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Becoming a Culture of Excellence 
By Harvielee Moore, Superintendent 

    There are many successes and positives seen throughout Deming Public Schools. These include dedication from highly qualified staff and Board of Education, increasing numbers of parents participating in the schools, and continued community support for our efforts to provide a quality education to all students enrolled in DPS and appreciation for our many examples of individual student success.

    Since 2008, the district’s graduation rate has exceeded the State and National percentages. We have increasing numbers of students attending post high school training and/or education. Our dropout rate continues as a priority for us to work on, and home visits to address truancy are making a positive difference in this area.

    Deming Public Schools recently received word that it has met all expectations for full accreditation from AdvancEd. AdvancEd is the world’s largest education community, serving more than 30,000 public and private schools and districts across the United States and in more than 70 countries that educate over 16 million students. In order to receive accreditation a district must meet 7 world class education standards and reflect the belief that “students must be prepared to succeed in a constantly-evolving and diverse world and believe that educational institutions have a deep responsibility to deliver quality education to students from all walks of life.” DPS worked diligently with focused deliberation for two years to meet the seven international world class education standards required for accreditation. DPS is one of only a handful of districts in New Mexico who have met full district accreditation at this time.

    An audit team from five states—Michigan, Minnesota, Illinois, Tennessee and New Mexico—came to review the district after studying our data and documents. They interviewed parents, community members, Board of Education members, teachers, administrators, staff, and students. They visited the schools and the district. After in-depth analysis of the district, the team submitted a request for full accreditation to the international headquarters where the governing board approved the recommendation. In addition to meeting the seven standards, DPS received high commendation in three of the areas: resource and support systems, stakeholder communications and relationships, and commitment to continuous improvement.

    This accreditation follows decades of DPS being accredited by North Central Association, a regional organization now absorbed into AdvancED. This is the first international accreditation in the history of Deming Public schools and is important for many reasons. Not only does it tell parents and community that DPS is a stable district which has integrated a continuous school improvement process in all areas of a student’s education, but it is also dedicated to high expectations and increasing rigor for all. This accreditation will go with DPS students every time they move on to higher learning. Universities and colleges will ask students if they graduated from an accredited high school before accepting them.

    We wish to thank the parents and community members who gave of their time for the interviews and visits to share their comments on Deming Public Schools and who support our efforts to give the children of Luna County an opportunity for a quality education in an environment of excellence.
Posted by harvielee.moore  On Jan 04, 2013 at 2:04 PM
  
This year has gotten off to a great start. We are in full swing with our school improvement efforts in every school and across the district. These efforts include working on student achievement, implementation of the national core standards K-12, school grades and partnering with parents and public. As you know, there is much change in education in New Mexico and the nation as well. We are one piece of a giant movement of change.

It is important to us that all of you understand where we are with that change and why. We cannot accomplish our goals without your support and commitment. Many of you have come in and are working closely with us. Thank you, parents and community members, for your support and assistance during this time of change.

We realize, however, that many of you have not come in, yet have questions, ideas and concerns. We are offering an opportunity for you to join us on October 25, 2012, at the Emmett Shockley Administration Building Board Room from 5:00 to 6:30 P.M. to answer questions, share ideas and move forward together.

If you need additional information, please call Kim Hernandez at 575-546-8841, Ext. 2021.
Posted by harvielee.moore  On Oct 18, 2012 at 4:23 PM
  
Spring semester has begun at Deming Public Schools with a flurry of energy and focus.  Our schools and departments move forward with their commitment to continuous school improvement based upon goals determined by student needs, parent feedback and community support. We are a stable district with quality staff working diligently every day to prepare students for their next steps, and we cannot reach completion of our goals without the continued assistance of parents and community.

We ask, parents, that you assure your children attend school every day, rested and ready to meet their responsibilities to do their best. Please know that you are welcome to visit your children’s school at any time and to ask questions about your children’s individual progress.  We ask, parents and community members, that you continue to participate in our public information meetings, visit our schools, talk with our principals and teachers and find out what we are doing and how you can help.  You are very important to the success of our students, staff and schools.

