THANK YOU SODA COMMUNITY FOR A GREAT FIRST WEEK BACK! SEE YOU MONDAY!
SODA Foundation awarded Facebook Community Action Grant! Congratulations to Mrs. Jennifer Nilvo for writing the application for this award! School of Dreams Academy Education Foundation: $39,737; This grant will create a STEM research hub to help provide equitable opportunities for all student populations to complete STEM research and become innovative, forward-thinking game-changers in the community. Read the News Bulletin Story Here http://www.news-bulletin.com/news/facebook-issues-local-grants/article_d6f9ac24-97c0-11eb-9ad8-936587640bed.html
Good Morning SODA Community! Reminder for parents and students coming to campus for in-person learning: Please bring your Chromebook, charger and earphones daily. Do not share your devices with another student. Please also review the parent guide for in person learning. We kindly ask you to remind your child to wear their mask, talk with them about personal space and keep them home if they are not feeling well. Students who stay home, due to not feeling well, may still log into their class virtually and not be counted absent. Feel free to call us anytime if you have questions or need additional information at 505.866.SODA (7632). Have a great day and be safe!
The following letter was sent home with students today. You may call Nurse Cynthia Sandoval at 505-866-7632 or NMDOH at (505) 827-0006, if you have questions.
Parents please remember not to send students to school sick. If your student had a fever and took medication for the fever they are not allowed in school. All students must be fever and symptom free for 24 hours un-medicated before coming to school.
This year, SODA Technology Student Association is raising money to fight cancer through Relay For Life. If you would like to support these fundraising efforts, please consider purchasing a Relay For Life shirt using this link. TSA will be given credit for funds raised & funds raised will go directly to American Cancer Society's Relay For Life. https://www.mypromomall.com/fightcancer?consid=56941950&frid=100350
SODA Governing Council Meeting This Evening (3/6/21), 7:00 pm via Zoom The Public is Welcome! Here's the link: Michael Ogas is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Governing Council Meeting Time: Apr 6, 2021 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/94241857160?pwd=NndLQjU2TGdVb1B0U0gyZnlMWjRRQT09 Meeting ID: 942 4185 7160 Passcode: 623181 One tap mobile +13462487799,,94241857160#,,,,*623181# US (Houston) +16699009128,,94241857160#,,,,*623181# US (San Jose) Dial by your location +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) Meeting ID: 942 4185 7160 Passcode: 623181 Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/aciYnLzWEA
SODA welcomes students back to in-person learning!
Good Afternoon! I'm excited to see everyone tomorrow in what's sure to be an exciting day and quite the learning experience. The link below will (hopefully) take you to a newsletter with a bunch of information on everything you need to know for tomorrow! https://bit.ly/3cOJLSW
The School Nurse is reminding all families that any student needing to take medications or needing a special diet at school must have the proper documents completed by a physician. All documents have been uploaded to the SODA website under Documents for the nurse. Please call the nurse for questions.
Good morning SODA families! Today students will learn about what it means to be a leader in our community. 6-12th grades, you will need some art supplies for one of the afternoon workshops. Have a great day!
PARENT MEETING NOTICE. WE ARE HOLDING AN INFORMATIONAL MEETING FOR PARENTS ON THURSDAY APRIL 1, 2021 AT 6:00 PM VIA ZOOM. THE MEETING IS TO DISCUSS SODA'S REENTRY PLAN FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING WHICH IS TO BEGIN THIS MONDAY 4/5/21. BELOW IS THE LINK..... Michael Ogas is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: SODA Parent/Guardian Meeting to go over Reentry Plan for April 5, 2021 Time: Apr 1, 2021 06:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/99025409048?pwd=YmZoWDAzME13dC9LU0Jwc1kzWVphQT09 Meeting ID: 990 2540 9048 Passcode: 073564 One tap mobile +13462487799,,99025409048#,,,,*073564# US (Houston) +16699009128,,99025409048#,,,,*073564# US (San Jose) Dial by your location +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) Meeting ID: 990 2540 9048 Passcode: 073564 Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/ahKYA9qRW
SODA receives Facebook Community Action Grant for 2021 for a STEM research hub! Congratulations to Mrs. Nilvo who submitted the grant application! School of Dreams Education Foundation / $39,737 This grant will create a STEM research hub to help provide equitable opportunities for all student populations to complete STEM research and become innovative, forward-thinking game-changers in the community.
SPECIAL MEETING OF SODA GOVERNING COUNCIL THIS EVENING AT 7:00 PM VIA ZOOM. THE SCHOOL'S REENTRY PLAN FOR IN-PERSON LEARNING WILL BE DISCUSSED. THE PUBLIC IS INVITED TO ATTEND. HERE IS THE LINK TO THE MEETING: Michael Ogas is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting. Topic: Special Governing Council Meeting Time: Mar 30, 2021 07:00 PM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/91362398367?pwd=Y2d6bldTR2ZPSTAySzRnNGlDZzlkZz09 Meeting ID: 913 6239 8367 Passcode: 380142 One tap mobile +12532158782,,91362398367#,,,,*380142# US (Tacoma) +13462487799,,91362398367#,,,,*380142# US (Houston) Dial by your location +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma) +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 913 6239 8367 Passcode: 380142 Find your local number: https://zoom.us/u/adCQm6yPBF
New portable air filtration systems arrived yesterday! We will have one in every classroom and office area. This is on top of the new filters we put into all of our building heating and cooling units. These new units have a MERV rating of 17 (13, or highest current units will hold, was the recommendation from the state). Preparing for a safe reopening of school on April 5th.
