Spelling test one of many “triumfs”

By Bob Huber Each fall I’m reminded of my heroic attempts to pass the spelling test at the University of Colorado. I’m legend in the faculty lounge at Boulder where they say, “Do you remember that rocket scientist who couldn’t spell CAT?” Back then, CU believed in an 11th Commandment that said students couldn’t become [...]

Oct. 17 Dora School News

By Charlie Carmichael Things at the Dora School are moving along as usual and preparations are being made for our annual family fun night. This will be on Oct. 29 in the Rogers Gym. Booths and Bingo opens at 7 p.m. and the booth and ticket sales will close at 9 p.m. The bingo games [...]

In education, all parties need to be accountable

By Kevin Wilson It was probably troubling to Portales citizens to find out that all of the public schools in the Portales district failed to meet adequate yearly progress from the state’s perspective. After all, it was troubling to me, and I don’t have a kid in the school systems. School officials have told us [...]

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 [...]

May 16 Dora School News

There are only four days of school until classes are finished on Thursday, the 20th and the school buses make their last runs for this school year. Monday is a school day and all reviews and test will continue through until Thursday. Upcoming Events Tuesday the elementary spring play is at 6:30 p.m. in the [...]

Valencia principal suspended

Mike Linn A Portales school principal has been suspended for improper distribution of the New Mexico Writing Assessment, a school official said Thursday. David VanWettering, principal of Valencia Elementary, has been suspended for an undisclosed amount of time for distributing the assessment to his teachers too early, Portales School Board President David Brooks said. “David [...]

Program helps students prepare for ACT test

Tony Parra High school students with schedules that include basketball practice, band and cheerleading are trying to make time to prepare for the American College Test, which can make or break a student’s acceptance into a quality university. “Time is one of the biggest problems in conducting tests and preparing for the ACT,” Thomas Tafoya [...]

School officials to appeal Valencia’s probationary rating

Gary Mitchell Portales school officials are set to meet with state Department of Education officials on Friday to appeal a recent probationary rating for Valencia Elementary School. The Educational Standards Commission will hold hearings to appeal ratings at the State Capitol, Room 303, in Santa Fe. Eligible schools are those that received a probationary rating [...]

Language barrier troubles schools

Mike Linn Standardized tests revealed what Portales School Superintendent Jim Holloway already knew, that language and socioeconomic factors are some of the toughest challenges Portales educators face. Recently released state ratings for Portales schools show that Hispanics and students who qualified for free or reduced lunches scored lower than the rest of their classmates on [...]

Tuberculosis found in area cattle

By Jack King Bovine tuberculosis has been found in two dairy herds in Roosevelt County, which means the infected animals must be destroyed and beef and dairy cattle owners statewide could lose money, officials said Thursday. Because of the diagnosis, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will downgrade New Mexico from “bovine tuberculosis free” status to [...]