What do the Next Gen Science Standards mean for New Mexico?
by Meche Williams '19
The New Generation Science Standards is adopted by at least 20 other states and New Mexico is interested in adopting it as well, but they wanted input from community members, teachers, or anyone who was lives in New Mexico to give their opinions and concerns on the possible changes to the curriculum. David Peters, the president of NMAS wrote a letter and sent it into the Albuquerque Journal giving his support to the Next Generation Science Standards. Some are still uneasy and skeptical about the NGSS because the public has no idea what they want to put in for the standards they are disposing of. The APS Board Policy Committee also shares some the same concerns about why the New Mexico Public Education Department (PED) may want to alter the NGSS, New Mexico APS feels that altering the standards before it is fully adopted is a bit drastic. It is still an ongoing issue whether the New Mexico PED will get their way and get to alter the standards or if APS blocked them and got the motion denied.
New Skate Park Delayed; DIY Skate Park Begins
by Shawn McCraith '18
The plans for the Gallup skate park have been delayed and will be pushed back to the summer of 2018; even being a Tony Hawk Foundation recipient did not speed up the process of the skate park being built. The Gallup youth are avid skateboarders and are not too happy about the delay of this park because the skate park allows them to skate freely without being hassled by property owners or policemen. Gallup’s old skate park was demolished this past summer and now there is no place for this town’s skateboarders to skate and socialize with other skaters. On the north side of town some local supporters of skateboarding decided to build a D.I.Y. (Do-It-Yourself) skate park and have used their own funds to produce a box and ramps to grind or skate on. When the old skate park was being torn down the local skaters asked the demolition crew to utilize the “pyramid” which is a metal, pyramid shaped object and it can now be skated on at the D.I.Y. spot.
Last Week's Poll Results!
Last week we asked Ambush! Poll takers if they would be attending this year's Balloon Rally: 33.33% of poll takers said yes they would, 33.33% said they would not be attending the event, and 33.33% said they might attend the event.