First off, we have a new teacher to our department: John Frazzini. A little more from him:
My journey to Farmington High has many experiences, and side trips, before I arrived. The journey started when I decided to go back to college at the age of 32 to become a teacher. I eventually graduated from Fort Lewis College with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Humanities, with an endorsement area of Elementary Education. A few short year later, I received my Masters in Special Education from Adams State College. My first job was at Esperanza Elementary School, and my first job working with students who are gifted started here in Farmington two years later. My journey has allowed me the experiences of working with students who are gifted at the elementary , middle, and high school level. I have extensive experience within the field of gifted education, and have presented on numerous topics regarding Gifted Education at both the state, and national level. Additionally, I have taught graduate classes on the topic of Gifted Education, and have experience in working with students who are gifted for close to 20 years. Gifted education is my professional passion.Teaching at schools all over the state of New Mexico, and has blessed me a rich mix of experiences to work with the families at Farmington High School. If you want to visit, introduce yourself, or share "Dad" jokes, please feel free to contact me.
If you have been at or with FHS for more than a year, you know that the Gifted department is so much more than IEP’s. We offer a ton of programs, classes and events to the entire campus. However, we have found in the past that some students can get confused when they see a class or program offered by the gifted program: they assume that it is reserved for Gifted students. In order to help everyone at FHS understand that we are also here for the whole campus, we have re-branded some of our activities under the name “FHS Rise”. Our motto for this is : “Rise to the occasion, Rise to the Challenge, Rise to Your Potential”. We want to create classes, programs, academic events and competitions that give every student the opportunity to stretch their skills and thinking so they can be their best selves. The work we do under FHS Rise will be familiar to some of you. These will include our volunteering opportunities, the courses we offer, our college trips, our college prep work in conjunction with FACE, Brain Squad, TED Talks, the Art Fest and Destination Imagination. New to FHS Rise this year will also be Science Olympiad (see Mrs. Atencio for more info) as well as a new academic competition called “Math Wars”(more info to come). Our Facebook page will be dedicated to FHS Rise. Also, on our Gifted page, you will find a link to both FHS Rise and our new volunteering rewards program called “Scorps In Action” (more to come on this, but check out the website for more info).
Since we are going from 4.5 teachers to 4 teachers, our caseloads grew a bit. Because of the growth and our new hire, some of our caseloads have changed. If you look at your students Powerschool, their caseload manager should be listed under “EPO caseload”. If you do not see this, please email me and I can let you know.
With various schedule and building changes the past couple years at FHS, maintaining strong communication and contact with our Gifted caseloads has become harder. This desire to better build communication and relationships between Gifted CM and Gifted student has become our # goal for the year. To start with, we are making a more concerted effort to find students during the regular school day for meetings or to simply catch up. Sometimes this might mean taking a student out of class for a few minutes or simply finding them between classes. That being said, there is one of us, and 40 kids. We all have open door policies in our classrooms and love to have students come by. Please stop in to ask questions, discuss your goals or just say hi.
We are all located in the A 300 building (new building) this year:
Jessica Carlisle: A305
Mark Pavlik: A306
Regina Atencio: A317
John Frazzini: A 204
We have a number of methods we are using to try to improve communication
- Website: first and foremost, our Gifted website is a prime place for general information, updates and events going on through FHS Gifted and FHS Rise. We do our best to keep these up to date each week.
- Facebook page: our Facebook page has been rebranded to showcase our FHS Rise. The link for this can be found https://www.facebook.com/fhsrise/
- Newsletters- each month we publish a newsletter with both FHS Rise and Gifted information. We post on our website and email out to parents. If you are not getting our newsletters, please send your email to Regina Atencio (email@example.com)
- FHS Remind