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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...

 

Good class can turn language into feast

The subject of English language arts in middle school is not generally a topic which excites or tantalizes the average individual. However, when packaged creatively by an innovative teacher, it can...

 

Continuing the fight against bullying

Bullying has been defined as the “use of superior strength or influence to intimidate someone, typically to force him or her to do what one wants.” Somehow the definition doesn’t sound as bad...

 

New Mexico art takes center stage

You may have heard mention of our own elementary — the Arts Academy at Bella Vista — being honored at the famous White House Egg Roll of 2018. Chatting with Arts Academy principal Shelly Norris,...

 

Folklorico long New Mexico tradition

Perhaps unique to schools in New Mexico is a special extracurricular activity called, “Ballet (or Baile) Folklorico.” A long tradition at La Casita Elementary, the most recent performance...

 

Shoutout to successful Clovis grads

Once again, we are approaching the time of year when we celebrate Clovis High School graduates who have gone out into the world and excelled in their fields. Organized by the Clovis Municipal Schools...

 

Reading to children enchanting experience

Recently, there was a great deal of reading taking place throughout the district. Doesn’t that always happen, one might ask. Of course. However, the recent increase was due to “Read Across...

 

Students look into space

We visited Joy Martin’s third grade classroom at Cameo Elementary to learn about their Space Day. With a focus on STEM activities (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), Martin’s students...

 

Concert showcases magic of music

The importance of music in the Clovis Municipal Schools is no surprise to most. As a school district we have long enjoyed a tradition of excellence in both vocal as well as instrumental programs. It...

 

Teachers have power to change world

Former U.S. business leader Lee Iacocca once noted, “In a completely rational society, the best of us would be teachers and the rest of us would have to settle for something less, because passing ci...

 

Grateful for ENLACE opportunities

Our own junior New Mexico student legislators recently returned from our state capital after completing an internship. The occasion was the 2018 ENLACE New Mexico Legislative Internship program....

 

Schools add more STEAM, STEM to curriculum

Today’s schools across America are incorporating more STEM into the classroom curriculum and are even adding an additional category, STEAM. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and...

 

Hall passes entering new age

Remember the classroom days of using a hall pass to go to the restroom, the office, or the nurse? Teachers have become quite creative with selecting objects serving as hall passes, from luggage tags,...

 

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