Military jargon decoded

Tonya Fennell: Cannon Connections My husband has spent almost half his life as a U.S. Air Force airman and he is fluent in the everyday military jargon. But, it has taken me years to decipher the Air Force language he speaks. Here are a few of my favorites. Blues – Members of the Air Force […]

Congress sets sights on No Child Left Behind

By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers For Clovis special-education teacher Lisa Gershon, the coming weeks will be a lesson in frustration. Students in her classroom and in public schools across New Mexico will begin New Mexico Standards Based Assessments on Feb. 26. The tests, required under the No Child Left Behind Act, will continue through March […]

Communication key to deaf student’s success

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By Marlena Hartz : Freedom Newspapers Only the loudest sounds penetrate Jerrdan Jones’ world — the rumble of a lawn mower, the rush of a subway train, the buzz of a chain saw and, occasionally, the roar of a car engine in the auto shop where he works. Otherwise, his world is silent. His mother, […]

Congress OKs Cannon construction funding

The Associated PRess Congress on Friday agreed to language that ensures construction projects continue at Cannon Air Force Base as the Pentagon seeks a new mission for the eastern New Mexico installation. In May, the Pentagon proposed to close the base near Clovis. However, in August the Base Realignment and Closure Commission directed the Defense […]

Cannon language remains in Senate bill

Freedom Newspapers WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate approved a Defense Appropriations Bill on Friday with language favorable to keep Cannon Air Force Base intact until the Pentagon looks for a new mission for the base. The a final defense budget bill now awaits House input. The language introduced into the bill by U.S. Sens. Pete […]

Code talker shares experiences

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers San Juan Pueblo resident Jack Jones was once punished for speaking his native language. Transported by the government from his riverside home in Montezuma, Utah, at 7 years old, Jones learned English in a Colorado boarding school. There he was told his name was Jack; he was warned not to […]

Time is of the essence to learn Spanish

By Helena Rodriguez; PNT columnist I guess I was destined to learn to speak Spanish late in life like many gringos. I read last week that New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and three other guys who want his job have been busy learning to roll their Rs so they can hablar en español. According […]

Dual language program may become trend in border education

By Marlena Hartz; CNJ staff writer Upon first glance, the colorful ink numbers in Francis Duarte’s classroom, printed on cardboard, appear to be typical decorations in a typical kindergarten classroom — except below each numerical value is the corresponding Spanish word. In this classroom, Spanish is spoken 90 percent of the time; the goal is […]

Area schools on par with rest of state

By Tony Parra Portales schools received scores hovering around the state average for math and language arts tests for fourth and eighth graders, according to a press release from the New Mexico Public Education Department released on Thursday. The Portales fourth and eighth graders scored above the state average in one category, average in one […]

May 30 Portales Junior High News

By Billie Dixon Summer School Offered Portales Junior High School students may be recommended for summer school based on their CAT composite scores in language arts and math. If students do not successfully complete summer school, they will take a remedial class as an elective next year. Also, if students failed the seventh or eighth […]

Dr. Language has some bones to pick

Bob Huber Here at the Symposium for Sparkling Conversation we’re swamped with letters warning us that our mother tongue is going to hell in a handbasket. Just to show you how serious this is, we spent 10 sleepless minutes dealing with the fact that in English there is no synonym for the word “Thesaurus.” But […]

Local school wants to teach dual-languages

Mike Linn By Mike Linn PNT Managing Editor Mike_Linn@link.freedom.com Portales school officials are hoping to implement a dual-language program beginning next school year for kindergartners at L. L. Brown Grade School. The Portales School Board approved an application Tuesday night for the program to be presented to the state’s education department by March 1. Currently […]

New mexico schools to teach dual languages through video

Tony Parra By Tony Parra PNT Staff Writer Tony_Parra@link.freedom.com The state of New Mexico Educational System has taught children English, now it will have an opportunity to teach them Spanish. Dr. Julia Rosa Lopez-Emslie, bilingual/multicultural education program director at Eastern New Mexico University presented, “Planting Seeds of Success Through Language,” a 30-minute instructional video on […]

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 […]

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 […]