(Deming) -- An event designed to assure that high school
seniors interested in going to college have FAFSA pin numbers will take place this Friday, January 11th, during the home
boys’ basketball games.
FAFSA stands for Free Application for Federal Student Aid.
Students who plan to attend college or a trade school in the 2013-2014 school year will need to start working on their FAFSA paperwork.The preferred deadline for FAFSA
completion is March 1st. This Friday, computers will be available in the lobby of the main campus gym from 4:30-6:30 p.m. during the freshman and jayvee Deming/Silver High boys basketball
games for parents to obtain their FAFSA pin numbers.
Deming high school seniors must get a pin number before starting on the financial aid application.
Again, you can get a number and more information this Friday, January 11th, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in the lobby of the main Deming High School gymnasium during the freshman and jayvee Wildcat basketball games.
If parents have questions regarding the FAFSA application, they may visit with an academic advisor during that time or anytime during school hours.Phone 546-2678 ext. 2780 for more information.
Superintendent Harvielee Moore
(Deming) – Deming School officials are standing by the information disseminated – or not disseminated – to Deming High seniors before the October retakes of the Standard Based Assessment
Superintendent Harvielee Moore said she believed all information received by the district had been adequately communicated to students – although she admitted that she was not personally aware of exactly what seniors were told about state-mandated graduation requirements for the class of 2013. Moore, and Assessment and Accountability Director Terri Trejo, both pointed to a memo from State Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera to school superintendents dated August 31st which said students must “exhaust all opportunities to show competency on the SBA” before alternative demonstrations of competency can be considered.
But the same memo lists alternative demonstrations of competency as simply passing the courses required for graduation.
So this year’s seniors who do not pass the SBA with a score of 73 or better will still receive a diploma as long as they pass Biology or Chemistry, Algebra II, Language Arts III and U.S. History, along with other credit requirements.
Moore said the information coming from the state department of education is constantly changing and often confusing, but that she and her administration were acting in the best interests of the students by telling them that the safest path to a diploma was to do their best
on the retakes.
Scores achieved on the retakes will not be known until next month. And to further confuse parents, the graduation requirements for the class of 2014 include passing the SBA or passing
end-of-course exams for the four targeted classes – even if students took the classes as a freshman or sophomore.
And the class of 2015 could have an entirely different set of state-created graduation requirements since those students will come under the new Common Core Standards curriculum.
(Deming) – Was it manipulation or misinformation? Regardless, this year’s Deming High School seniors were told by Deming school officials they had to receive a score of 73
on the Standard Based Assessment in order to graduate, and that is simply not true.
In fact, KDEM/KOTS news was told by school officials in mid-September that this year’s senior class was to be the first graduating class required to pass the SBA in order to receive a high school diploma. Students who did not pass, we were told, would receive a “certificate of completion” in lieu of a diploma.
But a memo from State Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera to school superintendents
dated August 31st said that is not the case.
The memo said students in the class of 2013 simply have to meet their credit requirements – in
other words, pass all their classes – in order to graduate.
Although school officials obviously had that information prior to the SBA retake test
administered October 2nd and 4th, seniors taking that test were led to believe that passage with a score of 73 was still a requirement for graduation.
Calls to Superintendent Harvielee Moore were not immediately returned.
DHS Speech & Debate Team
(Deming) – Deming High School Speech and Debate Team members placed in a tough competition Saturday in Albuquerque.
Public forum team members Katie Cox, Eli Hutts,
Ryan Larko and Tatiana Villalobos brought home two third-place trophies in debate from the tournament held at Sandia High School.
Sponsor Rachel Zarate said the six Deming High competitors went up against teams and individuals from 20 schools around the state.
Zarate said four of the six students she took competed for the first time Saturday, and she was very proud of the team members’ performance and high level of professionalism and academic
(Deming) – Deming High School students and parents are invited to College Connection Night Monday.
The event, sponsored by the New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation and Gear Up New Mexico, is targeted toward high school seniors needing money for college.
A New Mexico Educational Assistance Foundation representative will provide information about the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – or FAFSA – program, as well as information about scholarships, grants, work-study jobs and loan programs.
Students also will be able to connect with recruiters from several colleges in the area.
College Connection Night will take place Monday, October 22nd, at 6 p.m. in the Deming High
School All–Purpose Room.
All interested DHS students and parents are encouraged to attend.
(Deming) -- Members of the Deming High School Fellowship of Christian Athletes are inviting interested community members to their annual before-school public prayer event Wednesday.
