Tuesday morning briefing: Rodeo, volleyball camp and Tyson’s fall

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday briefing. Rodeo The High Plains Junior Rodeo finals start today, all day, at the Curry County Events Center. Website of the day The revised Dora Consolidated Schools 2011-2012 calendar and elementary school supply list are available at http://www.doraschools.com/. Volleyball Kindergarten through eighth-grade students can participate […]

Texico fifth-graders bring literary characters to life

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Texico fifth-grader Matthew Barriga’s stall was popular with a group consistantly gathering to hear his presentation as Harry Potter from “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.” Liliana Castillo Texico fifth-grader’s living museum was more like a living library. One of the school’s three gyms was transformed Friday into 46 individual […]

Alcohol prevention program starts with sixth-graders

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Karen Garcia looks over the Too Good for Drugs, Too Good for Violence workbook at her office. The same program is taken to students in Portales’ schools. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Alcohol prevention is not a stranger in Roosevelt and Curry Counties. Both areas have programs in place […]

Company we keep truly influences us

By Judy Brandon: Local columnist Each time I am drive down Commerce Street, my thoughts turn to my very old Marshall Junior High School days. Now it is called Marshall Middle School but when I was there, it was 7th, 8th and 9th graders. Also I have noticed that some of the trees are now […]

Ballot bites

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Voters lined up Saturday at the Clovis Police Department’s Community Sub-station at the North Plains Mall for the last day of early voting. Ballot boxes will open Tuesday at 7 a.m. Compiled by CNJ staff The CNJ polled 20 fifth-graders at James Bickley Elementary School on the presidential election. • […]

May 15, 2008 Education Digest

Elementary graduations to be held Area elementary schools will hold promotion ceremonies for their kindergarten and sixth graders. Arts Academy at Bella VistaKindergarten: 9:15 a.m., May 22 Sixth grade: 1 p.m., May 22 Barry Elementary School Sixth grade: 9:30 a.m., May 22Kindergarten: 1:30 p.m., May 22 Cameo Elementary School Kindergarten: 9 a.m., MondaySixth grade: 9 […]

Fourth graders to plant trees

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Special Events Center 30 percent complete

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Randy Kamradt told county commissioners at Tuesday’s meeting the Special Events Center is 30 percent complete. Kamradt represents DavTek, which the county hired to manage construction of the $7 million facility. The county is serving as the project contractor. About 92 percent of the cost of the facility has […]

Education Feature: Yucca students mentor new classmates

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Eighth-graders Zackary Smith, left, and Edith Mendez help younger pupils find their way around Yucca Middle School. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Eighth-graders Edith Mendez and Zackary Smith remembered their first year at Yucca Middle School: “When we came here, we were freaked out,” Edith said. Finding their classrooms […]

Education Feature: Back in session

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Clovis High School freshman students wait for their parents to pick them up Wednesday after the first day of classes. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The first day of school went smoothly at the Clovis High School Freshman Campus, the newest addition to Clovis schools. And principals from Clovis […]

Ninth-grade academy gets official name

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Students walk the hallways of Gattis Junior High School, which will be converted into a ninth-grade academy. (CNJ staff photo: Marlena Hartz) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Plans for the Clovis ninth-grade academy are progressing smoothly, according to Clovis Schools officials. Officials have decided to name the academy the Clovis High School Freshman Campus, […]

Academy approved

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Lendra Hailey, a counselor at Marshall Junior High School, speaks Tuesday night to the school board at Clovis High School. She spoke on behalf of Marshall’s teachers in support of the realignment. (CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer Clovis ninth-graders are bound for an academy all their own beginning with […]

Meetings watch: Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer What: Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting When: 5:30 p.m. today Where: The Clovis High School Lecture Hall to accommodate a larger crowd. On the agenda: Board members will vote on the proposal to realign Clovis Junior High Schools. If it passes: A ninth-grade academy will be created […]

Clovis parents group fighting junior high realignment

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A group of Clovis parents believe the proposal to realign Clovis junior high schools is a boggle that needs to be tabled, but Clovis Municipal Schools Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm contends their fears are unfounded. Realignment without further research would waste taxpayer dollars, jeopardize students, avoid the root of academic […]

Coaches, AD back new plan

By Greg Price: CNJ sports writer Clovis athletic director Brian Stacy and several high school coaches are in favor of an administration proposal to put all ninth-graders in one location. Stacy said the number of academic casualties among athletes making the transition to 10th grade is high — many never regain their eligibility — plus […]

Specifics next stage in junior-high plan

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Public meetings on the proposed redesign of Clovis junior high schools wrapped up Thursday, with an intimate gathering of about 20 people in the Gattis Junior High School library. Meetings were held at Marshall Junior High School and Yucca Junior High School earlier this month. The force behind the […]

Teachers support 9th-grade academy

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer In an hour and a half, the concept of a Clovis ninth-grade academy was explored, lauded and scrutinized. Administrators and teachers mapped progress in research of the concept, while some parents cast doubts. Roughly 50 people gathered at Yucca Junior High School to discuss the concept of redesign of […]

Local roundup: Schools re-design forum held

By CNJ STAFF A task force created to research the reconfiguration of Clovis junior high schools will share its findings and recommendations at three public forums in December, according to a Clovis Municipal Schools press release. The forums will be: — 6 p.m. Thursday at Yucca Junior High School, 1500 Sycamore St. — 6 p.m. […]

Industrial skills viewed as area need

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer • Clovis Schools researching feasibility of vocational school. Updates from local officials were given Monday during a city and county luncheon held at the Clovis Civic Center. Future goals and recent events associated with Clovis Schools, Clovis Community College, Clovis/Curry County Chamber of Commerce, Clovis Industrial Development Corporation and […]

School board OKs further junior high research

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer School administrators were given permission to move forward with research on the reconfiguration of Clovis junior high schools Tuesday during a school board meeting. Board members unanimously approved a motion that allows administrators to research the concept of moving ninth-graders into a ninth-grade center or the Clovis High School, […]