Honors — June 26

Pearson Seth Pearson of Portales received a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering May 15 from Norwich University, Vermont. Norwich University was founded in 1819 and is a private military college. Anaya Colonial School District Curriculum Supervisor Sergio Anaya, former graduate of Portales High School and Eastern New Mexico University, has been asked by […]

Clovis Christian School retooling curriculum

Liliana Castillo Middle school students at Clovis Christian School will be learning Latin next year. That’s just one small detail in a huge overhaul the school is implementing called the Middle School Academy under the leadership of Superintendent Ladona Clayton and Elementary Principal Linda D’Amour. The two put their heads together and will be changing […]

After-school program teaches folklorico dance

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jessica Lopez and her partner Alejandro Chacon twirl and twist to folklorico music at La Casita Elementary School’s Folklorico Dance Club. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Entering Christy Van Hoose’s classroom after 3 p.m. on a folklorico day is like walking into a crowded dance club. The students twirl […]

Board meeting about school closures in November

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Anticipating a large crowd, school board members voted Tuesday to hold two meetings next month in the Marshall Junior High auditorium. The two November meetings will center on proposals to consolidate local elementary schools. Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm advised the school board to close Ranchvale Elementary School […]

School board approves maintenance plan

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer School board members unanimously approved the implementation of a facilities master and maintenance plan at Tuesday’s school board meeting. Architectural Research Consultants, Inc. will begin assessing schools in the district in the next 2-3 weeks, school officials said. They will look at everything from doorframes to lightbulbs, officials said. […]

New Mexico ‘a good state for homeschooling’

By Kevin Wilson With six children to teach and another on the way, Yvonne Elswick has gone through plenty of struggles as a mother and a parent who homeschools her children. The recent eastern New Mexico transplant was happy to find out the same independence she had in Denver also exists in New Mexico. Elswick […]

Texico school to update P.E. curriculum

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The days of dodge ball at Texico Elementary School are done. The game wasn’t doing enough to increase health awareness and fitness among students. One of the first people to notice was school nurse Karen Stevenson, R.N. During annual check-ups, the nurse saw more and more students suffering from […]

Validity of language arts curriculum questioned by school board member

By Gary Mitchell When assistant superintendent for instruction Ladona Clayton reviewed the materials adoption/curriculum revision schedule for language arts Tuesday night, a Clovis school board member questioned its validity. Board member George Banister first asked who required the changes in the language arts curriculum revision timeline. “The State Department of Education,” Clayton said. “But the […]