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Principal's Message

November 5th, 2020

Hello Cibola Parents and Students!

We know it's hard out there in remote learning land!  So, we have an opportunity for you!  November 12th and 13th will be Opportunity Days for all students!  Students, be sure to log in with your teachers over these two days to earn an opportunity to make the last 6 weeks of this semester the best it can be for you!

Click on the link below to check it out!

Opportunity Days Flyer Cibola 2020 

Cibola Students, we want you to succeed this semester, and you have just that opportunity to choose your own success with a boost of confidence from your Cibola teachers and staff!

We have a great plan, a great opportunity for you to jump in with both feet and land on your feet too with some help and effort from you too! It's doable!

Here is a list of our Cougar Counselors for you as well.  Remember our awesome counselors are here to help too!  Check out our Counseling Department! It's a one stop shop for parents and students at your fingertips! 

Cibola Counselors

Want to check out your teachers' websites?  Here you go!

Teacher Websites

Did you know that most of our teachers each possess multiple licensure credentials, more than half of our teachers have earned a masters degree or higher and nearly 40% of our teachers have been teachers with APS for over 10 years?  In addition, 27 of our teachers have dedicated more than 10 years of their teaching careers to Cibola High School students!  Just look at all this brilliance, and with you, it all comes together to create the best educational outcomes.

And, truly, your teachers, and you! are becoming technology experts too!  Wow!

You are in the best hands, so collectively, together, we can beat remote learning and take the best from it to pave the pathway to the futures we envision for ourselves!

Take good care everyone!  See you on Opportunity Days and Beyond, and hey, Coooogs, you got this!

Your Principal, Pam Meyer

October 27th, 2020

Dear Cibola Parents,

I hope you are doing well. This Dude be Nice month has been pretty awesome, and this snow...I mean wow!

Just a quick note...during remote or online learning, the remembered snow days of our past are not applicable.  Teaching and learning continues with weather not impacting the schedule in any way.  I hope you took a little time to enjoy the snow too:)

For those few students who are coming to campus after school for pre-season workouts or for NMAA sponsored clubs/programs like band, senate or choir, or for students coming to standardize test (today was our SAT Make-UP Test Day,)... on days like these the district will make the decision as to whether these events will be canceled and will post updates accordingly on the APS website. Schools will help with communication.  Today, these kind of events were canceled.

With an eye on student success during remote learning, we have consulted with students and staff members in Instructional Council and Senate to come up with ways we can better help our students. The students and teachers decided that they would like the afternoon portion of instructional schedule scheduled out by class period Tuesday through Friday. 

Teachers will alert certain students about whether they will be required to log in during this asynchronous, class period, teacher support time.  All students are invited to come into these Google meets after lunch as well to ask questions or to work quietly with the teacher nearby.

We are evaluating course workload by department to potentially adjust the student assignment workload, and we are looking at a possible way to proactively encourage students to come back to Google Meets if they have been not attending.

Students who have failed two consecutive grading periods, 1st and 2nd 6-week grading periods, for example....teachers will be reaching out to families of these students in partnership, and to work out possible workable solutions to help students to bring grades up.  The 2nd 6-week grades will be entered into Synergy on November 6th.

As you can see, we are rallying around your students to evaluate the student survey data from a district survey given during math classes last week...this data will reveal ways we can work together to meet student needs better.  We have, likewise, reviewed teacher, parent and principal survey data as well for the same purpose.

So, basically, we are trying to keep our finger on the pulse, to better measure our student engagement and progress when our students are not physically in front of us, and then to make possible adaptations based on the valuable information and input.

Next Wednesday, we will begin to use this schedule that changes nothing for Mondays, and nothing before lunch on Tuesday-Fridays, but does go a long way to make the afternoon learning time more structured and easier to navigate.  See schedule here...

New asynchronous afternoon schedule Tues-Friday by class period 

Please, as always, let me know if you have any questions, comments or concerns.

Cibola is a voting site on November 3rd.  Voting will be in the gym!  And October 31st, at Cibola High School, UNMH will host a flu shot clinic, drive through, for anyone wanting to get a flu shot conveniently and safely...9-2:30 PM.

Be warm and safe!  Every day that passes brings us closer to a solution that will help students come back to school.  Thank you for your ongoing support!

