Volume 1, Issue 10-February 2017

By Dr. Veronica C. Garcia, Superintendent of Schools

Thank you, SFPS!

Inside This Issue Inside This Issue Capital High School Production of Sylvia


New Mexico Electric Car Challenge


Santa Fe County Spelling Bee


Aspen Science Fair


LANL Scientist Visits Classrooms


New SFPS Staff


Opportunities and Upcoming Events


On February 7, Santa Fe overwhelming supported our schools by approving the 2017 Santa Fe Public Schools General Obligation Bond. We will continue to serve as responsible stewards of taxpayer money by utilizing the GO Bond funds to build fiscally responsible and environmentally friendly facilities that provide our students a quality educational environment. This victory was truly a team effort between the schools, the Board of Education, parents, and community. It was inspiring to see the overwhelming support in light of the recent adversity and the high number of voters who participated in this election. The margin of victory was also noteworthy. The ongoing improvement of our school facilities is a testament to the community support for education and is an example of the strong partnership between our schools and our community. This speaks volumes to what the community sees as your professionalism, commitment, and terrific efforts on behalf of the students and parents we serve. At the end of the day, our students are the real winners who will have the opportunity to be educated in facilities that support their learning. Thank you for all you do. I appreciate you!

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The Capital High School Theatre Arts Department proudly presents a benefit production of A.R Gurney’s Sylvia— A six performance run scheduled at the Bryan Fant Theatre on February 16, 17, 18, & 23, 24, 25, 2017—7:00pm. This production has received Drama Desk award nominations for outstanding play, outstanding actress in a play and outstanding costume design. Sylvia first opened off Broadway in 1995 and ran 167 productions. The play's first Broadway production began previews at the Cort Theatre on October 2, 2015 and ran a limited engagement through January 24, 2016. A variety of actresses including Sarah Jessica Parker have played as Sylvia. The Capital High School Theatre Arts Department is incredibly grateful to have the opportunity to be part of Sylvia’s rich production history. Sylvia will be presented as CHS Theatre Arts Department’s Second Annual Share the Spotlight production. Tickets are available at the door and are only $5.00 for General Admission. Proceeds will benefit The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. This production is dedicated to the memory of Gwen Edwards, a true fighter and theatre artist .

On September 1, 2016 STEM Santa Fe started a 2-hour weekly STEM Afterschool Club at El Camino Real Academy (ECRA) for 5th-8th grade students who are interested in hands-on STEM activities and competing in STEM competitions and challenges. In partnership with ECRA, STEM Santa Fe provides programming and mentorship as well as help with fundraising and logistics. Ralp Abarico is the STEM Coach at this afterschool STEM Club and he is the lead teacher at the club who works closely with STEM Santa Fe mentors. On November 19, 2017 STEM Santa Fe organized and funded three teams from ECRA to participate in the New Mexico Electric Car Challenge. Fourteen students from ECRA competed with 3 electric cars that they hand-built and debugged. This was the only school from Santa Fe that participated in this state-wide event. Lina Germann from STEM Santa Fe stated, "The students worked hard for weeks. On the day of the competition, they presented their designs really well and they were very excited about racing their cars. I was especially impressed that the families of three of the students came along and were able to share in their child's excitement about STEM. This was a dream come true for STEM Santa Fe." For more information about how your school can partner with STEM Santa Fe, go to http://stemsantafe.org/

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Santa Fe Public Schools hosted the community at the Santa Fe County Spelling Bee on Friday, January 26, 2017. The Spelling Bee was held at the Genoveva Chavez Community Center. Congratulations to the Winner of the 2017 County Spelling Bee!

SFPS Participating Schools: Amy Biehl , Capshaw, Carlos Gilbert, Cesar Chavez, Chaparral, DeVargas, El Camino Real, Gonzales, Kearny, Mandela, Nava, Nina Otero, Ortiz, Pinon, Ramirez Thomas, Sweeney, Tesuque, Wood Gormley A total of 46 students competed.

Akansha Nanda Carlos Gilbert Elementary 5th Grade Photo Courtesy of Luis Sanchez Saturno at The Santa Fe New Mexican

Aspen’s 7th Annual Science Celebration The Aspen Family Science Fair Celebration took place on Thursday, January 26, 2017. It was a night filled with inquiry, technology, and family. The main event was the student project viewing in the gym. The 21st Century Afterschool Program highlighting student coding through Scratch and TinkerCad for our 3D printer, and two students also created game controllers with Makey hardware, and the K-2 grades sponsored engineering challenges, hands-on activities where students and their families worked together to solve a STEM related challenge. The awesome PTO provided pizza. Everyone who came to the event had a chance to see something new, spend time with our community, and leave with a happy heart and full stomach.

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Ed Fenimore is a veteran of Los Alamos National Labs, spending much of his career building satellites to study the birth of black holes. Fenimore received his PhD from the University of Chicago and spent his career in Los Alamos as an astrophysicist working on the birth of black holes as well as the nonproliferation of nuclear weapons. Additionally, he was the lead LANL scientist on several satellites including the Swift satellite, launched by NASA 10 years ago from Cape Canaveral. He currently spends his time working at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and volunteering at elementary schools. Ed is also currently assisting teachers in the development of a high school astronomy class. During visits to middle and high schools, he engages students in a discussion about galaxies, newly discovered planets, aliens, black holes, the big bang, the solar system, moons, satellites, careers, and anything else that interests students about space. His presentation includes slides and props, and is interactive, engaging, and encourages student participation. Below are links that showcase his presentations from 2016. TEDxLANL 2016: "Science Mentoring as a Maze" by Ed Fenimore https:// www.youtube.com/watch?v=HVoxgZalyac “physics, deep space, and time, oh my!” https://creativemornings.com/talks/edfenimore If you are interested in having Dr. Fenimore visit your classroom, you can contact him at [email protected].

Welcome New SFPS Staff SFPS General Counsel and Government Relations Specialist: Lisa Sullivan is a Santa Fean dedicated to serving the public within the educational field. An attorney since 1994, Lisa has worked extensively with policymakers in the New Mexico Legislature and state agencies on education laws and reforms, public finance, and constitutional law. Lisa has represented individuals, businesses and governmental entities in matters relating to contract, employment, tort, criminal, civil rights, land use and Indian law. Lisa has a strong customer service orientation and enjoys tailoring her problem-solving skills to a diverse set of clients and challenges.

SFPS Human Resources Executive Director: Stephen Fresquez is a native of Santa Fe, New Mexico, with deep roots in the Santa Fe Public School system. He is a proud graduate of Santa Fe High School, and he earned a Bachelor’s of Business Administration degree from the College of Santa Fe. He has enjoyed a 26-year tenure working for New Mexico state government for several state agencies, primarily in a human resources capacity. Stephen strives to provide creative approaches to customer service, human resources and human capital management with related restructuring that will support our District through aggressive recruitment, retention and professional development strategies.

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Opportunities and Upcoming Events

Important Dates Parent-Teacher Conferences

February 16

President’s Day (District Closed)

February 20

End of Third Quarter

March 10

The El Camino Real Academy's Reading Committee is putting together an "I Reading Day," scheduled for Tuesday, February 14, 2017. SFPS and El Camino Real invite guest readers to the elementary school after 1:00 pm, and the middle school after 2:00 pm to read a book to the students. If you are interested in participating in the "I Reading Day," please contact Mackie Fritzmeier, Teacher Librarian at El Camino Real Academy, at [email protected].

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