Wildcat Spotlight
Clean Sweep: DHS Media Art Students Claim Top Two Awards at
NM Film Festival
Grand prize, Best Documentary and Audience Choice Awards
Bill Armendariz, Deming Headlight

When Liz Gomez and Jesse Kriegel followed student filmmakers from Deming High School’s Media Arts Club to Espanola, NM, they sensed the group had a shot at gaining recognition for their work at the Film Prize Jr. New Mexico Festival. The two DHS media/art teachers have a keen sense of recognizing talent and so did the judges at this inaugural film festival.
DHS students were put in the spotlight and made a clean sweep of the top two awards in this first-ever film festival held in New Mexico. “We are super excited to share our news with the community,” said Jesse Kriegel, head of the DHS Art Department.

Seniors Jared Trevizo and Victoria Chacon won in the documentary category and also brought home the grand prize, the Judges’ Award, for their documentary film “Estela en el Mar,” (A Ships’ Wake), which chronicled the struggles dual citizenship students who live in Mexico experience while attending Deming schools.
Jared Trevizo and Victoria Chacon walked away with $2,500 prize for their school's media arts program.
The Kriegel's celebrated with their son and filmmaker Joaquin at the film festival.

Judges awarded the 10-minute film a $2,500 grant to be used by the school’s media club. Students in the club participated in the production of both winning films under the guidance of Gomez.

DHS junior Jaoquin Kriegel won the Audience Choice Award for his comedy “Deuce.” The film took a Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” approach to a situation that is compounded and obstructed, and synonymous with the word “Deuce.”

“These were the two highest awards given at the festival,” Jesse Kriegel told the Headlight. You can view the winning films at https://www.filmprizenm.com/.

"I am incredibly proud at how much our media students have accomplished this year. They are incredibly creative and always excited to learn about new equipment and software," Gomez said. "I feel like they set that bar for the future of the media program."

The festival, held Saturday and Sunday in Española, featured 62 films from 38 schools in 16 New Mexico counties. More than 500 students participated over the past school year.

“They poured their creativity and hearts into these films, and to me, they're all winners," said Rosey Hyatt, director of Film Prize Junior New Mexico.
“The judges must have had an incredibly hard time choosing because these films were all so creative and so remarkable in many different ways,” Public Education Secretary Kurt Steinhaus said. “What a brilliant way to expose New Mexico students to the collaborative, creative art of filmmaking and invite them to begin considering careers in this growing New Mexico industry.”

The winning Deming High School productions were funded through the school district’s Career and Technical Education grants, Carl D. Perkins federal program and NextGen state program, administered by the New Mexico Public Education Department’s College and Career Readiness Bureau. 
“Any school district or charter school with an interest in media or film programs can use CTE funding to support these efforts. Now is a good time to start planning student productions to enter into the second annual Film Prize Jr New Mexico next April 2023,” said PED’s Susan Chaudoir, who collaborated with Film Prize Jr New Mexico and its partners to make the festival a success. “The exposure students receive in such a venue can open the college and career pathways CTE students need.”

The Film Prize Junior New Mexico Festival student filmmaking program is presented to students of middle and high schools in New Mexico. It is a branch of the Louisiana Film Prize and Film Prize Junior Louisiana that is partnered with the Stagecoach Production firm.

"Our after-school program really encompasses a wide range of talent. We have combined Wildcat Productions (film), The Broadcaster (journalism), and the Art Club," Gomez explained. "The possibilities on what students can create are endless. This provides the potential for students in different areas to shine and take part in creating films. It is amazing seeing everyone come together to work on the films."
The films have been available online at the Film Prize Junior New Mexico website since before the weekend festival to allow for audience-favorite voting. They also were shown Saturday at Mitchell Theatres Dreamcatcher 10 in Española. Awards, including more than $5,000 in scholarships and media grants, were presented Sunday at Moving Arts Española.

In the high school category:
• Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film: “Deuce” from Deming High School
• Judges’ Choice Award for Best Short Film: “Estela En El Mar” from Deming High School
• Best Comedy: “What’s the Name of the Game?” from New Mexico School for the Arts
• Best Drama: “I Really Like You Too” from MASTERs Program, Santa Fe Community College 
• Best Sci-Fi/Thriller: “House Sitting” from Capital High School 
• Best Documentary/PSA: “Estela En El Mar” from Deming High School 

A panel of industry professionals voted for the Judges’ Choice Awards in each division.
District Office
Students from Red Mountain Middle School created metal art to be presented to the Deming Public Schools' Board of Education and Superintendent Vicki Chávez. Mr. Jerry Montes presented the students' artwork that was made in his 2nd and 3rd period classes to the Superintendent and Board on April 21,2022.