Sincerely,

Pamela Meyer

October 16th, 2020

Hello Cougar Parents and Guardians!

And students!  Please share this message with students:)

Is it Fall in New Mexico already?  If time seems to be moving this quickly, we know that we are moving toward post-pandemic times swiftly.  
We have to continue with our self-discipline, healthy choices, and our patience must be renewed almost daily too.

We are also swiftly improving in our remote learning and teaching!  What other choice is there, after all?  Our Instructional Council, and therefore, all of us are seeking to support and improve our students' experience within the remote learning model day to day!  It's early, and we will continue to adapt and thrive.  It's what we do!  Next week, during math class, students will have time to complete a quick district survey designed to gain student feedback about their remote learning experience.  We look forward to learning more from our students!

With this, we want to ask you to please encourage your student to regularly attend Google Meets, and preferably, with cameras on.  In order to earn passing grades, students must not only regularly attend Google Meets, they must also complete coursework assignments. Many students are logging in late, logging out early, and emailing teachers to stay on track with their attendance; however, these actions, in and of themselves, do not earn passing grades. Student attendance and academic success is important to stay on track for high school graduation and for best preparation for the years following high school.  Advisory class on Mondays is also important. We have planned social/emotional lessons for our students.  Please be sure your students are also taking advisory class seriously as part of their school week.

Thank you for your diligence in tandem with us to ensure high quality learning and to improve student outcomes.

Rest assured that we are building a hybrid school model plan within the context of safety to be as prepared as can be for the possibility of a return to in-person instruction at 50% when it's safe to do so.

Our first standardized exam administration, our SAT testing day, went smoothly, and we are looking forward to welcoming students for the PSAT administration on October 29th.

Students who are registered to test can also return textbooks or library books from last school year.  We have 564 textbooks and 355 library books not returned as of yet. So, we'll take baby steps to collect them slowly.  If students who are testing on October 29th, or for any other testing administration dates this school year, would like to return books, we would welcome them.  Students should put the books in a bag labeled with their name and student ID number when they return them.

We will also be scheduling a picture retake day during the first week in November.  More information will be out soon to accommodate a plan for one student per camera every 5 minutes to allow for all students to be featured in our yearbook this year:) 

It's been a great Dude Be Nice month so far with shout-outs to staff and students so far!  What a great way to show our appreciation to each other!  Coming up next, will be some kindness shown to our community.  We've gotten very innovative to maintain social distance, but still, to bring us all closer together too!

Remember that meal distribution will continue for all students who come... with Cibola distributing meals in the Junior Lot each Monday from 11-12:30 and from 4-5:30 each week.  There is more information on the APS website, aps.edu, for meal distribution on weeks with no school on Monday, and for a list of school sites engaging in meal distribution.

UNMH has partnered with APS and Cibola High School to host a drive-thru flu shot opportunity on October 31st from 9-3.  Also, Cibola will be a voting site on November 3rd, and on that day, and on Veteran's Day, November 11th, schools will be closed as well.

Happy October everyone!

We got this!

Take good care of yourselves and each other:)

Sincerely,

Mrs. Meyer

September 18th, 2020

Hello Cibola Cougars!

I hope you are keeping your head above water and keeping an optimistic attitude out there.  I miss your kids so much!  You have no idea how much I miss navigating packed hallways, wishing students a good day as they leave for the day, going into classrooms with students there, seeing our wonderful staff each day, even addressing dress code, helping to clean up lunch tables and urging students not to cut the lunch line, and I miss football, cheerleading, band, and volleyball at this time of year.

We are doing things to keep the spirit alive what with spirit weeks, funny video announcements, and an anticipated, safe and incremental return to NMAA activities, clubs and organizations with a few students here and there on campus to ease the ghost town effect. I saw volleyball students in the gym this week, at a 5:1 ratio, but still, it was downright wonderful.

We'll be together again soon.  Until then, absence makes the heart grow fonder.  Go Coogs!

We'll have Open House this next week on Wednesday, September 23rd from 6-8. Log in with your students to see your teachers.  Please join us:) Here's the schedule:

Open House Schedule 

Also, do you want to speak to a counselor or to administration during Open House?  You can do so using these codes:

Open House Codes 

Hey, do you want to have some yearbook photo fun?  Upload your fun photos using the EShare Program, hjeshare.com.

