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1 4 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY JANUARY 1, 2010 Career day Central Elementary School students recently attended Career Day at Dugan-Tarango Middle School, NMHSD works to get more kids enrolled in free and reduced school lunch program Courtesy information The New Mexico Human Services Department will begin monthly matches of children par- ticipating in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and the Temporary Assis- tance for Needy Families (TANF) program with the Public Educa- tion Department to automatically enroll the children in the National School Lunch Program for free and reduced meals. "Children who participate ill either the SNAP or TANF pro- grams automatically qualify for the National School Lunch Pro- gram." said Kathryn Falls. Human Services Department Secretary- designate. "We believe a monthly match of new children participat- ing in either program will allow more New Mexico children access to nutritious meals during the school day when they need en- ergy the most." 2010 a monthly report of new children participating in SNAP or TANF will be shared for direct certification. "Conducting these matches on a monthly basis means less of chance of a child missing a meal during the school day because they don't have the money to pay for it." said Veronica Garcia. Edu- cation Secretary. "We are very pleased to participate in monthly direct certification." US Dept. of Education approves NM Assessment Program Information courtesy NM PED New Mexico Education Secretary Veronica C. Garcia has an- nounced that the US Department of Education fully approved the state's assessment program in all content areas. New Mexico was await- lng approval of its Science Assessments in grades 3-5, 6-9, and 10-12. The review and approval of the program included an evaluation of rigorous standards and assessment alignment for each grade, cut scores. technical quality, and alternative assessments for English Language Learners and students with disabilities. "'It's important that assessments give New Mexico a true picture of what our students can expect as they move from grade level to grade level and on to college and career. When students in New Mexico master our high standards and perform well on our assessments, we The eligibility guidelines for know they will succeed not only locally, but nationally. High stun- learning of the opportunities in a variety of fields, the National School Lunch Pro- dards and quality assessments will help ensure that a high school ] tr!gge.o helps ch' C~urt~syph~t~gramare~pt~~3~percent~fthedip~~mainNewMexic~isn~tafa~sepr~mise~b~taguaranteethat~~ up percent 1 K ~gn emov'n- ' ldre Federal Poverty Level (FPL)for students are prepared for their futures, said Education Secretary r~ 1 n free meals and to 185 Veronica Gatcfa. "The challenge now, for New Mexico and the coun- FPL for reduced meals. Current try, is to ensure that school curricula are aligned to standards." who suffer from asthma "Asthma can be an easy dis- ease to manage by working with your physician on a treatment plan and removing triggers that cause attacks and make it harder for the medication to work." Dr. Vigil said. Dr. Glasser. a pediatric pulmonologist at Presbyterian Medical Group in Albuquerque, added that the better care an asthma patient gets as a child means that child will have better lung function as an adult. "If you don't treat asthma aggressively as a child, people will have more rapid lung dete- rioration with aging," Dr. Glasser said. you can find a way to work around it so the disease does not impact their life." The Department of Health has held several asthma summits over the last year in New Mexico. The summits covered issues around patient access to care, physician training, patient edu- cation, asthma medication cov- erage and environmental condi- tions. Dr. Vigil and staff from the Department held follow-up meet- ings in Hobbs this month to dis- cuss the community's concerns about high rates of asthma-related hospitalizations, emergency New Mexico eligibility for SNAPNew Mexico's standards-based assessments measure students' is also at 130 percent of FPL, while TANF is even lower at 85 percent of FPL. So a family of three, with a monthly income at or below $1.984 would likely qualify for SNAP. therefore qualify the children for the Na- tional School Lunch Program. The Human Services Depart- ment is in the process .of imple- menting broad based categorical eligibility, increasing SNAP eli- gibility guidelines from 130 per- cent of FPL to 165 percent of FPL, which means an estimated 5.500 more families per month will qualify for SNAP benefits and about $10.5 million additional SNAP benefits per year will flow into the state. A collateral benefit of this increase will result in the addition of up to 2,600 children knowledge of the state's Standards and Benchmarks that educators, local business leaders, and the public determined are important for success in college, career, and life. New MexicO was ranked 16th nationally for standards, assessments, and accountability in Educa- tion Week's 2009 Quality Counts Report. All states are required to participate in standards and assessments review processes under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act as amended by the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. burg IS , lunch menu Monday, January 4 Breakfast Pancakes Sausage Patty Asst. Juice Lunch Grilled Cheese Sandwich Chicken Soup Asst. Juice Lunch Chicken Patty on a Bun Tater Tots Lettuce/Tomato/Pickle Spear Cherry Applesauce Thursday, January 7 Breakfast ByCHRIS J. MINNICK/NM DOH When Ben Ritter was 2. he did what any kid his age would do when he saw a mattress lying on the ground: he used it