White Sands Elementary Site Council
02 Mar 09
The White Sands Elementary Site Council meeting was called to order at 11:35 by Ms. Deal.
I. The Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS) – Ms. Julia Armstrong:
VMIS is a system that provides tools to manage volunteerism in the military community.
Brief Summary of Ms. Armstrong’s presentation:
• Open volunteer positions and descriptions are found on VMIS
• Individuals registered on VMIS are able to track volunteer hours, awards, and training
• 17th Mar 2009 – 11:30 – 12:30 ‐ VMIS training at ACS
• A volunteer orientation is held every Monday at ACS from 11:30 – 12:30
II. AES SPED Presentation – Ms. Deal
An AES presentation will take place 03 Mar 09 from 6pm – 8pm. The first hour will be dedicated to SPED
discussion and the second hour will be dedicated to AES discussion.
III. Counselor Plans For Deployment Groups – Ms. Gomez
Because deployment can be a difficult time for families being deployed and families that are left behind,
establishment of a deployment group is a way to support children and families through tough times of
separation. It was also recommended to get the school involved with the deployment group.
Some suggestions for the deployment group and school:
• Teachers can use maps and charts in the school to show where deployed parents were sent.
• Students can make some type of paper chain link on the fence outside the school in honor of
• There can be a fun day with families and children before parents are deployed.
It was recommended and accepted to establish a subgroup to brainstorm the deployment group and
what’s needed to get the group up and running.
IV. Parent to Parent Training – Ms. Gomez
• 10 individuals were present for the morning session
• 5 individuals were present for the evening session
V. Student to Student Training – Ms. Gomez
The Student 2 Student Initiative (S2S) meets very real transitioning student needs with:
• Immediate peer credibility
• Positive peer relationships
• Valued information
A team from a school campus, consisting of an advisor, students, and School Liaison Officer, is trained in
transition issues. The team returns to their home school to recruit and train others on methods to
support students who are relocating to or from their school. The focus is student centered, and is
student led with close supervision. (information from militarychild.org)
WSMR has been offered 1 slot (consist of 6 students) at an upcoming S2S training to be held at Ft. Bliss.
Possible dates: Apr/May time frame.
VI. Kinder Teachers – Kinder Roundup – Ms. Deal
• Families learn about kindergarten and register students for kindergarten.
• Kindergarten registration will take place at the end of the school year (Mr. Jacquez).
• Students will be given activities to show their fundamental skills.
• Opportunity to see how students deal with separation from parents.
Ms. Gomez: A kinder101 camp is offered during the last week of summer quest (camps)
VII. Pre K Program Updates – Ms. Gomez ‐ At this time no Pre K Programs are planned.
Question from the floor: Are there any financial aid available for preschool programs.
Response from Patsy: If an individual meet state requirements they could qualify for state assistance.
VIII. Updates and Information – Mr. Jacquez
• Fingerprinting. Question/Comment from the floor: When individuals contacted the security
office to see if fingerprinting could be done at WSMR they were told different stories. Mr.
Jacquez will contact Officer Wren and report back to the council.
• Drop‐Offs. Information will be painted on the area eventually to show the area can be used by
all. Even though the area is not painted, POVs (other than the school bus) currently using the
drop‐off area should not receive a traffic ticket. If individuals do receive traffic tickets please
inform Mr. Jacquez. All are reminded the drop‐off area is a “quick” drop‐off area. Quickly drop
your kids off and continue on.
• Mr. Haggerton – White Sands Missile School teacher received the 2009 Greater Las Cruces
Chamber of Commerce’s Crystal Apple Award. The award is presented each year to honor an
educator in the Las Cruces Public School District who has shown excellence in writing.
• Changes for next year – There will possibly be another 3rd grade teacher next year. There will
possibly be 2 more teachers added to middle school next year.
• More changes for next year – Development of a community outreach system to be placed in the
library. Installation of webcast stations for deployed families.
• Possible football program for next year is still being discussed. Estimated cost to run a football
program is $47,000.00.
• Onate High School ‐ Parent night will be held on 31 Mar 2009.
• Kinder Aide – No kinder aide will be hired this semester.
• AES Instructor – The request for a transfer from in town was denied. In the process of
negotiating a full time AES instructor for next school term.
• State Testing – Testing will take place 13 – 24 April 2009. There will be 6 – 8 days of testing.
Testing will take place Tue – Thur of each week.
IX. Information on additional school changes – Ms. Gomez
• In the works: Construction of 2 soccer fields and 2 basketball courts w/lights
X. Mailboxes – Ms. Benson – The boxes are ready and will be placed at the school, PX, and
XI. AR – Ms. Deal – Ms. Boraski has agreed to be the teachers AR representative. The plan is to
get the AR program up and running by next semester.
Minutes Prepared by Kathy A. McFarland‐Mason