IMPORTANT SAFETY UPDATES, District News, and Information
Last Day of School Early Release Schedule for May 25, 2023
Students will be released 2.5 hours early on Thursday May 25, 2023, for Summer Break. Students will be served lunch before being released.****
·All Pre-K-5 Elementary Schools-12:30 PM
·Red Mountain Middle School (RMMS) -12:50 PM
·Deming Intermediate School (DIS) -12:55 PM
·Early College High School (ECHS) -12:55 PM (Bus Riders to DHS 12:55 PM)
·DCCCHS -12:55 PM (Bus Riders to DHS 12:55 PM)
·Deming High School (DHS) -1:10 PM
·Mimbres Valley High School (MVHS) -1:10 PM
Students not making their assigned bus will report to their School’s Front Office to contact parents.
Have a Great Summer Break! We look forward to seeing you next school year on August 1st.
Announcement from the Office of the Superintendent
Deming Public Schools is committed to the safety and well-being of our students and staff. We take all allegations seriously and believe one of our many duties is to teach appropriate behavior and personal responsibility. We hold ourselves and our students to a high standard and will continue to directly address incidents that disrupt a safe and caring environment through classes and instruction, parent partnerships, and appropriate consequences.
On March 9, 2023, Deming High School administration received information late in the day of a possible hazing incident. The District is thoroughly investigating the incident and has notified local law enforcement so they can complete their own investigation.
To date, the District has concluded that hazing did not occur, however, proper disciplinary measures were enforced for violations of the District’s Student Code of Conduct, Board Policy, and Employee Handbook. In accordance with applicable state and federal privacy laws, specific details related to discipline will not be disclosed. The law enforcement side of this incident resides with local authorities.
We ask for the public’s support in not spreading inaccurate information. While we understand and appreciate everyone’s concern, the spreading of false or slightly inaccurate information is unfair and damaging to our students, our school, and our community. Together we can lift our children up to be kind to all and take responsibility for their actions. We ask you to help us.
**Update to PSA: Unsubstantiated Threats **
May 10, 2023
DHSEM responds to school safety threat
SANTA FE –
On Wednesday, a student in Roswell, NM received a social media message stating that an attack on the school was imminent. The same messaging has been received by students at school districts across the state. Local law enforcement has increased their presence at schools in response to the threat. The New Mexico Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM) is coordinating information from local law enforcement and the FBI who are investigating the cause of the threats but currently, they are not considered credible. DHSEM is coordinating with law enforcement partners and the New Mexico Public Education Department to ensure student safety.
Public Information Officer | David.Lienemann@DHSEM.NM.GOV| 505 479 0144
PSA: Unsubstantiated Threats
Deming Public Schools is aware of the threatening social media post circulating throughout New Mexico. Deming Public Schools is committed to the safety and well-being of our students and staff, and we investigate all threats. At this time there is no credible threat to our school district, and we will continue to follow our safety protocols. Law enforcement is taking precautions and will have an increased presence at school sites.
Social Studies Curriculum Adoption Materials
Deming Public Schools will be adopting new Social Studies Curriculum for the 2023-2024 School Year for grades K-12. The school district is seeking community comment and input on adoption selections. Sample materials are on display at our central office location and available digital using the links and information below.
The possible materials all have the following:
- High quality instructional materials designation by the New Mexico Department of Education
- Alignment with the New Mexico Social Studies Standards
- Further NMPED information can be found by clicking thisLINK.
- Spanish materials offered and instructional support for English Learners
- Instructional support for Special Education
- Digital platform access
Please send your input, comments, and questions to Jessica Etcheverry at email@example.com by Wednesday, May 26, 2023.
Deming High School Graduation – Class of 2023
Deming High School Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2023 will be held on Friday, May 19, 2023, at Memorial Football Stadium. The graduation ceremony will also be available on the CATS Network -https://www.youtube.com/live/OVmdNWOvvxY?feature=share
Please note the following reminders:
- 5:45 p.m. – Gates open to Memorial Football Field
- 6:00 p.m. – Seniors need to report to the Auditorium
- 7:00 p.m. – Deming High School Graduation begins
The following items will not be allowed in the stadium or on the field:
- Air horns/noise makers
- Large signs
- Fat heads
- Weapons of any kind
- No food or outside drinks
- Water will be available for sale at the concession stands
Early College High School Commencement for the Class of 2023
May 12, 2023
Mimbres Valley Learning Center / 2300 E. Pine St.
