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Walking Classroom keeps kids fit to learn

Arriving at the Arts Academy at Bella Vista (AABV) recently, I was just in time to be gently herded by fifth-grader Jasmyn De la Rosa into a seat next to hers. This young lady had a lanyard waiting,...

 

Music in the air at Clovis schools

What makes the music programs in the Clovis Municipal Schools so successful? Many factors could be identified as contributing to our remarkable successes over the years. One that stands out... Full story

 

Grateful for our schools, educators

Of course we should feel a sense of gratitude for what we have year round, but realistically, the busy-ness of daily life encroaches, and we rarely pause. Except at Thanksgiving. Maybe not such a bad...

 

Official believes in lifelong learning

“I firmly believe education is the most honorable profession in the world. It’s the key that allows people to really change their lives, and I like being a part of that.” — Joe Strickland,...

 

Conviction important in teachers

Why does anyone become a teacher? Asking around — from talking to various teachers to combing the internet — a lot of different answers surfaced. Not surprisingly, responses common to all...

 

Sandia incorporating new learning strategies

If you walk into any classroom at Sandia Elementary, you might hear the teacher calling out, “Class, Class;” immediately after which you'll hear the entire class respond, “Yes, Yes!” in...

 

Things are hopping at La Casita

Walking into La Casita Elementary to meet with Sylvia Martinez, principal, I waited as she finished wiping whipped cream off her face. She, along with some teachers, had just finished up their “Pie...

 

Program aims to ease kids into next grade

Life can be miserable for kids starting a new grade level at the beginning of the school year when unprepared academically. The New Mexico Public Education Department introduced a program a few years...

 

Clovis schools ramping up drama

Expect more drama in our schools this year than in the past. Happily, it’s the good kind. Among our 11 elementary schools is the Arts Academy at Bella Vista, an arts-infused K-5 magnet school whose...

 

'Nights' help motivate

Increasingly, our elementary schools are holding multiple “Literacy Nights” or “Family Nights” during the course of the school year. This provides an opportunity for parents to come by the...

 

High-caliber teachers, administrators working at our schools

This past week we received exciting news. A message from the New Mexico Public Education Department indicated Secretary-Designate Christopher Ruszkowski would be arriving at Sandia Elementary School...

 

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...

 

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