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 […]