Education column: Borrowed grandparents boon to school

La Casita recently held a special birthday breakfast celebration. Juanita Chavez, “foster grandmother” turned 80 years old last week, and Principal Sylvia Martinez, along with all the staff at La Casita, decided it was definitely worth making a fuss about. Juanita, whose six children reside in diverse locations — from Texas, Washington, California, Connecticut, to […]

Tiger’s tale: A few quick facts about the zoo’s latest feline resident

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Tonjia Rolan Sooner, a Bengal tiger, was born in a wildlife preserve in Wynnewood, Okla., in May. When he arrived in Clovis at 11 weeks old, he barely had his eyes open. Today he is thriving under the care of Mark Yannotti, assistant zoo director at Hillcrest Park Zoo, who […]

Education column: Reading focus at La Casita

That deliciously crisp fall air means fall festivals and Halloween parties are in the works. Sylvia Martinez, principal at La Casita Elementary, shared plans for fall activities this year. “For the last three years we have really been focusing on literacy and have tied classroom and school-wide activities to supporting reading.” For example, La Casita […]

Education column: La Casita instruction rolling on

One blustery, winter day last week was marked by an uncommon treat. A sea of miniature, yellow hard hats worn by elementary students appeared in front of La Casita Elementary. At the forefront Principal Dr. Sylvia Martinez, in a pink hard hat, welcomed guests to the long awaited ground breaking ceremony. Among the guests were […]

Press Release: Clovis Municipal Schools closing Wednesday

February 1st Cancellations:Choices Night SchoolLincoln‐Jackson Tutoring ProgramLincoln‐Jackson English as a Second Language (ESL) ClassesLincoln‐Jackson Recreational ProgramYucca Middle School TutoringMarshall Middle School TutoringVarsity Boys Basketball Game @ LovingtonAfter‐School Program at the Following Schools: James Bickley, Arts Academy @Bella Vista, Cameo Elementary, La Casita Elementary, Lockwood Elementary,Parkview Elementary, & Sandia Elementary February 2nd Cancellations:Family Leadership Institute February […]

Education column: Geysers erupt at La Casita

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy You’ve heard of Old Faithful? Last week crowds of students and teachers at La Casita Elementary “ooh-ed” and “ahh-ed” at erupting geysers on their own school playground. Admittedly, there was something thrilling about watching the streams shoot up, one right after the other, 20 feet or so into the air. Geysers at La […]

Principal: First day of school ‘fabulous’

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson Marisol Azdar and her daughter greet her son, 7-year-old Felipe Azdar after his first day of school at La Casita Elementary. Azdar said Felipe was excited to go back to school Thursday morning. Sharna Johnson Hectic and fabulous are just some of the words used by school personnel to describe […]

Meetings watch: Special session discussed at school board meeting

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education met Tuesday at La Casita Elementary School: • Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm gave an update on the state Legislature’s special session, which begins Saturday. The message was essentially too much is unknown at this point, and community meetings will be scheduled after the session concludes. Seidenwurm said […]

Feb. 5 Education Digest

La Casita Elementary School awarded for bilingual program La Casita Elementary School was awarded $3,000 from the Public Education Department in recognition of its outstanding bilingual program, according to a news release.La Casita was one of 31 schools in the state recognized at the Bilingual Education Awards on Jan. 30.Schools were selected based upon English […]

May 15, 2008 Education Digest

Elementary graduations to be held Area elementary schools will hold promotion ceremonies for their kindergarten and sixth graders. Arts Academy at Bella VistaKindergarten: 9:15 a.m., May 22 Sixth grade: 1 p.m., May 22 Barry Elementary School Sixth grade: 9:30 a.m., May 22Kindergarten: 1:30 p.m., May 22 Cameo Elementary School Kindergarten: 9 a.m., MondaySixth grade: 9 […]