Wednesday morning briefing: Report cards, calendars and a poet in prison

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Wednesday briefing. Making the grade Today marks the end of the first nine weeks in

PJHS news — Sept. 14

Progress reports Progress reports will be sent home with students Friday. Volleyball The 7th and 8th grade volleyball teams have away games this week with the first games on Thursday against Yucca at 4:15 p.m. Play continues in Ruidoso on Saturday, beginning at 11 a.m. Football Play begins this week with the 7th grade game […]

Finding camping bag more complicated than it seems

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Kevin Wilson The truth can change with the passage of time. But in this case, the truth has simply become stronger. Last week, I wrote about looking forward to my first time camping since sixth grade. It turns out I should have waited another week until I went shopping for camping equipment. The time has […]

Teacher’s story one of success

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Valencia Elementary School fifth-grade teacher Becky Duran was chosen as the Newspapers In Education teacher of the year in Portales. She uses newspapers in her bilingual classroom to teach reading skills such as reading comprehension and word definition, and to showcase different types of writing. Who’s invited to your fantasy dinner party and why? My […]

Students, staff say farewell

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Teachers, students and staff are wrapping up the final semester at W.E. Lindsey Elementary School before moving into a new Lindsey-Steiner school building in the fall. For current and former students, it seems hard to let go of the building where they made the transition from sixth grade to junior high. Choir, reading and English […]

Fifth-grade teacher wins award

By Linda Long: PNT Correspondent Becky Duran, a fifth-grade teacher at Valencia Elementary School, has received the Newspapers in Education Teacher of the Year Award. She received the award last week. Valencia Principal Michael Terry recommended Duran for the award. “I recommended her in about February or March,” Terry said. ““Ms. Duran works with students […]

Catch and release

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Fluttering wings, exclamations of delight and one third-grade girl’s remark of, “They grow up too fast,” accompanied a release of butterflies by one James Elementary School class Friday. All of the school’s 26 second- and third-grade classes participate in the Earth’s Birthday Project, which allows students to watch live […]

Portales student places in chicken festival poster contest

Freedom New Mexico Kambrey Blakey, 12, of Portales won in her age category in the 2010 High Plains Lesser Prairie Chicken Festival poster contest, according to a news release from the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish. Blakey topped the kindergarten through fifth-grade division to win $50. Lauren Bennet of Corrales took the sixth- […]

Education column: Clovis education system outstanding

By Penny Bailey: Clovis Municipal Schools Last week, I met two outstanding fourth grade students. One, a Parkview Elementary student, Fabian Trevino, won a national essay contest; and the other student, Cam Kuykendall, a fourth grade student at Zia Elementary, has progressed to ninth grade math. While these are great achievements by those students, I […]

My idea of a must-see TV network

By Kevin Wilson: FNM columnist Our eighth-grade honors English teacher had us do a daily writing. She read the papers, but never graded them. She wanted us to write to learn more about ourselves and be better writers. It was there I dreamed of a TV job and wrote, “I’ll someday own a television network, […]