Portales team headed for national youth football tournament

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Alisa Boswell A team of Portales fifth- and sixth-graders are gearing up to compete in the Nationals Youth Football Championships. “We heard of it through Sammy Herrera, a league director in Texas,” Portales City League coach Kory Webb said. “He got with me and let me know what was going on. I signed my team […]

My turn: Students learn importance of ‘prairie coal’

I spent an afternoon recently with fifth- and sixth-graders from various local schools who were exploring a dry playa lake bed near Dora. The pasture we were in held cattle all summer. While they had been moved out long before our visit, there was still plenty of evidence they’d been there. Cattle are generous that […]

County spelling bee set for Saturday

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Argen Duncan Elementary and middle school students will be spelling it out for the county this Saturday. Fourteen students from three county school districts are to compete in the annual Roosevelt County Spelling Bee. The winner of the senior division, sixth- through eighth-graders, receives a $500 scholarship to Eastern New Mexico University and a chance […]

Second graders learn about fire safety firsthand

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Argen Duncan A white cloud fills the small room. Second-graders clamber to the floor, test the door for warmth and crawl out of the room, all under the direction of a firefighter. There’s no fire. As part of Fire Prevention Week, Portales firefighters brought their “fire safety house,” a specialized teaching mobile home, to James […]

LIndsey-Steiner Elementary School near completion

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By Zuo Yang: PNT staff writer When the 2010-11 school year rolls around, every elementary school class will have a new home in the Portales school system. First- and second-graders will be at James Elementary, third- and fourth-graders will be at Valencia Elementary and fifth- and sixth-graders will have classes at the new Lindsey-Steiner school, […]

Students use music to draw out artwork

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Paint intertwines with the sound of a wind symphony in a collaboration between Eastern New Mexico University and Melrose Municipal Schools. Kate Karr, Melrose school music director and ENMU voice instructor, has instituted the Art-2-Music project. ENMU artists Christopher Calderon and Heather Hancock taught Melrose third- through sixth-graders painting […]

Dec. 11 Rec Center News

Basketball There will be a youth basketball coaches meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday at the Rec Center. Youth basketball tryouts are set for Saturday at the Portales Junior High School gym. The junior league (third- and fourth-graders) will begin at 9 a.m., and the senior league (fifth- and sixth-graders) will begin at 1 p.m.

Recreation center offers activities for youth

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Basketball It is little league basketball season. Both boys and girls have three leagues. Pee Wee is for first- and second-graders, playing on an 8-foot goal at Valencia school. Junior league is for third- and fourth-graders playing on a 10-foot goal at Portales Junior High School. Senior League is for fifth- and sixth-graders playing on […]

PJHS News Nov. 16

Students watch play Last week the eighth-graders walked to the high school to see the first performance of the high school drama class. The seventh-graders will view the play on Wednesday. Three junior high students will be performing with the high school in its presentation of “Peter Pan and Wendy.” Tutoring offered Tutoring is available […]

City youth football, flag football and adult volleyball registrations taking place

PNT Staff Report Football Tryouts City League football tryouts are being held Saturday at Portales’ City Park. Third and fourth graders will take the field at 9 a.m. followed by fifth graders and sixth graders at 1 p.m. The cost is $60 per child and players can register at the Portales Recreation Center through Friday […]

Portales schools see increase in enrollment

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Principals are reporting higher enrollment numbers throughout the Portales School District after the first four days of school. Todd Morris, Valencia Elementary principal, said there is a slight increase at Valencia Elementary with 210 fourth-grade students and 223 fifth-grade students, totaling 433 students. The fourth-grade students have hit the ground […]

Rams finish second at Clovis

By Dave Wagner CLOVIS — Even though the Portales High boys golf team again came up short against Clovis in Thursday’s Clovis Invitational, Rams coach Patrick Crowley likes the way his team is playing. Portales shot a four-man score of 307 to finish three shots behind the host Wildcats, who rallied down the stretch to […]

Marine visits letter-writing students

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By Tony Parra Valencia Elementary fifth-graders received a pleasant surprise on Thursday afternoon when one of their letter-buddies serving in Iraq greeted them in the elementary gym. Larry Long, staff sergeant of the 1st Platoon, 1st Battalion of the 7th Marines, answered questions from a group of fifth-graders eager to ask about his experiences in […]

Kids teaching other kids value of nutrition

By Tony Parra Portales Junior High students are finding out how it feels to be a teacher as they help in the instruction of James Elementary students. They are teaching third-graders the importance of nutrition and a healthy diet as part of a new course for PJHS. The Eat Smart, Play Hard program was developed […]

Jan. 30 Faith Triumphant School News

By Donna Kelly Homecoming games are scheduled for with junior varsity boys at 4 p.m., junior varsity girls at 5:30 p.m. and varsity boys at 7 p.m. The Conquerors will host Community Christian from Hereford. The varsity boys will host Lubbock Home School on Friday at 6 p.m. and the junior varsity girls will play […]

Oct. 31 Floyd School News

By Jennifer Essary Upcoming Events • Booster Club meets Monday at 6 p.m. • Tuesday and Wednesday the high school students will take the New Mexico High School Competency Test. • Friday is an ELS Day Athletics Football: State six-man semi-finals are this Friday and Saturday. Dates and times to be announced. Basketball: The junior […]

Area schools on par with rest of state

By Tony Parra Portales schools received scores hovering around the state average for math and language arts tests for fourth and eighth graders, according to a press release from the New Mexico Public Education Department released on Thursday. The Portales fourth and eighth graders scored above the state average in one category, average in one […]

FTCS volleyball team young yet confident

Tony Parra Youth takes serve this season for the Faith Triumphant Lady Conquerors with no upper classman on their varsity volleyball team. They do not have any seniors or juniors on their varsity team and have only one sophomore. Faith Triumphant has two freshman, who have to assume the leadership roles due to the lack […]