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.