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 […]