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Curiosity is a quality that is difficult to teach. I think about the many students I have taught over the years and remember those who continued to question or ask for more. Often in science lab, they asked if they could experiment beyond the scope of a lab. They wanted to know more than basic concepts; they wanted to know how or what made “things work” in our world. Of course, curiosity goes beyond the science classroom; it plays a role in every area of study and learning.
I remember a particular day in my childhood vividly. I arrived home, with my mom, to find my older brother in the den with our television completely taken apart and scattered all over the floor. My mom was in shock and asked my brother what he was doing. He responded that he just wanted to figure out how it worked. He repeated this process many times with different pieces of electronic equipment and my parents actually got used to it, as he was always able to put items back together, and more importantly, they still worked. To this day my brother is still that curious young boy who knows computers, music, physics, and mathematics inside and out. He is a great “fix-it” man, as is our entire family. I guess half of us are fix-it women. We all like to take apart different items and create something new from a space or an item. While our projects differ, we all enjoy the act of “making.”
I understand the need for people to have a physical outlet to balance their intellectual side. Athletics, performing arts, and visual arts frequently are avenues for this; and our OLP and Technical Theater students often find similar results. I used to joke that our Tech Theater class was our “shop” although different from the shop class of my childhood. Kids love to saw, drill, hammer, weld, and paint the sets used in our theater productions.
A few months ago, I read an article in Education Week about girls and their lack of tinkering. Girls are successful academically; why do they not tinker? The article noted that the answers are not entirely clear; but the author, Lisa Damour, did put some blame on adults who encourage boys to struggle with problem solving or show them how to work a machine. These same adults may rescue girls from a struggle and work the machine for them. So as parents and teachers of both boys and girls, what can we do? First, time and space is needed to tinker. The environment should allow all students to tinker without deadlines or grades. Secondly, do not expect girls to tinker alone as boys will do. Girls like to have a partner at first. Lastly, give the girls (and the boys) a meaningful goal. Both boys and girls should be encouraged to tinker from their earliest days.
I love seeing the word, tinkering. My husband often uses this word when he wants to make or fix something around the house. Tinkering brings to mind curiosity, relaxation, and the opportunity to explore without any guidelines or pressures but my own. Schools are beginning to see that tinkering offers benefits for students: it gives them the opportunity to try out an idea, to create or design something new, to succeed or fail and then try again.
Sandia Prep is excited to be able to join many other schools around the globe by offering a space and the “stuff” for kids to tinker or make. These locations are generally called Makerspaces or Maker Labs; ours will be named “The S.P.A.C.E., Sandia Prep’s Autonomous Creative Environment.”
Please take a moment to read the article in this PrepTalk issue about our new Makerspace that will be up and running by August. It will be available to students throughout the day under the guidance of our resident experts Daniel de León and Cassandra Osterloh. Until August arrives, encourage your kids to join you in tinkering, a guaranteed “feel good” activity.
Interim Head of School
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Join us, as Sandia Prep's Middle School Theater Department Presents:
A Child Shall Lead
Friday, May 1 & Saturday, May 2
Sandia Prep's McCall Family Theater
Students: $5 / Adults: $10
This is the heroic and true story of children coming of age in Terezin, the "Jewish city" established by the Nazis near Prague as a way station before the death camps. In the face of unspeakable horror, these children use their determination and creativity to build lives filled with hope and beauty -- playing, studying, making art, and writing an underground newspaper -- all at the peril of being executed. Their actual poems and stories are woven into a fast-paced drama, evoking the universality of children caught in the insanity of war.
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Opening: August 2015
What is a “maker space”?
- A place for engaging learners in creative, higher-order problem solving through hands-on design, construction and iteration; one that facilitates experimental play that engages students
- A resource that creates the opportunity to put theory into application, where failure is a welcomed component and there is no penalty to fail
- A community workspace for budding artists, craftspeople, makers, hobbyists and hardware developers
- A movement to empower students as creators and tinkerers
Why are we building one?
- Because creativity, design and engineering have never been more important
- To allow our students to develop the types of skill sets that have real, applicable value in our rapidly advancing world
- Because we know that students should be asking questions; finding problems, instead of merely solving those identified by others; and thinking about systems instead of compartmentalized ideas
- To continue to offer Sandia Prep programs that engage students in a culture of creativity, constructivism, and project-based learning
What will Sandia Prep’s “maker space” be?
