Our people: Former ENMU math professor Vern Witten said his favorite smell is fresh baked bread

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Portales resident Vern Witten is the oldest of four and was milking cows and working in the field by the age of 10. He is an Army and Air Force veteran who served during World War II and the Korean War. After farming for a few years, he became a math teacher and taught at […]

Volunteers: Vern Witten

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Residence: Portales Occupation: Retired Eastern New Mexico University math professor Volunteer work: He’s served with the Wesley Foundation at ENMU for 40 years, including time on the board of directors. He’s also tutored elementary-aged through college students at no charge; and served with Habitat for Humanity of Roosevelt and Curry counties on the board of […]

ENMU hosting annual math and science night at James Elementary

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By Zuo Yang: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University will hold its annual family math and science night March 9 at R.M. James Elementary School. “We do it every semester,” said Catrina Steptoe, secretary of the communication committee for the program for second- and third-graders. This is the third family math and science night […]

Math graduate looks toward future in linguistics

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico One new Eastern New Mexico University graduate is standing on a foundation of math and getting ready to leap into linguistics. “I’m excited,” said Allison Sanderson, who is from Edgewood. Sanderson said she is sad to be leaving the people she met in Portales, but is excited about what […]

Portales students prep for robotics contests

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer Portales High School students are getting their gears whirring and computer programs going for two robotics competitions around the end of the month in Albuquerque. One team of four students plans to participate in the state Math, Engineering and Science Achievement contest April 29, and a separate team is […]

High school level tests to undergo makeover

By Gabriel Monte: Freedom New Mexico The New Mexico Public Education Department is remodeling standardized tests for high school students designed to map out their academic lives after graduation. State education officials say the tests will follow the progress of individual students, instead of comparing the progress of an entire class. Portales school officials say […]

11-11 PJHS News

Basketball season opens Both of the girls “A” teams host Yucca Thursday for the first tip-off of the season. The boys “A” teams head to Clovis to play Yucca on their home court. Action begins at 4 p.m. Progress reports ready Parents may come by the junior high from 5:45-7 p.m. on Tuesday and from […]

James Elementary hosts family night

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer The 11th Family Math and Science Night at R.M. James Elementary School in Portales had students and parents scratching their heads from time to time Friday night but most said they had a great time. The night is put together by Eastern New Mexico University students majoring in elementary […]

Portales schools still struggling with AYP

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor There was progress, but all six schools in the Portales Municipal School District fell short of meeting Adequate Yearly Progress status, according to reports released Tuesday by the New Mexico Public Education Department. Portales Schools Superintendent Randy Fowler said progress was in most areas with the exception of the […]

School start delayed due to construction

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer he start of classes at Dora Consolidated Schools has been delayed from Thursday to Aug. 18 because of ongoing construction, according to superintendent Jim Reed. Reed said construction is taking place on a new complex between the high school and elementary buildings. The complex will have the school library, a […]

Teachers tune up curriculum

Tony Parra: PNT staff writer Portales school teachers are getting ready for the school year by setting up steps for students to ensure a smooth transition to another grade level. On Wednesday and Thursday, teachers with math and language arts backgrounds fine-tuned curriculum for the upcoming school year. Patsy Neely of Re:Learning New Mexico conducted […]

Progress test put pressure on schools

Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers When La Casita Elementary did not make Adequate Yearly Progress last year, school officials had to change the way they taught. According to AYP scores, a federal measure of math and language arts proficiency and a part of the president’s No Child Left Behind push for accountability, La Casita fourth graders […]

Schools work hard to improve AYP marks

By Tony Parra Portales High School administration members said they are taking the necessary steps to ensure test scores will be higher than the last adequate yearly progress reports which labeled Portales schools as not meeting AYP requirements. Portales administrators received the AYP reports in August and Portales schools did not meet AYP. The No […]

Feb. 13 Faith Triumphant School News

By Donna Kelly Monday events The Valentine party is Monday at 1:30 p.m. We will also have a cookie decorating contest. Bring your decorated cookie to school, and all the entries will be judged according to the best Valentine decorations. Also on Monday, a representative from the extension office will be bringing eggs to the […]

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 […]

Half of New Mexico students graded “not proficient”

By Ryan Lengerich Barely half of New Mexico’s high school juniors were proficient in reading and less than half were proficient in math, according to results of a standardized test released Friday by the state Public Education Department. The first-time assessment test, taken by more than 19,000 students in November, will be used to rate […]

May 30 Elida School News

A reception honoring the kindergarten students was held May 17. Following the reception a graduation ceremony took place honoring the six students. The graduates were Sarah Massey, Trenton Bates, Hailey Nickels, Kynzi Creighton, Heaven Ruiz and Newman Seely. The first-grade students received many honors at the awards assembly. Some of the awards received were: participating […]

Melrose teacher honored, humbled by award

By Gary Mitchell Although Melrose math teacher Lisa Graham didn’t feel “worthy” of her recent Golden Apple Award, her colleagues and peers did. Earlier this month, Graham was one of seven teachers presented with the 2003 award at the “Tribute to Teachers” recognition dinner in Albuquerque. The annual award is presented to teachers who represent […]