Citizens’ school concerns valid

When I first heard about Concerned Citizens of Curry County, I made the comment to my wife that David Briseno should appoint one or two members to represent the group’s concerns. Since Briseno had worked for Rhonda Seidenwurm, I was sure someone would say the motivation was revenge or a vendetta. Also, regarding Friday’s letter […]

Citizens group meets with Seidenwurm

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Leaders of Clovis Municipal Schools and three spokesmen from the Concerned Citizens of Curry County met in private talks Friday that Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said helped clear up misconceptions. Seidenwurm and Interim Superintendent G.C. Ross met with CCCC President David Briseno, Johnny Chavez and local NAACP President Selmus Price, […]

Residents recognize significance of Tuesday’s inauguration

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Maria Briseno, 17, said she didn’t really know how to pack for her trip with 10 classmates to the inauguration. She made sure to pack a map of the metro system subway in Washington D.C. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Among the millions expected to swarm Washington, D.C., for […]

Briseno to call it a career

David Briseno has worn many hats in the 26 years he’s worked for the Clovis Municipal Schools system, some at the same time. And he’s good at it, according to Matthew Trujillo, principal of Highland Elementary School. “He’s good with kids and a great motivator,” Trujillo said. Briseno, executive director of community relations for the […]

Undocumented immigrants fight for education

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Edith, left, and Adriana, Clovis High School seniors, have been in the U.S. for at least six years. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Iveth has attended Clovis schools since she came to the United States with her parents about six years ago. Now a Clovis High School senior taking […]

State to release annual school progress reports

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer School officials say the annual Adequate Yearly Progress reports, scheduled for release today, give a skewed perspective on the performance of some schools. The report is a No Child Left Behind Act yardstick used to measure students’ reading and math skills. “The idea of shooting for 100 percent of […]

Ninth-grade academy gets official name

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Students walk the hallways of Gattis Junior High School, which will be converted into a ninth-grade academy. (CNJ staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Plans for the Clovis ninth-grade academy are progressing smoothly, according to Clovis Schools officials. Officials have decided to name the academy the Clovis High School Freshman Campus, […]

School assures safety

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In the wake of several violent school shootings, the attention of the nation has turned to issues of school safety. In Clovis Municipal Schools, safeguarding students has long been a top concern, according to school officials. In response to the 1999 Columbine school shooting, local school officials beefed up […]

Job changes student’s life

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A job changed Oswaldo “Ozzie” Flores, perhaps forever. “I was just one of those little thugs,” said Flores, 16. “I was always getting suspended, always in trouble. I remember being told I would never make it to the high school,” he said. That string of suspensions led Flores to […]

Officials say tutoring program ineffective

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Two Clovis schools that did not meet federal standards for student performance three years in a row must provide free tutoring to students. Cameo Elementary School and W.D. Gattis Junior High School students are eligible for the federally funded program, which is a spin-off the No Child Left Behind […]

Clovis goes back to school

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Leonard Freitas helps a student cross the road in front of Zia Elementary at Putnam Drive and Norris Street. Freitas. Wednesday was the first day if school for Clovis Municipal Schools. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Four hundred and seventy-six students piled into the classrooms of Mesa Elementary School […]

Officials provide back-to-school tips

By CNJ Staff A few back-to-school tidbits for Clovis Municipal Schools students. The first day of school in Clovis is Wednesday. Walk-through at Yucca Novice students at Yucca Junior High School will have an opportunity to get acquainted with their new school. Walk-through tours of Yucca will be offered to seventh-graders from 3:30 p.m. to […]

Cannon plans in holding pattern

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A Clovis-Portales team envisioned last August to plan for a possible expansion at Cannon Air Force Base has lain dormant. Since a group of Clovis and Portales city and county representatives agreed to form the team nearly a year ago, the team has done little, besides attend a base […]

Two schools placed in lockdown

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff Writer Two Clovis schools were placed on precautionary lockdown at about noon Tuesday while police searched for a 12-year-old boy with an ax, according to a Clovis Police Department press release. The boy was spotted by an adult near the schools carrying an ax, according to officials Yucca Junior High […]

Man scarred by smokeless tobacco to speak in area

By William P. Thompson Area students will think twice about using smokeless tobacco after listening to Gruen Von Behrens talk about his battle with cancer, according to anti-tobacco advocates. Von Behrens, who has undergone more than 35 surgeries on his face since being diagnosed with oral cancer at 17, will speak about his experiences next […]

Bilingual teachers in short supply

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Clovis High School bilingual language teacher Ron Elguera directs a rehearsal Wednesday at the high school. The Spanish for Spanish speakers class is working on three skits to be performed at the school. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A stint as a student teacher is a necessary step on the […]

La Casita fully integrating dual-language program

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Endearingly named “the little house” in Spanish, the brick school on the eastern side of Clovis already exudes culture: Flamenco dancers trained at the school twirl in colorful attire at civic events; Spanish words decorate hallways and classrooms, and Spanish food is exchanged between staff, parents and students regularly. […]

Road safety main factor in snow days

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer It is not often that Mother Nature wreaks havoc — in the form of snow and ice — on eastern New Mexico. But when and if she does, Clovis Municipal Schools will be prepared, according to school officials. Whether or not to bestow its approximate 8,000 students with a […]

Drivers keeping eye on fuel prices

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Deanna Fe Briseno said she doesn’t mind waiting 25 minutes in line to buy gas if it saves her money. The Clovis woman stopped Saturday to buy gas at the Allsup’s on Prince Street, where the cost for regular-unleaded gasoline as much as 17¢ a gallon cheaper than other […]

CHS’ Fullerton takes Bovina job

By Dave Wagner: CNJ sports writer After 32 years in the district, Clovis High athletic director Dale Fullerton will be leaving his current post at the end of the fall semester. Fullerton, in his third year as Clovis’ AD, has accepted a position as principal at Bovina High School. He starts at Bovina in January. […]