Portales schools still struggling with AYP

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor There was progress, but all six schools in the Portales Municipal School District fell short of meeting Adequate Yearly Progress status, according to reports released Tuesday by the New Mexico Public Education Department. Portales Schools Superintendent Randy Fowler said progress was in most areas with the exception of the […]

Transition part of local learning

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers In a little more than two weeks, area students will return to school. Awaiting some are significant changes. Here is a closer view of alterations in area school districts. Clovis High School Tradition returns — in the form of scheduling, at least. At the high school, students will return to […]

Summer reading program starts Monday

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff Joining the list of local places that will be providing summer entertainment for children is the Portales Public Library. Youth Services Librarian Stephanie Levin said the activities are designed to combat boredom and maintain reading skills. “Every year we have a summer reading program for the kids when school is […]

A love of books

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By William P. Thompson Denise Burnett, director of the Portales Public Library, walked into the library 20 years ago and found a home. She started out in the children’s section and by 1991 she was in charge of the entire library. ”When I first walked into the library and noticed all those books and the […]

Bookworms take over Valencia Elementary

By WIlliam Thompson Valencia Elementary School students just might get hooked on books next week as daily activities centered around “Reading Across America” are scheduled. “Reading Across America” is a National Education Association (NEA) program begun in 1998 and coincides with children’s author Theodor Geisel’s birthday on March 2. Geisel is better known as Dr. […]

Influence of Spanish goes beyond Mexican holiday

Helena Rodriguez: Freedom Newspapers If you’re a regular reader, you probably feel like my comadre and know all about me, from my family and adventures going back to school to raising a teenager and going to Mexico to learn Spanish. Since I began writing a column in 2000, first for a newspaper in Abilene, Texas, […]

Parents participate in Reading Recovery at Steiner

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Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Parents of students in the Reading Recovery program at Steiner Elementary can involve themselves more in their first-graders’ education by viewing a 30-minute reading lesson given to their children. Reading Recovery teachers assist students who need additional help with reading as first-graders. Shelly Buzard and Robbie Ferguson have been working […]

Teachers want higher goals for first-graders

Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer Portales teachers are aiming for higher reading-level goals for elementary students who have trouble reading in the Reading Recovery Program, which is going into its seventh year. The goal of the Portales teachers in the Reading Recovery Program is to have a higher number of Steiner Elementary students go from […]

Local family promotes plan to read Bible in a year

Helena Rodriguez: PNT staff writer The Bible can look like a huge and intimidating book to open. A local ministry believes they have the answer to not only get families reading the Bible together, but to read it in a year. Under their Read the Bible in One Year Plan, an average family, person or […]

Portales fails to pass state tests

Tony Parra: PNT staff writer The Portales Municipal Schools for the second year in a row failed to meet basic requirements for student academic performance and participation. The school district did however showing improvements in reading in a majority of the student subgroups measured. Portales failed to meet the federally mandated “adequate yearly progress” for […]