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February 12, 2021
Hybrid learning starts February 22nd
  • We are very excited to welcome students back to our campuses. Each school is selecting a learning model to maximize the number of students served.
  • All families will be notified if they will be able to return and their school's learning model(s) no later than 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 16th.
  • In-person learning starts on Monday, February 22nd. Athletics will return, too, starting with football, volleyball and cross country. Soccer practices will begin in March.
  • Cohort A students will attend in-person on Monday and Tuesday. Cohort B students will attend on Thursday and Friday. Wednesday is a remote learning day to allow for deep cleaning of school sites.
  • If volunteer teachers are not available at your school, we have solutions to maximize the opportunity for students to return to in-person learning.
El aprendizaje híbrido comienza el 22 de febrero
  • Estamos muy emocionados de dar la bienvenida a los estudiantes a nuestros campus. Cada escuela está seleccionando un modelo de aprendizaje para maximizar el número de estudiantes atendidos.
  • Todas las familias serán notificadas si podrán regresar y los modelos de aprendizaje de su escuela a más tardar a las 5:00 pm del martes 16 de febrero.
  • El aprendizaje en persona comienza el lunes 22 de febrero. El atletismo también volverá, comenzando con fútbol, voleibol y campo a través. Las prácticas de fútbol comenzarán en marzo.
  • Los estudiantes de la cohorte A asistirán en persona los lunes y martes. Los estudiantes de la cohorte B asistirán el jueves y viernes. El miércoles es un día de aprendizaje a distancia para permitir una limpieza profunda de los sitios escolares.
  • Si no hay maestros voluntarios disponibles en su escuela, tenemos soluciones para maximizar la oportunidad de que los estudiantes regresen al aprendizaje en persona.
Important friendly reminders
Use of cameras
Whether in hybrid or remote, cameras must be on!
We want to partner with parents to help keep your student engaged and improve student performance as we teach in an online environment. Because we now have the tools for students to create a virtual background when online, we ask students to keep their cameras on during class time. This will allow them to receive instruction, participate in discussion, ask questions and receive general guidance from teachers and staff with the teacher being able to monitor the student’s engagement and needs.
In order to ensure that the instructional environment is conducive to learning, SFPS has the following expectations: 
  • Students will log in with first and last name 
  • Students will have their camera on  
  • School-appropriate attire is required 
  • School-appropriate behavior is required
  • Special circumstances should be discussed with the teacher and/or principals
Masks
Wearing face masks is an SFPS requirement when at school campuses, at school-sponsored events and on school transportation or with limited exceptions for students who have a physician’s order stating that they cannot wear a face mask. Masks must cover the mouth and nose and fit snugly against the sides of the face in order to contain respiratory droplets. The only time face masks may be off is while eating and drinking during allowed times.
The following masks are NOT allowed:
  • Masks that have exhalation valves or vents
  • Bandanas
  • Scarves
  • Neck gaiters (also known as a neck fleece)
  • Face shields 
Recordatorios amistosos importantes
Uso de cámaras
 
Ya sea en modo híbrido o remoto, ¡las cámaras deben estar encendidas!
 
Queremos asociarnos con los padres para ayudar a mantener a su estudiante comprometido y mejorar el rendimiento de los estudiantes mientras enseñamos en un entorno en línea. Debido a que ahora tenemos las herramientas para que los estudiantes creen un fondo virtual cuando están en línea, les pedimos a los estudiantes que mantengan sus cámaras encendidas durante el tiempo de clase. Esto les permitirá recibir instrucción, participar en discusiones, hacer preguntas y recibir orientación general de los maestros y el personal, y el maestro podrá monitorear el compromiso y las necesidades del estudiante.
 
A fin de garantizar que el entorno de instrucción sea propicio para el aprendizaje, SFPS tiene las siguientes expectativas: 
 
  • Los estudiantes iniciarán sesión con su nombre y apellido 
  • Los estudiantes tendrán su cámara puesta
  • Se requiere vestimenta apropiada para lapara la escuela
  • Se requiere comportamiento apropiadoescuela
  • Las circunstancias especiales deben discutirse con el maestro y / o los directores
 
Máscaras
 
Usar mascarillas es un requisito de SFPS en losescolares campus, en eventos patrocinados por la escuela y en el transporte escolar o con excepciones limitadas para estudiantes que tienen una orden del médico que indica que no pueden usar una mascarilla. Las máscaras deben cubrir la boca y la nariz y ajustarse cómodamente a los lados de la cara para contener las gotas respiratorias. El único momento en que se pueden quitar las mascarillas es mientras se come y se bebe durante los horarios permitidos.
 
