No injuries in school bus accident

CNJ staff A Clovis school bus was involved in an accident with no injuries on Wednesday afternoon at the intersection of Fourth and Sycamore streets. Corey Adair, manager of Adair Transportation, which provides bus service for Clovis Municipal Schools, said no children were on the bus. Adair said a passenger vehicle was heading west on […]

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 […]

Thursday morning briefing: School alerts, breakfast at the Legion and Ground Hog Day

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. New school alerts Clovis Municipal Schools are now using a new Skylert Calling System as part of the district’s Student Information Management System. Skylert enables the district to contact parents via phone, email, and text message. Examples of system uses include student absences, low […]

Fire victims assistance meeting

New Mexico Emergency Management Director Kenneth De Los Santos asked that all families displaced by the Clovis Apartment fire meet at the Lighthouse Mission 5 p.m. Wednesday. The Red Cross will assess the needs of fire victims and arrange for temporary housing and other services. Clovis Apartment Manager Judy Portillo said Belle Vista school will […]

Victim’s sister: Capture chance for justice

Kevin Wilson Seventeen months from now, Clovis High School will hold commencement services for its 2013 graduates. Some of Carlos Perez’ classmates from Cameo Elementary will be graduating. Whatever Perez’ classmates do and wherever they go, Carlos Perez remains a fifth-grader in Clovis. That’s because on Sept. 15, 2005, one day shy of his 11th […]

School menus

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast — Yogurt and cinnamon toast. Lunch — Oven baked chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, green beans, ww roll, seasonal fruit. Tuesday: Breakfast — Egg and cheese biscuit. Lunch — Bean tostada and salsa, Spanish rice, mexi salad, mixed fruit. Wednesday: Breakfast — French toast. Lunch — Chicken nuggets, mashed potatoes and […]

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 […]

Parents should have option to pick schools

Freedom Newspapers National School Choice Week started Monday, focusing attention on efforts of parents, activists, legislators, students and grass-roots networks to promote school choice programs throughout the United States. Legislators should take heed and this year expand choice programs for all students in an effort to fix the country’s ailing public education system. School choice, […]

Honors — Jan. 22

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Courtesy photo Kimmie Davis presents the Conquistador Council and the El Llano Grade District of the Boy Scouts of America District Award of Merit to Greg Bucher, center and John Schonberger, right, looks on. Bucher Gregory Bucher received The Conquistador Council and the El Llano Grade District of the Boy Scouts of America District Award […]

Tuesday morning briefing: School biz, Relay for life and coming up short

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Meetings watch The Clovis Municipal School Board meets at 5:30 p.m. today at the administrative offices, 1009 N. Main St. Information: 769-4300. Relay gathering There is a Relay For Life of Portales team captain meet and registration 5:30 p.m. today at Pizza Hut, 1001 […]

Hoop Shoot organizer aims to teach respect, loyalty

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Benna Sayyed Clovis youth ages 8 to 13 will have a chance to showcase their basketball shot Sunday in a competition aimed at teaching respect, dedication, loyalty and self-esteem. Dean Marney, coordinator of the Elks National Hoop Shoot Free Throw Program in Clovis and exalted ruler of the Clovis-Portales Elks lodge, recently visited Clovis schools […]

Officials: School construction right on track

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Micah Howard, left, of Portales tests concrete samples for strength Wednesday at the construction site of the Arts Academy at Bella Vista. Lance Langan of Clovis tracks the results to see it the concrete is in compliance. This is the first stage of construction for the performing arts center and […]

ENMU’s growth continues

Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University students walk the halls of the Jack Williamson Liberal Arts building Tuesday for classes. Freshman students said they have so far enjoyed the university and are excited about starting another semester. Alisa Boswell Enrollment for Eastern New Mexico University is over 5,000 students for the first […]

School menus — Jan. 15

Clovis elementary Tuesday: Breakfast — Egg and cheese biscuit. Lunch — Pepperoni pizza, ranch salad, veggie coins and dip, applesauce. Wednesday: Breakfast — French toast. Lunch — Toasted cheese sandwich, chicken noodle soup, ranch salad, rosey applesauce. Thursday: Breakfast — Pancake sausage on a stick. Lunch — Pig in a blanket, glazed carrots, seasoned peas, […]

Thursday morning briefing: Scholarships, a relay and a Ford on ice

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. King scholarships The annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. scholarship breakfast is 9 a.m. Saturday at the Clovis High School Cafeteria. Cost is $10 for adults and $6 for ages 12 and under. Tickets are at the Clovis Curry County Chamber of Commerce and […]

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 […]

State releases school report cards

The Associated Press SANTA FE — Nearly two-thirds of New Mexico’s schools received a grade of C or better under new ratings announced Tuesday by the Public Education Department. Clovis High received a C, as did its Freshman Academy. Marshall Middle School received a B; Yucca received a D. The state plans to use the […]

School menus — Jan. 8

Clovis Elementary Monday: Breakfast — Yogurt and cinnamon toast. Lunch — Beefy cheese nachos, spanish rice, shredded lettuce, fruit. Tuesday: Breakfast — Breakfast pizza. Lunch — Deli sandwich, lettuce and tomato, pickle chips, seasonal fruit. Wednesday: Breakfast — Cinnamon roll. Lunch — Cheeseburger on a bun, tater tots, mini carrots and dip, cookie. Thursday: Breakfast […]

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, […]

Zias set school scoring record in rout of OPSU

CNJ staff GOODWELL, Okla. — Eastern New Mexico University’s women set a school record for points Monday night in blowing out Oklahoma Panhandle State 122-100. The Zias (3-8), who came in averaging 63.9 points, eclipsed the previous standard of 117 set in a December 1979 clash against Sul Ross State. ENMU also reached the century […]