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Taos Middle School teacher Oclides Amanda Martinez is getting her students to love math through the use of an innovative program called Teach to One (TTO). The individualized instruction model empowers teachers to meet students where they are in their math studies, and provides a bridge to where they need to be.

Martinez spoke about the Teach to One program, and its benefits to underserved students, during an online forum...

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On Wednesday, June 23, the Taos Behavioral Health (TBH) SUCCESS program organized a special salute to the youth we have worked with over the past 17 months. From 9 to 11 a.m. the staff and students in the SUCCESS program passed out free burritos to students we have worked with, and additional students recommended by their schools.

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As unlikely as the high school sports season seemed just a few months ago, the finish line to a season unlike any other is now less than a week away. Monday brings us the one-day, 18-hole state golf tournament in Albuquerque, followed days afterward by tournaments for baseball and softball, then the big-school meets for track and field.

By Saturday, the weirdest prep sports season we've ever dealt with will be in the books.

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The national data are grim. The CDC reports that the percentage of 12 to 17-year-olds visiting the ER for mental health crises increased by 31 percent in 2020 over 2019. A national research poll of parents reported that 45 percent of their teens' mental health had worsened in 2021. But the data needs even further review.

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Springtime is here; the wind is blowing, signaling this season of transition. The acequias are running, and many in the community are planning, preparing and planting seeds. In a similar way, students have been cultivating seeds for their future in the form of college, scholarship and financial aid applications.

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The Los Alamos National Laboratory gave a special online presentation to the Taos Municipal Schools District at its school board meeting Wednesday, April 21. LANL discussed its recent efforts in building-trades classes, Taos High School students who received LANL Foundation scholarships and the Lab's creation of an online STEAM learning center.

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Once the state and the school district determined that face-to-face learning was permissible again, all Taos families faced hard choices. Children missed seeing their friends. Did they feel safe sending their children to school? If there were family members who were immunocompromised, was it a responsible thing to do? Who has been vaccinated in the family?