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Announcements for the Week of August 22, 2011
August 22, 2011
APS Employees May Buy Discounted A is for Art! Tickets: For one week only, APS employees may buy discounted tickets for the A is for Art! gala and auction which will be held Friday, Sept. 9, at the Albuquerque Museum. The employee discount will be available from Monday, Aug. 22 - 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 26. Discounted tickets are $12 each; regularly priced tickets are $25 for adults, $10 for students. The auction is a fundraiser for the APS Fine Arts Department and the APS Education Foundation. Young artists receive 40 percent of the sale. To buy tickets, call the Foundation at 878-6167. Discounted tickets may not be purchased online, but credit card orders will be taken over the phone.
New coordinator in the Translation and Interpretation Services office: Please join APS Translation and Interpretation Services in welcoming Manola Colter, the new coordinator for Translation and Interpretation Services and thanking Tomas Butchart for his excellent service to parents, schools and community and wishing him the very best in his retirement. Ms. Colter joins Jason Yuen, coordinator and Cathy Barranca, secretary. Visit the Translation and Interpretation new website to become acquainted with services at http://www.aps.edu/language-and-cultural-equity/translation-and-interpretation-services.
Qwest Grant Opportunity for Teachers: The 2011-2012 Qwest Grant for technology in education is available for application for teachers to request funding from $500 up to $5000. For more information, visit http://www.aps.edu/online-learning or call Amy Phipps at 830‑8073. Submissions are due Sept. 16.
Rio Grande HS History Wall Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Set Aug. 29: The Rio Grande High School Alumni Association, sponsors, and friends, as part of an Open House, will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony for the History display housing items showing the rich history of RGHS at 4:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 29 at the RGHS Student Commons Building. For more information, call Trish Gallegos at 715-5363 (email@example.com), Maria Barraza at 503-6753, or visit www.rghsalumni.com.
Rider Alert for Rio Metro Regional Transit District: There will be no Rio Metro bus service on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5. Service will resume Tuesday, Sept. 6. For further information, please call 1-866-795-7245 or David Rankin at 238-9413.
Health Fair and Breast Cancer Education Seminar Is Sept. 24: Anita Salas Memorial Fund in collaboration with the Central New Mexico Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is presenting "Beauty and The Breast 2011." The women’s health fair is set for 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Sept. 24 at the Hard Rock Casino and Resort, 11000 Broadway SE. For information, call 559-6216, Colleen Sullivan-Moore at 203-5889 (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Diane DaCamara (505) 841-5896 (Diane.Piccione-Dacamara@state.nm.us).
Walk and Roll to School Day is Oct. 5: The New Mexico Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is encouraging students, parents, and staff to walk, bike and/or “roll” (skate, skateboard, use a wheelchair or scooter) to school on Oct. 5 to raise awareness of pedestrians and bicyclists and promote physical activity. Please register your event on the International Walk to School in the USA website at www.walktoschool.org. For more information, visit www.nmsaferoutes.com or call Jessica Frost at 476-2155.
Annual Scholarship Fundraising Golf Tourney set for Oct. 15: In honor of longtime APS employee Don Whatley, an annual scholarship fundraising golf tournament to benefit the APS Title I Homeless Project will be held Saturday, Oct. 15 at the Arroyo Del Oso Golf Course. Legislators, union leaders, APS administrators and teachers, and all who wish to support the students in the Homeless Project are invited. For more information, call Ed Monjarás at 262-2657, ext. 206, or e-mail email@example.com.
Training for Level III Teachers, Counselors Who Want to Become Principals: An informational meeting will be held at 3 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. on Aug. 29 and Sept. 1 at City Centre Conference Center about a grant awarded to APS, UNM, and the New Mexico School Leadership Institute to identify, train, and support principals to help improve student learning in APS high-need schools. For more information, call Debbie Hamilton at 252-1017 (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Mary Render at 362-9033 (email@example.com).
The Anatomy of Possibility Workshop set for Sept. 30: The National Association of Social Workers – New Mexico Chapter is offering “The Anatomy of Possibility” workshop which addresses the importance of whole child education from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m., Sept. 30 at United Way of Albuquerque, 2340 Alamo Avenue SE, #200. Cost is $80 for non-members. Mail registration and payment by Sept. 23 to NASW-NM, 2444 Louisiana Blvd. NE, Suite 211, 87110. For more information, visit www.naswnm.org, call Raquel Robertson at 247-2336, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
After School Workshop on Mobile Learning set for Aug. 30-31: Apple is sponsoring an after school workshop on mobile learning from 4 – 5:30 p.m., Aug. 30 for elementary school teachers and Aug. 31 for secondary school teachers. Space is limited. For information, visit http://www.aps.edu/online-learning or call Amy Phipps at 830-8073. To sign up, please enroll through AIMS/Educator development, http://aims.schoolnet.com.
Video Tutorials on Assistive Technology: Atomic Learning's “Assistive Technology Collection” includes short, show-and-tell video tutorials that show how to use and apply assistive technology. Examples include: PixWriter, iPad, iPod Touch, Boardmaker Plus!, ActivInspire – Promethean Board, WordQ 2, and others. Login using your APS credentials at www.atomiclearning.com/login/aps. Parents and students are also welcome to utilize these tutorials at http://www.atomiclearning.com, user = albuquerqueps, password = atomic. For more information, call Thor Spangler at 298-6752 x 3461.
Students Can use WordQ at Home: Because APS has a site license for Word Q, students can use it at home and access it from their home computer. For more information contact Thor Spangler in the APS Assistive Technology Office, 298-6752 x 3461
Hispanic Heritage Art Contest Open to All Students: Entry deadline is Sept. 19 for the Hispanic Leadership Outreach Committee at Sandia National Laboratories, Kirtland AFB, NNSA Sandia Site Office, and NNSA ABQ Complex’s Annual Youth Art Contest in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month. For more information, call Janice Martinez at 284-4108 (email@example.com), Elizabeth Lopez at 845-9709 (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Erin Longoria at 845-9097 (email@example.com). If mailing, send by Sept. 9 to: Sandia National Laboratories, ATTN: Janice Martinez, 1515 Eubank, SE, Mail Stop 0634, 87185
Water Resources Education Program for K-12: The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority offers a 2011-2012 Water Resources Education Program for grades K-12. Classroom presentations correlate science curriculum maps, standards, and benchmarks and include hands-on activities. Teacher professional development is also offered. For more information, visit http://www.abcwua.org/education, call Sharon Sivinski at 768-3245 (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Katie Babuska at 975-0036 (email@example.com).
Check out the new Employee Discounts site to learn about our community partners who offer discounts to APS employees.