Brian Marshall left, Chaparral Principal Nasa Speer, Ivy Baca and Nancy Patterson
(Deming) – Deming Public Schools has adopted Teachscape, a type of software teachers and administrators can use to chart and measure the improvement of classroom teaching.
Associate Superintendent Nancy Patterson and DPS Dean of Instruction Brian Marshall recently conducted one-on-one training in every school in the district to bring teachers up-to-speed on Teachscape.
Marshall said the software uses the NM TEACH Observation Rubric under the state’s new evaluation system to help identify areas of strength and areas in need of improvement.
The state’s Public Education Department has suggested districts use the software to document observations with the new teacher evaluation process that essentially grades teachers on a variety of criteria.
Superintendent Harvielee Moore said the district has concerns over the new teacher evaluation system, but they are working hard to comply with the state mandate.
The teacher evaluation system was developed and piloted at Bell Elementary and Red Mountain Middle School during the 2012-2013 school year, and was fully implemented across the state in August.
(Deming) – The Deming School Board will meet in regular session this Thursday.
The regular monthly meeting was postponed a week from the usual meeting date of the third-Thursday of the month.
Included on the agenda is the Deming Cesar Chavez Charter High School lease agreement… a resolution and agreement with the Southwest Council of Governments… a bid proposal for Bell Elementary parking lot improvements… a resolution identifying a partnership with Deming/Luna County Arts and Culture… a resolution with the Deming Luna Mimbres Museum… approval of school advisory committee members… and the final resolution transferring the Old Columbus Elementary School to the Village of Columbus.
Also, Superintendent Harvielee Moore and her staff will give a report on “Making the Grade.”
The meeting is set to begin at 5 p.m. Thursday in the board room of the Emmett Shockley Administration Building, 400 Cody Road. The meeting will be open to the public.
An executive – or closed – session to discuss limited personnel, pending or threatened litigation and the purchase, acquisition or disposal of real property will precede the open meeting at 4 p.m.
And a work session to review summer school data and discuss a presentation from the Department of Health will precede the executive session at 1:30 p.m. Thursday.
(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 at the flagpole in front of the high school gymnasium, and is a good opportunity to pray for our schools, students, school staff and nation.
The event will feature representatives from various community music ministries.
"See You at the Pole" was started in 1990 by some teens in Burleson, Texas, who felt compelled to pray for their school, and the concept ballooned as word spread to other students across the country who were feeling the same burden to pray for their schools.
FCA sponsor Jerome Sandoval said there will be a “See You after the Pole” event this year at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the high school gymnasium.
Sandoval said there will be speakers from youth groups at different churches in the community, as well as pizza and drinks for all who attend.
Again, Deming's "See You at the Pole" activities will begin at 7 a.m. Wednesday, September 25th, at the flag pole in front of Deming High School. Anyone interested is invited to attend.
“See You after the Pole” events will begin at 6:30 that evening in the high school gym.
DHS Director of Bands, Bernie Chavez, Carmen Seltzer
(Deming) – A Deming High School junior has been selected to be New Mexico’s representative to the Great American Marching Band which will perform in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.
Carmen Seltzer was selected for the honor based on her musical ability and past achievements.
Seltzer, who plays clarinet, was selected as a New Mexico All-State musician in 2012 and 2013… for the American Southwest Honor Band in 2012 and 2013… as an Honor Soloist at the Southwest NM Music Educators Association Solo and Ensemble competition in 2011 and 2012… and for many other local band honors.
Seltzer will be participating in the prestigious Great American Marching Band with 245 students representing every state.
The band will step off from Central Park in New York City, performing before 2.5 million live spectators and more than 50 million television viewers.
The musicians will be under the direction of Dr. Richard Good, the director of bands at Auburn University, who will be assisted by Barry Houser, Director of the Marching Illini from the University of Illinois.
To help raise funds for Seltzer’s trip, there will be a Gordita Dinner at Holy Family Church Hall this Friday, September 20th, from 11-2.
There also will be a bake sale at Pepper’s Supermarket on October 19th.
(Deming) – The Deming School Board will meet in special session Friday afternoon.
According to the legal notice, the purpose of the meeting is to consider the demolition and relocation of Deming Intermediate School as well as consider a School Improvement Grant budget adjustment request and an Education Specs contractor for Deming Intermediate School.
The meeting will be preceded by an executive – or closed — session set to begin at 1:30 p.m. in the board room of the Emmett Shockley Administration Building, 400 Cody Road. The closed session is being held to discuss the acquisition or disposal of real property.
