The Trojan - Wagon Mound Public Schools


The Trojan - Wagon Mound Public Schools
‘The Trojan’
Volume 90 Issue 4
Superintendent’s News
The school district recently installed surveillance
cameras in different places throughout the
campus. These cameras will help provide
security, and curtail ill doings from people that
are looking for opportunities to create extra
expenses or damage to the school district and
cause a financial burden to our community tax
As I part ways and begins my life as a
former/retired educator I would like to extend
my gratitude to all my former and present board
members who have provided me with the
opportunity to serve the students , parents
,community , and staff from this great school
I would like to start by welcoming Mrs. Sheryl
McNellis Martinez who was hired recently as
the new Superintendent/Principal for the Wagon
Mound Schools. She will begin leading the
district July 1st. Mrs. NcNellis Martinez has
worked for the district before and my hope is
that she will bring her A game to the district and
serve the district to the best of her ability. A
welcome also for Mrs. Tammie Avent who was
appointed to serve in the vacant board member
position #3. She will serve for two years until
the next scheduled board election. Mrs. Avent is
the parent of Maisen a fifth grade student at
I have truly enjoyed the 34 years I have served
in different capacities of education. The years I
have served in Wagon Mound have been very
gratifying and I will always cherish the
experiences and memories made here.
It is my wish that I have served you well and
that I left a better school district than the one I
first started with 14 years ago. May you continue
to experience success and prosper in every way
Counseling News
END OF COURSE EXAMS – Graduation Requirement
The instructors in reading, math,
Biology, and social studies and the
Counseling Office will be very busy in May
testing with the End-of-Course exams in
Language Arts Reading and Writing, Algebra
I, Biology, and U.S. History and N.M. History
students are doing very well in the areas of
reading, writing, U.S. History, and Biology.
DISCOVERY testing will be
administered the first week of May.
Students in grades two through ten are
traditionally tested in reading and
In the spring testing
Mathematics, whether Algebra II, Algebra I,
or Alternative Demonstration of Competency
Math, still elude one or two students per
The juniors will have several
opportunities next year to pass those
EOCs that may substitute for those not
passed with the SBA or PARCC. They will
also have additional opportunities to pass the
EOC for writing and history.
students in grades four, seven, ten, and
eleven may test in science and Biology.
Results for DISCOVERY testing should
be reported to parents by the beginning
of June.
In March our students in grades three
(3) through eleven (11) completed the
first testing of the
Assessment of Readiness for College
(Performance Based Assessment).
The high school begins the second
testing of the PARCC End-of-Year
(EOY) testing on April 14.
 An End of Year (EOY) component to administered after approximately 90
percent of
of the school year to include for each student as follows:
o two (2) sessions of mathematics
ELEM./April 29, 2015
o two (2) sessions of LA/Literacy
ELEM./April 28, 2015
o approximately four hours total when averaged
The windows for administration of the PARCC EOY for the 2014-2015 school year
are as follows:
o End of Year Assessment (EOY) window: April 13 – May 8, 2015
Students continue to receive
Zia Natural Gas Scholarship –
scholarship applications as they are
NM graduate of high school in Zia
received in the
Natural Gas Co./April 28th
Counseling Office. Below are some of
Rocky Mt. Physical Therapy
the scholarships ‘passed on’ to the
Scholarship – April 30th
Northern NM Senior Golf
Association Scholarship – April 15th
Los Alamos Chapter of ASMI –
Memorial Scholarship – Mora-San
April 15th
Miguel Electric Coop./May 1st
Scholarships, continued
Information for or scholarship applications submitted to students : continued
William M Olson/Warren E. Taylor Science and Engineering Scholarships –
May 1
Hispanic Scholarship Fund –
SPARX Lorenzo Antonio Scholarships – April 30th
NM Association of School Business Officials – March 6th
Springer Electric Coop. Scholarship – February 6th
NM Federation of Republican Women – March 15th
NM Coalition of Educational Leaders – February 14th
Coca-Cola Scholarship
Los Alamos National Laboratory Scholarship – January 20th
Elks National Foundation Scholarship – December 5, 2014
Daniels Scholarship - November 17, 2014
Please note that the Counseling Office has not received scholarships for
students other than those graduating next month.
Due to illness, Mr. Reyes, a
representative of the New Mexico
Educational Assistance Foundation,
was unable to present the FAFSA
Workshop in Springer.
