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Click on the picture above for the Overview of the Fine Arts Education Act Program
 
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Click on the picture above for the Overview of the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program


 
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Stone fifth-graders who have been learning to read music all school year gave a concert demonstrating their talents for parents and classmates on Friday morning. Click on the picture for photo highlights.
 NDI-NM
 We had around 1500 parents, teachers and community attend the NDI-New Mexico Performance on Friday Evening.  We also had an afternoon performance crowd of around 1400.  This was our largest NDI-NM crowd in Hobbs to date!  The 4th Grade Students representing Broadmoor, College Lane, Jefferson & Taylor Elementary along with the Tiny Tots from Booker T. Washington Elementary all came together to present "Imagine the Possibilities!"  Click on the picture above for the video of the full performance.


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FAEA Winter Conference2017 FAEA Winter Meeting
Hobbs Municipal Schools was part of an amazing FAEA Winter Conference in February 2017.  A traveling mural from the 21st CCLC Center for the Arts site was on full display at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort during the event.  Click on the pictures


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Houston's Yovani Armenta gets some help from drama teacher Irene Medrano in making a mask from recycled materials to go with a suit of armor he'll wear in an upcoming production.  Drama students on Friday were getting practice making costumes in preparation for "Appetite for the Arts," an April program that will showcase talents of Houston's drama, art and science students.above for the HMS 21st CCLC presentation.


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Fifth-graders from all Hobbs elementary schools were treated to a performance on Monday by Step Crew, thanks to efforts by the Southwest Symphony to bring the group to Hobbs.

"A true champion can adapt to anything."  - Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

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 oce 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 Mayweather-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 “Whats 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 dads 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 havent 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.



Mayweather quote from: https://www.brainyquote.com/search_results.html?q=champions+adapt 

 





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Broadmoor kindergartners entertained parents with some of their favorite Christmas songs on Wednesday.
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Hobbs third-graders were at Tydings Auditorium on Friday morning where they enjoyed music and dancers performing a Marachi Christmas.


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Stone students  who are members of the Fine Arts Education Act after-school drama class put on a display of their skills for classmates and parents on Tuesday afternoon in the play, Mixed Up Fairy Tales. 


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We had hundreds of students, parents, teachers and community attend another FAEA Event G-Squared Performance on Friday.  The students at Broadmoor Elementary 5th Grade Class came together to present a play.  Click on the above picture for the full performance.

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Emily Stuard was one of several College Lane fifth-graders who had solo parts in Friday morning's performance of Seussical. Several other elementary schools also gave musical performances for their parents over the past two days as part of American Education Week activities.
Click on the photo for highlights.

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Sanger second-graders sang about how to be a friend rather than a bully on Tuesday. In addition to Sanger, students from Stone, Will Rogers, Mills, Southern Heights and Murray Elementary School have given performances during the first two days of American Education Week.
Click on the photo for highlights.

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Yaritza Romero Martinez portrayed the Statue of Liberty during Stone Elementary School's American Education Week performance on Monday. AEW performances continue at all HMS schools throughout the week.
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Heizer Middle School students  (including Jesus Gonzalez), enjoyed a one-person concert performed on Wednesday morning by Jennifer Batten, lead guitarist for three of Michael Jackson's World Tours. Batten's connection to Hobbs is music teacher Arnold Cardon, who received guitar lessons from Batten and invited her to town to share her talent and stories with Heizer, HHS and Southern Heights students. Cardon and Batten will perform a free concert at 7 p.m. Thursday at Tydings Auditorium.



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Stone and Mills fourth-graders were on stage Friday giving a display of new skills learned during a National Dance Institute Residency at their schools. Click on the picture for photo highlights.


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Hobbs fourth-graders got a chance to hear and handle musical instruments prior to Tuesday morning's field trip to a Southwest Symphony concert performance at Tydings Auditorium. Musicians who shared their knowledge included Ted Hale from Phoenix (top), who demonstrated the properties of amplification with a hose, ENMU's Herman Montoya (left), who let students examine his bass clarinet and trumpet player Ben Fairfield, also from ENMU.


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We had over 600 students, parents, teachers and community attend another FAEA Event Maciolek School of Dance Performance on Friday.  The students at Stone 5th Grade Class came together to present "Another Opening Another Show".  Click on the above picture for the full performance.

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New Mexico's Youth Art Month continues in Hobbs with MCT's "Princess and the Pea". Another successful FAEA Event performed by the Stone, Murray, Broadmoor and Booker T. Washington students.

