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He is a champion for veterans and was able to secure advanced appropr!ations for the Department of Veterans Affairs. Pictured above are Theodoro CasUllo, David and Lupe Ramos, Rep.Tesgue, Neomi Parra, State Rep. Rudy Chavez; Hidalgo County Commis- sioner Richard Chaires, Larry Martinez, Lordsburg Chief of Police Greg Martinez and Robert Parra. For more pictures from Saturday's visit, see Page 3 of this week's edition. Courtesy photo DHS Secure Communities program to be deployed to Hidalgo County As part of the Obama admin- istration's ongoing commitment to smart. effective border security, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced that the Secure Communities program has been deployed to all 25 U.S. counties along our Southwest border. Secure Communities allows U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to use biometric information to identify criminal aliens in state prisons and local jails--part of the Department's focus on identifying and removing corn victed criminal aliens who pose a public safety threat to American communities. "Over the past year and a half. this administration has pursued a new bor- der security strategy through unprec- edented investments in personnel, tech- nology and infrastructure and historic partnerships With Mexico and state and local law enforcement," said Secretary Napolitano. "Secure Communities gives ICE the ability to work with our state and local law enforcement partners to Food drive set for Saturday to help Columbus, Palomas children in need The Hidalgo County Juvenile Pro- bation Office, in cooperation with the New Mexico Human Services Depart- ment, will hold a door-to-door food drive this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Lordsburg. The food drive is being held in re- sponse to a crisis in the region of Co- lumbus. New Mexico and the town of Palomas. Mexico. All donated food will be delivered to the NMHSD food banks for distribution in Columbus. Meet the Mavericks August 17 Lordsburg High School and Dugan- Tarango Middle School Football. Volley- ball, Cheer, and Marching Band students and coaches invite their parents and the community to the annual "Meet the Mavericks & Dogies" picnic on Tues- day, August 17, 2010 at Maverick Sta- dium. Festivities will start at 6:00 P.M. with introductions of the members of the teams and band. Bring your picnic meal and enjoy an evening with the Maver- icks & Dogies! According to John Garcia. NM ISD EBT Manager, there are 330 children who are US citizens living in Palomas and attending school in New Mexico. On July 11. when school ended, many of these children lost their only meal of the day, as have most of the remaining esti- mated 2500-3000 children in Palomas. Families are unable'to help and are turn- ing away suffering relatives for fear of literally starving their own children. Many of the people who come to the LaLuz Esperanza Palomas Outreach are mothers whose spouses have disap- peared, murdered in the drug violence. or have abandoned their families, unwill- ing to watch them starve, or they are the elderly parents of sons who've disap- peared or been murdered HSD Deputy Secretary Charissa Saavedra. in response to these details. has authorized the state-wide food drive, which is being held July 26-August 6. Most needed items include: baby foods, boxed cheese, canned entrees. canned meats, dried fruit, flour, pastas, rice. sugar, baking mixes, boxed meals. canned fruits, canned vegetables, dried pinto beans, macaroni & cheese, peanut butter and soups. In Lordsburg, non-perishable dona- tions may be left on your porch Satur- day for pick up. For more information call Tammy Botello at 575-590-1126. identify criminal aliens who are already in their custody, expediting their removal and keeping our communities safer." The Secure Communities technol- ogy, made possible through collabora- tion between DHS. the Department of Justice. and state and local law enforce- ment agencies, enables digital finger- prints collected during the booking pro- cess to be checked against FBI criminal history records and DHS immigration records. By identifying any immigration record matches in our jails and prisons, ICE can quickly and responsibly begin removal proceedings ultimately expe- diting the removal of criminal aliens from the United States without any additional cost or changes to their booking process. "The Secure Communities initiative reflects ICE's ongoing commitment to smart, tough enforcement strategies that help ensure the apprehension of danger- ous criminal aliens." said ICE Director John Morton. "Expediting removals de- creases the amount of time these indi- viduals spend in ICE custody saving tax payers money and strengthening public safety." DHS has expanded the Secure Com- munities initiative from 14 to 544 juris- dictions in the past 18 months, and DHS plans to expand the program to every law enforcement jurisdiction in the coun- try by 2013. To date. the program has identified more than 262.900 aliens in jails and prisons who have been charged with or convicted of criminal offenses. including more than 39,000 charged with or convicted of major violent or drug offenses (level 1 offenses). Through Se- cure Communities. over 34.600 con- victed criminal aliens have been re- moved from the United States. includ- ing more than 9,800 convicted of major violent or drug offenses (Level 1 offenses). DHS continues to monitor the program's effectiveness and is committed to iden- tifying and removing serious criminals. Over the past 18 months, the Obama administration has dedicated unprec- edented resources to the Southwest bor- der, leading to increases in seizures of illicit narcotics, weapons, and bulk cash. as well as decreases in border crossings. For more information, visit www.ice.gov/secure communities. 