January 2024 Shark News

We want to extend a warm welcome to our new Director of Community Engagement at Siembra, Edward Ramirez. A word from Mr. Ramirez and his vision for what the next year will bring for our students:

Embarking on a rich 14-year educational journey, I commenced my career as a third-grade teacher in Alamo, New Mexico, a remote reservation nestled 140 miles Southeast of Albuquerque. This initial experience ignited a passion for transformative education that has shaped my trajectory ever since. Following a year in the classroom, I assumed a pivotal role within the school's leadership team, collaborating under the aegis of the Department of Education. Guided by this commitment, I spearheaded the implementation of the "Children's Guild" initiative, a non-profit organization dedicated to Educational Reform for students in Special Education and those navigating challenges in conventional educational settings.

Throughout this transformative period, my steadfast partner and wife of 10 years, alongside our two cherished daughters, have been pillars of support and inspiration. Their unwavering encouragement has fueled my dedication to the field of education and community engagement.

Now, as I embrace the role of Director of Community Engagement for Siembra Leadership High School, my vision expands beyond the confines of the classroom. I envision a collaborative and inclusive learning environment, where community partnerships thrive, and students are empowered holistically. Drawing on my extensive background, including six years with New Mexico State University's Mathematically Connected Communities, where I worked with 16 diverse school districts, and my executive training through the National Institute of School Leadership, I bring a wealth of experience in educational research, district-wide goal setting, and strategic thinking.

My commitment extends beyond professional realms; it intertwines with a personal dedication to enriching the lives of my own family and those within the school community. Together, with the support of my wife and daughters, I eagerly embark on this new chapter at Siembra Leadership High School, driven by a profound belief in the transformative power of education and community engagement.

Winter Market Triumph: A Resounding Success!

Siembra recently hosted a spectacular event, our first annual Winter Market, where the entrepreneurial spirit of our 11th and 12th Grade Capstone students truly shone. These talented students proudly presented their businesses, showcased their products, and treated attendees to a delightful display of musical talents. We are thrilled to announce that our budding entrepreneurs collectively earned over $2000 in profits. This is just the beginning of what promises to be a flourishing tradition at Siembra. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended and showed overwhelming support for our students and their ventures! 🌟🛍️🎶

Join us for our Community Input Session!

We are looking for partners, staff and students to help provide input for our Spring Semester Projects that are starting in January. At Siembra, we do school a little differently in that we create our projects from scratch each year so that what students are learning is authentic, relevant and based on what is going on in the world today. We are needing input from you all to help us build these projects in the areas of Life Skills, Social Justice and Business Capstone.  

**Don't have expertise in these areas? That's ok! We want to hear what you have to say!**

The tuning days and times are as follows:

Lifeskills - Monday January 8th 1:30 - 3:30 

Social Justice - Tuesday January 9th 1:30 - 3:30

Business Capstone - Wednesday January 10th 1:30 - 3:30

Register Here

Congratulations, Ms. Jimenez! Nominated for NM Teacher of the Year!

We are thrilled to announce that our very own Ms. Jimenez has been nominated for the prestigious 2024 New Mexico Teacher award! As a valued member of our Siembra family, Ms. Jimenez has consistently demonstrated exceptional dedication and passion for education, going above and beyond to honor the achievements of our students and the contributions of their families. Join us in celebrating this well-deserved recognition for Ms. Jimenez and the positive impact she continues to make in the lives of our students. Congratulations! 🎉

Siembra Internships Culminate with Success: Wrapping Up a Semester of Growth and Learning

As the semester comes to a close, we are thrilled to celebrate the incredible achievements of our Siembra Interns, who concluded their impactful experiences with a bang! These dedicated individuals delivered an insightful presentation to their mentors, families, colleagues, and our esteemed Siembra staff, sharing valuable insights about their journey and the lessons learned within the community. We take immense pride in their accomplishments and commend their dedication to personal and professional growth. Congratulations to our interns, and here's to the continued success and growth of our program! 🌱🌟

Siembra's Sisterhood Flourishes: A Heartwarming Week of Bonding, Learning, and Self-Care

Siembra's Sisterhood blossomed as our amazing young women embarked on a memorable journey. Creating lasting connections, they initiated a club that fosters support and unity—Siembra's Sisterhood. In December, these ladies had the privilege of visiting a retirement home, engaging in meaningful conversations with the elderly, and gaining invaluable insights. They indulged in delicious food, enjoyed a stay at a beautiful hotel, and immersed themselves in self-care activities. It was a heartwarming experience that not only strengthened bonds but also highlighted the power of learning from one another.

Upcoming Events and Dates

  • January 8, 2024 - CNM Spring Semester begins
  • January 8-12, 2024 - Asynchronous Learning Starts (info will be provided Jupiter and e-mail)
  • January 13, 2024 - Community Based Learning Day
  • January 15, 2024 - No School (Dr MLK Day)
  • January 16-19, 2024 - Onboarding Days


Congratulations to Siembra being nominated for an Eagle award at NAIOP's Awards of Excellence!  

What is NAIOP New Mexico? 

NAIOP New Mexico is a commercial real estate development association with members who come from all industries that touch on commercial real estate, including architects, contractors, engineers, developers and more. Siembra partnered with SMPC Architects to transform the space of 606 + 610 Central Ave to a beautiful educational institution that encompasses the beautiful culture of our students, of Albuquerque, and New Mexico as a whole.

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We still have spots available for this upcoming Semester!

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