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 […]

Classics not getting share of readers

By Mike Linn Unlike most women her age, 18-year-old Virginia Lee loves reading the literary works of some of the world’s most renown authors. The Clovis High School graduate began reading Leo Tolstoy’s classic, “Anna Karenina,” about three weeks ago and said she should finish the novel within a day or two. “I think it’s […]

Principals shift throughout Portales school district

By Tony Parra When Portales children go to each of their schools in the fall, they’re going to see some changes, starting at the top with their principals. Portales Schools Superintendent James Holloway said Principal Rick Segovia (who was the Steiner Elementary principal) will be the principal at Lindsey Middle School, Todd Morris (who was […]

Here’s to getting booked this summer

By Helena Rodriguez I hope your kid gets booked this summer like I did before I started high school in a not-so-distant past. After all, there’s not much to do around here and it won’t hurt your kids to get into some adventures or misadventures this summer. I’m talking, of course, about reading. Summer is […]

Teachers look towards grants with tight budgets

By Tony Parra Teachers and administrators are finding different ways to fund educational programs in the form of grants for schools which would otherwise dip into the Portales school budgets. Grants can consists of thumbing through paper after paper of applications, gathering information and providing documentation by teachers to the foundation which provide the funding […]

ENMU grant aids literacy

By Michelle Seeber Three Eastern New Mexico University graduate students, as part of a class project, spent the last six weeks working with gradeschoolers to improve literacy through reading and doing projects by following directions. The students — Pattie Donovan, Erika Waters and Tammy Riser — taught about five students at James Elementary School that […]

PHS book drive nets 1,200 items

By Michelle Seeber Portales High School students, under guidance of the student council, collected more than 1,200 books to give to young children who need reading material in their homes, Patsy Neely, a senior representative of Re:Learning New Mexico said Monday. The books will be distributed to children in grade schools and to hospitals, such […]

Students enjoy reading lounge thanks to grant

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Mike Linn It’s a small room at Lindsey Middle School, adorned with bright colors, neon fixtures, balmy lava lamps and an array of reading material along its outer walls. On Friday mornings, students kick back they like they’re football fans on game day, sprawled out on shag-carpet-covered futons and purple bean bags. Enter the school’s […]

Reading program enhances youth

Mike Linn Three first grade girls read children books at the Portales Municipal School Board meeting Monday night, validating the effectiveness of a new program in the area teaching low-level readers techniques for improving. The first-year reading recovery program in Portales has nationwide appeal for the techniques first taught to teachers, then relayed to students […]