Thursday, February 25, 2010

Mr. Leh's English Class Blogs

All weekly blogging assignments for Mr. Leh's English Classes can be found (and bookmarked) by clicking the following hyperlink:

Monday, February 22, 2010

HEH HEH HEH: Grades are DUE!!!

The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called "truth." (Dan Rather)

Atrisco Heritage Academy Owl

Knowledge comes, but wisdom lingers. (Alfred Lord Tennyson)

Friday, February 19, 2010

Paths Without Obstacles

If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere. (Frank A. Clark) Photo taken by Senor Leh at Atrisco Heritage Academy High School.

Collaboration Meeting: Guest Speaker

Randall Starling, Ph.D, Research Scientist @ CASAA, UNM, our partner regarding new federally funded web-based research project on teen-age substance abuse curriculum. This project will be spear-headed by science teacher & academy team member Val Hoose.

Sophomores: The Big Read

This is the novel we are currently readying in Senor Leh's English classes. "A Lesson Before Dying" is a story of two African-American men trying to attain their manhood in a deeply prejudiced community. Jefferson, a young man with a poor education, witnesses a fatal shooting between a white store owner and two other young black men. He is convicted of the murder of the three men and sentenced to death. During his trial, Jefferson’s defense attorney calls him a “hog,” claiming he is less than human and therefore should not be killed. Jefferson’s distraught godmother, Miss Emma, asks Grant Wiggins, the local school teacher, to “make Jefferson a man” before he dies. Over the course of the novel, Grant must find the dauntlessness within himself to face many diverse situations: a hateful white society; an indigent black community with high hopes; a pained young man convicted of murder and slated for execution; and his own reluctant feelings to shoulder the many burdens of the African-American community.

The novel has a long history of championing social justice. Fiction has the signal ability to embody social ideas in a compelling narrative that possesses both emotional and intellectual power. Ernest J. Gaines's
A Lesson Before Dying offers a painful yet inspirational tale of institutional injustice and personal redemption. It addresses the biggest theme possible-how one affirms life in the face of death. The Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to revitalize the role of literary reading in American popular culture. Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America, a 2004 NEA report, identified a critical decline in reading for pleasure among American adults. The Big Read addresses this issue by bringing communities together to read, discuss, and celebrate books and writers from American and world literature. A great book combines enlightenment with enchantment. It awakens our imagination and enlarges our humanity. It can even offer harrowing insights that somehow console and comfort us.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Mr. David Mackey

Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater. (Gail Godwin)

Third Year UNM Medical Students Visit

UNM Medical Students, Kurt Pedrotty & Jill Oldewage, visit Dream Makers Health Careers Club to discuss STD's and medical careers with the students @ Health and Social Sciences Academy today at lunchtime. Fifteen future AHA HS physicians voluntarily attended the luncheon. Karen Cox, Academy Head, and co-sponsor Jessica Villlabos sponsored today's event with free pizza for the students.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Padres: Nuestros Estudiantes Son Blogging

All of the students in Mr. Leh's English classes have been required to keep an electronic blog of their essays, writings, thoughts, poetry, social justice causes, and other academic writings. Parents have access to these blogs by logging on to Snap Grades. A blog is a type of website that is usually arranged in chronological order from the most recent ‘post’ (or entry) at the top of the main page to the older entries towards the bottom. A blog is a tool that lets you do anything from change the world to share your shopping list. Some say that blogging is the new poetry! Thus far, the students have been doing an amazing job and seem to really like the project. Thanks to the fact that Atrisco Academy High School has amazing technology and access to that technology, our students are becoming proficient in the use of technology. This is very important for entrance into college and the highly technological job market!

Todos los estudiantes en las clases de Inglés Senor Leh han sido obligados a mantener un blog electrónico de sus ensayos, escritos, pensamientos, poesía, las causas de justicia social, y otros escritos académicos. Los padres tienen acceso a estos blogs, conectándose a Snap Grados. Un blog es un tipo de sitio web que por lo general dispuestos en orden cronológico, desde el puesto más reciente "(o entrada) en la parte superior de la página principal a la antigua entradas hacia el fondo. Un blog es una herramienta que te permite hacer cualquier cosa, desde cambiar el mundo a compartir su lista de compras. Algunos dicen que el blogging es la nueva poesía! Hasta ahora, los estudiantes han estado haciendo un trabajo impresionante y parece que gusta mucho el proyecto. Gracias al hecho de que Atrisco Academy High School cuenta con la tecnología sorprendente y el acceso a esa tecnología, nuestros estudiantes son cada destreza en el uso de la tecnología. Esto es muy importante para el ingreso en la universidad y el mercado de trabajo de alta tecnología!

Students and Teachers: Seize the Day!!!

Life has no limitations, except the ones you make. (Les Brown)

Our Principal: Karen Sanchez-Griego

"This Academy lays the foundation for school-based health and wellness for this community for years to come. An objective of this academy is to give high school students the opportunity to interact with medical professionals and discuss how and why people become doctors. It is also important for students to analyze the influence of family, peers, culture and school on health behaviors." APS Press Room, October 4, 2009

