Science Deniers and Creationists Propose New Science Curriculum for New Mexico Schools

By R.W.

The New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED) is proposing new science teaching standards that question climate change, deny evolution and promote the oil and gas industry. New Mexico Governor Susana Martinez and the state’s Education Secretary -designee Christopher Ruszkowski have followed the Trump administration’s lead and “politically sanitized”, as they will have it, the vocabulary and content of science teaching standards.

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JoAnn Bishop Named “Dreamstarter Teacher” By Olympian Billy Mills 

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Oglala Lakota runner Billy Mills, co-founder of Running Strong for American Indian Youth and Olympic gold medalist, announced that JoAnn Bishop from the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) is one of 13 talented educators in the to be named Dreamstarter Teachers. Each educator will receive $500 – $1,000 grants to support the educational needs of Native students.

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IAIA Receives $20,000 Award to Expand Artist in Residence Program

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 Photo © Eric Davis Courtesy of IAIA
Lloyd Kiva New Welcome Center IAIA Campus 

National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Jane Chuhas approved more than $82 million to fund local arts projects across the country in the NEA’s second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2017. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $20,000 to IAIA to expand the IAIA Artist-in-Residence Program. The NEA received 1,728 Art Works applications and will make 1,029 grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000.

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New Mexico Senators Accuse U.S. Secretary of Education of Supporting Extremist Organization

By R.W.

U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos

Both New Mexico senators, Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich joined in a statement with other U.S. senators asserting that U.S. Department of Education Secretary Betsy DeVos does not support civil rights or oppose discrimination for students across the country. They signed on to a letter with U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-WA) saying that she has not followed up on assurances that she gave during testimony in front of Congress during her confirmation hearings. There she claimed dedication to the idea that all students have a right to receive an education free from discrimination.

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District Calendar Reminders for Jemez Valley Public Schools

By Joline Cruz-Madalena

Programs Coordinator for Indian Education, JEMEZ VALLEY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

August 7th – 1st Day of School

 

Registration for 2017-2018 will take place in July 2017.  All new and returning students from Pre-K to 12th grade must be registered by their parent/guardian.  All students are required to attend registration with their parent/guardian.  Registration packets must be completed on-site.  New students must provide a copy of their recent immunization record and birth certificate.

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IAIA Poet James Thomas Stevens Reaches Out to Inmates of New Mexico State Penitentiary

By Eric Davis

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR 

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Roseanna Andrade and poet Jose Gamez in the MRU library at PNM

Five Incarcerated Poets Have their Works Displayed on the IAIA Campus.

IAIA Associate Professor of Creative Writing James Thomas Stevens (Akwesasne Mohawk), recently contacted IAIA alumna Roseanna Andrade (Mexica/Nahua) ’16, to participate in one of IAIA’s community outreach programs — the collection of poems that are posted on the IAIA Health and Wellness Trail. As the poetry instructor in the Creative Writing Program, Stevens is responsible for collecting original poems from invited groups and posting them in wooden display posts along the IAIA Health and Wellness trail, utilized by IAIA students, staff, faculty, and members of the surrounding community. In the past, works from IAIA undergrad writers, graduate students, and students from local Native high schools were utilized; but Stevens recognized that not all writers come from educational institutions. In an effort to reach out to other groups, he wrote to Andrade and requested poems for display on the trail from April 1, 2017 through August 1 2017.

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Let Them Eat…Salt

By R.W.

Courtesy photo.

Sonny Perdue at lunch.

 

One in four children in New Mexico is at risk of hunger, according to a report put out by the Map the Meal Gap 2017, making our state the second worst in the nation. Sandoval County is not listed among the most affected counties in the state, but most people living in the Jemez must be aware of areas of extreme poverty up and down the valley. This is reflected by the number of students at the local schools who qualify for free/reduced breakfasts and lunches: 86 percent.

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Jemez Valley Public Schools District Calendar Reminders

 

 

By Joline Cruz-Madalena, Programs Coordinator for Indian Education

JEMEZ VALLEY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

  • May 16th – School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m.
  • May 26th – Last Day of School / End of 3rd 9 Weeks Grading Period

JVPS Community Meetings – Outcome

During the month of March 2017, Jemez Valley Public Schools held four public community meeting regarding 2017-2018 District Budget.  The meeting took place within the Pueblos of Jemez and Zia, Jemez Springs, and the JVPS District.  The District would like to thank the Jemez Springs Community Library and the Pueblos of Jemez and Zia for your hospitality and provision of a meeting space.  A special “Thank You” to JVPS parents, guardians, students, staff, and the community members who attended a meeting.

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Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) Commencement Address Presented by Noted Actress Irene Bedard

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Irene Bedard

Irene Bedard  has been selected to give the Institute of American Indian Arts’ 2017 commencement address at 11:00 am on Saturday, May 13, 2017.  The Commencement Ceremony will be held in the Dance Circle on the IAIA Campus, — 83 Avan Nu Po Road, on the South Side of Santa Fe — just minutes from the intersection of Rodeo Road and Richards Avenue.  The public is welcome to attend.

