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Heizer students and staff turned out for a Fun Run/Walk and Community Garden Day on Saturday morning that raised money for the Renaissance program and showed off the efforts of the after-school horticulture class.  Click on the photo for highlights.

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Heizer will host a Fun Run/Walk on Saturday to raise funds for a dinner honoring Renaissance students like these. In addition, the school will also have a Nature Day to show off its community garden. Read details here. 

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Jefferson students gave a combined dance/recorder concert program at their school on Thursday. Folkoria dancers  gave a demonstration of moves they've been working on during the after-school program while fifth-grade students who have been learning about rhythm and music throughout the school year also performed.  Click on the photo for highlights.

Heizer 8th-graders Kayley Crawford and Jazmin Mendoza demonstrate the "Wind Power" project that earned them a second-place medal at a recent state Science Olympiad competition in Socorro.  The Heizer Science Olympiad team - which qualified for state for the first time in school history - was recognized at a special assembly on Monday morning.

Hobbs Country Club chef Nick Prieto was the special guest lecturer for Jefferson Elementary's 21st Century After School cooking class on Thursday. In addition to teaching students how to make healthy treats with apples and strawberries, Prieto also gave pointers on making the perfect Smores.
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The Houston and Heizer 21st CCLC Programs Traveled to Socorro last week to compete at the State Science Olympiad Competition.  The Houston Middle School Science Olympiad team (left) won third place at the state contest over the weekend while Heizer (right) - competing in its first ever state competition - nabbed 12th.  Click
here for more details on top finishers.
Jefferson students in circle with drums

Click on the photo for a look at Jefferson Elementary School's recent drum performance at the Black History Awareness Celebration held at the Center for the Arts.


efferson teacher Brittany Murray helps students involved in the school's after-school classes test their brains in a battle of Kerplunk. Jefferson expanded its 21st century grant program to 16 classes this semester and are getting students involved in activities that include - among other things -  cooking, reading, engineering, music, science, art sculpture and sewing.  Click on the Picture for the Presentation at the 2017 FAEA Winter Conference.

What’s Next?

“Champions Adapt.” - Warren Bu

 This last week on a brisk January morning in New Mexico, I walked into Taylor Elementary... one of our fastest growing 21st CCLC sites. I was researching a storage area for an inventory of supplies for their program. In the corner of the storage area on a shelf rested what looked like an old dusty IBM Selectric Typewriter. This was a machine my dad sold for IBM right out of college and long before I was born. It was a state of the art machine at the time - a typewriter on steroids so to speak. Overtime, my dad made the transition to selling mainframe systems for IBM and later for other companies. However, most of the people my dad knew who sold the IBM Selectric retired when it was replaced by the PC. These salesmen failed to adapt. I remember walking into his office and seeing an old brown IBM Selectric with the keyboard taken out and replaced by a potted plant growing inside. An ode to a by-gone era... and a Buffett-ism “Champions Adapt.”

The ability to adjust to each level of innovation creates great programs in education not overnight... but overtime. Nobody ever enjoys being part of progress, but they are necessary in big projects. These projects which grow from the “skunkworks” level and are scaled to an established size. This is where the program begins to impact large groups of students at a high level. It all depends on the stakeholders asking the right questions like “What’s Next?” Welcome to the frontier of educational leadership.

Looking at survey data, impact on student grades, and reflecting on the logistics of the program the past six months is where we begin the process of our Spring Action Plan. If we do our job, the growth of the program in the coming months and years will develop more fractal like the plant in my dad’s IBM Selectric and less like a hard template inflexible and thus incapable of growing big.

The one thing I have learned living in Hobbs, New Mexico for almost ten years is this community is incapable of doing small things. When they commit to a project, it is a big project. The 21st CCLC Program passed the 850 mark in registrations and is climbing this month. We haven’t even started the registrations for the Summer Camps yet which will be a new wave of students.

