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February 15, 2017
New Mexico Out of School Time Network 
New Mexico Parent Teacher Association 
Legislative Day - 2017

New Mexico Out of School Time Network and New Mexico PTA invites parents, teachers, students, community members and administrators to learn the basics of Legislative Advocacy and meet your Representatives and Senators to discuss legislation specific to your school and community. Learn how an "idea" can become a bill and the process it takes to become a law. Take a walk to the Roundhouse for a guided tour and see your state government leaders in action!
Thanks to a generous donation through the Noyce Foundation, the New Mexico Out of School Time Network has graciously offered to provide lunch for everyone following the Press Conference.
09:00 - 10:45 - Mabry Hall Legislative Advocacy discussion
Santa Fe Education Bldg., Mabry Hall, west of Capital building, 300 Don Gaspar Avenue, Santa Fe (Capitol Parking is available at 420 Galisteo St.) We recommend you google the location ahead of time if you are not familiar with this area.
10:45 - 11:00 - Walk to the Roundhouse
11:00 - 12:00 - Guided Tours and Visits with Legislators
12:00 - 12:45 - Press Conference
12:45 - 01:00 - Walk to restaurant for lunch
01:00 - 02:00 - Lunch provided by the Noyce Foundation
02:00 - 03:00 - Visits with Legislators
An on-line registration form can be found HERE.
For questions or additional information, please contact New Mexico PTA at or call 505-881-0712.
In This Issue

Did your elementary schooler struggle with reading? How did their school help them -- or fail them? What do you think is the best way to measure student success?  KUNM is taking a hard look at high-stakes testing, grade retention, and teacher evaluation, and we want to hear from YOU. Parents, please contact
to share your story.

Apply for a Mary Lou Anderson Grant

  The National PTA Mary Lou Anderson Reflections Arts Enhancement Grant provides up to  $1,000 in matching funds to support local PTA arts projects within their school community.
Funded projects will increase access to learning opportunities in the literary, media, visual and/or performing arts for at-risk or underserved audiences.
Arts projects must actively engage families and community partners to strengthen family-school partnerships.  Eligible applicants must be a PTA in good standing, as determined by the State PTA.  
Applications must be submitted by Friday, March 17, 2017. Find out more at

Student Aid Applications OPEN!
$160,000 to be awarded for  
the 2017-2018 school year
The Albuquerque Community Foundation has 11 separate student aid programs for high school seniors to help New Mexico students attain their educational goals. 

Each program is different; however, if you are...
  • New Mexico resident?
  • High school senior?
  • Planning to attend college in-state or out-of-state?
  • Planning to attend college full time or part-time?
  • Planning to attend a community college or public college/university? 
 You may qualify for one or more program!  
Register Here

Scholarships for High School Seniors
Deadline: Friday, March 17th, 2017  
Albuquerque and New Mexico  
  • Barnes W. Rose, Jr. and Eva Rose Nichol Scholarship: Providing assistance to an Albuquerque High School graduate pursuing a bachelor's degree in one of the STEM majors: Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. Apply Online
  • Bryan Cline Memorial Scholarship: Providing assistance to an Eldorado High School senior varsity soccer player. (One male and one female).
  • James Ledwith Memorial Scholarship: Providing assistance to students for post-secondary education in pursuit of a life dream with hope, faith and courage in spite of facing hardship. This scholarship is for students who are pursuing a professional goal and have faced or facing adversity. Apply Online
  • Kiwanis Club of Albuquerque Scholarship: Providing assistance to graduating students with strong community service experience and strong academic records from an Albuquerque metro area high school (includes Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia or Torrance Counties). Apply Online
  • Charlie and Kathy Barnhart and Ken Haynes, Jr. Manufactured Housing Association Scholarship: Providing assistance to New Mexico graduating high school senior residing in a manufactured home. Apply Online
  • Notah Begay III Scholar Athlete Scholarship: Providing assistance to Native American athletes attending college in-state or out-of-state. Awards are made to New Mexico high school graduating seniors demonstrating strong academic achievement and participation in any varsity level team sport. Apply Online
  • Robby Baker Memorial Scholarship: Providing assistance to a La Cueva High School graduating senior who has a language learning or other reading disability. Apply Online
  • Woodcock Family Education Scholarship: Providing assistance to Albuquerque metro area high school graduating seniors of exceptional promise in the fields of science and math. Apply Online
  • Carl F. Scott Scholarship for Tucumcari Lodge No. 27 A.F. & A.M.: Providing assistance to New Mexico residents from Quay County to continue their post-secondary education. Applications are considered for graduating high school seniors beginning their college education.
  • Youth in Foster Care Scholarship: Providing assistance to young adults who have been in the New Mexico foster care system who want to develop a marketable skill or continue their education at a post-secondary school. Apply Online

Qualify for Financial Aid?
Apply to the Sussman-Miller
Educational Assistance Fund
Providing assistance to students to further their education in an undergraduate program who need financial assistance to address the 'gap' in his or her financial aid packages.

