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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...

 

Opinion: Learning by participating memorable way

This is the season of fall festivals and dressing up as scary or funny characters for Halloween. However, another holiday taking place this time of year is El Día de los Muertos; originally known as...

 

Opinion: Education foundation hits 10-year anniversary

Our Clovis Municipal Schools Education Foundation is now in its 10th year. Initiated through the efforts of then-superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm, the foundation has flourished over the years. While...

 

Teachers and students rise to occasion with creative solutions

A key goal-setting strategy used at our school sites across the district is the 90-day plan, a strategic planning commonly used in districts across the nation. With diverse input, the planning provide...

 

Opinion: Clovis High library busy place

While one might not ordinarily think of a library as a hub of activity, keeping up with the activities at the Clovis High School Library and Media Center can be a challenge. Head Librarian Jenny...

 

Opinion: Teacher receives outpouring of kindness

Visiting Cameo Elementary recently, I found myself in conversation with veteran kindergarten teacher Deanna Cole. Among the many wonderful things she’s doing with her young students, a couple of...

 

Schools making best decisions for kids, families

Recognition of the importance of early childhood education has grown rapidly over recent years. While the term “early childhood” can cover child development and education up to the age of 8...

 

Learning to read with action

At a recent Google Classroom training at Mesa Elementary, something interesting happened. Teachers of younger students are normally not excited about using an online collaborative learning...

 

Kleyn-Kennedy: Makerspaces catching on

There is a hands-on collaborative learning concept called “makerspaces” that’s been around for some time now. The so-called “maker movement” can be arguably identified as having been around...

 

Kleyn-Kennedy: More drama emerges at Clovis High

Teen years are known to be filled with drama, and I recently came across some pretty serious drama at Clovis High School. This drama, however, was the productive sort, contained in the CHS drama...

 

Kleyn-Kennedy: Music alive and well at Clovis

Maintaining exceptionally high standards of an already outstanding program — namely, the Clovis schools music program — is a perpetual challenge. Music in our schools has a long-time, well-establi...

 

Program aims to build relationships

The new school year is underway. Teachers, staff, and students have returned with high expectations for a new year of learning, and we hit the ground running. The world we now live in is different...

 

Plenty to keep kids busy this summer

That’s it … another school year under our belts. Summer is here, and kids are excited and eagerly anticipating all the typical summer activities — swimming and playing with friends during the...

 

Congratulations to our graduates

Here we are at the end of another school year. Many wonder why the year sped by so quickly; for others, it couldn't go fast enough. For our Clovis High School seniors, this school year's also been...

 

Choir, band concerts worth attending

It comes as no surprise that the music program of the Clovis Municipal Schools is exceptional. Our long-standing tradition of excellence is the direct result of the dedication of staff, students, and...

 

Workshop empowers youth to look ahead

A group of over fifty of our middle school students participated in a remarkable event earlier this week called, “Envisioning Your Future.” This program is an extension of the many activities...

 

Taking learning out of the classroom

On a recent visit to Gattis Middle School, I stopped off in the library for an errand. While there I saw a young man working and talking with students in the back of the library. The back of the...

 

April time to celebrate poetry

The month of April is the month of poetry. Back in 1996 the Academy of American Poets designated April as National Poetry Month. Their website states that National Poetry Month has become a widely cel...

 

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