If you senior has not filed a
FAFSA, they are encouraged to do so
as soon as possible. Parents/students
can call the Financial Aid Offices at
Highlands University or Luna
Community College to make an
Students can also
make arrangements with the
Counseling Office, preferably after
school, to begin the process and
become eligible ASAP.
The Counseling Office sent out credit checks the in February.
Gentlepeople, please remember that ‘recovery’ classes have to retaken/recovered in a period/time that the class is offered. This can become a
problem because of the total number of State and local requirements electives
students have to successfully complete. I strongly recommend that student’s
follow the usual prescribed recommendation for the successful completion of
 Keep absences to a minimum
 Complete missed assignments in a timely manner
 Go prepared to class
Pay attention in class
Participate in class discussions, projects, groups, etc.
Complete/Turn in homework ‘one assignment at a time’
Study for tests
If you have any questions regarding those letters, please call me at 575666-3005.
Textbook Waiver
Distance Learning Fee Waiver
Access Code Waiver
$75.00 Stipend w/successful completion of
course work
College Credit
High School Credit (if needed)
IF INTERESTED PLEASE CONTACT: Kayleen R. Encinias 505-454-2567
Sophomore students will test with
the COMPASS TEST on April 22nd in order
to be eligible for
the SASI program at Luna Community
College this summer. This year’s juniors
are already eligible to
participate. If a student would like to
take more than the allowed two (2)
classes this summer, please
contact me in the Counseling Office.
Students may be reimbursed for
completed. Please speak with me if you
would like to plan for additional hours –
there are some stipulations.
Marcus Cruz is making application to attend the 2015 Boys State program in
Portales, NM.
Marcus is completing his junior year and is the son of Jaime and Georgia Cruz.
Two female students are being encouraged to participate in Girls State this
year but neither
student has committed to the program.
The Wagon Mound Scholarship Committee verified both the Valedictorian and
Salutatorian for the Class of 2015. Verification allows for the implantation of the
outline for determining valedictorian/salutatorian outlined in the student handbook.
Danny Gray was verified as the Valedictorian for the Class of 2015. Danny is
the son of
Danny and Peggy Gray of Wagon Mound. Danny is interested in pursuing a career in
Jessie Peralta was verified as the Salutatorian for the Class of 2015. Jessie is
the son of Josie Peralta and Orlando Trujillo of Ocate. Jessie has already been sworn
into the United States Marines.
Bilingual News
Diego Rivera will be representing Wagon
Mound Schools at the State Spanish Spelling
Bee on April 11th 2015. Spanish LAS
Testing will be administered April 7th until
May 7, 2015. Spanish students will be
creating dwellings of the different Spanish
Speaking Countries for their final Spanish
project. Teachers will be attending on April
22-25 NMABE State Conference in
Albuquerque. Parents interested in giving
their in-put in (9-12) adopting Spanish
textbooks please attend PAC meeting on
April 16th on call Mrs. Cruz at (575) 6663002.
BPA participants are very busy fund raising
for National competitions that will be held
in Anaheim, California, May 5-May 10,
2015. Scheduled fundraisers include: a bake
sale in Raton, enchilada Dinner in school
cafeteria, a funnel cake booth for the spring
carnival, and a money Bingo. Donations are
also being accepted. For more information
you may contact Janice Encinias at 575-6663008.
This year we have 5 students competing at
Hernandez, Kristen Herrera, Jeremiah
Martinez, and Dylan Quimby. Students will
be competing in events to include: Banking
Technology, Medical Procedures, and
Payroll Accounting. Best of Luck to you!
School Pub staff has been busy preparing the
Yearbook to submit for publication as well as
gathering articles/pictures for the March/April
Newsletter. If anyone has any news they would
School Pub is wishing everyone a Happy Easter
like to submit to school pub for publication
please email to [email protected] or
[email protected]
5th & 6th Grade News
The 1st semester of school is over and now the
fun truly begins! Our class has been working
diligently to prepare for our upcoming short
cycle assessment, the Discovery Education
Assessment. We have done plenty of review in
both Math and Language Arts in order to better
prepare ourselves for the test.
Our class would like to congratulate Isabella
Moleski for winning the District Spelling Bee!
Our class also had many others in the top 10 of
the District and Regional Spelling Bee that were
held this month. Congratulations to everyone for
a job well done! Due to inclement weather we
were not able to attend the Regional Spanish
Spelling Bee in Mora last Thursday. However,
we are looking forward to representing our
school with class and respect once the Bee is
The 5th and 6th grade class would also like to
wish the Wagon Mound Schools and community
a very Happy Valentine’s Day.
