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Sunday Howl 2.14.21

No School on Monday, February 15

There will be no school on Monday, February 15 in observance of presidents day.

Middle School (grades 6 and 7) Flavor and elective choices for Quarter 4

Middle school flavor and elective choices for quarter 4 is now available. An email was sent out to all middle school students on February 2. Please have your child follow the instructions to pick their flavors and electives. Deadline for choosing is on February 15th at 8:00 AM. If a student doesn’t pick flavors or electives they will automatically be placed in what is available. If there are any questions please contact Ms Boatman.


1) Make sure that you are logged in under your Explore Academy account

2) Open up the course catalog

3) Open up flavor form

4) Pick you flavors!!!!

Explore Academy Elementary APPROVED!!

Explore Academy’s Elementary has been approved! Thank you to all our families who pre-applied and helped with the approval process. Here is a video which outlines the model adjusted to the elementary grades. A letter of interest is open for students to "pre-apply" for our proposed K-5 program starting in the fall of 2021. Pre-applications will be converted to enrollment applications if the program is approved.

Check out our website to learn more:

Letter of interest:

Explore Academy K - 5 Program Overview video

Spirit Day

In honor of Presidents’ Day, (which is why we don’t have school on Monday) join us next Friday, 2/19, for American Spirit Day! Dress up in your favorite red, white and blue shirts and accessories or of course, you can dress as your favorite president or other patriotic characters! There will be middle school and high school prizes for the following 3 categories: best patriotic hat or accessory; best patriotic face paint (can’t be completely covered - teachers still need to be able to tell who you are) and best patriotic personality/character. We will also be having a patriotic art contest and a patriotic cooking show. Links were shared with students in this week’s announcements.

Explore Academy’s Got Talent!

Did your student develop a new talent or improve on one they already had during these long months of the pandemic? We are going to have a virtual talent show to highlight the various talents of our learning community. Please submit an mp4 video, no longer than 3 minutes, to Ms. Deike by February 28th. Since this is a virtual talent show, it opens up the playing field to include a lot of non-traditional talent show presentations. Family performances are also welcome!

Spring School Options Survey

Please fill out the Spring survey about Hybrid and Online only options. This survey is for families to provide information to Explore Academy about their comfort level in potentially sending their student back for in person hybrid learning. Please fill out all of the questions for each student that you have. The survey is due by next Sunday, February 21st.

Explore Academy is still weighing the decision to resume in person hybrid learning for the Spring based on teacher vaccinations and ability to meet all of the safety requirements as outlined by New Mexico Public Education Department and the NM Department of Health. One of Explore Academy's benchmarks for returning is the availability of vaccinations for school staff members.

Lunch Ordering:

Beginning the week of January 1, the lunch link will open on Sundays and close on Wednesdays of each week, with pickup on Friday.

Click here for the School lunch link:

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 Wednesday of each week for the following week using this link:

  2. Pick up weekly lunch order on Friday’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:

Spring Break: March 22 - 26th

If you haven’t already, please make a note of a change in the week of spring break. In order to coordinate with APS and Rio Rancho Spring break has been moved up by one week. The school calendar on the website now reflects this.

Student Application for Fall 2021

Below is the link for our application for next fall. Siblings of current students get priority over the lottery for the general public. Families will need to submit prior to the April lottery.

Student Intent to Return

For current Explore Academy students who have not yet filled out the student intent to return, please do so on this link.

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