Elida students’ mural to be published

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Elida Elementary School fourth-graders participated in a nation wide art project. The collaborative art project between 42 other schools in the U.S. challenged students to create a mural of their state. Joeli Cathey’s class created a 5-foot-by-6-foot replica of New Mexico that will appear with other state murals in […]

ENMU hosting annual math and science night at James Elementary

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By Zuo Yang: PNT Staff Writer Eastern New Mexico University will hold its annual family math and science night March 9 at R.M. James Elementary School. “We do it every semester,” said Catrina Steptoe, secretary of the communication committee for the program for second- and third-graders. This is the third family math and science night […]

Surveys presented to school board

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Steiner and James elementary school principals presented data on their strengths and weaknesses, as indicated by surveys parents, teachers and students completed, at the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education meeting Monday. The surveys look at the overall performance of the school. Steiner Principal Sharon Epps said there is […]

Portales AYP scores

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Jump rope fundraiser promotes active lifestyle

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By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer An Eastern New Mexico University freshman class teamed up this month with students from several local schools to raise almost $1,800 for the Jump Rope for Heart Foundation. The Freshman Seminar class and local schools competed in raising money for the Jump Rope for Heart Foundation with Jump for […]

Education feature: Students take home wins in academics

By Clarence Plank: PNT staff writer Students from Portales earned top honors Saturday at the Destination ImagiNation competition in Albuquerque. Portales Junior High School finished second in two events, and Lindsey Elementary School’s third-grade team finished third and received the Renaissance Award. “The students at Lindsey came in third in the Central Challenge,” Lindsey teacher […]

Dec. 14, 2008 Club Notes

Altrusa Altrusa International Inc. of Portales met Monday at Golden Acres and enjoyed entertainment provided by the third-grade choir at James Elementary School, under the direction of Carol Wood. Vaunceil Turnbough, president, presided over the business meeting and conducted the opening ceremonies.

Dec. 7, 1967

City firefighters burned a lot next to James Elementary School after school officials feared snakes would be a problem for children who frequented the field as they went to and from the school.

Portales elementary principals do shuffle

By Karl Terry, PNT Managing Editor One of the most notable changes in Portales schools head back to class Monday will be a principal shuffle in the elementary schools. School officials hope the changes, triggered by the resignation of Valencia Elementary principal Todd Morris, will provide a running start to a planned elementary school realignment […]

School district seeks new Valencia principal

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer A search is under way for a new elementary school principal in Portales. Valencia Elementary School Principal Todd Morris resigned from his position, effective June 30, to become principal of James Bickley Elementary School in Clovis. Portales Schools Superintendent Randy Fowler said Morris gave him a written letter of […]

Dora School News May 11, 2008

Elementary track meet slatedAthletic Director Ty Thatcher and the classroom teachers of grades 1-6 are planning a local track meet Thursday afternoon.

It’s Their Job: Monica Nuckols

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Name: Monica Nuckols Job: Second grade teacher at James Elementary Background: Nuckols has been teaching in the Portales Schools for 15 years, before teaching at James Elementary she taught at Valencia as a Title I reading and math teacher. She received her bachelor’s degree at Eastern New Mexico University in Education with an endorsement of […]

Steiner lauded for its reading performance

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer It was a night to toot their horns on Monday as the Portales Municipal Schools Board of Education learned that Steiner Elementary School has been recognized as one of three model schools in the state for increasing reading performance. Regarding the Steiner Elementary honor, principal Becky Flen, said, “Our […]

Portales elementary schools above average in reading

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor Elementary school principals from three Portales schools teamed up at Monday’s regular board meeting to give the Portales school board an overview of how students are doing on reading achievement. The principals reported results from the statewide Reading First program that showed Portales doing well against statewide averages that […]

Portales students give thanks

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The Portales News Tribune spent time on Monday visiting area schools and asking students a few questions about Thanksgiving. Here is what they had to say about the upcoming holiday: Bercy Musonera Kindergarten Brown Early Childhood Center Q. What is something that you are thankful for? A. My school Adrianna Naylor Kindergarten Brown Early Childhood […]

School honors anthem

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Members of the Portales High School Choir gathered around the flagpole in front of James Elementary School Friday along with elementary students for a short program on National Anthem Day. Choir members shown singing the anthem around the flagpole are, left to right, Alyssa Sapp, Hannah Stroud, Shawn Franken, Kaitlynn Stratton and Cayla Bergsieker.

Portales prepares for bond election

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Built in the 1930’s, both Steiner Elementary School and Lindsey Middle School are facing issues of building maintenance and upkeep, along with safety concerns. Community members are being asked to support a $9.5 million bond that would be used to build one new facility that would take the place […]

Portales educator retires after 30 years

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By Helena Rodriguez, Freedom Newspapers After three decades of educating children in New Mexico and Texas classrooms, Ida Villanueva is now worried about flunking — flunking retirement that is. Villanueva, of Portales, recently retired from a teaching career that has spanned 30 years and taken her from her first position as a teacher aide in […]

Spellers get set

By Mickey Winfield: PNT Staff Writer Letters and syllables will be flying across the Clovis Community College stage this morning in the 2007 Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico Regional Spelling Bee. Three dozen participants representing schools in Roosevelt, Quay and Curry counties, ranging in age from 8 to 14, will compete for a trip to […]

James Elementary hosts family night

By Ashley Lee: PNT Staff Writer The 11th Family Math and Science Night at R.M. James Elementary School in Portales had students and parents scratching their heads from time to time Friday night but most said they had a great time. The night is put together by Eastern New Mexico University students majoring in elementary […]