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Dear Families and Friends of Sandia Prep,
I now believe my parents when they say that the older one gets, the more quickly time passes. Back from a restful and re-energizing Thanksgiving break, it is hard for me to accept that the semester is almost over. However, at Sandia Prep, the learning is continual. Our students are fortunate to experience learning, not only on our campus, but also away from the classroom, thanks to our passionate and dedicated faculty.
Here are just a few of the many “teachable moments” our students have enjoyed during the fall semester thus far.
Our Mandarin students went together to a Chinese restaurant, where they practiced ordering and speaking Mandarin and enjoyed the benefit of a delicious meal; what a valuable language and cultural experience. In a similar fashion, our upper level Spanish students visited a local Columbian restaurant and enjoyed an immersion learning experience. Food is such an important part of culture, tradition and language!
With the help of fellow teachers Paul Ryder and George McJimsey, Spanish instructor Claudio Perez recently took his Border Studies students to the El Paso-Juarez border. For the second year, students enrolled in this course had the opportunity to spend a day in an immersion education program designed to acquaint them with the various issues surrounding immigration and border relations. The SPS students spoke to Mexican residents through “the fence,” met with members of the Border Patrol, and spent time with others who have immigrated to El Paso. This field trip was the culmination of a class project to create a Border Door symbolic of different themes that encompass the relationship between Mexico and the United States. Some of the themes depicted in the students’ project surround religion, separation of families, and discrimination both in Mexico and in the U.S. Their work will soon be on display in the hallways of the Simms Classroom Building, with pictures and poetry accompanying the Border Doors.
Over the semester, students in Science have experienced many different types of fieldwork.
Geology 1 students visited the Albuquerque Volcanoes and learned about volcanism as well as the Rio Grande Rift, a plate tectonic boundary on which we happen to live. Geology 2 students spent a day in the field in Ojito Wilderness mapping, looking at a double plunging anticline-syncline sequence, identifying faults and watching travertine form from a spring.
Chuck Buxbaum took Environmental Science students to the Sandia Mountains to look at the ecology and ecosystems there. More recently, his students traveled to observe a coal-burning power plant in western New Mexico, as they examine traditional and alternative forms of energy. Chuck’s Biology 1 students have spent more than two weeks in the “field” on El Paraiso, studying the behavioral ecology of ants.
Some of our 6th Grade students took a trip to the Rio Grande to study the river ecosystems. They returned with water samples and were able to study multi-celled microscopic organisms while learning to use microscopes.
In Visual Arts, the Photo classes have all been involved in various projects off campus. Photo 1 students visited Santa Fe to view a photography exhibit and to take photos of the Plaza and the cathedral; they will use these images for a project this month. Photo 2 students will be taking a field trip tomorrow (December 2). Photo 3 students collaborated with Bosque School students to take photographs in the Bosque to be part of an artistic collage. These classes have collaborated for many years; they have established a wonderful relationship between the two schools and their respective Photo Departments.
Student life organizations have been quite active, including Model U.N., Helping Hands community service, Mock Trial, and the Outdoor Leadership Program, to name a few. Look for more on their activities, along with upcoming student foreign travel opportunities, in one of the next issues of PrepTalk.
Learning happens everywhere, at any time. I like to offer a gentle reminder to students, former students and parents alike: open your minds to the possibility that learning can happen for the rest of your lives. As lifetime learners, we are fortunate; we have the opportunity to stay alert, young, involved, and interested in our world. We can also be strong contributors to keeping this a dynamic environment in which to live and love. For this, I am grateful.
Interim Head of School
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Upper School Semester Exams
For those of you new to the school’s semester exam schedule, students do not have to be on campus during a session if they have no exam during that time. If a student has two exams on one day, the student must stay on campus for the full day. Students may not leave campus to get lunch.
Hello Prep Deli will have a modified menu available or students may bring their own food. The Saunders Library will be open during the school day for quiet study. Should parents prefer their student spend the day at school, regardless of test schedule, he or she may study in the Library between exams.
In the event of bad weather, per our normal policy, Sandia Prep will follow APS (for delays or closures) unless specifically published otherwise. Check our website (at www.sandiaprep.org) and local TV news for the latest information.
