New middle school given familiar name

Benna Sayyed A school in Clovis will once again carry the name of W.D. Gattis. The Clovis Municipal Schools board voted overwhelmingly to name the city’s new middle school after the notable educator Tuesday at its regular school meeting. In 2007, Gattis was converted into the Clovis Freshman Academy when the district converted to a […]

Teachers left huge impression

By Andrew Gutierrez: Guest Columnist This is part of a series in which local columnists share their love for music in celebration of “Music in Our Schools Week” at Clovis Municipal Schools. Music to me has always been a creative outlet by which I could just express myself, whether it was a family road trip […]

Fresh(man) start

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Leigh Morris, an instructional coach at Clovis High School Freshman Campus, shows off the new school logo in the gym Tuesday morning. By Gabriel Monte: Freedom Newspapers Nothing much of the old school building will resemble Gattis Junior High School, save for some memorabilia displayed in the school’s lobby. Gone […]

Gattis celebrates 50 years of the 3 R’s

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Twyla Coleman has taught English at Gattis Junior High School for 20 years. Coleman also did her student teaching there and attended the school from 1974 to 1976. By Rick White: CNJ Managing Editor Jerry Bailey remembers being a pint-sized freshman who developed his first schoolboy crush on his music […]

Letters to the Editor: Academy’s name should honor Gattis

Clovis’ new freshman academy will be called the Clovis High School Freshman Campus. The educator for whom this school was named in 1957 — W.D. “Doc Gattis” — has been somewhat slighted. Perhaps I feel this way because my sister and I attended Gattis during the late 1960s. I had a paper route and the […]

Sewer repairs approved

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education has approved immediate repairs to a collapsed sewer line at Gattis Junior High School. Approval was granted Tuesday during an emergency meeting scheduled to address the collapsed line. Clovis Schools Assistant Director of Construction Robert Telles said repairs to the sewer line […]

Sewer line creates ‘inconvenience’ for school

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The collapse of a sewer line at a Clovis junior high school has stirred up inconvenience, but little else, according to school officials. Officials discovered a main sewer line at Gattis Junior High School had collapsed about a week ago when cafeteria sinks at the school clogged, according to […]

When winning is losing: Weight-loss challenge ends in tie

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Gravy and biscuits and boxes of doughnuts were orchestrated pitfalls for contestants of this challenge, but the victors slimmed down in spite of it all. A weight-loss challenge that waged for four months among Clovis Municipal Schools, the Clovis Police Department and a few other organizations ended 10 days […]

10/13 Education Calendar

Today: The Gattis Junior High School seventh-grade Family Night Choir Concert will be held at 7 p.m. in the Gattis Choir Room. Tuesday: Clovis Municipal Schools All Choral Night Concert will be held at 7 p.m. in the Clovis High School Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Education calendar is compiled by CNJ staff writer Marlena Hartz. She […]

10/6 Education Calendar

Today Yucca Junior High School Choirs fall concert, 7 p.m., CHS Lecture Hall. Saturday Award-winning guitarist Jesse Cook, 7 p.m., Lyceum Theatre. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15 or at the Clovis Community College cashier’s window. Information: 769-4132 Sunday High Plains Chorale fall concert, 2:30 p.m., Clovis Community College Town Hall. Tuesday […]

4/28 Education Digest

ENMR-Plateau awards scholarships The ENMR-Plateau Telecom-munications Education Foun-dation recently awarded more than $25,000 in educational scholarships to local high school seniors, according to an ENMR press release. The winners were announced at the cooperative’s annual membership meeting on April 16. The ENMR-Plateau Education Foundation Funds are made possible through abandoned capital credit payments from the […]

School evacuated after power outage

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Gattis Junior High School students await permission to return to their classrooms Monday after being evacuated for a fire alarm. CNJ staff photo: Loretta Kos. By Darrell Todd Maurina Leftover damage from an earlier lightning strike knocked out power to more than a thousand students and staff at two schools Monday morning, and also shut […]

Area students gather for flagpole prayer

By Gary Mitchell About 440 students rose early to pray together at Clovis, Portales and Texico schools on Wednesday at the 14th annual See You at the Pole national student day of prayer. The total was about 30 fewer than a year ago, organizers said, and only one student participated from Gattis Junior High. Despite […]

First day always includes hiccups

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Sarah Turk (left) and Stephanie Geraldsen, eighth-graders at Gattis Junior High School, laugh with Principal Manuel Molina over lunch on their first day of school. Photo by Darrell Todd Maurina. By Darrell Todd Maurina Editor’s note: Monday was the first day of school for Clovis public school students. CNJ staff writer Darrell Todd Maurina spent […]