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Announcements for Dec. 5, 2013

December 5, 2013

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Spanish Spelling Bee Set for Feb. 26: The 2014 district Spanish Spelling Bee is set for 9:30 a.m. Feb. 26 in the Annex at the APS Montgomery Complex on Louisiana NE. The District Spanish Spelling bee is open to students in grades 4th through 8th only. Schools wanting to participate should hold their own spelling bee, and send one first place winner to the district bee. Please submit the name of your school's contestant no later than Feb. 12, 2014. Word lists, rules information regarding the state Spanish Bee will be available from the NMABE website at www.nmabe.net Contact Greg Hansen in the APS Language and Cultural Equity Dept. if you have questions at hansen_g@aps.edu

Teacher Training

Deadline Extended for Reading Conference: The New Mexico International Reading Association has waived the registration requirement and extended the deadline for applications to present at the state reading conference, “Stories Carry Us Forward,” Jan. 31- Feb. 1, at the Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid, North 5151 San Francisco Rd. NE. This professional development opportunity meets “highly effective” qualifications Domain 1D on the new NM Teacher Evaluation Rubric. For more information, e-mail Dianna Valdez at valdez@aps.edu or visit www.nmira.org.

APS Middle and High Schools Science Depts. Can Apply for Grants: The Albuquerque Chapter Armed Forces Communications and Electronic Association offers science department grantss to middle and high schools for 2013‑14. To enter, teachers or administrators should submit an expense report showing how the awarded funding will be spent on consumables and a short essay on how the science class/department will benefit including the number of students affected by Jan. 17. For more information, call Stuart Kendrick at 846-7319 or e‑mail Stuart.kendrick@comcast.net.

Teachers Can Win $10,000 for School Health/Wellness Programs: Discovery Education and Sanford Health are offering teachers a chance to win $10,000 to expand health and wellness initiatives at their school in the fit 4 the classroom sweepstakes (see http://www.fit4theclassroom.com/sweepstakes).  Cross-curricular STEM lesson plans and interactive videos are available for free at http://www.fit4theclassroom.com/).  For questions, e-mail discoveryeducation@discovery.com.

Student Programs/Scholarships

Maxwell Museum Offers Free Transportation for Elementary Field Trips: The Maxwell Museum of Anthropology at UNM is pleased to announce the restarting of its “Maxwell in Motion” School Bus Program for grades 3-5 in APS Title I schools (one bus for two classes per school). This is a free program that funds class visits to the Maxwell Museum for an educational program and exploration of the UNM campus community.  Program times are 10 a.m. – 1 p.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 14 – May 13. For more information and to register, call 277-2924.

Mid-School Student Essay Contest Focuses on 1940s Women’s Baseball League: In conjunction with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League Reunion that will be held in Albuquerque this summer the group is sponsoring an essay contest for students in grades 6-8. The group, which was featured in the 1992 movie “A League of Their Own,” will meet in Albuquerque July 19-23. Students are invited to write a 500-plus word essay on how the role of women changed in the 1940s as a result of World War II. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 31, 2014, and the top prize is two tickets to the Isotopes game on July 21 and to the Reunion banquet on July 22. For complete rules and information visit the group’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AAGPBL2014 Reunion. For questions contact Janet Vanderford at vanderford@aps.edu or Kris Shepard at kshepard@abqisotopes.com.

Challenger Learning Center to Hold January Space Camp: A camp for children ages 7-12 is set for 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Jan. 2 and 3. Campers will discover how and why the moon seems to change shape, learn about the moon’s surface, and participate in several moon based activities. Cost is $100; pre-registration is required. Call 248-1776 to reserve your child's spot now. For information, call Casey Engleman at 938-7734 or e-mail casey@challengernm.org.

Mid-School Student Art Contest Focuses on ‘40s Women’s Professional Baseball League: In conjunction with the All American Girls Professional Baseball League Reunion that will be held in Albuquerque this summer the group is sponsoring an art contest for students in grades 6-8. The group, which was featured in the 1992 movie “A League of Their Own,” will meet in Albuquerque July 19-23. Students are invited to create art with the focus of Women in Baseball. The deadline for submissions is Jan. 31, 2014, and the top prize is two tickets to the Isotopes game on July 21 and to the Reunion banquet on July 22. For complete rules and information visit the group’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/AAGPBL2014 Reunion. For questions contact Janet Vanderford at vanderford@aps.edu or Kris Shepard at kshepard@abqisotopes.com.

Miscellaneous

Balloon Museum Hosts Holiday Celebration Dec. 8: Celebrate the holidays at the Balloon Museum with “Holidays Take Flight” event, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 8.  Live music, decorating holiday cookies, making fun holiday crafts, taking a photo with Balloon Pilot Santa, shopping for gifts will be featured at the event at the Albuquerque Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum Dr., in Albuquerque. For more information, call Laurie Magovern at 768-6020, e-mail lmagovern@cabq.gov or visit www.cabq.gov/culturalservices/balloonnmuseum/events/holidays-take-flight.

Education Nation Toolkit Has Tips for Academic Success: NBC News Education Nation has created a Parent Toolkit to help parents participate in their children’s academic success and personal growth for Pre-K through 12th grade.  Visit the site at ParentToolkit.com to see academic benchmarks in math and English/language arts; tips and resources; a guide to parent-teacher conferences and school counselor meetings; and a newsfeed with stories, blog posts and videos from a variety of sources.

Page One Bookstore Moving after Holidays: Page One Bookstore will be moving after the winter holiday season to their new location in the Mountain Run Shopping Center, 5850 Eubank Blvd NE (where Eubank and Juan Tabo meet  Page One will continue to operate from their current location, through the winter holidays. The store is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.  For more information, call 294-2026 or visit www.page1book.com.

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