News for 2008-2009 School Year
The Cottonwood Valley Weekly
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- June 1-11 and 15-25, 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday-Thursday:
Fine Arts Day Camp
held by CVCS teachers Mr. Nick Smallridge and Ms. Kim Berlat,
for students entering grades 5-9. Cost for each session is
$135. Please sign up by May 29. If you have any questions,
please contact Mr. Smallridge.
- May 29: Last day of school! PLEASE NOTE:
SCHOOL WILL BE DISMISSED AT 11:15 A.M. so there will be no
hot lunch. The first day of
school for CVCS next fall will be Tuesday, August 11, with a
half-day orientation for students and their families. There will
be no bus service available that day.
- May 15: Bike Safety Day! Ride your bike to school
today! Riders will compete in the Slow Poke Race and practice
defensive maneuvers. Everyone with a bike will receive a free
patch kit (an essential commodity in Socorro!) and the
opportunity to cycle down to the plaza after school to pick
up a free T-shirt at Spoke N Word.
- May 14 (rescheduled from May 7):
Core Knowledge Festival and Potluck!
5:00-7:00 p.m. Each grade will have activities and displays in
their classroom. Next year's kindergartners are invited to
visit the kindergarten classroom from 6-7 p.m.
Be sure to mark your calendar for this fun and
- May 12 (rescheduled from May 5):
CVCS Governing Council
Elections. For more information, and candidates'
campaign statements, please see the
All CVCS parents and Socorro County registered voters may
vote. Please come to the school on May 12 between 7:45 a.m.
and 5:00 p.m. to cast
your ballot. Thank you for your commitment to CVCS!
- May 8: Congratulations, kindergarten spellers! Six
CVCS students competed in the district spelling bee. Ximena
Mendez-Ortiz took first place and Javier Acosta won second!
Daisy Partey, Skyler Bunning, Radeen Moradi, and Hannah
Samuels also participated.
- April 30: Usborne Book Fair continues, 8:00-11:00 a.m.
- April 29: The Usborne Book Fair will be held in conjunction
with an ice-cream social from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at CVCS. The
book fair will be open all day starting at 8:00 a.m. Also
this evening we will have the Parent Association meeting at 7:00
p.m., featuring guest speaker Dr. Mark Samuels, CVCS parent and
professor of psychology at NMT.
- April 24: The 2009-2010 enrollment lottery will be held in
the CVCS office at 3:00 p.m. Siblings of current students who
who would like to attend next year must be in this lottery.
- April 17: Congratulations to first-grader Rafe Ackley, who
won second place at the district spelling bee for 1st-3rd grades.
Way to go CVCS spellers!
- March 16: Congratulations to Levi Elders, winner of the
Rotary Club's Third Grade Green Living Visual Arts Contest!
- February 21: Congratulations to the
CVCS "Smarties" Science Olympiad team! The team scored
in the top 10 in eleven out of 23 events, and took sixth place
overall among New Mexico middle schools!
- February 17: CVCS has a new Gardening Committee!
Committee members maintain the cold frames and do light
landscaping around the school. If you're interested, please see
the committee's Web page. Thank you to committee chairperson Debra
Shepherd for organizing this!
- February 3: Socorro District School Board elections,
and Bond Election. If this bond passes, CVCS will receive
$500,000. Let your voice be heard - VOTE on Tuesday!
- January 31: Science Olympiad regional competition in
Silver City. Congratulations to the CVCS team, who easily
took first place with 172 out of a possible 200 points and
medaling in 17 out of 20 events! Eighteen of 20 team
members earned at least one medal — outstanding job!
Thanks to all the parents who helped out with the team. They
could not have done it without you! The team is now preparing
for the State Science Olympiad, to be held here in Socorro on
February 21 at NM Tech.
leave CVCS at noon on Friday, January 30.
- January 30: Socorro County spelling bee. Congratulations
to 5th-grader Alice Zhang, who took first place! Alice will
go on to the NM state Spelling Bee on March 14. Congratulations
to all of the other classroom winners who competed: Casper
Huang (4th grade), Maggie Kerkmans (6th), Sarah Frail (7th),
and Kelly Wang (8th). Well done!
- January 29: Band concert at 7:00 p.m. Check in the office for
- Congratulations to Jenna Melanson, grade 5, for her
winning cover design for the school fundraiser cookbook!
Cookbooks will be available to buy for $10 in April. Thanks
to everyone who contributed recipes!
