Back to School
LOS LUNAS — There will be a meet and greet from 3-6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 1, so parents can come to meet the teachers and staff.
In keeping with the science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) system of learning, SODA will begin to gradually implement new career tech programs leading toward certification for secondary students.
This year, the county’s only charter school will be offering a plumbing class sponsored by TLC Plumbing. There will also be a health and science class along with a culinary arts program.
SODA Superintendent Mike Ogas said the school’s goal is to add other certification programs, including welding and coding programs for students.
Some other classes being implemented include a dual language class for kindergarten through eighth-graders, a dance class for pre-k through fifth-grade students, and there will be full-time music class and a band class for fifth-graders.
Jacob Omlor, the elementary school counselor, is working on a proactive approach to deter bullying for school-age children. He will be rewarding good behavior in students rather than punishing the bad behavior.
In accordance with the USDA free and reduced food program, all 650 kids who attend SODA will receive free breakfast, lunch and dinner (for those children attending the after-school program). Since there is no permanent kitchen, an outside company brings the food onto the Los Lunas campus.
The school released the supply lists for students already but if parents need help with school supplies, they can call the office to obtain the necessary supplies.
SODA is also working on the final design plans to develop a permanent school facility on the 20 acres the school was awarded by Los Lunas. They are looking to have the plan done in the next 18 months. SODA officials are also working on how to implement the almost $5 million for a pre-k facility.
Jesse Jones lives in Albuquerque with his wife and son. Jesse graduated from of the University of New Mexico twice. This spring, he graduated with a degree in multimedia journalism and, in 2006, he received a bachelor’s degree in university studies with an emphasis in photojournalism. He is a current fellow of the New Mexico Local News Fund.