Mescalero Elementary is about to join with 15 million students in 28,000+ schools and 115 countries to spread kindness across campus, the community and the world from Feb.11-21. As part of THE GREAT KINDNESS CHALLENGE, kids PK-5 are asked to complete a checklist of Acts of Kindness by Thursday 2/20, cover the school with messages of kindness, and involve their families in community service and a poster making contest.
The celebration assemblies will be held in the Mescalero Apache School Auditorium the morning of Friday, February 21. Grades PK-2 will gather at 9 am and grades 3-5 will meet at 10 am. ALL ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND! If you are not a staff member, please arrive early to check-in with the wonderful women at the Front Desk.
If you are interested in making a donation for any of the prize drawings for kids who complete the Great Kindness Challenge checklist (see below), please contact Hilary Gunby at email: [email protected] or by phone 817-705-6698.
There will be prize drawings for grades PK-2 and for 3-5, as well as a group winner for the Family Poster Contest. Every participating student receives a certificate and a small prize.
The Gas Company will be doing weekend deliveries starting this weekend, January 25 & 26, 2020. The kiosk can accept cash and credit card payments. However, the kiosk cannot accept credit card payments over the phone. The kiosk weekend hours are 7AM-5PM. Last call is at 2:00 PM.
*Minimum order is $120.00 for weekend deliveries.
For more information call the Gas Company at 575-464-4323.
February 8-9, 2020
February 15-16, 2020 8:00 am to 5:00 pm both days.
Students please bring a sack lunch and water to drink. Children under 11 require adult supervision at all times.
Registration Online at http://www.wildlife.state.nm.us/education/hunter-education/course-schedule/
Stop by the Conservation Office for a workbook.
Questions? Contact Hunter Education Instructors: Ruben Peralta, Ryan Martinez or Jacob Mendez at 575-464-9324
Location will be announced at a later date.
Alfred LaPaz, returns from his last term as Tribal Council back in 2016, “I’m looking forward to working together.” He says. Alfred has over ten years of expertise in fulfilling the role as Tribal Council.
Fernando Rocha begins another two year term as a member of the Tribal Council. During his speech, he mentions that in order to lessen hardships that the Council may encounter, collaborating with one another will be easier.
Merilee Garcia is the newest member to the Tribal Council. With background in BIA services, she is ready to work in collaboration with everyone.
Frederick Chino Sr. also returns being a member of the Tribal Council. He has served as a Councilman, Vice-President, and President in past years. Having quite the knowledge of the Mescalero Apache Tribe Constitution instilled in him, Frederick has a wealth of wisdom and guidance to share with his fellow Council members. When given the chance to speak after he was administered the oath, Frederick first thanked the people, especially the elderly, for allowing him to serve another two years.
Eddie Martinez, the New Vice President
Eddie Martinez is now the Vice President after serving one year as a Tribal Council member. While on Council, Eddie served on the Tribal Programs and Tribal Resources Committees. Housing is a matter that is important to Eddie and says he will continue his positive efforts on improving housing.
President Aguilar of the Mescalero Apache Tribe
The newly sworn in Mescalero Apache Tribe President, Gabe Aguilar, withholds five consecutive terms serving as a Tribal Council member and Vice President combined. Gabe has served the Tribe for a number of years and has tremendous knowledge and expertise in being a leader. He first mentions the importance of having an open door policy meaning he is available to meet with people on the day-to-day to basis. He feels that listening to the people and talking with them about their concerns is key in helping them find solutions. While speaking about the Tribe’s accomplishments, goals, and anticipated economic development thus far, he expressed his gratitude to his family, friends, supporters and God for his successful campaign.
Selected from thousands of entries nationwide, Mescalero Apache High School in Mescalero has been named a New Mexico State Winner in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest for its proposed plan to address Apache language conservation.
The Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest encourages teachers and students to solve real-world issues in their community using classroom skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Nate Raynor, Science and STEM teacher at Mescalero Apache Schools says, “In the 5 years that we have competed in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest (3 of which we were named State Winners), I have my students research a real-world problem on their reservation that they can help solve.”
Mescalero Apache High School is among the nation’s 100 State Winners (representing all 50 states) and will receive $15,000 in technology for its achievement. In addition, the school will receive a Samsung video kit to create and submit a three-minute video that showcases their project development and how it addresses the issue. The video will be used for the chance to advance to the next phase of the contest and win additional prizes and educational opportunities.
“Samsung is extremely proud of the evolution of the Solve for Tomorrow platform over the past 10 years: fueling students’ passion and curiosity to tackle issues that affect their communities in unexpected and creative ways,” said Ann Woo, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship at Samsung Electronics America. “Reading the innovative proposals students and teachers have put forth this year exemplifies what we know to be true for every student – that young minds have just as much to teach as they do to learn. Our guiding citizenship vision is ‘Enabling People,’ and we are thrilled to celebrate another year of empowering future innovators to achieve their full potential through STEM learning.”
Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest named three State Winners within New Mexico, they are:
- Mescalero Apache High School in Mescalero; Teacher Nate Raynor and his students
- Ojo Amarillo Elementary School in Fruitland; Teacher Adriane Jopek and her students
- Taos Academy in Taos; Teacher Laura Tenorio and her students
Project Overview: Mescalero Apache High School
Local Issue: In the Apache community, tradition is very important and conserving the language is the biggest concern of the elderly.
Proposed Project: Using coding and robotics, translate the Apache language and teach the Apache youth to help keep the language alive.
“We are using our high school STEM students to train our elementary students on coding and they are using the Apache language,” says Mr. Raynor.
Students, Lani and Joseph, are thrilled about their school’s STEM program. Lani says, “We have the best STEM program in Otero County in my opinion.” Joesph adds by saying, “Since I’ve been involved with Mescalero STEM program, I’ve been places that I don’t think I could have gone without this program. I enjoy teaching elementary students how to code. It’s great to see the look in their eyes when something goes right. Also, they are using their native language and it has been great.”
Contest Phases All 100 State Winners will work on their projects and submit their three-minute video in hopes of advancing in the contest’s remaining phases. 20 National Finalist schools will be selected to travel to the final event in the spring where they will present their project to a panel of judges. For achieving National Finalist status, schools will be awarded in total $50,000 in technology and classroom materials. Five grand prize National Winner schools will receive in total $100,000 in technology and classroom materials, and participate in a trip to Washington, D.C. to present their projects to members of Congress. Public voting will also determine one Community Choice winner from the pool of National Finalists, who will be eligible to win an additional $10,000 in Samsung technology
Marilyn Blaylock, Sandra Platero, and Tammy Torres received recognition at the end of their last Tribal Council meeting on January 8, 2020. Each expressed their gratitude on working with everyone during their term and each shared advice to their fellow government leaders. Marilyn and Sandra will finish their term as Councilwomen and Tammy will finish her term as Vice-President.
Ardena Orosco, Tribal Administrator and Euphrasia Platta, Chief of Staff were also recognized for their tremendous work within the Tribal Administration offices. As they exit, Ardena and Euphrasia will also be working closely with the new incoming administration to ensure a smooth transition.
Thank you all for years of service!