Bella Vista joins inauguration celebration

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Students at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista dance during the an inauguration ball Tuesday at the school. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Not to be left out of the celebrations at the nation’s capital, Clovis residents held their own commemorations of Tuesday’s historic inauguration. Barack Obama was sworn […]

Academy set for “Nutcracker” performance

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Students from Bella Vista practice for The Nutcracker at Marshall Auditorium. CNJ Staff The Arts Academy at Bella Vista’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” is 7 p.m. on Friday. The play has been produced annually for 12 years, according to director Viola Cano. Cano is the dance teacher for Bella […]

Education feature: Bella Vista students make canvas out of lab coat

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bella Vista sixth-graders Isaiah Callahan, left, and Jesus Uribe add detail to the art they added onto Shelly Grim’s lab coat she wears while she teaches science to her fourth-grade class. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

Pet of the day: Bella

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Name: Bella About: Bella was adopted from my friend Carole (God rest her soul) when she was a kitten back in 2005. Bella is a domestic black short hair with a sometimes bad attitude. She’s about 12 1/2 to 13 pounds. People ask me what I feed her — I tell them what ever she […]

Clovis schools plan for growth

By Jean Verlich: CNJ NEWS EDITOR Plans to accommodate future growth in Clovis elementary schools were set in motion at Tuesday’s school board meeting with proposed changes to the zoning for Barry Elementary School and the Arts Academy at Bella Vista. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm told board members enrollment at Barry is under 300 students, with […]

Education Feature: Teacher marches to music’s beat

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Janet Barnard, a music teacher at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista, sits next to third-grader Jordan Castillo while she plays an instrument. Barnard is retiring after 27 years of teaching at Clovis elementary schools. By Wren Abbott: CNJ Correspondent Long before research demonstrated the “Mozart effect” — the relationship […]

Meetings Watch: New Mexico Environment Department

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer What: New Mexico Environment Department will host an informal community meeting in Clovis concerning the air permit for the proposed ConAgra Trade Group ethanol plant. When: 6:30-8:30 p.m., today Where: Bella Vista Elementary School, 2900 Cesar Chavez St. Who: NMED representatives will speak for 20 minutes followed by representatives […]

Dance lessons help teach Bella Vista students social skills

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Fifth-graders Samantha Lucero and Jordan Jones dance the fox trot Wednesday during Viola Cano’s dance class at Arts Academy at Bella Vista. Cano teaches ballroom dancing to some 400 students. (Staff photo: Andy Delisle) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Twenty-four little feet followed the instructions of Viola Cano. “Slow, quick, quick, slow. Slow, […]

Learning means transition

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleKathi Shaw teaches 4-year-olds at Cameo Elementary School. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer In a little more than two weeks, area students will return to school. Awaiting some are significant changes. Here is a closer view of alterations in area school districts. Clovis High School Tradition returns — in the […]

Education feature: Lincoln-Jackson easing into transition

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Lincoln-Jackson Arts Academy will merge with Bella Vista Elementary in the fall. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The costumes, museum artifacts and literature Sara Hennessy uses to teach her fifth-grade class about the Colonial era have been packed away in a box. The Lincoln-Jackson Arts Academy teacher finished the unit […]