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 […]

Education column: Technology prepares students for future success

Why is technology important to education? When you think about it, our students of today have never lived in a world without the Internet. Computers have always been around during their lifetimes. We’ve heard the various statistics about how the top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 did not even exist in 2004, and that we’re […]

Education column: Youth creating ‘genteel’ app

“I see no hope for the future of our people if they are dependent on the frivolous youth of today, for certainly all youth are reckless beyond words. When I was a boy, we were taught to be discrete and respectful of elders, but the present youth…” Well, you get the idea. Although these words […]

Education column: Electives retooled for professional head start

Last week we reported on the remarkable culinary arts program, ProStart, at Clovis High School, offered through the Family and Consumer Sciences Department. For this week’s article, we revisited CHS to look at some of the other courses offered in the FCS department. In recent years administrators have taken a hard look at elective courses […]

Laws don’t put end to problems

It seems a certain violent Arizona resident would have done well to have read my column last week. The message that right and wrong are universal rather than subjective is something he apparently needed. Of course, he may not have understood. If he is simply willing to commit evil acts without regard to right or […]

Education column: Students learn more than robotics in technology class

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy: Clovis Municipal Schools Isaac Asimov once said “the most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not “Eureka!” but “That’s funny…” I actually heard that exact phrase uttered by a student in that scientifically inquiring way just before the holiday break. Judy Williams, technology teacher at […]

Education column: Prepare to celebrate new year

New Years: A holiday uniquely shared around the globe; we await the clock striking 12, and then, in unison — in whatever meridian we happen to be located — we shout, cheer, perhaps imbibe bubbly beverages, accompanied by an array of noise-makers and fireworks celebrations, for the arrival of a New Year’s beginning. Whether we […]

Education column — Dec. 23

CCC closed for holidays Clovis Community College closed for the holidays Tuesday and will reopen Jan. 3 at 8 a.m. The cosmetology salon will be closed until Jan. 18. Until Jan,. 15 Health and Fitness Center holiday hours will be 6 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 6 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Friday; 8 […]

Education column: Students mark season with projects

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy: Clovis Municipal Schools This time of year, Christmas is simmering across the district, and schools are filled with color, sound and goodies, too. The Arts Academy at Bella Vista did a spectacular job with their now famous “Nutcracker” — a visual and musical delight, as always. Cameo Elementary’s third and fourth grade […]

Education column: Dynamic duos help students in transition

Cindy Kelyn-Kennedy: Clovis Municipal Schools Who doesn’t remember the difficulty of transitioning from lower to upper grades? Not only do academics become more challenging, psychological and emotional changes kick in to add pressure to the mix for sophomores arriving at Clovis High School. As a targeted focus to address needs through this transition, Clovis High […]

Education column: Freshman academy applies lessons to real-world situations

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy When I walked in the CHS Freshman Academy library, imagine my surprise at almost tripping over a “body” sprawled across the floor behind yellow police tape, surrounded by tire tracks, shell casings, and blood spatters. Ok, ok… it was just a mannequin, the central focus of a unique project under way. Librarian, Janita […]

Holiday time for charity

Clyde Davis Before really getting into this column, I need to make a disclaimer. Either by typographical or some other error, I left readers of this column last week with the impression that my Facebook Veterans’ Day posting was not favorably received. The line should have read “many comments were positive.” Okay. Wonderful things to […]

Education column: Zia students learn about life cycles, recycling

Zia fourth grade teachers, Trudi Ford, Kathi Holland, and Kama Hernandez, recently took their students on their annual field trip that included stops at the Clovis City landfill, a local recycling plant and culminated with a visit to the zoo. Some years back Zia Elementary purchased an old cotton trailer through a Service Learning grant. […]

Education column: Bella Vista community fosters sense of joy

Cyndi Kleyn-Kennedy: Clovis Municipal Schools “Nothing Without Joy.” What a message to see when you walk into your school each day. Most of us are aware of a very special school in our community, but many might not fully understand the vision behind the arts-infused “magnet” school called the Arts Academy at Bella Vista. It […]

Awareness important tool in fighting cancer

Clyde Davis Before getting into this column, I need to make a correction and apology. To my Lutheran colleagues: It seems probable the Martin Luther incident never occurred — the punch in the nose over Holy Communion. The church history professor from whom I heard the story is very likely no longer alive; he was […]

Education column: Float making provides teaching opportunity

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy What is it that’s so engaging about a parade? Maybe it’s that excitement and anticipation in the air. Last Friday morning that’s what was felt by those who attended the inaugural Homecoming Day Parade held by the Clovis High School Freshman Academy along Cameo Street between Purdue and 15th streets. CHSFA math teacher […]

Education column: Students celebrate constitution

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Last week we observed “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day” designated, according to the Library of Congress, as the day to commemorate the signing of the Constitution and “recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.” Although I know all of our schools throughout the district had related activities […]

Education column: Accomplishment doesn’t have to be big to be meaningful

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy I came across a quote by Viktor Frankl, Holocaust survivor and author of Man’s Search For Meaning, which read: “Life is never made unbearable by circumstances, but only by lack of meaning and purpose.” It made me think about purposeful living. How easy these days to fall victim to information overload in the […]

Food at the speed of life: Cooking mishap makes good column

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Forget the better mousetrap — I wish someone would build a better Band-Aid. I was chopping an onion one night, in between breaks to let my eyes stop stinging and watering, when I cut my finger instead of the onion. Not to be deterred, I wrapped a piece of paper towel around my finger and […]

Education column: Columnist shares memories of favorite teacher

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Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy Last Saturday’s Clovis News Journal featured interviews with a number of our locals about teachers who had had an impact upon them. I can’t let an opportunity pass to offer up my own favorite teacher. Mine was Mrs. Vera Armstrong, my 6th grade teacher at Sandia Elementary right here in […]