Monday morning briefing: Library amnesty, kindergarten registration and Honest Abe

Get ready. Get set. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Give it up There’s hope for you library book procrastinators. It’s Amnesty Week at the Clovis-Carver Public Library. No late fines on items returned this week during library hours. Calling all communicators The Eastern New Mexico University Department of Communication is accepting entries in […]

Start of school inching closer

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Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico Brown Early Childhood Center secretary Tanya Baca works at her desk Friday at the school. The Brown secretaries returned to work for the new school year this week. Argen Duncan Decorating bulletin boards, installing landscaping, going to meetings, ordering food. School employees in Clovis and Portales are getting ready for […]

Students say they attend school to learn, prepare for future

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools By now, you know my thoughts and experiences with Clovis Municipal Schools, but what about the students? Well, my inquisitive mind wanted to know. I sent four questions for teachers to ask students (if they had the time). Responses came from kindergarten to seniors. You might be surprised at […]

Internet provides learning tolls for developing minds

By Clyde Davis: CNJ columnist We have a granddaughter living with us. Since this person will turn 5 years old in April, and thus be enrolled in kindergarten, the subject of how 5-year-olds learn is of more interest to me than it has been at any previous time. Well, at least at any time since […]

May 15, 2008 Education Digest

Elementary graduations to be held Area elementary schools will hold promotion ceremonies for their kindergarten and sixth graders. Arts Academy at Bella VistaKindergarten: 9:15 a.m., May 22 Sixth grade: 1 p.m., May 22 Barry Elementary School Sixth grade: 9:30 a.m., May 22Kindergarten: 1:30 p.m., May 22 Cameo Elementary School Kindergarten: 9 a.m., MondaySixth grade: 9 […]

Students send Christmas cheer to troops deployed overseas

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Forty-two kindergarten students are sending Christmas wishes to troops in Iraq. Barry Elementary School’s littlest students have collected games and non-perishable goodies to send to Cannon Air Force Base security forces deployed in Iraq. This Friday, the items — along with cards and letters from the students — […]

Teacher of year helps kids grow

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Melissa Romero of Lockwood Elementary School in Clovis gives her kindergarten class a lesson in patterns while KayDee Wallace watches. Romero was named Clovis’ Teacher of the Year. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Melissa Romero, a kindergarten teacher at Lockwood Elementary School, was recently named the 2006 Clovis Teacher […]

Mary Katherine Kawal Burns

Mary Katherine Kawal Burns, 54, died Saturday, Feb. 25, 2006, at her home in San Diego. She was born Oct. 2, 1951, in Detroit to Edmond W. and Betty G. Kawal. She married Shaun Burns, formerly of Clovis, June 16, 1973, in Los Angeles. She taught at St. Mary’s Catholic School in Maryland from 1975 […]

TOUCHED BY LITTLE ANGELS: Mesa students give to needy

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Kindergarten students in Robyn Ericson’s class raised $75.31 for two angels. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Evidence of a committed 6-year-old: Grace Teter researched the prices of a dozen or so toys on the Internet and recorded her findings on a sheet of paper, her handwriting like most in kindergarten […]

Grad school should be simple as preschool

By Helena Rodriguez: Local Columnist My 3-year-old niece Marissa wants to bypass Head Start and go straight to graduate school. Unlike her mom, Julie, who marched into the principal’s office in Head Start at age 4 and announced she was quitting school, Marissa simply wants to jump ahead. Marissa is in training right now — […]

Preschool seen as crucial part of early education

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Bethany Sours, a kindergarten teacher at the Clovis Nazarene School, stood with her arms crossed, her eyes busily scanning a crowd of kindergarten students. “I can definitely tell which students have had pre-schooling and which have not,” Sours said last week as she treated her students to a party […]

Impact of pre-kindergarten concerning

By Gay G. Kernan, Guest Columnist Editor’s note: The Clovis News Journal asked area lawmakers to offer brief commentary on a subject of their choice as they head back to Santa Fe this week for a 60-day legislative session. The pre-kindergarten initiative presented by the governor and lieutenant governor has been trumpeted as a solution […]

SDE approves 78 new full-day kindergarten literacy readiness programs

By Gary Mitchell Three Clovis area schools will receive state funding for full-day kindergarten programs for the academic year 2003-2004. Barry Elementary, Highland Elementary and Ranchvale Elementary schools are among 78 new full-day kindergarten programs within 33 school districts that have been approved by the State Department of Education. Those three schools join seven other […]