Band students take 64 seats at All-District

Clovis band students from the Clovis High School Freshman Academy and Marshall and Yucca Middle Schools won 64 of 96 seats on the Southeastern New Mexico Music Educators Junior High All-District Honor Band last week. Clovis students also won nine of the 14 “first chairs.” The all-district students will rehearse with a guest conductor and […]

Clovis band students dominate band selections

Freedom New Mexico Students from the Clovis High School Freshman Academy and Marshall and Yucca middle schools dominated selections on the Southeastern New Mexico Music Educators Junior High All-District Honor Band. The band, named last week, had 64 of its 95 available seats filled by Clovis students. Also, Clovis students claimed nine of the 14 […]

Meteorologist visits with drama students

Chief Meteorologist Steve Kersh from the KVII Channel 7 news team visited one of our high school classrooms recently as part a special project. No, he wasn’t headed for a science classroom, but a drama class instead. This professional weather/newscaster was coming, professional equipment in hand, to tape a group of Keith Ingram’s students whose […]

Education column: District host to quality teachers

In visiting classrooms across our school district, I am continually surprised by the caliber of educators we have. One such remarkable teacher is Terry Pipkin, a science teacher at Marshall Middle School. Now in her 27th year of teaching, I had an opportunity to watch her preparing for a class and observe her interactions with […]

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Clovis students selected for choirs Students from the Clovis High School Freshman Academy, Marshall and Yucca Middle Schools, and Mesa Elementary were selected for the 2012 New Mexico Youth and Elementary All-State Honor Choirs, according to a news release from Clovis Municipal Schools. According to the news release, these students will perform with choral students […]

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Students participate in leadership conference Fifteen students from Yucca Middle School, Clovis Freshman Academy and Clovis High participated in the New Mexico Career Technical Education Fall Leadership Conference Oct. 16-18 in Bonita Park. More than 300 career and technical education students took part in workshops at the conference focusing on developing leadership skills in the […]

Important to reach out in Jesus’ name

When I was teaching, I used my made up idea of The Ethiopia Concept to prompt the students to concentrate on three different questions: Have you been to Ethiopia? Do you know anyone in Ethiopia? Do you know where Ethiopia is? Then most of my students missed out on the first two questions. None had […]

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. […]

Education digest — Oct. 13

Choir students take top honors Choir students from Clovis High School and the Freshman Academy recently captured top honors during state competition at Eastern New Mexico University. Some 59 Clovis students earned a superior rating in solo competition and another nine earned superior ratings in the ensembles contest during the Oct. 6 Southeast District Festival. […]

ENMU officials, students, break ground on new dorm

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Eastern New Mexico University Student Body President Alan Kinlund speaks at the groundbreaking for the university’s new dormitory, Guadalupe Hall, on Friday afternoon. Kinlund spoke about how alumni have cherished their memories from past dorms and new students will cherish the ones they build in the new hall. Alisa Boswell […]

ENMU faculty, students gearing up for homecoming

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Freedom New Mexico: Alisa Boswell Kamarine Trujillo, center left, an Eastern New Mexico Homecoming queen candidate, takes votes from students Thursday afternoon with her homecoming crew. Trujillo said Homecoming king and queen will be named at the ENMU bonfire event at 8 p.m. today. Alisa Boswell Eastern New Mexico University Homecoming has arrived once again […]

Clovis High students awarded by ACLU

CNJ staff Two Clovis High School graduates are being awarded the ACLU of New Mexico’s 2011 Guardian of Liberty Award for their efforts at organizing the school’s first Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA). The winners are James Walker and Steven De Los Santos. In a press release Monday, the ACLU noted the two “had attempted several times […]

Education column: Marshall students racing toward success

The race is on. If you’ve had occasion to drive by Marshall Middle School lately, you will have seen a giant banner with the words “The Great American Race” spanning the front doors of the building. No … the school is not buying each of the middle school students a race car. This program is […]

Foreign exchange students learn about Clovis’ musical heritage

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Julie Grandjean, left, an 18-year-old exchange student from Belgium, looks at a jukebox Friday with Cristobal Bastias, 17, from Chile, center, and Christian Damvig, 16, from Denmark. The teens were among a group of foreign exchange students to tour the Norman and Vi Petty Rock and Roll Museum. Benna Sayyed […]

Residents share teacher memories

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Alisa Boswell: Freedom New Mexico Terri Damron, a sixth-grade teacher at Zia Elementary in Clovis, helps student Jace Piepkorn, 12, with an assignment in an empty classroom Friday afternoon. Damron is Piepkorn’s favorite teacher because she is “always happy and really nice.” Alisa Boswell With school back in session, Freedom New Mexico decided to ask […]

Back on campus: College students, faculty, staff get in gear for fall semester

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Jonathan Morales said returning to school after serving four years in the Air Force is proving to be an adjustment. Sharna Johnson and Alisa Bowell College students converged on the area’s three higher learning institutions this week —

ENMU welcomes back students with Dawg Days

By Jillian Holbert: PNT corrrespondent Eastern New Mexico University’s 2011 Dawg Days freshman orientation program ended with a splash Tuesday as the university’s freshmen lined up for fun in the sun at a four-piece water park event. Faculty served cotton candy and other treats as students, new and returning alike, participated in wet relays, bungee […]

Students, teachers brace for beginning of school

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Kim Matlock, right, helps her 7-year-old daughter Makena load up her desk with supplies during the Zia Elementary open house Friday afternoon. Makena is starting second grade at the school Monday. Kevin Wilson The hallways and parking lot of Zia Elementary were bustling Friday afternoon, as parents and students got […]

Local schools ready for students

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Clockwise from left, Mario Cabreras and Bo Cravy, of Newt & Butches Roofing, pass some tectum decking to Jared Ryan and Caesar Ramirez Friday morning as they work on the new special education building at Marshall Middle School in Clovis. According to the workers, tectum decking is sound-deadening material built into […]

Thursday morning briefing: The price of lunch, a new house and full rights granted

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing. No free lunch Clovis Municipal Schools’ students who buy regular priced lunches will see a 5-cent per meal increase beginning in August with the 2011-2012 school year. Prices will increase from $1.75 to $1.80 per meal for elementary school students and from $2 to […]