(Deming) -- Kindergarten preregistration for the 2012-2013 school year continues this
week with preregistration at Torres Elementary. To be eligible for
kindergarten, a child must have reached his or her fifth birthday by August
Parents or guardians must bring their child to preregistration, along with his or her
birth certificate, proof of residency and immunization records. The kindergarten teacher will meet with the child and parent or guardian as part of the registration process to do a skill assessment of the student. Immunization boosters will be provided for students needing them.
Children will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis at each building. Registration at Torres Elementary will take place from 8:30 to 11:30 and 1 to 3 this Wednesday.
The only remaining school to conduct kindergarten preregistration is Columbus Elementary, and officials there will preregister on Friday, May 4th.
(Deming) -- Torres Elementary in Deming has been awarded one of eight grants to support garden projects in honor of New Mexico's 100th anniversary of statehood.
The New Mexico Centennial Foundation, in partnership with the New Mexico Department of Cultural Affairs, selected Torres Elementary for a five-thousand dollar grant for their Centennial Garden of Hope, an area where students, staff and community will work to enhance educational opportunities and inspire healthy lifestyles through garden education.
The Torres Elementary theme focuses on the history of New Mexico and includes symbols, art and produce that represents the state and region.
The garden includes a compost area, fruit and nut trees, and 24 individual raised beds that will allow each classroom teacher at the school to have his or her own garden bed.
The Torres Elementary Centennial Garden of Hope was one of eight projects selected from 113 grant applications from every corner of the state. To be eligible for a Centennial Garden grant, the applicants had to be a nonprofit community organization or school developing or maintaining a garden project encouraging the growing and harvesting of fresh fruits and vegetables.
The grants are funded by The Coca-Cola Foundation and U-S Bank.
Included on the agenda is Superintendent Harvielee Moore's contract... a resolution to support Bell Elementary's School Improvement two-year grant application... a farm lease agreement... and proclamations for National Child Abuse Prevention, School Nurse Day and National School Library Week.
The board also will hear updates on the 2012-2013 Secondary Student Handbook... and policies pertaining to public participation at board meetings and order of business at board meetings.
The meeting is set to begin at 5 Thursday afternoon in the board room of the Emmett Shockley Administration Building, 400 Cody Road. The meeting is open to the public.
An executive -- or closed -- session will precede the open meeting at 3 Thursday afternoon. The closed session will be to discuss the superintendent's contract... the assignment or resignation of an employee... a tort... an unemployment claim... and the former Columbus School building and other properties.
And a work session to review Bell Elementary's data and discuss next year's School Improvement Grant proposal will precede the executive session at 2 Thursday afternoon.
Deming High School F-F-A judging teams did well Saturday at the Las Cruces Judging Invitational.
Sophomore Brannick Sweetser was the high point individual in the Farm Business Management competition. Sweetser and teammates placed fourth in the Farm Business Management team event.
Deming's Meats team placed second and Courtney Hurt was the second-high individual... the Landscape Design team placed second and Keri Hays was the third-high individual... the Pasture and Range team placed second with Jason Lewis placing fourth and Brandon Brabson placing fifth in the individual rankings... the Crops team was second with Lyndsie Peterson as fifth-high individual... and the Homesite team was third and Brandon Brabson was third-high individual.
Deming F-F-A Advisor Larry Von Tress said there are two weeks until the District competition which will take place in Deming and Silver City... and most F-F-A students will spend their spring breaks this week studying and practicing for the upcoming district and state contests.
Von Tress said all of the judging contests -- or Career Development Events -- are related to agriculture and are designed to allow students to grow in knowledge of agricultural careers.
The Deming Public School District is a candidate for AdvancED District Accreditation and will host an AdvancED Quality Assurance Review Team beginning Sunday.
Deming School Superintendent Harvielee Moore said the quality assurance review team is comprised of trained professionals from across the state and nation.
During the review, visiting team members will hear an overview of the district and will interview community members, board members, parents and other stakeholders.
In addition, they will visit six of the district's schools where they will talk to staff, students and members of the schools' Parent Advisory Council.
Mary Lou Cameron, who is serving as the District AdvancED Quality Assurance Review chair, said parents and community members are invited to attend the opening accreditation meeting Monday morning at 8... and the exit conference Wednesday morning at 11:30. Both meetings will be held at the Emmett Shockley Administration Building board room, 400 Cody Road.
The Deming High School Junior R-O-T-C academic team has advanced to Level Two of the Junior R-O-T-C Leadership and Academic Bowl.
The local team competed against nearly 16-hundred teams from around the world in an online competition called "Zero Hour Threat" to earn the right to advance to Level Two.
Team members are, alphabetically: C-J Crawford, Giezi De Los Reyes, Omar Hidalgo, Tyler Prinz, Lester Voorhies, and Craig Weise. Instructors are Tim Timmons and Anthony Ramirez.
Reportedly, one of the main goals of the Junior R-O-T-C Academic Bowl is to prepare students for state exit and graduation exams, as well as college entrance exams such as the A-C-T and S-A-T.
In each level of the competition, the fast-paced event tests the students' knowledge using A-C-T-type questions in the areas of Junior R-O-T-C curriculum, English, math and science.
The level two online competition concludes Wednesday and then 24 academic teams will advance to the 2012 Army Junior R-O-T-C Leadership Symposium and Academic Bowl Championship in Washington, D-C, on the campus of George Mason University in June.
The winner of the Army Junior R-O-T-C Academic Championship will compete against the winners of the Air Force and Navy Junior R-O-T-C academic bowls in a newly established tri-service competition.
Kindergarten preregistration for the 2012-2013 school year is beginning a month earlier than past years.
The first elementary to preregister will be Chaparral. Preregistration at Chaparral will take place next Tuesday, February 7th.
To be eligible for kindergarten, a child must have reached his or her fifth birthday by August 31st, 2012.
Parents or guardians must bring their child to preregistration, along with his or her birth certificate, proof of residency and immunization records. The kindergarten teacher will meet with the child and parent or guardian as part of the registration process to do a skill assessment of the student.
Immunization boosters will be provided for students needing them.
Children will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis at each building.
Registration at each school will take place from 8:30am to 11:30am and 1:00pm to 3:00pm on the specified day.
preregistration at Chaparral will be followed the next day by preregistration at Memorial Elementary on Wednesday, February 8th, and the following day at Bell Elementary on Thursday, February 9th. Then there is a break and Bataan Elementary will preregister on Tuesday, March 6th, Torres Elementary on Wednesday, April 25th, and Columbus Elementary on Friday, May 4th.