Officials break ground on school construction projects

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed School board members and local dignitaries collaborate to break ground for Gattis Middle School which is scheduled to be completed by late summer 2013. Benna Sayyed It was a busy day for Clovis Municipal Schools, with groundbreaking ceremonies for its new middle school and a renovation project at another school. […]

Breastfeeding moms should be accommodated

Freedom New Mexico A teacher who routinely pumped breast milk during work has lost her job, leading the American Civil Liberties Union to file a notice of claim against the Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen in Colorado. ACLU lawyers claim the public charter school declined to renew the contract of teacher Heather Burgbacher because she […]

Citizen’s Police Academy set for August

CNJ staff The 16th session of the Citizen’s Police Academy is set to begin in August. Hosted through the joint efforts of the Clovis Police Department, Curry County Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico State Police, the academy is designed to give citizens a better understanding of the “rigors a police officer must endure,” according to […]

Education column: Clovis Municipal Schools to host summer academy

Summer is here. No more school…well, almost. Next thing on the agenda is the Clovis Municipal Schools’ Summer Academy. Our version of summer school, the CMS Summer Academy will be held at Cameo Elementary this year from Monday through June 30, meeting on Monday through Thursday of each week. The shortened day runs from 8 […]

Bella Vista students to perform children’s operas

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Arts Academy at Bella Vista’s performance of three operas Friday finishes with a dance sequence. Liliana Castillo The Arts Academy at Bella Vista’s singing and dancing students will take the Marshall Auditorium stage once again Friday. This time, 230 students from kindergarten through sixth grade will perform three miniature […]

Freshman Academy Cat-a-bration shows off student work

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Freshman Academy parent Susana Cantu, left, and her children, from left to right, Mari Cantu, Ruben Torres, Abri Cantu and Victoria Cantu spend time at the biology table Tuesday during the Freshman Academy Cat-a-bration. Teachers of each subject displayed work from their class for parents to see. Liliana Castillo Parents […]

Citizens’ police academy to be offered

CNJ staff Community members are being invited to participate in a 12-week citizens’ police academy. The academy is designed to acquaint citizens with the diversity in a police officer’s career, and it highlights areas such as criminal law, investigations, traffic and crash investigations, drug enforcement and domestic violence, according to a press release. Participants will […]

Clovis students win honors at Lego League competition

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Liliana Castillo In five minutes, the 11 Gifted and Talented students from the Arts Academy at Bella Vista designed a diagram of the human heart with a clot inside. But it was their level-headed, cooperative and clear ability to explain the diagram that won them first place in Gracious Professionalism at the New Mexico First […]

Education column: Freshman academy applies lessons to real-world situations

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy When I walked in the CHS Freshman Academy library, imagine my surprise at almost tripping over a “body” sprawled across the floor behind yellow police tape, surrounded by tire tracks, shell casings, and blood spatters. Ok, ok… it was just a mannequin, the central focus of a unique project under way. Librarian, Janita […]

Arts academy to perform Nutcracker for 10th year

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Liliana Castillo Sixth-grader Joshua McLaurin’s wish of becoming a magician came true when he was cast as the magician Drosselmeyer in the Arts Academy at Bella Vista’s annual production of The Nutcracker. This will be the 10th year the arts academy has brought the full ballet to the stage with a full student cast, except […]