Continuous school improvement is a journey, not a destination.  It is a journey that is never completed and takes the dedication of everyone.  Thank you to each of you who take part in our journey by volunteering, supporting, and reaching out to our schools and our efforts to reach our goals.
Posted by harvielee.moore  On Jan 24, 2012 at 11:18 AM
  

Welcome back to a new school year! Buildings are clean and ready for the return of our students; staff members are prepared and organized in readiness for a great year; buses are washed and serviced waiting to transport students to and from school from all over the county; breakfast and lunch menus are planned and balanced. We await the arrival of our students who will come with their pencils sharpened and backpacks filled their eyes full of wonder and excitement for the beginning of another year in their journey to graduation and post high school success. Parents, please remember the importance of getting your children to school every day, rested and ready for learning. Your positive support assuring their participation and commitment to being responsible students is one of the most important indicators of student academic success. We encourage you to continue to work closely with your son’s or daughter’s teachers, principal and support staff to meet his or her requirements for academic success.

We ask you to remember to observe all safety regulations and speed limits around our schools throughout the year to assure the safety of all of our students.

As we begin this school year, please know that Deming Public Schools continues its commitment to a quality education for all students. Our logo, “Student Success through Staff and Community Togetherness”, reflects our belief that by working together we are stronger, and we achieve more for our students, staff and community. We would not be able to reach the levels of success nor continue the gains we are achieving without the commitment and assistance of our parents and community. Your on-going support of Deming Public Schools is appreciated. Let us continue to work together to make this school year a success for all!

Posted by harvielee.moore  On Aug 14, 2011 at 10:29 PM
  

Deming Public Schools continues its commitment to continuous school improvement. This is the ninth of many articles intended to give you information on Deming Public Schools’ efforts to provide a quality education conducive to the success of all students. It is very important to us that we communicate with our parents and community members the facts about the efforts of our staff and students.

Last May, 327 students received diplomas from the DPS Board of Education for satisfactorily completing requirements for graduation. (An additional 13 students graduated post May for a total of 340 students.) This was the largest graduating class in the history of Deming High School. The number of students going on to post-high school learning opportunities continues to increase. For the 2007-08 school year, Deming High School had an 80.2% cohort graduation rate. The NM Graduation Rate was 66.2%.

The 2008-2009 American Association of School Administrators’ survey of Deming Public Schools reflects that 49% of DPS students opted to participate in the more rigorous General College Prep classes, while 35.3 % (as compared to 20.2 % in New Mexico and 24.5% in the United States) enrolled in advanced/honors classes.

I want to thank the parents and community members who work closely with us to challenge students to put forth their best efforts to complete their studies to achieve graduation and to know that high school graduation does not have to be the end of their educational journeys.

Your on-going support of Deming Public Schools is appreciated. It is important to us that you understand the changes occurring in today’s education. If you have any unanswered questions or require additional information, please contact a school principal or Dana Irby, Associate Superintendent of Instructional Services at dana.irby@demingps.org or 575-546-8841.

Posted by harvielee.moore  On Jun 25, 2011 at 10:15 PM
  

Deming Public Schools continues its commitment to continuous school improvement. This is the ninth of many articles, intended to give you information on Deming Public Schools’ efforts to provide a quality education conducive to the success of all students. It is very important to us that we communicate with our parents and community members the facts about the efforts of our staff and students.

Last May, 327 students received diplomas from the DPS Board of Education for satisfactorily completing requirements for graduation. This was the largest graduating class in the history of Deming High School. (An additional 13 students graduated post May for a total of 340.) The number of students going on to post-high school learning opportunities continues to increase.

The 2008-2009 American Association of School Administrators’ survey of Deming Public Schools reflects that 49% of DPS students opted to participate in the more rigorous General College Prep classes, while 35.3 % (as compared to 20.2 % in New Mexico and 24.5% in the United States) enrolled in advanced/honors classes.

