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Announcements for the Week of May 23, 2011
May 26, 2011
Tuesday, May 31, is Last Day of School for APS: Tuesday, May 31, will be the last day of school for APS students. It will be a half-day and schools won’t be serving lunch. High schools will dismiss at 11:30 a.m., middle schools will dismiss as 12:15 p.m. (except Washington Mid-School which will dismiss at 1 p.m.) Dismissals for elementary schools vary, but range from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Check with your child’s school for dismissal times. Classes will be held Tuesday to make-up for missed days due to snow, cold and a statewide gas shortage in February. The New Mexico Public Education Department denied a request by APS for a waiver of the day that schools closed at the governor’s request due to the gas shortage.
No Rail Runner Service May 30: The New Mexico Rail Runner Express will have not have service on Memorial Day, May 30. The train will operate on a normal weekend schedule on Saturday, May 28 and Sunday, May 29.
Principals’ Day at NDI Highland Theatre: The National Dance Institute of New Mexico is hosting a principals’ day for a behind the scenes look at renovations at the Highland Theatre at 3 p.m., Friday, June 3. If interested in attending, contact Jackie Oliver at 872-1800, ext. 1101.
NM Teacher Competency Assessment Reviews: The CNM Workforce Training Center is offering two workshops--The Teacher Competency Review from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Aug. 27, and Oct. 29 (cost is $49); and the Basic Skills Review from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., Aug. 20, and Oct. 22 (cost is $45). Both take place at the CNM Workforce Training Center, 5600 Eagle Rock Ave. To register, call 224-5200 or fax 224-5201 or visit www.cnm.edu/wtc and click on courses. For Information, call Alicia West at 224‑5204 or e-mail email@example.com.
Statehood History Teachers' Workshop set for June 10: The Historical Society of New Mexico is sponsoring the second Statehood History Teachers’ Workshop from 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., June 10, in the Town Hall in Mesilla. The workshop is free. Topics include “The Road to Statehood,” “Commemorating Statehood in the Classroom,” “Historic Old Mesilla and the Taylor-Barela-Reynolds Mesilla State Monument,” and “Teaching Statehood History.” To pre-register, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information e-mail Michael Stevenson at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project WET Teacher Training set for June 17: The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority and the Bosque Ecosystem Monitoring Project are sponsoring a Project Water Education for Teachers (WET) training workshop from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., June 17 at Bosque School. The session includes a curriculum guide, nature hike to the river, and a picnic lunch. For more information, call Sharon Sivinski at 768-3245 or e-mail email@example.com.
Teachers’ Workshop on the Manhattan Project: The New Mexico Teachers' Workshop on the Manhattan Project and its legacy will be held in Santa Fe and Los Alamos from June 20 to 23. The workshop is free and includes expert lectures, visits to museums and historic properties, and educational resources. Deadline to register is May 30. Download an application at http://www.atomicheritage.org/index.php/ahf-updates-mainmenu-153/515-2011-teachers-workshop-applications.html or request an application at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call 202-293-0045.
SAT/ACT Test Prep Offered: Standardized test scores are one of the most important factors in scholarships and college admissions, but they are one of the easiest things to improve with the right preparation. Receive instruction from a current Harvard student and Eldorado High School graduate who scored in the 99th percentile on both the ACT and SAT. A free upcoming ACT practice exam on June 4 and a free ACT strategy workshop on June 11 are open to the APS community. Students and parents can attend either or both. Practice tests are full-length mock exams provided by Revolution Prep, a leading test prep provider, and each student receives a detailed breakdown of performance and improvement strategies. Following these free events, comprehensive tutoring and group courses will be available throughout the summer for both the SAT and ACT. For more information and to sign up for free events, visit www.revolutionprep.com/ivy/kyle_s or email email@example.com.
High School Students can Observe Surgery at UNM-Hospital: High school students interested in medicine can apply to participate in “Introduction to the Surgical Environment,” June 8-10, at UNM-Hospital. Those interested must have completed high school biology with a grade of “C” or higher and complete an application and letter of interest. Students can also receive CPR training on June 11. The deadline for applying is May 31. For more information or to apply, call Luke Esquivel at 977-9560.
Junior Ranger Programs Offered for 6th-9th Graders: The Rio Grande Nature Center State Park offers students entering grades 6-9 a change to study the Rio Grande riparian ecosystem this summer. Twelve students will be accepted for each two-week session, which are scheduled June 6 – 17; June 20 – July 1; July 11 – 22; and July 25 – August 5. The sessions run 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday – Friday and cost $100 per student per session. For more information please call 575-377-1594, 877-NMPARKS or visit www.nmparks.com
Boating Safety Classes: New Mexico requires that anyone 22 years old or younger complete a Boater’s education course and pass an exam while operating any personal watercraft—jet ski, motor boat or sailboat—in New Mexico. Class are offered on-line or in person. For more information visit www.nmparks.com and click on boating and boating education, or call 505-476-3390.
Summer Reading Program Begins June 4: The Barnes & Noble store at Coronado Center will kick off its children’s summer reading program at 3:30 p.m., Saturday, June 4, with a “Travel to History” event. Children ages 10 and younger can dress as a famous historical figure and tell why they chose that person. Prizes and special Fosberry book reading are part of the event. For more information call 883-8200.
Regional Youth Leadership Retreat set for June 3-5: Roots & Shoots Four Corners is welcoming applications for its 2011 Annual Regional Youth Leadership Retreat at the Wind River Ranch in Watrous, New Mexico from Friday, June 3 - Sunday, June 5. Potential youth leaders will learn about Dr. Jane Goodall, the Roots & Shoots program, service learning and how to take their own passions to help the environment, animals and people. Visit www.rootsandshoots.org for details. The retreat is free; transportation not provided. For more information, call Emily Dietrich Millstein at 505-988-1670 or e‑mail eDietrichMillstein@janegoodall.org.
NM Jazz Workshop Offers Camp: The New Mexico Jazz Workshop is holding its Jazz Camp 2011 for children ages 6-12. The three, two-week sessions are June 13-24, June 27-July 8 and July 11-22 at Alice King Community School, 1905 Mountain Rd. NW. Each session includes instrument, voice, dance and art instruction. Cost is $315 for one session, $580 for two sessions or $845 for all three. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Visit www.nmjazz.org to register, or for more information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
City Sponsoring Freedom Fourth Poster Contest: APS fourth graders are encouraged to creatively show what July 4th means to them in the Freedom Fourth Poster Contest. Winners and their schools each receive a monetary prize and will be honored at the Freedom Fourth celebration on July 4th and by Mayor Richard J. Berry during a Friday’s Heroes ceremony. Entries may be dropped off through May 20. For specific information, call Dana Feldman at 768‑3528, or e-mail her email@example.com.
Mudd Volleyball Tournament for Seeks Volunteers: Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation hosts their 17th annual Mudd Volleyball Tournament fundraiser on June 11 and seeks APS junior and senior volunteers to be referees. Training, a commemorative t-shirt, snacks and lunch will be provided. To volunteer, call Kim Lisenby at 505-243-6626 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the new Employee Discounts site to learn about our community partners who offer discounts to APS employees.