New schools set for completion in May

Construction of two new Clovis schools should be complete in five to six weeks and renovations of two Clovis schools are done, according to Jody Balch, Clovis Municipal Schools deputy superintendent of operations CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Clovis Municipal Schools Deputy Superintendent of Operations Jody Balch, left, speaks to members of the Clovis Plains […]

Speller bound for D.C.

Ariel Kokoricha loves to read and a good academic challenge, a combination that landed the Clovis Christian fifth-grader a trip to the nation's capital as New Mexico's state spelling bee champion. CMI staff photo: Benna Sayyed Ariel Kokoricha, a fifth-grader at Clovis Christian Schools , won the state spelling bee Saturday on the word legato. […]

Clovis girls wins state bee

Clovis Christian School fourth-grader Ariel Kokoricha won the state spelling bee Saturday in Albuquerque. The Albuquerque Journal reported that Kokoricha won the contest by spelling the word "legato" correctly. The contest took nearly four hours. The Journal also reported that Kokoricha beat 39 competitors from around the state. Kokoricha will advance to the Scripps National […]

Meetings Watch: CMS Board of Education, March 26, 2013

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education met Tuesday. Here is a report from the meeting: The board approved revisions to its policy on master's degree requirements — beginning with the 2012-2013 school year, all contracted licensed employees who are reported on the annual T and E Index must earn a master's degree from a […]

Banquet to honor five for contributions

Three Clovis High graduates from the 1970s, a longtime attorney, and the state's winningest high school football coach will be honored at 2013 Purple Pride Hall of Honor Awards and Banquet 6 p.m. April 13 at the Clovis Civic Center. The hall of honor, which is in a display at CHS, recognizes and honors CHS […]

Education Digest: March 21, 2013

Dance teams receive honors Four Clovis school dance teams received honors for their outstanding performances in the Santa Fe Dance Classic on March 16 in Santa Fe, according to a Clovis Municipal Schools news release. The Marshall Middle School Sparklettes, the Yucca Middle School Chap Dance, the Clovis High Freshman Wildcadettes and the Clovis High […]

Showcase reveals dancing excellence

Tuesday evening "The Rock" — Clovis High School's main gym — not only rocked but also sparkled with teams of dancers from our secondary schools. It was "A Night of Spectacular Dance," and spectacular it was. The evening began with spectacular, award-winning solo performances by Marshall Kitten Sparklettes' Jayla Mendoza (Marshall Middle School) and CHS […]

Math maniacs find hit with bingo night

What would you think if you drove by the Clovis High School Freshman Academy (CHSFA) on a Thursday evening around 5:30 p.m. and viewed lively, jovial throngs of parents and students waiting in line to get into the school gym? Likely, a big game night, and it sort of was; just not the kind you […]

Clovis school board to consider graduation date change

Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Terry Myers is bringing in the Board of Education to help make a decision on changing the date of the CHS graduation. The event, slated for May 18, falls on the same day as the final day of the state's spring athletic championships. The board will hold a special meeting March […]

Meetings Watch: CCC Board of Trustees; March 6, 2013

The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees met Wednesday morning at the college. Here is a report from the meeting: The board elected Terry Martin as board chair and Russell Muffley as board secretary. The board approved the spring 2013 graduation list. There will be 441 degrees awarded. This list includes 92 associate degree recipients, […]

Schools show power of reading

Lately, rampant reading and related activities have been taking place around the school district. One would assume that this is the normal state of affairs in a school district, which, of course, it is. I'm talking about recent activities I have seen that go above and beyond the normal language arts diet. First, on a […]

Veteran trustee ousted

The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees has a new member — Donald Sharer. Sharer defeated incumbent Gayla Brumfield in a 236-217 vote Tuesday night in the only contested race. Charles Guthals garnered 55 votes running unopposed in District 4. Sharer said he was a little surprised at his victory. "I know she (Brumfield) is […]

Candidate profiles: CCC Board of Trustees

The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees election is Tuesday. The only contested race is in District 1 where incumbent Gayla Brumfield faces Donald Sharer. We asked each candidate to answer the same four questions via email: Gayla Brumfield, 59, is a Realtor, president and broker-owner of Coldwell Banker Colonial Real Estate She has lived […]

Key Club back at Clovis High School

Clovis Key Club is active again at Clovis High School and club facilitators are looking to recruit members, according to Key Club advisor Larry Holland. Clovis Key Club has two members to date. Key Club offers youth a positive outlet to learn leadership skills and have fun through projects, according to Holland. "When I was […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education, Feb. 26

This is supplemental report from Tuesday's Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education: The board approved a resolution and proclamation for a special school district general obligation bond election. The board has determined that a special school district general obligation bond election shall be held May 7 and that a resolution and proclamation of the election […]

Education column: Many guidance opportunities available

These days there are many opportunities for students seeking guidance and direction. In addition to our counselors at Clovis High School — working with students n academics, as well as careers — another great source of student help can be found on campus: Adrian White, Community Education & Resource Development liaison, or, as White suggests, […]

Superintendent unlikely to change graduation date

Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Terry Myers said he's unlikely to budge about not changing the date of the Clovis High School graduation despite a conflict with state's spring athletic championships. "I'm not going to change something that affects a large number of people to all of a sudden benefit a few," Myers said at Tuesday's […]

Parent seeks graduation change

The parent of a Clovis High student-athlete wants the school board to change CHS' graduation date because of a conflict with the state's spring sports championships. He said he doesn't feel graduating student-athletes should have to make a choice. Clovis High graduation is scheduled for May 18, the same date as the final day of […]

Meetings Watch: Clovis school board

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education meets 5:30 p.m. today at the CMS administration building, 1009 Main. Agenda items include: A resolution and proclamation for a special school district general obligation bond election for May 7. The bond election would keep property taxes at current levels and create $20 million in general obligation bonds. […]

Education column: Ranchvale ‘Cafe’ serving students, public alike

Not long ago, Ranchvale Elementary established a "Readers' Café" in the school gym. Actually, to be more accurate, the third-graders at RV set up the Readers' Café. The next in Ranchvale's series of Learning Assemblies, this innovative approach in school assemblies has been a great success and particularly memorable for all students; those presenting as […]