I want to thank the parents and community members who work closely with us to challenge students to put forth their best efforts to complete their studies to achieve graduation and to know that high school graduation does not have to be the end of their educational journeys.

Posted by harvielee.moore  On Jun 25, 2011 at 10:14 PM
  

Deming Public Schools is committed to quality instruction for every student. We want our practice teachers to have every opportunity to transition successfully from their university studies into teaching. Their success is our success and leads to future opportunities for our students. One of the strengths of our award-winning practice teaching program is the leadership of Nancy Patterson, our Associate Superintendent of Human Re-sources. Before going into professional development training and administration Nancy was a master teacher who understood the importance of meeting the needs of every child in her classroom. She is able to guide our practice teachers, with the expert assistance of our clinical faculty, to completion of their intern-ships, the last step before licensure. We are proud of our practice teaching program and the partnerships we have with Western New Mexico University and New Mexico State University.

Posted by harvielee.moore  On Jun 25, 2011 at 10:12 PM
  

Deming Public Schools continues its efforts in continuous improvement to show growth for all students. AYP, based on the NM Standards-Based Assessment, is only one measure of school quality and student achievement. Teaching and learning take place every day in every classroom in Deming Public Schools. There is much more to student success than one standards-based test. Everyone in the community who has been a vital part of Deming Public Schools knows firsthand that we have a staff and student body that are among the best in the nation.

  • On behalf of Deming Public Schools, I would like to begin by thanking everyone who works to improve learning for all DPS students: the teachers, assistants, counselors, nurses, principals, district staff, administrators, cafeteria workers, custodians, bus drivers, and all volunteers at our schools. It truly is a team effort to support good learning and it takes all of us living in Luna County.
  • Consistently, we know, as Dr. Veronica Garcia, NM Secretary of Education, points out, “that New Mexico is ranked among the top states for standards, assessments, accountability systems, improved teacher quality, and strong education policy. The State has built a strong foundation and is seeing positive results. However, we know that we can and need to do better.”
  • Improving student achievement and preparing our youth for the future are not just tasks for Deming Public Schools’ Staff. It must be a Deming Public Schools, Deming, Luna County effort to ensure that content and instruction are relevant, create a positive attitude about learning, and inspire cultural pride.
  • We continue to call on parents and community to come together with us to meet high expectations for all of our students to achieve at high levels, to graduate from Deming High School prepared for college or career. On August 27 Deming Public Schools invites anyone in the community to attend the Deming Public Schools Continuous Improvement Community Meeting at the Emmett Shockley Administrative Building in the Board Room. The presentation will begin at 5:00 pm. Please join us as every principal will report out the areas in which the schools showed growth and how they are going to continue their improvement efforts to accomplish growth in areas of refinement.
  • It is also a shared community effort to ensure that our children understand the importance of school, come to school regularly and are ready to learn, have adult support, and believe they can succeed. We would like to recognize and thank some of our community and agency partners that have pledged their support for Deming Public Schools, including:
    • Luna County
    • City of Deming
    • Village of Columbus
    • Local Legislators
    • Western New Mexico University
    • Parent Organizations
    • Luna County Health Council
    • Juvenile Justice Continuum of Services
    • Business Community, Organizations, and Leaders
    • Voters of Luna County
    • Community Service Organizations
    • and Others
  • We are going to continue with our continuous improvement efforts. As you know, District, students, staff and leadership continue to respect the Board of Education Goals which focus on improving our schools.
  • This year’s freshman class is the first class under the state high school redesign. Deming Public School staff members are working to make high school more relevant and rigorous. But this effort will continue to require the support of our parents and community partners in order to take our high school achievement to the next level.
  • All schools in DPS made AYP in some of the 37 required areas. No schools made gains in all 37 areas for the 2008-2009 school year.
  • Deming Public Schools invites anyone in the community to attend the Deming Public Schools Continuous Improvement Community Meeting at the Emmett Shockley Administrative Building in the Board Room on August 27. The presentation will begin at 5:00 pm. Please join us as every principal will share the areas in which the schools showed growth and how they are going to continue their improvement efforts to accomplish growth in areas of refinement.