Yes, we plan an awesome yearbook for our unique 2020-2021 school year!  Do you want to order an early yearbook?  We nearly sold out last year!  Right now, the yearbooks are $65.00.  Later, they are more.  Here's the order link:  yearbookordercenter.com

Also, we are planning a safe school/yearbook picture drive thru 9/28 through 9/30 after school in 5 minute appointment formation.  Ms. Chavez will provide information soon with details.

Grades will be posted by 5 PM on September 23rd, right before Open House. You can eavesdrop :) on ParentVue.  You'll be able to schedule an individual appointment with teachers as you may need.  Teachers will let you know how to do that, if need be, during Open House.

Cibola High School anticipated welcoming 1,888 students this school year, and our enrollment, currently is 1,708 students.  We have, therefore, experienced some unprecedented reductions to staff.  The lower enrollment numbers are unprecedented because we are a large Westside school, but mostly because Cibola rocks!  It saddens my heart to have lost 180 students to other schools.  Let everyone you know, know that we can welcome more students, so when and if our students want to enroll at Cibola, they can.

We know this is a pandemic, and parents need to make school choices accordingly, but we will be recruiting parents and students back over this school year.  We want your students to be "Cougars for life," so we are here to support you in any way we can.

We will be having a Cibola Community Builders (PTO) parent meeting soon as well.  You can access the Cibola Website for information if you would like.  Of course, the meeting will be conducted via Google Meet.

I am proud to be your school principal.  Please let me know how I can help you!

Sincerely,

Pamela Meyer

September 9th, 2020

Hello Parents and Guardians,

I hope you are doing well on this unseasonably cold day.  I kind of love it!

I am pleased to let you know that we have collaborated with our Instructional Council and with our student senators to work up a new remote learning schedule that will reduce screen fatigue, will add time to Monday classes, and has an 8:15 start time too.

We will begin using the new remote learning schedule on Monday, September 14th.

The end of the first 6 weeks is September 18th, and grades will be submitted by September 23rd.  Be sure that you have a ParentVue account, so you can take a look at grades anytime.  Access the Cibola website at cibola.aps.edu for more information.  Also, check out your teachers' websites on the Cibola website too:)

Check out the new learning schedule here:

Schedule 

We are hosting a virtual Open House, Wednesday, September 23rd from 6-8 PM.  Your teachers, counselors and administrators will host live Google Meets with you.  Parents, you will have to log in with your students since only those with an APS email address (your students all have one) can log into the Google Meets with teachers.  If you'd like to Google Meet with a grade level counselor, please email the counselors ahead to schedule an appointment to keep your meet time confidential.  Parents can access Google Meets with administrators and counselors without your student or an APS email address.

We hope to have an awesome turn-out for Open House, and all from the comfort of your own home:)

Here is the Open House Schedule:

Open House 

Here are the Google Meet Codes for Administrators and Counselors:

Google Codes 

We are opening up another day for students to return instructional materials from last year that they are not using this year.  On September 15th, from 8-2, you can schedule an appointment to drop off books, uniforms, musical instruments that belong to the school and that are not in use this year.  One person in the school with a mask per appointment, please.  Enter through main entrance and go up to the library if you are returning school materials.

Here's the sign up link:

Sign Up

Okay, one last thing...Athletics...See the APS website at aps.edu for current information on the return of Volleyball, Golf and Cross Country sports/practices.  If you have any additional questions, contact our Athletic Director, Ray Rodriguez at rodriguez_ray@aps.edu.

Happy September everyone!  We are all doing great things that nobody once thought possible.  Remember that, and be patient, and take good care!

Principal Meyer

September 1st, 2020

Hello Parents and Guardians,

I hope this message finds you all healthy and keeping your wits about you in spite of it all:)

While APS schools are in an online/remote school setting right now, we are busy planning behind the scenes for when students do return to some form of in-person, face-to-face instruction.

I am asking you to participate in a quick poll to see if, when Cibola students do return to in-person instruction this school year, you want your student(s) to return physically to school or want your student(s) to remain in online learning only at Cibola?  Please let us know by clicking on this link and completing a quick survey:

Learning Survey

Also, we are planning a virtual open house on September 23rd from 6-8 PM.  You will have an opportunity to Google Meet directly with your students' teachers, ask questions, and to make connections just following our first 6 week "report cards." Stay tuned for more information!

