Our final stop is on the most southeastern tip of the SFPS District where we arrive to meet the Dust Devils of El Dorado Community School! El Dorado Community School, located off Highway 285 in the semi-rural community of El Dorado, is part of the LANL Foundation’s Inquiry Science Education Consortium dedicated to increasing equity and access to quality STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) education for students in grades K–6 throughout Northern New Mexico. All El Dorado’s K-5 students participate in art, music and physical education. Middle school students can select from a wide range of offerings, including band, orchestra, choir, physical education and visual arts. An El Dorado tradition is the annual concert at the end of the year to express how much being a part of the El Dorado Community School has influenced students’ lives as they move to high school. El Dorado takes great pride in its Middle School Music Program being a main music feeder to SFPS high schools. The Dust Devils also have many enriching activities that include: --PTA After-School Enrichment Programs --Middle school sports --SWAT (Students Working to Advance Technology) --Hearts and Hands Club --Yearbook --The Student Council El Dorado Community School also offers regular after school care - Monday through Friday for grades K-5. As we conclude our adventure, we take away a new understanding of the schools across SFPS, their history, their unique programs and their original styles. Thank you for joining us on our Journey Across SFPS.
School Safety! At SFPS, school safety is a shared responsibility. SFPS' safety plan, which has been approved by the NM Public Education Department, exceeds state requirements. School safety is achieved through a layered approach, including cameras, fencing and gates, single points of entry, a screening system, staff vigilance and law enforcement partners. RhinoWare is installed on school doors to eliminate any door weaknesses and fortify a door’s ability to keep our students safe. SFPS' safety aide program, which operates in 11 schools, includes a safety aide supervisor, three lead safety aides and 22 safety aides. Students can go to safety aides for help. New Mexico requires SFPS to do a shelter-in-place and response to active shooter drill, an evaluation drill and four fire drills within the first four weeks of school and two district-selected drills. SFPS was the first district to place Stop the Bleed kits in our schools, which are for large wounds and include a tourniquet. SFPS is part of Sandy Hook Promise, which encourages all if you see it, to report it (https://tips.sandyhookpromise.org/?_ga=2.95197276.1710815893.1629413175-1669150287.1629413175). Through the Say Something Anonymous Reporting system, you can submit secure, anonymous safety concerns to help someone who may hurt themselves or others. Submit a tip through Sandy Hook's secure website (https://tips.sandyhookpromise.org/?_ga=2.95197276.1710815893.1629413175-1669150287.1629413175). Call Sandy Hook's 24/7 crisis hotline at 1-844-5-SayNow (1-844-572-9669) or website (https://mail.google.com/mail/u/0/#m_4834276971035871712_m_-8683508425538435801_) to prevent violence
The Santa Fe Public Schools wants to ensure each student has a device they can use both at school and at home for the upcoming school year and the first day of school for most students is Wednesday, August 17, 2022. Students in Pre-K and kindergarten will use iPads, students in grades 1 through 12 will use Chromebooks. There are just 3 days remaining for students to stop by the Technology Drive Thru to complete device exchanges or new device pickups. Today (08/12/2022): 9 AM to 5:30 PM Monday (08/15/2022): 9 AM to 5 PM Tuesday (08/16/2022): 9 AM to 5 PM The Technology Drive Thru is located at 2516 Cerrillos Road. The street to the Technology Department is next to the skate park on Camino Carlos Rey. - Students NEW to Santa Fe Public Schools should come to the Technology Drive Thru to pick up their new iPad or Chromebook. - Students who were in kindergarten last school year and will be in 1st grade this school year, need to exchange their iPad for a Chromebook. They must bring their iPad and charger for the exchange. - Students who will be in grades 2 through 9 this school year, need to exchange their old Chromebooks. They must bring their old Chromebook and charger for the exchange. - Returning students, who will be in grades 10 through 12, will NOT need to exchange their Chromebooks. On the day of device exchange or pickup, a parent/guardian must be in the vehicle with a valid driver’s license or other official photo ID along with your child's Santa Fe Public Schools Student ID Number. Please call 505-467-4357 should you have any questions. Please note that the Drive Thru will be closed each day from 1 to 2 PM. Additionally, the Drive Thru will shut down early in the event of inclement weather such as thunder, lightning for the safety of families and staff.
The Weekly Bulletin is BACK for the 2022-23 school year! View the August 12th bulletin: https://conta.cc/3QkZ8Ux
Last night, District 5 Board Member Roman 'Tiger' Abeyta was sworn in by his son, Dillon to join the Santa Fe Public Schools Board of Education! Congratulations Board Member Abeyta!
