Sunday Howl 10.25.20 with Newsletter Volume 5

Newsletter Volume 5 - here

UNM/PNM Yearly Math Contest- Since 1991, the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of New Mexico and the PNM Foundation have been organizing an annual mathematics contest for all the high school and middle school students in the state. This contest is free, attracts students from all over the state, and provides them with an opportunity to develop their problem solving skills and receive some well-deserved recognition for their efforts. 

The contest is typically administered in-person by one of the math teachers at the school. However, this year's contest's first round will be held online, and each student will be able to unlock the exam at a convenient time for them between 31 October, 2020 and 02 November, 2020. The student registration form is at and that registration closes on 28 October, 2020 (next week!). On the day of the contest, they will email them a personalized link to the contest. 

School Pictures:

We will be holding school pictures On October 22 and October 26.  Please refer to the following schedule for your student’s pictures:

We will be allowing 5 students per time slot.

Pictures will be held at 1500 Masthead NE.  Enter through the West end of the parking lot and follow the directionals going Eastward.  There will be staff directing traffic and students.  Parents will not be allowed into the building. Students will be dropped off at the North cafeteria door and will be picked up on the East side of the Cafeteria.  We are aiming to have each student in the building no longer than five minutes.  To keep students and staff as safe as possible we are requiring all students to wear a mask and follow all directions for social distancing.  

Chromebook Tip: How to log on correctly - We’re seeing a number of students incorrectly logged onto their Chromebooks.  Commonly, they log on with a gmail account then try to use their Explore Academy account within that session, which causes problems with permissions and Hapara (our monitoring software).  Here’s how students should be signing on:

  1. Sign out of your Chromebook (here's a video). You should now be seeing a login screen. 

  2. Click "Add Person" in the task bar.

  3. Follow the instructions to complete logon using your Explore Academy credentials.  Do not use Gmail!

  4. From here forward, there will be a tile in the Sign In screen with the student’s login.  Click this to bypass the entry of the Explore Academy username (password still required)

School Lunches:

The National School Lunch Program is being extended into the fall for all public schools.  This means that school lunches are free at this time. Check the Howl each week for the link that provides the weekly lunch menu.  These menus are posted a week in advance. 

  1. Place your order by Thursday of each week for the following week using this link:

  2. Pick up weekly lunch order on Monday’s at the Explore Academy  Masthead location. 

If you live too far from Explore we are told that APS and RRPS are also offering seamless meals as long as your child is between 1 and 18 years of age.  Parents / guardians can contact the school closest to them. 

Click here for the School lunch link:

Senior Progress Meetings

Explore Academy will be scheduling Senior Progress meetings with all our Seniors and families this coming week. The meetings should last around 15 minutes.  One of the Explore Academy Admin will be reaching out to schedule your meeting time, if they haven’t already.  This is required for all Seniors with their families. We will be going over senior credits, dual enrollment, and the Senior Capstone project. We look forward to talking with our Seniors and their families soon.

Drive-Thru Trunk or Treat

Balloon Fiesta Park October 31, 2020 3:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Get ready for a Halloween favorite with a COVID-safe update! Trunk or Treat returns, but this time as a drive-thru. Cars will follow a route from booth to booth and candy will be available in a contactless manner. Join us for this family-friendly event for monsters of all ages! Entry fee is $2 per vehicle and must be purchased in advance.

MFA Housing: Mortgage and Rental Assistance for New Mexicans impacted by COVID-19

On Monday, November 2, MFA will begin accepting applications for the new COVID-19 Housing Cost Assistance Program. The program will provide qualifying New Mexicans with as much as $1,500 per month for up to three months to pay back rent or mortgage payments and other housing costs.

MFA is asking that you help get the word out about this crucial assistance. Please send the printable informational flyer, which is linked here in English and Spanish, to everyone on your mailing list. The flyers are also on MFA's website:

Honor Roll for Term 2 / Quarter 1

Congratulations on those students who made honor roll for term 2 (high school) and quarter 1 (middle school).  

