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J~usmJli~l~IAk~ILIEl311llL~11~ i,,LpnnJ&lql _ " _ _ F 4 HIDALGO COUNTY HERALD FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2011 Southside Students of the Month Southside Elementary School's November Students of the Month wereVincent Montoya, Isaac Gra- ham, Karissa De La Garza and Juliana Harrington. Courtesy photo Central Students of the Month Students of the Month at Central Elementary School for November 2011 were Mina DeLaGarza, Louie Gomez, Marina Montez and Jakelyne Mange. Courtesy photo overnor Marti announces Early Childhood Courtesy information Last week, Governor Susana Martinez announced a proposal to invest $17 million dollars in new funding to help New Mexico's children learn how to read. The Early Reading Initia- tive will provide new reading coaches.and offer new gcreep- ings to students who are strug- gling to read, as well as increase funding for pre-K programs and supplemental instruction for children in need of reading as- sistance. The 2011 National Assessment of Educational Progress found that 80% of New Mexico's 4th grade students can- not read at grade level, which can lead to poor student perfor- mance in later grades and a graduation rate in New Mexico that is among the lowest in the country. "We have an opportunity to invest in the future of our chil- dren by ensuring that they have a foundation for learning and success in life," said Governor Susana Martinez. "When our students can. read, they can more easily achieve, and by monitor- ng Initiative ing our students' progress at an harly age, we can step in and help those who are struggling so that every New Mexico child can read proficiently before en- tering the 4th grade." As part of the $17 million EarIy REading Initiative. the state W~su.ld spend over $6 mil- lion to invest in reading coaches throughout New Mexico. Each reading coach would support a group of about six elementary schools, and would work closely with teachers on the best strate- gies to help struggling students find success. Teachers would also be provided with screening assessment tools to regularly monitor a student's reading progress in early grades, and struggling students would get the help and attention they need. "We know that a child that can't read by the 3rd grade is four tirrles more likely to drop out of high school," said Public Education Department Secre- tary-Designate Hanna Skandera. "Our children will be the lead- ers of our state before we know it. It's time we give them the opportunity they deserve." As part of the Early Read- ing Initiative the Governor will work in a bipartisan fashion with New Mexico lawmakers to ensure that ~;tudents would no longer be advanced from the 3~rd to the 4th grade without having learned basic reading skills. Floyd reads 500k words Kayla Floyd has read 500,000 words at Central Elementary School. Courtesy photo Stre depression and the holidays: Tips for coping and surviving the Courtesy of Mayo Clinic staff The holiday season often brings unwelcome guests stress and depression. And it's no wonder. The holidays present a dizzying array of demands -- parties, shopping, baking, clean- ing and entertaining, to name just a few. But with some practical tips, you can mininuze the stress that accompanies the holidays. You may even end up enjoying the holidays more than yo0 thought you would. Tips to prevent holiday stress and depression When stress is at its peak, it's hard to stop and regroup. Try to prevent stress and depression in the first place, especially if the holidays have taken .an emo- tional toll on you in the past. 1. Acknowledge your feel- ings. If someone close to you has recently died or you can't be with loved ones. realize that it's nor- mal to feel sadness and grief. It's OK to take time to cry or express your feelings. You can't force yourseff to be happy just because it's the holiday season. 2. Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out com- munity, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteer- ing your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships. 3. Be realistic. The holi- days don't have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to. and be open to creating new ones. For example, if your adult children can't come to your house, find new ways to celebrate together, such as sharing pictures, emails or videos. 4. Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don't live up to all of your ex- pectations Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. And be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are they're feeling the effects of holiday stress and de- pression, too. 5. Stick to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget. Don't try to buy happiness with an a.valanche of gifts. Try these alternatives: Do- nate to a charity in someone's name, give homemade gifts or start a family gift exchange. 6. Plan ahead. Set aside specific days for shopping, bak- ing, visiting friends and other activities. Plan your menus and then make your shopping list. That'll help prevent last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten in- gredients. And make sure to line up help for party prep and cleanup. 7. Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed Friends and col- leagues will understand if you can't participate in every project or activity. If it's not possible to say no when your boss asks you to work overtime, try to remove something else from your agenda to make up for the lost time. 8. Don't abandon healthy habits. Don't let the holidays be- come a free-for-all. Overindul- gence only adds to your stress and guilt. Have a healthy snack be- fore holiday parties so that you don't go overboard on sweets, cheese or drinks. Continue to get plenty Of sleep and physical ac- tivity. 9. Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Take a walk at night and stargaze. Listen to soothing music. Find something that re- duces stress by clearing your mind. slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm. 10. Seek professional help if you need it. Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feel- ing persistently sad or anxious, plagued by physical complaints, unable to sleep, irritable and hopeless, and unable to face rou- tine chores. If these feelings last for a while, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional. Take control of the holidays Don't let the holidays be- come something you dread. In- stead, take steps to prevent the stress and depression that can descend during the holidays. Learn to recognize your holiday triggers, such as financial pres- sures or personal demands, so you can combat them before they lead to a meltdown. With a little plan- ning and some positive thinking, you can find peace and joy dur- ing the holidays. Learning Center: P~FW Mi~tl:O 575-542-3315 Submitted by REBECCA ESTRADA Information on the Nursing Assistant (CAN) course for Spring 2012: NUR-106 Nursing Assistant I Tues.&Thurs. 4-8p.m. LHSRm. 8 1/9-3/2/12 NUR-107 Nursing Assistant II Tues. & Thurs. 4-8 p.m. LHS Rm. 8 3/12-5/10/12 We are only taking 12 students, there are 7 spots available. Please come by the Learning Center and register as soon as possible. Office will be closed for the holidays beginning December 15 , 2011 through January 4, 2012. Registration will be until the 15~ of December and will resume on the 5~h of January, 2012. HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO EVERYONE! Higginbotham reads 1 Million Words Harrison Higginbotham has read 1,000,000 words at Central Elementary School. Courtesy photo o==f. ot Cottage House 100k readers at Central Students at Central Elementary School who have read 100,000 words are Luke DeLaGarza, Fatima Gandarilla and Jonathan Artiaga. 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