Student Nutrition The federal waiver providing free meals to all students ended last year. This year, parents of students at Acequia Madre, Atalaya, Carlos Gilbert, Pinon and Wood Gormley Elementaries, Amy Biehl and El Dorado Community Schools, Mandela International Magnet School and Santa Fe High School will need to fill out an application to determine eligibility for free, reduced-price or full-price meals. Applications may be completed electronically from any device with internet access. We recommend that applications be completed prior to the first day of school. For more information, visit www.myschoolapps.com. For questions, call SFPS’ Student Nutrition office at 505-467-3600
We leave Chaparral Elementary and begin to pick up a pretty new signal on our ship's communication devices. As the transmission begins to come in clearly, we are introduced to the district’s only ONLINE education option for students K-12. It’s the Home of the Mustangs - Desert Sage Academy! Desert Sage Academy offers students multiple learning pathways providing flexible, rigorous and relevant educational opportunities in a safe and supportive school environment. They focus on leadership development, computer science and online project-based learning. The K-6 curriculum provides face-to-face online instruction for students using the District’s curriculum. The 7-12 online option is provided through Edgenuity (formerly E2020). To learn more about Edgenuity, visit: https://www.edgenuity.com/resources/edgenuity-help-for-families/ In partnership with families and the community, their competitive and relevant blended curriculum features both digital and traditional teaching methods to help students thrive. Lessons are provided within a flexible schedule that allows for intensive support and intervention to foster the knowledge, critical thinking skills and character necessary to succeed. Their goal is for students to graduate with the computer science skills and experiences needed to help prepare them for high-demand jobs like computer robotics engineer, mobile application developer and graphic designer. The school also offers e-sports through the New Mexico Activities Association to students, and competes in games like Rocket League, ensuring fun competitions and a great community of student gamers and educators. Desert Sage Academy is a new option that allows flexibility and an incredible education to work and prosper with the obstacles and situations of our modern world.
As we cross W Zia Road to leave ECO, we spot a huge playground next to Ragle Park at the base of a school. It's the Home of the Firebirds - Chaparral Elementary! Chaparral translates into Spanish as “place of the scrub oak.” Chaparral is a region where the shrub grows stretching from Oregon to Mexico and throughout parts of the southwestern U.S. Chaparral Elementary practices high standards and expects excellence in everything they do. They believe that everyone at Chaparral deserves to work, learn and play in a positive, kind environment. Staff is dedicated to students being engaged and supported in growing academically, socially and emotionally. Some of the programs, events, and sports the Firebirds offer include: --Cooking with Kids educates and empowers children and families to make healthy food choices through hands-on learning --Chaparral Student Council organizes and plans activities throughout the school year --The YMCA Program engages students with activities like cooking and crafts --The 21st Century Community Learning Center after-school program assists students with homework and computer skills, Monday through Thursday --A Green Team, which is focused on recycling --Music performances --Book Fair --Science Fair --Spelling Bee --A literacy/art night --Danza Chaparral (Spanish Dance Class) --Cheerleading --Basketball --Art Club As the students, parents and staff of Chaparral say: “Firebirds Just Don’t Fly, They Soar!
COVID-19 Vaccinations! Everyone six months of age or older is eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccination. And everyone ages five and older is eligible for a booster shot. To schedule a vaccine, visit vaccinenm.org (http://goodtimes.vaccinenm.org/stay-ahead-nm/). For an at-a-glance vaccine schedule (which vaccines to get when), visit cv.nmhealth (http://cv.nmhealth.org/covid-vaccine/) . Click here for back-to-school COVID information (https://acrobat.adobe.com/link/review?uri=urn:aaid:scds:US:760ec704-dc56-4f79-8953-b34e462a46a6).
It was Ribbon Cutting Day at Early Childhood Center (ECC)!!! Congrats SFPS on a successful launch!
Help With Registration For help with registration, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our Student Data Office at (505) 467-4111.
