White Sands A Celebration

White Sands School students gather for a schoolwide assembly as part of the “A” celebration.

In recognition of White Sands School once again earning an “A” grade from the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED), the school hosted the a schoolwide celebration, Tuesday, Sept. 5 from 10 to 11 a.m. in the White Sands School Gymnasium.

“This is the third year in-a-row we’ve received an ‘A’ grade, so we wanted to recognize our students and staff for all their hard work over the past year,” said White Sands School Principal Julie Maestas.

The celebration featured a schoolwide assembly followed by a popsicle celebration, where each student received a free popsicle. The celebration was attended by parents, teachers, community members and members of the Oñate High School cheerleading team.

The NMPED School Grade Report Card system measures school growth and improvement in part by using yearly Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) test scores. Each school in New Mexico receives a grade.

According to the NMPED website, schools are graded on the following: current standing, which measures how well students performed in the most recent school year; school growth, which measures how much this year’s students improved over last year’s; student growth of highest performing students, which measures how well the school helped the highest performing individual students improve; student growth of lowest performing students, which measures how well the school helped the lowest performing individual students improve; and opportunity to learn, which measures whether the school fosters an environment that facilitates learning.

Schools can also receive bonus points in the grading system for involving students and parents in education, reducing truancy and promoting extracurricular activities.

For more information, contact LCPS Communications Coordinator Paul Dahlgren, pdahlgren@lcps.net, (575) 527-5808.

White Sands A Celebration

White Sands Elementary School students enjoy popsicles as part of the “A” celebration.