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You decide if what Ms Warniment said (MP3 attachment) and what she wrote is the same ??

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From: Warniment, Gwen, PED<[email protected]>
Date: On Wed, Mar 30, 2022 at 13:57
Subject: Fwd: RE: [External] – KTAL 101.5 FM INTERVIEW BETWEEN MEMBER TENORIO and MICHELLE GRANGER
To: CCIAWINUSA <[email protected]>,Ray Jaramillo <[email protected]>
CC: Teresa Tenorio <[email protected]>,rreynaud <[email protected]>,’Michael Potts’ <[email protected]>,[email protected] <[email protected]>,Roberto Lozano <[email protected]>,Miller-Tomlinson, Wendy <[email protected]>,Ramos, Ralph <[email protected]>,Tim Hand <[email protected]>,Michelle Granger <[email protected]>

Dear Mr. Garcia,

I agree wholeheartedly with you. Parents and caregivers are the first and finest educator. In fact, research point exactly to this, in letting us know that about 70% of what can be attributed to student success is outside of schools and either connected to home life or out-of-school support systems.

I purposefully said, “adults who matter” and not “teachers or school staff who matter” because that would not acknowledge the profundity of parents and caregivers, coaches, mentors, and others outside of the traditional school system.  That being said, excellent teachers do make significant differences in the lives of students.

In terms of your questions:

  1. Parents and caregivers always matter – there is no point in time they do not.
  2. Often, in a school system, we consider curriculum, or programs, or books, or sports, or extracurriculars to be critically important to students. They are – but in terms of research and what I know from my own anecdotal experience as a mother, aunt, educator, and friend, it is the adult associated with the sport or classroom that defines the experience.
  3. If a teacher saw that my son was struggling in high school and called me, this would be an example of an adult who matters and the beautiful intersection that can and should be found between schools and families. Both, indeed, matter – and students benefit from our collaboration in their best interest. Education provides pathways to success when we work together.

I am sorry if I was unclear and did not have the opportunity to clarify for you.  A stellar way to support parents and families instead of just individual students might be to approach programming this way in any extended or extra time the district might consider.

Best regards,

Gwen

Gwen Perea Warniment, Ph.D. | Deputy Cabinet Secretary

New Mexico Public Education Department

300 Don Gaspar Ave. | Santa Fe, NM 87501 
C: (505) 699-2059  

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From: CCIAWINUSA <[email protected]>
Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2022 1:45 PM
To: Ray Jaramillo <[email protected]>
Cc: Teresa Tenorio <[email protected]>; rreynaud <[email protected]>; ‘Michael Potts’ <[email protected]>; [email protected]; Roberto Lozano <[email protected]>; Miller-Tomlinson, Wendy <[email protected]>; Ramos, Ralph <[email protected]>; Tim Hand <[email protected]>; Warniment, Gwen, PED <[email protected]>; Michelle Granger <[email protected]>
Subject: RE: [External] – KTAL 101.5 FM INTERVIEW BETWEEN MEMBER TENORIO and MICHELLE GRANGER

Mr.  Jaramillo,

Kudos to the student that provided his opinion from a student’s perspective.  I hope my 8th grader will write and express this good when he gets to high school. Although, I am concerned about his last comment. 

These additional days would also help with my mental health in a social way

Where we are failing in communications with the board (and not challenging your community involvement or “membership” ), is what does the board expect as a result of the changes being put in place (SEL, gender, identity and racial equity policies) and dollars spent. 

 This was once again highlighted this morning in the ABJ.   https://www.abqjournal.com/2481777/nm-moves-to-focus-on-race-ethnicity-in-k12-classrooms-ex-12-conser.html#Echobox=1648022157.  

NM moves to focus on race, ethnicity in K-12 classrooms. New Mexico is the latest Democratic-led state to approve new public school standards amid a move toward more open discussion of race. As in Washington and New York, the standards require students to identify and articulate their cultural identity starting in elementary school.

If the board or the PED would  present measurable academic benchmarks/milestones that had to be met by the School administration (a X% increase in competency, etc..), I for one would be more likely to accept some of these changes.  These benchmarks would determine if the SEL, gender, identity policies are generating results.  Return on investment.  

Although I have asked repeatedly for these benchmarks, I haven’t seen them yet.  Michelle asked for them again this morning.

These would help the citizens/parents hold the board accountable for their investment while you do the same to the administration with their deliverables (or lack of).  Very simple request…..