We leave SFHS and turn our sails towards an alternative type of institution with a innovative type of curriculum. Early College Opportunities High School (ECO) provides students with an academically rigorous educational experience that offers dual credit offerings with Santa Fe Community College, the Institute of American Indian Arts and San Juan College. Dual credit courses allow high school students to earn college credits while simultaneously earning high school credits. ECO is open to students who are motivated to engage in fast-paced, non-traditional learning experiences leading to increased college and career opportunities in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics)-related fields. 94% of ECO students are enrolled in Career Technical Education (CTE) courses. These courses include: --Art, Design, & Architecture --Computer Science --Greenhouse --Construction --Welding (students can learn and pass the American Welding Society certification in shielded metal arc welding) --Auto & Motorcycle Tech --Auto Collision In addition, ECO offers some of the most unique extracurriculars across the district, which are: --Go-Kart Club --Climbing Club --SEMA Jeep Build This is an incredible opportunity for Santa Fe students looking for a variation in their academics that may suit their direct passion. ECO invites you to schedule a visit and shadow a student to see if this is the environment for you!
2022-23 Bus Routes are here! Check your students' school website to view the routes, or visit https://www.sfps.info/documents/departments/transportation/2022-2023-bus-routes/362057
Welcome Back to School!!! Questions about returning to your school? Visit your school's website or contact your school for any needed information. To locate your school's website, visit sfps.info (https://www.sfps.info/) and click on the schools tab at the top. You'll find school-specific calendars, school supply lists and more!
Grants, Loan Forgiveness, and Scholarships for Early Childhood! Are you an early childhood professional working toward a degree or certificate in early childhood? The Early Childhood Education and Care Department (ECECD) is hosting virtual help sessions about their Scholarship and Pay Incentive Programs. Get questions answered and help with an application. Upcoming sessions: Wednesday, August 10 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83665915394?pwd=eGxJRk5pbjc1aVlhV1lmM05IYXZndz09#success Wednesday, August 17 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/89687840012?pwd=ZzlmTU02MXpPS21OZU1pYzdkMHRSdz09#success Wednesday, August 24 from 5:00 - 6:00 pm: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/86983030209?pwd=eUtkNVVPZmJwTkEzQWd5aVJRNEs2Zz09#success Learn more about the ECECD Scholarship and Pay Incentive Programs: https://ececdscholarship.org/ Are you an early childhood educator who works for a non-profit or U.S. federal, state, local, or tribal government organization? If you work for a qualified employer - including many Head Start, preschool and child care programs - you may be eligible for federal student loan forgiveness, even if you were not eligible before. For a limited time, you may receive credit for past periods of repayment that would otherwise not qualify for Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF.) Some borrowers will need to consolidate their federal loans and/or submit a PSLF form by October 31, 2022 to take advantage of this opportunity. The application deadline is October 31, 2022. For more details see this flyer: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/sites/default/files/documents/ecd/PSLF%20ECE%20Workforce_1%20pager_V2_Drupal_Ready.pdf
Just around the corner from Milagro Middle School is another powerhouse. It is the oldest public high school in New Mexico, founded in 1899 - Home of the Demons - Santa Fe High School. Santa Fe High is a Community School that is heavily involved with parents, alumni, and local businesses which support and provide programs of expanded student internship opportunities to prepare students for a career. SFHS has a strong AP program, a dominant sports program, AVID and Bilingual programs available to help all students toward college and career readiness and a diverse and varied extracurricular system built on a tradition of success and inclusion. Santa Fe High School also offers dual credit offerings, elective opportunities and unique small learning academies that develop strong teacher-student relationships. The small learning academies include: --Innovate Academy, where students take rigorous engineering and computer science courses --Culinary Arts Academy, which offers hospitality and tourism courses, baking and cooking classes --Arts and Humanities Academy, which allows our students to experience courses in choir, band, orchestra, piano, guitar, drama, ceramics and drawing. AP courses include psychology, human geography, art history, government and politics. Extracurricular and club opportunities include: --Marching and Concert Band --Choir --Guitar --Orchestra --Drama --Dance --National Honor Society --Amnesty International, a global movement to end human rights abuses --Science Olympiad, one of the premier science competitions in the nation --Key Club, which seeks to make the world a better place through service --Speech and Debate Club --Bilingual Club --Student Government --Chess --Robotics --Boxing --Yearbook --Newspaper --Thespian Club, an honor society for theater students And a full course of sports teams: --Football --Volleyball --Girls and Boys Soccer --Cross Country --Basketball --Swimming --Diving --Track and Field --Golf --Wrestling --Tennis --Baseball --Softball --Cheer The Santa Fe High Demons aren’t just a legacy in their accomplishments achieved in town through the years, but they are part of the essence that makes the “City Different.”
Don’t forget that is it Tax Free Weekend in New Mexico! Check your students schools’ website to find supply lists!
