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Winter Break Early Release Schedule for Friday, December 16, 2022

Students will be released 2.5 hours early on Friday, December 16, 2022, for Winter Break.  Students will be served lunch before being released.****

·All K-5 Elementary Schools-12:30PM

·Red Mountain Middle School (RMMS) -12:50PM

·Deming Intermediate School (DIS) -12:55PM

·Early College High School (ECHS) -12:55PM (Bus Riders to DHS 12:55PM)

·DCCCHS -12:55PM (Bus Riders to DHS 12:55PM)

·Deming High School (DHS) -1:10PM

·Mimbres Valley High School (MVHS) -1:10PM

·No Activity Bus for DIS, RMMS, or DHS

·Students not making their assigned bus will report to their School’s Front Office to contact parents.

Students will return to school on the following dates:

·All Pre-K students will return to school on Wednesday, January 4, 2023

·AllK-12 students will return to school on Thursday, January 5, 2023

During the Winter Break you may see activity at schools and district buildings, due to police trainings, construction, maintenance, and working staff. Happy Holidays and we look forward to seeing you next year.

Hollywood Comes to Early College High School: Game of Thrones Armourer to give students a peek at the film industry.

Armourer, Natalia Lee, will lead a symposium for ECHS students on career possibilities in the film industry. As the Armourer for the award-winning HBO show Game of Thrones, she brings an insider’s perspective to working with Hollywood and Film Studios. Highlighting the presentation will be a staged fight scene using real film props and re-enactors from the Society for Creative Anachronism. Starting at 10:30am on Wed., Dec 14, the symposium will also provide opportunities for students to speak with film directors, Film School & Film Studio representatives, and more. All presentations will be at the WNMU-Deming Learning Center and hosted by Early College High School. This event is by invitation only and is not open to the public.

It’s so rare for Deming to have real access to legitimate Hollywood personnel” said Bryan Simpson, Principal of ECHS, “Our students will be so excited to experience the film industry magic and make connections for career exploration.”

“I immigrated to Australia from Poland when I was 6 years old and worked my way up from the bottom of the film industry,” said Lee. “I came to New Mexico because of the burgeoning film Industry. But I came to Deming because this community reminds me of where I came from. There is so much opportunity for these kids to build a strong economic base through film work.”

With the expansion of Netflix into the Albuquerque Studio and development of 828 Studio and the Creative Campus in Las Cruces, our students have a real chance of pursuing a film industry career and we want them to hear about it first-hand” said Bryan Simpson, Principal of ECHS.

***Early College High School ***is a public high school focused on developing students who are traditionally underrepresented in post-secondary settings. Students engage in rigorous academic preparation and are able to take college classes for credit before graduating from high school. Internships and robust career exploration are mandatory and create an enthusiastic and motivated student body. This hands-on-Hollywood event is the first of several events aimed at career explorations and introducing students to the many career opportunities in our state.

***Natalia Lee the "Woman Of Weapons" ***is known for her work on Game of Thrones as a Film Armourer. Having designed weapons for the show including the iconic Heartsbane Sword, she worked with Weapons Master Tommy Dunne throughout the series to help create some of Film and TV's most memorable weapons. She was asked by the creators of the show Dan Weiss and David Benioff to guest star as tribal leader "Chella", a grizzly character in the early seasons. Having an energetic approach to her profession, Natalia can be seen weapons training and stunt doubling also. Born in Poland and raised in Australia she began her career in Security and Police Armouries, applying her skills to major motion pictures locally and then internationally.

***Iman Shervington ***received her BA from the University of Southern California in International Relations (2005) and her Masters of Fine Arts in Directing from Columbia University (2010) with a concentration in Directing and Screenwriting. Through IWES, Iman utilizes her script development, cinematography, directing, producing, and editing skills and has created over 50 short films and PSAs, a web-series, a feature-length documentary, two feature-length narrative films and an award-winning podcast. These films have been screened at numerous local, national, and international film festivals, and she presents regularly at conferences to showcase her work. Iman has further experience in graphic design, photography, curriculum development, focus group facilitation, positive youth development, participatory action research, and media literacy.

PSA: Memorial Elementary Shelter in Place

Memorial Elementary was in a shelter in place during the morning hours due to reported Police activities in the area.  All students and staff are safe and learning continues.

Lady Wildcat Basketball Game Cancelled for Tuesday

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the home opener Lady Wildcat Basketball game scheduled for Tuesday, November 29, 2022, against El Paso Leadership Academy (EPLA) has been cancelled.  Please see schedules on the website www.demingps.org for the next home game.

Bataan Elementary School’s Veterans Day Program

Bataan Elementary School hosted veterans, first responders, and family members during their annual Veterans Day Program on Friday, November 11, 2022.  The 5th grade team organized the program, and the 5th grade students led the entire program including the welcome, introductions, and closing.

