Newsletters - February 2021

February 22, 2021 Mid-High Newsletter

Dear Parents,

We will be moving from a once a month newsletter to a weekly newsletter to keep you informed with what we are doing in mid high school.  The following excerpts are from an article that our teachers were given to help them use formative assessment with our students.  You might be asking what we can do with this information.  The biggest thing is that you can use some of these techniques with your children at home to see what they are learning while in remote learning.

Here are a couple of  easy-to-use formative assessment strategies:

Exit Ticket

When teachers want to find out from every student what they are thinking and what they are understanding, an exit ticket is very quick, easy and doesn’t feel  too taxing to the students.  At the end of the class the teacher  might say…..students, for your exit ticket today please write two things you learned today from the lesson that you didn't know before class in the chat box or a google doc and then submit the exit ticket.  

Entrance Ticket

Sound kind of familiar?  The entrance ticket is just the opposite of the exit ticket.  Effective teaching and lesson planning call for the use of what we refer to as “prior knowledge.”  Prior knowledge is the knowledge or mastery of the material taught yesterday in class.  Asking the students to recall information is a basic building block in the learning process.  Quick and short are the highlight characteristics of the entrance ticket.  

When you talk to your students about what  they learned today online you can ask them in the same manner they were asked the exit question in class today.  The more we use the same key vocabulary words at school and home the learning process just opens up for more retention of the information taught at school.

Parent & Student Resources

Student classwork is assigned in Google Classroom:

Parents may log into Skyward Family Access to view student grades and attendance:

Helpful videos and information can be found on JVPS's Parent University webpage:

Student absences: or

Reporting Elementary student absence, please email or call 575-834-7393 ext 493 or 505-373-0054 ext 493 and leave a message.

Reporting Mid/High School student absence, please email or call  575-834-7392 ext 494 or 505-373-0137 ext 494 and leave a message.

Various parent information can be found here: 

Health & Wellness Information from JVPS:

School Board Agendas and Notices:

JVPS Staff Contacts:

JVPS District Facebook Page:

Jemez Valley Middle/High Webpage:

Middle Facebook: 

High Facebook:

Jemez Valley Elementary School Webpage:

Elem Facebook:

Newsletter, February 21, 2021

Dear Parents,

I hope this newsletter finds you in good health.  This letter will be or February Newsletter.  I want to wish all of you a Happy Valentine’s Day…PS don’t eat too much chocolate.

The following bullets are important reminders for February:

1.      You should be receiving a survey asking for your input regarding the topic of hybrid or staying remote.  It is important for the JVPS Board, our community leaders and staff to know how you feel about coming back or staying hybrid.


Parent Letter from Mr. Meihack, November 6, 2020

Dear Parents and Students,


I hope all is well with you and your family.  The excitement of the holiday season is creeping into our conversations and daily interactions.


I want to highlight important dates/events/information:

·       Students are now in the 4th week of the 2nd quarter.  Teachers will prepare grades by 11/12/20 for progress reports, which will be mailed the week of 11/16/20.

·       JVPS student will have school on Veterans Day 11/11/20.

·       No School – 11/12/20. 

Parent Letter from Mr. Meihack, October 19, 2020 -
The first nine weeks are in the books....or should I say, on the report cards. Reports cards will be mailed home during the week of October 19th – October 23. Please make sure to be looking for them in your mailboxes. click here to read the parent letter

Parent Letter from Mr. Meihack, September 12, 2020 -
This correspondence hopes to find you in good health. It is our sincere hope that everyone is healthy both physically and mentally. I am going to try to get a note or letter out every week or two, to let you know what we are doing as a school to promote learning for your child (ren.) click here to read the parent letter

Parent Letter from Mr. Meihack, August 20, 2020 
I hope this letter finds you, your family and loved ones in good health. There has been an old saying out there for decades that, “It takes a village to raise a child” and boy does that resonate into the world of remote and online learning. Every day we work through issues and concerns that arise and then only to be put back into place with another scenario that needs attention. I know that we work all the kinks out with your diligence and support and our drive and passion to create the best learning environment for your children, our students.  click here to read the parent letter

Message from Mr. Meihack, Monday, September 8th...
I hope this letter finds you, your family and loved ones in good health. There has been an old saying out there for decades that “It takes a village to raise a child” and boy does that resonate into the world of remote and online learning. Every day we work through issues and concerns that arise and then only to be put back into place with another scenario that needs attention. With your support, we work out the kinks with diligence, drive and a passion to create the best learning environment for your children, our students. Click to read more...

