Monday morning briefing: Video games, school talk and a lot of wind

Good morning and welcome to the Freedom New Mexico Monday briefing. Video game of the week Fresh from the desk of our own video game fan Jenna Zamie. Game: Fallout: New Vegas Genre: Role-playing game System: PC, 360, PS3 What is it? An enjoyable and sophisticated adventure through the western wastes with a few technical […]

Oct. 24 —

Portales elementary schools and Portales Junior High School are set to participate in drug awareness activities this week as part of National Red Ribbon Week. The Red Ribbon campaign promotes the belief that one person can make a difference in the fight against drugs and encourages a drug-free lifestyle and participation in drug-use prevention activities, […]

Oct. 17 — Weekly update

No school Monday Portales Municipal Schools has reserved time for parent/teacher conference 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday. There is no school that day. Information: district administration at 356-7000 or call individual schools.

Five Oklahoma schools leaving Lone Star after 2010-11

The Associated Press RICHARDSON, Texas — Five Oklahoma schools that have already announced they are leaving the Lone Star Conference now will depart after the 2010-11 school year. Conference Commissioner Stan Wagnon made the announcement Wednesday after a meeting of the NCAA Division II league’s council of presidents in Dallas. Central Oklahoma and Northeastern State […]

Press release: Portales schools phone system down

The Portales Municipal Schools telephone system is out of order. The following is a list of temporary numbers that can be used while the voice system is being repaired. These numbers are also posted on the website at www.portalesschools.com:• Central Office – 356-6641• Portales High School – 356-5831• Portales High School Attendance Office – 359-2087• […]

Portales schools back in session

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Jared Tucker Students in Portales schools were back in the classroom Tuesday, and several schools welcomed new teachers to their faculty to start the school year. Portales native Shawna Neece said her first day at Valencia Elementary was almost exactly what she expected. She said her third-grade class is a great, and she looks forward […]

It’s their job: Michael Terry

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Michael Terry is the new Student Teacher Accountability Reporting System-Visions coordinator for Portales Municipal Schools. He said he reports student data — including demographics and test scores — to the state Public Education Department, verifies the information and puts test data into a usable format before distributing it to teachers. He feels his work influences […]

Wayland joins Yellow Ribbon program

Kevin Wilson Wayland Baptist University is one of 1,100 schools that have joined with the Department of Veterans Affairs for the GI Bill’s “Yellow Ribbon” program. Wayland, based in Plainview, Texas, offers a campus in Clovis and a satellite office at Cannon Air Force Base. The Yellow Ribbon program, a key provision of the new […]

My Turn: Court ruling in 1974 leveled playing field in Portales schools

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By Helena Rodriguez: PNT columnist All that’s left of the historic W.E. Lindsey Elementary School in north Portales now is a huge pile of rubble. Demolition trucks demolished this epicenter of my childhood last week. There are no longer walls, but rocks. And if rocks could talk, they would shout out vibrant stories of festive […]

No Portales schools meet AYP standards

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Argen Duncan All seven Portales schools missed the latest targets for boosting student achievement, according to test results the state Public Education Department released Monday. Statewide, 644 schools, or 77.9 percent, didn’t reach the goals for “adequate yearly progress,” or AYP, under the federal No Child Left Behind Act. That’s up from 560 schools, or […]