Progams designed to keep youth busy

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT correspondent A summer library program that stresses more than reading, a recreation program that stresses more than sports, and a kids college that does more than keep kids busy. These options may answer the question of “What do we do with the kids this summer?” Come Monday, three summer programs will […]

Annual reading pow-wow coming to an end

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By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer After 25 years, the annual Steiner Elementary School reading pow-wow may have made its last appearance. The event allows first-graders and their parents to move through several stations, where the students read to earn portions of American Indian costumes and hear about related history. Parents do much of the […]

ENMU offers reading assistance for youth

PNT Staff Report Eastern New Mexico University educators are looking for children struggling with reading. Kathleen Donalson, Dan Greathouse and Shona Thomason are looking for children in second through sixth grade.

Barefoot Reader

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This Eastern New Mexico University student, with his shoes off pipe in hand, was intently reading on the lawn outside Eddy Hall Wednesday. Whether or not he was absorbed in reading “Tom Sawyer” is up for speculation. Classes started last week at ENMU.

Library adds summer reading program for teens

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer The Portales Public Library is launching a new summer reading program designed to get teenagers booked while giving them a chance to win an MP3 player. Librarians hope younger children also “catch the reading bug.” “Catch the Reading Bug” is the theme for the summer program for children in […]

Portales schools tops in Reading First

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer No child is getting left behind in Portales schools, when it comes to reading on the kindergarten through third grade level, anyway. Portales schools were recently ranked first in the state in the Reading First program. During a Tuesday night Portales School Board meeting, Trina Lujan, director of Federal […]

It’s Their Job: Monica Nuckols

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Name: Monica Nuckols Job: Second grade teacher at James Elementary Background: Nuckols has been teaching in the Portales Schools for 15 years, before teaching at James Elementary she taught at Valencia as a Title I reading and math teacher. She received her bachelor’s degree at Eastern New Mexico University in Education with an endorsement of […]

Library to hold family nights

By Thomas Garcia, PNT Staff Reporter The Portales Public Library wants to promote family literacy with reading programs in April. The Family Reading Nights program will focus on bringing families together to spend time enjoying reading, said Heather Christensen Portales Public Library’s youth services librarian. “We designed programs so that families could enjoy them together

Events Calendar April 2, 2008

ThursdayFun With Poetry, Family Reading Night — 6 p.m. Portales Public Library. FridayOgallala Quilter’s Society 11th annual festival “Diamonds in Dimmitt” — All day, Expo Building Southeast Fourth and East Lee in Dimmitt, Texas, $5 admissionThe Midnight Ride of Paul Revere (ENMU choirs and symphony — 7 p.m. CUB Ballroom, free admission SaturdayOgallala Quilter’s Society […]

Dramatic reading brings history to life

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By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer Margaret Waters doesn’t just read history. She re-enacts it and brings it alive, as she did on Thursday at the Portales Public Library when she presented her one-woman impersonation of “Ma’am Jones of the Pecos.” Barbara Culp Jones, better known as Ma’am Jones, was a pioneer woman from the […]

Steiner lauded for its reading performance

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer It was a night to toot their horns on Monday as the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education learned that Steiner Elementary School has been recognized as one of three model schools in the state for increasing reading performance. Regarding the Steiner Elementary honor, principal Becky Flen, said, “Our […]

Portales elementary schools above average in reading

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Elementary school principals from three Portales schools teamed up at Monday’s regular board meeting to give the Portales school board an overview of how students are doing on reading achievement. The principals reported results from the statewide Reading First program that showed Portales doing well against statewide averages that […]

High school earns passing marks on AYP

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The Portales Municipal School District learned early this week that Portales High School has made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) despite initial reports last week that showed the school failing. According to Priscilla Hernandez, director of instruction at Portales Schools, the New Mexico Public Education Department informed the district in […]

Summer reading program to start

By Casey Peacock, PNT Staff Writer A world of reading and adventure await area children as the annual Portales Public Library’s summer reading program “Camp Read A-lot” begins on Monday. The seven-week program will kick off with registration and a jumping house that will be in front of the library from 10 a.m. to noon, […]

James teacher wins newspaper award

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer James Elementary third grade teacher Maria Villanueva has been chosen as the Portales News-Tribune Newspapers in Education teacher of the year. “I just couldn’t believe that I was chosen. We have a lot of great teachers out there and it was a great honor to be chosen,” said Villanueva. […]

Young readers reap benefits

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Teachers say a federal reading program designed to help schools meet the standards of the No Child Left Behind Act is having a big impact on Portales schools, but it’s probably not going to solve the problem of meeting the state’s AYP (Adequate Yearly Progress). Reading First, a national […]

ENMU participates in literacy program

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer R.M. James Elementary students had a special storytime Monday with members of the mens basketball team from Eastern New Mexico University. Members of the Greyhound basketball squad participated in the annual literacy program sponsored annually by the National Association of Basketball Coaches by reading to the students. The national […]

Portales school board breaks down AYP

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Writer Improving student success while closing the achievement gap is Portales Schools’ mission and Priscilla Hernandez, director of instruction for the Portales School District, said at Monday’s school board meeting that is exactly what the district did. Even though Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) results showed Portales schools failed to meet […]

Floyd Schools ready to move to 4-day week this fall

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Floyd Schools will be in for some exciting changes this year when school starts Aug. 21. The biggest change is implementation of a four-day school week. School will be in session Monday through Thursday, with Friday being an added day off for students. Classes will know run from 7:55 […]

R.M. James elementary to stress three R’s, mainly reading

By Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers Second- and third-graders at R.M. James Elementary School will get educated in the three R’s – Reading, ‘riting and rithmetic – but principal Michael Terry really wants to stress the first R this school year. “Our goal is to make sure that every student is reading on level by the […]