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 […]