The legal notice states that the special meeting, which is open to the public, will follow the executive session.
(Deming) – Deming Public Schools had a higher percentage of honors programs and advanced-placement students last year than the state and nation, according to new data released in a Superintendent Report by My College Options.
The report, compiled by the free college planning service, details that nearly half of Deming High School students in the 2012-2013 school year took honors program courses, with 41% having taken advanced-placement courses.
About 30% of the student body took college-credit courses.
The data further breaks down student interests after high school.
Science, technology, engineering and math “career clusters” topped the list of planned study for students, with about 24% choosing one of those academic areas.
About 15% of the students surveyed last school year said they planned on studying to enter nursing or health care; another 11 percent chose law enforcement.
The report also indicated that over 60% of the students surveyed would be the first generation in their family to attend college.
More information is available at www.mycollegeoptions.org
(Deming) – The beginning of a new school year is bringing with it the return of early release days.
The official school calendar lists six early-release Wednesdays, which officials say are set aside for “intervention planning for student proficiency” for faculty and staff.
Those early-release Wednesdays will be September 11th… October 16th… November 6th… December 11th… February 5th… and May 7th.
Early-release Wednesdays were weekly last school year, but were discontinued in March.
Superintendent Harvielee Moore said at the time that Wednesday afternoons were used to analyze data, create instructional plans and develop teachers’ skills so they could implement the new Common Core State Standards.
But, she said, it was time to practice using the standards.
While early-release Wednesdays may have helped teachers and school administrators, they were generally disliked by parents and employers, who had a once-weekly disruption in their afternoon schedule.
Again, early-release Wednesdays this school year will be September 11th… October 16th… November 6th… December 11th… February 5th… and May 7th.
(Deming) – Deming school officials have confirmed that there will be three new elementary school principals, at least two new instructional leaders, and several central office changes when school resumes next month.
Nancy Patterson, Deming Public Schools’ Associate Superintendent of Human Resources, said Bataan Principal Debbie Robertson and Columbus Principal Hector Madrid retired, and Ruben S. Torres Principal Mark Edens resigned, at the conclusion of the school year.
Patterson said they have promoted Columbus Instructional Leader Armando Chavez to the position of Columbus Elementary principal. The other two principal positions remain open.
Deming High Assistant Principal Herb Borden has been promoted to become the director of transportation and construction, combining positions previously held by Ray Trejo, Jr., and Brian Dunnihoo.
Patterson said Trejo, Jr., the former director of transportation, is now director of student services, a newly created administrative position designed to work with students, parents and principals to analyze and overcome student achievement gaps.
Dunnihoo, who was arrested last October on felony child sex abuse charges, did not have his contract as the district’s director of facilities and construction renewed.
Patterson added that Ann Marie Mora has been hired as the instructional leader at Memorial Elementary, replacing Kathryn Dietz who moved out-of-state. Mora will continue to be the district-wide student assistant coordinator as well.
Patterson said they will be advertising and interviewing for the principal positions at Bataan and Ruben S. Torres, as well as the high school assistant principal and Columbus instructional leader’s positions, and will fill the positions as soon as possible.
(Deming) – The Seamless Summer Lunch Program through the Deming Public Schools begins Monday.
DPS Student Nutrition Director Ginger Jones said the lunches, funded by the USDA, are free of charge to all youth between 1-18 years of age.
Lunches will be served at area parks and schools beginning Monday, June 3rd, and running through Friday, July 26th, with the exception of Thursday, July 4th, and Friday, July 5th, because of the Independence Day holiday observance.
Anyone with questions on the Deming Public Schools Seamless Summer Lunch Program may contact Jones at 546-2522 or by mail at 1001 South Diamond, Deming, 88030.
Again, summer lunches will begin being served on Monday, June 3rd.
(Deming) – The Deming School Board will meet in regular
Included on the agenda is the 2011-2012 fiscal year audit report… a resolution to participate in the 2014 New Mexico Department of Transportation Local Government Road Fund Program… the 2013 New Mexico School Board Association Student Achievement Award Nominee… and approval of the official election results canvass.
The meeting is set to begin at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the board room of the Emmett Shockley Administration Building, 400 Cody Road.The meeting is open to the public.
A closed session to discuss limited personnel matters, pending or threatened litigation and real property issues to include the former Columbus school building and other properties, will precede the open meeting at 4 p.m.