Education column: Electives retooled for professional head start

Last week we reported on the remarkable culinary arts program, ProStart, at Clovis High School, offered through the Family and Consumer Sciences Department. For this week’s article, we revisited CHS to look at some of the other courses offered in the FCS department. In recent years administrators have taken a hard look at elective courses […]

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Scholarship program deadline Feb. 25 The American Cancer Society’s Cancer Survivor College Scholarship Program deadline is Feb. 25. The possible lifetime award is up to $10,000 per student offered in increments of $2,500 per year. Application packets can be obtained by calling 866-500-3272 or 1-800-ACS-2345. To be eligible to apply for the scholarships, the students […]

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Fishtank Ensemble to play Tuesday Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts series will host the Fishtank Ensemble at 7 p.m. Tuesday, according to a press release. The band members include classical-trained violinist and vocalist Ursula Knudson, gifted fiddler Fabrice Martinez, master Flamenco guitarist Doug “Douje” Smolens and the world’s best slap bass player Djordje Stijepovic. Tickets […]

State education department warns of fake letters

By Russell Anglin A New Mexico Public Education Department spokesman said a form letter sent under a New Mexico Family and Parent Involvement Advisory Council letterhead to school superintendents and media outlets, including Freedom New Mexico, was fabricated. “The letter is a fake,” said Beverly Friedman, NMPED Public Information Officer. “Someone is using the letter […]

Education column: Students learn more than robotics in technology class

By Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy: Clovis Municipal Schools Isaac Asimov once said “the most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not “Eureka!” but “That’s funny…” I actually heard that exact phrase uttered by a student in that scientifically inquiring way just before the holiday break. Judy Williams, technology teacher at […]

Report: Hispanic achievement gap higher in Clovis

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CNJ illustration: Gabriel Monte and Jenna Zamie Liliana Castillo White students in Clovis are outperforming their Hispanic counterparts by a margin higher than state averages, according to a recent report released by the New Mexico Public Education Department. The report concludes the achievement gap between Hispanic and white students is pronounced in reading and math […]

Education column: Prepare to celebrate new year

New Years: A holiday uniquely shared around the globe; we await the clock striking 12, and then, in unison — in whatever meridian we happen to be located — we shout, cheer, perhaps imbibe bubbly beverages, accompanied by an array of noise-makers and fireworks celebrations, for the arrival of a New Year’s beginning. Whether we […]

Monday morning briefing: An education master plan, confessions and a people’s palace

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Education master plan New Mexico’s State Master Plan for Higher Education: Building New Mexico’s Future is finished and available at www.hed.state.nm.us. HED staff visited Clovis and Portales several months ago for public input. The plan contains short- and long-term recommendations as well as highlighting […]

Education column: Internet hosts holiday-themed educational opportunities

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy: Clovis Municipal Schools With kids out of school for the holidays, homes are most likely a bit more lively than usual. In case you’re looking for some educational support that’s fun and holiday-oriented, here are some Internet some to try for diversion: • http://www.allfreecrafts.com/christmas/index.shtml — over 150 free homemade Christmas craft projects, with […]

Friday morning briefing: Scholarships and snow

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Friday briefing. Free money The state Higher Education Department is seeking applications for the No Child Left Behind Title II Improving Teacher Quality grants. The program aims to help shape state and local activities to improve teacher quality and to increase the number of highly qualified […]

Education column: Dynamic duos help students in transition

Cindy Kelyn-Kennedy: Clovis Municipal Schools Who doesn’t remember the difficulty of transitioning from lower to upper grades? Not only do academics become more challenging, psychological and emotional changes kick in to add pressure to the mix for sophomores arriving at Clovis High School. As a targeted focus to address needs through this transition, Clovis High […]

Education column: Freshman academy applies lessons to real-world situations

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy When I walked in the CHS Freshman Academy library, imagine my surprise at almost tripping over a “body” sprawled across the floor behind yellow police tape, surrounded by tire tracks, shell casings, and blood spatters. Ok, ok… it was just a mannequin, the central focus of a unique project under way. Librarian, Janita […]

Education digest — Nov. 18

CCS hosting fall festival Clovis Christian School is hosting a fall festival Friday. The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the school’s west campus on Humphrey Road and is a fundraiser for the school. The event will include silent auction and games. Information: 935-2279

Education digest — Nov. 11

ENMU Brass Choir holding concert The Eastern New Mexico University Brass Choir will perform “A Holiday Concert,” according to a press release. The concert will be held 8 p.m. Tuesday at Buchanan Hall in the music building. Seven holiday songs will be performed. The songs are “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring,” “Canon in D,” “Es […]

Education column: Bella Vista community fosters sense of joy

Cyndi Kleyn-Kennedy: Clovis Municipal Schools “Nothing Without Joy.” What a message to see when you walk into your school each day. Most of us are aware of a very special school in our community, but many might not fully understand the vision behind the arts-infused “magnet” school called the Arts Academy at Bella Vista. It […]

Executive order not instant fix for education

Freedom Newspapers It’s hard to get too excited about the executive order President Obama signed Wednesday. The order renews the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics, and came two weeks before an election in which Hispanics and other traditional Democratic Party supporters have voiced dissatisfaction with the administration and party candidates. It calls […]

Education digest — Oct. 21

Eastern theater to put on ‘Peanuts’ production Eastern New Mexico University’s theater department will perform “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” according to a news release. The performances will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday on the Mainstage of the University Theatre Center. Tickets are available at the box […]

Official: Bond money would go to classroom renovation at CCC

Liliana Castillo Clovis Community College is one of six institutions hoping to receive $1 million or less from Education Bond D, one of four bond issues on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. Education Bond D sets aside money to help improve infrastructure at colleges and universities statewide. Bond D totals $155.2 million and is […]

Honors — Oct. 10

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Milburn Lynda Milburn was selected Outstanding Unit Member for 2010 by the New Mexico Association of Educational Retirees and Curry County Association of Educational Riterees . She is currently the treasurer of the local organization. Lynda graduated cum laude from Eastern New Mexico University with a double major in business education and secondary education with […]

Education column: Float making provides teaching opportunity

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy What is it that’s so engaging about a parade? Maybe it’s that excitement and anticipation in the air. Last Friday morning that’s what was felt by those who attended the inaugural Homecoming Day Parade held by the Clovis High School Freshman Academy along Cameo Street between Purdue and 15th streets. CHSFA math teacher […]