7th Grade News
On January 5th it was Carissa Duran’s 13th
birthday. February 12th it was Malaika Armijo’s
13th birthday. March 8th was Kyra Maxwell’s
13th birthday, and on March 18th it was Dominic
Armijo’s birthday. The entire 7th grade turned
13. We lost a fellow student named Kyra
Maxwell. She switched schools on us. We
recently had to do the PARCC tests. They were
easy for some of us and hard for the others. We
are also preparing for the NSBA tests for
science. We are all studying hard and hope that
we all do well on them. The school year is going
by very fast. It is going faster than it seemed
back in elementary.
8th Grade News
The 8th grade is doing the ping pong ball toss at
the spring carnival on April 30th, 2015. We are
sad because one of our classmates, Cruzito
Armijo left.
9th Grade News
We are excited for the carnival and
cannot wait for the year to end.
11th Grade News
The junior class is anxious for the end of the
school year to come. We have been doing and
will continue to do state testing. The PARCC
testing was challenging, but the class overall
believe they did a good job. SBA testing is next.
We will be testing at the end of March and the
beginning of April. Then, in the end of April and
in the beginning of May we will be testing for
the Math EOC. We think we are tested a lot, but
the class believes that it’s for the best. Other
than testing, the junior class is ready for the
Spring Carnival. The carnival will be after
spring break on April 30th. We can’t wait for the
summer to come because then we will be
considered Seniors!!! Yay, we cannot wait!!
Senior Class of “2015” News
Seniors are already with Senioritis. They
are being LAZZZY and very Honorary. The
Spring Carnival is being held on Thursday,
April 9, 2015. The Seniors will sponsor the
Bingo, Concession, Door, basketball throw,
and dart throw.
1 tablespoon butter, melted
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon table salt
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
3 large eggs
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups grated carrots
1 cup peeled and grated Granny Smith
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
Candied Carrot Curls
Brown Sugar-Cream Cheese Frosting
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Toss together first 3
ingredients; spread in a single layer in a foil- lined
pan. Bake 10 minutes or until toasted, stirring once.
2. Stir together flour and next 4 ingredients. Beat
butter and both sugars at medium speed with an
electric mixer until blended. Add oil; beat until
blended. Add eggs, 1 at a time, beating just until
3. Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternately with
buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
Stir in vanilla; fold in carrots, next 2 ingredients, and 1
cup toasted pecans. Spoon batter into 3 greased (with
shortening) and floured 9-inch round cake pans.
Carrot Cake Recipe
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
4. Bake at 350° for 23 to 28 minutes or until a wooden
pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans
on wire racks 15 minutes. Remove from pans, and
cool completely. Spread Brown Sugar-Cream Cheese
Frosting between layers and on top and sides of cake.
Top with Candied Carrot Curls and remaining toasted
Class of 2015 !!!!!!!
Class Colors:
Maroon & Black
Class Flower:
Passion Orchid
Class Motto:
“The Journey of a Thousand Miles
Begins with One Step”
The class of 2015 would like to thank our parents, faculty, and staff at WMPS
and the Community for their continued support.
“It’s been a ride, and I would like to thank everyone that helped
me along the way, especially my parents. It’s been fun, but it’s
time to move on to the next part of life.”
“Danny, We are so proud of the young man you have become
and we wish you nothing but the best. Graduation is not the end
but the beginning of life filled choices, adventures, and new
Mom and Dad
“I want to Thank my Grandpo and my Mom for
always being there for me, without them I wouldn't
be who me is today.”
“ Shannon, I want to say how proud I am of you and
I know that whatever path you take in life, you will
succeed and don’t let anyone ever tell you that you
can’t because you know who you are and what your
capable of doing, you will always be my baby…..I
Love You Very Much”
“This has been a long and fun year but now its ending and I just
want to say thank you to all my teachers and classmates who
helped me along the way and also to my mom for always being
there for me, I wish everyone after me the best of luck.”
“Elijah, I am very proud of you son. I wish you nothing but
happiness and success, you deserve it and you have earned it,
and always remember when you smile the whole world smiles
with you son. I Love you.”
“ I would like to thank my family for always being there for me. Also
everyone who has helped me along the path in which I have chosen to take. I
wish the Class of 2015 the best of Luck.”
“ Throughout the years we have seen our little boy grow up
to become a young gentleman , I have cherished our
precious memories we have shared together , but now the
time has come for Jessie to say goodbye and be on his way
to a brighter and more successful future. Congratulations
on your accomplishments. We are so proud of you. We love
you very much. “