(Photo 1 Left to Right: Bobby Orosco, Olivia Paez, Jerry Montes, Daniel Krowl, and Mary Lou Cameron. Not pictured is Amy Delaney-Hernandez)(Photo 2 Left to Right: Jerry Montes, Superintendent Chávez)

The new Baseball Scoreboard arrived on Tuesday April 26th! Our Facilities Team will be installing it this summer for the DHS baseball program.
Charlie Zuniga and Benny Jasso cleaning a dirty duct detector at
Deming High School cafeteria. 
Thank you to Annette Toney, Customer Engagement Specialist from the Girl Scouts of the Desert Southwest, for donating Girl Scout Tin Mint Cookies to our staff. We love cookies!! Thank you!
The HR department has attended four job fairs, two virtual conferences with UNM and ENMU and two in-person events at UTEP and NMSU. We met amazing candidates and several contracts were offered. Principals from DHS, Bataan, DIS and Bell attended to help with interviews. 
Student Vaccinations
Deming Health Services would like to let parents know that immunizations are required for enrollment in Deming Public Schools. If you are unsure of your child’s vaccine status, contact your health care provider or the school nurse’s office to see if your child needs the required vaccines. State law requires students to be up to date on vaccines before starting school, this includes returning students. Student’s may not be able to pick up their class schedules if they are not current on their vaccines for the 2022-2023 school year.  

Bataan Elementary
Bataan student leaders attend High School Student Council event.
 Bataan supporting April 19 Congenital Diaphragmatic Hernia Awareness Day in honor of Joseph. 
Columbus Elementary
Columbus Elementary Pre-K Students celebrate Día de Los Ninos!

Ruben S. Torres
Teacher Appreciation from the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association.

“NMOGA is privileged to honor teachers across the state for their hard work and commitment to their communities. It is clear that Ms. Gallosa-Peralta has devoted herself to the success of her students, and they adore her for it. She couldn’t be more deserving of a vacation with her family. We can’t wait to see where she goes!” 

NMOGA has prioritized the education space for partnership and engagement. We never want to tell a school or district what they need. We want to hear their unique challenges, then try to fit in where we can. During the fall of 2021, everywhere we went, schools cited burnout amongst teachers as one of the biggest challenges they face. This guided the work we did in spring of 2022, including the Teacher Appreciation Week ‘Nominate Your Teacher’ giveaway. Students, friends, and family of teachers from around the state nominated their favorite educators to receive a gift from NMOGA. Ms. Gallosa-Peralta was selected to receive the Vacation Package, including gift cards for Southwest Airlines, Marriott, and Uber. 

The oil and gas industry contributes $2.9 billion, or 35%, to New Mexico’s state budget. Of that, $1.4 billion goes to supporting education in the state, $16.4. Luna County alone received $16.4 million from the oil and gas industry to fund education. 

For more information about NMOGA and the industry see links below:
               About the New Mexico Oil & Gas Association
               Fueling New Mexico
               Contribution in Luna County

Red Mountain Middle School
Left to right: Mavi Chavez, Valeria Varela, Carolina Carillo, Aubreny Armendariz, Bailey Cordova, Marbrisa Garcia-Sapien, Serenity Regalado pose after their last after-school volleyball class at Red Mountain taught by Ken Leupold. The girls had a chance to learn how to pass, set, hit and serve without the stress of having to get ready to play in volleyball matches. 

RMMS Social Worker Retires after
25 Years of Service
Chester Kwong retired after 25 years as one of Deming Public Schools first Special Ed Social Workers. Chester lead the way to many of the social work services made available to students, parents and staff. Chester was an important part of expanding the numbers of Special Education Social Workers who now serve the district. In addition to being a Social Worker, Chester has served as a coach, a mentor, and a bus driver. He has often filled the role of IT person for his fellow Social Workers. Chester always has the students' best interest at heart, and he is very much appreciated by his fellow social workers for always lending a hand and embracing changes throughout the years. At RMMS his peers gave him a sendoff with a special gift (photo bottom left) and the Social Workers gathered for a retirement celebration dinner (top photo: starting left and around the table are Mickie Stimpson, Estela Rodriguez, Dahlia Morales, Renee Heacox-Winborn, Anna Blauw and guest of honor Chester Kwong).
In addition to the retirement of Chester Kwong in March, March was Social Work appreciation month. There are 5 Special Education Social Workers currently serving the district. The group took time out to play and recognize Social Work month. As pictured from left Dahlia Morales, Mickie Stimpson, Anna Blauw, Estela Rodriguez and Renee Heacox-Winborn. Photo credit to Cosseta Lewis (photo bottom left)
We wish Chester Kwong well on this next chapter of his life and are grateful for all he did, we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate Social Work Month than giving him a shout out for all his good works. He will be greatly missed by all his fellow Social Workers and RMMS family.
Deming High School
Congratulations to Deming High School's SkillsUSA Chapter for being named one of the top 7 programs in Workplace Components and one of the 24 Models of Excellence programs that have been selected to represents the very best in chapter achievement. Deming High School's chapter will participate in the SkillsUSA National Leadership and Skills Conference in Louisville, Ky., June 24-28. Activities include finalist interviews, an awards dinner at the Kentucky Derby Museum, and recognition at an awards ceremony in front of more than 12,000 students, instructors and business leaders.

