Smartboard, Oct. 24, 2016

October 24, 2016 GMT

Transfer day at college

The Santa Fe Community College hosts a College Transfer Day featuring representatives from many of New Mexico’s four-year colleges and universities to help students looking to continue their studies toward a four-year college degree. The event will give students the chance to ask questions about credit requirements and transfers. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25 in the main hallway of the college’s administration building on the campus at 6401 Richards Ave. Advisers from the community college and representatives from New Mexico State University, the University of New Mexico, Santa Fe University of Art and Design, the Institute of American Indian Arts and other colleges will be on-hand.

Interested students should bring their college transcripts with them. For more information contact Cahalan Fiddes at 505-428-1462.

LANL Foundation Scholarship Fund application time


The Los Alamos Employees’ Scholarship Fund (LAESF) is now accepting applications for 2017 awards. LAESF supports students from Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Mora, Rio Arriba, San Miguel, Sandoval and Taos counties pursuing higher education in all fields of study. High school seniors enrolling in or undergraduates currently attending an accredited post-secondary educational institution in pursuit of a four-year degree may apply for awards ranging from $1000 to $20,000. The application deadline is January 17, 2017.

Scholarships of $1000 are also available for adult nontraditional students seeking a two-year degree or certification through the Regional College-Returning Student program. Deadline to apply is November 28, 2016.

For an application and more information, visit or contact Tony Fox at or 505-753-8890, ext. 116.

Rio Grande School hosts open house

Rio Grande School, a private elementary school, hosts an open house starting at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 3. Visitors can meet with the head of school and speak to educators, students and parents about what the school has to offer, how to apply and the tuition assistance program. The school is at 715 Camino Cabra.

To RSVP, contact the school’s director of admissions, Cullen Curtis, at 505-983-1621.

Monte Del Sol holds open house — and has a few openings now

Monte Del Sol Charter School, which serves students in grades seven through 12, has a few immediate openings in 1tenth, eleventh and twelfth grades. Students may bring their transcripts to school to enroll now. Please contact the registrar, Alison Watt, at for further details. The online application form can be found at

The lottery application window runs through Feb. 17, 2017 and the lottery drawing for new studnents is Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017. The school is located at 4157 Walking Rain Road.

Halloween hijinks at some schools


With Halloween just around the corner, several schools are hosting holiday-themed parties, athletic events and the like this coming week.

Carlos Gilbert Elementary School holds its annual Halloween Carnival from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at its campus on Griffin Street downtown. The event includes games and prizes, a bouncy house,a haunted house, a juggler, a magician and a costume contest. Visit for more information.

Amy Biehl Community School, located at 310 Avenida Del Sur (off Richards Avenue), holds its Fall Festival from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28. Admission is free but tickets ($1 each) and wristbands ($12, for games only) are required for games and food. The event includes face painting, a photo booth, a raffle drawing, costume contests for adults and kids and a zombie obstacle course.

And the Academy of Technology and the Classics (ATC) holds its Zombie Run at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 29 at its campus at 74 A Van Nu Po Road. Tickets bought in advance are $10 for adults, $7 for ATC students, $5 for children ten and under. Tickets bought on the day of the event are $15. Cash and check only. Participants may dress as zombies if they like.

U.S.D.E. gives $2.2 million grant to Highlands

A United States Department of Education grant for $2.2. million will give school paraprofessionals the chance to earn English as a second language education degrees at New Mexico Highlands University and then teach in underserved schools.

With the five-year grant, 30 ESL paraprofessionals — teaching assistants who work with students in the Santa Fe and Española school districts — can earn their associate degree at Santa Fe Community College and then transfer to Highlands to complete their bachelor’s degrees in education with an ESL endorsement.

The grant, called the 2+2 Career Ladder Teacher Licensure Program, will pay for the paraprofessionals’ tuition, books and related professional development.

“There’s a very high need for ESL teachers to work with the growing number of English language learners in elementary schools in Santa Fe and Española,” said Highlands University’s Rodolfo Chávez, who wrote the grant and is its project director. “The fundamental goal of the grant is to ensure equity, access and excellence for all students. We will prepare ESL paraprofessionals to become exceptional teachers who provide high-quality instruction to students.”