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: Schools communicating through Skylert

We often take for granted some of the less exciting aspects of providing a quality education, such as keeping track of grades, attendance and other administrative-related activities that are critical to keeping our schools up and running for the benefit of our students, as well as for compliance with all legal requirements. One of the […]

Sisler donations make better places to live

Charlyne Sisler loved the arts and education. And she put her money where her mouth was. She set up the Sisler Foundation to ensure eastern New Mexico would benefit culturally when she was gone. She didn’t want the world to know how much she and her husband Joe — he died in 1994 — were […]

Education feature: Texico students helping complete shop facility

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Courtsey photo: Terry Whitener Cesar Chavez, left, and Paden Hagler, right, weld together a new sheet metal storage rack. This is part of a project that is providing necessary tools for the school’s newly-modeled shop facility. Benna Sayyed Powers Hagler taught himself to weld as a youngster growing up on his family’s farm about four […]

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 digest —

Curry County spelling bee winners Ariel Kokoricha, fourth-grade student at Clovis Christian School, was declared champion of the Curry County spelling bee Friday. Kokoricha won the competition in the eighth round with the word epilepsy. Runner-up was Alyssa Benway, 13, an eighth-grade student at Yucca Middle School. Kokoricha will participate in the statewide spelling bee […]

Education column: Borrowed grandparents boon to school

La Casita recently held a special birthday breakfast celebration. Juanita Chavez, “foster grandmother” turned 80 years old last week, and Principal Sylvia Martinez, along with all the staff at La Casita, decided it was definitely worth making a fuss about. Juanita, whose six children reside in diverse locations — from Texas, Washington, California, Connecticut, to […]

Education column: School construction making progress

If anyone has driven by some of our school sites under construction, you will have noticed a great deal of progress has taken place. For those who have not had an opportunity to view the progress firsthand, we’d like to provide an overview of our construction and remodeling status. To begin with, if you were […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education meets 4:30 p.m. today at the CMS administration building, 1009 Main. Agenda items for consideration include: • Accounts payable check listing and voided check listing for Bank of America purchasing card charges for December • Activity report for December • Food service report for December • Investment report […]

Education column: Poetry competition inspires students

In the midst of this frantically busy, digitally infused world, why should we care about poetry? Clearly it touches us in some way, since it’s been around for a few thousand years. Although poetry seems inscrutable to many, it does appeal to a great diversity of people, including our youth, as evidenced by the recent […]

Data on higher education needs to be published

Freedom New Mexico One potential benefit of a tight budget is the opportunity to assess priorities and goals. That’s true for a family or a business. And it’s especially true for a government, which, by definition, depends on taxes taken from people. This month California’s nonpartisan Legislative Analyst’s Office issued a report, “Improving Higher Education […]

Discrepancies found in grading system information

Freedom New Mexico The trial A-F grading system information released Tuesday by the New Mexico Public Education Department included discrepancies for two Clovis schools. Clovis High School (64.0) and the Clovis Freshman Academy (62.7) received a point value that corresponded to a B letter grade, but the state education department website indicated they received a […]

Clovis scores below state average in A-F grading system trial

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Alisa Boswell Curry and Roosevelt County school districts did not fare well with the trial test results for the New Mexico Department of Education’s new A-F Grading System, which is set to replace the Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) grading system. The Clovis school district received As for only two schools out of their 18, averaging […]

Education cuts hurt us in future

In her first month of teaching fourth grade in a lower socio-economic school district, a 10-year-old boy rushed at my friend with a sharpened pencil yelling, “I hate you; you are going to die!” The teacher (who requested anonymity) had simply asked him to complete an assignment. Now in her fourth year of teaching overall, […]

Higher education proposal draws mixed reviews

Alisa Boswell Gov. Susana Martinez’s budget proposal to change the state funding formula for colleges and universities is drawing mixed reaction at institutions in Clovis and Portales. ENMU President Steven Gamble said he thinks the university will do well under the new policy if it is approved by the Legislature. But Clovis Community College President […]

Press release: Governor changes higher education funding

SANTA FE – Today, Governor Susana Martinez met with a large group of regents, governing board members and post-secondary institution presidents in Socorro to discuss the state’s new higher education funding formula. The new formula will reward New Mexico’s higher learning institutions based on outcome measures that reflect student achievement and preparedness for New Mexico’s […]

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 […]

Education column: Middle school play impressive

The classic Dickens tale of “A Christmas Carol” was recreated last week in Clovis to a standing ovation at the end of the performance. Adults and kids filled the audience and, as always, good old Marshall auditorium had that special atmosphere of bated breath in anticipation of a theatrical performance. Impressive special effects were included, […]

Education feature: Clovis students performing original play

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Darlene Barragan, right, plays the part of Ms. Plug Ugly, an overbearing teacher. Here she is getting the class under control, asking students how they plan to make life better for people. Benna Sayyed Lizzie Skermetta hopes acting will make a difference in her life. A sophomore, Skermetta plays a […]