Asbestos found in Texico schools

CNJ staff Asbestos has been discovered in the Texico Municipal Schools cafeteria and an elementary school classroom, school officials said Wednesday. Superintendent R.L. Richards said safety precautions include roping off the cafeteria while students use a newly-constructed cafeteria. Richards said Cures Environmental of Albuquerque, a licensed abatement company, was hired to perform removal of the […]

Ranchvale purchases document cameras

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ranchvale third-grader Ryan Perkins, 8, labels Earth and Venus Thursday on a diagram of the solar system under the document camera in Trinity Watt’s classroom. Liliana Castillo Ranchvale Elementary School spent money raised by its fall fundraiser to purchase document cameras for each classroom. Document cameras are a new, higher […]

Grant McGee: Classroom punishments thing of the past

Grant McGee There’s a news story out of Santa Fe about a shop teacher who allegedly locked up an unruly student in a storage area. Authorities say she could face child abuse and false imprisonment charges. The story brought back memories of my eighth grade math teacher, Mr. Rigdon. Mr. Rigdon had his ways to […]

Education column: Technology aids in education

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy It was in a middle school classroom that I recently saw the writing on the wall … literally. Energetic history teacher Brandi Thomas, at Yucca Middle School, carried a wireless digital tablet (about the size of a clipboard) around her classroom, and as she wrote on it, the writing appeared on the large […]

Press release: Bingaman backs measure to help keep teachers in the classroom

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today joined in introducing a bill to help prevent educator layoffs. The economic downturn of the past two years has led to extremely tight state budgets. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – legislation that is helping rebuild the New Mexico economy – provided over $500 million over two […]

Bingaman Backs Measure to Help Keep Teachers in the Classroom

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today joined in introducing a bill to help prevent educator layoffs. The economic downturn of the past two years has led to extremely tight state budgets. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – legislation that is helping rebuild the New Mexico economy – provided over $500 million over two […]

Team teaching puts new spin on classroom subjects

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Courtesy photo Terry Pipkin and Tarmara Lopez’s seventh grade class staged an archeological dig at Marshall Middle School. The exercise was part of a new team teaching program. By Penny Bailey: Local columnist Have you ever attended a function or event just because you were being polite to the host or hostess, and you felt […]

Lessons don’t cease outside of classroom

Freedom New Mexico Area students are headed back to school — unless, of course, they never left. We hope a hiatus from attending school doesn’t necessarily mean a vacation from learning. In other words, don’t assume education always takes place in the classroom setting, or that it always involves essays, formulas and textbooks. If you […]

Training to increase for jail officers

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Lt. Curtis Cherry, training officer with the Curry County Detention Center, reviews the master training manual Monday. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer The training starts in a classroom and moves to the floor under the close supervision of a more experienced officer. Curry County Adult Detention Center Administrator Lois […]

Small-school benefit long forgotten

By Glenda Price: CNJ columnist I attended a one-room school as an eighth grader. The teacher was a middle-aged widow from Chicago. I never quite understood her motivation in moving to New Mexico to teach in a one-room country school 30 miles from the nearest town, but we all got along fine. The school building […]

Free choices work better than litigation

Freedom New Mexico It’s not often that the classroom style of a high school teacher brings hundreds of people out in the rain to rallies, but that has been the result of a First Amendment lawsuit filed by a California high school student against longtime history teacher James Corbett. Sophomore Chad Farnan filed the suit, […]

Finding the right chemistry

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks: Texico High chemistry teacher Wayne Anderson tracks the flight of a metal ring that was part of an class experiment Wednesday on electrons. By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Taped on the wall, there are nature’s elements — symbols on a periodic table. Wayne Anderson campaigns to reveal them. […]

Teacher of year helps kids grow

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Melissa Romero of Lockwood Elementary School in Clovis gives her kindergarten class a lesson in patterns while KayDee Wallace watches. Romero was named Clovis’ Teacher of the Year. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Melissa Romero, a kindergarten teacher at Lockwood Elementary School, was recently named the 2006 Clovis Teacher […]

Education feature: Marshall students conquer fears

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Dagan Gallegos,14, takes questions from the class about what he would do if he ruled the world in Keith Ingram’s public speaking class at Marshall Junior High. CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer As he faced a classroom of his peers, his limbs betrayed his anxiety. He shoved his hands […]

Women gain empowerment at CCC women’s conference

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer She settled into a seat in the front, hugging her oversized sweater closer in the chilly, air-conditioned classroom. Practical, with steady, dark brown eyes, Denita Wilson is planning for her future, so the topic of discussion in the chilly classroom, “Understanding your Finances,” fit. The finance session was one […]

Backfiring pranks part of April

By Bob Huber: Local columnist Today’s topic is April Fools’ Day Hangovers and how to live through them. When I was a kid, the second day of April was a time of thanksgiving, a moment when youngsters across the land turned their eyes skyward and gave tearful thanks for surviving another year of April Fools’ […]

EDUCATION FEATURE: Class teaches career skills

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Marshall Junior High School freshman Kyree McField will work at the Rib Crib restaurant this summer. (CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer By Marlena Hartz CNJ STAFF WRITER marlena_hartz@link.freedom.com For years, Keith Ingram has tried to impart his students with the career skills they need to survive in the workplace. […]

Clovis uses family approach in literacy program

Marlena Hartz A train of parents entered the Lockwood Elementary classroom. Mothers took seats next to their pre-school sons and daughters in a seamless addition to the brightly painted classroom. At snacktime, some poured milk for children and popped the day’s treat — strawberries — into their mouths. When storytime rolled around, parents settled into […]

First day brings excitement

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CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth Cameo Elementary fourth-grade teacher Laci Standifer takes a look at a game her student Israel Garcia is playing during an open house Tuesday at the school. This is Standifer’s first year teaching fourth grade here. Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Lacy Standifer has spent the better part of the last […]

Teacher leaves retirement to teach at juvenile detention center

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Jerry Peckinpaugh, who has been teaching at the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center for five years, uses art as a teaching tool. By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer A chair in Jerry Peckinpaugh’s home acts as a stand for his art, mostly sketched landscapes, one stacked behind another. The Indiana native is soft-spoken and […]