Honors — May 8

Buxman-Davis Nicole M. Buxman-Davis has been promoted to the rank of major in the Air National Guard, a reserve component of the U.S. Air Force. Buxman-Davis is an electrical engineer assigned to the 165th Civil Engineering Squadron at Savannah International Airport, Garden City, Ga. Her in-laws are Roy and Charlene Davis of Mesa Vista Court, […]

Bella Vista students to perform children’s operas

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Arts Academy at Bella Vista’s performance of three operas Friday finishes with a dance sequence. Liliana Castillo The Arts Academy at Bella Vista’s singing and dancing students will take the Marshall Auditorium stage once again Friday. This time, 230 students from kindergarten through sixth grade will perform three miniature […]

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 […]

Education column: Students mark season with projects

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy: Clovis Municipal Schools This time of year, Christmas is simmering across the district, and schools are filled with color, sound and goodies, too. The Arts Academy at Bella Vista did a spectacular job with their now famous “Nutcracker” — a visual and musical delight, as always. Cameo Elementary’s third and fourth grade […]

Education column: Bella Vista community fosters sense of joy

Cyndi Kleyn-Kennedy: Clovis Municipal Schools “Nothing Without Joy.” What a message to see when you walk into your school each day. Most of us are aware of a very special school in our community, but many might not fully understand the vision behind the arts-infused “magnet” school called the Arts Academy at Bella Vista. It […]

Prep polls — Oct. 6

New Mexico High School Coaches Association Football Class 5A School (1st-place votes) Pts 1. La Cueva (17) 170 2. Eldorado 144 3. Manzano 124 4. Cleveland 109 5. Las Cruces 106 6. Mayfield 101 7. Cibola 62 8. Clovis 37 9. Hobbs 30 10. Highland 22 Others receiving votes: Carlsbad 14, West Mesa 10, Sandia […]

Bella Vista hosting anti-tobacco event

Freedom New Mexico The group Students Concerned About Tobacco at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista is hosting a Big Tobacco “Beat Down” pinata party 1 p.m. Monday, according to a news release. The party is the last of a series of anti-tobacco events held across Curry County, the release said. The students will be […]

Education digest — May 5

Arts Academy at Bella Vista students to perform instrumental show Arts Academy at Bella Vista students will perform an instrumental show 7 p.m. Friday at Marshall Auditorium, according to a news release. The performance is called “Heart of the Earth.” Tickets are $5 and the event is open to the public. Information: 769-4435

Press Release: Clovis after school programs cancelled

The After-School Program at the following locations is cancelled due to inclement weather and road conditions: Arts Academy @ Bella Vista Cameo Elementary School James Bickley Elementary School La Casita Elementary School Lockwood Elementary School Parkview Elementary School If you have questions, please contact the individual school site.

Education feature: Local teachers headed to Harvard

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Twelve teachers from the Arts Academy at Bella Vista are headed to Harvard University this weekend to participate in an on-going 32-year research project. Project Zero began in 1967 at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Its mission is to understand and enhance learning, thinking and creativity in the […]

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 […]

Zias seek turnaround

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks ENMU sophomore catcher Samantha Davis takes batting practice Monday at the ENMU softball field. By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer Samantha Davis was part of a successful high school softball program at Piedra Vista, winning back-to-back Class 4A state championships her junior and senior years. She figured she’d had enough […]

Bella Vista joins inauguration celebration

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Students at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista dance during the an inauguration ball Tuesday at the school. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Not to be left out of the celebrations at the nation’s capital, Clovis residents held their own commemorations of Tuesday’s historic inauguration. Barack Obama was sworn […]

Dec. 28, 2008 Weddings

Orr-Perez Tonya Orr of Kersey and Kyle Perez of Nara Vista were joined in marriage June 14, 2008 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyo. Rev. Matt Blackford performed the simple ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Clair and Deborah Orr of Kersey. She is the granddaughter of Evelyn Kautz of Sterling, Colo. […]

Academy set for “Nutcracker” performance

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Students from Bella Vista practice for The Nutcracker at Marshall Auditorium. CNJ Staff The Arts Academy at Bella Vista’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” is 7 p.m. on Friday. The play has been produced annually for 12 years, according to director Viola Cano. Cano is the dance teacher for Bella […]

Education feature: Bella Vista students make canvas out of lab coat

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bella Vista sixth-graders Isaiah Callahan, left, and Jesus Uribe add detail to the art they added onto Shelly Grim’s lab coat she wears while she teaches science to her fourth-grade class. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

Clovis schools plan for growth

By Jean Verlich: CNJ NEWS EDITOR Plans to accommodate future growth in Clovis elementary schools were set in motion at Tuesday’s school board meeting with proposed changes to the zoning for Barry Elementary School and the Arts Academy at Bella Vista. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm told board members enrollment at Barry is under 300 students, with […]

Education Feature: Teacher marches to music’s beat

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Janet Barnard, a music teacher at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista, sits next to third-grader Jordan Castillo while she plays an instrument. Barnard is retiring after 27 years of teaching at Clovis elementary schools. By Wren Abbott: CNJ Correspondent Long before research demonstrated the “Mozart effect” — the relationship […]

Dance lessons help teach Bella Vista students social skills

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Fifth-graders Samantha Lucero and Jordan Jones dance the fox trot Wednesday during Viola Cano’s dance class at Arts Academy at Bella Vista. Cano teaches ballroom dancing to some 400 students. (Staff photo: Andy Delisle) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Twenty-four little feet followed the instructions of Viola Cano. “Slow, quick, quick, slow. Slow, […]

Learning means transition

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleKathi Shaw teaches 4-year-olds at Cameo Elementary School. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer In a little more than two weeks, area students will return to school. Awaiting some are significant changes. Here is a closer view of alterations in area school districts. Clovis High School Tradition returns — in the […]