March 19, 2009 Education digest

Ranchvale and James Bickley students win state gifted and talented championship Sixth grade Destination Imagination Teams from Ranchvale and James Bickley Elementary schools won the state championship in Albuquerque on March 14. Seven students from Ranchvale and 15 from James Bickley took the title. Destination Imagination is a program for gifted and talented students that […]

Zias seek turnaround

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks ENMU sophomore catcher Samantha Davis takes batting practice Monday at the ENMU softball field. By Dave Wagner: CNJ staff writer Samantha Davis was part of a successful high school softball program at Piedra Vista, winning back-to-back Class 4A state championships her junior and senior years. She figured she’d had enough […]

Bella Vista joins inauguration celebration

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CNJ staff photo: Gabriel Monte Students at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista dance during the an inauguration ball Tuesday at the school. By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Not to be left out of the celebrations at the nation’s capital, Clovis residents held their own commemorations of Tuesday’s historic inauguration. Barack Obama was sworn […]

Dec. 28, 2008 Weddings

Orr-Perez Tonya Orr of Kersey and Kyle Perez of Nara Vista were joined in marriage June 14, 2008 at Our Savior Lutheran Church in Cheyenne, Wyo. Rev. Matt Blackford performed the simple ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Clair and Deborah Orr of Kersey. She is the granddaughter of Evelyn Kautz of Sterling, Colo. […]

Academy set for “Nutcracker” performance

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Students from Bella Vista practice for The Nutcracker at Marshall Auditorium. CNJ Staff The Arts Academy at Bella Vista’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” is 7 p.m. on Friday. The play has been produced annually for 12 years, according to director Viola Cano. Cano is the dance teacher for Bella […]

Education feature: Bella Vista students make canvas out of lab coat

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Bella Vista sixth-graders Isaiah Callahan, left, and Jesus Uribe add detail to the art they added onto Shelly Grim’s lab coat she wears while she teaches science to her fourth-grade class. By Liliana Castillo: CNJ staff writer

Clovis schools plan for growth

By Jean Verlich: CNJ NEWS EDITOR Plans to accommodate future growth in Clovis elementary schools were set in motion at Tuesday’s school board meeting with proposed changes to the zoning for Barry Elementary School and the Arts Academy at Bella Vista. Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm told board members enrollment at Barry is under 300 students, with […]

Education Feature: Teacher marches to music’s beat

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CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisle Janet Barnard, a music teacher at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista, sits next to third-grader Jordan Castillo while she plays an instrument. Barnard is retiring after 27 years of teaching at Clovis elementary schools. By Wren Abbott: CNJ Correspondent Long before research demonstrated the “Mozart effect” — the relationship […]

Dance lessons help teach Bella Vista students social skills

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Fifth-graders Samantha Lucero and Jordan Jones dance the fox trot Wednesday during Viola Cano’s dance class at Arts Academy at Bella Vista. Cano teaches ballroom dancing to some 400 students. (Staff photo: Andy Delisle) By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer Twenty-four little feet followed the instructions of Viola Cano. “Slow, quick, quick, slow. Slow, […]

Learning means transition

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CNJ Staff Photo: Andy DeLisleKathi Shaw teaches 4-year-olds at Cameo Elementary School. By Marlena Hartz: CNJ Staff Writer In a little more than two weeks, area students will return to school. Awaiting some are significant changes. Here is a closer view of alterations in area school districts. Clovis High School Tradition returns — in the […]