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Our Principal, Peggy Candelaria, Awarded the Community Schools Educator Leadership Award!


Peggy Candelaria of Manzano Mesa Elementary School will be honored during the national Community Schools Conference in Albuquerque April 6-8.

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March 15, 2016

Manzano Mesa Elementary Principal Peggy Candelaria will receive the Community Schools Educator Leadership Award at a national conference to be held April 6-8 at the Albuquerque Convention Center. 

 “Your school has been an example to others across Albuquerque and in fact across the country. You have created a strong Community Schools Council that supports your school and the broader community,” said Martin Blank, Director of Coalition for Community Schools.  “You have been innovative and successful.”

Candelaria began the nation’s first Homework Diner, where families gathered once a week for a homestyle meal followed by homework time. English- and Spanish-speaking tutors are available to help parents and guardians tackle the homework with their students. It’s an effective way to bring educators and families together, to create a sense of community and provide support that might not be available otherwise.

Community organizations that provide financial support for the APS Homework Diner include the ABC Community School Partnership, CNM, the City of Albuquerque and the Roadrunner Food Bank. New Mexico PBS provides iPads for the Homework Diner, student volunteer chefs from area high schools give their time as well as volunteers from Kirtland Air Force Base.

Candelaria will receive her award at a reception during the conference.

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Link to more>>> District 3 News

What Are Community Schools Video!



What does it mean to be a Community School?

A community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between school and other community resources. Its integrated focus on academics, health, and social services, youth and community development and community engagement leads to improved student learning, stronger families and healthier communities.  Schools become centers of the community and are open to everyone.

Why do we need Community Schools?

We need community schools because all our children regardless of their economic, racial, or family circumstances deserve access to quality education, family support, and community engagement.

What is the difference between a Community School and a regular school?

Community Schools like Manzano Mesa Elementary School offer integrated services to the students and their families.

Services include:

     * Adult Education                           * After School Programs

     * Community Development            * Community Engagement

     * Early Childhood Services            * Family Involvement

     * Family Support                            * Mental Health Supports

     * Physical Health                           * Youth Development

District Recruiting Substitutes!

If you are interested in being a substitute for the district, please see the attached flyer!



Substitute Flyer>>>sub recruitment flyer.pdf



We are looking for mentors for our mentor program!  If interested, please see the flyer linked below:



Programs Offered At School!

Please visit our clubs and activities links to see programs offered at school.  We offer a variety of after school programs as well as programs during the day.  You can click any of the links below to travel to a desired page or click the CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES tab at the top of the page.





Our 2016 National Community School Forum Participants!

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