It is interesting how different yet how strong the teams are which are forming at every site around the district. This mixture of school staff and community folks has grown into something the students see as one big team who is investing in them after the last bell rings. 

More than 200 students and family members turned out for Friday night's spaghetti dinner at Taylor Elementary School - a celebration for students who are involved in the 21st Century after-school program.

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Highland Middle School students displayed skills they've learned in after-school programs for their parents during a special family event on Thursday night. Similar programs occurred simultaneously at Houston and Heizer Middle Schools on Thursday. Click on the photo for highlights.




Jefferson first-graders were joined in their Christmas music program on Thursday morning by folklorico and rhythm students from the after-school program.

The 21st CCLC students stole the show at the Fashion Show at the Center for the Arts on Friday.


On Media Meeting, Dawn Morgan sits down with the folks from The Center for the Arts and the Hobbs Schools to discuss the holiday exhibits, programs and the 21st Century Grant program and events.

KZOR Media Meeting for November and December 2016.
Jefferson students who have spent the past three months benefiting from after-school programs funded by a federal grant put on a display of what they've learned for parents on Thursday night.  Click on the picture for highlights.

Performing in a schoolwide assembly on Tuesday, Southern Heights students displayed some of the skills they've learned in after-school programs that include dancing, flute lessons and video editing instruction.  
Click on the photo
for highlights.


SPUR TV students from the 21st CCLC Southern Heights site visited the KNMJC T-Bird Radio 100.9 FM Studio this fall. This field trip was part of of connecting their studies in TV production in their out-of-school time in elementary school to a college and career track at the New Mexico Junior College.  
Click on the picture above for SPUR TV's Fall Project Portfolio.

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One of our community sub-contractors, Mick Cavanaugh, started working with the team at the 21st CCLC Center for the Arts Site.  They broke out the paint and created some mural panels they will complete by the end of the month with an "Energy Complex Theme".



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Arnold Cardon works with Will Rogers fourth-grader Hannah Crawford on how to hold her fingers for a D chord during an after-school session Thursday at the Hobbs Boys and Girls Club.  Thanks to a 21st century learning grant, elementary and middle school students from all over town are getting a chance to branch out into new areas of learning.  Click on the photo for some highlights of the elementary school programs.

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A Strong Mind...

“To be very talented in music and dance, You need a strong mind in math; A strong mind in reading; A strong mind in science. These children all have that within them. We as adults need to nurture that talent.”

- Karen Salb
Joe and Joyce Walker Award Winner 2014 Outstanding Artist of the Year

Our team of over 100 stakeholders, volunteers, staff and subcontractors are now entering our 21st day of programming in our brand new afterschool initiative in Hobbs, New Mexico call the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program (21st CCLC).

After these initial days of building a foundation of programming, it is those thoughts from one of our community’s private dance school teachers, Karen Salb, that I keep foremost in my mind. The thought behind the mission of all education... the strong mind. More importantly, in order to nurture strong minds, you first must have one.

My parents instilled in my mind growing up about the importance of 21 days and how you never have really attempted anything unless you have formed a habit of doing it. 21 days is commonly recognized as the magic amount of time to form a good or bad habit. My piano teacher, Mrs. Lee, was very adamant about us developing only good habits. One day, she sent home a large cardboard sign with big colorful block letters on it. This sign sat on an easel beside of our family’s upright Baldwin piano. It read “Practice doesn’t make perfect, perfect practice make perfect.” Mrs. Lee did not want us practicing things the wrong way away from her watchful eye. 21 years later, I can still hear my piano teacher reminding me of that lesson that transcended every music lesson.

In reflection on 21 days into the 21st CCLC program, I know we have a solid team forming and growing stronger by the day. Our team consists of high-quality instructors who are eager to nurture the young minds of students who are staying afterschool to “learn more things” in science and the arts.

This is our mission moment as we celebrate the 21st day of the new program and focus on developing these good habits and strong minds in the students during the afterschool programs and beyond. The 21st Century world is rife with hostility but also unlimited opportunity for those with strong minds.

