Portales Junior High News, May 23

By Billie Dixon Report cards Students and parents may pick up student report cards beginning June 2 at the junior high school office. All lunch fees, book charges and library fines must be paid before report cards are released. Summer hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:30 a.m. to noon […]

Summer jobs hard to come by for students

By Mike Linn This time of year has numerous recurring events — rising temperatures, graduation services and students entering the job market. The glut of job seekers, most entering the labor pool between May and August, receive no guarantees: Labor Department officials say many employers are willing to hire for temporary positions, yet others feel […]

Student to express faith at graduation ceremonies

By Gary Mitchell Federal guidelines issued by the Department of Education in February that ensure schools give teachers and students as much freedom to pray as the courts have allowed have received mixed reviews from educational and watchdog camps. Schools are scrambling to adhere to the guidelines, issued as part of the No Child Left […]

Students create functional art

By Mike Linn All-district basketball player Nathan Goyne picked up another assist recently when he spearheaded the completion of an art project started by a Portales High graduate. Goyne, along with several other students, put the finishing touches on a 20-by-8 foot windbreak in the front of the school decorated with the Portales Ram mascot. […]

Tax hike going to vote next month

By Mike Linn The Portales Municipal School Board will decide next month whether to renew a five-year tax hike to fund technological advancements in the district’s schools. The board estimates the $685,000 tax increase will be levied to residents at the rate of .001 Mill ($1 per $1,000) on the assessed value of taxable property […]

Eastern graduates class of 2003

By Janet Bresenham JD Brown beamed with joy as he clutched his Eastern New Mexico University diploma Saturday and greeted a proud circle of relatives and friends at Greyhound Arena. “It feels great,” said Brown, who received his bachelor of science degree in agriculture. “It’s about time. Eastern was wonderful. My instructors were amazing, and […]

Students perform patriotic play

By Angela Peacock They stood at attention with one hand over their hearts while reciting the Pledge of Allegiance. That was only the beginning of a patriotic tribute to America performed Friday morning by an estimated 140 James Elementary third-graders. The annual patriotic play takes months of preparation, third-grade teacher Sally Smith said The play […]

Science makes stop in Portales

By Mike Linn The electrostatic energy at Lindsey Middle School was a “shocking” treat of hair-raising proportions, consuming a giggling, riled-up bunch of sixth graders on Thursday afternoon. Patsy Neely’s science class was one of many taking part in the exploration show courtesy of the Up ’N’ Atom Mobile’s traveling display of chemical, electrical and […]

State alters standards for assessment tests

By Angela Peacock New Mexico State Department of Education Assessment and Evaluation Unit has implemented new standards for non-English speaking students in an effort to meet the principals of President Bush’s 2001 No Child Left Behind law. And in an effort to meet those standards, students are now required to take all standardized assessment tests […]