Education column: Weather station expands horizons

Things were hopping last Friday out at Ranchvale Elementary; aside from the wind and rain, that is. Steve Kersh, chief meteorologist from the KVII channel 7 news team arrived in Clovis to set up a SchoolNet Weather Station at Ranchvale that will be tied into the Channel 7 (Amarillo) TV weather network. Tied to a […]

Education digest — June 9

New director of operations, principal hired Clovis Municipal Schools has hired a new director of operations and principal at Ranchvale Elementary School. Both will begin their new positions at the start of the 2011-2012 school year. Former Clovis High School, Yucca Middle School and Bovina High School Principal Jody Balch has accepted the position of […]

Ranchvale students paint veterinary hospital

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ranchvale sixth grader Aaliyah Lane adds teeth to her painting of a shark Wednesday on a ceiling tile for the Clovis Veterinary Hospital. Liliana Castillo Ranchvale Elementary School students brought a little bit of color to the Clovis Veterinary Hospital. Twenty-five fourth- through sixth-graders applied their artistic talents to the […]

Secretary of Education to honor Ranchvale

CNJ staff report New Mexico Secretary of Education Susanna Murphy will recognize Ranchvale Elementary School 1 p.m. Monday for being named a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School recipient. The school was recognized as one of three in New Mexico and 314 in the country as a school whose students achieve at a high levels. The […]

Ranchvale Elementary wins national honor

Liliana Castillo Ranchvale Elementary School is one of just three New Mexico schools — 314 in the U.S. — named a 2010 National Blue Ribbon School. The announcement came late Thursday. The Blue Ribbon Schools Program honors public and private elementary, middle and high schools that are either academically superior or have demonstrated dramatic gains […]

Education feature: Ranchvale nominated for Blue Ribbon School

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ranchvale second-grade teacher Sheri Robbins helps Vicente Torres with a math assignment Tuesday during class. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Ranchvale Elementary School is one of just three schools in the state nominated for national honors. Ranchvale is nominated for a Blue Ribbon School designation by the New Mexico […]

March 19, 2009 Education digest

Ranchvale and James Bickley students win state gifted and talented championship Sixth grade Destination Imagination Teams from Ranchvale and James Bickley Elementary schools won the state championship in Albuquerque on March 14. Seven students from Ranchvale and 15 from James Bickley took the title. Destination Imagination is a program for gifted and talented students that […]

Elementary school has seven sets of twins

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ranchvale twins: Front row, left to right, Logan and Andrew Holmes, Destiny and Mikey Mendez, back row, left to right, Madison Flygare, Landon Barbour, Allison Flygare, Christina and Joshua Roberts, Andrew and Ryan Lenfant and Deion and Devon Weeston. By Keely McDowell: CNJ staff writer Teachers and students at Ranchvale […]

Rezoning meeting set

What: Cannon Air Force Base and Clovis Municipal School officials will hold an open meeting to discuss redesigning school zoning for students living in base housing.

Method more than numbers

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Ranchvale fourth-grade teacher Shelly Flygare said she spent two weeks learning a new method of teaching math. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Ranchvale Elementary teacher Shelly Flygare drew a pattern of lines and dots on the board to teach her class to find the product of 24 and 13. […]

Officials: Bear attack unlikely on horses

CNJ Staff Five horses found dead southwest of Ranchvale have generated rumors of bears and mountain lions in the area. But a New Mexico Game and Fish official said there’s little evidence to support those rumors. Bruising around one dead horse’s neck could be consistent with a bear attack, but there is no indication of […]

Petty, Clella

Clella Petty, 71, of Clovis, died Wednesday, March 29, 2006, at her home. Born June 20, 1934, in Clovis to A.C. and Bess Hays, she lived in Clovis all her life. She married Charles F. Petty on Dec. 24, 1950, in Clovis. She worked for many years at Queens & Teens. She was active in […]

Ranchvale reprieve: Board decides against school’s closure

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Ranchvale Elementary fifth-grader Devon Boddy, center, gets a hug from family friend Jennifer Settle, left, after hearing during Tuesday’s Clovis Municipal School Board meeting that the rural school will remain open. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The rural Clovis school in jeopardy of closing has been granted a reprieve. Clovis […]

1/29 Letters to the editor

Foster families no more needy than others Regarding the “Making Clovis a Safer Place” story (Dec. 16 CNJ): For the last eight years my husband and I have been licensed foster parents in Curry County. I am also contracted with the state as the county’s foster parent liaison. As part of my duties I help […]

Ranchvale update on school board agenda

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer His father gave 5 acres to the Curry County School District for $1 so that a school could be built on the land with one condition — if it ceased to be used for school or church purposes, the land would be his once again. Sixty-six years later, the […]

11/27 Letters to the editor

Reason for school merger hypocritical The Nov. 15 school board meeting was historical. With little compassion shown by the board, except for two, and certainly not by the administration, an execution date has been set for the guillotine to fall on Lincoln-Jackson Arts Academy. Despite the objections of both communities, hundreds of students from Bella […]

W.G. “Bill” Patton

W.G. “Bill” Patton Date of birth: April 6, 1920 Dates of service: April 1942 to December 1945 Hometown: Ranchvale Lives in: Ranchvale Theater and location of service: Eastern Europe, Britain Branch: Army Air Corps Unit and Specialty: 5th Air Drome Squadron, control tower In his words: Working under the supervision of the British, Patton said […]

Board faces difficult, necessary decision

By Rhonda Seidenwurm: Guest Columnist Editor’s note: Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education will meet at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Marshall Junior High to consider school consolidation. The meeting will be open to the public. As the superintendent of Clovis Municipal Schools, I have presented our Board of Education with one of the toughest […]

Parents protest proposed school modifications

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The letters, petitions, passionate pleas and shared prayers carried one resounding message: Please do not change my school. A brigade of parents voiced concerns Tuesday over proposals to alter three elementary schools during a Clovis school board meeting held in the Marshall Junior High School Auditorium. The school board […]

Anti-drug program reinforcing substance abuse awareness

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Cannon Air Force Base Emergency Medical Technician Brandi Pett talks about her job Tuesday with Ranchvale Elementary School sixth-graders for Red Ribbon Week. (Staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Their hands shot up toward the ceiling. It seemed most of students in the classroom had a story to tell — a […]