Conference seeks to educate state’s future educators

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SueB Bracksieck compares drawings with Michael Hatch of Portales High School during a communication workshop at Friday’s Future Educators of America conference at ENMU. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — There was a common theme expressed Friday and Saturday among high school students attending the 2005 Future Educators Association State […]

Resident spearheads prairie dog rescue

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Lynda Watson, “the prairie dog Lady” holds up one of the rescued rodents at a vacant lot in Clovis that is a planned site for a new Clovis National Bank. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer The wet and confused prairie dogs huddled together in cages, unaware their lives had just […]

More flexible rating system on way for special education

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Individual schools and school districts in New Mexico will be rated on a more flexible system when it comes to the performance of special education students in Adequate Yearly Progress, under a temporary scoring calculation reprieve granted by the federal government. “We felt we should apply for it (testing […]

Watson, Ray

Ray Watson Services: Have been held. Ray Watson, 81, of Clovis, died Monday, May 16, 2005, at Laurel Ridge Healthcare Center in Clovis. He was born on Nov. 8, 1923, in Mountain Park, Okla., to Phil and Willie Watson. He married Bernice Banks on July 14, 1946, in Snyder, Okla. He was a World War […]

Proposed cuts concern teachers

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Caturia Watson has taught art in Clovis schools for 26 years. With the recent news that Clovis schools may be seeking staff cuts through attrition to combat a projected budget shortfall, she worries the art department she worked so hard to build will suffer when she leaves. “Through the […]

School officials suggest modified testing

By Mike Linn: CNJ news editor School officials believe modified testing of special education students will better measure student knowledge and increase a school’s chances of meeting state education standards. Most special education students have average intelligence, and are smart enough to pass standardized tests for their grade levels, just as long as the tests […]

Fort Sumner testing back on track

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Fort Sumner School District has had strict mandates put forth to ensure testing is administered correctly this school year, a state education official said this week. But the district will not face further repercussions for failing to order the proper tests last year. The state has instituted new checks […]

Aaron Watson to perform Saturday

Freedom Newspapers When Aaron Watson sings “Shut Up and Dance,” it may not sound very mannerly, but it is being listened to, according to concert promoters. “Shut Up and Dance” is the hit single for the up-and-coming Texas Country singer, who is slated to play Saturday night at Bash Riprock’s, 2419 Main St., in Lubbock. […]