- January 26: Middle school good-behavior reward ski trip!
Bus leaves CVCS at 5:00 a.m.!! Students must have appropriate
clothing and supplies for the trip, per the handout.
- December 16: The annual CVCS Winter
Performance will take place at 6:00 p.m. Come enjoy
the songs and skits the students are working on! Instead of
potluck desserts, this year we ask that you bring a
non-perishable food donation for the Socorro
Storehouse. Thank you!
- December 4: Congratulations to CVCS 1st grader Changrui
Liu and 3rd grader Keya Luo, who each took second place in
their divisions at the County Declamation!
- November 19: Practice begins for the CVCS Golf Team.
To sign up, be at the NMT Golf Club at 3:30 p.m. The team
will practice Wednesdays and Fridays from 3:30-4:30 P.M. until
the end of February. Thanks to parent coaches Dennis and
- November 17: Congratulations to the CVCS declamation contest
winners: Micki Wilkinson, Daisy Partey, Eric Engler,
Keya Luo, and Cameron Waters (Humorous category); and
Joey Barber, Javier Acosta, Rose Ward, and Changrui Liu (Serious
category). These students will go on to the district
declamation contests November 20-21.
- Sunday, November 16: Annual CVCS Fall
Festival, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Everyone welcome!
Ethnic Food Bar, Cake Walk, etc. This is always a fun event,
but it takes help from the entire school community to produce
a successful Fall Festival. Please contact the office to let
them know if you can help with activities, setup, cleanup,
etc. Thank you!
- November 3: Congratulations to the CVCS
B.E.S.T. Robotics Team, who placed
5th in the robot competition in Las Cruces! A big thank
you to coach Janet Coursey, and to the other parents and mentors
who supported our team! For information on this project,
please check out our team's Web
- Thursday, October 9: Walk & Roll to School Day!
All students who participate by walking or riding a bike,
scooter, skateboard, etc. to school on Thursday morning will
receive a sticker and a prize! Appropriate safety gear
must be worn. For more details, please see
There will not be a bike rodeo after school this year, but
we hope to hold one at the Fall Festival on November 15. If
your child enjoyed last year's rodeo and would like to see it
happen again, please contact Jill in the office to let her
know if you can help organize it. Thank you!
- September 23-26: Scholastic Book Fair. This year
we will have the super-duper fair with lots more books. Stop
by before or after your child's Personal Learning Plan
meeting and you'll be sure to find something you'll enjoy!
This is a fundraiser for the school; we receive a portion of
total sales to put toward new books for our library.
- September 11: National Dance Institute performances!
CVCS 4th & 5th graders, Celebration team members, and some
teachers will participate in NDI this year. Please come see
them at the public performance at NMT Macey Center, 7:00 p.m.
- September 4: Individual picture day. Photo package payment
must be received by then in order for your child's photo to be
- August 19: Please join us for our annual Back-to-School
potluck, starting at 6:00 p.m. This is always a fun
event where families can get to know each other. This year
we will also have brief informational presentations about
the Governing Council, the school's Core Knowledge curriculum,
etc. Please bring a dish to share, and plan to have a great time!
- August 12: School starts for CVCS.
Welcome to 2008-2009!
Please note that CVCS is starting a day earlier than the other
district schools. Classes will run from 8:15 a.m. to 11:15
a.m., with no bus or hot-lunch services. There will be a special
family orientation period for about half an hour in the morning.
An alternative family orientation
session will start at 6:00 p.m. that evening, for those who
are unable to attend in the morning. All
families should plan to come to one of the orientation
- The CVCS Dress
Policy has not changed for this school year.
- August 1: The New Mexico
Public Schools Capital Outlay Committee has awarded Cottonwood
Valley Charter School $1 million to construct a new
multi-purpose building. $770,000 will be received
directly, plus a $92,000 award from the state Charter School
Fund; the remainder of the costs will be provided by CVCS as
matching funds. Many thanks to our Facilities Committee
members for their continuing hard work!
- If you haven't signed up for Smith's Earn & Learn program, please
do it soon! A percentage of your shopping spending is donated
by Smith's, at no cost to you. Our school has received more
than $15,000 in past years, which was spent on library books,
field trips, etc. You can sign up at the store
Thank you for shopping at Smith's!
- Please save all your Boxtops For Education, empty printer
toner cartridges, and soup labels for our school. These turn
into real money. You can send them with your child to the
office. Thank you!
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