Acton, Shelby

Acton, Wesley

Adams, Adelle

Adams, Carly

Aguilar, Mia

Aldrich, Braeden

Aldrich, Maverick

Anderson, Hailey

Anton-Williams, Dante

Anzo, Donovan

Arce, Leslie

Atweh, Leon

Austermann, Laura

Avila, Hannah

Avila, Mia

Baca, Rylee

Baiardo, Dominic

Baiardo, Landon

Baiardo, Shannon

Baird, Chelsea

Barnes, Carson

Barowsky, Esther

Barrera, Martha

Baum, Beth

Benhalim, Ambermay

Berman, Chase

Bhatia, Avi

Block, Anastasia

Boatman, Luke

Bogus, Nia

Borunda, Jaime

Bouchonville, Zachary

Bran, Camila

Branch, Joshua

Broaddus, Elliott

Brown, Karissa

Brown, Kassidy

Brown, Keowyn

Brummett, Daniel

Buck, Maya

Buksas, Eric

Burkett, Ella

Burnett, Clara

Busani, Elena

Busich, Lucas

Butler, Meredith

Byers, Ettoria

Campbell, Chloe

Chavez, Archer

Chavez, Landon

Chavez, Macario

Chuquipoma Dominguez, Tamara

Compani-Tabrizi, Nika

Copeland, Logan

Dahringer, Jillian

Dahringer, Katherine

Dailey, Mario

Dana, Uryah

Darlington, Carter

Davila, Julius

De Groot, Sophia

Desai, Sudhir

Diaz, Brayden

Diaz, Haley

Diaz, Luciano

Diaz, Mackinzie

Dillard, Harley

Dimas, Colin

Dingreville, Camille

Divine, Riann

Dunoyer, Lucille

Duran, Dominic J

Edwards, Jimmie

Ehlers, Connor

Elliott, Ethan

Encinias, Soleana

Everett, Blake

Everett, Kaylie

Farrenkopf, Tessa

Fazio, Vincent

Fehr, James

Fernandez, Gabriela

Fiedler, Ria

Fielder, Corbin

Fields-Haley, Sedona

Flemming, Landon

Flemming, Sawyer

Foster, Serenity

Franchere, Logan

Friedly, Morrigan

Fuller, Avery

Furlow, Henry

Gaddis, Jessica

Gale, Caleb

Gallegos, Sofia

Gallegos, Stephanie

Garcia, Allyn

Garcia, Baylee

Garcia, Brandon

Garza-Cassell, Shaylynn

Giles, Zoe

Gonzales, Amelie

Gonzales, Izabella

Gonzales, Sierra

Gonzalez, Arianna

Gonzalez, Mateo

Gonzalez, Sofia

Gray, Amy

Greer, John

Greer, Keye

Grenko-Sanchez, Simonita

Griffith, Maia

Griffith, Yarden

Griffith, Zohar

Grossman, Coltan

Gutierrez, Analyse

Haas, Alethea

Hamma, Kazuhito

Han, Seoyeon

Hanna, Avery

Harris, Leo

Harrison, Shayne

Hart, Sophia

Hatcher, Sky

Hatcher, Truth

Hawley, Kailee

Hay, Cayden

Heinemann, Adison

Hempstead, Finian

Herrera, Loren

Hesley, Isabella

Hesley, Talia

Hettinga, Owen

Hicks, Maya

Higgins, Liam

Hines, Valeria

Home, Sofia

Hooshidar, Ryan

Hopkins, Samuel

Hrncir, Payton

Hugger, Felicitas

Hughson, Helena

Huseman, Joseph

Hussey, Hailey

Ilgen, Ruslan

Jackson, Ajanae

Jacob Jerrin, Obadiah

Jahn, Victoria

Johannesen, Georgina

Johnson, Isaac

Jones, Casien

Jones, Dalton

Juarez, Giancarlo