Congratulations on your 21st Day! 

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Students from Southern Heights Elementary were on stage Saturday at the Center for the Arts during Fiesta De Septembre for a 21st CCLC Family Event.


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Students from College Lane, Jefferson, Southern Heights and Taylor were on stage Saturday at Tydings Auditorium for a Missoula Children's Theatre performance of Peter and Wendy.  Click on the photo for highlights.

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Heizer students ended their school day on Friday with an assembly featuring a mariachi band. The musical ensemble is in town for this weekend's Hispanic Heritage celebration. The festivities continue from 3-5 p.m. Saturday at Center for the Arts, 122 W. Broadway, where Southern Heights folklorico dancers will be featured.

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College Lane fifth-grader Emily Stuard won the role of Peter Pan following Monday afternoon's auditions for the Missoula Children's Theatre production of Peter and Wendy. Students from College Lane, Jefferson, Southern Heights and Taylor auditioned yesterday and now will spend the next week memorizing lines prior to Saturday's 3 p.m. performance at Tydings Auditorium. Click on the photo for tryout highlights.

Students from Coronado, Edison, Mills and Sanger were featured performers in a space-age and imaginatively-costumed version of Gulliver's Travels on Saturday. Click on the picture for photo highlights.

Hobbs students are staying busy with after-school enrichment activities - including using engineering skills to build roller coasters -  thanks to a 21st-century learning grant that teams schools with community partners. For a look at this week's wide variety of activities at four HMS schools, Expressions Dance Academy, the Hobbs Teen Center and Center for the Arts, click on the photo.

Brevin McCool launches a rocket Monday night at Houston's Middle School's football field. McCool and more than 40 other students built the rockets during the first session of an after-school program financed by a federal grant. Students at all three middle schools and most elementary schools are benefitting from the enhanced learning sessions which feature everything from art and music instruction to robotics and math.

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New Mexico's Youth Art Month continues in Hobbs with MCT's "Gulliver's Travels". Another successful 21st CCLC Family Event.  Click on the picture for the full performance.


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 Back when I thought I knew everything, I was in my first years as an art teacher at a private school in Florida.  One night, I decided to drive an hour east to see a night launch on the space coast.  I parked in Titusville across the Intracoastal Waterway from the launch site at Cape Canaveral.  There was a crowd gathering all adjusting their eyes to the darkness as they found a seat on the large rocks and set their gaze in the distance where there were small flashing lights from the launch area.  Even though we could not see that far, there were clearly people from NASA at the top of their fields of study going through their final checklists.  This event would be the first shuttle mission lead by a female commander, Eileen Collins.  Being an historical launch as well as the fact that other launch dates had been scrubbed recently made the anticipation evident. 

Then there was the launch itself.  We all heard booming in the distance as the ground shook.  Then the night sky for an instant turned to daylight from the blast.  As the shuttle disappeared into the darkness towards its mission, the sound of applause and whistles of the people of the rocks was all that was left to be heard.

In the 21st Century there are few things that really amaze us anymore.  Everything is at our finger tips.  But there is something about how a night launch could turn night to day even if if it was for a second in time that still inspires the mission in all of us.  

With our 21st Century Community Learning Center Grant (21st CCLC), we have a program launch fast approaching.  Our talented site coordinators, chosen from the top teachers in the district, have assembled some impressive teams and crafted some creative plans to make their 21st CCLC site the best in the state.  All of their hard work behind the scenes this summer was far from the notice of their students and parents.  In the middle of this down economy in the oil patch remains this dedication of these creative builders burning the midnight oil preparing for a successful launch of a brand new district-wide program.

I have no doubt this new program will have many large and small successes as a team of around 100 stakeholders who are dedicated to finding new ways to bring STEM and arts infusion into the 21st CCLC Afterschool Program.  

