Thursday morning briefing: Top grades, an auction and a night at the opera

Good morning. It’s the Freedom New Mexico Thursday briefing.

Top grades

Melrose High School and elementary school were recognized for top science performance on the 2010 New Mexico Standards Based Assessments, according to a news release.

Melrose Elementary School had the highest percentage of students performing at proficientor advanced level in science in fifth grade in the state.

Melrose High School averaged the second greatest one-year gain in the state on the science portion of grade 11 NMSBA.

Question of the day
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Auction items needed

KENW-TV is seeking merchandise, gift certificates, cash donations and vacation packages for its 35th annual online fundraising auction,.

The minimum contribution is $50, and the participation deadline is April 15.

Businesses can also become auction sponsors for a minimum of $200.

Sponsors and donors receive publicity on the station.

The auction is set for June 1-10.

To participate: Sheryl Borden at 562-2112.

Today in history

On this day in 1904, Giacomo Puccini’s opera Madame Butterfly premieres at the La Scala theatre in Milan, Italy.

Here’s the rest of the story:

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/madame-butterfly-premieres

Weather

Today — Partly cloudy in the morning then becoming mostly sunny. Windy. Highs in the lower to mid 70s. West winds 15 to 25 mph increasing to southwest 20 to 30 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 45 mph.

Tonight — Mostly clear. Breezy…colder. Lows in the lower to mid 30s. West winds 15 to 25 mph decreasing to 10 to 20 mph after midnight.