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We welcome all parents and community members to our school. If you have any concern please contact us
School Liaison: Elsie Watson
Phone number:505 721 4800
ewatson@gmcs.k12.nm.us

Attendance Secretary: Elsie Manuelito
Phone number: 505 721 4817
emanuel1@gmcs.k12.nm.us

Principal: Craig R. Robinson
Phone number 505 721 4803
crobinso@gmcs.k12.nm.us

 Click here for contact information for other teachers and staff

Yá'át'ééhfrom the Principal

Greetings,
The recent parent meeting between key staff and Senior Parents has raised some questions. I am taking this opportunity to answer those questions here:

The New Mexico Standards Based Assessment (NMSBA)it is a requirement for graduation how did my student score?
Scores were passed out at the Senior parent meeting. Parents who want to pick up their scores can see Mr. Pacheco for their students results, or the parent can check powerschool from this site (login is the student ID number, the password is the date of birth of the student in this format MMDDYYYY.

Retakes for the NMSBA will start on September 15th, how can my student study? 
The link below has some handy study materials collected by the Las Cruces schools:

http://lcps.k12.nm.us/departments/instruction/aar/testing-resources/

Who sets the NMSBA retake dates?
Neither Tohatchi High School nor the Gallup-McKinley County Schools sets the test dates for NMSBA. The NM Public Education Department does. Furthermore Tohatchi High School does not print the NMSBA results. Electronically they were available to schools on the 1st of August. The paper form of the results was released to us earlier, and these are printed by the NM Public Education Department and delivered to the school district. The dates for retakes are as follows:

Monday, September 15 – Reading 1 and Reading 2
Tuesday, September 16 – Math 1 and Math 2
Wednesday, September 17 – Math 3 and Science 1
Thursday, September 18 – Science 2 and Science 3

Seniors will only have to take the tests they have not ever passed- Mr. Pacheco monitors this makes sure Seniors take the test they are in need of taking.

Isn't there a new test for this year's Juniors?
There is. Testing of our students and the turn around of the scores is something the NM Public Education Department mandates to the schools. The NM Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (NM PARCC) will be the test 11th graders will need to pass this year to graduate in 2016. I am including the website address for NM PARCC for your information. This will be a new test with two testing windows 31 MAR- 18 APR which will be part I of the test and 05MAY- 30 MAY which will be part II of the test. The test will not take up every one of those days but that is the window we will have to test our 11th graders this year. I do not know, and could not find out through looking at the website how fast we will have results back from this test. The test will be taken all online, and that will require the school to use its computer laboratories and the library to insure all students are tested within the window. We are taking other assessments online throughout the year to assess how students are progressing in their grade level learning; those tests like the PARCC are online. This test is new and measures the students ability to meet the New Mexico Common Core Standards which are by far more comprehensive and in essence more difficult to master than the previous New Mexico State Standards. These standards (Common Core as it is commonly known) have been in place since 10OCT10. Not all subject matters notably science and social studies are covered by the NM Common Core standards- those standards are still being developed and “rolled out.”

NM PARCC website:

http://www.parcconline.org/new-mexico


Practice tests for the PARCC are available here:

http://practice.parcc.testnav.com/#

What about registering for the ACT?
Mr. Nez has been getting students registered for the ACT today (02SEP14). In fact all students taking the ACT were registered with him in the library so as to make sure that they were able to take advantage of the fee exemption. There are many books available from the library as study guides to the ACT. If not available due to demand in our library, any public library has many resources available. Using the internet is a valid source for studying for the ACT. Not having access is detrimental to having the latest information about the test and having a wide variety of study materials available. That is why we keep ACT study guides available at our library.

Our library is available before school and after school, and at lunch. Computers with printers are available for printing ACT test preparation questions.

I will be adding more questions as they come in. I am hoping this gives you an insight into the life of your student and the testing administration that the school faces.

Sincerely,

Craig R. Robinson

Daily Announcements

 Bus Times and Numbers
All information on busing can be obtained from the Tohatchi Bus Barn
505 733 2579 or 505 721 4791

NMEC COLLEGE DAY
25+ Colleges and Universities are registered to attend
Tuesday, October 7th at Gallup High School
9:00-10:30 am

Register to attend:
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Directions

From I-40
Take exit 20
Take US 491 N  (drive about 23.7 miles)
Turn left onto Cougar Lane (drive about 0.3 miles)

Homecoming
10/31

Fall Break
10/ 9-10


click here 
to practice for the PARCC



ACT Test
 
REGISTER HERE



Date:
Saturday, October 25, 2014

Registration Deadline September 19
Location: the1000 building
 For more Information contact Mr. Pacheco or Mr. Nez
You MUST bring a pencil, an official ID and your registration document.


PRACTICE FOR THE TEST

ACT QUESTION OF THE DAY

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Today, 9/30/2014
High: 73 Low: 40
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Tomorrow, 10/1/2014
High: 75 Low: 39
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Mon, Sep 29 - Tue, Oct 7
TLI
Testing math and Language Arts classes
Tuesday, September 30
Volleyball
ABC vs. Navajo Prep HOME
4:00 PM
Thursday, October 2
Picture Day
Retakes
Volleyball
ABC vs. Crownpoint AWAY
4:00 PM
Friday, October 3
Football
AWAY vs. Wingate
7:00 PM

Graduation Requirements Presentation
The presentation given to senior parents is below. It is in movie and powerpoint format. This presentation applies only for the graduation class of 2015.
Graduation Requirements2015.pptx
Graduation Requirements2015.pptx
PARENTS MAKE A DIFFERENCE

SEPTEMBER 27th

Buses will run beginning @ 7:30 AM.  Transportation will be provided to and from the school.

Please join us to learn how YOU can create a path to success for your child.  There will be parent engagement sessions on how to support your student for success at school and at home. 

FREE childcare will be available along with breakfast, lunch and DOOR PRIZES!

Vision Statement

Tohatchi High School provides a safe and effective learning environment, 
capable of enabling its graduates to attend the best post-secondary learning institutions.

Mission Statement

All THS students will be able to demonstrate proficiency or better on standardized tests in: math, reading, writing, science, and social studies. THS will provide learning that meets the needs of each student to attain their post-secondary life goals.