Education feature: Prepping for school

CNJ illustration: Cheyanne Bardin Classes resume for Clovis Municipal Schools Aug. 13.

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

Summer break isn’t quite over yet, but Victoria Moya is getting ready to start the school night routine again.

With about two weeks left of summer vacation, Moya said it’s a little early to begin getting back into the routine. But a week before school starts, she will return to giving her 6-year-old son Antonio a definitive bedtime.

“We’ll start getting him used to getting his clothes out for the next day and knowing that he’s got to take a bath and be in bed by 8:30 or 9 p.m.,” Moya said. “I also get him up about 7 a.m. so he’s ready to do that for school.”

School administrators stressed that children of all ages should start to go to bed early and get up early, which will help them ease into being up early for school.

“Students need to be getting in the habit of not staying up all night to be rested for a day of school,” said Jody Balch, Clovis High School principal.

Balch went on to stress the need for goals.

“They need to have attainable goals,” Balch said. “The students need to have a plan of attack for the school year.”

Parkview Elementary School Principal Joe Parks said that it’s important for the students to be prepared.

“What we’d like to see for the kiddos is that they come prepared with all the materials and supplies they need,” said Parks, stressing that supply lists can be found on-line or picked up at the school.

“But the main thing for us is that kids come to school eager to learn because that’s what it’s all about,” he said.