If needed join us virtually May 12, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.:ECHS YouTube Channel
Please note the following:
·9:00 a.m. – Doors open for seating in the Learning Center Main Hall
·9:00 a.m. – Seniors need to report to Early College
·10:00 a.m. – Early College High School Graduation begins.
The following items will not be allowed in the Mimbres Valley Learning Center:
oAir horns/noise makers
oLarge signs / posters
oWeapons of any kind
oNo food or outside drinks
Online School Registration is Open May 1, 2023 for the 2023-2024 School Year
PreK, Kinder, and New Students
Online registration is open, beginning Monday, May 1, 2023, for PreK, Kinder, and new students to the district. The registration website link is available on the Deming Public Schools website www.demingps.org, under Registration. We encourage families to look at the site to become acquainted with the required information and documents needed to complete online registration successfully. All new elementary students are required to register at their boundary school, based on the student’s current address. Please visit www.demingps.organd choose “Registration” at the top, select “Find My School” on the left hand links to determine your boundary school
As you begin the online enrollment application, please be sure you are selecting the 2023-2024 school year.
Parents/guardians are not required to re-register their student online if they attended grades K-12 at Deming Public Schools and completed the 22-23 school year. Eligible PreK students must register for Kindergarten.
All PreK students in program will need to register for the 23-24 school year, even those with an IEP. If your student was on the waiting list for last year, you must complete a new online registration. All PreK programs are served on a first come, first served basis.
After the parent/guardian has registered their student online, verification of documents can occur anytime between Monday, May 1, 2023 and the end of school Friday, May 31, 2023. Parents/guardians may visit their boundary school from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for document verification. Parents/guardians will need to provide the following documents when visiting the school
- Student birth certificate
- Parent/guardian identification
- Proof of address
- Up to date vaccination records
Current 501P transfers on file will be approved for the 23-24 SY. Moving forward, 501P Transfers will be done via theInfinite Campus Parent Portal and is called "School Choice.” All parents are encouraged to sign up for a Portal account.
If parents/guardians would like to request enrollment at an elementary school outside of their boundary zone, a School Choice request must be submitted. After registration is completed at the student’s boundary school, the School Choice Request should be completed by the parent/guardian in their Infinite Campus Parent Portal. All new transfer requests will only be accepted from May 10th-June 7th and will be on hold until the start of the 23-24 school year, as the district examines available space across all school sites. A release with more information regarding School Choice is forthcoming.
Please note, transfer requests for Bataan Elementary will not be accepted as Bataan Elementary is at full capacity with current boundary student projections. Only current 501P transfers on file for Bataan will be approved for the 23-24 SY.
Families in need of assistance with technology or other supports to register, should contact their boundary school to schedule an appointment for assistance.
PSA: Safety Construction at Schools
In our ongoing commitment to safety, Deming Public Schools (DPS) has begun construction on secure vestibules at several school sites. The secured vestibule is an enclosed area between the outside door of a building and the inside door. This area is where a visitor completes their business with the school without being given access to the interior of the school. DPS continues to prioritize the safety of our schools and secure vestibules are another layer of security measures being taken in alignment with best safety practices.
The following schools will be affected by this construction:
·Bataan Elementary, (575) 544-0900
·Bell Elementary, (575) 546-9712
·Chaparral Elementary, (575) 546-0247
·Columbus Elementary, (575) 531-2710
·Memorial Elementary, (575) 546-2502
·Ruben S. Torres Elementary, (575) 544-2723
·Red Mountain Middle School, (575) 546-0668
Entry to the schools will be modified by each site to accommodate the construction and ensure student safety. Construction is expected to continue through June 30, 2023. For more information, please contact your school or the district at (575) 546-8841.
PSA: Transportation Announcement
Deming Public Schools wants to inform the public that today, April 26, 2023, Bus #S63 which is a sub for Bus #70, was involved in a traffic accident during the morning bus run. Local law enforcement, Deming Public Schools Staff, and EMS arrived quickly on the scene and assessed the situation. No one was hurt and parents of the students on the bus are currently being contacted.
