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Good class can turn language into feast

The subject of English language arts in middle school is not generally a topic which excites or tantalizes the average individual. However, when packaged creatively by an innovative teacher, it can...

 

Continuing the fight against bullying

Bullying has been defined as the “use of superior strength or influence to intimidate someone, typically to force him or her to do what one wants.” Somehow the definition doesn’t sound as bad...

 

New Mexico art takes center stage

You may have heard mention of our own elementary — the Arts Academy at Bella Vista — being honored at the famous White House Egg Roll of 2018. Chatting with Arts Academy principal Shelly Norris,...

 

Folklorico long New Mexico tradition

Perhaps unique to schools in New Mexico is a special extracurricular activity called, “Ballet (or Baile) Folklorico.” A long tradition at La Casita Elementary, the most recent performance...

 

Shoutout to successful Clovis grads

Once again, we are approaching the time of year when we celebrate Clovis High School graduates who have gone out into the world and excelled in their fields. Organized by the Clovis Municipal Schools...

 

Reading to children enchanting experience

Recently, there was a great deal of reading taking place throughout the district. Doesn’t that always happen, one might ask. Of course. However, the recent increase was due to “Read Across...

 

Students look into space

We visited Joy Martin’s third grade classroom at Cameo Elementary to learn about their Space Day. With a focus on STEM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Martin’s students...

 

Concert showcases magic of music

The importance of music in the Clovis Municipal Schools is no surprise to most. As a school district we have long enjoyed a tradition of excellence in both vocal as well as instrumental programs. It...

 

Teachers have power to change world

Former U.S. business leader Lee Iacocca once noted, “In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing ci...

 

Grateful for ENLACE opportunities

Our own junior New Mexico student legislators recently returned from our state capital after completing an internship. The occasion was the 2018 ENLACE New Mexico Legislative Internship program....

 

Schools add more STEAM, STEM to curriculum

Today’s schools across America are incorporating more STEM into the classroom curriculum and are even adding an additional category, STEAM. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and...

 

Hall passes entering new age

Remember the classroom days of using a hall pass to go to the restroom, the office, or the nurse? Teachers have become quite creative with selecting objects serving as hall passes, from luggage tags,...

 

Education: Capturing kids' hearts

One of the great challenges in education remains effectively reaching students, whether in rural settings or inner cities. Our youth face great challenges these days, perhaps more than ever before....

 

Cafeteria too often taken for granted

Walking into the Clovis Schools central office the other day, the first thing I saw was a table laden with enormous platters of cookies. Several ladies were organizing the plates, clearly getting...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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