The S.P.A.C.E.: Sandia Prep’s Autonomous Creative Environment will be a community-oriented workshop where science, engineering, technical and visual art enthusiasts meet regularly to share, explore and collaborate using textiles, electronic hardware, manufacturing tools, and programming techniques.
What are some of the goals of the S.P.A.C.E.?
- To act as an incubator, a space where students can go to learn the skills to create things and have access to the tools necessary to create them
- To provide innovative tools, so that students can develop ideas and try implementing them
- To balance social interaction with individual exploration, while keeping students close enough together to inspire each other with ideas
- To partner with other programs and groups on campus, such as science, art and broadcasting
- To interact with other maker spaces in our area, such as Manzano Day School’s MakerSpace
Who will use it?
- Sandia Prep students in grades 6 through 12
- Sandia Prep faculty and staff
- Sandia Prep families
- Local professionals and tradespeople
- SummerPrep students
- SPS student teams participating in competitions such as FIRST® LEGO® League
What kinds of things will be done in the S.P.A.C.E.?
- Students may take things apart, build things, or experiment.
- Students may choose to create things with recycled and repurposed items.
- Students may utilize equipment, such as sewing machines, woodworking tools, CAD software, 3D printing, or laser-cutting equipment.
- We will hold “pop-ups” – impromptu lessons and demonstrations that focus on particular concepts and skills.
How will the S.P.A.C.E. benefit students?
- Students will learn to share available resources, mentor one another and solve problems.
- The S.P.A.C.E. will move students from merely studying about the principles of math and science to actually applying them, inventing, and trying solutions.
- Students will learn to work in a multi-age environment, as co-creators from both the Middle and Upper Schools collaborate with one another.
- By allowing students (“makers”) to spend time, collaborate, learn, and be inspired to build innovative creations.
Where will the S.P.A.C.E. be located?
It will be located in the 300 building, a highly visible space in the center of campus, adjacent to the Quad.
What is needed, and how can I help?
- Donate a needed item: See the Wish List for the S.P.A.C.E. and consider donating an item shown there; or contact Julie Cook at firstname.lastname@example.org or 505.338.3022 to make a donation.
- Lend a hand: To volunteer with building the S.P.A.C.E. over this summer, or to donate some time to work with students in the S.P.A.C.E. this fall, contact Cassandra Osterloh at email@example.com or Daniel DeLeón at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Exciting news: On-campus student physicals are back!
Dr. Kristina Gutierrez Barela, a Board-certified pediatrician in Rio Rancho and parent of SPS 6th grader Alicia Barela, will be offering physicals at Sandia Prep on Tuesday, May 5 from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (every 15 minutes) and on Tuesday, May 12 from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (again, every 15 minutes). The cost for each student physical exam will be just $25.00.
Every Sandia Prep student is required to have a physical exam before school begins in August. Whether or not your child will participate in sports, he or she must have a physical in order to attend school and participate in any activities.
If you are interested in having your child take advantage of this opportunity for a low-cost physical exam, permission slips will be sent home. If you have questions, please contact Certified Athletic Trainer, Cathy Reed, email@example.com. Incoming Sandia Prep 6th graders are welcome.
Appointment times every 15 minutes will be available; appointments must be made in advance through Sandia Prep Certified Athletic Trainer, Cathy Reed, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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On Wednesday, May 13, Sandia Prep’s Class of 2015 will begin their Senior Week festivities with a catered breakfast sponsored by the Sandia Prep Alumni Association. The breakfast will begin at 8:00 a.m.
It will be Yearbook Day at Prep and our Seniors will have a full schedule. During the breakfast, Seniors will be officially welcomed into the SPS Alumni Association; plus, they will have the chance to personalize messages to their favorite faculty members, receive their Senior athletic plaques, participate in a Prep trivia contest, and more!
We are asking each Senior to bring $5 cash to the breakfast. It will be their entry “fee” and their first gift to Sandia Prep’s Annual Fund.
Questions? Contact Sandia Prep’s Alumni Affairs Office at email@example.com.
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Gabriella Albert ’15 has been selected to participate in the 47th annual Dr. Bessie F. Lawrence International Summer Science Institute at the Weizmann Institute of Science. She will be one of 19 talented young students representing the United States among a group of 80 participants from around the world. Albert received a full scholarship that covers the cost of transportation to and from Israel and her stay at the Institute.
Every summer since 1969, the Dr. Bessie F. Lawrence International Summer Science Institute (ISSI), more fondly known as “the Bessie program,” brings together approximately 80 highly talented pre-university students (high-school graduates) from all over the world to experience the challenges and rewards of scientific research and to learn more about the Weizmann Institute of Science and life in Israel.
