Latest News from New Mexico PTA 
Have you registered for the New Mexico PTA Convention?
Who: New Mexico PTA 102nd Annual Convention

What: An opportunity to attend workshops to strengthen the PTA Leader in You!  Participate in goal setting for your PTA.  Attend a Bullying panel discussion focusing on what bullying looks like and what tools we can equip our student with.  Meet with Exhibitors to learn about programs and projects that can benefit Your PTA.

When: May 5th 8:30am - 5:00pm Convention.  Exhibitor Showcase and Reflections Celebration 5:00-7:00pm.  All food is included.  May 6th 8:00am - 4:00pm Convention.  All food is included.

Where: Albuquerque Marriott Pyramid North

Why: PTA leaders from across the state come together to share ideas, learn new ways of running their PTA (we don't have to do it the way it's always been done) and meet with State Leaders, National PTA representatives and New Mexico PTA Board members.  You are not in this alone!!  New Mexico PTA has the resources and tools to help you advocate for and support the students at your school.

Come join us and be a part of the 102nd Annual State Convention.  Our theme this year is "Honoring You - Our Volunteers".  Please remember that the registration fee is an appropriate use of school parent engagement funds (talk to your Principal) and PTA funds. 

Follow this link to register  We look forward to meeting you on May 5th!

New Mexico PTA is pleased to announce that
  • Eagle Nest Elementary and Middle School PTA in Angel Fire
  • Gonzales Elementary PTA in Santa Fe
  • Jemez Mountain Community PTA in Gallina
have been awarded Kindle e-readers to encourage family reading and promote early literacy development. The PTAs were selected by National PTA and Amazon to receive the e-readers. This award demonstrates their leadership and commitment to encourage family involvement in their children's reading, reinforce core literacy skills and inspire a child's love of literature. The three schools were among 100 PTAs that were chosen nation-wide.  

"Family engagement and early literacy skills are two critical factors that determine children's success. And research shows that when families read together, children do better in school and beyond," said Laura M. Bay, president of National PTA. "E-readers are a powerful tool to engage children in reading and make it possible for children to have a large collection of books in the palms of their hands. We're thrilled to bring Kindle e-readers to New Mexico schools to support their family engagement and literacy efforts that support student achievement."

The donation of Kindle e-readers is part of the PTA Family Reading Experience, Powered by Kindle. This is a national program that engages the whole family to support the development of literacy skills and foster a love of reading. Through a set of fun, educational activities, the program empowers families with information and tools to use at home and new ways to explore reading books together.

New Mexico's ESSA Plan has been submitted to U.S. Department of Education

Lou Ann Romero - NMPTA VP for Legislation and Advocacy
Monday, April 3rd was the first official deadline for states to turn in their plans for implementing the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) to either the U.S. Department of Education or to their governors for review.

This is not the official, final list from the Education Department of those that have submitted so far - Connecticut, Delaware, the District Columbia, Illinois, Massachusetts, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Tennessee, and Vermont, just states that responded to NPTA's inquiry.

An additional five states-Colorado, Louisiana, Michigan, North Dakota, and Oregon-have finished their plans, or are very close but are giving their governor and, in some cases, other state leaders, time to review them before officially turning them in. The Trump administration has allowed states to submit their plans by May 3 if they need additional time for governors to take a look. Governors don't have veto power over ESSA plans, but the law requires state chiefs to give their governors 30 days to review the plans. 

Arizona is reformatting its plan to fit the new template unveiled by the Trump administration. But the state isn't planning to make any policy tweaks. It will submit by May 3.

You can look at the State Plan Stakeholder Toolkit on that provides you information you need to communicate with your state education chief and governor on the importance of stakeholder engagement. 

Here is what is required under ESSA (Section 1111(a)(5) -page 17, on whether state plans need to be made public. New Mexico did post their state plan on the Public Education Dept webpage but also per ESSA, the U.S. Department of Education should post each state plan that is submitted. 

