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Gattis library about more than just books

The library at Gattis is more than a place to go to check out books. Librarian Kelly Martin, veteran librarian and certified teacher, brings together the world of technology and creativity. In...

 

SmartLab teachers dive into innovative classrooms

Continuing the topic of effectively integrated technology in the Clovis schools, we took a look at our secondary SmartLabs. We’ve had these labs for a number of years at our middle schools, but...

 

Technology integration keeps expanding

With each passing year, Clovis Municipal Schools has expanded effective integration of technology in the classroom. Through careful planning schools are increasingly expanding access to current...

 

New school year off and running

We’re off to a bang-up beginning of another new school year. With new and returning teachers on board, welcoming new and returning students, there’s still great anticipation in the air with our...

 

Summer activities filling up fast

Why do we always find that each year zooms by faster than the last? Here we are, once again, at the conclusion of a flurry of year-end events and activities, celebrating the accomplishments of Clovis...

 

Teachers get creative in learning assessment

While there are still traditional end-of-year assessments, many teachers incorporate unusual and creative ways to measure student learning. For example, Jennifer Kelley, veteran French teacher at...

 

CHS students write creative poems for Poetry Month

You might not be aware of it, but April was National Poetry Month. Poets.org reports it was “inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996 and has become the largest literary celebration in...

 

Clovis schools' job fair coming up

A special day for the Clovis Municipal Schools is almost here; the occasion is the CMS Job Fair. This will, in fact, be the second job fair held, repeated because our first job fair last year was so...

 

Teachers find positive ways to prep for tests

This is the season of testing, like it or not, and New Mexico uses the PARCC assessment. PARCC stands for the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers. It’s based on a core...

 

'Beak lab' makes learning a good time

Darren Williams, seventh-grade life science teacher at Marshall Middle School, recently conducted a unique lab as a culminating activity for a unit he’d taught. Inviting me to come observe...

 

Dance teams sparkle with skill, enthusiasm

Not long ago, Clovis Municipal Schools’ well-known Wildcadettes and middle school dance teams dazzled audiences once again. Showcased in “A Night of Spectacular Dance” at Clovis High School,...

 

Students celebrate books with 'Read Across America'

Last week, students across America were reading more than usual. “Read Across America” is the result of a task force within the National Education Association, which wanted to create a day to get...

 

CHS students reaching out

For years, the Lincoln-Jackson Family Center Community Outreach Program has been active in providing many services. During the day, early intervention pre-school is the focus. Also based at LJFC are o...

 

SmartLab projects focus on real-world problems

Since the 1990s, Clovis Municipal Schools have had “tech labs” at our secondary school sites. While Clovis High School Freshman Academy and Clovis High School have steered in slightly different...

 

Testing season on the horizon

Recently chatting with Parkview Elementary's principal, Shelly Flygare, and Instructional Coach, Rene Hedemann, presented the opportunity to learn about some great classroom practices in place,...

 

Internet classroom secure, collaborative environment

One of the fifth-grade teachers at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista, Christy Hartley, recently invited me to visit her class to see what they were doing. Meeting up with them in the computer lab,...

 

Truancy program helps fight the good fight

School truancy is not a new problem. Truancy is, in fact, not only a concern throughout the U.S., but also in other countries. A recent article in The Guardian by education historian Nicola Sheldon co...

 

About time for school bond vote

Our school district is fortunate to have enjoyed incredible support from the community of Clovis through so many ways — participation in school activities, volunteering in events, donations of food...

 

Barry Elementary takes us on multicultural tour

Recently at Barry Elementary, you could have taken a quick tour around the world, in terms of seasonal celebrations. It was the occasion of Barry’s “Multicultural Literacy Night,” organized by...

 

This time of year great for schools

This time of year is also a time of great blessings. A number of our teachers and principals discovered this recently with the awarding of the Clovis Municipal Schools Education Foundation grants....

 

It's a time for giving

Moving toward the holiday season, a common focus becomes giving, sharing, and helping one another. While these virtues should, of course, be daily practice year round, it's perhaps good to pause at...

 

'Armistice Day' program reminder to be thankful

In this season of Thanksgiving, we were reminded of important things to remember at Parkview Elementary School recently. Parkview's third-graders performed a special Veterans Day program for the...

 

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