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'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...

 

Groups sharing wind knowledge

One of our long-term and ongoing goals is to develop ways to actively engage our secondary students as we prepare them for the workplace. One of our strategies is to partner with community...

 

Holidays fueling new beginnings

In education, we have the gift of new beginnings. The beginning of the new school year, of course, after staff and students are rested from the summer months; but, we also have the gift of the beginni...

 

School program proving worth with students

Some time back we described one of the programs at our middle schools to more effectively connect with students to improve student learning. The program, “Capturing Kids’ Hearts,” uses specific...

 

Opinion: Not too late to be bilingual

Research has confirmed through numerous studies that bilingualism is cognitively beneficial. Bilingual brains have greater capacity for maintaining attention and task-switching than monolingual brains...

 

Opinion: Bursting with pride for educator

A mysterious invitation from Mesa Elementary principal, Julie Howell, recently arrived. Calling to enquire, the response was vague, just encouraged me to drop by at a certain time on a certain day....

 

Opinion: Clovis students learning joy of teaching

I recently heard about a great program going on at our Clovis High School Freshman Academy. Called, “Educational Methodology,” it is facilitated by CHSFA’s versatile Tiffany Grimes. Grimes has...

 

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