Parent and Community Update on the Lockdown at Deming High School
Deming High School was put on lockdown today, April 20, 2023, after administration received a safety concern from a student of a possible gun on campus. The facts of the situation are as follows:
During a routine safety drug sweep of the Deming High School campus, the school was placed in ‘shelter-in-place.’ Deming Public Schools routinely performs safety drug sweeps at our schools using a K-9 unit and, during any sweep the school will shelter-in-place to ensure no one leaves the campus. During today’s sweep, several students began to text one another about a gun on school grounds. Another student reported the safety concern to an adult in the building and the school was immediately placed in lockdown, along with surrounding buildings. Local law enforcement was called to assist. No gun or weapons were found on campus.
Student safety is our first priority. Deming Public Schools (DPS) takes all allegations, threats, and reports of safety concerns very seriously and fully investigates them. During an active investigation DPS will only share information that we can legally disclose and will share the information when it will not cause another safety concern for our students. Please check that your contact information is correct in the parent portal on infinite campus. Parent Portal Link:https://demingps.infinitecampus.org/campus/portal/parents/deming.jsp Notices are sent to the primary contact for students in infinite campus, posted to the district website, emailed to local media and staff, as well as shared on the district’s twitter, Instagram, and Facebook social media pages.
Deming Public Schools urges parents and guardians to talk with your children about false reports, unsubstantiated allegations, and spreading rumors. Please urge them to use their best judgement when sharing District news. Misinformation and rumors create chaos and fear that disrupts everyone’s education and sense of safety for the entire community.
Update: Lockdown at Deming High School has been Lifted
**Deming High School lockdown has been lifted and all students and staff are safe.**Below is the previous PSA release for reference.
PSA: Lockdown at Deming High School
Deming High School is currently in lockdown, All Students Are Safe. District administration is cooperating with local law enforcement at Deming High School regarding an active investigation regarding a possible weapon on campus. Please be aware of the increased law enforcement presence at the school and in the surrounding area. At this time students are not being released from the high school until we receive the all clear from local law enforcement. We ask for your patience and understanding during this time. The district will release more information as it becomes available and when the lockdown is lifted. Deming Police Department has released an official statement to the Deming Headlight, you may view it on the Deming Headlights Facebook page. Link:https://www.facebook.com/demingheadlight
2023 All Sports Banquet Tickets on Sale
The 2023 All Sports Banquet tickets will be on sale in the Activities office for $10 starting Thursday, April 13, 2023. The Banquet will be held at Deming High School on Tuesday, May 16, 2023. Dinner will be served at 5:30 pm and the program will follow at 6:00 pm. All athletes will receive their ticket for free. Athletes are limited to two (2) guests except for Senior athletes, which may have unlimited guests. Tickets will be on sale until Friday, May 12, 2023. A limited number of tickets will be sold. For more information, please contact Deming High School Activities office at (575) 546-8126.
PSA: Warning Live Streaming Internet Scamming
The New Mexico Activities Association wants to warn the public about a growing trend in internet scamming. There are hundreds of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube events being promoted, sometimes within prominent online groups, that appear to be real live streams, but are phishing for your personal information, and sometimes trying to install malware on your device.
These posts appear to be legitimately scheduled live streams and be associated with a high school or state association. However, when you click on the link, you are typically asked to enter personal information in order to gain access to the video. These are fake. Do not enter any information.
The NFHS Network is the official video streaming platform of the NMAA. Many of our member schools are utilizing this platform for their own broadcasting needs. However, during the regular season, many schools have decided to use other entities to do their live streaming. Please check with your local high school athletic department for the correct location to watch your favorite team safely. Cats Network is the only live streaming platform used for Deming High School home events.
When on social media, the NMAA maintains a single official account on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms. The official account for each platform is: @_NMAA for Twitter, AllThingsNMAA on Instagram, and New Mexico Activities Association on Facebook. Some scammers use the NMAA or NFHS logos and other marks to try and deceive you, but there is only one official account for each platform controlled by the NMAA and no sport-specific accounts will be created or used to promote our events.
To protect yourself and your fans from these fake accounts, please verify you are only sharing/posting/retweeting information from our official accounts. The links in our posts AND the link on our profile/bio will ONLY link to the NFHS. If you come across a fake account, please report it by following the platform-specific instructions below.
1.Open the profile you’d like to report.
2.Select the three dot icon
3.Select Report and then select the type of issue you’d like to report.
1.Go to the impersonating profile or Page
2.Click the three dot icon below the cover photo.
3.If you're reporting a Page, select Find Support or Report Page. If you're reporting a profile, select Find Support or Report Profile.
4.Follow the on-screen instructions for impersonation to file a report.
