Smartboard, Oct. 16

October 16, 2017 GMT

School board meeting Tuesday

Santa Fe Public Schools’ Board of Education meets at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the district’s Educational Services Center at 610 Alta Vista St. The agenda includes an update on the Milagro Middle School construction project and a proposal to hold the next school board election in tandem with the governing board election for the Santa Fe Community College in February 2018.

Visit www.sfps.info and click on the Board of Education link to see the full agenda.

District hosts county spelling bee

Santa Fe Public Schools will host the 2018 Santa Fe County Spelling Bee in January. Participating schools within the district are registering now, and nondistrict schools in the city and county that wish to participate can register at www.spellingbee.com. The regular registration fee is $226 and registration ends on Dec. 15. More information, including the date, time and location of the Bee, will be shared in the future.

LANL Foundation suspends grants

The Los Alamos National Foundation, which supports education, community projects and organizations in Northern New Mexico through a grant process, is suspending its fourth-quarter funding for such projects because it has expended its grant funds for the year. Fourth-quarter funding will not be provided. In 2018, two grant-making cycles will be scheduled for the spring and the fall. Visit www.lanlfoundation.org/grants in January to deadlines and application details.

The foundation recently gave some $82,645 in grants to 24 education and community projects, including to the Santa Fe Alliance for Science for family science events, the Partners in Education program for funding for school field trips to the Legislature, and to Turquoise Trail Charter School in Santa Fe for inquiry science kits and curriculum and a new literacy program.

Open house season

Several Santa Fe-based private schools are hosting open house events in the next month. Santa Fe Prep has one from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct 20 at its campus at 1101 Camino de la Cruz Blanca for prospective high school students to meet with faculty and students and visit classrooms. Visis www.sfprep.org or call 505-982-1829 for information.

The Santa Fe Girls’ School will hold an Open House for fourth- and fifth-grade girls and their families from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 26, at its campus at 310 W. Zia Road. The event will include presentations, discussions and hands-on activities for visitors. The school, which serves girls in grades six through eight, is accepting applications for its upcoming sixth-grade class. Visit www.santafegirlsschool.org or call 505-820-3188 for information.

The Rio Grande School, which serves students from age 3 through grade six, hosts its Admission Open House at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, at its campus at 715 Camino Cabra. The event includes a welcome from Head of School Nigel Taplin, a student music and drama performance, talks by some sixth graders and a tour of the campus. Visit riograndeschool.org or call 505-983-1621 for more information.

Santa Fe Community College closed Friday

Santa Fe Community College will close on Friday, Oct. 20, for a day of employee professional development training. The Kids’ Campus early childhood center will be open, however, as will both the La Familia Southside Center and the KSFR radio station housed on the campus. Visit www.sfcc.edu.

The New Mexican