Home schooling should be parents' choice

By Anita Doberman I had never heard of home schooling before moving to the United States. In Italy, where I was born and raised, there is no such right. The state decides how, where and what children need to learn and that’s it. School programs are the same for the whole country. There isn’t a […]

2-10-08 PJHS News

Progress reports coming out Veronica Pena, junior high secretary, will print progress reports for all students this week. This is essentially a report card for all classes and shows students and their parents how each child is progressing so far this quarter. Principal Steve Harris states that this allows students the opportunity to get work […]

Parenting holds challenges even for experts

By Helena Rodriguez By virtue of the official title I’ve held since the day my daughter Laura was born, I hereby declare myself an expert in parenting. Anyone who has a child can arguably be an expert in parenting. Even Britney Spears’ mom. Yes, even Lynne Spears. By virtue of our titles, we’re all experts; […]

12-9 PJHS News

Family Fun Night Principal Steve Harris said he appreciates the parents and students who came to the family night Nov. 30. Parents and their children were able to participate in activities relating to students’ classes. MAPS assessment completed Students have completed the second quarter of the MAPS test. Data lets teachers evaluate student growth, strengths, […]

11-28 PJHS news

Students make All-District Honor Choir Choir Director Suzanne Cottrell took 15 students to Artesia Nov. 16 to perform in the All-District Honor Choir. Seventh grade students Lynne McDonald, Audriana Underhill, Monica Vicuna, Megan Sutton, Hannah Christensen, Emily Benavides and Samantha Sawyer joined eighth grade students, Kabrina Abyeta, Grady Beachum, Ryan Doolady, Ashley Holmes, Kim Manquero, […]

Parents on their own often

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By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Almost half the babies born in Curry and Roosevelt counties in 2006 were to unwed mothers and the rates are rising, a state vital statistic report released recently shows. Local numbers are consistent with the state, which currently sits at 51 percent, Donna Bossey with the New Mexico Department […]

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 […]

Nov. 4 School News

PHS Counselors Portales band competes at Zia The weekend of Oct. 27-28, the 3A Portales High School Marching Band competed in the 30th annual Zia Marching Band Fiesta in Albuquerque. Their score improved five points from last year and they outscored seven 4A bands; Durango, Del Norte, Farmington, Belen, Santa Fe, Goddard, and Santa Teresa. […]

Officials seek safety for trick-or-treaters

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer As night falls and trick-or-treaters begin to make the rounds, area officials are cautioning the public to keep an extra eye out for them. Extra patrols of law enforcement officers will be out during the evening, especially in higher traffic areas, said Portales Police Capt. Lonnie Berry. “They (drivers) […]

Officials look to curb truancy

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Fostering excitement, representatives from the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office presented a program at Valencia Elementary School that focused on abolishing chronic truancy. “It’s all about the kids,” said Ben Cross, trial attorney with the district attorney’s office. Also in attendance were members of the Portales Rams sports teams, […]

10-28 PHJS News

Parent meetings planned This week parents and teachers will be meeting to devise a success plan for students who had a low grade on their report cards the first quarter. Counselor Alan Dodd and Assistant Principal Glenda Meeks are facilitating these meetings. Basketball tryouts continue The eighth grade boys basketball coaches are hosting tryouts for […]

Parenting skills can be learned

By Sheryl Borden: Columnist Information on quick projects, seam finishes and making mini albums will be the featured topics on “Creative Living” at noon on Tuesday and at 2 p.m. on Saturday. Evelyn Langston, a designer with Ozark Crafts, will show a quick and easy ice scraper project that can be made in minutes — […]

10-21 PJHS News

Parent/teacher conferences set School employees begin welcoming parents Monday at 11 a.m. to pick up student report cards and visit about progress in classes. The faculty will have a lunch break from 2-3 p.m. and be back in their classes until 6 p.m. Principal Steve Harris suggests that, if possible, parents try to come on […]

Library Books

The Bone Garden by Tess Gerritsen. Julia Hamill has made a horrifying discovery on the grounds of her new home in rural Massachusetts: a skull buried in the soil — human, female, and according to the trained eye of Boston medical examiner, Maura Isle, scarred with the unmistakable marks of murder. But whoever this nameless […]

Rodeo a family affair

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By Mickey Winfield: Freedom Newspapers Rodeo is a family affair for Lovington native and current Zia Raelyn Gardner. Both of Raelyn’s parents participated in the sport, and both did so at Eastern New Mexico University. During her time at ENMU, Raelyn’s mom attended the College National Finals twice, and her dad also made the event. […]

9-23 PJHS News

Campaigns begin Students running for student council office and their campaign managers have filled the halls with posters and decorated their friends with “vote for me” buttons, banners, and even T-shirts. Students cast their ballots for co-officers after listening to candidates speeches Friday morning. Tutoring available Principal Steve Harris says he is happy that Portales […]

9-23 Dora School News

Athletic schedule Thursday — Dora volleyball hosts House at 5 p.m. Friday — Dora varsity volleyball tournament at Portales; Dora football at Tatum (junior high 4 p.m., varsity 7 p.m.) Progress reports coming out Now that Elida schools have completed week six of the first nine-week grading period, teachers will be handing out progress reports […]

Sept. 16 School News

PJHS News PowerSchool access available Parents may check their children’s grades from any computer connected to the Internet by typing www.portalesschools.com and clicking on PowerSchool for parents. They will need a new user name and password since the system was recently updated. Parents may get those by coming to the junior high or technology department […]

Sept. 9 Births

Harwell David and Jaclyn Harwell of Las Cruces are the parents of a 6 pound, 15 ounce boy, Camden Reed Harwell, born July 31, 2007 at Mountainview Hospital in Las Cruces. Grandparents are Johnny and Sabrina Johnson and Jess and Judy Harwell, all of Portales. Great-grandparents are Kenneth and Nancy Williams of Portales, Samja Harwell […]

Tradition meets parental discretion

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Here’s the dilemma: I envision a nice dinner and dance on commencement night for my daughter and niece who graduate from Portales High School in May. My daughter envisions a night of going to other people’s parties. High school graduation may seem far away, but it’s not, and already, I […]