‘Lorax’ worth watching

T his column is definitely not a movie review column. The editors rightly expect me to be more creative than simply reviewing events, and anyway, most of the movies in my life have to be suitable for a 7 year old. Add to that the fact that, when I run into regular readers, which is […]

Religion column: Our ways not always God’s ways

I have always cherished the Bible verse found in Psalm 31:14-15. It reads: “I trust in you, O Lord; I say, ‘You are my God. My times are in your hands.’” (Psalm 31:14-15) This verse tells me that the times of our lives are really in God’s hands and our ways are not always God’s […]

Education column: Program nurtures future teachers

Last week I had occasion to spend time in Lisa Jo McCasland’s family and consumer science classroom at Clovis High School, talking with one of her students. McCasland and six of her students recently returned from Baltimore, Md., where they attended the 23rd annual National Conference of Future Educators Association. The students accompanying McCasland were […]

Education column: Students get first-hand look at engineering

Following upon recent articles where we’ve provided updates on construction across the school district, I went this week to observe construction actually taking place inside a classroom at Highland Elementary — while students were present! Truth be told, it was the students doing the constructing — Kendra Peloquin’s classroom of Gifted and Talented students at […]

Education column: Drill team members dancing stars

You’ve seen them in the Macy’s Day Parade, or maybe at the Capital One Bowl in Orlando; dance teams of young ladies executing perfectly synched and choreographed routines, riveting the crowds with their performance. I had the privilege of speaking with two of our young ladies who achieved “all-American” status and, as a result, traveled […]

Education column: Technology transforming classrooms

Dropping by Lockwood Elementary the other day, I saw the most amazing teachers using the most interesting classroom tools. Invited by Lab Manager Eulonda Jackson who provided an overview of some of the technologies in place at Lockwood, I was met by Margaret Brise

Scholar misses column’s point

Editor’s note: The error referenced in this column was corrected prior to publication in the Clovis News Journal. Many readers are probably sitting around right this moment wondering what it is like to be a newspaper columnist. Oh, wait a minute. You are not sitting around right this moment wondering what it’s like to be […]

Column painting featured on show

Information on painting columns to resemble bronze, sculpting dolls, and cooking with fresh and dried figs will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday and noon on Thursday. (All times are Mountain.) Jamie Alcorta, owner of Walls of Art in Lubbock, Texas, will show how to paint columns or any accessory […]

Education column: School entering new year with big project

We’re about to begin a new year and somehow the prospect of a clean slate, a new beginning, fills us with hope and anticipation. One of our own new beginnings in the Clovis school district is the completion of a new addition at La Casita Elementary. A new beginning for our La Casita staff and […]

Guest column: We can all find ways to serve

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By Gunnery Sgt. Pauline Franklin Editor’s note: The following column was written by Gunnery Sgt. Pauline Franklin, who is stationed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, with the 2nd Marine Division (Forward). I miss so many things about my home in Jacksonville, N.C. I miss tucking my children into bed each night with a kiss. I miss […]