The Models of Excellence program promotes the intentional learning of personal, workplace and technical skills outlined in the SkillsUSA Framework for student development. Specific characteristics defined within each skill area help ensure tangible benchmarks for student achievement and chapter programming. Achievement is measured by the effectiveness of student efforts in implementing essential workplace skills including personal responsibility, integrity, work ethic and organization in chapter activities. The hands-on approach of this program actualizes the SkillsUSA mission of empowering members to become world-class workers, leaders and responsible American citizens.
DHS MESA Students Participated in SWREC Academic Competition
Congratulations to DHS MESA students who competed in the recently held SWREC Academic Competition last April 20, 2022. DHS MESA team got 2nd place in the competition.

MESA Members: Gemma Montes, Adam Jaquez, Bitia Maciel, Galilea Alvarado, Mia Solis, Pedro Garcia, Tori Baca, Desiree Richmond, Marcos Ramirez, Gavin Grattan
MESA Advisors: Mr. Reynaldo Belen and Mr. John Bernard Valdes 
Deming High School Graduation – Class of 2022

Deming High School Graduation Ceremony for the Class of 2022 will be held on May 20, 2022 at Memorial Football Stadium. There are currently no restrictions but this is subject to change based on New Mexico Public Education Department guidelines and regulations. The graduation ceremony will also be available on the CATS Network -https://youtu.be/03qwglNyfEg

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
Early College High School Commencement for the Class of 2022
May 13, 2022
Mimbres Valley Learning Center / 2300 E. Pine St.
There are currently no COVID restrictions, but this is subject to change based on New Mexico Public Education Department guidelines and regulations.
If needed join us virtually May 13, 2022 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:
o  Strollers
o  Balloons
o  Air horns/noise makers
o  Large signs / posters
o  Fat heads
o  Glitter
o  Confetti
o  Weapons of any kind
o  No food or outside drinks
Employee Spotlight
2022 NMSBA Excellence in Student Achievement and Success Awarded to Amelia Quarrell
From left to right: Daniel Krowl, Board Secretary; Mary Lou Cameron, Board Vice-President, Amelia Quarrel, recipient of the 2022 NMSBA Excellence in Student Achievement and Success Award; Olivia Paez, Board Member; Robert Orosco, Board Member; Amy Delaney-Hernandez, Board President. 

Deming Public Schools’ Board of Education honored the nominees for the 2022 Excellence in Student Achievement and Support Award on Monday, April 25, 2022 with a recognition dinner and award presentation at the Deming High School Gym. The award is sponsored by The New Mexico School Boards Association (NMSBA) and recognizes staff that are vital to the achievement and support of students. The nominees can be an individual or group that has played an important role in improving student achievement and support throughout the district.

Amelia Quarrell is the recipient of the 2022 NMSBA Excellence in Student Achievement and Success Award. Amelia Quarrell is an education assistant at Memorial Elementary who has always gone above and beyond for her student.

“Mrs. Quarrell knows every student at Memorial Elementary by name, she has gone out of her way to learn how to better assist her student and even went to the student’s home to support him in his learning during the shutdown.” said Amy Delaney-Hernandez, School Board President “She is helpful to everyone in the building and is a positive presence at Memorial Elementary, from popping the popcorn on Friday morning to sitting in on PTO meetings, Mrs. Quarrell is a great asset to the Memorial Legacy and we are proud to present her with the 2022 NMSBA Award.”

While Mrs. Quarrell is recognized as the recipient of the award, all the nominees have equally contributed to the success of our students. Individually and collectively, they showed up during remote learning and went the extra mile for our kids. The following champions have made a difference.

Individual nominees for the 2022 Excellence in Student Achievement and Support:
Obi Apodaca, Equity Department
Margarita Calderon, Columbus Elementary
Christina Endrizzi, Bataan Elementary
Lorenza Gray, Mimbres Valley High School
Sharon Hyde, Bataan Elementary
Vanessa Maldonado, Deming High School
David Monjaras, Deming High School
Mary Monjaras, Chaparral Elementary
Xavier Munoz, Columbus Elementary
Maria Ortiz, Ruben S. Torres Elementary
Amelia Quarrell, Memorial Elementary
Ruth Trevizo, Bataan Elementary
Mirna Venzor, Columbus Elementary
Debbie Vigil, Ruben S. Torres Elementary

Department nominees for the 2022 Excellence in Student Achievement and Support:
Equity Department
Maintenance Department
Nutrition Department
Technology Department
Transportation Department
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