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Dear Los Padillas Community,

 

As you probably know, Albuquerque Public Schools has been working long and hard on a plan to improve the academic outcomes at Los Padillas Elementary School, ensuring that your child and all of the school’s students get the world-class education they need and deserve.

 

As we prepared this plan, we held nearly a dozen meeting with teachers, staff, families and the community to get input on ways to improve the school’s grade. If you were among those who attended one or more of those meetings, we thank you for your time and suggestions.   

 

We came away from those meetings with a clear consensus on what we all want for the students at Los Padillas:  

 

  • A more rigorous education that centers on the needs of students, both academically and emotionally.
  • A well-rounded education that focuses not just on math and language arts, but also on social studies, physical education and the arts.
  • Extra daily learning time, which we are calling The Genius Hour, to help students apply core knowledge to real-world, enriching activities.
  • A strong principal who shares school leadership with parents and teachers and who is well prepared and supported.
  • Additional support and training for educators with an expectation that more will become National Board Certified Teachers.

 

Finally, we heard you loud and clear when you asked that Los Padillas become a community school with an integrated focus on academics, youth development, family support, and health and social services.

 

This is a good plan, a plan that reflects the passion, dedication and commitment we have for this school. Unfortunately, the state Public Education Department doesn’t feel the plan goes far enough. So, in the coming weeks, we will expand on this plan, addressing some of the concerns raised by the state.
 

Rest assured, we are doing everything in our power to keep the doors open at Los Padillas, a neighborhood school rich in history and tradition that so many of you love and depend on.

 

In the words of renowned educator John Dewey: “What the best and wisest parent wants for his child, that must we want for all the children of the community. Anything less is unlovely, and left unchecked, destroys our democracy.”

 

Sincerely,

 

Superintendent Raquel Reedy

Associate Superintendent Antonio Gonzales

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Posted by: Brian Beeler
Published: 3/27/18




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December 18, 2017

Dear Families,

As you probably know by now, the New Mexico Public Education Department has determined that your child’s school is in need More Rigorous Intervention. Three APS elementary schools have been identified as what are being called MRI schools – Hawthorne, Los Padillas and Whittier.

What does this mean for your child? For now, nothing. School will continue as it always has. Students and staff will take a two-week winter break, and we look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Jan. 3.

When we return, we will continue to develop a plan of action for implementing change at your child’s school as required by the state Public Education Department. The state has outlined four possibilities for change:  

  • Significantly changing the way the school runs
  • Converting into a charter school
  • Turning into a magnet school or
  • Closing.

Please know that no recommendation will be made without community input, and whichever option is chosen will have the best interest of your child at heart.

Once the plan is approved by the Public Education Department, we will share details with you. We promise that this will be a transparent process involving all stakeholders, so that when school starts next fall, you’ll know what to expect. No surprises.  We are committed to keeping our families and staff informed.

In the meantime, teaching and learning will continue at your child’s school, and the programs and practices that have been put into place to help your child will remain.

Change can be scary, and I understand why many of our students and families are feeling anxious. I encourage you to stay in touch with your child’s teacher and principal and to be a part of this process.

But for now, enjoy a little time off from school. Your child has been working hard, as have the teachers and staff at your child’s school, and all deserve a little time to rest and regroup.

I wish you all the best this holiday season. See you in 2018!

Sincerely,

Raquel Reedy, Superintendent
Albuquerque Public Schools

 


 

18 de diciembre de 2017

Estimadas familias:

Como seguramente sabrán, el Departamento de Educación Pública de Nuevo México determinó que en la escuela a la que asiste su hijo(a) debe ser objeto de una intervención de un tipo más riguroso (conocida como MRI, por sus siglas en inglés). Las tres escuelas primarias en las que se hará la intervención MRI son: Hawthorne, Los Padillas y Whittier.

¿Qué significa esto para su hijo(a)? Por el momento no significa nada. La escuela continuará funcionando como hasta ahora. Los estudiantes y el personal estarán de vacaciones de invierno durante dos semanas y miramos con ansias verlos a todos de regreso en la escuela el próximo 3 de enero.

A nuestro regreso continuaremos preparando un plan de acción para implementar un cambio en la escuela de su hijo(a), tal como lo ha exigido el Departamento de Educación Pública del estado. Estas son los cuatro posibilidades que el estado ha planteado: 

  • Cambiar significativamente el manejo de la escuela.
  • Convertirla en escuela autónoma (Charter School en inglés).
  • Convertirla en escuela especializada (Magnet School en inglés).
  • Cerrarla definitivamente.

Les aseguramos que no se realizará ninguna recomendación sin la opinión de la comunidad y que la opción que se elija tendrá como fin el mejor interés de su hijo(a).

Una vez el Departamento de Educación Pública apruebe la opción elegida, compartiremos los detalles del plan con ustedes. Les prometemos que será un proceso transparente que contará con la participación de todas las partes interesadas, de manera que sepan qué esperar cuando comience el próximo curso escolar en el otoño.  No habrá sorpresas.  Nuestro compromiso es mantener a las familias y al personal informados.

Mientras esto sucede, la enseñanza y el aprendizaje continuarán en la escuela de su hijo(a), y los programas y las prácticas que se han puesto en práctica para ayudar a su hijo(a) permanecerán vigentes.  

Los cambios pueden hacer sentir miedo, y entiendo el por qué muchos de nuestros estudiantes y sus familias se sientan ansiosos. Los animo a mantenerse en contacto con el maestro de su hijo(a) y con el director de la escuela, y a participar en este proceso.

Por ahora, disfruten de estas cortas vacaciones. Su hijo(a), los maestros y el personal han estado trabajando duro; todos merecen un poco de tiempo para descansar, y entonces reencontrarse.

Les envío mis mejores deseos para esta  temporada festiva. ¡Nos vemos en 2018!

Atentamente,

Raquel Reedy, Superintendente
Escuelas Públicas de Albuquerque

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Posted by: Brian Beeler
Published: 12/18/17




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APS is accepting applications for Substitute Teachers and substitute Educational Assistants for APS Community Schools and Schools of Choice. 

Call: 505-889-4848

Email: subservices@aps.edu

 

Visit aps.edu to apply online.

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Posted by: Brian Beeler
Published: 2/9/17