I am hoping at least one member of the board will challenge Ms Warniment’s comments regarding people that are important and really matter. Maybe adding the importance of the familyand teachers might help some of the students mentioned in the letter you received…..

 As always, I appreciate the dialogue……and hope we can meet with you and the superintendent soon….

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On Wednesday, March 30th, 2022 at 12:02, Ray Jaramillo <[email protected]> wrote:

Good Morning Mr. Garcia.  I invite you to read an email from a CHS student that I received today (below).  This student doesn’t think our decision was “hasty and unwise”.  Like you, I might say that this student speaks for thousands of students and community members that are good with this decision. 

Dear LCPS School Board member,

I’m a student who attends Centennial High School, and I truly believe adding more days with shortened summers isn’t going to help or make students attend. A lot of students don’t attend school because they don’t  like it and have no motivation for it. A great number of students don’t attend school, not only because they don’t care, but also because their parents don’t care. For most parents and children, school is viewed as a daycare and not a learning environment. I do believe the more days that are added to the school year isn’t going to affect the amount of students who don’t already attend school. Those students wouldn’t attend school even more. . 

On the other hand, for some kids, adding more days would help. It would help not only educationally, but also mentally. When Covid hit, a lot of people’s mental health didn’t do so well, my family and I being some of those people. Going to school really helps a lot of people mentally and educationally. Of course we would still have our holiday breaks. I do think having shorter breaks scattered throughout the year would help us students and teachers to spend time with our families and still be able to get back on track with school without any obstacles. 

Personally, I believe long breaks aren’t a good thing. I speak for a lot of kids and myself when I say long breaks aren’t good for our memory. When I have a long break from school, everything I learn starts to fade away and having to get back into the routine of waking up early and doing things on time is frustrating for everyone. Having shorter breaks would not only help the students, but also the teachers and staff. Having shorter school breaks would help the student to not forget everything they have learned, and it would help teachers because they would not have to go over everything they previously taught. 

I would love to go forward with the balanced break calendar with additional days. I know that means more work for everyone, but it would help me a lot with turning in assignments and having more time to finish what I would have to do at the time. These additional days would also help with my mental health in a social way. 

I think people (you and others) often forget that when you talk about the community…this includes me!  I live in this community.  I am a parent with a student that attends LCPS.  I go to the grocery store, movies, parks, golf courses, restaurants, and many other places in the community where people share their opinions on education.  In some cases I share their opinions and sometimes I don’t.  Does that make me any “less” of a community member?

Have a wonderful day! 

Ray Jaramillo, M.S. ECEd.

LCPS Board of Education-President

[email protected]

575-621-3205

Pronouns: He/Him


From: CCIAWINUSA <[email protected]>
Sent: Wednesday, March 30, 2022 10:24:54 AM
To: Ray Jaramillo <[email protected]>; Teresa Tenorio <[email protected]>; Robert Wofford <[email protected]>; Carol Cooper <[email protected]>; Pam Cort <[email protected]>
Cc: Michelle Granger <[email protected]>; rreynaud <[email protected]>; ‘Michael Potts’ <[email protected]>; [email protected] <[email protected]>; Roberto Lozano <[email protected]>; Wendi Miller-Tomlinson <[email protected]>; Ralph Ramos <[email protected]>
Subject: [External] – KTAL 101.5 FM INTERVIEW BETWEEN MEMBER TENORIO and MICHELLE GRANGER

External Email

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Board Members 

If you didnt hear the interview, I invite you to.  This way you can hear more of the opposition to what is considered, a very hasty and unwise decision you made.  Due to the size of the file, I linked it to my drive.  If uncomfortable accessing, I am sure KTAL 101.5 FM will have it available soon. 

https://drive.protonmail.com/urls/SEE3E7PP08#4Iw0ymwliQHg

In addition you have yet to produce any measurable academic benchmarks that will be gained by giving this huge amount of money to LCPS and burdening kids with an extra 10 school days of Social and Emotional Learning (SEL).  This is something you should have demanded before writing a blank check.

I have yet to hear any of you show courage in challenging Ms. Warniment’s comment telling you and me that teachers are the important people that matter. You must believe and agree with this comment. 

Thanks to Ms Tenorio for engaging with members of the community.  I would say, Michelle speaks for thousands of very unhappy parents that are not good with your decision. 

Thank you 

​Juan D Garcia

575-449-5821

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