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Opinion: School may look different for now, but it's moving ahead

The past two weeks have definitely been the most unusual we’ve ever experienced. Week before last we were hanging on every word we heard; every piece of news, every update — both nationally and... Full story

 

Coronavirus threat, too, shall pass

Truth be told, this week’s article presents a bit of a challenge. Our general mission is to share examples of innovative and wonderfully creative educational happenings in classrooms across our...

 

March month to celebrate reading

Back in 1998, the National Education Association launched an event called “Read Across America,” which has become “the nation’s largest celebration of reading,” according to its website. Few...

 

Kids thrive on active learning

Stopping by Lockwood Elementary School to speak with fifth-grade veteran teacher Sherry Byrd was an unexpected delight. She and her students had returned from a field trip, which itself was a result o...

 

Mayor hopefuls visit school

Last week a noteworthy event took place at the Clovis Municipal Schools Freshman Academy. The gym buzzed with eager anticipation, filled with the entire student body as the ninth-grade students...

 

Teachers attend wind energy workshop

Living on the High Plains we’re no stranger to the winds that sweep across the land. Those winds, however, are gradually becoming a substantial source of renewable energy, considering the growing...

 

Education Foundation kindling the flame

It’s well known that educators typically dip into their own pockets to make purchases for their students and classrooms. With the complexities and restraints common to procurement in public...

 

Took a virtual trip to Africa

The other day I traveled to Africa and talked to a teacher and his students in Kenya. Actually, this wonderful experience was thanks to a phenomenal fourth-grade teacher at Mesa Elementary, Silvia...

 

Long live the spelling bee

Several years ago, spelling bees were revitalized through the efforts at our elementary schools, headed up by Deborah Westbrook and Shalei Bennett, principals at Lockwood and Zia, respectively....

 

Adrian White working hard to help students bridge gaps

Adrian White has worked with and for our district for many years now, in various capacities. To give you an idea of the caliber of this man, he’s the only individual I’m aware of who has been vote...

 

'Dog day' magical experience for students

Vicki Guiffre is a fifth-grade teacher at Parkview Elementary, who recently shared an interesting story. A year ago, she bought a Great Pyrenees puppy for the family. Knowing she would need some help...

 

Fire of Wildcat pride has been reignited

The recent build-up of excitement and anticipation for the semifinal playoff game our CHS Wildcat football team played last Friday has been riveting. The idea we’d made it this far was thrilling....

 

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...

 

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