affirms diversity through language and culture
On October 23 a conference was held by Bernalillo
Public Schools. The need for this conference was evidenced by school
data: Of the three thousand students in the Bernalillo Public Schools,
45 percent are Hispanic, 42 percent are Native American, and 8 percent
Caucasian. Eighty-five percent of the student population comes from
a home environment where a language other than English was spoken
and 59 percent of those students were identified as English Language
Coordinators for the conference were Mateo Sanchez,
director of Indian education; Dr. Carlos Abeyta, director of hispanic/bilingual
education and conference coordinator; Bernice Fresquez Life, director
of special education; and Barbara Vigil-Lowder, superintendent.
Keynote speakers included Dr. Rubén Cóbos, author
of A Dictionary of New Mexico and Southern Colorado Spanish, and
Dr. Joe H. Suina, author of And Then I Went to School and a recently
retired professor from the University of new Mexico.
Abeyta stated, “Our students come to
school with a diverse learning style rooted in rich cultural traditions
and ways of life. We must acquire multicultural strategies that
use the rich student experiences as resources for further learning.”
Over seventy participants gave a wide variety
of presentations and workshops covering topics such as Preparing
Red Chile and Roasted Corn, Using Music in the Bilingual Classroom,
BHS Cochiti Keres Language, Raising My Son Bilingual and Bicultural,
Día de Los Muertos in the Classroom, Community of Bernalillo:
A Cultural Perspective, Native Cultural Foods, Effective Reading
Instruction in 2-Way Dual Language, Differentiated Instruction in
Math, Integrating Art in the HS Classroom, Working Together Toolkit,
and Bullies in the Classroom.
Superintendent Vigil-Lowder said, “Multiculturalism
is part of our communities. Diversity is at the very root of the
richness that our students bring to school. The culture, the language
is who we are and our pride is demonstrated by our actions. We are
proud to impart our heritage by making every child feel that he
or she belongs. Every child should feel validated and empowered
to learn and succeed. Every child should be provided instruction
in a manner that is best for their learning style, including using
their native language. We should use their rich cultural experiences
as resources for instruction.”
She quoted Dr. Sabine Ulibarri:
In the beginning was the Word. And the Word was made flesh. It was
so in the beginning and it is so today. The language, the Word,
carries within it the history, the culture, the traditions, the
very life of a people, the flesh. Language is people. We cannot
even conceive of a people without a language, or a language without
a people. The two are one and the same. To know one is to know the
Rio Rancho High School student to be honored for
seven years of volunteer service
—FAWN DOLAN, BOUND FOR SUCCESS
For the first time ever, on November 14, the Association of Fundraising
Professionals is honoring three young philanthropists on National
Philanthropy Day. The youth categories were for elementary, middle-,
and high-school students who had made significant contributions
to the community for their volunteer work in local nonprofit organizations.
Bound for Success submitted K'Dawn Butler as an entrant. K'Dawn,
a high-school student at Rio Rancho High School, has been volunteering
her services for the past seven years at Nearly New–A Repeat
Boutique, operated by Bound for Success. Nearly New provides free
clothing to women who are in transition from home to work, school
to work, or welfare to work, as well as to victims of domestic abuse.
Since K'Dawn was seven years old, she has sorted, hung, and priced
clothing, made displays, modeled clothing, and purchased toys at
garage sales, with her own money, for children to play with when
they come into the shop with their moms. She has donated her time
almost every Saturday during the school year and Saturdays and every
other Tuesday during the summer. Her long-term commitment to the
agency and her positive role-modeling won over the awards committee.
Her continued support for the last seven years was the deciding
factor in a field of incredible youth philanthropy, especially in
the high-school category.
K'Dawn will be recognized at the Association of Fundraising Professionals
twentieth anniversary National Philanthropy Day Luncheon on November
14 at the Embassy Suites. She will receive a $250 savings bond and
a check for $250 to donate to her favorite charity ... Bound for
Corporate tables for the luncheon are $1,000 and individual tickets
are $35. Call 890-2256 if you would like to register.
Vote for both library bonds November 7
—ANNE FROST, MEMBER, PLACITAS COMMUNITY LIBRARY
On the ballot this year are two library-bond Issues, one for the
sixteen Sandoval County libraries and a second for the whole state.
The Placitas Community Library Board and volunteers urge you to
support both of these, as they serve different needs and will have
minimal impact on taxes.
First, let's look at the Sandoval County General Obligation Bond.
The $3.25 million is to be used over four years for long-term projects
and improvements such as high-speed Internet access, furnishings
for the new building, book purchases, and program funding.
The Placitas Library will receive approximately $122,000, and
the Bernalillo Library $209,000. Both libraries deserve your support.
The GO Bond will not raise your taxes.
State General Obligation Bond “C” will appear near
the bottom of your ballot. This bond will provide $9 million for
all libraries in the state, with $3 million going to public libraries.
Since over 50 percent of New Mexicans have library cards, this seems
a good use of tax dollars. These funds can be used for books, computers,
databases, and the like. It is estimated that this bond will add
to your taxes $1.50 for each $150,000 of home value. This is a small
price to pay for such vital services used by so many.
The library is always grateful for your wonderful donations of
books and other media. Here are a few recent publications we would
love to have: Blood and Thunder, by Hampton Sides, a story of Kit
Carson, the U.S. Government, and the Navajo Nation; Conservatives
without Conscience, by John Dean; Mind Set: Reset Your Thinking
and See the Future, by John Nesbitt; or Eats Shoots and Leaves for
Kids, by Lynn Truss. If you happen have a copy languishing on your
shelves, and would like to pass it on to the community, please drop
it off at the library and we will get it right on the shelf. Speaking
of which, we now have Bob Woodward's new book, A State of Denial,
ready for you to check out.
Important dates coming up:
Friday, November 3—Children's Story Time, 10 a.m.
Monday, November 6—Library book club discussion of Sarah,
by Orson Scott Card, 4 p.m.
November 18 and 19—Fall Book Sale at the Library, 10-4 p.m.
Saturday; 10-3 p.m. Sunday
Monday, December 4—Library Book Club Discussion of A Lady's
Life in the Rockie Mountains, 4 p.m. (Please drop in even if you
haven't read the books and discover what this open, lively group
has to offer.)
Saturday, December 9—Holiday Open House
Our annual Friends of the Library solicitation letter will appear
in your mailboxes soon. Remember that the library is staffed entirely
by volunteers. Your contribution to the Friends allows us to keep
the lights on and the rent paid, so please give generously. (GO
bond funds and such cannot be used for operating expenses.)
Bernalillo Public Schools hires director of Indian
Bernalillo Public Schools is pleased to announce that Matthew
L. Sanchez has accepted the district position of director of Indian
Sanchez brings a rich background of experience in working successfully
with the Native American community and writing and managing grants.
During his most recent professional experience, as the director
of education for the Pueblo of San Felipe, he managed federal and
state grants, maintained budgets, met reporting requirements, and
collaborated with staff to accomplish project goals for native youth.
As a trainer with the Native American Alliance Foundation, Sanchez
provided technical assistance and training throughout the United
States for tribal youth programs. He brings to this position established
strong partnerships with local tribal leaders and communities and
a working knowledge of the district. He looks forward to returning
to the district where he first began as a student teacher in 1996.