PLUTO SUMMER: Japanese Film Crew and Dr. Marc Buie visit Tombaugh Elementary

          How do you mix cutting edge science and broadcasting with your summer vacations? Students from Tombaugh Elementary found out Saturday, June 6th. The students took part in a documentary film being shot in the U.S. by NHK, Japanese National Broadcasting. NHK director Kotaro Miyake is working on a film about the New Horizons Spacecraft, which will make its closest flyby of Pluto on July 14th. Mr. Miyake and his crew wanted to include some students’ perceptions about their favorite planet in the Kuiper Belt.

            The film crew and the students were also treated to a visit by Dr. Marc Buie, one of the principal investigators for New Horizons. Dr. Buie, who is based in Boulder, CO, was in Las Cruces to give lectures on New Horizons at the Rio Grande Theater and NMSU.

            The Tombaugh students enjoyed creating some original drawings of their predictions of what Pluto looks like. After a journey of 3 billion miles and 9 years, scientists and science enthusiasts alike will finally be able to see some clear pictures of the icy world discovered by Dr. Clyde Tombaugh in 1930.

            Mrs. Catherine Huber, the teacher coordinator, said it was a unique opportunity for the students, “We were really pleased to cooperate with Mr. Miyake and NHK for this documentary project. It’s been a wonderful way to have our Tombaugh students take part in the scientific events surrounding the New Horizons mission to Pluto.”

Important Upcoming Dates

1/31- 4th Grade Orff Concert

1/27- Walk-To- School Friday

2/2- Stargazing Night 6:30-8:30pm

2/16- Group Picture Day

2/17- District Spanish Spelling Bee 8-12pm

2/23- 3rd Grade Concert- Songs of the 50's

2/24- Walk-To-School Friday

3 /8- NAEP Testing 4th Grade

3/16- 2nd Grade Concert Celebrate Music

3/17-Kona Ice Day!

3/30- Spring Picture Day

3/30- AES Student Wax Museum

3/31- Walk-To-School Friday

4/7- 5th Grade Field Trip to Visit Zia Middle School

4/21- Kinder Field Trip to White Sands

4/14- 1st Grade Concert “The Little Red Hen”

4/28- Walk-To School Friday

4/28- Kona Ice Day

5/9- Kindergarden End Of Year Concert

5/12- Starshine Talent Show*

5/15-Yearbooks arrive

5/19- Walk-To-School Friday

Tombaugh Mission Statement

As teachers at Tombaugh, we provide each student a differentiated education in a safe, encouraging environment that promotes self-discipline, motivation, and excellence in learning. We work with parents and community to support the students in developing skills to become successful adults.

Class Vision Wordle Created by the Students and Staff of Tombaugh Elem.

Tombaugh Vision Statement

In order to have a community of learners where learning is fun, the teacher must be a role model and facilitate for all students and provide a safe environment where students are allowed to ask questions, learn from one another, and engage in self- discovery.




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