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As Spring eases in around us and the world awakens once again, I allow myself to slow down and pay attention to the sounds of birds each morning, to people surrounding me, and to the leaves and flowers bursting open and showing their colors. How can I show appreciation for this beauty around me? Without failure, it awes and overwhelms me every year.
What a wonderful time for our students and faculty to break from school and work and take the time to rest and relax — to create some space away from the hectic routines of our lives. We all embrace this break in different ways. Whatever you choose, I encourage you to take the healthy route and enjoy yourselves immensely. I hope we all can return in April refreshed and ready to finish this school year with focus and energy.
I plan on an energizing city hit and a reinvigorating mountain hit. First, I will venture to Portland, Oregon with one daughter, to prepare for her move to this fine city this summer, and to visit another daughter already there. I am looking forward to precious time with my daughters; and yes, we do tend to have a great time together. Next, I will head to the Colorado mountains for hiking and much-needed sleep. The only thing missing will be my constant companion, Chica, my 13-pound Jack Russell Terrier who recently died at the age of 14. She taught me to enjoy life every day and that there was not a mountain we could not climb together. Ah, the simplicity of a dog’s life. She has probably hiked as many miles and trails as any dog that I know despite her small size – literally, thousands of miles. I hope I can continue to make her proud on the many trails that still need climbing.
I would like to thank everyone in the Sandia Prep community who has contributed to making this a remarkable year. It does take a community; and support from various directions keeps us moving forward on solid ground. That, too, awes and overwhelms and warms the heart. Enjoy your spring rejuvenation!
Interim Head of School
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As part of our health education program and Sandia Prep’s ongoing commitment to prevention and wellness, David Sherrell from FCD (Freedom from Chemical Dependency) will be presenting to students, faculty, and parents during the week of April 6. FCD is a nonprofit organization that has been providing substance abuse prevention education for schools since 1976.
Mr. Sherrell will present the most up-to-date information available on the physiological and psychological effects of various drugs, and provide a forum for discussing social, cultural, and personal issues that relate to the choices people make. From April 6-9, he will be presenting to our 9th and 10th Grade students during three of their PE classes.
Sandia Prep will host a special evening session for parents, on Wednesday, April 8, from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in Room #708 in the McCall Performing Arts Center. Mr. Sherrell will present current information on drug use and trends, discuss effective ways to communicate with your child about drugs, and create a forum for parents to share their own questions and concerns. Parents of students in any grade are invited and encouraged to attend.
To r.s.v.p. for the evening parent session, please email Karen Lyall, Coordinator of Health and Wellness, at email@example.com.
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Sandia Prep’s Junior-Senior Prom will be held from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, at the Hyatt downtown. This years theme is "Black and White."
Juniors and seniors should have been received hand-delivered invitations at school the week of March 16.
Tickets will be sold to Juniors and Seniors only on Monday, April 6 and Tuesday, April 7 ONLY. Tickets are $35 per person; dinner is included in the ticket price.
For more information, contact faculty sponsor Cathy Reed at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Do you have clothes you don't wear? Shoes you've outgrown? DVDs, CDs, games, toys, or books that are just taking up space?
Your discards are another person's desirables; your trash another's treasure!
In celebration of Earth Day, Sandia Prep's Greendevils will hold the annual Giant Sustainability Swap on Monday, April 20 to raise awareness concerning the sustainable use of resources.
To donate, bring your box of articles to Lab 3 the week before the swap (April 13 – 17).
Parents: Volunteers are needed to help between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. on Monday, April 20, the day of the Sustainability Swap. If you would like to lend a hand, contact Chuck Buxbaum at email@example.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.
To learn more, please visit: sandiaprep.org/pavetheway or call 505.338.3021.
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SummerPrep 2015 offers more than 90 academic, arts and sports camps for students entering grades K-12, all led by exceptional teaching staff in a warm, friendly atmosphere.
New camps this year include: 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); Young Actor's Workshop (grades 2-6); and Geometry for Credit (grades 8-11).
Returning favorites include: Weird and Wacky Science; Hogwarts School; Kids Cook; Chemistry; Costume Design; and Come Play and Learn.
Our Musical Theater camps will be Disney’s Peter Pan JR. and Disney’s The Lion King JR. Sandia Prep is the first school in the country to obtain the just-released rights to stage Disney’s The Lion King JR.!
Sports camps for all ages are also featured. Camps for soccer, tennis, basketball, volleyball, softball, kickball, archery, Ultimate Frisbee and yoga are available, along with sports clinics in basketball, soccer, baseball and volleyball.
