21st Century Re-Opening

Good Morning Amazing Dragon Families!

Last night the Governance Council voted unanimously to allow the staff to determine our instructional path forward. The draft minutes are available on the website.

Student’s daily schedules will remain the same with remote learning. We will be moving forward with a phase-in of the 5 to 1 live support in the afternoons starting March 1st. Teachers will be on-site next week to prepare their rooms and will be reporting physically to work 8 am to 4 pm starting March 1st, except for Wednesdays when the site closed for deep cleaning. The front office and administrative staff have been on-site from 8 am to 4 pm since mid-January.

With information and guidance changing on an almost daily basis, we want to provide as much consistency as possible along with supporting those students who are in most need of our support.

We are also going to attempt to provide afterschool activities including athletics. Club sponsors will reach out soon with more information. For athletics, please reach out to Coach Alexander or our website.

We are excited about opening up in a safe manner. The plan will be revisited each month at the Governance Council meetings, the 3rd Thursday of each month at 5:30 pm on Zoom. The link is available on the website.

Be safe, warm, and healthy!

Mary Tarango, CEO
21st Century Public Academy

2/18/21 GC Minutes

Members Present: Virginia Trujillo, President
Art Silva, Vice-President
Victoria Tafoya, Member
Evelyn Dow, Member
Gary Boyd, Member

Member Absent: Daniel Kegler, Member
Guests: Mary Tarango, CEO

Bianca Belmonte-Sapien, Principal
Zach Kirchgessner, the Vigil Group
Jeremy Peckens, CPO
Jennifer Elliot, Special Education Admin
Governance Meeting Called to Order by Virginia Trujillo, President at 5:34 PM
Roll Call

 Quorum met via Roll Call

Approval of Agenda

correction to the agenda- Replace Equity Council with School Advisory Committee
Motion to Approve Agenda —Gary Boyd
2 nd — Victoria Tafoya
Motion Approved via Roll Call Vote

Approval of Minutes

Motion to Approve Amended Minutes, January 21, 2020 meeting—Gary Boyd
2 nd —Evelyn Dow
Motion Approved Via Roll Call Vote
Open Forum

 Budget Report
Art Silva, Finance Sub-Committee Chair noted that the committee received financial reports from
the Cutler Foundation, the 21 st Century Public Academy Foundation, and the Parent Teacher
Association. All finances were reviewed during finance Sub- committee held on 2/18/2021.
Zach Kirchgessner presented Account Summary Reports for January 2021: The Expenditure and
Revenue Reports, Issued Purchase Order Report, Bank Register Report and Outstanding Checks
Report, Bank Reconciliation Reports.

 Cash Disbursements for January 2021

Motion to approve Cash Disbursements for January 2021
—Evelyn Dow
2 nd Victoria Tafoya
Motion Approved by Roll Call Vote
 Bank Reconciliation for January 2021

Motion to approve Bank Reconciliation for January 2021
—Victoria Tafoya
2 nd Evelyn Dow
Motion Approved by Roll Call Vote


580-000-2021-0027 – M
580-000-2021-0028 – D
580-000-2021-0029 – IB

Motion to Approve BARS—Victoria Tafoya
2 nd Art Silva
Motion Approved by Roll Call Vote


Kathy Webb submitted her resignation effective February 8 th , 2021.
Victoria Tafoya accepted the appointment of Interim Secretary.


Bianca Belmonte-Sapien presented the report
No Action Required


Victoria Tafoya, Jeremy Peckens, Dorene DiNaro, Mikel Wagner, Bianca Belmonte Sapien
shared a presentation about the School Advisory Committee including reference to by-
law where SAC is referenced, agenda samples and results from brainstorming sessions
about OSIs and on-line learning challenges.

Motion made to allow the school Administration to move forth with the Re-Opening Plan and
Phases of the Plan with the flexibility and oversight to change as new information becomes
Motion to Approve Reopening Plan —Art Silva
2 nd Evelyn Dow
Motion Approved by Roll Call Vote

Motion made to offer an extracurricular program following all safety protocols with providing the
flexibility and oversight to the administration to change as new information becomes available.

Motion to Approve Extra-Curricular Plan —Evelyn Dow
2 nd Art Silva
Motion Approved by Roll Call Vote


Motion made to strike all language relating to hair color in the Dress Code Policy
Motion to Approve BARS—Victoria Tafoya
2 nd Art Silva
Motion Approved by Roll Call Vote

PRINCIPAL’s REPORT, Bianca Belmonte-Sapien

  1. COVID Safe Practices Walkthrough Completed Feb. 9th
  2. PEC Amendment Request heard by PED Feb. 12 th -1, 2, 3 Grade Level and Enrollment Cap changes to
  3. Registration Numbers
    4 th Grade- (27)
    5 th Grade – (42)                        

                   6 th Grade – (87)                                            
                   7 th Grade – (102)                                    
                   8 th Grade – (95)        
          Totals        (353)  120 Day count- February 10, 2021

