Education column: Construction projects beginning

“Nothing without joy!” exclaimed Shelly Norris, principal at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista, reiterating the school’s motto during an opening speech at the groundbreaking ceremony held this week. Construction is about to begin on Bella Vista’s new additions, including the multi-purpose/performing arts center building, a highly anticipated new addition. With all of the arts-infused […]

Education column: Mesa’s new principal shares plans

Mesa Elementary has a new principal, Julie Howell, and this past week we had an opportunity to talk about education. Although this is Howell’s first principal position, she has 18 years in education under her belt. As a classroom teacher, she’s taught in the Roswell and Dexter school districts before returning to teach in Clovis. […]

Education column: Education foundation helps support teachers, staff

A few years ago a handful of educators and community members had a vision to create an education foundation for additional support for teachers and staff members with innovative and creative ideas for their classrooms. Established separate from the school district, the Clovis Municipal Schools Education Foundation was set up so that teachers and staff […]

Education column: Cafeteria staff deserves appreciation

What’s cookin’ at the Clovis Municipal Schools? Lots of breakfasts and lunches. Funny how school meals are one of those things we tend to take for granted. Around the time of World War I (1914-1917) school lunches began to be served to children in many of our larger cities as “nutrition scientists” started looking at […]

Education column: Marshall students racing toward success

The race is on. If you’ve had occasion to drive by Marshall Middle School lately, you will have seen a giant banner with the words “The Great American Race” spanning the front doors of the building. No … the school is not buying each of the middle school students a race car. This program is […]

Education column: Homecoming parade has history

There is finally a hint of autumn in the air, relief from the long, brutal heat we’ve been experiencing. With the onset of fall comes the season of “homecoming” celebrations. Although the origins of the tradition of homecoming are debatable, it is generally agreed that in the early 1900s, inviting alumni to “come home” for […]

Education column: Superintendent looks forward to upcoming year

After the district’s incredible kick-off convocation last Friday, keynoted by Mike Moses, retired superintendent and commissioner of education, the doors are open, and students have arrived and crossed the threshold of school year 2011-2012. That first-day-of-school excitement is in the air; new school clothes are still crisp; and brand new school supplies barely used. Moses […]

Meetings watch: Board of Education

The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education will meet 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the administration building, 1009 Main. Agenda items include: • A discussion of the name, mascot and school colors for the district’s new middle school. Suggested names include Liberty, Bataan, W.D. Gattis, Llano Estacado, Robert H. McDougal, Clovis, and Jim McDaniel. Suggested mascots […]

Education column: Faculty, staff gearing up for school year

Every year we begin school with a bang. Communications fly back and forth, all departments shift into high gear and, as far as staff is concerned, we are about to experience the payoff of careful and thorough long-term planning. Even though teachers officially started back this past Monday, many have been coming in for weeks, […]

Education column: New operations director takes helm

The Clovis Municipal Schools’ operations department has a new face. Jody Balch, the new director of operations, replaces Gene Bieker, who retired at the end of July. Balch phrased it differently: “Gene is someone you don’t replace; you just hope you can come in and continue the quality of work he’s done.” Modest words coming […]