Education digest - July 1


July 1, 2020

Schools to offer challenge exams

CLOVIS — Public schools in Clovis will offer challenge exams July 14-15, according to a district release.

The exams will be 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. July 14 for New Mexico history, 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. July 15 for English I and 1 p.m.-4 p.m. July 15 for Algebra I. All tests will be at Clovis Community College Room 607. Students must be screened at entry and wear a mask in CCC buildings.

The exams are intended for any student who has either failed a course or is registered but believes he or she can already demonstrate proficiency in the subject.

A score of 85% is required to receive credit for the courses on the student transcript.

Each exam carries a same-day $25 non-refundable fee, and registration is required by 3 p.m. July 9. Registration forms are available at and completed forms can be sent to [email protected]

Athletic physicals to be offered July 18

CLOVIS — Athletic physicals for the upcoming school year will be offered July 18 at Rock Staubus Gymnasium, according to a district release.

Female athletes are scheduled from 8 a.m.-9:30 a.m., and male athletes are scheduled from 9:45 a.m.-11:15 a.m.

A $5 fee will be charged for all physicals, but no student will be denied a physical for inability to play.

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the New Mexico Activities Association has waived the annual preparticipation physical examination for returning students who submitted an athletic physical for the 2019-2020 school year provided there are no existing physical or additional health reasons that might preclude participation in sports.

The physicals are only available to Clovis Municipal Schools students, who must wear face coverings and wait in vehicles following sign-in.

Seven forms available at must be completed prior to taking a physical, and parents must provide verification of medical insurance.

University offering $500,000 through fund

CANYON — West Texas A&M University is planning to offer more than $500,000 for first-time and transfer students through a regents scholarship fund, according to a university release.

The Texas A&M system approved the $100 million scholarship program to benefit its 11 universities to address diversity issues and challenges of students who are first-generation students and/or from low-income families.

The Canyon college will receive $538,000 of the allotment, and can use the funds over and above any existing scholarships for students who have already been admitted. Money can also be used to provide educational tools, including laptops and wireless hot spots, and recruit students who have not yet committed to the school.

Information: 800-99-WTAMU, or [email protected]

Education Digest is compiled by the staff of The News. Contact Editor Kevin Wilson at 575-763-3431, ext. 320, or by email:

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