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, […]

Meeting set for junior high fate

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer School board members will vote today on whether to continue or end research on the reorganization of Clovis junior high schools, according to a school board agenda. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. at 1009 Main St. School administrators seek permission from the board to further explore […]

Clovis junior high reconfiguration outlined

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer A twofold recommendation to soothe growth and social issues within Clovis schools was outlined Tuesday during a meeting hosted by school officials. Made by an advisory board of teachers, administrators, and parents, the recommendation would: -Create a separate school for ninth-graders. -Create two middle schools to house seventh- and […]

Black education not an easy ordeal

By Walter Williams: Syndicated Columnist Let’s look at the recent “Nation’s Report Card,” published annually by the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics. Nationally, in reading, only 13 percent of black fourth graders, and 11 percent of black eighth graders, score as proficient. Twenty-nine percent achieve a score of “basic,” which is […]

State school ratings leave Clovis scoring well

By Mike Linn and Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff Fourteen of 17 Clovis schools met the state’s standards for performance and participation, according to ratings released Monday by the New Mexico Public Education Department. Clovis High School, Cameo Elementary and Marshall Junior High School failed to meet the department’s yearly progress standards. Cameo failed to meet […]

Students’ test scores improve from last year

Staff and wire reports SANTA FE — Just over half of New Mexico’s fourth graders lack proficiency in reading and a similar portion of eighth graders failed to meet a math proficiency standard, according to 2004 test scores released Thursday by the Public Education Department. The test was administered to fourth and eighth grade students […]

Zia students bid farewell to principal

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Zia Elementary Principal Mel Mapes receives a present from second-grader Kelsey Knight at an assembly Friday afternoon to honor his recent retirement. CNJ staff photo: Mike Linn. By Jack King: CNJ staff writer About 420 highly enthusiastic first- through sixth-graders filled Zia Elementary’s gym Friday afternoon to raise their voices in praise of Mel Mapes, […]

Academy’s artistic teaching recognized

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Lincoln Jackson Arts Academy second graders practice their 1551 medieval dance Wednesday on the playground at the school. The second graders, who will perform the dance Friday morning, are studying Shakespeare. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The school walls are busier than those of a college dorm room. Glitter, […]

Clovis kids go straight to jail (just visiting)

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Parkview Elementary fourth-grader Jessica Leyva, 10, left, looks around a cell at the Curry County Juvenile Detention Center as Curry County detention officer Paul Cash explains life in jail Tuesday during a tour. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth. By Ryan Lengerich Surrounded by white concrete walls and security cameras, Parkview Elementary students sat eyes gazing […]