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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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Taylor fifth-graders Aleigha Muro and Mathew Garza show some of the spiffy moves they learned during a week-long dance residency conducted by Maciolek School of Dance instructors.  The students performed a musical dance program  - Another Opening, Another Show - for parents and classmates on Friday. Click on the photo for highlights.

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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.



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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.

 

NM State Fair 
Judy Abney and her husband went up to Albuquerque and hung the top 60 pieces from the Hobbs Municipal Schools at the New Mexico State Fair.  These top elementary school art work masterpieces will be back in Hobbs just in time for the Medical Arts Plaza Exhibit Reception at the end of the month.

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Hobbs students are staying busy with after-school enrichment activities - including using engineering skills to build roller coasters -  thanks to a 21st CCLC and FAEA grants 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.


 

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Southern Heights students celebrated Grandparents Day on Friday morning by serving up doughnuts and a helping of Folklorico dancing.
Click on the photo above for highlights.


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Students from Will Rogers, Coronado, Southern Heights, Edison and BTW were on stage at Tydings Auditorium Friday for this year's first National Dance Institute performance. The district's remaining elementary schools will get their chance to perform with the Santa Fe company later in the school year.  Click on the picture above for photo highlights.



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“We read to know we are not alone.”

- C.S. Lewis 

 

In Mrs. Hartly’s 2nd Grade Class, I routinely sat at my desk diligently getting my school work done so I could get to the “enrichment” activity which was usually a blank box in the middle of an 8 1/2 X11 worksheet.  This was where I could draw about what we were learning about that day.  I always enjoyed trying to draw from the illustrations of the books we were reading.  The lined sketches from Dr. Seuss were some of my favorite picture references.  I could identify each line in the picture and accurately draw it on my paper. 

One day our class was reading a Dr. Seuss book called “The Snitches”.  This was a story where half the Sneetches had a green star on their belly and half of them did not.  They both thought their group was superior to the other and even constructed a “Star-On” and later a “Star-Off” machine just to remain different.  In the end, they realized that it did not matter if they had a green star on their belly or not; they were all equal.  Looking back, Mrs. Hartly could have preached to us for many days about equality and tolerance; but there was something about an collection of words and pictures that made a lasting impression more than 30 years later. 

As I entered middle school and high school, my photographic memory sharpened from sketching many hours a day for many years.  I could even memorize an entire score of music on the piano.  However, I had trouble sight reading music and I was assigned books which began to have less and less pictures in them.  Reading was a chore because we later learned, I was a slow reader.  Reading slowly was like watching a movie in slow motion... it was boring.  This was in a time before the world-wide web, so my parents purchased an old-school floppy disk with a reading exercise on it.  We inserted it into our family’s beige IBM PC at home and I practiced following a dot, then a word, then a sentence from left to right everyday until my eyes gained speed enough to read at a comfortable pace. 

Reading at a normal speed allowed me to picked up Michael Shaara’s novel about Gettysburg.  It allowed me to camp out on the high rocks of Little Round Top and follow a school teacher from Maine, Joshua Chamberlain, down the hill with nothing but bayonets and swords and help save the Union.  This story taught me that whatever problems in life, there was someone on a muggy hightop in Pennsylvania with no ammunition left and he figured it out.  We all have challenges in different ways and in the words of C.S. Lewis, we are not alone. 

Hannah and Carmen and their team from NDI-New Mexico brought this joy of reading to Hobbs, New Mexico this week.  They taught that reading a story well told mixed with the “Core Four” of working hard, doing your best, never giving up and staying healthy will help these students strive for a life of excellence.  Some students might even become a professional writer or artist when they grow up and share their story with the world. 

It is the writers and artists that shape the culture of a school and a community.  They are the true leaders behind every generation for good or ill.  The good ones continue to guide us out of the dark times into the next renaissance.  They bring us out of the shadows of our current circumstances and remind us to imagine the possibilities... 

 



 

Thank you for supporting the arts and kids. 

Tyson Ledgerwood

Elementary Fine Arts Coordinator 

Hobbs Municipal Schools 


C.S. Lewis Quote from: http://www.goodreads.com

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Photo by SPUR TV Film Crew  

 


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 NM Youth Art Month
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 Medical Arts Plaza Art Exhibit
21st Century Mission Moment
 
On a perfect summer’s day in 1998, in my last semester as a college student, I hiked through the five small towns on the Italian Rivera - Cinque Terre.  I painted watercolor sketches on the pebble beach overlooking the deep blue water.  I ate pesto over linguini for the first time around the table with my fellow travelers.  As the sun set, I climbed on the volcanic rocks in the evening and watched the stars-cape come into focus over the Ligurian Sea.  It was the end of my college days and the dawn of a new millennium.  I couldn’t wait  to start my career and for the 21st Century to begin.  As the summer ended and I entered the real world as an art teacher, I did not realize how much I would miss that perfect summer’s day of a bygone millennia.