4 out of 5 Lordsburg Schools do not meet AYP standards The New Mexico Public Education Department has released Annual Yearly Proficiency (AYP) results, and the ma- jority of Lordsburg Public Schools have failed to meet the mark. Central Elementary, Dugan-Tarango Middle School. Lordsburg High School and Southside Elementary School did not meet AYP requirements. RV Traylor Elementary School. however, did make AYE AYP (Annual Yearly Proficiency) measures progress in math and reading and other indicators which must be reached to be on track with the Federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) mandated goal of 100% proficiency by the 2013- 2014 school year. These PrOficiency tar- gets (Annual Measurable Objectives) have increased over time since 2001 when NCLB became law. New Mexico tests students only in grades 3-8 and 11. NCLB requires that all schools receive an AYP rating, even if they do not have a tested grade. R.V. Traylor Elementary School. known as a "feeder school", falls into this category. Its',AYP rating and designation of 'Pro- . gressing' is based on its former students who were tested in grade 3 at Southside Elementary School This school achieved an attendance rate of 94.68%. The required rate for el- ementary schools is 92%. "While we have concerns about ar- eas indicating the need for additional emphasis, we are also very pleased with some of the results shown withifftheAYP reports," said Superintendent Jim Barentine. "Success at R. V. Traylor El- ementary is partly determined by test performance of third grade students who had been enrolled at RVT. Thi~ means that RVT meeting AYP should be partly attributed to successful teaching at Southside Elementary." To reach AYP targets, a school must meet both math and reading targets. Southside Elementary School. Central Elementary School. Dugan-Tarango Middle School and Lordsburg High School did not meet both targets. The attendance rates at the" two el- ementary schools and Dugan-Tarango Middle School were: 99.45% at Southside: 97.44% at Central: and 93.33% at Dugan-Tarango. Southside Elementary School has not met AYP for 2 years and is now 'des- ignated to be in Corrective Action. 48.61% of Southside students were not proficient in math and 50% were not pro- ficient in reading. More than 68% of Central Elemen- tary students tested not proficient in math and 58.14% not proficient in reading. At Dugan-Tarango Middle School, 77.78% were not proficient in math and 55.56% were not proficient in reading. That school is now designated SI-2 (School Improvement 2). Lordsburg High School is now designated R-l (Re- structuring 1) after having been in Cor- rective Action last year. 73.33% of grade 11 students tested are not proficient in math. On a very good note, 75.56% tested proficient in reading. The reported graduation rate received of 59.3% is be- ing appealed (must be 63% or higher). "'I am highly concerned that four of our District schools have not met AYE District wide, only a third of our students test proficient in math and half are profi- cient in reading," said School Board President Manuel D.V. Saucedo. "My concern is what does the future hold for our students - the two-thirds Who can't do math and the 50% who can't read pro- ficiently?" Saucedo added. "13 y 4th grade stu- dents should no longer be learning to read or learning to do math. but instead applying these skills to learn even more. As things stand now. our students will See AYP on Page 2 Garcia is new elementary principal Parents of students at Southside and Central Elementary Schools had the op- portunity Tuesday night to meet their child's new principal, Teresa Garcia, left. Garcia hosted a get together at Central Elementary School, going over school procedures, followed by refreshments. Fair Parade Plans are underway for the 2010 Hidalgo County Fair Parade, scheduled for August 27 at 5:00 p.m. This year's theme is Celebrating Our Youth. For more information on the parade, contact the Lordsburg-Hidalgo County Chamber of Commerce at 575-542-9864. Love and Logic classes Free parenting classes are being of- fered each Wednesday at noon at the HMS Conference Room beginning Au- gust 25, concluding on October 6. TO register, call 542-8384, ext. 441. Spaces are limited. Catechism Class registration The St. Josephs Catholic Church Catechism Classes registration for lev- els 1-6 will be held every Saturday in August after the 6:00 p.m. mass and Sun- day after the 11 a.m. mass. PAL registration Lordsburg Police Athletic League registration for boys and girls for the upcoming PAL football season will con- tinue until August 17 at the Special Events Center. Volunteers are also being sought for the upcoming, season. Cost of registration is $50per child and $20 per child for cheerleading. LHS yearbooks Yearbooks have arrived at LHS. Stu- dents who ordered a yearbook and paid for it may pick one up at the LHS front office. There are a limited number of extra yearbooks available for those who did not get one ordered and would like to purchase one. The price is $35.00. Healthy Start meeting Healthy Start will have its monthly meeting on Wednesday, August 18, 2010 from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Lordsburg Civic Center. This month's topic will be "Pesticides", presented by Guadalupe Marquez from Ameri Corps through Ben,Archer Health Center. These meetings are open to the public and are free of charge, also you receive a 1 V2 credit for those of you that participate in the food program. For more information please contact Olga Neave at 575-542- 8722 at the Healthy Start Office. 1980 class reunion A 30-year Class Reunion for LHS class of 1980 is scheduled for the week- end of October 9, 2010. If interested in attendingr or for more information, con- tact Pablo Sanchez, Jr. at posanchezjr@yahoo.com, (520) 260- 9883, Patsy Arambula at stinkypnut07@live.com or Susan De La Riva at jaxonsgrandma@hotmail.com. 1990 LHS Reunion A 20-year reunion for the LHS class of 1990 is scheduled for Labor Day Week- end, September 3-5. If interested in at- tending, or for more information, email 1990info@gmail.com or call 972-249- 6527. Continued on Page 3