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iAcademy innovates with emphasis on project-based learning

iAcademy is rocking it again. They’ve been “Cookin’ Up the Government.” Recently sitting down with secondary social studies teacher Judy Williams, a veteran teacher with the district, I...

 

Living wax museum fantastic experience for students

If you didn’t attend our iAcademy’s Living Wax Museum recently, you missed a special event indeed. Between J’Drian Lawson’s second and third graders and Melinda Hewitt’s fourth and fifth...

 

Season brings holiday enjoyment

Whether we’re talking about fall festivals or Halloween, this is the season that launches us — with glorious color — into winter. This season brings with it some unique activities: from...

 

Sandia gets into recycling

Walking into Sandia Elementary the other day, I was noticeably struck by how spotless and sparkling everything was. Not only is this clearly attributable to Sandia’s amazing custodians, but I...

 

Education about more than academics these days

Education in today’s world is not only about classroom academics; other facets must be taken into consideration, whether involving sports, clubs or the overall well-being of students. The latter...

 

AFJROTC program a formidable one

Not everyone is aware of some of the amazing activities taking place at Clovis High School in the Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) program. Headed up by retired Maj. Alan Fiel...

 

'Mesa Mentors' demonstrate character, integrity

At Mesa Elementary School, there’s quite a history of accomplishment, including the achievement of being named — not once, but twice — a National Blue Ribbon School. That’s no easy...

 

Student athletes meet high standards

Stopping by our Clovis High School Freshman Academy last week, I had an opportunity to chat with Bekki Jones, history teacher of 14 years and varsity cheer coach. Jones works closely with Amanda...

 

Sandia students take 'marshmallow challenge'

Having heard about a unique learning experience at Sandia Elementary, I dropped by the school to speak with fourth-grade teachers Gina Rubio and Faith Calvin. Partially as a get-acquainted activity,...

 

Friday auspicious start for Wildcats

Last Friday night was the first home football game of the season. Still inspired by our new superintendent’s exhortation to “remember how great we are,” with a view to re-igniting our Wildcat...

 

Teachers offer advice for parents

Despite the many long hours teachers spend with students on a daily basis, studies show the parent is still the first teacher and most important influencer in a child’s life. If parents value...

 

New year has begun

There has been undeniable excitement in the air in recent days. A new school year has begun; we are prepped and looking forward to a transformative year. Schools and our central office have already...

 

Plenty to do in summertime

Unbelievably, another school year has zoomed past. Students filled with excitement, while educators are uttering a deep sigh of exhaustion. For both, there are likely bittersweet moments: teachers thi...

 

Mesa Elementary briefly transported back in time

Stepping into Mesa Elementary’s multi-purpose room recently was stepping back into The Golden Age of Radio. Fifth-grade teachers Cheryl Cunningham, Ashlee Spears, and Aundi Curtis resurrected a...

 

Honor banquet dazzled

The recent Clovis Municipal Schools Education Foundation Hall of Honor Banquet was a dazzling evening of celebration. The large venue at the Clovis Civic Center was filled with warmth and sparkle, as...

 

Mascot helping tackle truancy

Walking into Lockwood Elementary the other day, I came face to face with a Sasquatch-like character; definitely a bit startling. Immediately reaching out his fuzzy paw to shake mine, I realized all...

 

Thanks for your service, Jody Balch

It’s widely known that we are about to welcome to the helm a new superintendent for the Clovis Municipal Schools. Before plunging ahead, however, it’s incumbent upon us to pause and offer our...

 

Teacher making use of video games

If you are ever around kids, it’s likely you’ve heard about various types of video games. There is a whole complex field of research called “game theory” where mathematical models are studied...

 

April a month for reading

April is a month filled with reading-related activities. First off, it is National Poetry Month. It was in 1996 the Academy of American Poets designated April as National Poetry Month, and it is now...

 

Time to celebrate Clovis High alumni

It’s that time of year again when we celebrate outstanding Clovis High School alumni through the CMS Education Foundation Hall of Honor. The gala banquet honoring the recipients will be May 11 at...

 

Program tailored to individuals

Earlier this year we described moving our preK program back out to our elementary school sites for several reasons — one of which was to make it more convenient for parents with older children at...

 

Digital features enhancing classrooms

“Digital Learning Day 2019” — information at digitallearningday.org — was Feb. 28. Digital learning is basically incorporating technology into the learning process to enhance learning and...

 

Striving to provide for gifted students

For our students who qualify for gifted education, there are a variety of events and resources available. Recent conversations with our district’s Gifted and Talented (GT) Liaison, Annette Walton,...

 

Bees picking up speed

You may well have heard more about spelling bees in recent months than in the past. This is because a more concerted effort has been made to engage students, staff, and schools in the event. As a...

 

Books still prizes at Cameo Elementary

Dropping by Cameo Elementary recently near the end of a school day, I came upon Cameo teachers organizing furniture and technology devices in the school’s multi-purpose room. There was a lot of acti...

 

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