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By Kirk Carpenter
Aztec Municipal Schools 


Another School Year in the Books


I want to start this article off by saying “Thank you!” Thank you to our great staff for another successful school year. I would also like to thank the parents, our community, our business partners and our educational partners, because without their collaboration we cannot succeed. Education is more complicated than ever before, and our students demand and deserve more from us than ever before, and that is okay. We also know that it does take a village to raise them. Together we can provide for them and ensure that we continue to improve and create success and prepare them for their future so they can provide for ours and this year was another example of that, so again THANK YOU!

We had many success stories this year, from kindergarten to our senior class. Over 180 seniors have reached the starting line of new beginnings by receiving their diploma and will embark on college, careers and many will honor our country by protecting it in one of the armed forces.

We saw some state championships come our way as well. Our high school Student Council again was the Platinum Student Council of the Year for the state of New Mexico. We had individual state champions in other sports as well and we finished the year with a team trophy for the second time in the 2000’s in state softball. Even more impressive than the sporting accomplishments is that our senior class this year was awarded over two million dollars in scholarships. There are many other accomplishments that we could report on and some that I have failed to mention, but the bottom line is that we are proud of our students and want you to know that there are great things happening in the halls, the classrooms and on the courts and fields of Aztec Municipal School District.

Another great highlight of the year is a tradition we started last school year and that is our Senior Walk. This all started as a result of a text message I received from Ms. Kimberly Thornton, one of our high school counselors. She sent me a video from another high school from Texas that had its seniors in full cap and gown go walk through the halls of the elementary and middle schools. While walking through the hallways the students of those schools would line-up, along with the teachers and other staff, and give all the graduates high fives. When she sent it, I watched the video and sent her a message and said “let’s make this happen” and we did. This is one of my favorite days all year as well, to see the future graduates give the actual graduates high-fives. In addition, many of the graduates former teachers get to see them all grown up. For the younger students it gives them a goal to get to be in the cap and gown, and for the graduate, it gives them their day to shine. The formers teachers also get the opportunity to be thanked with the occasional hug that happens from former student, and the students get to walk the halls they once occupied. It is a win-win for everyone.

As we plan for next school year, we will see some new and exciting changes. Vista Nueva and Aztec High School will both change schedules next school year. Vista will return to a block schedule and Aztec High School will move to a seven period day. Another big change is that Sophomores will now join the Freshmen on campus for lunch. These schedule changes are to create more opportunity for students as they move to more career offerings at each site and for Aztec High School it will alleviate some of the pressure for students to meet graduation requirements. At both high schools there will be the ability to offer more elective classes and this will be a positive move for students as well. Some things will change and some things will stay the same, not because it is easy to do, but because they are effective and the right things for our student and our staff.

As the summer gets started please watch out for all of our students and enjoy family and friends.


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