Message from Mr. Meihack, Monday, August 10th...

Welcome back students.  Jemez Valley Mid High School would like to welcome you all back for the 2020 -2021 school year.  Please check your email, Google Classroom and Skyward account for helpful information about classes and schedules.  Check our district website for additional information as well. Parents make sure to use  Skyward Family Access to follow us during the course of the new year. Thank you again and welcome to Jemez Valley Mid high school.

 Message from Mr. Meihack, Thursday, July 30th...
Dear Families and Students,
Welcome to the 2020 – 2021 school year.  We hope this letter finds all of you in good health.  We are excited to start the new 2020 – 2021 school year.  Of course, we were not happy how the 2019 – 2020 school ended, but we are looking forward to a great new year.   Daily changes continue to make the start of the new academic year a challenge.  More changes are sure to come with each passing day.  The information in this letter is the most up to date that we have from Governor Lujan and our local community leaders. It is important to point out that our expectations and delivery of educational services will be significantly different from how we conducted the online learning during the spring/4th quarter.
The need for clear and concise communication will be very important during the “online/ remote learning” period.  Correct and updated telephone numbers and email addresses are crucial.   Please make sure that your voice mailboxes are setup and able to receive messages.  Telephone mailboxes should be checked to ensure that messages could be left on them.   Emergency cards and contact information should be checked and updated if necessary via Skyward Family Access.
Please realize that when we go back to traditional “brick and mortar” school we will follow the bell schedule we had last year with a few minor time changes. 
This is the proposed daily schedule for online learning for students.
7:40 AM – 8:40 AM Common Prep for teacher planning and preparation
9:00 AM – 11:55 AM Tutorial/Individual Meetings/Re-teaching/Small Group/Parent meetings
12:00 – 12:30 PM Lunch
12:30 PM – 12:55 PM 1st Period
1:00 PM – 1:25 PM 2nd Period
1:30 PM – 1:55 PM 3rd Period
2:00 PM – 2:25 PM 4th Period
2:30 PM – 2:55 PM 6th Period
3:00 PM – 3:25 PM 7th Period
3:30 PM – 3:50 PM 8th Period
Notice there is no 5th Period as 5th period is Advisory.
The following morning schedule is for teachers, students and parents to get together to work on tutorials, supplemental instruction, small group instruction and parent meetings that time. -  For example, ninth grade students would work with Mr. Richins from 9:00 – 9:25
Time Mr. Richins Mrs. Dmax Mr. Hartwick Mrs. Smith Ms. Tran Ms. Yson
9:00 – 9:25 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 7th Grade 12th Grade 8th Grade
9:30 – 9:55 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade 8th Grade 7th Grade 9th Grade
10:00 – 10:25 11th Grade 12th Grade   9th Grade 8th Grade 10th Grade
10:30 – 10:55 12th Grade 7th Grade   10th Grade 9th Grade 11th Grade
11:00 – 11:25 7th Grade 8th Grade   11th Grade 10th Grade 12th Grade
11:30 – 11:55 8th Grade 9th Grade 10th Grade 12th Grade 11th Grade 7th Grade
Expectations for academic work from the students:
  • There will be two (2) pieces of graded assignments entered into Skyward weekly for each subject.
  • The same grading scale will give grades as in previous years 90%+ A, 80%+B, 70%+C, 60%+D, 59% and below F.
  • The rigor of work will increase.
  • Teachers, secretary, and or principal will contact parents and students when student work is not turned in a timely manner or when the work demonstrates significant LACK of mastery of the material.
  • Student procrastinating of doing work will be dealt with quickly.  With “online learning” students cannot wait to the last minute and get things done.
Expectations for attendance:
  • Attendance will be taken every day every period. 
  • Students are expected to be in attendance on the “remote learning” setting as if they were in traditional brick and mortar.
  • Student attendance daily in the instructional block of time is even more critical than the traditional brick and mortar setting.
Please instruct your student to log in to Skyward to view their 2020-2021 class schedule. If students have questions regarding their schedule, please encourage them to email Mrs. Hartwick at
Athletics and other extracurricular actives will be a discussion item on the August 18th school board meeting agenda.  Governor Lujan and PED says that as long as the state is in remote/ online mode for instruction there are no athletics. If our school district continues to be online, but the state of New Mexico is in “hybrid mode,” the decision to have athletics is a local/school district decision.
We are all looking forward to a great school year and we cannot wait to actually see all of you face to face in the future! Stay safe and healthy!
If you should have any question please feel to call me at 505.373.0151 or email me at
Thank you,
Mr. Meihack