Before a launch there are always people watching in the distance uncertain and anxious for a successful launch, like I was... sitting there across the shore on the rocks seventeen years ago before the night launch.  Some days I wonder who we are inspiring a generation from now to find their own team of people to launch something that can bring daylight to dark times.

We look forward to a great 2016-2017 in the 21st CCLC Program.

Tyson Ledgerwood
Elementary Fine Arts Coordinator
Hobbs Municipal Schools


Youth Arts Month

Click on the picture above for an overview of the 21st CCLC Program.

Meet the 21st CCLC Professional Clerk

Carmen Zaragoza is the Secretary/Bookkeeper for the 21st Century Grant.  She is an administrative professional with over 16 years of experience, including 7 years employed by Leaco Rural Telephone Cooperative, Inc. as a Regulatory Filing Specialist in the Accounting Department.   She is currently pursuing her Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and recently earned her CompTIA Project+ Certification from the globally recognized organization.   Away from the office, she enjoys spending time with family which includes her husband, Raul, two sons, Levi and DeAngelo, and an indifferent tabby cat named KitKat.  

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KZOR Media Meeting about the 21st CCLC Program Launch

Elementary Fine Arts Coordinator Tyson Ledgerwood outlines details of a federal grant during Tuesday's school board meeting. The grant was awarded to HMS and community partners last week and will finance nearly $5 million in activities ranging from music instruction to parenting techniques over the next four years. Programs will be offered at the Hobbs Teen Center, Boys and Girls Club, Center for the Arts and HMS elementary and middle schools and will impact hundreds of students.  
Click on the picture of the presentation for the program design.

Click on the KZOR link to listen to the Media Meeting about the District Wide Art Show Exhibit Series and 21st CCLC Program Launch.

Meet the 21st CCLC Program Director

Tyson Ledgerwood has taught art for nine years in public and private schools in elementary through high school levels. His current job involves advocating and developing new and groundbreaking elementary school programs in visual art, music, theatre arts and dance.He coordinates the programming with funding created by the Fine Arts Education Act of New Mexico.

In the four and a half years Mr. Ledgerwood has been in the district, the schools have created some ground breaking programs that have caught the attention of the state and beyond.Tyson has presented frequently at the annual Public Education Department Humanities Conference in Santa Fe.He has spoken at the New Mexico Art Education Association’s Conference in Santa Fe and Riudoso and the National Art Education Association’s Conference in Seattle, New York City, San Diego, New Orleans and Chicago.Hobbs and New Mexico have received this national attention because of active arts programming in the schools; stable funding in a statute called the Fine Arts Education Act; and our program’s ability to reach out to community interests like the Southwest Symphony, Boys and Girls Club, Teen Center and the Center for the Arts and other local entities to round out our efforts and build partnerships.

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Meet the 21st CCLC Community Liaison 

Andrew Akufo has hosted and curated numerous exhibitions, including The Wesley Cochran Collection's "Works on Paper" Exhibition, "Celebrando con Contrapunto" and the New Media New Mexico Exhibition & Visionfest among others. He is the current Executive Director of the Lea County Commission for the Arts and Center for the Arts in Hobbs, NM, yet still remains very active exhibiting in numerous solo, group, and juried shows, including Afro Americana, Momentum Tulsa, GUMBO and  several others shows. Some of Andrew's executive responsibilities include the daily oversight of the Center for the Arts, program administration and development, fundraising, marketing and event coordination. His personal artwork has been featured in publications such as Persimmon Hill, Lovington LEADER, News-Sun and the Oklahoman. He also has work in permanent collections such as the National Western Heritage Cowboy Museum, Owens Arts Place Museum and the University of Central Oklahoma. Andrew has studied art in the U.S., Italy, Hungary, and Slovenia. Represented by galleries in both Oklahoma and Arizona, Andrew continues to work on his series of paintings and commission projects, yet at the same time tirelessly works to bring more notoriety and recognition to the Lea County Center for the  Arts.

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