Yucca Middle School celebrates veterans

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Yucca Principal Mitzi Estes thanks veteran Burdette Theophilus for attending the event Thursday morning. Liliana Castillo Hands leaped into the air one after another, the students eager to ask Lt. Col. Jeff Hinrichs the next question Thursday morning. He was visiting their class as part of the Veterans Day ceremony […]

President’s Own marine band performing in Clovis

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Courtesy photo The President’s Own Marine Band will perform Saturday night at Marshall Middle School. The show is expected to include solos and full ensemble music. Sharna Johnson Saturday, local residents will have a rare opportunity to see the most distinguished of U.S. military bands perform a free concert at Marshall Middle School. The President’s […]

Ticket feature: Clovis students to perform in play

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Courtesy photo The play “Bless Me, Ultima,” scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday at Marshall Middle School features four local students in the production. Freedom New Mexico A New Mexico original will take to the stage of Marshall Middle School 7 p.m. Saturday night. The second installment in Clovis Community College’s Cultural Arts Series, Albuquerque’s Vortex […]

Education column: Technology aids in education

Cindy Kleyn-Kennedy It was in a middle school classroom that I recently saw the writing on the wall … literally. Energetic history teacher Brandi Thomas, at Yucca Middle School, carried a wireless digital tablet (about the size of a clipboard) around her classroom, and as she wrote on it, the writing appeared on the large […]

Students dig into project

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sixth grader Hannah Ayre gets instruction from sixth grade teacher John Wangler during the dig. Liliana Castillo After the Clovis Christian School middle school academy read about, etched, fossilized, researched and wrote about archaeology, they got on their hands and knees and did it themselves Wednesday at the east campus. […]

Middle school site chosen

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Courtesy illustration FBT Architechs provied the board a conceptual site analysis to illustrate how a middle school would be located on the donation site owned by Clovis developer Sid Strebeck. Liliana Castillo Clovis Schools board members chose a 40-acre site being donated by Clovis developer Sid Strebeck Tuesday as the site of a proposed new […]

Meetings watch: Board to consider land for proposed middle school

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education meets 5:30 p.m. today at the administration building board room. Agenda items include: • A request for travel for the Gear Up robotics team. • An activity transportation agreement with Adair Inc. for the 2010-2011 school year. • An executive session to discuss the acquisition of […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Middle school at issue and a Beatles killer

Good morning. It’s the Freedom new Mexico Tuesday morning briefing. Contest winner Jennette Lovett is the latest winner of the $50 Ace Hardware gift card in the Cnjonline.com drawing each week for our newsletter subscribers.School site selection The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education is expected to choose a site for a third middle school […]

Officials: District will need more faculty, staff with student increase

Liliana Castillo Clovis Municipal Schools officials say the district will need more teachers and support staff for a near 1,000-student increase projected by 2013. If voters on Aug. 31 approve a proposed third middle school, most of the new staff will be located at that new school, officials said. Deputy Superintendent of Instruction Cindy Martin […]

Officials: Middle school will make space for incoming students

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo About 1,200 Clovis Municipal Schools students are housed in 70 portable classrooms district-wide. The district plans to move sixth graders from the elementary level to the middle level to help handle overcrowding. Liliana Castillo Clovis Municipal Schools officials are expecting almost 2,000 new students to jam already near capacity school […]

School board narrows middle school sites to two

Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools board of education stepped back Tuesday from a site for a proposed new middle school that it chose almost two months ago. Instead, the board is moving forward with further study of two other sites. They will now choose between: • A donation site of 40 acres at Wilhite […]

Board to choose from seven sites for middle school

Liliana Castillo The Clovis school board is expected to decide Tuesday on one of seven sites being considered for a proposed new middle school. The district is planning a third middle school to handle district-wide growth, much of it due to expansion at Cannon Air Force Base. The district has scheduled a special bond election […]

Middle school sites still under evaluation

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo About 70 community residents attended a school board meeting Tuesday about sites for a third middle school. Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools decided Tuesday they didn’t have enough information to choose a site for a third middle school after choosing a 40-acre property last month. The four-hour special board […]

Letter to the editor: Board should consider another high school

Board should consider another high school Does Clovis really need a fourth middle school? In a traditional format, Yucca, Marshall and the Ninth Grade Academy are middle schools. In a sense, we have two high schools — Clovis High and Choices, a strong, positive alternative school that I support. Clovis taxpayers are being asked by […]

Board taking another look at middle school sites

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo The Clovis Municipal Schools own 40 acres along East 21st Street just west of 7-18 Road which has access to utilities. CMS administrations says the site is too close to Yucca Middle School to build a middle school on it. Liliana Castillo The Clovis school board will meet in a […]

School board to revisit middle school site selection

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education will meet at 5:30 p.m. July 20 to revisit its decision last month on a site for a new middle school. On June 8, the board chose a 40-acre plot of land from three gifts of land. The site is on Pleasant Hill Highway and Humphrey […]

Clovis Christian School retooling curriculum

Liliana Castillo Middle school students at Clovis Christian School will be learning Latin next year. That’s just one small detail in a huge overhaul the school is implementing called the Middle School Academy under the leadership of Superintendent Ladona Clayton and Elementary Principal Linda D’Amour. The two put their heads together and will be changing […]

Weekly update —

Political group pushing middle school petition A local political group is pushing the latest school debate up a grade or two. The High Plains Patriots are circulating a petition asking the Clovis Municipal Schools board of education to rethink the site chosen for the new middle school. The site chosen is more than a mile […]

Middle school site raises concerns

By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer Citizens brought concerns about the site chosen for the new middle school to the Clovis Municipal School board of education Tuesday. On June 8, the board chose a 40-acre plot of land from three gifts of land. The site is on Pleasant Hill Highway and Humphrey Road and owned […]

School board chooses site for new middle school

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Sanjay Engineer with FBT Architects explains the benefits and disadvantages of the three sites for the new middle school at Tuesday’s board meeting. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer The Clovis Municipal Schools Board of Education chose the location of the district’s new 900-student middle school. The chosen site is […]