During the month-long program, the students spend the first three weeks conducting research in the campus labs. The work combines the exploration of problems in the fields of biology, chemistry, physics, and mathematical and computer science, and instruction in the use of sophisticated lab equipment such as electron microscopes, advanced computers, a high-energy particle accelerator, and lasers. In addition, there are lectures by senior Weizmann Institute scientists, departmental talks, and visits to some of the state-of-the-art facilities on campus.
After three weeks on campus, the group moves to an altogether different scientific focus: a field school in the Judean Desert and the Negev. Expert guides from the Sde-Boker field school lead hikes that acquaint the students with the unique ecological, geographical, geological, zoological, and archaeological characteristics of the area — some of which are one-of-a-kind in the world.
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SPS graduating senior U.P. Nguyen ’15 won third prize in the 11th Annual Spanish Literary Contest Cuentistas. Entrants are encouraged to further their writing skills and their knowledge of Spanish language and Hispanic culture by writing, in Spanish, a short story, either fiction or non-fiction. Nguyen submitted an original short story in Spanish for the competition. The contest is made possible by the New Mexico / Spain educational partnership.
Nguyen and SPS teacher Claudio Perez were invited to a special dinner, where she and the other contest winners were honored. The event was hosted by the Instituto Cervantes at the National Hispanic Cultural Center.
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On April 26, two Sandia Prep students, Angelica Adams ’20 and Walker Durell ’15 were prize winners in the 2015 Vocal Artistry Art Song Festival. Since 2008, the now yearly event has been renewing an interest in the form of art song where one voice and one piano unite. This year, nearly 100 young singers took part in the festival and competition, which is directed by SPS parent, Jacqueline Zander-Wall.
The Festival’s mission is to inspire the further study of Art Song Repertoire; winners are chosen based on talent and artistic achievement. “Art Song is the perfect combination of music and literature, based on four elements: poet, composer, singer and accompanist.” For more information, visit www.vocalartistryartsong.com.
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In May, two of Sandia Prep’s longest-serving faculty members will retire after a combined 70 years of teaching.
To honor Ron Briley and Rick Wettin, the Sandia Prep Alumni Association is creating an alumni paver pathway through the center of the Quadrangle.
All Sandia Prep community members are invited to participate and can personalize a paver to be installed within the new Alumni Pathway.
Please note: For installation prior to our 2015 Alumni Weekend festivities, orders must be placed by Wednesday, May 20, 2015.
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SummerPrep 2015 offers more than 90 academic, arts and sports camps for students entering grades K-12, with new camps such as Rocketry (grades 6-8), Comparative Anatomy: Get the Inside Scoop on the Animal Kingdom (grades 6-8), Exploring the World of Gods, Myths and Monsters (grades 3-6), and Young Actor's Workshop (grades 2-6).
Returning favorites include: Weird and Wacky Science; Hogwarts School; Kids Cook; Chemistry; Costume Design; and Come Play and Learn.
Sports camps for soccer, tennis, kickball, and yoga round out the offerings, along with sports clinics in basketball, soccer, baseball and volleyball.
SummerPrep 2015 takes place June 1 through July 10. Prepare for six weeks of discovery, learning and fun in a safe, stimulating environment. The Future Begins Here!
Registration is underway.
Questions? Contact the SummerPrep office at 505.338.3045 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Summer Film Course Dates:
Tuesday nights at 6:30 p.m. in Sandia Prep’s McCall Family Theater
June 2 through July 7, 2015
Fee: $20 per participant for the entire 6-week series
Back by popular demand, Sandia Prep’s summer film course for alumni, current parents, and parents of alumni returns -- for its fifth consecutive year!
Taught by Sandia Prep’s renowned History teacher and longtime former Assistant Head Ron Briley, the course is offered in conjunction with SummerPrep. The class is inspired by Contemporary American History through Film, the course Ron has taught to captivated Sandia Prep seniors for more than a quarter-century.
Participants will gather on Tuesday evenings in the McCall Family Theater from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. to screen and discuss a film. Don’t worry; in this summer iteration of the class, there will be no essay assignments!
This year’s class will focus on the films of actor/director Paul Newman — which will provide an opportunity to look at several film genres. Among the films to be screened are The Hustler (1961), Hud (1963), Cool Hand Luke (1967), Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), The Sting (1973), and The Verdict (1982).
To reserve a spot, please contact Ron Briley at email@example.com or 338-3019. Please make checks payable to Sandia Prep School.
