Five new principals hired for Clovis schools

Clovis Municipal Schools officials announced on Thursday the hiring of five new principals. A school news release said they are: Laura Adkins, Los Ninos Early Intervention Center and Lincoln-Jackson Family Center; Mandy Carpenter, Parkview Elementary; Kari Lemke, Barry Elementary; Kayla Pipkin, Highland Elementary; Deborah Westbrook, Lockwood Elementary; CMS Superintendent Terry Myers said the new principals […]

CCC board approves demolition of two buildings

The Clovis Community College Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved the start of asbestos abatement and demolition of two dilapidated buildings as part of the Petty Performing Arts Center project. After the buildings are removed, the lot will be leveled and used for parking, according to CCC officials. The buildings are south of the former […]

Education column: Custodial staff honored

While students may be enjoying the lazy days of summer, work continues at Clovis Municipal Schools — particularly with custodial and maintenance staff. "Summer is the busiest time for us; that's when things really get going," shared Kevin Cass, Clovis schools' coordinator of custodial services/facilities. At the end of each school year, furniture is removed […]

Lincoln-Jackson holding class reunion

The Lincoln-Jackson School's 12th class reunion is Friday and Saturday. Memorial services will be held at 7:30 p.m. at the Bethlehem Baptist Church at 104 Calhoun St. Waymon L. Dowdy Sr. is the keynote speaker. There will be a cookout noon Saturday at the American Legion Post 117, 2800 West Grand Ave. At 8 p.m. […]

Clovis schools show improvement in reading, math

Improvement, however big or small, is a good thing, according to Clovis and Portales school officials. The Clovis and Portales school districts flunked in the category of growth of lowest performing students in the new state School Grading System for school districts but saw overall improvements in math and reading. "Our scores are better overall […]

Student says she’s grateful for interest rate reprieve

Eastern New Mexico University student Alesha Jones is grateful that she doesn't have to take a second job while she pursues her degree in communication disorders. CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway Student worker Alesha Jones, 20, does inventory Monday morning in Eastern New Mexico University's Golden Library. She says she'll be able to rest easier […]

Education column: Revamped summer school wrapping up

Last week saw the completion of this year's Clovis Municipal Schools' version of summer school, the "Summer Academy." A new approach was used for this year's summer session. In fact, the program was revamped considerably to provide enhanced learning opportunities in hopes of more effectively addressing the needs of the students attending summer academy. The […]

Colleges taking steps to improve academic success

Tutoring and other supportive services are just a few improvements being made at Clovis Community College and Eastern New Mexico University as officials work towards improving areas of student success. A recent report from the Institute for a Competitive Workforce, an affiliate of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, issued a state-by-state report card on public […]

Municipal makeover

Throughout the hot days, and sometimes into the late nights, construction is ongoing for Clovis Municipal Schools. By the time July 2014 rolls around, current projects will have been finished with a projected $51.2 million expended on three new school sites and facility upgrades at three others. The school district provides 20 percent of the […]

Education feature: Kids College offers early campus experience

In her three-plus weeks at theater training, Caitlin Betz has learned above all else, "Expression means everything." CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Caitlin Betz reads her line to David Struthers during theater class Wednesday at Clovis Community College's Kids College. The theater class, held at the CCC Town Hall, is one of 24 classes. As […]

Education column: School construction making strides

Take a drive around town and have a look at our school sites. You will see all kinds of standard summer projects going on, from tree trimming to painting and re-carpeting to replacing concrete and many other tasks. The needs being addressed are "anything pertaining to life, health or safety," according to John King, director […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education met Tuesday at the CMS administration building. Four members were present. Board member Terry Martin did not attend. During the meeting: The board approved a sale of $9 million in general obligation bond. The sale was made to Vining-Sparks IBG of Chicago. Kevin Powers of RBC Capital of […]

Education column: Ebooks expand school libraries

Confucius said, "No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance." If reading was so highly valued 25 hundred years ago, it's hardly surprising that reading is even more important today. In the Clovis schools we work hard to enrich students' lives with […]

Education feature: Hands-on projects help students build math skills

Eighty students from at least 10 Clovis elementary schools spent the last week and a half learning math and science at Marshall Middle School through hands-on projects. The second annual Junior Wildcat Math and Science Camp was an extended learning opportunity for incoming seventh-graders to get a jump on math and science, teachers said. Teachers […]

Education column: Teamwork, enthusiasm help make outdoor classroom reality

Once upon a time a teacher named Donna Stewart began Character Council at Cameo to teach students about civic duties and leadership and other important aspects of character. Along came another teacher, Kendra Peloquin, a special education teacher for gifted and talented (GT), and she asked to join the council. These two teachers made a […]

Education digest – June 7

Groundbreaking held at Lockwood Lockwood construction to start Thursday kicked off with a groundbreaking Wednesday at the school, according to Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Terry Myers: Bradbury Stamm will do the construction. Dekker/Perich/Sabatini are project architects. Construction will last a little more than a year with an opening of the addition scheduled for August 2013. […]

Education column: Bilingual students recognized

The week before school was out, there was a special reception held in the Clovis Municipal Schools' board room at Central Office. The occasion was to celebrate eight unique CMS students who graduated this year with "Bilingual Seal Recognition" on their diplomas. In the Clovis school district we are in our 13th year of our […]

Education feature: CCC Math Emporium helps students get up to speed

Before enrolling in a basic math skills course at Clovis Community College last year, Blanca Alexander had not taken a math course since 1994. CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Clovis Community College instructor Donna Pharies, left, helps CCC freshman Ashley Emmons, right, simplify linear expressions Wednesday in the CCC Math Emporium. Emmons is taking Basic […]

Education digest – May 24

Muleshoe academic team places third The Muleshoe High School academic challenge team placed third in the 2012 Texas Association of Community Schools State Academic Challenge on May 6 at the University of Mary Hardin-Baylor in Belton. The Muleshoe students are: Belinda Pacheco Michael Martinez Camilo Torres The team won $3,720 in scholarships for participating in […]

Education column: Websites help keep students reading during summer

Unbelievably, it's here again; the end of the school year that was accompanied by high levels of activity, from field trips to awards assemblies. Although students and teachers are no doubt ready for a well-deserved break, one of the greatest concerns for all educators, whether serving in the classroom, administration, or in support roles, is […]