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Posted: February 15, 2019

Scrolling Twitter

Superintendent Reedy highlights some of the great happenings in APS schools as told by Twitter.

I needed a little pick-me-up this week so I spent some time scrolling through my Twitter feed. More than two-thirds of our schools now have Twitter accounts and many have been actively posting, especially during our #ADayInSchool campaign to draw positive attention to teaching and learning during the legislative session.

What I saw reminded me of all the good that is happening in Albuquerque Public Schools, a validation of the work we do on a daily basis. I thought I’d share some examples with you. 

I saw: 

  • Technology integration like at Inez where fifth graders in Ms. Pena’s class taught second graders about the body system.
  • STEM and STEAM activities like at San Antonito where third graders built bridges; at Hodgin where fifth graders built aquifers to learn about the science of water; at Comanche where fourth graders built chain reaction machines to learn about the transfer of energy; and at Mountain View where students built cars that had to hold an egg while traveling down a ramp to test Newton’s Law of Motion.
  • Professional development such as Mission: Graduate's attendance conference where school staffs like the one from Carlos Rey shared how they use data to improve attendance and engagement.
  • Staff collaborations like at Governor Bent where the ELA teams disaggregated school-wide data to identify instruction strategies and implementation.
  • Kindness challenges at schools like Van Buren and Whittier.   
  • Project-based service learning projects like the one in Ms. Ashcraft’s class at Tres Volcanes where students worked on blankets for hospitalized children.
  • School-based activities like the One School One Book read along at Mitchell.
  • Guest speakers and visitors including TV meteorologists who visited Sunset View; Dr. Duda who showed how science can be fun at Hodgin; and Water Authority puppets and a blind dog at Georgia O’Keeffe.
  • Group work like the small reading groups who built critical thinking maps around their reading prompts in Ms. Heather’s class at Coyote Willow.
  • High school transition fairs for incoming freshmen like at Sandia and middle school visits for incoming sixth graders like at Desert Ridge and Eisenhower.
  • Fun learning activities like the Great Egg Drop at Truman; Fractiono’s Café in Ms. O’Grady’s class at John Baker; a fun run in Corrales; and a Chinese New Year celebration at Osuna.  
    Family-centered activities including Homework Diner at Pajarito, the Sweetheart Dance at Double Eagle and Science Night at North Star and Bel Air
  • Music and dance including lots of posts form schools that participated in the 10th annual Festival de Bellas Artes including Atrisco Heritage Academy’s Mariachi Herencia.
  • Community support including a campus cleanup at Mission Avenue and a book donation from Barnes and Noble to Painted Sky for its positive behavior program.
  • Field trips to the Roundhouse in Santa Fe by students like those from Wilson and Albuquerque High who were there for African American Day.
  • Shout outs for teachers and staff including Carrie Perez of Lew Wallace and Sandra Torres of Lavaland who received a Spirit of New Mexico Award for their outstanding work in schools; Kendra Moulton of E.G. Ross who was named the 2019 School Counselor of the Year by the New Mexico School Counselor Association; and La Cueva Football Coach Brandon Back who was named the FNF Coaches Coach of the Year.  
  • Student recognition for good attendance, good grades, and good attitudes. There were students who signed letters of intent to play college sports from schools like Rio Grande; students who won competitions like the Spanish Spelling Bee at Polk; and the APS Education Foundation’s Students of the Week including Isiah James Goree of Collet Park, Ediel Paredes of Hawthorne and Malik Barton of Del Norte.
  • Inspirational sayings like this one posted by a Garfield teacher: “Students don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.” And this one from Los Ranchos Principal Craig Robinson: “Knowing where you are tells us where to go.”

And that’s just a small sampling.

If you are in our schools, you know first-hand how energetic and exciting they are. If you don’t work in a school, take a gander at the @ABQschools twitter feed. It will reinforce the great work we do as a district on behalf of our students.

Thanks for the tweets. I’m feeling a whole lot better.