Happy September:)

Pamela Meyer, Principal

August 21st, 2020

Hello Cibola Parents and Guardians,

I hope you are all doing well, staying safe, and making healthy adjustments to life as we now know it.  I know that the APS Board of Education's decision has left you with mixed feelings.  On the one hand, students and staff will remain safer during extended full remote/online learning.  On the other hand, students thrive on interaction with their peers, school staff, and in a routine that sends them to the familiar and supportive surroundings of school the way it's always been up to now.

Nobody is truly celebrating any decision barring a full and safe return to school.

Until then, we will continue to keep you connected to the school in multiple ways.  You have probably heard from your student's advisor by now, reaching out to build a bridge to the school, and to help you feel involved in your student's educational life.  We will continue to consistently embed social emotional learning into your students' education. We will continue to offer opportunities for students to stay engaged with teachers, counselors, and to participate in clubs and virtual social events at our school.  We know how important this connection is, and we will meet and fulfill that need.

Teachers are taking attendance to document the number of student contacts with teachers occur each week to include attending a Google Meet, turning in assignments, emailing the teacher, using Remind tools to make contact or respond to teacher and more.  We will be reaching out to families and students we have not heard from to try to pull you closer to the school if needed, and to provide support, answer questions, or just let you know we are here for you. We are taking attendance in every class, including Wednesday advisory class.

If you are having trouble making any kind of contact with our school, please let me know, and I'll route you and respond to you. We, at Cibola, are committed to excellent customer service, returning phone calls, emails and answering phones each week day from 7-3:30.

We only have 94 families left who have not completed online registration.  If you have not done this process, please click this link to online register:  Student Registration

We have handed out nearly all the Chromebooks we have.  We have just enough for distribution to those who have an August 25th appointment.  If you need a Chromebook and you do not have an appointment on August 25th, you can visit the APS Oak Street location to pick up a Chromebook.  Call 243-7885 to schedule an appointment for pick up.

We are distributing a week's worth of grab and go meals each Monday between 11-12:30 and 4-5:30 in the Junior parking lot on the Westside of campus.  You will need meal tickets and Cibola students can pick these up at Cibola.  Contact our cafeteria manager to schedule a time to pick up meal tickets, if you need them, or to ask questions about food services...Jennifer Borkowski at borkowski@aps.edu.

We are working toward providing college preparation virtual presentations and support sessions, but are a bit delayed given that we are awaiting information on exact college entrance requirements given delays/cancellation of ACT/SAT testing, and there are so many differences this school year. We want to have all the clarification you need before we present, so thank you for your patience.

Our school counselors are working hard to address school schedule change requests, and it takes some time.  We are only allowing schedule changes for students who need classes added/changed/deleted to meet graduation requirements. If your student is in an elective that he/she chose as a primary or alternative request on the pre-registration card last February or March, he/she probably will not be able to now choose a different elective.  Thank you for understanding.

When students return to school in person, Cibola will have a full online option for students/parents who do not wish to return to school in person.  We are in the planning stages for this, and we will reach out to you all when we get closer to returning in person.  Meanwhile, if you know families or students who withdrew to ECademy, a charter school, home school or a private school to avoid in-person instruction when we return to that model, students are welcome to re-enroll at Cibola.  If you would like to re-enroll at Cibola, contact our data processor at sherie.nielsen@aps.edu

We are recommending that students keep their cameras on during Google Meet for fuller engagement, better accountability, putting a face to name, and to increase socialization with peers.  Please let your teachers know if keeping your camera on is a problem and why, and your teachers will work with you.

We will be scheduling appointments soon to allow students who asked us to store last year's locker belongings to pick up their belongings, and we will schedule appointments for students to drop off last year's school materials, textbooks, uniforms, library books if you choose to do so.  This won't be a requirement, but an option, in case you want to bring school materials back to the school.

We will not be charging course fees this semester.  We will keep you posted on school fees as we progress into second semester.

Thank you for keeping informed and reading these long correspondences.

We love our Cougars!

Have a great weekend!

Pamela Meyer, Principal