N.M. academic achievement gap old problem

The Albuquerque Journal Education Secretary-designate Hanna Skandera is once again the target of criticism, this time by Hispanics who are rightly concerned about the large achievement gap in New Mexico between Anglo and minority students, which has remained static for years. Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Skandera shortly after the 2010 election to reform the state’s […]

Education digest — March 15

Students, teachers receive awards Zia and Highland Elementary students and teachers recently received awards for participating in Constitution Week. According to Jessie Strauch, constitution chairman for the El Portal chapter of the National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution. • Fifteen Zia teachers were presented certificates Feb. 29 from the National Society of Daughters […]

Education column: Students get first-hand look at engineering

Following upon recent articles where we’ve provided updates on construction across the school district, I went this week to observe construction actually taking place inside a classroom at Highland Elementary — while students were present! Truth be told, it was the students doing the constructing — Kendra Peloquin’s classroom of Gifted and Talented students at […]

Students use art to grow as writers

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CNJ Staff Photo: Benna Sayyed Clovis Christian Elementary teacher volunteer Suzanne Brockmeier shows third and fourth grade art students techniques of picturing writing. Benna Sayyed Third and fourth grade Clovis Christian Elementary students are learning to write by making observations of their artwork. Clovis Christian art teacher Patsy Delk started “picturing writing” lessons at her […]

Science fair results

Results for Clovis students at the Eastern New Mexico Regional Science Fair on Feb. 25 in Portales: Clovis Christian Schools • Ethan Hill, first in earth and planetary science • Kaitlyn Aldaz-Rael, first in mathematical sciences • Chris Ortiz, first in physics and astronomy Mesa Elementary • Levi Blea, first in behavioral and social sciences […]

Thursday morning briefing: Senate work, stars shine and Mantle says it’s so

Good morning and welcome to the Friday briefing. Intern opportunity Sen. Tom Udall invites New Mexico college students interested in gaining legislative or press relations experience to apply for internships in his Washington D.C., Santa Fe, Albuquerque, Las Cruces and Carlsbad offices. Washington internships have two sessions for summer interns: May 29 – June 29 […]

Education column: Schools communicating through Skylert

We often take for granted some of the less exciting aspects of providing a quality education, such as keeping track of grades, attendance and other administrative-related activities that are critical to keeping our schools up and running for the benefit of our students, as well as for compliance with all legal requirements. One of the […]

Students share knowledge at science fair

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CNJ staff photo: Kevin Wilson Machaon Shoemaker, left, gives five to his father, Paul Shoemaker, Saturday at the Southeastern New Mexico Regional Science and Engineering Fair in the Campus Union Ballroom at Eastern New Mexico University. Machaon, a sixth-grader at P.R. Leyva Elementary in Carlsbad, claimed a $100 cash prize and first place in the […]

Education feature: Texico students helping complete shop facility

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Courtsey photo: Terry Whitener Cesar Chavez, left, and Paden Hagler, right, weld together a new sheet metal storage rack. This is part of a project that is providing necessary tools for the school’s newly-modeled shop facility. Benna Sayyed Powers Hagler taught himself to weld as a youngster growing up on his family’s farm about four […]

Texico students showcase talent for cause

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Texico Middle School students Raven Askew, Roxy Garza, and Gabby Posada, from left to right, sing Thursday’s Katy Perry song “Firework” during the Texico High School Talent show. Benna Sayyed On a stage lined with canned goods, students belted out country songs such as “Big Green Tractor” and “Country Girl […]