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, […]

Births —

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Hay Kadon K. Hay, left, Kolton B. Hay, middle, and Katie N. Hay, right, were born Nov. 11, 2011, to Daniel and Trisha Hay of Portales at University Medical Center in Lubbock. Kadon weighed 4 pounds 15 ounces, Kolton weighed 5 pounds 3 ounces and Katie weighed 5 pounds 1 ounce. They have two brothers, […]

Cannon commander shares experiences with students

Freedom New Mexico Lt. Col. Tom Palenske shared his rise from an at-risk youth to an Air Force commander Friday during Marshall Middle School’s Veterans Day program. Palenske, commander of the 20th Special Operations Squadron at Cannon, emphasized what the military did for him and how it helped him reach his position in the 20th […]

Cannon commander shares experience to middle schoolers

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Freedom New Mexico: Tony Bullocks Clovis junior James Moten of the Clovis High School JROTC stands at attention while presenting the colors Friday at Marshall Middle School Veterans Day assembly to honor veterans past and present. Marshall Principal Jay Brady said this is the time their veterans day event was open to the public. Benna […]

Officials break ground on school construction projects

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed School board members and local dignitaries collaborate to break ground for Gattis Middle School which is scheduled to be completed by late summer 2013. Benna Sayyed It was a busy day for Clovis Municipal Schools, with groundbreaking ceremonies for its new middle school and a renovation project at another school. […]

Input sought to name new middle school

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education is seeking public input in selecting a name and mascot for the district’s third middle school, which will open in the 2013-14 school year. The district’s first survey gives residents the option to name the middle school Liberty, Bataan, W.D. Gattis, Llano Estacado, Robert H. McDougal, Clovis or […]

School board members table decision on new middle school name

Kevin Wilson Citing a desire for more public input on the matter, Clovis school board members tabled consideration of a new name, mascot and color scheme for its incoming middle school. Superintendent Terry Myers said the school, scheduled to open in the 2013-14 school year, is two months away from shovels going into the dirt. […]

Middle East wars can’t end soon enough

Freedom Newspapers It’s a start. President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that he would withdraw 10,000 U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2011. He promised, “(We) will bring home a total of 33,000 troops by next summer, fully recovering the surge” of troop levels he began in 2009. About 67,000 troops then would remain […]

Easier to change self than state

You can see anything more clearly after taking a step back from it than you can while you are in the middle of it. If you want the truth about a cult, you ask someone who was once a part of it, but who got out. You can’t get an accurate version of the truth […]

Obama wants to drill — but only in Brazil

Gasoline prices have hit $4 a gallon in California, twice what they were when Barack Obama took office. But sometimes overlooked is that prices previously declined partly because of worldwide recession depressing demand. As economies recover, demand increases, and so do prices. Moreover, Middle East instability now threatens supplies, adding more upward price pressure as […]

Wildcadettes holding annual dance

CNJ staff The Clovis High School Wildcadettes are hosting their annual dance spectacular Tuesday. The event, called a Night of Spectacular Dance, will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday at Rock Staubus Gymnasium. Admission is free. During the event, the dance teams from Marshall Middle School, Yucca Middle School, Clovis High Freshman Academy and Clovis High […]

Education feature: Camp aims to prepare students for seventh-grade math

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Marshall math teacher Mary Ann Collings, above right, tutors math students Wednesday at the middle school. Collings said the hands-on lessons she uses often will be a staple at Marshall Kitten Math Camp. Liliana Castillo Marshall Middle School seventh grade math teachers have created a summer math camp to better […]

Architects hear feedback from school staff on middle school’s design

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Clovis Schools Food Service director Paul Kline, left, and Middle School Project Manager Jeremy Trumble go over floor plans for the kitchen and cafeteria for a new middle school Saturday at a design meeting held with architects at the administration building. Liliana Castillo Architects of a third middle school completed […]

TV not much more than distraction

Somewhere in the middle of my hours-long “Parks and Recreation” binge Sunday, I wondered to myself whether TV has paid off in any way after my years of dedicated viewing. Has it been worth it for any of us? At first glance, the answer is a resounding no. I’m sure if I could replace the […]

Press Release: Clovis Municipal Schools closing Wednesday

February 1st Cancellations:Choices Night SchoolLincoln‐Jackson Tutoring ProgramLincoln‐Jackson English as a Second Language (ESL) ClassesLincoln‐Jackson Recreational ProgramYucca Middle School TutoringMarshall Middle School TutoringVarsity Boys Basketball Game @ LovingtonAfter‐School Program at the Following Schools: James Bickley, Arts Academy @Bella Vista, Cameo Elementary, La Casita Elementary, Lockwood Elementary,Parkview Elementary, & Sandia Elementary February 2nd Cancellations:Family Leadership Institute February […]

In search of ponies: Good to be in the middle of the penguin pack

Sharna Johnson “Did you know penguins push one of their own into the water to see if it’s safe?” I asked a teen. We were discussing social angst among teenagers and the evolutions he has been through in recent years. “No,” he answered, a smile forming on his face as if he knew where I […]

Education column: School funds go to much-needed projects

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy People sometimes wonder what happens to the dollars that go into our schools. Lots of wonderful things are accomplished throughout the school year and during the summer. School improvements are ongoing, from year to year, but recent bonds are allowing us do some of the much-needed projects that have been waiting for the […]

Job takes Portales man to Middle East

Courtesy photo Portales resident Bob Johnston, left, and British Reconnaissance Officer Andy Recouski, retired, worked together in Iraq. Liliana Castillo Being a general contractor never meant looking around every corner or learning to sleep through bombings until Portales resident Bob Johnston decided to take his job international. After seven years in the Army and 28 […]

Students honor veterans with art

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Marshall seventh grader Angela Pastirchak adds antlers to her reindeer Wednesday during art class. Suzan Lundy’s art classes made Christmas decorations for veterans at the Veterans Clinic. Liliana Castillo Marshall Middle School students are using art to honor veterans during the holidays. Marshall art teacher Suzan Lundy’s art classes made […]

Middle East stability requires new strategy

Freedom New Mexico In a region where national, religious and ethnic clashes have been the rule rather than the exception for millennia, it may be overly optimistic to believe an Israeli warrior would promote an alternative solution to the Middle East’s ongoing conflicts. Israel’s Moshe Ya’alon, a former special forces paratrooper, now vice prime minister […]