Organizers say the "See You at the Pole" event will kick off at 7 a.m. Wednesday, and is a good opportunity to pray for our schools, students, school staff and nation.
In past years, members of Deming’s Jr. ROTC raise the flag at 7 a.m. on the flag pole in front of Deming High School.
There traditionally is praise and worship music, and an open microphone for students and community members to share.
"See You at the Pole" was started in 1990 by some teens in Burleson, Texas, who felt compelled to pray so they went to three
different schools and prayed at each schools' flagpole. From there, a challenge was issued to students throughout Texas to meet at their flagpoles and pray simultaneously. The concept ballooned as word spread through youth ministers and organizations reporting that students across the country were feeling the same burden for their schools as the Texas students had.
"See You at the Pole" is not a formal event, but more of a non-denominational prayer gathering. People sing, read from the Bible and pray -- some out loud and some silently.
The event will be held this Wednesday at the flag pole in front of Deming High School.Anyone interested is invited to attend.
(Deming) – Close to 200 Deming High School seniors will be retaking the required state high school graduation test early next month.
High School Guidance Counselor Sherry Ellis said the seniors who did not
receive at least a score of 73 on the Standard Based Assessment they took in
the spring are included in that number, along with students who have
transferred to the district from other states.
This year’s senior class is the first graduating class required to pass the SBA in order to receive a high school diploma. Students who do not pass will receive a “certificate of completion” in lieu of a diploma.
And the test is much more difficult than the previous sophomore competency test, which was normed at about an 8th grade difficulty level. Officials said this test reflects 11th grade work.
Principal Janean Garney said the school has been offering tutoring in reading and math – the two subjects which must be passed for graduation – at lunch and after school, as well as in Columbus.
And she added that many seniors were within a few points of passing in the spring, so she is confident they will be able to pull their grade up on the retake.
The main hurdle, Garney believes, is having students take the test seriously. The retake test will be offered October 2nd and 4th, with results due back by December.
Seniors who don’t pass the retake will be given an Alternate Demonstration Assessment in the spring, but Garney said they still have not been told what the Alternate Demonstration Assessment will require of the students.
The Deming High School Wildcat Marching Band Invites you to their Fall Barbecue fundraiser 11 to 2 tomorrow (Sunday) At the Luna County Courthouse Park.
Cost will be $7 per plate, and includes BBQ beef brisket, potato salad, pinto
beans, bread and salsa. Show your support for the band.. and enjoy a great meal.
DHS Hofacket Building
DHS Main Building
(Deming) -- Incoming Deming High School ninth graders are scheduled for freshman orientation Monday.
Deming High School Principal Janean Garney said the orientation is designed to provide students with information concerning graduation credits and requirements, general procedures and expectations.
And the high school staff will take students and parents on a tour of the school.
Garney said freshman orientation is just another way faculty and staff are looking to increase their efficiency and effectiveness to meet the needs of Deming High students.
Orientation Monday is set for 9am for students with last names starting with A through M… and at 1pm Monday for students with last names starting with N through Z.
In other D-H-S new, students entering 10th through 12th grades may pick up their schedules anytime from 9am to
3pm Tuesday, July 31st, through Thursday, August 2nd, in the main campus guidance office.
Classes begin on Monday, August 13th.
(Deming) -- Deming Public Schools held its first-ever Elementary Career Day Monday at the Mimbres Valley Learning and Special Events Center.
School Superintendent Harvielee Moore said the event was the idea of a fourth-grader last year who wrote to Moore suggesting it would be a good idea for fifth graders to participate in a career day to begin learning about career options and what skills and education levels were needed for each.
The student, Andres Reyes, chaired a steering committee convened by Moore which was comprised of a fifth-grade boy and girl from each elementary school. The students represented the 484 fifth graders in the district.
Moore said the students planned the event, named the careers they were interested in learning more about, and agreed that each school would prepare career collages as part of their studies in the classroom.
The committee members also designed a tee-shirt which each of the fifth-graders in the district wore to the event. The shirt slogan said: "Fifth Grade, the Future" on the front... and "The future is near..." with a Charlie Wildcat wearing a graduation cap and leaning on the words "Wildcats 2019" on the back.
Career presenters included the Southern Area Health Education Center... DeLaney and Hernandez, Attorneys at Law... High Desert Veterinary Clinic... Deming Police Department... McReynolds Family Chiropractic... Deming Fire Department... Rick Holdridge with the New Mexico Space Port Authority... Mark Vasconcellos, Move Production... and Mary Anderson and the Skills U-S-A students.