Congratulations to SODA TSA on their success at this year's state competition! Silviano Aguilar has the honor of being named NM TSA Student of the Year. Two SODA students have been elected to state office: Jessica Waid will serve as Secretary/Reporter and Jesse Michael Gallegos will serve as Sergeant-At-Arms. SODA also swept the awards ceremony! Winners: First Place in Career Prep: Leyla Martinez. First Place in Coding: Joel Vazquez and Andrew Pareo. First Place in Cybersecurity: Jesse Michael Gallegos. First Place in Digital Photography: Emerald Vazquez. First Place Mechanical Engineering: Diego Sais, Andrew Pareo & Joel Vazquez. First Place Middle School Tech Bowl: Elijah Rollins, Leyla Martinez & Joel Vazquez. Third Place High School Tech Bowl: Jessica Waid, Mariah Campbell & Benjamin Smith. First Place Video Game Design: Silviano Aguilar and Jessica Waid. Congratulate the students on their hard work & success. Many of them will be eligible to compete at the national level in June.
The Technology Student Association State Competition Awards Ceremony will take place on Saturday March 20th from 1pm-3pm via Zoom. Winners of the state competitions, as well as the newly elected state TSA officers will be announced. Families of our TSA team members are welcome to attend. Your child will have the link in their TSA Google Classroom.
Engineer for the Week is an afterschool STEM program that introduces historically underrepresented learners (ages 11-18) to engineering. The Spring 2021 Sprint is upon us and all learners (ages 11-18) are welcomed to join this new and exciting program designed by Facebook. In EFTW, students will build a working tech prototype and work on developing engineering solutions to issues that truly matter to them. Along the way, learners will gain valuable engineering experience and get the opportunity to connect with Facebook engineers. EFTW meetings are after school every Friday. For more information on the program or an invitation to the meetings, please email Mr. Viera (firstname.lastname@example.org).
School of Dreams Academy Enrollment Window is Now Open! This early enrollment period will end on Friday April 23, 2021. If grade level requests exceed enrollment caps we will conduct a lottery during the week of April 26th. To express your interest in enrolling your student please email us at: email@example.com. Please include your contact information, student(s) name(s), and grade(s) they will be entering. If you do not have the ability to send email, you may also call 505.866.SODA(7632) and we will take your information over the phone.
Announcement Regarding SODA Reentry March 12, 2021 Good afternoon SODA Community, I would like to summarize what happened at the Governing Council meeting on Tuesday 3/9/21. I presented the reentry plan based upon the state departments recommendation that all students have the opportunity to return to in person learning effective April 5, 2021. The Governing Council approved the plan I presented. What follows is a summary and timeframe for us to implement a safe and orderly transition for those students wishing to return to in person learning: • On March 1st I mentioned, during our weekly staff meeting, teachers were instructed to begin coming into their classrooms to get them ready for the fire marshal’s inspection which is to occur on March 19, 2021. This inspection is to certify that our school meets the COVID safe guidelines as mandated by the NM Public Education Department and the NM Department of Health. This was approved by our Governing Council as part of the overall reentry proposal. • The Governing Council also approved allowing us to begin bringing in students, both individual and small groups, beginning the week of March 22, 2021. These students have been identified as needing special assistance in order to help them get ready for reentry on March 29th. Mrs. Nelson, our school social worker, is working with staff and families. Contact her if you have concerns of students who might need this kind of assistance. She can be reached at 505.866.7632 • The Governing Council also affirmed the public education department’s expectation stating that teachers are cleared to return to their classrooms to provide instruction. The state has ramped up COVID vaccinations, moving teachers and educators to the front of the line to get their shots. With that and schools implementing recommended COVID safe practices and protocols, the state feels comfortable in telling districts that their teachers need to return for in person teaching in the classroom by April 5, 2021. • To begin this process of returning to in person learning the Governing Council also approved that all staff are expected to begin teaching out of their classrooms on March 29, 2021 (still virtual during this week). This is being done so that teachers can use this week to become comfortable with their classroom environment and how teaching and live streaming their classes simultaneously will occur. • To fully comply, with this new state directive, the Governing Council approved the recommendation that in person classroom instruction will begin for all students, whose parents have opted for “in person” on April 5, 2021. Keep in mind the state is allowing parents the option of keeping their children home to receive virtual instruction for the remainder of the year if they so choose. This means teachers will be teaching out their classrooms and will also be live streaming classes so that students will be able to logon virtually and receive the same instruction as those students in the classroom. This is something we have been planning for since last March when this pandemic arose that our goal was to offer in person and virtual live stream instruction at the same time. • Beginning the week of March 22nd , we will be holding a number of trainings, for our staff, on our COVID safe protocols that are being developed based on the state’s recommended protocols and guidance documents. All this as we plan for a safe and successful reentry for our students and staff. • More details, such as start and end times for elementary, preschool, and secondary, will be forthcoming. We will be on spring break the week of March 15th. If you have any questions, feel free to message us on FB or leave a voice message at 505.866.7632.We will get back to you as soon as possible. Respectully, Mr. Ogas