Santa Fe High Demon Volleyball 2022 tryouts will be held in the Toby Roybal Gymnasium (please see schedule below). If you are trying out for Varsity, tryouts are on Thursday, August 11 from 3pm-5pm. If you are trying out for JV, tryouts are on Thursday, August 11 and Friday, August 12 from 5pm-7pm. If you are an incoming freshman, tryouts are on Thursday, August 11 and Friday, August 12 from 4pm-6:30pm. In order to tryout, all paperwork must be submitted through a new online portal, rankonesports.com (link below) before Thursday, August 11. https://santafepublicschools.rankonesport.com/New/NewInstructionsPage.aspx Please bring knee pads, water bottle, running shoes, volleyball shoes and paperwork, if it has not yet been submitted to the online portal by the tryout date.
We turn our sights to Nava Elementary named after Francis X. Nava, the first Santa Fean to die in the Vietnam War. Nava is a STEAM school focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics bringing the arts and sciences into the classroom in an integrated way. The staff is trained using the LANL Foundation’s Inquiry Science Education Consortium, which is dedicated to increasing equity and access to quality STEM education for students in grades K–6 throughout Northern New Mexico, the Artworks/Lincoln Center Institute Model, which is rooted in collaboration between artists and teachers, and curriculum closely aligned to state-adopted standards for teaching and learning. They have an amazing 21st Century After-School program that is utilized by 36% of the student body providing academic enrichment opportunities during non-school hours. They also partner with the Santa Fe Opera’s Active Learning Through Opera (ALTO) program, which brings world-class consultants and teaching artists to collaborate with Nava’s classroom teachers around the belief that successful schools are engaging, collaborative, joyful and inspiring, the Unlocked Minds Yo Soy! Arts Engagement Program (Unlocked Minds is a non-profit organization which provides access to an integrated arts program) and Talking Hands Talking Feet to create educational songs and dances. Their Thunder Council, which includes self-selected and elected officers from the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grades, is very active in the school community and makes important decisions about the way they operate and their school culture. Nava Elementary thrives through their community partners. First Serve New Mexico seeks to strengthen children's lives and enhance their character through education, life skills and tennis. Through their PTSA (Parent, Teacher, and Student Association), they host many family/community events, including the Fall Festival, Turkey Bingo, art nights, literacy and engineering events and writing workshop celebrations. F.X. Nava Elementary is an honorable tribute to the brave soldier it is named for - and as they say at the school: “We’re small, but strong.”
As we make a turn on the horizon we are captivated by a set of buildings that are modern, beautiful, and inviting. It is Milagro Middle School! Named for the Spanish word - Miracle. The view is truly one of a kind with shiny solar panel car ports, a blue sports field, and gleaming white buildings. It isn’t until we land that we learn why Milagro is so special. This school was built with sustainability at the core of the campus’ design. It is 50% solar powered from those panels on the carports and it’s other innovations enable it to use half the energy of a typical school. The entire campus has rainwater catchment systems that lead to an underground cistern for landscaping needs and the synthetic turf field saves even more water. The lighting throughout is all LED and the white buildings reflect heat to help with climate control. What a befitting name to a school that also offers so many educational, elective, and extracurricular activities. Let us begin with the academic programs: --Students are offered advanced math classes with an emphasis on integrating computer science in all classes --They offer comprehensive case management for gifted students and individualized programming for students with disabilities --They have a Student to Teacher ratio of 12:1 --Classes for English Language Learners and Native Spanish speakers --7th and 8th grade Advancement via Individual Determination (AVID) to help with college preparation --Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics (STEAM) are an integral part of its curriculum --21st Century Community Learning Center for After-School Electives that the “Thunder” may choose include: --Printmaking --3D Art, 2D Art, Painting, and Digital Art --Coding/Technology --Theater --Family and Consumer Science --Orchestra --Band/Advanced Band --Choir --Guitar --2 hour Bilingual Program & Heritage Program --Culinary Arts Their many clubs: --Robotics --Art Club --Hackers’ Club --After-School Mariachi --Project GUTS (Growing Up Thinking Scientifically) to encourage students to ask questions and develop solutions through scientific inquiry --Natural Helpers for students who want to strengthen their communication and helping skill --Student Council --Santa Fe County Spelling Bee --WAVE (Wellness Ambassadors to Voice and Empower) --Yearbook --School Newspaper And we can’t leave out the “Thunder” sports teams: --Football --Volleyball --Girls and Boys Basketball --Track and Field --Wrestling Milagro is indeed a “Miracle” as an aspiration that’s ecologically sustainable, progressively educational, and diverse in its extracurricular programs.