School days over for now in Portales

By Paula Cronic: PNT Staff

L.L. Brown kindergarten teacher Lynne Walker has mixed feelings about the end of the school year.

“It’s exciting, being relieved of some pressure, but then it is also sad to lose our little special ones,” Walker said. “We have a very close-knit family here, and our kiddos showed great growth this year. That was really wonderful.”

Tuesday was the last day of school for Portales elementary school students.

“A lot of them said they didn’t want school to end because they had so much fun and weren’t ready to leave yet,” Walker said.

R.M. James principal Michael Terry said it seemed liked the year went by too fast.

“We’re always excited about completing a year, but it always seems like we never finish what we have planned,” Terry said.

Terry said he enjoys days like Tuesday when the children ask him to sign a T-shirt or autograph book.

“I enjoy when a student comes up to you and tells you they will miss you or wants a hug,” Terry said. “When the kids appreciate you, it makes you feel good.”

Students also shared mixed feelings about the summer.
“I’m happy and sad at the same time,” said 11-year-old Alex Montoya, who will be going into seventh-grade next year and is excited to meet the students at her new school. She also said she will miss her friends during the summer. Until then, she will spend her summer swimming at the local pool.

Tiffany Salaz, 14, will be going into eighth-grade next year and said she feels the same as Alex.

“It’s kind of fun, but I’m going to miss all my friends,” Tiffany said.

She said the thing she is looking forward to this summer is:
“I just want to be able to sleep in.”

The last day of school for Portales junior and high school students is today.