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Announcements for the Week of December 5, 2011

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December 8, 2011


Public Ed Commission to Meet Dec. 15-16: The New Mexico Public Education Commission will meet at 11 a.m., Dec. 15 and at 8:30 a.m., Friday, Dec. 16, at the Southwest Learning Center Charter School, 10301 Candelaria NE.  The agenda may be viewed at  An Open Forum will be held at 11:15 a.m., Dec. 15 with four minutes per presenter. For more information, call Beverly Friedman at 505-827-6661.


UNM Art Museum Holiday Book Sale: The University of New Mexico Art Museum is hosting a holiday book sale from now until Dec. 18 with a 15 percent discount off all books in stock and 50 percent off postcard gift sets. The UNM Art Museum is located on the UNM campus in the Center for the Arts, adjacent to Popejoy Hall.  Hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Tuesday – Friday; 1 – 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday. Admission is free, but a $5 donation is suggested.


KOATs for Kids Campaign: The 22nd annual KOATs for Kids campaign will run through Dec. 31. New or gently used winter coats may be dropped off at Molina Healthcare, Walgreens, Melloy Dodge, New Mexico Educators Federal Credit Union, Mattress Firm, Circle K, Star Bright Cleaners, or KOAT-TV offices. Cash donations will also be accepted at the credit union.  Coats will be distributed by APS, NM Public Ed Dept., and the NM Army National Guard. KOAT  has partnered with A Virtual Receptionist to operate a hotline for anyone needing further information on donating or receiving a coat. The number is (800) 678-KOAT (5627).


Barnes & Noble Holiday Book Drive Benefits APS Homeless Project: Barnes & Noble’s Annual Holiday Book Drive continues through Dec. 31. The 2011 recipient in Albuquerque is the APS Title 1 Homeless Project. Stop by Barnes & Noble, Coronado Center and purchase a book for the kids. For more information, visit or call Sally Newcomb at 883-8200.


Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Celebration Jan. 16: The 22nd annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Multicultural Celebration is set from 1 – 3 p.m., Jan. 16, at Congregation Albert, 3800 Louisiana Blvd. NE. Admission is free and ethnic dress is encouraged. The celebration is sponsored by APS, Bernalillo County, CNM, the city of Albuquerque, Congregation Albert, Congregation B'nai Israel, Saul Garcia and Jeff Pasquier, SGP Cont., LLC and the UNM Office for Equity & Inclusion. For more information, call Jewel Hall at 994-2335 or e-mail




Principalship Opportunity for Level III Teachers with Admin Licenses: The Aspiring Principals Program offered through the Alliance for Leading and Learning School Leadership Program grant has planned an “organizational” or “get-acquainted” meeting in support of those wanting to become principals  at 4:30 p.m., Dec. 13, in the City Centre conference rooms. Please bring ideas about the type of support desired. Teachers interested in the program can RSVP to Debbie Hamilton at


Zoo-phonics Workshop for APS Teachers: A discounted price of $50 is available for APS teachers at a Zoo-phonics workshop set for 8:15 a.m. – 3 p.m., Feb. 25 in the Annex Room at the Montgomery complex. To register, call Dana Schuetze at 602-885-5914 or e-mail For more information, call Dyana Abeita in the APS Curriculum and Assessment Office at 872-6807 or e-mail



“Senior Citizen” Essay Contest Open to Students in Grades 1-5: As part of the Older Americans’ Month celebration in May, the APS and the city of Albuquerque Department of Senior Affairs are conducting the 30th annual “Senior Citizen I Know” essay contest for students in grades 1-5. The contest is designed to promote positive relationships between elementary age students and senior citizens. The deadline for entries is Feb. 17, 2012. A panel of judges will select 30 winners from among the entries and winners will receive a gift from Wells Fargo Bank, a pass to Cliff’s Amusement Park and certificates from Supt. Winston Brooks and Mayor Richard J. Berry. For more information and an entry form visit,

Math-Science Scholarships Offered by ExxonMobile: APS seniors are eligible for the ExsonMobil Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships offered through the Council of the Great City Schools. Four scholarships—two for males and two for females—of $5,000 each will be awarded to two African American and two Hispanic students on behalf of former NASA astronaut, physician and businessman Dr. Bernard Harris. The deadline for submissions is April 2, 2012. To download an application visit


Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program for HS Seniors: The Comcast Leaders and Achievers Scholarship Program recognizes students who demonstrate civic involvement, academic abilities and leadership skills with a $1,000 grant to be used to further their education.  This year, Comcast is pleased to also offer one $10,000 scholarship!  Nominations must be made by the Principal or Guidance Counselor by Dec. 9.  To verify school eligibility status and to request program materials, e-mail  For more information, call Eilene Vaughn-Pickrell at 271-3701 or e-mail Eilene

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