Las siguientes máscarasestán NO permitidas:
 
  • Máscaras que tienen válvulas de exhalación o rejillas de ventilación
  • Bandanas
  • Bufandas
  • Polainas para el cuello (también conocidas como vellón para el cuello)
  • Protectores faciales 
Parents may be able to opt-in for
annual state tests
Currently, the Public Education Department has requested a waiver for the annual statewide accountability tests.  If approved, parents have the opportunity to opt in. The PED has asked us to collect information on the number of students who will be taking the annual state tests. Your principal will be given guidance and more information will be provided shortly.
Los padres pueden optar por participar en
las pruebas estatales anuales
Actualmente, el Departamento de Educación Pública ha solicitado una exención para las pruebas anuales de responsabilidad en todo el estado. Si se aprueba, los padres tienen la oportunidad de participar. El PED nos ha pedido que recopilemos información sobre la cantidad de estudiantes que tomarán las pruebas estatales anuales. Su director recibirá orientación y se proporcionará más información en breve.
Capital High School has successful accreditation visit and review
Capital High School (CHS) had a successful accreditation visit and review during January. The accreditation process examines the whole institution–policies, programs, practices, learning conditions and cultural context–to determine how well the parts work together to carry out the school’s vision and meet the needs of every learner.
Accreditation isn’t about passing a one-time inspection. Rather, accreditation recognizes education providers that demonstrate and sustain their commitments to continuous improvement and better learner outcomes.
We would like to thank the CHS team for having a great visit and review!
´╗┐Santa Fe High School will be going through its accreditation at the end of the month.
Capital High School tiene una exitosa visita de acreditación y revisión
Capital High School (CHS) tuvo una exitosa visita de acreditación y revisión durante enero. El proceso de acreditación examina toda la institución (políticas, programas, prácticas, condiciones de aprendizaje y contexto cultural) para determinar qué tan bien las partes trabajan juntas para llevar a cabo la visión de la escuela y satisfacer las necesidades de cada alumno.
 
La acreditación no se trata de pasar una inspección única. Más bien, la acreditación reconoce a los proveedores de educación que demuestran y mantienen sus compromisos con la mejora continua y mejores resultados para los estudiantes.
 
¡Nos gustaría agradecer al equipo de CHS por tener una excelente visita y revisión!
Santa Fe High School pasará por su acreditación a fin de mes.
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Welcome to Desert Sage Academy

VISION

Desert Sage Academy offers students multiple learning pathways providing flexible, rigorous, and relevant educational opportunities in a safe and supportive, small school environment which ensures every student graduates prepared to be a productive citizen of our local and global community.


MISSION

In partnership with families and community, our goal is to create a variety of rigorous and  relevant learning opportunities for students through a blended learning curriculum with a focus on leadership development, Computer Science, online learning, and project based learning.  Lessons will be  provided with-in a flexible schedule allowing for intensive support and intervention which foster development of the knowledge, critical thinking skills, and character necessary to succeed.

Upon successful completion, students will graduate with skills and experiences in Computer Science that will help prepare them for careers in high demand areas such as Computer Robotics Engineer, Mobile Application Developer, and Graphic Designer.  

IS OUR SCHOOL THE BEST FIT FOR YOUR CHILD?

  • Are you interested in a small school which provides a safe and supportive environment for your child?
  • Is your child interested in the computer sciences?
  • Do you feel your child needs leadership training so that he/she can be successful in a challenging learning environment?
  • Would your child benefit from a flexible blended learning schedule with classes presented at school and/or online?
  • Would your child benefit from project based learning, team projects, and group presentation which provide for meaningful and authentic learning experiences?
  • Is your child interested in internships, working during the school day, or flexible schedules?
  • Would your child benefit from mentorship?
  • Are you willing to attend some training to learn how to support your child in a blended learning and flexible environment?
 

WHAT MAKES US UNIQUE?

  1.  The Desert Sage Academy offers new and re-imagined learning by assisting students in becoming self directed and by developing their leadership skills so that they may have control over the time, place, pace and path they pursue in their education whether online, in a learning lab environment, or in a traditional classroom.  Students may choose online only or a hybrid learning experience.
  2. Upon successful completion, students will graduate with skills and experiences in Computer Science that will help prepare them for careers in high demand areas such as Computer Robotics Engineer, Mobile Application Developer, and Graphic Designer.
  3. The “online” core curriculum is delivered through Edgenuity.  This is a state of the art, proven curriculum which combines “direct-instruction videos featuring expert, on-screen teachers with rigorous assignments, performance tasks, and assessments to engage students and ensure subject-area mastery.” (Edgenuity.com)
  4. The “in class” curriculum is delivered by highly effective teachers and supports the online core curriculum through interdisciplinary, blended, project based learning.
  5. At each grade level, students will participate in a variety of meaningful, high interest collaborative projects developed with community partners. Students are required to  present one of these projects in their end of year portfolio submission. 
  6. Students meet with a counselor and their mentor to support them in developing an individual program of study.  The mentor will assist them in mapping their progress towards their goals through the use of a Student Success Portfolio. 
  7. A flexible schedule can be developed in coordination with the student, parent and staff.
  8. Students attend leadership development classes focusing on key leadership traits that support excellent learning habits and develop strong job skills for the future.
    The 21st Century Learning Skills: Critical thinking. Creativity. Collaboration. Communication. Information literacy. Media literacy. Technology literacy. Flexibility.
  9. Students attending the Desert Sage Academy are bound by the Santa Fe Public Schools’ Student handbook including dress code and use of electronics in classrooms. 

To our parents, it is through your support that we make a significant difference in the lives of our students. The parent training at the beginning of the school will support you in understanding the program your child is using and will allow you to monitor his or her progress.  I also encourage you to stay in close contact with your son’s/daughter’s teachers.
I look forward to working closely with you, your child and the staff.  If I can be of assistance to you in any way, please feel free to contact me by phone at 505-470-8217 or by e-mail albraden@sfps.k12.nm.us.

Sincerely,


Alice R. Braden
Principal



Edgenuity link:  https://www.edgenuity.com/

IDEA link: http://idea.ed.gov/

Section 504 link:  http://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/504faq.html