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2 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, AUGUST 13, 2010 Mayor Rodriguez tours new POE facility Lordsburg Mayor Frank Rodriguez recently toured the Lordsburg Port of Entry. Picture with the Mayor are NMDOT Juan Gonzalez, M.T.P. District 4 Lieutenant Greg Kerr and Summit West Project Manager James Wakefield. The Lordsburg POE project is on schedule with the target of the grand opening dateslated for November. M.T.P. will be scheduling public tours of the facility in the very near future. Updates on Health Risk Factors reported by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Submitted by HIDALGO COUNTY HEALTH CONSOR- TIUM Health Risk Factors Obesity increases the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and stroke. Heavy and chronic use of alcohol and use of illicit drugs increase the risk of disease and injuries. Cigarette smoking in- creases the risk of lung cancer. heart disease, emphysema, and other diseases. Regular physical activity reduces the risk of dis- ease and enhances mental and physical functioning. Between 1976-1980 and 2005-2006. the prevalence of overweight among preschool-age children 2-5 years of age more than doubled, from 5% to 11% The prevalence of over- weight among school-age chil- dren and adolescents increased between 1976-1980 and 2005- 2006. The ptrevalence of over- weight more than doubled, from 7% to 15%. among children 6- 11 years of age and more than tripled, from 5% to 18%. among adolescents 12-19 years. Among adults 20-74 years of age, obesity rates have more than doubled since 1976-1980. From 1976-1980 to 2005-2006. the percentage of adults who were obese increased from 15% to 35% (age-adj usted) . In 2007. 8% of people 12 years of age and over reported use of any illicit drugs in the past month. 6% reported marijuana use. and 3% reported nonmedi- cal use of prescription drugs. Use of illicit drugs was higher among persons 16-25 years of age than for persons in other age groups . In 2007. 21% of adults 18 years of age and over reported having five or more drinks in a day at least once in the past year, and 9% reported having five or more drinks in a day at least 12 times in the past year. In 2007. 20% of U.S adults were current cigarette smokers. only.a slight decrease from 21% in the previous 3 years. Men were more likely to be current cigarette smokers than women (22% com- pared with 18%. age-adjusted) . In 2005-2006. 30% of adults often or almost always had trouble sleeping in the past month . WHAT A CHILD LEARNS ABOUT VIOLENCE A CHILD LEARNS FOR LIFE. AM~R|CA'S H1 15 | 575-388-1511 o~ 1~B66-633 -7773 www~hm~nm.o~ 4 out of 5 Lordsburg School do not meet AYP standards Continued from Page I rest of their lives." not be prepared to compete .in the global economy with graduates of countries like India. China and other emerging countries. Lordsburg may seem a long way from these countries, but in this interconnected world we live in. India and China, really are "next door" to Lordsburg. "' "Although the District is progressing toward meeting the high school graduation rate of 63%, what happens to the drop- outs from LHS, the 4out of 10, students who did not graduate?" Saucedo asked. "What does their future hold for them and for us in our community? In this reces- sion, we saw unskilled jobs van- ish and the prediction is they will not return. Many of our students who go to college are required to enroll in remedial math and re- medial English, an added cost to parents.!' Some school officials, how- ever, disagree with LHS's desig- nation and being placed on re- structuring status. "We are thrilled with the progress at the high school." Supt. Barentine said, "and we are filing an appeal because we be- lieve that LHS met AYP this year and was identified wrongly by the State as not doing so. In math. LHS proficiency climbed by about 15%, which is a huge jump from the results of a year ago. Even more exciting is that read- ing proficiency results at LHS climbed by about 30% into the 70's. far beyond expectations and AYP goals!" "What is often not known about the AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress) system," Barentine added, "is that if a school fails to meet just ONE,out of 37 goals, they have failed to meet AYE The system is designed as a "gotcha" system, which is inherently un- 'fair. Furthermore, the goal crite- ria are raised every year. so even if a school is making progress, the school may miss accomplishing the moving targets!" School Board Secretary David Whipple was caught off guard ~ith!Lthe AYP designations. "I was surprised. I really thought we were making im-- provements in the areas that needed attention," Whipple said. "Meeting AYP is going to be a work in progress and each school should improve each year. LMS must take action to address,the needs and improve achievement. For a School to be placed on "'cor- rective action" or "'restructuring" is unacceptable, and we should start first by restructuring our own accountability system." "I realize that there are no quick fixes and ,that talk is cheap," Saucedo admitted. "Our staff is working hard to meet pro- ficiency. During the past 2 to 3 years, the District has imple- mented programs to help more students achieve proficiency and in some cases it is showing prom- ise. Last year the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) program was instituted to foster collaboration among teachers to address individual student needs. It is time demanding and our dedi- cated staff is working hard to achieve proficiency improve- ment. A bright spot this year is LHS' reading proficiency, with more than three-fourths proficient in reading. Yet. time is running out for the other one-fourth of our seniors to become proficient in reading, a skill they will need the "Our obligation as the Board of Education is to demand ac- countability," Saucedo added. "The current situation 'must change. All of us - the Board. administration and teachers, are accountable to the community and we must focus on the prob- lem of non-proficiency of so many of our students: Parents are a key component in a child's edu- cation and the strongest predic- tor of a child's success. From an early ~ge. we need parents to take their children to the library, read with them, check that homework assignments are being completed, and conference with their teach- ers. Only by working together can we achieve success for our chil- dren." Superintendent Barentine said Lordsburg Schools will con- tinue to work to move the district forward. "We recognize and will ad- dress needs for improvement. Lordsburg Schools offers quality educational opportunity to its students, yet we will continually strive to improve what we do. The support provided by parents and community is crucial to our suc- cess and the success of our stu- dents," Barentine concluded. All Animas Public Schools met AYP benchmarks. Cookbook to coincide with NM's State Centennial in 2012 The authors of a planned cookbook on New Mexico food want to hear from the state's residents about possible recipes for the publica- tion, The Museum of New Mexico Press is publishing the cookbook in 2012 to coincide with the state's centennial, and will be written by New Mexico residents Cheryl and Bill Jamison The couple have won awards for their past cookbooks. They would like New Mexico residents to suggest recipes and provide stories about the dishes. Ideas can be sent to Recipe contributions should be sent no later than November 1, 2010. Senior Citizens Lunch Menu Green Beans Green Chile Salsa Oatmeal Cookie Fruit Cocktail Thursday, August 19 Beans & Ham Fried Okra Cornbread Cantaloupe Friday, August 20 Steak & Stuff Broccoli Carrots WW Roll/Margarine Strawberry Shortcake Monday, August 16 Sloppy Joe Parsley Potatoes Mixed Vegetables Pickle & Onion Slices Cottage Cheese/Pineapple Salad Tuesday, August 17 Stuffed Chicken Breast Spinach California Vegetables Biscuit Peach Crisp Wednesday, August 18 Sour Cream Enchilada Spanish Rice Are YOU Ready.,. to foster a New Mexico Youth? l on any given day there are over 2000 children in .foster' care in the State of New Mexico. And these children, youth and their families need your support. Are YOU Ready to provide a family setting for a child to help them feel safe, grow & learn? Are YOU Ready to become a foster family! READY- START... Find out more. Please call: Ronny Diaz. 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