The Deming High School JROTC presented the colors and Mrs. Au, Bataan’s Music Teacher, sang the National Anthem to open the program.  The event was full of performances from students to honor our veterans, Mayor Benny Jasso read the Veterans Day Proclamation passed by the City of Deming, and Jay Block was the keynote speaker.  A slide show was shown that honored the veterans and first responders who attended the program as well as veteran and first responder relatives of students, former students, and staff.  The program concluded with a catered meal from Si Senor.

Adriana Huff created a video of the program to share with our veterans and community.  The video link ishttps://youtu.be/MAjhufl1hHMand available on the Deming Public Schools website atwww.demingps.org.

PSA: Warning Live Streaming Internet Scamming

The New Mexico Activities Association wants to warn the public about a growing trend in internet scamming. There are hundreds of Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube events being promoted, sometimes within prominent online groups, that appear to be real live streams, but are phishing for your personal information, and sometimes trying to install malware on your device.

These posts appear to be legitimately scheduled live streams and be associated with a high school or state association. However, when you click on the link, you are typically asked to enter personal information in order to gain access to the video. These are fake. Do not enter any information.

The NFHS Network is the official video streaming platform of the NMAA. Many of our member schools are utilizing this platform for their own broadcasting needs. However, during the regular season, many schools have decided to use other entities to do their live streaming. Please check with your local high school athletic department for the correct location to watch your favorite team safely. Cats Network is the only live streaming platform used for Deming High School home events.

When on social media, the NMAA maintains a single official account on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and other platforms. The official account for each platform is: @_NMAA for Twitter, AllThingsNMAA on Instagram, and New Mexico Activities Association on Facebook. Some scammers use the NMAA or NFHS logos and other marks to try and deceive you, but there is only one official account for each platform controlled by the NMAA and no sport-specific accounts will be created or used to promote our events.

To protect yourself and your fans from these fake accounts, please verify you are only sharing/posting/retweeting information from our official accounts. The links in our posts AND the link on our profile/bio will ONLY link to the NFHS. If you come across a fake account, please report it by following the platform-specific instructions below.

For Twitter:

1.Open the profile you’d like to report.

2.Select the three dot icon

3.Select Report and then select the type of issue you’d like to report.

For Facebook:

1.Go to the impersonating profile or Page

2.Click the three dot icon below the cover photo.

3.If you're reporting a Page, select Find Support or Report Page. If you're reporting a profile, select Find Support or Report Profile.

4.Follow the on-screen instructions for impersonation to file a report.

For Instagram:

1.Go to the impersonating profile

2.Click the three dot icon to the right of the page and select Report

3.SelectReport Account and follow the on-screen directions to file a report.

We appreciate your support and patience as we continue to take aggressive steps to protect our community from scammers.

PSA: Announcement from Special Education Department

Deming Public Schools offers evaluations to parents who have concerns about their children’s developmental, academic, or behavioral  progress for children ages 3 to 21. Children who reside in Deming, Columbus, and Luna County may be referred for testing and consideration for Special Education Services. This includes children who are: homeless, homeschooled, wards of the state, children placed in facilities, or children in private and public schools. If you feel your child might be a child with a disability and in need of services, please contact the Deming Public Schools Special Education Department at 575-546-0427.

PSA: Announcement from Athletic and Activities Department

For the safety of our community and our fans, no backpacks or oversized bags will be permitted at any Deming Public School Athletic Events. Purses of reasonable size will be allowed. Anyone with a backpack or oversized bag will be asked to return the bag to their vehicle.

Tickets for all events held at any Deming Public School Facility are only sold digitally through GoFan.co, no cash will be accepted for entrance. Tickets can be purchased by searching Deming High School or Red Mountain Middle School on the GoFan.co website. We highly recommend purchasing tickets before arriving at any event.

QR codes will be available at the entrance of all venues, for fans who have not purchased tickets prior to an event. Once arriving, tickets will be shown and redeemed by event staff at the door. Please do not redeem tickets prior to arriving. If a ticket is redeemed prior to arrival, the ticket is no longer valid, and a new ticket must be purchased.

No outside food or drink will be allowed in the gym. Concession stands will be open for spectators at Deming High School and Red Mountain Middle School.  For questions, please contact Deming High School Athletic Department at (575) 546-8126.

Substitutes: We Need You!

Deming Public Schools is hiring substitute teachers. “Substitutes are critical to our schools and ensure student learning can continue.” said Superintendent, Vicki Chávez “Come share your knowledge and invest in our kids!”

To apply please visit www.demingps.org and click on “Join Our Team!”.

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