If APS is on a delay, our exam schedule will be pushed back one hour: morning exams will run from 10:00 a.m. until 12 noon, and afternoon exams will run from 2:00 pm until 4:00 p.m. If APS closes school for the day, then our exam schedule will be pushed back one day: exams scheduled for the day of the closure will slide to the following day.
Exams are held from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. and from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the student's usual classroom for each course.
Monday, December 15
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Group 1
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Group 2
Tuesday, December 16
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Group 3
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Group 4
Wednesday, December 17
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Group 5
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Group 6
Thursday, December 18
9:00 - 11:00 a.m. - Group 7
1:00 - 3:00 p.m. - Group 8
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Soon you may be contacted by a fellow parent whose student participates in the same activity or sport as your child. If you have not yet made a gift to this year’s Annual Fund, please consider doing so.
Whether your child participates on a Sandia Prep sports team, is a Camping Associate, sings in the choir, plays an instrument, or is involved in our theater program, contributions to the Annual Fund are used to make these opportunities possible, so your gift absolutely makes a difference.
In addition, the greater the level of parent participation in the Annual Fund, the better that Sandia Prep is positioned it is to receive grants and private support from foundations, corporations and community partners.
How much should iGive?
Please know that every gift, no matter the size, makes a difference. Gifts from current parents range in size from $10 to $100,000. No gift is too small, and each and every one is essential. Your gift can also be made anonymously.
How do iGive?
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The first week of December features concerts from the SPS Music Department.
On Tuesday, December 2, the Combined SPS Choruses, under the direction of Darby Fegan, will perform their Winter Concert at 7:00 p.m. in the McCall Family Theater. (Please note that this concert has been changed from the previously scheduled concert on Thursday, Dec. 4.) This Winter Concert will be a multicultural celebration of holiday music from around the world.
On Wednesday, December 3, the combined Jazz Bands, under the direction of Dr. Jose Mariano Morales, will perform a concert at 7:00 p.m. in the McCall Family Theater.
On Thursday, December 4, the String Ensembles, under the direction of Kristen Daugherty, will perform a concert at 7:00 p.m. in the McCall Family Theater. (Please note that this concert has also been changed from the previously scheduled date of Dec. 2.)
Congratulations to the following students who have been selected to represent Sandia Prep in the upcoming All State Chorus festivals in January!
Participating in the Elementary and Youth Choirs at NMSU in Las Cruces will be: Angelica Adams, Lauren Askenazy, Marisa Lienert, Adam Stell, and Annelise Wall.
Participating at the High School festival at UNM will be: Matthew Burress, Christopher Clawson, Sebastian Fidalgo, Tanner Gill, and Catherine Mungle.
Congratulations also go to Nathan Bland, violist, will participate in the Youth Orchestra for the festival.
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Sandia Prep will again sponsor two ski / snowboard trips to Colorado in January and February.
We will return to Wolf Creek near Pagosa Springs on January 16-18.
We will return to Purgatory near Durango on February 12-14.
Both trips are open to any student in grades 6-12 on a first come, first serve basis. Sign up forms are available.
Contact faculty member and trip sponsor, Tony Schoepke (email@example.com), for more information.
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TEDxYouth Day 2014 was held at Albuquerque Academy this year. Sandia Prep sponsored Natalie Benson ’15 and her message regarding “Chemo Courage” for an international audience. The presentation revealed Natalie’s dedication to children and families struggling with cancer.
TEDx Youth Day Coordinator
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Faculty Appreciation Holiday Luncheon
Monday, December 15, 2014
11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
We need parent volunteers to help set up, serve, and clean up after the the Faculty Apprecition Holiday Luncheon. Set up begins about 10:15 a.m. and clean up ends about 1:15 p.m. If you would like to help with the luncheon please contact Rachel Mosher at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jackie Wrege at email@example.com; or go to www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0449aead2ea7f94-volunteer and sign up to help.
We also need desserts. If you would like to bring a dessert, please leave it in the Faculty Lounge by 10:30 a.m. on Monday, December 15.
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I would like to take this opportunity to thank our many, hardworking volunteers.
