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4 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2010 • . i!t Response to intervention program improves AES raises money for Haiti The students of Animas Elementary school worked to collect money and hygiene kits for victims of the Haiti disaster. Students brought money to school and it was collected in metal cans that each classroom had, as well as boxes for the hygiene kits.The money and kits were counted by AmeriCorps kids and winners were rewarded. Mrs. Sue Richardson's class, below,, along with Mrs. Kelly Moore's class, above, won 1st place by collecting the most money and hygiene kits. Also, 3rd grader Athena Kvamme, below right, won the poster contest. Overall, the elementary raised $317 and 75 items for hygiene kits. By ELIZABETH RICHINSlHidalgo County Herald Manos na med WNMU Employee of the Year Submitted by ABE 2006 and her MBA in 2009• tions and other financial matters. VILLARREAUWNMU "'I want to give students "I enjoy the people I work Cindy Manos, Accountant good quality service," said Manos with especially the students," said for Business Affairs. was named of her 'daily goal at work.students to be Employee of the Year at Western The Business Affairs Office New Mexico University. team has two accountants. Manos Originally from Topeka. oversees the accounts receivable Kansas, Manos moved to Silver and customer service responsi- City in 2001 to enroll at WNMU. bilities. Most days consis~ of in- She earned her Bachelor of Busi- teraction with students, letting ness Administration Degree in them know of their payment op- 575-542-3315 'Hidalgo County Learning WNI U We, ] By BECKY ESTRADAISenior Program Manager Manos. "l want successful." Manos was surprised to know that her peers had se- lected her as the Em- ployee of the Year. "I W a s v e r y Cindy Manos shocked," said Manos. "It was a humbling experience and I appreciate that?' The Staff Senate Standing Committee on Rewards and Rec- ognition .votes on which em- ployee will be. named employee of the year. Candidates are cho- sen from the twelve employees that were named employee of the month over the previous aca- demic year. Past award recipients have in- cluded Julia Biglin, Project Ac- countant; Henry Sanchez. Direc- There will be a GED Testing at the Leaming Center on July 19 and 20, 2010. Any GED candidates wanting to take the GED will need to come by the office at least two weeks before'testing to fill out paperwork and to pay for the testing• Office hours are Tuesdays thropgh Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost of GED testing has increased to $75 for all 5 tests or $15 per test, effective July 1. 2010. Candidates will need to bring two forms of ID and their money before being registered• There will be a Community Open House at the Hidalgo County Learning Center on June 30, 2010, from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. There will be demonstrations by the instructors for the Alternative Energy and In- dustrial Maintenance on use of the new equipment. Also. the Digital Media Instructor will 15e here to show what can be done of Photoshop. Please come by and see your new facility and to see what classes will be available for the Fall 2010 semester. Refreshments will be served. student test scores in southern New Mexico By DONYELLE KESLEPJNMSU Distinguishing language differences from disabilities is a problem educators in southwest New Mexico often face. However, a program created through the collaboration of a New Mexico State University professor and the principal and staff at Hatch Middle School in Hatch, N.M., is helping to solve the problem• Deborah Rhein, an assistant professor in the Special Educa- tion and Communication Disor- ders Department at NMSU, rec- ognized the need for a change in the "school system for those stu- dents facing problems in reading and comprehension who may also struggle with a language differ- ence. "When working with a strug- gling student whose first lan- guage is not English, it is always difficult to determine whether the student is struggling because of an innate language-learning dis- ability or whether the struggle is due to the language difference," Rhein said. These language differences touch a large population-of stu- dents in New Mexico whose first language and one most spoken in their home is Spanish. Students are tested every year on their read- ing and comprehension levels. When students still learning En- glish do not test at the levels ex- pected for their grade rank they may be placed into special edu- cation programs instead of get- ting the help they really need. Rhein and Hatch Middle School principal Pauline Staski came up with and implemented a Response to Intervention (RTI) program for students who aren't succeeding in the regular class- room to receive a more structured intervention program to meet their needs. The program consists of three tiers. The first tier is the gen- eral classroom in which students who are meeting the levels ex- pected of them are included. The second tier is where students who are struggling with the general classroom curriculum are placed for short intensive instruction• ummer The third tier is the special edu- help with and teachers work to cation curriculum for students specialize the program for the in- whose performance in tier one dividual student• and two is not sufficient. Based on the annual test The program was created forscores, students who score two or grades six through eight and out- more grade levels below the aw lines the core principles of read- erage reading levels follow a nor- ing, including phonologicalreal class schedule, but instead of awareness, decoding and encod- having an elective, they go to a ing, fluency/automaticity; vo- specialist for vocabulary, reading cabulary and comprehension,comprehension and fluency• Kids Hatch Middle School teach- who show improvement get a ers meeton a daily basis as grade chance to take an elective rand level teams and once a week as then later go back to the reading departments to discuss instruc- program so that even students tion and Curriculum with teach- who require supplementary cur- ers in the language arts program riculum get a chance to partici- and a Title I teacher, who works pate in enrichment• as part of a federal program toIn an area where one third of improve education• Staski said the student population's first or that without the efforts and com- primary language is Spanish, the mitments of her staff, the program results of the program after the would not have been successful• first year of implementation at ',We have really good teach- Hatch Middle School have been ers in the school who try to focus positive. on what's best for the kids add"We have seen the came to an agreement on what schoolwide average reading would work best. We knew that scores go up one level and En- we had kids who were posingglish language learners increased challenges. We lucked out with ~ more within six months of using the fact that all of the staff was the program," Staski said, "When very professional," Staski said. We look at a bell curve of the data, Flexibility and commitment we see fewer students lost ground to the program are required of all and more students gained ground teachers as they must coordinate under this program." and adjust schedules to meet the With the success of the first needs of the students. The type year of the program, Rhein hopes of intervention a student receives to replicate the results of this RTI is based on what teachers observe model into other schools around the student needs supplementary the state• I Monday, June 21 Hot Pockets Garden Salad w/Dressing Apple Milk Tuesday, June 22 Corn Dog Pork and Beans Corn on the Cob Fruit Cup Milk Wednesday, June 23 Chicken Nuggets Potato Wedges Sliced Bread Orange Milk Thursday, June 24 Hamburger Fries Lettuce, Tomato. Pickles Strawberries Milk Friday, June 25 Pizza Garden Salad w/Dressing Lunch Menu Martinez, Gonzalez retire from LMS The Lordsburg Municipal School Board recognized two dedicated For further information call Becky Estrada at 542-3315 or 575- tor of Maintenance: and Barbara Fruit Cup Reynolds, Campus Police• 19-0306• Milk WATER SYSTEMS, LLC Guerra *l mp&Windmillrepair&installation t t o r n e y A t L a w ~],~ ~w0 *Septic Systems serviced & installed , AZL~ *Metal Building construction *Roofing & Concrete work West HighwayPpo Box 50 Edward Elbrock I (575) 546-3298 11 660 " " NM 2 575-548-2429 | (575) 546-5938 t17 East Spruce Street Anlmas, 880 0 Cell 575-538-1812 I Deming, New Mexico 88030 We now accept Mastercard & Visa I employees of the District who have entered retirement. Above, Gloria Martipez, secretary for the past 23 years, is presented with a plaque of recognition from Board President Manuel D.V. Saucedo. 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