Highlights

  • All Deming Schools had growth in at least one academic area.
  • In addition, all Deming Schools made AYP in
    • Participation
    • Attendance Rate
    • Graduation Rate
  • AYP is not all that people should be asking about. They should be looking at the teaching and learning in their school and where the growth is happening.
  • Deming High School’s Graduation Rate was 76.2% compared to the state’s 54% and the nation’s 70%. This year was based on a new calculation formula/regulations with cohort groups starting with ninth grade enrollment. In May 2009 Deming High School graduated the largest class in the history of Deming High School with 327 graduates.

DPS Accountability Highlights
By Teri Trejo

New Mexico Public Education Secretary, Dr. Veronica C. Garcia announced the preliminary Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) status, No Child Left Behind (NCLB) designations, 2008 cohort graduation rates and Achievement gap results for New Mexico’s public schools on August 3, 2009.

  • Deming students overall show an upward trend in Math and Reading achievement.
    • Math and Reading Achievement
      • The percent of students proficient or above in Math increased in grades 3 and 6 - 8 in 2009. 3rd and 8th grade posted the largest gains with an 8% increase over 2009. Over the last five years, 6th grade has improved the most, posting a gain of 19%, more than doubling over the last five years. Grades 5, 7 and 8 also posted double digit gains of 16%, 14%, and 11% respectively.
      • In 2009, the number of students proficient or above in reading increased in every grade except 4th and 11th. 6th grade still shows the biggest increase over five years at 9%.
         
    • No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Preliminary* Designations:
      • Bataan Elementary – SI -1
      • Bell Elementary – SI -2
      • Chaparral Elementary - SI -1
      • Columbus Elementary – R -2
      • Memorial Elementary - SI -1
      • Ruben S. Torres Elementary - Progressing § Deming Intermediate School - SI -1
      • Red Mountain Middle School - SI -1
      • Deming High School – R -1
        *Schools are reviewing their data to determine accuracy and have until August 14, 2009 to challenge the results.
    • Achievement Gap Results
      • Math
        • The percent of Caucasian students proficient or above in math increased in grades 6 and 8 while 7th saw no change in 2009. All grade levels except 4th saw an overall five year increase with 5th and 6th grades each posting a gain of 28%.
        • The percent of Hispanic students proficient or above in math increased in all but 11th grade in 2009. 5th and 6th grades posted a 14% increase in 2009 each. The percent of proficient Hispanic students in 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade has doubled or nearly doubled over the last five years.
        • In 2009, student with disabilities proficient or above in math increased in 6th grade only. However, over the last five years, the percent of students proficient math in 5th – 7th increased by 4%.
        • The percent of ELL students proficient or above in math increased in grades 3 and 6-8 in 2009, with 3rd posting a 33% gain. 7th and 8th grade posted the largest five year gains at a 4% increase each.
      • Reading
        • The percent of Caucasian students proficient or above in reading increased in 4th, 6th and 8th grades in 2009. 6th grade posted the largest five year gains increasing by 20%, 8th grade also posted a double digit gain of 15%
        • The percent of Hispanic students proficient or above in reading increased in 3rd, 5th, 6th, and 7th grade in 2009. 3rd grade posted the largest five year gains increasing 9%.
        • In 2009, the number of students with disabilities proficient or above in reading increased in grades 4th and 11th with 6% and 2% gains respectively. 6th grade saw no change while the remaining grade levels saw a decrease in percent proficient. 8th grade has posted the largest five year gain at 3%.
        • The percent of ELL students proficient or above in reading increase in grades 3rd, 6th and 7th with 18%, 8% and 6% respectively. 3rd grade posted the largest five year gain at 3%.
        • While we are seeing increases in student achievement, we still see a stubborn achievement gap persist. Again, in part, this is because, as minority students perform better, Caucasian students also continue to perform better. As we move closer to our goal of 100% proficiency for all students, the natural outcome will be the closing of the gap.
    • Cohort Graduation Rate
      • 2009 is the first year in which we are reporting the cohort graduation rate that counts toward high school AYP. The District cohort graduation rate is 76.2% compared to the state average of 54% and national average of 70%.