  1. Job Posting 2021-2022:
    21st Century Public Academy has the following Elementary and Middle School positions open for the
    2021-2022 school year: 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, Middle School Math, Educational Assistant
    *Gifted and/or Special Education Endorsement a plus!
  2. 21-22 Lottery Draw Numbers- current number (amount drawn on 2/2/21)
    1 st Grade-6 (5)
    2 nd Grade-6 (6)
    3 rd Grade-8 (7)
    4 th Grade- 19 (15)
                       5 th Grade – 30 (30)
                       6 th Grade – 84 (81)
                       7 th Grade – 85 (0)
                       8th Grade – 104 (1)
    Total: 342 Total Projected Enrollment: 380, Goal 400
  3. State Annual Testing PED Waiver- (ACCESS-EL, NM-ASR-Science-8th,NM-MSSA-New Mexico’s Measures
    of Student Success & Achievement, DLM-Dynamic Learning Maps).
    Administration will seek to complete ACCESS and Dynamic Learning Maps, with parent opt out option.
    Next Meeting: March 18, 2021

Motion to Adjourn
Motion to Adjourn—Evelyn Dow
2 nd Art Silva
Motion Approved by Roll Call Vote
Meeting Adjourned at 8:09 PM

2/8/21 PTA Minutes

The meeting was called to order by Janet Giron, President, at 7:00 pm on Monday, February 8, 2021.
The minutes from the January 11, 2021 General PTA Meeting were approved as read.
Bianca Belmonte-Sapien, Janet Giron, Angela Lerner, Mikel Wagner, Alfreda Begay, Ms.
Herren, Tiffany Johnson
Ms. Herren’s Presentation:
 Student Council is starting to plan for the 8 th grade graduation ceremony. Usually the
Student Council pays for a t-shirt and a bundt cake for every 8 th grader, and a t-shirt for any
of the teaching staff who would like one. Every 8 th grader also gets a certificate printed by
the school.
 There have been few opportunities for the student council to fundraise this year, so if we do
set up a restaurant night (maybe Chipotle, Schlotski’s or Wataburger) the proceeds can go to
the Student Council to buy the t-shirts and cakes. The restaurant night will probably be in
 Last year the ceremony was drive-by. This might need to be the case this year as well. As of
today, gatherings are limited to no more than 5 people.
 If we are able to do the ceremony in the gym, it was suggested that the PTA purchase
decorations for the event.

Principal’s Report by Ms. Bianca-Sapien:
 The lottery drawing for next fall was on February 2 nd via Zoom. It was our most attended
lotery drawing ever.
 Ms. B is requesting volunteers (families or cummunity members) to be interveiwed by the
PED during their site visit on March 3 rd . The site visit will be from 9-12am. They will also
observe classes and visit the wellness team.
 On February 12 th the Public Education Commission of the Public Education Department will
hear our request for amendements to increase our enrollment cap and our grad levels served.
 On February 9 th the Fire Marshall will do his walkthrough inspection for Covid-safe
 The HEPA filters for the classrooms were delivered today.
 As part of Covid safety, 10 staff members each week will be tested for Covid.
 The faculty has contributed to a plan for re-opening that will be published on the school’s
website on February 12 th .
 The school’s next Governance Council meeting will be at 5:30 on Thursday, February 18 th
via Zoom. The re-opening plan will be discussed during this meeting. 60% of parents
surveyed would like the students to return in person and 40% would like to remain remote.
Any parent who choses for her/his child to remain remote will have the option to return in
person later.

President’s Report by Janet Giron:
 For 8 th grade parents looking for a high schoool, Amy Biehl had its first lottery drawing
yesterday, but it is still open for applications. It is a year-round school which offers dual
credits for juniors and seniors.
 If you are applying for an APS transfer, the transfer office holds drawings at the end of each
month. Please contact Janet with questions.
 Yearbooks can still be purchased. It will not be possible to do yearbook pictures outside so
the picture taking will be indoors. Students will have an appointment time and will remove
masks just long enough to take the picture. This will probably occur sometime before spring

Vice-Presiden’ts Report by Alfreda Begay:
 She will submit a fundraiser request for Chipotle and Schlotski’s.
 She will also work on an indoor model for the 8 th grade gruaduation ceremony.
Treasurer’s Report by Angela Lerner:
 There was one deposit equaling $369.23 from Smith’s and Live United.
 The current bank balance is $11,336.09.
 We will be purchasing Quickbooks Online
 Our 990-N has been submitted to the NM PTA.
 Ms. McGrane hosts a weekly Zoom for each grade level.
 Nothing to Report
New Business:
 There was no new business.
The next PTA General Meeting will be Monday, March 8th at 7:00 pm via Zoom.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 pm.

Spring Sports Parent Meeting

Dragon Families,

The Athletic Department will be hosting a Zoom Parent Sports Meeting on Friday, February 19, 2021. Parents, please attend if you have a student that is interested in playing spring sports at 21st Century Public Academy.

-Parent Sports Meeting: Boys Basketball + Girls Volleyball @ 4:30p on Friday, February 19, 2021

-Parent Sports Meeting: Track & Field, Soccer, Golf @ 5:30 pm on Friday, February 19, 2021

If you have any questions, please contact the Athletic Director, Coach “DA” Alexander, at dalexander@21stcenturypa.com.
Thank you!