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In conjunction with SummerPrep 2015, Sandia Prep’s talented coaches again will conduct instructional summer sports clinics for aspiring athletes looking to discover their competitive edge. You do not need to be a Sandia Prep student to participate.
Tommy Smith is the Boys Varsity Soccer Coach at Sandia Prep. Since joining the SPS faculty, he has led the Sundevils to ten A-AAA State Championships and four finishes as State Runners-Up. A former UNM Lobo soccer player, Tommy played professionally for ten years. He was chosen as the NM Boys High School Soccer Coach of the Year in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2012 and 2013.
Enrollment is limited, so register now.
June 1-4 / 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Tuition $120 for the week
To register, go to www.summerprep.org and click on the link to Register Online.
Call 338-3045 if you have any questions about SummerPrep registration.
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Walk along the Great Wall in Beijing, tour the famous Bund waterfront in Shanghai, marvel at the stately Terracotta Warriors in Xian, and take in the Li River's majestic scenery in Guilin.
Plans are underway for an SPS-sponsored trip to China over spring break 2016. The two-week trip, open to Upper and Middle School students and parents, will include visits to Chinese cities and rural areas as well.
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Please remember to check Lost and Found this month, before the end of the school year. Unclaimed clothing will be taken to local charities at the end of the semester.
Lost and Found is located in the Russell Student Center, by the elevator, outside Leonard Garcia’s office. Please check with Mr. Garcia for more valuable items, such as cell phones and jewelry, which are held until the end of the school year.
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Students, would you like to make a difference this summer?
The Albuquerque Bernalillo County Library is looking for teen volunteers, ages 12 to 18, to volunteer in branch libraries between May 30 and July 25.
You will work with library guests and help with events.
Visit any Branch Library to pick up an application and return it by May 9. For more information, visit www.abclibrary.org.
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To celebrate the close of another great school year, the Parents Association is hosting a Spring Appreciation Luncheon for faculty and staff.
We are asking for donations of desserts to be brought to the office/faculty lounge on Monday, May 18 for the 11:00 a.m. luncheon.
We also are seeking help from parent volunteers to set up for the luncheon and to take down afterward. Volunteers are needed between 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 18, 2015 in the Commons (100 building). You may work one or two hours, or stay to help for the entire time.
Rachel Mosher (was Pascetti), firstname.lastname@example.org, (505) 280-4969
Jackie Wrege, email@example.com
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It's hard to believe that the end of the year is only a few short weeks away. Our Parents Association has had a great year. I would like to thank the Executive Board for their hard work and commitment to the SPSPA: Linda Kier, Vicki Gale, Jenny Williams, Lisa Mitchell, and Nadine Miner. I would also like to thank Susan Walton '72 , SPS Parent Relations Coordinator, for all her help throughout the year.
The 8th Grade Dinner Dance is always a special evening for our kids finishing Middle School. The kids had a fantastic time and all looked so nice! They ate well, danced, played games and took pictures in the photo booth; what a night! Thank you to our hard working committee for putting on a great event: Lorraine Tourville, Alicia Riccobene, Melissa Chiavetta, Jackie Wrege, Kathy Armijo, Linda Kier, Erica Stell, and Rachel Mosher. And, thank you to all the volunteers who brought beautiful desserts, and those who came to help with setting up, and the many people who helped break down and clean up after the dance!
The Faculty Appreciation Spring Luncheon is set for Monday, May 18. Please contact Jackie Wrege or Rachel Mosher if you would like to help. They will need volunteers to help serve lunch and to bring desserts.
The final Parents Association event of the school year is the Graduation Reception on Saturday, May 23. Good luck to all seniors!
Lastly, a big thank-you to the many volunteers who help to make Sandia Prep the wonderful school that it is.
President, SPSPA 2014-2015
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Please note: The date of the next SAO (Sundevil Athletics Organization) meeting date has changed. The meeting, originally scheduled for Thursday, May 7, at 1:30 p.m. has been moved to Monday, May 11, at 2:00 p.m. The meeting location has not changed; the meeting will be held in the Dick Heath Board Room.
The Sundevil Athletics Organization would like to extend a huge thank-you to all of the spring coaches and team parents. Our programs are successful because of you and we appreciate everything you do.
