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11th Annual Luna County Literacy Showcase Collaboration between Deming Public Schools and the Gila Reading Council

For the past eleven years the Luna County Literacy Showcase has been encouraging students in Pre-Kindergarten through Sixth Grade to get involved in the writing process, discover the world of telling stories, and to express themselves through words and pictures. Harriet Juricich, who has been with the showcase since the beginning, said “Our goal is to inspire children to read and write. Inspiration and passion for literacy is evident in the original stories and poems written by the students of Deming Public Schools.”

Students submit stories and poems to teachers, and then through a selection process the best of those submissions are submitted to the district for publication. Categories for the submissions include poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and graphic fiction. Student work books are put together by the district and then printed with the local support of the Southwest Regional Education Cooperative. The showcase celebrates “published authors” right here in Deming Public Schools and Luna County. Students may purchase copies of their school’s book for $10 each.

This year’s showcase speaker is Sue Young, an award-winning singer, songwriter, and storyteller. Young shares bilingual stories and songs with children and families in schools and libraries throughout the U.S. Her Folk/American duo, Young and Rusty, plays clubs and concerts venues throughout Texas. Young’s passion for teaching music and Spanish to children led her to a career as a children’s songwriter and storyteller. She wrote the 2009 and 2011 Texas Reading Club theme songs and puts together a show coordinated with the Collaborative Summer Reading Theme every year. Youngs 2007 CD Release, “The Legend of the Quetzal- Tales and Tunes of Latin America”, received a Parent’s Choice Silver Honor Award and a Creative Child Seal of Excellence.

Without the generosity of many local community members, organizations, and business sponsors the literacy showcase would not be possible. The showcase events will be held February 25 through 29, Young will be visiting each elementary school and Deming Intermediate School throughout the week. She will meet with the student body and tell her stories and use her musical entertainment skills to promote reading and writing.

Families are invited to attend the awards nights, to recognize students for their outstanding writing. The awards nights will be held at the Hofacket Gym, 1300 S. Iron St., doors will open at 5:00 p.m. and the showcase ceremonies will begin at 6:00 p.m. On February 25, the showcase schools will be Bell Elementary, Columbus Elementary, and Deming Intermediate School. February 27, the showcase schools will be Bataan Elementary, Chaparral Elementary, Memorial Elementary, and Ruben S. Torres Elementary.

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Announcement from the Deming Public Schools Truancy Office
At Deming Public Schools, we recognize that attendance is vital for student’s academic success. In order to achieve this goal, we need your support. We are excited to announce that parents now have the option to email their child’s excuse to the schools attendance office.
Simply go to your student’s school website and click on the email link listed. Each school’s attendance clerk will check the email daily and verify with the parent that they sent the email.
Email addresses listed below:
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En las Escuelas Públicas de Deming, reconocemos que la asistencia es vital para el éxito académico
de los estudiantes. Para lograr este objetivo, necesitamos su apoyo. Estamos encantados de anunciar que los padres ahora tienen la opción de enviar por correo electrónico la excusa de su hijo a la oficina de asistencia de la escuela.
Simplemente vaya al sitio web de la escuela de su estudiante y haga clic en el enlace de correo electrónico que se indica. El empleado de asistencia de cada escuela revisará el correo electrónico diariamente y verificará con el padre que envió el correo electrónico.
Las direcciones de correo electrónico se enumeran a continuación:
Bataan Elementary:

Bell Elementary:

Chaparral Elementary:

Columbus Elementary:

Memorial Elementary:

Ruben S. Torres Elementary:

Deming Intermediate School:

Red Mountain Middle School:

Deming High School:

Mimbres Valley High School:

Early College High School:
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