District-Wide Announcements
Important Information About PARCC Testing
Why is it important that your student take the PARCC tests?  What about those rumors of student protests?  Here's the latest information, and links to even more information you can use!
RRPS Maintains High Graduation Rates, Expectations
The numbers for the Class of 2014 are in, and in a year where state graduation rates dropped, RRPS's graduation rate rose slightly even as the district maintained its rigorous academic expectations. RRPS has the highest graduation rate in the state for large school districts. Congratulations to our students and teachers!
2015-16 School Calendar
The calendar for the 2015-16 school year has been approved by the RRPS Board of Education! View the full online calendar here, or download these printable versions:
District Instructional Calendar  /  List of Key Dates  
ESL Classes for Parents!
RRPS has partnered with Read West to offer ESL classes for parents!
Need or want to learn or improve your English? Join us for these classes at Rio Rancho Elementary or Colinas del Norte Elementary on Tuesdays from 6-8pm until May 11th!  Click for details.
  • Ingles como segunda idioma, tutorías uno-a-uno para aprender inglés 
Haga clic aquí para ver todos los detalles.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Elem. Announcements
PARCC Testing Begins On March 2
Students in the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades will begin PARCC testing in March. Please help your child to be prepared for this opportunity to show what they have learned so far this school year by insuring that they have eaten a healthy breakfast, had plenty of sleep, and arrive to school on time. Please CLICK HERE for the 3rd-4th grade testing schedule, or CLICK HERE for the 5th grade testing schedule. 
MLKE Quality of Education Survey
It is that time of year again where we ask you to tell us how you feel about our school. Please take a few minutes to fill out the MLK Quality of Education Survey by CLICKING HERE. Your feedback can help us to better understand what we are doing well and how we can continue to improve here at MLK! Thank you so much for your feedback!
Dr. Suess Week at MLK!
Students at Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary will be celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday. This celebrated children's author would be celebrating his 111th birthday on March 2nd of this year. In his honor, our school will be participating in Dr. Seuss Week with many fun themed days. Check the calendar for specific themed days for March 2-6.
Annual Rio Rancho Public Schools Pow Wow
On Saturday, April 18, the V. Sue Cleveland Gym will echo with the traditional sound of drums, chants, and songs in celebration of Native American cultures. Please join RRPS families for the 8th annual RRPS Pow Wow. CLICK HERE for more information about this exciting all day event. 
Eureka Math Explained
Concerned about the “new math” your child is leaning? CLICK HERE for a brief introduction to describe just how Eureka teaches students from Kinder- 12th grade. How the concepts build on each other year after year. 
PARCC Question of the Week

Each week from now until the start of the spring assessments, the PED will post a PARCC test item to give parents and others a glimpse into the kinds of questions students can expect. Please CLICK HERE to see this week's sample item. 

Reminder About Balloons on Busses
Dear MLK Families, It is important to remember that, even during holidays or other special occasions, that balloons of any kind are strictly forbidden on RRPS school busses. Please CLICK HERE for more information from  the RRPS Student Transportation department. 
Girl Scout Group Accepting New Members
Attention students in Kindergarten through 5th grade! MLK is hosting a Girl Scout Troop every Friday after school. This troop is now accepting new members. Please CLICK HERE to email Ashleigh Munson or call her at  (505) 977-9759 to enroll today. 
Donate Your Old Technology to Help MLK
Did you purchase some upgraded gadgets this holiday shopping season? Please consider donating your old phones, tablets, laptops and used ink cartridges to MLK. We send them to "Green School" and receive money for MLK to spend on classroom supplies. Bring donations to your child's teacher or the workroom. 
Abbreviated Day Schedule
An abbreviated day begins two hours later than the regular schedule.   Bus schedules are also delayed two hours.  Listen to radio stations KOB AM, KOB FM, KRST, BIG-I or watch TV Channels 4, 7, or 13 for the most up-to-date information.  You may also visit the RRPS Homepage. Notification is usually made by 5:30 a.m.  Should the cancellation of school be necessary, notification is usually given by 7:30 a.m.  Please avoid calling the school or the district office for this information.  It is recommended that families plan for such emergency closures. 
Project Backpack
MLK has a program, called Project Backpack to help our families by providing food for children each weekend. If you are in need of a little help, please CLICK HERE to find out how to apply. We also need community members to donate supplies for the backpacks that are being sent home. Please CLICK HERE to find out more about donating to this worthy cause and help MLK families in their time of need. Thanks as always for being such a supportive community!
Visitor Sign-In Policy at RRPS Schools
As many of you already know, we are now using a Raptor sign-in process at many RRPS schools including MLK. Please know that when any visitors and volunteers come to our school campus, they are required (without exception) to sign in and out of the building/campus in the front office. CLICK HERE for more information about this policy. Thank you all for helping to support our school in keeping our students safe. 

Mission: Rio Rancho Public Schools is dedicated to graduating each student with an educational foundation for success as a responsible, ethical contributor to society.

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