Girls Varsity Tennis: Jenny Davidson and Julie Cook, coaches; Colette Jury, team parent
Boys Varsity Tennis: Nick Morris and Tommy Smith, coaches; Kay McCormick, team parent
Varsity Softball: Leonard Garcia, coach; Deborah Garcia, team parent
Middle School Softball: Karah Williams and Tatianna Garcia, coaches, Ed Chavez, assistant coach; Rita Abeyta, team parent
Varsity Baseball: Paul Huitt and Steve Suiter, coaches; Jenny Williams, team parent
JV Baseball: Vince Barnett and Andres Trujillo, coaches; Erica Stell, team parent
C Team Baseball: Andres Trujillo and Isaiah Marquez, coaches; Erica Stell, team parent
Girls Varsity Golf: Allan Brumer, coach
Boys Varsity Golf: John Connor, coach
Middle School Golf: Cale Glover, coach; Joanna Gruger, team parent
Lacrosse: Clay Wetherhill, coach, Kevin Lopez, assistant coach; Melissa Bentley, team parent
Varsity Track: Janelle Johnson and Stacy Price, coaches; LaVern Clarke-Roberts and Frankie Jaramillo, assistant coaches; Kathy Armijo, Lynn Burress, team parents
Middle School Track: Noel Huitt and Cassandra Osterloh, coaches; Margaret Duran and Lezlie Schreiber, team parents
Special thanks to all of the baseball parents who are volunteering to run concessions and the scoreboard for all three baseball teams. Sandia Prep has a C Team for the first time and there is a tremendous amount of parent volunteer effort at the baseball field for all three teams.
Also, a special thank-you to Vanessa Lucero for her continued support of concessions and willingness to volunteer.
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The Sandia Prep Supply Store could not operate without the help of its volunteers. Each year, we celebrate the “graduation” of our volunteers who are parents of SPS seniors with a heartfelt goodbye. This year, we celebrate three “graduating seniors”: Lorraine Gullett, Neoma Nevil and Patty Turner.
Lorraine Gullett has been working at the store for four years. Lorraine has always loved interacting with the students and listening to their quirky conversations. Lorraine says, “I think this is the best volunteering opportunity at the school, and the new computer system makes the transactions so much easier.” Lorraine will continue to travel and coach tennis. She is planning on volunteering with Read West, tutoring kids and adults who are learning to read, and also with the Placitas Recycling Center.
Neoma Nevill has been volunteering in the store since April 2009. Neoma had just moved back from India, found a home in Albuquerque, and within two weeks of her daughters enrolling at Sandia Prep, she was already volunteering in the Supply Store. She has been a dedicated volunteer for six years. Neoma says, “My first year of working the Supply Sale in August 2009 was exciting and a wonderful way to meet Prep families. My advice to new volunteers is to get involved and volunteer in different areas of the Parents Association. It has been a very rewarding and fulfilling journey.” Neoma will continue with her healing yoga meditation class and other volunteer opportunities when she leaves us.
Patty Turner has also worked in the Supply Store for six years. Patty has said that it’s the perfect way to volunteer. “I love seeing the kids. I get to see it all from my little space in the store. Sophie and her friends visit. I cherish the time I get to see her. I think it's the perfect, perfect way to be involved.” After Sandia Prep, she will continue to work at UNMH as a baby nurse.
We wish all our volunteer “graduates” the very best. We know their dedication and commitment will continue to bless those fortunate enough to work with them, wherever they may go.
Congratulations again to Lorraine, Neoma and Patty. Our heartfelt thanks to each of you for all of your time and hard work in the Supply Store!
Margaret Garcia de Duran
Supply Store Volunteer
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The Sundevil Athletics Organization (SAO) is collecting Box Tops for Education; all proceeds benefit Sandia Prep's athletics program.
You can support us by clipping and collecting the Box Tops from any participating General Mills products. Box Tops may be turned into the Supply Store collection bin.
We invite you to continue -- or start -- clipping and help us support Sandia Prep athletics by saving General Mills Box Tops and Support Sundevil Athletics
Rachel Mosher (was Pascetti), firstname.lastname@example.org
Sundevil Athletics Organization (SAO)
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The Smiths Rewards program is now set so that Sandia Prep supporters can link their shopper's card (online) to their Smiths Rewards Card and start generating those micro pennies for the school, as we have done at Albertsons. The program is different from Albertsons, in that, at Albertsons people could designate as many nonprofits as they like; whereas, at Smiths, they must choose just one nonprofit with which to affiliate their card.
The school is listed as “Sandia School (aka Sandia Prep School)” and its number is #85345, if you would like to register your shopping tag with our school for Smiths donations.
The web address to affiliate your card is www.smithscommunityrewards.com. You may also use this address to apply for a Smiths Reward Card and then affiliate the card with Sandia Prep.