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Police officers bring equipment, vehicles for student event

When Nicole Hahn, principal at Cameo Elementary, invited me to drop by before the end of the school year, I figured it was one of the end-of-year activities. When students had... — Updated 6/8/2021


Registration Station great success

At the beginning of April we held our first “Registration Station,” to register PreK and kindergarten students for the upcoming school year, 2021-22. Turnout was great, and due... — Updated 6/1/2021


Recognizing achievements with Hall of Honor

Our Clovis Municipal Schools Education Foundation has sponsored the Clovis High School Hall of Honor for the last decade “to recognize and honor former graduates of Clovis High... — Updated 5/25/2021


Clovis schools expanding offerings for younger learners

Early childhood education has been around for quite some time now, becoming a category all its own. Increasingly, general education has changed over the years, as have... — Updated 5/18/2021


Congratulations to CHS esport-sters

Entering a unique computer lab at Clovis High School recently, I tiptoed in and sidled up to Coach Andrew Tipton. It wasn't exactly like entering the bridge of Star Trek's USS... — Updated 5/11/2021


Exceptional area students honored

During our last school board meeting we experienced a special treat. A group of exceptional students were able to attend in person with their families to be honored by the board.... — Updated 5/4/2021


Educators always heroes

In the world of education, this past year was consumed by the logistics of re-inventing school: virtual, online; face-to-face, hybrid, or a combination of the above. Nearing the... — Updated 4/27/2021


Registration Station open

As most are likely aware, we have physically returned to school (sounds of cheering!). Students of all grade levels at all sites have returned to the classroom full time in Clovis.... — Updated 4/20/2021


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 ... — Updated 3/31/2020 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... — Updated 3/17/2020


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... — Updated 3/10/2020


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 it... — Updated 3/3/2020


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... — Updated 2/25/2020


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,... — Updated 2/18/2020


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... — Updated 2/11/2020


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... — Updated 2/4/2020


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,... — Updated 12/17/2019


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 o... — Updated 12/10/2019


'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... — Updated 12/3/2019


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... — Updated 11/26/2019


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... — Updated 11/19/2019


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... — Updated 11/12/2019


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... — Updated 10/29/2019


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... — Updated 10/22/2019


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... — Updated 10/8/2019


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