Since I began my career as an art teacher, arts education has always been about equal opportunity.  Fine Arts has historically been part of the hidden world of the upper class while Arts Education has been the counter-force which shatters those cultural barriers.  While all students benefit from arts education, it uniquely speaks to students lost in the cracks.  The high energy student who drives her teacher and parents crazy or the daydreaming student who is disengaged from the traditional learning environment which is too slow for his fast paced brain.  Visual and performing arts classes have been a refuge for these types of students in the 21st Century.  This is the mission of arts education.  

Here is the 2016-2017 overview for the Fine Arts Education Act Program:  http://bit.ly/2abElTY  

Our new educational initiative including the Arts and STEM programming is call the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program (21st CCLC).  This 21st CCLC Program focuses on high risk students on the verge of being lost in the cracks  of poverty or who struggle with academics.  This project involves teachers, local artists, scientists, and other community folks all totaling over 100 stakeholders in the project.

Here is the 2016-2017 overview for the 21st CCLC Program:  http://bit.ly/29HEBqr

This 21st CCLC is a massive undertaking.  It is truly a project which will require one community working together with the schools.  After seventeen years into 21st Century, we are learning that we were not meant to go into our corners to think about ourselves all day…  We need to be part of a community.  We were meant to be around the table with our fellow travelers… and sometimes we were meant to get up from the table and work towards big plans together like the greater good.  This is the Mission Moment of our new 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program in Hobbs, New Mexico.


Tyson Ledgerwood
Elementary Fine Arts Coordinator
Hobbs Municipal Schools


FA Advisory  FA Advisory

The Fine Arts Advisory Committee for Hobbs Municipal Schools met in May for their annual meeting.  They answered two survey questions about what constitutes a quality fine arts teacher and where do they see Hobbs Municipal Schools' Fine Arts Program in 2020.  Their answers are in the word clouds above. 
  

 

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KZOR Media Meeting


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.



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Murray Kindergartner A'mylie Garcia is all smiles aftering winning a ribbon in the HMS District-wide Art Show. Hundreds of students whose creations were chosen for display at the Center for the Arts were on hand for a reception on Saturday afternoon. For highlights, click on the photo. The display will remain in place through June 4.

People's Choice Winners

People Choice Awards
Kindergarten - Saylor Callaway - College Lane
 
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1st Grade - Aiyanna Mauck - College Lane
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2nd Grade - Katalina Autry - Will Rogers
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3rd Grade - Jacob Quiroz - Murray

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4th Grade - Tripten Roberts - College Lane

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5th Grade - Kaleigh Tarin - Coronado



2016 Art Show

2016 District Wide Art Show

2016 Art Fair
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There will be an Art Reception at the Lea Regional Medical Center's Medical Arts Plaza. Click on the picture above for highlights.




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 Take a look at some classic NDI-New Mexico clips from years past performed by Hobbs Municipal SchoolsElementary Students by clicking on the picture below.

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Click on the Sunflower Picture above for thefull length video of the NDI-NM eveningperformance.

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Click on the Dancer Picture above for the fulllength video of the Broadway Bound! eveningperformance.

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Music  Art 

Here are some highlights of the talented staff at Hobbs Municipal Schools whose job is to teach Art and Music Instructionto the elementary schools.  



Program Overviews

R & J

2009-2012 
BTW

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Performance Part 1

2013-2014
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2014-2015
1st Grade

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2015-2016 
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2014-2015
Performance Part 1

2013-2014 
 BTW

2012-2013 
 R & J

2009-2010






The 4th Gradestudentsfrom Coronado,Edison, Southern Heights andWill Rogers Elementary and theTiny Tots from Booker T.Washington Elementary did anoutstanding job on Fridayafternoon attheir performance of "Rollin' on theRio!" .  Click on the picture aboveto view the afternoon performance.
The 4th Gradestudentsfrom Coronado,Edison, Southern Heights andWill Rogers Elementary and theTiny Tots from Booker T.Washington Elementary did anoutstanding job on Fridayafternoon attheir performance of "Rollin' on theRio!" .  Click on the picture aboveto view the afternoon performance.




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