Still plenty of learning left to do

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer For the first time in nearly a decade, I’m getting credit for something. Granted, it’s college credit, but everybody’s got to start somewhere. The first day of school is something magical. It’s a time of the pain of letting go for parents, as many of my friends have kids […]

Bingaman working to improve education by expanding school day, encouraging parental, community involvement

U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today joined in introducing two bills aimed at improving the quality of public education in New Mexico and across the country. Bingaman today cosponsored the Time for Innovation Matters in Education (TIME) Act, which promotes partnerships between schools and community-based organizations to carry out expanded learning models and encourage broad learning […]

Education feature: Ready to step into leadership

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ryan Strong of Clovis,14, is hoping his second youth leadership conference in Boston will be as life-changing as the first in Washington, D.C. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Ryan Strong divides his life into three sections. Before his first Congressional Youth Leadership Council conference, during, and after. Strong, who […]

Melrose school board will review hair policy

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer When a Melrose High School sophomore keeps the promise she made to the school board and sits down with a stylist this weekend, her mother says it shouldn’t feel like a loss because she stood up for something she believed in. “It was a good learning lesson,” Jerri Kline […]

Small school provided broad learning opportunities

By Glenda Price

CHS band progress continues

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Roger Wygant is a member of the Clovis High Band Booster Club. His son is in the band. By Roger Wygant: Guest columnist The Clovis High School Band continues to collect musical awards as they move indoors for the winter season. They recently completed a marching band season in which […]

Hounds still learning spread offense

By Dave Wagner, Freedom New Mexico On the surface, Eastern New Mexico University’s switch from a run-dominated option game to a pass-oriented spread offense this season looks like it’s not going well. And it isn’t, if you look at the Greyhounds’ 1-4 record (0-1 Lone Star Conference South Division). Still, freshman quarterback J.J. Harp sees […]

Learning about God best education

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist My how change takes place. Someone said, “You cannot step into the same river twice.” That is so true. My sister Susie showed me a perfect example of that just this last month when I visited her in Rochester, Minn. Susie collects old books. She has old school books — […]

Students learning leadership

By Clyde Davis: CNJ Columnist For Savannah and Kayla, one of the key elements is competition. They like the part about Orlando, they like the Sea World plans, but the drawing card is the chance to compete. No, they aren’t Clovis Municipal Schools athletes, nor band members — at least not in this context. The […]

Hands-on approach to learning

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CNJ Staff Photo: Liliana Castillo Paula O’Brien has wanted to be a sign language interpreter since she was 9 years old. “Speaking in sign is sort of like acting it out. You are creating a picture,” O’Brien said. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ Staff Writer As a youngster growing up in Plympton, Mass., Paula O’Brien said […]

Clovis needs new children’s facilities

By Clyde Davis: Columnist It was perfectly natural that we should stop in a park in Alamogordo before heading back toward Clovis, given we were traveling with a 7-year-old. Some of us ate at the park; others just played. It was a good chance for my grandson to burn off some energy before the long […]

Learning all the worth of pain

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist The tones ascend in the sanctuary, winged praises launched heavenward by the band of assembled worshipers.   “When my love to Christ grows weak, / When for deeper faith I seek, / Then in thought I go to thee, / Garden of Gethsemane!”   J. R. Wreford’s familiar words […]

Education digest: Award nominations being accepted

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer An education foundation for the cable industry is accepting nominations for its annual awards, according to a press release. Teachers, school administrators, or anyone helping to improve and transform education for children in and out of school can be nominated for the Cable’s Leaders in Learning Awards, administered by […]

Teacher of year helps kids grow

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Melissa Romero of Lockwood Elementary School in Clovis gives her kindergarten class a lesson in patterns while KayDee Wallace watches. Romero was named Clovis’ Teacher of the Year. CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Melissa Romero, a kindergarten teacher at Lockwood Elementary School, was recently named the 2006 Clovis Teacher […]

New instructor wants students to have say in class’ direction

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer A hands-on learning environment is what Gwyn Del Toro hopes to create in her fourth-grade classroom. A first-time teacher, Del Toro is beginning her career at James Bickley Elementary. “I’m excited but nervous,” she said. The new teacher is hoping for a school year full of learning and fun. […]

ENMU’s Kids’ College sees high enrollment

By Bryant Million: Freedom Newspapers Each summer Eastern New Mexico University’s Extended Learning department holds Kids’ College, a program in which children can participate weekdays in educational and fun activities. With 68 children enrolled this year and an overwhelming waiting list, organizers have raised the maximum number of participants to accommodate the interest. Parents drop […]

Extended learning has something for every interest

By Clyde Davis: Local columnist My first contact with extended learning, or, community education, as it is sometimes known, was in the art center in Sewickley, Pa., not far from where I was working in Ohio. The subject was the carving of a hunting decoy, in this case a Canada goose, and I had, I […]

Education feature: CCC seeks online expansion

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Clovis Community College is hoping to expand its online classes. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena: Hartz: CNJ staff writer Traditional classroom learning has a rising competitor. Electronic learning through TV and the Internet has gained popularity at colleges and universities across the country. And soon, Clovis Community College students may be able to earn […]

Young talents abound in Nutcracker

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A Christmas tradition is continuing for a pair of local schools, as audiences have four chances to catch “The Nutcracker,” starting tonight and running through Monday. Clovis’ Lincoln-Jackson Arts Academy has the first performance, tonight and Friday. Sunday and Monday finds dance classes at Eastern New Mexico University’s Extended Learning […]

Local karate students gain nationals

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Gabe Chilson, 9, was named national champion for his age division at the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) National Karate Championships earlier this month in Lakeland, Fla. (CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Eric Butler: CNJ correspondent Learning the ins and outs of karate is a serious task. But excelling at it can lead to some […]