Education column: Borrowed grandparents boon to school

La Casita recently held a special birthday breakfast celebration. Juanita Chavez, “foster grandmother” turned 80 years old last week, and Principal Sylvia Martinez, along with all the staff at La Casita, decided it was definitely worth making a fuss about. Juanita, whose six children reside in diverse locations — from Texas, Washington, California, Connecticut, to […]

Tiger’s tale: A few quick facts about the zoo’s latest feline resident

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Tonjia Rolan Sooner, a Bengal tiger, was born in a wildlife preserve in Wynnewood, Okla., in May. When he arrived in Clovis at 11 weeks old, he barely had his eyes open. Today he is thriving under the care of Mark Yannotti, assistant zoo director at Hillcrest Park Zoo, who […]

Education column: Reading focus at La Casita

That deliciously crisp fall air means fall festivals and Halloween parties are in the works. Sylvia Martinez, principal at La Casita Elementary, shared plans for fall activities this year. “For the last three years we have really been focusing on literacy and have tied classroom and school-wide activities to supporting reading.” For example, La Casita […]

Education column: La Casita instruction rolling on

One blustery, winter day last week was marked by an uncommon treat. A sea of miniature, yellow hard hats worn by elementary students appeared in front of La Casita Elementary. At the forefront Principal Dr. Sylvia Martinez, in a pink hard hat, welcomed guests to the long awaited ground breaking ceremony. Among the guests were […]

Press Release: Clovis Municipal Schools closing Wednesday

February 1st Cancellations:Choices Night SchoolLincoln‐Jackson Tutoring ProgramLincoln‐Jackson English as a Second Language (ESL) ClassesLincoln‐Jackson Recreational ProgramYucca Middle School TutoringMarshall Middle School TutoringVarsity Boys Basketball Game @ LovingtonAfter‐School Program at the Following Schools: James Bickley, Arts Academy @Bella Vista, Cameo Elementary, La Casita Elementary, Lockwood Elementary,Parkview Elementary, & Sandia Elementary February 2nd Cancellations:Family Leadership Institute February […]

Education column: Geysers erupt at La Casita

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy You’ve heard of Old Faithful? Last week crowds of students and teachers at La Casita Elementary “ooh-ed” and “ahh-ed” at erupting geysers on their own school playground. Admittedly, there was something thrilling about watching the streams shoot up, one right after the other, 20 feet or so into the air. Geysers at La […]

Principal: First day of school ‘fabulous’

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Marisol Azdar and her daughter greet her son, 7-year-old Felipe Azdar after his first day of school at La Casita Elementary. Azdar said Felipe was excited to go back to school Thursday morning. Sharna Johnson Hectic and fabulous are just some of the words used by school personnel to describe […]

Meetings watch: Special session discussed at school board meeting

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education met Tuesday at La Casita Elementary School: • Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm gave an update on the state Legislature’s special session, which begins Saturday. The message was essentially too much is unknown at this point, and community meetings will be scheduled after the session concludes. Seidenwurm said […]

Feb. 5 Education Digest

La Casita Elementary School awarded for bilingual program La Casita Elementary School was awarded $3,000 from the Public Education Department in recognition of its outstanding bilingual program, according to a news release.La Casita was one of 31 schools in the state recognized at the Bilingual Education Awards on Jan. 30.Schools were selected based upon English […]

May 15, 2008 Education Digest

Elementary graduations to be held Area elementary schools will hold promotion ceremonies for their kindergarten and sixth graders. Arts Academy at Bella VistaKindergarten: 9:15 a.m., May 22 Sixth grade: 1 p.m., May 22 Barry Elementary School Sixth grade: 9:30 a.m., May 22Kindergarten: 1:30 p.m., May 22 Cameo Elementary School Kindergarten: 9 a.m., MondaySixth grade: 9 […]

School board does walk-through of La Casita

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer School board officials walked through the halls at La Casita Elementary school Tuesday at the board’s first school visitation meeting. The school board voted in its last meeting to have school visitation meetings at Clovis schools. School superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm said the meetings would show board members what projects […]

Education feature: Cultural calling

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Students at La Casita Elementary School listen attentively Wednesday as Native American storyteller Debra Morningstar shares stories with the students that demonstrate how to live in balance and harmony. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Here, there is no museum mentality. Rattles, turtle shells, rabbit pelts, animal skulls and handmade […]

Student ambassadors

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Laced with threads of silver, the sombrero glitters on the floor as Vanessa Cruz and Navor Estrada weave around it. From a podium, Christy Van Hoose shouts instructions. “Kick those legs,” she instructs the couple. Vanessa, 11, and Navor, 12, pound their feet in an impressive rendition of […]

School to feature colorful language

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleCarlos Callejo mixes paint for a mural at La Casita Elementary. Callejo worked on the mural for four weeks. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer He prepares for a morning of work by ridding himself of the remnants of yesterday — thick globs of acrylic paint that have dried on his […]

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. […]

School size does matter in testing

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ STAFF WRITER Superintendent Patricia Miller is new to the Fort Sumner school district. But when adequate yearly progress results from the New Mexico Public Education Department reached her desk Monday, and the district received a big AYP thumbs up, she was ecstatic. “There was much hand-clapping and a dance of joy,” […]

Dual Language Program promotes proficiency in both Spanish and English

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La Casita second grader Sigrid Viera reads from her text book during science class Tuesday at La Casita Elementary School in Clovis. Ten years ago it would be hard to find a student speaking Spanish in the classroom. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Upon first glance, the colorful ink […]