Our Committee Chairs this year are:
Used Book Sale: Starlit Babineaux and Jeff Lewis
Supply Store: Margaret Duran, Lisa Mitchell, Dawn Ferguson and Kathleen Lucero
Faculty Appreciation: Tina Valentine
Supply Closet Inventory: Linda Clark
School Photos: Kathleen Lucero and Jenny Williams
Back To School Night: Vicki Gale
Homecoming: Lorraine Tourville and Erica Stell
Middle School Activities: Margie Pintzow, Melissa Mason
Admission Hosting: Vicki Gale
Grandparents' Day: Maria Romero McCue
College Counseling: Kelli McNaughton
Meet Prep: Pat Lovato and Mary McKenzie
Testing Day Snacks: Nadine Miner
Faculty Luncheons: Rachel Mosher and Jackie Wrege
Passport to Your Future: Vicki Gale
National Honor Society: Marie Romero McCue
Sundevil Athletic Organization: Erica Stell
Business Directory: Liz Trainor
And a big thank-you to our SPSPA Officers:
President-Elect: Linda Kier
VP Volunteer Coordinator: Vicki Gale
VP Supply Store: Lisa Mitchell
Secretary: Nadine Miner
Treasurer: Jenny Williams
And always, our heartfelt thanks to Susan Walton, our wonderful and knowledgeable Director of Parent Relations!
If you haven’t had a chance to attend one of our Parens Association meetings, please come! Our next meeting is Tuesday, January 27. A light lunch is offered at 11:15 a.m. and the meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. Participating in the Parents Association has enriched my experience at SPS. It is a wonderful way to meet other parents, get to know teachers and staff, and learn how the PA participates in the school.
Enjoy your winter break and enjoy the holiday season!
Sandia Prep School Parents Association (SPSPA)
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The holidays are coming: Find great gifts for all of your favorite Sundevils and family members this holiday season in the Supply Store!
A wide array of Sandia Prep Spirit Wear apparel and accessories is available in the Supply Store now. Find great t-shirts, hoodies, hats, pajama shorts and pants, blankets, umbrellas, stadium chairs, license plates, car decals and more. Shop now for best selection!
The Sundevil Athletics Organization would like to acknowledge and thank the Girls Basketball, Swimming / Diving, Dance Team, and Bowling coaches and team parents:
Girls Varsity Basketball
Coaches: JP Rael and Assistant Coach Angel Reyes
Team Parents: Carolyn James and Sandy Drake-Rubin
Girls JV Basketball
Coach: Jerome Romero
Girls 8th Grade Basketball
Coach: Mo Sanchez
Team Parents: Lynn Jeffries and Nichelle Gilbert
Girls 7th Grade Blue Basketball
Coaches: Tony Esposito and Assistant Coach Kaitlyn Glass
Team Parent: Jody Garcia
Girls 6th Grade Red Basketball
Coach: Patrick Kelly
Team Parent: Beth McCraw
Girls 6th Grade Blue Basketball
Coach: Paul Huitt
Team Parent: Perla Webb
Swimming / Diving
Coaches: Jerry Stanton and Assistant Coach Elora Stanton
Team Parents; Kelli McNaughton and Maria Fidalgo
Coaches: Louie Giannini and Assistant Coach Courtney Giannini
Team Parents: Neoma Nevill and Clea Gutterson
Coach Jon Toman
A very special thank-you to Scott Wilson:
Thank you for donating your time and crane service to our school to install our new softball scoreboard!
Thank you Crane Service, Incorporated!
Please don’t forget to turn in your BOX TOPS!
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Thank you to all of you who filled up the rest of the semester snack calendar by providing food for our fabulous faculty and staff in October, November and December. And a hefty round of applause to recent volunteers: Margie, Perry, Josh & Zach Pintzow, Victoria Rojo & Debbie Van Dyke, Liz Trainor, Maria Koren, Vicki Gale, Linda Clark, the Moore family & friends, the Creagan family and Carl, and Maria & Kiana Aguilar!
Please take some time over Winter Break to peruse the snack calendar and choose a snack slot to show your appreciation for all that our Prep teachers and staff do for your children. We have fifteen slots left for the remainder of the school year. Help me fill my goal of completely scheduling the spring semester snack calendar before the New Year.
To sign up and find out more about SPS teacher and staff appreciation snack, go to: http://www1.mysignup.com/cgi-bin/view.cgi?prepteacherappreciation
Have a lovely Winter break and a Happy New Year!
Chair, Faculty and Staff Appreciation