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Wendy Petersen




Welcome Students and Parents!


I am very much looking forward to an interesting and productive year.  I have been teaching at Cibola since 2000, and have taught World History, Economics, AP World History, AP Government, U.S. Government, American Humanities, New Mexico History, AP Seminar and French I.  Prior to living in New Mexico, I worked in the Alief Independent School District outside Houston, teaching Social Studies.  I have a MA in Political Science and a BA in Political Science and French from Binghamton University in New York State.


It is my hope that all students will be successful in my classes.  To this end, please talk to them about the importance of regular attendance and being in class on time.  Tardies are disruptive and take time away from the other students who did arrive on time.  Poor attendance is, in my experience, the most common factor in students being unsuccessful in my classes.  When excessive, it damages the individual student through missed make-up work or instruction, and disconnection from class peers.  It affects the whole class because it makes projects and group-work more difficult to organize and execute. Other students and the instructor have to bridge the academic gaps from missed instruction.  I am usually available to help students during lunch, before and after school and during my prep, unless I have other obligations.  Students can always make an appointment to ensure I can be present.


Communication:  I communicate primarily through  This is a secure texting service, where actual phone numbers are kept private from me and students.  Instructions to join are on my website.  Parents are also welcome to sign up so they get communications about the class.  These are reserved for announcements about upcoming assignments, textbook reminders, quizzes etc.  My second preferred form of communication is email.  If you have not received an email from me within the first 3 weeks of school, please contact Cibola to make sure your information is entered accurately in our system.  My email is at  My phone extension is 897-0110 ext 40153.  Please allow at least 24 hours for a response. 


Grades can be accessed using parentVue or studentVue.  Instructions are posted on Cibola’s website.  The grades are not updated every day, as I give students opportunities in many classes to redo or make up assignments.  Thus, I will often enter assignments in batches, usually every 2 weeks.  Recent grades can be found in students’ notebooks or parents can email me for a current grade if there a concern.


For more information, please refer to the syllabus for the appropriate class posted on my website.  Feel free to contact me if you have any further questions or if you want to discuss something particular about your child.  Looking forward to a productive and successful year.




Wendy Petersen




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