Education digest: Director resigns from state post

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer

A former Clovis Municipal Schools superintendent announced his resignation Jan. 22 from a position of statewide leadership.

Joe Mack Mitchell, executive director of the New Mexico School Boards Association, resigned from the post effective July 1.

Mitchell has held the position since 1997. He accepted it following retirement as the Clovis Municipal Schools superintendent.

He led Clovis Schools as the superintendent for five years, and spent 25 years as a teacher, junior high school principal and assistant superintendent in Clovis.

“Please accept this letter as a letter of gratitude to all the other local school board members in New Mexico who work diligently to improve the lives of children,” Mitchell wrote in his letter of resignation.

A search for a new executive director is under way.

Science camp slots open for seniors
Two slots for New Mexico high school seniors interested in attending a summer camp for scientists are open.

Seniors from around the country are selected to attend the National Youth Science Camp in the Monongahela National Forest in West Virginia for one month.

Information and application forms are available at the National Youth Science Camp Web site, www.nysc.org.

Program aids in funds search
A program that prepares high school students for college is offering assistance to students from Texico, Clovis, Portales, Dora, Elida and Floyd, according to an Eastern New Mexico University press release.

Upward Bound, a program sponsored by the federal government and hosted at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales, also helps students find the money needed to attend college.

Students must be between 13-19, have completed the eighth grade, be enrolled in high school and plan to go to college to be eligible for the program.
For more information, call Susan Cramp at 562-2452.

La Casita celebrates achievement
La Casita Elementary School of Clovis was celebrated for its success Wednesday in Santa Fe.

The New Mexico Association for Bilingual Education and the Public Education Department Bilingual Education Bureau recognized 20 schools who serve the needs of English Language Learners (ELLs) at the Legislative Rotunda.

These 20 schools were selected based on their ELL students’ progress in making and attaining proficiency in the English language, academic yearly progress (AYP), achievement in short-cycle assessments, and other qualitative measures, according to a press release from the New Mexico Public Education Department.

Each school received a plaque and $2,000 from Title III Incentive Funds.

College offers free tax preparation
Clovis Community College, in partnership with TAX HELP New Mexico, will be offering free tax preparation at CCC beginning Monday and lasting through April 5.

Services will be offered Mondays and Thursdays from 9-11 a.m., and Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. Services will also be offered from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 10, and 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24.

Appointments are preferred and may be scheduled by calling 769-4113.

Individuals must have earned income of less than $35,000 ($50,000 if married filing jointly) and not have an overly complicated return to be eligible for free services. Bring necessary tax information and documentation (such as W2s and 1099s), a valid form of identification and Social Security cards for each individual listed on the return. For married taxpayers filing jointly, both spouses must be present at the time the taxes are prepared.

For more information, contact Monica Sanchez at 769-4948 or Becky Carruthers at 769-4913.

Blood drive scheduled
Clovis Community College will host a United Blood Services blood drive from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday in the Commons, accepting all blood types.

Potential donors must be 17 to 79, weigh at least 110 pounds, and provide photo identification. Donors should have no symptoms of cold, flu, sore throat or fever for seven days prior to donating, and should know the names of medications (including over-the-counter) they are presently taking.

Scholarship opportunity offered
Eastern New Mexico University may nominate two people to receive a Jack Kent Cooke Foundation scholarship, which can total as much as $50,000 per year for up to six years.

The scholarship recipients may pursue any graduate or professional degree at any accredited university or college. To be eligible, the person must not have already started a graduate or professional degree program full-time. The scholarships are based, in part, on financial need.

The nomination process at Eastern begins by submitting the application and supporting materials by Feb. 16 to Steven Palmer (562-2542). The materials should be dropped off at the College of Business Dean’s Office (Room 203) or mailed to: Steven Palmer, ENMU—Station 49, Portales, NM 88130.

Applications are available on the Foundation’s Web site, www.jackkentcookefoundation.org, or by calling (800) 498-6478.
Nominees must:

—Be seniors or recent graduates. Current students must have achieved senior status by Dec. 31, 2006. Recent alumni must have graduated since May 2002.

—Have applied to an accredited university and plan to start their first graduate or professional degree full-time in the fall.

—Have cumulative college GPAs of 3.50 or better on a 4.0 scale.

Preview of college life planned
An event that allows high school seniors to experience college life at The South Plains College in Levelland, Texas, will be held in February.
The South Plains College Senior Sneak Preview is scheduled for Feb. 16. Morning activities begin at 9 a.m. at the Texan Dome in Levelland.
The seniors will have the opportunity to visit with the college’s current students, sit in on a college class, explore majors, visit with clubs and organizations, and take a campus tour, according to a South Plains College press release.
Parents will be provided with a special session regarding financial aid, admissions, tuition, housing, transferring and any other questions they might have about the college process.
For more information or to register for the event, talk to a high school counselor, call (806) 894-9611, extension 2113, or visit www.southplainscollege.edu and click the Senior Sneak logo.

Education Digest is compiled by CNJ staff writer Marlena Hartz. She may be contacted at 763-6991, or by e-mail:
marlena_hartz@link.freedom.com