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: Program nurtures future teachers

Last week I had occasion to spend time in Lisa Jo McCasland’s family and consumer science classroom at Clovis High School, talking with one of her students. McCasland and six of her students recently returned from Baltimore, Md., where they attended the 23rd annual National Conference of Future Educators Association. The students accompanying McCasland were […]

Letters to Santa

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The following letters to Santa Claus are from area children given to Freedom New Mexico by teachers and the post office.

CMS foundation awards grants

CNJ staff The Clovis Municipal Schools Foundation presented $24,999 in grants Nov. 17 for the Educator Initiative Program. Since December 2007, the Foundation has awarded teachers nearly $86,695 in grants. The following grants were awarded this year: • Jr. Wildcat Transition Camps, Yucca Middle School, $4,000; Marshall Middle School, $4,000 • Jr. Wildcat math and […]

Education column: Education foundation helps support teachers, staff

A few years ago a handful of educators and community members had a vision to create an education foundation for additional support for teachers and staff members with innovative and creative ideas for their classrooms. Established separate from the school district, the Clovis Municipal Schools Education Foundation was set up so that teachers and staff […]

Education column: Music teacher organizes art gallery

A sense of anticipation is being felt throughout the district, meaning that school is about start. Our operations department is wrapping up summer projects or reorganizing ongoing projects. Our administrative and support staff have returned, and teachers will return full-force next week to finish preparations for this fall’s students, arriving Aug. 22. We’ll continue reporting […]

Roch appointed to task force

CNJ staff Rep. Dennis Roch, R-Texico, has been appointed to the New Mexico Effective Teaching Task Force, according to a release from Gov. Susana Martinez. Roch, the assistant superintendent at Texico Schools, serves on the House Education Committee. The 12-member task force was created through an executive order by Martinez to develop and propose policies […]

Brandon: Advice from younger days still relevant

By Judy Brandon: CNJ religion columnist Graduation is this month for tens of millions of high school seniors across the country. Our world has drastically changed since I graduated in the 1960s. During my school years, working moms were rare. Many people just owned one car, one telephone and one TV. Never would we be […]

Teachers should do bargaining in public eye

Freedom New Mexico At a time when the privilege of collective bargaining is jeopardized for public employees, a Colorado Springs school district has negotiated its master agreement with the teachers union in meetings closed to the public. That takes chutzpah. When called on it last week, board members came to their senses and voted 5-2 […]

Teachers, administrators disheartened by retirement proposal

Staff and wire reports Some local teachers and administrators are disheartened by a new retirement proposal that may soon be forwarded to the Legislature by the state Educational Retirement Board. Pension plans for public employees are likely to see dramatic changes after the New Mexico Legislature’s upcoming session, say lawmakers working to keep the retirement […]

Parents, teachers meet about AYP scores

CNJ staff Teachers and administrators for the Clovis Municipal Schools met with parents Monday night in a forum to discuss adequate yearly progress. Cindy Martin, deputy superintendent of operations for CMS, went over AYP information and school test scores. Of the school’s 16 schools, 12 did not make AYP, a figure on average with the […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Baseball, teachers day and cooler weather

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Tuesday morning briefing.

Martinez speaks at ENMU for Hispanic Heritage Month

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Susana Martinez, Dona Ana County District Attorney and gubernatorial candidate, speaks as part of Hispanic Heritage Month at Eastern New Mexico University on Monday. She talked about her roots in El Paso and her career. Argen Duncan An earned education can never be taken away, Dona Ana County District Attorney […]

Wayland students tout caring faculty

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Education professor Richard Hendershot begins his Wednesday night Effective School Organization and Improvement class by talking about the pros and cons of standard-based assessments at Wayland Baptist University. Liliana Castillo Students at Wayland Baptist University feel like their teachers care for them and that they belong. Students at the Clovis […]

Area teachers selected for award

CNJ staff Portales fifth grade teacher Becky Duran and Clovis High School teacher and coach Drew Hatley are Freedom New Mexico’s Newspapers in Education teachers of the year for 2010. The program provides newspapers for classrooms as a resource in education. NIE coordinator Lynn Berry said the award is given to a teacher who creatively […]

Press release: Bingaman backs measure to help keep teachers in the classroom

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today joined in introducing a bill to help prevent educator layoffs. The economic downturn of the past two years has led to extremely tight state budgets. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – legislation that is helping rebuild the New Mexico economy – provided over $500 million over two […]

Bingaman Backs Measure to Help Keep Teachers in the Classroom

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman today joined in introducing a bill to help prevent educator layoffs. The economic downturn of the past two years has led to extremely tight state budgets. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act – legislation that is helping rebuild the New Mexico economy – provided over $500 million over two […]

Tuesday morning briefing: Teachers at Mickey D’s, UW’s new digs and Tiger’s first big win

Welcome to Freedom New Mexico’s Tuesday morning briefing. Video of the Day Joking around: A blind dinosaur Fries with that? Today from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., 30 teachers and staff from Yucca Middle School will work McDonald’s at 14th and Mitchell for a percentage of the profits. The fundraiser will benefit the school. Warning: […]

Education column: School testing weeks not holidays

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools No homework for a week. No, teachers are not on strike and it is not a gift from the new superintendent. But, what is happening is Standards Based Assessment testing. Previously, I thought this was a free week because students don’t have to study, and teachers don’t have to […]

No break for teachers

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Freedom New Mexico: Argen Duncan Portales High School teacher Alex Lopez flips through a grade book. He said he checks the past grades of students new to his class to learn about them in preparation for teaching them. By Thomas Garcia: Freedom New Mexico While the students head out to play during the winter break, […]