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Program hopes to improve attendance rates at local schools

Even though we have returned to normalcy, most would agree we are still experiencing residual effects of the pandemic. One ongoing challenge in our schools is consistency in school... — Updated 3/15/2022

 

Students participate in Read Across America project

“National Read Across America Day” was March 2. Launched in 1998 by the National Education Association, it has come to be a well-established annual celebration in school... — Updated 3/8/2022

 

Workers irreplaceable bridge between schools, families

In past years, we have shared information about our Federal Programs Department, covering all the varied activities which, in fact, have changed during the last couple of years.... — Updated 3/1/2022

 

Apps, innovations make Clovis schools safe place to be

Parents and guardians will be aware of many of the safety practices in our schools. They will have read documentation, heard information, listened to talks and/or received news... — Updated 2/22/2022

 

Yucca Middle School showcases initiative

Taking advantage of a recent opportunity to sit in on part of a training for a district-wide behavior program – “Capturing Kids’ Hearts” (CKH), I stayed longer than... — Updated 2/15/2022

 

'Village' stepping up for children

The famous quote, “It takes a village to raise a child,” is apparently an African proverb that exists in a wide variety of African languages across the continent. Not only has... — Updated 2/1/2022

 

Taste testing improving student meals, eating

The Taste-Testing Panel crew is at it again. Our Clovis Municipal Schools food services department remains increasingly proactive when it comes to encouraging students to eat... — Updated 1/25/2022

 

'Capturing Kids' Hearts' has teachers on right track

If you have a child’s heart … you have a child’s mind. This is the premise of a behavior program we have been implementing the last few years called, “Capturing Kids... — Updated 1/11/2022

 

Healthy activities boon to kids

“The Clovis Municipal Schools is committed to the optimal development of every student,” reads the first line of our district's Wellness Plan & Implementation Guide. Although... — Updated 12/21/2021

 

TOSAs outstanding support piece

Every year, enrollment at each school site varies, some years more than others. The last couple of years have seen a somewhat more extensive shift in enrollment numbers. This is... — Updated 12/14/2021

 

Staff, schools rising to meet new challenges

Although none of us would like to repeat 2020, we did gain some valuable skills in having to learn how to effectively function in a variety of new ways, both in face-to-face... — Updated 11/16/2021

 

Fun-filled Halloween at Arts Academy

On Friday, there were pumpkins, jack-O’-Lanterns, corn shucks, costumes, candy, cupcakes, and much more abounding across the district, celebrating Halloween since it fell on the w... — Updated 11/2/2021

 

Pumpkin patch teaches students about five senses

If you’ve never seen the delight of itty-bitty students launched upon a pumpkin patch, then you haven’t lived. Educator extraordinaire Kathi Shaw is now in her 33rd year of teac... — Updated 10/19/2021

 

Music keeping kids engaged

As many are aware, music education is an important part of our school district's offerings. We have long maintained extremely high standards, with outstanding certified music... — Updated 10/12/2021

 

Tasty expedition time well spent

Accepting an invitation to tag along on a tasty expedition recently with our amazing food services folks who have been working on some expansive projects was an hour well spent. Wit... — Updated 10/5/2021

 

Stopping by CHS Student Council restores faith in youth

Having waded through a difficult past year, many of the common traditions seem to have taken on greater significance. One of these is “homecoming.” While the actual origins of... — Updated 9/21/2021

 

Summer Academy successful

We have always provided additional help via tutoring and a wide variety of intervention programs for those students needing it. During the past year and a half, that academic help... — Updated 9/14/2021

 

Schools, farms form beautiful partnership

According to the School Nutrition Association (SNA), “today’s school lunches meet strict nutrition standards, including limits on calories, sodium, and unhealthy fats.” They... — Updated 9/7/2021

 

Wayland alumni recognized

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” are among the last lines of Emma Lazarus’ sonnet, The New Colossus, written for a fundraiser... — Updated 8/31/2021

 

Kleyn-Kennedy: Rain won't stop a Clovis Wildcat

The beginning of each year is always filled with a variety of preparations before students walk through the doors; professional development, meetings, trainings, and such. I do... — Updated 8/24/2021

 

Real 'Friday Night Lights' again

A pent-up eager anticipation is in the air. It usually is this time of year, but generally more for students. This year both staff and students are excited about coming back to... — Updated 8/17/2021

 

Food Services' performance nothing short of miraculous

One of the more amazing entities within our district is Food Services. Under ideal circumstances, the daily feeding of up to 8,000 students — twice in a day — seems incredible.... — Updated 8/3/2021

 

Operations Department keeps school district running

An essential department functioning primarily in the background is our Operations Department. John King, deputy director of Operations, oversees the myriad activities that go on... — Updated 7/27/2021

 

People - our most important asset

As with other organizations, school districts have a department that deals with all things relating to the people who work there. This department is typically called, Personnel or... — Updated 7/20/2021

 

New supports being put in place for students

It's no surprise to most that education has changed dramatically in recent years. One of the reasons is, of course, the integration of technology in many forms: from the network... — Updated 7/13/2021

 

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