Education column: James Bickley principal focuses on school’s strengths

Taking the opportunity the other day to visit with one of our elementary principals, I learned about some of the things that would be happening during this upcoming year at their school. Carlos Carrillo, principal at James Bickley Elementary, focusing on strengths, shared, “we have great teachers at James Bickley, who work very well together […]

Education column: Superintendent looks forward to upcoming year

After the district’s incredible kick-off convocation last Friday, keynoted by Mike Moses, retired superintendent and commissioner of education, the doors are open, and students have arrived and crossed the threshold of school year 2011-2012. That first-day-of-school excitement is in the air; new school clothes are still crisp; and brand new school supplies barely used. Moses […]

Only fair to do verifications locally

Enough is enough! And I am not talking about the nearly catastrophic Tea Party Takedown of America. No, reference here is to the abuse I must take from certain readers of this fair and balanced column. Check this email response to a fair, balanced column that said, in effect, that Governor Susana Martinez is crazy […]

Education column: New operations director takes helm

The Clovis Municipal Schools’ operations department has a new face. Jody Balch, the new director of operations, replaces Gene Bieker, who retired at the end of July. Balch phrased it differently: “Gene is someone you don’t replace; you just hope you can come in and continue the quality of work he’s done.” Modest words coming […]

Education column: Secondary schools undergo improvements

Further to recent reports, our secondary school sites have also been undergoing improvements during the summer months, thanks to the efforts of our operations department. Anyone driving by Marshall Middle School will have noticed not only a great deal of construction on the north end of the campus, but a whole new building going up. […]

Education column: Schools painted, trimmed and cleaned

As our Clovis Municipal School’s operations department continues with summer projects, below is an update on maintenance activities at the remaining elementary schools. At Lincoln-Jackson Family Center, the eaves have been painted, and the basketball court redone. The court area had settled considerably over the years, leaving a depression that collected water and had become […]

Education column: Maintaining school property more work than seems

Next in the installments describing the activities of Clovis Municipal Schools’ Operations Department during the summer months, here are some other things you might notice as you drive in and around town. As schools’ window and frame trims are being repainted, a complementary, two-color scheme, relatively neutral (with the shade chosen by the schools), has […]

Hard-working fathers commended

Russell Anglin is the managing editor for the Quay County Sun. His most recent column focused his stepdad’s role in his life.

Education column: Clovis Municipal Schools to host summer academy

Summer is here. No more school…well, almost. Next thing on the agenda is the Clovis Municipal Schools’ Summer Academy. Our version of summer school, the CMS Summer Academy will be held at Cameo Elementary this year from Monday through June 30, meeting on Monday through Thursday of each week. The shortened day runs from 8 […]

Education column: Faculty, staff share thoughts on graduation

Graduation means endings and beginnings. Wayne Marshall, principal at Clovis High School, offered, “Graduation is a big deal. It encompasses all the emotions, and it is the culminating event of every student’s educational career. We feel it too; it’s always a little hard to see them go.” Several of the administrators who work directly with […]

Education column: New principal likens job to coaching

Nearing the end of the school year, we took the opportunity to speak with some of our principals to hear their reflections. What we heard were things like: “We have great kids and a caring, dedicated staff; remarkable academic gains; and wonderful instructional collaboration that’s taken place among instruction teams.” Secondary principals also emphasized the […]

Column makes most sexist list

“HEH, HEH, HEH,” repeated the poorly disguised voice on the telephone. “HEH, HEH!” I knew who it was. Barney. My friend Barney from New Jersey who has been a constant tormentor my entire journalism career. Barney is pretty much unemployable, enjoys an occasional cocktail or eight, has little to occupy his time, would rather dog […]

Perfection not a goal

Curtis Shelburne This column is only for perfectionists, recovering perfectionists, or people trying to live with perfectionists. A genuine perfectionist thinks perfectionism is a virtue. He is perfectly wrong, but I wish you luck in convincing him. He is also probably tired and testy. It is exhausting to be the only one really concerned about […]

Education column: Art applies skills from other subjects

Gazing up at clouds in the sky and imagining shapes or animals: That’s what drew Alexa Pickel to art. An art teacher at Clovis High School for the last seventeen years, she teaches upper division two-dimensional fine arts, such as drawing, painting, and calligraphy. Brain research has shown that arts education contributes to strengthening problem-solving […]

Freedom of speech applies to all

I remember, not very long ago, when I wrote a column detailing my opinion of a certain radio person, who shall remain nameless, and received overwhelming negative feedback — surprisingly from many in this area, as well. (Most of this columnist’s “boo” mail usually comes from an Internet population.) I remember it because there was […]

Education column: Test preparations becoming more innovative

This is that time of year when murmurs of testing are heard throughout the district. During this week and the next you may walk down school hallways and see “Do Not Disturb” signs on doors as most grade levels starting with third begin the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA). The outcomes of these tests will […]

Facts rarely sway people’s beliefs

This will be a futile column. Experience dictates that it will change no minds, inspire no reconsideration among those who disagree. It will sit on the computer screen or the newspaper page taking up space, affecting nothing, until another column replaces it. It will be a useless essay, written for one reason only: To protect […]

Education column: Storytelling major educational tool

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and storytellers have long shared colorful tales about the patron saint of Ireland. Born in Wales to British and Roman parents, captured as a teen by Irish marauders and sold into slavery in Ireland, he escaped, converted to Christianity, joined the church, trained in Gaul, and returned to Ireland […]

Education column: Parents important to education

As we continue last week’s column detailing all the extra help offered through public schools, we remain passionate about providing the best educational environment so that all students succeed. The famous proverb, “it takes a whole village to raise a child” is still true. Superintendent Terry Myers states unequivocally “everything we do in this district […]

Education column: Schools have variety of assistance programs

We share a lot of what takes place in our classrooms, but you may not be aware of all the available extras offered throughout the district. For example, there’s the 21st Century After School Program for elementary students from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. three days a week at multiple school sites, which include the […]