View the catalog to see all of SummerPrep 2015's offerings for students entering grades K-12.
SummerPrep 2015 takes place June 1 through July 10.
Registration is now underway. Register online, via mail, or in person at Sandia Prep.
Learn more at summerprep.org.
Questions? Contact the SummerPrep office at 505.338.3045 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Back by popular demand, Sandia Prep’s summer film course for alumni, current parents, and parents of alumni, offered in conjunction with SummerPrep, is back -- for its fifth consecutive year!
Taught by Sandia Prep’s renowned History teacher and longtime former Assistant Head Ron Briley, the course 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.
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
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Sandia Prep's Girls Varsity Basketball team made it all the way to the State Quarterfinals in The Pit. While #3 ranked Shiprock defeated the #6 ranked Sundevils 61-50, Sandia Prep finished the season with a 19-11 record.
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Happy Spring Break! I hope everyone is having a good break and is ready to return to school to finish a great year.
I would like to thank our many dedicated parent volunteers. Our parents give of themselves in so many ways at SPS; thank you, thank you! For those who might be interested, volunteering is a wonderful way to meet other Sandia Prep parents. If you would like to help out, please contact Vicki Gale at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April brings many events at Sandia Prep:
Wednesday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m.
National speaker David Sherrell
Co-sponsored by the Sandia Prep School Parents Association
Renowned educator David Sherrell from FCD (Freedom from Chemical Dependency) will speak to Sandia Prep parents at 7:00 p.m. in Room #708 of the McCall Performing Arts Center. Mr. Sherrell will discuss the latest information on the physiological and psychological effects of various drugs and provide a forum for discussing the social, cultural, and personal issues surrounding personal choices. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from an expert in substance abuse prevention who has worked with Sandia Prep for several years.
Thursday, April 9
Passport To Your Future: This is a special event for students who have just been accepted to Sandia Prep. The event provides these prospective students and their parents the opportunity to take another look at what a wonderful school we have at SPS before making their final enrollment decision.
Friday, April 10
8th Grade Dinner Dance
This dance is the celebration of the end of middle school. It is a wonderful tradition at SPS that honors our students and welcome them to high school.
Saturday, April 11
Monday, April 20
Giant Earth Day Sustainability Swap
Earth Day is observed at Sandia Prep. Bring your books, DVDs, CDs, and clothing to swap as part of "Reduce, Reuse, Recycle for Earth Day." Anything left at the end of the day will be donated to charity.
Parent volunteers are needed from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Please contact Chuck Buxbaum at email@example.com to help.
Tuesday, April 28 at 11:30 a.m.
SPSPA Annual Meeting & Election of Officers
Dick Heath Board Room
Have a wonderful April!
Parents Association President, 2014-2015
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As you know, visitors coming to campus for Middle School athletic and other events often enter our buildings through the west-facing doors to the West Gym and the walkway along the side of the Gym that leads to the Russell Student Center. Our “other entrance” was in need of some refurbishment, painting, and better wayfinding signage.
Watch for the new signage painted on the outside of the West Gym and Russell Student Center, thanks to generous funding from the Sundevil Athletics Organization (SAO).
This project will bring a welcoming, fresh look to that area of campus -- for our visitors and current families alike.
Interested in getting involved on campus and helping with more great improvements? Contact Erica Stell, SAO President, at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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College Case Studies Program
Monday, April 13, 2015
6:30 p.m. at Albuquerque Academy
For this important event, Sandia Prep juniors and their parents will participate in workshops that simulate the selection process with a college admission professional. In the workshops, three applications are reviewed and participants play the role of the college admission officer.
Following the workshop, there will be a select college fair open only to participants. This year, approximately 30 colleges from across the country will be represented.
Due to space limitations, this event is restricted to juniors and their parents from Albuquerque Academy, Bosque School and Sandia Prep. Learn about the college admission and selection process from the experts!
This is a very special opportunity and will only be offered once before the class of 2016 applies to colleges.
All juniors are expected to attend.
Junior parents are strongly encouraged to participate.
For more information, contact Sandia Prep’s College Counseling office at 338.3038.
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Aspire Test (formerly PLAN) for all 10th grade students
Tuesday, April 21 from 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Most colleges require students to take either the ACT or SAT. At Sandia Prep we offer two preparatory tests that allow us to measure a student’s strengths and weaknesses in test taking and preparation. These tests also offer our students the chance to practice taking a formalized exam. One such exam is the PSAT, given to all 10th and 11th Grade students, as a precursor to the SAT and a National Merit qualifying test for juniors.