We are looking forward to visiting with you at the Deming Public Schools Continuous Improvement Community Meeting at the Emmett Shockley Administrative Building in the Board Room on August 27 at 5:00 pm.

Respectfully,
Harvielee Moore

Posted by harvielee.moore  On Jun 25, 2011 at 10:10 PM
  

Dear Parents,

New Mexico is carefully monitoring the situation with swine influenza virus that is making people sick in several states, and also in Mexico and other countries. To date there have been no confirmed cases in New Mexico. We realize that many people are worried, and we hope this letter will help address your concerns. Based on the information received from Dr. Veronica Garcia, New Mexico Secretary of Education, we believe students can safely attend classes, and schools will remain open at this time. At this time, the New Mexico Department of Health has also advised us that students can continue to come to school, as long as they are not sick.

Flu spreads easily. Flu-like symptoms include: fever (over 100 degrees F.), feverishness, cough, sore throat, runny nose, or stuffy nose. If you suspect your child is getting the flu, it is important that he/she does not attend school or go anywhere else—such as group childcare, the mall, or sporting events—where other people would be exposed to flu germs. It is also important to teach your children how to reduce their risk of getting the flu and protect others from infection.


Teach your children to wash their hands often. Washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds is ideal (that’s about as long as it takes to sing the “Happy Birthday” song twice).
Teach your children the proper use of hand sanitizer. Gels, rubs, and hand wipes all work well, as long as they contain at least 60% alcohol and if the hands are not visibly soiled. Hand wipes must be disposed of properly. Always read and follow label instructions when using hand sanitizer.
Teach your children to keep their hands away from their face, and avoid touching their mouth, nose, or eyes.
Teach your children to cover coughs and sneezes with tissues or by coughing into the inside of their elbow. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve—not your hands! If a tissue is used, it should be thrown out immediately.
Help your children to learn these healthy habits by setting a good example and always doing them yourself.

If we all practice good hygiene, health officials believe we can limit the spread of swine flu in our schools at this time.

Closing schools is not needed at this time; however, if swine flu continues to spread, it may become necessary to close schools for a period of time. We will let parents know immediately if the situation changes, and it becomes necessary to close schools.

If schools are closed, please do not make arrangements—such as sending children to a friend’s home or group childcare—that will put your child in close contact with other children. It is important to plan ahead. Have a family discussion now to consider options in advance of the event of a school closing.

You can get information at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/, http://nmhealth.org/FLU/seasonal/swine_flu.html, or the Swine Flu hotline at 1-866-850-5893. You may also call your child’s principal at the school your child attends.

Thank you for your help in keeping our children and our schools healthy.

Posted by harvielee.moore  On Jun 25, 2011 at 10:09 PM
  

This is the second “DPS Public Information Bulletin” intended to give you information on Deming Public Schools’ efforts to provide a quality education conducive to the success of all students. It is very important to us that we communicate with our parents and community members the facts about the efforts of our staff and students.

One of our goals is “Safety in Our Schools”. We all understand that in today’s world guaranteeing safety is not possible, but together we can work to guarantee that we are doing everything we can to assure safety. I believe Chief Michael Carrillo said it well when he spoke recently, “Bullying, gangs, harassment require all of us working together to overcome. It is not just our City, our schools, our County, our parents, our businesses; it is all of us.”

Your on-going support of Deming Public Schools is appreciated. It is important to us that you understand the changes occurring in today’s education and the challenges facing us every day. If you have an unanswered question or require additional information about this bulletin, please contact Mary Lou Cameron, Associate Superintendent of Support Services and Community Resources, at marylou.cameron@demingps.org or 575-546-8841. 

Posted by harvielee.moore  On Jun 25, 2011 at 10:07 PM
  
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