Getting in gear

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

Administrators, teachers and support staff at area schools are gearing up to welcome students back to class next week.

“We’re looking forward to a great year,” Lindsey Middle School Principal Rick Segovia said.

A new music teacher at Lindsey will teach choir and a beginning guitar class, Segovia said. Instruments have been purchased for the band program, allowing students to borrow them so they can participate in band, he said.

The school building itself had work done over the summer, with a portion of the roof repaired and the teachers parking lot improved, Segovia said.

In the area of academics, several teachers participated in workshops and training sessions throughout the summer. Segovia noted that the school met Adequate Yearly Progress standards for the year.

Dora is celebrating meeting all AYP guidelines as well. The addition of an eight-man football team and higher enrollment numbers are also cause for excitement, said Superintendent Steve Barron.

“We’re very excited to start the new year. We’ll have some new faces and new students,” Barron said.

When students enter the doors at Portales Junior High School, they also will see some new faces as several new teachers begin the year.

They’ll see changes as well in the gym, which is getting a new floor, new ceiling and roof, Principal Steve Harris said. The work is expected to be completed in about eight weeks.

Tutoring will be available through the Gear-up program in the afternoon for seventh- and eighth- grade students. Eighth-graders will be able to continue to use laptop computers they received in seventh grade, with hopes that this year’s seventh-grade students will also receive laptops. Some schedule changes have occurred, but the classes offered will remain the same, Harris said.

“We’re just working diligently on academics,” Harris said.

Across the street at Steiner Elementary School, teachers have been busy preparing classrooms to welcome the students back to school.

The school has received a new heating and cooling unit in one of the wings and the parking lot has been paved, eliminating the hassle of having to deal with mud and water during the year. The library has also been upgraded with new carpet, shelves and tables, said Principal Becky Flen.

Six teachers attended a program over the summer that taught them how to implement a new math curriculum and will allow them flexibility in teaching. The program uses the New Mexico Standards and Benchmarks, said Flen.

Flen also reported that two teachers attended a Reading First Initiative. She was glad to announce that the first-grade students were reading at a level above the state average, she said.

“All of our teachers are highly qualified,” Flen said.

Though teachers did not have to report until this week, Flen said they have been coming in for the last two weeks to get their classrooms ready, she said.

“We’re just ready to go. We’re working on little things here and there, waiting for the kids to come,” Flen said.

At a glance:

Regional Education Center No. 6
Child Find Clinics

Free screening for children birth to 5 years of age will be held at the following locations:

• Dora: 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., today
Contact Patty Mohon 477-2216

• Floyd: Wednesday
Contact Debbie Hunton 478-2211

• Fort Sumner: 9 – 11 a.m. and 1 -3 p.m., Monday
Contact Scott McMath 279-7353

Information: 562-4455

Dates to remember:

Portales Municipal Schools
New students registration will continue through Aug. 13 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. New students to the district need to bring the following to registration: birth certificate, immunization records, latest report cards, and Social Security number (if applicable).

Monday

• Open house for students in grades 1 -12.
8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

• Junior high schedules may be picked up from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tuesday

• Classes begin for grades 1- 12.
Wednesday-Aug. 17

• Scheduled meetings will be held with parents at L.L. Brown
Aug. 20

• Classes begin for kindergarten students

Aug. 28

• Classes begin for preschool.

Floyd Municipal Schools

• Classes begin Wednesday

Dora Consolidated Schools

• Classes begin Monday.

Elida Municipal Schools

• Classes begin Monday.