Everyone's invited to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at a Civil Rights Read-Off on the steps of the Presidio County Courthouse - five hours of historic civil and human rights speeches read by you, me, and all of our friends, 10 am - 3 pm, Monday, January 16.
The National Honor Society Induction will be on Monday, October 3rd at 6:30 PM in the high school auditorium. Please come honor these students for their academic achievement and commitment to community service. Students must attend a practice session from 4 PM to 5 PM on Monday and the official event will commence at 6:30 PM. Light refreshments will be served in the library afterwards.
Students looking for a great breakfast or lunch over the summer will have to look no further than their own school cafeteria. Marfa Schools will be offering FREE breakfast and lunch to any child 18 years and younger over the summer. It doesn't matter if you're from Alpine, Valentine, or Marfa itself.
For the next few Friday mornings you will find me in a classroom at Marfa Elementary School, reading The Wind in the Willows aloud to a group of Mrs. Lujan’s second graders. I will be there because I am participating in a pilot project ginned up by Jenny Moore, the director of the Chinati Foundation, Oscar Aguero, the principal of Marfa Elementary, and Andy Peters, Marfa superintendent of schools, to introduce children from pre-kindergarten through the third grade to the joys of reading and to the wider world that books can bring them. Moore told me that she when she first proposed the program to Aguero and Peters, inspired by the few hours that she and some other parents spent reading aloud to their children’s pre-k classes at the Marfa Montessori School a few years ago, they thought 8 or 10 volunteers from the community might show up. At our first meeting with Ann Marie Nafziger, who is coordinating the program, and Adamina Morlock, the school’s literacy coach, 25 people crammed themselves into the child-sized chairs in the school library.
Odessa College and Marfa ISD are teaming up to offer dual credit courses in culinary arts at Marfa High School in the fall. Child Nutrition Director Joy Oram is currently teaching Lifetime Nutrition, a preparatory course for students to enter the program. Pictured above is vising Chef Alejandro Barrientos from OC teaching a lesson to Marfa high school students. MHS students will travel to OC in February.
Twenty Ways You Can Help Your Children Succeed At SchoolAs a parent, you are your child’s first and most important teacher. When parents and families are involved in their children’s schools, the children do better and have better feelings about going to school. In fact, many studies show that what the family does is more important to a child’s school success than how much money the family makes or how much education the parents have. There are many ways that parents can support their children’s learning at home and throughout the school year. Here are some ideas to get you started!Develop a partnership with your child’s teachers and school staff.
Texas has more than 5 million students in its public schools. That is 5 million young minds from about 5 years old to about 18 years old, and our state is attracting even more. Every year, our student population increases by about 85,000 additional students.