Deadline: Monday, April 24th, 2017

For graduating high school seniors who will attend any out-of-state college or an in-state private school.

Deadline: Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

For graduating high school seniors who will attend a New Mexico public college/university and any student currently attending college in-state or out-of-state.  

Invitation from Senator Udall

One of my top priorities as your United States Senator is helping businesses in New Mexico grow. To build a 21st century economy, create good jobs, and retain a vibrant, young workforce, we need a thriving business sector. New Mexico companies are at the forefront of science, technology, and innovation, but I want to help more businesses take full advantage of opportunities to increase the size and variety of our exports. Approximately 95 percent of the world market lies outside the United States; expanding exports and increasing access to international trade opportunities is essential to helping New Mexico businesses of all sizes succeed.

That's why I'm pleased to invite you to "Growing New Mexico's Economy-Exporting to Global Markets," a free international trade conference in Albuquerque on February 21, 2017. The conference will feature presentations from specialists who will share their expertise on executing successful business strategies, finding available resources, and building strong international partnerships as well as panels stocked with industry professionals, trade experts, resource partners, and New Mexico companies that have successfully increased the exports of their products or services.
Conference participants will have the chance to learn more about regional developments that impact local business, network with fellow business leaders and attend a resource fair where they can receive one-on-one advice from experts about how to seize market opportunities and resolve their business challenges. As a member of both the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee and the Foreign Relations Committee, I am proud of New Mexico's business community and excited about this opportunity to help our companies expand to global markets.
The conference is free of charge but space is limited, so I encourage you to register online as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please contact my Albuquerque Office at 505-346-6791.

I want to thank the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center for hosting us, and the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Border Industrial Association for co-sponsoring this event. I hope you'll attend this conference and learn more about how to grow your business-and help grow New Mexico-through international trade.
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Tom Udall

United States Senator

New Mexico Film Foundation Grant Programs
"New Mexico Girls Make Movies Grant"
"Tale Writers Scholastic Script Contest"

The New Mexico Film Foundation is pleased to announce two new grant programs for New Mexico students.

The New Mexico Girls Make Movies Grant offers New Mexico girls and young women (ages twelve to twenty-five) the opportunity to submit their original screenplays, shorts stories, comic books, poems, etc. for the chance to win a $1000 production budget and the support of a professional film crew to turn their story into a short film.  All finalists will be invited to join the crew on the winning short film.  

From screenwriting to editing, costume design to camera, girls learn every aspect of the filmmaking process to make their short film great.  Professional mentors guide them every step of the way and the girls gain on-set experience and have fun!

The program was created by NMGMM Directors Jocelyn Jansons, a Santa Fe-based filmmaker and winner of the George RR Martin Grant through the New Mexico Film Foundation for her upcoming feature film WOLF, and Carrie McCarthy, the Marketing and Creative Director for Santa Fe Photographic Workshops and founder of Santa Fe Women in Photography.

Applications open on January 15, 2017 and close on March 15. For complete rules and to download the application, please visit:
Facebook  @nmgirlsmakemovies

Tale Writers Scholastic Script Contest encourages New Mexico high school and college students to further their screenwriting abilities. Students submit a complete short film screenplay of ten pages or less with a theme of "New Mexico History." Local professional screenwriters will judge the competition. Cash prizes will be provided by the Governor's Mansion Foundation.
The contest is open from January 15 to March 15. . Submissions may be made at:

The top three finalists of both grant competitions will receive an invitation to the New Mexico Film Foundation Gala at the Governor's Mansion in April 2017 where their screenplays will be performed as staged readings.  The staged readings are made possible through the generous support of the New Mexico Governor's Mansion Foundation.
For information, please contact:

c. Dirk Norris, Executive Director, New Mexico Film Foundation, 505-819-9010

c. Jocelyn Jansons, Director, New Mexico Girls Make Movies
    Carrie McCarthy, Director, New Mexico Girls Make Movies, 310-699-9951

c. Jaima Chevalier, Director, New Mexico Governor's Mansion Foundation,