The other preparatory exam is the Aspire test, the new version of the PLAN test. The Aspire test is given to all tenth graders and is the precursor for the ACT. We will be giving the Aspire test to all 10th Grade students on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Both the PSAT and Aspire tests can be powerful diagnostic tools. Test results will provide guidance as to the areas your son or daughter should focus on to best prepare for next year’s PSAT / NMSQT as well as the ACT or SAT (the tests which do play a role in the college admission process.) These results and projections will also help us counsel students about which test might work best for them in their future college admission process.
Please feel free to call any member of the College Counseling office directly if you have questions about our testing policy. It is our goal to provide your sons and daughters with opportunities to help them be successful in school and the college process in which they will engage as SPS juniors and seniors.
Do not underestimate the benefit to the brain of a good breakfast on the day of the test – and a good night’s sleep the night before. Please encourage your 10th grader to come rested and prepared on April 21.
Sandia Prep's College Counseling Staff:
Danielle Gunderson College Counselor email@example.com Dave Schindel College Counselor firstname.lastname@example.org Carol Arnold Office Coordinator email@example.com
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The Sundevil Supply Store has been up and running smoothly throughout this school year. We implemented a computer system at the beginning of the year to update our inventory and help with student accounts and enable us to accept credit cards. While it has brought a few small challenges, this coming-into-the-digital-age has been well worth the effort. We have had great success with this new system.
You may ask: How does this affect me?
- You can use your credit card to establish an account for your child.
- You can call the store at any time to add funds to your student account.
- You can now buy Sundevil apparel via the Supply Store without writing a separate check.
This may be a good time to add to your child’s account so that you don’t have to do this at the beginning of the school year. Just call Sandia Prep at 338-3000 and ask for the Supply Store or call us directly at 338-3042.
Many thanks to all our Supply Store volunteer family. We have a network of great parents who volunteer their time, typically giving 2 hours every other week. Many of our volunteers are also active in the Parents Association and the Sundevil Athletics Organization (SAO), serving as integral members of the great school family we have here at Sandia Prep.
Many thanks to all of our volunteers:
Kathleen Lucero, Katie Stone, Lisa Godin, Holly Anselmo, Patty Turner, Jackie Wrege, Dana Dennis, Rachel Mosher, Jessica Montoya, Effie Handfield, Lorraine Tourville, Kim Federici, Colette Jury, Kathy Armijo, Kellie Brito, Trish Bennett, Patrice Lovato, Kathleen Atkin, Lisa Mitchell, Afsaneh Yousefzadeh, Joanna Gruger, Caroline James, Marianne Lasher, Kelli McNaughton, Lorraine Gullett, Vanessa Lucero, Neoma Nevill, John Cochran, Mikki Dreskin, Margie Pintzow, Kara Crotta, Cristie Sandoval, Kiyoko DuLak, Erica Stell, Dawn Ferguson, Denise Dubey, Lisa Wilkening, London Ingoglia, Liz Trainor, Lauren Erdman, Linda Kier, Cathy McConnell, Frances Brito and Perla Webb.
Each year we are in need of a replacement for the volunteers who are parents of our graduating seniors. If you or someone you know would like to be part of this great family, please don’t hesitate to call any of the co-chairs. We are so lucky to have a great group of parents -- and even a grandparent -- working in the store this year. Training is simple and only takes a few minutes.
Please support the Sundevil Supply Store by allowing your children to shop in our store. Our prices are competitive and all the money goes back into the school so that every child benefits. Thank you!
Sundevil Supply Store Co-Chairs
Margaret Garcia de Duran MGDuranMom@gmail.com 401-1833 Lisa Mitchell Lisa@cambroco.com 294-8329 Dawn Ferguson Freelandfamily@live.com 259-9597
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Thank you to Cecilia Dardanes and the Trainor family for the delicious snacks that you provided during March for the teachers and staff at Sandia Prep. All your efforts are very much appreciated!
We are down to the final countdown for snacks this year. We have had a few gaps in weeks this second semester; it would be nice if we can make up for it by filling the last four slots in April and May. Any takers? We need volunteers to sign up and bring a faculty snack during the weeks of:
Remember, it is only one snack during the week that you sign up, and you get to choose the day you bring it!
Please go to: www1.mysignup.com/prepteacherappreciation to sign up.
Thank you to all the families who took time to pull together a weekly snack this past year for our dedicated faculty and staff!
Chair, Faculty and Staff Appreciation Snacks