Specifically, the language states:
(5) PUBLIC REVIEW.-All written communications, feedback, and notifications under this subsection shall be conducted in a manner that is transparent and immediately made available to the public on the Department's website, including-
(A) plans submitted or resubmitted by a State;
(B) peer-review guidance, notes, and comments and the names of the peer reviewers (once the peer reviewers have completed their work);
(C) State plan determinations by the Secretary, including approvals or disapprovals; and
(D) notices and transcripts of hearings under this section.

NMPTA is pleased to announce that Mountain America Credit Union is a
Gold Sponsor of New Mexico PTA

Mountain America Credit Union supports a broad array of financial literacy efforts for both adults and youth. This financial education is aimed at helping individuals and families get on track financially, become motivated to take action and live balanced lives. Mountain America has a successful history of working with local and State PTAs and is excited to offer unique benefits as a National PTA Member Benefit Provider, including a $100 bonus when you open a new MyStyle Checking account with eStatements* and free financial education resources. Visit or call 1-800-748-4302 to get started and for full details.

Mountain America has roots dating back to the 1930s and has become one of the foremost financial institutions in the country, with more than $5.6 billion in assets and serving over 640,000 members. The credit union offers a variety of financial products and services for consumers and businesses, including savings accounts, auto loans, checking accounts, business checking, student loans, SBA loans and retirement options. With a vision to help its members achieve their financial dreams, Mountain America delivers unparalleled service, quality, convenience, and education to its members and the community. Learn more at
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Current College Students
Student Aid Applications OPEN!

$160,000 to be awarded for
the 2017-2018 school year!

The Albuquerque Community Foundation has several student aid programs for current college students  to help New Mexico students attain their educational goals. 

Each program is different; however, if you are...
  • Current or past New Mexico resident?
  • Currently in college?
  • Attending college in-state ?
  • Attending college full time or part-time?
  • Attending a community college or public college/university?
  • Returning to college after taking a break?
 You may qualify for one or more program!  

Scholarships for 
Current College Students
Albuquerque & New Mexico

Deadline: Friday, June 9th, 2017 
  • Andrew Piech Memorial Scholarship: Providing assistance to students in the field of Automotive Technology and related Applied Technologies. Students must pursue a degree or certificate from a nonprofit, public, automotive or technical vocational institution including community college. Apply Online 
  • American Advertising Federation-New Mexico Scholarship : Providing assistance to deserving men and women who intend to enter the advertising, marketing, strategic communications, graphic design, fine art, photography or illustration while maintaining a career focus in marketing/advertising. Apply Online
  • Trythall Family Scholarship for Excellence in Continuing Education: Providing assistance to individuals who are employed while attending a nonprofit of public educational institution part-time or full-time. Applicants must live in the Greater Albuquerque Metropolitan area (includes Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia or Torrance counties). Apply Online
  • Rae Lee Siporin Scholarship for Women: Providing assistance to women who are continuing or returning to college/university to complete their first undergraduate degree and need financial assistance for their senior year of school. Apply Online
  • David R. Woodling Memorial Scholarship: Providing assistance to students attending an accredited nonprofit or public educational institution in pursuit of a certificate or degree in metals technology program with a concentration in machine tool technology and welding. Apply Online

Qualify for Financial Aid?
Apply Today!
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: Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

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

In This Issue

It's Spring Fling, Spring Carnival, Spring Family Night and some PTAs are interested in showing a licensed movie for the event!  Please read this article from APS Library Services about movie licensing issues.  This memo was distributed to librarians in the Albuquerque district earlier this school year.  Check with your school district to see if your district has purchased a licensing permit.  Your school and PTA can be assessed a penalty if movie studios read about your non-licensed event.  How do they hear about it - through your website, through Facebook, through Twitter and just about any other social media tool your PTA and parents utilize!  Please remember that this includes showing a movie through your personal Netflix account in the classroom.

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