provided to them.
One method of support is through family schools. Family schools
have been created throughout New Mexico to support the education
of homeschooled children. According to the New Mexico Public Education
A family school provides a unique educational approach for school
districts that provides more than half-time instruction in the
public schools with the remaining time in home-based parental
instruction. The school site program is usually multi-grade with
a focus on the core content areas. The family school must receive
approval to operate as a family school by the local School Board
and the State Board of Education. Students in a family school
are considered public school students and can graduate with the
Family schools have been established in Albuquerque, Belen, Bloomfield,
Los Lunas, Rio Rancho, Santa Fe, Silver Consolidated Schools, and
A meeting will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 16, at
the BPS central office board room to discuss with the community
ways that BPS might support homeschooling efforts. The meeting is
open to all homeschooling parents who are interested in the possibilities
of a BPS family-school program.
The Bernalillo Public Schools office is at 224
North Camino del Pueblo, in Bernalillo. For more information, you
may contact Anna Torres, at 867-2317.
Volunteer tutors needed
ReadWest, the adult and family literacy provider in Rio Rancho,
is looking for volunteers to present parenting programs to parents
in Rio Rancho elementary schools and preschools. Volunteers commit
to presenting programs once or twice a month throughout the year.
Free, quality training is scheduled for Saturday, March 4, from
9:00 a.m. to noon.
ReadWest is also looking for volunteers to provide English as
a Second Language tutoring to waiting adult students. Volunteers
commit to two hours per week tutoring students in a one-to-one or
small group environment in a public place. Certified tutor training
is scheduled for two Saturdays: March 18 and March 25, from 8:30
a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Training is provided by the New Mexico Coalition
for Literacy and ReadWest and is held at the ReadWest office, 2009
Grande Boulevard, in Rio Rancho. Orientation and preregistration
will be held on Wednesday, March 15, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. and
5:30 to 7:00 p.m. For more information, call Susan Ryerson, at 892-1131.