as a tram- poline. Ben's parents were clean- ing out an old storage shed and let Ben jump on a mattress to keep him entertained. Little did they know that the dust kicked up from the mattress ,;vould land Ben in the hospital. Ben's mother. Michele. no- ticed his breathing was shallow and it sounded like there was something caught in his throat. As a precaution she took Ben to the emergency room where he was diagnosed with asthma and spent three days in an oxygen tent Dr. Glasser advised that par- room admissions and deaths due per month receiving SNAP ben- Rice Krispy Treat Banana French Toast w/Syrup . while doctors tried to get the at- ents should ask their child's phy- to asthma in the southeastern re- efits who will qualify for direct Fruit Sausage Patty tack under control, siclan for an asthma controlling 1 glen of the state, certification for the National Tuesday, January 5 Asst. Juice "You are obviously very con- medicine, an inhaled corticoster- The Department of Health isSchool Lunch Program. The De- Breakfast Lunch cerned as a parent because when old, if their child experiences one looking into next steps it can take partment plans to have thisPeanut Butter & Jelly Taco Salad Supreme the first attack is that bad you of the following: needs an inhaler think that every time~ he has an to control asthma symptoms more to reduce asthma-related hospi- change2010, in effect in.early spring FruitUncrustablecup SpaniShsalsa/SourRiCecream attack it will be that way," Ritter than two times a week, have sleep talizations and deaths and also i In 2003 ~ Human Services Asst. Juice Apple Cobbler said. disrupted more than two times a ensure that patieflts are receiving Department began once-a-year Lunch Friday, January 8 Secretary of Health Dr. month by coughing, wheezing or appropriate treatment, direct certific~/tiolh with the Pub- Chicken Rings . Breakfast Alfredo Vigil said when a child is difficult breathing, use more than # # # lic Education Dep~tment for the Mashed Potatoes Pop Tarts, '~ diagnosed with asthma it can be two inhalers a year or .need oral Chris J. Minnick writes forNational School Lunch Program. Mixed Vegetables Oatmeal | difficult for parents to hear their steroids more than twice a year. the New Mexico Department of In 2009 there were two direct cer- School Roll Asst. Juice i tification matches. However, with Fruit Lunch child has a chronic disease, but "People are scared of giving Health. Minnick can be reached the recent increase of SNAP and Monday, January6 Cheeseburger i they need to remember the dis- kids steroids, but when you give ease can be managed. Dr. Vigil said kids steroids, it in/proves asthma a t TANF cases, growing by the thou- Breakfast Curly Fries there is safe medication children control, they grow better, h~ve, sands each month in New Breakfast Bar Lettuce/Tomato/Pickles can take to manage their disease fewer hospitalizations, fewer LHS yearbooks Mexico, the Human Services De- String Cheese Tropical Fruit and prevent hospitalizations. Par- rounds of steroids by mouth, and partment and the Public Educa- ents can also help by learning use fewer rescue medications," tion Department agreed to con- ~ " n o County Learning Center: what triggers their children's Dr. Glassersaid. OW available duct a monthly direct certifica- ]~ WNI U Weeki)T W( asthma and reducing their expo- Since Ben's first attack he has tion. sure to those triggers, not been hospitalized withLordsburg High School In October 2009. there were .,,U" ew0rk help asthma symptoms and has been 2009-2010 Yearbooks are,now on 162,604 children participating in ] "~2~Z;~" 575-542-3315 m able to maintain control of the sale for $35. You may place your SNAP, a 23 percent increase from By BECKY ESTRADMWNM ' " disease. . the same time last year, and 1,845 __-- .,.... order at the htgh school offlqe Hidalgo County Learning Center has added two more classes to th "We have low dust carpets in school hours, more children participating than the spring schedule: r0ugn uvA our home, we change the filters duringshould arrive in August,Yearbl~s201q. just the month before. ComputerLit--PC on the heating and cooling sys- On December 18. 2009 a list CMPS-111-20989 Thurs 6-8:45PM Victor Ruiz Lordsburg High School also has The BYA offers homework tems more often and we make sure limited yearbooks available for of children who have participated Developmental Reading II help for students on Tue. Wed. and Thu. from 4 pm to 8 pm. Bring your books and your assignment and we can help you out! Just stop by our place at 7th and Pyra- mid or you can call 575-542- 3908 for more information. to keep our pets brushed and washed." Ritter said. "Asthma does not have to prevent children from doing any of the things other children do like playing outside or pamcipating in sports. Once you learn what triggers an attack ELECTRICAL CONTRACTING CHUCK McGHEE DAMCO 400 E. 10th Street Lordsburg, NM 88045 575-590-0346 Lic#17,710 RESIDENTIAL + COMMERCIAL + INDUSTRIAL the following years -08-09. 07- 08, 06-07, 05-06, 03-04 and 02- 03. The price for these xs only $25. Please help support the LHS Journalism class in their endeavor to produce the 2009-2010 Year- book. in SNAP or TANF between June and November 2009 will be shared with the Public Education Department who will then provide the lists to each school district for processing direct certification for the National School Lunch Pro- gram. Then beginning m J~/nuary DVSR-102 Fri 3-5:45 PM Ricci Montes CRN has not been created; will be available January 6, 2010- GED Classes are now being held at'the Hidalgo Learning Center. Patricia Chavez may be reached at 542-3320. Classes will begin in January 2010. Students still have time to register for spring semester. 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