Superintendent proposes possible restructuring of district

Ranchvale Elementary Attendance Secretary Cheryl Forrest works in the office Tuesday afternoon. “This school is cool. I am going to miss it … I truly love this school,” said Forrest about its possible closure. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Ranchvale Elementary teachers and staff wore black to Tuesday’s school board […]

Area schools, businesses band together to send aid to victims

Barbara Anaya, first vice president of American Legion Post 25, sorts coloring books to be donated to victims of hurricane Katrina Friday at the legion in Clovis. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) Freedom Newspapers Sympathy and horror at Hurricane Katrina’s devastation have galvanized into action groups of schoolchildren, grandparents, business owners and state employees in and […]

School board meeting

Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer The Clovis Municipal Schools board met Tuesday. The following is a report on the meeting: n Clovis Superintendent Rhonda Seidenwurm reported the preliminary attendance numbers are down approximately 200 students (2.5 percent) from last year. There are 8,114 students in the district. The following are preliminary enrollment numbers: Elementary Barry, […]

Clovis schools’ early dismissal program concerns parents

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The Clovis public school district’s early-release program kicks off this week, with 13 elementary schools now ending classes at 12:45 every Wednesday. School officials say the new program will give teachers more time for professional development, thus improving the quality of local elementary education. Eleven schools financed through the […]

Horton, Terry

Terry Horton Services: Have been held. Terry Horton, 70, of Edmond, Okla., died Friday, July 22, 2005. He was born on May 6, 1935, in Clovis, to Daisy Mae and E.H. Horton. He was the youngest of four sons. He married Elaine Summers in March 1958. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1958 and master’s […]

Winters, Tommy

Tommy Winters Services: Have been held. Tommy Dale Winters, 73, of Longmont, Colo., formerly of Curry County, died Sunday, June 19, 2005, at her home. She was born on Aug. 30, 1931, in Curry County, to Thomas Taylor and Helen Palmateer Mullins. She graduated from Eastern New Mexico University with a bachelors of arts in […]

Board OKs student drug, sex survey

By Marlena Hartz : CNJ staff writer The Clovis school board voted Tuesday to administer a survery that will gauge, among other things, the sexual, drug and alcohol habits of high school students. The anonymous survey, named the Youth Risk and Resiliency Survey, will be given to Clovis 10th-, 11th-, and 12th-graders in the fall. […]

Cultural performance draws crowds to street

Bella Vista fifth-grader Colleen Campos performs the Folkorico dance “Las Perlitas” during the second annual Brickroad to Cultural Friendship Saturday on Main Street. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer The sidewalks along Main Street were bulging with onlookers Saturday as students from 13 Clovis elementary school sashayed, twisted, and spun across […]

Elementary students will get early release once a week

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Some Clovis students will be let out early on Wednesdays next year to allow more time for the professional development of teachers. Students in elementary schools across the district will be released between 12:45 p.m. and 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, school officials said. The change was approved by the […]

Area Marine lectures in Portales

Larry Long of Clovis, who is home between tours in Iraq with the Marines, fields a question from the audience during a visit Thursday afternoon to Valencia Elementary School in Portales. (Freedom Newspapers: Kevin Wilson) By Tony Parra: Freedom Newspapers PORTALES — Valencia Elementary fifth-graders received a surprise on Thursday afternoon when one of their […]

Spelling bee buzzes into town

Portales Junior High School eighth-grader Kyle Gainey reacts to misspelling a word in the 10th round of last year’s Regional Spelling Bee at Clovis Community College. (CNJ file photo) By Leslie Radford: CNJ Staff writer Carol Nash has been participating in spelling bees for nearly 50 years. She won the Quay County spelling bee as […]

Board addresses test issues

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Clovis school board officials expressed reservations Tuesday about whether state tests that measure yearly progress are fair. Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Ladona Clayton delivered a presentation outlining why the district and six schools were rated as not meeting “adequate yearly progress.” Three of those school, Gattis Junior High, La […]

Christmas parade winnners

Churches 1. Our Lady of Guadalupe 2. Highland Baptist Church 3. Immanuel Lutheran Business 1. Clovis Recycle Center 2. Cox Communications 3. Rooney Moon Broadcasting Organizations 1. Clovis Kart Association 2. Sons of American Legion 3. Nick Chavez Youth group 12 and under 1. Cub Scouts 225 2. Cub Scouts 411 3. Cub Scouts 226 […]

Curry County election day precincts

CNJ STAFF REPORTS Early voting at the Curry County Courthouse has ended. Precincts 1-37 and voting locations in Curry County for the Nov. 2 election are as follows: 1. Broadview Fire Department, 3868 SR 209 2. Pleasant Hill Fire Department, 304 SR 77 3. Ranchvale Elementary, 1606 SR 311 4. Melrose City Hall, 105 E. […]

Reading specialist teacher of the year runner-up

by Ryan Lengerich Clovis reading specialist Connie Cox was named runner-up for the New Mexico teacher of the year honor at a banquet in Albuquerque on Wednesday. Cox is the Literacy Program Specialist for grades K-6 throughout the Clovis Municipal School District. She is based out of Parkview Elementary this school year. Cox was named […]

Bush jokes with former Clovis elementary teacher

by Mike Linn President Bush took a light-hearted jab at Clovis on Wednesday during a campaign stop in Rochester, Minn., a Clovis native who sat with the president said. Asked by Bush to tell her story, a former Clovis fifth-grade teacher at Cameo Elementary, Jill Wooten, said she grew up in a little town in […]

Pennies add up for charity

Reporter’s Notebook Pennies do add up. Students in Clovis schools can verify that, having raised $7,253.76 in their first United Way Penny Drive. Every school in the Clovis district participated in the project, with Mesa Elementary leading the way by collecting $1,210, according to a news release from Curry County United Way. Sandia Elementary ($1,070.50) […]

Diggin’ science

Barry Elementary fifth-graders Ryan Curry, 10, left, and Michael Maese, 10, looks for articles in their plot during an archeological dig Friday at Highland Elementary. By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Clovis scientists are starting young these days. Barry and Highland elementary combined for a science project that left students piecing together artifacts and deciphering […]

Clovis schools, Boy Scouts partnering again

By Ryan Lengerich, CNJ staff writer Four schools will continue to use a supplemental academic program thanks to donations from two local companies. Boy Scout District Executive Director Scott Kilian told the Clovis school board on Tuesday he has secured $15,000 in funding for a character-building program owned by the Scouts. “Learning for Life,” is […]

Yucca to get new roof: Reporter’s Notebook

By Emilie Hornak: CNJ Correspondent Folks at a Clovis junior high school are getting ready for a bona fide roof raising, courtesy of the state’s Public School Capitol Outlay Council. “I am pleased to announce that Yucca Junior High in Clovis has been selected to receive a new million-dollar roof,” said Rep. Jose Campos, D-Santa […]