Churches reach out to struggling students

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CNJ staff photo: Benna Sayyed Priscila Osorio, right, receives tutoring in reading from Peggy McAlister on Wednesday at Central Baptist Church. Osorio also received a writing lesson during which she wrote her thoughts on how she would feel if the sun didn’t shine. Benna Sayyed Priscila Osorio was making Cs and Ds in her classes […]

Religion column: Heavenly father helps bring peace to our lives

It has been years ago, but I will never forget my eighth grade math teacher. In addition to being my math teacher, she was also my homeroom teacher, so I had a double dose of her everyday. In retrospect, I can recall nothing from her class about multiplication concepts, prime number rules, negative and positives […]

Our people: Former ENMU math professor Vern Witten said his favorite smell is fresh baked bread

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Liliana Castillo Freedom New Mexico Vern Witten sits in a special chair in his Portales home. His grandfather came in from working one day and sat in the chair to rest and died. Portales resident Vern Witten is the oldest of four and was milking cows and working in the field by the age of […]

Math camp organizers hope to foster student interest

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo David Vargas, 11, counts the number of items he placed in an egg carton as an example of how fractions work Wednesday at Marshall Middle School’s Kitten Math Camp. Liliana Castillo Clovis resident Carman Richard had trouble getting her daughter Joy Richard to read until she found a story that […]

Education feature: Camp aims to prepare students for seventh-grade math

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Marshall math teacher Mary Ann Collings, above right, tutors math students Wednesday at the middle school. Collings said the hands-on lessons she uses often will be a staple at Marshall Kitten Math Camp. Liliana Castillo Marshall Middle School seventh grade math teachers have created a summer math camp to better […]

Math night shows parents how students learn

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Ranchvale parent Renee Corcoran learns how her students are learning fractions using pattern blocks in Doris Ford’s classroom Thursday during Ranchvale Parent Math Night. Liliana Castillo “Twenty-five minutes is not enough,” parent Rachel Earle said, studying what is called “division using chunking” on the dry erase board in teacher Jennifer […]

First person: Math whiz

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Kim Luna, 54, enjoys math and music and grew up on a farm between Portales and Floyd. Kim Luna of Portales studied math in school but was hired to teach computer science classes in the early 1980s at Eastern New Mexico University at the Clovis and Portales campuses. Luna, 54, […]

Education column: Yucca family night makes math fun

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools Have you ever had a fun filled evening doing math? Well, until the other night, I would have answered this question with a big no. So, what happened? It was Family Math Night at Yucca. I entered the halls of Yucca with great hesitation as math was never my […]

Math graduate looks toward future in linguistics

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico One new Eastern New Mexico University graduate is standing on a foundation of math and getting ready to leap into linguistics. “I’m excited,” said Allison Sanderson, who is from Edgewood. Sanderson said she is sad to be leaving the people she met in Portales, but is excited about what […]

Carlsbad science teacher selected in national top 10 group of science and math teachers

Carlsbad High School science teacher Raymond Nance has been selected to be one of 10 science and math teachers in the nation for the inaugural Society for Science & the Public (SSP) Fellows Program.

Texico High School to be honored

Public Education Department to Honor 18 Schools For Math and Science Achievement

State plans overhaul of math and science curriculums

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer The state Public Education Department wants to raise the level of math and science curriculums in schools throughout the state to compete in a global environment. And the department wants to accomplish this by the year 2012. To meet that goal, the department established the math and science council […]

God’s grace: It just isn’t fair!

By Curtis K. Shelburne: Religion columnist A surpassingly strange story it is, and enough to make a math or accounting major bite nails. I’m talking about Jesus’ Parable of the Workers in the Vineyard (Matthew 20:1-16). Here’s the story in a nutshell: It’s grape-harvest in Palestine. A vineyard owner goes out early to hire men […]

Only God’s grading matters in life

By Judy Brandon: Religion columnist I can still remember math in the third grade at Highland Elementary in Clovis when my lack of math ability was displayed before my entire third grade classmates. This is the story. Whenever math time came during our school day, I would just cringe. Why? Because we had to do […]

Method more than numbers

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Ranchvale fourth-grade teacher Shelly Flygare said she spent two weeks learning a new method of teaching math. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Ranchvale Elementary teacher Shelly Flygare drew a pattern of lines and dots on the board to teach her class to find the product of 24 and 13. […]

Education Digest: Domenici nominates Clovis student for West Point

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ Staff Writer Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., announced Wednesday he plans to nominate Clovis Christian School student Kaci Tibbs for potential admission to West Point this fall. Tibbs is one of 50 New Mexico students selected for nomination to the United States military service academies. Math, science bureau honoring Ranchvale school The […]

All but two Portales schools miss AYP

By Karl Terry: Freedom Newspapers Roosevelt County Schools saw little change in schools under scrutiny from the pass/fail system known as Adequate Yearly Progress. Portales schools are still plagued by failure in subgroups, especially students with disabilities, and several have slipped into the corrective action designation. School officials in the county say they are generally […]

Schools, teaching methods under scrutiny

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer When La Casita Elementary did not make Adequate Yearly Progress last year, school officials had to change the way they taught. According to AYP scores, a federal measure of math and language arts proficiency and a part of the president’s No Child Left Behind push for accountability, La Casita […]

More Clovis schools lagging behind standards

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Three additional Clovis schools failed to meet adequate yearly progress standards for the 2003-2004 school year, according to a recently released amended report from the New Mexico Public Education Department. The discrepancy occurred when the education department incorrectly calculated results of tests taken in the spring of 2004, school […]

Wilson, Carroll

Carroll Wilson Services: Have been held. Carroll Wilson, 87, of Sherman, Texas, died Monday, Sept. 6, 2004 at Wilson M. Jones Hospital in Sherman. Mr. Wilson was born on Aug. 24, 1917, in Denton, Texas, to Carrie and L. A. Wilson. He graduated from high school in Denton, Texas, in 1934, and studied at North […]