1.Go to the impersonating profile
2.Click the three dot icon to the right of the page and select Report
3.SelectReport Account and follow the on-screen directions to file a report.
We appreciate your support and patience as we continue to take aggressive steps to protect our community from scammers.
PSA: Announcement from Special Education Department
Deming Public Schools offers evaluations to parents who have concerns about their children’s developmental, academic, or behavioral progress for children ages 3 to 21. Children who reside in Deming, Columbus, and Luna County may be referred for testing and consideration for Special Education Services. This includes children who are: homeless, homeschooled, wards of the state, children placed in facilities, or children in private and public schools. If you feel your child might be a child with a disability and in need of services, please contact the Deming Public Schools Special Education Department at 575-546-0427.
PSA: Announcement from Athletic and Activities Department
For the safety of our community and our fans, no backpacks or oversized bags will be permitted at any Deming Public School Athletic Events. Purses of reasonable size will be allowed. Anyone with a backpack or oversized bag will be asked to return the bag to their vehicle.
Tickets for all events held at any Deming Public School Facility are only sold digitally through GoFan.co, no cash will be accepted for entrance. Tickets can be purchased by searching Deming High School or Red Mountain Middle School on the GoFan.co website. We highly recommend purchasing tickets before arriving at any event.
QR codes will be available at the entrance of all venues, for fans who have not purchased tickets prior to an event. Once arriving, tickets will be shown and redeemed by event staff at the door. Please do not redeem tickets prior to arriving. If a ticket is redeemed prior to arrival, the ticket is no longer valid, and a new ticket must be purchased.
No outside food or drink will be allowed in the gym. Concession stands will be open for spectators at Deming High School and Red Mountain Middle School. For questions, please contact Deming High School Athletic Department at (575) 546-8126.
Substitutes: We Need You!
Deming Public Schools is hiring substitute teachers. “Substitutes are critical to our schools and ensure student learning can continue.” said Superintendent, Vicki Chávez “Come share your knowledge and invest in our kids!”
To apply please visit www.demingps.org and click on “Join Our Team!”.
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About Deming Public Schools
Deming Public Schools is a public school district headquartered in Deming, New Mexico. It is the fifteenth largest school district in New Mexico. Located 33 miles north of the US-Mexico border, it serves the City of Deming, the village of Columbus as well as other areas in rural Luna County.
The Deming district has 12 schools: one Pre-K school; six elementary schools; one sixth-grade school; one middle school (7th-8th); two high schools; and one college preparatory high school. DPS has 6 multi-age JUMP classrooms (K-2nd) in 4 elementary schools. The district also offers bilingual/dual-language programs and Preschool on many campuses.
Student enrollment is approximately 5,200 students.
Deming Public Schools is the largest employer in Luna County with approximately 813 employees.
District Mission Statement: The Board of Education, staff, and community join forces to provide a high quality, comprehensive education for all Deming Public Schools students so that they will have the opportunity to prepare themselves to become productive, responsible, and culturally enriched citizens allowing them to meet the challenges of an ever-changing, global society.
Statement of Non-Discrimination
(Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Equal Educational Opportunities Act (EEOA), Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, § 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973)
Deming Public Schools District does not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race or ethnicity, color, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, medical condition, pregnancy and related conditions, political affiliation, or geographic residence. Additionally, Deming Public Schools provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. Priority for facility use will be given to school sponsored clubs and governmental agencies.
The District is committed to providing interpretation and translation services to families that require such services in an effort to assure that the lack of English will not be a barrier to access vital information regarding student related participation in District programs. A copy of the District’s nondiscrimination policy is available from the Deming Public Schools District Office.
The following contact has been designated as the Coordinator for Non-discrimination for Deming Public Schools. Any concerns and complaints regarding discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying, and to answer inquiries regarding the District’s nondiscrimination policies:
Chief Academic Officer
Deming Public Schools
1001 S. Diamond
Deming, NM 88030
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New Mexico Anti-Racism Hotline (833) 485-1335
The State of New Mexico Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression Hotline was established as a requirement of the Black Education Act, passed in the Legislature’s 2021 New Mexico General Session. Students, families, and community members can report school-based incidents of racism, injustice, or discrimination against anyone. Callers will reach a trained department employee from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; if calling after hours, they can leave a message. For more information on the Anti-Racism, Anti-Oppression Hotline or to report an incident:
Call: (833) 485-1335
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