Officials break ground on school construction projects

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed School board members and local dignitaries collaborate to break ground for Gattis Middle School which is scheduled to be completed by late summer 2013. Benna Sayyed It was a busy day for Clovis Municipal Schools, with groundbreaking ceremonies for its new middle school and a renovation project at another school. […]

Breastfeeding moms should be accommodated

Freedom New Mexico A teacher who routinely pumped breast milk during work has lost her job, leading the American Civil Liberties Union to file a notice of claim against the Rocky Mountain Academy of Evergreen in Colorado. ACLU lawyers claim the public charter school declined to renew the contract of teacher Heather Burgbacher because she […]

Citizen’s Police Academy set for August

CNJ staff The 16th session of the Citizen’s Police Academy is set to begin in August. Hosted through the joint efforts of the Clovis Police Department, Curry County Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico State Police, the academy is designed to give citizens a better understanding of the “rigors a police officer must endure,” according to […]

Education column: Clovis Municipal Schools to host summer academy

Summer is here. No more school…well, almost. Next thing on the agenda is the Clovis Municipal Schools’ Summer Academy. Our version of summer school, the CMS Summer Academy will be held at Cameo Elementary this year from Monday through June 30, meeting on Monday through Thursday of each week. The shortened day runs from 8 […]

Bella Vista students to perform children’s operas

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Arts Academy at Bella Vista’s performance of three operas Friday finishes with a dance sequence. Liliana Castillo The Arts Academy at Bella Vista’s singing and dancing students will take the Marshall Auditorium stage once again Friday. This time, 230 students from kindergarten through sixth grade will perform three miniature […]

Freshman Academy Cat-a-bration shows off student work

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Freshman Academy parent Susana Cantu, left, and her children, from left to right, Mari Cantu, Ruben Torres, Abri Cantu and Victoria Cantu spend time at the biology table Tuesday during the Freshman Academy Cat-a-bration. Teachers of each subject displayed work from their class for parents to see. Liliana Castillo Parents […]

Citizens’ police academy to be offered

CNJ staff Community members are being invited to participate in a 12-week citizens’ police academy. The academy is designed to acquaint citizens with the diversity in a police officer’s career, and it highlights areas such as criminal law, investigations, traffic and crash investigations, drug enforcement and domestic violence, according to a press release. Participants will […]

Clovis students win honors at Lego League competition

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Liliana Castillo In five minutes, the 11 Gifted and Talented students from the Arts Academy at Bella Vista designed a diagram of the human heart with a clot inside. But it was their level-headed, cooperative and clear ability to explain the diagram that won them first place in Gracious Professionalism at the New Mexico First […]

Education column: Freshman academy applies lessons to real-world situations

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy When I walked in the CHS Freshman Academy library, imagine my surprise at almost tripping over a “body” sprawled across the floor behind yellow police tape, surrounded by tire tracks, shell casings, and blood spatters. Ok, ok… it was just a mannequin, the central focus of a unique project under way. Librarian, Janita […]

Arts academy to perform Nutcracker for 10th year

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Liliana Castillo Sixth-grader Joshua McLaurin’s wish of becoming a magician came true when he was cast as the magician Drosselmeyer in the Arts Academy at Bella Vista’s annual production of The Nutcracker. This will be the 10th year the arts academy has brought the full ballet to the stage with a full student cast, except […]

Students dig into project

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sixth grader Hannah Ayre gets instruction from sixth grade teacher John Wangler during the dig. Liliana Castillo After the Clovis Christian School middle school academy read about, etched, fossilized, researched and wrote about archaeology, they got on their hands and knees and did it themselves Wednesday at the east campus. […]

Government stifling to prosperity

Tibor Machan At this time when most people are clamoring for economic revival, the major debate centers around how it could be achieved. One side, mainly the current administration and its supporters in the academy, believe in some variety of stimulus initiated by the federal government — funneling funds (taken from taxes and borrowed from […]

Educators pleased with Freshman Academy’s progress

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo From left to right math teacher Lori Gammill, English teacher Kym Cordova, physical education teacher Amy Wyatt, business teacher Christal Reid, biology teacher Corinthia Hall and history teacher Brian Pickard look over feedback Wednesday from a national conference where they presented information about the Freshman Academy. Liliana Castillo The Clovis […]

Letter to the editor: Board should consider another high school

Board should consider another high school Does Clovis really need a fourth middle school? In a traditional format, Yucca, Marshall and the Ninth Grade Academy are middle schools. In a sense, we have two high schools — Clovis High and Choices, a strong, positive alternative school that I support. Clovis taxpayers are being asked by […]

Police academy graduate follows in father’s footsteps

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Freedom New Mexico: Jared Tucker Allen Perez, left, Chris McCasland, center and Tyler Marney graduated from the state police academy and will serve in local police departments. Perez will join the Roosevelt County Sheriff’s office while McCasland and Marney will serve in the Portales Police Department. By Jared Tucker: Freedom New Mexico Law enforcement runs […]

Bella Vista hosting anti-tobacco event

Freedom New Mexico The group Students Concerned About Tobacco at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista is hosting a Big Tobacco “Beat Down” pinata party 1 p.m. Monday, according to a news release. The party is the last of a series of anti-tobacco events held across Curry County, the release said. The students will be […]

Education digest — May 5

Arts Academy at Bella Vista students to perform instrumental show Arts Academy at Bella Vista students will perform an instrumental show 7 p.m. Friday at Marshall Auditorium, according to a news release. The performance is called “Heart of the Earth.” Tickets are $5 and the event is open to the public. Information: 769-4435

Education feature: Freshmen take on all yearbook duties

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Clovis High School Freshman Academy yearbook class took all of the photographs for this year’s yearbook. The book will be distributed May 14. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The yearbook class at the Clovis High School Freshman Academy is anxiously awaiting the release of this year’s project — […]

First person: All-around excellence

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ben Singletary of Clovis was awarded the Discus Award given to all-around students earlier this month. Clovis High School senior Ben Singletary recently won the national Discus Award. The award highlights high school students who excel all-around, not just at school. Searching: I applied for the award to get scholarships. […]

Press Release: Clovis after school programs cancelled

The After-School Program at the following locations is cancelled due to inclement weather and road conditions: Arts Academy @ Bella Vista Cameo Elementary School James Bickley Elementary School La Casita Elementary School Lockwood Elementary School Parkview Elementary School If you have questions, please contact the individual school site.