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Reduce Time and Cost Incentives Offered by IAIA

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IAIA announced today that it will begin a Financial Incentive Program for incoming Freshmen for the Fall 2017 semester that will reward students for attaining their Bachelor’s Degree in four years (eight semesters) or less.  Students who accomplish this will be rebated tuition for their Senior year, earning a 25% savings on their tuition. (Because IAIA includes books in tuition costs, the books required for their senior year classes will also be free if they meet the criteria of the program.) To qualify, full-time, degree-seeking Freshmen students will need to take a minimum of 15 college credit hours each semester, meet the program requirements, and remain in good academic and disciplinary standing–along with signing an agreement for admission into the program.

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Retablos and Bultos in Walatowa High

Story and Photos by Troy Meek, Art Teacher

WALATOWA HIGH CHARTER SCHOOL

Walatowa High Charter School held a very successful workshop attended by 9th, 10th and 11th graders, presented by Rhonda Crespin. A resident of Jemez Springs for many years, she is well known and collected for her Bultos, or round 3D hand carved devotional artworks, and for her Retablos, which are flat paintings on wood.

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Bill to Help Native American Students Succeed Passed in House

Rep. Derrick Lente.

 

Rep. Derrick Lente (D-Sandia Pueblo) was happy to make this statement on his Facebook page : Tonight I passed my first bill. HB 484 is a substantial movement for Native American education in New Mexico. Requiring culturally relevant, all-inclusive assessment, systematic evaluation and reporting to help our Native children in public schools (grades K-12) improve their scholastic attainment.

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Jobs and Scholarships Under Consideration at the Legislative Session

Fred, Kristina, Othiamba, and Jennifer

THINK NEW MEXICO

 

First, the good news: on Friday, the Senate Rules Committee voted in favor of Senate Bill 262, which would create jobs by establishing a transparent, merit-based system for funding New Mexico’s essential public infrastructure projects. The bill, sponsored by Senator Joseph Cervantes (D-Las Cruces) and Representative Kelly Fajardo (R-Belen), was drafted by Think New Mexico based on our 2015 report, The Story of the Christmas Tree Bill: Fixing Public Infrastructure Spending in New Mexico.

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Teachers Can Take Sick Leave Without Penalties

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Monday evening, the House of Representatives approved House Bill 241, a bill sponsored by Reps. Jason Harper (R-Sandoval) and Dennis Roch (R-Quay) to allow teachers to use their contractually-allotted sick leave without the fear they will be docked points in their evaluations.

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History was Made Today

By R.W.

It was not easy, it was a close shave, but following the all-night session of the U.S. Senate, a historic tie-breaking vote by the vice-president, Mike Pence, had Betsy DeVos confirmed as secretary of education. It was the closest Senate vote so far for one of Donald Trump’s cabinet nominees, and the first time in history that a vice-president broke a vote on a cabinet nomination. It was a historic defeat for public education, science teaching, all who are not radical fundamentalists and, yes, grizzly bears.

 

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Jemez Valley Public Schools District Calendar Reminders

By Joline Cruz-Madalena, Programs Coordinator for Indian Education, JEMEZ VALLEY PUBLIC SCHOOLS

  • February 8th – 120th Day Reporting Period
  • February 16th & 17th – Parent Teacher Conferences
    • 02/16/17 – No school for Elementary students. Early dismissal for High School and Middle School students.
    • 02/17/17 – No School for all students.
  • February 20th – President’s Day (Holiday – No School)
  • February 21st – School Board Meeting at 5:30 p.m.

 

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Dual Credit Enrollment: Increasing Post-Secondary Success for Students

 

By Dr. Kristina Kommander-Salazar,

Walatowa High Charter School/IAIA Adjunct Professor

 

Benefits of Dual Credit

Post-secondary access for students has become a significant goal for educational institutions around the nation. The emergence and implementation of dual credit opportunities is a novel way in which states are attempting to prepare their students to enter post-secondary educational institutions. Dual enrollment programs are identified as education-accelerated programs that provide high school students access to college level courses. Exam-based programs include programs such as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate initiatives where high school students must earn appropriate scores on course exams in order to earn college credits for the courses.

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Jemez Valley Public Schools District Calendar Reminders

 

By Joline Cruz-Madalena, Programs Coordinator for Indian Education

Jemez Valley Public Schools

 

JVPS Initiatives – Update

Warrior News.  In an effort to keep families and communities informed the District submits monthly articles to the Red Rocks Reporter, T’siya Roadrunner, Jemez Thunder, and Jemez Post.  In addition to this community outreach, the District has started Warrior News (on-line newsletter) which is accessible through the District and schools’ websites.  The District appreciates the opportunity and will continue to submit monthly articles to the printed publications to get news to our families and communities.

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New Mexico’s Welfare Program Could Do a Much Better Job

By Sharon Kayne

Communications Director, NM Voices for Children

New Mexico’s Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program—what was formerly known as ‘welfare’—could do a much better job of helping families find educational pathways out of poverty. No TANF money is spent on education and training services that help parents gain credentials and secure family-sustaining employment. And while a significant percentage of TANF funding is used to pay for services like child care assistance and NM Pre-K, too few families with young children who receive TANF benefits are able to take advantage of these programs.

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