Our School's Mascot: The Jaguar

Our Beautiful, New, Building

Our Academic Team

Our Mission Statement

Our Goals

Our Collaboration With UNM

Collaborative Partner's Statement

UNM Medical Students Visit Our Academy

A First-Ever Collaboration Event

Our Course Requirements

Preparations for 11th Grade in Our Academy

Preparations for 10th Grade in Our Academy

Academy Head: Karen Dz. Lucero Cox

Karen Dziurzynski Lucero Cox, is head of the Health and Social Sciences Academy at Atrisco Heritage Academy High School in Albuquerque. In addition to her work as Academy Head she also teaches history. In October 2009, Cox coordinated the first-ever Health Collaborative between a public high school and UNM’s Medical School and Health Science Center partner; it was a ground breaking 350 person event between AHA Health Academy students and UNM 3rd year Med students. This multi-disciplinary pipeline approach took the concept of professional learning community to a new level. Cox is a contributing author for the recently published New Mexico history textbook entitled “Nuevo Mexico Anthology”. She also co-authored the book’s chapter on the Atrisco Land Grant with Barbara Armijo, a journalist and fellow colleague at AHA HS. Other publications include “Freedom of Speech in the Information Age,” a secondary education lecture series and collaboration sponsored by C-Span at Georgetown University. Cox was also the 2008 winner of the Congressional James Madison Memorial Fellowship which is awarded to a promising teacher allowing further graduate study in American History and Government. She attended Ashland University’s 2009 summer program at the Ashbrook Center in Ohio and will be attending Georgetown University during the summer of 2010. Cox is a Lucero de Godoy descendant through her maternal Hispanic lineage. She grew up in Albuqerque’s South Valley and graduated from Rio Grande High School. Cox received her B.A. from Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., and her first M.A. from The University of New Mexico. She is married and has two children. Cox also enjoys teaching flamenco at Corrales Dance.

Academy Head Makes Contribution to Textbook

By Catherine Barnitz
Special to the RIo Rancho Observer

Published on Sunday, August 2, 2009 12:13 AM MDT

A Rio Rancho resident’s contribution to the first New Mexico history textbook for the high school level will be honored by Governor Bill Richardson and Public Education Secretary Veronica Garcia by adding the book to the adoption list for New Mexico History at the secondary education level. The textbook will be available to New Mexico Secondary schools this fall.

Karen Dziurzynski Lucero Cox, history teacher and head of the Health and Social Sciences Academy at Atrisco Heritage Academy High School in Albuquerque, co-authored the book’s chapter on the Atrisco Land Grant with Barbara Armijo, a journalist for the New Mexico Independent.

“Here I was teaching New Mexico history and I was asked to write a chapter for this book on something that is very important to me,” Cox said. “Now it’s going to be honored, how great!”

The book, “Nuevo Mexico Anthology,” was published by Semos Unlimited, a nonprofit organization headed by Georgia Roybal and former Lieutenant Governor Roberto Mondragón.

“We are thrilled to have our labor of love, this textbook, in print,” Roybal said.

The Atrisco Land Grant is a large tract of land in the Albuquerque area that was settled by the Spanish in the late 1500s. Since then, parts of the property have been sold and some has been taken through nefarious means. But, a bit of the original grant has been kept by descendants of the original settlers. Recently, a corporation, which has acquired the property agreed to contribute significantly to the Atrisco Heritage Foundation. The foundation, among other things, funds scholarships to people who can prove they are Atrisco heirs.

Cox believes she is an Atrisco heir; though she’s been unable to locate the paperwork, Cox says she is a Lucero de Godoy descendant.

Cox was also the 2008 winner of the Congressional James Madison Memorial Fellowship. The fellowship is worth $24,000 to be used toward the study of American History and Government. It’s awarded to a promising teacher in order to allow them further study in the subjects. She attended Ashland University’s summer master’s program at the Ashbrok Center in Ohio.

She recently attended “Freedom of Speech in the Information Age,” a lecture series and collaboration where participants create secondary education classroom lessons focusing on the subject.

Cox received her B.A. from Humboldt State University in Arcata, Calif., and her first M.A. from The University of New Mexico. She is married and her two children attend Rio Rancho Public Schools. Cox also teaches flamenco at Corrales Dance in her free time.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Sunrise at Atrisco Heritage Academy

Photo of the sunrise taken by Mr. Leh, English teacher in the Health and Social Science Academy, in the parking lot of the school, 7:00 A.M., February 16, 2010

Health Profession = Community

This is the duty of our generation as we enter the twenty-first century -- solidarity with the weak, the persecuted, the lonely, the sick, and those in despair. It is expressed by the desire to give a noble and humanizing meaning to a community in which all members will define themselves not by their own identity but by that of others. (Elie Wiesel, Holocaust Survivor)

Health Profession = Developing Empathy

How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and strong. Because some day in life you will have been all of these. (George Washington Carver)

Health Profession = Perseverence

Great works are performed not by strength but by perseverance. (Samuel Johnson)

Health Profession = Possibilities

We have more possibilities available in each moment than we realize. (Thich Nhat Hanh)

Health Profession = Intellectualism

Intellectual growth should commence at birth and cease only at death. (Albert Einstein)

Health Profession = Curiosity

The important thing is not to stop questioning. Curiosity has its own reason for existing. One cannot help but be in awe when he contemplates the mysteries of eternity, of life, of the marvelous structure of reality. It is enough if one tries merely to comprehend a little of this mystery every day. Never lose a holy curiosity. (Albert Einstein)

Health Profession = Compassion

A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty. (Albert Einstein)

The Health and Social Sciences Academy

We are the Health and Social Sciences Academy at Atrisco Heritage Academy High School. Sponsored and supported by the University of New Mexico School of Medicine and Health Sciences Center; the Health and Social Sciences Academy offers our students opportunities to work in various careers that meet community health needs. Educational programs range from prevention services to emergency care, as well as the following health related professions: Doctors, Nurses, Pharmacists, Phlebotomists, Medical Technicians, and other specialized medical professions. This blog will showcase our unique academy and the accomplishments of our amazingly talented students.