Vista Grande


Native American Programs

March 12, 2021

I am excited to pass along the following information about COVID19 Vaccinations from the Kewa Pueblo Health Corporation. Please see the below information on how to sign up for the vaccination if you and your children who are 16 and over wish to receive the vaccination.

RRPS is committed to meeting the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indian and Alaska Native students, so that such students can meet the same challenging State student academic achievement standards as all other students are expected to meet.

October, 2020

My name is Laurie Johnson. I am the Native American Liaison at Vista Grande Elementary (VGE) . I wanted to send this email to introduce myself. I created a Google Sites page for our Native American Union so I can improve on communicating with parents at our school. Here is the link to our page: Native American Programs Google Sites Page.. On this page I will keep you updated on any meetings I have with students as well as any upcoming events. I know this year has been difficult and many challenges come with online learning. Any meeting we have will be virtual at the codeVGENAU. I will also place any notes from the meeting on our Google Sites page. I am trying to put together a site plan for our students this year and I would like to gather suggestions from parents and students when making the plan since we are all in this distance learning situation together. Some things to consider could be tutoring for the students, providing supplies, headphones or a wireless mouse for students. Other options include having one or more guest speakers and compensating them for their time should that be required. I am open to any suggestions and look forward to collaborating with you. The only thing I do know is money can not be used for food. As a reminder only students who have a 506 form on file can benefit from federal funds provided by Title VI. Also we will be arranging some community engagement events and would appreciate your feedback for this as well. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns throughout the year at laurie.johnson@rrps.net or call me at 505 771-2366 ext. 57438 . I look forward to working with you to make this a successful year.

If you have not enrolled your child a link to the form is located below.

Laurie Johnson

Instructional Assistant

Vista Grande Elementary

October 2019

We are happy to announce that tutoring has begun. This year we decided to focus our tutoring in the area of Foundational Skills, specifically phonological awareness for your youngest learners. If your kindergarten or first grade student was identified as being able to benefit from the extra instruction/practice, you should have already been notified. Sessions are held on Tuesday and Thursday, after school in Mrs. Gallardo's classroom. Attendance is mandatory, and more than 3 absences can affect your child's ability to participate.

The schedule for tutoring is as follows:

October 8, 15, 17, 22, 24, and 28 (please note, there is no tutoring on the 31st/Halloween)

November 5, 7-CANCELLED, 12, 14, 19, 21

December 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19

January 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30

February 4, 6, 11 and 13th


September 2019

Welcome back Vista Grande Elementary Native American families! My name is Janette Gallegos and I am the Native American Program Liaison for our school community. For the past 16 years, I have had the wonderful opportunity to teach and get to know many of our Native American students here at Vista Grande. Here you will find useful information, resources and opportunities available to your family. I look forward to working with you this school year!

I am in the process of compiling a list of families who do not yet have a 506c form on file with the school district, and will be reaching out to you in the coming weeks to help you with this process should you be interested in having your student(s) be eligible to participate in any Native American sponsored event here at Vista Grande.

Enroll Your Child in the Indian Education Program

In order to apply annually for the Title VII formula grant, we must determine the number of Indian children enrolled in Rio Rancho. Any child who meets the required definition may be counted for the purpose of receiving this funding. This form will become part of your child’s school record and only needs to be completed once.

(link for 506c form is located below if needed)

Please feel free to contact your Vista Grande Elementary Native American Liaison, Janette Gallegos, with any questions. I can be reached at janette.gallegos@rrps.net or 771-2366 extension 261.

Tutoring information

is coming soon!

Sessions will be held

Tuesdays & Thursdays

All students attending are required to have a 506c form on file.