RRPS wishes everyone a festive and wonderful holiday season, and a Happy New Year!  District Office will reopen January 5th, and classes resume Tuesday, January 6th.

2013-14 Pow Wow T-shirts still available!
Please call 896-0667 ext 51171 to get your T-shirt.

Rio Rancho Public Schools Benefit Pow Wow
 

A Pow Wow is a gathering where Native American dancing, singing and celebration take place. It’s a way to honor traditions and ancestors and to give thanks to spirits and the creator.  

The circle is an important symbol to Native Americans. This is symbolic of the life cycle. The Pow Wow brings the circle of people closer to their families, friends, and Native American culture.   Pow Wows are usually non-profit. They depend on donations, raffles, and blanket dances for support. Click here to view powwow flyer.

7th Annual Benefit Pow Wow
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Each April, one of Rio Rancho's high school gymnasiums echoes to the sounds of drums, chants, and songs.  The smell of traditional fry bread and Indian tacos wafts in from the patio as dancers of all ages, wearing the traditional dress of their tribes, celebrate their ancient traditions.
 
The 7th Annual RRPS Pow Wow (view our flyer) will be held on April 5, 2014 at the Cleveland High School gym.  The event will feature Gourd Dancers, Grand Entries, amazing drum groups, and traditional dance competitions in several categories.  In addition, the event includes a student art contest, raffles, giveaways, vendor booths featuring native arts and crafts, and other activities throughout the day. 
 
The annual Pow Wow is sponsored by the RRPS Native American Parent Advisory Council (NAPAC), the Rio Rancho High School Native American Student Union, and the Cleveland High School Native American Student Union. The Pow Wow provides a means to bring the community together, to share their culture with others, and raise awareness about NAPAC with Rio Rancho parents. It also helps to cement the bonds among schools and their Native American families and is one way the district teaches students about the state's diverse cultures. 
 
Rio Rancho Public Schools enrolls students from all of New Mexico’s Native American tribes, as well as many tribes throughout the nation. About 5.3% of RRPS’s student population is Native American.

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Each year, a percentage of the proceeds from the annual Pow Wow are used to fund the district’s Native American Summer Academy, which is designed to integrate Native American culture with core subject areas. This program focuses on instilling a sense a unity and community among urban native youth along with providing an educational, cultural and enriching experience. 


Six years of RRPS Benefit Pow Wow History!

Click on the year link below to view that year's information!
2013

2012

2011 2010 2009 2008


Pow Wow Student Art Contest Winner

Last year’s 6th Annual Benefit Pow Wow Art Winner was Denica Tafoya, a 6th Grade student from Rio Rancho Middle School.

This Year's Art Winner!  Denica Tafoya

ATTENTION PERFORMANCE ARTISTS!

Do you sing, dance, play an instrument or tell jokes?
Click here for information:

Click on link to get your entry form for the 2014  Benefit Pow Wow Art Contest.

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Last Updated: 4/8/14

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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