An education best reward for good grades

Freedom New Mexico Remember a few years back — and for some of us it’s a little further than we’d care to admit — when perhaps dad produced a crisp five-dollar bill when that report card came home with an unexpected but much appreciated A in math? Maybe mom cooked up a favorite for dinner […]

Education column: Art applies skills from other subjects

Gazing up at clouds in the sky and imagining shapes or animals: That’s what drew Alexa Pickel to art. An art teacher at Clovis High School for the last seventeen years, she teaches upper division two-dimensional fine arts, such as drawing, painting, and calligraphy. Brain research has shown that arts education contributes to strengthening problem-solving […]

ACLU backs formation of Gay-Straight Alliance club

Kevin Wilson With the Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education set to meet today to review its student group policy, the state’s chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has weighed in. The board meets at 5:30 p.m. at the administration building to review board policy that sets parameters for student clubs. Discussion on the […]

Public invited to discussion on terminal illness

Freedom New mexico Patricia Trevino, community education representative for Vistacare Hospice, will be a featured speaker at Tuesday’s Friendship Rebekah Lodge meeting. The public is invited to the 2 p.m. Tuesday meeting at Odd Fellow Hall on 405 Main, where Trevino will discuss options for people with terminal illnesses. Information: Vicky Howard, 762-4843.

Civilian developmental education application deadline May 1

By Debbie K. Gildea: Air Force Personnel, Services and Manpower Public Affairs RANDOLPH AIR FORCE BASE, Texas — Air Force civilians interested in civilian developmental education opportunities during academic year 2012 have until May 1 to submit completed application packages to the Air Force Personnel Center force development branch. Civilians must be nominated for CDE […]

Education column: Test preparations becoming more innovative

This is that time of year when murmurs of testing are heard throughout the district. During this week and the next you may walk down school hallways and see “Do Not Disturb” signs on doors as most grade levels starting with third begin the New Mexico Standards-Based Assessment (NMSBA). The outcomes of these tests will […]

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Eastern in Action service day April 16 Eastern New Mexico University’s Eastern In Action group has scheduled its second annual community service day for April 16, according to a news release. Students, faculty and staff will assist Portales residents in teams with anything they need help with such as cleaning, painting, yard work and pulling […]

Literacy programs merging

Liliana Castillo The Curry County Literacy Council is being absorbed by the Adult Basic Education program at Clovis Community College. The New Mexico Coalition for Literacy’s budget was cut 57 percent by the Legislature. That means the coalition will be providing limited funding to each of the 26 literacy councils in the state. By combining […]

In tribute: Mother believed in equality, education

Kevin Wilson Julia Jefferson believed in the need for equality and for education, and worked on both fronts. But her work often began in the simplest places — the home and the church. Jefferson, who spent more than half a century in Clovis, died Feb. 16 of complications with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. She was […]

Solutions to education woes seem obvious

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Education digest — March 17

Clovis students qualify for national competition The Clovis Municipal Schools Family, Career and Community Leaders of America students participated in the state competition in Albuquerque, according to a news release. The release said 11 students qualified for the FCCLA National Competition to be held in July in Anaheim, California. Yucca Middle School competitors: • Samantha […]

Education column: Storytelling major educational tool

St. Patrick’s Day is upon us, and storytellers have long shared colorful tales about the patron saint of Ireland. Born in Wales to British and Roman parents, captured as a teen by Irish marauders and sold into slavery in Ireland, he escaped, converted to Christianity, joined the church, trained in Gaul, and returned to Ireland […]

Education feature: Students study ecology of prairie dogs

Liliana Castillo Carrie Geisler’s sixth grade class at Parkview Elementary School focused on prairie dogs for their ecology section. More specifically, they set out with the intention of answering a question: Why is careful interaction among lifeforms important? The class began by reading about and studying the animals in class. They then took their research […]

Mother remembered for work ethic

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Courtesy photo Opal Yell Kevin Wilson You finish your education when you’re young, you have a family when you get older. Opal Yell didn’t take the ordinary path. But then again, her daughters have realized she was no ordinary mother. Yell, a mother and former business owner in Texico, died Dec. 24, 2010. Born Oct. […]

Education column: Parents important to education

As we continue last week’s column detailing all the extra help offered through public schools, we remain passionate about providing the best educational environment so that all students succeed. The famous proverb, “it takes a whole village to raise a child” is still true. Superintendent Terry Myers states unequivocally “everything we do in this district […]

Small Texas schools bracing for education cuts

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Liliana Castillo With a $27 billion shortfall expected in Texas’ budget for the next two years, educators in the Lone Star State are just waiting on the final word on how deep the cuts will be. Gene Sheets, Muleshoe Independent School District superintendent and president of the Texas Association of Rural Schools, said educators are […]

Education column: Schools have variety of assistance programs

We share a lot of what takes place in our classrooms, but you may not be aware of all the available extras offered throughout the district. For example, there’s the 21st Century After School Program for elementary students from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. three days a week at multiple school sites, which include the […]

Education digest — March 3

Muleshoe team places fifth at challenge Muleshoe High School’s academic challenge team took fifth place at the Area 5 Academic Challenge, according to a news release. Sixteen teams from across west Texas and south plains competed in the event organized by the Texas Association of Community Schools and held at MHS. The fifth place award […]

Education column: Technology prepares students for future success

Why is technology important to education? When you think about it, our students of today have never lived in a world without the Internet. Computers have always been around during their lifetimes. We’ve heard the various statistics about how the top 10 in-demand jobs in 2010 did not even exist in 2004, and that we’re […]

Grant would provide money for music media technology course

Liliana Castillo Clovis High School could begin a music media technology course next year with nearly a $5,000 grant from the Clovis Municipal Schools Education Foundation. CHS Gifted and Talented teacher and basketball coach Corey Pickett wrote the curriculum for the class after his students talked about a music editing program called Garage Band. “The […]