Asbestos found in Texico schools

CNJ staff Asbestos has been discovered in the Texico Municipal Schools cafeteria and an elementary school classroom, school officials said Wednesday. Superintendent R.L. Richards said safety precautions include roping off the cafeteria while students use a newly-constructed cafeteria. Richards said Cures Environmental of Albuquerque, a licensed abatement company, was hired to perform removal of the […]

Ranchvale purchases document cameras

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ranchvale third-grader Ryan Perkins, 8, labels Earth and Venus Thursday on a diagram of the solar system under the document camera in Trinity Watt’s classroom. Liliana Castillo Ranchvale Elementary School spent money raised by its fall fundraiser to purchase document cameras for each classroom. Document cameras are a new, higher […]

Grant McGee: Classroom punishments thing of the past

Grant McGee There’s a news story out of Santa Fe about a shop teacher who allegedly locked up an unruly student in a storage area. Authorities say she could face child abuse and false imprisonment charges. The story brought back memories of my eighth grade math teacher, Mr. Rigdon. Mr. Rigdon had his ways to […]

Education column: Technology aids in education

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy It was in a middle school classroom that I recently saw the writing on the wall … literally. Energetic history teacher Brandi Thomas, at Yucca Middle School, carried a wireless digital tablet (about the size of a clipboard) around her classroom, and as she wrote on it, the writing appeared on the large […]

Press release: Bingaman backs measure to help keep teachers in the classroom

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today joined in introducing a bill to help prevent educator layoffs. The economic downturn of the past two years has led to extremely tight state budgets. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – legislation that is helping rebuild the New Mexico economy – provided over $500 million over two […]

Bingaman Backs Measure to Help Keep Teachers in the Classroom

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today joined in introducing a bill to help prevent educator layoffs. The economic downturn of the past two years has led to extremely tight state budgets. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – legislation that is helping rebuild the New Mexico economy – provided over $500 million over two […]

Team teaching puts new spin on classroom subjects

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Courtesy photo Terry Pipkin and Tarmara Lopez’s seventh grade class staged an archeological dig at Marshall Middle School. The exercise was part of a new team teaching program. By Penny Bailey: Local columnist Have you ever attended a function or event just because you were being polite to the host or hostess, and you felt […]

Lessons don’t cease outside of classroom

Freedom New Mexico Area students are headed back to school — unless, of course, they never left. We hope a hiatus from attending school doesn’t necessarily mean a vacation from learning. In other words, don’t assume education always takes place in the classroom setting, or that it always involves essays, formulas and textbooks. If you […]

Training to increase for jail officers

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Lt. Curtis Cherry, training officer with the Curry County Detention Center, reviews the master training manual Monday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The training starts in a classroom and moves to the floor under the close supervision of a more experienced officer. Curry County Adult Detention Center Administrator Lois […]

Small-school benefit long forgotten

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist I attended a one-room school as an eighth grader. The teacher was a middle-aged widow from Chicago. I never quite understood her motivation in moving to New Mexico to teach in a one-room country school 30 miles from the nearest town, but we all got along fine. The school building […]