Dora news: Aug. 21

Preschool news Patty Mohon, preschool teacher, and her assistant, Elaine Schneider, are preparing for another school year for their students. Preschoolers in the Monday/Wednesday group will begin on Aug. 27, with the Tuesday/Thursday group starting on Aug. 28.

Educators prep for changes

Progress was the educational theme Thursday morning during a back-to-school conference held by Portales Municipal Schools. Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Portales Municipal Schools faculty and board members piled into the Portales High School auditorium Thursday for a back-to-school conference in which state officials were invited to speak on educational progress in New Mexico. Guest speakers […]

Meetings watch: Board of Education

At a Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting Monday in the L.C. Cozzens Administration Building, board members: Heard a report on Drum Majors and Leadership Camp members by high school band director Jennifer Johnson. Johnson recognized student Tyler Howard for making the Conductor's Challenge at the camp and recognized Howard and Jennifer Saloman for […]

Portales schools show improvement under new grading system

Improvement, however big or small, is a good thing, according to Clovis and Portales school officials. The Clovis and Portales school districts flunked in the category of growth of lowest performing students in the new state School Grading System for school districts but saw overall improvements in math and reading. "Our scores are better overall […]

Student says she’s grateful for interest rate reprieve

Eastern New Mexico University student Alesha Jones is grateful that she doesn't have to take a second job while she pursues her degree in communication disorders. CMI staff photo: Christina Calloway Student worker Alesha Jones, 20, does inventory Monday morning in Eastern New Mexico University's Golden Library. She says she'll be able to rest easier […]

College keeps youths busy

Grace Helton held up a University of North Carolina T-shirt on Monday, telling friends she was making her T-shirt pillow case for her father because UNC is his favorite college basketball team. Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Kids College students lay out home-brought T-shirts to make pillow cases with, an art project students said they were […]

Report gives N.M. schools low ranking

Eastern New Mexico University President Steven Gamble is confident his university offers a quality education even though a new report says New Mexico colleges and universities are under-achieving compared to other schools nationwide. File photo Colleges and universities in New Mexico received low rankings in the areas of academic performance and student success in a […]

Longtime educator remembered

Local educators describe a past Portales and Dora schools superintendent as a man of strong presence. L.C. Cozzens Current Portales schools Superintendent Randy Fowler knew L.C. (Lowell) Cozzens well. "I think he was probably the most influential administrator this area had," Superintendent Randy Fowler said. "He accomplished some great things while he was here. Cozzens, […]

Students get boost during summer

Nearly 100 Portales elementary students start their day by building their reading skills and putting these skills to practice at James Elementary School. According to James Elementary Principal Mark Gormley, the Portales Municipal Schools month-long reading program aims to provide extra help to students lagging behind in reading. "From the time school gets out in […]

Meetings watch: Board of Education

At a Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting Monday in the L.C. Cozzens Administration Building, board members: Heard a presentation from Portales Junior High School Principal Steve Harris. Harris reported that student proficiency in math and reading has increased. He said the school's Trio program facilitated academic counseling, organizational skills and study skills for […]

Dora students author book

A group of Dora Elementary students became artists, a democracy, a family, and most importantly authors within the 30 minutes they met a day over the last six months. Robin Simpson: Courtesy photo A group of 13 Dora students created and wrote a book entitled "Ocean Life A-Z" which earned an honorable mention in a […]

Robotics contest inspires students to further education

A group of Portales Junior High School students spent the year working on a project that used robotics to teach students math, engineering, teamwork and problem-solving techniques. The project also introduced students to various programming concepts. Eighth-grader Baylee McCluskey joined the project because she hopes to pursue a career in electronic and computer engineering. McCluskey […]

Meetings watch: Board of Education

At a Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting Monday in the Administration Building, board members: Announced Portales Junior High athletic coach John Chavez was awarded the 2012 Excellence for Student Achievement Award. Approved donations. Portales MainStreet donated $120 to the high school digital media program; Wal-Mart donated a five-disk stereo to Brown Early Childhood […]

Dora news: May 15

Elementary events: Tuesday — Fourth-grade trip to "Kids, Cows, and More" in Portales; first grade class party. Wednesday — Dora Elementary track meet, starting 9 a.m. May 21 — Second- and third-grade field trip. High school events: Seniors — This is finals week for grade 12; all books must be turned in and fees and […]

Class of 2012: Grad has musical aspirations

The classroom is where Aric Serrano shines — not just academically, but as a teacher. Courtesy photo Aric Serrano stands before the Pecos High School music class in Pecos, Texas. The Eastern New Mexico University graduating senior was a student teacher this semester in Pecos through ENMU's teacher education program. Through the teacher education program […]

Annual auction benefits KENW television

The Portales affilate of the Public Broadcasting System is in the midst of auctioning off more than 1,500 donated items for its biggest fundraiser of the year. Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Sheryl Borden, marketing director for the KENW television station in Portales, goes through items for auction Tuesday at the station. Borden said the auction […]

Class of 2012: Grad planning future as educator

Not much can come between 22-year-old Alisha Grinsteinner and her electric bass. Christina Calloway: Portales News-Tribune Eastern New Mexico University graduating senior Alisha Grinsteinner edits audio Saturday afternoon in the computer lab of the music building. Grinsteinner is excited that graduation is less than a week away and is happy to see all of her […]

ENMU faculty retiring

Eastern New Mexico University will be saying goodbye to some long-term faculty members this month as they retire from higher education and move on to fishing, traveling and quality family time. Here's what retirees had to say about their ENMU experience and where they plan to go next: Name: V. Scott Johnson, "Doctor J" Position […]

Dora school news

Food drive nets 1,028 donated cans of food As a community project, Dora High School student Sarah Walker, assisted by staff members Mallory Radcliff and Susie Thomas, had a school-wide food drive last week. A contest was held to see which elementary class and which high school class could bring the most food donations. A […]

Portales students featured in film

Juan Mendez said he forgot the camera was rolling as a filmmaker followed him around school, on the soccer field and at his home in Portales. Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Portales High School senior Juan Mendez, left, talks to Portales residents about his film with Littleglobe, a Santa Fe-based film company. Director Erin Hudson, center, […]