Education feature: School pushes choice

Clovis Christian Schools Superintendent Ladona Clayton believes students should be allowed to attend private schools supported by public funds. The topic was raised earlier this month by Clayton during a National School Choice Week assembly at CCS. "Any child who wants to choose a Christian education should have the opportunity to do that without their […]

Education column: Toy run brings out spirit of season

This is the season when talk of giving becomes commonplace. With the increased activities across the district, celebrations of this special time of year are everywhere: School plays and assemblies; parties; performances; and more. It's difficult to keep track of all the wonderful things going on that not only showcase the skills and talents of […]

Education column: Holiday happenings

Schools across the district are busy with holiday happenings. Regular learning and assessment are ongoing in classrooms, of course; however, this is the season when a multitude of additional activities and events are being prepared and presented. Music programs and concerts abound this time of year, providing opportunities for students to showcase skills and talents. […]

Education digest: Udall accepting intern applications

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall is accepting applications from New Mexico college students for spring internships at his offices in Washington, D.C., Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Las Cruces. Applications are available at tomudall.senate.gov. The deadline to apply is Dec. 16. Scholarship deadline Dec. 16 The deadline for high school seniors in New Mexico to apply for […]

Education column

When the word "Thanksgiving" is uttered around the school district, it is sometimes accompanied by a softening of tone or a sigh; sometimes there's a distant gaze. I heard quite a variety of reactions recently. Several teachers loved getting to go "home" with their kids to older parents, where they get to feel like a […]

Meetings watch: Clovis school board – Nov. 14

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education took the following action at its board meeting Tuesday: Gave CMS Superintendent Terry Myers approval to negotiate a proposal with the Clovis Industrial Development Corp. and the city of Clovis to present to Tres Amigas LLC to secure property tax dollars. Approved a revision to the 2012-2013 activity […]

Clovis band takes top New Mexico honor

The Clovis High School marching band won the New Mexico Grand Champion trophy Saturday at the Zia Marching Band Fiesta in Albuquerque, according to a CMS news release. The band won trophies for outstanding musical achievement, outstanding visual achievement and placed first in Class 4A in the preliminary competition. This is the 32nd consecutive year […]

Education feature: Freshman face tough transition

Holly Duval thought her freshman year in high school would be scary. It turns out that wasn't true. Duval said the jump to the Clovis Freshman Academy includes more responsibilities and school work, but she feels comfortable. High school freshman year is a pivotal time in a teenager's academic and social life, according to freshman […]

Students semifinalists in scholarship program

Clovis High School seniors Lucas A. Donaldson and Abigail L. Tyson have been selected semifinalists in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship program. There are approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the 58th annual National Merit Scholarship program. The high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for about 8,300 scholarships.

Education digest: Sept. 6

CHS assistant recognized Clovis High School educational assistant Ronna Mares was named the district's Support Staff Person of the Year on Aug. 17 at the Clovis Municipal School's convocation at Marshall auditorium. Mares said her job consists of making copies, doing lamination and running errands for all CHS teachers. Mares said there are more than […]

Meetings watch: CCC Board of Trustees

The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees approved the following at its meeting Wednesday: Art committee appointment: Regina Dart, a fine art major at CCC, to a one-year term as student representative of the committee. Labor management relations board: Connie Connelly was reappointed on May l, 2012 for another one-year term and is serving as […]

Education column: Students of to successful start

We're just beginning the school year, and wouldn't you know it, there are already some noteworthy items to celebrate. During the summer, once again, teams of gifted students from Ranchvale and James Bickley traveled to the University of Tennessee to "Destination ImagiNation's Globals," (http://www.destinationimagination.org), participating in competitions designed to encourage creative problem-solving collaboratively. Accompanied by […]

Education column: Students of to successful start

We're just beginning the school year, and wouldn't you know it, there are already some noteworthy items to celebrate. During the summer, once again, teams of gifted students from Ranchvale and James Bickley traveled to the University of Tennessee to "Destination ImagiNation's Globals," (http://www.destinationimagination.org), participating in competitions designed to encourage creative problem-solving collaboratively. Accompanied by […]

ENMU anticipates record enrollment

Officials at Eastern New Mexico University anticipate a record enrollment for the fall semester. Clovis Community College officials said enrollment is about the same as last year. Eastern New Mexico University president Steven Gamble anticipates enrollment at ENMU will go up 5 percent when the final numbers are counted on Sept. 7. Gamble expects the […]

Education digest - Aug. 9

Clovis Christian administrator awarded Clovis Christian Schools Superintendent LaDona Clayton received the administrator of the year award July 25 from the New Mexico Coalition of School Administrators. Clayton said she was the only administrator in the state to receive this award. Clayton said she is humbled and honored to receive the award. Yucca holding transition […]

Education column: Summer reading program successful

Although teachers officially return next week, many have been trickling in, preparing for the new school year. Chatting with principals, already back in the saddle, and many of the teachers I've encountered, there's been great interest in the outcome of our Summer Reading Program, which is just winding down. Having also encountered numerous parents during […]

Upward Bound programs feel effects of cuts

Rodrick Chambers, the area's Upward Bound director, says the program provides opportunities for area high school students that they would not have been exposed to without the program. That's why Chambers is surprised that this federal year-round program, deemed successful by many communities across the nation for serving first generation college students in low-income households, […]

Shoppers fill carts on tax-free weekend

Shoppers around New Mexico were filling up their carts, and filling up a few school buses, while trying to not completely empty their wallets this weekend. CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Britany Valdez, left, and son Nate Carney, both of Hereford, check out athletic shorts Saturday at JCPenney at the North Plains Mall in Clovis. […]

School starting dates

First days of school for the 2012-2013 school year: Curry County Clovis Schools — August 20 Clovis Christian School — August 20 Clovis Community College fall semester — August 20 Wayland Baptist University fall semester — August 22 Grady Schools — August 8 Melrose Schools — August 20 Texico Schools – August 20 De Baca […]

School redistricting questions addressed

The parent turnout at the Clovis Municipal Schools second redistricting meeting Thursday was fewer than 10, but those present felt their questions on redistricting options were addressed well. If option A, B, C or D is approved at the CMS Aug. 28 board meeting, many children in Clovis will be moved from Marshall and Yucca […]